Earth, though important to all who lived on it, was a source of minor amusement to the denizens of a planet circling one of the stars of Ursa Major.

They had a festival of lights that lasted eons. Instead of crackers, they used planets. Instead of lighting the fuse, they seeded worlds with life. Instead of watching the fuse grow shorter, they watched life evolve and grow sentient, and develop civilisation.


Their idea of the firecracker going off was when planets blew themselves up with nuclear weapons. Most planets obliged and they were happy. Those that avoided that fate were considered a waste of money and time.

They are watching Earth with fingers plugging their ears.

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