A thousand scientific theories changed when the sky began to light up in a manner never before witnessed by mankind. Supernovas as bright as the moon glittered across the sky, even in daytime.
Millions of them were viewed from earth, causing a mixture of awe and panic.
When our own sun began to change, humanity ceased its quarreling for the time being and came together as one to find our way off our doomed rock.
Our survivors watched in shock from the edge of our solar system as the sun expanded and ate our former home and all the life left upon it.
As we drifted in space, we finally began to understand concepts that we'd only scratched the surface of with our limited knowledge on Earth.
It was so much more than an invisible force. It was the tendrils of the universe, connecting every star, planet, and black hole in existence.
As we found a rudimentary way to study it, visualizing it on a spectrum we couldn't conceive of before, slowly we came to realize that there was a message hidden in the matter.
A message that had been sent out a billion years ago across the universe.
It was presented in the language of math, and was given over to a number of scientists and mathematicians who worked on it at length.
Over time, these great minds found that the message was actually a question,
and that the question had been answered a million different ways by a million different intelligent species throughout existence. Aliens from planets far beyond our own.
One could only guess at who or what had been the first to ask it. Many chose to believe it was the universe itself, asking all of her children.
The universe was dying, and it knew. It knew, and it pleaded for an answer from all of us.
Could we fix it? Could we save it, and in doing so, save ourselves? Save our species and the millions of other intelligent species in existence?
There were a million different answers, every one of them the same as ours.
We are helpless to do anything but wait for the inevitable end as we float through space, in awe of the cosmic fireworks display that signifies the grand finale of existence.