"God damn it, notify the council it didn't work..." said the disheartened fellow. It had been quite a couple of rough eons. Just decades after decades of experimentation and no point of return. Particularly nothing to show for the work or the effort. "How many chances do we have left? Questioned the curious one." You could see the face of worry spread across the room. "Not too many I fear." Silence and nothing more. Suddenly the lights came up, pitch white, tiny square room with all beings hurdled around one big table in the centre. It was the council, they had come to check up on the work of the beings. "What progress have we made so far? Any luck?" Said the spokesperson, with a lot of gravity in it's voice. "I am afraid we haven't reached a solution yet mighty one." said the trembling poor soul hoping to not face the same wrath as the last one who stood before in that very position. "Very well then, what number was this?" said the other. "C2019PAN?" whispered from the crowd. "And the outcome?". "Doomed to fail. It didn't work." The council walked towards the edge of the room, staring outside into the abyss of the hollow space. "We conquered it all you know, the planets, rotten them all, one by one we broke everything that life itself had created for us, into the blackhole and beyond yet we find ourselves here. On the singular survival point of it all. To think our ancestors survived through all of it, leading to this, just this." Everyone's fear grew, a handful beings left in the room, all of them at the mercy of the council. Between them stood the ashes of the past and the dread of the future. "Try with the asteroid a bit earlier this time, make sure that you put in the fifth pandemic a bit later. Maybe that will change the course of history." Those were the commands, soon they all rose and began to battle their stations. The only way to avoid the inevitable doom was the figure out a way to not end in this mess. "Onto a new beginning, hopefully a bittersweet one." cried the spokesperson as their vision wandered into the light. Once again, the room went dark and the tiny square glowed, at it's centre a big bang.