Astronaut Piotr Krawinski fights to suppress a yawn. He sits across from the representative of the first discovered alien civilization. The being had been rambling on for hours and Piotr could use a break.
He checks his watch for the umpteenth time just as the alien says: “…we are impressed by how far you’ve come. You are our perfect creations.”
Piotr straightens. “You created us?”
“Indeed, we did.”
“Why? Are we your experiment? Pets? Exhibits in a theme park?” Piotr’s mind races.
The alien falls silent for a moment.
“Because the Universe is empty and we didn’t want to be alone.”