Ganymede peered searchingly over steepled hands at the stream of rocks of varying shapes and sizes drifting past him. A gargantuan arm reached out and plucked an asteroid from the belt. He weighed it in his palm. A mere pebble to him. He tossed it upwards and caught it a few times. “This’ll do.”

He raised his left hand to eye-level, the middle finger and thumb of his right poised behind the rock, ready to fire. He closed one eye and trained his sights on the glowing blue orb in the distance.

“What do you think you are doing?” a stern disembodied voice interrupted as he was about to launch the 60-mile wide missile.

“I’m speeding things up.” Ganymede said, glancing back over his shoulder at the other colossus materialising behind him.

“That’s not how it works. You’d think after 12 billion years you’d have mastered the art of patience.”

“We all know how this ends Io. Why bother wait?” Ganymede continued, defiantly.

“They could still turn it around.”

“Pfft. Better odds of Dad coming back than those neanderthals saving themselves. Besides, you know how they love a reboot down there, let’s give ’em one,” Ganymede grinned impishly.

“I said no. Now drop it.”

“Fine,” Ganymede huffed, flinging the asteroid behind him.

A brilliant white light shattered the inky blackness, the shockwave from the collision causing the celestial beings to wobble, if only slightly. Brother and sister turned to find a cluster of rocky debris and glistening red and orange dust clouds.

Io glared at her twin. He cowered. “Oops.”

“You’re lucky that wasn’t Enceladus. Mum would’ve had your head. Moron.” Io floated away, vanishing again into the darkness.


“Breaking news now coming out of NASA. A spokesperson for the agency says Titan, the icy moon orbiting Saturn, has been obliterated. Titan was the second largest moon in our solar system and scientists have long theorised that, along with Enceladus, Titan may even have had suitable conditions to support alien life. The cause of Titan’s demise is unknown but we will keep you updated once we know more.

In other news, North Korea…”