The expanse of the cosmos spread from my fingertips, a living map that responded to my touch. There were so many details to get right.
While it was true that my power was virtually unlimited, things were much more interesting when I limited myself, like the time I made a rock so heavy I couldn’t lift it.
A nagging voice broke my concentration, sending the star cluster I was working on spinning out of control. The resulting explosion denied that system any chance at intelligent life. Or any life at all.
Diverting some of my attention to another time-place I saw who had interrupted my work. It was Novus again.
“Please tell me what’s LIFE like?” it pleaded.
It’s like thirty-three years, I thought to myself. “I don’t want to ruin anything for you after you went to the trouble of having your powers limited for the duration of your lifetime.”
“I don’t remember that. Can’t you tell me anything?”
“I can do better than that.”
“Oh good, do that!”
And with a flick of power I sent Novus spinning down to Earth.