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She wept tears of plasma, gushing radiation from every pore. She could feel her own weight crushing down. She could not stand much longer.

She had lived long, providing radiance to her family of planets. Yet it seemed not long enough.

Her strength failed, her surface collapsed, and the shocking force of gravity compressed until she exploded with a cataclysmic flash of light.

Eons passed...

The dead star's dust coalesced.

Thoughts returned, visions of a new family, of heavier elements interacting in novel, incredible ways.

As gravity forged a new core she whispered through the cosmos, "Let there be light."

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