Bears and bats hibernate in the winter. As temperatures cool and snow drifts begin to build, they cozy up with their kin and settle down for the proverbial long winter’s nap.
Insects burrow into the ground, content to miss entire seasons—sometimes upwards of a couple decades! Plants of all types have been known to “resurrect” after ages without water or noticeable “life.”
For us, it’s different. We are not following life’s natural circadian rhythms. Our latency from life is not a matter of harsh climates or biological preservation. It’s not an innate feature within us. It’s actually quite deliberate.
Our “long nap,” as it were, is very intentional. We are out of your way, in the most remote corner of your craggy boulder speeding through space. It’s a spot untouched by noticeable human civilization. We are not dozing on the job, riding out the weather until the planet makes a more auspicious tilt toward your star. We are fully alert. Ready for action. Biding our time until the exact moment of our choosing.
Or until you literally dig us out of the ice, you stupid, clueless creatures. Then Plan B begins!