The torment was ended. The people scattered over the country, desperate, leaderless, starved, the thousands who had fled by sea - including the one most dear to me - all would return, the pulse of life growing stronger and stronger, would beat again.
As life returns to normal, the question of another attack from Mars causes universal concern. Is our planet safe, or is this time of peace merely a reprieve? It may be that across the immensity of space, they have learned their lessons and even now await their opportunity. Perhaps the future belongs not to us, but to the Martians.