The 'shelter' is just that--a large building with walls three feet thick and no windows. It would be completely dark inside were it not for the few electric lamps strategically placed so as not to waste the light of any one lamp. The walls are lined with shelves which are filled with various kinds of weapons. One shelf is full of swords, another of laser pistols, another of old style rifles. In front of one wall, there are two human-size metallic robots, standing as soldiers on guard.
"Please make yourselves at home," says the leader. "Would you like some coffee or refreshment?" The others are silent, as if taking their cues from the leader.
The coffee is served by the robots, who almost drop it on the table. The leader gives another order to the robots, which is unintelligible to our friends. The robots disappear into a side-room.
As our friends drink the coffee, which really isn’t very good, the leader smiles and says: "Perhaps we do owe you an explanation, especially as it seems you were brought here by mistake. We were trying for much more primitive people than you. You see, we are at war. It’s a worldwide conflagration greater than any in our history."
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