The War of the Worlds Chapter 3

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The War of the Worlds Chapter 3: The First Cylinder Lands

Just a few nights later, the first falling star landed. Everyone thought it was just a meteorite. Nobody went to look for it that night, but I wanted to see it. I woke up very early the next morning and went to look at it.

There was a huge crater where the mysterious object had landed. It looked like an enormous cylinder. Ogilvy was amazed because it did not look like a large round rock.

The outside of it was burned black from the heat of the atmosphere. It was still very hot and Ogilvy could not go near it. Ogilvy could hear noises inside.

Soon, hundreds of people came to see the strange object, but Ogilvy told everyone to stay back. Ogilvy thought the cylinder might be dangerous. He still didn't know what it was, or what was inside.

Suddenly the top of the cylinder began to open. Ogilvy thought there was a man inside trying to escape, but there was nothing he could do to help because the cylinder was still so hot.

When the cylinder opened up, everyone had expected to see a man inside. But instead, the people saw a shapeless gray mass with glowing eyes, and long twisting tentacles.

The creature began trying to rise up out of the cylinder. Its glowing eyes looked at me steadily, and it was breathing heavily as it pulled itself out of the cylinder. Then another creature came out.