Number 1 and Number 6 escape The Village at the very same moment. Number 6 in a cage set on the trailer of a lorry as it crashes through the wrought iron gates at the end of the tunnel, Number 1 in his rocket blasting off out of its silo. And The Village, evacuated and left unwanted. And yet if something had gone wrong with the launch of that rocket, as such early experiments with rockets did, then Number 1 may very well have found himself coming back to The Village! The rocket falling back on itself, impacting with the ground, the skin of the rocket rupturing, fuel spilling out all over the place, and then igniting. The Village burned to a cinder in a ball of sheering heat and flame!