They planted the seeds in the center of the blast sites. The plants were genetically modified, created to thrive on the poisoned air and irradiated soil that the war had left behind.
As the trees grew to impossible heights, they rebuilt the city around them in concentric rings, a dome of fresh air and clean earth that expanded year after year. They built pumps and pipes that sent clean water from under their roots to the rest of the city.
But the city never shared the secrets of the rejuvenation with their neighbors. That decision led to the next war.

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