mostly gen, slight sheith, pg13, 5.4k.
they return to a quieter earth. it is exactly what keith wants.
They all receive top military honours. Lance jokingly protests that a medal of valour and an internationally publicised ceremony during which they get to shake hands with a dozen heads of state is thoroughly underwhelming in exchange for having saved the entire universe, but the truth is that nobody on Earth is able to comprehend the full scale of what has happened. That is because nobody on Earth can comprehend the full scale of the universe as the five of them have experienced it, simply because so much of what has transpired over the last ten years has taken place outside of the limited scope of outer space as it is understood by Earth’s scientists.
In essence, they are rewarded for having survived.