Stooping, he cut the bonds thatsecured Tavias
wrists. The Jhama was already rising as I turned to engage him. I was in a great
hurry when I quit the palace and accidents willhappen.
Almost immediately the other ships of Helium were
brought to a stop. They are only a short distance away now, I said; let us keep
onuntil we have passed them.
We shall be in danger, of course, I said; this is
war and one cannever tell.
She put her strong, young arms about my neck and
clung to me. If they follow us, then will be time enough toconsider them. With a cry
of surprise he leaped forward and threw hisarms about me. It was evident that they
had seen us and they were closing the distancebetween us at a steady
And then we saw ships approaching from the east and
I knew that it wasthe fleet of Helium. Thanks be to all my ancestors that it was not
In his ignorance the Warlord was playing directly
into the handsof the enemy. We shall be in danger, of course, I said; this is war
and one cannever tell.
A great battleship of Tul Axtars fleet was hit
three times insuccession almost alongside of me.
What must they have thought when they saw me
apparently floatingupright upon thin air? A long time ago, after we first met, she
said, you told me that weshould be comrades in arms. Then we shall remain and fight,
she said; but Hadron, you must notdie. In the dim light of thecabin I saw that it
was Tul Axtar and that his other hand held adagger.
I looked back and saw three figures upon our
They, too, can feel sorrow at the loss of
lovedones. They can have peace if they want it as far as I am concerned, I
I hold you to your word, Tan Hadron
On they drove,unconscious of the inevitable fate
bearing down upon them.
On and on with relentless persistency the throng
swarmed upward towardus.
And to thinkthat I jeopardized your safety, Tavia,
to save such as she.
I hold you to your word, Tan Hadron ofHastor. There
were at least a half dozen such visible to meat one time.
We shall never part again, Tavia, I
The Jhama was already rising as I turned to engage
Then we shall remain and fight, she said; but
Hadron, you must notdie. Tul Axtar had not had thedecency or the humanity to remove
our gags. And to thinkthat I jeopardized your safety, Tavia, to save such as she.