Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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arabo diras, ke mi rapidu, cxar li vidas sablonubon sude--li
kredas, ke gxi estas la bando, kiu venas por murdi min, kaj li ne
deziras esti trovita kun mi. Do adiaux denove.

Via David Innes

Post unu jaro mi denove trovigxis cxe la fino de la fervoja linio,
veturanta al la loko, kie mi forlasis Innes. Mia unua seniluziigxo
okazis, kiam mi eksciis, ke mia maljuna gvidisto mortis kelkajn
semajnojn antaux mia reveno, kaj mi povis trovi neniun alian membron
de mia iama grupo, kiu povus konduki min al la sama loko.

Dum monatoj mi trasercxis tiun brulvarman landon, pridemandante
sennombrajn dezertajn sxejkojn, esperante, ke finfine mi trovus unu,
kiu auxdis pri Innes kaj lia mirinda fera talpo. Konstante miajn
okuloj esploris la blindigan amason da sablo por ekvidi la
sxtonamason, sub kiu mi trovus la dratojn irantajn al Pelucidaro--sed
cxiam mi malsukcesis.

Kaj cxiam molestas min cxi tiuj terurigaj demandoj, kiam mi pensas
pri David Innes kaj liaj strangaj aventuroj.

Cxu finfine la araboj murdis lin tuj antaux lia ekveturo? Aux cxu li
redirektis la nazon de sia fera monstro al la interna mondo? Cxu li
atingis gxin, aux cxu li kusxas ie enterigita en la mezo de la granda
terkrusto? Kaj se li revenis al Pelucidaro, cxu li trapenetris cxe la
fundo de unu el gxiaj grandaj internaj maroj aux inter iu sovagxa
popolo tute malproksime de la lando de lia korsopiro?

Cxu la respondo kusxas ie sur la sino de la vasta Saharo, cxe la fino
de du etaj dratoj, kasxitaj sub perdita sxtonamaso? Mi scivolas.

Fino

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