Out of Time's Abyss

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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intended to share it, so that he was
at last forced to permit her to come with him. Through woods at the
summit of the bluff they made their way toward the north and had gone
but a short distance when the wood ended and before them they saw the
waters of the inland sea and dimly in the distance the coveted shore.

The beach lay some two hundred yards from the foot of the hill on which
they stood, nor was there a tree nor any other form of shelter between
them and the water as far up and down the coast as they could see.
Among other plans Bradley had thought of constructing a covered raft
upon which they might drift to the mainland; but as such a contrivance
would necessarily be of considerable weight, it must be built in the
water of the sea, since they could not hope to move it even a short
distance overland.

"If this wood was only at the edge of the water," he sighed.

"But it is not," the girl reminded him, and then: "Let us make the
best of it. We have escaped from death for a time at least. We have
food and good water and peace and each other. What more could we have
upon the mainland?"

"But I thought you wanted to get back to your own country!" he
exclaimed.

She cast her eyes upon the ground and half turned away. "I do," she
said, "yet I am happy here. I could be little happier there."

Bradley stood in silent thought. "`We have food and good water and
peace and each other!'" he repeated to himself. He turned then and
looked at the girl, and it was as though in the days that they had been
together this was the first time that he had really seen her. The
circumstances that had thrown them together, the dangers through which
they had passed, all the weird and horrible surroundings that had
formed the background of his knowledge of her had had their effect--she
had been but the companion of an adventure; her self-reliance, her
endurance, her loyalty, had been only what one man might expect of
another, and he saw that he had unconsciously assumed an attitude
toward her that he might have assumed toward a man. Yet there had been
a difference--he recalled now the strange sensation of elation that had
thrilled him upon the occasions when the girl had pressed his hand in
hers, and the depression that had followed

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