Out of Time's Abyss

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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may have happened to them."

"I want you to be happy," she said quite simply; "but I should be very
lonely if you went away and left me here."

He put his hand on her shoulder. "I would not do that, little girl,"
he said gently. "If you cannot go with me, I shall not go. If either
of us must go alone, it will be you."

Her face lighted to a wondrous smile. "Then we shall not be
separated," she said, "for I shall never leave you as long as we both

He looked down into her face for a moment and then: "Who was An-Tak?"
he asked.

"My brother," she replied. "Why?"

And then, even less than before, could he tell her. It was then that
he did something he had never done before--he put his arms about her
and stooping, kissed her forehead. "Until you find An-Tak," he said,
"I will be your brother."

She drew away. "I already have a brother," she said, "and I do not
want another."

Chapter 5

Days became weeks, and weeks became months, and the months followed one
another in a lazy procession of hot, humid days and warm, humid nights.
The fugitives saw never a Wieroo by day though often at night they
heard the melancholy flapping of giant wings far above them.

Each day was much like its predecessor. Bradley splashed about for a
few minutes in the cold pool early each morning and after a time the
girl tried it and liked it. Toward the center it was deep enough for
swimming, and so he taught her to swim--she was probably the first
human being in all Caspak's long ages who had done this thing. And
then while she prepared breakfast, the man shaved--this he never
neglected. At first it was a source of wonderment to the girl, for the
Galu men are beardless.

When they needed meat, he hunted, otherwise he busied himself in
improving their shelter, making new and better weapons, perfecting his
knowledge of the girl's language and teaching her to speak and to write
English--anything that would keep them both occupied. He still sought
new plans for escape, but with ever-lessening enthusiasm, since each
new scheme presented some insurmountable obstacle.

And then one day as a bolt out of a clear sky came that which blasted
the peace and security of their sanctuary forever. Bradley was just
emerging from the water after his morning plunge when from overhead
came the sound of flapping wings. Glancing quickly

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