is not dead. When he
revives he will return to his quarters with a fine tale of his bravery
and there will be none to impugn his boasts--none but I-Gos. Come! he
may revive at any moment and he must not find us here."
I-Gos crossed to the body of his jeddak, knelt beside it for an
instant, and then returned past the couch to Gahan. The two quit the
chamber of O-Mai and took their way toward the spiral runway. Here
I-Gos led Gahan to a higher level and out upon the roof of that portion
of the palace from where he pointed to a high tower quite close by.
"There," he said, "lies the Princess of Helium, and quite safe she will
be until the time of the ceremony."
"Safe, possibly, from other hands, but not from her own," said Gahan.
"She will never become Jeddara of Manator--first will she destroy
"She would do that?" asked I-Gos.
"She will, unless you can get word to her that I still live and that
there is yet hope," replied Gahan.
"I cannot get word to her," said I-Gos. "The quarters of his women
O-Tar guards with jealous hand. Here are his most trusted slaves and
warriors, yet even so, thick among them are countless spies, so that no
man knows which be which. No shadow falls within those chambers that is
not marked by a hundred eyes."
Gahan stood gazing at the lighted windows of the high tower in the
upper chambers of which Tara of Helium was confined. "I will find a
way, I-Gos," he said.
"There is no way," replied the old man.
For some time they stood upon the roof beneath the brilliant stars and
hurtling moons of dying Mars, laying their plans against the time that
Tara of Helium should be brought from the high tower to the throne room
of O-Tar. It was then, and then alone, argued I-Gos, that any hope of
rescuing her might be entertained. Just how far he might trust the
other Gahan did not know, and so he kept to himself the knowledge of
the plan that he had forwarded to Floran and Val Dor by Ghek, but he
assured the ancient taxidermist that if he were sincere in his
oft-repeated declaration that O-Tar should be denounced and superseded
he would have his opportunity on the night that the jeddak sought to
wed the Heliumetic princess.
"Your time shall come then, I-Gos," Gahan assured the other, "and if
you have any party that thinks as you do, prepare them for the
eventuality that will succeed O-Tar's presumptuous attempt
"Death is it that appalls you? That is nothing by comparison with the loss the world must suffer.Page 11
" As we walked along the beach Perry gazed long and earnestly across the water.Page 12
noticed it before.Page 23
The men wore loin cloths of the hide of some shaggy beast, long ends of which depended before and behind nearly to the ground.Page 25
But she did her very best to enlighten me, though much that she said was as Greek would have been to her.Page 28
And what I could see of Dian's cheek went suddenly from red to white.Page 37
" He got me to go over the plan again most carefully, and for some reason which was not at the time clear to me insisted upon a very careful description of the apartments and corridors I had just explored.Page 61
I felt that I was a fool ever to have attempted to escape alone, especially in view of the fact that our plans were already well formulated to make a break for freedom together.Page 62
And Ghak, too; the great, shaggy man had found a place in the hearts of us both, for he was indeed every inch a man and king.Page 63
to walk down to the beach, for the scene was very beautiful.Page 78
At last I turned about and extended one foot toward the object.Page 81
In an instant I realized what I had stumbled upon.Page 95
the bow until the very tip of the shaft rested upon the thumb of my left hand, and then as the great creature darted toward us I let drive straight for that tough breast.Page 98
"Run," I said to Dian.Page 103
"As you dare not return to Amoz," I ventured, "what is to become of you since you cannot be happy here with me, hating me as you do?" "I shall have to put up with you," she replied coldly, "until you see fit to go elsewhere and leave me in peace, then I shall get along very well alone.Page 104
I never said a word to her at first.Page 105
I wept, and I have not done that before since my mother died," and now I saw that there was the moisture of tears about her eyes.Page 108
The former had held up his two hands, palms toward us, in sign of peace, and I had answered him in kind, when he suddenly.Page 109
gave a cry of astonishment and pleasure, and slipping from his enormous mount ran forward toward Dian, throwing his arms about her.Page 112
Ghak and I were inclined to think that the Sly One had been guiding this expedition to the land of Sari, where he thought that the book might be found in Perry's possession; but we had no proof of this and so we took him in and treated him as one of us, although none liked him.