The Land That Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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not yet
reached the level of the deck: "It's the raider, the German raider

I saw that we had reached the end of our rope. Below all was
quiet--not a man remained. A door opened at the end of the narrow
hull, and presently Nobs came trotting up to me. He licked my face and
rolled over on his back, reaching for me with his big, awkward paws.
Then other footsteps sounded, approaching me. I knew whose they were,
and I looked straight down at the flooring. The girl was coming almost
at a run--she was at my side immediately. "Here!" she cried. "Quick!"
And she slipped something into my hand. It was a key--the key to my
irons. At my side she also laid a pistol, and then she went on into
the centrale. As she passed me, I saw that she carried another pistol
for herself. It did not take me long to liberate myself, and then I
was at her side. "How can I thank you?" I started; but she shut me up
with a word.

"Do not thank me," she said coldly. "I do not care to hear your thanks
or any other expression from you. Do not stand there looking at me. I
have given you a chance to do something--now do it!" The last was a
peremptory command that made me jump.

Glancing up, I saw that the tower was empty, and I lost no time in
clambering up, looking about me. About a hundred yards off lay a
small, swift cruiser-raider, and above her floated the German
man-of-war's flag. A boat had just been lowered, and I could see it
moving toward us filled with officers and men. The cruiser lay dead
ahead. "My," I thought, "what a wonderful targ--" I stopped even
thinking, so surprised and shocked was I by the boldness of my imagery.
The girl was just below me. I looked down on her wistfully. Could I
trust her? Why had she released me at this moment? I must! I must!
There was no other way. I dropped back below. "Ask Olson to step down
here, please," I requested; "and don't let anyone see you ask him."

She looked at me with a puzzled expression on her face for the barest
fraction of a second, and then she turned and went up the ladder. A
moment later Olson returned, and the girl followed him. "Quick!" I
whispered to the big Irishman,

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