The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Korak. She knew it. He would never come
now, and these men would take her far away. Presently they would kill
her. She would never see her Korak again.

On this day the Swedes rested, for they had marched rapidly and their
men were tired. Malbihn and Jenssen had gone from camp to hunt, taking
different directions. They had been gone about an hour when the door
of Meriem's tent was lifted and Malbihn entered. The look of a beast
was on his face.

Chapter 14

With wide eyes fixed upon him, like a trapped creature horrified
beneath the mesmeric gaze of a great serpent, the girl watched the
approach of the man. Her hands were free, the Swedes having secured
her with a length of ancient slave chain fastened at one end to an iron
collar padlocked about her neck and at the other to a long stake driven
deep into the ground.

Slowly Meriem shrank inch by inch toward the opposite end of the tent.
Malbihn followed her. His hands were extended and his fingers
half-opened--claw-like--to seize her. His lips were parted, and his
breath came quickly, pantingly.

The girl recalled Jenssen's instructions to call him should Malbihn
molest her; but Jenssen had gone into the jungle to hunt. Malbihn had
chosen his time well. Yet she screamed, loud and shrill, once, twice,
a third time, before Malbihn could leap across the tent and throttle
her alarming cries with his brute fingers. Then she fought him, as any
jungle she might fight, with tooth and nail. The man found her no easy
prey. In that slender, young body, beneath the rounded curves and the
fine, soft skin, lay the muscles of a young lioness. But Malbihn was
no weakling. His character and appearance were brutal, nor did they
belie his brawn. He was of giant stature and of giant strength.
Slowly he forced the girl back upon the ground, striking her in the
face when she hurt him badly either with teeth or nails. Meriem struck
back, but she was growing weaker from the choking fingers at her throat.

Out in the jungle Jenssen had brought down two bucks. His hunting had
not carried him far afield, nor was he prone to permit it to do so. He
was suspicious of Malbihn. The very fact that his companion had
refused to accompany him and elected instead to hunt alone in another
direction would not, under ordinary circumstances, have seemed fraught
with sinister suggestion;

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