The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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skin torso--Geeka of the splinter limbs
and the disreputable appearance. The little girl raised the marred
face to hers and rocking herself backward and forward crooned a
plaintive Arab lullaby to the doll. A softer light entered the eyes of
The Killer. For a long hour that passed very quickly to him Korak lay
with gaze riveted upon the playing child. Not once had he had a view
of the girl's full face. For the most part he saw only a mass of wavy,
black hair, one brown little shoulder exposed upon the side from where
her single robe was caught beneath her arm, and a shapely knee
protruding from beneath her garment as she sat cross legged upon the
ground. A tilt of the head as she emphasized some maternal admonition
to the passive Geeka revealed occasionally a rounded cheek or a piquant
little chin. Now she was shaking a slim finger at Geeka, reprovingly,
and again she crushed to her heart this only object upon which she
might lavish the untold wealth of her childish affections.

Korak, momentarily forgetful of his bloody mission, permitted the
fingers of his spear hand to relax a little their grasp upon the shaft
of his formidable weapon. It slipped, almost falling; but the
occurrence recalled The Killer to himself. It reminded him of his
purpose in slinking stealthily upon the owner of the voice that had
attracted his vengeful attention. He glanced at the spear, with its
well-worn grip and cruel, barbed head. Then he let his eyes wander
again to the dainty form below him. In imagination he saw the heavy
weapon shooting downward. He saw it pierce the tender flesh, driving
its way deep into the yielding body. He saw the ridiculous doll drop
from its owner's arms to lie sprawled and pathetic beside the quivering
body of the little girl. The Killer shuddered, scowling at the
inanimate iron and wood of the spear as though they constituted a
sentient being endowed with a malignant mind.

Korak wondered what the girl would do were he to drop suddenly from the
tree to her side. Most likely she would scream and run away. Then
would come the men of the village with spears and guns and set upon
him. They would either kill him or drive him away. A lump rose in the
boy's throat. He craved the companionship of his own kind, though he
scarce realized how greatly. He would have liked to

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