"She's with child grunted the old woman.
Balthus urged that she herself mount with them, but she shook her head and made one of the younger women ride.
Balthus saw the women and naked children scurrying to the huts.
Then followed a tense period of waiting, in which time Balthus wondered if the man who had fled had been the only survivor of the party.Well, a border-man doesn't expect to die in bed.This time there was no answeronly a period of breathless silence in which the pound of Balthus' heart strangled him; and then there sounded a swishing outside the gate, a dry rustling that sent chills down Balthus' spine.A moment later the quality of the yells was altered."You're not a Gunderman?" It was more assertion than question.Conan might have gotten away.The man had long black hair; that was about all the wayfarer could tell about his head, for his features were a mask of blood and brains.Under ordinary circumstances they'd scour the woods for miles in every direction.But the stars gave little light, and Balthus knew that unless one were watching for it, it would be all but impossible for the keenest eye to make out the shadowy shape of the canoe crossing the river."No human being could have found our trail so quickly, or followed us so swiftly muttered Conan.We must hurry up the road to warn the other cabins." Relief flooded her countenance."Oh, hurry!" He pushed her aside as she fumbled with shaking hands at the bars.The first suspicion I had was when I heard a shaft rasp against a bow as it was pulled back."Grab a bow and a handful of arrows, and hurry!Among the settlements of the Tauran he was accounted a good runner, but Conan was leaving him behind with maddening ease.They had rushed to the wall expecting to repel an attack in force.He held behind, listening.Some devilment.The Cimmerian was standing over the litter on which lay the body of Tiberias.A little lower and it would have decapitated him.
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"I'm coming with you!" And suiting action to words, he plunged after the Cimmerian.