Ever was he the aggressor, and though always he kept his flashing blade between the girl and her enemies, yet he managed to force them hither and thither about the room, calling to the girl to follow close behind him.
He escaped my blade, and ran down this corridor," replied Kar Komak.
He did not dare intervene now until one of the Wieroo had overcome the other, lest the two should turn upon him at once, when the chances were fair that he would be defeated in so unequal a battle as the curved blade of the red Wieroo would render it, and so he waited, watching the white-robed figure slowly choking the life from him of the red robe.
The blade struck at the junction of the neck and torso and with such force as to completely decapitate the Wieroo, the hideous head dropping to the floor and the body falling forward upon the Englishman.
Quick as a panther, Alleyne sprang in with a thrust, but Tranter, who was as active as he was strong, had already recovered himself and turned it aside with a movement of his heavy blade
Others polished the blade
until all the rust was removed and it glistened like burnished silver.
For an instant they recoiled before my terrific onslaught, and in that instant the green warrior rose to the occasion and, springing to my side, laid to the right and left of him as I had never seen but one other warrior do, with great circling strokes that formed a figure eight about him and that never stopped until none stood living to oppose him, his keen blade
passing through flesh and bone and metal as though each had been alike thin air.
The red stain upon my point roused to its full the old blood-lust of the fighting man that has ever been so strong within my breast, so that my blade
flew through the air with a swiftness and deadly accuracy that threw the two remaining therns into wild despair.
But the boy had learned in that brief second a use for his sharp and shining toy, so that, as the tearing, striking beast dragged him to earth he plunged the blade
repeatedly and to the hilt into its breast.
Now I love thee as my brother, my bully blade
," said the Tinker, "else I would not tell thee my news; for sly am I, man, and I have in hand a grave undertaking that doth call for all my wits, for I come to seek a bold outlaw that men, hereabouts, call Robin Hood.
It must have been an hour later that the ape-man rose quietly and drew his long blade
from its sheath.
As they reached the water's edge De Vac was walking with his right shoulder behind his companion's left, in his hand was gripped the keen blade
and as the woman halted on the dock the point that hovered just below her left shoulder-blade
plunged, soundless, into her heart at the same instant that De Vac's left hand swung up and grasped her throat in a grip of steel.
For which," says he, "I will give you any reasonable price; nor do I insist upon its being silver-hilted; only a good blade
, and such as may become a soldier's thigh.
Still more delightful were the moments when they reached the stream where the rows ended, and the old man rubbed his scythe with the wet, thick grass, rinsed its blade
in the fresh water of the stream, ladled out a little in a tin dipper, and offered Levin a drink.
The rough-handled pocket-knife was taken out in the same moment, and the largest blade
opened by way of irresistible demonstration.