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If you’ll come this way—” “All right, corporal. My pilot—” “He’ll be taken care of, sir. ” Scott nodded and followed the other into the bastion that thrust out from the overhanging wall of the fort. The sea gate was open, and he walked swiftly through the courtyard in the corporal’s wake, passing a door-curtain, mounting an escalator, and finding himself, presently, before another curtain that bore the face of Cinc Mendez, plump, hoglike, and bald as a bullet. Entering, he saw Mendez himself at the head of a long table, where nearly a dozen officers of the Mob were also seated.

For a moment they struggled there, fighting the cross-currents till the air had been displaced. Scott, peering through cloudy green gloom, saw Kane’s dark shadow twist and kick out through a gap. He followed. Clash by Night 45 Beneath him the black bulk of the boat dropped slowly and was gone. His head broke surface, and he gasped for breath, shaking droplets from his lashes and glancing around. Where was Kane? The boy appeared, his helmet gone, sleek hair plastered to his forehead. Scott caught his eye and pulled the trigger on his life vest, the inflatable undergarment which was always worn under the blouse on sea duty.

They carried high-explosive bullets fired from small-caliber guns, and were, as a rule, two-man craft. They complemented the heavier ordnance of the battlewagons and destroyers. Scott handed Kane a cigarette. The boy hesitated. “We’re not under fire,” the Captain chuckled. “Discipline clamps down during a battle, but it’s O. K. for you to have a smoke with me. ” He lit the white tube for Kane. “Thanks, sir. ” “Well, war has its rules. ” Both men were silent for a while, watching the blank gray surface of the ocean ahead.

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