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THE DESTROYING ANGEL
By Louis Joseph Vance
Coprlgtit by tha Franfc A. Mutucy Company. 1
CHAPTER XL (Continued.)
HE sat up, gasping for breath,
brushed the sand from his face
?nd eyes, and as soon as hts
whirling wits settled a little
realized his position and what had hap
pened. Half burled in the debris of a minia
ture landslide, he sat at i he foot of the
bluff, which rear53 Its convex face be
hind and over him. Immediately above
his head a Tagged break In the contour
of the ledges showed where the" sand,
held together solely by the roots of
bfcach grass, had given way beneath
the weight of the antagonists.
A little distance from him, the other
man was picking himself up, apparently
unhurt, but wholly satisfied. "Without
delay, with not even as much as a
glance at Whitaker. he staggered off
for a few paces, then settled into a
heavy, lumbering trot up the beach.
This conduct was so inconsistent with
Ills late belligerent humor that Whit
aker felt inclined to rub his eyes a sec
end time. He had anticipated as soon
as in condition to reason at all noth
ing less than an immediate resumption
of hostilities. Yet there was the fellow
running away. Incomprehensible!
And yet, save at the first blush, not so
Incon-prehensible: the chief of the
man's desire had betn unquestionably
to see without being seen; his rage at
being detected had led him to a mis
step; now he was reverting to his origi
nal plan with as much expedition as
rosslble. He did not 'nlsh the woman
to know him; therefore, he was putting
himself out of her way. For she was
"When "Whitaker caught sight of her
she was1 already close at. hand. She had
been Tunning. Now, as their glances
met. hers keenly Inquiring of Whltaker's
still bewildered eyes, she pulled up ab
ruptly and stood astare. He saw. or
fancied, something closely akin to fright
and consternation In her look. The flush
In her cheeks pave way to a swift pal
lor. The hands trembled that drew her
beach-cloak close about her. she seemed
to make an effort to speak, without ef
fect. On his part. "Whitaker attempted to
rise. AT keen twinge in his ankle how
ever, wrung an involuntary rrunt from
him. and. with a wry grimace he sank
"Oh!" cried the woman impulsively
"Tou're hurt!" She advanced a pace,
feolicitous and sympathetic.
"Oh. not much," Whitaker replied In
a tone more of hope than of assurance.
He felt tenderly on the Injured mem
ber. "Only my ankle twisted It a few
days ago, and now again. It'll be all
right In a moment or two."
Her gaze traveled from him to the
edge of the bluff.
"I didn't see I mean, I heard some
thing, and turned, and saw you sitting
up and the other man rising."
"Sorry we startled you." "Whitaker
mumbled, wondering how. the deuce he
was golnc to get heme. His examina
tion of the ankle hadn't proved greatly
"But I ah how did It happen?"
"A mere misunderstanding." he said
lightly. "I mistook the jrentleman for
some one I knew. He resented it, so
we started to scran like a couple of
rchool-boys. Then I wish to Heven It
had been his lee Instead of mine'"
"But still, I hardlv understand "
She was now more composed. The
color had returned to her face She
stood with head Inclined a trifle for
ward, gaze intent beneath delicate
brows most distracting pretty, he
thought. In spite of his ankle whkh
reallv didn't hurt unless he moved It
"Well, you sec. I am I'm visiting
Kmber the cottage next to ours. I bo
lie e. That is. If I'm not mistaken jou
have the Flske place?"
"And so. this morning, it struck me
as a fine Idea to swim over here and
have a look at the beach. I ah you
rather showed me the way, with your
molorboat. I mean I saw you start
He felt better after that: open confes
sion Is a great help when one feels
senselessly guilty. He ventured an en
caging smile and noted with relief that
It failed to terrify the younj; woman
On the other hand, she said encour
agingly: "I see."
"And then I found this chap here
watching vou "
That startled her. "How do you mean
'Wh ah that's what he seemed to
he doing. He was lylnj; at full lenztlj
up there, naif hidden, to all appearances
watching you from behind a screen of
"But I don't understand whv should
he have been watching me?"
"I'm sure i don't know If ou don't '
She shook her head. "You must be
"Dare say. I generallr am when I
lump at conclusions. Anyway, he didn't
like It much when I called him out of
his name. I gathered. In fact, that he
was considerably exasperated. Silly,
"I should sav so." she agreed gravel
For a moment or two they eyed each
other In silence, whitaker wondering
lust how much of a fool phe was think
ing him and dublouslr considering var
ious expedients toward Ingratlatln him
self. She was really oultc too charm
ing to be neglected, after so auspicious
an inauguration of their acquaintance.
Momentarily he was becoming more
convinced that she was exceptional
Certain he was he had never met any
woman auite like her not even the fair
but false Miss Carstalrs. of whom he
had once fancied himself so desporately
enamored. Here there was an uncom
mon intelligence conjoined with match
less loveliness Testimony to the former
ounJIty he acquired from eyes serenely
violet and thoughtful. As for the latter,
he reflected that few women, even pro
fessional beauties, could have stood the
add test of that mercilessly brilliant
I don't seem to think of anything "How do you mean me to interpret
ueful to say." he ventured. "Can you
help me out? Unless you'd be Inter
ested to know that my name's Whita
ker Hugh Whitaker "
She acknowledged the Information
merely by a brief nod. "It seems to
me." she said seriously, "that the
pressing question Is. what arc you go
ing to do about that ankle? Shall you
be able to walk?
that?" she demanded straightforward,
"The Intention was not uncompli
mentary, perhaps," he said gravely,
"though the clumsiness is Incontesta
ble. As for the rest of It I'm not try
ing to flirt with you, If that's what
you mean yet. What I meant to con
"vey was simply my Intention no longer
to bear my masculine weight upon a
woman either you or any other worn-
Hard to say." he grumbled, a trine an." . .
dashed. He experimented gingerly, i A smile contended momentarily witn
movlne his foot this way and that and
shutting his teeth on the groans the
test would have evoked had he been
alone. " Traid not. Still, one can try."
"It Isn't sprained?"
"Oh, no Just badly wrenched. And.
as I said, its the second time within a
With infinite pains and the aid of
both hands and his sound foot, he lift
ed himself and contrived to stand for
an Instant, then bore a little of his
weight on the hurt ankle and blanched,
paling visibly beneath his Ineradicable
"I don't suppose." he said with ef
fort "they grow crutches on this
neck of land?"
And he waB about to collapse again
upon the sands when, without warning,
he found the woman had come close
beside him and. catching his hand al
most brusklv. nassed his arm across
her shoulders, so that she received no
little of his weight.
"Oh! I say " he protested feebly.
"Don't say anything." she replied
shortly. "I'm very strong quite able
to help you to the boat. Please don't
consider me at all; just see If we
can't manage this way."
"But I've no right to Impose "
"Dont be silly! Please do as I say.
Wont you try to walk?"
He endeavored to withdraw his arm.
an eflTnrt rendered Ineffectual hv th
fact that his fingers were tight In herf
cool, firm grasp.
"Please!" she said not altogether pa
tiently. He eyed her askance. There was in
this incredible situation a certain
piquancy, definitely provocative, trans
cending the claim his Injury made upon
his Interest. Last night, for the first
time, ho had seen this woman from a
distance and thought her desirable: this
morning, within twelve hours, he found
himself with an arm round her neck.
He thought It an uncommonly inter
esting neck, slender, but not thin, and
straight and strong, a milk-white col
umn riilnu from the frilled collar of her
bathing cloak, ending in shimmering
tendrils that clustered behind her cars.
Nor was the ear presented to his in
spection an every-day ear, lacking Its
Individual allure. He considered that It
i owned Its distinctlvo personality, not
unworthy a man s studious attention.
He saw her once, of course, en profile,
her head bowed, lashes long upon her
cheeks as she looked downward; her
mouth eet In a mold of gravity, her
brows seriously contracted; signs of a
mentality preoccupied with the prob
lem of the moment.
An! then suddenly she turned her
head and Intercepted his whole-hearted
stare. For a thought wonder glimmered
In the violet eya. then they Hashed dis
concertingly, finally they became ut
terly cold and di-wlalnful.
"Well," bhe demanded. In a fr'sid
He looked away In complete confu
sion, and felt his fate burning to the
"I beg jour pardon," he mumbled in
happll. He essayed to walk Twenty fct .mil
more of m-dcturous, dr. ileldlng sand
separated them from the root of the
flight of steps ascending the bluff It
proved no cah journey, and Its diffi
culty was, complltatrd In his determi
nation to spare the w omaii a much as
posillle. Gritting his. n-eih. he grinned
and hore it without a murniui until
the first stake of the Journey accom
plished, ho was able to grasp a hand
lall at the bottom of the stairs and
breathe devout thanks by means of a
"Shall we rest a bit ' the woman
asked, compassionate, now Imioring the
impertinence sho had chosen to resent
a fw moments ago
"Think I can manage thanks." he
s,ald, panting a little "It'll b tasier
now going up. I shan't need jour
He withdrew his arm. perhaps not
without regret, but assuredly with a
comforting sense of decent considera
tion toward her, as well as some slight
and Intrinsically masculine satisfaction
In the knowledge that he was overcom
ing her will and resistance
"No hones-tlN " he Inls1ed "Tlies-o
hand-ialls make it eah '
"But please lie sure, she begged
"Don't take am chawes of hurting
joiirself more. And I don't mind"
Let me demonstrate, then "
The stairway was roinfortatjH nar
. . i,.. i,n,i onlv tn urasn a rail with
either hand and half lift l.lmelf. half J
hop up, step in M-p. in una iiiannei
he accomplished the ascent In excel
lent. If hopelessly ungraceful Style
At the top he limped .to a woodrn seat
liebidc one of the bathhouhes and sat
down nlth so murli grim decision In
his manner that It was .vldcnt to the
woman the monn nt she lepolned hhn
But he mustered a smile to meet her
look of concern, and shonp his head
"Thus far and no farther," he ex
plained the attitude.
"Oh, but you must not be stubborn'"
"I mean to be hatefully stubborn. In
fact. I don't mind warning jou that
there's n famous strain of mule In the
She was. however, not to be diverted,
and her fugitive frown bespoke Impa
tience. If he were any judge.
"But. soriouelj. jou must "
"Believe me." he Interrupted, "If I
am to retain any estagc of helf-regpeet
I mudt no longer use you for a crutch."
"But, reallj. I don't see why "
"Need I lemlnd j'ou I am a man'."'
he argued light!'. "Even as you are
a verj' charming woman."
The frown deepened while she turned
this utterance oer.
the frown, and triumphed brilliantly.
"I beg your pardon, I'm sure. But
do you mind telling me what you do
mean to do?"
"Well, then?" The smile was deepen
ing very plcasantl
"I mean to ask j'ou." he said delib
erated, taking heart of this favorable
manifestation, "id whom am I Indebted."
To his consternation the smile van
ished as though a cloud had sailed be
fore the sun. Doubt and something
strongly resembling incredulity in
formed her glance.
"Do j-ou mean to say j'ou don t
know?" she demanded after a moment.
"Believe me. I've no least Idea '
"But didn't Mr. Kmber tell you?"
"Ember seemed to be laboring under
the misapprehension that the Flske
place was without a tenanL"
"And I'm sure he was slnterc. Other
wise It's certain wild horses could not
have dragged him back to town."
"Oh!" Her tone was thoughtful. "So
he has gone back to town?"
"Business, called hlni. At least such
was the plausible excuse the advanced
for abandoning mj exclusive society."
"I see,' she said thoughtfullj'-'l
"But aren't you going to tell me? Or
should I prove mv human Intelligence,
bj- assuming on logical grounds that
you're Miss, Flske?"
"If you please," she murmured ab
sently, her gaze seeking- the distance
of the sea.
"Then that's settled," he pursued in
accents of satisfaction. "You are Miss
Flske Christian name at present un
known to deponent. I am Mr. Whitaker,
as already deposed baptized Hugh.
And we. are neighbors. Do you know,
I think this a very decent sort of a
world, after all?"
"And still" she returned to the
charge "you haven't told me what you
mean to do, since J'ou retuse my heip! '
"I mean," he asserted cheerfully, "to
sit here, aping Patience on a monument,
until some kind-hearted person fetches
me a stick or other suitable piece of
wood to act as an emergency staff.
Then I shall make shift to hobble to
your motorboat and thank you very
klndlj- for ferrying me home."
"Verj' well." she said with a bulslness
llko air. "Now we understand one an
other. I'll see what I earn find."
Reviewing their surroundings with a
swift and comprehensive glance, she
shook her head in dainty annoyance,
stood for an instant plunged in specu
lation, then, light-footed, darted from
sight round the side of the bathhouse.
He waited, a tender nurse of his ankle,
smiling vaguely at the benign sky.
Presently she reappeared, dragging an
eight-foot pole, which, from certain In
dications, seemed to have been formerly
dedicated, to the uses of a clothesline
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