He heard the man enter the chamber and halt. He heard a muttered exclamation, followed by the jangle of metal dishes as a salver was slammed upon a table; then rapidly retreating footsteps, which quickly died away in the distance. Ghek lost no time in returning to the chamber, recovering the key, relocking the rykor to his chain.
The outcome was that the Bat found himself thrown ignominiously into the dust outside the walls, and the gate slammed after him. He gathered himself together and looked around. No one of his people had seen the melee from which he had emerged so ingloriously, yet humiliation was terrible. Nothing like this had occurred before.
The token's plain! There's no snakes! And with such a sign to go by, there must've been shenanigans goin' on to make things go wrong! And till those shenanigans are exposed an' stopped there'll be no more help from Earth for ye blaggards!" He stamped his way into the presidential mansion. The door slammed shut. Moira, his granddaughter, regarded the president with sympathy.
The pajamaed one glared at the flowers and the envelope; then he turned and flung them into a corner of the living-room. "Hell!" he said in disgust. "Harleston's either crazy or in love: it's the same thing anyway." He slammed the door and went back to bed. Harleston, chuckling, returned to his quarters; retrieved from the floor a leaf and a petal and tossed them out of the window.
"I kind of pity Ferd," mumbled the constable, his faded eyes on the cracked door that the last woman had slammed behind her. "Hain't averaged to put up one man a week for five years, and I reckon he's had to sell rum or starve." Cap'n Sproul made no observation. He still maintained that air of not caring to discuss the affairs of the Smyrna tavern.
Some official, probably." A door slammed and a tall figure hurried through the passage, looked in at the smoking-room, and turned back. "Hullo!" said a familiar voice, and Jeff's laughing face beamed in upon them. "Well, well, did you hold up the train?" they cried. "Thought you'd come along, too, did you?" asked Doctor Forester. "Good! Glad to have you.
"I'm willing." Arthur, leaning on the rail, was cursing the dock boat at the buoy. The lock was waiting for them, and he lurched to the telegraph, slammed the handle over with a clatter and rang for steam. The pilot and the old man leaned quickly to the indicator; he had ordered full speed ahead. "Stop her!" snapped the pilot as the decks beneath them pulsed to the awakening engines.
Fire when ready." "Okay, Mike?" A half-second pause. "Okay!" Joe pressed the firing-button for the take-off rockets. And he was slammed back into his acceleration chair again. But this was three gravities only. Pressed heavily against the acceleration cushions, he could perform the navigation for the fleet. He did.
The window was open, but Harrington slammed it to, just in time to intercept the paper, which he caught. 'I thought so, he said; 'it might be the identical thing that was given to my brother. You'll have to look out, Dunning; this may mean something quite serious for you. A long consultation took place. The paper was narrowly examined.
At the left a small, stone house had a half opened door. Ludowika looked within. "For storing," Howat told her. Inside were piled sledges and cinder hooks, bars and moulds, and bales of tanned hides. Ludowika explored in the shadows. A sudden eddy of wind slammed to the door through which they had entered.