Action! Adventure! Cliffhangers!
The Cliffhanger 250 is a return to the early days of science fiction, when Sword & Planet stories filled the pages of pulp magazines and names such as Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett were emblazoned on the covers. Step back in time and join the adventure!
An agitated cobra is ready to strike the princess as David and Rob desperately search for a way to save her.
The snake was probably searching for
warmth, finding it on the princess's chest.
Now aroused, it was nervous and likely to strike. Whatever we were going to do, it had to be
"Red or green?" I asked
"Red," Rob answered
quietly, instantly knowing I referred to the gun. "This Boost of yours; does it make you
"Yes, but maybe not fast
"But you must-" Rob
began, breaking off as the snake hissed and moved in agitation.
I waited, letting the snake
settle a bit before answering, "I will.
Now, give me your hat."
Without another word, Rob
carefully handed me the hat to his guard's uniform. Slowly, I began moving the open end of the
hat in front of the snake. The snake
swayed in agitation then struck at the princess -- a fraction of a second after I Boosted. The snake's head plunged into the hat, its
strike blocked. I dragged the snake
outside, where Rob smoothly cut off its head.
Quiet sobs drew Rob back inside
the tent to comfort the princess. I took
up the watch in his place.
After a while, the sobs faded
and, finally, were replaced by the deep, rhythmic breathing of sleep. When Rob looked outside, I motioned him back
into the tent. The princess would feel
safer if she awoke to a familiar face.
Dawn was breaking when I heard
the airship's motor in the distance.
Worse, I realized the airship was ahead of us. The raiders knew of the outpost and that it
was our only hope for survival. They
would be waiting for us when we arrived!
Certain death in the desert or certain capture at the outpost? Find out which our heroes choose in Chapter 12, coming Friday!