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【GON-013】今宿まことと学校でしようよ

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-18 11:26:36
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【GON-013】今宿まことと学校でしようよ �


Theplacehadanoddlook,moreimpressiveasweapproached."It'slikeanexposition.""It'stooprettytobetrue.""Plentyofpalaces,butwherearethehomes?""Ohtherearelittleonesenough--but--."Itcertainlywasdifferentfromanytownswehadeverseen.

Forterror,perhaps--therewasnone.

Againtheylaugheddelightedly,andtheonenearestmefollowedhistactics.

Forterror,perhaps--therewasnone.

Welookedfornervousness--therewasnone.

"Havetousebait,"grinnedTerry."Idon'tknowaboutyoufellows,butIcameprepared."Heproducedfromaninnerpocketalittleboxofpurplevelvet,thatopenedwithasnap--andoutofithedrewalongsparklingthing,anecklaceofbigvaricoloredstonesthatwouldhavebeenworthamillionifrealones.Hehelditup,swungit,glitteringinthesun,offereditfirsttoone,thentoanother,holdingitoutasfarashecouldreachtowardthegirlnearesthim.Hestoodbracedinthefork,heldfirmlybyonehand--theother,swinginghisbrighttemptation,reachedfaroutalongthebough,butnotquitetohisfullstretch.

Theothersmovedabitfartherout,holdingfirmly,watching.Terry'ssmilewasirreproachable,butIdidnotlikethelookinhiseyes--itwaslikeacreatureabouttospring.Icouldalreadyseeithappen--thedroppednecklace,thesuddenclutchinghand,thegirl'ssharpcryasheseizedheranddrewherin.Butitdidn'thappen.Shemadeatimidreachwithherrighthandforthegayswingingthing--hehelditalittlenearer--then,swiftaslight,sheseizeditfromhimwithherleft,anddroppedontheinstanttotheboughbelow.

Wesawshorthair,hatless,loose,andshining;asuitofsomelightfirmstuff,theclosestoftunicsandkneebreeches,metbytrimgaiters.Asbrightandsmoothasparrotsandasunawareofdanger,theyswungtherebeforeus,whollyatease,staringaswestared,tillfirstone,andthenallofthemburstintopealsofdelightedlaughter.

Yettheywerenotoldwomen.Eachwasinthefullbloomofrosyhealth,erect,serene,standingsure-footedandlightasanypugilist.Theyhadnoweapons,andwehad,butwehadnowishtoshoot.


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