We sat hushed and unbelieving in that terrible, deathlike silence.
A murmuring, then a laugh, cut through the deathlike stillness.
But no sound broke the deathlike stillness of the desert night.
Carmena screamed and fell over sideways in a deathlike faint.
Then there came a lull, a strange, deep lull, deathlike after the mighty blast.
On the morning of the ninth day, ...