Carter had howled. The first blows on his backside had resounded to the tune of foul-mouthed obscenities. Fucking their god-damned evil god to hell.
“No fucking god. Just some ugly git daubed on a wall.”
But still the cane had pounded away .. intent on silencing his profanities. Slashing. Thwacking. Stinging. Twisting his foul-mouthed cursing into animal howls. Blows had rained down with extra force to stop up his blasphemous mouth.
Tarzan was ignoring Carter’s sobs .. the fool was getting what he deserved. The ferocity of the attack on his own backside had left himself winded. He forced his head up .. saw the chief take the sweat-coated cane as offering to his witch-doctor. Offering the god their pain. Tarzan blinked through pain-streaked eyes. His heart was thumping through his chest into this sacrificial stone. His torso rocking as he himself fought for air.
Reverently the chief had received another weapon from the witch-doctor. Tarzan tensed, the chief returned to the stone. Dangling from his hand a long strap of leather. Standing right before Tarzan. A warning .. that instrument of torture menacing his sight. Carter must have been watching. Seeing that murderous strap he exploded a torrent of abuse. Screaming and bawling, slinging foul-mouthed sacrilege at their fuck-ugly god.
The witch-doctor twisted round .. shocked. His body contorted into a fury that matched the image of his god.
“Get that evil shit out of here.”
He pointed the cane that had thrashed both their backsides at Carter. Who answered back with a stream of rage and abuse.
“Fuck that stupid god of yours!”
Bawling. Incensed. Scared. As wild-eyed and enraged as the revered image in their shrine.
“The fury of a god’s heat shall teach this pig everlasting respect.”
The witch-doctor’s fury pointed outwards .. ordering Carter’s sacrilegious rant removed. Released from the stone, still Carter screamed out in maddened abuse. Dozens of blows fell on him .. failing to silence his cursing. Trapped, Tarzan heard as warriors dragged a screaming Carter in an incensed rage out of the shrine.