(Editor's note: If you have not yet read Chapter One of
"Cliffhangers, Inc.", go to the 'Action and Adventure' archive
and click on 'Chapter One', before you read this episode.
Thank you, TDS)
"Oh, crap," Hal muttered, beginning to back away from the
door. He started to turn to warn Todd, but a short-handled axe
appeared in Charlie's hand and quick as a snake, Charlie let
the axe fly, directly at Hal's head.
As he started to turn and warn Todd, Hal's heel caught up
in a fold of the entryway throw rug and his feet became
entangled, causing him to fall to his left. That was the only
thing that saved him, as he watched the axe wiz by his head
when he went down. Fortunately for Hal, as he fell, his
shoulder hit the kitchen door, which swung open when his
weight landed against it, dumping him onto the kitchen floor.
The axe, which no longer had Hal's head to use as a target,
continued spinning down the entryway and into the living room,
where it crashed onto and slid across the coffee table,
scattering the TV remote, an ashtray and a litter of food
packages, all over the floor. As Hal rolled into a sitting
position with his back braced against the fridge, he kicked
out at the kitchen door, slamming it shut in Charlie's face
and put both of his feet against it. From the area of the
computer desk, he heard Todd respond to the axe hitting the
"Hey! What the hell?" Todd shouted.
"Look out, Todd," Hal screamed. "It's Charlie Tong!"
Charlie took this opportunity to throw his not
insignificant weight against the kitchen door. Hal still had
both of his feet planted on the door and with his back braced
up against the refrigerator, he was able to keep the Chinaman
from coming through, at least momentarily. Charlie hitthe door
again, the impact sending shooting pains through both of Hal's
legs and a three-foot long crack appeared in the center of the