Hal quietly moved far enough into the room so Todd could
see him, but far enough away from the two of them that Charlie
would not be able to reach him if he turned around. He caught
Todd's eye and shrugged his shoulders to indicate, 'What now?'
Todd blocked another one of Charlie's attempts to get past
his defenses and said aloud, "Episode Nine and hurry up!"
Hal thought quickly, trying to bring up the specific
Cliffhanger episode Todd was talking about and then nodded
when he knew what his friend wanted him to do. Hal moved a bit
farther into the room as Todd edged himself and his antagonist
to his right, blocking another attempt from Charlie to part
his hair in a more permanent fashion. The big money collector
must have been getting tired of playing with him, because this
time sparks erupted from the contact between axe and chair and
Todd almost lost his hold on the only protection he had.
He had slowly maneuvered the two of them into the other
room again and Todd was now backed up to a large window, which
overlooked a picturesque alley and the rather odorous
receiving end of a Korean fish market. Todd stopped his
sidelong movement and shouted, "Any time now!" as Charlie
raised his arm for a decisive chop with his axe.
"Hey, Kung Pow breath," Hal said, from about five feet
The Chinaman slowly turned his head toward Hal, his arm
still raised to deliver a surely maiming blow to whoever was
the closest target. Hal smiled at the hulking giant and said,
"Mao wears dresses."
Charlie turned a little more toward him and seeing that his
victim wasn't trying to run away, took a step in Hal's
direction, leaving his back exposed for just a moment, which
was all the time that Todd needed.
Raising the mangled metal object over his head, Todd
brought the seat of the chair down on Charlie's neck and upper
back, resulting in a loud 'crack'. The impact stopped
Charlie's advance toward Hal and bent the chair almost in
half, but it didn't bring the Beijing mountain down.
"Oh, hell," Todd muttered, tossing aside the now useless
Hal hadn't expected the attack to fully incapacitate
Charlie, but it slowed him down enough that, hopefully, they
could carry out the rest of their plan. "Now, Todd!" he
shouted and as soon as he saw his partner drop to the floor
behind the dazed, but rapidly recovering Chinaman, Hal lowered
his head and ran at Charlie as hard as he could. He hit
Charlie's stomach--which was a good sized and fortunately,
quite soft target--squarely with the top of his head and with
a large 'whoosh' of air being exhaled, the Chinaman took two
steps backwards. When the back of his legs ran up against
Todd, who was kneeling on the floor behind him, Charlie's
somewhat expansive upper body weight took control of the
situation and with arms pin wheeling wildly for balance, he
went over backwards, right through the open window.