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The Dangling Conversation

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"Kid, I wouldn't lie to you."

"Are you kidding, Heyes? Of course you would. You have. Well, you've tried to, anyway. You're not very good at it, though."

"What? Now, hold on—"


"Not that I consider myself a liar, mind you, but if I wasn't any good at it, I wouldn't be much of a poker player, now would I?"

"Oh, you can bluff with the best of 'em, I'll give you that. And you lie like a dog when you've a mind to do it. But you're not any good at lying to me, Heyes. I always know when you are."

"Bullshit. You do not."

"Oh, so now you're admitting you've lied to me before?"

"No, that's not what I, uh... what I meant to say was, you can't tell when I'm bluffing. At cards."

"Sure, I can. I just let you think I can't."

"That's ridiculous. Why would you do that?"

"You'd be surprised. It comes in handy, sometimes. 'Sides, I like it when you win. Puts you in a real fine mood. Now, quit squirming, let me think for a minute."

"Sure. I'll just hang around here."

"Not funny, Heyes."



"There is a ledge, I swear. I can see it—"

"Damn it, I said don't move!... Shit, don't—"

"—about a foot or so below me."

"I don't see any ledge."

"It's there, you gotta believe me."

"Even if there is, it can't possibly be big enough."

"A toehold's all I need. I can brace against it long enough for you to get a rope."

"You don't know that. What if you slip? You don't even know if it'll support your weight."

"I'll take my chances."

"Not your decision to make. So long as I'm the one holding on to you, it's mine."

"You can't hang on—"

"I can, for as long as I have to, so shut your yap."

"Let me go, Kid."


"You stubborn son of a bitch. Damn it.... Kid, don't do this. Please."

"Then tell me, Heyes, what the fuck am I supposed to do? What would you do?... Yeah, that's about what I figured."

"No, no, listen—the ledge will hold me, and I'll hang on, I give you my word."

"Stop it. I can't.... Don't expect me to believe in a promise you can't keep."

"You think I don't know what you'll do if that happens? I won't let it. No way in hell, you hear? Trust me, Kid. Let go."


"Trust me."