1. We were in his (Cressner) penthouse apartment, 43 stories up. I (Stan) loved his wife, and she loved me. I had expected him to make trouble, and I knew this was it, but I just wasn’t sure what brand it was.
Troubled Stan Norris
Rich man Cressner
Inciting Incident Stan: He wouldn’t turn me in if I accepted his wager and won, but I knew damn well that I’d be in the cooler by 10:00 if I didn’t.
Cressner: I invited you up because I thought we should have a little man-to-man chat, Mr. Norris. Just a pleasant conversation between 2 civilized human beings, one of whom has made off with the other’s wife.I’m going to offer you a wager. If you win, you leave her with the money, the woman, and your freedom. On the other hand, if you lose, you lose your life. What I propose is this: that you walk around my building on the ledge that juts out just below the penthouse level. If you circumnavigate the building successfully, the jackpot is yours.
Gripping the iron bars more tightly, I lashed out with a hard, strong kick and caught the (vicious)pigeon squarely.
It was time to do it. The crosswind at the 2nd corner was not so tricky, and I made it around with no trouble.