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don't wait for bina to stop feeling ill, because time is really of the essence here.

"OK. We'd better do this if we're going to do it."

Bina agrees without argument. It's been about ten minutes since the crane stopped, a good fifteen minutes, since Elizabeth went over the ledge. Bina can feel the passage of time as though it were a physical thing, slick fabric sliding through her hands.

And as much as she'd like to ignore it, as much as she'd like to think she's just imagining it, sometime during the conversation on the floor of the gondola, her right arm has started itching again.

"How do we get it started?"

"We shift our weight back and forth."

"By leaning against the opposite walls?"

"Eventually, but I think we can start standing still."

"OK, but we still better dump these. We don't want to trip, and we can't jump while carrying them."

They toss their walking sticks. Lot of good they've been so far.

Next time she's picking out potential weapons, she's getting something that works at a distance.

Like a rocket launcher.

"What about the backpack?"

"We have to keep it. We'll need the flash-lights, but the bigger reason is that I have no idea what will happen if we drop the Thermos. If the shard inside it breaks, it could, you know, do bad stuff."

Bina remembers that she hasn't told Kendra about the television and all that bizarre nonsense yet. "Weird bad stuff."

"Right, ok. I'll hold onto it. Here, lets stand facing each other like this. OK?"

"At the top of the arc you lean the other way. Like a big swing. When the arc gets long enough, we start leaning against one railing, then the other."

"You think we'll make it? I mean, can we make it swing that far?"

"The cable is really long, and it's not that far away. I think so."

"Are you going to be ok with this?"

Kendra's response is almost a laugh, "Leaning?"

"No, you know, swinging… jumping."

"I'll be fine!" Her voice is high and brittle.

"Really. I mean, I've been on roller coasters before. One. One roller coaster. This can't be any worse then that, can it? Admittedly, I had my eyes squeezed shut the whole time I was on the roller coaster, but I'll be fine. I-it's really dark. That's sorta like having your eyes shut right? I'll be fine."

Bina is really hoping she doesn't end up having to push her.

"Here we go!"