Again the other cleared his throat and spoke with painstaking and judicial slowness. "Why, I may say, nothing of it, except, ah, according to your own reasoning, there is nothing to prevent your getting out, hitting the frost, so to speak, for a matter of ten miles. You can make it all right."
Womble looked with quick suspicion at Theresa and caught in her eyes a glint of pleased surprise.
She hesitated, and a surge of anger darkened his face. He turned upon Messner.
"Enough of this. You can't stop here."
"I won't let you." Womble squared his shoulders. "I'm running things."
"I'll stay anyway," the other persisted.
Womble stopped a moment to steady his voice and control himself. Then he spoke slowly, in a low, tense voice.
"Look here, Messner, if you refuse to get out, I'll thrash you. This isn't California. I'll beat you to a jelly with my two fists."