"Paix? Dans ma tête?" she thought to herself. This snowleopard must have frozen his senses in the cold, non?
She gave a quick backward glance to Curioso, waiting below, and turned to see the ice axe leaving Tirseng's hands. She grabbed at the axe, her heart stopping for the second it took her to fumble, then latch onto the line.
"There, little lizard!" Tirseng shouted "Now, Curioso, we get to see a lizard fly!" He laughed from his perch on the shelf. Annette held to the thought that she would surely die. She looked back again to Curioso, and he gave her a wink. As she looked back towards Tirseng, she saw him giving her a mockingly comical wink of his own.
A tug came at the rope behind her, and her thoughts returned to Curioso, who called up to her, "Just like falling in love, chere. Go out to the edge, then push yourself out, and trust yourself to land."
"Oui," she thought, "Just like l'amour. Ending up a greasy spot at the bottom of this cliff.. Bon chance."
She kissed her hand and put it to the stone wall, in the off chance that this was au revior, and then she pushed away. She held her breath throughout the swing, and felt a rush of gratitude when Tirseng's hand grasped the back of her parka and pulled her to the shelf. Shaking like a leaf, she stumbled to right herself. Graceful? Non. Alive? Oui!! Laughing, she hugged Tirseng, and the two turned to await Curioso.