When Jack O'Knaves — who has just killed two people, including one of his own henchwomen, right in front of Todd — tells Todd to ask him one question, with the implication that if it's the wrong one, Todd will die.
I took a deep breath. I knew a hundred opening questions, but clearly he didn't want anything facile. Try a safe one? I got the feeling the Jack O'Knaves despised people who played it safe. Risk offending him? Actually try to ask something insightful?
Of course, while my mind churned through all this, my voice decided to strike out on his own. "Why 'the Jack O'Knaves?' I mean, jacks and knaves are the same thing, right? It's like calling yourself the six of sixes."