There were a few moments of... Nothing.
No action. No words.
Then Lucy McGinley, one-handed, deftly flicked the Winchester's lever action, inserting a bullet into the barrel.
The metallic ratcheting clicks traumatised the whole room.
"Do it." ordered Mrs McGinley. "Now!"
Man to man, without an unconscious kid slumped at his adversary's feet, Cole would have taken a chance. A dive to his left and two bullets into the woman's chest before he hit the ground - if the dice fell for him, he'd have moved slightly before she fired; chances are she'd just wing him or even miss entirely.