sometimes she wanted to scream.
and then one day she did.
she was walking down the street on her lunch hour.
and she did.
for about seven seconds. which does not sound like much, but is pretty long for a scream.
a number of people were passing by.
they were all civilized people who were averse to fuss and confusion, so they pretended not to hear her.
most did not even glance at her.
by the time he reached her, the seven seconds were over and she had stopped screaming.
"are you all right, miss?" the policeman asked.
"yes, i am, thank you."
"are you sure?"
"yes. i just - i just had to vent a little bit."
"that's quite all right. we all do sometimes." the policeman smiled at annabelle.
"thank you. but i am all right now."
the policeman nodded and went back to his traffic and annabelle went back to the office.