Consequences attached to being brave

177 black shoes 550711You lower your head and wait. You are sure that if you stay still for long enough he’ll come over.


Keeping your head down, you look up, over the top of your glasses. Blurred calves all look the same. But at least the shoes will be different, you think. Until they walk past.

You count. Ten pairs of black lace-up shoes; strident, firm, regimented, like something out of the war. This is your private war. It plays over in your head. The tune is the same each time, except for an octave lower until it sounds like a funeral march.

The last pair of shoes walks past and the noise goes with it. Unless you lift your head you can’t tell if you are alone but you daren’t – there are consequences attached to being that brave.


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