In case of emergency, break glass.

What is an emergency?

Standing next to the great big window obscured with condensation.

Large crowd, clammy hands, a bus full of people.

Clarity of sight wheezing in and out. Churning of the wheels, churning of the stomach.

Bodies that sway with the movement of the vehicle. Collision of human flesh.

The increased throbbing in the head.

A wailing child. The indignant parent.

Stampede of the feet.

Broken glass. Blaring car horns and hurried brakes.

Every eye on me.

Now why, did you do that? is what the bus driver asks angrily.

Take a deep breath. Blood on the floor.

In case of emergency, I say in a hushed tone, break glass.

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