“At Night, A Sound – II” / A Memorable Fancy #197

Late at night, sudden sounds. Get up, look out the fourth-floor window. There are people standing on the sidewalk, crowding together. You count at least thirty, more joining the crowd every minute. They’re looking up at you; some are pointing. Others are shouting “There he is now!” Are they shaking their fists at you, or motioning for you to get out while you can?

For a moment, you imagine that you’re a feared despot, that the mob is coming to hang you from a lamp post. But you’re no despot, just a shoe clerk at Macy’s. Perhaps someone’s shoes didn’t fit correctly because you just didn’t care if they fit or not. But surely not as many of them as this!

Now you care.

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