Overcome by the coughing, tins of beans rattling against my knees, I danced into the side street. Opened my mouth on a wad of phlegm.
It leaped into the gutter.
I paused to catch my wind. Convinced my heart would stop.
"What a horrible old man."
The bile wafted down from a tenement window. I glanced up, trying to attach a face.
All there was were curtains hanging. Balloons. The unseen celebrating
one more birthday.