The sky behind the trees is silver and bright – so bright it hurts your teeth to look at it. The wind is cold. People coming past the shop do it fast, collars up, faces prepared.
A young mum gets caught in a brief chilly shower that lasts the exact time it takes her to cross the road with a pram, a baby, a toddler, two bags of shopping, a drink bottle, and a toy white rabbit that gets dropped on the shining road half way over.
The child wails.
There’s a tradesman outside my door, waiting it out with coffee. He shouts:
‘You got caught in the rain.’
She shouts, ‘I know, it’s terrible.’
The rabbit lies there, its eye a desperate button.
He dashes and scoops.
‘Thank you, thank you so much.’
Illustration by Margaret C. Hoopes