the clerk, who was ranting while eating some greasy fast food. "These stupid nurses think they are something. Well, they are not. They are stupid. I could do their job easy. Running around, acting like they know stuff. They don't . . ."
Suddenly she stopped. She was choking.
When my mind recognizes that an emergency is actually happening, the body races: heartbeat and breathing zoom. But my body didn't jump into action. Karma?
She choked up the food herself. "Oh my God! I almost choked to death!" she observed to herself, a bit shocked.
I ducked my head into the doorway. "Be careful, sweetie, there's no one here to help you if you choke on your nasty words."
She grew a little smile and said, "Oh, I see how you did that. Said it all quietly so nobody else would hear you. I got your number. You would let me choke."
I walked away.