Denial and grief shook my body.
This was not right, it wasn’t fair.
I felt my heartbeat quicken. Oxygen had stopped moving through my body, air was trapped in my throat. It was like I was drowning.
I needed to get out of here now.
I raced towards the nearest door and burst through it.
The cool air was a welcome distraction. The wind swept across my face, wiping away the salt from my tears.
I sat down on the bench and put my head in between my knees.
Just take a few deep breaths I said to myself. It will all be over soon. Just keep breathing.
When I had finally lulled myself to a state of calmness, I brought my head back up.
I could do this. I could get myself through this.