The sudden onslaught of noise bombarded my ears. Even before I was aware, my body reacted.
Like lightning firing through my veins, my nerves interacted, sending messages to my diaphragm. It clenched. The contraction seared painfully like someone had set my insides ablaze.
In milliseconds the tension eased. My lungs expanded to full capacity as my throat dilated to allow more air. My body was preparing to fight.
My heart pound wildly. It slammed against my ribs, as though my heart had expanded to twice its size and was now attempting to burst from my chest.
Yet, as I sat there, the echoes of sound already faded, I took in my surroundings. There was no danger. My body relaxed and settled back into my chair while rinsing away the adrenaline, leaving not a trace.