Ears bleeding, she staggered towards the entrance, a moment earlier thronged with Christmas shoppers. Sirens droned old news: another bombing.
She wept sooty tears, festooned with fine glass like the angel hair her mother was buying as the explosion ripped them apart.
The shop frontage lurched inwards, groaning.
A dark face emerged from the smoke, guiding her to a jagged hole. She scrambled clear as the walls collapsed to a festive peal of alarm bells.
Turning to her saviour, she saw his balaclava dissolve, then his sad smile.
A crumpled note, code words in boyish handwriting, fluttered through the rubble.
Author bio: Margaret McGoverne has recently issued her first novella, The Battle of Watling Street, and is currently working on the sequel, while being distracted by short stories, flash fiction and her blog about all things writing: http://margaretmcgoverne.com/
Warning is part of 101 Fiction issue 16.