It was a regular day, busy, but nothing out of the ordinary. I was walking to the train after class when my boyfriend called asking me to pick up something for dinner. Like a lot of couples, we wasted a five-minute phone call debating what we would eat.
Shortly after hanging up, my heart started pounding. I began gasping for breath – every noise on the street suddenly ringing out in my ears. Sweat began pouring from every pore like a running faucet.
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The tunnel I had nonchalantly walked through every day to the subway now appeared daunting. Terrifying, even.
I slammed my back against a brick wall and tried to slow myself down. Time became slowed, while my heart raced frantically.
I have no idea how long I stood there for.