When heat is added to water, water becomes vapor. Add more heat, the quicker it goes. Vapor floats upward and disappears into air. In this case, there is only a before and an after. Anticipation feels the same as what’s left in the wake. The life of a building stretches longer than both its inhabitants and its makers.
But what if fear corroded like rust does, seeping into the floor and sensing out weakness? There is no respite from the body.