Checking out

Boom. Once more, only this time closer, unmistakably closer. And again, the walls and roof trembled, their moans articulated in the puffs of fine dust that engulfed him. Outside the cacophony of conflict blared loud and relentless. “Fuck sake!” His shalwaar kameez had been freshly washed and ironed only hours earlier; at 9 am he’d…