The sudden onslaught of noise bombarded my ears. Even before I was aware, my body reacted.
Like lightning firing through my body, my nerves interacted, sending messages to my diaphragm. It clenched. The muscle 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. It felt 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. Lack of danger registered and my body relaxed. As I settled back into my chair, all adrenaline washed from my veins, leaving not a trace.