Seeking Warmth, From a StrangerSeeking Warmth, From a Stranger3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Rain thundered from the murky grey sky, landing heavily on the surface of London and splashing up from puddles in small fountains. The dank smell of rotten leaves and damp mould clung to the air like a suffocating blanket. Few people were braving the streets, huddling inside their coats or standing in shop doorways waiting for it to calm down before starting the long walk back to their homes. Carriages made slow progress along the flooding roads, horses whinnying in displeasure as the driver whipped them onwards.
People stared drearily out café and tea room windows, their drinks cooling and high-tea cakes forgotten, left waiting on their decorated china plates. Several small children sprinted down the back alleys, their coats held over their heads as they ran to catch up with the leaving freak show, which made its way miserably out of London. Onlookers cast distasteful looks at the creatures that walked by or where caged and chained on a horse and cart. There was a shared sense o