The noise and bustle in Kiko’s Deli was turned up a notch. Margaret counted eleven people in the line in front of her. A few read the chalkboard menu as they inched along in the line, while most thumb-tapped like mad on smartphones.
The woman in front of Margaret talked loudly on her cell and rocked a stroller back and forth. The plump, large-headed baby was propped upright with his feet dangling off the edge of the seat. He rubbed at his eyes, and then suddenly his body became rigid. Margaret braced herself for the scream.