Suddenly, an airship crashed headlong into the old man, killing him instantly. The boy ducked and skittered out of the goliath's path, abandoning his ill-gotten sweets. The monolithic vehicle rammed its nose through the supporting wall of the structure, sending bricks toppling down in a half-mudslide, half-monsoon of head-bashing silicate.
Finding haven in the doorway of a nearby apartment building, the boy pressed himself against the chattering wood. Splinters or no, he would be invisible.