The English ran started at one-o'clock in the afternoon in Sunderland and in London began at about noon. The rain poured down on the wet cities and people rushed from buildings to cars to the Tube or from building to building, like zebras scattering from a lion. People bought teas in little shops and coffees from little street vendors with American accents. And the cities looked normal.
Except everyone has red eyes, it was the afternoon and everyone was tired, but everyone, the children, the middle-aged, the old; they all had red eyes. A six pence coin fell from the top of a building, and then another, and another. No one uses six pence coins anymore, they don't even exist.