Everyone just stopped. Not “stood still,” but literally froze in place.
It was the hottest and busiest day of the summer, citizens and tourists alike rushing to get somewhere, some were climbing into cabs and trucks while others were reading and talking. And then, without warning, the entire crowd froze in place, some in midair or midblink. Even when the wind blew through, their hair didn’t move an inch.
And then, the strange figure came lopping out through the crowd. It wasn’t very human-shaped nor did it even have feet, but it did have some form of head and eyes under its brown garments that draped over its morphing form. It slid through the crowd for frozen faces and began looking at each one as if searching.