He sat in silence, sneaking furtive glances at the window.
The doorbell rang, and he bolted to the window and peeked outside.
It was Them! One turned to look his way, and he shrunk back, hiding against the wall; droplets of perspiration formed on his forehead as he waited.
He gave a muffled 'yelp' when the doorbell rang again.
What do they want?!
Keeping himself against the wall, he leaned toward the window, straining to hear them; instead, he heard them walking away.
After a moment, he peeked again, and fainted.
A hideously wide-eyed, smiling face was peering back.