Though there was noticeable movement in the apartment - the gentle sway, an occasional judder as if the block itself shuddered and shivered - all eyes were on the window.
It appeared like a silent-movie screen. Outside, the distant walls and treetops moved slowly down the screen and as they slipped from view off the bottom of the screen, rooftops glared black under the darksome sky before they, too, fell away, revealing a view of more distant rooftops.
And the black cloud swallowing everything breathed closer and closer. And all this in a silence which magnified the feeling of shocked disbelief.