I balance the birthday card between the food and slowly climb up the stairs. At the top, I began to sing happy birthday. My partner smiles at the silliness of it all. I am determined to keep her smiling throughout the day.
I would like to cover both of my ears with my headphones, but I have tilted one side of it to better hear the world around. The siren of an ambulance resonates in the distance and I wonder who they are carrying. I hope they are safe. A runner passes by, their feet hammering at the ground. A squeaky bicycle soon follows them, the clicking of metal picked up by my microphone.