When I stepped out f the tube station, it was raining heavily outside. I opened my umbrella and started walking. But something was wrong. The atmosphere was somehow very unpleasant.
Every single person I walked past didn't have an umbrella over them. Everyone was silent and looking grim; and they walked on, all facing the same direction.
Then suddenly a taxi stopped by, and the driver put out his hand and beckoned me to come over. I gestured to him that I didn't need a taxi, but the taxi - driver said, 'Come on, get in!' He was so insistent that I had to give in. Besides I wanted to get away from this unpleasant atmosphere.
Later the driver pale-faced, said to me; 'Well you know ... When I saw you walking as if you were trying to avoid bumping into people on an empty street, I thought I should help you ...'