Jessi whirled to see the cat huddled over its bowl of food.
The air was filled with marijuana smoke and the scent of bodies sweating as people danced, drank or huddled with friends.
The man approaching her had nearly reached her, and she huddled into a tighter ball.
Frenchie was beaten badly by old Tom who Mrs. Rinaldi struck with a poker, but she was more troubled that he bled on her carpet than by sobbing Frenchie huddled in the corner and Tom, who remained near-dead when his friends dragged him out into the snowy night.
He glanced back, far below, down at the water where a group was huddled, presumably around the victim.