She took a quick breath to try to calm herself.
She caught a quick breath, put a hand over her mouth and looked down.
Drawing in a quick breath, it looked as if she might have changed her mind.
After a long look and a quick breath, he put it away.
He drew a quick breath, then looked up and around without meeting Jim's eye.
I think she took a quick breath to say something, then stopped herself.
She let out a quick breath, and opened her eyes.
What was left to say came out in one quick breath to keep my voice steady.
I took one quick, deep breath when he pulled it out.
I took a quick breath, trying to hold myself together.