A woman came running down the front steps and coughed.
A woman coughed twice and was strangled by her own friends.
There was a moment of silence, then the woman coughed and the man gave a short angry laugh.
The old woman coughed and spat, then looked at Emily again, shaking her head.
"He sounds like a wizard now," coughed the old woman.
The sick woman merely shook her head and coughed.
A moment later, a tall and pale woman also coughed.
The woman rubbed her eyes with both hands and coughed to clear her throat.
The woman shrugged, coughed loudly, turned and suddenly missed the top step of the stairs.
The dead woman coughed and a lungful of black blood gushed forth.