Her mum says, to no one in particular,
she’s only just started having these mini tantrums…she likes to look at the pictures…and she’s just tired
She hands over the mobile phone; the child stops screaming and swipes her finger across the screen until she sees something she didn’t like and starts screaming again. This time her mum speaks to her,
no, no, now that’s bad behavior
She gives the child a bottle of milk. The child hurls it back at her. She resets the phone quickly and hands it back. The earlier scene repeats: swipes, screams, resets; swipes, screams, resets. Her mum looks around while we all try to look elsewhere.
It’s only a few more stops…
I get off.