Re: RE: How can I express “startled”?

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If I turned back around and someone was standing right in front of me, I might do any of the following: 

  1. Gasp, scream or inhale deeply;
  2. Jump, fling my hands or do some other stupid jesture because I am so startled;
  3. Wet my pants (depending on how startled I was);
  4. Run the other way (or atleast feel like running the other way)

Here’s how I might decribe my startled character:  Jane turned back around, yelped and threw her hands up to her mouth.  She stared wide-eyes at Tom standing right in front of her.  “Finally, you’re back,” she said, throwing her arms around him. “I can’t believe you’re here.”

A rought example, but still fun to try and describe.