Re: Re: How can I express “startled”?

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Yep Pete, I think this says it all: I turned back around, Uh!! Standing right in front of me as if she had appeared from nowhere. I’d edit down the next sentence.

I once had some thing similar happen to me. I was in my late teens and I was startled by a guy swinging a heavy bag at my face. I did the Uh!! and then became paralyized with fear. Everything stopped, everything! I couldn’t move or do anything. I had no thought about my heartbeat or reactions. All I knew was I was paralyzed with fear.

Hope this has been helpful:)