4. pleasantly surprised
10. pierced the silence
As I finished off the last word, an ear-splitting scream shattered the silence. I was jolted out of my skin. The scream was high-pitched and obviously laced with terror. I was quite certain it came from the corridor. Shaken, my heart went hammering wildly and my breathing turned shallow and rapid. Curiosity mingled with fear, I decided to find out who the scream belonged to.