But why is it the only place with its lights on? Is it really so late? If so, who buys tea at this hour (aside from me)?
If you couldn’t read the sign, what else might this shop sell? What would its non-tea-drinking patrons look like? Would they only come out at night?
If you ran into one and decided it was best to get away as fast as possible, which alley would you run down?
Is there anyone home above the shop? Is there someone lurking in the shadows?
What is behind the camera’s point of view? A brick wall? A dark canal? A bustling town square filled with people?
Is this an old or a relatively new part of town?
What can you hear? Crickets? Police sirens? A foghorn in the distance?
What do you smell? Hot pretzels or diesel gasoline? How does the air feel to you? Stuffy? Humid? Cool and brisk?
Imagine you see a small child come out of the store by herself. She turns to the right and walks down the alley alone. What happens next?