“This is the dance.” Senna took Autumn’s hands. “Your feet go like…” She hitched up her skirts to show her bare toes. “This and then this and then this.”
“Like, ah…” Autumn tried the steps. “This and then this, and then this and this?”
“Almost!” Senna grinned and showed off the steps again. “This and then this and so on.”
“This and then this…” Autumn found herself singing it. “Then this and so on. Senna, you’re a genius.”
“I’m a genius? It’s a dance.” The dance-mistress’ feet moved in a more complicated pattern this time, and her skirts swished against her knees.
“You’re a genius. It’s a song.” More than a song, it was a knot. “It’s a song to the universe.”
Autumn shifted her vision sideways, to the place where the strands of the world lay bright against the void. “‘Like this and like that and like this and uh…'” Her steps twined in the strands; Senna’s steps twisted in the lines, and together they made a beautiful macrame of connections. “Genius. This is the dance.”
Useful setting information: The strands, in this ‘verse, connect everything, and are created by connections between people or between things.
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“Like this and like that and like this and uh…” is from Dr. Dre’s Nuthin but a G thang.
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