Charcoal

How long have you been watching her, sitting there in the corner? Maybe it’s time you got up and asked her to dance. You might find out that she’s not so shy after all. Not only that, but she’s got you dizzy after just the first turn around the floor. How much have you had to drink tonight, anyway? But the music is lovely, a clarinet and trumpet off on their own sort of pas de deux with bass and drums dutifully chaperoning.

—MS