Early on, my half-brother and half-sister and I formed a triad for dancing. The Second Prime is the number of music, for there is the drum, the dance, and the song, the trinity that flows between the dancers as the drum is tossed back and forth, with a leading beat but a backup of percussion; the song continues throughout, as does the dance. Don’t lose the beat, even if it changes, flow with events, make the beat and then follow it when it changes.
We danced with all three of our bodies; I could feel the dance flowing through Ferenc’s legs and Jehen’s arms and my own body; I could feel the outer circles in the community dance. When you dance you don’t dance alone.
Now I dance in the starfields and feel the drumbeat of the light up and down the whole spectrum. Like Mavra Two-Eyes or that old man from the Original World, I have given up mortal senses in exchange for wisdom.
I still do not know if the bargain was a good one, but it was the one I made — that was made for me — from the day of my birth under the Dome.
Character interview with Yasmin Ship’s-Heart from Inside the Jump. These character interviews are being edited and will be published as part of the May-June story releases.
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