The emperor sat forward in his chair as the lights dimmed, his wife yawning softly next to him. The toe of a dancing shoe poked out tentatively from behind the curtains, followed by the owner – her eyes searched the crowd until they found his, and her lips quirked up in a small smile as she launched into the dance. The emperor watched as she made shapes in the air, commanding her multi-coloured ribbons like they were an extension of her body.
After the performance, he went to find her dressing room and his wife travelled back to the palace alone.
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