Physically there are many empty seats in the ballroom. Sparse rows and columns. What takes place fills up the spirit and air, taking a breath and holding it with a conviction. They're still filing in, but the clock runs to the minute.
Hospital gowns that open in both the front and back are actually torn. In which case you need to find tape, or at least another gown. So it is that when fish supplies are gutted from both ends, it’s time to look for something else to pick out of your teeth.