"Dance for me" asked Herod.
But the answer was always the same. No.
He'd asked many times - pleaded even, but always, everytime, without fail, the answer was the same. No.
He almost didn't ask again. Almost.
But he did ask just once again and this time the answer was YES. He could hardly believe his ears. The answer was YES. Finally, he was going to get to see the dance. He almost felt faint - the excitement, the anticipation - it was so great that he almost couldn't contain himself.
'Yes', the answer was 'Yes'!
He was sitting with his legs drawn up to his chest like a child. His eyes were sparkling like a teenager. His breathing was fast and furious and his pulse raced. It was going to happen - it was actually going to happen. And it was going to happen now.....
Herod felt his adrenalin literally spurting round his brain.
The lights went out. He drooled slightly.
The music started. He dribbled.
The scent of the dancer tingled in his nostrils.
And then the lights shone out and the dance began.
An enormous giant of a man gyrated before him, holding a large salmi in his hands. It was happening.
The dance of the salami.