Entanglement's Grip on Emotion

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He wasn’t well, dying really.  I sat beside him, listening intently.  “Come close, Seconson”, his voice hoarse.  I leaned in.  “These stories, so little time,” he moaned softly, coughing.  I raised him on his pillows.  “These stories, they tell entanglement’s grip on emotion.  Head, heart, and the heat; head, heart and the heat”, he repeated.  “It’s so simple, right in front of our faces.”  What did he mean, I wondered?
He continued, “Several years back Rachel and I went to a friend’s wedding.  After the ceremony a short drive took us to the reception.  We strolled into the hotel where at the corridor’s end a passage led to the left.  It was loud with people spilling into the adjacent ballroom, milling about.  Across the room I was drawn to an attractive couple watching new arrivals, she leaning towards him, eyes on me.  Seeing lips move and a quick smile exchanged, I felt oddly goaded.  We continued round the room, found the bar and got two vodka tonics.  I downed mine in about fifteen minutes and got in line for the second.  Small talk bores me, the liquor gets me by.  Soon enough a commotion arose toward the door. The bridal party had arrived.  The bride was beautiful in a pure white gown, bouquet in hand while the groom was in dress uniform, red, white and blue, brass buttons and shiny shoes.  His groomsmen, swords drawn, formed a gable under which the new couple entered the room, a memorable scene.  Various introductions ensued and the party was underway.  We drifted on, speaking to friends, found the buffet line and ate.  The band which had been pretty low key shifted into gear as dining wound down and the bar’s ministrations took effect.  Coming back from the dessert table, I rounded a corner and saw her in front of me, that woman I had seen when we arrived, her back to me, maybe three yards away.  She was talking to someone while her companion listened.  At that instant mischief came over me, and I focused my mind, willfully, the room ceasing to exist as I seized the base of her brain, not as a hand gripping a rope or a magnet on iron, more like coffee poured into cream.  Then I deliberately followed her backbone, one vertebra at a time from the upper back’s slow curve through the inner swale of the lumbar, almost dancing on the bones as I went, around her buttocks, through the space between her thighs, coming to rest finally in the base of her abdomen.  My mind now thickly melded in her mons pubis, consumed in the heat, an intimate entanglement and completely unexpected.  To my astonished surprise she simultaneously whorled about and strode directly at me, endlessly, scaring the daylights out of me, our eyes locked.  I have no idea what I looked like in return, thinking I was paralyzed, yet I still moved, and she swept past.  I noticed her companion, startled, looking after her.  I never saw her again.  Why did she turn to me, Seconson, why did she turn?”  What was the old man showing me?
“Listen”, he urged, “there’s more.
“I was at conference two years later, seven staff on stage.  Mary, a leader, was at one end, Sarah, her friend and co-worker sat next.  I was slumped in my chair half way back where I found myself watching Mary.  She was methodically surveying the assembling group, looking briefly and intently at each of us in turn, her keen mind on display.  She was surprised netting my gaze, instantly looked again wider eyed and immediately turned her head right, off stage.  Sarah noticed at once and following Mary’s line of sight saw me too.  Determined, I stared, she turned again.  I desisted.
“At lunch the next day I sat at a round table and faced the podium.  I was surprised when Mary, intentionedly disposed, appeared, sidled up and sat across from me.  We spoke briefly and paused, looking askance.  Then I calmly nudged her heart with mine, just a little bump, like a tide meeting its moon.  A warmth had risen within me, and a presence awoke between us.  She responded in the event, a clear sharp rebuff pinned to my psyche, relenting almost as quickly.  And then sat demurely, looking aside when I glanced.  Sarah joined sitting next to Mary.  I thought what an odd congruence, Seconson.  Then for no apparent reason and in concert, Sarah and I locked eyes.  I looked at her unflinchingly as she looked straight at me.  I saw a tiny golden dot in the middle of her pupil move up and down, away left and back lower right where it ended.  I was in over my head.  Later during the luncheon speech I saw Sarah across the table, in profile, as she appeared to listen.  Disappointment crossed her face.
“What a mystery these two encounters were, Seconson, instantaneous and absolutely private.  Not that we couldn’t be seen, but no one knew what we shared, no one.  I knew Mary’s heart and she knew mine with no words, no touching, no eyes.  And I met Sarah’s gaze with simultaneity and a response framed to a tack in its instant.  How are these events possible in a cause and effect world?” he asked, his voice rising.  “Emotion is the common ground, emotion informed them before any nerves could fire, joining us as one being, for the instant.  Emotion, Seconson, emotion is our sense of entanglement as weight is our sense of gravity, we take it for granted.”  He convulsed, coughed a rattle and was gone.  I took a long, heavy breath, exhaling slowly.  Was there deep truth in these stories?  The woman at the wedding, was that just fortuitous coincidence?  And instantaneously sharing a glance just a chance encounter?  And hearts touching across empty space, with what, I wonder?

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