Waves by Lady Mercury

Chapter 1: Chapter 1

He doesn’t remember when he started sounding like such a geometer.

Amy draws herself up onto a large, algaed rock.

Times like this all he wants are equations. Some things are constant. Some things can’t change. Theorems don’t wait around for certain people. Ask Newton, or Leibniz. (He’s spoken with both.)

Cosine squared plus sine squared is one. Cosine squared plus sine squared is one.

Even this sort of hope is flimsy at best. He’s seen his share of non-Euclidean spaces, used some very nice metrics where basic operations simply don’t hold. Still, the thought is reflexive, and he doesn’t try to stop it.

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The sun flares on the horizon. For a moment, the sea is a meadow of red grass lapping in the wind. He forgets to watch for Amy.

When he was a small boy learning algebra, he thought he’d never seen anything so beautiful. He thought everything was beautiful. Left to see it all.

Sine of zero: zero.

It’s too much power and he doesn’t want it. Wishes for one blinding moment that he were a boring academic. That he’d never run away.

Cosine of zero: one

Amy walks up the beach to where he stands. He doesn’t meet her eyes, instead watches the wind whip her hair into curves he can’t quite parameterize.

He fingers the ring in his pocket. Lets out a breath he didn’t know he was holding.

On a graph of things, he’s a pinprick like anyone else–just harder to fix to one spot.

So is she. She takes his hand.

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