When Mariette cries and says, "Yes, yes, yes," and kisses him, he extricates the cold metal from her lip with his teeth, licks the wound closed. He wins the election. He wears a new suit for his inauguration, top of the line and perfectly tailored. He waxes his hair, polishes his shoes, and finds Mariette checking her makeup in the bathroom. She's gorgeous. Even under the stark ceiling light, two silver hooks through both her ears.