The executioner is dressed in white tux and carries a tray of Yakitori. He is invisible. The party guests move around him as if he were a rock in the middle of a fast moving stream.
Xan moves back to where the other waiters stand and watches a fat man at the podium. He is bald and sweating. He tells a joke and the crowd laughs politely.
The cater manager peeks her head through the kitchen doors. I have fresh tempura back here. I need someone to execute it.
With a resigned sigh Xan follows Taka back into the kitchen.