Thiago tries flirting with Madrigal, but he's not that slick. He makes comments about her dress falling off and then tears one of the straps himself.
When the dance requires her to be passed along, she ends up back with Akiva.
Oh. Wait. They don't even know each other's names yet. It's hard to keep this straight with all the flashbacks and flashwards. (Hopefully this book doesn't take a cue from Lost and include a flash-sideways anywhere...)
Akiva and Madrigal finally introduce themselves to one another, but Akiva gets mad when he sees that Madrigal's dress has been ripped.
"I can make you a shawl" (54.59), he says, because nothing is sexier than a man who can crochet.
He makes her one with magic. Her "shawl" is made of beautiful shimmering moths that settle on her shoulders.
Right before it's time to pass Madrigal back to Thiago, fireworks go off.
Madrigal grabs Akiva's hand and they run, far away from the crowd.