For as long as Piper could remember she had alwys danced with her father. Nothing in public as neither ever felt too comfortable with that but when they were alone they would dance just the two of them.

It was her secret pleasure to dance and she loved it even more so now that she knew what it was to be unable to move at all. She knew now what it was to be unable to dance.

So when her father grew ill in her nineteenth year of life, Piper's life fell apart. No longer could Joe McCloud dance like he once had been able to. She would have been fine if that had been it, but then he got worse.

He died.

Conrad knew what he was asking when he asked her to marry him. Not only was he asking her to become his, he was asking her to let go.

He was asking her to dance.

Her mother walked her down the isle in her husband's stead and then stood and gave her away in his place as well.

Piper couldn't help but cry.

There was someone, some poor soul, a relative of one of the kids who had escaped who asked about the lack of her father.

When that person asked if he was going to make it for the father daughter dance, being so sure that he was merely late, Piper nearly broke down and cried.

But then Jasper asked her if he could take his father's place for the dance, just this once and before she knew it she was dancing with everyone, with her family.

Then a song came on, a song for just her and Conrad;

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around 'til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved
If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end
How I'd love, love, love
To dance with my father again
When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way, I would run from her to him
He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
Then finally make me do just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me
If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end
'Cause I'd love, love, love
To dance with my father again
Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
And I'd hear how my mother cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me
I know I'm praying for much too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But dear Lord she's dying
To dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream

Piper danced.