"You didn't look good up there."
"I know." She ran a damp hand across her mouth. Her tongue felt swollen. "I was out of my element. I'm sorry."
Her agent clapped her on the shoulder. "Don't be. You tried. Maybe you should just stick to podcasts and radio interviews for now."
She agreed, though not with words. Beneath her, the red carpet seemed to churn like lava. The dispersing crowd was like a cluster of insects come to witness a perfect storm.