In April, Nemo is Sasha’s date for an annual dance held downtown. Sasha wears a beautiful, flowing gown and Nemo wears a “Edwardian waistcoat” with “pleated black pants.” When Teah’s dog gets too close, Sasha shoos it away. “I’m dry-clean only,” they say. Nemo asks if they mean their dress is dry-clean only, and Sasha says, “Well, I effectively am my dress. On the outside.” Nemo looks to Sasha. “Are you?” they say. “You’re also skin and your necklace.”
Nemo’s comment reminds Sasha that there is more to them than their skirt and nonbinary gender. In addition to being skin and a necklace, Sasha is also Nemo’s “most important person,” and they have other redeemable qualities as well.