“Soundstage,” South murmurs, only a little thickly, peering at the bottle.
“Who?” asks Sejal.
“Soundstage,” he repeats. “I like saying that, I like the meaning. I used to think it meant a set that was wired for sound, that was soundproofed? Now my guess is it’s like a solid place, a place with structure, not a facade. Soundly constructed. Sound footing.” He thumps the ceiling of the bus and doesn’t even miss. “A place where you can trust your feet. You need that sometimes. Am I right?”
“No, it’s the first one,” Sejal says, and almost falls off with the giggles.