He pulled on the socks first, red and gold and reaching above his knee. He moved methodically. It took care and attention to get the pants on next, tied below the knee to keep the socks up. Shirts needed to be tucked. The gold buttons on his coat needed buttoning. Everything had its place and its method.
He did not look in the mirror. He’d followed the steps; all was in order. He stepped out onto the dais.