The show was about to begin, the assistant imagined. He had to work fast.
Under fluorescent lights, he combed her dry hair and situated her gown. He brushed foundation on her cheeks to give her more color, and he curled her eyelashes. He applied lip liner and then ruby lipstick. Using his fingertips, he drew her mouth to a smile.
The assistant heard footsteps approaching the room. He straightened, and he slipped the makeup and curler into his jacket pocket. He stood by her side and waited for the instruction to lay out tools.
The cadaver was ready for her dissection.