This is a short story penned by Mark Lawrence, author of the grimdark masterpiece Prince of Thorns and its sequels. While this story has some fantastical elements, it is definitely not a fantasy work nor a grimdark in anyway. Rather During the Dance is a simple tale set in the modern world filled with love and loss.
Since this is such a compact tale, I will not even attempt to summarize the story, because to do so would give it away. What I will say, however, is that even the most hardened person will find their heartstring gently played by this poignant tale and, more than likely, a few tears will form in their eyes.
During the Dance is a story not to be missed, and I personally want to thank Mr. Lawrence for providing it free to everyone. It is now among my favorites, short stories of all time.