The Missing Metatarsal

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The moment I stepped from the booth and saw Inspector Forest waiting for me, I knew something was up.

“You’re wearing your inscrutable face,” I told him.

“This is my usual face.”

His head swiveled to track me as we walked in lockstep through security. A birth defect called Möbius syndrome inherited from distant Nepalese ancestors left him with underdeveloped VI and VII cranial nerves, so he can’t blink, bite, or form expressions without the help of a series of tiny implants. My girlfriend Billie is a muscle artist, and she’s tweaked the inspector’s presets a couple of times, giving him conscious control of his face, but that’s not the same as the real thing. Not the same at all.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationCosmos
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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