The Other Nose
A Short Short Storyby Philip Metres
Entering the kitchen, I pretended that nothing was wrong, exchanging a dobroe utro with Valera and Svetlana, my hosts/surrogate parents, as they bustled about the tiny kitchen in their usual morning frenzy. I sat down to salted fish, sauerkraut, and unhulled buckwheat, a bouquet of smells that twisted my stomach every morning since arriving in Russia.
But there was no hiding; right there on my brow, not high enough to tuck beneath a cap, which would have been impolite to wear at the table anyway, was a second nose.