Chapter 11 Page 30

In case anybody’s wondered about Varony’s “slasher smile” before, it’s not an “I’m going to enjoy murdering you” face, it’s an “I’m a scary predator, be afraid of me” face. Generally tree creature expressions translate reasonably well to human, and Varony’s observed enough to have a pretty fluent handle on the nuances that don’t, but that one’s kind of sticky. It seems to have the bonus of thoroughly unnerving humans, though, so more or less the same result…?