Bout of Books: Page 48 mini-challenge

Booking In Heels has a great challenge for today! Here are the rules:

Turn to page 48 of your current book, or 48% if you’re using an e-reader.
Take the first complete sentence on that page and copy it.
Now you’re going to continue the story! Ignoring the real plot or anything else you know about that book, add four new sentences of your very own. You can morph the plot completely, kill everybody off or go off on a huge tangent – anything goes!

From page 48 of Carnival by Elizabeth Bear:

Normally, he would have felt it happen, felt it fall into place with an almost audible click.

My brain may or may not have plunged into the gutter like a penguin into icy water, however I overcame my baser instincts. Here is my continuation of it:

But he was so distracted by the other patient, a tall fierce woman who insisted that she could replace her metal limb herself, no thanks to you, you crazy, greasy, wood-fingered lad. His own leg, a full size bigger and made of a brand-new alloy (guaranteed to last twice as long as steel) was already attached by the time he dragged his eyes away from the woman. The limb-dealer finished making the connections between his metal leg and flesh, and then handed him a stiff sheet which read “Instructions for Care and Cleaning” at the top. He already had the full text memorized, but took the sheet anyway.

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