16. It Happens When She Can’t Get Things Right

“Thank God you’re here,” says Alexandra almost sharply when he opens the door of the caravan. “She’s been awful, distraught. I can’t do anything with her.” Inglorion sets down his bags, takes off his sword belt and quiver, and crouches down next to mother and daughter. Alexandra is hovering over Rosalee, and looks almost frantic […]

13. Curiously Disengaged

For the next few years, Inglorion’s visits to Rosalee are the most regular thing in his life, forming a heartbeat or cadence that both he and his daughter find comforting. Every other week, he spends three days in the Gypsy camp, just outside the city gates. This gives his life an odd 11/3 rhythm. Or, […]

3. A Side-Dish for a Roman Banquet

Soundtrack and Video: James Brown, Sex Machine He twines his fingers in her hair, leans in to kiss her. He finds this instant almost unbearably erotic: The first time he touches her with plainly seductive intent, the first time their lips meet, the moment he feels her incline towards him. Not mere verbal assent, but physical […]