6. A Thoroughly Nightmarish Evening

Soundtrack: Marilyn Manson, Get Your Gunn Tereus’ brother and sister-in-law, Lucius and Valeria, have returned from a diplomatic posting, and a ball is being held in their honor. It’s the first time the family has entertained in three or four years, and from the servants’ perspective, it goes very badly indeed. The new majordomo is […]

5. The Things She Overhears

Soundtrack: Korn, Shoots and Ladders When Fabius turns 18, the atmosphere in the Shelawn household becomes much worse. Tereus’ sense of shame and failure have grown more intense. He’s restless, full of schemes that don’t pan out. Increasingly, his anger focuses on his beautiful wife’s shortcomings as a mother or housekeeper. Unexpected expenses, a poorly […]

2. Sieia

Tereus and Lavinia have a son, Marcus, and a daughter, Sieia. Marcus has always been at boarding school, and stays in bachelor quarters when he’s in town. Sieia has been there all along, an infant, and then a toddler. Now she’s five years old, a sweet, fey, red-headed presence as lost and bemused as Fabius […]