49. The Usual High Cost of Blood and Treasure

Soundtrack and Video: Adam Ant, “Shakin’ All Over,” Live 2011 Once breakfast is over, there are further delights in store for Tereus. This is the day when he and Marcus go through a ritual where Tereus pretends to have an independent opinion about estate matters, and to ratify or veto Marcus’s decisions. Every week Tereus […]

48. An Unenviable Domestic Situation

Soundtrack and Video: Adam Ant, “It Doesn’t Matter,” Live 2011 They resume tattooing the following day, Inglorion insisting that he’s fine. It’s painful, but he’s eager to finish. Alecto injects him, then inspects the previous day’s work: a swallow in flight on one shoulder, and a nightingale on the other. She begins to fill in […]

47. And So You Shall

Soundtrack and Video: Adam Ant, Rough Stuff (Live) Alecto agrees to tattoo Inglorion for what Ajax promises is a very moderate price. She must have been pleased with the bargain, because she agrees to do his back and face — three or four session of several hours each. They do it after hours, in her […]

44. I Didn’t Know Such Kindness Existed

At first, Inglorion is not confident of his ability to locate the midwife and wet nurse, short of making embarrassing inquiries at the inn taproom. To his relief, Collatinus recognizes her name, and the next morning he directs Inglorion to the Amastacia farm, just inside the city walls. As he enters the farmhouse gate, Inglorion […]

27. A Partial and Uncertain Gift

Soundtrack: L7, Shitlist Inglorion walks into the Gypsy encampment as if he knows where he’s going. He can’t be sure, of course. It’s been 30 years. Human lifespans being what they are, Krysztof may be dead or incapacitated by age. The cobbler’s wagon is where it was before, though. Inglorion shrugs to himself and knocks on […]

21. That Cruel and Masterful Man

Soundtrack: Husker Du, Dead Set on Destruction Over the week that follows, Inglorion feels a persistent sense of shame. This is the first time he’s ever regretted a sex act, and he’s not certain why it bothers him. He doesn’t confess it, any more than he’s confessed the rest of his unchastity, but he’s disturbed […]

8. I Don’t Want to Be There

Soundtrack: Pixies, I Bleed (Demo 2) Everyone — family, servants guests — starts combing the grounds, knocking on the doors of nearby houses, searching the streets and alleys and parks. In such a wealthy neighborhood, everything is accounted for and children are seldom lost. Sieia’s disappearance raises fears of murder, abduction and kidnapping. Inglorion has […]