19. The Heir and the Penniless Adventurer

As he walks over to Shelawn House, Inglorion’s mood is defiant. He and Marcus have enjoyed cordial, if distant, relations as adults. They each acknowledge that the other is a decent, honorable fellow. That said, their habits, values, temperaments, and modes of life could hardly be more different. They share a father, and some family […]

23. A Sense of Imminent Loss

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn In the wake of the battle for Liamelia, Valentine feels that he is slipping away, releasing his hold on the city and its people, the family he thought he’d found. His grief finds some solace when he memorializes his 10 kills with […]

20. Blood for Blood

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Once he lights the candle, Valentine says aloud, “Fuck it.” Before he can lose his nerve, he scrawls a note to Aramil: Cousin, I need your help tonight with an urgent matter. Please come as soon as you receive this. —Xάρων He […]

19. Flashing Eyes

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Ariadne is buried immediately, due to the fear of poison. At first, Valentine can’t grasp that she’s dead. Long before he asked her to be his wife, she was his inner audience, the kind, sympathetic listener we all long to have. At […]

18. We See You, Charon

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. As they leave the juggler’s booth, Ariadne admits that she doesn’t feel well. She’s sunburned and faint from the heat. Sieia finds a place for her to sit in the shade of a tree, organizes Aramil to get water and cold compresses, […]

17. The Carnival

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine and Ariadne are relaxing on a garden bench, waiting for Aramil to show up for a midmorning weapon lesson. Ariadne is reading a novel, and Valentine is lying with his head in her lap, observing the bees’ trajectories as they shuttle […]

16. The Gallery

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. It’s overcast as Valentine walks to the Shelawn townhouse the following morning. After yesterday’s performance, he’s determined to start teaching Aramil at least the basics of archery, so he’s carrying his longbow and quiver. As he strides through the sweetly green city […]

15. Epic Luck

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine has a secret now. Inglorion — Sieia’s half-brother, Valentine’s cousin — is a high-ranking, token-holding member of the Theates clan. At first, Valentine avoids discussing this with Sieia. There seems to be nothing to say, and conversation implies judgment, decision, action. […]