51. Threats and Promises

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine returns home, exhausted, only to find the household in an uproar. A letter has arrived from Valykria’s grandmother. Her family is still pressing her to return, promising that all will be forgiven. Even Sieia’s equanimity has been shattered. “Good God, Valentine, […]

49. Eyes as Dark as Any Shelawn Could Wish

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. A masked assassin bursts through the doorway. There are three more behind him, all armed with daggers. They must have been counting on some combination of surprise and weight of numbers to overcome their victims. Inglorion disarms his opponent with the first […]

48. Tereus Shelawn Was a Brute

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine is accosted by another Gypsy child who is not a child. She directs him to an address that turns out to be a hookah lounge not far from Hairy’s Tattoos.  When Valentine gives his name, an attendant — a lovely, dark […]

47. Eralon Amakir, Esq. Gets a Beating

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine continues to drive their marriage plans forward. His thwarted desire finds expression in absolute, swift conformance to what he believes to be Valykria’s wishes. He tells himself again and again that he placed Valykria in danger by taking her to the […]

46. The Weight of the Past

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. When he gets back to the townhouse, he finds Valykria alone in Sieia’s sitting room, as he hoped he would. She’s holding a novel in one hand, and staring into the fire. She looks a bit tired and sad. When she sees […]

45. This Lesson Is Free

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. A gypsy child walks up to Valentine on the street, tugs on his sleeve. “Sir, a word with you.” “What, child?” “Listen carefully.” He bends down, fixes his gaze on her face. “This evening you will travel one mile down the highway. […]