38. How to Keep the Game Going

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. There’s a sudden ruckus. Four Drow guards enter, and in a swift, businesslike fashion, they cut the bonds holding Valykria and Valentine together and hogtie them both to poles. They hoist Valentine and take him away, leaving Valykria bound and alone in […]

37. No Secrets

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine wakes up in darkness. He’s lying on his side. His head aches from the knockout blow, but he’s otherwise unhurt. Valykria is next to him, still unconscious. They’re face-to-face, navel to navel. As he tries to pull away, he realizes that […]

36. Θ {target} {action} Θ

Sleet begins to fall as they approach Hill #81 two days later, and the storm brings dusk early. Their hands are cramped and frozen in their gloves, and they can see their horses’ breath as they pick their way over a trackless jumble of bare limestone and thorny brush. Cave air wells up from cracks […]

34. Thick as Thieves

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine wakes up early the following day, long before breakfast is served even in a country house. He springs up, washes his face and hands, dresses, and resolves to explore the grounds until the rest of the household is up and about. […]

33. Valykria

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. The next few days of travel are uneventful. Though Aramil tries to take an interest in his surroundings, he’s subdued and sad as he reflects on the consequences of his actions. Valentine, on the other hand, is profoundly relieved to be freed […]

32. The Road to Amakir

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. The sun does rise, as expected. Valentine wakes up just before dawn to a sense of quiet, animal satisfaction. The ground is unpleasantly hard and imperfectly cleared; it’s cold and a stiff breeze has kicked up; he’s in dire need of coffee. […]

31. Aramil Augustus Is Banished

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. The ceremony of banishment is simple, and quickly done. Marcus, in his role as head of the Shelawn family, leads Aramil to a guard house attached to the city gate. The magistrate is waiting there in full robes and wig, along with […]

30. One Thousand Sunsets

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. After a few weeks of negotiation and wrangling, Aramil signs a plea agreement that will result in his being banished. By the time it happens, he’s accepted that it’s his only choice, short of imprisonment or hanging. Though the charges are dire, […]