28. One Last Thing to Break

Soundtrack and Video: Frank Turner, “Recovery (Live)” Six weeks later, Tereus presses a note into Valeria’s palm. It says, “Meet me in the hayloft tonight, if you can.” Of course she makes her way to the barn, climbs the ladder into the hayloft. It doesn’t much matter what she does. It feels like her conduct […]

5. It Seems As If Everything Must Be Forgiven

Soundtrack: Adam Ant, Try this for Sighs Inglorion dresses with care for his appointment with Artemisia. Given the opportunity, he would make himself late striving for effortless elegance. However, there’s only so much he can do. Men’s clothing has begun its centuries’-long decent from the powdered wigs, embroidered silk waistcoats and high-heeled, jeweled shoes of […]

51. A Fucking Pity and a Waste

Soundtrack and Video: Marilyn Manson, The Beautiful People Inglorion finds himself in his quarters, with no idea how Alecto and Ajax got him there. He’s still high — unpleasantly so. He’s not hallucinating, but his mind is spinning free. He stares at the ceiling with no idea of moving, and probably no ability to do […]

35. The First Trial: Batshit Crazy

Soundtrack: Venetian Snares, Gentleman Soon after Inglorion is told to compete for the Marquisate, he and his rivals learn about their first trial. Clytemnestra brings the three of them to a remote chamber, deep in the unimproved portion of the caverns. The chamber is divided by a glass wall. On the far side, there’s a […]

23. The Habit of Taking Beautiful Things

Soundtrack: Adam and the Ants, Digital Tenderness Once he’s accepted the family’s congratulations, Inglorion tries to settle in and reform his life. For six days, he sticks to a regimen of studying, training, domesticity, and chastity. On the seventh day, a Sunday, he receives a note from Artemisia saying that she’s returned from her travels, […]