11. I Couldn’t Turn Back If I Wanted To

Another episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Shelawn. Valentine has dutifully shown up at a ball of Sieia’s, largely to distract himself from his internal ethical debate. He’s distracted, though. The weather itself has a kind of moody intensity. Even here, in a stuffy ballroom lit and heated by dozens of […]

5. The Labyrinth

Aramil has left a message saying he’ll join Valentine in the stable yard to train. Valentine begins a series of strike drills, alternating bursts of punches with push-ups. Valentine finds it comforting to train. It’s the one time when he knows what’s expected of him, and feels competent to handle any challenge. In truth, he […]

3. The Island

The next episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Claudius Shelawn. Just a few days later, Valentine has a fresh opportunity to experience the benefits of family membership: Sieia holds a garden party in his honor. For much of the day, being honored seems to consist of standing around nursing a […]

2. Theates

The second episode of Man Raised by Spiders, the coming-of-age story of Valentine Claudius Shelawn. The next morning, Valentine receives a dinner invitation from his cousin Sieia, Xardic’s wife and, apparently, one of his many living Shelawn relatives. It’s delivered by a servant who was told to wait for an answer. Valentine gives a verbal […]

10. A Familiar Routine of Flirtation and Seduction

For just over a year, Inglorion sets a personal record for sexual fidelity. He does not fuck women other than Artemisia, or even flirt with them. Over time, however, events conspire to draw him back into his old ways. He has legitimate reasons for dissatisfaction, if not for infidelity. Perhaps because their relationship has been formalized, […]

8. A Charming Young Whelp and Adventurer

Two weeks after they are reunited, Artemisia’s birthday arrives. Inglorion didn’t know when her birthday was. It hadn’t come up before, and it’s not the kind of thing it would occur to him to ask. Nonetheless, it seems to be a pleasant omen, and he’s pleased when she asks him to celebrate with her. He writes […]

6. A Thoroughly Nightmarish Evening

Soundtrack: Marilyn Manson, Get Your Gunn Tereus’ brother and sister-in-law, Lucius and Valeria, have returned from a diplomatic posting, and a ball is being held in their honor. It’s the first time the family has entertained in three or four years, and from the servants’ perspective, it goes very badly indeed. The new majordomo is […]