57. The So-Called Visible Spectrum

Once the house is ready, Valentine invites Inglorion to stay in the guest suite until the heat is off, not really expecting him to accept. Inglorion cocks his head, considers. “It’s not out of the question. It might be better to have a public, cousinly tie rather than to pretend we don’t know each other […]

55. Animals, Not Angels

Musical Score, Adam Ant, Rough Stuff “Basically her family built a trap, and I walked right into it. They created this story about how I’m this violent, depraved, out-of-control monster. Her brother taunted me until I pounded the shit out of him — one of my army buddies had to pull me off of him […]

51. Threats and Promises

Musical Score: Husker Du, She Floated Away 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, where have you been? She’s holed […]

49. Eyes as Dark as Any Shelawn Could Wish

Musical Score, OhGr, porE Bonus Track, Download, Streaked 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 strike, sending a dagger skittering […]

48. Tereus Shelawn Was a Brute

Musical Score, Ohgr, Shhh Valentine is accosted by another Gypsy child that is not a child. It 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 half-elf girl — leads him to a private room […]

46. The Weight of the Past

Musical Score: David Bowie, Breaking Glass 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 him, he face brightens. “Valentine! Where were […]

45. This Lesson Is Free

Musical Score: David Bowie, The Width of a Circle 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. Secure your mount in […]

43. There Can Be No Real Objection

Musical Score: Spin Doctors, Two Princes They arrive late on the third night of travel. Cantering through the city gates, Valentine feels as if a holiday is coming to an end. He’s starting to realize that they gray will regard his actions very seriously. He’ll have to account publicly for decisions that seemed personal and […]