Spells & Poems, Part Two

Continued from Spells & Poems, Part One. My queen could not leave the palace or be seen meeting her Spider, but I could come and go, so I went in her stead. For a year and a day, I carried messages for them. My meetings with him were hardly meetings but crossings—on a bridge, in…

Spells & Poems, Part One

Before the Spider was a magician, he’d been a youthful poet with dreaming eyes. And before Queen Mayberry was the queen, she was the young poet’s lover. But when she was made to marry King Grigori against her wishes, the poet renounced his poetry and turned to magic, which blackened his eyes and tarred his…