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Peter Marten is eager to go to university in the big city, but soon finds himself swept up in a decades-old conspiracy and a plot to overthrow the king of his adopted country.

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In which Peter Marden arrives in Arcadia

Submitted: June 03, 2017

As he opened the door of the station, the great city of Halcastle yawned — warm, steaming, and slightly pink from the setting sun. The ... Read Chapter

Wherein Cecilia reads in bed

Submitted: June 03, 2017

Cecilia threw aside her book and began to fluff and arrange her pillows. She could never get them right; when she had enough to support h... Read Chapter

In which Prince Reginald visits his father

Submitted: June 03, 2017

Reginald paced. He had risen early, dressed quickly, all in the hopes of catching his father at an opportune time, and now he had to wait... Read Chapter

Wherein Peter discovers a love of mushrooms

Submitted: June 04, 2017

Peter enjoyed a bowl of warm porridge, his first Arcadian breakfast. Agnes, the Spencer's servant, had mixed in dried currants and raisin... Read Chapter

Wherein Peter has a cup of chicory

Submitted: October 14, 2017

The Kabocha Cafe was at the corner of Queen and Parsons Streets. Its large glass windows provided a good view of the street, shaded by a ... Read Chapter

Wherein Reginald has a visitor

Submitted: June 04, 2017

The second dose of brandy had lulled Reginald into a second nap. This sleep was more restful but he opened his eyes at intervals to obser... Read Chapter

Wherein Cecilia ponders her fate

Submitted: June 05, 2017

As her landaulet raced along the private road from the palace to the Augustine Hill, Cecilia felt nauseous and tired. Even with the top d... Read Chapter

Wherein Reginald panics

Submitted: June 05, 2017

The click of the latch as Cecilia left was like the breaking of a spell, and suddenly the boldness and happiness vanished from Reginald, ... Read Chapter

Wherein Cecilia pines

Submitted: June 05, 2017

The next few days passed quickly for Cecilia. A package arrived from the palace with a silk gown and a diamond ring. A grand ball was thr... Read Chapter

A small room

Submitted: June 06, 2017

Deep in the maze of the city, far down the River Mering where the docks and the factories never sleep, the tenement at 50 Flanders Street... Read Chapter