Spolia Publishes First Glimpse of Queen of Spades

spoliaThe street on which all the divining shops lay, Mannheim discovered, was in fact an alley off the main boulevard of the district. There were a half-dozen or so signs above storefronts, each advertising a particular technique or set of techniques: tarot cards, palm readings, the rolling of bones, etc. Mannheim immediately bypassed the tarot card shop, as thirty years in the gaming industry had convinced him beyond reasonable doubt that the way a set of cards fell could not convey anything of significance, ever. Instead, he entered the second shop—Madame Eckhardt, Empath, the sign read, under a meticulous rendering of a Ouija board, no appointment necessary—and found himself in a small, dark antechamber with maroon curtains.

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