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Black Widow by WinonaCookie

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Lady Leticia (nee Nightshade) had a talent for marriage in general and for marrying titled husbands in particular. Her first spouse, Percival Wardore XII, Lord of Aspic, proposed when Letitica was 16 years old, a mere slip of a girl with an odd fascination for brewing up exploding potions with her at-home chemistry set. Only a year later, the unfortunate Lord had expired from a virulent case of heartburn shortly before their first wedding anniversary. Not long afterwards, the lovely Leticia was celebrating her nuptials to the somewhat dour Basil Deadworry, Duke of Wherewithal. Such a tragedy when he was brained by a piece of crumbling statuary whilst taking his morning constitutional around the manor! It did leave Lady Leticia in the possession of quite the fortune, however. An extensive tour of the Continent to recover from her deep sorrow put her in the acquaintance of the dashing Emilian Quinine, Baron of Listing Spigot, and following a whirlwind courtship, they were wed on the opulent oceanliner, Torpid Colossus. Certain cynical members of society where frankly astonished when the good Baron made it back ashore without falling overboard, drowning or being inadvertently swept into the ship’s propellor – some people are so negative! Despite Emilian’s objections to Leticia’s pet mechanical spider, the young couple seemed quite blissful for a time, out dancing at the chicest masquerade balls and scandalously sipping absinthe and carousing at the trendiest cafes. I suppose no one was overly surprised when Baron Quinine was found dead of multiple poisonous spider bites at his gentlemen’s club in town, but it was undeniable that the Lady Duchess Baroness Wardore Deadworry Quinine and her little silver spider had airtight alibis. In full possession of her youth, a vast fortune, and a new nickname, the Black Widow is just waiting for that next special fellow…

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This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2008. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingalmost 6 years ago

    she’ll be needing another hubby…obviously….maybe this man

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful work xxx

  • DrinkMeAlice
    DrinkMeAlicealmost 6 years ago

    Fabulously macabre! I absolutely adore your work Winona

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassalmost 6 years ago

    How truly unlucky in love…poor lonely Leticia. It’s a wonder that even with wealth (and obviously admirably good looks) she was able to find a life partner… thrice!!! I hope her luck holds…
    Another wondrous tale from your cleverly imaginative musings…thank you ;-}

  • Frances Perea
    Frances Pereaover 4 years ago


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