The headmaster feels Rose's fiber break and her energy draining away. He follows the fading pattern, finds her lifeless body in the garden, forearm swollen, bite bruised black and blue. Seeing the unusual wound and the suddenness of Rose's departure, he suspects Her. From his years of training he is able to remain unperturbed, focused, curious, wheels turning; wondering about the buckle in spacetime that lingers unhealed in the garden. The headmaster must use it to find out what became of Rose's energy.

The poison of the blue silk spider kills gently, slowly, preserving as much essence as possible, aiding Rose's transitions, but leaving a trail of crumbs for an entity to track.

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