The Fly Prince
When Tony’s parents run away he’s left alone with spiders and beans. Flies become his friends, flies become his God. And every God has a messenger.
“With each breath he praised fell Beelzebub, squishing spiders by the hour, in the hope of yet more blessings. He broke into zoos and into pet stores. Then shattered the arachnid’s cages. And ate the crawlers raw, crunching their hairy armour until it became embedded in his lips. From there it grew from like cress; sharp, long and greasy.”