The Artificer fashioned a clockwork spider to adorn the corner of the Witch Queen’s chambers. It spun webs of golden thread, that she wove into charms to protect her favored subjects.
The clockwork spider caught and ate time. The Witch Queen would pluck moments from the web and unwrap them. She would sprinkle them in a teacup and read the past and future.
The clockwork spider laid a thousand tiny cogs, and died. The Witch Queen gathered them in a jeweled box and sent them to the Artificer, who buried them in the earth and grew clockwork roses for her.

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