Arclight Press LLC is one of the most successful publishing houses of the Middle Lands, specializing in science fiction, noir, and hardboiled (detective) fiction. Among its most famous publications rank "Fulgrath by Lamplight", "Lord of Lightning", "Finders Keepers", "the Consul's Mistress", "City of Dreg", and "Detective Junker". While, as a publisher, Arclight Press mostly releases crime novels and novels with noir and hardboiled themes, they also own a bi-monthly magazine called "Flashes of the Future Magazine", in which they publish science fiction short stories.
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The Inside ManIn any case, the wazoku didn't have to worry about the magisters - or the law. Due to the backing of the Yamato embassy, the police turned a blind eye to almost anything the wazoku tried to pull. Apparently, their support hadn't even cost the boss much; a bit of drugs here, an exotic animal there, maybe a 'disappearance' on the side. With the embassy washing the wazoku's vests, their organization was essentially free to move as it pleased. Lost in thought, he had already arrived at their headquarters, not even remembering how he got here, when he saw her, and the good life was over.
The coins jangled as Makoto pocketed the protection money. The little convenience store by Swartenstreet had been the last one on today's run - a good round; all businesses in his corner of Little Yamato had been ready to pay up. In return, the wazoku provided them with safety - and warded off any competitors that might try to settle in from outside. A win-win, really, if you think about it. As Makoto made his way towards headquarters, he heard a newspaper boy going on about some magister speech explaining the beauty and prosperity of Vallahal. Pah! Those magisters had never even seen a back alley in their lives; they hadn't writhed in the muck, playing footsies with gutter snipes like him before the boss had appeared on that fateful day way back when. Not that the magisters ever would see one as long as they continued to shovel half of the money meant for the district promoters' budgets into their own pockets.
The best fiction is rooted in real life.
Fulgrath, the City of Lightning, is one of the Five Capital Cities of the Middle Lands. ~ 14474 Words