Wherein Faustina shows just a little of the iron in her otherwise sweet little girl persona. I know I mention a dinner and another meeting but I think those will happen in the background and be alluded to by her while she frantically recruits and trains another 12,000 men.
Also below the fold is a poor map of what her world looks like, right now. The red areas are the city-states that survived the Breakup or, in the case of Huntsville, were rebooted shortly after. The blue region is what Faustina conquered in “Princess Crusade” (available soon!) and is under her personal dominion. The blue arrows will probably be her main axis of attack toward Vicksburg. But there will be many, many marches and counter-marches to bring the locals of the old Deep South under her control.
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Who doesn’t love a meeting? Besides, that is, every normal person on Earth? Still, no matter what form of government you have, consensus among those who actually run things is critical for longevity of the oligarchy. And all governments, everywhere, are oligarchy.
In this first part we find Faustina’s success in Savannah to already be destabilizing to the powers-that-be of Greater Knoxville. The issues here are internal. Part two, this weekend, will be external. I wasn’t sure where our main character was headed, but out of the mouths of babes, little Aurelia had it right back in the latter parts of “Princess’ Crusade.”
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Just coming off of ten days on second, or evening, shift at my DayJob. It might be a good shift for older folks with nothing better to do or students with morning classes, but I hate it. You wake up late with only a few hours before work. Work ten hours, get home at midnight and go to bed. What little time I have I to myself was spent with my subconscious mind fretting about work. So precisely nothing got done writing, regardless of my Lenten obligation to complete “Empress’ Crusade.”
Having worked the weekend I had today off and thus have tried very hard to get back into the groove. Although I wanted to keep this early section focused on humans, Reina informed me that was not to be. Once she has her say, even Faustina finds her plans for the future suddenly in flux. My next installment, when Fussy asserts herself against the Council of Five, is going to be very, very interesting.
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