"Siamu Faraz double-checked that the door locks were programmed with the correct codes and that no alarm had gone off before activating his hand-held scanner and venturing further into the building. Theoretically, no one should be able to tell that anyone had even opened the door as long as a quick scan bounced back the right codes, and that should buy him enough time to examine the place and leave without anyone the wiser. Technically, even to private investigators like himself, this building was off limits. Unexplained happenings and disappearances tended to attract high level government attention and that attention had resulted in an immediate and severe lockdown on any information related this place. Luckily, Siamu’s contacts had come through for him and, due to one of them, he now had blueprints from as recent as two years ago. That was ancient information for this part of town since constant construction and remodeling changed its face almost on a daily basis, but it would have to do..."
I tried to get another story done in time for this month, but it needed lots more work so you get a story I wrote for a magazine submission back in May. I think I'll polish it up some more before I submit it to another magazine though. Would you like to see more of the glowing PI Siamu in future stories? Let me know in the comments below!
The other story I'm working on is a fairy tale retelling (classic, I know! But I want to try my hand at doing a few). However, I'm switching it to sci-fi. I had to throw out my first start because it just didn't read correctly. The second start is much better. This will be a story on the longer side. I'm not sure yet if it'll be fully published in Anthology of Speculative Scribblings or whether I'll publish just the first chapter and put the rest into the Patron Library. We shall see! It all depends on how long the story ends up being.
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