This Week: Posting from my WiP "The Girls From Alcyone II: Freelancer."
Continuing from last week's snippet: Sigrid has just infiltrated the grounds of a factory complex on Bellatrix on a mission for her mistress, the Lady Hitomi Kimura.
The factory was just like any of the thousands of other manufacturing centers found on any planet in the Federation. Little more than forced-labor camps, these corporate-compounds were totally enclosed communities. The workers would be housed in company billets, shop at company stores, consume the company's goods. All paid for, of course, with the company's own corporate currency, ensuring the workers would never free themselves of their indebtedness.
Sigrid knew, once employed, it was highly unlikely the working-population would ever see the outside of the walls again. She also knew how easily she might have ended up in such a facility, had the Lady Hitomi not found her.
These places were ugly, bleak and thoroughly depressing. Sigrid was eager to be rid of it.