Dahlexpert & ZombieSplitter53 New Club on the Block Part One Mirandia Van Dam Manor August 1st, 3349 Axton was in his study going over the ships trade routes." Hum pirates are becoming more of a annoyance then ever, going to have to order more cannons and mortars for there defenses. As well as some gun boats or some frigates to defend the trade boats." "Lord Van Dam." A servant named Jeffery stepped into the room, bowing. "A moment of you time, please." "Yes Jeffery is there a problem, does my wife need me for something?" "Nothing so urgent, sir." The man walked over and handed Axton a letter written in fine hand writting, and stamped with a vaugly familiar signature. "A message from a Ms. Sakura Mikami. As a contributor, she has invited you to her business on the eve of its grand opening." "Ah Mrs Sakura, form the night club deal of course sure why not I have no meetings with the council to day is she in town or in Stormrend?" "In town," the servant answered. "She actually found a fairly good spot in the business district to set up, free of nearby competition." "Hum well then I will be there soon, fetch me my horse Jeffery and that will be all for you today thank you for your time." Axton reached for his over coat and head outside. It took him less then a half hour to make the trip to the bustling business district. Despite harsh times around the world, Mirandia was experiencing a small economic boom, likely one of many things that attracted Mikami. The roads were packed, and Axton ended up walking a few blocks to the building. Outside stood the Stormrendy swordsman that seemed to act as Sakura's personal bodyguard, looking as serious as ever. "Ah Sakura's little body guard, I take it that your boss is close is she not?" The man raised an eyebrow at the comment, pushing his glasses up. "She is. You're expected, Mr. Van Dam." He did not step away from the door, however. "Are you armed?" "Everyone in the city is armed whether its a dagger or a gun, this is Terra after all were all armed so yes i'm armed." "I am going to have to ask you to hand over your weapons." The swordsman held out a hand while the other was kept near his swords. “Very Well then.” Axton took out his pistol and dagger and gave it to Sakura’s bodyguard.” Is that good enough for you?” "That is all," he asked suspiciously. "If I were to search you..." “You would Fine nothing, besides what threat does an old worrier turned business man pose?” "You can never be too careful," was his answer. "In this case, I feel you are being too careful, Tien." Sakura stepped outside, taking the weapons from him and handing them back to Axton. "Caution is all well and good until it turns off one of our few benefactors." Axton took back his weapons.” Thank you Mrs Sakura, it’s good to see my business partner again.” "It has been too long. For that, I apologize. Busy, after all." She placed her hand on his arm. "Care to look around?" “Seeing as though you went through a great deal to get me to buy this place, I would enjoy a look around.” Walking in, it was a grand club, making incredibly well use of the already spacious building to make it feel even bigger. The center of the room was on a lower level, currently occupied by chairs and tables. The pair stood on an elevated area encircling the party floor, with a large stage at the far end. A stair case on the west side of the building led up to a balcony, a sizeable office up there, and the east side of the room had a bar with a vast variety of drinks, everything from cheap Kemarin Rum to incredible expensive Virandian Vodka. "First impressions?" Sakura asked with a grin. “You should be happy that I offered you that alcohol deal, it would have cost you a fortune to bring liquor here. But as for impressions I like it good for the young people.” "Come. I want to show you something cool." Sakura led him behind the bar and placed a hand under the table. "I want this place to serve a variety of services, at least until I find what I really like. Watch this We have a dinner room for performances and such." She pressed a hidden button, and the tables and chairs sank into the floor. "A dance floor." She pressed another. The center of the stage moved out, turning into a stripper stage, with a pole sliding up in the center stage and two more in the back. "And a strip club for late nights. The mechanisms are the best in Mirandian and Serasam tech, linked with Themosa and powered by magic tapped directly from the cities ley lines. All approved, of course." “Very impressive, during the day people can come and enjoy a good meals and the like, and at night the soldiers could have there fun. An excellent feature I admit.” "I have one more thing I'd like to show you," Sakura said. "How familiar are you with unique Stormrend cafes?" "Not much I haven't spent much time in Stormrend." "Come." She open the door behind the bar, leading to a kitchen. On the other side was another door. "Thanks in large part to your contributions, I was able to purchase the adjoining building for a little pet project of mine." Stepping through the second door, the pair stepped into a quaint, brightly lit, pleasant looking cafe. Before them were a ten young women, all of various shapes and sizes, but all quite attractive. "Greetings, Mr. Van Dam," they said in unison, bowing their heads. "Lady's." Axton looked at Sakura."What is this?" "Ever hear of a hostess club?" Sakura asked. “Unfortunately no, the downside of being a councilor is I don’t get out very often.” "Well, a hostess club is a quiet little establishment in which people pay to enjoy some tea and snacks or a light meal with a pretty young girl to talk to. Kinda like how a waitress will flirt and talk with someone to get a tip, but that is their jobs. You'd be surprised how popular it is in Stormrend to just have some company to chat with, but it hasn't really caught on in other countries." Sakura walked up to the girls. "Axton... may I call you Axton? This is Angela, Pamela, Sandra, Monica, Erica, Tina, Rita, Sandra, Mary, and Jessica." Axton bowed his head."Hum this is a very interesting idea, it could help with people that have trouble talking to others, and other women that just like to babble." Axton looked at Sakura." Make sure they are payed extra for there efforts." "Oh, I pay well, don't you worry." She grinned. "So, what do you think overall?" "Overall not bad it's not to bad at all, i'm glad we are working together here." "I know you are a busy man, but I do hope you'll stop by from time to time to check in and have a drink." "Or a snack," one of the girls said with a snicker. “I could from time to time, I’m sure my youngest boy and his wife would love to come here, more so his wife.” "Well, I won't keep you anymore." Sakura bowed her head. "Thank you for coming." "Please come again," the girls added, bowing themselves. "Hum" Axton bowed his head and walked out the building." Such an interesting woman, with all these ideas hopefully won't go overboard with her ideas." Five weeks later Axton looked over a letter he got form Charter."Hay dad Elma training is coming along well, she has come a long way since she last saw you. Don't worry we will make a hunter of her yet. Hum that's good to hear that my daughter is becoming a great hunter." "E-excuse me... sir?" Jeffery stepped into the room, looking a bit off put. “What is wrong Jeffrey?” "A, um... a-a... a Judge... is here to see you." Jeffery swallowed hard. "And he doesn't sound happy." “Really bring him in I would love a talk with him.” Jeffery ducked out. A few minutes later, in walked Judge Meltosis. His armor, covering him head to toe, was elaborate and imposing, with a grand helmet sporting two large horns, wing-like blades on his grieves, armored wings set on his back, and a grand, royal sword. As Judge of the Capital district of Mirandia, given supreme authority over the busiest, most lucrative, and most populated part of the country, he had those that looked up to him, those that hated him, and those that plain feared him. "Axton Van Dam, head of the Noble Van Dam line, I presume." “Yes please come have a seat would you like a drink?” "Cold water," the Judge answered flatly. Axton went to the side of the room and poured the armored man a glass of water.” Now then tell me why is a judge visiting me?” "Does the name Sakura Mikami ring a bell?" The Judge remove his helmet, revealing a stern face with a pointed nose, giving him the look of one with a beak. “Sakura what about her, what does this have to do with my business partner?” "So you admit you have business dealings with the woman and her clubs." Meltosis took a slow drink. "You are in a lot of trouble, Mr. Van Dam. How my investigation goes will determine if you'll spend the next twenty years in jail or not." Axton eyes widen.” What! What in the gods name are you on about what is wrong with that night club?” "A former employee by the name of Alexandra Gilbert contacted us weeks ago with evidence of drug dealings at her place of business, The Singing Canary, Mikami's club. Since then, she has been acting as a mole, only leaving unannounced for her own safety." The Judge stepped forward. "Mr Van Dam, your business partner is currently the biggest distributor of White Tiger heroine in the district. Possibly the country."