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“The Finest, Fullest Flowering” by Marc Laidlaw

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Milston is greeted by his possible Patron on a beautiful, flowering island. He is given a tour; the Patron wishes to persuade him to come and live there, to practice his art, with all the other artisan residents. The constant music of the resident composer is played through speakers all around them. It seems like an offer Milston can't refuse. There's just one sticking point: well, maybe two.

The Finest, Fullest Flowering

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About the Author
Born in 1960, Laidlaw published half a dozen novels and many short stories before joining Valve Software in 1997, where he helped create the Half-Life videogame series and later became head writer on Dota 2.
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