Join me for the next month as we visit different features of BLACK TIGER. We can meet new characters, take exclusive tours of some exciting places, and maybe even spot a black tiger or two.
Welcome to Frankfort: the golden city and capital of Ky.
We didn’t start out as much. Back in the day, we were smaller than most major cities. But as Ky grew into one megacity, Frankfort grew, too. Now our streets are paved with golden cobblestones, our lawns are mowed to perfection, and our buildings are the pride of Ky–skyscrapers all made of glass.
As you can see, we have flower gardens in the medians of the street. And not just Duhe Street here. All the streets are treated with equal attention, just like all the subject of Ky. Every plant here is for decoration to add to the beauty of Frankfort. Chief Whitcomb likes to keep this place clean and comfortable for his citizens. Frankfort is where all the politicians and their families live, after all, and as the people running this country, they deserve the best of the best, yes?
Bars and clubs line Duhe Street. Frankfort rarely sleeps. We have the Black Tiger Club, where the most elite folks go. But you have to have a special membership to get in, so only the highest of the politicians and their families can afford it.
At the end of the street is the only library this country owns. We like to keep all the books in one place so they’re easily accessible. We don’t have much left from the old country pre-plague, so we have to keep the books under guard and in good condition. Anyone is allowed to check the books out, of course, so long as they’re returned within the week. You can also find maps in there, but, well, what good are maps these days? The world outside of Ky is a dangerous one, and nobody really wants to set foot in that territory. At least, I certainly don’t.
Aha. Now here we are at the Lily Park, across the street from the glorious Frankfort Hotel, where all of the chief’s balls are hosted. Lily Park is one of the chief’s favorite places to host his picnics. Have you been to his picnics? He doesn’t hold back. They’re almost as impressive as his weekly balls. Lights strung throughout the trees and the best food in all of Ky served to his loyal subjects. He loves his people so much that he does everything in his power to keep our community warm and close-knit. Ky is a small country, after all, and we’re all here to look out for each other.
Let’s see. If you go down that road a few miles, you’ll come across the Capitol Building, one of the few buildings in Frankfort not made of glass. It’s had very few repairs and remodels in the past century, and so still bears that antique look from the twenty-first century. The chief’s mansion sits nestled just across the road from the Capitol Building, carrying that same ancient appearance.
Down the opposite direction of this same street is Frankfort Prison. All criminals in Ky are transferred there. They receive a just trial, then sentenced to death accordingly. Oh, you don’t sentence all your criminals to death? You must have a high crime rate, then. People won’t be afraid to commit a felony if they’re promised freedom after serving so much time in prison. And who’s to say they won’t commit that crime again? And how do you decide who lives, who dies, and how long each prisoner serves time? We Patricians like our orderly system here. It keeps our minds at peace, knowing that the chief will not tolerate misconduct, no matter how large or small the offense.
You don’t want to travel to the south end of the city. Though it’s Frankfort territory, it’s abandoned. Nothing left there but shells of old buildings and burnt out homes of the deceased plagued.
And those are the main features of Frankfort. I’m so happy you stopped by. Many citizens of Ky dream of coming to Frankfort, but few make it out here. Transportation is scarce, and it’s a long walk from some parts of Ky. I hope you enjoy your stay in Frankfort Hotel, and, please, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Or ask anyone. We’re all like one big family and love helping a fellow citizen out.
BLACK TIGER releases on October 6, 2016, but you can preorder the Kindle version for $.99 on Amazon.