By Robert Asprin
E. Godz, Inc's stock-in-trade was once magic. whilst Edwina Godz inherited the relations company, she had positioned to paintings all of the sorcery she knew, taking shamen on board as subsidiaries, and raking within the merits of the fabric global, together with titanic earnings and high-selling inventory. regrettably, Edwina's little ones hated each one other's guts, and if she stepped apart and allow them to take over the corporate, it used to be absolute to cross down the tubes. So she allow them to struggle it out for dominance utilizing the entire tips of either company infighting and wizardly struggle that she had taught them. No holds barred - and will the main evil and ruthless sorcerer win!
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Peez said slowly, one eyebrow raised in speculation. " She left E. 's New York City office still pondering this information sotto voce to herself. The office itself was not located in any of the commercially zoned skyscrapers that formed the Manhattan skyline, but rather in a residential high-rise on the Upper West Side. Edwina didn't believe in zoning laws—or any other laws that told her she couldn't have things her own way—and she had used her magic to establish the two subsidiary offices of E.
Too bad she's not a golem, she thought. At least a golem obeys orders. With the sigh of the much put-upon she replied, "If it weren't for me, Wilma dear, you'd never have discovered the Way of the Great Mother and you'd still be doing those dreary covered-dish suppers at that former church of yours. I'm sure that if you do me this one itsy-bitsy favor, She'll forgive you. " Again that slow, weighty, side-to-side turning of Wilma's almost cubic head on her nigh-nonexistent neck. Peez found herself marveling at the fact that her secretary's terra-cotta-colored hair shed real dandruff and not flakes of dried clay.
Retracing the steps of her spiritual journey, she approached them one by one with her modest proposal: that she show them the ropes of fund-raising, the benefits of obtaining tax-exempt status as registered, organized religions, and the basics of bookkeeping to safeguard their continued economic health. Could she help it if the best, most efficient way for them to do this was by her founding her own corporation and taking all of them on board as her subsidiaries? Was she to blame if they were so grateful to lay hold of the advantages she offered that they never uttered so much as a whisper of objection when she collected a nice, fat piece of the action in exchange for services rendered?