1. Caster


    Date: 12/24/2017, Categories: Reluctance, Author: bonnibelle, Source: LushStories

    “Lia Caster”. In the year 2098, Lia Caster was a householdname. When people hear the term “household name”, they think about celebrities, politicians, and the like. However, Lia Caster was not a celebrity per se, and she didn’t give one damn about politics. Lia Caster was a mega-mind, a self-made woman who dominated every industry. There was a law, long ago, that said that being the distributor of pretty much every product was illegal. However, that law had, for reasons “unknown”, been repealed decades and decades before the setting of this saga. It just so happened that this occurred when Lia Caster was twenty-two, and had just finished turning her late father’s crashing-and-burning paper-dispensing company, Caster Stationery Corp., into a success. However, that paper-manufacturing company soon flourished to the point where it had more than enough profits to take up something more than paper. So, Lia, at the mere age of nineteen, decided to branch out into all-around office supplies. Then, as technology began to spring up all over the world, that was sold at the company too. Books, why not, Lia thought. By the time she turned twenty-one, almost everything you wanted could be sold at Caster Corporation (which was renamed when Lia turned twenty). You could even buy food at their many establishments, from steak to ice cream to potato chips. It was stressful, so much that Lia considered suicide at some points, but she kept making deals and becoming stronger. The government was ...
    a bit wary of the power of Lia, and even brought up the law about monopolies. However, without a single public statement from Lia, the law vanished, and for some odd reason, a couple of high-up government workers were a couple thousand dollars richer. But, that was long before 2098. By 2098, Lia Caster was “retired”. She still owned all of the businesses that she owned before, but she had worked up several quadrillion dollars after whacking down all other businesses in the fields she worked in. Medical instruments, food manufacturers, supplies…the only thing that she didn’t own was, of course, more public works, like hospitals, schools, and things like that. If someone wanted to buy something, though, chances were it would have the Caster name on it. Nobody could compete with her. Lia mostly lounged around the house and entertained herself, but still checked up on her businesses personally from time to time. Mostly, she had a more highly-paid set of staff that oversaw her businesses. How was she still alive in 2098? Well, Lia invested in more than just your run-of-the-mill businesses. No, she had put a lot of money into a lot of scientists, and she had made sure that she would live a long time. Of course, along with that, she had some other modifications done to herself, just because…well, she was rich, and she could (those other modifications will be mentioned later). Of course, people continued to die at the normal rate. Normal people. As one can see, though, Lia was far ...
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