This story I originally wrote some years ago, before I wrote my first Dominions novel. I’ve improved a lot since then, so that original 5000 word story was pretty poor—sentences that I probably thought sounded good at the time, lots of superfluous information, and nowhere near as much subtlety as I imagined.
But I liked the general idea, so I reworked it—tightened the writing, made the back-story less obvious, and cut a whole section concerning a dog (an often-repeated piece of writing advice—never have a main character harming a dog. They can to whatever they want to people, but very few readers will forgive violence towards dogs).
I also shortened the title (it was originally To Serve The Community). I’m pleased with this new version.