Present Company (Flash Fiction / Short Story)

Rated 3.75/5 based on 4 reviews
A master of the Dark Arts searches for his prized experiment. A commoner woman with a torn past seeks a new life. The story of death’s love and life’s fate, “Present Company” chronicles events preceding R.M. Prioleau’s novella, “The Necromancer’s Apprentice.” More
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About R.M. Prioleau

R.M. Prioleau is a game developer and artist by day; and a dangerous writer by night. Since childhood, she’s continued exploring new methods of expanding her skills and creativity as she delves into the realm of literary abandon. R.M. can often be seen lurking about many great writing communities like NaNoWriMo.

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Review by: Robert Zimmermann on Aug. 16, 2013 :
For a flash fiction story, Present Company was able to draw me in as a reader. It’s difficult to build up the anticipation that was in this story as it moved along. There was also little space to set up characters, but Prioleau was able to give me a picture of at least the Sir Dagg.

Even though it was an enjoyable, short read, I ended up needing a little more by the time I got to the end. That seems to be a common complaint for flash fiction, though it’s not normally much of an issue when I read. Part of the “wanting” I had at the end might be due to the author setting the reader up for the novella The Necromancer’s Apprentice. I do hope this is the case, because I’m intrigued enough at the end of Present Company to see where these characters go.

To summarize, there was some great writing here, but it was a little lacking. It’s still an enjoyable quick read for those with a few minutes to spare.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Aug. 08, 2013 :
This is well-written, compelling and intriguing, but the ending disappointed me a little, being really just a [good] teaser for a longer work, and lacking closure or punch at the end. Not bad, though, but not really a true self-contained "flash-fiction".
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on July 30, 2013 :
Excellent short tale of a young beauty rescued by what she thinks is her brave handsome knight. However, like all good stories there is a bit more to our prince charming than we are first led to believe.

For a short flash fiction piece this was top knotch fantasy and a recomended read.
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Review by: M.C. Chivers on July 29, 2013 :
During the day, I'm looking after my daughter as a house husband, so short stories, like this one, are a real treat to read.

As the synopsis suggests, this is only a taster for the author's other works. It follows a vampire whom seeks fresh blood from a healthy, hot blooded female!

Though the writing comes across as a little "cliche", it is so well-written and perfectly put that you can forgive it - especially for a short story - it does what it's supposed to: to entice you to read more (after all, there is a ton of Paranormal fiction out there) in the other books.

All in all, really enjoyed it - perfectly proofed and edited - a real treat.
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