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I spent the final days of my life alone, even though I did not know I was dying. Around me, the world seemed to be shifting. A cloud of darkness shrouded what had once been an ordinary existence and ripped from me everything I had known. For long hours, I would stand at work and stare at the people who passed me by as though attempting to figure out what changed and when. Little did I know what waited for me around the corner.

Granted, the final days leading up to the earliest hours of January 20, 1983 are somewhat of a blur to me. It might have been the enchantment I was under, or the haze of realizing I lived on borrowed time without knowing how I could be certain of such a thing. I could not tell you what those final nights were like, or if anybody could sense the fact that I was fading in the background, about to cross paths with destiny. About to slip from one skin to another. I only know that night, it all reached a crescendo and set me on the path I find myself today.

I have lived many lives by now. I have held many titles and been several people and several things already. There were years when I gazed at others with compassion latent in my stare, and years when I beheld each victim I have claimed with coldness before sending them to meet their maker. Saint and sinner; bastard, friend, and foe. So many deaths and so many rebirths. So many layers to this creature I am. This being I became.

I am a vampire, but I have not always been. I can yet recall the days when I bore a pulse. Some memories stick out much more potently than others, but the first quarter century of my immortal existence frames the lot of them in a panorama of cause and effect. Through everything I face and have faced, I can look back upon the events which preceded me and see where I have arrived and how I have arrived there. I can see the hand of fate.

Oh, if only I would have known.

Back when this all began, if I could have seen the clear path to the present, I often wonder if I would have walked gracefully into the trials which followed. I would like to think so, but I know the experiences which have filled the years. The highs and lows; the moments of despair and the moments of triumph, they have made me what I am. I am vampire, yes, but I am no ordinary immortal. I still feed as one. I possess the fangs, the will, and the consuming instincts of one. The casual observer misses something very important when it comes to me, though; a very crucial feature beneath the unruly brown hair and above the crooked smile.

Most people do not know what they should be looking for when they see me. Not many humans recognize the emerald green eyes or know of their relevance for very good reason, because unique creatures such as I do not wish for them to know. There exists an entire world underneath their noses they overlook every day and only when the supernatural falls onto their laps do they learn of its presence. I was much the same as them a few decades ago, an unsuspecting, unknowing mortal with pale blue eyes instead of the ethereal irises I now possess.

I shall not linger any longer on riddles. Suffice to say there are many layers to this creature who inhabits this mortal coil, and yet the world around me rarely casts a second glance my way. When the council of the supernatural fashioned what would be my existence, they created a paradox; an eternal enigma.

My name is Peter Dawes and this is my story.

It all started with a murder.
Chapter One

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At last, the very final, completely decided upon, signed, sealed, and delivered prologue to The Vampire Flynn, Pt. 1 - Eyes of the Seer. You beautiful thing, you. Welcome back to my gallery. :excited:

Am going to change around the one in *peterdawes's gallery as well, but here, at least, I get to talk about how grateful I am to have this book set for release on June 1st and how appreciative I am for ~Jesiryu. She's the reason this was finished and has been my partner in every sense of the word in getting it ready for print.

Thank you for believing in me and inspiring me.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Writer
Damnit, why do I always have to find something brilliant right when life gets busy? I'm not going to be sleeping for a while, thanks. xD
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Writer
*laughs* It's the universe's way of telling you to make sure you take a breather here and there. I hope you enjoy! Will be posting another chapter up today, hopefully. :D
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Heh, I suppose so. I wish the universe would be more convenient about it, though.
I plan to enjoy. Prepare yourself for a torrent of comments and faves, as soon as I can find a spare moment to plough through your wonderful work.
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DarkestCornersLIT Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
hi there :iconhellothereplz:
your wonderful piece has been featured in the latest issue of DCL Darkest Corners Lit 13- Ongoing Series
please :+favlove: the article if you don't mind and good luck with the rest of your projects

best wishes
DCL Crew :heart:
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miontre Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it! Very good ;)
(@UseCapitalsPlez on Twitter, by the way :giggle:)
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks for reading! And very happy to make your acquaintance. :bow:
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miontre Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :) Guess twitter is good for advertising, I will try it someday =P
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AzeeraTheNinja Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Hello there,

The goal of #PennedPaper is to provide exposure to the under-appreciated writers of dA and to provide feedback on all works submitted to us. For this reason we do not accept deviations already found in six or more other group galleries at the time of submission to us. This is not an attack on the artist and has nothing to do with the quality of the deviation. For this reason, your work has been declined. For more information please read this news article [link]

You are welcome to submit other pieces found in less than six other group galleries to us.

Thank you,
~AzeeraTheNinja - #PennedPaper
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks for letting me know. :)
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AzeeraTheNinja Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
You're very welcome ^^
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DramiraSK Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Way to already be the best first person POV story Ive read on this site so far, hahahaha. And you're going to be reading MY work? Way to intimidate, hahaha.

Really, though- this is VERY interesting. The words are profound but really do sound like a person could be saying them while telling a story. It comes off pretty legit, which is apparently difficult to do. Also, I like how the hints of personality poke through. It has more than just one punch!, too, which I love. I'm also incredibly happy to see the beginning of an awesome vampire story (I bet you know why :P).
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Writer
Catching uuuuuup on comments. I apologize. I've been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. :faint:

In any event, I'm very glad you liked it! And I have been glancing in on your work, just haven't had the time to comment yet. We set a release date of June 1st on the latest rendition of this book and it's been having us... well, see aforementioned comment about one-legged men. ;)

Just wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten about you. If I'm ever a little flaky, it's only because life ends up kicking my best intentions in the ass.
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DramiraSK Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
No need to be sorry. I've fallen behind on my reading on here.

:hug:
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KiriRamdeo Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the concept and the historical dating =D
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! :bow: Peter's my 'vamp-of-the-80s'. :giggle: Although he swears he liked punk better than new wave, I think he's lying to me sometimes. ;)
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KiriRamdeo Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
xD Well, that's why you get to dunk him in water head-first and he doesn't get to complain!
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MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great introduction. Even though I tend to shy away from such narratives, I found this quite captivating! :love:
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D Thank you very much for reading.
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MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure!
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safia3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Fantastic introduction. Engaging start to finish.
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Mea culpa in not responding to your comment. :blush: Thank you very kindly!
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TarienCole Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well written and fascinating introduction. And this despite the fact I'm generally not a fan of introductions. :P
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Writer
I just realized I never thanked you for your comment. I truly appreciate the compliment. :D
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TarienCole Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
not a problem :)
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katarthis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I give you applause, even though I cannot seem to find the proper emote. Silly DA.

Well said. Well written.

k
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Writer
:bow: :hug:
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Kira73 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I remember reading this on your alter ego's page. At least I think I do. Memory is not a friend these days so correct me if I'm mistaken. Still as intriguing as I remember.

I agree with metalmagpie about the wordiness of it all, but I'm not one for prologues much.
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
*laughs* We've tweaked, revised, hammered, cut, paste, and sewn back together again. But this was the final version.

I have a weakness for them. But given there isn't any action in the Prologue, I decided for brevity as much as possible. In print, it's actually only two pages. ;)
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very wordy prologue, but prologues often are. I had already guessed "vampire" before the word came up. ;)

Seems like a nice, classic vampire tale. And the last line makes a great hook.
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thank you very kindly! That's what I was hoping to achieve with the last line. Very glad to know it served its purpose.

I tried to make the Prologue as short and sweet as possible, given how wordy it is, but I'm glad it wasn't too off-putting. I try to make up for it with how animated the first chapter is. ;)
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Oh captain fancypants, how ye speak! It's been too long. xD I remember his fancypants pretentious speaking manner was what first caught my eye about your writing HELLA long ago.
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Belated comment response is belated. ;)
*laughs* I love his pretentious form of diction. Probably why I can't seem to let go of him. He's so genuine and straightforward, but insists on that formal manner. He's my walking contradiction. :giggle:
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LeonieSainteVire Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
::soft laugh::Ever improving. Only...now I have to re-arrange your gallery! Again! ::grins::

I am so proud and happy for you!
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
*chuckles* I'm sorry. I'm cross-posting for the sake of old fans of the book and new people who aren't familiar with it. Will keep it in Peter's gallery, too. ;)
:hug: Thanks so much for your patience, hon.
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Devils-Conscience Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Nicely done - and congratulations on your upcoming book release! So envious!
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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Forbidden-Lover Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome! love it so waiting for the next installment!
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
I have Chapter One up. Will post Chapter Two today! :D
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Ryua Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very nice. It really makes a person think there should be more to read.........
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
*grins* Glad you said so. Have the first chapter up and am going to post Chapter Two today sometime.
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Mazakar Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
i am glad,

i liked the series very much...
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Writer
thank you! we're looking forward to finally releasing the series. :D
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Mazakar Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
i have read all the chapters of the vampire memoirs, is there any more?

i read till chapter 12, where he was captured by the witch...

:tears:
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
*chuckles* The good news is, we finished the entire book. But we're not making the whole thing available on dA. We do have it in print and in PDF download. And on occasion, I'll be running contests for people to get the PDF free.
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Mazakar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Excellent,

I will start saving, and get it downloaded, if the print did not reach Egypt.
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Writer
How do you normally order books in Egypt?
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Mazakar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
We don't,

we either contact a site and get it shipped if they have a place in Egypt,

Or we download it, which I think I will do,

If Lulu has a branch in Egypt, I will contact them and get the book.
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Cu-Sith1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It started off really good and pulled me in...then it kind of seemed to drag on a little, and I started to lose interest. But since I was halfway through I decided I should finish, and I'm glad I did becasue the last six lines drew me in again.

I may have to look for this when it comes out =D
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WriterOfStuff Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Writer
thank you for sticking with it! the prologue here is more of a set up to the entire series than anything else, so i'm sure it's not as action packed as it could be. but, just wait until i post up the first chapter. that's when all the fun starts. :evillaugh:
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denlm Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Speaking of "speaking", have you looked into audio books? I have a national voiceover talent who has asked if he could record a narrative of Fellowship of Psys. But I know nothing about it or if it is something I can self-produce. Before I tackle some online research, I thought I would ask if you've learned anything about this kind of "book" yet.

By the way, it was really fun reaching for my "Eyes of the Seer" from four years back and comparing the old prologue to what you have here. I like the new one a lot, but I also miss the raw pain of the original. But I shall be patient. I trust your instincts and can't wait to see what follows! Good luck with that launch next week. I will be jumping into line for my copy.
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