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The Final Expedition - Episode 1

A Microdose of Fiction Series

By Matthew FrommPublished 12 months ago Updated 12 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
Art generated with Midjourney

His card read “Arthur Bletchley, Curator,” with the British Museum’s seal emblazoned in the corner.

“Respectfully sir, after all this time, I don’t need your card anymore.” Jacob Malden said as he casually flicked the card into the fireplace.

“Ahh Jacob, in this mad world, decorum is everything,” Arthur said, tipping his pint cordially.

“We’ve drank together every Friday for ten years. The day only changes when you need something,” Malden sipped his ale, foam coalescing on his brown mustache. “Out with it.”

“I’ve had a job come down direct from Downing Street. Strictly off-the-books kind. Interested?”

Jacob’s lips curled.


Author’s Note

Welcome to A Microdose of Fiction, a series of genre fiction micro-stories that offer you an exclusive glimpse into expansive worlds. Every week, new installments and stand-alone adventures, all under 101 words, will transport you to far-flung worlds.

Make sure to check out the most recent releases of the current series, The Final Expedition and the Twilight of Ares, which will be pinned to my profile (linked here), and prepare to embark on a journey of imagination in bite-sized portions. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures to come!

The next episode of The Final Expedition will drop on 6/9. Subscribe to get it delivered directly to your feed.

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About the Creator

Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to write it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wishing to be found.

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  • Test5 months ago

    This is entrancing. Well done as always! Love how rich your worlds are especially in such a short piece!

  • Cyrus5 months ago

    Love the setting! The picture also fits so well

  • Test5 months ago

    OOO Amazing idea! You capture so much intrigue in such a small space, brilliant! Sounds like my boss..."The day only changes when you need something,”

  • Reading again. I like this microdose idea quite a bit and you do a great job bringing us (your readers) a sense of intrigue and thrill. Makes me want to find the other and continue reading the story!!!

  • Ahna Lewis8 months ago

    Such a good set-up! Definitely draws the reader in!

  • This was sooooo intriguing! Can't wait for the next part. I've subscribed to you!

  • Has me hooked...

  • Reena Gowda12 months ago

    Can't wait for the next episode!! Please check out my blog-"5 hilarious gifts this father's day"

  • Dana Stewart12 months ago

    I’m intrigued! Is it 6/9 yet?

  • Dana Crandell12 months ago

    Off to a good start! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • I really enjoyed this Matthew. You definitely have a flair for intrigue and drama!!!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby12 months ago

    Ohhhh you got🤨me Color me intrigued Keep up the story! Congratulations on your top story 😌

  • Ashley Ball12 months ago

    I would read or watch an entire series based off this. Had me completely hooked.

  • Cendrine Marrouat12 months ago

    Enticing! I definitely want to read more.

  • Ian Read12 months ago

    Enticing. Consider me interested.

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