Keira Michelle Telford
the first book in her SILVER series!!
SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)
Keira Michelle Telford
Dystopian, Science Fiction
BOOK ONE in THE SILVER SERIES.
Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.
Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate--death.
Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests--they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.
SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella 'Silver' Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera--genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.
***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***
If she closes her eyes, the tenderness of his companionship feels good, and she edges in a little closer. Even the smell of him is comforting tonight. On other days, she hates his cologne. Today, he’s spent hours with Maydevine. The scent of Maydevine’s cigarettes lingers on his clothing and she tucks her head in against him, pressing the fabric up against her cheek.
Alex smokes those cigarettes, too. Since she was fifteen years old, she’d often lain her head upon his chest in just this way. Without thinking, Silver clutches a handful of Luka’s shirt in her hand and holds him tight against her.
“We’re here for the night. You know that, right?”
Luka doesn’t answer her, but he doesn’t object to the notion either. The rain shows no sign of stopping, and he can think of much worse ways to spend a few quiet hours of another long, cold night.
Her fingers separated from his skin by only a layer or two of thin woven hemp, she can feel his softly beating heart beneath. Not even the touch of his lips on the top of her head is enough to shake her out of the daydream she’s having; she just wants to feel some familiar sort of comfort.
His arms around her shoulders, drawing her in to him, she begins to forget where she is. Right now, it could be a month ago when she and Alex snuck away to a secluded South Town beach and made love on an old truck bench seat. Or it could be her last birthday, cocooned in a blanket together underneath the stars on the rooftop of his apartment building.
It could be anywhere—anywhere but here.
Suddenly sleepy, and too tired to fight it, Silver says nothing when Luka lifts her chin to face him. Giving her no warning, he brushes his lips against hers, so gently—testing her reaction.
She doesn’t move. She doesn’t pull back.
Her lips part, just a little.
He presses his lips fully against hers.
Just a peck, at first.
“Goodnight,” she mumbles after the peck is withdrawn.
Only, it doesn’t withdraw completely. Still able to feel the warmth of his breath against her skin, she isn’t completely surprised when his lips begin to reengage her. Instead of the friendly pucker of before, though, his lips start to softly caress hers. His head tilted to the side, the tip of his cold nose pressed against her cheek, he gently pinches her sensitive lower lip between his …
Yet, it lasts only a moment.
“Goodnight,” he whispers back to her.
Yearning for the wrong kind of companionship, Silver tries to ignore her body’s cravings until sleep comes.
And it does, eventually.
PLAYLIST for SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) by Keira Michelle Telford
I listen to a LOT of music, so it’s no wonder that all of my characters have their own theme song. Each book has its own theme song, too, and I listen to music constantly while I write.
For SILVER: Acheron, I was mostly listening to Victoriandustrial musician, Emilie Autumn. Her Opheliac album is so perfectly dark, tortured, and ever so slightly angry. At this point in the SILVER timeline, Ella ‘Silver’ Cross has just been banished for treason. She’s caught up in an emotional whirlwind, and Autumn’s Opheliac encapsulates this turmoil perfectly.
Emilie Autumn – I Want My Innocence Back This is the theme song for SILVER: Acheron. It just about sums up how Silver is feeling throughout Acheron. She’s been banished after being convicted of crimes she didn’t commit—her innocence has quite literally been taken away from her. She’s angry and ready to lash out. “I will cut you down and I will run you through... You’ll suffer for this, I swear...”—she wants revenge.
Emilie Autumn – Opheliac This is the theme song for Ella ‘Silver’ Cross. It represents Silver’s despair. “You know how hard it can be to keep believing in me when everything and everyone becomes my enemy...”—the lyrics are perfect for Silver’s growing depression and a battle against her own sorrow. The song is titled after Shakespeare’s Ophelia, who is incapable of dealing with her own distress and kills herself.
Emilie Autumn – Misery Loves Company This song represents Silver’s confused feelings for Luka: “Do I need you? Yes and no. Do I want you? Maybe so...” She’s depressed and miserable and she wants to let him make her feel better, but she doesn’t want to be just another one of his conquests, nor a pity-romp.
ReVamp – I Lost Myself I think of this song whenever Silver loses herself in a bottle. It encapsulates her attempts to come to terms with the changes in her life, and the loss she feels over being parted from her lover, Alex: “Estranged from who I am... Estranged from what I want...” This is Silver at her lowest point.
Delain – Not Enough Silver begins to punish herself for all that’s happened to her. She begins to think that she deserves the pain and the torment and she starts to actually feel guilty: “I’m the jury, I’m the judge, and I committed all the crimes...” And in the swell of this, she feels helpless.
Lyriel – Leverage Pulling herself through the depression, Silver finds a way to deal with her banishment. She begins to see herself in two halves: Firstly, as Ella Cross—a girl who died the day she was banished. Secondly, as Silver—the hardened warrior left behind in her wake. The line “Changed my name and foolish hopes...” is symbolic of the newly resurrected Silver giving up hope of ever being repatriated. She’s mourning the loss of her former self—“Someday I’ll turn my head around and I’ll look you straight in the eye. You are all I fear for you are all I love, my decay...”—but at the same time, she’s vowing not to let this experience destroy her completely: “I’m not going down. I will carry on to do what I must do...” Forging Silver from the ashes of Ella Cross is a necessary evil—the ultimate coping mechanism.
Two Steps From Hell – Strength of A Thousand Men An instrumental piece that symbolizes Silver regaining her fight at the end of Acheron, when she’s finally offered a chance to redeem herself. She hasn’t lost everything. Alex is still out there. She can return to him.
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About the Author
Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.
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