Yesterday, I killed three people. One right after the other. The first one was a Ripper, and I won’t lie: pulling the trigger felt good. In this city—even in the prison district—every resident is tagged with a small microchip in their wrist. This tag allows the government to keep tabs on you, and you can’t function without it. Your tag is the only way to access your bank account, make purchases, or prove your identity. In the prison district, it also keeps track of your criminal record. If you’re caught breaking the law more than three times, you’re immediately enforced.
That means: you’re shot in the head.
And that’s where I usually come in. My name is Silver, and I was banished to the prison district when I was falsely accused of treason. Not long after my banishment, my father recruited me into the enforcement program. He reckoned I’d be a perfect fit for the job, since I’d spent my whole adult life in the military. I was used to handling a gun, and had something of a talent for killing monsters. Literal monsters, that is. As a Commander in the Hunter Division, I was the best there was when it came to killing Chimera. Now, I have to turn my gun against a different kind of target—a different kind of monster. Once sworn to protect humans, I’m now forced to execute them. Which brings me back to the Ripper.
Rippers are scumbags who cut out tags from the wrists of the weak and the vulnerable—an act known as ripping—and sell them to other prisoners who’re on the warrant list for enforcement. Most of the Rippers’ victims die within minutes. Those who are unfortunate enough to survive being ripped usually die from starvation weeks later. No tag means no money. No money means no food. No food means a slow and painful death. So yes, I enjoyed pulling the trigger. He deserved my bullet.
But they’re not all like that.
As an Enforcer, I’m more than just the final act of justice. Sometimes, I’m the final release. By the time they reach me, they’ve lost their fight. Being a prisoner in this place has destroyed their will to live, and they accept their fate without question or objection. So in the end, whether they truly deserve my bullet or not, they’re always begging for it.
Ella ‘Silver’ Cross
Created by Keira Michelle Telford
JOIN THE FIGHT
JOIN THE FIGHT
Series: The SILVER Series #1
Author: Keira Michelle
Genre: Dystopian SF
Publisher: Venatic Press (author's imprint)
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 40,000 words
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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.***
It’s her job to kill monsters.
Chimera are the abhorrent result of an
catastrophe, and Silver is a trained Hunter. In the final months of the Second
Reclamation, she kicks down the door into a large, crumbling room in some lost
building in a forgotten corner of the Out District. Having been recently—and
abruptly—re-designated as part of the , this area of
abandoned Second Reclamation
Territory Old World land represents a significant
chunk of the unreclaimed city. Once taken back into human control, it will
become an add-on to the expansion of the cramped and over-populated Sentinel
Silver’s sweep of this building is part of a final push to wipe out any stragglers left hiding in the shadows of the city’s dereliction, so that the rebuild can commence. With no working power supply, the room she finds herself in is dark, and it reeks of putrefaction.
Stepping confidently inside, her steel-toed Hunter Division boots leave temporary imprints in the puddles left behind from the leaking roof. She readies her PP-2000, a powerful submachine gun designed for close quarters combat. It’s a standard issue, basic weapon of survival for the Hunter Division.
The sound of her entrance has stirred a pack of starving Chimera from sleep, and she doesn’t hesitate to expend an entire magazine of bullets into their mutated flesh.
And then … she waits.
One more step, then two.
Her boots now leave imprints in Chimeran blood as she makes her way deeper into the room, a strange noise in the far corner quickly drawing her attention.
No chance to explore it.
Her heart rate leaps from a sedate eighty to an adrenalin fueled one-oh-five in less than a second. The voice on the other end of the static is fellow Hunter, Rachel ‘Red’ Jenkins.
“Silver, what’s your status?” Red’s sultry voice echoes in the hollow shell of the room.
Silver ignores her, and keeps her eyes focused on a shape moving in the shadows. She flicks on her pocket flashlight and spills the beam over a bundle of ivory skin crouched against the wall.
“Silver? Status report? I heard shots fired,” Red persists.
Silver crouches down, resting on her heels in front of the vulnerable bundle—a naked woman.
About the Author:
Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the
. She spent
the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to UK where she
lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Wales . She
currently resides in beautiful Canada , where she lives with her husband and 9
guinea pigs. British
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