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Posted February 5, 2013
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by Keira Michelle Telford
For the FMB Blog Tour, SILVER: Acheron protagonist Ella ‘Silver’ Cross talks about love and loss, and tells us why she doesn’t regret a thing.
It was just before dawn when a unit of heavily armed Omega Security Officers tapped gently on the front door of Alex’s Sentinel District apartment. And by that, I mean the battering ram they used to gain entry hit the door so hard it snapped the hinges and split the wood almost straight down the middle. Those were the days before I used to sleep with a knife tucked under my pillow, and for that, the Officer who grabbed me by my hair and hauled me out of bed that morning should be eternally thankful.
I was arrested, detained, and banished. In my city, that’s called lenience. Does it matter that I was innocent? Nope. If someone wants you gone, you’re gone. Period. My relationship with Alex (a Hunter under my command) was exposed, and those charges saw me immediately discharged from the Hunter Division. While in custody, and now a civilian, I was sent before the Banishment & Enforcement Council to face a false treason charge. They couldn’t sentence me to death without a confession or an eye witness, so they settled for banishment. The rest is history.
If I hadn’t broken Hunter Division law by becoming involved with Alex, would this still have happened to me? Maybe. Maybe not. Getting me discharged was the goal. Getting me banished was the icing on the cake. As a Hunter, I would’ve had the protection of the Division’s legal department. As a civilian, I had nothing but my word.
I could torture myself with that fact for the rest of my life, but I won’t. The bottom line is that those years I had with Alex are worth more than everything I’ve had to go through since. Omega can take away my freedom, my dignity, my job—my purpose—and my home. They can destroy the relationship I had with Alex and condemn us to a life apart, but my love for him is something that can never be corrupted. It’s the one thing that will stay mine until the last breath I take on this earth, and it’s the reason I still wear his dog tags around my neck.
I may never get to see him again, but just knowing that he’s out there gives me a reason to keep fighting. If I didn’t hold that love for him, Omega would probably have had their way by now. I’d probably be dead.
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.
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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