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This is an exciting time for me. We’re working up to publishing Book III in the Enigma series, which is far and away my favourite series of books I’ve written. (Well, okay it’s the first series I’ve written, but the characters are real and I’m in love with Silver – for real.)
I have only published the first two books so far and have hesitated because I’m cautious about the editing of these books. Because they are being published very kindly by a friend, they are practically self published and therefore the weight of editing is down to me. I’m brassic so I can’t pay for anyone to do it for me, therefore they’re rough and I don’t want people to see Silver and his friends that way. However, the alternative is for people not to see them at all and they are no longer happy about that. Ariel, in particular wants to be SEEN and I can’t deny him for long.
Therefore, Red Haircrow, who is a very talented and dear man has been working hard on new covers. The cover of Book I has already been revealed.
Soon, the cover of Book II will be revealed and for the following week, leading up to the release of Book III, Books I and II will be free. This is because the series is not stand alone and anyone wanting to buy Book III should really read I and II first.
In preparation for all that, I thought I would introduce some of the characters and situations from the first two books.
Book II Fighting the Man
This is the current cover
Silver has been freed from sexual slavery and settled down with River, who adores his lover and former patient, yet cracks begin to form when the stress of constantly having to care for Silver, start to tell on River. When River’s parents die, leaving him to care for his 12 year old brother, at first, it seems the introduction of the lively twelve year old into the mix will to do them all the world of good. However, when spiteful relatives involve Social Services, the added stress on the papered over cracks threatens to tear them all apart.
Faced with the dilemma of keeping either Ben or Silver at home and sending the other to stay with Sam, a personal friend, River chooses responsibility for his brother over his love and concern for Silver. Things come to a head when a series of misunderstandings lead Silver to believe River doesn’t love him anymore and that everyone is secretly ashamed of him because of his past. After running away, Silver reasons the only place he can fit in is with his own kind and he sets out to search of a new “home.”
At the Theatre de la Vie he meets Tony, a club owner with big ideas, who ‘looks after’ a group of young men who dance and “entertain” patrons of the club. There, among others, Silver finds Ariel, an ephemeral little minx with a knack for getting into trouble, and Asher, a former sex slave like Silver. In Asher, he finds a kindred spirit and soon, finds himself falling for the beautiful, broken boy.
Together, Ariel and Asher show Silver a whole new way of looking at the world, a transformation echoing in the sleeping chrysalis of his soul, and soon his inner self emerges as the beautiful butterfly he was always meant to be. Yet as happy as he is with his new friends, Silver eventually realises his heart lies with River and intends to return to his side, but a shadows of his abusive past return to threaten both a possible reunion and the new friends who would protect Silver.
River learns of the danger, and hurries to add his own support of Silver and reaffirm their love, but is it too late for a chance at happiness together?
In this snippet, which is I’m afraid more than 6 sentences, but there’s nowhere in the book that I can take a sensibe snippet that short from I’m afraid, Ben has settled into his new home and immediately bonds with Silver, but not everyone is happy with that relationship. A spiteful family member makes a complaing to Social Services (US versions Children’s Services) and a case conference is called to decide whether Ben is “safe” in the household, due to Silver’s past. Here, they are in a case conference talking to a social worker
“Do you understand why we’re here?”
Silver looks like a frightened rabbit. I can feel the fear emanating from him and I wish fervently I’d listened to Sam and not brought him. Nevertheless, when he answers, his voice is soft and reasonably calm.
“You…you think Ben’s not safe with…with me.”
“Do you understand why that might be a concern?”
He shakes his head, an earnest, eager expression on his face. “I’m not a bad person. I love Ben. I’d never hurt him. He’s my friend.”
“There are different ways of hurting someone… Silver isn’t it? What a beautiful name.” Silver smiles uncertainly. “Sometimes, you can hurt people without meaning to, without even knowing you’re doing it.”
Silver looks completely confused now. Dianne reaches out to pat his hand. “People have hurt you haven’t they? They tried to hurt River too.” He winces and nods, biting his lip. “What if they try to hurt you again and hurt Ben instead, by accident?”
“Oh, they won’t. I’m free now.” He smiles, relief on his face, and I grind my teeth. It’s a trap. I know it is but I can’t do anything to get him out of it that won’t look as if we’ve got something to hide.
“Ah yes…free. A lot has happened to you hasn’t it?” He nods. “And it all started when you were about Ben’s age.”
“Yes.” He whispers.
“How do you feel about what happened to you?”
“Do you think what was done to you was wrong? Do you think the things you did were bad things?” I’m practically growling at this point. What the hell does she think he’s going to say? That he loved every minute? The only thing keeping me quiet is that Silver’s confused enough already and I don’t want to confuse him any more. Hopefully, if I don’t make a fuss, we can work through this without too much harm being done.
“I-I don’t…understand. I don’t…know.”
“I see. And when you were a ‘slave’?” She says the word with such a forceful mix of distain and distaste that Silver winces back, as if he’d been slapped. His hand grips mine hard “Were you kept imprisoned for the whole of the time, the whole seven years? Were you chained? Bound?”
“No, not all the time. I-I was…. In the end I was…I.. don’t know what….”
“Did you ever try to escape, to run away?”
Silver’s eyes dart everywhere. I can see him sink back into the horror of his past. I can see the darkness threatening to overcome him. Why can’t she? Maybe she can.
“It wasn’t as easy as that Mrs Stokes. He may not have been bound physically but he was chained in his mind. They took everything away from him; his name, his identity, everything. He only existed to be what he was told to be, to do what he was told to do.”
“And what did they tell him to do, to be?”
Before I can open my mouth, Silver says softly. “I was a whore. I am a whore.” I’m utterly shocked. I didn’t know he even knew that word.
“At least you’re honest,” she says, apparently as surprised as I am.
“That’s not true.” I have to say. “Silver, you know that’s not true.”
“Yes it is, River,” he says in that same soft voice, his eyes on the table in front of him. “You know it is.”
“Do you think sharing a house with someone like you might be morally damaging for Ben?” Silver looks stricken and crumbles. He’s been so strong but she’s led him back down darks roads and he doesn’t understand what she wants from him…or at least he doesn’t understand why. I’m actually glad about that.
“I’m not a bad person, I’m not. I wouldn’t hurt Ben. I would never hurt Ben. I would never hurt anyone. I’m not bad. I’m not…I’m not.” His face twists with pain and he slumps forward, holding his head in his hands and starts to cry. He’s been so strong, so brave and now… now he’s crying and shaking alarmingly and I want to hit that stupid woman in the face.
“Whatever Silver’s been through in the past isn’t what he is now. He’s a beautiful, gentle person who’d never hurt anyone. How could you hurt him like this? I know you’re here to talk about Ben and what’s best for him, but that doesn’t mean no one else matters, that you can treat people like dirt and judge them, without knowing anything about them.”
“We know enough, River,” she says coldly