Title: Escape Forbidden (Aberrant Prequel)
Author: Ruth Silver
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Genres: Dystopian, YA
Without much thought I wandered over and stretched out to lie down. Had it not been a
trying day and with bombings outside, I’d have opted to go home or at the very least refused special treatment. That was what Noelle offered me, wasn’t it?
“You don’t have to stay here all night,” I said. It felt weird to be watched as I slept. “If I
need anything, I can let you know. Or I mean, whoever stays.” I didn’t want to assume she
wouldn’t go home either. I shut my eyes and relaxed against the cot. It wasn’t the most
comfortable bed I’d been in, but it beat the straw in the barn.
“Toby and I will alternate, unless your fever breaks. Then we’ll both go home and let you
sleep in peace.”
Hearing her words was enough to help me relax. “Okay,” I mumbled. If only I had the
ability to control my own body temperature.
Noelle shut off the lights which helped ease the throbbing pulse behind my eyes. The
distant wail of the siren ceased. Had it ended? Was everyone safe? I took momentary comfort in the quiet of Noelle’s office and allowed myself to fall asleep.
During the night, I heard the door whine and I attempted to roll over, only half cognizant
of where I was. The cot groaned beneath me and I felt the warmth of metal against my cheek.
“Wake up, little girl,” an unfamiliar voice said, and I heard the distinctive click of the
safety released from a gun.
My eyes flashed open, staring up at the intruder, the gun tight against my skin. How would I get out of this mess?
“What do you want?” I didn’t dare ask how he got inside the facility. Based on his clothes
and the fact he could easily be my father, I knew he didn’t belong inside our walls. Had the fence fallen? The office had no windows; I didn’t have a clue as to the hour or how long I’d been asleep.
“You, pretty girl.”
My stomach lurched at the man’s tone and his icy touch as he inched the barrel of the gun
away only to caress my cheek with the pads of his fingers.
“Get away from me,” I said through clenched teeth and sat up, backing off the cot as I
tried to out maneuver him and slip out of the room.
Faster and closer to the door, he blocked my escape. My heart raced and I wiped my
sweaty palms against the front of my pants. “Let me go.” I held his stare and refused to show him how afraid I felt.
“Now why would I do that?” he asked, his smile crooked with his left front tooth missing.
My eyes scoured the desk, trying to find something I could use to defend myself against
this monster. Did he do something to Noelle and Toby or had they gone home? I felt hot but I knew it was the adrenaline coursing through my veins.
About the Author
Ruth Silver enjoys reading, traveling, writing, photography, boardgames, and playing with her dogs.
REFUGE FORBIDDEN (Aberrant Book 4) by Ruth Silver will be available June 29, 2018.
She also writes adult romance under the name Allison West.
Ruth Silver is giving away a signed set of paperbacks of Aberrant, Moirai and Isaura (previous editions) (US Only) and $50 Amazon Gift Card! (INT). You can enter to win below!