Amongst the Ruins: Amongst the Ruins: The Chronicles of 2020 (Volume 1)
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In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth's population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020. With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans. Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult. Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for. Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan--an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her. One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.
tight. Mother took my other arm and looked me over. "I'm fine," my eyes stayed on Vahn. "What word did you receive?" "Dahnia fell in battle." Swallowing the sob was impossible. My throat felt tight, too tight. I can't breath. Grabbing my chest, I gasped and swayed. "Sit her on the ground." Mother ordered and Mazy listened. Their hands moved around my face and neck. "I'll get water." Adley called. His footfalls disappeared after a few minutes. Dahnia fell. No. My head shook back and forth.
around. "Where the hell are we?!" "We are fifty miles outside of—" "You left him!" Fury surged in my veins. "How could you just leave him?" Stomping away, I headed for the vacant small truck. Adley ran after me, moving in front of me and blocking me from getting in the truck. "Move," I ordered. "He's gone, Shi." I shook my head, unwilling to listen. "No one could have survived." "He's not . . . ." My knees hit the ground as hard as the sob tore from my lips. Adley dropped and held me till he
"What is there to figure out?" Mazy asked. She motioned her head to the black uniformed soldiers. "I agree." Adley sounded reluctant. Had their recent rift still not healed? "What's possible now?" Mother patted him on the hand. "The General will tire of me soon enough." Adley pushed back from the table, just like the man under discussion. "So we just bide our time till he's used you to his liking?" "Adley, leave her alone," Mazy said. "If it was you that had to do it, you would." "I'm sorry."
meant nothing to me, not after all he had done. He was a monster. "We'll wait." He looked up to me from under his lashes, "It will be like in the histories. We will wait till the night of our union." A brief moment of relief washed over me. "It's only a week away." He held me tighter, and my relief disappeared. I only had a week to escape this impenetrable prison. Chapter Fifteen: Becoming Perdita I'd thoroughly thought out any number of escape plots. There was a moment at the gazebo I
He hovered over my body, dragging fingers over my thigh and hip that left tingling sensations in their wake. Cupping my neck, he tipped my head back so his mouth could consume the delicate skin at my throat. His warm wet lips blazed a trail down my body. His hands moved to touch every inch. "You're so beautiful." His lips caressed my skin. My heart quickened and my breathing began to labor. It was strange the way my body overruled everything else. There was no thinking, only actions—stroking,