In a world disrupted by a social media app with unimaginable reach, a woman who can change emotions through touch must join forces with the man who once sought to kill her, racing to uncover the secret of their shared affliction.
The Feather's Push
Relented Part 2
by Noel Zamot
Genre: Speculative Thriller
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Christopher Everett let the setting sun warm his mind. He loved shooting during golden hour, and today’s sunset was spectacular. The Charles River disappeared to the west as the afternoon melted over slate gray water, lighting the Boston sky in colors that overwhelmed him. The low clouds would gift the Berkshires with an unspeakably beautiful evening. Across the Charles, the reserved majesty of MIT stood quiet and content. Behind him, Back Bay erupted across from an emerald esplanade vibrant with life. This would be the perfect ending to a spectacular day.
He arrived at his spot late for a great reason. His company closed a second round of funding at work, and he felt lucky to have even only a few minutes to catch the sunset before dinner with Kate. He couldn’t wait to tell her all about the day’s events, about what it meant for his job, and their new future together. There was no time to waste.
He was about to capture the shot when a young woman stepped into view.
“Hi, excuse me? Would you mind?” She seemed disheveled and clueless, but he tried his best to be polite. A good photographer should never rile a subject, even one burning up precious time during golden hour.
The girl stared, then walked up to him.
“Miss? I’m sorry, I just need a moment to take this—”
She reached out unexpectedly, almost awkwardly, and touched his forearm. Her hand was tiny, soft as a feather, and very warm.
He realized with a rush that she was beautiful, far more than the gold and pink sunset. He felt an overwhelming urge, right there, to remember her face forever.
“I’m so sorry, miss. Would you... would you mind if I took your picture?” He wanted to tell her she was the most interesting person he’d ever seen, but words failed him. She was thin, with an auburn mane framing a delicate face, and honey-green eyes that toyed with a secret he could not understand. The sunset paled compared to her smile.
“Thank you,” she whispered. Her lips parted in a soft pout that left him speechless. “That is very sweet. I’d love it.”
Her voice was low and throaty, and he drank it in. His heart soared, and he melted with a desire beyond anything he’d experienced with Kate. He asked her to pose with her face lit by the fading sun. If he lost everything in life, he’d still have this one perfect picture he would treasure more than anything, forever.
“Thank you. You... made my day.” He struggled to find words to convey the gratitude for being in her presence. “Could I please have your number? I’d love to send you a copy.” He smiled and hoped she would, too. “If you don’t mind.”
“Well…” She flashed her mobile phone with a flirty smile. “I was wondering if you could just download it from your camera?”
“Oh, I’m so sorry. I can’t do that.” He was terrified for a moment that she’d run away. Of all the days to be a film aficionado, this was the worst. He’d left his digital camera sitting on the table back at his apartment, excited to finish this roll. “I’m shooting film today. But I can definitely scan it and send it to you—”
The change in her eyes surprised him, beautiful through her anger. She stepped closer, and he melted with expectation. She touched him again with her deliciously warm hand. Her touch was electric.
The afternoon gloom covered him like sand, endless desperation with no escape. The girl in front of him probably had it all, but didn’t care. She’d never understand why life was so difficult for him. He was worthless, sick of being a failure, ashamed that all his life had led to only this. He glanced at his stupid camera—why did he even do this?—and felt a deep, all-encompassing disgust with himself.
Cars flew by on Storrow Drive. He was a loser, in a dead-end startup job in Cambridge that he knew would fail and doom him to misery. Kate was probably cheating on him right now, laughing at him while she was having sex with a coworker. He realized he hated her, but he understood. The world was better off without him. He knew, finally and clearly, what he had to do. No one would know and no one would care, but the pain would soon be over.
He glanced over his shoulder as he stepped onto the parkway, barely hearing the people screaming at him. The girl with green eyes and auburn hair stood in a small crowd, staring at him and shaking her head with a terrified look on her face. She seemed to yell the word No.His last thought before the truck slammed against him was I hope it hurts less than
The Archer's Thread
Relented Part 1
Medal, 2021 Florida Book Awards for Popular Fiction
Silver, 2022 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Awards.
Finalist, ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
Currently represented by Gravity Squared Entertainment for adaptation to the screen
Simon Lyons can see ten seconds into the future.
The condition is useful at work: quiet international negotiations with the worst people you've never heard of. His employers think he's quite valuable. His victims think he's a sociopath. He does his best to hide the truth from everyone: the condition is slowly driving him insane.
Searching for a cure, he disappears to Boston, the last place he remembers as home. A book from his past leads him to a young college professor with an unexpected gift: around Doctor Kelly Austin, the chaos of a thousand possibilities dies away, leaving behind clarity and peace. Desperate for normalcy, Simon manipulates everyone to enter Kelly's life, find the secret—and leave.
That's when his past returns, stopping at nothing to keep his the origin and extent of his "condition" buried. When someone discovers Doctor Austin might be the key to controlling the most dangerous person on earth, Simon must choose: return to a short life of violence, or sacrifice everything for the terror of redemption.
Even if you can see the future, you can never escape your past.
Readers who imagine how VE Schwab would've written a Jack Reacher adventure will enjoy this genre-bending thriller about sacrifice, secrets, and redemption.
Zamot is an award-winning author known for his speculative fiction
novels, THE ARCHER’S THREAD and THE FEATHER’S PUSH. He has earned
recognition in his home state of Florida and beyond, earning the Gold
Medal for Popular Fiction at the 2021 Florida Book Awards, and a
Silver Medal at the 2022 Florida Author’s and Publisher’s
Association President’s Awards. He was also a distinguished
finalist at Screencraft’s 2022 Cinematic Book Competition.
With a rich background as a combat aviator, economic development executive, and national security expert, Noel weaves his extensive experience in the military, intelligence, diplomacy, and technology into his writing. His works provoke thoughtful escapism, creating “what if?” scenarios set in eerily familiar near-future settings. His narratives echo the resonant issues depicted in today’s headlines, allowing readers to experience hidden worlds through the eyes of someone who has lived them.
Noel is represented by Gravity Squared Entertainment, who are working to adapt THE ARCHER’S THREAD to the screen, bringing his unique vision to a global audience.
Noel currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida, sharing adventures and bike rides with his wife, Diane.