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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. A small town in the rain forest is protected by two gods, represented by married avatars, each chosen by their god. When one of the pair dies, the gods choose a new couple from the unmarried young people.
On a warm spring day, the flowers and leaves still wet from rain that the sun hadn’t yet dried away, the town of Beikife discovered their forest groom cold and dead. The sun passed its midpoint before anyone realized they hadn’t seen him pottering around the river, or weaving baskets in the shade of a tree, or sleeping in that same shade, work set aside for a time.
A healer climbed the winding stairs to the forest wed’s tree house, expecting to find the groom sleeping off a late night drinking under the stars, and instead, brought back the news of loss that swept through the town like a river flooding its banks.
The groom’s death threw Beikife into turmoil, the town abuzz with speculation about who the new forest wed couple would be.
Those closest to the recently lost prepared him for his funeral pyre, following old rituals that offered some comfort in times of need. He would be given to the earth and sky, and reborn again in time, when the gods willed it. People came one by one, or huddled in groups against the specter of death, to leave flowers and small tokens of their affection on his bier before it was lit. Some rushed at their task, and some lingered, weeping. If they wept for the dead, or for the living, no one but they and the gods knew.
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(This story is giving me fits, so any feedback would be appreciated!)
Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.