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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. The groom has died, and now the young people are performing a ceremony to choose a new bride and groom, passing down the gods’ totems in two lines.
Less than halfway through the women’s line, the totem rested in the hands of Adann, nineteen summers old, with long, straight black hair, nut-brown skin, and eyes always alight with curiosity. She turned to hand the totem to the next woman, and it bloomed, a tendril of green emerging from inside that twisting curve of wood.
She gasped, staring down at the symbol of her god shifting and tugging as if alive, coming to rest against her wrist, more and more verdant shoots emerging to wrap the totem snug against the top of her arm, just above her hand. And then, little buds emerged from the vines, and opened into large, bright blue flowers, with complicated frills of petals, and soft yellow tendrils, dusted with pollen, curling from their center.
The other women stepped back from the line, and soon, she stood in a small open space, facing the line of men. The totem still traveled down that line, from hand to hand. As the remaining men dwindled, the watching crowd began to grow alarmed. The last in the line, Kaie, a handsome man of eighteen springs, with dark brown eyes, and hair a shade lighter than his eyes, flinched as he took the totem.
If he wasn’t chosen, then all the men, old and married alike, would have to stand in line—and there might have to be a sundering.
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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.