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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–a choosing which took place with Addan, but the very last of the men, Kaie, has taken the totem.
But almost in reassurance, as soon as the dark knot of wood touched his skin, green tendrils sprouted from it, binding the totem against his skin. He stared down at his arm, stunned, and finally, three small yellow flowers opened among the dense ropes of green.
In the crowd, Orla, his intended, who he had planned to marry in a few handfuls of days, burst into tears. She wailed, and though her mother tried to shush her, she wouldn’t be silenced. In the end, she was led away, still weeping.
The other men retreated into the gathering, but Kaie remained transfixed by the totem on his wrist, until one of the elders stepped forward, and nudged him into motion. Kaie and Adann reached out for each other, Kaie’s face averted, and their hands touched, a brief, promissory swipe more than a clasp, but enough for the ritual.
They stepped away from each other, and the crowd began to break up. In three days, there would be a wedding, though not the one Kaie and Orla’s family had been planning.
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(Though I’m still bogged down in the slightly past middle, I’m writing. Thanks for the encouragement!)
****~~~~~***And WordPress just reminded me that yesterday was my four year blogiversary! :D***~~~~~****
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.
Hmm this is going to cause some challenges. Both in love with someone else. I can’t wait to watch how it unfolds!
Challenge is what makes it fun to write! 🙂
You’ve set up a great conflict here between Adann and Orla.
Nothing quite like someone marrying your fiance to make you cranky.
Wow, what a plot twist already and a wonderful catalyst for the story. As Ed said, great conflict!
That would be a terrifying, sobering sight for any fiancée to have to witness!
Anyone would be upset, I think, having your future change in a moment like that.
I feel for poor Orla, and I’m sure none of the other parties are too thrilled about this either. Love how this story is progressing!
Nope, but they do as the gods command!
Well that throws a wrench into his plans. Love the creativity of the flowers blooming & the vines binding him.
It does, indeed.
Magic is fun, right? Except maybe when it forces you to marry a near-stranger.
What a kick to the head for the fiance. Life is about to change for both.
A death, and a wedding–I think there’s a movie about that… And, yep, big changes!
Such a heartbreaking last line.
Poor Kaie and Orla are feeling heartbroken right now. 😦
Interesting! So much mixed emotion. I’m curious to know how it all unfolds. Well done! 🙂
Yes–‘congrats, you get to marry someone else!’ is not something anyone wants to hear.
Love that added wrinkle. I’m looking forward to finding out how they both deal with this unwanted union.
It had to be the person who least wanted to get married who was chosen–what’s the fun in the story otherwise? 😉
Hey, congrats on the blogiversary. 🙂 Great snippet! I feel bad for the woman led away in tears. I imagine this is a difficult time for them all. I am eager for more.
Thank you! 🙂
She’s very emotional. There’s a storm coming–hurricane Orla!
I love this story, feel so sorry for the couple, and now I’m wondering if the jilted fiancee is going to cause trouble down the line….your stories are always so fresh and fun to read!
Of course she will. 😉
Without trouble, where would we be? Without Vertigo, where would I be? Everything is a big mess but we will all survive. Best to you Caitlin.
How heartbreaking for all three, for poor Orly to see her dreams vanish so suddenly, for Adann who knows she will never be his first choice, and for Kaie who knows whatever he does will have consequences. Very well done.
Thanks! It’s always fun to torment your characters. 😉
I’m intrigued to find out how this will play out. Great imagery too. Love the slight touch of the hand in passing. 🙂
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Thanks! Kaie is not enthused about this turn of events.
This story has already swept me away! Poor Orla and Kaie. Trouble lies ahead, sigh…
Trouble does, indeed. 😉
Well, there’s a nice complication.
Have to complicate the character’s lives. It’s more fun that way. 🙂
Oh, wow. This is just dripping with so many emotions, and I definitely see trouble in the forecast! Looking forward to reading more!
Any time someone has to be led away crying, drama is on the horizon…