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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.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

36 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Hmm this is going to cause some challenges. Both in love with someone else. I can’t wait to watch how it unfolds!

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    You’ve set up a great conflict here between Adann and Orla.

  3. Wow, what a plot twist already and a wonderful catalyst for the story. As Ed said, great conflict!

  4. Carrie-Anne says:

    That would be a terrifying, sobering sight for any fiancée to have to witness!

  5. 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!

  6. Cara Bristol says:

    Well that throws a wrench into his plans. Love the creativity of the flowers blooming & the vines binding him.

  7. What a kick to the head for the fiance. Life is about to change for both.

  8. Daryl Devore says:

    Such a heartbreaking last line.

  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Interesting! So much mixed emotion. I’m curious to know how it all unfolds. Well done! 🙂

  10. Alexis Duran says:

    Love that added wrinkle. I’m looking forward to finding out how they both deal with this unwanted union.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. chellecordero says:

    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.

  15. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    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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  16. This story has already swept me away! Poor Orla and Kaie. Trouble lies ahead, sigh…

  17. Well, there’s a nice complication.

  18. Oh, wow. This is just dripping with so many emotions, and I definitely see trouble in the forecast! Looking forward to reading more!

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