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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–and Kaie, who was engaged. (I’ve skipped over some wedding preparations.)
The priest cleared his throat to get the crowd’s attention. Slowly, the soft murmur of conversation faded away, into silence filled by the thrum of the jungle–bird calls and rustling leaves and dripping water from an earlier rain.
“We are gathered here today for an auspicious occasion,” the priest said, “Kaie and Adann stand before us now to join their lives together, until the gods take them into the heavens. Let us celebrate this moment with them.”
He waited a moment, and then turned his attention to the two young people in front of him, speaking to them, though his voice still pitched to carry. “Marriage is an ever changing goal, as the people within it grow, and their needs shift. It is not the task of one partner to shoulder the weight of this joining. You must work together, and never forget to share your joys, sorrows, hopes, and dreams. Reach out for each other, and you will not fail.”
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(Though I’m still bogged down in the slightly past middle, I’m writing. Thanks for the encouragement!)
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.