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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–Addan, and Kaie (who was engaged)–three days later they are getting married.
The priest took both their hands, the ones bearing the totems, and joined them together. The vines and flowers on their wrists rustled, as a breeze wound around them, ruffling Kaie’s hair, and making the fall of Adann’s tresses shimmer.
“You may now speak your vows,” the priest nodded encouragingly.
“I will be your wife,” Adann murmured, “and do my best to shape our life together into something that serves us both well. I promise I will listen to you, even when I don’t want to, and support you in your choices. I can’t promise to always give you my best, but I can promise to try. And I promise you patience.”
“I will be your husband,” Kaie hesitated, mouth open, drawing in a breath to speak, and then shook his head.
The priest waited, and when it was clear Kaie would say no more, he released them from his grip. “By the blessing of the gods, you are wed.”
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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.