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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, with Kaie speaking the shortest possible vows.
They both knelt to pray in front of the gods, tipping their faces up to the sky so the gods could better see them. Then Addan stood, reaching out to the goddess’ statue. When her fingers touched the rain-smoothed stone, the totem on her arm shifted, the vines wrapping her wrist loosening, so she could lift the carved wood relic free, and place it in the cradle of the goddess’ cupped palms.
After several more moments had passed, Kaie did the same, though his totem seemed reluctant to loosen, and he had to ease the loops of vines over his hand before he could restore the totem to its rightful place in the hands of the god’s statue. For a time, they waited, studying the sprays of greenery that spilled over the gods’ hands and swayed gently in the breeze.
And then, so subtly it was difficult to say when it began, that swaying gained purpose, the vines spreading out across the surface of the statues, verdant tattoos across the darkness of the stone. The goddess’ statues became a riot of color with Adann’s large blue blooms, but Kaie’s handful of small yellow flowers seemed much smaller scattered across the statue of the god.
“We did it,” Adann whispered, her voice harsh and exultant, for all its quiet volume, “we’ve begun.”
Kaie glanced at her, startled, to see her eyes alight with wonder. Despite himself, he smiled, though she didn’t see, her gaze still fixed on the gods, and when she turned that radiant grin towards him, his face had returned to its sullen handsomeness.
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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.