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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 marry and return their totems to the gods’ statues.
They had one last task to perform, to walk a path that would mark the start of their protection, and represent the shining power of the gods, encircling the people they protected.
“Let’s go,” Kaie headed for the forest that contained Beikife, and when he reached the outskirts, glanced back. Adann moved silently, but she had clung right behind him, and as he paused, she fell in place beside him. Together, they walked, side by side, carving a dividing line between the dangers of the jungle and the safety of their home.
They walked in silence, the chirps, whistles, hoots, and shrieks filtering from the trees to dodge their footsteps. Something large rustled in the branches overhead, following them. Adann tipped her head toward the noise, tracking it. After it had followed them for a quarter of their patrol, however, the noise stopped.
“Do you think it left?” Adann asked, “Or is it just watching us from there?”
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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.