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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.

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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?”

*    *    *

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.

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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.

37 responses »

  1. Frank Fisher says:

    Nice description of the noises in the woods. Adaan and Kaie shouldn’t take that rustling lightly. It sounds like it’s waiting for the right moment to attack. Nice upping the tension at the end! My snippet won’t be up until the morning.

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    Hmm. All this talk of the need to protect, I suspect that this young couple are going to be pushed very hard in this role. I love the sense of danger that you have created, Caitlin.

  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Shared danger may yet draw the two of them together. Let’s hope, at least.

  4. chellecordero says:

    Spooky setting. The town’s saviors are going to need some protecting of their own and each other.

  5. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Quite a different sort of arranged marriage, I suppose. It seems quite dangerous, and as someone said above, that often forges a bond. Let’s hope so, at least.

  6. So true. The bond forms as they move together. Wonderful, Caitlin.

  7. Cara Bristol says:

    When the noise stops….that’s when you need to worry. Nice snippet.

  8. THE most fascinating story and such terrific worldbuilding in every small detail. I feel like I’m there with them. Great snippet!

  9. Ah, now we’re getting a sense that the town really does need protection from something potentially big and scary!

  10. Alexis Duran says:

    One of those cursed monsters checking out the new competition? Looks like their tenuous bond will be tested very soon. Great snippet!

  11. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Seems very ominous, especially for their first moments together as a married couple. I do hope things get better for them. Great snippet! 🙂

  12. Oh wow, what a tradition! I wonder if something IS still out there, biding its time. Loving these snippets. 🙂

  13. Victoria Adams says:

    Nicely set up – but a bit scared about the rustling.
    Tweeted.

  14. Daryl Devore says:

    Hope it’s not a creepy scary thing watching them.
    Tweeted.

  15. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love your description of their walk in the woods. I’m guessing it won’t go so uneventfully, by the looks of it.

  16. Wow, wow, wow… I am intrigued, Caitlin! I’m wondering if that was a person moving from tree to tree… You’re doing a great job with this story!

  17. A good question… Great snippet! I totally got an eerie feeling from it. 😀

  18. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Great imagery. You have me intrigued to know if someone or something is still watching them.

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