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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. The gods of a town in the rain forest chose a new forest wed couple from the unmarried young people–Addan and Kaie (who was engaged)–they marry, return their totems to the gods’ statues, and patrol the edges of the village, where something has followed them from in the trees. Adann’s last line asked if the thing making the noise has left, or is watching them.
Kaie glanced at her, “Why would you think that?”
“It’s better to think there might be something watching you from the branches, waiting to drop of you and break your neck, than to think there couldn’t be. If you’re cautious and wrong, there’s no problem, but if you’re careless and wrong . . .” Adann trailed off, considering her next words, and then settled on a shrug instead.
“You’re a bit more bloody minded than I expected,” Kaie said, after a long silence.
“You hardly know me, so it’s not surprising, is it?”
“I know you just fine,” Kaie snapped.
“Mmm,” Adann watched a flight of bright yellow birds break through the cover of the forest, flying through the scattered greenery of the town before plunging back into the dense weave of branches.
They completed the rest of the patrol in silence, their gazes scanning the area around them, and didn’t look at each other once until they stood in front of the gods’ statues again.
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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.