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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, patrol the edges of the village, and head for their new home. (I’ve skipped over a bit.)
The main bedroom, set off to the side, with the family rooms between the other bedroom, was meant to give the forest wed couple privacy. Privacy they didn’t need, two people in a house that could comfortably hold five, and had held up to eight, though bursting at the seams. With so many years of life contained in those walls, the house should have felt full—full of memories, full of love, full of life—but it echoed, empty.
It didn’t help that the furniture that remained didn’t quite fill the space. They had everything they would truly need—beds to sleep on, a large table and stools to eat at, basins and jugs for water to wash in, and thick rugs to stretch out on–but the ghosts of what had been there before lingered.
“Do . . .” Adann shifted her feet, digging her toes into a rug, “…do you want the main bedroom? I don’t mind sleeping in the children’s room.”
“Neither of us are sleeping there,” Kaie said, his tone so matter of fact that Adann stared at him, puzzled.
“Because it isn’t done,” Dismissing the topic, Kaie left the room, exploring the rest of the house.
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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.