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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, and go home, where Kaie explores the house to avoid the bedroom he insisted on sharing with Adann, and finally enters, carrying a lamp.
He found his wife stretched out on the bed, feet together, hands on her stomach. Her eyes were closed, but they opened as he walked into the bedroom.
“Are you fine with that side of the bed?” Adann stretched a little, and settled more comfortably on the bedding.
Kaie couldn’t help but watch the flex of her body, but he blew out the flame before he could be caught staring, “It’s fine.”
“Oh,” Adann’s voice sounded small and unsure, but she didn’t speak again.
In silence, he got ready for sleep in the dim moonlight, and climbed into bed, turning his back to Adann. Her breath hitched, and paused for a moment, before he heard the soft whoosh of an exhale. The bed shifted as she rolled onto her side, and Kaie lay there, his back rigid, waiting for her to say or do something.
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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.