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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 and Addan share a bed, and Kaie with his back to his wife, waiting for her to speak or act.
Silence. And then she shifted again, this time away from him.
Within a few moments, still waiting, sleep dragged him under. His dreams were uneasy, suffocating and constricting.
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Adann stayed awake a little longer, staring at the ceiling in the moonlight that trickled through the woven grass curtains. But soon enough, the steady rhythm of his breathing lulled her into drowsiness. Not the wedding night she had been wishing for.
When Kaie had insisted on a shared bed, no matter his reasons, she’d had some hope that he’d wanted to connect in some way. Build a foundation they could use, watering affection until it blossomed into love. But his back was a clear and firm barrier–her husband wasn’t interested in sharing anything with her.
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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.