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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 but neither so much as speak to each other.
Adann woke with Kaie’s arm wrapped around her waist, his breath warm on the back of her neck. She shifted her head, craning around until she could see a slice of her new husband’s peacefully sleeping face.
“Ah,” A soft breath of sound, which escaped without her permission. Closing her eyes, she savored the warmth for a little while, and then eased free, slipping around the bed and out the door. She grabbed her wedding wrap from the floor as she went, wrapped her cloth around her hips, and ventured out onto the balcony. In the night, or perhaps the early morning, someone had left a covered basket, and a small, lovely carved box. She picked them both up, and carried them inside, letting the grass mat door swing shut behind her.
The box held a wooden hair comb, inlaid with shiny pieces of shell in the pattern of a flower, and a necklace with more wood and shell, forming a curving, swimming shark. Adann ran her fingers across the flexing arc of the necklace, picturing it cradled in the hollow at the base of Kaie’s throat.
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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.