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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 chaste wedding night, and Adann wakes first to fetch some wedding gifts from outside their door.
She didn’t want to be standing there awkwardly when Kaie came in, so she flipped the covering off the basket, and found the expected fresh fruit, nuts, and grilled fish wrapped in leaves. Arranging the three items in a triangle, she searched for a sense of balance to make the small meal beautiful. Her heart ached for the lovely woven mats her mother had, instead of a bare table.
Kaie paused in the door opening, and then headed for the table, pulling off pieces of the fish, and eating them neatly with his fingers, then scooping up a handful of nuts in one hand, a piece of fruit in the other, and walked out the door.
Adann sighed, and sat down at the table, forcing herself to eat slowly, to savor the sweet juice of the fruit, the crunch of the nuts, and the flaky, white flesh of the fish. No reason to rush, since she had nowhere important to go.
“Not nowhere,” she told the empty room, “I have places to go–I do.”
Kaie walked down the streets, his shoulders back, accepting the smiles and nods he received with a small nod in return. When he realized his feet were leading him to Orla’s house, he changed direction, heading towards the perimeter of the forest.
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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.