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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 make a simple breakfast that Kaie takes to go, leaving her behind.
He would walk the patrol again, alone, and keep an eye on the trees. All sorts of dangerous animals lurked in the trees, and worse, monsters, creatures warped by dark magic, cunning and vicious. He’d killed monsters before, in groups of hunters, and he looked forward to his first independent kill. Each monster slain, a small success, a step towards protecting his people.
If only the rest of his life could be so easy.
The patrol, at a slow and steady pace, took some time, but not enough. Finally, he reached the point where he started, and had to make another choice. Taking the easiest offered, he stopped at the temple to pray, trying not to stare at the meager spray of flowers decorating the god’s statue, or the profusion of flowers on the goddess’ stone figure. How was it possible he was already failing at his most important task?
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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.