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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, and worrying as he walks.
Who knew what Adann was thinking, but she hadn’t–Kaie dragged his mind away from Orla, because he’d worried, and fumed, and raged over the days before his wedding, and he was still trapped. Trapped, and he had to find peace with it, before he damaged the blessing of the gods with his ingratitude.
It was too soon for another patrol, even as his feet itched for the simplicity of that path, so he headed instead for his favorite fishing spot. Reaching the river, he rummaged around for a good branch, snapped it off, and sharpened it, contemplating how much fish he and Adann could eat, and how much he could dry in their oven. He tried to focus on these plans and the flash of fish in the water, but other thoughts kept intruding.
Orla’s crying face, the town they’d planned to live in, the gifts his parents had made for their new life–and all the things that he’d never get back, no matter how he tried.
“It’s so unfair,” he told the fish he’d speared, then hit it precisely on the head to put it out of its misery. When three sleek bodies lay still on the bank, he wove a string of grass through their gills, and carried them to his new home.
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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.