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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, share a chaste wedding night, and in the morning Kaie hurries off to fish away from Addan, returning to find she has brought some decorations for the home, and taken in a small pile of gifts, which she offers to share how he likes.
“I do want these beads, though, if you don’t mind,” Adann said, “I have an idea for what to make with them.”
Staring down at his hands, Kaie didn’t see Adann approach, so the first thing he knew of how close she’d gotten was when she tapped one of the stone beads gently on the counter top.
“I don’t need them, you can have them,” he said, without glancing at the beads in her outstretched hand.
“You haven’t even really looked at them, so how do you know?”
“Sometimes you don’t need to study something, to know you don’t want it,” he snapped, turning away to search for flavorings for the fish.
Click, click, click. Adann placed each bead on the counter. “You can think about it, just in case.”
Before he could tell her no again, she left the room, hurrying this time, so he could hear her heels thumping the floor. He looked up to see her disappearing around the doorway, then heard the swish of the outside door mat being pushed aside, and her feet racing down the stairs.
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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.