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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. (I’m skipping ahead.) Addan and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). Kaie and Adann have just finished setting traps.
“You ready to go back?” Adann asked, “Or would you rather take a moment away from the grumpy and silent pair?”
Kaie snickered, “Aren’t you worried they’ll catch us wasting time?”
“Oh, please, they have such low expectations of us, we could take twice the time without them thinking we were hiding.”
As an answer, Kaie settled against the trunk of a tree, and Adann sprawled on the ground next to him.
The warm, humid air blanketed them, and the noises of the jungle rose and fell in a soothing rhythm. “Do you think they’ll come after us if we take a nap here?”
“Hmm,” Adann’s voice sounded as drowsy as he felt, “I’d say it’s worth it, but we might get killed by something.”
She stretched, and uncurled from the ground, clambering up the tree he rested against and lodging her pack in a fork, then stretching out on a branch. “There, now you can get eaten.”
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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.