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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.”

*    *    *

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.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

34 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    This is the first time these two seem to be getting along. Very promising!

  2. They definitely need therapy or something.

  3. Whatever has transpired over the last week or so has made a difference. They are at ease with each other.

    This line is beautiful: “…and the noises of the jungle rose and fell in a soothing rhythm…”

  4. Kim Magennis says:

    You get the dialogue/setting balance just right in this piece, Caitlin. I agree that they are feeling much more at ease than the other pieces, but I also like the ‘edge’ of Adann’s comment about Kaie getting eaten.

  5. I like this scene. I like the cadence of the jungle sounds and the interaction of the characters. Great snippet!

  6. Aw, they’ve even managed a bit of banter! Crossing my fingers for these kids.

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I love how they refer to the other two as the grumpy pair. Sounds like they’re finally getting along. Maybe there’s hope for them yet. 🙂

    • I skipped over some introductory stuff to get into the action–the hunters are a bit annoyed to have their trip shortened and babysitting duties added. They are pretty grumpy!

  8. What a sweet moment. Hope they can keep this going. They’re so likeable we can’t help but hope they learn to appreciate each other.


  9. Cara Bristol says:

    I was surprised to see them getting along so well. Without knowing the rest of the story, I’m curious as to what shifted in their relationship.

    • Ooh, all kinds of things. *evil laugh*

      Seriously, the gods’ blessing took enough damage that it got through to Kaie, and now both of them are trying to repair their marriage.

  10. Nice little moment and they feel more like a team now, which is all to the good. Really love this story!

  11. Finally, they’re getting somewhere! The silly romantic in my can’t help but wonder what position they’ll wake up in. 😉

  12. Botanist says:

    Sounds like relationships are thawing, wonder what’s been going on in the last two weeks?

  13. lol – on the last line 🙂 Tweeted.

  14. T. M. Hunter says:

    Fun little exchange between the two. Enjoyed it!

  15. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Loved their banter, with just the right amount of snark at the last line. 🙂

  16. Very nice, here’s to good relationships to come! 🙂

  17. Gem says:

    The crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and life in general will suck for everyone if these two don’t bond. Can we say, “pressure”?

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