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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 are loafing after setting traps, and Adann joked that she could nap in a tree, with Kaie on the ground to be eaten by any predators.
“Some animals climb trees, you know,” Kaie said, amused.
“Not quietly enough,” Adann yawned, “but if something is that skilled, it deserves to have a nice meal, don’t you think?”
“I suppose if it leaves me drowsing on the ground, I could accept that.”
“That’s the spirit.” Adann fell silent for a time, then leaned out from the branch, peering down at him, “Are you ready to go back, or are you really planning to become snake food?”
“We can go back,” Kaie stood, brushed off his legs, and waited while Adann freed her bag, and half-climbed, half-slid down the tree.
“Do you always get down in such a dangerous way?”
“It’s fun, and you have to enjoy the little things,” she oriented herself, and began walking, Kaie falling in step beside her.
“What happens if you don’t?”
“You miss out on all that joy,” Adann said matter of factly, and he found that he couldn’t argue further.
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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.