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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.

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“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.

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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.

46 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’m glad these two are starting to develop a relationship. About time!

  2. I really like their relationship, their candid give and take.

  3. Ooh, snake food, that doesn’t sound promising. Nice dialog between the characters. Great work!

  4. Heather Boyd says:

    Nice banter between the couple. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kim Magennis says:

    Excellent dialogue, as always Caitlin. Their relationship has a long way to go, but this was a nice hint that it my have a chance.

  6. That must be a really big snake if it can take on two humans at once. I like how the relationship is developing.

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Very true, you do miss out. Great snippet showing how their relationship is starting to develop. 🙂

  8. Alexis Duran says:

    Sounds like Kaie is unthawing a bit. I like their joking about getting eaten, but it is a good reminder of the danger lurking in the forest.

  9. At last they loosen up. Love it.

  10. The romance is beginning – love how they are communicating and feel more relaxed.
    Tweeted. 🙂

  11. Oh GOOD, they need to talk to each other and have day to day experiences before the gods start demanding whatever else they’re going to want from this couple. Loved the snippet!

  12. Botanist says:

    Seems like she’s now in the driving seat as this relationship starts to develop.

  13. That they can joke around is a great sign. I sense a general thaw. 😀

  14. At least things are easing up between them enough to where Kaie can actually get into joking around with Adann. Nice dialog 🙂

  15. T. M. Hunter says:

    Love the snark in the responses…always enjoy that in characters. Fun stuff.

  16. elainecsc2013 says:

    Sounds like they’re starting to connect. Nice.

  17. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m with Adann about how fun it is to climb and slide down trees. It’s good they’re starting to become friendlier.

  18. chellecordero says:

    Could he finally be warming to her? Their banter is at least friendly, hopefully it will grow from there. Good snippet.

  19. Sounds like they’re finally enjoying each other’s company, or getting close to it. This might be my favourite snippet so far!

  20. Daryl Devore says:

    Tensions are thawing – they are talking – all good signs 🙂 Tweeted.

  21. Gem says:

    Strange courtship but, without anyone else to talk to, I imagine they will get to know each other.

  22. They seem to be reaching an understanding. I hope it’s a lasting one. Both of these characters are so likeable, we can’t help but hope they make it in the end.

    Marcia

  23. Nice progression in the story, Caitlin. I like seeing them come together–but am still worried about his former intended. 🙂

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