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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 set traps and returned to camp.



Corliss asked, “Did you get all your traps set up?”

“Yes,” Adann said.


“I believe so.”

“We’ll see,” Corliss dismissed them, returning her attention to her work, while Addan stood and watched Corliss intently.

The other woman glanced up, saw Adann staring at her, and continued sharpening her knives. On the second and third times, she did the same, but the fourth time, she stood and stomped violently over to the younger woman.

“We don’t have enough food yet, so go get us at least three fish. Do not get killed, or hurt yourself–understand?” Corliss pointed the knife she was sharpening at Adann.

*    *    *

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.

32 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Hmm. I’m pretty sure Corliss wasn’t Kaiee’s fiance. But then why the antagonism?

    • The hunting trip they planned was rescheduled and shortened, as well as saddling them with two barely-competent partners that they have to keep safe and, somehow, nudge towards romance. As well as the fact that Corliss and Rui, by the nature of their jobs, are the ones most at risk from the forest wed doing their job poorly.

  2. Ooh, someone’s peeved about something! Hope Adann’s good at fishing. 🙂

  3. Cara Bristol says:

    Well, that’s a little rude. Somebody has her knickers in a knot.

  4. The plot thickens. Love the intrigue.

  5. Uh oh, somebody’s in a bad mood! Hope a fistfight doesn’t break out! Am wondering why Corliss thinks Adann might get hurt or killed while fishing, but I expect that’s clear in the full chapter.


    • It’s mostly just a reflection of Corliss’ poor opinion of their skill level. And if they got hurt on her watch? Everyone would blame the older hunters.

  6. Telling someone not to get hurt while you are waving a freshly sharpened knife around – is not the smartest thing!

  7. Botanist says:

    Corliss’s reaction was a bit extreme, but equally I’m wondering why Adann was staring at her so long.

  8. I thought Adann was trying to figure out how to sharpen knives! So maybe the rest of this scene clarifies, but seems we were all over the map in our guesses. Enjoying the story regardless, such a different idea!

  9. Well, someone’s not duly impressed/respectful of the new couples’ stance as godly avatars! Hopefully Adann will make a good showing of it.

  10. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Well, that was a little rude. Wonder why the attitude?

  11. Yikes. That escalated quickly. Great snippet though! 😀

  12. chellecordero says:

    I’m sure it’s not his fishing skills hurting the town, there is no real connection to their marriage.

  13. Great imagery. I could see the scene perfectly in my mind. I’m curious to know why Corliss is so peeved.

  14. Gem says:

    Can we say friction? Corliss is not a happy camper.

  15. She’s clearly miffed at having the amateurs along, but it’s not really their fault, is It? Looking forward to reading more to see how this plays out.

  16. Hmm, wonder why the focus on Adann–and is she making a mistake treating the symbols of their gods like that? Good snippet, Caitlin!

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