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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, where Adann stared at Corliss for so long that she and Kaie were sent fishing. Last line, Corliss: “Do not get hurt or killed, understand?”
“Yeah,” Adann smiled at Corliss, but this wasn’t one of her usual warm smiles, or impish grins–this maniacal grimace showed too much tooth, and was distinctly crooked.
Corliss winced, and turned away, muttering under her breath.
“Come on, Kaie, let’s go fishing,” Adann dropped the frightening smile, and it should have left some sort of trace in her eyes, but it didn’t, the unnerving expression wiped away like it had never been there.
He didn’t see a reason to hang around the hunters who seemed determined to ignore or insult them, Adann’s strange behavior or not, so he followed her. She investigated the nearby tree branches, cut off two, and sharpened the points into fishing spears, humming softly as she whittled away with her knife.
Taking the finished spear she offered, Kaie moved to a likely looking spot on the bank, and Adann moved downstream, wading into the water. Kaie kept to dry ground, and the firmer stance it offered.
He speared one small fish, and sometime later, speared a second one, without Adann having even cast her spear once. The water raced by, and he studied the silvery flashes of the fish swimming in the current, searching for one that was close enough, waiting for the right moment.
A loud splash from downstream startled him so badly he almost dropped his spear.
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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.