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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 fishing, Adann falls into the water spearing a large fish, and is trying to dry off.

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Reaching for her wrap, she paused, and stared at the ground for a moment. “Kaie, does it bother you when I’m not wearing clothes?”

Kaie blinked. People didn’t wear a lot of clothes usually, it just wasn’t practical, so he couldn’t say why he’d been adverting his gaze from Adann so often.

When he didn’t answer, she walked off, disappearing behind a stand of trees. Kaie waited, battling a strange sense of shame–he wasn’t doing anything wrong, and yet . . .

She emerged from the trees a little later, her wrap straightened and less sodden. Her jubilant expression had dampened into a tiny smile curling the edges of her mouth, as if even he couldn’t extinguish her exhilaration at her achievement. He took that smile curve as a good sign.

If only he could keep her happy, and be happy himself, they would have something.

*    *    *

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.

24 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Poor Kaie. So much guilt and confusion.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I do love that he is trying, that he wants to keep her happy. Such an adjustment for them both.

  3. It’s so nice that he’s trying for her. 🙂

  4. Well they do have their challenges but at least both are trying to work on it. I think it’s very realistic of you that they didn’t immediately fall into wedded bliss after the forced marriage. Excellent excerpt!

  5. Love that last line. Shows there is hope and possibly budding love in the relationship.

    Tweeted.

  6. Oh yes, buds of love are definitely blooming. Delightful snippet!

  7. Alexis Duran says:

    Mutual happiness is a worthy goal. Glad to see him unthawing a bit.

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’m glad to see that he’s not only becoming resigned to be married to his second choice, he starting to love her.

  9. Their dynamic is definitely changing, but it looks like it’s inching in a good direction.

  10. Their relationship is looking better to me.

  11. He tries, yet seems not to quite know what to do just yet.

  12. chellecordero says:

    It sounds as if he might finally be coming around, I look forward to the time when they share true feelings for one another.

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