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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.
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.
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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.