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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann 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 fished, Adann falling into the water spearing a large fish, and have returned with their catch.

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When they reached the camp, Kaie laid his fish down on the quick mat Corliss had woven to use for cleaning the fish, and Adann put her burden next to them, trying to let it down gently, but not entirely succeeding.

Corliss prodded the leaf-wrapped mass with a frown, then used her knife to nick through the grass holding the bundle together, and the leaves unrolled, unveiling the massive fish, its eyes glassy.

“How did you get that beast?” Corliss asked, staring at Adann in startled wonder.

“With a spear?” Adann couldn’t keep her voice from rising up at the end, as if she was asking a question.

“Are you—did you—what were you—” Corliss sputtered to a halt, and then waved her hand across the air, as if wiping something out in the sand. “Go check the traps you set, both of you–go, now.”

Feeling like she was being punished unfairly, as she wasn’t even trying to make Corliss uncomfortable now, Adann went.

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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.

27 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    So is the fish too big for Corliss? Doesn’t he (she?) believe Adann caught it?

    • Corliss (she) believes Adann caught it–but they usually don’t catch fish that size with just a spear. It’s a little dangerous, as shown by Adann going swimming.

  2. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Well that was an interesting response. I’m curious to know why Corliss seems so amazed.

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Uh-oh! Is that some kind of special fish she wasn’t supposed to catch? Or, has she left them speechless that she caught it in the first place? Great snippet! 🙂

  4. Frank Fisher says:

    Well I’m certainly questioning Corliss’s behavior. Nice snippet!

  5. Interesting… Wonder where this will lead? 🙂

  6. Sheesh, some people. You just can’t please ’em. Hope catching this fish was a good thing, and Corliss is just surprised.

  7. Not how I would have expected Corliss to react, so a very intriguing snippet! Makes me wonder what next ?

  8. Alexis Duran says:

    Hmmm, sounds like some underlying tension between them as well as some mystery regarding the fish.

    • Corliss knows there was no way Adann could have gotten the fish with no risk. The rest is that Adann ‘won’ to go fishing in the first place, and Corliss is peeved that she caved.

  9. Corliss can’t believe the bride is capable and so her reaction. That’s my impression. Terrific snippet. Now on with the fish!

  10. What now? Interesting reaction. Tweeted.

  11. I’m not sure whether the fish was a good thing or not.

  12. Uh oh, I hope Corliss doesn’t retaliate for this perceived blunder.

  13. Kim Magennis says:

    Unusual response. Excellent hook, Caitlin.
    I am glad that Adann is more than Corliss expected.

  14. Carrie-Anne says:

    I wasn’t expecting that response either! That definitely seems to hint at some unresolved history or tension between them.

    • Well, Corliss did say ‘go fishing and don’t get hurt,’ and Adann responded by taking a risk. Also, Adann is already annoying the heck out of the other woman!

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