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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.
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.