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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 set traps,fished, returned to camp, and are checking traps, finding and killing a small rodent-like monster.


“I don’t think they want us back there,” Adann said.

“They can’t expect us to stay away from them the whole time, can then?” Kaie asked.

“I’m not sure if they really dislike us, or if they were told to make us stay alone together as much as possible.” Adann studied the leaves tossing overhead, stirred by a breeze that hardly ever reached the ground. “Want to see if we can find where they put their traps?”


“For something to do,” Adann shrugged when Kaie fixed her with a bemused stare. “Or we can go back to the camp and watch Rui ignore us and Corliss glare at us.”

“Let’s find the traps, then,” Kaie took the lead, and Adann was content to follow.

*    *    *

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.

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.

26 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    An element of playfulness seems to be entering their relationship.

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    Hmmm. My reader’s intuition tells me to expect some action out there, in the woods.
    Glad to see Kaie’s reasoning faculties are ticking nicely!

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    That sounds like a more interesting idea. Great snippet! 🙂

  4. Frank Fisher says:

    Finding traps to counter boredom? That’s new! I think they’re going to find more than just traps on their quest.

  5. Cara Bristol says:

    They’re certainly working well together.

  6. Action and conversation! how nice. Things are looking up.

  7. I think they might be right about being forced to be alone together. And it seems to be working!

  8. Good to see they banding together a bit more. Such an interesting story!

  9. Carrie-Anne says:

    Finding the traps definitely sounds like a nicer use of their time. They can also use that time to become closer.

  10. Alexis Duran says:

    Good idea, as long as they don’t walk into a trap! Or trip over a monster. Or…?

  11. At least they are tolerating each other’s company a little better. I hope nothing bad happens to them while hunting the traps.

  12. So glad they’re agreeing and working together! Wonder what other trials they’ll face?

  13. I find it interesting that they are being forced to stay away from camp. I think it will serve to strengthen the growing bond between them, which is probably the point. Trials surely await them… Great snippet.

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