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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). On the second day, Kaie and Adann are sitting beside the fire after the evening meal.



The scraps and bones cleared away, Corliss stood, “We will check the traps. Do not leave the fire.”

She and Rui melted off into the darkening trees.

“Well, then,” Adann said, more for something to say than because she had an idea of what to say next.

“I wish the groom before me had waited to die. Just a few handfuls of days, and I would be married, in another town,” Kaie burst out.

Adann blinked, surprised. If he’d had such thoughts running in circles in his head, no wonder he’d felt trapped, unable to break free of Orla’s grief. Thinking about what might have been was an alluring, but dangerous dream, like the sweet-scented nectar of a flower that drowned the insects who went to drink its offering. Such obsession would slowly consume the mind.

*    *    *

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.

28 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    So, his desire for another breaks into the open. I haven’t gotten the feeling he blames Adann, which is good, I guess.

  2. Ah, finally he’s talking about it. I think that’s a good sign, and now Adann knows what she’s up against.

  3. Nancy Gideon says:

    Love the analogy, Caitlin. Stakes just got raised.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, and just when I thought he was accepting Adann as his wife. But, I guess it is better to get his feelings out than to keep them bottled up. Talking is still a step in the right direction.

  5. Kim Magennis says:

    Now Adann knows what she is up against. Nicely timed, Caitlin. I can’t wait to see what she makes of this knowledge.

  6. Better out than in, right? Wonder where the conversation goes from here. Great writing!

  7. Botanist says:

    Well, now she knows what’s on his mind which should be a good thing.There’s more riding on this than just two people’s marriage.

  8. I agree that it’s a good thing he can talk about his feelings. And she doesn’t seem hurt, which is also good. Loving the story, enjoyed the snippet!

  9. Frank Fisher says:

    Communication is key to a successful marriage, so I’m glad he’s being open with his feelings.

  10. It finally comes out! I hope they can work through this, they seemed to be getting genuinely comfortable with each other.


  11. A wise observation. Maybe progress can be made now.

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love your final paragraph! Hopefully they’ll continue communicating instead of talking past one another.

  13. Well, now that he’s said it… I wonder what he feels she will do with the information.

  14. What a bittersweet snippet, Caitlin. I really like this: “…like the sweet-scented nectar of a flower that drowned the insects who went to drink its offering.”

  15. chellecordero says:

    Oh my, I thought Kaie was coming around.

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