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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.
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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.