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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, and Kaie reveals that he’s been wishing the groom had died a couple weeks later, after Kaie had married and left town.
“I’m glad he didn’t,” Adann said, simply, instead of bringing up her thoughts on his need to let go of his past again. “You were the last choice, remember? The god didn’t choose anyone else.”
“I would hate to be the cause of a sundering, of a husband taken from his wife –how he would have hated me, for separating him from his love!”
A pained noise escaped Kaie.
“I suppose what they chose instead isn’t much different, since you hate me for the same.” Adann frowned into the fire, “Unless they had children, which perhaps is the only thing that could make me feel more terrible than I do now.”
Kaie opened his mouth, and then closed it with a quiet click. He sat beside her, as intent on the fire as she was, wishing it could give them some omen on the future.
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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.