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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 third day, Kaie and Adann  (mostly Adann) are setting up traps again.



Finally, Adann chose a likely looking spot, and knelt down to set up this trap, too.

“I can do that,” Kaie sulked, leaning against a nearby tree, “I’m just a little out of practice with the heavier traps.”

“Do you really want to lose a hand while you’re relearning?”

“That depends,” Kaie said, “Will it make me look tough?”

“Only if you come up with a good story,” Adann paused as she finessed a particularly fiddly bit. “No, an excellent story.”

“How do you define excellent?”

“Punching a shark… during a flood … to save an orphan. No, three orphans!’

Kaie laughed, straightening from his slouch, “If I ever lose my hand then, that will be the story I will tell.”

*    *    *

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.

34 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Excellent dialogue, Caitlin.
    I am enjoying how Kaie is starting to thaw in his interactions with Adann.

  2. Great exchange, with more and more humor between them. They do seem to be warming up to each other.

  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Ah, her imagination appeals to him. That’s a positive sign.

  4. Having a bit of fun as they set traps. I like it.

  5. Cara Bristol says:

    I like their easy dialogue.

  6. Botanist says:

    Love her humor here!

  7. She’s so relentlessly cheerful in this situation, which I appreciate. He seems so pouty. I understand he’s not happy but still…so it was nice to see him join in on the humor a bit! Great snippet.

  8. Great dialogue. Their easy banter is adorable.

  9. Alexis Duran says:

    Nice that they’re developing a friendship, if not love, although the talk of losing limbs adds a touch of foreboding (from the ever suspicious reader in me!)

  10. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I really enjoy seeing them become more comfortable with each other. I look forward to reading excerpts from this story each week. 🙂

  11. Frank Fisher says:

    Well I’d personally prefer keeping my hand as opposed to having a story to tell. Great dialogue!

  12. chellecordero says:

    Adann is very wise to keep things light

  13. Adann is such a great character. You’ve really got your work cut out for you –bring Kaie around and having him get over his earlier engagement.

    I’m inclined to agree with Frank’s comment, too. 🙂

  14. Carrie-Anne says:

    That’s an excellent story, though I’m not sure many people will be inclined to believe it!

  15. Super dialogue.I agree with Teresa. Adann is a nice character. I guess it would be normal for Kale to grieve over his first engagement, but I think he’ll come around.

  16. Well at least a sense of humor is helping! That’s good.

  17. shanjeniah says:

    Intriguing! I’m very interested to see where this enforced marriage leads…it looks like they are settling into a belated “getting-to-know-you” place, and that’s good.

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