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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, Adann suggests he might lose a hand to a trap and makes up a more exciting story for such an injury, and Kaie said he would use it.
Adann stared at him in mock indignation, “You can’t have that story–it’s mine. You need to come up with your own.”
“I don’t think I could come up with something anywhere near so good, though. You have to take pity on me, or else I’ll have to tell people I was involved in a hunting accident.”
“True,” Adann pretended to consider, delighted at how easily they were talking. “You could say you were fighting a man-eating jaguar, all by yourself, with nothing but a knife, and you… punched the knife down its throat, and its dying convulsions bit your hand off.”
“Not everyone gets orphans,” Adann grinned at him, then set the trap, and they moved on to the last one.
“Now what?” Kaie asked.
“Let’s find a tree to climb,” Adann suggested.
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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.