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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.”

“No orphans?”

“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.

*    *    *

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.

30 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Excellent snippet as always, Caitlin. I enjoy how you are building their relationship

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    They’re getting along so well.

  3. They are adorable. Loving them!

  4. Sounds like she’s better at coming up with good stories. They’re really on pretty friendly terms now- it’s nice.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I wonder if Kaie is noticing how easily they are getting along the way Adann is.

  6. At least they’re finding common ground on this hunting trip. I wonder if that’s why they had to go on one? I find I’m also wondering what attracted him to the girl he was supposed to marry…really invested in the story, great excerpt!

  7. Botanist says:

    “Not everyone gets orphans” – priceless! 🙂

  8. Hahaha…nice! They’re definitely getting into the clever banter portion of their relationship. I love it. Plus I’ve had that same “no, it’s my story” argument with my muse!

  9. Alexis Duran says:

    Nothing like trapping monsters and spending time in trees together to spark a romance!

  10. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Although they aren’t saying a thing about romance or their marriage, you’re showing us very nicely how well they’re progressing.

  11. Oh, their relationship is entering a new phase. Very nice depiction of their maturing acceptance of one another.

  12. Evelyn Jules says:

    Sounds like Adann is an aspiring author. lol. Great excerpt, Caitlin! I really enjoyed it. 🙂

  13. elainecsc2013 says:

    They’re having a good time.

  14. Nicely done, Caitlin. Showing us how their relationship is moving forward. 🙂

    And I like that now that the work is done, they are going to climb a tree–which is a good reminder of the fact that they are still children. The innocence shines. 🙂

  15. Were they just… flirting a little bit? *is so happy* Awesome dialogue, Caitlin! I loved this! 😀

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