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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, and after they’ve finished Adann suggests climbing a tree.

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“What is it with you and trees?” Kaie asked.

“You can see everything from up there. Race you–whoever finds the tallest tree first wins!”

“Wins what?”

She was already running, so she couldn’t answer, but after a few heartbeats, she heard him racing after her.

“Found it!” Kaie yelled.

Adann paused, swiveled to see where he was pointing, and had to admit that it was a great climbing tree, jutting out above the rest of those nearby.

“What do I win?”

“What do you want to win?” Adann asked, genuinely curious.

Kaie frowned, “I’m not sure–I’ll think about it?”

 

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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.

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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.

29 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Oho — that’s an awfully leading question. I hope she likes the answer … once he figures out what it is.

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    Child-like, and then suddenly not. Nicely done, Caitlin

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Interesting! I thought he would have an answer right away. I’m curious to know what he’ll come up with.

  4. Sounds like maybe he’s starting to rethink what he really wants.

  5. These open ended stakes for the tree climbing competition could get interesting for sure. Excellent excerpt.

  6. That is a question I definitely want answered. I’m on a romantic kick in terms of books right now, so I’m hoping the prize is a kiss! 😉

  7. Botanist says:

    Their relationship is taking a much more playful turn.

  8. Ooh…don’t hold back now, Kaie!! Can’t wait to find out where this goes. Such a fun snippet!

  9. Frank Fisher says:

    I like how you get to choose the prize you won. No wonder she has to think it over. Good snippet!

  10. Evelyn Jules says:

    Very cute, flirtatious scene! Loved it, Caitlin! 🙂

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love climbing trees, though it’s not such a wise activity with the metal in my right leg. I’m curious as to what the prize will be.

  12. They are just children in so many ways. A tough burden has been placed upon them. Good snippet–way to show that they are at least becoming friends. 🙂

  13. I agree that they seem like children and then mature. I think she’s flirting with him, but he missed it. Still, maybe they’re becoming friends now.

  14. Alexis Duran says:

    He’s rather slow on the uptake. She’s going to have to be less subtle, or maybe he’ll come to on his own. Things are certainly looking brighter for the two of them.

  15. Gem says:

    An awkward courtship with guards watching and crops depending on a bond forming. Can we say pressure?

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