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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  race to find the best climbing tree–Kaie wins, but can’t think of a good prize.

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“Are we racing to the top?” Kaie asked.

“That wouldn’t be a great idea,” Adann said, “that’s how people fall out of trees.”

“People?” Kaie teased.

Wrinkling her nose at him, Adann chose not to answer, instead starting up the tree. Limb by limb, she pulled and balanced, making her way upwards, aiming for a nice thick branch near the top, but not so near as she was likely to get stuck. Settling against the tree trunk, she waited for Kaie to join her, wriggling her toes on the bark again for the feel of it, rough against her callused feet.

After a bit of effort—he found a branch from which he could climb no higher, and had to back track and try a different route—Kaie ended up on a branch a couple hand spans higher than hers, and close enough that she could have reached out and touched his shoulder.

“When do you think they will miss us?”

“Oh, not before the midday meal,” Adann said. “Three times a day, more or less, seems to be enough for them to ensure we’re still alive.”

*    *    *

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.

28 responses »

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I’m really enjoying their easy conversation. It makes me hope they have a chance to find happiness together after being thrown into this situation.

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    I’m wondering what, if anything, is going to happen. What will they see that will change the story?

  3. Romance in a tree. Something should come of it. Something good!

  4. Kim Magennis says:

    That last sentence… I wonder how true it is? I suspect the village are a lot more concerned than they appreciate.

  5. I love how much fun they’re having together. 🙂

  6. Frank Fisher says:

    I liked the wriggling her toes on the bark bit. At first I thought wriggling was a typo, but I looked it up. So your snippet added a new word to my vocabulary list. Good snippet overall!

  7. Good that they’re becoming a team in a way, fishing and tree climbing etc. Such an interesting story! Enjoyed the snippet.

  8. Adann and Kaie sittin’ in a tree … I love the conspiratorial tone of their conversation!

  9. Botanist says:

    Their relationship has definitely evolved since its frosty beginning.

  10. Ed Hoornaert says:

    So now they’re conspiring together. Promising!

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love the descriptions of climbing the tree and their conversation at the top!

  12. This is such a cool concept. Loved this scene. Reminds me of my childhood and all the trees I climbed (and got stuck in!) lol. Great work, Caitlin!

  13. They’ll get some quiet alone time up there! Love the tree top camaraderie.

  14. I like how they’ve delved back into childhood activities, Caitlin. And their use of the word “they” when talking about being missed makes me think they’ve begun to view themselves as “Us against them”. Good progression!

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