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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  trap a kien (snake and anteater monster), and are trying to kill it.


Adann slung shot after shot, aiming for the eye facing her, and on her third try, she hit her target.

Roaring, the kien lunged at Kaie, though with less accuracy, the swipe of its wicked claws notably to the side.

Adann would have liked to take out its other eye, but she didn’t think she had the time to maneuver around it. She aimed the largest stone she could at the joint where its leg met body, hoping to damage the lightning agility they were so dangerous for.

The stone hit, and the monster shrieked. Light glinted on the green-brown of the scales dotted between the kien’s fur, as it whipped around its long snout, baring its fangs at her.

Pressing forward, she jabbed at the monster with her spear, trying to keep the monster in the trap, or offer Kaie a shot at a killing blow.

This close, she could smell the monster, a mix of the dry, sharp smell of snakes, and the musky odor of the anteater. It hissed at her, lunging again, snapping its jaws. Adann jumped back, avoiding those potentially deadly fangs, and jabbing again with her spear.

*    *    *

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.

33 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I hope that helping save his life will be a way into his heart.

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    Interesting “snake-like” creature: scales, fur, snout, fangs, legs.

  3. This may do the trick, Ed. Love at last.

  4. Rin-Rin says:

    Oh, I hope kien’s don’t live in packs!

  5. Great bit of action. That is one scary monster!

  6. Wow, she’s gotten brave attacking this nasty thing! Good for her! 🙂


  7. She’s quite the efficient hunter for sure. They’re an interesting pair to be matched up…action packed snippet!

    • Kaie isn’t doing nothing, to be clear–I couldn’t figure out how to squeeze his action in there very well. But they are quite a pair. How else could I have such fun torturing them? 😉

  8. Great snippet! Adann is a badass. 😀

  9. Kim Magennis says:

    Excellent job on how you engaged the senses, Caitlin. I always love your action scenes.

  10. Great snippet. Terrifying moment for them to be up against this monster!

  11. Alexis Duran says:

    What is Kaie doing during all this? Sounds like she’s doing all the work, and quite efficiently, I might add.

  12. I really like Adann. She’s a tough little thing.

  13. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I love the action in this snippet! I need more! 🙂

  14. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    What a great hunter she is. Great snippet.

  15. chellecordero says:

    Adann definitely seems to be the more capable of the two of them, also more mature. Hoping that Kaie will learn what a catch he has and want to hold on.

  16. elainecsc2013 says:

    This is what I’d call a tense moment!

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