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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.



Kaie pressed in on the monster, sinking his spear into the kien’s side, then ripped it loose, sending a gush of blood running down fur and scales.

Shrieking in agony, the kien whirled towards Kaie, and Adann shouted to distract it, stabbing, though her spear only skittered off its ribs. Ignoring her, the kien lunged at at Kaie, knocking the spear out of his hand.

“Kaie!” Adann pulled her knife, aiming for its throat, but the blood dribbled, instead of spraying out in a bright red arc. Swearing, she tried again, opening a shallow cut that trailed over the kien’s shoulder.

It was the shoulder she’d hit with her stone, and this time, she saw results. Whether it was one blow, or the combination of them, the kien limped as it shifted, repositioning itself so it could see both of them.

Snarling, it flailed its good paw at Adann, snapped at Kaie, then kicked at the snare, trying to break free.

*    *    *

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.

42 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Adann continues to acquit herself very well. I hope Kaie appreciates her.

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    I agree with Ed, Caitlin. Adann is bad ass! I hope Kaie lives up to her!

  3. Quite the battle royale! She is worthy of praise, for sure.

  4. The woman is a wonder as so very often happens. Great battle scene.

  5. This thing is quite a challenge. Good teamwork, though!

  6. Nancy Gideon says:

    Very visual, Caitin. Pulls you right into the action.

  7. Dramatic scene continues…! (I’m not very bloodthirsty as a reader so this is getting to be a bit much for me, even if the creature is not a nice animal LOL. But the description is all very vivid.)

  8. Adann is awesome! Kaie ought to worship her after this!

  9. Botanist says:

    Great action, and I like that they are both looking out for each other here. Not exactly a clean kill, though. Messy business.

  10. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I love how they are working together to bring this animal down. Hopefully it will make their new relationship easier.

  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Teamwork to bring down the creature. Hope this is a turning point in their relationship too. He has to see her in a different light after this battle.

  12. Exciting and very visual! Nice snippet. She’s really coming into her own for him now.

  13. Great description really brings the scene to life. Very tense. I’m hoping they pull through.

  14. Rin-Rin says:

    Oh, intense! Good action snippet. 🙂
    (Ah, another ‘at’ has sneaked into the third sentence. After lunged.)

  15. Diane Burton says:

    Love a woman who jumps into action. Great action sequence.

  16. Carrie-Anne says:

    All those details really brought the scene alive! I love how she’s not afraid to battle the creature.

  17. Super action sequence.

  18. chellecordero says:

    I am really enjoying this story and liking the strong female character.

  19. Alexis Duran says:

    I know this is a nasty, monster creature, but I’m starting to feel sorry for it. Vivid, scary scene!

  20. So exciting and terrifying! Wonderful description, Caitlin! I was on the edge of my seat. 🙂

  21. Intriguing monster description, Caitlin. Kaie and Adann continue to grow together–at least hunting. 🙂

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