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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  and kill a kien (snake and anteater monster), Adann is injured, Kaie helps treat the wound, and back at camp, Corliss does the whole process over again despite Adann’s protests.



“Don’t give me that look,” Corliss said to Adann, “If the cut was dirty, and your flesh started to rot, you’d have one arm for the rest of your life.”

“We cleaned it already!” Adann protested, and subsided into grumbling, which Corliss ignored as she finished bandaging the wound. Still grumbling, Adann strode out of the camp and Kaie followed, finding her plucking fruit, dropping them into a fold of her wrap.

He went to help, gathering fruit from nearby trees, until they had more than enough. When she caught him watching her as they walked back, she grinned and bumped him with her good shoulder.

“Careful,” Kaie warned, “I have plenty of fruit, and two good throwing arms.”

“I’ve got two good running legs, you don’t scare me,” Adann said, the lilt in her voice giving Kaie just enough warning, that when she took off down the path, he wasn’t far behind.

When she burst into the camp, she was laughing in triumph, just a few steps ahead of him.

*    *    *

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.

29 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    So, they’ve reached the stage of being playful. Yet another good sign.

  2. Aw, they’re starting to tease each other! Very sweet.

  3. Charming and this is is a good place to be. Yay!

  4. Sweet! Teasing is a good sign. Great snippet!

  5. I like the slow growth of the relationship. Good stuff, well illustrated via the various incidents, large and small. Great snippet.

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, I totally love this playful nature. But, I have a feeling something foreboding is heading their way. I want to read the entire story, so I know. Fabulous as always! You keep me on the edge of my seat each week. 🙂

  7. Frank Fisher says:

    Love the humorous banter exchange (I’ve got two good running legs). It’s nice to read some of your snippets again.

  8. Alexis Duran says:

    She bounced right back, more chipper than ever. Maybe the brush with death has ignited something between them? I certainly hope so!

  9. Love this playful side to their relationship!

  10. Diane Burton says:

    Sweet excerpt. So glad they can be playful. Shows advancement in their relationship. Well done.

  11. I’ve seen a few people mention the word ‘playful’, and that’s exactly the one I’d use too. You truly set a playful tone here, and it’s so nice to see their evolving relationship!

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love how they’re becoming so comfortable and playful with one another. The future of their relationship looks really good, unless another bump in the road ambushes them.

  13. Their banter has become so wonderful and flowing, I love it!

  14. amermelstein says:

    If you’re up for a tag post, I tagged you for the This or That Tag:
    I’d love to see your responses! -Allison

  15. Victoria Adams says:

    Love how this is coming together. Tweeted.

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