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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, bandaged, and she and Kaie are chatting after eating a meal.
“What do you think we’ll be doing next spring? It’s funny, it won’t be anything like what I planned, but I still think it will be an adventure,” Adann stretched out, careful of her arm.
“Oh, what were you going to do?” Kaie realized he hadn’t ever asked about her plans.
“I was going on the spring tour,” Adann smiled, referring to the practice of sending hopeful brides in a group with a guide, on a tour of nearby towns, seeking a groom.
“And you don’t miss it? You would have seen so much.”
“I’ll see different things now–besides, there’s a few towns within the travel limit, so I can still travel.”
“Why do you act like this?” Anger surged in Kaie’s chest, burning his throat, “You wanted to leave, too, and now you’re trapped!”
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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.