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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.

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“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!”

*    *    *

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.

25 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    After being submerged for quite a while, his frustration comes out again. I’m curious where his anger will lead.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, now the big issues are coming to a head. It will be interesting to hear Adann’s response. I wonder if she’ll be able to calm down Kaie, make him see the situation for what it is. Love this snippet!

  3. Get over it, kids. You’re really married and in love. Oh those teenagers!

  4. Wonder where this argument will go… Great snippet!

  5. Uh oh, Kaie is slipping backwards again…which is probably very realistic! Well done snippet…

  6. Whoa, dude! Touchy subject much? Having snippet love for this…there I was, sailing along and smiling at their easy conversation, then BAM! I’m all up in arms to find out what happens next. Great job.

  7. Carrie-Anne says:

    I should’ve known their friendly, playful mood couldn’t have lasted long. There are probably a few more bumps in the road before happily ever after.

  8. He still isn’t over feeling trapped, but I guess he’s making progress.

  9. nancygideon says:

    Being in a rain forest is better than a therapist’s couch! Work it out, you two!

  10. I think she’ll find a way to soothe and comfort him, even though she’s the one injured. Those men need constant attention, don’t they? lol

  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    I think it is good they are talking even if it isn’t what they want to hear. It’s the truth and voicing it, they can maybe move on from there.

  12. Now they are starting to get to the crux of his feelings! I hope they get things aired out. 🙂

  13. He goes from zero to angry in a nanosecond. They really need to resolve this.

    • Kaie is so angry about his plans derailing, he can’t quite get why Adann isn’t angry, too. But he’s making progress, bit by bit, now that he’s expressing that anger instead of swallowing it.

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