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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  kill a kien (snake and anteater monster), Adann is injured, and later she and Kaie are chatting–when Kaie suddenly flares up, yelling that they’re both trapped.

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Adann blinked at him, startled, “I … I’m sorry you feel that way, but I just don’t.”

It wasn’t fair to be angry at her for not being angry, but he was. Kaie stared into the fire, waiting for the boiling inside him to simmer down.

“We did a pretty good job with that monster, didn’t we?” Kaie asked, finally. They’d taken the monster down fairly quickly, with as much mercy as possible. He wished that Adann hadn’t been hurt at all, but despite his worry, she hadn’t been hurt very badly.

“No one got bit, or disemboweled, and the kien didn’t break free, either. We’re getting good at this,” Adann grinned at him.

He smiled back, the feeling of shared triumph washing over 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.

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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.

31 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    He keeps waffling between resentment of being trapped into marriage and appreciation for her many good qualities.

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    I wonder where their marriage will go from here?

  3. Diane Burton says:

    His indecision makes him a reluctant hero. Hopefully, he’ll figure out she’s the one for him.

  4. Glad he was able to calm down. She’s been very reliable and wonderful so far!

  5. Sometimes it takes a while to realize what you have and then. . .

  6. Victoria Adams says:

    No one got bit or disemboweled – yes I’d say that was a good day. Tweeted.

  7. I think he’s starting to realize they make a good team, but isn’t quite ready to let go of his resentment.

  8. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Well, he seems to be able to shake that feeling faster than he used to. And I’m glad he realizes he has no reason to be mad at her. I’m loving this story! 🙂

  9. I’m glad he got over his anger so quickly. She doesn’t seem to even bother with his emotional outbursts anymore, making them just his problems and not hers, which is smart–and true. At this moment in the story, she seems way out of his league.

    • They’ve gone around in circles enough that she has learned to just accept that he’s angry–but that the changes have to come from him.
      Poor Kaie–I always feel more sympathy for my messed up characters than most people seem to! 🙂

  10. I love the way she can calm him down and get him to see the bigger picture. Slowly but surely, I think he’ll come to appreciate all the good things he has right in front of him. 🙂

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    He’s really been blowing hot and cold, though it seems like he’ll eventually come around full-time.

  12. Shared triumph. Very good for bonding.

  13. Jenna Jaxon says:

    You said in comments that Kaie was making progress, but I think he needs to get over it and get with program a tad quicker. I know arranged marriages aren’t the best way necessarily, but there’s a lot at stake here.

  14. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    He’s warming up to the woman he was forced to marry. It seems realistic that it would take time to realize his wife may be what he was looking for all along. Great snippet. Like how she gets him to realize they were triumphant.

  15. At least they both keep trying, in their own ways, to connect. It’s been very interesting to watch thing develop and I enjoyed this snippet. An engrossing, different story!

  16. Slow and steady wins the race. 😉

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