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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.
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.
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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.