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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–and they share a moment of shared triumph over their kill.
Sometimes Kaie felt like he would burst if he didn’t get away from Adann, the air he breathed turning into spikes in his throat, his skin too tight, and his heart racing. Other times, like this, she was warm, and easy to get along with, and when her eyes caught the light, the flecks in them glowed like amber.
“Would you kiss me?”
He jerked away, toppling over, “No!” Embarrassed, he rolled into a crouch, and brushed bits of leaves and dirt off his skin and wrap.
“I’m sorry, I thought … we seemed to be having the kind of connection, when people kiss,” Adann sat up, folding her legs so she could rest her arms on her knees, and propping her chin on her arms, her face angled away from his.
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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