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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  are talking, and when Adann asks for a kiss, Kaie reacts badly and storms off alone to check on the other two hunters, running into something furry and angry.

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Somehow, in the struggle, he’d kept hold of his spear, but he was too entangled with the animal to bring it to bear. Desperately, he slid his hand down the spear, not even sure what direction he was headed towards, and once the end he held felt light enough, tried to stab the animal hissing and growling and clawing at him.

He jabbed, hard, and was rewarded with a pained yowl, and the animal flinching away. Jabbing again with one hand, he shoved with the other, succeeding, finally, in putting some distance between him and the source of his wounds.

Unfortunately, he’d ended up with the blunt end of his spear, but he remedied that, holding his weapon defensively and taking a moment to study his opponent. His heart sank. It wasn’t some cat he’d startled, which he might be able to scare away, but a monster. A big ryapi, a combination of bristly wild pig and an ocelot, a mature male by the size of the tusks curving out of its mouth.

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~~~***I’ll be doing National Novel Writing Month in November, so I may be slow in my replies, but I’ll still be blogging! Good luck to all the NaNoWriMos! ***~~~

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

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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.

29 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Oh dear!

    I LOVE you creatures, Caitlin. They are delightfully intimidating. Excellent snippet, al always.

  2. Oh dear, he’s going to need some help with that thing!

  3. nancygideon says:

    Talk about being on the wrong end of the spear! What’s he going to do now? Nice scene, Caitlin!

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Is it still going to give him a challenge? I think he was lucky to get it off him. Great snippet! 🙂

  5. Uh oh, a formidable foe he’s got there but at least he’s keeping his cool. Great snippet!

  6. Big trouble yet again. He’s had to face so many obstacles yet he’s a survivor. Good snippet, Caitlin.

  7. naomi shaw says:

    Great visuals in this action snippet

  8. Diane Burton says:

    He’d better get that spear turned around quick. Or he’s in for a shock.

  9. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Monster indeed. I’m intrigued to know how he’s going to manage to get out of this.

  10. Victoria Adams says:

    Anything with curved tusks is not a fun thing to have to deal with. Tweeted.

  11. Big monsters are always far worse than some sort of cat. He’s in trouble again!

  12. chellecordero says:

    I’m assuming that he is wishing he had gone ahead with that kiss… scary situation to be in, with the beast, not the kiss, lol.

    http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/2016/10/lets-go-paintballing-snippet-sunday-oct.html

  13. Alexis Duran says:

    Your fight scenes are so immediate and visceral. I’m right there with him, entangled with the pig-olet. Yeah, he’d better hope he gets a second chance at that kiss.

  14. This looks like one of those situations you’d rather avoid if possible.

  15. Now’s the time to either call for help or run far away! Good luck with NaNo–– I’ll be doing it too. 😀

  16. I’m doing NaNo too! Congrats! Great snippet!

  17. Jeyran Main says:

    You have a very beautiful website. I look forward to coming back and reading more. Please stop by mine and if you like, follow back.

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