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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 an angry ryapi (ocelot/boar monster).


It bared sharp teeth at him in another scream of challenge, pawing the ground and readying for another charge. The ryapi were considerably larger than an ocelot, and rarely climbed trees like the ocelots would, but their bigger size and focused anger made them dangerous opponents.

“Kaie!” Adann gasped, skidding into view, grabbing onto a tree to stop herself.

The ryapi’s ears twitched in her direction, and Kaie had a sudden vision of her getting attacked again, hampered by her injured arm, and ending up gored on the monster’s wicked tusks.

“Stay back!” he warned, as the ryapi charged, crashing into his stomach, jaws reaching for his throat. He jammed the spear crosswise into its mouth, bringing up his knees to protect his belly, reaching for his knife with his free hand.

Suddenly, the monster convulsed and squealed, and over its shoulder, he saw Adann retreating, her face determined. He shoved the ryapi away again, ripping the spear free.

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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

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.

34 responses »

  1. I’m curious. Will she always have to come to his rescue, or is it culturally the norm–or good for them to work together, as an equal team?

    Another good snippet. 🙂

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    Well, that’s worth a thanks-for-saving-my-life kiss!

  3. Exciting with the woman coming to the rescue. We are women-we are strong!

  4. Kim Magennis says:

    Excellent visuals, Caitlin

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Yes, she came to his rescue, but I like how he was concerned about her, wanted her to stay back because she was already injured. That says a lot right there. Great snippet! And all the best with NaNo! I’m doing it, too. 🙂

  6. angelicadawson says:

    Whoa! High tension and risk in this snippet. Well portrayed.

  7. Exciting fight scene between man and beast…and woman. I like the way he was concerned for her. Great excerpt!

  8. Carrie-Anne says:

    Very intense scene! I also like how she came to his rescue. That’s such a nice reversal from how men are usually depicted as the ones coming to the rescue.

  9. Very exciting! I love his concern for her.

  10. nancygideon says:

    Now what’s she up to? You keep me guessing, Caitlin!

  11. Hope she finally gets that kiss! The excitement never ends with this story. Great work, and best of luck with NaNo! 🙂

  12. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Exciting and frightening scene. Well done.

  13. naomi shaw says:

    Great snippet. Good luck with the nano

  14. I too think it’s nice to see the heroine rescue him for a change.

  15. I love that he defended her, and that she defended him without hesitating!

  16. Diane Burton says:

    Love a good rescue–no matter who rescues whom. Very intense scene. Good luck with NaNo.

  17. Something new is going on again? Hm.

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