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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, both of them are injured from killing monsters, and that night they tend their wounds and discuss the charms made from monster parts. (The ryapi is a boar/ocelot monster.)


“Do you want first claim on the ryapi?” Adann asked.

“I don’t think I’d want to wear the tusks,” Kaie said, staring into the fire, “and the fur is rough, and ugly.”

“We haven’t killed any good monsters–with colorful feathers, unusual teeth, quills, or nice fur.”

“Such high standards!” Kaie laughed, “I’ll make sure the next monster we kill has all of those.”

Adann’s eyebrows shot upwards, as she tried to picture a monster that had fur, feathers, and quills, all mixed together. She’d never heard of such a thing.

“It may require some rope, but it can be done,” Kaie nodded solemnly.

“I… I can only imagine.” Adann stretched out, and Kaie joined her, both of them gazing up at the sky, which still held a bit of light at the edges, but was punctured with stars directly above.


*    *    *

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.

36 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    That’s great way to leave them: gazing up at the stars together.

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    I enjoy watching how you build a sense of camaraderie between Kaie and Adann. Nicely done, Caitlin.

  3. And now the moment of love or am I rushing things. Panting here in New York!

  4. Cara Bristol says:

    What adventures they have! Yes, one would want a trophy after killing a monster.

  5. Monster tusks aren’t fashionable? Huh. Anyway, great snippet!

  6. Interesting snippet, like the way they’re drawing together as a couple, subtly, even if they don’t realize it. Author question, just struck me today = would they really think of these beasts as monsters, since the animals are apparently just a natural part of their environment? Your characters don’t know you stuck together a boar and an ocelot LOL. Not important, just a nit. Can’t turn the author brain off sometimes! But anyway, loving the unusual story!

    • I’m not sure I posted it in a snippet, but the monsters are creatures combined by the dark gods, and not naturally occurring. That’s why the light gods protect them from them–as balance.

  7. angelicadawson says:

    Interesting relationship. Wouldn’t have guessed they have so much in common.

  8. Aw, I can just picture them stargazing like that. Loved this bit of dialog.

  9. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I can’t wait to see what happens next. (Hoping for romance.)

  10. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love how they’re looking up at the stars together. Stars always remind me of Dante, since each of the three parts of The Divine Comedy ends with the word “stars.” I’m also curious as to the monster that might have all of those parts.

  11. Ah-ha! They’re finally bonding over the desire for a pretty monster. 🙂

  12. Diane Burton says:

    Love his reaction to her idea of a monster. A bonding moment. Enjoyed the snippet.

  13. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Ooh, a starlit night. I sense there might be romance in the air… lol. Great work, Caitlin!

  14. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Such a sweet scene. I love that they are getting along, joking with each other. Fabulous!

  15. Victoria Adams says:

    I just got home and I paused before entering and gazed up at the stars – so I had a great visual – your ending was perfect 🙂 Tweeted.

  16. Alexis Duran says:

    Lovely lull in the action to give them a moment to reflect.

  17. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    A nice ending and I hope it will continue. They at least had a civil conversation with a bit a humor. Great imagery here. 🙂

  18. Sharing and very comfortable together. A charming end to the snippet!

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