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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 hide, bones, teeth, etc.–and Kaie promises to make his next kill something exotic and pretty.

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“Your mama trades hides, right?” Adann asked. “You could give it to her, from your first real kill.”

“Yeah, the monsters are rarer in big cities, so they love mementos there,” Kaie’s eyes brightened with excitement.

“When we kill your fabulous monster, you can make a cape, with feathers and quills on the collar, and wear it to the festivals. And everyone will envy you.” Adann could picture him dancing in the firelight, the cape snapping with his movement, the quills gleaming, and the feathers bright and ruffling in the wind.

“I think you want everyone laughing so hard that no one wants to dance with me,” Kaie said, and tisked at her, shaking his head.

“Oh, no, I think you could make it work. And if you couldn’t, that means I get all your dances for myself.”

*    *    *

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.

34 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Something tells me Adann would mind sharing all her dances with him.

  2. Romance. I love it. Bring on the monsters. Make great capes. Hmm. I’ll buy one-size small.

  3. It seems like they are getting used to each other. I wonder if the monsters are going to be so easy and enjoyable to kill though.

  4. Victoria Adams says:

    Love how he wants all the dances for himself 🙂
    Tweeted.

  5. I would totally wear a monster cloak. 😉 And aww, love that last line! ❤

  6. Well the cape idea is fun! I like their enthusiasm for the shared mental picture. Great excerpt…

  7. angelicadawson says:

    I get the feeling he would think she could work anything.

  8. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I like how they are talking about the two of them together, but I also have a feeling that something bad is about to happen here, a comment or a thought from Kaie that will ruin all they’ve built up to this point.

  9. I think he should make a monster cloak for her. I love how she’s flirting with him now. Hopefully he gets it. Ugh, clueless guys.

  10. LOL love this bit of banter! Someday I hope he’ll be the one dropping flirtatious hints…

  11. Cara Bristol says:

    I like how their flirting related to their world.

  12. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I’m enjoying their banter.

  13. Sounds like a delightful cape! Great dialogue!

  14. Do I sense a spark between them?

  15. Diane Burton says:

    Good snippet. Really shows them becoming comfortable with each other–on the road to something else?

  16. Kim Magennis says:

    I love the half teasing half serious tone to their conversation, Caitlin.

    Your dialogue flows beautifully.

  17. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Aww, what a sweet final line! I love these two together. I just hope they finally get it together and make the most of this marriage. 🙂

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