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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.–Kaie promises to make his next kill something exotic and pretty, and Adann suggests he make a cape with this fabulous monster. Last line was Adann’s: “I think you could make it work. And if you couldn’t, that means I get all your dances for myself.”

~~~~~**********This will be the last snippet from Forest Wed************~~~~~


Kaie chuckled, then kissed her with no warning. His hand slid around the back of her neck, but the kiss had nothing more than two points of contact sending sparks through her blood.

He tasted a little of the painkiller tea, and she suspected she did, too, but the heat racing through her body with each heartbeat made it impossible to worry about it. The other kisses she had, she’d been full of worries—where to put her hands, whether she was doing something wrong—but this kiss grew, with each brush of their lips, until there was nothing but how she felt, the world burned away.

Breaking the connection, Kaie pulled back, his hand lingering, a warm pressure on her neck for a moment, before he let her go.

“Why?” Adann asked, after she had gathered her scattered thoughts together.

“Because this time, I wanted to,” Kaie grinned, his eyes full of wicked laughter.

“Oh,” Adann said, more because she had to respond than because it felt like a useful response, “That was nice.”

The words felt inadequate as soon as they left her mouth, but Kaie seemed to understand, because he winked at her, and said nothing.


*    *    *

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.

31 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Now that’s what we’ve been waiting for, Caitlin.

    I have enjoyed this story, I can’t wait to see what you have for us next.

  2. nancygideon says:

    “Because I wanted to.” Boom. Finally!

  3. Cara Bristol says:

    Sweet scene. It’s nice to see them connect this way.

  4. The best! And you wrote this ending so beautifully!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Lovely moment indeed! Enjoyed the snippet, happy holidays!

  6. WHOA! Did not see that coming. Yesss, finally Kaie! Nicely done, great last line. 🙂

  7. So happy to see this warm development betwee them at last! Good job!

  8. angelicadawson says:

    Fabulous tease.

  9. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I love how you show their bond strengthening.

  10. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Awww! What a perfect kiss. I love her body’s reaction to him, and I love that he kissed her because he wanted to. *melts into a puddle of goo* I’ve so enjoyed these snippets and I’ll miss this story!

  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    So sweet. Finally, a real kiss. Hopefully, more to come.

  12. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    “That was nice” LOL This is not at all what I expected to happen after last week’s snippet, but I’m so happy it did. I’m looking forward to reading this story in its entirety. 🙂

  13. Finally! It took them long enough to see what we’ve seen for a while now

  14. Yay, finally! If you must leave this story, this is a good place to do it.

  15. Carrie-Anne says:

    What a sweet, lovely scene to end on! I’ve really enjoyed these snippets.

  16. Yay! FINALLY! Thank you so much for ending on such a sweet note rather than leave us with a cliffhanger! 😀

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