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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2016, currently called River, Tree, Mountain. It’s science fiction, set on a colony planet, six generations in–with about 10% of the population born “marvels,” who have special abilities like dowsing, healing, or creating fire. The protagonist, Rekka, is a spark (fire), and about to sign a very important contract.


The morning after her eighteenth birthday, Rekka stood in front of a man she barely knew, and listened to the lawyer reading out loud the contract she was about to sign. She was ready for this to be over, but of course this was just the start–the start of a whole new life.

“Do you, Rekka Lang, swear to abide by the terms of this contract?” the lawyer asked.

“I do so swear,” she said firmly.

“Do you, Brenton Sofia, swear to abide by the terms of this contract?” the lawyer repeated.

“I do so swear,” Brenton said, his voice calm and unwavering. He was six years older than her, and broader in the shoulders than men her age. His dirty blond hair was dyed emerald green, and had been orange, blue, and red in the several months she’d known him.

As if he felt her gaze on him, he glanced up, and his pale blue eyes met hers. He smiled, the expression warming his eyes, the same charming man who had showed up almost a year ago, to speak to her and her parents, and explain what he could offer her.

*    *    *

Life on the colony planet of Kaibou was going uneventfully until the second generation of colonists was born on the planet, at some, at a young age, began showing various psychic abilities. When those people, called marvels, grew up, many of them formed companies, building compounds to live in and raise their children. Now on the seventh generation, marvels are born both within and without company walls, and all must work together to use their gifts and make a living on a still wild land.


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.

35 responses »

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    This is a very intriguing story, Caitlin. I am looking forward to reading lots more. Happy 2017!

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Interesting title and premise. I can imagine all sorts of interesting complications in a society where psychic skills are emerging.

  3. nancygideon says:

    Working in the legal field, I’m very interested to know what the conditions are. And the consequences of breaking them! Nice start, Caitlin.

    • I didn’t want to go into a lot of detail all in one place, but I’m trying to work it in as I go. Heavens knows I’ll probably need to do a little research for my edits!
      Thanks. 🙂

  4. Cara Bristol says:

    Cool concept. I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops.

  5. Daryl Devore says:

    ooh – sounds interesting. Tweeted.

  6. This beginning is so fine. You brought this reader right into the scene and I sat right there in the room listening.

  7. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    So intriguing! I look forward to reading more. 🙂

  8. Alexis Duran says:

    Why am I instantly suspicious of this charming man? Oh, I guess it’s the evil writer in me. Very interesting story premise- looking forward to reading more.

  9. Botanist says:

    I’m intrigued to know what this contract is. It all seems friendly enough, but you never know when lawyers get involved 🙂

  10. yhosby says:

    Cool beans, I like the reminiscing of when they first met. Makes me wonder if he can be trusted…

    Keep smiling,

  11. angelicadawson says:

    Cold and clear. Definitely sets your scene.

  12. I love this! The arranged marriage theme was so nicely done in your previous snippets that I’m quite looking forward to a whole new one!

  13. Fascinating concept as always with your stories. Enjoyed the excerpt and of course can’t wait to read more!

  14. This sounds like a very intriguing beginning!

  15. Yay! New projects! I really like the intro you gave to the world and the descriptions of the two characters. Can’t wait to see where this goes

  16. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    I love the premise of this story. I look forward to learning more about it.

  17. Interesting. I am dying to know the conditions of the contract, of course!

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