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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), has just signed a very important contract with Brenton.
So now she was in contract to provide Brenton with a child–a child that would stay with his company for all of their childhood, and very likely their adulthood, too. People didn’t leave their companies often, not in any real sense, no matter the distance they might put between them and their family. Rekka hoped she’d made the right choice.
Brenton held out his hand to her, wrapped it around her fingers, warm and sure, when she took the offer, and smiled at her as his thumb traced a few lazy arcs across the back of her hand.
“I look forward to showing you my home,” he said, still holding her hand, “and I’ll be counting the days until I see you again.”
“Me, too,” Rekka said, though she wasn’t sure how much he meant the words he said. She sensed at times he was more charming than substantial, but she wasn’t certain how much there was to this man. He was far too good at small talk, and had never really let her in. Maybe that would change when they shared a home.
But that wouldn’t be today, because she still had a little less than four months remaining on her degree.
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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. Some of these outsider marvels sign contracts with company marvels, agreeing to give them a child raised within the company, in return for a permanent home in the company compound, a stipend, and other concessions.