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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 contract with Brenton to provide him a child.
Brenton was in no rush to live with her, and Rekka felt relieved and a little hurt by that fact. But it was, after all, she reminded herself as he offered cordial goodbyes and left the room, business. Just business.
He’d promised her a healthy child, who would be cared for their whole life, and given all the opportunities the company could offer. He’d promised her a roof over her head for as long as she lived, and connections that would help her career. And that part, he’d already delivered on. She’d had a few job offers, but as soon she’d agreed to sign the contract, several far more lucrative job offers had come in.
Someone from outside the companies, unaffiliated as she had been, didn’t have nearly the advantages. And since she’d had to spend hours and years learning control of her ability, she might as well reap a reward from it, too.
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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.