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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), signed a contract with Brenton to provide him a child, and four months later, traveled to the compound where he lives, where a driver dropped her off at her new apartment–the snippets starts with her outside her new home.

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Swiping her wrist past the door sensor, she waited until it flashed green and beeped, then pushed the door open, and stepped inside.

“Brenton?” she called. No one answered, so she moved further inside, noting a flashing message light on the refrigerator.

“Play message,” she said, and the screen blinked to life.

Brenton’s blue eyes twinkled out at her, and she could see the strap of bags slung over both of his shoulders.

Her heart sank.

“Rekka, darling, sorry I couldn’t be here to greet you. Last minute trip, I’m leaving the night before you’re going to arrive. Or,” he yawned, “the morning, depending on how you look at it. Welcome to your new home, and I’ll be back in two days, maybe three… four at the absolute latest.”

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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.  Due to population diversity issues, many colonists have children using genetic bank material, or choose a succession of partners. 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.

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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.

29 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I suspect that his trip could end up having unintended and possibly serious consequences.

  2. nancygideon says:

    Is that like saying “I’ll be right back” in a horror movie? Love the premise of this world and can’t wait to read more, Caitlin!

  3. I felt her disappointment with a touch of annoyance. She wants him and he’s gone. . .somewhere. You have us on tenterhooks, Caitlin.

  4. daryldevore says:

    How sad. To arrive at a new home – and it’s empty and you’re alone. 😦
    Tweeted.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    That’s sad that he’s not there to greet her. I wonder what the business trip is for, and why the possible extension of days. Makes me suspicious. A great snippet!

  6. How annoying, after she worked herself up to get this phase of her life started. Makes me wonder if he’s going to be one of those working-all-the-time spouses.

  7. Disappointing for her, although he seems nice enough about it. Great snippet, can’t wait ti learn more!

  8. Botanist says:

    Interesting. When I was last here it sounded like she might be having misgivings about this arrangement, but she’s clearly disappointed he’s not here to meet her.

  9. Kim Magennis says:

    Such an anticlimax, coming home to an empty place. I’m with Ed on this. I suspect trouble will meet him on his trip.

  10. That will delay things.

    I think the premise for this absolutely fascinating, Caitlin! 🙂

  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    That’s terrible that he’s not there to greet her. What a let down.

  12. elainecsc2013 says:

    I have a bad feeling about this trip.

  13. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Not quite the welcoming she was hoping for, I’m sure. Very excited for the next installment! 🙂

  14. Yeah, I don’t believe him at all. She needs someone more reliable in her life!

  15. Ugh-oh. They never come right back from messages like that. Interesting snippet!

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