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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 she is met with an empty apartment and a message saying he had to travel on business, so she does some exploring–while in a common room on her floor of the apartment, a woman with blue skin from gene mods is rude to Rekka, and says she knows who Rekka is.



“Oh… okay,” Rekka considered the flat tone of voice and the expression on the woman’s face, “You seem angry with me, but I’ve never met you before, so I’m not quite sure what I’ve done to make you feel that way.”

The woman glared at Rekka for a few more moments, then stalked over to a seat and thumped into it. “I’m just like you–you from a decade ago, at least. So I don’t have to like you, on principle.”

“Life isn’t fair and nothing says you have to be fair to me. Still, you were in my shoes once, so you could have so much to tell me.”

“No one helped me,” the woman said.

“Shouldn’t someone have? You can’t change what happened to you in the past, but you can change what happens now,” Rekka stood, flicking off her screen and tucking her phone in her pocket. “I have work tomorrow–have a good night.”

*    *    *

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.

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.

21 responses »

  1. Maybe give her another chance?

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It seems like the stranger has no sympathy for her former self. I wonder why that is.

  3. Way to go, Rekka. Probably a waste of time but I like her spirit.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    “You can’t change what happened to you in the past, but you can change what happens now” A great statement, and so relevant. I wonder if it will make a difference though.

  5. Rekka is so very calm, which is interesting. I’m very curious about this other woman and what her story may be…so, job well done! Enjoyed the snippet!

  6. I hope she gets some support soon.

  7. Hmmm, wonder what has happened to so embitter this woman. Perhaps she was contracted but hasn’t produced a living child yet? Great intrigue, Caitlin!

  8. nancygideon says:

    Interesting encounter that hopefully develops into an even more so direction. Looking forward to it, Caitlin!

  9. Wonder what happened to the woman, but I’m with Rekka. The past is the past! 😀

  10. Rekka made a good point. I wonder what the other woman went through?

  11. Reka is pleasingly direct, and she asks a very good question.

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    They’re not getting off to a good start, though hopefully their relationship will gradually soften.

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