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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 traveled to be met with an empty apartment and a message saying he’s away on business–a few days later she’s at her first day of work.


“Oh, hey, new girl!” one of the women at the break room table closest to Rekka said, waving.

“Oh, hey, old girl!” Rekka responded, moving forward to stand close enough for comfortable conversation.

“Don’t call me—” the woman began, then blinked, “Right, never mind. The coffee’s over there, and water in the fridge. The best vending machines are down by the restrooms to the right, if you want a snack. We won’t overwhelm you with names right now, but welcome, have a seat.”

“How about one name? I’m Rekka Lang.”

“Oh, you’ll do just fine here,” The woman flipped her golden blond hair, cut in a bob, in a habitual gesture. “I’m Ange–Ange Johansen.”

*    *    *

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.

22 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It seems the natives of the new establishment are friendly. So far she’s off to a good start.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I love how Rekka knows how to handle herself at her new job. Great snippet! 🙂

  3. Rekka is ver sure of herself. Let’s see what happens next. Thanks, Caitlin

  4. Well that was a fun “new employee” welcome, really enjoyed the snippet!

  5. Botanist says:

    I like Rekka’s attitude here!

  6. Alexis Duran says:

    Ange sounds like she could be a great friend or a conniving enemy. I’m interested to see where this leads.

  7. I love her first response. I might need to use it some day. 😉

  8. nancygideon says:

    Love the sassy banter! What a fun scene, Caitlin.

  9. I think she’s going to do well here.

  10. Names are good. I hope she’s going to find her feet.

  11. “Old girl,” heheh. Sounds like she’s going to do just fine here.

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