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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.
“Is Jo-Jo complaining about the clients again?” a man with graying brown hair asked from the table behind Johansen.
With effort, Rekka controlled a smirk at the pained expression on Johansen’s face. “No, of course not. If we didn’t have monoglots, we wouldn’t have jobs, so we were discussing their importance.”
“Yeah, Rey-Rey, you shouldn’t listen in on other people’s conversations, you might hear something terrible,” Johansen turned her face to hide a teasing grin from the man, “Like pregnancy. You have any kids yet, Lang?”
“Oh, let me tell you, everyone talks about the miracle, but no one really wants to talk about the side effects. Sure, morning sickness and back pain, but do they warn you that you might grow hair in some really weird places, or—” She paused, glancing at the man, who’d recoiled in exaggerated fear somewhere halfway through the speech, and gone back to his conversation.
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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.