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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.

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“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?”

“Not yet.”

“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.

*    *    *

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.

24 responses »

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    An intriguing look at everyday life. Seems like they know each other well after working together so long.

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    That ‘hair in weird places’ made me laugh. No wonder Lang recoiled. Splendid snippet, as always Caitlin

  3. Always interesting to read your snippets! I never know what to expect and that’s a good thing as a reader, keeps my interest high – great excerpt…

  4. As for me, bearing all those babies, I lost my long eye lashes with the last. BooHoo. Very real snippet.

  5. That’s one way to get rid of the annoying guy!

  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Rey Rey doesn’t know much about the birth process if he believes that “hair in unexpected places” routine.

  7. nancygideon says:

    Eavesdroppers get what they deserve. I’m amused and intrigued by your snippet, Caitlin.

  8. Diane Burton says:

    Fun snippet. Can’t wait to read more.

  9. Yep, agree with Nancy about the eavesdroppers. lol. No matter the time, the distance, the place, some things are simply inescapable. This kind of conversation is one of them! And that makes your characters people the reader can relate to.

  10. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love your characters’ dialogue!

  11. Haha quite the dialogue! Love it!

  12. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Hair in weird places would make me cringe too. lol Great snippet.

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