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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, having met Johansen and Reyes, and is now walking outside.
Outside, she passed a few smokers leaning against the side of a storage building, standing behind the markers which designated their smoking area. Even though the carcinogens had been removed, they still weren’t terribly good for your health, but their use persisted.
One of the smokers waved at her, and she changed direction. It was Reyes, the man with the tendency for repetitive nicknames, she realized, as she stopped in front of him.
He exhaled, turning his head to direct the smoke away from her, “Would you like a smoke?”
“No, thank you,” Rekka said, feeling she’d smelled the smoky waft of something burning plenty of times in her life.
“I won’t keep you, then. I just wanted to say hello again, without Jo-Jo glowering at me, since I figured that—”
“Hey, Reyes, you got a light?” A woman asked from behind Rekka.
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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.