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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 he returns, makes breakfast, and after work takes her to the testing center.



“Are you still nervous?” Brenton asked.

“A little.”

“Try not to be, if you can,” he lifted her chin to look into her eyes, and then bent to kiss her, lingering just a little, the kiss more like a string of kisses, but still soft and sweet.

Then he tucked her hand in his, and tugged her into motion. Rekka glanced up at him as they walked, unable to stop a smile from curving her lips.

“What is it?” he asked.

“It was very nice of you to try and distract me.”

“That wasn’t a distraction, my dear.” His winter blue eyes touched on her lips, then slid down her body before returning to meet her gaze, “that was a promise for later.”

*    *    *

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.

32 responses »

  1. Oh yes, this has heat in it and so sweet. Love this snippet.

  2. Excellent snippet, all very cozy and promising…enjoyed it, although I’m sure you’ll have twists and turns in the plot coming at us soon!

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Wow! I was thinking “How sweet” until that last line. Now I want later to be here so I can read more. 😉

  4. Promises, promises. 😉

  5. SueBarr says:

    His winter blue eyes touched on her lips, then slid down her body before returning to meet her gaze, “that was a promise for later.” <—THAT was brilliant!

  6. I like Brenton. He’s smooth!

  7. Ooh, I kinda like this guy!

  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    Scintillating excerpt – can’t wait for the next bit!

  9. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It would seem he has more recreation on his mind than procreation.

  10. nancygideon says:

    Oooo! Things are heating up nicely here. Great Scene, Caitlin.

  11. Ooo I love that last line. Very romantic!

  12. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Sweet kiss, but also tantalizing. Loved the last line. 🙂

  13. Alexis Duran says:

    I’m glad Brenton seems to be a good guy. I’ve been nervous about this whole contracted marriage thing!

  14. I imagine he’ll keep his promise!

  15. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Oh, boy. This contract work has benefits.

  16. Diane Burton says:

    Sweet heat. Nice snippet.

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