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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, moves in with him, and he and takes her to the testing center, where they flirt and kiss, then Rekka tests and gets her results–and Ruby lies, saying a move from a strong 2 to a weak 3 isn’t a big deal, which Brenton doesn’t correct. He takes her home, and offers her a massage.
Within a little while, the lotion was skin temperature, his hands warm as they traced circles across her shoulders and back, rubbing, kneading, expertly coaxing away the soreness in her muscles.
“May I take off your pants?” he asked.
“Mmm…” she murmured, and he chuckled, sliding his hand under her to undo the closure, and then tugging off her pants. She lifted up a little to make it easier, and he pulled off her socks as well, massaging her feet, slowly working his way up her calves and thighs, then lower back.
He shifted, and brushed a kiss against her neck, nuzzling where it met the curve of her shoulder. “Well, how do you feel? Promise kept?”
Rekka stretched luxuriously, warm, and tingling from the contact. “One of them,” she said, and rolled over, throwing her arms around his back and pulling him down to her.
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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.