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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.

*    *    *

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.

37 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Gee, I wonder what’s going to happen next . . .

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, things are definitely heating up here. 🙂

  3. Ed, you’re being silly. You know they intend to play cards. Super snip, Caitlin. Just hot enough without being goofy.

  4. Jacob Rosemeier says:

    This is definitely one weird massage

  5. daryldevore says:

    Oh how a massage can lead to other things 🙂

  6. I hope he responds the way she obviously is expecting him to. Something still seems ‘off’ about this guy to me. But I’m hooked! Great snippet.

    • From people’s responses, I can see this story will need some edits!
      The thing to keep in mind is that this a business arrangement. They contracted to raise a kid together, but there’s nothing about a commitment. No one is expected to fall in love, and they don’t have to live together for long.

  7. Very nice. Great snippet.

  8. I’m a little jealous of her massage! 😉

  9. nancygideon says:

    Oh, man. I need a massage!! Very sensual, Caitlin. Talk about warming her up!

  10. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Oh, yay! Finally!

  11. Something tells me their business arrangement might lead to something deeper.

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    This is indeed a wonderful development! I hope the heat keeps turning up.

  13. Alexis Duran says:

    Sensual and natural. I’m glad they seem to be “getting along” so well. It will make that whole contractual baby thing a lot easier.

  14. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Now for a whole different kind of massage. lol Great tantalizing snippet.

  15. Hywela Lyn says:

    Things are certainly heating up! Great excerpt!

  16. Re: Ed’s and Charmaine’s comments, I might add board games like Trouble or Sorry.

    Good snippet, Cailtin. Now they’re getting somewhere. 🙂

  17. Diane Burton says:

    Magic fingers? The massage would be lovely, but I take it this isn’t where it ends. 🙂

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