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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 they make some progress on baby making. (I’ve skipped over several weeks of time since the last snippet.)



Rekka still didn’t feel like she knew much of Brenton—the basics of favorite foods, hobbies, and shows, yes. The bare statistics of his parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews, certainly.

But who he was as a person was a little more elusive. He was charming, and tender in the right moments, seemed honestly concerned with her happiness, funny, and sometimes a little awkward. She’d seen only the polished side of him, as if he wasn’t willing, yet, to show her his flaws. They hadn’t been living together long, she reminded herself, and put a smile on her face as she approached the apartment door.

When she opened the door, however, she heard Brenton’s voice, raised. The silences in his conversation meant he was on the phone.

She caught a snippet of conversation as he paced by his cracked open bedroom door, and worried she’d be eavesdropping if she let it go on much longer, she flipped on the screen.

Over the murmur of a talk show, she heard Brenton’s voice cut off, and then his door click shut.

*    *    *

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.

24 responses »

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, that would definitely make me uncomfortable and curious. I wonder what Rekka will do next.

  2. Diane Burton says:

    I admire her walking away and giving Brenton privacy. Still . . . Maybe she needs to listen more.

  3. Alexis Duran says:

    Could be totally innocent, but I get the feeling it’s not. Great way to subtly build suspicion.

  4. A bit left out, isn’t she? 😦

  5. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Hmmm. I wonder what’s going on–it doesn’t sound good.

  6. Annnd I’m back to not completely trusting this guy LOL. But the story sure is intriguing! Great snippet…

  7. daryldevore says:

    I think I’m as curious as she is – what was up with the call and why shut the door???

  8. elainecsc2013 says:

    Uh oh. Lots of possibilities here. Who was on the phone?

  9. Sounds like shell just have to get to know him better! 😉

  10. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Sure doesn’t sound good.

  11. shanjeniah says:

    Now WHAT is that man talking about? I really want to know!

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