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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 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 (NOT married/permanently paired), moves in with him, and more than a year later, is outside painting when L, the pink haired man, gives her a hand carved wood goldfinch. Last line is Rekka’s to L “Were you headed somewhere?”






“Well, I was thinking about getting some food,” L said.

“Do you want some company?” Rekka latched the box of her art supplies closed, set it down to hop off her rock perch, then picked it up again.

“Oh, I…” L shifted his feet, then offered a slightly pained smile.

“Wait–I’m sensing a polite lie coming, but I’m fine eating by myself.”

He laughed ruefully, rubbing the back of his neck, “That obvious, huh?”

“Yeah, but don’t worry, it’s nice to meet someone who can’t lie so believably you’re never certain what’s true.”

He studied her for a moment, “Now I’ve changed my mind. You need to vent, and I’m willing to listen.”

*    *    *

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.

18 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I sense a growing sense of understanding between them. You’ve got me wondering how this fits in with the mate she already has.

  2. daryldevore says:

    Great snippet. Love the banter – she called him on his “about to lie”. Tweeted.

  3. I think that Rekka has made a genuine friend!! Or will he be more… ?

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Very intriguing as always! 🙂

  5. Very interesting. I thought she was pregnant with the other man. I like L better.

  6. They do seem to understand each other quite well! Interesting snippet…

  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    So he was going to turn her down, but he changes his mind. Hmm.

  8. I can relate to him completely, which makes Rekka extra sweet! 😀

  9. Hywela Lyn says:

    I’m liking L more and more. Nice snippet!

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