Jarn is a very human-like alien, a R’il’nian, who was stranded on Earth (Africa) some 125,000 years ago. The beings he thinks of as aliens are early humans. His Journal, from which this extract is supposedly taken, gives the background for my two science fiction novels, Homecoming and Tourist Trap, both actually set only a couple of hundred years ago, but not on Earth. A longer version of this day’s entry can be found on my main blog. The full contents of the Journal to date are on my Author site.
I think she will live.
I had some real worries as to whether the antibiotics I brought, which work well on my own species, would work on this alien child, but already her fever is reduced. Anesthetics were not among my supplies, but I managed to straighten and set the bone while she was still unconscious, and I believe the swelling and inflammation is down a little today.
I stayed with her last night, in the hut where her fellow tribesmen left her. I think the warnoff did more than the thorns to keep us safe, and I was reluctant to teleport back to my own shelter and trust to the thorns alone to protect her.
I could treat her much more easily back at my own shelter. Certainly I would be far more comfortable! I actually had to sleep – or rather try to sleep –on the ground last night! And the insects! Luckily I had the warnoff set to repel insects from actually biting, but with the clearer light this morning, I found that it did not stop them from laying eggs – the child’s leg was crawling with maggots before I cleaned it out yesterday, and I found flies trying to lay their eggs in the wound when I rechecked it this morning!