Another excerpt from Jarn’s Journal. Jarn is a human-like alien, stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. He has rescued Songbird, a human child with a leg broken in a leopard attack, who was left behind when her clan followed the game north. Earlier excerpts may be found on my author website. His journal gives some of the background of the society I write about in my science fiction books, Homecoming and Tourist Trap. A slightly longer version of this day’s journal can be found at my regular blog.
Songbird has decided I need new clothes.
Not that I really need them for warmth, unless I go out at night. It cools off fast in the dry season. But there are an awfully lot of thorny plants, and while I don’t sunburn easily, I do sunburn. And the few clothes I had with me are falling to pieces.
That didn’t stop Songbird from close examination of my one-piece shipsuit (or what is left of it) and my woven tunic. Or my crude shoes, for that matter.
She herself is wearing a kind of tunic made of two gazelle skins, beautifully tanned, fastened together at the shoulders and sides. I am not sure whether the purpose is protection from thorns, a sunshade, or simply local cultural mores – I didn’t get a very close look at the females of her people. The men, at least when running down game, wear very little.
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