Jarn’s Journal, Day 555

This is another excerpt from Jarn’s Journal, the fictional journal of a human-like alien who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. This is the remote background of the civilization in which I have set Homecoming and Tourist Trap. There is a somewhat longer version of this excerpt on my main blog, and the journal excerpts as written so far are on my author website.

Day 555

She’s not having nightmares, at least not yet.

I know I swore never again to try teleporting another sentient, least of all Songbird, after that first time. I didn’t intend to. But I had no choice!

Clouds have been clustering along the northern horizon for several days, and I thought I heard faint echoes of thunder. I’d walk north, I thought, and check if there was any sign of the approaching rains, and Songbird insisted on going with me and Patches. By noon we were in waist-high grass, far taller than the burned stuff near the shelter, and the clouds were beginning to show above the horizon.

Thunder growled, and I thought I saw flashes of light against the darkness near the horizon. Not long until the rains, I thought, and then I saw that some of the near towers were black on top, not white, and the light on the horizon was red. Dry storms, and the lightning had ignited the grass.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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6 Responses to Jarn’s Journal, Day 555

  1. Gayle Ramage says:

    Great snippets, Sue (I read last week’s too, due to missing it before). Hope they don’t get caught up in a fire!

  2. Can’t wait to read the rest. I’ve been hooked from the first snip. Is this completed, or a WiP?

    • This is the remote background to my two published books, Homecoming and Tourist Trap . Right now WIP is polishing and revision of a trilogy following those two, but still in the Jarnian Confederation. If I ever use what I’ve written here, it will be in a sixth book, set about 10,000 years before the published books (and 115,000 years after Jarn) which quotes from the journals but whose main plot is the first Kharfun epidemic. Don’t know if I’ll live that long (I’m 70 now) but Jarn’s story to date is on my author website, and longer bits are on my blog. This week’s goes on to the grass fire on the main blog, but I chopped this at 10 sentences.

  3. T.K. Toppin says:

    Yet another great snippet. Keep it coming.

  4. Diane Dooley says:

    Beautifully descriptive. Love this snippet!

  5. Pingback: Jarn’s Journal, Day 575 #SFFS | Jarnian Confederation

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