This is an excerpt from the fictional Journal of Jarn, a human-like alien stranded on Earth, in Africa, roughly 125,000 years ago. He has found and rescued an early human child, Songbird, and spent the last rainy season within visiting distance of their seasonal camp. But now they have left, following the game back northward. A slightly longer version of this excerpt is on my main blog, and all of Jarn’s Journal to date is on my author website.
Jarn’s story is the remote background for all of my science fiction stories, and for the whole idea of the Jarnian Confederation.
I have to get hold of myself and do something! I’ve done nothing but mope the last fiveday—I haven’t even kept up this journal, or marked where sunset occurs. The fact is, I’ve gotten so used to company that I’ve forgotten how to function without it.
How did I survive before I found Songbird? Mostly, as I recall, I was trying to stay alive and to explore this place where I found myself. Staying alive is not much of a problem now – at least I know what is edible, and if I can’t find it nearby, I can teleport to a number of places where food can generally be found. Exploring ….
I need shoes! Between Songbird and her people I have a reasonable wardrobe – not the kind I am accustomed to, but quite enough to protect me in this relatively warm environment. Can I make something to protect my feet?
Look at the other excerpts at Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday.