Jarn’s Journal Year 2, Day 248 #sffsat

I’ve always thought of herbivores as relatively harmless. Not that you want to corner or threaten one, as they generally take rather violent exception to anything that signals they might be eaten. But as a general rule they don’t go looking for trouble. Not these!

I have named them hippopotamus, though I will have to find out what Songbird’s people call them. I’ve seen them before, of course, when I was following the river downstream. They look like small, barren islands from above, and lumbering, clumsy brutes when they drag themselves out of the water where they feed.

They are not clumsy.

Especially when they see me watching them and decide that I am a threat.

Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of an a human-like alien stranded on Earth roughly 125,000 years ago. For a slightly longer version see my main blog; for the entire Journal to date see my author website.

Jarn’s story forms part of the history of the Jarnian Confederation, the setting for my award-winning science fiction novels.

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About sueannbowlingauthor

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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11 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 2, Day 248 #sffsat

  1. nrgalloway24 says:

    I love the description of the hippos. I can actually imagining them charging. When those animals get moving, you better watch out.

    I love the snippets from Jarn’s journal and look forward to them every week. They are always excellent.

  2. *I* tend to “take rather violent exception to anything that signals [I] might be eaten”! I had fun imagining the encounter between an alien and hippo. Thanks!

  3. T.K. Toppin says:

    Oh those hippo’s! Deceptively calm and mild-mannered…until you rile them up. Let’s hope Jarn keeps far from the hippo’s bum!!

  4. I have always found it interesting to read descriptions of things that we consider commonplace but are witnessed for the first time by others. They provide fascinating insights into the characters’ minds and backgrounds. Nice work!

  5. Yeah, you should never underestimate a hippopotamus.

  6. I enjoy how he is discovering the world around him. Also, love hippos!

  7. pippajay says:

    I think I remember seeing something that said more people are killed by hippos than by lions. Those big teeth of those are pretty fearsome.

  8. jccassels says:

    I love Jarn’s take on this world. Great snippet. I love the quirkiness of hippos and have ever since I first saw “The Gods Must Be Crazy.”

  9. Katje says:

    Are the hippos…hungry?

    Sorry; couldn’t resist. 😉 Great snippet.

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