Year 2, Day 280
Is it possible that they will not reach this far south, that the nomads will not return? Certainly they follow the herds, and the herds will not come south until the vegetation greens, after the rains have fallen. In the two years I have been here, the rains have come before the summer solstice. But my crude calendar says the solstice is today, and there is no sign of rain. Only of dust and smoke, which forced me to levitate to see the direction in which the sun set. I did not even see cloud tops, or dry lightning.
The stream has gone dry, and I am seeing more and more dead animals on my exploratory flights. To the west are sand dunes – I don’t explore much that way.
This is an excerpt from Jarn’s Journal, a journal purportedly kept by a human-like alien, Jarn, who was stranded on Earth, in Africa, roughly 125,000 years ago. A longer version is on my main blog; the journal to date is on my author website. Do visit the other members of the Science Fiction Saturday blog ring, and leave comments if you can.