Jarn’s Journal Year 2, Day 355

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a fictional human-like alien who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. At this point he has befriended several of our ancestors, as well as an African wild dog.

 Year 2, Day 355

African Landscape, from morguefile.comFifteen days it took them to get Meerkat to the place where Storm Cloud’s group was encamped, and by that time most of Storm Cloud’s group had moved on. They’d left a few behind, and everyone seemed to know where they were going, so I didn’t worry too much about leaving them at the old camp site. Lion’s group had reached good grazing and water several days earlier. Everyone was feeding themselves and finding water, so all I had to do was continue to have Patches track Storm Cloud’s group to the Gather.

The Gather. Patches. Two problems for me to worry about. Do I really want to go to their Gather? Should I, or have I interfered more than enough already? And what am I to do about Patches? How easily the impulse to help can lead us into trouble!

For a little more of this journal entry, have a look at my main blog. I’m posting the Journal on my author site as it gets written.

And have a look at the other fine writers on Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday.

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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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17 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 2, Day 355

  1. Maybe Jarn has finally learned that there was wisdom behind the edict of non-interference. Then again, it wouldn’t be an interesting story if he did. Good snippet!

  2. Aston West says:

    Sounds like problems keep piling on…isn’t that just how life works?

  3. T.K. Toppin says:

    Forget about interference, or Patches. The big question is: What’s he gonna wear for the occasion? (His clothes must be starting to get a little ripe, right about now…) 🙂 Great snippets as usual.

  4. jccassels says:

    Jarn thinks about this NOW?? Nearly three years into this?

    • Of course. Don’t we always think of consequences after the fact? Point is, he had the warnings before, but he’s just starting to run into the milder consequences, and it’s forced him to look back at what he’s done.

  5. Well, no sense fretting over it now. Best to go all in.

  6. The Gather? is there to be ancient drum beats and fine fare?
    Go on Jarn, old bean-sprout! Could be fun!!

  7. I think he’ll go.He needs the companionship.

  8. Curious to why he thinks going to a party is too much interference while providing food, water, and appropriate camp sites isn’t. 🙂

  9. I know that a large allure for people when they read is the escapism, but this story, the way its presented (tone, terminology, world building) is seriously good at removing one from the present and sticking them smack dab in the middle of THAT world. Excellent.

    • Thank you. I’m trying to produce something that makes sense not only as a spoken-and-recorded journal but as something that (with considerable editing by priests) will eventually wind up as the Holy Book of a number of different cultures. The hard part is trying to make it true to the Africa of the previous interglacial.

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