Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a fictional human-like alien marooned in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has befriended a tribe of early humans after saving one of the children, Songbird. A somewhat longer version of this post can be found at my main blog; Jarn’s Journal to date can be found on my author site.
Year 3 Day 275
Songbird has become a woman.
I don’t know why I am so surprised. I knew that these people mature far faster than my own species, that the females are fertile quite often – they must be, to have several children of different ages at once. I had deduced that with them, pelvic width and breast development were not a sign of rare fertile periods, as is the case with my own people, but normal once sexual maturity was reached.
Somehow I had not applied that knowledge to Songbird.
I decided to go looking for Rain Cloud’s group, with the aid of Patches. She knows them, so I just levitated high enough I could see a day’s journey in all directions, and then teleported her to the vicinity of any concentrations of game I could see. Within three days she had located the group, and I flew to them, lowered myself to the surface and walked in.
They appeared pleased, if surprised, to see me. “Are you not staying by the lake?” Rain Cloud asked me.
“I have built a shelter there, but I have not yet moved everything I need,” I explained.
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