Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 30

Year 4 Day 30

Adolescent lion (Morguefile)They’re here!

I’ve been expecting their return for the last two fivedays, and even resorted to flights over the surrounding countryside. I spotted the first group, a day or two away, three days ago, and have seen several since. There are things I can find more easily than they can, and I have laid in a good supply of salt, tropical fruits, and obsidian.

I need to trade for tanned skins and cooking. I can get foodstuffs easily enough, with Patches’ help, but the computer is not much help in telling me how to cook them.  Same problem as the architecture program, but worse: the recipes assume I have a cooker that needs only to be programmed.

Perhaps I should have accepted the offer of Meerkat’s help? Her cooking could not be as bad as mine. But her company ….

Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a fictional alien who was stranded in Africa 125,000 years ago. His story is part of the back story of the Jarnian Confederation, in which my science fiction novels are set. This segment is a shortened version of the one that was on my main blog; Jarn’s story to date can be found on my author site.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday is a blog ring of science fiction and fantasy authors posting up to 10 sentences of their work each Saturday. Since the ring is defined by Saturday in the UK and I live in Alaska, my snippets are actually posted Friday night.


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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18 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 30

  1. T. M. Hunter says:

    Great stuff, as always!

  2. Upbeat and cheeky–I like it!

    🙂 Heidi

  3. I never get tired of reading about Jarn. Great stuff!

  4. S.A. Check says:

    I love any character named Meerkat. When you say in the background it’s been 125,000 years and start the snippet with, “They’re here.” I definitely want to see what happens next.

    • She’s been here before. She was the lone survivor of her group, who turned out to be a distant relative of Storm Cloud’s. (Not too surprising, as just about all of the People are related one way or another.) But Jarn’s a bit leery of her–she has a tendency to be possessive, and the group he has the closest ties with tried to foist her off on him the previous year.

  5. amergina says:

    Cool snippet… I’ll have to check out the rest of Jarn’s story.

  6. TKToppin says:

    Funny…there are some people I know who have no clue how to cook either. Poor Jarn, I think he needs a few lessons in basic culinary tricks. Great snippet as always!!

    • As the longer version points out, the computer has instructions–for how to program the cooker, which he doesn’t have. He has leaned a little from Songbird, like pit cooking and boiling with heated rocks, but he’s not very good at it.

  7. jccassels says:

    Jarn sounds very excited to see them! This is an upbeat entry for him!

  8. Another great snippet 🙂

  9. Really great! Jarn is a very interesting character!

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