Year 4 Day 64
I think last year the gather was longer than usual, because of Storm Cloud’s illness and possibly because of my presence. This year I can see more clearly why they have these meetings, and that not all the scattered bands come. Two are here for the first time in several years, one sent word they were not coming, and three simply did not show up.
Mostly, the business of the gather is arranging matings, formalizing them, and recognizing and welcoming children born since the last gather. Beyond that, it seems a time for meeting old friends, exchanging information, and just plain partying.
Did I mention that they have discovered that certain half-rotted fruits affect them rather strongly? They don’t seem to affect me, and I don’t even care for the taste. Some of the young men, in particular, can get downright wild and irresponsible when indulging. I was pleased to observe that Giraffe was not among them.
I am getting quite spoiled by the cooked food they bring me, and I am doing my best to make returns by presenting them with things they have difficulty in procuring for themselves.
Jarn’s Journal is a fictional journal kept by a fictional human-like alien who was stranded on Earth, in Africa, 125,000 years ago. The climate was interglacial at the time; the People are our ancestors. I’m writing the Journal in bits as you see it here and on my main blog; each week’s episode is added to the long version on my author site. Jarn’s story is part of the backstory of the Jarnian Confederation, where my science fiction novels Homecoming and Tourist Trap are set.
By the way, Tourist Trap was reviewed in my local paper last week. I was really pleased by this: “Bowling is truly one of those authors whose books you devour, coming up sated but already hungering for another fix.”