Jarn’s Journal Year 4 Day 212 #SFFSat

Year 4 Day 212

Earth from Galilao, December 1990. Image credit NASAI am getting increasingly worried about Songbird. Her belly has become so large that she has to lean backward when she walks, but she waddles no more than Meerkat — less, actually, since staying in one place has allowed Meerkat to regain the weight stripped from her by starvation. Meerkat insists the pregnancy is progressing normally, but it has become obvious that Songbird’s hips are not remodeling themselves. I can only hope that her ligaments are still elastic enough to allow the baby to be born.

My mapping project is progressing well. I decided to start by flying due east, memorizing and locating landmarks along the way, until I reached salt water. From there I am moving north along the coast, which initially ran due north, with an occasional island offshore. By the third fiveday it began curving back to the west and then back northward, but not so straight, and with larger islands offshore. I have visited a few of these, and recorded their location and teleport coordinates.

At my present position, right on the equator, islands are rare, and the coast is trending more northeast.

Jarn’s Journal is the story of a fictional alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. A longer version is on my main blog; the entire Journal to date is on my author site.

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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 4 Day 212 #SFFSat

  1. Ahh Yarn is concerned! Not surprising really, pregnancy looks pretty shocking even if you are from this planet!

    • One of the less fortunate tradeoffs of our evolutionary history–broad hips allow a large-headed infant to be born (as per the longer post last week) but make walking awkward. The females of Jarn’s people actually change the shape of their pelvic bones for reproduction, but they’re fertile only about once a century.

  2. gayleramage says:

    Oh heck, I hope the pregnancy/birth doesn’t go wrong…!

  3. tktoppin says:

    Yet another great snippet! Anxious to see how Jarn ‘survives’ the birthing. 🙂

  4. Isn’t this going to be Jarn’s first witnessed childbirth? I’m curious as to how he’s going to react.

    Judging from the descriptions of the coastline during his travels, it sounds like he is near the western side of the continent.

  5. jccassels says:

    You know I savor these entries. I want to know more, but I don’t want to know too much. I can’t wait to see how childbirth goes…acutally I can wait, but I shall be thinking about it until the next installment. 🙂

  6. T. M. Hunter says:

    It would definitely be interesting to see a pregnancy (and eventually a childbirth) from an alien point of view. Good stuff.

  7. pippajay says:

    If there is a problem, a ‘man’ like him isn’t likely to be allowed to interfere in Women’s Magic.

  8. Katje says:

    I hope Songbird’s pregnancy and childbirth go well! For Jarn’s sake as much as for Songbird’s. 🙂

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