Jarn’s Journal Year 6 Day 50 #SFFSaturday

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Year 6 Day 50

Elephants, MorguefileI would never hunt an elephant, or encourage the People to do so. Elephants are too close to sentience. This killing, however, was in self-defense and it made sense to salvage the meat, though I can’t say it was particularly good. Very strongly flavored, I thought, but that might have been because the animal was in musth.

Little Gnu is recovering, and I am having a hard time discouraging him from hobbling around with the aid of a stick. I don’t think he will ever be able to walk evenly or run again, and he is very unlikely to be recovered enough to stay with his group when they leave. His mate and daughter are caring for him, and aiding Meerkat in preparing my meals. Which has led me to a possible change in my life.

“WildDog is really enjoying a chance to play with the other children,” Songbird said to me, and her voice was a little sad.

“Would you and Giraffe like to rejoin Rain Cloud’s group?” I asked.


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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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10 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 6 Day 50 #SFFSaturday

  1. Wow. That was a packed snippet. So much going on. This story keeps evolving and moving at a great pace.

  2. There’s so much going on at once with the People. With the added presence of Jarn. It makes for such interesting situations and choices. But Jarn is always considerate.

    • I’m doing my best to guess at what our ancestors might have been like 125,000 years ago. I suspect body decoration was the first art, and it wouldn’t have left much trace in the fossil record.

  3. That was fun. I have to go back and read some other postings, because I’m feeling dropped in the middle of something that I want to see more of.

  4. amergina says:

    So much information in there! Jarn is very aware of his situation and always thinking what might be best for “his” people, as it were. Makes sense that WildDog should be with other kids.

  5. S.C. Wade says:

    Aaaw, that’s sad about Little Gnu not being able to walk evenly or run…and not being able to stay with his group. :-/

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