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Usually I post bits from Jarn’s Journal, a remote prequel to the universe in which I write most of my science fiction. The Journal was on my main blog as usual Friday, but today Horse Power is free on Amazon, so I’m posting a bit from it here, following Amber’s hearing the stampede a couple of weeks ago. Download the full story if you haven’t already, and consider letting me have a review.
The Batesons, whose land this was, were too poor to fence more than a fraction of their range, but they normally kept their stock herded closely, this near the road. Where was the herder, Amber wondered even as she called back to Roi, “We’ve got to stop them before they cross the road!”
She spared a quick glance at the mirror mounted on her handlebars as she pedaled wildly downhill, and cursed as she saw Roi standing next to his bike at the crest of the hill. Debating the ethics of getting involved, she thought furiously, and began waving her arms and screaming at the oncoming tide of silkies.
The leaders hardly slowed, but she suddenly realized that the rearmost animals were shaking their heads as if waking up, seeing the fresh greenery on either side of the trampled stampede path and turning toward it as if starved. She could almost see the wave of hesitation working forward through the herd until it reached the leaders, who were only a few armspans away when they stopped to graze. No running over the leaders, no piling up when they reached a barrier they could not cross, no broken legs or other injuries she could see. Just a quietly grazing herd, and a frantically pedaling cyclist following the stampede track. Twice the front wheel twisted and the cyclist fell, but each time the rider scrambled back onto the vehicle and continued the pursuit.
“A bicycle?” asked Roi, who had rejoined Amber so quietly she was not aware of his presence until he spoke.
That’s it for this week.