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Year 8, Day 72
One of the things I have done over the past year is collect types of stone for Little Gnu, so this afternoon I went by to present him with my finds. I hadn’t intended to bargain, but when I mentioned the state of Rainbow’s tools, he smiled. “Then I will make her new ones,” he said. “It is little enough return for such fine stone, but if she is to make your clothing and prepare your food she should have tools of the best.” He picked up a dulled scraper, and it took him only a few blows to blunt the back and sharpen the edge. “Here,” he said, handing me the resharpened tool. “Give her this for the moment. It is better than what she has, but hardly a finished tool. Have her bring what she has to me, and I will see if any can be saved. If not, her tools will help me design what she can best use.”
Jarn’s Journal is part of the remote back story of the Jarnian Confederation, the science fiction civilization in which my published books are set. Jarn is a human-like alien who was stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago, and has been accepted as a god (much to his annoyance) by our ancestors. For a longer version of this snippet, see my main blog. The entire Journal to date is on my author site.