Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 131 #SFFSAT

SFF Logo

It’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday, when a group of fantastic authors share up to 10 sentences of their writing. Click on the logo to find other authors

Rainbow has asked Jarn to keep an eye out for fish in his explorations — the trap hasn’t caught much lately.

Year 8 Day 131

I’ve spent so much time swimming and exploring the possibilities of the salt lake that I haven’t done much else. There are no fish in the lake, of course, but there is a freshwater river flowing into it from the north, along the trench I saw earlier. I should really check out its source, and I could keep my senses alert for fish on the way.

It’s still hot, close to the middle of summer there, so I flew fairly high to escape the worst of the heat. Even at altitude I could see that a ribbon of greenery bordered the river, and coming lower, I found actual trees. To both sides were mountains, with desert beyond them, but ahead was another lake, this one, from the evidence of the river, fresh. Not a large lake, and in fact much smaller than the salt lake, but one teeming with fish.

The water is warm, though not as warm as the salt lake, and the surface of the water is still well below sea level. The river runs through it, and a very quick exploration of the river northward suggests it comes from a marshy lake which gathers water from the surrounding hills. It is still in the trough, with no connection to the tideless sea.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has befriended a group of our ancestors and is exploring the world on which he finds himself. This post is much shortened from a longer version on my main blog. For the entire Journal to date, see my author site. Jarn’s story is part of the back story of the world in which my science fiction is set.

About sueannbowlingauthor

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.
This entry was posted in SFFSaturday and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 131 #SFFSAT

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    Hi Sue! I’ve ended up calling up a map to follow Jarn’s progress – it’s fascinating spotting his course and seeing what he’s seeing.

  2. What a wonderful description! I like “ribbon of greenery” and I felt as if I were right alongside Jarn during the trek.

  3. S.A. Check says:

    Sue, you always provide such a rich tapestry to your descriptions. The movement is fluid and just carries you along as you read. Always enjoyable.

  4. Tara Quan says:

    It seems like Rainbow will get the fish as requested.

    Lovely imagery. It’s nice to get a bird’s eye view of the place.

  5. I love your descriptions of the area around the lake. They helped paint a vivid picture of the scene in my mind. Great job!

  6. T. M. Hunter says:

    Lots of good description here, though I’m personally partial to his interpersonal dealings. 🙂

  7. T.K. Toppin says:

    Again, brilliant descriptions, very vivid.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s