Jarn’s Journal Year 10 Day 29

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Year 10 Day 29

IcebergAm I letting the People depend too much on me?

Salt is a necessity; not having to gather it themselves is a luxury, but I don’t give them so much they cannot find it for themselves. The same is true for obsidian and fine chert. Perfumes and sweets are greeted with delight by all ages, but they are recognized as special. Aside from the occasional fermentation of some fruit, they certainly do not become habituated to these treats.

Perhaps I could bring them something special that would have no shadow of possibility that they could consider it a normal part of life? But what? The furred skins are of interest to few in this hot climate, even for decoration. The shamans would no doubt appreciate the results of the tanning methods Songbird has managed to copy from the northern hunters, and I plan to encourage her to share this now knowledge with other women, but I doubt that many would willingly wear the hot, heavy cloaks that result from tanning a leopard or lion skin with the hair on.

Then it occurred to me. Ice! Songbird is unique in having seen snow. How would the children of the People react if I managed to teleport one of the large, tabular pieces of drift ice into a local depression that drained to the lake? The runoff would be quite pure, and if I chose an area with a gravel drainage channel, it would supply drinking water as well as a new experience for the children.

And I think I know just where to put it.


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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 10 Day 29

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    Every now and again Jarn reminds us that the powers at his disposal are awesome, but he uses them with considerable thought and concern as to the impact his actions will have.

  2. T. M. Hunter says:

    Love a good Jarn yarn, because he doesn’t have anything close to a Prime Directive. 🙂

  3. S.A. Check says:

    It’s good to know that even thousands of years old aliens with advanced abilities have trouble figuring out what gifts to give. That’s what’s appealing about Jarn – he’s trying to figure out where to teleport a giant chunk of ice but he also gives the consequences a lot of thought. Power / Responsibility.

  4. Another brilliant idea from Jarn. I look forward to seeing this one play out. I can just imagine the villagers’ reactions to a huge chunk of ice in their midst.

  5. jccassels says:

    I was thinking about the Prime Directive, too! It’s very responsible of Jarn to consider the long-term repercussions of his actions. After all, he is tinkering with an emerging culture and interference could cause vital survival information to be lost as they grow dependent on him to provide for them. He is such a wonderful character!

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