Year 10 Day 34
I think I may have underestimated Torch Flower.
When she approached me, I really thought she was trying again to seduce me, but her first question was, “Don’t you keep things cold to preserve them?”
“Yes,” I agreed. “Meat especially, but even plant foods keep better if they’re cold.”
“Couldn’t part of the ice and snow you brought us be used to keep things fresh for the feast?
I blinked in surprise. “I think it would come better from the shamans. They’re meeting already, aren’t they?”
Rain Cloud, Lion, Crane, and several other shamans were talking together when Torch Flower and I arrived. “Torch Flower has an idea,” I said, “and I think it’s a good one.” I looked at her.
She gulped and stammered, “Couldn’t part of the ice be reserved for keeping food cold? Especially the food for the feast? Jarn says it’ll keep longer that way.”
Jarn’s journal is the record left by a human-like alien who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. He has been exploring Europe, and has most recently teleported a large chunk of glacier ice to the area where the People (our ancestors) have their annual gather. For his entire Journal to date see my author site; for a longer version of this post see my main blog. The whole journal is the remote back story to my science fiction.