Year 10, Day 116
As the time of the gather approaches each year, I am afire with eagerness. Who has been born? Who has died, or been injured? What new pairings will be acknowledged? Will they enjoy the thank-gifts I have brought them? What can I do for them without interfering? Above all, I look forward to the relief they bring from aloneness.
When they leave, as the last did yesterday, I am just as relieved to see them gone for another year.
So what shall I do while the People are following the game? Rest, I think, to start with, but I know I’ll get bored with that soon enough. Continue west from the volcanic island, to see if I really glimpsed a continent of ice? Turn east from the northern peninsula, to find if it’s a peninsula or an island? Map the interior of the northern continent, which so far I have seen only in fall and winter? I’d have to be careful about that, as I do not wish to influence the northern hunters as I have the People.
Perhaps I should spend some time with Patches, who at the moment is very heavy on my feet.
Jarn’s Journal is the journal kept by a human-like alien, Jarn, who was stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. The People are our own remote ancestors; the northern hunters (in Europe) are Neanderthals. For a longer version of today’s snippet see my main blog; for the journal to date see my author site.