Jarn’s Journal Year 11 Day 45 #sffsat

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Year 11 Day 45

Some images stay in your head forever.

I think I will always remember WildDog, sitting on the ground next to the snowfield I teleported in for the Gather, with Patches’ head in his lap. I knew she was failing, but she so obviously wanted to go with WildDog that I didn’t even think to object. I don’t think WildDog encouraged her to overdo, it, either. It was just that her time had come.

Death is nothing new or strange to the children of the People, and WildDog looked up at me with tears running down his face, but with complete understanding that his companion was gone. “She just laid her head in my lap and died,” he said.

“She was old,” I told him. “I think she hung on to see you again, and I believe her last moments were happy.”

He looked down at Patches’ head, and gently stroked her half-bald ears. “Can we bury her?” he asked. “Or is burial just for people? Because she’s sort of people too.”

Yes, the People buried their dead, but my own people teleported their dead into the sun. I couldn’t manage that; my esper skills weren’t up to it. But I could wait until night fell and send her body toward the stars, and that somehow felt right.

So I told WildDog to look for Patches in the stars, where she would be guarding him as she had done since his birth.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. Patches is an African Wild Dog he adopted as a very young puppy before he even know the People (our ancestors) existed. The Journal tells part of the remote back story of the Jarnian Confederation, in which my science fiction is set. The Journal to date is on my author website.

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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.
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10 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 11 Day 45 #sffsat

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    Losing a friend, whether human or animal, is always hard. Jarn, as always, is sympathetic and offering what support and comfort he can.

  2. T. M. Hunter says:

    Heartfelt snippet…well done.

  3. Sweet & sad. I liked teleporting the dead into the sun.

  4. gayleramage says:

    Interesting idea about the transporting the dead into the sun. Sweet (and sad) snippet.

  5. A very poignant snippet.

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