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Half Shaman, 31

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Jeb, Mongoose and Thyalsene keep the eleven men in the courtyard company ...

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19 [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm

24: The Leadership Challenge?25: The Street Camp26: The Unlooked-for Amulet

27: The Food Supply28: Into the Warren29: The Painted Tower

30: Wedding and Honeymoon


31: Jeb is Puzzled
Vulture takes Mongoose by his arm—I meet her expectations by tagging along—to meet the new people among us. I take Mongoose’s hand before we come to the five girls, but not to worry, the girls seem already to have paired off within Ibis’s group, and are hard at work with everyone else chipping ration bricks from the tower’s wall. 
The gardeners brought two identical girl-children who are helping by bringing the food bricks to their parents for packing into lots for carrying. Eider and Ant wor…

Half Shaman, 30

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In which the newly weds quarrel, kiss and ... 

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19 [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm

24: The Leadership Challenge?25: The Street Camp26: The Unlooked-for Amulet

27: The Food Supply28: Into the Warren29: The Painted Tower




30: Wedding & Honeymoon
I am so unsettled that I don’t want the wedding celebration. Is a wedding even necessary now that we know Lotor is at the bottom of the troubles for which we thought it a solution? 
But remember how happy I was? It was going to be a solution for a lot of things, not least … we were stupid to think there’d be time to … Not that I don’t want to be married. 
 I think it through again. I hold on to the image of my love-struck loon. I mustn’t let that picture go out of my mind. It’s just that I don’t want to be married right now. Under these …

Half Shaman, 29

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Jeb worries about Bear and Dingo while she and her people travel toward the tower. What is their game?

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19 [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm

24: The Leadership Challenge?25: The Street Camp26: The Unlooked-for Amulet

27: The Food Supply28: Into the Warren


29: The Painted Tower
When we arrive back at the camp, there has been a re-arrangement. Bear’s group has a new leader, voted in by the rest. Wood-chuck. Bear is tied up and gagged and is being led by Ibis’s third in command. 
“Soon as we heard the upset, you people weren’t that far as the crow flies, Bear went into action,” Jackal says. 
Doing what, I wonder? No one is saying. None of his group is looking at him. They seem embarrassed by their once-leader. 
“We’ll take him,” Puma says of Dingo. “We won’t stress their group by havi…

Half Shaman, 28

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Jeb leads a group into the warren of streets to view a black pit. There is an incidence ...

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19 [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm

24: The Leadership Challenge?25: The Street Camp26: The Unlooked-for Amulet

27: The Food Supply


28: Into the Warren
While Puma okays the six that will come with me into the warren, I get the kinks out of my muscles. Bend over with straight legs. Bounce on my heels … two three four. Shake out my legs, arms. Hold onto Mongoose while I stretch my back-of-leg muscles. Left side right side. 
When I look up a circle has formed. Two from Ibis’s group. The man of Bear’s group is Dingo. Red-tail on my right, Mongoose on the left. I frown. “Mongoose would’ve gone no matter what, so we need another male from our group. And why are you here, Red-tail?”
“Puma is my s…

Half Shaman, 27

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Mongoose thinks up the perfect solution to the unwanted attentions coming Jeb's way ... 

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19 [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm

24: The Leadership Challenge?25: The Street Camp26: The Unlooked-for Amulet


27: The Food Supply
It’s still the evening. I suspect the excitements of the present, and worries about the next few days are keeping everyone on the go. Puma has invited the other leaders to bring their remaining stores, and their troop numbers, for a discussion. He means to ration the food equally. 
Mongoose and I sit with our party, behind Puma, with Vulture and Eider either side of us. “Better if you are in the managerial group,” Puma says. 
I think he means to keep me out of harm’s way. Thyalsene sits beside Puma. Crow, as the numbers person, on his other hand. Limber and …

Half Shaman, 26

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Jeb and Mongoose, as unsure as everyone else about the ArkShip's reception of them, attempt to pull rank by elevating Mongoose to the amulet-holders. Will their plotting go unnoticed?

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19 [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm

24: The Leadership Challenge?25: The Street Camp


26: The Unlooked-for Amulet
Mongoose and I stand close, by the wall and surrounded by our group resting before the big push. In an hour from now I’ll be singing the call signs. I’m meant to be resting too, but frankly it’s more restful at the moment to stand and kiss and cuddle and at least half-hide what we’re doing, than lying down together in full view of the whole world. 
I stare cross-eyed at the wall. “Stop for a second? There’s something in the wall.”
“Mm-mm? What?” Mongoose mumbles.
“A flicker of light …

Half Shaman, 25

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Jeb outlines the ways that Lotor tries to eat the Old Earth-born ...

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14  [These links send you to the archives for January, Feb and March. Read from the bottom up.]

15: Ant's Idea16: The Automatic Transponder17: New Chief, Old Shaman

18: Walking ...19: The Meridian20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square

22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm24: The Leadership Challenge?


25: The Street Camp
The situation unfolds as I feared. The larger of the two groups enfolded the smaller while they still skirted the city’s environs. They settle together in opposition to ours, filling up the other half of the thoroughfare. An argument is in progress and time marches on. 
Bear leads the larger group with the help of a couple of bully boys. Bear is stout, almost flabby. Certainly the best-fed in his group. I wonder how long his group has been together. “You’re towns-folk like we are. You should join your group to ours, woman,” he says.

Half Shaman, 24

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Jeb and her people arrive at the outskirts of the Yellow City. Puma, the Chief, suspects Jeb's new knowledge ... 

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14  [These links send you to the archives for January, Feb and March. Read from the bottom up.]

15: Ant's Idea16: The Automatic Transponder17: New Chief, Old Shaman

18: Walking ...19: The Meridian20: Girl Questions21: The Village Square

22: AZ, Ship to Shaman23: The Silver Storm


24: The Leadership Challenge?
Three changes of bearers later, when Puma and Vulture are carrying, the remains of the Yellow City begin to appear. Blocks of twenty or thirty mud bricks, short stretches of wall stepping down to nothing, an arch to nowhere  are scattered among drifts of ordinary sand made up of ground-up rock. Closer in, half-rooms have survived the winds of years.
“These broken rooms, would they be any good as shelters?” Vulture says.
I shiver a little, the half-room Vulture indicates was just such a room where the sil…