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Half Shaman, 37

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Finally ...


Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-23  [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

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 Honeymoon31: Jeb is Puzzled32: Human Magic33: The Pinch Test

34: Shaman’s Dreaming35: In the Mountains 36: The Shuttle Transponder


37: Take Off!
The map’s winking stops, and the bottom of a stair shows in the middle of the shuttle. To the side of the bottom riser of the stair appears another slot. It winks. The same old Z. 
With a dry mouth I say: “Puma, do you think you should check what it looks like inside so you can plan how everyone will fit it?” 
Lithe and Mongoose release me as Puma comes to investigate. He studies the winking slot. Looks around at the covert glancing. “Change it,” he says. Seems he doesn’t want to chance being denied entry in full view of e…

Half Shaman, 36

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Jeb finds an essential gadget and Puma loses his cool.


Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-23  [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

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 Honeymoon31: Jeb is Puzzled32: Human Magic33: The Pinch Test

34: Shaman’s Dreaming35: In the Mountains

36: The Shuttle Transponder
Leaning against the stone cliff and in the shade cast by the sun’s passage behind it, I am cool while in the centre of the bowl everyone working at freeing the shuttle, sweats in the full sun. 
Clink clink clink. All pioneer children grew up with the sound of steel hammers on steel chisels in their ears as their parents mined Lotor’s exuded wastes. All villages that survived first built their stone floors.
Puma told me to keep out of the way. “It’s everyone else’s turn now, Shaman Jeb,” he said …

Half Shaman, 35

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Someone living on the rim of the mountains signals with a sequence of colourful flashes. Jeb doesn't realise it's her being signalled. 

(In this, the third last instalment, the author/narrator seeds clues for a future part. She hasn't worked out yet how to glissade that set of characters, or just the one, into the background to allow them to appear in the second part of part 2)

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-23  [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

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 Honeymoon31: Jeb is Puzzled32: Human Magic33: The Pinch Test



34: Shaman’s Dreaming
35: In the Mountains
Everybody sleeps except me still tied to the stretcher. I can move my head enough to check out the scene. A dull metallic shine indicates where the shuttle, a wide, flattened egg-shape lies…

Half Shaman, 34

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From within a Shaman's dream, Jeb discovers the fake shaman's plot. A Dark Swan thinks he has discovered the reason for Jeb's dream. Is he right? 

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-23  [These links send you to the archives for January to April. Read from the bottom up.]

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 Honeymoon31: Jeb is Puzzled32: Human Magic33: The Pinch Test

34: Shaman’s Dreaming
My strength drains out of me. 
I’m feeling so dreamy, I caress Mongoose’s back with my knuckles sliding down to his belt. Hold onto it. I remember what’s coming. Have I time to tell Mongoose what will happen to me? 
My mother used to give me bread and honey but she’s gone, long gone. The tower-yard walls turn about me, tower-yard-walls, toweryardwalls, faster and faster. I fall, my hand falls. Mongoose is gone. My nose on the clay, I smel…

Half Shaman, 33

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When women's magic is mooted as the second sort, Shaman Thyalsene doesn't leave it alone. Jeb does not take Cale's offer. 

Links to Previous Chapters:

Chapters 1-5Chapters 6-9Chapters 10-14 Chapters 15-19  [These links send you to the archives for January to May. 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 Honeymoon31: Jeb is Puzzled32: Human Magic

33: The Pinch Test Puma suggests that a watch is kept behind him, by looking at Mongoose and me. We turn inward to each other and glance askance over each other’s shoulders while listening to his further instructions. 
“Thyal, if anyone follows me out, please engage them in conversation.” He turns to the eleven. “I need three people, two women one man—not you, Mongoose. Definitely not you, Jeb—I need a partner for each of …

Half Shaman, 32

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In which Mongoose surprises everyone and Jeb describes the magic everyone is capable of ...

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 Honeymoon31: Jeb is Puzzled


32: Human Magic
Mongoose smiles, oh so fleetingly. The eleven seem to believe he was waiting for Thyal’s say-so, I hope. “I think that the ship sends long and short pulses to our amulets. We get the meaning because our amulets vibrate to the rhythm of the pulses,” he says. “If we know the code.”
“You have felt this pulsing?” Quill asks.
“Jeb tells him everything,” Thyal says, explaining the matter according to his understanding of us. 
Mongoose stands up and folds the side of hi…