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Cutting Time Part 2   1504.04.19  
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Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
Eshra faces challenges due to her late-maturing body.
Posted: 08/31/11      [1 Comment] ~ 5065 words.

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The quiet of the forest gradually soothed Eshra's nerves. She found no large game, but didn't care much. She contented herself with catching willow ptarmigan and fish for her own use. Then on the third day, Eshra spied a group of gliders with beautiful apricot fur. Although she missed the first with her sling, the noise caused the others to glide toward the ground. She managed to kill two before the rest scampered out of range.

These will make lovely trim for coats or boots, Eshra thought as she skinned the small carcasses. I suppose I should go back to camp so I can hand over the skins for tanning.

Eshra walked back to the summer gather, entering where the Itadesh folks had set up camp. She found Lenaroth and returned his tent.

"Oh, what lovely skins," said Lenaroth.

This reminded Eshra that, since he'd loaned her the tent, she had a perfectly valid reason for bestowing her catch on him rather than taking it back to Itakith's tanners. "These are for you," she said, handing him the apricot furs.

Author's Notes

Eshra's character evolved from my musings about what would happen if a girl matured very late, given the way the Northerners handle the transition between childhood and adulthood. During character development, several canon board members asked about Eshra's backstory, which led to me jotting down a few scene sketches. Those eventually grew into this story.

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