A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason

By Eleanor Arnason

Lixia and the contributors of her human workforce are made up our minds to not disturb the lifestyles on the earth circling the superstar Sigma Draconis which they've got started exploring. however the factions at the mom send soaring above the planet might create an unintentional chaos for either the existence on this planet and the people exploring it. because the anger raises at the send, the floor workforce turns into a growing number of plagued by the clash and starts off to depend upon their instincts to maintain the venture relocating ahead. unforeseen threat plagues the challenge as Lixia is set to extend her wisdom.

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He or she was hunched over, huddled in the orange robe. One hand moved now or then. It twisted a bracelet or tapped on the ground. This was a person with a serious problem, and I had a feeling the problem was me. Yohai had given me the impression of nervous valor, of someone making a point that he or she did not want to make. “See what we have here. See our guest. ” That had been the message given when he or she took me to the garden. What exactly was going on? I decided not to speculate. I had too little information, and I could not be sure that I understood anything about these people.

Then I started down the far side of the dune. At the bottom I found a trail. It wasn’t much to look at. Narrow and sandy, it wound away from the dunes toward a stand of trees. Had it been made by people? By some kind of intelligent life? We knew the planet was inhabited. Satellite pictures had shown villages and herds whose migrations—the zoologists had told us—were too orderly to be entirely natural. In any case, I was faced with a trail. I decided to follow it. It led me through the trees and into hills.

Well, then. I knew a word. It referred to my host. But what did it mean? Was it a name or a title or a generic term such as “human being”? Time would tell. A person came in: the flute player. He or she wore the same tunic as the night before and the same copper bracelets. “Yohai,” my host said and pointed. The flute player looked at us. 32 Eleanor Arnason—A Woman of the Iron People [e-reads] It was a name. I was almost certain. Yohai made breakfast: a gray-brown mush. It had a sour flavor. I learned the name of it: atsua.

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