THE SMELL OF INTELLIGENCE
A Story of the Jokka
by M. C. A. Hogarth
Copyright 2011 M.C.A. Hogarth
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I had but set a foot in the common room when the smell of sweat assailed my highly valued and sensitive nose, a scent sour with worry, decayed over hours and deepened by exhaustion's bitter tang. I stopped just inside the room and wondered what new tragedy had befallen House Gesha.
"Fatha," said one of the two Jokka awaiting me: Paza, the pefna-eperu, the first among neuters. "Come, sit. Tea?"