Haunting The Past
They forgot my birthday, again. I wanted to do something really cool, but nothing special happened. The next day I woke up and rushed downstairs. There was a chocolate cake, filled with strawberry filling, and topped with whipped cream. My parents left a note saying:
Happy birthday son, we are both sorry about this, but dad and I have to work an early shift and work at the Plant again. We won’t be home ‘till dark. Enjoy the cake. We put some candles on it so you can light them and make a wish.
They forgot my birthday, and then the day that they thought was my birthday, they missed it. I picked up the lighter and lit the candles. I made a really stupid wish because I was depressed. “I’m already a ghost to them, so why would it matter if I’m here? I wish I was a ghost just to see how things would be.”
Suddenly, I became a ghost! I didn’t know where I was, but then I heard Meriwether Lewis say, “We are very near Sioux City, Iowa. I know we lost a man, but we must carry on.” He was pointing at the body I was hovering over. I then realized that because of my wish I had traveled into the past, and had become the ghost of Sergeant Charles Floyd, who had just died of appendicitis on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I knew they were on their way to the Pacific Ocean.
The next place that we arrived at was “The Great Plains,” with species of animals, plants, and even people they had never known existed. Lewis and Clark put some items in a box to take with them to show the people back east. That’s when trouble arrived. The Teton Sioux Indians surrounded and ambushed them, but they survived. The leader saw that they were friendly, and called the fleet off.
After that, thankfully, they came across some friendly Indians. They asked if they could have one of their interpreters to help direct them through the rest of the expedition. Sacagawea was a 16 year old pregnant girl, but she still decided to come. They stayed at Fort Mandan, which is in present day North Dakota, experiencing the coldest temperatures they had ever encountered, down to -45°F.