She had blue eyes. I saw them. Before she tilted her blonde head and left me holding an empty book. She stepped over soft dirt and evaporated through a slit in the landscape. A crunch, the grinding of rigored limbs.

And she was gone.

Was she the person I was supposed to find? The native who would be Thomas Jefferson’s link to the Middle Ages?

I looked.

I did.

Everywhere.

I walked along the shore of the mighty Missouri. Left the men behind. Around every bend, I sought pale eyes, one set, among shades of black and brown. I toured their lodgings, one by one. Made every person hold my gaze while I gave them my speech about Father Jefferson and handed out beads and silly medallions.

She eluded me for almost 2,000 miles. Made me die to find her.

I opened the book to the first blank page. Scrawled her name above her likeness. And followed her through the gash in the scenery.

“What’ll you have?”

I rubbed my eyes. The Bartender held a cloudy glass.

Waiting.

“I–”

I fumbled through my journal. Every page. Blank. Pristine. I breathed in two lungs of sulfur with my sigh. “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”

The Bartender pulled out a cracked stool. Patted the seat.

“Well. Only cure for that’s a drink. You’ll figure it all out. Probably later than sooner, by the looks of you.”

Picture from Frances Hunter’s blog. Click the image to read her article about the Welsh Indians.

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TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:

LEWIS AND CLARK WERE CHARGED WITH FINDING EVIDENCE OF A LOST EUROPEAN TRIBE AMONG THE NATIVE AMERICANS. FROM WHAT PART OF EUROPE DID THIS SUPPOSED TRIBE HAIL?

Answer to yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: Where was Meriwether Lewis born?

OUTSIDE CHARLOTTESVILLE, ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VIRGINIA

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Dad asked. You delivered. He thanks you for the Kindle love yesterday.

To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month. Give the gift of reading to one person or to a slew. 🙂

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80

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