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 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.
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.”
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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