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I Died Today. Remember Me.

To honor Meriwether Lewis, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis will be 99 cents on Kindle from October 12, 2014 to October 19, 2014. I couldn’t discount his book on the anniversary of his death. It felt like a devaluation of him. But, starting tomorrow, twist your friends’ arms. On October 20, the book will be priced at $3.99.

I always came to in the same New Orleans drinking place, my journal adrift in a puddle of stale booze. I couldn’t recall what happened on those pages. A record of another failed assignment, the words faded before I could capture them. Fleeting images on stained paper, encased in leather. I colored in a few words here and there, before they vanished. Became nothing. A palimpsest of another job already forgotten.

But I always remembered my life.

Two shots should have finished me.

One through the head. The other in my gut.

Some folks said I killed myself in the early morning hours of October 11, 1809. Others were sure I was murdered. I couldn’t remember what happened. Someone tore out those pages. Erased those images. Took the final moments that might have given my soul peace.

But the sensational nature of my death did more than destroy my life. It relegated my name to a footnote of history. Buried my remains in an unmarked grave for a half century. Forever bound my memory to the phrase “Lewis and Clark.”

It led me to Nowhere, another chance for souls hovering between life and death to perform a good deed for the living. A place to recover our reputations. To restore our names. To re-write our histories.

To be remembered the way we wished to be.

Sounded like a good deal, when I took it.

But my Nowhere was a continuation of my downward spiral, the misunderstandings that haunted the end of my life. I couldn’t salvage my name, but failure didn’t destroy the urge to try again.

And again.

Until I just wanted Nowhere to end. I craved Nothing…….

*****

Rest in peace, Meriwether Lewis. I don’t know what possessed you to pick me, but I hope I’ve written a story that redeems your memory. 

*****

From October 12-19, you can buy To Live Forever for Kindle for just 99 cents! Click on the logo below:

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m certain your story of Meriwether Lewis “redeems” his memory, Andra. I’m actually sitting here looking at An Afterlife Journey right now, as a friend just returned it to me, having enjoyed it as well. 🙂

    October 11, 2014
  2. happy birthday, ml!

    October 11, 2014
  3. Like and “love”.

    October 11, 2014
  4. Happy deathday Mr Lewis. And here is to your revival and remembrance at the hands and words of Andra Watkins. A toast!

    October 11, 2014
  5. RIP Mr. Lewis. I join Mr. Carnell is raising a toast. I have another day in October that has become ritual. Virgil Earp, Wyatt’s brother, is buried a couple miles from where I’m sitting right now. On October 19th, I always go visit and pay my respects. He died in California, but his daughter buried him here.

    October 11, 2014
  6. If I was in CHS, I’d make my way to the Belmont for a Thunderclapper in his honour.

    October 11, 2014
  7. I’m sure he believes his trust in you was well-placed. You have done an admirable job giving him a voice. It doesn’t seem to me that historians cared much one way or the other; maybe even then it was simply easier to be politically correct.

    October 11, 2014
  8. Lance #

    Loving your success

    October 14, 2014

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