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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
TITLE: Simeon follow me
By Jason Smith
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"Wake up Simeon," his older brother, Pete, said while nudging him awake. As he sat up he told Pete, "I had another dream that was so real. I was in a."
Pete interrupted him, "Shhh. You're going to wake up the whole camp. No more talking about these dreams you have. Besides it's time to get ready for breakfast."
Pete and Simeon were cooks and the clean up crew for an archeological dig in West Indonesia. Every morning before dawn, they cook breakfast for all the workers and crew.
"Hey, Short-Stack, is breakfast almost ready?" the site supervisor asked Simeon. They called him Short-Stack because he was short and a little pudgy. The camp loved him because of his cheerful smile and his goofy personality, though. However, no one took him seriously when he would try and share his dreams. Sometimes, they laughed at him.
"Yea, Boss, come and get it. You're gonna like it today. I added some of my secret sauce for flavor. Pete shook his head and they both laughed.
The morning went fairly normal with the exception of four men in camp who went to the infirmary because they were sick. Two of the men were equipment carriers and the other two were diggers. The site supervisor told the camp the dig might be cancelled for the day.
"Boss, me and Pete can go with you today and carry equipment," Simeon responded.
"You and Pete aren't in good enough shape to hike five miles with equipment on your backs," the site supervisor told them.
"We walk eight miles every day to the well for water and we carry the heavy sacks of flour and rice. And I've been doing push-ups every night before bed." He then dropped to the ground and began counting off thirty push-ups.
"What do you think Pete?" the site supervisor asked Pete.
"We can hang," Pete answered quickly. He was excited about the possible adventure.
The boss looked them both over. He turned to the crowd that had gathered behind him. "Okay boys. You got it. But you'll still have to do your cooking duties, too. Lets saddle up and get going."
The hike was horrendous. Simeon and Pete had no idea the job was going to be this hard. The hike was up hill the whole way. Parts of the trail ran through the jungle while other parts were over jagged rocks and some places had no trail at all. They both wanted to quit but somehow they hung on. Finally, they reached level ground and the expedition party entered a large opening in a mountain.
Inside the mountain it was pitch black. All of sudden there were sounds of matches being struck and then came light. All the men were carrying lamps. Simeon and Pete were handed lamps. The lamps in motion reminded simeon of the lights flickering in his dream. The lights and sounds of the men ahead gave simeon the feeling that he'd been there before. All of a sudden they were stopped.
Simeon made his way through, to the front."Boss why we stopped?" simeon asked. "Nowhere else to go, time to dig," the site supervisor responded while pointing to a stone wall ahead and then to the twenty foot hole they were working on.
Simeon made his way around the hole they were working on and to the face of the stone wall. Simeon scanned the wall with his lamp until he came across etching carved into the stone. "Boss I can read this," simeon shouted back in excitement. "No you can't read that, those are old ancient symbols no one can read it," the site supervisor responded back without hesitation.
"The way to the gold is not what it seems. Instead of digging down, dig up," simeon read off the wall as clear as day.
After much convincing simeon got the site supervisor and the crew to dig up. Sure enough the gold was found. Simeon was a hero.
"Simeon follow me. I want to show you more."
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