The Gold Rush was a Tretourus and hard time for all who participated. Only few were able to make it through their journey. We are about to take a ridde through what was the life of a Miner in 1849. Pick your player to discover the adventures to come with [[ John]] and [[Benny]]John was a husband who came from Europe to search for Gold. He left his family of threee behind to hopefully come back rich. His two kids and his wife Elenor was left to take care of their two kids. John Jr. who was 5 years old and Rebecca who was 3 years old. It was tough leaving his family behind, but it was even harder not having the money they needed. He knew he needed to leave so that his fmaily would not suffer anymore. His [[Journey]] was about to be a long and bumpy road..
Benny was a loner out in Califronia. He had no family that he knew of. He had heard about the Gold Rush when he stopped at a local [[saloon]]. He listned to the men talk about how they were going to strike rich, and never have to work again a day in their life. This intrigued Benny, becuase he was a local drunk who didn't do much with his life beside steal and drink. He did not expect what was to come.After months of being out at sea John had finally got off the ship, and made it to America. He was unfamilair with the area, but he knew that he had made it to Califronia when he saw the vasta mount of people gathered. When he got off the boat he did not know where to start, but one thing he did know was that he had to make sure to write his wife so she knew he was okay. Little did he know this [[letter]] might be the last he would ever write to his wife.
[[Enter Saloon]]Dear Elenor,
I had just arrived to California It was not an easy trip as I found myself getting sea sick. You will be pleased to know that I handled it very well. It has been hard for me not seeing you and the kids. You are the reason for me to keep going during this time that I am here. I hope to bring back fortunes to you and my beloved kids. I will write you as soon as I can. I do not know what to expect , so I do not know when I will be able to hear from you again. Just know that I love you and I hope to see you soon after my [[Journey]] is over.
Always and Forever, JohnAfter wandering for hours throught out the land, he needed to get some rest. He had finally stumbled upon a river. He started to drink from the river, then he poured some of it into his tin container. Soon it had become too dark; so he knew he needed to settle for the night. John had attempeted to make a fire, but the wind was too strong which would mean he was going to expericne a long cold night.
Tossing and turning for hours; he could not seem to get any sleep. Finally, he had got to a place where he could now sleep peacfully..[[Until]]He gets bitten by a GIANT SNAKE!!
Having not experienced this before he was not sure what to do. He had to make a choice [[Ignore]] or [[Seek Help]].John's adrenaline kicked in, and he knew he had to find help. John starts looking around to see if there was someone to help him until he spots something in a distance. Knowing that he doesn't have enough time he decides to [[walk towards it]].He Dies.. [[The End]]
Not expecting to make it. He is miracously given a second chance to change his future, and chooses to [[Seek Help]].He stumbled across a clearing that looks to be a small village. As he was getting closer a Native American woman approached him. At first, he was fearful of the woman because he had heard stories about [[Native Americans]] being dangerous.Not knowing how to commnicate to her he thrusted his leg foward, and showed her his wounded leg. Fortunatley,she had called on other women to come help him and walk him into the village. He was treated for his wounds, and had enjoyed his time with them. After some time he had grown to like the Native Americans, and had considered it to be his home. John soon felt torn, bcuase he had grown fond of the Native Americans, but he also could never forget about his family back at home. He was faced with the difficult decision of [[staying]] or [[leaving]]He falls in love with the Native American woman who had helped him. They then had two kids together one a newborn and the other a two year old. He had erased his other life from his memory, and created new memories with his family in California. Now his [[Journey]] is over.
[[THE END]] John never forgot his family, and knew that even though he was happy in the village he still had a responsibiltiy to provide for his family. He soon left the next day, and came across another fellow [[miner]] named Benny.John: "Hey what are you running from? You were running pretty fast."
Benny:" Nothing, Just in a hurry to get that gold!"
John: "Well thats a coincidence, I am also going to look for gold"
Benny:" Oh really, you mind if I tag along?"
John: " Sure, but I don't really know where I am going."
Benny: "It's alright we can figure it out together"
[[continue]]Benny had came up with the idea to follow the men down too the river. When they got to the river he planned on stealing the men's gold if they were to find any. But once they got to the river they were not able to find any gold. Benny was so upset because one he was out of beer and two because there was no gold. He then decided:
to goback to the [[saloon]]
[[ Stay with the miners]]The men talked about going down by the river to start mining for gold. Benny was excited by this thought becuase he liked anything shiny. Benny had devised a [[plan]] to get the gold and get it quick.They decided to keep traveling down the river to see if they would spot any gold around the area. While on this journey to find gold, Benny had noticed that some of the men had carried valuables with them. These caught his attention right away. One night he had decided that he was going to take their valuables if they had not found any gold by the [[next day]].The next day there was still no luck in finding any gold. Thats when Benny decided it was time he take the men's valuables and [[run]].While running Benny collided with another miner walking in the same direction. The miner falls to the floor. Benny decides:
[[to help him up]]
[[keep running]]Benny decided to help him up. He did not know why he chose to help him, but for some reason deep down he felt like he should. Benny was not prepared for the change that this [[miner]] would bring into his life.[[Benny]] ends up getting robbed and killed.
[[THE END]] The men chatted about their lives, and how they both ended up looking for gold. While John was truthful, Benny was not so much. They started to grow a friendship with all the time they were spending together. After lots of walking , they finaally found a spot where they could start [[mining]]. Day after day they mined until one day the unbelieveable happened [[...]]John had found Gold!! It was so big it barley fit into one hand. Benny was exstatic for John, and couldn't wait untill he found his own piece of gold. Benny waited and [[waited]]...
</div>Benny began to grow upset that he had not found any gold. He was starting to get thoughts about taking John's gold. Benny didn't know what to do.
[[Should he steal the gold from John?]]
[[He takes the gold.]]
[[He doesn't take the gold.]]Benny runs off with the gold, and leaves John to suffer. John feels betrayed and angry that who he thought was his friend would do that to him. Benny learns the hard way and soon regrest his actions. As he was running off with the gold, he had ran into the same miners he had once stole from before. They killed him and took his gold.
[[THE END]] Benny puts those bad thoughts to rest, and they continue mining for gold. However, things started to get more tense becuase more people came to the spot that they weremining at. Thats when whispers started to go around that John had found gold. Benny started to fear for [[Johns life]].One hot summer night, the two men woke up to noises outside their tent. They both went outside to see what was going on. Little did they know it was a [[set up]].8 men had ambushed Benny and John. Benny had goten seperated from John and both men were fighting for their lives. Benny was able to find soemthing sharp to ward them off. But was unaware about what is happenign with John, so he hurries over to protect him. He runs over to where he had last seen John and [[he could not belive his eyes]].John was laying there lifeless on the floor. The gold was gone and so was Benny's friend. Benny was heartbroken by the sight, and did not know what to think or feel. Benny did not know how he would go on [[without John]].Benny had remembered all the stories John told him about his family. He knew that he needed to tell them about what happend to John. He wrote [[the letter]] days later.Dear Elenor and Kids,
My name is Benny. You may not know who I am or why I am writting to you. I had met John while we were looking for gold together. He had told me all about his wodnerful family, and how he could not wait to be back with you. I considered John like a brother. He was always kind to me, and gave me the family I never had. He meant a lot to me, and I do not know how I could ever repay him for what he has done for me. I write with a heavy heart to inform you that John was killed. He died with honor and strength. I will carry his life on through me , and continue to mine for gold in hopes of helping your family. I do not want to let his name go down in vein. I will continue my search, and I hope I will hear from you all soon.
[[THE END]]References/ Bibliography
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