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BC: Morgan Blickley is a seventh grade girl who loves her dog, Wolfy, plays cello (quite well), and is a top student in science, with 101% for the third marking period. She has made it into MADCAP for the third time in a row(MADCAP is a week long camp for people who play violins, violas, and cellos).

FC: Death by Disease | By Morgan Blickley Period 7 Social Studies Period 4 Communications

1: Death By Disease by Morgan Blickley April 13, 2011 Eyer Middle School

2: Janibal's army had been besieging Genoa for a year, when a terrible plague came upon his soldiers. This plague spread easily, so his men were dropping dead quite suddenly. Janibal knew he had to call off the siege, but before he did, he wanted Genoa to know what his men were suffering.

3: He took the infected corpses, loaded them into giant catapults, and shot them into Genoa. The Genoese people threw the bodies into the river, but they weren't fast enough. This is the plague that killed off a third of Europe's population. This is the start of the Black Plague.

4: In Messina, Sicily, there lived three brothers, who lived peacefully in their city. One day, they saw a terribly sick man begging for help. The man had boils the size of apples on his arms and thighs, and he was vomiting blood.

5: Several doctors were examining him and trying to cure him, but nothing worked. The oldest brother pulled his two little brothers away from the man; he didn't want them to get sick like that.

6: This horrible plague spread throughout the town. The sick lie in bed, the healthy tried to flee the town, people dropped dead in the streets, striking fear into the townspeople's hearts. The brothers feared for their own lives, as well as each others.

7: Finally, the first and oldest brother cracked. He was a doctor, but he couldn't understand this phenomenon, so he wished to go to France, the medical capital of the world, to see what the experts had to say.

8: However, the first brother never made it to France. He had gotten the plague even before he left his home. He passed on, all alone in the woods, and died a horrid death.

9: But his last thought was of the wonderful brothers he had left back in Messina; he was filled with happiness as he remembered him and his brothers at Christmastime and Easter, of every last memory that came to mind. He died with a smile on his face.

10: The two remaining brothers were sad that the first brother left. But they carried on with their lives. However, this plague had taken many people into its grip of death, and they were careful to avoid anyone with it. But as the plague spread, the second brother got paranoid.

11: He decided it would be best to leave, but he wouldn't go alone, like his older brother. He would bring his farming dog, Tomas, along with him, for he could not bear to part with his beloved friend. He had a bond, a friendship with his dog that few people had.

12: So the second brother and his dog departed Messina. Together, they set off deeper into Sicily. Unfortunately, the second brother, a mere farmer, already had the plague like his elder brother. He knew he was about to die, so he laid down in a beautiful grassy meadow. Tomas, his dog, laid down on top of him. The buboes, dizziness, and intense pain came to the second brother. He realized he was going. He looked up into a furry face and gave his dog a kiss on the nose. Tomas returned it.

13: The farmer's last thought was that he had one great companion. Then he died. Tomas was heartbroken. The dog knew that his master was dead, but he wouldn't leave his master's arms; he didn't want to live if his best friend wasn't alive. Tomas eventually died of dehydration. Now he and his master could frolic in the meadows of heaven.

14: The last brother, a friar, was upset that his brothers had left him. But life went on. The friar, unlike the priests of the age, was not afraid to go into the houses of the dying to hear them confess their sins. He was not afraid of death, like the priests and people of Messina. He knew that he would indeed die one way or another.

15: So if he should die of the plague, then at least he would know that he had done a good thing by hearing the dying confess. He walked calmly into the houses with no fear of what lay inside. He was the one who knelt by the sick, listening to them and praying for them.

16: Well, eventually the plague took the last remaining brother. But the friar knew that he had done his part. He had done one thing that no priest dared to do. He had walked straight into the houses of death without an ounce of fear. The friar's last thought was of his brothers waiting for him at the Pearly Gates.

17: He passed on. And he found his brothers and Tomas waiting for him at the Pearly Gates. He and his brothers stepped through the gates together. They were reunited once more.

18: The End

19: Works Cited "Black Death." Insecta Inspecta World. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. . Marks, Geoffrey. The Medieval Plague; the Black Death of the Middle Ages. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. Print. Zahler, Diane. The Black Death. Minneapolis: Twenty- First Century, 2009. Print.

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