After that were long days and weeks of nothing to do. Most of the time we had to stay below deck, where it was pretty dark, and stank from so many people. During storms was the worst, with the boat rocking this way and that, and you just had to hold on and try to stay in your bed and not throw up on anyone. Then I got really sick, and I don’t remember much - it was a terrible nightmare. One morning I could open my eyes and saw my mother smile at me, but I could tell she had been crying. Then I learned that my little sister had died from the same fever I’d had, and her body had been left behind in the ocean. Other children had died too, and some adults.

In a few days I started feeling a little better and could eat a little, but didn’t feel much like playing. Then one day someone shouted that they could see land, and my father took me up on deck to see. The next day we entered the harbour and could see what looked like small villages on both sides, with small wooden houses. I could hardly wait to feel solid ground under my feet again, but we stayed on the boat for many days. Some of the passengers were still sick and even dying, and the people in Halifax were afraid of getting the same sickness. By the time we were allowed to go ashore, the excitement was gone, and I knew my parents thought my sister would not have died if we had stayed at home.
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