Choking black smoke permeated the river air, smelling of a well-stoked hardwood fire, as the Regina, a magnificent stern-wheeler, struggled to free itself of a shoal of Mississippi mud.MISSISSIPPI MUD is a 3803 word historical fiction short story recounting the adventures of the Gregor family along the Mississippi river near Memphis, Tennessee in the 1860s.Upon traveling to Memphis for the July 4th celebration, Billy (age 9), Becky (age 6), and Toby (age 9) explore the steamboat Majestic and later have the serendipitous opportunity to meet young Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), a steamboat pilot and captivating storyteller.

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