Alexander (8) gave me permission to post his answer to a writing prompt. The prompt was as follows: Imagine scientists have confirmed that ghosts do exist. What reason might they give for why people hang around after they die?
He dictated, and I went home and tweaked the response a bit. I brought it back to him, and he approved the edit. Here is the answer …
Scientists say that people hang around after death because their spirit is partly physical and that the physical part is trapped inside every cell of the body. Two scientists uncovered this brutal fact. Alexander, the head scientist, and Bob, his lovely assistant, found a ghost in the lab, but Alexander recognized immediately that the ghost was Bob’s doing. He had created the ghost to look like himself.
By entertaining the difficult task, Alexander managed to place the ghost flat on its back on a long, cold table and take an x-ray of it.
What Alexander knew and confirmed upon examination was that stored energy must have been added to the ghost or else the ghost might not have been formed. Ghosts hang around after death so that there will be more humans in the future, or there will not be any humans at all, because the ghost must return to the human dimension, or there will not be any babies at all.
He discovered that after the ghost stays in the ghostly dimension too long, it will return to the human dimension. Otherwise, well, you know the result: no more humans.
How can a human get into the ghostly dimension? If one develops a spaceship to break into the space-time continuum, and the spaceship accomplishes this most difficult and sublime task, the fabric of the universe is broken, and the butterfly effect takes place.
The interdimensional plane between humans and ghosts is set far apart.
If there are any complications on this journey between the dimensions, part of the ghost might not be there.
For, after all, ghosts are partly made out of the dead person but require stored energy, but what if there is not enough energy?
At the last session and today he explained the Butterfly Effect:
To accompany the answer, he drew three pictures of the ghost. Never mind the name of the long-nosed ghost. All in all, this exercise took him about 15 minutes!