Treasure Hunters

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Photo Credit: Joy Pixley

 

It had been a long trek on an oven of a day in what had to be a replica of hell. I was parched half-way to mummification and about as lively as the end result, but Mark seemed as bouncy as a pixie in morning dew.

He checked the map. “Twenty more feet!”

Either he didn’t notice the forest of thorns (and its likely residents) or didn’t care. He was in his element. I definitely was not.

I’d joined THOR (Treasure Hunters Of Renown) a month prior, on the rebound from a breakup. The local chapter was small but Mark’s enthusiasm was contagious and the prospects were exciting. We compared topography maps with old mining records and discussed unsolved mysteries of lost gold from the bandit days of the Wild West. Hunting treasure sounded alluring. It made me feel brave. From the AC.

“I’m not going in there!” I croaked with a drywall tongue as my mind filled with images of scorpions and my ears strained for rattlers. I was sure I’d heard the cackle of ghosts.

If I made it home alive, the only treasures I wanted were a cool drink, my couch, and my remote.

 

 

For Sunday Photo Fiction

 

20 thoughts on “Treasure Hunters

    • If you want a MUCH longer read … I did write three full length novels … πŸ˜‰ (I’m actually a lot more known for my wordiness than for being succinct … which of course made me interested in getting better at short-shorts … πŸ˜‰ – no pun! ;)).

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      • Tee hee! Well. So far, this is how I know you. And I love how these prompts, like FF force us to learn how to cut – something that will come in handy in a little bit as I cut back my current post. Crap. I’m at 1665 words and I ain’t done yet… Sigh
        So yeah, three novels, eh? Published and all? Gonna have to check you out then! πŸ˜‰

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      • Totally! Great exercise for keeping the message while pruning some of them wordy-words, eh? What I love about FF, and some of the other writing challenges. Keeps that old-brain a bit more pliable in the bargain, too … (and in the AC).
        How much more do ya need to cut your post? I don’t mind reading longer ones, for the record …
        As per my books — one way is to hover on the “books and publications” tab at the top of the page … πŸ˜‰

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      • It’s been a great exercise in eliminating the unnecessary fluff… And yes, does keep that grey matter in good working condition
        Oh, I realise some people don’t mind. but right now I’m hovering near the 1800 word mark. I’m finally done and will start pruning shortly.
        Yes, I shall hover away πŸ˜›

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  1. I love this. You wrote it with such a sense of immediacy I began to think THOR was a real group and the story was true. The tag at the bottom telling me it was a fiction was almost a let down – though I wouldn’t have enjoyed that hike I did enjoy doing it virtually.

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