Treasure Map – 9

“We have to take some treasure,” said Esme, and started to fill her rucksack with doubloons. Sebastian put some into his pockets and picked up the sword from Esme’s early attacker. “You never know when this will come in useful” he said and they scurried towards the tunnel Sebastian had just explored.

After twenty metres they heard the sound of water, waves seemed to be splashing against the rock.

“That’s the open sea,” said Esme and cheered up considerably.

“Esme, look there’s the water and there’s a boat moored”.

They arrived at the boat. A skeleton with a pike was lying in it – the guardian. The skeleton stood up and advanced towards Sebastian; Esme backed off sideways and the skeleton ignored her. Sebastian parried its blows and then Esme hit the skeleton with her rucksack full of treasure. Its ribs collapsed and it keeled over. Sebastian grabbed the pike and turned around – he had heard feet. A skeleton had escaped from the sail and was bearing down on them. Sebastian indicated to Esme that she get into the boat and push off. When the skeleton was within range, he knocked its skull off. He waded out into the boat still carrying the pike. As he hauled himself into the boat, more skeletons appeared but it was too late.

“Let’s just check there are no more skeletons in the boat,” he said half-jokingly, and Esme played the light around.

“Nothing to report, captain” she said. Esme picked up the oars and started to row towards some moonlight. The sea cave had a very low and narrow opening and they had to lie down to get under it. Once back on the open sea they looked back and could barely discern where they had come from.

“Wow, what a lovely view of the moon,” she said.

“The eclipse is about to begin,” Sebastian said, “do you have that spyglass?”

“It’s a bit dented from when I hit that horse, but it should still work”.

As Sebastian began to watch the eclipse, Esme shone her torch on the gold doubloons and smiled. They were real. She shone the torch back to find the sea cave entrance but it seemed to have disappeared. They would have to return in the daylight and get the rest of the treasure. There was no need for a map now.



Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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