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Published by Writers Exchange E-Publishing, Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2004 Carolyn Ann Aish

Writers Exchange E-Publishing

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ISBN 1 920972 06 4

All characters in this book have no existence outside the imagination of the author and have no relation to anyone bearing the same name or names. Any resemblance to individuals known or unknown to the author are purely coincidental.

Chapter One

Luke and Jobyna looked around the cave in astonishment. Using the flint kit in his pouch, Luke lit two wall-lamps. Jobyna breathed a deep sigh of relief as yellow light crept its way to the dark corners of the cavern. They could now see what was in the cave. The sight caused their eyes to widen with amazement.

Lifting one of the wall-lamps from its holder, Luke started towards the back of the cave. There in the darkest corner he saw chests, one upon the other. Passing the lamp to Jobyna, he cast his eyes toward the largest chest. He let his hands wander over the top. The latches were ice-cold to his touch. Jobyna's breath thundered in his ears as he gingerly attempted to lift the lid. To his relief, it opened with little more than a mouse-size squeak.

"It's the same as the other one, Jo; full of coins, jewels..." His words were lost as Jobyna gave a blood-curdling scream. Luke spun around, his hand automatically pulling the dagger from the sheath at his waist. Drawing himself upright, he prepared to attack.

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