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PostSubject: The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited)   The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited) I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 15, 2009 11:10 am

An Original Story written by Dennis Berney 2010 (Non-Edited)

The Gold of the Marinette

The warm Caribbean sun filtering down through the beach umbrella felt like heaven to Ben. He opened his eyes just a little and looked at Vespa not more than a few yards away, standing in the beautiful blue water of the Gulf of Mexico.

"She looked like a post card, the kind the hotel sells to tourist" he was thinking.

"This is the life" as he took another long slow sip off his cold umbrella covered drink and closed his eyes and started to think back on the Christmas that just passed and all his friends back home.

"What a great Christmas gift...2 weeks in the Caribbeans...AHHH... This is the life" Ben said to himself.

It was just a little past noon and a light warn breeze was careering the smell of lunch cooking at the hotels beach front restarurant. "Lobster...I Love Lobster" Ben was thinking.

Just then Vespa hurriedly rolled up kicking sand all over Ben in the process.

"LOOK WHAT FOUND IN THE WATER" she said loudly to the now sand covered Ben.

Ben opened his eyes to look....and there stuck in Vespa's front wheel tread was a shinny gold coin shimmering in the sunlight. Little droplets of water dancing on it's shinny surface.

"WOW, Vespa you found a gold doubloon" said Ben.

"Where did you find it" Ben asked?

"Right out there in the water...Not more then a foot down" Vespa exclamed!

The other bikes and scooters on the beach started to take notice of the excitment taking place and started rolling over to see what was going on.

It wasn't long before everyone was in the water looking for gold coins.

"Let's get some lunch first and then look for more gold...OK" ask Ben?

Vespa looked at the coin, she wanted to run back out into the water with the others.

"OK...Let's have lunch and then find more gold" Vespa smiled back at Ben.

"Look at at it this way the restarurant is now empty" said Ben with a smile on his face.

Just then a couple of restarurant waiters quickly rolled by them and jumped in the water.

"The word must be speading fast" said Ben looking at Vespa.

"Let's shower off with some freah water first" said Vespa. The shower water was cool and refreshing and it felt good to get all that salt water off them.

Ben and Vespa rolled into the beach front restarurant and quickly found a table looking out at the now crowded beach.

Vespa placed the gold coin on the table in front of her.

A waiter rolled over to take their order. When he got to the table he looked at the gold coin.

"Are you the folks that found the coin" the waiter asked? "Can I look at it".

Vespa nodded and the waiter picked it up and looked at it.

"Looks like it might have come from the Marinette" The waiter put the coin back on the table.

"What's the Marinette" asked Ben.

"A sunken pirate ship" said the waiter. "Supposidly sank here, just off the coast in 1724...I think" he added.

"That's a great find...keep it safe" the waiter said "What would you like for lunch today, our lunch special is lobster"

"Two lobster lunch specials, you got" the waiter turned to go to the kitchen with the food order.

He soon returned with two, huge lobsters. "Any thing else" the waiter asked?

"Yes..where can we find out more about the Marinette" Ben asked.

The waiter looked at Ben and said "Captian John...He's our local history expert and he's just down the street form here".

After lunch Vespa and Ben headed over to meet Captain John.


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PostSubject: Re: The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited)   The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited) I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 15, 2009 1:36 pm

The streets just out side the hotel where Ben and Vespa was staying were very narrow and lined with small shops selling tourist the same stuff every tourist town has to offer. Shop owners beckoning them to come in and look at their goods as they rolled by. The street was surprisengly empty.

Ben looked at Vespa "All the tourist must be on the beach looking for gold coins" Vespa just nodded.

They soon came to Captain John's shop. A small place with nautical merchandise for sale in the windows. Climbing, flowering plants covered most of the shops front and part of the open sign hanging above the door.

As they intered the shop door a small brass bell was struck on the inside of the door.

From the back of the little shop Ben and Vespa heard a voice yelled out "I"m Coming...I'm Coming" and soon heard the sound of "Clip-Thud, Clip-Thud, Clip-Thud, coming from the back room.

The door way to the back room was covered with a lite tapestry which was soon thrown open by the shops owner, Captain John.

As Captain John entered the room, Vespa noticed that he had a carved wooden kick-stand and no back wheel with a black patch over his left eye.

"How can I help you today" said Capain John. "If your look-in for the best nautical equipment or merchandise...You've come to the right place...How can I be of service to you today"

Captian John noticed Vespa looking at his wooden kick stand "Don't let it concern you, young lady...I lost my rear wheel to a shark off the west coast of Madagascar a few years back. Me thinks the shark choked on it or I hope he did" Captain John Smiled.

Vespa took the gold coin from her glove box and placed it on the counter in front of the Captain.

The Captain's one good eye opened wide as he looked at the coin. "Where did you find this fine gold doubloon, young lady?

Vespa told the Captain of finding the coin in the water just behind the hotels beach.

"What you have here is a very rare coin indeed young lady...It's from the Marinette...a pirate ship, she was. Sunk just off the coast by an English Man of War. Only one soul survived, the others that went in the water that day, all taken by reef sharks, from what the story tells."

"What year was that" Ben asked?

Captain John looked back at the coin "Around 1724 or 25 I think it was. Would you be interested in sell'n the coin or tradin it for something I might be have'n here in me shop."

"No" said Vespa. "I'll just keep it as a souvenir of this wonderful vacation...Thanks anyway"

Vespa picked up the coin and placed it back in her glove box.

They thanked Captain John for the information and bought a small tourist, island treasure map he had on the counter. "Thanks again" they said and walked out the door.

After they were gone Captain John picked up the phone and dialed a local number. The phone on the other end was picked up..."It's me, the coin is the real mcCoy...I just looked at it...it's from the Marinette". Then Captain John hung up the phone and smiled to himself.


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PostSubject: Re: The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited)   The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited) I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 15, 2009 4:32 pm

Ben and Vespa spent the rest of the day riding the roads of the small Caribbean Island taking pictures of the beautiful waterfalls and beaches to email to their friends back home.

Later they had dinner at the hotels restarurant on the beach, broiled shimp and sea bass. "I could really get used to this type of life" said Ben. Vespa rolled her eyes around and said. "Me to".

After dinner they danced the night away in the light of the full moon and torches that were lit on the edges of the dance floor. The hotel had their own Caribbean band made up of local musicians.

Ben noticed some bikes and scooter were still out in the water looking for coins with their head lights on. "See what you started" Ben told Vespa. Vespa just shook her head.

The next morning they had made resavations to go para sailing off the back of a boat and needed to get some rest.

Ben and Vespa said good night and went to their rooms.

Ben opened his door and found his room torn apart. He looked around for moment and then quickly went to Vespa's room.

He found Vespa's door standing wide open and Vespa looking at a similar mess.

"My room almost looks as bad" he said. "Why would someone do this" she asked Ben. "I just don't know" responded Ben?

Vespa's eye's got big and she reached into her glove box and found..."The coin"

A call was made to the hotel management and the local police.


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PostSubject: Re: The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited)   The Gold of the Marinette (Non-Edited) I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 15, 2009 11:13 pm

During the breakin investigation at the hotel. A new island Constable Detective was given the case. Her name was Sally and a Honda Silverwing scooter.

New on the force but very well trained in the States and aware of local criminals and their activities on the island. She was well respected in the department.

"Let me see...Nothing was taken from your rooms? They broke into both your rooms and took nothing...is that right" asked Sally?

"That is correct" answered both Ben and Vespa.

"Very strange, except I was told about the gold coin you found earlier in the day, out in the water. A gold coin that supposedly came from the famed Marinette. Can I see it" she asked?

Vespa reached into her glove box and pulled out the gold coin and gave it to Sally.

"Amazing" said Sally as she looked at the coin. "Only one other Marinette gold coin was ever know to have been recovered and that was almost three hundred years ago by the only servivor. His name was Gray Beard, Captain of the ill-fated Marinette.

"You see the island legend of the Marinette has been clouded in mistery since her sinking in the early seventeen hundreds by the Royal Navy. No location of the ship wreck was ever recorded and she had almost a half ton of gold coins in her hold, just like this one" Sally added as she held out the coin.

"It was said that Captian Gray Beard created a map to where the ship could be found but a person needed both the map and the coin to find the Marinettes resting place. It sounds like someone on the island has Gray Beards map after all and they need your coin" added Sally.

Sally gave the coin back to Vespa with a warning and a suggestion "Keep the coin with you at all times or hide it some place where only you can find it...that would be your best option. I'll try to find out who has the map on the island".

Sally rolled over to talk to one of the other officers.

Vespa looked over at Ben and moved her lips without words "Half A Ton of Gold"!

"One more thing...They will kill you for this coin if they need to" with that said Sally rolled out of the room.


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The hotel provided two new rooms for Ben and Vespa with complmentary meals and bar for the rest of their stay.

Vespa asked the night desk clerk if they had a copy machine in the hotel and the clerk said yes. She was shown the way to the copy machine in the back office and then the clerk went back to the front desk.

Vespa made one, 100 percent scale copies of each side of the coin, folded them carefully and put the coin and copies in her glove box. She thanked the clerk as he rolled by and then went to see Ben in his new room.

Ben listened carefully as Vespa told him of what she had in mined for the gold coin and the paper copies she now had.

In the morning Vespa was going to mail the coin to her home town address. All her mail was being held at the post office until she returned home. The two copies were going in to the hotel safe for safe keeping.

Ben thought this was a great plan and they both said goodnight.

The next morning Vespa had the paper copies placed in the hotel safe and then they had breakfast.

After breakfast they headed for the island post office. The morning went buy uneventful but Ben had a feeling that they were being follwed and watched.

"What a great morning to try para sailing" said Ben as the harness was being put around him.

The speed boat waited just off shore. The boats powerful engines were at idle and the two bike crew was ready to go.

Ben gave the boat the go ahead the boats engine came alive. Ben felt the pulling line tighten and soon Ben found himself in the air looking down at the blue waters of the Caribbean.

"What a great feeling" Ben was thinking "I wish I could fly like this all the time".

The boat made two big circles in front of the hotels beach and then headed west along the islands south coast.

Ben was thinking "WOW...I'm getting my moneys worth this morning...what a ride".

As the pull boat rounded a rocky outcrop it stared to slow down and Ben started to descend.

"NO NOT AGAIN" Ben yelled as he hit the water. The pull boat turned around quickly to pick him up out of the water.

As Ben looked up from the water he saw Constable Detective, Sally driving the boat.

"We needed to get you off the island unseen" yelled Sally as they helped Ben onto the pull boat.

I'll put you on shore and be back with Vespa in a minute or two.

The pull boat landed on a sandy stretch of beach where a small house was located.

"Wait here, take a shower, eat some food and I'll be right back with Verspa" yelled Sally over the sound of the boats loud motors.

Ben did as he was told and then waited...


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As Ben waited, he stood by the waters edge. The hot Caribbean sun beating down on him. He closed his eyes for just a moment and thought of all the crazy things that have happened to him in the last 2 years.

"My life was just ordinary till I met Vespa" he thought to himself. "It sure isn't ordinary any more".

The hot sun was starting to put him to sleep...and he dozed off.

Ben found himself on the deck of an old wooden sailing ship giving commands to the other bikes onboard. He then realized he was in the middle of a battle at sea. Fighting for his life and lives of his crew... FIRE!.. He yelled and the starboard side of the ship exploded with a burst of 15 canons. The sound wave from the broadside almost knocked him over but he kept his stance on the bridge and yelled...RELOAD!...LET'S HIT HER AGAIN WITH ANOTHER BROADSIDE!...he commanded...I SAID RELOAD...

Just then an explosion and a blast of heat...and he found himself in the water watching his ship, The Marinette, burn and exploed again just before she sank beneath the waves.

Ben woke with tears running down his face and a feeling of great loss.

Just then he looked up and the pull boat came around the rocky outcrop and then he saw Vespa hanging from the para sail.


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Vespa was brought to shore. The pull boat was beached just in front of where Ben stood.

"WOW...That was GREAT...Can we do that again" was the first thing Vespa said as she jumped off the pull boat onto the sand.

Soon Sally joined them. "Vespa...Take a shower in fresh water and get some food in you...we have a lot to talk about".

All three rolled up to the small beach house out of the sun.

The sound of the pull boat being started rattled the windows of the beach house as it left the shore and headed away out to sea. Sally stepped outside the door and waved to the driver.

Sally stepped back in the door "This is my families beach house...It's been mine ever since my parents passed away a few years ago. It's name is The Captains Retreat"

Sally continued "When The Marinette was sunk, this is where Captain Gray Beard came ashore. He stayed here for a while and swam out to the wreck each day and brought back a few gold coins with each trip and melted them down to make gold bars".

"He kept only one remaining gold coin and created a map of where he buired the gold bars. The gold is still here, on the island, and has never been found".

"You see I'm the Great, Great, Great, Grand daughter of Captain Gray Beard" she said and then smiled.

She took a moment to look into the eyes of both Ben and Vespa as to study their charactors. "If we find the gold, I will spilt it with you, 50/50".

Ben and Vespa looked at each other and nodded.

Sally continued " The original and only remaining gold doubloon, was said to have been given to a Porchagese trader, while the Captain was drunk, for a barral of rum. The Captain was fond of his rum, and it was lost forever".

"Vespa...when you found The Marinette's last gold coin, you opened the eyes of alot of bad bikes here on the island. The kind of attention you don't want" said Sally.

"What of the map" asked ben?

"It's here on the island...and we need to find it, I think Captain John has it" Sally added.

"We already met him" Vespa added.

"WHAT SAY YOU....do you want to hunt for the lost treasure of The Marinette" Sally asked?

Ben and Vespa just looked at each other for a moment and then said "YES, lets do it".

Sally smiled.


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"Come...follow me" said Sally.

Sally rolled to the front door and went out. Ben and Vespa followed her out the door.

The three rolled over to the side of the house and there, up against the jungles edge, were 2 fairly large, flat stones, standing upright.

As the three got closer, Ben and Vespa could see writing on both stones. Old writing on well weathered stone surfaces.

Sally stopped in front of the first stone "This is the grave stone of Captain Gray Beard".

The stone read: "Let it be known that here lies the body of Captain Gray Beard. A scooter that loved the sea and his family. In the memory of his loving Wife Cora. 1737.

The next stone was a little older, it read: "Here lies the honorable remains of the crew of The Marinette. No better crew a ship or Captain has ever had. Rest in peace my brothers, Captain Gray Beard, 1725

"The Captain swam out to the wreck not only to retrieve the gold but also to geather the remains of his crew. The sharks got the rest" said Sally.

Sally finished by saying "You both needed to read the stones if you planned on spending the night here or you would have had bad dreams".

Ben's looked at Sally..."Thank you for letting use known... I've already stood on the deck of The Marinette in a dream, while I was waiting for your return".

Vespa gave Ben a funny look and said "For real"?

Ben just smiled and shock his head, yes...and then a tear rolled down Ben's fairing.


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The rest of the evening was spent talking about the events of the past two years and how they felt blessed with good fiends that stood by them in their hour of need.

"You are both very lucky to have such good friends" said Sally.

The weather was starting to change and they could feel it in the air. "I need to check the weather report. We just might get a storm here tonight". Sally said to the others.

She rolled over to the radio and turned the dial to find the weather broadcast. Soon the radio came alive with information.

Sally listened for a while and turned the radio off and rolled back over to Ben and Vespa.

"We need to get the window shouters closed... a storm is coming in tonight. Ben can you help me" Sally asked.

"Sure can" said Ben. And then they rolled out the door.

When Ben and Sally went out side the wind was starting to pick up beach sand was hitting Ben's fairing "That really hurts" he said to himself".

Sally yelled "GET THE OTHER SIDE". So Ben rolled to the other side of the house and closed the shouters. The beach sand hitting him was almost unbearable.

As Ben was about to enter the door he turned and looked at the sky and what he saw put a little scare in him. He had never seen clouds so dark and that ominous before.

He soon rejoined the others in the beach house livingroom and expressed his concerns about what he saw outside. Sally reasured him the house would hold up and it might get a little noisy tonight.

Ben and Vespa just looked at each other.

"Nothing to get concerned about...just a little wind, water, and sand. It will blow over by morning" Sally mentioned. "Your rooms are at the end of the hall on the right".

"Good night and sleep well, see you in the morning" Sally rolled off to her room.

Ben and Vespa stood in the living room listening to the rain pounding down and the wind houling outside... and that's where they stayed all night.

By next morning the sunrise was spectacular and everything was calm at The Captains Retreat... once again.


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Captain John smiled as he hung up the phone in his small nautical shop, that morning.

The thought of a half ton of gold doubloons setting in the middle of his shop floor was almost to much for him to imagine.

After almost three hundred years, a real gold doubloon from the ill-fated Marinette was just...right here... on his counter. "What a GREAT DAY" as he did a little dance.

"I need to get the map and look at it. It's been far to long a time" he said to himself.

Captain John went to the front door of his shop and locked it from the inside. Then the moved quickly through the shop to the back door.

The back door was locked and he turned and looked at the path that lead to his home just up the hill from his shop, not more then 100 feet.

"What a beautiful day" he said to himself as he moved along the well worn path. The sound of tropical birds singing as he made is way along the cobble stones.

He soon reached his front door and went inside. Sunshine was soflly filtering through the two huge picture windows and lighted his way as he entered.

He moved to a wood panel just off too the left of his living room. The panel looked like all the other wooden panels that lined the rooms walls.

With his front tire, he moved a corner of a old tattered throw rug.

Just under the rug their was a hole in the floor. He put his kick stand in the hole and turned to the right, a audible "CLICK" could be heard and the panel he was standing in front of swung inward.

He found the light switch on the wall and flipped it on as he entered the hidden room.

The smell of stale air and cobb webs greeted him as he entered the small room. "I need to clean in here someday" he said to himself as he slipped quietly throught the hidden door.

The door to the hidden room closed behind him...


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Old cobb webs hanging from the dimly lit light bulb in the center of the ceiling, gracefully moved in the stale air as Captain John moved through the small room.

An old wooden desk stood off to one side of the room. The front right corner was supported by a stack of old books, the front leg long gone years ago.

The walls of the room were covered with shelves holding dust coverd relics of brass ship equipment, bells, bottles, and odds and ends of days done by.

In one corner stood an old rum barral with old sailing charts sticking out.

Captain John moved over to the barral and started moving the old charts over to the desk. When the barral was empty he reached inside and found a hidden release lever and a false bottom on the barral was removed and an old rum bottle was removed and taken over to the desk.

With one move he sweep all the old charts onto the floor and placed the bottle on the desk top. Captain John smiled as he looked through the old bottle glass.

He grabbed the bottle by the neck and broke it over the edge of the desk and piece of parchment fell to the floor with the bits and pieces of the broken bottle.

"I havent seen you in a few years" He said to himself as he picked up the parchment from the floor.

He placed the parchment in his leather saddle bag and turned off the light as he left the little room closing the wall panel behind him.

Before long he was back in his shop with Captain Gray Beards map stored safely in his saddle bag.


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With the new found interest in the history of The Marinette and it's cargo, Captains John's little maritime shop became the center of attention for alot of curius toursts and would be treasure hunters.

"I just wish they would all leave" Captain John said to himself as he went in the back room to get more fake treasure maps to put on his counter.

Soon his shop was empty again. "This is my chance" he said to himself. He went to his front door and turned over the open sign, hanging in the window, and locked the door and quickly went to the back room to his work table. He pulled the map out of his saddle bag and carefully unfolded the old parchment.

Captain John had just started to examine the old map when a loud banging was heard at the front door.

"What now...can't these treasure hunters read. I'M CLOSED" He said in frustration from being disturbed.

He went to the front door...and no one was there. He looked through the front window, up and down the street, and there was no one. How strange he thought to himself, and then he started toward to his back room.

As he approched the doorway, the tapestry that covered the doorway was lightly flutering. "that's strange" he thought.

He entered the room and found the rear door was standing open "I thought I closed that" he said to himself and then quickly looked over to the table.

The map was gone!


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In a small shack located in the rundown, shanty part of town. Finley and his brother Dom carefully opened the parchment they had just stolen from Captain John.

They examined the map on a small table in the center of the room that had a single candle that lit the room with an eerie glow.

"We are soooo sneeky and smart" said Dom, looking at the map.

"Yes, we are the smart one's now...do you think it's worth anything" asked Finley?

"It looks old and me think's its a map, a map of this island" said Dom.

"If it's old then me think's we can get alot of money for it. Let's take it to Mister Smith in the morning and see if he wants to buy it...It looks like a storm is starting to blow in" said Finley.

Finley refolded the map and placed in a leather pouch hanging on a hook, next to the wooden plank door.

"Dom...Help me get the storm shutters closed." and the two brothers went out side to get their little shack ready for the storm that was fast approaching the island.


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That night the wind howled, lightning flashed and the rain pounded on the tin roof of Finley's and Dom's small shack. Neither of the two brothers got to sleep that night.

The next morning the storm moved off and shanti town became calm and still once again. The two brothers had a small breakfast of locally grown fruit and rain water.

"Well Dom...Let's see if we can find Mister Smith and see what he would offer us anything for this map" said Finley with a smile on his face.

"A hundred dollars I hope" responed Dom.

Finley took the bag off the hook by the front door and placed it over his left handelbar. "Can't forget this" he said as they rolled out the door.

It was mid morning when the two brothers arrived at the home of Mister Smith and knocked on the hand carved door.

Soon the door opened and there stood Mister Smith a fairly new Honda Goldwing.

"Want do you want" Mister Smith said with an irritated voice. "More hand outs.. I presume"?

"No, we found something you just might like to see and maybe like to buy from us" said Dom.

"OK, come in, but you can only stay for a moment, I have things I need to attend to" Mister Smith held the door open and the two brothers rolled in.

"You have a beautiful home Mister Smith" Dom said as they rolled down the hall to the reading room. "Yes, quite beautiful" Finley added.

"Yes, yes, now what is it you wanted to show me" as Mister Smith rolled behind a solid mahogany desk with a brass lamp on the top.

"Finley reached into his leather pouch and took out the weathered old piece of parchment and placed it on the desk in front of Mister Smith.

Mister Smith carefully unfolded the document and looked closer and then switched on the brass lamp next to him on the desk. His eyes got very big the brothers noticed.

"Where did you get this boys" Mister Smith asked looking at the map?

"It looks like the map that was taken from Captain John's, yesterday. WELL IS IT"

The two brothers stammered abit and then lied. "We found it in a box on the beach" they said. "Yes...on the beach".

"I'll give you twenty dollars for it and you will take the money or I'll turn you both into the police...well" he asked? "What will it be"?

"Twenty dollars sounds good to me" said Finley and soon Dom agreed.

"Mister Smith took out his wallet and brought out a new twenty dollar bill and handed it to the brothers.

"Here you go...now be off with you, I have things I need to get done today."

The two brothers took the money and said nothing as they rolled out of the house.

Mister Smith went back in the reading room and looked at the map again.

"What a deal...The real treasure map of the Marinette for only twenty dollars, It must be my lucky day" he said to himself with a smile.


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Finley and Dom watched and listened to Mister Smith through the reading room window and heard what the map was.

"We had The Marinette Treasure Map and sold it for twenty dollars" Finley whispered!

"We need to get it back, it's worth millions" Dom whispered back!

Mister Smith looked at the map with a magnifying glass for about an hour, then refolded the map and placed it in a copy of "The Old Man and the SEA" and returned the book back to it's shelf in the reading room.

"I'm sure glad Captain John called me when it was taken" Mister Smith said to himself as he rolled out of the room. "Just one more bike not to share with".

Finley and Dom slowly and quietly slipped away from the reading room window and started rolling home.

"We need to make a plan to get the map back. That was OUR map and he cheated us out of it" Finley said with a mean look on his face.

They rolled home without saying another word to each other.


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After the overnight storm at the Captains Retreat, Ben and the others seatled down for morning coffee and a little something to eat.

"We have a long trip ahead of us today. Do you still have the coin with you" Sally asked, looking at Vespa?

Vespa said "No". "Where is it then" asked Sally?

Vespa told Sally of mailing the gold coin back home and making photo copys each side of the coin at the hotel. Sally just looked at Vespa as the story was being told.

"You did good Vespa by sending it home, it just wasn't safe carrying it around with you here. We need to get the copies out of the hotel safe and see about getting hold of Captain Gray Beards map from Captain John. Then... we can start our treasue hunt" Sally smiled.

Sally picked up the dishes and went over and put them in the sink and turned around. "We need to get going but first we need to make you both look like islanders.

Sally rolled over to the entry closet and pulled down a box of enteresting looking stuff.

Ben was given a large sea shell neckless to put over his mirror and a brightly colored scarf to tie around the other mirror.

Vespa could see that Ben was a little uncomfortable with these things on him so she smiled and said "There you go...now your starting to look like your on vacation".

Vespa was givin the same things but they looked more famine on her, Ben noted.

"OK, were ready to go...follow me. There is a road about 2 miles up the path. We'll take it into town" said Sally.

They rolled out of Captains Retreat and went around back where there was a narrow path cutting through the jungle growth. The sound of singing, island birds could be heard everywhere as they started their clime up the rugged path. Mud and slippery, exposed tree roots on the path, made their travel almost impossible.

Two hours later they were on the road and covered with jungle mud from one end to the other. "Now you look like islanders" smiled Sally.


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The three found a clear water stream on the way to town and they washed up as best they could. Vespa kidded Ben about missing a spot here and there.

The ride into town went by quickly and they soon found themselves standing in front of the hotel.

"We'll stay outside while you get the coin copies" said Sally.

Vespa went in and approached the counter "Hello, I left some papers in your safe yesterday and I need to retrieve them" The hotel manager looked at her.

"Do you have some ID young lady" the manager asked? Vespa pulled her ID out of here glove box and showed it to the manager.

"Vespa...Welcome back...Yes, we can get the papers right now, Please, follow me"

As the two rolled to the back office the clerk told her that people have been asking about her. "Who" she asked? Let's see...a Mister Smith, Captain John...and the police.

"Mister Smith" she said to herself?

They got to the back office and the manager opened the safe for her. Vespa removed the papers and quickly looked at them. "Thank you very much" and then she rolled to the front lobby and out the door.

She found Ben and Sally in the shade of a large tree across the street. She rolled over "lets get some lunch" Sally suggested. "That sounds good to me" said Vespa.

Just down the street was a small restaurant they past coming into town an Sally recommended it...it was called the Blue Shell Cafe and it looked good from the outside.

They got to the Blue Shell and went in.


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Finley and Dom talked about how to get their map back from Mister Smith. "Let's just go and get it back like we did at Captain John's" said Dom. "We know where he keeps it, in the book. You knock on the front door and I'll go through the window and get the map...OK". Finley nodded.

When the two brothers arrived at Mister Smith's, Dom went around the side of the house to the reading room window and Finley went to the front door.

Finley Knocked on the door and soon the door was opened by Mister Smith. "You again...What is it this time and where is your brother" Mister Smith asked?

"My brother and I had an argument about taken this money from you, so I've come to give it back. We did take the map from Captain John's shop and we felt bad about it, so here's your money back" Finley held out the twenty dollar bill.

Mister Smith was just about to take the money when...a crashing sound came from the reading room and Mister Smith immediatley turned and rolled off in the direction of the noise followed closely by Finley.

He found Dom picking up the broken brass lamp from the floor.

"I should call the police and have you both arrested, right NOW" Mister Smith yelled as he looked at the two brothers standing in his reading room..."but instead, I have a job for you to do for me".


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Mister Smith looked into the faces of the two young bikes standing in his reading room.
"Dom, never mined about the lamp, now...I have a mission for you both" His voice tapering off. "If your successful...I promise you both two hundred dollars each but if your NOT successful, then you both are going to jail for a long time...and quick".

The two bothers looked at each other then said "OK, we understand...What's the mission, Boss"?

There was a still moment in the reading room. Then Mister Smith spoke. "There's a young lady in town, a tourist. She is a bright red scooter and her name is Vespa and she found something I want."

"We heard, Boss...she found a gold coin in the water behind the hotel...you want us kill her" Dom asked?

"NO...DO NOT KILL HER...just get the gold coin from her...That's all I want you to do. Just get the gold coin and I don't care how you do it" he added.

"This red Vespa, does she stay at the hotel" Finley asked?

"Yes and she has a friend with her, a Honda Silverwing" Mister Smith added.

"OK Boss, we'll do it...We'll get the gold coin for you" Finley added.

The two brothers turned and started to leave the room when Mister Smith said "Just one more thing...the brother turned back around to face the Goldwing ...DON'T CALL ME BOSS EVER AGAIN..DO YOU UNDERSTAND"?

The two brothers looked at the floor "Yes, Mister Smith" they both said with trembling voices.

They then turned and left the reading room. Mister Smith followed the two brothers out to make sure nothing was takin on their trip out the door.

After they where gone Mister Smith went back to the reading room and moved the map to a new hiding place.

"Now we will just wait and watch" he said to himself. "Wait and watch".


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Dom and Finley rolled out of the home of Mister Smith and headed down to the beach front where the hotel was located.

As they approached the hotel from a side street, just north of the hotel, Finley shoved Dom into a tall hedge that lined the narrow street. "Look" he said. They both watched as a brite red color scooter came out of the hotel and rolled over to a couple of Honda Silverwings waiting in the shade of a large tree across the street from the hotel.

"You see what I see...It's Police Detective Sally and another Silverwing, They were waiting for the red scooter" whispered Finley.

"You see...that's her...the one we need to get the coin from. Let's follow them" Quietly wispared Finley. "Police Detective Sally...she knows us so we need to stay out of sight for now".

As Ben, Vespa, and Sally rolled out from under the shade tree and down the street toward the restaurant, the two brothers slipped from their hiding place and followed carefully at a distance keeping the three scooters just in sight.

"Look their going to the Blue Shell Cafe...doesn't our cousin Lewis work there, washing dishs". asked Dom. "Yes...he's been there a for a while now...Lets pay a visit...What do you say" Dom nodded.

The two brothers watched as Ben and the others rolled throught the front doors of the Blue Shell Cafe and then quickly rolled around to the back of the restaurant to where the back door was propped open to vent the hot air of the kitchen.

As Dom and Finley entered they saw their cousin Lewis standing over a sink of hot soapy water, scrubing dishes clean with a brush.

"Cousin Lewis...we need your help".


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The Blue Shell Cafe was one of the little towns best eateries next to the hotel beach front restaurant. The front of the Blue Shell was brightly painted with tropical birds, island flowers, and lush vegetation and stood out on the small street surounded by small tourist shops. The smell of original island meals being prepaired in the kitchen permeated the air for blocks around.

Ben and the others entered the restaurant and was taken to a table not far from the entrance. They ordered lunch and drinks and soon settled in to enjoy the restaurants ambience.

It was not to much later when the restaurant receptionist rolled over to the table and asked if Sally would take a call from her office. The phone was in the restaurants back office. She excused herself from the table and left the room to go answer the call.

As soon as Sally was gone from the room a busboy with a bowl of sticky, sweet fruit tripped and stumbled in front of Ben and Vespa's table showering Vespa with it's containts.

"Please, pardon me...I tripped on the rug...Let me show you to the Ladies room so you can clean-up" I am so sorry".

Vespa followed the busboy to the Ladies room "Can I get you a larger towel" the busboy asked as he showed Vespa the Ladies room door? "Thank You" Vespa answered as she pushed open the door.

Vespa entered the Ladies room and rolled over to the sink and mirror and looked at her reflection. She was covered with sweet, sticky fruit.

Just then a low voice came from behind her "Give me the coin...NOW"!

Vespa turned to face the voice.


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Sally returned to the table, where Ben waited, after discovering that the phone call hung-up and the line was dead.

"Where's Vespa" she asked Ben as she approached the table.

Ben told her about the busboys mishap with bowl of fruit and that Vespa was in the Ladies room cleaning up.

"Is that the busboy" sally asked Ben as the real busboy rolled by?

"No...the busboy that Vespa was blessed with was much shorter" Ben stated.

Sally quickly started toward the Ladies room and shouted back to Ben "THIS RESTAURANT ONLY HAS ONE BUSBOY...QUICK...GO AROUND BACK"!

Ben gave it full throttle and headed through the kitchen's swinging doors, knocking over the cook and out the back door.

He found the busboy impostor standing just out side the Ladies room open window in the proccess of removing his busboy smock.

"YOU...FREEZE, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE" Ben shouted!

The small motorcycle pulled out a knife and took a slashing swing at Ben's fairing. Ben quickly knocked the knife from the bike grip and swung his back end through the air connecting with the motorcycle side, slaming him into the back wall of the restaurant. Dom collapsed in a heap from the impact.

Sally quickly opened the Ladies room door and found Vespa standing on top of what was once Finley.

"He's looked better" Sally said as she placed a wheel restraint on Finley. "Help me get him up".

"Where did you learn to protect yourself like that" asked Sally?

"Ben and I have friends that were in the U.S. Army and French Resistance during world war two and they showed Ben and I how to protect our selves from a knife attack. "It sure has come in handy". Vespa gave Finley another small kick and then smiled.

"Ben, are you OK" Sally yelled out the Ladies room window?

"I'm fine...But I think this one is going to be out for a while" Ben had his front wheel resting on Dom so he couldn't get up.

It wasn't to long before the Blue Shell Cafe settled down and Finley and his brother Dom where taken off to jail for questioning and booking on attempted armed robbery charges.

Soon there was a knocking on Mister Smith's front door.


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Mister Smith was in his reading looking at the map with a magnifying glass when a knock was heard on his front door. He immediately thought it was the two brothers with the gold coin and hurriedly rolled to open the door.

"That didn't take.. you...long" and he froze in mid sentence.

Standing there was Police Detective Sally and two other officers.

"Mister Smith, Your under arrest...You have the right to...."WHAT IS IT, I'M CHARGED WITH" he asked?

"I'm glad you asked...Let's see...Receiving stolen property for one, conspiracy of armed robbery, and resisting arrest if you don't step aside so we can find the map that you payed Finly and Dom to steal from Captain John's shop.

O' one more thing...we do have a search warrent.

"Cuff him boys" said Sally with a smile on her face.

Mister Smith wanted his lawer and the search of his home went quickly. The map was found on the desk immediately.

After Mister Smith was taken away, Sally spent some time looking at the map and the small round location in the center of the map where the Marinettes gold doubloon was to be placed to complete the map and the finding her families lost gold.

Sally took the map to the police station and made a full scale copy before placing the real map in the evidence room under lock and key.

"Now were getting someplace" she said to herself as she left the station that eveing and headed for the hotel to meet with Ben and Vespa.

The next morning they start the hunt for the Gold of The Marinette.


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Sally knocked on Vespa's hotel door, and it was quickly opened. "Vespa, Would you mined if I spent the night here for your protection" asked Sally as she entered the room?

"Sure, That would be great" Vespa smiled.

"I must leave now, I need to go talk with the last, known, owner of the map, a Captain John" Sally said.

"I've met him" smiled Vespa. "Ben and I went to his shop the day we found the coin to ask him about the marinette".

"Did you show him the gold coin" Sally asked?

"Yes, he was very interested in it...he even asked us if I wanted to sell it"

"I can certainly understand why" Sally responded. "I'll be back in just a little while, keep your door locked until I get back. Tomorrow is starting to look like an interesting day, if you ask me".

Sally turned and started for the door and then she turned "O'.. one more thing...here are a couple of photo copies of the map. If you get the time, you might carefully take a pair of scissors and cut out the coins from the copies you made. I'll be back shortly"
she placed the copies on a small table next to the door and rolled out the room.

Vespa called down to the front desk and asked if they had a pair of scissors she could borrow for a little while. "I'll send them right up" answered the night desk clerk and then hung up.

She then called Ben to see if he could come over to her room and talk with her as she was cutting out the coins and take a look at the map copies Sally had left in her room.

"I'll be right over" and he hung up the phone.

Soon came a knock on Vespa's door. "Who is it" she shouted thru the door? And there was no answer. "WHO IS IT" she shouted louder.

"I'm here with scissors you wanted" said the voice from the other side of the door.

Vespa fastened the security chain on the inside of the door and then opened the door just a little so she could take the scissors.

"Can I see the coin" asked the voice on the other side of the door.

"NO...I don't have the coin anymore...please the scissors if you don't mined"

The scissors handel appeared through the door opening. Vespa kook the scissors and closed the door and locked it once more.

A moment later came another Knock on the door. "Hey Vespa, Open the door, It's me Ben" came a familiar voice.

Ben entered the door. "Vespa...Who was that bike that was just at your door" he asked.

"The night desk clerk was here" she responded.

Ben got a curius look on his face "Vespa...the night clerk was in my room just second ago with some new towels.

Vespa quickly rolled to the door, chained and locked it.


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It didn't take long for Sally to make the trip to Captains John's nautical shop. The open sign was still hanging in the window and the lights were on giving the small shop a golden hue from the street.

She rolled up to the shops front door and tried to enter but it was locked and the Captain was no where to be seen in the front room. She decided to go around back to the rear door.

She rolled to the back door and tried the door and it came open easily with just a slight touch. "Captain John, are you here" she yelled through the open door.

A moment later a loud voice came from behind her "I'm right here Detective" Captain John's sudden appearence behind her, startled her for a moment.

"Captain, I need to talk with you about your map" Sally said after catching her breath.

"DID YOU FIND IT" Captain John's voice became excided and loud!

"Yes, It was recovered and it's at the station in the evidence room under lock and key and it will be used as a evidence in a court of law to convict those that stole it from your shop and the bike that bought it as stolen property".

"Good Going" said the Captain. "When can I get it back from you, it's my property you know"?

"When the trial is over and not any time sooner" said Sally.

"Just thought you should know that we have retrieved your property...Good Night Captain John". "Good Night Detective and thank you for letting me know about my map"

Sally rolled back out to the street and back to the hotel.

Captain John made his way back up the path to his house and entered the front door.

"She has the map"? Asked a shadowed figure standing in the corner of his livingroom.

"Yes, It's at the police station, locked in the evidence room" said the Captain.

"We need to get it back by any means...DO YOU HEAR ME CAPTAIN...BY ANY MEANS"!

The dark shadowed figure then quickly and quietly slipped out the door into the night.

Captain John stared after it for a moment and then closed his door.


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Sally knocked on the Vespa's hotel room door and there was no answer. She then went ben's room and knocked. "It's me, Sally" the door was quickly opened by Ben and she entered.

"Is Vespa here with you" she asked Ben as she rolled in? "Yes, she was frightened by a strange visitor to her door that wanted to see the coin. We came over to my room thinking it might be safer to stay here". Ben closed the door and then locked and chained it.

"Your probably right" Sally answered rolling into the room and seeing Vespa standing in the corner with a frightened look on her face.

"Vespa...It's just me...tell me what happened after I left" Sally asked with a concerned look on her face?

Ben and Vespa told Sally of the strange occurrence with the scissors being delivered to her room by a strange, shadowy bike that wanted to see the coin.

"We better keep the door closed and locked for the rest of the night. Let's take a look at the map and coin." said Sally.

Ben moved a small table to the center of the room and Vespa retrieved the maps and cutout paper coins from her glove box and placed them on the table.

All three scooters came closer to the table as Sally placed one of the paper coins in the center of the map.

You know...now that I have had a good look at the map, this is not a map of this island, at all. It's the next island just south of here." Ben and Vespa looked puzzled.

Sally looked up at Ben and Vespa. "Let me explain...the island that we're on has an almost twin just about twelve miles south of here. It's been privately owned since the mid seventeen hundreds and has stayed pretty much untouched except for a dock and a large estate in the center of the island. The family that owns the island had all but died out except for one recluse old bike that is hardly ever seen... and when he is seen it's aways at night and he is always in the shadows. No one has ever seen him during the daylight hours...kinda scarry if you ask me." Sally said with a smile on her face.

Sally looked at Vespa and Ben like she was studying their reaction to the story.

"That's where we need to go tomorrow...The Island of Doctor LaMain" Sally said.

"Let's get some rest...tomorrow is going to be a long day".


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The next morning the three scooters headed down to the hotel lobby. "Pardon me Miss Vespa" said the hotel desk clerk as he held up an envelope. "You have a returned package that came in the mail for you"

Vespa rolled over to the clerk and was givin the envelope. "RETURN TO SENDER - NOT DELIVERABLE". "Well, Well" Vespa said to herself as she went back to the others.

"It is the gold coin. It came back to the island...how strange" she said to the others waiting for her.

She placed it, unopened in her glove box.

They had breakfast and coffee at the hotel restaurant before getting on the Police boat that Sally used from time to time to visit the smaller islands under her department jurisdiction.

They soon cast off the mooring lines and were under way and heading south through some ruff seas. The skies were overcast and stormy that morning. Gone were the warm, mild breezes of past Caribbean mornings.

"Looks like a storm is starting to blow in" Yelled Sally to the others as they made their way south. The little Police boat was being thrown up and down and side to side like a toy. They all put on life preservers and hung on.

Soon the island of Doctor LaMain could be seen just on the horizen. Dark and foreboding against the stormy sky.

Then it started to rain just as the islands dock came into sight.

"Let's get this boat secured and find some cover" yelled Sally to the others as the arrived at the old wooden dock.

A heavy storm cover was secured over the boat and the boat was tied to the dock with the mooring lines. "That should do it for now...Let's find some cover" Sally yelled.

The three wet scooters quickly rolled off the dock and onto the island and found an old wooden boat house just beyond the trees that walled the island from it's sandy beaches.

"This is better than nothing" yelled Ben and they all quickly went in to get out of the storm.


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"A diversion...That's what we need" Captain John said to himself as he watched the storm blow-in that morning, from his living room window.

"A diversion to get the police out of the Police station so I can get the map...let's see now" the Captain paced the dimly lit room for a while..."I HAVE IT" he said loudly "An explosion and fire at the old Rum factory would do it...5 sticks of dynamite and a gallon of gas should do it" The Captain smiled to himself. "PERFECT".

The island Police Station was most days, a quite place with not much to do except drink coffee and eat a doughnut or two this time of year. Only four, full time officers was needed most of the time to keep the peace on the island and surrounding locations and Detective Sally was off the island on boat patrol for a day or two.

The islands old Rum factory was closed, back during proabition, and is now only opened once a year for island history week for the school children to visit. It was located on a gravel road named Sugarcane Way and was about five miles from down town. The sugarcane fields were sold off years ago to build expensive winter homes for those that could afford them.

Sugarcane Way is a road that makes a large loop through the islands heavy back jungle so if one section of the road washed out during heavy rain the other part of the loop would be there to get the Rum to market.

Captain John gathered the things he needed that morning and headed out his front door. Half way between his home and the shop, it started to rain and the wind started howel.

"This is going to be a long, dangerous trip this morning" he said to himself as the rain started to beat down even harder on him.

"The only good thing is I won't be seen by anyone" he told him self as he reached the entrance to Sugarcane Way.


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Captain John's journey on the old Sugarcane Way took the rest of the morning. The rain did not let up all that day. The cold rain driven by the strong wind seeped into him as he reached the front gate of the old rum factory.

He shivered from the cold as he looked at the once beautiful building now worn down from time and the elements.

He once worked here, as a young motorcycle till he lost one of his eyes in a industrial accident. He worked in the barrel making section. He loved to work with wood, he remembered. "So long ago and so many memories" he said to himself.

The large wooden gate that stood at the enterence to the factory grounds was closed and locked but most of the wooden planks that made up the gate were either just gone or were rotted away by time. Captain John pushed the gate to one side and kept going till he reached the factories main door and pushed it open.

The smell of rum was still in the air of the old damp building as he enterd.

The wooden floor creaked as he moved toward the old time clock mounted on the wall to the right. He put his front tire on the actuator pedal and pushed down and to his surprise it still worked. The sound of a bell and mechanical parts moving brought back even more memories to him. "This was the device he set his young life by" he thought to himself.

"Where has all the time gone" he shook his head as he continued through the old building.

He soon found himself standing in the barrel making section of the old rum plant. The good old memories flooded back to him. Slowly he moved to one of the buildings main support pillars and looked...there it was "JOHN 1919".

He was part of the building...He just could not do it...no amount of gold could make him burn this old building down..."It was part of me, It's who I am".

He looked at the old wooden floor for a moment then at the wall lockers that lined the wall and went over to his old locker. "JOHN" was stamped on the lockers name plate. He opened it. He found an old faded picture of Mary, the motorcycle he loved so many years ago taped to the inside of the door.

He looked at the picture and turned it over "I'll love you always" was writen on the back. He read it over and over and then put it back in the locker and closed the door.

He turned and went home.


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The island of Doctor LaMain has a dark but colorful history. It was first used at a leper colony in the early years and then a mental hospital for the criminally insane for many years after until 1935 when it was closed.

The hospital was torn down and now a private 22 bedroom home stands in the center of the island like some dark foreboding sentinel watching over the island. Warning all to to stay away.

Only the under ground laberinth of tunnels remain of the islands dark past. Tunnels used by Slave traders and Rum smugglers of long ago.

The winds howled and the rain beat down on the small wooden boat house where Vespa and the others waited out the storm. The roof held most of the rain at bay and the islands jungle climbing vines coverd the structure and added strength and wind protection to it's interior.

They had found two old oil lamps hanging on rusted nails on the wall and they worked on getting them lit. Both lamps were full of oil and quickly sprang to life with a touch of a match. Soon the boat house had a warm glow.

There was an old empty wooden barrel in one corner and that was quickly moved the the center of the room.

"Let's see the map and coin" asked Sally.

Vespa quickly reached in to her glove box pulled out the paper map and coin. "Do you need the real gold coin or paper" Vespa asked?

"Just the paper coin for now" Sally smiled thinking she had a choice of the two now.

They placed the copy of the map on the barrel top and then the cutout paper coin in the center.

Scooters and lamps drew closer to get a better look at the map. All went silent in the small boat house and the only sound was the flames dancing in the lamps and the rain and wind.


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All sounds of the storm raging out side the old boat house fadded away as the three scooters studied the map in silence.

Closer and closer the three were drawn to the paper on top of the barrel. The correlation of the coin's markings in the center of the map needed to be adjusted just a little.

Ben reached over to the paper coin to shift it's location just a little. Then!

CRACK-BOOOM! The floor gave way and the barrel, map, and the coin copy were gone in an instant.

The three scooters just stood there, frozen in place, holding the lanterns, looking into a hole in the floor of the boat house where the barrel once stood.

Dust and sand filled the air for a moment and then quickly settled.

Ben Looked up at the others "WOW...Glade we wert standing on that when it gave way"!

"LOOK...It's a passage way entrance...there's a ramp" Ben was holding the lanern over the hole in the floor!

"Well...We need to get the map back" said Sally as she looked in the hole in the floor.

"OK...I'll do it, I'm the smallest" volunteered Vespa as she started for the opening.

Sally looked at Vespa "HOLD ON NOW...first we need to get the rope out of the boat and tie it around you for safety".

Sally quickly opened the boat house door and went out and shortly returned with a coiled, wet rope over her handlebars.

"Let's get you tied up good...we don't want to lose you" said Ben as he gave her a reasuring look.

Once the rope and knot was checked by Sally, Vespa started for the ramp in the floor.

Slowly she started her descent into the darkness. Her head light blassing on highbeam.

Sally looked over at Ben and said as the rope was being let out "She has brave heart".

"The heart of an explorer" Ben responded.

Vespa was just about half way down the ramp when she slid a little on a patch of sand and caught herself on a tree root hanging from the tunnels ceiling. "I'm OK" she yelled up to the boat house.

"DARN IT...BE CAREFUL VESPA" Ben yelled back as he ajusted his grip on the rope!

Soon Vespa found herself at the bottom of the ramp and looked up to see Ben and Sally looking over the edge of the hole with their lanterns.

"Now that was a scrary 30 feet" Vespa said to herself.

"DO YOU SEE THE MAP" yelled Sally down the hole!

"NO...THE BARREL MUST HAVE ROLLED DOWN THE TUNNEL WITH THE MAP" responed Vespa.

Ben looked at the 5 feet rope he held and looked up at Sally. "Is there any more rope in the boat" he asked? Sally just shook her head no.

"CAN YOU SEE THE BARREL FROM WHERE YOU ARE" yelled Sally.

"YES" Vespa responded back. "IT'S ABOUT FOURTY FEET AWAY, I THINK I CAN SEE IT"

"WE ARE OUT OF ROPE, SO WE'LL PULL YOU BACK UP" yelled Ben!

Just then the rope went slack as Bend started to pull her back.

"VESPA"!!!


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Vespa stood there in the dark and dust filled tunnel for a moment. Her vision was starting to clear and she could see the faint outline of the barrel through the tagled mass of tree roots that pierced the roof of the old tunnel.

"I'll be right back...I can see the barrel at the end of the tunnel" she yelled to her friends just standing feet away at the top of the ramp.

He pushed her way past some of the smaller roots and over the larger ones that stood before her and blocked her way. The rootes sparked with small droplets of water in her head light.

Cold drops of rain water dripped on her from the ceiling. Each one made her shiver as they fell upon her.

Trickles of water where running down the old stone walls gathering into moss filled pools along the now slippery floor.

There at the end of the tunnel, where it tuned to the right, was the barrel... just a few more feet to go.

She made it. The barrel was on it's side with the map still cinging to it's top.

"Thank Goodness" she said to herself and looked to see if she could find the paper coin. It was gone..."no surpise there" she said out load. Her words echoed down the tunnel.

She put the map in her glove box and turned to start the journey back. She could just see the light of the lanterns reflecting off the ramp.

Then she heard it...a wisper of a voice called to her..."Vespa, come see".

She turned back around and moved quickly past the barrel and looked down the unexplored part of the tunnel.

She could see a dim light, far off down the tunnel. Then she heard the whispering voice again..."Vespa, come see".

She started to move slowly down the tunnel toward the dim light and the voice when she slipped on a patch of moss and went down and started to slide further down the dark abyss.

She caught herself on a tree root and stopped herself from slidding any further.

A few moments later she was back on her tires. She stood there in the dark for a moment.

"That's it...enough tunnel exploring for me" and turned back toward her friends in the boat house.

It didn't take her long to get to the ramp and find the rope. "OK...PULL AWAY" she shouted and was quickly hauled up the ramp by her friends.

"Are you OK" asked Ben as Vespa reached the top of the ramp. "Yes...I'm fine and have the map".

"What did you see down there" Sally asked?

Vespa looked deep into Sally's eyes, "It's more of...what I felt and heard" she responed.

"I have never seen a ghost before...and never want to again" she wispered to her friends.


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The three friends waited in the old boat house for the storm to pass and taking a moment to look at the map once again.

Vespa opened the envelope that she had in her glove box and took out the gold coin. She placed the map on Ben's spoiler and then the coin in the center.

"Now stay still...we need to look at the map" she told Ben. "Darn it...I wanted to look at the map to" Ben said with a fustrated tone of voice.

Vespa and Sally held the lanterns close to the map.

The map had these words along the top edge "I, Captain Gray Beard, in the year of our Lord, 1726. Being the soul survivor of the Marinette and creator of this treasure map, give my full blessing to all that come after me in the quist to find the Gold of the Marinette. BE WARNED... the remainder of the warning was missing, long gone with the passage of time.

"OK...here we are" said Sally, pointing to a small cove on the north side of the island.

"Back in 1726, when this map was drawn, there was nothing on this island except birds, sand, and coconut trees. So we need to look at the island as it was back then and try to ignore all the things that have been changed" Sally told the others.

Sally leaned over the map and coin to get a better look at the way the coins surface markings aligned with the map.

"Look...you see it...how the mark on the coin matches the drawing.

Sally shifted the coin position several times. Many lines coming off the center of the map and going in all directions on the drawing of the island and intersected by other lines at different degrees.

"How does this work" asked Vespa?

"I just don't know" said Sally?

Just then, Ben shifted his position and the coin stood on it's edge, rolled for a moment and then fell over again in a diffrent place on the map.

Sally looked at the coin and map and her eyes got big . "THAT'S IT...YOU FOUND IT, BEN...The way the map and coin work together....Your a Genius"!!

"No...Captain Gray Beard was the genius" replied Ben"

Vespa gave Ben a big hug.


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"Police Detective Sally...I wonder what she's up to" Doctor LaMain said to himself as he looked north through a telescope from a rain spotted, third story observation tower window and saw the boat tied to the old wooded dock.

"I should find out if the Captain has the map yet" he said to himself.

He turned and headed toward a closed door in the towers floor. He grabbed the handel on the small door and the hinges creeked in disagreement as he swung it open to revel the spiral stairwell that lead down to the main house. A boney handle bar gripping the rail as he decended through the darkness.

As he reached the second floor his old tires found comfort when they rested on the hand made Persian rug that was at the base of the stairwell.

His small, dark shadowy form scurried quickly across the second story room and picked up a lit candle from a small table. He had left the candle there just minutes before going up the obervation tower. The brass handle on the candle holder was cold to his touch but soon warmed.

"I just wish they could figure out how to keep the electrical power on during a storm" he said to himself.

Holding the candle out in front of him, he desended the remaining flight of stars to the main floor in his home.

"Let me see...where did I leave that phone...There it is" he said to himself as the moved to seat himself in the worn leather highback chair in his dusty library. He sat the lit candle on the table next to the chair and sat down on the warm leather.

He carefully pushed the numbered buttons to a memorized phone number and then placed the receiver next to his head and he waited for Captain John to answer.

One ring, then two, then several...but no answer. "I hope he's out doing what I asked him to do" the Doctor said to himself as he placed the receiver back on the phone and leaned back in the chair.

"Police Detective Sally...It must be her bi-weekly visit. I'll just wait here for the knock on the front door" he said to himself and closed his eyes as he waited.


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The morning was slipping by for the three friends in the old boathouse. After a few more minutes of looking at Captain Gray Beards treasure map and trying out the rolling coin edge theory they decided that the distance between the raised dots along the coins edge equaled close to one meter and that corresponded with the roman numerals that were along side of each line. Now where to begin?

Sally opend the front door of the boathouse and looked at the boat still tied to the dock. "We need to get the equipment, food, and packs out of the boat" she said as she started out the door.

The morning storm had moved North, taking with it the wind and rain. The sun was starting to peek through what was left of the storm clouds sending bright shafts of light into the clear, blue water just off shore.

Vespa and Ben emerged form the boathouse's opened door and stood there on the sand looking at the spectacular sight that was before them.

"Ben...Quick...get a picture of this before it's gone"! Ben already had his cell phone out of the sealed plastic bag he had it in and snapped a couple of pictures. "Got it" he said with a smile on his face.

"Come on you two...we need to get our stuff and head to the middle of the island" Sally said as she was heading for the boat.

Ben put away his cell phone back and started toward the dock and the boat.

After a few minutes the equipment was out of the boat and on their backs. They stopped for a moment on the beach.

"OK... When we get to Doctor LaMain home, I want you two to stay by the front gate with the equipment hidden from view and you both standing in front of the gate so the Doctor can see you.

At this moment, I'm making both of you honorary police investigators...Raise your right hanlebars and repeat after me".

Sally swore Ben and Vespa in, right there on the beach, as honorary police investigators for the police department. Vespa and Ben were very excited about this.

"Now here's the story I'm going to tell the Doctor of why were going to be on the his island for a few days...


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The three scooters headed east along the islands north shore guided by Sally.

She had payed Doctor LaMain many visits in the past to see if he was OK, since he lived alone and his island fell under her jurisdiction.

A well warn path came into view just around an outcropping of some very large, volcanic looking bolders on the shore. The bolders had the look of being warn down from countless waves hitting them.

The path lead from the beach up into the dense island jungle growth and seemed to disappear in the heavy ground fog that was starting to form on the narrow path in front of them from the recent rain and now the heat of the midday sun.

Island birds and insects sang all around them as they made their way to Doctor LaMain home in the center of the island. The heat of the jungle was stifling to Vespa and Ben as they rolled along following Sally up the pathway.

Soon the they found them selves at a large entree gate. Two tall pliars made up of volcanic stones cemented together and a heavy, black, ornate double wrought iron gate hinged to the pliars.

"This is where we need it take off our packs" said Sally as she swung the heavy load from her back and into the bushes next to the gate.

Ben and Vespa removed their packs as well.

"Now stand here, in front of the gate...and remember...Don't wave...Just nodd if the Doctor looks at you...remember your police investigators now".

Sally pushed open one side of the huge gate and entered. The rusted gate made a loud screeching sound as it opened.

"Well the Doctor knows were here" Ben whispered to Vespa as Sally rolled to the front door of the huge home covered with flowering jungle veins.

Sally stood on the front porch and reached for the doors brass knocker and let them fall three times to announce her arrival. A hollow sound echoed through the old mansion.

Minutes past as Sally waited. Soon the sound of the doors locks being turned could be heard and then the door came open with a groaning sound that could be heard all the way to were Ben and Vespa stood.

There in the open doorway, stood Doctor LaMain....


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The shadowy figure of the Doctor moved slowly out of the darkened doorway and into the dim light of the midday shade of the porch. He was wearing a long dark hooded cloak that covered him from top to bottom. His face was hidden in the shadows of the hood.

"Good afternoon, Detective...Always a good day when you come to call...I hope this morning's storm didn't get you too waterlogged... wouldn't want you to get sick now" said the Doctor with a mocking concern to his voice.

"Good afternoon to you Doctor LaMain....sorry to bother you, but as you know, I need to check on you from time to time, to make sure your OK out here by yourself."

"Who are they" Asked the Doctor as he raised a bony handlebar from beneath his cloak and pointed past Sally to the gate?

Ben and Vespa saw the Doctor looking at them so they both nodded to him. The Doctors attention returned to Sally.

"The two Detectives by your gate are here for training and to assist me in an investigation of a possible escaped convict hiding on your island." Sally said with a deeply concered look on her face.

"Have you seen any strangers on your island lately" asked Sally?

"No...no one...only you and your friends" replied the Doctor.

"We'll be here for a few of days to do a bit of looking around...if that's OK with you, Doctor" asked Sally.

"You and your assistants can stay here at my home, if you would like, during your little stay on my island" offered the Doctor.

"No...We brought camping gear and food with us...We'll be OK with that, thank you the invitation" said Sally.

"OK then, You can stay...Camp out if you like...just don't make a mess of my island" the Doctor said a he turned and rolled back into his home, slaming the door closed behind him.

Sally stood on the porch for a moment and then turned to go back the gate. She could hear the sound of the door locks engaging from the opposite side of the massive door as she rolled back to the front gate where Ben and Vespa waited.


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Sally closed and swung the large latch over to secure the front gate.

"OK...Let's go treasure hunting" Salley whispered as she stood out side the gate.

"According to Captain John's map we need to start at the ""Source of life"" on the island" Sally said to the others.

"I think he means a natural fresh water spring" Vespa injected into the conversation.

"A fresh water spring would work well as a source of life" Good job, Vespa!

"I've flown over this island many times on ariel patrol with the department...I think I know where to find the water spring....Let's go".

The heavy equipment packs were once again loaded on their backs and then they were on their way.

They moved slowly along overgrown jungle trials most of the afternoon. The humity in the jungle air was starting to rust their brake rotors and the mud was starting to clog their radiators, causing them to over heat.

"Let's take a break in the clearing up ahead" said Sally. Ben and Vespa nodded in agreement.

As the three stopped to cool down for a few minutes, Vespa heard what sounded like a small stream running just beyond the jungle wall of the little clearing.

After cooling down they followed the sound of the water. They made their way through the heavy undergrowth and found the small stream they've been hearing.

Only a few inches wide surrounded with moss cover rocks and large island ferns.

"Here's where we start" said Sally. "We'll follow the stream up to it's source from here".

Ben and Vespa had their tires resting in the cool water and washing out the jungle mud from their radiators.

"That's much better...Let's go" said Vespa with a voice full of enthusiasm.

Evening was starting to fall for the three treasure hunters... and in the jungle, that happens quickly...


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The little fresh water stream seemed to get larger as the three treasure hunters followed it up through the islands dense jungle.

Rain water from the morning storm, was still dripping off the heavy vegetation when they found a suitable, flat location where they could pitch their tents and try to get a fire going to cook dinner.

After the camp campsite was sit up, Ben and Vespa went out into the jungle to see about finding some dry firewood.

It wasn't long before the two found a cave that had a good amount of dry wood, stacked just inside the entrance. It took a few seconds for their eyes to adjust to the dim light inside the cave. They could hear water dripping further down in the cave.

Unlit wooden torches were placed in holes in the caves walls and old spider webs hung from the ceiling to the floor.

Ben looked at the spider webs "Looks like no ones been in here for quite a while" and started to geather the wood to take back to camp.

Vespa stood there, looking past the spider webs and into the darkness that was beyond. She wanted to explore the cave and started to roll further and further into the caves darkness. Her front fender just touching the vail of webs that hung before her.

She stopped.

"Vespa...come see" the voice whispered to her. Calling here to explore the unknown beyond the webs.

Again...."Come see" the voice sang to her like in a dream. A voice that couldn't be ignored. A whispering voice that could not be heard by the others.

She started to be pulled in......"VESPA....What are you doing" Ben asked, breaking the still silence in the cave. "Please...Help me with this wood".

Vespa turned and helped Ben with his load of wood and then picked a load for herself.

As she was ready to leave the cave, she turned back and once again looked down into the darkness of the cave.

She turned and then followed Ben out into the fresh cool air and the fading light of the evening.

The setting sun turned the clouds overhead a brillinnt red and orange as they rolled back to camp. Vespa did not notice.

The three made dinner and set by the campfire for the rest of that evening. Vespa wondered if she sould talk to Ben and Sally about the voice in the cave that called her.


And still called to her as she looked into the fire....


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"Let's see now" Sally said as she looked at the map next to the fire. When we get to the fresh water spring, we need to look for some kind of marker or indicator.

Vespa sat by the fire, looking at the flames and wondering if her friends would understand.... Vespa spoke up.

"Ben, Sally....Something is going on... and I need to talk to you about it".

Both Ben and Sally fell silent and looked at Vespa.

Vespa continued "This might sound like I need to be locked up for being crazy...but I've been hearing a voice that keeps calling me to explore the caves on this island. It calls my name and then asks me to come see something down inside the cave tunnels."

Vespa paused for a moment to look at the expressions on her friends faces, in the fire light, then continued.

"I have no idea who it is...it just wants me to come see something". Vespa added.

"Did you hear the voice when we were in the cave enterance getting the fire" Ben asked?

"Yes" said Vespa. "And it's really starting to bother me" she added.

"Sounds to me like we need to do a little cave exploring tomorrow" said Sally with a smile on her face.

"Then that's what we'll do" added Ben. "We can get an early start".

Vespa sat next to the fire thinking of how lucky she was to have friends like Ben and Sally.

Morning was just a few hours away, so they all turned in for the night.

The shadowy cloaked figure of Doctor LaMain shifted position just a little, just outside of the reach of the light of the camp fire.

"Treasure hunters...BAH...They told me lies" the Doctor said himself.

"Hummm"

"A voice calls her....I thought I was the only one that could hear it's call" he whispered to himself as he moved back into the dark jungle to wait for morning.

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After being booked and spending the night in the islands jail, Mister Smith was let go under his own recognizes to appear in court in two weeks. He also promised not to leave the island during this time.

He was given back his personal possessions and he rolled out the door.

"I need to get that map back" he said to himself as he headed to Captain John's shop.

He soon found himself standing in front of the Captains nautical shop. He opened the door and rolled in, the small brass bell above the door, anounced him as the door was opened.

"I'LL BE RIGHT WITH YOU" could be heard from the back room and soon Captain John came through the doorway into the front room of the shop.

"O'... it's you...Where's my map" the Captain said with anger in his voice.

"Please...Let me explane to you about what happened" said Mister Smith.

"OK...but make it quick, I have things to do" the Captain responded.

Mister Smith told the story truthfully to Captain John and the Captain could see it in his eyes.

"We need to get that treasure map back...and quick" said the Captain. "But how..."?


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Time pasted away in the little nautical shop while the Captain and Mister Smith tried to come up with a sane and useful way to get the map out of the police departments evidents room. They talked about it most of that evening and into the night.

Just when the two were about to call it a night, the phone rang in the little shop.

"Hello, Captain John's"

"They have the map...I saw it, here on my island, not more then an hour ago" the voice belonged to Doctor LaMain.

"How soon can you get here" asked the Doctor?

"We'll be there in the morning" said the Captain. Then he hung up the phone.

Early the next morning, both Mister Smith and the Captain were on a boat heading for the island.
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Morning came early for the three scooters camping on the island. A small campfire was made and coffee and breakfast was prepared by Ben.

Vespa was the last scooter out of her tent and she had the look of a bike that didn't get enough rest.

"Vespa, did you get any sleep last night" Ben asked with a concerned voice?"

"A little bit...I'm OK...I just need some coffee" she resonded as she looked to the fire pit and the coffee pot.

"You came to the right place...Coffee's strong enough to take rust off a Ford's bumper" Ben replied.

Ben got Vespa a cup of coffee and she sat by the fire as she drank it down.

"We need to leave all our camping gear here as we explore the cave...we'll just need to take along some lunch, climing gear, shovels, and lights" Sally thought for a second. "You said there are two torches at the entrance to the cave...We can use them as well".

Light packs full of the things they needed were put on their backs and off they went.

It wasn't long before they reached the caves entrance and they went in.

Vespa stood outside for a moment longer to geather her courage and then she followed the others in.

As their eyes got ajusted to the dim light in the cave Ben noticed that there was only one torch mounted in the cave wall. The other was gone.

"Were not alone here" Sally whispered to the others as she looked at the veil of spider webs that were now showing signs of being burnt and pushed to one side. A set of new motorcycle tracks were in the dust of the cave floor...going in and not coming out.

"We need to be very careful in here...stay close to me" as Sally brought out her 9mm Beretta.

They lit the one torch and started to move into the cave...


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The boat carrying Captain John and Mister Smith moved closer to the old wooden dock where Sally's police boat was tied up.

"Detective Sally is here" the Captain whispered.

They meneuvered their boat to the other side of the dock and they both jumped onto the old wooden structure and it creeked from the heavy load.

"When I was a kid, we used to play in the tunnels on this island" said the Capain as he tied up the mooring lines. "There was an entrance in the boat house as I remember...A trap door leading down into the island and coming up near the the Doctors house".

"Lets take it so we wont run into Detective Sally" Mister Smith agreed knowing full well that he broke the conditions of his release from jail.

Captain John led as they rolled off the dock and onto the shore and up to the old boat house.

When they got to the boat house the door was standing open and from outside they could see the trap was open as well.

"What do you want to do" whispered Mister Smith?

"I have another way in besides the trail and the boat house...Let's get back to the boat" replied the Captain.

The two rolled back to their boat and headed to the south side of the island.

The islands south side was rocky and even more over grown with dense jungle vines. No sandy beaches could be seen from the water. Just large volcanic rocks and vines all the way to the water.

The Captain pointed the boat toward the island and gunned the boatmotor.

They moved faster and faster, straight toward a heavy gathering of vines hanging off the rocks into the water.

Mister Smith looked back at the Captain driving the boat and yelled "ARE YOU CRAZY...YOUR GOING TO KILL US"!

The little boat was at it's top speed when it hit the vine wall.


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A moment later Mister Smith opened his eyes and found himself in a very dark water cave, as dark as any moonless night. The smell of moist, stale air filled his intake and old spider webs lightly brushed by his face as they moved deeper into the cave.

"Well it looks like I didn't kill us after all" said the Captain as he turned off the boat motor and pulled it up and out of the water in a locked position behind the boat.

"From here on, we use the paddles...You do know how to use a paddle" the Captain asked?

Mister Smith picked up the paddle next to him and looked over the side of the boat. Millions of small shrimp were flashing brightly all around the boat. "It almost looks like the night sky in summer" Mister Smith remarked.

"Please, start paddling...We have just a little ways to go before we get to the end" The Captain urged.

They paddled for a few minutes and soon the small water tunnel opened up into a larger cave room. On the left side, a large flat boat landing with rusted mooring rings lined it's edge. Rusted chains with wheel restraints lined the wall of the platform.

"For the slaves that came through here long ago..a sad part of history...but history never the less" the Captain said from behind Mister Smith as they approched the landing.

"Go ahead and tie the bow line...I'll get the aft" said the Captain.

Carved rock stairs leading up to another platform over looking the cave. A large, heavy wooden door stood closed and latched at it's end. Unlit wooden torches placed in holes in the wall, follwed the stairs up to the second paltform.

The Captain and Mister Smith climbed out of the boat and rolled over to the stairs leading up to the second platform.

They climbed the rock stairway and approached the door. The Captain reached out and pushed the rusted latch open and the door opened with a growning sound that echoed loudly through the cave.

Behind the door was a dark passage way...leading up into the island.


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The light of the single torch flickered before Sally and the others as they moved slowly through the small cave tunnel.

Small droplets of cave moisture hung on the spider webs hanging in front of them, shimmering like small diamonds.

"Stay close to me" Sally whispered to Ben and Vespa as they rolled deeper into the islands dark underworld.

Small streams of water trickled down the tunnel walls causing the floor to be slippery.

Time pasted slowly and the air became heavy to breath for Ben. He could feel Vespa's handlebar grip holding onto his spoiler, it gave him confidance to move forward.

Down the tunnel, Sally could see a dim light not more then a few yeards ahead and around a bend to the right. The sound of falling water could be heard.

"We need to be very quiet now" she whisered back to Ben and Vespa as they moved forward toward light.

Slowly they came around the corner and found sunlight shinning down a five foot wide waterfall that fell into a clear pool next to the path. Wild island ferns grew along the edge of it's clear water that sparked in the sunlight. Wild jungle vines hung down through the surface opening above to the pool, far below.

Vespa froze in place. "Come see" the voice whispered to her.

Ben felt the Vespa's grip tighten on his spoiler.

Ben turned "Vespa...are you OK" he whispered.

Sally turned toward the others behind her. As she turned her head light caught something carved deep into the rock surface just left of the waterfall. Almost half covered in cave moss were the letters "GB".

"Gray Beard...my family" Sally whispared to herself. "This is it"!

Sally turned and moved toward Ben and Vespa. Her headlight locked on the cave wall where the letters were carved. Almost afraid she would loose the location of the lettering on the wall.

"You see it..." she whispered. "GB...the mark of Gray Beard...this must be the fountain of life mentioned on the map".

Vespa and Ben stood there looking at the wall.

Again..."Vespa...come see". The voice called her.


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"Let's take a look at the map and see what's next " Sally said while reaching in her glove box. She pulled out the map and looked...

"Water hides two ends, a thinking man will travel forth, a hurried man his journey ends" Sally read to the others from the map.

They stood there looking at the waterfall and the pool of water before it.

Ben picked up a large stone from the cave tunnel floor and tossed into the pool in front of the waterfall.

A muffled mechnaical sound was heard from behind the falling water, two rusted sword blades pierced through waterfalls vail and then slowly withdrew back into hiding.

"Well... we need to think this through" said Ben

They started to look around and found three rusted eye hooks imbedded in the cave walls. One was located above their heads in the ceiling and the other two were open hooks located on each side of the waterfall.

"I have an idea of how this works...give me the rope" Ben asked.

Sally reached into Bens pack and pulled out the climbing rope. Ben tied two large slip loops, one on each ends of the rope and ran the rope through the eye hook over his head.

He then tossed the other slip loop across the pool to the left wall hook. He missed several times and then success. He pulled the rope tight between the two hooks and tied the rope to eye hook overhead.

"OK...I'll go first and see if I can disarm the sword trap" Ben said with a half smile on his face and then placed the other end of the rope over his handlebars.

"Are you sure about this" Vespa asked?

"No problem...a piece of cake" Ben responed.

Ben climbed onto the rope and started accoss the pool toward the waterfall. Half way he threw the other end of the rope onto the open hook on the right side of the waterfall and brought the rope over the top of rope he was on.

Ben looked back at the others standing there looking at him. "OK...HERE WE GO" He said.

Ben let go of the first section of rope and held onto the second and swung into the waterfall vail and was gone.

Vespa and Sally whatched and waited for what seemed like hours.

"OK...that was easy...you can roll across the pool now" Ben's voice could be heard from behind the vail of water.

Sally and Vespa cautiously moved into the pool and waded across to the waterfall.

Sally went through first and found Ben waiting on the other side to help her into the tunnel beyond.

Vespa was next and she started in. She felt Ben's hand hold too help her through.

They stood there for a moment and looked at the two swords suspended through a large wood plank, now locked in place with a slide latch in the rock ceiling.

"Dang it Ben...Your a regular Indiana Jones...Please lead on" Sally remarked.

The torch was relit and down the new tunnel they went...slowly now... mindful of the death traps that might be just ahead.


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Doctor LaMain pulled back the cowling of his dark robe and bent over a small stream of water running down the center of the tunnel floor. He looked at the reflection of himself in the water, lighted by the torch he carried.

"I'm getting to old to be chasing treasure hunters through these caves" he said to himself. Just then he heard voices approaching his location.

He listened carfully for a moment and then recognized the two that approched so he waited. Soon Mister Smith and the Captain came rolling into sight.

"Took you long enough to get here" the Doctor said with some irratation in his voice.

"Police Detective Sally is here on the island so we came in through the South water cave entrance". Said the Captain.

"Yes I know they are here, you IDIOT!...and we might need to do away with them when the time comes...So be ready".

"Now, follow me...I think I know where they are...Did you bring a gun with you?" asked the Doctor.

"Yes" said the Captain.

"Good...we may need it before this is over" said the Doctor.

The Doctor rolled down the tunnel past the Captain and Mister Smith. "Follow me".

Mister Smith and the Captain looked at each other in the torch light for a moment and then followed the Doctor.

"He wants use to kill them" the Captain whispered to Mister Smith.

"MURDER THEM!... is a better choice of words...Don't you think"? said the Doctor as he moved down the tunnel, in front of the two.


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BANG, BANG! "What was that? asked Vespa.

All three treasure hunters turned toward the sound coming from the direction they just came from. The sounds were muffled and echoed through the tunnels.

"Sounds like gun shots to me" said Sally looking at Ben and Vespa. Torch light flickering off their faces.

"We need to move a little faster...We are not alone in here...But first, lets take a look at the map". said Sally.

The map was taken out of Vespa's glove box once more. The lines on the paper danced in the light of the torch as they looked upon it.

"The tunnel ahead splits into two, according to the map" and then Sally read from the map. "This voyage could divide you in two, but which one takes you to your final end. One goes Port the other Starboard the numbers will tell you which one holds true."

"Lets go" Ben whispered to the others "I think I know".

They put away the map and they moved further down the damp tunnel.

Soon they found themselves standing in front of were the tunnel splits into two.

"Look around...We need to find a set of numbers or a clue of some kind" asked Ben.

They soon found a set of small numbers, covered with cave moss, located in the rock above each tunnel enterance and between the two tunnels was the letters "GB"

"Gray Beard" Vespa whispered.

"OK...Lets look at the map and coin one more time" said Ben.

Ben and Sally looked at the map and Vespa slowly rolled over to the right tunnel entrace and looked down into it's dark expanse.

Soon... a familiar voice softly came into her mined and the voices of her friends, Sally and Ben faded away.

"Vespa...The Other...Come See". Vespa slowing closed her eyes and backed up from the tunnel enterance.

She rolled past Ben and Sally and both stopped talking and looked over at her for a second.

"Is it the voice" Ben asked quietly.

Vespa opened her eyes and very slowly looked over at Ben and nodded, yes.


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I wasn't long before the Doctor, Mister Smith, and the Captain were standing in front of the waterfall of life. A rope still hung from the hooks above the pool.

"Looks like they went through the waterfall...I wonder what the rope was for...O'well, we need to follow them" said the Doctor.

"How many ways do they have to return to the surface" asked the Captain? "What I mean is, why don't we just wait here for them on their return trip...an ambush".

"What a great idea...Why didn't I think of that" said the Doctor.

"Captain, Let me see your gun" asked the Doctor.

The Captain reached into his saddle bag and withdrew the old 45 caliber revolver and handed it to the Doctor.

The Doctor took the old rusted revolver and looked it over carefully in the torch light.

"Is it loaded and does it work" the doctor asked" the Doctor asked?

"Why yes, it works and shoots great and please be carefull...it is loaded" said the Captain.

"Great...Thanks" said the Doctor.

BANG, BANG....and the Captain fell lifeless into the pool of water at the base of the waterfall.

Then the Doctor pointed the gun at Mister Smith.

Mister Smith backed up into the cave wall in horror of what he just witnessed.

"Do you think we can continue with out any more complaints about taking a life if we need to" the Doctor said with a grin on his face.

"OK" said Mister Smith. "You have the gun"

"Yes I do...Mister Smith. We need to go through the water fall now...You first" said the Doctor with the revolver pointing at him.

Mister Smith slowly rolled by the lifeless motorcycle laying in the pool of water.

"Good-by my old Friend" Mister Smith said to himself as he went by.


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