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Treasure-hunting

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Wendy and Yenli were digging in their backyard when their spades hit a hard, wooden object. The girls' house stood in a once deserted area, a famous place for pirates to hide their stolen treasures. Their relatives had often teased them of living over treasures, but Wendy and Yenli never dreamt of anything of the sort.

When the girls began their playful digging in their backyard, they had not expected to find anything. So they were highly excited by their present find. In order not to damage the object, both girls went down on hands and knees to gently uncover the object. Finding something like this in their backyard was too incredible to believe!

As they brushed the coarse grains of sand away from what resembled the lid of a box, they saw the words "REDHOUND" inscribed in bold capital letters on it. When the box was finally loose, they saw that it had carvings along the sides and on its lid. They opened it, hoping to find gold, pearls and diamonds. Unfortunately, they found a whole pile of old letters tied neatly in a bunch. Wendy searched deeper into the box and found a ruby ring and a gold necklace. Even though it was not much, the girls rushed into their house to tell their parents of the good news.

The following day, some archaeologists were called to the site. After various observations and tests, they managed to say that the box was indeed a rare treasure. The letters were written by a pirate captive who lived almost two hundred years ago and they told of how he lost the woman he loved.

Since the girls had found the box in their backyard, they could keep their find. Wendy and Yenli could not be happier.

     
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