Great-Grandfather & the Royal Path


There it was. You could see the corner of the folded yellowed parchment sticking out of the torn lining of the battered book.”

Great-grandfather’s treasure map. It did exist!

Josh and Jordan marveled at their luck. They’d ransacked every shelf in the dry as death private library. Grab a book, shake it, slit the binding, cut out the pages. Toss. Move on to the next.

They found the book about 1/2 way through.

The Royal Path: royal, alright, we’ll be living like kings.”

Everyone in the family knew the story. Crazy, paranoid, miserly great-grandfather had hidden his fortune rather than let his family have any of it. Made a map, stuck it in a book and . . .

Finally the J twins had figured out where the book might be, and waiting for a long weekend, broke into the heritage home and and started their search.

Now they gently extracted and unfolded the paper:

“My fortune, my good luck, getting rid of the money while I could.”

Josh and Jordan fling the book onto the heap. “Stupid old man.”

What they failed to see was another paper carefully slipped into the book’s cover: a letter from Shakespeare to Marlowe.

Roger’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, Week 8


11 thoughts on “Great-Grandfather & the Royal Path

  1. Now that would be a letter worth reading!! Great idea for a promot! Loved the destruction of the books then the gent care.. “worth” was shown so well in your words.


  2. I think it’s for the best that they didn’t discover the letter. They wouldn’t have appreciated it truly. Hopefully someone who will see the true value in that letter will stumble upon it one day :)


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