Seventy years ago there were four kids. Their names were John, Samantha, Ryan, and Kate.
The four of them went to school together in Houston, Texas and were best friends. They would
go over to John's after school or on the weekends to play. John lived on a farm where the kids
slip away easily from the adults sight.
One day while they were playing out in the woods, Kate fell into a huge hole, which leads
to a cave. When she did not answer, John, Ryan and Samantha followed her into the hole. After
crawling for a while, they realized that it lead into a cave. Kate was in the cave studying a
map on the wall. Right when John saw the map, he realized it was his grandfather's secret
treasure map. Samantha was always the handy one, and she happened to have a pencil and paper
with her. She copied down the map from the drawing on the wall.
Ryan and Kate really wanted to go back home, but John and Samantha wanted to go on an
adventure and talked them into going. The map trail took them to the pasture behind John's
house. They had to crawl through the tall grass because they did not want his parents to see
them. Then, they had to cross a creek by balancing on a fallen tree. Ryan slipped off right
before he made it to the other side, getting his boots and jeans wet and muddy. John, Samantha
and Kate had to pull him out because his boots were stuck down in the mud. Once they got him
out and cleaned up a little, they realized the map was leading them to an old, abandoned barn.
It was dark and dusty inside the barn. John and Ryan told them to spread out and start looking f
or the treasure, but the girls still followed closely behind. After searching the whole upstairs
and main floor, they found a cellar door under some bales of hay.
John went down the creaky stairway first, followed by Ryan, Kate and Samantha. It was almost
too dark to see, and the kids were about to head back to the house for dinner, when Samantha backed
up and fell over a huge wooden chest. She yelled for the others to come and see if it was what they
had been looking for. They tried to open it, but there was a huge lock on the chest and they could
not get it open. They drug it up the stairs and found an old horse shoe hammer to bust it open.
Everyone stepped back while Ryan took a few hacks at it. Finally, the lock flew off and dust went
everywhere. When the air cleared, they lifted the lid of the chest and saw what John's grandfathers
map had led them to. Gold coins were everywhere. They jumped up and ran back over the log, through
the pasture and back to John's house to tell his parents. John's father did not believe them at first,
until Samantha showed him the map that she had copied. In a second, John's father jumped into his truck
and rode to the old barn. John's father divided the money in half, giving the kids equal amounts and
keeping the other half for the family.
The next day at school, the four kids told all of their friends about their adventure and what
they had found. John spent his money on a horse. Ryan, no doubt, bought him a new pair of boots.
Samantha saved her money for college. And Kate got herself a new vest and a cowboy hat. John's
family rebuilt the old barn with part of their share of the treasure.