Treasure Hunt

When I saw this weeks photo prompt from Ted, it reminded me of the saying;

‘Where there’s muck there’s brass.’

So with this idea of reclaiming/recycling old metal, my story is more whimsical than usual.

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Photo Prompt by Ted Strutz

Treasure Hunt

Colin and Jack unveiled their treasure, a pile of broken auto parts.
Their teacher, Mrs Wilson, smiled, ‘Oh my,’ she said. ‘Where–?’
‘Along the canal path and Bunting’s wood.’
‘Boys, you know it’s Easter, right?’

The class crowded around the items, smirking.
The girls giggled and held up their baskets of coloured eggs.
‘We won. Nah, Nah,’ they chanted. ‘Better luck next year.’

‘Sorry, boys,’ said Mrs Wilson. ‘The Grand Chocolate Egg goes to the girls.’

The boys dragged their cart of junk to Joe’s Yard, where he gave them fifty dollars.
And so, CJ’s Metal Recycle business began.

39 responses to “Treasure Hunt

  1. That’s a hell of a way to flip a loss. I’ll take a loss like that any day.

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  2. He who laughs last… Great story of creative, out-of-the-box thinking by the boys.

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  3. A gently told reflection about different ‘currencies’ of value. A well told story James.

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  4. Win, meet win!! Actually, I think the boys did even better 😉

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  5. They turned lemons into lemonade. It seems they were very creative, and successful. Nicely done … Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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  6. Dear James,

    I guess it’s about perspective. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. What a great story. The boys have imagination and initiative, something one would wish for a teacher, too.

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  8. I love the echoes of Tom Sawyer in this story. It’s a timeless story, and you gave it a fresh twist.

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  9. Rubbish to riches! Nice one James.

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  10. I really like this story because everyone is a winner. It’s nice to read a story where everyone wins.

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  11. Boom! Who is winning now, right
    Sounds like the boys made the better choice

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  12. Great story. I love its connection to the prompt. Sometimes I have to study pretty hard to see the connection between prompt and story. I’m a concrete learner; I like things to be obvious, perhaps with a little mystery but only a little. 😀

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  13. You can buy a lot of Easter eggs with 50 dollars 🙂

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  14. Ha – deferred rewards. it’s a great picture though – looks like a dead robot to me.

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  15. Ha!! That showed them girls. A bunch of scrap in the hand is worth more than chocolate – unless it’s dark chocolate 😀

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  16. $50 can buy a lot of premium dark chocolate.

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  17. And with fifty bucks they could buy plenty of chocolate 🙂

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  18. You might be surprised at how many junk yards got their starts in such a humble manner. There’s gold in them thar parts 🙂

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  19. I think these two boys won! 🙂

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  20. Ah, but where there’s chocolate, there’s happiness

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