“Stories and tales, “ Junaid spit.
He tore away the carpet and clammored down the stairs. I followed out of curiosity. I saw the seal of King Sennacherib. Several men used rods to lever the slab. Junaid wiggled through an opening. Shining a torch into the tomb, he saw clay-casks, overflowing with gold.
“Praise Allah, we have found the treasure!”
I quietly walked back up the stone stairs as more men descended. I could hear their revelry as they jumped into the crypt to claim their prize.
“What is this?” I heard Junaid scream.
Another scream, “my skin feels as if it wants to peel away from my body.”
I heard more screams.
The ancient guard had covered the gold with anthrax spores. All the men had dropped into a cavern of death.
I filled the cavern with as much dirt and sand. I filled the hole with stones.
I went to one of the lorries and inside was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I cut her loose from the rope that bound her. Not able to return to my dwelling I took her to the unused hut belonging to my grandparents. I gave her wine and dates and gave her a rug to sleep on.
I removed every trace of the men who had disturbed my home. I sold the lorries to a man in the village next to mine. The woman was glad to be free and gratefully became my wife. In July, we had two fine boys. Both my sons will someday guard the king.
This is a month long journey with the A to Z challenge. Each day the letter is the prompt for my short stories themed: “Thirty Ways to Kill …”
And keep on the lookout for my upcoming novel – “Lifeblood of the Dragon.” Lifeblood is set in the seedy alleys of post-war Los Angeles. The morgue is full more often than not. Cameo appearances by the well known gangster Mickey Cohen and his goons.
many thanks to my friend and editor ~ Leslie Moon aka Moondustwriter