The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 8

Grace raised her hands in quiet surrender. Eric’s normally calm features were pulled low into a scowl. His eyes were wild, like she had never seen. His posture was straighter; his movements more confident. The shy, bookish graduate student was gone. “You’re really too trusting, Doctor Yun,” he said. He was wrong. Grace didn’t trustContinue reading “The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 8”

The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 6

Grace was entranced by the coin in Sam’s hand. It was definitely gold. It might be a simple Sacajawea dollar — but then again it might be part of the Rivera fortune, she thought. She needed to see it up close. Gingerly, she opened the door. He didn’t seem to notice. Ever so carefully, sheContinue reading “The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 6”

The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 4

The wash twisted and dug deeper into the surrounding desert rock. Grace had increased the pace. Her feet pounded the fine sand, causing a shower of dust to billow up with each step. She could feel raindrops seep through her light clothing. Gathering winds started to blow. “What are we looking for?” Ingram yelled. “DoctorContinue reading “The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 4”

The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 3

Grace was sunburned before midday. She could feel the heat coursing over her skin, from her scalp to her shins. She was dressed for the desert in a long-sleeved white shirt that breathed and loose khaki pants, but the sun seemed to penetrate her weaknesses. A hat would’ve been an excellent idea, she thought. IngramContinue reading “The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 3”

The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 2

Grace awoke early. In the grey twilight, she knelt by he carved cross and traced its lines with her fingers. She tried to imagine the Spanish explorers carving this with chisels and hammers in this remote corner of the desert canyons. Why take the time? What was important about this spot? She had spent fiveContinue reading “The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 2”

The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 1

Grace paddled slowly as they entered the slot canyon. Walls of sandstone rose on either side of the flotilla of three kayaks. The sloshing of their paddles echoed. “Are you sure this is the one, Dr. Yun?” Eric called from the back. He placed his paddle across his lap and adjusted his glasses to keepContinue reading “The Spaniard’s Gold: Part 1”