The Lost Cache of the Emperor’s Gold

PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer

“What does Google say?”

He flattened the old coin against his palm and curled his fingers around it, not wanting to say. Not wanting her to get another look at the laurel-wreathed profile on one side, or the cryptic lettering on other. “It’s probably just a kiddie coin.”

“Were there any more of them?”

“No,” he said.

This time it wasn’t a lie. After all, he had no way of knowing if the hard clunk his shovel made was not  just a garden rock. His heart raced the possibilities. “So how soon will you be leaving for your mum’s?”

99 words

This has been an edition of Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting this prompt and thanks to Connie Gayer for this week’s photo. To read more stories inspired by the prompt or to submit your own, click here.


  1. Ooh, how exciting. I can sense his tension, waiting for her to disappear so he can dig up the stash in peace!

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  2. Money. The root of all evil.

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  3. i guess he’s just playing it safe. 🙂


  4. Oh my! In our house, I’d be the one Googling so there’s no way he’d get away with it. LOL!

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  5. It would be a shame to have to share all that gold…


  6. I loved this! I want to know what happened next!


  7. Buried treasure and it’s all his! Nice one.

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  8. Looks like he is not sharing. Nice one.


  9. Ooh, naughty that he doesn’t want to share anything with her! (But I now want to know if he finds anything!)

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  10. Dear Karen,

    Selfish man. I hope he’s just struck rock. Your few words say a lot. “Just a kiddie coin indeed.” 😉




  11. I’m with Rochelle,

    Karma… you don’t wanna share? Too bad, Buster… you’ve been fooled…

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  12. well this was realistic in many ways – the privacy he wants with his treasure and also – there are so many places where treasures can be found – from the coast of Florida to some back yeards across the nation – great idea and nicely written

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  13. I love this. I guess the wedding vows don’t include buried treasure.

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  14. I love it. I can imagine the secrets concealed in this story.

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  15. Finding a buried treasure must be tremendously exciting. What a shame he doesn’t want to share the excitement with her. Nicely told story, Karen.

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  16. peterkirsch

    Everyone loves a hood treasure hunt!
    Greedy bastard.

    Love it. Great hook.


  17. Sarah Ann

    An already troubled relationship doomed to end soon I feel.


  18. Love the dialogue, and the man’s craftiness – obviously he’s very good at being deadpan. Pleasing story Karen.

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    1. He is a crafty one! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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