“Arriving at the beach, she reflected on her life.”

Lenora squinted at the white capped sea thinking of Alerion and the Château de Montagne.

She had taken this weekend at the coast for herself. Alerion was supportive as always but this time…


She tossed her shovel aside. Quickly kneeling down she began scooping at the rocky sand, fighting the tide trying to rush in. Little cuts began to sting along her skin but she didn’t care.

Sun rays danced in her eyes off wet black painted steel banded around an old wooden barrel.

The map was left behind by a limping bearded guest at the Château de Montagne who had left in such a haste the map fell under the bed as he packed. She thought it odd he always wore sun glasses, even inside.

To be fair she did try to contact him but he left no number.

Turning the small barrel in her hands the initials L.J.S. were almost completely weathered away.

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham


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May 13th, 2015

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  • Debbie Ratliff

    Wish I’d found that map! Love the direction your imagination took you!!! Great story!

  • Me too! If I find some treasure Debbie you can have half! 🙂

    Thanks for commenting.

  • Barb Beacham

    This is wonderful! I want to know what she finds in the barrel! Thanks for writing for the MFtS challenge! Hope to see you for the next challenge! Be well… ^..^

  • Thanks Barb. 🙂 I wonder what is in there myself! I suppose we will find out in time as the story of the Chateau de Montagne unfolds over time.

  • Margo Carey

    How intriguing. Now I’m worried about Alerion or the stranger finding her, and I’m dying to know what’s in the barrel and whose initials are carved into it.

  • Thanks for stopping by Margo.

    We shall find out! Although the initials aren’t hard to guess. 😛

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