Frank Halfpenny had been poor a lot of of his life. Every day he accumulating an old beat up 1971 Ford Dart to plan at a austerity abundance 5 canicule a week, eight hours a day, earning just abundant to cheep by monetarily. Frank lived in a briefing old bivouac and could alone allow what he could buy at the bounded Dollar Timberline Store.
At work, Frank calm bargain forms of entertainment, mainly VHS tapes. His affectionate administrator knew he was poor and let him accept or borrow what he needed. Frank calm all the movies he could watch on his VHS apparatus that had been active calmly for at atomic ten years.
One day, Frank brought home several VHS tapes to watch. If he slipped one of the tapes into the VHS amateur and clicked “Play” he saw an aged man digging a aperture next to a adolescent magnolia filly on a blooming acropolis with broadcast trees. The band connected to play assuming the man continuing to dig for about 30 minutes. If the man chock-full digging, he appeared exhausted, aggravating to bolt his breath. He put down his advertise and boring absolved out of the scene. 5 account later, the old man returned, accustomed a medium-sized artificial box.
Then he absolved up to the camera and opened its contents. Frank marveled if agleam argent and gold bill appeared cocked in the box. “My name is ‘Burt McCoy’ in the dupe actuality in Savannah, Georgia. This is my attenuate bread accumulating central this alembic that I began if I was in my 40′s. Now, I’m traveling to coffin it, because they’ll be actuality in an hour.” He paused and continued, “If anybody finds this tape, I accord you permission to seek for my accumulating that I’m about to bury. These cover old gold and argent bill in the best conditions.”
Wondering why he was burying the coins, Frank anticipation who were “they”? As he watched the butt of the video, he witnessed Burt burying his bill and bushing in the hole. Then, McCoy absolved aback to the camera and said, “I reside on… ” Suddenly, the abroad complete of arrest of car auto and bustling fabricated by trucks with best application antagonism into his driveway fabricated McCoy attending to his appropriate and he panicked. “Oh no! They’re actuality for me. I charge to go now and hide!”
McCoy bound absolved to the camera and angry it off. Again the band concluded with a blast arrangement of changeless active beyond the screen. That was the end of the tape. Frank stared at the awning for 5 account with his eyes and aperture advanced open. He bound became adamant about award McCoy’s coins, if they were still buried.
Frank had to acquisition out added about Burt McCoy. So he absolved to the abutting library.
He sat down at a computer and went to the Google alert already cat-and-mouse and typed in “Burt McCoy, Savannah, GA” and pushed the “Enter” key. Several hits looked promising, but one affective Frank’s attention: “March 14, 1982: Aged bounded millionaire attempt on his acreage while active crooks off from his abode with rifles.” The next alert stated: “Burt McCoy murdered by thieves, bent by police.”
Frank began to fit the adventure calm with the video blow of the man called “Burt McCoy”. He wondered breadth Burt lived, but none of the online writing he arrested gave an address. He typed into Google: “Burt McCoy, Savannah, GA, home.” No luck.
Frank again searched a account of humans who the man ability accept been accompanying to, by accounting “McCoy, Savannah, GA” but got about no hits. Then, he absitively to blazon in “old McCoy home, Savannah, GA”. Fortunately, he got one acceptable hit: “McCoy home demolished; acreage angry over to bounded government.”
This account commodity was anachronous September 2, 2018. Not continued ago!, he thought. Also, the artery name of the old man’s home was included in the article, and Frank bound wrote it down. He aswell searched the internet for hits of any affectionate acquired from accounting “missing bread accumulating found”. Fortunately, account about the abundance was scarce, which was auspicious that cipher had apparent the abundance yet. But McCoy’s backyard had to be amid first.
Frank raced aback home to get a shovel. Again he went to the austerity abundance to analysis if they had any metal detectors. Fortunately, his bang-up acquiescently let him borrow an old one afterwards all the avant-garde accretion and whistles. He accomplished with it for bisected an hour until he acquainted adequate application it.
Then, Frank’s affection began to chase as he accumulating to the property. If he came closer, he watched in abhorrence as bulldozers were combing an breadth appear the aback of the property. Afterwards panicking slightly, he approved to calm himself in adjustment to anamnesis clues from watching the tape. First, McCoy had been digging next to a magnolia sapling, which would accept developed a lot aback 1982. Then, Frank recalled McCoy adverse his appropriate if he heard the babble fabricated by the engines of the automobiles that were advancing for him.
After analytical the landscape, searching for developed magnolia trees, he spotted three. He searched breadth the abode acclimated to angle which was to McCoy’s right. Unfortunately, all of the magnolias were prime candidates for the area of the treasure. Frank ashen no time aperture his car’s block to get out the detector and the shovel.
Frank anticipation he was antagonism adjoin time to acquisition the abundance because the annoyer operators ability see him and appear over to see what he was doing. Frank best one of the copse and bound angry his detector on, apace accepted it aback and forth. He didn’t get any readings with the first. He absolved as bound as he could to the additional magnolia and swung the apparatus all about it. No luck there either. The endure timberline had to be the one.
By now, Frank had admiring the absorption of one of the bulldozer’s operators from one hundred yards abroad and he got off the machine. Frank saw him and swung the detector berserk and bound got a able signal. This had to be it! He thought. So, he alone the detector and wielded the advertise into the arena just alfresco of the signal.
He dug so fast he about didn’t affliction about harming the alembic that independent the coins. But, the annoyer abettor best up the pace, walking bound appear Frank.
Frank dug until he begin the artificial container. As he pulled it out of the ground. It acquainted adequately heavy, which was a acceptable assurance it was loaded with bill inside. The annoyer abettor accustomed what Frank was accustomed and he began to aces up the pace. Frank agitated the container, detector, and advertise all at already to his car as fast as he could. Again he took off, appropriate afore the guy got to Frank’s car aperture just as he bald out.
As anon as he accumulating up to his trailer, he opened the old, bedraggled artificial box and saw the coins. He looked through them and started throwing them in the air, babble “Eureka..I’m rich!” Frank abstruse just how affluent afterwards bringing the bill to a acclaimed bread banker in Atlanta who estimated the absolute amount of the abundance at $3 million, which, at bargain brought $4 million.
A ages afterwards the money became accessible to Frank, who already knew what to do with his abundance – buy Burt McCoy’s acreage and body a bashful abode about breadth the old one stood. However, he kept his job at the austerity abundance in case he apparent any added hidden treasures.