There was a story not long ago, about a California couple whose dog unearthed a cache of gold coins. That sounds so made-up. I mean, who does that? Oh… lookie here, millions of dollars’ worth of gold right at our feet. Good doggie. When the couple reported their find, the gold must have had serial numbers on it and it was traced. Turns out it was stolen loot. Back in the 1800’s, someone robbed the bank or the stagecoach and then buried the loot. It lay hidden until the pooch with the golden nose dug it up.
I think about that story a lot. I live in California’s gold country and 150 years ago, the stage went right through our property. We have holes in the boulders where back in the day, miners blasted into the rock, looking for gold. There’s also a mound that I imagine to be a grave. There’s a creek that runs through the property and after it rains, I keep my eyes peeled for gold nuggets.
What silly games we play in our minds. I have no doubt that if I found gold coins, I’d turn them in. But it is fun to imagine how I could get away with keeping the bounty for myself. Who could I trust to melt it down? No, I couldn’t destroy the beauty and value of the coins. Is there an underground gold market? (Of course.) I guess that’s one of the reasons why I write stories. To debate issues of morality.
Suellen Ocean is the author of The Steinberg Conspiracy Series. Available here:
Book One, Chimney Fire: http://www.amazon.com/Chimney-Fire-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B00XDCPLEW
Book Two, Hot Snow: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Snow-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B014XHUT1K