GOLD AND SILVER glittered brightly in the sunlight, stunning his eyes. Covering his face, he slipped inside the cave. The mysterious opening in the rock slammed shut behind him with a great creaking groan; rocky debris sprinkled his head.
As his eyes adjusted to the gloom, he saw not only mounds of money but caskets and basins brimming with jewels: emeralds, sapphires, rubies, citrines, and opals. Strings of pearls hung over the edge and porcelain bowls filled with spices and myrrh were crammed among the gems.
He stared a moment longer and then burst out laughing.
Written: 29 Feb 2016
Inspired: novella I finished this morning
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