He had to act quickly
Brad controlled his breathing and crouched close to the floor before dipping his hands into the soft earth. He knew he had to act quickly. He had to find it before his time was up. An hour earlier, when he approached the forest for the first time, he knew something was wrong. He was warned not to go into the forest, but ignored their warnings. He didn’t believe all the rumors about the forest.
As he continued digging, his fingernails became dirty with sand and earth, then he discovered a glint in the ground. He had unearthed something surprising. When he looked at his darling for the first time, he felt his stomach twist into a knot.
Passion for adventure
Brad Martin was a self-proclaimed adventurer. He had a passion for exploring and finding hidden treasures – big or small. He also loved exploring places that had previously been overlooked.
Whether he was in the mountains or on the hills of the countryside, Brad was always prepared. Or so he thought until he was in those woods.
Normal Monday morning
It was a Monday like any other. Brad decided that while it was early he would go to the nearby forest. There was some land in the forest where a building once stood. But not much more than the foundations remained. The cellar and some of the enclosing walls were still somewhat intact.
But it wasn’t just the house in the woods. A hidden treasure should lie deep in the earth. And things are usually hidden for a reason.
Brad remembered that when he was a child there were so many rumors about the forest. People said they were being persecuted. Many people even claimed to have seen something in the forest, something that was not a man.
Brad didn’t listen to them. “Rumors are just rumors and nothing more,” he thought. But Brad wasn’t aware how much closer these rumors were to the truth.
Brad drove into the woods feeling the butterflies in his stomach. That was what he loved to do, it was going to be a great adventure. Imagine finding an antiquated treasure that has been lost to time? What if there was nothing in the forest and the day was wasted?
Brad didn’t care if he found nothing, it was the adventure he longed for. But he didn’t know that he would find something that would turn his world upside down.
Brad came to the edge of the forest and parked his car. He went to the back of the car and took out his reliable metal detector, which he had used countless times before. He noticed that the sun had almost disappeared below the horizon. He found it strange that it was 6:30 p.m.
He shook off a shiver as he walked on with his metal detector slung over his shoulder. Between the last rays of light breaking through the thick forest, Brad swore he had seen something for a moment. It made him shudder.
Someone or something?
A shadowy figure, hidden in the dark lines, ran between the trees and then through a nearby field. Brad couldn’t see any features, but estimated the number to be about six feet or more. It had to be a man, right? But what kind of man would be running through the woods at this hour?
Brad crouched down to make sure the figure didn’t see him. The figure soon disappeared into the abyss of the forest. He had the feeling that it was a strange event, but he didn’t let it stop him. He went deeper and deeper into the forest, but he should have used the figure as a warning that he should return to the safety of his car and drive home.
Almost give in
Brad went deeper and deeper through the trees. After half an hour he still hadn’t found any treasure. At this point he was fed up. Was it all in vain?
Then he stopped dead. He saw something deeper in the forest that rooted his feet in fear. Brad felt that this experience would change everything he had ever known.
Something was wrong
He looked deeper into the forest, was a big tree with ancient symbols. Brad didn’t know what language they were or what they meant. It must have been kids playing around, that was the only explanation he dared find. He took a deep breath and tried to calm himself down, but he couldn’t get rid of the feeling that something was wrong.
He ran his fingers over the scratches on the tree. He felt the hair rise on his neck. It was another warning. Every instinct Brad had told him to get away from this place as soon as possible. But Brad was stubborn and felt he had come too far to go now.
Walk in the dark
He walked in a straight line for hours. It was pitch black and he didn’t dare look left or right. He just kept looking ahead. He found another huge tree with symbols. He didn’t want to hang out a second time, so he ignored it and kept walking. At that moment he heard his quiet metal detector make a loud screeching.
It meant something was there! Brad didn’t expect to find anything now. Of all the places it could have beeped, it chose to do so now.
Metal detector beeps
For a few minutes, Brad circled through the forest, armed with his metal detector, trying to find the exact object his metal detector had just told him was underground.
But time was ticking and as every minute passed, Brad wanted to give up. He couldn’t find it. But just as he was about to get back to the car and mistake this trip for an epic failure, his metal detector beeped again. And Brad knew exactly where it came from.
Something in the ground
Brad had finally found the place. He wondered what might be hiding underground and continued digging it up. Brad wiped the sweat from his forehead and was determined to find everything underground.
And when he did, he couldn’t believe what he had found.
Uncover the Truth
“It’s so big! This is so big! What’s this? Oh my god, “announced Brad. To show him what he had discovered, the adventurer grabbed a small spray bottle of water and cleared away his discovery in order to better identify the object.
And when he did, he was speechless.
a storm is coming
Just as Brad was about to pick it up for a closer look, lightning shattered overhead.
The wind whistled and a terrible feeling hit Brad’s stomach. Another lightning bolt boomed and Brad dropped the object onto the muddy ground. Brad had to be quick. He had to get this object and get out of the forest as fast as he could.
Had to be quick
Brad knelt down and tried to find the object he had just discovered. His knees sank into the ground and he clawed his hands through the dirt.
There was no way Brad could leave the woods without this object. But time was running out.
Lost and found
Brad finally found the property! He picked it up and his mouth dropped as he looked closer. It was thick and heavy.
He examines the object from every angle, his brown eyes fixed on his discovery. Brad couldn’t believe it. What did he discover?
The object is revealed
When Brad cleaned the object and continued inspecting it, he knew exactly what that object was. Although he had never seen anything like it, it was certain.
It turned out that this object was actually a coin. But Brad knew this wasn’t just any coin. It was something much better and, hopefully, much more valuable.
It was an incredible Spanish Eight Reales from 1780, the legendary “Pieces of Eight” from pirate stories. The silver currency was minted in five denominations – half, one, two, four and eight.
As such, the coins became known as the Pieces of Eight, with the largest coin becoming an internationally recognized trading coin.
Never let go
Brad couldn’t believe his luck finding such a special coin!
His find was definitely the biggest piece of silver he had ever found, and since it was so old and Spanish it was definitely considered one of the coolest things he had ever found in his life!
A happy ending
When Brad left the forest, he held the coin close to him. There was no way he was going to lose that. It was too special.
He got back to his car and when he stopped inside the rain pounded on the windshield. But Brad didn’t care. What he had in hand was something he knew would change his life.