When they reached Alnwick they stopped briefly and let the dog walk about on the grass; he rolled around but did little else until Robert bought ice cream.
“You like ice cream Scamp, the little dog wagged its tail.
Robert went back to the ice cream van and bought a small cone then held it as the pup lapped up the ice cream then crunched on the cone.
After half an hour they all got back into the car and headed off again.
It was nearly one o’clock when they reached Percy Road and the house that their father had owned.
It’s very nice here said Pat as she looked out towards the sea; no wonder your father chose to live here. Robert rang a phone number of the house keeper that had the keys to the house who told them she would be over in five minutes.
Brenda Christie introduced herself then showed them around the house which was immaculate.
“I’m awfully sorry for your loss Mr McCreadie; Robert was a lovely man and he made sure I was well looked after, do you know he bought my house for me just before he died and I never knew until I went into North Shields to pay my rent. “ I had worked for your father for over twenty years you know.”
Do we owe you anything for keeping the house spotless?
“No I have been paid enough.
“Robert did ask me to give you this though she went into a cup board and brought out a small trunk. Can you help me with it as it is very heavy?”
The two lads took hold of the chest and carried it onto a rug.
There was a lock on the chest and Brenda gave Robert the key. Robert turned the key until the lock opened then took off the lock from the hasp and opened the lid.
Inside it was full of large rocks.
“What Robert wanted a box of old rocks for I will never know said Brenda with a frown.” Any way I will leave you to it; please give me a ring if you need me.
“Thank you Brenda.”
Once Brenda ha left Robert Junior picked up one of the large rocks and began to examine it.
His mother was of the same opinion as Brenda until Robert told them that the rock contained gold. “This is gold ore.
“Are you sure son asked his father?
“I am a geologist Da’ I know about rocks.”
“How much gold is in these rocks then?
“Enough to keep us all in the laps of luxury for at least twenty years I expect.
“Why would my father bring these rocks home then leave us clues to another load?
“Maybe there was that much of it he couldn’t carry it.”
Or that he was afraid that someone else might find it.
“Yes that sounds like a reasonable assumption.”