Johansen fired the pistol he was carrying and Robert was hit in the shoulder the force of the shot sent Robert flying into the water. Rob jumped in after his father and both James and Becky helped to get him back on land. The bullet had broken his collar bone but had come out the other side of his back. Rob went into his rucksack and took out the first aid box. He took out some gauze and applied it to the wound to stem the bleeding.
“Proper little Boy Scout aren’t you.”
“You bastard I will kill you for this.”
“Now, Now Mr McCreadie just give us the gold and we will leave.”
Bernie Crutchley has waited a long time to get his hands on this.”
Gary Jacobs picked the sack from the ground then used the rope to tie them all up.
“I reckon you will survive about a week before you all die an agonising death from starvation, goodbye and have a nice life.”
The two men turned then made their way out of the cave.
Robert struggled to free him self but the rope was tied tightly around them.”
They waited an other half hour before Robert asked them to shuffle backwards towards the rocks then he was able to work his hands up and down because they had used the stretchy rope. The rope began to fray then it gave way and they were able to free themselves.
Robs father was in a lot of pain; he found some strong pain killers and made a sling from some rope and part of his rucksack.
“What are we going to do now; asked Becky?
“Well we can dig out some of the gold that we came for then; climb down from here and walk across the outback. Hopefully we will be spotted by a passing aeroplane.”
We have enough water and we can hunt more food if we need it.
Robert took the sack that he had used the cover to make the sling with then strapped a pick and shovel to his back then climbed up inside the bag he had his oil lamp and torch.
Once he was inside the hole he quickly filled up the bag with golden nuggets from the seam some of them weighed over a pound others even heavier. When the bag was full he lowered it down to James. James passed him another and he proceeded to fill that one as well.
Then he climbed down again.
Eleanor and Becky had filled the water drum and the water canisters then they filled up as many of the sealed bags as they could and placed them into their rucksacks.
James had the food as well as over forty pounds of gold on his back so they made their way down Mount Barren Rob led the way again he was carrying the water drum and the sack of gold. Look said Becky why don’t you let us carry some of the gold then it will make it easier for you.
Okay said Rob; as he dropped the rucksack carrying the gold it thudded off the ground.