CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and SEVENTY-NINE
Seth gave a nod.
“You have an image of these men as well as their identification,” Seth said. “I’m not sure what your publications can print. The photos are pretty gruesome. Our hope is that you will put the word out so we can put some families minds to rest. Someone’s been waiting fifty years for these young men to come home.”
Seth waited until the reporters looked up at him.
“When we finally reached the chamber, we discovered …” Seth looked up to see the reporters flipping through the photos. “Look for the man in a lab coat.”
He waited until they caught up.
“U.S. Intelligence operatives told us that there might be a nuclear detonator in this mine,” Seth said. “There is a story that a Jewish scientist stole the detonator and took it into a ‘mine.’ You’ll see that’s exactly what he did.
“He also managed to hold open the door to the mine,” Seth said. “The images you have are our first looks into the mine.”
“Whoa,” Blane said.
“Didn’t Nelson’s father go with them?” Jacob asked.
“He did,” Blane said. “I had breakfast with Nelson this morning. He said his dad called. He wants Nelson to look some things up. I guess they have a claim to some of swords and stuff.”
“That’s an adventure of a life time,” Jacob said.
“It brings up that story that Nelson is the key to some treasure,” Blane said with a roll of his eyes.
Jacob turned around to work on the cabinets again.
“What do you think?” Jacob asked.
“About Nelson as the key to some bullshit Templar thing?” Blane asked.
“The cabinets,” Jacob said.
“Higher,” Blane said. “That’s perfect.”
Jacob marked the top of the cabinets before setting them to the side. He turned around to look at Blane, but Blane was lost in thought.
“What’s up?” Jacob asked.
“I … um …” Blane scowled.
Valerie came in the door.
“Hi baby brother,” Valerie said. She put her arm around Blane and kissed his cheek.
“What’s this?” Jacob asked.
“This is an intervention,” Valerie said.
“Didn’t you already do this?” Jacob asked. “Tell me that I’m not living my life right and I should follow your glorious example?”
“I’m working,” Jacob said. He gestured around him.
“You have four men who could do this easier and faster,” Valerie said. “You’re wasting your time.”
Jacob looked at Blane.
“Anything to add?” Jacob asked.
“You seem kind of lost,” Blane said. “We’ve had to figure out what we’re going to do with our lives. You took over for your dad and just … did what was next.”
“You’ve never had to figure out what you want to do with your life,” Valerie said.
“I am a carpenter,” Jacob said. “I own a remodeling business. What about that isn’t ‘figuring it out’?”
Valerie and Blane looked at each other for a long moment.
“What?” Jacob asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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