Sandi Brackeen

Author & Photographer

Digging Up The Past
Chapter 1

Immortality? Now that's tempting. Throw in an army of the dead, and hey, any evil overlord would kill for that package.
When the Homeland Security Service's Department of Unusual Events, or DUE, assigned my partner, Jason, and me to this case, the file said the spade we're looking for was valued at eighteen million dollars and belonged to the Peruvian Government. Stolen during shipment from Peru to the local University, the spade was scheduled for study, along with a number of the other artifacts uncovered on a dig site in Peru. According to our file, the HSS believed it had been stolen for financial gain or, perhaps, to cause an international incident. Not our usual type of case, but not unheard of either.
What the file didn't mention was that this wasn't just any gold spade. This was the Spade of Apocatequil. Peruvian legend has it that anywhere Apocatequil stuck this spade in the ground people sprang up. Now, the spade is believed to grant the holder immortality...
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