A long time ago, there was a boy named Indiana, his father was dead from a huge tidal wave and his mother was paralyzed from a horse-drawn cart accident. He was the poorest in the town where he lived. All the people in the town bullied him and had no regard for him. So Indiana hated all these people, and had no choice but to steal when he had to in order to survive with his mother. Indiana’s life continued like that until one day, he found a notebook in his dead grandfather’s room. There was a treasure map hidden in it along with a note written by his Grandfather. There was a small island called Treasure Island with a big X in the middle. The note read: The key for the treasure chest is split into 2 pieces. One half of the key is guarded by the King of the Rock kingdom and the other half of the key is with the King of the Sand kingdom. Indiana thought this was an amazing chance to change his life – with riches he could pursue his dreams and care for his mother. So he decided that day to follow the map and find the treasure. The first kingdom Indiana went to was the Rock kingdom. The palace was built on top of a tall column of rock, and was almost impossible to climb. Indiana used a vine to make a rope and climb up to the palace gate. Indiana knocked on the gate and a tall soldier came. With a loud voice the guard called out and asked who was there. Indiana stated his purpose and asked to see the King. The soldier went inside for a moment, then reappeared and granted Indiana permission. When Indiana met King Rock, he asked King Rock for the treasure key. King Rock answered with a question, “why do you need the treasure key?” Indiana thought for a moment and he told his lie to the king. “ I am the blacksmith who forged the iron treasure key and split it in half to protect the treasure from theft. Now I will remake it and give the completed key to you because I think you are a good king.” King Rock believed Indiana and gave half the key to him. Before he left, King Rock reminded him, “don’t forget your promise and remember to give me the completed key I will give you the land and title of a nobleman” Indiana left the Rock Kingdom with the half-key and journeyed South to the Sand Kingdom in the desert. After a week of travelling he arrived at the sand kingdom. There was no gate at this kingdom: the desert kept most invaders away. The King here was really wise, subtle and old. Indiana spoke to him as genuinely as he could. “King Sand, all your subject think you are the best king ever. I really want to protect the treasure, so I decided to give the treasure to you.” King Sand stroked his beard and spoke carefully, “ you want my half the key? You must have the other half already.” Indiana explained, “Yes, can you give me your half of the key and I can fix them together, become a completed key to get the treasure for you.” King Sand thought for a while and queried, “How can I believe you?” Indiana showed King Sand the half key he had gotten from King Rock and told King Sand about how he cheated King Rock by offering to fix and return the key to him. After a long conversation, King Sand finally believed Indiana. Indiana had successfully used his lie to get the complete the key, and he began his journey to the treasure island. When Indiana arrived at the beach to find a boat, a beautiful female suddenly appeared in front of him. Behind her on the beach was a small but sturdy boat. Indiana was shocked when he recognized the woman as his Mom. He asked, “How did you get here, you are paralyzed!” His mother replied, “I am Rhea the daughter of Prometheus – a God, and you are my son. I had to protect you, so I took the mortal form of a paralyzed person. But now, I will help you to get the treasure. When Indiana and his mother Rhea arrived at Treasure island, they saw a huge snake monster was protecting the treasure. Indiana tried to use a sword to fight with the monster, but the monster was too powerful and full of limitless energy. They battled, but Indiana was almost killed by the monster. Rhea stepped in to protect her son and fought with the monster. His mother and monster fought and spent all their power and both began to die. Before she died Rhea told Indiana, “I am a god’s daughter, I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want you to know that you also are part god to protect you from your Grandfather Prometheus’ enemies. Now that you know – think well of me, for this is the last thing I can do for you, remember, the treasure of life is better than treasure’s of Gold.” Indiana’s mother closed her eyes forever. Indiana felt really sad and he felt regret for the loss of his mother. He used the key and opened the treasure, became the richest person in this world. He didn’t feel happy about finding the treasure for he thought no one should have died from his treasure hunt – least of all his mother. The treasure had served its true purpose: he had passed the test of greed; so he put the treasure back to the sand and split the key again. He gave back the two halves of the keys to the Kings, telling them the treasure was safer being hidden, and went back to the town he lived. Indiana sat in under a tree in his town and began to write a journal about a treasure hunt for his future grandson….
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