Illustration by: Will Terry
"So you mean that we should split the treasure four ways, if we accept you as one of our partners?" asked Clarence.
"Yes, exactly!" said Pierre pointing out over the desert landscape. "You could die out there without my help. I know the desert for what it is."
"But can we trust you?" asked Louie, "Rodney and Clarence are new to these parts, while I grew up here and know what can happen if you meet up with the wrong kind of stranger."
"Well, do as you like. But if you choose to let me join your venture, you will just have to trust me." explained Pierre folding up the treasure-map, and returning it to Rodney.
"Just give us some minutes to discuss this, said Rodney and motioned the others to go behind a large rock and talk. Pierre waited for their reply, as he gazed up at the darkening sky. Clouds drifted by and a few stars became visible.
The other three walked toward Pierre. It was Clarence who spoke: "Allright, Pierre, we'll let you have a share if you are willing to help us find the treasure. Welcome to our party!"
"Thank you," replied Pierre heartily, " You will not regret this. Let's get started right away. Clarence, you who have the best night-vision among us. Please lead the way!" And the little band of fortune-hunters scampered away into the desert night.
Art by Tomas