The chimney held the goods

Last week when my cousin contacted me and asked if I wanted to go explore my great uncle’s old house I thought it was a great idea.

I have not seen my cousin in several years and my great-uncle was definitely a very interesting man. When he passed away the family wasn’t sure what to do with his house, so we have been hanging on to it until somebody takes the lead on renovating the property. My cousin and I decided we should go poke around to decide if we wanted to be the leaders of this rehabilitation process. As soon as we arrived at the house, I knew we were in for a difficult trip. The thermostat was absolutely not working no matter how much we tried to fiddle with the temperature control device. We realized that the old school forced air furnace was probably not operable after all of these years sitting without any professional heating, cooling, and ventilation maintenance. We definitely needed to get an air quality control specialist to the house to fix the central heating, cooling, and ventilation devices before the house was going to be livable. In the meantime, we gathered firewood from the yard and started a roaring fire in the traditional fireplace. We sat around in front of the fireplace comparing notes on all of the renovations that needed to take place, obviously including the HVAC system. Just then, a strange sound came from the fireplace. I turned around to see a metal box in the flames and quickly fished it from the fire. Inside, we found bricks of silver and gold that clearly had been hidden in the chimney for years. Well, at least now we have money for the HVAC repairs. Should we tell the family?


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