Down The Hole
She paused for a moment, trying to keep her shaky nerves stable. With one hand, she grabbed the edge of the bed as she pushed the other even more into the compartment. Something inside was certainly there. What had she gotten mixed in with herself?
A Beautiful Life
In the enchanting city of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Laural Jaecks was only an ordinary person, living an ordinary life. Always keen to help, she has been the Good Samaritan of the neighborhood. Church festivals, meetings of the school board… Laural will be there. She had consoled the victims even after a recent store robbery and managed to help paste “Did You See This Man?” warnings on the telephone poles.
Making The Most Of Everything
Laural and her spouse had got to learn how and when to turn around every cent at an early stage. ‘The finer things in life,’ Laural didn’t need. She seemed to be quite satisfied. Even so, an emergency would sometimes arise and money would have to be spent. She knew little. Life was just about to throw a huge curveball at her.
The pair had seen the house as well as its contents for many great years, but something was bound to break down. And in that same month, Laural had not anticipated both the oven to cook the very last meal and the bedroom furniture to break! A new oven had cost them a lot already. Where could they find more cash for a new set of bedrooms?
She Was Unsure
There was no spare cash for Laural and her spouse to buy entirely new furniture. “Why not try Marketplace on Facebook? ” recommended by a friend. Maybe she could find exactly what she had been searching for, maybe they’d find a good bargain there. The concept was tempting. Purchasing from a random person, though? Laural hadn’t been so certain.
Anyway, she seemed to have a look, and shortly she got a hit: a nearby guy was selling second-hand furniture. What was she supposed to lose? She’d heard lots of horror stories about people getting scammed out of their hard-earned cash or not receiving what they’d assumed. But she was never able to prepare for it.
She Loved It
Laural spotted a lovely bedroom set, a dresser as well as a headboard immediately upon having arrived at the sale. Her spouse was reasonably sure that it was 100 percent wood and really great quality, Amish-made. The query was: would they have the opportunity to afford it? It also was completely obvious that all the pieces of furniture were being sold like hotcakes. Would someone else have snatched the bedroom set on which they had set their hearts?
A Good Deal
Laural approached the vendor and decided to take her chance: “Would you take $325 into consideration? “This was all the money they brought with them. The surly-looking guy said yes without blinking and snatched the cash before moving on to the next client. Not even the dour attitude of that guy could diminish the spirits of Laural. The set for the bedroom was theirs!
She Was Having Doubts
And what a steal! Laural pondered nervously. But she just can not help but wonder on her way home why the vendor had negotiated to a very cheap price. It was as though he was just trying to get rid of the furniture. Had she made a big mistake just then? Well, what’s been done has been done. But they were in for a nasty surprise when they relocated the new set into their bedroom.
It Doesn’t Fit
“Oh, they’re not really fitting!” When her husband decided to install the bedroom set in their room, Laural sighed. Way too big was the dresser for the space behind the door. But she was going to make it work somehow. It was a lovely piece of furniture after all. Laural sat down on the edge of the bed and more thoroughly scrutinized their good purchases. She did run her hand down the wood grain… and then almost overlooked a tiny chunk of metal jutting out from under one of the drawers.
Something Was Wrong
She called her husband so that he could feel it for himself. That was just a random bit of metal or portion of a fixture, he does seem to think. Laural wasn’t reassured, however. She actually pulled on it for the first time, but nothing took place. She and her husband went to sleep, surrendering that it might just be an abnormality. But she had a weird feeling, as Laural lay there, that she just can not shake.
There’s Something Hidden
Why would a piece of furniture have a flaw? She knew that the Amish took pride in their handwork. There must have been more than just that. She decided to further uncover, still unable to rest. She depressed the region and then heard a faint click. A concealed compartment! Unexpectedly, she remembered how fast the guy had been selling furniture to them. Did he have any knowledge of this secret cache?
She Needed To Know
Truly, she ought to check in there anyway. How could she go to rest now, knowing that right next to her bed there was something unidentified tucked away? Anything could be. Could the vendor have hidden stuff in it? Had he or the furniture owners genuinely wish for something to do away with? Her mind had been racing. There was just one thing about it.
Full Of Worries
The mind of Laural started spinning with hypotheses: something horrible, something incriminating, something robbed, proof… what could someone have concealed in there anyway? She cautiously reached into the crevice, putting her emotions aside, and began to feel around the back with her fingers until she started to feel something that was certainly not supposed to be there. She screamed to wake her husband up… She didn’t want to discover for herself what that was.
What Could Be Inside?
With a start, her spouse got up. ‘I was right… there’s something here!’ whispered Laural anxiously. He himself was now fairly intrigued with her husband looking on, and Laural reached inside carefully with her hand again. Would jewelry contain it? With cash? Antique objects? Priceless collectible cards? So many things they’ve fantasized about. But they were stunned when Laural started pulling the object out.
They Were Curious
Pushed far off to the back of the room. This seems to be a package wrapped in paper of some kind. As if it were delicate, Laural brought it out slowly. An old envelope that’s brown. With both hands, she carried it delicately and sat gazing at it, baffled. “Well, don’t just sit there, open it up!” has been the impatient reply from her husband. She took a peek inside, and a few moments later, wide-eyed, she looked up at him.
Checking What’s Inside
Laural, attempting to reach again inside the hidden compartment, managed to bring out yet another envelope, and then another. The first envelope opened and she couldn’t believe her eyes. It enclosed a stack of actual twenty-dollar bills when the first bundle was opened. Laural was really shocked that she almost dropped it to see that it stored a substantial amount of money! And what about the remaining envelopes?
Lots Of Money
Even more hyped and anxious than before, they grew. Two bundles that had to be opened were still there. Could it contain the same stuff? What else had they been about to find? The second package contained something even more fascinating. It had a stack of bills worth 50 dollars. How about the third envelope, though?
Hundred-dollar bills were held in the third envelope. Many of them. Just looking from inside the envelope back at her. She threw all of them onto the bed, eliciting her husband’s gasp. Something nagged at the back of her mind… And then she remembered the previous robbery at the store. The stolen loot has never been found by the authorities. Could it be that the thief’s hidden stash had just been managed to stumble upon?
There’s More to It
They placed the money in neat piles on the bed after having to count everything, a swathe of blue bills that linked the pattern on the quilt. In total, $11 000. There was really no denying about what to do next in Laural’s mind: report their discovery to the local police. Her husband had, for the meantime, stuck his own hand into space and started digging a little farther around. Lo and behold, another bundle happened to come out.
The Puzzle Was Solved
It was just a lot of old financial records this time. As she analyzed them, Laural’s mind wandered, and abruptly it hit her: she had recognized the Facebook Marketplace vendor! She will get to the bottom of this, as she logged on to Facebook again, she did think to herself. She knew she was right the minute she saw the seller’s profile. It had been him. Should she tell him what she’s just discovered?
Back From The Start
Laural phoned in the number of the vendor. How would the call approach her? She’d just lay all of it out, she made the decision. She told him respectfully that she had found him in the locked drawer and that she knew he had much to do with it. The surname she recognized in the financial records was: De Pere.
It Was His Parents’ Bedroom Set
The surname De Pere was the same as that of the vendor. Yes, the bedroom set belonged to his late parents, he told Laural. The furniture was a part of the sale of their estate. He wanted everything to be rid of, to bring closure. But he had not even known their hide-hole- would Laural return their items?
Use It For Her Own Good
Laural had been thinking long and hard about how she’d use 11,000 dollars. She can pay off the student debt of her granddaughter, remodel her old house or go on a perfect vacation. But for a long time, she did not indulge those wild fantasies. She did not even hesitate to do the right thing as a woman who took pride herself on her moral conscience and good values.
Of course, she decided to return all the cash and the account records instantly. And besides, the seller was the real owner. His mother and father worked a long and hard job and saved some money for it. Yes, it would have been nice to be $11,000 wealthier, but she wasn’t a thief… One great result deserves another: the guy gave the Good Samaritan a few of the money she’d returned as compensation for her honesty. How many would give a very large amount of money back?