In the 18th century off the coast of the Virginia Colony, a treasure-laden galleon was beaten back by headwinds and blown out of her course by a tempest into the hands of pirates. After the buccaneers commandeered the tall ship they disappeared without a trace into the forgotten history of the republican experiment.
Wing Commander Milton "Pick" Pickens disembarked from his rust bucket freighter seaplane into the rolling surf with a field bag slung over his shoulder. The archaeologist speculated that the pirates planned to hide their stolen vessel in a littoral cave sealed with detonated casks of gunpowder, later to crawl out another passage and escape into the Commonwealth with their plunder. Tales of this crew were so horrible and black-hearted, Pick formed a theory (during a ritualistic assembly of relatives gathered for Thanksgiving which felt like an escape room game where players try to solve clues to get out in less than an hour) that if the marauders had to hide together too long they may have killed each other inside the stone vault.
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