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Hey, how y'all doin'?
I think I'm going to start a story deal-y. I will be based off of Disney's National Treasure. I personally love that movie! I don't want to give too much away right now, but it will involve Riley and an OC...
If you haven't seen National Treasure yet, I suggest you see it before you read this. I follow the exact story line.
Bianca Lewis was sitting at her desk in her office one day at the University of Pennsylvania of Archeology and Anthropology Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was doing the job she had had her heart set on ever since she was a little girl. Cryptography. She had always loved to decode the Hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. In her free time, so would do what any cryptographer would do...solve riddles, like the kind in newspapers and magazines. She would also head over to the Underground Museum down the street whenever she needed to get away or think.
The Underground Museum consists of things that Benjamin Franklin invented and discovered. The museum would always remind Bianca of her childhood friend, Ben Gates. Yes, the famous Gates family that everyone thought was crazy because they believed that the Free Masons had created a treasure map to mounds of Knight's Templar Treasure.
Ben was about 15 years older than Bianca, but they were still friends: 1. Because Ben was a next door neighbor and would baby-sit if her normal sitter was unable to watch her when she was young and 2. Ben's father practically forced him to be her 'playmate' when he saw her swinging on her swing set all by herself.
While at her desk, Bianca was working on a set of Hieroglyphics that had been given to her by her boss earlier in the week. There were papers scattered everywhere around the room; on the floor, on the counter, the computer, even papers taped to the windows. She couldn't even find her favorite pen that her father had given to her just before he died.
She had gotten out of her chair at her desk to pace the room. She couldn't decipher what the one symbol meant. It wasn't in her notes anywhere. She goes over to a filing cabinet and digs through one of the draws. There was nothing there to give her any clues, so she goes back to her desk and sits down, propping her elbows up on the desk. She rubs her face with her hands and pushes her medium-long, wavy, purple-tinted brunette hair out of her face, letting her hands rest at the back of her head.
"Why...can't...I...figure...this...out?" she asks herself out loud hitting her forehead on the desk after every word.
"So, Miss Bianca Lewis can't even figure out a simple Hieroglyphic without having to resort to violence," someone says from the door.
Bianca didn't even hear anyone come in. She looks up slowly and sees Ben leaning on the doorframe with his arms folded across his chest.
"Benjamin Gates! Is it really you, or did I just hit my head hard enough to make myself think that I'm really speaking to you?" Bianca says rubbing her forehead dramatically.
"Yes, it is really me, Ben Gates," he says countering her dramatic forehead-rubbing with a dramatic bow.
Bianca rises from her chair and walks towards her old friend, giving him a hug and laughing.
"You haven't changed a bit since the last time I saw you. How've you been?" she asks pulling away from their hug.
"Alright, alright. And you?"
"I'm okay...except for my head, but that'll pass," she says smiling at him, "What brings you to Philly? I thought you were in D.C.?"
Ben looks around and closes the door to Bianca's office.
"I found it," he says, sitting on the edge of her desk.
"Careful! Don't you realize what those are! Those are Hieroglyphics from Ancient Egypt!" she screeches running over to her desk and pulling Ben off of it.
"Sorry," he says, "you haven't changed a bit," he ends with a smirk.
"It's alright," she sighs, "What did you find? Did you find my pen?"
"Your pen? You mean the one your father gave you. You still have it...and it works? Its amazing you can find anything in here," he mumbles the last part.
"Gee, thanks," she says sarcastically, "I know where things are. I call it organized chaos. I just...misplaced the pen. Did you happen to see it?" she asks Ben looking around.
"No, sorry, but I found something else," he says in a mysterious voice.
"Alright. What did you find?" Bianca asks giving up her scan of the room for the pen.
"I found the Charlotte. Well, the whereabouts anyway," he says putting his hands on her shoulders and looking her straight in the eyes.
"Oh my god, Ben! Are you joking! You better not be or..." she didn't get to finish her threat.
"I'm not kidding, Bianca. It's up near the Arctic Circle," he says releasing her shoulders, "I'm putting a team together and since you were the only person to believe me when we were younger, I thought you might want to tag along."
"Tag along? Is that all I'm good for?" she asks in a mock tone, crossing her arms over her chest.
"No, of course not. You're a wonderful cryptographer and that's why I want you with me. There are riddles involved..." he says the last part tauntingly.
Bianca's arms fall to her sides and her mouth hangs open.
"Riddles? I love riddles and you know it...I'm in!" she say regaining her composure.
Back when Ben was in college and Bianca was in middle school, they were sitting on the swings of Bianca's swing set one day, when Ben tells her everything about it all. Ben had enough trust in her to tell her about the Knight's Templar treasure. She believed him...for some reason unknown to him. He was grateful and was glad she didn't think he and his family were crazy...unlike the rest of the historical population.
"When do we leave?" Bianca asks sitting in the chair at her desk.
"In a few days. I have to get a few things together then you and I will head down to D.C. to meet up with everyone else," he says.
"Something tells me I'm going to be the only woman going on this excursion," she says leaning back in her chair.
"Probably," he replies smugly.
"Great," she says rolling her eyes, "Anyone going that I would know?"
"I doubt it. The guy I contacted is named Ian Howe, he's funding our trip and he says he's going to bring some guys that will help also. I have to get this kid out of an office, Riley Poole, in D.C. He's a computer wiz...probably about as good with technology as good as you are with cryptics," he explains.
"Oh, goody. A computer nerd," Bianca mumbles, rolling her eyes.
"Yeah, a computer nerd," he says walking towards the door, "I have to get going, but I'll talk to you soon."
"Alright, but let me know when were leaving," Bianca says passing him her business card after she jots down her cell phone number on the back.
The two friends hug.
"It was good to see you again, Bianca," says Ben leaving the office.
Bianca smiles and goes to sit at her desk again.
After sitting at the desk for a few moments, she picks up the papyrus sitting in front of her. Underneath it was the green fountain pen her father had given her.
"Well, would you look at that? There it is," she says to herself.
After putting the papyrus back down, she started staring at the Hieroglyphics again. She got it! The final symbol that was bothering her for the past few hours!
'It must have been Ben,' she thinks and starts to put her equipment away for the day. She was the last one left on her floor, but she was used to it.
Bianca walks out of the museum and to the nearest bus station. She gets on the bus and stays on for a few stops until its close enough to her apartment.
Once inside the apartment, she throws her bag down by the door, along with her sneakers. She works in a casual wear work place, so jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers are what she normally wears.
Bianca eats dinner (leftovers, as usual), takes a shower, and gets into bed. She easily drifts off to sleep.