Title: The Adventures of the Two Gates
Pairing: Riley/OC, slight Ben/Abby
Summary: Alyssa Gates, Ben Gates younger sister is thrown into the mix of the story National Treasure. How different would things would be if Ben had a sister who went with him on his journey to find the treasure.
"Shh…be quiet Ben! Grandpa might here us!" a 7 year old Alyssa Elizabeth Marie Gates with dark brown hair and bright blue eyes whispered to her older brother as they searched through their grandfather's attic on a stormy summer night.
"You be quiet Lyssa. Oh look I found it!" an 11 year old Benjamin Franklin Gates said in a loud whisper and held up a book to his younger sister.
"Yes!" Alyssa said to her brother and sat next to him on a small bench that was in the attic. Ben was starting to open the thick book that looked as if it was put together by someone.
"What are you too doing?" A voice said from the entrance of the attic. Both kids jumped and looked at the person who the voice belonged to.
"GRANDPA!" Both said in shock.
"You're not supposed to be up here, looking at that." Their grandfather John Adams Gates said walking towards them and sitting down in an old rocker that was in the attic.
"We're sorry grandpa." Ben said looking down as did his younger sister.
"We just wanted to know is all." Alyssa said looking at her brother who nodded his head as well agreeing with his sister.
Their grandfather sighed and looked at them gently taking the book back from young Ben. "Well I guess you're old enough I suppose. You should know the story. Although I wish you little missy would be older but you two never leave each others side." John said and smiled at his granddaughter.
"Ok, here we go. It was 1832, on a night much like this. Charles Carroll was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a member of a secret society known as the Masons. And he knew he was dying. He woke up his stable boy in the middle of the night and ordered him to take him to the White House to see Andrew Jackson because it was urgent that he speak to the president." John Adams Gate said looking at both of his grandchildren who where listening intently holding on to every word he said.
"Did he get to talk to him?" Ben asked eagerly.
"Yeah grandpa did he?" Alyssa asked just as anxious as her brother.
He smiled at his grandchildren, "No, he never got the chance. The president wasn't there that night. But Charles Carroll had a secret, so he took into his confidence the one person he could, my grandfather's grandfather, Thomas Gates."
"That's a lot of grandfathers!" Alyssa said and Ben nudged her lightly with his elbow.
"Shh be quiet let grandpa finish." Ben said, Alyssa just nodded and brought her hands up to her mouth and pretended to zip her lips closed, locked them up with a key and throw it away.
"So grandpa what was the secret?" Ben asked.
"A treasure. A treasure beyond all imagining. A treasure that had been
fought over for centuries by tyrants, pharaohs, emperors, and warlords.
And every time it changed hands it grew larger. And then suddenly...
It vanished." He said
Both of the younger Gates gasped. "Vanished?" Ben asked.
"Vanished. It didn't reappear for more than a thousand years, when knights from the First Crusade discovered secret vaults beneath the Temple of Solomon. You see, the knights who found the vaults believed that the treasure was too great for any one man, not even a king. They brought the treasure back to Europe and took the name "the Knights Templar". Over the next century they smuggled it out of Europe and they formed a new brotherhood called the Freemasons, in honor of the builders of the great temple. War followed. By the time of the American Revolution the treasure had been hidden again. By then the Masons included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere. They knew they had to make sure the treasure would never fall into the hands of the British. So they devised a series of clues and maps to its location. Over time the clues where lost or forgotten until only one remained. That was the secret Charles Carroll entrusted to young Thomas Gates."
"Charlotte… The secret lies with Charlotte"
"Who's Charlotte?" Alyssa asked with her head tilted to one side.
"Oh, not even Mr. Carroll even knew that. Now look here you too, Ben… Alyssa. The free masons among our founding fathers left us clues like these." John said and pulled out a one dollar bill, "The unfinished pyramid, the all-seeing eye, symbols of the Knights Templar. Guardians of the treasure. They are speaking to us through these…" Their grandfather said when their father Patrick Gates appeared at the entrance of the attic.
"You mean laughing at us. You know what a dollar represents? The entire Gates family fortune. Six generations of fools chasing around fool's gold."
John sighed and shook his head at his son. "It's not about the money Patrick it never has been." He said. Both kids staying silent and watching the two older Gates interact.
Patrick just looked at his father then at his two children. "Come on kids it's time to go, you can say your goodbyes now." Patrick said and left the attic.
Ben looked at his grandfather. "Grandpa are we knights?" he asked motioning to himself and Alyssa.
"Mmm… you want to be knights?" John asked them. Ben nodded his head yes while Alyssa said, "Yea I want to be a knight too grandpa."
"You can't you're a girl!" Ben said as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"Yes she can Ben. Any member of the Gates family can be a knight." John said to them. Both kids smiled. "Alright um… kneel down both of you." He said and both kids did as he said. "Benjamin Franklin Gates, you take upon yourself the duty of the Templar's, free masons, and the Gates family. Do you swear?"
"I so swear!" Ben said
"Alright then. Alyssa Elizabeth Marie Gates, you take upon yourself the duty of the Templar's, free masons, and the Gates Family. Do you swear?"
"I swear with my life!" Alyssa said.
"Good now you both are knights." Their grandfather said to them while smiling.
Chapter One- We Found It! We Found Charlotte!
"Wake up sleepy head!" Alyssa Gates heard and opened up her bright blue eyes she had just had a dream of when her grandfather had first told her and her brother about the treasure. She looked to her left and saw her brothers long time friend Riley Poole looking at her.
Her older brother Ben Gates had known Riley since he was 16 and Riley was 15, they met back in high school when Riley first moved to Washington D.C. and have been buddies since. She was 13 at the time and had a slight crush on Riley at the time back then. Ever since they had met and Ben and Alyssa told Riley about their family and he hadn't laughed or called them insane they had all been friends and where there for each other whenever they where needed. Which helps explain why here she was 20 year old Alyssa Gates was doing in the middle of the Artic circle with her 24 year old brother, a 23 year old Riley Poole, and their college roommate Ian Howe and his weird buddies.
"How can you sleep when we are in the middle of no where and its freezing?" Riley asked.
"Simple, my Ipod ran out of battery about 20 miles back and it's either listening to you three bicker like old married people or sleep. I chose the last one." Alyssa said.
"Hey we do not bicker like old married people." Ben Gates said looking back at his younger sister with a smile.
"If anyone bickers it's you two." Ian said looking at both of the Gates.
"Oh thanks a lot Ian your real nice." Alyssa said leaning forward and lightly hitting Ian on the arm.
"You wound me Gates." Ian said with a laugh. As to how the four became the little group they where was because back when Ben and Riley where in their 3rd year of college they had gotten an apartment and needed another roommate that is where Ian Howe entered they all got along well enough. Riley for some reason didn't like Ian all that much but Ben couldn't find anything really that wrong with him, he hadn't been mad or angered when Alyssa moved in with them.
Alyssa had shown up at their front door the summer before she was going to start her first year of college at the same school that the other 3 attended, with most of her belongings because their father and her had gotten into a very big fight about where she was going to attend college and how she was following in her brothers footsteps and ruining her life my believing the treasure that their grandfather had told them about.
Now the 3 guys where out of college and had been living regular lives had their own places except Ben and Alyssa still lived together, while Ben still searched for the Charlotte with Alyssa's help who was now in her 2nd year of college. When they thought they found something that might actually lead them to the Charlotte. So they packed up their stuff and Alyssa started taking online courses and they set out for the Artic where they were now.
"You know I was thinking about Hanson and Perry, crossing this kind of terrain with nothing more than dog sleds and on foot. Can you imagine?" Ben said he had the tendency to start talking about random events in history. They where all use to it by now.
"It's extraordinary." Ian said no one could tell if he was being sarcastic or not.
"Yeah it'd be a living hell if I had to be with all of you." Alyssa said and when Riley looked at her she smiled and said, "I'm just kidding Riley. I love you all. No matter how annoying you guys are."
"Well then I feel loved." Riley said dryly and Alyssa hugged him since she was next to him sitting in the back of the big snow vehicle they where in.
"You should." She said.
"Hey are we getting closer?" Ben asked from the passenger seat looking towards Riley who was sitting behind him.
Riley was typing something on his computer and moving the mouse around. "Well assuming your theory,"
"Hey it's my theory too." Alyssa interjected.
"Ok then assuming both your and Alyssa's theory is correct and my tracking model's accurate, we should be getting very close. But don't go by me I broke a shoelace this morning." Riley said after being corrected by Alyssa. Alyssa, Ben, and Ian looked at him strangely. "It's…it's a bad omen." He stated simply and Alyssa just nodded her head as if understanding.
"Of course a bad omen." Alyssa said and started looking around outside of the window looking for any sign of a ship, pushing her semi-long medium brown colored hair out of her face.
"So should we turn around and go home?" Ian asked.
"Or we could just pull over and throw him out." Ben offered.
"Aww poor Riley." Alyssa said
"Haha… okay." Riley said dryly.
"Oh Riley, you aren't missing the windowless cubicle we found you in are you?" Ben asked in a taunting voice.
"Oh no, absolutely not." Riley quickly responded.
Just then Riley's computer beeps loudly alerting them that they have reached their destination.
They all got out of the vehicle and another one that was identical to the one there where in pulled up behind them and Ian's friends Shaw, Shippen and Powell where in exited it and came towards them looking around.
"Why are we stopping? I thought we where looking for a ship." Shaw said in a heavy accent.
"I don't see any ship!" Shippen said stateing the obvious.
They all looked around them. "Ben, take a moment. In a few minutes we might just find what over 6 generations of our family have been looking for. We could make history, we could clear our family name and have dignity brought back to it." Alyssa said holding onto her brother's arm with her gloved hand.
Ben smiled and hugged her with one arm. "I know Lys this could be it." He whispered.
The brother sister bonding moment was ruined by non other than the very dumb Shippen. "Look, this is a waste of time. How could a ship wind up way out here?"
"Oh she is out here." Alyssa said.
"Well I'm no expert, but it could be that the hydrothermal properties of the region produce hurricane force ice storms that causes the ocean to freeze, then melt, than refreeze, resulting in a semi-solid migrating land mass that would land a ship right around here." Riley explained while Ben had gotten his metal detector out and him and Alyssa where looking around with it. Suddenly it went off, indicating that something was buried in the snow.
Both he and Alyssa start to remove the snow from the area around where the metal detector went off and they found something that looked brass. Ben grabbed Riley's water bottle and poured it onto the metal. They uncovered what appears to be a bell or the mouth of a cannon with the words 'Boston Massacre' and 'Charlotte' on it. Both Alyssa and Ben gasp and hug each other while leaning on the snow.
"We found it! We finally found it!" Alyssa said excitedly.
"Alright boys get the equipment out and start digging this ship out, but be careful!" Ian yells and Shaw, Shippen, and Powell get to work while Riley, Alyssa, and Ben go and talk about the discovery they had just made.
Author's Note- Ok so this is my first National Treasure story so what do you think? Also if you've read some of my other stories you will learn that I usually use the name Alyssa. I don't know why I just like it a lot. Anyway please review with comments. I will update soon, hope you enjoyed reading this.
-Rebecca a.k.a. rnl1993