Theo paused to wipe the sweat from his forehead and pinched his nose closed. If his dad caught him digging in the middle of the yard, he wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week.
After watching a pirate movie, Theo was convinced gold was buried in their backyard. He knew finding gold would be worth any punishment his dad could hand out.
That was before his last strike with the gardening spade broke through the top of the rusted septic tank. As the hole filled with the foul-smelling sludge, he knew he’d get the belt and started crying.