When Bella and Martin got back home from the museum, they wanted a glass of water. Tom greeted them when they entered the house. “Hey, boy! What are you doing?” asked Martin. The dog barked and showed them to the dining room. The diamond that they had found earlier was sitting in the middle of it. Their father was talking to a woman. “Shiny,” said the woman. “Very shiny. I will accept it!” Their dad smiled and chuckled, “Thank you! Thank you so much!” Bella felt angry suddenly. “FATHER!” she yelled. “FATHER, LISTEN!” The woman turned around and saw Bella. “Is this your child?” she asked. Their dad nodded. “Maybe you should teach her how to behave!” she rudely whispered. But of course, everyone heard it. Bella gasped. “I’m fine! I don’t need to learn that,” she said.
The woman shook her head and left. Before she slammed the door, she looked at Bella and frowned. “Who was THAT?” exclaimed Martin. “She’s the person who is buying that diamond you found earlier. We will earn a lot of money, and I will make changes to our farm!” said their dad. “Dad,” started Bella. “Can we have another horse? I like Tony, but I want another one!” Their dad shrugged. “We’re going to Tim’s place today. Our barn will be repainted. I have already sent our animals to the pet hotel.” The children squealed. When they got to Uncle Tim’s home in the city, they were greeted by his cat, Marie. “Hey girl,” said Bella. “Nice to meet you again! Your fur is so soft!”
Tim then came downstairs and said, “Oh, Jack! It’s you! And the little ones, too.” Bella and Martin waved to Uncle Tim. There aunt, Sophie, met them a few minutes later. “Oh!” she exclaimed. “Jack, Bella, Martin, it’s so great to see you all!” Bella looked around the house. “Where’s Sally?” she asked. Sophie laughed and replied, “She’s out in the back. You can meet her if you want.” The adults started chatting and Martin helped himself with cookies, while Bella searched for Sally. Eventually, she found Sally and her little brother, Joe. “Sally!” squealed Bella. “And Joe, too! It’s so nice to meet you! It’s been ages.” Sally waved and giggled. “Hi Bella!” she greeted. “You sounded like my mother!” Bella gave her cousin the biggest of grins. “Martin?” Joe said. “Oh, Martin’s in the dining room,” answered Bella.
“Bella!” yelled Sally. “Want to play tag?” Bella nodded. They ran around the backyard until they heard Sophie cry, “Children! Come for dinner!” They walked to the dining table and ate a fine meal. After that, they were told to go to bed. Everyone else was asleep except for Sally and Bella. “Sally!” blurted Bella. “Want to do something fun?” Sally nodded. They went out and started digging. “Are you sure it will work?” asked Sally. Bella rolled her eyes. “Who knows?” she snapped. Anyways, the girls then went bed after not being successful.
The next morning, they had pancakes for breakfast. “Hey! Bella!” whispered Sally. “I think there is treasure in the yard!” Bella glared at Sally. “Whatever! Leave me alone!” she hissed. Sally was puzzled. “Huh?” she mumbled. “What’s wrong with-” Bella shushed her. “Okay kids,” said Bella’s dad. “Bella, Martin and I will be leaving for a while. We will see you soon!”
“Dad!” said Martin in the car. “Where are we going?” His father chuckled. “You’ll see!” he laughed. Bella shrugged at Martin. Later, they arrived at an elegant mansion. Their dad knocked on the door. They were greeted by the woman they saw yesterday. “Jack! You’re finally here! Come inside,” she insisted. She glared at Bella again. After their dad and the woman talked, the woman asked if they had any questions. “I have one!” gushed Bella. “Why do you collect all these pieces of treasure?” The woman smiled. “I love treasure! It is so beautiful!”
“And I have a question too,” said Martin. “Can you tell us a little about yourself?” The woman nodded. “My name is Veronica Smith,” she started. “My husband works at the Museum of Treasure. Have you been there before? But anyways, you could call us ‘treasure collectors.’ In fact, some of this furniture is made from gold that my husband collected!” Their father next said, “Who is your husband?” Veronica stood up and shouted, “Thomas! Come down will you!” Then, a young man walked into the living room. “Bella! Martin! I can’t believe it’s you!” Their dad and Veronica were very confused. “Thomas?” she stammered. “You know them?” Thomas confidently nodded. Their dad gasped. “What a surprise!” he said.
“Yes. Indeed, it is,” sighed Thomas. “I can’t believe you escaped! That’s crazy! No one escapes!” Veronica nodded. “You are in big trouble, Thomas Smith!!”