This is an audience participation story and open to everyone to contribute.
My job sometimes takes me to exotic locations, even if my work there isn't. My CSE/IT team was sent to Morocco for a week to help our division there integrate software we developed back in Cali. I know, boring! At least we got to stay in a plush hotel in Marrakesh and had evenings free to explore the ancient city. I stayed in the first night due to jet lag but the second... well I was ready for adventure.
I was happy my best bud Diana came along and the two of us set out. We passed an alley and came upon Souks, an old street market with an overwhelming amount of shops that were packed with treasures. Fun! The deeper we went into the market, the more exotic the items became. Clothes and jewelry, artwork and antiquities. We made our way through to the deepest part of Souks and found Khalid. His booth was small and he looked as ancient as the Saharan desert. His penetrating eyes drew us in and he motioned us closer. His accent was thick but he spoke to us in english "I have something for you". That's a typical line to get tourists to buy so I didn't think much of it. He pulled out an ancient scroll and handed it to me. There was faded writing on the outside with an unbroken wax seal. Diana asked him what was written and he said "Megan & Diana"
I swear to God I've never been so weirded out in my life. I grabbed Diana, ran out of Souks and kept going. We stopped by a stone fountain to catch our breath and get a grip on what just happened. How could this be possible? It took a while to get the nerve but we finally removed the seal. I carefully opened the scroll to reveal a map. There was large letters in old arabic sprawled across the top. I punched it into my Iphone (yep, there's an app for that) and the readout came back with the translation The Ring of Forever.
"Well Diana, what should we do?" >>