Felix was a single father who once lived in a peaceful area. He was a kind and sympathetic individual who was always ready to offer assistance. Felix was lounging around his house one lovely day when he heard the distinctive sound of a lawnmower. His curiosity aroused, so he ventured outdoors to look around.
He was shocked to see Mrs. McAllister, his elderly neighbor, straining to mow her grass. It was far too late in life for Mrs. McAllister to be doing such a taxing chore. Felix offered to take over and mow the lawn for her without thinking twice. He couldn’t help but wonder why she didn’t have support from her own son, who didn’t often come.
Mrs. McAllister accepted Felix’s generous offer with pleasure. He had previously rescued her on several occasions. She offered him a cool glass of lemonade and welcomed him inside her home as a thank you. However, she had something more, something unique, for him.
A short while later, Mrs. McAllister reappeared with an enigmatic box. She expressed to Felix her desire for him to have it because it was very sentimental to her. Felix refused to take the box at first, but Mrs. McAllister persisted. In addition, she handed him a bag of apples for Suzie, his daughter.
Felix gave Suzie the apples back at home. They were shocked to discover documents within the bag that contained encrypted information. They thought the codes had something to do with the enigmatic box. Felix thought it would be better to give the box back to Mrs. McAllister, even though Suzie was excited to receive it.
Felix intended to deliver the box to Mrs. McAllister when he visited her home the following day. But all he encountered was stillness and a closed door. Fearing the worst, he went into the house and discovered Mrs. McAllister dead quietly in bed that night.
A few days later, Felix made the decision to explore the internet for details regarding the box’s history and worth. He was shocked to learn that it was valued over $250,000 and had substantial historical value. Felix finally realized, in spite of his conflicting feelings, that Mrs. McAllister had wanted him to keep the box.
Felix got a call one day from Tim, the attorney for Mrs. McAllister. Tim asked for an urgent meeting, and Henry, the son of Mrs. McAllister, went with him. Their goals were anything from amicable. Felix was charged by Henry with stealing a valuable family treasure, a little box with dials, from the home of his late mother. Felix, however, was furious and justified himself by saying that Mrs. McAllister had given him the box as a token of her appreciation.
Henry even jabbed Felix in the eye as the tension increased. He would purchase Felix the box back for a pitiful $1,000. Felix turned down the offensive offer and left them behind.
Felix went to a sales house the following day, resolved to find a solution. There he met the antiques specialist Mr. Whitaker and the assessor Ellen. They verified the validity of the box and told Felix it was one of just two in the entire globe. But they insisted on having the right paperwork to support its legitimacy and ownership. Felix, terrified the police might get involved, made the decision to leave since he felt overpowered.
Felix went all in that evening. He entered Mrs. McAllister’s home covertly in the hopes of finding the lost papers, but Henry, who had been following him everywhere, saw him coming. Felix was called out by Henry for stealing, and he threatened to report Felix to the police if the box wasn’t returned by the next morning.
Felix, overwhelmed with terror, hurried home to make a decision. He took a risk and decided not to give Henry the box. He headed to his mother’s house with the package and his daughter Suzie. There, he gave Suzie the assignment to sell the box for at least $100,000 so that she could use the proceeds to pay for her schooling. Felix made his way back home and patiently awaited the police’s arrival.
As expected, the cops showed up and accused Felix of selling the package. While awaiting his court appearance, he was incarcerated for four months. But then fate intervened. Felix found out that Suzie and his mother had covered his bail, allowing him to be released.
Felix was so grateful that he asked them whether they had sold the package. Suzie surprised him by telling him she had found a secret section inside the box. They discovered a sentimental note from Mrs. McAllister inside. It clarified for her the significance of the box and her wish for Felix to preserve it.
After Suzie deftly presented the message to their attorney, the two of them proceeded to an antique dealer with the box and its contents. They got enough money in return to cover Felix’s bail, with $100,000 left over.
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