In following #MSWL, one thing I see over and over is a request for "re-tellings" of this or that. I'm fiddling around with a story of three disparate kids who come together and find a treasure, then go their separate ways and do different things with their shares. (A friend tells me that's a "cursed treasure" trope? I suppose it depends on what happens to the kids?)

Only two possibilities occur to me for this story as a re-telling. One is the Deathly Hallows, but I was also thinking about The Sorcerer's Apprentice (where Balthezar, Horvath and Veronica all receive teachings from Merlin).

In my story, 3 teens (15 or so) come together during the California Gold Rush. Their story is told through an oral history, a found journal, and a long-delayed letter. The mystery is solved/treasure rediscovered by 4 current-day tweens, who are of course having their own dramas.

So, would this be a re-telling? And/or of what theme, do you think? I'm having a hard time getting this off the launch pad, because I don't know where I'm going.

Any insights would be appreciated!