I speak not of a stand-in, substitute, or look-alike
Rather the one who rings the bell on her burial night
She's buried alive and trapped in her pine box
She awakens to find the nightmare, He knocks
"In my clutches I have you," so proudly says Fear
"Go ahead, ring the bell! It won't save you my dear."
She hoped and she prayed, she prayed to be saved
To Fear she refused to be enslaved
Tugging quite fiercely on the string wrapped 'round her finger
She rang, and rang, and rang...the poor condemned dead-ringer
Fear looked down upon her. He grinned and laughed quite smugly
He shared with her his thought that he held ever so snugly
"Up above the ground, you see, just above you and me
A graveyard guardian there should be, but alas he has left his reveille
Your bell is ringing, but falling on deafened ears
The man above us, you see, has died it appears
Oh, how ironic!...but how sad you must be
That the dead man is above and you're below with me
Truly, this I'll relish, a pleasure so divine
To share in your last moments as you know you are mine!"
Again, Thank you for your consideration
Jennifer Lynne Calhoun
(Pen: J. L. Calhoun)
Lilly Myers ran from Clearwater ten years ago to start a new life as a nurse, leaving all of the pain and anguish of her broken heart behind. The last thing she ever wanted was to return home and face the grueling questions about her sudden disappearance. But the invitation to her ten-year classreunion and the growing need to see her family has her reluctantly boarding the first plane back. Unfortunately, in the small town of Clearwater, nothing stays buried for long. Lilly quickly finds herself facing the past she’s longed to leave behind and the man she’s tried hard to forget. Joshua Taylor has spent the last ten years managing his outfitters business, but it was never enough to keep his mind off the girl who got away. He’s always hoped the love of his life would return home and forgive him for the night she found him in another woman’s embrace. Mending fences along the way Joshua is prepared to do anything he can to prove his worth to Lilly. Now a hurt and angry Lilly is within arm’s reach, and Joshua is prepared to fight for her, even if it means facing danger head on. Can love blossom from such a bitter reunion?