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The Burwell Mysteries Part-12

Updated on August 17, 2011

The room buzzed with a discernible excitement and hope. A live, Contemporary jazz band played in the background, flooding the room with sounds of pure bliss. Clinking glasses, echoing voices, silverware against plates, faded out as her voice came over the microphone. One could smell freshly cut tulips that decorated each table. It was a full house tonight in one of the three banquet rooms at the Inn. Two hundred guests were served an exquisite sit down dinner. The menu featured Fillet Mignon as the main course. Served on the side; fresh asparagus with hollandaise sauce, baby red potatoes topped with parsley sprigs and mountain dinner rolls. The guests were given the option of white or red Beringer wine. It was a lovely affair that brought many upscale guests together for a great cause.

The room quieted down as Louis pulled the microphone from it's stand. "Dear Prevent Child Abuse MN' supporters and guests. On behalf of the Burwell Bed and Breakfast, Tom and I would like to thank you for choosing us for your special weekend event. We have the utmost respect for the great work you do as a non-profit organization. Children count on you year after year. All the prevention techniques you teach families to keep our children safe, deserves a round of applause.

"Pouring Beringer into wine glasses, Courtney smiled, knowing this group of guests was so very special. She felt holy ghost goose bumps running up and down her arms as she listened to the loud,constant applause from the group. How great to know that all these people were gathered for the goal of keeping children safe and secure. I felt incredibly proud to be a part of something bigger than myself. My head was all of a sudden becoming hotter and hotter." Louis continued, "Each year, over three million cases of child abuse are called in from all over the United States. Every three minutes a child is killed from the effects of child abuse. We know the work you do for Minnesota children is grossly underestimated and we thank you. Please enjoy the remainder of this special evening as well as the weekend. We'd like you to take an engraved blanket and pillow as a token of our appreciation as you leave the party tonight. Let this symbolize the goals of security, hope and love, children deserve. God Bless you all."

As guests finished up their dinners, a white screen dropped from the loft in front of the room. There would be a video presentation depicting the non-profits mission. The lights dimmed and all that could be heard was a heart-warming song called, "Over the Rainbow" sung by Israel K or IK. The music that streamed through the video made an obvious impact on people. It was a song that had the ability to open even the hardest of hearts. The room filled with an extraordinary feeling of peace and love.

In the next moment, the screen became fuzzy and people began to whisper nervously. The mood Suddenly changed to that of unease which permeated the room. Whispers now turned into loud cries as the guests looked in shock at the big screen. To their horror, a young girl stood before them, whimpering in fear. She had short blond hair that fell around her ears. She was dressed in a faded multi-colored gabradine dress with a yellow ribbon around her neck and rope tied around her waist. After a few uncomfortable moments, a wicked laugh erupted from behind the little girl. She looked out at us as if she was asking for help. She had a look of dread on her face. In that same instant the screen went black. Complete darkness enveloped the room.

"I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live. Eternity does not start with death. We are in eternity now." - Norman Vincent Peale

© 2011 Laura Rogers


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! Now everyone sees the little girl. I can just imagine the fright that permeated the room!

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      7 years ago

      More goosebumps thank God 13 exists...

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Thanks for your great support this series. It means a lot to me. By the way, 13 is done.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      The last paragraph was eagerly waiting for Part 13.

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Marcella Glenn

      Thanks and your right. Now were getting into the meat.

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      Marcella Glenn 

      7 years ago from PA

      It seems like so much is going on, pass the actual words.

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Mentalist acer

      Thanks for the great feedback.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Your haunting elements are genious in this episode Healing Touch.;)


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