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They were coming up from their snow covered graves to snatch her away because she had been mean to her little brother. She found herself screaming in her head, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I won't do it again!"

Then she heard the sound of wings flapping. A shiny black crow swooped past her head, his caws echoing as the fog continued to thicken. His sudden interruption gave her a different focus, away from the waking nightmare she was creating. Her eyes became captured by the crow's wings that unfolded like long flowing capes. Catching the air currents he effortlessly landed at the top of the church tower. St. Mary's Tower was a mixture of light and dark limestone, rising to a point like an arrow showing 'this way to heaven.' It stood there, alone and immovable.

The large faced gonging clock was nestled snuggly in the tower, its dark numbers still visible. She could see and hear that clock from her bedroom window.

Sometimes when the fog came in it looked like it could snatch the tower, church and graveyard away to another dimension. But this time she wasn't looking out from her window; she was gazing up at the tower from below. The fog floated in and danced around the tower forming skeleton-like fingers that began descending toward her! Her heart was racing and she felt like her legs wanted to run but they couldn't.

Suddenly, she felt a tug on her sleeve. She was afraid to look but when she did she saw it was her little brother. "Pick me up," he whined, his little arms outstretched. Too relieved to be irritated at him, she did. Her mom smiled at her as they walked through the gate to the road that led homeward. Standing on the outside of the graveyard, she put her little brother down. She grabbed the gate and slammed it with a muffled clank as the moisture-laden metal bars splattered them. The old tower clock began to vibrate its long, lonely-sounding gong, gong, as they disappeared into the swirling thickening fog, safely on their way home and away from St. Mary's Cemetery.

Deborah Chelette-Wilson is a relationship coach, authoress and speaker whose powerful message for women is "It's time to stop waiting for permission to be all that we can be(without being a bitch about it)." Her inspiring message helps women harness their personal power, find peace within and become part of the shift in creating healthier and more loving relationships, beginning with the one with their self. In order to honor someone else's heart you must first honor your own.

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