The Bell
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The grave was filled in with dirt, and the bell remained motionless.  The wind ruffled leaves in the ancient willow as lead-colored clouds descended and the mourners lingered, each apprehensive for their own reason about going into the manor house.  Still, the bell made not a sound.  Grizzly, Sandra thought.  The practice of tying a dead person's hand to a line leading up to a bell in case of an accidental premature burial.  It was something people did who carried around vampire killing cases in 16th century Europe.  Not something a ninety-four-year-old woman requests done with her mortal remains.  

At least, she hadn't gone so far as having her head cut off to be sure, Sandra thought.  Despite her money, Sandra was sure there were limits to what the coun...

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