all at once had opened her eyes and felt strangely rested. She allowed
her retinas to adjust to the bright warm light and began to scrutinize
her unexpected surroundings. She experienced a tinge of panic as
she did not only did not know where she was but had absolutely no
idea of how she got here. However as soon as the anxiety had risen
it quickly faded and she became at ease with her dilemma. She purposefully
studied the metallic room. Yes, there was no doubt about it; she
was in some sort of elevator. She was alone and confused yet she
did not feel afraid, in fact on the contrary Elizabeth felt remarkably
tranquil. She noticed that she was wearing a long soft pink cotton
summer dress and this bemused her, for she had not worn such a dress
in a long, long time.
desperately attempted to concentrate on where she had just been.
She examined the beautifully inscribed numbers next to the buttons
which went all the way up to level nine. Vague slivers of memories
started to cluster coherently within her mind. Yes, she had started
to remember! She closed her eyes as images of her ailing health
was it!" she realized, "I had fallen prey to the dreaded
remembered the servants in her big house tending to her. She remembered
the doctor being called. She remembered the shaking of the heads.
And she remembered finally falling into a deep blissful sleep. All
at once she started to understand where she was and found herself
actually excited at the prospect.
made it," she sighed. "I have actually made it! Bring
me on home Lord, bring me on home."
was then that the elevator doors suddenly slid open to reveal a
big brightly colored sign.
to cloud nine."
could not help but smile to herself as she paused to study the glorious
peaceful scene. She could acutely smell the sweet scents of the
multitude of colorful wild flowers; hear children's enchanting giggling
as they frolicked innocently under the cloudless blue sky. Somewhere
off in the distance she was convinced that she could even hear the
soft sounds of a string quartet performing Mozart, as it soothingly
serenaded with the sounds of gurgling streams gushing crystal water
down the green hills.
she stepped forward just as a young woman and man appeared in her
path. She recognized the faces instantly, her dead parents. Her
heart froze in fear as her father waved an all too familiar bloodied
axe in her face and pushed her abruptly back into the elevator.
is the wrong floor Lizzie Borden!" He yelled
are expecting you in the basement."