EXCEPT CHAPTER 12-The trial progresses slowly. Yet Jackie maintains a constant vigil as do the avid townspeople, reporters, and friends of the two murdered teens.
The prosecution steadily builds its case against Vernon James, a structure only Harmon and Jackie seem to know is false. At times, even Jackie’s confidence wanes. If it were not for her faith in Harmon, she too would likely vote to “fry” James in Ohio’s “old Sparkey.”
The arson-burning of the James’s trailer home is used by the sheriff and prosecution as another “nail” in Vernon James’s coffin.
SOMETHING EVIL STIRS
Something evil stirs in my town.
A festering unrest.
A defiant unease, a growing anxiety.
Moving ever so softly,
like whispers on the wind.
This thing comes swiftly.
No warning-as silent as breath.
Drenched in malice, it nears.
A friend to chaos, sloth and death.
So quick-a malignant mass.
Leaving behind the useless and morally dead.
So forceful, that many become chaff.
Consuming everyone within its wake.
It fed well-as always.
Until the next time-devouring all.
Slipping into homes, like fog on the bay.
Youthful disenchantment suffocates all.
Beware the beast is red as fire.
A mass of hate and poison.
Our dictators battle the war with little success,
for the King and his court,
squabble like school boys.
Only socialism will sooth the beast.
An iron fist cloaked in velvet is needed.
Something evil stirs.
I am ready-standing tall and strong.
I draw strength from within.
Honor rules my mind.
Courage stirs my desire to win.
For the beast is-procrastination.
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