BTS Book Reviews Issue 18 - Page 97

thought her prayers were finally answered. Her heart knew the image she craved to see again belonged to her beloved, Jeb McAlister. She walked toward him and yelled, “Jeb.” He looked at her without saying a word. He started walking toward the house, and Priscilla followed him. Although it thrilled her to see him again, it concerned her when he didn’t come to her now. After an entire year apart, she felt disappointed at his lack of response. She’d expected Jeb to take her into his arms because he missed her as much as she missed him. She watched Jeb head to the house and couldn’t keep up with his fast pace. She watched him walk through the open front door, almost knocking over a late arriving guest. He didn’t even stop to greet the man. What happened to his manners? “Hurrah!” the party guests cheered in unison as they headed out the back of the house. “Where is he? I don’t see him,” everyone asked. “He’s right there. How can you not see him? Everyone, follow me,” Priscilla said. She led the party outside, and everyone screamed in horror at the sight before them. Four new granite gravestones now occupied the backyard. Priscilla immediately read the engraving on the third marker. She now knew why she never heard from Jeb again. Here lies Jeb McAlister Beloved Son and Brother Born Jan 18, 1888 Lost at sea on the RMS Titanic April 15, 1912 Priscilla ran into the house and screamed “Jeb, Jeb, please wait, it’s me, Priscilla.” “Did you see Jeb?” someone asked. “Yes, he walked right through the front door a few seconds ago. Didn’t you see him too?” Priscilla asked as she looked through the crowded party to search for Jeb. “No, in fact no one has seen Jeb, Shelby, or their parents tonight,” the other guest said. “Look, there he is. Jeb is so tall; I can easily spot his top hat from here. But what’s the white thing around his neck? It looks like a life jacket,” Priscilla asked. “Wouldn’t surprise me if Jeb decided to take a midnight sail by the Castillo de San Marco. But I don’t see him. Where is he?” Matthew asked. “Look, he’s right there going out the back door. He’s probably headed toward his boat. It’s docked at the rear of the property,” Priscilla said, pointing toward Jeb. Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons. “Hey, everyone, Jeb is taking us on a midnight sail in the harbor. Follow the man in a top hat and life preserver and grab bottle of champagne,” Matthew said. Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones and Bred in the Bone, which are also available from Wild Child Publishing. Be sure to visit her website, www.ElementsOfMystery.com. January 2014 | 97