Title: Mercy on Me

Title: Mercy on Me

Author: sitarra

Rating: no clue but not R

Disclaimer: I own nothing, as usual. The title belongs to Christina Aguilera from her song 'Mercy on Me' off of her Back to Basics album. I used exerts from that song as well as from 'Welcome' and 'Enter the Circus.' I highly recommend all the songs mentioned.

Summary: "Oh, Lord, have mercy on me."

Thanks: Thanks to Sam who listened to me day after day asking for her advice.

A/N: This story is approaching a different side of Clarisse, and Joseph as well. It takes place in her late teenage years and late twenties. The years are 1968, 1962 and 1963.

IMPORTANT: Please pay attention to all DATES and TIMES. It is important because if you don't, you will get confused. Also, pay attention to the marks separating each section. And please, if you don't read songs in stories, please DO. It's important to understand the vibe of the story.

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"Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls. Step right up, step right up. Come closer; you won't believe your eyes. Behind this curtain, witness something you've never seen before, heard before, dreamt before:

"The most amazing show on earth!

"So sit back. Relax. Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy ride to the other side."


April 27, 1968 – 19.26

Clarisse crossed herself as she kneeled at the altar.

'Lord, have mercy on my soul

For I have walked a sinful road

And I'm down on my knees

Lord, have mercy on me please'

He had returned. After five years, he had returned to Genovia. Thoughts of him had plagued her dreams every night for five years. She couldn't keep him off of her mind. She didn't want to. But why did he have to return? She wasn't ready yet. When she'd last spoken to him, she had concluded he would never return to Genovia and she would never see him again. She wasn't strong enough to be around him and yet that was the only place she wanted to be.

She bowed her head and prayed. "Oh Lord, have mercy on me."