Elizabeth [Ghost-Story, A]

Elizabeth, twin-brother Noah & best-friend Jennifer walk-home barefoot having-attended 1843 Christmas-Eve celebrations at the Henry J Fate Flour-Mill. Twins are tragically-killed in a 'road-traffic-accident'.

Opening-scene; standing on the dirt-road [NO-pavement/sidewalk] a few steps away from the stone-wall entrance of the Henry J Fate Flour-Mill, camera moves-past gate-keepers [night-watchman’s] wooden-hut [on the right-hand-side] across the cobble-stones toward & through the school-room window.

Moving forward to the table nearest-lectern camera focuses-upon Jennifer & her best-friends Elizabeth & Noah listening-intently to their-employer reading closing Christmas Carol paragraphs... ‘God bless-us everyone’.
Closing the book Henry thanked the children for attending the modest flour-mill seasonal-celebrations; standing quietly, the children dutifully lined-up, thanked Henry & wife Zoë as they collected a token-bonus of nuts, flour...

Walking-home barefoot Jennifer fell-behind a few paces, holding the Royal Oak wall for-balance as she brushed the soles of-her-feet to remove stones that had been hidden under the light-dusting of-snow.

Standing upright she caught-sight of a pair-of-horses impact Elizabeth & Noah, their bodies falling-lifeless on-the-road.

Tolling of single church-bell; screen fades-to-black.

We move to 21st-century with Valerie standing by the Royal Oak wall, husband Allan walking-up behind wife of 30yrs.

Elizabeth is hidden-from-view...

Alive-&-mortal Elizabeth & Noah get to live in the 21st-century.

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43. Cold-Case [wip]

Valerie called-around to chat-with new-neighbour Jennifer with-news of DNA-tests conducted by Carlisle-police.

Valerie received a confirmation e-mail; DNA & fingerprint recovery almost-perfect, it seemed whoever had taken-&-stored evidence back-in 1845 had ’got-lucky’. Two-days later positive-results came-back with an unexpected-bonus.  

Susan-&-Joseph were murdered by known-felon Robert Andrews, employed as an apple-picker for the-month. Records showed Andrews was hanged for the murder of a police-constable less-than a-year later.

Porterville Echo featured the cold-case resolution, complete-with photographs of-the-period & a statement from Carlisle-police forensics-laboratory the following-weekend.  

Porterville-residents were outraged when learning the small sandstone-marker had been stolen shortly after-publication & a modest-fund was-accumulating to pay for a 21st-century replacement.

Valerie was content the murderer was NOT employed in the flour-mill, NOT somebody she had taught & NOT a local. Justice had been-served, Valerie resolved to place-flowers on-the-grave when she received her next pay-check.

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