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.


28. Brooklyn Bridge

Elizabeth filled-in part-time then full as Mr Fates flour-mill school-teacher though Valerie never returned.

Noah lived on the outskirts of London with his wife Victoria & children Hazel, Jennifer, Valerie & Allan; working with Mr Bazalgette for the duration, deeply-feeling the disappointment of government, newspaper & public objections, project-completion in 1867.  

With the London-sewerage project under-his-belt Elizabeth confidently wrote to Emily Roebling care-of the Brooklyn Bridge Construction Project in 1869; she would miss Noah & his family terribly if they left their-home. She knew 1883 opening would prove to be one of the 19th-centuries greatest-achievements & Noah too had studied material whilst they lived with descendants Valerie & Allan in the 21st-century.

Her nephews-&-nieces would be young-adults before she would see them again if they left for the-USA.  

Relating a ‘dream‘ Elizabeth described what she remembered about the suspension-bridge paying particular-attention to caissons-disease, similar to the benze encountered by deep-sea divers & those criminals introducing sub-standard steel that would be woven into cables.

Mr Fate approved Elizabeths letter with free-hand drawings on the reverse & paid the postage-charge; perhaps the established flour-mill business would expand into New York.

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