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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12. Elementary-School [wip]

Without forensic-evidence there was nothing to positively-link the 19th & 21st-century twins.

Expanding the integrated National DNA [Homeland-Security], fingerprint, photographic-image... databases to include the entire UK-population & visitors to our shores would afford an automated ID & health-checks. Allan confirmed No 10 Petitions MunicipalDB & UtilityDriver requested DNA... be held in perpetuity; it would not resolve positively identifying the twins though would assist finding missing-persons, future ‘visitors‘ & perhaps those claiming reincarnation; Elizabeth listened-&-absorbed intently.  

Valerie knew-of James Dewey Watson, Francis Crick & Maurice Wilkins from an essay written by niece Naomi on the discovery of DNA; the double-helix & constituent-breakdown of 23 chromosome-pairs present in EVERY human-being [only ONE of-which determines sex]; constituent-parts adenine, guanine, cytosine & thymine identifying most-everybody on-the-planet & those at-risk diseases [sudden-death, cancer...].

As January approached Valerie went online; purchased duplicate birth-certificates & registered the twins with the local elementary [primary] school. Valerie & Allan frequently dined at The Royal Oak though had not met the twins before; they concluded, as ghosts, Elizabeth & Noah must only have appeared on the anniversary of their deaths & been drawn to Valerie sensing a ‘family-connection’. Allan bought & assembled bunk-beds; the first-morning following saw the twins sleeping ‘top-&-tail’ on the lower-bunk.  

Presented with authentic birth-certificates & completed elementary-school registration-forms town-hall civil-servants decided Valerie was whacky, dyslexic, or both; substituted the ‘correct’ birth-year & the 10yo twins were enrolled in elementary [primary] school for the Spring-term. Home-schooling [Valerie taught French, English music & maths] helped, though for the most-part teachers, unfairly, assumed Elizabeth & Noah were slow-learners. With little-more than one-hour per-day education after working in the flour-mill back in the 19th-century they were at a disadvantage.

Open & friendly the twins fitted-in as-best-they-could; it was strange not having to work in the flour-mill though their class-mates considered their lives normal. Some had newspaper-delivery rounds, nothing more demanding. Elizabeth & Noah worked in the flour-mill from their 8th-birthday, a different-time, different-life.

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