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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13. Uncle-Charlie [wip]

Hayley approached Valerie whilst the twins were in-school; ‘I found Elizabeths great-uncle Charlie Transportation-records on the official Australian-website. He earned his release, re-married & started a new-family. I received a positive-reply from a ‘girl‘ named Ashley, she is a horse-veterinarian living in Narrabri, Western Australia; we exchanged MSN accounts & plan to web-chat at 10-o-clock this-evening‘.

Narrabri is an interesting-place that retains some 19th-century heritage, including the jail.

‘Other-than being an original POM, Prisoner Of-the Motherland, Ashley knows nothing of her English-lineage‘. ‘Cant be too-careful, may I join-you‘ quipped Valerie.  

Approaching 10pm Valerie asked Elizabeth & Noah to wait before going-to-bed, soon-after Hayley was online accepting-&-recording webchat-invitation; Ashley had Elizabeths-eyes, Kevin, her-brother was Noahs-double.

Listening to the conversation from the living-room sofa the accent was very-strange; Elizabeths-ears pricked-up when she heard great-uncle Charlies name mentioned & his transportation to Australia.  

Walking-towards Hayleys-laptop Elizabeth asked who was talking & why was it daylight so-late at night?

Sitting next to Hayley, Elizabeth was introduced as a ‘cousin‘; when Ashley held a brown-faded wedding-photograph toward the webcam Elizabeth proclaimed ‘great-uncle Charlie‘.  

‘Unlikely‘ smiled Ashley, my great-great grand-dad died over 100 years-ago.

Valerie interrupted ‘Say goodnight, school tomorrow, we will chat with Ashley-&-Kevin at the weekend‘; watch-&-listen-to the conversation anytime.

That-night Elizabeth dreamt-of warm-sunshine, horses & great-uncle Charlie.

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