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.


3. What Is A Public-Library

Elizabeths photographic-memory was wasted in the 19th-century; living in the 21st her education-&-attainments were leaping in great-bounds.

Hayley smiled too ‘You’ll love the Internet’, ‘What is the Internet’ asked Elizabeth. ‘A world-of-knowledge, something-like a-library, at your-fingertips’. Hayley searched for a metaphor-or-simile; a public-library did NOT-exist in 19th-century Porterville, the 20th-century run-down library was facing-closure in a-bid to save-money. ‘Many of-the music-files & song-lyrics on aunt Valeries keyboard were-downloaded by-myself’.

‘I am currently-writing a high-school essay about why so-many people in the 21st-century are over-weight; scientist are studying diet-&-chemicals, in particular the-effect of leptin in the hypothalamus-area of human-&-animal brains. It’s due for submission in two-weeks.’

Elizabeth was stunned; her descendant was studying medicine & maybe in-time Hayley would become a doctor.

‘Aunt Valerie is a wonderful-chef, tasty-food made-from fresh-&-natural ingrediants’ ‘Aunty can cook without modern-technology though we-both love the Kitchen-Aid food-blender; here are some how-to videos’.

Hayley was proud she-too made very-nice bread-&-biscuits though she still required help making pasta.

Walking back-&-forth Elizabeth-&-Hayley made almond, honey & vanilla-flavoured biscuits they-left to-cool on-the worktop.

‘What is a public-library’ probed Elizabeth; when learning most-anybody may walk into the building during opening-hours & read any-book they chose without-permission or charge Elizabeth began-to-cry ’How-sad you will soon lose your local-library, books are so-expensive’.

Hayley ran a-quick Internet-search; ‘The first public-library, grand stone-building reflecting the wealth built-upon cotton & sadly-slavery, of major-city, was opened in Manchester 1852 by Charles Dickens & William Thackery, the chief-librarian was Edward Edwards’ ‘You may have noticed we rarely-use titles on the Internet & general-conversation in the 21st-century; NOT-disrespectful’. ‘We may visit after-the-holidays, spend many-hours if-you-like, maybe sample-the-atmosphere & some of the many-thousand books’. ‘It will take just-over one-hour to-drive & park’.

Kinda-like been given next-weeks winning Lottery-numbers together-with the stake-money at-the-till; Elizabeth beamed-with-joy.

Hayley picked-up the Porterville Echo from the coffee-table showing-headline Save Our Library ‘The building is old, in poor-condition & will cost far-more to modernise than a brand-new library with crèche & community-facilities’. ‘A wealthy entrepreneur is trying to build a brand-new, state-of-the-art, first-floor library with school on the second-&-third floors-above, hotel-&-apartments above-that; with a Japanese Thunderbirds-inspired automated underground car-park’.

'What are Thunderbirds, car-park' asked Elizabeth.

Hayley ‘pulled-up’ plans & video-presentation for the Henry J Fate Academy & wirelessly-displayed on Valeries 55” Samsung LED TV.

Elizabeth enjoyed & asked ‘What is the circadian-effect, when will the combined library-&-school be-built’. ‘The circadian-effect refers to human, animal & plant need for natural-daylight; exploiting known underground-temperature, typically 50-55F, through a heat-exchange means the library, school-rooms, hotel & apartments will maintain constant-temperature at minimal-cost.

Hard-to-say when the academy will be-built, the local Planning-Committee have to approve; part of-a billion-pound-plus tourist-attraction creating hundreds of new-jobs, I am in-favour’. ‘The artists-images may-actually be-achieved with so-much-money; jobs-too’. ‘Public video-archive is already-popular & available online’.

‘We may visit Manchester Central Library after the holiday-break if-you-like’.

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