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No More Ghosts: Chapter One

No More Ghosts: Chapter One

12.5K Reads 119 Votes 12 Part Story
Libby West By womblingfree1 Completed

A 'sequel' to the TV drama 'Sparkhouse' - a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights by Sally Wainwright. 
Carol Bolton grows up with an abusive father, by whom she has a daughter, Lisa, who is passed off by the family as her sister. When her childhood sweetheart  Andrew’s, parents find out they are planning to elope, his father, the local doctor reveals the secret and Andrew jilts her at the altar. After Carol’s mother leaves the family for another man and her father’s behaviour worsens, Carol also leaves, taking Lisa with her. 
Returning to Sparkhouse Farm some years later, she discovers her father gravely ill and Andrew living back in the area with his pregnant wife. When Carol’s father dies she is in danger of losing the farm but kindly farmhand, John Standring, who has a soft spot for Carol and an inheritance to invest agrees to a marriage of convenience.
Andrew’s obsession with Carol spirals out of control, even after the birth of his baby son, and when Carol goes ahead with her marriage to John and tells Andrew to leave them alone, he goes to the dilapidated barn where they used to meet as teenagers and kills himself.
The story picks up the morning after his death, when John and Lisa have found Carol at the barn...

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  • john
  • richard
  • sparkhouse
  • standring
Sparkhouse Sparkhouse Aug 27, 2014
The last sentence actually brought a tear to my eye....I am looking forward to reading the rest of the chapters.  I really love how it reads/feels true to the characters in the movie.  Loving it so far!
CarlyQ CarlyQ Aug 06, 2013
There is a lot of pain in Carol that I think sometimes gets overlooked because of her anger and obsession. I like that you are also showing her self-recrimination.
RAfandreamer RAfandreamer Sep 25, 2011
I'm liking your story; I always wondered how things would turn out between John & Carol. John deserves to be loved...