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Title: Broadchurch: Sins Of The Father

Date of commencement: September 22 2013

Date of completion: December 24 2014

Series: Broadchurch, a sequel to the original, and following on from Life Without Joe

Rating: M

Authors: tkel_paris and tardis_mole

Summary: Two years after Danny's death, life is slowly getting back to normal in Broadchurch. But Hardy's happy life is about to be turned upside down by a spectre from the past he had hoped had been laid to rest. Someone from his past wants to talk to him, someone wants revenge, someone wants to see him ruined. But it's not one 'someone'. But first, he must face the girl in his garden.

Disclaimer: We own nothing, but this is based on Broadchurch by Chris Chibnal, with added clues from the novel by Erin Kelly. We gain no financial benefit nor gratuities, only the enjoyment from writing and working together on this epic journey, shared for the enjoyment of others.

Dedication: Chris Chibnal, long time friend. bas_math_girl, for her beta. And each other for hopefully not ruining each other's lives for too long during the writing part.

Warning: If you have not watched Broadchurch in its entirety, do not read this. We mean it. You will be spoiled. Stop and go back. Now. Ideally you have seen the entire show, not just what was aired on BBC America if you live on that side of the pond, but this is understandable in either case. Also, if you have not read tardis_mole's Life Without Joe, that's okay. It's possible to read this without reading that, if you're not on Moley's approved list. You'll probably find this makes a little more sense if you have read it, but you should be fine without it. Take the time to read Erin Kelly’s novelization, if you can, as it provided certain details that helped with writing this. Though you won’t need to rely on it.

Authors' Notes: See Episode One, Part One. They're a bit long to include in each post.

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Previously...

Episode Three, Part Nine B: His Heart’s Not In It

...“Ill do it.

A voice from the bottom of the stairs cut in....

Chloe?!”

Mum! Chloe countered. Ive met Daisy and shes scared. That man with her mum is threatening to harm her little brother. He hasn’t done it, but that don’t mean he won’t. I know what that’s like and I’m not going to stand by and do nothing,” she said forthrightly. She turned to Hardy. “What do you need?”

Hardy released an unsteady breath. “I’d rather you talked about it with your parents. You’re still under eighteen.”

You had Tom do that reconstruction for my brother. Now its our turn to help you, Chloe countered.

Hardy glanced at Mark and Beth and could see a grudging agreement there, although more willingly from Mark. “I’m not asking you to put yourself in any danger.”

Ive been texting Daisy,” Chloe admitted.

You already made contact?!”

Yeah. Ever since we started talking at the Traders. Well, not the first time, the day that girl was killed in the car park, but the second time – as guests were being relocated – we talked more. I forgot to suggest exchanging numbers and to ask her last name until later, when we ran into each other down the Promenade round by the toilets the following day. When I couldn't hide that I recognised her last name, she figured out I knew you. She asked about you, said she knew you'd moved here but didn't know anything else.”

Her mother doesn't know that she's talking to you about that?” Hardy could not believe that.

We’ve got a code word; chrysanthemum. Daisy says it’s your favourite flower and her mum can’t spell it.”

Hardy almost laughed. “It’s true. She’s not good at spelling that.” He paused. “You said you met by the toilets?”

Yeah.”

That's why I didn't see her.”

You mean when your ex confronted you?

He groaned through closed lips. “Is the story all over town now?”

I'm not sure anyone knows the real version except you and her. But lots of people are talking about it.”

Shaking his head, he returned to the previous topic. “What did you and Daisy talk about?” He frowned. “I've said in my texts, left voicemail every week.”

Chloe sighed and looked away. “She wasn't exaggerating, then. She said she didn't know if her letters were getting to you, and the phone you gave her was... I think she said confiscated.”

Hardy's eyes widened and his body straightened. “Did she say why her mother was preventing me from seeing her?”

She didnt say, but shes guessed. Her mums stopping her from seeing you and talking to you.”

Hardy sighed and was silent for some time, not trusting his voice. “Sometimes adults do things that make no sense. Even to other adults.”

Tell me about it. I saw a bloke the other day looking in through someone’s window. I shouted at him to go away.”

Who was that?

The perve on our street. He was caught looking at kids on the internet last year.

Ah, yes. Him. Hardy said nothing more about that. Does Daisy have her phone now?

Yeah, when her mums not looking. She was more interested in knowing how you were, so I told her about you, Ellie, and the kids.”

He hesitated before asking a critical question. “Was she hurt that I remarried?

More shocked, especially that you married another copper, but I think she was amazed at what you did.

What did I do?

Looked after Ellie. I told her that I was sure you missed her and wanted to see her, and she looked hopeful. She wanted to talk more, but her mum called her.”

He trembled despite himself. “Oh, Daisy...” He swallowed hard. “But did she seem okay with you talking with Daisy?

Not really. They both gave me the daggers, like they were sizing me up with their eyes. It creeped me out, but I want to help.

What if they start to suspect you know me?”

She has my mobile number saved under chrysanthemum and types it into every text.” She took out her phone and opened the conversation to show him.

Hardy read them. “Can’t talk now. Mum’s awake and arguing with Bruce again. Chrysanthemum... Getting my little brother dressed. Going to the beech later. Chrysanthemum... One Direction? I prefer Aha. It’s my dad’s favourite. Chrysanthemum... My real dad. My mum won’t tell me where he is. Chrysanthemum... I miss him, seen him a couple of times, but Bruce always gets in the way, like he thinks I’m going to tell on him. Chrysanthemum...”

Hardy fell silent for a moment before passing the phone back.

Theres more, Chloe offered.

Hardy shook his head, his emotions too raw to risk speaking.

You need to get her away from that man, Chloe told him directly as he handed the phone back. Ive seen him. Hes a bully. And I dont even think your ex likes
him all that much. They can’t be happy together. They’re at each other’s throats all the time. And your daughter and little boy are in the middle of it.”


Hardy shook his head. “He’s not my little boy.”

Then whys he look exactly like you? Chloe confronted. “He looks almost exactly like your Harry.”

Hardy stared at her, stunned by the force of her argument.

Ill be your messenger, but theres got to be something in it for me, Chloe told him.

Hardy didn’t want to ask the question, but he was willing to do what it took to find out what Daisy was so afraid of. “What do you want in return?”

I want you to get her away from that man, Chloe replied. Daisys my friend. And I know shes in trouble.

Find out, he asked her. And I’ll do everything legally possible.”

Promise me.

Ill do better than that, Hardy returned. I promised Daisy. I hate the fact that she feel she needs to keep secrets. I’ve wanted her with me since her mother threw me out. But I can’t break up a family.”

She wont leave her brother, Chloe revealed. I told her to run away, but she wont leave him. Shes had threats from a bloke who said Bruce will hurt Ben if she
tries anything.


Thats a police matter, Mark said, although he paled along with Beth.

Who threatened her, Chloe?” Hardy asked.

I dont know. Daisy wouldn’t say, but I think she's terrified. She said she wished you’d never left. She thinks you abandoned her.”

I didnt, Hardy replied gently. But Im desperate and confused and I dont want to lose Ellie. I dont want yet another failed marriage. The ink’s barely dry on this one, and my ex turns up to wave my daughter and her son under my nose like trophies.”

You and Ellie are arguing, arent you? Chloe realised. Less than two months and my mum and dad have had seventeen years. She looked at them accusingly. “You should be helping him not backing away. Mum, you were friends with Ellie since you were Christopher’s age. And yet you’re blaming her for Danny’s murder. And you call me juvenile!” She turned back to Hardy. “Did you and Ellie have a honeymoon?”

What? No. Hardy couldnt see the relevance. Ellies only just back at work after maternity leave. Why?

Coz you need one, Chloe said determinedly. Even if its just a week end or a night, you need to get away and take time for just the two of you. When’s the last time you and Ellie had a date?”

Uhm... Now he was on a spot. Last year, before the twins were born.

Well, that’s not good enough. You need time to build a relationship to make it last. My mum and dad have dates nights every week.”

Yeah, but moneys been tight. He couldnt believe he had lost control of a conversation with a seventeen year-old. About his marriage.

You dont need money to go on a date, Chloe countered, while her dad covered an amused grin with his hand. Go for a walk, skip stones, draw sand pictures. Be
spontaneous. Honestly, you adults tell us kids we have no imagination. Go down the arcades and blow a tenner on the crazy golf. You can get your face panted and be daft for a couple of hours. It’s all fun and bonding time. If you need a babysitter, just ask.”


Hardy could almost see himself jumping at the chance. But he had priorities. “Thank you. For now, let’s concentrate on one thing. Keep talking to Daisy. Let her know I want contact. My wife is in the middle of a murder investigation. But thanks for your offer to babysit.

On to Part 9c...

Comments

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diane_dme
Jan. 3rd, 2015 12:07 pm (UTC)
I love that Chloe took control of the conversation with Hardy! A 17-year-old! So funny. :D

Sounds promising though about her being the go-between for Hardy and Daisy.
tkel_paris
Jan. 7th, 2015 05:46 am (UTC)
That was amusing, wasn't it? Even with the seriousness of the moment.
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