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Title: Broadchuch: 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 Broachurch 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 Two, Part Three: Imagine the Impossible Is Happening – Again


Ellie followed the Chief Super into her office. They had to talk soon, and this could not wait. Just as well she was back early from Jury service, not that the Super wasn’t qualified enough, but this needed someone who was here. And the Super was out. So Elaine it would have to be. Ellie felt sorry for her, though. She was still adjusting her uniform having only just got changed.

Shut the door, Ellie.”

She did, and promptly launched into it. “Sir, thank you for letting me speak in private.”

Chief Super Jenkinson slowly sat down. “How are you handling things?”

You mean when I've been promoted to lead investigator because some details make it look like my husband had something to do with it? How the hell do you think? Sir,” she added on the end, but way of apology.

Jenkinson could have stopped her there, but she decided to wait and let the DS have her say.

Ellie exhaled loudly and began to pace. “Look, I know that you felt it was critical to remove Hardy from the case to protect the investigation from being critised, and I understand that. It's just some of the evidence left behind at the scene.”

First of all, it wasn’t me. Secondly, I’ve had words with the top brass and they’re unmoving,” she explained. “We’ll have to leave it there. To the case; what is it telling you?”

I know what it seems to be saying.”

Which is?”

Ellie forced herself to stand behind a chair when her legs itched to continue pacing. “I just spent the last hour... trying to picture something I don't want to picture. When I was working late one night on Danny Latimer's murder Alec and I had a slight disagreement about who might be capable of committing the murder. I argued that the Latimers couldn't have, and he said that anyone is capable of anything if pushed far enough. So... to make sure I was doing my job, I tried to imagine that... my second husband... the man who helped me pick up the pieces of my life when Joe shattered everything with an action I will never understand... did it.”

Jenkinson nodded and leaned in, folding her hands together. “I know your heart is screaming that he didn't. But we can't have anything go unnoticed this time. What does the evidence say?”

Ellie pursed her lips. “SOCO mentioned that they found pieces of very large seakale leaves on the first victim’s body. Those don't grow in my garden. It grows closer to the beach and in small patches along the High Street where decades of kids have traipsed sand and seeds back to the hotel. It only grows in sand.”

So she was likely killed on or near the beach or on the route up to the High Street? Have you sent officers out to check?”

Yeah. I also ordered a second scouting of the driveway and woods at the front of our house. The girl was a smoker, but there were no cigarette butts on or near the body. Brian found a single footprint and evidence someone tripped. The rest weren't clear enough for a good impression, but enough that he thinks he can tell what shoe size the person wore and maybe how they walk once he examines the photos. SOCO’s taken all my shoes for forensics to eliminate me from the inquiry. He also found a bloodstain right by one of the footprints that had to have been left last night. It's small, but there's enough for DNA testing. There’s some organic material on the broken gate latch as well. Someone caught their leg on it. We don’t use the gate to walk through and we locked it when we got home last night. The lock’s been broken. I saw the picture of a disturbed branch, and I'm wondering if whoever left that hurt their ankle. I know Alec didn't scratch himself on his ankles or legs last night.”

How can you be certain?”

Ellie did not dare roll her eyes, but her face turned red. “We bathed together this morning,” she replied candidly. “So if he didn't have any scratches that I don't remember giving him, which there weren't, he couldn't have left that blood. And no, I don’t have any scratches, either.”

Jenkinson suppressed a smile. She could only imagine the DI's reaction to hearing that his sex life was being discussed even for a moment, and say nothing of the depth of the detail. If her bosses allowed it, and the CPS for that matter, Ellie was Hardy’s cast-iron alibi. “Is there anything else besides the biometrics and the kale leaf? What's the time frame we're working with?”

SOCO and the coroner think the body was dumped between 2 and 6am. Time of death was maybe six hours before, according to the blood pool pattern on her buttocks and feet, because her phone was last used around 7pm we’re looking at an estimated time of death at or shortly after 7pm. According to the coroner there are crease marks at the groin and knees, suggesting she was folded up in a confined space, maybe the boot of a car. If we can prove that and find the car we’ll have the killer. I’ve looked at the map, noting the beach areas and the possible trails to our place. Once we find the murder scene I'm going to have someone of the same build as Alec walk the path to time it, carrying something that weighs the same as our victim. I doubt the killer carried her that far, but I’m following every straw. I know if he tried that, even his pace-maker would give out. But... even if you factor that you only have my word and Tom's to go by, I don't think he had enough time.”

Why?”

Some of the beaches where seakale leaves grow to the size of the ones found don't have easy access points that lead to our place. So there's only a few spots where she could have come into contact with it. I may have let SOCO into our home to check his clothes and shoes, but we did have a... late night and I didn't take my sleeping pills. I'm easily woken at night. The twins aren’t yet sleeping all the way through and I was up at six. And then there's motive.”

What about it?”

Well, what motive could he or I have? There's no evidence of sexual assault, and her clothes were intact but dirty, like she’d had been knocked over and dragged. I looked into his eyes after he saw the girl in our garden. He didn't seem to recognise her, and I don't think he was faking it. I've seen him when he's faking emotions. He has some telltale signs when he's lying, and I've learned to pick up on them. He showed none of them. So again, what motive does he have?”

Jenkinson thought for a moment. “Could the girl have some link to Daisy?”

Daisy's number wasn't on her mobile. Nor were any emails tying them together. Or any number linked even remotely to Daisy. The girl has an active facebook page, but Daisy’s not on facebook. So, unless the girls kept in touch via regular letters, or Daisy has connections to Birmingham, there’s either no connection or they might not have been each other in years.”

Money?”

Given the state of her clothes I'm thinking money was as tight for her as it is for us. It was all Primark labels.”

Has he taken time to himself lately?”

Barely. If he's not on duty he's with us. Maybe he runs an errand for me now and again, but usually Tom and sometimes Fred goes with him.”

Jenkinson stood slowly. “Let's assume that you've read him correctly, and he genuinely doesn't remember seeing the girl since perhaps around the time that photo of her and her friend was taken. Or the one of the four girls. Is she in that?”

The photo makes no sense. Brian still maintains that it was put into her pocket by someone else. She’s not in the photo. There’s nothing to connect her to it. It doesn’t even have her fingerprints on it.”

Elaine walked around the desk, deep in thought. “What about the locket? Didn't SOCO say it has initials identical to Daisy's?”

It’s circumstantial at best, but it's the only bit of evidence I haven't figured out, but there could be plenty of other people with those initials. And there are some other inconsistencies.”

Such as?”

She's a tall girl. I know a man Alec's build could carry her, probably wrapped, with maybe only a little difficulty, but not with his heart. Some of the photos suggest she was dragged at least some distance, like her killer wasn't able to carry her very far. Like the two were closer in size. And then she was folded up, possibly in a car. But why take her all the way from where she was killed to our house? And there are other disturbed areas of dirt that look like someone tried to cover them up. If Alec did that, I would have spotted either muddy shoes or evidence that mud was cleaned. I would have noticed something. And then the shoes Brian found on the front porch, as if someone took them off to go in? We don’t use the front door. It sticks with age, so we blocked it off from the inside with a writing desk.”

Okay, are there still SOCO at your place?”

Yeah, and I gave them permission to look in the house. They just called back. No muddy shoes, no evidence that any mud was cleaned last night or this morning, and no bandages or other materials with blood on them.”

All right, I agree that this does sound suspiciously like a plant to make Hardy or you look bad. I’ll have a look into your past and Hardy’s to see if there’s anyone with a grudge. We’ll have to keep him off the case for now because of the apparent Sandbrook ties, but if you can prove that there's no way he committed the murder then I can submit to Top to permit him back on the case in a support role. As it is, you need to ask him more questions about that photo. When was it taken, who took it, and how might we locate the other girls so we can ask them questions? And have someone trace the photo of the victim and her friend. We need to know how close they are or were. If it's a coincidence and his daughter hardly knew our victim or the Sandbrook victims then there will be even less reason to suspect him. Also, you should try reaching out to Daisy, see what she knows.”

Alec is half convinced her mother is preventing them from talking.”

Then maybe she'll take a call from a DS she doesn't know.”

We think she isn't even aware that he's remarried.”

Jenkinson considered that. “Or perhaps even a Super? Hardy’s wife is still on the force, so it would be fitting for her to cooperate with a superior officer.”

Ellie grew thoughtful. “Well, it's worth a try. Just be careful using the term 'superior'. I got the distinct impression Tess Hardy resented the delay having a child put on her career. Apparently, she and Alec went for DI at the same time, but he got it on duration of service. Hardy told me it rankled her something chronic to have to call him sir.”

If you do re-establish contact for him, you'll have to deal with the ex.”

I can handle a woman with an attitude for the sake of my husband's relationship with his daughter.”

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To be continued...

Comments

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cannibalilly
Jan. 2nd, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
What a horrible idea :( Poor Ellie, but it's only natural she had to think Hardy as a possible killer through after what her ex did. I'm glad he's pretty much ruled out now though. It would have been silly to dumb the body so close to his own house (and put so much effort into it) not to mention the bathtub-alibi *snickers* Too bad we didn't get to read that scene ;P
tardis_mole
Jan. 3rd, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
*cacklefit* I didn't think of it at the time, but it might have proved a little too much like repetition to have the scene and the description. Although, there are some scenes later that you might enjoy. :D
cannibalilly
Jan. 3rd, 2015 08:59 am (UTC)
Ah, damn you repetitive-writing! It's true I guess, it would have been unnecessary, but a girl can bemoan the loss of such a scene, can't she? ;)

I'm sure there will be and I might manage to read the third episode today!
tardis_mole
Jan. 3rd, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
In that case, I might have to write it for the other Broadchurch story I have in the works. :DDD
cannibalilly
Jan. 3rd, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really good idea x3
tardis_mole
Jan. 4th, 2015 04:15 am (UTC)
:DD Keep a watch for it. :DDD
tkel_paris
Jan. 3rd, 2015 07:49 am (UTC)
I'm sure you can use your imagination for that alibi scene. ;D
cannibalilly
Jan. 3rd, 2015 08:56 am (UTC)
Haha, I guess that should be very possible ;P Still looking forward to the scenes tardis_mole mentioned
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