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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.



Episode One. Part Eight: Discovery In The Night

Becca Fisher was polishing the bar of her hotel between servings. The kegs had flowed nicely tonight, and it was always possible it was not yet over.

Good start to the season,” said Adam Browning. He was out of uniform for the first day in forever. A day off was a rare thing in such a job as his. After he had been a victim of a violent assault he had transferred out of Manchester and moved to Dorset. He had accepted force counselling, on recommendation from his wife, a PC in Weymouth. She had argued that his nightmares had to be brought under control, and he had readily agreed. He was fine now and had seen his psychologist for the last time that afternoon. He had come into the Traders’ to celebrate.

She smiled. “Everything helps. And I think you've had enough.”

He scoffed. “Fine. Got an early start tomorrow anyway. Enjoy the late crowd!”

She waved him off with a mock rudeness that only someone who had dealt with drunker guys than him for years could get away with. She didn’t care if he was a copper. He was out of uniform, so she could get away with it. He laughed at her as he stumbled off, his shoes making a loud counterpoint to the otherwise quiet room.

Becca turned back and resumed her cleaning. She had had a reasonable start to the season, even factoring the room that was closed off for repairs. This would cover those costs, especially since Mark and Nige had just arrived to deal with that leak. Thank goodness it was not more serious or she would have had to take a big hit to get it over with immediately.

Although if the season continued like this she would recoup it quickly.

A scream came from outside, a man's scream.

Becca would have stayed still, as every so often someone would shout coming out after drinking, but it was promptly followed with something alarming:

Someone call 999! A girls been hurt! Quickly!”

That drew Becca and the few patrons hanging around outside, although she made sure she had her mobile.

They rushed toward the shouting, which continued: “Call 999! She's badly hurt!”

Now Becca recognized the voice. It was Adam’s.

She was the first to make it, hurrying the last several metres to the threshold, from where she could see across the entire car park. And then she gasped.

There wasn't much to see from this side of the car park. But she could see the pretty girl lying in the open. There was something in her mouth, like a sock stuffed between her teeth. Her clothes were torn, and she was not moving. But the worst was the blood coming from between her legs, a river of red flowing like lava across the gravel of the disused land next door.

Oh, God!” Becca gasped. She was instantly dialling.


Ellie opened the questioning once Connelly finally stated his name for the recording. “Steve Connelly. My husband's favourite person in Broadchurch. So, what did you say to piss off DI Hardy?”

The shock of realising she has married to Hardy started to wear off, and the urgency of earlier resumed. “Why isn't he on the case?”

That's a matter yet to be released to the public, as is a murder you seem to know an awful lot about. You've been through this before. Now I do have to warn you, I was not expecting to be handed this investigation when I know DI Hardy is perfectly capable of leading, but I will do everything to see the killer caught. No matter who it is. So I'm not in a mood to be messed with. Got it?”

Connelly nodded. He had always respected Ellie Miller as a cop, and this was not the time to get on her bad side.

Now, tell me what you told the DI. Then I will ask you questions. But first, when did you get this vision?”

Connelly sighed. “An hour ago, while I was sitting at home.”

Ellie mentally pictured a map of Broadchurch. Connelly's residence was in the north, off the High Street, a small flat above the bakers, which was a good walk from her and Hardy's home. No way he had casually been by, and it made it to the station to cover his tracks. “Okay, then, the vision. Be as detailed as you can.”

He glanced at the recorders and sighed. “The girl... she has dark blonde hair. She's wearing the clothes she wore yesterday: blue, Next jeans and a pink t-shirt with Snoopy on the front. All I know from the vision is that she's dead. She's too motionless. Not even a hint of breathing.”

Where was she found?”

Under a hedge, in a garden. Your garden.”

That put a sudden spot of tension in Ellie's shoulders. She rubbed where her neck and shoulders met. “What makes you think it's mine?”

It belongs to that house on Finch Lane, the one that used to be the gatehouse to Orchard Manor. I know you and the DI bought it. I have this feeling that the killer chose the spot deliberately.”

Why do you say that?”

It's this feeling I have. I can't explain it, but it's all tied in with Sandbrook.”

Slow down. What else about the girl?”

She was found with a piece of a locket and some photos. The locket... it's not hers, nor is it the killer's. And she had two photos on her, along with her mobile.”

Can you see the photos?”

Yes. One is of four friends, just before they all parted. None of them is her, but one of them is one of the Sandbrook girls.”

How do you know that?”

Pippa told me.”

Ellie stilled. She had only just learned that detail from the Super. How could he know?

The others moved away. But Pippa still lingers.”

And the girl today; where does she fit in?”

Nowhere. I can't see what happened to her. But Pippa said there’s a link. The girl in the picture, that's why I'm here. She’s the DI's daughter.”

Ellie remained still. “Anything else?”

That's it about the crime itself.”

But you got some other vision.”

Yes, and the DI interrupted me before I could tell him. She's going to be a target if the killers aren't stopped.”

Our victim was killed by more than one person?”

I'm not sure, but I know there is more than one killer on the loose right now. And I'm afraid they will strike again!”

There was a stern knock and the door opened, and PC Emma Shrove stuck her head in. “Excuse me, sir. A word?”

Ellie stood. “One moment.”

Connelly nodded, looking very grim and remaining silent.

Ellie paused the recording and moved to the door, closing it behind her. “Yes?”

Super wanted you to know that the DI's been sent out. There's been another murder.”

Ellie sucked in a hard breath.


End of Episode One

On to Episode Two


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 26th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Looking good so far.

We should let this sink in for a few days before posting Episode 2. It'll give people time to read it, as well.
Dec. 26th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Just did a switch. Next episode will appear on Saturday now.
Dec. 27th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
I had to create an account just to comment on this story. It's that amazing!

I was initially wary of reading a sequel type story to Broadchurch, especially one in which Hardy and Ellie are a couple. But within the first half of the first part posted, I was hooked! I really like adding a whole other layer to the Sandbrook case by making one of the victims a friend of Hardy's daughter. Considering that it was probably a small town, it's not entirely unlikely. I just much more heartache and stress heading towards the Hardy/Miller house.

One thing that did throw me, is it seems fast for Tom to be calling him Dad. Then again, I guess with emotional upheaval of what his father did and clinging to Hardy as a good male influence on his life, he would want to disassociate from Joe as much as possible.

Thank you so much for sharing this story! I look forward to the rest of it (which I just noticed episode 2 is posted).
Dec. 28th, 2014 07:26 am (UTC)
Yay! This makes you the official second reviewer! I'm delighted you thought so highly of a story that includes a pairing you're not so keen on. That means we did a good job.

Oh, just wait. Watch all the layers added and unpeeled. Sit back and watch as it unfolds...

Well, this is taking place two years after Danny's death. And about 22 months since Joe's arrest. Tom would be struggling to come to terms with what his father did, and he's at a prime age where he could've acted out. I think, as tardis_mole seemed to instinctively know, that Hardy was the necessary male role model he needed. He never let Tom get away with lying to him, and he ended up being there for Tom, Fred, and their mum. So... you can imagine how that happened. And I suspect that Tome sensed that things were still not so good between Ellie and Joe, and so he responded to the stability that Hardy represented.

We're trying hard to get everything fully polished in time. We want this completely posted before Broadchurch 2 airs in January on ITV. (And I'll be hunting for ways to watch it sooner rather than later.)

Again, thank you! Please stay tuned.
Jan. 3rd, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
Good point on Tom calling Hardy 'Dad'. As you say there is the emotional side to it. However, there is also this thing with children. I've experienced it with my step-dad and I've seen it with my own step-children and my friend's step-son. They are individuals and some make the switch early on, especially if the original parent is not around. Others are more reserved, and can be embarrassed to use the term even when given permission.
Dec. 30th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh, another murder and then such a nasty one :/ And Hardy's daughter is somehow involved in all this?

I can't wait to read how you two are going to unravel all this but I like this so far. A lot. There's a good mix of old and new characters in it <3
Dec. 31st, 2014 09:17 am (UTC)
Don't expect the unraveling to make full sense until much later on. That's all I'm going to say. ;)

Yeah. It'll get much uglier before it gets better. Just like the original... only perhaps more so.

Old and new. Yeah, that's a good description. Thanks. :D
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