Longstaff Island Funfair Chapter 1

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A story of possession from beyond the grave.This story may be a bit of a slow starter for some, but I urge you to stick with it as it really picks up speed towards the end. You might be glad you did.

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Longstaff Island Funfair Chapter 1

Submitted: February 11, 2011

A story of possession from beyond the grave.This story might be a bit of a slow starter for some, I urge you to stick with it as it really picks up speed, you might be glad you did. Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

The rest of the week was taken up with business meetings, but J.C. also found time to make some inquiries about Pitts Rock. It was owned,... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 16, 2011

When he went into the house, his wife, Anna, was sitting reading a book. Upon his entering the room she looked up from her book, 'I was s... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 17, 2011

The next day, he left Anna to her shopping with arrangements to meet up around lunchtime outside Cornelli's restaurant. J.C. made his way... Read Chapter

The purchase

Submitted: February 18, 2011

Hedly Young had told J,C, that he would have to dig out the most recent geological surveys of the island to make sure it was of no commer... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 18, 2011

He followed the road as best as he could,having to detour around the odd fallen tree and clumps of brambles. When, at last he came out on... Read Chapter

The Island

Submitted: February 19, 2011

Eight days later, J.C. Longstaff was the new owner of Pitts Rock. The land Commission had no use for it, they didn't even bother with a s... Read Chapter

The work

Submitted: February 20, 2011

J.C. had taken a small crew of technicians across to the island on the morning of August 12th. The supply lines were to be tested at midd... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 23, 2011

They decided they had enough time to open up the shed which housed the generator and see what condition it was in. The generator, at firs... Read Chapter

The Building Work

Submitted: February 26, 2011

It was mid August, and J.C. wanted the temporary access roads out in place before the end of September. There would be an access road lai... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 03, 2011

The following year saw the natural harbour completed and in use, the roads were laid including one which ran around the coastline of the ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 06, 2011

For the next four years things worked out quite well for the family. The business remained stable, Anna could visit the mainland anytime ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 09, 2011

It was his son, Michael, who first alerted J.C. that he and his brother and sister were perhaps growing a little bored with life on the i... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 14, 2011

The rest of the summer recess was filled with endless talk of their day at the fair. J.C. in the meantime was doing a little research on ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 16, 2011

The idea J.C. had, was to build a scaled down version of a regular funfair, with a couple of sideshows as a diversion. The rides would be... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 16, 2011

A deal was finally done and construction would begin as soon as the weather allowed the following spring, under the supervision of Dobson... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 17, 2011

By the third week in June, the work was complete, which worked out just fine, during the last week each ride was tested and inspected in ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 19, 2011

So that more or less confirmed they would be having the wedding reception on the island, J.C. made a mental note to speak to Dobsons abou... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 20, 2011

In 1931 tragedy struck the Longstaff family. Anna died of a massive heart attack while trying on some shoes at an exclusive shop on the m... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 21, 2011

These came in the form of painting and the continuing restoration of the lighthouse. He still did a little fishing and on rare occasions,... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 22, 2011

When sailing on a yacht or boat or any smallish vessel, those who are prone to seasickness, often made the mistake of looking at the hori... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 23, 2011

The next morning, early, before breakfast, he went down to the little cottage that Wills occupied. Ever since Anna's death, hr had repeat... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 23, 2011

The next morning found J.C. and Wills at the fairground dragging out the wood and scaffolding poles. Working from their rudimentary plans... Read Chapter

Wills

Submitted: March 27, 2011

When I came to you all those years ago, back in 14 or 15 I think it was, I lied to you, I told you I was a gardener, well, I wasn't. I wa... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 28, 2011

I went back down to the ferry and went aboard, just to see what happened. I was among the first to be seen by you John, so that meant I w... Read Chapter

Wills

Submitted: March 28, 2011

I went back down to the ferry and went aboard, just to see what happened. I was among the first to be seen by you John, so that meant I w... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 30, 2011

J.C. just sat there, stunned, he had no idea about Wills past, he knew he had no family, but he had no idea about all those tough years W... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 30, 2011

It was May 1936, and although the winters were getting worse, the summers were getting better by comparison. Some familiar voices attract... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 30, 2011

About half an hour later there was a knock at the door, and Wills came in. 'Come on in old chap,' said Mattie, 'sit down and grab yoursel... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 01, 2011

Next was an inspection of the supplies ready to hand, it was decided they had enough wood to build the drum, but it was going to be touch... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 03, 2011

A week later the ride was ready to be tested with people inside, it had been tested every other way they could think of, so now it was ti... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 05, 2011

The rest of the week was given over to mostly relaxation for his guests, but J.C. busied himself redrawing the plans, because he wanted t... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 06, 2011

Two days later J.Cs guests left the island after sampling all the rides on the funfair, including The Storm, (several times). They did so... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 09, 2011

Over the course of the weekend Michael tried the ride several times, liking it better each time he tried it. 'Once you get used to what's... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 11, 2011

That Christmas saw the whole Longstaff family together, the one thing J.C. continued to insist upon, that his family spend Christmas on t... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 13, 2011

It was in the spring of 1944 that J.C. started feeling a little unwell, nothing major, just growing tired more quickly, not much energy n... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 14, 2011

The phone seemed to ring forever at the other end, but finally Michael's voice came down the line, 'hello, michael longstaff speaking.' M... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 16, 2011

The coroner, two assistants and two policemen arrived on the afternoon ferry, the ferryman was instructed to wait as there would be cargo... Read Chapter

Changes

Submitted: April 17, 2011

The next two years saw the island undergo a transformation. Heavy earthmoving equipment was constantly being shipped back and forth, skil... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 18, 2011

It was the end of the season of 53 when tragedy once again struck the Longstaff family. It was late October when Michael received a telep... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 19, 2011

This was the name of the company that had been expressing an interest in the island on and off over the last four years. Michael had done... Read Chapter

Dead in the water

Submitted: April 19, 2011

He was working on a cradle just above the water line, keeping an eye on the rising tide all the time. Something bumped into the cradle wh... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 20, 2011

Twenty five minutes later the sound of a powerful motor could be heard approaching the harbour entrance. Soon, the bow of a police motor ... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 21, 2011

Over the next few days their investigations turned up very little. They knew he was alive about nine thirty the evening before his body w... Read Chapter

The Warming System

Submitted: April 25, 2011

They came up with various ideas from keeping fires burning within the confines of the rides, (if you can believe that) to equipping the m... Read Chapter

The Warming System

Submitted: April 26, 2011

His idea was quite simple really, by using the existing electrical conduits which were underground and fed each ride individually, a netw... Read Chapter

The Caretakers

Submitted: April 28, 2011

At three o clock the following Thursday Paul and Marie James were signing five month contracts to carry out caretaking duties on Longstaf... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 29, 2011

Marie, by now, was already inspecting the third ride on her list, which was The Merry Go Round, having already done The Waltzer and The W... Read Chapter

Shadows

Submitted: April 30, 2011

They drove back up to the house and parked outside the entrance, Paul went up and tried the doors. They had locked them when they left, t... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 01, 2011

They parked the jeep in the garage and locked the doors, they walked around the front of the house and parted company, with Marie telling... Read Chapter

Footprints in the snow

Submitted: May 02, 2011

He woke up once through the night with the feeling there was something wrong, he looked around the room which was dimly lit from outside ... Read Chapter

Footprints in the snow

Submitted: May 04, 2011

Paul took one last look around the interesting little museum and headed for the stairs to the lamp room. As soon as he got to the foot of... Read Chapter

Footprints in the snow

Submitted: May 04, 2011

They both sat down in the car, and Paul told her everything, he told her about the boards, about the generator shutting down, about how t... Read Chapter

Footprints in the snow

Submitted: May 05, 2011

He went to the phone and sat down, he looked at the clipboard which hung on the wall above the phone and went down the short list of cont... Read Chapter

Footprints in the snow

Submitted: May 08, 2011

After breakfast, which was scrambled eggs and toast, to which Paul had two helpings, he went downstairs to have a look outside and see ju... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 10, 2011

Marie drove them back down the East coast road, following the slight depressions of the tyre tracks made by Paul the day before. They got... Read Chapter

The countdown

Submitted: May 11, 2011

As Paul settled down to sleep, somewhere else on the island there was movement. Up in the lamp room of the lighthouse, a light breeze was... Read Chapter

The countdown

Submitted: May 12, 2011

She got out of the jeep and went into the house and up to the apartment, Paul was just letting himself in, she followed him and turned th... Read Chapter

The countdown

Submitted: May 13, 2011

With the outside lights turned off, there was no glare to impede his vision which meant he could see the lights down at the fairground. T... Read Chapter

The countdown

Submitted: May 14, 2011

It was close, it had to be for him to hear it above the wind. It was either The Waltzer or The Caterpillar. He looked at both rides sitti... Read Chapter

The countdown

Submitted: May 15, 2011

Feeling a little better after his short rest he went back outside. He looked in the direction of the fairground. It wasn't as brightly li... Read Chapter

The Rescue

Submitted: May 16, 2011

Out in the reach between the island and the mainland, an unprecedented event was taking place. There were two helicopters making sweeps b... Read Chapter

The Rescue

Submitted: May 17, 2011

Just then, two huge tremors shook the island, bringing Paul to his knees, and plunging Marie into the same drift the jeep was half buried... Read Chapter

Authors Note

Submitted: May 17, 2011

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it, constant reader. I have plans to make it part of a trilogy. LONGSTAFF THE RE... Read Chapter