125Milton's Magistrate » by JuliaDaniels Murder and mystery lead to mayhem in Milton. Join our favorite characters, John Thornton and Margaret Hale in this alternative telling of Gaskell's classic North and South.
T, English, Romance & Mystery, chapters: 12, words: 63k+, favs: 46, follows: 114, updated: 2h published: 11/26/2018
21Bleed Them of Their Bitterness » by ColleenD This is an attempt at a happier ending to the Great Exhibition scene between John & Margaret. This combines text (in italics) from Sandy Welch's amazing BBC script and Elizabeth Gaskell's wonderful book (neither of which do I own). Reviews and comments are welcome.
K+, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 8, words: 8k+, favs: 12, follows: 24, updated: 15h published: 8/14
35Soulmates : North and South Modern AU » by philipaholt Soulmate AU one shots starring modern John Thornton and Margaret Hale. This is my attempt to write through a list of soulmate tropes for a bit of fluff and fun. If you've got an idea for this series, please let me know.
T, English, Humor & Romance, chapters: 7, words: 15k+, favs: 6, follows: 19, updated: 10/22 published: 8/24
18From North to South » by SHBirds A period AU: What if something had happened to prevent Margaret from going to Milton with her parents in the first place? What if it had taken another ten years for Mr Thornton—well, a Mr Thornton, anyway—to arrive in her life?
T, English, Drama, chapters: 7, words: 45k+, favs: 2, follows: 11, updated: 10/22 published: 10/3
315A Mother's Final Gift » by TheScribblerCMB As Thornton battles bitterly with Margaret's rejection, and she in turn struggles to come to terms with her true feelings for the northern mill owner, an ailing Mrs Hale decides to intervene. Will her final gift to her daughter be enough to save this classic couple?
K+, English, Romance & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 35, words: 278k+, favs: 53, follows: 93, updated: 10/20 published: 6/21/2020
11The Warp and Weft: One Shots » by SHBirds Short stories and vignettes based on Gaskell's North & South; all of them period, some canon, some AU, and most of them featuring Margaret and John―but various minor characters also make an appearance (see chapter titles for respective protagonists). None of these stories are consecutive.
K+, English, chapters: 8, words: 22k+, favs: 4, follows: 5, updated: 10/16 published: 9/1
5North and South: Short and Sweet Stories » by TheScribblerCMB A series of quick and simple North and South fanfic stories that follow the love and life of John Thornton and Margaret Hale, spanning from their early days of misunderstandings to their happily forever after.
K+, English, Romance & Family, chapters: 2, words: 7k+, favs: 6, follows: 7, 10/13
6 Variations on a Dinner Party » by ElizaG1 Stand-alone stories with slightly different takes on the dinner party scene. "Complete" for now, but I may update with the other variations that I have in mind.
K, English, chapters: 2, words: 4k+, favs: 3, follows: 8, 10/10
26 But That Is Just The Heat » by ColleenD The day of the dinner party Edith attributes Margaret's redness and whiteness to the heat but the actual cause of both color changes is a certain someone. This combines text (in italics) from Elizabeth Gaskell's wonderful book and Sandy Welch's amazing BBC script (neither of which do I own). Reviews and comments are welcome.
K+, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 11, words: 11k+, favs: 9, follows: 33, updated: 10/10 published: 7/27
26 Dixon's Revenge » by ColleenD Dixon has always considered Mr. Thornton a pest. So she decides to get rid of him just as she would any other vermin that enters the house. This combines text (in italics) from Elizabeth Gaskell's wonderful book and Sandy Welch's amazing BBC script (neither of which do I own). Reviews and comments are welcome.
K+, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 6, words: 6k+, favs: 3, follows: 6, updated: 10/8 published: 9/25
Los distraídos by Aurora Marsha Poirot Explorando qué puede haber pasado luego de que Margaret le dijera a John: Tengo una mejor opinión de usted, que usted de mí, en este momento, creo. Que hizo que el Se?or Hale finalmente le preguntara a Margaret si cree que John tiene sentimientos por ella - (Versión en espa?ol de The two absent-minded men. Basado en un 'prompt' de Eliza en twitter)
K, Spanish, Romance, words: 541, favs: 1, follows: 1, 10/5
1 The two absent-minded men by Aurora Marsha Poirot A little drabble exploring what could have happened right after Margaret tells John 'I have a better opinion of you than you do of me at the moment, I feel', that made Mr. Hale finally ask Margaret what was going on with his student. -Based on a prompt by Eliza- -Thanx to Chiara on twitter for coming up with the title-
K, English, Romance, words: 689, favs: 3, follows: 3, 10/5
45 Cut to the Chase : North and South Modern One Shots » by philipaholt What would happen if Margaret had kissed John before New Year's Eve? A series of one shots exploring all the places in "The Rhythm of Life" where Margaret could have cut to the chase and kissed John much sooner.
T, English, Humor & Romance, chapters: 9, words: 20k+, favs: 8, follows: 15, updated: 10/1 published: 6/19
3 Who Am I, Higgins? by ColleenD Bit of a crossover with LOTR. John on the last day of work at Marlborough Mills, speaking with Higgins. I guess I have to credit J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Sandy Welch for my inspiration here.
K+, English, Drama & Humor, words: 250, favs: 3, follows: 2, 9/30
15Bessy's Cup » by ColleenD Margaret takes Bessy's simple cup as a memento of her beloved friend. Whatever happens to it? The first chapter is pretty much strictly from Gaskell's book as background. Chs 2 - 6 are a mix of my words and Gaskell's (in italics). Subsequent chapters are entirely original material. This is not a contiguous story, just one-shots with Bessy's cup. Reviews and comments are welcome.
K+, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 15, words: 8k+, favs: 1, follows: 4, updated: 9/27 published: 6/21
161After All We've Done : A North and South Modern Variation » by philipaholt Modern AU : Two weeks after spending the night with John Thornton, Margaret Hale suddenly decides to leave Milton, Connecticut and return to England—and no one knows why or if she'll ever come back.
T, English, Romance & Angst, chapters: 19, words: 81k+, favs: 17, follows: 55, updated: 9/26 published: 1/22
6 The Tribes » by SHBirds And now for something completely different: A fantasy AU loosely based on Gaskell's N&S! ... Imagine a world without names... Imagine a wide flatland... The Plain; inhabited by five tribes with an uneasy truce between them—until, one day, a young Guardian is sent on a secret mission among the rough highland Miners, where she finds out that all is not as it seems.
T, English, Fantasy, chapters: 9, words: 67k+, favs: 1, updated: 9/20 published: 9/19
10 Two Dancing Doves, From: The Thornton Tales » by TheScribblerCMB When John Thornton attends a ball, he is devastated that he is not the one dancing with Margaret, the woman he loves. However, as he watches grumpily from the wings, his sister comes to join him, and spending a little time together, the siblings have a chance to talk, allowing them to share a sweeter moment than they have in years, bringing them closer.
K+, English, Romance & Family, chapters: 3, words: 15k+, favs: 2, follows: 3, updated: 9/19 published: 9/11
98Into Conscious Collision » by ElizaG1 Margaret Thornton is walking through the mill yard on a regular visit to her husband's office. She is struck in the head by a falling wooden beam and knocked unconscious. She wakes up…and thinks it is the day of the riot, over two years ago. With no memory of their reconciliation and marriage, can Margaret learn to love Mr. Thornton again?
T, English, Romance, chapters: 7, words: 28k+, favs: 24, follows: 64, updated: 9/17 published: 6/23
16 And Vice Versa » by SHBirds Based on the 2004 TV miniseries: Something unexpected happens at that final short stop at a Midlands train station, sending Margaret back to London while Mr Thornton returns to Milton, alone. Will our favourite couple still find a way to come together in the end?
K, English, Romance, chapters: 3, words: 19k+, favs: 9, follows: 9, updated: 9/17 published: 9/12
21Spirit Full of Love » by ColleenD What if Mr. Thornton found Margaret in the study when she fainted after the inspector left. This combines text (in italics) from Elizabeth Gaskell's wonderful book and Sandy Welch's amazing BBC script (neither of which do I own). Reviews and comments are welcome.
T, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 6, words: 5k+, favs: 13, follows: 28, updated: 9/15 published: 8/21
7 A Prize to be Won by TheScribblerCMB Margaret Hale is devastated to learn that she is to marry John Thornton after her parents discover the truth about the riot. In a final bid to persuade her father of the folly of this match, she goes to him, only to stumble upon a conversation which leaves her feeling hurt and humiliated. Overcome by hopelessness, she takes out her anger on the man she must soon call, husband.
K+, English, Angst & Romance, words: 3k+, favs: 9, follows: 10, 9/10
235 A Life Together » by darkpartofmydestiny After their chance reunion at the train station, John and Margaret return to Milton. Margaret uses her new wealth to search for a purpose, John struggles to come to terms with his past failings - and they must learn to live with each other. (M version is up on A03) Contains some instances of strong language. Complete
T, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 41, words: 188k+, favs: 110, follows: 122, updated: 9/9 published: 4/9/2019
44 Darkshire: A North & South Sequel » by SHBirds Nine years after coming home to Milton together, at the beginning of the Lancashire Cotton Famine and the American Civil War, Margaret and John Thornton's marriage is being put to the test by events that affect both their immediate family and the mill.
T, English, Drama, chapters: 19, words: 41k+, favs: 8, follows: 10, updated: 8/28 published: 8/15
21Just For One Day, From: Before We Were Us » by TheScribblerCMB As he attends the funeral of Mrs Hale, John Thornton cannot help but wish he could offer the comfort and support of a husband to the woman he loves, but alas, she has said no. Desperate to see her, and with a longing to care for her, John swallows his hurt and humiliation and decides to offer Margaret his help, his hand, and his heart.
K, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, chapters: 4, words: 18k+, favs: 13, follows: 21, updated: 8/22 published: 7/4