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+, 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
38Cut to the Chase : North and South Modern One Shots » by philipisomholt 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: 8, words: 18k+, favs: 6, follows: 13, updated: 9/18 published: 6/19
92Into 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: 20, follows: 59, updated: 9/17 published: 6/23
15 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: 8, follows: 7, 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: 11, follows: 26, updated: 9/15 published: 8/21
29Soulmates : North and South Modern AU » by philipisomholt 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: 5, words: 10k+, favs: 6, follows: 18, updated: 9/12 published: 8/24
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: 7, words: 7k+, favs: 10, follows: 22, updated: 9/11 published: 8/14
9The 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: 6, words: 13k+, favs: 4, follows: 4, updated: 9/11 published: 9/1
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: 7, follows: 6, 9/10
234 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: 109, follows: 121, updated: 9/9 published: 4/9/2019
21But 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: 9, words: 7k+, favs: 8, follows: 29, updated: 9/4 published: 7/27
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: 9, 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: 12, follows: 20, updated: 8/22 published: 7/4
147After All We've Done : A North and South Modern Variation » by philipisomholt 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: 18, words: 76k+, favs: 15, follows: 51, updated: 8/21 published: 1/22
50An Earlier Heaven » by darkpartofmydestiny "A happy family is but an earlier heaven" - George Bernard Shaw Set in the world of my completed story A Strange Situation, these are basically plotless fluffy happy family oneshots that I need to write to cheer myself up during these difficult times. Prompts and requests absolutely welcome!
T, English, Family & Humor, chapters: 14, words: 37k+, favs: 21, follows: 28, updated: 8/19 published: 3/19/2020
22 A Foregone Conclusion » by SHBirds Within hours of coming home with John Thornton, Margaret is having second thoughts about her rash decision and declares that she needs to return to London immediately. This story has our favourite couple stumble right into a veritable mystery—with a crossover twist.
T, English, Mystery, chapters: 9, words: 47k+, favs: 6, follows: 14, updated: 8/13 published: 7/19
13Bessy'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: 14, words: 7k+, favs: 1, follows: 4, updated: 8/4 published: 6/21
3 Forgiven and Forgotten, from: The Thornton Tales » by TheScribblerCMB Days after returning to Milton with his beloved Margaret, John restlessly awaits his fiancée joining him in his study, but when she is nowhere to be seen, the master grows increasingly anxious, wondering where she could be. When she arrives, he hopes that all will be well, but no, Margaret has something to tell him which John does not like...not one bit.
K, English, Romance & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 3, words: 18k+, favs: 7, follows: 16, updated: 7/24 published: 6/17
3 The Flowers and The Fanfic Fanatic, From: Parodies and Other Such by TheScribblerCMB This modern day one shot is nothing more than some silly nonsense which explores the relationship that fanfic writers and readers have with the beloved characters of whom we love...preferably within the realms of reasonable sanity.
K, English, Humor & Romance, words: 1k+, 7/9
152The Heart Asks It's Pleasure First » by scaramouche97 This story begins just after Margaret's father has died. With no one showing her any sympathy, what will happen when Mr Thornton is the only person to treat her with genuine kindness?
T, English, Romance, chapters: 9, words: 55k+, favs: 100, follows: 213, updated: 6/24 published: 1/14/2020
93Can We Be Whole Again? » by SidsCookies A surprise decision may give Margaret the family she desperately wants in the wake of her parents passing. However, there are still many obstacles to overcome before she can find peace.
K, English, Hurt/Comfort & Family, chapters: 18, words: 64k+, favs: 35, follows: 93, updated: 6/21 published: 1/23/2020
8 No One Ever Knew Why Mr Lennox Did Not Keep To His Appointment by ColleenD No one ever knew why Mr. Lennox did not keep to his appointment on the following day. So here is a one shot of what might have happened... 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 & Humor, words: 1k+, favs: 4, follows: 4, 6/18
4 The Measure of a Man, from: The Thornton Tales by TheScribblerCMB While Margaret finds herself busy tidying up after her children, she is startled by the sound of her husband shouting crossly. Rushing to investigate, the wife and mother is sad to find that her cheeky cherubs are playing up again, but her fears soon subside when she realises that John has it all in hand.
K, English, Family & Romance, words: 7k+, favs: 4, follows: 3, 6/8
3 How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? From, The Thornton Tales » by TheScribblerCMB When John Thornton struggles to concentrate at work, his already fleeting focus is filched by the sight of his workers scurrying past his mill office window as if to avoid something. Inspecting the disruption, the master soon cottons on to the source of the commotion, and after swiftly returning home, John is determined to play the part of a supportive husband and devoted father.
K, English, Family & Romance, chapters: 2, words: 9k+, favs: 4, follows: 6, updated: 5/28 published: 5/16