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Following their adventure with the "young lake" in The Chalet School and Richenda, Nancy and Kathie embark on a relationship - with various minor trials and tribulations along the way.


Rated: General
Categories: Ste Therese's House Characters: Hilda Annersley, Kathie Ferrars, Matron Lloyd, Nancy Wilmot, Nell Wilson, Rosalie Dene
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Romance
Series: None
Chapters: 34 Completed: Yes
Word count: 31557 Read: 91223
Published: 04 Jun 2011 Updated: 20 Nov 2011
Story Notes:

Despite always having felt that the CS books themselves suggest a reading of Nancy's and Kathie's relationship that EBD probably never intended, this author wishes to point out that she herself had not actually considered writing fanfic about it until she discovered the CBB. Consequently, nothing that follows this disclaimer should in any way be deemed the fault of the author, who was never here, has an alibi for the time of writing, doesn't know what fanfiction is anyway, and is currently occupied with looking innocent and plotting an escape route.

In addition to helping myself to EBD's characters, plots, and settings, I have also lifted some of her text directly from the Armada paperback of Richenda. These bits are in bold (although I'm sure all y'all could identify them without my assistance) just so it's clear that I'm claiming no credit for those parts - although there may be some stray commas added accidentally - I keep catching myself putting them in and then having to take them out again.

This was my first CS drabble - and it was supposed to be short. Don't ask me what happened, I blame the characters. ;)

Apologies for the fact that the chapter lengths veer all over the place - I tried to get them all more or less the same length, but as this wasn't originally written with chapters in mind, that has turned out to be impossible, unless I wanted to have sudden breaks in odd places.  Which I didn't. ;)

1. Comfort and confessions by Eleanore [Reviews - 11] starstarstarstarstar (1243 words)

2. Not the first by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (1450 words)

3. Words of advice by Eleanore [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1438 words)

4. Monday by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (1831 words)

This drabble turns out to be lasting far longer than I had originally envisioned. I blame Nancy, Kathie, and Matey, who will persist in saying and doing things I hadn't expected, and who are now making my life far more complicated by dragging in other characters about whom I'd never intended to write at all, but who are starting to seem impossible to avoid.

As a result of all this, we now have to have a Monday, which I had hoped to avoid, as EBD has rather curtailed what I can do with it. Also, I've already helped myself to bits of EBD's Monday evening dialogue for Nancy's and Kathie's private use, which means I now have to choose between rewriting everything I've written so far, or simply shrugging my shoulders and leaving it as an inconsistency. Me being me, I'm leaving it as it is!

Anyway, to get back to my original point, we now have to have a Monday. I don't like Mondays, just on principle. I don't think Nancy and Kathie are going to like this particular Monday much either, but that's their own fault for going off at tangents and not getting efficiently to the end of this drabble within the space of their Sunday evening. (It's rather Matey's fault as well, but I can't see either of them telling her that, and I'm certainly not going to!) So, we'll try and skim through this Monday as quickly as possible and move on to Tuesday, which has the potential to be much more fun and will probably include Hilary.

Text lifted from the paperback of Richenda is in bold, as before.

5. Unforeseen obstacles by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (1514 words)

I'm being mean to Nancy again. Or rather, I'm sitting here with a pen and notebook happily transcribing the details of other people being mean to Nancy. I'm not sure exactly why I enjoy this so much. I mean, I love Nancy, I think she's completely adorable, despite the fact that she teaches maths. But I still like watching her squirm. I'm starting to think I may have a sadistic streak.

6. Definitely not a doctor by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (931 words)

7. Memo to the Chalet School Staff in regard to terms and conditions of contract by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (571 words)

This is not really part of the drabble, it's just a little bit of essay-induced insanity. But it references this drabble, at this point, so it just fits to post it here. If you just want to read the story, skip this chapter - you won't be missing anything plot-related :)

8. Hilary finds out by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (869 words)

9. Malingerer's Medicine by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (348 words)

10. A little teasing by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (430 words)

11. The voice of experience by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (600 words)

12. Not an easy thing to tell by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (851 words)

13. An apology and an argument by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (833 words)

14. Kathie's very important lecture by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1136 words)

15. Breaking the habit of a lifetime by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (1514 words)

16. Early morning awakenings by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (1168 words)

17. A few other bits and pieces by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (1133 words)

18. Staff room gossip by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (818 words)

In the end I simply couldn't force myself to make Nancy apologise to Peggy. Possibly this is favouritism, but that's alright because Nancy is my favourite *puts bows in Nancy's hair and buys her a pony* Also, I seem to be incapable of writing nice things about Ruth - don't ask me why, for I have no idea :dontknow:

19. Discussions in the study by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarhalf-star (1492 words)

20. Hilda and Nell by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarhalf-star (1106 words)

21. The pyjamas and cocoa stage by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (539 words)

22. A promise by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (1002 words)

23. No longer twenty-three by Eleanore [Reviews - 1] (951 words)

I just noticed the the chapter title I'd chosen for what, coincidentally, turned out to be chapter number 23 - I'm not sure whether to laugh, roll my eyes, or change the chapter title!

24. Creased and crumpled by Eleanore [Reviews - 2] (676 words)

New updates start from here.

25. A wonderful new arrangement by Eleanore [Reviews - 4] (472 words)

26. Some non-verbal communication by Eleanore [Reviews - 4] (759 words)

27. Ironing by Eleanore [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (854 words)

28. Keeping secrets by Eleanore [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstar (794 words)

29. An incalculable quantity by Eleanore [Reviews - 4] (410 words)

30. Twelve and a half pages by Eleanore [Reviews - 6] starstarstarstarstar (1100 words)

31. Not the fond reunion by Eleanore [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (636 words)

32. A traditional Valaisian event by Eleanore [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (863 words)

33. Kathie's secret by Eleanore [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (734 words)

Turns out this isn't the final chapter, but instead the second last chapter. This is either because I noted the comments from people saying they didn't want this story to end and decided to reward y'all with an extra chapter, or because I can't count. I prefer the first option ;)

Kathie is being exceedingly sappy in this chapter (and Nancy's not altogether sap-free either) but as we are so close to the end of the story, I thought I'd keep my cringing to myself and indulge them. ;)

34. What Nancy knows by Eleanore [Reviews - 7] starstarstarstarstar (491 words)