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Summary: Hilda flees to the convent for the Christmas holidays, desperate for the help only Mother Abbess can now give her. She meets a lonely, grieving child who now has no one.
Rated: General
Categories: Ste Therese's House Characters: Hilda Annersley, Nell Wilson
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Drama, Family, Friendship, Humour, Mystery, Religion
Series: A New Dream
Chapters: 18 Completed: Yes
Word count: 79698 Read: 60611
Published: 30 Jul 2011 Updated: 18 Aug 2011

1. Chapter 1 - Hilda Surprises Mother Abbess by MaryR [Reviews - 31] starstarstarstarstar (5883 words)
This first chapter is for all of you, of course, but it's most especaally for Lynne, who wanted to know when Ellie would be making her appearance. Enjoy!

2. Chapter 2 - A Fierce Tussle by MaryR [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (8482 words)
I'm afraid it's long....

3. Chapter 3 - Mother Abbess wins the tussle - for the moment! by MaryR [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (2868 words)
Only a very short chapter tonight - to thank you for all the brilliant reviews.

4. Chapter 4 - Hilda Takes Charge by MaryR [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (5501 words)

5. Chapter 5 - Ellie's Despair and Hilda's Plans by MaryR [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (3813 words)

6. Chapter 6 - Ellie's Perfect Day by MaryR [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (6164 words)
Thank you so much for the loving and generous comments. I hope you too enjoy Ellie's day.

7. Chapter 7 - Another Gift from Hilda by MaryR [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (2949 words)
I'm so pleased you enjoyed that day in London....

8. Chapter 8 - Hilda Parts with her Treasures by MaryR [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (5311 words)
Thank you so much for the reviews on that last short piece, Elder and Squirrel. You've been so faithful to a story you already know that you overwhelm me.

9. Chapter 9 - Nightmares and Blessings by MaryR [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (5406 words)
Ooops, for those of you who got an earlier alert, I was so tired I placed the update in Vol 2, instead of here! I do apologise. Blame the exhausting trip to see my own MA down in Chester, who I found only two years ago, long after I'd started ND, but she packs as much of a punch as Kate Stuart, I can tell you! So many of you have posted a review on the last piece and I am overcome at your generosity. Thank you! Lynne, you'll find out about the decorations in the next piece.

10. Chapter 10 - Nothing is lost if offered freely by MaryR [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (3507 words)
I keep saying it, but you are all so kind. Celia, this is for you, one of those 'loyal hearts' mentioned by Hilda at the end.

11. Chapter 11 - An Untrammelled Spirit by MaryR [Reviews - 7] starstarstarstarstar (3802 words)
Thank you for the generous reviews.

12. Chapter 12 - Christmas Morning by MaryR [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1850 words)
Only a short chapter tonight, to thank you for all the kind words.

13. Chapter 13 - Mother Abbess Tells her Tale by MaryR [Reviews - 20] starstarstarstarstar (9847 words)
An awfully long piece for you tonight.....

14. Chapter 14 - The Tale Continues by MaryR [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (2023 words)
Much shorter chapter today, in thanks for your generous words.

15. Chapter 15 - Stars to Hold by MaryR [Reviews - 7] starstarstarstarstar (1784 words)
As Squirrel says, "It's so tempting, when we first meet someone, not to realise all that must have gone into making them who they are. Kate, the confident, guiding MA - it is so easy to take the image that she shows to the world and imagine that she must have had a life of ease, that she has spent all her days in the convent, taking from God to give to those in need. And yet, here she is, baring her soul to Hilda, telling her of so many horrors she has been through, of all that has made her the person she now is." It's odd you should have picked up on that, Squirrel, as my own MA - who I met long after the creation of Hilda's MA - also has an astonishing and very sad tale to tell, one that made her the fine and very bracing person she is. I guess suffering can teach us to be selfish and think only of our own hurts, or it can teach us to reach out to others with all the compassion and wisdom that our experiencea have taught us. It's our choice.

16. Chapter 16 - Presents for All by MaryR [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (4910 words)
Thank you for reading and commenting. I wonder if you can detect the small addition I've made to this chapter....

17. Chapter 17 - and a special one for Hilda. by MaryR [Reviews - 3] (3558 words)
This is for you, Sarah, to let you know I’m thinking of you after the very bad news you received today.

Um, those of you who couldn’t guess the additonal bit – it was the book for Pauline. I decided she shouldn’t be left out in the personal present stakes. As to time, it doesn’t actually take THAT much time to write out quotations, if you’ve a quick hand, and she didn’t decorate either of the books herself, so….. *grins*

18. Chapter 18 - An inexplicable bond. by MaryR [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (2040 words)
Thanks to those of you who reviewed the last chapter and, indeed, to all of you who have written reviews in Vol 3. It is very much appreciated.