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What Matey Knows by Eleanore Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 92]

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.


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 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 31557 Read Count: 82174
[Report This] Published: 04 Jun 2011 Updated: 20 Nov 2011
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Date: 07 Jul 2011 Title: Chapter 8: Hilary finds out

Hilary is rather fabulous here :-)

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Date: 09 Jul 2011 Title: Chapter 13: An apology and an argument

(Although I noticed every tiny alteration jayj made when she was reposting over here, so maybe it's more noticeable than I think!)

Dammit, I thought no-one would notice my tinkering....It's not my fault I'm a compulsive reviser :shrugs:

I do like Matey being all tactful here, and Nancy and Kathie are just great together. Thank you! More and more and more, please!

Author's Response:

Don't worry, it may be just me. Even as a child, I'd correct my parents if they missed out a word when they read books to me - I used to make them start again from the beginning! But I have read your drabbles more than once - I'm probably fairly close to having them memorised by this point ;)

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Date: 09 Jul 2011 Title: Chapter 14: Kathie's very important lecture

I do like this chapter! From Kathie's lecture through to them finally getting round to that - thank you!

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Date: 18 Sep 2011 Title: Chapter 29: An incalculable quantity

*Crosses fingers that what awaits Kathie is Nancy wrapped up in bows and ribbons*

Author's Response:

I think that's probably what Kathie would be hoping for too ;)

Reviewer: jayj Signed
Date: 25 Sep 2011 Title: Chapter 30: Twelve and a half pages

Well, if the suprise wasn't to be Nancy in bows and ribbons, this seems to have been a decent second best. But still you've left us with the cliffs - what's the present, and what is Kathie going to ask about Nancy?

Thank you!

Author's Response:

Hopefully, those questions will be answered in the next update - whenever I might happen to get around to writing it...

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Date: 09 Oct 2011 Title: Chapter 31: Not the fond reunion

I'm a little intrigued as to what happened to incur such medical expenses...but largely I'm just pleased that the two of them are back where they belong - together!

Author's Response:

I think I've just found out how they incurred their medical expenses... ;) It should be in the next update, whenever I get round to writing it :)

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Date: 28 Oct 2011 Title: Chapter 32: A traditional Valaisian event

what do you mean, only one more chapter? that can't be right, surely!

*goes off to consult N and K to see what they have to say about that*

Author's Response:

*counts on fingers* One. Yep, that seems to be right. ;)

(And don't start asking N and K - those two are plot-bunny magnets.)

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Date: 03 Nov 2011 Title: Chapter 33: Kathie's secret

*sob* that was too sweet! and a lovely explanation for how Nancy gets the signet ring that she 'always wore'.... thank you! and thank you for a lovely story, and even though it's almost over, I don't mind because I know there's lots of other little drabblets that you need to write for us ;-)

Author's Response:

That explanation for the ring has been in my mind since I started this drabble - no idea what made me think of it, but they were so cute about it I just couldn't leave it out!

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Date: 20 Nov 2011 Title: Chapter 34: What Nancy knows

Congratulations on finishing! And for giving us such a lovely Nancy and Kathie, and a lovely ring, and all kinds of goodness. I loved the line about Nancy's pause threatening to become a nap :-) and great to hear Nancy's account of Nell's highly suspicious behaviour!

I have enjoyed this lots, and I'm looking forward to whatever other drabbles you might have up your sleeve - thank you :-)

Author's Response:

I'm glad you liked it :) There are one or two other drabbles floating around in notebooks that may make their way on here at some stage... ;)


The title says it all, really.  A short story about the time Jo made a Shepherd's pie for Jack, using a slightly innovative ingredient.

New chapter added: 23/8/11

Categories: St Clare's House
Characters: Jack Maynard, Jo (Bettany) Maynard
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: None
Genre: Domestic, Humour
Series: Jo & Jack
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2625 Read Count: 7926
[Report This] Published: 05 Jun 2011 Updated: 23 Aug 2011
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Date: 24 Aug 2011 Title: Chapter 3: What happened the next day.

Love the sweetly sinister bunny. And Jack's immunity vest. But am slightly worried that the rabbit might still be lurking somewhere, ready to make another attack on Jo :(

Thank you!

Author's Response:

I'm hoping Jack has caught the rabbit and disposed of it.


Jo is on the move again.  This time from Guernsey to England.

Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Daisy Venables, Jack Maynard, Jem Russell, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Madge (Bettany) Russell, Robin Humphries
School Period: Armishire, Guernsey
School Name: None
Genre: Alternate Universe, Domestic, Family, War
Series: Jo's Biggest Challenge
Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 24567 Read Count: 41928
[Report This] Published: 06 Jun 2011 Updated: 06 Aug 2011
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Date: 12 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

Poor Jo! And it must be so frustrating, having all the decisions being made by Jem. I do hope Madge and Robin and Daisy can come and visit and cheer her up!

Summary: The Triplets and Friends start their own school in Cornwall. Follows on from end of All Change Reorganised, but can stand alone.
Categories: St Scholastika's House
Characters: Amy Stevens, Bride Bettany, Con Maynard, Felicity Maynard, Felix Maynard, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Kathie Ferrars, Len Maynard, Margot Maynard, Minor character(s), Nancy Wilmot, Nell Wilson, OC, Ruey Richardson, Ted Grantley, Tom Gay
School Period: Future
School Name: None
Genre: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Crossover, Domestic, Family, Friendship, Humour, Romance, School Story, Slash
Series: All Change Universe
Chapters: 64 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 102312 Read Count: 171581
[Report This] Published: 07 Jun 2011 Updated: 13 Sep 2015
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Date: 07 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Packing for Felix and Felicity.

Hoorah - how lovely to see the school from another angle! I love the list of extra stuff they have to take. And I bet Felicity's going to be a far better fighter than Felix.

Thank you, Kathryn!

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Date: 08 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 Kevin and Kester, and a frowning Hilda

oh, poor Hilda! I do worry about how she's going to cope without Nell around. But yeay, I am glad we'll be getting to see more of Nell at the school!

Thanks, Kathryn!

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Date: 09 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chaper 4 - Hilda does some reading

and....? what is it that Hilda's going to say...?

thanks, Kathryn - more soon please!

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Date: 11 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 Joey asks a question.

and....? I think part of the update is missing :) 

If there is/was anything between Nell and Hilda, I do think it's funny that they've managed to be so discreet when EVERYONE else in this story is utterly incapable of keeping things secret - must be a generational thing, I suppose!

thank you!

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Date: 12 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 Hilda and Nell

Woop! Thank you!

Do you know, it sounds to me that though Hilda's made it clear, repeatedly, that nothing could happen between her and Nell, she has still been enjoying that possibility - not so much the possibilty of an actual relationship, but perhaps the sense that she's been the focus of so much of Nell's attention.

On Nell's side of it, perhaps moving away is what she needs to get over Hilda and move on...Even if she is reconciled to Hilda's choice, working alongside her can't have always been easy. I wonder if going to Switzerland with St Mildreds was part of the same thing, to put some space between them?

I do feel sad for Hilda, when there's so much change happening to her school. But I am very much hoping that you find a nice lady to sweep Nell off her feet :)

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Date: 14 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 - Meeting the Seymours (Anne Kirren's family)

That's a rather more comprehensive teaching staff than Madge started out with :)

I loved the mother-son interaction here - very sweet! Thank you!

Author's Response: Its taken me forever to work out who on earth I had actually working there...

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Date: 21 Jun 2011 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 Len is worried

Poor Len! and poor Ge, she's really got to a lot to deal with. But Len really needs to delegate - it's not like she's not got a lot of experienced staff around her...

Thank you!


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Date: 06 Jul 2011 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 Getting to know some more of the staff

I like the tea experiment! I'm really hit-and-miss at making tea (which is, now I come to think of it, a bit surprising given how much I drink...) so maybe I need to do the experiments myself...I do get worried, though, when you say Timmy's got one ear open in case of trouble - because why would you say that unless a whacking huge great lump of trouble was round the corner?

Thank you!

Author's Response: No, I refuse to accept your jayj wibble bunnies. Timmy always goes to sleep with one ear open just in case, it's a Timmy thing. And by the way - we are all officially ignoring the fact that Timmy would be over 20 by now, because although I could kill off most human characters if the story needed it I could NEVER kill off Timmy. So he is just a very fit for his age very old dog. Who sleeps with one ear open just in case.

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Date: 26 Jul 2011 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 Nancy's worries

he he, I like Sam! Thank you for some more of this!

Author's Response: Glad you like him, he is fun to write or write about !

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Date: 26 Aug 2011 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 A surprise

eeep! And there was me, enjoying Nell all being settled and relaxed, when I should've been on the look out for flipping cliffs!

I do like what you've done here, though - and I like the tensions between Len and Nancy - v. plausible. There's going to be a row there, sooner or later...

Author's Response: I think it might be sooner... Thanks for reviewing :D

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Date: 14 Sep 2011 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18

Thank you! V. interesting to see their complex relationship. And let's hope they can be friends again. And good on Penny!

Author's Response: I like Penny. Have been very tempted to get her and Nell together, but Nell and Con is just meant to be, now Nell has got past thinking about Hilda when it wasn't to be :D

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Date: 08 Oct 2011 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 Adventure Skills

What good fun! and well done to the grown ups for thinking up such exciting things to be done. Thank you!

Author's Response: Glad you think so. I could see this lot of grown ups wanting to join in themselves actually !

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Date: 13 Oct 2011 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 Inks and more 12/10/11

Just caught up on the last few bits of this - what a fabulous school! And what a wonderfully portentous last sentence! Thank you!

Author's Response: :-) Don't know WHAT you mean ...

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Date: 30 Oct 2011 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27 29/10/11 Con and the two Fs

The Fs are fabulous here - and glad that Ted's not going to be forced into a skirt...thank you!

Author's Response: Is it at all likely with me as author !!! :-D Thanks for reviewing. :-)