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Advent Drabbles 2016 - The Great Reveal, 7th January
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Author:  Round Robin [ 30 Nov 2016, 13:27 ]
Post subject:  Advent Drabbles 2016 - The Great Reveal, 7th January

Festive greetings to all CBB-ers :santa: :popper: :party: :santa:.

The 2016 Advent Drabbles will be appearing here from tomorrow. There are drabbles for most of the days from December 1st up to and including Christmas Eve, and hopefully there will be quizzes or other things for the days on which there are no drabbles.

Yours angelically and with instant obedience,

Robin.

Author:  shesings [ 30 Nov 2016, 13:57 ]
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Oh goodie, goodie! And Happy St Andrews Day to one an all!

Author:  cestina [ 30 Nov 2016, 16:35 ]
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Excellent news Robin. Christmas must really be approaching - my Christstollen are in the oven as I write :)

Author:  Round Robin [ 01 Dec 2016, 08:52 ]
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Taverton, December 1st 1924

Dear Father Christmas,

Maybe you'll think I'm too old to be writing to you, but I hope you won't mind. You always seem like such a kind man; and no-one round here seems to give two hoots about what I want. They'll probably get me some silly old book about classical music.

Sorry, do I sound really rude? I don't mean to. I just get so fed up and miserable sometimes. I know that Father and Steppy don't want me here, and it's horrid being where you're not wanted. That's actually what I wanted to ask you about. I don't want any actual things this year. Well, a new tennis racket would come in handy, and my cricket bat's seen better days as well … but that's not what I'm writing to you about. What I really want is a way to get away from here, from this house.

It was all so different when I lived with Grannie. And I took it all for granted, what a dear she was to me and how she always made me feel loved and wanted. But I know I couldn't go back to living with her now, even if Father and Steppy would let me, because she gets tired easily and having me around the place all the time would probably be too much for her. I'm not a very peaceful person, I'm afraid. Steppy's always telling me off for making too much noise.

She's always telling me off about a lot of things. And Father hardly takes any notice of me at all. Neither of them wants me here. I know they don't. Steppy wanted to send me away as soon as she found out that I even existed. She thinks I don't know that, but I do. I heard her and Father talking about it once. I wasn't eavesdropping, not deliberately, but it's hard not to overhear when people are shouting at the tops of their voices. I think Cookie heard as well. She's always kind to me. She probably does care what I want, I suppose; but there's not much she can do about it.

Father said that people would talk if I were sent away. And Steppy can't stand the idea of people "talking" about her. That's why she pretends to be nice to me whenever there's anyone else around to see it. It's so stupid, though, because I want to go away from here and I know they'd love to see the back of me. So we want the same thing, really. It's the one thing that might make all of us happier.

If I were a boy, I'd have been sent away to school by now. My cousin Max is the same age as me, and he's away at school. It sounds like fun. He told me all about the pranks they play on the masters, things like vaselining the blackboards so that the chalk won't write. There are boarding schools for girls, but none of the girls from round here go to them: we all go to Taverton High. Not that there's anything wrong with Taverton High. We have good fun there, and I'm in the cricket team, and I quite like maths and science lessons. But then I have to go home at the end of every day. And there are weekends and holidays. And it's horrid being where you're not wanted.

Maybe it's me. Maybe I'm such a horrible girl that no-one would want me. But Grannie loves me. And I've got friends at school. And I think Cookie cares about me, as well. And maybe I'd be a much nicer person if I wasn't living here. It's very hard living somewhere where you're not wanted.

I know I'm not the only girl I know who hasn't got a mother. Look at Jo Bettany, for example. She hasn't got a mother or a father, and she hasn't got a grannie either. But she's got Miss Bettany. I wish I had an older sister like that. I wish I had any brother or sister at all, really, but it must be particularly nice to have a sister like Miss Bettany. She's always so jolly and cheerful, and everyone likes her. Jo's a dear, as well. Well, she can be frightfully annoying sometimes, but she'd probably say the same about me, and we're good pals most of the time. And I bet Miss Bettany never makes her feel like she isn't wanted.

But Father and Steppy make me feel like that all the time. So can you see, dear Father Christmas, how it would be better for all of us if you could find a way for me to get away from here? Preferably to somewhere exciting, but anywhere would do. Well, anywhere nice, I mean. I don't mean to sound too ungrateful. I know I've got a roof over my head, and food and clothes and everything, and there are plenty of people who haven't got anything like that much. But none of us are really happy in this house. Especially not me. So all I really want for Christmas is some way of being able to go and live somewhere else.

I know this isn't the sort of thing that people usually ask for. Well, I assume it isn't, anyway. You never really know what goes on in other people's heads and other people's homes, do you? Not when people like Steppy worry so much about putting up a good show in public. But it's what I really want. And I bet it's what Steppy would ask you for as well, if she were writing you a letter. Maybe even Father would as well.

This letter's got an awful lot longer than I meant it to be, so I'll finish it now. I wish you and all your elves a very Merry Christmas. And if you could see your way to helping me about this, I'd be grateful to you for ever. Honour bright, I would. It's what I want more than anything.

All good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Grizel Cochrane

Author:  Minim [ 01 Dec 2016, 09:14 ]
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Aww, poor Grizel. (at least she does get the chance to go somewhere nicer).

Thanks, Robin!

Author:  Abbey [ 01 Dec 2016, 14:56 ]
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I'm glad Grizel got her wish!

Author:  cestina [ 01 Dec 2016, 15:08 ]
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A brilliant start to the series Robin. You have Grizel spot on....

Carry on the good work :D

Author:  Elder in Ontario [ 01 Dec 2016, 17:22 ]
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A wonderful start to this year's series - I agree with Cestina that you have Grizel to a T there.

Thank you.

Author:  thefrau46 [ 01 Dec 2016, 18:46 ]
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Thank you for a lovely letter, Robin. Poor Grizel but at least we know she gets her wish. Well done, Father Christmas.

Author:  lizco [ 01 Dec 2016, 19:07 ]
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A lovely letter - so glad Grizel got her wish and eventually her happy ending. Thank you Robin.

Author:  Aquabird [ 01 Dec 2016, 19:29 ]
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Poor Grizel, she sounds so lonely. So glad Madge arrived on the scene to take her away to the CS. :D

Author:  shesings [ 01 Dec 2016, 22:57 ]
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Poor Grizel, But I a glad that Father Christas granted her wish!

Lovely start to Advent!

Author:  roversgirl [ 02 Dec 2016, 07:45 ]
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Poor Grizel but I'm glad she got her wish. Thanks Robin! :)

Author:  janetbrown23 [ 02 Dec 2016, 08:27 ]
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Father Christmas came up trumps! Thank you Robin.

Author:  Round Robin [ 02 Dec 2016, 09:00 ]
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The rough draft of Simone's English homework towards the end of the 2nd term of the Chalet School. Robin understands that the last paragraph was omitted from the fair copy she actually submitted:

Devoir, vendredi: Write a letter to Father Christmas beginning "Dear Father Christmas for Christmas this year I would like."

Dear Father Christmas,

For Christmas this year I would like to be at home in Paris with Maman, Papa and Renée. For the Réveillon (demande à Mademoiselle comment dire ça en anglais, car je ne le trouve pas dans le dictionnaire.*), I would like to eat of the oysters, the fat liver, the guinea-fowl and the log of Christmas. And I would like if Maman would let me have a little champagne this year, please. Joey says that in England they eat of the mince pies and pudding of Christmas. I should like to test – taste? – these to see if they are good.

For presents I would like some new paper dolls and some handkerchiefs. And some stockings that do not get holes in them.

And oh, Father Christmas I would like if – je n'arrive pas à le dire en anglais, mais si seulement Joey pourrait m'aimer comme je l'aime, et si seulement je pourrais être son amie intime.... Mais je suppose que puisque tu n'est pas vrai, tu ne peux pas m'aider comme ça!**

Yours sincerely,

Simone Lecoutier.

* Ask Mademoiselle how to say this in English – can't find it in the dictionary.

** I can't say it in English, but if only Joey loved me the way I love her, and if only I could be her closest friend. But I suppose that because you aren't real, you can't really help me

Author:  cestina [ 02 Dec 2016, 09:10 ]
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Oh Robin - poor Simone. I can just imagine her writing that last paragraph. It almost made me cry.

Author:  thefrau46 [ 02 Dec 2016, 13:59 ]
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Merci bien, Robin.

Author:  brie [ 02 Dec 2016, 14:00 ]
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Thank you Robins. These capture Grizel and Robin so well, and thank you for the translation! :D

Author:  Chris S [ 02 Dec 2016, 15:06 ]
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Thank you Robins. It seems hard to think that a great many of the girls were unhappy in one way or another. For some the School was the answer to their problems, for others it was just the beginning.

Author:  Beecharmer [ 02 Dec 2016, 16:49 ]
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Thank you Robins, very likely feeling letters.

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