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Not sure where to put this post, we could do with a find story subject.

I am trying to find a story which I am certain is on AD. It is based in a public school which I is in the north of England or might even be in Scotland. The main character in the story befriends a new boy who has been sent to the school as somewhere to hide him. The boy is taken ill and the main character's intervention saves him. The story ends on a farm in the South of England in a shoot out.

I read this story years ago and it impressed me with its plot line, which I recommended to a friend. He's asked me about it and I can't now remember its title or the author. Can anybody help?

 

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I cannot think of a story that fits entirely, but there are three by Mihangel, here on AD that variously fit parts of your scenario, but not the whole, in particular not the shoot out on the farm. 

A Time : Where the main character had previously helped the younger survive in a Japanese POW camp. There is a shoot out but it is at the school (Yarborough)

A Younger Orogeny: Where the younger boy is being hidden from his pedophile father. 

Kingdom Come: Where the main character is the new boy and befriends another boy who appears younger and is ostracised by the other pupils.  

All good reads, even if not the one you are seeking.

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Thanks Pedro, I had looked at all three of the ones you mentioned as Mihangel was my first choice for an author about a public school, but none of them fit. Am now working my way through Joel. Not found it yet, but enjoying the reading.

 

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22 hours ago, Nigel Gordon said:

Am now working my way through Joel. Not found it yet, but enjoying the reading.

I am pretty sure it's not Joel based on past reading.  But his writing is a hoot, so your research will not be unpleasant.

Your description conjured memories of pieces of other stories here, but nothing I am familiar with really fills the bill.

Might it be in one of Michael Arram's stories?

R

 

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I can think of at least two stories where a character is taken ill and his roommate cares for him, but both take place at American universities, so that's not right.  I can think of one story where a character is sent to school in Scotland, but it was more for discipline than hiding out, so that's not right, either.

The description sounded familiar, but maybe it was just the different parts that were familiar and maybe I never read the story you are searching for!

-Tom

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On 12/25/2021 at 5:18 PM, Nigel Gordon said:

Not sure where to put this post, we could do with a find story subject.

I am trying to find a story which I am certain is on AD. It is based in a public school which I is in the north of England or might even be in Scotland. The main character in the story befriends a new boy who has been sent to the school as somewhere to hide him. The boy is taken ill and the main character's intervention saves him. The story ends on a farm in the South of England in a shoot out.

I read this story years ago and it impressed me with its plot line, which I recommended to a friend. He's asked me about it and I can't now remember its title or the author. Can anybody help?

 

I, too, remember that story Nigel--only bits and pieces, however, and sadly not enough to help you with your query.  However maybe between the two of us we can jog someone else's memory.  The additional detail I remember:  the fugitive student is being hidden from an uncle in Africa who wants to take over the family lands and fortune after a dreadful slaughter of the new boy's family.  The boy is the only survivor.  Our main character befriends him and becomes his protector, a role enhanced by the main character's involvement with the school's cadet corps (? what is it called in England?) and and this leads later to identification of the new boy's pursuers while they are on a cadet  training exercise. Later in the story both boys are at the main character's rather lavish family farm while the rest of the family are away, and they are forced to defend the holding from a team of assassins deployed to kill the new boy.  I think there may also be a later scene set in Africa... it's all very hazy, and I'm somewhat led to believe I read it on a site like IOMfAtS.  I hope that helps to add some pertinent detail to your query?

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30 minutes ago, Merkin said:

I, too, remember that story Nigel--only bits and pieces, however, and sadly not enough to help you with your query.  However maybe between the two of us we can jog someone else's memory.  The additional detail I remember:  the fugitive student is being hidden from an uncle in Africa who wants to take over the family lands and fortune after a dreadful slaughter of the new boy's family.  The boy is the only survivor.  Our main character befriends him and becomes his protector, a role enhanced by the main character's involvement with the school's cadet corps (? what is it called in England?) and and this leads later to identification of the new boy's pursuers while they are on a cadet  training exercise. Later in the story both boys are at the main character's rather lavish family farm while the rest of the family are away, and they are forced to defend the holding from a team of assassins deployed to kill the new boy.  I think there may also be a later scene set in Africa... it's all very hazy, and I'm somewhat led to believe I read it on a site like IOMfAtS.  I hope that helps to add some pertinent detail to your query?

Yes, Merkin, that fits, it is the same story. I've got a feeling that it might well be on IOMFATS, as I think I have looked at every possible story that might fit on here and did not find it. 

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SUCCESS!!!!

Tim at IOMFATS found it. The story is Thilo by Andrew Foote

It is to be found at https://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/andrew-foote/thilo/01.html

I am fairly sure it is posted elsewhere, as I think read this story before I was looking at stuff on IOMFATS.

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