I was trying to remember if Merope survived the birth of her baby. I loved the ending, that there was a benefactor that went out and helped the homeless. You have to wonder what would've happened if the man had been able to bring Merope into his home. Maybe that would've affected the future and prevented wars.
Author's Response: Yes, it is interesting how even choices that seem small can have an impact on the world. :) What if the man hadn't happened along to give Merope some bread? Do you suppose she would not have even survived to give birth? :) And if he had been able to help her out even more, maybe she would have survived to raise her son. Peter understood that one small fact, and that's why he tells Mathilda that if everyone helped out, the world would be a better place. Thanks for reading and reviewing! ~Nagini
A little light shining on a dark journey.
Author's Response: Thank you! :) I certainly hope that even a little light can keep people going!
Wow! This is a great story, Nagini! Your writing skill just keeps going up and up. There are lots of wonderful lines in this story; the descriptions are just spot-on. Yes, it's a sad story, but not sadder than it needs to be, because canon tells us that that is what it was really like for Merope at the end. And it certainly is Christmasy, in its own way. A surprising twist at the end; I didn't see it coming. Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Why, thank you! After minna had asked Carole if the meal had to be specifically dinner, I began to think of Merope eating her last Christmas meal, and how her unexpected guest would be another beggar. I got so excited by the idea, but had no idea how it was going to turn out until I started writing. And then Merope was digging through the snow, and it hit me! Her last meal would be of snow. Depressing, actually. :) But I was smiling. I seem to enjoy tormenting my characters. As for the surprise ending, I am glad you didn't see it coming. I didn't see it coming myself, until I realized that maybe my beggar could give readers a message. Thanks for reading, and all your praise and beta work! Good luck in the challenge, and a Merry Christmas to you! ~Nagini