Ilse still had problems with her in-laws spending lots of time with her son.

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When she finally got some time alone with him, she wasn’t sure what to do.

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But some innate instinct kicked in.

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However, he had grown quickly and his birthday came around too soon.

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Xavier proclaimed his continual love for Ilse in the hope he could persuade her to now have another child.

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Ilse was not interested.

Sebastien and Claire are still very much in love, still going strong.

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Sebastien’s very distant cousin, the icon, Robert Champignon, had died at the age of 72. Sebastien visited the family with his condolences.

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When I last updated, I hadn’t realised that the game hadn’t saved before it crashed! So I had to go through the birth again. I took the opportunity to rename the twins to Veles and Verene.

Talking of makeovers, Viran’s hair looks different now.

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He’s a good dad.

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The twins quickly grew to toddlers.

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They played together,

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and get on well (although I’m not sure that Veles is enjoying the hug quite so much).

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Their parents taught them to walk.  They’re only halfway through their toddlerhood and they can walk and talk and, I think, are also potty-trained.

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Over in Bluewater, Viran’s aunt, Demona, died at the age of 77. She had been a captain hero.

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[My game has been crashing fairly frequently. I think it’s cc. I’ve been trying to figure out what’s doing it but it’s very time-consuming, taking my time away from actually playing.]

[PS: I really hate the new blog layout when writing (with the menu on the right-hand side) and when I write a post it doesn’t scroll down so my text disappears at the bottom! I have to physically stop and scroll up to see it. Really fucking annoying. Thanks WordPress.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fucking fix it! I also hate the new reader display.]

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Daughter-in-law, Aisha, was rather plain, thought Sarah, but not unattractive.

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She offered to give Aisha a makeover.

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Sarah thought the little bob suited her much better and Aisha seemed pleased.

Also contemplating a more serious makeover was Richard.  He had been a handsome teen, but things didn’t stay that way.

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He didn’t like his nose or cheekbones and his ears seemed too round for his liking.  He headed for the machine in the shed.

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It didn’t go well.

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There was no way he was letting his family see him like that so he tried again, and was more successful.

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He loved the new face.

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Elene was still popular. In fact she was big on campus.

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One student was particularly interested, Shane Noir. But he would have to act quickly.

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So he took the plunge.

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She didn’t resist. In fact she enjoyed it. During the rest of their time at university, he got closer and closer to her and eventually popped the question.  She accepted.

They returned to Veronaville and moved into an apartment where they had the wedding.

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It was a small affair with no fuss at all (not even any chairs for the guests in the tiny backyard. (Check out that road!)

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But inside was bigger and everyone had a great time.

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Back home, Sebastien held a dancing competition.

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He announced Claire as the winner. I think he was biased.

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Xavier had now written four best-selling novels. Claire and Sebastien read them. The latest, The Road to Hell, was a bit grim for Claire’s liking.

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Sebastien is now 70 but shows no sign of giving up music.

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Vrancea soon got pregnant.

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Viran is in the science career but Vrancea hasn’t found work yet.  She wanted a baby. She didn’t expect twins however.  It makes sense. Her father-in-law was a twin.

Viran was at work when Vrancea went into labour.

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Luckily it was at night so Miranda could help out.

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The first baby – a boy, Vacul.

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The second – a girl, Savika.

Miranda introduced her granddaughter to the great outdoors.

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Miranda and Vlad complained about the twins smelling, even lecturing them (but did nothing about it).

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Not many pics with this update, sorry, but the ones towards the bottom might offend.

The day after Richard’s wedding in autumn, Peter died.

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He had long before reached the top of the medical career as chief of staff and was 73 when death came for him. Naturally, Sarah was most upset.

Meanwhile, Charlotte had had her baby – another girl she called Daisy (and another cringe from Jeremy when he heard).  Jeremy was enjoying his bachelor life in his one-bedroomed pad with swimming pool and party room and could freely invite his girlfriends around.

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No guilt or conscience about his wife or kids at all.

One of the last updates included the marriage of Petra Lillard to Ren Noir.  They lived in an apartment in Bluewater.  Petra became pregnant but would often neglect to eat, with the result that she starved to death.  Ren moved out of the apartment and visited his friend, Raymond Arends nearby who had a genie lamp.  Ren used one of the wishes to resurrect Petra.

Petra was successfully resurrected, still heavily pregnant, but she had no memory of Ren and they were no longer married, although attracted to one another.  Instead of returning to the apartment, Ren decided to check out an abandoned house overlooking the sea.  However, it was not abandoned, but inhabited by an immortal.  Immortals are not known for their morals (one of them having slept with a Champignon, given birth, and slept with that child as an adult (her own son)).

This particular immortal, Gina, was actually delighted to have some company in the form of the attractive Ren, but was not keen on his pregnant partner.  The house was small, so she offered to build an additional room for Petra, who, tired and confused, entered and lay down. Gina locked the room but left food for Petra until her time came.

Ren seemed totally oblivious to Petra’s absence and flirted with Gina who he was very attracted to.  He went off to work on the day that Petra gave birth. Petra delivered twin girls which Gina took away and idly named Seaview and Amnesia.

And now the truly horrifying part. Gina took Seaview to test out her new barbecue.

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It was her first (and only) taste of roast baby.  Gina duly put the other baby, Amnesia, in a cot, ready for Ren who had no idea that Petra had given birth to twins.

Petra, meanwhile had been living in the roofless and grass-floored room (and got struck by lightning), and didn’t get to see her babies again.  Before Gina set fire to the room with Petra in it, she gave Petra one last meal.

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The family are thankfully ignorant of the horrifying circumstances.

Not a great deal happening in the main household of the Champignon family, but more than the DeMarr family who miss an update for lack of anything significant to report.

Xavier sold another blockbuster.

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Sebastien and Claire were still spontaneously engaging in random acts of love.

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The second eldest daughter, Cherie, married Muhammed, the son of an Arab businessman, in a small ceremony at the back of their apartment in Bluewater. Claire and Sebastien attended only.  Muhammed didn’t much care for his father and his mother had died.

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Cherie was now Mrs Diwan.

Claire also attended the wedding of Mayor McCullough’s daughter, Penelope, to Sam Champagne.

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Sadly, the eldest daughter, René’s twin sister, Colette, (who had been sent off to the poorhouse years ago) died in the small downtown house she shared with her elderly husband.  She had married him for money when he suggested he had some, but found that he was just as poor as she.

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For Sebastien it was not unexpected. René had been saved so another child had to be sacrificed in the latest round of culls.  He hoped there would be no more.

As for Elene, she was now at university and had grown into a very attractive woman. She attracted a lot of attention from the male students, including Kiran DeMarr.

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She didn’t seem particularly interested in any of them. She was lusted after even by the groom of a wedding she attended (as well as by Richard Lillard at his recent wedding).

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She will break a lot of hearts.

Richard returned home and found work as a lawyer.  His fiancée, Aisha, joined him after she graduated and they planned the wedding.

For some reason the guests congregated in the garage when they arrived.

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One of the guests starting fighting with the bride’s father.

Finally they settled down to watch the ceremony. As well as Aisha’s parents, her sister, Mandy attended.  She is sitting next to Peter on the left.

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The vows and exchanging of rings proceeded.

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A couple of the guests are missing – perhaps they never made it from the garage.

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Dusk fell before the reception but Peter led the toasts.

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Sarah was getting a bit sozzled.

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The drink made her garrulous and she talked a lot to her new daughter-in-law about so many things while Aisha missed the presence of her new husband.

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It had been a very successful wedding party.

Richard and his new wife arrived back from the honeymoon very happy.

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Everyone enjoyed having a baby in the house.

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Cezanne had her birthday, growing to a teenager.

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I think her dress style is influenced by her sister-in-law.

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She helped out with her little nephew.

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Renaud grew quickly and it was soon his birthday.

Before his birthday, Cezanne decided to have a makeover.  She didn’t want to continue being invisible and also didn’t want to be just another blonde member of the famous Champignon family, so she dyed her hair and went for a more goth look to go with the clothing.

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A dark member of the blond branch of the Champignons!

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If Cezanne thought she would be more noticeable to her family, it didn’t really work.

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And really, did her old parents have to keep carrying on like that and in their underwear?

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Ilse often felt a bit left out. Ok, she wasn’t into babies, but Renaud was her son and he was often being looked after by his grandparents. She felt like she wasn’t getting a look in.

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It rankled.  She thought about it a lot.

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She finally got up the courage to confront her mother-in-law about it.

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but just as Ilse was about to say something, Renaud woke up and Claire was there first.

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At this rate the boy wouldn’t know who his mother was.  Maybe she’d just mention it to Xavier. He could talk to his mother…

Yes, Vrancea found herself quite attracted to her father-in-law, especially after she saw his naked body…

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However, at dawn, he and his wife always retreated before the sun got too much.

Perhaps it was just as well that Vrancea didn’t get a lot of time alone with him.

Viran’s brother, Kiran, was at university and noticed an interesting dark-haired student in his dorm.

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Her name was Kaia and it didn’t take Kiran long to get to know her better.

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He worked fast and quickly proposed before someone else did (she attracted a lot of attention).

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They graduated about the same time and Kiran decided to move to Bluewater, away from his vampire family.  At first they moved into an abandoned castle on the hill above the poorhouse, but the castle had some serious routing issues and was demolished. Instead, they chose a newly-built modern house overlooking the sea.

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Kiran found he had to fence off the driveway entrance to the side door to prevent visitors going there instead of the front door.  The interior also had to be redecorated, especially the floor which they hated.

They decided to marry privately. Kiran didn’t want an evening wedding in order to invite his parents and really didn’t want any fuss.  Thankfully, Kaia also didn’t want a big wedding. She just wanted to get on with life and find work.

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