Romain decided to have a party, both to celebrate the anniversary of his marriage to Felice, and to reacquaint himself with friends and family.  They’d both been quite lonely after Cheverny left for university – the house felt empty.

Romain invited several people – his daughters, Brigitte and Elise (and their husbands), his son, Cheverny, his second cousin, Hyacinth Delarosa, his half-brother, Bjorn, and distant cousin, Francis Champignon, among others.

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Unfortunately, Felice left for work in the middle of it, so it was left to Romain to entertain his guests.

A toast to the absent Felice

A toast to the absent Felice

From left: Elise, Bjorn, William Champignon, Hyacinth, Daeron DeMarr, Romain, Brigitte, Cheverny, Francis.

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Hyacinth Delarosa

Romain and Cheverny

Romain and Cheverny

Romain talking to a pregnant Brigitte (with Daeron looking on)

Romain talking to a pregnant Brigitte (with Daeron looking on)

Unfortunately for Romain, Francis didn’t see eye to eye with him,

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and even Elise treated him with scorn.

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What was going on?  Had he lost his touch?

Sam Arends (husband of Elise) meanwhile, was very happy to have married into a rich family.

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The party was a great success nevertheless, and Romain was sad to see them go.

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The other party was at Academie le Tour for Cheverny’s graduation.  He graduated in Economics, I think – something to do with business, which is his passion.  The creative genes passed him by.

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It was unfortunate that the guests had arrived by the time he decided to wash himself at the kitchen sink.

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However, all dressed and ready, he served food as if nothing had happened.

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Above and below, Cheverny talking to his fiancée, Lafitte Champagne.

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Cheverny and William Champignon

Cheverny and William Champignon

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Felice and Romain ignoring their future daughter-in-law

Romain and Felice caught up with their other daughter, Sabine, who was caretaker at the house of death.

The bored, and horse-like, Sabine

The bored, and horse-like, Sabine

Is it any wonder their god relegated her to a prolonged life at university.  At least she was alive.  Cecile had drowned at the same house.

Meanwhile, at Elise’s house, Sam found that Brigitte still held a candle for him.  When she visited (uninvited) she lunged at Sam.

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Luckily Elise wasn’t around.

The twins are pretty much left to themselves.

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Elise was delighted to find another was on the way.

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Her want: to marry off six children, which is against god’s new law of two children maximum.  Will she get it?  She has, after all, already broken the law.

 

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