Xavier was now a teenager, as seen in the last post.  He was an accomplished musician already, like most of his family.  Would he follow his dad’s footsteps or take the acting route?  The other most common career for the Champignon family was business.

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He couldn’t decide yet, even after browsing the university website.

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In the meantime, he got on well with his brother, Rene…

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and even had a girlfriend.

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Sebastien advised Xavier to strive for someone a bit less… obvious.  They were teenagers – who cared?  He could have any girl he wanted, especially when he drove his car to school.

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He joined his parents in the now traditional family jam session.

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Rene teased his little sister, Elene,

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but as he grew older he played with her.

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Elene was a pretty happy kid.

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Rene and Cherie often happened upon their parents hugging rather a lot.

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Cherie asked her mother about it once.  Claire wasn’t sure what to say to Cherie’s observation that her hugs with Sebastien were different to the hugs she gave the kids.

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Inevitably, all that loving…

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would lead to another pregnancy.

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What to do now? The child would have to go to the poorhouse unless they could plead to keep the child. There were already four kids in the house, although Elene would go to boarding school as soon as she was school age.

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What would become of them all?

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Rene grew to a teenager,

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which meant his sister in the poorhouse was too.

They were a pretty happy family.  They could even relax and take some time out.

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Elene’s birthday was next.

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Claire took her to the boarding school in Bluewater village, which just left three kids.

But then Xavier left for university.

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Down to two, but not for long.

Claire and Sebastien were invited to a party hosted by Robert Champignon’s wife (Robert is the icon and a distant cousin to Sebastien).

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Above Sebastien talks to the hostess, Kalya.  Behind Sebastien is his uncle Kevin.

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The food and punch was set up downstairs but everyone made straight for the games room.

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The older son, Patric, talks to Claire, while Robert has a stiff drink in the background. He’d had a hard day, and didn’t know about the party.

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The party got loud as everyone was having a good time.

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Rather too loud.

Still it was a rare event.  Not many parties were held in Veronaville of late, but there was talk of the slackening of the rules regarding the maximum number of children allowed.  Just as well for Sebastien and Claire…

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She gave birth to a girl she called Cezanne.

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Life was good.

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