Xavier’s flatmate, Patric, was the first to hold a graduation party.

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Xavier thought his mother was rather gruesome-looking.  Just as well Patric had taken after his father, he thought.

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There was a passionate farewell for Patric and Velaria, and tears afterwards.

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Then it was Xavier’s turn to hold a party.  Most of the family turned up.

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In the background is René before ageing to student, boarding school inmate, Elene, and Velaria still crying.  The student in green is Velaria’s brother, Vince.

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They stopped at the doorway, heard the music, and decided to dance outside.

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By this time Ilse had returned from a lecture and joined in.

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Xavier introduced her to his mother…

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and then his father.  (I wish she’d get dressed!)

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It went well, Xavier thought.  His father seemed to approve.  Xavier was proud.

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After everyone had left and Xavier had rested, he decided to head back to Veronaville in his pyjamas.

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Ilse still had a year to go.

Xavier didn’t return home.  He and Ilse had discussed it.  She was an only child and was reluctant to live in a big house with his parents, a teenager and toddler.  So, until Cherie, at least, had left home, they agreed to live in an apartment across the road.

Xavier had a party, inviting some of his friends and other siblings.

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He’s talking to Velaria’s brother, Vince, while gazing at his ex-girlfriend, Rikki, now heavily pregnant.  She had been a nanny to a widower’s triplets and fallen in love, married, and was now creating sprogs of her own.  Xavier was glad of his choice.

Xavier ordered Chinese takeaways and they went down to the apartment common room to eat.

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René looks quite different to the rest of the family.

Xavier and his aunt, Cara, look on at Rikki.

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Was it Xavier’s imagination or had she become a bit chubby?

René, meanwhile, lived in a normal dorm, rather than the house for rich kids.  He wanted to meet others and socialise.

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He bears no resemblance to his parents.  He looks more like a Larsson ancestor but I don’t think Gunnar Larsson’s genes are mixed in.  Gunnar was married to a Champignon wife’s sister.

After about six months at uni, René met a beautiful student called Marielle du Passay.  She was, he thought, the sort of Sim that he had expected his brother to meet and marry.  She came from a good family, had a French-sounding name, and.. and.. was just so beautiful.  (He was smitten.)  In short, she was worthy of an heir, not the second son.  René felt very lucky to have met her.

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She evidently liked doing domestic things and, René later found out, she wanted very much to have several children.

Anyway, they got to know each other better.

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René flirted tremendously, even serenading her.

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One student, Hannah Morris, thought it all a bit sickening.

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An interesting couple.

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