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SECOND DEATH FROM FLU

Following on from the tragic death of a Downtown teenager after contracting the flu, Académie le Tour reports that a second year student, Lizzie Bear, died suddenly at the Romara dormitory just days later. Concern is mounting that this flu is a virulent new strain.

Just a month ago, a Bluewater Village resident contracted a flu but, after three days of coughing, fully recovered. Then shock as 15-year-old Nate Pederson died suddenly upon waking up, indicating to a different strain of the flu. Normally, bed rest would be enough to aid recovery, but Nate collapsed immediately, leaving his parents and siblings distressed, as he had been sick just one day. Lizzie Bear’s death was so sudden that no-one noticed until a few hours later. She, too, had been coughing the day before and collapsed seemingly after getting up from her bed when she woke. Students and staff at the university are extremely upset, as she was a popular student. Lizzie’s parents are understandably devastated and did not wish to comment. Lizzie’s twin sister, Paula, is also at Académie le Tour but was residing in a different dormitory.

“She was in my dormitory but wanted to move to a bigger one so she could meet more students.” Paula sobbed. “Students there said she was coughing really badly. I’ve heard there were a lot of cockroaches around. I can’t believe she’s gone!”

“She was a really good student” said mathematics professor Richard Carter. “She was near the top of her class, getting As, and made it to the Dean’s list. We’re still in shock here.”

Senior staff at the university refused to comment on the allegation there was an infestation of cockroaches at the dormitory. “Be assured we will be looking into it, but I have nothing to say at this point in time.” said Vice-Chancellor David Burrows.

Chief of Staff, René Champignon, urges citizens not to panic, but to take great care with waste disposal and avoid anyone who is coughing. He recommends that anyone showing symptoms should visit the hospital immediately.

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The date of my last post corresponds with the beginning of a new job which has left me less time to play and update.

I’m wondering whether to eliminate the DeMarr family from blog updates as nothing much has happened with that family and I miss them yet again for another update on the Champignon family (a large one, I guess).

So over to René’s branch of the Champignon family. The pics below were taken several months ago and I hadn’t updated, as it was the turn of the Lillards, but again nothing much had happened with them since.

You may, or may not remember their house (below on a rainy day).

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René and his wife, Marielle, having breakfast. I’m can’t remember the circumstances surrounding these pics.

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René was promoted, I think.

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The couple had three children: Merivienne, and twins Laurent and Felicienne.

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The girls below. It turned out they were clones of each other.

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I expect Laurent was too, but he looked sufficiently different and was the heir. The Sim god, however, didn’t want clone girls, so the younger one met with an unfortunate ‘accident’.

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She drowned.

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Naturally, the parents were upset.

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However, Marielle was pregnant again.

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As the months passed, their grief faded a little.

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Ok, well, I haven’t updated for a long time. I had pics waiting to post but then I played the medieval hood for a while and then joined the building contest at modthesims after which I basically stopped playing and just built stuff.

So, I’ll see if I can remember anything.  Although Aisha had been given a makeover, she still didn’t dress beautifully.

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In any case she fell pregnant.

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Richard was delighted and hoped for a boy, an heir.

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He loved seeing Aisha’s growing tummy.

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His mother, Sarah, wanted to feel the baby kick, but Aisha was having none of that.

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Sadly, for Sarah, she never got to see the baby. She died at the age of 74.

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Richard was devastated,

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while Aisha didn’t much care. Her sister, Mandy, was also pregnant and came to visit.

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They both look like they’re carrying twins but they were both a little chubby to begin with (all that fish at home).

Richard didn’t get his son. A girl was born, Petronella.

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But Richard was happy enough. They could try again.

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Petronella grew quickly. Before long it was her birthday.

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(Aisha, you may notice, is in preggy clothing once again. It didn’t take Richard long.)

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As for Richard’s sister, Charlotte, she had a visit from the police for trying to forge money.

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She was pretty lucky to get away with just a warning.

Charlotte’s ex, meanwhile, was having the time of his life.

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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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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.

René still hadn’t found an opening in the medical career.  It worried him, especially as Marielle had had a baby girl, called Merivienne. Marielle told him not to worry but now she was pregnant again.

René checked for jobs every morning but there was still nothing.  He tried to take joy from small things such as a warm fire on a cold autumn afternoon.  He made the fateful decision of lighting the fire in the lounge, then going to the bedroom for a nap.

Unfortunately, the lounge room caught fire, unbeknownst to the sleeping René and to Marielle, upstairs with baby Merivienne.

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It had really caught hold when René woke to the smell of smoke, but was unable to call the fire brigade. Some idiot had put the phone behind the stereo and he couldn’t reach it.  He tried, therefore, to put the fire out himself, but then he caught fire.

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Marielle heard the commotion and came down running.  She saw René in trouble and tried, desperately to extinguish the flames that engulfed him.

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But it was in vain.  He perished. Marielle had no time to mourn him as she fought the remaining flames.

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Then the shock set in and she was grief-stricken. Her grief brought labour on early, and she gave birth to twins, Laurent and Felicienne.

The family were devastated. Claire saw Sebastien break down in tears after a phone call and he broke the news that René was dead. Then Xavier heard the crying and came in upon his inconsolable parents. Xavier, too, was distressed. René had always been a nice person, liked by all.  It seemed unfair that of all the Champignon children, René should be the one to die young.

“Can we bring him back?” asked Claire. Sebastien dried his eyes and thought about it. Only the DeMarr family had the power to do so, as they knew all too well. Generations ago, one of the family had been brought back to life as a zombie, to serve as a servant to the DeMarrs.  “I don’t know” Sebastien wavered.

“I’ll go.” Xavier offered.  He knew Viran DeMarr and could ask the huge favour.  Viran’s grandmother had been a Champignon (although the marriage didn’t last).  Surely, they could help?

Xavier visited the DeMarr house during the day, knowing the vampires would be asleep.  Viran could see his friend was distressed and heard the sad tale.  “I’ll ask my father” he said, but could promise nothing.

The family endured days of waiting before Viran got back to Xavier. He told Xavier that his father didn’t know René and so could not bring him back.  Viran, himself, was not friendly enough with René to be able to request his resurrection from the grim reaper.  Vlad would not let anyone else make the request.  It was devastating news.  Sebastien said they had to help Marielle out with the children if nothing else could be done.

Then Viran called them back to say that his great uncle Radu had also had a phone – the resurrect-o-nomitron.  His widow (still alive) might still have it.  Unfortunately, she had no idea who Viran was, so Viran asked his uncle Radimir to visit her.

Radimir agreed.  He wanted that phone for himself anyway.  He called on Merisha and she agreed to give him the phone.  She had no need of it, happy to be a white witch with her two cats.

The original plan had been for Radimir to give the phone to Viran to pass to the Champignon family, but Radimir knew René and had the ability to resurrect him.  At first he’d wanted to bring René back as a zombie, but the rock god offered him a lot of money to give the grim reaper the maximum amount to bring René back.  Radimir did so.  He wasn’t rich and had a family to support.

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René seemed his old self.  He had memories of his family and had the same desire to be in the medical career.  Radimir let him stay for a few days to check he was ok. During that time, René finally found a job in the medical career.

The family were overjoyed.  Sebastien had been so fearful of never seeing his son again, and had felt anguish for the beautiful young widow and young children.  It had been tragic for her.

René moved back home to Marielle and his children.  Merivienne was now a toddler and René had never met the twins before.  However, he didn’t seem to know his wife at all.  He was attracted to her but didn’t acknowledge her as the mother of his children.

Marielle was saddened but patient.  She encouraged his flirting and returned as much as he was able to accept.  It was a difficult period of wooing, due to the constant demands of the children, who needed feeding and clean nappies.

Finally, with much relief, and a hint of amusement, Marielle accepted René‘s second proposal of marriage.

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They exchanged rings in the snow just before René had to dash off to work.

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Marielle was happy.  Her husband was back, he had the job he wanted, and she had the three children she had wanted.  She made sure the phone was accessible and that fire alarms were installed.  She wanted to grow old with him and not risk losing her love again.

Nothing much is happening at the Lillard mansion.

Peter’s sister, Alexandra, died at the age of 65.  She had reached the top of her law career and was about to retire.

Her husband, Kevin Arends, came home after work to find her gone.

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Alexandra’s son, Samuel, was also, naturally, upset.

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Meanwhile, Peter’s son-in-law, Jeremy Frankston, was seeing Chantilly Coleman on the sly.

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That doesn’t bode well.

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It was Daeron’s wish that Vlad become a vampire.  There hadn’t been one in the family for generations.

It took a while for Vlad to find a vampire to turn him.  But eventually he did.

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It was done.  He was a mad scientist which fitted in nicely with his new nocturnal activity.  He offered to turn his wife, Miranda, but she refused.  She wasn’t keen on the idea at all.

Vlad’s uncle Radu’s end was near.  He stopped being an evil witch just before his death.

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He was 76.  His wife, the much younger Merisha (who hasn’t reached elderhood yet), didn’t seem too upset at his passing.  Perhaps she had a replacement in mind.  However, she did miss him, now that Ivan was at university, so she got a kitten.

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A tragic postscript here: Ivan completed his degree and returned home but when the Sim god returned, his face had disappeared, to be replaced with a flashing blue blob.  Not good, so he had to go.  He was eaten by the cow plant.  Unfortunately, he had a fiancee back at uni, but she has since fallen in love with someone else and got engaged again.  Here endeth the line of Radu.

Last we saw this family, the twins had grown to toddlers and a new baby, Cherie, had been born.  That was four kids, although two were twins.  Cherie, therefore, would be destined for the boarding school, it seemed.

The twins had their birthday:

Rene;

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Colette;

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The twins fought a lot.

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Even after Cherie had grown to a toddler, Claire noticed they still bickered.

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Claire loved Cherie, and didn’t want her to go to boarding school.  She discussed it with Sebastien. Maybe Colette could go instead?

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Then Claire discovered she was pregnant with child number five.

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Decisions had to be made.  One of the five had to go to boarding school and one now had to go to the poorhouse.  They reluctantly decided to take Colette to the poorhouse, making Rene’s life easier.  Cheverny said he would take her, as he was nearing the end and wouldn’t care if Colette hated him for it.

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He waved goodbye, knowing he’d never see his granddaughter again.

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And he was right.  After returning from work, one evening, Death appeared.

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He was 76.

Rene was much happier.  He wasn’t spending so much time avoiding his twin sister.

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Cherie grew to school age.

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Xavier didn’t know what to think of her, wondering why she was the favourite.

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The new baby was born – another girl, called Elene (no pic!).

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Xavier was an A+ student, soon to start high school.

Sebastien was a rock god, but changed his style as he got older to heavy metal, wanting to do whatever he wanted while he was still young enough.

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That included changing his looks a bit.  He had never liked the way his eyes stuck out a bit,

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so used the cosmetic surgery machine.

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He was very pleased with the result.

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He was famous, with a limo to pick him up whenever he wanted.

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However, he wanted to spend some time with the kids before they all left.  He decided to take them all to the park.  Unfortunately, you can’t take babies, so Elene had to stay behind.

They headed over to the Parc d’Amour in Bluewater.  However, Sebastien was recognised and people crowded round him,

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all wanting an autograph or a photo.

The kids played on the footpath – Xavier and Cherie playing, and Rene just splashing in puddles.  Who needed playground equipment?   There was only a swing anyway, which the adults tended to use.

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Claire got some attention as the wife of a celebrity.

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One guy got a bit too familiar.

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Sebastien used his influence to get the park upgraded, increasing the number of picnic tables, perhaps including a skating rink and another piece of play equipment that adults couldn’t use.  In return, the city planner asked if he could do something about screening the Champignon cemetery a bit so it wasn’t so visible from the park.  Both have now been done.

Xavier grew to a teenager on the same day that it was Elene’s birthday.

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She would be destined for the boarding school instead of Cherie.

Sebastien’s twin sister, Chantal, now had three children, one of them illegitimate, so the illegitimate Daniel went to boarding school.

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