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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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I mentioned James Champignon in the last post.  He, and his twin brother, William, are descendants of François from generations back.  If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (which is unlikely), you’ll know that the family started with Raoul Champignon, the mad scientist.  He had three sons, Jean-Philippe, François and twin, Pierre.  The Pierre line has died out.  I’ve been following Jean-Philippe’s line on this blog but still, of course, play the François line.  [Check out the family tree from the link on the left for details.]

James’ less handsome brother, William, married a woman much older than himself as she seemed to be the only woman interested in him (he wasn’t a great success with women).  He had taken pity on the older woman, Cate, as she had been ditched by her then husband after she had an affair with a married man and produced a child (making her leave their legitimate daughter with him).  So William’s wife was already mother to two girls, one of which William raised as his own.  William and Cate had a son, Oliver. Cate grew old, and William still had years before he turned into an elder.  He began having affairs with younger women

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and got caught out.  However, those women were married, so there was no future in the relationships.  Cate was prepared to put up with infidelity provided she didn’t know about it.  She was old, he was young.  But then William met the young and single Jodie Larson

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William didn’t want to live with the old Cate any more.  Besides, they had begun fighting.

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He broke up with her.

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The kids were not happy.

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Cate went to live with her twin sister for a while.  Mary-Sue chose to stay on with her stepfather even though she wasn’t pleased.  She would soon head to university anyway. William talked to his son about Jodie – that he intended marrying her and that she would, of course, move in

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Just to be extra sure (William was insecure when it came to women), he purchased a love potion before proposing to Jodie.

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They had a private wedding ceremony

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William was very happy.  Life settled down

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William made sure to spend some time with his son.  Mary-Sue, meanwhile, headed off to uni.

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The inevitable happened .

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Oliver grew to a teen.

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He looks just like his father.

[Image quality on WordPress has deteriorated significantly.  These pictures looked fine on my computer but are dreadful after uploading.  I will have to link to photos elsewhere in future.]

[Postscript:  I’m seriously pissed off with WordPress right now.  The first image comes out smaller than the others, so I changed it and WordPress changed the whole layout of what was previously fine.  I had to go through and alter spacing, etc.  After I had done that the first picture turned out smaller again.  Just fuming quietly…]