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« Reply #750 on: April 28, 2013, 07:32:47 PM »
There's this lesser-known painting by Jean Renoir called La Famille - The Family.  While it's not his most genius work (you're probably used to seeing scores more people in one of his paintings), I've always liked it.  And I think it's because you don't know how the kids in the painting are related.  Are they cousins?  Siblings?  Aged down parent-children mixes from a completed immortal dynasty?  We'll never know.

All that is important is that they are family.



The night before my mother's wedding was a heightened one.  Champagne decided she was, in fact, a personal stylist and locked herself and Mom up in their room.



Eureka and i made fun of them for a bit and then Eureka suddenly remembered her mom had moved out and became a bit distant.  It's strange, not having Eden in the house anymore, but it's something we'll all need to get used to soon.

Besides, it's not as though she's gone for any bad reason.



I didn't mention it because I knew it'd upset her, but when Eureka goes off with Rosetta to Moonlight Falls, I think I'll miss her the most.  She was my little partner-in-crime once upon a time.  She was the one who was most like me. 

We shouldn't have favorites, but Eureka is mine.  Champagne is Mother's with their properness and style.  Allegra is Eden's with their enthusiasm and energy.  Mata is Rosetta's and they share that love of observation and perfecting every skill they undertake, every subject they find intriguing.  And between all of that, we still love all of the others to the very top brim of our hearts.

This was what was buzzing through my mind while I waited for Goop outside of the bistro.  I was so preoccupied, I didn't even hear him approach.  You'd think he was still a ghost.



Just in case he still is, I react with the same heart-leap every time I see him.  I jump.  I jump like I did the night we got married, the night he pulled me from the altar of another life and into the right path.  And he always catches me.  He always will.



Both Daddy and Goop have gone clean-faced for their second youths.  They conspired this together, deciding the world should see the full extent of their "masculine beauty" this time around.  Presumably over a game of chess like the old days.

Lots of blasts from the moodlet manager kept Goop and I going through that night so we could be at the wedding first thing.  That was the night we decided we'd buy a house with Emmett and Ophelia here on the island as a base, but that the four of us had a greater adventure ahead.



Giggling and glowing from the aftermath of an indecent trip to the back of the Sunlit Tides theater, we made it to the beach by sunrise, seeing the whole family waiting and resplendent in anticipation.

"Mona Lisa!" Mom said.  "Goodness.  It's so strange, but I do believe I'm nervous.  Perhaps I should've just done this in private."

"Oh, Mama," I smiled.  "You deserve your white wedding.  Your moment in the spotlight.  Without you, none of us would be.  None of us would know how to navigate the world. Despite our differences, you should know you are the most important thing in my whole life.  You are everything I aspire to be."



She inhaled a little shakily.  "It's not traditional," she said.  "But ... would you give me away?  You are the first person in this whole world that I truly belonged to.  And you are the one by my side for the longest."

And of course I agreed.



"Bit like slave labor, giving people away," Freddie muttered nearby.

"Oh, can it, Daddy," Eureka said, slapping his arm and making them both laugh. 



When I passed my mother, glowing in white, off to my father, handsome in his black tuxedo, I looked him in the eye and I said, evenly, "You take care of her, okay?"

"I promise, Pea," he said back with a hint of the grin I thought I'd forgotten.

It was in that moment that Champagne completely lost it.



The others cooed approval as the two of them looked at each other, and began to speak, the sun creating halos around them.  We struggled to listen against Champagne's bawling.  I suppose the poor thing has never seen a wedding before.  Or even really known a married couple.



"Coralie," Daddy said.  "You gave me the life I'd always dreamed about.  You gave me a home.  A purpose.  It is more than anyone could possibly deserve to have a second lifetime with a woman like you,"



"If that weren't enough, standing there as beautiful as anything in this world are the daughters you gave me.  Two girls that filled my whole heart."



"You are my universe.  Always.  This I promise."



"Oh, Camillo," she said, very softly.  "I'm so lucky to have found you.  Every single thing that happened in that house for hundreds upon hundreds of years was because of you.  Was descended directly from you.  You took a chance on me and no one had ever done that before. 

"I am yours now.  Always.  This I promise."



And then they were, again, man and wife.  My parents.  My beautiful, heart-wrenching parents.



I touched Goop's back lightly from behind.  Freddie seemed to view the whole thing with a manner of anthropological detachment. 



Allegra, however, did not conceal her enthusiasm in this union.



We went home to cut the cake and to exchange the gifts.  Carlotta vanished en route, and Goop got a text saying she was in labor.  In a flash of panic, he cracked a grin at me and said, "Imagine that.  I'm a brother," and flew out the door.

When we got home, Mata and I had hung the gently restored painting of Monte Vista that Mom got for Dad as a wedding gift in the dining room.



Not to be outdone, Dad retrieved his gift for mom from a mysterious driver in the yard.



This is Watson.  My mother's new BFF.



It's unclear how Dad felt losing such a big chunk of his wedding night to such a little dog.  As for Mom, I'll have to ask her which kiss was more profound.

Her first smoochie with Watson:



Or her moment of wedded bliss:


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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - La Famille
« Reply #751 on: April 28, 2013, 07:48:54 PM »
Aww *sniffles* I love a good wedding! and Congrats to Carlotta on the new nooboo!



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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - La Famille
« Reply #752 on: April 28, 2013, 08:15:49 PM »
Awwwwwwwwwwww!  I love that wedding!  So very much!  It was beautiful!  And the puppy was so cute!  *giggles*  I think Carmillo  understands about the puppy monopolizing her time.

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« Reply #753 on: April 28, 2013, 09:26:25 PM »

Hahaha! Such great reactions to the wedding from the crowd. Allegra and Champagne really cracked me up! I like Mona giving her mother away (much to Freddie's chagrin) and Goop always being there to catch Mona. So much awesome in this update, and the painting at the beginning was very fitting. It doesn't matter how they came to be related or how complicated the family tree may get: they're family. They're the Classics.

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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - La Famille
« Reply #754 on: April 28, 2013, 09:42:01 PM »
Aw gosh I love it so sweet !!!!
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« Reply #755 on: April 29, 2013, 02:42:54 PM »
Woah! So many (belated) congratulations are in order!
Happy birthday and well done for bagging your MBA program. Awesome!
Congratulations on finishing this challenge and writing such a deep and enthralling story about it!
These last updates are as enchanting as the first ones. You are such a phenomenal writer!  :D

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« Reply #756 on: April 29, 2013, 05:08:36 PM »
Aww, I'm so happy that eveyth's working out for the Classics :-)



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« Reply #757 on: April 29, 2013, 05:55:20 PM »
Ooh!  Who's the favorite?

Humberto and Eureka. I liked their "almost wasn't" story.
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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - La Famille
« Reply #758 on: April 29, 2013, 06:06:15 PM »
Lovely happy ending. But... I want to know -- what about these adventures that Ophelia and Emmet and Mona and Goopy have? And does Mata ever admit that she had an imaginary friend as an ancestress?
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« Reply #759 on: April 29, 2013, 10:38:43 PM »
I love this so much. It is amazing, I loved the wedding so very much.

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« Reply #760 on: April 30, 2013, 01:12:03 AM »
Lovely happy ending. But... I want to know -- what about these adventures that Ophelia and Emmet and Mona and Goopy have? And does Mata ever admit that she had an imaginary friend as an ancestress?

Seriously! She has to now, right? Ophelia should just go up to her and say, 'Hey, I'm your mother's father's mother' and then turn into her doll form.
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« Reply #761 on: April 30, 2013, 08:37:30 AM »
Oooohh, just looking at this update you make me squealing!
I love the happily ever after thing. The wedding is such a wonderful moment!
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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - La Famille
« Reply #762 on: May 02, 2013, 12:46:33 PM »
Awwwwwwwwwwww!  I love that wedding!  So very much!  It was beautiful!  And the puppy was so cute!  *giggles*  I think Carmillo  understands about the puppy monopolizing her time.

Camillo knows that he is dealing with a very special lady.  He's always struck me as such an attentive romantic partner.

Hahaha! Such great reactions to the wedding from the crowd. Allegra and Champagne really cracked me up! I like Mona giving her mother away (much to Freddie's chagrin) and Goop always being there to catch Mona. So much awesome in this update, and the painting at the beginning was very fitting. It doesn't matter how they came to be related or how complicated the family tree may get: they're family. They're the Classics.

I love this comment.  You're right.  It doesn't matter about the family tree, which is probably going to get a lot more complex as they go their separate ways.  Allegra's "Wooo!" made me laugh out loud when it happened.  She is a party animal, but I've never actually seen her do that before.

Aw gosh I love it so sweet !!!!

Aww, I'm so happy that eveyth's working out for the Classics :-)

I love this so much. It is amazing, I loved the wedding so very much.

I'm so glad you guys are liking it!  I was worried that my views would drop once the challenge itself was completed, but this whole epilogue thing is turning out to be lots and lots of fun.


Woah! So many (belated) congratulations are in order!
Happy birthday and well done for bagging your MBA program. Awesome!
Congratulations on finishing this challenge and writing such a deep and enthralling story about it!
These last updates are as enchanting as the first ones. You are such a phenomenal writer!  :D


Thank you!  I'm super excited about school and can't wait to move and get started on the program.  So glad you're still enjoying :)

Lovely happy ending. But... I want to know -- what about these adventures that Ophelia and Emmet and Mona and Goopy have? And does Mata ever admit that she had an imaginary friend as an ancestress?

Don't worry, you will follow them to their next destinations.  There will still be quite a few updates in this story.  And ...

Seriously! She has to now, right? Ophelia should just go up to her and say, 'Hey, I'm your mother's father's mother' and then turn into her doll form.

This will be addressed, don't worry!

Oooohh, just looking at this update you make me squealing!
I love the happily ever after thing. The wedding is such a wonderful moment!

I loved finally giving Coralie a big wedding with lots of guests.  It's such a change from starting out all alone with such a big task at hand.

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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - La Famille
« Reply #763 on: May 02, 2013, 03:18:27 PM »
I can't seem to post an update with photos right now.  Have tried off and on since around 1pm.  Very frustrating :/

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« Reply #764 on: May 02, 2013, 03:55:17 PM »
Awwww... that sucks... is it the site itself?  Or something else?

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« Reply #765 on: May 02, 2013, 04:11:25 PM »
Awwww... that sucks... is it the site itself?  Or something else?

I think it must be the site.  Everything else is working fine.  It will post text updates no problem, but when I add pictures it just loads forever.

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« Reply #766 on: May 02, 2013, 04:20:34 PM »
Weird... *sniffles*  That sucks.  Sorry hun.  Hopefully it decides to cooperate with you soon.

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« Reply #767 on: May 02, 2013, 04:59:14 PM »
I think it must be the site.  Everything else is working fine.  It will post text updates no problem, but when I add pictures it just loads forever.

Do you use Photobucket? I can't view the pictures of anyone who posts using Photobucket (including Rica, which is seriously killing me because I need to see Casper!) and it loads eternally on my computer as well.
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« Reply #768 on: May 02, 2013, 05:00:08 PM »
Do you use Photobucket? I can't view the pictures of anyone who posts using Photobucket (including Rica, which is seriously killing me because I need to see Casper!) and it loads eternally on my computer as well.

Nope!  I use imgur, which has always been super dependable for me.

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« Reply #769 on: May 02, 2013, 05:26:50 PM »
Maybe try the gallery?

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« Reply #770 on: May 03, 2013, 12:10:23 AM »
You know, as busy as I like to stay, I can't imagine my mind spinning faster than it is these days, as we prepare to finally depart for Moonlight Falls.  There are so many possibilities on the horizon and yet so many old comforts I finally have at hand again.

I waited until after the wedding to make a scene, because we've all been so enamored with our lost loves.  But, by the Watcher I have missed my grandfather so much.  So, so, so much.



How strange it is to see him young and handsome and without glasses!  No matter, I can't imagine enjoying a shock to the system more.  In fact, I bet none of us can.

"Rosebud," he says, "I can't get over seeing you all grown up."

"And with a great-great-great granddaughter besides!" I laugh.  Maybe not much has really changed under the surface, though.

"Well, at least now you can give yourself your own baths," he jokes.

"And do my homework by myself," I counter, which makes him frown a little.

"Well, I can always help if you need it."



There's been lots of planning and deliberation, but the 8 of us haven't strayed far from each other.  We know our last days as a single unit are upon us.



And already, there's a new addition!  I can't believe I forgot to mention it.  Meet my new uncle, Randall GilsCarbo.



Randall's first birthday is the event we're all hanging around to see.  After that, the moves will start.  Eureka and I have already chosen our beach hut and found a renter for most of the year.  The Classics have decided that summers will be spent on the island, no matter what.



A strange woman moved into town recently with a keen interest in Granny.  Or perhaps we should all begin to call her Coralie?  She certainly isn't a Granny anymore.

Anyway, this woman issued a mysterious invitation to my grandparents, saying she had very important information to discuss, direct from the Watcher, which would sound crazy if we hadn't communicated directly with the Watcher ourselves.

Her name is Briar Rose, and she has strange purple-ish skin.  Only Granny and Grandpa Camillo have met her.



She has two teenage daughters who seem very, very bored with their mother's doings. 



But one person who is very interested is Granny.  She says Ms. Bliss is going to be the Watcher's next dynasty founder and that it is her responsibility to offer advice.



The two of them have actually become rather close, perhaps because Granny can so relate to a new founder's anxieties.  Plus, to our horror, Granny told us that the daughters (including the baby growing in Briar Rose's belly) will have to start over on their own as well.



But anyway, that's not our intrigue.  They will have their own story we're all sure.  As for us, we have to decide what's next.  Where our ideal destinations could be.



We have to decide if old habits are really the best ones for a new life.



Silvia, for one, decided it was time for a change.  I'm rather proud of her if truth be told.  It's hard to break off from the familiar.  It's absolutely hard to break off from Freddie.  But she made a choice.



One that caused a good deal of scandal on the island, which is free of supernaturals except for a few witches.



"After Randall's birthday, I'm off to somewhere with less sun," she says contentedly, a sharp little smile playing on her lips.  "Lots of shade."

Freddie has been staying with Eden and Eunice, but has decided to find a little place of his own until he decides where to go.  He suggested providing them with more children, but Eden happily declined.

"We have an exciting plan for that!" Eden said.  "We can't wait to show everyone!"



Then he set their house on fire, which Eunice didn't appreciate.



She proceeded to put it out on her own while the other two ... well, did as Eden and Freddie do.



Allegra too is staying on the island for now, too overwhelmed by options to decide where she'd go.  Eureka did her best to talk her into joining us, but I suppose we all must let go of our daughters now.



My own daughter gave me the most thoughtful goodbye gift.  I can't tell you what it is just yet.  But it is the most perfect thing anyone has ever given me.



Well, that's not true.  Hiram gave me Eden.  She might be the most perfect thing anyone's ever given me.  My little Bug.



The day of Randall's first birthday rolled around all too soon.  You can see us all being quite ourselves in this photo, particularly my husband flirting with thin air.



This was the first cake we'd all gathered around that wasn't on that beloved island counter in our Monte Vista kitchen.  And that was okay.



Randall grew up as cute as they come, with his mama's ginger hair.  He's a genius and easily impressed.  Very good traits for being born in a non-active household.



Grandpa Ed seems thrilled to have another son.  He seems like a very good father.  Maybe he'll help little Randall play with his peg box too.



But it was my Dad who was cuddling Randall the most at the party.  The rest of us were at the grill or swimming and he was tickling his little brother within an inch of the little boy's life.  Later he said to me, "you better be prepared to not be an only child anymore, Rosebud."



I think I am prepared.  In fact, he better be prepared to maybe have more than one grandbaby soon!  Oh, but for now, in these final hours together, I've allowed myself to nod off in total contentment.

Sure, a healthy cell splits into many, and we're about to do the same.  But before the Classics go through their own mitosis, here's one perfect moment.  As a unit.


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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - Cell Mitosis
« Reply #771 on: May 03, 2013, 12:55:13 AM »
Oh, that's wonderful Tilia!  I'm all misty-eyed!  Such a perfect way to "end" that chapter.  I sincerely love the symbolism of living cells and them as a family.

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« Reply #772 on: May 03, 2013, 01:05:45 AM »
Huzzah, Goopy and Mona are having more children! Let the parade begin!

I love hearing from Rosetta, because I think she must be WAY up there on my list of favorite Classics. If I could choose favorites, that is!

And of course Freddie set the house on fire. With his natural heat!

I can't wait to read your Life States Dynasty! (*Suffering from Tilia-Dynasty-Withdrawal*)
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« Reply #773 on: May 03, 2013, 11:12:26 AM »
And of course Freddie set the house on fire. With his natural heat!
I can't wait to read your Life States Dynasty! (*Suffering from Tilia-Dynasty-Withdrawal*)
Love the talk about Freddie lol and I too suffer from withdrawal maybe we should start a support group! lol
Tilla, I love the update and can't wait to see the new Dynasty and more from the classics.

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« Reply #774 on: May 03, 2013, 05:11:33 PM »

Freddie and Eden are hilarious as usual. I'm curious to see how Briar Rose and her daughters all tie into this!