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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New 3/31/18
« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2018, 06:03:40 PM »
Another wonderfully complex backstory! I'm loving it. Adrian is very different from Blakely, but I like him very much. Hard to say if being a teen will work for him or against him. I hope he hits it off with Marisa. She's lovely!
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« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2018, 11:34:22 PM »
So much thought went into the builds, their decor, and the sims' wardrobes! Still Team Blakely, though Marisa is breathtaking.



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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New 3/31/18
« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2018, 02:31:15 PM »
I love that the King knows about Adrian's trips to the tavern and reflects this back as a strength. I think Adrian may surprise us all yet.  :)

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Hehehe, yeah, I'm enjoying Adrian quite a lot.  I chose diplomatic option for him, which I normally don't touch the popularity options for my Sims.  Heh, think I'm a bit of an introvert lol.  But it's been fun so far.  Harder for me than I think other options might have been.

Another wonderfully complex backstory! I'm loving it. Adrian is very different from Blakely, but I like him very much. Hard to say if being a teen will work for him or against him. I hope he hits it off with Marisa. She's lovely!
I still love our king. He's so wise, and prepared for every question. Long live the king!

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Good, glad they are different enough XD sometimes it can be hard to tell when writing things up heh.  But I do like them both.  They are both very different to me, but some of the same qualities, too.  Yeah, not sure how that will help or hinder him yet.  I will say, having already completed one aspiration in his first week, it seems to be going well.  The big thing will be the career requirements, which I've never been so good with, truth be told.  The next update will show ^^

Yeah, I'm loving Darian.  He's a good King.

So much thought went into the builds, their decor, and the sims' wardrobes! Still Team Blakely, though Marisa is breathtaking.

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Aw, thank you!  I did put a lot of time into each of them XD  Perhaps too much XD lol I hope to get the photos up of the builds at some point today so you can take full tours.  I also have to get in game and get the pics for each of the community venues I did, as well as just an overall shot of the buildings I downloaded from the gallery.

Yeah Marisa is gorgeous.  I had fun when creating her family XD

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1.4: Beginning to Bloom
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2018, 02:35:22 PM »
1.4: Beginning to Bloom

"So good of you to come!  Congratulations, Ayla.  I heard that your labor went well."

Their guest smiled.  "Yes, yes it went well.  Little Kiersten is a healthy baby.  Oddly enough, this labor was easier than that of our twins."

The Xaviers sat in the great room of Rosa Manor.  They were waiting for Adrian to get home so dinner could be served.

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Lady Ferina chuckled.  "Yes, well, twins speak for themselves.  I must say, they are angels.  And such handsome children!"

Lady Ayla laughed, shaking her head.  "Handsome yes, angels... no.  Though they have been behaving rather well since we arrived.  I wonder what they are plotting."

"If they are anything like Adrian was, quite a lot," Ferina answered.

When Adrian walked into his home, he found his mother and their houseguests playing a game of Don't Wake the Llama.

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"There you are, son!  Please, I want to introduce you to our guests."  Even as he sighed internally, Adrian smiled.  First, he shook Lord Donovan's hand.  The older man had quite a grip and Adrian didn't miss the way his dark eyes were searching.

"A pleasure, sir," Adrian murmured. 

Lord Donovan nodded, returning the compliment.  Adrian introduced himself to Lady Ayla next.  She smiled when he kissed her knuckle.  "Aren't you a sweet young man."

Adrian chuckled.  "Thank you, m'Lady."

"Adrian?"  He turned to his mother.  His jaw fell open for a moment as he got his first look at the young woman next to Ferina.  His mother had to hold in a chuckle.  She cleared her throat.  "This is Lady Marisa, Lord Donovan's sister."

Adrian gave himself a shake.  He took her extended hand and brought it to his lips, looking at when he pressed a kiss to her knuckles.  "It's a pleasure, m'Lady."

Her green eyes met his and held them.  After a moment, her mouth curved.  "The pleasure is mine, m'Lord."

"Why don't you two sit down here?  Talk?" Lady Ferina suggested.  "Dinner should be ready soon.  Lord, Lady, would you like to join me for a drink before dinner?"

Donovan and Ayla agreed.  The three adults left, leaving Adrian alone with Marisa.  He offered her his arm.  "Shall we sit?"

She threaded her arm through his.  "I'd like that."

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The two sat.  Adrian had to take a deep breath.  She was gorgeous.  There was also a light in her eye that drew him to her.  But there was still a part of him that wanted to rebel at the thought of any sort of arranged marriage.  He had to remind himself that his mother had promised she wouldn't force them.  He might as well get to know Marisa first.

"Your mother mentioned that you enjoy dancing."

Adrian smiled.  "I do.  I enjoy music.  You?"

"On occasion.  I've been helping my brother and Ayla with the twins and now with the new baby, things are a bit- insane at home."  She grinned ruefully.  "The twins are delightful, but their energy is a bit crazy."

Adrian laughed.  "I can only imagine.  Truth be told, I haven't spent much time with young children."

Marisa's smile was radiant.  "It is tiring, and can be very trying but it is also very rewarding."

As the two of them talked, Adrian couldn't remember the last time he had enjoyed himself more.  He realized that he rarely could talk this easily to someone outside of the tavern.  It was certainly something to think about.

Think about it he did, all through dinner.  The meal was excellent (his mother wouldn't allow anything less, of course) and he enjoyed the Xaviers' company quite a lot.  Marisa had been placed next to him, of course.  It wasn't a hardship, by any means.  Especially when she would whisper some commentary to him every now and again.  It was all he could do not to spit out the gulp of wine he had just drank.

Somehow, the two of them ended up on patio, in the hot tub together.

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He chuckled.  "So, how many times do you think they'll leave us alone together?"

One corner of Marisa's mouth drew up in a smirk.  "Well, as many times as they feel necessary."

The two burst into laughter.

"Oh, you two sound like you are enjoying yourselves!"

Adrian blinked as his mother climbed into the hot tub!

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"Mother."  His teeth clenched, he gave her a smile, his eyes just a bit manic. 

Lady Ferina laughed.  "Yes, dear.  I can take a hint."  She beamed at the two of them.  "Well, just thought I'd see how you both were doing.  Carry on."

Only after she had left did the two of them look at one another and burst out laughing.

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Eventually, the evening came to an end.  Adrian walked the Xaviers out and said a good evening to Marisa.  He came back inside and went to the family room.  He sat down, letting out a soft sigh.  It wasn't long before his mother joined him.  They sat in silence for a moment before she asked, "Well?"

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He eyed her sideways.  "Really, mother?"

"What, am I not allowed to ask what you think?"

"Give it time, ok?  It was one evening."  He waited a moment.  "If it makes you feel any better, I find her easy to talk to."

"That's definitely a start."  She frowned.  "What's wrong, son?"

"Nothing's wrong.  Just thinking.  There is an age difference between us."

Ferina grew thoughtful.  "Yes, there is.  Is that a problem for you?"

He shrugged.  "No, I suppose not.  Just wasn't what I expected."

"The age difference isn't a large one, son."

Adrian fidgeted.  "What if- she just thinks of me as a kid?"

Ferina patted his leg.  "Now, I don't think that would be a problem.  She's not that much older than you.  You said she was easy to talk to.  I think it'll be fine."

"You're right."  Adrian ran a hand through his hair.  "Just- a lot to take in."

"Mhm.  Why don't you go on up to bed, son?"

Adrian nodded.  He stood up and smiled.  "Good night, mother."

"Good night, son."  She sat on the sofa for a long moment after he left.  Slowly, she reached beneath the collar of her dress and pulled out a gold heart-shaped locket.  She opened it and looked at the picture inside.  "He's your son, to a T," she murmured.  Her eyes flitted over the picture once more, then she closed it, stood up, and left to retire.

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Adrian stepped out of the car and looked around him.  His serious expression dissolved into a smile.  "I was hoping I wasn't late."

Marisa grinned.  "No, not at all.  I just made it here myself."

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"I was glad to get your text.  Needed to get out of the house.  Mother's making plans again."

Marisa laughed.  "Glad to be of service.  I wanted to meet with you, without our families there."

"That's an excellent idea."

"Thank you."  She laughed.  "I know they mean well.  But they can be a bit overwhelming, can't they?"

"That's putting it mildly, especially where my mother is concerned."

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"My sister-in-law seems to be of the same mind.  My brother is a little more understanding, but if Ayla thinks it's a good idea-"  She let it hang.

"Well, what do you think of this idea?  We haven't known each other very long."  Adrian shrugged.  "But I know I enjoy talking with you."

"As I enjoy talking with you, as well."

Adrian paused a moment.  "I don't know what this may turn in to, but I do know I want to see.  What about you?"

"I think I'd like that.  I at least want to know more."

"Me too."

The two embraced, a feeling of solidarity and companionship surrounding them.

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"Did you want to go for a walk?" Marisa asked.

"I'd love-"  He frowned when he heard the beep of his phone go off.  He pulled it out to see what it was.

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His expression was rueful as he raincheck her.  "I apologize.  My mother needs me back at home.  Can I take a reincheck?  Perhaps later this afternoon?"

Marisa made a face.  "I'm sorry, I promised Ayla I'd watch the children so she and my brother could get a few things done.  Ayla's brother will be wed soon.  She's helping with the plans and preparation."

"Soon then.  I promise.  We can go for a walk, perhaps- perhaps I can show you one of my favorite places to go."  It was a risk and he knew it, but Adrian thought it better she know early on.

She smiled.  "I'd like that.  I will let you know when I am free in the next week or so."

Adrian hugged her again and the two separated.  Adrian climbed back into the car.  As it whisked him back toward home, he had to swallow.  He hoped he was right about Marisa.  Only time would tell.

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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New 4/1/18
« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2018, 02:48:40 PM »
I had a flash that Adrian might be the son of Marcus, so I went back to re-read his first chapter but the timing is wrong. :(
This was such a charming chapter!

I hope you will feature some of your favorite RKC builds in this thread so we can enjoy them with your commentary.

And I have only one question. *raises hand
Why does Adrian get the gorgeous, children-loving, and gracious Marisa, while Blakely gets a psycho, stalker witch? (Just kidding, of course, but still... LOL!)
Another amazing update!  <3

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« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2018, 11:45:51 PM »
Yay! They like each other! What a sweet courtship!
I'm nervous about the text from Mom at the end. It must be something big if the mother would pull her son away from Marisa!

Personally, I'm a fan of Blakely's stalker witch. :) I think she's delightfully mysterious, and I'm dying to know more about her!

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« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2018, 07:59:02 PM »
Adrian's mothers timing is quite priceless.
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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New 4/1/18
« Reply #32 on: April 03, 2018, 01:22:17 AM »
I had a flash that Adrian might be the son of Marcus, so I went back to re-read his first chapter but the timing is wrong. :(
This was such a charming chapter!

I hope you will feature some of your favorite RKC builds in this thread so we can enjoy them with your commentary.

And I have only one question. *raises hand
Why does Adrian get the gorgeous, children-loving, and gracious Marisa, while Blakely gets a psycho, stalker witch? (Just kidding, of course, but still... LOL!)
Another amazing update!  <3

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^^ Your wish is my command.  No update yet, since haven't had a chance to play Sims the last couple days.  But in lieu of that going to share some of my favorite parts of the builds I've done, as well as give the link to where all the pics are on my blog.

Hehehehehe, I rather like Blakely's witch.  To be honest, I had kind of planned on her anyway, since he needs to marry a noble.  I thought it was amazing that she was everywhere he was lol.  It was just too perfect ^^

Yay! They like each other! What a sweet courtship!
I'm nervous about the text from Mom at the end. It must be something big if the mother would pull her son away from Marisa!

Personally, I'm a fan of Blakely's stalker witch. :) I think she's delightfully mysterious, and I'm dying to know more about her!

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Yeah, Adrian and Marisa are adorable together.  Actually, even with her being a young adult and Adrian being a teen, because i have the setting enabled in MCCC, they could have a romance but decided to take it slow with the two of them ^^  Hehehehe, oh Ferina XD

Me too!  I always kinda planned Blakely and Adisa since he has to marry a noble or royal, but the fact she ended up being everywhere was too fun to pass up lol

Adrian's mothers timing is quite priceless.

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Isn't it though? lol


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Building Interlude #1
« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2018, 02:26:20 AM »
Building Interlude #1

So far, we've seen some parts of two different builds in Newcrest.  Prima Dominus is the home of Blakely, Meredith, and Maxim.  Rosa Manor is where Adrian and his mother reside.  Here are some of the parts I love the most/am most proud of for each one.

First, let's look at Prima Dominus.  I enjoy this build because it has some history to it.  It was the spot for the original castle of Newcrest and you can see some of the ruins that remain.  The only actual existing structure that survived is one of the towers.  It was incorporated into the house when it was built.

I thought this part came out really well.  I enjoy the outside to this one, and normally, landscaping and what not drives me batty XD

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In general, I think I like the little details I did with this house.  The flow is a bit- odd in places, I think, but I kind of enjoy it.  I like the kitchen.  It was set to the side as kind of an homage to the fact that many medieval castles/homes had separate kitchens.  I didn't want to make it a separate building, but I put it off to the side.

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When I was building, wanted to do something a little different with the great hall.  The great hall was an important part of medieval life and even though there are modern amenities in here, I still wanted it to have a medieval feeling.  So I made this one sunken, with the dining table in the center.

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One of those little details is the little library nook.  Because it was so open plan, it was hard to figure out where to put a full library or study, so having it in the little tower ended up working really well.  At least, I think so.

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I was trying to figure out what to do with the towers.  I didn't actually use a plan for this build.  In fact, just took some inspiration from some photos and ran with it.  I really enjoyed how the two towers turned out.  Specifically where the hot tub and bathroom are.  Might seem impractical since you have to go up three flights of stairs, but- c'est le vie hehehe

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Now, for my favorite part of this build: the master suite.  From the beginning, I knew I wanted to have that square tower, the "history" of the house be present in the master suite.  So the master suite is one of my favorite bits.  It has the sleeping area.

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There's a fireplace with a bookcase and some seating.

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The bathroom is luxuriously appointed.

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Then, once you take the stairs up to the next floor of the tower is another little sitting room/private breakfast nook for the master/mistress of the house.

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That does it for the main points of Prima Dominus (btw, a poor Latin translation that means First House).  Here is the Gallery Link and the link to all the pictures on my blog if you are interested. Also included some of the hashtags you can enter in to find it, or any of my RKC builds.

Gallery Link: Prima Dominus
Full Picture Link: Picture Gallery
Hashtags: #Wolfie #carlsguide #RKC #nobles

Now, on to Rosa Manor!

I have to admit, of all my builds for this, maybe even just all my builds, Rosa Manor has to be my favorite right now.  While I have features I love with each build, this house as a whole just works really well together.  I did use a plan for it, at least for outside.  I got a little crazy with the inside XD And I'll be honest: I spent about two days on this build, more actually.

I did try to design each build for the family that would inhabit it as well as think of the "original" purpose of it.  Since the Rosas were diplomats, I thought entertaining would be an essential part of any house they had.  And thus Rosa Manor was born.

I really put some time into the presentation of it and spent a lot of time on the exterior once again, both front and back.  It was all about appearances and upholding a family name.

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The kitchen and dining room are some of my favorite parts of the house.

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I'm also pretty proud of the main floor bathroom as well.  This is the one that guests would use, after all.

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Then there's my pride and joy: the two story ballroom.  I was inspired after seeing a build video of someone making the ballroom from Beauty and the Beast.  I had to put one in, complete with tables to sit, a dance floor, speakers, and a bar.

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Normally, the master bedroom is the one I spend a ton of time on.  That's no different here, but I wanted to feature this bedroom instead.  I just really like how it turned out XD

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And this is really weird, but I went a bit overboard with the laundry room and really like it XD I hate laundry, but for some reason, this room makes me happy.  I have no idea why.

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Here's the master bedroom, complete with sitting area (I have a thing for those XD)

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That concludes the highlights (at least I think are) of Rosa Manor.  Like before, here's the Gallery link, the link to the pictures, and the hashtags.

Gallery Link: Rosa Manor
Picture Gallery: Pictures of Rosa Manor
Hashtags: #Wolfie #carlsguide #RKC #nobles

Now, here's a sneak peak at the next build: Scholarly Sway.  You'll meet its occupants during the next update.

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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New (Sorta) 4/3/18
« Reply #34 on: April 03, 2018, 08:25:07 AM »
I can't decide which I like more -- Prima Dominus or Rosa Manor. The tower from a previous castle is great, but I love the colors in Rosa Manor and the pool. Guess I'll just have to enjoy both!
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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New (Sorta) 4/3/18
« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2018, 09:37:22 AM »
I like the austere aesthetic of the Blakely house. Has the family always been associated with the military?
Though the household seems to live quite frugally now, the family formerly must have been quite affluent to afford to purchase the plot of the previous castle.
I giggled at the mention of walking three flights of stairs to the bathrooms and thought, "Good thing this isn't a Townie Dynasty!"
For some reason, the wonderful little library nook reminds of Dragon Age III.

The ballroom is marvelous. I can't wait to see it filled with the Newcrest nobility!
Thank you for guiding us on a tour of two of your contenders' homes! They are incredible!
Looking forward to meeting the third (contender and their home).

Edited to add: #TeamBlakely #TeamBlakely'sHouse (thank you for expressing that so well, FrancescaFiori!)

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« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2018, 09:56:31 AM »
I just discovered this thread...and wow!  Such a huge project to put together and control.  Hats off to you!  And your writing is amazing!  I am, however, reserving my vote for king until I have met all three properly.

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« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2018, 02:42:10 PM »
These builds are so gorgeous. I love your descriptions of the planning and thinking that went into them, too. I think the tower on Prima Dominus is my favorite part. I love how it ties into the history of the whole town. I'm Team Blakely and also Team Blakely's House!
I love the landscaping on Rosa Manor, too, and that ballroom! I hope we get to see some parties there!
Thank you so much for sharing!

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« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2018, 04:44:01 PM »
Thanks for sharing Wolfie, I was hoping you would. Just gorgeous and very fitting for each family. Love the two story ballroom, they're so difficult to take a screenshot of but I can see it is a really stunning area.
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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC New (Sorta) 4/3/18
« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2018, 02:01:01 AM »
I can't decide which I like more -- Prima Dominus or Rosa Manor. The tower from a previous castle is great, but I love the colors in Rosa Manor and the pool. Guess I'll just have to enjoy both!

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Definitely ^^ I find it hard to pick too lol.  There are both very different styles and I like them for different reasons, I think ^^

I like the austere aesthetic of the Blakely house. Has the family always been associated with the military?
Though the household seems to live quite frugally now, the family formerly must have been quite affluent to afford to purchase the plot of the previous castle.
I giggled at the mention of walking three flights of stairs to the bathrooms and thought, "Good thing this isn't a Townie Dynasty!"
For some reason, the wonderful little library nook reminds of Dragon Age III.

The ballroom is marvelous. I can't wait to see it filled with the Newcrest nobility!
Thank you for guiding us on a tour of two of your contenders' homes! They are incredible!
Looking forward to meeting the third (contender and their home).

Edited to add: #TeamBlakely #TeamBlakely'sHouse (thank you for expressing that so well, FrancescaFiori!)


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Yup, the Dorans come from a long line of knights and have always been in the military.  In fact, a Doran rode with the first Bulwark.  They accrued quite the wealth over the centuries.  Looting is quite profitable hehehe.  Of course, there is peace now.

hehehe, yeah... I wasn't thinking much about going up three flights of stairs when I built it XD  ooo, thanks.  I loved the Dragon Age games, though only really played the first one.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to more parties in the ballroom ^^

Bahahahahaha, TeamBlakely is very popular hehehehe

I just discovered this thread...and wow!  Such a huge project to put together and control.  Hats off to you!  And your writing is amazing!  I am, however, reserving my vote for king until I have met all three properly.


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Welcome!  Yes, join me in my insanity! hehehe, I can't seem to NOT do huge projects.  But I'm having fun with this one.  I'm so glad you like the writing so far.  Hehehehe, we'll see if Team Blakely gets another one or you vote for Adrian or Beatrice (whose first update will be coming shortly).

These builds are so gorgeous. I love your descriptions of the planning and thinking that went into them, too. I think the tower on Prima Dominus is my favorite part. I love how it ties into the history of the whole town. I'm Team Blakely and also Team Blakely's House!
I love the landscaping on Rosa Manor, too, and that ballroom! I hope we get to see some parties there!
Thank you so much for sharing!

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Thank you!  I'm glad you enjoyed them.  Heh, I tend to babble at times, so if at any point it's too much, let me know lol.  Yeah, I did enjoy the tower and put some planning into that one lol.  Thank you!  Landscaping is my least favorite part of any build since it all tends to look the same when I do it.  So I'm rather proud of Rosa Manor's landscaping.  Yeah, the ballroom will have many parties to fill it ^^  You are quite welcome!  Thank you for reading and following along.

Thanks for sharing Wolfie, I was hoping you would. Just gorgeous and very fitting for each family. Love the two story ballroom, they're so difficult to take a screenshot of but I can see it is a really stunning area.

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You are quite welcome!   Thank you for following along.  Glad you enjoyed them.  Yeah... I spent an inordinate amount of time on the noble houses and tried to think of the families as a whole and their history as I was building XD  Since I tend to leave decorating to the family that lives in each house, I spent more time on adding other touches than I normally do.

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1.5 Lady of the Shadows
« Reply #40 on: April 08, 2018, 02:06:19 AM »
1.5: Lady of the Shadows

"Sire?  Lady Campbell has arrived."

King Darian looked up from his book.  "Thank you, Christine."  The housekeeper strode away, leaving the king in the library.  He sat there for a moment, staring at the pages of his book, thinking on what he would say.

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Letting out a soft sigh, he stood up, the pain in his old knees a familiar sensation.  He put his book away, lingering at the shelves for a moment.  His other meetings with the candidates had gone well.  He wasn't entirely sure how this one would go.  He was beginning to wonder if he hadn't overstepped his bounds in this case.  But he knew Lady Beatrice.  And a letter from someone from his youth had decided him in the matter.  He just hoped he approached it the right way.

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The click of heels over the stone floor had Darian turning his head.  "Lady Campbell," he greeted. 

Beatrice curtsied.  "Sire.  I apologize for my tardiness."

"No, no not at all.  I know you must be busy.  I won't keep you long.  Please, join me here for a moment, won't you?"

"Of course, sire."  She sat down in the chair across from him, crossing her ankles for a moment, her hands in her lap. 

"Thank you, for the research you gave me," the King murmured.  "It was very helpful."

She inclined her head, a polite smile tugging at the corners of her mouth.  "I am glad it was."  It faded.  "Sire?  Is there something amiss?  Your summons seemed rather- abrupt."

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"Oh, no, there's nothing amiss.  I apologize for giving that impression."  King Darian stood.  "Please, would you follow me?  There is something I'd like to discuss with you."

Lady Beatrice blinked, then stood.  "Of course."  Her hands clasped in front of her, she followed after her leige. After three flights of stairs, she found herself in the King's personal chambers.  It surprised her, but she said nothing.  She knew how to bide her time.

The figure near the fireplace had her raising an eyebrow, however.  As the King strode to him and the two clasped hands, her brows furrowed.

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"Thank you for coming," Darian murmured.

"Anytime, your Highness."

Darian turned so he could keep one eye on Beatrice.  "Please, have a seat.  Lady Beatrice Campbell, I'd like to present to you-"

"Lord Gunner Villareal, first born of Lord Ezekial Villareal of Windenburg," Beatrice supplied, her eyes narrowed.  She hadn't made a move to sit just yet.  Instead, she stood there with her arms crossed over her chest.

He bowed with a flourish, then straightened, his grin cocky.  "That I am, m'Lady.  It's a pleasure to meet the lady behind the shadows, at last."

Beatrice's eyes widened and her head whipped around to the King.  Before she could formulate something that wasn't a curse, Darian held up his hands.  "Please, let's all sit down.  Everything will be explained, Lady Campbell, I promise."  The look he gave Lord Villareal was a sharp one.

It seemed to quell the smug grin, at least mostly.  Lady Beatrice took a seat, though she kept her eye on Gunner as he took the chair next to hers.  Darian sighed.  "I know this is an unusual request-"

"You're full of those," Beatrice murmured quietly.

Darian's lip twitched.  Then he laughed.  "Aye.  I have been at that.  One has nothing to do with the other."  Well, not entirely, anyway.  He sat down in far chair.

Beatrice pulled in a deep breath and sat back.  "Alright, why have I been summoned here?  And what is-"  Her lip curled just slightly, "Lord Villareal doing here?"

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Darian waved his hand.  "Lady Campbell- Beatrice.  Lord Gunner is here at my invitation.  I realize I made an error in not informing you of the fact, but the truth is, it is a delicate matter.  One in which I will need your help."

"In what capacity?"  She was still eyeing Gunner warily.

"Lady Campbell," King Darian murmured, "he is aware of what you and your family do for me.  There is no need to fear him or his knowledge.  Would it put your mind at ease to know that I trust him implicitly?"

She frowned, her gaze meeting the King's for a long moment.  After searching his expression, she nodded slowly.  "Yes, that is good enough for me, sire."

"Excellent.  Now, I don't have to tell you, Beatrice that the war in Windenburg was of great concern here."

"No, you do not."  She eyed Gunner sideways. 

"What the King is trying not to say, is that it has long been suspected that the Villareals, my dear ol' dad especially, was playing both sides in that war."  Though Gunner smiled, there was a sharp edge to it.  Beatrice didn't miss the rage in his eyes.

"No one could prove it."

"Not for lack of trying!" 

The bitterness in his tone took Beatrice aback. The realization hit her.  "You... it was you.  You were my contact?"

His chin went up.  "Yes.  I needed help.  Though my father gave me his name, mostly to save himself the scandal of having a child on the wrong side of the sheets, there is no love lost between my father and I.  We swore an oath to the Windenburgs.  I knew my father was very well betraying that oath.  I helped Kellen escape.  I didn't know who I could trust in Windenburg, so I came to King Darian.  Darian gave me information obtained by you and your network.  That information saved Kellen and it saved me."

Beatrice sat there for a moment, her hands on the arms of the chair, her grip tight.  "You didn't call me here to thank me."  It was a simple statement of fact.

"No, though, I suppose I'll get around to that, eventually.  I've come here to ask a favor.  The favor was to the King.  He called you here."

The King stood up for a moment, looking into the fire.

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Finally, he turned back to look at Beatrice.  "Ezekial Villareal is a dangerous man.  He is ruthless.  If Gunner's duplicity were to be discovered, it would be disasterous.  I have agreed to give him sanctuary here.  But I am not sure that would stop his father.  However, I have thought of something that might.  His father respects one thing only: power.  Power and reputation, more precisely."

"And his pride," Gunner supplied.  He sat in his chair, that smirk back in place, but that look in his eye had not yet faded.

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Darian shifted his gaze to him, nodding slowly.  "Yes, pride as well.  Which is why I believe my plan would be in everyone's best interest.  In exchange, Gunner has already sworn his loyalty to me- to this kingdom."

Beatrice came to the edge of her seat.  "Sire-"

"Lady Campbell, Lord Gunner needs to marry someone in Newcrest.  Some of noble blood.  You are that somebody."

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One month earlier

Beatrice wiped the back of her hand over her forehead, sighing.  "What am I doing out here?" she wondered out loud, not for the first time.  The overturned earth in front of her was filled with fragments and some very interesting tidbits, it was true.  Still, she had already been here for far longer than she had planned.

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She should be back in Newcrest, preparing her newest report to send to the King.  That and she had to find a way to convince this new scheme of his was ill advised.  She should have been at least trying to help him refine it.  Granted, she could find nothing wrong with either the Doran family nor the Rosas.  Truth be told, they were as loyal to the King and to Newcrest as she herself was.  But a competition for the throne?  With her as one of the participants?  It was ludicrous!  She had never been one for the spotlight.  She much prefered the shadows.

Of course, that didn't explain why she was here, in the middle of the jungle, attempting to find what amounted to a fairytale.  She sighed.  It had been a rather long trek so far with little to show for it.  Hacking through vines with a machete, encountering all manner of jungle life- it took it's toll.

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It hadn't been a total loss, of course.  She had managed to find the rumored baths she had heard about from some locals at the market place.

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But no temple.  She sighed again.  Why she was surprised, she had no idea.  After all, her father's word had rarely been good when he was alive.  Why had she thought the journal she found would contain any truth to it?  Of course, when she had found it, a part of her had rejoiced.  Something within had been so sure she'd find something.  That was what happened when you let flights of fancy rule over common sense.

Perhaps there was no temple, but she had found enough in the ruins in the jungle that would help advance studies.  The original inhabitants of Selvadorado had been quite advanced from everything that was known about them.  They had just vanished, though, centuries before.  No one knew why.  It was a mystery that every scholar dreamed of solving one day.

As for Beatrice herself, she was far more realistic.  Every piece of data was something they hadn't had before.  She would be content with that.

So it was that after gathering her things, returning to the small villa she had rented for her stay, and cleaning up, she was then on her way home.  The boat trip was a long one, but one she enjoyed quite a bit.

However, returning home was better.  She walked into the house, going straight to the kitchen.  "Mira?  Is that you?  Here kitty!"

A high chirp of sound, followed by a joyous meow preceeded a small bundle of tan and cream-colored fur as it bounded to her.  She scooped up the tiny kitten and held her up.  "There's my baby!"

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The kitten mewed and then began to purr as she rubbed her face against Beatrice's cheek.  It was good to be home.

After changing, Beatrice went to her kitchen and grabbed a few things from the icebox.  Though the family normally had servants, Beatrice had chosen to forego them after their last housekeeper had retired.  She rather enjoyed cooking.  There was something cathartic about handling a big knife and heating things over a heat source.

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After eating, Beatrice went into her study to type up her notes from her trip.  It would take her days, but if she did it a little at a time, it would go much smoother.  She grinned to herself as she heard the unmistakable 'thump thump thump' of Mira as she bounded into the room.  Mira disliked being alone and often had to be in the same room as Beatrice.

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It was good to be home.

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Beatrice walked through her front door and just stood there for a long moment.  Mira mewed at her.  Beatrice looked down.  Not even the little kitten's presence seemed to penetrate.  What had she just agreed to?  With a quivering lip, she picked up the little kitten and hugged her tightly to her chest.

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Watcher's Note:  Apologies for abrupt end.  Suffering from allergies.  Even with meds, still a bit out of it.  There will be a second update as usual.  But wanted to give you something and thought this was the best place to stop for now.  Apologies if it seems a bit all over the place XD

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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC 1.5 New 4/8/18
« Reply #41 on: April 08, 2018, 10:43:50 AM »
If you hadn't mentioned that you'd ended abruptly, I would have just thought this was another of your cliffhangers while I thought,"Well, dang, girl! What do you actually think of Gunner?"
Beatrice is a lovely, mysterious presence--what a twist that she's like a medieval CIA but in a good sense.
Also, I love her LBD with the red lace peeking out below the hem.

Where you ended this update leaves me wanting to know more about this third royal contender.
I hope you are feeling better today!

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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC 1.5 New 4/8/18
« Reply #42 on: April 08, 2018, 11:04:21 AM »
I'm finally catching up! Wow. (Sorry about the allergies.) I love the ballroom. And the blue wall in Beatrice's kitchen. Is the kitten a ragdoll?

It really works as a cliffhanger. We are in suspense. Your writing is really special. 
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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC 1.5 New 4/8/18
« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2018, 02:14:39 PM »
Love, love, love!  I’m leaning towards Team Beatrice, but will wait until her prologue is finished.

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« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2018, 02:29:04 PM »
Beatrice is wonderful! And I'm already entranced by Gunnar the rogue with a heart of gold. Sparks will fly! I'm sure of it! All the intrigue in this one is fantastic.

Hope your allergies improve, because I'm dying to know more about this household!

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« Reply #45 on: April 08, 2018, 08:37:31 PM »
This is all so awe-inspiring!  The builds, the families, all the back-stories, everything!  So far my favorite characters are the King and Maxim,  ;)   but really I love them all. 

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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC 1.5 New 4/8/18
« Reply #46 on: April 08, 2018, 09:48:50 PM »
If you hadn't mentioned that you'd ended abruptly, I would have just thought this was another of your cliffhangers while I thought,"Well, dang, girl! What do you actually think of Gunner?"
Beatrice is a lovely, mysterious presence--what a twist that she's like a medieval CIA but in a good sense.
Also, I love her LBD with the red lace peeking out below the hem.

Where you ended this update leaves me wanting to know more about this third royal contender.
I hope you are feeling better today!

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Cliffhangers?  Moi? hehehehe Was hoping her position would be seen in a favorable light ^^ I love that dress on her too.  One of my favorites.   It's from Jungle Adventure. More about Bianca coming up!  And I'm feeling a bit better.  The allergies tend to bother me this time of year off and on, but today is a better day than yesterday.

I'm finally catching up! Wow. (Sorry about the allergies.) I love the ballroom. And the blue wall in Beatrice's kitchen. Is the kitten a ragdoll?

It really works as a cliffhanger. We are in suspense. Your writing is really special. 

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Actually, the kitten is an Egyptian Mau/Bermese mix.  I was having some fun with the pet cross breeder hehehe.  Thanks ^^ I enjoyed building the ballroom, though parts of it were tough to do XD  So glad you like my writing ^^ I've having a lot of fun with these characters.

Love, love, love!  I’m leaning towards Team Beatrice, but will wait until her prologue is finished.

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Yay!  Team Beatrice may have a member! lol Everyone seems to have a thing for Blakely hehehe.  Glad you're enjoying it.

Beatrice is wonderful! And I'm already entranced by Gunnar the rogue with a heart of gold. Sparks will fly! I'm sure of it! All the intrigue in this one is fantastic.

Hope your allergies improve, because I'm dying to know more about this household!


@FrancescaFiori

Yeah, I love Gunner quite a lot too.  He's fun.  He's most certainly a rogue.  I think he and Beatrice have a lot to offer each other, but that will be for another day ^^  Update coming up!

This is all so awe-inspiring!  The builds, the families, all the back-stories, everything!  So far my favorite characters are the King and Maxim,  ;)   but really I love them all. 

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Oh thank you so much!  So glad you're enjoying it ^^  I tend to go a bit overboard with things XD lol and this was a challenge that let me do that.  Hehehe, yeah, I really love the King.  He's a lot of fun to write.  And Maxim.  I love the pets.  They've been great to write.


Update incoming!

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1.6: Order Will Be Maintained
« Reply #47 on: April 08, 2018, 09:52:04 PM »
1.6: Order Will Be Maintained

Beatrice sat on the stool in her kitchen, looking into the distance.  Her breakfast sat on the counter in front of her.  Normally, she enjoyed mornings.  This morning, though, there was far too much on her mind to allow the simple pleasures of a nice quiet breakfast to distract her.

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She sighed.  A part of her wanted to be furious; at the King for putting her in this position, at Gunner for daring to ask such a favor, but most especially at herself for allowing them to manuever her in such a way.  She couldn't quite manage it, however.  She knew both the King and Gunner spoke nothing less than the truth when they told her that Gunner's life was in danger.  She knew very well that Lord Villareal was a dangerous man.  He tolerated no disloyalty.  Even from that of his son, perhaps most especially from his son.

She ate mechanically then set the bowl in the sink.  She had agreed to go through with the marriage.  She almost hadn't even known what she was going to say until the agreement had already passed her lips.  She thought about that as she went upstairs and pulled the clothes from her hamper to take to the washer.

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After she had thrown them in the dryer, she sat down at her computer and opened up a blank file.  Then she began to write.  She had found that this method of free-writing was a good method to help her make sense of things and get herself under control.  Control was important, was imperative for the work she did, after all.

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As the words flowed, she left herself drift a bit.  Why had she agreed?  Despite his cocky grin and attitude, she truly didn't want to see Gunner hurt- or possibly killed.  Neither of those things was out of the realm of possibility.  If marriage hadn't been part of the equation, there would have been no question, no hesitation.  Marriage- it was a cursed word, as far as Beatrice was concerned.  Her father had married her mother because it was expected of him.  He had made sure they had a child in order to carry on the Campbell name.  That was all.  As soon as he had been able, her father left.  He was gone so often and so frequently, Beatrice remembered little of him from her early years.  When he had gotten older and couldn't go on missions himself as much, Beatrice hated having him home.

He rarely had anything good to say about her or her mother.  If Beatrice was upset, she would be told that a lady didn't display her emotions in such a manner.  Really, any display of emotion was seen as unseemly by Lord Campbell. Those lessons had stayed with Beatrice. 

She preferred her solitude.  It had been sheer happenstance that she'd taken in Mira.  She'd found the little kitten outside on the street, tired and so hungry.  Beatrice hadn't been able to leave the poor thing like that.  Especially when the kitten had looked up at her and let out a plaintive, heartbreaking mew.

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Beatrice had picked her up, inspecting the tiny animal.  The kitten had looked at her with such adoration, Beatrice hadn't been able to resist.

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Now, she couldn't imagine her home without the little beast running around.  She'd even splurged (something she rarely did) on a cat tree, the top of line litter box, as well as several toys and a little bed that Beatrice had placed in the study (the room she was in the most) so that Mira could be comfortable while she kept her owner company.

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Mira always seemed rather pleased with herself.  Though she was too small to really jump onto anything, she acted as if she owned the house.  Beatrice thought it rather amusing.  When Beatrice got up, Mira would follow after her; the kitten enjoyed making a production about it, as well.

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Beatrice stopped her writing.  It was easier to focus on Mira than it was to focus on the cusp of the problem.  While her parents' marriage had been less than ideal, there was a part of Beatrice that had hoped when it came time to address the issue of marriage, she would have some kind of say in it.

Granted, she could have refused.  But then if something happened, it would have been her fault.  She didn't think she could live with that.  The question was, could she live with the situation she found herself in?  A part of her was terrified.  But she shoved that away.  There would have to be ground rules.  They would find a way to make the arrangment work.  She wouldn't allow anything else.

She looked at the time.  She had to get going.  Her shift at the clinic was starting soon.  It was something she did to- balance the scales, perhaps.  For the moment, it was a voluntary basis. She hoped eventually to progress, to learn how to care for patients.

For the moment, she brought patients their food and prepped beds for the next patient to come in.

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She did enjoy it, though sometimes dealing with people was a chore.  It wasn't her strong suite by any means.  She did better with data.  Still, she loved to learn.

"Lady Campbell?  Are you alright?"

Beatrice started as she looked at the doctor on duty.  "I'm sorry.  What?"

"You look a little- frazzled.  Are you alright?"

Beatrice grimaced.  It wasn't supposed to show.  "I-I've been better."

"Would you like me to take care of this?  I think you ran the same sample twice now."

Her face fell.  "Oh... oh..."

"It's alright.  Don't worry about it.  Go on, I'll take care of it."

Struggling to keep the tears that had begun to swim in her eyes at bay, Beatrice strode away.

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For the first time since she had begun volunteering at the clinic, she wanted desperately to go home. She managed to finish out her shift, doing menial tasks like mopping up.

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When she got home, after changing, Beatrice sat in her chair in the study.  She had to take a deep breath.  She wouldn't allow this situation to get to her.  She would deal with it just as she dealt with everything else: calmly and coolly.  She wouldn't allow herself to do it any other way.  It affecting other aspects of her life; that simply couldn't stand.  It wouldn't stand.  She would marry Gunner.  She would see he got his sanctuary.  After that- well, they would attend to it after it was so.

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Re: Lasting Legacies- a modified RKC 1.6 New 4/8/18
« Reply #48 on: April 09, 2018, 12:07:57 AM »
I am sitting here trying to figure out why Beatrice feels so upset.
She has already agreed to the marriage out of her sense of duty to the king and of compassion for Gunner's well-being.
Why would she suddenly burst into tears at the clinic?
I feel like I've missed noticing some important clue. Has Gunner already gotten under her skin? Or is she hiding something big?
Or, am I just a dense reader? <-- probably this, lol!

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« Reply #49 on: April 09, 2018, 01:55:28 AM »
Oh, I feel for Beatrice! She's facing down a marriage just like her parents', and that was miserable! I'm still holding out hope there will be some happiness and romance, even if the marriage is arranged. Come on, Gunner! Turn on your cheerful, rakish charm or something!
Well, if nothing else, the kitten is adorable! Kittens make everything better.