Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Thirty-Six

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Alissa’s new family:

Grandfather-Rémi Moreau

Grandmother- Charlotte Moreau

Aunt-  Solange Moreau

Cousin- Elder Son of Solange- Rémi Moreau II

Rémi II Sons- Gaston Moreau and Vincent Moreau

Cousin- Son of  Solange- Arnaud Moreau

Arnaud’s Wife- Marguerite Moreau

Arnaud’s Daughter- Pascal Moreau

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In Champs Les Sim at the Moreau family home a few days before Alissa left Santa Fe:

Screenshot-581Solange Moreau remained seated as her sons entered the study.   To ensure that the family name continued, she had kept her maiden name after marriage, and her husband had taken her family’s name as his surname.   As she sat waiting, she stiffened her spine and hardened her heart.  She’d always done what was necessary to protect her family and the Moreau name.   Now the interests of her sons and grandchildren were being threatened.   They must act quickly!

Arnaud looked at his mother in concern.   “What is it, Mére?”   When she did not immediately respond, he looked at his older brother, Rémi.   Rémi was named after their Grand-pére, Rémi Moreau. 

Solange spoke.  “Your Grands-parents informed me that we are to have visitors from America.”

Screenshot-584Arnaud frowned at the displeasure in her voice.  “Oui Mére.  Are you not looking forward to their visit?”

“They are Devra’s offspring!  We do not even mention her name in this house, and yet her children and grandchildren are to be welcomed with open arms!”

Screenshot-586Arnaud looked confused, but Rémi came to a sudden realization of the ramifications of the visit.   His eyes met his mother’s knowingly.

Screenshot-582She told Arnaud.  “We must be cautious.  Pascal and I have researched Devra’s children and discovered that just like their mother, one of them is involved with “show business.”  She grimaced in distaste as she said the words, refusing to acknowledge any kinship to Alissa or Crystal.

Arnaud asked her, “What’s wrong with show business?  We enjoy a good movie or play from time to time!  I even enjoy some of the American television shows!”

The grimace did not leave Solange’s face as she continued.  “Both of Devra’s offspring have led lives full of depravity.  The eldest had a child out of wedlock.  The younger is a drug addict just as her mother was.  Thankfully, Devra changed her name to Morales and did not completely dishonor the Moreau name through her own deviant lifestyle nor that of her offspring.  I warn you!  You must not allow them to influence my grandchildren!”

Screenshot-585Arnaud looked at his mother and sighed.  He could never reconcile the smiling, laughing pictures of Solange as a teenager with the hard, unyielding woman who had raised him and his brother.   The intervening years had changed her.  Duty and tradition were everything to her!  Arnaud truly believed that his father had died from the years of stress from living with such a cold hearted woman who never tried to hide the fact that she’d married him out of a sense of duty rather than out of love.   He still couldn’t comprehend how his father had agreed to such an arrangement.

Screenshot-687He knew that his mother had the same sort of intentions for her  grandchildren, but he and his wife refused to allow their daughter to be involved in an arranged marriage.  Pascal seemed to be the only person for whom his mother had a genuine affection, and Pascal loved her grandmother in return.   He was afraid that his mother might try to persuade Pascal behind his back.   Her influence over Pascal had pushed he and his wife Marguerite to move to another town and just return to the family home for occasional visits such as this one.

Arnaud’s brother, Rémi, had always put his mother’s needs and demands before that of his own wife,  and so Rémi’s wife had given up on her marriage in despair three years before.  Their two sons remained here with their father.  Arnaud had been appalled at his mother’s plainly evident satisfaction at the departure of her daughter-in-law.

Screenshot-688The conflict between his mother and Marguerite had reached a boiling point.  Arnaud would not allow his mother to come between himself and his wife although it had meant leaving his grandparents and the vineyard.  Even though his brother was the eldest and would inherit the vineyard, the Moreau family had all lived here together through the generations.  However, his mother’s behavior had forced Arnaud to leave.

Screenshot-692His thoughts returned to the present.  He told her, “I am looking forward to meeting them and making them welcome.  Grand-pére and Grand-mére clearly are pleased as well!”

Then Arnaud left the room.

Screenshot-587Solange  looked silently at Rémi for a few moments, hesitating before she spoke. 

Screenshot-588She told him her plan.

“This is what we must do.”

Screenshot-589Rémi agreed to do everything just as she told him to do.

Screenshot-678Alissa looked around the airport for the person who was meeting them.   A man rushed over and took her hand and kissed it.

“You must be Alissa.”

“Yes.”

Screenshot-679“I’m Jean Pierre.  I am a friend of your grandparents.  They asked me to meet you here and then drive you back to their place.”  He spoke with a heavy French accent, and he seemed very charming.   He smiled warmly at Alissa.  “They did not tell me how lovely you would be.”

Screenshot-680Crystal cleared her throat loudly as he continued to look at Alissa.  “Well don’t you think that we should  get going!  It was a long flight!”

Screenshot-681Jean Pierre smiled as he turned to look at her.  “You are all quite lovely ladies.  Right this way to my car.”

Screenshot-672After they were underway, Crystal told him,   “Just in case our grandparents failed to mention it, my sister is a happily married mother of five, and she has a granddaughter.  So whatever scheme you’re developing about her in that irritating mind of a man that you have, you can just forget about it!”

Screenshot-674Alissa was shocked!   “Crystal!”  

Alissa hadn’t taken him seriously at all!   She’d had a lot of experience over the years dealing with unwanted admirers, and she knew that he wasn’t really interested in a relationship with her.  He was just trying to be what the tourists expected of a Frenchman.   Her overprotective sister!   Alissa smiled.

Screenshot-673Jean Pierre laughed and so did Cara.  Then he said solemnly, “I must caution you that your grandfather was taken ill today.  That is why the family requested that I pick you up from the airport.”

Alissa responded, “Ill!  I hope it isn’t anything serious.  Maybe we should stay at my home rather than at the vineyard.”

Jean Pierre told her, “He is a strong old man.  I am sure that he will be fine.”

Alissa glanced at Jean Pierre’s face in the mirror.  There was an expression of concern on his face contradicting his words.   She wanted to question him further but not with Joy and Cara in the car.

Screenshot-694This was Crystal’s and Joy’s first visit to Champs Les Sim, and Cara’s first since she was a toddler.   They couldn’t take their eyes off the views through the car windows.  The architecture and the landscape of Champs Les Sim was beautiful!  They drove deeper into the countryside for almost an hour.

In Santa Fe:

Screenshot-752Noah walked into the greatroom just as Sharlee was about to leave. 

Screenshot-753“Oh good, you’re home.   I was just about to send you a text.  My Dad took Aiden to soccer practice but got called back to the hospital.  Shawn has a date, and so Daddy asked me to pick up Aiden.   I’ll be back after his practice is over.   I thought I’d pick something up for dinner.”

Screenshot-756“There’s no telling how late your Dad will be at the hospital, or Shawn out on his date.  It’ll probably be past Aiden’s bedtime.   Why  doesn’t Aiden just sleep here tonight.   I can take your car tomorrow and drop him off at school on my way to class.”

Screenshot-757“That’s a great idea.   How about if I pick up dinner from Marco’s?”

“That sounds good.”  

Sharlee kissed him and headed for the door.

Screenshot-758“Oh Sharlee, one more thing.”  

Screenshot-759He walked over to her and took Sky. 

“Tell Mommy bye!”

Screenshot-761Sharlee laughed.   “Noah, you’re a baby hog!”

“What?”

“You hog the baby!”

Screenshot-762“I’ll tell you what.”

“What?”

He continued, “I might share the next one with you.”

“Might!”

Screenshot-765He put his head against Sky’s and told Sharlee, “Well, I try not to ever make promises to you that I can’t keep!”

Screenshot-764Sharlee couldn’t help but smile.   “I love you, Noah!”

Screenshot-768She kissed him again, and Noah smiled.

Sharlee kissed Sky goodbye and then went to get Aiden.

Screenshot-670The Moreau vineyard was in an outlying area of Champs Les Sim far from the main city.   The road leading there was rough, but the views were gorgeous.   Alissa imagined that the roads would be impassible and the vineyard would be cut off during bad storms. 

Screenshot-675When they drove up  to the chateau, Alissa exclaimed!   “This is so charming!  Just like a chateau from a novel or in a movie.”  She was surprised to see how large it was.  Her grandparents had somewhat modernized it when they returned to France from the United States.  Her great grandfather had passed away not long after her grandparents return, and her grandfather had taken over running the vineyard.

Screenshot-676“Mommy this is pretty!”

Screenshot-590They left the car and entered the house.  The family was in the foyer waiting to greet them.   As soon as they came through the door Alissa’s grandmother, Charlotte, came to hug her.  “Welcome home, Alissa!”  Then she turned to Crystal and hugged her too!   Crystal strongly resembled their grandmother. 

Screenshot-592With deep emotion she told them, “It is so wonderful to see all of you!”

Screenshot-593Alissa’s smile left her face and she gasped.  

Screenshot-594Crystal looked to see what was wrong.   Her mouth fell open in surprise. 

Screenshot-597No one had thought to tell them that their mother and their Aunt Solange were twins!  The only visible difference was the color of their eyes!

“I see that my sister neglected to teach you manners.  I am not in the least surprised!”

Screenshot-598“I… I’m sorry Aunt Solange.  It’s just that your appearance caught us off guard.   We didn’t know that you and our mother were twins!”

Screenshot-600“Yes, we were twins.  Devra was the elder.”   She stared at Alissa and frowned.  “You do not look like a Moreau!”

Screenshot-604“Then you need your eyes examined, Solange.  She has the same deep sherry colored eyes as you yourself inherited from me.  She also shares the same shade of blond hair as your Mére had in her youth.   She is just as much of a Moreau  as you!”  He chastised her firmly.    “I believe it is you who has forgotten her own manners.  Do not forget them again!”

Crystal saw the coldness in Solange’s eyes and knew that she did not want them there!   Alissa saw it too, but when Solange hugged her, she returned the hug.  Solange also hugged Cara and Crystal.

Screenshot-601Then Solange told Joy.   “Come, girl!  Don’t just stand there!  Give your Tante a kiss!”

Screenshot-607Joy drew back and hid further behind Crystal.  She too had picked up on Solange’s true feelings.  Alissa intervened.  She and Dale had made it a point never to insist that the children show affection to anyone whom they did not want to give it of their own free will.   It was a protection for them.  

“Maybe after she feels more comfortable with you.”

Screenshot-602Solange’s eyes narrowed.   Then Alissa’s grandfather Rémi spoke from his wheelchair.   He was a little pale, but his voice was strong.  “Bonjour mon petite, Joy.  Vous etes une belle fleur.”

Screenshot-608“You must speak in English, Rémi!”

Screenshot-610“Ah, oui!  My apologies!”  He told Joy again in English with a heavy French accent and added.   “Your mother tells us that you love to dance.  You must dance for us in the garden.   Which is your favorite style of dance?”

Screenshot-611Joy smiled and went over to him.   He had kind eyes and so did her great grandmother.    “I like to dance ballet the best of all!”  

Screenshot-612Joy gave him a hug.  

Screenshot-613“I’m glad to meet you great grandfather, Rémi!”

Screenshot-615He hugged her and his eyes were moist with tears.   “The warm French sun will bring us both back to our full health.”

Screenshot-619Then the rest of the family was introduced to them.  First Alissa’s and Crystal’s cousins Rémi and Arnaud were introduced.   Rémi’s two teenaged sons, Gaston and Vincent greeted them with friendly smiles.

Screenshot-620Then Arnaud’s wife, Marguerite was introduced.   She kissed Alissa on both cheeks in the French custom.   She too spoke fluent English heavily accented.   Alissa thought she was lovely.

“I am so happy to meet you, Alissa!  I am a fan of your show and of your Pére’s films!” 

Arnaud had not known that himself!  He smiled.

Screenshot-621Then Arnaud’s daughter, Pascal was introduced.   With her mouth, she said the appropriate words of greeting, but the expression of animosity in her eyes showed her real feelings about them.   She gave Cara an exceptionally hard look, raking her eyes over Cara’s outfit contemptuously.

Screenshot-622“I will show you to your rooms.  Dinner is in two hours.  We dress for dinner every evening.  Promptness is a virtue in this house.”

Screenshot-623Joy looked at her mother in surprise.   “Mommy, don’t they dress at breakfast?”

Screenshot-625Alissa laughed.   “Yes, Sweetie. They just dress especially nicely for dinner.  It means formal clothing.”

“Oh.”

Screenshot-627As they walked to their rooms,  Alissa looked around her.   She was completely enchanted with the chateau.   Over the generations as the Moreau family had grown larger, so had the chateau.   She knew that Sharlee would absolutely love it, and so would Dale.   She would plan a trip for the entire family to return soon. 

Screenshot-682Her grandparents had already asked to see pictures of the rest of the family, and urged her to bring them back as soon as she could.   They were especially eager to meet their great great granddaughter, Skylar.  

Charlotte told Alissa, “We will have the nursery reopened and prepared for her.”  

Screenshot-686Charlotte had looked at her husband, and then he said,  “Please make it soon, ma Petite-fille.”

Screenshot-685“Oui, Grand-Pére.  Je le ferai.”  

Alissa had taken French in high school and had practiced speaking it after she and Dale had bought the house in Champs Les Sim.  Although not fluent, she could understand much of it and speak it.

The one unpleasant part of the trip so far was her Aunt Solange.  She did not want them there and barely tried to hide it.

Screenshot-643“Mére said that you are to have your pick of the rooms in this wing of the chateau.  The wing was reopened and the rooms refurbished for your family’s visits.”  

Screenshot-638Crystal didn’t care which room she had. 

Screenshot-639None of them were really her style. 

Screenshot-640Cara loved the pictures around the fireplace in Crystal’s room.

Screenshot-636Alissa’s room was charming. 

Screenshot-633It made her feel like she had slipped back in time. 

Screenshot-634Again she thought of Sharlee and how much Sharlee would love the historic atmosphere of the chateau and her newly found family. 

Screenshot-645The flowers placed throughout the rooms were beautiful.

It would be perfect were it not for Solange’s hostile attitude.

Screenshot-654“We do not keep servants daily.   We have two women who come from town to clean twice a week and a cook for special occasions like tonight with your visit.  You’ll be expected to make your own beds and tidy up after yourselves.   Can either of you cook?”

Screenshot-653“I can.  I love cooking, and I was hoping to learn some French dishes.”

Screenshot-655“Good!  Then you can help me prepare breakfast tomorrow morning.  I’ll show you the kitchen when you come down for dinner tonight.  Remember dinner is at 6:00 and do not be tardy!”

She left the room after that. 

Screenshot-668Alissa suggested that Joy and Cara share a room.   She thought that Joy would feel more comfortable that way.   Cara agreed, and they picked a room across the hall from Alissa’s.   Cara and Joy really liked their room too. 

Screenshot-659It was very feminine and pretty. 

Screenshot-666Cara helped Joy off with her boots and coat, and Joy pulled out her doll to play until she had to dress for dinner. 

Screenshot-664

Pascal had remained in the room with the girls as Cara unpacked.   The boys were going to bring up the rest of the luggage soon.   Pascal said nastily,   “It’s true that you Americans have no sense of style.”

Cara ignored her comment.  

Pascal then said, “I bet you’ll miss having someone to wait on you hand and foot while you’re here.”

Screenshot-669Cara looked at her.    She thought that Pascal was a very pretty girl and wondered why she was so rude!  

“I don’t have anyone “waiting” on me at home.   We have a maid who comes and helps out with the cleaning, but other than that we do our own chores and our own cooking.”

Screenshot-662Pascal was surprised.   She thought American celebrities hired someone to do everything for them.  Even though she’d been rude to Cara about her clothes, she really did like the outfit that Cara was wearing.   It was very chic.  She didn’t tell Cara that though.   She left their room and went to find her grandmother.

Screenshot-695When they went downstairs for dinner, the family was in what they called the gathering room.   

Screenshot-704Solange pursed her lips in displeasure as she looked at Alissa and Crystal.  

Screenshot-697“A lady does not put her body on display in such a mode!”

Screenshot-705Crystal frowned.   “Then I guess I’m not a lady, and I never intend to be one!”

Some of the others tried to hold back smiles.   Jean Pierre had joined them for dinner, and he smothered his laugh.  He found Crystal to be very amusing.   He’d known that Solange disliked anyone who stood up to her, and clearly Crystal would.   He looked at Alissa.  Alissa had a little more tact, but he sensed a strength of personality in her as well.   No, Solange would not like them usurping her role in the house.

Screenshot-707Cara realized where Pascal got her bad attitude.  She was just like Solange!

Screenshot-708Joy decided that she did not like her Great Aunt Solange at all!

Screenshot-706When Trent had told her that her family was very conservative, Alissa had mentioned it to Crystal.   Crystal had told her that she wasn’t going there to gain their approval.   She felt that they had to gain her approval!  

However, Alissa had persuaded her to bring a few more conservative outfits, and she’d thought that her own was fine.   Even Valerie hadn’t disapproved of the way she dressed, and Valerie was conservative too!  Whatever they had worn, Solange would have found fault with it.  Alissa wondered if she’d made a mistake by bringing her girls with her.

Screenshot-700Charlotte told Solange, “American tastes and customs are not always the same as the French, Solange.  Even within different provinces in France standards can vary.   Sometimes I think that you forget about the American side of yourself.  You spent your childhood and teenage years in America!   Even so, Alissa and Crystal are adults and decide for themselves what is appropriate just as you do!   Besides, I think that they all look charming.”

Alissa felt a bit of relief that her grandmother did not share her aunt’s attitude. 

Screenshot-709Marguerite agreed.  “I too think that they look very lovely.”

Screenshot-711Pascal felt a rush of anger that her grandmother was being chastised.   She glared at Crystal and then at Cara.  

Screenshot-719Cara returned her look.  She didn’t know what Pascal’s problem was, but she didn’t intend to let Pascal spoil this trip for her.   She loved it here and couldn’t wait to hit the countryside with her camera.   She knew that there was a beach close to them and intended to go there tomorrow.

Screenshot-701“I’m glad that you could join us, Jean Pierre.   When does Yvette return home?”

Screenshot-703“She and Gabrielle will return tomorrow.”

Screenshot-716Crystal repeated, “Yvette?”

Screenshot-713“Yvette is my wife, and Gabrielle is our daughter.”

Screenshot-718Crystal said, “Ahhh.”   She nodded her head meaningfully.   Just as she suspected, Jean Pierre was a player! 

Screenshot-715Jean Pierre saw her reaction and laughed.  He might indulge in a flirtation from time to time, but he had no intention of ever leaving his wife.

Screenshot-720When they sat down to dinner, Joy was glad to see that they were having her favorite!   It was spaghetti.

“Your mother told me that this was your favorite meal, Joy.   I wanted you to feel right at home and instructed the cook to prepare it.”

Screenshot-723“Thank you, great Grand-mére.”

“You are most welcome, Mon Cher.”

Screenshot-724They enjoyed their dinner and the conversation flowed smoothly as their grandparents told them a lot of their family history. 

Screenshot-725They learned that their Grandmére had had a twin brother who had passed away a few years ago.   So twins did run in the family!  They had relatives on their Grandmére’s side of the family still living in the States.  Now that they had found their grandparents, Alissa and Crystal felt that a hole in their lives had finally been filled!  

Screenshot-747After dinner, Arnaud showed them around the rest of the chateau.

Screenshot-745 There were plenty of places to sit and relax.

Screenshot-737The girls were pleased to see that there was a television.  

Screenshot-740The breakfast room was bright and cheerful.   

Screenshot-741The table was already set for breakfast the next morning. 

Screenshot-750The library was filled with books.

Screenshot-735When she saw the kitchen, Alissa really looked forward to cooking in there.  It still had a lot of its antique furnishings as well as modern touches.  They were all tired from their flight and returned to their rooms not long after dinner.

Screenshot-689Later that night as she slept in bed, Alissa awakened to a hand across her face!  

Screenshot-691She jerked her head around!   It was Joy.   She’d made her way to her mother’s room during the night and was sleeping soundly.   Alissa smiled as she looked at her, and then she drifted back to sleep.

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French Decor:   Luna

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58 thoughts on “Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Thirty-Six

  1. Aww that’s a cute end!! 🙂 I thought it was bad for a minute but then I realised!

    I don’t like their aunt!! And I have a really bad feeling about their trip! I think something bad will happen 😦
    Its nice how joy already gets along with her great grandfather!!

    This is a lovely chapter!! 😀

    • LOL Alissa thought it was bad for a moment too! 😉

      Yeah, their Aunt has been a big disappointment for them. She really doesn’t want them there. 😦 At least they do have other relatives at the vineyard who are really happy to find them!

      Thank you so much Megan! Even though I had a lot of time interruptions, it was a fun chapter to do! 😀

      Thanks for reading my story! 🙂

  2. wonderful chapter! The last chapter was mostly buildup, or it seemed so, and this was a chapter that for once nothing terribly bad happened! Good as usual.

    • Thanks Aubri!

      You’re right that the last chapter was a lead in to this one. 😉
      So far their visit hasn’t been too bad! 🙂

      Thanks again and thanks for reading, Aubri! 🙂

  3. Hmm, Charlotte. Pretty name! 🙂

    This chapter was great! I really don’t like their Aunt Solange. She seems very rude! Although not as bad as Devra, she’s certainly getting there!

    Chrystal just went up on my list of favorite people. Not a lot of people would stick up for themselves, especially against a family member. I love how she looks! I didn’t even realize it was her until you pointed it out! Did you ever decide what her career was?

    I like most of her family already! But in a way, I sort of feel bad for Pascal. The way she was brought up has biased her view on Americans. Too many stereotypes are going around too, especially with the celebrities. Before I go on a rant, I’m gonna change the topic. I love her hair! 🙂

    I’m glad nothing too bad happened. That part with Sharlee and Noah was so cute! “Oh Noah, You’re such a baby hog!” “I might just share the next one with you.” Was that a hint hint?

    I love the traditional look in the house. It definitely fits with the type of people they are. (That’s not a bad thing, for most of them.)

    This chapter was really good. I have a feeling something might be happening soon and it’s gonna be bad. This chapter was some buildup. Let the games begin! 😀

    • Thank you Jurnee! 🙂 It was fun to do!

      Yeah, Solange is not very likeable! She is being very rude and trying to make Alissa and Crystal go away.

      Crystal does speak her mind no matter what anyone else thinks. 😉 No, I still have to do the poll on her career.
      When I get ready to do the storyline on her life, I’ll put one up.

      You’re right about Pascal and we’ll see more in the next chapter.

      So far, nothing too bad has happened. Their visit ends in the next chapter. I’m going to get it the savefile ready for the next pictures tomorrow. 🙂

      No, that part about Noah and Sharlee wasn’t a hint! LOL They still have a long time before they have another baby. 😀

      Decorating that house was so fun! I know I always go overboard. I’m glad that you loved it too!

      Thanks Jurnee! I did work hard on it!

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. I loved the ending. So adorable!:3
    Who was Shawn dating? I thought he swore off girls for a while.

    Whenever you finish a chapter, I’ll make mini-fanfictions while I wait for the next chapter. This one was about Pascal and Cara being friends and Pascal crushing on Remi’s friend’s grandson…(does that even make sense?), but this guy starts crushing on Cara. Also Solange tries to embarrass Alissa and her family in the town/city.

    Know this is officialy giberish so I’ll tell you I love this story and leave.
    Bai Bai

    • Awww, thanks Carrie! I thought that Joy would want to be with her Mommy in a strange house her first night. 😀

      Shawn? He did for a while, but then he started back dating. He doesn’t have one steady girlfriend though.

      Did you want me to answer your guesses? LOL I can’t do that, but I will say that you might be right about some of it! 😉

      It isn’t gibberish! I think that we might think a bit alike! 😀

      Thanks for reading my story, Carrie, and I’m glad that you still love it! 🙂

  5. Amazing chapter!
    I loved the chateau, it was so adorable.
    I seriously hate Solange, she is so rude and her granddaughter isn’t any better!! But I must say Pascal is a really cute girl.
    I think the part with Sharlee and Noah was sweet!
    I can’t wait for the next chapter. How many chapters does their trip to France go through??

    • Hello Star! 🙂

      I’m glad you loved the chateau! I had a great time redecorating it for the family. 😀

      Solange and Pascal are very rude! We’ll find out why they are doing it in the next chapter.

      \The next chapter is the last one for their trip to France. Eventually, I’ll have the whole family go there for a vacation, but it will be a while before that happens. 😉

      Thank you for reading my story! 🙂

  6. Daisies! I’m so glad to see you’re back! I hope you had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s :).

    The French chateau looks amazing! Did you make it? And I love Alissa and Crystal’s family, besides for Solange of course! I wonder why she’s so mean. She reminds me of Devra and I get the feeling that she might channel some of her sister’s tactics if she feels the need to get rid of her nieces… Anyway, it’s strange how much alike they are when Solange thinks Devra was a disgrace to the family name. I wonder why Devra changed her name to begin with, too.

    Joy is so cute! I love her with her great grandfather, and I really hope he isn’t too ill. The scene at the end with her climbing into Alissa’s bed was adorable, too.

    Pascal is a very pretty girl…I agree with Cara that it’s a shame she’s so mean. I hope she can find a way to not be so much like her grandmother, and maybe she and Cara can be friends.

    I wonder how Dale would be able to stand watching Solange make disparaging remarks about Alissa if he were here. Maybe she should have brought him with her!

    • Thanks Maddie! 🙂 I did and I hope you and your family did too!

      It was so fun doing that chateau! It’s actually the same mansion that I used in my old story, Deceived. I just remodeled and redecorated it for Alissa. I love that mansion because it’s so large and the rooms are a great size for taking pictures. It’s the Amond Estate from the Sims Resource by Skagrl. I like her houses not just for stories, but to use when I’m just playing the game.

      Devra and Solange are a lot alike in more than just the way they look even though Solange doesn’t recognize that. 😦 We’ll find out why Devra changed her name in the next chapter. 😦

      Joy is such a sweetie! 😀

      More on Pascal in the next chapter. It’s the end of this visit to their grandparents, and I have to warn you that it’s even longer than the last chapter! 😯

      Dale wouldn’t have handled that very well at all! He didn’t like Devra and he definitely wouldn’t like Solange’s attitude with Alissa either!

      Thanks for reading my story, Maddie, and thanks for the encouragement! 🙂 ♥♥♥

  7. Well this trip is going to have lots of bumps along the way. Glad Crystal doesn’t mind standing up for herself. She needs to be just as out spoken as that Aunt of hers. She’s a rude and nasty bitter woman. I hope they don’t do anything to try and harm Alissa or the rest of them. Should be interesting to see how the rest of the trip goes.

    • You’re right Jaz! It will have some bumps for them. 😦

      Yeah, Crystal is definitely not a pushover. Her aunt will find that out if she keeps on with that behavior.
      The rest of their trip is in the next chapter.

      Thanks for reading my story, Jaz! 🙂

  8. Bravo !!! Daisy One of the best chapters yet

    I loved the decor and i also love the outfits for the dinner.
    Talking about outfits Pascals and sonlange’s did not look as nice as alissa’s and cyrystal’s. (When i read that bit i was like look whos talking lol)

    Joy certainley is joy . she is always so bubbley and positive and i love the way the granpa said hopfully they will bothe get better.

    Oh ! and sharlee , noah and skylar all looked adorable but i wanst sure on sharlees neclace sorryalso in the next chapter could you tell me more about aiden staying at sharlees.

    Overall me (and my husband) loved this chapter and hoppfullyyyyyyyy ❤ more to come .

    Love From Americans Ellea , James and Maxi xxxx

    • Thank you so much Ellea! It was a fun chapter to do! 🙂

      Decorating is one of my favorite parts of simming. I don’t like building that much though! LOL Dressing the sims is fun too. Although dressing that many of them at once took quite a while to do! LOL

      Awww, I agree completely about Joy. They picked the right name for her! 😀

      I had to look at Sharlee’s necklace again. I guess it looked better in CAS or maybe it would have looked better with a different color dress. 😉

      The next chapter is the rest of Alissa’s trip to France, but I promise that I’ll have Aiden stay overnight with Sharlee and Noah in another chapter. 😀 I noticed that I’ve spelt his name with Aidan and Aiden. 😯 Which one seems the best to you?

      I’m glad you enjoyed this chapter! 🙂 There will be more to come next week. Sorry for taking so long to update again.

      Thank you Elea, James and little Maxi! Love to you all too! 🙂

  9. Hey daisy sorry I couldn’t make that Sim not enough time and the exchange HATES ME so I basically couldn’t do it.

    loved this chapter so much you sure had a lot of family in there and I love how you involved French words in there

    Thanks sooo much for this story! bye!

    • That’s okay, Aliru! I appreciate you trying to help me! ♥♥♥

      I’m glad that you enjoyed reading it! They have a lot of family that they didn’t know that they had. 😀

      You are very welcome! 🙂 Bye, Aliru!

  10. I chuckled quietly to myself when Crystal showed up for dinner in a mini-dress 😛 Love it.

    I can’t imagine how long you spend decorating and picking outfits and making poses for every chapter! But it’s worth it because your pictures are always so beautiful 🙂

    I don’t like Solange, and her attitude has clearly rubbed off on Pascal. I hope they don’t do anything too bad. They can all handle the glares and snide comments, but I don’t want their hostility to taint the trip!

    Joy is so cute with her comment about dressing before breakfast!! ❤

    Great chapter, hope you had a wonderful christmas and new year! 😀

    • Yep, that mini-dress was very Crystal! 😀

      It does take a good bit of time, but I enjoy doing it, usually! LOL I really appreciate you telling me that, Gemly! Thank you so much! I do try hard with the pictures. 🙂

      Yeah, Solange is not very likeable and it’s sad that Pascal is following her example. 😦

      Joy is a little cutie! 😀

      Thanks Gemly! I did have a wonderful one and I hope you did too! 🙂

  11. Ha! Crystal *would* wear that dress. I think Cara dresses WAY more “French” than Pascal. Pascal is very pretty though, too bad her personality doesn’t match! I feel bad for her though, Solange is a horrible influence.

    I can see why this update took so long! So many new characters and settings !! And can I just say that Jean-Pierre is quite possibly the most attractive male Sim I’ve ever laid eyes on in this story? Seriously, he is HOT. Too bad he’s married… I could maybe see something between him and Crystal! oh well.

    holy crap i want a library like that some day.

    The part where joy gave her great grandfather a hug was so cute ! 🙂

    Crystal is officially one of my favorite characters now.

    • Crystal doesn’t care whether they like how she dresses or not. I had a hard time finding a dress that was still Crystal’s personality, but a little conservative. For her that mini was a bit more covered up than she usually is. She wore that to please Alissa and not for them! Crystal is determined to be herself, like it or not. 😀

      Yeah, I was trying to find a look that was sort of French but very fashionable for Cara, Alissa and Joy. I thought that they would have gone shopping before the trip. LOL For Pascal, I wanted her to look sort of quaint and old fashioned like her grandmother Solange would think she should dress.

      Yes, it did take a while to do! 😀 It still would have been finished sooner though if I could have just taken more time to work steadily on it without interruptions. You really liked Jean-Pierre! 😀 I didn’t make him though! LOL I got him from the Sims Resource. I really tried to make a Sim for his character, but the ones that I was making just did not have the right look. I was glad to find him because I think he’s HOT too! 😉

      No, he’s not for Crystal. We will get to see some romance for her too though. After the next storyline, I’m going to do a chapter or two on her life in her city. I’ll put a poll up before that to decide on a career for her.

      I’m glad you thought Joy and Rémi were were cute together! 🙂

      I really like the way Crystal has turned out too! 😀

      Thanks for reading my story, Sarah! 🙂

  12. hey daisy My exchange started to work for me again so I was wondering if I could make any sims for you in the future I would love to, to be honest thanks for taking the time to read my comment! bye!

  13. What a sweet chapter. I am so glad that part of the family is accepting them and making them feel welcome. Solange is too uptight I think it would be fun to see her get drunk and make a social faux pas at a family gathering. She needs to loosen up some. I hope that something bad doesn’t happen but I remember seeing that Solange told one of her sons about what needs to be done….drat it…I can’t wait to read more.

  14. Another great chapter! The house is absolutely beautiful! It must have taken you forever to furnish and decorate! I’m glad you take the time to create these chapters for us, as I know it must be very time consuming. But I just love this story and can’t wait for more. Oh, and by the way what type of computer do you have? Because it must be high performance to load all of this custom content that you have! Mine runs very slowly and it’s a pain sometimes. Hope you can update again soon!:)

    • Thank you very much, Nicolette! I really appreciate that! It did take a good while to do the house, but that’s one of my favorite parts of simming and doing my stories. 😀

      Aww, that is so sweet of you! Thanks for the encouragement! ♥♥♥

      I have a HP Pavilion Dv7 notebook. Most people prefer a desktop. I started out simming with a desktop, but I prefer the laptop because I can use it any room. I think I’m a CC junkie. 😀 So far it seems to handle it all very well! I really do need to do a cleanup of what I don’t use though!

      Thanks for reading my story! I hope to post an update on Monday. 🙂

    • Thanks Marigold! 🙂 I’m glad you loved it!

      The next chapter should be posted on Monday. I hope before that, but with my track record lately, I’m going to try for Monday. Sorry it’s taken so long to update again. 😦 Today I’m working on a pose and a lot that I need for the next chapter.

      Thank you for reading my story! 🙂

  15. have you abandoned the story??? I’ve checked several times daily and still no new posts. some of my friends who read this blog have stopped reading, so you better have the next chapter ready by tomorrow.
    will there be any “spicy” scenes coming up? Also how old is Cara, Sharlee, Joy and aiden and also alissa? I’m guessing alissa is past 40 if Sharlees like 23.

    • No, I haven’t abandoned it, but I know it seems that way. 😦 I haven’t been on my computer much lately. I am working on the pictures for the next update now though and it should be posted on Monday. 😉

      Do you all want a “spicy” scene? I was thinking of doing one in the next storyline.

      I don’t really have definite ages for them because of the way that Sims just jump from one age group into another. Cara is a high school age teen. Joy and Aiden are elementary school age. Sharlee is between twenty-one and twenty-three. Alissa was eighteen when Sharlee was born and so I’d say that she’s in her late thirties now. Dale would be in his early 40’s. I’m sort of loose with ages! LOL 😀

      Thanks for sticking with the story, Gemly and I’m sorry it’s taken so long for updates.

  16. I’ve never really noticed it but I was looking at old chapters and dales eyelashes are really long. I was always wondering why all the kids have long eyelashes

  17. Great chapter! That mansion is beautiful! It would be awesome if you could reupload it for us with your redecorating! Crystal is definitely one of my favorite characters now. Anyway, excited for the new chapter on Monday!

    • Thank you Claire! 🙂

      I had a really good time redecorating the mansion. It’s actually not even finished! LOL I didn’t build it though, I just remodeled and redecorated it. It’s loaded with oodles of CC and I don’t think that it would install with what I used. I do want to do something special for you guys though. You all have helped me reach several milestones with this story, and I haven’t given you anything special yet.

      I really like how her character has developed too!

      Thanks for reading my story, Claire! 🙂

    • Hello Star!

      No, I haven’t abandoned Mutation. I still plan to finish it. I’m starting work on the next chapter tomorrow. I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I updated it! 😦

  18. I don’t like Solange at all! She’s horrible. How can you not like Alissa, Crystal and the girls they’re all so lovely.
    I love Crystal, I’ve missed her and her fiestiness (not sure if that’s a word!) I really like her hair style as well 🙂
    Their grandparents are so sweet, I loved the picture of Joy hugging her great grandad!
    What a sweet ending with Joy in Alissa’s bed, she’s adorable 🙂

    • You are so right, she is horrible! She didn’t like them even before she met them! 😡

      Yeah, Crystal is really feisty! Fiestiness might not be a word, but it should be! 😀 I thought hairstyle looked a little edgy and it would suit her personality.

      Her grandparents are really nice loving people and she’s glad to get to know them now. 🙂
      Isn’t Joy a sweetie! 🙂

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