Chapter 109: Benedict

Years after the fact, Finn would say that he proposed to me, but I was almost certain it was the other way around.

I saw no reason for a flower girl in a butler-themed wedding, but our parents insisted (and didn’t bother to secure a tiny butler uniform for her, saying she was “too beautiful” for such a thing).

In the end, I suppose it didn’t matter who proposed to whom.

My love life wasn’t the only thing that was going well–my professional life was similarly fulfilling. Finn was right about the minuscule budget for the early seasons of Winner is Served (a ridiculous name considering that the winner was serving the celebrity for a year, but producers thought it was catchy).

However, I loved working with him.

I had no choice but to ask Leopold to be a judge, considering his butler pedigree and willingness to work for peanuts. I also asked Uncle Byron to be the celebrity in need of a butler–his waning comedy career needed a jump-start. Similarly helpful (and budget-conscious), Finn asked his brother Rhys to be the host.

I’ll admit a small amount of unbrotherly satisfaction in seeing Leopold develop a reputation as the “mean judge” due to his stringent standards, whereas I was viewed as the nicer side of the butler coin. Leopold’s wife Daisy had convinced him that smiling more might change audience perception…

Occasionally, Rhys brought his and Ophelia’s twins (Romeo and Juliet, because of course) to work while my sister was busy writing. I was somewhat surprised that someone like Finn’s brother would marry my sister, but Father always said that there’s a white glove for every hand.

The twins apparently inherited their parents’ theatricality, and unlike myself and Leopold, they were inseparable.

Romeo and Juliet were easily entertained when left with each other. However, not every toddler was so low-maintenance.

Behold, the face of evil:

Finn says I shouldn’t call our little sister evil, despite the fact that Mother and Graham were clearly spoiling Belle rotten. She’d thought our wedding existed solely for her to throw flower petals while everyone watched, and not for two vampires to declare eternal love for each other.

And now she thought Finn belonged to her, refusing to be separated from him under any circumstances…

“Maybe we should put her down for a nap…”

“No naps,” she wailed, as Finn hurried to comfort her. “I’m une princesse. Papa says.”

Ever since Mother and Graham had taken her to Champs Les Sims, she’d started talking like that. Hopefully it was just a phase.

“You’re a princess?” Finn said.

Ouiiiiiii.”

“Finn,” I said, “maybe a little tough love wouldn’t go amiss?”

But Finn was all too easily wrapped around her tiny alabaster finger.

“If you’re a princess,” he said, “does that mean I’m your court jester?” He made a ridiculous face at her.

She stared at him, obviously trying to determine what a court jester might be–and if she wanted one at all. Of course, she wanted everything. “Oui?

His next reply was incomprehensible thanks to her tiny fingers mauling his beautiful face.

“More,” she demanded. “More!

“I have a feeling that’ll be a common refrain throughout her life,” I muttered. It was hard to know if this was a good time to bring it up, but between Romeo and Juliet and now Belle… “It’s much too soon to have our own children, isn’t it? With work so busy and all…”

“It’s never too early to talk about it,” Finn said. “Do you want a niece or nephew to play with, Belle?”

Oui,” she said, because of course she would be denied nothing. Mother said Belle reminded her of me at that age, but I couldn’t see it.

Still, the way Finn doted on her made me feel nostalgic for the way Father had doted on Ophelia, even if I felt a simultaneous pang of jealousy.

Finn smiled at me around Belle’s kicking feet. Luckily, she seemed to be tiring herself out. “We could ask O to be our surrogate,” Finn said. “But I know that might be too awkward…”

Finn and my sister having a baby together, even if their union wasn’t romantic? “No.”

“How about you and Gal–”

J’aime Gal,” Belle squealed.

“Me too,” Finn said.

This really wasn’t the best time to have a serious conversation about prospective parenthood. “I don’t want our children to be mean,” I said, horrified. That was only part of it–knowing that she was behind Leonidas’s true identity…

“Gal isn’t mean…” He sighed. “I don’t think she’d agree anyhow, not with her acting career finally taking off. And she hated being pregnant with Silas, but she might donate her eggs if we asked…”

Would Daisy and Leopold–no, maybe biological wasn’t the ideal way to go. “Or we could pick a good baby off one of those adoption websites,” I said eagerly. “We can make a list of all the things we want in a baby and filter the search results that way–quiet, humble, intelligent, well-behaved, tidy, good butler potential…and of course I want a son.”

“…I don’t think adoption works that way, Benny.”

“Well, it should,” I huffed. “But…I think I like having you to myself for the foreseeable future anyhow. And we have eternity.”

He smiled back at me. “We do,” he said. “Eternity–and each other.”

Someday, though, I knew we’d both welcome a child into our unbeating hearts…but for now, we were enough.

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32 thoughts on “Chapter 109: Benedict

  1. They have eternity, which is long enough to mourn the deaths of their children as many times as they want. Note how “vampire” wasn’t in Benny’s list of traits…are you really thinking this through Benny? 😛

    And Belle is a cute lil bean but making my already-favorite gay Fangs wedding all about her is bad. Binny needs a spotlight. ❤

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    1. Yeah, Benny really didn’t think this through, whoops. (Well, he thought about many other traits he’d like!) Probably a good idea to have a vampire kid, or at least a fae. Supernatural adoption agency, anyone?

      Belle can’t help making a wedding about her, she’s Graham and Bianca’s child. 😦

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      1. Obviously he was. God bless Mommy Vilhemina. Now she can give up Belle to her parents when she tries shoving her face like she did to Finn (in that cute toddler way!)

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  2. Awww, it’s actually really nice to see one of the couples deciding to not rush into parenthood right away! I’m sure Benny and Finn will make great parents before too long… But I like what Benny said about having Finn to himself for a while… enjoy it!

    Finn is so cute with Belle… but omg the French. I don’t know if I will be able to handle this girl when she’s older 😂 Definitely Bianca and Graham’s daughter LMAO

    Love seeing so many members of the family involved on the Butler reality show (dat name tho…) Everyone blends together so well! And looks so great in those butler uniforms too 😉

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    1. It took Benny and Finn a long time to actually end up together and their show is just getting off the ground–might as well wait for that parenthood business. 😉

      100% Graham and Bianca’s daughter, sorry. 😈

      BUTLER UNIFORMS FOR EVERYONE.

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      1. But apparently not Belle because she’s too good for that 😛 (omg a toddler butler uniform would be the cutest freaking thing… but I guess Benny and Finn get to save that for their own child one day 😛

        Hopefully one they don’t find using a similar process to me finding Gilly, as Benny described. Oh dear 😂 Proof the poor guys probably isn’t quite ready for parenthood yet anyway, maybe? Lol

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  3. EVERYTHING!! 😍😮👀❤️
    That’s what Belle is, btw.

    Aww, poor Benny, having the attention at his (amazing butler-themed) wedding stolen from him by THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHILD EVER BORN.
    I’m loving all these kids so hard rn. 😍

    “Behold, the face of evil:”
    She truly is, ilorbhurrrr ❤️❤️❤️
    “She’d thought our wedding existed solely for her to throw flower petals while everyone watched, and not for two vampires to declare eternal love for each other.”
    I see no problems here O.o

    That show looks AMAZING: I love that Leo is the Simon Cowell of the fantasy butler world (accidentally, because we all know he’s a puddin) 😂
    And that Daisy has to step in and tell him how to be more likeable ❤️

    OMG HAI BYRON ILU 😘

    Romeo and Juliet are amazing (DEM HATZ!) but Belle is the real show stopper here (DAT FRENCH EEE).
    Finn, you are such a natural! I can’t wait to see him with his own nubuu! ❤️❤️
    Belle clearly has excellent taste in aunties too 😁

    I can’t remember ever thinking to myself “man, I hope this toddler speaks more” but you managed it! ILU ❤️

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    1. ❤ ❤ ❤

      Awww, glad you love little alabaster terror Belle already. ❤ I wonder how many weddings she tried (and will try) to take over… 🤔

      Poor accidental Simon Cowell, rofl. Damn Leo's high standards and sense of propriety! Daisy's gonna help him however she can. ❤

      The little berets cracked me up. I'd wanted to use a different hair on Romeo but it clipped, so I said screw it, I'm keeping the hat.

      Awww, and I'm so glad you approved of the ever-horrifying toddler speak, rofl. We'll see if you want her to keep speaking when she's older though, LOL…

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  4. OMG. The tots! I loved Belle and her spoiled brat French was sooooo cute. She is adorable – for now. She terrifies me for when she’s older. I fear she got the worst of traits of both of her parents and the best features from both. She is going to be a hellion. And Finn just adores her. He let her take him over while Benny grumbled. And no way he wants to let O be a surrogate. Jealous much? 🙄.

    Oh….congratulations Benny and Finn. Poor guys wedding overshadowed by the alabaster diva in training. Lmao.

    I loved the butler show. Everyone had the perfect role.

    And of course Romeo and Juliet. 😂😂😂 will they be scared by the names when they realize who they were named after? They are sooo cute. All of these tots. I already love these new whittle faces.. Oui, oui! Je t’aime! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. ❤ ❤ "Adorable–for now." ROFL. Aren't all toddlers? Maybe she'll turn out okay, despite the odds…

      Benny was totally jealous. But to be fair, Finn probably wouldn't like Benny using Hamlet to produce a double-man-baby, if such a thing were possible, LOL.

      "Alabaster diva in training"–I like that. 😉

      Ha, most kids would probably be horrified by the Romeo and Juliet thing…but these are Ophelia's kids, so we shall see~

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  5. OH MY SWEET CHILD, LET ME KIDNAP HER! And Romeo and Juliet!! AAhhhh babies! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    So happy to get a glimpse at the butler show! Between Haids' building and your writing, I'm expecting some quality butler entertainment in the near future 🧐 Is it common for people to have their siblings or cousins be surrogate's for their children? I don't know why, but the idea of Gal or O being the surrogate for Finn and Benny seemed about as odd to me as it did to Benny lol! I'm in favor of adoption, but boooi Trip was right. They better consider that little thing called Vampirism 😈 Just going to pretend that emoji is a vampire, lol.

    I love that little Belle speaks a little bit of French! "Oui!" is my word, I throw it in subconsciously all the time. And usually thank people in French in online games out of habit. This little Princesse has my heart, gdi! But I know it's all cute now… We'll see if I still love her when she's older with the same attitude, lol!

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    1. ❤ ❤ ❤ ROFL, someone loves tods!

      You'll see a bit more of the butler show in the future, but I'm still deciding how much. LOL, I considered taking a hiatus of sorts between gens 2 and 3 and doing a butler reality show using casting call sims, but ultimately decided I couldn't bear to wait.

      I'm not sure exactly how common it is, but I do know that some couples or even single parents will turn to friends or family for a surrogate. Like adoption, surrogacy is super expensive and has a whole lot of legal stuff involved, so sometimes having a person you know and trust as a surrogate rather than using a stranger through an agency can make things easier, and family typically fits the bill–though it comes with its own potential problems too. (Your husband having banged your sister usually isn't one of them though. Probably.)

      LOL, hope the random bits of French don't get annoying later on! Probably will though. 😉 And Belle won't care, rofl.

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      1. Not annoying to me >:)

        And oh MAN a butler show would have been great to see 😂😂😂😂 I’d have totally given you Hattie (and he would have totally been kicked out after the first episode, I’m sure).

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  6. aaaaaaaAAAA JE T’AIME MA MIGNONNE BELLE
    MY FRENCH IS JUST AS BAD AS WHAt yours will probably be and I will loVE IT .😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
    (to any french speakers reading my comment, I’m sorry for my bad butchering of the language in advance from this chapter onward)

    her french speaking phase is the best phase ever, deal with it benny
    she finna be just like a weeaboo but with french instead of japanese and I am looking forward to it aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa i can’t wait to be annoyed by her speech pattern

    let’s not forget!!!!!!!! the other cute tods in this chapter!!!!!!!!!! romeo and juliET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and hoping they don’t die as tragic as their literature counterparts yikes

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    1. ❤ ❤ ❤ Her French will be bad because I only took Spanish and Latin in school, rofl. IT SOUNDS SO BEAUTIFUL AND ROMANTIC THO, according to Belle.

      FRENCH OTAKU 100%, childhood phase is just her substituting whatever French words she can remember but we'll see how bad she is as a YA

      Romeo and Juliet (probably) won't die~

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  7. Look there she goes the girl who’s so peculiar, I wonder if she’s feeling well? With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book, what a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle!

    Well, not technically “in a book,” at least not yet, but I think that yeah. Belle is a bit of a puzzle to the rest of us. She’s entirely Graham and Bianca’s victim, but I am actually really excited to see how she turns out in the future–toddlers with personality aren’t usually meek adults!

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  8. OMG!!

    Poor Benny…Belle WAS the star of his wedding! I love how she’s so manipulative even as a toddler. She’s my fav of the toddlers so far (although we don’t know all of them yet, really.)

    And SQUEEEEEE! BINNY is MARRIED! 😍😍😍🤪🤪🤪🤩🤩🤩🤩❤️❤️❤️❤️🌈🌈🌈🌈🥂🍾 I’m so happy!

    ROMEO and JULIET! Adore their names. Cannot wait to meet their personalities, but of course, they’ll be two divas. How could they be anything else with their parents?

    That butler show was like a family reunion! Lol! I loved seeing Byron as a judge….he looks great in the uniform!

    Lol! Leopold is the mean judge! Oh how I wish I could see an episode! Love the beard.

    And Benny. Yes, you should adopt. I wonder when Finn will talk his hubby into it. Finn is so good with Belle. He’ll be a great Dad.

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    1. Belle was a petal-throwing prodigy, okay! Everyone else can get out of the way. 😉 Not many toddlers left to introduce, but I’m glad Belle’s your favorite so far. ❤

      BINNY WEDDING. I couldn't wait for you to see this chapter, rofl. ❤ ❤

      Romeo and Juliet will be peak Rophelia kids, I promise you that. Not sure if they'll get their own PoVs but you'll see them for sure!

      The butler show really was a family reunion of sorts, LOL. And man, maybe I will have to show an episode at some point…

      I don't think it'll take much convincing for Benny to become a dad–it's a matter of when, not if. And Finn will definitely be a great dad. ❤

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  9. Butler themed wedding…LOL I loved it.
    Romeo and Juliet …why would you name your own children like that? Well, better than Oedipus and Electra I suppose… xD
    Belle…she is so cute despites being a despotic toddler! She will be up to a lot of shenaningans in her future, I can feel it! 😉

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    1. I wonder if anyone out there has actually had a butler-themed wedding irl. 🤔

      Ophelia doesn’t need a reason to do anything, she’s Ophelia of course. 😈 Rhys was probably like *eyebrow raise* at the name suggestion before she distracted him and got him to go along with it~

      Belle will be up to many, many shenanigans. 😉

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