Armand’s Birthday

Click for full view.Being that only a few of us actually remember their birthdays, I have always been a stickler for celebrating Armand’s birthday.  Some years I forget, which he doesn’t seem to mind, but most of the years of our eternity together I have been keen to remember. We kind of see it as a celebration for all of us. We usually celebrate it in varying ways every year… sometimes its a big blow out, sometimes its just the two of us chatting and laughing in one of our many properties.

This year I decided, since Merida is now going to be part of our family,  that we should throw a big party for all the vampires of the region and have it at Armand’s newly built home here in Sosaria, Villa Vizcaya.  I know that he and Merida have been hard at work getting the home together, getting it ready for visitors. Armand painstakingly worked with Amroth to design a home with Merida, and maybe a little bit of me, in mind. Merida’s passion lies in her gardening, mine in my eye for fashion.  Both were incorporated nicely into the home.  Merida has her own office where she can quietly work on her lesson plans and grade papers without much interruptions and I have my own personal design studio for all my fashions which now include women’s wear in addition to children’s wear.  As a gift, Merida went out and bought all new painting easels, brushes, paints, canvases, and art supplies and set Armand up his very own painter’s studio on the balcony. We’re both hoping it inspires him to return to the art he so loved, so long ago.

So family and friends will be invited to the function and of course all the regional vampires.  I am hoping our dear niece, Brelynn comes… no doubt accompanied by Va’lis Razele. The tensions between our family and him are still prevalent of course, having gone after the Imperator’s daughter, no less. Certain feelings are sure to still sting in the hearts of our family over it, but we put on a brave face.  Armand, after some initial conflict, seems to have smoothed things over with the man, no doubt that effort was made to keep Merida happy.  It was important for him to ensure that Merida would not have to choose between her sired family and her married family.  I do applaud him for that.  In all, it should be a fun event and I’m excited for everyone to finally see the new estate.

I asked Natasha to have the invitations printed for me; she does such an exquisite job at calligraphy. I decided it will be silver-dipped high-quality parchment with a deep dark green velvet bow, emblemized with the seal of the Romanus family in green wax. Lettering would also be done in a dark green ink pigment. I think they came out beautifully. Don’t you?


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