February 2000 Issue
Volume 7, Part One
1. Excuses, Excuses - Philip Cutler (Cutler Spoilers)
2. Society Column - Marriage of Jeanne Tate and James Pitot (Landry Spoilers)
3. Obituaries -"Heaven" ("Heaven" Spoilers)
4. Feature Character - Troy Tatterton (Casteel Spoilers)
5. Feature Book - "Melody" ("Melody" Spoilers)
6. V.C. Character Birthdays & Horoscopes
7. Best V.C. Andrews Site of the Month
8. Editors Note
10. Copyright and Legal
By The Lawyer Doll
"Genetics Made Me Do It!"
Philip Cutler is an innocent man, who has never wanted anything more than
the love the only person he ever felt true feelings for. He grew up a rich
boy who got everything he ever wanted, except someone who loved him truly
above all others. A person who would treat him as if he was a true person,
beyond the money he had. That person just happened to be the wrong one.
When he fell in love with Dawn Cutler, it was certainly innocent enough. A
handsome young man and an equally beautiful young woman meeting and falling
in love. It was a situation that seemed so perfect, until they found out
the dreadful news. They were siblings. Everything that had been sweet and
gentle between them was immediately declared dirty. Dawn was able to turn
her feelings off rather quickly. With her new situation in mind she had
other things to worry about. But Philip... He was in a situation where his
love grew even more intense. And the truth of it is, he could not have
stopped loving her for anything. It was in his genes to love only once, and
truly. Just as Clara Sue took over her mother's selfish self-love, Philip
took over his father's undying devotion to only one. For Randolph, that was
his mother. For Philip, it was Dawn. So as you can see, any actions taken
by Philip, while horrible and improper, where not his fault at all. They
were the fault of genetics, and the cruel hand of fate. Until next time,
the defense rests.
By Daphne Dumas
"Marriage of Jeanne Tate to James Pitot"
The marriage of Jeanne Tate to James Pitot was held at the grand bayou home of Paul and Ruby Tate named Cypress Woods. The actual ceremony took place out in back, under a canopy covered in flowers. The bride wore a simple white dress, rumored to be restored from her mother's wedding. The maid of honor was Toby Tate, the bride's sister, and Paul Tate, the bride's brother, served as best man. The reception, which immediately followed the wedding, was a mix of a formal affair and a bayou fais do do, with a bluegrass band playing for the younger crowd and a formal orchestra for the adults.
Early on in the evening the newlyweds left for their honeymoon, a week in England a gift from the bride's parents.
Simple yet elegant, I would rank this wedding as one of the top Bayou weddings I have ever attended.
By Lillian Cutler
Baby Casteel, stillborn child of Sarah and Luke Casteel, died at birth. Baby Casteel leaves behind siblings, Tom, Heaven, Fanny, "Our" Jane, and Keith Casteel. Baby Casteel was also survived by its grandfather, Toby Casteel. Rest in peace innocent child.
Annie Brandywine Casteel
Annie died of old age in a mountain shack in Winnerow, her hometown. Her "granddaughter" Heaven found her dead in her rocker. Heaven says that she had worked hard all her life and wasn't as healthy as she should have been. Annie Casteel was buried in a proper funeral, for her family would have it no other way. Mrs. Casteel is survived by her husband, Toby Casteel, her son, Luke Casteel, Sr., her grandchildren, Tom, Fanny, "Our" Jane, and Keith Casteel, and other "granddaughter," Heaven Casteel.
Kitty was 37 years old when she died of breast cancer. Apparently, she had been hiding it for some time. The doctors said she refused to have her breast removed and that she refused chemotherapy because her hair would fall out. She held on for a while, but her husband, Cal Dennison, says that she wanted to die. Kitty is survived by her husband, Cal Dennison, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Porter Setterton, her sister, Maisie Setterton, and her brother, Daniel Setterton. Mrs. Dennison was buried in the Setterton family plot.
By Clara Sue
Troy was a very sickly boy. He probably spent more than half of his childhood in a hospital room fighting off viruses that affected him more than a normal child since he was so weak.
Troy's father and mother died when he was little and after that the only family he had left was his brother, Tony. Troy loved his brother like a father, and Tony spoiled Troy like his own son, and he wanted Troy to everything, including a mother. When Tony met Jillian Van Voreen, he thought she would be the perfect mother for Troy. She already had one daughter of her own, Leigh. But she wasn't even a mother to her own daughter. Jillian couldn't stand poor, sickly Troy. But Leigh loved Troy, he was so sweet and innocent and the only person she could feel close too, and Troy returned the love she gave him. He put her on a pedestal, and the day she went away was a horrible day for Troy, he lost her and even though she promised to come back, her destiny had other plans for her and she never did come back to Farthy.
But Troy's life went on, he still got sick and was weak, but he was also very smart, and graduated at the top of his class years before he should have. He was a world traveler but still had no woman to love in his life. Until Heaven Casteel came to Farthy. Troy and Heaven were not supposed to talk to each other, but when Heaven got lost in the maze one night and came upon his cabin as he was making a Tatterton Toy, they started to talk and as the months passed fell in love. These were some of the happiest times in both their lives, and they wanted to get married.
When they went to tell Tony of their plans, he was ecstatic, Heaven had gotten Troy out of his deep depression that had started the day Leigh had left. After they left Tony's office, he started to think, and started to match up dates and realized that Heaven was his child, and that Troy was her uncle. When he told Heaven she couldn't marry Troy she was angry and hurt. Tony had rapped her own mother, and now she couldn't be with the man she loved, she had to leave, so she went on a short vacation, while she was gone Troy took Jillian's horse and rode it into the ocean, drowning himself.
Years pass and Heaven marries her childhood sweetheart Logan Stonewall. For their honeymoon they go back to Farthy to see Tony and Heaven learns a big secret, Troy never drowned, and that he was still living in his cottage. She goes to visit him, and they start to fall in love again, but Heaven is a married woman but their passion is to much and Troy takes her, hoping he made a baby, something of him that can live on. Then he leaves again, and Heaven is crushed. She goes back to Logan and never tells me of Troy. But months later she finds out she is pregnant, and she too, matches dates up and realizes it's Troy's child, not Logan's. Then and there she decides never to tell Logan, and she had a beautiful baby girl they named Annie.
One night after a birthday party, Heaven, Logan, and Annie get into a car wreck killing Heaven and Logan and crippling Annie. Tony takes her back to Farthy to recuperate and tries to make her a prisoner, he is a lonely old man now that Jillian is dead, and doesn't want Annie to leave him the way Leigh and Heaven did. One day when Annie gets enough strength she goes outside and finds Troy, they go back to his cottage where they talk, and Annie starts to take her first steps! Knowing what Tony is like Troy calls Annie's Aunt Fanny and her cousin Luke, Jr. to come get her, and they do.
Troy was a good father to Annie, and sometimes he would go to Winnerow to visit her but his cottage always called him back, that and his memories of his life with Heaven. Though he had thought he would die at an early age he lived a very long life.
By The Pharaoh Adare
The music of the Logan series begins.
Melody Logan was a violinist who lived in a small mining town in West Virginia, a place where she felt safe. She had everything from underneath the shining sun, especially her beloved father, Chester Logan. But tragically a mining accident took her father away from Melody's life and presented her to a new world. A new world where her selfish mother Haille refused the responsibility of her. Without heart, Haille abandoned Melody in her late father's hometown of Cape Cod, Massachusetts where left her in the hands of the religious fanatical family called the Logan's; a family whose secrets were secured tightly under a lock and key. But under that lock, Melody discovers love and the truth behind the family name.
*V.C. Character Birthdays & Horoscopes*
By Holly Brooks
Ever wonder what makes a VC character tick?
Check out the birthdays for February and see
if the characters match their zodiac sign.
***Jory Marquet born February 14th***
The Water Carrier
Traditional Aquarian Traits:
Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual
On the dark side....
Intractable and contrary
Perverse and unpredictable
Unemotional and detached
Aquarius About Your Sign...
Aquarians basically possess strong and attractive personalities. They fall into two principle types: one shy, sensitive, gentle and patient; the other exuberant, lively and exhibitionist, sometimes hiding the considerable depths of their character under a cloak of frivolity. Both types are strong willed and forceful in their different ways and have strong convictions, though as they seek truth above all things, they are usually honest enough to change their opinions, however firmly held, if evidence comes to light which persuades them that they have been mistaken. They have a breadth of vision that brings diverse factors into a whole, and can see both sides of an argument without shilly-shallying as to which side to take. Consequently they are unprejudiced and tolerant of other points of view. This is because they can see the validity of the argument, even if they do not accept it themselves. They obey the Quaker exhortation to "Be open to truth, from whatever source it comes," and are prepared to learn from everyone.
Both types are humane, frank, serious minded, genial, refined, sometimes ethereal, and idealistic, though this last quality is tempered with a sensible practicality. They are quick, active and persevering without being self-assertive, and express themselves with reason, moderation and sometimes, a dry humor.
They are nearly always intelligent, concise, clear and logical. Many are strongly imaginative and psychically intuitive, so that the Age of Aquarius, which is about to begin, is much anticipated by psychic circles as an age in which mankind will experience a great spiritual awakening. The Aquarian philosophical and spiritual bent may be dangerous in that it can drive the subjects into an ivory-tower existence where they meditate on abstractions that bear little relevance to life. On the other hand it can help the many who have scientific leanings to combine these with the Aquarian yearning for the universal recognition of the brotherhood of man, and to embark on scientific research to fulfill their philanthropic ideals of benefiting mankind. When some cause or work of this nature inspires them, they are capable of such devotion to it that they may drive themselves to the point of exhaustion and even risk injuring their health.
Both types need to retire from the world at times and to become temporary loners. They appreciate opportunities for meditation or, if they are religious, of retreats. Even in company they are fiercely independent, refusing to follow the crowd. They dislike interference by others, however helpfully intended, and will accept it only on their own terms. Normally they have good taste in drama, music and art, and are also gifted in the arts, especially drama.
In spite of the often intensely magnetic, forthcoming and open personality of the more extrovert kind of Aquarian, and of their desire to help humanity, neither type makes friends easily. They sometimes appear to condescend to others and take too little trouble to cultivate the acquaintance of people who do not particularly appeal to them. They do not give themselves easily - perhaps their judgment of human nature is too good for that - and are sometimes accounted cold. But once they decide that someone is worthy of their friendship or love, they can exert an almost hypnotic and irresistible mental attraction on them and will themselves become tenacious friends or lovers, ready to sacrifice everything for their partners and be faithful to them for life. However, they are sometimes disappointed emotionally because their own high personal ideals cause them to demand more of others than is reasonable. And if they are deceived their anger is terrible. If disillusioned, they do not forgive.
Aquarians work best in group projects, provided that they are recognized as having a leading part in them. They have a feeling of unity with nature and a desire for knowledge and truth that makes them admirable scientists, especially astronomers and natural historians. They may excel in photography, radiography, electronics - anything connected with the electrical and radio industries - aviation and everything technical. On the arts and humanities side their progressive tendencies can be expressed in writing, especially poetry, and broadcasting, or as welfare workers and teachers. Some have gifts as entertainers and make good character actors (having an ability to mimic) and musicians. The more psychic among them possess healing gifts, especially in curing the mentally sick.
Among the faults to which they are liable are fanatical eccentricity, wayward egotism, excessive detachment and an inclination to retreat from life and society, and a tendency to be extremely dogmatic in their opinions. Aquarians can be a threat to all they survey or a great boon for humanity in general. Circumstances - for example, continuous opposition to a cause they hold dear - may cause the atrophy of the openness of mind that is one of the Aquarian's most attractive traits. They may express a lack of integrity in broken promises, secretiveness or cunning. Simmering anger and resentment, rudeness or, worse, a tense, threatening silence which may suddenly burst out in eruptions of extreme temper, these are all part of the negative side of the Aquarian. This can also reveal itself in a sustained hatred for enemies that is capable of enlarging itself into a misanthropy toward the whole of mankind.
Fighting for Causes
Dreaming and Planning for the Future
Thinking of the Past
Full of Air Promises
PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE FOR AQUARIUS, AND THEIR SOLUTIONS
As with all sun signs, we all have unique traits to our personalities. When these traits are suppressed, or unrealized, problems will arise. However, with astrology we can examine the problem and assess the proper solution based on the sun sign characteristics. As an aquarius you may see things below that really strike home. Try the solution, you most likely will be amazed at the results. If you find yourself on the receiving end of the negatives below, it is because you are failing to express the positive.
Problem: Being left all alone while others enjoy the companionship you long for.
Solution: You should practice expressing your humanity by accepting people the way they are and not find too much fault in them.
***Heaven Casteel was born February 22nd***
Traditional Pisces Traits
Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic
On the dark side....
Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily led
Pisces About Your Sign...
one of the less flamboyant signs and its natives are more ordinary than those of, for example, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Pisceans possess a gentle, patient, malleable nature. They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, kind and compassionate, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with the utmost sympathy and tact to any suffering they encounter. They are deservedly popular with all kinds of people, partly because their easygoing, affectionate, submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to stronger and more exuberant characters. They accept the people around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves rather than trying to adapt them to suit themselves, and they patiently wait for problems to sort themselves out rather than take the initiative in solving them. They are more readily concerned with the problems of others than with their own.
Their natures tend to be too otherworldly for the practical purposes of living in this world as it is. They exist emotionally rather than rationally, instinctively more than intellectually. Their willpower, ambition they long to be recognized as greatly creative and reasoning are all limited and, however anxious they are to fulfill themselves, their concentration is weak; they lack decisiveness and they are easily diverted from their purposes. They are apt to live a shiftless sort of life, searching for some career in which they can really find themselves, but being easily discouraged they become despondent, feeling unappreciated and moving on to something or someone else. They also dislike disciple and confinement within routine the nine-to-five life is not for them - and confinement by codes of behavior. Any rebellion they make against convention is personal, however, as they do not have the energy to battle against the Establishment.
Pisceans tend to withdraw into a dream world where their qualities can bring mental satisfaction and sometimes, but by no means inevitably, fame and financial reward for they are gifted artistically. They are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, and are receptive to new ideas and atmospheres. All these factors can combine to produce remarkable creativity in literature, music and art. They may count among their gifts mediumistic qualities which can give them a feeling that their best work comes from outside themselves, "Whispered beyond the misted curtains, screening this world from that." Even when they cannot express themselves creatively they have a greater than average instinct for, and love of, beauty in art and nature, a catlike appreciation of luxury and pleasure, and a yearning for new sensations and travel to remote, exotic places.
They are never egotistical in their personal relationships and give more than they ask from their friends. They are sexually delicate, in the extreme almost asexual, and most Pisceans would want a relationship in which the partner's mind and spirit rather than the body resonated with their own. Unfortunately they can be easily misled by a lover who courts them delicately and in marriage makes them unhappy by a coarser sexuality than they expected. They are nevertheless intensely loyal and home-loving and will remain faithful - though their dreamy and impractical natures do not fit them to keep a tidy and well-run house.
In their employment they are better working either by themselves or in subordinate positions. Their talents are individual in a commercial business or similar undertaking they would be afraid to manage more than a small department, worrying always that they would fail in a crisis. They can make fair secretaries and bookkeepers. Their sympathy equips them for work in charities catering for the needy, as nurses looking after the sick and as veterinary surgeons caring for animals. As librarians or astronomers they can satisfy their mental wanderlust, and their fondness for "faraway places with strange-sounding names" may turn them into sailors or travelers. Many architects and lawyers are Pisceans, and when the creative abilities are combined with gifts of imitation and the ability to enter into the feelings of others, Pisceans find their fulfillment on the stage. Their psychic and spiritual qualities can lead them into careers in the church or as mediums and mystics. They may find an outlet for their creativity as caterers, and are said to make good detectives because they can imagine themselves in the place of criminals and understand how their minds would work. In technical occupations they are well employed in dealing with anesthetics, fluids, gases and plastics. Because of their lively versatility and inability to concentrate overmuch on any one project, Pisceans often simultaneously follow more than one occupation.
Their faults are exasperating rather than vicious. They can be oversubtle, oversensitive and overemotional. In business they can be unreliable, idle, careless, impractical and ineffective. Their friends may find their diffidence and sense of their own unimportance irritating and may eventually want to shake off acquaintances who not only lack initiative but are peevish and extravagantly temperamental in their dependence on them. Other faults of which the negative Piscean is accused are fickleness, gossiping, indiscretion, effeminacy and gullibility. They may not be able to avoid being sickly, but their fretting hypochondria can wear out a saint's patience. They can be intellectually dishonest and also actually fraudulent, deceitful and hypocritical. They are often indecisive in important matters yet will uphold absurdities with the obstinacy of the weak. When they feel themselves rejected, lonely or failures, or simply through feeble self-indulgence, they will find refuge in drugs or the bottle.
Solitude to dream in
Mystery in all its guises
Anything discarded to stay discarded
like to get 'lost'
feeling all at sea about something
PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE FOR PISCES, AND THEIR SOLUTIONS
As with all sun signs, we all have unique traits to our personalities. When these traits are suppressed, or unrealized, problems will arise. However, with astrology we can examine the problem and assess the proper solution based on the sun sign characteristics. As a Pisces you may see things below that really strike home. Try the solution, you most likely will be amazed at the results. If you find yourself on the receiving end of the negatives below, it is because you are failing to express the positive.
Problem: You find yourself being walked on or over in all manner of ways.
Solution: Try to reorient your thinking and assert yourself in a quiet, reserved manner that is more impressive than blustering.
Problem: Never seeming to have enough money to round out the week with much less the month even though your salary is on a par with everyone else'.
Solution: You are prone to act as if you have more than you actually do and tend to spend that which you do not have or need for other things. Forego some of the parties and make a strict budget to put yourself on.
Problem: A strong sense of despair not shared by family and friends, thus leaving you with that all alone feeling.
Solution: You must come out of yourself and open up to those around you, you have the power to inspire others making you an important part of the human race; take your rightful place.
Problem: Causing others to be quarrelsome or to walk out on you all together.
Solution: The upstream fish may be pushing too hard for someone to meet your ideals and could wind up pushing people right out of your life. Try lightning up.
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