Chapter 2.33 – Tiramisu Anyone?

07-15-18_12-00-49 AM.pngIt was Monday morning and Cole was excited in spite of all the drama at the Bluffs. As he stood in the shower with the steaming water pouring down on him, he thought about Laney.  As much as it had hurt seeing her, in a way, it gave him a sense of finality, which truly made it easier to let her go and move on. To focus on his studies.

07-15-18_12-13-16 AM.pngAfter he got out, he went to his room to finish packing while Ami talked his ear off asking question after question. She and his parents were going to fly to Brindleton Bay with him and help him get everything moved in. He figured Ami was most excited about getting on a plane and maybe seeing some dreamy college boys.

He would be living in one of the duplexes on campus because of his scholarship. It would be just him and one student on ones side and two on the other. He hadn’t met his roommate yet but they had exchanged a couple of texts. He seemed nice enough. He was in his second year so he said he would help Cole learn his way around campus and the town, which he was happy about.


07-12-18_10-38-46 PM.pngIt was mid-morning when Ben arrived in Brindleton Bay with his family. The air was crisp and cool, much different than it was in Willow Creek where it was still warm and humid.

He parked the rental car in the drive in front of the Duplex.  His kids practically fought over who would bail out of the car and be the first to get to the front door, as if they were 10 years old.  He and Sofia held back enjoying their excitement. It was bittersweet knowing he was going home with just one child, not two.

07-12-18_10-59-52 PM.pngWhen Ben descended the stairs into the apartment, he felt a weird as sense of déjà vu wash over him. It was as if he had been hurdled into the past.

Emma.pngHe could suddenly hear Emma’s voice calling him a dick-hay-ud, while Nick and Racheal laughed.

selfie.pngHe was laying in Grace’s lap while she took selfies of his slobber running down his face and laughing at him.

closetThen the two of them were making love in the marijuana closet.

baby.pngSoon, they were bringing their son home from the hospital to the same old apartment, and it was enough for the three of them.

He jumped when he felt Grace’s warm hands on his face calling his name. “Grace?” he asked, looking around and feeling confused. He was quickly hurdled back into the present. And the realization that Grace wasn’t there hit him hard, because it truly felt like she had been.

07-12-18_11-09-22 PM.png“No Daddy, it’s me, Ami. What’s wrong?” she asked, her warm hands on his face. His daughter’s hands, not Grace’s.

Ben blinked and looked around. Why am I on the floor? he wondered. He surveyed the room, trying to get his bearings, he saw Ami’s terrified face and it crushed him. Next, he saw his son, the baby that Grace was holding so lovingly.  He appeared to be frightened too. Then it hit him where he was. He was in Cole’s new apartment.

07-12-18_11-31-59 PM.png“Cole, help me get to the couch,” said Ben, feeling embarrassed. “I think I was having flashbacks. I’m so sorry. It’s been a long time since it happened.”

Flashbacks? Daddy, are you okay?” asked Ami, her voice trembling.

07-13-18_7-58-41 PM.pngBen needed Sofia. He looked around frantically for her. “Ami, where’s your mom?” he asked, trying his best to keep his voice calm, although he was almost in a panic.  His poor kids seeing him collapse. He didn’t know what he said or did while he was in the past. Cole didn’t know the gory details. And he hadn’t planned on telling him. Ever.

“She’s getting you a glass of water, Dad,” said Cole answering for Ami.

“Daddy, you’re scaring me,” said Ami and scooted as close to him on the couch as she could.

07-13-18_8-09-28 PM.pngBen put his arm around his daughter and did his best to reassure her.  “Princess, I’m okay. Just some things I haven’t thought about for a very long time came rushing back. I guess it kinda took me by surprise. I’m okay now sweetie. I promise.”

07-13-18_8-50-25 PM.pngSofia walked back in. “Here you go babe,” she said gently as she put the glass on the table and sat down next to him. “Are you okay? We lost you there for a sec.”

07-13-18_8-59-41 PM.png“Dad…really….what just happened? You mentioned Grace,” said Cole, obviously shaken, just managing to hold it together better than Ami.

Ben began to remember feeling her – Grace – touching his face and began to get emotional.  It had seemed so real. He couldn’t answer because he couldn’t talk. He didn’t think he could talk about it.

Ami on the other hand, seemed to have relaxed when her mother sat down and chimed in.  “Yeah Dad. You did say Grace. She is Cole’s real mother, right?  And you also said you weren’t a ‘dick-hay-ud’, just like that. Like how Aunt Emma talks.”

07-13-18_9-31-14 PM.pngHe took a cleansing breath and risked a glance at Sofia, fearing she would be upset.  But it was just the opposite.

07-13-18_10-04-51 PM.pngHer gaze, although swimming with unshed tears, held so much love and compassion that he immediately relaxed.  Once, he had been her rock, now she was his. He loved her with his whole being.

He took a breath of relief before answering. “It’s nothing Cole,” he said finally, “I’m okay now. As I said, it was just memories from my own college days that came rushing back unexpectedly.  Those days were rough, to say the least.” He stopped and took another deep breath. “It was when I lost your mother,” he added softly, “And maybe, at times, I was a bit of a ‘dick-hay-ud’.”

07-14-18_12-55-52 PM.pngHe turned and looked at his gorgeous daughter before continuing. “And, Ami, don’t you ever say that again.”

Ben turned his attention to his son and felt his chest swell with pride. The amount of love he had for his family was overwhelming him, and he began to get emotional again.

07-14-18_1-09-12 PM“Cole, I wish I could tell you what not to do. But maybe, I don’t need to. You aren’t like me. You are so much more like your mother – Grace – I mean,” he said clarifying himself. “She was smart and focused and looked at things logically. I was too hot headed and stubborn, with a huge chip on my shoulder, to listen to anyone. I just did things without thinking them through.

“We were extremely lucky that your mom…came into our lives when she did,” he said and smiled at Sofia.  “I love you all so much. I can’t help but worry.”

07-14-18_1-05-07 PM.pngEveryone was getting weepy eyed. “Geez, Dad,” said Cole and swallowed audibly, “Enough of the mushy stuff. You got them both crying. We need to get unpacked.”

Ben pulled both of his ladies tighter to him and kissed Ami on the forehead. Then he turned to his wife. “I love you,” he said and sipped her lips.

07-14-18_1-12-35 PM.png“Ewww Daddy,” said Ami and rolled her eyes.

“You should be used to that by now Squirt,” said Cole smirking, “You know they do that all the time.”

07-14-18_1-19-05 PM.pngEveryone laughed except Ami. “I’m checking out the upstairs,” she said pouting a little, and took off for the stairs leaving everyone else downstairs laughing.


07-14-18_1-48-47 PM.pngIt was easy to figure out which room was Cole’s and they soon had everything unpacked. They had just made it back downstairs, when there was a knock at the door and a young man walked in.

07-14-18_1-51-09 PM.png“Hi!” he said cheerfully, “I saw you guys get here but hung next door to give you some time to get settled.”

07-14-18_2-05-46 PM.pngHe turned to Cole. “You must be Cole Murdock. Nice to meet ya in person,” he said and stuck out his hand, “Landon Lockhart. I’m your roomie for the next three years. This must be your family.”

“Hi Landon,” said Cole, “Yes. These are my parents, Ben and Sofia Murdock, and my baby sister Amelia.”

“Hi Landon. You can call me Ami. Are you going to be a vet too?” she asked.

“Yep! Large animals, cows, horses and the like,” he replied enthusiastically.

07-14-18_2-08-15 PM.png“Horses sound soooo cool,” she gushed, “I would love to ride one someday.”

Cole looked at Ami in shock. Was she actually trying to flirt with Landon?

07-14-18_2-13-23 PM.png“Oh, I love horses. Riding takes practice though. I hope someday to be able to afford a stable of my own,” replied Landon.

07-14-18_3-13-55 PM.png“Okay,” said his father, thankfully interrupting the horse discussion, “Cole, we are gonna head to the hotel. Do you two want to go grab a bite to eat first? Landon, you are welcome to join us.”

“Oh. I had already invited the girls over.  We were hoping to get acquainted with Cole over dinner,” replied Landon. “No problem Cole,  go with the fam, we can mingle later.”

07-14-18_6-06-21 PM.png“What girls?” asked Cole confused.

07-14-18_6-00-53 PM.png“The two, that live on the other side of our duplex,” said Landon with a grimace.

“Cole, why don’t you go ahead and go with Landon,” suggested Sofia, “It will be more fun than hanging with us.”

“Ohhh.  Can I go with Cole and Landon?” asked Ami in that tone of voice that always got her way with their father.

07-14-18_6-13-45 PM.png“Hey, she can come. It’ll be fun,” said Landon graciously.

“What time will you be back?” asked Ben, obviously caving once again, “We’ll come pick her up, or maybe you can just drop her off at the hotel. It isn’t far.”

07-14-18_6-11-40 PM.pngDaddy,” said Ami sweetly, “can I please spend the night with Cole?”

Ben, Sofia and Cole said “No” simultaneously.

07-14-18_3-48-13 PM.pngAmi looked like she was really going to cry. And not just her fake to-get-my-way tears.

“Dad, it’s bad enough your letting her come to dinner….” said Cole knowing he wasn’t going to win this fight either.

07-14-18_6-34-54 PM.png“Hey, let her stay,” said Landon.  “She can take Cole’s bed and he can take the couch. It’s just for one night. Right?”

Cole was confused by Landon. Is he trying to get brownie points with his parents, or does just not know how young Ami really is?

“Pleeeese Daddy…” she said looking at Ben, batting her big blue eyes.

“Cole?” asked Ben.

“Fine,” conceded Cole with an appropriate eye roll, “but you act like a twerp and you will never be allowed to stay again.”

07-14-18_4-07-32 PM.pngAmi threw her arms around him, nearly knocking him over.  “Thanks. I promise to be nice.”

His father hugged his mother. “Do you think they have Tiramisu?” he asked.

She blushed and giggled. “I bet they do.”

07-14-18_6-06-09 PM.png“Dad! Mom! God…really?” said Cole, completely embarrassed.

Ben and Sofia looked at each other and then at Cole in surprise.

“I’m really glad I’m not going now!” said Ami, giving her best disgusted face, “I hate Tiramisu! You ALWAYS want that. It’s so gross.”

07-14-18_3-03-14 PM.pngCole’s parents started laughing. “Thank god,” said Ben, leaving Ami totally confused.

“Come here Ami,” said Cole eyeing his parents. He whispered in her ear so only she could hear, “It’s their code word for sex.”

07-14-18_3-25-50 PM.pngAmi let out an ear splitting scream. “NO! No, no, no.”

07-14-18_3-42-07 PM.pngSofia looked at Cole horrified. “You just didn’t?”

“Right of passage…” said Cole, quite proud of himself for successfully getting back at Ami and his parents all in one fell swoop.

By now, Landon had figured out what they were talking about. “Okay then…Amelia, going or staying?” he asked, the corners of his mouth twitching upwards. Cole was amazed at how he just jumped right in, with all the confidence in the world, and took charge, effectively diffusing the situation.

07-14-18_1-35-58 PM.png“Definitely staying, gawd! I never want to go home with them again,” said Ami glaring at her parents and Cole.

“Sorry Squirt, you can’t stay here forever, you have to go home with them and suffer, just like I did.

“We need to go,” said Sofia, “It was nice to meet you Landon. And sorry about the, um, family drama.”

07-14-18_3-45-19 PM.png“We’ll be by in the morning around 9:00 to say bye and pick up Ami,” said his dad, “Call us if she gets in the way.” Then he walked over to Landon and shook his hand. “It was nice to meet you.”

07-14-18_5-47-13 PM.png“Bye baby, I love you,” said Sofia and hugged Cole with tears in her eyes.

“Stop it mom. You guys go have your desert,” said Cole rolling his eyes.

07-14-18_5-58-25 PM.png“Cole!” squealed Ami and Sofia at the same time, while Ben and Landon snickered.


07-14-18_8-09-37 PM.pngCole, Ami and Landon went to the local burger place and got a table.

“Lesson one,” said Landon, “this food is much better than the cafeteria.”

07-14-18_8-08-26 PM.pngCole laughed. “Isn’t that always the truth,” he agreed.

“Ami, where are you planning to go to school?” asked Landon, “Following in your brother’s footsteps?”

07-14-18_8-16-47 PM.png“No. He’s way smarter than me. I haven’t really thought about it yet.”

Landon looked up and waved at two girls walking in. “Oh, look, here comes our neighbors! Jackpot, huh?” he said to Cole and waggled his eyebrows.

07-14-18_8-21-01 PM.pngThe two girls were attractive, thought Cole, but he wasn’t interested in anything but a friendship. Before he got serious with anyone else, he would make sure they knew exactly where they were going to live and what they wanted out of life.

07-14-18_8-22-32 PM.png“They are pretty,” said Ami with a sigh.

“See. Even your sister agrees,” said Landon and laughed.

07-14-18_9-08-11 PM.pngThe two girls pulled up chairs and sat down. “Have you ordered yet?” asked the girl with long black hair.

“No, you got here just in time. Cole, meet our neighbors, Yasmine Paris and Blake Hudson. Ladies, may I present your new neighbor, Cole Murdock.”

As they exchanged greetings, Ami glared at Cole. “Oh, and this annoying tick is my little sister, Ami,” he said, “She couldn’t bear to be without me so begged to stay the night and my parents agreed.”

07-14-18_8-29-38 PM.png“Yes, because she doesn’t like Tiramisu,” said Landon and laughed.

Cole couldn’t help but snicker earning a glare from his sister.

07-14-18_8-35-17 PM.pngYasmine looked at Blake and shrugged. “Guess you had to be there.”

07-14-18_8-29-09 PM.pngLandon happily explained Tiramisu.

07-14-18_8-41-43 PM.pngYasmine and Blake burst out laughing. “O.M.G! That’s so cool,” said Yasmine then turned her attention to Cole.  “Honey, I haven’t met your folks and I already like them. If you’re anything like them, we could certainly have some fun.”

“Uh, my little sister is sitting right here. She’s only thirteen,” said Cole putting emphasis on the word little.

07-14-18_8-27-44 PM.pngAmi’s face had red blotches on it like she might cry. She sunk further down into her chair when Cole told everyone how old she was. Cole actually felt really bad for her.

Yasmine looked at Ami. “Oh…honey, I’m so sorry. You look so much older. I thought you and Cole were like twins or something.”

At that Ami sat up straight in her chair and smiled. She did look older than her 13 years. She could easily pass for a college Freshman.

07-14-18_8-46-33 PM.png“Ami, honey, the hamburgers here are to die for,” said Yasmine. “You should totally get one.”

“Okay, thanks,” said Ami beaming at the attention from Yasmine .

07-14-18_8-53-15 PMThey got their food and talked about safe subjects the rest of the evening.  Cole observed Yasmine and how she handled Ami.  She confused him. She was aggressive, yet knew exactly how to put Ami at ease and bring her into the conversation. By the time they left, you would have thought those two were BFFs.

He also watched Landon and Blake. They were already making eyes at each other. It was going to be an interesting semester with those two next door.


07-14-18_10-43-14 PM.pngWhen they got back to the duplex. Cole went in to make sure Ami was settled in his bed and to grab a blanket so he could sleep on the couch. When he walked in, it looked like she had been crying.

Instead of leaving, he went and sat down next to her, concerned.  “What’s wrong sis?” he asked gently.

07-14-18_10-49-52 PM.png“I’m scared,” she whispered.

He was shocked.  Ami was never afraid. “We can leave the light on if you want.”

“No…I’m not afraid of the dark. I’m scared about you being here,” she said and looked at her hands embarrassed.

07-14-18_10-51-35 PM.png“Hey, I’m gonna be fine sis, you don’t have to worry about me.”

She looked up at him. “But what if I’m not?” she asked, as a big sob escaped and tears rolled down her cheeks.

07-14-18_10-56-35 PM.pngCole pulled her to him. Now he was fighting back tears as he held his sister tight and stroked her hair. “You’ll be fine Ami. But I sure as hell am gonna miss giving you grief. Maybe I should tell Dad to call you Squirt and mess with you and Aubrie.”

“No! I’m only ever gonna be princess to Daddy,” she said into his chest and caught her breath.

07-14-18_11-04-36 PM.png“You can still be his princess,” he said, gently rubbing her back, “Yasmine was right though, you could easily pass for a college Freshman. The sooner Mom and Dad get you outta here the better. Can’t have those older guys hitting on you.”

“You think they would?”

“Ami….you need to get to sleep. Mom and Dad will kill me if you are grouchy on the way home tomorrow because I kept you up.”

07-14-18_11-14-16 PM.png“Cole….do you remember when I was born?” she asked softly, ignoring his request to lie down.

“Yes. I do,” he said tenderly. He remembered how happy everyone was.

07-14-18_11-26-59 PM.pngThey laid down together and continued to talk and reminisce until Ami finally fell asleep. Cole leaned over and kissed her cheek. “I love you Squirt, he whispered, “and I’m gonna miss you too.”

07-14-18_11-41-57 PM.pngHe tiptoed out of the bedroom and laid down on the couch. He fell asleep thinking about his potential future after college. He hoped one day he would find someone that wanted to share Tiramisu with him for the rest of his life, and maybe they would have a little girl who would want him to call her princess.

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A/N: I hope you like the new college buddies.  We will be seeing them throughout the college years and maybe beyond….and don’t worry….Nicky and Mickey won’t be far.  Thanks to the following for letting me use and abuse their sims…  🙂

07-14-18_7-37-15 PM-2Landon Lankford by: SuperKyle

07-14-18_7-28-56 PMBlakely (Blake) Hudson by: Haswh

07-14-18_7-38-39 PMYasmine Paris by: Pammiechick


57 thoughts on “Chapter 2.33 – Tiramisu Anyone?

  1. Aww, this was a very sweet chapter and I love how supportive Cole’s family is. Everyone loves and cares for one another. Although it’s hard to be the youngest. I am and I already feel for Ami. Everyone always makes fun of me, because I’m the youngest. Not fun, definitely. Tiramisu is ever alive, love it.

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    • Tiramisu is the bestest! 😂Such a sweet supportive family. I mean Sofia. ❤️ Need I say more. Cole adores his sister even as he teases her. She is growing up a little too quickly. Maybe faster than he did cause she has an awesome older brother. ❤️ Needed a little sweetness after the sadness.

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  2. So many emotions in this one! I laughed so freaking hard with the Tiramisu 😂 good job Cole, passing on that very important wisdom 😛

    I felt so bad for poor Ben at the start though. He still is so haunted 😦 And that ending with Cole and Ami was so bittersweet ❤️❤️❤️

    I loved meeting these new college buddies! Hmmm… two lovely ladies living right next door? 🤔 Look but don’t touch, Cole! Save yourself for when Dannie dumps Ryker so you guys can be together, okay? 😭
    (Hush! Let me dream 😭)

    So excited for this new arc! 🙂 (or should I say… new beginning…? Hehehe)

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    • Glad you enjoyed the Tiramisu! Ben wasn’t prepared for the memories to hit him so hard. I wonder if he will ever tell Cole what happened and a little more about his mother. Cole and Ami are close and she will certainly miss him.

      But now we look to the future. And three new faces. Exciting….❤️

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  3. I think that Ben needs to get checked out. The disorientation and intensity of the flashback could forshadow something serious. Cole lost some brownie points by publicly embarrassing Ami by announcing her age. He should have done it without Ami knowing so she could feel like a grown up while alerting the trio that she is still 13. Great introduction of the new characters . Landon seems to have a lot in common with Cole ie same career with a little difference love for big animals. Love how you developed everyone. Thank you for the family moments….

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    • Ben hadn’t had that problem for awhile. He got triggered badly going into the apartment. Hopefully Sofia will get him to a doctor.

      Cole totally embarrassed his sister. Yasmine did a good job of fixing it and made her feel important and a part of the group.

      I think Landon and Cole will get along pretty well.

      Thanks. I will remind Cole it’s not nice to publicly embarrass his little sister. But isn’t that the whole reason for big brothers. Lol


  4. Another awesome chapter!!! man when Ben had that flashback i kinda went there with him, so many bittersweet enemies. Sophia is so good to no longer take these flashback things personally,a lesser woman would be jealous and angry. The Tiramisu bit was priceless as was the look on Ami’s face. The scene between her and Cole was touching as well. A real roller coaster of emotions. Ah it would seem this is the final girl on the siggy!!! Hmmm….the ships are starting to teeter, which ones sink and who will be the winner?

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    • Thank! A lot of memories…I might have shed a tear looking at young Ben and reliving it with him. Sofia is a gem. Tiramisu for everyone, well except Ami! Lol….

      Even though Cole likes to tease his sister, he loves her very much. It was an emotional chapter.


  5. Tiramisu….lol! I can see that tradition live on throughout the generations!

    Ami is so cute! I have a 13 year old niece who looks older like that. She gets unwanted attention too. I like how the two siblings have such a nice bond.

    Looks like there might be some pairing off, although Yasmine seems way too aggressive for sweet Cole. But then if she’s very forward, he might like what she’ll give him when he comes over. 😝

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    • Tiramisu for the ages! ❤️ At this point, now that all of Cole’s new friends know about it, it just might! Lol….

      I know…sometimes that does happen when you look older than you are. I had that problem too and my mom. She was 14 and looked 20. People used to think we were sisters when I was a teen. And she was a teenage mom so that is part of it. But still….

      The pairings have started already. Lol…Yasmine is very aggressive, but a very good people reader….she just intuitively knows how to talk to anyone and bring them into her world. People like being around her because she makes them feel important. You will see this develop over the college years. It might wear down Cole’s resolve, just saying….

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  6. My adopted parents are in their late twenties and I am 15. I am often mistaken for my dad’s wife. I would probably do the same thing Cole did, if I had siblings, and tell my friends her age. It is call protection, hands off, and jailbait. I know it embarrassed her and he probably should have told them when she was not around, however it is better than the alternative. He is her big brother and doesn’t want to see her get hurt or put into a situation she is not ready to handle. She may have a crush on Landon or she may have just wanted to spend time with her big brother. I think it is a little bit of both.
    I loved it when Cole embarrassed his parents by telling their secret code for making love, Tiramisu. Then, he turn around and told his sisters and friends. Embarrassing parents is so much fun.
    Like someone else said, Ben needs to see someone about the flashbacks. I still have flashbacks, nightmares and wake up in night sweats screaming because of my childhood. They are less now because I see someone and are in a support group.
    Ben and Ami love each other and s they are so sweet.

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    • Thank you for sharing. I am glad you have some great adoptive parents. ❤️ Cole was very uncomfortable with the talk of sec at the table and wanted to quickly squash it. All of his friends at home knew how old she is so it was never a problem. And possibly because Landon figured out the Tiramisu thing and knew Cole told her, he probably figured she was much older.

      She is probably figuring out her sexuality and was likely crushing on Landon. I think you are right. Her wanting to stay was a little Landon likely and a lot Cole and the separation anxiety she was feeling.

      I would expect that Sofia will make a Ben see someone. She’s a good wifey! ❤️

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  7. Ben should definitely see a doctor. It looked more serious than just flashbacks there. I hope they eat their tiramisu slowly.
    Ami is the prettiest of all the girls. I hope we’ll see more of her. I wouldn’t mind following two different arcs.
    Looking forward to learning more about Cole’s new friends. Landon seems like a nice substitute for Noah and is easy on the eyes too.
    Why was Ami so worried about Cole?

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    • I think Ami is more perceptive than people think and is over protective of Cole, too. She has see what has happened in his pass relationships and does not want him jumping into another and getting hurt. Lord help the girl or guy, Mickey, that hurts her brother. Little sister may just kick some butt.

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    • Yes….Sofia needs to make him go. Slow Tiramisu is most often the very best kind! 😂😂😂.

      Ami is a cutie. She has Sofia’s little round face and full lips but Ben’s nose and eyes. I adore her. We will see her quite a bit after the college years are over. I have a lot planned for her. ❤️. But she’s gotta grow up first…just in time for when Cole returns home. She graduates high school the year after Cole graduates college. I couldn’t just let her fade into the background. She’s too much fun.

      Landon isn’t Noah and never will be, but he’s a stand up guy and will do in a pinch. I love him! And he is a hottie! 😍

      Ami was more worried about leaving him behind and missing him, but embarrassed to say it, although she finally did. She’s just gonna miss her brother. 😢

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  8. This chapter was great and I think Cole is going to do a super job in school. He’s all grown up now. I like how the family interacts and gets along. You can tell they love each other even through the teasing. Oh, and I really liked what you did with Ben’s flashback photos.

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  9. The whole tiramisu exchange had me laughing. Poor naive Ami. But it is still so sweet to see Ben & Sofia still so much in love after all that they have been through.
    Ami has always looked old for her age (and as she gets older I see so much of Ben in her). I’m glad Cole set everyone straight about Ami right off. I have a feeling that we are going to being seeing more of these guys, and the ground rules need to be set, especially for Landon.

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    • Glad you enjoyed the Tiramisu comments. Nothing like embarrassing both your sister and your partners all at once. Yes, Landon may have been just a little flattered by Ami’s attention, until he found out how old she was. She does look a lot like Ben. She has his eyes, not just the color, but the shape and his nose. That’s why she doesn’t look as much like Sofia I think. She has Sofia’s round face and full lips so it works. She’s a cutie.

      We will see a bit of the three of them through the college years and possibly beyond.


    • That was such a great compliment! Thank you! I am glad it feels somewhat realistic and tugged at your heart strings….I shed a few tears too. Going back and grabbing those screen shots….ugh….I was Ben having flashbacks! And the brother sister moments at the end. Awwww. ❤️

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  10. Ooooh Cole meets his new roommate and then they meet two hot college girls to keep them company..! Ben is not the only one with the flashbacks..! This all looks too familiar! 😉
    First of all, poor Ben..! 😦 He hasn’t gotten rid of his scars 100% yet it seems… fortunately he has Sofia who loves him more than anything (and he loves her too)! ❤
    Ami has turned into such a gorgeous girl! I can see both Ben and Sofia in her 😉
    It was sad that she and Cole had to say goodbye… I almost cried there!
    And I saved the best for last – Landon is 😍😍 He was thiiis close to overthrowing Noah from his throne for me – but he didn't, lmao! He also seems like a cool guy – I wonder if he'll show any interest in Ami in the future, hmmm!
    But no – the best was, as always, the tiramisu part, haha! I love how everyone gets uncomfortable except Ben – he's sexy and he knows it – and everyone else should know it too, haha! 😁
    I loved this chapter! It was so nice seeing the whole family together! ❤ ❤

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    • Doesn’t it look familiar? There just happens to be two hot unattached girls living close by? 😂 Spoiler, it’s gonna be way different from Ben! No new girl every other week! 😂.

      Poor Ben for sure. Those scars are definitely still there but events like this tend to bring them to the surface. He probably needs to do see a doctor again. He and Sofia literally cling to each other. They are so attached. It’s very sweet but very much almost a co-dependency. But not in a bad way.

      Ami! Sooo pretty. ❤️❤️❤️. And Ben spoils her soooo bad. Not good. Sofia tried to run interference but she is totally his princess. Ami adores him too but is not above taking total advantage of it. What self respecting teen wouldn’t? Lol..

      Ami and Cole’s little slumber party was sad and sweet. He was a sport for letting her tag along. But he made sure she was plenty embarrassed for her effort, that was until Yasmin smoothed it all over.

      Tiramisu will live forever! And Ben just struts and puffs out his chest while everyone else is turning bright red! Lol..He totally thinks it’s funny.

      Glad you enjoyed! ❤️❤️❤️

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    • I agree with the familiar scenario! It’s like Emma, Rachael, Ben, and Nick all over again! Speaking of which, I wonder how Nick and Rachael are doing?

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  11. Like a walk down memory lane (maybe not in the way Ben wanted tho? O.o)
    Man, that passing out! That’s quite the thing 😱

    Poor Ami, getting grossed out just all over the place… well at least she got to have some quality bro time!


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    • Not the way Ben would have liked. Nope.

      Ami was a bit grossed out here and there…. to say the least, but she’ll survive. And she got in a little quality bubba time. ❤️

      And,..Blake and Yasmine! Yes… 😊


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  13. I really liked seeing how Ami reacted around the college boy (and very realistic for a 13-year old as well, haha). I especially liked the moment between the siblings at the very end. I also really like how she pretty much forced herself into the situation.

    It’ll be interesting seeing how Cole and Landon interact with each other – I’m guessing there won’t be any drug deals going on between the two? Probably for the best, right?

    Poor Ben! I hope it was just a one-off thing, but therapy is important and hopefully he gets some.

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    • I am glad it seemed realistic for how a 13 year old might act. The moment at the end was very sweet and really helped the two of them bond in a way they may not have if she hadn’t stayed.

      I don’t think there will be drugs – thank goodness. But a good friendship may well develop.

      Ben…he hasn’t had an episode for awhile. He really hasn’t had anything to trigger him…he was a mess while Sofia was pregnant and Ami was a baby. And he got therapy. I would expect Sofia will insist on an appointment. And I think he will be open to it.

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  15. Oh mai gosh! This chapter was soooo sweet!It really does make up for all that other nasty stuff Cole have been trought recently…Glad he isn’t bitter about relationships, really thought he was going to be! It was so good to see some cute sibling moments between Cole and Ami!S2…I really hope Ben’s pass doesn’t start to come back and make his life miserable, maybe it was just this situation that trigged, AKA maybe it’s just some isolated event.
    I liked Yasmin a bit, andd want t see how will this four interact between each other.

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    • Yes….a light hearted sweet chapter. He is still a little gun shy about relationships, but not bitter… he sees how happy his parents are.

      The Cole and Ami had a sweet bonding moment. She’s soooo different than Cole who just wants to please. We will see more of her after college.

      I think this was hopefully an isolated incident for Ben with lots of memories that were good and then very bad.

      Glad you like Yasmine… we will get to know her much better as time goes on.

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  16. Hahaha! The tiramisu thing was so funny!

    Ami is blossoming into a beautiful girl for sure! Seems she is reallllly into boys though. The way she ogled over Landon (who is a total babe btw!) I’m worried she’s gonna end up having sex at like 14. Careful Ami! You are very gorgeous and I don’t think any guy would tell you no.

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  17. Okay, that last paragraph… MELT!
    And I haven’t said this yet, so I will now. Ami is PRETTY. Like, mega pretty. She got the best of everything from her parents.
    I can’t believe they let her stay the night with Cole and a dude they’d only known five minutes. I hope she locked the door. But I’m a worry-wort.

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    • Ami is gorgeous. I agree. She would’ve died if they hadn’t let her stay. They know Cole wouldn’t let her get in trouble and she kinda needed her brother sister alone time. I had to go back and look at the last paragraph. Yep. I love Cole.

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  19. So much going on in this one and so many emotions.

    First off, I was totally dying over the Tiramisu. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Damn, woman! I will never be able to look at Tiramisu the same way ever again. I actually enjoy it quite a lot but haven’t had it in ages. I can just see it now though. I go to Olive Garden and order Tiramisu for dessert and then start cracking up so freaking hard. Then, I get strange looks from the hubby, the waitress, and other diners. Hubs asks me what the hell I’m laughing at but can’t explain it, especially right there, which makes me laugh all the harder. Then, the guys in the white coats come, put me in a straight jacket, and haul me away to the loony bin. Then when they cart me off to see the shrink and I’m still cracking up, all I will be able to gasp out as I’m having a laughter-induced asthma attack is, “It’s all Audrey’s fault!” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    I loved it when Cole totally got back at his sister and his parents. That was totally classic. However, when it comes right down to it, that family loves each other so very, very much. It’s so heartwarming. ❤️❤️❤️

    It was bittersweet to see the flashback images of Ben and Grace. It was nice because he was remembering some happy moments with her laughing at him being asleep and them holding Cole as a baby. On the other side of the coin, it totally tripped Ben out, which scared his family half to death. Cole and Ami never witnessed Ben having flashbacks before, so I can only imagine how frightening that was to see. I hope Ben will be all right. He really needs to get checked out just to make sure everything is Okay. Plus, he needs to be honest with Cole and tell him his story. Cole needs to know more about Grace – he has that right, after all.

    The scene with Cole and Ami was so sweet. ❤️❤️❤️ He gives her such a hard time and is rather annoying about it, but the long and short of it is, they adore each other and he would do anything to protect her. It was nice to see such a tender moment between them even though it was a sad one.

    Yasmine was really great with Ami. Call shouldn’t have embarrassed her like that. That just wasn’t cool. It kind of annoyed me how Cole and their parents talked about her a little like she wasn’t there or as if she was a five year old who needs to be corralled. “Call us if she gets in the way.” Oh yeah, that’s really great for someone’s self-esteem. 🤔 I get that Cole probably didn’t want to have his little sister hanging around, but I understand why she wanted to. It was nice that the college buddies went with it and took it all in stride. Landon was really awesome about it.

    Speaking of the college buddies, it was so great to meet them. The girls are very pretty, and I look forward to getting to know them better. I wonder if they will all be great friends like Ben was with his college buddies. I really like Landon. He seems like such a levelheaded, confident guy, and I think he should do very well for himself

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    • I’m laughing so hard at your imaginary trip to the Olive Garden! 🙂 It was funny to let him get back at his parents and his sister in one fell swoop! But it was all done in love. It was spooky for the kids to see Ben like that. He should sit down with Cole and be honest with him about Grace. I just think he feels so guilty that it’s hard for him to talk about and he’s afraid to he’ll let down Cole. And the Ami and Cole scene at the end. I was crying it was so sweet. I loved that Yasmine made Ami feel comfortable after her knuckle head brother totally embarrassed her. We will definitely see a whole lot more of the girls and Landon. 🙂

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      • I’m so glad I could give you a good laugh. I was cracking up as I was writing the comment. The thing is, it would be something I would totally do. 🤣🤣🤣

        Oh, I bet you were crying over the Cole and Ami scene. I was, too. It was just so dang sweet and kind of reminded me of how my quads are. They banter back-and-forth but they are super close and will always have each other‘s back. ❤️❤️

        It might be therapeutic for Ben to talk to Cole about all the stuff. Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of tears and stuff, but I think Cole would appreciate knowing so he can understand more. The survivor’s guilt is so hard though. None of it was his fault, but he still feels so guilty. It was such a traumatic time in his life, and I think he will always be haunted by it.

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