Chapter 2.61 – Duke

Warning…. You may need these for this chapter.  I’m so sorry…..01-13-18_6-58-01 PM

Cole’s phone rang early the next morning. He turned over groaning loudly as he grabbed it off his bedside table. It was Noah. Shit, he forgot he left him with no way home last night.  All he had wanted to do was get out of there. He figured Noah wanted to know what happened.

“What?” he said groggily.

“Get your ass outta bed. I’ll be at your door in three minutes with coffee. Figure you probably could use some.”

“Fuck you, Noah!”

Noah roared with laughter and disconnected the call.

Truth was he could use some coffee – water too and maybe an aspirin – not necessarily in that order. He did drink a bit too much last night, but not so much he didn’t know exactly what he was doing.  He hated himself for it.

He put his feet on the floor and held his head while the events of the night before flooded his consciousness. He remembered every single kiss and touch they shared. He especially remembered the way Dannie responded to him.  They couldn’t get enough of each other. Still, he felt horrible. It was wrong and it should have never happened. But somehow, they were powerless to stop it.

He saw Duke sitting there looking at him like he understood his pain. “Hey old boy,” he said to his dog, “I really messed up didn’t I? You think Dannie’s okay? Probably not, huh? At least she can go back to her husband. I just hope I didn’t destroy our friendship, or god forbid, her marriage.”

Cole climbed out of bed and grabbed a glass of water. While he was brushing his teeth, he heard Duke barking. Poor old dog sounded pitiful. He might need to up his pain meds. “Okay old boy, I got it,” he called out, “It’s just Noah bringing bribes for info.”

Cole let his friend in. Noah laughed at him again. “Damn Cole, you look like shit! Sit down and get some coffee in your ass.”

Cole readily sat down and took the cup and drank it down. He moaned, it tasted so good. He saw the paper sack and greedily snatched the pastry out of it. He was starved. He hadn’t eaten anything since lunch yesterday. No wonder the alcohol went to his head so fast.

“Hey, slow down, I don’t want to clean up any puke,” warned Noah.

“It’s not really that bad, I’m just hungry,” said Cole honestly, finally feeling almost back to normal, except for the nagging guilt.

“So….” said Noah with an eyebrow cocked, “you and Dannie left the bar together. And she was hanging on to you for dear life.”

“I took her to her room. She was a little drunk and I didn’t want her to go by herself.” Truth -ish, thought Cole.

“And…..?” prompted Noah, and waited for him to continue.

“And nothing,” said Cole fully aware Noah knew he was lying.

“Cole, I saw you leave dude. You were with her, in her room, well over an hour. Ya’ll talk that long?” countered Noah.

Cole sighed. Noah was nobody’s fool.  “Fuck Noah. We both had a little too much to drink….and we were both sad and lonely. A lethal combination. If anyone asks, please tell them I was sick and went home – alone. I don’t want any rumors to get started. It could destroy her and Ryker’s marriage.”

Noah looked at Cole in disbelief, shaking his head. “So you and Dannie…. You really did? Holy shit man.”

“Look, we both agreed it would never happen again. Okay. I just hope I didn’t lose a friend over it. It was hard, at the reunion.” Noah laughed at the unintended innuendo. “Shutup Noah! You know what I meant,” Cole wasn’t in the mood for his wise cracks. “Laney, Nicky, Kolby, even fucking Mia is married. They all looked so happy, and there I am with your ugly ass.”

“Hey, I have it on good authority that my ass is damn fine,” said Noah, pretending to take offense before he got serious. “But, I was there with you. Two goddamn losers. But somehow, you actually managed to become a bigger loser than me.  I never thought I would live to see that. Even I know – you don’t fuck married women Cole! I don’t care how fine they are.”

Cole sighed and put his head down. He knew Noah was right. He couldn’t even look at him.

In the silence that followed, he heard Duke whining and looked over at him. He was slowly limping towards him, so Cole got up to get go some pain meds for him.  But before he could, Duke collapsed at his feet, softly whining and panting.

Cole immediately sat down on the floor next him.  “Shit, no…no, no, no….. ” he said under his breath as tears began to cloud his vision. He began to gently pet his best friend in an effort to comfort him. “It’s okay Duke, just hang in there boy,” he said softly.

Noah jumped up to see what was going on and looked down at Cole and Duke. “Is he okay?” he asked gently.

Cole shook his head. “No. Oh God Noah, I need to take him to the clinic. Can you sit with him while I go throw some clothes on . . . and maybe call my parents. Let them know. . .” he had to get control of himself before he could continue.  “I think this is it Noah.”

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Cole’s parents and his sister, arrived at the clinic only 10 minutes after Cole and Noah.

“He’s in there with him now,” said Noah softly, “he was waiting on you before….”

“Oh Cole….” said Sofia, as tears began to flood her eyes. Ben immediately put his arm around his wife and they went to comfort their son.

Ami started to follow, but Noah gently grabbed her arm and stopped her. “Hey, Ami, it’s better if you don’t go in and watch,” he said softly, “Cole needs his parents right now. Why don’t you stay out here with me, okay?”

“But…” she said and her face crumpled.

Noah quickly opened his arms and pulled her close to him. “I know sweetheart, it’s hard,” he said trying to calm her while she cried.

When Ami calmed a bit, Noah led her to the couch. They sat down and he pulled her next to him and put his arm around her. He figured Ben would know he wasn’t trying to make any moves on his little girl, just comfort her. His heart went out to her.

As he held her and talked softly to her, he thought about Cole’s family. He wasn’t surprised at how they came together for each other.  It made him a little sad that he didn’t have anyone that gave a rat’s ass about him. These were the times that he missed having a someone in his life. But he knew, if anything happened to him, the Murdock’s would all be there for him.  Every damn one of them.  Of that, he had no doubt, and it helped – if only a little – or maybe a lot.

Finally, Cole and his parents came out, all of them a wreck. Noah felt for them all. He never had a pet, but he had known Duke practically his whole life, and it was sad to lose him. But not near as sad as seeing what it was doing to his friend. He knew Cole had taken the breakup with Yasmine hard and was making terrible decisions. This just added to his pain. He decided to talk to Avery.  Maybe they could have a get together like before.  Something to take Cole’s mind off his troubles for awhile. Keep him from wallowing in it all.

Cole walked over to them. “We are going to cremate him,” he said, his voice thick with emotion. “I put him in the vault until we can do it. Then I will bury him at the house.”

When Ami heard Cole say that, she cried more and fell back into Noah’s embrace. He rocked her in his arms. “Shhh Ami. It’s gonna be okay,” he whispered to her.

“It’s okay Ami,” said Cole, silent tears running down his face. “He’s been in pain for awhile. He’s at peace now.”

“Cole!” choked out Ami, She pulled away from Noah so she could go to her brother. They hugged until they both had their emotions back under control.

“Come on,” said Cole, and let out an exhausted breath. “There’s nothing more to do here.”  Then he turned to Noah, “Noah, thanks man for helping me. But I really need to get home.”

“Sofia and I need to get back to C&M and finish up some things,” said Ben. “Noah, can you give Ami a ride?”

“Yes sir. Of course,” he said.

“Can I go to your house, Cole?” asked Ami tearfully, “Please? I can help with Duke’s things – and keep you company.”

“Fffuuck…” said Cole, obviously forgetting Duke had toys scattered throughout the house that needed to be cleaned up.

Noah smirked when Ben and Sofia actually laughed at Cole’s profanity through their grief.  Ami’s eyes just got big. She was so innocent, and spoiled, but tried to act like she wasn’t. He figured it was because Ben had been, and still was, so overprotective of her.

“Let Ami help you son,” said Ben finally, “Let her be useful for a change.”  Noah had to choke back a snort at his boss’s acknowledgement of how little she did around the office, at least according to Avery. Regardless, Ami really was a sweet young woman, and he had grown to like her.

“Fine,” said Cole, “Let’s go guys.”

Noah didn’t want Cole driving so he took charge. “I still have your keys,” he said to Cole, “I’ll drive us. Ami, I can take you home when I leave.”

10-21-18_5-14-03 PMHe couldn’t replace what Cole had lost in these past few weeks, but he would be there for him as much as he could. Cole had been there for him his entire life and he was happy to be able to pay him back.  Noah put his arm’s around Cole and Ami and ushered them out of the clinic, Ben and Sofia following closely behind.

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37 thoughts on “Chapter 2.61 – Duke

  1. I just lost my beloved dog last week, so this hit way too close to home. I understand their pain and how it hits hard. I was a basket case. Luckily, my sister was there to help me with everything.

    I’m glad Cole felt guilty and bad for his mess up. He does need to grieve Yas a bit more, imo. I mean, he thought she was the love of his life. To go to someone else so quickly is strange…I would think he’d think of her a lot and miss her terribly. No one can just replace that.

    I was worried Yas had killed herself with your caution, but glad it wasn’t that (but not glad about poor Duke! Such a sweet doggie!) 😥

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  2. DUKE 😭😭😭 My heart… What a huge loss for Cole… and so soon after all the shit that went down with Yas… not to mention Dannie too! I’m glad Noah called him out on it. Not that Cole didn’t already know it was wrong, but I like that he had someone to confide in who would help reinforce that what he did was NOT okay (it’s so painful to write that… my ship! 😭 At least we know there’s definitely something there though… perhaps there’s hope? Someday? If she dumps Ryker? Lol)

    Also speaking of ships, I am totally liking the Noami vibes here, even though it was under a sad circumstance!

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    • Losing Duke was added insult to injury…really even worse. Poor Cole. He was already a huge mess and this just about did him in.

      Noah is a good friend. He was soooo mad at Cole. I think he knew he wasn’t being honest having known him for so long and made him fess up. It was good for Cole to hear from Noah how wrong it was in case he tried to pretend it wasn’t. Your poor ship! Sorry.

      And Noami! 😱 Lol….he was JUST being a good friend….lol…. She’s only 18! 😂😂😂

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  3. Ah, as soon as I saw the title and the tissue warning, I knew what it would be all about. My heart breaks for Cole. I lost my dog after a long battle and my dad spent so much money on the treatment. She eventually had to be put to sleep. There were weird circumstances surrounding my cat, but he was put to sleep, as well. So, I had two pets and I have none now. I can relate. 💔
    On a brighter note, Ami and Noah… Ooh! Plus, Ami has really big boobs. I mean, it’s kind of inappropriate, but goddamn, they got my attention in that top, LOL. Hope Cole gets better, he’s been through so much recently…

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    • You had me crying then laughing with your comment! I’m so terribly sorry about your pets. It really does hurt to lose them. They are like a family member. 💔

      Ami and Noah and Ami’s rack! 😂😂😂. She came by it honestly, I haven’t tweaked her at all! Must have inherited it from Sofia because she is stacked too! So another Ami and Noah maybe shipper…lol…

      And yes, I also hope Cole gets better soon too. New chapter on Friday. 😊

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  4. Noah grap Ami and never let go.Yes, Noah call Cole out about sleeping with Danni. What is going to happen when Ami turns to Noah for comfort?
    I had a feeling Danni and Cole would have an one night stand or more, you know what they say about tasting forbidden fruit you always go back for more.
    Poor Duke, he was such a good dog.

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    • It’s probably a good thing that forbidden fruit is 2000 miles away. 😂 They might start an out and out affair. And that would probably end worse than it did.

      And Noah and Ami….will he try to comfort her? Nah…I doubt it. She is just 18 and he is around 24…plus he has a healthy respect for Ben, as you will see in the next chapter. But I’m glad he called him out about sleeping with Dannie…

      RIP Duke. ❤️

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  5. You send one ship back to the docks for repairs and you set another one sailing. Loving Noah and Ami. Just a matter of Ami hitting legal age then Noah can truly become family. 🙂 ❤
    Duke 😦 I'm almost to that point with my sweet cat, Pepper Oni. She's starting to show the signs. I see them, my mom sees them, the vet sees them. Even my other cat, Curry Osity, sees them and has been spending most of his time laying outside the baby gate where he can see her. (They are separated by the gate.) He won't even eat until he sees that she is also eating. He sets outside the bathroom door when she's in there using the litter box (which I now have to carry her to). I know the time is coming, but I'm not prepared for it. I'll be a mess just like Cole.

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    • That ship needs a complete overhaul! 😂😂. And just because Noah was comforting Ami…everyone is jumping to conclusions! 😱 She is 18 now, so I think that is legal now, but I think he still thinks of her as a kid.

      I’m so sorry about your Pepper Oni…😢😢😢. That is so sweet how Curry Osity knows and is very sad. It’s very hard to lose a pet. They are just so sweet and give you that unconditional love. ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Oh, Noah and Ami, eh? 😀 I could definitely support that. I really love how Noah was there for Cole through the whole ordeal. The family really came together, too. Poor Duke. I get so sad even when Sim animals move on. 😦

    Even though Noah didn’t like what Cole did, I’m glad he was there for him anyway. Cole needs friends right now.

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    • Cole is lucky to have Noah right now. He does need friends, and friends that will tell him how it is and not let him wallow in his troubles. Noah didn’t like it, and told him but he wasn’t going to ditch him because of it. ❤️

      And Noah and Ami! Haha. She is just 18! He is 24! You guys! 😂😂😂

      Poor Duke! 😭😭😭

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  7. I hate to be that person, but I kinda saw that coming. Wish I could have made my Simmies first dog a vampire too it was TERRIBLE when Spunky died! All the while one of my own dogs is snoring behind me, so I had to snuggle her and she is all drowsy and like “WTH?!”. Juuuuuust a story….
    Great chapter though, regardless. Can’t wait to see how it goes on with Danni. Have a feeling her hubby is on his way out.

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  9. Bad things come in threes, aren’t they. First the breakup with Yasmine, then the slip up with Danni and now Duke. I think Cole had his share of bad things for several years ahead.
    I don’t remember if it was mentioned or if anyone has asked about it already, but did Cole and Danni use protection? And in case she’s pregnant, will she try to pretend the baby is Ryker’s? That could be fun.
    I liked the part with Noah calling out Cole about what happened with Danni and laughing at him. Cole should totally follow his advice on women. 😀
    I’m sure it is not a coincidence Noah isn’t dating anyone right now. 😀 Noami ship has my full support. They look so fine together. That last pic was so pretty.

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    • Did they use protection? Well, I don’t think either of them went with the intention of sleeping with someone else. But surely Dannie is on birth control.
      😮

      Noah wasn’t happy at all with Cole. I think he was hoping he didn’t and he would have a very good reason for being with her that long.

      As for Noah – he’s just between women right now and it didn’t seem like he cared that much. He tries to keep everything casual. It won’t be long before he has someone else hanging on him I’m sure. Everyone is already aboard the Noami and it isn’t even a thing yet! 😂😂😂. But what an interesting matchup!

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  10. Reading this story took me back to January 13, of this year when we had to put my companion of 15 years down. Damn the onions. Glad Noah was there for Cole, and Ami. Am I seeing the beginning of Noami? Anyway, I fear Cole is going to be on the verge of breakdown. I mean damn how much heartache can a man take. He might want to take his own advice and get into counseling, at least for a little while. Anyway enough rambling…another great chapter as always.

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    • I’m so sorry about your loss. It’s so hard to lose a pet. I am well aware of how painful it is. *hugs* I am also glad Noah was there for them. Cole definitely could use some help. Next chapter we will see what Noah does to try and help him. As for ‘Noami” I think Noah is noticing that she has grown up a bit. But he has a healthy respect for Ben. So he will likely keep her at arms length. We will see more of their ‘bonding’ in the next chapter. 🙂

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  11. Nooo Duke! :(( This was so heartbreaking… (My dog is approaching 10 years old this summer and I really dread the day I’ll stop seeing him around and cuddling with him on the sofa..!)
    Cole has it really hard lately. Everything goes wrong for him in every aspect (fortunately not his career too) – he’s lucky to at least have his family’s love and support! I hope he keeps it together!
    Ami and Noah… now that’s an interesting and adorable development! But it could be happening at the worst time possible hmmm… I bet Cole will not accept this easily! Can’t wait to see more of those two though! 😉 ❤

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    • I’m sure you still have many years of cuddling with your dog. ❤️. But it is sad.

      I hope Cole keeps it together. He is a mess right now. I feel for him..he gets way to invested too quick. I don’t think he can help it. Poor guy and you are right. If anything developed between Ami and Noah, he wouldn’t like it. And I promise more of those two. Not gonna promise what! 😂😂😂

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  13. I read ”Duke” and se the tissues and realzied already what was going to happen…Noooooooo! Rip Duke. May you run as fast as you can in doggo heaven.

    About Noah and Ami…welll, I think ti would be pretty wierd to date someone I saw as kid, but, hey, I’m just gonna watch as this two develop.

    Yet again, Cole doesn’t catch a break! Did Mia buy a voodo doll or something?

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