Chapter 2.66 – Welcome Home

Cole picked up Avery to ceremoniously carry her over the threshold. He groaned when he saw Noah’s mug grinning at him on the other side of the door.  Ami evidently spilled the beans before they could return home and tell everyone themselves. He was going to kill her.  “Damn Avery. The whole family is probably here.  You ready for this, Mrs. Murdock?” he asked as he let her down so they could walk inside.

Avery gave him a quick kiss and grabbed his hand. “Let’s go,” she said brightly and they walked in the door. Noah hugged him first when he walked in and Ami squealed when she hugged Avery.  He saw his father out of the corner of his eye and he didn’t look happy.

As soon as Noah released Cole, his father walked over. “We need to talk,” he said under his breath and headed towards Cole’s tiny office.

Cole glanced at Avery watching nervously, as the two of them disappeared into the hallway.

As soon as the door was shut, his dad started his rant. “Cole, goddammit. What the fuck were you thinking? Oh wait, you weren’t. You haven’t given yourself time to get over Yasmine. You just jumped into this relationship with Avery.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Avery, but Cole, I don’t want to see you get hurt. You need to get this sham of a marriage annulled today!”

Cole was incensed. He never expected his dad to act like such a jackass.  “How dare you judge me! I love her very much! It’s not like I just met her. I have worked with her every summer for four years. And she loves me too.” Cole couldn’t control his anger, and his words became harsh as he fought back and stood his ground. His voice shook as he forced out his words. “And if you don’t like it, you can kiss my ass and leave my house now!” He never in a million years thought he would be throwing his father out of his home. He was shaking with hurt and anger.

Ben inhaled sharply and looked at his hands. “Fuck Cole,” he said, his tone less confrontational as he ran his hands through his hair before speaking again.  “She’s not…? Is there more news we haven’t heard yet? IS THERE?”

News?” asked Cole confused and then in the same instant realized what he was getting at. “Fuck you Dad. No, she’s not pregnant! But I fucking hope she is soon. You make me sick. Maybe what Papa said is true.  Just get out!”

Cole spun around and started to walk out, but Ben grabbed his arm stopping him. Cole froze dead in his tracks, unsure if they were actually going to come to blows.

“Don’t leave Cole. I’m sorry.  Really,” said Be from behind him. “It’s just, you are my son and I want the best for you. I don’t want you to get hurt. Living together is one thing, marriage is altogether different. It’s not like you. I just don’t understand.”

At the pained sound of his father’s voice, Cole turned around to face him. The look on his his face floored him. He could clearly see the love and worry written all over it. Still, he was mad that they couldn’t have had a civil conversation, instead of him coming in and trying to tell him what to do.

“Look, I don’t know what your fucking problem really is,”  said Cole, unable to keep the hurt and anger out of his voice, “or what happened, because you don’t tell me shit. You are obsessed with C&M. And Papa told me, when he was sick, that you were a troublemaker. So just because you got my mother pregnant, doesn’t mean I am also irresponsible.”

At the mention of his birth mother, his Dad completely deflated and Cole began to feel bad for him.  It took Ben a minute to compose himself before he could speak. “You are right. You aren’t me. You have been nothing but responsible and mature. Papa is right. I made so many mistakes. But Cole, Grace was not one of them. You were one of the best things I ever did. I was given a second chance with Sofia and she gave me Ami.” He paused when his voice became so thick with emotion he could barely get the words out and he scrubbed his hands over his face.

Finally he continued. “My family is the most important thing in the world to me, Cole. And making a life for all you through C&M, it’s all I can do to repay you….” He stopped again and swallowed hard. He let out a shaky breath and finished. “for giving me my life back.”

Cole pulled his Dad into a hug, barely keeping his swirling emotions at bay. “Dad,” he said thickly, “we all love you. You’ve been an excellent father. Your love is all we need. And, I promise you, Avery and I are ready for this. We’re very happy. Please, be happy for us.”

He released his death grip on his father. He didn’t realize he had been holding him so tight. He loved his dad very much and it pained him to think they might be estranged over his marriage to Avery.

Ben smiled and Cole could feel the stress leave his body. “Congratulations son,” he said, “Avery has a good head on her shoulders,  I’m sure she wouldn’t rush into this with you if she weren’t sure. And I like the new puppy. Ami hasn’t put him down since we got here. C’mon. We need to get back before your mom kills me.”

Cole and his Dad walked out of the office together, his Dad’s arm wrapped around his neck. When they entered Cole’s tiny living room smiling, the look of relief on both his mom’s and his new wife’s faces said volumes. Things were going to be okay.

Cole stood back and watched as his father went to Avery and kissed her on the cheek. “Welcome to the family Avery honey,” he said sincerely, “Sofia and I couldn’t be happier.”  Ben wrapped his long time employee, now also his daughter-in-law, in a hug.

Cole’s mother walked over to him and they watched the exchange between his dad and Avery. She slid her arm around him and gave him a sideways squeeze. “I’ll admit Cole, this was a bit unexpected, but I suppose you two are adults and know what you want. I’m just glad you and your father worked it out. Congratulations sweetie. I love you.”

Before they could say more, Ben grabbed one of the glasses of wine that had been poured while he and Cole were ‘talking’. He held it up in a toast. “Congratulations to Cole and Avery. Avery, I hope he makes you as happy as Sofia has made me,” he said, beaming at his wife and son who were still standing with their arms around each other.

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After everyone finally left, the newly married couple collapsed on the sofa. “So you and Ben worked it out it seems,” said Avery, “I was worried when he dragged you in your office.”

“Yes. He thought you might be pregnant … and that I was rebounding,” said Cole. Nothing but the truth, he said to himself. No secrets.

Avery started to get upset. “That pisses me …..”

“It’s okay babe,” said Cole, “I set him straight. It’s no secret that my mother was pregnant with me when they got married.”

“He doesn’t give you enough credit,” said Avery still mad.

Cole loved she was taking up for him. “Yes, he does. He had a somewhat troubled past evidently. He promised to tell me about it one day. Let’s give him a pass, okay?” Avery had to work with his dad and he didn’t want any tension between them, especially since his father had finally accepted their relationship.

Avery smiled and Cole was relieved.  “You are so good. That’s why Phil and I love you so much. Don’t we Phil?” she asked the puppy and kissed it’s little nose. Then she inhaled sharply before continuing.  “Oh god! We really are married! I can’t believe it!”

Cole felt a little tug of worry at her words, probably because his father’s meltdown today. What if she really had just got swept up in the moment? “I know. It almost doesn’t feel real, does it? But it is. And I am deliriously happy. Is that weird for a guy to say?”

Avery laughed. “Not my guy,” she said.

He felt himself relax. She really did love him. He pulled her close and the puppy jumped down. “Good,” he said and kissed her, “because I am.”

“Wanna show me how happy?” she asked and pulled him down on top of her.

“Why Mrs. Murdock, I believe I do,” he said, and kissed her passionately.

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Cole woke up to an empty bed. He had long since became accustomed to waking up with Avery next to him.  He could smell coffee, so he knew she had been up for awhile.

When he stepped out of the bedroom, he could hear Avery talking. At first he thought she was talking to the dogs, but she was on the phone.  Evidently it was her Aunt, the one that raised her after her father’s death.

He grabbed coffee and waited while she finished her conversation.

“Yes. Of course I love him,” said Avery sounding irritated, “What kind of question is that?”

“…”

“It’s been over between us for a long time Aunt June.”

“…”

“No! I’m not calling him. That’s insane! If he had cared, he would have come with me, but he didn’t. And I haven’t heard from him in at least 6 months, if not longer.”

“…”

Avery sighed. “If he calls, tell him. Why do I care? I am in love with my husband.”

“…”

“I told you. Cole Murdock.”

“…”

“Yes, his father owns C&M Development. They are a wonderful close knit family. Something you wouldn’t know about.”

Avery’s expression changed quickly into a sweet smile when she saw him standing there in his boxers cuddling Phil.  “I need to go now,” she said to her caller, “My new husband just walked in and we want to have breakfast together.”

“My Aunt,” explained Avery, “At least that’s over with. Thanks for giving me an excuse to get off the phone.”

“So, there was someone before me?” he asked as he sat down.

Avery cocked her head.  “Oh, so you heard? I told you, I had a boyfriend back in Windenburg. It was on again, off again for awhile, but he wouldn’t come to Newcrest. He said his work was more important than me chasing rainbows. I guess he figured I would fail and come running back. We saw each other some after I moved here. But I haven’t seen him for awhile. Aunt June probably hoped I would go back to him. I think she liked him because he had money. But instead, I found my true love and my future right here, with you. Best thing I ever did.”

“In that case, there is something I want to talk about,” said Cole.

“Oh? I hope no more secrets,” she said warily.

“No. I am an open book Avery. I have no secrets sweetheart. Just some things we need to decide on since we are married now.  So, I have been thinking. We have two houses. We should probably sell them both so we can buy a larger one. Because Avery, I want to have babies with you. Plus, Phil isn’t going to be pint sized dog long and the dogs will need a bigger yard, which will be good for kids too someday.  We can certainly afford something larger. Maybe we can build in Phase Two.”

“Damn…you scared me,” she said and laughed.  “I thought you were wanting to get pregnant right now. Not that I would necessarily say no, but I would like just a little time to enjoy being married first, don’t you think? And building our dream home? That’s a wonderful idea. I know just the lot too. Ben might not like like it though, since it’s a super nice one. We might have to settle for one of the others. But I will check when I get back to work on Monday.”

“Perfect,” said Cole thinking he was indeed very lucky his parents decided on Tiramisu at the Heart Ball.

“In the meantime, though, you are right, we should still consolidate,” she said,  “Mine is bigger so I guess we move into mine. I have a fireplace too or I would stay here.  I love fireplaces. Our new house definitely has to have a fireplace, for cuddling.”  She smiled seductively.

She’s already started planning, thought Cole, always planning. He couldn’t help but laugh. He loved seeing Avery so animated and happy. He believed that just maybe, she had never been this happy, and he was thrilled he was the reason for it.  Finally, he replied with a smirk, “Definitely a fireplace, but not just for cuddling, for making love to each other on cold winter nights.”

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37 thoughts on “Chapter 2.66 – Welcome Home

    • Ben knew he wasn’t going to win the fight and caved. Doesn’t mean he’s happy, but he doesn’t want to lose his son and Cole made it very clear who he would chose. And Dannie and Avery’s ex….two very good questions..😳

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  1. Aw, the scene with Ben and Cole was so emotional… It’s sad being reminded what happened to Grace. Cole needs to hear the whole story one day!
    He and Avery indeed seem very happy. I hope her ex doesn’t cause any problem between them. But I am worried. There must be some drama on the horizon, everything’s been going way too smoothly…

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  2. Well, Avery and Cole are the blissful couple. I wanted to smack Ben for the timing of his chat. At least it was a tiny drizzle instead of a storm.

    Cole seems to need a planner like Avery.

    Her chat with her aunt didn’t concern me unless she’s still in love with that rich guy and he hears about the marriage and flies over to talk sense into her….🤔

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    • Ben knew right away he lost that battle. He won’t make Cole choose because he already realized he would choose Avery and then Avery would indeed quit or it would be very tense in the office. He’s not happy, but he’s not stupid.

      Hmmmm… Avery and Cole. Blissful for sure. She is a planner and Cole is content to let her plan. And it makes her happy to feel in control. I think she needs to feel that way given how she grew up.

      And the ex… hmmm….we shall see if he makes an appearance in the future…

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  4. Hello, my 2 cents. That is the problem with quick Las Vegas marriages. It leaves the extended family unsettled and they don’t have a chance to get used to it and get involved in a positive way. I am talking about both sides of the family.
    Aunt June sounds just like a typical disapproving mother in law, “You married whasisname? You definitely did not use the sense I raised you with.”
    After the little snippet red herring about Avery’s ex, I am reading between the lines. He is a controlling manipulator that thinks he is God’s gift to women and with money to the boot. The kind that wants a trophy stepford wife. Avery had to move far away and build her career from scratch and count her blessings that she is not under his radar being controlled like a puppet on strings.
    The problem with “living together”, “sex before marriage” was evident in this legacy. Unplanned babies like Cole. No commitment.(especially on Yasmine’s and Ben’s part).
    .Looking into the crystal ball: I can see babies coming and drama, drama, drama.
    Thank you for a well developed storyline, that involves the readers. I can hardly wait for the next chapter.

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    • Yes. That is totally problem with living together and sex before marriage….unplanned pregnancies happen. They happen in marriages all the time. I can personally attest to that. Happened to me and my husband!

      And yes quickie marriages do upset families. Ben and Cole were bound to have that ‘discussion’ at some point, and it gave Cole more fortitude to give him a choice, accept it or leave. It would have hurt everyone if Ben and Sofia had left, because I think she would have gone with him. He probably doesn’t like it, but has to accept it or lose his son.

      And yes Aunt June didn’t even know she was involved with anyone much less ready to get married. Was still hoping for the handsome rich guy. She was lucky to get away and no doubt is much better off with Cole.

      We will let them be happy for a minute before more drama! 😈

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  5. While I can 100% understand Ben’s concerns… Dude. You don’t just throw that on your son the second he walks through the door. And you don’t do it like THAT either… Gah! I had very mixed feelings reading their argument haha. I’m glad they ended up working it out. Cole’s an adult. He’s old enough to make his own choices… and own mistakes, if that what this turns out to be! I don’t have any kids obviously.. especially adult ones! But I feel like, as much as parents want what’s best for their kids, there’s gotta be some turning point where you accept their freedom to choose their own path, even if you totally disagree. And you resist the urge for an “I told you so” if things do end in disaster… LOL It seems like this is that turning point for Ben and Cole.

    Since I still am not a huge Avery fan, I’m almost hoping this mysterious ex of hers does appear again… But I guess we’ll see 😛 Either way, we know this honeymoon period can’t last forever… There’s gotta be something messy coming. And I am eagerly waiting for it 😉 Hehehe

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    • Ben was totally wrong. He needed to cut the apron strings! But I guess he figured Cole would listen to him. You are right. This was that turning point for Ben to let him make his own decisions and mistakes. Lord knows Ben made enough of his own! He’s just trying to protect him. But he knows now he’s no longer his little boy. He’s an adult and capable of making his own decisions.

      As a parent, it is very hard to watch your own kids make mistakes. But you will definitely lose them if you aren’t supportive and never say I told you so.

      Avery’s ex may or may not appear again. And they are definitely still in the honeymoon stage of their relationship. When the new wears off … well things may happen. 😳

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  6. Oh dear, Ben really lost it for a minute and I can’t say I blame him. He’s older and wiser and been around the block a few times. I’m glad he and Cole are getting along but something tells me, Ben hasn’t really come around to the idea, he just doesn’t want to alienate his son over this. It isn’t worth losing him.

    I hope their marriage goes well, but it feels like something is lurking, ready to pounce.

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  7. Well everything happened as expected, I knew Ben wouldn’t be happy.And I am glad he worked things out with Cole. I am looking forward to that “troubled life conversation” since we as the readers know what it is.

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  9. I think Cole’s not going to be happy when Avery start’s palnning every single thing they do in the day! I mean, She surely decided to move in *her* house only so, if things go bad, *he* would be the one homeless.

    I got worried for a second with Ben and Cole’s talk! really thought things were going to get really , really bad!

    About Avery’s ex…I don’t think she will get back with him. I mean, why break her sucessfull plan only for a guy?( Thought, now that we now he’s rich, we can’t say Avery is a gold digger…what does he see in Cole’s company that she wants?)

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    • I think Avery is complicated. She ran from her past, not from her ex. She may be broken hearted too since he didn’t come with her or support her. Now she has found a family that seems normal and is wealthy too. Win win?

      Yes. She has been controlling. Even their impromptu wedding she controlled in some ways.

      Cole thought it was going to get bad too! Glad Ben realized it wasn’t worth alienating his son over.

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  10. Hmmm I bet that ex is gonna make an appearance eventually… and I can’t shake the feeling that Avery is still not 100% over him!
    That scene with Ben started of scary but it was super sweet. Poor Ben has been through so much! I still can’t believe Cole chose to not include his family into his wedding though!
    And Avery might act all sugary and sweet in front of Ben, but I think she has a very difficult side which hasn’t come out full force yet..!

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    • Hold that thought about the ex…..hmmmm.

      Ben.❤️❤️❤️ He loves his baby boy so much and is worried. But he isn’t going to make him choose cause he knows he would lose. And Cole would have included his family but he knew it would be a fight. There are definitely layers to Avery that we haven’t fully uncovered yet. Hold tight. Lol..

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  11. Seems like Cole isn’t the only one rebounding… What was THAT, Avery? 👀 I’m glad at least Ben got to reconcile with Cole before they left, them leaving in fight would have made me very sad. Although it wouldn’t have been the first family to break apart after a marriage 😔 Cole was right to stand up to him. Ben’s worries may have some foundation and of course lots of fatherly love in them but Cole is right, he’s an adult. It’s not like he didn’t know what Ben thinks about their relationship so why yell at him once more? The outcome wouldn’t have been any better than the ones before
    Btw forgot to mention last chapter that Fillintheblank has the best name EVER 😂

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    • Avery has secrets too. 👀 And I am very glad Cole and Ben worked it out. Ben would’ve been a mess if Cole kicked him out. Talk about awkward at work. Not sure what Ben was thinking, but it came from a place of love, but still, Cole should’ve stood up to him. Glad you liked the dogs name, I thought it was fun!

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