Chapter 2.72 – Reconnecting

The rain outside completely fit Cole’s dismal mood as he prepared dinner, yet once again, for himself and the kids.  In spite of Avery’s promise, nothing had really changed. She continued to work late and weekends. It was all he could do not to call his Dad. But he had promised her he wouldn’t.

As he and the twins enjoyed their dinner together, he accepted that they would never add to their family and it made him sad.  It was like his life was set, but sadly, it wasn’t satisfying like he had dreamed it would be.

He understood that Avery simply wasn’t maternal, but knew it wasn’t really her fault. The crippling depression she suffered after the twins were born prevented her from bonding with them. Spending time with them was hard for her, and all he had done was try to force it down her throat. She tried to tell him, but he just kept thinking, that as they got older, she would get as much joy out of watching them grow up as he did. As hard as it was, it was time for him to accept accept that she would likely never have a close relationship with the twins. 

It wasn’t just the kids though.  He and Avery had slowly drifted apart. They weren’t on the same page anymore, probably not even reading from the same book.  He needed to figure out a way to rekindle the romance that brought the two of them together in the first place, almost nine years ago now.  If they could only get that closeness back, maybe he wouldn’t feel like he was living half a life.  He knew, deep down, their marriage wouldn’t last much longer if they didn’t.  He just hoped it wasn’t already too late. That’s when he decided to take her on a vacation, just the two of them.

The next morning, he looked up vacation destinations and found the perfect place.  They hadn’t gone away together since the twins were born. Hopefully time alone together would help them reconnect. He sighed deeply.  He knew, they would come out of it one of two ways – ready to file for divorce, or recommitted to one another.  He prayed for the latter.

Cole immediately called his Dad and told him what he was going to do. He was careful not to complain about Avery’s work hours.  He just wanted to make sure, one, that they could watch the twins and two, Ben could live without his daughter-in-law for a week.  His dad readily agreed.

Cole went straight home, changed clothes and packed for both of them. He knew if he told Avery ahead of time, she would say no.

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When he arrived at C&M, he headed for her office.  She was on the phone with her back to him, so he waited while she finished her call.

“Okay, that’s sounds wonderful,” she cooed into the phone, “I’ll see you tomorrow night then. Bye.”

Nope, you won’t, thought Cole nervously, at least I hope not.

When Avery turned around and saw Cole standing there, she out a little scream. “Oh my god Cole!” she said and clutched her chest, “you scared me! How long were you standing there? And what are you even doing here?”

Cole finally grinned, thinking how pretty she was, even when she was frustrated with him. “Long enough to know you need to cancel your plans for tomorrow night.”

“Uh… no can do.  That was an important investor. I can’t just tell them no. Whatever is going on, you’ll need to do it without me.”  Her tone left no room for argument.

“Nope. Already cleared it with the bossman. I have a surprise for you,” said Cole, his eyes twinkling.

Avery wagged her finger at him. “Cole, what are you talking about? It’s not our anniversary or my birthday. What surprise?” she asked, her tone letting him know she was now done with his game.

Cole’s smile only got bigger, which only served to make her madder. “Where is the one place you always wanted to go?” he asked.

“Sunlit Tides, I guess,” she said, shrugging and rolling her eyes.

Cole held up the plane tickets. “Ding-ding-ding!” he said excitedly. “I hold in my hand, two round trip tickets to Sunlit Tides. You, my sweet, hard working wife, and your loving husband, are outta here, effective immediately for seven full days of sun and fun. You can text the investor and tell him to meet with Dad, or postpone your meeting for a week.”

Ben walked in at the end of Cole’s pronouncement and Avery looked at him like he might save her. “Ben? You can’t just clear my schedule without telling me! I have things….”

“Yes, I can – and I did,” said Ben, “You have more than earned it Avery. Sofia and I will take care of the kids. You two go and have fun. Just text me the name and phone number of the investor and I’ll call him…problem solved.”

“Wait,” she said, looking at Cole a little bit panicked, “It’s for two, right, not four?”

Cole couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. “Yes ma’am. Just you and me. No rugs-rats.”

“But – I can’t just go. I have to pack – and shop,” she said, still trying to find reasons not to go.

“Done…” said Cole smugly, “if I forgot something, we can get it there.”

Avery frowned, looking between him and his father. “This is happening, isn’t it?” she said sounding defeated.

Cole laughed. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you sweetheart.”

“We are leaving – right now?” she asked one last time.

“We are. The car is waiting out front,” said Cole.

“But, can I at least change clothes first? I can’t fly eight hours over the ocean in this dress and heels!”

She had finally given in and Cole relaxed. “Go change – scoot,” he said, as Avery quickly ran by them towards the bathroom.

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Avery ran into the bathroom to change. She nearly got sick when she thought about what had almost happened. Her mind was racing with how to deal with this turn of events. Cole was obviously trying to fix things between them. Maybe this week could actually be a good thing in the long run.

She took one more deep breath, and with shaking hands, quickly texted Spencer.

She sat on the wooden chair and closed her eyes after deleting the texts. As she rubbed her temples to calm herself, a lone tear managed to escape before she regained control. She needed to think what to tell Spencer, because he wasn’t going to just go away without a fight. And really, she didn’t want him to. Then she had an idea. Maybe, he didn’t have to. She had eight hours on the plane to think it through.

She grabbed her clothes out of the gym bad and as she changed, she thought about her and Spencer’s on again off again relationship. She had met him her junior year of high school. He was a junior in college. The handsome older guy and she was madly in love. They dated for two years. He came from money, lots of it.

When she moved to Newcrest she hoped he would follow her, but he said she was chasing rainbows and he preferred to live in the real world. They continued to see each other – when he was in town. Finally, she told him to take a hike. And then, she married Cole and became a Murdock.

Unbeknownst to her, Spencer’s company had become one of Ben’s  primary investors.  He provided financing for new home buyers.  They eventually bumped into one another 3 years ago, at an investor meeting at C&M headquarters.  He began to pursue her again after that, but she and Cole were still doing okay. Not great, but okay. Fran was still there.

When Fran quit two years ago, and Avery was feeling lost and overwhelmed, she finally gave into his charms. She agreed to dinner in the guise of a work meeting to discuss his company’s continued investment in C&M.

At the ‘meeting’, she gave in and she allowed him to kiss her. He made her feel sexy and desirable in ways she hadn’t felt since before she had been pregnant.  Now that he was older, he was hot as hell, and could have had anyone. But he came back for her.  That alone was intoxicating. He was dangerous and lived on the edge. Being with him was exciting and made her blood run hot. Yes, she was sure she wasn’t ready to give that up.

Avery stood up and took a deep breath. She smoothed her clothes and looked in the mirror. She wondered how she got here. All she ever wanted was to belong, and that was what made her decide she wanted to be part of the Murdock family for real, not just an outsider looking in.

She knew that Ben was mysterious and sexy with a hint of danger, exactly her kind of man. Why wouldn’t his son be the same way? But Cole wasn’t anything at all like his father. He was sweet and romantic, and domestic.  Something Avery was not.

Still, she had fallen in love with him when it was new and exciting, but she hadn’t felt that way in a long time. He said he loved her, but he didn’t. He loved who he wanted her to be. She didn’t belong in his life anymore. She didn’t fit his boring vision of what their life should be.

Cole was an excellent father, thank god for the twins, because she knew she was a barely there mother. She and her kids were strangers. She could see the pain in his eyes that caused, so she avoided the kids as much as much as possible, which also meant avoiding Cole. However, when Spencer came along and swept her off her feet again, he filled that void, and the loneliness.

Now, she was spending an entire week with Cole in Sunlit Tides. It would be like it used to be before kids, or even for the few years they had Fran, when things were good between them, and he made her feel special. She knew he would try. She would too, because the alternative, it really wasn’t something she was prepared for. She was a Murdock now and that’s how she intended to stay.

Avery took one last look in the mirror and pasted on a smile. She went to join her husband, and tried not to think about Spencer, or what might be happening differently right now, if Cole had walked in 10 minutes earlier.

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Sunlit Tides…

Cole had been nervous. Avery was a planner, so this spur of the moment trip could have backfired. But with his dad on his side, it had worked and he was beyond excited. Even though she was quiet for most of the trip, Avery had seemed genuinely touched, which was a start.

When they arrived in the suite, there was champagne, fruit and fresh flowers waiting on them. “Awesome!” said Cole and grabbed the bottle. He opened it poured each of them a glass.

“To us and to this glorious week alone together. I love you Avery,” said Cole, his voice thick with emotion.

“I love you too,” replied Avery automatically, then took a long drink.

She seemed nervous so he took the glass from her and set it down. He put his hands on her face and looked deep into her green eyes.  They were swimming with tears. “Please, don’t cry sweetheart. I don’t know how we drifted apart, but let’s use this time together to find our way back. I don’t want to fill our days with excursions and mindless activities, I want to fill them rediscovering each other.”

She swallowed hard before she spoke. “Then, let’s start now,” she whispered, and pulled him to her for a kiss.

Suddenly their passion ignited. The flame Cole feared might have been dying out seemed to roar back to life. He had never wanted her, or needed her, like he did right then and he could tell, Avery was just as passionate.

When he picked her up to carry her into the bedroom, she clung to him like she couldn’t get close enough, and it made him love her even more.

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Avery cried into Cole’s chest after they made love, confusing him. “Why are you crying?” he asked.

“I’m sorry. I’m just an emotional mess. I’m happy and sad at the same time.”

“Why sad?” he asked and sat up.

“Honestly?” she asked, turning away from him.

“Honestly,” he said softly, while gently rubbing her back. “That’s what this is. It’s our time. Even if it hurts a little. We can’t fix things if we don’t talk about it.”

Avery spoke without looking at him. “I’m not like you Cole, and I never will be. That hurts you, and I can’t change it. And, I’m not sure this week will be enough to figure it out. And then we will just go back to more of the same.”

This was a talk they should have had a long time ago, and he wasn’t going to let the opportunity slip away.  “Avery look at me,” said Cole.

When she turned over he brushed her hair back gently, “I was wrong about so many things. I kept thinking, that, in time, as the kids got older, things would change between you and them. But you are doing the best you can. This is you, and if I want you in my life, I have to accept it. Avery, I want you in my life. We want you in our life.”

This time Avery sat up, but he didn’t let her go. He wanted to hear what she had to say.  “Cole. You haven’t accepted it yet. You are doing it right now, and you don’t even know it. You are looking at me with pity in your eyes. I don’t want your pity! I’m good at work, not mothering.” she said frustrated.

He released her, frustrated as well, and she got out of bed. She grabbed a nightgown out of the suitcase, so he followed suit and pulled on his boxers. He supposed this was a conversation you didn’t have in the nude.  While they were dressing, Cole wondered if she was right. He did feel bad for her, and he wanted to make her okay again. But what did that really mean? He had thought he knew, but now, he had no idea. Maybe she was okay, and it was himself that needed to be fixed.

He laid back on the bed and was relieved when Avery crawled up and sat between his legs.  “I’m sorry,” he said after she settled, “I don’t want to fight about it, and I truly don’t want to make you feel bad. I’m trying here, Avery. Help me understand you better.”

Avery sighed deeply, looking down at him, her eyes filled. “I’m sorry. I know you are trying. It’s just that, I can’t deal with it anymore – the looks of pity and confusion you give me when you think I don’t notice, the constant feeling that when I’m home, I’m not doing my part, that I work too many hours. Cole, I work those hours for us. That business is ours. Who the hell do you think’s gonna run it when Ben retires? It’s certainly not your air-headed sister and her fuck buddy Noah. And not you either. Your hands are full with the clinic. It will be me, Cole. ME. I know as much about C&M as Ben.”

Cole was shocked. He opened his mouth but nothing came out. He never knew she had all of this bottled up inside. How had he not known? Probably because she stayed gone as much as possible, because of him. He had driven her away with expectations she couldn’t meet and his thinly veiled attempts to get her to take a more active role in their children’s lives.

Finally he responded to his wife’s revelations. “Avery,” he said softly, “How do we fix this? I want my wife back. All of you. Not just the physical part you let me have when we finally get a few minutes alone.”

She smiled at him through her tears.  “I want us back too Cole,” she said weakly.

“I guess, that’s a start then,” he said softly, “At least, we both want the same thing.”

“Lay back down with me and hold me,” said Avery, “I’ve really missed being in your arms.”

She didn’t have to ask twice. “Me too,” said Cole with a soft smile as he pulled her down next to him and held her until they both fell asleep.

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Cole woke up a couple of hours later.  He smiled when he thought about falling asleep with his wife in his arms and recalled their passion from earlier.  It hoped is was a good sign that they could eventually be okay.  He turned over to pull her back into his arms, but she wasn’t in bed with him.

Then he heard a voice…hers. He couldn’t understand the words, but he would know her inflection and tone anywhere. He sighed deeply. She just can’t stop working. He knew it had to be work. He looked to see what time it was. It was 10 PM back home.  Who does business this late he wondered.  Avery, that’s who.  He pulled himself out of bed to get her off the phone.  This was their time.

He quietly opened the door.  Now that he could hear her conversation. She sounded upset. He hoped it wasn’t a work deal gone bad. That would spoil her mood.

“I’m really sorry,” she said to the caller, “Just meet with Ben. When we get back, I will call.  I have an idea I want to discuss with you.”

“….”

“It was a mistake to think it could work.”

“….”

“No. Please, just tell Ben we are working on a plan for retail financing,” she said.

Retail? wondered Cole. Things were going better than he realized.

Avery must have sensed him standing there and turned around. She quickly gave him a warm smile and shrugged, looking embarrassed.

“My husband just walked in,” she said to her caller, “As I said, we are on vacation and have dinner reservations. Talk to Ben, and we’ll talk more when I return. Have a nice evening.” Avery disconnected the call and turned to face Cole. “I’m sorry….how long have you been standing there?” she asked.

“Only a minute. Honey, why are you doing business this late at night? It’s after 10 back home,” asked Cole.

Avery sighed and smiled. She got up and put her arms around Cole. “Sorry. I guess old habits die hard. It was the investor. I wanted to make sure he understood why I was suddenly MIA. No more phone calls. I promise. This is our time.”

“Well, we should probably stay up. Given the time difference, a dinner reservation actually sounds like a good idea. Then we can come back here and make love all night long,” then he chuckled, “Or just crash. And start again tomorrow.”

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61 thoughts on “Chapter 2.72 – Reconnecting

  1. Nice try, Cole, but I’m afraid it might be too late. When you return home, things will fall back into old tracks.
    It was good to read Avery’s perspective. The two of them rushed their wedding. If they didn’,t Avery would have found out sooner that Cole is not her type. She clearly needs thrill in her life. Cole is anything but that. You find Cole exactly where you leave him. At home with kids or at work with animals. He’s something you can take for granted. And that gets boring for a woman like Avery.

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    • I am afraid it may be too little too late. Cole is definitely not her type. They definitely rushed into things. She does need thrill. I’m glad you enjoyed Avery’s perspective. Work – and Spencer – are far more satisfying for her than being at home and wrangling kids. Cole is boring for her when they attention isn’t on her alone. They have a week to work it out. Maybe they can find a better compromise. She clearly doesn’t want to divorce Cole. But they are finally having conversations they should have years ago. We shall see…

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  2. Now this talk was long overdue for both. Still I’m not convinced they can fix their problems. They are both too different from each other, and they married the wrong person. While Avery seems to have understood that, Cole still is kinda clueless. Smh both remind me a little of Mae and Herbert, lol.
    Now the only question I have left is, was there more than the kiss? This is not clear.

    And “your air-headed sister and her fuck buddy Noah” IS THIS HAPPENING ❤ I thought Ben would murder Noah if he hadn't any serious intentions about Ami, but lol!
    I like this.

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    • Soooo much like Mae and Herbert! Lol…. But yes, clearly they are not fit for each other. They have two very different ideas of happy ever after. It doesn’t take much to figure out Cole. What you see is what you get. Avery is complicated with lots of layers like Noah once said.

      And there was definitely more than a kiss. Maybe I should have given a peek into that. You don’t kiss your former lover and not fall back into the same.

      And yes, Noah and Ami are a thing, but nobody knows it. They are trying to keep it secret for that very reason. Ami is afraid of her father’s reaction. More about them in the next chapter! Cole didn’t say anything because he was so focused on his own screwed up marriage to worry about his sister.

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      • Avery is so messed up. She’s an interesting thing. Now Cole just needs to really understand that, but then he would realize that probably their relationship can’t ever be as what he really wanted and needs.

        Duh. I’m innocent so I need a clear statement like, then they did the deed! 😀

        Ohhh I see. That statement of Avery let me think they had an open lose affair, but seems it was just her assumption xD
        And yay for more Noami! ❤

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  3. God no… She actually has an affair. Now I think even worse of her than I did. And it creeped me out when I read of her thinking of Ben and him being a dangerous man. She still fantasizes of his dad. Oh my goodness. She’s seriously messed up. Run, Cole, run! She’s no good news!

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    • She does have an affair going. She was devastated when Fran left and she couldn’t handle it. She was already drifting away. Cole is boring. Domestic as she described it. Ben still has that underlying bad boy vibe going on and she can sense it. She doesn’t want to divorce Cole though. But wants to have her cake and eat it too. She is messed up in a lot of ways. But she knows what she wants! Poor Cole’s mind just doesn’t go there. He’s too trusting.

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    • I know. 😢😢😢 At least she acknowledges she is a sucky mother and the twins are better off with their Dad. I feel bad for them too. Maybe she’ll come around? She doesn’t want to divorce him so she’s gonna have to step up her game. We’ll see if she does.

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  4. I hope Cole catches her in the act. I have a bad feeling it will be their daughter who finds out about the affair.
    She is such a witch and like I said she still has the hots for Ben. She messes with Ben her mother- in- law will whoop her butt along with little sister.
    Why does Cole put up with the way she talks about his sister and his best friend? I am starting to dislike Cole. You don’t mess with family.
    Someone mess with my adopted Dad or Mom I will go to jail.

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    • Ohhh. I hope her daughter doesn’t find out. That would be devastating! She may be a witch with a capital B. She liked what she saw I. Ben, but at least had the sense not to go after him. He was much older than her. Almost old enough to be her father. Although, she does seem to,prefer older men and went and married a younger one. 😳.

      I think, he wasn’t registering her comment and was more concerned about their relationship. And really, if he had to take sides, he would likely side with Avery. He has already proved that when he told Ben to get out of his house if he didn’t like it. Hopefully Cole will call her on it.

      I understand how fiercely loyal you can be right now to your adoptive parents. They seem like the best and I’m so happy you have them. ❤️

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      • I know Cole’s dad and mom doesn’t care for the way she treats the children. I wonder if mom senses that Avery has the hots for her husband and that could be a reason for some of the looks or is it all Avery’s imagination or guilty conscience.

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        • Sofia’s looks we’re real. 😯. I think Sofia doesn’t like that she came back to work so fast and easily after being such a mess after the twins were born. Sofia is very maternal. So she doesn’t understand how Avery could leave her babies so easily. I don’t think she knows Avery has been secretly drooling over Ben. She would have said something.

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          • I think Amy does more around the office than Avery gives her credit. I sence a little jealousy from Avery.
            Dad was right when he tried to get Cole not to marry Avery. He knew something was not quite right.

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            • Right on all counts! Amy is indeed doing more than Avery realizes. The next chapter focuses on Amy a little more so we will see some of that. In hindsight, Ben was certainly right to try and stop Cole and Avery from getting married. But then we wouldn’t have those two precious children! But, Ben knew Cole was rebounding from Yasmine and not making good choices. He didn’t know she was a cheater though. And still doesn’t.

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  5. I have not commented on the past few chapters because I am upset with what’s happening with the story. You have done a great job with the development of the characters bringing them to life. Leaving us with suspense as the plot develops. You the master of your craft. I just don’t like the plot now.
    The reason I am upset is because my oldest son is getting a divorice. His wife did an Avery. Wants a totally different lifestyle now. The single gym/club lifestyle with many dates. So one week she has the kids age 4 and 7. the other week he has the kids. She was the breadwinner and he was the stay at home dad then moonlighting as a professional interpreter for the deaf at night. Now he works full time as a trainer of video relay operators. There are too many parallels with your plot and my son and grandkids situation.
    Maybe I am wrong, but Avery wants to eventually be the Murdock owner of the company. without the domestic part of her marriage Cole and the kids. That is selfish and greedy. She is already cheating on Cole secretly and abdicating her role as a mom. The kids need a mother as well as a dad. She is not trustworthy. She is not performing to the responsibilities she committed herself to as a mother or as a wife. Yes the basic reason for a divorice is selfishness Cheating, lies, irresoinsibility, controlling, abuse and other excesses are the visible side of selfishness.
    You have not expanded the plot too much re Averys affect on the kids in a way it hits home to your readers. I have seen my granddaughter (4) crying because she misses her mom and dad gets the phone for her to talk to her mom when it is dads turn to have the kids. She is not handling it very well acting up all the time. when my grandkids are at their moms. She cries and misses her dad, and she calls him. My grandson has basically accepted it on the surface, but he gets very needy frequently, not feeling secure.. Divorice is the hard on the kids especially since they don’t have the emotional resilience adults do,. One more thing the ex wife demanded the dog (9 years old).My son let her have him. The dog went on a hunger strike refusing to eat or drink. After 2 days of this she brought him back to my son and he started eating again. My son feels sorry for the dog because he does not have the time for the runs etc they used to have. So to me the divorice was the hardest on the dog, then the grandkids. At least they are not trying to turn the kids against their ex spouse.
    In real life, Avery is going to have to do an 180 degree turn around to save her marriage. She is going to have to get rid of her selfishness, and regain the Murdocks trust back and honor her commitment in marriage. Right now she is not caught in the act and has her cake and enjoys eating it. And Cole will need to forgive her whether or not she does the 180 degree turn around. Trust though is something that has to be earned.

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    • I am so sorry your oldest son is getting a divorce. I went through that with my oldest son as well. It’s devastating. His daughter was only 2 and they had been married 8 years. We were shocked because had no idea things were bad and badly wanted them to fix things for the child. It caused a lot of grief, but now they are both remarried and very happy. My granddaughter is now a well adjusted teen. But it is still hard that she is shuffled between two sets of parents. Thankfully there was no infidelity, but sort of like Avery and Cole, their life’s goals were not in sync and when their daughter was born, their marriage changed drastically as often does when children are introduced.

      As far as how the kids are affected, Avery’s absence in their lives has been that way from day one. And Cole has bent over backwards to minimize that. It’s something they have just grown up with. We will see more about how this affects them in the upcoming chapters. And yes, Avery will have to make a drastic change to save her marriage. At this point, she hasn’t eroded trust that Ben has in her. He’s not aware of her ‘extended work’ hours. Because, well, she isn’t working. So he has no idea there is trouble in Cole’s home life. She’s a good little actress.

      I hope things get better soon for your son and grandchildren. ❤️

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  6. I am so freaking disgusted with this woman OMG. She’s such an awful mother and she’s cheating too?! Cole, honey, open your eyes! 😩 A romantic getaway isn’t enough to fix this. This woman does not deserve you or your kids. And it sounds like she is extemely interested in your dad’s company… 😬 Ughhhh I have such a bad feeling. This is all gonna blow up spectacularly and poor Cole will be hurt yet again. But this time there are two precious children involved 😭

    (On the bright side, NOAMI 😍 I hope Avery is right 😛 But I also hope they’re more than just “fuck buddies” because I am totally onboard that ship!)

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    • She’s a bad mother and knows it. And doesn’t care. 😠. That’s the worst part. And now she has her own fuck buddy on the side for a little excitement.

      Cole knows his marriage is a mess. He’s just hoping time alone will allow them to talk and try to come to some agreement on how to make it work. And she is very invested in his Dad’s business, that’s why she’s likely to work with Cole and try to work things out. Whether that means she dumps Spencer or not, we shall see. She obviously doesn’t want to.

      If this does blow up, Cole will be crushed and the kids too no doubt. 😭😭😭

      Noami! Yes….we shall see more about them in the upcoming chapters…nine left before the next gen officially begins! 😳

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  8. THOT alert!

    I hated to hear her ever accuse Cole of doing anything wrong in the relationship. If a man is the breadwinner of the family, that doesn’t give him an excuse to be an absent dad! God! Avery is such a selfish bitch. Actually, those words are too good for her. She doesn’t feel bad about the situation. The ONLY reason she didn’t leave him when Spencer came along was because of the Murdock company which she believes she owns. Well, sis, you don’t! I hope Cole finds out about Avery’s infidelity and throws her out on her ass! 😡🤬😤

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    • 😂😂😂 How do you really feel? I don’t think I’ve ever seen those emojis! Seriously, she is very selfish and narcissistic. If the man is the primary breadwinner, you are right, that’s no reason to be an absent dad. I think you are right, she thinks she owns the Murdock company and she doesn’t. Ben does. Not Cole and not Ami. Not yet anyway. And she knows if she’s not married to Cole she’ll never own it. That’s not how she started out exactly, but it appears that’s what it has devolved into. If he finds out, you can be sure he would toss her to the curb, but it might break him in the process. I hope not. No Jackson’s here……😭😭😭😭

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  9. Okay, this marriage is dead for good. Yup, I’m calling it, by the end of this romantic week, Cole will finally come to his senses and realize they *aren’t* suppost to be together.

    I mean, Spencer, really? I’m suprised, but not impressed in any way, shape, or form. Avery *was* very emotional and felt like she wasn’t getting what she wanted with Cole, ( besides, she seem to have not that much of a emotional connection with her own husband and kids.), so it’s only natural she would look for love in another place.

    They need to divorce. For reals. That way, Cole will *officially* be a single father ( something he low-key has been since Fran quit.), and Avery will be able to work as late as she want, date Spencer, who has no morals what-so-ever to be able to date a married woman, and they can both be a very evil couple together!…Far away from Cole, that is.

    Avery got into the murdocks for the love, and stayed for the company. ( or was it the contrary?). Maybe Spencer just wants Avery because of her bucks, and power. I’m hecka sure, If Avery and Cole had a not-so-friendly breakup. she wouldn’t see a penny of the company, making Spencer break up with her.

    Avery did a big mistake by thinking Cole was like Ben, I mean, hello, Cole endured Yasmin’s issues for quite a lot of time. I doubt Ben would have half the pacience Cole had. :P. Avery really shouldn’t have married Cole so fast.

    I dislike Avery, but, as I stated before, she *is* the mother of Cole’s kid, so I hope nothing bad happens, and, that she stays very, very, VERY far away from Cole.

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    • Your comments are always so insightful! The marriage probably is dead, ole just hadn’t accepted that yet. And Avery is going into this week to make sure he doesn’t. You are right, she knows if she isn’t happily in love Mrs. Cole Murdock, she will have nothing. I think that scares her a lot more than not being with Spencer. Although she thinks she can do both.

      Spencer is definitely mysterious and ambitious, and maybe not so scrupulous in his ambition. He could be playing her….who really knows.

      Cole has essentially been a single father since Fran left. So sad. I think she got into the Murdock’s for what she sees as love, but maybe it was really power disguised as love.

      She knew Ben a lot better than she ever got to k ow Cole. She spent every day working with him for years. She on,y saw Cole a few weeks during the summer when he was in college. And he was with Yasmine, so that further distanced them.

      Avery is twisted. But, as you say, she is the twin’s mother. May she stay very far away! Lol….

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  10. And here we go. Secretly, I had been wondering. Was hoping Cole would walk in on her and kick her to the curb. That way she can have her freedom and he may be so mad that it doesn’t hurt so bad, while trying to protect his kids (oh yeah, I said it, HIS kids). Sorry, I am the blunt and black & white type and I do not give second chances, nor do I believe in running after someone who is already gone. Bye Felicia!
    We need to get Cole a decent woman. Friend, lover, I don’t care, but someone different than Avery. Again, no hatred, just done with her. 🙂

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    • Haha. Yes. Cheater. He came close to finding out when he walked in on her at work. I think the second phone conversation was a bit more guarded. Just in case.

      And you can bet he would kick her to the curb. It would hurt, but he will be all about protecting ‘his’ kids. ❤️ Cole has nothing but love to give and is way too forgiving. Others may have already said shape up or ship out long ago.

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  11. Uh oh! So Avery is having an affair?! You know, I was considering it during some of your previous chapters, but I was like “naaah… even she can’t sink so low” – but I was wrong! And she’s still having the hots for Ben too?! What up Avery?!
    You know, that whole vacation thing just cracked me up, because she got trapped by her lucky go husband, without him having any idea! 😂
    But seriously… I don’t think this marriage can be saved at that point… maybe it’s time for both of them to admit failure and move on..!
    This was great! ❤ Something big is brewing and you've got me at the edge of my seat! 😀

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    • Avery has been having issues since Fran left. She didn’t at first and resisted her ex-lover….but he’s rich and exciting and roguish. Just how she sees Ben. Ben may dress differently from before, but underneath he’s still Ben. And she can feel it. Just the way he is with Sofia and the obvious lust he has for his wife.

      She did get trapped by poor Cole! 😂 He always messes with her plans! She isn’t ready to call it done… but at least Cole is 100% realizing finally that their marriage is indeed teetering on the edge and forcing her to work on it.

      Hold on to your seat! Lol….😂😂😂

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  12. ~ I think the only thing keeping Avery from leaving is turning her back on the Company she thinks through marriage she owns, whether she wants to admit it or not the only reason she married Cole was because the Family Company can with him,that in its self made Cole very appealing, & yes even lovable,even though Cole was not her type,that was over looked for the security the Company would give her in the long run, I know no one knows of Avery’s treachery yet,but it will be just a matter of time,especially if she keeps running Ami’s name through the mud(Hmmm! me thinks she is slightly threatened by one of the true heirs to the Company!LOL)
    ~ I am hoping that she is found out by Ben or Cole.
    ~ I thought when she asked Cole not to approach his father about her work hours, that something was not quite right, because if he had asked his dad about her long hours, He/Ben would not be able to explain why she worked late when in fact she did not!
    ~ But Cole trusts his wife!
    ~ He even blames their marriage problems on himself,saying he was pushing her to be more with the twins,when he knew better, that it was all the depression after having the twins, all I could see in that scenario, was that the twins did not fit her idea of what her children she act like, they did not slot into her plans or her idea of what they should be or behave like! Plain and simple she had no idea!
    ~ I am guessing that this will blow up soon, & she does not love Cole anymore, if she ever did, it is the company she is after now, I am sure she has overlooked the fact that Ben owns it, not Cole! Yes he & Ami will one day, but I think that day is a very long way away! And I am pretty sure she will not be able to keep up her double life for that long without some one noticing!
    ~ Once it is discovered, I am sure that Ben will fire her,not because she is not doing her job,but because she hurt his beloved son, & he would not have her around to further inflict harm on his child or his family!
    ~ I bet she never thought that would happen & I am a 110% certain it will.
    ~ You write your characters well,so much drama,can not wait for more!
    ~ Sorry, I think I made up for all the times I did not post!

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  13. ~ I think the only thing keeping Avery from leaving is turning her back on the Company she thinks through marriage she owns, whether she wants to admit it or not the only reason she married Cole was because the Family Company can with him,that in its self made Cole very appealing, & yes even lovable,even though Cole was not her type,that was over looked for the security the Company would give her in the long run, I know no one knows of Avery’s treachery yet,but it will be just a matter of time,especially if she keeps running Ami’s name through the mud(Hmmm! me thinks she is slightly threatened by one of the true heirs to the Company!LOL)
    ~ I am hoping that she is found out by Ben or Cole.
    ~ I thought when she asked Cole not to approach his father about her work hours, that something was not quite right, because if he had asked his dad about her long hours, He/Ben would not be able to explain why she worked late when in fact she did not!
    ~ But Cole trusts his wife!
    ~ He even blames their marriage problems on himself,saying he was pushing her to be more with the twins,when he knew better, that it was all the depression after having the twins, all I could see in that scenario, was that the twins did not fit her idea of what her children she act like, they did not slot into her plans or her idea of what they should be or behave like! Plain and simple she had no idea!
    ~ I am guessing that this will blow up soon, & she does not love Cole anymore, if she ever did, it is the company she is after now, I am sure she has overlooked the fact that Ben owns it, not Cole! Yes he & Ami will one day, but I think that day is a very long way away! And I am pretty sure she will not be able to keep up her double life for that long without some one noticing!
    ~ Once it is discovered, I am sure that Ben will fire her,not because she is not doing her job,but because she hurt his beloved son, & he would not have her around to further inflict harm on his child or his family!
    ~ I bet she never thought that would happen & I am a 110% certain it will.
    ~ You write your characters well,so much drama,can not wait for more!
    ~ Sorry, I think I made up for all the times I did not post!

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  15. So there it is. An affair. You know, a long time ago, I said in so many words that all Avery wanted was to be a Murdock so she could have the company. Her mistake was assuming Ben and Cole were basically the same person personality-wise. Ugh. I see no way to fix this mess but I’m really looking forward to seeing what you have in store.

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    • Yep. An affair…. But, I don’t think her goal was to have the company per se, but to be a real part of it. Maybe I’m splitting hairs, because being a part of it was definitely a goal. I think I she was in denial that she wanted to be a part of their family, and not part of the company. And Ben and Cole are night and day different. Fortunately, Ben and Sofia found each other and she was a big influence on Cole growing up. Not saying Ben didn’t love him. He did the best he could to be a single father to him. ❤️. But Ben is still Ben…a little wild and mysterious to someone like Avery.

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