Chapter 3.35 – Professions of Love

Reagan was slightly tipsy, and very happy, when she and Evan arrived at her house after the graduation party. It had been a huge success and Reagan was determined he was going to spend the night, mother or no mother. She also made a big decision, especially after seeing Taylor and Elliott together, she was going to tell Evan how she felt. He’d been there for her through so much, supporting her. He hadn’t said it yet, and she didn’t think there was a rule about who said it first, or if he even had to say it back, but she was pretty sure he felt the same way.

As soon as the front door closed behind them, standing there in the dark, Evan drew her to him and kissed her senseless. He didn’t seem like a man that wanted to run. “Evan,” she said, completely breathless when he finally released her. “I need to tell you…”

Before she could finish her sentence, the room was flooded with light, interrupting them as they shielded their eyes against the sudden brightness.

“Sorry kids, I fell asleep on the couch,” said her mother, standing there in her nightgown. “And I didn’t want to eavesdrop.”

“Mom….are you okay?” asked Reagan, as her eyes finally adjusted to the light. She looked as if she’d been crying.

“I’m fine. I’ll just go to my room. Carry on. Don’t mind me.” When she turned to walk out, Reagan heard her sniff followed by a little mewling sound.

Reagan turned to Evan pleading for him to understand with her eyes.

“Maybe I better go,” he said finally, none too happy.

“Evan, I’m so sorry. I’ve never seen her like this. I need to see what’s going on. Tomorrow night? Maybe?” She was begging him and she knew it.

“Reagan, you know this is just a play for attention,” he snapped.

“Why would you think that?” she asked, “No, I think something’s happened.”

“Right, she didn’t get invited to the family party,” he said sarcastically.

“Evan. No. She wanted to go somewhere. She asked to use my car. Something happened. Maybe she went to see an old friend and they were cruel to her.”

Evan sighed and touched her face. “In the words of Elliot, Goodbye Luv.”

Reagan smiled at his imitation of Elliott’s accent. “He’s nice, huh?”

Evan pouted, “Nicer than me?” he asked still imitating Elliott. “I’m bloody jealous.”

Reagan snickered. “I’m gonna miss you tonight.”

Evan kissed her again. This time it was sweet and soft, not so intense like before. “I’m definitely gonna miss you too,” he said softly, “Go, take care of Mommy Dear…your mother.”

When the front door shut, Reagan turned out the lights and leaned against it. Tonight had been almost magical. Everyone was happy and having a good time. Remembering the dance with her father made her smile. Elliott turned out to be a hit, probably because everyone wanted to listen to him speak. And he put up with Connie’s endless questions about Harry Potter. But Taylor, she literally glowed when he showed up. Reagan wondered if maybe she glowed when she was next to Evan. She thought she did, because he always made her smile and her heart race. And Ryan. She was pretty sure he and Rosa left together.

She heard her mother’s bedroom door shut, reminding her why she wasn’t in Evan’s arms right now. She sighed, pushed off the door and walked the short distance to her mother’s bedroom and knocked softly. “Mom, can I come in?”

“Of course,” came her reply.

Her mother was sitting at the dressing table, not yet in bed.  When she walked closer she looked at Reagan’s reflection in the mirror with sad eyes. “You didn’t have to ask him to leave because of me.” Her words were emotionless and dry.

“What’s wrong. Why were you crying?” she asked, ignoring her mother’s statement.

Avery turned and looked at her. “It’s nothing,” she said, and began to tear up again.

Reagan sat on the bed. “Obviously, it’s not nothing. I’m not leaving until you tell me what’s wrong. Come sit over here and talk to me.”

Avery got up and moved to the bed next to Reagan. “I found out some things tonight that were – upsetting. I’ll be okay.”

“Mom,” she said gently, “please tell me. Let me help you,” said Reagan.

Avery studied her, making her uncomfortable. Suddenly she knew what it was. Her mother knew where she had gone and that she lied to her. Damn. Evan was right.

“I learned someone close to me died, a long time ago,” said her mother, “But I just now found out.”

“Oh, Mother,” said Reagan, sad about her friend, but happy her mother’s tears weren’t because of her. She went to put her arms around her to comfort her, but her mother stiffened and pushed her away.

“It’s okay darling, I’ll deal with that. But truthfully, it’s you that’s hurt me the most. Reagan, don’t ever lie to me again. Not ever. I know where you were. You were with them. The whole bunch of them.”

By the time she finished her rant, it was clear how upset she was and Reagan felt like a little kid being scolded instead of a grown woman. “I’m sorry,” she said weakly, but was determined to stand her ground. “Mom,” she said with more forcefulness, “they’re my family too, and I didn’t want to make you feel bad.”

That man tried to keep me locked up!” she sneered, her face contorting into anger, “Of course I feel bad when you go see him and that little tramp he’s married to. But I feel worse when you lie to me about it!”

Reagan felt small again. “Mom, I thought you were happy he had moved on … you said…”

“I was! Up until he tried to convince the commissioners to deny me my parole. If his high and mighty sister hadn’t declined to say anything, they sure as hell would’ve.”

Reagan didn’t know what to do. Her mother was so angry and now she was getting angry with her too. She knew her mother didn’t like her seeing her father, there was certainly no love lost between the two of them.  But, they respected her decision to allow her mother to live with her, albeit reluctantly. In fact her father gave her money to help. She wanted so badly to tell her just that, but she knew he would be upset if she did. So she kept quiet.

“Mom, you don’t understand,” she said finally, deliberately keeping her voice calm and soft, “Daddy didn’t know I was going to be at the hearing, or that we wrote a letter. Or he wouldn’t have done that. I’m sure of it. I was going to tell him afterwards. I didn’t know they would be there either or I would’ve told him. I’m sorry this is hard. But I’m trying. I love you both. Don’t do this … please … ” Her voice broke with emotion.

“Oh … honey. I’m sorry,” said her mother, apologetic now, instead of angry, and Reagan breathed a sigh of relief. “I’ve spoiled your evening with your boyfriend and upset you, just because I was feeling sorry for myself. I just that I can’t stop wondering how long I have to continue to pay for making one bad choice.”

Avery stopped and took a deep breath before going on. “You knew I had severe postpartum depression, right? And it caused things between your father and I to deteriorate. That’s why I sought comfort in the arms of my ex. It was wrong. And I’m sorry. And now he’s gone. You’re all I have left.” She was getting emotional again.

Reagan was shocked by her mother’s confession. She must have felt very much alone while she was out having a good time with people that hated her. Then it dawned on her what she said. “Spencer?” she asked,  “He’s the one?”

“Yes. It was just before the trial. I think he was killed,” she said, her eyes glassy. “He could’ve cleared me.”

“Oh no. I’m so sorry Mother. That’s awful.”

“I wish I could find out who did it,” mumbled Avery under her breath. “Noah Redcliffe has the wherewithal to do something like that.”

Reagan was shocked. “You can’t be serious,” she said, “He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

Her mother suddenly looked at her, her features hard and cold. “You need to grow up Reagan! People are capable of all kinds of horrible things when they’re threatened.”

“No. Noah is a gentle giant. He wouldn’t put Ami at risk like that. He adores her.”

“My point exactly,” she said and sighed, much calmer again. “Well, don’t you worry you pretty little head. I need you Reagan. We need each other. So no more secrets sweetheart. Now give this old woman a hug and get to bed. It’s late.”

Reagan flopped down on her own bed thinking over her mother’s statement. If Spencer had been found alive, she reasoned, she may indeed have gone free. No wonder Mom is so bitter. But Noah couldn’t possibly have been behind it. That’s just ludicrous. Then she wondered, How did Mom even find out about the party? And how did she find out about Spencer?  Ami didn’t know, surely they would’ve told her. Maybe, whoever she was talking to on the phone had some inside knowledge.  Her attorney possibly?

Reagan yawned and slid under the covers,still pondering the night’s events.  Should she tell her mother about the money, even though her father made her promise not to?  If her mother managed to find out, she would be extremely angry with her for breaking her promise not to keep secrets. Reagan desperately wished Evan were there with her to help her make sense of it all, or at least take her mind off her troubles. Evan was the last thought she had as she finally drifted off to sleep.

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Elliott had been exhausted and Taylor’s dad had invited him to spend the night with them, rather than spend money on a hotel. The next morning, Taylor went to find him. The guest room was empty and the bed made. She hoped he hadn’t become overwhelmed by her family and friends and left.

She ran downstairs to search for him. She stopped dead in her tracks and relaxed when she saw him sitting at the dining room table, drinking coffee and talking to her parents. Her mother looked like she was crying, but she was smiling. What was going on?

Then her dad stood up and reached across the table and shook his hand. He was also smiling. This is so weird, she thought.

She cleared her throat to alert them to her presence and they all three jumped. Her mother quickly wiped her eyes.

“Any coffee left?” asked Taylor, as if she didn’t notice the weirdness.

“Yes, or I can make some more,” said her mother.

“No problem, stay put, I’ll check. Oh, and good morning,” she said, giving Elliott a huge smile.

Elliott returned her smile tenfold.  It warmed her to see it his beautiful smile, because he hadn’t done a lot of it in the years that she’d known him.  “Morning Taylor,” he said, “If you’ll excuse me, I should go shower.”  He practically skipped out of the room. Taylor had never seen him look quite so animated – and relaxed.

Her dad rose from his seat trying to suppress a grin.  “I gotta head to the clinic. I’ll be home early.” He kissed her mother’s cheek, then walked over to her. “I love you Taylor,” he said and kissed her cheek as well.  Then he left, leaving just her and her mother.

A confused Taylor sat down at the table while her mother got a fresh cup of coffee for her.  When she sat down, Taylor eyed her.  “Mom, what was all of that about?” she asked.

“Oh, nothing,” replied Dannie emotionally, “He’s such a sweet man. I see why you have fallen for him.  It was so romantic for him to come and surprise you.”

“Did you know?” asked Taylor suspicious now.

“Heavens no. I don’t think I could’ve kept that a secret. He went to the restaurant where you work, and they told them where you were. Poor thing had to meet the entire family in one fell swoop. I’m so glad we didn’t scare him off. Especially Connie.  He did mention he would like for you to show him the park and the city.”

“Yes. We really need to talk. We didn’t have a chance last night. I’m still in shock he’s here. But Mom, I have to ask, how would you feel if I went back to London with him?”

She grinned. “I don’t know. Are you?”

“If he’ll have me,” she said.

Her mother smiled, her eyes sparkling with emotion. “Honey, that man loves you. I know he will. Run along and get dressed, I’m sure he’ll be ready well before you.”

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Later that day at the Memorial Park in Newcrest…..

Taylor had to pinch herself.  She still couldn’t believe Elliott was here with her, sitting on a bench in the hedge maze. The air was crisp and cool, but the sun felt nice, and warmed things up, making it a beautiful early spring day. But not nearly as beautiful as the man next to her. Now was the time to tell him she was moving to London.

Before she could form the words, he began to fidget and started to ramble.  “Taylor, I’ve loved meeting your family. They’re an amazing bunch. Meeting them and seeing where you grew up, it really helps me understand you even better. It’s a brilliant little town, and the openness of it all is quite nice. Is Newcrest where you want to open your restaurant?”

Taylor swallowed hard. “No,” she said, “I want to go back to London with you and help you with your family’s restaurants.” There, she thought, she’d said it. Let the chips fall where they may.

His shoulders slumped and sadness marred his beautiful face. “That won’t be possible, love.”

Not possible?  That infuriated her. “Then why did you come all the way here? Just to tell me in person we’re through? You don’t make any sense Elliott Gray. That’s a crappy way to break it to me! Ever heard of a freaking text message? It’s easier and much less expensive.”

He worked his jaw before replying, totally ignoring her rant. “But you like Newcrest, right love?”

“Elliott, are you not listening?  I don’t want to be here without you,” she was on the verge of tears, how could he mess with her heart like this? She was ready to stick him on the next plane. She really thought he was telling her parents he wanted to take her back to England and that’s why her mother was crying. Now she was confused.

“Taylor, darling, I like Newcrest too, and I love you. And the reason we can’t go to London is because my parents sold the restaurants and our flat. It was going to take too long to turn them around. My parents needed to be where they could be looked after and I couldn’t do it all. I put them up in a retirement village – at their insistence.  They insisted I keep the rest and come to America. They could see, I was miserable without you.”

Taylor’s heart was beginning to pound in her chest. She could barely breathe anticipating his next words.

“If you say no, I’ll leave, but I really hope you’ll say yes.”

“Yes to what, exactly?” she asked expectantly.

He pulled a box from his pocket. “Taylor, marry me and live here, in Newcrest, with me. We can open our own restaurant. And maybe even have babies together.”

God. This man. He did all of that without asking her first. She was furious with him and she loved him furiously. “Why Elliott?” was all she could manage.

He looked confused. “Because I love you. I thought you loved me too.”

“No….” she said shaking her head violently.

“Bloody hell,” he said and began to get up.

“No….I don’t mean ‘no’, I mean No, that’s not what I meant … oh god…”   She was getting upset because her words were all jumbled up.  She took a deep breath to clear her head and slowed down. “I mean, why did you sell the restaurants and not even talk to me about it? I could’ve come and helped. I’m messing this all up. I’m so sorry.”  Taylor took his hands. “Elliott, why didn’t you call me?”

Elliott looked so dejected and looked down at their joined hands as he spoke. “I was bloody miserable after you left. I literally couldn’t function. My parents knew it was because I was lovesick. They said love is more important than a restaurant. When I look at them, and now your parents too, I know they’re right. After we got everything sorted, and I was ready to leave, my mum gave me her wedding ring. She said give it to Taylor and marry her. Now I feel like a fool in love.”

Elliott had tears in his eyes and it touched her deeply. He had left everything he ever knew or loved behind, for her.  And she had been willing to do the same thing for him.  Maybe we’re both fools in love, she thought.

“May I see it? The ring?” she asked, blinking back her own tears. Elliott reached in his pocket pulled out the little velvet box and handed it to her. She looked at it and gasped. “It’s gorgeous Elliott. But I can’t take your mother’s ring,” she said as she handed it back.

He swiped at his face and swallowed hard. “I’ll be on the next flight out. I’m sorry I’ve upset you.”

“What are you talking about?” asked Taylor, confused.

“You refused my proposal… I can’t stay.”

“Ohhhh,” said Taylor, “Elliott, ask me again, please.”

He looked in her eyes and the corners of his mouth turned up as he realized his mistake.  God, that beautiful smile, thought Taylor.  She vowed to make him smile every single day for the rest of  their lives.

This time he got down on his knee and took her hand and kissed the back of it.  Then once more, he asked,  “Taylor, my love, will you marry me?”

“Yes, I will,” she said through her smile.

“Please love … take the ring. It will make my mum very happy. She will be hurt if you don’t. It was her mother’s before her and she has no female children to pass it to.”

“Are you sure?”

He nodded. “Your hand love.”  Taylor put her hand in his and allowed him to slide the ring on her finger. “I love you Taylor,” he said and kissed her.

“I love you too Elliott,” she said when he released her, then began to laugh. “I told Mom this morning that I was going back with you, if you’d have me.”

Elliott looked guilty.  That’s when it hit her….“Wait! Elliott Gray, you told them already! They knew you were going to propose. Oh God, what did they say?”

He smiled one of the best smiles ever, and touched her face. “They said they’d never seen you happier than you were last night. Your mum said you glowed. I have to agree.  We have their blessings.”

She loved this sweet man so much. He was perfect. Who asks parents if they can propose. Elliott does. “I have just one condition though,”

“Wait, you can’t take it back…” he looked panicked.

Taylor laughed and leaned back into his arms. “Get your knickers out of a wad Gray! I’m not. You’re stuck with me now. But let’s promise each other, that from now on, all of our major decisions will be made together. Because Elliott, I was going to London if you hadn’t come here first.  We might’ve passed each other over the Atlantic.”

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48 thoughts on “Chapter 3.35 – Professions of Love

  1. Oh hey, so Avery is still the worst. That’s nice. I mean, it’s not, and I’d like to start a petition to throw her into the ocean. Can we do that? Just like, throw her into the ocean and blub, bye Avery. Then Reagan can live a happy life with Evan. But nooooo, she’s in Reagan’s house and Reagan has to apologise for seeing her freaking family, while Avery is being a conniving, horrible !”#¤%@£… And to go so far as to accuse Noah of murder. Wow. He was actually busy taking care of his wife, who was flattened by Avery’s toy boy. Grrrr!!!

    At least Elliott and Taylor are happy. It’s so sweet that he decided to leave it all behind and come to propose. What a sweetheart. 🙂

    But Avery still needs to go die in a hole.

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    • Blub, blub, blub…. bye bye! 😂😂😂 Yes, she is making Reagan so confused and trying to make her choose. Poor Ryan, cockblocked at every turn. And then Noah? For real? He never left Ami’s side. Now, if he had the opportunity to be in a locked room with Spencer, in a fist fight, Noah would definitely have taken him out. Lol.

      Elliott – The one bright spot in all of the drama. ❤️ I adore him. He’s a little odd and broody, but Taylor makes him light up and that’s so cool. He was totally prepared to have to go back home. He took a calculated risk. Of course I’m sure they’d texted off and on. So he must have known she was having a party.

      #Averydieinahole

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  3. HOW CAN REAGAN NOT SEE HER MOTHER HOW SHE IS??? What blows my mind is that Avery is so OBVIOUS in her manipulations and lies, she is not even good at it. And yet Reagan still won’t see it. I just hope that girl opens her eyes before she gets hurt. Avery is a ticking time bomb.

    So happy for Taylor and Elliot. Looks like a wedding is on the horizon!!!

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    • Lol. #Averydieinahole you can join the club. She is obvious and Reagan is still trying to please her. She’s not subtle. Maybe she feels like she no longer has time subtleties. And do far Reagan has seemed to acquiesce. Do she gets bolder and bolder. Maybe something will finally open her eyes.

      At least one bright spot amidst the gloom. And yes. Very possibly a wedding.

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  4. Mommy Dearest is the biggest cockblocker this story featured. If things go on like this, Cole may never live to see his grandchildren, especially if Evan’s apartment is out of limits. I mean very messy as he claims. *cough cough*
    Same with Elliott and Taylor. Almost missed their chance, because being silly little things and jumping to the wrong conclusions every step of their way. Thank god, they managed to communicate their thoughts and intentions successfully at the end. With joined effort I might add. And what an effort it was. But I will worry for them every minute, because they might divorce solely for miscommunication. 😂

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    • Yes, between Mommy Dearest and the ‘messy’ apartment – Poor Evan and Reagan too. Cole might never get grandkids. And Elliott and Taylor need to talk. But at least they finally got on the same page. ❤️

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    • Hello! Yes a proposal – totally misunderstood as always. Poor Elliott, his low self esteem has him doubting Taylor. He’s so ready to jump on rejection that he doesn’t see how much she adores him. They will be good together, if their miscommunication gets under control!

      Avery…. #Averydieinahole ! LOL… That’s today’s theme. Poor Reagan. Hopefully she’ll soon start listening to what others have been trying to tell her. She’s not exactly subtle…

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  5. I’m so happy for Taylor and Elliott! They’re such a cute couple, and he was so nervous she was going to turn down his proposal.
    Oh my dear, Reagan is still naive enough to believe in Avery’s bullshit? I’m worry if things continue like that Reagan and Evan might have more fights over Mommy Dearest, and even break up. Hopefully, that won’t be the case.

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    • Taylor and Elliott! ❤️❤️❤️. The one bright spot in this mess! Poor guy has low expectations! 🤗 I just want to hug him.

      Reagan … poor girl. Even Evan knew what she was doing. I hope she doesn’t break them up. 😭😭😭😭

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  6. So Avery found out that Spencer was dead. I have a burning question re Ami and a possible conclusion. I saw via your plot development that Ami was upset regarding Avery possibly getting paroled almost 19 years later after the failed murder of Ami and Avery was just an accomplice. I would think that Ami would be even more upset that Spencer, the attempted murderer, was still at large and that he might try to kill her again. But it does not seem like she is looking over her shoulder and that she has closure over Spencer. It brings me to the conclusion that Ami already knows he is dead, years and years ago. I think that the family already knows too, but not the kids ( Taylor, Will, Reagan, and Ryan) because at the time the adults are protecting the kids and would not let them know. I cant imagine Ben, or Ben’s Father not leaving any stone unturned to end the threat against Ami’s life. Noah too. But no plot development or drama, drama, drama over it.
    So Avery let Reagan know that she saw through the lies and knew about the party. I wonder how she knew? Possibly because Reagan was planning the party and may have gotten messeges on her phone at home re catering etc. Avery is not dumb and can put two and two together. On the positive side of this Avery has let Reagan know that she is still angry with Cole (just like Cole Is still angry at Avery). So Reagon does not continue to lie to Avery, Nothing destroys trust as much as lying does. the convo seems to indicate that now Spencer is dead, Avery will be directing her efforts and energy to get back at her ex (Cole) especially for his opposition and efforts to keep her behind bars. So am looking forward to more drama, drama, drama. Thank you for he plot development so far.

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    • Soooo. When the authorities couldn’t find Spencer, they assumed he skipped the country and cut his loses. So that’s really why they haven’t been looking over their shoulder. Or maybe Avery is on to something and Noah had something to do with it, although that would seem to be a stretch. Even Avery or Vivian (who has ties to the mob organized crime) didn’t know until recently when they started digging.

      It would be easy to figure out what Reagan was up to. She’s way too trusting. And, if you noticed, she really does like to eavesdrop! LOL…. she didn’t want Evan to stay the night or she would’ve stayed quiet as mouse until they went downstairs and made her escape. She’s getting more and more bold with her actions thinking Reagan isn’t questioning any of it, when she is starting to, just a tiny bit. But now she has put the fear of Mommy Dearest in her about lying. She is sooo trying to get Reagan to side with her against her father – if for nothing more than spite….. BUT

      You bring up a very good point about changing directions. At first she and Viv wanted to make Spencer pay in dollars and other ways! Not exactly sure what they had in mind… but money was certainly part of it. Now he’s dead. Can’t get blood out of a turnip!

      So glad you are enjoying it! 🙂

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  7. Avery is terrible, but I’m thinking she may be treading too far even for Reagan soon. Reagan spent years (irrationally lol) pissed at her dad and even Dannie, so she may be able to gloss over Avery saying terrible crap related to them. But Ami has been her rock for forever, and was undeniably the victim in all of this. I wonder if Avery attacking (even just verbally attacking) Ami will be what finally pushes Reagan’s eyes wide open.

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    • You may be right. Reagan is finally starting to question some things, but also trying harder to rationalize them. Very insightful! She is indeed glossing over her rant about Cole. And she hasn’t attacked Ami too harshly. Which is interesting. Perhaps she senses that Ami is Hallowed ground, because Ami did give Reagan the opportunity. And she works for her. Hmmm. 😬

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  8. Dawwww…I’m so happy for Taylor and Elliot! Co gratilations on your HEA,you beautiful people you! Cannot wait for the nooboos! (Elliot even mentioned them. Hee! 😭😝🤣)

    I was enchanted with how he asked her parents before he asked her. So sweet! I died of emotion right there. I’m so smitten with Elliot! Omg! 😍😍😍

    And now for the hard stuff.

    AVERY! 🤬🤬🤬

    Burn in hell woman for your lies! 🔥😡😡😡🤬

    She’s is going to undo everything that Reagan has fought for in the relationships with both her father and boyfriend.

    Okay…I’ve popped some popcorn, put salt and butter on it…I KNOW we’re aboit to see a crash! 😱😱🤕🤕🤕😱😱

    Boo hoo! 😭😭😭

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    • Elliott! ❤ The best – thanks Maladi! ❤ And I have it on VERY good authority they make gorgeous babies….. Check him out in this photo…. https://i.imgur.com/yqlAQ4e.png
      He is so brooding and but Taylor brings out the best in him. I hope his self-confidence improves now that she said yes! Bless his sweet little heart. I adore him. He has been a lot of fun to get to know.

      Avery…. Ugh…. #Averydieinahole! Lol…. Is she getting a bit over confident or what? Reagan indeed has made such strides in her relationships with her dad and with Evan and Avery is trying her dead level best to turn her against both of them. 😦

      There will likely be a crash and Reagan will probably be at ground zero…. 😦

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    • Hi Mena! Welcome to the crazy! Here is a quick Avery recap for you. Well sorta quick. Avery worked for a Ben (Cole’s father and owner at C&M) and helped him grow the company for years. She wanted more than to simply be a hired worker. She wanted to be a part of it. So when Cole was recovering from a failed relationship, she seduced him they eloped. Avery is very much into control and power. Although she hid it fairly well. When she got pregnant and found out it was twins she didn’t cope well and when they were born had severe Postpartum depression and never bonded with them. Her and Cole’s relationship began to suffer when she spent all of her free time working for the company she hoped to one day run. But because he was her in to own the company, she tried to make it work until Ben announced he was giving the controlling shares of the company to Ami (Coles sister) Avery lost it and told her ex boyfriend, who she’d been working with. He came up with a plan for both of them to get Ami and Cole out of the way so together they could take over the company. He tried to kill Ami and make it look like an accident. Then they planned to either have her divorce Cole and if he wouldn’t, then take care of him too. Well, Ami obviously survived. They didn’t catch the hit and run driver and a Ben went ballistic and hired a private detective to find the driver which they did and Avery went to prison for conspiracy to commit murder. Her boyfriend/lover however disappeared. And now we just found out he was probably murdered. Shew! Of course, Reagan believes her mother just was in the wrong place at the wrong time and her o my crime was sleeping with her ex.

      So I’m not surprised you don’t like Avery! She’s a piece of work. And Evan … yes, he’s got some issues which are gonna come tumbling down like a house of cards. 😭

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  9. Omg that manipulative cockblocker 😂😂😂 She is so terrible and Reagan has to take off those freaking rose colored glasses! Ugh! 😩 (Can’t wait for the drama to keep building though… hehe)

    And YAY for my baby Taylor 😍😍😍 Elliot is a sweet guy, if not the greatest communicator 😛 But now she has plenty of time to whip him into shape 😉

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    • I’m sure Taylor will whip him into shape! But yes, not a great communicator. He’s a brooder and a loner … so it took him awhile to finally accept that Taylor had feelings for him. But he’s super sweet. And he adores her, but is so afraid of rejection.

      And Avery…. so manipulative! Reagan might eventually take off those glasses! She’s gonna have to do more than she’s done so far. So we shall see. Drama will build though. Lol…. Congrats on your big day! ❤️

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  10. Just when I thought Avery couldn’t get any worse, she accuses Noah of murder! 😡😡
    Her true colors are starting to show, but how much longer will Reagan be in denial?
    Yay, I am so happy for Taylor!! 💕💕💕. Now that she is moving back to Newcrest I hope that she can try to reconcile with her siblings.

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  11. First of all, the good stuff: Yaaaaay!!! Elliot and Taylor are getting married!! ❤ ❤ I love those two so much! I am so looking forward to their wedding! ❤
    Now time for the bad stuff. AVERY, you @#$&%#$%@*&%$#@#$@#*$&%&$#&@#$!!!!! Trying to con your stupid gullible daughter (sorry about that Audrey, lol!) is one thing, but accusing Noah of murder? Making a scene about Reagan being close to her family when you were the one who tried to rip it apart and should just be grateful she decided to give you a chance? Man, just when I thought I couldn't hate that woman more, she does that and arrrgh! I agree with Louise: can we just throw her in the ocean and be done with her? LOL!
    Well, joking aside, I loved this chapter! I can't wait for what's about to come next – I know it will be good! 😀

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    • Poor Reagan! She’s trying so hard to pretend she wasn’t wrong about her mother. Giving her the benefit of the doubt every single time. But she may have pushed a bit too hard this time. We shall see. #Averydieinahole 😂😂😂

      But at least some good amongst the evil. ❤️ Elliott is nothing but good. I hope he soon realizes that Taylor loves him as much as worships her. He’s almost afraid of her I think. Or afraid of her rejection. Get over. She’s not. They just need to learn to talk and listen to each other. A wedding…..yay.

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  12. YAY to Taylor and Elliot! I’m happy dancing in my chair. 😀

    Avery. Is. KILLING. Me. And, Reagan is too desperate for her mom’s love to realize what’s happening. I hope she doesn’t lose Evan because I really ship them together.

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    • Elliott and Taylor! So dang sweet…. I love Elliott, be careful in the chair though! Hehe….

      Reagan – she is. For sure. I hope Evan and she can work things out and mommy doesn’t interfere. 😦

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  14. God dangit, Avery is still a nasty human being. I hope Reagan just realizes that soon enought and just flat-out yells at her mother, teeling her to leave.Ugh. At least she has enought senses to not buy the whole ”Noah killed Spencer” ordeal, I mean, really, Avery? That’s your way of messing up her brain?

    She *must* have realized that her mother is a real nasty person. But, I guess she stills blames the fact that she went to prison. But everything has a limit. if Avery starts cursing Reagan’s father and Reagan herself is like ”oohh, is just because of prison stuff” then I guess she’s also as dense as a brick wall, like her father was.

    I don’t think Spencer is dead. If he was, she would have been dancing on his grave.

    Avery is some A+ villan, To spend all this yeard in prison, fooling everyone in there (and out there!) into beliving she was a better person when she hadn’t changed at all is not something for an amatour.

    At least some other part of the Family is happy. Bloody heck! That’ll be some good wedding….That I’m sure Avery will complain about it with Reagan, nad maybe forbid her to go to, but hey, that’ for another day.

    Gah! Elliott is so handsome and nice. Taylor and him are going to be so happy together! They both wanting to sacrifice their dreams for one another is soooo cute!

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    • She is the nastiest! So glad Reagan didn’t buy into that stupid leap. But still – she is totally messing with Reagan and making her doubt what she believes. Poor Reagan inherited willful kindness from her sweet Daddy.

      Reagan is still giving her the benefit of the doubt. I hope she comes to her senses soon. So far Avery has been cunning enough to know that Cole is off limits.

      Thank goodness for some happiness! Bloody heck indeed! 😂😂😂 I hope Avery doesn’t mess it up! Elliott is adorable. They did want to sacrifice for the other. ❤️

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  15. “Elliott turned out to be a hit, probably because everyone wanted to listen to him speak” I know there’s probably no bad intentions but I still feel bad for him 😂
    I’m surprised Ryan left with Rosa she either is very forgiving or very spineless after how he treated her when they were teens! xD

    Hmm things for Elliot and Taylor finally turned out good, yay! But those two seriously have to work on their communications skills without constantly jumping to the wrong conclusions 😂

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    • Poor Elliott. No bad intentions at all. ❤️. He’s so sweet.

      I think maybe Rosa is seeing Ryan with more adult eyes and knows it was high school. So trying again. He’s lucky.

      Taylor and Elliott do need to work on their communication. They both jump to conclusions so quickly. But hopefully now that they are on the same page, it will indeed get better. I hope. ❤️

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  16. LOL. Omg.
    Congorates Taylor and Elliott, butt ya, mebbe work on that communication.
    THOUGH
    It would be pretty funny when they old, and like, he’s partially deaf an they constantly mishearing each other on top of the poor communication.
    Ehehehehe.
    Ya.

    DO YOUR WORST AVERY.
    I’ve decided she’s funny btw.
    It’s the only way I will survive this tranwreck.

    /smacks Evan’s ass on the way out

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    • Evan has a nice ass. Taylor and Elliot do need to work on their communication. He’s quite and she’s over the top talking. *What’s that you say ma? Put my stick where?*

      Party pooper Avery. She is so bad she is funny. Bye bye Evan. Wink..

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  17. There is literally worse in this chapter but all I’m mad about atm is “she has a literal princess room her daughter gave to her and she’s falling asleep on the COUCH?!” It makes me so angry tbh, seeing how Rea has been treating her like she’s a goddess and her not even making use of it. Ugh.
    Well, well, Rea, you can’t serve two masters (nor parents if they literally hate each other). Not in equal measure.
    And there we go. Avery planting the seed of distrust in Rea’s heart. Against Noah and ultimately, her entire family. Oh how I hate this woman. She’s still climbing at my “most hated simlit characters of all time” list. Fast.
    She even made Taylor and Elliot’s marriage proposal pale. Grrr.

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    • I’m laughing so hard! Yep, waiting up so,she could guilt her instead of in her Princess room. She is a shrew no doubt. Awww. I should’ve done the proposal in a separate chapter! Lol. Poor Taylor.

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