The Secrets We Keep 2

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Chapter 52 (v.1) - Chapter 151

Submitted: August 11, 2017

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Chapter 151

"I think summer is the best time for our wedding. I like the heat and we can have simple decorations, you know. It's going to be in his grandparents' barn." Sophie explained.

"A barn? Hmm, why didn't I think of that." Ava tapped her chin.

"Because you said you wanted a fancy wedding. Barn doesn't really scream that." Maleah grinned.

The three girls were at Jake and Maleah's condo.

They had invited Sophie and Joe to spend the weekend in the city. They had made reservations for Valentine's day as well at one of the restaurants.

"Oh right. Well we have a venue already and I'm getting excited." Ava sang.

"Maleah told me that you got your dress but you're not showing it to anyone. Why is that?" Sophie asked her.

"I want it to be a surprise. No one knows what I'm going to look like on that day and I thought to make it dramatic."

"I can imagine you in a sexy almost see through dress. Like from Pnina Tornai." Maleah laughed. "Is that what we should expect?"

Ava shrugged. "Who knows. You'll have to wait and see."

"She's probably going to wear something short as well." Maleah winked at Sophie. "We expect anything."

Ava rolled her eyes but said nothing. Yes she liked to dress provocatively and that is what everyone was going to be expecting. It was her for godsakes.

Sophie giggled. She had met Ava just a couple of hours ago but it was like they had been friends forever. They had clicked instantly.

"When are these guys going to get here? I'm starving." She sipped her glass of white wine.

They had gotten dressed and started munching on snacks and drinking wine. Their men were supposed to pick them up after doing something manly.

Ava thought that they may have gone to the bakery to eat instead of doing anything else.

Sophie said maybe they went to go play basketball or some kind of sport at a park.

Maleah was the one that actually knew what they were doing. She had set it up anyway.

As men they did not get spa treatments so she had decided that they should. After much persuasion and buying everything beforehand, Jake had to accept her proposal. She reminded him that it was Valentine's and it was her gift to him.

At last the guys arrived. They were dressed nicely and looked pretty good.

"I can't believe I got a manicure. My nails look nice." Joe showed off his hands to Sophie. She bursted out laughing but had to agree that they did look good. They had been buffed.

"Ooh, you got baby skin." Ava rubbed Mitch's hand on her cheek. It was smooth and soft. "What kind of lotion did they use?"

"I have no idea but my whole body feels this way. I'm also very relaxed. I haven't felt this way ever that I can remember."

"I actually enjoyed it as well." Jake put his arm around Maleah's shoulders and kissed her cheek. "Thank you for the spa thing."

"You're welcome. Now it's off to dinner. We're hungry."

"I have your gift with me. I don't know about the guys."

"We have ours." Mitch let them know. "We're ready."

They separated into two vehicles. Joe, Jake, Sophie and Maleah in a truck. Mitch and Ava in his car.

The restaurant was packed but they had reservations. They shared a bottle of wine between the six. It was as seven course dinner.

They talked about Ava's upcoming wedding and the plans for the summer. Sophie and Joe's wedding was going to be in July, the middle of the season.

"Love it. What about you two? I know I suggested you wait a while but how long?" Ava asked Maleah.

"You told her to wait?" Jake had no idea. He thought they were taking their time just for his fiance's benefit.

"Yeah, I did. Is that okay?"

"That's fine. I didn't know."

Maleah put her hand on his thigh and squeezed it. "As for the date we haven't talked about it."

"Well what do you want?" Sophie jumped in.

"Hmm, maybe fall or winter? What do you think?" Maleah turned to him.

"I would say October but that's the harvest fest time. We'll be marrying in the city so...maybe winter?" Jake wasn't sure. He would like to get married in the city but he also wanted his family there.

"We can do september. I really do not want a winter wedding. It'll be too cold."

"September it is." He smiled.

"Wow, that was easy." She chuckled. "We're getting married in september."

"Woo-whoo!" Ava exclaimed.

A few people turned to look at them.

"I'm not even going to apologize. Screw them this is worth celebrating." She shrugged.

They ate their dessert and then it was time for presents.

Jake had gotten Maleah a necklace with a diamond as a pendant that matched the diamond ring she wore. Juliet had insisted that she wear the engagement ring that they had used when they were supposedly married. They still had their wedding bands. Once they were actually getting married they were going to take them off and use them for the big day. They had it all planned out and now they had a set date.

Joe had been busy and finally gotten the perfect gift. Sophie and he hadn't planned for a honeymoon. The wedding was still away and she hadn't thought about doing anything big. He had.

"Oh my god, we're going to Paris!" She squealed and hugged him.

He chuckled. "Yes. I think you deserve to see it."

"Aw, that's so cute and romantic. You're going to love it." Ava told them with a smile.

"It's still a few months away so we can prepare for the trip." He said as she put the tickets back in the envelope.

Mitch gave Ava a small box. She opened it and touched her chest. It was an antique locket. She opened it and there was a picture of him on one side and one of Laney on the other. "I love it." She leaned into him and kissed him.

This had been a very good valentine's day indeed.


"Aww, you didn't have to." Chey giggled as James put the necklace around her neck. It had a heart pendant with diamonds.

"I didn't?" He asked sarcastically. He wouldn't have heard the end of it if he had forgotten. Besides, this was his favorite holiday as well.

"I love it." She kissed him lightly on the lips.

They were sitting out on her family's property. They had a late night picnic under the light of the stars and other artificial ones.

"I love this holiday, especially with you."

He moved the hair away from her shoulder and kissed her skin. "I love it too."



"Do you love me? Like I know you do but do you believe it's the kind of love that will last decades?"

He sat back to pay better attention. This sounded like a serious conversation. "I do believe it's lasting. Why do you ask?"

"It's just...what if it dwindles and dies?"

"You're thinking of Briar and Noah again, aren't you?" He sighed. They had just seen Noah a couple of days ago.


"They broke up months ago. They were young and their lives were going in different directions. We're going in the same one."

"What if I get pregnant?"

His eyebrows raised. "Are you?"

She laughed. "No, only asking."

"I'd be there for you and our little one. I'd marry you because I love you. We'd be a family."

She smiled. "That's what I thought. I have no more doubts. Now kiss me and make love to me under the moon."

He chuckled. "Well, we are out here in the open. Are you sure your dad doesn't have cameras? Also, will no one be able to hear us?"

"I'm positive that we're too far away to be seen or heard."

"Alright then."

She laughed as he got over her.


Beth stepped away slowly from the crib and turned to the door. She left it halfway open, making sure the light of the hallway didn't hit her baby.

Adrian was waiting for her in the living room with hot chocolate. The weather wasn't cold but there was always time for the warm sweet liquid.

"He finally fell asleep." She sat down beside him. He put his arm around her shoulders and they leaned back with their mugs. "Your mom says that you were the same way."

"I was an angel." He gave her a teasing smile. "I don't know what she's talking about."

She sipped and smiled. She loved her husband and her baby.

"What do you think about the week off I have planned?" He asked.

For her gift on this special day he had told her that they would be in one of the cabins for one week starting the beginning of March.

His parents had agreed to take care of Dean. They would be close by for any emergency or need.

"I like it, love the idea and it might work for a couple of days until I miss our baby." She giggled. "I don't know about being away from him for too long."

"That's why I decided on a cabin. We'll still be here but with some more alone time."

"I know you were being thoughtful and I'm thankful. I love you."

"I love you too."

She chewed her lip and stared at her hot chocolate.

"What is it?"

"I try not to think about it but since only a year ago I was married to Edward and with the masquerade ball being tomorrow it's kind of hard not to. I wonder what happened to him. Like, he kind of just disappeared."

"I take that as a very good thing. I'm glad he's gone out of your life. If he ever comes back he's going to regret it."

"I guess."

"Don't worry. Think of how perfect our life is right now."

"That's why I'm thinking about it. It makes me nervous that he could come back at any time from where he's hiding from and ruin every bit of happiness for me."

He set down his mug and turned to her properly. He cupped her cheek. "He will never ruin what we have. I won't let him. Do you trust me?"


"Then know that what I say is true."

"I know. Thank you for confirming my reality and pushing away my negative thoughts."

He pressed his lips against her forehead. "I will always be here."

There was a wail from Dean's bedroom.

"Except for now. I'm going to bed because I have to get up at four in the morning." He pecked her once more before getting off the couch and escaping to their room.

"I'll get you back for this!" She laughed as she headed to tend to their son.

She understood that Adrian needed to get up for work and that's why it didn't bother her. He took care of their son the nights before an off day which made him a good partner in her book.

Dean cried as she picked him up. As soon as he was close to her body he stopped. She rubbed his back and hummed a lullaby to him.

She loved the baby smell that lingered on his body. He was not the newborn baby he was a few months ago but he would always be her baby no matter how old he got.

She never imagined that her life would be this. Actually in part she had, years ago but she had thought it would be with Edward at one point.

She couldn't be happier though with this outcome.

Dean fell asleep again and she put him down.

In her own bedroom her husband was fast asleep as well. With a smile she laid down next to him and hugged him from behind.

Life was perfect.

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