The Secrets We Keep 2

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Chapter 53 (v.1) - Chapter 152

Submitted: August 11, 2017

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Chapter 152

"I'm getting married...I'm getting hitched..." Ava danced a little in her room.

"Are you done?" Tricia grumbled. Yes she was happy that her cousin was getting married and no, she was not completely because it was to the girl dancing in her underwear in front of her.

"One minute." Ava continued to dance.

"Please, someone save me from this nightmare."

The door opened and in came Chey.

"Thank god. Took you long enough."

"I tried to find the wedding dress but it's nowhere."

Ava stopped. "That's what you went to do? I thought you were looking for the hair dresser and make up artist."

"Oh yeah that too." Chey grinned a little too cheerfully.

"My dress is actually here. I hid it under my bed so no one could find it."

"What? Are you serious? I just looked in every room of this mansion." She frowned. "I even had to leave Tricia with you."

"I wondered about that. Why didn't you just take her?"

"I was supposed to keep you from looking for her." Tricia rolled her eyes. "Darn good that turned out."

"You can both leave now then. I'll wait for the people to make me beautiful alone. I don't want you to see me before the big reveal." Ava shooed them out of her bedroom.

The make up artist and hair stylist were coming down the hall to see her.

"We'll see you at the venue!" Chey called back as the door shut in her face. "Good luck with that." She told the two people that would be spending the next couple of hours with her sister.

"I wonder what ridiculous garment she's going to wear. It had to be horrible enough to not want to show us or anyone. I'm terrified at this point and keep wondering what Mitch sees in her." Tricia complained on their way down the stairs.

"Love is blind. That's all I can say."

"Whatever. We still have an hour to kill before we need to get to the venue where the wedding is going to take place."

"Mom is taking care of Laney. James is going to meet us there along with Esteban. What can we do? Our main job was to see after Ava until the stylists came."

"Let's just go then and make sure everything is coming together. I'm positive that she won't get cold feet and leave my cousin at the altar."

"Alright."

The venue was fifteen minutes away. The wedding planner was working hard at getting the workers to finish up the last details. The wedding was going to be inside in one of the ballrooms. The reception would be in the other.

The cake resembled the eiffel tower in a way. It was gorgeous and looked good enough to eat. The table settings were elegant with peach bows.

A crystal chandelier hung from the high ceiling.

The place was unbelievable.

"I think I'm going to get this place reserved for when I decide to get married." Chey was loving the whole look.

They basically hung around until their family arrived. Laney looked like a little angel in her peach dress. She was already three and would be the flower girl.

Mitch's mom had arrived the day before and she had been with Katherine most of the day until she had gone over to see how her son was doing.

She had just arrived and said that he was on his way.

Time seemed to pass on quickly as more guests started to arrive. The wedding planner led them to where the ceremony would take place.

There was chatter and greetings. Everyone smiled for the happy day.

Before they knew it they were told by the planner that the bride had arrived. No one else saw her, not even her parents.

Everyone took their seats. Mitch stood at the front and waited alone with the preacher. Ava and him had decided that they didn't want a best man or a maid of honor.

The wedding march started and the grand doors were opened to reveal Ava.

"Oh...my...god." Chey and her whole family were in awe.

Anyone that knew Ava, knew her provocative dressing. They all expected something for her wedding day but what she was wearing didn't describe her at all.

Mitch's grin grew. His bride to be was stunning.

Ava's dress was a high collar, long sleeve, down to the floor gown. It wasn't a complete nun's dress but for her to be wearing it very well could be called that.

The collar was opened to a type of vee that was still modest with lace along with the sleeves. The top had beading along with the bottom of the dress.

Laney was in front of her and walked down the aisle first to throw the peach petals.

Ava walked behind her slowly. She liked the surprise on everyone's face but especially the look of love on Mitch's.

The dress was perfect and as soon as she saw it she knew. The color was obviously not white but more of a cream. She couldn't exactly wear something pure.

He offered her his hand when she reached him. She took it gingerly.

"You look stunning."

"You look handsome." She giggled.

"Dearly beloved..." The preacher started.

When it came to vows they decided to write their own.

"Ava, I love you. I do. I was not prepared for this to happen, ever. It may sound wrong but you were someone I was not looking for in my life."

She smiled. She wasn't offended, he had told her before.

He rubbed his thumb over her knuckles. "I regret nothing. My life with you has been an incredible journey and I am looking forward to the rest of our lives."

It was her turn. "Mitchel Dubois, how can I begin to describe the way you've changed me and how I feel about you. I could say the same about not expecting to fall for someone like you. Yet, how could I not. You are the sweetest, most honorable and loving man I have ever met. Apart from you know, my father." She glanced Dom's way and gave him a wink. "I'm very lucky to have found you and have that love returned to me." Her eyes started to glisten with tears.

Mitch lifted his hand and wiped away the tears.

"I love you."

He leaned in about to kiss her but the preacher stopped them. "Perhaps we should finish first."

There was a chorus of giggles and chuckles.

They put on each other's rings and finished with the ceremony. At last they were allowed to kiss.

"I did not see this coming." Chey waved her hand over her sister's dress as soon as they stepped off the altar. "You look beautiful though."

"I loved the dress and I wanted to surprise you all."

"You certainly did that. I loved it." Mitch kept his arm around her waist.

They hugged and kissed their family.

The planner ushered everyone to the other room for the cocktails and then the reception. Bride and groom followed after everyone.

Ava loved the completed look. It was just as she had pictured.

She went around greeting her guests with her new husband on her arm.

People talked about the wonderful ceremony and the delicious finger foods.

Briar was there in attendance. She hadn't thought to come but it was time to face Noah. She couldn't hide away and stay from family events the rest of her life for fear of seeing him again.

She swiped one of the flutes filled with pink champagne and sipped it. She had come alone, a date didn't feel right.

"Glad you could come." Ava and Mitch reached her.

"It was a lovely ceremony and nice vows. Wouldn't miss it for the world."

"Enjoy the drinks and the dancing."

"I'll try."

They went off and continued with other guests.

She walked around the edge of the crowd and towards her brother with Chey. Before reaching them she spotted Noah.

He had gotten a haircut recently and he was laughing about something with Jake.

"Hey, you came." James caught up to her when he saw her. He saw who she was staring at. "He got here last night for the wedding. He's leaving right afterwards."

"I knew I was going to see him." She sighed. "You look good."

"It hasn't been that long."

"It's been four months. That's a pretty long time."

"How have you been?"

"Good. I'm really looking forward to spending the summer away in town. I think I need the solace of what a cabin can give me." She chuckled.

"Are you sure that you don't want to spend it here? I'll be around and Chey, all of us."

"No. I don't want to see Noah too much, more than I already will. I feel like this has been what we needed. Our relationship had to come to an end."

"Do you honestly believe that?"

"Yes." A little.

"Alright then I guess it won't bother you that he brought a date."

"He what?" She searched around Noah but she didn't notice anyone hanging to him. She looked back at her brother who was giving her a knowing look. She clicked her tongue. "I think I'm going to go mingle with someone else."

She did not appreciate him tricking her that way.

After the cocktails it was time to sit down for the food.

"Oh sh..." She got to her seat and saw that Noah would be right next to her. She was debating whether to change her name card or his but he reached her before she could do anything.

"Were you thinking of switching seats or something?" Noah teased her. He was trying to be friendly and not show how it affected him to see her.

"No, of course not." She made a face like that was ridiculous.

They took their seats next to each other. Thankfully there were more guests at their table which included Jake and Maleah.

"Who did the seating? Just out of curiousity." Briar asked Jake and Maleah to see if they knew.

"I think Ava had a hand in it or something. I don't know." Maleah shrugged.

"I can move if it bothers you." Noah told her.

"No, it doesn't. I was only asking."

"Sure you were. I can see how uncomfortable you are. I can sit next to that cute blonde that keeps eyeing me." He motioned with his head to a couple of tables away. There was a blonde that was flirtatiously looking towards him.

"Then do it if it's what you want. Blondes are your type apparently." Briar shook out her cloth napkin and put it on her lap.

He snorted. "Like blondes are your thing too?"

"What are you talking about?"

"I saw that pic you took with a guy on the beach."

"You're stalking me now on social media?" She glared.

"No. I forgot to delete you from my followers and it popped up. Got it taken care of though."

No wonder none of his new pictures had come up on her account. The jerk deleted her. "As if I care. I would have thought Alicia would be hanging on to you here. Where is she?"

"I told you it was one kiss."

"That was back when we were together. Doesn't mean you got rid of her after."

"I was never with her and never will be."

She rolled her eyes.

"You know what, I think I am going to sit with that blonde. Might get lucky tonight." He slammed his napkin on the table and got up to head to the other table.

"Way to drive him away." Maleah commented. That was a bit dramatic but one could expect that in a wedding.

Some guy came and sat down next to Briar. Apparently Noah had taken told him they would be switching seats.

"Hi, I'm Jeff." He leered at Briar and leaned towards her.

She scooted away. What was his problem?

"That guy told me that you seemed very interested in me and that we should switch seats so that we can talk. Although seeing you up close I would like to move things to the bedroom instead. Talking is a bit overrated."

Freaking Noah. She was going to kill him. "I'm not interested. He only told you that to get your seat. He's interested in the blonde."

"Katie? Oh yeah, he's totally going to bone tonight then. She's easier than the bride and that's saying something."

Maleah cleared her throat. "Who are you and how did you get invited?"

"I screwed the bride like in europe while I was traveling. A friend of mine told me that she was getting married and I found Katie, who I think is friends with the groom's cousin because she was invited. It's a whole thing but yeah, I got here thanks to her. So..." He turned his attention back to Briar. "since they're going to do the nasty how about you and I..." His voice strangled when Maleah, who had gotten out of her chair to come up behind him, grabbed him from the back of the neck.

She neared his ear. "Listen very closely to what I'm going to tell you. If you understand blink once."

He did although it was a slight flutter.

"You are going to get off this chair and get your sorry ass out of this place. I don't want to see you back here again. If I do...well...let's just say I'm the bride's best friend and I will stop at nothing to make sure this wedding is as perfect as she deserves. I'm also good with a gun. Understand?"

He blinked his eyes.

"Good. Off you go." She let him go and straightened.

His face was red and he creeped out of his chair then ran towards the exit. A few guests glanced after him as he almost crashed into one of the servers.

Ava gave her a questioning look from where she was seated. Maleah reassured her with a smile and gave her a thumbs up. She could explain later.

She took her seat next to Jake again.

"Thanks for that." Briar gave her a smile.

"I didn't do it for you so don't thank me."

"Oh."

"Yeah."

Jake shook his head. That was his girl and future mother of his children. "Maleah isn't always this curt. She's sweet too."

His fiance arched a brow and sighed. "I'm not nice. Sometimes. Today I am stressing because I didn't want anything ruining this day for Ava. That guy was a jerk and it makes me angry."

"Understandable." Briar could see why she would be upset.

The rest of the reception went on without a hitch. There was music and dancing. The guests had a good time over all.

Noah spent his time with the blonde, Katie.

Briar couldn't blame him, she had been rude and he was single to do what he wanted.

Maleah and Jake left her at the table to dance for a bit.

"Is this going to be something you'll want for our wedding?" He asked her as he turned her.

"I don't know. I don't think so. I want something a bit smaller but with all our family and friends there."

"That sounds good. I'd like that. There's something I've been wanting to tell you."

"What is it?"

"I know this isn't the best place but...do you remember that night you chased me out of my hotel room and I had a bag of money with me."

"Yes..."

"Okay. I actually hid that money after that incident and I got it back when I moved to the city."

She stopped swaying to the music. "Is that why you've been able to afford paying for our place and other things?"

"No. I haven't used any of it but with our wedding I was thinking that there was enough and more to use for that."

"Oh."

"Or we could keep it in the bank and use it for a house later. I don't know what you think about it though because I got the money while working of Austin Gordon. It's basically dirty money."

Her brow furrowed. This was something to think about. On one hand Jake wasn't working in that anymore. The Gordon guy was dead. Technically her parents were also in that whole dirty money thing now.

It had been over for a year since all that mess.

"Let's leave it in the bank for our future. We'll keep adding to it for a house later on. I think if we have something small for our wedding we won't waste much money. I'm not a complicated woman. Hell, I might even decide to serve hot dogs instead of having a fancy fest."

He chuckled. "I'm glad you're not freaking out about this."

"Me? I'm Maleah fucking Moreau. I don't freak out."

"You have your moments."

"Very few. This is not one of them."

"I love how I can tell you anything."

"I love that you know that and that I will tell you everything as well. You're like my best friend now, along with Ava. More so though because I'm marrying you."

She was his best friend as well. Talking of which they ended up bumping into another couple, Linc and Charlie.

It was slightly awkward. Throughout the months they didn't go out of the way to actually interact with each other.

Maleah didn't give Linc the absolute cold shoulder, especially since they worked at the station. Sometimes even together on some things.

That didn't mean that they had conversations out of work.

Jake thought it was time to somewhat mend things. "May I dance with an old friend?" He was referring to Charlie.

"Sure." She got the hint and let go of Linc. There was a swell on her stomach as it showed more in the dress she was wearing.

Maleah glanced at it quickly before sending a death glare to her fiance. "I'm going to kill you." She hissed low before he left her to dance with Charlie.

Linc took her hand and put his other on her waist. The music tempo was slow as they danced.

"You look happy with him." He broke the silence.

"I am. You do as well...with her."

"I know things have been awkward with us and I'm sorry about how they went about."

She swallowed her pride. "You don't have to be. There was a lot that went into it all from both of us and circumstance. I've been a bitch too and that hasn't helped."

"I hope that one day we can be in each other's lives like before. Before you and I got together romantically."

"Linc, we've always been together romantically in some sense. We were friends with benefits from the moment we slept together over ten years ago. I was the one hoping for more and you didn't want to give it."

"I loved you, I still do but it was never the kind you wanted. I hope you know that I will always be here for you and for Jake now."

"Thank you. I'll try to be here for you, Charlie and your baby."

"You'll try?" His mouth curled up at the corners.

She chuckled. "I'll be there. Happy?"

"I missed you."

"I missed you too. I love you and I struggled at first but now...you're not the person I'm in love with. You're just the person I had something special with once and you're family. I think I can and have moved on."

"That's great. Can I get a hug?"

"I don't know. I might try to jump you or choke you." She joked.

He hugged her and she wrapped her arms around him. "You'll like Charlie."

"Maybe. She can grow on me. Jake says she's a good woman."

"She is."

"Good. Also, these are sincere congratulations on the baby."

"Thank you."

"You're welcome."

Just like that things were mended between them.

 

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