Continuing to fix up their house over the next few months and wanting to do more to make use of the excess fruit they had, Aedan and Cheri remodeled the kitchen adding in a canning station to make jams and preserves and a baking station to bake. Cheri was a great baker so Aedan was all for her baking more often, though he couldn't bake that well himself so that would be all left up to her.
The next goal for the house was to add on extra rooms, one to be a nursery as they planned on trying for a baby after the wedding, and one to be a spare for whatever they wanted although it seemed likely that it would also be used to grow the family as they figured they'd probably have more than one kid.
Aedan had earned a couple promotions so the money would help out. They had enough money to survive, Aedan's parents made sure he and his family would be taken care of. But they had to work for their dreams. The hours were a set back though. Aedan got called in extra so much and was always exhausted when he got home. Too exhausted to do work on the house.
He did get to work undercover though, which he enjoyed. So it was worth it.
Things were going well for Cheri too, she'd been working hard on her first novel, A Time for Love, and had just published it.
And she'd completed a few paintings that she'd been able to sell for decent money.
With the wedding quickly approaching some of Aedan's friends and coworkers convinced him to have a bachelor party. He didn't enjoy it.
Somebody brought their toddler, who hardly stopped crying.
Like who the hell brings a toddler to a bachelor party?
Having an impressionable child over didn't stop the guests from being obnoxious though. Somebody even hired dancers in skimpy cheerleading outfits. Aedan had no interest, perhaps if Cheri was there dancing in one of those outfits though.
One of the dancers kept giving Aedan a crazy desperate look too.
Yyoo, he's getting married, get lost. He's taken.
He ended up just falling asleep in bed before the party was over.
Cheri got home from her night out avoiding the party (because she didn't want to spoil it with the bride hanging around) to a house still full of guests. They were loud.
Spraying champagne all over the place, which Cheri got caught in the middle of.
Some were passed out on the floor.
Some were just walking around in their underwear.
She didn't know where Aedan was but she'd had enough of the party already and kicked everybody out.
She couldn't believe it when she found him sleeping, how he could sleep through that baffled her.
She loosened up a bit at her bachelorette party the next night though. But that may have been the result of having a few drinks first... and the fact that hers was at a club and the house wasn't getting trashed.
She enjoyed watching the dancer who'd shown up as a shirtless cowboy.
Because duh, cowboys are hot. Good choice.
Went skinny dipping... in the pool with a glass wall... that was visible to the whole lower half of the club.
And passed out drunk for a bit before going home.