Chap. 5

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Sarah Campbell

"What are you doing exactly?" Meredith asked me, as I made another silly face at her son, Jace.

"I'm going to make sure I'm this kid's favorite."

"Well the competition for favorite Aunt is pretty stiff," she agreed, with an eye roll.

"Not just favorite Aunt, I need to beat out Joel."

"Oh, well in that case you better keep practicing."

I stuck my tongue out at her and she laughed, leaning back into the couch with a content sigh. "It feels so nice to not have a baby in my arms for ten seconds. I'm so exhausted Sarah, don't have kids."

"I'll keep that in mind."

"Don't make it sound like I'm not the most helpful husband you'll ever meet!" Ryan called for the kitchen,me here he was making homemade guacamole.

"Love you babe!" Meredith called, and Ryan only humphed in return.

"So what were you saying about the living room?" I asked Meredith, as I cradled baby Jace in my arms.

"I want to completely redo that section over there," she said, gesturing towards the opposite wall. "It just feels bland and empty you know?"

"What do you want to do there?"

"I want to put some of our wedding pictures and memorabilia on display. Almost two years and we haven't even put together an album yet, can you believe it?"

"You guys have been a little busy," I reasoned, causing her to glare at me.

"We're still young, k feel as though having a Mr. and Mrs. section is acceptable, right?"

"I think it's cute."

"Babe, it's settled!" Meredith called out. "I'm redoing that ugly memory wall."

Ryan came out into the living room, handing us a bowl of guacamole and chips. "I don't care what you do babe, I already told you that."

The front door opened and Caden came in, dropping his keys on the front desk.

"Hey bro," Ryan said, with an easygoing smile as Lizzie came running out of the kitchen to throw her arms around his legs.

"I need a drink."

"You want one too Sarah?" Ryan called out, as he headed into the kitchen. "I got that white wine from Pasco's, the one you said you liked?"

"Yeah I'll take a glass," I agreed.

"You're staying here tonight then right?" Meredith asked me, concernedly.

"Good point!" Ryan called out.

"I'll see if Joel's drinking, if he's not then I'll ride home with him. If he is, then I'll crash here."

"If he shows," Caden added.

"He said he was coming yesterday," Meredith said, her eyebrows furrowing together.

"I've had the worst day," Caden groaned, collapsing into the recliner. "I've spent the entire afternoon staring at a computer screen and I probably hacked out maybe 200 words, if that."

"Is that good?" I questioned.

"Why would I be complaining if it was?"

Ryan came back, handing both Caden a mixed drink and me a glass of wine.

"Why does he get the hard stuff?" I questioned.

"Because he's of age," Ryan replied, stealing some chips and guacamole as he took a seat next to Meredith on the couch.

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