Craig was glad at first,that she was so happy for the party, but quickly it seemed to take a turn. He took her hand after their exchange and talked to her off the side, "He's your dad...it's your birthday..and we're gonna get married..don't you think he should know that? Did you not want him to be in the wedding?" Since so far it seemed to be assumed he would be, after all it was a tradition for her to be given away. He didn't know how to feel on this one. "..it's a party, it's your party..I want you to enjoy it."He assured her. He supposed he'd do whatever she told him, so far as what they would do about her father if anything.
They were briefly interrupted by the little girl running up to give Tamara a hug "[b Happy Birthday!]"
Even though they had agreed to tell their boss, they somehow never got around to it. Something always seemed to get in the way. Thus, they were making progress with their wedding, but still hadn't told anyone.
Time came and went and it was her birthday. So far it was turning into a pretty cruddy birthday, considering Craig didn't even seem to remember and she was stuck longer at work than planned, while Craig left early. So much for a relaxing birthday.
The day only seemed to get worse when she finally came home and Craig greeted her with almost reproach for being late. "You left early and someone had to finish the paperwork," she pointed, slightly frustrated, but then blinked confused and surprised when suddenly everyone jumped out of their hiding spots. "What are you all doing here?" she asked completely surprised before looking to Craig, "You invited them? Thank you." Walking up to him, she gave him a soft kiss before pausing.
Stepping back, she looked at her father. "What are you doing here?" she demanded, this time in a slightly more unpleasant tone. "It's nice to see you too, sweetie. Happy birthday," her father replied, trying to ignore the tone. Tamara gave Craig a look of, why did you invite him?
It seemed it would be looming on them, but they probably had to come clean before they did share a last name. He looked to her thought as she asked how they would bring it up. "I dunno..."He responded and let out a small breath, "Together."
It was some time later and while they had made more progress with the wedding, they also hadn't come clean about dating at work. It was however close to her birthday, and while he knew they didn't really have too many friends that knew about them they had some. So without her knowledge, he planned a little surprise party for her. It had Craig's friend and her daughter that idolized her, her friend Amanda, which took some doing, and her father, which he knew they would have to address at some point, he didn't exactly know their relationship aside from she avoided him for the most part, but they were getting married,so it would come up he assumed eventually. When she walked through the door, he came up to her "I can't believe you took so long."He told her, crossing his arms and furrowing his brow for a second, before his features softened and the guests jumped out with a surprise, including her father.
Hearing the teasing, she chuckled softly and rolled her eyes playfully. "How crazy is that," she agreed, pretending to be shocked, "I'm not refusing to eat it. I'm just too full to eat my own food. Your food on the other hand is enough." She grinned before leaning in to bite his tongue gently. Chuckling, she pulled back afterwards.
Him bringing that up made her pause. She knew he was right in a way. They acted the friends at work, but had been living together for so long. Not to mention the fact that they were engaged to be married. They couldn't really keep it hidden for much longer. Weren't they obligated to inform their employer even? Still, at the same time she didn't want to be let go because of the no dating at work thing. Though maybe it would ensure that they could keep working together?
Finally she shrugged with a sigh. "I guess we kind of have to tell them. It would be a dead give away when I show up to work with your name at the latest," she gave in, though clearly wasn't thrilled about it, "We do sound crazy." They had gone from hating each other's guts to getting married. Not to mention, they spent more time together than it was normal, with working together. "So how would you want to bring it up?" she asked, not sure how was best or what would the aftermath of it.
"It's almost as if I got it to eat or something, because I thought it would be good. And I believe you also have your own food that you're refusing to eat."He informed her and stuck his tongue out chuckling a little bit afterward. Thinking on it though, they did have a lot to get done for their wedding, but the most important thing still sort of stuck in his mind. "We've been together for some months now..What like..maybe..eight, and we still act like we're friends at the office, occasional exceptions. Don't you think we have to make the boss aware we're engaged though?" Truly enough they weren't on any bad terms with their boss, and they even did that trailer for him. Their game was a success, it was about to launch, they'd be given a new project soon, possibly even being separated because of that. Then again maybe it would be assured they were if they told them now. "We'll sound crazy probably.."He mumbled sighing out some. They had spent so much time together simply by living next door, and together, it was more than most people. Sure they had a few hours to themselves because of scheduling sometimes, but undoubtedly they saw each other now living together every day.
Chuckling, she did have to nod in agreement. "That's true... though if you think about it, then we have had a few," she pointed out, considering how much they had hated each other in the beginning and now they were getting married, "But it feels good to get something done, doesn't it?" The list felt endless so there was still a lot that had to be done.
She gave a feigned shocked expression. "How could I have been so wrong about you?" she asked, playfully shocked as she dramatically pressed her hand to her chest before laughing, "As if, Jade isn't mean, she is too cute to be considered mean." She smiled towards their kitten that was never far away.
Her attempt was terrible and while she was aware that he was watching her, she ate it anyway. "I think so too," she agreed, pretending like she hadn't noticed, even if she clearly had, "Oh no, Jade ate your food." She gave him a teasing grin. It did taste good and she was trying to figure out how to steal another bite. When he offered her another forkful, she smiled and happily took it. Leaning up, she kissed his cheek. "It's very delicious," she told him with a smile, curling into him.
He shook his head a bit, "I mean the miracle was agreeing wasn't it?"He teased her and he felt a little better having something finally crossed off of their wedding list that they managed to do on their own. Still when she seemed to accuse him of being mean he chuckled a bit more, "Little did you know I'm totally a mean person this whole time..maybe not.. but our kitty is teaching me her ways."He began to eat his food regardless. Her comments about dinner aside. Though her attempt to make him look away at the window probably was the lamest he could have hoped for, he just narrowed his eyes and watched her eat his food the entire time. "Amazing."He commented sarcastically, shaking his head as he continued eating on his own now. A few seconds later holding up another forkfull to her mouth.
Hearing what he said, she had to chuckle. "I'm sure there will be plenty of things that we disagree on at some point. After all, a lifetime is a long time," she mused, still excited to be marrying him, "Good, then we can order that when we have everything else settled." The teasing made her smile and she leaned in to kiss him. "I guess so. Maybe spending nearly every day in each other's company does help," she replied amused.
She pouted at him teasing her for being full. "Well, sorry, not everyone can be a black hole such as yourself. Besides, sweets make you so much quicker full," she replied, sticking her tongue out slightly before pouting, "It doesn't? That's not very nice."
Still she watched him walk off and come back with his dinner to eat it. Settling next to him, slightly curled up, she waited for her moment to strike. When he had something yummy on his fork, she pointed to the window. "Look at that big bird," she said before quickly swooping in to put the fork in her mouth while he looked to the window. With a small grin she looked to him.
He looked over to her and smiled, "I also liked the chocolate and yellow cake. So we agree. Miracle of miracles, truly."He grinned a bit at her, looking to her and faking a slight bow of his head at her mention of the kiss. "It seems I am proficient in such things dear, it's like I've picked up on your tells what with spending most every days with you."He teased her a little more.
Still he eyed her at the mention of being full, "You've had like three bites of cakes. I mean granted we had lunch, but come now."He chuckled slightly. "I guess you'll have to live with reheating dinner, because refusing to eat doesn't make me wanna cook something later."He stuck his tongue out at her. He very well didn't know of her plan to snag some of his food though, so he did bring up his real dinner and begin to eat.
Naturally she complied. She trusted him and was sure he wouldn't do something stupid. That and it was fun to be a little silly and goofy. Happy for the bit of kissing that she got, she felt him shift back to lean back and cuddle with her.
"Am I allowed to open my eyes now?" she asked with a chuckle, though assumed she could since he had gone back to relaxing. Opening her eyes, she watched him eat the cake. "And which one do you like the best?" she inquired, curling more into him, "I did like the kiss." She wanted to make sure he knew that
As she laid there cuddled against him, she had to chuckle. "I honestly feel full already. Not sure how I'm supposed to eat even more after this or dinner in general," she mused, though knew he would definitely want some dinner. Well, maybe she would sneak a bite from his portion. Content, she entwined her legs with his.
He grinned a bit, at least she complied no matter how much she pretended to protest. It was true, he'd have to try all of these cakes, though the one she picked was certainly calling out to him already, so he was glad they may be on a wavelength. He would have to find out later, he seemed to have gotten himself stuck somewhere based on her grasping at his hair. It was an interesting sensation to hear her surprised like that, but of course he didn't mind at all.
He gave her a few more moments of his kissing before he leaned back up to his position next to her cuddling back into place and trying some cake for himself now, a grin remaining on his face. After all, he wouldn't have been true to her word if he started things, and they did have a lot of food to get through.
Hearing the question, she had to chuckle. "Only the ones that I think did an extra good job," she mused softly after accepting the other kiss with a smile.
The suggestion made her smile as she thought on it. "You are willingly giving up on a chance to eat sweets? Are you sick? Or do you just want me getting fat?" she asked teasingly before he covered her eyes with his palm and gave a small surprised sound, "I see this isn't up for discussion. But what if I want to peek?" Not that she minded one bit and opened her mouth for the first bite of cake.
It was fun to do this and she happily ate all three variants, taking a moment so savor each one of them, thoughtfully. "Hm... they are all pretty good," she replied, tilting her head, "The third, I guess. It's chocolatey, but also something different." She was a woman and they loved chocolate. Her brow furrowed when he said that, but didn't open her eyes. There was a surprised sound when he kissed and sucked her neck that turned into a soft moan. That was definitely unexpected. A hand went into his hair to grasp lightly as her head tilted to the sound. She was curious if he would do more.
"Is that how you tip all your driver's too?"He teased back, but would affirm it with another kiss to her. "It was a good tip."He told her and he looked towards the cake's, shaking his head a bit. "Mm..here. I'll feed them to you, eyes closed, and you tell me which one you like the most."He figured that was a fun and neat idea. Looking towards her he gave a smile, it seemed he was set on this already now anyway. "No peeking."He said closing her eyes with his palm anyway before readying all the kinds of cakes. First the chocolate with a cream frosting, then the strawberry with the cream frosting, then the yellow with the chocolate frosting. "Which number was the best?"He asked her, "Oh wait don't open your eyes yet." He said, giving a few moments to pass, kissing her neck and sucking a little to hopefully be unexpected.
She rolled her eyes at his offended manner before leaning up to kiss him in a slow and loving manner. "Good tip?" she asked with a small smile once she pulled back to settler against him again. Him teasing her for being a bad girl made her chuckle. "Yeah, I'm all kinds of bad," she mused back jokingly, knowing she was the complete opposite of bad.
Still he had a fair point. It was typical to eat the wedding cake after food, but then if they ate first, they would not be able to taste the cake as it would taste. Since he clearly didn't care or had no preference on the subject, she thought on it for a moment.
Ultimately, she grabbed a fork and took a forkful of cake to hold it up to him to east. This one was typical chocolate and she supposed you couldn't really go wrong with that. As for how they would ever decide, she had no idea. They had like five options here.
"Maybe even a tip." He reiterated in a slightly offended manner, but he was joking of course. As they settled in and sat on the couch he rose an eyebrow at her actions, "Dessert before dinner is that what you're suggesting?"He nudged her slightly, "Aren't you just a bad girl all the sudden." Though he didn't know if he did or didn't mind, the cake could taste different after the meal, but at the same time the meal wouldn't be as good after having something like cake.
He offered her only a shrug in the end, leaving it sort of up to her what she really wanted to do about it. "I'll take whatever you're serving me."He told her, clearly passing the buck off on this, not wanting to have to choose himself.
He was curious as to how they'd decide which cake would be best tasting, he wasn't really looking at which one would seem more wedding like.
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