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Memories Can Go A Long Way (Extended Version)

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One day about a month after Aubrey and Chad's honeymoon, she came home from the supermarket.

"Hey, Chad. I'm home," she yelled as she came in the front door with two heavy grocery bags.

"Hey, babe," he replied as he saw Aubrey struggle with the grocery bags. "Here, let me give you a hand with that," he said, grabbing one of the grocery bags and the two set both bags on the counter.

"Thank you. Those sure were heavy. There are more in the car," Aubrey said as the two headed out to the car to grab the remaining grocery bags.

"With all the stuff you bought, we'll have enough food to get us through the next two weeks," Chad said.

"I don't doubt it," Aubrey said before her phone started the ringing. “Oh, that’s the Lodge. I should probably take this. Could you put the rest of the groceries away for me?

“Sure thing,” Chad said.

“Hello?” Aubrey asked, answering.

“Aubrey Donaldson?”

“Yes?” Aubrey asked.

“We need you to come down to the Lodge right away!”

“Why? What’s wrong?” Aubrey asked.

“There was a fire and the property has now burned to the ground.”

“What?! I’ll be right over,” Aubrey said, hanging up.

“What’s going on?” Chad asked.

“The Lodge has burned to the ground,” Aubrey recapped.

“What?! I’m coming with you,” Chad said as the both went out the door.

They quickly drove to what was the Lodge. Aubrey was sad to see the property burned to the ground. "I can't believe it's over. This place was the one thing keeping me in Atlanta," she said, crying on Chad's shoulder. He put a comforting arm around her.

"I know, it's so sad. Especially since this is the place I met you," Chad said as the two shared a heart wrenching moment.

Later that evening while the two were getting ready for bed, Aubrey was still saddened by what happened.

"It's a shame, you’re running a successful business one day, and the next day it's gone," Aubrey said.

"Well, if it's the one thing that kept you in Atlanta, maybe we could look for a house somewhere else," Chad said.

"What exactly are you suggesting? Are you implying that you want to move?" Aubrey asked.

"Well, you know how some of the Bellas live in New York now?" Chad asked.

"Yeah," Aubrey said.

"I was thinking we could find a house in the city or someplace close to it," Chad said.

"Maybe. I mean it would be great to live close to the Bellas, but Atlanta's been my home since forever," Aubrey said.

"I understand, and I don't want you to feel pressured to do this," Chad said, reassuringly.

"Do you really think we can find a good place to live?" Aubrey asked.

"It's possible. I'll look online at available houses in that area, and then I'll get on the phone with a realtor," Chad said.

"Okay," Aubrey said as Chad went on the computer and looked at available houses. After a long thorough search, he found a few good matches.

"Hey, Aubrey. Come here, I found some good options for us," Chad said as she came over to the computer.

Aubrey looked at the house options Chad found and was in favor of a few of them.

"Well, which one do you like best?" Aubrey asked as Chad clicked on his choice.

"This one right here. It has enough space downstairs for a dining room/living room, a kitchen on the left, a staircase in between the rooms, and best of all, two or three bedrooms upstairs," Chad explained.

"Well, that's definitely more space than this apartment," Aubrey acknowledged.

"Yeah, and the best part is, it's at an affordable price too. Especially with the money leftover from Amy’s wedding gift," Chad said.

"$200,000?" Aubrey asked.

"It's actually a lot better price than I thought," Chad said.

"Where is this house?" Aubrey asked.

"Paramus, New Jersey," Chad said.

"That’s less than an hour from where Beca, Chloe, and Amy are living. Let's do it!" Aubrey said as the two hugged.

By late September, Aubrey and Chad moved out of their Atlanta apartment and into their new home in Paramus.