After the incident with Meredith, Aiden had thrown himself into his work. He quickly climbed the political ladder and has recently been elected mayor. Now he needed to get married before the baby came. His constituents could tolerate a man who had a child out of wedlock in college. They would not tolerate a man who had a child out of wedlock while acting as their mayor.
Marcus came over after school to see his dad. He wanted to tell him something. Aiden wasn't sure what. Every time he almost told him he would look over at Caryl and then get really quiet. He knew that he didn't really know Caryl yet but he didn't understand why he would act afraid of her. He didn't understand until Meredith came to pick him up. Then he knew what his son had wanted to tell him. He wanted to tell him about the baby. Aiden could only stare at the size of her belly. She looked to be as far along as Caryl but he knew that wasn't possible. Caryl had been pregnant for almost two months before he slept with Meredith.
Meredith left before Caryl could get a look at her. Aiden's other guest did see her though. Tongues were wagging as everyone left for home that night. Once they were gone, Aiden called up his brother. He needed advice. What he actually needed was for someone to tell him what to do. He spilled his guts to William. He told him about his afternoon with Meredith. He told him she was pregnant. He told him that he couldn't stop thinking about her. When he was with her and Marcus everything just felt right. Then he'd come home and Caryl would tell him how much she loved him. What the hell was he suppose to do?
William told him that he was asking the wrong guy. For one thing he would never have gotten engaged in the first place. The best he could do was to tell him to follow his heart. If he loved Meredith then he should go and be with her. If he loves Caryl then he should stay here and marry her before the baby is born. If he loves them both...well then he's in a world of hurt. He can't have them both. If he tries it will all blow up in his face. It still might actually. When Caryl learns about Meredith's second child, all hell could break loose.
In the end, Aiden decided to commit to Caryl. The baby was actually overdue. It should have been here already. Aiden wanted to be married to Caryl when his child was born. He wanted at least one of his kids to have his last name. He had no idea what he would do about Meredith. He could admit to himself that he loved her. Maybe he always had. But his life was with Caryl. Meredith could never be anything more than the mother of his kids. Caryl was his future. Caryl was his wife.
Another three weeks passed before Caryl went into labor. Aiden couldn't understand why her doctor was letting her go this far. He had expected then to perform a C-section weeks ago. Maybe it was a good thing that the baby didn't come because life had been chaotic the last few weeks. The press had found out about Meredith's pregnancy. They had named him as the father. His political career went up in flames. The citizens (who weren't named Avery) demanded his resignation. So he resigned. At least he was mayor for a little while. It's to bad his dream couldn't have lasted longer.
Caryl gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
Aiden named his son Nathan.
As he fed his son, he couldn't help but thing about another child that was due any time just down the street. He hadn't spoken to Meredith. He needed to do that. He had to explain things. They had to come to an understanding.
So Aiden went to see Meredith. She confirmed that the child she was carrying was his. She told him that she hadn't had sex with anyone except him since that blurry night in college. That made what he had to say even harder. Aiden told her he married Caryl. He told her about Nathan's birth. He told her that he wanted to be a part of his kids lives but he couldn't be with her in any other way. Meredith knew what he was saying. She could tell that he meant it. If only his eyes didn't betray his desire for her. If only she didn't want him so badly.
Marcus cried when he found out his dad married Caryl. Even a new baby brother didn't cheer him up. Finally Meredith just told Aiden to leave. She would explain things to Marcus. She would make sure that he understood.
The next morning she explained it all the best she could. Marcus didn't like it. Neither did she. It was just the way things were. They would just have to do the best they can.
William stopped by to check up on her. He told her point blank that she shouldn't have taken advantage of Aiden again. She quickly pointed out that he was not drunk this time. He kissed her first as a matter of fact. Besides it takes two to tango. Aiden is just as responsible in all this as she is. She did regret what happened to his political career. She never meant to hurt him again. She hoped that his wife would get past this. She hoped that he would be happy.
Two days later, Meredith gave birth to Aiden's daughter. She named her Michele. She tried to call Aiden and tell him but Caryl answered the phone. She said Aiden wasn't home. Meredith knew that he was. Caryl was just being a bitch. It didn't matter though. She would tell him later. Then he could stop by and meet his little girl. No matter how much Caryl might want it to be different, she and Aiden were bound together. There was nothing she could do about it.