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The reason your OG was so high is probably the result of a common mistake most new brewers make. You added your top up water and did not mix it thoroughly with the wort, chances are your sample came up with more concentrated wort giving you a higher OG.
You are making an extract beer, and these beers will be darker than a comparable all grain batch. Your cream ale might be a little browner, but it will taste good. You can't accurately judge the color of the beer in the fermenter anyhow, and it will look totally different in a glass.
You don't need to use a secondary for most beers. Many of us are not using them routinely anymore. I would reccomend since this is your first batch and you are in a rush to drink it that you keep the beer in there at least 10-14 days before bottling. Once you get some time in and some beer stockpiled you'll feel comfortable keeping it in the fermenter 3-4 weeks.
Another thing that will help with lighter extract beers.... Do a search on the forum for the technique of late extract additions.
Hope I helped. Good Luck on that first batch.
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