Kevin gruffed as Gabe told him via telephone that he had an
emergency last night and had to cancel Bron’s appointment today.
Kevin whined, “Well what are we supposed to do then?” Bron
nearly heaved her coffee cup at him from across the kitchen.
his throat, Gabe bit his lip, and then spoke to Kevin on the
other end of the receiver. “Whatever you have been doing will
do just fine. It’s just a postpartum appointment. I’m sure
Bron would be in here if she had any problems.”
dawg,” Kevin was smiling now. “Talk to ya later.”
there tapping her foot, she waited for him to tell her what
her physician had said. “Well?”
what?” Kevin wrapped an arm around her and squeezed.
be an ass,” Bron hissed.
said to just keep on doing what we have been doing. He’ll call
later today and slip you into his schedule.”
shrugged her shoulders; she was off the hook for the day as
far as the appointment went. The impending doom of meeting
with her business partner began to creep from her toes up her
body. She visibly shuttered in Kevin’s embrace.
worry about Mc and the others, we’re going to take care of them
shortly.” Kevin squeezed her as tight as he could to his body.
“I love you.”
I didn’t mean to interrupt the tender family moment.” Suzie
stood at the door.
turned head, looked at her, once up, and once down. “You look
like hell, if sleeping with Carter does that to a woman… I’d
think twice about it next time.”
threw her purse across the room at Bron. Kevin caught it and
set on the table. As he set it down, he couldn’t help but notice
Suzie was extremely pissed off, at his wife no doubt, but for
what. “What are you doing home?”
well,” Suzie took her coat off and hung it on the hook. “It
seems I misinterpreted my boss’s words when she said I could
take a few days off for watching your rugrats while you were
said you could take a few extra days off, But I didn’t mean
now!” Bron flustered Suzie when she had called and asked what
time she was coming to work in the morning. She needed moral
support and Suzie was going to be it.
didn’t tell me that though, did you?” Suzie cruised to the counter
and poured herself a couple of coffee.
know I have a party coming up, a big one. I need you here.”
Bron reinforced what she had convinced herself of.
have had very successful parties before I came on board here.
Many, many of them from what Mc tells me Martha, so this doesn’t
have anything to do with parties, now does it?” Suzie’s eyes
narrowed at Bron.
looked at Kevin, he wasn’t offering any support as he stared
at her just as hard. “No, I just needed a girlfriend to talk
too. Today is going to be very stressful. Kevin is useless
when it comes to girl talk, even if he is in touch with his
feminine side a little too much for my taste.”
shook her head, “Which is why I took a red-eye home from Florida.
Nick is really steamed at you.”
young, he’ll recover.” Bron gave her hug. “Okay, the big and
the bad will be here soon, and to be honest, I can’t tell if
I want to confront them or go throw-up.”
didn’t say anything as he left the women in the kitchen. What
Bron didn’t know was that she was going to do neither, at least
not right away. Billy, Carlos, and he were going to meet with
Mc, Jake, and Stevie.
them to talk, he went up to his office to find Billy and Carlos
talking on the phone and paperwork spread over his desk. The
letters were everywhere. Kevin began to panic and pick them
up. Billy placed his hand on Kevin’s and pulled them away.
on his elbow, Carlos pulled Kevin away from Billy, who was still
on the phone. “We’re going to leave them out. Billy is looking
for a reaction of recognition from one of them.”
you nuts?” Kevin was bewildered. “Obviously it’s one of them,
so you’re going to let him know that we know what the hell he’s
been up too.”
nodded a yes and Carlos spoke a yes.
threw his arms up in the air. “Who the hell is going to protect
her and the kids?”
have people everywhere that you don’t even know about.” Billy
hung up the phone.
you shittin’ me?” Kevin stood stunned looking at both of them.
I’m not shitting you,” Billy mocked back at him. “I thought
your wife had an appointment this morning.”
did,” Kevin looked over his desk; he scrunched his nose in dissatisfaction
at the mess. “Gabe cancelled, he had an emergency delivery
last night. He’s going to see her sometime this week.”
it off C, I’m still getting laid.” Kevin’s face puckered up
at the little retort.
nice that you tell everybody our personal business,” came from
lips made a little ‘o’ before the sound came out, “Ooops...
stood at the door with her arms crossed debating what to do
with her pig of a husband, otherwise known as Kevin Richardson
the Backstreet Boy. The phone ringing threw cold water on the
mental thought of how she could get even with the man.
yelled from desk, “Kevin, it’s Nick, he wants to talk to you.”
do have an intercom,” Bron rolled her eyes.
like you use it.” Kevin walked to his door and waited for Bron
to move. When she didn’t, he politely pushed her back into
the reception area. “Excuse me,” Kevin closed the door and
then squinted his eyes closed as he waited for her to either
come back through the door or yell at him from the other side
of it. When neither happened he frowned. “Oh I’m going to
pay for that somehow, I’m damn sure of it.”
hit speakerphone since he felt very comfortable in Kevin’s office
chair. “What’s up Kaos?”
Nick questioned, thinking he might have dialed the wrong number
but he couldn’t of, Suzie had answered the telephone.
Kaos,” Billy laughed.
are you doing there? I wanna talk to Kevin,” Nick’s voice inflected
slightly and it sounded like he was whining.
shook his head, “Some things will never change. I need Kevin.
Where’s Kevin? I gotta talk to Kevin.”
him alone,” Kevin barked. It was one thing if he ragged on
Nick, but they didn’t need to do it too. “What’s up buddy?”
you take me off speaker phone please… “ Nick paused, knowing
that he sounded cryptic and maybe that wasn’t the best thing
right now. “I need to talk to you about Suz’s Christmas present.
I don’t want her to hear me.” Nick waited until he no longer
heard the echo of the speakerphone.
Kevin motioned Billy out of his chair.
my idea, I wanna give her the twelve days of Christmas.” Nick
thought the idea was a great one.
knew better, he so knew better, “Great idea, but how are you
going to do this?” Kevin rubbed his temple with his fingers
as he frowned. He really wasn’t up to mental exercise with
Nick today, but Nick was always there for him, especially lately.
today I was going to send her two turtle doves and two partridges
in pear trees. I’m a day behind, it’s eleven days till Christmas.”
back the tears, Kevin then closed his eyes very tightly. “Nick
babe, Where would you be sending the partridges and doves?”
Kevin watched the reaction of the two large men sitting across
from him. Billy was grabbing his stomach and Carlos had both
hands covering his mouth, trying not to let the laughter out.
she is working… so if it’s alright with you?”
Kevin calculated that he would have over two hundred birds at
his house by Christmas day. “No Nick, uh-uh, not gonna happen.”
Nick whined, he needed Kevin’s help.
Nick, it’s a cool idea, real cool but you have to think of something.
Last time you gave her a pig and a palm tree. MeeMaw has the
pig and Suzie has the largest palm tree in the state of Kentucky.
Don’t you remember what happened with that idea?” Kevin was
checking off the people that would be it his house, the lords,
the ladies; the maids of milking would be a big damn problem.
almost crawled out of the office and Billy wasn’t far behind.
Kevin had to think fast. “Nick it’s a great idea but I think
you can do better.”
think it’s a great idea, it’s romantic, it’s sweet…”
fuckin’ stupid!” Kevin finally yelled. He stopped and took
a deep breath; he had gone over line, now he felt bad. “Nick
you have to remember that she lives in a residential neighborhood.
Where can she keep all theses animals, trees, and the people?”
thought it was a great idea,” Nick sighed in defeat.
wanted to laugh, but he felt as if he wanted to cry too. “Wait
a minute… Let me think…”
could take awhile,” Nick spit back.
paced ignoring Nick’s comment, trying to come up with an idea
and then it hit him, it would be perfect and Suz would love
it. “I got an idea. Get in touch with the Iceman in L.A. and
see if he can do something like that in bling.”
Shit! That is awesome Kev, bye!” Nick hung up the phone; he
had a lot of work to do and a call to make.
sat back in his chair and closed his eyes. The mere thought
of all those animals running amuck on his property. He already
had one lady with milk, eleven more he couldn’t take, not if
they were half as hormonal as she was.
his legs out he stood up and thought just maybe he could go
pull a favor out of Suzie, after she heard what Nick wanted
to do for her for Christmas, she would owe him for a long time
to come. Walking into the outer office Carlos and Billy were
laughing, loud and boisterous. Suzie was in tears and Bron
was pissed and wasn’t bothering to hide it from any of them.
pointed her manicured nail at him, “Tell me you fixed this for
her? I will not let him do this to her.”
calm down, I fixed it, don’t worry.” Kevin huffed up, he had
done a good job of fixing this one before it even took place.
so sweet…” Suzie sniffed, grateful that Kevin had interceded.
so stupid,” Bron looked at Suzie. “You had better put some
serious thought into having children with that man. It could
to break up the party people but I need to speak to my partner.”
The voice sliced through the air and commanded silence.
head swung towards the door to see one lone male figure standing
just inside the doorway.
first we’re going to talk,” Billy pulled himself to his full
height. He had Mc’s number and he wasn’t going to be running
much more than the business around here anymore.
to see you again Bill. I must say that I’m on alert now. Does
Kevin have problems I should know about?” Mc strolled forward
dressed to the nines in Armani.
but Bron does,” Billy didn’t bother to look back as he walked
into Kevin's office followed by Carlos.
pointed to Bron and then to her office. “I need to get those
invitations done.” Kevin didn’t wait around for her mouth to
fall open, she had just been removed from the entire problem,
again. Now he waited in his office to see if she would come
in, she didn’t. As was customary between them, she knew which
lines she could cross without creating too much of a problem,
this wasn’t one of them and she understood that, it may not
sit well with her but she got the point.
hate when he does that shit to me,” Bron bitched as Suzie joined
Bron in her office.
better off letting your man handle this,” Suzie said it and
then regretted it. She watched Bron storm out of her office
and then storm back after the door wasn’t opened when she knocked.
hate both of you some days,” Bron sat began to write out invitations.
young, you’ll get over it. You hid it from him for too long,
you shouldn’t have done that.”
my ass,” Bron continued to write out the invitations and keep
a well-trained eye on Kevin’s door as well as her ear tuned
for any shouting that she might hear.
me to thank Kevin from saving me from a disastrous Christmas.”
Suzie tried turning the conversation.
won’t have too, Kevin will remind you, hold it over your head,
and use it against you when it’s perfect timing for him.” Bron
began to laugh. Bron could see the conversation going back
and forth in the other office but she couldn’t hear what was
being said. “How the hell did my life get so screwed up?”
you think it might of started when you began dating Mc?”
lips pursed and her brows wrinkled together. “I was thinking
it was the day I met with Kevin.”
you want to talk about it?” Suzie had always wanted to hear
the details she was never privy too. What she did know was
second hand information.
not really. I have to take Kaylin to do her Christmas shopping
after school. Do you want to come with us?”
only?” Suzie questioned.
chance. Unless Carlos changes to Carlotta very quickly.”
I guess so.”
wrote, watched, and waited as the morning dragged on. Kevin’s
door flew open with a loud smash. Mc was shouting as he came
out of Kevin’s office, “You owe me a fucking explanation! I
don’t want the damn two step you’ve been doing for two hours!
We’re not moving the office out of here and you need to stay
out of our business! I’m going in there and we are going to
talk this out. Just her and I!”
stormed into Bron’s office and Kevin was on his heels.
now stood between Bron and Mc, shouting his words, “Not without
me you sonofabitch!”
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