had seen some funny things tonight; this would be a Christmas
he would never forget. Earlier he had found Bron in the kitchen
waving a knife and then slicing open Mc's elaborately wrapped
gift. The ring box was removed from the bigger box and placed
in Mc's hand. Returning the knife to the holder, Bron smiled.
"Do it right." She walked out as Kevin walked into
kitchen was unusually crowded with the caterer and his staff.
Kevin checked out the object in the box and let out a low
say yes?" Mc's palms were sweating as he held on to the
if she doesn't want Bron to kick her ass," Kevin chuckled.
The smile slipped
on Mc's face, "She would, wouldn't she?"
followed by a head of blonde hair behind her caused Kevin
to turn around. "You better slow down there Miss Suzie,"
"Oh be quiet.
Don't you get tired of the father figure routine," came
from a voice that had just entered the kitchen.
Suzie laughed as
she watched Kevin's mouth drop open and hang open for a long
period of time. She may be drunk but he certainly was ready
to fall over dead.
Kevin heard the
voice; it was her sex voice, the one she used when they were
getting their freak on. "How did you get here?"
seemed like a good question.
Mc was grinning;
it seemed Bron's little surprise had arrived.
The young woman
smiled and then smirked at him, "In a big white thing
that flies in the sky. It's called a plane."
Suzie's eyes squished
for a minute, she was having trouble focusing. "Damn,
you do have a big mouth Kevin."
is better," Bron giggled as she leaned into the doorway.
She had seen her guest arrive but couldn't get across the
room fast enough to intercede, she knew Kevin was in the kitchen.
Mc didn't say a
word as Kevin began to boil, there was no simmering, no slow
ascent to his anger, it was right out there.
The woman gave
him a drippy smile back as she answered Bron, "Amazing
tongue, the lips aren't bad either, I must say."
what I meant and you know it," Kevin barked, his agitation
shot up ten-fold. The room was getting hot as he tugged on
the neck of his sweater.
Bron hadn't told
him knowing he would fly off the handle and say no way, no
how. Nevertheless, she had a thank you to say for calling
her brother in law and she wanted to do it in person. By the
call being made, it started the ball rolling for Kevin to
go down to Florida. Bron said nothing as Kevin's glare pierced
through her. Inviting Kristin made one family member as happy
as it made Kevin angry.
Kevin," Bron warned him with a smile that held a different
meaning that only Mc and Kevin could understand. The killer
smile meant shut up or be killed.
A slow smiled stretched
over his face as he dreamed of reaching across the kitchen
and wrapping his fingers around her long, slender column of
a neck. He was shaking her and yelling at her in his head.
Bron's snort, as
unladylike as it was, made him snap back to the present. "Are
you beating me to a pulp in your head?"
Kris looked horrified
while Suzie and Mc laughed, knowing the couple a little too
Kevin let out
a great sigh and smiled hugely at Bron, then Suzie and Kris.
Stopping his glass in mid-air, halfway to his lips, his eyes
shifted to his wife who was grinning like a fool. "More
of a shaking thing. I hadn't gotten to the choking part yet
but that would have been the next logical step."
"Aww, I love
you too," Bron's shoes clicked on the slate as she crossed
the room to him and wrapped her arms around his waist. Looking
up at him, she licked her lips and then smiled yet again.
Kevin bent down
to her eye level with one hand on his hip. "Any more
you want to meet Kristin's boyfriend?" Bron snickered.
Kevin closed his
eyes tightly then opened them. He stood up, and gave Kris
a long once over look. She looked good; the body was still
there, the sultry way she could pull an outfit off if she
wanted to. Yep, Kris was definitely with a man and most likely
having sex with him by the way she was dressed, he frowned.
"No, I don't want to meet him."
Bron led him out the door to give Kris time to recover from
would she?" Kris looked to Mc not Suzie.
Mc shrugged, "I
doubt it. She knew he would say no. About the only thing he
can handle right now is controlling the strong urge to get
even with her." Mc snagged Logan as he ran through the
kitchen. "We need to talk."
do anything," Logan stopped running, almost falling until
Mc caught him.
"No you didn't
but I need to ask you something?" Mc pulled a chair out
for the boy to sit in.
Suzie made an exit
leaving Kris by herself with Mc and Logan. Jerald came back
in the kitchen, he looked around, and then at Kris. "I'm
glad you could make it."
I could too," she smiled warmly and grabbed for his hand.
"It's a little different but I think we can work on it."
Mc's eyes bulged,
"Oh no, not you two."
They both smiled
and left the stunned man sitting with a seven year old. Mc's
talk went well with Logan and Logan agreed whole-heartedly.
Nevertheless, it was going to be very hard to keep a secret
like that until later. Their talk ended when the caterer announced
that dinner was being served.
The party was in
full swing, the dinner dishes had been cleared away from the
buffet style meal. Bron was relieved that everyone had nothing
but compliments. J.D. and Hank even ventured out on a limb
to suggest the caterer for future parties since Bron wasn't
half as crabby from being tired. A quirk of her eyebrow silenced
both of them.
Now the liquor and beer were flowing from the bar downstairs,
the wait staff had left, and the family party had begun. There
would be no bartender, Bron was uncomfortable about all the
strangers milling about in her home and made it very clear
that after the meal, Frankie and his associates would leave.
A dessert buffet was set up and they made their departure.
Bron watched Kevin
stand at the end of the dining room table and smile as he
looked down at the object. "Kevin!" Bron snapped,
knowing damn well what he was thinking of as he moved the
Raspberry Ganache to the end of the table where it had sat
the evening before.
the table?" Kris chuckled as she joined Bron. "I
think maybe there was a little horizontal bop on that thing
Bron wanted to
groan but instead laughed. This was Kris, she knew Kevin's
moves better than anyone. Clearing her throat, she politely
replied, "You know Kevin."
"Yes I do,
so I know that is a yes," she grinned as Kevin's eyes
roamed the room and then stopped sharply on the two women
standing together. "We're making him nervous."
it," as Bron gave him a big, bright smile back and he
in return shook his finger at her.
across the room as the women stood talking. "We need
to talk more in depth," Kris sipped her wine.
you have in mind?" Bron's curiosity got the better of
reading and I have a funny little story they you might enjoy
about a romantic leading man. You might even be able to incorporate
it into one of your storylines."
Bron's mind was
being wound up, "Oh you do? Does it involve hot and heavy
think the Spray-n-Wash is better at getting grass stains out
then Shout. Don't you?"
Turning Bron caught
her husband eavesdropping from about four feet behind them.
Kris's words and facial expression gave it away. "Yes,
but don't ever try Oxyclean," Bron giggled.
Kris watched Kevin
walk away then smiled. "He'll never change, he used to
do that to fans all the time. They would think he wasn't paying
attention when he was signing and they'd talk away. He always
repeated what they said, to me later."
"He's so nosy,
but we will talk, just not here and now. He's going to be
mad at me later. But, it's our first Christmas and it's all
he has talked about since we got back." Bron broached
the subject wondering how Kris would handle it.
angry at me for calling Jerald?" Kris didn't think Bron
was but she wanted to make sure.
Bron let the drink
roll back on her tongue and then she swallowed, "No,
I'm grateful that you did. I almost made one of the biggest
mistakes of my life."
Kris leaned forward
and hugged her. "Thank God. I was so scared and thought
you would never forgive me. Kevin loves you like nothing I
have ever seen. He didn't even love me that much."
Bron became uncomfortable
but it was fleeting as they both were interrupted by Jerald.
"Please will you two stop this? Kevin is over in the
corner, shittin' his drawers because you two are together.
He sent me over here to split the two of you up."
of him," Kris smiled.
outside and enjoy the evening for a minute," Jerald grabbed
her hand and they walked to the front door together.
As soon as the
door shut, Kevin was by her side. No need for her to double-check,
the possessive arm around her shoulders confirmed that it
was him. "Wouldn't they make a cute couple?" Bron
Kevin wheezed and
moaned loudly. Leaving his wife, he went to get another drink;
he needed one. Bron had just planted an awful thought in his
mind. Not only was it unbearable, it was the worst thing that
could happen to him; his Ex with his brother.
The kids were getting
excited, they wanted to open the family presents. Bron's eyebrows
went up as she watched Suzie trip from the dining room into
the living room, over her own two feet. It had been awhile
since she had seen her dear friend plastered. "Time to
get the ball rolling," she smiled as she set her drink
down. Clapping her hands to get everyone's attention she smiled.
"I think we have some presents to hand out. So if I could
get Kaylin, Logan, Madison, Will, and Brian Junior to help
me, we can get started." Bron looked around the room
to make sure she had included all the older kids; she didn't
want to forget any of them. They screamed as the adults laughed
when they ran to Aunt Bron. "I want you guys to go under
the tree and find the gifts for all the adults."
us?" Will questioned only to have Tim express some parental
about that," Bron laughed as she ruffled the hair of
Tim and Kevin's mirror image. "You'll get yours too."
The kids dashed
off and Bron watched them run around the room like mad men
trying to see who could deliver the most gifts. Jerald and
Kris returned and Bron's eyes danced as she caught sight of
a sparkling ruby on Kris's right hand. She couldn't get to
her any sooner. "Any news we should announce?" Bron
friends," Jerald pulled a Kevin on Bron as he quirked
his brows at her.
Bron mumbled as she grabbed onto Suzie. The woman was going
to the kitchen to refill her wine glass again. "You're
not hiding out, you're staying right here."
"Yes I know.
You'll be sorry tomorrow but I know why you're down. Nick
had to go down to Tampa or it would cause problems. Stop feeling
sorry for your damn self and enjoy Christmas with us. Besides,
I bought you something really expensive."
Suzie smiled. "You didn't have to."
"I know that,"
Bron stepped aside as Madison ran up to Kris.
Aunt Kris…" Madison froze, she wasn't suppose to call
her that anymore, her Dad told her so.
be Aunt Kris Maddy, so don't worry about your Dad getting
mad at you."
a toothless grin looked at Bron.
it's a nice weird. Right?" Bron tweaked her nose with
her thumb and forefinger.
Madison bubbled and off she went again.
Once the presents
were handed out, Bron smiled. "Okay, I'm a sentimental
jerk so we're going to go around the room and oh and ahh at
everything." Kevin once again joined Bron. He was holding
Cooper, who was happy just to watch the lights bounce around
on the tree.
our presents?" Kaylin looked at Bron and Kevin.
for last," Kevin smiled. "After all the adults open
theirs, then you guys get the good stuff."
Bron squeezed Kevin's
hand; he was enjoying himself so much. Kevin loved to give
things to people. The last few days he kept saying it was
his first Christmas with his family. Looking up to him, she
stared at him, he leaned down and kissed her very slowly in
front of everyone. The kiss was sweet and sensual and long
enough to elicit a, "Break it up Kevin," from Jerald.
Witch," he breathed in her scent.
Master," Bron returned and then blanched. Opening one
eye, she looked at him, "I didn't say that, did I?"
did but it's not like we don't know," was spoken in an
ancient, loud, and gravely voice. "It's the genes, all
our men are like that. You can do what you want as long as
they agree. Ain't that right honey?" MeeMaw patted her
The room erupted
in laughter as Bron's head dropped to Kevin's chest. "I'm
going to kill MeeMaw."
Kevin was too busy
laughing to console his wife in her embarrassment. "Right
on MeeMaw," Kevin gave her two thumbs up.
Kristin groaned. "She has you wrapped around her little
All eyes turned
on the former girlfriend, she shrugged her shoulders, "She
does, and he worships the ground she walks on. You can't see
Now it was Kevin's
turn to be embarrassed. "Thanks Kris, you can pipe down
honey," Kris batted her eyelashes at Kevin, which caused
an even louder round of laughter. Kris was doing her best
to lighten things up and have Kevin relax. When his shoulders
dropped, she knew she had done what she had intended to do.
The laughter seemed
to put everyone at ease. The adults took turns as they marveled
at the exchange of gifts. Kevin fretted over his watch as
he kept track of the time. MeeMaw opened her new camera for
the web. Kevin shook his head, "You're bound and determined
to just corrupt my family."
it that at her age she is still interested in life and new
things." Bron had heard that MeeMaw was mentioning this
item in particular to everyone that would listen so she bought
she runs into a few fan sites," Kevin snapped at Bron.
J.D. and Hank tucked
envelopes in their suit coats, they knew their Christmas bonus
was inside and the amount was never questioned. "You're
not going to open that?" Bron frowned.
"We know what
it is," J.D. laughed.
"Open it anyway!"
Bron stood next to Kevin.
Both of them opened
them at the same time and Bron smiled when they almost slipped
from their seats. "We had a good year and we found something
better than a charity."
Mc was sitting
with Janey when Kaylin walked up to him to hand him his gift.
Mc handed one to Kaylin to give to Kevin. Mc opened his and
was waiting for the usual gag gift from his partner, instead
he found a silver and glass frame, Bron winked at him.
it's from Uncle Mc." Kaylin shoved the package at Kevin.
"Dare I open
it?" Kevin grinned. Unwrapping the box, he lifted the
lid. The smile shot over his face and he was grinning like
a pig in shit.
Bron frowned, lifted
the lid, and then turned on Mc. "Oh thanks a lot."
cute bikini you're wearing," Suzie snickered as she stood
on the other side of Kevin holding Cooper.
The ones who knew
about the picture that hung on the wall at the bar, laughed.
Bron's hand forced the lid closed, "You show that to
anyone, you're dead," came in the form of a hiss.
"Aw, I'm going
to put it on my desk in my office," Kevin bit his tongue.
"I have a
better picture than that old one," Brian jumped in to
the conversation. Walking to the hallway, he brought back
a large box. Standing in front of everyone, he smiled. "This
is for my cousin and his wife. They belong to each other,"
Brian added just to tease Bron about the old joke. The box
was five feet high and four feet wide.
Kevin broke the
seal on the box and opened it. He pulled back tissue paper
since the box was leaning on Brian. A chorus of 'aww-s' and
'ohhhs' filled the room. Bron's face turned blood red as she
began to interogate Brian. "Where did you get that?"
"I took it.
Nick told me not to he said Kevin would get mad. I took this
in Chicago. It was sweet, you two napping on the couch, all
wrapped around each other. You even have the same clothes
on, jeans and white t-shirt."
this right here," Kevin picked up the frame and walked
to the fireplace. He remembered that day. She had gone shopping
and he had stayed back. He fell asleep on the couch waiting
for her. The was the day that he had said, "Mine,"
to the sleeping form next to him, well more under him in this
shot than next to him.
hanging that in here," Bron's voice sliced through the
Kevin looked at
his Mother. She didn't seem to happy either, MeeMaw was though.
"My Pit, I'm hanging it right here." Kevin set the
frame on the mantel.
Brian," Bron's smile faded when she saw Leighanne smile
at her cattily. The picture was overly sensual to be hanging
in the living room. There was no hiding the closeness of the
couple as Kevin's legs and arms wrapped around Bron's body.
It was a lover's embrace.
thinks it's funny," Suzie leaned over.
around; comes around," Bron winked. "Open this,"
Bron traded an envelope for Cooper with Suzie.
Mc stood up and
walked over to stand with Suzie. Kevin stood next to his new
picture with a stupid grin on his face.
Bron didn't hold
back, "That picture is as loud as this room."
"I know, I
like it," he smirked at her.
Sliding her finger
under the envelope, Suzie broke the seal. Pulling a document
out she read it one time, being drunk didn't help. "What
"The bed and
breakfast," Mc said loud enough for everyone to here.
me the bed and breakfast?"
"Part of it,
Mc's part," Bron laughed. "You are now a businesswoman
in Lexington, Kentucky. You'll take care of it and just cut
me a check from the profits."
Bron wasn't prepared
to be swallowed up by hug and a stream of tears. If Cooper
hadn't started crying, Suzie would still be hanging on. "I
guess your okay with this?" Bron tried to get a grip
on herself and not cry.
her to be a silent partner Suz," Kevin joked. "She
doesn't shut her mouth much."
The next lunge
for Bron by Suzie was stopped by a doorbell. Bron looked at
Kevin, "We have a door bell?"
we have a doorbell," Kevin laughed as he walked to the
door. He knew who was on the other side and was thankful that
he had made it here.
of like the intercom that you don't use," Suzie laughed
along with Andrew.
carries," Andrew added.
the way to town some days," Kevin opened the door. He
stopped, he was stunned. There was a sleigh out front. 'Nah,
it could't be,' he looked again at the grinning man in a red
suit. "Are those real reindeer…" he leaned further
out the door.
going to do it, do it right," Santa grinned back at him.
"I owe you
IS HERE!" Madison was squealing.
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