blow this and you're dead.
I will use you as a punching bag until you're very
old," Kevin mustered before being knocked out of the doorway by four kids.
"HO! HO! HO!"
Santa came in the door swinging a sack over his back.
He knew all the kids, but the one he wanted to impress
most was suddenly clinging to her mother.
This was not Kaylin by any stretch, he thought. The other lady
he wanted to impress looked damn fine in a short little black
skirt. He watched her squint at him; she couldn't tell who he was either. Santa looked at Kevin, confusion running
rampant on his face.
loaded off her ass," Kevin whispered into Santa's ear.
now stood in front of Santa only to have Kevin give him a
nod. Once Kevin nodded, Santa was allowed to come into the living room. The adults all stared, who was this man
dressed up in a suit? The kids jumped
up and down. Bron came
closer to inspect Santa, "Very good," she smiled.
She didn't know
who it was, but obviously he had been expected to be here
by Kevin, she was trusting his judgment.
"Let's get Santa a chair, guys!"
chair was placed in the center of the room as Santa took his
seat. On his way by Suzie, Santa's hand slid a little intimately
across her rear-end. She gasped and
then stared at him. When Suzie's
eyed narrowed at him, he thought she might throw her drink
in his face. "Merry Christmas,"
Suzie put some distance between herself and Santa.
Now she was sobering up since she had to fly home tomorrow
afternoon. There was no sense in going on a plane with a hangover.
had to hold back the tears that were threatening to spill
out along with his laughter as Santa pouted when he was
called a derogatory name.
Kevin then nodded to Andrew and the two of them walked
up the stairs. The plan was for Kaylin to go last. Kevin had a special gift for his daughter that he wanted
to give to her in front of everyone.
It was a gift that should be shared, instead of hidden
away, and then she could cherish it for the rest of her life.
would wait until the special gift was brought
downstairs before he would start.
The kids climbed all over him, tugged on his beard
to make sure it was real.
He answered questions on the fly like, "Are those
real reindeer? Where is Rudolph? How many elves do you have?"
you coming back after we go to bed?"
wanted to make sure.
course I am! I'll swing
by about three in the morning, but you better be sleeping
or I won't stop."
answer caused the adults to chuckle.
Bron shook her head when she heard Santa say 'dawg',
now she knew whom Santa was and he was doing a great job. Kevin and Andrew came down the stairs with
a huge box that looked like it weighed a ton as they grunted. Mc and J.D. jumped up to help as the box
was settled next to Santa on the floor. Bron swooped down on Kevin and began to
play twenty questions. Finally,
Kevin looked at her, "It's for Kaylin.
You can wait, just like the kids."
her mother," Bron's face puckered up.
I'm her father," Kevin gave her a wry smile.
let out a little huff as she went to stand by Suzie, "What
the hell could that be?"
didn't say anything to me. Santa
grabbed my ass,"
I know you’re drunk, Santa isn't into groping."
did, I'm telling you."
Suz," Bron rolled her eyes.
Playing along when Suzie was this ripped
would be fun.
looked at Santa and then at Kevin and then back to Santa.
"Well, he did. Who
the hell is that anyway?"
lied, "I don't know."
She could have said Keith, Kevin's best friend and
bus driver, since he wasn't here tonight but with his own family.
stared at Santa, half in disbelief and half full of wonderment. She went to stand by her Dad who had placed Cooper in
the bassinet not to far from Santa.
"Is that really Santa Daddy?"
like him to me," Kevin smiled, he could see the doubt
but a little fear too." Why
don't you ask him?" The
fear he recognized as she held onto his fingers tightly.
you really Santa?" Kaylin
asked as the other children frowned at her. They didn't want
her to upset Santa.
you Kaylin Richardson?"
Santa replied with a question.
nodded but squeezed Kevin's hand tighter.
seven years old. You
have an older brother and a younger brother, right here."
Santa pointed to Andrew and then Cooper.
frowned, "Do you know who my dad is?
He's Kevin Richardson, he’s
famous. Anybody can find that stuff out about us."
shook her head. Kaylin
was proud to have Kevin as her Dad; all doubts would
have been erased by that comment.
Mom says, fans are good, they can find out anything.
Some of them even know when Dad has to take a leak."
choked on his drink as Bron rushed forward to cover the little
ones mouth. "Ha
ha, a little fan talk that went
to the extreme." Bron wanted to go hide somewhere, anywhere,
but in the room they were currently
nodded knowingly at Kaylin, his face scrunched slightly, he
needed to convince her and now he could see why.
She was so distrusting but as himself
he had never seen it because she was always comfortable with
him. "Didn't you break your Mom's vase when
she was on her honeymoon?"
didn't break it, Uncle Nick did.
He blamed me so he wouldn't get in trouble!" Kaylin frowned at being
accused once again.
Then she smiled, "You really are Santa.
Nobody knows that stuff."
the hell is that?" Suzie
glared at Bron, knowing damn well she had to know who it was.
jumped up in Santa's lap, "Do you know the Toothfairy?"
a loss, Santa nodded a yes, what else could he do.
her I said thank you for the twenty dollars last week."
Kaylin poked her tongue through the gaping
hole in the front of her mouth.
came from more than one parent in the room.
turned his back to the kids and mouthed, "I didn't have
got twenty, I only got a quarter," B.J. looked at Santa.
got a dollar," Logan
present time," Santa called the tooth auction to a close
as Kaylin jumped off his lap as fast as she had jumped in
Santa called her up, she thanked him politely and climbed
down. The little girl was in awe and very quiet
as she went to her parents holding the gift tightly in her
hand. Will and B.J. followed with Kaylin going
next. The boys were
extremely excited to get the one toy that neither Tim nor
Janey could manage to get their
smiled knowing that the parents were very appreciative of
her efforts to get what the kids really wanted; Harry Potter
was the hot thing this year.
Silent thank-yous were sent to her from around
the room as each child received something very special and
was next as Santa motioned for her to come and sit.
"So Miss Kaylin, is there anything you really
wanted for Christmas?"
thought we settled that already," Santa winked at her.
want a sister," Kaylin chimed.
was patting Bron's back from her coughing fit. "Wrong pipe," Bron croaked out.
think that is one for you to talk to your Dad about." Santa very calmly informed her; but was
trying very hard not to bust a gut.
lips moved back and forth, "He did it wrong last time,
now we have him," Kaylin pointed to the bassinet.
the little game that you are playing with Santa is not going
to help and you're just making your Mother mad."
Kevin warned in a voice that was quiet but carried
enough weight to cause the girl to stop.
I thought it was worth a shot," She grumbled.
laughed as well as the rest of the people in the room. "See that big box over there?"
Kaylin's smile was mega-watt.
yours, go open it." Santa
hadn't finished the sentence before she was gone and tearing
the paper off.
knew what it was just as soon as the paper came off the corner. She glared at Kevin, "That is mine."
tried to raise the lid but only managed with the help of her
older brother. The other kids weren't
impressed over the big wooden box as Kaylin was. When she saw presents inside with the other
kids names on them she yelled for them.
kids tore into the gifts and Kaylin began to pull personal
items out of her big gift. The
wooden box held Photo albums, framed pictures, and items from
Bron's first wedding and life with C.W. Kaylin hadn't seen the wedding
dress in the bottom that was wrapped in blue tissue paper
to preserve it. The
one Bron wore when she married C.W..
Then Kevin put pictures of the new family in the chest
and new mementos.
stood up and looked around the room; he raised his glass towards
Kevin. "For anyone
who doesn't know, Kaylin's Dad started that chest when Kaylin
was still a baby. He didn't get to finish it," Hank choked
up. "But Kevin
here, finished it for her. Now, she has a little of both her dads that
will always be with her. He's a fine
man and a great father."
bawled long and loud as she hung to Kevin and cried like a
baby. Suzie cried, everybody cried.
Kevin cried when Kaylin walked up to him and raised her arms
up to be picked up by him. Squeezing
him tightly she smiled, "Thank you for the hopeless chest!"
a Hope Chest," Kevin corrected her as she held on with
her arms wrapped around her neck.
says no man will ever put up with me, I'm hopeless."
adult's laughter brought a close to the tears and tissues
that filled the room. Happily,
Kaylin went around the room and showed everyone her scrapbooks
that Kevin had given her, even ones that he had made just
are all my pictures and photo albums," Bron shoved a
finger into his chest.
and you were hiding them from me.
So why don't we not do that anymore and let her enjoy
both of her families."
Kevin was being corny.
didn't dare invite the Outlaws, did you?" Bron's was ready to sink her teeth into
his flesh if he had.
baby, I'm sentimental, not stupid."
Kevin squeezed her hand.
gift left, a few more requests, then I have to take a flight
kids." Santa reached
into his bag and pulled out a round object wrapped in paper.
Bron tried not to laugh as Santa bounced
the object up and down next to him.
is that for?" Logan
asked, knowing that it had to be a basketball.
up the object, Santa spun it on his fingertip, "It's
says Kevin Richardson… Oh
nope, sorry, Kevin Cooper Richardson."
Santa pulled the ball back as Kevin reached for it.
see," Kevin laughed.
need sports, it keeps them healthy."
can't play basketball, he just wears diapers and sleeps and
poops." Kaylin added her two cents in.
it's still his from Saint Nick. So
does anybody else have any requests?"
Santa eyed Suzie and Suzie backed up.
I do," Bron dropped in Santa's lap like a three
groaned loudly as his face wrinkled.
"Thank you Mrs. Richardson," Santa smiled. "Gained a little weight, did ya?"
had Cooper," Kaylin laughed.
had that look in her eye that spelled mischief over
and over again. Nick
had seen it before, Kevin's birthday present for one.
can I do for you?" Santa
patted her calf then her thigh; his hands stopped moving upward
hearing Kevin's voice.
the paws there Clause," Kevin laid a look on Nick.
should make that into a song," Bron giggled.
was snickering now, "So what can I do for you?" Santa was laughing.
a loaded question Santa," Bron laughed.
shot them both a laser death glare.
have a man who loves me very much," Bron smiled.
nodded in agreement.
he has some problems,"
leaned in on the other side of the chair, "I do?"
you see he doesn't really take orders well… from me."
whole lot of other people too from what I hear," Santa
gave Kevin a cheesy grin.
would like him to be… more obedient, less controlling, less
anal, and basically a 'Yes-Man'."
had tears flowing down his eyes as he spoke, "I think
we may have a problem." Santa was in a difficult spot; Kevin was
on one side, sizing up Santa's next move.
Santa just might get a beating. The
adults were laughing their asses off and Bron was just having
fun as she swung her legs about.
"I think you have me confused with your Fairy
Godmother but I'll tell her you were looking for her."
Santa shoved her off his lap so fast Kevin had to catch
else? Do you want to
sit on Santa's lap?"
Santa looked at Suzie and patted his lap.
A few adults caught the innuendo but not many.
"Perv," she whispered.
I think when I stop by your man's house, I'll tell him how
sloshed you were."
Suzie's mouth dropped open wondering how the hell Santa knew she had a man. "Look, it's
bad enough that I get cow gifts because I've been told that
my man doesn't have to pay for the cow if the milk is free..." Suzie took a long breath and scowled first
at Anne and then at Santa, “Ya know
what? I shouldn’t have
to pay for the entire pig for five or six ounces of sausage
A couple of gasps from the adult males in the room
were heard but the women who weren’t
laughing out loud were snickering discreetly.
Kevin rushed to Suzie, grabbed her by the arm, and
yanked her into the kitchen, swearing the entire way.
was yelling for her. Suzie
was yelling for her too, only with a little more panic in
Bron punched Santa in the arm, snorted like a pig,
and then laughed. “She’s
a little drunk and she misses her pig,” Bron laughed even
harder and yelled, “Coming!” as Kevin and Suzie continued
to call for her.
ignored the drunken woman but he knew the pig would get even
some day for this embarrassment.
Santa stood up, pulled his sack up, and waved.
Walking to the door, the kids followed. "Oh wait a minute I forgot something."
Santa turned around and walked back into the living
room. "Which one
of you is Janey?"
my Mom, she's right here."
happily showed Santa the way to his mom.
leaned in towards Mc, "Do you want to borrow my sleigh?
I have a few extra
very romantic you know. Mrs.
Clause thinks so anyway."
Mc grabbed Janey's hand. Grabbing their coats, they headed to the
front door. "This
is perfect," Mc practically ran out the door.
sticking Suzie in the kitchen with
a pot of coffee Bron and Kevin returned to the party.
sucks, they get a ride," B.J. yelled as Leighanne grabbed
going to be going home now," Leighanne stood up with
the help of Brian. "You
need to get to bed. Beside
you can't go out in the cold like that."
shook her head, she felt sorry for B.J. Ever since the surgery,
his mother just wouldn't let up. Brian looked just as upset over the statement.
He was angry, it was a lot harder for Brian to mask
his anger, then it was for Kevin.
up dude, he's coming back later to give you more presents,"
Kevin tried to lift his spirits.
know," B.J. stuffed his hands in his pockets.
wouldn't want to go anyway, Mc is going to ask my Mom to marry
him and it's going to be all mushy stuff if she says yes."
Logan announced to
everyone including B.J.
you think she'll say yes Logan?" Bron questioned him.
hope so. I really like
him, he's fun." Logan
went off to play as some of the party members decided it was
time to go.
returned to the task of sobering up her best friend.
a half hour, Logan
began to prance by the door.
up man, I'm sure she'll say yes," Kevin could tell this
kid was a nervous wreck. Then
the sleigh bells rang in the air.
ran to the door and opened it.
He shouted across the lawn.
"Did you say yes Mom?"
"YES!" Mc yelled back to him.
ya dude," Kevin smiled as he
waited for them. Coats
and hats on, they were the last to leave.
Kevin went into the kitchen to check on the girls.
Kaylin was in bed, she actually wanted to go to bed,
and Cooper had been tucked in. Andrew
was upstairs in his room watching television. Suzie was drinking coffee as she sat watching
Bron clean up the dessert dishes.
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