Standing at her
kitchen sink, she watched the snow swirl outside the window.
Bron was trying to get all of her ducks in row with the impending
trial. They were getting ready to head back to her home for
it. Reservations about what she was doing began to settle
in rather quickly. Kevin rode her ass telling her she needed
closure and she fought back by asking him if he had a degree
in psychology. The argument had happened more than once in
the past two weeks since Christmas.
the past weeks, she had wondered how they had coped with the
stress. Suzie called in a panic on Christmas day when they
arrived in Boston. "Nick's blue spot is gone, but now
it's WHITE!" Bron laughed and told her what she had done.
Suzie was screeching into her ear, "You bleached his
the hair, chill out. He'll be fine, just keep him away from
are not what I'm worried about, it's my family." Suzie
groaned as she watched the white forehead bop to the music
as he sat next to her.
abduction, they'll buy it. It's not like he lost any brain
cells," Bron laughed even louder and hung up on her.
Swishing the cloth
in the water she recalled watching Kevin play with the kids
in the living room as she sat in the dining room later that
evening, she studied her family. Raising her eyes, she saw
the huge portrait that Kevin had hung over the fireplace.
He was sneaky when he wanted something. Kevin had mounted
the photograph from Brian while she was working down at the
shop one day. "Blech," Bron shook head and kept
right on walking into the kitchen that day.
"I love it!
It's sweet, tender, and caring!" Kevin yelled to her.
not me!" Bron hollered back.
"It is when
you're with me or the kids," Kevin voice carried but
it wasn't something she was in the mood to listen to.
From Suzie's telephone
call on, things went crazy on them. Two days later, Mc had
called and wanted to talk to her privately. Kevin, still wary
at times of the man, said sure, as long as he was present.
Mc laughed, "He is so insecure."
The only reply
he received from Bron was a 'shut up'. Thinking the meeting
related to what had been happening to her or associated with
the business, she started for the office only to have Mc go
in the kitchen and sit down.
Kevin sat reading
the paper since he had put Cooper to bed for the night and
Kaylin was watching television in her own room. This had become
her new thing, once Kevin figured out how to block certain
channels from her TV.
Suzie is coming back tomorrow," Kevin folded the paper
without looking at the other two occupants in the room.
"You are a
shitty secretary anyway Pop Star," Mc laughed.
Kevin had covered
for Suzie while she took a mini-vacation. "The people
you work with are real pains in the ass. Not to mention Suz
puts sticky notes on everything. Not just any old sticky notes,
they are directed towards me, personally. They say things
like 'don't touch me', 'close this draw', and 'get out of
this Kevin'." Kevin paused as he watched Mc start to
grin. "So why are you here and why couldn't this wait
until tomorrow? You're cutting in on my time."
Bron stood leaning
back on the counter watching the two of them go back and forth
being typical males.
wise to you; you screwed up our entire system once already.
Your time? I didn't think you had any time. You have to share
her with so many people, including me." Mc loved taking
pot shots at Kevin, it kept him amused most days.
enough from the both of you," Bron spoke as she readied
her morning coffee. She loved coming down and just pouring
the water into her coffee maker. "It's only three days
after Christmas. Let's try and keep the holiday spirit. Kevin,
stop complaining, you manned the phones for two days."
Kevin folded the
paper, "Two days too many. Stupid phone calls, I'm tellin'
ya." Kevin began to mimic the phone calls he had taken.
"We need to change this window and this paint. What type
of floor are you putting in? Don't these people write this
Mc sat back and
listened to Kevin complaints. "For someone who is so
into pleasing the fans, you suck at customer service."
"I only service
one customer," Kevin winked.
Bron groaned knowing
damn well where he was headed with that comment. "Why
does the conversation always turn that way when you're talking?
Mc, what do you want?"
"Are you ready
to head back home?" Mc asked the obvious already knowing
the answer. He looked directly at her, it wasn't meant to
be interpreted as anything but a question.
"Not really, but I don't have a choice. I want to get
his over with as soon as possible."
Mc shifted in his
seat, "Are the phone calls still coming?"
Kevin answered for her as he creased the paper in front of
everything. Whatever he is doing is very elaborate. The last
call was traced to a Tijuana pay phone." Mc watched for
some sign of understanding from her that he was doing everything
in his power but that Stevie, at least they thought it was
Stevie, had been planning this for a very long time.
Bron sat down at the table, feeling defeated in a sense.
The room seemed
unnaturally quiet until Mc spoke. "I need a really big
favor from you. I don't have a lot of time to pull it off
and I have some things that need to be done."
"If it's illegal
forget it," Kevin sat back in the chair. The cross look
from his wife told him that he had overstepped his bounds.
He returned a smile to her to let her know he really didn't
"As far as
I know, getting married isn't illegal, unless of course you're
first cousins or something. Right Kev?"
"How the hell
would I know?" Kevin chomped down on his tongue to avoid
any nasty remarks from flying out.
You just got engaged a few days ago. When the hell are you
two getting married?"
Mc shrugged, "We
talked, why wait, we're not kids. We were thinking of getting
hitched at the bar on New Year's Eve." Mc winked at Kevin.
Eve! That's only a few days away." Bron was yelling as
the words rolled from her, "THE BAR? You want to get
married at the bar!"
Not fazed by her
reaction, Mc smiled. "Why not?"
getting married there! That's disgusting!" Bron jumped
from the chair and paced the kitchen floor. "What theme
are you going for?"
Kevin had caught
on even if Bron hadn't. He was battling the laughter that
threatened to bubble out. Yep, the obvious had just blown
by his wife like a damn jet. He would thank Janey and Mc later
for sacrificing one of the most important days of their life
to keep his wife busy. He really thought that Nick would be
Bron's next victim but the kid was still holding his own against
his persistent wife as far as when he was going to marry her
is not going to happen. You'll get married here at the house.
I'll have to call Suzie back a day early and she can help
me plan. Most of the stuff she can do by telephone. She built
up a good rapport with our new chef for the bed and breakfast."
Bron was pacing so fast that Justin stretched out and almost
tripped her. Bron frowned at the dog, the dog in turned rolled
over for a belly scratch. "Okay we need colors? What
colors are you going to use?"
colors," Mc sat back in the chair.
"You are no
damn help. There are colors to decide on and invitations.
She needs a dress, the food, the flowers, the cake."
Throwing her hands up in the air in frustration, she glared
at him. "What brought this all on?"
"We want to
get married that's all." Mc picked absently at his fingernail
while Kevin grinned like a damn fool.
you're useless. I'll call Janey and get some ideas on what
she wants and then I'll call Suzie and see what the three
of us can do." Bron grabbed the telephone.
but I need my best man there, but you'll look damn funny in
one of Kevin's tuxedos so wear a dress," Mc slid his
chair out, calling the conversation closed.
"I'm not your
best man, that should be… " Bron never finished the sentence;
she knew the word should be Stevie.
"Even if he
could be here, he wouldn't be my best man. You would be, because
you are the best thing besides Janey in my life. Kaylin for
the flower girl and Logan as the ring bearer should be all
we need." Mc walked up to her and kissed her cheek, "I
would have asked Andrew but that kid is still very protective
of his Mama and he is still holding a grudge about the way
I treated you, even though the little shit wasn't alive. You
would think the kid would have some loyalty to me, I am his
Bron was dialing
Janey before Mc had even got in the car. Janey was well prepared
for the telephone call that she knew she was coming her way.
As a couple, Mc and her had discussed just going to get a
license and going to the Justice of the Peace. They had a
three-day waiting period for the application. Mc laughed,
he had told her it was so some people would come to their
senses. "Did you need three days?" Janey asked knowing
that he would just laugh, which is exactly what he had done.
Then he launched into a big long speech about his past, his
partner, and how he cared for Bron and always would.
me this speech once before," Janey eye him up and down.
"I'm okay with it.
Mc looked at her.
did. I know that you care about her and if she ever needed
anything that you would leave me flat, but I also know that
you would be back for me. You love Logan and I differently."
The phone ringing
brought Janey back to the present. "Hi Bron!" Janey
was ecstatic. Mc had told her that if Bron called everything
would be a go. They were going to get married as soon as possible
and with any luck, in an ante-bellum mansion like Scarlett
O'Hara, just as Janey had always wanted.
"How did you
know I was going to call?" Bron looked at Kevin who was
now just outright laughing. "He set me up, didn't he?"
She heard Kevin
answer 'yes' as well as Janey on the telephone. "Tell
that asshole I'm going to kill him when he gets back home."
"I will but
in the mean time, I need help with my wedding." Janey
had a list of what she wanted, Mc said the sky was the limit
but she didn't take it literally since she also knew that
Bron would generously be donating the use of her home so she
tapered her wants versus her needs.
Bron quipped as she grabbed one of the various steno books
that always seemed to be at her fingertips. They ran down
the list and came up with some ideas. Silver and blue were
the colors that Janey had wanted. When she mentioned something
old fashioned and very southern even Bron was excited. They
were going to do an old fashioned winter ball. From there,
the entire project snowballed and became a full-blown affair
by the time Suzie had arrived back home without Nick.
Kevin stood at the doorway leading to the kitchen.
Bron swirled the
rag inside the bowl. She didn't know how but she went from
rinsing the dishes to be put in the dishwasher to washing
them. Kevin had disturbed her mulling over of the last two
weeks, she wasn't happy, "What?"
are in bed," Kevin crossed his arms and leaned on the
I'll be up in a little while," Bron didn't turn around
until she heard his footsteps fade as he headed out of the
room. She didn't want to deal with Kevin's need for attention
Rinsing the bowl,
she grabbed the stockpot she had used for dinner. "I
need some time to get it together," she whispered, as
the two dogs sacked out on the kitchen floor one on each side
Her memories re-wound
to the day Suzie came home and the wedding went from a small
informal affair to a complete black tie ball. Janey was thrilled
beyond her original expectations between Suzie's connections
and Bron's abilities and both of their talents, the wedding
turned into a true high-class New Years Eve winter ball.
Mc and Kevin stood
back and watched Bron bark orders at a crew to set the arbor.
Kevin wasn't getting the concept of a winter garden wedding.
"We'll freeze our asses off."
me," Kevin turned to Mc as he stood in his living room.
People were buzzing around him, including ninety percent of
his family, everyone that worked for Bron and Mc, as well
as a few friends.
Mc just winked,
"Don't look at me; she's been scaring me for years. As
far as I understand, the heat lamps installed in the garden
around the pool are going to keep us warm. The pool itself
will be covered with a retractable cover that six elephants
can stand on. There will also be white and blue lights along
your garden walls." Mc snickered, "Subtle lighting,
hell is thing costing? What happened to low key?" Kevin
grumbled as one of Bron's crew cleared his throat as though
Kevin were an unwanted insect in his path. Kevin stepped aside
to let the man pass.
"I have no
idea, but the dress alone made me want to cry. Why does she
need a dress that costs nine thousand dollars?" It wasn't
that he couldn't afford it or didn't want to buy it. Mc looked
perplexed at Kevin, searching for an answer.
two words, I do," Kevin replied.
Bron came down
the ladder she was standing on and wiped her hands together.
She had finally finished it, "SUZIE!"
Kevin closed his eyes. The yelling was getting to him. The
fact that there were over fifty people running amuck in his
house, his hot tub was now covered and unusable, and his patio
looked like a wedding was getting ready to take place at Tara.
The snow had virtually melted from the flagstone from the
heat of the lights and bodies that had been tramping over
"Oh it's perfect,"
Suzie clapped her hands together.
hell is that?" Kevin looked at something hanging from
the arch that had been built, painted silver, and placed at
the end of his pool.
"It's a floral
ball," Bron laughed. "All we have to do is drape
the tulle around the arch."
Kevin shrugged as a child was dropped into his arms. Looking
down at his son, he smiled, "What can you do? Your Mom
and your Aunt Suzie are a force to be reckoned with when they
Kevin turned and
headed the other way. "Another lesson son, if Mom calls
you honey, run like hell the other way. It usually involves
you doing something you really don't want to do."
Bron yelled even louder.
Kevin didn't move
fast enough through the maze of people. He heard someone shout,
"He's heading for the kitchen!"
Kevin grumbled as the baby was removed from his arms. "He's
hungry," he tugged back on his son.
"I know dear
that is why Bron called to have me help. She needs your help
right now." Anne cuddled and cooed to her grandson.
Kevin whined as he was shooed out of the kitchen, minus his
son, and back towards the area he had just run from. "Whaddya
Kevin stood with
his arms akimbo, his eyebrows furrowed together, and wearing
Bron giggled as the lights were turned off outside and the
garden lights turned on.
"Oh My God
Bron, it's beautiful!" Janey's hand clasped over her
mouth and she began to cry. "Suzie… Bron… you did it.
It's the most amazing thing I have ever seen."
Kevin smiled when he saw Janey crying. His eyes began to mist
over seeing how happy she was.
is here!" Mc practically sang from the front door.
Bron ran by Kevin, jumped over a folding chair, and made a
grab for the box from Mc. "Don't open it!"
"I paid for
it!" Mc held up the package out of her reach. "This
thing weighs a ton. I want to see where my money went."
Bron yelled for help as she jumped up and down trying to reach
for the box.
The crowd of friends
and family patted Kevin on the back as he made his way through
the crowd to his wife. "Give it to her Mc, don't be jerk.
Your fiancé is in tears on the patio and you're going
to spoil your special day."
Mc debated and
then gave Bron the box. Bron headed for the stairs with Janey
and Suzie following her. "Years ago that would have been
a hell of a lot of fun watching her knock herself out trying
to get it back. Now she calls for you." Mc smiled. "Grab
the kids; we'll go get some pizza."
"I want out
of here," Kevin booked up the stairs to retrieve Kaylin
and Logan who had been hiding most of the day. "Andrew,
let's go eat!" Kevin called down the hall knowing that
Andrew would still be there. The kids nearly knocked Kevin
over as he grabbed their coats.
Logan looked back over his shoulder.
weddings do that to girls." Kevin zipped his coat while
Logan did the same.
"I ain't ever
getting married, girls are icky," Logan pulled a well-worn
Kevin winked at
Andrew as Logan and Kaylin headed down the stairs together.
I always thought girls were icky, some still are, like Kaylin."
Andrew decided to incite a little squabble.
"I'm not icky.
You stop being mean. Daddy, Andrew is being mean to me,"
icky Kaylin, not even for a girl," Logan gave Andrew
an awful grimace of disapproval.
Kevin gave him
a funny face. "Some girls are icky, some aren't. Let's
go eat." Cooper was deposited in his arms as he walked
towards the door. A diaper bag was tossed over his shoulder
as he closed the door. "Thanks Mom."
The ladies didn't
know that the guys along with the kids had left. The last
of the workers finished up and Anne and Gabe escorted them
out the door. Anne couldn't believe all the hustle and bustle
for this wedding as she locked the door behind her in order
to head home.
Bron and Kevin's
bedroom had been turned into a changing room as Janey tried
on her dress. "Oh, I feel like a bride, an old one, but
look at what I wore to my wedding to Kevin."
"Yes, it was lacking in something."
Bron doubled up,
"Yeah, fabric, thanks to Nick. That boy can piss Kevin
off in sixty seconds flat. I did love that dress though and
I think I looked pretty good in it."
fabulous," they talked as they fussed over the dress
Janey twirled and
danced as her hands delicately touched the silk and satin.
Rich blue velvet covered the over dress. "This is the
most beautiful thing I've ever owned."
Bron's eyes twinkled;
Mc was really getting married. "He loves you and knowing
him, you got the speech."
Janey nodded hiding
speech, that's male pride talking. He really does love you
and once my little drama is over, he'll settle in. I will
admit, I thought he would be a life long confirmed bachelor.
You've changed that about him. For that, I will always be
grateful. He has this sick little idea that he is responsible
for me. He always has and many days he has made my life a
living hell. I'm hoping you'll change that for me?"
"OH I will."
Janey understood. "Mc's 'Bron is important to me' speech
is really dry."
ask Kevin," Bron laughed as she pulled her dress from
the box. "I think Andrew should be his best man or Logan.
still loves you," Suzie added and then wished she could
have retracted the comment as she looked at Janey.
For a moment Janey
didn't speak and Bron held her breath. Janey nodded, "Yes
he does and he always will. She is his responsibility…"
Janey began to giggle since she couldn't get through the mimic
of Mc's speech because Bron was moaning and groaning.
Bron had one comment
she had to make. The comment came from years of dealing with
her business partner but more of it had to do with his behavior
since C.W. had died. Some of it from before when they had
dated. "If he ever treats you like property, let me know."
"Like you could fix that one. Kevin still treats you
like his property."
"He does not,"
Bron was indignant with her reply.
Janey and Suzie
stood before her trying very hard not to giggle in her face.
"Okay so maybe
sometimes he does, but not all the time," Bron watched
them closely for a reaction. They started to laugh.
"Okay so what,
I deal with it," Bron's mouth twitched.
The words caused
the other two women to burst out loudly.
don't think this is funny at all. I'm not used to being treated
like a possession. I seriously do not know where the hell
it comes from." Bron stood her ground.
"Yes we know."
Turning to Janey, Suzie had started talking directly to her,
"Her new tool belt even says 'Richardson's… not Richardson."
Suzie had seen it.
think anyone saw that but me," Bron's lips quivered threatening
to let the laugh out.
"I saw it."
One of the dogs
rolled on Bron's foot causing her to be pulled back to the
present once again. The stockpot was semi-clean but the tomato
sauce was still clinging to the bottom of the pot. Reaching
for her metal scouring pad, she attacked it with a vengeance.
Bron thought about how beautiful the wedding was. Janey looked
like a princess. Andrew had finally agreed to stand up for
his brother but only if Bron would stand up for Janey. "Fine,"
Bron finally barked fifteen minutes before the ceremony had
Tim did the service
for them as they exchanged vows. Bron watched Mc slide the
ring on her finger. A collective breath was held as he paused
and raised his eyes to Bron. She smiled and winked, Mc in
turn slid the ring down Janey's finger. After a dinner of
filet of mignon and lobster, the guests mingled. Chamber music
had been piped through the house thanks to Kevin and his elaborate
sound system. The guests mingled while after dinner treats
were served. A traditional cake done in a silverish white
frosting with blue ribbons rested on a table. Bron was all
for the cake cutting. Mc turned to her since she was so eager.
"You just want her to nail me."
Bron laughed heartily as an armed draped around her shoulder.
Turning she saw her husband standing next to her looking damn
good. She gave him a gentle smile, "I love long coats."
Sliding his arm
down to her side, he squeezed her hand, "Me too."
A kiss on the top of her head fed his inner need of possession.
Turning to Mc and Janey, he waved his index finger in the
air at them. "Play nice children."
Mc's eyes narrowed
slightly at Kevin, "This doesn't change a thing Pop Star."
A quiet hush filled
the room. It seemed to sound so loud to everyone. Kevin balled
his tongue up in his cheek then grinned his ass off before
he spoke. "Oh it changes everything."
it does," Janey smiled. "I'll be teaching him his
place Kevin. You don't have a thing to worry about."
Bron's loud laughter
rose above everyone else's, "Good luck, I've been trying
"Oh, so you
think because you have a ring on my finger, you can be the
boss?" Mc's gaze wasn't ominous or deadly like it normally
would have been.
Janey kissed him once again with as much passion as she could
muster with a crowd around them.
you want honey, any thing you want," Mc laughed along
An undefined noise
re-focused Bron. She finished scrubbing the pot, then rinsed,
and dried it. Suddenly she was tired and she rushed to put
the dishes away. She hated waking up to a dirty kitchen; it
drove her nuts. Everything had its place. "There's no
sense in putting you two out, you were out most of the afternoon.
Bron looked at the two beasts that covered her floor. "Bedtime,"
she stared at them. Slowly the larger animals raised themselves
from a restful sleep and followed her upstairs. Justin ambled
into Kaylin's room. Bron stood at the door and watched as
the obstinate animal crawled on the bed, which he was not
suppose to do. When Kaylin stirred, Bron held her breath hoping
the dog hadn't woke Kaylin. Kaylin's arms wrapped around the
massive animal's neck. The dog rolled on his side and closed
his eyes. "I'll let you up there, this time," Bron
walked further down the hall to check on Cooper. Britney lay
on the floor by his crib. "Good girl." One more
stop and she would go to bed. She opened Andrew's door to
check on him. She smiled as her son lay snoring on his back.
"I'm so glad you hated dorm life. I missed you here."
Pulling the door shut, she went to her own room to try and
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