had learned so much the other night; it had taken him this
long to absorb it all. He had just begun to understand it
when the call came. Bron knowing that she had to go and actually
doing it were two different things. Kevin had watched her
for the last two days. She was depressed and angry, nervous
as all hell too. Any little noise would spook her. Arguing
with Suzie on whether a package should be sent via Fed Ex
or UPS was the topper. Kevin stood back as Suzie let her have
it with both barrels.
Suzie shot Bron on angry glare. "We're all tip-toeing
around you and I'm not doing it anymore. Face your damn demons
and get the hell over it."
Bron's mouth fell
open as she stood there. She didn't know what to say, she
was in shock.
Kevin held the
wall up as he waited to see who would swing first.
"I can't find any olives in your refrigerator."
Bron shook her
head, "There aren't any in the refrigerator. Andrew ate
them all. They're in the pantry."
there, I didn't see them."
the condiments section. O' for olives, next to the pickles.
I just went shopping so he would have food while I'm gone."
Suzie walked out of the office as if nothing had happened.
Bron turned slowly
and watched her walk away. "She's weird, something is
up with her."
are! You're stepping on everyone's last nerve," Kevin
spoke from his own office door. He didn't care how 'weird'
Suzie was acting, he needed her here at the house. Lately
she had been the only one to put Bron in her place without
A loud hmpf from
Bron and the slamming of her office door let him know where
he stood. Kevin rolled his eyes and then looked towards the
ceiling, "Dad, I'm gonna kill her before this is over
with, I swear. I don't think they would blame me one bit."
Closing his door, he knew he was partially responsible for
the latest little temper tantrum, it was a hold-over from
yesterday's little fit.
he announced that they needed to go into town for some errands,
while he was loading the breakfast dishes into the dishwasher.
Bron was making yet another list and talking to Suzie on the
cell phone, who was running some errands before she came to
"Are you nuts?
Like I don't have enough to do with trying to get ready to
leave tomorrow?" Bron face stared back at him as if he
had lost his mind.
Kevin figured he
might be able to catch her off guard and it somewhat worked
when she replied after thinking it over, "I have to go
to the bank anyway."
Picking up his
son, he studied the red face, "I guess I have diaper
duty. I can tell what you are up too." Kevin left Bron
in the kitchen as he walked upstairs to the nursery. He was
trying to stay focused on getting everything done that needed
to be done. On the outside, he looked like his usual self,
calm, efficient, and in total control. On the inside, he was
in a panic. Too many 'what if's and just in case' scenarios
flashed in his mind.
Going through the
mechanics, he changed, and dressed Cooper in clean clothes.
Kevin stopped at Kaylin's door on the way back downstairs.
She was lying on her bed coloring. "Bounce change your
clothes! It's almost time to get the bus."
"Can we get
pizza tonight?" she began to pick up her crayons.
Kevin smiled, after what he had planned, Bron would be so
steamed at him they would end up coming home and eating peanut
butter and jelly sandwiches.
Plleeeaaaze?" Kaylin hopped off the bed.
Kevin shook his
head, "I said, we'll see." Damn, he thought only
Nick could whine like that.
her dresser drawer shut after retrieving a clean shirt. She
turned to Kevin and shot him a look that made him freeze.
"That means no."
Kevin tried not
turning this into a situation. All of this was affecting Kaylin
too, "No it means, we'll see."
that and Andrew said that it means fat chance in hell."
Kevin closed his eyes and groaned.
she blinked back at him.
They went down
to the kitchen to find Billy and Carlos, of all people, standing
there. Bron wasn't pleased and had been ignoring both of them.
"I really don't appreciate this one bit," her animosity
being directed to Kevin.
do I," Kevin handed Cooper to Billy. Slipping out the
side door, he ran to his truck to start it. Running back into
the house, he shook the cold off.
I would have yelled at you for doing that because you would
get sick," Carlos grinned back knowing that he could
still yell at Kevin and get away with it.
Witch has taken your place," Kevin pointed to his wife
sitting at the table still. Now she was signing homework papers
and going over notes for Kaylin. She began queuing Kaylin
on the things that she need to bring home and that she had
better not leave one thing because she would be driving her
back to school to get them.
coat on, you idiot." Bron was so focused on what she
was doing, she hadn't heard Billy and Kevin exchange words.
Closing his eyes
to steady himself, he opened them slowly exhaustion was kicking
in. Bron had woken him up hours earlier fussing around their
room. She had become restless, almost to the point of not
sleeping. This in general wasn't a concern, couple it with
everything going on their lives and it was a marker for a
melt down for her. He couldn't fall back to sleep so he took
a long hot shower and checked over the luggage that was already
packed. Bron had long abandoned him for her coffee. He had
left her to her own devices since breakfast. Now he wished
he hadn't, she was still in her bathrobe, that wasn't a good
sign. "Come on Kaylin, I'll take you down to the bus
as she looked from her Mom to her Dad, her Mom wasn't dressed.
"Mom always takes me. This sucks, Mom is supposed to
take me to get the bus." Nothing was going her way today.
his eyes to tiny little slits after crossing his arms. Leaning
down to her level, he gave her the 'you're going to get it
grin.' "Ya know what sucks? Your mouth! Let's go."
the little showdown between Kevin and Kaylin. More than once
he had heard Kevin mutter, "She's just like her mother,
only shorter… for now." He now fully understood what
Kevin was talking about. Cooper was pulled from his arms as
Carlos stepped aside to watch the two of them pass through
Carlos was grinning
when Kevin passed by him and he heard him grumble about the
ugly hour in the morning that he bad been booted from his
bed, intentionally or not, by his wife.
to get moving. You have a doctor's appointment in an hour,"
Kevin turned back towards the table.
Bron's head whipped
up from the page she was writing on, "An hour?"
Kevin checked to
make sure that Kaylin was in the truck as the usual profanity
spilled from his wife. He watched her slam the folder closed
she was working on, stand up, and then slammed the chair under
the table. What was funny to him was when she pulled the chair
back out to make sure she hadn't caused any damage to the
chair or the table before she stormed away.
Nothing was said
when he returned to the house, grabbed a cup of coffee, and
waited in the kitchen for her to come down so they could go.
Carlos and Billy said nothing as they watched the family interact.
Cooper sat in his car seat babbling away at the lights on
the toys. Kevin leaned with one hand on the counter and his
other wrapped around a coffee cup. Bron breezed by all of
them and headed out the side door.
Kevin turned to
look at Billy and Carlos, who were looking at him. He said
nothing to them. Turning, he rinsed his coffee cup out and
set in the sink. Grabbing the infant seat, he went out the
side door as well.
Carlos and Billy
waited until the engine noise was faint. Billy stood up and
went to the coffee pot. "One of these days we're going
to get a call that she has killed him. I've never seen him
so controlling and insistent."
"Oh I have,
but it used to be Nick. If we ever get that call, he won't
be dead. She'll lay a hurting on him someday but she won't
kill him." Carlos chuckled as he walked out of the room
and up to Kevin's office.
"I hope so
my friend," Billy followed behind him. The dogs pranced
after them and then did a U-turn as Andrew came out of his
room and headed down the stairs. He shouted good-bye to everyone
on his way.
to believe Kevin has a step-son that age," Carlos watched
Andrew run out the front door to his truck.
but Nick has trained him well," Billy flipped on the
computer. "There's work to be done."
The couple didn't
speak to each other as Kevin drove into town. He knew she
would be upset, but he needed one thing settled in his mind.
He wanted to know if he had hurt, which by now, he knew he
hadn't when he hauled her ass back from Florida. Other things
plagued him as well and since Gabe was more than just her
OB; he was the family's primary physician; they could talk
about other things. Kevin had made a few calls to him over
the last two weeks. Gabe would talk Kevin out of his panic.
He agreed to monitor Bron's mental state as the pressure and
stress warranted it, but Bron wasn't to know.
Kevin pulled into
the empty parking lot of Gabe's office building. He hoped
that Gabe hadn't forgotten since the place seemed to be deserted
and his SUV was the lone vehicle in the parking lot.
Bron sat in her
seat, refusing to budge as Kevin got out of the truck and
fetched Cooper from the backseat. "Gabe's waitin', let's
"You are such
an ass. I am fine. I do not need this today. I have things
to do. I have to get ready for tomorrow." Bron bristled
but still exited the truck.
Kevin slammed the
door shut on the SUV, hard enough to rock it. "Yeah well,
I need to know that you're alright."
"I am perfectly
fine and you damn well know it! I am stressed out, that's
Kevin whispered to Cooper. "Half of Lexington just heard
and then smiled slightly as he walked towards Gabe's offices.
The door was open and Gabe sat at his receptionist's desk.
"Did you get
a demotion?" Bron's wisecrack was to let him know, as
well as Kevin that she wasn't overly pleased about being shanghaied
Gabe didn't smile
as he stood up. He motioned Bron to follow him.
"I could have
done this another day," she spoke to the back of his
head as he walked in front of her. Bron was looking for any
hint that Gabe would be on her side with this. It wasn't like
he didn't know what was going on. The kind and elderly doctor
was carrying on with her mother-in-law right under Kevin's
Gabe nodded his
head, "Yes, however, there is no time like the present."
my idea, it was his." Bron stopped as he handed her a
gown and pointed to an empty room.
it was my idea. You have blown me off long enough." Gabe's
lips pursed when he saw her frown. Kevin was following them,
holding Cooper in his arms. Kevin was always there, some days
it un-nerved him as much as it did his patient.
should learn their place, especially when she has a gentlemen
friend that the dear baby son doesn't know about," Bron
whispered back at Gabe as Kevin took a seat.
Gabe paused as he grabbed the chart and flipped it open. "I
spent an awful lot of time putting what is left of you back
together. Most of it not where it should be. However, I would
like make sure that my handiwork is holding up."
Bron didn't say
another word as they went through the routine post-op physical.
Obviously, anything she had to say would fall on deaf ears
now. She watched Kevin get up and take Cooper out of the room
after he started fussing. "You've been hanging around
The Richardsons' a little too long."
Gabe let the comment
pass. He was mulling over some things and making his notes.
He bounced the folder on her knee as he helped her sit up.
"Meet me in my office. We have some things to discuss."
Bron caught the unusual look on his face.
of you," Gabe was keeping his thoughts to himself. He
wanted a few minutes to himself to look over Bron's records.
Something was sticking out at him, but he wasn't sure if he
was right or not. "Kevin help Bron."
Why would he need to help Bron. She knew how to get dressed,
he just liked the undressing part, that he never minded helping
with. He looked around the office and then cautiously stepped
into the examining room. A little thought tripped through
his mind, more of a little fantasy than a thought. Cooper
cooing quelled the vision rather quickly.
Bron could see
what road Kevin's mind had taken. She wanted to yell at him
for thinking something so obscene. Then she chastised herself,
there was only one way she would know what he was thinking
and that was if she was thinking the same thing. It shocked
her as she slipped into the curtained off cubicle to get dressed.
prude," Kevin laughed as he pulled the curtain open.
Bron yanked it
closed, "And you're a pig."
"But you love
me," Kevin laughed as he walked around the office.
to see us in his office," Bron slid the curtain shut.
She couldn't remember when was the last time she dressed so
Kevin opened the door and went directly into Gabe's private
office. "What's wrong?"
Gabe pushed his
bifocals down his face slightly. "Did I say anything
dropped in the chair next to Kevin. Leaning over, she grabbed
Cooper and gave him a bottle.
"How did long
did you nurse him?"
Bron squared her
shoulders, she wasn't in the mood for rehash. "'Till
I left, you know that."
Gabe looked down
again at her folder and flipped through some pages. "We
need to discuss birth control options for you."
Kevin snorted and
leaned back in the chair. He had done the impossible once.
Now this was a joke, because surely would never happen again.
He withered slightly at the glares he received from both Bron
is now out, not even a low dose," Gabe looked down the
list. "No IUD for you. A diaphragm might be an option."
I want my pills!" Bron didn't understand why, she was
on them for years.
age," Gabe looked up at her. He knew he was lying to
her but he had cause, he did not want her on any form of hormones.
have done a hysterectomy when I asked you to."
Kevin leaned in. "Gabe said you were too young and it
great, see I told you I was too old and you were too young.
But, do you take my word for it? Nooooo…" Bron would
have kept going had Gabe not interrupted her.
Bron; you can go on them in time, just not right now. Let's
do some blood work and see where your levels are. In the mean
time, until this trial is over with and you are back home
to see me again, you'll have to think of something else."
he had never worn a condom with Bron and he was not liking
the idea now. It did not feel natural to him, it was having
sex with latex. The sensations weren't the same. Too many
years he had worn the things and he wasn't about to with his
always abstinence, it's guaranteed," Bron seethe the
words as she saw Kevin frowning.
Kevin's foot accidentally kicked her chair causing it to move
"We'll figure it out. We heard you loud and clear."
Kevin slid the chair out and walked out of the office.
Bron was laughing
as she sat in the chair. She watched Gabe draw some blood
from her arm. She was pretty amazed, most doctors couldn't
do a draw if they had too. "That was pretty good Gabe.
Did the Mama teach you that?"
Gabe had actually
begun to laugh with her; he knew she wasn't talking about
the blood draw either. "Nooo. I can't believe he is that
upset over this."
used a condom Gabe. Cooper was conceived the first time we
were together. After that, I was informed that I was in a
committed relationship, late in the game of course, whether
I wanted to be or not. The jerk wouldn't even let me go home.
He kept me on tour with him. He took everything I owned and
hid it from me."
"He did that?"
Gabe wondered aloud.
"Him and the
other one," Bron shrugged. "They're in league together,"
"I don't know
how you stay in business with that man. I mean…."
"Stow it Doc.
I'll see you at dinner at our house tonight." Bron slipped
her coat on when Kevin came back. "Let's not have this
conversation at dinner okay?"
Kevin held Bron's
purse as she zipped her coat. "Why are you coming to
dinner? My Mom is coming to dinner." Kevin leaned a little
closer to Gabe as if he had mutated on him or something.
nice. I asked him to bring your Mom out to the house because
we have so much to do. They are friends." Bron looked
quickly at Gabe to make sure that he caught on.
thanks for bringing her. I guess if she has to have a friend,
you wouldn't be so bad." Kevin marched out of the office
swinging the car seat.
Bron fought off
a case of the giggles successfully as they stopped a few stores
on the way home. Flipping open the phone, she dialed the house.
She needed a head count for dinner. When the total kept increasing,
she frowned. "I'll order pizza and wings."
"I want a
pizza with olives, ham, and pineapple," Suzie spoke as
she stared down at the menu from the only place she knew Bron
would get pizza besides Scout's. "Oh and I want a Greek
salad with feta vinaigrette dressing too. Dressing on the
like anything else while I'm out?" Bron replied sarcastically.
Suzie looked around
the pantry, "You're out of Strawberry Quik. Do you have
Bron's eyes rolled,
"Top shelf, to the left, plain cardboard box."
not to eat the Good -N- Plenty." Kevin began placing
the order knowing that they were discussing Bron's emergency
his Good-n-Plenty," Bron laughed
"Oh, but I
love those," Suzie hung up.
Bron turned to
Kevin. "We need to get some more Good-n-Plenty for you,
into an eating machine since Nick left," Bron finished
the order. "She is so damn bored and missing him."
has. Knowing you too, it's PMS. You guys PMS together."
Bron looked at
the pizza parlor cashier with face that said, 'You've got
to be kidding me.' "Well I guess I would actually have
to have a period now wouldn't I, for you to verify that."
Bron walked out of the pizza parlor and next door to the grocery
Kevin jogged in
behind her, Cooper bouncing around and loving it. "Sorry."
"Well in a
way you're right. My back is starting to bug me and I feel
crampy. Let's go," Bron walked around the small convenience
store. Tossing this and that in the cart as she walked along
and Kevin pushed the cart. Stopping in a particular aisle,
"I'm not embarrassed by this stuff."
"I hope not
at your age," she tossed a box in the cart. "Let's
find your Good-N-Plenty sweetie." Bron snickered when
she heard him let out a sigh. "Oh and I think you need
to go up there." Bron pointed to a display of birth control.
he mimicked back at her as he half leaned on and half pushed
the shopping cart. Kevin rolled the car up the aisle. "Do
you think that is why he didn't give you the prescription?"
I haven't had one yet so I'm going to assume that he is waiting
for me to have one and making sure I'm not going through menopause."
Kevin shook his
head, "You're not that damn old. Why are you so determined
to think that you are going through the change now?"
feel like crap," Bron hung back, this was a section of
the store, she hadn't visited in years.
Kevin didn't miss
the words she whispered, "My, my hasn't this changed."
Bron watched Kevin
grin all the way, she wasn't sure why but she knew she would
find out eventually.
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