pulled into the freshly plowed driveway. The entire day seemed very dreary and
gray. With a sideways glance, he watched the metamorphosis take place with his
wife. When she frowned, he could almost feel the air crackle with her anger.
snow had been removed from the driveway; huge banks of white stuff was piled on
either side. The lights burned in the house even though it was the middle of the
afternoon. Heavy gray clouds filled the sky and cloaked the sun. The dark almost
black puffs hung over the lake, that was less than a half a mile away.
sat and surveyed her 'Queendom'. There was somebody in and about her home. She
stared at the house; the rental they were sitting in idled in the driveway. "Did
you or Mc call someone to clear the driveway? I normally did it myself."
was playing dumb. He knew Jake would be in the house and had been taking care
of things for many weeks now. "I don't know anyone up here but your in-laws."
Kevin almost raised his hand to protect himself.
Bron was jumping to conclusions
pretty damn fast. Her eyes narrowed as a fierce and defensive force washed over
her. "You didn't?"
"Oh no, no, no…. I'm not that stupid."
Kevin paused as she stared at the French doors.
"I think that they are
the only thing we agree on sometimes…."
There had to be at least a
foot and half of snow on the ground. The storm clouds were fascinating to him.
They were dark and just hung in the air, forming a wall. The storm brewing in
the air now almost matched the woman sitting next to him. Except when she was
storming the entire world around her knew it.
After the front door opened,
the ear-piercing scream from Kaylin was enough to make him wince. When Bron followed
up with a similar noise and Cooper began to cry, he could feel a dull throb begin
at his temples. Kevin watched as Kaylin almost fell out of the truck. Bron almost
tripped trying to get out of the rented SUV to get to the person waiting for them
at the door.
"UNCLE JAKE! UNCLE JAKE!" Kaylin was trying to jump
up on him, but she couldn't since he already had Bron in a bear hug.
to the back seat, he looked at Cooper who by now was down to a sniffle since the
noise had stopped. "I guess we know where we rate in their books." Kevin
climbed out of his truck and opened the passenger door, he removed the car seat
from it's base and headed inside. "This should be interesting; your mother
is uptight and pissy already."
Stomping his boots on the porch, Kevin
turned his head when he heard thunder. "I wonder if that is the lake effect
they are always talking about?"
A hand held the screen door open for
him. Obviously, he wasn't surprised to find Jake hugging both Bron and Kaylin.
want to hold the baby," Jake grumped for them to get down as he looked at
Kevin shook his head and pulled the infant seat out of reach. "What?
No hug for me?"
Jake eyed him, wrapped his arms around Kevin and lifted
him off the ground. He squeezed with all his might.
Kevin tried to fight
back, it was useless, "I can't breath," Kevin wheezed out as Bron laughed
"Serves you right Pop Star," Jake whispered.
out of harms way, Kevin caught his breath and watched Bron. She was already in
the kitchen and opening cupboard doors. "Thank you Jake."
problem," Jake helped Kevin with the luggage from the truck.
handed Kaylin a rag and a bottle of beeswax. "Go clean your room."
just got here," Kaylin rolled her eyes much like Kevin did.
she found the small mannerisms that Kaylin had picked up from dear old Dad amazing.
set the last suitcase down, "Bron, I've cleaned. I've been here a couple
of … days now."
Bron's eyes fell on Jake quickly.
him on the back, "Nice job. Come on Bounce; let's go get your stuff put away."
Kevin opened the French door that led to the living room and upstairs.
Dad," Kaylin whined.
Kaylin's whine was met with Kevin's finger pointing
to the upstairs.
"It's not fair, I want my own life. Everyone tells
me what to do."
Kevin closed his eyes as he heard Bron yell from the
kitchen. "I don't think that is allowed in this family!"
a suitcase, Kevin headed up behind Kaylin. Jake was taking over Andrew's old room.
Kaylin had her own room and Cooper had the guest bedroom. Kevin liked the idea,
the house was full, there was no more room left, nobody could show up or crash
Kevin helped Kaylin settle in and then Cooper. Kevin was going to
set their bedroom straight next. The baby was wound up, since he had napped on
the plane. He babbled and cooed as he lay in the middle of their Bed. Kevin opened
the door on the right side of the closet. Looking in, it was devoid of anything.
Walking to the other side, he opened the other door, it was chucked full of clothing.
"I guess I know which side is mine," he grumbled as he saw sweaters
even stacked on the floor. The closet was going to burst. "It kind of looks
likes Uncle Aje's room when we travel," Kevin laughed as Cooper babbled back
Kevin hung up the four suits he had brought with him. He hung Bron's
clothes that she had brought in his side, since he didn't feel like dealing with
the other side. "We're going to do a few things to this place as long as
we aren't in court Coop." Turning he looked at his son, who smiled back at
him. "I'm going to get some clothes to keep here." Kevin slid the drawer
open on the tall dresser; it was empty as well. "Your Mom is having a hard
time and so am I. I think we are both in a panic but I can't tell her that I'm
scared because she is relying on me to keep it together for her. I just don't
want anything to happen to any of us."
Cooper made noises back at
Kevin didn't bother to look to see what caused the baby to babble
so suddenly. Folding some shirts, he set them in the drawer. He practically broke
one drawer on Bron's dresser trying to open it. "Forget it, she can do it."
Kevin scooped Cooper up and wondered as he walked downstairs what was going on.
The smell hit him the face like a balled up fist. "Not that shit again."
laughed, "We like hot dogs."
"It's not the hotdogs that are
offending, it's the sauerkraut." Kevin propped the baby up in his infant
Bron walked towards her son with a bowl and a spoon. Kevin snagged
her hand away as she began to head for Cooper's mouth. "What are you doing?"
him," Bron pulled her arm away. "Cereal."
supposed to have that yet," Kevin grabbed for her arm.
"How many babies have you raised?"
Kevin wasn't going to answer
the question, "You only raised one."
"That's right, one.
Now this kid is ready for cereal; he's knocking the bottles back faster than we
can keep them full."
Kevin left the room and Bron tossed her arms in
the air. "For Christ sakes he's getting the book."
"He still has that thing?"
"Oh and then some. Suzie was pissed
at me one day last week so she bought Kevin a new book, What To Expect The First
Jake doubled over, "Man, she must have been really pissed
Kevin walked in the room with both books. The first one he
had received was beat to hell. "See, right here, chapter 7, baby's fourth
month. The Introduction of Solids."
"Will you please just trust
me this one time," Bron had already been testing the waters on this one.
The reflex was there. She gave Cooper a tiny bit on a spoon. He tasted, his face
puckered at the unnatural way of being fed. Bron waited, when she saw the lips
working similar to a fish, she laughed. "You're an early kid. You're going
to do everything early, I can tell." Bron offered one more spoon full; she
didn't want to over do it. When she stopped, the baby cried. "Well now, one
more and that is it."
"You can't do that," Kevin stood over
"I just did Kevin, he's fine." Bron looked at her husband
who wasn't too happy with her. "Kevin, each kid is different. Kaylin was
an earlier eater too. She sat up earlier, rolled earlier, she did everything earlier."
still didn't like the idea, he looked at the telephone.
need to call Gabe either. I'm telling you this is a gift. It's a sign of intelligence."
Okay, she lied. It would take him a week to read the book to figure that out.
"He'll sleep better too."
Kevin quietly went to the refrigerator
and grabbed some cold cuts. There was no way he was eating what they were eating.
Making his sandwich, he joined them at the table. "You know what you are
doing," he took a huge bite out of his sandwich.
Kaylin was diving
into the mashed potatoes and completely happy. Jake was there, but Andrew wasn't.
Bron was going to check on him later. She saw the quietness settle over Kevin.
"If it will make you feel better, I'll call Gabe and confess. He'll say it's
fine and when you don't believe him, then you can call your Mom. Okay?"
Kevin grinned as he ate his sandwich, she knew that was exactly what he was going
to do anyway.
"Dinner is great tonight Mom. Last night sucked,"
Kaylin poured more ketchup than she needed on her plate until her mother pulled
the bottle away.
"Yeah, last night was the pits. They were trying to
make me feel better. It just didn't work out like they thought it would."
happened?" Jake went for seconds on his plate.
Kevin grabbed a plate
and took some potatoes before they were all gone. Dropping a chunk of butter on
the pile, he began to play with his food. Swirling his butter as he spoke, "Mom
and everyone came over. It was supposed to be a cheer up party to try and get
Bron to relax and not be so stressed."
Kaylin looked at Uncle Jake,
"It was kind of like Dad's funeral."
Kevin choked on his potatoes.
shit," Bron started to laugh for the first time in days. "I think it
was my funeral they were celebrating."
"Bronwyn!" Kevin didn't
like the idea.
"Well damn Kev. Your Mother placed a double layer Devil's
food cake in my face covered with chocolate frosting."
trying to make you feel better, she knows you like chocolate cake."
whole cake?" Bron laughed back him.
Kevin had to admit, his family
was over-zealous last night, and the evening had backfired royally on all of them.
"I know," Bron was still laughing. "It
was awful Jake. They all sat around with this dull look in their eyes. It was
weird. I couldn't even get Tim to smile and I told my best preacher joke."
was Kevin's turned to laugh, "Suzie fixed it."
Bron and Kaylin
began laughing with tears running down their faces.
"I'm afraid to
ask," Jake looked at all of them laughing like idiots.
his spoon in mid-air, "She went upstairs and borrowed one of the silk flower
arrangements from one of the bedrooms. When she came down she handed it to my
Mother with a card in it."
Bron was holding the palms of her hands
to her face as she tried to talk. "Suzie must of a wrote a note in the bedroom,
she told Anne to read it out loud and she did."
Kevin would never forget
those words and he would forever be indebted for bringing Bron out of her funk.
It was sick but it worked. "The card read, 'I'm so sorry over the loss of
you daughter-in-law. I'm sure in time you will heal and I won't get anymore cow
stuff for my kitchen. LIGHTEN UP!" Kevin laughed, "Mom was so pissed.
I haven't seen her that mad in a long time."
Bron grabbed her cell,
"Hey sister, we're talking about you. Are your ears burning?"
cleared plates and talked on the telephone. Kaylin took off to watch television
in the living room. Cooper nodded off in his seat.
"So did you get
the lecture and the Q & A yet?" Kevin watched his wife in the kitchen.
the lecture," Jake stretched in the chair. "The rest will come tomorrow.
Sorry your dinner sucked last night."
"Yeah, well they tried."
Kevin switched seats so he could watch Bron move around in the kitchen. "She
is totally losing it, but in the same token, she's it holding together. The sooner
they start the better."
"I hear ya," Jake watched too.
news on you know who?" Kevin grabbed a blanket from the diaper bag and covered
"Not yet, but if the press gets wind, then he'll be out.
I should warn you, if the press doesn't get wind of it, Mc will make sure they
do." Jake flipped through the baby book that Kevin had brought with him.
really wish he wouldn't," Kevin's jaw tightened a little.
all wish he wouldn't. He'll have feds on her that we won't even know about."
Jake was insinuating that he knew as much as Kevin without saying so directly.
"Have you got any ideas to keep her busy?"
Kevin snorted and wore
a tell-tale grin.
"Besides that, you can't do that all day." Jake
"Sure I can," Kevin laughed even harder.
staring to believe too much of that shit she writes about you," Jake read
down the page briefly.
"Well she can write for one thing. I thought
of a few other possibilities. One of them is sure thing, she needs to see an eye
doctor and get some glasses. She won't admit it but she can barely read anything
let alone write."
"Suzie is coming up the day after tomorrow,"
Bron chirped as she unbuckled the sleeping baby.
Kevin looked at his watch,
"You just left her five hours ago. You just talked to her not more than a
minute ago. You're not conjoined twins."
"I know," Bron grabbed
the blanket and tossed it over her shoulder. Carefully she pulled Cooper up to
her. "I forgot a few things."
Kevin shook his head, he didn't
want this. There was no more room in this house, "She could fax, mail, or
ship things to you."
"I forgot my laptop." Bron was eyeing
him up, he was looking for the argument as she left the room.
with a low chuckle as Kevin let out an exasperated breath. "Well, I can see
Suzie will be a frequent visitor because there is no way in hell that was left
behind by accident."
Kevin reached over to the counter and grabbed
his cell phone. He called, she answered. "Explain please?"
she's fine, I think." Suzie was eating as she spoke to Kevin.
closed one eye, "Laptop?"
"Fully intentional, I'm sure of
it." Suzie flipped the cucumber out of her salad. "I think she wants
to show me around town a little. Make me familiar with the place."
yeah right and you are as full of shit as she is," Kevin groaned as Suzie
laughed and hung up on him.
Bron tucked Cooper in for the night. After watching
a movie with Bounce, she put her to bed as well. Kevin and Jake seemed to be engrossed
in man talk or the trial of which Bron didn't want to listen. She pulled the blankets
back on her own bed and crawled in. It was early, only ten, but she felt burned
out. Turning the light off, she closed her eyes. The minute the lights were out,
her mind began to drum to a different beat. She had heard what Kevin had said
earlier about being scared. Finally she drifted off until the bed moved, her eyes
flew open from a dead sleep so quickly Kevin jumped.
"Relax darlin', it's just me," Kevin stroked her
hair and watched her close her eyes. "Oh this is not
going to be pretty, I can see that," he whispered quietly.
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