day and night had passed and on the second night, Kevin lay in the bed, alone.
Two in the morning glowed in neon green. He knew it would start but not this soon.
Bron was prowling around downstairs. Suzie was going to be delayed for two more
days to actually catch up on bids for upcoming jobs. Mc had had a fit knowing
that getting Suzie back to Lexington after hanging around with her confidant would
be difficult to say the least. Kevin heard the entire argument between the two
partners thanks to a conference call, a very loud one. Suzie didn't say a word
as Mc and Bron fought it out and Mc won in the end, "She has to stay here
a pair of boxers, he snuck down the stairs to see what Bron was up to. The computer
screen was glowing in the dark. Her light was on next to her desk. Shaking his
head, he watched her fingers fly across the keyboard. She would stop; pick up
a coffee cup, sip, and then place the cup back down. Kevin's head jerked when
he saw a flame light and a puff a smoke. "Damn," he frowned at her.
"She's smoking again," he stood in the living room and watched through
the French doors.
Jake stood at the top of the stairs, watching Kevin peer through then French doors.
came up the stairs not wanting to alert Bron that he was up or wake the kids.
"She's fine, she's writing."
her stress out on the keyboard?" Jake turned to head back to his room. There
was no sense in going down to check on her, she would just make him leave.
smoking," Kevin wrinkled his nose.
she was doing so well," Jake shut the door after going into the room.
fell back into bed and closed his eyes; he needed to sleep if she was going to
stay up. Somebody would have to take care of the kids in the morning and knowing
Bron, her mood would be the worst. As he nodded off he thought about the meeting
they were going to have with Webster later today. They were going to go over Bron's
testimony one more time. Kevin laughed when Webster said that they needed to coach
her on what to wear to the trial. Bron groused in the background, "Whatever.
Why don't you ask Kevin, he has such a fashion sense."
sat in the chair, not sure how he managed to get dragged into this but he knew
it would pass like the rest of her mood. The only thing he was banking on was
some alone time with his wife. Suzie and he had managed to talk Bron into spending
some time out of the house with Kevin and without the kids after Suzie arrived.
Tears welled up in Bron's eyes; Kevin thought she was going to cry, until she
burst out laughing. "Suzie is going to baby-sit our kids, again!"
snorted on the other end of the speakerphone. "Well, you'll owe me for it.
At least Jake will be there to help."
to get up," Bron shook Kevin awake.
grumbled into his pillow before he rolled over, he tried to look at his watch
and gave up due to his own inability to focus on the numbers. Too lazy to turn,
he asked Bron, "What time is it?"
Bron walked around the room picking up his dirty clothes. Throwing his socks in
the hamper, she looked at him. "Come on."
sitting up, he yawned, "Did you come back to bed?" His smile was lazy
as she stopped and looked at him. "I know when you aren't with me."
I didn't, I couldn't sleep. Sleep is over-rated." Bron opened the closet
Kevin pulled on a
pair of pajama bottoms. The cold air nipped at his skin, "How cold is it?"
handed him what he needed, the top to the bottoms he was wearing.
his arms through it, he gave a quirky smile. "Whatcha' thinkin'?"
look sexy in flannel," she pulled a boot out from under all the sweaters
and watched him button up his top.
that's me, Ward Clever." Kevin joined her at the closet and looked down at
the mess. His eyes wandered around, the shelves looked like they were going to
topple. "Just like home."
house is clean, leave my closet alone," Bron moved stuff around on the floor
of the closet to find the other boot. Fishing her hand through the piles of clothes,
she pulled the matching boot out.
Kevin just shook his head. He needed coffee, it was ten and Webster was coming
at eleven. Kevin remained mute as Bron stepped out the front door looking like
a miniature commando. He had showered and having breakfast by the time she made
it back downstairs. Jake had made Bron and Kaylin breakfast and he was lucky enough
to be handed some leftover French Toast. Standing up he watched from the window
as she entered the garage. Kaylin was dogging her heels and dressed exactly like
are going to snowblow the driveway, you can sit down now." Jake spoke from
the kitchen as he washed the dishes.
think you should stay on as our nanny too," Kevin snickered with his back
know Kev. Bron is my family and I would get paid to play with my niece and nephews.
Two paychecks, one for security and for being a Nanny."
"Wait a minute,
I didn't say that you would get a …" Kevin jumped as
snow slammed into the front door. Dashing to the door, he
saw Kaylin on the other side with a huge grin on her face.
Kevin opened the door and the cold blast of artic air made
him yell even louder. "You do that again and you're…
OW!" Kevin was fuming as he wiped the snow from his face
and spit it out of his mouth. His cheek was stinging and he
was sure he had a red mark from the impact. Kaylin fell into
a pile of snow laughing and Kevin slammed the door shut. "BITCH!"
he yelled as he focused on his wife, who stood from her launching
held his stomach as he tried to talk. "You have to watch her Kev, you should
Cooper!" Kevin stormed up the stairs.
back down Kevin headed outside, Jake laughed as Kevin hobbled out the door. Too
many layers could make moving difficult.
gladly took a seat on the bench by the window. He laughed when Kevin barreled
into Bron and knocked her flat on her ass. Jake watched her scramble to her feet
only to have Kevin pick her up and toss her in the snow again. That was the only
invitation Kaylin needed as she and Bron tag-teamed Kevin.
were made and a few too many snowball fights. Kaylin jumped up on a branch that
was hanging low and sprinkled the snow over her parents. She laughed the entire
time as they shook snow from their heads. Kevin took over snow-blowing the driveway
as Bron grabbed a shovel and started clearing snow from a the front lawn. An oval
was marked off on the ground. The garden hose had been hooked up and lay waiting.
Jake laughed, "Looks like the start of a rink. There maybe a hockey game
yet. I hope Pop Star can skate." Jake had been holding Cooper who he slowly
rocked back and forth. The phone ringing startled both Jake and Cooper. He felt
like his private fantasy of his own little family interrupted. "Hello,"
Jake answered as he cradled Cooper in one of his massive arms.
showed, watch your back, you took his side. It's not fair." The caller disconnected.
Jake disconnected but waited for the telephone to ring. It did as he had expected
couldn't get a trace," Webster spoke.
figured as much. You guys need to hold off for a little bit. They are actually
having some fun and Bron is building a rink. She needs this time Web." Jake
continued to watch out the window as Kevin began to help Bron clear the snow.
He laughed since he could tell that she was giving orders. Kevin was staring intently
at the rink and then began to point.
shook her head no at him and handed him a shovel. "You lost that one buddy,"
Jake chuckled as he listened to Webster.
I hear that it's family play time in the snow. Nice ice ball she nailed Kevin
in the face with." Webster snickered into the phone.
looked around, there wasn't a soul to be seen anywhere. "Where the hell are
Webster sighed. "I hate doing this to them."
don't know?" Jake watched out the window. The snow was cleared off and they
were now watering the lawn in January. It would freeze in a few hours as cold
as it was outside.
sure they do, we've discussed it. I just don't think they understand to what detail
we are around them." Webster wanted Jake to confirm what he had thought.
they don't and keep it that way. It will make her twice as nervous knowing somebody
is watching her." Jake heard a bang on the window. He laughed as Kaylin stuck
her tongue to the glass. "Too bad it wasn't metal, it would keep her busy
for a bit."
did she do on tour with them?" Webster had seen very few shots of Bron with
Kevin on the tour.
on, she was hidden from everybody. I think there was maybe 1 shot when they left
for Vegas and one shot when he pulled out of California. Some people saw her at
the TRL deal back then."
paused as he flipped through the photos. "Oh yeah, I remember that one, the
and Bron were coming towards the house. "I think you can come now, you're
only a half hour late. It looks like they are coming in now."
only at the corner Jake. They alerted me to what was going on. I decided then
to be late."
ya," Jake hung up the phone as the front door opened.
need to change so you can go," Kevin pulled Kaylin's hat off her head.
don't want to go there. I want to stay here with you guys." Kaylin sat on
the floor and took her snow-covered boots off.
have to go, I have meetings the rest of the day." Bron checked the clock
and turned to Kevin. "He's late."
I don't want to go to Grandma and Grandpa's."
Bron hung her coat up and looked at all the melting snow on the slate floor.
don't like Dad. I want to stay home." Kaylin placed her coat on the hanger
Kevin had handed her.
doesn't matter that they don't like me. They love you." Kaylin always surprised
him with what she could figure out herself just by picking up pieces of conversation.
"Kaylin you can't
stay here. We're… We're going to talk about stuff that I don't want you to hear."
Kaylin's arms went up
in the air. "The trial I know. I know that is why we are here. I'm not stupid
and her face turned pink. "I know you are not stupid but I have to talk about
what happened that day. It's bad enough that I have to re-live it. I don't want
you to have too."
looked a little confused and turned to Kevin to help sort it out.
doesn't want you to hear that stuff again and start having nightmares." Kevin
lifted his foot since a mop was now being blazed across the floor with enough
force to kill somebody.
won't! He's in jail. You're here, we're not alone. Uncle Jake is here too."
shit," Kevin groaned as he tilted his head back for moment and closed his
Bron stood with both hands on the mop. "I said."
can stay but you have to promise that you will play upstairs and not come down
unless I call you. No trips to the kitchen or to the living room."
Kaylin bounced into the living room. "Can I stay here for awhile?"
awhile," Kevin looked at the empty driveway.
Dad!" Kaylin smiled back at him. The triumphant smile she had learned at
the tender age of seven, knowing that she had gotten her way.
Dad," Bron gritted her teeth after the words were spoken.
force her to be with them. It will only make it worse." Kevin sounded like
a child psychologist.
you," Bron handed Kevin the mop.
didn't say much until she walked into the living room. "You've come a long
way Kevin in a short amount of time."
held onto the mop as he watched two cars pull in the driveway. "Thanks Jake."
Bron changed quickly.
Webster would be along soon. They had come in the house and she knew that once
they did, he would show up. She was pretending to not know that she and her family
were being watched because she didn't want Kevin to think it would upset her.
In fact, it was a relief to her. The house was surrounded by a forest, a creek
wound through the back of the property. Critters abounded in the undisturbed fields
and hid in the woodlands, without being seen, so could a person.
downstairs, she was greeted by Webster and one other person. Bron frowned at Webster
and then turned to Kevin.
handed her a cup of coffee. "He goes by Maddigan and he is here to help."
what?" Bron continued to stare at Kevin, not bothering with the two men at
case Mrs. Richardson. I'm from the government." Maddigan uttered from the
Kevin looked over
Bron's head for a moment to Webster and then back to Bron. "It's fine, really."
only here to help."
long as you keep that piece of trash in jail you will be helping me." Bron
sat at the table and said nothing.
crossed the room and opened up the French doors. "Kaylin, it's time to go
up from the floor, she went to the door that Kevin stood at. The door was only
open a crack while Kevin's hand held it in place so she couldn't enter. Kaylin
gave it a push to open the doors and Kevin let her.
Web," she smiled, showing her missing front tooth.
Bounce," Webster pushed his chair back and went to the door. "How are
Kaylin nodded her head. "And you?"
stifled the laugh; she seemed so old some days.
lost a tooth," her tongue darted out of the empty space.
the Toothfairy come and visit?" Webster leaned down to get a closer look.
and she left me twenty dollars," her tongue darting in and out of the hole.
Webster's eyes grew wide. "God forbid you should break a leg, Dad here, might
have to buy you a corvette like your Mom's." Webster stuck a finger in Kevin's
came out of both Bron and Kevin. Bron looked at Jake to see if he was thinking
the same thing that she was. They both rolled their eyes hoping that Kaylin wouldn't
turn up with a broken leg.
stared at Maddigan, "Who is that? He's new."
knew Kaylin was very observant for a kid her age. She was taught to be that way.
"A friend of mine; he's a good guy."
Kaylin backed away from the door awkwardly.
opened the door and walked into the living room. Picking Bounce up, he carried
her upstairs. Giving her instructions, he waited for the reaction.
that would be sweet Dad!"
watched the wheels begin to spin in the little head. "You have to stay upstairs
a real car. I'm going to draw the one I want. I don't want red… Mom has Red. I
want blue or purple."
the monitor if you need me." Kevin stood at the top of the stairs he waited
for her to respond.
her art supplies, she threw them on the floor. Kaylin heard her Dad groan from
just outside her door. She grinned at him, "I'll clean it up."
had better," Kevin headed back down the stairs.
wasn't sitting, she was pacing, burning off her nerves while Kevin settled Kaylin
in for a bit.
another cup of coffee and sat down across from Maddigan. "Let's begin, shall
Closing her eyes
and biting her lip, Bron took a seat. "I really don't like that he is here."
Everyone in the room stared
at Maddigan except Bron, whose eyes were still closed.
here to help."
I haven't heard that before," Bron replied coolly then she sipped her coffee.
up, trial procedure," Webster opened a binder he had brought in with him.
Bron's eyes narrowed.
Kevin cautioned her. He prayed to God they both could get through this. Jake sat
in on the meeting since he had placed Cooper down for a nap.
the good times roll," Bron sarcastic attitude had checked in and seemed ready
to do battle.
This page © 2001 - 2007 Bronwyn
All Rights Reserved
This is a work of fiction.
characters and events portrayed are fictitious.
Any resemblance to real people
or events is purely coincidental.
Used with Permission
of this text may be copied or reprinted
without the author's permission.
All Graphics © to Bronwyn