They were at the
2.5-mile mark, halfway home, she still hadn't spoke. He stared
straight ahead, focused on the road. Huge snowflakes fluttered
across the windshield and down into the beams of his headlights.
He ignored the death glare that she was giving him. If she
had any type of physical power behind those deep brown eyes,
his head would have been blown off at the shoulders by now,
or at the very least incinerated to hell. Kevin's gut still
burned like hell from her shot-put fist. He winced as he straightened
up in the seat. He didn't dare mumble or anything else. He
internalized his laugh, knowing the predator that sat next
to him would finish him off this time if he showed the slightest
hint of weakness.
Okay, so maybe
it was wrong to call his loving wife a predator. He turned
his head to the side and glanced at her. She hissed at him.
Nope, that would be pretty accurate right now. Then he smiled.
hell is so funny? I don't think this is damn bit funny. You'd
better be lying to me or I will kill you."
the fans, Darlin'," Kevin spoke quickly as he pulled
into the driveway. Well, not exactly pulled in, more like
plowed in. The snow kept falling, even faster now than when
they had first left.
He exited the truck
and started to walk around to her door. "Why do I bother?"
he grumbled as she split out of the truck and stormed up the
walk as he rounded the front of the truck. She unlocked the
front door and threw it open. She waited by the door. As he
reached the door, she slammed it shut. Then he watched the
lock turn. Okay, this was his private bitch, the damn locks.
Ripping the keys from his pocket, he unlocked the door and
let himself in. It wouldn't have pushed the wrong button,
but it was the damn smile she wore when she did it. This was
the first time he had ever seen the smile and he was pretty
damn confident she had worn the same smirk all the other times
she had tried to put a locked door between them.
Bron went into
the house. She thought about locking his ass out of the bedroom
as she went up the stairs and it dawned on her there wasn't
a lock on the door. It didn't matter, just like downstairs
he had the keys. Kevin had the keys to everything. She was
trying to come to grips with her unladylike exit from the
club. At least she wouldn't have to explain to anyone in the
kitchen. They would never repeat what had happened tonight.
She walked to the bedroom after checking on the kids and undressed.
She slid a nightgown over her head and walked over to the
Kevin walked in
as she turned the blankets back. His mind harked back to what
she had said in his Mother's kitchen the night she told everyone
at Scout's they were married. 'I didn't lock the door.' It
finally clicked in his brain, locking the door was her last
stance against being hurt. But, he would never truly hurt
her, he loved her too much. She had to know that.
His gaze traveled
the room to the alarm clock. The numbers glowed 4:00 and he
knew it would be a long day tomorrow. He had sent the page
while he was at the bar to bring his little brothers into
the game plan.
Bron punching her
pillow pulled and huffed. "I'm calling Dr. Gabe Galloway,
tomorrow. I want the truth straight from the horse's mouth,
or ass, I should say. I won't even get into his morals or
ethics of telling you before me."
ignoring her words. The cool air of the room hit his skin
and caused him to shudder as he crossed the short space to
the bed. Flicking back the blankets, he eased into the bed.
Since she was going to give him the cold shoulder, he thought
about giving her his back. He knew she was upset and even
understood her anger at not being told. All of the blame rested
on him right now. He had promised Gabe he would tell her immediately
but Bron hadn't shown any signs of being pregnant other than
being hormonal. She attributed those to PMS and it was so
easy to let her continue to believe so. She had enough on
her mind with the trial and Stevie. Once he factored in a
new baby, he thought she would go off the deep end for sure,
or worse yet, loose the baby from stress alone. Any person
under the stress of a trial, kids, and a full time job would
be hard pressed to keep it together. Being married to him
didn't make life any easier. Toss in the age difference that
some fans had the nerve to throw in her face and he had a
very clear understanding of wanting to protect her from this
new information. He didn't want her to loose this baby because
Rolling onto his
back, he shoved his hands under his head, as she lay motionless
on her side. Bron needed to come to terms with this her own
way. When she shifted, he flinched.
Kevin rolled his
head to the left and he looked down at the top of her head.
"Ya ready to talk now?"
Bron answered as she shifted closer to him.
Her body shook
a little. Instinct told him to curl his arms around her and
hold her but he stopped. It would only exasperate the situation.
He stared down at the top of her head as she crept nearer.
Her head now rested just under his arm, her cheek pressed
against his ribs. She pushed closer, her head now on his chest.
He would wait it out, until she sought him, wanting and needing
He dropped his
arm slowly from behind his head to rest his bent elbow on
the mattress on the other side of her. His hand went to her
neck and his fingers massaged the knotted muscles. His thumb
on one side and his fingers on the other made small rotating
circles along the long, slim column. "I love you."
"I love you
too," she signed in return.
His hand went to her shoulders and repeated the process. He
waited for her breathing to reflect her state of sleep. He
pulled her closer and sighed as well. His eyes shut and he
smiled. Happy thoughts entered his head as he contemplated
another new baby in the house.
The wail of an
infant woke him from a nice dark dream, one that would be
put on hold until the birth of his child that she carried
deep inside her womb, his child. He had planted his seed inside
of her; the impossible had taken place again. "Thank
God," he murmured as he drifted back to sleep.
Bron lay in bed,
exhausted from the emotions of last night. She had fed Cooper
and now wanted to rest just for a while longer. Jake was up
and taking care of Kaylin. The scratch of hair on her neck
made her shrug her shoulder. She batted at it to make it go
away. An arm wrapped around her waist and pulled her back
against his body. His lips pressed against her neck, his tongue
trailed behind her ear. "Stop it," she whined as
she tried to pull away.
A strong arm rolled
her on her back and he covered her body with his. Long raven
black hair fell forward, and tickled her face. She fought
off the remnants of sleep as she opened her eyes. His leg
had already separated her legs; his eyes focused on hers.
The vibrant green eyes were concentrated in a stare. His mouth
formed a thin line across his face and dipped at the corners.
His brows scrunched together, almost forming one. He was frowning
as his face dropped closer to hers. Not quite nose to nose,
while one hand locked onto her wrists and gathered them in
his hand and drew them over her head. The other sought the
seat of her womanhood. She didn't know whether to speak or
close her eyes and pretend it was nothing more than a dream.
Dark boy was back with a grudge to settle from last night.
She opted for closing her eyes.
his voice commanded as he stroked her, finding the hub of
her pleasure. Kevin felt immersed right now. He wanted to
make things right, to love her into oblivion and make her
understand that he would take care of her, that it was going
to be okay. Her eyes flew open in shock as he searched the
depths of chocolate pools for something more than what they
were showing right now. He searched for understanding and
forgiveness, he wasn't getting it. It only served to notch
up the intensity he was feeling. She didn't understand and
she wasn't going to give him any leeway to explain.
she tried to pull her wrists from his grasp in earnest.
he pressed all of his weight onto her body to still any further
movements she had planned. "I love you."
"I don't love
you right now," Bron turned her head away. His hand flew
up and grasped her jaw; he turned her face to his.
those words to me. You know better." Kevin felt the panic
rise in his chest. He couldn't imagine life without her. Bron
filled in all the holes for him. The need to care, to protect,
and the darkest of them all, the need to own. His mouth latched
onto hers. He kissed her with all the passion and possession
residing inside of him. He didn't stop until she returned
his kiss with as much ardor as he had given it. His fingers
delved inside of her.
Bron couldn't catch
her breath, as she returned his kiss. His beard and goatee
scratched her sensitive skin as he lavished her neck and faces
with kisses. Rubbing his entire body against her, her nerves
prickled every sensation. The fact that she couldn't move,
only heightened the sensation.
She pulled on her
arms to get him to release her, which he did. Her arms wrapped
around his shoulders and pulled him closer. Kevin rocked into
her slowly as he guided her along the path he had set. She
mumbled her wants and he fulfilled them for her.
Kevin lay sated
next to her. Her eyes were closed and she had drifted off
to sleep. His feelings had consumed him upon awakening. The
way she acted at the bar last night was purely to push his
buttons. It worked, but he didn't act on it until he awoke.
Bron was internalizing everything last night. This morning
he loved her the only way that felt right to him.
He pulled his tired
body from the bed after noticing the time. A.J. and Nick would
be here by now. He checked on Kaylin for a long while in the
living room. The chatter in the other room filtered through
the doors, not enough for him to hear the conversations though.
Mc watched the clock and hoped the hell one of them would
roll out of bed soon. The house was filling up fast. The good
doctor had called and he was on his way up with a mother-in-law
and a son. Suzie sat at the table staring at the French doors
waiting for them to open. Mc wasn't sure if Kevin knew Anne
was making a trip up here and he wasn't going to risk going
upstairs to ask. The thought of seeing the two of them in
bed together, bugged him still.
Mc took up the
kitchen table with paperwork. Webster hung back waiting for
something, what, he didn't know. It was a little awkward when
he let himself into Bron's house this morning and Webster
joined him at the door. Webster didn't ask him why he was
there or how he got the key to get in.
With the arrival
of A.J., Mc knew the message Kevin sent last night went through.
A.J. must have already been on the east coast when he received
the page. When Nick strolled through the door he sent Suzie
a quirky look, she just smiled.
Party?" Jake gawked at the shorter of the two.
way," A.J. pulled out a chair.
couldn't fathom A.J.'s reasons for being here. Nick was a
given, Suzie was here. "I'm confused," Jake walked
Mc reached under his chair and handed Jake a plastic bag.
He had been sitting across from Kevin last night when Kevin
made a few calls and sent a page out.
Jake looked in
the bag, his eyes grew wide, and he looked from Mc to Suzie.
"This is a joke right?"
"It isn't funny. When she comes down here, you'd better
be nice." Suzie reached for the bag only to have Mc snatch
it from her. "What's in the bag? Please no gag gifts?"
"I don't give
gag gifts, boy wonder does." Mc pointed to Nick.
Nick defended himself.
Mc watched the
doors open and out stepped Kevin. There was no look of shock
or surprise on his face at seeing his two of his little brothers
sitting at his dining room table.
Suzie spoke up, killing off the silence in the room.
sleepin'," Kevin sheepish grin and rapidly reddening
cheeks made the entire guest list pause.
"Is she still
in one piece?" Mc leaned out of his chair to follow Kevin's
frame to the coffee pot. Considering the conversation they
had at the bar last night. His first order of business was
to make sure Bron was in one piece. Kevin was pretty pissed
last night. Bron punching him in the stomach only rubbed salt
into the wound.
up here. How the hell do you people stay warm?" A.J.'s
shoulders shook. His fingers wrapped around his coffee cup
as he shivered. Setting it down, he lit a cigarette.
"Ya make your
own heat, Bone," Kevin laughed.
Mc didn't join
the others in laughing at the old joke.
They heard her
voice before the doors open. She was talking to Kaylin on
the other side. Kevin's brows furrowed as he stared at the
Going to the kitchen cabinet, he pulled another coffee cup
off the hook. He went to the pot, poured a cup, and then walked
to the table. He motioned Nick out of the chair and set the
cup down. Kevin ambled back to the row of cabinets that separated
the sun room from the dining room. He leaned back and sipped
his coffee casually.
None of this made
sense to Jake. The poor guy was seriously confused. Mc joined
him at the dining room table with the bag he had brought.
He hid it under the chair.
Kevin questioned from across the room.
The doors opened
and Bron came into the room. She acted as if the gathering
of people was nothing more than normal. She took her seat
and grabbed for her cup. Mc watched her scan the room and
her gaze stopped abruptly on her husband. Kevin was still
leaning back on the countertop, one hand on the top, his legs
crossed at the ankles, and his other hand wrapped around a
coffee mug. He gave her big smile.
early for this shit," Bron groaned loudly.
Kevin and Mc laughed,
Suzie patted her shoulder. "Ignore them, they're apes."
"I'm a pig."
Nick chimed trying to lighten the mood, obviously.
a little rough this morning Bron. I don't think I have ever
seen your hair stand up on your head like that." A.J.
gave her a shit eating grin.
"AJE!" Kevin warned him.
Bron's head dropped
back, she made a slow circle with her head. "It's the
headboard on that damn bed. He gets me every time." Bron
dropped her chin to her chest. "Do I have a bald spot
like you now?"
all I get from your woman Kev. I'm telling you, you need to
get her under control." A.J. cackled.
Bron's head snapped
up and she glared at Kevin's back. He'd quickly turned around
for more coffee. Mc pulled his chair closer to hers. He stared
at her until she turned her head to look at him.
Bron snapped at him. The room crackled with the annoyance
she was showing.
Mc grabbed both
of her hands. He turned them, wrist up in the air and set
them back down. He leaned even closer to get a better look
at her upper body.
"Are you done
inspecting me like a heifer? I know he was pissed, but he's
never been that pissed."
Kevin mumbled a little too loudly as his hand settled on his
stomach. Mc glared at Kevin. Kevin returned a glare right
Suzie stifled her
laugh with her hand.
a heifer soon enough," Nick chuckled.
All eyes turned
on him as if he had committed murder. "Ahh… Just kidding."
boy, we need to have a talk. Just you and I." Bron's
eyes narrowed to slits.
Mc cast a glance
over his shoulder to see Kevin standing at attention. His
brows were high on his forehead, and he looked as if Nick
had lost his mind. Mc reached under his chair for the bag
he had brought. Pulling it up, he dropped it in her lap.
Bron looked at
the bag and set her coffee cup down. She slyly opened the
top of the bag and peeked down into it.
Mc watched a huge
smile begin to form. She scrunched the bag closed. Leaning
over, she kissed his cheek. "Thank you. It's just what
Mc murmured, stunned by the kiss. He leaned towards her to
return it and stopped mid-kiss.
Kevin growled from the other side of the room.
Mc started to chuckle
and so did Bron as she turned to face him. "He's going
to be so pissed."
Mc laughed right along with her.
Bron pulled the
contents out of the bag and slapped it on the table.
givin' her that shit." Everyone laughed but Kevin who
was pissed. He set his cup down and came around the table.
He grabbed for the bag but Mc shook his head no.
one. Why the hell would you give her a two pound bag of Reese's
cups?" Kevin snarled as he tried to get the bag away
from Bron. When her teeth touched his hand, he backed off.
"You're gonna get sick."
"I am not,"
Bron tossed one to Suzie.
Suzie ripped at
the wrapper as if someone had given her a diamond ring inside.
She raised it to her mouth, and paused when Nick cleared his
throat. Her gaze now focused on him.
healthy for either one of you. You guys are pregnant, you
should be eating fruit or something."
Kevin shook his head and looked from Nick to A.J.
A.J.'s cackle echoed
around the room. Along with Jake's, 'holy shit', and Webster's,
'great, just what we needed.'
Bron ignored all
of them as she bit into her second one.
the bag off the table and tossed on top of the six-foot tall
"I have a
Kevin crossed his arms and focused on Alex as he meandered
back to his wife. He stood behind her chair and waited for
A.J. to speak.
"So you hauled
my ass up here to freezing cold weather to tell me you did
the impossible, again. You could have told me on the phone."
A.J. half smiled at Kevin.
Kevin seemed to
stand a little taller with A.J.'s remark. "No, I called
you up here to deal with the label."
Brian and Howie did that." A.J. crossed his arms.
for you to step up to the plate. Howie needs a break and Brian
has the new baby." Kevin stood stock-still waiting for
Bron quipped. "Kevin, why can't you ever remember the
Mc watched Backstreet
business play out in front of him. Kevin had offered A.J.
more responsibility, pronouncing him healed, possibly.
A loud sigh came
from A.J. then he smiled. "Okay, boss. Whatever you say."
Mc guarded himself
as the telephone rang. They all seemed collectively to jump.
The office phone sat on the table still from the last meeting.
Kevin answered it and hit the speakerphone button. "What's
too, we're at the studio."
Kevin placed his
hands on the back of Bron's chair and leaned forward towards
the phone. His entire upper body was in front of his wife.
"Good, here's the deal. The backstreet family is growing.
Suzie and Bron are both pregnant."
"You got Suzie
pregnant too?" Howie's shrill voice screeched out of
"No you dumbass,
I did," Nick laughed.
Mc watched Kevin,
his eyes were closed and he just shook his head from side
to side. Mc wondered how Kevin put up with it some days.
Bron and Suzie
were laughing and snorting so loud you couldn't here the excitement
from Brian as he congratulated them and wished them well.
Bron couldn't have anymore kids." Howie voiced his thoughts.
Kevin gritted his teeth together. His hand landed on her shoulder,
and he squeezed.
Bron brushed Kevin's hand off her shoulder.
"What do we
do about the label and management?" Brian's business
sense kicked in over the phone line.
"Alex is going
to handle it. He's ready to step up to the plate. Aren't you
bro?" Kevin seemed to squirm.
"I sure am."
A.J. nodded with confidence.
the end of this meeting."
Kevin reached the
telephone and stopped when Howie and Brian asked the same
question in different forms.
"How is everything
going up there, seriously?" Howie's voice was full of
Kevin walked across the room and picked up the portable. He
motioned Nick and A.J. to follow him as they went upstairs
to Bron's office.
a mess up there. I wish he wouldn't drag people up there."
Bron frowned at the retreating figures.
your posters down." Suzie remarked.
Bron elbowed her,
almost spilling Suzie's coffee.
A knock at the
front door, made all of them turn. Bron looked at Mc who went
to let them in. They had seen who it was from the windows
and Bron was not in a congenial mood.
and Doctor Gabe Galloway now stood in her sun room waiting
for her to welcome them. Andrew moved from behind them to
go to his mother. He went right to her, hugged her for a long
time, and kissed her.
Bron still hadn't
acknowledged either one of her other guests as she hugged
her son. She continued to stare at Gabe and Anne as if they
were stone statues. Mc pulled Andrew away for a moment and
whispered something. Andrew went through the French doors.
Gabe stepped forward
and offered his hand. "He was supposed to tell you. He
promised me he would. I never would have told him first, except
I wanted to be sure that you knew as soon as possible so you
could take care of yourself while you were up here. You're
under a tremendous amount of stress and we both know it's
not good for you."
The French doors
crashed open. Kevin stood there looking at Gabe and his Mother.
Mc caught the beginnings of movement from Bron. Damn, she
was fast. Her hand went to his ponytail and she yanked.
Kevin reached for her hand and grabbed on. "Let go. I'm
me some more. I don't quake in my boots that damn easy. I'm
not one of your little brothers." She yanked again.
quaking pretty good an hour ago." Kevin tried to pry
her fingers from his hair.
The laughter of
two Backstreet Boys could be heard from the living room. They
were smart enough not to enter the dining room.
"Kevin I can't
believe you just told her last night. I called you a couple
of times a day all last week and you promised me you would
tell her." Anne Richardson had begun to take her son
Mc watched Bron
let go. A look of merriment had overtaken her; it showed in
her eyes. When he looked back at Kevin, he could tell what
was so amusing. Mc watched Kevin de-age right before his eyes.
is this being responsible?" Anne admonished him, like
only a mother could.
Kevin's face grew
red and shifted in his shoes. Mc thought Kevin looked to be
about nine years old right now.
"I think this
rates right up there with your past mistakes. I've raised
you better than this."
Mc saw Bron start
to smile as Kevin dropped his head slightly.
me. I have called you repeatedly. Is that why you wouldn't
let me talk to her? Because you hadn't told your own wife
she's pregnant." Anne walked right up to her son who
was now staring at his bare feet as if he were five. Anne
poked Kevin in the chest. "What if something had happened
in the mean time and she didn't know. You, my son, are a control
freak. I have no idea where you get it from but it will stop
Mc snickered, as
Suzie and Bron exchanged knowing smiles. Bron pointed at Anne
and mouthed, 'From her.'
I'll have you know I am not a control freak." Anne was
Bron sat up straight in the chair and closed her mouth. A.J.
and Nick's laughing from the other side of the door caused
Anne to throw the door open. "You two get in here."
Bron quelled the
grin and Suzie opened mouth to speak. Bron shook her head
from side to side indicating she had better not.
Anne stood in the
center of the room with her hands on her hips. Her brows were
arched. Mc watched Bron fight the laughter as she looked at
Kevin, who seemed unsure of what he could do right now. He
never had Anne pegged for this kind of temper.
Anne turned to
her side and looked at Nick. "Nickolas, what do you have
to say for yourself?"
"It was great."
Bron quickly pressed her lips together and dropped her head
to hide her laughter.
Suzie looked stunned
and Kevin tried hard not to laugh.
hand swung up and she smacked Nick in the back of the head,
hard enough to make his snap forward.
Nick ducked out of the way of an anticpated second slap. "He
learned that shit from you!" Nick's voice raised three
balled up inside his cheek and as he rolled his eyes at Nick.
Anne walked away
from the men and went directly to her daughter-in-law. "I'm
sorry Bron. My son is a serious pain in the ass about certain
Suzie stepped out
of the way and let Anne have her seat, next to Bron. Anne
turned to her. "Congratulations Suzie and Nick. So when
can we start planning the wedding?"
"I need to
take a shower," Bron was out of her chair and out of
the room before Suzie had the chance to reply.
ready Anne. So for now, let's get ready to cook a nice dinner
to celebrate all of our good news."
rang, Kevin and Mc both turned to him. Webster looked at the
number and stepped into the kitchen. Mc and Kevin followed.
this is going to go down," Andrew sighed as look passed
from Webster to Kevin and Mc simultaneously.
might be the last supper." A.J. lifted his cup only to
have everything in the room fired at him that Suzie, Nick,
and Jake could reach.
hey… Stop, we don't need this shit right now." Kevin
grabbed his coat and went out the back door.
Suzie cast a glance
to Nick, Nick cast a glance to Alex. A.J. moaned and pushed
his chair out from the table.
be," Anne spoke. Mc spoke and echoed the same sentiments.
Mc looked to the
dining room. "The ball is going to start rolling, it
starts tomorrow. Let's have an enjoyable dinner and then we
all can head off to where we belong."
"I'm not leaving,"
Suzie stood and began to clear the table.
are Suzie and so is everyone else. You're going to try and
take Jake, Cooper, and Kaylin back with you. If Nick wants
to go to the house, he can. So can A.J." Mc watched a
tormented Kevin whip snowballs out in the field. "They
need the space. I have to stay here, I have no choice."
Suzie heard Anne
whisper to her. "It would be great if Kevin and Bron
could get through this without worrying about the kids. I'll
stay at the house and help."
Mc stared at her,
begging her to do this one thing for him.
Suzie closed her
eyes. "Will it help?"
Mc whispered as Kevin fired a snowball and hit the garage,
almost breaking the window.
Anne cut a path
to the kitchen. "He'll wear himself out and then come
inside. When he was little, he would go beat up on things
to get it out. I guess it was better than beating up on people."
here, if she is here, he won't miss this. Trust me, we have
people back home anyway." Mc went to the backdoor and
opened it. "You need to call Billy and Carlos,"
he yelled out the door and closed it quietly.
They watched Kevin
fish his cell out of his coat pocket.
sucks," A.J. grumbled as he headed out the backdoor to
talk to Kevin.
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