Bron glanced at the
clock more than once. Kevin had caught himself doing the same.
The phone rang and Bron grabbed the portable from the table
and off she went.
Webster sat back
after wiping his mouth with a napkin. "I was waiting for
her to leave. You're done up here. You can head home any time
now. Lenny has decided to throw himself on the mercy of the
rose high on his forehead. "He sure as hell didn't show
her any mercy. Why didn't you tell us when you first got here?"
would want to fly out tonight and the weather isn't conducive
to that." Mc jumped into the conversation. "Let her
unwind until tomorrow. Hank can get a good night's sleep and
we can fly back tomorrow afternoon."
"We have to
close this place up," Kevin's mind began to make mental
notes of all the things that had to be done to the house before
they leave. It would take at least a day to do most of it.
Mc stood up and began to clear the table. "Mike has agreed
to stay here instead of the crappy apartment he's been renting."
"It's bad enough
she actually let Steve stay here not knowing what was going
on. Don't you think you should have asked us first?" Kevin
sounded surly for a reason. He didn't need Mc to make arrangements
for them. Kevin watched for Webster's reaction. Webster wasn't
giving him one.
"No, I should
have asked Bron, it's her house. However, since I've known her
longer, I know she wouldn't mind and would appreciate the fact
that Webster wouldn't trash her house or go through her shit."
Mc gave Kevin a look that intended to put Kevin in his place.
Kevin had been dully
chastised and corrected that this was Bron's house and only
Bron's house. "Fine," Kevin reached for the last crab
leg as he stood up. "Let me go tell her so she can tell
Kaylin is fine. Just let things lie until tomorrow comes. Let's
make sure nothing is going to change." Webster stopped
Kevin in his tracks.
probably right. With our luck, something will happen."
Kevin groaned as he sat back down.
going to be on the computer all night anyway." Mc grinned
"She is not.
She's spending time with me." Kevin wanted some quiet time
with his wife. They hadn't even begun to address what had happened
today. He didn't even care if he had to suffer through a chick
flick with her to get the time.
"So says you,
but I bet not. It's Tuesday, the ladies have their chat."
Mc gathered up the silverware and headed to the kitchen.
Bron wandered back
in the room. She handed Kevin the phone and then headed to the
kitchen as well.
Kevin watched Bron and listened to Kaylin on the other end.
Bron and Mc were unloading the dishwasher together. So why was
the simple task eating at him? Simple, because it something
that could have been had he not been thrust into the picture.
His mind was pulled from its thought and back to Kaylin. Kaylin
could be a handful but he truly did miss her, Cooper and Andrew
as well. "You saw us on the television?" Kevin's eyes
grew wide as he turned in his chair to look at Bron.
Bron mouthed back to him and gave him two thumbs up.
Kaylin babbled at
him and then he understood why Bron was okay with it. "Oh,
I'm sorry they turned it off on you." Kevin smiled and
thanked his lucky stars that Nick and Suzie had shut the television
off on her. "So you spent the day hiking in the woods?"
Kevin laughed even louder. Somehow he didn't think Suzie would
have been thrilled in the least with hiking through the woods
in the wet and sloppy weather with temps in the forties.
Kevin stared at the
window. "Tracking critters were you. What did ya find?"
Kevin snorted when the small voice came back with the words,
"Are you sure it was a Kentucky Wildcat? You're really
sure you saw the track." Kevin was trying not to laugh
as he glanced to his wife who had a balled up fist resting on
each hip with silverware fully loaded in both. She was frowning
at him big time. Kevin waved her off.
moved quickly from her day of tracking wild animals to when
they were coming home. Kevin listened to Kaylin complain that
she wanted them to come home. He reassured they wanted to come
home too but reinforced the fact that they couldn't at least
not right now. "I'm sorry Kaylin but we can't come home
"But I miss
you and Mom." Kaylin whined louder
Kevin kept calm but
he knew it was going to escalate. The daughter was very much
like her mother. "And we miss you too baby."
"Then let me
come see you!" Kaylin yelled this time at him.
Kaylin was so much
like her mother that he had anticipated a non-direct resolution
to her problem as well. She then insisted she be allowed to
come up for the weekend. Kevin didn't dare say they would probably
be home by the weekend. "You can't come up here, you have
please Daddy. Please?"
Kevin's gut twisted.
The word 'Daddy' seemed to make him turn into marshmallow fluff.
He heard the sorrow and it was tearing him up, he was out of
options now. Kaylin wouldn't let it go. "I said no. Now
the subject is closed."
"It's not FAIR!"
Kevin pulled the
handset away from his ear. When he placed it back all he heard
was dial tone. Kevin frowned and then sighed dramatically. "She's
so much like her mother. She hung up on me."
Webster and Mc laughed,
Bron wasn't laughing.
brat," Bron grabbed the phone. "We are not that much
alike," Bron snapped at him.
Kevin wouldn't touch
that one for sure. No they weren't just similar. Kaylin was
stamped duplicate of her mother even if Bron didn't want to
admit it. "Let it go darlin'. She's upset, she misses us
and we miss her. She saw us on television today. We were caught
in a crowd of people. She said she thought they were going to
squish us. Nick turned it off on her from what she told me.
Then the three of them went hiking in the woods looking for
a Kentucky Wildcat while Uncle Jake watched Cooper." Kevin
bit his lips knowing the Wildcat story would piss her off.
"Nick is an
idiot to drag Suzie through the woods. Kentucky Wildcat my--"
The phone ringing
in her hand shut down Bron's mouth. Kevin cocked his head towards
the hell is going on down there?" Bron barked into the
phone and left the room as she did so.
we haven't told a soul." Mc filled the soap dispenser and
closed the dishwasher. "Let her have her girly time with
"I want some
time for me." Kevin balked at Mc as he tapped the right
buttons and the dishwasher turned on. "We need to discuss
a few things."
you get laid more than any man I know. Discuss is not what you
want to do tonight. Take the night off and let her be with her
girlfriends. Jake will be in there and keep on eye on things."
"How often I
get laid is none of your business," Kevin gave Mc a self-satisfied
"It is not quantity
my friends, it is quality that counts." Webster chuckled.
"Speaking of which, I have the night off so I'm heading
"Be quiet Webster,
Bron is always quality." Mc grabbed his coat and headed
for the door right behind Webster. "You better pay for
your own damn drinks."
Kevin sat at the
dining room table as the front door slammed, then the lock turned.
He wondered if he would ever have any privacy with Mc around.
He doubted it, possibly when the mess with Stevie was settled,
but even then it looked bleak. "How the hell would he know
if she was quality?" Kevin mumbled to himself slightly
pissed that Mc would even bring up the subject let alone make
a comment about it. But then knowing that they had never had
sex was somewhat satisfying. There was at least one part of
Bron Mc had not gotten to first. "I'll be getting that
key back too," he grumbled as he pushed the dining room
chair away from the table.
Since Mc had finished
the dishes Kevin went in search of his wife. He found her at
her desk in her office. She was sitting Indian style in her
office chair and he wondered how much longer she was going to
be able to pull that position off. Her head crooked to the side
as she used her shoulder and her head to hold the phone while
she typed on the computer. He paused by the door to listen to
her conversation. He assumed she was still talking to Suzie.
down now that she has talked to us." Bron spoke. "Tell
Nick I said thank you for taking her hiking. At least she couldn't
hear or see anything. I'm sorry about the running gag with the
Kentucky Wildcat. Kevin is like a dog with a bone with some
of these never ending gags." Bron groaned, "Yes Suz,
just like the damn running present gag."
Kevin watched from
the doorway, he hid the smile knowing Suzie was giving Bron
some shit. She flicked the desk light on and Kevin covered his
eyes. The light was like pure daylight. Bron wasn't talking
she was just listening. He still hadn't found out how Webster
knew Steve was so close to them.
"Yes, it's over
for me I think. I don't know yet. No, I don't want to talk about
what happened or how it happened. I'm just happy that I can
leave here soon, I hope. No, I don't know when but they'll let
me know when we can leave."
Kevin leaned on the
doorframe. He was always fascinated by the way Bron could multitask
when she wanted to. Here she was opening and closing files,
talking on the phone and logging into chat at the same time.
sure Webster is going to stay up here to see this through. I'm
thinking about asking him to stay here at my house. He's living
in a shithole of an apartment. At least here he'd have some
space and he can watch my house. No, I trust him." Bron's
fingers flew across the keyboard as she became quiet again.
"Yes I know I trusted Stevie. God, you sound just like
Kevin some days."
Kevin rolled his
eyes thinking Mc sucked most days and Suzie was dead on. He
headed to the bedroom. He could pack up their things and she
wouldn't even be aware of it since she was upstairs. He needed
to have the fairy conversation with Nick and he didn't want
Bron to overhear that one.
Kevin fished his
cell phone from his pocket as he cracked open the closet door
to retrieve one of the suitcases. "Nick, It's Kev. Pickup."
Tossing the suitcase
on the bed, he waited for Nick to answer. When Nick didn't answer
he hung up and called his own house phone. Jake ended up answering.
Jake gave him the run down of what was going on. He was also
informed that Stevie wasn't more than 15 feet from them and
that of all people, it was Suzie who had picked him out of the
blur of people. Kevin paused as he looked out the window and
wondered if he was out there watching them now. Kevin crossed
the carpeting to the other window that faced the driveway. The
unmarked police car sat in the driveway facing the road. Kevin
questioned whether it was enough security for them since Stevie
was spotted so close to them today.
Kevin tossed his
clothes haphazardly in the suitcase. After hearing everything
that Jake had dumped on him he just wanted to get the hell home.
talking to Bounce. He's expanding on the Kentucky Wildcat story.
You had better find out from him what he is telling her or we're
all going to be screwed up."
her Bounce, she doesn't like it anymore." Kevin chuckled
knowing Jake would probably be frowning at the remark. God knows
Kaylin had no trouble correcting him the last time he had called
Anyway, Nick moved pretty quick today to flick that television
off." Jake huffed in Kevin's ear.
"Dude, you are
out of breath. You need to start working out." Kevin snickered.
"Okay Pop Star,
you and I when you get home. We'll put the gloves on for awhile."
Jake passed on his remark. "Mc called awhile ago and told
me the deal. He also told me to expect you home tomorrow, weather
permitting, but I'm not to tell one damn person."
so, barring any freak snowstorm." Kevin could here Nick
talking in the background.
in Buffalo in February. It's all freak snowstorms." Jake
was howling with laughter.
real funny." Kevin began slamming his clothes in the luggage.
"I hate this shit."
"Not half as
much as I hate the 'No-Sense-of-Humor Fairy," Nick's voice
rang in Kevin's ear
Now it was Kevin's
turn to howl. "Dude, they don't have a sense of humor when
their pregnant unless they're in the sack. Then everything is
funny. I haven't figured that one out yet."
"You could have
told me that earlier." Nick growled back at him.
bitch fairy was here all day. Along with moody fairy, I was
watchin' what I said." Kevin offered his excuse.
"Ah man, I'm
sorry Kev." Nick spoke.
Kevin scratched the
tip of his nose. He could've sworn Nick was expressing some
compassion for him. "I think Suz being pregnant is changing
"Man, it changed
you. I mean really come on. This is a new little life and I
helped create it. How awesome is that." Nick let out a
Kevin shook his head
as he watched the snowfall thicken. "It's pretty awesome
bro. So, what other fairies have you run into so far?"
"Ah, the no
humor, bitch, and one that cries all the time. Does that one
have a name?"
"Yep, it's called,
'Approach with Extreme Caution.'" Kevin's shoulders shook
as he chuckled.
Now Nick was laughing
with him. "No shit man. It wouldn't be so bad if you were
dealing with them one at a time but they switch so damn fast
with no warning. I can't keep up. Kev, I'm serious man. I don't
know if I'm doing this right."
Kevin sat on the
bed; he crossed one leg over the other. His bottom lip rolled
in before he spoke again. Nick needed more than his reassurance,
he needed the book. "I'm sure you're doing fine Nick. It
just takes a little adjustment. Has she gone to see a doctor
Kevin couldn't see
Nick but he could tell Nick had left the upstairs and went downstairs.
Kevin could no longer hear Kaylin, Jake, or Cooper in the background.
"She made an appointment with that Jason guy."
Kevin knew the name, but the why was skipping over him.
"The one who
delivered Cooper with Gabe. Remember?" Nick offered Kevin
"Oh, him. I
think he's the one Bron's going to be seeing." Kevin had
ninety-nine percent of his stuff packed. It wasn't that hard.
Most of it was suits and they were in his suit bag. All that
was left was his shaving gear in the bathroom.
"I would think
so, he's moved into Gabe's building. I guess Gabe is only semi-retiring.
At least that was as much as I was told and with the mood she
was in, I wasn't asking any questions. I guess they're going
to be partners." Nick answered Kevin.
"Good, I'm a
little worried since it's so soon after Cooper. I don't want
Gabe to be too far away for this one." Kevin unzipped the
other suitcase he had pulled from the closet as he cradled the
phone on his shoulder.
"I don't think
he's going to be far from you," Nick snickered.
Kevin shook his head
not understanding the comment. He didn't want a long winded
explanation either. "Go up in my room. Go to the left side
of the bed. The bottom drawer of the nightstand has a book you
can start reading. I'm sure you'll get one when you go with
her to her appointment with Jason. You are going right?"
"Don't be stupid,
of course I'm going." Nick answered him.
Kevin could here
Nick bounding up the steps. He waited for Nick to speak.
"Ya know I really
like your bed. It looks really comfortable."
"Stay the hell
out of my bed, Nick." Kevin barked into the phone. He wasn't
sure if Nick was actually in the bed or just trying to get a
rise out of him.
"I ain't going
to run into anything in the bottom drawer of this thing that's
going to ohhgg me out, am I?" Nick asked and then snickered
into the phone.
what ohhgs you out Nick." Kevin laughed at him.
"Dude it's not
funny. We're close but not that close. I don't want to know
what goes on in this bed. Power plays and all that shit. You're
too freaky." Nick huffed at him.
"I didn't plan
on telling you what goes on in that bed." Kevin laughed
again. "Ya better not even sit on my bed." Kevin waited
and debated if he should have lent Nick the book now that he
was being a punk.
man. This is just what I needed." Nick spoke to him. "Why
the sticky notes?"
Kevin set Bron's
things in the suitcase gently. For some unknown reason he didn't
want to finish this conversation too quickly. He'd be left to
talk to himself. "Things you don't want to miss boy. I
want it back when you get your own copy. I've got one that isn't
ready to hatch yet too. Don't lose my damn sticky notes either."
"Love the highlighter
man. I'll let you go now that I have something to do tonight.
Besides, I'm not real sure which fairy I'll be bedding with
tonight." Nick moaned loudly.
"I'd watch yourself
if I were you. You might meet up with Bitch fairy again if she
hears you talkin' like that."
Nick chuckled, "That
bitch is mean. Besides the ladies kicked me out of chat. Jake
blew my cover and none of them would talk to me like they used
too. It was fun being one of the girls. Anyway, they were busy
making plans for the WIC conference."
"WIC? It sounds
familiar, but I don't know why. Oh yeah, that Women In Children
thing." Kevin paused. It finally dawned on him what Nick
had said. Suzie had an appointment with Jason. "Hey, Nick,
if Suz made an appointment with Jason does that mean she's staying
"We sure are
bro. I'm moving up here. I'll keep my place in Marathon as an
Kevin could tell
Nick was as proud as a peacock over this news. Kevin groaned
at the mere thought of Nick living with them permanently. He
loved Nick like a brother but even some of his longer visits
drove Kevin nuts. "Nick you're not moving in with me. We
tried that, remember, it didn't work."
"Not you asshole.
I'm moving in with Suzie!" Nick yelled at him.
Kevin closed his
eyes, "Damn, I'm an idiot." Kevin waited for Nick
to resume the call. "Sorry," he apologized loudly
and hoped Nick would accept the apology.
Then Nick laughed and hung up.
Kevin had finished
the packing in record time. Then he headed downstairs and picked
up things they had left lying around. After organizing the drawers
and dusting a little he unloaded the dishwasher. Kevin had caught
up on the laundry and packed what had been washed and dried.
The last load was in the washer when he called it a night. A
couple times during the evening he had stopped himself from
sneaking in to chat to see what the ladies were talking about.
Mc was right; she needed some serious girly time with her friends.
After double checking
all the doors to ensure they were locked, Kevin headed upstairs
to bed. He was a little surprised to see Bron sitting in bed
you been?" Bron tipped her eyes up from the book.
done." Kevin meandered around to his side of the bed and
hope she hadn't noticed the two suitcases sitting on the floor.
At least he had tossed a blanket over them. "So did you
and the ladies get your plans for the Women in Children conference
Bron's eyebrows furrowed together.
I talked to Nick. He said you guys kicked him out of chat because
you guys were planning your WIC conference. Ya know Women and
"Oh oh oh,"
Bron chuckled. "Yeah, we finished the WIC itinerary."
Kevin began to shed
his clothes. He pulled the covers back on the bed and slid in.
"When is that?"
Bron closed the book. She turned the light off. She felt strong
arms wrap around her upper arms and turn her on her side. "I'm
glad I wanted to sleep this way." She quipped in the dark.
so drained from today." Kevin whimpered to her.
"Yeah, me too."
Bron grabbed onto his finger. She began to spin Kevin's wedding
ring round and round on his finger.
Kevin asked as he pulled her closer and wedged a leg between
"I think so.
It's just been a really weird day." Bron sighed. "Really
"I agree. Let's
get some sleep and hope tomorrow we get the word that we can
"I would love
that." Bron sighed as she closed her eyes. She wasn't sure
if sleep would come to her tonight or not. She did smile in
the dark over the WIC comment. If Nick was in the dark then
so was Kevin. She wanted it to stay that way for now. "I
love you Kevin."
"Love you too
Witch," Kevin scrunched closer and closed his eyes. He
wondered if sleep would come. He had a feeling deep in his gut
that taking care of the problem named Stevie was going to be
a lot tougher to handle than the Lenny stuff was.
The phone ringing
in the middle of the night woke Kevin from a sound sleep. He
stretched out over Bron to reach it. "Yeah," he mumbled
not bothering to check the caller ID; he couldn't have seen
it anyway in the pitch black room.
for what you did today. Lenny was my friend. You took Bron from
me. Be prepared, Richardson because I'm taking her back, whole
or in pieces, but know I'm taking her back."
Kevin knew who it
was and for some unknown reason, he had been expecting it. The
voice had been distorted again through the use of a machine
but he knew who it was. Kevin was ready to finish this one off.
This was their last demon to deal with. "Bring it on Steve,
cuz you don't have a shot in hell." Kevin disconnected
the call. He didn't shout his reply knowing Bron was sound asleep
next to him. He placed the phone on the nightstand on his side
of the bed. Pulling Bron next to him, he hoped they could get
back to Lexington tomorrow. Home, well he had his arms wrapped
around home. Wherever she was, was home. But, he needed his
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