became a festive meal. Once the phone went out the door with
Mc, it had seemed as if it had been forgotten about. Kaylin
had spent time with her mother and now she wanted her father's
undivided attention. Bron smiled occasionally during the meal
but rarely spoke. Kevin could tell her wheels were spinning
over the entire phone ordeal. He also knew she was kicking
herself in the ass, rather silently for a change. Kaylin had
been glued to his side since they had sat. She had even asked
Uncle Jake if she could sit in his chair so she could sit
next to her dad.
After a cheesecake
hit the table for dessert, the females ohhhed and ahhhed over
it. Nick as well. Kevin chuckled at him. "She's eating
for two Nick, not you."
sacked on some pounds when Bron was pregnant. Besides it's
nice not to make your woman feel like a pig because she's
stuffing food in her face all the time." Nick waved his
fork full of cheesecake in the air.
the grin that Kevin couldn't. Suzie's fork dropping from her
mouth to her dessert plate sounded more like a bell tolling
instead of the dink noise it should have made. Kevin rolled
both lips in and bit down. Yeah, Nick's death bell, he thought
Suzie stood up and looked at Bron.
Bron stared only
at her plate. "I'll do the dishes if you want to head
home and don't slam that chair into my table either."
"I'm not going
home." Suzie growled as she focused on Nick's face. "I'm
too pissed to drive." She stormed out of the room.
Kevin slid his
chair back. His arm draped around the back of Kaylin's chair.
His head tilted to the side and he opened his mouth to speak
as he twisted one of Kaylin's curls in his fingers.
Nick that wasn't very nice. Didn't Dad tell you about the
Bitch fairy yet?" Kaylin dug her fork into her cheesecake.
Kevin admonished loudly.
told me," Kaylin garbled with a mouth full of food as
she looked at him innocently.
Kevin knew that
look. The halo was a prop to hide the horns. He frowned at
Kevin tugged on
the curl. "Be quiet and eat."
"Gee I missed
that one, why don't you fill me in sweetheart?" Bron
sat with her arms folded over her chest as she glared at Kevin.
over," Jake pronounced and excused himself snagging Cooper
to get him out of the way and his plate of cheesecake. It
was the only thing Andrew needed to hear and he was gone with
plate in hand.
what I need Bitch Fairy. Like whiney fairy, mood swing fairy,
and the weepy fairy aren't enough I have to deal with this
bitch too." Nick pitched his napkin on his plate. He
turned and glared at Kevin.
his shoulders. "You did it, go fix it."
don't you take your cheesecake down to the entertainment room?
You can watch some movies for a little while. Dad is going
to help me do the dishes tonight." Bron slid her chair
back very slowly.
Kevin let out a
sigh knowing his goose was cooked once again. He stood up
and began clearing the table. He stayed out of Bron's strike
zone for the first few minutes. Arms wrapped around his waist
as he leaned over the dishwasher filling the silverware. "If
I move, are you going to hurt me?"
Bron tugged on him to stand up. He turned in her arms. His
hands full of silverware. "I just wanted some time alone
with you to talk about the phone. It seems he gave it to her
just after he brought her down here the first time to be with
Kevin set the silverware
down he had been holding and held Bron close. "I didn't
know. I mean, I've seen it but I guess I didn't see it. I
never made the connection."
Bron squeezed him
around the waist. "I didn't see it either so I guess
we both sucked on that one."
handle the news that all the information for the letters had
been garnered from a kid. The fact that Stevie had used Kaylin
in such a way was the same thing as being a child predator
in his book. He violated the trust of an innocent child who
loved him unconditionally and with no reservations. For now
Kevin had to stay silent he would get nowhere until the man
was actually caught; then and only then would Stevie get what
was coming to him. He thought about what happened with the
cheesecake and started to laugh as he held Bron in his arms.
funny?" Bron tried to push him away.
Nicky, that kid just keeps openin' his mouth." Kevin's
laughter was robust.
Bron grimaced and
then she started to crack a smile. She grabbed her dishtowel
and slapped in him the chest. "You're awful." Bron
began to laugh with him.
Kevin wiped the
tears from his eyes. "Even I have enough sense to not
comment on how much you are eating."
have a problem commenting on what I'm eating." Bron's
head tilted to the side.
Kevin caught the
head tilt and the lack of smile. He was walking into dangerous
territory and if he didn't want his own bitch fairy back he
had better watch his step. "Well, we know you don't eat
as healthy as you make everyone else around here eat."
"I do too."
Bron's made a face at him.
go examine the door of any vehicle that has door pockets that
you have driven in the last month?" Kevin raised an eyebrow
at her as he leaned back on the dishwasher and crossed his
arms over his chest. He watched her face screw up and she
didn't answer him. "I didn't think so. You should really
ditch the wrappers and then I wouldn't bust on you so bad."
Bron began to finish
picking up the garbage. "Come on let's get these done
and enjoy our kids. I'm having a tough time dealing with the
fact that Stevie used Kaylin that way. I need a distraction
so I can break this down. Let's play Monopoly or something."
that doesn't get you out of this. We only have to deal with
Stevie and turning to the candy is not good for either one
of you. It's not healthy."
it healthy? Cooper doesn't get candy he doesn't have teeth."
A squeaky voice came from the dining room door way.
Kevin watched Bron's
eyes grow huge as they dilated. Neither of them had heard
Kaylin approach. He watched Bron's eyes close and knew what
she was dreading. Once was a miracle, twice was asking too
much. Even he had fears on the survival of this baby. He would
never express them to Bron knowing how she reacted to being
pregnant to begin with. This time seemed very different though.
After Bron's violent reaction to the news to begin with, which
was entirely his fault since he hadn't told her, she seemed
at peace with this pregnancy. The last thing he was going
to do was get her on the path she had taken before. He hated
watching the anxiety and fear grow each day until they had
hit the milestone that they needed to be at for a successful
birth. Kevin turned his upper body towards Kaylin. "Because
once in awhile your Mom still breast feeds Cooper and all
of that sugar gets into his system and it's not good for him."
He was pleased
with the reaction he got when his wife's eyes opened and she
smiled at him. Kevin saw the moisture begin pooling. He turned
and picked Kaylin up and she nearly jumped out of his arms
and squealed with delight. "Let's play!"
Kevin took off
for the entertainment room knowing Bron wouldn't be far behind
them. "Mom wants to play Monopoly."
want to play Monopoly with her. She's not nice. Nobody will
play with her anymore." Kaylin slid to the floor from
gonna." Kevin reached into the cabinet and pulled the
game out. "I've never played against her. Who knows I
might just whip her butt. And you can tell everyone about
Andrew came bounding
down into the room. "Game on Jake!" He shouted up
Kevin laughed Andrew's
over eagerness, "How bad can this get?"
high-fiving Jake, "You'll see."
Kevin said nothing
when Suzie joined them. She seemed in better spirits now.
He watched for Nick to join them but he didn't. Eventually
Kevin stopped looking for him assuming he in the studio polishing
up the material that they had worked on today.
The game was on
and Bron cackled like a crazy woman when she forced Andrew
into giving her all of his property.
Suzie spoke up,
"You shouldn't do that. It's cold hearted. It's not in
the spirit of fair play."
"I don't play
fair, like Kevin isn't nice some times. It's the harsh reality
of the real corporate world Suz. Survive or be eaten. He'll
live." Bron gave her smile as she counted the cash that
Andrew had to fork over to her.
awful when you play this. You're like a different person."
Suzie backed away from her and took a seat.
and moved off the couch to the wet bar. He poured a round
of sodas for everyone. He handed one to Bron and her nose
turned up. When her face paled, he pulled the soda away. "Andrew,
watch my money and my property. Keep your mother honest."
Bron shot him a sharp look.
be why Jake is the banker," Kevin snickered and ran up
the stairs. It didn't take him long and he was back with a
glass of cold milk. He handed it to Bron. "This will
taste better to you, I'm sure."
Bron gulped the milk and continued to play. "Kaylin baby.
How about a friendly merger?"
Kevin's eyes swept
the board in front of Bron. She was going down. "Tell
her no Kaylin; she's running low on cash."
"Shut up Kevin,"
Bron barked at him.
her money and handed it to Jake. "No, I'm just going
can't quit in the middle of the game." Bron sat straight
Kaylin yawned and
Bron frowned. "Fine, her property goes up for auction
Suzie gasped and
then looked at Kevin. Kevin grinned, "I'm not nice some
you people are sick." Suzie curled up in the chair next
to Kaylin's place.
Many hours later,
Kaylin had crashed out in one of the theater seats. Suzie
was sleeping in the seat next to her. Jake, Bron, and Kevin
we're still playing. Bron screamed as she knocked Jake out
of the game. "Get real. Like you even had a shot at me,"
Bron's laugh could be equated to the devil that had just gotten
a pure soul.
still in; you haven't won yet Spark." Jake winked at
Kevin. The game went on for another half hour. Jake woke Andy
up as the game between the husband and wife became heated.
Andrew was somewhat
dazed when his mother pounded her feet into the stairs calling
Kevin every name in the book on her way up the stairs. "Hey,
I'll let you keep playing. Let's talk," Kevin laughed
so loud it could probably be heard miles away.
Andrew rubbed the
sleep from his eyes. "Holy shit you beat her. I don't
think she's ever been beaten."
Andrew just stared
at him. Kevin smiled, "Yeah I did. Now I get to go collect."
His grin became wider and wider. Andrew had enough sense to
drop his head when his cheeks began to burn. "But first,
I have to get your sister to bed. Wake Suzie up Jake and help
her up." Nick stood at the bottom of the stairs.
"Ya fix it?"
Kevin asked as he pulled himself from the floor and picked
I'm taking her to the Cheesecake Factory tomorrow for dinner.
I told her I would eat until I puked." Nick snickered.
"What did you do? I think I just passed your Bitch fairy
in the hallway."
Kevin winked at
Nick, "I kicked her ass in Monopoly. She's just a sore
I passed in the hall, you're the one who's going to be sore."
Nick was shaking Suzie to wake her. She stood up automatically
and leaned on him.
live, don't worry about it." Kevin went up the two flights
of stairs and headed to Kaylin's room. He called Jussy to
join them. He watched the dog crawl on the bed. "You
know you're not supposed to up there."
The huge animal
thumped his tail and then nudged Kaylin's arm until she wrapped
it around his huge head. "Fine, but only for tonight."
Kevin walked away shaking his head. Cooper had been asleep
ages ago. The baby monitor was now hooked on Kevin's back
pocket after he retrieved along with Kaylin.
Kevin looked into
the room and Brit thumped her tail on the floor. Her place
was always on the floor in front of his crib. "Good girl,"
whispered to her.
He had stalled
as long as he could before he went into his bedroom. He scratched
the back of his head and then turned to the side until his
neck cracked. Bron was sound asleep already. "You can
rest now darlin', he doesn't have the access he had before.
Things will change now. I don't know if it's for the better
Ditching his clothes
Kevin crawled into bed and slipped under the covers. He had
enjoyed this night tremendously and hoped it was the first
of many. A grin grew on his face as thoughts spiraled in his
head on how to get Bron to play against him again and what
he could get out of it if he trounced her. He still couldn't
grasp the cell phone incident and really didn't want to. Like
Bron he needed to work it out and then deal with. There wasn't
much they could do about it unless Mc was able to get something
off of it anyway.
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