Scout's was filled
to capacity with friends and family. This was a celebration
of sorts for the family. Bron and Kevin really didn't want to
do it but understood that the others needed to blow off some
steam. Things had been too tense for far too long. Within two
weeks the South District had been cleaned out. Muriel was raining
supreme. Webster had come down for a visit to let them know
what was going on. Lenny had his sentencing and would be behind
bars for a very long time. He was convicted on the rape charge
as well as racketeering. Thanks to Webster, Mc and their team.
Kevin was included as part of team. Had Kevin not baited Lenny
in court that day, Lenny would have never been convicted. Kevin
was Lenny's greatest downfall.
Every one of Kevin
and Bron's extended family and friends had been invited to a
party. Kevin's entire football team from high school had been
invited and his drama buddies. They held the party under the
guise of a reunion to keep the press away. As far as Bron and
Kevin were concerned the party could go on for days as long
as they could leave anytime they wanted to. The kids were at
Anne's for the night. The woman had ever so nicely volunteered
to baby sit much to Bron's disgust. The kids were Bron's way
of getting out of it. But it backfired on her. Kevin was pleased;
they needed an adult night out. He wanted the pleasure of introducing
his wife to his old classmates. Bron understood there was no
way in hell she was going to get out of it.
They had closed off
Stevie's pipeline of information. He hadn't contacted them and
they hadn't found him. The phone had been purchased in Pennsylvania.
The bill was set up as a reoccurring charge on a credit card.
The card payment was traced to an account from a Canadian bank.
Money had been wired into the account from all over the world.
Basically, it was a dead end. Mc was on edge about it and told
Kevin many times. Kevin kept telling him to enjoy the peace
for a bit. Kaylin was now the proud owner of a new Barbie pink
cell phone that had been pre-programmed by her Mom to only dial
certain numbers and only accept certain numbers.
Scout's had been
renovated a little more while they were gone. It was done more
to Kevin's taste then to Bron's. It was a hometown gin mill
and that was all. A DJ booth had been erected in the corner
and a new dance floor was installed. According to Janey the
DJ booth was only temporary, since her new investor preferred
an old fashioned jukebox. Bron fumed and Kevin smiled.
"I bet I know
who your new investor is too," Bron pouted at her.
Janey ran her hand
up Kevin's arm. "There's something said for good ole boys
makin' out good and then coming back home. But don't worry Bron
I'm going to open a new state of the art nightclub downtown."
did you?" Bron's hard stare met his face as Janey walked
no. I just sort of talked her out of it. This was purely Mc's
choice. She's just pullin' your chain darlin'. The new place
they're thinking about opening, I might. An investment means
more money coming in, that's always good. Sort of like the Bed
and Breakfast that you and Suzie have going." Kevin wrapped
his fingers around her hand.
Bron's eyes glazed
over at the thought of a premiere nightclub downtown. Kevin
chuckled at her watching her face and knowing the engine was
starting to fire up with new ideas. "We'll find ya a place
to dance, I promise."
Mc handed Janey a
fresh quarter for the jukebox after speaking to her. Kevin's
face scrunched up when Mc approached him. Kevin had a death
grip on Bron's hand. The strength of the grip was enough to
make Bron turn from her conversation with Nick and Suzie to
"Can I dance
with your wife?" Mc smiled.
"Well, you have
my permission. However, the real question is can you dance at
all Mc?" Kevin laughed as Bron raised her eyebrows at him.
Bron latched onto
Mc's hand. "Who the hell do you think taught me to dance
to Prince to begin with?" She snorted as she walked away
with Mc. "That pole isn't in the private lounge for nothing."
"That's a joke,
right Jake?" Kevin shifted in his shoes as Suzie and Nick
joined in on the laughter.
buddy." Jake began to laugh and slapped him on the back.
"I think you're pretty safe with this one. I don't think
she can quite funk out on that song."
Club Cherry Bomb blared from the speakers mounted on the wall.
The tunes were definitely from the eighties all the way.
When one of the lines
ended with, 'Thirty five and half way done.' Mc patted Bron's
shoulder and the entire room filled with screams of laughter.
Kevin began to smile
as Bron fell into full dance mode. She pulled a move he didn't
think was possible pregnant.
"I could be
wrong on that though," Jake stared at the dance floor.
His head cocked to the side as he studied the couple, "Yeah,
"What the hell
is it with you people? Do any of you have two left feet?"
Kevin bristled at the two of them on the dance floor.
"Just you Kevin!
Bron says when you freestyle you look like a frog in a blender,"
Jerald shouted to him.
Nick was laughing
so hard his face was red. Nick headed up to the booth. He was
playing DJ tonight again.
Kaos." Kevin went to the jukebox and pulled the plugged
to avoid anyone feeding it anymore quarters. Kevin saw Bron
and Mc go to the side of the dance floor and speak to Tracy
and Tim. He went up to the DJ Booth and pulled a CD from the
case, "Play this punk."
"Are you crazy?
I am not playing this." Nick stared at the CD in his hand.
"They'll kill me if I play this."
Kevin shook his head
no and headed for his wife. "Come on baby." Kevin
latched onto Bron's hand and shoved Mc out of the way.
thumped the walls. Kevin grinned, "She's all mine now loser."
Kevin waltzed and thumped his wife around the room.
Suzie snuck behind
the DJ booth and pulled the power cord. Nick didn't even notice
the lack of instruments playing. However, the song kept going
since every member of Backstreet was in attendance and they
were all singing their parts as if they had never stopped singing
together. Except Kevin who was too busy rocking Bron out on
the dance floor. Nick grabbed Suzie's hand and pulled her to
the floor. "This song was always a blast. I love this and
Larger Than Life."
"You just wanted
to be a space dude." Suzie quipped at him.
Nick dropped into his sexual line and Suzie turned six shades
of red when he patted her tummy.
Time passed and introductions
were made. Bron met so many of Kevin's friends from high school
she couldn't keep the names straight. She stood with Suzie off
to the side and watched the crowd. Kevin stood with a group
of men all his age. They were all around the same size.
"It must be
his football buddies," Bron studied them. "Damn, they're
all so damn big. It must be something in the water around here.
Not one of them is less than six feet and they're all around
two hundred pounds or more."
"Well I see
the drama buddies over there, they're a little different,"
Suzie giggled and pointed with a little too much flair.
Bron snickered at the off color remark. Bron scanned the room
for her family. She spotted Andrew, Mc, Webster, and Jake hanging
out at the buffet table. Tim and Jerald were hanging out with
Pete. Tracy had wandered off with Janey. "Kris didn't show."
"Well duh, I
don't think she's ready to tell Kevin yet." Suzie elbowed
her. "What's going on over there? Who is she?" Suzie's
gaze traveled back to the football group.
Bron bit her bottom
lip as a beautiful blonde entered the circle of football players.
"Oh that's Tina. Kevin's first kiss." Bron smiled.
"She hates me."
"Oh come on.
Have you ever met her?" Suzie rolled her eyes at Bron.
"How do you know she hates you?"
"I heard about
it when I was getting my hair done last week. They were fifteen
years old and he kissed at the roller rink or so I was told.
The woman that did my hair went to school with them." Bron
made a mental note to find a male hairdresser in town who gossiped
less. "Another blonde."
"I think I read
about that in a magazine some where. He must have said something
in an interview." Suzie's forehead wrinkled as she tried
to remember. "He does like blondes."
invited tonight, but it looks like she's crashing it anyway."
Bron watched the woman walk into the center of the group of
men that included her husband. Bron craned her neck and studied
her. The woman liked to be the center of attention. Especially
Kevin's, she touched him every time she spoke to him. Kevin
hugged her and loosely held a hand on her shoulder as he spoke
to her within his little circle of men. The hug fest went on
for a few minutes. Kevin turned and scanned the crowd. When
his eyes landed on Bron he stepped away from the men bringing
Tina with him.
"Oh now stop.
She could be really nice. You haven't even met her yet. Hell,
you're great friends with his last girlfriend. Give her a chance."
Suzie smiled as the two people approach.
she tells everyone she meets about that kiss. It was fifteen
years ago, she needs to get over it." Bron growled as the
two were stopped by a group of people.
"Now, now, no
need to be jealous. He kisses you every day. Several times a
day actually." Suzie whispered and sipped her drink.
Kevin stepped up to them. He dropped the woman's hand and grabbed
Bron's. "I'd like you to meet an old friend of mine. Bron
this is Tina. Tina, this is my wife Bronwyn. And this is Suzie,
my wife's best friend. She's also Nick's girlfriend."
Suzie smiled, extended
her hand and greeted the woman. "It's nice to meet you."
"Same to you,"
the woman gushed.
Bron held back. The
woman extended her hand. "It's nice to meet you Bronwyn.
I've heard so much about you. Kevin and I go way back."
"I know he told
me." Bron smiled as Kevin squeezed her hand. Oh would she
love to take a chunk out this bitch. Kevin must have known something
was up because he squeezed her hand even tighter.
"I can only
imagine what you said. You better not have told her I was your
first kiss ever." A sing song voice came out of the woman's
mouth. She wrapped an arm around Kevin's waist. The eye lashes
batted at Kevin and the woman blushed.
Suzie's eye lids
flared open as she stared blankly at Kevin. Her straw stuck
between her lips forming an 'O'.
Bron raised her arm
to shake hands. "Of course he did, after all I gave him
his first baby… ever. So he got to home base with me."
Coke shot out of
Suzie nose as she turned. "Oh my God. I have to pee."
Tina left rather
quickly. Kevin stood shaking his head after the majority of
bystanders watched Tina flee the bar. "That wasn't very
nice. I've told you before that green doesn't become you."
"She asked for
it." Bron began to walk away. "I need to go check
on Suzie. You better go explain to the football boys because
they aren't looking to happy with me right now. I have a feeling
one or several of them could have scored with her tonight."
Bron left Kevin standing by himself. She looked back at him
once and headed into the bathroom.
His old teammates
were snickering and Kevin raised his glass in a mock salute.
The guys cracked up laughing as they approached him. "Dude
what did your wife do?"
Kevin smiled, "Tina
won't be talking anymore about that little incident. Trust me."
A fit a chuckles hit Kevin like a firestorm as he proceeded
to explain what went down.
The incident passed
and more than a few of Kevin's buddies had come back over and
congratulated Bron on putting Tina in her place. Bron was a
little shocked but evidently Tina had had an agenda for awhile
and Bron had put an end to it not knowing so.
The music hit full
swing and the dancing began again. Song after song everyone
seemed to dance. Kevin stood between Tim and Jerald. Jake and
Suzie made a unique pair with his size and her belly. Kevin
watched them from a distance. Content but still worried. Bron
had joined him by his side.
They were now cutting
the rug to Bonnie Raitt's "Let's give them something to
Suzie was pleased
with her dance partner. "You can dance like Dennis Quaid."
Quaid dances like me." Jake laughed happy as a clam. "I'm
so happy they are getting a taste of normal." Jake turned
her so she could see Bron and Kevin quietly standing off to
the side next to each other taking pleasure in the evening.
to enjoy it as long as it lasts Jake. I'm sure he'll kick up
soon; it's only been two weeks. Bron and Kevin are getting a
taste of normal and once Stevie is out of the way they can have
the whole meal." Jake spun her around.
Jake quirked a grin
at Suzie. "Are you hungry again Little Mama? I didn't miss
that little food analogy."
wings look so good, but they're so bad for me." Suzie's
eyes lingered on Webster standing next to the buffet table inhaling
the fried delicacy.
Jake said nothing
as he danced her over to the buffet. He snagged her one, swiped
it through the blue cheese. He held it out to her and then Nick
appeared out of no where and sunk his teeth into it.
Suzie backed her head up. "That's just gross."
Nick pulled the chicken
wing from his mouth. He shook it at her with a bite out of it
and the blue cheese running down it. "This isn't good for
"Ugh, you promised
you wouldn't be like Kevin." Suzie fumed and Jake walked
"He's not like
me. See I would have given you the chicken wing but I would
have made you barter something to get it." Kevin wagged
his brows at her making her blush. She hadn't heard him walk
up behind her. He was way too good at that.
Nick got a fresh
chicken wing from the platter. Swam it through the blue cheese
dip and held it out to her. "What are ya gonna give me
"What an idiot,"
Kevin hissed and walked away. He spied his wife in the corner
talking to Mc alone. He had just left her a few seconds ago.
Some days he was okay with it, some days he wasn't. Today was
an okay day as long as they didn't dance again. Kevin approached
them. He knew the face Bron was wearing. He had seen too much
of it lately and this was sort of a celebration tonight. "Lay
off of her on the victim impact statement right now. This is
a party and you're not going to spoil it for us. His sentencing
is over. He's not going to be up for parole for twenty years.
Stop badgering her."
Mc moaned and walked away.
Kevin mumbled and kissed the top of her head as he draped an
arm around her shoulders. His other hand held a high ball glass
with ice and Jack Daniels in it.
you rescued me." Bron smiled and slipped her hand up inside
the back of his jacket. She began to make slow circles over
his back. He stretched his shoulders and sighed. "I'm ready
to go if you are?" she smiled at him.
"Yeah, I'm ready."
Kevin began gathering their things as they said their good byes
and exited the party.
"I really didn't
want this party." Bron buckled her seatbelt as Kevin climbed
in the driver's side.
"I didn't either
but they needed it." Kevin turned the engine over and hit
the headlights. "It was good to see-"
came out of Bron's mouth and Kevin froze. They blinked and the
person was gone.
"Damn, I'm sorry
baby. Come on, we have to go back inside and let them know."
Kevin turned to her. He saw the alarm rise in her, but it wasn't
"No, let me
talk to him first. Please, just the two of us." Bron began
to panic as she wrestled to try and get the seatbelt undone
in the dark.
grabbed her by the arm preventing her from getting out of the
please. They'll hurt him. There's something wrong with him.
I can help him." Bron tried to get out of the truck but
Kevin locked the doors and engaged the child proof lock. She
couldn't get out if she wanted too. She kicked the door and
banged on the window. "Kevin let me out!"
Kevin grabbed both of her arms and hauled her up to his face.
"You can't help him. He's dangerous." Kevin roared
the engine and peeled out of the parking lot. He grabbed his
cell from his pocket. Hit a number and spoke with venom in his
voice. "He's in the parking lot."
Kevin turned back
with enough time to watch the front doors of Scout's blow open
and six men stood in the dark. He knew that Pete, Webster, Jake,
Jerald, Tim, and Mc would be combing the area looking for Stevie.
Kevin was some what happy Stevie had finally shown himself.
The last month had been spent waiting for him to make a move
and it was getting on all of the male's nerves. Kevin even commented
once it was like a tribal thing the way the males protected
For two weeks after
the party. Mc had searched, Webster had searched, they had all
searched, and he couldn't or didn't want to be found. But he
was in town, somewhere. Bron reached for her cell phone as she
heard the normal hustle and bustle of her house going on around
her. Normal seemed to be returning rapidly. Kevin was yelling
for Kaylin to stop screaming and running so the dogs could catch
her, he was trying to talk on the telephone.
Nick started yelling
for Kevin as he came in the front door seeking out Kevin once
again. The two had hit a rough patch when the guys split from
the current management and Nick stayed to cut a solo album.
Kevin fully supported Nick's actions; however, the rest of the
guys weren't as supportive as they could be.
Bron hadn't known
this was going on right under her own nose over the last few
months. Bron thought back to that day a week ago when she had
found out. She was mad for a bit at Nick until Kevin told her
to shut up and mind her own business. "Nobody tells you
or Mc how to run your business, so don't tell him how to run
"Fine, he has
my support until-"
"Until he breaks
up Backstreet. He won't, so stay the hell out of this."
Kevin slammed his office door shut as the two men headed off
into the studio.
"I don't like
this," Bron stared at the closed door.
it's fine." Suzie stepped into untested to water.
"Easy for you
to say, you get to hear your man sing."
"You get to
have yours only sing to you." Suzie spoke as she typed.
She wasn't worried about it. She knew Kevin wasn't ready to
quit Backstreet yet. He would some day, but not now.
Bron whispered and smile broke out over her face. "Very
for dinner?" Kevin spoke from the dining room doorway.
"I don't know
yet," Bron looked down.
She heard his reply
as the words drifted slowly to her. He had spoken as he walked
away. "Make extra, they're staying."
That nagging feeling
wasn't leaving as she seasoned pork chops. Tossing the dishtowel
down, she reached for the telephone. She had been mulling something
over in her head since Stevie had shown up at Scout's. She dialed
and waited for the person on the other end to answer. "I'll
meet you there tomorrow at seven. No, I'm not telling anyone.
I need to do this for me. I'll feel better."
She hung up the phone
and hit the speaker button to the studio and to listen to Nick
and Kevin do some vocal warm ups. By the end of the Nick and
Kevin's rendition of the old Marvin Gaye song 'What's going
on,' her mood had improved drastically. Suzie ran into the kitchen
practically knocking Bron over. "Are you listening to that?
It's freaking amazing!"
"It sure is,"
Bron continued to move her feet to the music since her stomach
had already popped showing her ever growing pregnant tummy.
At least at four months her pot belly could be taken for old
age. Her family and closest friends knew better. Luckily Kaylin
hadn't found out and they all lied to her on a regular basis.
The guys were all
over the place and in the public eye lately. A.J. had a new
woman, who didn't sit well with Bron. Kevin figured it would
pass; it usually did, until a surprise engagement was announced.
Howie was writing and hanging out with Gillian in Florida. Brian
was making music and doing charity events. The balance of February
had blown by after the trial with an announcement in March that
Lou was being investigated. Bron and Suzie probably wouldn't
have noticed much had two very tall idiots not been belly slamming
each other the day the news was announced.
Kevin was the only
one laying low, but he was helping Nick on one final track that
neither of them wanted to be known outside Kevin's house. Kevin
did his own charity events and then ran like hell for home.
He did get an offer to do Chicago but he was still thinking
about it. Actually he had made his decision and was holding
off until the last possible minute. He wanted Stevie under wraps
before he took on a role that would take him out of town.
went unnoticed at dinner, which pleased her greatly. Suzie had
her due date finally nailed down. The 'Carter Critter' as Kevin
had dubbed said child, to whom Suzie was seriously put out when
the nickname stuck, was do to arrive the first week of August
on the seventh. Bron didn't say anything and Kevin didn't offer
either. Their due dates were only three weeks apart. Bron was
due August 28th. Bron figured it was most likely around Halloween
for Suzie and Nick. "Suz hit the man candy a little too
hard baby," as Kevin told her one night laughing his ass
The bed moved slightly
well after one in the morning when Kevin had finally joined
her. "Did you finish it?" she asked.
"Yeah, I think
we got it where he wants it." Kevin pulled her closer to
him. He sighed and closed his eyes after wrapping his arms around
her. "Love you."
"Love you too."
Bron whispered as her eyes remained open, staring at the full
moon lighting the night sky.
Bron left a note
on the table and left as quickly as possible this morning. She
pulled up to the massive wood structure. The white paint peeling
off the side of the building wasn't unusual for this type of
place. She pulled on the heavy glass door. A man sitting behind
a glass partition motioned her in. She walked up to the man
she agreed to meet here.
"Are you ready?"
The man asked her.
She looked down at
his hand. One hand contained a pair of goggles and earmuffs.
The other held the Glock 10mm from her barn. "Come on pick
it up, it's not loaded. It's been awhile. We need to start over
Bron reached for
the gun. After checking the safety, she disassembled the gun.
She checked the firing pins on the breech. She shook the slide
gently and listened for the click of the pins. She re-assembled
the gun. She broke it down again and reassembled it again when
the pressure didn't disengage. When she finally had it where
she wanted it, she looked down the long alley to the paper target
and popped the magazine in. As she squeezed the trigger, she
squeezed her eyes shut.
Her ears muffs were
ripped off her head. "Stop!" The command barked at
her, she froze as his hand wrapped around the gun.
Bron looked at Mc in shock.
"You can't shoot
a gun if you're going to shut your damn eyes. We've been through
this; you're going to kill someone if you close your eyes. With
my luck it'll be the Pop Star and then I'll end up stuck with
you again and now all those kids." Mc glared at her. "I
can't have that, I'm married now."
Bron inhaled deeply.
She turned to the target and raised her arm.
bastard Bron." Mc whispered then he placed the headphones
back on her head.
She jumped when they
snapped over her ears. She pulled the trigger back and nailed
the target 1 inch left of dead center. She fired the nine rounds
left in the magazine and dropped the clip by ejecting it. She
reached behind her back to pull the second clip from the waistband
of her rubber banded jeans.
Mc's eyebrows rose
up and he snagged the clip before she could load it. She snarled
at him and whipped the headphones off. "What now? This
is what you wanted right? I pictured him and if he was here,
he'd be dead. I hate this; I love Steven like a brother."
Mc said nothing as
he gently took the pistol from her. He checked the safety and
set it on the table. He reached for the line and pulled the
Bron staggered backwards
away from the target as her hands went to her mouth to stop
the vomit from rising. She stared at a picture of her husband
with holes blown through his head and chest.
one. Always, always, double check your target. I taught you
that from day one."
Bron stuffed her
hands deep into her back pockets as she walked away. She pace
slightly as she tried to pull herself together. Every now and
then she would glance at the target and see Kevin's face and
her stomach would turn.
"I'm not asking
you to shoot your husband. I'm only trying to give you the ability
to protect yourself and anyone around you, should you have too."
Mc sighed as he picked up the handgun and held it out to her.
"You have to try Bron. Stevie is beyond unbalanced now."
"You don't know
that." Bron hissed at him.
"Yes I do. We're
seeing things that you don't because Kevin won't let you see
them and is shielding you from them." Mc ran his fingers
through his hair. He twisted up his lips and frowned at her.
Bron bit her lips
together; she swallowed the lump in her throat. Did she really
want to know? "How close?"
"Too close but
not close enough."
the cryptic answer. So you're following the Hillbilly's orders?"
don't tell. He likes it that way." Mc smirked at her.
Bron yanked the gun
from Mc's hand. She broke it down, cleaned it, and reassembled
it. "Fine but you better not tell him you brought me here
or you'll be on the receiving end of the dark side for a change."
Mc chuckled, "I'll
bet it's nothing like my dark side."
dark side makes yours look like a walk on a fuckin' beach on
a sunny day." Bron snapped the goggles in place. She was
careful to check her target this time. She watched as photos
flew across the gallery. Some were family members and some were
of Stevie, Solarez, and Lenny. Mc had done this on purpose so
she would be forced to focus on the actual target and not just
the movement and shoot. Mc laughed when she shot Nick once in
Carter a flesh wound because you're pissed about his solo album."
Mc chuckled into the microphone that was wired to her headset.
Then she shot below the belt. "Okay I'll give that one
for Suzie. Now that Carter is nutless, knock it off and focus."
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