went religiously every other day to target practice. Kevin and
Nick were wrapping up Nick's solo CD project and they had started
booking tour dates. Bron was blown away with Kevin's ability
to actually book dates for Nick as a manager and figure out
a schedule. She thought he would be the last person that would
help Nick, not the first and the only.
Kevin had trouble
at times with his control issues but it was rare this time around.
Bron was relieved that he wasn't hovering or laying down the
law about what she could or couldn't do. Her mind seemed more
at ease with this pregnancy. Kevin was busy mothering Nick so
she was getting a break this time around. Suzie was now their
assistant as well.
she called into Gabe's office at full volume after turning back
to lock the door behind her.
"Be right there,"
Gabe's voice called back to her.
Bron waited in the
hallway that led to Gabe's office and the exam rooms. She didn't
want to sit. Her spine felt like an elephant was using it as
a trampoline. Her back was killing her. She had made this call
because of a constant nagging backache she had had for the last
three days. She hadn't had any spotting or cramping just the
backache and it was driving her nuts. This time around she was
smart enough not to push Kevin's buttons. No ladders, roofs,
or foundations, as of yet anyway. It helped that the crews this
year were basically running themselves. J.D in Atlanta, Hank
in Birmingham, and Frank stayed local. Work had hit with full
force when the April rains had come to Kentucky.
you are," Gabe came around the corner and motioned her
to follow him. He still held a mobile phone next to his ear.
He held his hand up when Bron went to talk. "Alright, I'll
talk to you later." Gabe shook his head as he made his
way to his chair. He took a seat behind his desk.
did I do?" Bron dropped in a chair across from his desk.
Gabe flipped the
huge folder open and began to read. After five minutes he took
his glasses off and looked at her. "Next time, knock and
don't yell so loud."
"Why? It's not
like anyone is here but you and I. Well, Jason is probably here
too, somewhere," Bron scoffed at him.
"That was Anne
on the phone and she recognized your voice. She also knows that
I usually mention when you've been here. Since neither of you
inform her of when you have an appointment." Gabe winced.
"She just talked to Kevin and you are supposed to be in
Louisville. You put me in a spot."
Bron groaned and then her cell phone played Kevin's part of
Drowning. Bron frowned at her phone while Gabe laughed. "I'm
gonna kill Nick if he doesn't stop messin' with my shit. I can't
believe Kevin put up with it all those years." Bron flipped
the phone open. Her face soured as the voice on the other end
yelled at her. When it stopped, she spoke. "Yes I'm here.
No, nothing is wrong that I know of. I came because I haven't
been feeling well. No, I wasn't hiding it from you." Bron
closed the phone and stared at the old man across from her.
She held her phone in her hand and shook it at Gabe. "You
tell Anne I'm lookin' for her ass when you see her at dinner.
I know you have dinner with her every night now. She just got
me in a shitload of trouble. I can bet he was probably getting
in his truck and on his way here because of her."
Gabe closed the folder
and looked at his watch. "That's okay; we've got a half
hour before he gets here so let's see what's going on with you."
Gabe held the door open for her.
Bron stomped her feet into the floor as she stood up shaking
out her pant legs. "But he doesn't always do the speed
limit because he knows Pete would never pull him over,"
Gabe smiled at her
as he turned back to her. "Some days you have to be a big
"But I don't
wanna," Bron whined as she followed Gabe.
Gabe had done an
internal and paused to document his findings. He flicked on
the switch to warm up the sonogram. They both heard the pounding
on the locked front door. Bron winced, it sounded like a jack
hammer. She smiled at Gabe, "It's the big bad wolf at your
door Gabe and you better let him in before he starts huffing
and puffing. I locked your door when I came in."
out loud." Gabe set the Doppler down as he yelled in the
direction of the incessant pounding. "I'm coming Kevin!
Bron watched the
old body move slowly out the door. She could picture him walking
down the hall at a snail pace. She thought the walls were going
to cave in from the thundering on the front door. She started
to smile knowing Gabe was probably doing it on purpose. "Thank
God for tempered glass," she giggled in the empty room.
It didn't take long
before the big bad wolf was huffing in her face. Bron opened
eyes and glimpsed at him. He wasn't angry; he was scared out
his mind. Bron reached up and stroked his cheek. Her thumb pressed
into his goatee her index finger under his chin. "I'm not
sure so I thought I would see Gabe and see what he says. I haven't
felt like myself and you've been so busy with Nick and-"
His index finger
covered her lips. "You come first, always. Not Nick, not
Gabe hadn't come
in with Kevin so they waited for him. His hand grazed her exposed
stomach. Kevin turned quickly almost knocking a tray over when
Gabe came back in the office. "What's up with Witch?"
"I think we
have a handle on things Kevin. I just need to do this test and
we'll know for sure." Gabe penned some more notes as he
do this in a hospital?" Kevin stared at Gabe intently as
if the man was crazy.
Bron groaned, "I
swear you want to be a damn doctor."
Bron said nothing
when Jason Green, her ob on record popped his head in the door.
Not that she ever actually saw the man, she always saw Gabe.
Bron had only groggy recollections of Jason from Cooper's Cesarean
section. Suzie had seen Jason and liked him. "Are we heading
Gabe waved at him. "I need to talk to them first."
goin'?" Kevin watched Gabe move the device over Bron's
belly. Kevin stared at the monitor intently.
"Not me. All
of us. Bron has an incompetent cervix. So we're going to do
a little surgery. It's called a Cervical Cerclage. We're going
to stitch her closed and then she's going to be just fine."
"What are ya
exactly stitchin' closed Gabe?" Kevin's face was pasty
Bron was struck numb
as the tears welled up in her eyes. "But there's no blood,
no cramps." Bron's lips pursed together wondering what
Kevin had meant by the words he had spoken. She was in no mood
to delve into it with him either. She pretty much figured out
what his problem was already.
It's going to be fine. Jason and I have done this before and
nothing going to happen to this baby. I promise." Gabe
wiped her stomach off with a towel and patted her leg. "I
Jason called from the door. "They're waiting on us."
get you up and dressed and we're going to head over to Baptist.
Jason, did you make that other call I asked you to?"
Jason tapped Kevin's shoulder. "Are you okay to drive?"
Kevin wiped a tear from the corner of his eye.
"Give me your
keys. I'll drive you and Bron in your truck. Jason can follow
me. There is no sense in calling an ambulance. It'll just draw
attention to the two of you and I know that isn't what you need
right now." Gabe took the keys that hung limply from Kevin's
fingertips. "Give them a minute," Gabe motioned Jason
out the door with him.
Kevin shut the door
and Gabe stopped for minute. After hearing a soft whine from
the female on the other side of the door followed by a string
of 'It's gonna be okay darlin', he knew he had made the right
decision. He looked at Jason. "Whatever we do we have to
save this baby."
Jason nodded, "Your
grandbaby we'll make it. We can do this; it's a piece of cake."
"It's only my
grandbaby when Anne says yes. But I need to ask her before she
can answer." Gabe tucked Bron's folder under his arm.
"You are an
old chicken. I called Anne and let her know where they would
be." Jason laughed as the door swung open. Bron and Kevin
were ready to go.
"I'm not chicken;
it's just not the right time." Gabe whispered to Jason.
He went into his office and grabbed his suit coat. "Come
on kids." Gabe headed for the front door, Bron's folder
still tucked under his arm.
"Kids, who the
hell is he calling a kid?" Bron grumbled trying to deal
with the news.
Kevin hugged her to his body as he walked with her out the door
and to the truck. He didn't feel anything but anesthetized which
was the only thing he wanted to feel right now. All the reservations
and the fears he had had were coming to the forefront of his
mind and it was killing him. Somehow he knew this was going
too smoothly for them. Bron had been so calm and collected over
this pregnancy. She had never expressed one single worry to
him about it.
Bron barked from the backseat. She leaned her head on Kevin's
leather covered arm. Her left hand was held in the middle of
Kevin's hand. Her right hand rested on her stomach.
"It's a very
simple procedure Bron. You're not having a miscarriage. However,
if I let this continue that is exactly what will happen. Your
cervix is thinning and dilating already. If it dilates or thins
anymore we will have a problem. It will cause a miscarriage."
this?" Kevin focused on the windshield. He could talk medical
stuff right now because nothing else seemed to matter. He hadn't
recognized the terms before from his book. His fingers clasped
and unclasped Bron's.
really know, but one thing that has pointed towards it in the
past is DES." Gabe spoke as he drove.
"What is that?"
Kevin squeezed Bron's hand even tighter in his. Kevin shook
his head not understanding.
"It's a drug
from back in the forties and fifties." Bron began to answer
and Kevin seemed confused that she knew what she was talking
about. She stared out the side window.
your case." Gabe corrected her as they made the turn to
head to the hospital.
"It was a drug
that was given to women to prevent miscarriages. They gave it
to my Mom so she could have me. It turns out it wasn't the miracle
drug that thought it was. That's part of the reason my insides
are so screwed up." Bron let out a loud breath.
Gabe pulled into the physician's lot. "Diethylstilbestrol
was a synthetic estrogen given to women to stop miscarriages
Kevin. Unfortunately, the products of these pregnancies, like
your wife, have complications that are magnified many times
over because of the drug. They are actually children that wouldn't
have survived without the use of the drug."
blinked. The ramifications of what Gabe had said hit Kevin like
a truck. Without the drug his wife wouldn't be here. Because
of the drug, his child might not survive.
Bron closed her eyes
and exhaled loudly as Gabe turned into the physician's parking
lot at Baptist. She was irritated that her history had reached
out and smacked her in the face again. However, if it wasn't
for the drug she wouldn't be here either.
"I'm gonna get
a ticket here." Kevin jumped out of the truck and opened
Gabe's door. Then he ambled over to Bron's side and opened her
"From who, Pete?
Give me a break." Gabe watched the doors as Cory came out
with a wheelchair. "It's so nice to see you again Aretha
Bron sighed, "I
wish it was under better circumstances."
"It'll be better
soon. Gabe and Jason will fix you right up and send you home.
Besides, tomorrow is my last day in this place." Cory motioned
Kevin out the way.
to miss you." Kevin laughed recognizing the nurse from
Cooper's delivery right way. He had liked her from the beginning.
"Oh Otis, you're
so sweet." She batted her eyelashes at Kevin. "Hey
Aretha, are you pulling in for some girly talk?"
"I guess so,"
Bron moaned. She liked Cory but she was just so damn happy all
Kevin said nothing
as Bron went into the operating room. He followed even though
he knew he probably shouldn't. Nobody had stopped him. Cory
handed him scrubs and as he walked in behind Jason. The procedure
took no more than twenty minutes. He turned his head away twice
winching in pain for her.
Kevin sat by her
bed. He was relieved but still concerned. Bron went out like
a light when the drugs kicked in and then she slept like a baby.
She was still sleeping. They wanted to keep Bron overnight for
observation. Gabe and Jason promised they would discharge her
in the morning.
His Mom had come
up to keep him company for awhile. She apologized to Kevin for
calling him and scaring him. "It's fine Mama." Kevin
patted her shoulder. "Why were you talking to Gabe anyway?"
"Oh, dear I
have to go. I bet Kaylin hasn't eaten yet. I promised Suzie
I would stop by the house and help her out." Anne toddled
out of the room. Kevin didn't really care anyway. He took his
seat again. His head resting in the palm of his upturned hand
as he mindlessly whizzed through the television stations using
the remote control. Silently he hoped he wouldn't see himself
or Bron on it.
Mc poked his head in the door.
Kevin stretched his legs and back out. He stood up and walked
around the small room.
Mc quietly closed
the door behind him as he entered. "This sucks major ass.
I hate this shit."
Kevin wasn't surprised
by the anger. If anything they all knew by now that these two
people would never be separated. It didn't matter who they were
married too or what had transpired between them, they were as
close as close could be.
they'll both be okay and that the surgery will take care of
it. I just don't understand." Kevin didn't guard his words;
he was done with that. "She'll have to take it easy for
a couple of days and then Jason said she could go on as normal."
Kevin flicked a basketball game on. "Did this ever happen
shrugged. "Not like this. There was always the bleeding
and then the cramps. After that, there would be months of depression
until they decided to try again. It really sucked for them."
a vicious cycle." Kevin stared at the small figure in the
bed sound asleep. Her hands cradling her stomach as if to protect
the precious cargo she was carrying. He couldn't imagine going
through what they were going through now, time and time again.
Mc leaned over Bron
and looked at the baby's heart beat on the monitor. "It
Kevin figured he
would dig more, it might help somehow. "How did he take
Mc sat down in the
chair after Kevin sat on the edge of the bed. "At first
he never said anything to me. I think he blamed me in way. Like
I had worked her too hard or did something to cause it."
Kevin snorted. "Oh
yeah, like Bron working too hard was entirely your fault. She
has no sense some days."
Mc shrugged, "It
didn't bother me. They were both hurting. I wanted them to have
a kid so bad. Then she ended up with Andrew and I was livid.
Then I saw Andrew come around and out of his shell after the
death of my parents. It used to eat at me when he worshipped
C.W. like a father. When he was with Bron he was able to be
a kid again. They were great parents together."
"She does things
that I just don't get some days." Kevin swung his leg from
front to back as he sat on the bed. "God forbid if she
has to be the disciplinarian of the family. She sucks at it."
Mc grinned at him,
"That's for sure but at least Kaylin is back to normal
thanks to you."
Kevin let the comment
slide. Kaylin was precocious, he would give her that. Even manipulative
some days but in general she was good kid most days. "She's
not a traditional Mom either," Kevin grinned at Mc after
tapping the Wolverine work boots with his foot that were resting
on the floor under the bed. Pink ankle socks tucked in them.
"I figured that
out when she taught Andrew how to play Mumbly Pegs when he was
nine." Mc stared at the television as he talked.
Kevin asked. His gaze ran over the different monitors hooked
up to his mate.
"An old native
American game her father taught her with a twist. You throw
knives at one another for a high score." Mc laughed. "Andrew
being the little shit that he is, tossed one at me one day and
nearly took an ear off after I argued with her."
Kevin laughed, "Remind
me not to piss her off around the silverware."
"C.W. did, once."
Kevin grinned as
Mc smirked. "Yeah, I heard tossed a fork from across the
room at him and nailed him in the bicep."
talk about me when I'm not able to make sense of what you're
saying." Bron yawned. "What about forks?"
up, that's good news." Kevin leaned over and wiped a wisp
of hair from her eyes. She squeezed them shut and swallowed
hard. He watched her face. She licked her lips a few times.
"Thirsty?" He held the cup and the straw for her.
"Little sips, they tanked you out in there. I don't want
you getting' sick."
Bron stopped drinking and pushed the cup away. "When are
we leaving? I'm ready to go now."
Kevin set the cup down knowing what would happen next. Bron
started to get out of bed.
Mc caught her by the shoulders. "You're not ready to go
home yet Little Girl."
Cory came bustling
into the room. She waved to Bron, Bron hrmmpfed at her. "Kevin,
Pete is out in the parking lot writing a ticket for your truck
and a green Spyder."
Mc was out the door with Kevin right behind him.
do that shit to them please. Kevin is upset enough over this."
Bron pushed herself up in the bed. She watched Cory change a
fluid bag. "I scared the shit out of him today with this
whole damn thing."
Cory grinned at her.
"Pete is out there writing tickets. But he's holding a
pizza too. Honestly I'm going to love having all this time to
see you and Kevin."
"Huh? What time?"
Bron growled thinking to herself. She wouldn't put it past Kevin
to hire a private duty nurse or babysitter would be more like
for Gabe and Jason now. Carol wants to semi-retire." Cory
hung the bag on the pole and grinned at her. "Let's get
you to the bathroom while they're gone." Cory unhooked
"I'll do it
myself." Bron slowly headed to the bathroom. She wasn't
in pain but her head wasn't clear either. She called Cory over
to steady her gait. Making her way back to the bed she waited
for Kevin to return. She was hoping with food.
"God, I love
you." Bron closed her eyes and popped them back open when
a new scent came into the room and it wasn't a hospital related
you married me." Kevin opened the box and dove in.
"I married you
because you didn't give me a choice." Bron laughed as she
reached for a slice of pizza Kevin was holding out to her. She
stopped and looked at Cory.
"Go ahead; you
don't have any eating restrictions. Jason signed all of your
paperwork and you're free to go in the morning." Cory glanced
out into the hallway.
"I want to go
now." Bron grabbed the pizza and took a bite.
"I know but
sometimes complications can arise. But you'll be fine. I have
to check in with the old fart. I'll be back later." Cory
waved bye-bye to them. "See you in a bit."
Bron snickered at
the comment knowing Gabe wouldn't be pleased with being called
an old fart.
The rest of the night
the three of them spent eating pizza and watching television.
Bron took calls from Anne who offered her apologies for tattling
on Bron. Bron accepted and told her she was happy she had. Suzie
called when Anne descended on them with Gabe to make dinner.
Suzie bitched and Bron listened. "I can't talk about this
right now." She couldn't let on that both Anne and Gabe
were at their house when Kevin didn't even know his mother was
dating. "The man is just trying to reassure you that you
are fine, that's all. This won't happen to you." She told
Kaylin that she was in the hospital for her back and left it
at that. Then she made sure everyone else told her the same
story before she hung up.
Of all people, Leighanne
called. Bron was taken by surprise. They talked for awhile.
Bron amused Kevin with her eye-rolling. She placed the receiver
on the cradle. Mc had excused himself somewhere during the conversation.
Kevin pulled the
handle on the lounger after covering Bron up with blankets.
He moaned when he couldn't get comfortable. "She really
does like you. You just intimidate her."
Bron rolled her eyes. "Why don't you go home and sleep.
There is no sense in both of us being uncomfortable."
"I'm not uncomfortable.
Besides, I wouldn't sleep with you here so I might as well stay."
Kevin grabbed the remote and flicked ESPN on.
Bron flicked the
lights off so she could suffer through the sports in the dark.
She was ready to sleep. "I'm tired."
be Gabe ordered something for you to sleep. Cory gave it to
you while you on the phone." Kevin winked at her knowing
he had got his way.
"You're an asshole
Kevin." Bron turned her back to him pulling the blanket
up over her shoulder.
She heard him yawn
loudly, "Yep, the asshole who loves you and knows damn
well you wouldn't sleep a wink in here. I'll always take care
of you first darlin'."
Bron closed her eyes only to hear Kevin snort and speak to her.
His voice just a little above the noise of the equipment. "Nobody
but you." He sang quietly to her. She loved the song simply
because he was singing it.
"Love you too,"
she muttered, yawned, and then closed her eyes.
you Witch," Kevin crossed his arms over his chest and closed
his eyes. Thing we'll be okay, he said to himself.
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