was discharged as promised. She was home by nine in the morning
and happy to be sitting in her kitchen. She wouldn't see Kaylin
until after school but she did call her when she knew Jake would
be dropping her off to reassure her that she would be home after
school and Daddy or Uncle Jake would be waiting for her at the
end of the driveway when she got off the bus.
Bron's nails banged
out a rhythm on the table. She rehashed Jason's words over in
her head. She could handle the three or four days of rest. God
knows the house needed a good scrubbing. The last part she wasn't
sure if she wanted to kill Jason for what he had said or Kevin
for his reaction. Or more like non-reaction. Jason had told
both of them under no circumstances would marital relations
take place over the next four to six weeks. Bron blew a gasket.
Cory laughed and Kevin was blasé in his answer, "Not
"NOT A PROBLEM!"
Bron bellowed at him in front of both the doctors and the nurse.
Kevin folded his
shoulders in and then out. "We've done it before Witch,
we can do it again."
"You did it
before, to me. It was your choice!" Bron's index finger
was almost impaling Kevin's chest with each word she spoke.
"I had to talk to Gabe to get you out of your abstinence
mode. I wasn't happy the first time around with that. Now they're
telling us we have to! And you're okay with this?"
just sex," Kevin reached to try and comfort her only to
have his arm slammed so hard he actually grimaced in pain.
me ever again, you bastard!" Bron growled and stormed out
of the room.
Kevin rolled both
lips in to stop from smiling at Gabe and Jason. Jason was blinking
back the tears. Kevin cleared his throat, "Ahh, she took
that rather well. Thanks guys." Kevin walked out the door.
He turned back when they started laughing and glared at them.
Kevin forced his feet to move forward and head to the truck
to go home. "Ohhh it's gonna be a long day," he moaned
to himself as walked out the hospital door. "Thank a higher
power they told me last night or I might have reacted the same
way." He spoke to himself as he made his way to his truck
and his wife.
Bron's thoughts rattled
to a stop when Suzie's voice broke her concentration.
already? That's great." Suzie smiled at her.
Bron mumbled as she went to the coffee pot. She poured a cup
and looked out over the field.
"I'm so glad
nothing happen to you or the baby." Suzie touched Bron's
"Yeah, me too,"
Bron grumbled as she shook off her hold and headed to the pantry
with her now full coffee cup. Jussy had decided to nap in front
of the doorway to the pantry. "MOVE!" Bron barked
at the dog. Jussy pulled his huge body off the floor and took
off for another room.
Suzie looked over
her shoulder to Nick who had followed her in. Her eyebrows went
up and just as suddenly went back down when Bron came out of
the pantry with a bottle of beeswax and cloth.
"Do what you
have to do to keep busy. I'm not in the mood to work and I have
other things on my mind." Bron left the two of them standing
Nick crossed his arms. "I wonder what that's all about."
Nick poured two cups of coffee one for him and one for Suzie.
"I have no idea.
I'm sure Kevin will fill us in. I'm just happy they didn't lose
the baby. She's probably just a little emotional right now.
She'll be fine in a while." Suzie's eyes trailed Bron as
she headed to the pit.
The same scenario
played out day after day for two weeks. Bron would put Kaylin
on the bus. She wouldn't talk to anyone. It was if she was in
deep thought all the time. Suzie didn't push knowing something
serious was up and maybe Kevin and Bron didn't want to share
it with them. Maybe the baby was in more jeopardy then the couple
was willing to say or something was wrong. Bron had lost weight
not gained. She was cranky most days and everyone but Kevin
steered clear of her. Mc was now calling Suzie looking for stuff
instead of Bron. Bron spent all her time with her kids as if
the others .
One day Suzie stopped
Kevin and Nick before they went into the studio. "Kevin,
what's wrong with Bron? I feel real funny talking to her lately.
She's so distant. I don't know what I can and can't say about
your baby or my baby for that matter." Suzie's waterworks
"Aw shit Suz,
it's not you, honest." Kevin was by her side and started
rubbing her back. "Please don't take it personal. Our baby
is going to be fine and so is yours."
"But she won't
talk to me," Suzie bawled. "I miss my friend."
Kevin's cheeks bulged
and slowly let out the air he was holding. "I miss her
too. She's upset right now. Jason and Gabe have put some restrictions
on us that aren't sitting to well with Witch right now. Just
try and stay out of her way for a bit longer."
"You said us,"
Nick cocked his head to the side. "What the hell does us
mean? What restrictions would they put on both of you?"
flew out of Suzie's mouth after Nick had rephrased what Kevin
had said. "You're kidding!"
Kevin stood up. He glanced at her calendar and counted off the
weeks by tapping his finger on the sheet of paper. "We
have four weeks more to go."
weeks. She's gonna be like this for four more weeks?" Suzie
slammed her hands down on her desk. "Like hell she is."
Suzie left both men standing there as she went into Bron's office
and slammed the door.
"I'm not getting
it." Nick stared at the two women who were now facing each
other on the other side of the glass window.
Kevin licked his
lips and folded his arms over his chest. He stood back. He hadn't
gotten anywhere with Bron. She refused to budge on the abstinence.
He had heard, 'What's good for the goose is good for the gander,'
more times then he wanted to count. All he knew was when the
day finally came that they could be together; he was going to
make sure it was damn special for her. "Neither am I. And
neither is Bron."
Nick's head went up and down acknowledging that he understood
the problem now.
Suzie came out of
Bron's office and Bron was following her. Suzie's hands were
whipping wildly in the air and Bron was growling something at
"There are tons
of things you can do. Stop being so virginal. Just because you
can't go to home base doesn't mean he can't." Suzie's hands
were blazing away as she talked with her hands as well.
fair!" Bron yelled. Bron's arms were undulating in the
Kevin took up residence
on the arm of the couch in the reception area, while Nick took
a seat on the corner of Suzie's desk. Kevin knew he wouldn't
miss this for the world. Suzie never had a qualm giving Bron
a wake up call and vice versa.
fair Little Mama, get over it." Suzie waved pages in the
air at Bron.
Bron yelled back at her. "He can, but I can't!"
Bron's folders were
being flipped in the air a little faster then Suzie's pages.
Kevin chewed on the side of his cheek as he and Nick exchanged
glances. Nick was probably learning way more about his sex life
then he ever really wanted the kid to know. But at this point
he didn't have a sex life so it really didn't matter. Hell,
he had spilled his guts to Nick last week over a bottle of Jack
and a late night in the studio. But he had left that part out.
He had dumped on Nick about his fear of losing the baby and
had left the conversation at that.
"Look I know
he's good, you told me that. Hell, you tell everybody that.
You write it down! So maybe it's time you brushed up on some
of your other skills." Suzie had moved to behind her desk.
Nick's head backed
up and he blinked at Kevin. He opened his mouth and then closed
Kevin watched Nick's
ears turn red as he sat there. Yep, Nick had questions. Nick
always had questions. Kevin was chewing on his bottom lip. He
didn't know who he should be embarrassed for the most, Bron,
Suzie, himself, or poor Nick.
"My other skills
are fine. If I can't get off, than neither can he. This is his
fault to begin with. He just had to have his way, again. Just
like last time. He-"
Nick shouted and his hands formed a football time out.
The thought had crossed
Kevin's mind that his little brother was making a big mistake
by stepping into this one.
Nick turned his body
to face Bron. "Bron, I feel sorry for you. That has to
suck. But ya know what; my brother is a good guy. You said you
loved him for better or worse. Now you've been through a ton
a shit and you're going to let six weeks of no sex trash your
entire marriage? Get real!" Nick's hand flew out and he
pointed to Kevin.
Kevin knew he didn't
want to be pulled into this shit for sure. Kevin's head backed
up not sure what Nick was up too. He would have to hang tight
and see what happened. No matter what he said right now it would
"This is the
man that you wrote about for years before you met him. The tall,
dark, handsome Kentuckian, remember? The one with the gentle
image to the public, wonderful manners, and the fine southern
gentleman you wrote so much about. The person you suspected
had a dark side behind those green eyes your so damn fond of.
Get your head in the game woman! Work on it!"
Kevin wanted to applaud
Nick's speech but he figured he'd get hurt if he did. Nick sounded
like a true coach in a really sick way.
Bron stood frozen
in her spot. She blinked at Nick a few times then her lips sort
of quirked up and then down. They ended up in a straight line
with her brows crinkled as she seemed to be thinking about something.
She turned to face Kevin. Dropping her head she started to approach
him, "Sorry, I've been a bitch about this," she mumbled
Kevin snapped his
head to the side and back. Everyone heard the bones crack. He
was going to remain calm and not berate her. He could hold out
as long as he had to in order to save his child. He didn't like
the distance she had put between them but knew it couldn't be
handled like he had done in the past. He had to be gentle this
time around. Things were just too fragile right now. "Not
a problem, you were upset. I love you and I understand this
Bron walked up to
him. She placed herself between his legs as he sat on the arm
of the couch. "I think we need to talk." Kevin pushed
her away from his body and began to pull her toward his office
by her hand. "Not here, downstairs." Bron moved the
other way only to have Kevin follow her when she reached back
to grab his hand. "Thank God Jake has Cooper this could
take a while."
Kevin let out a loud
sigh of relief or anticipation. He couldn't tell. He was hoping
for the second. The couple left quietly.
"I love you
Carter!" Suzie reached up and grabbed him around the waist.
"It was nothin',"
Nick turned in Suzie's embrace. "Bron's a lot like me.
She can hold a grudge for a long time. She just needed someone
other than Kevin, this time, to kick her ass for it."
"You are not
like Bron." Suzie waved her finger at him.
"We're a lot
alike Suz. We both like to laugh and have a good time. But she's
more like Kevin than anybody else. Since I've been with Kevin
longer I kinda have him figured out. He wouldn't put the moves
on her because he wouldn't think it was fair if he couldn't
do the same for her. He's kind of a gentleman that way. Bron
is still mad over what happened in Florida and that she's pregnant.
Not about the no sex thing. They'll work it out."
"Nick, do you
know what happened in Florida?" Suzie had always wanted
to ask. But she knew the day that they had showed up and she
saw Kevin's reaction when asked the first time about what happened
between him and Bron; she knew she wouldn't dare ask again.
There was something so dark about his words that it gave her
chills and she felt she needed to be protected from him.
"Yeah, I do.
It wasn't one of my brother's more shining moments but he accomplished
what he wanted to do, I guess." Nick walked towards Kevin's
a little heated and he was a little overbearing with her?"
"No Suz, things
got very heated and he was controlling and rough with her."
Nick walked into the office. "This baby wasn't an Immaculate
Conception. It was Kevin's way of letting her know she was his
wife and always would be." Nick shut the door.
Suzie shook her head and thanked her lucky stars she had Nick
as a buffer. It seems things could get ugly between Bron and
Kevin. She caught glimpses of it here and there but never a
full outright scene.
Bron's mood the next
day was closer to normal. She was still hormonal and some what
pissy but she wasn't so withdrawn. Suzie watched her moods swing.
She dismissed it most of the day as she tried to get excited
about going to dinner with Nick in town.
Suzie's own mood
was swinging like a pendulum. Her increasing girth was getting
on her nerves. She was six and half months pregnant with her
first child and not showing like she was pregnant but she was
showing like she was fat. A few photographs had showed up when
she and Nick had gone out. People accused her of putting on
the pounds. Nick laughed it off saying, "Boy are they in
for a big surprise in a few more months," Nick giggled
like a little boy. It annoyed her that Nick was never upset
when they called her names. He would grin like a school boy
and say, "I'm going to be a Daddy. I don't give a shit
about those people."
bother you at all that fans call me a pig?" Suzie looked
as if she was about to cry while sitting in the middle of the
'Oh Jesus, here comes
a visit from another fairy,' Nick thought. Nick grabbed her
hand and began to rub it. It never occurred to him how she would
react with the hormones in full play. Normally, Suzie could
care less what others' thought - hormonal Suzie was a whole
other person. "I'm sorry Suz; I didn't look at it like
they were calling you names. I have more years of experience
dealing with hurtful names from people I don't know. I don't
think you're a pig at all." Nick winced mentally scolding
himself for that last sentence. Suzie sat across from him with
a miserable look on her face.
Nick gently asked
a question he'd been meaning to bring up. Truthfully, there
were a lot of questions he's been meaning to ask Suzie, but
decided to ignore the confrontation. "Whose clothes have
you been wearing these past few months? You haven't gone shopping
at a maternity store like Bron has."
With sad eyes and
a sniff, "These are my fat clothes!" Suzie began to
bawl. With her head down, her shoulders shook uncontrollably.
'Oh crap, the crying fairy!' Nick thought. Looking around frantically
for the Maître'd, he pointed to the $20 on the table for
the drinks when they made eye contact. They hadn't ordered their
dinner and Nick wasn't about to stay and eat now. Grabbing Suzie
by her arm, he led her out of the restaurant. He gently put
her in his car and had an idea that he was certain would cheer
Nick slowly pulled
into the Pea in a Pod parking lot. Suzie wasn't even paying
attention; she was mindlessly staring out the window.
Coming around to
the passenger door, he opened it and put his hand out to help
her out of the car. "We are going to get you clothes that
will make you look pregnant, not fat."
After an hour walking
around the store looking through the racks, Suzie was so excited
that she didn't even question if this was a good idea for Nick's
image and what it would do to his reputation.
"Wow, I don't
look fat anymore." Suzie beamed in the dressing room mirror.
Nick cocked his head to the side, "No, you look thinner;
well, except for your bulging tummy. You definitely look pregnant!"
The saleswoman backed
away thinking Suzie was going to slap Nick into next week for
that comment. But instead, Suzie grabbed Nick's neck to pull
him down closer to her mouth. After a few minutes, the saleswoman
cleared her throat. "Will that be all?"
you." Suzie wanted to get out of her new clothes immediately
and get home to undress both of them. She'd been so depressed
about being fat that she didn't instigate anything sexual for
quite a while.
Nick, knowing about
Bron and her hormone situation, was afraid to make a move on
Suzie especially after meeting the Titty Fairy a few months
Suzie took Nick's
disinterest as a sign he wasn't interested in her anymore, sexually.
For her own sanity, she tried not thinking about that especially
when Nick was going to go out touring which, in her mind, also
meant whoring. She hated thinking about it so she pushed it
out of her mind. For now, Nick was with her.
As soon as Nick walked
into the house with the bags, Suzie slammed the front door shut.
She literally grabbed his t-shirt and yanked it off his chest
and was quickly unbuckling his belt before he realized what
was going on. Realizing her needs, Nick became acutely aware
how aroused he was. It had been a few weeks, at least, and he'd
suppressed how horny he really was for a while now, instead
he released his frustrations in the studio.
One of Nick's songs,
I Got You, reminded him of Suzie. He would listen to it
over and over again to make him feel more secure in his relationship.
The night of the Jack Daniels incident Kevin asked Nick about
the song and could tell it meant a lot to him. That conversation
led to another and then another. By then both he and Kevin shit
faced in the studio.
Lying in bed, Suzie
had her arms draped around Nick's chest gently twisting the
little hairs that were growing. He had his eyes closed as he
lay contently on his back. The couple hadn't spent that much
time together naked in months. Suzie rolled out of bed causing
Nick to whine, "Where are you going?"
Wrapping her robe
around her body, "I'm going to pee and then grabbing a
bite to eat. Want anything?"
As Nick thought about
what Suzie said, he realized how hungry he was. "Yes please!"
The couple never ate dinner. He turned to see what time it was
and was shocked, "Is it really ten o'clock?"
Suzie waddled into
their bedroom with a bunch of food thrown together on a tray.
"Hard to believe we've been home for almost two hours.
We worked up quite an appetite. I'm glad you went food shopping
today." Plopping down on the bed, Suzie placed the tray
down gently and disrobed.
Grabbing a handful
of grapes, Nick commented, "I'll do it again anytime you
want. Hungry?" Putting a strawberry between her lips, she
leaned in closer to feed him. He snatched the strawberry and
a quick kiss. "You keep that up and I'm not going to want
to leave this room."
"I think I need
to take a mental day tomorrow. I'll call Bron in the morning
and tell her I'm not coming into work." Suzie said as she
pushed Nick down on his back and straddled his lap.
"I love it when
you are horny," Nick moaned as Suzie began kissing his
neck. "Bron is going to be pissed."
The next day, Suzie
woke to Nick bringing her breakfast in bed with the cordless
phone. She called Bron to tell her she needed a mental day to
figure out stuff with Nick and the baby. Of course, she didn't
want to tell her it also involved catching up on months of sex.
Bron laughed on the
other end of the line. "Sure, whatever you want to call
it if it makes you feel better. In four weeks I'm taking a freaking
week off." Bron hung up on her.
Nick pulled out his
calendar to discuss a few things he'd put off talking with Suzie.
The last serious discussion had Nick's move to Lexington. "So,
you have another doctor's appointment with Jason today at 10AM,
Suzie was not looking
forward to this visit. She didn't want to know how much weight
she'd gained. "Yeah. Are you coming with me?"
I love hearing our baby's heartbeat. Hey, do you think their
going to do a sonogram today?" Nick began to pick clothes
up off the floor from the night before.
Suzie finished chewing
her toast, "Do you mean an ultrasound?"
called - you know what I mean. I want to see the legs move,
the arms crossed or reaching out, the tiny face; I want to see
it all. Can we ask the doctor what the sex is? Please??"
The last part he begged and he knew it.
Maybe not knowing will help get this baby out of me quicker."
Suzie's face squished up at him.
Nick thought about
it for a second, "That makes sense. But shouldn't we be
prepared for the baby's arrival? Clothes, painted walls, crib
sheets - those kinds of things?"
Suzie shrugged her
shoulders at him. It left Nick unsettled. Nick noted the house
when he made breakfast this morning. Since he had moved into
Suzie's quaint Victorian home three months ago, boxes lingered
in the hallway, their bedroom, spare bedroom, and the office.
Between the trial, traveling to New York, and each working hard
in their careers, the house had been neglected for far too long;
it needed some serious attention. "We need to turn this
place into a home, not just a house."
Nick saw the spark
in Suzie's eyes. It was the one he had been waiting for. She
now understood that he was making a serious commitment to her
and their child. "I can ask Bron for some time off next
week. She'll understand."
"I don't start
the tour for two more weeks. I say we organize and clean this
house up and make it our home. Ya think you'll be up to it?"
finding out the sex of the baby. Nick was right; they should
get organized for the baby's arrival. "Yeah, I guess you're
"And we'll need
to fly to Boston soon to tell your family." Nick turned
the page on his calendar.
"Oh hell no!"
"What? Why not?"
"The same reason
you didn't tell your family!"
Nick sighed pulling
Suzie closer to him. Her eyes had gone wild on him in complete
terror of telling her family. "Suz, the only reason I haven't
told my family is they wouldn't care. They'd look at this child
as taking away part of their allowance or something. Or you're
trapping me into this relationship. I can almost guarantee they
would try and sabotage our relationship the entire time we would
be there - that would be the only thing they'd care about. I'm
almost embarrassed at how selfish they can be."
don't worry about me with them. I can handle myself; I've had
how many years defending myself to my brothers?" Suzie
had a moment of panic. "Shit, they're going to freak! My
"Why don't we
go up to Boston this weekend, before the weather gets too hot
and sticky? From there, we'll fly to Marathon and inform my
family. It's not like we'd have to say much - one look at you
in your new clothes and we're busted." Nick grinned at
"Yeah, but what
about the fans? A.J. wasn't exactly the best representative
of the Backstreet Boys to your management company and media
image. Kevin, well Kevin's been so secretive for so long it
really wasn't a surprise to the fans that he up and married
and didn't tell them. But you, that's different. You've got
your solo CD almost done. You're supposed to look available;
this could be a big problem with management."
"I don't think
it's as big of a problem as you'd think, Suz. I'm keeping it
real - if they ask me to confirm your pregnancy, I will. Same
with the media. If management gives me an ultimatum, I'm choosing
you and my baby." Nick's answer was as honest as his heart.
He finally figured out why Kevin was always so obstinate that
his private life, stay private.
Listening to Nick,
Suzie knew it made sense to go tell their families and get this
over with. They were going to find out sooner or later and it
would be best if they heard the news from the couple directly.
The unpacking of boxes can wait another week.
"Let me call
my folks to see if they'll be around this weekend, okay?"
Suzie scooted to the side of the bed and grabbed the phone.
Let's ask Dr. Jason if we can have another picture so we can
bring them the most up-to-date picture of their grandchild."
Nick's grin grew even wide.
Nick called his travel
agent and sent off an email to the other BSB members to give
them a head's up what their plans were.
Kevin chuckled to
himself while reading his computer screen, 'Wait until Suzie's
brothers hear about their big news. Damn, I wish I could be
there to see this. Bobby might just take Kaos's head off.'
Later that morning,
the couple was sitting in the Doctors waiting room. Nick's leg
was gently bouncing up and down, causing Suzie to lose her place
in her book. She had tried to read the last passage several
Leaning into Nick,
Suzie whispered. "Please relax. You're starting to get
the baby overly excited now too." Nick put his hand on
her belly and smiled. The baby bumped under his hand.
After going through
the normal routine Jason called Nick into the office. Jason
and Cory exchanged smiles as the young couple stared in amazement
at the new ultrasound picture. Suzie's stare was more of a bewildering
look. Jason questioned her to see if he could answer any questions
she may have. "Does her head look big to you? It looks
out of proportion with the rest of her body."
Cory suppressed her
laugh as she put the gel on the warmer understanding that Suzie
was looking for confirmation on the sex of the baby she was
carrying. She had asked them once if they wanted to do. Nick
said yes, Suzie sort of said no. Cory moved the wand around
and then smiled. "The baby's head is always bigger than
the body. Your baby girl looks perfect."
Nick was ecstatic, "Did you hear that? Our baby girl is
Suzie nodded still
thinking the head looked huge. Turning to Nick, "You had
a big head as a child too, didn't you?" Suzie thought some
more, "Your nickname was Charlie Brown."
"You read too
many fan articles, Suz." Nick sighed loudly and rolled
his eyes at Jason. "She has a big head because she's going
to be real smart."
Nick and Suzie returned
home with their respective to-do lists before the weekend away.
They went in different directions for a few hours. Suzie called
Bron and laughed as she explained they had new pictures of their
daughter who was going to be very smart. Bron lost it and had
to hang up so she could go tell Kevin. Suzie groaned, wondering
why she had told Bron to begin with. Suzie had heard Kevin say
more than once, "Think of the children."
Suzie felt better,
emotionally, dressed in her new maternity clothes. So much so,
she scheduled a manicure/pedicure in addition to her facial
and waxing. After a couple of hours at the spa, she ran a few
errands before heading home.
Nick had begun unpacking
the boxes in their bedroom and wrote a list of things he would
need to buy to help organize their closet. He then began to
clear out the spare bedroom. Nick picked up his drawing book
and pencil and began to sketch his idea for the baby's room.
With a smile, he doodled girl's named that he liked on the inside
As usual, Suzie was
running late. The couple had less than two hours to pack and
get to the airport to catch their flight. They were going to
spend two nights in Boston. Then they would head down to see
his folks. When they returned home they were going to work on
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