grabbed their luggage from the belt and headed out to the
pickup area to catch a taxi. Suzie would meet him there after
she was done in the bathroom. A few fans watched Nick from
a distance, wondering what he was doing in Boston. There were
rumors of his solo CD, so maybe he was recording in Boston.
Suzie spied on
the fans from a distance, standing behind a column. If they
got one look at her, the entire BSB community would know for
sure that Nick was going to be a daddy. Nick spotted Suzie
and had to smile; she was so self conscious. He knew she was
not going to come out of hiding until the fans disappeared.
Nick smiled to the fans and they slowly walked over to ask
for an autograph and some pictures with him. Suzie watched
the giddy girls walk back to their parents who were patiently
always wait for the fans to leave or we'll be late for everything
in life from here on out!" Nick complained with a sexy
smirk as he put their luggage into the trunk of the taxi.
families know about the baby, I don't want too many people
seeing us together, okay?" Suzie whined as she tried
to sit down which wasn't easy as the back seat sank so damn
low and she had to balance her body with a belly she wasn't
will be a moot point come Monday then." Nick said as
he shut the door. "God, I feel so low to the ground in
The shocks on the
taxi needed some immediate attention. "Next time, I'm
ordering a limousine." Nick said as he struggled to pull
Suzie out of the back of the cab.
Walking up to the
Onyx hotel, Suzie got a chill up her spine. She loved coming
home - she was looking forward to going out to eat at some
of her favorite restaurants. Kentucky didn't have nearly as
good as a selection. "Did you make reservations at Taranta's
"We can go
where ever you want. Both restaurants have a reservation on
hold for me."
special, Mr. Rockstar?"
Nick blushed. "Shut
up or I'll call your brother to come and join us!"
Suzie's face became
flushed, "You wouldn't dare."
"Nah, tomorrow's going to be a long day. No need to torture
ourselves for a few more hours."
The sun was shining
through a crack in the window treatments come morning. Stretching
out her naked body, Suzie slowly climbed out of bed and made
her way to the bathroom. Nick tried to pull her back to his
body without much success. Slowly opening his eyes, Nick finally
focused on the bright red numbers that glared off the end
table. 'Time to face the music,' Nick thought.
He wasn't worried
about telling Suzie's parents. To him, he was in love with
their daughter and he planned to be with her until she had
enough of him, but he would always take care of his daughter's
needs and even Suzie's, whether they were together or not.
Nick hoped they would be together forever, but he knew that
there were so many obstacles in their lives; it would take
a lot of work to make it work. He wasn't naive enough to believe
that sometimes maintaining the hard work wasn't always his
strongest asset. He would be the one to screw it up, not Suzie.
She is more like Kevin - older, more mature, and would make
better decisions than he would. He hoped that she was strong
enough to forgive him for the mistakes he knew he would make.
Nick heard the
shower running and knew he had a good twenty minutes to himself.
He pulled the drapes open and exposed the sun into the hotel
room. Looking out at the Boston skyline, Nick was lost in
his thoughts. So much had happened here; life altering changes
in the group with A.J. and rehab then 9/11.
After ten different
outfits, and Nick saying he liked her in all of them, Suzie
finally settled on a light blue sleeveless babydoll maternity
dress. Nick especially liked how Suzie's breasts fit in it
with her cleavage exposed. He couldn't wait to get her back
to the hotel and get her out of her dress. But that would
have to wait until much later.
The car ride was
quiet. Nick held Suzie's hand which made her smile. She stared
out of their Lincoln town car window and watched the scenery
from her youth pass by.
They ascended up
a hill and came to a stop. Neighbors lingered a little longer
to see who was arriving. Suzie heard her name in an Italian
accent saying hello. Suzie smiled and waved, "Hello Mrs.
Mancini, how are you?"
tempo sono stai visitando?"
for the day." The car was blocking Mrs. Mancini's view
from Suzie's stomach and as luck would have it, Nick blocked
her view as they walked into her parent's home. "Since
when do you know Italian?" Nick questioned Suzie as the
walked up porch steps, "I thought you were Irish!"
you ding dong. Mrs. Mancini has taught me a few Italian words
over the years growing up and my friends' parents only speak
Italian, although a different dialect. You learn a few things
without even knowing it." Suzie shrugged her shoulders
as she walked up the stairs in the hallway that lead to her
parents' living room.
Jesus!" came out of Bobby's mouth as he enveloped his
youngest sister into his arms for a long hug. Whispering in
her ear, he continued, "Do I need to neuter that boy?"
Chuckling Suzie said "No," as she kissed her brother's
cheek, whispering back, "Be nice."
Bobby took a step
back and gave Nick a once over look with his 6' 2" frame
standing up straight. "Hmmm," came from his throat.
Now Nick was nervous. Trying not to show his nerves, he reached
his hand out, "Hey Bobby."
Bobby smiled shaking
his hand, "You are one brave mother fucker." He
patted Nick on the back and escorted him further into the
house. "Let's go tell the new grandparents." A cackle
rang out of his mouth.
Bron was skimming
the internet while trying to focus on working. She was a little
nervous for her friend. This could be a really bad day for
the expecting couple, or it could turn out fine. Bron should
know in a matter of hours. One click later and her mouth dropped
open. "Youngest Backstreet Boy is going be a dad"
read the title above the picture. There was a picture of Nick
and Suzie hand in hand coming out of Taranta's restaurant
in the North End.
Kevin walked into
his wife's office to give her an afternoon kiss and find out
what she'd like to have for lunch. Leaning down to kiss her
forehead he noticed the picture on the computer screen. "Ain't
no denying it, Suzie's all baby. I'm going to go check-in
with management before they harass Nick."
won't be," Bron replied. "Suzie turned off his cell
phone this morning. I'm sure his mother has been trying to
reach him," Bron laughed. "She's about to lose her
bread and butter." Bron took a break from the internet
to spend time with Cooper and wait for Kaylin to get home.
The couple returned
to the hotel a few hours later, exhausted. Surprisingly, Suzie's
parents were not at all upset. At first, they were shocked
but never did they get angry or yell. Nick did most of the
talking, which surprised Suzie. He spoke as if he had matured
10 years in ten hours.
Jumping on the
end of the bed with a huge bounce, Nick said, "I thought
that went well, don't you?" Nick flipped opened his cell
phone to see if he had any messages. 'Oh, this can't be good.
Seven calls from my mother, three from my father, one each
from Aaron, Leslie, BJ and Angel.' Nick thought about checking
his voicemail and reading his text messages until Suzie walked
out of the bathroom in a short white silk and lace night gown
and quickly turned off his cell phone.
Suzie sat down
beside Nick on the bed and put her feet in his lap. "Amazingly
well. Nick, can you do me favor and rub my feet? They are
a second; I'll be right back." Nick disappeared into
the bathroom and came out with a small blue bottle. "This
will help you relax."
Suzie lay down
on the bed and enjoyed feeling Nick rubbing her feet, massaging
between her toes and kneading her arch then slowly making
his way up her calf. A whimper escaped from her lips as she
lay with her eyes closed, totally lost in Nick's touch. He
slowly slid his hands up Suzie's legs massaging her thighs.
Nick crawled up onto the bed and brought his lips to hers.
He brushed some of her hair that fell onto her face behind
her ear. Lying on his side, Nick slid his other hand under
Suzie's nightgown and began messaging her belly. His eyes
staring at her breasts. He was amazed how beautiful they looked.
Suzie reached up
for Nick's neck and pulled his face down to hers, enveloping
his mouth in hers. Sensing her urgency, he kissed his way
down her neck. Untying the stings that kept her breasts hidden,
he stared at two hard nipples. Engulfing his mouth around
one while massaging the other with his hand made Suzie's head
spin. Suzie's outstretched arms grabbed the sheets and wanted
"I think horny
pregnant fairy is my most favorite."
at him, "Kevin and his fairies." One thing Suzie
could count on with Nick was he never disappointed her in
the bedroom. He was amazing; his hands, his tongue, and his
lips were magical when they touched her body.
Suzie sensed the
sun was up but didn't feel like actually waking up just yet.
Then she heard his voice. He was in the bathroom with the
door closed talking to someone. She could tell by the tone
in his voice he was pissed. He began yell-whispering and she
heard Nicks' voice say "Mom" a couple of times.
Knowing his mother must have found out, Suzie quickly fired
up the laptop to see what she could find out.
didn't take long." Suzie saw her reflection on the people.com
website. Turning on her phone, she had a few voicemail messages.
She skimmed them wanting to see if Bron called. She opened
up her email program and signed in. The familiar "Welcome,
you have mail," resonated through the speakers. "196
emails? Holy shit!" Suzie's eyes scanned the inbox and
she was surprised how many fans had her email address. Some
emails were nasty, others were supportive and then there was
the proverbial, "If you leave Nick now, no harm will
come to you." Then Bron's email popped up, with one short
sentence. "Good job, can't wait to see you. Bring me
some cannolis and don't tell Kevin."
A loud bang brought
Suzie's mind away from the computer screen. Nick came out
of the bathroom trying to remain calm. "Our plans have
changed. We're heading back to Kentucky."
is a bitch and we are not going to see her anytime soon."
Suzie watched Nick closely as he walked around the hotel room
gathering his things. He was pissed off. And it was turning
her on. Suzie shut down the computer and grabbed her things.
out late, Suzie had one more pit stop to make before they
board their plane to Kentucky.
going to let you bring those into his house." Nick complained
as they paid for a dozen of chocolate chip cannolis from Mike's
going to go to his house. They're staying at our home."
Suzie remarked casually.
Nick was too caught
up after hearing Suzie's words; he completely forgot what
they were talking about. "Yeah right, like you would
hide pastries from Bron. She probably told you to get them
and not tell him."
They landed in
Kentucky and headed home. When they hit the house Suzie grabbed
the phone and Nick just grinned. At least she seemed to lighten
his mood for awhile. Suzie cleaned and talked to Bron on the
phone. "God forbid you two get disconnected for more
then twenty-four hours!" Nick shouted up the stairs to
Suzie turned and
shot him the finger. He laughed as he began hauling suitcases
upstairs. When he went to bed he was still pissed at his mom,
but tomorrow would be a better day.
Nick slept in and
Suzie had already left for work. He found a note on the kitchen
table propped up next a cannoli. The note read. "If you
want more you know where to find me." Nick shook his
head as he drank his coffee. "Like there would be any
left by the time he got there. He took his time getting dressed
and then headed for Kevin's house.
He said his hellos
to the dogs, Jake, and Cooper. Cooper seemed to be growing
like a weed lately. He headed up to Bron's office and maybe
another cannoli if he was lucky. He found the ladies but not
a cannoli in sight. Bron was riding a sugar high for sure.
tell what the hell he had walked into but he almost slammed
his head into the office door as he craned his head into Bron's
office. Suzie and Bron were laughing and dancing around. A
rather large head covered in blonde hair bopped by the window.
He tossed open the door to hear Nick singing Get Yourself
a Bad Boy.
He rolled his eyeballs
towards the ceiling when he heard Nick try and do Kevin and
A.J.'s backup vocals along with all his ohs and ahs. Kevin
jumped into the lyric and threw Nick off his pace by doing
so. Then Bron was laughing when Kevin tossed his 'Huh' in,
complete with pelvic thrust. When A.J. sauntered into the
room he hopped on the Backstreet train too. The three band
members were having more fun than the women even though they
truly hated the song. Kevin stared using Bron as prop.
real nice." A.J. started twirling Suzie around. "If
you like innovative better get someone creative, honey."
A.J. stopped for a second almost causing Suzie to trip. "You
so did not slam into your pregnant wife Kevin," A.J.
cackled since Kevin was jamming to it full bore.
Bron sang and smiled.
"If you want it make it last, gotta know just who to
ask." Bron grabbed onto Kevin's hip and danced around
him. "Babe it's gotta be the best and that's him."
They sang and cavorted
some more since A.J. and Kevin were laying down the background
vocals of, "If you really want it good and bad boy."
A.J. wiggled his
brows at the women. "Your Momma shouldn't know."
should know what his Mama does," Bron laughed obnoxiously.
talkin' 'bout my Mama," Kevin began to do a little hip
grind with her pregnant belly. "If you really want it
good girl get yourself a bad boy." He sang.
"Did you even
know what you were doing Nick?" Bron giggled.
"No, but Kevin
used to laugh his ass off about it," Nick laughed as
he traded partners with Kevin.
"I trust you're
up to speed now that Critter is on it's way," Kevin's
snarky laugh was followed by Suzie's, "God Kevin."
They all froze
when Mc walked into the offices. Well except for Nick who
continued to jump up and down on the leather sofa in Bron's
office and sing. Nick launched into Missing You and Bron squealed.
"I love that
song!" Bron began. "You guys so missed out on this
one. It should have been a of single."
Kevin shook his
head at her. He couldn't even remember the words. Nick and
A.J. seemed to be doing just fine with it. He leaned back
on the door and watched. After a few lines his memory came
back to him and he joined them.
missing." Suzie quipped.
Bron danced towards Nick. He grabbed her hand and they danced
around the office. "Oh baby, I'm missing you. We used
to love so strong, tell me where'd we go wrong."
"Ya done hittin'
on my woman," Kevin laughed when he said it but both
Nick and Bron turned to him. His face didn't reflect the words
he had said. Kevin was serious. They stepped away from each
other. Bron pretended to dust herself off. "Okay, play
time is over, time to get to work."
Mc popped his head
in the door. "Do you idiots know how many Backstreet
Boy tunes I know because I had to suffer through them all
day at work? You know the days before MP3 players. We had
a boom box. Oh and if you talked during Kevin's conversation
mix, your pay would get docked."
Bron covered her
face with a folder. Now she was embarrassed. "You didn't
need to tell him that. And I always gave it back."
Kevin bit his tongue
to stop from laughing. He cleared his throat. "My name
is Kev…. And I like the type of girl who can love me for me.
The type of girl who I can hold in my arms…
"Stop Kevin. We have to work today and she'll be worthless."
Suzie walked back to her desk to answer the ringing phone.
She shouted back through the door as she went, "Besides,
I'm off the rest of the week."
up to Bron and wrapped his arms around her. "And baby,
my name is Kev and I just want you to know I will always love
you. Yes baby-"
Bron groaned as Kevin swayed her back and forth in his arms.
She stuck her head under her husband's arm and stuck her tongue
out at Mc. "Jerk."
fellas; there is work to be done." Kevin let go of Bron
and walked out of the door.
Bron dropped in the chair.
girl. We have to get bids done today." Mc swatted at
her with the folder he was carrying.
Bron groaned, "But that was so much more fun then staring
at numbers all day and making calculations."
"I think it
would be." Mc sat opposite Bron at her desk. "What
was that all about anyway?"
I think. I've been a little edgy and they know it as much
as you do." Bron flipped open the first folder of many
on her desk.
should have a desk in here." Mc pulled a folder from
the matching stack on his side of Bron's desk. "You're
doing well at the range."
talk about that here. I never know if he's listening."
Bron picked her head up as she dragged her adding machine
over her desk. "And you're not getting a desk in my office.
Ask Kevin if you can share his."
Mc grumbled at
her. They both knew that would never happen. "You have
a home office. You wanted the office here. I was all for getting
a place downtown." Bron flipped some pages and turned
her calculator on.
you to be close to your family." Mc smirked at her.
damn liar too. You knew what kind of person Kevin was before
I did." Bron clucked back at him.
"How are you
feeling?" Mc questioned her as he read the bid notes.
Bron sighed, "Okay,
I guess. Besides the obvious Stevie problem, I'm good. I'm
worried about Andrew. I can't find the kid half the damn time."
Mc laughed at her,
"Because he's got a major hookup going Mama."
Bron picked her
head up and stared at him intently for a minute. She looked
out the window of her office to see if anyone was coming or
Mc smirked at her,
"Little nurse Cory."
Cory?" Bron's voice cracked.
"The one and
only. They met when you were in the hospital. He took a real
shine to her and I have to say I think it's mutual."
Mc wore his business face when he spoke to her.
Bron picked up
the phone and the number 9 speed dial button. She waited for
the other party to answer. It was her lucky day, the right
person answered. "Hi, it's me. So Cory, I hear you're
dating my son. Since you work for my OB I'm not sure if that's
a conflict of interest or not but you better be on the pill."
Bron hung up the phone.
Mc shook his head
at her. "Andrew is going to be furious with you. I wouldn't
be surprised if that girl never spoke to you again. You do
know you just embarrassed the shit out of Andrew."
"No I didn't.
I just let her know that I know and she'd better not screw
up. I'll also find out how close they are." Bron hunched
over her desk and the adding machine began ticking away. Her
fingers were flying when Mc interrupted her with a question.
he was scratching numbers on a tablet. Setting the pad down,
he walked over to the plan table and unrolled a set. He locked
them down in the frame as they continued their conversation.
close then she'll tell him about the phone call. If not, then
I don't think it's that serious." Bron answered without
pulling her head up from the figures she was adding.
Mc laughed. "She's a nice girl. She has a good job, she's
cute, she's smart, and you should be happy."
be focusing on school not girls. The way he keeps switching
majors he'll never finish." Bron chewed on the end of
her glasses before she put them back on. "Now we're doing
night school because it was too crazy when I was gone."
"I think you
made a big mistake with this one." Mc rolled his shirt
Bron finished one
bid and handed it to Mc. He automatically went down the numbers
and the wording. "This one is good. Have Suzie type it
up and fax it. It's do in their office by Noon."
Bron grabbed the
wad of papers and went to Suzie. Suzie was typing away with
her back to Bron's office. Bron waited until she was finished
before she spoke.
around in her chair. Suzie tilted her head to the side. "Yes?"
type this up and get it faxed over. It's a local job that
can keep Frank and his crew busy for a few months. It has
to be there by twelve." Bron handed her the work. She
glanced towards Kevin's office to see him on the phone and
frowning. She turned and went back to her office.
Working on the
fifth bid for the day Bron was startled when her son screamed
from the stairs on his way up to the offices. Glancing at
her watch Bron noted the time. It was one in the afternoon.
Andrew should have been at work not here.
Andrew hollered and hollered repeatedly as he came into the
office. Kevin's office door slammed shut with enough noise
that it bounced around in the outer office almost causing
the glass on the windows to vibrate.
Mc turned on the
stool to face Bron. His shirt sleeves not only rolled but
jammed up his arms. "I can almost guess what that is
about." Mc clasped his hands together as he waited for
either Kevin or Andrew to burst through the office door.
"I doubt that
is about my call to Cory. He would never go to Kevin with
that; he would come directly to me. If C.W. was alive, then
yes, he would go to him because that was his Dad in his eyes
after your Dad passed." Bron continued adding numbers
when her office door was quietly opened.
Kevin stood in
the doorway with his hand on the knob. His index finger and
thumb were pinching the bridge of his nose. "Ya know,
you really have to stop this shit. It takes a lot of nerve
to call Cory and say what you said. He is our son and he's
livid that you would embarrass him that way. He's not an idiot
and his relationship with her is private. Do not do it again
Bronwyn and I mean it. Mother the younger two and the one
you're carrying, he's a grown man for crying out loud."
Kevin closed the door.
Bron was gaping
at the door. Her mouth was hanging open and she knew it but
couldn't help it. She had discovered two things today. One,
her son was finally in a serious relationship and two her
son now viewed Kevin as a father figure. Every muscle in her
body recoiled as she stood up. "That little sonofa-"
now. You started this. Now deal with it." Mc stopped
her at the door.
"I can't believe
he would do that to me." Bron was fuming as she stomped
around her office. "The little weasel went to Kevin over
called a girl your son just started seeing to tell she'd better
be on birth control. If anything, you're the weasel. God forbid
he ever marries; you'll drive the girl nuts with your meddling.
Well, after your husband's decree, maybe you won't. What the
hell did you expect?" Mc's eyebrows arched on his forehead.
to hear nothing about it because this relationship isn't supposed
to be serious." Bron tossed herself in her chair. It
wheeled away a little with her in it.
supposed to be serious just because you say so?" Mc laughed
her to shut her damn mouth and keep it between us." Bron's
didn't, so that tells you they're tighter than what you thought."
Mc dropped his head for a minute and then brought it back
up. His lips quirked, "Ya know, she's out of school.
She's got a good job. He could do worse around here. At least
she isn't working a low paying job with a high school education.
said that twice now." Bron picked up the phone and Mc
groaned loudly. She waited and tapped her fingernails on the
told you not to." Mc exhaled loudly.
"I'm not twelve
either. Just because Kevin barks doesn't me I listen."
Bron waited a little longer, "She knows it's me, they
have caller id." Bron waited for the voicemail to kick
in. "Okay, you win, I'm sorry. I won't say another word.
You're both good kids. I love him and I'm fond of you. I just
don't want you two to screw up your futures." Bron hung
up the phone. Her lips twisted as she stared at the receiver.
When nothing happened for a full five minutes she went back
A couple of hours later Bron was down in the kitchen when
Andrew joined her. He shuffled in with his hands in his front
pockets. Bron looked at him as she dropped spaghetti into
a pot of boiling water. He didn't say anything. His brown
curls covering his eyes. She thought she should tell him to
get a haircut but closed her mouth about it. Bron searched
for a spoon in the crock on the counter. She stirred the pot
until all the spaghetti had descended. Wiping her hands on
a dishtowel, she walked to the fridge. "Honey, would
you get my cookie jar down for me please?"
Without a word
he did what was asked of him. He set it on the table for her.
"Thank you," Bron patted his shoulder. She lifted
the lid and pulled out a wad of money. A note fell onto the
table. Andrew started to grin when he saw it was ticket stub
from a Backstreet Boys concert. He peeked into the jar. The
jar was loaded with ticket stubs and cash. He stuck his hand
in only to get it slapped.
of my cookie jar." Bron arched a brow at him as he picked
up the ticket stub on the table.
"Are you crazy?"
Andrew gawked at his mother. "You paid three hundred
and fifty dollars a ticket so you and Bounce could go see
to go Backstreet in Toronto?"
Kevin came into the room and snagged the small square from
Bron gasped at him as she tried to retrieve her memento from
Kevin. Kevin was laughing as the guys piled into the room
along with Suzie.
Bron laid out over seven hundred bucks for tickets to see
us." Kevin snorted and passed around the stub. Bron was
mortified that they had found out.
"I paid four
and quarter once," Suzie shrugged her shoulders.
"To see me?"
Nick gushed at her.
"No, to see
all of you, dork," Suzie picked up a spoon. She lifted
the lid on the sauce pot and stirred. She made sure she wasn't
showing her face either.
Bron went into
the pantry to retrieve some item she didn't need. She wanted
to die now that they knew. She didn't plan on coming out anytime
Kevin exclaimed. "You must have really liked me."
Kaylin walked into
the room with Jake. "Ohhhh, you're in Mom's Backstreet
cookie jar; you're gonna get it!"
Bron flew out of
the pantry and slammed the lid back on the jar. Kevin pulled
his hand out from behind his back. "What this? Your own
little bank." Kevin waved a huge amount of bills in her
"You put that
back!" Bron reached for the money.
Why in the world do you have this kind of money stashed in
a cookie jar for crying out loud?" Kevin began counting,
"One hundred, two hundred, three hundred..."
alone!" Bron grabbed the money that he had counted out
and handed it to Andrew. "Take Cory out to dinner tonight.
Stop and pick up some nice flowers too. Make it a nice place
Andrew not Steak and Shake. She's a nice girl."
"She is a nice girl Mom and I don't need your money to
take her dinner. I earn a paycheck. Besides she got your apology
and accepted it. So instead of me having dinner with her at
her place tonight, I invited her over here for dinner."
"SHE HAS HER
OWN PLACE!" Bron's eyes rolled around and she started
to hyperventilate. Backstreet Boys were giggling and Suzie's
'uh-oh' was very loud.
"Yep and a
really big brass bed," Andrew snickered as he meandered
out of the kitchen with his hands still stuck in his front
pockets. "It's a queen."
Bron screamed as she ran after him. She was stopped in her
tracks by her husband grabbing onto her.
"Bron, I told
ya no." Kevin watched Andrew look back over his shoulder
and wink at him. "He's just trying to get your goat because
he's still mad."
really have her own place?" Bron tried to pry Kevin's
fingers off her arm without success.
Suzie smirked at
Bron's whiney voice. She had heard and seen a lot but she
had never heard Bron whine quite like that.
"Yes she does
darlin'," Kevin laughed when he answered her.
right, she's young, and she should be living with her parents."
Bron went back to the stove since she knew she wasn't getting
out of the kitchen.
it love. If it's to be, it's to be." Kevin gave her look
that put her in her place.
Bron huffed and continued on with making dinner while the
Backstreet Boys totaled what she had spent on concert tickets
for the three years.
a deal, she paid face." A.J. waved the stub in the air.
"I can't believe how much money people spend on tickets.
No wonder Tee shirt sales were down."
Bron and Suzie
looked at each other. "Oh brother," they groaned
the memorabilia from the guys and stuffed it back in the jar.
He opened his wallet and stuffed the bills in it. "I'll
go to the bank and make a deposit tomorrow."
mad money." Bron stood next to him.
you can be good and mad because you don't leave three grand
lying in a cookie jar." Kevin tapped his wallet with
his hand and stuffed it in his back pocket.
"I had that
much?" Bron questioned him.
what I'm depositing. I left some in there." Kevin went
to the china cabinet in the dining room and started to pull
out the good dishes.
Bron stopped him
in his spot. "She doesn't need my good china."
"Ah, I wouldn't
be so sure about that Mama." Kevin set the plates on
the table. "This relationship is moving fast and serious."
Bron pitched a fit. "It's not happening. I refuse-
Kevin put a hand
over her mouth. "You have nothing to do with it. You
have stuck your beak in Aje's business, Nick and Suzie's business,
and Mc and Janey's too. Now you will stop."
Kevin yelled and whipped his hand away from Bron. "Ya
know what I'm gonna break you of that bad habit."
Bron backed away
from him. She headed in the direction of the living room.
"You started it. I hate when you do that to me."
Kevin had a nasty
gleam in his eyes. "Do you wanna know what that feels
Bron turned and
bolted pass Cory and Andrew in a full out run. "Start
dinner without me. I royally pissed him off," Bron blurted
out as she went by them.
"I mean it
dammit, you're never gonna do that to me again!" Kevin
was shouting and chasing Bron up the stairs. "Don't lock
that damn door either!"
you took the lock off!" Bron screamed back but kept on
later Bron sat down at the table. Alex and Nick were smirking
at her because Kevin came in the room whistling. Kevin took
his seat at the top of table. A visible mark on his palm showed
when he reached for the pasta. "Sorry Cory, we had a
little problem we had to work out."
Bron stared at Nick from across the table who was smirking
at her. He smacked his teeth together at her. "Don't
laugh you're next."
Cory cleared her
throat causing Bron to turn. Bron looked at her then she looked
at Kaylin, who was way more interested in the dinner conversation
then she usually was. "I'm sorry our conversation today
was a little unpleasant. I can be a tad over protective and
I promise not to let it happen again." Bron scrutinized
Kaylin but spoke to Cory.
Dad was really mad and told her to keep her beak out of it."
Kaylin smiled from her seat on the other side of Kevin. "Then
she bit him."
Bron frowned at her. Bron turned to Cory.
Cory nodded once
at her. "Look we're dating. We don't have any other plans
at the moment."
for being so polite about it Cory," Kevin piled the pasta
on his plate.
"I saw your
Mom today Kevin-"
Honey. What have you two been up to?" Bron leaned almost
out of her chair to face the girl.
Andrew jumped in
to save the day. He went on and on about the things they had
been doing over the last few weeks. Every time Kevin tried
to ask about his Mom someone jumped in on the conversation.
Even A.J. pitched in to help knowing most likely Anne was
still with Gabe and Kevin still didn't know. By the time dessert
was on the table, which was none other than Suzie's cannolis
again, Andrew was walking Cory to the car and the evening
Bron and Kevin
picked up the dishes in the quiet house. "I'll finish
this. Why don't you go help Kaylin finish up her homework?"
Kevin leaned down
and kissed her lips. "Love you. I'll give Cooper his
bath when I'm done."
Bron had gotten
through the evening relatively unscathed. Kevin would never
really bite her and she knew it. He had chased her to spook
her and it had worked. Then he retrieved a piece of paper
he had hidden in his pocket. Suzie had given it to him when
she opened up the mail. It was another letter and he wanted
to let her know about it. It was the same old crap from Stevie.
It was full of threats and reminders that he knew everything.
Neither of them understood it but they had tabled it for tomorrow
when they would speak to Webster on a teleconference with
Mc beside them.
"How is he
finding this out?" Bron waved the paper at him.
"I dunno darlin'.
I don't… I can't think anymore." Kevin stood there helpless.
The heels of his palms pressed to eyes.
Bron felt terrible
for him. They had both thought when the phone was turned off
it would be over, but it wasn't. Bron wrapped her arms around
his waist and pulled him closer. "We'll figure out tomorrow.
Come on, Cory is down there and we left her with Nick and
A.J. She'll think we're all animals."
to ride herd on them. Who are you kidding; you just don't
want them to touch the cannolis. You finished the last batch
and had this batch fed ex in." Kevin patted her ass he
walked next to her. "Ya better lay off the cannolis for
a day babe. I need you to gain healthy weight not bad weight."
The dogs sat at
her feet as she washed the last pot. Kevin came in humming
Nobody But You. He smiled at her and then he sang for her.
He had noticed that when he sang lately she calmed right down.
"Ain't nobody else can me cry…"
for me," Bron smiled at him. "I love the greatest
hits." Bron waited at the back door for the dogs to come
back in. After letting the dogs in they made their way to
the pit. Kevin sang Drowning for her very softly.
Suzie and Nick
had headed home. A.J. had actually gone with them for a change
of pace. Andrew had claimed homework after Cory had left.
Kaylin and Cooper were asleep in their beds. "Let's go
to bed." Kevin turned and headed up the stairs with her
hand enveloped in his.
Bron remarked as she followed him.
"Well we won't
be bored if we go to bed," Kevin chuckled softly.
you won't. I still will be." Bron cracked back at him.
Kevin was getting his fill lately and she was being left high
and dry in a manner of speaking.
sorry, I forgot." Kevin paused at the top of the stairs.
"Ya know what, you can take a nice long hot… Crap, you
can't do that either."
Bron blew her bangs
up. "We could watch a movie instead of sports for a change."
Kevin had a dejected
look on his face. "Alright," he mumbled.
I'm not happy about it either. I mean it's always one sided
and it's seriously annoying." Bron walked into the bedroom,
then directly into the bathroom. Kevin looked in the mirror.
He began to smile. "They didn't say no to showers."
Kevin left a trail of clothes as he joined his wife.
Bron woke up in
a better mood. She stretched and yawned. She rolled on her
side to see Kevin was gone from the bed. She glanced at the
clock it was eight thirty in the morning on a Saturday. "What
the hell," Bron grumbled and wondered what had happened
to make her house so quiet. When she entered her kitchen there
was a note propped up against a plate of homemade cinnamon
rolls. She smiled when she read it. The breakfast was courtesy
of Andrew, who had taken Kaylin for her riding lessons. Jake
had gone into town with Cooper. Kevin had gone to see his
mother. And Suzie would be here at nine to go shopping.
"I do love
that boy some days," Bron almost purred as she licked
the icing that dripped down her fingers. She wolfed down two
of them before she began looking around the kitchen as if
someone might be watching her.
was yelled from the side door.
Bron bobbled her
breakfast but saved it as Brit approached her waiting for
it to hit the floor. "Don't even think about it dog."
Bron waved her frosting covered finger at the dog.
Suzie saw the plate and headed for it. She finished one off
and then looked at Bron to see if Bron would argue if she
took another one. Bron closed her eyes. "Eat it before
I eat all of them and puke. Kevin said I needed to lay off
he's still my ass," Bron giggled. "Let's go. We
have to pick out stuff for your nursery."
is right. Nick gave me his American Express." She grinned.
"I'd be happier if you would gain weight instead of losing
it's just not staying on. I've lost six pounds." Bron
for telling me that," Suzie frowned back.
up there girlfriend. Let's go see if we can't get Amex to
call him and ask what the hell is going on and if someone
has stolen his credit card."
The two friends
left out the side door. Bron stopped and set the alarm. Today
was going to be a good day. At least until later when they
had to call Webster. For now she was going to enjoy it. She
needed some retail therapy to feel better.
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