Bron sat in the hotel bar feeling out of place and
upset. The girls weren't there yet and she felt uncomfortable
sitting by herself. She was hoping Kevin wouldn't
show up until after everyone else did. She didn't
mean to hurt him but her temper got the better of
her. Not only that she didn't want round three tonight.
Some of the band and dancers started to roll in she
relaxed as they did. She took off her jacket and
laid it on the bar stool. A.J., Mary, Howie, and
Gillian bopped in the door being very loud as always,
A.J. walked up to her, "Hey sweetie did you recover
yet?" Bron blushed.
Mary looked at him, "Stop it, leave
"Well Mare, Train ain't use to hearing
No," A.J. flashed a smile and Bron's face turned redder.
Bron smiled at A.J., "He got the
A.J. roared, "He sure did baby."
"Where are Nick and Amy?" Bron asked looking at Mary.
A.J. smiled, "Nookie baby, nookie!"
"Didn't take them long did it," Bron
Howie walked over giving Bron a hug, he whispered
in her ear, "Ya gotta stop hurtin' that boy." Bron
They all watched Kevin walk in, finally walking normal.
He headed straight for her and she backed up into
the bartop. They were all waiting for the explosion
when the two tempers met.
"Wanna dance?" he asked Bron.
"Uh, Uh, Okay, can you?" she stammered out, totally
He grabbed her hand and dragged her to the dance floor.
The entire group followed them onto the dance floor.
They danced a couple of songs without speaking. Bron
had to admit being held by him was as good as she
had written. He smelled like a man, and felt like
one too. It’s been to long, she said to herself.
Everyone decided to call it a night. Bron walked
back to the stool and picked up her jacket. Kevin
turned to her "Come on, I'll walk you up."
Bron started eyeing him warily and
he knew it. "Ok," she slipped her jacket on and jammed
her hands in her pockets.
They were all standing waiting for the elevator and
Bron was fidgeting. She felt something in her jacket
pocket. Hmm, I don't remember putting that there,
she thought. She pulled it out and unfolded it.
She read it once and cried out, "OH NO!" her hands
stated to shake and the color ran out of her face.
Mary saw it first and grabbed the
paper from her. She read it and exclaimed, "Jesus!"
She grabbed Bron and ran for the stairs, dragging
Bron with her. She turned back to the group and screamed,
"Get to Stevie Now!"
Mary ran up eight flights of stairs dragging Bron
along. She threw open the door of the eight floor
stairwell and started yelling Stevie's name. Stevie
came flying out of the room and a gentleman came from
another. Bron was shaking uncontrollably and couldn't
talk the tears started coming from her eyes.
Mary jammed the note in Stevie's hand and he read
Chica, How's Bounce? Have you missed me?
missed you. Are you still thinking of him, do you
"Get inside now!" Mc yelled. Just then the elevator
dinged and the door opened. Bron and Mary were literally
thrown into the room and the door slammed shut.
Bron went and sat on the couch shaking, paralyzed
with fear. Mary sat with her rubbing her hands, talking
to her, "It's ok, it's ok, nothing is going to happen,
relax it's safe now."
Mary decided to change the subject, "Bron, is that
Mc with Stevie? I have never met him I have only
spoken to him on the phone," she asked softly.
Bron picked her head up "Yes."
Mary heard the footsteps running down the hall from
the elevator. Amy shouting, "What's wrong!" in the
hallway. Mc was screaming back at her, "Who the hell
are you? Get out of here!"
Gillian screamed, "Fuck you! We’re
her friends, get out of my way!"
Mary was getting upset with all the
commotion in the hall as she watched Bron go into
Gillian barreled into the room and everyone followed
her. Mc turned to Stevie, "Who the hell are these
people? Get them out of here now."
Mary looked at Bron; she had enough. She stood up,
walked directly to him, and got in his face. "Shut
the hell up she doesn't need this. They're her friends
and they are staying!" she yelled at him.
The boys were just standing there watching, wondering
the same thing, who the hell was this guy.
Mc looked at Mary once up and down, which made A.J.
twinge a little. "You must be Mary," looking her
in the eye.
"Yes I am, Mc," she replied just
so the rest of the group knew who they were dealing
with. "Great," he grumbled.
Mc walked over to Bron very quietly and motioned Amy
and Gillian away. Sitting down next to her he placed
his hands on either side of her face so she would
look at him. The tears came faster and faster as
her shoulders started to shake.
"Oh, baby come here," he said softly. She crawled
into his lap, put her head down on his shoulder, and
wrapped her arms around his neck. The sobs were coming
so fast she started to hiccup, then she started to
slow down. The whole time he just held her and spoke
soothing words to her to try to reassure her. Now
she was scared and had every reason to be.
The group was stunned. They couldn't believe this.
In the two days they had been together they couldn't
believe this was Bron. She was vulnerable, they wouldn't
have ever known it. This was a side of her they would've
Kevin backed himself in the corner and crossed his
arms. He didn't like not knowing what was going on
and what the hell was that guy doing holding his fic
writer. Brian kept glancing between what was going
on at the couch and his cousin. Kevin showed no emotion
on his face, but Brian saw that he was getting angrier
by the second and he knew why.
Mc grabbed Bron's face and spoke softly into her eyes,
"I love you; you know that right?" She responded
by nodding up and down. "I promised you that day
that nothing would happen to you ever again right?"
She nodded an ascent again. "It won't, I promise,
come on bedtime for you." He stood up still holding
her and silently carried her to the bedroom where
Bounce was sleeping. She had gone from a strong woman
to a vulnerable child in less than five minutes.
Brian looked at Kevin, "Check it Kev, you aren’t going
to do any good by going off." A.J. looked at Brian,
then Kevin, and back to Mary.
Nick was watching Kevin have an inner battle with
himself. He knew this was going to happen if they
had ever met. Kevin was falling fast and hard for
her. Seeing her with someone else solidified it for
Nobody said a word; you could have heard a pin drop.
The boys and Mary realized Kevin was still getting
angry. Brian shook his head and spoke very loudly,
"Check it Kev!" Only the boys could tell that Kevin
was wrestling with himself inside his mind, they knew
him well enough. A.J. watched and saw him make his
final decision. He wanted her, even if she didn't
A.J. looked at Kevin "You're dreaming. He won't let
you near her and she doesn't want you. You don't
even know her."
Kevin pushed himself off the wall, "I know her better
than you think," as he smiled at Nick. Nick returned
a very wide grin to him.
Stevie looked at Kevin angrily, "No, I won't stand
for it, it's not what she wants or needs. This isn't
The bedroom door opened and was quietly shut, all
eyes turned to Mc. He crossed the room and drove
Stevie to the floor with his fist. "You bastard,
I told you there would be a price to pay if anything
happened to her." he spoke in an icy tone. "You don't
take what is mine and drag her anywhere she pleases."
Stevie came up off the floor and nailed Mc back the
same way; "This is actually all your fault," he ground
Mary interrupted the exchange, "Excuse me but what
are you two doing?" They turned to her at the same
time and let go of each other.
Exchanging glances, the understood fighting wasn’t
going to solve the dilemma. Stevie turned to Mc,
"We've got work to do."
Turning to the group Stevie asked, "Could you give
us some privacy please?"
Amy looked at Nick, he turned towards
the group, "Come on let's go." Brian followed behind
them, but the rest didn't budge. Stevie looked at
the ones who remained, but not trusting himself to
look at Kevin after what he had just announced.
Mc's eyes settled on Mary he was waiting. "No, we're
not leaving," Mary informed him .
"You can't get involved with this,"
he stated to them.
"We already are," Howie spoke looking
Mc looked at Howie, "Fine but you
were warned, now stay out of my way."
Mc started to pace ignoring everyone in the room but
Stevie, "We gotta get her off this floor it's not
"Who did you bring with you?" Stevie asked.
"Nobody, I didn't think that you were that sucked
in by her to be so stupid. Nor did I expect what
belongs to me to be in a different state," Mc answered
Stevie's eyes popped, "What are you talking about?"
"I told you she is to stay home! Come on Stevie you
fell for her again or you wouldn't have went against
my orders. Choice or no choice you should've known
better," Mc spoke as he raised his eyebrows.
Stevie lowered his head.
"Now she's in danger again because you can't handle
her or tell her no and stick to it like a man," Mc
sighed. "She bats her eyelashes at you, or blows her
top and you cave in every time," Mc paused, "By the
way, nice shiner she gave you, did you get that before
or after you gave into her?"
"Any ideas?" Stevie asked, ignoring Mc even though
he knew he was right.
"Well now we have to worry about everyone not just
her and that complicates things." Mc continued thinking
aloud and pacing, "If they were seen with her, they
aren't safe. He took a big risk to get to her tonight."
Mc expelled a long breath trying to think. "These
guys have their own security, no worry there," as
he pointed to the boys.
Howie stood up and offered his hand for Mc to shake.
Mc sized him up, grabbed his hand and shook it, "And
you would be?"
"Howie," was the reply. "Hello Howie,"
glaring at him.
"I have an idea that might help," Howie told him.
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