Howie looked at Mc, "We have the entire top floor.
We could move the ladies up there. We've kind of
paired off anyway, Mary's with A.J., Amy and Nick,
Gillian and I," Howie stopped and looked at Kevin.
"Anyway, we have enough security up there to keep
an army out and it would make things easier on everyone."
Howie looked at Gillian; she looked a little scared.
Mc started to pace the floor again.
"It would make it easier," Stevie
"Fine it works for me," Mc replied.
Stevie looked at Gillian giving her orders, "Get Amy,
Nick, your things, and go upstairs now."
They heard the tub filling in the bathroom that connected
to the bedroom.
Stevie lowered his voice looking at Mc, "What about
Bounce? They shouldn't be together it makes it to
easy for him."
A.J. looked at Stevie and whispered, "Brian, he's
good with kids and he has an extra bed."
"Fine, wait a minute," Mc said.
Mc walked into the bedroom and woke Bounce. Everyone
could see him talking to her. She followed Mc out
and grabbed Gillian's hand. Mc looked a Howie, "Go
and get her settled for me, please?" Howie and Gillian
made a hasty exit.
Mc looked at Stevie, "One left, what to do about her
Kevin looked at Mc ,"She can stay with me."
Mary's eyes widened, "No, that's
not a good idea."
"Why not?" Kevin asked her, narrowing
"Because you scare the hell out her,
she's afraid of you and you know it."
Mc looked at the tall man standing in front of him
bickering with Mary. "Are you Kevin?" he asked.
"Yes." he answered flatly. Not knowing
what was really going on and unsure of the person
he was dealing with.
"Mmm, you sure about this? Sparky has a temper!"
Mc questioned him.
"Sparky!” Kevin repeated wrinkling
his nose. Mc chuckled at the face he was making.
Stevie smiled, "Yeah, Sparky, it doesn't take much
to light her fuse and watch the fireworks," he laughed.
Kevin and A.J. chuckled as Mary frowned. Grow up
you fools, this isn’t the time to dish the woman,
she wanted to say to them.
"I don't know, she means a lot to me. She has to
be somewhere where she just can't leave if she wants
to or suck someone in to doing for her," he spoke
as he turned to Stevie and then back to Kevin.
Kevin smiled wickedly, "No problem." Mc glanced at
A.J. who was wearing a big grin and nodding his yes.
Stevie said, "I don't know; she doesn't like him."
He was trying to sway Mc the opposite way.
Mary looked at Stevie, "Yes she does, you know Bron,
she just doesn't want to admit it. She is scared
of him though." Stevie glared at her knowing that
Mc valued her opinion as far as Bron was concerned
as he heard A.J. and Kevin chuckle.
Mary confirmed Mc suspicions. He turned to Kevin,
"Tell you what Mr. Backstreet Man, if you can go toe
to toe with her, I'll let you TRY."
Stevie's jaw hit the floor, "What!"
Mc turned to him, "Look she is going to drive us nuts,
she's done it for years, give him a shot." He paused,
"Mary says that she likes him well enough, but we
know what a stubborn woman Bron can be. Besides she
would have instant security," he chortled.
"But, you can't just give her to a stranger. You
can't play matchmaker for her," Stevie stammered.
"No buts Stevie, you can't have her, you can't handle
her. It's a done deal,” Mc replied with finality.
“Besides I think Kevin here may be just the one to
tame old Spark down,” he said as he gave Kevin a devious
"She isn't going to like this or accept it. She'll
run," Stevie said not accepting Mc decision.
"Since when has she ever liked or accepted what I've
done for her. Besides where is she going to run to?
I did my paperwork remember," Mc answered him. His
exasperation with the situation growing. No way in
hell would Bron spend any amount of romantic time
with Stevie, not as long as he was alive.
The bedroom door opened and she came out and walked
to Mary. "I'm sorry Mary that you got caught up in
"It's ok, don't worry," she answered.
Bron didn't want to ask Mc afraid to even look at
him. "Where's Bounce?" in a panicky voice she asked
Mary looked at her and grabbed her
hand; she patted it in a motherly fashion. "Mc and
the boys think we need to be upstairs with them so
we're all going to bunk together. Go get your things,
Okay," she paused, "Bounce is all ready fast asleep
upstairs, she's with Brian and she's fine." Bron
turned, leveled an angry set of eyes at Mc for a moment
and then went to the bedroom.
Mc glanced at Kevin and they both laughed out loud.
Mary stood there for a minute looking
at Mc, he was grinning at what Bron had just done.
"If you want to miss the fireworks you better get
going," Mc told her. Hearing that A.J. and Mary were
out the door, closing it behind them, and shaking
"Well Richardson if you want her you can have her,"
Mc grinned, saying it loud enough for her to hear.
They heard a bang in the bedroom and she was at the
door. "What the fuck did you just tell him?" She
yelled at Mc.
"Well you see baby everyone paired off, we don't have
a place to put you, but with him," Mc spoke as he
pointed to Kevin and started laughing. He couldn’t
have done any better had he planned this entire thing.
Kevin stood there leaning back on the wall his arms
crossed grinning from ear to ear.
Bron walked up to Mc and poked him in the chest, "You're
nuts, he wants to kill me already." She struggled
to take a breath as the rage began to eat at her.
"Besides the giving of people went out a couple of
hundred years ago, you ape."
Mc raised his eyebrows at her; Bron knew it meant
he wasn't kidding. "You can't give me away. I'm
not furniture," she hissed in his face.
Mc grabbed her by the shoulders, "Yes I can and I
will if it will keep you alive. I let C.W. have you
didn't I?" as he dropped his hands.
Bron struggled to hold what little composure she had
left and looked at Kevin. No way baby am I sleeping
anywhere near that man she thought, not after what
happened in the billiard room. She turned back to
Mc, "I'll sleep with you. I’ll be safer that way."
Mc coughed, "What's the matter Sparky, you pushin'
people's buttons again."
Anger ripped threw her eyes. The bastard has known
me to long and I'm not going to be pushed around any
more she screamed in her head. Mc eyed very carefully
knowing she was hitting her boiling point. Watching
her, he warned her, "You hit me and I will smack you
back you're not dealing with Stevie."
Kevin came forward, towards her, and she backed up
three steps to his one.
Mc's eyebrows shot up and he glanced at Kevin, "I'll
be damned!" he exclaimed delightedly.
Bron looked at Mc, "JACKASS!" she spat.
Kevin came forward again, cocked his head sideways,
bent down and got nose to nose with her. Bron didn't
flinch; she held her ground.
"You'll be just fine with me darlin’. We need to
talk anyway," he purred with a slow southern drawl
and flashed her grin. Bron had to gulp to catch her
breath as she started to shake.
Mc walked over to the door, opened it and held it
open, "She's all yours Richardson."
Bron's jaw was falling open in utter shock. She was
staring at Mc, and Stevie who had joined him. OH
MY GOD, he's not kidding she said to herself. He
is really doing this!
She wasn't paying attention to what was going on in
front of her. Kevin bent down picked her up and threw
her over his shoulder. It took Bron a minute to register
the world had just went upside down.
She started flailing around and he tightened his grip
on her legs so she wouldn't fall. "You son of bitch
put me down!" she screeched.
He walked to the door, "Thanks for the present guys!"
Mc gave him a pat on the back, "Good
Luck! You are going to need it."
Kevin let out an evil chuckle as he went down the
hallway which scared the hell out of Bron.
She started yelling, "Stevie, I'm gonna kill you."
She tried to throw herself off of his shoulder but
his grip on her was to tight.
Kevin pinched her thigh, "Shut up you're to noisy!"
She yelped out from surprise.
The elevator was already there and open, he walked
straight into it. "Mc you don't know what you've
done!" she screamed at the top of her lungs.
Mc called down the hall, "Yes I do baby, you have
finally met your match," laughing as he answered her
and the doors slammed shut.
Bron tried to get a grip on her anger in the elevator
thinking polite may be the way to go with this.
"Kevin?" she said sweetly.
"Could you put me down?" she purred.
"Please Kev," she pleaded.
"Nope, not until we’re there," he replied.
"Kev, I'm really getting pissed, put me down," she
snapped at him.
"You'll get over it," he said calmly.
The bell chimed and the door opened. There were people
everywhere. "Oh no," she whispered.
She tensed, he felt it run through
her body as she became rigid, he laughed, which enraged
her even more.
As people stopped and gaped she started pummeling
him in the back with her fists. "Put me down you
ape!" she screamed.
If she hits me one more time I’m going to hit her
back he thought, "Stop hitting me Bron, I mean it,"
Anger surged through her, she started hitting him
with everything she had and trying to throw herself
off of his shoulder.
"DAMMIT, I'M GONNA BEAT YOUR ASS YOU DO THAT AGAIN!"
came booming out of him.
Mary and A.J.'s door flew open hearing Kevin yell.
Looking out, they were greeted by Bron hanging off
of Kevin's shoulder beating the hell out of him and
Pretty soon all the doors were open and they were
gawking at her. That was it; she locked her hands
together, made a fist and nailed him right in the
lower back with everything she could muster. Who
the fuck does he think he is she was yelling to herself.
He grunted from the pain, "I warned ya!" A loud smack
was echoed down the entire corridor as Kevin's hand
landed on her bottom with brute force. Bron wailed
“Owwww,” out loud from the pain.
"I TOLD YOU TO STOP IT!" he shouted.
He reached his room and pushed the door open. Everyone
was in the hallway waiting for what was to come next.
The door was kicked shut with the heel of his boot,
and then the distinct sound of a door lock click.
They all looked at each other, A.J. looked at Howie.
Nick's mouth was hanging open in complete shock and
Brian was shaking his head back and forth.
"Gonna be a long night,’" A.J. laughed and shut his
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