Jake sat in the chair to watching
T.V. A soft knock was heard on the door, he got up
to answer it. He opened the door to find Mary standing
there. “Hi Mare.”
“Hi Jake, Where is she?”
“Sulking,” he laughed.
“And the tub is which way?” Mary
asked light heartedly. Jake pointed directly down
the hall while smiling. Mary tramped down the hall
with her bag in hand.
Reaching the bathroom, “Hey I hear
you’re not feeling well.”
“Oh, tall, dark, and pissy stop by,”
Bron spoke with anger.
“Bron stop it, he’s concerned. Let
me see.” She walked up to her.
“What’s to see, there still there
and they hurt, along with my eyeballs, my neck and
just about everything else. How the hell would you
feel if someone tried to take your head off with a
piece of pipe?” Bron growled at her.
“Stop growling at me, I didn’t do
it,” Mary snapped at her.
Mary checked Bron’s neck, head, and
stitches. “I want to see your eyes turn around,”
she told her.
“I don’t want to; you come over here,”
Bron informed Mary as she pointed to the front of
Mary let out an exasperated sighed,
nothing like dealing with a grumpy two four year old.
Mary walked around and looked at her eyes with her
“Oww, why the hell do you people
do that?” she whined.
“Because eyes tell a Doctor a lot,
but yours are fine.” Mary answered her.
“Yeah, now not only do they hurt,
I’m blinded too.” She said sarcastically.
Ignoring her Mary asked, “On a scale
of one to ten how bad is it?”
“Fifteen would be about right,” as
she looked at Mary.
“That bad huh, well it’s heavy artillery
time,” Mary warned her.
“What do you mean heavy artillery?”
Bron threw back at her.
“Bron, you’re not going to sleep
tonight unless you get some heavy stuff.” Mary told
“I don’t know Mare. I need to stay
on my toes,” she whined as she closed her eyes.
“Don’t worry about Lenny,” Mary tried
to reassure her.
“Lenny isn’t the one I’m worried
about.” She said as she slowly opened her eyes again.
“Bron he wouldn’t,” Mary chided her.
“Yeah, that’s what I thought until
the little chat we had on the bus today,” she halted.
There was no sense in sharing that little episode
of humiliation and dominance with anyone.
“Wanna talk about it?” Mary asked.
Kevin did more than give Bron a hickey and she wanted
to know what.
“No!” she shot back
“It might make you feel better,”
Mary told her.
“Doubt it,” Bron lowered her head
to her knees.
Mary was really getting upset. What
the hell did he do? “Did he hurt you?” she asked
in a concerned voice.
“Later, where’s your artillery?
I can’t take this any more.” Bron said ignoring her
Mary shook her head as she dragged
two things out of her bag, but didn’t show them to
Bron. “Pick your weapon. They both will make you
silly, stupid, and eventually out cold. One works
faster than the other does. Robert figured you might
need a little extra help since you weren’t go to stay
there,” she said.
“The faster one please,” Bron begged
“Okay but.” Mary paused.
“Okay but What?” Bron asked.
Mary picked her hand up for Bron
to see. “Geez Mare,” she whined.
“Sorry,” Mary spoke apologetically.
Bron put her arm on the tub. Mary
looked at her. “That won’t work,” she laughed.
“Come on Mare,” Bron whined
“Sorry,” Mary giggled.
Bron stood up in the tub. “This
is ridiculous,” she chided her. She winced slightly
at the sharp pain.
“This is done, sit down,” Mary told
“I feel like a twelve year old in
gym class,” she informed her as she sat back down.
The conversation was broken by, “I’m
back! Where are you?” Mary’s eyebrows shot-up upon
hearing the voice.
“Chill it’s not what you’re thinking,”
Bron looked at her harshly.
“Better not be, he’d kill him,” Mary
“We’re in here. Jake would you put
that stuff away for me pretty please!” Bron yelled.
Nick walked into the bathroom, “Oh!”
He promptly turned and walked back into the bedroom.
“Hey, come back here!” Bron yelled
Mary looked at Bron in shock.
“That’s not a good idea Bron,” Nick
said from the bedroom.
“Nick come on we’re adults, you can’t
see anything anyway,” she shook her head at Mary.
Nick peeked around the corner all
embarrassed, “Hi Mare.”
“Hi Nick,” Mary smiled at him, trying
to suppress her grin. Watching a twenty-one year
man blush was pretty amusing.
Bron heard Jake yell, “It’s points
Bron, not blood. Watch your step!”
Bron giggled, “Don’t worry Nick,
Kevin’s not here. Have a seat and join the party.”
Bron pointed to the commode at the other end of the
Nick was flustered as he sat down
where she had directed him.
“Relax Nick, I promise I won’t stand
up,” she chuckled. “Did you get everything on the
list?” she asked him.
“Yep, sure did,” he grinned as he
started to relax. It was easy to be comfortable around
Bron, kind of like a mom thing. But mom wouldn’t
be sitting naked in a tub talking to me, he thought.
“I really appreciate it Nick, it
means a lot to me.”
“For you anytime?” he told her.
“What list?” Mary asked.
Nick looked at her, “Bron’s having
a party tomorrow.”
“Oh she is, is she?” Mary shook
her head. Mary knew from meeting going down in A.J.’s
room that was not what Kevin had planned for tomorrow.
She figured she had better not get between the two
of them or it would be a problem. It was obvious
to her that they were drawing battle lines and she
wasn’t going to get in the middle of it.
“Yep! She’s cooking a huge dinner
for us tomorrow,” he said excitedly.
“Yeah Mare and you’re helping,”
“I am? I don’t cook.” she answered
“Yes you are. Well you had better
learn I don’t know how long A.J. and you can survive
on Mickey D’s,” Bron snickered.
They all were laughing at that, Alexander
and fast food were synonymous with each other. The
rest of the tension released from the three of them.
“Hey you were telling me what happened
in that bunk today before Nick came,” Mary reminded
her. She thought that maybe she could catch Bron
off guard with Nick being here.
“Yeah what happened?” Nick added.
“Kevin was just being Kevin,” Bron
said with an attitude.
“What do you mean?” Nick continued.
“Oh just a power play, that’s all.
He was making a statement,” she told both of them.
“Looks like he made one on your neck,”
Bron pursed her lips together and
thought that's why he did that, ERRR!
Mary knew Bron wasn’t ready to share
by the cryptic answer Bron had given them. She was
going to drop it for now. Unfortunately Nick didn’t
realize it and continued on.
Nick didn’t know how to ask her.
He was trying to figure out how, when his thoughts
were interrupted by Bron.
“Hey, mare the stuff you gave me
is definitely kicking in. Good stuff,” Bron quipped.
Mary looked at her; Bron was hitting the silly and
stupid stage already.
Voices came from the living room
and Mary jumped. Bron could care less at this point.
Nick was leaning on the Tub with
his elbows. He looked at Mary, “Relax it’s Howie
“What are you thinking about Nicky?”
Bron asked as she stuck her soapy toe out of the tub
and poked Nick who almost jumped.
“Nothing,” he grinned watching Bron
in the tub.
“Are you pining for Miss Amy?” she
asked with her foot now resting on the tub between
“Yeah, I like her a lot, I just wish
her boss would give her more time off,” he whined
looking at Mary. “Howie is missing Gillian too.”
“Hey Nick somebody has to work,”
Mary told him. The three of them laughed together
at Mary’s comment.
Out in the suite Brian and Howie
looked at Jake hearing the laughter coming from the
bathroom. Brian looked at Jake and started rolling
his eyes. Jake was trying not to smile.
Howie looked at Brian, “He wouldn’t
be that stupid would he?”
They heard water sloshing and then
laughter. Brian turned to Jake who was losing it
as Brian spoke to him, “Tell me she isn’t taking a
bath?” Laughter and the noise of water moving came
from the bathroom again.
Jake just nodded a yes to Brian and
Brian ran to the couch and sat down.
He threw his legs up on the coffee table and crossed
them. Placing his hands behind his head, he interlaced
his fingers. “I gotta see this, man!”
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