Jake looked at the two sitting on
the couch. “It’s not what you think,” he informed
“It’s not what we think that counts,”
Howie shot Brian an amused grin,
“Train’s right, she just keeps coming on.”
All three of them busted out in laugher
as Kevin walked through the door with A.J.
“What’s so funny?” Kevin asked them.
Brian pulled himself together as
best he could, “Nothing Cuz.”
Laughter came from the bathroom and
Bron’s distinct voice was heard by all saying; “Nick
pass me that, I need more bubbles.”
Brian and Howie started laughing
Kevin cocked his head sideways.
He looked at Jake, “What the Fuck?” and he was gone
running down the hallway. Jake stood there as he
pulled the paper out of his pocket and gave Bron a
A.J. looked at Howie and Brain, “Oh
shit!” and chased after Kevin.
Howie, Brian, and Jake watched as
Nick came flying down the hallway with Kevin hot on
his heels. A.J. was being dragged along by Kevin.
“I’m gonna kick your ass Kaos!”
Kevin screamed at him.
“Kev it’s fine,” Nick said as he
jumped behind the couch hoping Brian and Howie would
“What the hell are you doing in my
bathroom while Bron’s taking a bath?” he asked in
a rage as he walked towards the couch with A.J. still
holding on to him.
“Hey Kev, relax, she invited me,”
A.J. looked at Nick, “Nice, real
nice,” as he let go of Kevin.
The chase was on. Nick ran the other
way; unfortunately, it was the wrong way. Kevin grabbed
him by the shirt collar and cocked back his arm to
“Kev honest man, she did tell me
to go in there,” Nick started to beg.
“Kevin Scott Richardson let go of
him!” came booming from behind Kevin.
Kevin turned to the voice and there
she stood fuming mad and dripping wet. Kevin dropped
his hold on Nick immediately.
“You are an idiot!” Bron railed at
“Me, I’m an idiot. I don’t let men
in the bathroom when I’m taking a bath.” Kevin was
boiling mad at her. This was her doing not Nick’s.
If she wanted to battle him she could, but she is
not dragging the rest of them into it. This was private
Kevin’s anger started to dissipate
as he gazed at her. She was standing there in a way
to short pink satin bathrobe. The front of it barely
covering anything, he could almost bet the back of
it hardly covered her ass. It was clinging to her
like a second skin as the satin absorbed the moisture
from her flesh. The color darkened on the robe from
the wetness. He watched as bubbles rolled down the
inside of her leg to the floor, and he took a breath.
All of her curves were being revealed as the cloth
sucked the water from her body. She turned and the
front of the robe fluttered open slightly at the bottom.
Briefly he turned his head to Howie
and Brian, immediately he knew what they were watching
and saw. Oh, God he moaned within.
Quickly turning back to her he yelled
at her, “Go get some damn clothes on!”
“Fine!” she exclaimed as she walked
into the bedroom and slammed the door.
“I’m outta here,” Nick squeaked as
he ran like hell out the door. Brian and Howie gave
chase, “Hey wait for us, we wanna talk to you.”
Jake, A.J., and Mary stared at Kevin.
“She is driving me nuts. I swear
I’m gonna kill her. This has been the worst day of
my life,” he huffed out.
A.J. looked at Kevin, “Yeah, it was
Kevin sighed looking at Mary as he
ran his hand through his hair, “Mary why did she do
Mary returned his stare, “Do you
want to hear the truth or what you want to hear?”
“The truth of course,” was his surly
“She was trying to be a friend,”
“Oh I saw that Mare!” He was totally
“No you didn’t, Nick is bummed he
is missing Amy and you guys left him by himself.
You, me, Alex, and Brian went with Howie,” Mary spoke.
“Shit!” Kevin exclaimed.
Mary continued, “Nick sent someone
shopping for Bron so she could cook you guys a special
dinner to say Thank You for helping her with this
Kevin started getting upset because
he knew he was wrong, “Aww, Man.”
A.J. looked at Kevin, “You owe him
“Yeah, better go do it now,” he stated.
Kevin stood up and walked out the
door leaving A.J. and Mary standing there. They quickly
followed him and Mary called down the corridor for
him, “Wait.” Mary stopped him to explain that Bron
had some medication for the pain and her headache.
What Mary had given her will make Bron sleep through
the night and that Jim had given it to her just for
this reason. Kevin shook his head and went to Nick’s
door, which was open.
Kevin saw Nick sitting on the couch
staring at the television. “Hey Nick.”
Nick looked at him with a frown,
“I’m sorry man,” he told him.
“Yeah sure,” was Nick’s unhappy response.
“No really I am,” he reinforced.
Nick studied the older mans face,
“Kev I respect you and wouldn’t cross that line, you
Kevin came in the door and sat across
from Nick in a chair. “I know, but I also know you
have a crush on her,” he smiled.
Nick grinned from ear to ear, “With
her it can’t be helped. She’s a trip.”
“I also know Bron would stop at nothing
to get what she wants,” he said as he raised his eyebrows
and tilted his head.
“What is it that she wants Kev?”
Nick questioned him.
Kevin looked at him, Nick knew, he
was the only one that knew, “Away from everybody,
Nick shrugged his shoulders, “So
let her go.”
“I can’t,” Kevin said, as he shook
his head no.
“Why?” Nick smiled.
“Nick come on, of all people, you
should know why?” Kevin exclaimed.
Nick shook his head and grinned,
“She’s changed you. In this little bit of time she
has changed you.”
Kevin started to laugh, “Yeah, not
for the better either.”
“I kinda of noticed that. What did
you do and say to her on the bus today?” Nick asked.
Nick was hoping for the answer that Bron wouldn’t
Kevin debated not wanting to tell
him everything. An edited version would do. “Basically,
that she wasn’t going anywhere and that she was staying
with me.” A pained look crossed his face.
“Hmm, kind of forceful don’t you
think?” Nick asked and continued. “You wouldn’t
have done that with any other person on this planet
Kevin didn’t know what to say. Nick
had become so observant of this entire situation.
“Yeah, you’re right I wouldn’t of, but Bron is different.
It seems men have run her life for her since she was
a kid. It just seemed natural to me to step in and
Nick started to laugh, “The new romantic
Kevin Richardson. Just because they did it doesn’t
mean she liked it Kevin. Mc is a different situation
than most people and you know it.”
“True,” Kevin simply responded.
Nick looked at Kevin intently and
spoke, “Why don’t you throw her a curve ball?”
“Huh?” Kevin questioned.
Nick glanced at him, “Kill with kindness.”
Kevin jumped up, walked over, and
gave him hug. “I love you Bro.”
“Me too Kev,” Nick smiled.
Kevin turned and walked to the door
to leave. He heard Nick call him and stopped.
“Hey Train,” Nick was smiling.
“What?” Kevin looked at the twinkle
in Nick’s eye.
“Can I watch her take a shower next
time?” he asked while wiggling his eyebrows up and
“Don’t push it Kaos, Don’t push it,”
he laughed as he walked out the door and down to his
As Kevin walked into the suite he
was thinking about what Nick had said. He watched
Jake walk out. Glancing at his watch he decided to
make some phone calls, even though it was late. He
knew they wouldn’t mind.
Once done with his calls he locked
up the suite and headed for bed. Turning the knob
on the bedroom door he found it locked.
“Bron unlock the door,” he spoke
but didn’t receive a response.
“Bronwyn Cooper unlock this door
right now. I will not be locked out of our bedroom,”
as his anger and tone increased with each word he
“Dammit, I’m not waiting for you,”
he spoke to the door.
Kevin noticed the lock took a key
and went searching for it. Finally in the middle
of the desk he found it. Grabbing it, he walked over
to the door and slid the key in the lock. Turing
the key the door opened, “Thank you Jake,” he said
aloud; knowing Jake would have been the only one to
Kevin walked into the bedroom ready
to start yelling at her, until he saw her lying on
the bed in her wet bathrobe sound asleep.
“Hmm, Mary’s stuff must of kicked
in, you are out of it Darlin’. Good thing because
if you were awake I’d probably kill you myself right
about now.” Slowly he walked to the side of the bed,
she looked so fragile to him in this state.
“Well you can’t sleep in wet clothes,”
he said to her. Walking to the other side of the
bed, he pulled back the blankets and sheets. Walking
back to her, he bent down and slowly untied the knot
at her waist. Very carefully he sat her up and pulled
the bathrobe off her, dropping it to the floor. He
was amazed she didn’t even flinch.
Kevin picked her up, walked to the
other side of the bed, and set her down on the bed.
Covering her up with the sheets and blankets, he walked
back to his side of the bed.
Stripping himself, he slid under
the sheets next to her, pulling her close to him in
a spoon. Throwing his leg over her’s, wrapping his
arms around her, he kissed her head, “Sweet dreams
Kevin lay there thinking of all the
information he had gotten from her friends and Mc
this evening. If Bron ever found out that he was
playing detective, she would kill him. At least he
wrote most of it down in case he had forgotten or
needed things clarified. He had tucked everything
safely in his brief case along with Bron’s cell and
wallet. Nick’s right, Kevin smiled, I am pushing
it a little to hard. I even stashed her laptop in
Bri’s room; she’ll never find it there. Closing his
eyes he sighed and thought, well Bron now I know more
about you than you do about me, as he drifted off
Kevin heard crying in the middle
of the night. Gradually he woke and then he heard
a scream, his eyes flew open. Quickly he rolled over
to see Bron curled as tight as a ball. She was screaming
into her pillow. Kevin leaned over, there were tears
rolling down her face. He listened and heard her
beg to that bastard. “Lenny don’t please, Bounce
is down the hall.” She screamed in her sleep. She
started to re-live the moment of what happened to
her. Not only in her dreams, but also out loud and
Kevin heard it all.
Finally, he couldn’t take it any
more he felt like he was going to be sick. “Bron,
Bron, hey baby,” he whispered to her. She couldn’t
hear him she was lost in her nightmare.
Kevin sat up and pulled her off the
mattress to cradle her in his arms. He started to
rock her like a baby and noticed that she began to
settle down. After a few minutes she was sleeping
soundly, quietly curled up in his arms.
Gently he set her down on the bed
and covered her. Kevin got up, went to the bathroom,
and promptly was sick. After brushing his teeth,
he came back and climbed back into bed. As he wrapped
himself around her, she stretched out to accept him.
“Nobody will ever do that to you
again, you’re mine and I love you,” he spoke tenderly
to her even though she couldn’t hear him. “Mc had
better get his shit done or I’ll do it myself,” he
said. Softly sighing, “I’ll talk to Mary about this
nightmare thing tomorrow. She told me what happened
to you and I’m so sorry baby. She didn’t have a lot
of details, but you just cleared that up for me.”
He closed his eyes and went back to sleep never letting
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