Chapter 39

Kevin swung his legs back down to the floor.  He threw a pen and pad onto the dining room table.  “Enjoy yourself and leave me alone,” he barked at her.

Bron mumbled at him and he glanced at her trying to figure out what she said.  Bron got up, refilled her coffee, and went and sat back down.  She closed her eyes and tried to think.  Eventually she just would open them and stare blankly at the tablet in front of her.  Nothing could come to her.

Kevin was watching her.  He was doing paperwork, but it had to do with her.  The last thing he wanted was her anywhere near the desk.  It was his notes from Saturday.  He began to laugh out loud. 

Bron looked at him, “Something funny?”

“Writer’s block?” he asked.

“Hmmpf,” she huffed out.

“That was my intention originally, if you remember,” he chuckled.

The words that he spoke to her that night in Toronto came back to her.  “I just wanted to make it harder for you to separate fact from fiction.”

“You jackass!” she yelled at him.

“Whoa and good morning too you to Sparky,” Mc smiled, as he walked in the door, tossing his brief case on the couch.

“Go to hell and you better be here to take me back home with my kid,” she looked angrily at him.

“Sparky, now come on, you know that isn’t up to me.”  Mc was enjoying this as he smiled at her.  “Because you don’t be…”

“Don’t even say it, so help me God, I’ll hurt you,” she spat at him.

 Mc closed his mouth and shrugged his shoulders.  He flashed a wide-eyed grin to Kevin who returned it.  Walking over to his brief case he opened it and grabbed an envelope out of it.  Mc strolled over to Kevin at the desk and dropped it in front of him. 

Bron’s eyebrows wrinkled together.  What is that she wondered?  Bron knew Kevin wouldn’t answer her if she asked him.

“What did you just give him?” she questioned Mc with anger already in her eyes.

“Nothing,” he grinned wickedly at her, knowing it would just anger her more.

Bron watched Kevin open the envelope and start to read.  He flipped through all the pages and read each one.

“I know damn well, whatever you gave him has to do with me.  What is it?” she said as she stood up and started for the desk.

“Sit down,” Mc yelled at her.  “It’s business Bron that’s all.” 

Kevin watched Bron quietly return to her seat.  Quickly he signed the top sheet, placed the papers back in the envelope, and handed it back to Mc.  He could see a war was going to break out between the two.  Thinking to himself, Bron moved pretty quickly and recalled his conversation with Stevie about the relationship between Mc and Bron.  He knew that sometimes it had gotten nasty and Bron was on the receiving end of it.

Mc grabbed the envelope, ambled over to his brief case, tossed it in and slammed it shut. 

“Well as long as the three of us are together, we can get some things straightened out.”  Kevin announced.

Bron frowned at him, “There’s nothing to straighten out, I’m getting Bounce and I’m going home.”

“No you’re not,” Mc exclaimed loudly.

“She’s staying with Stevie so let’s drop it.”  Kevin stated matter-of-factly.

Mc turned to Kevin, “So what are you going to do now?”

“I don’t know?  I’ll think of something,” he beamed at Mc.

“Excuse me, I’m sitting right here.  Don’t I have a say in this,” she spoke in rage.

“NO,” they both chimed.  Kevin looked at her and smirked, “Maybe after you grow up.”

“Asshole, I’m out of here,” she yelled as she leaped up and headed for the door.

“Touch that door and I’ll beat the hell out of you,” Mc shouted at her back.

Kevin issued Mc a warning, “Mc!”  Kevin watched Bron freeze in her tracks and shudder.  Well that confirms my reservations about this relationship he thought.  “Bron, please come back so we can finish this,” Kevin asked her.

Bron went and grabbed her cup and walked to the kitchen to fill it.  She went to pour a cup and the coffee was gone.  Water was better right now; if I have one more cup, I’m going to explode.  She filled a glass and returned to the chair to sit down.

“Now if you two are done, I want my kid and I want to go home, to my home, today!” she raised her chin in the air.  She was tired of being afraid. 

Mc lost his control seeing the defiance in her face.  “You are such a stubborn woman, you will never change,” he screamed as he grabbed for her.  Bron cried, “Don’t,” as she threw her arms up to protect herself.

Kevin jumped from behind the desk.  As he grabbed Mc’s arm with one hand and pushed Bron out of the way with the other.  “Don’t you dare.  Those days are over.  You’ll never lay another hand on her again,” Kevin growled at him.  Mc backed off surprised and shocked at Kevin’s response. 

Kevin looked over to Bron apologetically, “I’m sorry.”

Mc looked at her, “I’m sorry Bron.  I’m just upset over this Lenny thing and the fact that you didn’t tell me.”

Bron looked at both of them.  She decided she was going to just ignore this.  They weren’t going to get her to discuss this with them.  It was private and personal.

Mc knew that bringing Lenny up was a bad idea the minute he saw the look of horror on Bron’s face.

Kevin leaned down and whispered to her, “Relax, I won’t let him hurt you.”  Bron looked at him and he saw the relief wash over her face.  “Why don’t you write, it might make you feel better,” he said as he winked at her and strode back over to the desk.

Bron scowled at Kevin and picked up her pen.

Kevin and Mc started discussing everyday things to put Bron at ease and break the tension in the room.

After fifteen minutes of them talking, Mc grinned at Kevin and nodded towards Bron.

Bron was lost in her thoughts, in her own little world, forgetting they were even there.  She had an idea but couldn’t work it out in her head in order to get it on paper.  I wish I had my laptop I need to do some research before I go forward with this plot.

Bron’s thoughts were interrupted by Mc pulling the tablet away from her and breaking her concentration.  “Bron what’s this?”  He lifted the blank tablet in the air.

Bron scrunched up her face at him and didn’t say a word.

“What’s the matter Sparky?  I don’t know you look frustrated.”  Mc giggled.

Kevin started laughing wildly.  The anger came in flash through her body and Mc saw it.

“That’s it, I hate both of you!” she screamed at the top of her lungs and stormed for the door.

“Don’t go off the floor,” she heard Kevin say in between his fits of laughter. 

Mc watched Bron fly out the door and turned to look at Kevin.  “Something I said?” he asked him, shocked by the rage in Bron over something so small. 

Kevin was still laughing as he tried to pull himself together, “No, something I did.”

Mc looked at him, his eyebrows furrowed together, “Huh?”

“Bron got a taste of her favorite trick last night and she didn’t like it,” Kevin chuckled.

Mc’s face went from confused to total shock.  “You didn’t?” he asked astounded and continued.  “You teased her ass and left her hanging,” he laughed uncontrollably.

“Yes I did,” Kevin chuckled.

“Oh man Kev, that’s mean knowing how she feels about you.”  Mc shook his head.

“I know, you know, and everyone else knows how Bron feels about me.  It’s about time she grew up and admitted it,” Kevin laughed.  “I told her if she wanted me she had to ask,” he giggled.

Mc looked at him and shook his head again, “I never thought in a million years you had it in you.”

Kevin sobered up quickly.  “Neither did I, but you taught her how to do it,” he said stone-faced.

“Yeah, I know.  I don’t want to talk about it now,” Mc answered him.  They quickly got off the subject not ready to go there yet.  They had formed an alliance for now over Bron.

Kevin looked at Mc, “I wasn’t kidding when I told you never to lay a hand on her again.”

Mc sized Kevin up and figured that Kevin was serious about this.  It wasn’t that Mc was afraid of the younger man, but for some unknown reason, he didn’t want to lose his respect.  “If that’s what you want,” he answered him.  Mc mused in his head.  Will see how long it takes Bron to push you to your breaking point Kevin.  She is very good at it.

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