An hour later the phone rang in A.J.’s
suite, Mary answered. A.J. listened to half the conversation.
Mary turned to him and winked, “Kevin’s feeling better
now. She wants to know if you want to go with us?
Kevin isn’t going.”
“If Kev isn’t for sure,” he answered
Mary hung up the phone and shook
her head. “I think he created a monster. Do you
want to ask Nick?” Mary asked as she walked up to
A.J. and hugged him.
“Yeah why not. I think the girls
have already left for the airport,” he spoke.
They stopped at Nick’s door on their
way to get Bron. Nick was there with, of all people,
Mc and the door was open.
Mary had formed an alliance with
Mc and Kevin for now. She saw that the men although
worlds apart they had one common denominator, her
best friend. “What are you doing here?” she asked
Mc suspiciously. Mc and Nick together however had
made Mary very uneasy. There is no way Nick could
hold his own against Mc and then there were the feelings
that Nick carried for Bron.
“Hanging, Bron’s been kinda busy,”
A.J., Mary, and Mc stood in the hall
and watched Nick race back and forth across the room
with the telephone in his hand. Nick started yelling,
“Damn Stevie, don’t tell me that. I don’t care.
I don’t want to know.” Nick paused for one second
then started yelling again. “Please Stevie stop.
It will be forever burned in my mind. SHIT! That’s
not funny. I can’t believe she told you that.”
Mary looked at Mc and raised her
eyebrows, “What’s that about?”
“Seems Bron likes strawberries now,
with Kevin on the side,” he snickered.
Mary shook her head half in shock
that Mc was telling her this and laughing at the same
time. “I don’t want to know anymore and you stop
tormenting him. Is this a new game for you and Stevie?
Drive Nick nuts? Both of you stop it right now.”
A.J. looked at Mc, “Don’t, he’s just
a kid with a crush, that’s all.”
Mc looked at them, “All right, Bron
does a good enough job on her own anyway.”
Nick slammed the phone down and Mary
motioned them to follow her.
They all walked down to Kevin’s suite.
Howie and Brian were there and making plans. Mc walked
in watching Bron from the door. She was bubbling
over and happy for the first time in a long time.
“Hey guys, come on in,” She practically
Bron walked up to Mary and A.J.,
she smiled. “I wanna a hug,” as she hugged them.
“I want to thank both of you for helping me again,”
and she kissed them both.
“Thank them, what about me. I did
all the work.” Kevin smiled ruefully as he stood
at the door of the bedroom holding his shirt. Yep
work, gonna do some more of that too, he snickered
to himself. Bron turned around, he thought she would
be pissed at the way he had worded it. It wasn’t
out in the open, but it didn’t take much to figure
it out either.
Nick snuck in the door behind Mc
and everyone waited for the explosion.
“But honey I already thanked you.
Three times last night and twice this morning and
then you thanked me for thanking you.” She said with
Kevin gauged the response in his
head; she’s not mad, she called me honey, and she’s
smiling. Kevin roared, “I like the way you say thank
She returned one of the biggest smiles
she had given him so far and winked at him, “Me too!”
Nick stared to blush. Howie and
Brian were shell-shocked. They were thinking the
same thing; this is not Bron.
Mc was ecstatic on the inside. Bron
was coming back to being the feisty fireball that
he loved so much. Mc crossed the room in a flash,
surprising Kevin as he tried to put his shirt on.
“What did you to my little girl?” as he winked at
Kevin paused in mid air with his
arms in his t-shirt. “She’s not a little girl anymore,”
and he returned the wink.
Mc reached over and pointed to Kevin’s
shoulder, “Yeah I see that,” he chuckled.
Mc turned to Bron who was red with
embarrassment now, “Shame on you,” he grinned. Bron’s
blush deepened and Mc figured it was time to quit
teasing her. He walked over and embraced her tenderly,
quietly whispering to her. “I’m proud of you for
finally dealing with this. I’m still mad that you
didn’t tell me.” He held on to her and didn’t really
want to let her go. “I hope your nightmares let up
baby. I know it’s hard and I’m trying my best to
finish this for you.” Mc just kept hanging on to
her and whispering to her.
“Let go of her,” he heard Kevin say.
Mc looked Bron in the eye and continued
to whisper, “Guess he’s jealous, too bad.” he chuckled.
“You’re still mine and always will be one way or another.”
Mc leaned down again and squeezed her gently. He
placed his mouth next to her ear. “Did you know Stevie
called Nick, told him something about strawberries,”
he mumbled. I guess if I can’t torment Nick she can,
he thought to himself.
Kevin stood back and when he saw
Bron smile that was enough. Kevin’s jealousy and
anger were licking at him and growing the longer they
stood they together. He walked over and pulled them
apart. “Break it up. She’s mine, you gave her to
me.” Kevin quickly tried to cover for his mistake.
“Shit, I’m sorry Bron. I’m really sorry.”
Bron looked up at Kevin and smiled,
“That’s okay, considering your definition, it’s not
“I don’t believe this,” Brian yelped
as he jumped up from the couch. “Who are you?” he
asked as he began looking around the room. “Bron,
hey Bron, someone is here pretending to be you.”
Everyone started to laugh. “Knock
it off Choirboy. I still owe you a beating,” was
heard by all in the room.
“Hello, she’s back,” Brian chimed.
Howie looked at Kevin. “So what’s
it like to sleep with Sybil anyway?” he asked Kevin.
Kevin laughed loudly, “Very interesting.”
Bron marched over to Howie and bent
down to his face. “Howie, Gillian told me a whole
lot about you Latin lover boy. You better behave
yourself.” Howie’s eyes bulged, “Yes Mame.” Damn
girl talk he said in his head.
Bron stood up and sighed, “So boys,
what’s on the agenda for today?”
“Shopping!” A.J. yelled.
Bron rolled her eyes, “Wonderful
another day of counting ceiling tiles.”
“No, not if you want to go,” Kevin
spoke as he came to stand next to her. He watched
for Mc’s reaction and didn’t get one. Must be fine
by him too, he thought.
“I can,” she turned around and hugged
“Yes, but on the condition that you
at least buy a longer robe,” he chuckled.
Bron was still hugging him around
the waist and looking up at him. “Done Deal. Can
I have my wallet back now?”
Kevin’s eyebrows shot up at the request.
Bron watched his reaction, “How stupid do you think
I am?” Kevin looked at her and grinned. “While your
at it, I would like my laptop and cell back too.”
Mc stood back and watched. He was
hoping that Kevin would at least be cautious for a
Kevin studied her expression, but
it still was dangerous and you are still so freaking
stubborn. “Wallet no, laptop yes, cell no.” he replied.
“Kev,” Bron started to raise her
“No,” was his reply before she could
“How can I buy anything?” she smiled,
playing her trump card.
Kevin reached in his pocket, grabbed
his wallet, and produced a credit card for her.
Bron shook her head. Well I’m not
going to win this one. She snagged the card from
his hand. “Who’s going with me, Kevin’s treat,” she
“We are,” A.J. chimed.
Kevin shook his head, “Figures.”
“I’ll pick out the bathrobe,” A.J.
spoke with much pride and amusement.
Kevin turned to Nick, “Will you go
just to keep on eye on him?” Nick nodded an ascent.
Howie informed everyone that he was
going back to bed. Bron snickered and was answered
with a, “Shut up Bron.” Slowly Howie got off the
couch and headed for the door. Bron looked at his
slow movements, “Eventually she’s going to kill you.”
Howie didn’t even turn around thinking Bron might
“I’m waiting on a call, when she
gets home. Which should be two hours from now.”
Brian announced as he looked at his watch.
Kevin looked at him visibly disgusted
and shook his head as Brian walked out the door, “We
Bron stood there remembering what
Mc had told her that Stevie had done. Bron walked
to the fridge and pulled out the remaining strawberries.
Walking to the other side she stood next to Kevin.
She held a strawberry next to her shoulder. “Hungry?”
she asked him.
“Mmm,” he leaned down and took a
bite out of the berry. He spent more time licking
her fingers than eating the fruit.
Bron tuned to Nick who was blushing
slightly. Bron pulled the strawberry down further
forcing Kevin to lean over almost into her breast.
Kevin was struggling now. Damn I
want more of that as he looked at the front of her
shirt. I don’t know what the hell she is doing, but
I don’t really care right now. Bron could feel Kevin’s
breath brushing against her neck. When he was done
he licked each finger. “You taste delicious,” he
Mary had already caught the glint
in Bron’s eye, she was up to something and it wasn’t
for Kevin’s benefit.
Bron tuned to Nick. “What’s the
matter Nick you look warm. You’re not getting sick
are you?” she asked with concern.
Nick cleared his throat, “No. Are
you ready to go now?”
“Almost,” she replied. Bron turned
to Mary. “Oh Mare remind me, I have to redo chapter
eight. I have that sex in shower thing way underrated,”
she spoke. Kevin and A.J. laughed quietly. Bron
spun around and tossed Nick a strawberry. Nick caught
it and Bron smiled, “Nothing like strawberries and
“Shit Bron!” Nick exclaimed wanting
to run from the room. A.J. and Mary were laughing,
now they knew what she was doing.
Kevin leaned on her, “What are you
doing?” Bron wasn’t ready to answer him, he would
be really mad at her. Bron watched Nick scrunch up
his face and close his eyes trying to erase what Stevie
told him from his mind. I bet Stevie just added to
it. I will kill him for this. But Nick should’ve
hung up and not listened. They say women are bad.
“Ya know Nick, it’s all in the placement of the fruit,”
Nick’s hands flew up to his eyes.
“SHIT!” and he ran out of the room.
Kevin came around in front of her
appalled at what she had just said. Bron started
laughing with A.J., Mary, and Mc. “Do you want to
explain that to me?” he asked, his fury very evident
in his face.
“Stevie called this morning, he wanted
to know how I was doing. So I told him,” she said
trying to hide her smile. “Some of it anyway, but
he couldn’t handle it,” and she shrugged her shoulders.
Kevin shook his head in disbelief
and glared at her, “Don’t tell him anymore, that is
private, between you and I.”
“Sorry, by the way Master, Stevie
wants you to call him,” she grinned.
Mc cleared his throat to get their
attention, “I’m to blame too. I called Stevie after
I read the note, Stevie called Bron,” he grinned “and
then called Nick..,” and he stopped. “Stevie was
just trying to be a troublemaker.”
Mary interjected, “Stop now, the
obvious isn’t always there.” She said cryptically.
Kevin and Mc laughed together. Mc
looked at Mary, “You’re right on that one!”
Kevin looked at Bron, “What note?”
Bron was uneasy, “Just a little note
saying we didn’t want to be disturbed.”
Kevin reached in his pocket and unfolded
the paper he had found in the garbage can. He held
in front of her, “Umm that’s good, but next time could
you use your name.”
“Shit,” Bron muttered under her breath.
“That’s okay darlin’,” he dropped
his lips to hers. “I like it when you rock my world,”
he pressed his lips to hers. Suddenly he pushed her
away from him, “So go on, get out of here.”
“Let’s go,” Bron squealed as she
snagged her purse and headed for the door.
“Hey, are you forgetting anything?”
Kevin asked her.
Bron stood for a minute, “No, I don’t
think so. Card, purse, I gave you a kiss.
“Jake,” he answered her.
Bron frowned, “Aww, come on, please
“Sorry and Carlos too,” he said with
“Jesus Kevin, I can’t shop with them,”
“Have too,” he stood there waiting
for the hissy fit to begin.
“Fine,” she muttered.
Kevin heard them talking as they
went out into the hall, “This sucks. I’m losing every
battle with him,” She sighed
Kevin went to the door, “Hey!’
Bron turned around, but kept backing
down the hallway, afraid he had changed his mind.
“Now what?” she answered his call.
“Don’t charge us out of house and
home, okay,” he smiled. Like that was even possible
as far as back account went.
“Yes Master,” she giggled as she
rapped her hand on Nick’s door. “Come on Little Man,
let’s rock.” Nick opened the door and she grinned
at him. “That’ll teach you.” Bron turned to Mary,
“Did what he just say make any sense to you?”
A.J. looked at Mary, “Blonde moment.”
And they laughed. Bron and Nick stood there clueless.
Kevin laughed as he walked back into
the suite, poor Bron. Some days I think that woman’s
head is just not on tight, he mused. The obvious
just waltzes right by her.
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