Bron was dragging everyone from store
to store. Throwing things at Mary telling her to
try this on while I try this on. A.J. modeled clothes
for them and vice versa. Nick hung back with Jake
and Carlos and watched the three of them go insane
shopping. Bron finally walked up and grabbed Nick’s
hand, “What’s the matter Little Man?” she asked.
“I’m worried, that’s all,” he answered.
Bron turned to Mary and A.J., “Lunch
They headed for a small restaurant
on the upper level. Bron waited for Nick to sit and
grabbed the chair next to him. Carlos and Jake started
to walk away. Bron wrinkled her nose up, “Where the
hell are you two going?”
Carlos glanced at her, “We’ll sit
over here, that’s how it works.”
Bron’s temper was creeping up on
her, “No you won’t, and my friends sit with me.”
Carlos shook his head, “It doesn’t
work that way,”
“Well in my world it does and I always
get my own way,” she announced. Bron stood there
fuming, tapping her boot on the floor. “You two get
over here right now.” Bron waited and neither one
of them budged.
A small crowd had gathered outside
the restaurant window. The boys had been spotted.
A flash went off and A.J. and Nick both groaned.
“Dammit,” A.J. whispered to Mary, “I just want to
Bron grinned and Jake grew nervous,
“Carlos if you don’t come over here right now I will
make sure they get a picture of me sitting in your
lap.” Carlos blinked not believing what she just
said. “I will make sure Kevin gets a copy too!”
Carlos stood up, putting up with her was enough, putting
up with Kevin, no way, he grimaced. They both joined
“My friends eat with me,” she smiled.
A.J. looked at a defeated Carlos,
“Don’t even try to fight it. If Kevin can barely
handle it, there is no way in hell you can.” A.J.
was promptly whacked in the nose with a cracker.
Nick laughed as he watched Bron smile.
“Oh, Oh,” A.J. exclaimed a he grabbed
an ice cube and threw it back at her. It missed and
“Cute A.J., real cute,” Nick said,
annoyed at the attack.
“Cool off Nick,” Bron told him as
she began to stuff ice down the back of his shirt.
“Bron!” he yelled as he pulled his shirt out of his
pants and the ice tumbled to the floor.
The scene was interrupted by a waitress
who took their orders. She was a little wired that
she was waiting on two of the Boys. Bron leaned over
to Nick, “Talk to me, what’s up?”
“I’m worried,” he said as he turned
his head towards her so no one could see what he was
“About what?” Bron asked, listening
“You,” was his simple one word answer.
Bron appreciated the concern that
he had for her. “Nick I’m fine. I’m more than fine,”
“I don’t want to see you get hurt,”
Nick told her.
“Nick, I’m happy. If I get hurt
I have no one to blame but myself.” Bron reached
under the table and squeezed his hand, “Be happy with
The food was delivered right way
and they began to eat. The meal started to wind down
and then all hell started to break lose. Before too
long Carlos was standing at the end of the table delivering
his lecture before it got out of hand. “Listen I
am use to food fights from the boys, but not the ladies,”
as he glared at Bron. “You started this. If only
I had known.” Carlos shook his head, “I’m telling
Bron had to laugh, but she knew she
had crossed the line in her excitement. Bron got
up and walked up to him, “Don’t be such a baby and
run back and tell him. I’m sorry it is my fault.
I was just over excited at actually getting out.
I have been locked up for days and I am really sorry
Carlos,” she offered her sincere apology.
Carlos’s glare softened, she hadn’t
been anywhere, talked to anyone, or seen anyone beyond
their group in days, “I understand.”
“Thank you,” she gave him a pat on
his cheek with her left hand.
Mary poked A.J. and she pointed to
her own ring finger and nodded no. A.J. was surprised
but happy, no rings he thought.
“Let’s go we still have two stores
left,” Bron grinned.
“Hey don’t forget your robe,” A.J.
“Mare he is enjoying this way too
much.” Bron stated.
“I know,” she sighed.
As they walked out of the restaurant
Bron spotted the second to last stop. Bron paused
in the hallway and looked at A.J., “Forget it you’re
not going with me.”
“Yes I am, he said I could,” A.J.
wiggled his eyebrows at her.
“Well, you’re not. I’m taking Nick,”
as she grabbed his hand and started to pull him with
Nick began pulling away, “No, I don’t
“Yes, A.J. will have me in leather
and animal prints,” she grinned.
“Hey what’s wrong that?” he yelled
Bron dragged Nick into the store.
Jake looked at Mary with a rueful
grin, “Should we save him, she still doesn’t know,”
A.J. looked at him, “How can someone
so smart not see the obvious?”
Mary laughed, “She never does, you
need a billboard.”
Carlos chuckled, “Let her have her
fun, he’ll survive it.”
Bron looked around the store. The
clerks were tripping over her to wait on her. She
grabbed a robe and held it up; Nick shook his head
no. This went on for several minutes, finally Bron
had enough, “You’re not helping here.”
“It’s not what he wants,” Nick smiled.
“Then you find something,” Bron snapped.
Nick walked over to the rack, “This
one,” Bron actually sighed, “That’s beautiful.” Nick
handed it to her and strolled to the other side of
the store. When he came back, he had another one,
“This is the one you are suppose to wear around the
rest of us,” he grinned.
Bron giggled, “Okay”
Bron walked up to the cashier who
was trembling when Nick stepped up next to Bron.
Bron looked at her purse and forgot she had to go
get Carlos. Before she could turn around Nick had
offered his credit card for the purchase. “For my
lady,” he grinned to the cashier. Bron snickered
and kissed his cheek, “Thank You.”
Nick grinned and bit his bottom lip;
“You’re welcome, now that I have it back.”
Bron dropped her head, “I’m sorry,
as soon as Kevin cuts lose of my wallet, I’ll pay
“Kevin already did,” Nick informed
her. Bron wrinkled her nose, and set her chin in
the air, “I have my own money,” she said. Nick snickered
in his head, yeah he told me.
They left store and rejoined the
group. “Wow that was fast,” Jake was thrilled.
“Nick has good taste,” she told him.
A.J. shook his head, his fashion
taste being insulted, “Yeah right.”
Bron looked at Mary, “Come on, I
want to get something different to wear tonight to
A.J. became thrilled at the prospect
of playing dress up. “Let’s go,” A.J. grabbed her
“Oh Lord Mare,” Bron groaned.
They all entered the last store.
A.J. prowled through the store like a man on a hunt.
Bron looked at Nick, “What does he want me to do just
“Yep,” Nick answered.
“I feel like an idiot,” Bron sighed.
Nick shook his head, “Trust him,
he knows what he is doing.”
Twenty minutes went by and he came
around the corner, “Try these on.”
Bron walked in and put everything
on. She turned and looked in the mirror. “Holy Shit,”
they heard outside of the dressing room. Bron whispered
into the mirror, “He’ll kill me if I wear this.”
“I wanna see,” A.J. cackled.
“NO!” Bron shouted. The next thing
she knew he was standing next to her. Bron was staring
at him through the mirror. “You are to die for,”
“I don’t know,” Bron shook her head.
“Wait a minute,” as he backed out of the dressing
room and came back in. He slid a jacket on her arms.
“That’s it,” he yelled with joy. “These have to go,”
as he ran his finger on her thigh.
Bron shook her head and started rattling
excuses to him, “You can almost see through this blouse,
I can’t wear anything under any of this.”
“I know,” A.J. grinned.
“So what’s this for, him or you guys?”
she chided him.
“Both,” he chuckled.
“Mary! Help me,” Bron cried out.
Mary walked in “Wow, not bad Alex.
Kevin will be stunned.”
A.J. frowned, “I was going for paralyzed.”
Mary laughed, “It will work.”
“Okay, but I’m taking a back up outfit.”
She admonished both of them as she waved them out
to change. Bron came out and they paid for the purchases.
Once in the van, Bron finally spoke again, “Thanks
guys I really enjoyed myself, I’m so tired,” she yawned.
Carlos looked at her, “Poor baby!”
“I must be forgiven,” she stretched
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