Kevin woke up Thursday morning and
began his day. Jake stayed with Bron and grabbed
a quick nap in the afternoon while Mary kept an eye
on her. Kevin and Jake ate dinner together in the
Jake spent most of the time talking
about Bron and how they grew up together. Kevin traded
stories about high school and his family. Kevin had
come to see why Bron viewed Jake as her big brother.
They had been friends forever. He even followed Bron
into Mc’s fold just so he could be with her. They
discussed the fact that Jake had grown up in a primarily
white neighborhood and that Bron had befriended him
right off the bat. She protected him from the kids
they went to school with before he began to protect
Jake said that he felt a lot of guilt
over Bron’s relationship with Mc. Kevin finally got
the full story of how the relationship was. It was
rocky, very volatile, and abusive. Mc abused Bron
heavily towards the end and that was one of the reasons
that Jake encouraged her not to go back. Mc told
Jake it was just frustration. Mc wanted Bron but
couldn’t have her, it was tearing him apart, and he
took it out on her.
Kevin repeated to Jake the conversation
he had with Mary earlier in the afternoon. Bron slept
the entire time never waking up once. Kevin was upset
and voiced it to Mary. Mary said that it was to be
expected but tomorrow afternoon he would have to wake
her up and get her to eat something. If she didn’t
eat, Mary would have to intercede again and that wasn’t
something she wanted to do.
Finally saying goodnight Jake left
and Kevin went to bed. He cuddled next to Bron and
silently prayed that she would forgive him when she
Morning came and Kevin went to rehearsals,
they had a concert tonight. Kevin came back from
the venue and met Mary. Mary had ordered a light
lunch for Bron and waited for it to arrive. She knew
she couldn’t take much but she needed something in
Once the food arrived Mary looked
at Kevin and smiled, “Good Luck.”
Bron felt something shaking her,
“Bron come on time to wake up. You need to eat.”
Bron’s eyes fluttered opened half awake. “I’m not
hungry,” she hissed as she started to recall what
he had done to her.
Kevin stood next to the bed glaring
at her. Well it looks like she’s feeling better she
wants to fight. “I don’t care if you’re not hungry;
it’s time to eat.”
Bron began to roll over and was yanked
out of the bed and led to the table. Kevin unceremoniously
shoved her into the chair.
“EAT!” he yelled at her as he sat
down across from her. “Fuck You!” she said without
raising her head. Kevin’s hand flew up to her face,
she winced as he grabbed her by the jaw and jerked
her head to meet his icy glare. “You eat that right
now or I will stuff it down your throat myself.”
Bron studied his face as he dropped
his hand to his side. The more she looked at him
the more her hair stood up on the back of her neck.
She surmised by that feeling alone he would do it.
Bron picked up the fork and pushed the food around
the plate for a few minutes. She was famished but
her stomach was turning at the same time. “I said
eat it, not play with it.” Kevin barked at her.
Bron began to eat albeit slowly.
It had been days since she had eaten and she didn’t
want to get sick. Kevin sat across from her glaring
at her the entire time. Once he was satisfied that
she had finished he sighed slightly and closed his
Bron finished eating and placed the
dishes on the cart. She began to walk back to the
bedroom and Kevin’s arm snaked out snagging her by
her shoulder. “No, you’re not hiding in there any
more,” Kevin announced as he steered her to a chair.
Bron sat and Kevin sat down on the floor in front
of her. Bron shook her head, what the hell is this
all about? Afraid you can’t catch me if I decide
In time the guys started to trickle
in the room. They all asked how she was doing and
she repeated fine. Kevin sat on the floor watching
the guys trying to elicit a conversation from her,
but it didn’t happen. After a couple of hours they
had to get ready for the show and a quick out.
They had to leave early for the venue
so Kevin made sure he had ordered something for her
and Jake to eat on the bus. He knew she wouldn’t
do it. Hell she probably wouldn’t touch it unless
he was there to threaten her with bodily harm if she
The food arrived around dinnertime
to the bus. Bron stared at it. Jake shook his head
at her, “Bron he is really pissed now that you are
doing this to yourself. You better eat it.” Bron
shoved the plate away and went and sat on the couch.
She flicked the television on and began to watch it.
Jake was relieved that she didn’t go immediately to
hide in the bunk.
Jake sat in the chair waiting for
Kevin to come back. A movie played for a couple of
hours. Bron retreated to the bunk. Jake glanced
at his watch and grinned. Trying to avoid the man
is not going to work little sister, he mused.
Bron changed clothes and drifted
off to sleep. She was awakened by someone pulling
on her arm, she realized Kevin was back. She wasn’t
in the mood and began to pull away from the tugging.
“Tough shit,” she heard in the dark and her eyes snapped
open. Bron was dragged back next to his body. He
wrapped his arms around her and kissed her shoulder.
Bron closed her eyes and drifted
off to a natural sleep. Kevin saw that she had fallen
asleep on her own and he did the same.
The bus arrived in Tacoma in the
middle of the night. They were rousted from their
slumber and booked into the hotel. They both fell
into the bed and went back to sleep for a couple of
Kevin woke up and immediately went
into his hard ass mode. His anger was coming to a
boil over her rebuking his advances the night before.
He ordered breakfast for both them and waited for
it to arrive. Once it arrived he went to wake Bron
Bron was woken up Saturday morning
and rudely informed that breakfast was ready. When
she made no effort to move Kevin became infuriated.
“Don’t make me drag your ass out of there. Get up
Bron got up and ate without saying
a word to him. She knew better than to even head
for the bedroom with the mood he was in. She sat
on the couch and stared out the window for hours.
Kevin prowled, left, and came back for lunch. Kevin
called her to the table and motioned her to sit.
He was fed up with this, “When is this going to stop?”
Bron didn’t answer him. “Eat your damn lunch!” he
screamed at her and then walked out the door.
Mary heard Kevin yelling from down
the hall and decided maybe he needed a break. Kevin
stormed out and Mary glided into the suite. She went
and sat across from Bron. “Do you want to talk?”
Mary asked her.
“No,” Bron answered her.
“Bron why are you doing this to him?”
Mary asked with an intent gaze settled on Bron.
“I’m not doing anything. He tells
me to eat; I eat. He tells me to sleep; I sleep.
What’s the problem?” Bron shrugged her shoulders.
Mary shook her head, “You’re the
problem. You are not being yourself.” Mary grinned
as she thought of what Bron had just said. “Pissing
him off even more is not going to be your ticket home.
He isn’t like Mc. You’ll just push to do something
Bron clenched her jaw in anger. Mary
knew she had guessed correctly after she saw the fury
in Bron’s face.
“Where are we?” Bron spoke.
“Tacoma,” Mary chuckled.
“Then where?” Bron asked as she tried
to figure out what day it was.
“Portland and then off to California,”
Mary answered her with a smirk.
“Knock it off Mary,” Bron bellowed
Nick heard Bron yell as he went to
the hallway and smiled. I guess somebody is doing
a little better. Nick decided it was time he watched
Kevin and Bron to see what was actually going on.
Kevin wasn’t sharing with the guys and neither was
Nick watched Bron and Kevin interact
for almost three days. It was the same thing played
over and over. Unless Kevin barked orders at her,
she completely ignored all of them. It was finally
time to leave for Portland. It was going to be a
quick out again. Nick hated quick outs. Kevin wasn’t
sharing but he was miserable with everyone. Mr. Moody
was back. Bron wasn’t much better, trying to have
a conversation with her was like trying to pull teeth
out of a horse. Bron sat in the dressing room waiting
for the show to be over. Nick watched Kevin track
down Keith and have a conversation with him that was
serious. Then he did the same with Jake and Carlos.
Nick got Brian and Jake together
before the show. “What did he say to you Jake?” Nick
Jake shrugged. “He was telling us
that if he found anybody on his bus besides us he
was going to whoop somebody’s ass for it,” Jake chuckled.
Nick smiled at Brian, “I’ve been
Jake laughed loudly, “I think he
knows that and that is why he had his little talk
Brian asked Jake, “What’s going on
with Bron?” Jake looked at him, “Sparky has lost
her spark. She’s so submissive I want to smack her.
I am thinking about calling Mc.”
Nick glanced at Brian, “He isn’t
doing much better. He had to force her to talk to
Bounce. This is wearing on him and I’m worried.”
“So what do we do?” Brian asked.
“Well, we need to get on that bus,”
Jake groaned. He shook his head
trying to make a decision and then he grinned at them,
“When he throws a punch, does he lead with his left
or his right?”
Nick and Brian broke out in giggles
as Carlos walked over. The three were up to something
and he was going to stop it. “What’s up gentlemen?”
Jake looked at Carlos, “Brian and
Nick want to help with Kevin’s little problem.”
Carlos shook his head no, “Stay out
of this. He will go insane, he has already warned
us that you guys might try something.”
Nick grinned, “Carlos do you like
“It’s not going to work Nick.” Carlos
“Come on we just want to get on the
bus.” Nick whined.
The last call came for the boys to
head for the stage. Kevin walked in and over to Bron.
He kissed her forward and told her to wait for him
he was going to shower before they left.
The show went well and Bron waited
for Kevin. Kevin watched, all of the fellas were
like a whirlwind once off the stage. He kept thinking
where’s the fire. They showered and beat him out
of the venue.
The buses were idling waiting for
everyone to board. Kevin walked slowly to the bus
holding Bron’s hand. There were a few fans who had
snuck into the garage but not many. Kevin didn’t
really pay them any mind he didn’t care. He was finally
relaxing at the thought that they would finally be
alone. No fellas just him and her. Maybe they could
finally talk this out or at least fight it.
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