A.J. rolled out of the bunk and headed
for the table. “What the hell is so funny this early
in the morning?” Mary grinned at him as she got up
to get him some coffee.
“Nothing Alex, really,” Mary answered
for all of them. Mary handed him his cup of coffee
and he grumbled a little.
“Where’s Train?” he asked.
“In the back,” Nick answered as A.J.
got up to go find him. A.J. waited for Kevin to get
off the phone and pulled him towards the front. Howie
had now joined the group. A.J. went to his bunk and
then came back. He tossed a pile of bills on the
“Here’s your cash dude,” A.J. spoke
as he pushed the wad of bills towards Kevin.
Mary looked at him, “What the hell
“The pool,” Kevin grinned.
Mary glared at Kevin and he quickly
became uncomfortable, all of the fellas did. “You
bet on my friend,” Mary spit at them.
A. J. coughed, “Not exactly, come
with me.” He quickly grabbed Mary’s hand and led
her to the back. “Alex,” Mary hissed at him.
“Calm down baby, it’s not what you
think.” He spoke as he tried to calm her down.
“It better not be,” she hissed at
“No, No, listen…” as he began to
stare at the floor.
“Then what is it?” as she slapped
him up side the head.
A.J. grabbed her hand. “Whether
they would get married or not,” he said with embarrassment.
“Oh,” Mary exclaimed. “And whose
idea was this?” A.J. looked at her like a kid who
was in serious trouble with his mother and squeezed
his eyes shut, “Kev’s”
Figures Mary thought, “Well you better
go back and get that money she hasn’t said yes. Hell
he hasn’t even asked her yet.”
A.J. looked at her, “She will.”
Mary shook her head, “Maybe. Alex
trust me in the end she probably will but I have to
tell you something.” She waited to see if A.J. wanted
to hear it or not.
“What?” he asked.
Mary was upset over it still, “Kevin
signed papers in Chicago that took Bron’s house and
everything she owns and put it in his name.”
A.J. was shocked, “No way, why would
he do that? He’s not like that.”
“He took everything she owns and
she doesn’t even know it yet,” Mary added.
A.J.’s head fell back, “Oh man that
was stupid. Why would he do that to her?”
Mary shook her head, “It wasn’t all
his doing. Mc left him a choice either Mc or him.
What hell was he supposed to do? But when she finds
out all hell is going to break lose and you know it.”
“We will fix it then,” A.J. chimed.
“How?” Mary answered.
“I don’t know, will figure something
out.” Mary watched A.J. go up front, grab the money
from Kevin’s hand, and walk back up to her. Naturally,
Kevin was going to follow his money. “Hey Bone, what
the hell?” as he tried to grab the cash back.
“Did you take Bron’s stuff?” A.J.
Kevin looked at him, “What stuff?”
“Her house and shit.” A.J. said
with an uneasy tone.
“Oh that,” Kevin scrunched up his
nose. Somebody knows something they aren’t suppose
too, he mumbled under his breath.
“Did you?” A.J. asked again.
“Yes,” Kevin answered him. A groan
of disgust came from A.J.
“But I gave it back already,” Kevin
Mary studied him and was doubting
him the entire time. Kevin looked at her, “Being
stuck in L.A. was productive.”
Mary jumped across the space and
hugged him, “Smart man you are.”
Kevin returned the hug, “Not my style,
besides I already know her weaknesses,” he snickered
and waved is tongue at her.
Kevin turned hearing Bron call his
name. He walked to the bunk; she was covered up to
her chin with the blankets. He chuckled a little
at the sight. “I need my clothes,” she whispered.
Kevin left and came back with her clothes. He waited
for her to dress and listened her cussing and swearing
about being stuck in a cramped space. Bron opened
the curtain and he held her hand as she slid down
to the floor. “Thanks,” she kissed his hand.
“Morning,” he spoke as he kissed
“Not yet,” she smiled as she headed
for the kitchen to join the rest of the people. She
walked directly to Nick, who was now sitting on the
outside of the booth. She grabbed his face in both
of her hands. Bron slammed her lips to his mouth
and ran her tongue across his lips. She started to
press harder with her mouth as she watched him with
his eyes wide open. Nick opened his mouth to speak
and Bron thought about it but backed off. She saw
the shocked looked on his face.
Nick was horrified and began pushing
her away. Their lips separated and Nick started to
scream, “Kev get her off of me!” Bron backed off
him and stood up with a smirk on her face. Everyone
but Kevin and Mary were in shock. They were laughing
at her assault on Nick.
“Thank you Nick,” Bron said and she
smiled sweetly at him.
Nick’s face was blood red, “Why the
hell did you do that?” he yelled at her. Nick glanced
at Kevin who was laughing so hard he couldn’t talk.
“That’s how I say Thank you,” she
grinned at him.
Nick pushed Bron further away from
him, “No wonder Kevin’s so freakin’ happy.”
Howie and the rest of the boys joined
in, laughing at the comment. Brian couldn’t believe
that Bron just kissed Nick like that and Kevin didn’t
Kevin got control of himself and
with a slight chuckle, “I think you have been properly
Bron reached over and ruffled Nick’s
hair and he batted her hand away. “You’ll get over
it,” she announced as she walked towards Kevin.
Nick started laughing. In a couple
more hours you’ll be sorry you did that. “Ya know
Bron paybacks are a bitch,” he laughed.
Kevin grabbed Bron’s hand as she
drew closer to him, “We need to talk.”
Bron shook her head, “After my coffee.”
He stood and watched her drink three cups of coffee
in row. Damn that’s sick he thought.
As she poured her fourth he asked
if she was ready and she shook her head yes. They
listen to everyone talk around them. “Privately?”
he asked. Everyone stopped talking around them.
“Why, I don’t keep secrets from my
family.” She answered him and smiled.
Kevin grabbed her hand and looked
to the others, “You heard her, but it’s too crowded
here.” They headed to the back and everyone followed.
They all tensed at first but Bron
started the conversation. “I owe all of you an apology.
I’m really sorry for dumping all of this stuff on
you guys.” The guys insisted that it wasn’t necessary
that they really cared about her and wouldn’t accept
Bron looked at the back of Kevin’s
head, who sat on the floor between her legs. “Do
you really think it was a good idea to send Bounce
to your mom’s?” she asked.
“She’s fine, she’s having a blast.”
Kevin answered as he reached up and stroked her arms
with his hands. “Okay,” Bron said as she glanced
at Brian for reassurance.
Brian had a funny expression on his
face. “What Bri?” Bron asked as all eyes turned
to him in the room.
“Nothing,” and he shook his head.
“Brian, say it,” Bron demanded.
Brian looked at them both sitting
there. “Do you love Kevin?”
“Yes,” she answered as she felt Kevin’s
hands gently squeeze her arms.
“Are you sure?” he asked her.
“Yes Brian I am very sure,” she answered.
“Will Mc leave you alone now?” Brian
Bron sighed she didn’t know what
to say. It was Kevin who answered him, “No.”
Nobody fully understood the relationship
that Mc and Bron had except Mary and Kevin. “Why
not?” Brian asked his cousin.
Kevin wanted to explain tactfully,
“Because Mc loves her. But not the same way that
I do, they also have other ties.”
Bron sighed, finally somebody understood
besides Mary what Mc was all about. She leaned forward
and kissed his ear and whispered, “I love you.”
Nick was happy now because they were
happy, “Yeah but what are you guys going to do now?”
Howie and A.J. groaned they knew
where he was going to go with this. Bron laughed,
“Oh Nick I don’t know. We really haven’t had a chance
A.J. quickly changed the subject.
“Hey Bron, what were you two talking about last night
that was so funny?”
Bron’s face turned red and Mary snickered
in the corner. “Ask Kevin,” she said with a fluster.
“We weren’t talking, we were going
at it,” he grinned from ear to ear.
“God!” Brian exclaimed.
Howie looked at Kevin and laughed,
he turned to Bron. “Have you talked to Gillian?”
he asked her.
“No, why should I?” Bron giggled.
“No that’s okay,” Howie smirked at
Bron glanced out the window, “Does
this bus ever stop?”
“Only for food and gas,” Kevin answered
“This sucks, I’m bored,” she whined.
Kevin got up and went to Brian’s
bunk. He grabbed something and headed up front.
He unrolled the plans, set them out, and called her
to come up front.
Bron went to him and he showed her
what he had. She was fascinated, enthralled, and
delighted all at the same time. She motioned him
to move and he did. She sat at the table and read
everything he placed in front of her.
“Damn Kev this is nice, but you need
to fix some things in this kitchen and master bath,”
She said as she didn’t pick her head up.
“Well Mare said your dad was a contractor.
I figured you could help me out.” Kevin tried to
suppress his smile and the pure happiness that was
running through him. Okay so you’re the contractor,
but I’m not suppose to know that. Now you have something
to do darlin’. You plan it just like you want it
he snickered to himself.
“I need a pencil and a pad please?”
she asked as she continued to read. Kevin leaned
over her and pulled them from the cabinet above her
Kevin asked her a question three
times and she ignored him. He smiled inside, yep
she’s happy and he walked to the back of the bus.
Kevin sat back down in the back and
watched her read and flip pages. For some unknown
reason, he was completely satisfied just watching
“I’m happy for you,” he heard Mary
“Thanks. Think she’ll figure it
out?” as he continued to watch Bron work.
Jake smacked Kevin in the arm, “Not
unless you put it on a billboard.”
The rest of the guys heard the comment
The bus pulled into the parking lot
of the hotel awhile later. Everyone shuffled off
the bus and settled into their suites.
Bron took over the desk and left
the suite door open. She watched Nick and Brain scurry
up and down the hall. Every now and then they would
peek in the suite and laugh.
Kevin lay on the couch wishing he
had never given her the damn plans. They finally
could be alone and she wouldn’t even acknowledge his
presence let alone pay him any attention.
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