As they entered the hallway and the
door shut to the suite, Bron started. “What are we
going to do?” she hissed.
Kevin grabbed her hand as he stopped.
“Relax, I will get a room for you and Bounce.”
“But,” Bron whined.
“I can’t Bron, not now,” he informed
her. As they passed by Nick’s door Bron halted.
“I am going to kick his ass for this right now,” she
“Not now, I have to get you settled,”
Kevin spoke with an edgy voice.
They walked into Mary and A.J.’s
suite to find the rest of the fellas. Bron headed
for Nick but Kevin held her hand and wouldn’t let
go. “No,” he told her and pulled her back towards
Bron was flustered as she turned
to Mary, “What do you need Mare?”
Mary grinned, “Nothing I thought
you may have needed an out.”
Kevin was glaring at Nick and Brian,
when he asked Mary if he could use their phone. Bron
sighed, “Thanks Mare, I did.”
They listen to Kevin on the phone
and then he hung it up in disgust, “They’re booked.”
Bron was almost in tears as she looked at Kevin, “What
am I suppose to do?”
Nick and Brian exchanged nervous
looks with one another, Kevin’s voice boomed through
the room as he walked towards them. “You went to
far!” Kevin yelled at them.
Jake and Stevie came rushing into
the room. “Hey Kevin, relax, it’s all worked out.
We have a bed for Bron.” Stevie hastily spoke.
“Not mine!” he screamed at Stevie.
Stevie shook his head, “No Kevin,
you can blame those two for that,” as he pointed out
the two guilty parties on the couch. Kevin ambled
over to the couch. Brian and Nick jumped off it and
went in opposite directions. “Nervous fellas?” he
asked as he sat down. Kevin watched Bron; she would
go after one of them if given the chance.
Bron was well aware she had better
not make a move on them. Kevin was watching every
move she made. He was already upset and angry. She
knew she didn’t need to make matters worse. In a
way, she was very happy because they had brought Bounce
back to her. Bron walked up to Kevin and spoke to
him, “Look your family is here, let’s make the best
of this. The boys did bring Bounce to see me and
I have a place to sleep.”
Jake spoke up, “Bron is going to
stay with Carlos and I. Stevie and Bounce are going
to stay with one of the dancers.” Kevin had to grin;
he knew which dancer Stevie had probably hooked up
with already too. The one he introduced him to in
Bron turned to Stevie, “No way, not
my kid.” Bron turned to Mary, “Can she stay with
you and A.J.?” Mary wasn’t comfortable answering
that question. She wasn’t sure if that was to Alex’s
liking. A.J. kind of wrinkled up his nose he wasn’t
liking the idea.
“Bron I don’t know,” Mary replied.
Brian stepped up to Bron, unsure
of her reaction to his close proximity, “Bounce and
Stevie can stay with me again. I owe you Bron. I’m
sorry.” He flashed that innocent smile he used to
usually get himself out of trouble.
Bron wasn’t buying the grin, but
accepted the offer, “Thank you Brian.”
Nick was surprised Bron wasn’t mad.
Then he smiled hoping he could make amends and maybe
more. “Bron you can stay with me,” he said hastily.
Kevin looked at Nick, “Not going
to happen Kaos.” Some of the guys, including Jake
and Stevie had little grins tugging on their faces.
Howie shook his head, “You’re an
“All right it’s getting late. Everyone
is going downstairs together for dinner, on me, at
eight.” Kevin walked to the phone again and made
Bron glanced at Kevin, “I need my
Kevin sighed they were already in
their bedroom, “Let’s go get them.”
“Kevin everyone is in there,” Bron
“Bron, they may not like it but they
aren’t that stupid,” as he led her out the door and
back to their room. Jake followed behind them a few
Once there Kevin went into the bedroom
and grabbed her duffel and handed it to Jake. Nothing
was said as the luggage was handed off to Jake and
Bron stood there uneasy as hell.
Kevin spoke first. “Everyone is going to dinner downstairs
tonight at eight,” he announced.
Anne smiled noticing Bron’s uneasiness,
“Oh great dear. I would like to lie down if you don’t
mind. It’s been a long trip.”
“Sure Ma go ahead,” as he pointed
to the bedroom. As she left the room Kevin heard
Bron mutter, “I want to too,” under her breath. Kevin
reached around, grabbed her hand, and squeezed it.
The only thing that went through
Bron’s mind was the fact that she had to get out of
here and fast. Bron sighed, “Come on Bounce let’s
go lay down for a little while. You’ve had a long
“You tired too mom?” Bounce asked.
Bron looked at her, “No baby, I’m just a little frustrated
right now.” Kevin snickered at what she said. The
remark wasn’t missed by his brothers either as Kevin
watched Bron’s butt as she strolled out the door.
One thought slammed through his mind. If I don’t
get some of that soon I’m gonna scream.
Kevin was slapped on the back into
reality. “Don’t let ma catch ya thinking like that,”
Jerald laughed at him. Kevin frowned at him as he
went and turned the television on. Tim said he was
Jerald grinned, perfect opportunity
to question Kevin. “Hey Kevin?” Jerald asked.
“Don’t start,” was Kevin’s answer
to him without taking his eyes off the Television.
Jerald was determined, “You’re not
getting off that easy. It’s not everyday you send
a lady’s kid home for us to take care of.”
“I’ve never done that before,” Kevin
replied as he looked him straight in the face.
“I know, so tell me why?” Jerald
The conversation went casually at
first. Kevin was upset thinking that maybe his family
had pumped a six year old for information. Jerald
told them that Bounce freely coughed up the information.
She was comfortable with them. Kevin was wondering
just exactly what she had told them. Jerald repeated
what Bounce had told them. Stevie, Jake, and Mc weren’t
her uncles. Kevin let Jerald know that in fact Stevie
was Bounce’s security and had been for almost a year
now. Jake was Bron’s security.
“Why does a six year old need security?
Why did you separate them? Stevie told us that this
was your idea.” Jerald asked not relenting. He wanted
to know what the hell his little brother had gotten
“Jake works for me now, he used
to work for Mc. Stevie still works for Mc.” Kevin
“The kid has a lot of uncles,” Jerald
laughed and Kevin grinned at him.
“Listen, I wouldn’t have sent her
to you guys if it wasn’t important to me,” Kevin said
with a lowered voice.
“I know, but how important are these
two to you? You just met them three weeks ago.”
Jerald asked even though he knew what the answer would
be. Kevin had danced around the previous questions
and did not answer him. Kevin smiled warmly, “I’m
Jerald was still a little stunned
at the announcement, “That important huh?”
“Yep, that important,” Kevin said,
still smiling but with merriment in his eyes.
Jerald still knew he didn’t have
the entire puzzle and pressed on for more information.
“So what exactly happened to Bron?”
“You wouldn’t believe me if I told
you.” Kevin looked at him.
“Try me,” Jerald answered him.
“Someone tried to kill her,” Kevin
simply stated as he looked at his hands that were
clenched together in his lap.
“Ah what?” came out of Jerald.
“You heard me.”
Jerald looked at him as all the pieces
of the puzzle fell into place. Bounce had done nothing
but chatter to them for the last three weeks.
Jerald groaned, “So that would be
the bad man?”
“What the hell do you know about
him?” Kevin exclaimed.
“Not much. Bounce said the bad man
was in her house and hurt her mommy,” Jerald answered
him wanting to kick himself in the ass for not telling
Kevin’s mind was spinning. He was
trying to recall if he had ever heard Bron mention
Bounce being there or around her during her rape.
“Oh God, I don’t think Bron knows about this.”
“Kevin I’m sorry we should have told
you. I don’t think she does either. Bounce said
she would never tell anyone. She had a nightmare
the second night she was with us. Mom took care of
it with Stevie’s help.” Jerald grew quiet.
“Damn, why didn’t you people tell
us. Bron and I have called so many times to talk
to you guys,” Kevin was angry by the secret they had
kept. This is Bron’s kid and soon to be his and they
needed to know about this.
Jerald was at a loss as he tried
to explain. “Mom thought you were stressed out enough.
She said she would handle it. You know how mom can
be.” Jerald continued, “Besides it only happened
the one night and it hasn’t happened since.”
Kevin put his back on the sofa and
brought his hands up to rub his face. “Well the bad
man is now in jail. His name is Lenny and he won’t
be getting out any time soon,” Kevin was scowling
at Jerald by the end of his sentence.
Jerald still knew he was missing
information. “Kevin what are you not telling me?”
Kevin’s head bobbed around, “A whole
lot, but Bron… I have to wait for Bron. She isn’t
ready to share yet.” Kevin looked at his brother
knowing that he would understand that he couldn’t
share anymore than he already had. “I need you to
run interference for me. I need to go talk to Bron
“Sure go head,” Jerald nodded to
Jerald watched Kevin walk out the
door and Tim came in the room from his shower. “Where’s
Kev?” he asked him.
Jerald grinned at him, “He went to
talk to his wife.”
Tim clapped his hands together, “Ha-ha,
I knew it.”
Jerald shook his head, “Yep, you
called that one.”
“How could you miss it? Mr. Privacy
sends a kid to us. You knew this was serious.” Tim
grinned back at Jerald.
“You’re just happy because you get
to keep the kid in the family,” Jerald laughed.
“Come on, you like Bounce as much
as I do,” Tim smiled.
“Yeah I do. Such an attitude on
her too,” Jerald answered him as he walked to his
“Aww, come on she’s had it rough
and she’s getting better. Besides we know where she
gets it from,” Tim chuckled. The brothers looked
at each other and chimed, “Mama,” and broke out in
“Kevin is going to have his hands
full with those two,” Tim added.
Jerald found he was looking for and
went back to the couch, “He’ll manage. Bron doesn’t
seem to impressed by his money or lifestyle.”
“I agree. What are you reading?”
“Night Train,” Jerald laughed.
Tim shook his head, “You’re sick.
Kev seems to be having a hard time with us being here.”
Jerald snickered, “Oh yes he is.”
“I wonder if we should be nice brothers
or his real brothers?” Tim asked Jerald with a gleam
in his eye.
Jerald coughed, “I’m surprised you
brought that up.”
“Well it does have its benefits.
We can make him feel like our tormented baby brother
again,” Tim grinned.
Jerald was smirking at him, “Yeah
why don’t we do that.”
Tim was giggling by now. He was
reminiscing on the beatings that poor Kevin took from
both of them. But Kevin wasn’t a little boy anymore.
He was a man now, so you have to get at him a different
way. “Wouldn’t want him to go sneaking around while
mom is here would we.”
Jerald flashed him smile, “Nope,
guess we’ll have to keep him very busy.”
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