Bron got in the shower. She was
thinking to herself. It was time to let her mind
wander so she could relax. The family dinner tonight
was making her anxious. She knew that Brian and Nick
were up to something but what was the question of
the day. Her thoughts moved on to Bounce. She was
relieved that she hadn’t seen or heard anything.
That was not something for any child to carry into
adulthood. Then she moved on to Kevin. She was pissed,
she said no kisses for a reason and she meant it.
I hate when he kisses me like that, it’s like he knows
what he is doing to me and does it on purpose and
he says I’m a tease. She washed her hair. It felt
good not to feel those damn stitches in her head.
Finishing up, she dried off and slipped her robe on.
She walked out and over to her duffel bag and grabbed
it, taking it back with her into the bathroom.
Jake and Carlos sat watching television,
when they heard her scream. “What the fuck!” The
next thing they saw was an enraged Bron come flying
out of the bathroom screaming, “They’re freaks. I’m
gonna kill them.”
Carlos didn’t know what to make of
this display of anger and didn’t say a word. Not
to mention the fact that her robe was barely on.
Jake asked in a calm voice, “What’s the matter?”
Bron stood there fuming, “They’re
freaks and they are so dead. I’m calling Kevin right
Carlos knew who the freaks were that
she was referring too, “What did Frick and Frack do
“They took all of my underwear,”
she screamed at the top of her lungs at him.
“What!” Carlos said in horror.
“You heard me,” she answered as she
headed to the phone.
Jake was laughing, “Why the hell
would they do that Carlos?”
Carlos shook his head, “With those
two it could be for any reason,” he laughed.
“It’s not funny,” Bron screamed.
Bron dialed the number down to Kevin’s
suite. Please let him answer, please, she said out
loud. Shit it’s his mother, she mumbled to herself.
“It’s Bronwyn can I talk to Kevin please,” trying
to control herself.
“Hello,” he answered.
“They took my underwear!” she screamed
into the phone at him.
“What?” he answered.
“Those little freaks that you call
your brothers took my underwear. They were here by
themselves when I came back.” She spoke into the
receiver. “We’re they in your room when you came
back?” she asked him.
“Yes,” he said in a steady but undeniable
“Then this has something to do with
your family then. Go find those little freaks and
get my clothes back.” She hissed.
Bron heard the receiver slammed down
in her ear. She looked at Carlos as she headed back
to the bathroom, “I think they may end up being a
trio after this stunt.” The bathroom door was slammed
almost off the hinges.
Carlos chuckled, “She likes slamming
doors doesn’t she?” Jake just nodded yes with a grin.
Kevin searched his suite and the
entire floor. Oh they are hiding from me and very
well too. He glanced at his watch, I don’t have time
for this shit he muttered to himself as he got on
Bron finished putting makeup on doing
her hair while she waited for Kevin to return. She
stood in the suite in her bathrobe ready to kill somebody,
no not somebody, those two little shits that were
Kevin sauntered into the room and
tossed Bron a bag. “I couldn’t find them.”
“Thank you,” Bron sighed as she rushed
back into the bathroom to finish getting dressed.
“I’m gonna kill them Kevin,” she yelled from the bathroom.
“I’ll take care of them later. I
need to go get dressed,” he yelled back and left.
Bron stayed in the bathroom thinking
evil thoughts about Brian and Nick, or at least ways
to get even.
Kevin got back and headed for the
shower. Jerald was in the bathroom shaving. Kevin
profusely apologized as he undressed and got in the
shower. “I’m late.”
“I hope you don’t mind I borrowed
your shaving gear,” Jerald laughed. “Interesting
shaving stuff in here Kev,” he added.
“What are you talking about?” he
yelled from the shower.
Jerald laughed, “I’m not use to finding
ladies panties in your shaving gear.”
Jerald heard the water turn off quickly
and Kevin came out of the shower, grabbing for towels.
He wrapped one around himself and grabbed another.
“Dammit that’s what they did. She is going to kill
them, but not until I do it first.” Kevin had to
laugh. Nick and Brian were trying there hardest to
set him up for extreme embarrassment with his family.
“They seem to enjoy annoying her
and embarrassing you,” Jerald grinned.
“Constantly, but Brian is worse than
Nick this time around.” Kevin replied as he looked
through his shaving gear pulling out Bron’s underwear.
Jerald leaned against the vanity
and smiled, “I’m glad I found them and not Tim or
Mom. You would never live it down.”
“Me too!” Kevin said as he grabbed
Bron’s clothes and wrapped them in a towel. “They
will pay for this though. He’s twenty-one now. I
won’t get nailed for child abuse.” As he headed to
the bedroom passing his Mom and Tim on the way.
Kevin quickly dressed, it was already
quarter to eight. He came out of the bedroom and
announced he was going to go get Bron and Bounce and
would meet them downstairs in the restaurant.
Kevin went down the hall and into
Carlos’s room. “You ready?” he called. “Almost,”
came from the bathroom. Bron was slipping her shoe
on and trying to put an earring in at the same time.
“Very Nice,” Kevin smiled.
Bron twirled around, “Do I pass for
“Come on let’s go get Bounce. I
found your stuff too,” he added.
“Yeah where?” she said sarcastically.
Kevin laughed as Bron took a swat
at him, “They planted it in my shaving gear.”
They headed down the hall with no
sight of Brian or Nick. Bron had to laugh, they knew
better then come out when it was just the two of them.
They went to Stevie’s room to find Bounce all dressed
up in her new dress and sound asleep. Bron shook
her head as she went to her. “I have to put her to
bed first.” Kevin helped by picking Bounce up and
carrying her to the bedroom. Bron put her in her
pajamas and kissed her goodnight. Stevie agreed to
baby-sit as always and they headed back down the hall.
“Maybe it’s better. We wouldn’t
want her to see what I’m going to do to Nick and Brian,”
Everyone was downstairs and had ordered
all ready. Kevin and Bron promptly put in their order,
not wanting to hold up the meal. The first course
was served and everyone was finally relaxed. Bron
casually let her left hand slip under the table and
rest on his thigh. Kevin slipped her a casual glance.
Bron smiled at him sweetly and turned away. Oh here
we go he thought, the Bronwyn torture games have now
Everyone was oblivious to the cat
and mouse game going on under the table. The waitress
served the main course and everyone was enjoying the
moment. Jerald interrupted the chatter with one sentence
that took both Bron and Kevin by surprise. “So Kev,
we heard the Chicago interview on tape. What’s this
new present you got that’s so fascinating?”
Nick and Brian snickered. Howie,
A.J., and Mary looked at Kevin with sympathy but with
an added smirk. Bron’s eyes grew as full as the moon
as she fixed her stare on her plate. Kevin stabbed
his steak with his fork. “Why don’t you ask Brian
and Nick? They seem to be enjoying more than I have
lately,” He answered his brother.
Three baffled people turned to Brian
and Nick and awaited the answer. In the meantime
Bron’s nails were digging into the hard flesh of Kevin’s
thigh. He flexed his leg hoping to shake her off
but it didn’t work. Dammit, she’s just like a cat,
he groaned as he casually slipped his hand under the
table and tried to pry her hand off of him before
she went to another part of his anatomy.
“A new MP3 player,” Nick grinned.
“You boys and your toys. I’m glad
Kevin is sharing it with you.” Anne laughed. The
fellas laughed, it really couldn’t be helped.
Bron sat there she had to turn this
conversation and fast before they had a real problem
on their hands. “Mrs. Richardson I really do need
to thank you for helping Stevie take care of my daughter.”
Anne nodded to her, “It wasn’t a
problem dear honest. She is such a delight.”
Jerald chuckled, “Yeah a delight
with an attitude.”
Bron sort of giggled but the remark
did sting a little, “I’m sorry about that. Bounce
can be a handful.”
Tim noticed Bron’s reaction to Jerald’s
remark. If he were closer he probably would have
kicked him under the table. “She is a good girl,
she just needs more discipline,” Tim smiled at Bron.
Anne looked at both of her sons,
of all the nerve she thought. Bron was truly beginning
to get upset. She set her fork down and glanced at
Tim. The remark left her feeling like she was an
unfit mother. “Well since my husband died I have
let that go. She misses her father terribly and I
figured the last thing she needed was me on her all
the time. She is only six years old.”
Kevin grinned at his plate, you both
asked for it and now you got it. Tim and Jerald were
astounded at the tone with which the comment was made.
They glanced at the fellas and Mary who were upset
with them for bringing it up.
Anne smiled and thought, good girl,
don’t take anything from them. If they know they
can get away with it they will. “I’m very sorry about
your husband Bronwyn. Stevie told us what happened
and that is very sad.”
Bron knew that Anne was giving her
some support against her sons. Bron raised her head
and looked at Kevin but spoke to Anne. “Well it still
hurts sometimes, but not as much as it used to.”
The fellas were beaming at the two
lovebirds. They were all chanting for Bron in their
heads, she wasn’t going to be intimidated by the Richardson
boys. Hell she had one wrapped around her finger
and didn’t know it. The rest would follow soon.
Jerald realized that Bron was going
to take their flak and was happy about it. A woman
with guts, he grinned. “So Kevin, how did you two
Kevin shrugged his shoulders, “In
“Really? I thought you said Toronto,”
his mother interjected.
A.J. started to snicker he was reminded
of the toast Bron had uttered at the bar in Toronto.
Mary elbowed him to be quiet.
Bron groaned in her head, way to
go Kevin. Get your shit together. Bron looked at
Anne, “We met in Toronto but he didn’t really leave
an impression on me until Pittsburgh.” She giggled
as she looked at Mary and A.J.
Oh, not funny darlin’, Kevin said
in his head. However, when he looked across the table
his band mates were struggling to control their amusement
at what the statement really meant. You wanna play
sweetheart. I’ll play, as he grinned at Nick. “Yes
and I did leave quite an impression on you didn’t
I,” he spoke with a twinkle in his eye when he looked
Bron was on the border line of cracking
up. She was listening to the ones who knew trying
so hard not to laugh. She smirked at Kevin, “You
sure did. I felt it all the way to my bones. Some
days I can still feel it,” she laughed loudly.
The entire table filled with laughter;
his friends for knowing the truth, his family for
thinking that is was so sweet.
Kevin was laughing at this point.
At least she doesn’t hold a grudge, he mulled over
in his head. Kevin’s cheeks pinked slightly as he
took a short stroll down memory lane. Anne watched
her son and knew there was more to the story then
anyone was telling them. Bron glanced at Anne and
smiled, you sly old fox you don’t miss a thing do
you, Bron thought, and Anne winked at her.
Dinner was finished by then, drinking
coffee and letting Anne know what everyone had been
up too was the conversation at the moment. Jerald
and Tim watched their little brother become so animated
and happy with the woman that was sitting beside him.
Kevin was ready to explode they thought.
“Bronwyn do you know how long you
plan on having Bounce Stay with us?” Anne asked.
Silence fell on the gathering at lighting speed.
Bron took a second to gather her
thoughts, what do I say, it’s up to your son, he’s
been calling all the shots. “Not much longer Mrs.
Richardson. I need to go home. I have a house and
a business to take care of.”
Kevin turned his head sideways and
looked at her. What the hell is she talking about,
she isn’t going home. I told her she is staying with
Bron didn’t look at Kevin she looked
directly across from her at Nick. Nick’s expression
said it all. Bron had cross the line and pissed Kevin
off. He couldn’t defend himself or say a word without
everyone knowing the real story. Nick was taken aback
he never thought of Bron going home. Kevin wouldn’t
“I think we should go check on Bounce,”
she heard Kevin speak.
“Bounce is fine,” she returned as
she winced from the grip Kevin had on her leg under
the table. It was getting tighter and tighter the
more she sat there. She couldn’t take it anymore,
he was so angry he was going to end up breaking her
leg. “Maybe we should,” she announced as she set
her napkin on her plate.
Quietly they both got up, Kevin stopped
the waitress and signed the bill. He grabbed Bron’s
shoulder roughly as they went out the door, practically
dragging her. Anne noticed it and glanced at Tim
and Jerald, who didn’t like what they saw at all.
Kevin was not being nice to her, but why. Everyone
who sat at the table were too stunned at what just
happened to move.
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