Bron walked out and Stevie looked
at her and howled with laughter, “So Bron where exactly
are you getting married in Vegas?”
“Shut up Steven,” she exclaimed in
Stevie’s laughter went up by two
decibels and was joined with Jake’s. Kevin was highly
amused at the confused faces looking at him and then
Stevie, who they thought had lost his mind. Everyone
heard Kevin shouting no behind the closed door, but
then it had become quiet again.
“You owe Kevin. Mc said it would
work,” Stevie laughed. Kevin shot him a look and
he quickly closed his mouth.
Bron glanced at Kevin. “I should
have known…” she was speaking as Kevin’s cell phone
rang on the table. “I bet I know who that is too,”
she yelled as she jumped for the phone. Stevie grabbed
the phone and tossed it across the room to Kevin.
Bron turned to Kevin as he held it
up high and answered it. “Give it to me!” she yelled
at Kevin. Kevin has the biggest grin his face. “Hello,
yep, yep, Vegas,” he said into it.
“Give me that phone. I want to talk
to that weasel!” she yelled as she desperately tried
to jump up and reach the phone. Kevin looked down
at her. “You need a ladder babe,” he winked at her.
Kevin was laughing at his own statement
and Mc who was talking to him. “Yeah she’s fine.
She’s just a little frustrated right now,” he chuckled
into the phone. Bron could hear Mc laughing through
the phone. This is just pissing me right off. Kevin
patted the top of her head like you would a child
as he spoke to her, “He said he would talk to you
later and see you in Vegas.”
“Talk to you later,” Kevin smirked
as he spoke into the cell and then hung it up the
The entire room was left wondering
what in the world was going on, that is except Jake
and Stevie. The fellas were trying not to be amused.
Kevin and Bron had got into some kind of fight over
getting married. But they could tell Bron had lost
to Kevin yet again.
Kevin’s family was very confused,
but obviously the two were getting married in Vegas.
Kevin’s mother walked over and gave Bron a hug, “Welcome
to the family Bronwyn. I am so delighted.”
Bron actually blushed, she felt overwhelmed.
Her thoughts were banging around in her head as she
returned the hug. Lady if you knew what your precious
baby boy just pulled on me in that bedroom you would
die, she mused to herself.
“Kevin if you asked Bron to marry
you how come she doesn’t have a ring on her finger?
I raised you better then that,” his mother eyed him
up and down with disappointment in her face.
“Oh well,” Kevin started to speak
as “Hey guys,” came from the door. Mary and A.J.
shuffled in. Stevie walked over and passed a package
to Kevin as everyone exchanged pleasantries. Kevin
ditched the wrapping and held a black velvet box in
“Because it wasn’t ready yet,” he
spoke as he removed a ring from the box and slid it
on Bron’s finger. “I love you,” he proclaimed as
he kissed her cheek quickly. He had become slightly
embarrassed at everyone being there.
“Oh my God!” Bron squealed with
delight. She reached up and grabbed his face; giving
him a deep passionate kiss, regardless of the audience.
Kevin pulled back even more embarrassed then before
by her reaction. He knew it wasn’t the size, cut,
or clarity that counted in her eyes; it was the meaning.
Anne looked at the ring, “Bron that
is beautiful. But it already looks like a wedding
band is attached.”
Bron beamed at Kevin, “There is,
these were my mother’s rings. She was married for
37 years before my dad died. Kevin added the emeralds
around the outside.” Bron was blown away her favorite
rings and her favorite stones had been added. Bron
said almost breathless to Kevin, “But how?” she glanced
at him. “Later,” he smiled to her.
“How sweet of you dear,” Anne said
as he patted her son’s face and gave him a quick kiss
on the cheek.
Bron studied the emeralds on her
hand. She raised her hand to Kevin’s face. The stones
were a perfect match to his eyes. “I’ll be damned,”
she exclaimed as he gave her a gentle smile.
“That’s why they weren’t ready,”
he simply said.
“I love you,” she said openly and
honestly for the first time in front of his family
and kissed him again. She was to overwhelmed, she
had pushed the fear to the back of her mind.
“There’s gonna be a PARTAY!!!,” Nick
uttered Kevin’s favorite line. Brian chimed in, “A
Backstreet party!” A.J. and was next and then followed
by Howie. The fellas began to sing as Kevin joined
it with the chorus.
“Okay, everyone has had their fun,
now shut up and eat,” Bron announced.
Kevin knew she was upset so he tried
to settle everyone down to a quiet din. The boys
finished eating and left to do their promo work.
Bron sat staring at Mary, Bounce,
Jake, Stevie, and Kevin’s family. She quietly got
up and began cleaning up the mess the boys had left.
Mary joined her knowing Bron wanted to talk but wouldn’t,
“Come on I’ll help you.”
“Me too,” Anne spoke. Wonderful,
Bron groaned to herself.
Kevin’s brothers and Stevie had planned
an outing that day with Bounce. They were out the
door quickly sensing the melancholy mood that had
taken over Bron.
Bron listened to Mary and Anne shoot
questions to her about the wedding, which she didn’t
answer. It wasn’t that she wasn’t interested, she
just had bigger things on her mind; the press and
her past being the main thing. The chatter was driving
her nuts. Bron threw the dishtowel down and went
to sit at the table.
“What’s wrong?” Mary asked as she
walked over to her.
“I can’t do this,” she almost cried.
“Yes you can and I’ll help you.”
Mary told her.
Bron watched Anne who was trying
very hard not to pay attention to the conversation.
Bron glanced at Mary, “How’s your dream coming along?”
Mary sighed, “Don’t change the subject.”
“How can I pull this off? I’m trying
to finish his house. Plus I have my own house and
business. I have Bounce and Mc to worry about. I
can’t do this,” Bron spoke to her. Mary knew what
Bron was talking about and it wasn’t just the wedding.
Bron was searching for an excuse to call it off.
Anne finally spoke from the other
side of the room, “May I interrupt ladies?”
Bron smiled at the gentle natured
“I think if we put our heads together
we can do this right. If you don’t mind my help?”
Bron returned the smile, “I could
use it.” Aww God now I am sunk she screamed to herself.
Jake walked back in the suite, “Your
meeting,” he announced.
“Oh shit!” Bron exclaimed as she
jumped up and ran into the bedroom and grabbed her
plans and ran down the hall.
“What’s that about?” Anne asked
“Kevin’s house,” Mary chuckled.
Anne shook her head in astonishment,
“But the wedding!”
“Forget it. She won’t touch it with
a ten foot pole,” Jake informed her.
“That’s crazy,” Anne exclaimed.
“No that’s Bron,” Mary laughed as
she looked at Jake.
“But why? I know it was sudden,
but we can manage.” Anne looked at Mary questioningly.
“Because it scares her so she will
ignore it. If there is going to be a wedding it will
be up to you and me to handle it.” Mary spoke to
Anne was slightly confused but she
would accept it until she spoke with her son, “Okay
then we have a lot of work to do.”
“Well let’s start making some calls
because she won’t and Kevin doesn’t have time.” Mary
shrugged her shoulders as she looked at Jake. Jake
was smiling, Mary was going to take over this party.
All day long it went on, Bron would
come grab something from Kevin’s room and leave.
Mary would carefully ask her a question on her way
in or out so as not to set her off. Bron finally
just grabbed the briefcase and shouted as she left,
“Handle it. I’m busy.”
Anne shook her head; she needed to
talk to Kevin as soon as he came back. This disinterest
in getting married was bothering her. Finally, about
a half hour before the boys were due back Anne got
on the phone. Something wasn’t right and she was
staying until she got to the bottom of it.
Mary listened to her talk and her
face blanched. Oh lord they are going to pitch a
fit about this, Mary said internally.
Anne was on the phone for over twenty-five
minutes. She hung up and looked at Mary. She gave
her a ‘I’m mom and this how it’s going to be’ face.
“This will help them out so much.”
“What is going to help mom?” Kevin
asked as he came in the door.
“Well I just made the arrangements.
Your brothers and I are staying with you all the way
to Vegas,” she grinned at him.
“What!” he shouted out loud.
“I knew you would be happy,” she
giggled at him.
A.J. walked in, heard it, and walked
right back out again. There was no way he was getting
into this one. Mary cleared her throat, “I need
to talk to Alex. Excuse me,” she giggled as she watched
Kevin who looked like he wanted to cry.
Kevin stood there, oh no this can’t
happen not five more days, no way, he cried inside.
“Mom really it’s not necessary,” Kevin said sweetly.
“You can go home and then everyone can fly to Vegas
when we get there.”
“Kevin honey, my future daughter-in-law
wants nothing to do with this wedding. Why?” Anne
asked her mothers voice.
“She’s just not comfortable planning
parties,” Kevin lied to her.
Anne studied him, “Don’t lie to me
Kevin. You couldn’t as a little boy and you still
Kevin dropped his head and spoke
to his shoes, “I can’t explain right now. After we
are married and settled I promise I will. She’s just
scared right now.”
Anne paced in front of her son.
Kevin watched her. Why do I feel like I’m eight years
old. I feel like I’m waiting for dad to come in the
door and kick my butt for doing something.
Anne surmised that this had something
to do with Bounce’s nightmare. She still hadn’t gotten
the full story. She knew that Bron’s husband was
killed and something happened to Bron and that was
it. “If you promise to fill us in on this relationship
after your married, I’ll wait. But understand one
thing my son, I’m staying. I will not have that young
woman or you embarrassed because something isn’t right
between the two of you.”
Kevin sighed, give it up Kev they
ain’t goin’ home, he groaned to himself. “It’s not
that it isn’t right mom. It’s just the circumstances
that’s all. We do love each other.”
Kevin was startled as Bron came flying
in the room screaming into the cell phone, “You’re
fired!” Bron halted in her steps seeing the mother
and son in a private conversation, “Ooops, I’m sorry
Anne looked at her totally puzzled
by this young woman and grinned. “In five days you’re
marrying my baby boy, you have to stop calling Mrs.
Bron’s cheeks turned red, “I’m sorry
Mrs. Rich... Anne.”
Kevin chuckled at Bron’s expression,
“Who did you fire?” he asked casually.
“The contractor for your house,”
“You can’t do that!” he spoke to
her as his eyes grew wide in surprise.
Bron grinned, “I just did.”
Now it was Kevin’s turn to frown,
“Why did you fire our contractor?”
Bron figured Kevin would be a lot
more pissed then what he really was. That or he was
hiding really well from mommy. Bron crinkled up her
nose, “He’s not my contractor, he’s your contractor
and he sucks.”
Kevin winced at the vocabulary she
used yet again. She just keeps forgetting that his
mother doesn’t approve. He heard his mother sigh
rather loudly. Kevin bit his bottom lip knowing there
was more to this then she was saying, “More.”
Bron shook her head, “Because he’s
a good ole boy and he doesn’t want to listen to a
Kevin chuckled to himself. Okay
I see where this is going. Bron wants control and
Frank being his contractor wasn’t going to give it
to her. She had fixed that, she had fired him and
took his place.
“So what do I do for a contractor
now?” he asked with great amusement.
“Gotcha covered Lurch,” she grinned
Kevin broke out in laughter at the
expression on her face. It was control and pure victory
unless he said otherwise.
“Bronwyn, what do you know about
building houses?” Anne asked rather quickly. She
was seriously wondering if this woman had lost her
“Mom you would be better to ask her
what she doesn’t know. You would get a much shorter
answer.” Kevin grinned.
“That’s my business Anne,” Bron smiled.
“Really,” Anne said in shock. “You
mean running the office and stuff right?”
Bron recognized the old school of
thought and knew immediately that she didn’t approve.
“No Anne, I work in the field with my guys. This
was my father’s business and now it belongs to me
and Mc of course.”
Kevin stood there thinking to himself.
Calm down darling, flying off at her is not going
to do any good. Kevin chewed on his cheek. He knew
she could handle it. The thing that was burning him
was that one, she did consult him about it and two,
and again they would not have any privacy. “So what
do we do for a house darlin’. I don’t want you going
to Mexico with us. I would prefer our own house with
some privacy,” he spoke with emphasis on the last
“I’m working on it,” Bron answered
him. Shit he’s gonna kill me if he catches me alone.
But dammit that dumb ass Frank just won’t listen to
a word I say.
“Whatever,” Kevin said as he narrowed
his eyes at her. I could kill you right now, but
“Can we have dinner tonight, just
you and me? I need to go over some stuff with you
about your house,” Bron said sweetly.
“Our house,” he corrected her, “But
yes.” Kevin thought the sweetness act was a little
over the top as he stood there.
They were interrupted by Anne, “Bron
what about the wedding?”
Bron whined, “I thought you and Mary
were doing that.”
Anne was ticked now. She had little
information and Bron was being stubborn about this
entire thing. “We are but we need your input and
Kevin’s. This is your wedding.”
Bron gazed at Anne and the quickly
to Kevin, whoa like mother like son. Where in the
hell did that come from? Kevin smirked, you just
pissed mama off, not good darlin, rambled through
“Look small, simple, no fancy stuff,
no orchestras or nothing like that. I don’t want
a lot of people. No fluff and no white. I’m not
a virgin,” Bron spoke with finality. She heard Kevin
chuckle at the last part and turned to him daring
him to open his mouth.
Anne shook her head at the information
and turned to Kevin, “And you?”
“What she said, but I like the white,”
Asshole, Bron thought as she watched
him give her a big toothy grin at his private joke.
“You’re no help. It’s a good thing
we are staying all the way to Las Vegas,” Anne sighed
as she looked at Kevin.
Bron’s head snapped up and she glared
at Kevin. Oh boy this is going to be interestin’.
“I think I’ll go take a shower now,” he sputtered
out and he quickly left the room. I am not messing
with that until dinner. This was not my idea.
“Kevin!” Bron called him back.
“I can’t now Bron. You want to have
dinner and I have a show tonight,” as shut the bathroom
door. Kevin was in the bathroom talking to himself.
“Whew, serves you right dammit for firing Frank anyway.”
Kevin felt somewhat guilty about pushing Bron so hard,
but he knew he had too.
Anne chuckled over Bron’s expression
and anger. Looks like you don’t like the fact that
I’m staying. I’m sorry about that, but you’ll both
survive it. It just might make the next time when
you can be together a little more special.
“Bron now that you have enlightened
me a little more I’m going to go down and talk to
Mary. I’ll be right back though,” she grinned.
Bron sighed, she felt like asking
her if she would be gone long enough so she could
kick Kevin’s ass for the last two days of shit he
had put on her. “That’s fine,” she said with a fake
smile plastered on her face. Bron watched her walk
out the door. Payback time she chimed in her head.
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