On the way back from the show, Brian
turned to Kevin, “You shouldn’t discipline Bounce
like that. You were out of line.”
Kevin questioned himself on it all
the way to the show, but he didn’t reply to Brian.
Brian took that as an invitation to continue. “Bron
didn’t like it Cuz. You had better slow down. You
knocked Bron down in front of her own kid.”
Kevin put his head back on the seat
and spoke to the ceiling, “I know. We haven’t had
five minutes alone to talk about anything.”
Brian glanced around the van to make
sure no one was looking and quietly whispered, “Tomorrow.”
“Brian Hush!” came from the front
seat. Brian’s head whipped up, “Yes Aunt Anne.”
Kevin smiled at the ceiling, Oh I
like that idea. Down time, but there is something
up and I can tell. Mom would have never told Bri
to shut up if there wasn’t.
The van pulled into the hotel. Kevin
got out of the van with Carlos. They walked into
the hotel and Jake was down in the lobby. Kevin walked
towards him with Carlos behind him. Kevin grabbed
each man around the shoulders. “My wonderful security
team. You are a team now right?” he grinned.
Jake smiled, “As long as you sign
my check.” Jake knew where this sweet talk was going
and so did Carlos. But they figured they would play
along. Kevin laughed and so did Carlos.
Kevin began walking towards the bar
with an arm around each man. He was steering them
gently along with a smirk on his face.
Nick and Brian watched knowing what
was going down. Kevin would be the only one to walk
out and they knew where he was going. “Come on hurry
up,” Nick turned to Brian as they jumped into the
elevator. They were going upstairs to run interference.
They both laughed at each other in the elevator knowing
how pissed Kev was going to be.
“Gentlemen you look real thirsty
to me and I need a favor,” Kevin chuckled as he reached
for his wallet.
“We do,” Jake grinned.
“Yes you do,” Kevin grinned as he
handed money to Jake. “Sex is not a spectator sport,”
Kevin lowered his voice with a hint of laughter.
“He’s so subtle,” Jake groaned as
he grinned at Carlos.
“Why do you think they call him Train,”
Carlos laughed and slapped Kevin on the back.
Carlos’s backed his head up, “What
no audience tonight Kev?” Carlos asked jokingly.
Kevin shook his head back and forth,
“Not funny and if you ever tell anyone how I proposed
to my wife, I’ll kill you.”
Carlos raised his eyebrows somewhat
hurt, “Do you think I would?”
Kevin smiled, “Nah, you wouldn’t.”
Jake interjected, “Well you didn’t
propose. You didn’t really give her a choice.” The
two men looked at each other and burst out laughing.
“Shut up,” Kevin spoke as he walked away.
Jake grabbed the key out of his pocket
and started counting out loud as he held it in the
air, “1, 2, 3,..” The key was pulled from Jake’s
hand as a thank you was heard.
Carlos laughed as they watched Kevin’s
retreating figure, “Man he’s whipped.”
“No shit. Wait till after the I
do’s. All hell is going to break loose,” Jake laughed.
“You think so?” Carlos asked.
Jake just laughed even harder as
he ordered their drinks. “Oh yeah. Bron has pretty
much kept a lid on her temper with his family here.
I kinda of feel sorry for the man.”
“His temper isn’t mild either,” Carlos
spoke. They both laughed, “Oh this is going to be
Kevin got out of the elevator then
glanced down the hall. He headed for the door with
a grin from ear to ear. I need her, I need this,
he chanted as he slid the card down the lock. Kevin
open door, “Hey darlin’,” and then groaned as he looked
at the sofa bed. “Shit,” he exclaimed quietly, as
he saw Bounce curled up sound to sleep with her mom.
Kevin silently was kicking himself in the ass. This
is not working out right at all. He glanced one more
time at Bounce and shut the door behind him as he
Once in the hall he heard Nick, “Man
Kev, that was a real quickie,” Nick laughed. Kevin
glared at Nick as Nick shut his door. Peckerhead,
he thought as he went down to his room. Kevin walked
into his room and saw his family and he acknowledged
them with a nod. He grabbed his sweats and headed
for the shower. Make yourselves scarce people, he
muttered to himself. I need a cold freaking shower
Upon hearing Kevin’s door close,
Nick opened his to see a grinning Brian at the other
end. Brian gave him a thumb up and they both shut
their doors laughing.
Bron woke up to the sound of cartoons
playing to loud the next morning. She grabbed the
clicker and turned the television down. “Bounce people
sleep in the morning,” she said as she sat up. “You’re
the only one not up yet,” Carlos grinned. Bron rubbed
the sleep from her eyes as Carlos told her he had
made coffee. Bron smiled thank you as he handed her
Bron got up and went to the desk;
she had stopped at her duffel on the way. She unfolded
the paper that she had just removed from her duffel.
Bron studied it for five minutes. Then she scribbled
some notes then carefully placed each one in envelope
and wrote a name on it. “What are you up to Bron?”
Jake asked knowing full well that when she was that
intense she was planning something. “I can’t tell
you,” she returned to him. Bron saw the expressions
of worry cross both of the men’s faces. Too bad,
she muttered to herself you people have stuck your
noses in my business for the last time. Bron folded
the blueprint up and grabbed the envelopes. Bron
called to Bounce to come with her as she went to the
bathroom. On the way Bron buried the folded piece
of paper in her duffel and kept the envelopes with
Jake debated whether or not to go
look for it or not. He knew she wouldn’t be in the
bathroom long and didn’t want to be caught with it.
He decided to wait and see if she would leave it behind.
Bron took Bounce’s hand and they
headed to the bathroom. Bounce came out dressed for
the day and Jake heard the shower go on. “Hey you,
let’s watch some cartoons while we wait for mom.”
Bron showered quickly knowing Kevin
was most likely waiting for breakfast. Then she realized
that he had her in such a pattern it wasn’t funny.
She chuckled wait until I go back to work. I hope
you like cereal, she giggled.
Bron was fully dressed and ready
to roll. She was excited and happy. She still had
the envelopes in her hand that she had carried to
the bathroom. “Come on Bounce let’s go eat,” she
walked with Bounce out the door.
Jake waited for her to leave and
then went to her duffel. Carlos frowned thinking
Jake was being too nosey and Jake saw it. “Listen
Carlos when you spend as much time with Bron as I
do, then you can say something.”
Jake grabbed the paper and unfolded
it on the way to the desk. “Holy shit, come look
at this,” Jake called Carlos over. “This is fantastic.
I need to call Mc.” Jake announced.
Carlos walked over, “Man I can’t
believe she did all this in one day.” Carlos shook
his head. This woman was going to be blowing Kevin’s
mind for the rest of his life he chuckled to himself.
Jake hit the phone and called Mc.
Mc knew about it, but they both agreed to keep close
watch, just in case. Yep Bron was planning something
all right, a really big surprise. Mc did inform Jake
that people at home had began questioning others as
to where Bron was. It didn’t sit well with Mc or
Jake and they both took it as a warning to make sure
that the security would stay as is. Mc didn’t want
to tell Kevin until after the big ‘I do’, he figured
why upset him. Kevin was still being cautious and
keeping a tight rein on Bron.
Jake and Carlos left for breakfast
keeping their little secret to themselves. They had
actually ended up coming to the room at the same time
as Bron and Bounce. They knew she had been delivering
When Bron walked in Kevin was standing
at the bedroom door. He had a towel slung around
his waist and his hair was damp. “Where are my shorts?”
he barked at her.
Just as he said it the laundry service
stood at the door behind Carlos and Jake. Bron motioned
the kid in with the bags and laughed, as she shook
her head, “Your shorts Master.”
Kevin frowned at her. “Witch,” he
muttered as he reached for the bags and went back
into the bedroom.
Jerald was grinning as he looked
at Tim. They both had heard it and were trying not
to laugh. Well Kevin is a master now and Bron’s a
witch, Jerald chuckled to himself. Neither one of
them had realized what they had said. It was second
nature to both of them. They didn’t even give it
a second thought.
Bron shrugged her shoulders, “Who
did his laundry before me? Wow something smells good.”
Bron sauntered to the kitchen area to see Anne cooking.
“Here you go dear,” Anne smiled as
she handed Bron a plate. Tim motioned Bounce over
to the table to her plate.
Bron giggled as she sat down at the
snack bar, “I don’t have to cook.”
Bron was half finished when she saw
Kevin’s hand sneak around her and head for her plate.
She slapped his hand with the fork.
“Oww, you’re always hitting me,”
he bellyached, as the hand was retracted as fast as
it had appeared. “Get your own, your mom made this
Tim looked at Bron, “Are you always
this grumpy in the morning?” Kevin laughed, “Wait
until she has two pots of coffee, she does better.”
Anne handed Kevin a plate and he
sat next to Bron to eat. “Stay out of Bron’s food,
she barely eats.” Anne admonished him.
“Yeah right have you seen the size
of my…” Bron closed her mouth and Kevin leaned over.
Anne had a mischievous grin on her face. “I like
your butt, it’s my butt,” he whispered in her ear.
Bron rolled her eyes knowing that his mom had heard
it. “Really Kevin,” came out of Anne.
“Sorry,” he grinned at his mom with
an impish face.
Nick burst into the room, “Everybody
Jerald started laughing, “They haven’t
even finished eating.”
“Ok, I’ll wait.” Shrugging his shoulders,
he shuffled over to Bron and Kevin. A grin tugged
at Bron’s face and she looked at Anne. Anne grabbed
a plate, filled it, and handed it to Nick.
Nick gave her his patented Carter
smile, “Thank you Mame.”
Bron looked at Anne, “I’m keeping
you around. They behave so much better.”
Anne frowned and looked at Kevin,
“Some do.” “What!” came out of Kevin with his mouth
full of food.
Nick danced over to the table in
a very happy mood. He started humming a little Salt
and Peppa tune to see if Bron was actually paying
attention. Bron turned and glanced at him sideways
with those flashing eyes Kevin always talks about
and he grinned at her. “Nice CD collection.”
Kevin started snickering and Bron
heard him whisper, “Whatta ya wanna know?” Bron ignored
it as best she could but her face felt slightly warm.
“Stay out of my downloaded stuff Little Man,” she
managed to speak without choking.
“Okay, you’ve got mail baby,” Nick
spoke and then he laughed.
Bron got up from the snack bar and
walked out the door. Kevin chased after her and grabbed
her by the shoulders. “Bron, come on darlin’,” as
he made her stop.
Bron face was red and her eyes were
full of anger, “Why does he do that?”
“Because he likes you and that’s
just his way. He’s the kid that would hit you with
spit balls in school,” he sighed and led her to her
room. He grabbed her coat and led her back down to
“Hey Bron, I’m sorry,” Nick said.
Bron sighed, “Can you try not to
like me so much.”
“I’ll try Momma Backstreet,” and
“What?” Bron shook her head.
“Hey you’re marrying dad that makes
you mom,” he chuckled.
“Bounce go get your coat,” Kevin
Bounce ran out and across the hall
and was back before Kevin had finished putting on
his leather jacket. “Where are we going?” she asked
“Out,” Kevin answered her with no
“Aw Kev, not today. I have so much
work to do,” Bron voiced.
“Not today,” as he bent down to Bounce’s
Bron stood back and she watched Kevin
lecture Bounce on what she could and couldn’t do as
he zipped the little one’s coat. She didn’t fuss
about it knowing it was a safety issue because of
the fans outside. He had made himself very clear
that she was to listen to what she was told. Jake
smirked slightly listening to the little speech.
Sounds like her dad.
The next thing Bron knew she was
standing in the lobby of the hotel. She was scared
to death. This was Pittsburgh all over again. She
backed up so fast in the elevator that she almost
knocked Howie down. Kevin grabbed her hand and squeezed
it as he stared at her saying nothing. The silent
communication meant that is was okay.
The call went out and shouts of go
were heard. Next she was being dragged by Kevin,
who had held his coat up in the air, out the door
and into a waiting van. Bron realized that the coat
was just so that no one could see her. He had shielded
her face from everyone’s view.
Bron’s nails were digging into Kevin’s
palm to the point that he thought she might draw blood.
“You can let go now,” Kevin said as he tried to shake
Bron blinked and dropped her hand,
“Sorry.” She then saw that all the other guys were
in the other van and it was just Kevin, Bounce, Jake,
Carlos, and she in this one. Bron noticed Keith was
driving. “Hey bud, here,” Keith said as he tossed
Kevin’s UK hat back to him. “Thanks,” as he caught
it and snugged it down on his head.
Bron watched the van in front of
them turn off the highway. “Keith, you missed the
turn,” Bron yelled.
“No, he knows where he is going,”
Kevin informed her.
“But the guys…” Bron exclaimed.
“Are decoys. I said we are going
out and we are. Just us.” Kevin grinned mischievously
“Where are we going?” Bounce asked
again but pouting this time.
“To the mall shopping,” Kevin smiled.
He turned his head slightly towards Bron.
Her eyes took on a glint and she
grinned. “Oh!!!” Bron exclaimed.
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