Pulling into the parking lot at the
mall it was agreed that they would split up for two
hours and then meet back together. Kevin had turned
the tables on Bron just in case she had any wild ideas.
He was taking Jake and Bounce with him. Carlos was
to go with her.
Bron didn’t care. She held her hand
out to Kevin after checking her wallet and still finding
it empty. “Carlos has it for you,” he grinned as
he walked away with Bounce at his side and Jake on
“Hmmpf, can he just ditch you like
that? I thought you told him what to do.”
Carlos chuckled, “He bribed me.”
“Come on Carlos, let’s go do some
damage to Master’s card,” she grinned.
They were in and out of shops. She
actually asked his opinion on a couple things and
he was somewhat happy about that. He never had a
chance to spend any time with her to get to know her.
Bron found an awesome tie that lit up Carlos’s eyes.
She grinned and went in to buy it, never really saying
it was for him. “Kevin won’t wear that.” Carlos
“I know,” Bron smiled. Bron had
bought clothes for Bounce and gifts for everyone else.
She halted at a jewelry shop and
glanced in the window. To Carlos she look crest fallen,
he thought maybe he knew why. “Why don’t we go look?”
he said to her.
“Nah, it’s not the same if he’s paying
for it. I wish he would have at least given me something
of my own back. He doesn’t trust me ya know.”
Carlos did a double take and smiled,
“Let’s look, we have time.” Carlos followed her and
knew where she was going. Yep she was, he leaned
over the case and whispered, “Size 11.”
Bron shook her head, “Maybe later
I don’t want him to pay for it.” Carlos reached in
his wallet and handed Bron a card. Bron looked at
the card and then to him.
“We won’t tell him,” he smiled.
Bron paused, unsure of herself.
This was a rare moment for her. “Would you have anything
put on it?” he asked Bron.
“Just initials and the date,” she
answered still wrestling it around her head. Carlos
called the sales clerk over and asked if they had
a jeweler there and she replied yes. “Bron why don’t
you get it and if you don’t want to give it to him
you don’t have to.”
Bron smiled, “It’s good to see hanging
with the boys hasn’t affected your smarts Carlos.”
Bron pointed to one, “I like that one. It’s plain
and simple.” They both agreed it was perfect. Bron
wrote down on a piece of paper what she wanted and
handed it to the girl. The sale was paid for and
the clerk went to the back of the store.
Bron and Carlos stood there waiting.
Bron heard giggling and chattering behind her. She
lowered her head slightly and turned it towards Carlos.
“I think we’re in trouble. They know who you are,”
Carlos started getting nervous until
he saw the blue UK hat out of the corner of his eye.
He was standing back and watching from across the
corridor of the mall. Carlos waved and the girls
all turned to see. Bron refused to unlock her eyes
from the jewelry case. Kevin began to walk away with
Bounce as soon as Carlos waved. It was a good thing
to, the girls started shrieking, “Look!” and followed
“What the hell?” Bron turned around.
“Hmm, girls are fickle,” Carlos muttered
and hoped Jake could handle it. They waited patiently
and the woman returned with the box and handed it
Bron handed it to Carlos, “Can you
hold on to this for me? Please,” she asked. “Sure,”
Carlos answered her.
They left the store and ambled down
the corridor. Bron stopped at a gift shop and looked
inside. She smiled and motioned Carlos over. It
was the other half of their shopping party. Kevin
was trying to buy something and didn’t want Bounce
to see it. Bounce was all over him and Jake wasn’t
Bron walked into the store. “Hi
guys. How’s the shopping?” Kevin took the opportunity
and moved away from Bounce to the cash register.
“Kev is fun to shop with. We went
too…,” Bounce stopped as she heard Kevin cough.
“Where did you go so far?” Bron
asked curiosity chewing at her now.
“Can’t tell mom Kev would be mad,”
Bron heard deep chuckle from behind
her at the register. “That’s okay Bounce. Come on,
I want to show you something.”
Bron pointed to it and Bounce smiled,
“Let’s get her one. You pick,” Bounce
took on the task, studying the case, and then settling
on one. She pointed to it and Bron pronounced it
perfect. They walked to the register as the clerk
was bagging Kevin’s purchase.
Bron listened to the clerk fawn and
gush over Kevin and she started to laugh. Man, I
thought I had it bad, she mused to herself. Kevin
heard the laugh and knew it was her. He turned and
cleared his throat with a poker face on. “Is there
something funny Miss?”
“No,” she returned as she blinked
at him trying not to let the laugh rumble out of her.
“I’m sorry Mister Chasez. I didn’t mean to embarrass
you,” she said with an amused grin on her face.
Jake and Carlos stood behind them
laughing at the remark. “Shit,” Carlos laughed.
What did she just call me, slammed
through Kevin’s head?
“Oh my God. That’s not J.C. Chasez,
that’s Kevin Richardson,” the sales woman exclaimed
as she looked at Bron like she had a screw loose.
Bron dropped her head to hide her
smile and then picked it up to see what Kevin reaction
was. “Oh I’m so sorry I get those boy bands mixed
up. You know, Back N Sync, O-Boys,” Bron started
Kevin grabbed Bron’s face and kissed
her, he almost deep throated with his tongue. He
pulled his head back to a very red faced Bron. He
crinkled his nose up at her and smirked, “I hope that
clears that up for ya.”
The sales girl stood there with her
mouth hanging open. She didn’t believe what just
happened. Kevin kissed a woman, a strange woman,
in public no less. Carlos and Jake were in fits of
laughter, Bounce included. They heard clapping in
front of the store. Jake and Carlos immediately moved
to the front of the store. Carlos recognized the
girls from the jewelry store.
“Not funny Lurch,” Bron frowned at
“You asked for it,” he chuckled.
“P.D.A. is not your style,” Bron
The sales girl interrupted, “Really
Kevin couldn’t help laugh, “It’s
not huh. Are you done here?” Kevin asked.
“Almost,” Bron replied as she pointed
to the case and told the clerk what she wanted. The
woman left and Kevin told Bron he was going to go
sign for the girls out front. He handed Bron his
card and went up front.
Bounce followed Kevin to the front
of the store. Bounce stood by him thinking this is
really cool. She heard the girls ask Kevin who is
the woman was that he kissed in the store. More than
once he reminded them that is not a question they
should ask. He did it in a friendly manner. The
oldest girl turned her attention to Bounce who had
not moved from Kevin’s side. “Who’s the lady?” she
grinned to the little girl.
“My mom,” Bounce replied with a huge
smile. “What’s she to Kev?” she asked. Kevin was
going to intercede on the exchange but he had talked
to Bounce and wanted to see if she understood.
“Family,” was the answer the girl
received and Bounce looked up at Kevin and smiled
a huge smile.
Perfect he chuckled in head, smart
girl just like her mom. “Come on Kev who is she?”
the oldest in the crowd asked again as Bron walked
up to join them.
Bron was edgy but knew she had to
be friendly, “How’s the shopping girls?”
“Great now,” they giggled in unison.
“Who are you?” the girl asked again.
Kevin had to give the girl credit for persistence.
Bron smiled not knowing what to say,
“Why don’t you ask Kevin?”
The girl groaned loudly and Kevin
laughed. He finished his signing and grabbed Bron
and Bounce’s hands. “Come on girls let’s go,” he
said. He turned back to the group of girls, “No tellin’
They were walking through the mall
when Bron spied a store and slowed down. “Please,
just for a minute. I want to look.”
“I’m hungry,” Kevin moaned.
“You’re always hungry.” Bron pouted.
“Okay,” Kevin gave up.
“Come on Carlos,” Bron grabbed his
“Hey what about me?” Kevin said
“I don’t want you,” Bron answered.
A smile crept across his face, “You
didn’t say that the other night,” Kevin laughed.
Bron just looked at him, shook her head and walked
away. Pervert she thought.
She heard him say come on Bounce
she’s deserted us again and they walked into the store
Bron was on a mission, she had seen
it and wanted it. She had the store’s catalog back
at the hotel. She went for it and sighed. “What
do you think?” she turned to Carlos.
“Is that for the project Andy is
working on?” Carlos grinned.
“Who has the big mouth?” Bron hissed
“Jake,” he answered.
“Big mouth is going to get it. What
else do you know?” Bron questioned him. She was
pissed, she didn’t include Jake for a reason. She
didn’t want Carlos to know and she damn well didn’t
want Kevin to know.
“All of it,” he grinned.
“If any of you blow this I’ll kill
you.” Bron said with fire.
“We won’t,” Carlos laughed.
Bron made a list and got a sales
clerk. She handed her the list and they quickly moved
through the section. Bron scribbled down an address
and had it all shipped to the address after she paid
Bron and Carlos went in search of
Kevin and crew in the store. Bron turned the corner
to see a very angry Bounce and an even angrier Kevin
squared off in the aisle. Jake was smirking at both
of them. Bron stopped and listened to the exchange
between a six year old and a twenty-nine year old.
Bron had to admit Bounce was holding her own against
an incredibly angry Kevin. He stood there arms akimbo
and one eyebrow up. His chest was huffed up like
“I said no!” Kevin stood there glaring
“I said yes! That is what I want.
I’m telling mom,” Bounce pouted at him as she pointed
to what she wanted.
“Forget it. I’m not buying it.
You can find something else.” Kevin was seriously
pissed at her. Of all things in the entire store
this is what she wanted.
Bron and Carlos chuckled at what
she was point at. Bron stepped up, “Okay, what’s
“I want that for my room. He says
I can’t have it. It’s my room.” Bounce looked at
her mom begging for help as she grabbed the precious
package and hugged it to her body.
“No way Bron,” came out of Kevin,
he wasn’t kidding either, he was very upset.
“Oh,” Bron bite her lip. “Baby isn’t
there anything else you might like? Maybe we should
look some more.”
Bounce shook her head, “No. I want
these, Please mom please.”
Bron walked up to Kevin, wrapped
her arms around his waist and whispered in his ear,
“Negotiate. Only when you’re not home.” Kevin turned
“Bron come on, please. I see him
everyday. I don’t want to see him at night too.”
Kevin covered his eyes with his hands. I don’t believe
this shit he muttered under his breath. “Fine, but
don’t think that I’m going to make a habit of negotiating
with a six year old,” he seethed at her.
“Come on Bounce you can have them.
But when Kevin’s home he doesn’t want to see them.
Understand.” Bron spoke to her. Bounce’s smiled
and nodded her head. They proceeded to pick out what
she needed and Bron looked at Kevin with arms full.
“You’re on your own. I’m not paying
for that stuff,” he walked away. Jake stayed with
Carlos followed Kevin, “You’re whipped,”
“I am not,” Kevin growled.
“Shit Kev, you just bought Nicky
Carter sheets,” he giggled.
Kevin knew he would get some serious
shit from the fellas if they ever found out. “If
you say one word, I’ll have you put with Nick or A.J.,”
he growled at him.
“Oh, I’m scared, the real Nick or
your new sheets,” Carlos snickered.
Bron was grinning as they joined
them. There was a pizzeria in the mall and that’s
where they headed. They sat and laughed at Bron’s
little prank in the gift shop. Kevin couldn’t believe
she would do such a thing. The food came and it was
eaten. Everyone knew better than to bring up Bounce’s
new bedroom stuff. Kevin found out that Bron hadn’t
bought a single thing for herself. She needed clothes
to get her through the rest of the trip. Now he would
take charge and make sure she bought something. As
they were leaving Bron heard the incessant giggling
again. Bron glared at Kevin, “Are they following
“Probably,” he said casually.
“This is agitating,” she groaned.
“Get use to it darlin’, it’s what
I do. It’s my job.” was the reply she received.
“Clothes shopping time,” Kevin announced
at they headed for the department store.
“I don’t need clothes. I want my
clothes.” Bron answered him.
“Well since your clothes are on their
way to my mom’s you don’t have a choice.” Kevin had
dropped the bomb.
“What the hell are you talking about?”
Bron froze in her tracks. “Witch let’s not make a
scene.” He said trying to find a more private place
for her to explode.
They got to a spot in the store with
no one around. “Why the hell are my clothes on the
way to your mom’s?” She spat at him.
“Because home is now Lexington,”
he answered in authorative tone.
Bron became bristled by the comment.
This jackass has even had the audacity to move my
shit. She closed her eyes and tried to think of a
hundred comebacks and drew a blank. She really just
wanted to reach up and punch him between those damn
green eyes. “You have got to stop doing this shit.
I can think for myself. I so much want to slap the
shit out of you right now,” she hissed at him.
“Be nice or I won’t buy you a new
dress.” He spoke in a measured tone to her.
Oh, you son of bitch you are really
getting off on the fact that I don’t have jack shit
right now. “You think I can be bought off with a
dress?” She glared at him.
Kevin laughed in his head, yep she
got the point, she can’t do anything without me.
“No,” and he wrinkled up his nose up at her, “But
I thought I would try.”
They walked back to the group. “Bron
is getting some clothes or we aren’t leaving,” he
Carlos and Jake groaned outwardly.
They watched Bron circle around a rack of dresses.
One must have caught her interest. She picked it
up looked at it and the price tag. She set it back
down. Bron turned and went around the corner. Jake
followed her as she left the department.
Kevin grinned, grabbed Bounce and
the dress and went the other way. Carlos, Kevin,
and Bounce sat and waited for her to finish. Forty-five
minutes later Jake reappeared with a mountain of bags.
“I hope next time you shut your mouth,” he moaned.
Carlos informed them it was time
to leave and called Keith as they headed to the entrance
of the mall. Bron made one more stop and drove Kevin
As they all got in the van, he was
still stewing about what she said. What the fuck,
I can’t believe she bought those things. Jake saw
it and smirked. After last purchase and what Kevin
had heard it finally dawned on Kevin that Bron wasn’t
average and that she worked in a non-traditional field.
Carlos was very amused at the whole
thing himself. He figured he might be able to tease
Kevin out his bad mood or the rest of the evening
would be ruined. “So Bron, I like those work boots
you bought. I gotta pair just like them,” he chuckled.
Kevin was pissed at the reminder,
“I like the other pair she bought better.” I would
rather see her in four inch heals and a skirt, not
the same pair of boots I wear for Christ sakes, he
Bron grinned at Carlos, she knew
what he was doing. “Well if Andy hadn’t nailed my
last pair to the roof while I was in them, I wouldn’t
have needed a new pair.”
Kevin’s imagination kicked in to
full gear. “Why the hell would he do that? You could’ve
Bron snickered, “He was keeping me
from the coffee truck.”
Inwardly Kevin mad a mental note
to meet whoever this Andy was and kick his ass for
such foolishness. Bron watched the deep thought Kevin
was in. “Kevin it’s fine,” she said loud enough to
break his train of thought.
Jake was laughing his ass off on
the inside. Bron working at her job was going to
be a big stumbling block for Kevin. He watched Kevin
fight with it since he found out. Kevin was trying
hard to look at it as a job. But the good ole boy
was lurking behind the scenes in Kevin’s mind. It’s
man’s a job, my dad did that.
Kevin was still pensive as they pulled
into the hotel. There were very little fans left
and they could make a hasty exit. Kevin spotted a
couple of fans and didn’t want them to be disappointed.
“I want to stop and sign for them. Do you want to
stay with me or go?” Kevin asked her. Carlos looked
at Kevin his eyes rolling. Kevin could read his mind,
yep I’m still sane Carlos, relax, he said to himself.
“I’ll stay if you want me too, but
I don’t want Bounce down here.” Bron said shakily.
She was hoping Kevin would let her off the hook and
change his mind.
“I don’t want her here either.”
Kevin asked Jake to take Bounce upstairs and come
back for the packages.
Bron crunched her eyes shut, damn
he’s not letting me off the hook. I should’ve told
Bron stood back from the crowd almost
hiding. The girls shot questions to her and she stood
there bewildered at first. Then she began to answer.
She carefully avoided all questions about who she
was and why she was with Kevin.
Kevin finally called it quits and
they went inside. “Nice job,” he smiled at her.
“Thanks, but never again,” she sighed.
Once in the elevator and the doors
closed she slumped again Kevin, “I’m tired.” Carlos
chuckled at her, “Get un-tired you have to get ready
“Dinner too, are they trying to kill
us,” Bron exclaimed.
“Would they do that?” Carlos answered
with a smirk.
“In a heartbeat,” she answered him.
They marched off the elevator and
Kevin stopped by Jake’s door. “See you in an hour,”
as he bent and kissed her cheek. The hallway was
buzzing with activity as Bron let herself in.
“Where’s my baby?” Bron asked.
“With Stevie, wiped out,” Jake replied.
Bron rocked back on her heels, “Why
do I think that was planned too?”
Jake shrugged his shoulders and smiled.
Bron looked at him with that face, yep it was, and
she headed to the bathroom.
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