Bron was sound asleep when the television
flicked on and cartoon noises came booming out of
it. Jake came to the door that Bounce had left open.
He frowned and shut it quickly.
“Come on Bounce, they need to sleep,”
she smiled. They both grabbed some clothes and got
dressed. Bron closed the blinds, took the phone off
the hook, and grabbed some aspirin from her purse.
She set the aspirin on the counter with a pitcher
of water and three glasses. On the way out the door
she hung the Do Not Disturb sign on the door.
They walked down the hall and into
Kevin’s suite. Tim and Anne were up and having coffee.
Kevin was still out cold on the couch. Bron looked
at his painful position and grinned, “He’ll be feeling
Bron intercepted Bounce heading for
the Television, “No TV.”
“Mom!” Bounce yelled.
Kevin groaned loudly. Anne, Tim,
and Bron snickered. It sounded like he was dying
or at least he wanted to. “Go sit down,” as she pointed
to the table.
Bron went to the couch, “Morning,”
she said loudly.
“Ohh,” he moaned as his body shuttered.
“Come on I want you to get up,” she
grinned at the back of the human being on the couch.
“Go away Witch,” he moaned.
Bron leaned down over the couch.
She brushed a piece of hair from his ear and whispered.
“I have work to do. I want you to go sleep it off
in my bed. I took the phone off the hook and pulled
the blinds. Nobody will bother you guys. There are
some aspirins on the counter with some water. Lock
the door I have my key.” Bron fiddled with the stray
piece of hair by his ear.
Without saying a word Kevin got up
and walked out the door. Bron watched the retreating
figure in white boxer, with a fine ass head out the
door. His current state of undress was of no concern
to him at the moment.
“Where is he going in his shorts?”
Tim asked totally shocked. Bounce was laughing, typical
of a kid her age.
“To take some aspirin and sleep his
little celebration off,” Bron smiled.
“You really spoil him,” Tim snorted.
“I know,” Bron giggled.
The rest of the morning and most
of the afternoon the suite hummed with work. Bron
on the house and everyone else on her wedding. Works
for me she grinned to herself. Not many details were
being put out for her to hear but she trusted them
to get them through this trying time. Bron was excited
the foundation of the house was going as she talked
to Mc. The house was way ahead of schedule and she
was loving it. At this rate they could move in when
Kevin came back from Mexico City.
Nick was up and moving pretty well.
He came down to fill Bron in on what he had gotten
done on her special project. The boys were having
fun with this. This was a really cool idea and Kevin
would be bowled over by it. After he left Bron checked
her watch, it’s getting late they had a show to do
tonight. Time to try A.J. again as she left the room
She checked Jake’s door, still locked.
I can pull this off and he won’t even know. Bron
went across the hall to A.J.’s room. She knocked
on the door and was told to come in.
Bron was grinning from ear to ear,
“Hi Alex,” she smiled sweetly.
A.J. laughed, Bron was being too
sweet, not her style. He had watched her and anytime
she wanted something she turned into sweet, sugary
syrup. On any other woman it would have been fine,
but not her. It just didn’t wash. “Forget it Bron.
I won’t do it. He’ll kill me.”
“Come on, I’m a big girl,” Bron grinned.
A.J. shook his head, “And he is a
big boy who would bust me in half and never forgive
“Please Alex. I want it done right,”
Mary walked into the suite, “Bron
what are you doing here?”
“Nothing, why do I have to be up
to something to come visit A.J.? We’re talking about
Kevin’s surprise.” Bron was defensive right away.
Mary laughed as she looked at A.J.,
who was not happy at all. She knew it was that damn
tattoo again. “Okay,” Mary answered as she left.
Mary went right back to Kevin’s room and grabbed the
key to get to Kevin. A.J. was being put in a spot
that would really make Kevin angry with him. Only
one person can stop her and it’s time he got up.
Mary let herself into Carlos’s suite
and walked to the sofa bed. She grabbed the foot
sticking out from underneath the blanket. “Kev time
to get up,” Mary spoke trying to rouse him out of
Kevin grumbled and opened one eye,
well there’s a bolt from the blue.
“You okay now?” she asked.
“Yeah, I’m human,” He yawned as he
“Well then go save Alex before Bron
ends up with a tattoo that you don’t want.” Mary
grumbled at him.
Kevin shook his head, nah I didn’t
hear that, he internalized.
Mary saw the doubt. “Yes and now
she wants one. How cute,” she said sarcastically.
Kevin groaned as he sat up and rubbed
his face his hands and back through his hair. “Wonderful,”
he muttered as he stood up and ambled out the door
and across the hall. He walked in without knocking.
“Forget it Bron,” as he walked over
to her and grabbed her by the hand.
“Forget what?” she look at him feigning
“No tatt,” as he lead her to the
door. “Thanks Bone,” he called back over his shoulder.
He hauled her behind him down to
his suite. Once there, he dropped her hand and headed
for the bedroom. Coming out with a handful of clothes
he headed to the bathroom without speaking to anyone.
Tim frowned, “What jerked his chain?”
“Me,” Bron said as she made him something
Jerald glanced at her, “How?”
“I want a tattoo and he doesn’t want
me to get one, but he won’t tell my why.” she sulked.
Maybe if she fed him he would be in a better mood
and might change his mind.
Jerald and Tim chuckled. “Because
he doesn’t want you to have the grief he has had over
his,” Anne informed her.
“Oh,” Bron answered flatly. That’s
lame she thought as she placed his food on the table.
As if he knew it was ready, he came out of the bathroom
hair soaked but fully dressed. He silently went to
the table and ate. He was waiting for her to say
something to him. As he finished and she hadn’t spoken
he figured she needed to hear it again. “Thank you
and no tatts.”
“Fine whatever,” as she closed her
eyes. He was studying her and it bugged her. Kevin
had a way of sneaking inside her head and soul and
knowing what she was up too. I’m going to get one,
you’ll see, she thought to herself.
“Don’t blow me off Bron, no tatts
ever. It’s not worth it.” Kevin spoke.
“I’m not,” she whined back.
The other brothers and Anne were
laughing. Kevin always knew what Bron was thinking.
He had acquired a knack for reading her and used it
as best he could. She had done it to him for months
before she even knew him.
Bron grimaced at them, they’re all
alike. “Stay out of my damn head,” she barked at
him and Kevin gave a sly grin.
The phone rang and Kevin got up to
answer it. “Darlin’ it’s for you,” and he set the
phone down on the desk.
Bron went to the phone and picked
it up. She didn’t say a word, just listened. They
all watched as she was getting angry at something.
Finally she spoke, “Fine I’ll take care of it. It’s
late if they’ll will wait I will try and get it done.
I’ll call you back in fifteen minutes.” Bron slammed
the phone down and stream of curses came flying out
“What’s the matter?” Kevin asked.
“Damn banks,” she groaned. She went
to Kevin’s briefcase and twirled the lock. She grabbed
a folder and headed for the desk. She leafed through
the folder and dialed a number quickly and asked for
a gentlemen by name.
Jerald looked at Kevin, “Doesn’t
he run the Bluegrass Bank?”
Kevin nodded and crooked his finger
motioning him to come over to him, which he did.
“Wanna see a powerhouse in action. Mc told me about
this, but this is the first chance that I have had
to see it.” Mc had told Kevin awhile ago that Bron
was a bitch when it came to negotiating.
Tim and Anne were lost as they listened
to Bron talk on the phone. Kevin and Jerald were
amused. Bron was speaking directly to the President
of the bank who was called out of a board meeting
to speak to her. Kevin watched her pace and kick
the desk when she wasn’t getting her own way. Nick
wandered into the suite and Bron motioned him over
to her. “Just a minute Mr. Greenlee, my secretary
Nicole needs me,” she grinned at Nick and put the
caller on hold.
“Nicole! Give me a freakin’ break,”
Nick rolled his eyes at her. Ignoring him Bron turned
to Kevin, “I need my financials before you raided
my accounts. I know you have them stashed somewhere,
find them.” Kevin dashed into the bedroom and came
out with an envelope and handed them to her. Bron
emptied the contents on the desk and found the two
sheets she was looking for. She scribbled a number
on the back of one of them. “Please Nick, take this
to Mary’s fax and send it to the number on the back.”
Bron looked at Kevin, “You can come clean later.”
Nick was reading the papers that
Bron handed him and hadn’t moved, “Holy shit you’re
loaded. You’ve got more...” Nick’s sentence was
interrupted by Kevin’s hand bouncing off the back
of his head, “She said feed it not read it.”
Bron grinned wickedly at Nick, “Don’t
rub it in, I think it bugs him.”
Bron picked the phone back up and
began speaking again into the receiver and making
faces at her audience. The only one who had managed
to put it together so far was Jerald. Finally in
disgust she informed the gentlemen that her financials
were being sent to him. As long as the Board was
there they could review the information and they could
call her back in five minutes with an answer one way
Bron hung up the phone and smiled
at Kevin, “He’s mine, all mine.” Jerald poked Kevin
in the ribs, “No wonder your bucks don’t impress her.
She’s got more,” he chuckled. Kevin’s face beamed,
money didn’t bother him, but nobody could say she
wanted his money, ever.
Nick came back with Howie behind
him. “If you showed those to anyone you’re dead,”
Kevin spoke in a serious tone.
“I didn’t,” Nick answered as he handed
the papers back to Bron. Bron put everything back
in the envelope and handed them to Kevin.
“What are you doing anyway?” Kevin
“Shut up, I’m thinking,” as she paced
and waited for the call back. Howie discreetly asked
what was going on and was quickly caught up, without
numbers of course.
The phone rang but Bron didn’t jump
to answer it until the third ring. Kevin had to laugh,
makem' sweat darlin'. She smiled broadly as she listened
and didn’t speak. She informed the caller she had
a problem with the interest and then proceeded to
negotiate her way down. Howie was even amazed as
she pinned the caller to the wall and left no room
to negotiate, it was going to be her way or no way.
The check would be hand delivered to Mc as soon as
they hung up from the conversation. Mc would sign
the papers for her.
Bron repeated the terms loudly so
that Kevin could hear her. He was grinning from ear
to ear, getem’ girl, he mused. Howie was smirking
along with everyone else.
Bron hung up the phone and did a
victory dance around the desk and out the door. “You
guys make great secretaries,” she giggled on her way
Howie laughed and looked at Kevin,
“She’s good. We should have her negotiate our next
contract.” Kevin shook his head back and forth violently,
“Don’t go there and don’t give her any ideas. She’ll
buy The Firm and we will end up working for her.”
“That would be cool,” Nick announced.
Jerald cracked up, “Yeah maybe for
you guys, but I’m sure Kev’s not going to negotiate
with his wife. You snagged something special Kev.
I bet your contract would have some real interesting
Kevin closed his eyes, “Nope, never
happen. That would be the day.” The phone rang and
Kevin went to answer it, he shook his head. “I know
I think she forgot to call you back. They’re on their
way over. She’s still doing her victory lap,” he
chuckled. Kevin paused and surveyed the room, “What
did she do anyway?” he asked into the phone. “Oh
okay. I’ll talk to ya later,” as he hung up the phone.
Kevin stood there and everyone wanted
to ask the same question. Just as Nick was going
to ask Stevie walked in. “Must have been a good deal
she’s flying high,” he laughed at Kevin.
“Yep, but I don’t why in the world
she would buy a Bed and Breakfast,” Kevin mused out
“For her boys,” Stevie answered.
“It’s cheaper than a hotel and better than apartment.
She always does this. She fix it up and sell it for
“Man that woman is weird,” Kevin
spoke to Stevie.
Stevie nodded, “Yep and you’re marrying
“Hey Kevin that’s our bank, right?”
Bron spoke from the door.
“Yes darlin’,” He replied trying
not to laugh at her as she disappeared again.
Kevin shook his head and heard Stevie
chuckle details, details.
“Nothing like the obvious,” he chuckled
back to Stevie.
Nick and Howie left. Kevin figured
he need to explain what this was all about. He informed
his family that Bron was more than well set. He didn’t
go into details about how much exactly that was between
him and her. They asked him questions and he answered
them. His mother was impressed more than any of them.
Bron had earned her money the hard way in a man’s
world. For some unknown reason, she had gained new
respect for her future daughter in law. No wonder
she didn’t get along with Kevin’s contractor. He
was an old family friend and did have older notions
about a woman’s place in the world.
They began to figure out the details
for the evening since the packing had been done when
A.J. walked in. “Wassup?” Kevin asked.
“You guys can forget the girls, they’re
going to dinner by themselves.”
“Wait a minute,” Kevin went into
alert mode as Jake walked in with Carlos. “Where
is she?” Kevin directed his question to Jake.
“Taking a shower, the girls are going
downstairs for dinner and then to the concert.” Jake
Kevin searched Jake face trying to
read him, “You stay with her,” he announced.
Carlos sighed and Kevin turned to
him. “It’s just dinner, let up,” Carlos groaned.
“I don’t care,” Kevin answered him.
Anne glanced at her son, “You need
to give her some space dear.”
Kevin groaned, great, now she has
my mom and Carlos wrapped around her finger too.
He didn’t know what to tell his mom. Sorry mom but
I’m afraid she’ll split on me. I don’t even know
if she’s bullshitting me or playing me for a fool.
Sorry I don’t trust her yet, she’s a chicken and she’ll
Jake watched the turmoil. Kevin
was being ganged up on and he was left with no choices
but one. “Fine, but you bring them to the concert,”
he announced as he headed to the bedroom to get dressed.
Everyone split up and got ready.
A short while later they had all reassembled in the
hallway to leave. The girls had already left for
The ride downstairs was extremely
quiet and Kevin was tense. Upon leaving Kevin hesitated
by the desk and glanced at the restaurant doors.
Nick knew tonight would be hard if Kevin was in a
good mood. “Hold up,” Nick said. “Kev go check,
because I’m not dealing with your pissy attitude tonight.”
Kevin grinned and slipped inside the restaurant.
The guys waited in the lobby for him.
Kevin ducked in and heard the loud
rambunctious group in the back of the restaurant and
grinned at the hostess. She smiled and nodded to
him as she pointed to the party in the back. Kevin
quickly left and rejoined the group as they left the
The hostess came over and spoke to
Mary quietly. Mary smiled at Gillian and Leigh, “Let’s
rock.” The girls stood up and Bron followed slightly
confused. Mary grabbed her by the arm and they headed
out of the hotel into a cab.
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