“Where are we going?” Bron asked
as the sat in the cab.
“We’re not telling you. You’re on
a need to know basis. This way you can’t call Jake.”
“I can’t go without Jake,” Bron snapped.
“You know that.”
“Shut up Bron. The guys had their
night out now it’s our turn.” Gillian laughed.
Bron searched each one of their faces
for the slightest hint of what was going to happen.
“You have to love Nick for doing
this,” Leigh winked at Mary.
“What has Nick got to do with this?
Where are we going? I can’t go without Jake,” Bron
“Bron sometimes you are so dumb,
damn! This is a Ladies night out. No men allowed.
Get it!” Mary spoke frustrated with her.
“I’m sorry,” Bron laughed. “But
you have put me in a tough spot,” she groaned.
“You can handle Kevin,” Leigh snorted
“Leigh, I’m not worried about Kevin.
His family is here and his hands are tied but I am
worried about somebody else.” Bron spoke directly
Mary sighed, “You’re getting married
for Christ sakes, he won’t do a damn thing.”
Bron rolled her eyes at them, “Well
let’s enjoy it while we can.”
Jake casually went downstairs and
to the restaurant. He had agreed to meet the girls
and get them to the concert just before the boys took
the stage. They had been down there two hours and
now it was time to go. He went into the restaurant
and looked around. No girls, that‘s odd. The hostess
came to him and he inquired as to what happen to the
women that were in the back. Jake was informed that
they had left over two hours ago. Not long after
Mr. Richardson had stopped by.
Jake dropped his shoulders and shuffled
to the bar, “I’ll kill her,” he groaned. He sat and
had a drink not sure what to do. He sures hell wasn’t
going to call Kevin. Subconsciously he sat in the
bar and drank to stall. If Kevin was on stage for
sure couldn’t call him.
Basically his safest bet was to go
talk to Stevie. Jake drained his glass and headed
upstairs to start facing what was going to be a very
He let himself into Stevie’s room
and launched into his well-rehearsed explanation.
It would be good practice for the real thing, which
he planned on giving to Kevin and Mc eventually.
Stevie sat, listened, and then laughed
hysterically, “You let four women give you the slip.
He’s gonna kill you.”
“Yep, which one though?” Jake moaned.
“Both,” Stevie laughed even harder.
“Well you can hide in here and you won’t have to answer
the phone in the suite. You know damn well he’s calling
because she isn’t there.”
Jake looked so defeated as Stevie
looked at him, “Hey, Kevin’s has some responsibility
with this too. If you had been at dinner like you
were supposed to be, they wouldn’t be missing. Kevin
let everyone else second guess his judgment.”
Stevie was trying to give Jake a
glimmer of hope. Kevin really wasn’t a concern as
much as Mc was. Bron knew better than be this stupid
and Mc was going to go off the wall over it.
Jake dozed in the chair and Stevie
made a late night phone call to Mc. He let him know
what happened and Mc did go off the wall as predicted.
Mc would be there in the morning to have a chat with
Sparky. The minute Stevie said ‘how’ he regretted
it. He was informed that the wedding party would
be leaving at ten in the morning and don’t be late
or that could take the later flight. Just as Stevie
was going to hang up Mc laughed to him, “Guess what,
I just got it repainted too, with a new name.”
“Shit,” Stevie groaned into the phone,
“Why do you like setting her off so much.” Mc hung
up never answering the question.
Kevin called Jake all night. When
he wasn’t calling someone was calling for him. Every
now and then Kevin would get a stupid grin from Nick,
Little Man was up to something. He didn’t know what
but he would figure it out later.
The fellas hit the hotel at record
speed. Their ladies were missing and even Brian and
A.J. were getting upset. They hadn’t heard a word
and it was after one in the morning. Kevin ran to
Carlos’s room and went in, empty. He went to his
room, opened the door and it was empty, he knew it
would be. “They’re not here!” he barked down the
Kevin went into Brian’s suite as
Jake was explaining what happened. “Don’t tell me
you fucked up again,” Kevin said full of fury.
“I didn’t, they set me up and they
had help. They had a two hour lead on me. They left
right after you checked on them.” Jake tried to explain
it to him.
“Why didn’t you call me?” Kevin
yelled at him.
Jake didn’t answer and Kevin continued.
“It’s one-thirty in the morning. She’s out there
with nobody to protect her. Damn I knew better!”
he yelled in Jake’s face.
Bounce came around the corner her
sleep being interrupted by the yelling. “Why are
you yelling at Uncle Jake?”
Kevin grappled with his temper not
wanting to scare her. What do I say, you’re mother
is gonna get her ass kicked when or if she gets back
here. “Nothing it’s okay. Come on Kaylin, back to
bed.” Kevin walked over to her and scooped her up
in one arm. He walked to the bedroom and shut the
Brian wrinkled his nose and mumbled,
Stevie smiled, “That’s her name Brian.”
They waited for Kevin to return and it took over fifteen
minutes. Kevin walked directly to Jake, “She’s back
to sleep. I don’t want her woke up again. You come
with me,” as he stalked out the door.
Kevin stood in the hallway, his suite
door was open and his family was watching him. He
walked to the door and told them that the guys were
going to play some cards and wait for the girls.
Once the door was closed he turned to Jake and narrowed
his eyes at him.
“Just fire me and get it over with,”
Kevin exhaled loudly, “No it’s not
all your fault. I let her go to dinner without you.
I’m worried sick that something will happen to her.”
Nick had heard the yelling and decided
to make himself scarce. Kevin would figure it out
sooner or later and he was hoping for later. Much
They waited in Carlos’s room playing
cards and watching the clock. It was after three
and they still weren’t back nor had they called.
Everyone had mellowed out except Kevin. The later
it got the more worried and angry he became. It was
irresponsible for them to do this. Ultimately Kevin
got up to make a phone call. Jake groaned there was
only one person that he would be calling this late
at night. Kevin spoke with a low tone so he couldn’t
be over heard. He hung up after fifteen minutes and
returned to the game.
“Well our flight has been changed
to ten in the morning,” Kevin announced as he grinned
at Jake. “It seems he had a call earlier from Stevie.
He’s leaving now.”
Jake put his face in his hands and
moaned, “I don’t need this shit.”
“Hey Cuz, commercial flights don’t
change times,” Brian yawned.
“No but were not flying commercial
were flying private. Everyone needs to be ready and
on time. Someone can get Nick up and let him know
in the morning.” Kevin looked at the guys who were
at this point wondering what the hell was going on.
He wasn’t explaining it he was to upset and angry
“Where is Nick anyway?” Howie directed
the question to Brian.
“Sleeping, has been since we got
back,” he answered as he studied his cards.
Kevin sat there and watched the play
go around the table. He studied his cards and mulled
over in his head Nick’s behavior tonight. Kevin had
been waiting for a prank that never came. Before
anyone could understand what was going on, Kevin had
thrown his hand down and ran out the suite door.
He began banging on Nick’s door yelling for him to
wake up. The fellas went to the doorway and watched,
Nick opened the door half asleep
and Kevin grabbed him by his t-shirt. “You piss ant,
you set me up. You sent me in there so they knew
we were leaving!” Kevin yelled at him in the throws
of a rage.
Nick groaned and his eyes rolled,
this is gonna hurt. Kev being mad at this hour only
meant one thing, pain. Maybe if I just close my eyes
he’ll go away. Nick closed his eyes and then opened,
nope Train was still there and cocking back his arm.
Nick wasn’t going to deny it. He figured it was harmless
fun, besides the girls wanted to take her out. Nick
closed his eyes one more time. He knew he would feel
it but why see it coming.
The strike never came as they heard
a very bad rendition of Shania Twain’s, ‘I Feel Like
A Woman’ come from the elevator as it opened. Nick
opened his eyes at Kevin, “What the frig is that?”
“I think that’s the girls,” Kevin
winced at the racket as they both turned to look down
“Hang it up you suck,” A.J. spoke
over the noise as he covered his ears with hands.
“Shut up honey,” slurred out of Mary.
Bron surveyed the hall she had sobered
up on the way back but was still a little tipsy.
There was no sense in facing the wrath of Kevin drunk.
Hell she had a hard enough time handling it sober.
Kevin dropped Nick and stalked down
the hall. His strides were full and with a purpose.
They guys let out a collective gasp. “I’m gonna bust
your ass,” he spoke in a controlled voice as he went
straight for her. “Where the hell have you been?
Do you know what time it is?”
“Out,” Bron giggled, taking in the
fury as he towered over her.
“Not good enough. Where have you
been? I was worried. You ditch Jake and don’t call.
Don’t ever fucking do that again,” He hissed in her
face as he bent down to her eye level.
Bron could have sworn she felt her
hair part from the blast of the force from his little
speech. Kevin grabbed her by the shoulders and clamped
his hands down on her. He knew she would run for
a suite to try and hide. Bron smiled at him and then
glanced to the girls. “Okay, who didn’t tell Warden
Richardson we were going out,” She laughed in his
“Ooops,” Leigh giggled slightly.
“Kev we brought her back. You should get her one
of those little electronic ankle thingies, if you’re
Kevin turned around to glare at Leigh,
he took a step forward letting go of Bron and thought
about it. I really would like to smack her for that
but Bri would never forgive me.
Mary covered her mouth to suppress
her laughter. Leigh was intentionally pissing Kevin
off because she was the only one who would probably
be able to get away with it.
“Sorry Master. They didn’t tell
me. If I had known I would have asked for a permission
slip,” Bron snorted. Bron had found an ally in Leigh
and she was going to use too. The rest of the ladies
looked at Kevin and smiled albeit meekly.
Kevin surveyed them, got your own
little gang going now darlin’, he mused to himself.
Kevin went to grab Bron again. He was done with this
bullshit. Bron spun away and went to stand in front
of his suite door. Her saving grace was behind that
door, his family.
Kevin moved towards her and she knew
she was dead meat if she backed down. She could see
Pittsburgh all over again. He was controlling his
temper for the benefit of everyone listening behind
closed doors. If it were just her and the boys it
would be totally different. The fact the girls had
sided in her camp and actually challenged him wasn’t
sitting to well with him either, she judged. “Play
nice Master or I’ll wake up the ones that control
you,” she half laughed as she stood there. She was
letting him know she maybe tipsy but she wasn’t playing
“Uh-oh,” came out of Nick. There
was an unspoken pact about family. You just don’t
mess with family and hold it over anyone’s head.
Bron just crossed the line.
Howie spoke up trying to calm things
down, “Where were you anyway?”
“Bachelorette party,” Mary chuckled
three sheets to the wind. Gillian smiled at Howie,
“She means strip club.”
Kevin couldn’t believe what he had
heard from behind him. “Where were you?” he asked
as he leveled his eyes at her. He was fighting not
to knock the smirk right off her face.
Gillian spoke again, “Chill Kev.
We’re back no harm was done. We had a great time,
at least Bron did.” She laughed obnoxiously from
the effects of the alcohol.
Leigh began to laugh loudly, “She
sure did. Two of them were rubbing all over her.
I swear I haven’t seen that much grabbing and touching
Bron watched the expression change
on Kevin face. She got a little tipsy but she wasn’t
too sure if it was from the tequila or the expression
his face. She peeked around him to look at Leigh.
Leigh winked back her. Oh shit, please Leigh no more,
she groaned to herself. The other boys could see
they were up to something.
“Bron can I borrow one of your special
presents that they gave you. I want to visit the
dark side of the family tonight,” she smirked as she
bit her lip and glanced to Brian. Brian was lost
but he knew one thing. His girl was teasing his cousin
and not letting up.
Bron almost doubled over in laughter,
she rummaged through her coat and tossed the object
towards Leigh and Brian. Leigh missed it in her drunken
state but Brian caught it. As is landed in his hand
he let it fall to the floor, “Handcuffs,” he yelped.
Mary and Gillian were out right laughing
at Brian and the expression on his face. Bron didn’t
dare look at Kevin when the guys joined in the fun.
She focused on the toe of his boot. His hands were
clenching at his sides and his breathing had become
somewhat ragged and quicker. He was going into a
rage and she knew it. She fished in her pocket again
and spoke to him. His back was turned to all but
her. They could see what she had as she produced
it and dangled it in the air. A very thin leather
dog leash. “Don’t worry Master. I saved one for
you too.” She carefully slipped it on his thumb without
looking at his face. “Why don’t you wear it for awhile,
it’s beginning to chafe my neck.”
The entire group of people behind
him were laughing at him and he knew why. She had
made reference to his controlling side too many times
and about being put on a leash. “Witch you better
straighten up right now,” he snarled at her. “I swear
I’ll do it,” he made his final threat to her.
Bron had another wave of alcohol
hit her. It was probably a good thing. Stupidity
and courage always come with being drunk. “We can
let mommy hold the other end,” she smiled.
Kevin went to grab her and his suite
door opened. “Fuck,” he growled. Bron rocked back
on her heels to get away from him and bumped into
Jerald. She didn’t even hear the door open. She
turned slightly to look behind her. “Hi Jerry. Here
can you hold this for Master until mommy gets up,”
she giggled as she placed the end of the tether in
Jerald’s hand. Tim had joined him. His brothers
were laughing at him and he couldn’t stand it. He
stood there with a leash tied around his thumb and
Jerald holding the other end. Upon seeing both of
them there Kevin’s restraint left.
“Bronwyn, shut up you’re drunk!”
he yelled at her. He didn’t care if the entire freaking
world could hear him. She was making an ass out of
him in front of his family.
“Well I would’ve kept the handcuffs
but with these guys here you’re not putting out like
you usually do,” Bron pushed him even further as she
spoke. She grabbed the belt buckle he was wearing
and gave it yank towards her. Kevin was off kilter
and his hips rocked forward as she yanked on the buckle.
Kevin shook the leash off of his
thumb as he looked as his brother’s face and discreet
snickering could be heard from behind him. “Witch!”
he yelled as he bent forward and picked her up and
threw her over his shoulder. The people behind him
parted like Moses parting the Red Sea, as he walked
past. Bron wasn’t scared she was laughing. She picked
her head up and looked at Mary, “De ja vu, guess I
know what happens next,” she chuckled. Kevin walked
towards the suite, went in, and slammed the door shut.
Mary rolled her eyes and walked to
her suite. That was it, she didn’t want to face anyone
else. The hall quickly cleared except for Kevin’s
brothers, Jake, Carlos, and Stevie. “Can you believe
that,” Jerald looked at Tim.
Tim was in shock. “No, Twilight
Zone or what,” Tim answered as he shut the door.
Jake and Stevie stood in the hall
shaking their heads. Carlos looked at Jake, “I’m
not going down there. I don’t want to know. This
is your deal Jake.”
Jake took a deep breath and headed
down the hall. Kevin was in a rage again and he didn’t
want him to hurt Bron. Bron had pushed it and deserved
it but still it wasn’t right.
Jake opened the door to Bron begging
Kevin to stop. The funny thing was it was coming
from the bathroom and the door was open. Jake looked
through the door to see Kevin holding Bron’s head
under the faucet in the tub. “Christ, he’s trying
to drown her!” he exclaimed loudly. Kevin picked
his head to look at Jake and smiled.
“Kevin it’s cold, Please,” Bron whimpered.
Kevin turned his attention back to the back of Bron’s
head. “Are you done now witch? Did you cool off?
Is this what was suppose to happen next?” Kevin leaned
over with his free hand and turned the water off.
He pulled her head out of the tub and let go, tossing
her a towel. He grabbed a towel for himself and dried
off as best he could.
Kevin strolled out of the bathroom
with a grin on his face, “Night darlin’. I hope that
hang over isn’t to bad. We are leaving very early
tomorrow.” Out the door he went.
Jake looked at Bron who looked like
a drowned rat. She kicked the door shut out of anger
and he laughed. Keep pushing that man and you are
going to be very sorry, he mumbled as he headed to
bed. Carlos wasn’t far behind him seeing Kevin leave
Bron waited for the door lock to
slide close before she went to bed. I’m gonna kill
him, she groaned as she crawled into bed still shivering
from her sudden bath.
Kevin entered his suite with two
different emotions playing on him. Anger that she
did it. Relief that she was okay.
“How’s Bronwyn?” Jerald asked, wondering
if he would get an answer. Kevin slid out of his
wet shirt and tossed to the chair.
“Sober and most likely sleeping,”
he grinned. He readied himself for bed and crawled
on the couch. No more explanations given. “Early
flight tomorrow guys, we’re leaving at ten.”
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