Everyone was up but only half awake
thanks to the ladies little adventure last night.
The only ones actually functioning at full power was
Kevin’s family. Kevin packed and told them to go
down to breakfast and they would leave from there.
He double-checked the suite for anything left behind
and locked it up.
Kevin headed for Carlos’s room and
finished packing Bron’s things. Everything was ready
to go except for the small woman still sleeping in
the bed. Kevin figured it was best to let her sleep
as long as possible. Carlos and Jake grabbed everything
out of the suite and left to meet Kevin’s family.
Checking his watch one more time
he went to the bed and eased himself down on it.
His anger at her had cooled somewhat with a little
sleep. “Come on darlin’ time to get up.” Slowly
he began rubbing her back trying to wake her.
Bron moaned and covered her head
with the blanket. “No, you said we were leaving at
two.” She scrunched herself up trying to ignore him.
“Plans change, we leave in a half
hour. You need to get a shower.” Methodically he
started pulling off the blankets.
“Go away, I was nice to you when
you were stupid,” she yelled into the pillow.
“And I’m saving your ass right now.
Now get up and get in the shower,” he spoke in a raised
voice to her as he took the blanket away from her.
“You son of a bit...” she yelled.
As she sat up, he gave her some water, aspirin, and
a huge smile. Bron took the pills and chased them
down with the water. She tried to focus on her watch
and to see what time it was.
“It’s nine,” he spoke trying to help
her out of her haze.
“Why?” she cried.
Kevin couldn’t help but feel sorry
for her. She was hung over to the hilt and looked
every bit the part. “Because we are leaving our flight
has changed,” he answered her pleading question.
“Flights don’t change,” as she gulped
the water trying to get rid of the after effects of
the tequila and salt.
Kevin gave her a broad grin, “No
but private jets do.”
“You called him,” she whined as she
threw herself back on the bed.
“I was worried, I’m sorry. I needed
to know if you were going to be okay. You can’t do
that again, I mean it. It scares me and I don’t like
it. I just haven’t figured out if he scares me more
than what could have happened.” He lowered his voice.
Slowly he began to tug at her nightgown, “As much
as I love you and Elmo here, I want you to take a
Bron sat on the bed looking at him
as he held her nightgown in his hand. The air in
the room hit her skin and she chilled. She shivered
as she stood up grabbing the sheet. She headed to
the shower with Kevin behind her.
Turning the shower on she poured
herself into it. She heard the toilet flush and began
speaking to him. “I’m going to kill him. He’s only
doing this to prove a point and show off to you.
You know that right?”
Kevin sat on the commode listening
to her babble. She was hung over and now getting
stressed he saw it coming yesterday. By tonight she
would be a nervous wreck. “I know,” he answered her.
Bron didn’t say anything else. She
exited the shower and Kevin handed her a towel. He
grabbed another one and set it aside. Emptying the
shower of her things, he packed the items up while
she got dressed. Bron was waiting for the aspirin
to kick in her head was pounding. Kevin watched her
dress and her agitation increased.
“Can I have some space please?” she
snapped at him.
“No, I gave you space last night
and you blew it,” he shrugged his shoulders at her.
Bron exploded with curses and threw
everything in her bag. She walked out and waited
by the door for him. He checked the suite one more
time for lost articles and locked the door behind
As they headed down in the elevator,
Kevin turned and put a pair of sunglasses on her.
The elevator doors opened and he casually placed on
arm around her shoulders and whispered in her ear.
“You need some Visine babe.”
Bron glared from behind the glasses
at him but was relieved to have them. He gave her
a quick smirk and a peck on the cheek. “You’re welcome,”
came from him followed by a soft chuckle. Bron spied
Mary and Gillian and headed for them. She stopped
when her purse didn’t follow her. Kevin had a hold
on the straps. “Nope, you can stay with me you get
in less trouble that way.”
Kevin guided her to a waiting van.
Bron climbed in and laid her head on the back of the
seat. Oh looky Kev isn’t done making me feel like
an ass. We have the brothers with us and Keith too,
she muttered to herself.
Jerald looked at Kevin as Bron turned
her head to rest on his shoulder. “How ya feelin'
Bron?” he asked.
Bron trembled at the loud sound,
“Why don’t you just yell a little louder Jerald.
I was doing fine until you opened your mouth.”
Bron felt Kevin’s chest rise and
fall trying not to laugh. His hand rested casually
on her knee. “Where’s Bounce Kev?” she uttered.
With a chuckle he answered, “With
The silence was welcoming to Bron
during the ride until Jerald opened his mouth yet
again. “Bron you gave me something last night to
give to mom. You let me know when you want me to
give to her.” The van was filled with laughter.
Bron tried to bury her head into
Kevin’s side but he wasn’t relenting. “Please cut
me some slack. I was not myself last night.”
This time Tim’s voice came back to
her. “I thought last night was one of the few nights
that you and Kevin were actually being yourselves.
It’s not everyday that a woman gets to put a leash
on my brother.”
“Shit!” she spat as she sat there.
She had nowhere to go or hide. Bron refused to open
her eyes but she could feel and hear Kevin’s deep
laugh. What a relief she said to herself, he isn’t
that pissed about it.
They arrived at the airport and were
ushered down to the bottom deck and out to the tarmac.
The others followed behind as their bags were unloaded
from the vans. Bron stood there steaming at the hulking
object about ready to scream. The stairs were pushed
to the plane and the hatch was opened. She whipped
off her sunglasses to see Mc standing in the doorway
with a huge grin on his face. “YOU!” she screamed
as she ran up the stairs to chase down the receding
Kevin stood there just for a second
to read it the fourth and fifth time. He was even
in astonished. There oh’s and ah’s from behind him.
“That is so cool,” Nick grinned as he tugged on Kevin’s
sleeve. “Your name is on that plane!”
Kevin’s smile turned into a frown
when he heard yelling from the plane and he took off
after it. By the time he got up the steps Bron wasn’t
screaming but sitting in a chair quietly having a
conversation. Kevin approached both of them without
saying a word. He listened to Mc who was controlling
his temper but reminding her how stupid last night
was. His ending statement was, “Do you really want
Kevin or I to have to take a trip to the morgue to
check out your toe tag? We just sent Lenny back home
in handcuffs for a trial. The man does have friends.
Do you honestly feel that Solarez and those hoods
are going to leave you alone? It was a show, little
Bron simply dropped her head, “It’s
not all my fault.” Guilt was settling into her system
until she recalled the new paint job on the plane.
She stood up and glared at him. “You better have
paint left over to paint this damn thing again. You
only did that to impress fly boy here and his buddies.”
Mc smiled, “No actually I did it
for Kevin. If Kevin wants his pilot’s license then
he can get it with Hank. I was doing something nice
for him. Pissing you off was just icing on the cake.”
Mc walked away leaving both of them stunned at his
Kevin regained his composure quickly
upon hearing the words, “Hi mom, I missed you.” Bron
smiled and turned to hug a younger version of Mc standing
behind her. “I’m missed you too baby,” she uttered
as she wrapped the man in a motherly embrace. His
mother and brothers now stood at the door of the plane
waiting to see if the coast was clear to come in did
not miss the words.
Kevin’s thoughts became jumbled quickly.
There was no doubt this was a relation to Mc the kid
was his double and much younger. He was about Nick’s
age or younger. He just called Bron ‘Mom’. Bron
turned suddenly and motioned Kevin to the back, “I
think we need to talk.”
“You’re damn right,” he answered
her. Mentally Kevin was calculating the age factor.
It was possible but Mc told him it wasn’t possible.
Mc came out and pointed to the young
man, “You screwed up and I’m not happy.”
“Tough shit,” was the reply he received
from his younger version.
“The three of you go back there.
I’ll take care of things from here.” Mc said as he
pointed to the back.
Bron, Kevin, and the younger version
of Mc headed to the back. “Kevin meet Andy. Andy
meet Kevin.” Bron stood back from both of them.
This was not going well at all. Man I’m gonna kill
Mc for this one. I haven’t explained Andy to him
yet. All he knows is that Andy nailed my boots to
a roof. “Bron you better explain and do it fast before
I really get pissed,” Kevin snarled at her.
“Are you the prick that’s been dragging
my mom all over the place?” Andy seethed out.
“None of your damn business,” Kevin
Bron exhaled loudly, “Okay this isn’t
going well. Why don’t you two kill each other and
I’ll clean the mess up when you’re done.” Bron walked
away leaving the two of them standing there.
Andy gave Kevin a huge grin, “Sorry
Kevin was confused by the sudden
change in attitude and just stood there.
“Hey it’s cool. I know you are taking
care of my mom. If it wasn’t for my brother, she
wouldn’t have these problems. I have missed her but
it’s really not your fault.” Andy smiled even more.
“I’m really confused. Are you the
ass that nailed her boots to the roof, when she was
still wearing them?” Kevin said to him.
Andy grinned, “Oh yeah, that was
me.” Andy gauged the older man in front of him.
Shit, he’s gonna beat me to pulp. Andy quickly proceeded
to explain that Bron wasn’t his mom but she had lived
with her and C.W. since he was ten. When his parents
died, he went to live with Mc and Bron’s husband had
a fit. The whole story was not that involved or that
bad. It boiled down to the fact that Bron had pushed
Mc to the edge. He wasn’t fit to take care of a houseplant,
let alone a ten year old. She stepped in, threatened
court, and took Andy away from him. Andy had two
sets of parents, his biological parents and Bron and
her husband. Andy had lived with Bron for the last
eight years. He understood that his mom was safe
but he hated his brother for what he had done to her.
Kevin took it all in and surmised
it would gel later. Andy left and Kevin followed.
Bron had taken a double seat and was trying to catch
some sleep. It was impossible, his family had been
looking at her like she had grown another head. Bounce
was shrieking and jumping up and down because Andy
was there. Bron heard Bounce ask Nick if he wanted
to play a game in the back. Andy was going to join
them. On his way past he reached up and dropped a
pillow and blanket from the overhead compartment.
“Thanks kiddo,” she smiled.
“Welcome Mom,” he grinned and Bron
groaned. Kevin laughed, boy he is just like his brother,
nothing like stirring the pot and making a fast exit.
Kevin sat across from her watching
her drift off to sleep. He didn’t want to go to far.
He knew she was upset enough between Andy being dropped
on him and the plane being painted. The three younger
ones had gone to the back. Stevie and Jake were grinning
at Kevin. Kevin flashed them a ha-ha didn’t phase
“Is she sleeping?” Jerald asked.
Kevin wanted to lie; he knew they
wanted to know what was going on. Mary watched the
dilemma and decided to help out. She began by informing
everyone flat out that Andy wasn’t really Bron’s,
just an adopted son, he was Mc’s baby brother and
Bron had raised him since he was ten. A collective
exhale was heard through the plane. Kevin though
it was kind of funny in a goofy sort of way. He knew
Mc couldn’t father children. But hell looking at
the kid and then to Mc it was pretty scary. Mary
went into detail and Kevin was amazed at how much
she knew. Those two are a lot closer than I thought,
he said to himself.
Jake smiled as Andy came back and
handed Kevin something. He bent down to Kevin’s face,
“Don’t let mom know I gave you this.”
Kevin opened the folder and began
to read intently. This was the rest of his missing
puzzle in the Bron and Mc relationship. This folder
made everything he had heard concrete. This proved
what a bastard Mc could be if he wanted to be. He
had been reading it for over an hour. He had seen
what had taken place over the years. One part of
the file really tugged at his heart. It hurt him,
but somehow in the back of his mind he knew it all
along. He glanced to Bron. It didn’t really matter
he had her and Kaylin. Knowing Bron Andy had a place
too with them as well. Too bad nobody mentioned him
before he moaned. This woman was full of surprises
and everyday that he spent with her made her even
more amazing in his eyes. Mary was right, she was
a very complicated woman.
He heard Jake’s voice in his ear.
“You better put that away for now. I asked him to
bring it to you, but she isn’t to know that it came
via him at my request. I wish I had told you about
him sooner, I’m sorry.”
Kevin looked up over his seat, “No
problem and thanks.”
Kevin stood up and put the folder
in his duffel in the overhead compartment. Mc opened
the cockpit door and motioned Kevin up towards him.
“Wanna fly boy?” he grinned.
That was the only invitation Kevin
needed. Kevin headed to the cockpit and was handed
a headset and glasses. He was in awe as he sat there
in the third seat. “I said fly Kev, I need a break.”
Mc spoke as he walked past Kevin and out the cockpit
“Well Kevin it’s nice to finally
meet you. I’m Hank,” came from the pilot as Kevin
took the co-pilot’s seat.
“Nice to meet ya,” Kevin replied.
“Mc’s just agitated, don’t worry
about it. Bronwyn going out like that is not safe.
Andy just fueled his temper by calling Bronwyn what
he usually does. It drives him crazy,” the older
man chuckled to him.
“Well I am surprised too. I’m not
used to being called a prick without an introduction,”
“Look they’re very much a like, they
both love her to death,” Hank laughed out loud. “I
hear you like to fly but no license yet.”
“Not enough time to log the hours
I need,” Kevin answered as he studied the gauges in
front of him.
“You take care of Bronwyn and her
family. I’ll make sure you get your license, will
get your hours in. That girl has been through too
much this past year, Mc hasn’t helped either. I worked
for her dad and I don’t mind saying that he is probably
rolling in his grave as well as C.W. over what she
has been through. I’m fifty-seven years old and she
is like a daughter to me. She lost her dad young
and Mc saved her business but ruined her life.”
Mc came back and Kevin started to
get up. “No stay, I don’t feel like it.”
Kevin shrugged his shoulders in a
non-emotional reply. Mc grinned at the back of his
head. “Who are you shittin’ Richardson, you are
loving this. You like that new paint job too,” Mc
and Hank laughed.
“Yeah I do,” Kevin chuckled, “But
she is going to make you paint it.”
“She can’t, it doesn’t belong to
her or the company, it’s all mine,” Mc laughed.
“Sweet!” Kevin grinned. Operate
this a dream come true, he said to himself.
“Time to land gentlemen,” Hank answered
as he radioed the tower. Kevin got up to leave and
Hank motioned him to stay but switch seats with Mc.
The landing went without incident. Kevin headed for
the back to find Bron sitting up and awake. “Nice
sleep?” he asked.
“Nice fly?” she grumbled back at
him still in a nasty mood.
Kevin grinned, “Yep.”
Mc came back and gave her a wicked
grin. “You’re such an ass,” she announced as she
stood up and headed to the back.
“I may be an ass, but he really likes
this plane!” he yelled to her through the entire plane.
Jerald and Tim started the laughter
first followed by every one else.
“Who wouldn’t,” Nick added as he
came from the back. “Can we use this thing Mc?” Nick
Mc laughed, “Talk to your ring leader,
it’s up to him.”
Nick looked at Kevin. “You are so
Kevin shook his head at Nick as he
watched Bron come back, “I sure am.”
They disembarked from the plane and
vans were waiting for them to take them to the MGM
Grand. They arrived and checked in discreetly. They
had an entire floor of suites.
As they checked in Kevin began grumbling
about the room assignments. This was not what he
had set up, somebody had moved people around. He
couldn’t figure out who until his gaze landed at his
mother who was smiling at him with the all knowing
smile that only mother’s have. “Mom,” he spoke as
he walked to her.
“Kevin you’ve been a good boy all
week, what’s one more night?” she smiled at him.
“I’m not a baby mom I think you know
that,” he spoke to her discreetly in the hall.
“I know dear, but would you do this
just for me. Just for your mom,” she looked at him
Oh please, don’t pull this on me,
he groaned in head. Kevin shook his head and went
to inform Bron that his family had interfered yet
Anne chuckled as she watched her
youngest walk away in defeat. “How did he take it?”
Jerald snickered from behind her.
“In stride dear, I asked him to do
it for me.”
“That’s really low ma,” Jerald added.
“He’ll thank me later,” she grinned.
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