Carlos and Jake met Kevin and Bron
in the hallway. Carlos gave Kevin a nod and the four
of them entered the elevator. “Do they have to go
too?” Bron griped.
Kevin nodded and Jake spoke. “Gee
thanks Sis and all this time I thought you loved me.”
“Sorry,” Bron muttered in despair.
All I want is time alone with him. I need to talk
to him about last night. She became suddenly mute
and in deep thought. Kevin watched her and knew she
must have been thinking about what went down last
night. They would have time alone this afternoon;
he had made sure of it. First stop was the Courthouse
to get their license.
As they got off the elevator Bron
headed for the lobby but was abruptly steered to the
back of the hotel. A van was waiting for them at
the service entrance to the hotel. “This is a bit
much don’t ya think Lurch,” she looked at him a little
“Nothing is going to stop up us from
getting this done,” was the serious reply she received
The ride to the courthouse was silent
until Kevin reached in Bron’s purse and removed her
wallet. He flipped it open and then closed. Casually
he placed it back in her purse. “Anything I can help
you with Kev?” she said as she glared at him.
“I couldn’t remember if I put your
driver’s license back.”
Bron was fighting it; she really
wanted to slap him in the face. It was just a reminder
of how controlling he had been since they were together.
Jake was grinning at her waiting for the fireworks.
“Wait until we’re home,” she muttered under her breath.
Kevin heard it and turned to look out the window.
He didn’t want her to see the faint smile growing
on his face.
Arriving at the Courthouse both Jake
and Carlos went into their security mode. “We’ll
go in first,” Jake spoke to Kevin. Bron visibly tensed,
this was it. “You and Carlos? This is so sudden
Jake. I had no idea,” Bron snickered.
Carlos frowned and Jake grimaced
at the remark. “Hey, don’t you start. I lost my
girl because of you. Following your ass all over
the country side.”
Bron gave him a haughty look, “Yeah
right, you haven’t had a piece of ass in months, that’s
your problem. Those little snobs you hang out with
are jerks. I tried, but you’re hopeless and picky.”
Jake glowered at her, “I’m not picky
and your friends are as weird as you are. You guys
are nothing but a bunch of horny....”
“Stop!” Kevin spoke in one octave
below a yell. “Knock it off, both of you.”
Carlos stood outside the van listening
to Jake and Bron argue. He grinned at Kevin who winked
at him. The plan changed they would have to go in
together. Carlos walked next to Kevin and whispered
quietly as he watched the two in front of him continue
the argument. “Just like sister and brother,” he
“For sure,” Kevin answered him.
Discreetly they signed in and silently
prayed that no one would make the connection of whom
Kevin was. After a very long wait they were called
to a cubicle by a woman in her mid fifties and began
answering the questions the she asked them. She asked
for Kevin’s identification and he produced it. The
woman smiled as she looked at the license. “This
isn’t necessary I know who you are, but technically
I have to check.” Kevin shifted in his chair, uncomfortable
that she knew who he was. Bron groaned a little louder
than she wanted too and the clerk heard her. “Hey
I won’t tell, I promise,” the woman smiled. Jake
and Carlos hung off the doorway of the cubicle chuckling.
“Going to any of the concerts?”
Kevin grinned at the clerk.
“Why are you going to give me tickets?”
the clerk grinned back. “I will if I have too,” he
“Not necessary, I have great seats
for my granddaughter and I,” she replied with a smile.
Bron rolled her eyes at both of them.
“Let’s continue shall we,” the clerk
spoke. She asked for Bron’s license of which Kevin
reached down and into Bron’s purse grabbing her wallet.
He pulled the license and handed it to her. Jake
was snickering behind Bron and she could hear it.
“He’s so helpful,” Bron replied with a plastic smile
on her face. Kevin bit his bottom lip and prayed
she would contain that temper of hers for just a few
The clerk took Bron’s information
and asked for the spelling of Bron’s first name.
Bron opened her mouth to answer but Kevin had spelled
it before she even got the B out of her mouth. Bron’s
temper went higher on the scale. This time both Jake
and Carlos were chuckling behind her. The woman asked
for Bron’s last name and again Kevin answered for
her. Bron’s hand went to Kevin’s leg. The woman
who sat behind the desk thought it was a sweet loving
gesture. The two standing behind them knew Kevin
was just in trouble. They could see her nails digging
into his leg. Casually he lowered his hand to cover
hers, trying to remove her claw like grip from his
thigh. He wrapped his hand around her wrist and tugged
not so gently. He squeezed hard enough to make Bron
shift in her chair and she released his leg.
“Last name you are going to use with
your marriage?” the woman grinned at Bron. “Cooper,”
came out of Bron’s mouth followed by “Richardson,”
from Kevin. Bron turned and narrowed her eyes at
Kevin; he had the exact same expression in his eyes.
Jake backed up a little and whispered to Carlos, “Sticking
The woman watched, “I need to make
a copy. I’ll be right back.” The woman left the
cubicle hastily. “Look you are marrying me you will
carry my name not C.W.’s.”
Bron had a know it all smirk on her
face, “Cooper is not C.W.’s name it’s mine. I didn’t
take his name when I married him either. Looks like
you missed that little bit of information.”
“Well you’re taking mine,” Kevin
announced. If I find out who didn’t tell me, I’m
gonna clean the floor with them, he groaned to himself.
“Kevin I am in a business where I
bank on my name. I’m already established.” Bron
hissed at him.
“Mc said you were changing the company
name so what is the big deal,” Kevin shot back.
Bron stood there ready to blow, “That
wasn’t my freaking idea you ass, that was his. I
said no and he said yes. I lost. I said we would
Kevin watched the woman slowly make
her way back as she tried to give the two of them
privacy. Kevin leaned over to Bron’s ear and whispered
something that was inaudible to Jake and Carlos.
They scrutinized Bron from behind, her shoulders squared
off and her back went straight as Kevin leaned back
into his chair. The woman took her seat, again she
asked the same question, of which this time she received
the same answer from both parties, “Richardson.”
A loud scoff was heard from behind
and they both knew it had come from Jake. The woman
finished the paperwork and requested the fees. Kevin
paid the fees and the woman left again to record it
in the register. Bron said nothing and glared straight
ahead. Upon the woman’s return she handed Kevin the
license. “Good luck,” she smiled. “Luck has nothing
to do with it,” Bron muttered as she stood up and
Kevin stood up and shook the woman’s
hand and gave her a genuine smile, “She’s just nervous.”
“Uh-huh,” the woman grinned. Kevin
turned to see Carlos waiting for him. Jake had followed
Bron, who had gone directly to the van.
Kevin and Carlos joined Jake and
Bron. “Wanna do lunch?” Kevin asked.
“I’m not sure ape man, oh I mean
Master, why don’t you decide?” Bron snarled.
Kevin bit the side of his cheek.
“Lunch it is,” Kevin grinned. Silence and tension
grew in the van and Jake couldn’t stand it. This
was suppose to be a happy day not one of fights and
arguments. “Okay Kev, what did you say to change
her mind? She’s carried her name since birth.”
Kevin just smiled and refused to
answer, but Bron did answer. “Easy, he’s got all
my damn money in Richardson he said it would take
weeks to fix it, if he could. I would go back to
Lexington with an empty wallet.” Bron swung her arm
back and slammed Kevin in the chest. He coughed at
the contact he wasn’t ready for,
“Oww!” he groaned as he grabbed her
arm. “Be nice,” he hissed.
Nothing more was said as they arrived
at a small out of the way restaurant. The party of
four was seated at two different tables across from
each other. “Did you eat this morning?” he asked.
“No,” she grumbled.
“How can you forget to eat?” Kevin
“I’m still alive don’t worry about
A waiter came forth with menus and
Bron stared at the menu and then set it down. “I’m
not hungry,” she stated. “You have to eat, you’ll
fall on your face if you don’t. It’s going to be
a long afternoon and evening.”
“Don’t remind me,” she uttered.
Kevin rolled his eyes and ordered
lunch for both of them when the waiter came back.
I said I wasn’t hungry,” she reminded
“I heard you,” Kevin answered her.
“Bron you need to calm down and relax. This should
be a piece of cake for you. Look at it like your
negotiating a deal.”
Bron closed her eyes, as the drinks
were set in front of them. “I would but there is
give and take in negotiating, you don’t do that give
part very well.”
“After tonight I will,” he answered
as plates were dropped on the table.
Bron was still recovering from the
quickness of the order. “They’re fast here,” Bron
said staring at the plate.
“Eat and talk. I want to know what
happened last night that caused your nightmare,” Kevin
said to her.
Bron exhaled loudly and she started
babbling. She explained to Kevin that Mc was still
very sorry about everything that had happened back
then. That his anger did get the best of him where
she was concerned. Bron stopped short of the most
important part that Kevin wanted to here. “Bron did
Mc tell you why you never had a physical relationship?”
Kevin looked at the dazed look on her face as he said
Bron’s eyes misted over and she dropped
her head. Kevin frowned at her being upset, if he
lied to her, I’ll kill him when I get back there,
he screamed in his head.
“Yes,” she said discreetly.
“What did he tell you babe?” he asked
“That it wasn’t my fault that it
was a physical problem of his and it wasn’t me. He
said he wanted nothing more than to be with me and
that was why he got so angry all the time. He said
that if I was any other woman I would have figured
it out, but that I was blind to the obvious.” Bron
raised her head to look at Kevin as a tear slid down
“It’s not your fault Bron, don’t
ever think it is.” Kevin spoke as he leaned forward
and wiped the tear from her face with his napkin.
“You love with everything you have and sometimes you
don’t see what others see. There is nothing wrong
with that. You don’t hide your affection and that
is a gift. You take care of and love everyone, even
that ass that you call your partner.”
“If I had known Kevin I could have
helped him. My life could have been very different.”
Bron spoke softly.
“Maybe, do you think he would have
stopped beating on you Bron? Would you have given
up Kaylin and C.W. for him?” Kevin added to her thinking.
“No, never,” rushed out of her mouth. “Things happen
for a reason darlin’. You two weren’t meant to have
that kind of relationship,” he verbalized as he swung
his chair next to her. He settled an arm around her
shoulder, “Now you need to eat.”
That sat and ate silently, watching
each other. The waiter cleaned the table and dropped
the check. “Kevin would you be mad at me if I um
tried to help Mc now?”
At first Kevin felt threatened and
then jealous. “I don’t honestly know. I don’t like
the idea. I know that. I’m feeling pretty insecure
about us right now and I don’t think I could handle
“Could we talk about this after we
get settled in?” Bron asked demurely.
“That we can do,” he whispered to
her as he lowered his head to rest on the side of
“I hate to interrupt but it’s getting
late and I do believe you have something special going
on in a few hours,” Carlos declared.
Bron glanced at her watch, “Oh God
Kevin they are going to be so pissed at us. Look
at what time it is.”
Kevin glanced at his watch and stood
up. He grabbed the check and the one Carlos was holding.
Quickly he totaled it and dropped cash on the table.
“My mother is gonna kill us, she’s put so much into
this for us,” as the four them practically ran out
of the restaurant.
The traffic wasn’t bad and they hustled
up to the suites as fast as possible. It wasn’t that
difficult since there were only a few fans at the
back door of the hotel. As they reached the floor
they both were ready for the onslaught from their
families. Kevin went into the suite first followed
by Bron. “How nice you two decided to join us,” came
barreling out of his mother.
Kevin mumbled an apology to her as
he stood in front of her. “Get moving,” she commanded
as the couple split up, each heading for their own
suite. “Three hours, they show up three hours before
they’re suppose to get married. Unbelievable!”
As Bron walked in she saw Mary, Leigh,
and Gillian all glaring at her in anger. “I’m sorry,
he was hungry,” she offered to them. Bron’s suite
door swung open to see Anne standing there, “You don’t
have time for chitter chatter. Get in the shower.”
“Damn,” Bron muttered as she headed
for the shower, I guess I know where he gets it from.
Bron took her time with her shower; she wasn’t going
to be rushed because of General Anne. She’d been
in the shower for over half hour when she heard Bounce’s
voice. “You better hurry up, Mrs. R is getting mad.”
Bron turned the shower off and stepped out. She smiled
when she saw Bounce all dressed up in the dress she
had bought for her. “You look so pretty,” she said
to her as she dried off and took the robe that Bounce
was holding for her.
“Thanks for the dress mom,” she smiled.
Bron bent down and gave her a peck on the cheek, “You’re
Kevin’s voice rang through Bron’s
room as he was confronted with three angry women telling
him to get out. “Get real,” he answered them as he
opened the bathroom door. “Where are my cufflinks?”
“With my ring in the box.”
“Oh,” he expressed as he began to
leave, he turned to Bounce, “You look beautiful Bounce.”
“Thanks,” she giggled and Bron winked
Bron did her hair while Bounce waited
for her in the other room with the girls. Finally
Bron came out of the bathroom her hair done, but not
her make up. “Can you be any faster,” Mary said sarcastically.
“There’s plenty of time,’ Bron answered
“You have an hour and half,” Mary
grinned and Bron groaned. A giggle followed from
Tracy, who had joined the ladies.
Bron could here the commotion in
the other suite and opened the door to the suite,
“What’s the matter Kevin?”
Anne looked at her with a sour face,
“He shouldn’t see you.”
“Please, let’s keep the old notions
at bay. We don’t need this.” Bron answered her.
“I can’t find the damn box,” he yelled
from his room. Bron crossed the suite and went into
his room. She walked to the luggage and pulled the
box out of the right side of his suitcase. “Thanks,”
he muttered, as he stood there shirtless and barefoot.
Bron shook her head and left.
As Bron passed through the suite
again she noticed that the room was filled with every
male body they knew. “Nice robe,” Nick snickered.
“You bought it for me,” she smiled
and kept on walking into her suite.
“Kaos!” came booming from Kevin’s
Howie and Brian laughed, “I like
the pink one better,” A.J. said.
Kevin’s head poked out of the door
with his commander Kevin face on and they all grinned
at him. “You shouldn’t be discussing my wife’s clothes,”
he chastised them.
“Okay, but if Nick can watch...”
A.J. cackled back.
“Alex!” came from Mary as she stood
in the door of Bron’s room.
“Bron where are my socks?” Kevin
yelled. “In your suitcase,” was the reply he received.
They could hear Kevin cursing; he couldn’t find a
damn thing. He was a wreck. The fellas were highly
amused at this new Kevin. Mr. in control was flipping
out. “Bronwyn!” Kevin yelled. Bron again reappeared
this time with flowers in her hair as she crossed
the suite. Again she produced what he was looking
for with little effort. She shook her head as she
treaded to her room.
“You know at this rate, we might
actually get a glimpse of something sweet,” Nick chuckled
to A.J. Nick’s head slumped forward. He knew it
was Jake who had shoved him. “Thanks Jake, I know….
she’s your baby sister.”
Bron ambled back through the suite
in a state of almost dressed. “Does this remind you
of anything?” Mc asked.
“Yep, it’s Lucy and Ricky Ricardo,”
Bounce came from the suite and followed
her mom into Kevin’s room. “Complete with Little
Ricky,” Stevie laughed. Everyone laughed but Anne
who was getting extremely angry at the antics of everyone,
this was in important day for her and her family.
Bron drifted back to her room with
Bounce right behind her. She had no sooner begun
to put her make-up on, when Kevin was hollering again
for her. “Where are my dress shoes?” he yelled.
Bron shook her head, “Heaven help
me,” she murmured loud enough for everyone in her
room to hear. Bron rolled her eyes around in mock
amusement to the girls. “Just a minute please!” she
yelled back to him. Kevin came in the room looking
Bron held her hand up, “You have
to stop this right now. If you want me down there,
get your shit together.”
“You’ll be down there if I have to
drag your ass down there,” Kevin spoke with a no-nonsense
Bron glanced to Anne, who had a look
on her face of who is that talking. “You know damn
well where everything is in your room. Getting me
angry by aggravating me is not helping. Your reverse
psychology is not going to work today. If you want
me down there as a WILLING participant, handle it
yourself. I’m not going to storm down there and say
I do just because you pissed me off to the point of
Kevin smirked at her knowing she
was right. Bron raised one eyebrow at him, which
provoked a small giggled from Tracy as she began to
speak to him, “Don’t forget your tie, tie tack, and
the license. I need to see Carlos, Jake, and Mc when
I get downstairs. Andy is going to be upset.”
Kevin leaned towards her and kissed
her soundly in front of all the girls, “Guess that’ll
have to hold ya Witch.” He promptly walked out and
didn’t call for her again. Kevin wondered why she
wanted to see Carlos as he left. The girls were clueless
and Bron shook her head at Mary, who had figured out
on the second yell what Kevin was up to.
“Don’t worry Bron, all three of them
are like that,” Tracy smiled to her.
“Wonderful,” Bron groaned.
Bron slowly dressed but was waiting
till the last minute to put her outfit on. An uproar
was heard next door and then complete silence. “They
left,” she sighed heavily.
Anne promptly joined them again and
smiled. “They’re gone, let’s get you dressed,” she
Bron put on the top half of her outfit
and grinned, “Who the hell picked this out, I love
it!” she exclaimed.
“Nick!” Mary grinned at her.
Bron smiled, “Leave it to Nick to
find a wedding gown made out of a Corset, a Bolero
Jacket and a skirt. All made of silk. The jacket
won’t button so this is going to have to do.”
Bron finishing dressing. As she
slipped on the shoes she looked at in the mirror.
“I don’t know who you are lady, but you’re looking
good,” she grinned. “What’s even better is that it’s
not white and not a bow to be found anywhere!”
“Awesome,” Mary added. After that
the complements poured forth they headed downstairs
to a room just off of the ballroom. “Sitting pretty
high there Bron, think you’ll fall out of the top,”
“Kevin won’t mind,” Gillian cracked
as they shut door and headed downstairs.
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