They entered the room off of the
ballroom and Bron’s hands began to shake. Mary knew
the rest of her would start soon. Jake, Carlos, Mc,
Stevie, and Andy were waiting for her. All of them
glanced at the vision of a small woman in cream-colored
corset. “Do I pass?” she smiled, as she twirled once
for them. All had the same answer, “Yes!”
Mc looked at her with a small frown
as his eyes settled on her bust line, “Leave it to
Carter to freak Kevin out on his wedding day.” The
girls burst into laughter, including Anne.
Bron smiled at Carlos, “That is one
ugly tie dude.”
“Hey short notice Sparky, what do
you expect?” he grinned back at her when she noticed
that he had called her by her nickname.
“Well let me take care of that for
you,” she spoke as she pulled a box out from behind
Carlos grinned, “Is that what I think
Bron nodded to him as ripped open
the box. “Whoa, that’s sweet,” Jake announced.
“Kevin will hate that,” Stevie answered.
“Yep,” Carlos grinned as he quickly
put it on. He walked up to her, “Thank you, now I’m
going to go to work. This is a day you will never
regret or forget.” He quickly kissed on the cheek
as he palmed her the ring that she had bought for
Kevin. She winked and gave him a huge grin.
“I owe ya,” she spoke as he left
Bron quietly walked to Stevie and
pulled him to the other side of the room, “I love
you and always will. We’ve been through a lot together.
Are you okay with this?”
Stevie grabbed both of her hands
in his, “I’m more than okay with this. We will all
still be together in Lexington. We are family.”
Stevie paused as he looked at her. “Promise me one
thing. If you ever have a problem, you’ll still come
to me to talk.”
Bron reached up and gave him a kiss,
“Always my friend, always.” Bron was fighting the
tears as she watched his face. “You have always taken
care of me. You and Jake, I don’t want you to ever
“I won’t Spark, I won’t,” he whispered.
He dropped her hands and went to stand by the door.
He was waiting for the rest of her family to join
Bron took a deep breath and looked
at the remaining three standing there. Anne could
see what Bron’s problem was, somebody was going to
Andy stepped forward, “Mom I have
something for you.” Mc’s face scrunched up and Mary
just shook her head. Andy handed her a box. Bron
opened and saw a locket. Inside the locket was a
picture of Andy on one side and Kaylin on the other.
It was precious to her and the tears rolled down her
face. “Don’t do that you’ll screw up your face,”
Bron gave him a huge hug, “Thank
you baby. I love you too.”
“One more thing,” Andy lowered his
voice. “I’m dropping out of this little competition
to make it easier on you.” Bron sighed with relief.
“Hey Mom, do you think Kevin is going let me live
with you guys while I go to school at U K.?”
“You’re kidding,” Bron squealed with
delight. “You got in, you really got in. There hasn’t
been enough time to do all the paperwork.”
“I’m in Ma, but you have to work
that witch magic on that husband of yours. I don’t
want to live at the bed and breakfast or with you
know who,” as they both turned their heads to look
at very displeased Mc.
“I’ll ask him baby, but I can’t promise,
he’s very stubborn,” Bron smiled.
Mary had heard it all and was very
pleased with what Andy had done. Mary also knew how
proud Bron was of Andy. Mary walked over to her and
grabbed the locket. She opened the clasp and placed
it around her neck. “Perfect,” Mary smiled at Andy.
Andy ambled over to join Stevie.
Bron turned back to see the two left.
“What do you want to do?” She asked as she surveyed
both Jake and Mc. Neither one of them were going
to give in, that was obvious.
Anne glanced at the clock on the
wall they only had a few minutes left. There wasn’t
a five minute solution to be found, unless she put
forth her idea.
“Why don’t you both do it?” Anne
Both of their faces beamed, “Sounds
good to me,” Jake answered. “Me too,” Mc replied.
Bron turned to Anne, “You’re so smart,
thank God you’re here.”
“Fine that’s done. Now I have something
for you,” Anne smiled.
Bron was surprised at the information
as Tracy stepped forward and Anne spoke. Carefully
Anne opened the box and removed a pair of small diamond
earrings. “I wore these when I married Kevin’s father.
Tracy wore them when she married Tim. Now you will
wear them for Kevin.”
Bron was astonished at the thought.
“Something borrowed,” she smiled as she removed her
earrings and put the earrings on.
Anne gave her a pat on the cheek,
“Yes dear. You have something new, your locket from
Andy. I believe Mary has something blue for you.”
Mary snickered as she stepped forward
with a black and blue garter. Bron laughed, “Oh he’s
gonna love this. Mary, who did this inscription on
this heart?” Bron chuckled. “Alex, of course,” Mary
grinned. Bron placed her foot on a chair and carefully
pulled the garter up. Andy quickly turned around
not wanting to see more of his Mother than necessary.
The guys chuckled as at his awkwardness.
“Leave’em alone guys,” Bron grinned.
“Well the corset is bad enough,”
Bron looked at Andy with her Mama
face on, “I catch you anywhere near a corset, other
than the laundry and you’ll be very sorry. Now go
find your sister.”
Andy left the room post haste as
Mc grinned, “He’s eighteen Mamma.”
“Don’t remind me. He won’t be chasing
any women tonight. He’s babysitting Kaylin later,”
Bron groaned. “God forbid if Nick and him every become
real good friends, I’ll be in for it for sure.”
“I have something old,” Mc said to
her as he walked to her. “That scares me,” Bron smiled.
“Please don’t Sparky,” as he handed
her a Mercury dime.
Bron smiled, “You remembered.”
Mc was taken aback, “I gave you the
Bron sighed, “It wasn’t a slap, Thank
you.” Bron kicked he shoe off and Mc placed the dime
in it. Bron slid her shoe back on. “I want this
one back. It’s special,” he informed her.
Bron’s eyebrows furrowed together,
questioning him. Mc gave her a wily smile, “I can’t
give the man everything I own.”
“Mc!” came from Mary. Bron just
laughed of which once the others realized that she
saw the humor in it joined her. Except for Anne and
Tracy who didn’t quite get it and probably never would.
The music started in the adjoining
room and Bron’s face turned pale white. She suddenly
felt dizzy and hot. Mc careful wrapped an arm around
her waist for fear she would faint. All, especially
Mc, noticed it.
“Bron honey, are you okay?” Anne
Bron’s throat was dry and she couldn’t
talk, she shook her head no towards the question.
A knock came to the door and Bron
closed her eyes. She opened them when the door opened.
Please be him, she silently hoped.
It was Jerald, who had come to get
his mother so she could be seated. He saw that Bron
was pale as a ghost, Kevin was right. Jerald spoke
directly to her, “Hey relax, when he sees you he’s
gonna cry. Besides the guys have a bet going. They
are all betting against you, pretty big pot too.”
Anne hesitated until she saw the
color return to Bron’s cheeks. Anne thought it was
cute that she was blushing.
“Oh Yeah!” Bron snapped.
Jerald smiled, that was the reaction
that Kevin said he would get. “Yep, Brian’s got a
grand down that you’re gonna stiff Kev at the alter.”
“Anybody betting for me?” she questioned
him as she stood there tapping her foot on the floor.
Jerald’s smiled grew, Kevin really
knew his wife, “Just one, me,” he answered her.
“You’re about to come into some serious
cash my dear brother,” she grinned.
“Come on Ma, my sister in law is
going to help me fleece the Backstreet Boys,” he laughed
as his mother shook her head grumbling something about
gambling on a wedding.
Jerald led his mother to her seat
and quickly dashed up to Kevin. He slapped Kevin
in the back and whispered to him, “One it worked.
Two, here, you are gonna need this.” Jerald handed
him a handkerchief. “She’s gonna knock you out of
your shoes little brother. No bride I ever saw was
dressed like that.”
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