Chapter 1: Introductions
Chapter One: Introductions
"Happy birthday!" Jackie exclaimed, handing a pink envelope to her best friend
"Fleetwood Mac?" Donna asked incredulously from their seats at the town's favorite teen hang out place: The Hub. She was staring in awe at the tickets on her hands.
"Yeah, it's the only band that we both like and…" Jackie's explanation was cut off when Donna threw herself into her, engulfing the brunette in a tight hug.
"Jackie this is amazing!" Donna beamed "But my birthday was like… almost two months ago, and you already gave me a purse for my birthday"
"Donna, it's still a present" Jackie retorted "And when people give you presents you don't ask them why, you thank them and change the subject before they regret it"
Donna laughed and hugged Jackie again "Well, thank you, this is the best present I've ever received"
Jackie smiled, it's rare seeing Donna this excited about something nowadays. Her parents are having trouble with their marriage and they're making her life a living hell. Just yesterday, Donna found out that whenever she has sleepovers at Jackie's, her parents throw nudist parties at their home. As if that isn't disturbing enough, they recently got into swinging. Poor Donna couldn't catch a break.
That's why Jackie moved heaven and hell to get those tickets, she actually had to stand in a line all by herself in Kenosha, surrounded by dirty hippies and perverts, just to get the tickets to the concert, and as if that weren't enough, she paid a fortune for them!
But Donna deserves it, in fact, Donna is the only person who she would've done this for. If there's one thing Jackie learned during all of these years cohabiting with her parents, it's that a good distraction can go a long way. Going to the concert is going to be good for her, Donna would get her mind off her parents for a while and God knows she needs it.
Jackie and Donna have a bond that neither of them completely understand, in theory, they're supposed to hate each other, but they've been inseparable since they were both 6.
It was their first day at second grade, Donna was new in town and Jackie had just transferred from private school. At first, Jackie thought that Donna was a little too masculine to hang out with her, but everything changed the moment that some dirty boy named Chip shoved her on the floor because she didn't want to play doctor with him. Little Donna saw everything and decided to defend Little Jackie's honor. After that, Chip had to go to the school nurse after eating a good amount of dirt, courtesy of Donna. Ever since that incident, the girls have been inseparable.
"I'll stop at your house friday night after cheer practice so we can get ready together, is that okay?" Jackie asked
"Sure, I'll ask my dad if he can drive us there" Donna answered, still staring in awe at the tickets "You're sleeping over after the show, right?"
"Well, my mom is home, so I probably will, yeah" Jackie answered
"Is she still giving you trouble?" Donna asked the cheerleader, worried about her. Pam Burkhart is not a good mother, and lately she's been home more often, causing Jackie a lot of unnecessary stress.
"She's been home for a week and I already caught her sleeping with the pool boy!" Jackie whined, leaning her head on her hands "My father is not even out of town yet!"
"You know you can sleep over anytime you want, right? My father says you're like his second daughter" Donna stated, trying to cheer up the girl sitting in front of her
Jackie smiled softly "I love Bob, and I promise that as soon as he gets rid of his perm I'll hug him"
Donna chuckled "God, I don't know why he did that, his head looks like a poodle's ass"
Jackie laughed and Donna stared at the tickets one more time "I'm finished with my fries, wanna go to my house and help me pick up an outfit?" Donna offered
"Okay, but no plaid!" Jackie said as she got her purse
"You just got us Fleetwood Mac tickets Jackie, I'll wear whatever you want me to" Donna said as they left the Hub, noticing Jackie's devilish smile, she added "Except pink!"
"Dammit" Jackie muttered under her breath
Eric Forman stared longingly at the retreating figure of his biggest crush: Donna Pinciotti. The neighbor girl has been haunting his dreams since she first moved into the neighborhood and greeted him with a punch in the guts. Tough love.
He always hoped that he and Donna would be friends, and one day, their relationship would hit another level and they'd finally be boyfriend and girlfriend, like he always dreamt about.
But he never actually got to the friendship part though, because as soon as school started, the girl wouldn't leave Jackie Burkhart's side, they were joined by the hip, and whenever Eric tried to approach the duo, he wussed out.
He never actually exchanged a word with Jackie, she was too intimidating. He always assumed she had high standards and would never hangout with a bunch of losers like he and his friends, and since Donna and Jackie would've never go anywhere without each other, consequently, he never exchanged a word with Donna as well. Except when they first met and she punched him, but in his mind that doesn't really count.
He overheard the girls talking when they walked through him and his friends. They're also going to the Fleetwood Mac concert this weekend, maybe he will finally be able to approach the girl next door…
The gang of misfits entered the hub and sat at their usual seats, Kelso and Fez were engulfed in a conversation regarding candy and porn, and Hyde was frowning at Eric's thoughtful gaze.
"Forman? Did you have a private circle today?" Hyde asked
Eric's thoughts are interrupted by his friend's question "Huh?" He asks, confused
"Are you on dope?" Hyde asked
"What? No, not yet" Eric answered "I was just… thinking about stuff"
"I saw you drooling all over Donna and her friend, Forman" Hyde retorted
"Well, I may or may not have been thinking about them"
"Thinking about who?" Fez asked, his curiosity winning over an argument of Playboys vs Tootsie rolls
"Donna and Jackie" Hyde answered
"I just heard they're also going to the concert this friday, and I thought that, y'know, that's cool, and stuff" Eric muttered
"Jackie is going to the concert?" Kelso asked, suddenly very interested in the conversation. Kelso has a weird obsession with Jackie since she rejected his innumerable attempts to ask her out
"Dude, you have a girlfriend" Eric reminded his dimwitted friend
"No, I have two girlfriends" Kelso smiled smugly, Hyde and Eric grimaced, Fez smiled admiringly at the taller boy
"Lucky bastard" Fez muttered
"He's dating the slutiest cheerleader from school and Laurie" Hyde pointed out "He's lucky he hadn't caught a VD yet"
"Still, he has two girlfriends! How many girlfriends does Fez have? None!" Fez pouted
"If Jackie is going to the concert then I'm on my way to three, pal" Kelso patted Fez's back, who glared at him
"Man, hasn't Jackie rejected you like, a million times already?" Hyde asked, he couldn't help but be annoyed at Kelso's antics, he may have never talked to Jackie, but he assumes it must not be nice being constantly harassed by a moron.
"She's just playing hard to get" Kelso said with a smug smile, and Hyde rolled his eyes, he was about to protest when Eric caught everyone's attention again
"Guys, do you think I should talk to her? At the concert?" Eric asked apprehensively
"Who? Donna?" Hyde asked and Eric nodded "Man, she lives next door to you for what? 10 years? You should've made your move long ago"
"Yeah man, that Donna chick is really hot" Kelso said with a big dumb grin "I mean, have you seen those jugs?"
"Donna is the one with red hair, yes?" Fez asked
"Yes" Eric said dreamily "Beautiful red hair, just like Sissy Spacek"
"Did you just compare your crush to the woman that plays Carrie?" Hyde frowned
"No, I mean, just her hair… Whatever Hyde!" Eric stuttered
"I wouldn't say Sissy has fiery red hair like Donna's…" Fez commented "It's more like… a strawberry blonde"
The three guys stared at the weird foreigner, then they shrugged and went back to their previous conversation, they were starting to get used to Fez's eccentricity.
"Anyways Hyde, how did you manage to get the tickets? They cost a fortune and you don't even like Fleetwood Mac that much" Eric asked
"Man, I was at the FotoHut and Leo arrived with 4 tickets in his hand, I asked where he got them and he said that he found them in his pocket while looking for his stash" Hyde related "He was about to use them to roll a joint so I had to intervene, and he just gave me them"
"That's it?" Kelso stared dumbfounded at his burnout friend
"Yeah" Hyde stole some of Fez's fries and continued "If there's one thing I've learned during all this time working with Leo is to not ask questions, you'd just leave more confused than you already were"
"Okay, going back to my previous problem" Eric started and the 3 other boys groaned "Should I approach Donna at the concert?"
"She's going with Jackie, I thought you were afraid of Jackie" Hyde stated
"Don't worry man, I've got Jackie" Kelso winked at Eric's direction
For some reason, Hyde felt a strong urge to punch Kelso. He resisted, because there's no reason to punch him, right? He's just being his normal, moronic, self.
"I'm not afraid of Jackie!" Eric protested "She's just… she's rich, and mean, and bossy, and…"
"Super hot!" Fez completed
"Yes, she's hot, but I was going to say intimidating" Eric said "She intimidates me"
"Forman, and I mean this with all the respect…" Hyde slapped the back of his friend's head "You're a wuss, just ask her out already!"
"What if she rejects me?" He asked hesitantly
"Then you do what my buddy Fez here, does" He smirked
"Oh yes, a playboy and a bottle of moisturizer do wonders" Fez smiled
Eric, Hyde and Kelso stared in horror at Fez.
"I was going to say that he should start to hit on uggos" Hyde said, still disgusted at Fez's statement
"Oh yes…" Fez lowered his head and laughed uncomfortably "Uggos…"
The two girls were sitting in the Pinciotti family car, the infamous El Dorado. Jackie looked at Donna and smiled, they spent a good part of the afternoon getting ready, and Donna hasn't complained about her parents once, she was just too excited to do so.
Fleetwood Mac is one of her favorite bands, and she couldn't wait to see Stevie Nicks on stage, that woman is one of her biggest inspirations. She is one of the strongest female figures in an industry that worships mostly male musicians, and she works really hard to change the perception of women within the 70s rock n roll circles. She's Donna's hero.
"So, Jackie, I've called your mother and she's going to pick you two up when the concert ends" Bob said as he parked the car in front of the arena
Jackie exchanged a worried look with Donna and turned to Bob "Mr. Pinciotti, are you sure she said she's going to pick us up? I mean, it is my mother and…"
"Don't worry Jackie, she promised she's gonna make it this time" Bob tried to reassure the girl
Jackie knew that there was a big chance her mother was not going to show up, she never does. So while Donna said goodbye to her parents, Jackie opened her purse and checked if she had enough money to catch a cab home with Donna.
"Are you sure you're not going to be able to pick us up?" Donna asked her father apprehensively
"Honey, your mother and I are going to a special party, and I don't even know if we're spending the night home" He answered and Donna grimaced
"Okay dad, boundaries" She opened the door and left the car "Bye!"
Jackie said goodbye to Mr. Pinciotti and left the car along with her friend.
"Should I ask?" Jackie approached her friend
"They're probably going to one of their swingers parties" Donna groaned "God, you'd think that I would catch a break for one night!"
"But you will! You're going to enjoy this concert and you won't think about your parents once, okay?" Jackie said
"Jackie, I can't control my mind…" Donna started
"Yes you can and you will" Jackie protested, grabbing her friend's arm and guiding her to the entrance "You will stare at Lindsey Buckingham's beautiful curly hair and enjoy the music!"
"Lindsey Buckingham, Jackie?" Donna teased "You know, for such a princess you do have a thing for scruffy guys"
"Shut up!" Jackie scolded her friend "And you have a thing for scrawny guys!"
Donna laughed uncomfortably "What, I do not…"
Jackie rolled her eyes "I caught you staring at that geek that lives next door to you like, a hundred times already Donna!"
"Hey! He doesn't seem to be that geeky" Donna defended her neighbor
"Donna, I don't know how or why you developed a crush on that boy" Jackie started "You're way too hot for him, but the heart wants what it wants so I say you should talk to him sometime soon"
Donna blushed at the thought of that and decided to change the subject "Look, Jackie! Texans!"
"Eww!!" The girl screeched and Donna laughed as both entered the crowded stadium
"Best. Concert. Ever!" Kelso stated
"We haven't seen you during the entire thing Kelso, and we had to wait like, half an hour for you to show up! We almost left without you" Eric complained
"Well, normally I would be upset, but I'm not because I was doing it with two hot chicks!" Kelso shouted in glee, pumping his fist in the air
"Man, Julie is a bitch but I don't think it's cool to cheat on her this way" Hyde stated
"Oh please, like she doesn't cheat on him too" Fez said and Kelso glared at him
"Julie cheats on me?" He asked, looking genuinely upset
"You're dating the biggest whore from school, Kelso" Eric replied "And, you cheat on her constantly! Why do you care?"
"Damn Eric! Girls aren't supposed to cheat!" Kelso argued, Hyde rolled his eyes and changed the subject, knowing Kelso, he could whine for days.
"So Forman, no sign of the neighbor girl?" Hyde asked
Eric shoulders slumped "Yeah, I thought I was going to see her here"
"She lives next door to you, you see her all the time, just ask her out already" Fez said, impatient
"It's not that easy, okay?" Forman tried to defend himself
As the gang of misfits made their way to Eric's Vista Cruiser, Hyde spotted a certain someone standing by herself in the middle of the parking lot. He smirked and nudged Eric.
"Isn't that the girl next door?" He said, pointing at the girl, who seemed scared
"Oh my God! It is! What is she doing all by herself in the middle of the night?" Eric asked
"Beats me, man" Hyde shrugged "But it looks like she could use some company, it is kind of dangerous for girls to be alone in a almost deserted parking lot in the middle of the night"
"Yeah… yeah…" Eric mumbled "You know what? We're going there" He said determinedly and walked into the girl's direction, having nothing better to do, Hyde, Kelso and Fez followed, Eric had the car keys after all.
Meanwhile, Donna was waiting at the dark parking lot, terrified of what could happen to her if some perverts see her alone like this. Jackie's been gone for almost 10 minutes, and she couldn't help but be worried about her friend.
As soon as the concert ended, both girls waited almost half an hour for Jackie's mom to appear, and so far, no sign of her. They both knew this was going to happen, but they still waited just in case. Jackie went to search for a public phone to try and contact her floozy mother, and Donna stayed in the parking lot in case Pam decided to show up, Jackie said that they're probably going to have to call a cab, but she still wants to check on her mother. Donna sighed, even though Jackie doesn't admit it, Pam has a drinking problem, when Jack's out of town, she tends to go a little crazy and Jackie gets worried.
And, to make things worse, Donna is freezing. It's mid april and she thought that maybe she wouldn't need a jacket, after all, Jackie said it wouldn't go well with her outfit. Donna scoffed, she also thought that she wasn't going to stand in the middle of a parking lot all by herself, and she underestimated Wisconsin's weather.
She felt a warm hand touching her shoulder and she felt frightened, that is definitely not Jackie, Jackie's touch is usually accompanied by her shrill voice, and that hand is pretty big to be hers. In less than a couple seconds, Donna decided to put in practice what she learned in the self-defense classes she took with Jackie and tackled the stranger to the floor in no time.
"Burn!" She heard someone yelling, and she recognized Michael Kelso's voice. That idiot yells all the time, everyone in school recognizes his voice by now.
She took a deep breath and analyzed the situation, she blushed furiously when she realized that the guy she tackled on the floor is Eric Forman, who's not only her neighbor, but also the boy that's been on her mind for a really long time.
"Oh my God! I'm so sorry!" Donna helped the boy off the ground and ignored his friends laughter
"That's okay" Eric said, his face has a bit red and his shaggy hair was all muffled "Guess now I know you can defend yourself"
Donna stared confused at him "What?"
"Oh, no, not like this!" Eric stuttered "Is just that you were alone here and we thought… well I thought… that, you know, it's dangerous for such a pretty girl to be standing alone in a dark parking lot"
Donna gave him a sheepish smile "Oh, I see. Thanks. I was actually starting to freak out a little before you guys arrived"
"Why are you alone here?" Eric asked
"My friend's mother was supposed to pick us up but she didn't showed up, so she went to find a phone to call her and I was waiting here, in case her mother decided to show up" Donna explained
"How long has she been gone?" Eric asked
"Almost 10 minutes, that's why I was starting to freak out a little…" Donna answered, concerned about her friend
"Want us to go search for her?" Hyde offered
"No, that's okay, I think I see her now" She said, looking at the petite brunette approaching them
"Jackie?" Donna called
Jackie was not in a good mood, and it was pretty noticeable. Her face was red and she looked really pissed about something, she was also completely oblivious to the presence of the 4 boys.
"Hey Donna, guess what? She's not going to show up, she's too busy with Julio to bother" Jackie stated
"Who's Julio?" Fez asked
Jackie stared confused at him "Who are you?"
"Uh… Jackie, we have company" Donna pointed at the boys and Jackie's face flushed in embarrassment
"By the way, I'm Eric Forman" Eric introduced himself to the girls, smiling at Donna
"I'm Donna Pinciotti and that's Jackie Burkhart" Donna said "And I know who you are Eric, we live next door to each other since we're 6"
"Well, formalities…" Eric grinned shyly
Kelso approached the two girls "I'm Michael Kelso, the most handsome stud in Wisconsin"
Both Donna and Jackie rolled her eyes.
"And I am Fez" Fez introduced himself, trying to make his stallion face, both girls frowned at him
"Hyde" Hyde said, indicating himself
"Hey" Jackie smiled at him, and he felt a strong urge to smile back, instead, he focused on Forman, who was apparently engaged in a interesting conversation with Donna, he couldn't help but feel proud at him, 'Looks like he finally got himself a pair of balls' he thought
Jackie analyzed quickly the three boys keeping her company, since Donna was too busy talking with Eric. Kelso and Fez were staring at her like she's a piece of meat, and she couldn't help but be uncomfortable. Hyde was apparently paying attention at Eric and Donna's conversation, she couldn't really tell, since he was hiding his gaze behind sunglasses.
Jackie felt the cold wind and shivered a little, rubbing her own arms. She wanted to call a cab before becoming a popsicle but Donna looked too entertained and she didn't want to interrupt, for some twisted reason Donna has a crush on this guy, and she didn't want to disturb her.
"Hey Jackie?" She heard Michael Kelso approaching her "You cold?" He asked
"A little" She answered
He grinned and removed his jacket, placing it on her shoulders. Hyde was staring at the scene in front of him with a scowl, he doesn't know why it bothered him so much, maybe it's because he expected Jackie to reject Kelso, like she always does. Or maybe it's because he's tired of seeing Kelso playing with girl's feelings. Or maybe it just annoys him for no reason, he decided not to think much about it.
Jackie smiled at Kelso, it was really nice of him to give her his jacket while she was cold, but then he just had to open his mouth and ruin it.
"So, now that you have my jacket, when are we going to do it?" He asked expectantly
Jackie huffed and threw the jacket back at him, kicking him in the shins and making him fall on the ground. Hyde couldn't help but smile at the girl, she's feisty.
"Jackie has a temper" Hyde heard Donna whispering to Eric, who just nodded and stared at Kelso
"I would rather be cold, pig" Jackie said indignantly, and stepped away from Kelso and Fez, standing next to Hyde.
Hyde was intrigued, to say the least. As Jackie stood next to him, mostly to get away from his two pervert friends, he noticed she smelled like strawberries and vanilla, and he found himself wanting to hold her. He quickly shook the idea out of his head, he barely knows the girl, what the hell is going on?
Meanwhile Jackie stared at Kelso with a disgusted expression on her face, who the hell thinks that by borrowing his jacket to a girl, she owns him sex? That's disgusting and hella offensive. She wasn't kidding when she said she was cold, she was literally rubbing her arms in a failed attempt to warm her up, but she refuses to use Michael Kelso's jacket.
Hyde notices the goosebumps in her arms and how she's shivering from the cold wind. He cursed himself for what he was about to do.
"Hey, Jackie?" He called the girl, who turned to look at him with curious eyes
Hyde took off his jacket and placed it on her shoulders, she looked suspiciously at him and he sighed.
"Look, you shouldn't be cold just because Kelso's a moron" He explained himself, scratching the back of his neck in discomfort, what the hell is happening?
She smiled sweetly at him and before he could stop himself, he smiled back at her "Thank you" She said
"It's no big deal" He shrugged, they were both staring at each other with sheepish smiles on their faces
"So, you need a ride home?" Eric asked the girls, Donna smiled at him and answered
"That would be great, thank you"
Jackie didn't answer mostly because she didn't even hear the question, she was too busy inhaling the intoxicating scent of the jacket she's wearing, it definitely smells like something woodsy, mixed with cigarettes and weirdly, peppermint.
"Jackie?" She heard Donna calling her
"Eric just offered us a ride home" She said, Jackie nodded and managed to give her friend a small smile
"Cool" She answered
"So, pretty ladies, to the batmobile!" Eric guided the girls to the Vista Cruiser parked not very far. Donna smiled at his geeky comment, Jackie and Hyde grimaced, Fez was in his own little world and Kelso was still pouting, upset about the kick he received moments before.
A few minutes passed and Jackie found herself sitting between Hyde and Fez. Fez seemed to be scooting closer to her and she was starting to feel uncomfortable, she exchanged a quick look with Hyde, and he punched the foreign kid in the arm.
"Ai!" Fez pouted and looked at Hyde questionably
"You know what that was for" Hyde answered
Jackie smiled at Hyde again, for someone who looked so scruffy and rude, he was being incredibly sweet with her today. She knows he goes to the same school as her but she never really paid much attention to him before, mostly because he always skipped class, but he's… pretty handsome. At some point he removed his sunglasses and she was completely mesmerized by his eyes. He has the most beautiful blue eyes, and she felt like slapping him from hiding such a beauty behind sunglasses all the time.
Hyde mentally cursed himself , because again he smiled back at the pretty girl sitting next to him. It was an involuntary reaction at this point. He noticed how small and cute she looked in his jacket, and he also noticed how fierce and badass she was when she stood up for herself and kicked Kelso when he started to harass her. He knew who she was, he wasn't stupid (or blind), he grew up listening to Forman babble about Donna and how if it wasn't for Jackie, Donna would probably be his girlfriend by now. Hyde almost scoffed just thinking about it, Forman was his brother, but the reason why Donna wasn't his girlfriend isn't Jackie, it's his own cowardice.
And even though he never really cared for school gossip, he knows Jackie is one of the most popular girls in Point Place. She's rich, drop dead gorgeous and the boys in town drooled all over her. He could understand why, she has big doll-like eyes, long and silky raven hair and her skin was just as smooth as porcelain. Suddenly he found himself wishing it wasn't night, so he could take a better look at her. She was probably one of the prettiest girls he's even seen.
Donna and Forman were actually getting along pretty well, they didn't stop talking since we approached her at the parking lot. By the looks of it, Forman is a lucky bastard, because Hyde's pretty sure that Donna likes Eric back.
"So, Jackie, where should I drop you off?" Eric asked
Jackie was startled for a second, she was so lost in thoughts about the curly haired boy sitting next to her, that she hadn't noticed that Eric had already dropped Kelso and Fez at their respective homes.
"She'll stay with me tonight" Donna answered, and she turned her head to look at Jackie "You okay?" She asked
"Just sleepy" Jackie answered, smiling softly at her friend
Soon, Eric parked in his own driveway, Jackie and Donna would have to walk only a few steps to reach the Pinciotti's.
Eric and Donna left the car first, Hyde left afterwards, but he held the door and waited until Jackie left so he could close it. Again, an involuntary gesture that he didn't know where the hell came from. He never acted all "gentlemanly" even with the girls he dated, so why the hell is he acting like this with a girl he literally just met?
Eric glanced nervously at Donna, she was pretty cool and he was surprised he managed to talk with her all night without saying something stupid. He wanted to see her again.
"So, Donna…" He started, glancing at the floor "My friends and I, we tend hang out on my basement basically all the time, it would be pretty cool if you decided to show up someday"
Donna smiled "Yeah, that would be nice"
"So… tomorrow?" Eric asked hopefully
"Tomorrow" She confirmed, blushing a little
At the same time, Hyde and Jackie were having a conversation of their own. Jackie removed his jacket (even though it was so comfy and it smelled so good) and handed it to him, grinning shyly.
"Thank you for the jacket, really" She said
"You kicked Kelso, you made my night" He joked
"Well, he deserved it. I thought he had a girlfriend?" She asked
"He does, but that never stopped him before" Hyde answered
Jackie frowned "Ew"
"Anyways, you should stop by with Donna tomorrow" He suggested, trying to sound casual
"Maybe I will" She smiled, then she looked questionably at him and he suddenly asked himself what he did wrong "Is your real name Hyde?" She asked curiously
"Hyde is my last name" He responded
"What is your first name?" She asked
And before he could stop himself, he answered "Steven"
He didn't know what the hell was happening to him today, maybe the stash he smoked earlier had something else in it, because he's nervous and he's afraid he's going to start twitching like Forman.
"Jackie" Donna called her, waiting for her to get inside
Jackie smiled and ignored the way her heart was beating frantically on her chest "Maybe I'll see you tomorrow, Steven "
He always hated his first name. The only ones allowed to call him Steven were the Forman's. Kelso tried to call him Steven once, and he ended up with a black eye for a week. Weirdly, he didn't mind when Jackie said it. In fact, it sounded right.
Before he could answer, he felt soft lips pressing against his cheek. He closed his eyes and enjoyed the strange sensation, and when he opened his eyes both girls were gone. He looked at Forman, and Forman looked dazed, he had a dumb grin in his face and he stared longingly at the house next door.
If Hyde wasn't dazed himself, he would've slapped Forman and dragged him inside. Instead, he found himself smelling his jacket. It smelled like strawberries and vanilla, and damn it if that isn't one intoxicating smell.
He decided to call it the day. He was definitely still high from the stash he smoked earlier, there was no way he would feel this way sober. This is all too overwhelming and weird, he needed to sleep and maybe tomorrow he would be able to think properly again.
Chapter 2: Missing Pieces?
This was a difficult chapter to write, mostly because I already have written like, half of the story, and these chapters (the ones between the moments I consider important) are hard to write.
Oh, I forgot to mention in the previous chapter: Jackie skipped first grade, so she's still a year younger but she's in the same year as them. They are all juniors for now.
Anyways, I am really glad that people are liking this story, I was really insecure and the comments I've read inspired me a lot. So thank you, and enjoy your reading.
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Chapter two: Missing Pieces?
He's sick. That's the only explanation for it.
Why the hell can't he get that girl off his mind? He barely spoke to her! This is annoying him beyond level, that shit never happened to him before and he's still trying to convince himself that there was something wrong with the stash he smoked the previous day.
Or maybe he has a brain tumor. Because nothing can explain this.
It's not like he's never seen her before, she's Jackie fucking Burkhart, everyone in town knows her, and honestly, he never gave a shit about her until that damn moment he saw her big doll eyes up close.
He's not blind, he knows she's hot. He knows that for a fact, he won't deny that. Hell, he can even admit that he liked to see her around school whenever she was wearing her cheerleading uniform. He's a horny teenage boy, that's freaking normal.
What's not normal is how she's been stuck in his head for the last hours. He just can't understand it, he acted like Forman! In Hyde's mind, that's unacceptable. How can someone so tiny break his zen in a matter of seconds?
He needs to get his zen back. So, when he woke up, the first thing he did was throw his jacket in the washing machine. Her sweet, intoxicating smell was impregnated in it and that wasn't helping him to think straight.
Then he went upstairs to have breakfast, because nobody can think with an empty stomach.
Everyone was eating already, well, except Laurie, but she tends to skip breakfast whenever she gets home late from one of her many sexual escapades.
"Good morning Steven!" Mrs. Forman said with her usual cheerful tone, kissing his cheek as he sat down
"Morning Mrs. Forman" He answered with an yawn, serving himself with some waffles and syrup
Mrs. Forman sat down between Hyde and her husband, smiling brightly at the boys "So, how was the concert?" She asked, trying to make conversation
"It was great" Eric answered, smiling
"Forman ran into the neighbor girl there" Hyde smirked and Eric blushed
"The Pinciotti's kid?" Red asked, Hyde nodded "I just hope the daughter is not as weird as her parents"
"Oh, Donna seems to be such a sweet girl" Kitty said, and sent a dirty look in Red's direction "And Bob and Midge aren't weird, they're… eccentric"
"Kitty, I could swear I saw them throwing a nudist party a few weeks ago" Red retorted, grimacing at the memory "So, did you finally got your head out of your ass and asked the girl out?" He asked
"Red!" Kitty reprehended "Don't say the a-s-s word, they're innocent children"
Red rolled his eyes "They are seventeen, Kitty"
"Oh God" Eric mumbled, he knew where this conversation was going and he was not going to like it one bit
Hyde, on the other hand, couldn't resist but enjoy the uncomfortable moment, seeing his friend's misery will probably help him getting a certain brunette out of his mind "Aren't you going to answer, Forman?"
"She's coming to the basement later" Eric whispered, directing his attention to his food
"Stop speaking like a dumbass" Red said
"I said that she's coming to the basement later today" Eric said, more clearly this time
Kitty clapped excitedly "Oh my God, I just have to bake some cookies! And some brownies!"
"That'll be good, she's bringing a friend with her" Eric turned the tables at Hyde, smiling teasingly at him, Hyde glared at him but that didn't stopped Eric from opening his big fat mouth "And I think Hyde has a crush on her"
Hyde focused his attention on his breakfast, but that didn't last long, because of course that Mrs. Forman had to make an observation.
"Steven has feelings? For a girl?" She beamed
Hyde groaned, and swore to himself that he'd kill Forman later.
"He landed her his jacket" Eric smirked, and Hyde had to control himself because he was going to end up throwing his fork at Forman's eye
"Oh!" Kitty jumped excitedly "That is so romantic Steven!"
"I am not romantic, I do not have feelings and I don't have a crush" Hyde protested, if looks could kill Forman would be dead
"There's nothing wrong with having feelings, Steven!" Mrs. Forman said "You want to talk about it? Oh! You should buy her flowers! Good man buys flowers for the woman they love!" She said, glaring at Red
Hyde choked with his food, love? What the fuck? Mrs. Forman is insane.
"What did I do?" Red protested
"Why don't you ever buy me flowers?" Kitty asked
Red glared at Eric and lowered his newspaper "See what you did?"
Eric was eating a piece of bacon, completely oblivious to the tension in the room, and ignored his father.
"Red, I think you should take Steven to the flower shop and help him choose some flowers for the girl he has a crush on" Mrs. Forman suggested, and Hyde leaned his head on his hands, he should've stayed in bed
"Mrs. Forman, I barely know her" Hyde said "And I don't have feelings, for anyone"
"Steven, if you keep your feelings bottled up than one day you're going to explode" She said, picking up the empty plates and placing them in the sink
"Don't listen to her" Red gave his input "You better keep those feelings bottled up, like a real man"
"I don't have feelings!" Hyde protested "I'm going to the basement" He said, and slapped the back of Eric's head before heading downstairs
"You" Red pointed at Eric "Don't make a fool of yourself in front of that girl"
"I will try" Eric answered, also heading to the basement
"And no hanky-panky under my roof!" Red added, Eric groaned and ran downstairs, regretting starting the conversation in the first place
Jackie woke up with a startling noise. She opened her eyes and saw Donna on the floor, holding two shoeboxes.
"What's going on?" Jackie asked groggily
"Shit did I wake you?" Donna apologized "Sorry, I was just trying to find something in my closet and those stupid boxes fell down"
Jackie rubbed her eyes and sat on bed, Donna was acting strange.
"Why?" Jackie asked
"I was just trying to find a sweater" She explained shyly
"The blue one that makes your boobs look huge?"
"Yeah" She answered, blushing a little, then Jackie remembered why
Donna was nervous because they were heading to the geek's basement to hang out today! That's so cute.
Jackie couldn't help but feel a bit nervous herself… The boy she met yesterday, Steven, said that she should drop by with Donna. She never thought someone who looked so scruffy could be so sweet. And handsome. God, he's gorgeous.
She wondered if that weird foreign guy would be there with Kelso, she wanted to get to know Steven (and even Eric) better, but she was not in the mood to be groped.
"I think you left it at my place" Jackie said
"Can we go to your house and pick it up?" Donna asked sheepishly
Jackie chuckled, it's cute, seeing Donna like this "Sure, I need to check on my mother anyways"
"So…" Donna started "I think that Hyde guy was into you"
Jackie smiled, she hopes he was into her, because she was very into him, but she has a feeling that he was just being nice "I doubt that, he was just being nice"
"I don't know Jackie… I definitely saw something else between you two" Donna contrapointed
"How could you see anything? You were too busy with the scrawny nerd" Jackie smirked knowingly
"Eric is actually pretty nice" Donna smiled
"What did you two talk about?" Jackie asked, while changing out of her pajamas
"Nothing much, we talked about music, then about school, then I told him that I like to write and we talked a little about that too, he made some very cute Star Wars references" Donna blushed
Jackie frowned "How can you find Star Wars references cute?"
"Shut it, midget" Donna said, throwing Jackie's blouse at her "What time do you think we should go there?" She asked hesitantly
"I don't know, I mean, are we really going?" Jackie asked apprehensively
"Yeah, we're going" Donna answered "I just don't know what to do, I mean, should we knock on the front door and say 'Hey Mr and Mrs. Forman, we're here to see the basement'? That just sounds weird"
"Yeah…" Jackie agreed "Anyways, still want that sweater?" She asked
"Yeah, let's go" Donna said, and both girls headed into Jackie's house
Jackie and Donna had just left the Burkhart household, Pam was passed out on the couch clutching a bottle of tequila (not an unusual sight) and Jack was out of town, so the chef prepared them a nice brunch.
Donna found her sweater and analyzed herself in the mirror at least a dozen times, afraid that she was dressed like a slut. Jackie rolled her eyes everytime and said that she wasn't.
They were stepping into the Forman's driveway when someone stopped in front of them.
"Hello pretty ladies" Michael Kelso said, giving them what he thought it was a sexy smile
"Kelso" Donna said
"So, what are the two of you doing here? Jackie, are you here to apologize?" He asked
"I'm not apologizing, you were a pig and you deserved that kick" Jackie stated
Donna rolled her eyes "Eric invited us to hang out in his basement today"
"Alright!" Kelso exclaimed "Let's go!"
He opened a sliding door that apparently led to the kitchen, Mrs. Forman was removing a tray of brownies from the oven and Mr. Forman was polishing his shoes at the kitchen table. Jackie analyzed the couple, Mr. Forman looked grumpy, but Mrs. Forman looked absolutely ecstatic, that woman looked like the living representation of joy.
Kelso gestured for the girls to enter, with a big dumb grin on his face.
"Oh Michael, who are the pretty ladies?" Mrs. Forman asked
"This is Donna" He pointed at the redhead, who smiled coyly at the older lady "And this is Jackie" He gestured Jackie, who also gave a small smile "Jackie is my future girlfriend" He said, trying to wrap his arm around her shoulders, Jackie glared at him
She kicked him in the shins again, and he grabbed his leg in pain "Ow! Why do you always do that?!"
"I like that one" Red pointed at Jackie and smiled at her
Mrs. Forman laughed uncomfortably, "Michael, why don't you take the girls to the basement?"
"Okay" Kelso smiled and guided the girls to the basement
"Oh my God! Have you seen that Red? Girls!" Kitty whispered to her husband, who rolled his eyes. It was about damn time, Eric's been drooling all over the neighbor girl since he was little, he was starting to question his son's sexuality.
"Yeah, let's just hope there won't be any little dumbasses running around here in a year" Red mumbled and turned his attention back to his shoes
Meanwhile, Hyde, Eric and Fez were hanging in the basement, Eric was fiddling with his fingers with anxiety and Hyde was hiding behind his zen.
"Look who I've found outside!" Kelso said in glee, motioning the two girls beside him
Eric stood up so quickly from the couch that he almost fell down, Hyde rolled his eyes at the sight.
"Donna! Hey!" Eric greeted the girl nervously
"Hey Eric" Donna answered, blushing a little
"Oh my God! There are females in the basement!" Fez stared at the two girls in awe
"Hey Jackie" Hyde said, and damn it, he was supposed to act aloof!
"Steven" Jackie smiled and sat down next to Donna on the couch
Eric glanced quickly at Hyde, nobody called him Steven and got away with it, he was waiting for an outburst, but that outburst never came. In fact, Eric noticed that Hyde didn't seem bothered at all. This is beyond weird. Eric shook his head and ignored the thought of Hyde and Jackie, it's none of his business and for the first time ever, he has a pretty girl sitting next to him and he'll be damned if he doesn't start a nice conversation.
The day was actually really fun, everyone seemed to get along really well. Fez and Jackie bonded over hair, Eric was narrating the whole plot of Star Wars to Kelso and Donna (who weirdly, seemed to be interested), and Hyde was participating every now and then, burning Kelso and Eric whenever he saw an opportunity.
Kelso was in the middle of a story about the time he glued himself to the neighbor dog when Kitty came downstairs, with a huge plate filled with brownies and cookies, and a big smile on her face.
Eric and Hyde suddenly panicked, Mrs. Forman tends to make things really uncomfortable when she babbles too much, and she is not subtle at all.
"So, are you kids enjoying yourselves?" She asked, looking expectantly at Eric and Hyde
"Kitty! I think I broke the fridge!" Red yelled from upstairs, getting Mrs. Forman out of the basement and saving the day. Hyde made a mental note to buy Red a six pack later.
"Oh my God these cookies are delicious" Donna said, taking another bite of her cookie
"That's the best thing about the basement: Mrs. Forman feeds us" Kelso stated, and all the other boys nodded in agreement, each grabbing a treat from the plate Mrs. Forman left with them
Hyde noticed that Jackie hadn't eaten anything and absentmindedly handed her a piece of brownie, she smiled and took a bite, curious to see what the big deal is.
"Oh my God, if she feeds you guys constantly then why are you not fat? This is amazing" Jackie said, staring in awe at the chocolaty treat
"We normally only get one or two pieces tops, Fez usually eats everything in a matter of seconds" Hyde pointed at the foreigner, who was currently stuffing his mouth with cookies
"Fez has a problem with sugar" Eric said as he noticed the girls were staring at Fez "You'll get used to it eventually" He shrugged
"Why isn't he fat?" Jackie asked
"In my country, there are no fat people" Fez said, while eating another piece of brownie
"That seems to be a nice country" Jackie commented
Hyde smirked "They don't have toilet paper either"
Jackie frowned "Ew!!"
"Where are you from, Fez?" Donna asked curiously
"Well if you haven't noticed so far, then you don't deserve to know" He pouted and stood up "Now, I must ask Mrs. Kitty for more treats, good day"
"But Fez…" Jackie started
"I said good day!" Fez said and left the basement, leaving Donna and Jackie very confused
Hyde chuckled "Yeah, he does that"
Jackie and Donna were still confused, afraid that they might have offended Fez by accident, Donna looked questionably at Eric, who promptly stated "No, seriously, it's okay, he just wants more sugar"
"In about fifteen minutes he will return with an unfastened belt and a dazed look on his face" Hyde completed, the girls frowned but shrugged, there was no reason to be worried if they're not worried
"So, when did you two meet?" Kelso asked the girls
"Well, it was the first day at school, Donna was new in town and I had just transferred from private school" Jackie started "A kid named Chip was annoying me, saying I had to play doctor with him and I didn't wanted to, so he shoved me to the floor"
"I saw everything and I was super pissed because Jackie was too tiny, he could've seriously hurted her!" Donna continued "So I tackled him and made him eat dirt" She concluded with a proud smile
Jackie grinned "He had to go to the school nurse! It was so cool!"
Hyde nodded and smiled in approval "Nice"
"Wait, Eric, didn't Donna punched you when we were kids?" Kelso asked, smiling knowingly
Donna blushed and laughed "Oh my God, I did!"
"Wait, I don't think I know about this story" Jackie said
Hyde grinned devilishly at Eric "Me neither"
"Oh it was nothing much" Donna said
"I still wanna know" Jackie protested, and Donna sighed
"Well, when we first moved in, my dad wanted to say hi to the neighbors" Donna started and Eric lowered his head, preparing himself for the burn "We stopped by with a pie and Eric kept staring at me, so I punched him in the guts" She explained sheepishly, then she turned to Eric "Sorry about that, by the way"
"Then the second time you two met, after the concert, you tackled him to the ground" Hyde stated, smirking
"I'm sorry about that too" Donna said
Eric shrugged "Nah, it's okay, people tend to beat me up. Once, I was building my millennium falcon and…"
Jackie interrupted "What the hell is a millennium falcon?"
Eric gasped in indignation "Excuse me, but are you oblivious to the wonder that is Star Wars?"
Donna hid her face in her hands, she knows Jackie very well, and she has a feeling that a small banter was about to start. Jackie was staring at Eric like he grew a second head and Eric was staring at Jackie in disbelief. Hyde and Kelso were watching the scene in amusement.
"It's a nerd movie" Jackie said
Eric gasped "A nerd movie? Well, missy, Star Wars is the greatest masterpiece of all time, it is NOT a nerd movie!"
"Uhh, yes it is" Jackie argued "It doesn't even make any sense"
Eric shrieked in indignation, Kelso chuckled and Hyde was divided between kicking Forman's ass or enjoying the small argument.
"What do you mean it doesn't even make sense?" He managed to choke out
"I mean, out of nowhere the farm boy gets superpowers and goes to space to beat people up with light? And don't even get me started on princess whatever her name is, that hairstyle is an abomination" Jackie deadpanned
Eric took a deep breath "There are so many things wrong with this statement, I don't even know where to start"
Donna made a lame attempt to change the subject, afraid that Jackie would kick Eric. He's too skinny, and Jackie had a powerful shin kick, the chances of Eric breaking his leg are huge "What about those cookies, huh?"
Jackie ignored her and looked defiantly at Eric "Like what?"
Eric stood up from the couch and started to pace around the basement "Luke Skywalker is a Jedi! He does not have superpowers, he has the force because he's a JEDI! He was a Jedi since birth, he just didn't know it when he was working with Uncle Owen, then Obi-wan trained him and a light saber is a very powerful weapon, missy!"
Jackie just frowned at him, and he continued on rambling.
"And how dare you criticize Princess Leia's hairstyle? She's Luke's one true love!" He said indignantly
"I don't know, when I saw the movie she looked interested in that Han guy, who, by the way, is way hotter than Luke" Jackie stated
Hyde smirked and turned to Eric "Told ya, she has the hots for Han"
"No! She does not!" Eric protested
"Yeah she does man" Kelso agreed
Jackie smiled triumphantly at Eric "See? I'm always right"
"No you're not" He whined "You're wrong about Han and Leia, and you're wrong about Leia, she's the hottest woman in the galaxy!"
"I think Jackie's hotter than Princess Leia" Kelso said, trying to give Jackie a sexy wink
Jackie rolled her eyes and scoffed "Obviously" She turned back to Eric "Star Wars is a movie created for ugly people whose lives are so sad and lonely that they need to immerse themselves in this stupid, fantasy world to forget about their crappy lives"
"BURN!" Kelso yelled, while he and Hyde laughed. Donna was staring at her best friend and her crush, worried about an explosion. Eric looked white and sat on the couch again, trying to come with a proper response
"Well…" He stuttered and pointed at Jackie "You watched it"
"Yeah, one time" She said "And how many times have you watched it, Eric?" She asked
Eric muttered something under his breath and Jackie gave him a cocky smile, she definitely won this argument.
"Since Forman apparently lost his power of speech" Hyde smiled smugly "I think I can answer your question for him, Jackie. He watched Star Wars over 20 times"
Donna looked concerned at her neighbor and placed a hand on his back "Well, at least he has a passion in life"
"We all do, Donna, his is just lame" Jackie replied
"Oh yeah? What's your passion, princess? Being a bitch?" Eric asked, Donna frowned and removed her hand off his back, she likes Eric alright, but she's not going to stay here and approve of him insulting her best friend.
Hyde observed Donna's behavior, and it looks like Forman is going to have to learn how to tolerate Jackie, because Donna didn't seemed very pleased when he called Jackie a bitch. If Hyde's being completely honest, he wasn't so pleased either, in fact, he did have a strong urge to punch Forman in the arm, but Jackie didn't looked offended at all by Eric's words.
"Oh no, my great passion is cheerleading, and makeup" She answered him honestly
'Great' Hyde thought 'I can't get a freaking vain cheerleader out of my head, what the fuck is wrong with me?'
"My greatest passion is dogs" Kelso inserted himself in the conversation, smiling dumbly "Oh! And firecrackers!" He added
Kelso looked expectantly at Donna and Hyde, Hyde rolled his eyes and Donna shifted uncomfortably on the couch.
"Am I supposed to say something too?" Donna asked, and Kelso nodded "Fine, my greatest passion is feminism, and writing"
Jackie smiled, Donna is such a good writer! She told Donna to publish one of her stories on the school paper over a thousand times, but she was too shy to do so. Jackie turned to look at Steven, and he was scowling at Kelso.
Steven seems to be a really nice guy, and Jackie can't deny that she's attracted to him, but she noticed he's not so fond of talking about himself.
"My greatest passion is Zeppelin" He said gruffly
"Zeppelin is a band, not a passion, Hyde!" Kelso stated "Your greatest passion is probably committing crimes or something"
Jackie looked questionably at Hyde, he definitely looks like a rebel, and he's so mysterious… God, he's hot.
Hyde noticed Jackie's curious look, and for some reason he couldn't possibly understand, he doesn't want her to think he's an actual criminal. A rebel without a cause? Of course, most girls seem turned on about that, but an actual criminal? That is not attractive at all.
Fuck, he wants to kick his own ass so badly.
"I don't commit actual crimes, I just like to question authority" He justified
"Yeah, he's a conspiracy nutbag" Kelso said, smiling flirtatiously at Jackie. She frowned at him.
Hyde glared at Kelso, he wanted to punch him but he was too comfortable to leave his chair and do so.
"Just because you don't have a brain, doesn't mean that other people don't either. I am a conspiracist, because I think, how would you like to be able to think, Kelso?" Hyde asked wryly
"Uh!" Kelso shrieked, then he laughed "That was a nice burn"
"So, that's what you guys do the entire day? You hangout and occasionally insult each other?" Jackie asked
"Yeah" Hyde confirmed with a small smile. There is another thing they tend to do on a daily basis, but they've just met the girls and they look like they're squares, he figured he would have to wait some time before introducing them to his favorite pastime and corrupt them.
Jackie smiled "Huh, it reminds me of cheer camp, minus the bitchiness and the whoriness"
Hyde repressed a chuckle at her statement, if someone other than her compared his activities with cheer camp, he would end up pounding someone to the ground. But somehow Jackie made it sound cute, and besides, there's no way cheerleaders do the other thing he loves to do.
"This is not true, Kelso is a man whore" Eric stated
Kelso nodded "That's true, I am"
Donna scowled at him "Don't you have a girlfriend?" She asked
"Uh, yeah, but I don't see her here right now, do you?" Kelso said like it was the most obvious thing
"Wait, you date Julie, right?" Jackie asked
Kelso went pale, he was probably thinking that if Jackie knows his girlfriend, she would tell her about his many sexual escapades.
"Huh… define dating" Kelso stuttered
"He dates Julie" Hyde deadpanned "But he also dates other girls, girls that Julie doesn't know about"
"Julie is on the cheer squad" Jackie said "She hates me"
"So you won't tell her that I hit on you and stuff like that, right?" Kelso asked apprehensively
Jackie rolled his eyes "Y'know, I hate cheaters Kelso, I really, really do. But I think it'll be useless if I tell her, she won't believe me anyways, she really hates me"
"Why does she hate you so much?" Hyde asked curiously
"I don't know" Jackie sighed "I'm used to the fact that girls tend not to like me, because I'm too cute and all, but she seems to hate me on a whole new level, and I never even exchanged more than two words with her!"
"She hates you because she's a jealous bitch" Donna said
"Or maybe because you're kind of annoying" Eric gave his input and Donna scowled at him, Jackie seemed unaffected by his insult, but seeing Donna's face, Eric immediately tried to fix his mistake "Annoyingly cute" He forced a smile
Jackie scoffed "Anyways Kelso, I won't tell her, not only because I think she won't believe me, but also… I don't think she would care so much"
Hyde knew why Julie wouldn't care: she cheats on Kelso as much as he cheats on her, everyone knew it, except Kelso himself.
"Why wouldn't she care?" Kelso asked, and Hyde rolled his eyes and decided to change the subject, if Kelso was a loyal boyfriend then obviously he would tell him about Julie, but he isn't, so…
"Hey Forman, turn the volume up, the price is right is starting"
The day went by really quickly, Hyde was surprised by how easy it was to talk to the girls, it's like they're the piece they didn't know was missing in the group.
And Hyde also couldn't deny that maybe, Jackie Burkhart won't leave his thoughts for a while. She's pretty cool for a cheerleader, I mean, sure, she's vain as hell, and she was kind of bitchy, but Hyde kind of liked this about her. She doesn't take crap from anyone and always says what she's thinking, that's kind of admirable.
She's also extremely hot.
And Donna was also cool, Forman's crush probably grew a lot today, they talked all the time and she was actually interested in all the nerdy crap he had to say.
So, Forman asked the girls to come back tomorrow. Hyde was pretty sure that they'd be permanent at the group now, and he was okay with it. Forman was the only one protesting a bit, he really liked Donna but Jackie was a tough pill for him to swallow.
"She's the devil" Eric said after the girls left "I can't believe I have to endure the devil if I want to conquer Donna, this is so unfair"
"Well, if she's the devil then hell sounds really sweet" Kelso said
Hyde had to agree with that statement. Jackie is by far the hottest chick he's ever seen, and she's so badass . He still can't get over the way she burned Forman so easily, that was so hot. God, he needs to get a grip on himself.
But she intrigued him, a lot. He could tell that there was a good person behind her shallow persona, and there was definitely something more about her, something he identifies with, he just couldn't name it at the moment.
And he will find out what it is. That's a promise.
I'm so sorry if this chapter was disappointing, I promise the next ones are better. It's so difficult to write dialogue between people that literally just met without making it weird.
By the way, I never really watched Star Wars, so I'm sorry if it's not accurate or something, I just thought it would be funny to start Jackie and Eric's banter this way.
And a huge THANK YOU to everyone that left a kind comment on the first chapter, they definitely inspired me a lot! I'm so glad to know that people are actually enjoying this.
This is such a different story than WTLB. This story relaxes me, and I laugh most of the time I'm writing. I love writing WTLB, but that story is taking a dark turn and it'll get more serious in the next chapters, so this story is a nice break from that.
I promise I'll try to update this fic weekly, just like I do with my other story. Again, thank you all so much for reading this story.
PS: I'm currently translating another story from a different author and posting it in here, it's cute and kind of fluffy, I'm posting a chapter per day, so if you want to check it out, just visit my profile!
Chapter three: Military, corporate and U-joints
It's been two weeks since the Fleetwood Mac concert, two weeks since the gang of four became a gang of six.
It wasn't awkward or weird like many new friendships are, in fact, the boys were actually fond of the girls. Except for Jackie and Forman's occasional little banters, everyone was getting along pretty well.
Jackie was finding herself already emotionally attached to the basement burnouts. They were hanging in the basement everyday, and the whole school was shocked when they saw Jackie Burkhart and her best friend Donna Pinciotti sitting with the misfits at lunch, genuinely laughing and having fun.
And her crush on Steven Hyde was growing a lot each day.
She's so attracted to him and that sucks, because if there's something she learned from hanging out with Steven and his friends for the past two weeks is that he definitely doesn't go for girls like her.
No no, Steven Hyde has a very obvious type, he likes the punk chicks, the biker chicks, and the slutty chicks. And Jackie is the complete opposite of that.
He tends to criticize capitalism and he has a certain hatred for "the man". How could he like her, the literal representation of capitalism and the daughter of the city's councilman?
And what's killing her is that he knows that she's the living representation of everything he hates, and yet, he never treated her badly, he never mocked her interests, never made fun of her and never made her feel like she's just a rich brat.
No no, instead, he gave her dirt to burn Eric with whenever he annoyed her and he punched Kelso for hitting on her. The fact that he's being incredibly nice is only making her like him more and she knows she can't go down that road, he definitely only sees her as a friend, tops, maybe not even that, maybe he's just being polite.
And after Jake Bradley, Jackie swore she would never put herself out there again.
Sure, she dated Jake for only three weeks, and she wasn't in love with him, hell, she wasn't even sure she liked him. But it still hurt when she saw him making out with Pam Macy at the alley behind the Hub. It wasn't a heartbreak, but it definitely hurted her ego.
And she never felt with Jake whatever it is she feels with Steven, and they don't even date!
Donna asked her about Steven a couple times, and Jackie knew Donna was aware of her crush, that girl can read her like a book. She just hoped no one else noticed, because even though she knows there's no way Steven can possibly like her this way, it would still hurt like hell if he found out and confirmed it to her.
And she tried to get him out of her mind in those last two weeks, she really did! But whenever she tried to convince herself that he's too scruffy or too paranoid, she remembered his sexy smirk and his beautiful eyes and all her effort was for nothing. Besides, she's starting to like all of those things that should be considered flaws, she loves how passionate he gets whenever he's criticizing the government or big corporations.
She was starting to accept the fact that she has an enormous crush on Steven Hyde. She just hopes it fades with time or something.
She sighed and opened the basement door, Donna was out with her parents because a relative was visiting, and she had absolutely nothing to do, so she might as well do nothing in the basement, at least she would have some company, the basement is never empty.
"Hey Fezzy" She smiled and greeted the foreigner. He was the only one in the basement and he looked upset "What's wrong? Is the football team harassing you again? Because I swear to God…"
Fez smiled and interrupted her ramble "Hi my beautiful goddess, no, the football team is leaving me alone"
Jackie looked curiously at her new friend and sat on the couch next to him "Then why are you so upset?"
Fez pouted "Kelso stood me up at the Hub to do it with Laurie again !"
Jackie tried to repress a frown. Laurie Forman is Eric's sister, she hasn't met the girl yet, but her reputation speaks for itself. Just a few days ago Steven told her that Laurie is Kelso's second girlfriend, she could never understand how Kelso never got an STD and went blind or something, he was dating two sluts after all.
"Why don't you hang out with Eric, or Steven?" She asked
"I would but I can find them" He answered and let out a melancholic sigh "I'm all alone in the world"
Jackie rolled her eyes and tried to bite back a smile, Fez may be weird, and he may have tried to grab her ass a few times, but he was also the only person who would give her decent opinions about what to wear or what to do with her hair. He's good company, most of the time.
"Well, I'm here!" She smiled "And I have absolutely nothing to do, you just got yourself an afternoon of Jackie time, and that's worth like, a week of an ugly person's time"
Fez smiled perversely, Jackie noticed and reprehended him before he could make one of his disgusting remarks "Don't even think about it"
He pouted at her "Fine"
Jackie spent a couple hours hanging out with Fez, it was surprisingly pleasant, except for the part where he tried to grab her butt, she kicked his shins and he promised he would never do it again. She hopes he keeps his word. Fez is a genuinely nice guy, and he's not that bad looking. If it wasn't for his creepy behavior he would probably be a man whore.
But then Fez had to leave, his host parents called and apparently he needed to go study the bible with them. And Jackie was all alone again.
She hates being alone.
She sighed, there was no point in hanging out at the basement by herself. She decided she would go to the Hub and see if she could find some of her cheerleader "friends" to hang out with. They weren't good company, but they weren't bad company either. She just hoped that Kelso's bitchy girlfriend wouldn't be there, Julie was being even more annoying than normal in those last couple weeks.
She was walking through the Forman's driveway when she saw Mr. Forman under the Vista Cruiser's hood.
"Good afternoon Mr. Forman!" She greeted
"Hey, Jackie, isn't it?" He asked and she nodded "Since you're here, why don't you hold this flashlight on that carburetor there?"
Jackie took the flashlight as Red walked around the car to reach his destination, holding it up to the engine "Like this?"
Red looked up at her, his face awed, and she glanced around in confusion.
"My God," Red breathed "One of you isn't useless"
"Hey, I've got nothing to do all day, need some help?" She kindly offered, silently hoping he would say yes. She hated being alone and she kind of hoped that Mr. Forman could teach her a thing or two about cars.
Her father used to say that a girl needed to know her way around a car, and he used to tell her all the time when she was little that when she's old enough he would teach her everything she needs to know. Needless to say that he didn't kept his word, Jack Burkhart practically forgot he had a daughter around the time she turned 10, and deep down, her heart ached when he never mentioned anything about cars to her ever again. She looked forward to those lessons, so she might as well learn a thing or two with Mr. Forman.
Hyde should hate her, he should hate how she talks about herself like she's perfect, he should hate the fact that she's a fucking cheerleader, he should hate the way she talks about her hair or her makeup. But no, he finds it endearing. He almost smacked himself when he smiled while she was at one of her rants about nail polish.
He tried, God, he tried so hard to hate her, and to scowl at her shallowness, but he couldn't do it. Mostly because he knows there's more to her than that. And he might or might not think she's cute.
And she never ceases to surprise him. For someone who tries to act so careless about the others, she's actually pretty selfless. A week ago Fez came to the basement complaining about how the football players stuffed him into a locker and how he had to wait for the janitor to set him free. The next day, the football players approached Fez when the gang was having lunch, Jackie was glaring at them, and they actually apologized to Fez.
Fez thought it was a joke, but Jackie actually said that he doesn't have to worry because the football team will never approach him again. When a stunned Forman asked why, Jackie just shrugged like it was no big deal and said she blackmailed them.
That shouldn't have turned him on, but it did. She's just so badass.
"Hey man, what are ya thinking so hard about?" Leo's voice broke him out of his daze
They were currently at the FotoHut, burning a joint and hanging out. It's sunday, Hyde may not work on sundays, but he still continues his daily tradition, whether it's a weekday or not. Hyde wanted to stay at the basement and have a circle with his friends, but Kelso and Fez were at the Hub and Mrs. Forman dragged Eric to work at the church fair with her. He could go find Jackie and Donna, but the girls are still oblivious of his favorite activity. He planned on corrupting them soon, though.
So his best option was Leo, and here he was.
"Just trippin man" Hyde answered, releasing the smoke trapped in his lungs
"I once took a trip to Iowa, it was awesome man" Leo said "Got lost inside of a corn field though. But that was okay because I think I saw goblins"
Hyde laughed, Leo sure was something. He wondered how many cool things he must've seen in his life, he would probably tell some awesome stories if he wasn't high all the time and could remember them.
Leo's cool, he was the first grown up who actually treated Hyde like a person other than the Formans, and he decided to ask him for advice. It's not like he would remember it later anyways.
"Hey, Leo man" He started, scratching his sideburn in discomfort, it wasn't something he actually wanted to talk about, but he needed some advice or else he would go crazy, and Leo was the only person who wouldn't nag him for it "What do you do to get a chick out of your mind?" He asked
Leo looked confused "What do you mean?"
"There's this girl… and she's annoying, and shallow and extremely vain. I've met her two weeks ago and I can't get her out of my head since, it's pissing me off, man" He vented
"I don't see anyone in your head" Leo said, looking at his employee with a confused expression on his face
Hyde rolled his eyes "It's a metaphor, focus Leo! What do I do?"
"Oh I see, is she pretty?" Leo asked
"She's freaking gorgeous, the hottest chick I've ever seen, and she can be pretty cool when she's not yapping about clothes and cheerleading" He said, taking another hit of the joint "And I want to pound myself for admitting this out loud, but even when she's yapping she's cute man, it's fucking weird"
"Is she your girlfriend?" He asked
"Nah, she's too much of a princess, she would never go out with a guy like me" Hyde admitted, sadly "But it seems like she's gonna stick around, y'know? She's hanging out with the group and I need to get her out of my mind"
"You're doomed, man" Leo chuckled
"Fuck" Hyde ran his fingers through his hair in exasperation "I'm only telling you this stuff because I know you won't remember shit later, but what should I do, man? That crap never happened to me before, and I haven't even hooked up with her"
"Sounds like you should ask her out, man" Leo said
Hyde sighed, Jackie would never go out with a guy like him. And he shouldn't even be thinking about her this way! No, he doesn't need to ask her out, he needs to get over whatever stupid crush he has on her and move on with his life.
"I just want to get her out of my head man"
"If you're high and still thinking about her then I think nothing will work" Leo said "Give it time, see if it goes away, but I still think you should ask her out, maybe she likes you too"
Hyde chose to ignore the last part of Leo's sentence and focus on the first one. Time. Yeah, maybe with time it'll go away, he would get used to being around her, she would end up saying something that will probably turn him off and he will be back to his normal self.
A man can only hope.
Hyde regretted his decision of walking his way to the FotoHut today. Earlier, it sounded like a good idea, he would have the chance to clear his thoughts and reflect a little before lightning up with Leo. Now, his feet hurt and his thoughts are definitely not Jackie free, like he wanted to. He should've taken the camino.
He almost groaned when he remembered that he actually has stuff to do. This morning Mrs. Forman asked him about his grades and before he realised what he was doing, he told her he would fucking study. He had a history paper to deliver the next day and he wanted nothing more than to burn his books and forget all about it, he really hated school. But Mrs. Forman looked disappointed at him and he actually wanted to make the woman happy. She treats him like a son, it's the least he can do.
Walking into the Forman's driveway, he saw Red sitting in the garage, he was smiling and it looked like he was talking to someone, but Hyde couldn't see anyone other than Red.
He had to study, but he wouldn't be Steven Hyde if he didn't procrastinate a bit, so he might as well see what's going on.
"Hey Red, what's up?"
Red looked up at him "Hey Steven, haven't seen you today"
"I was hanging with Leo" He answered
"That dirty hippie?" Red asked "I don't know how you manage to talk to him and understand what he says"
"You get used to it after a while" He shrugged, and noticed the Cruiser parked in the garage. The hood was popped up, but it didn't looked like Red was actually working on it, he pointed at the car and raised an eyebrow questionably
Red grinned and took another sip of his beer "I was checking the Cruiser, Eric's been complaining about a weird noise it's been making. I needed another set of hands but he's too much of a dumbass to hold a flashlight, so I forced him to go to church with Kitty"
Hyde was about to offer to help him when something very interesting caught his attention, he could see a glimpse of expensive designer boots peeking from under the car.
Before he could ask what the hell was going on, Jackie suddenly popped up, sliding on a board people lay on when working on the underside of cars. She was wearing goggles and completely covered in grease, holding up a tool, she hadn't noticed his presence yet "Okay, I'm not sure, but I think I found the U-joint"
"God bless you, Jackie" Red grinned, and Jackie smiled at him before glancing at Hyde, giving him a perky smile "Hi, Steven"
"Hey Jackie" He smiled, amused at the scene in front of him "What are you doing?"
"I'm helping Mr. Forman with the Vista Cruiser" She answered
He repressed a laugh, it was just too weird to see Jackie Burkhart covered in grease, working on a car. Good weird, though, and she did looked kind of cute. It's like he said before, she never ceases to surprise him.
"She's not useless like the rest of the parasites that invade my house and eat my food on a daily basis" Red said
"Well, thank you Mr. Forman!" Jackie beamed at the older man
"Gotta admit, she's a box full of surprises" Hyde added, chuckling
Jackie beamed at him and man, she's gotta stop doing that, whenever she smiles like that he feels like he just got the wind knocked out of him, she's just… she's fucking beautiful "Wanna help out?" She asked expectantly
"You mind?" He asked Red
"Knock yourself out" Red grinned, opening a can of beer "You know your way around cars, right?"
"Yeah, you think she actually found the U-Joint?" He asked
"Only God can tell, I'm too comfortable to check it"
"Huh! I so found the U-joint!" Jackie protested from the floor, Hyde laughed
"Do you have another one of these boards?" Hyde asked, and Red pointed at the board resting against the wall
He positioned himself and slid under the car, along with Jackie, and they both began to work on the car.
After spending over an hour helping Red in the garage, their work was done and they went to the kitchen to eat some sandwiches. Red congratulated them both on the good work, and for the first time in his life, Hyde actually saw Red genuinely smiling at someone other than Laurie or Mrs. Forman. He smiled at Jackie and patted her head before going to the living room to watch a football game.
Hyde and Jackie were both sitting on the kitchen table, she still had some grease on her face and she looked extremely adorable, not that he would tell her that.
"So, how did you end up working in a car with Red?" Hyde asked curiously
"Well, I spent a part of my afternoon with Fez, but he had to leave, I was walking by and Mr. Forman asked me to hold a flashlight for him, and the rest is history" She answered "Where were you earlier today?"
"I work, remember?" He said
"On sundays?" She asked suspiciously
"Leo needed some help with his film, man" He smirked
"Oh, you work at that photo place with that hippie! I totally forgot about that"
"It's a pretty sweet job" He shrugged "I get paid to do absolutely nothing but sit on my ass the whole day"
"Sounds like the american dream" She joked and he chuckled
"How was your afternoon with Fez, anyways? Has he tried to grope you again?"
"Nah, just once" She replied "He said he would stop though, I wish I could believe him, I'm tired of kicking people, my feet are hurting from the kick I gave him in the shins earlier" She grimaced and Hyde hid a smile
"If Fez keeps on with this bullshit, there's two things you can do: Flash him and he'll probably pass out, or smack him in the nuts" He said sternly, then he smirked "Now, if you decide to flash him you gotta let me know first, cuz I would like to see it too. But I should warn you that I'm not going to pass out, I'll probably bring a camera though"
Jackie blushed and laughed loudly, she slapped him in the chest "Pig!"
He laughed along with her, he couldn't believe he actually said that. He can't control the things that come out of his mouth when he's near her, lucky for him, she actually took it as a joke, and probably didn't realize he was actually flirting with her.
They hung out for a while, she told him all about her afternoon with Red and how she always wanted to know her way around a car. She got a little upset when she mentioned that her father promised to teach her someday, but never really kept his promise. He lightened the mood with a joke and they changed the subject, but he saved that information for later, it sounded like her father wasn't so present in her life.
It was almost getting dark when Hyde remembered he should actually do his school work, he sighed and got up from his seat.
"As much fun as today was, I gotta go" Hyde said
Jackie pouted slightly, she was really enjoying spending time with Steven "Why?" She asked
"Man, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm actually going to go study. Mrs. Forman just found out I failed a test and I have a history paper due to tomorrow" He frowned, disgusted with himself
"She yelled at you?" Jackie asked
"No" Hyde muttered, looking quite confused with whatever happened between him and Mrs. Forman "But she said she was really disappointed. And before I knew what I was doing, I told her I'd try harder"
She laughed "Well, I can help you if you want"
He looked at her, confused "How?"
"I can help you study, Steven" She said
He looked suspiciously at her "But aren't cheerleaders supposed to be dumb or something?"
She crossed her arms and frowned at him from her seat "Excuse me?"
"I'm just sayin, no offense. But it's the typical high school stereotype, jocks are dillholes, the nerds are virgins and cheerleaders are dumb" He shrugged
Jackie looked insulted "For your information, I'm actually smart, Steven! You know I'm a year younger than you all, right?"
He looked questionably at her "But you're a junior, like us…"
"I skipped first grade" She smiled smugly
He looked genuinely impressed by her affirmation "So, you're actually smart?"
"Yup" She grinned and wiped her hands in a napkin, before standing up and standing closer to him, she looked at him in defiance "Want some help?"
He smirked, this is the second time this girl got him surprised today. First, by popping out from under the car, and now, by revealing she's not an airhead like he presumed.
"That would be nice" He answered genuinely "Sorry I underestimated you"
"That's okay, I love seeing the stunned look on people's faces" She smiled smugly
He chuckled "Let's go then"
They went down to the empty basement. Seeing the basement empty was a rarity, but they knew they would be alone for a while. After all, Donna's busy with her parents, something about her uncle Carmine from Hoboken spending the day in town, Eric was dragged to the church fair by Kitty, Kelso was with Laurie (according to Fez), and Fez needed to go home to his host parents a few hours ago.
Hyde went to his room to grab his stuff, he took out a couple pencils, his notebook, his school book and an encyclopedia he borrowed from Red.
"Why are your school things in the back room?" She asked curiously
"I live here, that's my room" He said
"Oh" Jackie said, surprised. No wonder why he was always at the Formans "What happened to your parents?"
Hyde sighed, the last thing he wants is to be pitied by her, but when he looked into her eyes he saw genuine curiosity and concern. And are her eyes different colors?
"They took off" He said "It was for the best though, they were both shitty parents"
"It must be nice" She said, and he raised an eyebrow at her, she chuckled "Not that, being abandoned sucks, but it must be nice to be at the Formans, to know that someone cares"
He looked at her again and for a brief second he saw himself in her. The way she lowered her eyes and fidgeted with her fingers when she mentioned abandonment, the way she said it like she gets how it feels like, like she's been in his position before.
"It is" He said and looked at her eyes again, and her eyes are different colors! It's very subtle, but if you pay enough attention… one was green, the other was brownish, and it was by far the most beautiful thing he's ever seen "Your eyes are different colors" He mumbled without noticing
Jackie frowned, and turned her head to the side, he looked curiously at her and asked "Wait, you don't like them?"
"Why would I? I'm a freak!" She said, trying to cover her eyes with her hands
"Yeah, you're a freak" He smiled and she slapped him in the chest "But being normal is boring, were you born like that?"
"Yeah, but you're one of the first people that noticed it, besides my parents and Donna" She answered, losing her defensive posture and looking at him, he couldn't help but stare at her eyes again, they're really beautiful "Stop staring at me like I'm a zoo animal, Steven!" She scolded him
He chuckled a bit "I was staring because I think they're really pretty"
She blushed a little, and God, he couldn't stop staring at her eyes, it's like they're fucking hypnotic. She was staring right back at him, and he wondered what would happen if he kissed her right now.
She would probably slap him, thinking he's like Kelso or something, or she would reject him because why would the princess of Point Place kiss the town's delinquent?
"Really? My mom always told me to wear colored contacts, to hide them, but they irritated my eyes" She said
Why would her mother say that? Jackie is by far the prettiest girl he's ever seen, and her eyes only make her prettier.
Suddenly it hits him. Her mother leaving her alone in a dark parking lot, the way she mentioned abandonment, how her eyes lowered when she remembered her father's broken promise, and now this little comment about her mother… Hyde already knows what's so familiar about her, neglected children tend to recognize each other.
"Your mom seems like a bitch" He blurted and she laughed "Has she ever ditched you?" He asked seriously
Jackie looked at him and decided to tell him, he would probably be the only person who'd understand her and not pity her, besides, she felt this weird connection with him, she knows she can trust him "Yeah. She was here until last week though" She mentioned "Once I've spent over a year without seeing her or hearing from her. It turned out she was in Mexico with our gardener"
"She returned about a month ago, stayed home for two weeks and now she took off again, this time with our pool boy" She laughed dryly
"What about your dad?" He asked
She sighed, and he could see the sadness in her eyes "Daddy works a lot. He's always at the office and when he isn't he takes a lot of trips out of town with his secretary"
He looked at her and saw a mixture of sadness and contempt in her eyes, and that hit him harder than he'd expected. When her parents are out of town, does she stay by herself in her house? That's… God, that's infuriating. She's a pretty girl, she's tiny and vulnerable, what if someone breaks into her house? What the fuck is wrong with her parents? He always thought that rich people were supposed to be smarter than that, apparently he was wrong.
"Wait, they leave you alone?" He asked incredulously
"Yeah" She started to play with her fingers "But it's okay, I'm used to it"
"Jackie, that's not okay" His hand itched to grab hers, a small gesture of comfort, but he held himself back "What if someone decides to rob your house, or…"
She interrupted him "Steven, seriously, I've been on my own since forever. I can take care of myself, besides, the maids come in the morning and daddy is home during most of the weekdays"
He just raised an eyebrow at her, she knows it's not okay, but they've met for the exact total of two weeks, and yes, he feels a kind of weird bond with her, but still, it's been two weeks , he doesn't want to freak her out or push her. From what it looks like, she could use a confident, someone who gets what she's been through. And he's completely okay with being this person for her, he has a feeling that maybe she doesn't talk too much about this with Donna.
And he was right. Donna knows about Jackie's crappy parents, and she worries, a lot, but Jackie always acted like it was no big deal. Deep down, Jackie knew that Donna would never get it, and she doesn't want to be pitied by her best friend.
Just like Hyde and Forman. Eric always knew about Hyde's shitty home life, and he always made himself available to listen, but Hyde never felt comfortable talking about this kind of problems with him. Forman has perfect parents, and he would never get him, only pity him. Even after the Formans took him in, he never really talked about his parents with them. It would only make him uncomfortable.
He sighs, and oh fuck it. He didn't grabbed her hand like he initially wanted to, but he did placed a comforting hand on her shoulder. It's not as intimate, but it did the job, he felt her relaxing under his touch.
"Well, that sucks" He sighed "And I know you can take care of yourself, Kelso's shins are a living proof of it, but it's still wrong"
She smiled softly at him "I know, but it is what it is, right? Besides, whenever daddy's out of town I tend to have sleepovers at Donna's, so don't worry too much"
He smiled back at her, and squeezed her shoulder one last time before pulling away and taking one of his notebooks.
"And Jackie?" He called her hesitantly "I get what it's like man, if you ever need to talk about it…"
"Thanks" She grinned and placed a kiss on his cheek
It was involuntary, just a way to thank him for being such a nice friend, but her lips were burning and 'oh my God what if he thinks I'm pathetic? What if I made him uncomfortable? Stupid, stupid, stupid' she thought, trying to control herself.
'Holy shit did she just kissed my cheek?' He thought, awed and disturbed by the tingling feeling he felt where her lips touched him. Again, just like two weeks before. What the fuck is wrong with him? Why does he feel like his insides are on fire? It was just a peck on the cheek for Christ's sake! It's not like she meant anything with it, fuck is he actually fucking blushing? He needs to get his shit together, he doesn't want to act like a dumbass every time he's alone with Jackie.
"So, still wanna help me with my paper?" He asked
Jackie almost jumped, startled by the sound of his voice, she was so lost in her own thoughts that she completely forgot why she was there in first place. She managed to control herself and got her perky attitude back.
"Sure! So, I know you hate the government and you believe in some crazy theories but you cannot insert those things in your paper" She said
"They are not crazy theories, in fact, some of them make sense! See, that's why I hate school, they try to control our freaking thoughts, man! The government controls the entire educational system, they hide the truth and try to feed our brains with a bunch of bullshit…" He started
She chuckled, he gets really passionate whenever he's rambling about his hatred for the U.S government, but unfortunately, he couldn't write this stuff on his history paper.
"Steven, I know that, okay? But if you ramble about this on your paper you'll get an F, and we don't want that" She said, and opened one of the encyclopedias he borrowed from Red "Now, let's just get it over with, your paper is about the three branches of the government, and they are…"
He interrupted her "Military, corporate and hollywood"
She rolled her eyes "No, it's legislative, executive and judicial, now…"
He interrupted her again "Now, that's what they want you to think, but the truth is…"
"Steven, let's make a deal, you will vomit facts from this encyclopedia in your paper and I'll help you" She said, and he scowled, he really hated the government "But as soon as we finish this, I promise I'll let you tell me all about the truth and how manipulative the government is"
He sighed, defeated. He knows he needs a good grade on this paper, he doesn't want Mrs. Forman upset with him, and he knows he won't get a good grade if he contradicts the fucking books "Fine" He agreed "But I'm still going to complain"
She smiled and started to make a few notes in his notebook, and good God, even her handwriting is perfect.
"Hey, less talking, more studying" She said, giving him the encyclopedia
He smirked and raised an eyebrow at her "Are you really going to listen to my theories after this?"
"Well, I talk about my hair a lot. And makeup. And cheerleading. I don't know if you listen but you never once told me to shut up, so I figured you deserve it" She shrugged
"Fair enough" He answered with a small grin.
Leo was right, he was doomed.
A/N: Okay, I feel like everyone who reads my stories knows by now that I like to ramble and make a few observations in the notes. If that bothers you then I'm really sorry but I like it so… yeah. I feel like it's important for you guys to get what's in my head so you can understand the story better.
I'm trying to include some of the dialogues and jokes from the show in this story, but man, it's been hard since the show's out of Netflix. I'll still try to incorporate as many as I can in this story, mostly because I'm not very creative with jokes and stuff.
I wanted to include the moment between Jackie and Red because it's one of my favorite scenes of the entire show and I felt like it would make the girls more comfortable around the Formans (also I wanted to create the bond between Jackie and Red, she was his favorite after all). I plan on including a scene with the girls and Kitty in one of the upcoming chapters, because I feel like it's important for the girls (especially Donna, since Jackie already has a bond with Red) to feel closer to Kitty.
About Jackie and Hyde: I LOVED writing the one on one moment between them. I would like to make it clear that even though they have crushes on each other, they will have a pretty strong friendship before they start an actual relationship. It will be a slow burn, and I'm sorry if that frustrates you but I promise it will be worth it in the end.
In this story, Jackie's smart. Actually, in the first season of the show, they implied that. I have no idea why they tried to dumb her down later on, it wasn't even funny. I'm just blaming that on bad writing. Besides, this Jackie basically grew up with Donna, and I do believe that had a positive impact on her academic life.
Sorry for the lack of Donna/Kelso/Eric in this chapter. This story focuses a lot on the friendship between the entire gang, but I wanted to focus this chapter completely on Jackie and Hyde, as I said before, they will have a pretty strong friendship.
The next chapter will include a lot of group interaction, so I hope it makes up for the lack of it in this one.
Anyways, please tell me what you're thinking about this story so far! I'm completely fine with constructive criticism by the way, and english is not my first language, so if there's any mistakes please don't be shy to correct me, because I will fix them as soon as I get the time! Thank you for reading this, you guys rock and the comments have been inspiring me a lot!
Chapter four: Circles
"So, when you're gonna make your move on Donna, man?" Hyde asked
The four degenerates were sitting in the basement, in their usual seats. Hyde was in his chair, Fez and Eric were on the couch and Kelso was in the lawn chair.
Eric laughed uncomfortably "What… what move… you're crazy Hyde" He said, Hyde raised an eyebrow at him and he sighed "I don't even know if she likes me that way"
"What are you, blind?" Fez asked
Kelso nodded in agreement "Yeah man, she's probably crazy but it's obvious she likes you"
"You really think so?" Eric asks hopefully
"So, how are you gonna do it?" Hyde asked
"I… I'm not sure if I'm even going to do it, I mean… Maybe she's just being nice and stuff" He stuttered and Hyde rolled his eyes. Donna was clearly into Forman, it was obvious. But if Forman wanted to act like he doesn't know about it, then it's his goddamn problem.
He wishes Jackie had a crush on him like Donna has a crush on Forman. But no. Life doesn't work that way for Steven Hyde.
"Whatever, just don't complain after you miss your shot" Hyde said, directing his attention to the TV.
After a few minutes of silence, Jackie and Donna entered the basement. They both looked mildly annoyed with something.
"Hey" They greeted the boys, before taking their usual seats at the couch.
"What's with the long faces?" Fez asked
"Your girlfriend is a bitch, Michael" Jackie said, glaring at the boy sitting in the lawn chair
"We all know that" Hyde said, smirking "That's why she's banned from the basement"
"She's banned from the basement?" Donna asked curiously
"She broke two Led Zeppelin records while she was fighting with Kelso, I had to ban her" Eric justified "Besides, no one liked her anyways"
"I did!" Fez said
"That's because you enjoyed staring at her" Hyde said, annoyed
"Well, I'm glad she's no longer allowed here, it makes cheating on her with Laurie so much easier" Kelso said, smiling at himself
Jackie frowned at his antics, she really hates cheaters. But rumors are that Julie wasn't a saint either, so she decided not to say anything.
"You're a pig" Donna said and Kelso just shrugged
"What happened with Julie today?" Hyde asked, feigning disinterest. He knew Julie was giving Jackie a hard time lately, mostly because she was jealous. Jackie's a beautiful girl who started to hang around with her boyfriend and his friends, it was kind of understandable. Except for the part that she cheats on Kelso constantly, so technically she doesn't have the right to be jealous.
"She was trying to spread rumors about me today" Jackie answered "She told Kat I gave Jake Bradley a blow job after practice yesterday. Little did she knew that I was hanging with Kat after practice yesterday, so it blew up on her face"
"Why would she spread rumors about you?" Eric asked
"Because she's a jealous bitch. Jackie is her main competition to the position of head cheerleader next year" Donna explained
"Yeah, she really doesn't like you" Kelso observed "I often tune her out whenever she starts rambling about cheerleading, but she called Jackie a bitch a couple times"
"And you didn't defend my goddess?" Fez asked indignantly
"I was too busy trying to get some, Fez!" Kelso answered
Jackie rolled her eyes, annoyed at the conversation. All she wanted to do was to rip Julie's hair, show it to her, and pray it never grows back. But she's a classy girl, so she needs to find another way to relax.
"Whatever, I don't care" Jackie stated "But sometimes she really gets on my nerves"
Hyde smirked, maybe the time was finally here. He's been wanting to introduce the girls to his favorite activity for a while, he held himself back, afraid of scaring them off. But the girls were a constant presence since the Fleetwood Mac concert a month ago, and he had a feeling that now was the right moment.
"It sound like you need to relax a little, Jackie" Hyde said, smiling mischievously "And I happen to have the perfect method of relaxation available"
Eric widened his eyes in surprise "Hyde man, are you suggesting what I think you are?"
Hyde smirked in response. Jackie and Donna looked confused at the boys sudden change of attitude.
"Wait, what are you talking about?" Jackie asked
Hyde just removed a brown paper bag from his pocket and threw it on Jackie's lap. She stared at it, suspiciously.
"I think he's inviting you to the circle" Kelso said, in awe
Fez grinned "Yes! I've been waiting for this moment!"
Jackie carefully opened the paper bag, taking a look at its contents. She gasped when she finally realised what it was, Donna scooted closer to her friend and looked at the boys.
"Is this what I think it is?" Donna asked
"Pot, Steven? Seriously?" Jackie asked, trying to sound stern but hiding a smile
"Yeah, c'mon, it'll be fun. You in?" He answered with a small grin "I promise it's safe"
Jackie looked thoughtful for a while, then she just shrugged "Okay, I'm in. Donna?"
All the other occupants of the basement turned to look expectantly at Donna, who was fidgeting uncomfortably in her seat.
"Uh… I don't know… I never did this before" She answered
Jackie gave her a look. Donna gave her one right back. They communicated in silence until Hyde interrupted "What the hell is going on?"
"Donna and I have a perfect method of silent communication" Jackie said
"We do this since we were kids" Donna shrugged and went back to staring at Jackie
"So what was that conversation about?" Hyde asked
"Donna is hesitant about this whole thing" Jackie said
"Seriously?" Eric asked, looking curiously between the two girls "Out of the two of you, I thought Jackie would be the one who'd chicken out"
"I am not chickening out!" Donna protested "I just happen to have a traumatic experience"
Hyde looked confused at the girl "I thought you never smoked pot before?"
"I haven't" Donna said, grimacing "But my parents did"
"Midge is a stoner? Alright!" Kelso exclaimed, making both Donna and Jackie roll her eyes
"A few weeks ago Jackie and I caught them smoking pot in the middle of the living room" Donna explained "Then they thought it was a good idea to tell us that they'll explore the world of tantric sex"
"Oh, dirty" Fez said with a perverted smile, Hyde punched his arm and Donna smiled, silently thanking him
"So, you're out?" Hyde asked her
"No, we're still going to try" Jackie answered for her friend "It'll be fun!"
"What if..." Donna started hesitantly, she really wanted to participate, but what if she loses her inhibitions and declares herself to Eric? Her parents certainly lost their filters after smoking.
"I wouldn't ask you to do anything dangerous" Hyde said
"Yeah, I do it all the time and nothing bad happened yet" Eric said "And I do have the tendency to screw things up"
"That's true, if Eric hasn't done anything seriously stupid in all of those years we've been smoking then you're golden" Kelso guaranteed the girls, who gave him an odd look. Eric may be unlucky and twitchy but the stupid one from the group is clearly Kelso.
"Yes, let's get onto it!" Fez gave his input
"Okay" Donna agreed with a small smile "So, what now?"
Hyde grinned and opened the brown paper bag, while Fez reached under the center table and grabbed a bong. Eric went to the fridge upstairs and grabbed a couple of bottles of water. The girls would definitely need them if it's really their first time.
"Man, I love corrupting people" Hyde said with a grin, while adding the dry marijuana at its proper place in the object
"Hey, you're not corrupting me" Jackie said, crossing her arms "I always wanted to try"
He smiled at her "Sure thing, doll"
The nickname slipped out, and he was slightly embarrassed. But then he saw her smile and forgot about the embarrassment, all of his focus was on the pretty girl smiling at him. Maybe he would use this nickname more times.
"I thought people smoked pot through joints…?" Donna said, looking questionably at the bong in Hyde's hands
"Normally, yeah" Eric shrugged "But you two never smoked before and a bong is less aggressive to the lungs"
"You sure it's safe?" Donna asked
"It is. Smoking a cigarette is a hundred times worse, pot actually has a lot of benefits. Honestly I don't even know why it's illegal" Hyde said
"Maybe it's because it wouldn't be nice to see people high on the streets" Fez answered
"Nah, man. If you ask me, this is all crap. Booze is legal and a drunk person is way more dangerous than a high person. The government doesn't want to make pot legal because it makes us think, man" Hyde said, filling the water compartment of the bong and lightning it
Eric rolled his eyes and sat at his usual position in the circle. Jackie sat between Hyde and Fez, and Donna sat between Eric and Kelso. Hyde took a long drag and passed the bong to Jackie. She stared at it, confused about what she was supposed to do.
Hyde exhaled the smoke, enjoying the temporary peace brought by the green plant. He looked tenderly at Jackie, she looked completely lost on what to do, so he decided he would help her.
"Just put your mouth here" He instructed, holding the bong in front of her "I'll light it for you, just worry about inhaling the smoke"
"Okay" Jackie said, she looked at Hyde and he gave her an encouraging nod, and she took a long drag. Soon after that, she started to cough and Hyde promptly gave her a bottle of water.
"Jackie, you alright?" Donna asked, worried about her friend, she turned to look at Eric "You said this was less aggressive to the lungs"
"And it is!" Eric responded "It'll go away, it's normal!"
"I'm okay" Jackie said, taking a sip of water while Hyde rubbed her back absentmindedly. She handed the bong to Fez and wiped her eyes, that filled with tears as a result of her coughing fit. Hyde's hand stayed on her back.
Eric observed Hyde's behavior quietly, he's never seen his friend being so gentle with someone before, if he's being honest, that's starting to freak him out a bit. He decided to pay more attention to Hyde's attitudes towards Jackie from now on.
Not so soon after Jackie's first hit, the gang was incredibly high. Donna had a coughing fit just like Jackie, but in the end both of the girls got used to the smoke and they were just as high as the boys.
"I'm telling you man, the government has this car that runs on water" Hyde started
"Not this again" Fez whined "We heard all about your boat before, Hyde"
Jackie looked completely lost and looked between Hyde and Fez "Wait, you have a boat?" She asked Hyde
"What? No! The government has a car that runs on water, a car! But instead of putting gas on the engine, you put water!" He explained
Jackie stared at Hyde for a moment before bursting into laughter. He would be offended if she wasn't looking so cute.
She laughed uncontrollably for a while, until she suddenly stopped "Oh my God, I totally forgot what I was laughing about" She started to laugh again "Isn't that funny?"
"You were laughing at Hyde's craziness you fool!" Fez said "Now, may we please talk about how hungry and horny I am?"
Jackie was laughing so hard that she fell into the floor with a loud thump, Hyde promptly moved to help her up.
"Okay, no more for the cheerleader here" Eric said, chuckling. He turned to look at Donna, noticing how quiet she was this whole time "How're you doing?" He asked
Donna was bobbing her head up and down with a huge, open mouth grin "Oh my God" She says, laughing "I can feel, like, all the molecules in my body"
The group smiled at the sight. Meanwhile, Hyde gave up on trying to steady Jackie on her seat, so she was leaning her head on his shoulder, still laughing at nothing in particular.
Donna looked around excitedly and continued "I'm gonna count them" She says, closing her eyes and smiling "One. Two. Three…"
Hyde stopped paying attention to the others, the only thing he could focus on the moment was the pretty girl leaning her head on his shoulders, and how her hair smelled like strawberries. She was shaking with laughter and she looked up at him. He was mesmerized by her beauty. It should be illegal for someone to be that beautiful. All he wanted to do was to pull her even closer and enjoy all the tingly feelings she brought out in him.
And Jackie couldn't stop staring at his blue eyes. He removed his sunglasses earlier and since then, she couldn't stop looking at his eyes. She wondered if he knew how gorgeous his eyes are, he really should stop wearing stupid sunglasses all the time. It should be a sin, covering such beauty.
She started to laugh more, because she was extremely attracted to this paranoid burnout and that was hilarious. He probably only tolerated her, and he was all she could think about.
He tightened his grip on her while she started to laugh hysterically again, trying to prevent another fall, and she felt butterflies in her stomach. His hands fitted so perfectly around her waist, it was surreal.
What Jackie didn't know was that Hyde was feeling the exact same things. All the feelings were intensified by the marijuana and he was trying really hard to control himself, otherwise, he would end up kissing her in front of his friends.
And man… he really wants to kiss her. He wondered if she tasted as sweet as she smelled, he wondered how her tiny hands would feel buried in his hair… God, he needs to get a grip on himself. He can't deny he has a crush on her anymore, he came to terms with that long ago, but he knows he can't make a move. Jackie Burkhart doesn't go for guys like him. Period.
His thoughts were interrupted by the voice of a very dazed Donna, who was still counting her molecules apparently.
"Eighteen. Nineteen" She suddenly stopped and lifted her hands, widening her smile "I have the biggest hands in the world! They're like boxing gloves!"
"They would be very pretty boxing gloves if you let me paint your nails every once in a while" Jackie observed
Donna laughed again "Shut it, midget"
Fez pouted "My goddess is not a midget, she's petite and delicate"
Hyde scowled at Fez. He knew the foreigner developed a crush on Jackie, but he also had a crush on every other female in Point Place. He couldn't help but be bothered by his comments though.
"Aww, thank you Fez" Jackie said with a dizzy smile "But it's okay, it's a term of endearment, I'm a midget and Donna's a lumberjack"
Hyde chuckled at her comment. Jackie and Donna had a really nice friendship, it reminded him of Forman and himself.
He opened a bag of potato chips and started to munch on them. He grinned at the sight of the girls high as kites in front of him. The group was complete.
"Fez, go buy another damn pop, stop stealing mine!" Kelso protested
The gang was sitting at the Hub. After most of their high wore off, they decided that potato chips and Fez's secret candy stash weren't enough, so they went to the town's local teenage hangout to grab something more to eat.
"But I already spent the rest of my money on the bubblegum machine" Fez answered, pouting slightly
"Well that's too bad" Kelso said
"I never thought a hotdog could taste so good" Donna said, taking another bite of her hotdog and rolling her eyes in pleasure, making Hyde snicker and Eric completely uncomfortable
"Is there something about the circle that makes food taste better?" Jackie asked curiously, stealing some of Hyde's fries
"Oh yeah, definitely" Eric answered
"That explains the three burgers you just ate" Hyde teased Jackie, who just chuckled and lightly slapped his chest
Eric noticed how Jackie was stealing Hyde's fries, and how Hyde wasn't complaining about it. In fact, he would often look at her and smile gently, like he just saw a child do something extremely adorable. If he or anyone else from the gang tried to steal Hyde's fries, Eric knows Hyde would chop their hands off in a second. It was clear to him that Hyde was soft when it came to Jackie, and Eric decided not to tease him about it, at least not for now. Hyde's been through some rough shit in his life and Eric feared that his friend/brother would never be able to open up emotionally to someone. He needs someone to soften that rock hard heart he has and he was glad he found Jackie.
Besides, it was so creepy and unnatural that it was almost entertaining. It was like watching those documentaries about wildlife on television.
"Michael!" A piercing voice called, and suddenly, Julie was in front of their table, glaring at the gang
"Oh, hey Julie" Kelso greeted her nonchalantly
"You said you couldn't go out shopping with me this afternoon because you were going to be feeding the poor, Michael" She screeched "I don't see you feeding the poor!"
"Well…" He stuttered, trying to come with a plausible excuse "Hyde is poor!"
Hyde punched his friend in the arm and Jackie decided to step in Hyde's defense.
"You're pathetic, Michael. Just admit to her that you were lying and she'll go away" Jackie said, glaring at Julie
"I don't remember asking for the opinion of a bitchy midget" Julie answered
"Hey, watch it" Donna warned her, feeling protective of her best friend
"Yeah, I'm a midget, whatever" Jackie said, rolling her eyes, and Hyde smirked. She's feisty.
"Look Julie, I'll just finish here then I'll go out with you" Kelso said "I'll even take you to the drive-in if you lend me your car"
"Seriously, Michael?" She protested, sending evil looks at Jackie's direction "You spent the afternoon with your loser friends and this stupid bitch and you think a quickie at the drive-in will make up for it?"
"Do not speak ill of my goddess!" Fez protested, and if he wasn't such a pervert Jackie would hug him
"What?!" Julie said, annoyed. Fez used to worship her! "She blackmailed the football team and now she's a saint?"
"I'm not a saint, I think everyone is aware of that" Jackie said in a warning tone "And you'll be too if you don't shut your trap. Saints don't beat the crap out of a bitchy cheerleader"
The boys widened their eyes at the boldness of her statement and Donna smiled proudly at Jackie. If there's something Donna always told the girl, is that she needs to stand up for herself. That's one of the reasons why she dragged Jackie to those self-defense classes with her.
"Maybe you should beat the crap out of me. That ought to get your dad attention off of his mistresses, right? And maybe your mom will remember your existence and fly back from wherever beach she's at" Julie said, trying to hide her fear. She knew very well that Jackie's able to kick her ass if she really wanted to, she's seen her high kicks at practice.
Hyde really wished he could hit a girl at the moment. The minute Julie mentioned Jackie's parents he saw Jackie tensing up and he saw the sadness in her eyes. Julie smiled victoriously when she realized that she was able to affect Jackie.
"Hey!" Donna promptly intervened when she saw the look on Jackie's face, getting up from her chair, angry at her audacity of talking about Jackie's parents. She knows how sensitive Jackie is about the subject "I told you to watch it, now I'm going to have to squash you under my giant feet!"
"Girl fight! Let's get it on!" Keso yelled, getting up from his seat along with Fez and moving their chairs out of the way
"There will be no girl fight, Michael" Julie said, trying to mask her fear. If Jackie was able to kick her ass, then Donna was able to kill her with her bare hands.
"Fine" Michael said disappointed
"Let's go" Julie said, grabbing Kelso hy the collar of his shirt and dragging him out of the Hub before Donna could attack her
"Yay" Fez celebrated, taking the half full bottle of pop that Kelso left at the table
"That was… something" Eric said awkwardly
"I'm used to it by now" Jackie shrugged
"Coward bitch" Donna muttered, getting back at her seat "Running away before I could kick her ass…"
"Julie is all about words, the minute you actually threaten her she runs like the wind" Jackie said "I'm just surprised. It's the second time today that she runs away from us"
"What do you mean?" Hyde asked
"Remember what I was saying earlier? About that stupid rumour she started today? I almost jumped at her throat but Donna held me" Jackie answered
"Wow" Hyde started. Jackie truly is something. He made a mental note about not crossing her while she's mad, she definitely has a temper. God, that only makes him even more attracted to her, that's pathetic.
"What were you doing at cheer practice today?" Eric asked, confused. Donna's not a cheerleader, it went against the feminist ideology.
"I sit at the bleachers to study while Jackie practices" Donna explained and Eric nodded.
"Anyways, what did she mean about your parents?" Eric asked Jackie, and she tensed again. There was no malice at his question, he actually sounds concerned, but Jackie gets really uncomfortable talking about this stuff.
"Nothing much" Jackie said nonchalantly, praying that Eric would drop the subject
And Hyde, sensing Jackie's silent pleas for help, decided to intervene "Seriously, back to the car that runs on water…" He quickly changed the subject, making Eric and Fez groan and Jackie smile gratefully at him. He winked at her and she felt warm on the inside. And in this moment she knew that this crush wasn't going away anytime soon.
The reason why this chapter took me so long to write, is because I've never smoked pot before, so I researched a lot in order to try and make this more realistic. Seriously, I watched a youtube tutorial guys.
By the way, Julie is bitchy, but not "season one Jackie" bitchy. Julie is actually mean and envious, she is not a likeable character in anyways. If you're having trouble imagining her, I wrote her based on the Julie from the season 6 christmas episode. I just thought that many people already use Pam Macy or Annette as Kelso's girlfriend, and I wanted to be different, idk.
I know it took me a while to post this and I'm sorry. This story is not going to be updated weekly like WTLB, but don't worry, I will not abandon it. In fact, the next chapter is almost done.
The comments of this story are so wholesome and encouraging, they inspire me to write and they make me really happy, so, a huge thank you for everyone that left a kind comment in the last chapter. You guys rock.
Chapter five: Everybody gets a biscuit
"How was it?" Jackie promptly asked her best friend as she walked into the basement.
Donna just returned from the Hub, where she was meeting with Buddy Morgan. He was the editor of the school paper since Brooke Rockwell graduated the year before, and Jackie encouraged Donna to publish one of her short stories in the paper. It took a lot of time and persuasion, but Donna finally agreed, and she looked happy.
"You were right! The story will be out by next week!" Donna said, grinning from ear to ear and hugging her best friend
"Donna, we've been friends for over 10 years, when are you going to learn that I'm always right?" Jackie responded with a grin of her own
"Wait, what's going on?" Eric asked curiously
Donna smiled and sat next to him on the couch, ignoring the butterflies on her stomach.
"I wrote a short story a while ago, and Jackie found it when she was snooping in my room" Donna said, trying to glare at Jackie, who was smirking in response
"What? I was looking for my Nancy Drew book!" Jackie said, and Donna rolled her eyes with an amused expression
Hyde observed the scene quietly from his chair. Man, Nancy Drew? Seriously? God, he feels like he's going insane, because this girl likes Nancy Drew, ABBA, cheerleading and all things material, yet he can't get her off his mind. The fact that he's extremely attracted to her sometimes sickens him.
"Anyways" Donna continues "Jackie's been nagging me for a whole week, saying that the story is really good and that I should publish it in the school newspaper. I wasn't going to do it, but somehow Jackie managed to convince me"
"I'm incredibly persuasive" Jackie added with a proud smile
Hyde wondered if she pouted and made those puppy eyes at Donna. God knows he can't resist it when she does it to him.
"So I asked Buddy to meet me at the Hub after school today, I showed him my story and he loved it!" Donna said, smiling excitedly
"Congratulations, Donna!" Eric said, smiling at the redhead. He took advantage of the opportunity and hugged her, enjoying the feeling of being so close to her.
Jackie smiled softly at the sight. Donna must be freaking out! That's so cute. She sighed dreamily, what wouldn't she give to make Steven hug her like that… Donna is so lucky. The scrawny nerd is obviously head over heels for her.
"I preferred when she was hugging Jackie" Fez said, and Eric and Donna broke their hug. Both blushing furiously.
Jackie rolled her eyes. Way to kill a mood, Fez.
"So, what's the story about?" Hyde asked curiously
"It's about this woman, who lives the same monotonous routine with her husband everyday. They hang out with this couple and Laura - the name of my main character - secretly envies her friend, who was always happy. One day, she's waiting for her husband to come home so they can go out with this other couple again, when she sees the most beautiful roses in her living room. She wants to give it as a present to her friend, who she was about to meet, but then there's this whole inner dialogue with herself…" Donna explains excitedly
"Hey, don't spoil it!" Jackie interrupted her friend with a small smile "They will read your story on monday and praise you for it, like the rest of the school"
"Wow, it actually sounds like a really cool story" Eric said, smiling sheepishly at Donna
"You got me intrigued, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm actually looking forwards to read the school paper" Hyde said, with a small grin on his face
"It sounds confusing" Fez contemplated "Is it erotic?"
Donna frowned at him "No"
"Well, I will read it, even though there won't be any boobs in it, but Buddy Morgan should really accept my suggestions one of these days!" Fez said, pouting "People would form lines to get the newspaper if there's boobs in it"
Hyde chuckled "Yeah, I don't think Buddy Morgan would be on that line"
"Why not? It's boobs! Is he crazy?" Fez asked, completely oblivious to everyone's looks. The whole school knew about Buddy's sexuality by now, how could Fez be so naive?
They all silently decided not to tell him. No one wanted to spend the whole day answering Fez's dirty questions.
A couple hours have passed, along with a circle and a few episodes of Gilligan's island. Gilligan's failures were a lot funnier to watch when they were high.
But now both Gilligan's island and the high were over, and Hyde was starting to get bored.
"Hey, I just noticed that Kelso's not here" Donna said
"He's upstairs with Laurie" Eric answered, grimacing at the thought of Kelso and his slutty sister
"Sometimes I'm baffled that Kelso hasn't made a visit to the free clinic yet" Hyde said
"Well, he's bound to sometime. He's sleeping with Julie and Laurie at the same time, and those girls are as sluttier as it gets" Jackie gave her input "No offense, Eric"
"Non taken" Eric shrugged
"Okay, you're all boring me" Hyde said, eyeing everyone in the basement "Forman, play chess with me" He demanded, and Jackie bit her lip nervously, he was extremely sexy when he was bossing people around.
"Man why would I want to play chess with you? You always win" Eric said
"Because I am amazing" Hyde said, grinning mischievously "It's like taking candy from a baby"
"Why don't you play with Fez or Kelso?" Donna asked
"Because Kelso doesn't have enough brain cells to understand chess, and Fez is a sore loser" He explained
"Am not!" Fez protested
"Yes you are, man" Eric gave his input "We were playing candyland, I won and you kept calling my house in the middle of the night to curse me for a week"
Jackie frowned and looked at Fez "You seriously did that?"
"It wasn't fair. He cheated." Fez defended himself
"Well, it was candyland," Hyde said "So Fez took it personally"
"Ai" Fez said, pouting sadly "I wish candyland was a real place"
Eric started to laugh and turned to Hyde "Man, remember the day Fez glued his hands to his pants because Kelso told him that that would create a portal to candyland?"
Hyde laughed along with Eric "That was a good day, man"
"No it wasn't!" Fez glared at them, crossing his arms "Everyone thought I was touching myself!"
Jackie and Donna stared at the three boys, unsure of what to do. Hyde and Eric were laughing loudly, Jackie was trying to repress a chuckle and Donna was staring at Fez with disbelief. The poor man was so naive, she felt bad for him.
"If you excuse me, I will go drown my sorrows in candy. Now good day" Fez said, leaving his chair
Hyde rolled his eyes "But Fez…"
"I said good day!" Fez said, leaving through the basement door. Hyde and Eric were still chuckling.
Jackie stole a few glances at Hyde. He's so handsome, and he has such a beautiful smile. She wished he'd smile more often. Without even thinking, she blurted:
"I don't know how to play chess, but you can teach me if you want. I always wanted to learn"
He looked at her suspiciously, she really wants to play chess with him? He wasn't hallucinating? Holy crap.
"It's a pretty complicated game, you sure you'll get it?" He asked
Jackie raised her eyebrows at him "I thought we agreed that I'm smart?"
He chuckled "Sorry, I still think it's weird. I've never seen a hot chick playing chess before"
The minute the words left his lips he wanted to slap himself. Did he just call her hot? On her face? In front of their friends? Dear God.
Donna observed the whole scene ahead of her with a smirk. Hyde is clearly into Jackie, and Jackie is clearly into him, but neither of them are aware of that. If it wasn't for Jackie's insecurities, she's sure they'd have hooked up by now, but Jackie insists that Hyde would never like her this way, and she couldn't be more wrong.
Eric was shocked at Hyde's words, he was involuntarily plain flirting with Jackie. It seems that the words just blurted out of his mouth without him even realizing, because he could swear on his Millennium Falcon replica that he just saw Hyde blushing for a millisecond.
Jackie's heart was dancing inside her chest. Steven said she was hot! Of course she already knew that she was hot. Every citizen in Point Place knows that she's hot, hell, the entire population of Wisconsin knows that she's hot, but Steven actually said it! He's just stating a fact and that probably doesn't mean anything to him, but she couldn't stop the huge grin that plastered across her face.
"Well, you're about to." She answered, trying to stop herself from giggling and moving to sit on the corner of the couch, near the table where he placed the chessboard, and consequently, near his chair.
Hyde tried to hide a smile. Whenever she's too close to him he can smell strawberries and vanilla, and that's the most intoxicating scent in the world. He started to set up the board and she was smiling gently at him.
Donna was holding herself back. She wanted to go over there, grab their heads and make them kiss already. Jackie is probably one of the smartest people she knows, how can she be so blind?
She felt Eric moving a bit on his seat next to her and turned to look at him. He was yawning, and then, out of nowhere, his arm was leaning on the back of the couch, almost touching her shoulders. She blushed furiously, and tried to hide a smile. Maybe he just needs to stretch his arm, it's no big deal, or maybe he's trying to make a move? She really can't tell. She wishes Jackie would stop making googly eyes at Hyde for a moment and focus on her problem here! She's definitely going to need advice about this later.
Hyde looked at Forman and grinned, the good old yawn and grab. It never fails. He could see Donna blushing from a mile away.
Unbeknownst to the two almost couples, someone was staring at them at the end of the staircase, and that person was almost bursting with joy. That has to be one of the cutest things she's ever seen! She was seriously considering going upstairs and grabbing her camera to register the moment.
Kitty Forman smiled at the sight of her two boys, who were so clearly in love with those beautiful girls. Steven was stealing glances at Jackie whenever he thought she wasn't looking, and every now and then their gazes would meet and they'd both look away shyly. And Eric had his arm around Donna, or almost. She could see Donna blushing and Eric smiling to himself.
She couldn't wait to tell Red! Oh, but he wouldn't believe her, not without any proof. That's it, she needed her camera! She was about to sneak upstairs to grab it when she dropped her laundry basket. She silently cursed herself.
Startled by the noise, Eric removed his arm from his previous position, and everyone's attention was on the Forman's matriarch.
"Mom?" He asked, hesitantly
Hyde and Eric both silently prayed for whatever God that was willing to listen for Mrs. Forman to keep her mouth shut.
"Hey kids!" Kitty said, trying to sound nonchalant "I was about to do the laundry"
"Uh… Good?" Eric said, confused
"I believe I haven't properly met you two!" Kitty said, directing her attention to the girls, for Eric's and Hyde's panic.
"Uh… I think that Kelso introduced us a while ago…" Donna said
"Well, it's Michael, so that does not count" Kitty said, laughing "I'm Kitty Forman, and the redhead is Donna, and the brunette is Jackie, right?"
"Right" Jackie confirmed with a small smile
"Oh, Jackie, Red told me wonderful things about you!"
"He did?" Eric asked
"Jackie and Steven helped your father to fix your car a couple weeks ago" Mrs. Forman answered
Eric grinned slyly, and Hyde glared at him "Oh, really?"
"Someone had to," Jackie said "Mr. Forman said Eric is physically incapable of holding a flashlight"
"I am not!" Eric protested
Hyde grinned at Jackie, he loves when she burns Forman like this.
"Okay then" Kitty laughed "Are you two lovely girls busy tonight?"
Hyde and Eric exchanged worried looks. This cannot be good.
"No" Donna answered
"Then I'd be honored to have you two over for dinner! I would really like to get to know you two better" Kitty said
Jackie smiled at her. Eric doesn't know how lucky he is, his mother is adorable, and so caring. She may be old and not very fashionable, but she's everything she's ever wanted for a mom. She would give anything for Pam to be 1% of what Mrs. Forman is.
"We'll be here" Jackie answered with such a kind voice that Kitty wanted to hug her. So she did.
"You'll each get your own biscuit! Oh, it's going to be so much fun!!" Mrs. Forman said, pulling away from Jackie and trying to control her giddiness. She could see that Eric and Steven were uncomfortable, but she just couldn't help it, her baby boys are in love!
"If your biscuits are half as good as your brownies and your cookies then I'll be in heaven" Donna said, smiling
"Oh, you're just too nice!" Kitty answered, putting a hand on her heart "I'll go defrost the chicken! Dinner will be ready at seven sharp! Don't be late!" She finished, smiling at the girls and heading back upstairs
"Wow" Hyde said, after a few seconds "We'll each get our own biscuit, guess we're adults now"
"What do you mean?" Jackie asked
"Whenever my mom makes big dinners, she makes a batch of biscuits" Eric explained "But only the responsible adults are allowed to have one"
"Well, I'm flattered" Donna said "Your mom is so cool"
"My mom?" Eric laughed uncomfortably "Well, yeah, but I feel like I should warn you that she's a little nosey… and my dad is kind of grumpy"
"Kind of?" Hyde raised an eyebrow at Eric
"Okay, he may or may not threaten to put his foot in my ass on a daily basis" Eric sighed
"Mr. Forman said he threatens you because you're a dumbass" Jackie said, and Hyde snickered
"How much interaction did you have with my father?" Eric asked
"Plenty" Jackie smiled wryly "Be warned"
Donna fidgeted nervously on her seat, she wishes she could look nonchalant as Jackie, but she's nervous, that could be her future mother in law! What if she doesn't like her? Oh God, she feels sick.
Jackie noticed Donna's nervousness and smiled softly at her friend, taking her hand and making her stand up.
"Well, we have almost four hours until dinner, which means I have four hours to make Donna less manly" Jackie perked up and Donna rolled her eyes. Jackie turned to look at Hyde and smiled softly "Rain check? I still want to learn how to play chess"
Hyde smiled back "Sure thing, doll"
"See you in a few hours" Donna ssid, letting Jackie drag her out of the basement
"Hey Hyde?" Eric called his best friend, who was currently still coming down from his Jackie induced high.
"We're so fucked" Eric said, staring at the door
"Yup" Hyde agreed without hesitation.
The girls would be arriving in less than an hour, and Hyde didn't know what to do. Eric was upstairs, getting "snazzy" for dinner. He spent over an hour looking for his lucky shirt, and Hyde had a lot of fun mocking him for it.
Kelso made a brief appearance after the girls left, claiming that Laurie kicked him out and that he was off to see Julie. Funny thing is, about fifteen minutes after Kelso was gone, Hyde saw another guy sneaking through Laurie's window. Jackie was right, Kelso was dating the two biggest whores in town.
And Fez didn't return after his little tantrum this afternoon. Hyde assumed he was either at the candy store or at bible study with his host parents.
And Hyde was bored. He went upstairs and found Mrs. Forman in the kitchen, preparing the meal they'd be eating in a few minutes.
"Steven!" Mrs. Forman called him "Why aren't you dressed up?"
"Uh…" Hyde answered, confused "Am I supposed to dress up?"
"Of course you are! You won't win Jackie's heart by wearing your concert t-shirts, Steven!"
"Wait, who said something about winning Jackie's heart?" He laughed nervously
"Oh please" Kitty scoffed "I may have not given birth to you, but I am your mother and I know you with the palm of my hand! You like that girl!"
Hyde tried to repress a smile. He always enjoyed hearing Mrs. Forman referring to him as his son, he sure does consider her to be his mother. He can't lie to her.
"I'm not supposed to like her, Mrs. Forman" He said sadly
"And yet you do" She said, smiling softly at him
"But she's shallow, and rich, and mean, and bossy" He mumbled pathetically
"She's also beautiful and kind, and she likes you too" She answered
Steven scoffed "Yeah, right"
There's no way a girl like Jackie could ever like him. That's just impossible. She's too good for him, he'll never be able to keep her happy and provide her with the things she needs. Besides, Jackie grew up on the other side of town, the rich side of town. She grew up hearing that people like him are barely people, and that she should keep her distance.
"Steven, when are you going to stop thinking you're not worthy of good things?" Mrs. Forman asked, saddened by the boy's self-loathing. If she ever encounters either Edna or Bud Hyde, she'll kill them.
Hyde didn't answer, hoping that Mrs. Forman would drop the subject. He really doesn't want to discuss this right now.
"Well…" She started, patting his shoulder and going back to her cooking "She's got Red's seal of approval, and that's not an easy thing to get"
Hyde smiled, remembering the day they helped Red with the car. He wondered what Red and Jackie talked about before he saw them. Red is a good man, and he knew there was something extra special about Jackie the minute she saw her with him, he doesn't tend to like other people.
"Yeah…" Hyde said, smiling softly "But do I really need to change?"
Mrs. Forman gave him a meaningful look and he sighed "Fine, I'll wear a button shirt, but I'll keep my jeans!"
Mrs. Forman clapped excitedly and kissed him on the cheek "Yay! I can't wait for dinner!"
Hyde smiled and went back to the basement. Apparently he needs to get changed.
"Wait, are we supposed to enter through the kitchen, like we always do, or should we knock on the front door?" Donna asked, fidgeting with the hem of her dress
"I don't know" Jackie thought "And Michael's not here to drag us inside like last time"
"Thank God for that" Donna laughed nervously
Jackie smiled at her nervous friend "I think we should enter through the kitchen, Mr. Forman would be grumpy if he had to get up from his chair just to answer the door"
Donna chuckled "Seriously, how long did you spend fixing the car with him?"
"I don't know, a couple hours?" Jackie answered, applying her lip gloss "But Steven talks a lot about him"
"Steven, huh?" Donna teased, making Jackie blush "Could you be more obvious, Jackie?"
Jackie widened her eyes "Shush!! And oh my God, do you think he noticed?"
"No, I don't think so" Donna answered "I'm surprised he didn't. You two are so oblivious, it's almost funny"
Jackie looked curiously at Donna as they made their way downstairs "What do you mean?"
"C'mon Jackie, he clearly likes you back!"
Jackie scoffed "Yeah, right"
Donna rolled her eyes in frustration "Jackie, he called you hot today. In front of everyone"
"But I am hot!" Jackie said, pouting slightly "He was just stating a fact, every boy with eyes knows that. That doesn't mean he's actually attracted to me, Donna!"
"Uh… yeah it does"
"No, that means that he thinks that I'm hot, and that I'm the perfect material for a quick fuck. Every guy thinks like this" Jackie answered
"Whatever you say, Jackie." Donna said, dropping the subject for now. Jackie is the most stubborn person she knows.
"Okay, we're here. How do I look?" Jackie asked, stopping in the Forman's driveway
"You look great Jackie, you always do" Donna answered, rolling her eyes
"Well, you look quite amazing yourself" Jackie said, analyzing her work "You should wear dresses more often"
Donna smiled. She was feeling really pretty, and as much as she complained, she loved when Jackie insisted on doing a makeover on her. It was always a great boost to her self-esteem.
"Let's get inside" She said, opening the sliding door and running straight into Eric, who was sitting on the kitchen table, his mother was removing a very appetizing looking pie from the oven.
His breath hitched when he saw Donna. She looked so pretty, he felt like getting on his knees to worship her.
"Wow… you look… damn" He said to a blushing Donna, with a smirking Jackie behind her
"Thank you" Donna smiled
"Oh, don't you two look adorable!!" Mrs. Forman said, hugging each of the girls "Eric, Donna, can you two help me set the table while Jackie gets Steven downstairs?"
Eric and Donna looked at each other and smiled shyly, nodding before heading to the dining room along with Mrs. Forman. Jackie took a deep breath, Steven is probably in the basement watching TV, but she still couldn't help but be a little bit nervous.
She quickly made her way to the basement, and she hadn't seen Steven anywhere. She was about to leave when she remembered his room is in the back of the basement.
"Steven?" She called, knocking lightly on the door
"Come in" She heard his muffled voice and apprehensively opened his door
Her breath hitched when she saw him. He looked so handsome, with his slightly wet hair and a button shirt. She could smell his aftershave and God... This had to be some kind of punishment of sorts, the universe was punishing her for being too bitchy by making her fall for someone who she could never have. Being able to look, but not to touch.
He hasn't noticed her presence yet, too busy struggling to button the last few buttons of his shirt.
"Hey" she said, announcing her presence
"Hey" He said, focusing his gaze on Jackie. She looked absolutely gorgeous, and he felt paralyzed for a few seconds… she's just… Too perfect to be real "You look beautiful" He blurted, and Jackie beamed at him
"Oh my God, so do you" She answered promptly, blushing slightly. She looked up at him and saw him smiling softly at her, his shirt wasn't completely buttoned and she could see his chest hair… "Do you need any help with that?" She asked, pointing at his shirt
"Yeah… sure" He said "I don't know why they make these buttons so God damn small…"
She smiled up at him and started to help him with his shirt. Her manicured fingers brushed through his chest and he felt goosebumps rising all over his body, and he prayed that she didn't notice.
She didn't. She was too busy admiring the man in front of her, his broad shoulders, the way the shirt was a little bit tighter near his chest, his beautiful blue eyes… She wanted to cup his face, feel the smoothness of his cheeks contrasted with the roughness of his sideburns, she wanted to feel his breath fanning across her face, she wanted to press her lips against his…
"Jackie?" She heard him calling her, interrupting her dirty thoughts, she looked up at him and grinned slightly, finishing with the buttons and adjusting the collar of his shirt.
"Thank you" He said, trying to focus on something other than her lips, otherwise he might do something incredibly stupid and ruin the nice friendship he built with the girl.
He wanted her so bad, but he couldn't have her, not the way he really wanted to, and there's no way he could cut her off his life. He likes her way too much for that, so he was content with her friendship, if that's all she's willing to offer him.
"You're welcome" She answered, removing invisible lint from the front of his shirt. Definitely not an excuse to feel his defined chest, not at all… He moved to grab his watch and she went back to reality, cursing herself for almost throwing herself on him. He must think she's such a whore! "Mrs. Forman asked me to get you, dinner is ready"
"Cool," he answered "Is Forman upstairs already?"
"Yeah, he and Donna are setting the table"
"You think he's going to make a move?" Hyde asked, with a smirk
"I don't think so" Jackie replied, leaving the basement with him "And she's so clearly into him! He's either not into her, or he's completely stupid"
"Yeah, it's definitely the second one" Hyde answered, staring longingly at the girl walking ahead of him. She's right, Forman is stupid. If Jackie showed just the slightest bit of interest, like Donna does for Forman, Hyde wouldn't waste any time.
When they arrived at the dining room, everyone was already at the table. Mr and Mrs. Forman were sitting on the extremities of the table, and Forman was sitting in front of Donna. Hyde glared at his friend, Donna was making googly eyes at him right at this moment, and he hasn't even noticed! He sighed as he took his seat, punching Forman in the arm in the process.
"Ow! What was that for?" Eric asked, rubbing his injured arm
Red rolled his eyes at his son's obliviousness. The neighbor girl was staring all lovingly at him and he didn't even notice! Eric was lucky Steven was the one sitting next to him, a punch in the arm is nothing compared to a foot in the ass "Even I know what was that for, dumbass"
Eric stared at his father and just shrugged. He still doesn't know why Hyde frogged him, but it's probably something dumb he did without even realizing. That happens often.
"Should we wait for Laurie?" Mrs. Forman asked, making Hyde, Eric and Red look at her like she's crazy, while the girls observed the scene in silence "Nevermind"
The food was amazing. Jackie had a personal chef at home and Mrs. Forman's food was better than anything he could ever cooked. It tasted like home.
"So, Jackie, what do your parents do?" Mrs. Forman asked
Hyde looked curiously at the girl. He knows she doesn't like speaking about her parents, and he was ready to change the subject if he saw the slightest bit of discomfort in her.
"My dad's the city's councilman" She answered "And my mom used to be a real estate agent"
"Used to?" Mrs. Forman questioned
"She quit a couple years ago" Jackie said
"Oh, and what is she doing now? Taking care of home, I assume?" Mrs. Forman asked, and Jackie smiled sadly at her
"No, she travels a lot" Jackie answered, and luckily, Hyde didn't had to change the subject, since everyone's attention was now in the person who just entered the room
"Laurie" Eric said, glaring at his older sister, who just smirked in response.
"You two are pretty" Laurie stated, looking at the girls "Why are you hanging out with my brother and his loser friends?"
Jackie and Donna stared at the older girl, not sure about how to answer her. They heard many stories about Laurie - she has a very known reputation and Eric tends to complain about her constantly - and they had yet to decide if Laurie's cool or not.
Jackie couldn't hide her annoyance at Laurie's comment, because yeah, Eric's a loser but Steven is so definitely not! She would've sent a snarky retort to the girl if her parents weren't sitting in the same room.
"Don't you have to whore around somewhere?" Eric asked his sister
Laurie smirked at him "Is my presence bothering you, little brother?"
"Yeah, plenty" Eric answered
"Would you two stop that?" Kitty interrupted the small banter between the siblings "Laurie, why don't you sit down and have dinner with us?
"Do I have to? I mean, I have to attend a frat party in like, 5 minutes" Laurie said
"Oh Laurie…" Mrs. Forman started, looking disapprovingly at her daughter "Do what you think it's best" She said, hoping that her daughter would make the decision of staying and connecting to her family. Jackie and Donna are nice girls and it wouldn't hurt if Laurie made friends with them too.
"Okay, see ya then" Laurie said with a perky smile, leaving the room. Kitty sighed and Red rolled his eyes, unbothered.
"And that" Eric started "Was my whorey sister"
"Eric…" His father reprehended him, without looking away from his food, and Eric rolled his eyes
"Oh, she's just…" Mrs. Forman muttered in frustration
"A tramp?" Eric said, and his father glared at him
"Anyways…" Mrs. Forman regained her composure "What about your parents, Donna?"
"Well… you know my parents already. My dad owns a small business and my mom takes care of home" Donna answered
"Your parents are weird" Red stated
"Red!" Mrs. Forman scolded her husband
Donna chuckled "It's okay, Mrs. Forman, I know they're weird"
"Their daughter is not. Bob and Midge did a good job raising you, you're a really nice girl" Kitty said, making Donna smile
The rest of the dinner went smoothly. Kitty got to know the girls better and was delighted by them, she could already imagine a few redheaded grandbabies and a few curly haired ones in the future, and she was ecstatic! To Eric and Hyde's relief though, she didn't made any inappropriate comments at all, but she did giggled loudly when she saw Eric offering Donna his biscuit, and she almost melted when she saw all the times Steven looked at Jackie and smiled to himself.
After the pleasant evening, Kitty said the kids should go back to the basement, and Red decided to help his wife clean up after the kids were gone. She was giggling the whole time.
"Our boys are in loo-ve" She singsonged
"You don't know that, Kitty" Red said, trying to hide a smile himself
"I'm their mother, of course I do. And they are such nice girls, Red!" She said
"Yeah, they lucked out" He agreed "But from what I've seen, neither Eric nor Steven made their moves yet. Dumbasses."
"Oh please" Kitty scoffed "It's just a matter of time, Eric was almost drooling all over Donna and Steven was stealing glances at Jackie every time he thought no one was looking"
Red grinned, Steven's behavior towards Jackie reminded him a lot of Kitty and himself. Steven's gruffy demeanor softens whenever Jackie is around, and Jackie is perky and cheerful just like Kitty. It's like looking at a younger version of themselves.
"What's with the smile, grumpy face?" Kitty teased her husband
"I don't know about Eric, but I'm pretty sure Steven found his Kitty" He said, grinning slightly
Kitty beamed at her husband and wrapped her arms around his waist "You are the sweetest man alive, Red Forman"
The short story Donna "wrote" and will be published in the school newspaper is actually a real one! It's a beautiful story, called "The Imitation of The Rose" by Clarisse Lispector, a brazilian author. I had to read one of her short stories collections for school a few years ago, and this story always touched me. If you're interested in reading, I think you can find the story available in english online. I totally recommend it, it's beautifully written.
And I've been dying to write a moment where the girls interact with the entire Forman family, I hope I did them justice!
For those who follow me on WTLB: there's not going to be an update this week, I'm currently reviewing the whole story, adding a few things and correcting a few mistakes. But don't worry, this is just a one-time thing, chapter 19 will be up next week.
Anyways, let me know what you guys thought about this chapter, I love reading your comments, they make my day! And I'm open to constructive criticism. See you soon.
Chapter 6: The Tales of Steven Hyde and Jackie Burkhart
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that left a comment in the last chapter. They made me really happy and inspired to write more, so...
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Chapter six: The tales of Steven Hyde and Jackie Burkhart
The girls have been hanging with the gang for a couple months now, and even though he hasn't admitted it out loud yet, Hyde's been enjoying their presence, especially the presence of one very mouthy cheerleader, who he's supposed to hate, but for some cosmic reason, he doesn't. In fact, he really, really likes her. She won't leave his mind since he first met her.
Eric's been on cloud nine, he fantasized about the neighbor girl for years, and now he's finally finding himself in her company. Talking to her is not as hard as he thought it would be, and if he had a crush on her before... Well, that crush certainly didn't go away, that's for sure. He was even starting to get out of his comfort zone! After the girls had dinner with him and his family the past week, he got bolder. He even pulled the "yawn and grab" a couple more times, and Donna melted each time.
Kelso and Fez became very fond of the girls, and despite all their perviness, both Donna and Jackie knew that they already had a special place in their hearts. Even if they want to kill them half of the time.
Kelso became ecstatic when the girls started to hang out with them, according to him, it's exhausting being the only good looking one of the group. And Fez, who was never really allowed near any girls in high school without the risk of getting beaten up, was thrilled to finally be able to see and interact with two beautiful girls in person, even if they don't want to be with him romantically. He was fine by worshipping his goddesses from afar, he knew that Eric was in love with Donna since he's 5, and he could tell that Hyde was developing some pretty strong feelings about Jackie, even if he doesn't want to admit it. Besides, in his head, the girls are marvelous, but no one compares to his beautiful Laurie.
Even Red and Kitty were getting attached to the girls, Kitty was so happy after dinner the past week, that Hyde and Eric thought she was dipping into Hyde's stash for a while. She was thrilled to have some feminine company in her house, and Red, the toughest guy in Point Place, was secretly a softie with Jackie since the day she helped him fix the Vista Cruiser, and he actually enjoyed seeing the neighbor girl making a fool of his son.
And the girls were starting to grow more and more into the group. It's weird how it feels like they've been friends forever, even though they've met just two months before. Donna was developing serious feelings for Eric, and Jackie was falling for someone she never thought she would, the city's burnout. Weirdly, the girls haven't noticed that the boys like them back, even though everyone around them did.
And it became common, everyday after school the gang went to the Forman's basement to hang out, and on the weekends they spent the whole day there.
On this particular day, Jackie was feeling kind of down, her mother came back to town, spent the day shopping with her friends, attended an event with her father at night, and left the next day. She hasn't even seen her daughter. And Jackie hated it, she hated her mother for never caring about her only child, and she hated herself for caring so much for someone who clearly doesn't give a shit about her.
So she did what she always does whenever she's upset, she went to the Formans. Donna told her she would be there by now, but she didn't really feel like talking to her about Pam, she won't get it anyways. But she can always count on the gang to make her laugh and forget all about her problems for a while, and maybe, just maybe, she wanted to see Steven.
She smiled when she thought about him. He'd been trying to teach her how to play chess in the last couple days, and it's been really fun. Chess is a pretty complicated game, but he's been extremely patient and sweet with her. Maybe one of the reasons why it was so hard for her to concentrate was the fact that Steven is the one teaching her, sometimes she realised her attention was more on him than on his explanations about the game.
When she opened the door, Hyde, Eric and Donna were there, but no sign of Kelso or Fez. She shrugged and sat on the couch, next to her best friend. Donna knew that Jackie was upset the minute she entered the basement, but she decided it was best if they talked about it later in private.
"Hey" Hyde greeted her with a small smile
"Hey" Jackie answered, smiling back
"Where have you been all day?" Donna asked, and Jackie thought for a moment if she should tell the truth, that she spent most part of her afternoon pining over her mother, but she decided not to. It would make everyone uncomfortable and she also doesn't want anyone's pity.
So she told the truth, or a very small part of it.
"I was dealing with some problems at home." She answered, it wasn't technically a lie, she was at home, and her mother's escapades can be considered a problem by many people.
Hyde knew it was bullshit the moment he looked at her. Something is bothering her and he'll talk to her about it later.
"Where's Kelso and Fez?" Jackie asked, eager to change the subject
"Kelso's been spending time with Julie" Hyde answered "After her little scandal at The Hub she's keeping him on a short leash" He smiled
"Man, poor Kelso" Eric commented "Julie was always bitchy, but since you two came along she's been extra bitchy... Jackie, I think you might lose your kingdom in hell"
Donna rolled her eyes, lucky for Eric, Jackie doesn't care about his comments about her being the devil - in fact, Donna had the impression that the nickname wasn't as hostile as Eric claimed it was, she's pretty sure he actually likes Jackie, they just like to banter.
Jackie, as always, played along "Nah, she's not that important, if she tries hard enough, maybe she can get the demon position, but the devil title is all mine and I'm not willing to let that go anytime soon. Don't you ever forget that" She grinned slyly and Eric shivered, getting closer to Donna so she could 'protect him'. Donna had to stifle a laugh.
Hyde smiled, Jackie acts pretty cool regarding Forman's 'insults', she plays along and tends to burn him at the same time, that's pretty amazing. He has the impression that maybe Forman and Jackie actually like each other, this little banter of them is just for fun, because Jackie is known for her short temper, if she was actually upset Forman would be limping by now.
"She's just jealous," Donna said and turned to Jackie. "Is she still giving you hell at cheer practice?"
Jackie shrugged. "She tries, but so far she hasn't succeeded. In fact, I think Kat is starting to get annoyed" Then she smiled "It's funny, because she keeps trying to screw me over, and she's actually screwing herself, and I swear to God that girl is getting crazier each day. If she keeps going the way she is, Kat is probably going to kick her off the squad"
"Bet she's definitely not going to be head cheerleader next year" Donna grinned
"Obviously, that spot is mine and everyone knows it, she's the only one who hasn't accepted it yet." Jackie finished
Hyde wasn't paying much attention to the conversation, he tuned it off the second they started to talk about cheerleading. Instead, he was staring at Jackie's cleavage. Why does she insist on wearing summer dresses before summer? Is she trying to drive him insane?
Jackie may not have the biggest rack he ever saw, but they're so round, so perky, so smooth... he can't help but wonder what would be like, seeing her naked for the first time, he would probably pass out. For fucks sake, he needs to control himself, that woman is giving him "Feznian" levels of needs.
Eric noticed Hyde's gaze and rolled his eyes, he knew Hyde developed strong feelings for Jackie, and he was kind of happy for his friend, but it's still weird, because Jackie's evil and he can't possibly understand what Hyde sees in her other than her good looks.
Donna and Jackie seemed to be lost in their own little world, the topic went from cheerleaders to the story Donna published in last week's school paper. Jackie was right, the story was a huge success, the principal even called Donna to his office just to compliment her writing skills. But the boys were too immersed in their own thoughts to participate.
Suddenly, Fez entered the basement, holding a notebook and smiling from ear to ear. His sudden appearance startled Hyde, who promptly crossed his legs, he was having some very, very dirty thoughts and he silently wished for Jackie to wear more sweatshirts.
"Hello friends of Fez" Fez greeted, and everyone looked questionably at him, except Jackie.
Jackie smiled and greeted the foreigner, making Hyde scowl just a little bit "Hey Fezzie"
"Oh my beautiful goddess, you will not believe the wonderful news Fez has!" He sat on the lawn chair, clutching his notebook
"What happened?" Donna asked curious
"He probably just saw a boob" Eric made his guess and Fez shook his head
"Believe me, if I had seen a boob I would be way more ecstatic" He opened his notebook "Have you read Donna's short story in the school newspaper last week?" He asked
Everyone answered with either a yes or a nod. Even Hyde read it, and he was kind of impressed. Donna's a great writer.
"I got inspired and decided to write my own story, I've just finished it and tomorrow I will ask Buddy Morgan to publish it for me" Fez said enthusiastically
"What is the story about?" Donna asked, interested
"It's a story about forbidden love" Fez answered
"That sounds nice, can we read it?" Jackie asked and Fez nodded, handing her the notebook
"Now, any constructive criticism is acceptable, but please don't hurt my feelings" He said, and Jackie began to read with Donna next to her
Then Jackie's body started to shake with repressed laughter, her face was actually getting redder and she placed her hand in her mouth, trying to muffle the sounds. She didn't want to hurt Fez's feelings but that's just too damn funny. A few seconds later Donna started to laugh as well, hiding her face in her hands. Eric and Hyde stared at both girls, confused about what was so funny. Hyde was about to snatch the notebook and see it for himself, when Fez started to talk.
"I know, it's emotional, right?" He said to the girls, who he thought were crying instead of laughing
Jackie and Donna lifted their heads, their faces were red (especially Donna's), and there were even a few tears leaving their eyes. And the second Jackie looked at Fez she couldn't take it anymore, she bursted and laughed out loud, Donna following. Hyde smiled, her laugh is a beautiful sound, and she looks gorgeous when she's laughing.
"May I know what is so funny?" Fez asked, pouting
"I'm sorry Fez" Jackie said, wiping some tears of laughter from her face "But the name of the characters are just too funny"
"I didn't write them to be funny, they're regular names!" Fez justified
Donna jumped in "I'm sorry Fez, but it's funny"
Jackie continued, chuckling "I mean, Master Bates and Jenny Talia? Really Fez?"
The moment Eric and Hyde heard the names they laughed along with the girls, it was impossible not to.
"They are characters based on my life! Master Bates is me and Jenny Talia is my lady lover!" Fez said
Hyde took off his sunglasses and laughed more "So, the character that's supposed to be you is named Master Bates? That's actually really accurate" He said
Eric took the notebook out of Jackie's hands and read the story, chuckling during the whole thing "Fez, this is a very disturbing erotic story, they won't publish this on the school newspaper. I mean, the title is self-explanatory, 'The Tales of Master Bates and Jenny Talia', it's going to freak people out"
"It's not erotic, it's artistic!" Fez justified, taking the notebook back from Eric's hands "You just don't have any appreciation for art!"
"Fezzie… This is a first… But I actually agree with Eric, you're not going to be able to publish this on the school paper" Jackie said
"This is absurd!" Fez protested
"Sorry Fez" Donna said, wiping her tears "But hey, maybe you can send it to playboy or something"
"Let me read that," Hyde said, taking the notebook off Eric's hands. The minute he started to read he started to shake with laughter again. Jackie was mesmerized, she doesn't know what she loves the most about him, if it's his eyes or his smile.
"Man this is hilarious," Hyde said, handing the notebook back to Fez, who held it protectively against his chest "You know what, I think Red would like that. Why don't you go show your story to him?" He suggested
Fez eyed Hyde suspiciously "You really think so?"
"Yeah man, he's going to love it," Hyde said, while he and Eric tried to restrain themselves from bursting into laughter again.
Jackie chuckled and tried to scold Hyde "Steven…"
"Don't do it, Fez" Donna said, smiling softly at the boy "These two morons just want to get you into trouble"
"Hey, you can't blame a guy for trying to have fun" Hyde defended himself
"But Mr. Forman already doesn't like foreigners," Jackie argued, "If Fez shows him his story he will get him deported"
Hyde rolled his eyes "Fine" He turned to look at Fez, who was staring at the whole scene with a pout on his face. Hyde grimaced, Jackie is the only one who looks cute doing that. "We were just messing with you, man. Don't do it"
"Sons of bitches" Fez said, sitting back at the lawn chair and glaring at both Eric and Hyde "If I had anywhere else to go, I would storm out now! But I don't, so… I'll just work more on my story"
"Okay, man, have fun" Hyde said
"Don't!" Eric yelled, and everyone stared at him, confused "Don't have too much fun, Fez. Nobody wants to see that."
Jackie, Donna and Hyde nodded in agreement, understanding what Eric was talking about.
"Okay" Fez shrugged, taking a pencil out of his pocket and starting to scribble on his notebook.
"Hey Fez" Donna said "Just out of curiosity, when you were writing… your female character, have you based her on someone?"
"Yes…" He answered sheepishly "On Laurie"
"Ah man not you too" Eric whined
"To be fair, Fez has a crush on anyone with boobs" Hyde replied
"With Laurie is different" Fez said "She makes me feel things"
"Every girl makes you feel things, Fez" Jackie said
"But Laurie makes me feel things on my heart, not just on my naughty parts" He answered
Hyde stared at the foreign boy, intrigued. Maybe what he feels about Laurie is similar about how he feels about Jackie. Jackie is just… different, there's no other explanation. She makes him feel things he never felt with any other girl before.
Speaking of which… he hasn't hooked up with anyone since the Fleetwood Mac concert, the night he met Jackie. The other girls just aren't enough for him anymore. He wants her , and that sucks, because he can't have her.
"Steven?" He heard her voice, interrupting his thoughts. He looked at her and she was pouting slightly, and man that's not fair. He can't resist that. "Can we play chess now?"
Hyde repressed another smile with his zen. This girl is making him look like a fool, hell, he feels like he's turning into Forman! But he can't say no to her, especially when he himself has been enjoying being her sensei.
"Alright" He said, setting the pieces on the chessboard while she smiled brightly.
Hyde took a deep breath and looked at his student, "Okay, in case you don't remember what I taught you yesterday, let's review. The bishop," He points at the piece "Moves on the diagonal, the rook," he points at another one "Moves horizontally and vertically, and the knight," He points at another "Can jump with a two-and-one L move"
Jackie stares at the pieces in front of her with a frown on her face, and she lifts the knight "Why is the knight only a horse's head? He has no legs, a horse's head is not going to save anyone! And why is there a bishop? A bishop prays , I don't see how he's going to help the queen, and where are the prince and princess pieces? It doesn't make any sense!"
Hyde sighs and takes the knight from Jackie, placing it back on the board.
"It doesn't work that way, Jackie"
Eric chuckled from his seat on the couch "Man, why are you wasting your time trying to teach her?"
"Because I need a better opponent than you" Hyde answered "And shut up, it took you over six months to get the hang of it, yet you always manage to lose"
"Hey! I bet I'm better than Jackie!" Eric protested
"I can kill you in your sleep, Foreskin" Jackie said, making everyone in the basement laugh
"Foreskin?" Donna asked, repressing her laughter
"Hyde!" Eric whined at his friend, who was currently smiling proudly at his pupil "You told her, man?"
"Hey, this nickname follows you around since first grade man, anyone could have told her" Hyde defended himself, then he smiled "But yes I did"
"I hate you" Eric said, glaring at his brother, who was smiling proudly at Jackie
"Nice one, grasshopper" He congratulated her, she looked so hot when she's burning Forman, it's not fair.
"Well, thank you" She smiled back
"Now you two have pet names?" Eric said without thinking, and Jackie, Hyde and Donna glared at him, making him shrink on his seat.
"I like it," Jackie said, smiling softly at Hyde."It makes me feel special"
"You're a fine student, grasshopper" Hyde smirked and turned to Eric "Not only have I been teaching her how to play chess, I am teaching her how to properly burn people"
"Steven says I have the tendency to lose my temper" Jackie said
"Yep" Donna agreed from her seat, "For someone so tiny, you're surprisingly violent. Sometimes I regret taking you to those self-defense classes"
"It is true, my legs are all black and blue because of your shin kicks" Fez said
"I think those self-defense classes were money well spent" Jackie replied, crossing her arms
"I have already told you, doll, first you gotta be zen, then , if zen doesn't work, the ass kicking begins" Hyde said
Jackie bit back a smile. She loves when he calls her "doll" and "grasshopper". It makes it easier to pretend that he likes her back. She lost count of how many times she laid in her bed and allowed herself to fantasize how things would be if he was actually interested in her.
"So basically, you've been teaching her how to insult people better and kick their asses later?" Eric said, astonished "Good God, Hyde, you're cruel"
Hyde smirked smugly "Yep"
"I feel like this basement has become tainted with evil" Eric shivered "I'll go to the Hub, let's go, Donna"
Donna looked at Jackie and the small girl smiled and nodded, encouraging her. So she got up and headed to the basement door with Eric. Maybe Eric will finally make his move.
But for everyone's frustration, Fez also got up "Oh, I'll go too, I'm dying for some strawberry milkshake"
Eric sent a death glare to his foreign friend, and Donna wasn't able to properly hide her look of disappointment. Fez looked oblivious, until he caught Eric's look and smirked.
"Oh, I see, if I don't tag along then maybe Eric would create some balls" He said, making Hyde chuckle silently "Well, life is a bitch"
And with that, he left the basement, followed by a very frustrated Eric and a very upset Donna.
"Man, I thought Eric was going to kill him" Hyde said once he was alone with Jackie
"He should've!" Jackie said. "God, I'll never understand why Donna likes Eric."
"Honestly, me too" Hyde agreed, and Jackie grinned shyly at him. She moved to the end of the couch in order to be near the chessboard, then Hyde remembered how sad she looked when she arrived at the basement earlier, and he couldn't help but ask.
"Hey, why were you so upset earlier?" He asked
Jackie sighed, but answered him honestly. He's the only person who gets her, and even though they've only met two months ago, she feels like she can trust him completely "My mom's back"
Hyde frowned, confused "Isn't that supposed to be kind of a good thing? I mean, I know that when she's here she doesn't care much, but that's gotta be better than when she's not around"
"Actually, my mom was back. Apparently she came home yesterday, spent the afternoon with her other snobby friends, accompanied my father to an important event at night, and took off in the morning" She said, avoiding his eyes so he wouldn't see her cry. She hates crying over her mother, she doesn't deserve her tears, and yet, she can't stop them. "She didn't even went to see me or asked for me." She muttered sadly
Hyde sighed, there's nothing he hates more than seeing a parent neglecting their kid, and seeing Jackie like this is tearing him apart. She's always so cheerful and perky, the fact that her floozy mother still has this effect on her is infuriating and extremely sad at the same time. But he gets it.
"Hey" He said softly, placing a finger on her chin and lifting her head up so he could look her in the eye. And what he saw almost broke him, he saw tears running down her face and he wanted to track Pam Burkhart down and kill her for making Jackie go through this "She doesn't deserve your tears, doll. But I get it, it sucks. You feel like crap for caring even though she doesn't give a shit about you, and you feel that maybe she would stay if you did something different, right?"
Jackie nodded "How do you…?"
"Been there before" He explained "Look Jackie, you don't have to berate yourself for feeling like this, and you don't have to blame yourself for her leaving. I'm sure you are the perfect daughter, you are beautiful, you get straight A's in all of your classes, you have the perfect attendance record, you're a cheerleader and you have a kind heart. The problem is not on you, it's on her" He said sternly, not breaking eye contact once "She doesn't deserve your tears, but you also don't own her shit, you don't have to feel bad for feeling bad, y'know?"
Jackie stared at him in awe, nobody has ever spoken to her like this. How can he be so stern, so sweet and so understanding at the same time? Why did his advice actually made her feel better instead of pitied and pathetic?
He took her hand in his and her heart stopped for a few seconds. He took a deep breath, he always hated talking about his family, but Jackie… Jackie is different. He's still uncomfortable, but he knows that she needs to hear this, and maybe he needs to talk about it.
"About a year ago… my father showed up in town again. He abandoned me when I was a kid and when I first saw him again I was enraged, but he managed to convince me to give him a second chance." He said, still holding her hand "I was an idiot and I believed him when he said he wanted to build a better relationship with me, I even moved back in with him. He was hitting me up for money all the time, and I was so desperate to make things work that I actually bought his bullshit and gave him money. Then he took off, again. My runaway mother came back to town one day and took off with him. They just disappeared and left me by myself in an empty apartment with bills piling up. And I felt like shit, I cursed myself every day for believing him"
He paused, and she squeezed his hand lightly in encouragement "And I even felt guilty for a while, I thought that I wasn't being a good son and that's why he left. But that's bullshit, he left because he's a shitty person, he's the asshole, not me, I never did anything wrong. You get where I'm going with this?"
Jackie smiled softly and nodded, and he continued "Your mother is a shitty person, and she doesn't deserve you. Yeah, she doesn't deserve your tears, but you have the right to be upset, and you shouldn't be upset for being upset, got it? You don't owe her shit"
For the first time in her life, Jackie felt like someone finally understands her. Steven isn't judging her or pitying her, he's giving her comfort and he even shared something personal with her. She could tell by his body language that he wasn't 100% comfortable when he started to talk about his father, and the fact that he actually told her… that's huge. And she noticed how he seemed to relax a bit after he finished it, like some weight was lifted from his shoulders.
"Thank you, Steven" She said, rubbing her thumb against his knuckles
"Anything for you, doll" He answered, with a small smile, and she leaned further, pressing a prolonged kiss on his cheek.
He was shocked, this is the third time she kissed him, and every God damn time his cheek burns and he feels it tingling for days after. And he loved it.
She pulled away, afraid that the kiss made him uncomfortable, and decided to talk more "I never really talked to Donna about this, she knows, but I don't talk about it. She just won't get it"
"Same here, never talked about this with anyone but you" He replied with a small grin
"I feel like I finally found someone I can trust. You never judged me or pitied me, you just… You really helped me, Steven" She said sheepishly
"You can trust me" He said involuntarily "I… I'll always be here to listen"
"Y'know, at least my mom did something right" She said, and he stared at her, confused
"She forgot to pick me up at the concert and because of that I've met you" She smiled softly at him.
Hyde didn't know how to respond to that, because all he wanted to do was to pull her to him and kiss her until they're both out of breath, but in his mind, that's not fair to her. She said that she trusts him, and that she's happy that she found someone who won't judge her or pity her. He knew she needed this friendship, and deep down he knew he also needed hers. Kissing her would only make things complicated and he doesn't want to put this new friendship at risk, even if he has to take about three cold showers per day.
Jackie wanted nothing more than to kiss him, feel his lips against hers. She knows how hard it was for him to talk about his family, and she knows there's way more stuff for him to tell. He needs this, he needs someone to talk to, and she needs him too. Kissing him would scare him away and she really doesn't want that. Really doesn't. She likes him way too much now and she can't stand the thought of not talking to him anymore.
But what she can do is give him a hug. A hug is okay, right? Friends hug, she and Donna hug all the time. Yeah, a hug is alright. So she ignored all the butterflies in her stomach and pulled herself closer to him, wrapping her arms around his neck and burying her head on his shoulder. And God, he smells so good, maybe this wasn't a good idea after all…
Hyde was in a state of shock. She hugged him, first she kissed his cheek, and now she's hugging him, and he can smell the strawberries and vanilla and he feels like he's going insane because nothing in the world is better than this. She's so tiny, and she fits perfectly on his arms. So naturally, he wrapped his arms around her, pulling her closer.
He widened his eyes when he felt the heat for her starting, and he silently cursed himself for it. Because if Jackie feels this, that's it, she's going to get uncomfortable and she's probably never hugging him again, and he is going to have a problem with that, because he just found out that her hugs are amazing.
He tried to control his mind, thinking about stuff he hates, the government, organized religions, the fucking capitalist system… and fuck! Capitalism reminded him of Jackie and that hasn't helped him with his problem at all!
He closed his eyes and tried to remember the day he ran into a shirtless Red Forman. Yeah, that worked.
He felt her pulling apart and tried to hide his discomfort, he could've stayed in that hug forever.
Little did he know that the reason why she pulled apart is that she was leaning her head on his shoulders and her mouth was extremely close to his neck. It took every inch of self-control she had not to press a kiss in it. Every goddamn inch.
"So…" Hyde said, trying to hide the effect she had on him "Chess?"
She smiled "Chess."
Two updates in a week! Even I'm impressed with myself.
Still editing WTLB, I'll update it on Sunday, promise.
About this chapter… I'm sorry, I know you're probably getting frustrated, but c'mon, the sexual tension is building up, imagine what will happen when they finally get together? Have a little patience, and let's enjoy those cute and fluffy moments for a while. I'm trying to build a really strong friendship between them before they start a relationship. And the only thing that's been keeping them from having a real relationship are their own insecurities.
Oh, and I know I barely mentioned her in this chapter, but keep a close eye on Julie. She will reappear.
Anyways, for someone who tends to ramble a lot in the notes, this was a tiny one, I think. Kudos and comments literally make my day, they inspire me a lot, so… yeah.