There's something about planes that Jackie didn't like. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that her feet aren't exactly touching the ground, or maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's logically impossible for a huge piece of metal to fly over the clouds and not crash into a mountain or something. The only thing she's sure at the moment is that she feels suffocated every time she's inside a flying sardine can.
Steven seemed pretty calm while they walked through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Jackie was clutching his hand hard, afraid to get lost in the huge crowd surrounding them. If everything works out the way it's supposed to, in just a few hours they would be at a beautiful beach in Los Angeles, and Jackie would celebrate her birthday the way she always wanted to: just her, Steven, and a few margaritas.
They hurried into the boarding gate. Jackie lost track of time when she was getting ready and they argued about where they were going to leave the El Camino while they were gone. She suggested the Forman's residence, but Steven wanted to drive the damn car all the way to the airport, refusing to take a cab.
And now they were in a crowded airport, their flight was about to be called and she didn't want to stay in a huge line, so they tried to embark before the first call.
"I can't wait to get into the hotel. I've got this new bikini and I'm dying to wear it on the beach, God, I look so hot in it" Jackie said, smiling. Steven smiled back, he couldn't deny that he loved seeing his doll so excited, but he quickly returned into zen mode "But of course I'm going to show it to you first, pudding pop" She whispered in his ear. Zen will be damned, Steven gave Jackie one of his devilish grins, and that encouraged Jackie to tell him something "Speaking about beaches, I've noticed you didn't pack a swimsuit…"
Hyde knew where she was going with this, so he just shook his head and interrupted her "No"
"The world is not going to end if you wear a swimsuit for once in your life, Steven!" She whined, even though she knew it was a lost cause "You can't wear jeans to the beach!"
"Jackie, I've spent half of my life skipping gym class because I didn't want to wear shorts. Just watch me" He smirked. Jackie huffed and rolled her eyes, but before she could nag him again, she saw a group of familiar people coming into their direction. Jackie's eyes widened when she finally recognized the group approaching them.
She felt like a pack of wild dogs was chasing her. She wanted to run, but she knew there was no escape. She was caught. Crap.
Jackie rolled her eyes again when she saw Michael giving one of his signature dumb grins, waving frantically at them. Fez, Brooke, Eric and Donna were with him, all of them smiling excitedly.
"Steven" Jackie whined, turning to face her boyfriend, but he also seemed shocked to see his friends. Soon, the group was standing near them and Jackie huffed "What the hell are you doing here?" She asked
"We came to spend the weekend with you and Hyde, duh!" Michael spoke like it was obvious. Jackie took a deep breath, trying her hardest to control herself, or else Michael would be limping for a week. She was wearing her pointy boots and she wasn't afraid to kick his shins.
"You weren't supposed to be here! This is a romantic weekend, my romantic weekend with Steven! It was my birthday present!" Jackie protested
"Yeah, you know how birthdays work, you have to celebrate it with family, and that's us, so, yeah, we won't leave" Eric retorted, smiling slyly
Jackie felt Steven's arm wrapping around her waist, he knew that at any moment now she would end up hurting someone.
"We just wanted to spend this special day with you. It was supposed to be a surprise, we would only see each other at the plane, but you two got late" Donna said
"No, I don't want you here. Go away" Jackie said, she was almost losing her patience
"Jackie…" Hyde sighed dejectedly "They're our friends"
"Screw that! They could be the royal family, I still wouldn't let them come with us" She pouted and looked at Steven "This was supposed to be our moment, baby…"
He kissed the top of her head "Sorry doll, there's nothing I can do"
"Chill, devil. We are not going to ruin your weekend, we're just going to enjoy the wonders of the pacific ocean" Eric spoke
"Fine, but I'll pretend I don't know any of you" Jackie said
"Believe me, we won't have a problem with that" Eric smiled wryly at her, and Donna slapped the back of his head
"Jackie, can I talk with you for a minute?" Hyde said, pulling her away from the group "Look doll, I know this isn't what we planned, but try to enjoy it anyways. I promise you I'll make this trip worth it"
"Are you going to wear shorts?" Jackie asked
"No, but I do have something for you" Steven smiled and opened his duffel bag, removing a brown paper bag. Jackie widened her eyes, and he interrupted what he was sure was going to be a huge lecture from her "Don't worry, it's not illegal. Well, totally illegal at least. It's just something that'll help you out during the flight, I know you hate planes"
Jackie took the paper bag from his hands and smiled relieved when she saw that the content in the bag were only chocolate chip cookies.
"Oh, Steven, that is so sweet, literally" She cooed, kissing him briefly on the lips
"Now, chill out, I'll check if your flight is late, try not to kill Forman while I'm gone" He asked, kissing her one more time before going pulling away. Jackie smiled and clutched the bag on her hands.
A couple years ago, Jackie decided she would take Steven back after the whole stripper wife fiasco. Of course she made him grovel a little, and when she finally forgave him, Steven promised he would be a better boyfriend, someone she could count on, someone she deserves. And, surprisingly, he was keeping his word. He is the best version of himself, and she feels privileged to be the only one allowed to see the real him.
Jackie smiled, and went back to her idiot friends. They're like a bunch of parasites that seemed to like ruining her best moments with Steven. Well, except Brooke, she's the only salvageable one from the group.
Now that she had the time to calm down, Jackie wasn't pissed off that they're going. At least they would make her laugh and she'll have someone to recur to when Steven does something stupid.
"Okay, idiots. Since we're on the same flight, I feel like it's my obligation to tell you that planes freak me out and I might get a little unbearable if someone annoys me"
"Just a little?" Donna arched her brow
"Shut it, lumberjack. The fact is, I'm trying to be calm, so please, leave me alone during the flight, okay?" She asked
"What's in the bag?" Fez asked, ignoring her plea and pointing at the paper bag in her hand
"Steven made me cookies"
"Oh" Fez smiled "Can I have one?"
"No, they're mine" Jackie clutched the bag tighter in her hand
"Don't be selfish, Jackie. I'm sure there's enough cookies for everyone" Michael said, Jackie just shook her head. These were her cookies, cookies that her loving boyfriend made for her. Only her.
"Damn Jackie! Pass the cookies" Kelso whined
"Michael!" Brooke huffed, annoyed by her boyfriend's behavior
"Yeah Jackie, pass the cookies" Eric said, trying to reach the bag
"Eric…" Donna warned him
"C'mon Donna! Jackie insulted us like, a thousand times, and we've been here for less than fifteen minutes! The cookies would be kind of like an apology" He argumented
Jackie rolled her eyes, but she was no longer in the mood to argue, so she just gave each one a cookie. She's willing to sacrifice a few cookies for the sake of her sanity.
"Another one" Fez ordered, trying to reach the bag
"No" Jackie said, throwing the paper bag inside of her purse.
"You denied my marriage proposal!" Fez pouted, using the only thing he knows it'll make her feel guilty. Jackie rolled her eyes and gave the foreigner three more cookies.
Then she quickly went to find Steven, she saw him near the information stand and stood next to him, he kissed her temple and wrapped his arm around her shoulders. In a few hours it would be only both of them, in a huge hotel room's bed, smiling at each other while they enjoyed their post-orgasmic bliss.
"Here doll, I think you need it"
Jackie took the coffee Steven was offering her and took a long sip. The last few hours were a blur to her. She barely remembers getting into the plane, but she could swear she heard some things, like loud laughter, weird conversations and someone screaming for help. It all feels like a bad dream.
"What happened? I can't remember a thing" Jackie rubbed her temples, Steven gave her one of his cocky grins and pointed at all their friends sitting in the plastic chairs from the airport. They all seemed just as confused as she was.
"Well, you kind of underestimated my cookies" He said
"What the hell were in those cookies, Hyde?" Eric asked, leaning his head on his hands
"My secret ingredient" Hyde answered
Six pairs of eyes focused on Steven, all of them perplexed. Jackie closed her eyes and groaned, she should've known that that's what Steven meant when he said the cookies would calm her down.
"You drugged us, you idiot! You should've warned us!" Donna punched Steven's arm
"Easy, big red. The trip wasn't that bad"
"I can't remember a thing, Hyde!" Donna protested
"I think it's better this way, I've noticed that you all look really stupid while high" Steven said, smirking
"Oh God, what have we done?" Brooke asked apprehensively
"You didn't do anything, but Don Juan El Tardo" He pointed at Kelso "Thought it would be a great idea to shout that he saw the plane wing catching on fire. It was ridiculous, but really fun, especially when Erica started to cry"
"I can't remember anything" Jackie pouted, she hated missing Eric crying.
"That's because you were asleep, doll" Steven spoke softly "Which was weird, you normally don't sleep while you're high, you tend to laugh and say stupid things, not that different from when you're sober" He joked
Jackie slapped his chest and rolled her eyes, but she knew he was right. She never gets sleepy when she's high.
"Okay, but why are we here? That's definitely not the LAX" She wondered
Steven sighed "Okay, I've got good news and bad news, what should I tell first?"
"Start by the bad news, because there's no way this day can get worse" Eric whined
"The bad news is that there's a huge storm and all the flights to California are cancelled, the company could only reschedule our flight for tomorrow. But the good news is that the pilots loved my cookies" He said smiling
"And where are we?" Michael asked, while Fez munched on a bag of chips. Steven pointed to something behind them with his head. Jackie turned slowly, feeling the beginning of a bad headache. Her eyes widened and filled with tears when she saw the city they're in. She took a deep breath, she was not going to cry. The high buildings, the blinding lights, the desert surrounding them… she saw enough TV to know where they are.
"Oh my God" She mumbled, she felt like someone just punched her guts.
"WE'RE IN VEGAS!" Michael yelled, standing up and pumping his fist in the air in glee.
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Jackie dragged herself from the hotel lobby to the reception. Surprisingly, Steven found a nice hotel, something she didn't expected from him at all. She could swear they were going to stay in a crappy motel near the airport. Steven was probably trying to compensate for the fact that she was being forced to spend the night in the city that was the scenario of all her nightmares. The Four Sea is a very elegant hotel, and it was probably expensive.
"Welcome to the Four Sea, how can I help you?" The blonde receptionist asked with a forced smile.
"You could help us by showing us a cheaper place" Steven mumbled, and Jackie glared at him
"Just ignore him" Jackie said "Four rooms, please"
The receptionist nodded and checked something in a big notebook.
"We only have three regular rooms and a premium suite available" She said, still smiling. The mention of the suite made Jackie imagine herself submerged in a huge hot tub, her body floating and the bubbles tickling her.
"We will take the suite" Jackie said without even thinking twice
"Jackie!" Steven protested
"Steven, I'm in a city I hate, because it reminds me of the worst moments of my life. Moments of pain, pain that you caused by breaking my heart and stomping all over the shards without giving a crap about my feelings. The least I deserve is a suite" Jackie said, keeping herself zen.
Steven sighed, running his hand across his face "Fine, we will stay at the goddamn suite"
Jackie smiled triumphantly. Steven paid for the room, and after all the formalities were done, the group went to the elevators, Jackie walked in front of them, trying to keep her head up.
Whoever saw her now, would think she's okay with the whole situation, because she kept herself calm, zen. But on the inside… Jackie was literally sick, she felt like throwing up, at every step she felt more and more like she'd dump all the contents of her stomach on the floor. That's why she bolted out of the elevator when it finally reached their floor, ignoring the way her friends were calling her questionably. When she finally saw the room, she opened the door quickly and ran to the bathroom, puking her guts off in the toilet.
After a few seconds of feeling like she was about to die, she felt someone delicately pulling her hair away from her face and out of the splash zone. Steven. She felt him rubbing her back, trying to calm her down.
"Just take a deep breath, doll" He whispered in her ear, kneeling next to her. Jackie felt tears leaving her eyes, she didn't know if they were the result of this awful situation or just a reaction to the awful smell of vomit. Steven kept rubbing her back "It was a long and stressful trip, okay? Maybe it's food poisoning"
"Steven, shush!" Jackie groaned before throwing up again. He pulled her hair again and waited until she was done. She took a deep breath and he kissed her shoulder, a small gesture he always did whenever he tried to make her feel better about something
"Maybe now I'll be able to hear my thoughts again" He tried to joke, running his fingers through her hair. She chuckled a bit and leaned her body backwards into the hot tub, Steven flushed the toilet and handed her the roll of toilet paper.
"I'll go get you some water, okay? Stay here" He instructed and kissed her forehead
Jackie observed him leaving the bathroom and placed her hand on her stomach. She couldn't get sick now, she needs to enjoy this trip with Steven, even if they have to spend one night in this awful place, because she spent months insisting on a trip out of town. He had scoffed and said he wouldn't spend any money on a trip, but Jackie pouted and almost cried, until he finally said yes. Even Mrs. Forman participated in some of her persuasion attempts, in fact, Kitty was the one that suggested a trip in the first place.
But now, sitting in a hotel bathroom and leaning into the hot tub, Jackie wondered if this whole thing was actually a good idea. She was starting to think if maybe it would've been easier to get Steven to propose instead.
The sun was burning her skin, and Jackie could feel the way all the guys in the hotel pool gazed at her almost naked body. Her sickness was long gone, leaving behind a strong urge to drink something cold. So she decided she would head into the pool and order one of those exotic drinks, but in the last minute she felt like replacing the alcoholic beverage with a strawberry smoothie.
And now she was sitting in one of the chairs with Donna and Brooke by her side, while Michael, Eric and Fez played in the pool, enjoying the sunny day. Steven was the only one who's not there. He stayed in the hotel room to call the hotel in Los Angeles and explain the situation, Jackie hoped that he would join them soon, but she knew him better, Steven would never swim in a pool in public, mostly because of his stupid aversion to shorts.
"This is so much better than I thought it would be" Brooke said, smiling
"This hotel?" Donna questioned
"No. The fact that there isn't a toddler calling me all the time"
Jackie laughed before drinking the rest of her smoothie. According to Brooke, Betsy stayed with Mr and Mrs. Forman in Point Place, because Brooke's mother was out of town and Michael's parents had way too many kids to pay attention to their only granddaughter. Jackie would kill to see Red taking care of the kid, he was attached to the tiny Kelso and she knew that he would spoil her as much as he could, just like her Steven does.
Jackie observed all the people sunbathing and enjoying the pool. It's not Los Angeles, but it could be worse. She closed her eyes and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
"Now I get why Hyde is so fond of his sunglasses, they're great if you want to observe someone without anyone noticing it" Donna said and Jackie chuckled
"God, I hate when Steven does that, because I never know if he's appreciating my natural beauty or thinking about different ways to shut me up"
The girls all laughed, Jackie sighed and slightly moved her head upwards, that's when she saw him.
He was hot, Michael Douglas hot. None of the three girls could take their eyes off him, Jackie lowered her sunglasses when she saw him approaching them.
"Hey girls, wanna have some fun?" The tall, muscular brunette man asked. His hair was neatly combed, and his outfit - a button shirt and linen pants - highlighted his broad chest.
"What kind of fun?" Donna asked, removing her sunglasses and biting the stem, Jackie repressed a laugh and Brooke's face reddened, looking embarrassed for her friend.
"I think that first we should know your name" Jackie said, smirking
"Horace Delko, but you can call me Delko" He said, smiling flirtatiously at her "First time in Vegas? Have you been to a casino yet?" He asked
"Yes and no. We're just enjoying the hotel before we take the plane to L.A tomorrow" Donna said and Delko nodded
"Since you're spending the night in town, I think you should stop by my casino, it's called Lotus, everyone in Vegas knows it, just ask around. You'd definitely pretty the place up"
Jackie bit her lip and considered the offer. It would be kind of cool, going to a casino, she's good at everything, so it wouldn't be so hard to earn some cash.
"Mrs. Burkhart?" Jackie turned around and faced one of the waiters, who was holding a phone in his hand
"Phone call for you" He extended the device, Jackie furrowed her brow in confusion, but took it anyway.
"No pouting" He heard Steven's voice, he sounded harsh. Jackie couldn't help but look up into the hotel, and she quickly found Steven leaning into the balcony of their room, looking at her "And stop flirting with this guy"
"I am not flirting!" She retorted, lowering her voice
"Baby, I have known you for many years, I know when you're flirting. Now stop it and put the sunglasses back on, you look absurdly hot in them" He said, and she could almost see him staring longingly at her, she had to resist the strong urge to get upstairs and show him how hot she can be
She laughed and bit her lip, looking at the man debrussed into the balcony and putting her sunglasses back on.
I know I said I would update this fic daily and I'm so sorry I wasn't able to! God knows I hate not to keep my word, and I'm kind of paranoid with deadlines, I always make sure I have at least two of three chapters done before I post a new one in my original stories. Like, I will only post chapter 15 as soon as I'm done writing chapter 18, got it?
I'm sorry, I ramble a lot in the notes. The reason I haven't updated this daily is because I had a mental breakdown, but I'm fine now so enjoy :D
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
The Golden Fish wasn't what she expected, unlike the hotel, this place was definitely somewhere Steven would take her to a date. The wooden tables are covered by something resembling fishnets, there were also stuffed fishes mounted on the wall and a small stage that resembled a boat. Tacky wasn't enough to describe this place.
Trying to ignore the giant sword-fish near the entrance, Jackie took a seat at the table near the stage, silently praying that the food would be better than the decor.
"Why are we here if the hotel has a beautiful restaurant?" She asked, taking the menu from the table
"Because we're already spending too much with the hotel, if we keep going like this there'll be no money left when we arrive at L.A" Steven said as he took the menu from her hands and sat by her side, she leaned her head on his shoulders and started to analyze her options.
"I think I'll order the shrimp" She said
Steven sighed "Why do you always want to eat expensive things?"
"Instinct, pudding pop" She whispered in his ear and kissed his cheek
"Can you please be less gooey and lovey while we're eating? I don't want to throw up in my own food" Eric mumbled
"Don't say that, I think they're cute" Brooke defended them, smiling
"They would be, if they weren't so unnatural. Or if two of her exes weren't at the same table" He retorted
Jackie took a deep breath and tried to control her temper, Eric tends to always bring out her worst moments.
"Hey Forman, look at that" Steven said, pointing at the stage, Eric turned around to face the stage and Steven landed a nice punch on his shoulder
"Hyde!" He protested
"Can it, Forman" Hyde said, wrapping his arm protectively around Jackie's shoulder
"Eric, we shall not remember the past" Fez said "I'm completely okay with the fact that Jackie and Hyde are together. I proposed to her and she said no, there was some trauma? Yes. But I'm fine with it"
"Yeah, I'm also okay with the fact that my best friend stabbed me in the back by stealing my girl while I was helping the needy in California" Kelso said
"Kelso, even if the needy had boobs the size of a volleyball, you still wouldn't help them" Donna said, bothered by the conversation
Jackie smiled gratefully to her friend.
"I think we should place our order already" Brooke said, changing the subject quickly when she noticed Hyde was fuming
The waiters were roaming around the restaurant, writing and delivering orders. Jackie wasn't in the mood to drink alcohol so she decided to order a glass of water while the guys drank beer and Brooke and Donna drank wine. Eric was currently on a rant about his students and how teenagers are unbearable. He was completing his final semester in college and he got a job as a teacher's assistant in a high school in Madison.
Jackie wasn't in the mood to participate in the conversation, she was too busy observing the restaurant. She was the first one to notice a woman in a sailor's costume walk to the stage, her blue dress with red and white stripes was cute and she was wearing a matching sailor's hat. Jackie could imagine herself wearing something like it, Steven would definitely love it, he has a thing for costumes.
The sailor woman stood on the stage and took the microphone, behind her, a man (also dressed like a sailor) started to play the piano. The melody was very familiar to Jackie and she had to bite back a smile.
" Moon river, wider than a mile" The sailor woman started to sing "I'm crossing you in style some day"
"This is one of my favorite songs" Jackie sighed dreamily
"Seriously? It's kind of annoying" Steven said. Jackie chose to ignore his statement and focus on the music
"Oh dream maker, you heart breaker"
"It's not annoying, it's atemporal" She stated. That is the same song Audrey Hepburn sang in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Jackie loved that movie, it was the only movie her mother used to watch with her.
Jackie remembered some of the good moments she had with her mother, where they dressed in black dresses and wore pearl necklaces while listening to Moon River.
"My huckleberry friend. Moon river and me" The sailor woman stopped singing, and the man kept playing the same melody on the piano, it was beautiful. Out of nowhere, a couple that was sitting on a table near them started to dance, the man conducted the woman gracefully, drawing the attention of all the customers. Jackie smiled at the sight.
Then something weird happened. Another couple from another table stood up and started to sway along the music as well, and then another couple did the same thing. Jackie smiled and watched the couples dancing around the restaurant. She looked at Steven and he had a scowl on his face, he looked extremely confused and perplexed, because of course he does.
The pianist stopped and all the dancers stopped with him. Jackie gasped when she saw the man removing a tiny velvet box from his pocket, kneeling in front of the sailor woman.
"Oh my God" Jackie whispered. The diamond sparkled beautifully and the sailor woman was crying her eyes out.
It was obvious what her answer was. The couple smiled at each other before the man pulled her to a passionate kiss.
"That was so beautiful!" Brooke said smiling
"So beautiful" Fez blinked his eyes quickly, letting a few tears fall "What do you think Jackie? Beautiful, isn't it?" He asked her
Jackie looked at Fez, who seemed anxious to start a conversation about marriage proposals. She sighed and looked at Steven, who was looking at her questionably.
"Yes it was beautiful, but it was also too much" She said, trying to keep a straight face "I mean, the whole scene was kind of tacky"
"Who are you and what did you do to my friend Jackie?" Donna asked, looking confused as hell
"I just think it was too much, some things should be done in the simplest way possible" She shrugged
"Hyde, what the hell did you do to the girl?" Eric asked, looking shell-shocked
"I need to reapply my makeup, excuse me" Jackie said, going to the bathroom
"I'll go with you" Donna followed her
"Me too" Brooke said, going after the two girls
"Me too" Fez said, he tried to get up but Hyde glared at him and Eric pulled him back to the table
The three women went to the bathroom, Jackie was the first one to get inside and without even waiting for the door to close completely she said "That was so magical! The music, the dancers, the proposal! It was perfect!"
"I knew you were lying!" Donna pointed at Jackie "Why did you lie?" She asked
"Probably because of Fez" Brooke affirmed, crossing her arms
Jackie leaned into the sink and sighed
"That was probably one of the most romantic things I've ever seen. I just didn't said anything because I don't want Steven to feel pressured"
"Pressured to marry you?" Donna asked
"Yeah" Jackie confirmed "I just love him way too much to lose him again, and I don't know if you can tell, but Steven is a huge commitment-phobe" She said wryly, then she sighed "I don't want him to run away again like he did after Chicago, so since we got back together I haven't mentioned marriage once"
"You're telling me that you haven't said anything about marriage in two years?" Brooke asked with raised eyebrows
"Yup, and do you know how hard this is for me? Weddings are my kryptonite. It's so hard not to talk about my dream wedding dress or what type of music would play at our wedding, I don't even own a single bridal magazine anymore!"
"Wow, you must really love Hyde" Donna said, impressed
"But how do you know he doesn't want to get married? It's been years since Chicago, maybe he changed his mind" Brooke suggested, but Jackie shook her head sadly
"When we went to Angie's wedding, I tried to catch the bouquet and Steven didn't liked it at all"
"He told you that?" Brooke asked
"No, but I could see it in his eyes" Jackie answered
"Jackie, you can't see anything in Hyde's eyes" Donna said and Jackie chuckled, she took pride in being the only person who's able to read Steven
"But what if you get pregnant?" Brooke asked and Jackie widened her eyes in horror, holy crap "I mean, there's always a possibility, especially with you two, you're like bunnies, humping everywhere"
Jackie gasped indignantly "For your information, Steven and I have a perfectly healthy sex life. And a pregnancy is definitely not in our plans for now. Steven and I just got back together!"
"Jackie, you and Hyde got back together three years ago" Donna sighed "You insist on telling us that's been two years but we're not stupid, we know you two were fooling around for almost a year. And a pregnancy wouldn't be so bad"
"I know, I can almost picture it, a baby with Steven's eyes and my hair" She confessed "But having a baby now would mean Steven would marry me by obligation, and I don't want that. I want him to propose because he wants to and because he can't imagine himself without me"
Donna placed her hands on Jackie's shoulders "Maybe Hyde will change his mind, maybe he wants a family now"
"I don't know, Donna. We never really talked about the future" Jackie said, staring at the floor. They never talked about the future because Jackie was terrified of scaring him and losing him, and she knows she wouldn't be able to survive that again "I… just, nevermind, okay? Let's head back before Michael and Fez start a food fight"
"You're too quiet, is there something wrong?" Steven asked. Jackie shook her head and leaned further into his naked chest, he pulled her closer to him, kissing the top of her head and lightly moving his hands up and down her back.
The hotel room was hot and stuffy, not even the air conditioner could bring the temperature down for now, at least not after what they've done. Jackie lightly scratched Steven's chest, and giggled when he lowered his head and kissed her softly in the lips.
"You sure? You seem distracted" He insisted. Jackie giggled again, she always loved when Steven showed concern about her. He might say he hates it when she talks too much, but he was always willing to listen to her, no matter what "You're still thinking about the proposal?"
The real answer is: kind of. Jackie was thinking about the little chat she had with the girls in the bathroom, her period was late and she couldn't help but wonder… God, she really doesn't want Steven to propose because she might be pregnant, Brooke was right, there is a possibility. Her period was late, her breasts were sensitive and she did spend a huge chunk of the morning next to a toilet.
"No, as I said, that was a tacky and embarrassing proposal" She said without looking him in the eyes
"Jackie, are you sure you're okay? I mean, this is the kind of thing that makes you yap all day about how you wished I would propose like that"
Jackie bit her lip and shook her head again "I don't need all that if I already have you" She kissed him briefly to finish her statement
"Okay" Steven mumbled, sitting on the bed. Jackie pulled the sheets to cover herself and looked questionably at him "Jackie, you're acting weird. What have you done to my shallow, superficial girlfriend? Are you sick or something?"
Jackie slapped his hand away when he tried to check her temperature and rolled her eyes.
"I'm not sick! And this is all your fault, you know? This is a result of your influence, you made me less shallow and now I think big proposals are tacky" She lied, trying her hardest to sound honest "I just think love can't be measured by superficial things"
Steven didn't bought it, she could tell by the way he was looking at her. Jackie tried to remain zen, but avoided his piercing gaze.
"You're lying" He affirmed
"Am not!" She protested
Steven then laid on top of her, and she glued their mouths together. She moaned when he deepened the kiss and started to lightly suck on her tongue. He tasted like peppermint and she could tell he had a cigarette earlier. And even though she nags him all the time about smoking, she secretly always loved how he tasted.
They broke the kiss and he leaned his forehead against hers, she moved her hands from his back and cupped his face.
"I love you" She whispered against his mouth
"I know" He smiled playfully and pulled her to another earth shattering kiss
She giggled when he started to kiss her neck, and tangled her fingers on his hair, lightly running her fingernails on his scalp, he always loved when she did that.
"Why are you so giggly all off a sudden?" He asked
She stared into his piercing blue eyes and smiled "Because I'm happy, pudding pop" She kissed him again "Because I'm with you, in this beautiful suite, enjoying our alone time"
"Seriously? You're happy about being in this town?"
Jackie frowned a little and he pecked her lips until she smiled "Well, I'm happy as long as we're together and everything… but I'll be happier when we get the hell out of here"
Steven chuckled and she gave him her best sexy smile, whispering in his ear "Ready for round two?" She asked, moving her mouth to his and biting on his lower lip
"Jesus woman, I'm not a machine" He said, grinning at her and already running his hands all over her body
"Please?" She pouted and he laughed
"Anything for you, doll" He said, pulling her to a frantic kiss, she shivered when she felt his hands starting to move lower and lower…
The happy couple was interrupted by someone who was loudly banging on their door.
"Hyde! Stop whatever dirty thing you're doing with Jackie and let's go! We're 10 minutes late!" She heard Eric yelling. She groaned and threw herself back in bed, she was going to kill that geek later.
"We're going to the casino" He said apologetically, getting out of bed
He started to search the room for the clothes they discarded not that long ago, he threw her her blouse and she whined "Why do you have to go? I thought we were going to spend the night together"
"And we are, doll. I just need to get the idiots drunk and leave them at the casino to lose their money because..." He said, now fully clothed, leaning into her and smiling mischievously
"Because if they lose their money they won't be able to go to L.A with us tomorrow" She completed his sentence, beaming at him and clapping excitedly. Steven smiled at her and kissed her "I love you, pudding pop"
"I love you too, doll" He whispered against her mouth "Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and make my friends lose their money"
Jackie laughed and laid back in bed, she sighed and closed her eyes, she felt her body relaxing for the first time since they left Point Place in the morning "Don't sleep doll, go out with Brooke and Donna and enjoy your night, this is the city of sin baby, many things can happen" Steven said
"You don't have to tell me that" She mumbled. She wasn't too excited about being in the city, and even her body was determined to forget where she was, even if it was momentarily.
Steven sighed "Seriously, doll, go out, enjoy your night" He suggested, she opened her eyes and raised her eyebrows at him, he seemed too determined to get her out of the room, what the hell is he planning? "When you get back I might have a surprise for you" He confessed
She promptly sat down on the bed and smiled at him "Is it my birthday present? Oh my God, is it jewelry?" She asked, looking excited. Steven laughed and kissed her
"See you later, dollface" He said, leaving the room
I promise that as soon as I finish translating the next chapter I'll post it! By the way, if there's any english mistakes please let me know, I did my best to translate this fic but there's always room for improvement. See you soon