***Ok the idea for some of this part came from an episode of Saved by the Bell (think Zach and Kelly), but I thought it would work for Jackie and Hyde. Basically, it's how I think "Babe, I'm gonna leave you" should go.

"Hey, Eric." Donna said as the two sat on the couch in Eric's basement watching tv. "With this whole Jackie, Hyde, Kelso, Annette mess, I almost forgot about the Valentine's day dance tonight. Do you think we should still go?"

"Well, Donna," Eric responded slowly, "let's think about what they would do if they were in our position."

"So we're going!" Donna laughed and gave him a playful push. "It starts at 8."

"You know, this is the first Valentine's Day that we are engaged." Eric said in a sing-song voice. "Pretty romantic, huh?"

"Yeah." Donna agreed. "I just wish those other dillholes would get their crap worked out, so we don't have to worry about it."

Eric smiled. "Now that's romantic." Donna smiled back as Eric leaned over to kiss her.

Over at Jackie's, after being let in by the maid, Kelso headed up to Jackie's room, where she was waiting for him.

"Alright, Michael." Jackie said when he walked in. "Have a seat on the bed."

Kelso grinned widely. "Wow, this is a new and improved Jackie! Normally, you'd want to talk about stuff before we did it."

"Michael," Jackie yelled, "we are not going to do it. We need to talk...."

"about doing it?" Kelso interrupted.

"NO!" Jackie shouted.

"Damn!" Kelso said disappointedly. "You're not a new and improved Jackie at all. You're just the old, unimproved Jackie."

Jackie shook her head in disgust. "I can't believe I'm about to lose Steven for this," she said, half to herself.

"Whose fault is that? You're the one that wants me back. Here I am, baby." Kelso stood up and walked over to Jackie with his arms spread wide. Jackie pushed him away and walked to the other side of the room.

"Um, Michael, you are the one who wants me back. You've been jealous of me and Steven for months." She stared at him in disbelief.

"Oh, yeah!" Kelso replied, buying himself time to think. "Well, you were totally jealous of me and Annette. You called me your boyfriend, for crying out loud."

Jackie continued to stare at him. "You're right," she sighed. "I was jealous." She took a deep breath before sharing with Kelso the conclusion she had just reached.

Meanwhile, arriving at the DMV, Fez found Nina in the back. "Nina, my quee.."

"We talked about that, Fez," she quickly cut him off. "I'm glad you're here."

"Yes," Fez said trying to be suave, "I am glad I am here too. Can we please do it again, please?"

"Actually, Fez, that's what I wanted to talk about." Nina took his hand and led him to a chair. She sat down in a different chair facing him. "I really don't know how to say this."

"The sex was so good, you want to do it again and again?" Fez asked enthusiastically.

"Well, no, it wasn't very good at all, but that's not what I wanted to talk about. I mean, I know we did it in this room yesterday, but I want you to know, that is not a factor in what I'm going to say." Nina shifted in her seat.

"Ay!" Fez cried. "This can not be good."

"Fez," Nina continued, "it has been an honor being your girlfriend, but this can not continue. Not only am I a little older than you, I'm your boss. I have been very unprofessional, and I apologize." She patted his hand. "You need to find a nice high school girl who's...not your boss."

"Ok, lady," Fez said standing up, "I have been trying to find that for years now." He stormed out.

After a few seconds passed, Fez walked back in. "Oh, Nina, I am so sorry. I did not want to unleash my dark side, but Fez is not happy."

"I wish things were different, but this is how it has to be. I'm sorry, Fez." Nina squeezed his had as she stood up to leave. "Here at the DMV, we must be strong. Hundreds of disgruntled customers depend on us." With that, she left.

"Damn the licensed drivers of Wisconsin. Damn you all!" Fez cried out before sadly returning to work.

Back in the basement, Hyde was in his chair absently flipping through a magazine, when Jackie showed up. His first instinct, very un-Hyde-like, was to run away, but he thought the better of it. In his typical zen fashion, he remained seated and offered a weak "hey".

"Steven," Jackie said, barely above a whisper, "I know you're mad."

"Mad? Jackie, to be mad, I'd have to care...and I'm past that at this point." He lied. His words wavered between calm and collected and hurt and angry, but he did his best to keep them in check.

"How did I know you wouldn't be the one to fight for our love?" Jackie asked bitterly.

"Our love?" Hyde choked on the words.

"That's right, Steven Hyde, I love you." Jackie moved across the room to stand in front of Hyde's chair.

"You love me, but called Kelso your boyfriend. How's that work?" Hyde's voice moved closer to hurt and angry, so he stood up and walked behind the couch to try and regain composure.

Jackie turned to face him. "Ok, I was jealous of Michael and Annette, but calling him my boyfriend was a mistake - a slip of the tongue. He's been trying to get me back, and even though I would never go, it felt good. Kind of like payback for all the stupid crap he did to me when we were together." Jackie paused, watching Hyde stare at her, really listening. "So...when I saw him and Annette kissing, it made me think he really wasn't sorry. It felt like old times, so when I opened my mouth, that's what flew out."

Hyde walked back to his chair and sat down, wiping his hand across his face to collect himself. Jackie sat on the couch next to him and took his other hand.

"Steven, I just talked to Michael. We could have gotten back together, but we didn't. I realized that I didn't want to. He's not what I need...you are. I love you, and you need to forgive me so we can kiss and make up and go to the Valentine's Day dance." Jackie stated, almost pleading as she wiped back a few stray tears.

After a long pause, Hyde released Jackie's hand. "Maybe this isn't what I need, Jackie. I'm not into the whole emotional roller coaster thing, ok? I could say yeah, Jackie, everything's cool now, but when Kelso gets with another girl, and you get all jealous again, we're right back here.

"That's not going to happen." Jackie said firmly. She shook her head. "What are you saying? We should go back to hating each other?" Jackie looked scared.

"Hey, this was fun for awhile....but that was fun too." Hyde instantly regretted what he said. "Look, this was bound to happen sooner or later, Jackie."

Jackie stood up. "Fine, Steven, run away from love so you never get hurt. Be zen and alone. Whatever." She ran out of the basement.

"I'm not alone!" Hyde yelled after her, but looking around the empty basement, he quickly shut up and went upstairs.

A few hours later, Eric walked down to the basement in his suit to find Kelso and Fez sitting on the couch sulking. "Is there something in the water?" he asked sarcastically. "It seems like the unhappiness is spreading. I hope it's not contagious." Eric's eyes widened as the guys started to form their circle.

"Nina dumped me. She wants to put the needs of the drivers of Wisconsin ahead of our love." Fez cried, slumping back in his chair. "I have needs too."

"Well, I got you beat, buddy." Kelso chimed in. "First, even though Jackie called me her boyfriend in front of everyone, she said it was a mistake." He looked at Eric, then Fez. "Something about only being jealous because she needed closure. She loves Hyde, man. Then on top of that, when I came back to get Annette, she dumped me too. She said that after thinking about it, me sharing myself wasn't thoughtful - it was selfish." Kelso shrieked. "I am the least selfish person I know. I'm always sharing stuff."

"Yeah." Eric agreed. "Oh, wait. Did you say sharing stuff?" He looked skeptical. "I think you mean taking stuff, man. There's a difference. Listen, guys, I'm sorry about your love troubles. Maybe if you watched and learned from the expert..."

"WHO?" Kelso and Fez asked simultaneously.

"Me, you dumbasses!" Eric continued. "Anyway, I guess this means Donna and I are the only ones going to the dance."

"No, I'm still going." Kelso said with conviction. "I need to find some lovin' to heal my broken heart."

"Me too." Fez nodded in agreement. "I need lots of loving."

"Hey, aren't Jackie and Hyde going?" Kelso asked curiously.

"He broke up with her." Donna said, joining the circle. "She just told me before she headed back to her house."

"She didn't want to talk about it?" Eric asked amazed.

"She said she just wants to be alone with her misery." Donna answered.

"Wow, Jackie doesn't want to get dressed up all pretty and go out? She must really love Hyde." The depressed Kelso added.

"Ok, Donna." Eric got up and took her arm. "We need to get out of here. The unhappiness is spreading. Let's get to that dance." They walked out, followed by Fez and Kelso.

Upstairs, an unhappy Hyde was sitting at the kitchen table with his head in his hands when Kitty and Red walked in.

"Oh, Red." Kitty said sympathetically. "He looks...just so sad. Go talk to him."

"No." Red stated simply.

"What?" Kitty asked in disbelief.

"Kitty, why do we always have to be the ones to have these talks. Besides, Steven's a man, not some silly girl. He doesn't need to talk about his feelings. He needs to brood by himself. That's manly." Red crossed his arms.

"Well, that's stupid. Red Forman, why do you have to be so harsh?" Kitty scolded, running over to put her arms around Hyde's shoulders.

"Steven, honey, what's the matter?" Kitty asked, sitting down next to him.

"Oh, for God's sake, Kitty, the boy has obviously been dumped. You should know the signs by now." Red rolled his eyes and joined them at the table.

"Hey, I dumped her, ok?" Hyde looked up and defended himself. "I mean she told me that she loves me and that she made a mistake, but I know the same thing will just happen again. Who needs that crap?"

"Is this because Jackie called Michael her boyfriend?" Kitty asked with concern. "Steven, I know she didn't mean it. Michael was her first boyfriend...it's hard to let go, even when you really want to. You've never had a real girlfriend, so you don't understand."

"Kitty, I think he understands perfectly. Good job, Steven. I mean you obviously made the right decision. After all, you have girls apologizing and saying they love you everyday. All girls put themselves out on the line like that. She was probably lying, anyway. And, it's not like you love her back, right?" Red looked at Hyde.

Hyde stared back at Red. "What if I did love her?"

Red cocked his head. "Well, that's a different story. If you really loved her, then no matter how much she hurt you, you'd forgive her because you didn't want to lose her. That's what real men do. Dumbasses, on the other hand, they would just let the girl go because they were afraid of being hurt again."

"Mr. and Mrs. Forman, thanks. I gotta go." Hyde said, walking out the sliding door.

"You are just a big old softie, Red Forman." Kitty smiled, throwing her arms around Red's neck.

Red rolled his eyes and hugged her back. "Anything to get those damn kids out of the house, Kitty. It's like a homeless, dumbass shelter around here."

Hyde walked around Jackie's block 3 times before finally walking up to the front door and ringing the bell. It took about 5 minutes before anyone answered, and when the door opened, Jackie was standing on the other side of it. "Steven?" she said confusedly, wiping her eyes.

"Hey, where's the housekeeper?" He tried to hide his surprise at seeing her.

"She just left. She gets done at 9....come in." She opened the door wider and stood back so he could enter.

Hyde walked in, and after she closed the door, followed her into a sitting room. He was surprised to see her the way she was - eyes red from crying, hair in a messy ponytail, jeans and a t-shirt. He was even more surprised at how beautiful she looked to him.

"Steven, you're staring. I know I must look like a mess. After our talk, I really wasn't expecting to see you." She tucked a few stray hairs behind her ears.

"Jackie...you look beautiful, as always." Hyde said, trying not to sound mushy. "Listen, I think I may have been a little too hard on you before. I know you're sorry."

"Steven, it would never happen again." Jackie said seriously.

"Yeah, but if it did..." He trailed off. "Jackie, this isn't easy to say."

"I'm not going anywhere. Especially not dressed like this." Jackie smiled.

Hyde smiled back. "I just want to be with you, Jackie. So, I guess I have no choice but to forgive you...because I love you too." Hyde was forced back a step as Jackie jumped on him, throwing her arms around his neck and wrapping her legs around his waist. She kissed him, and he kissed her back, wrapping his arms around her and holding on tightly. He took another step back and fell into a chair, never letting go of his hold on her.

Jackie pulled back a little and cheered. "I knew it! I knew you loved me, I mean who wouldn't..."

"Jackie.." Hyde shook his head in amusement.

"Steven," she said, getting serious. "I love you and I am going to make you very happy."

"Well, you do kind of owe me. It's not every guy that would..." He was shut up by her kiss, but he didn't care.

"It's a Valentine's Day miracle." She laughed. Hyde slid her off his lap to stand up and grabbed his coat. "Steven, where are you going?"

Hyde held out his hand to Jackie. She took it, and he pulled her off of the chair. "Grab your coat."

"Why? Steven, I can't go out like this." Jackie said resisting.

"Um, Jackie, is this really the time to argue with me?" Hyde asked playfully.

"I'll go get my coat." Jackie ran out of the room.

While she was gone, Hyde picked up the phone and made a call. "Hi, Mrs. Forman...I need a favor."

In about 15 minutes, Hyde pulled up in front of the school and parked his car.

"Steven, we can not go to the dance looking like this. I had a new dress and everything." Jackie whined.

"Jackie, what did I tell you about arguing right now." Hyde got out and opened the door for her. Taking her hand, he led her up the path to the front door of the school, but then turned left to walk around the side of the building.

"Where are we going?" Jackie asked hesitantly.

"Close your eyes." Hyde said, placing his hand over her eyes and continuing to lead her around the side of the school. "Ok," he said, stopping. "Open them."

When Jackie opened her eyes, her mouth dropped open. Hyde had walked them outside the gym, where the dance was going on. From an open window, she could hear the music and noise from inside. In front of the window, on a picnic table sat a vase of flowers and several lit candles. There were also two plates with cake on them, but each had a few bites missing.

"Oh, Steven!" Jackie cooed, wrapping her arms around his neck. "This is perfect." She kissed him lightly on the lips. "I don't deserve it."

"Well, you're right about that." Hyde smiled as Jackie hit him and walked over to the picnic table. "Oh, sorry about the cake. Mrs. Forman said she'd make Donna wrestle it away from Big Rhonda."

Jackie smiled and kissed him again. "Dance with me?"

Hyde walked over and placed his hands on her waist. "You know this is a once in lifetime thing, right?" They swayed to the music. "The dancing, I mean."

"Yeah, I don't care." Jackie leaned closer and rested her head on his shoulder. It really was her Valentine's Day miracle.



***Thanks for reading! Please let me know what you think!!