A/N: This is it. The last episode. I know that people have been asking me to do a season 10, and if I do I don't know when that will be, as I have no ideas at the moment. But I won't rule it out completely. I think you will all find this worth the wait.
Disclaimer: I own neither 70S SHOW nor Aerosmith songs.
9.25: Dream On (Part II)
Hyde was driving down the interstate, blasting music from the El Camino. He was trying to figure out what he was going to say to Jackie. He was determined not to be a wuss about it. He wasn't the type to say 'I love you, I need you, I can't live without you'. It just wasn't his style.
"Jackie," he rehearsed as he drove. "For the past two years I've been a complete jerk who couldn't figure out his life… I…. You…. Be mine?" He scowled at the idiocy, and tried to find another approach.
"You're the one that I want, oo oo oo?" he muttered, and hit the steering wheel. That was worse. She'd love it, but he refused to say it. He wasn't about to compromise.
Leo sat up in the bed of the El Camino. Hyde didn't notice, and rubbed his eyes. Leo tapped on the window. Hyde sat up slowly, and saw Leo in the rearview mirror. He jumped a little bit, and swerved the car onto the shoulder, barely keeping control.
"Hyde man, am I dreaming?" Leo asked, his voice muffled through the glass.
"I can't believe this!" Red exclaimed. "You went and got married?! After a month of engagement and three months of dating?!" He, Laurie and Larry, Eric, and Kitty were sitting around the dining room table.
"It was a longer courtship than hers and Fez's," Eric pointed out.
"Red, Laurie's always been a free spirit…" Kitty said.
"You mean impulsive and histrionic," Eric interjected.
"Eric! Can it!" Red snapped. "If you two think that you're going to live under this roof, you can forget it!"
"Daddy, you let Hyde and his stripperwhore wife live here!" Laurie whined. "In my room no less! I had to burn my sheets! They weren't even married for real! Larry and I got our town hall license and everything! We're MARRIED! Why can't we live here?!"
"Because I want my empty nest!" Red snarled. "With your concept of time you'll have a kid running around here in nine months!"
"Babies don't run," Eric ventured.
Donna, Fez, Kelso, and Brooke were listening from the basement steps, and Betsy was sleeping on the couch.
"Red's really pissed this time," Donna said. "Even more than when you married her, Fez."
"He was really mad about that," Fez stated. "Oh my God! Someone needs to tell Janie this news! NO MORE ALIMONY!" With that, he ran out of the basement. Brooke went and picked up Betsy.
"Michael, it's getting to be almost seven," Brooke said. "He's been yelling forever now. Let's take Betsy back to your parents house."
"Aw Brooke, the drama is just getting good!" Kelso said.
"Michael," she said, firmly and in the way that got him to behave. He sighed.
"Fine," he said, taking Betsy from Brooke. "Donna, we'll see you tomorrow." She smiled at them, and they made their exits as well.
Eric walked down the steps.
"A spy!" he said, pointing at Donna, and she giggled. "Do I have to interrogate you with sexy results?"
"So is Red about to blow a gasket?" Donna asked.
"It certainly looks like it," he said. "Aren't you completely thrilled that we're escaping this insanity in two days?"
"…. Not completely," she admitted. "But mostly."
"Yeah, me too," he said, wrapping his arms around her. "You know…. If he keeps yelling like that we could go upstairs and have sex and NO ONE would hear us."
"You can play the CIA man and I'll be the KGB agent," Donna said. Eric growled, and they ran up the steps.
Janie and Dusty were tossing a rubberband ball back and forth, when a breathless Fez burst into Grooves.
"Marathon, I presume?" Dusty asked, and laughed at his nerdy Greek joke.
"Fez, are you okay?" Janie asked. He leaned on the counter.
"Hyde is going to Minnesota to get Jackie back and Laurie and Larry eloped so I don't have to pay alimony anymore!" he wheezed. Janie and Dusty exchanged looks, and she began the process of closing up.
"Hey hey hey, what are you doing?" Dusty asked. "It's not even seven!"
"Since it was Eric's last day, Hyde abandoned his post, and Leo is MIA, that puts me in charge," she said. "And I say today we close shop early and go watch all the drama unfold."
"Yes ma'am," Dusty said, and helped her start the close down.
Jackie was walking along the Northrup Mall as the sun was setting that August evening. She was carrying her books in a bag, intimidated by the textbooks she had to carry back past Dinkytown. She thought that her book on Psychology would be interesting, but at the same time she didn't know if she could handle carrying a few textbooks in one day across the campus. She had explored the campus and was completely satisfied, and tried to balance her bag of books and her purse with the bagel she had bought at the union. But it wasn't working, so she stuck the bagel in her mouth, and tried shifting her stuff around. She ended up dropping her bag of books, and they spilled across the sidewalk. She groaned, and bent over to begin picking them up.
"Want some help?" the voice asked, and Jackie looked up. Hyde was standing there. She spit out her bagel in surprise.
"Steven!?" she exclaimed, and then noticed her dinner was now on the dirty sidewalk. "Oh, my bagel…. But STEVEN?"
"Hey Jackie," he said, as if it were completely normal for him to be walking down the Northrup lawn. "So this is your school, huh?" This question was with a forced nonchalance that almost had her, but she could see he was nervous. This made her terrified.
"Yeah, after Labor Day it's officially my school," she said, scooping up her books quickly. "What are you doing here…. At my school?"
"Well, Eric and Donna are having a goodbye party tomorrow night," he said. "I thought you may want to go with me….?" She put a hand on her hip.
"Steven, you didn't drive five hours to invite me to a goodbye party," she said, arching an eyebrow.
"I could have!"
"Oh please, you don't like driving ten minutes to go to a movie!"
"Okay okay, fine," he said. "Look, I've been doing a lot of thinking since you left, and it's been really driving me crazy. So after thinking a lot I've come to a conclusion, and I think you should hear it."
"What's that?" she asked, meekly. He sighed, and they both sat on one of the marble benches in front of the chemistry building.
"This is a HUGE step for me, you realize," he muttered, taking off his sunglasses. "So you better appreciate it."
"You aren't off on the right foot," she said, huffily at his snippy tone.
"… Sorry….," he said. "Look, I'm just going to come out and say it. I'm not perfect. I will never be everything you want me to be. I can't be your dream guy with the white collar job and four story mansion. It's hard to me to even think about where I'm going to be next weekend, much less five years down the line. But…. I want to try, okay? I want to be the guy for you, because I realize that you're the only woman for me. You're the only one who makes me feel. Sam never made me feel, but you FORCE me to. I'm going to try my hardest to make things work between us, because I would rather fight tooth and nail for you than be handed something else on a silver platter. I'm going to MAKE this work and I'm going to do what I should have done a year and a half ago." He began fumbling through his pockets, and after some graceless searching he pulled out the box Jackie Burkhart had been waiting for since she was a little girl. He then swatted her hip gently, and she knew that was her cue to stand up.
"Oh my God, it's actually happening," she blurted out, and he nodded, a wry smirk across his lips.
"Trust me, I'm surprised too," he stated, and opened the lid to expose the blue moonstone ring. "It's not a diamond, but-."
"Who cares?" she asked, as happy tears began to prick from her eyes. He chuckled, and got down on one knee.
"Now THAT'S growth," he said. "Jackie. I love you and you're my best friend, and I'm not losing you again. Marry m-?"
"YES!" she exclaimed, slipping the ring on her finger and pulling him up.
"You've always been efficient," he said, and she COMPLETELY jumped into his embrace, arms, legs, and all.
"I LOVE you so MUCH!" she exclaimed, and then swatted him a little.
"Hey!" he exclaimed. "What was that for?!"
"Took you long enough!" she said, and then smiled again. They kissed deeply, and then she pulled away, a concerned look on her face.
"Wait a minute," she said, as he set her down on her feet. "You said that you didn't do long distance relationships. What changed?"
"Well, as I was driving, I had to stop and sort this part out," he said. "I know you are going to be really happy in Minneapolis, and I was thinking 'I can't make her pick between me and Minneapolis, even if I am in Point Place'…. So I decided that I wouldn't even make that an issue. I'm moving here."
"Whoa, that was a negative reaction."
"No, it's great, it's great!" she exclaimed, hugging him again. "But your store-!"
"Is established in Point Place and should be expanded," Hyde said. "At least, that's what I'm going to tell WB…. Besides. It's just a puny record store… You're… Jackie." She smiled, and held out her arm to look at the ring.
"I'm going to be Mrs. Steven Hyde," she said, airily, and they began walking towards her apartment. "Wait, one more thing. How did you know you'd find me here? Why not wait there?"
"You would either be there or on campus, so Leo is camped there, he was going to make you stay and we were going to meet at the El Camino at ten," Hyde said. "So what do you say, Jackie? Wanna go to a party in Point Place?"
"Yes. And tonight we can stay at my place," she said. "Us in my room, Leo on the couch. Oh wait! Our place. Awwwww, OUR place!" He rolled his eyes.
"We lived together for eight months Jackie, it was our place then too."
"No, that was yours and my place. THIS one will be OUR place!" she sighed, and made more 'aww' noises.
"Don't get mushy on me," he said. "And DON'T tell ANY of them the things I said!"
"Don't worry, I'll just tell Donna."
"NO ONE, JACKIE."
"Fine!... I love you."
"I love you too. BUT let's not make a habit out of this."
Eric was looking at his packed up room the next day. He had secretly packed all of his Star Wars things, he didn't trust Red to not sell them while he was gone. So they were going to be in a box under the bed.
Red walked in.
"Done yet?" he asked.
"You seem so eager to get rid of me," Eric said.
"I am! Now that Laurie and Larry are convinced they're moving in we have even less room!" Red said. Eric nodded, visibly hurt. Red internally sighed, and clapped Eric on the back. "I just want to see you get out in the real world, son. And I'm glad you're finally doing it. I thought that your mother's clinginess had stunted you. I mean, every single problem in a man can be traced back to his mother!"
"How Freudian," Eric said, not quite convinced. "Well if it makes you feel better, I'm not a serial killer."
"Yeah, that kind of helps," Red said. They looked at each other, and both smiled. Red awkwardly put his arms around his son, and did what appeared to be a hug. Eric hugged back, and they clapped each other's backs and that was the end of it.
Kitty walked in, covered in flour.
"When are your friends coming?" she asked.
"I think around five thirty," Eric said.
"That gives me exactly five hours and thirty two minutes!" Kitty exclaimed. "Eric, when you are finished packing you should come help me set up! And get your girlfriend over here to help too!"
"Kitty, it's their going away party," Red said.
"Well then YOU will be helping me!" Kitty snapped, her senses going insane from all the stress.
"Eric, call Donna and get her over here," Red stated. "And maybe while you're at it, have her pick up some Valium?"
"HA HA HA!" Kitty fake laughed, losing her temper, and Red and Eric rushed from the room, lest she begin a rampage.
Kelso and Brooke were sitting on the back porch of the Foreman house with Betsy, when Janie and Fez walked up.
"Is Hyde back yet?" Janie asked.
"No, not yet," Brooke said. "I wonder if he has Jackie with him…"
"Who wants to start a betting pool?" Kelso asked.
"Oh, me!" Fez said, digging for his wallet.
"Ten bucks says that she told him to go to hell," Kelso said.
"Michael, not in front of Betsy!" Brooke exclaimed.
"Well I only asked because Dusty called and said that he's the only one at the store," Janie said. "And I don't want to go in…"
"Where's Leo?" Kelso asked.
"Does anyone know where Leo is ever?" Janie retorted.
"Ten bucks says that she does come back," Fez said. "But only because she wants to see Donna and Eric."
"Well ten bucks says that they're back together," Janie said, throwing in her money.
"You guys, that's in poor taste," Brooke said.
"At least I'm on the side of optimism," Janie said.
Donna walked to the porch, and put her hands on her hips.
"What are you all doing?" she asked.
"Betting on whether Jackie comes back with Hyde," Kelso said. "Since he's been such a jerk to her, I say no."
"That's awful!" Donna said.
"That's what I said," Brooke stated.
At that moment, Jackie popped out from the alley.
"SURPRISE!" she exclaimed, and Donna shrieked and ran to her, Janie hot on her heels. The girls all hugged, and Kelso groaned.
"Dammit, I automatically lose," he whined.
"Serves you right, you ghoul," Brooke said, handing him their daughter. Jackie held up her arms, and had a huge grin across her face.
"What are you doing back here?" Donna asked, smiling widely.
"Yes, do tell, I have ten bucks on it," Fez said. Jackie shot him a look, but then held out her hand.
"Steven proposed!" she exclaimed, hopping up and down.
"WHAT?!" everyone said in unison, and the women gathered around the ring.
"Fez, pay up!" Janie said, and Fez grumbled and handed her the wad of cash. She turned back to Jackie. "And sweetie! That's wonderful!"
"So are you coming back here?" Donna asked.
"No, he's moving out there!" Jackie said, and Hyde strolled into the driveway, hands in his pockets.
"Wow, Hyde, that's fantastic news!" Donna said, and hugged him.
"Whoa whoa whoa," Janie said. "What about the store, man? Cuz I don't want to work for Leo or Dusty, dammit!"
"I'm putting you in charge, Janie," he said. "You're gonna be manager."
"Oh," Janie said, and grinned from ear to ear. "Thanks!"
"Ha, Hyde's been whipped," Kelso said, chuckling a little bit, and Hyde slugged him on the shoulder. "Ow!"
"No more than you, man, and you two aren't even engaged!" Hyde said, pointing at him and Brooke. "Are you even dating?"
"Yeah!" Brooke said. "…. I mean, we are, right, Michael?" Kelso looked at her, and smiled.
"If that's what you want, baby, that's what you get," he said.
Kitty ran out from the kitchen.
"I heard noise! JACKIE!" she exclaimed, and threw her arms around Jackie. "Sweetie, what are you doing back?"
"I'm engaged!" she exclaimed, showing Kitty the ring.
"She's WHAT?" Red and Eric both said, following Kitty.
"Steven proposed!" Jackie repeated.
"It's about time you got your head out of your ass, Steven," Red said.
"Uh, thanks," Hyde said. "So yeah, I'm moving out to Minneapolis with Jackie and I'm gonna open a Grooves by the college."
"That's wonderful!" Kitty exclaimed. "But what about your apartment?"
"Oh, well, I figured I'd just sublease it to someone until the lease was up," Hyde said. "I mean, two bedrooms, good part of town, great starter place…" Red got a wicked smile across his face.
"LAURIE! LARRY! GET DOWN HERE NOW!" he yelled.
The going away party was in full swing that night, everyone talking and having an all around good time. Donna's last broadcast was providing the music, and the atmosphere was alive but sad at the same time.
"So Donna, Janie, and Brooke, you are all going to be my bridesmaids," Jackie said, listing off her ideal wedding. "Betsy can be flower girl, and I'm going to wear a white dress even if it's not tradition to do so…"
"You opened Pandora's box, dude," Eric said to Hyde. Hyde nodded, but wrapped his arms around Jackie tighter.
"Eh, Pandora ain't so bad," Hyde said. "What about you, man? You're on the same path."
"Don't I know it," Eric said, and smiled at Donna. Kitty hit her champagne glass, and everyone looked up from what they were doing.
"I want to propose a multi dimensional toast!" she said. "…. Now bear with me, I may start crying…"
"Oh for God's sake, Kitty," Red said.
"Give me a break, Red, I'm emotional!" she stated. "Okay. First, I want to congratulate Michael, since he's doing well at the police academy in Chicago!"
"YEAH I am!" he said, bouncing Betsy as Brooke rubbed his back.
"And next, to Fez, for getting into Beauty school," Kitty said. "You can do my hair anytime, Fez, a HA HA HA!"
"You got it, Miss Kitty!" Fez said.
"Jeeze," Red muttered.
"To Janie, for becoming manager of Grooves," Kitty said. "You'll be a good boss there."
"Yeah, she will," Dusty said, and Leo nodded. She shot them looks.
"Don't think that sucking up is going to get you the treatment Hyde gave you two," she stated leaning towards them. "You're in my world now, boys." Dusty and Leo exchanged frightened looks.
"To Jackie and Steven, who are ENGAGED!" Kitty exclaimed, and Jackie snuggled closer on Hyde's lap, and he lifted his glass. "She finally roped him in!"
"And he's ALL MINE," Jackie said. "Aren't you, pudding pop?"
"Jackie, don't call me pudding pop in public."
"To my baby Laurie and Larry, who are married and moving into Steven and Jackie's old place as soon as possible!" Kitty said.
"AS SOON AS POSSIBLE," Red confirmed. Laurie and Larry nodded, and kissed each other.
"And of course, to my other baby Eric, and Donna, who are going to school in Madison," Kitty said. "We're all so proud of you two."
"Yes we are," Bob said.
"I just… I feel like my entire group of children is leaving in one fell swoop!" Kitty exclaimed, and Red pulled her down before she made a scene.
The recorded broadcast came to it's closing moments.
"Oh shh you guys, this is my last monologue," Donna said, hushing everyone.
"You are such a diva, Donna," Jackie said.
"No really, listen!" Donna stated. So they quieted down, and listened.
"Well, we're at the end of my final broadcast, Point Place," she said over the radio. "It's surreal and sad, but I think it's for the best. I just want to take this moment to tell you guys out over the airwaves a message from Hot Donna to you. The 70s may be over, but it's a new decade of new beginnings. And I know that I have the best people in my life to continue forward with, and I hope that you all have people like that. People who ground you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you. So to end my run, I am going to play a song from the 70s that I think sums up the paths we all take. So this is Aerosmith's 'Dream On'. Keep dreaming on, Point Place." The song began playing, and the group all exchanged glances with each other. Their paths were diverging for real this time. Though they wouldn't be in Point Place, they would always have each other. And they knew it, by the looks they were giving each other.
Everytime that I
look in the mirror
All these lines on my face gettin clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dust to dawn
Isnt that the way?
Everybodys got their dues in life to pay…
I know what nobody
Where it comes and where it goes
I know its everybodys sin
You got to lose to know how to win
Half my life is in
books written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know its true
All the things come back to you….
The group of seven all got together, and danced in the middle of the living room, with their respected partners (though Kelso danced with Betsy in his hands as Brooke looked on), and smiled and laughed. It was the end, but it felt like it was just the beginning.
Sing with me, sing
for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, if its just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good lord will take you away
After the full on adults had gone to bed and the others had left, the gang sat in the basement, around the table one last time, smoking one last bowl together.
"So since everything's come so far, how much further could it go?" Eric asked, philosophically, Donna leaning on his shoulder. Hyde pulled away from Jackie's lips, and snorted.
"Man, who are you Socrates or something?" he asked, and went back to making out with Jackie.
"You two don't act like a newly engaged couple," Fez stated, his arm draped around Janie's shoulders. "Janie, when we get engaged, are we going to act like that?"
"God I hope so," she said.
"So we should make a point to come back to this basement once a year," Kelso said, and laughed. "We could be like the Justice League! I call Green Lantern! And Janie, you can be Wonder Woman because you have a big rack!" Janie punched him in the shoulder. "Ow! That was a compliment!"
"We've had quite a few adventures down here," Eric said.
"What are you talking about? Cuz we usually just smoke pot down here," Donna said.
"Yeah, Eric," Jackie said. "You can smoke pot anywhere. But not at Steven's and my apartment. It's gonna be too nice for that."
"If you make our place cutesy I'm gonna puke," Hyde said. She stuck out her lower lip. "… Fine, somewhat cutesy. But I'm gonna fight ya on it to the end."
"…. You're hot when you challenge me," she said, and they went back to making out.
"Well, all I know is that Janie and I will always be waiting for you guys to come back to Point Place," Fez said. "Even if it isn't a Bat Cave or Fortress of Solitude."
"We'll be back, Fez," Donna said.
"So will we, man," Hyde stated, and Jackie nodded.
"I just have one last thing to say to you all," Eric said. But before he could answer, the lights turned on, and they all turned to the stairs. Red was there.
"ARE YOU SMOKING THE DOPE AGAIN?!" he yelled. They gang all looked at each other.
"BOLT!" Eric yelled, and they all leapt up from the table and ran. As they scattered, they shot looks amongst each other, smiling. It may have been the end of something, but it was the beginning of many other things.
Dream on, dream
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream on, dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on...
A/N 2: Well that's it, folks. I really hope you liked it. I just want to send a shout out to all my girls (and Stephen). You all know who you are. And especially to zenkindoflove. Your encouragement really helped me through the final episodes of this season, and I look forward to our joint project. Thanks to you all, you're all wonderful::hugs::