It was January 1980 and it seemed as though everyone in the gang was gone. Jackie and Fez decided they weren't right for each other so Fez moved to Chicago to be near Kelso. Donna and Eric had moved to Madison and Bob was in Florida. Jackie still lived in the apartment she once shared with Fez, and Hyde still lived in the Foreman's basement with them. One day, Kitty called the boys up for dinner.
"Smells great Kitty." said Red.
"Thanks. Oh could you get another plate Steven?"
"Yeah sure. Who's it for?"
"Oh well I invited
Jackie over. I ran into her today and she just seemed so
"Yeah she hasn't been around much either. I'm surprised I'm saying this but I miss her."
"Jackie you made it!" exclaimed Kitty.
"Well of course I did Mrs. Foreman! Thank you for inviting me."
"Well your welcome here anytime Jackie." said Red.
"Thanks Mr. Foreman."
Red smiled at her and she smiled back before turning to Hyde.
"Hey Steven. Nice to see you."
"Yeah hey Jackie. It's uh…nice to see you too."
Jackie smiled and went to help Kitty with dinner. Hyde stood there for a moment watching Jackie around. She was still as beautiful as ever to him and he wanted nothing more than to take her in his arms and kiss her and apologize for everything he had done to her the past year. He knew he hadn't cared for Sam…he had just used her to get revenge on Jackie because he thought she had cheated on him with Kelso.
"Steven…are you going to sit?" Asked Red.
"Oh uh right…sorry."
"Are you ok Steven? You seem a little out of it." Said a concerned Jackie.
"Yeah I'm fine. Just a long day at work."
"Oh…yeah how is that going?"
Hyde was a bit confused at first. He and Jackie had hardly talked since they had broken up. He stared at her for a moment and smiled at her. She looked at him confused.
"Nothing sorry…uh…work is good. People like music so ya know they come into get records."
"Well that's good to hear. I'm glad you're doing well Steven. You deserve it."
They just smiled at each other, and Hyde was overwhelmed by how nice she was being to him.
"Well isn't this nice? All of us having dinner together." Kitty said.
"Sure is. But Jackie…tell me…when do you kick Steven's ass for being an asshole?" Asked Red with a sly smirk.
Jackie laughed slightly. "Well Mrs. Foreman…that's not going to happen. Steven and I are both mature adults. We can be civil with each other even after everything that happened. Can't we Steven?"
"Oh…yeah…sure we can."
Jackie smiled at him and they continued eating dinner. After dinner Jackie and Hyde told Kitty and Red that they would wash the dishes. Kitty and Red smiled and went into the living room. At first they were silent as they washed the dishes, only stealing small glances and smiled at one another. Then Hyde decided to talk.
"So uh…I'm sorry you and Fez didn't work out."
"Oh no you aren't. You made fun of us when we first started dating Steven."
"Ok your right…but I mean…I do want you to be happy."
She smiled at him and nodded her head. "And I appreciate that. I want you to be happy too."
"So do you think we could be friends again?"
Jackie stopped washing her dishes and looked over at Hyde with a slight smile on her face. She tried to hold her tears in.
"Sure…I think that we could be friends again."
"I mean everyone else is gone right?"
"No I didn't mean it like that. I just meant…we know each other well…and it will be nice to have someone to talk to even though a lot of our friends are gone."
"Yeah I guess your right."
She smiled and continued washing her dishes.
"So uh…if you don't mind me asking, why did you and Fez break up?"
Hyde watched her eye him nervously and bite her lip. She took a deep breathe and looked over at him. He was staring at her intently waiting for an answer.
"Oh…well…we just weren't right for each other. He said I was just looking for some comfort, that I wasn't looking for a serious relationship."
"Was he right?"
"I guess so…I just don't think I was ready for a serious relationship. Not after us…"
"Lets not talk about that ok? Let's just talk about our new friendship."
She smiled and sighed glad she had avoided the topic of their disastrous breakup.
"Well it looks like the dishes are done." Hyde said.
"You uh…you want to go downstairs? Watch some TV or something?"
He smiled at her and put his arm out pointing to the door indicating for her to take the lead. She smiled and headed downstairs first with him in tow. Kitty and Red opened the kitchen door and smiled at each other.
"I told you Red! I told you! They are still so in love!"
"Kitty would you calm down. I mean the boy was an idiot and screwed her over. He has a lot he has to make up for before they get back together."
"I know, I know…but…oh there children would be so adorable!"
"Yeah they'd be little loud devils who think the government is out to get them."
Kitty just laughed and they went back to the living room. Meanwhile in the basement, Jackie was sitting on the couch and Hyde was in his chair. They had been watching some mindless TV show…but then another show came on.
"Huh…" said Hyde.
"The Price is Right…" said Jackie.
"That had to happen didn't it."
"Of course it did. God wanted to make this just a tad bit more awkward."
Hyde laughed at her and went to change the station but Jackie stopped him.
"Hey were friends right?"
"Yeah…but what does that have to do with the Price is Right?"
"Steven if we can't confront parts of our past than we will never be able to move on to our future."
"So you want to watch this then?"
"Sure why not."
Hyde shrugged and sat back down in his chair staring straight at the TV afraid to look over at Jackie in fear that his emotion and love for her would show. After about fifteen minutes Jackie sighed and stood up flipping the TV off.
"Ok bad idea." Jackie said.
She sat back down on the couch and looked over at Hyde.
"Ok what should we do now?" Hyde asked.
"Uh…do you have any pot?"
Hyde raised an eyebrow at Jackie he was intrigued and smiled, he ran to his room and came out with a baggie and a set of matches and smiled at her. He sat back down and took the first hit before handing it over to Jackie. Immediately her eyes clouded over and became heavy and she smiled goofily at him. It had never taken much for Jackie to get high and he laughed.
"Now this is a great way to break the tension!" Screamed Jackie.
"I'll say. I mean what's better than a good hit?"
"Sex!" Jackie screamed again.
Hyde swallowed hard as Jackie took hit after hit getting more and more comfortable around him. She turned on the radio and began swaying her hips to the music. Hyde grabbed a pillow and placed it over his raging hard on. Hours seemed to pass as the ex lovers talked and laughed all night, something they hadn't done in years. Finally at around two in the morning Jackie decided it was time for her to head home.
"Crap. I didn't even realize how late it was. I should get going."
"Oh…you need a ride?"
"No I have my car. Don' worry Steven, I'll be fine."
"I'm not worried Jackie. Please. Get over yourself." Hyde sad not so convincingly. Jackie smiled at his next words. "Do you uh…you want to hang out tomorrow or something?"
"Oh sure…uh what do you want to do?"
"Why don't you come by Groove's tomorrow after work?"
"Ok. Sounds good. See you then Steven."
She smiled and headed for the door and Hyde smiled as she left. He had a feeling in his heart that he had to find a way back into Jackie's life…as more than just a friend.
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