Steven Hyde was sitting in his usual chair in the basement, tapping his foot on the coffee table. His heart was pounding, his pulse was racing and his mind was swarming, over and over again he saw a tiny brunette standing before him and him saying "Have a nice trip." Now she was gone, on her way to Chicago away from him forever because he was a dumbass. He jumped from his seat when he heard someone coming down the stairs, Red was standing on the bottom step looking at the boy he called his son with a sad, sympathetic look on his face.
"What are you doing down here all alone?"
"Kitty told me the loud one left."
Hyde's heart sank lower. "Yeah…yeah she's gone."
"Steven why did you let her go?"
"Red I just…I mean…it was there…it was all standing before me…the life I never thought I would have…and I panicked."
He stood up from his seat and he started pacing around the small dingy basement cursing himself for his stupidity.
"I think there's more to this than your letting on Steven…"
"What do you mean?"
"I know you…I know that you think your not good enough for Jackie. You didn't want her to give up her dreams for you isn't that right?"
Hyde stared at Red in amazement; he was saying everything that Hyde had been thinking. "Well…yeah…but…"
"Did you ever stop and consider that you…were Jackie's dream?"
Hyde stopped pacing and stared at Red like he was crazy. "Me? I am Jackie's dream? That's not true…she could do so much better than me."
"You need to stop putting yourself down Steven. But if that's what you really think, Jackie doesn't want better…she wants you.
She's always wanted you. Even when she was with the moron Kelso."
"God…I just…I mean…even if all that is true. It's to late now, she's gone. Kelso took her to Chicago tonight…"
"You have a car don't you?"
"Ok then…get in it, turn it on and drive to Chicago and get back the girl you want. Because if you don't Steven…you are going to be miserable. You're always going to think about what could have been, and Jackie will move on. She'll move on and come back with some other man that she doesn't really love. And you'll see them together and it will break your heart, and I don't want to see you turn down the wrong path now. Jackie has made you a better man, she has motivated you to do better and I don't want to see you fall out of this path again. And I want you both to be happy. If you don't go get her now, you're both going to be miserable for the rest of your lives."
"Huh…when you put it like that…"
"Yeah…go Steven. Go get her."
"Ok. I'll be back." Hyde ran to the door with his keys and ran up the stairs. But he stopped and ran back to the basement much to
Red's surprise. Hyde ran up to Red and hugged him tightly. "Thanks Red…"
Red smiled and hugged him back. "Anything for you kid…"
Hyde smiled and pulled back and ran back up the stairs to the car. He was going to get his doll back no matter what happened, he wasn't going to be responsible for both of them being miserable.
Meanwhile on a cold deserted road on the way to Chicago…Kelso and Jackie were talking back and forth.
"So…thank you for taking me to Chicago Michael. It means a lot to me…"
"No problem Jackie…I like any excuse to drive this car…I mean it's freaking beauty. The chicks dig it."
Jackie laughed. "Well I'm glad I could help."
"Thanks. So…it's really over between you and Hyde I take it."
Jackie's smiled faded and she fidgeted in her seat. "Yeah…yeah it's really over."
"Are you ok?"
"I don't know…I guess I thought Steven and I had reached a point in our relationship where he would finally want to see a future with me."
"Hyde is stubborn Jackie…"
"I mean I think he loved you…"
"Yeah…I don't know…I thought he did…but that was a long time ago."
"You mean when he told you he loved you after he cheated on you with the nurse?"
"Ya know Michael…your really good at this whole comforting thing." Jackie said sarcastically.
"I know…" He said with a giddy smile.
"I was kidding you moron."
"Well damn Jackie…there's no need for name calling! I was just trying to help!"
"Yeah you're doing a great job at it…making me think he didn't love me and bringing up him cheating on me!"
"Whatever! Maybe you should have not been such a bitch!"
"Uh! Screw you Michael it's not like you helped in our relationship at all! You were always flirting with me and trying to piss of Steven. You're why he was so insecure about us!"
"Oh no! You are not blaming me for this! You little…cheating whore!"
"You're calling me a cheating whore? How do you figure that!?"
"I went off to California and the second I leave you jump into the arms of my best friend! That's how I figure that you're a cheating whore!"
"Exactly Michael…you ran off to California when
things got tough. Don't think Donna didn't tell me about all the
girls you hooked up with out there. And not to mention Annette…and
I mean how many times did you cheat on me all the times we were going
You were the cheater Michael."
"Oh damn…your right."
"Yeah I usually am…"
Kelso had been sipping a soda as he was driving and he dropped it while he was driving.
"Oh damn…I dropped my soda!"
Kelso looked down to try and get it back.
"Michael! Look at the road!"
"Its fine Jackie…I'm a great driver."
"Michael look out!"
Kelso looked up just as he noticed he was on the other side of the road. He swerved and ran off the side of the road and hit a fence.
"Oh crap…Michael are you ok?"
"Ow…I think…I think my leg is broken. Are you ok?"
Only Kelso's side of the car was pushed in so Jackie was able to get out of the car. She dragged Michael out her side and took him to the side of the road. She kneeled over him and looked at his leg which was bleeding.
"Crap…Michael this doesn't look good."
"I know right…look at my car!"
"Michael shut up about the car for a second! Your hurt here!"
"I know…and you're sure your ok?"
"I'm fine…but we have got to get you help. Where the fuck are we!"
Jackie stood up and looked up and down the road…there
were no cars and it was a road in the middle of no where. There was
nothing around them and she sighed.
"I have a bad feeling about this Michael…"
"I know right…this road has like a Texas Chain Saw Massacre feel."
"Michael shut up! I'm to pretty to die!"
"What are we gonna do?"
"I don't know…why did you have to take your eyes off the road!"
"I dropped my soda Jackie! Damn! Stop yelling at me…I'm injured remember!"
"Yeah well you being injured is not going to help us get out of here any faster…"
Jackie looked up and down the road again and saw a car driving towards them.
"Someone's coming…" She said.
"Well wave it down!"
"Why the hell not?"
"It's probably a murderer!"
"Well were gonna die either way so whatever."
The car was getting closer and Kelso dragged himself closer to the road and flagged the car down. At first it drove past them but then it stopped further up and pulled off the road.
"Michael…I don't like this…"
She was jumping up and down trying to look for a weapon in case something bad happened. But she couldn't find anything; the man stepped out of the car and walked towards them. In the dark like, Jackie squinted at the small dirty looking figure and then smiled happily.
"Leo!" She ran to him and hugged him.
"Do I know you?" He asked.
"Leo it's me! Loud girl!"
Leo pulled back from her hug and smiled at her. "Oh hey Loud Girl. What are you doing out here?"
"Michael was driving me to Chicago and we got in an accident. He's hurt and we need to get him to a hospital."
"Hey Leo man…its me."
Leo looked over at him and smiled. "Oh hey it's that really dumb kid."
"Hey! Wait…yeah that's me."
"Leo could you take us to the hospital please?"
"Well yeah…but where is the hospital?"
"Well…there was to be one somewhere. We'll have to find it. I just…please we really need to get Michael out of here. He's bleeding pretty badly."
"Alright let's go."
Jackie and Leo were about to pick up Kelso when another car pulled off the side of the road near them.
"Jackie…look…" Kelso said pointing at the black car.
"Kelso is that?"
The man stepped out of the car and Jackie's jaw dropped when she saw Steven Hyde stepping out of the car.
To be continued...
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