I don't own Newsies, which belongs to Disney. Thank you. Hope you enjoy it and please no flames.
David Jacobs kissed his mother goodbye before walking out of the apartment building. He glanced around, making sure that no one could see him. When he saw a newsie, like Boots or Jack, he turned to hide behind anything he could find. He sighed in relief as he walked a bit faster and found the train yard. He stood, still wary of his surroundings, making sure that not one of his friends was there. David turned after hearing the screeching on the tracks and beamed. The train was stopping. A few minutes later, people poured out of exits. David's eyes fixed from person to person, trying to find a familiar face.
Jacqueline Donnelly was bustling around her room. Her silky brown hair was tied in a messy bun after it was fixed quickly so hair wasn't in her vibrant green eyes. She groaned in annoyance when she couldn't find the pair to her shoe. After falling to the ground and grabbing it from under the bed, she threw it in her bag and ran out the door, scared that she might miss her train. Her mother grabbed her hand and kissed her cheek before a tear strayed out of her eye. Jacqueline smiled sadly before kissing her back. "I need to go mother…I can't stay here forever. You knew I was bound to go back to New York" Her mother nodded.
"I know" Her mother whined a bit. "But- you're only seventeen. Do you think you're ready to go live by yourself?"
"I won't be by myself in the first place, Aunt Esther is there…and yes mother. You know, I am a very mature seventeen year old" She said with a grin. Her mother raised an eyebrow. She grabbed the bag from her daughter who pulled a face.
"Is that why you have this?" she asked with an amused attitude as she pulled out a light blue baby blanket. Her daughter blushed before grabbing it and kissing her mother goodbye once more. "Your father would be proud" she whispered. Jackie nodded with her eyes closed.
"Promise to visit"
"Only if you return the favor"
They parted unwillingly and sent each other one last smile before Jackie hopped into the carriage. She smiled as she took her last look at California. She really didn't think that she was leaving home…she thought she was returning.
David smiled as he felt someone wrap their arms around his waist. He turned around and laughed. Jackie was grinning at him. "How did you do that?" he asked as they hugged each other. "I was looking at the train and yet you can still find a way to sneak past me". Jackie chuckled.
"Which is why I was able to scare you easily when we were little" Her cousin rolled his eyes before ruffling her hair. She moaned in protest. "Hey!"
"What? You're my little cousin and I can do anything I want to you"
"You're only a few months older"
"So respect your elders!" Jackie glared at him before hugging him again.
"I missed you a whole lot…Ira" she jumped out of his arms as he steamed at his middle name.
"Don't call me that!"
"You know you love it" she laughed as she grabbed her bags and ran away from him. David groaned. He tried to catch up so they wouldn't walk into a newsie. When he did he took one of her bags in his hand while his free arm slung around her shoulders. He squeezed it a bit. "What?" she asked knowing the tacit sign they had for each other. David looked at her uneasily before hiding behind a mask again.
"Do we really have to go to Brooklyn?" he asked.
"Yes! I miss my home sweet home…oh and stop pouting, it's unattractive"
"I'm not pouting!"
"So where's this apartment?" she asked trying to change the subject as she walked a bit faster. David frowned.
"I'm not pouting" Jackie snorted and he mock gasped. "How unladylike!" She glared at him.
"I'll show you unladylike" she muttered before throwing her bags on him and pushing him forward. "Lead the way, servant" David gaped at her.
"I'd think that after your schooling you would have changed a bit"
"Move!" she screeched. David jumped. He had forgotten how commanding she could be when she wanted to be. He turned before walking in the direction of the new apartment she bought. He heard a slight giggle and he sighed. He should have known that nothing was ever going to change between them. He glanced back at her with a smile as she wrapped an arm around his. "It's good to be back, Dave" she whispered to him. His eyes flickered towards her.
"It's gonna be nice to have you back...Delores"
"Oh! I cant believe you just used my middle name!"
"Well you used mine!"
"I'm not pouting!"
"Jacqueline!" Esther cried as she threw her arms around her niece. Jackie's eyes bulged out and she gasped for air before forcing a smile. Sarah held a laugh in as she watched her cousin word out a cry for help. Esther finally let go of the girl and looked her over. "Oh you've gotten even more beautiful over the years!" she exclaimed. Jackie blushed, especially since it was true. When she was younger, she was too tall for her age and her hair was frizzy. She stood gawkily over David and Sarah and her eyes were face was covered in freckles. Now, she grew into her height, filling in every part of her body that she needed. Her clothes were hanging a bit loose, but not loose enough to show her curved structure. Her freckles cleared up she gained posture.
"Thank you, Aunt, Esther" she responded shyly. They ate dinner and she crawled out onto the fire escape. She started to hum a song before an arm made its way around her waist. She smiled at her cousin. "Anything wrong, Dave?" Dave shook his head. She gave him a look.
"Well I do need to talk to you"
"I'm a newsie"
"And I don't want you to be around while I'm selling"
"What?" Jacqueline asked as they walked down the flights of stairs. She jumped down and waited for David. When he fell down beside her, she picked him up. He brushed some dirt off of himself and they started walking to her new apartment. "I didn't hear you" she told him.
"I said I don't want you to come with me when I am selling my papers"
"Why not?" Jackie asked. She didn't seem put down, but she was, and David knew it. They were best friends when they grew up and David remembered her love of adventure. He sighed a bit.
"Jacks, it's dangerous. I'm risking a lot by going out on the street, asking strangers if they want to buy a newspaper. I don't want anything to happen to you, especially since I just got you back" he told her affectionately as he ruffled her hair again. Jackie agreed with him hesitantly. She knew that couldn't be the only reason that he didn't want her to come and she was going to find out what it was. She opened the door to her apartment and kissed David's cheek. "You sure you don't want to stay with us for the night? I know that your mom bought this for you a while ago and you've been waiting to come but, still. Are you sure?"
"I'm sure, David. I'll see you tomorrow morning"
"You sure" He asked again. She rolled her eyes and closed the door. "Well okay" he said. He heard a giggle behind the door. David shook his head as he jogged down the stairs.