Jackie marched into the basement where Donna and Eric were making out on the couch
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This is the last chapter, with an epilogue to follow shortly.
Jackie marched into the basement where Donna and Eric were making out on the couch. They had considered themselves lucky. They both had the day off, no one was home, Hyde, Kelso and Fez were all at work. The only one they hadn't accounted for was Jackie, a mistake both of them were already regretting.
"Donna, I need you to come with me." Jackie demanded.
"And a hello to you too, Jackie." Eric glowered at Jackie as he reluctantly pulled away from Donna.
She stuck her tongue out at him. "Donna, now."
Donna sighed and stood up. "I'll be right back." She promised Eric.
"I'll be waiting." Eric replied to his girlfriend.
Jackie rolled her eyes as the couple gazed lovingly at each other. "Eric's tongue isn't going anywhere, Donna."
"It could." Eric said defensively.
"And go where?" Jackie asked. "Upstairs so your mommy can make you one of your special sandwiches?"
"As a matter of fact, yes."
Jackie rolled her eyes. "Donna, now."
Donna sighed and followed Jackie outside where Jackie motioned for her to get inside her car. Donna shrugged and got into the car. Once inside, Jackie made sure that the windows were rolled up and all the doors were locked.
"Are we going somewhere?" Donna asked. "God, you're not kidnapping me to go to the baby store again are you?"
"We're not going anywhere." Jackie replied tensely.
"Then why are we in your car?" Donna questioned.
Jackie looked around suspiciously. "Because I don't want anyone to hear what I'm about to tell you."
"Is it that you're pregnant with Hyde's baby because I kind of already knew that." Donna joked.
Jackie stared at her best friend. "I'm this close to taking you to the baby store."
Donna shut up. "Sorry, okay, what is it that you want to tell me."
Jackie took a deep breath. "Okay the thing is…I'm trying to put this delicately."
"Jackie, you haven't put anything delicately in your entire life." Donna reminded her.
"Right." Jackie nodded. "You remember that time at the doctor's office where he was talking about hormones and what to expect?"
Donna slowly nodded. "Right, and he said that you might experience some mood swings and Hyde made the joke about you having mood swings before you were pregnant and then you literally kicked him out of the room."
"Yeah, and do you remember what the doctor said after Steven left?"
Donna thought about it. When the realization hit, her eyes went huge and she gasped. "Oh my god!"
Jackie nodded. "Yes!"
"Needier than Fez on a Tuesday." Jackie finished.
"That's his neediest day!" Donna exclaimed. "Is it really that bad?"
Jackie glared at Donna. "I want to jump every guy I see."
"Every guy?" Donna asked worriedly.
"Well not every guy." Jackie admitted. "Like I don't want to jump Eric, or Mr. Forman, or your dad or Leo, but everyone else is fair game according to my whacked out hormones."
"Wow." Donna said amazed and slightly bemused at Jackie's predicament. "Wait, that means you would do it with Fez?"
Jackie's eyes went dark. "I saw him make his stallion face yesterday and I actually wondered if he really is a stallion in bed. I was so disgusted with myself that I took five showers in a row."
Donna laughed. "Well, if you really want it, I know someone who would be willing to uh, help you out."
Jackie glared at Donna. "First, no, second, no, and third, no, no, no, no, no."
"I'm just saying." Donna muttered.
"Please, if I had sex with Michael he'd just blab it to everyone and my life is complicated enough as it is."
"I was talking about Hyde." Donna stated.
Jackie slumped down in her seat. "That would be even worse. He would think we were back together and while I don't technically hate him as much as I did, I still don't want to get back together."
"Well have you tried doing it yourself?"
"Why do you think I took showers four and five?" Jackie retorted.
Donna let out a breath. "Well then, I guess you're just going to have to deal with…"
"Or, I could go to a bar and find a guy!" Jackie interjected.
"Okay now I know your hormones are out of control, did you just say what I think you just said?"
"Or…: Jackie said thoughtfully. "I could go out with Dr. Sexual Harassment."
"As your best friend, I forbid it."
Jackie walked into her house, praying that Hyde wasn't there. When she found out that he wasn't, she instantly went for the ice cream she had hidden in the fridge.
"Take that!" She said as she took a bite of the mint chocolate chip.
She finished off the ice cream and after throwing the container away, she went into the living room where she settled down on the couch with a magazine.
"Time to see what nail colors are in season, Pea."
Donna and Eric were back to kissing on the couch when Hyde came in. Eric pulled away from his girlfriend and moaned.
"Forman I need to speak to you."
"Can't it wait?" Eric whined. "I'm busy here."
Hyde shrugged, sat down in his chair and picked up one of Jackie's old copies of Teen Beat. "Okay," he said, "I'll just wait." He pretended to read, "Oh look at that, Andy Gibb is dating Victoria Principle."
Donna pulled back and sighed. "Just go, Eric."
"You sure?" Eric asked, "Because I have no problem staying here."
"Neither does he," she gestured to Hyde, "so just go, give him bad advice about Jackie and then the two of us can go to a movie together, later." "Alone," she added with emphasis. She gave Eric a goodbye kiss and walked out of the basement.
"Great," Hyde threw down the magazine and clapped a distressed Eric on the shoulders, "Let's go."
"Why can't we just talk here?" Eric questioned.
"Just go up to your room."
Eric blinked a few times. "You sound like Red."
"Yeah, I figured I needed to practice since I'm going to be a father soon."
"About that," Eric started to say as they walked up to Eric's room, "how're you doing with that?"
"Which part?" Hyde replied, "The part where I'm having a kid or the part where I'm having a kid with a chick whose last words to me were if I had any magical powers I would wave my wand and turn you into a cricket, and then I would feed you to Miss Jade."
"Either or?" Eric asked, a little frightened.
"Fantastic." Hyde said, honestly.
Eric closed the door to his room behind him, "So uh, who is Miss Jade?"
Eric knew he had heard wrong. "Her, uh, her what?"
"Oh yeah, I didn't know about it either until I moved in and saw her walking around the house with it on her head."
"Wait, Jackie let a lizard sit on her head?"
"I was as shocked as you." Hyde replied, "But yeah, the freaking love of my life has layers. Jackie isn't supposed to have layers, she's supposed to just be shallow and care about shiny things and also, she's supposed to stop being a pain in my ass."
"Okay, first of all, I'm just as shocked as you are about this lizard thing, but we'll let it pass as I'm scared of reptiles and the less I think about it, the better, secondly, I thought you hated that Jackie was shallow and third, when has Jackie not been a pain in everyone's ass?"
Hyde shook his head, "she's not responding to anything I do, I made her a snack the other day and you know what she said?"
"No." Eric figured it would be good, whatever it was.
"She said, stop trying to feed me carrots, I'm not a freaking bunny."
"Well, Donna did say you tend to go overkill with the carrots."
"I care about Jackie's eyesight." Hyde said defensively, "but that's not the point, the point is I then got her a bunny, you know because I thought it'd be funny."
"What did she say?"
"She said at least someone will eat the carrots."
"So yeah, she made me build a cage for it and named it Blossom, but then she went right back to ignoring me, I'm running out of things to do!"
"And you want me to tell you what to do?" Eric grinned, "I say you run far, far away and don't come back until the kid is like ten, maybe twenty."
Hyde glared at Eric, "Running away is what got me into this mess, Forman."
"I thought it was having sex with Jackie." Eric laughed, "Okay you want to know what I really think you should do?"
Hyde responded by staring at Eric.
"I think you should talk to her."
"Talk to her?" Hyde repeated incredulously, "why on earth would I want to talk to her?"
"Because," Eric groaned, "I bet if you just sat Jackie down and told her what you were feeling, she would respond."
"Okay, first of all, I'm not doing that girly lets express our feelings thing, and second, if by respond you mean kick me in my shin, then yes, she would respond."
"It's not girly, it's being honest." Eric said, defending himself, "and might I point out that the reason you're actually in this mess is because you wouldn't share your feelings?"
"What the hell does that mean?" Hyde asked.
"It means," Eric said tensely, "that all Jackie wanted was for you to tell her you loved her and wanted her to stay, but no, you had to go and flip out and marry a stripper."
It was Hyde's turn to be blink at Eric, "You sound like Donna."
"Well, when you're as close to someone as we are, it's bound to happen."
Hyde finally sat down on the bed with a huff, "It won't work, and I actually did the share my feelings thing."
"And it didn't work?"
"Does this look like the face of someone who sharing their feelings worked?"
"I wouldn't know as half of it is covered by your sunglasses."
A minute or two passed as neither said anything to the other. Finally, Eric decided to break the silence.
"Do you think Donna still loves me?"
Hyde looked tiredly at Eric. "What?"
"Do you think she still loves me?" Eric repeated, "Because she seems distant."
"Forman, aside from kicking my ass over Jackie, you're all she ever talked about." Hyde informed the insecure man next to him. "And also, since you got back you two have been practically joined at the hip, that's the opposite of distant."
"I know," Eric moaned, "but I wish I just had some guarantee."
"You and me both," Hyde replied.
After receiving a call from Red telling her to get her butt down to the muffler shop, Jackie found herself pulling knocking on the door. Red answered it.
"You're not coming in here, "he said, "The fumes are bad for you and the baby."
"Then why did you ask me to come?" Jackie asked.
"Because I need you do me a favor."
"Oh, do you need another present for Mrs. Forman for you because any excuse to go to the jewelry store is good enough for me." Jackie replied perkily.
"No, I need you to go on a date with Maxwell Pratt."
"He's the son of the man who wants to buy my shop, and apparently he likes you so I need you to go out with him once or twice."
"To convince him not to buy this place?"
"No, the convince him to convince his father to give me more money. I'm ready to retire; I just want to make sure I can actually do it."
"Well, I am a master at negotiation." Jackie nodded, "I don't know though, I mean, does he know I'm pregnant?"
"And you say his father is rich?"
"Tell him to pick me up at eight." With that Jackie leaned up, gave Red a quick peck on the cheek and waddled back to her car.
Figuring that their chances of being interrupted would be lessened if they went somewhere more private, Eric and Donna were in her bedroom making out when Bob came in. Donna quickly pushed Eric off her, causing him to fall of the bed. Donna looked over and smiled sympathetically at her boyfriend.
"You know," He said to her, "I went to Africa, Africa Donna where there are lions and poisonous snakes and man eating hippos, but I didn't see any of that stuff. All I saw were those damn chickens, and yet I've been here for a month now and already I've been hit, kicked, bit, and pushed. It was safer in Africa!"
Donna laughed as she helped Eric off the floor. "To be fair, I only did the last thing. The others were all Jackie, and really you should have known better than to try to take one of her chips."
"I could have gotten rabies!" Eric cried.
"Speaking, of Jackie," Bob interrupted, "She's downstairs, she made me come up here and get you. You know, ever since she became pregnant she's become really bossy."
"Uh, did you not know Jackie before?" Eric asked.
Donna smiled a little. "I'll be right back."
"So you two can go back to doing what you were?" Bob asked, "I don't think so, both of you, out."
Donna just shrugged as she went to talk to Jackie.
Eric sighed as he followed Donna and Bob out of the room. Eric went into the living room to say goodbye to Donna and to promise her that he'd meet her later for the movie, but Jackie urged him to come in.
"You're not going to bite me again, are you?" He asked, putting his hands underneath his arms.
"Not unless you try to take my food." Jackie replied stoically. "Anyway, I have news."
"Should we sit for this?" Donna asked, "Because lately your news has been rather intense."
"If by intense you mean painful for everyone around her, then I agree." Eric joked as he sat down next to Donna.
The two girls glared at Eric.
Jackie stood in front of them and folded her hands together. "I have a date." She announced.
"A what?" Donna asked.
"A date." Jackie repeated, "It's when a guy takes a girl out for a romantic dinner where they talk over candlelight and soft music, and then they back to his place and have earth shattering sex."
Eric and Donna didn't know what to say. They stared up at Jackie with bewildered expressions on their face.
"Well?" Jackie asked, "Say something!"
"It's not with Doctor creepy is it?" Donna asked fearfully.
Jackie laughed, "No, Red set it up. It's with this guy who wants to buy the muffler shop."
"Oh." Eric replied, "So Red wants you to go out with this guy and do it with him. That's absolutely great. My dad has made you a whore."
"No he didn't." Jackie said as she slapped Eric on the arm. "The sex is strictly for me."
"Does Hyde know?" Donna asked.
"Nope, and I'm not going to tell him." Jackie said stubbornly.
"Jackie, you have to tell Hyde. You owe it to him." Donna stated.
Jackie pointed a finger at her best friend, "That's what you said when I started dating Steven and you wanted me to tell Michael, and given the circumstances of that I still think you were wrong, just like you're wrong about this. Tell me, why do I owe Steven? Because he dated me only to mess with Michael and for sex, because when I wanted something deeper he freaked out, because he knocked me up before flouncing off to Vegas where he married a whore who he decided to stay with just because he knew it would hurt me, or is it because now he's suddenly trying to be the guy I needed him to be all the time we were going out? If I owe him anything it's a swift kick in the ass."
Donna sighed, "You know what, you're right."
Jackie nodded confidentially. "Of course I'm right… I'm right?"
"Yeah," Donna said, "You're absolutely right. Although, I don't know if I totally agree with you about the only dating you for the sex thing and to mess with Kelso, We saw how he was with you, he really cared about you, Jackie."
Jackie glared at her, "You're supposed to be on my side."
"I am on your side." Donna retorted.
"Isn't enough that Hyde is trying now?" Eric asked. "He wants to make it work with you, Jackie."
"Because I'm having his kid!" Jackie exclaimed, "I know he asked the whore to leave before he knew, but can you honestly say that he would have wanted me back if it weren't for be being pregnant? I know Steven; he would have continued to make sure I knew how much he hates me. This," she pointed to her stomach, "is the only thing holding us together and eventually he's going to freak out and leave us." With that said, Jackie marched out of the Pinciotti house.
Donna sighed, "You know before you came back they were making progress."
Eric shook his head, "Africa was safer."
Donna glared at her boyfriend, "Should I got get a chicken?"
"Did I say Africa was safer? What I meant was I love you."
Donna laughed. "I thought so."
Hyde walked into the hair salon where Fez was shampooing a client's hair. He walked up to the sink to talk to the candy addicted foreigner.
"I need your help with something."
Fez narrowed his eyes, "I refuse to be a part of any more of your get Jackie back schemes. Just do what you used to and ignore her until she comes around."
"I think we established that won't work this time." Hyde countered.
"Yes," Fez agreed, "but she won't yell or hit the rest of us."
"Are you guys talking about Jackie Burkhart?" The client asked.
Hyde and Fez looked down at the girl, surprised.
"Yeah, you know her, Jill?" Fez asked.
Jill nodded. "I was a guest on her show. It's too bad it was cancelled, because it was really good, I haven't talked to her since then though, how is she?"
"Pregnant." Fez answered.
Jill sat up, "Really?" She asked in shock as Fez quickly put a towel around her hair, "I didn't know she got married."
"She didn't." Fez replied.
"Oh." Jill frowned, "Why not?"
"Well," Fez replied, glaring at Hyde, "Before she found out she was pregnant, her and her boyfriend got into a fight and he overreacted about something and ended up getting married to a stripper while drunk in Vegas."
"Ohhh," Jill breathed, "He sounds like a real bastard."
"Yes, and now he's trying to get her back." Fez informed her. "It's not going very well."
Jill frowned. "Didn't you just tell him that you weren't going to help him get her back?" she pointed to a clearly annoyed Hyde.
"Bastard." Hyde pointed to himself.
Jill laughed, "Oh you are so screwed."
Hyde glared at Jill and Fez and marched out of the salon.
When Jackie's date arrived to pick her up, Jackie found herself eternally grateful to the powers that be that Hyde was not there. Wherever he was, she hoped he wouldn't get wind of her date and come looking for her. It was strange to her, how much he had changed since he had found out she was pregnant. The old Hyde would have heard about the date and gone and slept with the first woman he could find, but now he was making declarations of love and buying her bunnies and feeding her carrots and generally making promises she knew he was never going to keep.
Yes, she was aware that she sounded like a broken record, but was she supposed to just sit back and watch as he broke her heart again? No, this time she was going to fight back.
Jackie answered the door wearing her best maternity dress and a smile.
"Hi, I'm Max."
He was, in a word, cute. He didn't have the model good looks that Kelso had, or the sexy bad boy thing that Hyde did, but he was attractive, with brown hair that fell into his eyes and dark hazel eyes that seemed to sparkle.
"I'm Jackie." She reached behind her to grab her purse off the table by the door. "I hope you don't mind, I tend to walk slower these days."
Max laughed, "It's no problem, when my sister Michelle was pregnant she sometimes took days to get from the couch to the door. We started calling her sloth."
"That's lame." Jackie stated. "I would have called her slowpoke."
"I could call you slowpoke." Max joked.
"I hope you don't mind Italian." Max said as they got into his sedan.
"Are you kidding? I love Italian!" Jackie squealed happily.
Max smiled. "Good, have you ever been to Luigi's?"
Jackie shook her head. "I always wanted to…"
"I made reservations." Max informed her with a sly grin as he pulled out of her driveway.
As they sat across from each other, sharing similar stories about what it was like growing up in a rich family, Jackie found she was genuinely enjoying herself. They had a lot in common, liked the same things, and most of all he was easy to talk to.
"Have you picked out any names yet?"
Jackie swallowed her bread before answering, "No. I know I should have a whole list of names I like, but I just haven't thought about it."
Eric and Donna were getting into the Vista Cruiser when Hyde pulled up.
"Okay, we're just going to pretend like we don't see him, Donna. Let's just get in the ca…"
"Hey." Hyde said.
"Hey!" Donna said nicely.
"Oh Hey!" Eric exclaimed in fake surprise.
"Have you two seen Jackie? She's not at home."
"Nope." Eric replied, "Well, we're going to be late, so we'll be seeing you later…"
"I think she said she was going to the mall." Donna noted.
"That's weird." Hyde replied, "Her car is at home."
"Maybe she walked." Donna guessed.
"Or maybe you just didn't look enough; you know her house is pretty big, lots of rooms. You should look there again." Eric suggested.
Donna clapped her hands, "You know what I think she said something about her aunt coming to town, maybe she's with her."
"Oh yeah, her aunt!" Eric exclaimed, "That's were she is, so no need to worry, Donna, come."
"Her aunt lives in Maine, you two are the worst liars ever." Hyde claimed.
"Okay, fine, fine!" Eric exclaimed, "Jackie's really inside. She's in the basement with Fez and Kelso, but she didn't want you to know where she was so she had us lie."
"That's right." Donna said, catching on. "She's in the basement, eating the Forman's food and letting Fez and Kelso feel the baby kick."
"She's letting them touch her?" Hyde practically yelled. He ran down into the basement.
"Quick, get in the car before he comes back!" Donna exclaimed. The two jumped into the Vista Cruiser and Eric started the car. Or, rather, tried to start the car.
"Oh, no," Eric said, "Why do you always do this to me?" he asked the cruiser, "it's like you want me to get in trouble."
"Shit, he's coming back!" Donna said frantically, "Eric, what are we going to do?"
"Lock your door." Eric ordered.
Donna locked the door. "Now what?"
"I haven't thought that far ahead yet." Eric admitted.
"Well, we can't stay here forever," Donna said, "Oh, he looks angry."
"Really?" Eric asked, peering out the window, "I think he looks like he normally does."
"That's what I meant!"
Hyde knocked on Donna's window and tried to open her door. "Open up!" He yelled.
"For the love of god, don't open that door." Eric said as he tried to start the car again.
"Eric, I'm scared." Donna scooted closer to her boyfriend.
"Me too, Donna, me too." Eric put his arm around Donna and looked into her eyes, "and I want you to know that whatever happens here, I always loved you."
"Oh Eric," Donna sighed, "I love you too."
"Great." Eric said genuinely happy, "I have an idea. I'm going to open this door and we're going to run like hell."
"But Eric, you're not a very fast runner."
"I know, which is why I need you to run as fast as you can, find Jackie and warn her."
"I don't know where she is."
"Dad said that his father also owns that Italian place."
"Yeah, and if that doesn't work try all the other expensive restaurants in Point Place. I'll keep Hyde here."
"I can't let you sacrifice yourself like that." Donna stated.
"We don't have a choice." Eric said wildly, "He's picking the lock."
"Okay," Donna nodded, "One, two, three…"
"Nice apartment." Jackie said as she walked through Max's spacious living space.
"Thanks." Max replied, "Can I get you something, some tea, or pop?"
"I'm fine, thanks." Jackie replied.
"Well, uh, have a seat." Max gestured to the white couch. Jackie smiled and sat down. He sat down next to her.
"You're beautiful." He whispered to her.
"Thank you." Jackie said, trying to block out the memory of Hyde saying she was beautiful in the mall. "I really just feel fat."
"No, you are…there are no words for what you are." Max said as he trailed a finger along Jackie's chin.
Jackie leaned towards him and their mouths connected. Jackie instantly pulled back.
"What's wrong?" He asked.
Jackie shook her head, "Nothing," she leaned in and kissed Max again.
"Is it me?" Max asked when Jackie pulled back again, "Are my lips dry?"
"No." Jackie answered.
"Alright then," Max said, he cupped Jackie's cheek…
She jumped back. "I can't do this."
Max sighed, "It's that Hyde guy isn't it."
"You don't understand, I want to be here, I want to do this, but…it's like he's here."
Max smiled and grabbed his keys. "Come on," he said as he helped Jackie up from the couch, "I'll take you home."
Jackie nodded, "One thing though,"
"Anything." Max replied honestly.
Jackie smiled to herself, Red Forman was about to be very happy.
"I'll never talk." Eric said as Hyde pushed him into the kitchen.
"Sit." Hyde pushed Eric onto a chair.
"Where is she, Forman?"
"I don't know."
"Eric, you have exactly two seconds to tell me the truth before I beat it out of you."
"I'm not afraid of you."
Hyde laughed. "Maybe not, but I know who you are afraid of."
"I'm not afraid of anyone." Eric countered, "Or anything, except for insects, reptiles and chickens." He looked at his best friend with wide and frightened eyes. "I still have peck marks, man."
"RED!" Hyde yelled.
"Red?" Eric laughed, "Red doesn't scare me."
Red walked into the kitchen, "Why the hell are you yelling?"
Hyde pointed contemptuously at Eric, "He won't tell me where Jackie is."
"And?" Red asked.
"And I need you to scare it out of him, threaten to take away the Vista Cruiser, or better yet, call him a skinny dumbass until he breaks."
Red cocked an eyebrow at his adopted son, "Living with Jackie has made you go crazy, hasn't it?"
"I'm not crazy." He sounded anything but.
"No, of course not." Red replied, as though he was talking to someone not all there, "Sit down."
Hyde slowly sat down, warily looking at Eric in case he tried to escape. Eric glanced up at Red who rolled his eyes.
"Jackie just called here ten minutes ago, she's at her house."
"See, I told you that you should've looked there." Eric quipped.
"Now, Steven, I know you're trying to get back in Jackie's good graces, but do you really think stalking her and beating up on your friends is the best way to do that?"
"I'm just worried about her."
"Are we talking about the same person?" Eric asked, "Because the Jackie I know has half the male population scared to death of her, and I count myself one of those, and the other half getting on their hands and knees, worshipping her, Fez style….oh, I get it."
"What?" Hyde snapped.
Eric pointed a finger accusingly at Hyde. "You're afraid Jackie's going to meet someone else and will forget she ever knew a Steven Hyde."
"I hate to say this, but Eric is right." Red frowned.
"Bullshit." Hyde spat before storming out of the house in anger.
He was not, repeat, not afraid that Jackie would find someone else. It was a ridiculous assumption, made by a twitchy moron. No, she would, in time, see reason and come back to him. It was just the way things worked. He pulled, she pushed, he pushed, she pulled, but somehow, they always found their way back to center.
Somehow he ended up at the spot where he and Jackie had their first date. This was the spot where he had fucked it up. If he had just admitted that he had felt something, then maybe she wouldn't have doubted them so much. If they had just been honest from the start…but it was too late to go back now. All he could do was stand his ground, except the ground underneath him seemed to be made out of quicksand.
"I thought you'd be here." Jackie said softly.
Hyde swiftly turned around and watched as she walked to him. It had been a whole day since he had seen her, and his heart dropped. He didn't know how it was possible that she was even more beautiful now that she was nine months pregnant, but she was.
"What are you doing here?" He asked.
She laughed. "Eric called me and told me what happened; I figured you would be either here."
"How did you do that?"
"Because it's where I would go if I were worried about us."
Hyde quirked an eyebrow. "You're not worried?"
"Nope." She answered determinedly.
Hyde sighed, "Right, because for you there is no us."
"No, Steven," Jackie said, putting her hand on his heart, "Because there is only us. I love you, I just don't trust you."
He grabbed her hand, "So tell me what I need to do."
"Nothing, well you can stop acting like such a freak."
Hyde laughed, "Ok."
"It's a good thing Kelso was in Chicago today, otherwise he would have gotten punched a lot."
"It had crossed my mind, yeah." Hyde admitted. "Why do you think we can't ever get our act together?"
"I don't know." Jackie replied, "I think it's because we have emotional problems stemming from our lack of parental love as children, resulting in my constant need for affection and proof of commitment, where as you push people away."
"Ah." Hyde said with a nod, "makes sense."
Jackie took Hyde's hand and put it on her bump to let him feel Pea kicked.
"He's got some legs." Hyde smiled. "He gets that from you."
Jackie smiled and put her head on Hyde's shoulder. There was no telling what was going to happen, but she wasn't worried. She was however slightly concerned when she felt her water break a minute later.
"We should go now." Jackie said, taking Hyde's arm. She told herself to stay calm, as that would help him to stay calm.
"You tired?" He asked as he followed her to the car.
"No, I just don't want to give birth to our son in the middle of the woods." Jackie replied lightly.
"Oh." Hyde said with a shrug, "I don't blame…what!"
"Did I tell you how glad I am that you're ok?" Donna asked her boyfriend. They were finally alone in Eric's room.
"Ten times already, but it hasn't gotten old, yet." Eric smirked as he kissed his girlfriend.
"Today was crazy." Donna stated.
"I know," Eric agreed, "But I think we learned a lesson here today."
"To always lock the door." Eric stated matter-of-factly before Donna pounced on him and the two began kissing.
That was until Red marched in.
"God why?" Eric yelled at the ceiling. "Doesn't anyone respect the value of privacy?"
Red ignored him. "Get dressed; we're going to the hospital."
"It is Jackie?" Donna asked, already buttoning her shirt.
Red was already walking out of the room though, muttering to himself, "Privacy, this coming from someone who walks around in his underwear."
"Wait, are we really sure we want to be there?" Eric asked, "Because women in labor tend to get violent and she could break me."
"You can stay," Donna replied, "But I have to go."
"Why do you have to go?"
"I'm Jackie's Lamaze coach." Donna said as she pulled Eric from the bed.
"Since when?" Eric asked curiously.
"Since always." Donna replied, as though it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"Are you ready to push?" Jackie's O.B asked.
"You mean I get a choice?" Jackie asked, "Then in that case, no."
He laughed, "I was just being polite. You really have to push now."
"I have an idea, how about I don't?"
"Jackie, just think one more push and Julian Hyde will be here." Donna said encouragingly.
"The two of you said one more push twelve pushes ago. I'm tired, I'm sweaty, I'm in pain and…" whatever she was about to say was nature forced her to begin pushing. Seconds later, loud crying was heard in the room.
"Congratulations, you have a brand new son!"
"How does he look?" Jackie asked Donna.
"Messy." Donna replied. "And beautiful."
Jackie laughed as they placed little Julian into her arms. "Oh look at you."
Awhile later Hyde walked into Jackie's room where she and Donna were talking quietly. Donna was holding a small blue bundle. A small surge of jealousy ran through Hyde, but he quickly pushed it aside. Donna had been there from the beginning of Jackie's pregnancy, and if anyone deserved to hold the baby first after Jackie, it was her.
The two of them smiled and Donna stood up and walked to Hyde. "It's time to meet your son."
Epilogue is next!