Jackie sat on the couch with Donna's arms around her, crying over the fact that the man she had been with for over two years didn't love her. She had put her heart on the line and he had chosen to get drunk in a beer warehouse rather than be with her. Rather than talk to her and tell her he loved her too. She had been ditched before and she had had her heart broken too. But nothing felt as horrible as this. Because this was the end of Jackie and Hyde…the end of her whole world. She lifted her head to say something to Jackie and she came face to face with a very drunk Steven Hyde.
"Jackie." He mumbled.
Jackie's heart stopped momentarily. "Steven? What are you doing here? Better question…how did you get here?"
Hyde stumbled over to the couch and plopped down next to Jackie. "Cab…"
Jackie scrunched her nose as she got a whiff of his breath. "Oh gross…"
He sighed. "Sorry…"
Donna patted Jackie's back. "Do you want me to leave?"
Jackie turned to her. "Yeah. I'll be fine here. Thanks."
Donna nodded. "I'll be upstairs if you need me."
"Thanks." Jackie said as Donna left, she turned back to Hyde. "Steven…what are you doing here?"
He slumped over on the couch and leaned into her. "You're so pretty Jackie…"
She wanted to smile but she knew that she couldn't. He was about to break her heart. Or so she thought. "Well…thanks Steven. But that wasn't answering my question."
"Jackie…I was really mad when you told me about the ultimatum." He said closing his eyes, and leaning completely against her.
She sighed. "Steven…I just wanted to be honest with you."
"Yeah well I think it sucks." He said angrily.
She shook her head. "If you are here to break up with me…just do it."
He shook his head. "I'm not breaking up with you."
Her eyes lit up for a moment. "You aren't?"
He shook his head some more and snuggled into her. "No…you're my little doll face. Can't do that…" He whispered.
Jackie's heart skipped a beat and she rubbed his head gently. "Oh…well then what do you want to do?"
Hyde yawned and snuggled into her again. "I want…" His body started to relax against her. "I want too…"
Jackie leaned closer to him. "You want what Steven?"
She stared at him for a moment waiting for an answer…but all she got was a soft snore. She sighed and chuckled gently. She lifted his head off of her lap and placed a pillow under his head and wrapped a blanket around him. She leaned down to kiss his head and she walked upstairs to her bedroom to go to bed.
"Hey." Donna said nervously. "How'd it go?"
Jackie shrugged. "I don't really know. He said he didn't want to break up…and then he passed out."
Donna frowned. "Our boyfriends are morons."
Jackie smirked. "Yeah. They really are."
Donna sighed. "So what do you think you are gonna do?"
Jackie shrugged and rummaged through her drawers for some pajamas. "I don't know. I guess I'll just wait to talk to Steven in the morning and see what he wants to do. I have until noon to give the station an answer. And as long as he wakes up by 11:50…I think we'll have plenty of time to talk. Steven doesn't take to long usually…he says what he needs to say and then we either don't speak for two days or we just have sex."
Donna laughed. "That sounds promising."
Jackie sighed. "Well I don't really have a choice, do I?"
Donna shook her head. "No. You really don't."
"Well enough about me and Steven. What are you going to do about Eric?" She asked.
Donna shrugged. "I don't think there is much I can do at this point. He seems to really want to go to Africa no matter what I say. I don't want to hold him back…"
Jackie nodded. "Eric really loves you Donna. I think that you two will be able to survive a year apart."
Donna nodded. "I hope so…"
Jackie smiled. "I think we need to just go to bed…and deal with this in the morning."
Donna nodded and rolled over. "Sounds like a plan."
Jackie got changed and hopped onto her cot and looked over at Donna who was already fast asleep. She smiled and lay down and hoped that tomorrow would be better. She hoped that Hyde loved her. She hoped that he loved her enough to ask her to stay. No matter how much she wanted to be a news anchor, she wanted to be with Hyde more than anything else.
The next morning, Hyde woke up on the couch with a killer headache. He opened his eyes slowly and cursed the sun for coming up so early. He looked around and tried to figure out what had happened the night before. He couldn't remember coming over to Donna's house. The last thing he remembered was dancing on top of a table with Kelso to "Dude Looks Like A Lady" and falling off. He rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and sat up to look for Jackie. He figured she was upstairs so he made his way to his room. When he walked in, he found Donna rummaging through her drawers.
"Hey." He said.
Donna turned to look at him. "Oh hey Hyde. How you feeling this morning?"
He groaned. "I've been better."
She giggled. "Jackie's in the bathroom. I think she's about to take a shower."
Hyde nodded. "You mind if I go in there to talk to her?"
Donna shook her head. "No. Not at all. I'm going over to Eric's to talk to him."
He nodded. "Cool. Thanks."
Donna watched him walk to the door and then she called out to him. "Hey Hyde?"
Hyde turned to look at her. "What's up?"
"Jackie really…really loves you." She said. "Just remember that."
Hyde smiled. "I know she does. And I will…"
Donna nodded. "Good. Well…good luck."
Hyde smiled as she left the room and he took a deep breath. He picked up a hand and knocked on the bathroom door gently. He heard Jackie rummaging through the bathroom before she walked to the door and opened it up. She looked surprised at first and then she smiled gently.
"Steven. You're up." She said softly.
He nodded. "Yeah. I don't really remember falling asleep on the couch."
"Well you actually fell asleep on my lap…but I put you to bed. Couldn't really carry you upstairs…it was the best I could do." She said.
He smiled and pushed a stray hair out of her face. "Thanks."
She looked down. "Don't mention it…"
Hyde lifted her chin with his finger. "Hey…you ok?"
She sighed. "That depends…"
He narrowed his eyes down at her. "On what?"
"Last night…you said you didn't want to break up with me." She whispered.
He nodded. "Well that's true."
She smiled slightly. "Well good…but uh…" She paused. "You said there was something that you wanted…"
Hyde cleared his throat. "I did huh?"
She nodded nervously. "Yeah. Look…Steven when I said I wanted to know if we would get married…I didn't mean right away. I just…" She paused. "I want to know that the guy I love…loves me back."
He stared at her intently. "I do."
Her eyes started to water. "Steven I don't know what to do…"
"Don't go." He whispered.
Jackie held onto the door frame. "Wha-What?"
He let out a deep shaky breath. "Please don't go."
She swallowed the lump in her throat. "Why not?"
He sighed and rubbed his sore temples. "Because I would miss you too much."
She smiled. "Really?"
He nodded. "Yes. I would miss you. And I don't want to have to miss you. I want you here…with me. By my side…ok? Is that so bad?"
She shook her head and walked closer to him. "No. It's not."
He smiled slightly. "So does that mean you'll stay?"
Jackie took a deep breath. "On one condition."
He stared down at her. "What's that?"
"That in a year from now…you won't leave me." She whispered.
Hyde pulled her close and cupped her face. "In a year we can talk about getting married."
Jackie stared at him in disbelief. "Are you serious?"
"As a heart attack doll." He chuckled.
Jackie wrapped her arms around his neck and held him tightly. "Oh Steven…I love you so much." She said kissing his face.
"I love you too Jacks. I love you too…" He whispered.
Jackie let the tears fall freely as Hyde held her tightly. She was giving up a great job and she knew that. But being in Hyde's arms felt right. There were plenty of jobs out there…but there was only one Steven Hyde.
A few hours later, the gang was gathered in the Foreman's driveway getting ready to say goodbye to Eric. Kitty was currently holding onto him tightly not willing to let go. Jackie and Hyde were leaning up against the basketball hoop, his arm wrapped around her. Eric walked over to them and smiled.
"So looks like the devil finally nagged her man." He teased.
Jackie smiled. "Looks like it."
He chuckled. "I'm happy for you guys."
Jackie moved away from Hyde and wrapped her arms around Eric. "I'm gonna miss you nerd boy."
He laughed. "I'll miss you too. I guess…"
Jackie let him go and hit him in the stomach. "Shut up."
He laughed. "Hey do me a favor?"
Jackie nodded. "Sure."
He leaned in to her. "Watch out for Donna, will you?"
Jackie smiled. "I will."
He nodded. "Thanks."
Hyde walked over to them. "Hey man…be careful out there. I hear that they have crazy spiders that bite you and then you die."
Eric chuckled nervously. "I'm gonna miss you too Hyde."
Hyde shrugged. "I'm just saying…I hope you don't die out there. But if you do die…make it something heroic. Like…wrestle an alligator or a tiger. If you die but getting bit by a spider…" He paused. "I mean…I'll just laugh man. Cuz that's good stuff."
Eric smiled. "I'm glad to see our friendship as meant so much to you Hyde."
Hyde shrugged. "I'm just saying…that would be funny. Like I'd mess with your tomb stone and I'd write…here lies my best friend Eric Foreman. He was a dumbass and got bit by a spider. Lesson learned…don't go to Africa."
Eric shook his head. "I'll try to not get bit by a spider alright?"
Hyde nodded. "Sounds good man."
Eric stuck out his hand for Hyde to shake. "See you later?"
Hyde looked down at Eric's hand and sighed before pulling in for a hug. "Yeah…see you later man. Good luck out there…"
Eric hugged him back. "Thanks Good luck here…"
Hyde patted his back. "I'll hold the fort down while you're gone."
Eric pulled away from Hyde. "Thanks."
Eric smiled at his friends and got in the Vista Cruiser and drove off to the airport with Donna. Hyde and Jackie stayed in the driveway as everyone else dispersed to different destinations. Hyde was staring off into the distance where Eric's car had disappeared. Jackie walked up behind him and wrapped her arms around his waist, leaning her head against his shoulder.
"You're gonna miss him." She whispered.
Hyde sighed. "Yeah. I guess I am."
Jackie rubbed his stomach. "He'll be back…"
Hyde smiled. "Yeah. I know. He just…he's like my brother ya know?"
Jackie kissed his ear. "I know."
He shrugged. "I guess we all have to move on right?"
Jackie smiled. "I guess so. But…were family. We'll all be together in the end."
Hyde pulled her so that she was standing in front of him and he smiled down at her. "If you say so."
Jackie leaned up to kiss him. "I say so…"
"Come on…I have something I want to show you." He said.
Jackie nodded. "Sure."
Hyde opened the door to the Camino and Jackie got in as the drove through the streets of Point Place. They sat in a comfortable silence for awhile before Jackie slid over to sit next to him. He wrapped his arm around her and kissed her forehead when they were stopped at a red light. A few months ago he would have felt nervous about what he was about to do…but right now he felt that this was right. They pulled up in front of an apartment complex and Jackie seemed confused.
"Steven what are we doing here?" She asked.
Hyde looked up at the building. "Kelso and Fez said there are a few apartments up for rent here."
Jackie's face lit up for a moment. "Steven…"
"I just…I don't know. When Eric told me that he was going to Africa…and you gave me the ultimatum…I realized for the first time I can't hide from the future. It just kind of creeps up on you." He said looking away from her. "You know how I feel about you…and although I don't say it a lot…you mean the world to me Jacks. And…I guess its time I start thinking about the future. So…if you want to…I think we should get an apartment together." He said.
Jackie felt the tears in her eyes and she leaned into him. "You are amazing."
He smirked. "So they tell me."
Jackie laughed and wiped her tears away. "Steven…you're sure about this?"
He nodded. "Yeah I am." He smiled. "Believe me…I was shocked at first too."
"Thank you Steven." She said.
Hyde looked at her strangely. "For what? I didn't do anything."
She nodded. "Yes. You did."
He shifted in his seat. "What?"
"You gave me what I always wanted." She whispered.
"And what would that be?" He asked curiously.
"You." She said leaning in to kiss him.
Hyde smiled against her hips and held her tight. "Glad to make you happy…"
Jackie giggled and straddled his hips. She was going to give him a proper thanking right here and right now. And that was something that Hyde didn't have a problem with.
That night, Hyde and Jackie were having dinner with the Foreman's. They decided that it would be the perfect time for Hyde to tell them that he would be moving in with Jackie. He knew that Kitty would take it rough especially since Eric had just gone off to Africa. But it was time he moved out.
Kitty passed the potatoes to Jackie. "Well I'm glad you decided to stay sweetheart." She said giggling. "What does Chicago have that we don't have? I mean you're tiny…you'd probably blow away there. It is called the windy city you know."
Jackie laughed. "I did know that."
Red smiled. "So…what made you decide to stay anyway?" He asked.
Jackie looked at Hyde and then back at Red. "Oh…someone convinced me."
Red smiled. "Well good. You were the only one I ever liked anyway."
Hyde smirked. "I love you too Red."
Red rolled his eyes. "What did I say about using the L word at the dinner table?"
Hyde sighed. "If I used it…you'd stick your foot so far up at my ass…I'd never be able to speak again."
Red nodded proudly. "That's right."
Kitty sighed. "Can we please refrain from using the ass word at the dinner table for once?"
Red shrugged. "Why? It's fun."
Kitty rolled her eyes. "Anyway…when do you think that Eric will call?"
"I don't know. But for Donna's sake I hope it's soon." Jackie said. "She was a wreck when she came home from dropping Eric off at the airport."
Kitty started to tear up. "I miss him already."
Hyde smiled at Kitty. "He'll be back before you know it Mrs. Foreman. I'm sure he won't be able to stay out there very long…He's to skinny."
Kitty wiped her tears away. "That is true."
Jackie nodded. "Yeah. One time…Eric was drunk at Donna's and he tried on one of my dresses. It barley fit him! And I am tiny!"
Kitty giggled. "That's my boy…"
Hyde smiled for a moment and then cleared his throat. "Well…I guess now is about as good a time as any."
Red took a sip of his drink. "For what?"
"Jackie and I have decided to move in together." He said.
Red smiled proudly and Kitty put a hand over her mouth. "Oh Steven…"
Hyde sighed. "Look…I'm really grateful for everything that you guys have done for me. Without you guys…God knows where I would be. Not with Jackie…that's for sure." He paused. "But I guess its time that I move on…Foreman moves to Africa…and now I'm moving into a new apartment." He said. "But ya know…I'll miss you guys…"
Kitty got up and hugged Hyde. "I'm going to miss you too sweetie…but I'm proud of you."
Hyde hugged her back. "Thanks Mrs. Foreman."
When Kitty let go she hugged Jackie and Red patted Hyde's arm. "You're a good kid Steven. And I know that you are going to do great things…"
Hyde smiled. "Thanks Red."
Jackie smiled at Kitty. "Mrs. Foreman you'll have to teach me how to cook. I mean I will be taking care of Steven now…"
Kitty smiled and patted Jackie's cheek. "Sounds good sweetheart."
Jackie put her hand over Hyde's and he smiled at her. The rest of the dinner was filled with small talk about the future and the rest of the gang. When dinner was over, Jackie helped Kitty clean the dishes and Hyde and Red watched a game on TV. Afterwards, Jackie and Hyde went downstairs to Hyde's room and lay down together.
"Steven…" Jackie whispered.
Hyde leaned in closer to her. "What's up?"
"This is what you really want?" She asked.
Hyde smiled and kissed her gently. "Yeah. I really want to do this Jacks."
She smiled and nuzzled his nose. "You scared?"
Hyde shrugged. "A little bit."
Jackie smiled and kissed him gently. "Me too…"
"Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens." He said.
Jackie nodded. "Yeah. I guess we will."
"You want to go pick out our new apartment?" He asked.
Jackie smiled. "Yeah. Yeah I do." She said.
Hyde smiled and pulled Jackie up on top of him as he began to kiss her. No matter how scared he was he knew that he couldn't let her go. When she gave him the ultimatum…he had been mad. But he realized…no one loved her like him. And that was something he couldn't let go.
Ok You know what to do! Be kind...this chapter was short because it was just the beginning. Upnext-Jackie and Hyde get their apartment and on their first night alone they get a visit from a depressed Donna. What will they do to cheer her up? REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW and then check for an update soon. Don't worry I haven't forgotten about "Crazy Love" new chapter will be up soon. Review this first though!