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They said that they were bored and had nothing better to do, but the summer that Jackie and Hyde got together was more than just a hookup. And the attraction didn't just start that summer. It had been going on for awhile.

Beyond Words

Chapter 12: Official

It was almost painful how the minutes ticked by silently between them. Both refused to make the first move.

They knew Jackie would be the one to crack first.

The park lights were far away from their standing place. She couldn't see his face. Somehow, she expected his expression wasn't pleasant.

She had missed him.

There was more silence. It ate at her, though it seemed to calm him down.

She hated him.

Where do they begin?

Jackie crossed her arms. She glared down at Hyde in his chair as he mimicked her movement and glared back at her. They had been like this for an hour.

"You're lying."

Hyde clenched his jaw. "I only lie to cops and parents, Jackie."

"Michael wouldn't cheat on me."

"Well, maybe if you weren't such a bitch. No, wait, that wouldn't stop him either."

She smacked him on the arm and sat down on top of the couch in a huff. Michael was her first boyfriend, they had lost their virginity to each other only days before. Why was Steven so determined to hurt her?

"Jackie I'm breaking code telling you this…"

"Then why tell me at all!?" Her voice broke, "Is it because you don't like me?"

He avoided the question, "No one deserves to be treated like crap. You two will destroy each other."

"He can't do this to me. Michael loves me!"

"He doesn't love you the way you want him to Jackie. This isn't some fairytale." Hyde felt the guilt claw at him. It wasn't right to interfere like this. Why was he doing it? Why did he care?

She had cried until he distracted her with some pot. A few days later Kelso got caught with Pam behind the gym.

"What are we doing Steven?"

He didn't want to answer that. The whole implications of that road were enough to panic him.

"We're standing in the park."

Jackie refused to let him deter her. "Do you care about me?"

"I…"

"Am I just some girl you fool around with; one of those notches in your bedpost?"

"Jackie…"

"Maybe that's all I've ever been good for. I mean, I am pretty, so why not use the pretty girl for a joy ride."

Hyde felt himself being backed into a corner. She had chosen her weapon and knowing her mouth was as deadly as it was beautiful he did the next best thing.

He imagined she was on mute.

Jackie didn't notice he wasn't paying attention anymore. She continued to berate him. He didn't listen, but it was his own personal hell he managed to catch her last question before she shook her head at him and stomped off.

"Steven Hyde, will you be my boyfriend?"

"What...?"

He watched her walk away. He couldn't believe how dumbfounded she left him. How could he possibly be honest with her?

XXX

"Quit following me." Jackie ordered as she skipped a few paces away from Steven's form.

"Jackie…"

"You made things perfectly clear, Steve… Hyde."

He winced. It was easy to catch up to the smaller girl. He grabbed her arm. "Jackie, stop."

"Why? So you can make fun of me for my feelings for you? I like you, Steven. I want to be with you. Not just some dirty secret."

"No one said you were a dirty secret." He was interrupted by Jackie's shrill voice.

"You don't want anyone to know about us! That makes me…"

He kissed her. If there was anything he could do to stop this uncomfortable conversation with all these emotions flying around it was to occupy the brunette's mouth.

She pushed him away, "Don't hurt me."

Hyde hugged her. He didn't know how to handle this. He wasn't sure what to say or do to make everything alright and he didn't feel ready to admit anything. However sometimes life didn't wait for a man to be ready.

"I like you, Jackie. I want to be with you… I'm just not sure how."

She buried her head into his chest and cried. Did he do something wrong? Did he say the wrong thing? He stood there awkwardly holding onto the pretty girl that turned his life upside down.

Once she got herself under control, Jackie peeked up at him. "Does that mean we're boyfriend and girlfriend now?"

He tried to keep his face from twisting into an expression that would have upset her more. Hyde slid his hands around her waist instead.

"Small steps, grasshopper. Small steps."

Jackie smiled at him before kissing him. He got lost in the taste of her lip gloss. It had been so long since they were last like this. He missed it.

He missed her.

He had a feeling she understood by the smile she gave him and they easy way they fell into step with one another.

"So when are we going to tell everyone else?" Jackie pushed.

Hyde almost laughed at the predictability of the girl beside him. "They'll figure it out on their own."

With that last assertion Jackie was practically beaming. Hyde figured that the one moment of him being uncomfortable and putting himself out there wasn't such a bad thing. Everything else he could handle whenever it came up.

It might blow up in their faces or work out for the best. Either way Hyde was one word he never thought he'd describe himself as.

He was happy.

THE END.

NOTES:

So the ending is a little weird, sorry. However much I loved this fanfic, I'm glad it's over. When I get the chance I will come back with even more ideas, but for now you must forgive me for focusing on my fanfics in other fandoms.

Yay! This procrastinator finished something!