Wow! Long time no see, huh? School got the better of me, and so did writers' block. I hope I haven't lost too many readers. Here's Chapter 16. Enjoy!
DISCLAIMER: I am pretty damn sure I'm not affiliated with 'That '70s Show'.
Chapter 16 is based off of lyric from Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive"
Thanks to my Beta Reader La Vedovanera!
March 29, 1978: Point Place, Wisconsin
"Why, Eric?" Jackie dropped her head in her hands. "Why would he do that to me? Am I not good enough for him? Is a skanky nurse better?" The young brunette was frustrated. She couldn't take the frustration anymore.
Eric looked side to side, hoping Donna was near. What was he supposed to do? Give her a sucker and read her a bedtime story?
"Uh, Jackie. I mean...I just don't know what to tell you." Eric rubbed his hands together nervously.
Jackie looked at him from her seat next to him on the couch. Her lip trembled. Her eyes began to well up and she finally broke down, grabbing onto Eric's plaid shirt. He felt the wetness of the tears on his clothing.
He readjusted himself on the couch, and awkwardly put his hand on the small her back, soothing the mess that was known as Jackie.
"It's gonna be okay, Jackie. It really is."
"What?" Hyde jumped from his seat and took off his jacket. "Is it that faggot Mitch? I'll kill him, I swear to God I'll rip him to shreds!" Hyde pushed past Fez and began to open the door. Kelso and Fez jumped up to grab the furious Hyde.
"Hyde! Hyde! Calm down, my friend. It had happened a year ago."
"Where did you hear this?" asked Hyde, as he pulled himself from the grip of his friends and started pacing the basement. "Where is she?" Hyde kicked the chair in front of him as rage went through him. He wasn't just angry, he was scared. "Goddamn it! God-fucking dammit, where is she?" Everything flashed in front of him, the blood, the emotions, the fear. It all made sense.
Meanwhile, Eric was in a daze. He was over. Hyde would murder him, and he would be disowned by everyone he had ever loved. His life was over.
His life became over after he ruined Jackie's.
His lip trembled. He couldn't cry. He couldn't, not in front of the guys. He looked at Hyde, who was sitting on his chair, rubbing his eyes roughly.
The curly-haired man jumped back up and began to go upstairs. "What the hell am I doing? I need to find her."
"No, Hyde!" Eric ran to Hyde. He wasn't stopping him in fears of becoming a bloody pulp from Hyde's fist. But he knew that if Jackie knew that her boyfriend found out, it would break her to pieces. "Give it time, just...man, just trust me."
Hyde yanked his arm away from the skinnier man's grip. "What the hell are you talking about, Forman? She's a victim of rape. Someone needs to connect with her."
"Hyde, not to be rude, but you've never been the one to 'connect' with people." Eric covered his face with his arms, bracing himself for a bash in the head.
He looked instead to find a dirty look on Hyde's face. He almost looked...hurt. Hyde gritted his teeth and looked at Eric for another spit second, before pushing him out of the way and marching to his room.
Kelso looked between the two remaining men. He was scared, his eyebrows were raised in fear for his ex-girlfriend.
"You guys?" Kelso looked like a lost puppy.
"No. We need to find out who did this. Hyde won't be thinking rationally and he'll come up with assumptions and he'll just make everything a mess." Kelso was in his cop mode again, surprisingly switching into a more mature character.
Donna looked in a daze from her spot in Hyde's chair. She snapped out of it, nodding her head vigorously and pretending to be surprised, before shooting a glance at Eric.
"I say we spy on the goddess!" Fez gave a naughty grin.
Eric gave a disgusted look at Fez. "Really, Fez? Someone just raped Jackie and-" Eric finally stopped, as it dawned on him who started this mess in the first place.
"But we can't tell Jackie. She'll just shut down. We need to investigate. Talk to the doctor Fez told us about."
Suddenly Hyde walked in. "Okay," he said, rolling his eyes. "I'll be a part of your stupid little operation." He paused. "And I wont bring it up to her. But I'll have you know I'm only participating in this for Jackie."
He wasn't sure how he would keep his mouth shut near Jackie, knowing that someone had hurt her, violated her. He squeezed his eyes shut. He needed to grow a pair.
"Once we get enough information, we can confront Jackie, Eric's parents, and the police. We're gonna smash the creep who did this to a pulp!"
Donna exploded, a stream of tears racing down her face. She put her head down, not wanting to show her sadness.
"What the hell's the matter, Donna?" Hyde inquired.
But Eric knew. He knew why.
He flashed Donna a look. It had no words, but she could translate it. It was something they had become good at doing with each other over the years. It said, "Don't worry about me, Donna. I deserve it."
She gave her ex an angry scowl; she wasn't going to let him get closer to her.
She sniffed, wiping her eyes. She looked down at the ground. "Nothing's wrong. I'm just...worried about Jackie."
Hyde nodded. "Yeah," he said quietly. "Me too."
Eric nodded. But he was worried to death about three people. One of them was himself.
January 4, 1977: Point Place, Wisconsin:
"Yeah?" snorted Eric. "And how is that exactly going to happen? Are you gonna invest in a lighter shade of nail polish?" He smiled as he heard Donna's laugh from the other end of the couch.
"I don't know, Eric. But you wait and see. I'm going to make something of myself. None of you believe me. None of you believe in me." Jackie closed her eyes, probably imagining her fantasy life in her head. "But I'm going to be on top of the world. No one is ever going to stop me. You wait and see."
Eric wiped a stray tear from his green eyes. She was so close.
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