Hey all! So as you can obviously tell I am a huge Jackie/Hyde fan and this is a story to try and fix the horrible mess that was Season 8. This is a different twist on the episode when Kelso proposed to Jackie in Season 8. In this version he never told everyone he was going to propose, he is doing it because he is thinking a lot about his future and wants to start acting more mature. What will everyone think about this? And most importantly what will Hyde think?I hope you enjoy it! I will update as soon as I can if I get reviews to show that people are interested! :) Thanks!
Jackie was sitting on the arm of the Forman's couch trying to keep the fake smile plastered on her face. In the past few months, it seemed like this was all she did now. Sit and smile even though deep down she was literally dying inside. It wasn't helping matters that every time she looked to her left she had to witness Sam snuggling up to Steven in the corner.
Every time her eyes found her way towards the happy couple, she had to fight the urge to either throw up or kick the blonde skanks ass. She was so wrapped up in her pain and the fact that she was trying to hide it, she didn't' notice Kelso walking up beside her.
"Jackie are you even listening to me?" Kelso asked as he poked her in the arm.
She snapped out of her daze and turned towards him. "What?"
"I'm trying to talk to you about something really important but you aren't listening." Kelso said to her.
She sighed and turned her back to Steven and Sam and tried to focus all her attention on Kelso. "I'm sorry. What's up Michael?"
Kelso cleared his throat and looked around the room. "Can I have everyone's attention please?"
"Kelso…if you are about to do some sort of trick that involves blowing my house up…" Red said pointing an angry finger at him. "You better start running now."
"I only set off a bottle rocket one time in the basement Red!" Kelso yelled as he stomped his foot. "When are you going to forgive me for that?"
"When you give me the money to fix the burn on the ceiling!" Red yelled at him.
"God…" Kelso said rolling his eyes before turning back to Jackie. "I'm about to do something really important and I need everyone to be quiet."
"Michael what are you doing?" Jackie asked crossing her arms over her chest, she really had no patience for any of this right now. All she wanted to do was get as far away from Hyde and Sam as possible before she started to cry again.
Kelso took a deep breath and nodded. "Okay. So I've been doing a lot of thinking about my future…it seems like everyone is really happy and I want to feel that way too."
Jackie rolled her eyes and sighed. "Michael I'm not going to show you my boobs so just forget it."
Fez leaned behind Jackie. "Will you show them to me?"
Jackie could of sworn she saw Steven tense up behind her but she shook the thought out of her mind, figuring it was just wishful thinking. She shoved Fez and tried to turn her back on Kelso wanting to leave this horrible party. "No Fez. I will not show you my boobs either!"
"Will everyone shut up and just let me talk?" Kelso asked sighing as he stomped his foot impatiently.
Jackie licked her lips and turned back to him. "Okay fine…I'm sorry. What is it Michael?"
"I realized that the one time I was truly happy was when I was with you…" He whispered softly to her.
"Michael…what are you talking about? I was constantly yelling at you and you were constantly cheating on me." Jackie said resting her hands on her hips as she glared at him. "How could you say we were happy?"
"Well you kept me in line…" Kelso said shrugging. "And I mean the fact that I got to see your boobs did make me happy because you do have a great rack."
"Oh for the love of God…" Red said groaning. "Kelso just get on with it! If I hear you talk about Jackie's boobs one more time…I'm gonna kick your ass!"
"Fine!" Kelso yelled before turning towards Jackie again. "The point is…I need to start thinking about my future and I like Betsy so I'd like to have another kid…"
"Michael…" Jackie said rolling her eyes again. "I'm not having a kid with you. Yes our kid would be incredibly good looking…but-"
"Jackie Burkhart…" Kelso said as he knelt down in front of her, interrupting her before she could talk again. "Will you marry me?"
There was a momentary pause in the room before a universal, "WHAT?" echoed throughout the room.
"Jackie will you marry me?" Kelso asked again.
"Have you completely lost your mind?" Jackie asked as she stared down at him in disbelief.
"So is that a no?" Kelso asked as he held out a black velvet box towards her.
"God Michael stand up…" Jackie said shaking her head sadly, how could this possibly be happening to her?
All she had ever wanted was to get married. She had been waiting for a proposal forever and she definitely didn't picture it happening like this, or involving this man. Yes when she had dated Michael, she had thought about marriage but truth be told when she thought about the perfect proposal it never involved Michael Kelso down on one knee.
The only person she wanted to propose to her was Steven J. Hyde but he was already married to someone else. And if that wasn't humiliating enough, this was just the icing on the cake. She could just imagine Steven standing behind her snickering and coming up with a plethora of burns to throw at her when all this was said and done.
Kelso stood up and looked around the room and noticed that everyone was staring at him with wide eyes. When he looked towards the corner he noticed that Hyde looked more pissed than he had ever seen him and he couldn't help but feel confused. Didn't he have a wife of his own already?
"Jackie I thought you wanted to get married?" Kelso asked as he looked back at her, man was she confusing!. "I mean you were always planning our wedding when we were going out and you tried to force Hyde into it when you guys were together."
Jackie sighed and couldn't bear to turn and look at Steven who she was sure was glaring at her. "Michael I do want to get married someday…but I don't want to have to force anyone into it and I don't want to marry someone who I'm not in love with."
"You don't love me?" He asked with a sad puppy dogface.
She couldn't help but laugh. "Of course I love you Michael…but not enough to marry you." She said shaking her head, god did she feel tired. "You don't really want to marry me…you're just feeling lonely right?"
Kelso thought about it for a moment before he nodded. "Yeah I guess you're right. I am lonely…and I figured if I had to get married I should marry someone who was hot." He shrugged and smiled. "So naturally you were the first choice since you have such a great rack and all."
She laughed again and patted his shoulder, even through this humiliating moment Michael managed to make her smile. "Well…thank you Michael. As always you are sweet in your own ridiculously stupid way."
Kelso smiled that goofy smile of his and shrugged again. "I try…"
Jackie smiled and turned to Donna and Fez who were still standing behind her a little shell-shocked. "Wow…I can't believe you really just proposed to Jackie…" Donna said as she shook her head sadly. "You really are the King…"
"Well I thought it was romantic…" Fez said putting a hand over his heart as he tried to hold in his tears. "It was really beautiful…"
"Thanks Fez…" Kelso said putting his hands in his pockets. "I knew out of everyone you would appreciate the sentiment of it."
"Did you really buy a ring?" Donna asked looking back over at Kelso as Kitty and Red walked towards them.
Kelso shrugged. "I didn't so much buy it as I did steal it…"
Jackie rolled her eyes, how typical of Michael to steal a diamond ring! She couldn't even get a man to buy her a damn ring! "I can't even get a legitimate ring?"
"Well damn Jackie! You said no! You can't have an opinion about the ring." Kelso said glaring at her.
She chuckled and put her hand out. "Whatever…just show me the ring."
Kelso pulled the black box out of his pocket and handed it to her. "Fine! Damn I really dodged a bullet here…I forgot how freaking demanding you are!"
Jackie ripped the box out of his hands and glared at him. "Whatever…"
She flipped the box open and stared down at the large square diamond on the platinum band and her heart stopped. It was exactly the kind of ring she had always wanted; she had even pointed it out to Hyde one time when they were at the mall.
"Well stolen or not…it is really beautiful." Kitty said leaning towards the ring, impressed by the size of the diamond.
Jackie lifted it up out of the box and smiled as she remembered that day she had pointed the ring out to Hyde. "Yes it is."
"So what store did you steal it from?" Fez asked leaning towards the ring in Jackie's hand.
"I didn't steal it from a store." Kelso said as he plopped down on the couch and threw his feet up on the coffee table.
"Then where the hell did you get it from?" Donna asked as she peered down at the diamond.
"I found it in the basement in Hyde's room…" Kelso said reaching for some chips in the bowl on the coffee table.
It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop in the room and Jackie felt like she was going to be sick. "You are giving me Sam's engagement ring?" She said through gritted teeth, was this really happening?
Could things get any worse? Hyde had not only married that skank but he bought her Jackie's dream ring for Christ Sake! How could he hurt her anymore than this?
"I don't have an engagement ring…" Sam said turning to Hyde who looked like he was about ready to pass out. "Hyde is that ring for me?"
Hyde didn't hear her though…his eyes were focused only on Jackie and waiting to see what she would do next. When she caught his intense stare, she lifted the ring up closer to her eyes and stared at the ring. Then she noticed the writing on the inside of the ring and her heart began to speed up again as she inhaled sharply.
"Hold me closer Tiny Dancer…" Jackie whispered as she read the tiny words written inside.
"Tiny Dancer?" Donna asked scrunching up her nose as she turned towards Hyde, trying to figure this all out, "Wasn't that your song with Jackie?"
Everyone in the room held their breath as Jackie turned her back on her friends and walked towards Hyde. She was closer to him then she had been since Sam showed up, and no one was sure what was going to happen.
She was quiet for a moment, staring at him intensely as she held out the diamond in her hand. She was sure her heart was going to burst out of her chest at any moment. Did this mean what she thought it meant? Or did he really want her hurt her that badly that he would buy this ring, and write those words on it for his new wife.
"Steven…" She whispered almost inaudibly, unable to take her eyes off of him. "Who is this ring for and when did you get it?"
He was silent for a moment, he could feel Sam's eyes boring into the back of his head but he couldn't seem to look away from Jackie. He wasn't sure how to handle all of this. He wanted to kick Kelso's ass for putting him in this situation because she was never supposed to find out about the damn ring.
But right now he couldn't lie about whose ring it actually was…he knew deep down she knew and didn't need him to say it. But she wanted him to say it…she wanted him to admit that he had screwed up. Everyone knew it, and he had been trying to pretend other wise since Sam showed up at the door but there was no where to hide now.
This was it. He had to man up and tell her the truth but he was terrified of the consequences he would have to face.
"I bought it after you left for Chicago…" He whispered staring directly into her eyes.
She inhaled deeply, and didn't know if she wanted to laugh or cry. Part of her was jumping for joy because this proved that he did in fact love her. Except there was only one problem…he was already married to Sam.
Before she could even think about what she was doing, she lifted her hand and smacked him hard across the face. The only things that could be heard were the sound of flesh against flesh and both Kitty and Donna gasping in shock. But quite honestly…she didn't care.
"I hate you." She whispered to him through gritted teeth as the tears feel freely from her eyes.
The stinging in his cheek didn't hurt as much as seeing the pain in her eyes as she stared at him. He was so confused and upset he didn't even register the fact that she had dropped the ring at his feet and run out of the room.
Once he heard the door slam behind her, he seemed to jump and realize he was supposed to say something now. "Jackie-"
"I can't believe you bought a ring for that bitch and not me!" Sam yelled shoving him slightly.
The sound of Sam's voice made him want to scream at the top of his lungs. He felt sick to his stomach at this moment but he knew there were a few things he had to take care of before he found a way to end this sham of a marriage.
"Can it Sam…" Hyde pushed himself away from the wall and stomped towards Kelso. "Stand up you moron."
Kelso stood up with a nervous look on his face and Fez tried to step in between them. "Look Hyde man…" Fez started hoping to be able to keep his two friends from killing each other.
"Back off before I kick both of your asses!" Hyde screamed shoving Fez back making him stumble into Donna.
"Steven…I know you are upset-" Red tried to reason with him, even though he knew there was no use in trying.
"Why the hell were you snooping in my room?" Hyde said grabbing a fistful of Kelso's shirt.
"I was bored and looking for a pair of Sam's underwear…" Kelso said his face growing red, he had never seen Hyde look so pissed in his life. And Kelso had done a lot of stupid things to screw with him, but it was quite obvious nothing had ever been as bad as this.
"If I gave a damn about Sam I would be really pissed about that but we have bigger problems here." Hyde said shaking him.
"Hey!" Sam yelled walking closer to them. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"Shut up!" Hyde yelled at her before turning back to Hyde. "I am going to kick your ass!"
Kelso struggled out of his grasp and ran behind the couch. "Hey…it's not my fault you were to chicken to tell Jackie how you really feel!"
Hyde tried to lunge at him but Kelso ran around the other side of the couch. "Only because I found you in a towel in that damn hotel room you jackass!"
"Steven calm down…" Kitty whispered nervously, feeling the tension rise in the room.
"Since the moment Jackie and I got together you were constantly trying to ruin us!" Hyde yelled at him as he ignored everyone's protests around him.
"Well she was my girlfriend first!" Kelso said hiding behind Red, knowing Hyde wouldn't attack him while he was in front of him.
"You didn't love her!" Hyde yelled as Donna and Fez held him back by his arms. "So why the hell did you care anyway?"
"So what you love her?" Sam asked, hand on hip ready to kill.
"Sam just stay out of this!" Hyde yelled not even looking at her. "Why did you have to go and steal that stupid ring Kelso? Everything would have been fine if Jackie never found out about it."
"So what you were just going to pretend like you never bought it? You were never going to tell her the truth?" Kelso asked, he may have been confused by this whole situation but that sounded pretty freaking stupid to him and he was the King of Stupid!
"That's none of your damn business!" Hyde screamed at him again as he shook off Donna and Fez's hands.
"Will all of you dumbasses shut up!" Red screamed as he stepped away from Kelso.
The room went quiet again and everyone turned towards him. "Red…" Kitty started.
"No Kitty…they can all figure out this crap later…but someone needs to go check on Jackie." Red said pointing towards the door angrily. "If none of you have noticed she has been a real mess these past few months because Kelso and Steven are both idiots. And now that she ran out of here after this little stunt…we need to make sure she's okay."
"Red's right…" Fez said letting go of Hyde's arm. "Donna we should really go find her…"
"But she'll try and pull my hair our or claw my eyes out…did you see how mad she was?" Donna asked nervously.
"She didn't look mad Donna…" Fez whispered. "She looked…she looked…"
"Heartbroken…" Kitty whispered, "It's the same look she's had on her face for months."
"You know you really aren't helping here Mrs. Forman…" Hyde whispered.
"Well Steven I'm sorry…but that poor girl has been miserable." Kitty said shaking her head.
"Man screw this…" Hyde said pushing past everyone making Kelso jump.
"Aren't you going to kick my ass?" Kelso asked him as he cowered behind Red again.
Hyde stopped where he was and glare at Kelso before shaking his head. "Whatever…"
Once he left the room, Sam huffed and turned to Donna. "Donna…what the hell does he see in that bitch anyway?"
Donna stared at Sam for a moment before answering. "Sam…look I know we've been hanging out and stuff lately but Jackie's my friend. You can't say shit like that about her okay?"
"Oh please…like you care." Sam said rolling her eyes. "You guys have done nothing but bitch about her since I've known you. Why would you want them to get back together anyway?"
Donna put her arms over her chest and shrugged. "I don't know…I mean if I really think about I guess they kind of made each other happy."
"Well you forgot one little thing…Hyde and I are married Donna. I'm not going anywhere." Sam said, hands on hips as she glared at her.
"You really want to stay married to a man who is clearly in love with someone else?" Donna asked finally seeing Sam for who she was. "How pathetic can you be?"
"Well she is a stripper honey…" Kitty whispered.
"Hey!" Sam screamed as she turned towards Mrs. Forman angrily.
"Well…you are…" Kitty said shrugging. "You know…this whole anniversary party has turned into quite a mess."
"Come on Kitty…I'll take you out to dinner. These dumbasses are giving me a headache." Red said walking towards the door.
"So what…you're just going to leave us to fix all this crap?" Kelso asked.
Red pointed at Kelso and sighed. "It's your fault all this crap happened in the first place. So you better get your ass out of my house and find that girl before I come back or I'm going to put my foot so far up your ass…you won't have a future to worry about anyway."
When the door shut behind them, Donna sighed. "Come on Fez, Kelso we should go find Jackie and make sure she's okay."
"Well what the hell am I supposed to do?" Sam asked as she watched them walk towards the door.
"I don't know…make yourself useful and pack up and move on out of here." Donna said as she slammed the door behind her.
So what did you think? I hope you liked it! If you want me to continue and see what happens next, send in a review! THANKS!