I'm not going to bore you guys with an explanation so, I'm just going to apologize for the wait and let you get to reading :)
Jesse had his first date.
I'm not really sure what made this memory come back. Mia talks a lot about Jesse so maybe the fact that she was involved in this memory triggered it.
"Um, Letty?" A small, tenuous voice called to me.
I rolled out from under the car I was working on, finding Jesse standing above me, his hands stuffed into his pockets and a shy look on his face.
I noticed the nervousness in his stance, but I brushed it off. He was always nervous, a side of effect of his ADD.
"What's up, man?" I asked, standing from the creeper I was lying on.
"Well, um," He stuttered, his eyes looking at everything in the room except me. "I-I just wanted to ah, ask you a question."
My brows creased in confusion. "Okay. Why you so worked up, Jesse?"
While he always stuttered, it was worse when he was nervous.
He shrugged. "I just-I don't know how to ask. I mean this is all new to me and shit. I don't know what I'm doing, Let. And I can't talk to the guys about it. They'd just make fun of me. I-"
I placed a hand on his shoulder. "Calm down. You're rambling." I said with a small chuckle as he took a deep breath. "Now, what is it?"
"Well, there's this girl," He began, avoiding my eyes.
I tried to hide my smile as I dropped my hand from his shoulder. "A girl, Jesse?"
"Yeah." He nodded enthusiastically. "I just-I've never asked a girl out before. I don't know what I should do."
"Well, I haven't had much experience in that department." I joked.
"I just need a girl's point of view. What should I do to impress her? Like, datewise?"
I scoffed. "How the hell am I supposed to know? I'm with Dom. Never been on a date in my life." I laughed.
"Yeah, but Dom's big and strong and 'King of the Streets'. I mean," He hung his head in defeat and mumbled, "I'm nothing like Dom."
My smile faded as I watched his reaction. "Jesse, those things are just extras. I was attracted to Dom way before he was any of that."
He lifted his head, his face scrunched in confusion. "So what attracted you to him?"
I shrugged. "I don't know. He's passionate, about everything he does. It started with his passion for cars and his family." I sighed, noticing Jesse's disappointed face. "Look Jesse, you're a smart guy. I don't know anyone else that knows as much as you do. If she doesn't fall in love with you for that, then she doesn't deserve you."
Jesse nervously met my eyes, noticing the truth in them, and smiling. "Thanks Let."
I smiled and ruffles Jesse's hair. "No problem, kid."
He flashed me a quick smile before running out of the garage, shouting, "I'm going to make her a car on my new computer program! I'll let you know how it goes!"
I laughed and shook my head at him. "You do that!" I shouted back.
"You're good with him." Your booming voice called out from your hiding spot in the office.
I turned around to look at you and folded my arms against my chest. "He'd hate me if he found out that I knew you were in there."
You made the motion of zipping your lips and I rolled my eyes.
"Did you find about his dad?" I asked, watching your face fall and I already knew the answer. "He's not getting out is he?"
You slowly shook your head, taking slow steps towards me. "Behavior. He hasn't changed a bit."
I let myself fall back against the car behind me and I exhaled loudly. "How are we going to tell him?"
You reached out and slid your hands onto my waist. "We'll figure it out."
I nodded and sighed, reaching my arms up to wrap them around your neck. "You're a good guy, Dom."
"Yeah?" You asked, a crooked smile on your face.
"Yeah." I confirmed with a nod. "Even though you're hard on him sometimes, I have no idea where he would be without you. I don't even want to think about it."
"I'm not the only one, you know." You lifted a hand to cup my cheek, caressing it with your thumb. "He gets through this with a little help from all of us."
I smiled up at you before furrowing my eyebrows and frowning. I dropped my hands from your neck and crossed my arms. "Why don't you ever take me on dates?"
"Jesse, you don't need the beanie." I told him for the umpteenth time.
"But-but I like my beanie." Was always his stuttered answer.
I sighed in frustration, running a hand through my hair. "Dom." I said, throwing the beanie in your direction.
You caught it before it hit you in the face and stood from our bed. "Look kid," You said, coming up stand beside me. "Don't you like it when a girl runs her fingers through your hair?"
I rolled my eyes at your approach.
"Well, sure." Jesse answered. "But how would you know that?"
I covered my mouth with my hand in an unsuccessful attempt at stifling my laugh.
You stood in silence, blinking repeatedly as if you weren't sure what you heard. "Fine, wear the fucking beanie."
I snatched the beanie from your grasp before you could hand it back to him. "You're no help at all."
"He made fun of my bald head!" You complained and I shook my head.
"Go." I said, pointing towards the door. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Jesse reach for the beanie in my hand. "If you touch it, I swear I will rip it to shreds." I warned without turning to look at him.
His hand jerked back quickly and you chuckled.
"What is going on?" Mia asked as she appeared in the doorway.
"Jesse wants to wear his beanie on his date." I said, holding up the multicolored beanie.
"Oh god." She groaned. "Not the beanie, Jesse."
"What does everyone have against my beanie!?" He whined.
"Oh nothing, honey." Mia cooed like a mother. "It's just that you wear that thing all the time."
"Except at dinner." I interrupted. "You know we never let you wear this thing at dinner."
"True." Mia agreed. "And don't you think this is sort of a special occasion? I mean it's your first date." She glanced over at me with a look of motherly pride and I glanced back with a sisterly one, neither being able to contain our smiles.
Jesse sighed. "Okay, I won't wear the beanie."
"Thank you." I mouthed to Mia.
"You're welcome." Mia mouthed back.
It was just in time as there was a knock at the front door.
"That must be her." I said, flashing a smile at Jesse. "Come on, let's go." I said, ushering him out the door and down the stairs.
You and Mia followed and we all stood behind Jesse as he took a deep breath and opened the door.
"Guys, this is Amanda." Jesse introduced the dark haired girl.
Our eyes widened at the sight of her. She was pretty, dressed in skinny jeans and a black top, her dark hair falling straight over her shoulders and brown eyes looking up at us hopefully.
"Damn." You whispered beside me, earning an elbow to the side from me. "Ow."
"This is Mia, Letty, and Dom." Jesse continued with his introduction.
"Nice to meet you all." She said politely.
"You too." We all said in unison.
Silence fell over us and I noticed Jesse getting anxious as he looked between us and the open door.
"Well," I began. "Jesse, why don't you go get your car ready?"
"Okay." He said, disappearing out the door.
"Alright here's the deal." Mia began. "He really likes you."
"We don't want to see him hurt." I added on.
"He's like a brother to us." You added on from beside me.
"What we're really trying to say is," Mia said, a sweet smile on her face.
"Break his heart and we'll break your neck." Mia and I said in unison.
"I'll just let them." You said with a shrug.
She chuckled as if we were joking, stopping abruptly when she noticed the seriousness on our faces. "Well, you don't have to worry." She said, glancing behind her to where Jesse sat in his car.
He waved at her from behind the wheel and she chuckled and waved back before turning back to us.
"He's a great guy. I really like him too."
"That's great." Mia beamed and I only smiled as she walked out and climbed into Jesse's car.
We watched as they pulled off and Mia closed the door with a squeal. "Jesse's got a girlfriend!" She sing-songed as she skipped her way into the living room.
I laughed and you threw your arm over my shoulder. I turned into your body and wrapped my arms around your torso. "Our little Jesse is growing up."
"That he is." You said, wrapping your arms around me. "Now, go get ready."
I raised my eyebrows at you. "For what?"
You leaned down, placing a kiss on my lips before pulling back with a smirk on your face. "I'm taking you out on a date."
And you did take me out on a date. One that consisted of a movie we didn't watch and takeout that was left in the backseat of your car when we spontaneously decided that skinny dipping in the ocean after midnight was a good idea. You were convinced that I was disappointed with the whole thing, and you spent the entire car ride home promising that the next one would be better. And I spent the remaining hours of darkness in our bed proving otherwise to you.
Jesse's date went a little different. They went out to a restaurant and followed up with a movie they actually paid attention to. She was good to him, even accepted us as his family and his father for who he was. Then she got accepted to a college across the country.
Jesse wasn't one for college, he barely made it through high school with Mia's help. But, like the good guy Jesse was, he encouraged Amanda to pursue her dreams without him.
Jesse had never asked for much, all he wanted was for someone to be there. His mother left when he was a kid, his father couldn't seem to shake his criminal tendencies and while Amanda never wanted to leave him, she did. But you, Dom, you stuck by him through everything. You got him out of trouble more times than any of us could count, and most importantly you made sure he didn't turn out like his father.
Without you, Jesse never would have made it. I know you blame yourself for what happened to him, but truthfully, Dom, he made his own decision. And so did Tran. I know if Jesse could be here somehow, he'd do nothing but thank you for what you did for him. You were his brother, Dom. It was a bond that was equally as strong as blood. And that's what mattered most to him. Just remember that.