Chapter tune: Firehouse – When I look into your eyes
Jesse led Skye towards a door that was near enough the bar they were sitting at before, but also hidden in a way; not many people would approach this area anyway.
When they got outside, they were met with a breathtaking view of Bridgeport. It was like the whole city was there, at their feet, surrounded by the color of the dark winter sky, lit up by the stars and the falling snow flakes.
“Wow… Jesse” Skye muttered, completely taken by the view “this… this is beautiful!”
“Yeah… this is one of the tallest buildings in Bridgeport. And this spot never attracts too many people for some reason. Whenever I come up here I feel like I own this city… the world actually. Everything seems so small… you know, I used to come here a lot the few times we performed in Bridgeport back when we had first started the band and it really seemed to calm my nerves… It made me see the world in a different light. I figured it would have the same effect on you” he said.
Skye noticed that Jesse was talking really fast and that his face had become a little flustered, even though it was freezing out there. She realized this was definitely a sign that he was feeling nervous, probably because he considered this outing their very first date. A loving feeling took over her, as well as an urge to help him calm down.
“It’s wonderful… thank you” she said softly and rested her head on his shoulder.
Jesse seemed to relax a little and kissed her head blissfully. Being there alone with her felt right, like everything had suddenly fallen into place. They stayed silent for a while, trying to take in as much from the scenery as possible. They knew the freezing air would make them abandon this place sooner or later.
She turned to face him, her lips forming a playful smirk. “So… spill. How many girls have you brought up here?” she asked.
“Not one. I have been with a couple of girls in Bridgeport, at this lounge even… but I always came up here alone. It never even occured to me to share this place with anyone… until now”
“So I’m the first girl you’ve shown this gorgeous view to? You must have known this is a perfect chick magnet” she joked. Now she was being the nervous one.
Jesse looked her deeply in the eyes. “Skye, I’m serious… This is a special place to me and I wanted to show it to you and only you… I told you, I’ve never felt this way about anyone before. I never thought I would and I never wanted it. And to be completely honest, the way I do feel right now… it scares the shit out of me”
“I don’t know… I guess because for once, it’s like a big part of my happiness depends on just one person.”
“Please don’t say that…”
“Why not..?” he asked, wrapping his arms around her.
“Because… what if it’s over someday? Will you be unhappy forever?”
“I don’t know. I don’t want to think about it. Why, do you know something that I don’t?” he smiled. She stayed silent, looking at the floor. “You know what, you’re right” he continued “it’s too soon for all this, I’m sorry… the last thing I want is to make you feel pressured or uncomfortable. Just… forget I said anything, okay?”
“Isn’t it a little funny” she said after a small pause “we were both kind of against relationships, we both hated each other, but here we are… out on our first sort of date, and you being a perfect gentleman… how did all this happen?”
“But I never hated you, you were the one calling me a jerk all the time! It made me feel nervous.”
“Aww poor baby!” she pouted playfully.
“It’s true! I never was against relationships either, I just never took them too seriously” he grinned “and if you think that I’m going to be a perfect gentleman for the whole night, especially after the way you dressed, you’re very mistaken… milady!”
“Hey, I dressed up for the venue, not you!” she protested, smiling seductively.
The way she pulled his face close to him, made his body wake up again with a burning desire. “Baby, you can say what you want. As long as I’m the lucky bastard who gets to undress you” he whispered.
“Shit, I want you so bad… why don’t I ever have enough of you?” he groaned, his hands exploring more intimate parts of her body than they did moments ago.
“Jesse, not here…”
“What?” he muttered, like he just woke up from a dream “Fuck… you’re right…”
“We should get downstairs for a bit, the others will probably be wondering where the hell we are”
“Yeah, we probably should… just let me see something” he said and pulled her into a hug, giving her a longing kiss.
“Yeah… perfect fit. I knew it” he smiled and then gave her a pretty uncomfortable look “Just… just give me a minute and I’ll come right after you, okay?”
“Sure… Thank you for tonight… I feel much better. And not only because of the view” she beamed, before making her way downstairs.
A little later, Jesse was inside too, at the club where the rest of the gang had gone to have a good time. Owen approached him.
“Hey man, where did you and Skye disappeared to?”
“What? I don’t know where she went, I was just having a drink at the bar!” Jesse replied, slightly panicked.
“Okay, okay! So, uh… what do you think about her?”
“Gee, what’s with the third degree man?”
“What third degree? I’m asking you for your opinion about her!”
“Well I don’t have one!”
“Do you think I might have a shot with her?”
“Look, I really like her. And I think she might like me too… so I’m calling dibs. I’m gonna ask her out when we return to Sunset Valley.” Owen smiled in a way that sent Jesse to a boiling rage. It was maybe the first time he felt so angry, his mind and common sense had been clouded with jealousy.
No, she doesn’t want you, you prick, she wants me! She’s mine!
“You’re calling what? You can’t do that!”
“But you and Dylan always do that! Why shouldn’t I do it with someone who actually matters?”
“Because!… you just can’t!”
“Oh, I see what’s going on here” Owen said bitterly “just because you made that bet, you are waiting for your prize after the year ends.”
“What the fuck are you talking about? It’s just…”
“No! Save this bullshit for someone else! You think that you’re somehow entitled to every woman on this planet! And the rest of us should just bow to king Jesse’s wishes! Well think again!”
“What? Are you insane? You know what, fuck you! If you’re calling dibs on her, you sure as hell don’t deserve her!”
“Fuck me? Fuck you!” Owen screamed. Neither of them remembered how it all started, but the next minute they were on the ground, unleashing a swarm of punches and kicks towards each other. Some people tried to break them apart, but most of them just seemed to enjoy the show.
Eventually they finished the brawl exhausted, with no clear winner – except maybe in each one’s mind.
“Jesse, what happened? Are you okay?” Skye ran towards him as soon as things calmed down.
“Don’t worry about me babe, I kicked his ass!” Jesse said triumphantly. That’s right, I defended you from his sorry ass dibs, I’m your perfect gentleman, not him!
“Dude, what’s gotten into you both?” Dylan asked Owen.
“Alright kids” Vito talked loudly “Why don’t we take it outside and find out what this is all about? I’m warning you, you will have made up before the night is over”