Length: 645 words.
Pairing/Characters: Aleece/Caroline, Jacqueline
Rating: PG-13, and barely that.
“So she hates me. Just like that.” Jackie asked dully. She stared out the windshield at the cars that were zipping by, distantly hoping they didn’t crash at the speed they were going.
“She thinks you don’t like her. She doesn’t like it when someone doesn’t like her and she doesn’t know why.” Leece answered quietly. Mediating between her ex-girlfriend and her current girlfriend was something she had hoped she’d never have to do. But she and Jackie had been friends before they’d been ‘a thing’, so it never crossed her mind not to. “And I never said she hated you. She just…” Leece trailed off. She couldn’t think of any better way to explain the situation.
“She just doesn’t like me to the point where you can’t even mention my name around her. Right. I see the difference.” Jackie finished the thought, if a little sarcastically.
“It’s not like that anymore.” Leece tried to explain, but Jackie interrupted her.
“But it was at one point.” she said, it coming out on the verge of a snap.
Silence fell between the friends, neither really knowing where to go from there. Jackie sighed and turned her head to look out her side window.
“Look, I don’t hate her. I don’t know her; I have no reason to hate her.” Jackie said quietly, trying to convince Leece. Trying to convince herself.
“That’s never stopped you before.” Leece said, huffing out a little laugh. Jackie smiled a little, shaking her head.
“I don’t know what you want me to say.” Jackie said, turning to face Leece, finally. Leece glanced over at her before turning back to the road. They were almost at the diner.
“Jacks, I just…I want you to try.” Leece said quietly, keeping her face turned away. “Try getting to know her, try…being nice.” She finished.
Jackie snorted and then coughed, trying to cover it up. “Nice,” She rolled her eyes and shook her head a little. “It’s not that easy Leece. I’m not a nice person.”
“You can be.” Leece shot back quickly. She slowed down to turn, enough for her. Not enough if the cops had been around and certainly not enough for Jackie’s peace of mind.
She found a space in the lot and shut the car off. Neither of them got out. Jackie stared in the window of the diner, the first time she’d seen it in a little under a year. All the usual faces and features stared back at her as if nothing had changed in that year. But it felt like everything had. Like her entire life had been turned upside down.
Jackie grabbed her purse off the floor of the car and swung it over her shoulder. “I’ll do my best. I can be civil.”
“I want you to be more than civil.” Leece said, slapping the steering wheel a little.
“I can’t give you more than civil,” Jackie turned to look at Leece again, her eyes narrowed a little. This was the closest they’d ever really come to a fight, at least in person. “I don’t know her, and I can’t know how I’m going to react to her. It’s not looking good, but that could all change.” She reached for the handle, but just rested her hand there. “I don’t know what’s going to happen Leecey, all right? Who knows? This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.” Jackie smirked at Leece a little, and then opened the door and stepped out of the car.
Leece jerked her door open and slammed it closed again when she was out of the car. Their eyes met and Leece just shook her head. They walked to the door of the diner and prepared themselves for the welcome Jackie had coming.