"Three! Two! One!" The Forman's living room burst into screams, hugs, and high-fives. They had all made it through the 70's.
"We made it!" Eric shouted over everyone. When Donna came over to him, his first instinct was to kiss her. Donna looked surprised so Eric said, "Oh, sorry."
"No, it's all right." Donna replied. "Let's get out of here." Eric nodded and followed Donna outside where they laid on the Vista-Cruiser's hood and stared at the stairs. "This is how our first date ended." She remembered. "Whatever happened to us back then, back when we were young?"
"Well, Donna, it's a little thing called growing up," Eric answered.
Donna did not find this funny and slapped him in the arm. "Eric, can we have a serious moment and start the '80s out the right way?"
"Ok, sorry." Eric started to laugh. "Remember how we started out the '70s? My parents were having a party and everyone thought we were so cute when we hugged each other after we finished counting down."
"Yeah, and Laurie told you to kiss me." Donna and Eric both broke into laughter. "Why did we have to grow up? Life was so much simpler back then."
"C'mon, Donna. Growing up wasn't that bad, especially when you have someone like you living next door."
Donna blushed. "Thanks but growing up is bad when you're 12 and your mom walks into a room that has your best friend and his mom in it telling you it's time to go bra shopping. And when your mom stops your best friend's dad's car on the first day of 8th grade to ask if you brought enough tampons with you."
This time it was Eric who laughed. "I think the most embarrassing that happened to us is when our parents found out we were having sex."
"That was very embarrassing." There was a long silence and finally I spoke up, "Eric, even when I dated Casey and Randy I was still in love with you. I guess I'll always love you."
"That's what you told me when your parents got re-married, right before we…" Eric reminisced, but stopped short.
"Would it be crazy if I told you that I wanted to, like right now?" Donna asked.
"Are you serious?" Eric exclaimed, jumping off the hood of the car.
Donna sat up. "So you want to?"
"No, I mean, yes I do want to, but… are you sure?"
"Yes, I am. Eric, right after you left for Africa, all I could think about was you. And now that you're here, I don't want to waste any minute of our time together." Donna stood up next to Eric and kissed him.
Eric smiled and said, "So I guess were doing this."
"Yeah, I guess we are," Donna said back, leading them to her house.
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Half an hour later the voice of Bob, Donna's father, floated through the window from outside. "Donna! You up there?"
"Oh, God, Eric you've gotta get out," Donna told the boy that lay next to her.
"Okay, okay," Eric said, pulling on his pants. "I'll just go the other way."
"Yeah, Dad!" Donna shouted back, pulling her shirt over her head.
"Is Eric with you?" This voice was Kitty's.
Eric shook his head, not wanting to get in trouble.
Donna didn't care and walked to the window, "Yeah! He was helping me pack my last few things for college."
"Tell that dumbass to get his butt down here!" Red shouted up.
"I'll be down there in a second," Eric told his dad and headed down the stairs. "Great to ruin the moment," he mumbled on his way out.
"Wait Eric! I'm coming with you!" Donna chased after Eric.
"What were you guys doing?" Kitty asked once they were outside.
"Isn't it obvious?" Fez said under his breath from his spot on the porch. Jackie smacked him before he could say more.
Eric stuttered so Donna answered for him while fixing her messy hair. "Eric was helping me pack my last few things for college, Mrs. Forman."
"Is that what they call it these days?" Hyde said and Jackie hit him in return.
"Oh, ok." Kitty turned and went back inside the house followed by everyone else, but when Eric went to go in Red stopped him and pushed him down onto a porch chair.
"You dumbass! Did you really think I thought you were helping Donna pack for college?" Red confronted his son.
Eric gulped. "Ok, that excuse was stupid but Donna came up with it. And why do you care about what we did?'
Red put a hand on Eric's shoulder. "Son, I could care less about what you and Donna did up there. I just don't want to see either of you get hurt. When you broke up for the first time you stayed in bed for days. When she went to California you didn't get out of bed except to go to the bathroom. When you left for Africa, Donna was heartbroken. Now that Donna's going to college I don't want to see you moping around because you're upset it didn't work out with you guys again."
Eric was dumbfounded. "Did those words really come out of your mouth?"
"Sadly, yes. I do have a heart, Eric, but I only use it when it's necessary. Now, you need to either go tell Donna that you can't be together or you better call her everyday when she's away. But I guess your going to choose the second choice."
"Yeah, but I was going to do that anyway," Eric answered. "Dad, I love Donna and I will do anything to make this relationship work. I promise."
"You really do love her."
"I kind of just said that."
"I know, but I still don't want you sitting around the house all week." Red looked down at his son who couldn't wait to get out of his seat. "Oh, all right. You can go."
Eric jumped out of his seat and ran into the screen door. Red looked at him sadly as he opened it and ran into the house.
Eric was greeted by a kiss from Donna. "Eric, even though I'm going to college I don't want it to mean us splitting up again. I think we should still stay a couple."
"I was just going to say that," Eric said back, kissing Donna again.
Hyde walked by and snorted. "Go get a room. Oh, wait, you already got one 10 minutes ago."
Eric turned to go follow Hyde but was stopped by Donna. "Ignore him Eric. If you could ignore him 3 years ago, you can ignore him now."
"You're right, I guess."
"I'm always right, always."