JJ: In my defense, I impulsively buy stuff when I’m sad
Kiara: But you’re always buying stuff …
JJ: *finger guns*
JJ: In my defense, I impulsively buy stuff when I’m sad
Kiara: But you’re always buying stuff …
JJ: *finger guns*
summary: after a day on the HMS Pogue, JJ can’t keep his feelings for you under wraps anymore.
warnings: mentions of alcohol, swearing
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The sun beat down on your shoulders as you stood on the dock in front of your house. Your feet had been dangling over the edge, but as soon as you heard the familiar sound of the HMS Pogue engine you stood. Just as you suspected, the old boat came into view and your four best friends started calling your name. As soon as the boat was close enough, JJ held out his hand and you took to help steady yourself as you climbed in.
“And how are you this fine morning?” JJ grinned as you slumped onto the front of the boat across him. Kiara was next to you while John B and Pope were on the back.
JJ MAYBANK | SEPTEMBER
Summary: It was during a party on September 21st when you and JJ fell in love.
Warnings: underage drinking, cursing, SLIGHT angst & fluff
A/N: I don’t know how this happened but I’m just rolling with it because I love that song and needed to make another JJ imagine. FEEL FREE TO SEND REQUESTS, TOO!
[not my gif]
You didn’t want to go to the party. There was only one week of school before fall break — a week of complete relaxation and not a single assignment to occupy your time — but you needed to focus on your remaining assignments in order to make sure you were still passing all of your classes. Your parents were expecting nothing but perfection from you and you didn’t want to let them down.
They already disapproved of your friends. You didn’t want to give them any more reason to despise you.
One of your close friends, Kiara Cerrera, or simply Kie, had tried to convince you to go to the boneyard for a kegger to ease your nerves, but you were deep in homework and couldn’t afford to stop now.
That was almost two hours ago and it was nearing midnight. Your parents were fast asleep in their bedroom down the hall, but you were wide awake with your homework spread out around you on the floor. Your mind was desperately begging you to take a break, to rest and relax so you didn’t go into overload, but you’d made it this far — you couldn’t stop now.
Faint music softly played from your phone that was carelessly tossed on your bed, your ears tuning out any chime that came from it to avoid getting distracted by your concerned friends. You promised Kie you were fine and would stop at a reasonable time, but you should’ve known better than to believe she wouldn’t express her concerns to your friends.
After a while, you heard a light tap on your window. You frowned, eyes growing wide. You’d seen enough horror movies than to know better than to look. There was no way you were going to open your window so late at night.
You gulped and stood up, cautiously sitting on the edge of your bed. The tap came again.
You nervously bit your lip, your gut telling you to go get your dad, but you remained frozen in place. The music on your phone abruptly stopped and it began to ring. You jumped fearfully, relaxing when you saw it was only JJ. You quickly answered it, hoping it hadn’t woken your parents.
“JJ, I cant talk right now,” you whispered. Your eyes never left your thankfully locked window. “There’s—”
“Someone tapping on your window?” JJ finished for you, amusement laced in his gruff voice. Your eyes widened and you stood up, yanking back your curtain. The light from your room spilled out of the window, lighting up JJ’s face behind the glass. You sighed in relief and hung up, lifting the window to let him inside.
JJ grinned and pocketed his own phone before quietly climbing into your room; it was times like these you were thankful you lived in a one story home. You backed out of his way, going back to sitting in the floor by your homework. JJ watched you, doing a double take at all of the papers you had scattered around you. “Woah,” he breathed out, cocking a brow in your direction. “Are you sure we go to the same school? ‘Cause there’s no way in hell we have that much work to do it.”
You let out a light laugh, innocently shrugging when you caught his unsure gaze. “Yes, but I’m in AP classes. They require more work,” you replied defensively. You pulled a notebook into your lap, a separate sheet right next to you. “I need to finish these, JJ. Besides, don’t you have a party to be at?”
JJ sighed, lazily plopping down at your desk. He propped his feet up on your desk only to dramatically put them back down at the glare you sent him. “I was, but you weren’t there,” he said in reply. You frowned. Why did it matter if you were there? Sure, you were flattered he wanted you to be there, but that never stopped him from partying before.
“So?” You laughed, jotting down the next answer to your assignment. “I’m just not in the mood to party tonight. My parents would kill me, too.”
“Are you going to tell them?”
“Well, no, but they might—”
“They won’t.” You sighed, giving JJ a tired look. He held his hands out at his sides, eyes softened. “C’mon, Y/N. Kie said you’ve been doing this all day—”
“JJ, I promise, I’m fine,” you interjected. You really didn’t wanna have another debate about it again. You were still reeling in from the one you had with Kiara. You didn’t think you could do it all over again, and with JJ no less. As much as you appreciated his, and everyone else’s concern, it was unnecessary.
You looked back down to your homework, hoping JJ would drop it. You went back to working out the problems, pausing when JJ stood up and sat down beside you. The corners of your lips tweaked upwards, giving him a suspicious look. “JJ, what’re you doing?” You questioned.
He picked up a piece of paper, grinning towards you. “What’s it look like? I’m gonna help you so you can finish sooner and get to the party.”
You giggled, playfully rolling your eyes. “You don’t have to do that,” you stated softly. “I don’t wanna go, anyways.”
JJ dropped the paper, his eyes pleading with you. “This isn’t good for your health, Y/N,” he said, brows knitted together.
“You’re one to talk!” You retorted defensively. “How healthy do you think it is to drink as—”
“This isn’t about me,” JJ cut in, standing up. He ran a hand through his hair and took a few steps away, finally facing you. “I-we’re all worried about you. All were asking is for one night, Y/N. That stuff can wait until tomorrow. You need a serious break, and I’m not leaving here until you agree to come with me.”
You rolled your eyes in annoyance. “You can’t stay here all night, JJ.”
You angrily huffed, slamming your homework onto the floor. JJ proudly smirked — it was only a matter of time until you caved. You clenched your jaw and pushed yourself to your feet, folding your arms over your chest. “If I say yes, what do you get out of it?”
“I get to see my friend have a good time instead of overworking herself to death,” he answered, face hardened with sincerity.
You were taken aback by his answer. It was stern, but he didn’t hesitate. He was being honest.
Eventually you sighed, unable to stop yourself from smiling towards the sun kissed boy. “Fine, I’ll go, but one condition.”
“This is ridiculous.”
“It is not!”
“I look like a freakin’ tour guide!”
“No, you don’t!”
The party was raging when you and JJ arrived, having ridden on your two person bike so you wouldn’t have to take your car and make it obvious you’d snuck out. Kooks, Pogues, and clueless Tourons clashed in one enormous group on the sand, bodies blending together in the sea of faces that moved along with the thumping music that blared from a nearby radio. A keg was placed by the water, red solo cups were discarded throughout the beach, some still clutched in the clammy hands of those hoping to have a good time.
“Hey, what time does the tour begin, hot stuff?” John B. called out, coming up to you and JJ, throwing his arm around his best friends shoulders. You held your hand over your mouth, hoping to hide your laugh from JJ. The boy turned to you, giving you an ‘I told you so’ look, but you just waved it off.
He shrugged John B.’s arm off, pointing in your direction. “It was her idea, not mine,” JJ stated. The bright yellow, Hawaiian shirt he wore was bright under the moonlight, making it easy for anyone to spot him in the crowd. The top five buttons were undone, you having been the one to say that was the perfect amount to have done — just the right amount of skin showing. A black bandana was wrapped in his hair, a few short pieces sticking out and resting on his forehead. “I think she raided your closet of somethin’.”
You rolled your eyes, playfully shoving JJ. Your gaze swiveled over to John B., giving him a small smile. “I take it you were worried about me, too?”
“I’m always worried about you. You don’t party enough,” he replied, chuckling. Then he nodded towards JJ, eyes twinkling mischievously. “He was worried the most, though.”
“I was not—”
“John B.!” A pretty blonde called out, motioning the boy over to her with two red cups in her hands.
John B. contently sighed, stealing a glance to you and JJ. “Duty calls, my friends,” he breathed out. He pointed a finger to you as he started to walk off, lips pursed. “Have fun, Y/N. And if I see you trying to leave early, I’ll drag you back and handcuff you to myself so you can’t leave.”
You falsely saluted him, hardening your features and stranding straight. “Sir, yes, sir!”
He gave you and JJ a final wave, disappearing into the crowd with the Touron girl, leaving you and JJ all alone. You were expecting him to go about and find some cute girl to flirt with and slip out of the part my with, but much to your surprise, he remained at your side.
You could see Kie off in the distance by a dim bonfire, trying to get Pope out to dance with her. You grinned, a gasp leaving your lips when you heard what song was playing. You sharply turned to JJ, gently grabbing his shoulders and lightly shaking. “Oh my god!” You beamed. You grabbed at his hands and pulled him further into the crowd.
“Woah, hey!” JJ whined, tightening his grip on your hand. “I’m getting sand in my shoes!”
“Hush!” You giggled, finding a spot near the middle that gave you both enough room to dance without disturbing those around you. You let go of his hand and then faced him, your smile never deterring. “Dance with me!”
JJ didn’t need to be told twice.
September by Earth, Wind, & Fire blared across the twisted beach, drunken teens belting out the lyrics even if they didn’t know all the words. Your heart was soaring amongst the stars, giggles emitting from you as you happily danced with JJ. All of your worries seemed to wash away the more you allowed yourself to get lost in the music, finding yourself truly enjoying the night.
JJ grabbed your hand and delicately spun you around, your laughs mixing together into the most wonderful sound you’d ever heard. He twirled you around again, pulling you against his chest with your back to him. Your breath hitched in your throat, feeling his warmth send sparks throughout your entire body. Your lips tweaked upwards, something inside of you igniting as you felt yourself be pulled back out.
Your eyes locked with JJ’s blue ones, his expression the same as your own. The music no longer mattered to either of you, your hearts beating in sync. Everything seemed to move in slow motion, JJ’s face getting closer and closer to your own. You didn’t even realize you were moving as well, your faces inches apart.
Your eyes briefly went to his lips and then to his eyes. JJ smirked, tilting his head. “You gonna make a move or what?” You scoffed and lightly pushed him away. He loudly laughed and grabbed your wrist, pulling you into him so you were chest to chest. “Why do you have to be so stubborn, huh?”
You innocently smiled. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
JJ let out a breath, moving closer to you. “You’re something else.”
“And so are you.”
Within seconds your lips were firmly pressed to his, your eyes fluttering closed as euphoria took control of your body. Your hands went around his neck, one had cradling the nape of his neck while the other traveled into his hair. You accidentally pulled some out from under his bandana, but he didn’t seem to care. He wrapped his arms around your waist, smiling as you two finally broke apart just as the song ended; you two were undoubtedly in love.
There was no way you two were going to forget the 21st night of September.
okay hear me out. do i ship jiara? yes. will i fly into the sun when it canons? absolutely. am i infamous for being completely bias towards slowburns and basically only shipping things that age me 94 years while waiting on them to canon? absolutely.
but for jiara specifically with all we know in regards to the writers “shock” over the fan reactions (mmmmm still not completely sold on that. read: “did you tell jj”), the actors surprise at the out pour of support for the ship, and the end with kie and pope, sloooow burn is essential for this to work out AND FEEL LIKE A FULLY DEVELOPED SHIP.
first, i think that it’s important to say that while i have seen a few people feel put off or nervous by the fact that the writers and actors were surprised because they didn’t pick up on it, that doesn’t mean the subtext with jj and kiara was there by accident or something that was imagined by the viewers.
when the show was first being written, before casting took place, the writers obviously had no way of knowing about the incredible chemistry that rudy and madison were going to have. this is why so many of the best ships are slowburn, because they develop organically out of actor chemistry and producers exploring dynamics they see between characters after everything has been edited and the final product is released. i wholeheartedly believe that to be the case here.
even if jiara was not explicitly in the script, i’ll bet the shirt off my back that during editing and post production, they were sitting there like “oh shit…what do we have here”. thus prompting them to edit it to introduce the subtext and little ~moments~ we see in s1 (read: jj looking miserable anytime kie is having a moment with another guy).
all this to say that i don’t think if they were to write jiara into s2, it wouldn’t be pulling it from thin air based off fan response.
however. this doesn’t mean they can’t still make it feel cheap and fanservicey. they have to take extra care if anything to make sure pope is not snubbed or pushed to the side. his story is still important and his friendship with jj is just TOO GOOD to be ruined by a girl. a full on canon would feel this way.
as rudy said in a live, putting the together immediately would make it feel like jj was almost a last option out of the pouge boys for kie (which we obviously believe he is not). above all else, kiara needs time for us to see her as an individual character who grows and develops on her own. that way when she’s put with jj (who has already had lots of development and backstory), it will be because it makes complete sense with both their dynamic and who they are as their individual characters.
so in the mean time give me all the angst, all the secret pining, all the little moments that mean so much more. I GOT TIME. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WAITING FOR IT TO COME TO FRUITION.
Ok, so this is my analysis on the Jiara ship. Climb aboard and take a seat.
So first we have John B.
In the first couple of episodes its made clear that Kiara cares about John B. This is made obvious when she outwardly worries about him every time he’s about to do something irrational. While we might mistake this for Kie having feelings for John B, I think it might have something to do with Kie feeling guilty about not being there for him when his dad first went missing. This is made known in episode 1x8 when Pope and Kie are arguing and Pope mentions that Kie wasn’t there for any of them during this time because she was off being a kook for a year. I think she feels bad for abandoning John B and is kinda making up for it now by looking out for him. Not in a selfish or disingenuous way to make herself feel better but more to show that she is here for him, even if she wasn’t before. While I think John B might have had a small crush on Kie, which he does mentions in the first episode, I don’t think that he genuinely had deep feelings for her in this way. I think JJ just got into his head and kind of made him make a move on her just to see what would happen.
As for Pope and Kiara,
I don’t think that Kie reciprocates Pope’s feelings the same way. While it’s clear that Pope had feelings for Kie long before he officially revealed it to her, I don’t think that this was something that Kie had even contemplated before. She is completely flummoxed when he tells her he loves her and she shuts him down immediately. When he starts getting short with her soon after, she starts getting annoyed at him for acting childish. It’s only when things start going south (well, even more south) with the whole John B situation that I think she doesn’t want any more conflict and kind of just feeds into his feelings. I don’t think that she’s in love with him or even has feelings for him in that way, but I do think that she cares about him and doesn’t want to be on bad terms with him, or anyone for that matter. I think their kiss was an ‘in the moment’ thing and was more of a ‘thank you for saving me from Rafe’ and the handholding in the last episode was just a source of comfort for her as well I think. 🤷♀️
And Kie and JJ, well, it is just so obvious that they are meant to be together that even my dead goldfish could have seen it a mile off (RIP Bugsby).
JJ is not the guy to reveal he has feelings for Kie, especially with the whole “no pogue on pogue macking” rule and the fact that he had “tried that door” once before. While he is generally pretty open and honest, I think he doesn’t want that side of his vulnerability to be revealed. He’d rather keep things the way they are than ruin it by confessing his feelings for her. JJ egging John B on to seize his opportunity with Kie may have just been a way for him to feel like that was the reason Kie had turned him down in the first place. Maybe JJ wants them to get together to confirm that John B may have been the reason that things didn’t go anywhere between himself and Kie. It could even be that if he sees that John B has a chance with her than maybe he might too. Who knows. But the fact that he kept on bringing it up shows that he is interested in Kie and wants to know what the deal is. Not to mention the way he defended her from Rafe (Also Rafe? I think he has a bit of a crush on Kie but that’s another post…) and the way JJ looked at her at the midsummer party and the way he looked away after every intimate interaction she had with John B and Pope. Oh and the hot tub scene, obviously.
There are definitely feelings there. As for Kie, these feelings aren’t as apparent but that doesn’t mean that they’re not there. I think she has a huge soft spot for JJ and wants to protect him from getting hurt from his own rashness. I think, like JJ, she doesn’t want to put her feelings out there because of how adamant she is about the whole no macking rule; she doesn’t want to go back on what she has preached. While yes she kissed Pope, I don’t think she would have done so if she didn’t feel guilty for shutting him down in the first place.
Ultimately, I think (and hope) that Jiara is endgame. While I know a lot of people want to see them get together in season 2, I think that it should be a slow burn with little hints in season 2 to show that there is still some interest between them. I’d like JJ to be lowkey jealous or make comments to Pope about himself and Kie as he did with John B. That would solidify to us that he definitely has feelings for her without making it outwardly obvious. It would also be great if John B was able to put two and two together and realise it himself without having to say anything. So that we know that he also recognises their attraction for one another. He would be the perfect person to do so because of the individual interactions he has had with both JJ and Kie about the other. John B would be the Harry Potter to JJ’s Ron and Kie’s Hermione.
I think its better when things aren’t revealed so obviously and we have to look for clues and make inferences on their relationship ourselves. In saying that, whichever season they decide to get JJ and Kie together, I want it to be drawn out and epic. Not a last episode of the series kind of revelation. That just cannot happen.
pretending like it’s real
(not my gif)
jj maybank x reader, a little platonic john b x reader
a/n: yeah i know i need to stop writing fics at 2 am but i do my best at night. i’ve been throwing fluff at you, so this one is 2k of ANGST. i also wrote this in the dark, so i apologize for any mistakes i didn’t catch.
warnings: swearing, death, guns, gun violence
He’s right next to you.
He’s laying right next to you, soft snores are tumbling out from his lips and into your skin, and his arm is thrown over your stomach.
So why does he feel so far away?
Why are you crying? After so many nights of this, why are you so surprised that you can cry yourself to sleep when he’s right there. Why are you so surprised he doesn’t notice?
As your cheeks grow wetter and wetter you make no motion to wipe them. You can’t risk waking him up. He’ll ask questions, and it’ll all be over. No more nights with him. Crying or not.
You can’t risk that. You’ll take pretending like it’s real, pretending like he’s really yours over facing the fact that he never has been.
You’ll take laying on John B’s couch with him, even if he doesn’t look at you once. Even if he’s always looking at her.
I think the full gravity of qon’s climax just hit me again. Jude, who schemed so much to keep Cardan under her control in the previous books, didn’t choose to do that again when she got the chance to. She had the chance to get alot of power, control over cardan and others, the chance to rule undisputed, to never be afraid again. But she didn’t choose it. She chose Cardan instead. Chose him over herself too (she mentions she isn’t sure if she’ll be able to bear the pain of losing him). She let go of all that she wanted before because she didn’t want to give Cardan a life of misery, of being trapped. She set him free, only to find him again.
SHE CHOSE CARDAN AND HIS LOVE OVER EVERY-FUCKING-THING ELSE—
brb while I weep again.