I’m literally living for your Billy and Teddi fics right now! ������
Thank you!! I love hearing that you guys love these two as much as I do!
I’m literally living for your Billy and Teddi fics right now! ������
Thank you!! I love hearing that you guys love these two as much as I do!
Me: oh yay a new comment I wonder what it will sa-
Modern Billy/Teddi headcanons:
When I started season two for the first time I legit thought that Billy and Max didn’t have parents. I didn’t think they were related in any way. I figured since the season started off showing Kali and her powers they were connected and coming back to Hawkins to get revenge or whatever on Brenner after all of the news of the lab and Will etc.
You know that episode of Friends when Rachel makes the trifle and everyone hates it, but Joey loves it? That’s Billy with Teddi’s horrible cooking.
Girlllll I got a list of movies and Yesss do that one
Definitely adding it to the list!
Growing Pains: Chapter Two
Summary: Life is hard when you’re about to turn 18. It’s even harder when you realize you might be completely out of love with your long time boyfriend, and you can’t stop thinking about the new boy in town.
Pairing: Billy Hargrove/OFC, Steve Harrington/OFC
It was almost two in the afternoon. Any minute now Teddi’s shift at the Hawkins’ public pool would be over, and she wouldn’t have to hear a second more of the Robert Palmer album one of the moms had been playing on repeat on her tiny little boombox while her kids splashed around in the shallow end of the pool. Teddi pushed her white, star shaped sunglasses further up her nose and let out a tired puff of air, sinking in the lifeguard’s chair.
“Hey, Teddi!” Heather called, waving at her best friend as she made her way over. “I’m headed out, you need a ride?” she asked.
“Please,” Teddi said, climbing down from her seat and sliding her red flip flops on. “I’m about this close from shoving Mrs. Branson into the pool.” she muttered, glaring over at Mrs. Branson who was humming along to Addicted to Love and flipping through an issue of Cosmo. Teddi and Heather both broke into a fit of giggles as they hurried past her and to the locker room.
Hopper had dropped Teddi off at the pool that morning on his way to work. She thought it would just be easier hitching a ride over to Starcourt since she’d be going on a date with Steve that night. “So, what are you gonna see with Steve?” Heather asked, plopping down on a bench near the lockers as Teddi pulled the curtain to one of the showers shut.
“I think Day of the Dead? I’m not sure. He’s been trying to get me to go with him all week but I’ve been busy.” of course Heather saw right through that.
Heather smiled, raising her eyebrows. “Busy or avoiding?” Teddi was silent. “Trouble in paradise? You and Steve have never had any issues.”
Teddi chewed on her bottom lip as she shut the shower off, reaching her hand out. Heather handed her her change of clothes. “I think…I sorta think that that’s what the problem is,” she said finally. “I mean, I probably sound totally insane, but things have always been so…pleasant.” and they had. Steve and Teddi had never really fought. And Teddi knew that was a silly reason to be questioning her relationship, but she couldn’t really help it.
“So you’re bored.” Heather said matter of factly.
“I’m bored,” Teddi repeated with a sigh. She stepped out of the shower, now dressed in a red, ribbed tank top and jeans. She sat next to Heather, rolling the cuffs of her jeans twice before slipping on her boots. “He brought up marriage yesterday morning.” she said with a groan.
Heather’s eyes widened. “Oh god…oh god,” she groaned. “That’s insane, Teddi. We have like…our entire lives ahead of us. It’s not like our parents, you know? We totally don’t have to settle down when we’re like nineteen anymore. Plus you shouldn’t marry someone that bores you. Then you’ll end up like my parents.” she grumbled, rolling her eyes.
It was a relief to hear. Teddi was worried that maybe she was overreacting. The pair made their way out of the locker room, waving to Freddy as they headed out to Heather’s car. “That’s what I thought too! But then he said his mom’s expecting grandkids. Grandkids, Heather. Can you imagine me as a mom?” she asked, sliding into the passenger’s seat.
Heather laughed. “I don’t know…I can sorta see it. Cute little blonde kid sitting in a car seat in the van. Probably wearing a band tee,” she teased. Teddi rolled her eyes but smiled. “I don’t know, Teddi…maybe you and Steve should take a break or something. If you take some time apart maybe you’ll realize that you miss him. Or maybe you’ll meet someone else.”
“Oh, please. Who else am I gonna meet in this town? Everyone in Hawkins knows each other.” Teddi crossed her arms and sank down in her seat.
Heather pursed her lips. “I don’t know…maybe there’ll be somewhere you can be in a big room with lots of people…mingling…drinking…”
“Are you talking about my surprise party that you’re totally not planning?” Tedd asked with a smile.
Heather scoffed. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” it happened every single year since they had been in the sixth grade. Heather would suggest some low key hang out for the two of them on Teddi’s birthday, and every time Heather would surprise her with a big party. This year would be an especially momentous occasion since Teddi would officially be eighteen. “Anyways, I think you should go on this date with Steve tonight, try and have as much fun as possible and then put some thought into what you wanna do. I mean, it could just be a slump, you know? That kinda thing happens like…all the time. Maybe you two need to try something kinky.” she said, wriggling her eyebrows.
The two girls erupted into laughter. “Yeah, sure. Let me just go pick something up in Lovelace Lingerie for a night of some light BDSM.” Teddi laughed. Heather laughed so loudly she let out a snort, slapping a hand over her face.
“God,” Heather giggled. “Okay, bad joke. But seriously, Ted. Just go to the movies and take it from there. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t live happily ever with Steve.” Teddi knew she was right. But Teddi didn’t want to hurt Steve. She also didn’t want him out of her life completely. He’d been one of her best friends for nearly half of her life.
“Okay, okay. I’ll go to the movies. I’ll call you when I get home, okay? Thanks for the ride.” the two girls reached out and met hands in the secret handshake they had made up in the sixth grade before Teddi hopped out of the car.
“I want all the kinky details!” Heather called after Teddi, grinning widely. Teddi stuck her tongue out at her best friend, hurrying towards the doors of the Starcourt Mall. Ever since it had opened at the beginning of the summer, the mall had been absolutely packed with kids and teens alike. Teddi loved the mall. It was like a tiny little piece of New York right there in Hawkins. All of the trendy stores that she had missed, the bright neon lights and colorful paint jobs everywhere she looked. There was even an aerobics studio. The Starcourt mall was something that Hawkins had desperately needed.
Teddi weaved her way through the crowds of people, headed for Scoops Ahoy, which sat directly across from the food court (admittedly probably her favorite part of Starcourt). Robin Buckley was at the register, flicking sprinkles off of the counter and looking like she’d rather die than be there one minute longer. Teddi and Robin had grown pretty friendly since Steve had gotten his job at Scoops Ahoy about a month before. They both liked teasing Steve endlessly, and Robin was one of the few people in Hawkins that was into the same stuff as her. El and her friends were great, but sometimes Teddi wanted to hang around people her own age.
“Ahoy!” Teddi greeted her cheerfully, jumping out in front of Robin. Robin jumped, smiling when she realized it was Teddi. “I’m here to see about setting sail on an ocean of flavor. Seen my captain anywhere?”
Robin let out a snort. “He should be coming back from his break any minute now. You know, sometimes I can’t believe that you still go out with him after hearing him say shit like that.” she joked.
“Ditto.” Teddi laughed.
Steve came wandering in a few moments later, a Burger King bag clutched in his hand. He flashed a lopsided grin at Teddi when he saw her. “Hey! What’re you doing here?” he asked, pressing a kiss to the top of Teddi’s head and heading behind the counter.
“I’m here for the movie rain check, remember?” Robin groaned softly, making a face and heading to the back room. Teddi raised an eyebrow, and Steve’s mouth open and shut a few times, his eyes going wide.
“Right! The movie…listen, Ted…” Teddi looked at him with narrowed eyes. “I kinda have to work a double shift tonight. It was a last minute thing. I forgot we had the movie plans tonight. I’m really sorry, I totally should’ve called you.”
Teddi was honestly more annoyed that she didn’t have a ride home now than anything. And that made her feel like an asshole. “Oh…well, that’s okay. We’ll just do it later,” she shrugged. This definitely threw a wrench in Heather’s suggestion. “Call me when you get home then and we can figure something out.”
Steve was scooping up some strawberry ice cream, packing it into a cone before reaching down for another scoop. “Definitely. I’m really sorry, Teddi,” he held out the double scoop of strawberry ice cream to her. “You forgive me, right?” he asked with a small smile.
Teddi smiled back, taking the ice cream. “It’s hard to say no when you bribe me with free food,” she joked. “I’ll see you later okay?” she leaned across the counter, kissing him. “Tell Robin I said bye.”
“Bye, Teddi!” Robin called from the back room. Steve rolled his eyes. Teddi let out a small laugh, throwing a wave over her shoulder as she walked off. If anything she could just call Hopper from one of the payphones and he’d pick her up. He’d probably be practically giddy at the chance to talk shit about Steve for cancelling on her.
Teddi headed across the courtyard of the mall, slipping into Sam Goody. She picked up a basket, eating her ice cream as she made her way down the aisles, occasionally tossing a cassette or two into her basket.
She reached forward for the new Theater of Pain album when her hand brushed against someone else’s. “Oh! Sorry, I didn’t-…oh. It’s you.” she rolled her eyes when she saw it was Billy that had tried to grab the same cassette.
“Nice to see you again too, Barbie.” he said with a short laugh.
“That’s not my name.” Teddi huffed.
Billy snatched up the cassette. “Well how should I know? You didn’t really introduce yourself when you were calling me a douchebag and threatening to shove your foot up my ass last night,” he leaned against the shelves, flashing that charming smile again. “Name’s Billy, by the way.”
Teddi shifted uncomfortably, not really meeting Billy’s eyes. She could feel her cheeks burn from the look he was giving her. “Teddi…” she huffed out. Teddi grabbed a Motley Crue cassette, turning on her heels and walking off. Billy followed her.
“Where’s Skipper?” he asked, falling into step beside her. Teddi glared up at him. “You know, the scrawny sailor?”
“He’s not scrawny,” she argued. “And his name is Steve.” Billy wasn’t listening anymore. It was obvious he hadn’t cared in the first place. He reached forward, grabbing one of the cassettes from Teddi’s basket and flipping it over in his hand.
He rolled his eyes. “Kate Bush? That shit’s for chicks.” he scoffed.
“You’re very astute.” Teddi snatched the tape back, tossing it into her basket and walking off once again. Billy chuckled behind her.
“Jesus, what’s got your panties in a twist, Princess? ” he asked.
Teddi made a face “What?” she spat, turning sharply. Her chest met Billy’s harshly, almost knocking her off her feet. Billy caught her by the shoulders, holding her steady. The smell of his woody cologne and spearmint hit her like a brick. Teddi swallowed thickly, quickly taking a step back from him and fixing a glare in his direction. “…Are you always this annoying? Or am I just special?”
“What? I can’t be friendly?” Billy asked, smirking down at her.
Teddi scoffed. “This is you being friendly?” she turned and took off again towards the register.
“I asked about Shawn, didn’t I?”
Teddi let out a loud, irritated sigh out as she placed her basket on the counter. “He’s working. Happy now?” it had come out with a little more venom than she had intended.
Billy grinned, leaning against the counter. “Oooh, someone doesn’t sound happy.” he teased.
Teddi’s jaw clenched tightly as she looked away from Billy, fully planning on ignoring him until he got bored and left. Something told her that that probably wasn’t going to happen. “If you must know, we were supposed to go to the movies. But now he’s working a double shift and I’m out of a ride home.”
“I can give you a ride.” his tone made her cheeks grow hot again.
“That’s really not necessary-”
“C’mon, Teddi. I’m trying to be friendly, remember?” his wolf like grin told her that that was the exact opposite of what he really meant. She felt a twinge of guilt at the excited little flip her stomach did at the thought. She should really just say no and call Hopper.
“…Fine,” she found herself saying. After Billy paid for his new music, the two of them headed back out into the crowds filling the mall and out into the hot summer afternoon. Teddi followed him through the parking lot and to the dark blue Camaro he’d been driving the night before. “Where’s Max?” she asked, sliding in next to him.
He looked almost surprised by the question. “You know Max?”
“I met her at the arcade last night. Is she your sister?”
“Step sister. I dropped her off at the arcade about an hour ago. That’s about all there is to do in this hick ass town.” he muttered. Teddi couldn’t argue with him there.
“How come you moved here then? I mean, you’re old enough to have stayed behind.” Billy backed out of the parking spot with a jerk before speeding off. He popped the new Motley Crue cassette in the deck, his fingers immediately drumming against his steering wheel.
“Don’t have enough cash. I’m gonna save up this summer and then I’m headed right back to California,” Teddi was a little jealous. She sure as hell didn’t have any plans like that. She barely knew what she was going to have for breakfast the next morning. “So, you and Steve going steady?” he asked, a teasing tone to the question.
Teddi had to admit, she sort of liked how brazen Billy was. He didn’t shy away from much. She let out a small laugh. “Steady? Uh, yeah I guess you could say that.”
“I wouldn’t really picture you two togther.” he confessed. There was a smug look on his face, like he was in on some secret Teddi didn’t know.
She crossed her arms, turning towards him. “And why’s that?”
Billy shrugged, leaning forward and pulling a pack of cigarettes and his lighter from the back pocket of his jeans. He clamped one between his lips, hesitating a little before offering one to Teddi. She hesitated herself before taking one. Billy lit his own cigarette before lighting Teddi’s. “You two don’t really match.” he explained.
Teddi shot him an amused smile. “We don’t match?”
“Yeah,” he huffed, like he was annoyed she wasn’t understanding him. “Like, my mom and my old man didn’t match. She was into all that hippie shit and he’s the most boring bastard on the planet,” he said with a short laugh. “My step mom, Susan, she matches with him. She’s even more boring than he is.”
Teddi laughed. If she thought back, she supposed her parents had matched. She had just never really thought about her and Steve that way. They were sort of an odd pair. Teddi took a drag of her cigarette, looking over at Billy thoughtfully. “And who would you say I match with then?”
Billy smirked. “Not a guy that’s dressed like a sailor.”
Teddi looked away, hoping that he hadn’t noticed how her cheeks were turning a deep pink again for what felt like the millionth time that afternoon. She decided to change the subject before she got herself into any more trouble. They spent the rest of the drive talking about music, which mostly meant Teddi would tell Billy what bands she liked and he would tell her how shitty they were. They got into a pretty heated argument about whether Van Halen was shit or not. Billy liked them. Teddi thought David Lee Roth was annoying.
When Billy pulled up to her place, Teddi was surprised at how long the car ride had felt. And not necessarily in a bad way. “So, thanks for the ride.”
Billy didn’t say anything. He leaned forward, reaching down in front of her and popping the glove compartment open. She was met with the smell of spearmint and his cologne again. Teddi swallowed loudly. Billy pulled out a sharpie, taking Teddi by the wrist and scrawling what she realized was a phone number on the inside of her forearm. “Just in case Steve ditches you again.”
Teddi let out a sound of disbelief. “Did you just hit on me and insult my boyfriend in one breath?”
Billy smirked. “Just being friendly.” they sat there for a moment, neither of them saying anything. He was still smirking at her, and Teddi was trying her hardest not to smile back.
“…I’m going inside now.” she announced, not moving.
“No one’s stopping you.”
A few more moments passed. Teddi finally smiled, letting out another short laugh and grabbing her bag. She could feel his eyes on her as she climbed out of the Camaro and walked up to her porch. She forced herself not to look back.
“Who was that?” Teddi jumped at the sound of her sister’s voice. El was sitting on the couch with Mike. They were watching Ghostbusters. Teddi placed a hand on her chest, glaring down at El.
“…Billy.” she said, not meeting her eyes.
Mike turned around, taking her arm and tilting his head to look at the phone number that was written there. “Is that his phone number? Aren’t you like…dating Steve?” he asked with a shockingly disapproving tone.
Teddi yanked her hand away. “How about you two mind your business and I won’t tell dad that you were home alone with Mike?”
Eleven and Mike looked at each other before looking back at Teddi, both of them nodding. “Deal.” El said.
Teddi let out an annoyed huff, moving around the couch and heading to her room. She shut the door firmly behind her, letting out another loud huff. She looked down at Billy’s phone number. Before she could really process what she was doing, Teddi headed over to her desk, quickly jotting the number down on a notepad. She shoved the notebook in her drawer, shutting it harshly. Teddi hated how guilty she felt.
She looked down at the number again, licking the back of her thumb and wiping roughly at the ink. “Such an asshole…” she muttered. The marker wouldn’t come off completely, but now it was more of a large smudge than an incriminating phone number.
Teddi fell back onto her bed with a groan. This was all so stupid. Maybe Heather was right. Maybe she needed to take a break from Steve. And not to go out with Billy. Maybe Teddi just needed to write men off for awhile. “Like that’ll happen…” she muttered. She let out another groan. It felt like the ink on her arm was burning. A constant reminder of her afternoon with Billy.
If it was all so innocent then why did she feel so guilty?
Like I need more teen movie au’s to write for Billy but um, She’s All That.
Honestly part of why I want Billy back is so I can get more looks™️ out of him.
Arcade Dreams: Chapter Nineteen
Summary: There’s a new girl working at the Palace Arcade and Hawkins’ Family Video. Billy can’t stand her, and the feeling is mutual. No matter what everyone else seems to think.
Pairing: Billy Hargrove/OFC
A/N: Who’s ready to see more Hopper? I know I sure am.
It took everyone a week to find out that Billy and Teddi had moved in together. Neither of them were entirely sure how it started. Billy was pretty sure someone at the pool had overheard them talking at work and started the gossip train. At first it was easy for them to ignore. They were living together and they were together…technically. Things in the romance department were complicated. Mostly because they were making them complicated. Teddi didn’t want people knowing they were together. Billy hadn’t understood, but he agreed to keep his hands to himself when they were in public.
That didn’t stop the gossip. Teddi was sure that there couldn’t be anything going around that was worse than her and Billy running off to get married, or that she was ever in a relationship with Tommy H. She was wrong.
“Teddi!” someone called her in the hall as Teddi walked out of her American history class. It was Heather. Teddi waited for her friend to catch up, smiling sweetly at her. Heather looked like she had seen a ghost. “Are you pregnant?” she asked quietly, looking over her shoulders to make sure no one passing by was listening in.
“What?” Teddi asked incredulously. “Pregnant? No! Where the hell did you hear that?”
Heather took Teddi by the arm, pulling her over towards the lockers. The two girls huddled together. “Everyone is saying it. I heard Carol talking about it with Cheryl Burns in math this morning. Carol said that’s why you and Billy moved in together. You got knocked up and his dad was gonna disown him-”
Teddi held up her hands. “Okay, that is so totally not true. I’m not even with Billy-”
“But you really are living together?” Heather asked.
“I mean…” Teddi sighed. “Heather, it’s super complicated, okay? I can explain…eventually, but I’m not dating Billy, and I’m definitely not pregnant.” she assured her.
Heather let out a loud sigh, like she was relieved by the news. “Good. I mean, no offense but it would totally ruin your life,” Teddi could definitely agree there. “I’ll try and do some damage control. But Tommy H is totally running his mouth about you guys.”
Teddi rolled her eyes. “I don’t doubt that. Thanks, Heather. Seriously.”
Heather only shrugged, tossing her hair over her shoulder. “It’s what friends are for. But I wanna know all of the details later.” the look on Heather’s face told Teddi that she wasn’t completely buying all of Teddi’s lies.
Teddi smiled thinly, nodding. “Deal. I gotta go though. I’ll see you later?”
“Totally. See ya!” Heather threw a wave over her shoulder as the two parted ways. It was almost lunchtime, which meant Billy would be out in the parking lot. Teddi weaved her way through the halls, avoiding the mix of looks the other students were shooting her way and headed out to where the Camaro was parked. Billy drove them to school every morning. They would wake up a little earlier, head to the Hargrove’s to pick up Max and at the end of the day Billy would drop Teddi off at the arcade for her shift. She supposed she could maybe see where some of the rumors were coming from.
Billy was leaning against the hood of the Camaro, looking off towards the basketball courts and smoking a cigarette. He heard Teddi walking up to him, looking back at her over his shoulder and flashing a grin her way. He took a drag of his cigarette, blowing the smoke out of the corner of his mouth as he looked back at the parking lot behind Teddi. When he was satisfied that the coast was clear, he kissed her.
Teddi felt her cheeks grow hot, looking over her shoulder shyly to make sure no one had seen. “Billy…”
“Yeah, yeah. Low key,” he placed the cigarette between his lips again, watching as Teddi shifted nervously beside him. “…You okay?”
Teddi chewed on her bottom lip, shaking her head. “Have you heard anything people are saying about us?”
“That you’re knocked up?” he said it so casually. Teddi scoffed. “There something you wanna tell me, Larsson?” he was teasing her. She couldn’t believe he could tease her over something like this.
Teddi crossed her arms, moving to stand in front of him. She narrowed her eyes as she looked up at him. “You have to have sex for that to happen, genius.”
Billy smirked, leaning down at a little. “I’m aware of how it works, Ted,” she let out an annoyed huff. Billy flicked the butt of his cigarette away, his hand resting on her waist. “What’s the big deal? Everyone’ll know it’s not true when you don’t…blow up in a few months.”
Billy let out a soft laugh. “I’m just saying. Teddi, who gives a shit what anyone in this shitty town thinks of us? Who cares if they know that we’re together? Of if we got our own place? It’s none of their fucking business.” he was right. Teddi knew that he was. Maybe it was because she didn’t like drawing too much attention to herself. Or maybe…
“It’s not that…” Teddi sighed. She could make herself say it. She looked down, focusing on her boots. They were slick from the snowy slush that covered the parking lot.
Billy placed two fingers under Teddi’s chin, gently lifting her head to look into her eyes. “Then what is it? You’re freaking me out here, Weird Girl. You’re not really one to keep your opinions to yourself.”
Teddi was chewing on her lip again. “I guess…I guess I don’t want people to know about this because I’m not really sure what this is,” Billy pulled his hand away from her. His jaw had set firmly. Teddi sighed. “Billy, it’s just that it’s you…it’s us.” Nice, Teddi thought, try harder Teddi, maybe you can make this come out even worse.
Billy pulled away from her. Teddi reached out for him, but he took a step back. Teddi opened her mouth to say something, anything that could fix what she had done.
“Ooo, are we interrupting a lovers quarrel?” Teddi sighed at the sound of Tommy’s voice. She and Billy both turned to face Tommy and Carol. There was a small group with them. Apparently Tommy was the new king of the hill at Hawkins’ high. Teddi could only roll her eyes. “You know, Teddi, all this stress can’t be good for your little bun in the oven.” he teased with a snarl like grin.
“Fuck off, Tommy.” Teddi spat. She took a step forward, but Billy grabbed her arm, stepping out in front of her.
Carol looked a little surprised for a moment. She grabbed at the arm of Tommy’s coat, ready to pull him away. When Tommy let out a cackle, Carol’s nervous expression faded and she laughed along with her boyfriend. “Would you look at that, Car,” Tommy snickered. “Looks like Billy Boy’s rubbed off on her in more ways than one, huh? What are you gonna do, Teddi? Hit me? Rearrange my face like your psychopath of a boyfriend did to Steve?” he taunted. “Did Billy do that to your face? Looks nasty.”
Billy’s hand clenched into a fist, but he didn’t move towards Tommy. “Sure says a lot about you that you think a girl could kick your ass, Tom.”
Tommy’s smile faded, and he took a step closer to Billy. Billy took a step to meet him, just like he had at the New Year’s party. “You and your little bitch think you’re so funny, don’t you, Hargrove? You think you’re so cool. That you two can just swoop on in and run the place? You two are just pieces of trash whose parents don’t even want them-”
Billy hit him. There was a collectively gasp behind them. Carol had taken an instinctive step backwards. Teddi stayed behind Billy, reaching out to grab the back of his denim jacket in a pathetic attempt to pull him away. Tommy stood upright, letting out a laugh as he wiped the blood from his nose. The two boys stared at each other for a few long moments before Tommy lunged for Billy.
He hit him like a brick wall. Billy had his feet planted firmly, shoving Tommy hard. Tommy let out another laugh as he stumbled. He threw a punch at Billy, throwing his entire weight behind it. That had really done it. Carol was yelling at Tommy to stop. The crowd behind them were cheering as the two boys fought.
It all happened too fast for Teddi to really take in. Tommy had gotten a few good hits in. He had opened the cut on Billy’s eyebrow, and his nose and lip were bleeding. That had really set Billy off. He’d gotten this look in his eyes, one that Teddi hadn’t seen before. It scared her. Billy had overpowered Tommy with three hard knocks to the head. Tommy’s head had bounced off the pavement with each hit. He had started moving a little slower. That was enough for Billy. Billy brought his knee down onto Tommy’s chest, anchoring him to the ground. One hand wrapped around Tommy’s neck, the other hitting him hard across the face. He didn’t stop.
Carol was screaming now. Tommy had gone almost completely still. “Billy! Stop it! You’re gonna kill him!” Teddi gasped out. She lurched forward, grabbing Billy by the arm. He shoved her hard, sending her to the ground. Pain shot up through her wrist and up her arm. Teddi watched on with wide eyes.
“Hey! That’s enough!” it was the boy’s basketball coach. He was running over towards them, one of the kids that had been watching the fight close behind. Eventually they managed to pull Billy off of Tommy. Carol fell to her knees next to him, pulling her boyfriend up into her lap.
Teddi’s heart was beating hard in her chest as she looked up at Billy. His face was all screwed up in a snarl, his breathing coming out in ragged gasps. His eyes met with Teddi’s, and his expression immediately softened. Billy moved towards her, but the coach held him back. “Jesus, Hargrove. The hell has gotten into you? Someone go to the front office and get the nurse. You two,” he pointed at Billy and Teddi. “You’re going to the principal’s office. Now.”
A fight like this was going to be more than a slap on the wrist from the principal. He had spoken to Billy, Teddi and Carol individually. Tommy was still with the school nurse. Apparently he was barely conscious. Which meant the principle was going to call the police. Which meant Jim Hopper.
Teddi was sitting outside of the principal’s office when he showed up. The nurse had given her an ice pack for her wrist after she’d landed on it in the parking lot. Hopper stopped in front of her, the two of them looking at each other but not saying anything. She hadn’t seen the chief since he’d come into the video store to ask about how things were at home.
Hopper let out a sigh. “He in there?” he asked, nodding to the office. Teddi nodded. “Come with me,” she didn’t need to be told twice. She shuffled in after the chief, shutting the door behind her. Billy sunk in his seat when he saw Hopper walk in. His face had stopped bleeding, but he hadn’t been able to clean himself up. It almost looked like there was a bruise forming on top of the bruise that was already there. Hopper took a seat at the principal’s desk, Teddi sitting next to Billy. More silence. “…Alright. Which one of you wants to tell me what happened?”
“Tommy H is a prick,” Billy spat. It was clear that answer wasn’t going to cut it with Hopper. Billy let out a loud sigh. His hands clenched and unclenched in his lap. “He came up to us in the parking lot and started talking shit. He got in my face…and I snapped.” Teddi could tell he was ashamed. Embarrassed even.
“And did you do that to her?” Hopper asked, motioning to the bruise on Teddi’s face, now healing and turning a yellow color, and the ice pack pressed to Teddi’s wrist.
Teddi jumped to his defence. “It was an accident. I was trying to pull him off of Tommy…the bruise is…different.”
“Have you two seen the kid? What the hell could he have said to deserve a beating like that?” the two teens remained silent. There was no way Billy could come out of this clean. Hopper sighed. “Look…the nurse is cleaning Tommy up. If he doesn’t need to go to the hospital then I’m not gonna have to get involved,” Teddi let out a sigh of relief. Hopper held up his hand. “But, Billy’s gonna be suspended. For at least a week. And I’m gonna have to call your parents.”
Billy let out a dry laugh. “Good luck with that.”
“The hell is that supposed to mean?” Hopper asked.
Teddi bit down on her lip. She looked over at Billy. He wouldn’t look at her. “He doesn’t-…we don’t live at home anymore,” Hopper looked between the two, his eyebrows raised and looking truly speechless. This hadn’t been a can of worms that Teddi wanted to open. “We have an apartment. Out by the Brimborn steel mill. That’s why Tommy was harassing us. Someone started a rumor that I’m pregnant-”
“Are you?” Hopper asked.
Teddi rolled her eyes. “No. We’re not- I mean we are- we were-,” she shook her head. “No.” she repeated firmly.
Hopper sat up, eyeing the two of them. “And you two moved out because things are so great at home, huh?” they didn’t say anything. He ran a tired hand over his face. “Look…if you two want me to look the other way, you’re gonna have to keep yourselves out of trouble. I can’t keep any of your little secrets if they keep calling me down here.” Billy shot an unsure look in Teddi’s direction. Hopper looked between the two teens again. “I’m gonna send you two home, and I’m gonna have a talk with Tommy. But before I let you go, is there anything else you wanna tell me?”
He was giving them an out. He might as well have just said “I know all about your asshole parents. Just say the word and I’ll throw them in jail.” Teddi wished it was that simple. She wished that there wasn’t the threat of Max being put into foster care god only knows where. She wished that there could be actual consequences for her father instead of any accusations being swept under the rug thanks to his job with the mayor. Teddi wished that she could take Hopper up on his offer. And she knew that Billy wished he could too. But that was impossible.
When neither of them said anything, Hopper nodded. “Alright. Get outta here. I better not see you two in a mess like this again.”
“You won’t…thanks, Hopper.” Teddi smiled a little, tugging on the sleeve of Billy’s jacket. The ride home was silent. Billy wouldn’t even look in Teddi’s direction. When they pulled up to the apartment building, he cut the engine and headed inside as if she wasn’t even there. Billy plopped down on the couch with a loud groan, turning the TV on and mindlessly flipping through the channels.
Teddi went to their tiny bathroom, wetting a washcloth and sitting next to Billy. “If you won’t talk to me, can you at least let me clean all the blood off of you?” Billy let out an irritated sigh, tossing the remote aside and turning towards her. His jaw was set tightly as she started to dab at his cuts. “…Can you at least tell me if you’re mad at me?” she asked quietly.
“…I would’ve killed him if coach hadn’t stopped me,” he said. Teddi didn’t argue. She couldn’t. “I did the same thing to Harrington. Max had to jam a tranquilizer in my neck to stop me,” he let out a dry laugh. “She snuck out with Lucas to go to the Byers’. I was supposed to be watching her. My dad…I guess you can imagine how that went over. I still don’t know what the hell went on that night. She won’t tell me. I just remember her almost smashing my dick with a baseball bat, and the next thing I knew I woke up in my bed,” he laughed again, more genuinely this time.
“I feel like I’m never gonna shake this off, Ted. I’ll always be this guy that let’s his anger get away with him and I’ll end up like Neil.”
Teddi tucked a piece of his hair behind his ear, letting out a soft sigh. “This is just a set back. I mean, don’t get me wrong it was bad…but you’re not that guy anymore. You’re not Neil. I think it means a lot that you feel bad about hurting Tommy…even though he sorta maybe deserved it.” they both laughed softly.
Billy placed a hand over Teddi’s. “I’m sorry I hurt you.” he said lowly.
Teddi shook her head. “It’s fine-”
“It’s not fine…you know that I’d never hurt you, right?” his voice sounded so small. Teddi knew that he didn’t want her to think he was like her dad. She didn’t.
“I know that,” she said with a thin smile. Teddi bit her lip, her fingers picking at the bloody washcloth in her hands. “…I’m sorry about what I said earlier.”
Billy let out an irritated breath out through his nose, his head fell back against the couch. He definitely hadn’t wanted to pick this conversation up again. “So…what, you think I’m gonna fuck around or something? You’re gonna walk in on me and Cheryl again?” Teddi was quiet. Billy sat up and looked at her. “You can’t be serious, Larsson.”
“Do you have any idea how many times you’ve told me that you don’t date? You sleep with girls and then move on to the next one when you get bored of her?” Billy wouldn’t look her in the eyes. He crossed his arms firmly across his chest and focused on the TV. Teddi groaned. “Billy…I just wanna take things slow. It’s gotten insanely, super complicated now that we live together. I just want to make sure things actually work, and that we don’t let hormones get in the way.”
Billy was still quiet. He let out a grumble, finally looking over at her. “You just don’t want me knocking you up.”
Teddi let out another groan, letting of a soft laugh and resting her forehead against his shoulder. “God, don’t even joke about that,” Billy lifted her into his lap, Teddi straddling him. Her fingers played with the collar of his shirt as they looked at each other. There was a Talking Heads video playing on the TV. “You promise you’re not mad at me then?”
Billy was quiet for a moment, pretending to think it over. “Depends…” his hands were on Teddi’s waist, his thumbs rubbing gently at her sides. “You say no sex, but what about like dry fuc-”
“I’m just asking,” he laughed. Billy’s hands slid under Teddi’s thighs, he tossed her easily onto her back. Teddi’s stomach flipped as he crawled over her with that wolf like grin of his, nestling himself between her legs. Her hands immediately weaved into his hair when he kissed her. One of Billy’s hands travelled down her side, his fingers dipping under her shirt. Her skin felt hot as his fingers ghosted across the skin of her stomach, leaving little butterflies and goosebumps in their wake. Teddi let out a sigh.
Billy pulled away, his lips slick with her lip gloss. Teddi blinked up at him. “…I’m hungry. You want pizza?”
Teddi’s mouth opened and closed a few times as Billy looked down at her with an amused smile. “…Sure.”
“Pineapple?” she only nodded. Billy got up from the couch and headed over to the dull, navy colored phone hanging on the wall to order the pizza. Teddi groaned, her head falling back against the couch. Bastard, she thought, hiding her face in her hands.
Teddi @ Nancy in the next Running in the Night chapter when she’s bossing Billy, Johnathan and Steve around with a gun
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@hunnywrites who who and girl u watch ahs stop playing w me
Heather Holloway! She and Teddi’s friendship are gonna be a big part of Growing Pains. And I do! I’m not 100% caught up with this season yet though. I think I’m like two episodes behind.
* FAN GIRL SCREAM ON MILLI +1* OOMGOMGOKGOMGIMGMGOMG …. * doctor walks in with clip board* I’m sorry but Tia @ died at 6:34pm November 7,2019 cause of death was ( looks down then back at my parents) this can’t be right looks like she died of excitement.
lmao I’m glad you’re excited! Now that I’ve gotten to where I am with Arcade Dreams I can post a lot of things I’ve been planning for Chasing Yesterday!
I already have it all planned out they have a girl and a boy. But I can’t say much else because I’m gonna write a whole thing for it after Arcade Dreams is over 👍🏻
Chapter Seven: It’s a Trap!
Summary: The town of Hawkins has been turned upside down with the news that Will Byers has suddenly gone missing. Teddi Larsson and Billy Hargrove are gonna get to the bottom of things. Season one AU.
Pairing: Billy Hargrove/OFC
A/N: Only one chapter to go! I’ve really enjoyed writing this fic! Would you all be interested in continuing with season two? I’d definitely be drifting from canon, but that’s what makes AU fics fun, isn’t it?
Teddi was pacing the length of Hopper’s office while she and Billy waited for him to return. Billy had calmed down a little. Now he was watching his girlfriend mutter to herself angrily about something. “…You okay there, Ted?” he asked finally.
“I punched Troy Walsh in the nose.” she blurted out.
Billy raised his eyebrows, speechless for a moment before letting out a loud laugh. “What?”
“When I found El, Troy had Mike, Dustin and Max out by the quarry and he had a knife to Dustin’s friggin’ throat. So I punched him. And El broke his arm. You know she can actually move things with her mind? It’s amazing. She’s amazing-”
“Wait,” Billy held his hands up. “That little fucker had a knife? And you didn’t throw him into the quarry?”
“I was too busy stopping Mike from jumping in-”
“It’s a long story!” Teddi huffed. She plopped down in the seat next to Billy. “They’re fine now. I sent them back to Mike’s and I was supposed to get you so we can go find Lucas-”
“Find Lucas? Where the hell did he go? Who let him run off?”
Teddi rolled her eyes. “If I knew where he went we wouldn’t need to find him. And you’re one to talk about running off. You have a lot of explaining to do, buddy. Is that your handy work all over Steve’s face?”
Billy crossed his arms, not meeting Teddi’s eyes. “That was Johnathan.” he muttered.
Teddi couldn’t help but laugh. “Johnathan did that to Steve?”
“He’s freakishly strong like you are. Steve called and said he’d gone over to Nancy’s last night and he saw her and Johnathan sitting on her bed. So I figured I’d try and explain as best as I could so he wouldn’t have a bitch fit, but Tommy got him all worked up and they decided they were gonna graffiti the Hawk. Nancy saw it when her and Johnathan were on the way to meet me and you and they got into a fight.” he explained.
“Wow…” Teddi said quietly. “A telepathic preteen opens a portal to another dimension and the town really goes to shit, huh?” Billy let out a chuckle. “Do you agree with me that now we should finally tell Hopper?” she asked, looking over at him.
“Tell me what?” the two teens turned to look at Hopper who was standing in the doorway of his office. He walked in, shutting the door behind him and sitting at his desk. The three of them were quiet as Hopper fixed a stern look in their direction. The two had been on the receiving end of that look more times than they could count. He slapped a photo down onto his desk, sliding it forward. It was the photo Johnathan had taken of Barb. “You two know anything about this?”
Teddi and Billy were silent for a moment. Teddi looked over at Billy, who only sunk down in his seat. She let out a heavy sigh. There was no way they could hide this from him anymore. “It’s the Demogorgon. It’s what took Will and Barb.” she explained.
The look on Hopper’s face told her that Johnathan and Nancy had said something similar. “And it lives out in the woods?” he asked. Teddi and Billy both nodded. “So, you two wouldn’t happen to know why Johnathan and Nancy have an arsenal in his trunk? The four of you wouldn’t be planning on going after this thing? Again?” the two teens remained silent. Hopper sighed loudly. “Are you both insane? This…thing, whatever the hell it is, could have killed you. Do you realize that?” his expression softened. “You aren’t doing this on your own anymore. Got it? Whatever it is that happened to Barb and Will, I’m not letting the same thing happen to either of you.”
“Hop, Will’s alive,” Teddi argued. “We have to go after it! We know where the gate is now, El can help-”
“El? Who the hell is El?” Hop asked, looking between the two of them.
“Some girl Wheeler found out in the woods. She’s got super powers.” Billy explained. He almost sounded bored with the situation.
Hopper looked between the two of them, surprisingly accepting of what they were telling him. “…If I hadn’t seen some of the weird shit I’ve seen these last few days, I’d be drug testing the two of you right now to make sure you’re not on magic mushrooms again,” Billy laughed at the memory, clearing his throat when Hopper shot him a stern look. “Is there anything else you two wanna tell me?”
Teddi briefly considered telling him about Troy Walsh. But when she considered everything else happening, some asshole kid was the least of her worries. Besides, it seemed like Troy was going to beat her to the punch. There was a loud argument that had broken out outside of Hopper’s office. The three could hear Callahan arguing with a woman, telling her that she needed to calm down. Hopper sighed loudly, heading back out to the station with Teddi and Billy following close behind.
Troy Walsh was there with his mother. His nose was still covered in dried up blood and his arm was now in a sling. When he saw Teddi, he pointed an accusing finger in her direction. “She did it! She punched me in the nose!” he yelled.
Everyone turned to look at Teddi in shock. “You did what?” Hopper asked incredulously.
“He…it was self defense!” Teddi argued.
“He’s a little boy!” Troy’s mother argued, pulling her son protectively to her chest.
“Yeah,” Troy sniffed. “I didn’t do anything to her! Her and her little freak buddies ganged up on me out at the quarry!”
Teddi saw red. She stomped forward, shoving past Hopper and headed right for Troy. “You little shit stain! You were going to stab Dustin!” she lunged forward, her hands reaching out for Troy’s neck. Billy wrapped his arms around Teddi’s middle, lifting her off the ground and pulling her away from Troy as shouting erupted.
“Jesus, Teddi!” Hopper scolded, stepping out in front of Billy with his arms outstretched. “The hell has gotten into you? He’s a kid!”
Teddi squirmed in Billy’s grip. “He has a knife! He was gonna make Mike jump into the quarry and he was gonna hurt Dustin!” Powell didn’t waste any time. He took a hold of Troy’s arm, pulling him from his mother as Callahan searched his pockets.
He held up the switchblade with a surprised expression. “Looks like she might be onto something, chief.”
Hopper ran a tired hand over his face. “Okay, you five are coming with me,” he said, motioning to Tedd, Billy, Johnathan, Nancy and Joyce. “Powell, handle Walsh, will you? I gotta go handle…all this.”
“Wait a second,” Troy’s mother demanded. “My son’s arm is broken! There has to be something you can do!” she argued.
“Yeah! Get that little freak with the shaved head! She can do stuff with her mind, I swear! She’s the one that broke my arm!”
Hopper turned to look at Teddi and Billy. “El?” they nodded. “Right, don’t worry ma’am. We’re gonna handle everything. You just worry about that little delinquent of yours not going to juvie, huh? Let’s go, guys.” Joyce, Johnathan and Nancy all filed out behind Hopper. Troy stuck his tongue out at Teddi, who kicked her legs wildly at him as Billy carried her past him.
They all piled into Johnathan’s car. Teddi, Nancy, Johnathan and Billy were all squished in the backseat. Hopper started the car, he and Joyce turned back to look at them. “Alright, where are the kids now?”
“I told them to wait for me at Mike’s,” Teddi said. “We’re supposed to go look for Lucas. Apparently he decided to go rogue this morning.” she mumbled.
“Isn’t it dangerous out there? Why would he go alone?” Joyce asked.
“The Demogorgon only comes out at night,” Billy said, shifting uncomfortably when everyone turned to look at him. “I mean, it seems that way at least…it’s nocturnal, or whatever.”
Hopper nodded. “Alright, so it comes out at night, it’s attracted to blood and it doesn’t like fire…sounds like my mother in law.” Billy was the only one that laughed. Hopper rolled his eyes, driving off in the direction of the Wheeler’s place. The four teens filled him and Joyce in on as much as they knew about El, the Upside Down and the Demogorgon. Hopper and Joyce told them they’d figured out the government was in on some sort of cover up plot, and that the body they had found in the quarry wasn’t will.
“I told you.” Teddi said triumphantly, grinning over at Billy.
Billy rolled his eyes, opening his mouth to argue. There was a loud whirring coming from above. Billy rolled down his window and stuck his head out to see what was causing the sound. “Uh, Hop? It’s lookin’ like we’re gonna have a problem.” he said, pointing up to the helicopter above them.
Hopper stomped down on the breaks. Everyone lurched forward, the group groaning and complaining at Hopper. He didn’t listen. He shut the car off, getting out and hurrying off. The teens followed after him and Joyce tried her best to try and call them back to the car. There were about four black sedans parked out in front of Mike’s house. Men in suits were moving back and forth between the sedans and the house, loading boxes of what looked like Mike’s belongings.
“I have to go home!” Nancy gasped. Hopper stopped her from running off. “My parents are down there! I have to make sure they’re okay!” she argued.
Billy and Teddi looked up to see the helicopter slowly circling the area behind the Wheeler’s house. “I don’t think they’re after your parents,” Teddi said, pointing to the helicopter. “I think they’re looking for Mike.”
“She’s right,” Hopper agreed. “We still have time. We can’t let them know any of us are mixed up in all of this. Everybody get back in the car.” he turned, ushering the four teens back to the car.
Billy let out an annoyed huff, reaching down and rubbing at his leg. “Those kids are so dead when we find them. Like the Demogorgon wasn’t enough, now we have the man on our ass.”
“Where would they be?” Hopper asked. “There’s gotta be somewhere they’d be hiding.” he looked at Nancy. Her eyes went wide as she tried to think of where Mike and his friends might be. Billy was trying to think himself, coming up empty when he realized he didn’t know much about Max’s hangout spots aside from the arcade.
“Is there anywhere they might be? Anywhere your parents might not know about?” Joyce asked, looking between the two of them. Neither had an answer.
All eyes went to Teddi. “…What? I don’t know everything they’re always up to,” she argued. That was a lie. She let out a sigh. “I mean…I know a few places they might be. But we don’t have time to check them all.”
“I have an idea,” Johnathan offered. “I don’t know where they’ll be, but I think I know how to ask them where they are,”
They were off to the Byers’ house. “Will has a walkie talkie in his room somewhere. We can call Mike. They always keep them close by.” Johnathan explained as they headed inside. Nancy, Teddi and Billy all came to a stop when they entered the living room. It was like a tornado had hit. The room was an absolute mess. A hole had been hacked into one of the walls and covered with some wooden planks. Someone had painted the alphabet in thick, black letters above the couch, and there were Christmas like strung up across the ceiling and the walls.
“Whoa…Joyce, the hell happened in here?” Billy asked, turning in a circle as the three of them looked around. Joyce ignored the question. She, Hopper and Johnathan all quickly hurried down the hall and into Will’s room. Nancy, Teddi and Billy all shared a look before following them.
It didn’t take Joyce long to find the walkie talkie. Everyone crowded into Will’s room. Billy plopped down onto his bed, rubbing at his leg with a painful groan while Joyce fussed over him and asked if he was alright. Nancy turned the walkie talkie nervously in her hands a few times before attempting to call Mike.
There was no answer. It felt like everyone was holding their breath as they waited to see if Nancy could get through to her brother. “…Maybe they don’t have a walkie,” Billy offered. “You want me to try?”
Johnathan laughed. “Yeah, like they wouldn’t be too scared to answer you,” Billy let out a grumble, shooting a dirty look in Johnathan’s direction. “Let Teddi try. She’s been in on this with them. She’s the only one they know won’t rat them out.”
“Technically speaking I am ratting them out,” she argued. Hopper shot her a look, taking the walkie from Nancy and handing it to Teddi. “…I’m just saying,” she let out a sigh. “Mike? El? Are you guys there? It’s me, Teddi. We saw the creepy government guys at Mike’s. Hopper’s here. We can help. I promise.” There was another long stretch of silence. Maybe Billy was right. Maybe they didn’t have a walkie with them.
There was a bit of static from the walkie. “I copy. It’s Mike. I’m here, we’re all here.”
Hopper took the walkie from Teddi. “Mike, it’s Hopper. Where are you? I’m coming to get you out of there.” they were at the junkyard. “Junkyard?” Hopper asked, looking back at the teens.
“It’s out by the train tracks,” Billy said. “We used to hide in the bus and smok-…forget it. I can show you how to get there.” he got up, grunting a little when he stood on his leg. Joyce and Teddi both reached out for him.
“Honey, you need to sit down,” Joyce said softly. “I’m gonna go get the first aid kit.” she got up, hurrying off down the hall.
“I’m gonna go by myself,” Hopper said to Billy. “You sit tight here, I’ll get the kids. I don’t want any of you leaving, got it? We need to stick together.” the four teens nodded. Hopper gave them one last look before following after Joyce.
Teddi turned to Billy with a worried look. “Can I see?” Billy nodded, leaning back on his elbows and groaning. Teddi and Nancy kneeled down in front of Billy. Nancy held his ankle gingerly as Teddi rolled his jeans up. She sucked in air when she saw the five large cuts. His stitches weren’t visible anymore. It was like somehow they had healed overnight, but now five black, vein like scars ran up his leg.
Teddi was speechless. She and Nancy shared a look, neither of them knowing what to say. Teddi reached out carefully, softly running her finger down one of the scars that ran directly down his shin. “…Does it hurt?” she asked, looking up at him.
Billy shook his head. “Not that. It hurts inside. Like my skin’s on fire.”
“…Is that normal?” Nancy asked Teddi.
She shook her head. “No, but then nothing around here is normal anymore,” she sighed. She looked at Billy’s leg helplessly. The skin around the scars was beginning to turn a dull grey color. Like the scars were literally sucking the life out of him. “Billy, I really think we need to take you to a doctor. This is-”
Billy slammed his fist down onto the bed beside him, fixing a snarl in Teddi’s direction. “I said no fucking doctors!” he growled out. Teddi and Nancy both jumped. Johnathan shifted nervously, inching his way towards the girls. Teddi’s eyes met with Billy’s, and she was shocked to see pure hatred there.
Johnathan gently touched Teddi’s shouder. “Come on, let’s leave him alone for a minute, huh?” he suggested quietly. He and Nancy both helped Teddi stand. She couldn’t look away from Billy. Her heart was hammering in her chest. Something was very, very wrong. Nancy led Teddi outside and to the porch. They sat on the porch swing, neither of them saying anything.
“…Does he usually snap at you like that?” Nancy finally asked.
Teddi pulled her knees up to her chest and shook her head. “Never. I mean, he’s always been sort of an asshole, but that…” she let out a shaky breath. “All of this has me really scared, Nance.” She confessed.
“Me too. But it’s gonna be okay, Teddi. Billy is gonna get better, and we’re gonna find Will and Barb and hopefully everything will go back to normal.” they both knew that Nancy was trying to convince herself of that as well. There was no guarantee that things would have a happy ending.
“…Are you gonna break up with Steve?” Teddi asked.
Nancy looked off, laughing a little like she had already forgotten about that afternoon. “I don’t know…I don’t know what to do anymore. I know that wasn’t like him, but…”
“But you like Johnathan,” Teddi finished for her. Nancy flashed her a sheepish smile. “I know that we aren’t super close, but can I give you some advice?” Nancy nodded, turning towards Teddi. “Steve has no idea that any of this is happening. He doesn’t know there’s a monster in the woods, or about the Upside Down. You went to Johnathan and asked him to be your partner in all of this. I think that says a lot. Like, with me and Billy…he’s the first person I go to with anything. Even if I know he’ll look at me like I’m insane. He always listens and he always helps.”
“That’s ‘cause I know you’d do the same for me,” the two girls jumped at the sound of Billy’s voice. He looked better already. Normal. He shifted nervously in the doorway. “…You mind if I talk to her for a sec, Nance?” Nancy looked over at Teddi who nodded before she headed inside. Billy didn’t miss the glare she shot in his direction before she disappeared. Billy walked over to Teddi, limping a bit, and sat down on the swing next to her. He kicked his foot just a little, making the seat swing. “…We should get one of these.”
Teddi raised an eyebrow. “A porch swing?”
“Yeah. When we figure out where we wanna go…” Billy let out a sigh. “Look, Ted…I’m sorry about what happened…”
“What did happen?”
Billy ran a hand over his face. He looked like he hadn’t slept in a week. “I don’t know. I feel like I feel fine most of the time, and then…” Teddi thought back to the look of hatred he had given her. “It hurts. Like I’m burning from the inside out and there’s something trying to get out of me. And then I just get angry.”
Teddi didn’t know what to say. She was scared for him. Even if she could convince him to see a doctor, how could they help? She took his hand in hers, squeezing it a little. “It’s all gonna be fine,” she said, repeating Nancy’s lie. “We’ll figure it out…but if you snap at me like that again I’m kicking you in the balls.”
Billy laughed, putting his arm around her. “Deal.”
It was dark when Hopper’s Blazer finally pulled up in front of the Byers’ house. Teddi and Billy got up from the porch swing quickly as the kids filed out of the car. Joyce, Nancy and Johnathan joined them on the porch. Nancy ran forward to wrap Mike in a hug he definitely hadn’t been expecting. Max hugged Billy tightly. He patted her back awkwardly, trying to crack a joke with her to break the tension.
El watched her two friends, hugging their siblings, with a curious expression. Her eyes met Teddi’s, who was standing on the porch, offering her a soft smile and a sort of awkward wave. El made her way over to the blonde, hugging her tightly.
Billy watched the two girls, wrapping an arm around Max’s shoulder. Maybe he was being a dick about the El situation. Teddi didn’t have someone like he had Max. She was a pain in the ass, and she was constantly getting him into trouble, but she was his family. His sister. Teddi was the kind of girl that wanted to take care of everyone around her. Was it really so wrong for him to let her take care of El?
Teddi let out a small laugh, returning the hug fiercely. “You okay, Ellie Bean?”
El nodded, smiling softly at her. “Safe.”
“I’ll always keep you safe. I promise.” she ran a hand over El’s hair. Teddi caught the way that Hopper was watching them. He looked like Billy. Like he disapproved of Teddi getting so close. She didn’t care.
Hopper ushered everyone back inside, and Mike and the party gave Hop, Joyce, Nancy and Johnathan a crash course in the Upside Down. Mike explained how El could make contact with Will, sort of like a long distance phone call. El agreed to try again with one of the walkies to see if she could make contact with Will or Barb. If they could reach either of them then maybe it could help them in their rescue mission.
They crowded around El at the dinner table and watched as El tried to make contact. Not a lot happened. Eleven stared down at the walkie talkie, focusing all of her energy on it. The walkie came to life, crackling and letting out some static. Joyce sucked in a breath next to Teddi. There was a loud whir through the house. The lights flickered, and there was a loud pop before they cut out.
El sat up, her expression falling into a sad frown as the lights came back on. “…I’m sorry. I can’t reach them.” her eyes were pooling with tears. Billy reached over, placing a comforting hand on her shoulder. El looked up at him, sniffing.
“Don’t worry about it, kid. We’ll figure something else out,” he reassured her. El smiled thinly at him, pushing herself away from the table and heading for the bathroom. Teddi sighed. “So…what now? Does she need a bigger radio again? What about the one at your school?”
Mike shook his head. “She’s tired. We have to give her time to rest-”
“We don’t have time. We have people looking for her. We don’t know how much longer Will and Barb can survive…wherever it is they are.” Hopper argued.
“We don’t know what’ll happen to her if we force her to push herself,” Teddi argued. “Her nose bleeds every time she uses her powers. It’s wearing on her. I’m not gonna let her hurt herself because you can’t be patient.” she firmly crossed her arms, glaring up at Hopper.
“Teddi,” he sighed. “I know that you wanna help her. I get it. But-”
“I can call them in the pool.” it was El. The group turned to face her. Her eyes were a little red, Teddi guessed she’d been crying in the bathroom.
“Pool? Finally, something we can help with.” Billy grinned, throwing his arm around Teddi.
Hopper rolled his eyes. “Not that kind of pool, Billy. It’s a deprivation tank. I saw one in that lab out in the woods. How in the hell are we supposed to make one of those?”
Dustin called their science teacher. They drove to the middle school, Hopper breaking them up into teams and giving them all jobs. Teddi and Billy would help Dustin and Lucas help set up the pool. Which mostly meant Teddi and Lucas stood by, arms crossed over their chests as they watched Billy and Dustin screaming at each other from across the small pool they’d borrowed from Joyce.
“You’re not doing it right, Henderson! Pull it!”
“I am pulling it! I thought you were supposed to be strong!”
After about twenty minutes and Billy deciding he was going to give Dustin the silent treatment, Lucas and Teddi managed to set the pool up without much of an issue. Billy walked off to pout on the bleachers. Once the pool was ready for El, the gang crowded around her, just like they had at they Byers’ and waited. Teddi and Joyce were knelt down next to her, arms ready to reach out to El if anything went wrong.
The lights flickered again. The whole gym sounded like it was groaning under the weight of El’s powers. It echoed through the large room, making goosebumps appear on Teddi’s arms. Suddenly it was quiet. Like somehow they were in the tank with her. Teddi wondered what El saw when she called out to the Upside Down. Or if she saw anything at all.
El called out for Barb. Nancy let out a small gasp. The lights flickered again. El started breathing heavily, her body looked like it was trying to fight against something. “Is she okay? Is Barb okay?” Nancy asked.
El was crying. Thrashing. Teddi and Joyce reached out, grabbing on to El’s hands as she started chanting the word gone, her cries getting more and more urgent. Teddi pulled El over towards her, her hands wrapping around El’s tiny hand. She was surprised when Billy placed a hand over her own, anchoring El close to them as they tried to quiet her. “El? Can you hear me? It’s okay. We’re here. I’m gonna keep you safe, remember? We all will. We’re all right here with you.” Teddi assured her.
Eventually El stilled again. Joyce, Teddi and Billy kept their hold on her as she continued on. “Castle Byers…” she said quietly. “Will…”
Everyone let out a breath at once at the sound of El saying Will’s name. Joyce’s eyes were filled with tears as she gripped onto El’s hand like her life depended on it, telling her to let Will know they were going to save him. El repeated each message quietly, her voice becoming more desperate by the second. Teddi could just briefly hear Will’s voice over the walkie that was sitting nearby as he answered El. El was thrashing again, screaming Will’s name. The lights in the gym flashed wildly before there was a loud pop and the room went dark.
El screamed, sitting up with a loud gasp. The lights came back on. Billy wrapped his arm around her, pulling her to the edge of the pool to try and stop her thrashing. “It’s okay, kid. I got you. You’re okay.” he mumbled. El cried into his chest, her tiny hands clutching onto him like she would be dragged away if she let go.
Teddi slid over to them, reaching out and wiping the blood from El’s nose. Hopper was up and putting his coat back on, Joyce was close behind him. “You did so good, El. We know where Will is. You did it. We can save him.” Teddi ran her hand over El’s hair, smiling down at her.
Max hurried over with a large beach towel. Billy helped El stand before Max wrapped the towel around her. Billy placed a hand on her back, leading her over to the bleachers where the boys were waiting. He kneeled down in front of her. “You doin’ okay?” he asked. El nodded, but just barely. He looked back at Teddi. “You wanna go get her a Coke or something? She’s looking a little pale.”
“Jeez, you guys take this lifeguard thing seriously, huh?” Mike asked. Billy and Teddi both shot him similar, unimpressed looks.
“I’ll be right back,” Teddi muttered, hurrying out of the gym and into the halls of the middle school. She didn’t make it very far before she ran into Nancy and Johnathan. They were sitting on the floor beside each other, the both of them going quiet when they saw Teddi approaching. “…Am I interrupting something?” she asked.
“No.” Johnathan said quickly.
“Yes,” Nancy argued. She stood, glaring down at Johnathan. “Teddi, Hopper and Joyce are headed right into a trap. We can’t just sit here and do nothing. They’ll get killed. And Will won’t be far behind.”
“Wait,” Teddi held up her hands. “They’re going through the gate? Alone?” she asked. Johnathan sighed and nodded. “And you just let them?”
Johnathan let out a huff. “Have you ever tried to get Hopper to do something he doesn’t want to do? I don’t exactly have much sway here, Teddi.” he argued.
Teddi shook her head. “This is insane, Johnathan! They don’t know how to stop that thing.”
“Exactly! Listen, I have a plan. We can kill the Demogorgon. But I need your help. And Billy. The kids can stay here and let El rest. It’ll be safe here. No one will find them. But we need to go. Now.”
Teddi didn’t need to think it over. She nodded. “Okay. Okay, I’ll go get Billy.”
“Meet us at the Byers’…bring more hairspray.” Nancy took Johnathan by the hand and pulled him off towards the exit. Teddi rushed down the hall to one of the vending machines. She pushed the button repeatedly, praying for the machine to move faster. Once it dropped the can of soda she was down the hall and back into the gym in record time.
“Billy, we need to leave. Mike, I’m leaving you in charge, okay? None of you are leaving this gym. No matter what happens. Got it? El needs to rest. We’ll handle everything else,” she pressed the can of soda into El’s hands. “We’ll be back soon. This is all gonna be over soon.” she assured her.
Billy was blinking wildly. “Wait, wait, wait. Teddi, what the hell are you talking about? Where the hell are we going? What’s gonna be over soon?”
Teddi rolled her eyes, like it was the most obvious thing in the world. “We’re going to kill a Demogorgon.”
“Is her dad who I think it is? Because I definitely picked up on those hints and omg it makes so much sense”
- Their age?
- Their sexuality/sexual preference?
- Any siblings/Only child?
- Their favourite season?
- Who were/are their parents/guardians?
- Their gender?
- Their date of birth?
- What clothing style?
- What is their favourite food after a break-up?
- Their favourite thing to do after a break-up?
- What happens in the ‘honeymoon phase’ for this character?
- How many serious relationships have they been in?
- What is their nationality?
- What languages do they speak?
- What is their profession/Education?
- Their favourite comfort food?
- What’s a food they hate?
- Their music taste?
- Is there a story behind their name/meaning?
- Something they do that seems childish to others?
- What is their all-time favourite TV show?
- What is their all-time favourite movie?
- How big is their family?
- Are they close to anyone specific in the family?
- Have they got any allergies?
- Are they an emotional person?
- Do they get angry/lose their temper quickly?
- What are some of their guilty pleasures?
- Do they have pets? Do they want pets?
- Do they like kids? Do they want kids/have kids?
- Who’s cuddle buddy are they?
- Do they have any tattoos?
- Do they have any piercings?
- What is their hair colour? Is it their natural colour?
- Do they like musicals?
- Do they like marmite?
- Do they like glitter?
- Do they believe in the supernatural?
- Have they ever seen a dead body?
- Have they ever had a near-death experience?
- Have they ever broken a bone?
- What are they like when they’re drunk/what kind of drunk are they?
- Have they ever drunk underage?
- What is the first thing they do when they wake up?
- Do they consider themselves popular?
- How do they like their tea/coffee?
- What do they smell like?
- Are they a virgin?
- Do they wear glasses/contacts?
- Are they good at remembering significant dates? Anniversaries, birthdays etc?
Yep, I thought I’d jump on this train :) Mainly because I’ve used these a lot for my characters recently. If this goes well, I can try and do some more/more specific oc asks, let me know what you think! Good luck, lots of love from Yasmine xox
PS: Thanks so much for 16,000! I love you all dearly and hope that you’re all well :)
High key when I write anything about Teddi, I get the most emotional over her relationship with El.
Arcade Dreams: Chapter Eighteen
Summary: There’s a new girl working at the Palace Arcade and Hawkins’ Family Video. Billy can’t stand her, and the feeling is mutual. No matter what everyone else seems to think.
Pairing: Billy Hargrove/OFC
A/N: What’s this? A surprise, early Arcade Dreams update? I’ve been dying for y’all to read this chapter. We’re gonna move away from show canon a little, this is something I’ve been planning since I started writing this fic. This chapter has been a looong time coming, and we’re gonna get some insight to Teddi’s dad’s identity. I hope you enjoy!
Billy and Teddi had gone out for pizza a few hours ago. Afterwards he’d been able to patch up her tires for a temporary fix until he had more time to replace them entirely. They had been on a bit of a time crunch. Neither of Teddi’s parents were home, and there was no real way of knowing when her mom (who would definitely tell her dad that a boy had been over) would turn up.
Teddi had spent the rest of the night in her room. Her father didn’t bother her. Out of sight, out of mind she figured. She was working on some homework when he walked into her room a few hours after he had come home from work. “Your mother and I are going out to dinner. I’m imagining you don’t have any plans tonight?” he asked. Teddi thought of her popped tires. Bastard, she thought bitterly.
“No, sir. Just finishing up homework.” she motioned to her books.
“Good girl. We’ll be home in a few hours.” and with that he left. Teddi stuck her tongue out at his retreating back. It was like nothing had happened between them. But come tomorrow, he wouldn’t be able to boss her around anymore or torment her. She would be out of the house and on her own. She was practically giddy at the idea.
Eventually she gave up on her homework. She just couldn’t make herself focus. This had to be how kids felt on Christmas Eve. So excited at the thought of the presents they’d get on Christmas morning that they couldn’t sit still. So she plopped down on the couch with some popcorn and settled in for some channel surfing. It wasn’t something she got to do very often.
Teddi had settled on the Golden Girls when the phone rang. She nearly let it ring. It wasn’t like anyone was calling for her. But then if it was someone from her dad’s work and she didn’t take a message she knew she wouldn’t hear the end of it. So she got up from the couch with a heavy sigh and shuffled over to the kitchen.
“…Teddi?” it was Max. She was speaking quietly, like she was hiding from someone. It was too late for her to be calling just to chat. Teddi’s gut immediately told her something was wrong.
“Max? Is everything okay?” there was a long pause on the other end and Teddi could feel her palms growing clammy.
“We can’t find Billy.” was all she said.
Teddi’s heart was hammering in her chest. Everything had been fine earlier. What the hell could have happened between him leaving her to go back home? “Wh-what do you mean you can’t find him? What happened?”
“He came home a few hours ago and he got in a huge fight with Neil. He stormed off and he hasn’t come home or called or anything…it was bad, Teddi. Do you have any idea where he might be? I mean, you’re his best friend. I’m starting to freak out.” Teddi almost couldn’t hear Max. All of the images of what Neil might have done to his son were running through her mind at a mile a minute. She almost felt sick.
“Um…I think I might have an idea,” she said finally, swallowing thickly. “I’ll go find him, okay? Just try and get some sleep. I’ll call you tomorrow once everything’s calmed down a little.” they both hung up and Teddi hurried to her room to grab her boots and puffy jacket. She knew there was a good chance that her tires might pop on her way to Billy, but did she really have any other choice? She definitely couldn’t walk out in the snow.
She sped through the streets, praying that her patched tires would survive the drive and that she wouldn’t get pulled over by the cops. Everything in town was closed. There was only one place in Teddi’s mind that Billy could be. The Lake. It was their spot. Well, technically not their spot. They just coincidentally shared it. Teddi shook her head. That part didn’t matter right now.
When she spotted the Camaro parked out at the water’s edge she let out a loud sigh of relief. She parked her van and hopped out, hurrying over to Billy’s car. She could barely make him out in the dark. The only light coming inside was coming from the end of his lit cigarette. The door was unlocked. She slid in next to him. Neither of them said anything for awhile.
“…Max called me,” she finally said. “She’s really worried about you.”
“I’m fine.” Billy spat.
She wasn’t going to let him off that easy this time. He wasn’t going to scare her away. “What happened, Billy? …Did he hurt you?” he didn’t say anything. He simply blew out a cloud of smoke. “…Can I see?”
There was another long pause. Billy sniffed and angrily pushed on the light above them. Teddi’s hand slowly covered her mouth in an attempt to stifle the gasp she wanted to let out. Billy’s left eye was swollen shut. His eyebrow had a cut in it that was deep enough for Teddi to know it would scar. It had stopped bleeding at least, but the blood had run down over his eye and down the left side of his face. There was also a nasty split in the center of his lip. Teddi was surprised he was smoking at all. The boy in front of her was almost unrecognizable. “Billy…” she said softly.
“I was in my room,” he said finally. “It was after I came back from your place. Everything was fine, you know? Susan was making dinner and Max and Neil were watching tv,” he swallowed loudly, flicking his cigarette out the window. His fingers gripped tightly at the steering wheel. “All of the sudden he starts getting on Max’s case about something. I don’t know what. But he wouldn’t stop. And she was arguing back. Sometimes she doesn’t know when to quit with him. But they just kept getting louder, so I stood out in the hall just in case…he just started screaming at her. And I’ve never seen her scared like that. Max isn’t scared of shit, y’know? But he just kept yelling and I could just feel that he was gonna hurt her if I didn’t stop him,” he trailed off, but Teddi didn’t need for him to finish. The shape he was in told her everything she needed to know.
“I’m not fucking doing this anymore, Teddi. I can’t. Sometimes I catch myself imagining something horrible happening to him. Doing something horrible. And I never feel bad, you know? He deserves it. He’s the reason my mom left. He’s the reason she didn’t take me with her. He’s not my fucking father. Sometimes I think he’s barely even human.”
Teddi’s heart ached when she saw his eyes welling up with tears. She took one of his hands in her own, her thumb running gently over his bruising knuckles. “I think…I think you should come with me. To the apartment.” she said.
Billy let out a loud sigh. “I can’t. Max-”
Teddi shook her head. “Billy, we need to get out. I know that you’re worried about Max. I’m worried about her too. But if we leave, if we get that apartment…it can be like a safe place for her to go. Whenever she needs it, you know? Until we can figure out how to get her out of that house,” she reached up and touched his face, her fingers ghosting gently over his bruised cheek. Her heart ached again when he leaned into her touch. “You can’t go back there,” after what felt like forever Billy finally nodded. “Come on. I have a first aid kit in my van. We can spend the night here, I’ll call Max in the morning and we’ll go see about the apartment, okay?”
Billy followed her silently to her van. They climbed into the back, and Teddi pulled out the first aid kit that she kept under the driver’s seat. “Sorry, usually it’s just me using this so I kinda only have girly band-aids…” she mumbled, wincing and apologizing as Billy hissed at the feeling of the alcohol being dabbed at his cuts.
“A pink band-aid’s the least of my worries right now, Larsson.” he was trying to smile, trying to crack a joke with her. Teddi let out a soft laugh.
“You know…” she said, gently blowing on the cut on his eyebrow before applying the band-aid. “Max said that I was your best friend…” she said with a smile.
Billy shifted uncomfortably. “What am I? A twelve year old girl?” he asked.
Teddi only shrugged. “…You’re my best friend.” she confessed.
Billy scoffed. “Right.”
“I’m serious. I mean…me and Steve are pretty good friends, but you know way more about me than he does. You know stuff about me that he probably won’t ever know, you know? And like…you’re the first person I want to talk to when something happens. Good or bad. I don’t know…you just are.” she awkwardly shrugged again.
There was another long pause as Teddi finished cleaning Billy’s face. “…Are we gonna make matching bracelets?” he asked.
“I know you’re being sarcastic, but don’t think for a second that I wouldn’t do that.”
Billy let out a short laugh. “…Thanks for this, Teddi.”
“Don’t mention it. You’d do the same thing for me.” he would. Of course he would.
Teddi pulled out her sleeping bag and unzipped it completely before kicking off her boots. “I think we both definitely need some sleep.”
Billy kicked off his boots as well and slid under the sleeping bag with her. They laid next to each other, both staring up at the disco ball hanging above them. Teddi tentatively reached out, her hand finding Billy’s. He linked his fingers with hers. “…You sleep in here a lot?” he asked finally.
“I have a few times,” Teddi confessed. “Back in New York.”
“…What about your parents? Aren’t they gonna be pissed when you don’t come home?”
“Who cares? We don’t have to worry about that sort of stuff anymore, right?”
It was a hard thought to wrap their minds around. This was it. No more answering to Greg or Neil. No more unfair rules or punishments. They would be out on their own. Together.
The next morning the pair drove to the apartment building in the Camaro. It was obvious that the building used to be a motel. There was a gated pool out in front, with two vending machines nearby. There was what looked to be a working ice machine that sat just outside of the front office. If the old man running the place could tell that Billy and Teddi were obviously teenagers, he didn’t show it. Billy flashed a fake ID that said he was 23 and that had been enough for him.
He showed them an apartment on the second floor. There wasn’t an elevator. Teddi was pretty sure it had been two adjoining rooms that they had turned into one larger apartment. There was a tiny living room with a counter that would be their kitchen. Two bedrooms sandwiched a very tiny bathroom between them. It wasn’t the worst thing. The apartment had gotten a fresh coat of paint and some tacky, flowery wallpaper. And it wasn’t like they were used to anything fancy.
Between their three jobs they would definitely be able to handle the rent. It was close enough to Hawkins that they’d be able to make it to school and work without a problem. And what was most important; it was theirs.
Teddi couldn’t control her smile as they drove back into town. Her cheeks were starting to hurt. Her eyes were stinging from the threat of tears. “…Is this really happening?” she asked.
Billy nodded, a smile of his own spreading across his lips. “It’s really happening.”
They both went quiet as Billy turned onto Cherry road. The Camaro came to a stop outside of the Hargrove’s house, the two of them looking up at the tiny house while holding their breaths. This was really it.
The most important thing would be getting Billy’s things before Neil came home. Or at least as much as they could. Max was outside skateboarding in the street. She hugged Billy tightly when she saw him. He awkwardly patted his step sister on the back. He’d never show it or admit it, but Teddi knew he appreciated the fact that Max cared about him.
Susan was hovering awkwardly in the living room. She was asking Billy if he was alright and telling him that she had been worried about him when he never came home. Teddi believed her. Teddi believed that Susan loved Max and cared about Billy. She knew that Susan wasn’t the same as her own mother. But it didn’t make her like Susan any. She still sat back and let Neil rule his household with an iron fist.
Teddi and Billy went to his room, Max and Susan following close behind them. Susan was asking a million questions and Billy ignored each of them. He went for his stereo first. He yanked the power cord free from the wall, turning and handing it over to Teddi. “Billy, please. Don’t you think this is an overreaction? I’m sure you and your father can work things out-” Susan pleased.
“An overreaction?” Billy let out a dry laugh. “He’s your problem now, Susan. You don’t have to pretend to feel sorry for me and look the other way anymore,” he picked up a milk crate full of his records. “Maybe this is best for both of us, huh? You’ll finally see what a goddamn monster he is when it’s pointed in your direction.”
That was enough to keep Susan out of their way. She sat on the couch, fidgeting anxiously as she watched Billy, Teddi and Max march back and forth between the Camaro and Billy’s room. His music had been the most important thing. Once his stereo, record player, cassettes and records were all safely in the back seat Billy grabbed a few trash bags and started filling it with his clothes.
“…Where are you going?” Max finally asked. She and Teddi were both carefully taking Billy’s things from his closet, folding them before putting them in the large black bags. Billy was grabbing fists full of his clothes out of his drawers, angrily shoving them in the trash bags.
“We got an apartment outside of town.” he muttered.
Max looked between the both of them. “Together?” she asked. Max had never really understood why Teddi and Billy liked each other so much. She knew that they didn’t really have much in common aside from her and working at the pool. Max knew that Billy liked Teddi, and she knew that Teddi liked Billy. She and El had always thought it was obvious, even if they argued all of the time. But they assumed it was just because they were dumb teenagers that found each other attractive. Now suddenly, seeing Billy finally at his breaking point, and Teddi with a bruise that covered her left eye and cheek, she realized that they had more in common than she had ever imagined.
Beneath the surface Billy and Teddi were two very lonely people. And now they had finally found someone to pull each other out of that loneliness.
Teddi nodded, smiling a little. “Together. And Max, you’re allowed to come over whenever you want, okay? It’s small, but there’s a pullout couch with your name on it. You can even have sleepovers with El. Whatever you want. Just promise me that he ever makes you feel unsafe again you call me and I’ll come and get you, alright?”
Max looked over at Billy. He nodded, so slightly that Max almost wasn’t sure she’d seen it. “…I promise.”
“I’ll pick you up from school tomorrow and show you the place, alright? C’mon, Ted. We gotta go. I’ll come back for the rest,” Teddi noticed Billy pulling a small wooden box out of his top drawer. It was about the size of his hand. It was a sandy color with something etched into the lid. He quickly shoved it into the pocket inside his jacket, like Teddi and Max weren’t supposed to see it. “…You gonna be okay, Max?” he asked.
“I’m fine. Mom says I’m allowed to sleep over at El’s since Neil’s being an asshole….I’m sorry, Billy. That he went off on you like that. It was my fault. He wanted me to change the channel and I kept arguing with him…”
Billy placed a hand on his step sister’s shoulder, leaning down to meet her eyes. “Don’t ever apologize for him, got it? If it wasn’t that it would’ve been something else. You remember what I told you back home? At Captain Spauldings?” Max’s shoulders straightened a little as she nodded. Teddi couldn’t help but wonder what their secret was. “You call us if you need us, okay? We’ll be there.” Billy awkwardly ruffled the top of Max’s head before heading back to the Camaro. He didn’t bother to look in Susan’s direction as he passed.
He and Teddi finished loading his things into the trunk and got in. Max was on the porch, waving as they drove off. Teddi let out a shaky breath. She looked over at Billy, who was drumming his fingers against the steering wheel even though the radio was off. He looked…calm. This wasn’t a Billy she saw very often. There was a hint of a smile on his lips. He looked like a weight had been lifted off of his shoulders.
This all felt like a dream. To be in Billy’s Camaro, the two of them finally about to escape the nightmare that was their home lives. It all felt almost too good to be true. Like at any second something horrible would happen, or she would wake up and realize that none of this was even real. Billy bumped his elbow against Teddi’s, bringing her back to the real world. “Hey,” he said lowly. “You okay?”
He fished his pack of cigarettes out of his jacket and held it out to Teddi. She eyed them for a moment before taking a smoke, clamping it between her lips. “I’m just nervous,” she muttered as Billy lit the cigarette for her. Teddi took a long drag, her eyes falling shut and her head falling back against her seat. “My dad’ll be home soon…”
“Don’t worry about him. You just worry about getting your stuff.” they both knew that that would be easier said than done. Billy would be somewhat of a safety net for her. Her dad probably wouldn’t do or say much of anything if there was someone around to see him in action. He had too much to lose. But he had been a little unpredictable lately, and Teddi was worried that Billy might have to take the brunt of what was about to come.
While Billy had been to Teddi’s once before, this was the first time he had ever seen Teddi’s mother. Teddi looked a lot like her. He didn’t understand how Bonnie could look at her daughter, who was the spitting image of her, and feel absolutely nothing for her. Billy hated her. She was sitting on the couch, flipping through the channels on TV when they walked in. When Teddi and Billy walked into her field of vision, she finally looked over at them with a bored expression.
“And who’s this?” Bonnie asked, looking Billy up and down. If she felt any sort of way about him, she didn’t show it. It was like she wasn’t a real person. Like she was one of those mind control victims in those sci fi movies Max liked to watch. Billy briefly wondered if at one point Bonnie had been more like Teddi. Energetic and friendly. Maybe Greg had succeeded in beating her into submission, like Neil had tried with Billy’s mom. Now he had the perfect stepford wife that was loyal only to him. Even at the expense of his own daughter.
“None of your business,” there was a confidence behind Teddi’s voice that Billy was a little surprised to hear. This wasn’t the same Teddi that had been fidgeting nervously in the Camaro just minutes before. “I’m leaving.” she announced before heading down the hall. He wasn’t surprised that Bonnie didn’t follow after them like Susan had.
Billy followed Teddi to her room. He’d never seen it before. It was smaller than his room. There was only a tiny desk, a nightstand and Teddi’s bed packed tightly inside. Teddi opened her closet door, reaching in and pulling out a stack of flattened cardboard boxes. He wondered how many times she had pulled them out before, trying to work up the courage to pack before changing her mind.
They were silent as they started to pack up her things. Teddi made quick work of emptying out her closet before standing up on her bed to peel the little glow in the dark stars off of her ceiling. Billy went over to her desk. There was a Carrie poster taped to the wall next to a tiny bulletin board. There were about a dozen different movie ticket stubs tacked to it. A grainy polaroid of the statue of liberty next to a photo of Teddi standing on a lake dock. She was in a bright blue bikini with white, star shaped sunglasses and she had her arm around a girl with a head of pink, unruly curls. Teddi looked happy. Genuinely happy. It was a gross contrast from the Teddi that was in front of him now. He carefully picked each of the things she had tacked up to the board and tucked them into a box along with the other things on her desk.
“Your mother tells me you’re leaving.” Billy jumped a little at the sound of Greg Larsson’s voice. Teddi’s dad was a big guy. Easily about 6’4. He took up the entire doorway. His hair was shaved close on the sides and longer on top. Like at one point he’d been a jarhead and hadn’t been able to let it go. He looked like the poster boy for some sort of weird super soldier experiment gone wrong. Billy’s hands clenched into fists. It wasn’t like him and Neil. Neil was the same size as Billy. If Billy wanted to fight back he could. Greg was almost three times Teddi’s size. What kind of pathetic asshole picked on someone that was so helpless to defend themselves? You about two months ago? He reminded himself. His fists clenched tighter.
Teddi turned to look at her father with a look of disgust before returning to her packing. “What do you care?”
“Theodora…is this about the disagreement we had the other day?” he asked, crossing his arms tightly across his chest.
Teddi laughed. “Disagreement? You mean when you called me a whore and almost fractured my skull?” she asked, pointing to the large bruise on her cheek. Billy knew that if he hadn’t been there she probably wouldn’t have said that to her father. He didn’t mind that him being there was an extra boost of courage. He was proud of her. “What do you even care if I leave? You don’t care about me. You and mom have never cared about me. So let me go and you can just pretend that I never existed like you’ve always wanted.” her voice cracked a little as she spoke, but she didn’t cry.
Billy wondered what might have happened if he hadn’t been there. If he hadn’t inched his way over between Teddi and Greg in case he decided to do something bold. He was thinking about it. Billy knew that he was. His sharp jaw clenched and unclenched. His hand was twitching as if he was trying to keep himself for lashing out at her. Greg watched his daughter with a cold expression. Like if he could kill her right then and there with a look, he would.
“…If you leave, you are no longer welcome in this home. You’re not going to come crying to me when he gets tired of you and moves on to the next girl. You’re no longer my daughter.”
Billy didn’t see that as much of a threat. Greg wasn’t Teddi’s father. He’d explained it to Max back in California when she had finally seen Neil for what he really was. Billy and Teddi could call Neil and Greg their fathers all they wanted. But men, and Billy used that term lightly, like Neil and Greg couldn’t be fathers to anyone. They were monsters. Monsters that were keeping Billy and Teddi hostage for their own sick enjoyment.
Teddi laughed again. Her eyes were shiny with the threat of tears. She picked up the box that sat at her feet, walking up to Greg with her head held high. “Good.”
Billy and Teddi were both sitting on their new couch in their new apartment. They were both silent, staring at their reflection in the blank TV screen in front of them. Teddi had cried in the car after they left her parents’ house. She cried the entire drive to the apartment. Billy had reached over, putting his arm around her and pulling her towards him. Teddi cried into his shoulder, her tears soaking into his denim jacket. Neither of them said anything until Billy pulled into the parking lot of their apartment building.
Teddi pulled away from him, wiping her eyes roughly. Her bottom lip trembled, like she could start crying at any given second. She looked over at him, her cheeks still slick with tears. “…Thank you.” she finally said.
He didn’t really know what she was thanking him for. Leaving with her. Helping her get her things. Letting her cry on his shoulder. It didn’t really matter to him. The corner of his mouth twitched up into a grin. “What are friends for, right?”
Teddi let out a soft laugh. She bit down on her bottom lip as the two looked at each other. Billy could feel his heart beating harshly in his chest. Teddi looked beautiful. Otherworldly in the red light that was shining down onto the Camaro from the building’s neon sign. She sniffed softly, shifting nervously in her seat before her hand gently ghosted his bruised cheek, just like she had the night before. Billy didn’t move as she bit her lip again, leaning forward and kissing him so softly he was almost scared he had imagined it. She pulled away from him, watching him and waiting to see if what she had done was okay.
Billy wrapped his arms around Teddi’s waist, pulling her back to him. He kissed her. Teddi let out a surprised sound, her hands gripping onto his shoulders. Teddi had wondered what this moment would be like. What it might be like to kiss Billy. None of it really matched up to the actual thing. Everything about him was…strong. His arms wrapped around her, the feel of his chest as her hands slid under his jacket. His lips. Everything about Billy Hargrove made Teddi feel safe. She never wanted this to end. She would be content staying there in Billy’s Camaro, kissing him and letting him hold her until the world ended.
“If that’s how you say thank you I should’ve started being nicer a long time ago.” Billy smirked. His arms were still wrapped around her middle, and Teddi was gripping onto his shirt beneath his jacket.
Teddi laughed a little and rolled her eyes. “Funny,” her hand reached up, her thumb stroking his jaw gently. “…We should probably get inside.” she sighed.
They brought the things they’d packed up the stairs and inside their new home. Now they were on the couch, their hands just barely touching. “…We should skip school tomorrow. Celebrate our new freedom.” he finally said.
“Celebrate our new freedom by being irresponsible?” she asked with a smile.
“It’s one day, Larsson. Come on. Let’s do something fun.”
Teddi eyed him carefully, trying to hide a smile as her cheeks blushed. “…You better be real careful with whatever you’re about to suggest, Hargrove.” she warned.
Billy smirked. “Relax. I meant like going to the movies or something. What about that Terminator movie? Freddy said it was pretty badass.”
Teddi made a face. “I don’t know…I’m not super crazy about that Schwarzenegger guy. He’s always reminded me too much of my dad. What about Starman?”
Billy blinked. “…What’s that?”
“It’s the one with Jeff Bridges who’s an alien pretending to be a human and he and he takes Marion from Indiana Jones with him to try and get back to space?” she explained, as if he were crazy for not knowing. Billy only stared at her. “It’s John Carpenter!”
“Is that supposed to mean something to me?”
“Halloween? The Thing? Escape From New York? He’s like the best director ever.”
Billy rolled his eyes and held his hands up. “….Whatever, Larsson. We’ll go see Spaceman.”
“Whatever.” there was a different energy as they got back in the Camaro. They were both smiling, almost giddy. Teddi flipped through the collection of tapes Billy kept in the glove compartment. She settled on Journey, popping the tape into the deck. Billy’s fingers drummed against the steering wheel along to the beat.
Their eyes met, the two of them sharing a smile. Billy propped his elbow up on the center console, holding out his middle finger to her. Teddi laughed, raising an eyebrow. “What is this, a Billy Hargrove pinky promise? What are we, five?”
Billy smirked over at her. “Says the girl that wanted to make friendship bracelets,” he joked. Teddi let out a chuckle and linked her finger with his. His ring was cold against her skin. “It’s you and me now, Larsson. We’re in this together. You ready?”
She was. Of course she was. They were quite the pair. Two misfits that felt like they didn’t belong anywhere. Battered and bruised. But they had finally found a home. With each other. Teddi smiled as Billy brought her hand to his lips, pressing a kiss to her bruised knuckles. “As ready as I’ll ever be.”
Steve @ Teddi:
Growing Pains: Chapter One
Summary: Life is hard when you’re about to turn 18. It’s even harder when you realize you might be completely out of love with your long time boyfriend, and you can’t stop thinking about the new boy in town.
Pairing: Billy Hargrove/OFC, Steve Harrington/OFC
A/N: Happy Stranger Things day everyone! I’m so excited for this fic! We all know I love an Arcade Dreams AU. This is gonna be taking place in the summer of 85, because we all know Billy deserves a nice summer instead of the one he got. I’m also gonna be giving a name to Steve’s mom because she’s gonna appear quite a bit and honestly @ the duffer brothers give us more content with Steve’s parents. It’s also the first appearance of Hopper! Teddi! I hope you all enjoy it!
It was Sunday morning. Well, technically afternoon. If Teddi cracked one of her eyes open she could see the sun trying to shine through the ugly, off white, checkered curtains that perfectly matched the ugly, off white, checkered wallpaper that she hated. Teddi squoze her eyes shut and willed herself to go back to sleep. She didn’t want to look at the little digital clock on the nightstand beside her.
As Teddi snuggled further under the plushy, dark blue comforter an arm snaked around her middle. She smiled as her back met a warm chest she hadn’t realized her body had been missing so much. “Rise and Shine, Teddi Girl.” her boyfriend, Steve Harrington mumbled into her hair. He combed his fingers through it gently in an attempt to wake her up. Heather Holloway had just helped her dyed it. They had bleached Teddi’s sandy blonde hair into an almost platinum white color. Steve called her Casper when he first saw it.
Teddi groaned and buried her face into her pillow. “Five more minutes.” she complained.
“It’s past noon!” Steve laughed. “C’mon, Ted, this is our last summer of freedom. We should be outside doing stupid, reckless stuff.” Teddi didn’t want the reminder. They had graduated from high school only two weeks ago. Steve seemed to be resigned in the fact that he had absolutely no idea what he was going to do with his life now. He was content with working at Scoops Ahoy. And while Teddi loved her jobs at the arcade, video store and public pool, she couldn’t help but feel scared. She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life.
Teddi rolled over, her nose almost touching Steve’s. “If you let me sleep a little longer we can always do something stupid and reckless in here.” she let out a giggle as Steve’s cheeks grew a bit pink.
“When you put it that way…” he said with a teasing grin. Steve leaned in to kiss Teddi, but she jerked away when there was a knock at his door.
“Steve, hun? You awake?” it was his mom. Teddi tried to get out of bed as quickly as she could, tripping up on the comforter and falling to the floor before she started to get dressed. “I can make you breakfast before you head off to work. Is Teddi staying?”
Teddi’s eyes widened as she stopped in her tracks. “Um…sorry, Mrs. Harrington! I gotta get home before my dad gets worried!” she called, jerking her cut off shorts on. It wasn’t that Teddi didn’t like Steve’s mom. Kitty Harrington was one of the coolest adults she knew. She was super trendy and threw some great parties. It was an added bonus that she usually let Teddi and Steve drink at those parties. Plus Kitty adored Teddi. Steve told her she said that Teddi had spunk.
Steve ran a tired hand over his face. “It’ fine, ma! I’ll grab something on the way to work. I gotta pick robin up anyways.” he rolled his eyes dramatically and smiled over at Teddi.
She pulled on her top, a lime green t-shirt that she had cropped herself and gave Steve a look like he’d grown a second head. How could he be so calm? “She knows that I sleep over?” she asked.
“Oh, yeah. She was cleaning my room and you kinda left one of your bras…” Teddi groaned. “I can get it for you if you want. It’s down in the laundry room. She uses that Snuggle brand detergent, you know with the little bear-”
“…Sorry. Are you okay?” he asked, walking over to her. His hands rested at her elbows. “Ted, she’s not mad or anything. I mean, technically speaking we’re adults,” he reminded her. “I mean what’s she gonna do, ground me?”
Adults, Teddi thought sadly. She didn’t want to be an adult. Teddi shook her head. “I’m fine, sorry. It’s just…weird. Can you give me a ride home?” her van was back home. After she’d gotten home from work Steve had surprised her, knocking on her window and convincing her to sneak out for the night. Only now it wasn’t really sneaking out, she supposed. How boring.
“Well, wait. You wanna go get lunch or something? Catch a movie?” Steve asked as he got dressed.
“I thought you had work?”
“I don’t really. Do you wanna go downstairs and have brunch with my mom?” he shot a teasing grin her way. Steve had a point there. As much as Teddi liked Kitty, she definitely didn’t want to sit there awkwardly with the two of them while they all three pretended everything was completely normal.
Teddi smiled thinly. “Right. As much as I’d love to I have to get to the arcade soon. And I have to make sure my dad doesn’t like…flip his lid when he finds out I was gone all night.” it was sort of a lie. Teddi had work that day, but it wasn’t until later that night. She felt a little guilty blowing Steve off. Like somehow she was doing something she wasn’t supposed to be doing. But just because they were dating didn’t mean they had to be around each other all of the time, right?
The disappointed look on Steve’s face made her feel even worse. “Oh. Well, that’s fine. Maybe next time.” they made their way downstairs, Teddi trying to almost hide herself behind Steve as they passed by his mother in the kitchen.
“Bye you two!” she called sweetly. “Teddi, say hi to your dad for me!” Teddi winced a little, turning and smiling tightly at her.
“Will do, Mrs. Harrington.”
“Honey, I’ve told you a million times. After how long you and my Stevie have been together,” she pinched Steve’s cheek affectionately. Steve blushed, brushing her hand away and muttering out a Ma, stop. “You can call me Kitty.”
Teddi let out a nervous chuckle. “Right, sorry. Sure thing, Kitty.”
“Come on, mom. We gotta go, okay? I’ll be back later,” Steve pressed a kiss to his mom’s cheek and pulled Teddi along behind him and out to his car. “Sorry about her…” he mumbled.
“Don’t be. I love your mom.”
“Yeah, but sometimes I think she lays it on a little thick ‘cause you’re her chance at grandbabies.” Teddi’s head whipped in Steve’s direction. He hadn’t even noticed. He was turned, looking over his shoulder as he backed out of the driveway. Teddi couldn’t believe how casually he had said it.
“Grandbabies? We’re having kids now?” Teddi asked with a nervous laugh.
Steve looked over at Teddi, his mouth opening and closing while he tried to figure out what to say. “…No. No. I mean…maybe? Eventually? Jesus, Harrington, you have to learn to keep your mouth shut,” he muttered to himself.
If Teddi thought really hard about it she could picture herself marrying Steve. She could picture him getting a cushy job at his dad’s company and the two of them buying a house down the street from Steve’s parents. If she thought even harder she could maybe picture a kid or two with her blonde hair and Steve’s big brown eyes. Now she felt nauseous. Teddi rolled down her window, pulling a cigarette out of her small, black backpack and lit it. She took a long drag, resting her head against her seat and shutting her eyes.
“You really should quit smoking.” Steve said.
“You used to smoke, remember?”
“Yeah, until they had that assembly and brought in that black pig lung. It was totally gross,” Steve flashed Teddi a lopsided grin when she let out a soft laugh. He reached over, taking her hand in his, squeezing it gently. “Listen, let’s not talk about this kinda stuff anymore, huh? We’ve got plenty of time for all that. I still am a kid. I don’t wanna have any any time soon.”
Teddi let out a breath of relief and nodded. “Deal.”
When they pulled up to the little cabin she lived in with her dad and younger sister, Steve turned to her with a smirk. “You sure you don’t wanna skip out with me for the rest of the day? Last chance, Teddi Girl.”
Teddi’s nose scrunched up as she leaned in and kissed him. “Rain check, okay? I promise. I just don’t want my dad to worry.”
Steve brushed some of her hair behind her ear. “Alright, alright. I’ll hold you to it.” Teddi said her goodbyes, kissing Steve again and heading up to the porch. The wooden planks groaned under her boots, signaling to those inside that she was home.
Jim Hopper was lounged out in his recliner that sat in front of the TV just like he always was on his day off. El was perched beside him on the couch, the two of them snacking on chips and salsa while they watched some old Gilligan’s Island reruns. When Teddi walked in they both turned to look at her. El looked at her with this secret little smile of hers. Like she had known exactly where her older sister had been all night and was enjoying the scandal of it. Hopper frowned at his daughter. He too knew where Teddi had been, and he definitely wasn’t enjoying the scandal of it.
“Ooo, Gilligan,” Teddi said, plopping down onto the couch next to her sister. “Which one is this?” she was ignoring the way that her dad was practically staring a hole in the side of her head.
“They got superpowers from vegetables.” El said, shoving a chip that was nearly too big into her mouth.
“Nice. I love this one.” Teddi grabbed a chip, reaching over to dip it into the salsa. Hopper grabbed the jar and held it away from her. The two finally made eye contact.
“Where ya been, Ted?” he asked, eyebrows raised. He knew. Teddi knew that he knew. No point in lying.
Teddi shifted a little in her seat. “…With Steve.”
Hopper groaned. It was no secret that he hated the fact that his two teenage daughters were dating. It didn’t help matters that Mike Wheeler and Steve Harrington were two of the most annoying kids he’d ever met. “Do you remember when you came to live with me?” he asked. “You were ten and you said that boys were gross?”
Of course she remembered. Hopper had adopted Teddi eight years ago. Teddi saw it as an act of fate. She’d grown up with awful parents. They didn’t love her or care about her. Her father had some cushy job that she had never really understood. Something about working with the mayor. Hopper had been working homicide cases in the city. When Teddi’s father, Greg, had been discovered as the main culprit behind one of Hopper’s cases they’d taken him into custody. Now he was in prison for a long time with no sign of parole. There had been an investigation into her mother, Bonnie, and when the police discovered she was definitely not capable of raising Teddi it was decided she’d be put into the foster care system.
“I think this is a sign, kid,” he had said. “We’re both looking for a fresh start. So what do you say?” Teddi had decided to take the leap of faith. In the short amount of time she had known Hopper he had shown her more kindness than anyone else she had known. Plus, she thought it was funny how grumpy he was.
Now, Hopper looked over at his two daughters and sighed. “El, you mind giving us a second?” El didn’t need to be told twice. She knew Teddi was about to get one of his famous “Hop Talks”. She hopped up from the couch, shooting Teddi a sympathetic smile before disappearing into her room. Cindy Lauper started playing on the other side of the door.
Hopper patted the arm of the couch, silently asking Teddi to scoot over. She moved closer, letting out a small sigh. “Dad…”
He held up his hand. “Look, I get it, okay? You’re eighteen. You’re not a little girl anymore. You don’t need to ask dad for permission…as much as I absolutely hate it. And you and Harrington have been together long enough for me to know he’s not going anywhere any time soon,” he rolled his eyes. “But next time, can you give me a heads up? With as little amount of detail as possible. Just so I can have some peace of mind?”
“Sure, dad. I’ll leave a note next time,” she nodded.
“See? I can be calm,” he crossed his arms firmly across his chest, grinning proudly. “No yelling. No banning Steve from the house. It’s a whole new Hop.”
Teddi snickered. “Yeah, Joyce sure has made a lot of progress.” she teased. All in all, Hopper was pretty easy to deal with. There were times when he could be the most stubborn man on the planet. And there were times when Teddi pushed his buttons as hard as she could. But they were family, and in the end they always worked things out. Even if sometimes it meant lots of yelling and telepathic tantrums on El’s end.
Teddi was silent for a moment while she thought about her conversation she’d had in the car with Steve. “…Do you think I should marry Steve?” she asked.
Hopper choked on a chip. He sat up, coughing and sputtering. His face had gone all red and he had some tortilla chip crumbs in his mustache. “Do I think you should do what?! Why- why would you ask me that? Has he asked you?” so much for the new Hop.
“Nooo, no. He just brought it up. I don’t know…it freaked me out, I guess. And his mom says I’m her chance at grandkids-”
“That woman drives me crazy.” Hopper muttered.
“She says hi, by the way.”
Hopper only grunted. “You know what? New rule. You and El aren’t getting married until I’m dead.” he said firmly. Teddi shot him a look and he let out a loud sigh. “I can’t believe I’m about to have this talk, because you’re only eighteen…but if Steve is the person you’re supposed to be with, the person you marry and settle down with, you’ll know it. I know you two think you’re in love now, and maybe you are, but marriage isn’t something you just do because you think it’s what’s right. Believe me,”
“The person you marry should be someone that’ll stick with you no matter what. No matter how bad things get. They’ll see the ugliest side of you and they wanna stick around. And they might drive you up the wall sometimes, but it’s all worth it in the end. That’s the kinda guy you need to marry. And if it’s not Steve then you’ll find him…but hopefully not ‘til after I’m dead.”
Teddi rolled her eyes. “Dad,” she groaned. Suddenly she felt jealous of El. She had that sort of relationship with Mike, and they were barely fourteen years old. At one point she might have thought she had that with Steve. Now she wasn’t so sure. “…Thanks. That actually really helps.”
Hopper rested his hands behind his head, fighting a proud smile. “It’s what I’m here for.”
“So you’re not mad? You don’t wanna ground me or something?”
Hopper chuckled. “Ground you? Do you want me to ground you?”
Teddi smiled thinly. “I know, it sounds stupid when I say it out loud…”
“Nah. I get it. But you have plenty of time to be a dumb kid…although I’d apprectiate it if you could leave boys out of the mix.”
Teddi rolled her eyes and smiled. “Yeah, I bet. Do you mind if I take El out for a few hours before my shift?”
“As long as there’s no Mike,” he muttered. Teddi scoffed. “…Just make sure she’s home by curfew.”
Teddi gave her dad a thumbs up. “Deal. Love ya, Old Man.” she grinned over at him.
Hopper grumbled, once again trying to hide a smile. “Yeah, yeah. Love you too, Kiddo.”
Summer time meant the Palace Arcade would be jam packed with kids. It seemed like every game had a line of tokens left by kids holding their place to be next to play. Teddi was bouncing back and forth between the prize counter and the floor. If she wasn’t taking change for tokens or trading in tickets for prizes she was fixing broken machines, replacing empty rolls of tickets and even mopping up a chocolate milkshake that Bradley Andrews slammed down onto the carpeted floors after losing at Qbert for the fifth time that night. Teddi banned him from the arcade for a week.
Things had dulled down for a bit. A lot of the kids were starting to funnel out and to their parents who were parked outside waiting to take them home. El and her friends were still there. They were in the corner taking turns at Galaga. Teddi watched on as her little sister happily played alongside Mike.
“Can I get some tokens?” Teddi looked over at the red head who was standing on the other side of the counter, looking up at Teddi expectantly. She dropped three bucks and some quarters onto the counter top.
Teddi eyed her carefully, taking her change. “…You’re new.” it wasn’t a question. Teddi knew every kid in Hawkins. She had never seen this girl before.
The redhead gave Teddi a look like she had started speaking in a different language. “…Yeah.”
“Did you just move here or something?” Teddi asked.
The girl shifted impatiently. “We moved here Friday.”
“Ooo, from where?”
“California.” she huffed.
“Nice! I’ve always wanted to go there. How come you moved here? It sucks here.”
“I know it does. And you’d have to ask my step dad. He sucks even more than Hawkins.” she smiled a little when Teddi laughed.
“Well, I’m Teddi. I’m pretty much always here,” she nodded over to where Eleven was. “That’s my sister, El. Her and her friends are around your age, I think. They’re pretty cool kids. I mean if you’re looking for people to hang around with.” she offered.
“…Max. And I’m not really…I kinda prefer being on my own,” she explained. “But, thanks…I guess.” she took the tokens from Teddi and hurried off towards the Dig Dug machine. The bell on the door rang, and Teddi looked up to see Steve walking in. He was still in his Scoops Ahoy uniform.
Steve leaned across the counter to kiss her, Teddi’s nose filling with the smell of waffle cone batter and butterscotch. She looked up at him with a happy but tired smile. “They’re putting you through the ringer tonight, huh?” Steve asked with a chuckle.
Teddi groaned. “You have no idea. I don’t think my night can get any worse.”
“Oh yeah? Well, what if I told you I stopped by the food court after work,” he held up a white paper bag. “And got you one of those giant sugar cookies you like from Mrs. Fields?” he grinned, waving the bag out in front of her.
“I’d say, Steve Harrington, you are the absolute love of my life,” she sighed happily, snatching the bag from him. Teddi was sure that she had put on a good ten to fifteen pounds since the Starcourt mall had opened that summer. But it was hard to say no to a sugar cookie with sprinkles that was as big as her head.
Teddi took a bite, her eyes shutting and her head falling back as she let out a content groan. Steve laughed. “Jeez, I don’t think I can even get those kinda noises out of you.” He teased.
Teddi felt herself blush. She playfully pushed Steve. “Shut up. I’ve had a long da-” she was cut off by the sound of a horn out in the parking lot. It was loud enough that everyone inside turned to look outside, trying to figure out who the culprit was. Whoever it was, they weren’t letting up any time soon. Teddi let out an annoyed groan. She stomped outside, her eyes landing on a dark blue Camaro that was parked directly in front of the door.
She didn’t recognize the guy that was honking. He was her age, but he hadn’t gone to Hawkins High. “Hey! Douchebag! Do you mind? Lay off the horn!” she yelled. The boy poked his head out of his window and fixed a glare in her direction.
“Bite me, Barbie. Why don’t you mind your own?” he spat. What a dick, Teddi thought with a scoff. He looked Teddi up and down before flashing what Teddi had to admit was a charming smile. It still didn’t make her want to hit him any less. “On second thought, how ‘bout you hop in and I’ll do the biting?” he smirked.
“How about I shove my foot up your ass you-” Teddi lunged forward, moving towards the Camaro. Before she could step off the curb Steve caught her by the wrist.
“Eeeasy there, Teddi Girl. Just ignore him, huh? Hey! Come on, dude. Lay off the horn will ya?” Steve tried to reason.
“Aye, aye, Skipper!” he called back at Steve, saluting him mockingly.
“Billy, will you cut it out?” it was Max. She was standing next to Teddi with a skateboard in her hands. “Let’s just get out of here, okay?” she walked over to the car, shooting an apologetic and bashful look back at Teddi.
“I said nine, Max. It’s almost nine twenty. Susan’s gonna throw a bitch fit at me because your ass can’t be on time.” Billy spat as Max climbed in beside him. He didn’t look back at Teddi or Steve as he peeled out of his parking spot and sped off.
Teddi glared at the tail lights of the Camaro until they were no longer in sight. Steve let out a short laugh. “Jesus, that guy’s an asshole, huh?”
“Huh? Oh, yeah. A complete asshole,” she let out a loud sigh. “I gotta get inside and start closing up. Thanks for the cookie.” she stood on her toes to kiss him.
“Sure, sure. Hey, how about that rain check for the movies tomorrow?”
“I’m at the pool in the morning. I’ll call you after and see?”
“Deal. I’ll see ya later, Ted.” he leaned in to kiss her again before heading back to his car. Teddi let out a long, tired sigh and went back inside. She was glad to be rid of the night from hell. Her body was practically begging to crawl into bed.
Joyce Byers pulled up outside, honking her horn once and waving. Teddi waved back, saying her goodbyes to Will, Lucas, Mike and Dustin as they all filed out and piled into Joyce’s car for a ride home. Only El was left. “Who was that boy that was honking?” she asked, drawing imaginary designs on the glass of the prize booth.
“I think his name’s Billy. There was a new girl, Max, in here earlier and I guess he’s her brother. He’s a total asshole.” Teddi scoffed, thinking back to their interaction.
El watched her sister carefully, that secret smile appearing on her lips again. “Oh.” was all she said.
Teddi turned to look at her with a suspicious expression. “Stop looking at me like that.”
“You know like what,” Teddi reaching into her back pocket, grabbing her keys and tossing them to Eleven. “How about you go turn on the van and stop trying to read my feelings, ET.” El only laughed, turning on her heels and hurrying out to the van. Teddi shook her head and let out a sigh. At least she wasn’t the only one that was intrigued by the new boy in town.
Happy Stranger Things day everyone! I’m gonna post some Billy Hargrove content today since we all know Netflix wont give us any 🙃
Teddi: When I kiss him it’s like…ugh, I don’t know. Like kissing my brother or something. I’d rather kiss Heather, and I don’t even think that I like girls.
Haha. Oh this the hopper teddi fic oh happy joy joy now I’m super excited I love each part the nicknames the cute hopper wanna marry Cher and etc it’s soo cute and good
Hopper is totally the dad that Teddi deserves. I’m so excited. I’m working on outlining the fourth chapter and I think I’ll post the first one tomorrow!
The poor girl was raised by Jim Hopper, we all know he’s not gonna give her the birds and the bees talk. Billy and Steve are sure gonna be pretty happy though lmao