Random oneshot, kind of half-sequel (only not at all, really) to Respect. JayOC pairing. The OC doesn't suck, for the record.
Also, it'd help to read my story "Respect" first, because then it'll make more sense. Otherwise, you might be like "What... Theresa and Neil went to buy bread?"
Disclaimer: I don't own Class of the Titans, but Kelsey Anne does own Shennille, so back off right now.
Jay sat sullenly in the main lounge, dimly lit by the moonlight. Monotonously, he stared into an empty corner of the room, eyes unfocused. Just that afternoon, Theresa had told him about her and Neil. He couldn't believe it, it was like he had been standing in a desert, and a tsunami had just struck him out of nowhere. His heart clenched, and even now, hours later, it still had not relaxed. The betrayal he felt from both his friends and the utter heartbreak made sleeping virtually impossible. So there he sat, legs out on the couch, with no intention of moving until long after the sun rose.
Stretching her arms, Shennille absentmindedly wandered through the main room and into the kitchen, not noticing out of the corner of her eye the lightly illuminated shadow of her lovelorn team leader. She stopped in the doorway of the kitchen, blinked and retraced her steps, giving Jay a quirky look.
"What are you doing?" She asked.
He shrugged, his eyes did not move from the spot where they were transfixed. Shennille decided to put off her peckish desire for a little while and walked to his side, leaning down.
"What's wrong?" Jay shrugged again and Shennille narrowed her eyes. "Come on, this isn't about Neil and Theresa is it?"
Jay broke his gaze from the wall to look down, ashamed. Shennille sighed and shook her head.
"Come on, Jay. How stereotypical was that anyway?" Jay looked up, eyes wide. He had expected a "It's okay, I'm sure it's just a fling", or maybe a "It's gonna be alright", but certainly not what she had just said.
"What?" Was all he could say.
"Seriously, you were totally pulling a Scott Summers/Jean Grey deal. You with your Gap polo shirt and her with her Old Navy tank top, who couldn't see that one coming?" Shennille explained, while Jay was at a loss for words.
"What do you mean?"
"I mean, yeah, she's really nice, but I really don't see you with her. I mean, sure, it'd be fun at first, but eventually, you'd get pretty bored of each other. You need someone who keeps you guessing, someone who'll sneak up behind you and take control once in awhile."
"You're crazy." Jay hmphed and returned to looking at the wall. Shennille narrowed her gaze and placed her hand on Jay's cheek, turning his head to look at her as his eyes widened again.
"Don't ignore me, Jay, I don't like being ignored. Seriously, why are you being all emo over this?"
"Because I love her." Jay blurted. It was all Shennille could do to keep from laughing.
"Wow, how very O.C. of you. For the level headed leader, could you be any more melodramatic?" Jay gave her a quizzical look. "You say you love her, but it doesn't sound convincing at all. Face it, Jay, you liked her. You know why? Because she was safe. You settled into a comfort zone because you knew she couldn't hurt you. Because you're the leader, and she's the fighter and you're meant to be, it's written in the freakin' stars. But then, oh no, she steps out of her comfort zone and finds out she's ga-ga over Neil, and here you are, sulking in your own self pity because something you were sure of wasn't so sure. You're not sad because of Theresa, you're sad because of the prospect of Theresa. Because you made a mistake in judgment."
There was a long pause, before Jay looked down again, blushing and mumbling something that Shennille supposed was defensive.
"You know I'm right." Was all she said.
Jay sighed, and another long pause ensued before he finally said, voice barely above a whisper, "If not her, then who?"
This time, it was Shennille who sighed. "I don't know, Jay, but you've got to step out of your comfort zone. It'll be someone unexpected, who brings out the unexpected in you. Someone who cares, who makes you laugh, who teases you and tells you to stop blaming yourself whenever anything goes wrong, because you really do do that way too much. And someone who will make fun of you when you go all after-school special."
Jay laughed, and Shennille was happy to see him smile finally. "I do not go all after-school special."
"Um, does 'I'll tell you what I won't do: give up on Odie without a fight!' ring any bells, Jay?" Shennille prodded.
"Hey, I was just trying to be-"
"Corny?" Shennille cut him off.
"Actually, I was going to say inspirational, but that works too."
"Gag me." Shennille laughed lightly, and Jay continued to smile. "See?"
"You don't need Theresa to be happy, you're having a good time right now and she's nowhere to be found. You're gonna be fine." She said encouragingly.
"You think so? You don't think I'll go all 'emo' again and start writing lovesick songs about her?" Jay joked.
"You know, it's a rarity, but I do love it when you're sarcastic, Jay. Now, c'mon, it's late and you should get some sleep." Shennille patted the couch and stood, stretched and offered him her hand. He took it and stood, stretching as well.
"So, you really think I need someone unexpected, huh?" He asked.
"Oh, absotively posolutely. No more Jean Grey, Starfire types for you, leaderboy." Shennille and Jay continued to laugh and make jokes as they walked back to the dorms.
Shennille stopped at her dorm door, after poking Jay in the chest in honor of a joke he just made. "Well, this is my stop. See you in the morning, Jay." She turned to unlock the door.
"Okay, just one more thing." She heard Jay say behind her.
"Yeah?" She said, not turning and opening the door a crack. She gasped a bit as she felt hands wrap around her waist and turn her around, and was even more shocked as she felt soft lips press against hers. It was all so fast, but she closed her eyes and returned the kiss, placing her hands on the back of his neck. Shennille could feel him smiling as he pulled away, her eyes drifting open and giving him a puzzled look.
"Yeah, I think unexpected works for me." Jay smiled, and Shennille grinned like an idiot as her cheeks reddened. "See you in the morning, Shenn."
Jay leaned in to place a quick peck on her lips again before heading off down the hall, giving her a small wave. Shennille, still dumbfounded by the sheer... well, unexpectedness of it all, entered her dorm, shut her door, and threw herself onto her bed feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve, unable to wait for morning.