I’d Say So (Jared Kleinman X Reader)
Warnings: Kinda angsty, BMC/DEH crossover
Summary: Y/N decides to get a SQUIP. Things don’t end well when her boyfriend, Jared, finds out.
A/N: This was requested!! Hope you guys enjoy!
“So this thing actually works? It isn’t gonna go haywire like Jeremy’s did?” I asked, glancing down nervously at the shoebox in front of me.
“Jeremy Heere was a rare instance. This is a newer software, so all the bugs have been fixed.” The stock boy said, pushing the shoebox closer towards me.
“Awesome, awesome. Here’s your money, then.” I said, passing him the required bills. He smiled at me as he took the money, and he looked more like a shark than anything remotely human.
“Enjoy your new life.” He said, passing me the pill. I took it and watched nervously as he walked away, my leg bouncing up and down.
I pulled out the bottle of Mountain Dew from my backpack, and uncapped it, shoving the cap in my pocket.
I took in a deep breath and popped the pill in my mouth, taking a large swig of Mountain Dew.
I swallowed and let out a sigh, remembering what Jeremy had said about it taking a while to kick in.
I walked quickly back to my car, thanking God that I only lived about a 5 minute drive from the mall. I got home and opened Instagram, noticing a new post from Jared.
Look at this nerd. She’s the worst, honestly. @Y/I/N
The photo was of me last Saturday, curled up on a couch, clutching a stuffed bear Jared gave me for Valentine’s Day and wearing one of Jared’s t-shirts.
I rolled my eyes, but a smile crept onto my face at his actions. I went to reply, but a wave of pain watched over my body.
“What the hell!” I screamed, collapsing to the ground. I rolled around, feeling my muscles seize up.
“Calibration complete. Access procedure initiated.” A voice said and I looked around, wondering who was saying that.
“Discomfort level may increase.” The voice said and I suddenly let out a shriek of agony, feeling like I was being pulled apart from the inside.
“Accessing: neural memory. Accessing: muscle memory. Access procedure: complete. Y/N Y/L/N… welcome to your Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor. Your SQUIP.” The voice rang through my head and I was suddenly free of pain.
“You… you sound like Lin-Manuel Miranda.” I said, and there was a brief silence. I wondered if the SQUIP was still active, but the voice spoke up again.
“This is my default setting according to your memories. You can also set me for Kristin Chenoweth, Philippa Soo or Andrew Rannells.” Lin’s voice said, and I shook my head in disbelief.
“Lin’s fine. I, uh, God this is weird.” I said, still in shock and disbelief.
“I exist only in your mind, Y/N. No one can see me, but they can, however, see you having an animated conversation with yourself. Instead, you can think at me. Telepathically, per se.” The SQUIP said, and I paused, cringing internally.
“Uh, ok.” I thought, still uncomfortable with Lin-Manuel Miranda in my head. Suddenly I heard a knock at the door, and my eyes widened.
“Answer it, Y/N.” The voice said and I nodded, walking to the door. I swung it open, and smiled when I saw Michael and Jeremy standing there.
“Hey Y/N!” Michael said and I smiled, ushering them in. They dumped their backpacks down on the couch, and Jeremy brought me into a quick hug.
“How are you?” Jeremy asked, and I shrugged my shoulders. I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my back, and I straightened up immediately, cursing internally.
“You were slouching. For a drama student, I’d expect you to have better posture.” The SQUIP said and I immediately straightened up.
“I, uh, I’m fine. Really.” I said and Jeremy shot me a strange look.
“Can he tell I’ve got one? You know, a SQUIP?” I thought, and I imagined the SQUIP was laughing.
“He can suspect, sure, but he will never be certain because of the fact that his unit is currently disabled.” Lin’s voice said and I nodded, not noticing th strange look Jeremy shot me.
“Y/N… are you sure you’re ok?” Jeremy asked, gently placing a hand on my arm. I flinched away slightly, and Jeremy’s eyes widened.
“I hate to alarm you, but he has definitely noticed now.” My SQUIP said and I let out a shaky breath.
“How could you? I… ugh.” Jeremy said, running a hand through his hair.
“What’s wrong? Is… is something going on?” Michael asked, jogging up next to Jeremy.
“She got one, Michael. A SQUIP.” Jeremy whispered, and Michael’s face fell as he looked at me.
“Why?” Michael asked, looking at me with shock and disappointment etched into his features.
“You should probably answer him. And tell him the truth. You may not have the same end game as Jeremy did, but they’ll assume that you do.” My SQUIP said and at this point I wanted to punch it.
“I, uh, I can assure you that I don’t want to be cool. That’s the last thing I want.” I said, but that didn’t ease the disappointment on my friend’s faces.
“You saw what that thing did to Jeremy. To the entire school. Why would you want that, Y/N?” Michael asked, sounding incredibly hurt.
“I… I wanted to be something better than what I already am. I know I have a good life and wonderful friends, but that doesn’t stop me from having social anxiety and a crappy self esteem.” I said and their faces softened slightly.
“You should’ve come to us instead of getting one of those cursed floppy discs implanted in your brain. You could’ve gone to Evan. Or Jared. God, what’s Jared gonna say about this?” Jeremy said, his eyes widening slightly.
“I assure you, I am much better than a floppy disc.” The SQUIP said and I sighed, raking a hand through my hair.
“I’m calling Jared, Y/N. He has to know about this. He loves you more than anything else.” Michael said, and I winced at the thought of Jared reacting to the news Michael would be bearing.
“Maybe Michael and I should head off. We, uh, we can meet up another afternoon.” Jeremy said, looking at me with pity in his eyes.
“Calm down Jared! Yes, she’s home. Where do you think we are?” I heard Michael say, and I let out a sigh.
“Stay strong, Y/N. If it, uh, ever gets too much, I have an open door and a fridge full of Mountain Dew Red. Just remember that.” Jeremy said, tentatively placing a hand on my arm.
“I would highly recommend not taking his offer. My objective is to help, I swear.” I nodded, smiling at Jeremy.
“Jared’s on his way over. He did not sound impressed.” Michael said, shoving his phone in his pocket.
“Ok, ok. You guys should go.” I said, giving the boys the largest smile I could muster. It was pretty depressing, but they appreciated the sentiment.
I waved halfheartedly at them as they left, and I let out a sigh as soon as they were gone.
“You haven’t ruined your friendship, Y/N. They’re just disappointed. And slightly angry, but that’s not the point.” The SQUIP said, and I let out a groan.
“I don’t care that I haven’t ruined our friendship. They still hate me, and I can’t blame them.” I thought, pacing around the house and thanking god my parents weren’t home.
“We’ll work on your self loathing later. Jared’s here.” I took in a deep breath, readying myself for the wrath of Jared.
“What the hell were you thinking, babe?” I saw Jared storm in, his face already red.
“I’m sorry, it’s just.” Jared interrupted me by capturing my lips in a kiss, and my eyes widened slightly.
“Well, that was unexpected.”
I closed my eyes, attempting to block out the SQUIP. It worked, and I tangled my fingers in Jared’s hair, tugging on it gently.
He let out a low moan, and his grip on my waist tightened slightly. Jared pulled away, his breathing laboured and his cheeks flushed.
“I love you. You know that right?” Jared said, his hair sticking up at odd angles.
“Of course.” I muttered, resting my forehead against Jared’s.
“Then why the hell would you do this?” Jared said, pulling his face away from mine.
I let out a sigh, running a hand through my hair. “Jared, you know how much of a mess I am. I’m socially anxious, and…” I said, not wanting to tell Jared my other reason for getting the SQUIP.
“And? And what?” Jared said, looking at me with a determination he reserved only for incredibly intense games of Monopoly.
“And I often get worried that you don’t really love me.” I whispered, lowering my gaze to the floor.
“Just in case you’re wondering, Jared isn’t pleased with that. At all.”
“Is.. do you honestly think that?” Jared asked, his voice soft. I took in a deep breath and nodded, bravely lifting my head.
I felt tears welling in my eyes, but I noticed that they had started to form in Jared’s eyes as well.
“Oh, Y/N.” Jared whispered, pulling me close to his chest. I sniffled, feeling a few tears run down my face.
“Shh, shh.” Jared muttered into my hair, rubbing my back soothingly. My tears found their way onto Jared’s shirt, and I noticed that my SQUIP was silent.
“Hey, hey, look at me.” Jared said and I lifted my head, noticing that his eyes were starting to go a little red.
“Never, ever, doubt that I love you. Sure, there will be times where you feel unloveable. Like the world is just out to get you. But those times are minute in comparison to the good times.” Jared said, gently wiping away one of my tears with his thumb.
“Mathematically, and according to your memory base, 85% of the memories you have could be classed as ‘good’.”
“I love absolutely everything about you. Your smile, your eyes and the way they light up when I tell you some dumb joke. How your hair always smells like strawberries and vanilla. Like, how?” Jared said, and I chuckled weakly.
“It’s my shampoo.” I muttered, a half smile resting on my face. Jared smiled widely at me and kissed my forehead, his lips lingering for a few seconds.
“I love the way your hand fits so perfectly in mine, and don’t get me started on your body. That could spark a very different kind of conversation.” Jared said, looking me up and down, biting his lip.
I felt the blood rush to my cheeks, and my smile widened slightly. “What I’m trying to say is, I love you Y/N Y/L/N, and I always will. SQUIP or no SQUIP.” Jared said, placing his lips on mine.
“You should tell him that he’ll probably love you more with my assistance.”
I wrapped my arms around his neck, fiddling with the hair on the nape of his neck. His arms snaked around my waist, and pulled me tightly against his chest.
I kissed Jared with fervour, focusing on nothing except him. I pulled away reluctantly, my lungs burning slightly.
“I love you. I love you. I love you.” Jared said, punctuating his words by kissing both my cheeks and my forehead. I sniffled, smiling wider and brighter than before.
“You’re my favourite human being. You know that, right?” I said, looking up at Jared with love in my eyes.
Jared chuckled, tucking a wisp of hair behind my ear. “Of course I know that. And the same goes for you, Y/N. I don’t know what I’d do without you.” He said, taking one of my hands in his free one.
“Crash and burn, probably. You’re not very good at fending for yourself, babe.” I said, gigging slightly as I watched Jared pout.
“You’re so mean. I meant, it’s true, but still!” Jared said, squeezing my hand gently. I rolled my eyes, pecking his dusty pink cheek.
“Oh, babe! I almost forgot.” Jared said suddenly, and I looked at him curiously, arching an eyebrow.
“What is it?” I asked, and Jared smiled widely at me, pulling his phone out from his pocket.
“I saw the funniest meme the other day. You’re gonna love it!” Jared exclaimed, unlocking his phone and scrolling through it.
I laughed loudly, shaking my head at the enthusiasm Jared had for memes. “Sometimes I wonder why I’m still dating you, Jared.” I said, laughing slightly.
“Because I’m a wonderful human being who love you with every fibre of his being?” Jared said, giving me wide puppy dog eyes.
“I’d say so, babe. I’d say so.”