Hateful Love (Rich Goranski x Reader)
A/N: hey all! here with a new fic! hope you enjoy! as usual, requests are open and love you all!
TW: cursing a little bit of bullying and angst, and small mention of burn injury.
You remember the day you met Richard Goranski, he was the new kid in yoru class freshman year. No one seemed to notice him. And, as you were a member of the student gov., it was your job to make friends with the new students. You sit next to him at the lunch table and smile. He gives you a friendly wave and you point to the table, “Is this seat taken?”
“No pleathe, thit.” You nod and sit down
“(Y/N), pleased to meet you.”
“Rich. Likewithe. Thorry if it botherth you. I wath born with it and it hathn’t theemed to go away.”
“No it’s fine. Don’t worry about it.”
He smiles, “thankth…”
. . .
After that moment, you and Rich were inseparable. Whether he hung out at your place or you at his, you had the best of times. You hated to admit it, but you’d developed deep feelings for him. He never noticed, but there was many a time when you were staring at him. But sophomore year, everything seemed to change. One day, he was his normal self, and the next he was… different. He was wearing different clothes, different haircut, even his lisp was gone.
You decided to see what was going on with him. When you were in the hallway going to the bus, you tapped his shoulder. As you were about to say say something, he turned around quickly and almost screamed at you, “what the hell are you doing?!”
You hold your hands up, “Rich, calm down. It’s just me. I just wanted to see what’s going on with you.”
He picks up his backpack and walks away from you, “I’m fine. Just leave me alone loser.”
That went straight to your heart. All your little fantasies that you’d created went out the window, never to be seen again.
. . .
It wasn’t until junior year Halloween party that you talked to him again. You were grabbing another shot when he came over to you.
“you got any mountain dew red?”
“Rich what the fuck?”
“no, I don’t… I didn’t even know that existed why do you even need it?”
“it doesn’t matter.”
“It does if this is how you’re acting. look Rich, you’ve ignored me for more than a year now, why are you all of a sudden talking to me again?”
“N-no… I don’t mean to I just… I need it!” he runs off asking more people if they have it. what the hell happened to him?
Later on in the night, you were talking with some friends upstairs when you noticed something, “hey, does anyone else smell something burning?”
They shake their heads and go back to talking. You leave them and try to find what it was. As you went downstairs, you saw Jake, apparently doing the same thing.
“Do you have any idea what that is?”
“No clue. But it doesn’t look to- holy shit!” you scream as the wall you were leaning against comes crashing down. You fall to the ground, head first, with your leg falling dead on into the fire. You try to pull it back as fast as you can, but the damage was already done. Massive burn marks were on your skin.
“(Y/N)!” Jake calls to you and tries to help you up.
“Jake, I’m injured, you go.” He nods and tries to escape on his own. You were getting drowsy, you couldn’t deny it. You kept trying to fight it off, but it was taking over. A moment before sleep enveloped you, you felt a pair of arms scoop you up and carry you away.
. . .
You wake up to blaring fluorescent lights and constant beeping. You tried to sit up, but your head hurt too much. You try and look around and you see a bed next to you with someone who also looked pretty beaten up in it. You look down and see your leg with a massive amount of gauze wrapped around it. Suddenly, the boy next to you started to speak.
“the doctor thaid that it would take a bit to heal but that’d you’d be jutht fine.” You’d recognize that lisp anywhere.
“R-rich? What are you doing here?… How long have I been out?”
“I think a week or tho. They thaid that you have a cuncuththion tho it wath better for you to thleep it off. And I’m in the thame boat ath you right about now.”
“It’th a long thtory…”
“it looks like we have time.”
He takes a deep breath. “okay… you were an amathing friend, but I wanted to be a part of thomething, have other friendth. Tho a friend told me about this thing. It’th called a thQUIP. I think it thtandth for thuper quantum unit intel protheththor or thomething like that. That doethn’t matter. Anyway, it wath thuppothed to help me to be cool and thhit like that, tho I bought one and took it. and it did make thingth better for a while, but then it made my life a living hell and I needed to get rid of it. I found out from thomeone that mountain dew red ith the only way to thhut it down and I tried to find thome. I couldn’t and it made me go crathy and burn down Jake’th houthe. I don’t actually know, but thomehow Jeremy was able to deactivate hith and thinthe ourth were communicating, mine went off too.”
“oh… I just don’t see why you needed it. you were great before you had it and you’re great now. you just turned into an asshole when you had it… to me at least…”
“I know and I’m thorry. It thaid that you weren’t helping me to become cooler and I couldn’t hang out with you.”
“why couldn’t you just disobey it?”
“becauthe it wath in my brain. And even if I did, it would thhock me for dithobeying it. look, it wath a mithtake and I am tho thorry that I put you through that. I’m not worth the dirt beneath your feet.”
“Jutht lithen (Y/N) pleathe… I need you, I didn’t know that before but I realithe it now. You were my firtht friend in thith thchool and even after all the crap I’ve given you, you’re thtill here. (Y/N) you are kind and thweet and funny and hot and-fuck I mean…”
Your face lights up, “Rich… d-do you like me?”
He takes a long pause. “…yes. But my thQUIP thaid that you weren’t worth my time tho I couldn’t athk you out or anything.”
“Rich, if I weren’t stuck in this bed, I would come over and kiss you right now.”
“R-really? You mean that… you like me too?”
“Mhm. Ever since I met you.”
“Th-tho if I were to athk you out thometime… would you thay-”