Jeff Atkins x Reader
Fandom: 13 Reasons Why
Summary: Jeff comforts his crush at the Winter Formal after their hearts been broken.
Characters (+Mentioned): Reader, Jeff Atkins, Montgomery De La Cruz, Justin Foley, Hannah Baker, Jessica Davis, Clay Jensen, Tony Padilla, Marcus Cole, and Zach Dempsey.
Warnings: Broken heart ¿
A/N: I seriously can’t get over Jeff, like why? Why pick such a beautiful innocent person for that kind of ending?
The music was blaring loudly from the large speakers in the gym, lights flickering back and forth between different colors of the spectrum, the smell of punch lingered in the air mixed with alcohol that some students had managed to sneak in.
(Y/N) sat on the bleachers with her head down, looking at her short and shiny black heels that were beginning to make her feet ache. Reaching down, she took them off and wiggled her toes for a moment before sighing and leaning back against the bleacher behind her.
She knew this was a stupid idea, attending the winter formal when she didn’t even have a proper date. Coming here with Justin Foley was a terrible idea because (Y/N) knew he had the hots for Jessica Davis, the way he looked at her and the fact that he was taking care of her right now while she was drunk said it all.
She came with a guy who had eyes for someone else, the guy she had a crush on since freshman year.
Another small sigh escaped her lips as she pushed herself up, making her way across the dance floor she winced whenever she stepped on something sticky but continued on until she was pushing past the gym doors out into the hallway.
Her lips twitched and she walked down the hall for a moment, not wanting to go home just yet so she turned the knob of the nearest classroom and stepped inside, not realizing that her eyes had been bubbling with tears. She looked around and noticed it was the science room, she could tell by the tables they had placed in the room instead of separate desks, and the periodic table poster that was hanging on top of the clock over the teachers desk.
She let go of her heels and sat down at one of the tables, laying her head down and allowing herself to sob quietly for a while.
“I’ll be right back, alright?” Jeff stood up slowly from where he had been sitting next to Clay; urging him to go ask Hannah to dance but he was to shy and embarrassed to do that.
“Where are you going?” The boy asked, his blue orbs filling with worry.
“Saw (Y/N) walk out, she looked upset. I’m gonna go find her!” He yelled over the loud music Tony was playing.
He jumped down off the bleachers and made his way towards the doors, passing by Justin who was dancing rather inappropriately with Jessica. Jeff’s eyebrows scrunched together for a moment as he remembered that Justin was (Y/N)’s date, he let it sink for a moment before his eyes widened in realization.
Jeff didn’t talk to (Y/N) a lot—unfortunately for him—but the way she talked about Justin made bells ring in his head because he knew the way she was talking about the boy meant she liked him, he knew that because it was the same way he talked about her to Clay.
He pushed past the doors and saw her entering the science room that belonged to Mr. Parker, he didn’t hesitate to jog over and go inside, but before entering he gripped the doorknob so tightly in his hands that his knuckles turned a lighter shade.
He breathed in and held his breath, the sound of muffled sobs inside made his heart ache, it made him want to go back into the dance and throw Justin into the basketball hoop.
(Y/N) deserved more than she was getting, all the guys she went out with were the definition of asshole. Monty harassed her so much and tried to touch her that she finally gave up on trying to go out on a nice date with him. Zach caused her to have a bad self esteem. And Marcus? He was only ever interested in a girl if he knew he could get laid, and Justin was just plain stupid.
He was one of the “nice jocks” but then he could turn around and become one of the worst possible boy’s you could ever hope to meet. It irked Jeff when he saw (Y/N) giving that boy heart eyes when he felt like that look should be directed towards himself, sadly though, he couldn’t make (Y/N) fall in love with him, but he sure as hell could help mend a broken heart.
Opening the door softly, Jeff entered and almost tripped over the short heels lying near the door that no doubt belonged to the girl sitting at one of the tables with her head in her arms. The sound of him almost face-planting caused her to look up.
Her hair was sticking to the side of her face where tears had fallen, her cheeks pink and eyes a little puffy, they no longer gleamed. If it was one thing Jeff liked to admire about this girl, was his ability to tell what she was feeling by looking into her large eyes.
Right now they seemed so dull it made him want to cry.
“Justin Foley? He is a complete idiot for not paying attention to you tonight.” Jeff spoke softly, hitting his hands together awkwardly.
He could be confident around any girl at this school, all except for (Y/N). He didn’t take that as a bad sign though, he knew that if he really liked someone, he should at least be a little nervous around them, with her, his nerves were all over the place.
“You look beautiful by the way.” He added quickly once he sat down beside her on the plastic chairs.
A scoff tore through her pink colored lips, plump and soft looking, Jeff had to restrain himself from grabbing her chin and kissing her right then and there. That would be taking advantage of her because of her weakened state right now.
“My mascara is running, my lips are actually really chapped and my lipstick is smudged, my hair is a mess and—”
“—and you’re still the prettiest girl at Liberty High. At least, you are to me.” He licked his lips, anxiously, hoping he wasn’t overstepping his boundaries because the last thing he wanted to do was make her feel uncomfortable after having her heart ripped out from her chest.
As if he had been blessed, her lips stretched out into a large beautiful smile, a contagious one that he couldn’t help but return. She lifted her thumb and rubbed her nose for a moment before looking over at him.
“Like I said before, Justin is an idiot if he didn’t notice how amazing his date is.”
His heart sped up a little when she leaned over and laid her head on his broad shoulder, rubbing her cheek against the soft fabric of his dark suit.
“You know, your not so bad looking yourself.” She lifted her hand and tugged at his suit a little. “Didn’t know you dressed up so well.”
“Are you saying that I normally don’t have good sense of style?” He said with a mocking tone. “Have you seen Brianna Johnson? She wore a white top after Labor Day! Who does that?”
“Only a monster would dare.” (Y/N) played along and even let out a soft giggle that shook her shoulders, a giggle—that like her smile—was also very warm and contagious.
They spent a few minutes in a silent state, not an awkward silence but a comforting one. The sound of the music still passed through the walls, and the sound of laughter too.
“Are you going to be okay? About this thing with Justin?”
(Y/N) smiled weakly and nodded slowly, making a fist and knocking it against her chest.
“Hearts still beating, so yeah, I’ll get through this. But,” She dragged the word out and lifted her head to look him in the eye. “I’m going to need support to get through a broken heart.”
“Well, lucky for you, I’m an expert at these sort of things.” He stood up and held his arm out, she didn’t falter in her movements and quickly stood up to link hers with his, the chair making a small sound as it scrapped against the ground while the two teenagers quickly left the school.
(Y/N)’s sides ached from laughing, her tongue tasted like strawberry from the ice cream Jeff had provided her with. They sat on top of his car’s trunk over a small cliff that overlooked the town, a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in each person’s hand.
He had taken her up here—as cliché as this might sound—to look at the stars and eat ice cream together because it was a great way to mend a broken heart as Jeff had said. He had taken the liberty to try and make her laugh so much she almost snorted the dessert out of her nose, it wasn’t disgusting to him though, he took it as a good sign.
“Did you really hit him that hard?”
“I didn’t even know he was behind me, you know I throw a pretty mean hard ball.” He winked.
“Behind you? I thought the ball was suppose to go forward.“ She asked with her eyes squinted in question.
He opened his mouth while his eyes trailed off, no words formed and he shrugged his shoulders before digging his plastic spoon into the Rocky Road goodness that he had bought at the 24 hour convenience store down the road from his house.
(Y/N) put the lid back on hers and licked the spoon while leaning her head against Jeff’s shoulders again. He had taken off his coat to throw over her shoulders, leaving him in a button up that didn’t help to make her heart slow down because it showed how broad he was and how all those exercises he had done from baseball had paid off.
“Thank you.” She mumbled softly, hoping that he had heard her. She took the sign of him wrapping his arms around her shoulders as a good one as he leaned down to kiss her forehead softly, in a comforting and loving way.
“Anything for you.” He spoke softly too and tightened his grip on her, hopefully they wouldn’t go back to the way things were. Where she’d go hang out with her friends and Jeff would go back to the baseball team, because he needed to spend more time like this with (Y/N), almost like he needed air to breath.
For today, he ignored the thoughts of school and just held her close. Enjoying the taste of his ice cream and the sight of the stars twinkling above as the girl he loved stared at him, thinking he was more prettier than the starry sky.*gifs don’t belong to me*