this is 1990

eddie: richie and i don’t have any pet names for each other. :(

bev: uh huh. interesting. eddie, what do bees produce?

eddie: HONEY!

richie: *from the other room* yeah, babe?

bev: huh.

DID SOMEONE SAY HIGH SCHOOL LOSERS PRODUCE GREASE??? (On a seperate note, you are loved and cared for and whether you follow me or not, giving me this ask has earned you a place in my heart) ((P.P.S. a lil fyi, I’ve never made it through the first 30 minutes of Grease so go easy))

Trigger Warnings: f slur, child abuse, swearing, gender discrimination

- So Derry High decides to branch out into a theater arts program because they got an extra budget from the district

- Because Ben is a writing prodigy, (and a senior) the school elects him to do some rewrites of Grease (Bill helps him on the lowkey)

- And wouldn’t you know Mike gets to direct since he’s an outside party and has no previous infatuation with anyone from the school therefor he will not be biased with casting (I was never a theater kid I have no idea if this is valid or not)

- And Eddie… oh Eddie

- He knows all the words to Sandy’s parts and Sandy’s songs and Sandy Olsson is basically his idol (Next to Cyndi Lauper of course)

- He begs his friends to audition with him so he doesn’t feel stupid (or gay, though there’s nothing wrong with that Eddie’s still a little insecure)

- Stan is on board

- Richie is on the “tHaT’S sO LAmE” side for a little while

- But Eddie practically drags him to his house to watch Grease because it’s the most important thing ever to him

- They cuddle for the whole length of the movie

- Richie is a little distracted and barely retains anything but for the sake of Eddie’s happiness has to pretend he did

- Richie says he thinks Danny is a pretty badass dude, so he’s like “I’m gonna be Danny all you other ho’s can throw hands”

- Bill is READY to be the Kenickie to Stan’s Rizzo

- Unfortunately the sex scene had to be taken from the script because this is high school

- But there’s still a lil kiss scene between them

- Bev wants to be Frenchie cause… savage and also the first person to accept Sandy aside from Danny

- Ben wants to be Doody because… *chokes on air* Ben singing Those Magic Changes with his smooth as hell voice

- And Mike’s obviously directing

- So they all kinda have a part in mind, Bill as Kenickie, Stan as Rizzo, Ben as Doodie, Bev as Frenchie, Richie as Danny and Eddie as Sandy, and Mike making sure they don’t all die

- So the night before auditions Eddie goes to Bill’s house and Richie goes to Stan’s

- They both sing “You’re the One That I Want” with Richie singing Danny’s part and Eddie singing Sandy’s

- And picture a camera panning from Richie to Eddie and then split-screening during the duet and they’re both a little heart eyes because ‘DAMN THAT BOY REALLY IS THE ONE THAT I WANT’

- So Eddie decides “Fuck it” and wants to try out for Sandy’s part

- It’s his dreammmmm

- He slays the audition and Mike’s legit gonna cast him

- In fact they all slay their auditions and Mike is ready to cast them all

- But when he puts up the audition tape, minutes later the principal motions him into his office

- “Michael… you realize we can’t have a boy representing Sandy… and Rizzo is written as a girl’s part.”

- “But Mr. Smith, Eddie and Stan aced those auditions.”

- “I don’t care. You will pick females for those parts, it’s bad enough that Adrian boy is still a part of this student body. We don’t want anymore… negative… implications on this school. Either girls, or no play at all.”

- “I… I understand, sir.”

- MIKE IS F U M I N G

- He can’t break the news to Eddie, ever since the news that he got the part he hasn’t stopped smiling all day

- HOW IS MIKE SUPPOSED TO BREAK EDDIE’S HEART LIKE THAT? WHAT IS HE, HEARTLESS?

- He tells Stanley first

- “The principal said… we can’t have a boy playing Rizzo’s part. He wants me to recast.”

- And Stan gets this look in his eyes

- “I get it. Probably for the best anyways, right? Less for me to get bullied for.”

- The Stan that Mike saw, beaming at the cast list, is now back to the dull, bored expression he always wears

- Mike watches helplessly as he walks off towards AP Chemistry class

- There is literally no way Mike can go through that again

- Especially not with Eddie… who is owning the role, he’s always humming the songs in his free time and Ben said he caught Eddie dancing around his room to Greased Lightning one day. Eddie denies that claim vehemently

- Mike chooses to confide in Beverly, because if anyone knows how Eddie’s gonna react, it’s her

- She’s basically the confidant of the group, everyone goes to Miss Marsh with their problems and she provides sage wisdom to the clueless boyos

- “Bev, can we talk?”

- “Sure.”

- “I don’t know how to say this, so I just will. They’re not gonna let Eddie and Stan be in Grease. At least, not the parts they want.”

- “Cause they’re boys?” “Yeah.” “That’s a little fucked up.”

- Bev takes a long drag from her cigarette

- “Then you tell ‘em they can say goodbye to their Frenchie, their Kenickie, their Doody, and most importantly, their Danny. Can’t produce Grease without a Zuko, and god knows Richie is the only one with the vocal range to pull off 'Sandy.’ Trust me, Mike-n-Ike, they need this play just as much as you want to produce it. They need the money from the tickets. I take it you haven’t told the stars yet?”

- “I’ve told Stan.”

- “Tell him he’s recast. Or I will. Anything to get this show on the road.”

- Mike briefly wonders how she came up with a solution so fast but he’s a little busy running to the principal’s office to make his demands

- Turns out he’s pretty great at persuading people

- So anyways in the one condition is that Danny and Sandy aren’t allowed to kiss in the show

- And for a while it seems like that’s really how it’s gonna go

- BUT ANYWAYS WE HAVE A MORE PRESSING MATTER AND HIS NAME IS WENTWORTH TOZIER

- “Just let him be, Wentworth!”

- “FuCkiNg gOd mAgGiE yOu dON’t tELL mE WhAt tO DO”

- “Dad, please.” Richie falls to the ground when his father’s knuckle hits him right in the nose

- “'Dad, please– wah, wah, wah. Get up!”

- “Went, please, the neighbors will call the cops.”

- “I DON’T GIVE A DAMN! I WILL NOT HAVE MY SON PARADING AROUND IN A FAIRY SUIT, SINGING SHOWTUNES AND KISSING ANOTHER BOY LIKE A FAGGOT.”

- Richie is really really hurt by his dad’s word but even more by the harsh shove that dislocates his shoulder against the wall. Maggie just gives him a pitying look and slinks back into her room

- Richie’s really sobbing at that point and so naturally he goes to Eddie’s house. Every time he moves his shoulder it hurts though, so the walk is a pain

- He can hear the song “Africa” by Toto playing loudly from Eddie’s room as he paces around in the yard and contemplates what to do next

- Normally, he’d just climb up the tree and slide onto his roof, letting himself in through the unlocked window, but his fucking shoulder is dislocated

- So instead he just shouts, “Yowza, yowza, yowza, Eds Spagheds! Seems those 'summer nights’ have taken a toll!”

- Eddie opens the window to see a very sad, very injured Richie, so he walks all the way out to the front yard, careful not to wake up his mom, and helps Richie inside as gently as possible

- He takes Richie into the bathroom and gets a cold washcloth to wipe the blood off his swollen nose. He pats it lightly at first, because any time he pressed too hard Richie would wince

- Then he handles the dislocated shoulder

- “I’m gonna snap your shoulder back.”

- “Nonononono that’s really,” “One,” “Not necessary I,” “Two,” “Should get-” “THREE!”

- “YYYOOOWWCCCHHHHH!”

- Eddie worries his mom will wake up but nope she’s still fine and asleep and Richie is like really struggling not to cry

- So Eddie just takes him into his bedroom and lets him strip down to his boxers and t-shirt and he puts on Grease and cuddles up to Richie again

- He smells a little bit like sweat and blood but there’s still that hint of faint nicotine and aftershave with just a little bit of laundry detergent that felt so… homey, to Eddie at least

- Eddie falls asleep to “You’re the One That I Want” but Richie stays up long afterwards, his ADHD freaking out as he just wanted to run around the room for hours and hours, and yet he laid still in fear of waking up a peaceful Eddie Spaghetti

- It’s finally time for the play. Mike’s parents and grandparents are all there to support him, as is Ben’s mom, dad, and aunt, Bev’s parents, Stan’s parents, and Eddie’s mom, Richie’s parents aren’t there, but Georgie Denbrough is and he’s cheering twice as loud for Richie so it’s all good

- THEY ACE EVERY LITTLE PART

- Until the Danny/Sandy kiss scene

- Nobody tells them about it until they’re on stage

- Luckily Eddie knows all the lines and Richie had seen Grease like four times so he knows the gist of the scene and can improv pretty well

- Neither of them know what’s supposed to happen until Ben says, very loud and stiffly

- “Aren’t you two gonna kiss?”

- Bev nudges his side sharply, but under the hot stage lights Richie just goes for it

- Just fuckin bops Eddie’s lips with his real fast

- Eddie is blushing so hard there’s literally no way you can pit that against the heat of the stage

- It’s cool though cus Richie is blushing equally ad hard as they get a standing ovation

- The Losers all go out for a celebration dinner at a diner on the outskirts of town. It’s fifties themed and that’s perfect. They all go dressed in costume and get free milkshakes and ice cream

- Eddie gets a little ice cream on his upper lip and… Richie’s already had a taste of perfection like hell if he’s gonna let that slide

- He kisses the ice cream off Eddie’s lips and grins like an idiot when Eddie doesn’t push him away

- In fact it’s actually Eddie who goes in for another kiss real quick

- Richie spends the rest of the night with his arm around Eddie’s shoulders and both of them get away with little sneaky kisses all night

- They go back to Bill’s place for a sleepover and review the blurry footage that Ben’s aunt caught on her bulky video camera

- Reddie both turn their heads for another kiss when their kiss scene comes on and the other Losers groan collectively because that’s like the 45th time they’ve kissed that night and it’s gETTING OLD GUYS

- And that’s the story of how the Losers produced Grease thanks for coming to my TED talk

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