y’all what if
what if we do get the Reddie kiss in the director’s cut
but it’s not what we expect
what if it’s Richie holding Eddie as the others face Pennywise and Eddie is trying to gain his attention again. He’s weakly calling his name, tapping at his arm, tugging at the sleeves of his shirt— doing his best in making Richie look at him. He does.
and what if Eddie tries to talk then, but can’t. The air can’t reach his lungs, he’s trying to spit the words out, letter by letter, syllable by broken syllable. And Richie just cups his face, reassuring that “yeah, yeah, I know, you fucked my mom, you said that, please save your breath”
But Eddie’s shaking his head no, because no, that is not what he wants to say, not what Richie needed to hear and he continues gasping out his words, coughing in between. His voice lowers into whispers and Eddie knows he doesn’t have enough time, none at all, and he uses his last strength to tug at Richie again, tugging him closer, lower.
What if Richie takes the hint and leans lower, making sure to keep Eddie shielded from Pennywise, ears open for what Eddie wanted to say. He asks “what is it?”
But Eddie only cups his face and lifts head enough from the ground to press his lips onto his. And it’s a brief kiss, only two seconds later, Eddie would fall back to the ground, a weak, broken laugh falling from his mouth. “I’m… gonna need my inhaler…” he’d murmur, because of course he’d need it. Richie took his breath away. He always did. And that night was no exception.
What if this is when Richie knows that he’s gone and in a rage turns to Pennywise and shouts his insults. What if this is when he leaves Eddie’s side only to rip out Pennywise’s limb, the one that impaled him, for good measure.
What if this is when he returns and his reaction to a dead Eddie is the denial that he had left without knowing if Richie felt the same.
What if in this version, Richie spends the rest of his life knowing the love of his life loved him, but he never got to say it in return.