Fandom: Stranger Things
Category: Gen. Vignette. Friendship. Entire Party.
Time Frame: Shortly after Season Two.
Spoilers: Stranger Things, Season Two.
Summary: The strangest things sometimes set Jane off. But the party doesn’t mind. Much.
Word Count: 280
It finally happened.
Hopper let Jane go to the arcade.
He gave her spending money, too.
And since she didn't do such things often and Hopper had more than a bit of guilt about that, Jane had more than the other kids combined.
The group was in adolescent heaven. Jane didn't mind sharing, so they played games for a while, and when they got hungry, they stopped for a snack. They ordered a plate of nachos to share with big grins on their faces. That is, until the teen behind the counter asked them if they wanted drinks.
"Yeah," answered Dustin for everyone. "Six Cokes, please."
The young man set the cans on the counter and turned to his register to ring them through. He didn't notice how Jane focused on the drinks and started to tremble just a little.
When she whispered "same can," Max and Mike were the only ones who heard her. Both reacted immediately.
"Never mind," yelled Mike, too loudly.
Max talked over him. "We'll just have water."
Dustin, Will, and Lucas looked at them like they were nuts, but a mouthed "trust me" from Mike had them both shrugging and the cashier rolling his eyes and taking the drinks back.
The rest of the day passed uneventfully. No one asked why Jane had freaked out over six Coke cans. They just accepted it as part of her, just like they accepted drinking water that day, and Pepsi or Shasta on so many other days.
But when New Coke came out the next spring, with its just different enough cans, they were the rare exception to the rule, because they couldn’t get enough of that stuff.