Melli being away from that fucking douchebag at least made things a lot easier on him. No longer was he fucking worried or concerned over what was happening in the dining room. No longer was he literally grinding his teeth and tightening his fist around the beer bottle in order to stop himself from going off on one of his students. Jesus, it was fucking ridiculous. He wasn't jealous. Really, he fucking wasn't. He was just god damn agitated over this whole situation in general. Jackson could hardly remember a student setting him on edge like Harvey did and it was honestly pretty damn petty of him to be so mad in the first place, there was nothing that could happen after all, but shit he couldn't help it.
There was just something about the guy he didn't like at all and while Jackson didn't necessarily know that the dude was being phony as fuck, he still got that strange vibe regarding him that he shouldn't be trusted. It wasn't in the way he was all over someone who was clearly not interested in him in the slights, as he knew that Melanie had not once given him any idea that she wanted anything to do with him, even the tutoring he knew was just because she was too fucking nice in the first place. But then there was the fact that the very moment he spotted Pippa he started paying attention to her, too. It was fucking pathetic, really and even if he didn't know the other girl all too well it still pissed him the hell off.
And even though he didn't know Raj all that well he was angry for the kid, too. Whatever it was that was going on between them. Whether or not he liked the girl he couldn't be sure, that was something he was in the dark about completely, but he could tell he was just as unhappy about this situation as he was and he sympathized with the kid no less. He was noble as fuck, too, the fact that he didn't blame the girl spoke volumes to him about how much he cared about her, even if it was just friendship, even there was nothing else there, well. he was still a pretty cool guy to say the least. He felt bad for the poor guy, angry that this asshole had come in and caused him to be pushed to the side.
But while there was still a bit of irritation in the back of his mind as soon as Melanie was by his side he'd let that go. She curled up into him and he wrapped his arm around her shoulders and as simple as that he didn't have so much to be fucking concerned about anymore. Or so he thought. He was too wrapped up into this stupid show and the stupid guy with the stupid blonde hair to notice anyone walked in, he didn't hear the door open or the footsteps, hell, it wasn't a surprise that he wasn't too keen on his surroundings when she was next to him like that.
It took him by surprise completely. One second she was next to him and the next there was a booming fucking voice and he looked over to see fucking Toby there. "Ah--shit." What the fuck. He didn't know what to say. Not that he was afraid of this kid or anything, at least not physically or anything, but there was a lot of other shit to worry about. He wanted her family's approval, first of all, as he saw just how important family was to her in the first place. But he was a Kappa, too, so he already knew Toby in some shape or form. He could get him and Melanie in a hell of a lot of trouble.
Hardly did he have time to defend himself before Raj was speaking, making manners entirely fucking worse and Jackson groaned, running a hand over his head. In an instant, he was up on his feet, hands raised in front of him in a defensive pose. "Hey man, don't yell at her, okay? I don't care if you're pissed at me but don't yell at her, that's your family." He didn't take a step closer as he didn't want to get punched in the face--just because he wasn't scared didn't mean he wanted to get hit after all--so he stood where he was, hands still raised and looking between Melanie on the couch and Toby a few feet away.
"Toby look, I'm not just--I'm not just fucking around with her, alright? This isn't what you think at all." He looked down at her and sighed heavily. "She's really important to me. She's not just some student. I know you're pissed, I get it, I do, I'd be pissed too, but listen man, I'm not going anywhere." He bit his lip and sighed. Shit, he was going to get punched in the face by angry twenty one year old, definitely not how he saw his afternoon going.
As if matters couldn't get any fucking worse, Pippa was suddenly there, expression shocked, eyes wide as if the only thought in her mind was !!??!?! and he was pretty fucking sure that Harvey was going to follow soon after.