Prompt: Betty and Jughead fall asleep in the blue & gold office while working their butts off trying to finish some articles. Betty's mom freaks out when she doesn't come home and thinks that Betty and Jughead were doing more than just napping together. She then locks Betty in her room and Jughead sneaks her out and they go on the adventure of your choice.
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“Juggie, I’ve just got to finish this paragraph.” Betty promised.
Jughead yawned again and nodded. “You can head home, Jug, I know you didn’t get much sleep last night.”
Jughead shook his head this time and looked squarely at Betty. “No way, I’m going to walk you home.” Jughead smirked. “That’s what people like us do.”
“Okay, I’m almost done.” Betty smiled, clicking away on the computer keys.
Jughead yawned again and strolled over to the tiny couch in the corner of the office. Why there was a tiny couch in this room - or the lounge downstairs - he didn’t know. But at this moment, it was deeply appreciated.
Jughead propped his hands behind his head and stretched his legs out before him, resting them on a table.
He closed his eyes for just a second, listening to Betty’s beating of keys across the room.
He was comfortable but too warm, he decided. He shrugged out of his coat, then his flannel, leaving him in a tshirt and jeans.
He rested his head back against the top of the couch as Betty shuffled over to him.
“Betty,” He started, cracking one eye open to look at her. “You wouldn’t believe how comfortable this old couch is.”
Betty smiled. “Oh yeah?”
Jughead reached out for her hand. “Sit with me.”
Betty did, cozying up to Jughead’s side. He wrapped an arm around her shoulder, pulling her closely.
Jughead let out a deep breath, content.
Betty nuzzeled her head into Jughead’s chest and closed her eyes. He was right - this was comfortable.
Betty’s eyes opened as Jughead rearranged his hold on her - it was dark outside. Really, really dark. It was dark in here. Betty jumped up, looking for her phone. Shit, where was it? She was dead.
“Jughead, wake up! We fell asleep!” The panic was rising in her.
Betty could feel her usually taut ponytail slumping to one side of her head, pieces of hair falling over her face.
Jughead’s shirt was half way up his stomach, looking worse for wear. He was still asleep, a half smile crossing his face.
“Jughead!” Betty whispered again, shaking his shoulder.
His eyes cracked open this time, and the smile widened on his face. “‘Morning, Gorgeous.”
Betty couldn’t help but smile back. “It’s not morning, Juggie, we fell asleep at school. My mom is going to kill me when-”
They heard clicking down the school hall.
“Shit,” Betty whispered, throwing Jughead’s flannel at him. Where was her phone!?
The clicking of the shoes got louder and as Betty reached her desk - finally, there was her phone - The Blue and Gold office door flew open, Alice Cooper standing in the doorway.
“Elizabeth, do you have any idea what time it is?!” Alice roared into the room, looking prestine as always.
“No,” Betty said lamely. “It’s after midnight. What were you-?” Alice zeroed in on Betty’s unruly hair, then scanned the room.
Jughead was fighting to get his flannel on.
“What the hell were the two of you doing in here?”
Betty looked over to Jughead trying to get his clothes on, the hat that had slumped to the back of his head. His tshirt was still slightly wrinkled and sat just above his bellybutton. She smoothed her hair down, knowing she looked guilty doing it.
“Nothing,” Betty said, head high. She knew what happened - and what didn’t. “We were just working on the paper, Mom.”
“I won’t have you acting like Polly did, Elizabeth.”
“We were working on the paper.” Betty said again.
Alice grabbed for Betty’s arm, steering her towards the door.
Jughead shrugged on his coat, following behind the Cooper women. He knew better than to say anything, but he still wanted to keep an eye on them.
It was a silent car ride back to the Coopers - Jughead squeezed Betty’s hand as she got in the car, but kept walking. He wasn’t crazy enough to ask Alice for a ride.
Alice had yelled at Betty for five minutes when they got home - she already had one pregnant daughter, she didn’t need to - despite Betty’s protests that she had the wrong idea of what had happened at school.
Alice had ended up locking Betty in her room, saying she would unlock the door in the morning.
“What if I have to pee?!” Betty called, rolling her eyes. Her mother was so dramatic.
Betty changed out of what she had worn to school and into leggings and a large sweater.
She sat down at the edge of her bed, head in her hands. If only Alice hadn’t walked in when she had - Betty barely had time to reflect on how much she had enjoyed her time with Jughead. The best sleep of her life, packed into just a few hours.
She smiled, and suddenly there was a quiet tap on her window.
Betty looked over at her window, a bigger smile spreading across her face as she saw Jughead. She slid open the window.
“You on house arrest?” Jughead smiled.
“She locked me in here!” Betty hissed.
“I guess she forgot you have two windows.”
Betty smiled and rolled her eyes.
“You up for an adventure?”
“What kind of adventure?”
“Do you trust me?” Jughead murmured.
“Of course I do.” Betty smiled. “Hold on.” She went to her bed, fluffing up her blankets and arranging the pillow just so, just in case. She knew her mother wouldn’t check on her - she would never expect her to climb out the window.
Betty walked back to the window, looking out to see Jughead already at the bottom, holding the ladder for her.
She quickly made her way to the bottom, taking Jughead’s hand as she stepped on the grass. “Where to?”
“I’ll show you.” Jughead smiled at Betty in the dark. They strolled down the sidewalks, passed Archie’s house, around a corner, until they came to a stop.
Betty recognized this house - it was Jughead’s old house.
“What are we doing here?” Betty whispered.
Jughead kept walking into the back yard, pulling Betty along with him. They stopped in front of an old treehouse.
“The treehouse!” Betty said excitedly. “I forgot about this thing!” Betty started climbing up the old wooden boards.
She ducked her head inside, Jughead following her quickly.
It looked exactly how she remembered it. There were drawings marked into the wood with crayon, a trunk full of comic books, a notebook full of doodles and ‘secret code’. There was a skipping rope, as well as a pack of gum and a tennis ball in the corner.
“The people that bought your house never checked in here?” Betty murmured as she sat in front of the comic book trunk.
“They’re elderly, they didn’t have any children. I heard that they were thinking of knocking it down, but it hasn’t happened yet.”
Betty passed Jughead a comic book.
“I tried sleeping in here, once, after my dad started drinking again. It was pretty risky though - if anyone saw me, they’d call the cops and I’d be right back with him. Plus, it’s pretty uncomfortable.”
Betty looked at Jughead sadly. She had just recently learned about Jughead’s situation. She reached out and squeezed his hand.
They spent the next hour flipping through comic books, trying to decyfer the code in their notebook.
Jughead intertwined his fingers with Betty’s. “Ready for the next stop?” Jughead asked.
“There’s more?” Betty said excitedly.
The climbed out of the treehouse carefully, tiptoeing through the back yard, away from the house.
The night wasn’t too cold - there were stars shining above them, noises coming from different parts of the city around them.
They walked quickly, both of them excited. They gripped each other’s hands.
Eventually, they found the closed Drive-In.
Betty turned her head to look at Jughead, but he just smiled.
She followed him to the projection office.
He slipped a key out of his pocket, unlocking the door.
“They haven’t torn it down yet, obviously, and I just wanted you to see inside. I love it here.”
Betty followed him inside, looking around as she did so. “Jug, there’s so much stuff in here. Are you sure you don’t want any of it?”
She looked around, seperating her hand from his. She looked at the shelves, fingering the different rolls of film.
She looked at the different titles, noticing some of Jughead’s favorites.
Jughead was sitting on the small bed that fit into the room, playing with the pillow.
“Can you put one on?” Betty murmured.
“I can’t project it outside, in case someone sees. But I can play one for just us.” Jughead smiled, walking to the machine.
Jughead looked through the different titles, picking one and putting it on. The projector was loud.
“What’s this?” Betty asked, nodding her head to the movie.
“The Killing from 1956. It’s a Stanley Kubrick. It’s one of my favorite lesser-knowns.” Jughead murmured as the movie started.
Betty sat next to Jughead on the small bed, realizing why the Drive-In had meant so much to him. Not only did he love his job, it was his home.
Betty traced little patterns over Jughead’s skin absent-mindedly, both of them enjoying the movie.
Jughead leaned back, and Betty leaned back with him. She rested her head on his shoulder, enjoying the movie but enjoying his company more.
More than halfway through the movie, Jughead turned his head the best he could, trying to see Betty’s beautiful face.
“Betty?” He murmured.
She leaned forward, away from his chest, to look at him. “What?”
He grazed his lips slowly against hers before locking her lips between his. He had wanted to do that since they woke up at school.
They stayed like that, gently kissing in the dark, the light from the movie alighting their faces.
The movie reached the end of the roll, bringing Jughead back to reality.
“Okay,” He said, taking a deep breath. “One more surprise.”
Betty smiled and took his hand to get up off the makeshift bed.
“Jughead?” Betty said, stopping him before he had the chance to open the door. “Are you sure you don’t want any of these old movies?”
Jughead shook his head. How would be play them, anyway?
Betty nodded, grazing the shelf that held the film cannisters. It was dusty. She found the one she was looking for and slipped it in her sweater pocket.
“Ready?” Jughead smiled.
Betty nodded and took his hand, leaving the booth behind them.
She was surprised at how light the sky looked above them. Sure, they’d been out for hours. But Betty expected darkness - they left the house in darkness, after all.
They strolled through the grass, the dampness from the dew touching their ankles.
She knew better than to ask Jughead where they were going - he was a sucker for surprises. He wouldn’t ruin them.
They didn’t go far, just passed the Drive-In, there was a park that was hardly ever used.
They walked between the dense trees, spotting a play-structure for children, rows of swings and a teeter-totter.
Betty walked directly to the swings, sitting down in one. She expected Jughead to sit beside her, but he didn’t. He walked behind her, gently pushing on her back so that she would swing back and forth.
A smile spread across her face. She hadn’t been pushed on the swings since she was a toddler.
“Hey, what movie did you swipe from back there?” He laughed.
“A Rebel Without A Cause.” Betty admitted. “I feel like it’s our movie.” She blushed. “I wanted it, even if I don’t have anything to play it on. It’s ours.” She said.
Jughead was terrified - he hadn’t planned this night, it wasn’t elaborate. He had thought of it at the last minute, walking home by himself, thinking of the best sleep of his life that he had just awoken from.
Why not show all the places he loved most to the girl he loved most?
And then, he realized, that he had just come clean to himself. He loved Betty. He loved Betty?
He loved Betty and he was going to tell her.
He looked upwards towards the sky, then stopped pushing against her back. She swung gently a few times around him before coming to a stop.
“It’s almost time,” He said, a shy smile on his face. He walked around the front of her, extending a hand so she could jump down.
“Time for what?” She smiled.
They walked over to the grass, keeping each other’s hand in their grasp.
Jughead pulled her down onto the dew-soaked grass, then layed down. Betty did the same.
The sky changed from the dark, intense blue to a lighter blue, stars disappearing.
Eventually they saw whisps of clouds appear, dotting the sky. There were purples and pinks decorating the sky above them.
Jughead turned his head to look at Betty - she was smiling, in awe.
“I’ve never watched a sunrise before,” Betty murmured.
“Betty, I love you.” He rushed out. There. There was no taking it back, no pretending it didn’t happen.
She was the first person beside his father, sister or mom that he had said that too.
Betty rolled onto her elbows, propped up to look at him.
“You love me?” She whispered.
Jughead nodded slightly. “I love you.” He whispered back.
“I love you, Jughead.” She smiled. “This was the best night of my life.” She murmured, dipping her head lower to kiss him.
Jughead kissed her back, tears pricking his eyes. The girl he loved, loved him too. He blinked them away, breaking the kiss.
“You’re missing the sunrise.” He murmured.
“You’re better than the sunrise.” She smiled, kissing him once more.
They stayed like that until the sky was light. They stood up, clothing wet, hand in hand.
“We better get you home before your mom realizes. I don’t want her to castrate me.” Jughead said lightly.
Betty shook her head. “Me neither. I wouldn’t let her touch you, though. Nobody touches the person I love.” She smiled, bumping her hip against him.
Man, lemme tell ya when the boys get really in character, even if it’s for one minute out of an hour long ep, I get chills. We all know griff boy is invested and working so hard to give his vision for this campaign to us coherently, and it’s just so NICE to see them take a break from goofs and take it so seriously in pivotal moments
Aevee Bee’s post-mortem of We Know The Devil is basically required reading for anyone looking to write a visual novel or text adventure (or any videogame really.) Choice quote:
After we bounced concept art and character profiles we would both have such a grasp of the characters we could both write scenes featuring them; Mia would message me at like 12AM with “this vine is totally Venus” and I’d be like, yes, and also the person who smashed the glass against her face is Neptune. We literally developed this game by shitposting with our own characters, so please value that work; it’s how we came up from everything from the underage drinking to the truth or dare and seven minutes in heaven scenes.
The Great Bitty Escape has started! The event will be similar to a choose your own adventure book, whichever choice gets the most votes, our little bitty Ginger will be doing. the catch is that your only options are things that the bitty would actually do~
hopefully with your help he can escape the confines of this mystery bitty napper.