He wanted her gone. He wanted everyone in this damn hallway gone. But there was no one he wished would vanish more than Alice cooper.
Couldn’t she fucking see? She was ruining her daughters. She was ruining Betty.
And that? He was not down with that.
As Betty lunged for her sister, the burly man in the white scrubs took a step towards Betty. No he couldn’t let that happen, he was hardly able to move before he was shoved against the wall.
They didn’t need a scene, he just needed Betty, he wanted to reach for her. But he couldn’t.
Suddenly Alice was dragging her away, Jughead following closely, as soon as they were outside Betty ripped her wrist free.
“Get off of me.” She was fully crying now, tears streaming down her face, but she looked deadly. Her tone even and cold.
“Betty don’t..” Alice tried to gain ground, reaching for her wrist again.
“I said get off of me.” Her eyes were still focused, but he noticed the shake to her shoulders, the way she backed up. He assumed Now was a good time to interject, he couldn’t sit by and watch this anymore.
“I’ll take her home mrs. Cooper, you should go.” He reached his hand out, intertwining their fingers and squeezing.
“Excuse me, this is my daughter I’ll decide..”
As Betty sunk lower behind him, he heard the soft whimper she was trying to hide. No, consequences be damned. He wasn’t handing her over to that monster.
“All due respect but like I said, you should go. You’re not wanted here. I’ll get her home safe. Go home.”
The blonde older woman, spared a glance at Betty before slamming the door to her car and speeding off.
Almost instantly the dam broke.
He had her wrapped up in his arms faster than he thought possible.
“You’re okay, pollys okay, I’m here. I’m right here” he whispered into her ear.
They didn’t speak, they stood in that parking lot for thirty minutes, just holding each other. Eventually the bus came, and jughead took her by the shoulders, leading her to a seat.
As soon as they sat down she had rested her head on his shoulder, falling asleep purely out of exhaustion.
Looking down, he frowned. She didn’t deserve this, she was so good, so loving, she cared so much. Dropping a kiss to her forehead, he closed his eyes. It was quite a bus ride back to riverdale and he knew he would sleep better having her by his side.
They were both jolted awake as the bus came to its final stop.
She smiled up at him sadly
“I’m sorry, I fell asleep. I wasn’t such great company today was I?”
He moved to help her off the bus.
“Are you kidding me, I couldn’t have asked for a better sleuthing partner.” He winked
He thought he saw a genuine smile but maybe he was biased.
They walked in comfortable silence, hand in hand.
Arriving at her door, he saw her shoulders start to shake
“Call me. No matter what happens. You call me, I’ll answer, whatever hour. I’ll answer. I can be here in ten minutes flat.” He said seriously, staring deep into her eyes.
She nodded and then lunged, wrapping her arms around his neck and squeezing so tight he thought he might suffocate. He didn’t care he wrapped his long arms around her waist, holding her to him.
After what felt like hours he pulled away looking into her eyes.
She nodded before walking into her house with a wave.
Climbing the latter to her room, he scanned her over quickly. She was okay, no visible changes.
She was smiling, that was good. He could make her laugh, that much he knew.
she was ranting, talking about being crazy
He placed his hands in her shoulder, staring into those deep sad eyes.
“Were all crazy.” She laughed
He was choking, he couldn’t say it. Why couldn’t he say it? Just tell her.
She was so patient, understanding.
He had her face in his hands and his mouth on hers.
Oh god, he had never felt anything like this, he didn’t know how to feel. It was good, it felt good, it felt safe.
He pulled away, she went back nipping his mouth slightly. She was smiling.
Jesus Christ she was smiling
What did that mean?
As soon as he opened his mouth to speak her eyes had widened and she was back on the case.
They were gonna have to talk about this eventually , but right now?
There were more important things to deal with