Love Thy Enemy - Jughead Jones X Mantle!Reader
I requested this last time requests were open and you said okay to it, but i never saw it, maybe i missed it, and its not that you have to or anything, i was just wondering what ever happened to the being reggies sister and dating jughead and defending him in the whole srudebt longe thing was.
Sorry for the misunderstanding regarding the request! I hope you like it!
It was a known fact around Riverdale High School, that if anyone mess with you, Y/N Mantle, they’d face the wrath of your older brother. If he even thought that someone was flirting with you he’d lose it. It was nice having an older brother like Reggie, but at times it made it impossible to talk to anyone other than the football team. So when the opportunity presented itself, to go on a date wit Jughead Jones, you accepted it quietly. You and Jughead shared the same advanced English class, one Reggie or any of his friends didn’t have. You bonded over the different writing styles your favorite authors used and you were taken by his intelligence. His dry humor and snarky personality was one you had never seen before.
It seemed that he liked you too, because around a month of that class he asked you out for a tentative date. He knew very well what Reggie would do if he found out, so the two of you carefully planned out when and where you’d be meeting. The date went without a hitch, so you went on a next date, then one after that and so on. It was tough keeping you and Jughead a secret, because part of you just wanted to tell your family that you were in a relationship. A great relationship you hope will go far. One day you would, but today was not the day.
“Remember, we meet up in the lounge after school,” you turned to look at your brother and nodded.
“How could I forget? You’ve told me every night this week that we’re staying after school on Friday.”
He smiled, “yeah, just making sure. Thanks for agreeing to watch my game sis.”
You nodded, “no problem Reg.” You said bye to your brother and headed off to your last class of the day, your English class.
You smiled when you walked through the door and walked over to where Jughead sat. You put your hands on his shoulders, “hey.”
He turned his head and gave you his signature half smile, “hey.” You took the seat next to him, pulling your books out of your bag. “You staying to watch the game,” he asked and you smiled at him.
“You know I am, are you,” you whispered, still feeling the pressure to hide.
He nodded, “I know I won’t be able to talk to you, but we can text and look longingly at each other.” You let out a laugh and he smiled widely.
“I will, I would’ve texted you anyway,” you said as the teacher walked in the room, demanding everyone’s attention. She started by going over notes, too fast for you to keep up. The notes took a majority of the class time, so your teacher was nice enough to withhold the assignment for the notes.
You turned to Jughead, “did you get the notes?” He nodded, pushing his notebook towards you and you started to copy the notes you missed. You reached the end of the page and smiled. An ‘I love you’ was scribbled at the bottom of the paper. You wrote next to it, ‘I love you too’, and pushed it back over to Jughead. He smiled down at his paper.
“Can you spare a few minutes after class,” he asked and your smile fell.
“I have to meet up with Reggie in the lounge, I don’t want him to get suspicious.” He nodded with a frown on his face. You reached for his hand under the desk, intertwining your fingers with his.
“Maybe after the game I can go sleepover at Betty’s,” you whispered and Jughead looked up with his brow furrowed. “But then sneak off to the Drive-In,” you added and Jughead smiled. The urge to kiss him was stronger than ever but you couldn’t risk it. You just squeezed his hand instead, hoping that the touch would hold you over until later tonight.
“It’s almost time to go,” he whispered as he looked at the clock. You still held onto his hand, wishing that time would stop for just a moment. “I’ll be in the lounge a minutes after you get there,” he said and you met his eye.
“Okay, I’ll see you then,” he let go of your hand and a piece of your heart went with it. You would need to tell Reggie about Jughead soon, because sneaking around was becoming a bit tedious.
The bell rang a few moments later and you packed up your stuff. You made your way to the lounge, putting on your happy face as you walked through the doors. You brother was already there, sitting in a comfy looking chair. “There’s my sister,” he said, smiling at you.
“Hey Reg,” you said, finding a spot to sit on the couch nearest to the wall. You listened as Reggie conversed with his friends and watched as more people filed into the room. The team started to talk about Jason Blossom when Jughead walked in. You locked eyes with him, silently speaking. He leaned against the wall you were closest to and you instantly felt a little more relaxed. That was, until your brother spoke up.
“If someone here did kill Jason, it would be the lonely, sad internet troll that’s too busy writing his manifestos to get laid,” you held your breath, awaiting your brother’s final blow, “like Jughead!” You turned to your boyfriend who just rolled his eyes, “what was it like Suicide Squad?”
You turned to your brother, “shut up Reggie. Leave him alone.”
Your brother raised his eyebrows, “it’s just a question Y/N, chill out.” You stood up, placing yourself in between your brother and Jughead just to be safe.
“Do you even realize what you’re accusing him of,” you asked and you heard Jughead’s foot falls behind you.
“Y/N,” he whispered, but you just shook your head.
“Why are you even defending him?” You felt your blood blaze at Reggie’s words. This would be a sibling fight that no one would forget.
“Because he’s a good person that cares about me, but you’re too busy being a jerk to see that.”
Reggie stood up, “cares about you?” Jughead stepped closer to you, his hand grabbing yours. “Oh no, no. My sister is not dating that freak.”
You felt tears in your eyes, “well it’s a little late for that Reggie.” You shouted at him and you watched the shock appear on his face. You let go of Jughead’s hand and stepped in front of your brother, “if you ever say anything bad about him again, I’ll tell mom how you managed to pass Chemistry.”
Reggie stepped down, and you smiled smugly at him. Despite your victory, you felt your heart fall a little. This wasn’t the way you wanted to tell your brother, whom you cared about. With tears running down your cheeks, you marched out of the lounge. You walked down the hall, trying to get far enough away from that crowded room so you could breathe. When you stopped you felt a hand on your lower back. You turned your head slightly and saw Jughead looking at you with worry.
“You didn’t have to do that,” he whispered, moving to stand in front of you.
You shook your head, “I had to, I couldn’t let my own brother accuse you of that.” His green eyes shone down at you as he stroked your cheek with his thumb. You stepped closer to him, and he wrapped his arms around your waist.
“Thank you,” he murmured and you smiled. There was only a few times Jughead appeared this vulnerable. The first time was when he asked you out, the second being the time he told you he lived at the Drive-In. Especially when he first said ‘I love you.’ You pressed your face into his shoulder, wondering what to do next. “You wanna go to Pop’s until the game,” Jughead asked, almost as if he read your mind. You nodded and pulled away from him, just after grabbing his hand. The two of you walked down the hall and out of the school. “I love you,” he whispered and you looked up at him with a soft smile.
“I love you too,” and for the first time since you started dating him, you felt relieved that you could openly love Jughead Jones.