Darkness Prevails ch 5
So part of me is concerned on whether people like my story or not. I know it’s dark, and probably poorly written. I don’t know. If you guys like it, maybe some feedback to help me? If not its ok. I understand.
Innocence is often taken for granted.
as a rite of passage once broken.
Betty had been one
of the sappy girls, the ones who spent hours on end fantasizing about
her first time. Room full of candles, rose petals, sensual music in
the background. But most importantly, it would be with someone she
was in love with.
Or so she had hoped
And although Jughead
had confessed his love for her, she didn’t know if she felt the
“Earth to Betts.”
Jughead was waving a hand in front of her face, failing to break her
Shaking her head,
Betty stared blankly at the raven haired boy in front of her. “We…
we – uh – I’m sorry. What did you just say?” She managed to
squeak out, face so red it put Archie’s hair to shame.
Rolling his eyes, he
chuckled. “Sex Betty. You know, where a guy and a girl are
physically attracted to one another, so they shed their clothes and-”
“LA LA LA” Betty
cut him off, slapping her hands to her ears and shaking her head
Jughead pulled her hands away and wrapped them in his own. “Betty.”
Her head snapped up at the sound of her name. “Betty, it was just
sex. Why? What’s up?”
Her mind went blank.
How had she agreed
to have sex with Jughead of
all people? To give up what made her pure and innocent? To
just hand over the one thing she had complete control over. Her body
began to shake, mind racing a mile a minute. Her fingers itched to
pierce skin, to clear the fog and help her breath. His eyes filled
with alarm, no doubt aware of her rising panic attack.
“Betty, look at
me.” His voice was calm, steady in comparison to her raging
emotions. How was he so calm? She spun on her heel, needing space to
think. Jughead reached for her hand, but she pulled away quickly.
“This isn’t –
no…” She trailed off, voice just barely above a whisper. She
continued to retreat, both within herself, and further from him
physically. He reached for her again, but she scampered away with
His voice broke, the pain so evident it momentarily pulled her out of
the deep end.
doesn’t want to ask, but so desperately needs to know. “Did I…”
she swallows a lump in her throat, “did I … agree?” She trails
off, placing her hands on her thighs and applying ample pressure. Not
enough to break the skin, but well enough to ground her in the
a sharp intake of breath, Jughead retracts his hand and steels his
features. “Are you seriously asking
if I -” his voice dips to just above a whisper, “-if I raped
you?” His face was a whirlwind of emotion; pain, anger, pity,
disappointment. But out of it all, the most prominent was surprise.
he did something Betty assumed was the start of a mental breakdown.
laugh wasn’t genuine. Betty could tell right away. It was more raw,
like a gaping wound staring at you, or an exhausted parent laughing
at their dysfunctional child.
opened her mouth to say something, but closed it at the jaded look
from Jughead. Her body still shook from anxiety, but when he stepped
forward again, she didn’t pull away. He reached out and gingerly
plucked her fingers away from
her thighs, linking both hands within his.
Jughead began. “When I kissed you, I didn’t intend for it to
reach that point. I didn’t even realize I was actually kissing you
till it was too late. I know to girls, sex is … special.” She was
eyeing him closely. “But after everything else that happened
earlier in the night, I don’t know. I just couldn’t stop. Didn’t
want to stop.” He exhaled, catching his breath and avoiding her
eyes. “I asked if you wanted to, and you say yes. I asked so many
times, and you just kept saying yes. I was so happy. I could finally
be with Betty Cooper, resident sweetheart and keeper of my heart.”
His face lowered to their joined hands as he placed soft kisses on
he spoke again, his voice was raw, choking on his own emotions. “You
almost died Betty. I
couldn’t stand the idea of losing you before I could feel what it
was like to kiss you. Even if just once.”
passed, silence feeding off Betty’s whirlpool of emotions. Finally,
she pulled one of her hands free, smiling slightly when Jughead lets
out a sad sigh. He releases her other hand, and hung his head. As he
starts turning around, no doubt retreating away, Betty launches
herself into his arms. Taken aback, but quick to recover, he wraps
his arms around her waist, pulling her close.
sorry” was all she said, muffled from her face burrowed in his
pulls out of his arms, but lowers her hands to his wrists. “For
pulling away before. For leaving you.” She’s eyeing his arms,
still covered by the leather. Knowing what she’s looking at though,
he quickly diverts her attention.
already told you Betts, that’s not from you. Or Archie. I was doing
this long before you guys left.” He spoke about it in present
tense, piquing her curiosity. Reaching down, she gingerly wraps her
fingers around his wrist and pulls the jacket sleeve up to his elbow.
she places a hand to her mouth, muffling sobs from within. The marks
she’d seen that night were nothing in comparison to some of the
others he adorned. He pulls a hand up to her chin, and tilts it so
she’s looking at his face, not his survival.
you didn’t do this. You didn’t know about it. You couldn’t have
stopped it.” He leans forward, placing a light kiss on her nose,
trying desperately to distract her.
she opens her mouth to say something, the bell rings. Signaling the
end of 5th
Wait, I mean… uh, darn.” Jughead just laughs at her. “I need to
get back before I miss last period.” Sighing, he just nods.
– quick question.” She blurts out, before he can turn to head
into the school.
exactly… are we?”
don’t know. How about I take you to Pops and we find out?” He
winks at her, and retreats into the school before she can decline.
Smiling to herself, she just
pulls out her phone and calls a taxi.
makes it to Riverdale High in less than 20 minutes, a new record. She
should start keeping track. As she jogs up the steps to the front
doors, Chuck appears from behind them.
well well. If it isn’t little miss princess.”
Stopping dead in her tracks, Betty grips her phone till her knuckles
do you want, Chuck.”
Her voice dips with venom at his name, causing him to smirk.
I was just checking up on why our star student wasn’t in 5th
period.” He takes a step forward, reaching out to caress her cheek.
She pulls away quickly, steadying herself from tumbling down the
not, touch me.” His smile was pure evil, feigning innocence.
you’d rather let a Serpent
run his dirty little hands over you, than the quarterback?” Mock
hurt sprawls over his features, as she digests what he just said.
are you talking about?”
have eyes everywhere, Betty. I know you went to Southside High today.
And the only people who go to that school are drug dealers, or
serpents. Mostly a mix of both.” Her heart drops at the mention of
her trip, no doubt worried her mom will find out.
her features, she pushes past him and heads into the school. The bell
rings, and the halls fill with her peers. Groups melting together,
quick hellos and goodbyes before the next bell rings. Betty just
sighs, the hole in her chest getting bigger. As she heads to her last
class, a few girls pipe up beside her.
she the one who Chuck fucked?” Laughter amongst
the group. Betty turned to
look at them, but another whisper to her left caught her attention.
she sleeps with Chuck, then dumps him for some Southside trash? What
a bitch.” Her breathing becomes short, fingers curling in to dig
deep, keep her grounded.
rumors keep coming. Everyday is something different. Someone new
asking for her number, or what position she liked the best. Guys
would walk by and grab her thigh, or sit beside her and lay a hand on
her leg. She was getting less and less sleep, up all hours with no
chance of resting.
weeks had past since her visit to Southside. She actually liked it
there, tending to visit more and more as the atmosphere of Riverdale
became more hostile. She never gave Jughead a full reason why she
would visit so often either, just saying she had free periods and
left it at that. She suspected he didn’t mind, since she was around
was a particularly bad day though. Everyone seemed to be saying
something to her, or about her, or grabbing at her. She had walked up
to her locker, unlocking it to get her math book when a hand came up
and rested on her ass, then pulled away and dropped back down with a
loud smack sound.
abruptly, she came face to face with Chuck Clayton once more.
there, Serpent Slut.”
His voice was riddled with sexual tension, smirking at her startled
out of the halls, she heads for the Blue&Gold office, her retreat
from the hectic school. As she enters, she slams the door,locking
and leaning back against it.
Hot tears slide down her face, unaware of the crying even starting.
She pulls out her phone, unable to decide who to call.
she knows it, her fingers are
dialing, and the phone is ringing. Incapable
up, a familiar voice speaks up on the other end.
Her voice is little over a whisper, and panic rises in his voice.
Betty what happened. Where are you?” Muffled sounds in the
background indicate movement.
be right there, just hang on ok?” She
nods, knowing he can’t see her actions.
30 minutes Jughead appears at the window for the newspapers office,
knocking quietly. Betty rushes over, opening the window and engulfing
him with a hug as he enters.
there Juliet, what’s got you so wound up?” Concern etched his
normally stoic features, rare signs of emotions reserved for only
She says, between sniffles. His body stiffens at the mention of her
aforementioned rumor starter.
did that asshole say this time?” Jugheads voice laced with deadly
venom, pulling Betty’s hands up and linking their fingers. He could
feel the blood from her escape, but didn’t drill her on the cause.
is it Betts?”
you help me take my own life?”