She's Not You [j.j.]
Jughead x reader in which she acts completely normal.
(Y/N) (L/N) liked Jughead Jones. That was a fact.
Jughead Jones liked Betty Cooper. That was also a fact.
Another (very) known fact was that Betty Cooper liked Archie Andrews, yet Archie liked Valerie Brown.
It was a huge mess and there was no way to fix it.
“Are you ever going to tell him you like him?”
(Y/N) looked up from her book to see Kevin Keller and Veronica Lodge slide into the booth she was sitting in. “No.”
“But why?” complained Veronica. She was the biggest (Y/N)/Jughead shipper there was.
“Because he likes Betty,” (Y/N) replied smoothly. “I’m not gonna waste my time.”
“Oh c’mon,” Kevin exclaimed. “That boy is taken with you, he just hasn’t realized it yet.”
“And he probably never will. I’m completely happy just being friends with him Keller, I’m not going to jeopardize that friendship because of my feelings.”
“Whatever (Y/N),” Veronica scoffed. “But he’s going to find out sooner or later.”
The trio of friends turned to the door when they heard the jingling of a bell, alerting the patrons in Pop’s that someone had entered. Jughead looked around the diner, his eyes settling on the (H/C) girl and making his way over.
“Hey guys,” he greeted. “What are we talking about?”
“Oh nothing,” Veronica said.
“Yeah, we were just leaving,” Kevin added as they both got up from their seats. “Remember what we talked about (Y/N/N)!”
You simply nodded as you waved at them, too engrossed in your book to notice the looks they exchanged with each other.
“So, what were you talking about?” Jughead asked as he sat next to you.
(Y/N) looked up at him and gave him a smile, “Don’t worry about it.”
Jughead couldn’t help but worry. He was too curious for his own good, everybody knew that. He wanted to know what his best friend had been talking about with Veronica and Kevin before he had arrived, but she wasn’t telling.
He followed her around for the whole week, bugging and begging her to tell him. She’d always laugh and give him a ridiculous response.
“We were talking about how my cat got diabetes.”
“Veronica was telling me that Reggie is actually very gay for Chuck.”
“Kevin and Veronica were trying to convince me to go skinny dipping in the river with them.”
Jughead was pretty tired of her excuses.
Later that week, Jughead had managed to corner Veronica in the hallway and was pestering her trying to figure out the topic of the conversation Pop’s.
“Fine!” Veronica cried out in exasperation. Noticing that (Y/N) was rounding the corner and approaching them, the Lodge girl quickly came up with a plan. Pushing Jughead into an empty classroom next to them, she motioned for him to stay put. Curious, Jughead decided to listen to her and watched as (Y/N) was stopped by Veronica.
“So (Y/N), I assume you’re on your way to meet Jughead at Pop’s?” Veronica had a sly smile on her face.
“Of course not,” (Y/N) replied. “Why follow my daily schedule when I can be spontaneous.”
Noticing the heavy sarcasm in her tone, Veronica gave her an irritated look. “Well little Miss Sarcasm, sorry for asking.”
The (H/C) haired girl flashed a smile at Veronica, “Where else would I be going Ronnie?”
Jughead smiled at his best friends words. It was indeed a daily ritual to sit at Pop’s until closing time every day, just enjoying each others company as they drank some milkshakes.
“So have you thought about what we told you?”
Jughead was snapped out of his thoughts by Veronica’s question. ‘What is she talking about?’ he though to himself.
“Yeah, I have actually,” he heard (Y/N) reply. “I’m not doing it.”
“You have to,” Veronica said.
“No Ronnie, I am not telling my best friend that I like him!”
Jughead felt his breathing stop. (Y/N) liked him? His (Y/N)? He was so lost in his thoughts that he didn’t notice (Y/N) and Veronica walking away. He quickly gathered his thoughts and rushed off to Pop’s, determined to get some answers from his best friend.
“You’re late,” (Y/N) said, not looking up from her book as Jughead approached her booth.
“Yeah, I got caught up with some stuff for the Blue & Gold. Betty needed my help,” Jughead mentally cursed himself for his shitty excuse. (Y/N) simply looked up at him over her book, raising an eyebrow at him, before going back to her story.
Jughead didn’t know what to do. He wanted to ask her about what she had said to Veronica back at school but he couldn’t seem to find the words to speak.
“You alright there Juggie?” (Y/N) asked. “You seem very conflicted.”
“Do you like me?” Jughead blurted out. He mentally face palmed. ‘Way to be subtle’ he mentally reprimanded himself.
(Y/N)’s eyes widened briefly before going back to her book. “Dammit Ronnie,” she muttered under her breath.
“So it’s true?” Jughead asked nervously.
“Yeah,” (Y/N) replied nonchalantly, still reading.
“I’m sorry (Y/N). I really am, but I like Betty,” Jughead’s voice almost trailed off at the end as he braced himself for her reaction. He didn’t know what she’d do. He was expecting anger, sadness, a melancholic response. He got none of those.
“Ok,” the girl simply replied. Jughead’s head shot up.
“I’m sorry (Y/N/N), I truly am.”
(Y/N) finally looked up at him, setting her book down after she marked her page.
“Why?” she questioned. Jughead looked at her in confusion.
“Why are you sorry Juggie?” she said. “I knew you liked Betty. That’s why I didn’t say anything”
“Yeah but, it’s just that you like me, and I uh- I feel really bad and uh…” Jughead stumbled over his words, not knowing how to reply.
His best friend leaned back in her seat and chuckled. “Juggie. You have no reason to be sorry. We can’t control our feelings. I like you, you like Betty, that’s the way it is. We can’t change it.”
“Yeah, but I feel kind of shitty,” Jughead breathed.
“Don’t,” his best friend replied. “Just because you don’t like me back doesn’t mean we’re not friends Jug. You’re my best friend, and our friendship is more important than some stupid feelings.”
And with those words, Jughead felt reassured as they ordered their milkshakes, drinking the night away, knowing that their friendship wasn’t ruined.
“You have to come along guys!” Veronica exclaimed. “Last time it was only me, Josie, Kevin, and Reggie but we all need a stress reliever.”
It was a Friday, and Veronica was trying to get her friends to go clubbing with her. Reluctantly, and with a lot of encouragement, they all agreed. Even Jughead.
It was eight at night when they all stepped into the club. Veronica, fearless and confident, dragged Josie and Kevin off to dance,with Archie tagging along. (Y/N) chose to sit down for awhile and Jughead and Betty joined her. (Y/N) felt really out of place as Betty and Jughead struck up a conversation and she decided to wander around. Just as she got up, she bumped into Reggie (who she had forgotten was there to be honest) and stumbled. She felt hands wrap around her waist as she put her hands out to steady herself.
“Whoa there,” Reggie said, smirking. “Don’t go falling for me (Y/N)”
(Y/N) couldn’t help but groan and chuckle at his lame pick-up line. Her and Reggie had once been friends, best friends actually, up until high school. He had instantly become popular and she hadn’t. They had simply grown apart.
“I had honestly forgotten you had come,” the girl stated.
“You wound me (Y/N/N),” Reggie smiled, placing a hand upon his heart. “And here I was thinking that you loved me.”
“Yea yea, long time no see huh?” the girl replied.
“Yeah,” Reggie muttered awkwardly, rubbing the back of his neck. “I miss our friendship and I’m honestly sorry that we stopped talking.”
“Buy me a milkshake and you’ll be forgiven,” (Y/N) told him.
“Deal,” Reggie said. “Let’s go.”
“Yea, we have a lot of catching up to do.”
“Jug, why is (Y/N) leaving with Reggie?” Betty questioned.
Snapping his head to look for his best friend, Jughead immediately stood up and walked over to the pair that was making their way out of the club.
“(Y/N/N)!” Jughead called out. The pair stopped and turned around. “Where are you going?”
“Oh, Reggie here is gonna buy me milkshakes,” (Y/N) answered happily.
“Uh, I believe I said one milkshake,” Reggie said in a teasing tone, bumping his shoulder against the girl’s.
“Uh, I believe I never said how many milkshakes you owe me,” (Y/N) shot back in an equally teasing tone. Jughead looked back and forth between them, an uneasy feeling creeping up on him.
“Yeah, okay,” he mumbled. “See you around I guess.”
(Y/N) frowned slightly at his response before being pulled away by Reggie, the smile reappearing on her face. Jughead made his way back to Betty.
“…and then we also have to start working on next week’s spread,” Betty said as Jughead glanced at the club’s entrance.
“And I also kissed Veronica at cheer tryouts,” Betty said, trying to get Jughead’s attention.
“Uh huh,” Jughead replied absentmindedly, still looking at the entrance.
“And I also found a unicorn and named it Sparkles. He’s currently in my attic.”
“Yeah, that sounds great Betty.”
“Jughead!” Betty shouted. He turned to her, nearly knocking over his drink.
“Go after her Juggie,” Betty said. “I know you’re worried.”
“It’s just…its Reggie,” Jughead started. “I don’t know why she left with him.”
“Well, they are friends,” Betty replied. “Go Jughead. We all know you like her. Go after her.”
Jughead looked at her in surprise. “You think I like her?”
“Jug,” she said. “I know you like her. We all do.”
“But I like you,” he mumbled, surprised when Betty giggled.
“That’s sweet Jug, really, but come on, you really don’t like her? She’s in love with you y’know. She always has been.”
“I know…” Jughead trailed off.
“Go talk to her,” Betty encouraged,
Jughead left the club.
As he approached Pop’s, Jughead couldn’t feel the small pang of jealously that he felt as he saw (Y/N) sitting at their usual booth with Reggie, as they both drank a milkshake. He watched as she tilted her head back, laughing as Reggie told her a story, gesticulating wildly with his hands.
He couldn’t help but think over Betty’s words. Yes, he always did think that (Y/N) was beautiful, and yes, he always did love receiving a hug from her. But that was normal with best friends…right?
But as he stood outside, watching (Y/N) sitting at their booth with Reggie Mantle, he couldn’t help but agree with Betty. He definitely felt something for his best friend. He always had, he had just ignored those feelings. He wouldn’t have left Betty if he didn’t feel something for (Y/N).
He watched as (Y/N)’s gaze traveled to the window, spotting him and instantly smiling at him. Reggie’s eyes followed soon after and he got up/ Jughead watched as he gave (Y/N) a quick hug and paid for their milkshakes before leaving the diner.
“Don’t fuck this up freak,” Reggie muttered as he passed Jughead. Reggie was right, Jughead couldn’t mess any of this up.
He made his way inside and took his usual seat next to (Y/n).
“What are you doing here Jug? You were having such a nice time at the club with Betty!” the (H/C) girl exclaimed.
Gathering up all the courage he had, Jughead quietly replied, “But she’s not you.”
(Y/N) froze before looking up at Jughead. “What?”
“She’s not you (Y/N),” Jughead continued, feeling confident. He had nothing to lose and he knew that she liked him back. “Betty’s great and all, but she’s not you. You’re the one that’s always been there for me. You helped me after my dad went off the rails and mom left with Jellybean. You were there to support me when I began my novel and you were there for me when the drive-in closed down. You offered me a place to stay when I had nothing. It’s always been you (Y/N),I just never thought that we could be anything more than friends.”
(Y/N) threw her head back and laughed. “Oh Juggie. Of course I’ve always been there for you. You’re my best friend. I love you.”
“Go out with me? Please,” Jughead awaited her reply.
Smiling up at him, (Y/N) replied, “This can be our first date Jug.”
Jughead smiled at her and wrapped his arm around her shoulder, pulling her into him. And they spent their night there, like they usually did, just talking and sharing milkshakes. Only now, things had changed. They were happy, and it was quite obvious to anyone who saw them sitting together, exchanging shy kisses as the night dragged on.
“I love you too (Y/N/N).”
I really needed to write this and I’m sorry. Time Waster pt. 5 will be up by the weekend (I swear) and all requests will be done by the end of this week too (probably) sorry about the delays!! Science competitions are pretty brutal.
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