Reggie Mantle x Reader PART ONE: THE ARTIST & THE JOCK
Before the story starts I must say this one is pretty long because I needed to tell you a bit of the backstory I have created, and hopefully you guys like this it’s my first fanfic ever. Also I see very little Reggie Imagines, so one came to mind and I decided to write, please comment what you think about it. I’m thinking of turning into little series so I’m guessing this is Part One.
Summary: The beginning of something b/w the reader and Reggie
Spoilers: Its gonna get good by Part two i promise, hopefully you guys like it
Such a small town Riverdale was. A town where everyone knew each other. By default though, the town you once knew was falling apart. Your parents’ generation was so screwed up and your generation was just trying to make it out alive.
The next thing you knew this wholesome town had turned into a horror film, and you were not looking forward to the ending. Ms. Grundy was exposed a sexual predator and sent to Jail, and as happy as many people were that she had been put away, you couldn’t help but think how your friend Archie was doing. Not everyone knew that it was Archie who she had been with, as The Coopers decided to keep his identity a secret for his sake and the fact that Betty would not have them humiliate him.
Then the incident of July 4th, when Jason Blossom was running away with Polly Cooper. Forbidden love, which ended in such a tragic ending with the murder of Jason. Then again does Forbidden love ever get a happy ending? There you could not help to think of how both Cheryl and Betty were doing. Cheryl had lost her best friend, her confidant, the only one who was there for her unlike the rest of her tragic family dynamic. Betty in a sense lost Polly too since her parents sent her away because “she was not well” and she hasn’t seen Polly since.
With you though you’re problems weren’t as big as theirs. Growing up in Riverdale was not easy, especially when all of us kids were just trying to make our parents happy, while trying to do the things we loved. You were the neutral ground for all the kids, well you and Betty. You had always hung out with almost every kid in Riverdale, from Betty, Archie, Kevin, Jughead, Cheryl, Chuck, Moose, Ethel, Trev, Josie, Valerie, Melody and Reggie. Now adding the new girl Veronica who seemed quite nice. She had her share of dysfunctional family problems too just like many of us in Riverdale. You’re parents came from nothing and in Riverdale they blossomed, your dad became a doctor and became rich and your mom decided to quit her job to support the household, which was not really her choice, but she would do anything for your father.
These days though you were all grown up, many from different sides of the high school spectrum. Cheryl had her River Vixens cheerleading squad, Archie found love in music and sports (Such a Troy Bolton), Kevin realized he was gay (which we all accepted), Jughead found comfort in writing, Betty opened up The Blue & Gold newspaper for school again and dragged Jughead with her. Josie made a band with Val and Melody, Reggie/Chuck/Moose/Trev decided to channel their issues in the Jock spectrum. You however loved art, so they’d catch you drawing or painting hanging out with all of these losers on your free time. Oh did I forget to mention where Veronica made you and Betty tryout for the River Vixens. You only did it for the reason you do anything for anyone, to make them happy. Obviously you thought you weren’t going to make it. Proven wrong though when Cheryl accepted you because you were her friend and she knew you had “fire” only when your “fire” is needed. Though since the light of events this summer You and Veronica helped get Betty on the team.
You were arriving home in your new uniform since you didn’t have time to change, Your mother seemed a little too happy about you joining the vixens, and dad was just happy you weren’t just the “hippie” artist. I did say this was a small town right? Well word got around that you were now a vixen. And to avoid your parent’s cheeriness about this whole ensemble you changed and decided to go to Pops.
As you opened the door to Pops with the delightful smell of burgers and fries, you looked to your right to see Jughead in his usual booth typing away and slip across him in the booth.
“Hey” you stated as he looked up. “What no more uniform?” he retorted.
“Oh c’mon not you too, I am so tired of the comments and looks I have gotten” as you replied back Arch, Kevin, Bets, and Ronnie were coming into Pops
“Oh c’mon (Y/N) you talk to everybody here, you were bound to became a bit of the “in-crowd” Jug signals with his fingers.
“I just don’t want this to take time away from my art” You replied as the gang snuck into the booth.
“You can do both like me, (Y/N)” Archie answered with a smile as you gave a shoulder shrug.
“I only did this, because Ronnie made me, and thinking Cheryl wouldn’t let me in” you exclaimed.
“Oh come on I just recently met you and I can now see you have legs!” Veronica exclaimed after listening into our conversation.
“Yeah (Y/N) we’ve all known you for so long honestly I thought the only part of you that moved were those hands when they’re painting away.” Kevin adds on with a giggle
and so we kept on talking until it was our curfew and we had to go, the only one who ever stays behind is Jug trying to fix up his novel.
“Get some rest” you say to Jug as you are one of the last one there and he just gives you a glare and bids you goodbye.
The next morning as you were getting ready to leave your house, your parents call you.
“(Y/N), we need to talk to you!” Your mom shouted from downstairs.
“Coming!” you shouted back, grabbing your stuff for practice later.
“Hey mom, dad what’s up?” you asked as you reached them in the kitchen.
“We are having dinner with The Mantles on Friday night” your father answered
“And we need you home and go buy yourself something nice for the dinner” your mother ordered with a smile as she continued dads sentence.
Confused as to what’s going on since you don’t really mingle with The Mantles anymore you ask “Why?”
Dad just shoots you a look “Its business, and I want you here and that’s final (Y/N).”
You nod and make your way to the door and get the bike to get to school.
As you walk through the hall reaching your locker to shove in your Vixens outfit, he appears with a smug look on his face.
“Hey (Y/N), looking good today, um well you look good all days” Reggie fidgets and continues “but you definitely look good today.”
“I’d like to think so” you retort “but does this by any chance have to do with the fact that our parents are having a dinner on Friday?” you question Reggie
“Well a bit, but I always have to compliment a girl when she looks good” he smirks
“OH MY SAVIOR!” you give a sarcastic comment while motioning your hands to forehead like a damsel in distress, as Betty and Ronnie approach you.
“Hey, Reggie” Veronica speaks up, “um I was wondering if you’d like to do something on Friday?” she asks Reggie
“Sorry Ron, I got plans with my family and (Y/N) family” and he bids farewell by reaching to his forehead with his hand as if he was tipping an imaginary hat and walks off with his Goonies as Jug likes to call them.
“The (Y/L/N) and The Mantles together again, it’s been so long, what’s the occasion?” Betty questions me.
“Is there something I’m missing here (Y/N)? You said you guys were just childhood friends” Ronnie adds on
“Oh, oh… my god no! We used to be very close when we were smaller, but um… no, you can have him Ron I haven’t changed my mind, and my dad said its purely business related” you retort while closing my locker answering to both Betty and Veronica.
The day goes by and during lunch you head on to ask Cheryl if there is going to be practice on Friday.
“No, I got some things to do at home (Y/N), have a nice dinner with The Mantles” Cheryl answers and gives me devilish smirk
“It is not like that Cheryl, just a business dinner” you answer annoyed.
“I always did think he’d end up with you, before he went full jock king on us and you ended up the tortured artist” she stated with sly smile.
The week went by and you bought yourself a dress that both you and your mom could find middle ground on since you preferred jeans and t-shirt on any occasion. It was Friday during lunch and you were with Jug, Kevin, Arch, Bets, and Ronnie. Talking about your plans for the weekend when Kevin decided to have a movie night tonight.
“Can’t, family dinner, if I skip it they’ll put me on death row” You told Kev
“Seriously? Ok how about Saturday night then?” Kevin asks
“Yeah, I think I can, how about you guys?” you ask the rest of the group
“Yeah sure, Betty and I will stop sleuthing for a night” Jug answers while taking a bit of food from all of us, while Betty nods
“I’m in!” Veronica states “What about you Archiekins?” She says taking away one of Archie’s fries.
“Yeah” the red-haired boy answered.
Reggie made his way to the table
“Hope you’re not making any plans for tonight (Y/N/N) my parents and my little sister would be so sad” Reggie states with a puppy dog expression.
“Oh, God please don’t call me that.” you tell Reggie while making an annoyed face.
“What? You love it when I call you that!” Reggie proclaims
“Yeah when we were eight” you declare as he walks off before Ronnie can get to talk to him.
“Well he’s been awfully sweet to you lately” Betty announces to the group
“It’s probably because he doesn’t want me telling our parents he’s a jerk most of the time” you say, while Ronnie just looks at you with a small smile, before you get to speak again, to re-assure Ronnie, Kevin decides to open his mouth.
“OMG, Sorry Ron, but you and Reggie, can it be? Straight out of a movie plot” he motions his hands together against his heart.
“I promise, he’s yours for the taking Ron” you speak up glaring at Kevin.
At the end of the school day as you’re getting ready to go home Ronnie stops to talk to you.
“Hey (Y/N), look if you like Reggie it’s okay, I mean you guys have history, I’m new and he doesn’t even give me the time of day, I mean…”
You grab her by the shoulder and cut her off by saying “Look Ron, you like him, me and Reg were just friends, I have never thought about him like that, never.”
Ronnie gives you a sad smile “Look I’m just saying the guy is hot, and he doesn’t even look my way, when he looks and talks to you it is like he is not that douchebag everyone thinks he is”
“Ron I… I… look… Look I am not going to let you mope around like this, I admit that Reg is good looking, but that could never happen you like him, and were just polar opposites that could never work out” You reassure her.
She looks at you still a bit sad and so you speak up again “I promise to talk you up during dinner, so he can start crushing on you, I’d invite you, but my parents as I have said would put be on death row if I did”
You bid goodbyes as you headed home to get ready for dinner with The Mantles.
Man it is going to a long night…