Hey this is the first imagine I’ve written on my new Riverdale blog! I’m basing this on the show, as I have little to no knowledge on the comics. Hope y'all enjoy!
Summary: You move back to town after years and decide to remake yourself. Betty and Veronica push Archie to find a date to the dance and he asks you out. Little do they know, you had a summer fling with Jughead that ended badly, although you both still have feelings for each other.
You lived in Riverdale until fourth grade, when your dad landed a great job in another town. You never really had many friends, so you knew nobody would really care, but the hardest part was leaving the boy you liked. Archie, Jughead, and Betty would always be playing together on the playground and you couldn’t help but follow them around, hoping that they’d let you be their friend. They were nice to you, but never really understood why you were always around.
It was the summer before sophomore year when your dad lost his job and decided to move back to his hometown of Riverdale. Again, you never really had any friends, so it wasn’t hard to move. You decided to remake yourself over the summer, before unveiling the new you on the first day of school. You wouldn’t tell anybody you had come back until then. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t work, since you moved into the house next to Jughead.
It was the first day of school, and you worked hard on your hair and makeup so you could fit in better. Before first period, you saw Archie and Betty talking, but couldn’t gather the courage to say hi. There was no sign of Jughead anywhere. The rest of the day went by uneventful, with nobody bothering to talk to you. You were so tired of being ignored that when you heard about cheerleading tryouts, you made yourself try out. You needed to make friends, and you were pretty good at dancing so why not? The audition went pretty well and you were soon welcomed to the team. Things were looking up for you.
The next day, you strutted down the halls in your new cheerleading uniform and your favorite shade of lipstick. You felt powerful and ready to take on the world, so when you saw Archie, Betty, Jughead, and some other girl you didn’t even hesitate. “Hey, Archie. Hey, Betty.” you said nonchalantly before walking off.
“Who was that?” Veronica asked after you were out of earshot.
“[Y/N] [Y/L/N],” Jughead sighed as he leaned against a locker a few feet away, his gaze moving to the floor.
“Wait, that’s [Y/N]?” Archie asked, surprised to see you back in town. He craned his neck around his open locker to try to get another look at you, but you’d already rounded a corner.
“Who is [Y/N]?” Veronica asked Betty, looking puzzled.
“She used to live here when we were little. She always followed us around on the playground because she had a crush on Archie. I guess she moved back to town.” Betty stated.
“She doesn’t even seem like the same person.” Archie said, still awestruck by you.
THE NEXT DAY
Betty, Veronica, Archie, and Kevin were sitting together for lunch, discussing the next school dance.
“Oh come on, Archie, who are you gonna take to the dance?” Veronica asked.
“If you don’t decide soon, then we’re going to have to find a date for you,” Betty teased.
“I can find you a date, but it probably won’t be a girl,” Kevin interjected, causing everyone to laugh.
“No, I don’t need you to find me a date. There’s already someone I like.” Archie stated. He couldn’t tell them about Ms. Grundy, but he couldn’t let them set him up with some random girl he didn’t know either.
There was a collective “oooohhhh” at the table. “Who is it?” Veronica demanded.
“Uh, you’ll see at the dance.” Archie said, hoping his lie came off as nerves.
“Somebody’s just being shy.” Veronica teased.
“Yeah.” Archie sighed, frustrated that he was now in this situation.
Archie and Jughead sat at a booth at Pop’s, both drinking milkshakes.
“Archie, what’s wrong? You seem distant.” Jughead asked, after popping the cherry from his shake into his mouth.
Archie sighed before explaining the situation he was in. “I need to find a girl who isn’t caught up in any of this drama, so it doesn’t cause any more problems.” He finished.
“None of this would be happing if it weren’t for Grundy,” Jughead leaned in and whispered to Archie, looking around to make sure nobody had heard him.
“Listen, Jughead, I know. But it’s happened.” Archie stated dryly, not pleased with Jughead’s reaction.
Jughead saw Archie’s face, and sighed. “How about that girl in our biology class? The one with the glasses?” He suggested.
You entered Pop’s Diner from the door behind the booth they were sitting at. Archie faced the door and saw you come in.
“Hey Archie.” You greeted him as you walked past the booth, making sure not to look at Jughead.
“Hey,” Archie waved as you walked by. Suddenly, his face lit up with an idea. “Wait, [Y/N].”
You turned around and walked back to their table. You snuck a tiny glance at Jughead, who had his full attention on his milkshake. “Yeah Archie?” You asked pleasantly.
“Uh, I was wondering…” Archie sounded nervous. “Do you wanna go to the dance with me?”
Jughead coughed loudly, clearly startled by what was happening. You smirked. This must be driving him up a wall, you thought. “Sure, Archie. Let me give you my number.” He handed you his phone and you could feel Jughead’s intense gaze on you as you put your number into Archie’s phone. You handed his phone back.
“I’ll text you when I get home. Bye, Archie.” You glanced at Jughead. “Bye, Jughead.” You said sweetly, knowing it would make him angry.
You stopped by the counter to pay for your food, before you headed for the door. You couldn’t help but look at Jughead. He was staring at you with anger and sadness in his eyes. You felt bad for what you just did to him, but oh well. He was the one who ended it. You held his gaze for a second as the memories washed over you.
It was the 4th of July, the third day after you moved to Riverdale. You only hung out in your house and sometimes sat on the curb reading when you wanted to get outside. That night you were rereading your favorite book as a figure walked down the street. It was Jughead. He had already known you moved back, as your parents made you greet the neighbors the day you moved.
“Hey Jughead.” You said, glancing up from your book.
“Hey.” Jughead sounded angry.
You closed your book and set it on the curb before standing up. “What’s wrong?” You asked, standing in front of him so he couldn’t move past you.
“Please just move, [Y/N].” He sighed.
“Tell me what’s wrong.” You demanded.
He sighed. “I was supposed to hang out with an old friend, but he cancelled on me at the last minute.”
“Archie?” You asked.
He nodded, and you could tell he was angry and hurt.
“Well why don’t you come in and have a frosted lemonade with an old friend?” You asked. He was the only person your age that knew you were back in Riverdale, why not have a friend to hang out with?
He smirked at your effort, but still refused. “No, I just want to go home.”
“Oh come on. Nobody can resist my frosted lemonade.” Before he could protest, you grabbed his hand and dragged him up the stairs into your house. His warm hand on yours sent tiny lightening bolts all the way up your arm.
After a nice conversation and a drink, you remembered something.
“Oh, Jughead I have something to show you!” You said excitedly, as you grabbed his hand again. You felt the tiny shock again as you lead him upstairs and into your room.
“Sit there.” You gestured to a spot on your bed, as you headed into your closet to retrieve something. After a few minutes of searching you found it.
You emerged from the closet holding up a tiny necklace. It had your initials and the letters JJ engraved on a heart. “Do you remember this? Your mom made you give it to me because she wanted us to get married.” You laughed. “I forgot that I used to call you JJ.”
He laughed, “Nobody else would call me that, but you. You always thought it was funny that nobody else thought of that.”
“Here put it on me.” You said excitedly handing it to him, and turning around so he could clasp the necklace around your neck.
His hands gently reached around your neck and closed the necklace. You felt the same warmth on your neck as his fingers touched the back of your neck. You blushed slightly, thinking about your old crush.
“Hey, I want to tell you something.” You said turning around. “You know how I followed you guys around a lot when we were little?”
“Well I didn’t really have any friends and I followed you around because I had a really big crush.”
“Yeah, I remember you liked Archie.”
“No, JJ. It was you I had a crush on.” You said, looking into his eyes. He stared into your eyes intensely.
“Really?” He asked quietly, taking a step closer to you. What was happening? You asked yourself.
“Yeah.” You said, your breathing started to get heavier.
Before you knew what was happening, Jughead had placed a hand under your chin, pushing it up so he could meet his lips with yours.
You snapped out of your daydream. Jughead was still staring at you angrily. You didn’t care. He was the one who hurt you. You turned towards the door and walked out.