Do you wanna be a Serpent ? part 2
It’s not like he was obsessed, no that wasn’t it, he just…appreciated… Betty Cooper a bit more than was probably considered normal. To be fair, it was nearly impossible not to think of her, not when she was everywhere, sitting in front of him in his classes, giggling from the center table in the cafeteria and bouncing through the halls in her tiny blue and gold cheerleading skirt.
Betty Cooper was haunting him and Jughead Jones wasn’t the slightest bit angry about it.
Ever since that day in the journalism office, The Beautiful blondes flushed pink cheeks and quick wit, her ability to take down even the scariest of gang leaders while still remaining soft and warm, fiery but still just the right amount of collected. He couldn’t keep his mind off of her, what she was doing, if she was smiling, it wasn’t normal and he was pretty well aware of the fact that it was affecting him in ways it shouldn’t.
“Earth To Jughead? Did you even hear what I just said?” Sweetpeas voice called from his right, the floppy haired Serpent staring at him with expectant eyes as the rest of the cafeteria table waited for an answer.
“No. I tend to block you out.” He answered, his voice monotone and bored.
Sweet pea landed a punch to his shoulder, rolling his eyes and repeating
“I said, the Ghoulies are joining the football team, they’re trying to get the Northside in their favor, more people against us, against the Serpents. What are we gonna do about it?”
Jughead sighed, they relied on him, his brain, his experience. He was the Serpent prince and they were his subjects, it had been like this since they were young. Fp had made it know that Jughead would be taking over and the training that went into that was worthy of all of the young Serpents respect.
“We beat them at their own game.” The beanie wearing boy replied simply, grabbing a burger from someone’s plate and biting into it lazily.
“You mean… Join the Football team, make friends with the …. townies?” Fangs scrunched his nose, the thought disgusting all of the leather wearing group surrounding him.
“No offense, but I don’t think you’d look too great in a jersey.” Toni Topaz added from her place across from Jughead, eyebrows wiggling flirtatiously.
“We have no other options, not just the football team, we take over all of the clubs and sports. we gain their trust, show them that we’re here, we’re on their turf and if we want to take down the ghoulies we need them on our side, besides you really want to sit back and watch them get all the credit? Watch everyone cheer them on while we lurk in the bleachers, I’m sick of coming in second place to that gang of assholes.” Jughead growled, his mind wandering to a certain blonde cheerleader jumping up and down for Malachi, cheering him on, being proud of him… it was enough to make him nauseous.
“I’ve never touched a football in my life.” Sweetpea argued.
“You’ve got a shit load of pent up aggression, I think you’ll be fine.” Toni rolled her eyes patting the boys arm playfully.
“So we take over? We just…. beat them at their own game?” Fangs interrupted, a smile crossing his features as his eyes fell to the door where the ghoulies were currently entering the Cafeteria.
Jughead stood up, arms crossing and stretching the heavy leather of his jacket, the rest of the Followed his lead, matching grins on their faces as they stared down their ridiculously dressed rival gang.
Suddenly the Ghoulies moved clearing the way for another group of students behind them. The ghost of a smile on his lips as his eyes caught hers.
It was almost slow motion, a group of rowdy football players came through the doors first, the Letterman Jackets they wore seemed to make them look larger than life, each boy grinning with his arm wrapped around a pretty cheerleader in a tiny uniform. Betty Cooper followed closely behind almost as an after thought, her arm joined with Veronica lodge and a sharply dressed boy talking away at their side. Betty’s eyes found Jugheads and she smiled, the kind of smile that seemed to be reserved for the dark haired boy, something secret behind her eyes, their secret.
Jughead grinned titling his head and motioning his boys to follow until he was face to face with Reggie Mantle and Archie Andrews, the two boys in question staring Curiously at the road block in their way.
“Something we can do for you Jones?” Reggie questioned, his muscles arms crossed over his chest and a cocky smile spread over his lips.
Sweet pea stepped forward standing beside his leader. “We want in.” He stated simply.
Archie raised a brow
“In what?” He questioned.
“Your football team, we want in.” Jughead responded, matter of fact.
Reggie chuckled as the group of football players behind him fell silent
“You want in? You want to be on the football team? Do you even know the first thing about football?” He grinned
Jughead noticed the way Betty had crept forward, a look of concern in her eyes as she watched the exchange.
“We’re strong and we know how to be on a team, gang life pretty much taught us more loyalty than you could imagine, we’re fast learners and we figured this might be a good way to settle in, who knows how long we’re going to be here, might as well make the best of it.” Jughead offered, sticking his hand out in solidarity his eyes locked on Reggies.
The Asian boy stared down at Jugheads extended palm before he looked up analyzing the group of large Boys in gang jackets staring at him.
“You’re not shitting with me are you? Cuz I swear to god if we let you on the team and you..”
Jughead caught him
“This is your school, your field, we’re just playing on it, you can count on us.”
After a moments hesitation Reggie grasped hands and nodded
“Well alright Snakes, after school today, riverdale field, show is what you got?”
With that he was gone, the rest of the team following, Archie stayed behind for a moment, slapping a hand to Jugheads shoulder
“Excited to have you on the team brother” he grinned, jogging to catch up.
The Serpents all exchanged looks before heading back to the table, just as Jughead was about to follow, a familiar voice spoke
“Trading your leather jacket in for a letterman jacket.” Betty giggled, shifting the pile of books in her hands as she stared up at him, humor in her eyes.
Jughead smiled, grabbing the books from her arms and walking her to her table
“Nah, I heard chicks dig the leather.” He smirked.
Betty grinned back
“Well their is something about a boy in black.” She winked, walking backwards as she went to join her friends
“I’ll see you at try outs! I’ll be cheering you on Jughead Jones.”
Jughead watched as the redheaded boy sling an arm over her shoulder tugging on her blonde ponytail before dropping a kiss to the raven haired girls lips.
He couldn’t wipe the smile off of his face as he dropped down at his own lunch table, Toni looked curiously at him.
“What’s up with you?” She questioned
Jughead took another bite of his burger
“Not a thing, not a thing at all.”