Magic in the Air (Click Title for AO3 Link)
Riverdale High School. Fall, 2017.
Jughead Jones decided to cut gym class again. It wasn’t as if coach Smith was going to notice his absence anyways. Most of the time, Jughead played poorly on purpose so he would be sidelined. What Coach Smith didn’t know (and Jughead would never let on) was that he was actually a decent punter. As a kid, his father took him to the park outside the mobile home community where they lived and frequently played kickball with him. But if Riverdale’s head coach ever found that out, he knew he could kiss his leisure reading time goodbye.
So, when the students congregated in the middle of the gymnasium, he snuck away quietly, deciding that he would just say he was ‘using the restroom’ if anyone questioned him. He walked to the library and went to his usual spot in the back, pulling out his dogeared copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and began to read. He was so engrossed in the book, that he didn’t notice the pair of emerald eyes watching him through the window. When he finally did look up though, Betty Cooper laughed through the glass and stuck her tongue out at him. He grinned as Betty rounded the corner and walked to the back of the library to meet him.