Beanies and Negotiations (Part 2)
Part one here
Anon requests: Could you PLEASE do a second part for beanies and negotiations?! I loved it!!
Another part for beanies and negotiations! Puh-lease
Pairing: Jughead x Reader
Description: Archie observes Jughead and (Y/N)’s relationship, and realizes it’s not just his beanie that Jughead lets (Y/N) wear
Word count: 1,033
A/N: ah you guys I’m so happy you’re enjoying my writing! I wasn’t planning on writing a second part for this piece, but since it was requested I wrote it for you guys. I was also gonna queue this and have it published later, but I’m so excited for you guys to read this! Enjoy!
Although he and Jughead had recently hit a rough patch in their relationship, Archie Andrews considered himself one of Jughead’s closest friends. He also liked to believe that he knew his friend pretty well. So when he saw (Y/N) roaming the halls wearing Jughead’s beanie, he was ecstatic. He rushed through the school to find his friend. In the lounge, Jughead stood with his arms crossed and raven hair exposed.
“Dude!” Archie exclaimed as he sauntered over to Jughead. “Finally!”
“What are you talking about?” Jughead questioned, eyes narrowed.
“(Y/N), of course!” Archie answered. “You asked her out, right?” Jughead shifted and uncrossed his arms.
“No,” he scoffed, but his voice wavered a bit. “Why would you think that?”
“Because she’s wearing your beanie,” Archie stated like it was obvious. “The last time you took that thing off is when you proposed to her when we were six.”
“We were six,” Jughead emphasized, slightly leaning forward.
“But you like her,” Archie said. Jughead opened his mouth to reply, but no smart remarks came out. Instead, he closed his mouth and looked away from Archie, sighing. “Ask her out, man.” Pursing his lips, Jughead shook his head and walked away. Archie sighed and turned around, spotting Veronica and Betty waving at him.
“Archie!” Veronica called, beckoning him over. He moved to the couch they were sitting at and stood in front of the two girls.
“You’ve seen (Y/N) wearing Jughead’s hat, too, right?” she asked. Archie nodded.
“I don’t get it though,” he said. “He never takes that thing off. I asked Jughead if he asked her out, but he said no. I figured she’d be wearing it because of that, since last time she wore Jughead’s beanie-”
“He proposed to her,” Betty finished, and Archie nodded. All three of them simultaneously sighed.
“God he looked so smitten yesterday,” Veronica groaned. Archie sent her a questioning look. “Betty and I were at Pop’s yesterday, and we saw Jughead and (Y/N) there. She had stolen his beanie and he was trying to get it back, but he was enjoying it. I swear he could barely contain his smile.”
“Yeah,” Betty smiled in agreement. “They’re both smitten.”
Archie, Betty, and Veronica thought that the beanie incident was a one-time thing. However, they were proven wrong when they spotted (Y/N) sitting in Pop’s wearing Jughead’s jacket a week later.
“Hey, (Y/N),” Veronica greeted, sitting down next to her. “Where’s Jughead?”
“Working at the drive-in tonight,” (Y/N) answered, smiling. Betty and Archie slid into the booth seat across from them.
“Is that Jughead’s jacket?” Archie bluntly asked. (Y/N) looked down at what she was wearing.
“Oh crap!” she exclaimed. “I forgot to give this back to him!” Veronica smirked.
“I’m sure he wouldn’t mind you holding onto it for a bit,” she laughed, causing (Y/N) to smile and nod.
“Why’d he give it to you in the first place?” Betty inquired. (Y/N) bit her lip.
“We were walking home from school, and I had forgotten my jacket at home. I was shivering, and Jug insisted that I took his,” she explained. Archie affectionately rolled his eyes, smirking.
“Smitten,” he mumbled under his breath.
The next incident was two weeks later at a football game. (Y/N) had promised her friends that she would come to the game to support them, and she managed to drag Jughead along with her. Archie smirked when he saw them sitting together in the stands, knowing that it probably wasn’t too hard for (Y/N) to convince Jughead to come.
After the game, (Y/N) and Jughead got off the bleachers and walked over to the field where Archie, Betty, and Veronica were standing.
“You guys were all great tonight!” (Y/N) complimented, beaming at her friends. They all smiled in gratitude, when suddenly Archie furrowed his eyebrows.
“Is that-” he paused for a moment, contemplating how to phrase his question. “Is that a new flannel?” Betty and Veronica shot him confused looks, whereas Jughead and (Y/N)’s fidgeted as their cheeks grew red.
“Uh, nope,” (Y/N) awkwardly laughed. “It’s Jughead’s actually.”
“What?” Betty and Veronica exclaimed at the same time. Archie suppressed a smirk.
“It was raining before,” (Y/N) stated, and Archie noticed Jughead refusing to make eye contact with him, “and we got drenched because neither of us had an umbrella. Jughead had a dry flannel and let me wear it.” She shrugged at the end of her explanation, playing with the sleeves of Jughead’s flannel. Archie was tempted to ask (Y/N) why she didn’t just change into some of her own clothes, but he decided not to for her and Jughead’s sakes. Betty and Veronica shared a knowing glance. Finally, Archie managed to catch Jughead’s eye. He smirked and Jughead rolled his eyes, but the small smile on his face didn’t go unnoticed by Archie.
Archie would have completely missed the last incident if it wasn’t for Veronica. Some weeks later they were sitting at lunch with (Y/N), waiting for Betty and Jughead to arrive at their table.
“(Y/N), that sweater is really big on you,” Veronica noted, critiquing her outfit. “Please tell me you didn’t just buy that.” (Y/N) smiled bashfully.
“No,” she responded, “I’ve had it lying in my room for a while. Figured I should put it to use.” Veronica scrunched up her nose.
“You shouldn’t have. Not to be rude, girl, but green is not your color.”
“Oh well,” (Y/N) laughed. “I’ll remember that next ti-”
“That’s Jughead’s, isn’t it?” Archie interrupted. (Y/N) bit her lip and pulled the sweater sleeves over her hands.
“Maybe,” she mumbled, looking down into her lap. Archie and Veronica smirked.
“You know what, (Y/N)?” Veronica said. “Never mind what I just said. That does suit you.” (Y/N)’s cheeks grew bright red.
“Oh god, guys,” she moaned, but they could hear the smile in her face. Jughead and Betty soon walked over to the table and joined the group. During their lunch, Archie would occasionally glance over at Jughead and (Y/N). He frequently saw one staring at the other. Smiling at his friends, Archie couldn’t fathom how neither of them realize how smitten they were with each other.
It all started with that damn beanie.