Alternate Bughead Car scene 2x06
“Okay. I think we’re all set here, so remember what I said about not riding the clutch, it’ll be fast but it’s still just a machine.” Betty swiped her thumb across her cheek, motor oil staining her porcelain skin as she packed the tools back into her perfectly organized tool box.
Jughead nodded sharply, his eyes still halfway across the garage set in a stone hard glare. He was tuned into her, every move she made, the sounds that spilled from her lips, he heard them all so when she sighed softly, pushing the loose strap of her overall over her shoulder, he turned slightly.
“I know you’re angry, I understand but Good luck Jughead, I’m sure I’ll see you at the race but… I figure you already have someone else to see you off.” She smiled sadly, turning to leave the garage before a familiar hand gripped her bare forearm, turning her towards him in an incredibly ungraceful twirl.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” He questioned, his posture was angry but his eyes were simply confused, an anxious longing buried deep in the ocean blue.
Betty wiggled her arm free
“I was at Pops this morning with Archie, well I guess I was walking past Pops, anyway I saw you and Toni and… you looked happy. I’m happy for you really. I’m happy you could find someone to make you happy in all of this crazy.” She was smiling, her “I’m Betty Cooper and everything is going to be fine” show smile.
Jughead shook his head stepping towards her as she took a step back, a game it was always a game.
“No, you’ve got it wrong. Me and Toni? She knows I still have feelings for you, I’m not going to sit here and tell you I didn’t think about it. We kissed, more than once but it was nothing. Nothing like you and me, you can’t be angry at me. You broke up with me? No I’m sorry Archie broke up with me. Remember?” Jughead growled, turning away from the beautiful blonde in front of him, why did she have to look so sad? She did this to them, she gave up on this.
It was silent for what felt like hours, just as Jughead was about to turn around and see if she had left, Betty spoke
“I’m being threatened. You’re being threatened. The black hood wants me to stay away from you, to cut ties with you and Veronica. He won’t leave me alone and I know what he’s capable of. I know you hate me and you have every reason to, I just… I never wanted to hurt you. That was never my intention, everything I did, everything I’m doing, it’s to protect the people I love. I just wanted to get you through this race, that’s all. I was going to tell you.”
Jughead whipped around, his heart shattering under the weight of the guilt he was feeling right now. She hasn’t given up on them, she hasn’t lost hope.
“Betty..” the dark haired boy choked
Betty shook her head, her arms coming up to wrap around her body
“I thought… I thought it was all going to be okay when you found out, we would be able to go back to normal, but I was stupid. You.. you kissed Toni?” Her red rimmed eyes drifted towards his matching tears shimmering in broth of the broken teens.
“Betty, I thought… I was hopeless, it was initiation… I didn’t know anything…” he reached for her, he wanted to fix this. Fix her. Fix them both.
“You didn’t even wait a day. You didn’t…” she was cut off by her own chest aching sob.
“I know.” Jughead cried, finally managing to get a hold of her, pressing his forehead to hers.”I know”
Suddenly she was melting into him, her arms wrapping around his body as she held on for dear life
“It’s okay.” She cried “it’s okay, I understand.”
They were both shaking, holding each other so tight that they stumbled onto the hood of the black Camaro next to them.
“I love you and I haven’t been there for you, I’m so sorry Betts.” Jughead sighed into her hair, vanilla and honey.
“I haven’t been there for you either, with the Serpents, the Southside. I love you, I want to make this work.” She whispered.
And In the tiny garage surrounded by nosey men covered in motor oil Romeo and Juliet found each other again.