In vain I have struggled - a BH-one shot
Author’s Note: What if Betty loved Jane Austen, and Jughead didn’t? What if he found out that Pride & Prejudice was her favourite book and, despite his misgivings, loaned it from the library? What if he ended up loving it? And what if it’s the catalyst for their first, sudden kiss in 1.06?
I’ve always been curious about what propelled Jughead from helping Betty find Polly to climbing to her bedroom and kissing her. This is my twist on it, with a little Mr. Darcy thrown into the mix. A gift for all the Austen fans within the fandom, inspired by a prompt from the lovely @amab1060 for my Literary!Bughead writing giveaway.
As always, thank you to my Wakefield twin, my meta and beta in one, @jandjsalmon, for cheering me on through my extremely slow progress (with Dylan pictures to boot), and for reading and editing this fic. I hope I did your favourite book justice.
Summary: Jughead never liked Jane Austen. But the moment he finds out that Pride and Prejudice is Betty’s favourite book, he reluctantly borrows it from the library. What he finds is a story worth staying up for, and the courage to tell Betty how he feels about her.
“This was how Jughead Jones knew that he had a serious, inconvenient, irredeemable crush on Betty Cooper: after years of swearing her off, of dismissing her work as mere drivel, he was diving in and reading… Jane Austen.”
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