In a heartbeat is so pure and innocent and POSITIVE and I love the fact that the tanned boy’s reveal isn’t a plot twist or anything; it’s just ‘oh there the boy I like comes’, rather than ‘oh there the person I like comes– it’s a BOY’, which is a small but important difference. It presents the redheaded boy’s crush as something natural and not unexpected due to who he’s crushing on and I think that it’s really important for people to stop associating straight with normal (and non-straight with weird) and ugh leave me alone I’m emotional
My siblings always teased me and said I and a crush on Ron. I denied it (because I didn’t), but later in my life I realized my attraction to red heads. I just thought that was ironic when I look back on it.
Summary : You and Veronica are at a party when drunk Reggie tries taking advantage of you. Archie then comes and saves you.
Resquets are open
The night was only getting started and you could already feel your head pounding. The loud music was booming trough the house and a bunch of teens were already wasted on the dance floor.
Cheryl Blossom had thrown a party in the honor of the new riverdale’s vixons. Since you were a part of the cheersquad, you felt obligated to attend the event. You never really were the partying type but your bestfriend Veronica, had practically dragged you to the Blossom’s manor. She promised you that you would have a good time and that your long time crush, Archie Andrews, was going to be there.
You had been friends with Archie since kindergarden and always thought he maybe had a crush on you but you were never sure of it. Vernica knew you liked him so there was no point in denying your feelings towards the boy with her. After a lot of arguing, you decided to give this party a try only if Veronica stayed with you all night, which of course, she accepted.
You two danced and laughed like little kids. Even if you had a headache from all the noise, you couldn’t help but have fun with your best friend. While jumping and singing, you had tried looking around for the famous redhead but had no chance, not once spotting him on the dance floor. After a while, Veronica excused herself to go to the bathroom.
You were now staying at the punch table, waiting for your best friend to come back from the restroom when Reggie, one of the football players approached you. You guys had talked once or twice, but never enough to call each other friends. His tall and attractive figure made it’s way towards you, as he gave you a cheeky grin.
“What’s cookin’, good lookin’?” Reggie was close enough for you to smell the alcohol in his system. He had obviously drank alot
“Hey Reggie” You returned loudly enough for him to hear you.
“Whatchu doin’ out here all by yourself?” You laughed at his sudden bizarre way of talking.
“Actually, I’m waiting for Veronica to come back from the bathroom.” The drunken teen beside you only nodded and pourred himself another drink. His back was pressed against the wall, slurping the liquor that was in his cup.
“Wanna go upstairs?” You furrowed your eyebrows and quickly turned your head towards Reggie.
“I’m sorry?” You asked confused. The tall teenager slowly made his way closer to you as you took a step back.
“You know what I mean,” He said, eyeing your body up and down.
“Come on (y/n), I know you want it.” Before you could say anything, Reggie’s hands made it’s way to your hips trying to pull you towards him. You pushed him lightly on his chest.
“What are you doing? Stop that.” He ignored you and started kissing your neck, leaving a trail of wet kisses.
“Don’t touch me!” You tried pushing him harder but he only held you with more force. He dug his fingers on your hips probably leaving bruises along the way. Tears started forming in your eyes as you squirmed to get out of his grasp.
“Don’t fight it babe.” You cried out for help but no one seemed to be hearing you.
“I bet you’re so hot underneath that dress, I-” Reggie was then aggresivly pulled of you and thrown on the ground. He grunted in pain as his head hit the hard wood flooring. In front of you, your redhead crush was pinning down Reggie by the neck. Your eyes widened in horror as Archie started punching the teen beneth him.
“Archie- You’re going to hurt him!”
Around you, a circle of drunken people we’re starting to chant ‘fight, fight, fight’ continuesly. Others had their phones out recording the scene. So much was going on in such a small amount of time, you couldn’t comprehend it all.
Reggie was trying to fight back, but couldn’t due to the heavy weight of Archie on him and all the punches he was getting on the nose and the jaw. Some people in the room were still unaware of the fight, and others just seemed uninterested. The redhead was still going at it when you shook his shoulder saying,
“Don’t do this, he isn’t worth it.” Archie looked back at you.
“He should'nt touch you like that!”
You looked at Reggie on the ground. He was completely knocked out. His once good looking face was now all blue from the punches. You couldn’t look at him without getting a shiver down your spine.
“Let’s just leave, okay? Before all of this becomes any worse.” Archie nodded, got up and tried making his way trough the crowd of people. You looked around and couldn’t find Veronica. Where the hell was she? You made yourself a mental note to text her the second you got home. She probably couldn’t get to you because of the mass of teens in the room, still excited about the fight. You and Archie quickly made your way out of the Blossom manor before anyone could hold you back
The stars were the only source of light in Riverdale at this time of night. The streets were quiet as you two walked side by side on the old sidewalk.
You kept playing what happened at the party over and over in your head. It was like an endless cycle inside your mind. The thoughts of almost getting sexualy assaulted terrified you. Gratefulness filled your heart for Archie. If he wouldn’t had been there, who knows what would’ve happened next. A few minutes passed before you broke the silence.
“Thank you, Archie. For what you did back there. I don’t know what I would have done without you.” You said while walking. He shrugged his shoulders like it was no biggie.
“You don’t have to thank me, it’s the least I could do.” You stopped walking and sighed at Archie.
“But, I do. Reggie could’ve done awful things to me but you were there to stop him.”
“Reggie is a shit face who never should’ve laid eyes on you in the first place.” He continued. “You’re precious (y/n). I wouldn’t let anyone touch you or take advantage of you” You smiled at him and blushed at his last comment. You looked down from embarasment.
“You really mean that?” Archie lifted your chine up with his thumb and locked his beautiful brown eyes with yours.
“Of course I do.” Your heart started racing in your chest. Had Archie just confessed his feelings for you?
Your lips formed a small smile as he took your small hands in his big ones. Your breathing became shaky as his mouth was only centimeters away from your own.
He then slowly locked his lips with yours. Electricity was running trough your veins as the red head boy was kissing you. You couldn’t believe that this was actually happening. The boy who you had a crush on since you we’re five, was kissing you. His lips were warm, soft and brought you comfort.
Suddenly, nothing else mattered in the world but you and Archie. All you wanted was him, and all he wanted was you.