Jughead x reader in which Jughead gets a bittersweet surprise.
Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, and Archie Andrews all turned around as they heard Kevin Keller call out to them. They were standing around Archie’s locker, chatting, until they were oh so rudely interrupted by the sheriff’s son.
“Guess what,” Kevin said, out of breath as he approached his friends, “Oh we don’t have time for guessing. There’s a new student in town.”
“A new student?” Veronica asked. Kevin nodded. “Great. I’m not gonna be the ‘new girl’ anymore.”
“Are you sure there’s a new student Kev?” Betty asked. “I haven’t been assigned to show anyone around yet.”
“Well of course I’m sure Betty. The reason you haven’t been alerted is because the new student refused the tour,” Kevin replied.
“So when are they arriving?” Archie asked.
Kevin smiled. “Tomorrow.”
‘Ok (Y/N), you can totally do this’ the young (H/C) haired girl nervously thought to herself as she sat in her mother’s car, just outside of Riverdale High.
“Are you nervous?” her mother asked softly.
“Just a smidge,” the girl replied.
“Honey,” her mother began. “Be confident. You’ll be perfectly fine. Not much has changed here.”
“Yeah, except for Blossom getting murdered,” (Y/N) muttered under her breath.
Her mother shot her a hard look. “You’ll be fine (Y/N). On the bright side, they probably won’t even recognize you.”
“You’re right mom,” (Y/N) replied. Taking a deep breath, she quickly kissed her mother’s cheek and exited the car, stepping into the high school just as the tardy bell rang.
“Shit,” the young girl cursed.
“Hi!” a voice exclaimed, causing (Y/N) to spin around in shock. There, standing in front of her, was Betty Cooper. (Y/N) froze.
“I’m Betty Cooper, and although I know that you refused the tour, I though you might like some help.”
“Uh…sure,” (Y/N) replied hesitantly. ’Good. She hasn’t recognized me.’
It was now lunch time and so far, Betty had not recognized the girl she had been spending her day with. When she had asked (Y/N) for her name, she had simply given her a nickname.
“Well (Y/N/N),” Betty had replied, “You can sit with me at lunch, if you’d like.”
(Y/N) had agreed. Now, as they approached the lunch table filled with all of Betty’s friends, (Y/N) regretted her decision.
“Guys, this is (Y/N/N),” Betty introduced you as you sat down. “(Y/N/N), this is Archie, Veronica, and Kevin.”
(Y/N) glanced around the table nervously, recognizing all of them except for Veronica. “Nice to meet you guys,” she mumbled.
“She’s going to be sitting with us today if that’s alright with you guys,” Betty continued,
“She’s always welcome here with us,” Veronica smiled at the girl.
“Where’s Jughead?” Betty asked. (Y/N) nearly choked on her water.
“He’s walking over here Betty,” Archie replied, pointing behind the girl. (Y/N) tensed up as she felt someone take a seat next to her. Jughead.
“Who’s the new girl?’ Jughead asked, taking some of Archie’s food. (Y/N) flinched slightly as his arm rubbed against hers. Hesitantly, she decided to look up at the beanie-clad boy.
“Jughead,” Betty started. “I’d like you to meet-”
She was cut off as Jughead’s eyes met (Y/N)’s.
“(Y/N)?” Jughead asked in disbelief. All eyes turned to her.
“Hi,” the girl replied weakly, slowly lifting up her hand and waving.
Jughead scoffed and stood up, “Yeah, we’ve already met Betty. In fact, we’ve all met her already.”
“Uh, I haven’t,” Veronica chimed in.
Giving her a harsh glare, the boy stormed off.
“Wait, (Y/N)?” Archie asked. “As in (L/N)?”
The (H/C) girl nodded weakly.
Betty, shocked at Jughead’s reaction, turned to (Y/N). “You came back.”
“Surprise,” (Y/N) whispered, once again tensing up as Betty gathered her in a hug.
“Ok wait, hold up,” Veronica said. “I’m so lost here. What’s going on?”
“(Y/N) here was a member of the Riverdale community when she was younger,” Kevin said. “Her dad was the previous mayor of Riverdale and was pretty popular so eventually he decided to campaign in a bigger city.”
“We moved to Salem,” (Y/N) continued. “He won the elections there too and eventually moved up to become senator of Massachusetts. Everybody loved him.”
“Why’d you come back?” Betty asked.
“Brain tumor,” (Y/N) replied. “My dad had one last year. We kept it out of the media. We were told it wasn’t malignant and that it could easily be treated. It wasn’t. It turned out to be malignant and suddenly, the cancer was too far along to be treated. He died earlier this year. My mom packed everything up and we came back here. We came home.”
The rest of lunch was spent in silence, with Betty, Archie, Veronica, and Kevin trying to figure out what had caused Jughead to storm off.
(Y/N) didn’t want to go home. School had ended and there wasn’t much to do at home so she decided to go to Pop’s. It had been a few weeks since her return and her friendships with Betty and Archie had strengthened. Veronica and Kevin had also accepted her with open arms. Jughead however, was a different story.
Stepping into the diner, she made her way towards one of the booths near the back and took a seat, pulling out her journal and a pen (A/N: I have special journaling pens ngl).
“Well well, if it isn’t the little (L/N).”
(Y/N) looked up to meet the eyes of Pop himself. Smiling, she got up from her seat and ran to hug the diner’s owner.
“I heard that you and your mom were back in town,” he said. “Didn’t believe it.”
“Well believe it Pop,” (Y/N) responded, smiling widely. “We’ve come to stay.”
“Let me get you your usual. On the house.”
(Y/N) knew better than to refuse free food from Pop, choosing to thank him and take her seat again. She had just gotten back to writing when she heard someone speak to her.
“Why are you here?”
She looked up. It was Jughead.
“I’m trying to enjoy my food,” she replied.
(Y/N) simply smiled as Pop chose that exact moment to set her plate in front of her. “This food!”
“Well enjoy it somewhere else. This is my booth,” Jughead grumbled.
“Well I was here first. So either join me or find another seat.”
Groaning, Jughead sat down.
It had been thirty minutes.
Thirty minutes of quiet, writing, and eating. And throughout those thirty minutes, Jughead Jones had not stopped staring at (Y/N) (L/N).
Irritated, the young girl looked up. “What on earth do you want Forsythe?”
Jughead scowled as he heard his actual name being spoken. Choosing to ignore it, he leaned forwards in his seat. “Why’d you come back?”
Closing her journal, (Y/N) picked up her milkshake, taking a sip, her eyes never leaving Jughead.
“We missed home,” she replied, placing her glass back on the table.
“Bull,” Jughead immediately replied. “Why did you guys really come back?”
“I told you Jug. We needed to come back home.”
“Oh really? Then what’s all this news about the senator of Massachusetts being replaced? Why didn’t your dad come back with you?”
(Y/N) breathed in sharply at his words. He didn’t know. “It’s news Jughead. Yes, my dad was replaced. We had to come back to Riverdale.”
Jughead chuckled humorlessly, “ Let me guess, your dad got into some trouble again huh? Did he bribe his way into becoming senator? Oh wait, I know. He probably cheated on your mom again huh? And she finally had enough and decided to come back to Riverdale.”
Jughead was angry. That much was evident. He was the only person who knew the real reason why the (L/N) family had to leave Riverdale. (Y/N)’s dad had indeed cheated on her mom and Alice Cooper had found out. She had blackmailed him and when (Y/N)′s mom found out, it all went to hell. The fighting was terrible and they had decided to leave in order to ‘work things out’.
Holding back tears, (Y/N) got up, gathering all her things.
“You know, you could’ve at least told me you were leaving,” Jughead continued. “But instead, you chose to tell me everything when you were already in Salem. You’re a real coward (Y/N). Just like your father.”
“Shut up Jughead! Shut up, shut up, shut up. You don’t know anything,” the girl cried, running out the door, bumping into Archie and Betty as she did.
Jughead stayed in his booth, arms crossed, as Betty and Archie approached him.
“Jug,” Betty began, “Why did (Y/N) just run out of here crying?”
“We had a bit of a fight,” Jughead mumbled.
“Please tell me you didn’t bring up her dad,” Betty groaned.
“Wait, you know?” Jughead asked in surprise. He thought he was the only one she told about her dad’s affair.
“Yeah,” Betty replied. “She told us all during lunch, after you stormed off.”
Jughead chuckled once more. “She willingly told you guys about her dad’s affair?”
Betty froze at his words. “Affair? Jughead what are you talking about?”
“She told you right? The affair was the reason they moved in the first place. I’m pretty sure the reason they moved back is because her father probably cheated again.”
“God Jughead,” Betty cried out in exasperation. “Please tell me you didn’t just insult (Y/N)’s father.”
“So what if I did?” Jughead said
“He’s dead Jughead,” Archie said as Betty groaned and ran out of Pop’s. “That’s the reason they moved back to Riverdale. He died.”
“He’s…dead?” Jughead repeated. Archie nodded. “I fucked up Arch. I really fucked up.”
Jughead scrambled to his feet, gathering his stuff as her ran off to (Y/N)’s old house. It had not been sold and chances were that they still owned it.
(Y/N) looked at her door when she heard knocking.
“Who is it?” she asked shakily.
“Betty. Please let me in.”
(Y/N) stood up and unlocked her door, tears falling as Betty embraced her.
“Jughead shouldn’t have said that,” Betty whispered.
‘It’s not his fault. He didn’t know. I just didn’t expect him to be so bitter.”
“We all changed after you left. Pretty soon Jughead had completely isolated himself from us, especially when he and Archie had this huge fight.”
“You know he confessed to me,” (Y/N) whispered. “Before I left. He told me he was in love with me.”
Betty pulled back, looking at her in surprise. No one had known that Jughead was interested in the (L/N) girl.
“I laughed and told him we were too young. I mean, we were like twelve. I told him to ask me out when we were in high school and he agreed. I left the next day,” (Y/N) looked down. “I never told him I liked him back.”
Betty was speechless.
“I called him from Massachusetts the next day. Told him everything, except that I liked him. I told him our reasons for moving. He understood and eventually, we just stopped talking.”
“Well,” Betty said hesitantly, “Maybe he was just hurt. I mean, you just left with no explanation whatsoever until you were too far gone to get back.”
“I know Betty,” (Y/N) replied. “I just feel horrible.”
The two girls were interrupted by a hesitant knock. They turned to see Jughead awkwardly standing in the doorway.
“I’ll leave you two alone,” Betty said as she left the room.
“I’m sorry,” Jughead spoke first. “ The things I said…they were out of line and I honestly had no idea about your dad.”
“No Jug. You are completely right. I am a coward.”
“No you’re not.”
“Yes Jughead! Yes I am. I was too scared to tell you that I was moving back then. I didn’t tell you that I liked you back. I didn’t want to lose my friend.”
Stepping forwards, Jughead gathered up the girl in his arms. “I never stopped thinking about you (Y/N). I missed you.”
“I missed you too Juggie,” (Y/N) sniffled.
He carefully laid down on her bed, (Y/N) still in his arms.
“I never stopped loving you,” he whispered, afraid of her reaction. She probably hated him now.
“I never stopped liking you either Juggie,” she whispered back.
“I’m really sorry. I didn’t mean any of what I said. I was just angry. You just came back, showed up out of nowhere with no explanation and I guess my emotions got the best of me.”
“I know Juggie, just…please stay with me.”
“You know, we’re in high school now. Please,” he begged. “Be mine.”
“Always,” she replied.
As he held her in his arms, they talked about everything that had happened in the past few years.
And as they drifted off to sleep, they both knew that everything would be fine, as long as they had each other.
My bad! I got pretty lost while writing this so its pretty bad but in my defense I’m hella sick and tired but I really felt like writing today.
Once again, ‘Time Waster Pt. 5′ will probably be up tomorrow and requests will most likely be done this weekend.
Also I’m thinking of doing a masterlist. Should I?
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