Hey guys! So I’ve been wanting to write this fic for a super long time, but it deals with pretty tricky subject matter so I’ve been a little nervous, but you guys responded so well to my last angsty fic I thought I’d give it a go! This one is superrrr long and I’m sorry about that, but once I got going I just couldn’t stop!
She stared down at the bright pink, sugary drink sitting in front of her. The intense smell of strawberry, sugar syrup invading her nose. Nudging the picture perfect milkshake out of her line of Vision, she couldn’t stop thinking about what her mother had said,
“You’re looking very puffy Elizabeth, I can’t believe all the weight you’ve put on. It’s all those sugary drinks you’ve been consuming, Polly would never let herself get this way.”
“You okay B?” The feminine voice of her gorgeous raven haired friend broke her out of her thoughts. She would give anything to look like Veronica. Her body was lean and her slender face held none of the baby fat Betty was sure held permanent residence on her own face.
“Yeah! I’m fine. Just thinking.”
Veronica and Kevin fell back into conversation about Audrey hepburn.
“You haven’t touched your milkshake, is it too cold?” The moody, beanie wearing boy beside her questioned, pulling the straw into his own mouth.
She smiled, admiring the way his muscular arms stretched across the booth, he could eat whatever he wanted and never gain a pound, she had just recently discovered how built his body was underneath all those layers on clothing. It was a well kept secret. Well if you weren’t Betty cooper who couldn’t manage to keep her hands off of him.
“No , no it’s fine.” She dipped her finger into the whipped cream shooting him a smile and popping it into her mouth.
He raised an eyebrow, smiling hesitantly.
The conversation continued for the next hour until Veronica’s mother came to pick her up, Kevin hitching a ride.
“Walk me home?” she whispered
“You got it Juliet.” He winked
She giggled as they hit the street, they walked in comfortable silence before Jughead broke the quiet
“You okay bets? You’ve been quiet all day.”
She smiled at his concern,
“I’m fine juggie, just a lot on my Mind.”
“Well my favorite blonde, I suggest you stop thinking so much, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.” He smirked as they reached her house
“Thanks jug, I’ll keep that in mind.” She rolled her eyes, smiling.
“Your castle awaits” he said gesturing towards her front door.
“Thank you my prince.” She curtseyed, “I’ll see you tommorow.”
As soon as she reached for the doorknob he called her name “Betty?” She turned around raising a brow
“If you ever need to talk, I’m always here.” He said smiling softly
“Thanks juggie.” Before the door closed and he headed in the direction of his house
Something wasn’t right about Betty, she was hardly eating anything, he watched her skip over lunch, pushing food around her plate. And dinner at pops was almost nonexistent. She looked tired and he noticed the way some of her clothes hung off her shoulders. It made his stomach clench and his chest hurt. This was Betty he was talking about, if she was hurting she would tell him
Turning to face herself in the mirror, betty lifted her sweater over stomach, running a hand over the almost flat area. She punched the skin there and frowned. Her mom was right , she was getting big, sure her pants were loose on her but she couldn’t see any difference, her thighs still jiggled a little bit as she ran the track and her cheeks were just as chubby as ever.
A knock on the window scared her, causing her to rip her sweater back down over her body. Turning she spotted Jughead scaling the ladder he had placed by her bedroom window. She smiled and went to help him lift the window.
“What’s up?” He climbed through the window smiling confused at her.
“Just getting ready for school, what are you doing here so early?”
“Thought I could walk you to school, we can grab breakfast on the way.” He raised a brow, waiting for her answer.
“Oh juggie, I was gonna run the track a few times before first period, raincheck?”
He sat on her bed
“Bets you’ve rainchecked me all week, you’ve run that track so much I’m surprised you still have feet to run with.”
She smiled nervously
“Come on, don’t be silly, exercise is good for you.” She grabbed her bag, moving to climb out the window.
He watched her for a second, his eyes moving to the mirror he caught her staring at herself in just minutes before. What was happening to her?
She talked the whole way to school, leaving him no time to ask her anything.
“Okay juggie, I’ll see you after school, I hate tuesdays we don’t have any blocks together.” She pouted.
He smiled softly
“It’s not my favorite day of the week either, you sure you don’t wanna grab something to eat in the caf? I can bring you something?” He asked a little desperately.
She shook her head placing a hand to his cheek,
“I’m okay juggie, I’ll see you later okay.” He nodded silently, it felt like he was always watching her walk away these days.
The day went by so incredibly slow for Jughead, all he could think about was Betty and that fact that her collar bones were becoming more and more prominent. It didn’t make any sense to him, he loved food, he would never pass up food especially not willingly.
Kevin seemed to catch on that something was on his new friends mind,
“Penny for your thoughts” he said in jugheads ear, causing the dark haired boy to jump.
“Jesus, Keller you can be really creepy you know that?”
Kevin smiled “you flatter me, anyway what’s on your exceptionally intelligent mind?”
Jughead allowed himself to stroke his ego at the compliment, before instantly frowning again.
“It’s Betty, I don’t think she’s eating, I mean it’s so obvious she’s losing weight, she can’t afford to lose anymore weight she’ll waste away. And all she wants to do is run on that damn track, like I know she loves to work out but it’s getting crazy, she’s gonna run herself sick, and I tried talking to her but..”
Kevin cut him off with a shake of his head
“It’s just like last year.”
Jugheads head snapped up
“Last year, this already happened?”
Kevin sighed sitting down
“Last year, Betty tried out for the cheerleading squad and was turned away, Cheryl told her she was too fat and Betty pretty much lost it. She wouldn’t eat, she wouldn’t talk to anyone and she pretty much locked herself away in her room. It took the health teacher to finally get her help. It was scary, I thought I was gonna lose my best friend.” Kevin choked up a bit, shaking his head to rid himself of his tears.
Jugheads jaw clenched, no. He wasn’t gonna let that happen, Betty was beautiful and whoever was telling her differently was gonna have to speak to him.
“Thanks Kev, I gotta find Betty. I’ll see you later.”
He threw his books into his bag, Betty had said she’d meet him by the lockers but she wasn’t there. He waited about ten minutes before he shook his head. He knew where she was.
Taking off he practically ran to the track field. Sure enough there was Betty, sneakers pounding the pavement her chest heaving, her slim legs pumping and she came to a halt, bending over and placing her head in her hands.
Alright, that was it.
“Betty!” He called.
She whipped around , her eyes going wide when she caught his “what time is it?! Am I late?! I set my alarm, it was supposed to go off I was gonna meet you by the lockers!” She breathed heavy
“But you didn’t, you’re here. Running. Again.” He said trying to remain cool.
She raised a brow, confused by his tone
“If you’re Angry I’m late, I’m sorry I lost track of time I..”
He cut her off
“You aren’t eating.” He said bluntly.
Her eyes widened
“You’re not eating, you’re skipping meals, you won’t talk to me, all you do is work out and You look so tired Betty.” He said softly.
Her eyes welled up and she looked away avoiding his eyes
“I’m fine juggie. I’ve just been busy.”
His hand went to her chin pulling her face up and towards his
“And now you’re lying to me.”
Almost in an instant, she broke down, her knees giving out as his arms went to hold her upright, wrapping around her waist.
“Jughead ..” she choked
“It’s okay bets, it’s okay”
He let her cry for a few minutes before gently pulling away.
“Talk to me ” he said with pleading eyes.
She took a deep shaky breathe,
“I’m gross, I’m huge, I.. I run and run and I’ll never look like Veronica, I skip meals and I’m still bigger than Polly. Everyone can see it. I don’t know what else to do.” She sounded so broken it made his heart physically hurt.
“No. you’re wrong, you’re beautiful. There is nothing wrong with your body. You don’t have to look like Veronica or Polly or even Cheryl, you’re gorgeous the way you are.”
She looked into his eyes, lip quivering
“But my mom…”
He cut her off
“Is unhappy with herself so she takes that out on you, she wishes she looked half as good as you do. All the girls in this school wish they looked like you Betty. You’re making yourself sick, I can see how tired you are and your clothes are hanging off of you. You need to eat, you need to sleep. Let me buy you dinner okay? Then I’ll take you home and you can sleep.”
Her eyes softened, only a few remaining tears leaking out
“…you really think I’m beautiful? I’m not too big?”
He clutched her hand in his bringing her even tighter against his chest .
“The most beautiful girl in this damn school , and you’re not even close to being big, you’re too small, but even if you were I wouldn’t change a single thing, you’re my favorite person Betty and I don’t appreciate you trying to take her away from me.” He smiled down at her.
She giggled lightly, reaching up to press her hand to his cheek.
He smiled clearing his throat
“Also” he choked
She looked at him confused and waiting
He just stared at her. Was now the right time? he didn’t want to take advantage of her, but damn did he want to kiss her.
“What” she spoke again, this time smiling her eyes darting down to his lips
His mouth was on hers before she even had time to process what was going on. He was stroking her face gently and he couldn’t help but moan. Damn she was a good kisser. That familiar taste of peaches and cream he always smelt on her didn’t disappoint, she was gorgeous and soft and he never wanted to let go.
Pulling away he sighed out of relief, how long had he been waiting to do that? Too long.
She was smiling at him eyes closed when suddenly the sound of a gurgling stomach caused her to look up, blushing.
“Well I think that means it’s time to head out” he held open his palm ready to thread their fingers together. She obliged happily, snuggling into his side.
It was gonna take time but he was gonna help Betty Cooper slay all of her dragons.
One by one.