Just Friends, Part 2 | Jughead Jones x Reader
A\N: I really hope you’ll enjoy reading this x
It’s been less than an hour since Jughead left. (Y\n) was still in her room. She already calmed down and now had this weird eptiness inside her, which a lot of people feel after having a break down. She didn’t want to do anything at all. The girl just layed on the couch, constantly thinking and reminiscing, waiting for Kevin to come and drag her out of this state.
The doorbell rang. (Y\n) ran downstairs and opened the door. As she expected, it was Kevin. But he wasn’t alone. There was Veronica standing beside him. They both waved at her.
“Hi, sweety pie,” Veronica said, smiling at (Y\n), making her smile back.
“Hi,” (Y\n) greeted her friends. She was surprised, but happy to see Ronnie. “I see you guys come as a matching set,” the girl referenced what V said on her’s and Betty’s audition for their places in River Vixens cheerleading team. “Come in.”
The two walked inside (Y\n)’s house.
“I noticed that you were feeling kinda sad today so I wanted to cheer you up,” Veronica said, closing the door behind her.
“As I promised,” Kevin handed her a milkshake.
“Aw, thank you,” the girl said and took a sip. “Let’s go upstairs.”
They all came into (Y\n)’s room and sat on the couch.
“How are you feeling?” Kevin asked.
“Uhm… I’m alright, I guess. I talked with him so I feel a little better now,” (Y\n) answered.
“What? You talked?” Veronica raised her eyebrows.
“Well, he came over and… Wait. Ronnie, you…” (Y\n) and Kevin looked at their friend with surprised looks, realising that she knew what they were talking about. (Y\n) turned to Kevin to ask if he told her but he immidiately shook his head no without her even saying a word.
“Ah, come on, (Y\n), did you really think I wouldn’t figure it out? Who do you think I am?” - Veronica said.
“Yeah, right,” the girl chuckled. “So, what do you guys want to do? Do you want to stay over? We could watch some movies or something like that.”
“Sure, sounds good to me,” Kevin said.
“That’s a great idea, BUT. You still didn’t tell us what happend when Jughead came over,” Veronica’s voice was filled with excitement.
“Nothing much, really. He said that he’s sorry, I cried and said that it’s not his fault. I think we both decided that we’re just friends. Huh, as if we ever were something more than that,” (Y\n) said.
“Of course you were!” Veronica exclaimed. “I mean, everyone saw that there was something between you two. People who want to be "just friends” wouldn’t act like you did,“ she wanted to say more, but noticed that Kevin gave her a worried look. She put her hand on (Y\n)’s shoulder. "Sorry, I’ll stop torturing you.”
“Now, let’s pick something to watch,” Kevin changed the topic and turned the TV on.
An hour later, the three found themselves snuggled up on the couch under some blankets, watching a movie that Kevin chose and eating snacks that they managed to find in the kitchen.
“Please tell me I didn’t ruin our friendship,” (Y\n) said quietly, sighing. Veronica and Kevin faced away from the screen and looked at her.
“Of course you did…” Kev said and paused for a second. “…not.”
The girls giggled and (Y\n) elbowed him.
“Don’t worry about it. I think this friendship can stand literally any drama in the world,” Ronnie said. “I mean, think about it. Betty liked Archie, but he rejected her and slept with his music teacher. Me and Archie kissed in Cheryl Blossom’s closet while Betty was in the room. Crazy, right? But everything’s fine. Like nothing ever happened.”
“But what about Betty?” (Y\n) asked, nervously tugging the sleeves of her sweater.
“And what about her? She went almost through the same thing that you’re going through now. She won’t judge you. She’s still our bestfriend. Your bestfriend. It won’t change. Not because of that,” Kevin replied. Veronica smiled at him, letting him know that she liked what he said.
“Yeah, you’re right,” (Y\n) nodded and suddenly remembered about the TV. “Shit, we missed like half of the movie because of me.”
The next morning Veronica and (Y\n) headed to Pop’s. They were supposed to meet Archie, Betty and Jughead there and have a breakfast together. Kevin said that he had some other plans, so they went without him. Ronnie asked (Y\n) if she really wanted to go numerous times.
“If you’re not ready to meet him after what happened yesterday, it’s okay. Just tell me if you’re not. I’ll come up with an excuse for you,” she said to her.
“No, V. I’m ready. Everything will be fine,” (Y\n) replied. Of course, she was a bit scared and nervous, but she didn’t want to hide or avoid anyone. She just wanted to let it go.
Eventually, everything went quite well. They had some milkshakes, as always, talked about different stuff and laughed a lot. The little things that made people around (Y\n) think that she’s not okay weren’t there this time. It wasn’t awkward or anything like that. It was just fine. “Like nothing ever happened.”
When the friends finished their breakfast, they walked out of the diner and started saying goodbye to each other. Archie planned to work on some music with Valerie, Veronica needed to meet with her mom. (Y\n) thought that Jug and Betty would probably want to hang out together, so she said bye and decided to go back home.
When (Y\n) left, Jughead and Betty stood near the diner for a little while, talking, then kissed goodbye and separated.
After a few minutes of walking, (Y\n) heard someone running behind her. The girl turned her head to see who it was. It was Jughead. She stopped and waited for him.
“Woah, I though I’d never catch you,” he said. They started walking together.
“You decided to walk me home, huh? Just like the good old days?” She asked, smiling.
“Yeah, haven’t done that in a while. Life’s been crazy recently,” he replied.
For the next ten minutes they just walked, talking about everything, realising how much they both missed it, and that they did this a lot more often before. When they were already walking in (Y\n)’s neighbourhood, they kept silent, looking at each other from time to time and smiling. It was a nice type of silence. The one that’s just as good and meaningful as a conversation.
“Time to say goodbye,” (Y\n) said as they walked to her house and stopped.
“I’ll see you in school tomorrow,” the girl turned away and started walking up the stairs.
“(Y\n), wait,” Jughead stopped her. She stepped back on the ground. “I know we already talked about it. At least, we tried, but… I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for the way that things are.”
“Don’t be. Everything’s okay.”
“I don’t wanna lose you,” Jughead said.
“Jug, don’t say that,” (Y\n) replied. “You’re not going to lose me.”
He came closer to her and pulled her into a hug. It was relieving and painful at the same time. She wanted him to hold her like she’s more than just a friend. She knew that he couldn’t. And didn’t even wanted to anymore. She also knew that she should move on, but didn’t know how, even though she kept convincing everyone that she’ll be alright.
They stopped hugging and looked at each other.
“I gotta go,” the girl said.
“Yeah, me too,” Jughead replied, wiping a tear from (Y\n)’s face with his thumb. “If you need anything, call me. Or Betty. She’s worried about you.”
“Ok,” (Y\n) said and smiled.
She then walked up the stairs, opened the door and waved him goodbye, walking in.