Request: Could you do a Richie imagine where the reader is one of the smartest in the class and he thinks they’re annoying but one day he sees them at the arcade and finds out they have a lot in common and starts liking them? Thank u 💛
A/N: thanks to the anon who requested this cos its rlly cute!
Warnings: Cussing, bullying mentioned like twice
I raised my hand, waiting for the teacher to call on me. “Yes Y/n?” “The answer is B,” I informed. I heard Richie sigh and could practically feel him roll his eyes. “Well done,” she replied. The bell rang and everyone, including me, ran out of the class; too excited to care about the no running rule.
As soon as I stepped out of the school doors I made my way to the arcade, being careful to avoid Henry and his gang. I stepped through the doors of the arcade, smiling. I made a B-line to my favorite games and got my quarters prepared. “Y/n?” I turned around to see the one and only Richie Tozier. “Oh, hey Richie,” I greeted shyly. “Uh, what are you doing here,” he asked hesitantly. “Playing video games, what else would I be doing,” I asked back. “Well yeah, but why the fuck are you here?” “Just because I’m smart doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy regular kid things,” I replied. “If you fucking say so.”
I inserted the first quarter in the game and began to play, Richie still behind me. “Turn right,” Richie called out suddenly. I did as he said and turned right, resulting in me not dying. “Stab that guy!” I once again listened to him and won the level. I grinned and turned around giving Richie a high five. “Nice job,” he shouted. “I couldn’t have done it without you,” I replied humbly. I felt my face fall slightly and my eyes trailed to RIchie and I’s still joined hands. He followed my gaze and quickly pulled away his hand. I followed suit and looked down, my cheeks red.
“Why have I never seen you here before,” Richie asked me after a moment of silence. “I try to only come her when Henry isn’t out terrorizing people. I like to avoid him as much as possible, which isn’t a lot unfortunately.” “Don’t fucking tell me he bullies you too.” He looked at me knowingly and I shrugged my shoulders. “He bullies me. I tend to annoy him, along with a lot of other people, with my smarts,” I explained quietly. Richie looked down guiltily and I realized what I had said. “I didn’t mean you,” I clarified quickly, trying to make him feel better. “I’m so fucking sorry for being so rude to you Y/n,” he apologized, not looking at me in the eye. “It’s okay Richie,” I assured quietly, “enough of this sappy stuff, let’s play some video games!” Richie grinned at me and nodded his head.
After two or three hours of playing I decided to get something to eat. “Do you want to go the diner across the street? I’m hungry,” I asked him. “Yeah!” We walked over to the diner and sat in a booth, ordering our food. “So what else do you like,” Richie asked me. “What do you mean,” I questioned, confusion lacing my voice. “What are your interests? I mean you like video games so you must like other cool stuff too,” he clarified. “Oh. I don’t really know. I spend most of my time at the arcade because I don’t like being at home,” I explained quietly. “Why not?” “My parents don’t pay much attention to me,” I replied simply. “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. Me too,” he yelled out. “No way! Seriously?” “It’s like you’re my soulmate,” he exclaimed. I blushed and giggled, watching as his face turned red too.
Eventually, our food arrived and we instantly began to eat. I looked up from my plate and saw Richie had mustard on his face. “Richie you have something on your face,” I informed. “Where?” “Here, let me help,” I offered, gently wiping the food off of his cheek. “T-thanks,” he stuttered out, blushing. I blushed too, smiling slightly. “No problem,” I replied quietly. “Y/n I really like you,” he rushed out after a moment of silence. I dropped my fork and looked up at him with wide eyes. “W-what?” “I like you. A lot. I don’t know why or how but all I know is that you’re way cooler than I thought and when you stand next to me while playing video games my hands get sweaty and my heart starts racing. I like the way you say my name and giggle at my jokes. And I never thought I’d ever be saying this in a million years but I think that it’s really hot that you’re so smart.” My cheeks were red as a firetruck now and all I could think about is the fact that Richie Tozier called me hot. “I like you too. So much,” I answered. “Really?” He let out a relieved sigh and I saw his shoulders untense. “Yeah,” I smiled, nodding my head. “Hey waitress! Could we get a milkshake with two straws over here?” I giggled and looked at him with excitement in my eyes. “Coming right up sweetheart,” she yelled. This was the start of an amazing relationship.