#sometimes archi talks
SHAKING AND SCREAMING literally going to start kicking my wall #@!?@%&
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So Ghetsis is just straight up a horrible manipulative person but you can TELL, he has an evil look in his eye. Not to mention his over the top attire.
Giovanni however is just plain creepy. Every interaction I have with him in Poke Masters leaves me feeling very uncomfortable I hate it
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why is there something inherently hot about naturally dark-haired guys fucking up their hair and going captain peroxide
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the way pop’s diner is “uh, can i sit, jughead?” “if you want.” “jug, we screwed up. we all did.” “but maybe the day after?” “yeah. for sure.” [holding hands under neon lights in the hills have eyes] “in one year, no matter what’s going on in our lives, we’ll meet back at pop’s. one year from today, and every year after that.” “i’m sorry they didn’t make it. they were probably just busy.” “yeah. probably.”
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best part of having lived at my childhood home for a year after spending 2 years away is that i am not embarrassed to share my interests with my parents the way i was when i was a teenager. i love terrorizing my mom with my knowledge of riverdale. today i made her watch the queer subtext of jughead jones video essay and she said huh. that makes a lot of sense actually
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How did you come up with the names for Scout's brothers in Running Blind? Also, who is your favorite brother? :O
this is a bit of a longie just because this is legit actually a thing i’ve put thought into because i’m a loser
ok so like, i did theater in school and stuff and one thing i was usually in charge of was teaching people how to do accents and character voices, and every time there was a cityboy character i always helped people get into character by having us bounce back and forth going “ey TONY” and “im WALKIN HERE”, like the classic stupid stereotype bit. so when i started writing scout, to remember his character voice and the rhythm of it i’d do that bit in my head or take a glance at the Meet the Scout video to get a refresher. and at some point i started writing some other story (that remains unfinished and probably will forever) and i needed a brother name and i went “oh it’s GOTTA be tony” and so i made Tony, the big beefy friendly construction guy, Scout’s favorite brother and the one closest in age to him. because of that he’s the one i’ve had around the longest, and he tends to be my favorite most of the time because i like writing big friendly sweet guys. i kind of want to write a fic where he and demo hang out and just end up being like basically best friends because they’re the same brand of total sweetheart
the next one i came up with was Jack because the name Jack is pretty good for an older mentor-y type tragic older brother, like the Vibes are there for it. i also came up with Henry in the same way, and at the point where i needed to make a full cast for the brothers, i realized there was a pattern—all of the boys had a “y” sound at the end of their name, Jeremy Tony Henry Jack(ie), so on. so i modeled the rest of them that way—Terry and Benny because they’re twins and it sounds good when said back to back, Archie because that’s a good name that kind of sets up a coolguy persona and i wanted Scout to have another like coolguy older brother type, so that’s the name i went with
i realized when i was drafting Taking Shots that i’d actually forgotten a brother and i was one short, and came up with a good reason for that—Scout never brought him up and had no significant memory of the man because he fuckin’ hates the guy. so i named him Collin—it breaks the rhythm of the naming convention and sets him out, and while it could be shortened to Collie that sounds a little weird and odd and embarrassing, something Collin would never put up with because he takes himself far too seriously, a parallel to how he refuses to be part of the family because he won’t “lower” himself to that because he’s the worst
and uhhhh currently i’m a big fan of tony and his wife theresa because they’re both just big sweethearts and love their kids very much thanks for coming to my ted talk
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how goes things for you?
I wasnt feeling too great earlier today but I'm a little better for right now. Think my cats sensed it and wanted to snuggle.
Archie is doing his usual nap in my lap, covering his cold nose. He always wants to snuggle. Sometimes he wiggles and makes noises in his sleep. Kind of wish I knew what he dreams about.
And Lucky actually wanted to for once 😭😭😭 He rarely ever snuggles with me unless he wants me to hold him. He's a very quiet baby who can be a bit grumpy until he really wants that hug. Also, I just recently realized Lucky is missing the same arm as Compress (poor baby needed to get his arm amputated as a kitten but don't worry, he gets around very well).
I hope you're day has been alright anon 💕💕
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❝ Gar. Tis real bad when yer missin’ being chewed out, ain’t it ? ❞
Man, he sure did dig this hole, but it was hard to lie in. Shouldn’t get too distraught. Needs to help Lana with her trial come morning.
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reggie: *slides hand around archie’s shoulder* yep I love girls
reggie: hey!! money! you know wh--
archie: reggie I’m not taking you out on a date
reggie: well it’d be a platonic date! umm as bros. and I would take YOU on a date. no homo?
archie: *stares at reggie’s hand on him*
did you know the fact there’s people who think reggie being in love with archie isn’t 100% canon keeps me awake at night
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SAW A TWEET TODAY THAT WAS LIKE “TODAY IS THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER ON THE 21ST YEAR OF THE 21ST CENTURY”
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i was going through my drafts and i found my unfinished rant abt how rd is awful with their lesbian rep of cheryl in like.... every facet vs av doing a better job with jenna in three episodes and this part like.... still correct ndncnc:
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“ well shucks, looks i’m fresh outta fives and singles sorry ‘bout that mantle. ” he smirked, making no attempt to be subtle in how he’s checking out reggie in his freshly showered state. “ lookin’ real good though. trust me if i had the scratch you know i’d love to stay for this whole metaphorical show. ” he had a reputation for the things he did in the men’s locker room and it was fairly obvious what he had been doing there. “ i’m just gonna grab a drink right. over. there. ” he drawled, sliding over to the sink and dunking his head under to take a gulp of tap water.
@mcntlethemagnificent / cont from x
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Riverdale is weird, becuse it's just the Archie comics...
Like the new season, depending on what war, It's just gonna be the, "Archie 1940" comic series, which had 5, or 6 issues and the issue was great, I liked the, couldn't get the third one becuse the comic shop had all of them, EXCEPT the third...
But the issues endied on a...intresting note, nad if Riverdale dose that, wellll....cool.
A Supernatural Obsession (Day 12)
A/N: Hello, my 🍓Little Strawberries🍓! Welcome to day 12 of kinktober! Thank you @marilynmonroefanfics for the title! This was rushed.
DAY 12: Monster Fucking/Biting kink
Pairings: Vampire Hiram Lodge x Male reader
Word Count: 1553
Summary: You found the Lodge Family to be unique. You never would have thought they were vampires. Or that one of them took an extreme liking to you.
I hope you enjoy it! Sorry if it’s bad, and for any errors that are discovered.
If you like this and wanna read more, you can check out my masterlist.
M/N: Male name
L/N: Last name
R/S/S: Random school subject (Pick a subject you want to teach)
MINORS DNI. FEMALE READERS… I’ll ALLOW YOU TO READ MY FICS BUT DO NOT FETISHIZE ANY OF MY STORIES
Not sure if this is good. I Couldn’t think of a better summary.
Also, I have never seen Riverdale. So, I’m sorry if I got anything wrong.
This doesn’t follow the storyline of Riverdale.
Also, Hiram just slams into you without prep.
TAGS: @softboy5393 @gayhopefullove @elliot-damon-2006
When the Lodge family first moved to Riverdale, they were the talk of the town. Many talked about how Mr. Lodge was the sexiest man they had ever seen. Veronica, his daughter, immediately became popular when she began to date Archie.
(Is that how it happened in the show?)
You were also Veronica’s teacher. You also noticed how pale the Lodge Family was. They Were sickly pale, though they didn't have any symptoms of being sick. They had dark circles under their eyes. It looks like they haven’t slept in years.
Then, rumors began to spread that Mr. Lodge killed his original wife or that both he and Veronica are vampires. You didn’t believe in any of these rumors. They’re just rumors.
Though, you could agree that they did act weird. Sometimes, Veronica would look at you weirdly, the same could be said about her dad whenever he came in. He would stare at you with a weird gaze. Like a predator watching its prey.
Currently, you’re going to have a parent-teacher conference with Mr. Lodge after school to talk about his daughter, Veronica. ‘Maybe this would clear up some things.’ You dialed his phone number and waited for him to pick up. The thing was still ringing until he finally picked up.
“Hello, this is Hiram Lodge. What do you need?” a deep voice was heard from the other side of the line.
“Yes, this is Veronica’s business class teacher, Mr. L/n. I wanted to talk to you about your daughter and her performance in my class. So I'm wondering if you can come after school for a parent-teacher conference.”
There was a pause until he spoke again.
“Okay, I’ll come after school. What time?” Hiram said, looking at his watch to see if he has enough time.
‘You can come at 5:30. I’ll still be here.’ you said, looking at the clock. You should be done by that time. It doesn’t take you that long to grade papers, but planning the next day takes time.
‘Okay, I’ll be there.’ Hiram said before hanging up and returning to work. You did the same.
‘Time to get back to work.’ you sigh, continuing to work. Complaining you don’t get paid enough to teach the new generation.
Time skip (5:30 pm)
After grading papers for 3 hours and planning a schedule for tomorrow, you were done with all your work and looked at the clock. ‘It’s 5:30. He should be here soon?’ as soon as you said, you heard a knock at the door.
You got up from your desk and walked over to open the door. “Hi, Mr. Lodge! I’m glad that you came,” you said with a smile and shook his hand. You were shocked by how cold his hand was. You welcomed him in.
After you were both seated, you began to talk to Hiram. “Mr. Lodge, I called you here today to talk about your daughter, Veronica, and her performance in my class,” you said, folding your hands and making direct eye contact.
“What is she doing?” He said in a very intimidating voice. You were kind of scared.
“Oh no, she is actually doing phenomenally in my class. I called you here to talk about programs and scholarships for college. She would make a wonderful businesswoman/entrepreneur!” you said, praising his daughter.
Hiram just stared at you, he couldn’t listen to what you were saying. His mind was going haze, the smell of your blood was intoxicating. He wanted to pounce on you and sink his fangs into your untouched skin.
He could only imagine what your blood tasted like. So sweet and you were whimpering as he sucked you. He didn’t notice you stopped talking. “Hello! Are you there Mr. Lodge?” you said, waving a hand in front of his face.
“Uh, yes. Scholarship and programs! I’ll be sure to talk to Veronica about this.” Hiram said, tripping over his words. You smiled at him before looking at the time.
“It’s 6:00! That concludes our conversation.” You said, cleaning up your desk. Tapping the mountain of work on the desk to make it even and putting it to the side. “You should go home too, Mr. Lodge.” Hiram just nodded his head.
“You smell nice…” Hiram said under his breath.
“What was that?”
(Hiram pulled an Alice Cullen)
After you meet with Hiram, you feel like someone is watching you. Wherever you go. Even when you woke up in the middle of the night, you could’ve sworn you saw something.‘Is that my jacket or a demon?’
Tonight was no different. You decided to go out and enjoy the night but something in your stomach was telling you to go home, but you ignored that feeling and continued.
It was a full moon tonight. You could hear the sounds of insects, the wind whispering, and the swaying of the tree branches. Then, as always, you felt the eyes of something or someone.
But then, out of nowhere, you were pinned against the wall. Whoever it was, pinned your hands above you with a hard grip. Your head then was yanked to the side, revealing your untouched neck.
You felt this person’s tongue slide against your skin. ‘Who is this? Or what is it?’ was the only thing you were wondering until you felt pain pierce through your body. You felt your blood being sucked out.
You felt your eyes giving weight as this person was sucking too much out. You stopped struggling as you fainted from blood loss. The last thing you heard was.
“You’re mine now.”
Your eyes fluttered open as you stretched your tight muscles. ‘Where am I?’ you thought, moving around to see a richly appointed room. The bed was soft and comfortable then you realized, you were naked. Suddenly, you heard the door open.
“Mr. Lodge?” you said, he looked at you with hunger in his eyes. He was also wearing nothing except his boxers/briefs. He looked at you with a smirk. Out of nowhere, you were suddenly pushed back down on the bed.
“Your blood smells so delicious. Much better than Hermione.” Hiram said, licking your neck before sinking his fangs into your shoulder. You groan in pain. He pulled back to see your blood dripping out of your wound.
You whimpered. Hiram felt your cock grow hard. “You’ve gotten hard from me biting you?” Hiram said, smirking down at you. Suddenly, you were turned onto your stomach. Hiram pressed his large hard cock against your ass.
“This is what you did to me. Your whines and whimpers made me this hard.” Hiram growled as he continued to grind his cock against your bare ass. You could only imagine what it looks like. You began to push back against him.
“Oh? Are you that desperate for me?” Hiram said, taking out his cock before slamming right into you with prep. You screamed at the sudden intrusion. Hiram groans at your tightness.
You gripped the bedsheets as you could feel Hiram’s cock twitching inside. Hiram didn’t give you time to adjust, he immediately began to ram into you. The pain was turning into pleasure as he fucked you harder.
His balls slapping against your ass. Cock hitting your prostate dead on. You were losing your mind. The pain morphed into pleasure. “You’re enjoying this aren’t you?” Hiram said, leaning down to your neck.
He sinks his fangs into you again. “A-ah!” you moan as you begin to push back to meet his thrust. You tighten your ass as you could feel your climax coming. Hiram growls at the sudden constrict.
After a few more thrusts, Hiram came inside you with a roar. You could feel the ropes of cum shoot inside you, filling you to the brim. At the same time, you came as well.
“You’re now my blood bag and slave for my pleasure,” Hiram said before your eyes closed.
A/N: I hope you enjoyed this day! Yeah, this was rushed. The days after this will no longer be published on their exact date. I’m gonna be busy with the PSAT! Bye, my 🍓Little Strawberries🍓!
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Maybe Douxie offering to let the reader stay at his place a while and look after them when they need a place to stay?
Douxie is an awesome roommate!!!
~ First things first. You don't have one room mate, you have three. Nari and Archie live there just like him so be prepared to have a sassy talking cat (dragon/wizards familar) and a curious demigod who asks a lot of questions. Don't worry though he's in charge so he'll keep Nari and Archie in line.
~ Honestly the Wizard is so stoked to be having you as a roomie. I mean he loves hanging out with you so this is basically a never-ending sleepover for him. He knows its temporary and until you get back on your feet but he doesn't mind at all. Honestly likes coming home to have a person there. He loves Archie and Nari but your a breath of fresh air to all the magic insanity he deals with on an everyday basis.
~ All together very chill and will mostly adapt to your schedule. He's pretty fluid and doesn't mind changing some things around to make you more comfortable. You might have to keep him from going overbored cause hes just that good of a friend and wants you comfortable. You remind him it's his house and Douxie calms down a bit.
~ He had an extra room in his apartment behind the bookstore that was just storage. So that's now yours. He cleans the room with you putting the storage somewhere else and helps you spruce it up a bit and makes it seem really homey. This may be temporary but he wants you to know you can stay as long as you need no judgment. Nari even gives you a little plant for your desk as a welcome to the house gift. She's very excited to make another friend.
~ He doesn't really have any hardset rules but he does warn you he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and his schedule can be weird. He'll try to adjust to you but that can't always happen so be prepared for some sleepy sheingians and the magical choas that'll come. Also Nari might accidentally wake you up because she doesn't really sleep and Archie can be kind of nocturnal so he'll be shuffling around or watching television on nights. Douxie will put a sound barrier on your room if that helps.
~ Honestly he just asks you clean up after yourself. He's not very keen on rules and he's got rent covered. So just do your half of the dishes and laundry maybe pickup, vacuum, or mop every now and than and your both golden. Also don't go opening any weird bottles or touch anything magical without him around. He doesn't want you to get hurt while staying with him.
~ You always have fresh fruit and vegetables and a full fridge. Doux is always stocking up so don't worry about food. And Nari is more than happy to grow things for you to eat. But if you cook anything she enjoys watching so be prepared for a lot of questions and her poking any spices or tools your using to cook. If you let her help she insists on eating it the moment its done or waiting til Douxie gets home so you can eat eat together.
~ Archie and Nari have a habit of climbing or jumping on you so you better get used to it. Archie likes perching because of his dragon instincts and Nari just likes being tall and being included. If you happen to fall asleep on the couch or on a chair they will cuddle with you and you'll wake up to a purring Archie or Nari taking a nap. No you can't move them (cat rules apply). Yes you might get stuck for awhile. But it's very worth it.
~ Nari likes making you flower crowns. When you come out with your outfit for the day she has a matching flower crown waiting for you. She thinks it makes you look Royal and she enjoys when you wear them. If you have to go somewhere and can't wear a flowercrown she'll braid flowers in your hair or give you a flower chain. She misses you during the day so if you give her something of yours to hold onto for the day she's very happy.
~ You spend long nights in the bookstore. While Zoe, Douxie, and Archie go off saving the world every night you wander his book store with Nari learning about magic and reading up on spells. Some nights when they don't have anything to do you'll all sit in front of the fireplace and share stories as you stay up until the next day. They'll show you magic tricks or talk about adventures from hundreds of years ago.
~ Douxie brings food home from his restaurant all the time. You all sit together on the couch watching movies and eating as you joke and laugh. Nari loves cartoons and animated movies but she also enjoys family movies. Archies one for drama. And Douxie doesn't really care but he likes inspiring movies or movies with a good role model dad and damaged son (yes its self projection no don't point it out). Also he likes found family. Movie nights are intresting as a bit of everything will be played. Also if Archie gets bored he won't hesitate to snatch the remote.
~ Ever have a very stressful day or feel like shit? Have no fear Douxie is here and he has something that'll cheer any downtrodden soul. What is it? A classic British Tea of course. Tea, scones, pastries. He's got everything and by the end of your drink you will be feeling better. He's had his fair share of bad days so he'll be making sure you don't go through your feelings alone.
~ If your a friend of Douxies your a friend of Zoes. Zoe is one of Douxies best friends so she'll be stopping by constantly. To make sure he's sleeping, to make sure he's eating, to make sure he hasn't died cause he forgot to text or call. On the plus side she's always wiling to help out with your tech or give free upgrades. She's also more than willing to teach you magic with Douxie if you ever want to try it.
~ Douxies always playing music. So be prepared for a lot of tunes and waking up at 2 a.m because he had an idea and oh god he's sorry he woke you up. Well might as well drink some tea and tell him what you think. If he's writing a new song he'll often ask for your input and brainstorm with you. Some of your best memories are from staying up with Douxie all night perfecting a song the day before a concert.
~ Speaking of concerts he and Zoe have tickets to everything which mean they have tickets for you to everything. By the end of the month you've probabaly been to a concert at least once a week. Their rocker wizards darling and they want you to join in on the fun.
~ It's a choatic household but your room mates love you. Whether you decide to move in permanatley or just stay awhile their happy to have you while your around.
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PLEASE talk about jack and winnie the pooh i WILL cry
oh god anon im gonna try to not write a novel about this. @archervale Archie this is on you, because you just fueled the fire asfhdjahdhs. Also i am going to take this the baby!jack truthing route because I have to:
-I literally just think Jack is SUCH a "Winnie the Pooh" baby, like it's his first "thing", yk his first little "obsession". Because it's literally perfect. Yellow is definitely a Jack color, and Winnie the Pooh is just so gentle and hopeful, and the cartoons are light and silly, but meaningful and Jack would adore them. I also think Cas finds Pooh so endearing, like of COURSE he falls in love with him instantly, which only fuels Jack's love (and I mean the bees and the honey? Like cmon it's too adorable). And Cas will always watch the cartoons snuggled up with him and he even starts reading Jack a chapter from the original book each night. (Also who is later seasons Cas, if not Pooh Bear???)
-But Dean starts it all, because the bedding Dean first bought for Jack's nursery (room at the bunker) was Winnie the Pooh themed. It was the cheapest one at Walmart and the sight of the little cartoon bees on the sheets definitely didn't make him think of a certain someone. Which led to Dean always choosing to buy pooh bear themed items (blankets, clothes, bottles, toys and books of course) if they had it, because hey everything might as well match if it can. Besides, Dean actually liked the bear from what he could remember, and it wasn't like Jack had any complaints. Then as Jack got a little older Dean figured he might as well show the kid who the character is, since his face was printed on practically everything Jack owned. So he found a copy of the "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" at the thrift store, and played it for him on the crappy dvd player Sam bought, even if he was too young to actually "watch it". And Jack loved it (well he didn't fall asleep, so Dean counted that as a win). So whenever he could, he popped it into the dvd player and would "watch" with him, even if it was just serving as background noise.
-When Jack gets to the age where he starts repeating everything he hears, he constantly just says "oh bother". But he doesn't really understand the context behind it, so Jack will usually just say it to say it. Sometimes he gets it right, like after he knocks over his block tower, or the time Cas accidentally spilled his drink. But Dean thinks its the cutest thing it the world whenever Jack races into a room shouting the phrase with a huge smile on his face.
-Winnie the Pooh of course sticks with Jack as he gets older, One time when they're all watching a Winnie the Pooh cartoon for the billionth time, Jack gets the brilliant idea to bring his favorite stuffed rabbit (Bun) to life. The whole thing was VERY cute but they obviously couldn't let Jack keep it like that, and of course Jack understood because he's a very smart boy, thank you very much. (But a few weeks later when Jack watches Toy Story for the first time, he brings ALL his toys to life and his reasoning was simply. "You said not to make any stuffed bunnies alive, you didn't say i couldnt make barbies be alive")
here are some winnie the pooh things Jack definitely has💛
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part 5 of Supersoldier meet Riverdale
part 1- part 2- part 3- part 4
Summary: somebody you didn’t anticipate on showing up in Riverdale meets you at POP’s while you are their with Cheryl and they come with not so good news.
Autor’s note: I finally have found the way i want to go with this story again and hope i can write the next chapters fast.
I want to thank everybody who has stuck with this story.
Luckily nobody could see Cheryl smile, sitting with her back to the rest made it hidden. For a strange reason you always sit with your back to a wall and facing the entrance. It was something she had to ask you about later. She also noticed that with everybody but her that you were always on your guard.
“food for my lady.” You say setting the food down and give Cheryl a mock bow, making her chuckle. You didn’t care anybody saw you like this if it mends making her smile.
Over the time you had gotten to know Cheryl you had gotten attached. The girl liked to keep you on your toes and it was a nice change for once. The only people you knew who had as much sass as she has been your mom, maria and Carol. Wanda when she tried.
The other thing you loved was that the two of you could sit in comfortable silence. Cheryl didn’t force you into the conversation, she could talk for hours and the only thing you had to do was listen.
How intimidating you might be socializing still alluded to you sometimes. With Hydra you didn’t have to be social you just had to do your job or suffer the consequences. when the avengers had rescued you the abuse stopped but most were as socially awkward as you were and were no help at all.
As you and Cheryl were eating at the other side of the dinner four pair of eyes were still staring at you and Cheryl Blossom. Non of them had ever seen Cheryl so… well so human.
Betty was convinced you were hiding something. Veronica was sure betty lost it this time.
“Come on, how strange is it that with all the things happening (Y/N) just shows up?” Betty argued, trying to make everybody see her point of view.
“We talked about this Betty. She probably is just another army kid whose mother thought it would be best to move to the countryside.” Veronica countered. The raven-haired girl had known her fair share of military kids. They were always moving and your toned body would also be explained by strict army parents. However, that didn’t explain the motorcycle or the lack of actual parents.
Now that Veronica was thinking about it, the thing that strikes her as odd was the lack of adults when it came to you. Nobody had ever seen your mom or dad, you also never talked about them.
Veronica’s thoughts were interrupted when a stranger with red hair and green eyes entered the dinner and approached the four. The redhead was absolutely stunning and like no one Veronica had ever met.
“excuse me and sorry to interrupted but anybody seen (Y/N) Romanoff or can me point toward somebody who has.” The redhead asked in a warm caring voice. All four teenagers couldn’t really do anything but stare in disbelieve, confusion and shock.
However, before anybody could answer your voice cut through the dinner like a knife.
“Wanda? What are you doing here? I thought you wouldn’t arrive until later.” You came down the aisle and engulfed the redhead in a tithed hug and kiss her on the cheek. Wanda did the same, leaving everybody at the table even more confused.
Who was this person and how come you were so cosy with them, the only other person you were so open with was Cheryl.
As you walked away with Wanda by your side Cheryl looked on in slight confusion and curiosity.
“Who could that be?” Archie asked still looking at the redhead, fawning over her presence. His teenage boy brain shortcutting.
“maybe she is (Y/N) secret lover, you saw how cosy they were.” Betty started, her friends are not able to stop her ranting.
As you lead Wanda to your table you could hear the ridiculous theories the core four were spouting and you almost had to laugh. Wanda could hear them too and wasn’t faring any better.
Cheryl heard you approach and looked up, raising an eyebrow. You couldn’t react any other way than scratch the back of your neck.
“I wanted to prepare you a little before you two met but Cheryl this is Wanda. Wanda this is Cheryl.” Before you could elaborate on your relationship with Wanda, she sat down and reached out to shake Cheryl’s hand.
“nice to meet you Cheryl, (Y/N) has told me so much about you.” Wanda lied through her teeth, you hadn’t told Wanda anything about Cheryl, she had been gone on a mission since before you were departed for this mission but you were sure she would use her mind-reading to keep up appearances.
You sight before turning around and get Wanda some food, letting her do her thing.
“don’t blow this for me.” You warn Wanda through your shared mental link. But she only chuckles and that doesn’t sit well with you.
Cheryl took Wanda’s hand and wasn’t really sure what to do. With how you reacted with the redhead Cheryl was sure the two of you were really close. Where you lovers, friends, family. And more importantly, why does she feel jealous with the fleeting thought of the two of you being girlfriends.
Wanda could hear every thought and she had to refrain from laughing. Even if she couldn’t read minds she saw the way you looked at the girl in front of her and with the jealous thoughts the girl was having Wanda could say she was feeling the same.
“let me put some questions out of the world. I’m (Y/N)’s older sister I have come to keep her company until our parents are able to get home.” Wanda explains with a kind smile, hoping to put the girl at ease, just that moment you choose to return with the food looking at her with raised eyebrows.
“something the matter. I thought the mission was going well?” you ask while taking a seat next to Cheryl. Cheryl immediately picks up your worried tone and grabs your hand to comfort you. You give it a slight squeeze back. The smile Wanda was giving you didn’t reassure you at all.
“mom called, the mission is having some complications.”
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Jughead (2015), Issues 9-11: Discussion and Commentary
This brings us to the first arc written by Ryan North, who saw that the aroace Jughead train had left the station and simply could not resist tagging along for the ride. If you’ve followed anything about Jughead as a character at all, then you’ve probably seen many screenshots from these three issues before. It’s the Sabrina arc (that’s right, as in the teenage witch)!
I have a lot of analysis at the end of this one, so buckle up!
The gang ends up at Pop’s, as usual, where Jughead meets the shop’s new mascot, a talking burger lady. Jughead is, unsurprisingly, thrown off his game by this. After all, burgers are his one true love, but girls? He doesn’t really have an interest in them. It’s a confusing moment for him, and when his friends witness this, well… they assume he’s got a crush on her.
This is an iconic page in the “aro Jughead” canon. Here we have Betty trying really hard to be a good friend and doing what in her mind is the best for him, trying to help him through what she and the others perceive as his first crush. Jughead, meanwhile, is diving headfirst into a spiral of confusion (and later, discomfort) at the idea of having any sort of interest in another person.
I want to give my utmost respect to Ryan North for explicitly having Jughead say that he doesn’t get crushes. It’s not the only time that North does this during this arc, and I think it makes all the difference between making this awkward and relatable rather than making it seem like Jughead is being stripped of or “cured” of being aro.
Betty pushes Jughead to talk to Sabrina (the burger lady—it’s Sabrina), and after a while of running into each other day in and day out as Jughead frequents Pop’s on a regular basis, they strike up a friendship. Jughead has gotten what he wanted—to be friends with the cool burger lady—and he seems genuinely satisfied.
…But unfortunately, things do not go as planned for Jughead. The next time they see each other, Sabrina asks Jughead out. And Jughead, in true stereotypical oblivious aro fashion, agrees, without realizing until it is much, much too late that what he has just agreed to is a date. Like, a real date.
If you think about it, Jughead has probably never been asked on a real date before. And this is something I ABSOLUTELY would have done (and may still do today, if I’m completely honest with myself) as a teenager. Jughead’s immediate regret is so palpable here, and so relatable to me as an aromantic.
In his panic, Jughead turns to his friends for help. They are… not helpful. They’re trying to be helpful, sure, but whereas Jughead doesn’t really seem to want to go through with this at all, his friends are more set on giving him romantic advice (with varying degrees of usefulness). Jughead really has to go out of his way to defend himself and insists on multiple occasions that he thinks the girl in the burger costume is cool and interesting, but that he doesn’t like-like her, he doesn’t even really know her!
Unfortunately for Jughead, he ends up going on the date. And who does he call for help? His only other openly queer friend (I say openly because let’s be real with ourselves, none of those kids are cishet), Kevin Keller.
And okay, this scene with Kevin is genuinely kind of funny. You get the impression that Kevin has had a lot of practice dealing with straight bullshit, and that he’s more than a little disappointed that Jughead’s “big emergency” turned out to be something this totally mundane and not worth his time.
Ultimately, Kevin is also super not helpful, even after Jughead steals his phone in an attempt to get him to come to the table and diffuse the awkward situation Jughead has found himself in. So Jughead resorts to what I can only assume is plan Z, which is to call Archie for backup.
Only semi-related, I really love the way Ryan North writes conversations between these two. It just feels really genuine and believable. And anyway, I don’t know what Jughead was expecting, but resident himbo Archie Andrews is of no help to him, and only ends up making things a hell of a lot worse.
This leads to Sabrina rushing off to the bathroom and casting multiple spells to try to get Jughead to at least play along, if not outright fall in love with her, all of which fail spectacularly and only end up making her far angrier with him. I don’t blame her for being upset—the date was a total disaster, and right at the moment Jughead was about to be honest with her, Archie showed up and made things worse. Sabrina storms out, and vows that she’ll get revenge on Jughead for this, somehow.
All of Sabrina’s subsequent spells on Jughead also backfire. She tries to make him fail his classes, and he passes with flying colors; she tries to make him spend the whole day with resident asshole Reggie, but he ends up befriending him against all odds. She even ends up unleashing a giant eldritch horror by accident, and—well, that’s not important.
In the end, Jughead decides to make things right. He never meant to hurt Sabrina, and she seems to be in a tough spot, having just moved to town, so he brings her some food as a peace offering and explains what really happened. And Sabrina is… surprisingly receptive, in fact more receptive than Jughead’s friends were when he came to them for help, despite the fact that this is something they should already understand about him. Being upset with Jughead wasn’t doing her any favors, so Sabrina already seems to be at peace with what happened and is more than willing to forgive him and be his friend despite all that transpired between them.
This is a really great scene. There’s a nuance to it—the way Jughead acted on their date was unfair, both to Sabrina and to himself. He needed to be honest from the beginning, but instead, he just kept trying to escape. At the same time, Sabrina gets it, and it wasn’t very cool of her to try to use magic to get what she wanted, either (not that Jughead knows she did that).
Jughead helps Sabrina re-enroll in her old school and quit her job at Pop’s to move back in with her aunts, so that she can live out the rest of her teenage years the way she’s supposed to. Afterwards, Sabrina and Jughead both seem really happy, and thus volume two ends on a positive, quiet note.
I really like this arc, for the reasons I’ve already stated and more. It’s funny and awkward and endearing (I say that a lot about this series, don’t I?), and it portrays a realistic and relatable aromantic problem without it being aboutaromanticism. It’s more about Jughead being honest about his feelings and making a new friend than about Jughead being aro, even though that contextualizes the situation. A great deal of the series is about that—Jughead being honest with himself and others. In the first arc, it’s Jughead shaking off a persona of apathy. In the second, it’s Jughead being honest with Archie about their friendship and the way Archie’s behavior has been making him feel. Here, it’s about Jughead being honest about who he is at his core, and accepting it about himself—and Sabrina accepts it, too, no questions asked. Even if he never says “I’m aromantic,” the sentiment is there plain as day, and it’s a refreshing beat for the story to land on.
That said, I do have a bone to pick with this arc. There’s a line in the sand here between Zdarsky and North. In the last arc, we saw Zdarsky portray that really subtle but meaningful interaction between Archie and Jughead, in which Archie seems not only keenly aware of Jughead being aromantic—even without the word—but also tacitly supportive of him, such that he knows immediately when he’s crossed a line. Here, we see Ryan North take a bit of a step back from that, such that Archie may be aware of Jughead’s orientation but seems way too quick to assume all that’s changed the moment there’s even a sliver of possibility that Jughead has a crush. That’s the reality of having different writers stepping in to interpret the same characters in loosely connected stories like this, but it still bothers me. I prefer Zdarsky’s style of storytelling in general, but in particular I also prefer his portrayal of Archie, as much as Ryan North’s on-the-nose aro moments and undying love for Reggie make me very happy. As a whole, nobody ever stops to ask Jughead what he wants, they only tell him what they think Sabrina wants. Jughead says so himself:
I suppose one could make the argument that Jughead’s friends, or even Jughead himself, are only really aware of the asexual bit (if at all—for all we know Veronica and Reggie have no idea, for example) and that’s why they don’t only never mention aromanticism but also sometimes seem ignorant of it. It’s possible that the aro side of Jughead’s orientation is still something he doesn’t have the words for, despite it being a truth he knows about himself, and in fact I think that would have been an interesting angle to take, had this series continued beyond 15 issues. But what I have an issue with isn’t so much the fact that Jughead’s friends are unhelpful (because let’s be real, sadly a lot of us have been there), but the fact that never are they asked to apologize for pushing him to do something he so clearly didn’t want to do. Whether he or they know he’s aromantic or not, he was clearly uncomfortable with the idea of going on this date—and not just due to a lack of experience. I would have liked it had Archie, or Betty, or Kevin apologized, or even once asked him what he really wanted. Betty comes the closest, by talking it out with him in the first place, but even she still earnestly pushes him to go through with the date anyway.
Anyway, there are two arcs left for me to discuss, and frankly I’m not as enthused by either of them as I was for these past three, for a variety of reasons. The Ryan North train continues for one more arc, and then it’s on to Mark Waid and Ian Flynn’s big finish. Those two updates might come a little slower. Until then, I was going to include a compilation of Jughead looking uncomfortable, but I've only got one image slot left thanks to tumblr, so instead I leave you with this:
Same, Jughead. Huge same.
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happy salt air and the rust on your door day folklorians and august heads
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