Chapter 1: Seeing Sense

Betty sighed, drumming her fingers on the table. She was supposed to meet Archie at Pop Tate's at 7. She checked her watch. 7:42. Great...Archie had stood her up again. Well, no surprise there. 9 out of 10 times he asked her out- he stood her up. Either he had completely forgotten that he was supposed to meet her, or he was coming but then he met Veronica on the way and couldn't leave her by herself. It had to be either of those reasons. It was always the same.

The distraught blonde was going to stand up and leave, when she heard the door of the Chock-lit Shoppe open. Betty turned around, half- hoping that it would be Archie, but it was Reggie. Reggie spotted Betty sitting alone on the table and walked up to her.

"Mind if i sit here?" he asked, motioning to the unoccupied chair next to her.

Betty shrugged. "I was just leaving anyways,"she said.

Reggie smirked. "Carrot top stood you up again?"

Betty gave him a half-hearted smile. "You can't even call it a lucky guess anymore, can you? It's so bloody obvious...always the same thing."

"Why do you put up with him at all? I mean, you are smart, you can obviously see that he is just using you as a back up plan whenever he can't have Veronica! I don't understand why you are so hung up on that idiot anyways...he just takes you for a use and throw plastic bag!" Reggie said. He wanted to make her see sense. She was too good for that brainless git.

Betty felt tears prick her eyes. Although she knew that every bit of what Reggie had said was true, it still stung. She loved Archie. She had loved him from since she understood what love was. And to think that the boy she loved simply used her whenever he couldn't get the girl he loved. Her best friend.

Betty stood up from the table and without a second glance at Reggie, she ran outside. She heard him call her name but she kept running, not looking back.

She didn't know where else to go, so she ran straight home. Betty pounded loudly on the door. All she wanted to do was curl up in her bed and cry. Mrs. Cooper opened the door to face her crying daughter.

She didn't need to ask to know what was wrong. It was like this every weekend. Betty would go for a date with Archie, Archie would stand her up, and she would come home crying. Mrs. Cooper knew better than to say anything to her daughter at this time. She let Betty run up to her room and cry.

Betty shut her room loudly and lay on her bed and cried. She cried and cried until there were no tears left in her. And then she felt an emotion that she rarely ever felt for Archie- hate.

Actually, she had never felt hate for Archie. She only felt anger when he stood her up, but hate..that was new.

Reggie's words sounded through her ears. He was right.

Why the hell did she put up with Archie? Why did she allow him to use her and trash her around? She was tired to playing second fiddle to her best friend. She had had enough now. She was not going to hurt herself repeatedly for a boy who didn't even care about her. Betty had made up her mind. There would be no more tears. She was going to break up with Archie. Having made this resolution, Betty felt stronger. More confident.

You're busted, Carrot top. She smiled at the thought and slept more soundly than she ever had.