Author's note: The following story is a work of fiction. All characters in the story are not of my own creation. They were created by John L. Goldwater and are copyright © 2011 by Archie Comic Publications, Inc. The characters' names are the exclusive trademarks of Archie Comic Publications, Inc. The following story is copyright © 2006-2011 by Mark Moore.
The first draft was written from Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 7:40 PM to Friday, August 25, 2006, 6:19 PM; from Saturday, July 7, 2007, 9:34 PM to Sunday, July 13, 2008, 11:17 PM; and from Thursday, February 5, 2009, 11:34 PM to Thursday, September 3, 2009, 10:35 PM. My thanks go to Laurie Allyson Kelley for reading the first draft and offering her corrections and advice.
I wrote the second draft from Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:30 PM to Thursday, April 8, 2010, 2:27 PM and from Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 9:30 PM to Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 10:30 PM. My thanks go to J-Syxx for reading the second draft and offering corrections and advice.
I wrote the final draft from Sunday, May 22, 2011, 9:00 PM to Saturday, July 9, 2011, 1:55 PM.
Hello. I've been a fan of Archie comic books since 1990 (I was wrong in the author's note for my first story). I wrote my first Archie story, "Betty Cooper: This Is Who I Am" in 1999. It's a dramatic story that got (and continues to get) mixed reviews.
This story is a sequel to that story. If you haven't already read "Betty Cooper: This Is Who I Am", please do so before reading this story.
I don't usually write sequels to my previous stories. I've had the idea to write a sequel for years, but I didn't want it to be half-baked. In the time since I wrote that first story, I've read many more Archie comics, watched Archie cartoons (including "Archie's Weird Mysteries" and the awful Filmation cartoons), listened to the old Archie radio shows, created (and continue to maintain) a Betty Cooper FAQ, and gotten to know Betty a lot better. I feel that it's the right time to write what happens to Betty following the events of "Betty Cooper: This Is Who I Am".
This is a story that I felt needed to be written. It explores a previously untouched (for the most part) time for the Archie characters: the senior year of high school.
With that in mind, I present to you, the readers, a novella about Betty Cooper. It is comprised of a series of short stories, like in a comic book (only longer and without pictures). A word of caution: The subject matter is far more serious than what you'd find in a typical "Betty" comic book. There is some swearing and violence (serious violence, not comic violence). The mood is often dark, and the story is deeper.
This is the story of Betty Cooper, high school teenager.
Betty in "School's Out for Summer"
Betty's Diary: "Looking Forward to Senior Year"
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "A Day at the Mall"
Betty in "Babysitting Blues"
Betty in "Summer Job"
Betty and Veronica in "Sugar Cherry Scuffle"
Betty in "A Date with Reggie Mantle"
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "Teen Talk"
Betty in "Hot Session"
Betty's Diary: "My Feelings for Cheryl"
Betty in "A Date with Jason Blossom"
Betty and Cheryl in "Malt Shoppe Defense"
Betty's Diary: "Boyfriends"
Betty in "Back to School"
Betty in "Fresh Start"
Betty and Cheryl in "Rich Girl, Poor Girl"
Betty in "Fit to Live"
Betty in "Latch Key Kid"
Betty's Diary: "The First Whisperings of Autumn"
Betty and Cheryl in "Outdoor Barbecue"
Betty in "The Drug Test"
Betty and Cheryl in "Bold Moves"
Betty and Cheryl in "French Lessons"
Betty and Veronica in "The Play"
Betty and Cheryl in "Halloween Havoc"
Betty and Veronica in "Rivalry"
Betty's Diary: "Why Veronica?"
Betty's Diary: "Christmas Shopping"
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "Super Duper Cooper Christmas"
Betty and Veronica in "Shattered"
Betty and Cheryl in "Valentine's Day"
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "Career Day"
Betty in "College Options"
Betty and Cheryl in "Earth Day"
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "The Prom"
Betty's Diary: "After the Fact"
Betty and Cheryl in "The Morning After"
Betty in "Collision"
Betty and Veronica in "Veronica's Surprise"
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "Graduation"
Betty and Veronica in "You are Cordially Invited"
Betty's Diary: "Dreams"
"In my heart, I feel the heat of something burning deep inside of me."
- Three Dog Night
Betty in "School's Out for Summer"
Betty walked out of Riverdale High School. It was the last day of her junior year of high school. Betty saw Veronica ahead of her and ran over to her. "Ronnie!" Veronica turned and faced her. "Betty! I forgot to ask. How'd you do on your essay?" Betty showed it to her. "I got an A+!" Veronica grinned. "Cool! Hey, wanna go to Pop's and celebrate the beginning of our vacation?" Betty grinned. "Sure! I have a feeling that the whole school's headed there, anyway!"
Betty and Veronica walked into Pop's. The place was full of teenagers. "Wow! You might be right! It looks like the whole school is here!" Veronica told Betty. "Betty! Ronnie!" Midge called. Betty and Veronica walked over to the booth where Midge and Nancy were sitting and sat opposite them. "Hey, Midge. Hey, Nancy." Betty greeted. "I'm glad we saw you. We were just about to order." Nancy said. "Hey, girls." Cheryl walked over to them. "Hey, Cheryl." Betty scooted closer to Veronica to make room. "Join us." "Thanks." Cheryl sat down. Reggie walked over to them. "Hey, girls. Mind if I grace you with my presence?" Midge laughed. "Go ahead. Just don't let Moose catch you." Reggie sat down next to Midge. Betty saw Jughead carry a plate full of hamburgers away from the counter and waved to him. "Juggie!" Jughead either didn't hear her or chose to ignore her. He sat in an empty booth. "He's changed, Betty." Midge told her. "You can't blame him for not wanting to hang out with you anymore." "I guess you're right." Betty said. "No, she's not." Veronica said. "Jughead's acting all hurt. 'Poor me. I lost my best friend.' He's taking it out on the wrong person, though." "Ronnie, could we please not talk about this today?" Betty asked. "We're here to celebrate." "Oh, I'm sorry, Betty." Veronica apologized. Pop walked over to their booth. "What can I get you kids?" "I'll have a hamburger, salted fries, and a chocolate milkshake, Pop." Betty replied. The others ordered various things. "Coming right up." Pop walked away. "So what are everyone's plans for summer vacation?" Midge asked. "I'm going to get a lifeguard job at the beach again." Reggie replied. "It's a great way to meet girls." Nancy laughed. "I'm gonna practice designing." "I'm going to relax and enjoy myself." Veronica replied. "How is that any different from what you usually do?" Reggie asked her. Betty placed her left hand over her mouth to stifle a laugh. "I'm going to practice my gymnastics." Midge replied. "I'm going to be working at 'Fresh' a lot more." Cheryl replied. "Got any cool interviews lined up?" Betty asked. Cheryl gave Betty a teasing smile. "Maybe. So how about you, Betty?" "I'm going to try getting a summer job somewhere." Betty replied. Pop walked over with a tray. "Here you go!" He set a plate and a glass in front of each of them. "Thanks, Pop." they all said. "Enjoy." Pop walked away. "Do you guys wanna practice sometime?" Betty asked. "Sure." Cheryl and Reggie replied. "Well, I suppose, but the mansion won't be quiet until the Monday after next." Veronica said. "Daddy's throwing a lot of parties to entertain business associates. In fact, I wouldn't mind getting out of the house for a while." "Maybe we could all go to the mall tomorrow." Midge suggested. "Sounds good." Betty slurped her chocolate shake.
Betty walked into the living room and closed the door behind her. Alice Cooper walked into the living room from the kitchen. "Oh, hi, Betty." "Hi, Mom." Betty greeted. "How was your last day of school?" "Fine." Betty replied. "I got an A+ on my essay." "Oh, I'd love to read it. Would you like any dinner?" "No, thanks. I ate at Pop's." Betty replied. "I'm just gonna go upstairs." "Okay." Alice walked back into the kitchen. Betty walked upstairs and into her bedroom. She set her book bag on her desk and kicked off her shoes. Betty lay on her bed and looked around her bedroom. She found that she couldn't rest. She felt distracted. Betty stood up, walked over to her desk, and turned on her computer. She sat down and waited for her computer to boot up. She then opened her diary and started writing.
Betty's Diary: "Looking Forward to Senior Year"Dear Diary:
I know my junior year just ended, but I thought I'd share with you my ideas for senior year tonight. I've been thinking about all of the things that I've done in school, and I realize that I had little free time as a result. I'm not going to try out for the cheerleading squad. Looking back on it, it seems so superficial and shallow: spending hours to learn silly routines just so I can prance around and yell in support of someone else. I'm through with that. I'm also not going to try out for any sports, not even the girls' basketball team. I don't see myself playing basketball professionally, so there's no point in continuing with it at school. I'm not going to try out for any extra-curricular activities at all. I plan to use my new free time to practice my music and my writing. Well, I have nothing else to write today. Until tomorrow, dear diary!
Betty and Veronica and Cheryl in "A Day at the Mall"
Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, Reggie, Midge, and Nancy walked into the mall's food court. "So what do you all want?" Veronica asked. "I could go for a pizza pie." Betty replied. "Ooh, that sounds good." Cheryl agreed. "Everyone agree?" Veronica asked. Everyone nodded. "Okay, I'll go and order. Pick a table." Veronica walked towards the pizza place. The others walked over to a table and sat down. "Anyone up for seeing a movie?" Nancy asked. The others agreed. "Okay, which one?" Nancy asked. There was silence for a moment. "I don't know what's playing." Reggie admitted. "Fail!" Betty exclaimed. "You fail, sir!" "Name a current movie." Reggie challenged, folding his arms over his chest. "I...can't." Betty admitted. Reggie smiled in triumph. "Isn't that one new sci-fi movie out?" Midge asked. "The one with the unnecessary 3-D?" Nancy asked. "Yeah!" Midge confirmed. "Isn't that the one where they're on the ship, and the heroes...do the things...to stop the villains?" Reggie asked. "Fail!" Betty repeated. "You are such losers." Cheryl said in disgust, pocketing her phone. "Katy Keene is starring in a new action flick. We're seeing that. I just ordered the tix." The others stared at her in disbelief. Cheryl smiled smugly. "Internet, bitches." Veronica walked over to the table and set the tray on it. "What's the sitch?" Veronica asked. "Nothing." Nancy replied. "We just got owned by Cheryl Blossom. That's all." Veronica laughed in amusement and sat down. "Losers." Everyone grabbed a slice of pizza and started eating. "You anticipated the pepperoni, bacon, and spices." Betty said. "I'm impressed." "Yeah, well, this ain't exactly New York's finest. I had to liven it up." Veronica explained. Just then, Reggie was lifted out of his chair. When he was turned around, he was looking at Moose Mason. Moose did not look happy. Three of Moose's jock friends were with him. "Moose! Hey, buddy!" Reggie squeaked. "Duh, Mantle, what are you doin', sittin' with my Midge?!" Moose demanded. "Chillax, Moose. It's just a friendly lunch." Midge told him. "She speaks the truth." Reggie raised his left hand. "Hand to Loki." Moose hesitated for a moment, then he let go of Reggie. Reggie landed on his feet. "We're also going to the movies later." Midge needlessly added. Moose became enraged again. He made his right hand into a fist and pulled it back, getting ready to strike. "Duh, Mantle, I'm gonna fuck you..." Moose realized what he had said and looked at his jock friends in embarrassment. "Oh, wait, no, I'm not!" As Moose nervously laughed in embarrassment with his friends, Reggie sat back down. He glared at Midge. Midge offered him an embarrassed smile. "Sorry." "I haven't been this entertained all morning." Cheryl said in delight, stopping the recording process on her phone.
The girls and Reggie walked into the checkout lane of a retail store in the mall. They picked up various boxes of candy. They got cans of Zoom! out of the soda cooler. They stood in line, and each of them paid in turn. While Betty was trying to pay, Nancy was tickling Midge. "Hey, stop touching my wienis!" Midge exclaimed while laughing. "Betty! Betty, tell Nancy to stop touching my wienis!" Betty ignored her and got her receipt. "Thanks." "Omigod, I have to pee so bad!" Midge exclaimed. Cheryl paid for her candy and drink. "Will you two shut up, please?" "Rape! Rape!" Midge exclaimed. "I'm being molesticated!" "Shut up!" Veronica yelled. Betty popped open her can of Zoom! and walked towards the front entrance. Cheryl did likewise. They exited the store and stood near the entrance, sipping their drinks. "That was so embarrassing." Cheryl said. "Yeah." Betty agreed. Betty and Cheryl hid their candy in their pants pockets. Reggie and Veronica walked out of the store and joined them. "I don't think it's a good idea for those two to be having caffeine." Reggie said. "Yeah, they're spazzing out as it is." Veronica added. Reggie and Veronica popped open their cans of Zoom! and took sips while hiding their candy. Veronica put her candy in her purse. Reggie shoved his candy down his pants. Cheryl smiled in amusement. "Compensating, Reggie?" Reggie frowned. "Ha, ha!" "And stay out!" Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Reggie turned towards the sound of the man's voice. A man inside the store was watching as Midge and Nancy walked out. Cheryl laughed. "They got kicked out." Betty laughed. "That was full of win."
The girls and Reggie walked out of the theater. "Ah, nothing like a good, old-fashioned, R-rated action movie." Betty said. "Katy was awesome in it." Cheryl praised. "A sleek, sexy secret agent that kicks tons of ass and manages to look fabulous through it all? That's a role model." "What was the body count?" Reggie asked. "I lost track." Cheryl replied. "Wait. Do you mean overall or just Katy's?" "Just Katy's." "I...still lost track." Cheryl admitted. "Well, you'd have a hard time quantifying the death toll in the office complex explosion." Betty said. "Enough talk about the movie." Veronica interrupted. "What haven't we done yet?" Everyone else was silent for a moment and thought about it. "Shop!" Betty, Cheryl, Midge, and Nancy exclaimed. "Uh, yeah. That's my cue to leave." Reggie waved and started walking away. "See you girls later." "What's with him?" Nancy asked. Betty giggled. "He's seen Veronica and Cheryl shop before and knows we won't be leaving anytime soon." "All right, ladies...and Cheryl, let's hit those stores!" Veronica exclaimed.
Betty in "Babysitting Blues"
Betty walked out of the bathroom, drying her hair with a towel. Alice entered the hallway and walked over to her. She was holding a note. "Betty, this came for you while you were in the shower." Alice told her. "It's a babysitting offer." Betty took the note. "Thanks, Mom. I'll call right now."
The next evening, Betty arrived at the house. Betty rang the doorbell. Soon, the front door opened. A man was standing there. Betty smiled. "Hello. I'm Betty Cooper. I'm the babysitter." The man stood aside. "Yes, Betty. Please come in." "Thank you." Betty said. Betty walked into the living room. The man closed the door. "I'm Peter Goodman." he said. A woman, a boy, and a girl walked into the living room from the kitchen. "This is my wife, Ruth; my son, Adam; and my daughter, Mary." Peter introduced. "Hello." Ruth, Adam, and Mary greeted. "Hello." Betty said. "We'll be home in four hours." Peter said. "Make sure the kids get to bed by ten." "All right." Betty said. Ruth walked over to the front door. "You can have whatever you want from the fridge." Ruth said. "Thank you." Betty said. "Kids, behave for Ms. Cooper." Peter instructed. "Yes, father." Adam and Mary said. Peter opened the door and walked outside. Ruth walked outside and closed the door behind her. Betty locked the door. "What would you kids like to do first?" Betty asked, facing them. Adam and Mary ran over to the couch, jumped onto it, and started yelling. Betty frowned. It's going to be one of those jobs. "Kids, stop it!" Betty told them. Adam and Mary wouldn't listen. They continued jumping up and down and yelling. Betty decided that she wasn't going to do anything about it this time. She walked into the kitchen, opened the refrigerator, looked inside, grabbed a can of regular cola, closed the refrigerator, leaned against the counter, opened the can, and calmly sipped her cola.
When Peter and Ruth arrived home four hours later, they didn't know what to make of the scene in front of them. The living room was a complete wreck. Vases were lying in pieces on the floor. The couch cushions were on the floor. There were paintings on the coffee table and walls. Potato chips were on the carpet. Betty Cooper was sitting at the kitchen table, calmly sipping a cola. "What happened here?!" Peter demanded. At that moment, Adam and Mary ran down the stairs, screaming. "Adam! Mary!" Peter yelled. Adam and Mary stopped in their tracks and stared at their father in fear. "Ms. Cooper, get in here!" Peter demanded. Betty stood up, tossed her latest soda can into the trash can, and walked into the living room. "What happened here?! Can't you control these kids for four hours?!" Peter demanded. "I've dealt with brats like these before. I've chased them. I've sent them to their rooms. I've put up with all kinds of shit. I've decided I'm not going to do that anymore. It's not worth it. Keep your money." Betty said. "Well, if you're not going to do anything about these kids, then I will!" Peter removed his belt from his pants. "No!" Adam begged. "We're sorry, Daddy!" Mary insisted. Peter didn't listen. He grabbed hold of Adam and belted him across his butt repeatedly. Adam started crying. Betty watched this happen. Her passive attitude was quickly replaced with anger. As little as she cared for these kids, she hated seeing them hurt. Peter let go of Adam, grabbed hold of Mary with one arm, and raised his other arm, getting ready to belt her. Betty decided that she'd had enough. She quickly grabbed hold of Peter's belt and pulled it out of his hand. "What do you think you're doing?!" Peter demanded. "I've had enough!" Betty yelled. "I've had enough of these kids, and I've had enough of you! You don't hit kids!" "How dare you tell me how to raise my kids?!" Peter asked. "You'd make a lousy parent! You should never have kids!" "Fine by me." Betty said, brushing it off. "I'm going to file a complaint with your agency!" Peter told her. "You'll never babysit in this town again!" "Fine by me as well." Betty said. "I've been doing a lot of thinking while getting jacked up on caffeine in your kitchen, and I've decided I'm not going to babysit anymore. There are less stressful jobs that I could have." "Get out!" Peter demanded. "Fine, but I'll be reporting you to DCF." Betty dropped the belt on the floor. "Hug your kids at home. Belt them in the car." Betty walked outside, not even bothering to close the front door behind her.
Betty walked into the living room of her house. Alice was sitting in a chair, reading a romance novel and waiting for her. "Hi." Betty greeted. "Hi." Alice put her book on the coffee table. "How was the job?" Betty closed the front door and locked it. "Well, I've made three decisions." Betty said. "I'm never having children, I'm never babysitting again, and I'm gonna start applying for a summer job tomorrow. Good night." Betty walked upstairs, leaving Alice confused.
Betty in "Summer Job"
Betty walked into Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. Pop Tate was standing behind the counter, wiping it with a cloth. Pop smiled. "Hi, Betty. What can I get for you?" Betty smiled and walked over to the counter. "A job, I hope." "Oh, I'm sorry, Betty. Money's kind of tight right now. I can't afford to hire anyone." "Oh." Betty sat on a stool. "I'll have a hamburger with hot sauce, fries with salt, and a regular cola." Pop wrote the order down in his notepad. "Coming right up."
Betty walked into the food court in the Riverdale Mall. She noticed a "Now Hiring" sign at Dairy Swirl and walked over to it. "Hello." Betty greeted the woman behind the counter. "Hello." the woman said. "I'm interested in the job." Betty said. "All right." The woman took out an application and offered it to Betty. "Fill this out." Betty took the application. "Thank you." The woman offered a pen to Betty. "Oh, no, thank you. I brought my own pen." Betty told her. "I'm responsible that way." Betty turned, walked over to a table, and sat in a chair. She took her pen out of her pocket and filled out the application.
"Welcome to Dairy Swirl, home of the Dairy Swirl." Betty greeted a customer. "May I interest you in a - " "No." the boy interrupted. "Just a chocolate ice cream, one scoop, in a regular cone." Betty prepared it for him and offered it to him. The boy took the cone. Betty rang up the purchase. "$1.50." The boy dropped the money on the counter and walked away. Betty gritted her teeth. "Thank you for choosing Dairy Swirl."