Preamble: Sorry about the delay, but TZ had some issues over the weekend such that I couldn't get on to post. Anyway, we'll pick things up with Jughead. Mind you, this will be a shorter book. Disclaimer: All characters, save for those created for this story, are copyright Archie Comics ===================================== Chapter 1: Jughead & Ethel: The chase is over? For years, Ethel Muggs had one goal in mind, convincing Forsythe "Jughead" Jones to be her boyfriend. What stood in the way were 2 things. First & foremost, there was Jug's preference for food, and second, Ethel herself. Tall, gangly Ethel's big problem was her buck teeth. So, prior to the start of senior year, Ethel's parents paid for surgical procedures to file down her two front teeth so that they'd match the rest. Next, a little plastic surgery was in order, and by the time September rolled around, and Ethel tried out to keep her spot on the cheerleading team, even principal Weatherbee was stunned by her new look. So, too, was Jughead. After some encouragement from his best friend, Archie Andrews, Jughead decided to take a chance, and asked Ethel out on a date, particularly, the annual Halloween dance. Caught by surprise, Ethel accepted. Going as a pair of "androids" thanks to some costumes designed by boy scientist Dilton Doiley, Ethel & Jughead were the hit of the party. Their relationship went into overdrive around Valentine's Day with a double date with Dilton and exchange student Banni, from India, who had also been interested in Jug before settling on Dilton. Upon graduating, the couple went to as many parties as possible, and Ethel helped Jug make plans to host a party at his house. But, not long after that, things went south. Jug was accepted at New York University, but Ethel, unable to afford the tuition, opted instead for Riverdale City College. Jughead promised to stay in touch via e-mail, and he'd be home one weekend a month to visit. Ethel thought about it and agreed. Around Halloween, a week after Jug had been back home, Ethel decided to surprise her man by heading for New York, bringing with her the android costumes from the previous year. Jughead had been sharing an apartment with Chuck Clayton, whose girlfriend, Nancy, was attending Fashion Institute of Technology. Chuck was back home for Halloween, having previously made plans with Nancy, so Jug was alone on October 30. He'd been playing his drums, preparing for the return of the Archies a few weeks later, when he heard a knock on the door. Seeing it was Ethel, he hugged her, and walked her in. "Chuck said you left a message on the voicemail before he left for home.", Jughead said. "So much for the element of surprise." "My dad insisted on it.", Ethel replied, as she draped her legs across Jug's lap. "You haven't made any plans for tomorrow, have you?" Jug looked at the calendar. Halloween was the next night. "I sent you an e-mail this afternoon to see if you were interested in coming up for the mixer.", he said. "You must've been in transit." "Wait.", Ethel replied, checking her I-phone's e-mail. "Ah, here it is. Tomorrow at 7 at the rathskeller. Good thing I brought our droid costumes." "That saves on springing for new outfits. Let's see if we can't make it two in a row." ==================================== Ah, but there would be complications. Three hours before the party, Ethel, dressed in costume under a leather coat, stopped at a local neighborhood grocer to buy some soda. After paying for her purchase, Ethel left the store, and walked right into the arms of a passing patrolman. "Hands up! You're under arrest!", he called. "B-b-but I haven't done anything!", Ethel protested, handing the officer her receipt for the soda. "Oh? Were you at Times Square earlier today?" "No." Ethel was lucky her mask didn't completely muffle her voice. "I slept in this morning." "What about your partner?", the officer asked, pointing at Jughead. "Same thing." "I'm afraid I'll have to take you two in until you can verify your story." =========================== Uh-oh! A case of mistaken identity is only going to get worse in chapter 2.