Betty would normally spend all afternoon deciding on what to wear if Archie was taking her.
Now she simply plucked what looked nicest from her closet. She couldn't help feeling a little sad.
"So that Reggie is taking me instead of Archie. Sigh."
Just as Betty was finished fixing up her hair, her mother called from the living room.
"Betty! Your date is here!"
Standing in the doorway was Reggie, decked out in his best tuxedo and holding a HUGE bouquet of wine-red roses.
"Betty! You simply look STUNNING tonight!"
"Oh, thank you for the flowers! Usually, Archie would bring me a little handful of dandelions hastily picked from our front lawn."
"Heh, that old cheapstake. Now, may we step out to my shining chariot waiting outside?"
"Coming, Reggie!" Betty beamed as she hooked her arm into Reggie's arm.
As Reggie escorted Betty out the door, he nodded his head to her parents, "I shall take the best care of your lovely princess and bring her back safe and sound at eleven thirty exactly!"
Now Betty buckled herself into the plush seat of Reggie's luxuriant car, exclaiming, "What a beautiful car you have, Reggie! It makes me feel like a diva riding in a fine limousine!"
"Much better than bouncing along in Archie's broken-down old lemon, eh?"
"Yes! I even got oil satins all over my dress the last time I went out with him!"
"We'll show that old carrot top, eh?"
"Yes, we will."
Eventually, Reggie and Betty showed up at the big dance in the gym room, where everyone were there. Veronica saw them first.
"Oh! There's Betty with Reggie!"
Archie, who was with Veronica, suddenly looked angry.
"What! That rat ensnared my beautiful, innocent little blonde angel!"
"Archie! Where are you going?! You're MY date tonight!!!"
Archie ignored Veronica's outcry as he boldly strode over to where Reggie and Betty were standing.
"Reggie! Unhand my Betty!"
Suddenly, Betty stood in front of Archie, her wide blue eyes flashing.
"Archie! You stood me up for that Veronica vixen one time too many, so I went with Reggie instead. Now go back to Veronica and don't be so SELFISH!"
"No 'buts', Archie! You were so infatuated with the fact TWO girls are always fighting over you and I was so infatuated with you, too. Now enough is enough, so please go back to Veronica like you WANTED!"
Veronica coolly joined the group as everyone looked on with mounting interest.
"Archie. You're always running right back to Betty, so now she can have you. Goodbye."
"Don't even speak to me, Archie Andrews! Reggie? You can forget that silly blonde bubblehead and let's go dancing together!"
Much to Veronica's bewilderment, Reggie simply stood where he was.
"I really don't care about you anymore, Veronica. Not when I finally have a sweet, beautiful, loving girl at my side. See you around."
With that, Reggie turned his back on the shocked Veronica and held out his arm toward Betty, who gladly took it.
"Shall we dance tonight, my dove?"
"Yes! We shall!"
As the night wore on, Reggie turned out to be an impeccable escort who treated Betty like a true queen. He paid her enough compliments to sink a boat, yet they all sounded so sincere. He bought her a cup of punch when she felt thirsty. And he danced so smoothly and beautifully with Betty at his side. Finally, it was growing late and Betty laid her head against Reggie's chest and he raised his hand to protectively cradle it.
"This is truly a magical night, Betty."
"Sigh. Yes it is. And you know how to treat a woman!"
At long last, Betty wrapped her arms around Reggie's waist and Reggie embraced her right back.
Now there were whispers among all the guests:
"They look like a real couple!"
"Betty and Reggie? Unbelievable!"
"They look so cute together!"
Finally, Veronica fumed, "Archie! Where are you? Take me home this instant!"
Poor Archie, who was just sitting there the whole evening, immediately jumped up, "Yes, Ronnie. Let's get out of here!"
Finally, it was over. Now Reggie was standing at the door with Betty.
"So we had a great time together, eh, Bets?"
"It was so perfect." And Betty thought to herself, "Best of all, I love the look at Veronica's face!"
"What you say we go steady now?"
"Not so fast, Reg! But perhaps?"
"I hope so! Uh, how about a goodnight kiss?"
Reggie's lips were surprisingly soft. Betty's heart fluttered and she turned bright pink.
"Goodnight, my sweet baby. See you at Pop's tomorrow - and I'll treat you, ok?"
When Reggie's car drove away, Betty just stood there, sighing and trying to stop blushing.
"It-it's nothing like that with Archie!"
But Betty just couldn't help feeling a tiny twitch of cynicism at the bottom of her heart.
"Then again, no wonder Veronica's always going with him!"