I’ll admit it. When I was but a wee lass reading Archie comics, you were the boy for me.
I just couldn’t understand what everyone saw in Archie Andrews. He was a bit goofy, redheaded, and couldn’t decide between two girls! What’s so appealing about that, right?
Besides that, he didn’t have your traits of deviousness, sneakiness and shiftiness. Actually, Reggie Mantle, that’s only one character trait, because those are all synonyms. But what a character trait it is! You were willing to go to any length, to do anything to get what you wanted. I think that thing was Veronica Lodge, but it could have just been “humiliating Archie Andrews,” I don’t know.
And I want you to know, Reggie Mantle, I respect that.
That gung-ho attitude. That willingness to resort to underhanded means.
That will serve you well in the real world (should you ever, you know, choose to inhabit the real world, rather than the happy cartoon land of Riverdale High), where all the successful people I know are sheer bastards, or just really really talented. You know already, Reggie Mantle, even in your cheerful illustrated world, that hard work and determination just aren’t enough.
Which is why, Reggie Mantle, someday, you’re going to go far.
And I want to be right there beside you.