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Frederick Gains

"Can I read now?"

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a character in “Crossroads Academy”, as played by Simple_Imperfections

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|Full Name|
Frederick Luis Gains
|Alias/Nickname|
Fred or Freddy
|Age|
18; Eighteen
|Gender|
Male
|Race|
Caucasian; Dutch & English
|Orientation|
Homosexual
|Hometown|
Chino, CA




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|Height|
5'10; five feet and ten inches
|Weight|
150lbs
|Body Type|
Toned and slim
|Hair Color|
Dark brown
|Eye Color|
Chocolate Brown
|Tattoos/Scars/Piercings|
No tattoos. No piercings. No major scars.




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|Likes|
Reading||Being Alone||School||School Newspaper||Animals||Coffee Shops||Tea||Music||Video Games||Driving||Open Spaces||Making jokes||Hanging out||Contacts||Making friends
|Dislikes|
Crowded spaces||A Listers||Getting his books dirty||Obnoxiously loud noises||Thunder & Lightening||Dances||Scientific Calculators||His Glasses||Liars
|Fears|
Terrified of Thunder and Lightening
Afraid of losing his scholarship
|Secrets|
Virgin - not much of a secret, more like he just does not openly tell people
|Personality|
Frederick definitely lives up to his C List status. He is your typical nerd when it comes to academics. Straight A's for him is not hard. As long as he is in class and takes decent notes, the rest comes easy. HE even has the glasses to match. He prefers his contacts, but there are days when putting in contacts is an extreme challenge. He got into Crossroads Academy, but passing a test with close to a perfect score. Though school comes easy for him, he does put effort in and make sure that his grades stay up to standard.

Beyond school, Frederick likes to believe he is a pretty cool guy to hang around. He always tries to stay positive and make people smile. He loves cracking corny jokes and messing around. Video games are the true love of his life. He tends to spend more time on that then he does with school. But he does make sure that he hangs out with his friends. Freddy does not have an angry bone in his body. He treats everyone nicely and with the upmost respect, unless they prove to not deserve it.

He can be a bit too trusting sometimes. He believes that everyone comes in with such good intentions, but that is not always the case. Freddy knows that, but sometimes he can't help, but have high hopes. There have been countless times where some A list has used him for homework. He does not like them very much, but even so, when one of them seem friendly to him he will be friendly to them. All in all, he is a complete sweetheart who just wants to do well for himself.




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|History|
Frederick Luis Gains was born and raised in Chino California. According to the IRS, his family classifies as Middle Class. His father is a small time lawyer while his mother his a nurse. Freddy is also the only child. Not that he minded to have a sibling. In his neighborhood, there were always kids around to be with. Frederick's bloodline traces back to Europe, but he has no idea how far back. On his mother's side he is dutch and on his father's side he is British. In all honesty, he wants to visit there.

As a young child, Frederick has had a fondness for academics. He is very intelligence. His IQ score surpasses the score of most adults. His parents have always pushed the importance of education for him. He always had access to the library, tutors, and anything else that helped Freddy do well. During his free time, he would be caught at the library for hours. He would read anything and everything. He would visit different libraries to make sure that he got enough variety of books.

He discovered his love for journalism and writing when he was in middle school. His school had a club that was dedicated to finding stuff about the school and posting it on the school's webpage. It was not an official club, it was more of job. But he was offered and he fell in love with it. He attended games for free, got to take pictures, got to talk to important people and then he wrote about it. He covered everything from games to student elections to county board meetings. Frederick wants to work for a newspaper company when he gets out into the real world.

Before he entered high school, Frederick did extensive research on Crossroads Academy. He wanted the best education and the best chance for a college. His parents would only allow him to go if he got a good enough scholarship. Freddy had constantly kept in contact with the Freshman Admittance Chair. He eventually found a scholarship opportunity in the form of a test. It was math, reading, and writing. If he got a high enough score, they would give him a scholarship. Freddy studied and passed. So long as he keeps up his good grades he can remain at Crossroads and write for the newspaper.




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|Schools Attended|
Ayola Elementary (K-5)
Chino Middle School (6-8)
Crossroads Academy (9-12)
|Current Grade|
12th; Senior
|Clique|
C-List Nerds
|Club(s) and/or Sport(s)|
Crossroads Newspaper - Editor & Journalist
National Honor Society




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|FC|
Dylan O'Brien
|Hex Code|
#1E4F14

So begins...

Frederick Gains's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Eloise Tailer Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Jonnie Walker Character Portrait: Joseph Grant Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Antonio Navarro Character Portrait: Emma Buxton Character Portrait: Alex Turner Character Portrait: Stephanie Livingston Character Portrait: Kiffen Klein Character Portrait: Holly Pines Character Portrait: Brian Bates

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Today was the first official day back on Crossroads Academy's campus, and there was an undeniable air of excitement and jitters on campus. Throughout the morning, cars had driven up the long driveway that led onto the campus, packed to the brink with parents, children, and suitcases filled with everything a teenager could need, only to be drive right back down it a little while later, empty, and usually with teary-eyed parents. It was nothing less than a tradition, and though many felt it was sad to see their parents go, most students did genuinely like Crossroads Academy. The fact that it was located right on the beautiful California coast played a part in it, and it possessing facilities nice enough to rival top colleges was a perk too, but the relationships made while at a boarding school were different than at many normal high schools. They were stronger, or that's what many of Crossroads' students would tell you, anyway.

Like the other dorm advisers on campus, Holly and Brian had spent their mornings acquainting themselves to parents and helping students move into their rooms. They had moved on campus a few days before, and though this meant that their summers were over too, they were both glad that the school year was starting. While Holly had worked as a dorm adviser for four years, and had acted as a dorm adviser for the girls she would be living with this year since they were freshman, Brian was new to this. He had been a faculty member for Crossroads for a year before, but this was the first year that he was going to be a dorm adviser. Life circumstances combined with knowing that his paycheck would look even better if he was a dorm adviser had led him to accepting the additional position, and though he was excited, he was understandably nervous as well. He knew that this position would require him to take on an extra level of responsibility and respect for rules and guidelines, but he also knew that he had to be understanding enough to get a bunch of teenage boys to like him... or at least trust him. It was going to be an interesting experience, that much he was sure of, but he didn't have much time to worry during the morning, as he really had been busy helping kids move in. He was grateful that he had been assigned a senior dorm, only because that meant that there were slightly less parents involved. Senior students were allowed to have cars on campus, and that meant that in some cases, for those who had cars, they were driving themselves onto campus and there were a few less introductions that Brian was forced through. In the girls dorm, Holly was experiencing a similar thing, but by now she knew most of her girls' parents, and for her, introductions were welcomed anyway. She was friendly and bubbly, and far too used to this to be bothered by the first-day events.

While Brian helped some students in 3C of Chase move into their dorm, Holly was on the second floor of Wright Hall. Most of the dormitory room doors were open, with girls coming in and out as they either helped each other move into their rooms, moved into their own rooms, or were in and out socializing. She skimmed the sheet of paper in her hand that listed which room each girl was in, and once she found the name that she had starred, she headed towards dormitory room 2B. The girl's dorm had one new student this year, and Holly thought that it was best that she introduce herself and make sure that the new student, Emma, was getting settled in all right. The door to get into the dormitory was open, so Holly gently pushed it open and entered the common space of the four bedroom dorm. "Girls, is Emma here yet?" Holly called out, unsure if Emma was there herself, or if the other girls rooming there, London, Dytto or Farrah would be there. She knew the other three girls from acting as an adviser to them for the past three years, so introductions there were unnecessary, though she was glad to be back with them as well.

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Jonnie Walker Character Portrait: Joseph Grant Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Holly Pines

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Theme Song ღ Bedroom: X, X, X ღ Mood: Disinterested ღ Outfit ღ Location: Wright Hall, Second Floor



"All I'm saying, sweetie, is that you could've waited for Bernard," Amelia Arnault exclaimed, frustrated, as she spread the furry duvet at the foot of her daughter's bed. The teen in question, with her back facing her mother as she set up various photos and trinkets on the shelves of her armory, rolled her eyes. "And I'm just saying that if I actually waited for Bernard, I would be waiting for Katherine and she might not have made it to the school if I did that." Was her retort, spoken calmly enough to not seem fazed by her step-sister's attitude from earlier, but with enough contempt laced in her voice that her own frustration was noted. Not that that did her anything. Dytto didn't have to turn around to note the disapproving stare her mother shot her; she could feel it digging into the back of her head.

In Dytto's head, and possibly in her mother's though the older woman was noted for trying to be understanding towards her step-daughter - and trying was the operative word when thinking about the spoiled little brat known as Katherine Arnault - she was not at fault here. Unlike Katherine, she had jumped up immediately when the housing selection began and chose her room - in fact, she had chosen her room before even London had. Which was the main reason why Katherine was upset. London had chosen a room in their dorm suite and because Katherine simply expected she was going to get the room that she wanted, she ended up choosing too late and the other two rooms had been taken. Upon that discovery, she had "anticipated" Dytto's acquiescence; obviously, the dancer was supposed to give up the space she had picked simply because Katherine demanded so. She must have forgotten who her step-sister was. A yelling match followed by Dytto's mother having to physically get in between the two, and Dytto had stormed off earlier that morning in her garnet Porsche Cayenne with Amelia following with a much larger truck to assist in moving Dytto into her dorm. She even decided to look extra cute, simply because she knew Katherine would have shit to say and she wanted to feel powerful. And nothing helped like a pair of stilettos that she was obviously gonna trade for a pair of high tops once classes started.

Luckily for her, since she honestly did not feel like pretending to ignore Farrah or even attempting to be nice to the new girl she heard was going to be moving in with them, no one had been present in the suite, so Dytto hurried to set up her bedroom. With the assistance of a few artists and cheerleaders, no doubt. She had picked up Starbucks for those who helped and it was only a few minutes ago that the others departed, each with their own drinks and Dytto in her mature taupe-grey themed bedroom that Kylie Jenner totally stole from her when she first said that that was her bedroom theme for the school year on social media. But of course, nobody was going to talk about that. "Deanna..." Her mom's pause was enough to make Dytto turn around, arms folded over her chest. Her long chestnut mane fell down her back in a sleek waterfall, one of her many snapbacks on top of her head. "I really wish you'd try a little harder to be patient. It's just a room." Dytto rolled her lightly-lined baby blues for the umpteenth time today and picked up her Venti Very Berry Hibiscus to take a long draw of the fruity beverage. "Yeah, well, you're right. It's just a room, my room at that, and if the brat wants to come to blows over it, you know that I don't mind. Might do her some good." Amelia sighed, as if still disapproving. What she couldn't stop, however, was the small smirk forming on her lips as she stood and crossed the room to her daughter. "I know you don't mind." Dytto smirked in response. "And neither do you."

Distantly, she heard what she thought was Holly's voice and a younger one, but with her door closed, Dytto didn't feel the need to strain her ears to decipher whose. She honestly did not care. She had not picked her room to be friends with people; it had been out of convenience. There was a particular view she wanted; this room had it. Even if two people she liked were in the other suite. She would just go over whenever she felt like it. "I'll go check to see if the boys need any help with that TV," Amelia said after a beat, touched Dytto's shoulder briefly, and headed to the door just as there was a knock. Dytto groaned and Amelia mouthed for her to behave before opening it, smiling at the blonde standing on the other side. "Oh, London, right!? Katherine'll be here soon, I believe. There was....a small hold up." Dytto rolled her eyes at her mother's need to explain herself and watched the older woman exit, walking up to the door so that she was standing directly in its frame. And to keep London from entering her space. Nathan was helping with getting her television from the truck and a few jocks needed to help, so Dytto wouldn't be surprised if they would arrive soon enough. "Yeah, she needed some daddy-and-me time or something like that," she added disinterestedly, drinking more of her beverage before noting Holly. A much more welcome presence. "Hey, Hollz!" The RA brightened up instantly when she caught sight of the brunette and walked over, hugging Dytto when the girl actually extended an arm. It took them a few years, but eventually, Dytto got used to showing the woman affection. It helped that she was pretty cool.

"I was wondering when you would get here, Miss World of Dance host," Holly replied and Dytto smilled, her straight white teeth showing from behind her plump, currently dark red lips. "Stop, stop...you're flattering me," she exclaimed before laughing at the woman she had teased. Holly laughed as well before gesturing to London. "It seems you two picked the best rooms in the suite. Isn't that a surprise?" Holly decided to bring up, as if wanting to begin some kind of dialogue between the two girls. Which Dytto didn't really want. Why should she? She and London weren't friends and as far as she was concerned, they weren't enemies either. No need to change shit just because they were roommates for the year. "Yeah, well, what can I say? I wanted the backdrop for dance videos." She said, pulling her IPhone 6 Plus from the pocket of her high-waisted skinny jeans in order to see where her friends were.

To: Black Widow, Esper, Nate, Fred, Joe, Jonnie
Yo, where is evrybody?

To: Liam
Ur girlfriend is here

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Alex Turner

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Interacting With: Sophia(NPC), Dytto(Text), Fred(Text), Esper(Text), Alex(Text)||Location: Her House-->School
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Outfit||Helmet||Motorcycle

Looking herself over in the mirror Natalya smiled and pulled on her jacket. The day had started early for her today, having to wake up at 5am to get everything done. This year her Uncle had finally finished setting up a local branch of the business which was both good and bad for her. The good obviously outweighed the bad. She finally had family in Cali, it benefited her family with the new income they'd be getting (as if they weren't rich enough already), and it meant she didn't have to hire strangers to help her move into her room. That being said, the bad was that when she had gone to ask her cousin, who was the current 'boss' of the local branch, to get some guys to help her he had waved her on to ask herself. While usually she would have been all for this, the first day of school really wasn't the day you wanted to get in a fight. Since she hadn't hired anyone she had sighed and shrugged, respect had to be earned. It didn't take her very long to 'win respect', she had meant it when she said not to hit her face and sadly the second guys ballsy enough to fight her gave her a busted lip. She touched the wound gently, looking in the mirror with a frown. 'I'll have to do presents right when I get to school rather than before the after party to distract them... At least I broke his arm.' Her thoughts now on a happier note she brought her mind to the party. With London's permission Natalya threw the back to school party every year, always on the first friday back and Natalya gave her best friends their birthday presents for the year before the party started, which was why it started at 6 rather than 5. As she spoke Sophia was down the hall with the two chefs Natalya had hired to cook for the party tomorrow, planning the meal and getting the meat into marinades they decided on. While it was only another barbeque, albeit with a pool and an open bar, Natalya loved splurging to have the food home-made.

Shaking her head Natalya grabbed her helmet and her cell phone, dialing her cousin's number as she towards the front door. "Sophia I'm heading out! Just use the card I gave you if you need to buy more supplies and call me if anything goes wrong!" The hispanic woman answered quickly, "Of course! Adios chère fille!" As she walked out the door her cousin picked up the phone and she spoke in russian as she headed towards the garage. "Hey I need you to tell the guys to head towards my school with the three trailers and the large box Dad had you guys bring with you." Going into the garage she hit the button for the door to open and looked at her choice of rides before going with her 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500. "No, I mean the box full of cocaine. Yes! I meant the one that's gift wrapped with a bow around it. Fuck was that so hard to figure out..." Her cousin made a comment and started to laugh, causing Natalya to pull the phone away from her face to glare at it. Shaking her head Natalya lifted the stand on her bike, keeping it upright with one hand. "I gotta go so I can meet them there. Bye." Ending the call Natalya noticed she had two texts, one from Dytto and the other from Esperanza.

To: D-Mac
I'm on my way. Are Nate and Fred there yet?

To: Crazy Bitch <3
Yeah I know but at least we're together against hurricane Katherine. You at school yet?

To: Fred and Alex
Yo you guys at school yet?

Shoving her phone in her pocket Natalya turned the key, pressed the button to close the garage door, and revved her engine, peeling out of the garage just as the door began to lower.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale

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Wright Hall Parking Lot

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Wright Hall Parking Lot

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To: Farrah
Yeah, helping Dee. U need anything?

It took a minute for Nathan to put his phone away, but he slid in his back pocket just before Dytto arrived downstairs to the parking lot. It was a risk for him, texting the dance co-captain - of all people - in the middle of a parking lot and when he was supposed to be helping one of his best friends out, but he couldn't find it in him to ignore his girlfriend's question. Hell, the fact that he got to call Farrah Hart his girlfriend still was a surprise to himself and Nathan had carried that knowledge between the two of them throughout the entire summer. And would have to for the rest of the year if Farrah didn't change her mind and d -

"Dude, what's the hold up?" Dytto exclaimed inquiringly, heels clicking against the gravel as she approached the truck. Nathan looked up at the brunette, noting the attitude that wasn't there before. "What's with you?" He countered and she waved him off, gaze flitting over to the LG 84 inch television he had propped up against one of his muscled legs and the sleek black television stand that came with it. Bernard had gotten both Dytto and Katherine brand new, matching television sets the day before, despite the fact that Dytto's old one was very much still new-looking and expensive as well. Which was what she gave to Nathan before getting him to help her out.

"Same old, step-father's spawn is being a bitch. What else is new?" Dytto finally explained on a shrug and pulled her phone out. Nathan smirked. He knew, better than most, how irritable Dytto could become when it came to her step-sister. The fact that they went through sparring sessions because Katherine frustrated her so much was a testament to how the brunette really felt about the Royal. "Well...I was trying to call your boy Jonnie to help out, but apparently he's not even coming and your little dancer friend chased after some junior," Nathan recalled and Dytto tilted her head curiously, pausing to breeze through the text messages she had received in the midst of being distracted by Katherine's tantrum. First was from Esperanza, which made her smile just a little. But then the next was from Jonnie with an explanation and then finally Natalya. "Well, shit. Let me text Fred and then get Colin's bitch ass back here. My mom's probably ready to go. Nat's on her way." Dytto set to sending out her messages, biting her lip as her fingers hovered over the keys in the midst of messaging Esperanza.

To: Colin
Come back b4 u catch another STD

To: Esper
Of course I did. Who else is gonna get me thru a year w/ Bitchanie?

To: Fred
Nat's on her way. Where r u?

To: Black Widow
W/ Nate now. Waitin on Fred

"So, are we really going to this barbeque before class?" Nathan asked, bringing her attention back to him as he set to lift the television himself. Grinning, Dytto put her phone away and set her drink on the television set so that she could lift with him. Even though she could feel Nathan taking more of the brunt of it. "Why? Tryna skip to play that Outlast DLC?" His initial response was a grin that made her laugh. "Damn straight. Gotta beat your time on the game." Dytto laughed against, hoisting the television up more so that she could walk better in her shoes. "Keep dreamin', Hale. Let's just get this upstairs so I can get my mom outta here. Colin'll come back and then we can chill until Nat gets here." She said and the two headed into the dorm carefully, grateful when a classmate and their friend held the double doors opened for them.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux

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Location: Chase Hall, Floor 2, Room D || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

Frederick could not explain his excitement levels. He loved coming to Crossroads Academy. Not just because he can go back to the Newspaper Club, which he has been missing all summer, but because he missed his friends. They all live in much nicer areas and can drive around to visit each other when they want. Of course Natalya and Dytto came and saw him every once in a while. He even managed to get Kiffen to hang out with him everyone once in a while. He was so excited for all his friends to be in one place. His iPhone 5s buzzed. It was a group message from Dytto. He decided not to respond. He was still trying to move in.

Fred was not expecting to be one of the first people moving into Chase Hall. But it seemed that way. It made it easier to move in, without the other guys moving in as well. He did not know anything about his roommates. Well he knew Liam. But everyone knows the King of Crossroads. But for the most part, Fred was in the dark about who he was sharing his space with. It was both exciting and terrifying. "Anything else you need son?" Fred turned to face his dad, who dropped off the last box. For a moment Freddy thought about everything he could possibly need. He could not think of anything. "I got it from here. Thanks." He smiled gratefully. He told his father that he did not have to come, but he insisted. The father and son duo hugged and then Freddy waved his dad goodbye.

The door shut and Freddy let out a sigh. He heard his phone chime twice and decided that he should probably answer it. Without even checking he knew that both Natalya and Dytto had texted him. Clearly the Russian was looking for both of them and Dytto was wondering where the nerd even was.

To: Dytto
Just finished moving in. Do you need help?

To: Natalya
In Chase hall. I am like the only dude here right now. Dytto said you were on your way, do you need help moving in?

After both messages were sent, he laid on his bed and waited for his responses. He could finish unpacking later today. After he saw all of his friends and attended the BBQ. He pulling his 3DS from his backpack and started playing on the games to kill time.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Joseph Grant Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale

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Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room B

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Dialogue Color #B6B6B4 | Thought Color #2B1B17


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Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room B

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"There!" Dytto exhaled in satisfaction as she and Nathan set her TV down on the stand that Colin had literally run behind them with when the duo made it to the elevator. Which was good on him since, if he hadn't caught up and continued chasing tail, he would have had to wait for someone to let him on the elevator and most girls were busy reuniting with their besties and gossiping and all those cute little things most girls did once they returned to school. Dytto didn't feel the need to do such. The first person she had reached out to had been Nathan and that had been mostly to get help with moving her stuff in, and making sure he didn't put off his check-in for some inexcusable reason. She had text Natalya last night and while she, of course, would love to go visit the temptation that was Esperanza Ramos, she could wait. Katherine was there and probably London since neither the blonde or Farrah had been present when Dytto returned to their dorm.

"Finally," Nathan drawled and fell onto her bed, sprawling back rather comfortably against the fuzzy pillows that lined her headboard and propping his feet up on the fuzzy duvet at the end of the bed. His feet basically at the end of the mattress and that alone made Dytto smirk. "Lazy Sasquatch," she grumbled playfully, picked up one of the gray pillows from one of her armchairs and hurled it at the Rebel. He only laughed and caught it midair before placing the plush item behind his head as leverage. Amelia smirked from her perch on the other chair and rose to her feet. "Lazy Sasquatch who helped unpack all of your things and letting me leave," she decided to correct and Dytto put on a show of rolling her eyes as her mother planted a kiss on her forehead. "Call me this weekend...whenever. You know how we do." She reminded her and Dytto smiled, much gentler than any of her other expressions thus far in the day. Her lined blue eyes flitted over to Nathan as he, in response, averted his gaze from the scene. It was enough to make Dytto pull away from her mother knowingly, smiling all the while. "Tell Bernard I said thanks." Amelia's smile seemed to brighten and she waved, heading to the bedroom door before pausing to note Nathan over her shoulder.

"Nathaniel," she called and his head snapped up, arms folded over his chest in relaxation but eyes inquisitive. "Don't forget what I told you." At first, Nate wasn't planning on answering, especially since she had brought up their private conversation in front of Dytto. Who he usually told everything to...though, considering the dancer didn't know about his current relationship status, maybe not everything. "Yes, maam." Dytto scrunched up her face, bewildered, but her mother said nothing more. The older brunette simply stepped out and closed the door behind her. Dytto turned on Nate. "Do I need to ask?" She inquired, a playful note to her genuine curiosity. Nathan didn't even pretend to entertain her probing. "Nope." Was his curt response and her baby blues narrowed into slits - not cold, but...searching, relentless. And Nathan gave her a blank face in response. A second later and Dytto was rolling her eyes before throwing herself beside him on the bed. They had both taken off their shoes five minutes ago. "Fiiiiiine. Be that way. Wanna see Fred more than you anyway!" She snapped childishly and only the corner of Nate's mouth twitched upwardly, amused, as he watched the brunette type out a few texts.

To: Fred
Pretty much finished. Come over

To: Joe
Gonna need more than flattery, sweet cheeks. Wanna chill b4 dis cookout?

To: Black Widow
Lemme know when u get here ;D

To: Katherine
Lemme know if u tell her. I can send a pic

Was her text to Katherine a bit petty? Especially after she had purposefully avoided contacting the girl earlier when she had first seen the threat. But...well, Dytto was petty. And shady. And this wasn't really shade to London since Dytto didn't have a problem with her nor did she see a reason for the girl to be upset with her over Liam. They were just fuck buddies, after all. It wasn't her fault some people wanted to get all in their feelings. Why do feelings when you could just screw them out of your being - literally? Says the girl who still isn't over her crush, her subconscious decided to opine and Dytto told it to go fuck itself. Instead of allowing that train of thought to derail her, she glanced up at Nate with a grin. "Ready for that DLC? Nate grinned back. "Damn straight." She only giggled before hopping up so that she could attack the game system to her television.

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Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: William Richardson

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"No one is more qualified to shape the young minds of our
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Liam didn't hold any student government position, and he had no official reason to be leading a group of underclassmen boys around campus, giving them a tour, but he was anyway. One reason was that he had arrived on campus early, like really early, as in seven in the morning, before move-in had even started. His dad was flying to New York later that day for business and was only around in the early morning to help Liam move in, so his RA made an exception for him showing up early. Another reason was that he was Liam Nielsen, and well, when he was in the mood, he could be friendly. It was a friendliness that was laced with more of an incentive than to just make people feel at ease, though. It was a friendless that was motivated by his need to make sure that these boys knew that he was the top dog on campus, that he was the person that they needed to look up to and strive to be like. His behaviors didn't often lead him to be the ideal role model in a moral sense, but in a world based on popularity, he knew that he earned his spot at the top. He belonged there, and if he hadn't, the former King Bee wouldn't have chosen him as his successor without even considering anyone else.

The tour was ending in Chase Hall, the senior boys' dormitory, and the one that Liam insisted would be the one that they'd be able to sneak the most girls into, when it came their time to live there. That was, if they followed his advice, however. Throughout his tour, he had made sure to make it clear to these young minds that no girl was off limits to Liam Nielsen, and that with a little practice, they could be on the road to being as wanted as he was, too. "Listen, boys. You wanna know the key to success? Simplicity. Modesty. Acting like you're open to anything, when really the only thing you're open to is her legs opening. Girls like that. I don't know why. You know, I've got a lot of answers, but I don't know why. All I know is that when you try too hard, you look like a douche, and no girl on this planet is trying to hop into a bed with a douche. Why do you think Davenport over there has never been laid?" he said, motioning over towards a Prep boy who sat with a group of guys on a couch on the other side of the room. "He didn't get friend zoned. Nah, he got douche zoned. If you don't know how to wear a Cartier watch or a Burberry jacket without looking like you're trying to tell the world that your dad owns a Fortune 500 company, then stick to the fucking Nikes and shit like that. You're just embarrassing all of us, otherwise, and I'm not for that."

Liam's phone going off was the main reason for why he ended his spiel there for the moment, and an eager boy from the group in front of him perked up at the noise with a grin. "Is that one of your bitches?" he asked excitedly, with a laugh that made it obvious that he was proud of himself for the comment. Instead of the high five and hearty "hell yeah" that he was probably expecting, Liam looked at him in disgust, which he would later admit to himself was probably exaggerated. "Are you kidding me?" The words and the look seemed to wipe the smirk right off of the boy's face. "You don't call your girls bitches ever. I didn't think I had to go over rule number one with you boys, but I guess so. Rule number one is you respect your girls. A girl that lets you bang her in the back of her Porsche isn't a bitch." Nope, she's not a bitch. She's someone you'd call Deanna Devereux, AKA the best fuck you're gonna have in your life, boys. He wasn't in the business of name dropping, or else that thought would have been verbalized. "But I won't let you boys get ahead of yourselves anyway. It takes work to even get a girl to call your own, and you've gotta be prepared to start at the bottom if you wanna get the ones at the top." He had only skimmed through his messages before returning his attention to the boys, but now that his friends were on campus and hitting him up, he was done playing big brother to these freshman. "Now take what I said, and put it to use. The barbecue they're setting up? Go get good seats, and scout out the hottest girls you can find. Remember what I said though, you've gotta start at the bottom. Don't even waste your time trying for anyone who isn't a sophomore or a freshman." With that, he left the boy's in the lobby of Chase Hall and headed upstairs to where his dorm room was. As he walked up the stairs, Dytto, London, Katherine and William got texts from him. Dytto's was laced with sarcasm, even though he wasn't sure who she actually was talking about in reference to the girlfriend, and London's was one he expected to go unanswered, while he knew texting Kat was gutsy.

To: Dytto
Damn D, I thought that we were on the same page with not trying to take it that far. Don't tell me that I made you love sick with a summer's worth of charm. Thought you were stronger than that, but I guess I shouldn't have even expected you to be able to resist me. I just seem to have that effect on girls.

To: Katherine
My favorite girl... what's up, Kat? I get to take you as my date to this barbecue, or do I really have to work for you?

To: London
Not gonna stop by and say hello? Thought we could at least be civil, L

To: William
Wya dude

It didn't take long for him to reach his dormitory, and he unlocked the door and headed inside. Luckily, he had missed Fred's dad leaving by a few minutes, so he didn't have to deal with that, but on his way to his bedroom, he noticed Frederick's was open, and that the guy was inside. He could have just kept walking and went into his own room, but Liam was feeling friendly, and figured that there would be no harm in saying hello. He recognized the kid's face from some mutual classes in the years back but couldn't, for the life of him, remember his name. Rather than try to guess, or ask and make it obvious that he didn't know who he was, he decided to go with the classic nickname of "bro". After having gone to school with the kid for probably three years, if not more, it seemed rude to have to ask him what his name was. "Hey, bro. Hope you don't mind that I took Room B. You know who else we're dorming with?"

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Frederick still could not believe that he was the only one here. Honestly, his other roommate could have moved in, but just went to go mingle at the barbeque. Fred was under strict orders to wait for Natalya before attempting to mingle at the schools planned event. That wasn't exactly what was said, but that is what he was going to do. And this game he was playing on his 3DS was keeping him from wanting to do anything else. Game Over "Dang it!" he exclaimed before restarting to the game. No matter how many times he plays, the 'computer' always best him when he is so close to the end. Eventually he was going to win. Not sure when. Freddy just got this game from his mother as a gift. He hasn't played enough to figure it out.

His phone chimed, distracting Fred for a moment. Game over A long sigh escaped him and he put the hand held down. Grabbing his iPhone, he saw that it was Dytto that decided it was good moment to cost him the game. But if she was here, they could play games now. Fred smiled and quickly responded.

To: Dytto
This text costed me a win. So I want food as a payment for this. And I'm on my way

He put the phone down and Liam was standing in his open door. Frederick sat up and smiled politely. Nice to that the King of Crossroads was not planning on completely ignoring Fred. "No big deal. And it's Nathan and Alex. I don't know where they are or if they are even on campus." Freddy said, actually having no idea about their other roommates. The nerd stood up and pocketed his phone. He took slow steps towards his door, waiting for Liam to move right or left. He needed to get to Dytto's room. Once he was out of the way, he made his way towards the front door. "I will see you around." With those final words, he left their dorm.

Frederick was probably never going to talk to Liam again. Not because he did not want too, but because A list tend to stick together. And just cause they lived together did not mean the King was obligated to talk to his subjects. Frederick got to Wright Hall and got up to the second floor. It took him a moment to remember which room was Dytto's. He found it and let himself in. "Are you ready to get crushed in every game you own?" He stated to let his presence be known. Getting to her room, Fred's smirk died a little. It became a soft smile when he saw Nathan. "Hey." Nathan was also intimidating like Liam, but in a completely different way.

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Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Stephanie Livingston

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"Ooooohhh, watch out for the ghost!" Dytto practically squealed and laughed as the character Nate played as was practically lifted into the air by a dark aura on the flat screen television. Nate chuckled from his perch in one of her chairs and the brunette tipped over, falling backwards on the plush rug in laughter. "How?" He asked, disbelieving but still knowing. "How is horror and thriller still your favorite?" Dytto stuck her tongue out before digging her hand into the bag she snuck into her dorm room behind both Holly and her mother's backs. She popped two of the vodka-infused gummy bears into her mouth and chewed before responding very intelligently with a "Shut up!" Nathan only turned back to the screen just as the music from Farrah's room seemed to change to a much louder song.

Dytto glowered at the wall that separated them. Nathan only smirked discreetly, eyes focused solely on the screen as his mind wandered back to the text Farrah sent a few minutes ago. He would have loved to go over to her room, despite Dee being right beside him. But, for one, Dytto would question him relentlessly. Two, someone who wasn't his best friend would see him. And three...then would come the question of actually leaving...would he want to? Some part of him knew that they had not thought the entire secret relationship thing through. He had literally been able to have Farrah - a different side of her, mind you - to himself for an entire summer. To have been able to touch her, kiss her - and then not and have to pretend that he never had was...befuddling. It didn't help that he already wasn't used to such...consistency. The summer had been enough to cultivate an addiction and he could admit it - at least to himself - he was addicted.

"Maybe I should go talk to her," he said, sounding disinterested though actually posing the question made his heart race. For once, Dytto didn't turn those scrutinizing blues on him. Instead, she lay on her belly on the floor - since she obviously didn't know what sitting still meant - with her phone in her hands. "Wouldn't do that. Not of the mind to deal with veiled bitchiness...not if the tramp wants to keep her weave in place." Nate shot her an unimpressed glare and a protective remark about how every strand on Farrah's head was definitely real had to be shut down, causing him to clinch his jaw as he maneuvered his character, Waylon, back behind a broken desk so as not to be caught by the big creepy psychopath he was trapped in a locked-down asylum with. "Who knows? Maybe the summer made her more agreeable," he opined with a playful smirk and Dytto snorted as she responded to a few text messages. "Yeah, ok. That or some dick...and considering she hasn't been exactly deceitful in terms of letting everyone know how much D she's gotten, I seriously even doubt that that would help." It was a bit hypocritical, yes, and highly unnecessary for Dytto's commentary. She wouldn't go on to say that she and Farrah were particularly hostile towards one another. But she also couldn't find it in her to care and there honestly wasn't any lost love between them. Besides, why should Nate care anyway? He knew she didn't like the girl from the jump.

To: Esper
Idek. Said sumthing bout meeting. Imma text her

To: Cheer Bitch
Hey, cap! Pom poms unpacked or nah?

To: Liam
Sweetie, not in a mil yrs. Talking bout queenie. Kit Kat wanted 2 tell her bout us.

Both teens looked back at the wall separating Dytto's room from Farrah's as some old Cher Lloyd song came on and Dytto had half the mind to bang on the wall to make Farrah shut the fuck up when Nate slid to a stand. The sudden movement made Dytto narrow her eyes at him. "Yeah, I'll be right back." His face remained rather impassive, a thing Dytto hated about him but also picked up from her. It was frustrating when Nate decided to do that thing, just as much as it frustrated him when she did the exact same. So, Dytto shrugged and decided not to let it bother her, grabbing the remote for the game station for herself. "Your funeral, man," was the only thing she had to say on the matter just as Fred opened her door and entered. "Freddy!" Dytto exclaimed almost immediately before the first thing he said actually registered in my mind. "First of all, I have Cheeze-its and gummy bears out here, and some other shit in the kitchen. But two, you lost because you suck and you'll lose in whatever we play, let's be very clear about that, dude!" Nate chuckled lightly at their light banter before nodding to Fred once, the hint of a smile softening his face. "Wassup?" He barely waited to hear the rest of what either had to say before continuing as he headed for the door Fred just entered through, "Be right back." He closed the door behind him as he heard Dytto futilely warn him, "Don't say I ain't warned you." Nathan just smirked before carefully watching the front door as he headed to the bedroom he remembered Farrah telling him she would be in, knocked in the door twice, before opening it upon finding it was closed. He closed the door immediately after opening it, making sure to turn the lock before eyes taking in Farrah lost in dancing. As corny as it was, he liked the way the sun danced off the darkness of her hair, giving her a glow that couldn't have been better matched even if they were in the midst of a sunset. He smirked, leaning against the door before their eyes finally met. "Having fun?" He inquired playfully, arms crossed over his chest, relaxed.

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Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Liam nodded at Frederick when he gave two other names of people who they were living with. Nathan and Alex. Nathan was familiar enough because of Dytto. It wasn't like Liam was even close enough with Dytto to a point where he was meeting her friends or anything like that, because as he had made clear, he was just about the physical aspects of a relationship. Not the side where he had to go home and meet her parents or get her friends' approval. However, it didn't mean that he was ignorant to who she hung out with because it wasn't like he was solely interested in sex. That was all he wanted from her, but it didn't mean that he couldn't appreciate her personality and interests as well. Besides, as King Bee, Liam just "knew" a lot of things. Like what other guys his "conquests" hung out with. Nate just happened to be one of the many that Dytto seemed to be close with. "Later," he said as a farewell to Frederick, as the guy left the room. He still couldn't put his face to the actual name of Frederick, so until he had the time to ask someone about the kid's name, he was going to stick with "bro".

To: Dytto
Good, you scared me there. London's not gonna give af... but on that note, I need to ask you something. And you have to promise that you're not gonna say no without actually considering it, okay?

To: William
Sounds good I'll see you at the barbecue then

He only had two texts that needed to be responded to this time around, since London and Katherine both seemed to want to play hard to get. Which was cool with him. He could do hard to get. He was already sure that he would have London back in bed with him by the end of the month, and though Kat would be a little trickier, he wasn't all that worried. Since when had Liam wanted a girl, and not gotten her? Never. Not once. No one was out of his league, and he believed that if he kept being confident in that respect, that would never change. With that in mind, as he headed into his bedroom, he decided to text Farrah as well. Farrah was just a friend, but it wasn't because Liam thought he had been friend zoned or anything. He would never admit to that, even if it was the case, but it genuinely didn't seem to be so here. He and Farrah just got along in a friend way, and that was cool with him. He didn't need every girl vying for a second date with him. Sometimes, it was nice to just have a girl who he could go to for advice, or to grab a bite to eat with, and Farrah was that kind of girl. The fact that he didn't hold the same mentality as many, of Farrah being a bitch, was certainly helped due to the fact that they were both A-listers, however.

To: Farrah
Wow, Farrah. Thought I would've gotten a "hello" from you by now. You better find me at the barbecue. I went all summer without my favorite prep. Don't wanna continue that streak for another day.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Frederick shared Nathan's soft smile. He and Nathan were not best friends per say, but they were friendly towards each other. There was not need for them to hate each other. Frederick was always nice to everyone he met and Nathan seemed way nicer than what was on the surface. And they both shared a mutual friend. Dytto. So their friendliness was more than enough. Nathan left the room and Dytto's door was shut.

The nerd sat and grabbed the controller that he imagined was used by Nathan before he left. "I want the Cheeze-its." He told her. Freddy was not a big fan of snacks, but it was a long car ride from his home to Crossroads. After unpacking he played a hand held game. He does not really remember the last time he ate real food. Probably before he left. But this snack was highly necessary. Then he could have the feast of a king at the barbeque. "I have been practicing different gaming techniques all summer. There is no way you could beat me."

Frederick worked for a good portion of the summer. Unlike his good friends Natalya and Dytto, he did not have a lot of money. He gets buy by working over the summer and stocking up his bank account. His parents do send him money every now and then, but for the most part he is on his own. When he wasn't working, he was playing video games. He was getting better than usual. And he was determined to beat Dytto. "Hey. Where is Natalya?" he asked curiously. She had texted him earlier, but he has not seen or heard from her since.




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Location: Wright Hall, Floor 2, Room A || Mood: Slightly Irritated || Outfit: XX

Farrah had completely forgotten about her neighbors and most of her problems. That is usually what happens when she is dancing. It makes her feel better about life. It also makes her forget about issues that she should not be worried about. Like living next door to Dytto. Or Nathan and Esper being best friends with Dytto. Those are problems that she will just need to get over. Farrah was half expecting for the brunette to bang on the wall and tell her to shut up. Of course the dancer would not listen and probable instigate a fight. There was a chime and she took a quick break from the dancing. Message from Esper, Will, and Liam.

To: Esper
I think you are right. Anyway. I will see you at the barbeque?

To: Soccer
I am not helping you move in. Get Liam to do it. And I will see you at the barbeque.

To: Liam
The streak will end today. Gotta see my favorite royal.

Farrah had managed to keep in contact with William all summer. He is the only person that knows about her relationship status with Nathan. She trusted him to keep the secret to his grave. Or at least until she felt like it was okay to tell people. Honestly, Farrah has no idea when. The dancer turned the music up and returned to dancing her heart out. No one needs her right now so she does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

She was so lost in her dance that she did not even notice who walked in. It wasn't until they made eye contact that she realized Nathan actually came to her room. Farrah stopped dancing immediately and smiled brightly. She turned the music down just a tad. She did not want Dytto to hear them still. "I was." She responded, walking closer to him. "Did Miss Dee send you over to get me to turn my music down?" Farrah's voice was dripping with some hatred, but she kept her voice playful. It was her boyfriend's best friend after all. "Because if that is the case, I suddenly feel the urge to turn the volume all the way until my speaker burst."




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Location: Chase Hall, Floor 2B, Room C || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

The driver settled all of William's things in his room and then waited to be dismissed. The soon to be duke did not even noticed that the older man was just standing at the doorway. Will had decided to admire the view. He got the beach front which was nice. Maybe his friends would want to go to the beach this weekend. That would be a great get together. He will bring it up to Liam and see what he thinks. He might have plans already for a reunion party. Or maybe Farrah. He will just have to find out. "Sir?' Will turned around to see and impatient driver. "Oh. Thank you. I can take it from here." He said, a bright smile on his face. The driver nodded and swiftly exited. Before unpacking, William checked his phone.

To: Dancer
Fine. I will see you soon.

To: Liam
Or you could help me move in like a good friend would. Farrah told me to ask you since she does not feel obligate to help.

Setting the phone down, William started unpacking the simple things, like his clothes. His father had arranged for the extras to be here for him when he arrived. There was a tv that needed setting up and some other things that needed assembling. He did not feel like dealing with all of that by himself. He was hoping one of his friends would be kind of do that for him. Speaking of friends, Natalya came to mind.

They have been talking pretty much all summer and he started to like her, as a friend. He has not heard from her since he has landed. Will decided to shoot her a quick text message to make sure that she was okay.

To: Russian
Are you moved into Crossroads yet?

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Nathan's smirk, and he would deny it vehemently if anyone other than the dance team co-captain called him on it, morphed into a much softer smile the second his eyes met with Farrah's. In the beginning of their relationship, you wouldn't have caught such an expression on his face. He had guarded himself in the beginning and yet, somehow, this one girl managed to soften the edges he swore were too rough to be smoothed out. It still freaked him out, to be quite honest. He was just good at not showing it until he was alone - away from Dytto and the others, away from her.

But he didn't have time to delve into such a depressing train of thought because Farrah's smile was radiant and she was within reach. Nathan didn't hesitate to place his hands on her trim waist, fingers clutching her curvy hips as he pulled his girlfriend - really should not get such a damn kick out of being able to say that in his head when he couldn't say it out loud - much closer. "Actually, Miss Smarty Pants, she told me not to even bother, for your information," he retorted, amused at the animosity between the two girls. It was actually unfounded and hardly had much of a cause. They were just two competitive artists who happened to both be close to him in different ways. Neither of them had much of an actual reason to hate each other so passionately and yet...here they all were. "I missed you," came the absolutely unguarded blurt that had heat rushing to Nate's cheeks the second the words fell from his mouth. But he couldn't bring himself to take them back because...well, one, he was a man of his words. Two, he wasn't about to ruin his own street cred - even in public to stutter over some...sappy dialogue.

What he could do, however - and did - was lean down and kiss the girl in his arms. Wasn't like anyone else was going to see him being the sap that he was. Not even your own best friend, a traitorous voice in his head chimed in, but he adamantly refused to acknowledge it.


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Dytto's grin never faltered as Fred made himself comfortable in her room and laughing lightly at him, she pulled the box of Cheeze-its she had stashed on the second off-white chair and handed it to him. "Have at 'em!" As her friend proceeded to dig in, Dytto pulled her phone back out to her face, wondering only for a brief moment if Farrah was laying it on Nathan for interrupting her or if she was simply ignoring him since music was still playing. However, the texts she received both from Liam and Esperanza gave her pause. They both made her inquisitive and Dytto hated when she wasn't at least...partially in the know about things.

With Esperanza came, and inquisitiveness probably wasn't the correct term, an anxiety that Dytto could feel in her gut. A - and she hated the cliche phrase, but damn it if it didn't fit! - swam of butterflies were throwing a bitch fit in her stomach. Her flight-or-fight instincts on overdrive. Some part of her yearned to see those moments when Esperanza wasn't trying to put on some dramatic, abrasive show but smiling softer, being less harsh - being someone who honestly made Dytto smile. Like, really smile. The other part, the inquisitive, wondered about their future interactions. Now with Jon-Jon outta the way, she thought before instantly trying to find some part of her that regretted thinking it. But she couldn't. Shouldn't she feel bad that she thought one of the guys that she believed to be her friend had been in the way? Probably...but also, in the way of what, exactly? She had already decided - remained ever resolute - on not touching Esperanza. Not even looking at her too...too not like she's not supposed to. Right?

And with Liam came...wariness. Whenever they text one another, it was always teasing, sometimes taunting. Always - or at least, most of the time - flirty, seductive. Seeing who could get under the other's skin faster. It wasn't like Liam was a potential...anything more; Dytto hadn't even considered it and maybe yet needed to be added to that, but at the moment, she was very secure in admitting that she honestly was using him - as much as he was using her - for sex. Good sex. Great sex. Sex that had her more worn out than a cheer routine in the middle of a championship competition. Sex that had her ready to smoke a cigarette after a glass of wine and she neither drank wine nor smoked cigarettes. Barely even smoked weed - but the picture was clear. They provided each other pleasure. Which was why she had to eye her phone for a hot second, a suspicious eyebrow rose. What did this boy want from her now? And why did she have to actually consider whatever the fuck was on his mind, especially if such phrasing suggested she probably wasn't gonna be happy about it? Was it not enough that she rode him like a '63 only over 48 hours ago? The worst part of it was that she wouldn't even be surprised if it was a sexual thing, to be quite honest. It was her own fault, she eventually reasoned, as she typed out her responses before focusing on her current guest.

With great sexual prowess comes great burdens, after all.

To: Liam
As long as u dont ask 4 no 3sums w/ animals. #nevergonnahappen

To: Esper
Baby, wont u come my waaaaaaaaaayyyyy <3

She chuckled at Fred before chucking her long, red plaid vest off and onto the floor, before proceeding to crawl towards the game station on the television stand where she kept her collection of video games. "Talk is cheap, hot shot," she shot at Fred with a daring grin before gesturing towards the neat row of games. "Future loser's pick. And Nat should be on her way, but lemme check. Has to make you feel better after I whoop dat ass." It was all in good joking and she was always teasing when it came to Fred, even if she honestly thought he was the better gamer. He had skill and Dytto could admit it: she only had luck. Good luck, but luck nonetheless.

To: Black Widow
U here yet??

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Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Location: Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room B || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

Dytto told him to have at the snacks and Frederick immediately dived in. Putting the controller down, he grabbed the box of Cheeze-its and started eating. His hunger made the cheesy snack taste so much better than it really was. He was grateful to his friend for letting him devour anything he wants. There was a reason that he kept her around. Besides the fact that she was an amazing person in general. He was barely paying attention to what she was doing as he was stuffing his face with the cheesy goodness. "She really needs to be here to make you feel better after I destroy you."

Their competitive conversations is pretty much how they always talked to each other when it came to video games. It was friendly and completely innocent. Frederick rolled his eyes and glanced over all of the games she had. She had a lot. From that were a couple years old and some that had just come out. Clearly someone had recently gone video game shopping. Freddy put the snack box down and wiped his hands. "Lets start with something simple. Just to make sure that your skills didn't go to shit over the summer" He teased. "Call of Duty. World at War."

He waited silently for a moment as Dytto set up the game. "Hey did you hear that Jonnie isn't coming to school this year?" He did not think it was a much a huge deal, but he was just passing along rumors he has heard.




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Location: Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room A || Mood: Loving || Outfit: XX

Farrah's smile did not falter as she allowed the sarcasm to drip from her speech. She loved the fact that she could be this sarcastic with Nathan and continue to feel this happy around him. He brought her so much joy that she felt like her heart was going to explode. But she was keeping herself together, like Nate was. Besides the fact that they were grinning at each other like a couple of hyena's. She allowed for her boyfriend to pull her close, happy to be back in his arms. Slowly, she loosely wrapped her arms around his neck as he told her what Dytto said.

At least she knew better than to send someone to get Farrah to do anything. It would never end well for Dytto or whoever she was sending. If the dancer wanted to blast loud music then she would. The only way Dytto could ever do anything about it would be to storm in here and smash her speakers. But if that happened, Farrah would end her life. Nathan quickly pulled her from her thoughts with an 'I miss you'. It was so sweet sounding. Any hostility she had a moment ago, quickly disappeared.

No one would ever know, how they truly were when they were alone like this. No one else mattered. They could be sappy, sarcastic, loving, and kind. There is not one person she could ever imagine be this way for. Which is a scary thought. Farrah did not date much. This was her first real boyfriend and she already could not get enough of him. Before she could respond to Nathan, he did what most boyfriends would do when they were alone with their girlfriends. There kiss was not long, but it meant everything.

The dancer pulled away and smiled brightly. "I missed you too, Sap." Though she was teasing, she meant it. She was used to spending most of her time with him, but just moving in alone without seeing him once was saddening. "How much longer do you think we have until the witch next door thinks I killed you?" she asked. She was trying to keep Dytto's name calling down to a minimum for the sake of Nathan, but the next time she had to mention her Farrah will not be as nice.




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Location: Chase Hall, Dorm 2B, Room C || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

William got most of his clothes put away, but he was not in the mood to do much else. Farrah had not responded to his text, so he was assuming that she was really busy. Or just did not feel like doing any manual labor. He completely understood and was not going to push for help. Liam on the other hand did not have much of a choice. It was a friends duty to help. IT Liam hadn't moved in so early this morning, Will would have helped him as well. Speak of the devil, it seems like the King does not mind doing some heavy lifting.

To: Liam
I am in Dorm 2B and in Room C

Setting his phone back down, he laid on his bed. It was quite comfortable for a cheap mattress. Crossroads might have a lot of money, but it mostly goes towards academics and extracurriculars. Granted, Liam had been use to sleeping in a specially made mattress back in Westminster. Everything felt cheap to him. He was going to make the most of it. Consistently, each year has just gotten better. He wanted this year to go out with a bang. He was not exactly sure how it was going to happen, but he was more than willing to figure it out.

His mind wandered to London. Not really sure why, but he had not heard much from her either. He wanted to say hi and let her know of his arrival. He is aware that Liam and London are not friends at the moment, but Will had grown to like her. He could not just toss her aside because of the fall out between her and his best friend. So far he has managed to keep from getting in the middle of any fights they might have. The last thing he wants to do is have to pick sides and lose a friend. A King and Queen at war is not good for his mentality or for the kingdom they are supposed to be running. Royal 101.

To: London
Hello Queen. It has been a while since I have heard from you. Are you all moved in?

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Alex Turner Character Portrait: Holly Pines Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Interacting/Texting With: Holly, Dytto, Fred, Alex, Nate, Esper, Will ||Location: Senior Parking Lot <--> Wright Hall
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The twenty minute drive to school, while exhilarating, was uneventful. The weather was nice and warm something that, while not necessary since Natalya grew up riding in New York, was definitely pleasant. As she pulled into the senior lot and into an spot Natalya noticed that the first of the trucks drove in the same entrance she had just passed under. "Awesome! I made perfect time." Cutting the engine to her bike, Natalya lowered the centerstand and took off her helmet. Shaking out her hair and setting the helmet down she pulled a mirror out from under the seat. Quickly checking her lip she was glad to see that the injury didn't look as bad as it had that morning. Throwing the mirror back in it's spot, albeit after making sure her makeup wasn't smudged, she jogged out to where the three trucks had stopped, unsure where to park. "Yo, perfect timing." The windows already rolled down the driver of the truck closest to her nodded. "Yup, where do you want these parked?" Natalya quickly looked around the parking lot. Sadly, most of the spots closest to the buildings were filled. The Chase and Wright dorms both shared a parking lot that was currently filled with people rushing to finish unpacking. Looking at her watch Natalya sighed, 11:25, glancing around again she waved her hand to the left, to a large amount of parking spots left empty cause they were so far from the building. "There. It might be a bit of a walk but it'll be easier if they're all together. Make sure they're all side by side. You guys have the box right?" One of the other guys in a different truck called out a yes and Natalya smiled, leaning back to see the large box strapped down in the bed of the truck. 'Wonderful.' "Make sure you take it out and set it down gently. You guys all brought drinks and shit like I told you right? You're gonna be here at least another hour and you might have to drive them someplace else." The man who had spoken before waved off her questions. "Don't worry I got us covered. Go get your friends."

As the trucks drove off Natalya set out towards Wright Hall. She had arrived at exactly at 9am earlier and 5 of her cousins guys had been there to help her move in. With so many people it had taken a bit longer than the usual 45 minutes but it wasn't that big of a deal. While she had been there she had left Esper's two gifts, the two sets of keys and the card she got for London in her room. She wasn't really that close to the girl but she had gotten her something for two reasons. The first, while not that important, were how it would look to others. Natalya's gifts, after freshman and sophomore year, became legendary and tons of people gossiped about it every year. Most likely London would be there for the unveiling of the gifts, as she had been sophomore year, being a friend of Esper's and Natalya didn't have to imagine how it looked that she didn't give the Queen Bee a present. The second, and most important in Natalya's book, was that the girl had never been anything but friendly to her. Despite her status whenever Natalya was around the Queen Bee all she got was kindness, whether this was out of fear of Natalya or respect for Esper she didn't know but she appreciated it. She had also felt horrible giving presents to all of her friends and leaving London out so that had a bit of play in it too.

As she burst out of the elevator one of the first people she spotted was Holly and she smiled. The supervisor was walking out of the dorm across the hall from Natalya's and was talking with a younger student but that didn't stop her. "Holly! It's wonderful to see you." Natalya went over and pulled the woman into a hug, promptly ignoring the startled looking freshman. Her freshman year she had been extremely wary of the woman but after coming back from a fight and only getting a worried/disapproving response she seemed to relax around her. Holly smiled and hugged Natalya back. "Hey Sweetie, it's great to see you back!" Pulling away Natalya spoke quickly, obviously excited. "I know this is sudden but I need a favor. I need you to get three buckets of water down to the parking lot asap. I know it's short notice but it's for Dytto's birthday present. I couldn't wait till friday night so I brought them here!" Holly laughed but then sighed, a regretful look on her face. "I would love to help but I still have to help some of the girls moved in on the third floor. If you still need me, I should be free in thirty minutes or so." Natalya sighed and shook her head. "No, I have to do it right away. The guys who drove over here with the... Presents, wouldn't be happy to have to wait that much longer." Natalya caught herself, almost slipping up and giving a hint to the presents when people were around. "Anyways I gotta rush! See you later! Giving the woman another quick hug Natalya looked around and spotted three girls she knew, both sophomores. As she quickly explained to them what she needed done and where to find the buckets her phone chimed and she pulled it out, not even pausing in her explanation. 'Holy shit, everyone's messaged me...' After thanking the girls at least three times she shot out some texts.

To: Fred
Psh, I moved in at 9 am sharp. Guess what's coming early this year? You better be with Dytto and Nate.

To: Nate
You better not have left Dytto's room. I have plans set up. -.- <3

To: D-Mac
Don't leave your room. I'll come get you and the boys in 10.

To: Crazy Bitch <3
I'm coming to grab you. Presents are happening today in 15 minutes. London's included if she's with you.

To:Alex
Yo, you alive?

To: British Tea
That was set hours ago. I'll help you move in if you meet me in the parking lot in 15. Don't be late, the Queen wouldn't approve.

Natalya chuckled at her last message and headed towards her room. While Will was only a normal boy from England she always loved to tease him, though truly many of their summer talks had been her quizzing him on British culture. 'At least talking to him is never boring.' The two trips down in the elevator and across the parking lot to leave the rest of the gifts with the guys took exactly 10 minutes as she expected. Arriving back on the second floor of Wright hall Natalya quickly ran to Dytto's door and bangs on it three times, hard, before throwing it open. "Hurry up and get your asses downstairs! I'll go get Esper and meet you at the elevator!!!" Without waiting for an answer Natalya shot across the hallway, dodging around other people as she went. It was surprising how fast she could move in heel but then, she was probably the only girl who's dad made her do combat training in heels 'just in case'. Banging on Esper's door just as hard she flung it open, her excitement showing on her face. Even as she started to speak she looked around the room to see if London was there. "Come on! Time to go!!!" While Natalya could be one of the most cold-hearted, bitchiest people you will ever meet she could be a kind and generous person. She loved giving presents, she loved the looks of shock, sometimes horror, and happiness that people got when face with a truly heartfelt, meaningful gift. And Natalya, as her friends knew, didn't know how to NOT spend absurd amounts of money on gifts. Her family tradition was literally to try and outspend/gift each other, going so far that they had made it a game that they literally had scorecards for.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale

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Nathan only grinned down at Farrah's face when their lips parted, tucking a few strands of hair behind her left ear gently. He had to learn to ignore the faces she made whenever Dytto somehow made her way into their conversation. It was always an awkward situation to be placed in, which was the other reason why he was perfectly fine with keeping them a secret for just a bit longer. Dytto might actually kill him.

The other dancer was usually much chiller than that and her carefree, don't-give-an-absolute-fuck-about-anything-that'll-cause-me-drama attitude was renown in their group. Sure, she liked hearing drama from time to time, but if Dytto could help it, she would remove herself from it or dispel it from her mind as quickly as she could so as not to linger on the issue. It was unhealthy just as much as it was healthy, but he doubted she would handle the situation well. Nate remembered their earlier years at Crossroads, Dytto's misery. It had fostered a bit of hatred towards anyone who was involved and, despite the fact that she admitted that Farrah had never touched her nor even acknowledged her back then, her fellow dancer was hated. The abhorrence was strong with this one and it should have been enough to keep Nathan on the frenemies-with-benefits track like he was supposed to. But it gives you such a thrill, should not still be the unspoken truth.

"Probably not long," he answered honestly just in time for his phone to vibrate in his back pocket. Sighing heavily and thinking it was probably Dytto since she had kept going back to her phone all morning back when she helped him check-in, he pulled it out only to see Nat's text. It made him roll his eyes and chuckle quietly before meeting Farrah's eyes once more. "Well. Duty calls. Apparently, I gotta go. Dee's other half just got here," he said and kissed Farrah's forehead gently. He turned to at least reach for the door when he heard heels stomp excited into the apartment from the other side, willing himself to be silent and not move. "Shit," he swore as he heard Natalya's unnecessarily loud and excited voice and her bang against Dytto's door. He waited until he heard those same heels leave just as quickly as they came before glancing over his shoulder at Farrah, "I'll text you after class.", and then hurried out, closing the door quietly behind him.



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Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room B

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Dytto was cracking up at Fred's quick retort, moving to peruse through her collection for Fred's enjoyment but also to get out her second controller. She had earlier only pulled out one game controllers since Outlast was only a one-person game. It made her briefly made her wonder if the creators would change the interface to accommodate more than one, but she quickly shot that down. Having one player was what made it a heart-racing experience. "Uh huh, talk your shit, Gains," she said distractedly and finally found her second controller in the lower cabinet of her television stand. Her phone vibrated on the rug, but she chose to ignore it at the moment. Especially if it was Liam.

"You say something simple and chose Call of Duty?" She exclaimed, dramatizing her skepticism before tsking and shaking her head. "You must really want this ass-whooping." Dytto sorted back through the disk boxes as she had seen the game a second ago and then let out a small exclamation upon finding it again. As she proceeded to restart her game station's system and exchanging the disks, the sound of Fred digging his hand into the paper lined box ceased and his next question came. "Yeah, I did. I didn't kn - " Only a second later and there was a loud banging on her door, which for a second reminded Dytto of Nathan (despite knowing that he knew he could easily walk into her room at any given moment), and then Natalya's voice. Dytto whipped her head in the direction of the door and she rolled her eyes as Natalya decided to rush her. Well, them, since she had also been looking for Fred as well earlier. "This bitch...always tryna' give people heart attacks," she grumbled without actually meaning a thing by it.

Dytto quickly rose to her feet, raking her fingers through her straightened hair and fixing her snapback so that it was no longer backwards on her head. She had flipped it in the middle of watching Nate play - who, by the way, was taking too damn long and she wouldn't be surprised if Farrah had pissed him while acquiescing to his demands for quieter music since there was literally silence from the wall now. As she slipped her feet back into her black Aquazurra sandals (they were heels, for some reason, most people called them sandals and Dytto really didn't feel like arguing about it) and picked up her red vest, she also grabbed her phone and glanced at Fred. "Rain check on your ass kicking. We've been summoned," she told him on a playful wink and pulled her red vest back on, allowing it to fall freely down to her ankles. She glanced back down at her phone to see messages from Liam, Esperanza and Katherine. Two made her roll her eyes; only one made her smile. And aren't you turning into a sappy ass bitch, some part of her brain taunted and Dytto chose to ignore it, grabbed a hold of Fred's arm while reaching for her set of dorm keys, and then heading out of her dorm to see Nate standing in the hallway. Her head tilted to the side for a moment before Dytto closed her door behind them, locking it.

"You just leaving her room," she questioned sardonically, suspiciously, as she continued to walk past him so that Nate and Fred could follow. A scent hit her as she passed him and Dytto wrinkled her nose ponderingly "No, just coming back from the bathroom," he lied without falter, nodding to Fred again, and proceeded to follow the brunette as she appeared to be typing on her cell. "Smelling like you've been dumped in a trashcan filled with nothing but perfume?" Was her next inquiry and not one to usually stumble at the face of Dytto's quick fire questions, Nate responded with "Not my fault that apparently, you live with a lot of girls who flooded your damn bathroom with this shit." His Brooklyn accent became much clearer in his defense of himself and Nate didn't have to see Dytto's face to know that she either didn't trust him or didn't care. So, he turned his attention to Fred. "What's up with her? You kick her ass or something?" Dytto hated losing, but she also wasn't taking Nathan's bait either. And he still couldn't see her face. Her hair fell like a curtain of chestnut silk as she punched out a few responses on her phone, her heels click-clacking against the white linoleum floor.

To: Esper
Can't wait

To: Liam
1, ew. 2, ew. And 3, the difference between animals & Kat is dat 1 of dem is cute. And it damn sure ain't her

To: Katherine
Try again

It didn't take long to reach the elevator and when she did, a small smirk was on Dytto's face because she was taking in both her best friend and Esper. Though, her gaze was mostly on the cheerleader and Dytto ran her fingers through her hair, twisting her fingers on a few strands as she eyed Esperanza surreptitiously. After all, she said she wouldn't touch. Said nothing about not looking. Nate had to laugh to himself, just a bit and quietly, at that. He knew all about Dytto's little "innocent" crush on Esperanza and always found it interesting with the two interacted. Dytto was good at being cool and detached, just not when this one was around. "This better be a bomb ass present for you to be banging on people's doors like you've lost your mind," Dytto stated distractedly, flitting her gaze to Natalya with a warm smile, before her gaze returned to Esperanza. Who honestly shouldn't show that much long. Like, honestly - that's not fair. How was Dytto not supposed to envision getting her hands all over that smooth, tanned, untouchable skin. Honestly, unfair and unjust torture. "Hey, gorgeous. Don't you look all tanned and glorious!" She greeted her, dragging her eyes up to meet Esperanza's, her tongue peeking out to wet her bottom lip. Nate had to cough into his fist to avoid a snicker.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Location: Wright Hall, Floor 2, Room B || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

Frederick was more than ready to kick Dytto's ass. He had been practicing all summer and he had new techniques that he knows that she has never seen before. He kept a good grip on the controller, excited to play with one of his favorite second players. He knew he was going to enjoy this as much as she was. Just then his phone buzzed as well as Dytto's. But her phone was always buzzing. People were always trying to get in contact with Miss Dee. Checking the message, he saw that Natalya was making sure that Fred was with Nate and Dytto. Well Nathan had just walked out for reasons Fred was not aware of.

Dytto was finally going to answer his question about Jonnie's absense, but that was when the Russian thought it would be best bang on the door and let herself in. Excitedly exclaiming that the two of them needed to join her downstairs. The gamer rolled his eyes and set the controller down. Dytto called for a reign check which caused him to laugh. "You weren't ready for this ass whopping anyway." he said, throwing back her own competitive remark.

They left the bedroom and Nathan rejoined him. Frederick smiled. Dytto on the other hand immediately started interrogating his whereabouts. Fred did not see the big deal, but he was not going to be in the middle of his conversation. Nathan did not seem to get that and tied her crabbiness to getting beaten in a game. Frederick laughed a little. "Didn't get the chance. Natalya came running in and summoned both of us."

The three of them made it downstairs where a lot of people were starting to gather. That was when Frederick started to understand what was going on. This was consistent every year. Natalya buys all her friends expensive gifts and expects no payment in return. "You interrupted Dytto's ass kicking, Nat. This has to be good." he said, with a charming smile and humor in his tone.




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Location: Wright Hall, Floor 2, Room A || Mood: Annoyed || Outfit: XX

Farrah thought they would have much longer than what they were given. As soon as Nathan spoke, his phone went off. The dancer was not pleased to hear that her boyfriend was being dragged away by the dumb Russian blonde. She kept that to herself. Nathan happened to be friends with that girl and upsetting him with her rude comment was not in the plan. With a kiss to her forehead, he pulled away and turned to leave. But the Russian barged in the dorm and obviously went to collect the witch next door. When Nathan said it was safe, he said his farewell and stepped out. Farrah gave a half-hearted wave and turned to sit on her bed.

She took hold of her phone and released that Esper and Liam both messaged her. Esperanza's text worried the dancer. There was no need for her best friend to find her anyone. Farrah was already dating someone, but Esper did not know that. A sigh escaped her. This secret relationship was going to be much harder than anticipated.

To: Esper Darling
I don't have time for boyfriends. We are co captains in our senior year. I would much rather focus on ending up as national championships than someone's girl

That was a lie. If she could figure out a way to spend as much time with Nathan as she spent dancing then she would.

To: Liam
Oh please. Don't act like the Goldon Boy. Where was the extended invitation to help me move in, Mr. 'I was here at 7 in the morning'

Shaking her head in amusement, she laid on her bed. She just wanted to kill some time. She did not want to see everyone gathered around some tattooed chick, accepting gifts. Farrah played some music and just stayed in her bed.




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Location: Chase Hall, Floor 2B, Room C || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

William was happy for some help. Liam was not here yet, but there was no rush. There was still and hour or two to kill before everyone needed to be mingling outside at the barbeque. Will was rather excited to reunite with his friends there. He had missed hem. Being in England for his entire summer with no opportunities to see anyone is rather saddening. But he was back in the United States ready to make this the best year yet. His phone buzzed and it was from Miss Russia. He smiled and glanced over it before laughing.

Every time she wanted him to do anything she uses the queen against him. Will has only met the Queen once. It does not work on him. But he will go to the parking lot to see what was so important. There was no harm in getting some fresh air and seeing his friends.

To: Russian
This has to be good, Nat. I had to hang up on the Queen

No harm in going along with the joke. He needed to send Liam a quick text so that he knew not to come to his dorm.

To: Liam
There has been a change of plans. I will just see you at the barbeque

Grabbing his keys, he left his room and headed downstairs. On his way down, he received a message from London. He was glad that she was still nice to him, despite his friendship with Liam. He would be sad to lose one of his other favorite royal.

To: London
My stuff is in my room, if that is what you mean.

Moving in was still a slow process he would have to get back to after dealing with Natalya. When he got outside, he saw that he was clearly not the only person out there. Nat must have something big planned. He went closer to the crowd, smiling politely at some of the faces he recognized.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Alex Turner Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Interacting/Texting With: Dytto, Fred, Alex, Nate, Esper, Will, Grigori (NPC) ||Location: Senior Parking Lot (Across the parking lot from the Wright and Chase Buildings)
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"Yeah, yeah. I'll go get London, she's just next door," Despite knowing that meant London was in the airhead's room Natalya just nodded, a big smile on her face. "Oh, and nice to see you again. We'll catch up at the barbecue? I have something to tell you." Natalya rolled her eyes though her smile never left her face. "Of course! Now hurry up!"As Esper went to one of the other rooms in their dorm, the one she assumed to be Katherine's, Natalya stood next to door that lead out of their dorm. Bouncing up and down in excitement she peaked out to see Dytto and Fred emerging from her room just as Esper walked past her and down the hall. Rushing out after her Natalya practically skipped which caught the attention of a group of Junior nearby. Shooting them an evil smile to make up for her unsual amount of happiness the girls quickly looked away. Just as Natalya chuckled at her little accomplishment Dytto and the boys walked up to them. Turning to press the elevator button Natalya looked back as Dytto spoke. "This better be a bomb ass present for you to be banging on people's doors like you've lost your mind" Esper chimed in right after her. "She's right, I mean I would expect something extravagant since it's our senior year" And Fred was quick to add a comment in as well. "You interrupted Dytto's ass kicking, Nat. This has to be good." Natalya laughed, a devious look in her eyes. "I'll be lucky if you're not banging on my head after you get your wicked sweet present. And sweetheart you have no idea. Also, Fred we both know she was about to kick your ass." For a moment Natalya let her eyes wander over Nate's physique as he approached with the others but her eyes skipped away just as quickly. Just as the elevator doors opened Natalya felt her phone vibrate in her pocket and pulled it out as she and her friends stepped in. She chuckled at Will's text and sent a quick reply.

To: British Tea
Oh it's good. I'm on my way down. I'll grab you on our way out.

As the elevator opened and they exited the building Natalya noticed the crowd as she put her phone back in her pocket. She had expected this of course. After asking sophomores for help it was obvious they would tell a few people but Natalya definitely had underestimated the rate at which information like this would travel. Shrugging Natalya looked around the crowd, as she started across the parking lot. Once they were a good halfway across the parking lot Natalya spotted Will. Letting out a whistle she waved him over and then headed towards the trailers, the small crowd parting for them in a manner that had Natalya chuckling again. Shaking her head she let her excitement fall away for a second, glancing back to see if Will had joined the group or not, as she touched her lip gently. 'It's still just as fun but I really wish I wasn't doing it now just to distract them from the fact that I look like someone beat me up...' Natalya had been known to get into fights (both in school and out) but never before something important, like the first day of school, and she always made sure her friends never saw the worst of her injures. Sadly a busted lip was hard to hide, unlike the bruise on her left arm from using it to block a blow, so she put on a smile and hurried the last few feet past the crowd. Making it within the vicinity of the trailers Natalya saw that all five guys now stood outside of the three trailers that were parked in a neat row. The next moment she spotted the three sophomores she had asked for help, each with buckets full of cold water at their feet and looking at the guys nervously. Three of the five were on the bigger, and definitely buff side, the other two having being muscled in a far more subtle way, and all five had at least a couple tattoos.

Letting a smirk slide onto her face Natalya stalked over to one of the bigger guys, who happened to be the one she had chatted with earlier. "You didn't have to get out of the trucks you know. It's just a school." Before the man could answer one of the other guys shrugged. "It's not a problem Boss, Grigori here felt nervous once the crowd started to gather so we decided to stretch our legs." Natalya shot a sharp look at the man that obviously screamed 'Not Here' .The man's Russian accent was thick and at that moment Natalya was glad that her own was at least partially masked by her Boston accent. While she knew most people would assume she had hired the guys the use of the title Boss could raise questions. The man she spoke to, know known to be Grigori, cleared his throat and spoke up quickly. "You want us to get back in the trucks?" Natalya pursed her lips and then looked at the man who had spoken up before. "My friend Alex isn't here from what I can tell so go bring that one back. The rest of you can stay out, I'll need three of you anyways." Natalya motioned to the trailer that she knew had Alex's present in it and then watched as the guy nodded and turned to leave. Satisfied Natalya turned to look at her friends, her smile reappearing. "Okay! So, for those of you who aren't used to this let me tell you the rules. There are no refusals, no returns, and no regrets! I worked really hard to get you all things I know you'll love. I don't want to hear complaints about cost. As much as I love you, I will kill you. They're birthday presents, you're my friends, and this is senior year! Also, I enjoy this just as much as you guys enjoy using your gifts afterwards so don't ruin it for me." Laughing Natalya headed over to grab the first gift.

Going over to where two large boxes sat, though one was extremely larger than the other, Natalya lifted a gift box about the size of book off the top of the larger one and walked over to Esper. Handing the girl the box Natalya watched as the girl lifted the lid off. Inside were two jewelry boxes, a purple Ipod (That wasn't supposed to be released for another two months) and a stack of iTunes gift cards worth $2000. Natalya quickly put a few steps between her and Esper as the, known to be violent, Latino girl reached for the jewelry boxes. Inside the first was a simple necklace with a two carat diamond on a 18 karat white gold chain. The second held another necklace, this one being far less simple. It was, as the man selling it had said, a one-of-a-kind diamond pendant showcasing an exceptional fancy yellowish green pear shape diamond adorned by a double halo of petite brilliant white diamonds and fancy pink diamond accents set in a modern 18 karat white and rose gold design. The 2 carat,pear shaped diamond in the center was what had caught Natalya's attention and as such had been the main reason for it's price of 42 thousand dollars. Looking up at Esper's face Natalya hesitated to get too excited. This was the first year she had gone over the 10 grand mark so she didn't know how the girl would react.




Going to get the next present Natalya decided to grab the smaller of the two large boxes, figuring that it would be a little less of a punch in the gut since only Will would know how much they truly cost. Carrying it over carefully Natalya set it down in front of the Brit and smiled. "Go ahead!" As she knew, inside the box were six gifts in total. The most expensive was the antique, Arthur Stone Sterling Silver Tea Set. 'Though now that I think about it all of the tea might have been more expensive...' The tie, since Natalya honestly couldn't remember, was the box that filled the entire bottom half of the gift box. After finding a Chinese tea website Natalya had called them and ordered a 200 gram (7 oz.) bag of every type of tea they had, which now filled the box. There were also two more antique tea sets, a Green Toile Porcelain Tea Set, a Black Totem Japanese Tea Set, a stack of iTunes gift cards, and an iPod (the same model as Esper's) in blue. As Will looked through the items Natalya spoke. "I know that some people don't use the antiques so I wanted to get you some normal ones too. You would not believe how hard it is to find non-girly tea sets..." Though she was smiling, uncertainty was definitely present in Natalya's gaze. Will and her had only started talking this past summer and weren't that close. She had tried to tone back but had gotten carried away and excited while shopping online for him and it had lead to this.




Figuring she would go on with the boxes Natalya asked two of the guys to grab the huge box and carry it over to where her friends were. As they set it in front of Fred she looked between him and the box, that looked like it could fit ten 60" flat screen TVs in it, and wiggled her eyebrows. "You ready?" Just to make it difficult on him Natalya had actually tied a bow and wrapped the huge box, her efforts apparent as there were three types of wrapping paper covering it. Inside was a treasure trove of gifts. Fred was very hard to shop for expensively so she had decided to go quantity=quality. Inside was another bow that heal an actual 60" flat screen TV in it. Other than that there was an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, four extra controllers for each console, five headsets (those things break wicked fucking easy) that are compatible with both systems, a green Ipod that, just like Esper's, wasn't supposed to come out for another two months. Not stopping there, there was a large stack of gift cards tied together with a ribbon. The stack was quite large and contained ten thousand dollars of Game Stop Gift Cards, two thousand of iTunes, ten thousand dollars in Barnes and Nobles Gift Cards, and five thousand dollars of cards to his favorite local coffee shop. "Two guys will be coming by with a stand for the TV and the gaming systems tomorrow. I had it custom made to where it would fit the TV and Systems on top and the two shelves are both tall enough to hold games. Oh, and I had them make it taller, which three shelve, but not as wide so it would stick close to he wall and not take up a ton of room." As Fred looked through the gift cards she laughed at the coffee shop one. "You would not believe the look on her face when I told her to ring up five grand of gift cards this morning. She had to ring it up as eight separate orders"




Natalya rushed over to Nate, a huge smile on her face, and held out a small box to him. As the box moved it jingled and inside there was a key, an iPod, and a stack of iTunes gift cards. Once Nate had opened the box and looked at Natalya she rushed over to one of the two trailers that was still there. After getting a confirming nod, Natalya yanked the door up, garage style, and ran in. Having prepared for this there was a black cloth that concealed her, and the gift from sight. A few moments later she came out, pushing a 1963 Harley Davidson DuoGlide FLH along at her side. As she walked it over to him she smiled, knowing he would have instantly recognized the bike. After all it was the type Wolverine rode in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Nate loved Wolverine almost as much as Natalya loved music... Maybe a little less than that but still, he was obsessed. "Not only is this the same type of bike but is the actual bike from the movie. It was really hard to find and even harder to convince them to sell it but here it is. AND, you have another present but you can't have it until I can talk to you and Dytto alone." She handed the bike over to him with a smirk.




This one excited Natalya the most, something she made obvious as she jumped in excitement before scurrying away from Nate. Going into the second trailer, after lifting the door, Natalya revved the engine and drove the Redish-Purple Lamborghini Gallardo out of the trailer. Jumping out Natalya looked at Dytto with an excited, goofy face. "Don't move! Watch this!" Jumping away from the car, closing the door, and running over to Dytto's side she clutched her best friend's hand in excitement. Grigori who, along with two of the other guys, was now holding one of the buckets full of water. Giving him a quick nod Natalya focused her attention on Dytto's face as they dumped the water onto the war making it appear to wash the paint away to reveal a wicked sweet paint job. "It's thermo-chromatic paint! Whenever the car gets wet it changes back and forth! As if to set an example one of the guys dumped what little water was left in his bucket on the car and a splash of the maroon reappeared. Sitting inside the car on the passenger seat was, of course, a purple iPod and it's paired gift cards. "If you can believe it I think your other gift is cooler."

Prices (cause I had them xP)
Arthur Stone Sterling Silver Tea Set - 37.5k
Tea Set Link "Antique" - 4.2k
Tea Set Link "Tea Sets" - 14.5k
Green Toile Porcelain Tea Set - $120
Black Totem Japanese Tea Set - $35
Fred's Gifts - About 35k (sorry, I wasn't searching all that again xD)

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale

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After the awkward encounter with Dytto, Esperanza wanted to just poof. Hanging out with the underclassmen sounded like an excellent idea now. She felt her phone buzz in her bag, which caused her to flinch. As much as she wanted to check her messages, she was supposed to be getting all hyped up for Russian Barbie's presents. The girl's comeback to Fred was completely amusing. The girl burst out laughing, nearly falling over again as she stepped on the ground weirdly, causing her foot to wobble. She cursed under her breath as she finally stood in a balanced position. "Woah there, as much as I love your spunk. You're threatening to take away the title of Queen Bitch, and we all know that's me," the Latina commented. "Bow down peasants-" Before she could continue, her phone buzzed again. She felt kind of bad for ignoring her previous message. so she checked her phone. The first message was from Farrah; she made a mental note to respond to her later. The next message, she rose a brow completely perplexed. "Holy fucking shit, Stephanie's not coming back this year," she gasped. Esper hated the head cheerleader. She thought she was too conceited and she also hated the fact that the bitch wanted to overthrow London as the Queen. Clearly London was the queen, and Esper was her sexy Latina sidekick. This year couldn't have started any better. With Jonnie gone, she was free to pursue whoever she wished. And now with Stephanie gone, they wouldn't have to do routines to Taylor Swift or some crappy artist like that. Stepping into the elevator, she began to respond to Farrah's message, humming LoveGame under her breath.

To Farrah my Babe:
Suit yourself, but I'm pretty damn sure this year will be great for us. Once I scare the freshmen shitless with my warm up routine, we'll be good to go.

It was true that Esper was known to be a hardcore captain. She wasn't afraid to become the more attractive Abby Lee Miller. She expected perfection, and she didn't want anything less. Luckily Farrah was there to balance out her cruelty, if Farrah wasn't there Esper would probably have killed every member of the dance team. Following Natalya out of the elevator, putting her phone away, she eyed the trucks suspiciously. Remembering what she had gotten in the past, it made Esper sick. She didn't deserve those presents. She wasn't exactly the bestest friend ever, but she tried. The thing that she hated the most was the fact that she had considered selling her gifts for money. It was selfish and cruel, but Esper needed the money. Not many of the kids in school understood what it was like to be poor like her. If she was a good person, she'd refuse it to prevent the temptation from consuming her; Esperanza Ramos was not a good person. She watched as the girl went to get the stuff. Her mouth opened and she shook her head in disbelief. $2000 worth of iTunes cards, an iPod that wouldn't be coming out for several months, and two necklaces that were probably worth double the price of her house and family car combined. "Russian Barbie, I literally knew it. You went way over the 10k mark. Not saying I'm mad," she chuckled, looking at the girl with a genuine smile. "Thank you, you're literally one of the greatest people I ever met, and that's probably the most positive thing I'll say about you," she continued. The girl had to keep it real. She didn't exactly know what to say when it came to positive things. She was surprised she could talk without stuttering.

Esperanza waited as everyone else got their presents. She didn't really care about the other people. Her arms were crossed, eyes not leaving the brunette beauty that somehow made her have a heart. Watching her was easily one of her favorite things to do. Not just for her undeniable beauty, but the fact that she was just a great person in general. As much as she wanted to see what that car looked like. She knew it would be more interesting to watch Dytto's reaction. Esper would probably vomit at the sight of the car anyway, since she knew that the car was way too expensive. She would love a nice car, if she actually deserved it. Her face softened a bit as she sighed quietly. "Rich people," she breathed.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Joseph Grant Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale

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"Now, you see what you've done," Nathan demanded, though his tone was still as lax and seemingly unbothered as ever. Once the barbecue's beginning was announced, mostly anyone who had either been involved in or witnessed Natalya's "gift-bearing ritual" went their separate ways. Most, considering they were students who would obviously go where there was free food, went to the barbecue in lieu of the long line that was sure to form. Others, like the staff members Natalya had brought on to campus or simply students who would not be bothered by interactions with classmates they could do without, just left campus. Nate gestured to Dytto, who seemed to be practically vibrating in the driver's seat of her new Lamborghini. "She's like the freakin' Energy Bunny now!"

"Bitch, don't kill my vibe," Dytto sang, hands on the wheel as she debated whether or not she would take the car for a spin. As much as she liked barbecues and she always caved to the allure of honey barbecue ribs, or even a bomb burger, she could always go pick something up. Not because she didn't like the school's food, but because she honestly loved driving. The simple truth of the matter was that she had been debating whether or not she was going to allow Bernard to purchase her another vehicle. He had said something about wanting both her and Katherine to have cars that they could share or simply have back-ups - whatever reason he came up with the idea that any one person needed more than one car still alluded her, but she wasn't going to deny a good vehicle - on any given day. Now, she didn't have to worry about feeling bad for having him spend money on her. Since... well, someone else beat him to it. Not to mention it had a wicked fucking paint job that totally did not make her jump up and down like a damn loon. Because, Dytto would never do that, absolutely not. Too cool for that.

"But still, as much as I love it, you know I'm gonna have to send this home. Can't take up two parking spaces," Dytto acknowledged ruefully to her best friends, climbing out of the Lamborghini and closed the door behind her in favor of leaning back against. It took her a second later to turn a look to Nathan as she said, "And I like how you're talking shit considering you're still leaning against that thing like you're actually Logan. All you need is a cigar and you'll have it made." Not to mention the tragic backstory, she almost quipped, but then again, he already did. Which was why Dytto kept her damn mouth shut. Either Nate didn't notice her almost slip or didn't care enough at the moment because he grinned at her a second later. "Says the girl who's all heart eyes over a damn car and she barely even likes anything less than an SUV." She only stuck her tongue out at him and he stayed propped up against his new bike, a bit happier than he was going to admit to either of his friends.

"But also, how the hell is anyone supposed to get you a present after this?" Nate inquired with a raised brow, standing straight when he noticed more students heading in the direction of the barbecue. Dytto hummed in agreement. "Yeah, some of us don't have money coming out of our asses here," she complained, wincing in faux reproach at the look Nathan tossed her. "Says the girl with the thousand dollar television," he reminded her. "Not my money." Nathan only rolled his eyes before turning his attention solely on Natalya. He did, though, bite out at a "Shut up!" Dytto pouted and muttered, "Okay, okay," and pulled out her phone to see messages from her friends, but also to figure out where Fred had disappeared to since she had lost him in her earlier excitement. Esperanza too, but Dytto was pretty sure she'd catch that eye candy back at the barbecue.

To: Liam
The answer is no. U want a 3some? Try finding sum1 I actually want. Never her. Not even I was drunk

To: Joe
B there soon

To: Fred
Where u go?

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"I know, I know, senior year is the time for me to have
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"You've got everything you need, then? You're sure?" Theresa Tailer, Eloise's mother asked, as Eloise stood beside the passenger side of her family's car. Her mother sat beside the window, and her father in the driver's seat, just as her father was getting ready to pull out of the school's parking lot. "Yeah, I have everything that I need. Thanks for all of the help," she reassured her mother, before looking further into the car at her father, with a lighter smile. "I really hope you didn't actually throw out your back, dad. I told you that I could have asked someone to help you move that television in," she said, a small giggle escaping despite her will to suppress it. "Me? Nah, I'm alright. You know my saying, 'if you want it done right, do it yourself'. Your old man never needs help, you should know that by now, Ellie," he insisted confidently, in a way that made her mother roll her eyes and follow up with, "And that's exactly why it took us an extra hour to get here. You've been here how many times, and not even that or the GPS was enough to keep you from taking us on a 'short cut'?" Before her father could answer and defend himself, Theresa's smile turned softer and she returned her gaze to her daughter. "Don't let us keep you any longer. Go out to that barbecue and have a good time, Ellie. Really, have fun this year. We know you'll do good, but we want you to have some fun too, okay? And you know that we're just a phone call away if you need anything."

Eloise knew that she really was lucky to have such great parents. The issues that she had with her parents were infrequent and minor, and though some of that could be related to how she only really lived with them for three or so months out of the year, they really did get along well. She respected them, and they treated her maturely, allowing her the freedom that most teenagers her age lusted over. As her mother seemed to be hinting at, it wasn't a level of freedom that Eloise abused though. She wasn't the kind of teenager who drank or used drugs, or snuck out late at night or threw parties when her parents weren't home. It just... wasn't her. She was the kind of girl who enjoyed fading into the background. That was where she was comfortable... where she could see everyone else, but no one else really saw her. Maybe it was a little bit less fun and exciting on that side of things, but it was safer there. "Alright, I'll Facetime you guys tomorrow. Love you," Eloise said, a wave being enough to send off her parents, since they had gotten through the emotional hugs and all earlier, after her parents helped move her in.

With them gone, she could go to the barbecue, and only since she was hungry, did she decide to do that. Big gatherings weren't really her scene, and she much preferred the idea of readjusting to her school dormitory setting over socializing, but even she couldn't turn down barbecue food. Her attention remained focused on her phone for a few moments as she returned a few text messages, including one to Joseph.

To: Joe
Haha I'm on my way there now! And yeah, my parents just left. I'm all moved in.

It didn't take long after the message was sent for her to spot Joseph filling his plate, but the boy standing beside him made her resist the urge to go over to her friend. Liam wasn't someone that she had any intention of interacting with, and she thought that returning to her dorm would have been the preferable choice over having to socialize with him. Her grumbling stomach rejected that option very quickly, but she decided to start at the opposite end of the barbecue, just to relieve herself of having to interact with the blonde. Starting at the opposite end didn't disappoint her either, since she was able to fill her plate with a burger and french fries, and grab a water bottle as well. It was all she wanted, and after getting everything, she headed across the lawn to an empty table and sent out another two text messages.

To: Joe
I'm not sure if you're going to sit with your other friends, but I found a table if you want to come over!

To: Fred
Hey Fred, are you at the barbecue? I missed you this summer!

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: Eloise Tailer Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale

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Frederick could not believe the gift Natalya gave him. This was greater than anything he has ever gotten in his entire life. There was so much that he was almost speechless. When it was handed over to him, he practically choked out his thank you. The nerd continue to geek over the endless amount of gaming opportunities with the new consoles, games, and gift cards he just got. He stayed through the end of the gift giving. Everyones gifts were both thoughtful and expensive. He could not imagine What he would have to get the Russian to make up for this. But he would think about it later. Freddy took his gift and headed back to his room. He wanted to put it away and then join everyone at the barbeque. He was starving and food was an absolute must.

It wasn't long before everything was put away and he headed back down the to where everyone was. But he was taking his time. Dytto texted him, wondering where he was.

To: Dytto
I put my systems away. I'm headed to the barbeque now.

With that message sent, he continued on his way. It wasn't long before he had another buzz. Dytto was a fast texter, always stuck to her phone, but that was unreasonable fast. He saw that it came from Eloise. He smiled softly and quickly tapped away at a response.

To: Ellie
On my way!

Frederick saw everyone mingling at the barbeque. First he spotted Dytto and Nathan with Natalya. Probably talking about her need to buy expensive gifts. He was going to join them, but then he saw Ellie at a table by herself. He hadn't seen her all summer or talked to her much. They were friends and it would be nice to catch up again. He headed toward her table and then sat down across from her. He smiled brightly. "Hey Ellie! How's it hanging?"




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William could not believe that the Russian had bought him some many different tea sets and a billion different types of tea leaves. There was endless possibilities when it came to tea now. He was more than excited to try this right away. But he wanted the first cup to be with the person that bought it for him. After classes this afternoon, he would ask her to come hang out in his room so they can have some tea. When Farrah wasn't around of course. She would get the second cup. Speaking of which, he hadn't heard from her since she told him that he was on his own from moving in. As Will pulled his phone out to message her, someone tapped his shoulder. "Excuse me? Can you help me? I'm looking for a Brit."

William and Farah laughed before hugging each other. Best friends united after an entire summer away from each other. Once they pulled from the embrace, Farrah crossed her arms and looked over him. "So how was the Queen?" She asked, knowing full well that he did not see the Queen this summer. "Well. In fact, she insisted on meeting you. How's the President?" Farrah waved his hand dismissively. "Always requesting my dancing. I turned him down. Again." hey both managed to keep a straight face, before breaking out into laughter once again. The dancer ran her fingers through her hair and glanced over at Natalya, Dytto, and Nathan. The two people she hated surrounding her boyfriend. How lovely? He had such a great taste in human beings. William caught her glaring and snapped his fingers. "If you keep staring, it won't be a secret anymore." Will told her. Farrah just rolled her eyes and peeled her gaze away from her mancandy of a boyfriend.

She caught sight of Liam and smiled bright before looking back at William. "Let's go entertain to the king." Will chuckled a little before following after the dancer. They stood close to Liam, who was talking to Joe. Farrah kept her arms crossed not really attempting to be friendly. Will on the other hand smiled bright. "Hey Liam, Joe." He said, making up for Farrah's unfriendliness. He never understood why she never attempted to make friends with people. It would save her a world of trouble.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: William Richardson

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Natalya smiled as her friends fawned over their gifts. Esper had taken it particularly well. "Russian Barbie, I literally knew it. You went way over the 10k mark. Not saying I'm mad. Thank you, you're literally one of the greatest people I ever met, and that's probably the most positive thing I'll say about you." At that Natalya had promptly stuck out her tongue. "Love you too Esper, and I never said I would stay under ten grand you guys just assumed that I would. You all got cheap presents last year for a reason." A two and a half grand max spending range might be a lot for some people but not for Natalya.

Fred, on the other hand, had been speechless. Technically his had costed the least so to see him so happy with it Natalya was proud of herself. Will had pretty much been in the same boat only he had been far more shocked. Since they had only really started to become friends over the summer through texts and Skype calls Natalya could understand the shock but she had shrugged, responding with a casual, "You're my friend. All my friends are family. Family members get birthday presents." She knew that, at least to her, it meant a lot more than that but she wasn't the type to make a big deal of it.


Once their crowd had dispersed and most of her other friends had went to put their gifts away Natalya was left with Nate and Dytto. After a quick, whispered, conversation with Grigori Natalya smirked and punched the man on the shoulder. "Haha, see you later." As the guys all loaded back into the trucks and left Natalya walked over to where Nate and Dytto were. "Now, you see what you've done? She's like the freakin' Energy Bunny now!" Dytto's response was quick. "Bitch, don't kill my vibe" Natalya laughed and rolled her eyes, watching the two quarrel. But still, as much as I love it, you know I'm gonna have to send this home. Can't take up two parking spaces." Natalya raised a brow at Dytto. "You don't think I would have thought of that? My Dad donated 250 grand to the school to wipe the fights off my record and get all three of us a second parking spot for the year. School gets a new tennis court and my dad doesn't have to worry about bribing a college to overlook my fighting habits. Well at least not right away. Of course I had to promise to keep the fights in school to a minimum... I think he said no more than three.." Natalya shrugged, her father had tacked it on to her birthday present last year, trying to make his present better than her uncle's so it hadn't even been something she had to ask for. Seeing as stuff like this was normal Dytto went right back to her tiff with Nathan. "And I like how you're talking shit considering you're still leaning against that thing like you're actually Logan. All you need is a cigar and you'll have it made." Natalya followed the verbal battle as if it was a tennis match, her eyes skipping from one person to the other. "Says the girl who's all heart eyes over a damn car and she barely even likes anything less than an SUV." She only stuck her tongue out at him and he stayed propped up against his new bike, a bit happier than he was going to admit to either of his friends.

"But also, how the hell is anyone supposed to get you a present after this?" As the two suddenly turned their attention on her Natalya giggled. "Yeah, some of us don't have money coming out of our asses here." Natalya shot Dytto a cool look, one eyebrow raised. At the brunette's fake look of regret she chuckled and shook her head. "Says the girl with the thousand dollar television." Natalya almost wanted to smack the two of them but she withheld herself, mostly because it was the first day of school. "Not my money." "Shut up!" "Okay, okay," Natalya waited a minute to speak, making sure the two were done. "Anyways, you don't have to get me something expensive. I got all of you gifts I knew you'd love. I mean, yeah, I spent a lot of money but that's because I have access to it and it makes me happy to indulge you guys." She made sure that her demeanor was serious for this since she wanted them to know she was being honest. As soon as she had finished explaining this though she smirked, started taking steps in the direction of the Barbecue, and looked back at them. "Also, I already told you that that wasn't even all of your present so it's actually kinda making me nervous hearing you bitch this much about the small part." Natalya laughed, knowing her friends wouldn't take it the wrong way, though they might strangle her. "Now hurry up, I'm hungry."

Just as the three of them reached the Barbecue Esper approached them. "Yo, you kiddies mind if I join you? My other friends are either with people I hate or aren't around." Natalya rolled her eyes and snatched a chip off the Latina's plate. "Wow, love you too you crazy Latino bitch. I don't care, I'm gonna go grab some food though. I haven't eaten since a muffin and a hot tea at six." Natalya walked off, wanting to grab food and get back to her friends as soon as possible.

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Liam read Dytto's text message but didn't answer. That was done in part because he was annoyed, and knew that she wasn't the only girl he could have sex with, so he wasn't going to beg, and because a minute after he and Joe began chatting, Joe disappeared, and was replaced by Farrah and William. Their presence brought a more genuine smile to Liam's face, since they were people who he actually considered to be friends. Liam was friendly with many people who weren't A-listers, but like anyone who benefited from such a rigid social system, he knew better than to call many of those people actual friends. "Look who it is. The David Beckham wannabe, and the Dancing Queen. Took you two long enough to find me," he commented with a grin, as he continued to fill his plate. He allowed for a silent pause for a moment as he decided whether he wanted a soda or a water with his meal, but after opting for the latter, he turned back towards them. "So, what's been good with you two all summer? I'm surprised that I didn't run into either of you in the Hamptons." That was where Liam had spent a fair amount of time over the summer, and it wasn't out of the ordinary to have seen some classmates there, since the Hamptons seemed to be the playground of the rich and famous, during the summer months.

When London came over, Liam didn't even hide the fact that he was checking her out from behind. She had an attitude towards him, that much was clear, at least to him, who knew her well, but that was cool. He liked them feisty, and he was still positive that he would get her back within the first month of school. Plus, if for some reason that didn't happen, his second option would be her tall and gorgeous best friend that stood beside her. Since London made it clear that she only wanted to address Farrah, Liam didn't go out of his way to address her either, but he did look towards Will with a bit of a smirk. Later, when they were alone, he would fill him in on how easy he knew it was going to be to get London back in bed with him. For now, though, he just said, "Dude, you better start filling your plate before everything's gone."

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"I know, I know, senior year is the time for me to have
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"Hey Fred!" she said, her smile growing as the boy sat down beside her. Eloise was past the point of feeling weird about sitting along, but she wasn't going to refuse company, especially if it was someone who was as fun and sweet as Frederick was. "I'm good, what about you? What did you do this summer?" she asked, only before noticing that he didn't have a plate of food in front of him. She was already halfway through her own burger and wasn't going to stand for Fred missing out on the deliciousness that the barbecue was offered, even if it meant forcing him away for a few minutes to fill his plate. "Go make a plate! Maybe it's just because I haven't eaten all day, but the food is really good again this year." That in itself wasn't really surprising. Ellie wasn't a picky eater to begin with, but Crossroads also always seemed to be on top of making sure that the quality of their food was perfect. Considering the cost of tuition that so many students paid, that should have just been a given, though. Regardless, she was never disappointed with a meal she had on campus, whether it was at an event like this, or just an everyday meal at Waves.

Ellie wasn't close with Natalya, so she wasn't too knowledgeable on her annual gift-giving event, or else she would have questioned Fred on what he had gotten that year. She hoped that he was going to get food, so she probably wouldn't have had time to go into depth on how well he had moved in anyway, but regardless, Ellie appreciated how easy it was to just hang out with Fred. She was the kind of girl who was usually very quiet, preferring to listen over talk, but there were a handful of people who she felt comfortable enough after to really be herself around, and he was one of them.

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While William was entertaining the nobody, Farrah decided to get herself a plate of food. She did not get so much since she was not all that hungry. The dancer needed to keep up her body shape anyway. If she ate too much then she would not be able to move the way she does. Finally Joe disappeared, so the dancer could now talk to her friends. Picking at her food, Liam addressed her and Will. She rolled her eyes at him playfully. Of course she was going to find him. He was one of her close friends, how could she not find him. He asked about their summer and Farrah was trying to think of something that didn't involve at her secret rendezvous with Nathan. "Too busy in Dominican Republic to visit the Hamptons." She said. That wasn't a lie. She did travel there during the summer.

Will might have known she was lying, but he did not say anything about it. That was an added brownie point for him. London and her right hand Katherine approached the food which Farrah and her friends seemed to be blocking. The dancer did her part and smiled at the Queen. Crossing her was not on her list of thing to do this senior year.

"Farrah, you should totally come sit with Kat and I,"

Farrah raised an eyebrow in sheer confusion. 1. London was being nice to her and Esperanza was not around. 2. She was invited her to join her and Katherine. Farrah did not have a problem with either of them, but they weren't close. London may be her roommate, but she wasn't expecting the two of them to be painting their toe nails together. And Katherine was just another situation all together. Liam and Will didn't seem to mind if Farrah joined them, so she shrugged and agreed. "See you two later." She said.

Following the royal towards a table, she sat so that she was sitting across from the both of them. "So how were your summers?" She asked politely.




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William talked to Joe since Farrah was not going to. In fact she was probably going to refrain to talking to anyone that wasn't A-List. That made him chuckled internally. Even Liam was talking to Joe. But Miss Dancing Queen would never. Joe excused himself and his attention was on his best friend. Will smiled at the comment comparing him David Beckham. They were pretty similar. Foreign and great at soccer. Not an insult. More like a future aspiration. Liam asked about their summer and Farrah jumped at the chance to answer. William already knows what Farrah did this summer, but apparently he was going to be the only person that was going to know.

William was going to answer, but then London arrived. He caught Liam checking her out and managed to keep the laugh to himself. HE smiled politely at the Queen. She might have issues with Liam, but she was still nice and friends with the Brit. As expected she did not address Liam. Unexpectedly, she invited Farrah to sit with her and Katherine. Farrah was confused, but when to sit over there, leaving Will and Liam alone.

When they were far away enough, Liam spoke up again about the food. The Brit almost forgot. William piled his plate with food. His plane ride was long and he hasn't eaten. This would be his first meal and a very long time. He already knows its going to taste like heaven."Oh. My mum says hi." he said, after getting his food. William talks about his friends back home and they love all of them. His mother especially has been trying to get his friends to visit. "How was your summer?"




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Frederick was more than ready to explain his summer, if he wasn't cut off by Eloise encouraging him to go and get a plate of food. He was so concerned with seeing his friends that he had almost forgotten how hungry he was. "I will be right back" He explained before getting up. He did a light job over to the food and glanced over at all of it. It all looked so good, but the food here always looked and tasted great. A lot of money went into this place, if the food was anything less of amazing there would be a riot. Frederick happily piled his plate high, eager to eat every last bit of it. He grabbed a can of soda before returning to the table.

He slid into the chair across from Eloise once more and smiled. "I really missed the food here." he said before taking his first bite. Just like he thought, the food here was perfect. "To answer your earlier questions, I just played video games and worked this summer." He said to her with a shrug. It's what he does every summer. Every once in a while he will be able to go on vacation, but he mostly works to make sure that he has money for the school year. Unlike the rich kids, he has to pay for his own stuff.

"What did you do this summer?" He asked, before going back to eating the food in front of him.