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Manhattan's Social Elite

Manhattan's Social Elite

A story about the students of two of the most prestigious high schools in New York.

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Introduction

Manhattan's Social Elite


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The Plot:
New York is the city that never sleeps. Known for its skyscrapers, tourist attractions, commercial, financial and cultural centers, it's a place where there's always something to do, and things never get boring. Although its a city that has an allure to it, regardless of whether you're living in a tiny studio apartment, or a penthouse overlooking Central Park, there's no denying that everyone would prefer the latter over the former. Even those living on a budget in Manhattan are probably wealthier than the average American living elsewhere, but those who qualify as being wealthy in New York are on an entirely different level of wealthy than those labeled as it in other places. Manhattan's upper class citizens are a type all of their own, and though their money sets them apart (and above) the rest, it doesn't come without a price, even for the children of those wealthy New Yorkers. Drama seems to run rampant in these crowds, and the students at two of the most exclusive private schools in New York, Constance Billard School for Girls, and St. Jude's School for Boys, lead the pack when it comes to this. Some love the drama, and others want nothing more than to avoid it all costs, but almost everyone seems to agree that it's hard to look away when things start going down. There's some sort of appeal to the drama, and when one person realized this, they capitalized on it by creating an undercover alias, known only as Gossip Girl. If anything worth knowing about occurs in the Upper East Side, you can bet that she'll be the first to know about it, and the first to share it with the rest of the world too.

It appears as if no one is safe from her wrath, which only seems to increase her appeal, since even those at the top of the social ladder are susceptible to being brought back down to earth with a few taps on a keyboard -- and while it's all fun and games to read about everyone else's drama, it definitely adds an extra layer of stress and challenge to the already difficult life of a high school junior. Since there's no indication that Manhattan's most notorious anonymous blogger is going away any time soon, though... let the fun and games begin, and just hope that your secrets don't end up plastered on her page any time soon.

The Rules:
I won't bore you guys with too many rules, since I think we (hopefully) all understand basic internet etiquette by now. The biggest ones that I want to stress, though, are:
  • You must be active! If you won't be able to post once every three days at least, please don't join. Occasional exceptions are fine, but if you're the one person who people are constantly waiting on, that's not gonna fly. There have probably been a million of this themed roleplay before, but they all die out within a few posts because people disappear immediately. This is not the version for that. Please don't join if you know that your "real" life is crazy right now, or will be (ex. if you have a busy school semester coming up. It gets to a point where it's just disrespectful to join things and disappear, wasting everyone else's time in the process, so please don't be that person.
  • Writing 300 words with decent grammar/spelling isn't asking for much. Please consider that the minimum.
  • Not all characters need to be rich. It will be interesting if some are economically disadvantaged and attending the private schools on scholarships. Following on this, please don't make any celebrity characters. Some may have famous relatives, which is fine to an extent, but I'd prefer to not have any characters who are being followed by paparazzi, or have that level of fame. Like the Gossip Girl show that this is based off of, most of the characters have wealthy and powerful parents, but fame isn't a primary factor there and I think it'll distract from the story.
  • If you want to take two characters, please make sure at least one is a male.
  • There are no reservations. Competition for roles is welcomed and encouraged. Please have character sheets finished within 5 days.
  • predictmeifyoucan is helping me run this, so if you have any questions or, issues or suggestions, feel free to PM either of us.
  • This is going to be an easy-going, character driven, and fun roleplay, so please just respect your fellow roleplayers, make an effort to form an interesting story, and we should be all good :D.

The A-listers
ImageThe King Bee
Status: Taken by BurningBridges

He was never the type of person who made it a goal to be the most popular person on campus. While he certainly basks in his own arrogance from time to time, he's not that self-absorbed or superficial to have ever cared about the social ladder that much. He would be the first person to insist that it was mere luck that got him where he is. Of course, that isn't the case though. Ending up with good genetics was luck, sure, but it's not only the girls that he's popular with. The King Bee is the guy that everyone wants to be because almost everything seems to come naturally to him. He's sociable with his peers, and also with parents, teachers, or adults that need impressing. He's good at sports, does decently in school (though test answer keys from The Entrepreneur definitely help there), and manages to maintain an enviable social life on top of that. The power and admiration definitely get to his head sometimes, there's no denying that the feeling of invincibility has left him acting callously towards people he thinks are disposable, and he's always had a hushed reputation of having a scary short temper when he's drunk, but he wouldn't be The King Bee if even after his flaws, he was still more likable than not.
ImageThe Queen Bee
Status: Taken by StarStruck

She's the girl that everyone else wants to be. She's the epitome of perfection, at least in the eyes of her fellow high school students, and it's not like she hasn't worked for her spot at the top. She prides herself in being the total package: beautiful, intelligent, athletic, and well-respected. She thrives on power and takes her social standing and image very seriously. Some claim that the only person who isn't intimidated by her is Gossip Girl. Then again, she's done a decent job so far at keeping her own secrets and scandals so secret, that even Gossip Girl hasn't been able to get any major dirt on her yet. With her seemingly perfect relationship with The King Bee crumbling more and more as each day passes, and her interest in keeping it up just for appearance sake disappearing even faster, it's hard to say whether her perfect image will stand this year. She's always been the girl to take a lot on, just to prove that she's better than everyone else and can handle the pressure, and since she does such a good job at painting the image of living a perfect life, it really does appear like she is the picture perfect Queen Bee. Of course, what the world sees isn't always reality, but she'll be damned if she lets something she worked so hard on fall that easily.
ImageThe Drama Queen
Status: Taken by BurningBridges

The Drama Queen is probably one of the nicer names for this girl, since drama is sometimes an understatement for just how dramatic, emotional, and self-centered she can be. The fact that she’s The Queen Bee’s best friend, and also has a lovable and contagious energy on her better days doesn’t make her the worst person in the world, but even if you didn’t know her personally, spending only a few minutes with her will probably allow you to see that she’s never had to work for anything in her life. While one would think that her secret, years long battle with an eating disorder would be her biggest concern lately, she’s been struggling more and more every day with a different issue: her sexuality.

ImageThe Charmer
Status: Taken by Lilac

Even he'd be lying if he said he didn't understand his own appeal. You don't have to be totally self absorbed to realize your own effect on people, and the truth of the matter is that The Charmer is well, just that. Being plagued by not having friends or going to parties, or never having enough girls are your disposable is a foreign language to him. It's always been easy for him to make friends and get with girls and to get his own way. Being so popular and alluring probably seems like a dream to many, but there does come a point where all the relationships become diluted and you end up wanting a little more out of them. All the perks of being The Charmer are starting to lose their appeal, but he's not sure he's ready to sacrifice them just yet.
ImageThe Overachiever
Status: Taken by AzizaRose

Being at the top of her class isn't something that comes naturally to her. It takes a lot of hard work, time, and effort, but she always comes out on top. She wouldn't have it any other way. Of course, with such high standards set for herself by herself, and also by her parents, who won’t be able to send her to college (at least not a private college, like all of the ones she's vying for are) due to financial constraints, comes a lot of pressure and stress. While it always seems like she has everything held together perfectly on the outside, everything is much less organized on the inside. She's quickly becoming overwhelming with maintaining her 4.0, her squeaky clean image, and the many friendships that she has, due to her typically friendly personality. It's only a matter of time before she messes up somewhere, and with so much going on in her life right now, she's scared to even imagine where that "somewhere" might be.
ImageThe Sweetheart
Status: Available

In a dog-eat-dog world, everyone can appreciate someone who always manages to have a smile on their face. He's the type of guy who will listen to anyone's problems and offer the best advice that he can think of, regardless of how close they are. He's genuine and one of those people who typically truly mean the best in their interactions. Does it sometimes make him feel like he's a doormat that people walk all over, and use at their convenience without considering that he has feelings and problems as well? Absolutely. Is that going to stop him from continuing to help those same people? If his track record speaks to the answer, then probably not. Recently becoming plagued with his own overwhelming ____ issues, it's becoming harder and harder for him to continue to be a support system for everyone else without any support of his own.
ImageThe Traitor
Status: Available

She wouldn't call herself a traitor, but she knows that if anyone else knew that she had slept with The King Bee while knowing good and well that's he's dating The Queen Bee, one of her supposed best friends, then they all would. In her defense, she knew that The Queen Bee's relationship with The King Bee was at one of its weaker points at that time, but that probably still doesn't excuse exploiting that fault to create a love triangle. Maybe though, she could be cut some slack if that was her only move of betrayal lately. The fact that she leaked a few sensitive things about her friends to Gossip Girl over the past year would make her a traitor in all of their eyes if they were ever to find out. It's surprising though, because most of the time, she really isn't a bad friend. It's just... she struggles with issues. Jealousy is definitely one of them. It's not like The Queen Bee didn't know that she had a crush on The King Bee for their entire childhood, and that she was planning on making a move on him, right when The Queen Bee decided to make hers years ago. She often feels like the friend who tries hard, but is always unappreciated, and The Sweetheart has listened to oh so many rants on that exact topic. While part of her feels compelled to continue to try to be a good friend despite the unfairness in it,
there's another part of her that wants to throw caution to the wind, and kick up the traitor-like attitude to a new level this year. She's sure that the crown would look just as good on her head, as it does on The Queen Bee's unappreciative one. Hell, it would probably even look better.

The B-listers
ImageThe Leader
Status: Available

For a guy with such an endearing and attractive vibe to him, it’s a wonder that he isn’t considered to be more popular than he is. Then again, this is the upper class world of Manhattan, and not coming from copious amounts of money puts even the most confident and likable people at a disadvantage. The real reason that The Leader isn’t popular, though, probably stems from his own disinterest in popularity. He’s too grounded to care about climbing a silly social ladder, and he’s far more happy being popular within his own crowd, than being a nobody in the “cool” crowd. If anyone knew that he had been hooking up with The Queen Bee all summer, they might be quick to disagree that he truly has no interest in the populars, but that’s something that he’d like to keep under wraps just as much as she does.
ImageThe Bookworm
Status: Taken by Girl2Fine2

Ask anyone who isn't one of her friends and they'd either tell you that they've heard of her and might have seen her around, or they simply just don't if she's a student at Constance because they haven't crossed paths. And for her, that's perfectly okay. She genuinely hates the limelight, the idea of being the center of attention, and to a degree, knows her place. As long as she's still able to hold rank as one of the smartest in her class with one of top GPAs on a transcript, she doesn't need anyone's eyes on her. She has too many expectations from home and in the lifestyle her step-family has her thrust into to be worried about how high she can get up the social ladder. Except, ask her friends and it's honestly about time the girl who can do no wrong stops worrying about what everyone else (including her own flesh and blood) thinks and, well, do some wrong. Preferably get laid, but they'd all take what they can get.

ImageThe Entrepreneur
Status: Taken by Thunder

Call him an entrepreneur, a jack of all trades, or a master of none. Regardless, you'll probably need him at some point. The Entrepreneur is the go to for just about all of your needs. Need a forged doctor's note, drugs, or a fake ID? If you're trying to get into the hottest parties, then he's your guy. With all of his connections, it might seem strange that his social rank isn't higher, but in reality, his business savvy ways are a result of that. The Entrepreneur had never been a part of the inner circle, and quite frankly, was sick of being looked down upon. Sure he may seem a bit seedy, but can you really blaming him for exploiting his resourcefulness? Not only has it made him money, but it has allowed him his own sense of power over some of the kids who normally never would have given him a second glance, especially since his line of work has given him some inside information on their guilty pleasures and drama.
ImageThe Party Animal
Status: Available

He wasn't always such a mess. Before high school, he was actually a part of the A-list, and one of the more popular ones at that. Some of his current wild-child tendencies were there, but many of them formed after his fall from grace, as coping mechanisms. After his father was indicted on multiple counts of embezzlement, he had to deal with losing the security of the high-class lifestyle he was born into, the presence of the man who raised him, and also, nearly all of his friends, many whose parents felt like it wasn't appropriate for their child to still be interacting with the child of a family whose image was tarnished so badly. It was a lot to stomach in a short period of time, and The Party Animal found the best way of coping through drugs, drinking, and sex. He's a player, and not trying to hide that in the slightest. In fact, he doesn't seem to be ashamed of most of his habits. It's something that The Traitor detests, since to this day, he still hangs the fact that they slept together over her head, despite her not wanting anyone to find out. Others, like The Free Spirit, find it enticing in a way, though, and that allure to the careless bad boy image is what The Party Animal thrives off of.
ImageThe Rebel
Status: Taken by BurningBridges

She doesn't fit the typical "rich girl living in the Upper East" image, and she's perfectly fine with that. Actually, that's how she prefers it to be. With The Drama Queen as her twin sister, she realized at a young age that she needed to distinguish herself as an entirely different person, and in doing so, she found that she was far more comfortable with the relaxed person she became, than the prim and proper one her family wanted her to be. Maybe she could have stopped at just distinguishing herself by being the twin who's naturally intelligent and more reserved, but she couldn't. She found herself not only disliking the clean, cookie cutter image that she was expected to uphold since birth, but actually rejecting it. She would never call herself a rebel, but in how open she is in enjoying more weed than she needs on a daily basis, and how nonchalant she is with breaking rules, she probably qualifies as one.
ImageThe Class Clown
Status: Taken by blueiridescence

He's the kind of guy that everyone likes having around, because there's an undeniably amusing, happy, and infectious energy that he carries with him. He may not be every teacher's favorite student, but that doesn't really bother him. He enjoys making his peers laugh, and he appreciates having a reputation that's pretty clean and well-liked, overall. As much as he appreciates comedy, though, he definitely uses it as a mechanism of deflecting his mind, and others, from his more personal problems. If everyone's laughing with him, then no one can be laughing at him, right? Especially in this day and age, being gay or bisexual is a lot more accepted than it used to be, but he's still scared to embrace his sexuality. The fact that his parents are pretty religious and known to be homophobic doesn't help. For a guy who's an open book in nearly every other sense, it's something that he's definitely going to be struggling with this year.
ImageThe Free Spirit
Status: Taken by predictmeifyoucan

With her twin brother being The King Bee, it would seem like she would have a cozy spot right alongside the A-Listers, and at one point, it was something she desired, but not so much anymore. The Free Spirit isn't concerned about hierarchies or titles, at least that's how it seems. Even she can't prevent an eye roll at the ridiculousness she witnesses--when she does. She tends to try to stay out of drama as much as possible, which may make her a bit naive at time. But that doesn't mean she's totally clueless or doesn't glance at Gossip Girl from time to time, and she's not exactly a saint either. The Free Spirit is known for taking restrictions and social queues with a grain of salt. While she doesn't actively seek out breaking the rules, she's not afraid of being the odd one standing out, and appreciates those who don't care either. This is probably why she's so intrigued by The Party Animal. She tries to be kind to just about everyone, but she won't force anything, and she has a quick wit about her. With someone so seemingly carefree and unbothered, it would surprise just about anyone if they were to find out how much she was struggling with loving herself. Her eating disorder surely doesn't help either.


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╚ THE QUEEN BEE ╝

Outfit: Here
Location: Adeline's Bedroom
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As easy as it was to relic into the name "Ice Queen", and her reputation of being so controlled and cold that she seemed emotionless, Sydney had a heart. Especially when it came to Adeline, the closest thing she would ever have to a sister. While Sydney often probably seemed heart on Adeline (partially because she was, and partially because Adeline just tended to be so damn emotional and dramatic), she was also the person that Sydney would protect at all costs. It was sort of like those sibling relationships where it was okay for siblings to be mean to each other, but the second that anyone else did it, they deserved to be punched in the face without a single question asked. And seeing Adeline crying, despite Sydney feeling like it was unwarranted in the situation, automatically melted her ice cold heart. "No one's going to find out," she stated calmly, though notably softer than how she had been speaking earlier. "Esme knows, but only because Charlotte told her," she said. It was a lie, but she wasn't going to reveal how Esme truly knew. She didn't think that it was that deep, and she didn't feel inclined to protect Esme's source, but she didn't want it to seem like Esme had been trying to snoop, and also, Charlotte deserved a little extra drama in her life for testing her a few minutes ago. "Other than that, no one else will find out," she insisted. Despite loving Adeline, being comforting wasn't something that Sydney was very good at. It was hard for her to get all soft and mushy, and that was frustrating during times like these, when she knew that that kind of response was appropriate. "Seriously, please don't be upset and kill my vibe today," was the closest thing that Sydney could verbalize to mean "please don't cry, it upsets me to see you hurt".

"We do have some real catching up to do," she followed with quickly, deciding that a conversation change was necessary at this point. "I'm going to have someone bring my outfit over, so we can catch up while we get ready," she said, feeling comfortable enough with Adeline to not even ask permission. As she texted her driver to return to her house to pick up the pieces of her outfit for the party that had been sent out here a few days before, she noticed the text from AJ as well. She texted him back, before looking back to Adeline with a more genuine smile. "I did miss you. Esme surprisingly stepped up to the plate in many ways, but she didn't fill my Adeline void."

To: AJ
I'll put on a happy face for the party, don't worry. Just try not to be such a selfish and entitled idiot today,
because I'm not in the mood.

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