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Charlotte H. Buchanan

As long as we don't die, this is gonna be one hell of a story."

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a character in “Upper East Side”, as played by BleedingLover

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{“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching. Love like you'll never be hurt. Sing like there's nobody listening,and live like it's heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey }
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|Full Name|

Charlotte Hazel Buchanan

|Nickname|

Lottie {Most common, most liked}, Hazelnut {Lovingly, By family}, Angel : Sunny {By her best friend}, Char {Not very common}, Little Miss.Sunshine, Madam President, and Little Miss. Perfect {Mockingly at school}

|Birthday|

July 4th, 1996

|Age|

Eighteen {18} years old

|Sign|

Cancer

|Nationality//Ethnicity|

20% Swedish {Mother} | 30% German {Mother} | 50% Swedish {Father} |

|Hometown|

Beaufort, South Carolina {newborn-8}, Savannah, Georgia {8-13}, and New York, New York {13-present}

|Sexuality|

Heterosexual

|Character Role|

The Class President







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{“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”― Scott Westerfeld, Uglies }





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|Height and Weight|


5'10 and 145 lbs.


|Build|


Athletic and hourglass


|Glasses or Contacts?|


Yes, she's almost as blind as a bat esp. at night and either has to wear her contacts or her black glasses


|Face Shape|


Heart


|Skin Tone|


Lightly tanned, but still somewhat pale


|Hair Color | Hairstyle|


Naturally blonde. She mostly keeps her hair curly or wavy depending on how it wants to be and rarely straightens it completely, unless she really has to like for a formal event or something. Only because she thinks she looks fine with her curly hair and she doesn't care what anyone else thinks about her hair. She loves keeping it in a braid, bun, ponytail, or anyway to keep it out of her face.


|Eye Color|


Light, almost clear blue


|Scars? Markings? Tattoos? Piercings?|


Charlotte doesn't have any scars whatsoever except for one on her forehead from her accident that goes from her scalp to her left eyebrow but, it is very faint. But, this southern belle does have beauty marks all around her body including one on her face on the right side right next to her lips and one of her left hand. Her being... her doesn't have any piercings but does have her fair share amount of tattoos. Which is a shocker to most who don't know her all too well. Including her oldest on that she got on her sixteenth birthday of her favorite Disney movie; Snow White on her right shoulder blade. [Click] Her second oldest on her left forearm with the coordinates of Walt Disney World; [Click] And her last and newest one that she got over the this summer of It's a Small World. [Click]







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{”I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.” ― John Green, The Fault In Our Stars }







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|{Good personality traits?}|

Kind hearted Intelligent Ambitious A Dreamer Compassionate Logical Reliable Leader and Independent Charismatic Optimism Confident Determined Passionate Romantic Outspoken Decisive

|{Bad Personality Traits?}|

Smug Always busy and stressed Pacifist Perfectionist Know-It-All Stubborn / Proud Predictable Nosy Particular Cynical Jumpy Might be a bit too much of a romantic

|{Quirks//Habits//Oddities}|

She can read lips close to perfectly Smiles whenever she's flattered and messes with a strand of her hair Always does vocal exercises whenever she goes on stage, whether its for a musical, play, or she's addressing the student body for some reason Cramps like no one's business when she's super stressed out Always messes with her cochlear implant when she has to wear it aka when she's about to go on stage Treats her dog like a child Clears her throat whenever she feels like she's getting to personal with someone Always carries a map of Manhattan in her bag just to be prepared for anything

|{Greatest Joys In Life?}|

Her family Being in Georgia Being on stage (singing, dancing, and acting) Getting an A on any assignment even though she expects nothing less Standing ovations Animals The butterflies you get in your stomach when you're around that one special person Exploring Manhattan with her best friend

|{Greatest fears?}|

The idea of just being a part of the crowd Never being seen as a priority to someone Imperfections Failure and feeling like she's failed people The idea of Harvard revoking her acceptance Not having her first kiss/date before leaving high school Never being able to travel Never having that 'picture perfect' romance

|{Life Philosophy?}|

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” ― Marilyn Monroe


|{Personality?}|

A Dreamer,Idealist, and optimistic: Often to Always
Opinionated: Often
Stubborn and Proud: Always
Quiet:Sometimes
Friendly:Often to Always
Broken, afraid, and scared: Occasionally
Affectionate: Sometimes
Risk-Taking: Rarely
Cold: Often to Occasionally
Creative: Always
Passionate: Often to Always
Freethinking and Free: Always
Doubtful and insecure: Seldom
Curious: Often
Flirtatious: Seldom
A Leader: Always
Honest, Blunt, and Decisive: Often
Loyal: Always
A Romantic: Always
Competitive: Often
Impulsive: Seldom
Meek: Never
Determined and A Fighter: Often







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{“If you want to discover the true character of a person, you have only to observe what they are passionate about.” ― Shannon L. Alder }







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|{Likes}|

Singing and Dancing Her family John Mayer, The Neighborhood, Sam Smith, Sia, and most soft pop artists Passion and Passionate people Romance Humming Being in front of an audience The South Other accents and doing her Swedish accent to mess with people Animals {mostly dogs and horses} Musicals {Her favorite is The Last Five Years} Playing her instruments (Guitar, piano, violin, and cello) Travelling Ballet Cooking w/ her mother Romantic novels and movies Being Class President and Being in Charge Volleyball Winning {Even if she doesn't show it} Reading and writing The Student body Tea and coffee Her pageant crowns All of her Harvard stuff The outdoors Sunshine and sunny days Pink Lemonade Harvard Her clever oneliners Disney movies, Disneyworld, and anything doing with Disney... Except the new Disney Channel...


|{Dislikes}|

People messing with others for petty reasons People who deface school property People making fun of her accent Her parents being overbearing Being cornered about anything Confrontations Conformity Her medication Cigarettes and alcohol Cheaters, liars, and players People who don't try or just try to get by in school Being told she's wrong The sight of blood Being rejected Most popular songs (Like the top 40) Not getting the part in musicals Her mocking little nicknames People touching her pageant crowns and messing with her about them Feeling like second best in anything Traffic and the smell of New York Rednecks and being called a redneck or 'white trash' Stereotypes People who make a big deal about eating fast food or her eating unhealthy junk food Wearing flats Her glasses and not wearing makeup







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{“This thing about you that you think is your flaw - it's the reason I'm falling in love with you.”― Colleen Hoover, Slammed }







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|{Childhood/Family Life}|

Lottie loved her childhood, sure she wasn't spoiled but, it was good enough. Her parents were madly in love, she had siblings that looked up to her, and they sort of had that picture perfect middle class family. And, it only got better when they moved to Savannah. The family lived there for years before they had to move to the 'big city' for her father's new position as a stock broker on Wall Street. And they wouldn't have moved if it wasn't a job way up the company ladder. But, it was and even though it killed them to leave, they didn't have a choice. They needed the money. They found themselves in a high rise Duplex Penthouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. And their life was great; their father could finally spoil them and just throw around money like nothing. And while all the others were okay with it, you could said Lottie stayed close to her roots, not really liking the high class life style of going to parties and acting like someone she wasn't just to impress people who she would probably never see again. But, she made it work and life was good... Until it took a turn. At the age of thirteen, Charlotte was in a taxi going home. It all happened so fast that she can't really remembered what happened. The only thing she really remembers is waking up and not being able to hear anything. From what they told her parents, her hear just somewhat popped when she and the driver went head into the back of a semi truck. It sucked but, they began learning how to deal with it. Starting with getting her a cochlear implant (one she barely uses anymore), and then making her learn how to sign. And their life went on. But, during this summer Rosie and Charlotte decided to move in on their own into a loft not far from the Upper East Side where the have split up the house between Harvard (Lottie) and UCLA (Rosie) stuff.

{Jame Buchanan~ Father {38} : Daisy Fitzgerald-Buchanan ~ Mother {37} : Evangeline Buchanan ~ Twin Sister {18} : Iris Buchanan~ Sister {16} : Beau Buchanan~ Brother {16}}

|{Academic Career}|

Charlotte is the type of girl you don't expect to be super popular because of her personality but, she actually is really popular within the high school. She the girl most people can't help but like; she's gorgeous, intelligent, as sweet as sugar, and comes from a family where her dad is always out of town leaving his gorgeous penthouse loft empty and ready for a good party. Yes, you heard right little Miss. Sunshine knows how to the throw a good, hell a great party. Which might have helped her get into office during her sophomore year. And, her win was, in her words 'close enough' when in actuality it was a landslide, she just doesn't like bragging about it. She has been President for two years now and has never promised something she couldn't get for the student body and she intends to keep it that way all through her senior year before walking across that stage onto becoming president of a new school.

And, before you ask no she doesn't have much of a love life; she has never been really kissed like anything more than a peck, she has never had a boyfriend, and she has never went on a date. She just hasn't had time, all through high school she had her mind focused on her father's cheating, or Harvard, or her presidential campaign, and no has really made her forget about those things. But, she is determined to have her first.... ANYTHING before she graduates high school.

|{Plans for after high school?}|

She has already chosen her college of choice and what she wants to major in that being dramatic arts at Harvard University. She then plans to graduate from there at the top of her class just like she did in high school with 5.0 weighted GPA and find her way onto go onto Broadway and get in a production of the musical, The Last Five Years as the part of Cathy Hyatt. She then wants to travel the world and see every type of culture there is. She wants to live her life to the fullest and finish every single thing on her bucket list. Starting with doing the Camino de Santiago in Spain. All before settling down with an amazing man, her three kids; Sawyer Beau, Iris Marie, and River Rose. (and their golden retriever) in a nice, vintage Savannah, Georgia home.







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{“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan }







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|Other|


Roleplayed by BleedingLover {Call me Jinny ^_^}



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Face Claim: Candice Swanepoel

So begins...

Charlotte H. Buchanan's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Oliver Grace Character Portrait: August Marcelo Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Isabela Monroe Character Portrait: Lee Min-ho Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson Character Portrait: Juniper Willow Grigsby

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It's Thursday, September 4th, and for the students of Constance Billard School for Girls and Saint Jude's School for Boys, that means that school is back in session. Both schools are located only a couple of blocks away from each other in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the neighborhood where most of the students reside in.

Although today is the first day of the school year, academic classes are not in session until tomorrow. Today is the day of the "welcome assembly", where the upperclassmen of both schools will come to Constance Billard from 9:30 to 11:30, and the underclassmen from 11:30 to 1:30. The short day will allow the Head of School to welcome the students back, and address any changes that have occurred over the summer. Students will also have an opportunity to socialize with their friends and possibly new classmates, and introduce themselves to their teachers for the year. Textbooks will also be available for pickup.

Later that night, Sydney Vale will be hosting her annual back-to-school party at her home. This year's theme is black & white, but even dressing in one of the colors won't guarantee that you'll get in if you didn't receive one of the exclusive invitations this summer.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: August Marcelo Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Isabela Monroe Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Like her fellow socialite and longtime friend, Sienna had awoken at around six in the morning. Well, to be completely honest, Sienna had been awake since around five, but chose not to get out of bed until six. The act of doing so felt too strenuous of a task and the darkness outside wasn't exactly helping in the Sienna-needs-to-get-up decision. Nevertheless, when the time came, Sienna's hand pressed the button of her alarm clock just before it went off, glancing over at a still sleeping Hailey. Expelling a heavy sigh and running a hand through her thick hair, she sat up, did a small overhead stretch, and then headed downstairs. Just as she was about to leave her bedroom, Sienna grabbed her phone. The alarm she had set was only on snooze and would wake Hailey up soon enough. Either that or Sienna would come back and jump on her fellow singer.

In the long hallway, the delicious aroma of cooked meat and something sweet and bready wafted to her nostrils and upon turning the corner past her sister's bedroom, Sienna was surprised to see her mother, Cynthia, awake and actually...cooking? "Channeling Betty Crocker this morning, mamá?" She called with a small grin and her mother jumped just a bit, body tense as the last pancake plopped down on the plate that was stacked with them unceremoniously. Cynthia exhaled sharply while Sienna only chuckled. "Sienna, casi me dio un ataque al corazón! Avisarme próxima vez!" Her mother chastised and while Sienna had to roll her eyes at how dramatic her mother was being, she only smiled and sat at the breakfast isle, marveling at the selection of food her mother decided to provide. She could see breakfast empanadas, which would be the first thing Sienna would be eating, pancakes, both bacon and sausage, a bowl of fruit salad, and scrambled eggs. "Lo siento, mamá." She apologized, though the sparkle in her honey brown eyes was far from apologetic. "What's all this for though?" Cynthia only smiled slightly, causing the dimples in her cheeks to appear. "I don't know, it's just Esmee's first day of high school and the first day of your last year..." Sienna listened to her mother trail off as she politely grabbed a warm breakfast empanada and a plate, reaching over afterwards to scoop out some fruit when she saw the look on her mother's face. "Por favor, mama. Please don't start getting all emotional!" Sienna exclaimed to which Cynthia replied that she couldn't help it, prompting Sienna to roll her eyes and take a bite out of her empanada.

"Don't act surprised, Sia. She's been looking at baby pictures all morning," her little sister, Esmee, called from behind her and Sienna deadpanned. Cynthia sighed. "You kids will understand when you have kids of your own and they start growing up." She told them while fixing her own plate of food. Sienna only chuckled and decided to type out quick texts.

To: Piper, Jane, Charlotte, August, Connor, Dustin, Isabela
Morning, lovelies! Can't wait to see everyone! <3 <3

To: Vincent
Graduation's not even here yet & my mom's looking at baby pics. Help!!!

It wasn't a common occurrence, her texting Vincent. Not unless he was having one of his drunk texting episodes or if they were all in some mass text message. The shock of having been the one to initiate the contact didn't come in until after her phone alerted her to the fact that it had been sent but by then it was too late to call the message back. Besides, they were supposed to be civil. They hung out in the same circles and while, yes, his presence and name made something in her chest throb every single time, not communicating wasn't doing anyone any favors. Not when some of his friends were her friends and vice versa. Besides, if her mom was looking at baby pictures or getting sentimental, she wouldn't be surprised if his were to. Shaking her head a little, Sienna put another empanada on her plate before fixing one for Hailey. Considering the late nights they spent on tour and the long rides on tour buses (no matter how luxurious they were) still made it difficult for normal human beings to want to get up. And well, Sienna was normal, but she was an early bird whether she wanted to be or not. It was in her blood. "Don't forget to give me back my sweater, Esmee. I know you took it while I was gone." Her sister made a face at Sienna's exclamation, but Sia didn't look back. She had to eat and get ready for school.

Once back in her bedroom, Sienna set Hailey's plate on the nightstand on her side of Sienna's bed. While they had the spare bedrooms for her friend to choose from, they had both collapsed on her bed after joking around and talking about the upcoming school year. After giving her friend a hard shake, Sienna noisily (and only to keep Hailey awake) clamored to her walk-in-closet, the only other one in the penthouse besides the one in her parents' bedroom, so that she could find a decent outfit to wear for the first day back. While munching on the empanadas and melon, Sienna found a nice sapphire blue wrap blouse that had long sleeves, a black-and-white split slit skirt, and strappy Giuseppe Zanotti wedges to wear. While it was September and the air was chilled as compared to the warmth Sienna had grown accustomed to on the West Coast, it wasn't cold enough for her to require wearing tights yet and she could always bring along a chic black jacket just in case. Satisfied with her choice and finished with her food, she pulled out two bottles of water from the miniature fridge in her closet along with her clothes and stepped out, closing the door behind her.

Brushing her teeth and going through her Bellaboo skincare treatment took her about fifteen minutes and it was about seven thirty when she hopped into the shower. She had just gotten out of the steaming bathroom, her soft skin wrapped in a delicate jasmine vanilla scent, when she realized that her phone was ringing. It didn't surprise her that it was Sydney and after their conversation was done with a promise of Sienna being on the Constance steps at nine promptly, the two girls ended the conversation. Despite what Sydney might actually believe or what even Vincent might think, Sienna didn't hate Sydney. She was irritated with her from time to time and yes, she was very close to hitting her friend on a number of occasions. But more than anything, she wanted their friendship to actually work and be genuine, and was more disappointed with Sydney than anything else. She had wanted Syd to be the one to tell her about sleeping with Vince, though his honesty was definitely accepted. However, their conversation had nothing to do with their own situation. It was about Jane who had Sienna frustrated all summer, very much like Sydney. Her being a bit tired and not exactly in need of school at the moment had her sounding a bit more realistic and mellow than normal, but she felt Sydney's anger and hurt. It just wouldn't get to her until a bit later.

It didn't take her long to get ready after that and Sienna was in the middle of brushing her hair when she glanced back at Hailey, who was getting ready swiftly. "How do you feel about your first day? Ready to wreak some havoc on these New Yorkers?"

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Charlotte was already out and about in the city of New York when she looked at her phone to see it was six in the morning. She was out for her daily run, making her way back to her apartment with her twin sister, Rosie. She had been running for give or take an hour before she saw that her sister had texted her to hurry home to help her get ready. When she read the text she groaned before sliding her phone back into the armband on her left arm before fixing her cochlear implant so she could hear her music better as she started towards her house. It didn't take long for the blonde to get back to the high rise apartment and rushed into her first floor bedroom to start changing. She lowered her curtain to the ground before shouting to her sister. "Rosebud, I'm home!" Before taking out her hearing aid she listened for her sister's response. "Okay! When you're out of the shower come to my room!" The blonde just groaned, knowing exactly why. Rosie could never just get an outfit together, oh no. Apparently she had an image to uphold as one of the resident fashionista of Constance Billard and if she didn't have the approval of someone she didn't feel good in the outfit. Before heading to the bathroom, she grabbed her outfit, which was already pressed and ready for the day and her shoes. She removed her cochlear implant and tossed it on her bed.

The blonde rushed up the stairs to the second level of the pair's apartment before opening the door to her sister's room to see the she was in her private bathroom in front of the mirror doing her make up. And, Lottie was not about to disrupt her, so she just hung her outfit on the inside of the doorknob before slipping out the door without another sound. It didn't take long for the girl to shower and get out. She had more important things to do then take thirty minutes in a shower. She had things to get ready and people to impress, not to mention she had to submit her latest audition for this scholarship to Harvard. Even though they gave her a full scholarship for her grades and because of her... disability, she still wanted to chance that was offered to study aboard for a whole year completely for free. So, the blonde hopped out of the shower and wrapped the towel around her body before heading across the hall to her sister's room. When she entered, she saw the bathroom door closed meaning she still wasn't done yet and Charlotte couldn't do her hair since Rosie had the blow dryer. She slipped on her outfit for the day after wrapping the towel around her hair and fixing the buckles on her new black heels. She got up and looked at herself in the mirror. She smiled and nodded towards herself as she twirled one more time just to stop and see her sister in something very similar; Same dark jeans, same shirt choice except her's was light colors and her heels were white. The twins both lost their confident smiles as they looked the other up and down. "Oh, hell no. You need to change."

"Oh, hell no. You need to change." The twins said in unison while they other looked at each other crazy and shook their heads. "I always change! Besides, I need to look presentable. I am the class president, after all." Rosie just scoffed and rolled her eyes as she mouthed her words very slowly just so Charlotte could get every last syllable. Not because people needed to speak slowly to her, Rose just loved messing with her. "And I don't need to look nice? Charlotte, I have a reputation to uphold. You know that, besides you should wear something with a little more leg just to show off to your boyfriend--.." Rosie said as she rubbed her temple. "Sorry, I keep forgetting his name. Is it Connor, Vincent, or... Brent." Rosie's smirk grew as she moved towards her jewelry just turning her head to see Charlotte's reaction. It was exactly what she wanted. Lottie, of course scoffed before rolling her eyes and shaking her head. She tried hard to hide the redness on her face but, Rosie was her twin for crying out loud. She knew how her sister felt about the boys, especially Connor. "I am not putting on anything with more 'leg', I need to look respectable. While you can wear whatever you please and be just find." Rosie groaned before giving up and heading towards her closet to change. "By the way, Vincent is just... Vincent, Connor and I are just friends, and I wouldn't be with Brent if he was the last guy on the planet." Charlotte told her sister as she sat at the vanity mirror and released her hair that was actually quite dry, but frizzy. She couldn't leave the house like this! She grabbed her sister's curler and started to curl it quickly as she saw her sister start tossing clothes out of her closet, looking for something to wear. You didn't have to have your hear to know Rosie was probably complaining and groaning about have to find a completely new outfit, it was times like this that Charlotte was happy that she had lost it.

And when Charlotte was close to done, not with her hair but with her makeup, Rosie finally came out completely ready for the day as she posed in front of the her sister. "What do you think?" She asked Lottie as she showed off her toned legs in her new white shorts, black tank, and Charlotte's colorful new blazer. Charlotte raised an eyebrow and didn't even have to speak before Rosie spoke up. "C'mon Lots-of-love! You're not gonna wear it today besides, it totally matches! Please!" Rose begged as she laid her head on her technically older sister's shoulder. Charlotte took a deep breath before looking at her younger, yet taller sister.

"Oh! I knew you loved me! Now, c'mon let's get goin', maybe we can get some coffee before!" Charlotte squinted her nose before speaking. "Can't I just make coffee here? I hate the uppity coffee here."

"That takes too long, besides it's my treat this time." Rosie said as she and her sister made their way down the stairs. "Wait." She said as she held up one finger. She scurried into Charlotte's room as grabbed the cochlear implant off the bed and her bag off the ground before heading back to their living room to her waiting sister who was already looking in her planner. "I don't need it, I'll be find. Besides, the last thing I need is for the incoming freshmen to see me as a... freak." Charlotte explained as she walked towards the front door with her sister is tow.

"People already think you're this overachieving freak. Good thing Lottie wasn't looking towards her sister as she said this or the two would start arguing even more. Rosie groaned as she grabbed her sister's shoulder and made her look towards her. "Just take it and shut up. Now, come along darlin', we have a school and guys to impress." Rosie squired in front of Lottie as she pulled her by the wrist into the elevator as they made their long way down to the main floor. While in the elevator, Charlotte fixed her hearing aid back into her right ear, she hated it but she didn't want to have to concentrate to hear what others were saying to her. As the elevator went down, Charlotte felt her phone vibrate and when she read the message she smiled before replying back to Sienna.


To : Sienna

Can't wait to see you too, darlin! <3


She slid her phone back in her bag before looking towards the glass doors of the elevator just as they were about to open to the lobby floor. As the two walked out, Rosie linked arms with her sister as the twins made their way to the nearest bookstore and coffee shop before having to start the day.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: August Marcelo Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Isabela Monroe Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Piper Vine
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Summer break was everything Piper wanted it to be. She got to hang out with friends, shop, and even had a couple of modeling gigs. Of course that means she got paid for each job, which only increased her shopping. It was an all-around easy summer for her. Though there was one situation in particular that was less than pleasant. One day she was with Brent, when Jane came over to his place looking for some drugs. Piper was practically speechless when she saw the heiress arrive. Brent's place was the dead last place on earth Piper expected to see Jane pop up at. Nonetheless, one thing lead to another and Piper had to lie about why she was there as well. Of course she said it was for the same reason that Jane was there for. To have some drugs to help maintain her weight. Piper felt a little guilty about lying to Jane, but it was something that had to be done. It wasn't long after that incident that Piper learned that Jane was going to a rehabilitation center and spent a lot of the summer there as well. Did Piper tell Sienna or Sydney what she saw? Nope. It wasn't her business to tell.

Well there is one more event that occurred over the summer worth mentioning. Piper did come close to finding her biological family. She can practically taste victory by now. It was an extensive search, but she did find a last name of Vine belonging to an elderly couple in Vancouver, Canada. Piper called the number to the elderly couple's home and asked if they had any grandchildren that were given up for adoption. The answer? Yes, they had two grandchildren that were given up for adoption. When Piper gave them her full name, it was the grandfather who was first to hang up the phone. Piper called them back for hours because she had a hunch that she was on to something major. But it was as if after that phone call, all evidence of that elderly couple disappeared. All online information was gone. So this was a huge set back, but Piper plans on spending this school year getting to the bottom of this mystery.

A couple of days ago Piper and Dustin decided to go to Jones Beach. Sort of a last minute hooray before their last year of high school begun. Since Dustin is the only person to know the real Piper, so a vacation with him wasn't a problem whatsoever. She could really just be herself, which was something she needed before she had to start the 'I'm Piper Vine, and my family is super rich' show. Honestly she's happy this is the last year of high school, because she plans on dropping this whole charade once she got to college.

Piper and Dustin got back pretty late last night, so instead of having to travel across town, Piper just spent the night at Dustin's house. There is a mark difference between her apartment and Dustin's place, so she wasn't going to complain about a night of luxury without having to hear all of the traffic and the noisy neighbors who like to have sex at 3 in the morning. Dealing with Dustin's two younger siblings wasn't a problem either.

The sound of an alarm went off waking the red head from her beauty sleep. Piper nearly fell off of the bed because she was so startled by the sudden loud noise. She removed her sleep mask to look at the time, 5AM. "Time to start my morning routine." Piper stretched her arms above her head and rolled out of the bed. She stayed in the guest room, so she had her own bathroom and everything. Piper opened the blinds, and it was still dark out, but the dim lighting was relaxing. She put her headphones on and listened to her yoga music. It was something she started to do two years ago, when she learned that doing yoga exercises as soon as you wake up help keep you youthful. Needless to say she quickly integrated yoga into her daily routine. After a half hour, she got into the shower and washed herself from head to toe.

"Phase one done." Piper smiled at her reflection in the mirror and went on to wash her face. Going into her suitcase, she pulled out her toothbrush as well as her planner. 'Welcome assembly at 9:30AM, and Sydney's party later. Ugh Sydney. If it wasn't for the others I wouldn't even go to her party.' Piper thought as she finished up brushing her teeth. "Phase two down."Piper next started doing her hair. For today she decided to do curls since it was the only day where she could wear what she wanted. It took some time to blow dry her hair and everything, but she eventually got it done. "Phase three complete as well." Piper sung. Piper pulled out her make-up bag and pulled out an array of expensive foundations, blushes, brushes, concealer, and other necessities. She started the long ritual of applying all of her make-up. To her it was truly an art to be admired.

"Now for the finisher." The red head pulled out multiple outfits and tried to decide which one was the best. Just as she was going to pick an outfit, she heard her phone vibrate. After a quick glance she saw it was a message from one of her many of group chats.

To: Sienna, Jane, Charlotte, August, Connor, Dustin, Isabela
Morning! Hope everyone's ready for this school year!

Tossing her phone, Piper went back to finally get dressed. She decided to show off her figure that she has been working on, so a crop top and skirt were the best choices for her. "Looking good today Ms. Piper Vine." She looked at herself in the mirror and approved whole heartedly of today's look. Walking out of the bedroom with her pink bag, Piper moaned as she saw the time and that she had a text from Jane. She was going to ride with Dustin, but seeing as she hasn't seen Jane in so long she might as well ride to school with her.

To: Jane
Sure darling, you won't be able to miss me on the side of the road. I'll be the only attractive red head in heels!

Piper smiled at her own reply, before walking to Dustin's door and knocking loudly. "You better make it to morning assembly! I'm leaving now to go meet Jane." Just as she was walking away from the door she remembered her luggage. "And I'll get my stuff this afternoon." There was no way she would be able to explain to Jane why no one from her family got her luggage for her, so it was best to just eliminate the potential problem. Piper practically skipped out of the home and headed to Park Avenue so Jane could come and get her. She was curious to how the girl was doing, so having some alone time for just the two of them was best.

While she was standing there, Piper decided to remind Connor that they had the school assembly today. Figuring it was her duty or something.

To: Connor
I better see you today! I feel like we haven't talked in ages! How are you?! Was your summer good?!

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Oliver didn't want to go to school. Not even in the slightest. He actually hated the damn place, due to the fact he was a different person there. He groaned and shoved his head under his pillow. Summer, was the best thing for him. Aside form the football training camps, he had barely been out of his room. He enjoyed it, but now it was time for the hell of all things living. He got out of his bed, not caring if he was only in his boxers and walked out of his room. He stumbled down the hallway, to hear chatter. "Couldn't they have been asleep...just until I left."

He looked through the doorway, to find his step-brothers arguing as usual. "I get to take the Impala to the campus today. I'll drop you and the faggot off at school." the twenty-three year old spoke with a childish tone. Oliver walked in with a rather sour look upon his face "Actually, the Impala is mine and I'm taking Jimmy to school. Find you're own damn ride, you are twenty three." the middle child spoke. He scoffed at the twenty-three year old's furious face. "Before you attempt to tell your mom, she and dad are out on another vacation." he spoke before returning to his room. The male picked up his phone and sent out a text, to the girl he had been talking to almost all summer. She was attending the girl's school, so he would probably see her a few times.

To: Hailey
Hey! I'm hopen 2 c u @ that stoopid skool evint thing?


Rather satisfied he began to get dressed. His dark brown/blonde hair falling into his eyes. He took a close look upon his wrists and arms, shuddering. He looked upon them, giving himself a pitiful look into the mirror. "Stupid piece of shit....how are you going to treat everyone this year? How are you going to keep it a secret this year?" he slowly though to himself. He shook his head, and proceeded to get dressed. He took out his phone once again, and went to the "Twitter" application.

He rolled his eyes, at the many....many back to school selfies, and took one of himself. He laughed as he typed.

cnt w8 2 c my bffs #skool #sumersovur :(:

He stopped typing and put on his boots, then opening his door. He whistled for his step-brother to come on, as he opened up the door, and gave Alecs the finger. He walked closer to his pride and joy. A 1967 Chevy Impala, original in Navy Blue. He had received it because of his position on the football team. He got into the driver's seat, and proceeded to his and his younger step-brother's school.

After a few minuted of driving, he parked in the school's lot. "See ya squirt." he speaks getting out of the car, turning it off and walking up the steps, of his own personal Hell.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley

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The shrill tone of his alarm clock abruptly pulled Connor out of his sleep. He was unadmittedly always a little jumpy, but the sound of that alarm after a summer without it definitely shocked him. He was quick to slam his fist on the snooze button, but even if he had time to go to back sleep, his heart was racing too quickly for him to manage that. It was already almost eight o'clock but for Connor, that was right on schedule. All he needed to do was shower, get dressed and walk out the door, so waking up before the sun had even risen was an unnecessary burden for him, even if some of his classmates felt it necessary.

As expected, he was walking out the door by eight-thirty. Both of his parents were already gone: his father probably headed downtown to work and his mother at the gym playing tennis with her friends. His penthouse was empty, but not in the somber way that some of his friends' were. Connor's parents were married and happy, his family healthy, and there was little to complain about in the Harkins household.

It might not have been the mainstream reaction to the first day of school, but Connor was actually fairly excited to be back. He loved summer just as much as anyone else. This past one had mostly been spent in the Nantucket where his family summers. His brother was home for most of the season so they spent time together there and in LA, where Connor met many of Jack's friends. They had met up with Sydney briefly while over there. She was in town with her grandfather and mother to attend the Emmy Awards and managed to get him and Jack into one of the more exclusive after parties. It would have been an amazing night had Connor not had to deal with his brother and her making out right next to him on the limo ride home. No matter how many times he had seen the two getting intimate, it always felt like someone had punched him in the gut when he saw it. Sydney knew he liked her. Everyone in the Upper East Side probably knew that by now, but she always told him that she just liked him as a friend. Although her words stated that, her actions always felt a little different. Maybe Connor was just being too wishful, but he was throwing all of his hope into the tiny little signs that suggested that maybe, just maybe, she saw him as something more.

When he was nearing Constance Billard and his phone's ring was matched with her name, his heart jumped. He answered almost instantly.

"Hello?"

"Hey Con, where are you?"

"Like a block away from your school. Are you there already?" He doubted she would be. Sydney was always on time, never too early and never too late.

"No, it's too early... I'm kind of in the mood for Starbucks." The way that she ended the sentence suggested that she was stating more than just a craving, but she didn't need to ask him to get it for her. He was going to offer without that.

"I'll pick it up!" He responded almost as soon as she finished speaking. At this point, there was no use in trying to hide how eager he was to please Sydney, and not only because he had a crush on her. She was one of his best friends, or at least oldest friends.

"Aw, thanks babe. A vanilla iced coffee would be perf! 9 AM on the steps!"

"Okay, see y-" She had hung up before he could finish his goodbyes.

Their conversation had put him into a better mood, so much so that he had no reservations with about-facing to get back to the Starbucks that he had passed a few blocks away. It was crowded with morning commuters but he took the time to send out a few texts.

To: Sienna
Can't wait to see u either! Still upset I didn't get to see u on tour this summer :(

To: Piper
I'll be there in 15! I'm rly good! How are you? Spend the summer in Nantucket so I was pretty MIA in the city. What did u do?

To: Sienna, Piper, Jane, Charlotte, Vincent, Kelley
@ Starbucks. Anyone want anything :)?

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: August Marcelo Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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She could do this, Sienna decided as she noticed Vincent approaching them. She could keep up this friendly charade. It was their senior year and surely, they could be better than they were before, right? After all, no matter what happened in their romantic relationship, their families were still connected to this day. It was hard to just hate him for an eternity, especially with the way her heart felt like it sucker-punched her ribcage the closer he got. Sienna would surely deny this if anyone asked, but she was more than grateful for Sydney's presence when it came. She had not even noticed the queen bee's arrival until that moment. Smiling, Sienna turned to her friend and was more than surprised to be hugged by Sydney, especially as tight as she had been. I can't take today if my heart's gonna keep acting up, Sienna thought to herself at the throbbing of said muscle as she hugged her friend back before pulling away with a beaming smile. "And you're looking as regal as ever, Syd."

As she pulled away from Sydney, Vincent had already made his way over and Sienna was in too good of a mood now that she and Sydney seemed to be in a good place for the moment to not fall into his hug. Granted, she had to get away a bit more quickly than she had with Sydney. At least there it wasn't so foreign, didn't leave her wanting to just remain there and bask in a scent she only allowed herself to think about when she was not with her friends. There was a bit of disappointment that filled her, as if her body was protesting the idea of not hugging her ex - which was absurd - so Sienna concentrated on what he was saying instead of how unfair it was that his eyes were really blue at the moment. She giggled a bit at the thought of Colette and her mother both having their "mommy moments" as she had termed when they were kids. "Oops, probably jinxed you. My bad!" She exclaimed, her smile wide. "I've actually gotta catch up with Colette sometimes." She said, though it was more to herself than anything else. Since she and Vincent had broken up, Sienna had distanced herself from the Mast family - not so much so that it was obvious that she detested them or something along those lines, but that she didn't spend as much time with her mother and Colette as she did when she was younger. The last time Cynthia brought that up sounded like Colette actually wanted to see her and well, Collie had been one of her favorite people growing up.

So caught up in trying to figure out her own feelings, Sienna had come in on the part where Vincent's gaze lingered a bit too long on Sydney just and just as he turned towards Hailey, leaving Sienna to clutch her bag just a bit tightly to herself. It was a discreet tick of hers, so she swiped at wayward strands that had been tousled due to the gust of wind swept through them. Down, girl she had to tell herself. You said it was over. He can look all he wants. Nodding to herself subtly, she caught on to Vincent's comments about blondes and rolled her eyes, turning to Hailey to see the face she made. "Ignore him," she told her fellow singer lowly but still kept it loud enough for Vincent to hear, a teasing smirk on her naturally plump lips. "I do." It didn't take long for Sienna to catch on to a bit of tension between Sydney and Hailey, and the actual anxiety that seemed to seep from the new girl's pores. She didn't need Sydney clashing so inexplicably with Hailey - not on her first day, at least. Sienna didn't see them being the best of friends, but they damn sure didn't need to get in to anything on the first day of school. She glanced at Hailey, stared at Sydney for a second, before glancing back at Hailey with a pensive expression. "Hey, if you wanna go in, go ahead without me. Just follow the students and you'll be in the auditorium. I gotta meet some people out here, but I'll come find you with the drinks, ok?" Sienna didn't want to just throw Hailey to the wolves or even abandon her, but the girl's nerves wouldn't be settled until she was inside and could really take everything in. Plus, she and Sydney still needed to talk. Also, the rest of her friends needed to get here, she decided and glanced down at her phone to send out a few messages.

To: August
Where r u?

To: Jane
Bring yourself, ma'am

To: Charlotte
Don't tell me I beat u here, Madam President :p

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Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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"I cannot believe you took ten minutes decidin' on a damn drink." Charlotte scowled her sister who was pretty much dragging out of the bookstore/coffee shop by her wrist. Rosie just chuckled as the two crossed the street and could see their school not far ahead. "Will you relax, you still have tons of time to say hello to your followers, madam dictator." Rose teased as she finally caught up with the older twin who let go of her wrist. "It doesn't matter! I should be the first person there, I am the president after all." Charlotte said as she saw her sister roll her eyes. Charlotte heard her phone go off for, what felt like the hundredth time since she has awoke this morning. She reached for her phone to see text from her vice president asking where she was and about ten others asking the same question. The only one that caught her attention was Sienna's and reading it she smirk before realizing what that meant and groaning. "What now?

"Sienna's already there."

"... So, I thought ya'll were friends or somethin'." Charlotte rolled her eyes before answering her sister. "We are, but she also close to Sydney. Meaning she's already there too and the last thing I need to see to ruin my mood before I address the school is see her all over Connor." Rosie tried to hide her smile as the two crossed the street. "Aw, you're jealous." Lottie just scoffed and clear her throat. "Of what? Of her? Please, I just don't need to see him being pulled along like a little... puppet by that little blonde--.." Rosie stuck out her hand and made the two stop walking which only irritated the class president more. "Watch the language. You're the sweet Southern Belle, keep it that way, darlin'." Charlotte rolled her eyes and continued walking with Rosie in tow once more. "I wasn't gonna say... the 'b' word. I was just gonna say princess. God, will you relax?" Rosie didn't even try to argue with her sister anymore as the two made their way into the entrance of their school. "Alright, see ya, sis. Good luck in the assembly, see you after." Rosie said as she scurried off to her friends. Charlotte just rolled her eyes before walking towards the courtyard with her nose in her notes making sure she had everything.

It wasn't long before she found herself in the courtyard and she didn't need to look up from her phone to know that people were staring, the questions started about who she was, what grade, etc. etc. And, of course whenever they answered they would look at the president in disbelief. Same stuff, different day. As she looked over she could see Hayley, Sienna, Jane, and Vincent socializing, but there was only one reason she didn't go over to greet them and that reason was Sydney. The two weren't enemies like Sydney and Piper or to an extent, Brent and Lottie most days. And, the two blondes have cooled down since Lottie decided to... go off in a sense about how Syd was manipulating Connor and how she thought it was wrong on how she was treating him just so she always had someone who would be a little... admirer of hers. But, maybe that was the small bit of jealousy Lottie actually had in her body. They still weren't friends by any means like they used to be but, they were civil.

Besides, she already knew she would have to talk to Sydney when she arrived at the black and white party, seeing that she was Rosie's plus one. So, she would just deal with the popular 'queen bee' then, not now. Not when she was getting prepared for the day filled with introductions, handshakes, and of course parents trying to... persuade Lottie into finding their child in the student council or another powerful position. Charlotte, being... a Buchanan never took it though. She worked for her spot in office and so do the incoming freshmen and new students.

The girl took a seat near the entrance of the school and took out her phone to text Connor only to sigh when she saw that she had an unread message from him. She groaned before texting him back.

To : Connor

I already got some with Rosie. But, where are you, Mr. President? I'm stressing out and I need someone to vent to. T.T


She looked at the time before sighing and looking back at her plans for the day. Only looking up whenever a friend of hers passed by and went into the school and said 'hello'. And, whenever a group of guys were caught staring a bit and tried to play it off cool. She would always smile and wave towards them before looking at the time, waiting for Connor to walk in. Because if anyone could calm her nerves and make her relax it was him.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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The Starbucks line definitely put Connor behind schedule and by the time he was leaving the shop, a tray full of drinks in hand, he was nearly jogging to make up on time. Luckily, with the amount of coffee shops in the city, this one was only a few blocks away from Constance Billard and it didn't take him more than five minutes to arrive in front of the school. Although he could see people filing into the building, the courtyard was still fairly populated. He hoped that meant that the girls he had drinks for were still outside because he doubted he would be able to find them once they were all seated inside.

It wasn't hard to find Sydney and Sienna. The friend group had claimed a spot on the steps that no one else dared to wait on in the mornings before school. Even he knew that, and he didn't even attend the school. Both girls, as well as Jane Lynch, were standing where he expected to find them and he hurried towards them. "Hey!" he exclaimed as he reached the top of the steps. He was smiling widely and although it was probably obvious that he was most interested in Sydney, he was also close friends with both of the other girls. He considered Sienna to be one of his closest friends and he and Jane frequently hooked up at parties, so he knew all three girls fairly well. "A vanilla iced coffee for Miss Vale, a grande salted caramel mocha for Miss Alvarez and a grande caramel mocha for the unnamed friend." Only Sienna and Sydney had requested drinks, so he distributed those to him and then took a moment to study the girls. He didn't pick up on the tension between the three girls, or more specifically, between Jane and the two others, but he didn't have time to delve into it either.

Charlotte had texted him, reminding him that he needed to get inside to get ready. Although most of the assembly was dictated by the deans of the schools, he and Lottie had to welcome back their classes at the start of it. He was sure that the Constance Billard president had prepared something extensive and professional, but he was just going to wing it. While Lottie had earned her spot as president by being the best candidate for the job, he had really only been elected by being friends with nearly everyone at the boy's school. "I have to go find Charlotte, but I'll see you guys inside," he said, leaving just as quickly as he had shown up. It was probably for the best though, since even if he didn't realize it, the girls probably wanted some privacy as the caught up for the first time in months.

He found Charlotte close by, heading into the school. "Hey, I just got your text. What's up?" She had said something about needing to vent, which didn't sound good. Though, it wouldn't have surprised him if she was just working herself up over the new school year. She always ended up going above and beyond with every one of her many commitments and responsibilities, but it didn't stop her from freaking out over most of them in the process.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Piper waited for Jane's car to pull up when she felt her phone vibrate. Looking down she saw it was Connor asking is anyone wanted some coffee. The answer would be no. She was perfectly fine with drinking water. Coffee gives her the jitters. So instead of responding, she just left the text alone. As she put her phone away, it began to buzz again. This time it was Dustin saying he probably wouldn't be home after their school assembly. Connor replied to her text earlier, but she should be at school soon so she just left it.

To: Dustin
No problem!

Just as she put her phone away for good, Jane's car rolled up. Piper smiled as she got into the vehicle. "Hey girl!" Piper gave Jane a hug as she continued to smile. Then in typical Jane fashion she started talking rather quickly. Piper just let her finish before chiming in. "Well it was sort of a last minute trip. If I had known you were there as well I would've invited you." Piper didn't really pay too much attention to the pictures Jane would post, so she must have missed the one letting her know they were in the same place. Oh well. Piper was more concerned with Jane's health. She would be lying if she said during the car ride to school she didn't look at Jane's body to see if she gained any weight. Looking back on it Jane did look unhealthy skinny last school year. She wished she would have caught it sooner before it got to the point that it had. The whole ordeal made Piper feel like she should try to be better friend.

The rest of the car ride Jane's mainly talked about whatever. Finally they arrived at the school and Piper could sense Jane's nervousness. She had a right to be. She really didn't contact anyone, and piper knew that probably sent Sydney into a rage. Honestly she doesn't know why Jane is friends with Sydney, but whatever. Talking about Sydney just gives Piper a headache. Just as Jane got out Piper felt her phone ring. It was her brother calling. "I'll meet up with you and the girls in a second." If her brother was calling her there was no way she wasn't going to answer. Thomas was her everything.

Piper got out of the car and stood on the sidewalk as Jane went off to meet Sienna and Sydney. "What's up Thomas?" Piper questioned. "I saw some papers on your desk about this old couple? Are they related to us?" Thomas sounded excited at the possibilities, but Piper didn't share his enthusiasm. "No, they aren't related to us. But don't worry about it for now. I'll find them for sure. Now go to school!" Piper quickly hung up the phone before Thomas could talk any more. She completely forgot to tell him about it, but seeing as she hit a road block she figured it was best not to tell him. Turning, on her heels and headed to the steps.

She could see the three girls in the distance, plus a couple of other people. Piper saw Connor but he was leaving, Probably to go meet Charlotte. "Honestly the two should just date." She grinned to herself. Piper met the girls on the stairs and smiled to Sienna and briefly grinned at Sydney. "Hello girls." She put on her best smile. Her hatred for Sydney increased over the summer, so it was extremely hard to even look in her direction. "I'm assuming everyone's summer went okay?" Piper looked amongst the girls before checking the time. The assembly was starting soon, but honestly if she missed it she wouldn't even care. But going inside would be better than dealing with the current awkward atmosphere. Surely Sydney and Sienna were curious about Jane's absence over the summer. It's surprising neither of them had bombarded Jane yet. "By the way Sienna your outfit is too precious. It's very city chic." Piper complimented. "But I'm sure we should start heading inside for the assembly." The assembly was something Piper dreaded, but it would be better then standing on the being awkward.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Vincent was just always up for witnessing a good cat fight, especially when it involved hot girls, but he was glad that Hailey agreed to head inside with him. If she hadn't, he was sure that at the very least, it would result in more stress in Sienna's life and a plethora of texts from Sydney later on, telling him how much she hated Sienna for bringing the new girl around. The only girl drama that he really wasn't a fan of was that between Sydney and Sienna, since he always seemed involved in it somehow. He couldn't claim to be innocent in that, though. It was him who had seduced Sydney into sleeping with him that night and ruining his relationship with Sienna. Although Sydney had been more than willing to partake in what went down that night, even he didn't think that she was that bad of a friend to have done it if he hadn't insisted that he and Sienna had broken up. As much as he wanted to avoid the Sydney x Sienna drama, he always didn't like hanging around the two girls together for too long. It just felt awkward, especially when Sydney thought that Sienna was still in the dark about what they had done.

He wasn't sure how to respond when Hailey asked what was up with Sydney. How was he supposed to explain that she had just crossed the one person in this school who could ruin her? To someone like Hailey, who had probably never dealt with being unpopular or being anywhere but at the top of the social ladder, Sydney probably seemed oddly conceited. It was normal to him, and most of the school, though, that it was just how things worked. Sydney was the Queen Bee and that was how it had always been. If Hailey didn't know it yet, she would learn soon enough. Thankfully, there was no need for him to make an attempt at explaining that to her, because she shut down the question immediately. Her "I am not here to start or cause drama" made him grin because he was sure that that ship had already sailed. Sydney was too sensitive to have her authority tested in even such a minor way as Hailey acting like she didn't know who she was, even if she honestly didn't know who she was.

"What do I know about this school?" he repeated Hailey's question, considering how to answer it. He was given an extra minute to think as a group of girls approached the pair and began to talk to Hailey. Even if Sydney did decide to ruin her chances of joining the "popular" group, at least she seemed to have fans in the school who would want to befriend her. When she returned her attention to him, he still wasn't sure how to really answer, but made an attempt. "All I'm going to say is that it's a dog-eat-dog world here. I don't think you'll have a problem with it, seeing that you don't really qualify as being a friendless new kid," he smiled slightly as he watched the girls she had been speaking to scurry away. "But just don't let any of these girls get to you. There are a lot of 'mean girls' and it's easy to get wrapped up in trying to be somebody different just to fit in." It wasn't usual to his character, but he was actually being genuine as he spoke. He didn't know Hailey well enough to feel the need to really give her any words of wisdom, but he personally knew how wanting to have a certain reputation could ruin real relationships, and she seemed too nice for such an ill fate. "Just stick with Sienna, and I'm sure you'll be fine," he added.

Connor and Charlotte were a few feet ahead of them and Vincent led Hailey towards them. "Hey, Charlotte! Have you met the ne-.. Hailey?", he had started to reference her as "the new girl" again, but quickly corrected himself. "Don't worry, you're still the number one blonde in my life, though", he continued with a smirk. He had seen Connor frequently over the summer, so there was no need for some dramatic reunion, despite them being close friends. "Have you seen Dustin around?" he simply said as he addressed him.

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Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Dustin was practically falling asleep on his bike when he started to notice more classmates filling up the block. He slid off of his motorcycle, pushing his helmet into place between the throttle and brake and headed down the street, most likely sporting a fantastic case of helmet hair. With a whistle going he kept spinning the keys around his middle finger only ever having to stop when it clipped another finger. Dustin was naturally a fast walker and this time of day, not to mention thanks to it being technically the first day of school, almost everyone was walking at a snails pace making him weave in and out on his way there. People walking slow was a pet peeve of his the worst being when they have completely blocked his way with no other way around them.

Making it to the front of the school he cut the whistling off and grasped the keys in his right hand, finger still in the loop. He stopped to talk to a couple swim mates he hadn't seen all summer as he walked into the school. Mornings were the toughest part of every morning and normally this much talking would get rather annoying but the nonsensical conversations actually managed to keep his attention enough so that he started waking up. Some went on for longer than he liked but he didn't have anything wrong with it at the time.

A soft vibration in his pocket had reply from Piper that wasn't anything too special. Looking up he spotted several familiar faces he walked over to the small group just as he overheard his name. “Speak of the devil and he’s sure to appear.” Dustin spoke up with a smirk as he past Vincent from behind. “How’s it going?” He looked to Connor and Charlotte and to the other blonde he hoped he hadn’t met before because if they had her name is completely lost on him.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Sienna couldn't help but soften her expression more at the dejected look in Jane's eyes when she didn't contend to going along with their shopping antics like usual. That had not been out of being mean and she was used to mostly speaking her thoughts. Which had not happened, surprisingly, which was why Sienna realized that this was a serious matter at hand. She usually would have hissed out of frustration that Jane was late or had (if that had been the case) that the wench had left them high and dry - again. She would have been fuming and not even the espresso-infused cup of chocolate she was going to receive from Connor would have satiated her hunger for something. However, this was Jane and well, Sienna held many grudges over the years, like when she made it very clear that one of the group's favorite little minions, Claire, would never be invited to any of her parties without at least some sucking up for an entire week because the girl had slept with Vincent last year. But Jane wasn't a minion or some girl who had wronged her like the one she was currently siding with. And Sienna couldn't be mean to her, not forever.

When Connor came, Sienna offered him a very bright smile of appreciation and would have given him his money for the drinks had he not immediately set to leaving. The warmth from both beverages, which now took up both of her hands, felt good against her skin and she took a sip of her own, allowing the salty flake to melt in the warmth of chocolate, espresso and caramel.

She was just about to explain to Jane that she had studio time and would have loved to spend time with her though when Sydney cut right to the chase. Sienna sharply turned to Sydney, a bit taken aback but not surprised by Sydney's refusal to allow the lies to continue. Understanding that the situation called for it, Sienna turned back to face Jane fully, shifting on her feet idly when Jane appeared ready to give some kind of answer. However, Piper's voice cut in over their favorite brunette's and the annoyance of both blondes was probably tangible. Or, at least, it was visible on Sienna's face, if only for a few seconds. Unlike Sydney, Sienna didn't not like Piper. Piper was pretty cool and between Sydney and Piper sometimes, Sienna liked the redhead just a bit more because Sydney had the capacity to push Sienna towards violence. However, considering the fact that there were no such inclinations at the moment and the fact the redhead (though unwittingly) disrupted a serious situation, Sienna was not exactly a fan of Piper at the moment. Not that it kept her from greeting her. Besides, Sienna didn't just turn away a compliment! "Oh, thanks, sweetie," she replied cheerily, rearranging her bag on her shoulder. "Yeah, I think summer was pretty good. There were a good number of revelations," Sienna stated, looking directly at Jane for a minute before returning her gaze to Piper with a salacious wink. "And a whole lot more fun that I can't wait to talk about later." It was probably mean of her to keep Jane on her toes, but it was too late to take it back.

When Piper inquired of them heading inside, it was as if Sydney had called to her without words because Sienna's gaze immediately went to the queen bee without question. She nodded discreetly and set to following Sydney as the girls headed inside. It was still a surprise that they had not clashed on anything yet, though Sienna was not privy to accepting this standstill. She was too used to Sydney's underhanded jabs and sly words to truly feel at ease in her presence. At the same time, they were on the same team at the moment. Granted, their reasoning and ways of interpreting the situation was different. Sydney felt like it was a personal stab for Jane to not tell her, Sienna thought it may have been indicative of how Jane truly felt. That maybe she didn't trust neither Sydney nor Sienna enough with her illness. Like with anyone who had a different sexuality, background or disease, the person deciding to tell you would only make that decision if they thought you were trustworthy and that they could allow themselves to be vulnerable with you. Sienna may not have truly vented to Jane about the true extents of her feelings towards Vincent and their separation (not to mention Sydney's involvement in it) or even to the girls about her woes with her mother, but surely they had been friends, right? Jane should have been able to trust her and yet, she had not and Sienna was angry only because, damn...she thought they were better than that. Maybe it was still selfish or even spoke to Sienna's own insecurities, but it was all too complicated at the moment to contemplate any further.

At the moment, while she heard her phone ping at receiving a text message, she couldn't rearrange the drinks to answer it. It was only when they had gotten inside, though not that far in, that Sienna saw Hailey still with Vincent and a few friends. Pleased, Sienna was the first to break from the group to get to the others a bit faster. "Hey, guys!" she exclaimed, forgetting all about Sydney and Charlotte not getting along at the moment. She smiled at Hailey while handing her fellow singer her drink. "Seems I've caught up with you. I hope someone," she eyed Vincent surreptitiously, "didn't give you a hard time." Turning to Charlotte, Sienna beamed. "Morning, Madam President." She said, giving Charlotte a sideways hug in pursuit of her phone.

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Hailey eyed Vincent as he repeated her question but in a different tense. It made her raise a brow a little bit but then her ears were mainly focused on what he said after. "Yeah, so this school is like the real world basically." She snickered at her own comment then eyed him again. "No one gets to me..." She smiled a little bit then eyed him. "If they do, I'll just write a song about them." She shrugged her shoulders then followed behind him as he went up to Charlotte, whom she met at the local mall. The other guy she haven't met yet so she did nothing but smile at him, for now.

She looked towards Vincent as he was about to call her the new girl again but shook her head and waved towards Charlotte with a smile. "Nice to meet you again." She nodded her head towards Charlotte then rolled her eyes at Vincent's comment. Her eyes then met someone she hasn't met before. "Hi there, I should introduce myself." She smiled and extended her hand for him to shake. "I'm Hailey." Her smile brightened after that as she dropped her hand by her side, whether he shook it or not.

Her eyes trailed around the hall as another guy walked up to them. 'All of these cute guys.' She thought to herself, eying him as he spoke, laughing at his comment. She waited until their conversation was over then basically did the same thing all over again. "Hi, I'm Hailey." She once again extended her hand for him to shake and dropping it back by her side with a smile. "So, shouldn't we head to the assembly?" She questioned towards them then looked up and saw Sienna and accepted her drink. "Thank you." She smiled then took a small sip from her cup.

Hailey eyed everyone around her as she rocked on the balls of her feet, waiting to go to this assembly.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Walking into Contance Billard brought the same reaction from classmates that it did every year on the first day. Younger girls, if they dared, would wave or say hello to Sydney and the others, sometimes to be awarded with a response and other times to be ignored. Boys would stare, sometimes audibly making fun of their friends for gawking so obviously. And their group of four would walk in with heads held high, knowing that they owned the school. This year, that was much easier since they were definitely at the top of the food chain now. They were seniors. This was their year. Sydney would have preferred to come into it with Jane and Sienna on her side, and she couldn't have been more surprised that out of the two of them, it was Sienna that she was preferring in the moment. She wouldn't have minded if Piper had fallen off the face of the earth this summer too and never returned, but even if Sydney wouldn't admit it, Piper's beauty didn't hurt their group. It probably helped it, if anything.

Sydney liked to be selective with who she socialized with in public. She had enemies, that was for sure, but many of her poor relationships consisted of her acting friendly to the person to their face and attempting to ruin them behind their back. She didn't genuinely like most of the people who came up to greet her that morning, and was far from Sienna's level of friendly, even towards the people that she did sometimes socialize with. She sipped her coffee as she watched Sienna separate from them and run over to Connor, Charlotte, Vincent and Hailey. She hoped that Piper would follow. Sydney and Piper were far from friends and she was sure that Piper liked Sienna better than Jane anyway. If Jane dared to distance herself though, Sydney would have snapped. She was already waiting for her friend's response from her earlier question, but figured that she had made her point enough earlier than to bring it up again. Besides, as far as Jane knew, Sydney had far more important things to worry about than whatever "vacation" she went on.

"Ask Nicole to pick you up something to wear while we're here," she said in a tone that came closer to an order than a suggestion. Remembering Sienna's earlier thought that Jane might end up skipping out on school, Sydney wouldn't have been surprised if she skipped out on the party too, claiming that she had nothing to wear and couldn't come. While Sydney had enough minions to go around, she wasn't going to spend her night with them. They weren't real friends, and even she knew that her good streak with Sienna wasn't going to last forever. It would only be a matter of time before the two were back at each other's throats, probably initiated by Sydney too. "I'm wearing black, so you can wear white." Sydney had decided on wearing black as soon as she chose the party's theme, but had only just decided that she wanted Jane in white. Maybe because she knew that Jane probably would have opted for black on her own, since everyone claims to look thinner in black. Maybe just because she liked the control that she could exert over Jane. Both Sienna and Piper had too big of mouths to let her demand them around in such a way, although that didn't stop her from doing so occasionally.

She was going to let Jane think their conversation about her summer was over for now, she decided definitely. Her attention had flitted towards the group that Sienna had joined, and her eyes locked onto Vincent's form. She didn't know if she would be audacious enough to go through with it later on, but he was looking good enough for her to want a repeat of their July 4th night together. Her guard fell for a few seconds but she quickly snapped her head back to Jane when she felt like she had been looking for too long. "Where's Sebastian?" It was completely random but she needed some change of topic to cover up for what she felt like was her being obviously googly eyed at Vincent.

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Charlotte groaned as she looked down at her phone. She just shook her head and slid her phone away as she got up and started to walk into the school. "Hey, I just got your text. What's up?" It was only when she heard Connor's voice that she sighed and turned around to face him. "Oh thank goodness, Connor, I'm really freaking out. I mean, I know that its just an introduction or whatever, but what if I mess up or I forget what I wrote. I can't wing like you can, that's not my style. And people already think I'm a dumb blonde, I don't need the incoming freshmen thinking that too. And they might think that for the rest of the year, I mean I know I shouldn't care but, I have enough people thinking that I'm nothing more than some cute girl. I do not need anyone else thinkin' that."

Charlotte groaned before looking around to see a few people staring at the pair. "Oh, great now people think I'm an uptight, uppity freak." She already knew what he was going to say, that she was just stressing out and that everything would be fine and blah, blah, blah. Telling her what he always told her when she got herself worked up, which was... pretty common when she thought about it. But, he didn't get it. Sure, he was cute but, he was also popular, charming, and well, pretty awesome. No one had any reason to think that he got pass on just his looks or money but, with her that's what a lot of people thought. That she was just another dumb blonde who could flip her hair or flaunt daddy's money and get whatever her little heart desired. And she hated that people thought her life and she was like that. So, she always did above and beyond just to try and show those people that they were wrong. And whenever she thought that she was just about to prove those people right... She may or may not have a tinsy, tiny little... breakdown/stress out session and Connor was the first one she would call about it seeing that he could always reassure her that everything was going to be fine.

When she took a deep breath and turned her head to the side when she saw two people walking towards her and Connor. When she looked at them, she saw Vincent and Hailey. Her relationship with Vincent, to say the least was entertaining. He would flirt with her and she would just brush it off with a smirk stating that he wasn't 'her type'. Hell, Lottie has never had a boyfriend. She doesn't even have a type. "Hey, Charlotte! Have you met the ne-.. Hailey?",
She smiled brightly as she pointed towards the girl. "You mean, my long lost sister?" She chuckled. "Nice to meet you again." Charlotte softly smiled towards her and waved slightly. "You too."

"Don't worry, you're still the number one blonde in my life, though", She looked towards Vincent as he sported a smirk only to rolled her eyes at him and smirk herself. "Aw, aren't you sweet, darlin'. You have no idea how knowing I'm still your favorite blonde makes me feel." Sarcasm in her voice as she laid a hand on Vincent's shoulder. She watched as Vince turned to Connor and asked where Dusty was. She just shrugged as she listened to the two guys talk. But, it didn't take long for Dusty to head over to the group. “Speak of the devil and he’s sure to appear.” Charlotte just rolled her eyes with a smile on her face. “How’s it going?” She shrugged before speaking. "You know, the usual. I'm stressing out about this meeting." She stated as she combed her fingers through her hair as she saw Sienna walk up to the group as well. She only smirked when she called her 'Madam President' and hugged her back. "Little Miss. Superstar."

"So, shouldn't we head to the assembly?" Charlotte looked at the time on her black Micheal Kors watch and cursed. "Crap, we really should be heading inside guys." She said as she slid her planner and notebook into her bag before turning towards the others in the group.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Piper could see how Jane relaxed some at her presence. Sydney must've asked something very direct already. That and the brief look of annoyance of Sienna's face at her arrival. But oh well. Something told Piper that Jane may need her this first day of school. Sienna was rightfully upset, but like always, Piper thought that Sydney's anger about this past summer was coming from some place less genuine. At Sydney's sudden 'take charge' statement, Piper turned her head away from the girls so she could roll her eyes at Sydney's reaction. 'Is she that intimidated by me?' Piper couldn't help but smirk at the thought. Though Piper was jealous of Sydney for her wealth, she thinks that Sydney is intimidated by her looks. Whatever it wasn't really her concern at the moment.

While the foursome headed inside, Piper noticed Connor and Dustin along with a couple of other people. A large grin tugged at the corner of the redheads lips as she saw one of her good friends. It really has been too long since she has last seen him. She wondered how he was doing, since he often confided in her. Piper also couldn't help but see Charlotte in the group as well. 'Seriously they need to just date. Look how cute they look together! I just need to try and get him from under Sydney's mediocre manicured nails. Seriously look at how cute Charlotte is! The girl clearly has some goals for her to be class president. Plus she has the whole southern thing going on'. Piper turned to look at Jane, who was sticking closer to her than usual, and smiled. "We should go and say high to them." Just as soon as she finished her sentence, Sienna was the first to break away and talk to the group across the way.

Charlotte and Sydney didn't get along whatsoever, so Piper thought it was interesting how Sienna was so ready to break away from the group. Definitely something that she would put towards the back of her mind for now. Piper decided to wait to talk to Connor until after the assembly. She wanted to have a decent conversation not a short one. "Scratch that. We should go to the assembly first." Piper spoke, even though she heard Sydney ask about Vincent. However, she felt like making the blonde mad. Piper linked arms with Jane and grinned. "My feet are killing me already. I need to sit down." Without waiting to see if Jane would agree with her or not, she started pulling the girl along. "Oh, and we should go shopping later because I need something to wear tonight. Something that says 'hello peasants your queen has arrived' type of ensemble." Piper started to wave dramatically as if she was the queen of England. "It's a new year so I need to make a splash. Also I think you should get something for tonight as well. Sure Sydney wants you to wear white, but in my personal opinion you should wear something that makes a statement as well." Piper was clearly trying to make her own statement to Sydney, that this year she wasn't going to hold back as much as she did before.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson

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Sienna winked back at Charlotte for their ever-present nickname exchange just as she finally reached her phone. She took a sip of her coffee before peering down at her phone, a small smile flitting across her face at the sight of a message from Isabella. She really wanted to see the brunette before they all went their separate ways, but her schedule probably wouldn't permit it. While Jane and Piper may have had time to blow and Sydney might very well make be making sure that everything was perfect for the party tonight - which Sienna had no problem with since she was exactly the same way - but Sienna did not have that luxury. She had to be prepared for school while also getting out music, which was always a hassle. And it infringed on a lot of her free time and she was pretty sure she was going develop an actual addiction to coffee in the near future, if she wasn't already addicted now.

Her eyes moved over to Jane and Piper as they disconnected from Sydney somewhat, watching the brunette with a smile still on her face. Sienna's habit of holding grudges just could not last - not when it came to Jane. And if there was one thing that she and her friend shared in common other than their loves for fashion and partying, it was their emotions. They felt things too deeply, far less composed than the icy queen bee. Granted, Sienna had her moments where she could be quietly vengeful and exchanging underhanded digs were just like second nature, but even she could not always hold it together. So, she was unsurprised by Jane's thinking that Sydney hated her. She just didn't want her to think that it was actually fact. Which was why she decided to text her back.

To: Jane
Nobody hates u, J. We all need 2 talk. No running. I can stall 4 the nite but its important.

Sienna returned her attention to the group, nodding to Hailey absentmindedly when the new girl thanked her for her drink. Her eyes, without much restraint, fell back on Vincent. She didn't mean to look at him, didn't mean to allow her gaze to rake over him in appreciation as she did. Definitely not little Vince anymore, her brain decided to taunt her, which was completely necessary because Sienna had noticed the change. Oh, she had noticed. Had taken all of this into account over the years - how much more lean he became, how his jaw line suddenly became more defined, how - no matter what - his eyes were still the same shade of blue...

Her gaze immediately sought out Sydney only for her lips to form a small smile. Just before Sydney's mask slipped back on, Sienna had seen it. Hunger. Appreciation. Entitlement. Lust. Perhaps the "entitlement" part was simply Sienna feeling suddenly bitchy, but she couldn't help it. She had to look away, concentrating on Hailey who said they should probably head inside and Charlotte who more than readily agreed. She should have known this would happen. She and Sydney could never truly get along, not unless this Vincent thing was out in the open. It was probably highly irrational for her to be as upset and despite any efforts on her part, the conflicted emotions were probably evident on her face. She didn't have a hold on Vincent anymore. He had made that clear when he wound up in bed with Sydney when they were still dating and even when he slept with another girl nearly a day or so after they officially broke up. That thought didn't, however, rid of her of the jealousy brewing inside of her.

"You're right. We should go before the Head comes out and throws a bitch fit," she said monotonously, hating herself for the edge still in her voice. She stepped away from the group then, not afraid to break away from her clique. Unlike Sydney and sometimes the others, Sienna had no problem with identifying herself with other groups. Her life revolved around remaining as open as possible, partly because she had always been friendly but also as a marketing tool. Her face and voice made her marketable, the curvy body she was growing into made her even more marketable, but it was her personality that truly sold everything. Besides, when she needed a break from her friends - when something Sydney did made her emotions all the more visible and barely contained - a refresher like talking to the girl from her biology class was sure to do the trick. However, she did not come in alone and turned back to call for Hailey only for the blonde to be engulfed in a tight hold.

Sienna almost dropped her coffee.

When she and Sebastian had hooked up last year, it had been more out of the heat of the moment than actual feelings. Which Sienna had felt just a bit bad for after the fact. She hated meaningless flings and sleeping around. It was a waste of time and sure, it sounded fun. She just didn't do it as often as people thought she did. However, once their fling fizzled or perhaps they simply both agreed to let it pass, she hadn't seen him again. She had heard Sydney and Jane in conversation talk about this elusive "Sebastian" figure plenty of times, and she was sure the others knew him as well. But when it came down to particular events, Sienna would have a prior engagement her mother and manager planned out, and she would always miss this figure. She had been beginning to think he didn't exist...

...until she saw Hailey being wrapped in familiar arms. Arms Sienna herself had been enveloped in. She gulped audibly, biting her lower lip as she took in the excited expression on Sebastian's face. He had been attractive back then and by God, he was gorgeous now! All tall, curly hair and pretty-eyed and she could remember why her team had chosen him as her faux boyfriend for the music video they chose. Her heart was thumping against her ribcage madly and she prayed like hell the others wouldn't notice the actual nervousness creeping onto her face. At the same time, she had to clarify - had to make this not be awkward.

"Sebastian?" She questioned, taking a step back towards him and Hailey.

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Character Portrait: Oliver Grace Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Although Connor wasn't half as prepared as Charlotte was for their parts in the assembly, his impromptu speech went pretty well. It was typical of him to get the jitters in the few moments before he went on stage but as soon as he was out there, they disappeared. He was comfortable talking to large groups of people, especially when most of them were people that he was friendly with. As everyone but Charlotte probably expected, her speech went flawlessly as well. While he had been excited for the first day back, he was more than relieved when the draining assembly was over. The rest of his day was spent retrieving his text books, getting lunch with his mother, video chatting with his brother, and napping before it was time for Sydney's part.

9:00 PM

Sydney's party was scheduled to begin at nine o'clock. In Connor's mind, that meant that it was necessary to show up some time between 8:55 and 9:05. He didn't get the whole "fashionably late" thing that some people liked to do, and especially if Sydney was the one hosting, he didn't mind being one of the first people there. It would probably give him an advantage, even, seeing as with the amount of guests she would be inviting, he probably wouldn't have much of a chance to talk with her when everyone started showing up. However, tonight he was showing up with Vincent and Dustin, and that meant that there was no way they would be showing up any time before 9:15. Vincent probably spent as much time as Sydney did when it came to getting ready, and he and Oliver both liked to pregame before parties. While Connor did drink alcohol, he was never the guy getting blackout drunk at parties and he could never keep up with his friends who seemed to down beers like they were water.

Connor had been ready to walk out the door at eight thirty. Sydney had asked him to wear white to the party, but after searching his closet and spending hours at Macy's the previous day, it seemed impossible to find white pants that didn't make him look more frail than he already felt. So, he had settled on an ensemble consisting of black shoes and pants, a black button-down dress shirt and a white blazer. He wasn't sure if the "black & white" theme meant that you had to strictly choose one color, but after realizing that all-white wasn't going to happen, he had settled on the mixture to include her direction that he wear white. He thought that Vincent had said that Oliver was going to be at his apartment before the party, and Connor had agreed that their car would be waiting outside of Vincent's building at 8:50 on the dot for the two of them. Ten minutes of anxiously sitting in the back seat of the town car, multiple texts to both of the guys and continuous attempts to buzz into Vincent's apartment went by. He knew that at least Vincent was in there, for he had responded to Connor a few times over the ten minutes insisting that he was almost ready and would be down in a moment, but Connor was getting impatient. He wanted to see Sydney before she was too busy with everyone else. Maybe tonight would be his night. Their night. He knew it was false hope, but he couldn't let it go entirely.

To: Vincent, Oliver
9:06
Come on we were supposed 2 b there 6 minutes ago can u guys just come down already?

To: Charlotte
You and Rosie will be there tonight, right? You need to let loose after working urself up all morning xD

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The Twins' Outfits




"I can't believe you were so worried about this morning. You did great, as always." Rosie shouted out of the twin's shared walk in closet where their mother decided to keep all their 'good clothes', meaning the ones they could only wear once for one occasion. Charlotte just rolled her eyes as she finished doing her makeup with a dark red lip. She looked at herself in the mirror before tapping her finger on her chin. Something felt off. But, what was it? The fact that you could see the small beauty mark on the right side of her lips? Or was in her cochlear implant sticking out from behind her ear? What was it?! Something didn't look at and it was infuriating! She groaned as she got up in frustration and made her way to the walk in closet where her sister was still in her towel deciding between two black dresses. Rose turned her face towards her twin with a raised eyebrow. "Help me." She begged as her sister chuckled and walked back out with Charlotte right next to her. She pointed to the light blue vanity seat with the name Lottie written on it in gold, cursive writing. "Sit." Lottie didn't argue as she sat down and let her sister go at it. She looked at her sister in the mirror as the younger twin looked at her with her arms crossed. "Why is your hair in a ponytail?" Lottie turned towards her sister. "Well, I was going for the crisp, clean white look since I'm wearing--.."

"No! You're not wearing white. That's too predictable, too.... Charlotte-like." Rosie scurried to the closet to grab something as Lottie scoffed. "Well then, what should I wear?" Her sister came out with a rather short but, form fitting black dress complete with a lacy pair of heels. "This little number." Lottie scoffed at her sister's smirk as she shook her head. "No way. Rosie, I have an image to uphold and that dress is the last time I need to wear." Rosie rolled her eyes and laid it on the seat next to her before showing the white dress Lottie was planning on wearing. "Well, you're not wearing white."

"Why not?"

"'Cuz, I am." Her sister's smirk grew even more as she returned her sister and undid the sleek ponytail, letting her curls fall down, making the look look absolutely stunning. "There, happy? Now, I getting dressed." She wasn't really mad was she? But, before Lottie was given the chance to ask her sister had slammed the door to the closet and locked it from the inside, knowing Lottie couldn't get in. Lottie scoffed before turning to the dress and heels. "Goddamn it." She got up from her chair and snatched the dress from the chair and started getting dressed in the short black dress. God, her sister was a child!

Within ten minutes, Lottie was knocking against the door to get her sister out. "Are you done bitchin' and cryin' the car's here. And I'm... wearing the dress...." She said with the last part being in a muffled tone to keep some of her pride intact. Rosie cracked the door open and poked her head out and looked at her sister with her mouth open before coming out of the room with two purses for the pair. "I knew you'd look sexy! You're going to blow little Miss. Perfect out of the water looking like this. I mean, god you look like a friggin' model." Her sister gushed as the pair made their way down the step and to the elevator. "Well, I mean. Look at you. You're like an angel or somethin', like that." Rosie locked arms right before the doors opened to the first floor and the two walked outside to the waiting black Bentley for the Buchanan twins. "Fine, let's agree on this. We both look hot." Charlotte laughed as she slid into the car. "Deal."

As the car pulled off, her phone went off. When she read it, she chuckled. "Connor?" Lottie lost her smile for a second to make contact with her sister. "Mind you own, why don't cha." Her sister put her hands up in defense as Lottie text him back.

To : Connor

-__- Yes, we're coming. We should be there shortly.... I haven't missed any drama, have I?


It wasn't long until the car had stopped and the two made their way out, stating to their driver, they would be in touch. The man nodded before getting out to open the door for he pair. As they got out, Lottie linked arms with her twin, something they did... a lot before making their way into Sydney's home. As the two entered, they looked around before Rosie pretty much forced her to the bar to help her 'loosen up' before the night and drama really got started. But, of course Lottie was against. "You know I don't drink, I'm gonna go socialize. Meet up with me later." Rosie rolled her eyes. "Fine, your loss." She then turned to someone to her right as Lottie rolled her eyes and started to look for Connor.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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"Dude, it fucking reeks all the way down the hall of weed. I guarantee you Long is going to be up here any second to threaten to evict us again." Brent had just walked in after spending much of the day in Greenwich Village selling to college kids. His brother had discovered a goldmine in NYU students last spring and had passed the territory on to Brent. As well as the day went, his high mood was sufficiently lowered when he returned home. Not just because his brother had become increasingly reckless about their drug use in their building, despite how persistent that their landlord Mr. Long was about them not doing that, but because "home" wasn't really home anymore. It hadn't been since his parents had relocated to Arkansas for his mother's treatment, and even more so in the past year as his brother's personal drug habits had spiraled out of control.

"Chill out, bro. When Ching Chong Chang comes I'll just blame it on Mrs. Beady down the hall. You know she lowkey hits a blunt every night." One look at Cameron, and Brent knew that he was high on something. Their apartment smelled strongly of marijuana, but that was nothing new and Cam seemed to be on something stronger. If Brent had to guess, he'd say cocaine. The white remnants on their coffee table would have confirmed that. His brother had a bright grin on his face that almost reminded Brent of the brother he used to know, years before he stopped doing the drugs and the drugs started doing him. As his gaze shifted up towards his brothers brown eyes though, he was met with emptiness. Cameron's offensive and crude sense of humor was still there, but his real self wasn't.

"She's eighty-something years old and uses an oxygen tank. I don't think that story'll go over well." Although Brent was known as the "bad boy" by his peers, he was the more sensible and reserved one when it came to the Barclay brothers. At home, he was more of the cautious nerdy kid that he was for most of his life, than the careless badass he had transformed himself into during high school. He had to be. It wasn't like Cameron was going to step up to the plate, and if both of them were as reckless as he, they'd probably be homeless or dead by now.

"What the fuck's wrong with you tonight? Damn, I'd think you'd be grateful that I didn't wake your ass up at six AM this morning like mom used to do to me every fucking morning before school starts." Brent thought that Cameron hadn't even caught his last comment, because as he had said it, a familiar blonde walked out of the bathroom and carefully placed herself on Cameron's lap. After kissing her for a good thirty seconds, he responded to Brent's remark with a hint of anger.

"You were passed out until three thirty. Not like you could've if you wanted to." He was bothered by his brother bringing up their mom, and even more so that he pointed out her absence. By now, both of them were used to their mother being sick and needing to spend most of the past few years in a different state for treatment. They wanted her to be there if it meant she had more hope for a future. But still, Brent was the baby of the family and he missed her. No matter how hard he acted, he loved his mom and would have done anything to have her back home and healthy with them.

Cameron had already returned his attention to the female, whose name had slipped Brent's mind. She had been Cameron's girlfriend for a couple of weeks and he was sure that his brother had called her Caroline, or maybe Callie. Something with a "C". All that Brent was certain of, was that she was addicted to coke and even worse, that she didn't pay for it when she used with Cameron. He didn't want to be around her any more than he wanted to be around his brother, so their impromptu make out session was enough of a reason for him to disappear into his bedroom. It was 8:30 and although he had skipped out on the first day of school this morning, he didn't plan on skipping the first party of the year too. Sydney was hosting tonight, as she did every year, and Brent knew that her house would be filled with rich dirt bags willing to drop a couple of dollars on some low grade drugs. It would be a good opportunity to make some money, get Cameron off of his back, get out of his bad-vibe apartment, and see some of the few people he actually liked.

"Wherever the fuck you're going, bring that shit with you." When Brent returned to the living room and made it obvious that he was leaving, Cameron only pulled a hand out from his girl's shirt to point to a brown paper bag on a table. "We need to start moving these pills, man. Get rid of all of that shit by the time you come home." Brent took the bag and stuffed it into his pocket, and although he wanted to tell Cameron that he should get off his ass and start moving the drugs instead of using them, he didn't. He just needed to get out of there and a fight with his drugged out brother would only spell bad news.

After stopping for one-dollar pizza, Brent boarded a subway to the upper east side. It usually took twenty minutes or so to get to Sydney's area, but he chose to get off at a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. The air was considerably crisper than it had been at this time of day a month ago, but Brent appreciated it. He was wearing his signature leather jacket, a navy v-neck t-shirt, black skinny jeans and black high tops, so he wasn't dressing for a heat wave anyway. For the most part, his outfit fit the color standards of Sydney's party, but that was only a coincidence. He would have worn the same thing if it was a neon themed party, too.

He knew which building was Sydney's because he had been there countless times visiting her mom. It was a weird thing to think about, and Brent knew that just as much as Sydney did, but her mom was one of his best customers. The woman was as wild as a twenty-one-year-old with the bank account the size of a seventy-year-old millionaire's. He had an unspoken agreement with Sydney that he never bring up her mother, or how he knew her, as long as she turned her head the other way when he made a couple of bucks at her parties. Maybe he was blackmailing her, and maybe that was wrong, but Brent had never claimed to be a saint. Even if he hadn't known which building belonged to her, though, it would have been obvious by the long line of teenagers streaming out of one. Sydney's grandfather must have been good friends with everyone else who lived in the neighboring townhouses, since he was sure those rich pricks normally wouldn't take kindly to flashing cameras and squealing girls outside of their million dollar mansions at this hour. It took almost thirty minutes for him to inch his way to the front of the line and when he did, he was relieved that it just took saying his name once for the bouncer to let him in.

Despite being in the home many times, he wouldn't have recognized the space as being the one that he was normally in. It probably had to do with his lack of interest in decor, but Sydney had also transformed the place well for her party. He hadn't even reached the dance floor level, but the second floor of the home looked elegant and lively and he could already spot kids who he was sure would want to buy from him tonight. However, the person that caught his attention more than anyone else was someone who he had no chance of making any money off of. It was Charlotte Buchanan, the hot blonde standing a few feet away from him. Her long legs were exaggerated in lace heels and her body complimented in a tight, plunging black dress. It was enough to turn him on, even more than the normal, uptight, Little Miss Perfect usually did.

"Damn, Buchanan. I didn't think Sydney would call the Fun Police in this early in the night. What're you here to do? Pour all the vodka down the sink? Make sure that everyone has their number two pencils sharpened for the first day of classes tomorrow?" He smirked, finding it too easy to sink back into his playful banter against the girl, even after not seeing her for months. "I will say, you're looking pretty good tonight though. For a second I thought you were the fun twin. I would've expected an angel like you to be in white, but I guess you wanted to match me with the black."

To: Piper Vine
Ur gonna pass me with no hello? Damn I thought we were better friends then that. Anyway tell Jane I have a ton of pills for her. She owes me after going MIA all summer

His attention only shifted away from her briefly, as he spotted Piper, Jane and Sienna passing by. He sent a quick text out to the first of the three and then looked back towards the blonde with a small smirk. "But really, what's a girl like you doing out on a school night? Is your lover-boy/partner in presidency on his way?" Even Brent, one of the lesser involved people in the social scene thought that Charlotte and Connor were an item.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Piper was a little taken aback by Jane's small outburst about her peeking under the door. Honestly Jane and Piper have changed in front of each other a plethora of times before. Maybe it was because of Jane's recent body image issues. Piper just uttered a quick sorry before letting the conversation drop. There was no point in talking about such a thing now. When Jane finally came out of the stall, Piper grinned at her. "Don't worry you look fine. Trust me I would tell you if you didn't." She was known around school to give pretty brutal advice when it came to people's appearances. Piper watched the short interaction between Sienna and her sister before Esmee left.

Soon Sienna had linked arms with Piper and Jane and lead the threesome out of the bathroom. "Yeah I guess it would look bad if we are caught by the paps running out of here right?" Piper joked, but there was a little truthfulness in what she was saying. She liked socializing, just not at Sydney's house. Well like Sienna said, there was no running now. She was stuck here. At least she gets to see all of her friends tonight. But, Piper did feel bad for Jane. Hopefully Sydney wouldn't try and bring up this summer. Piper couldn't help but smile when Sienna bumped her. "Yeah I guess you're right. We will greet the queen then go about our business." The red head teased.

As if all too soon they arrived on their floor. Piper took a deep breath before getting off of the elevator. Soon Sydney was in her line of sight, regrettably so, and Piper gave her a short smile as they approached. Sienna was the first to speak up. Now would be a great time for alcohol like Jane mentioned earlier. Piper started daydreaming somewhat when she heard Sydney compliment her. "Thank you, I also didn't notice the looks since I get them all the time. But, I should've known the great Sydney Vale would look wonderful as always. Great looking party too." Piper glanced around the room as if to put emphasis on her compliment. This was all the interaction with Sydney that she needed for the night. She said what she had to and now she just wants to have fun. But, the atmosphere got a little uncomfortable when Sydney spoke to Jane. Really did this summer piss her off that much? Piper turned her head and simply rolled her eyes before looking back at the group of girls.

Finally Sydney did something smart and order some shots. Normally Piper didn't like drinking too much because it wasn't good for skin health, but tonight would be an exception. Plus, she had plans on flirting with some of the boys from Fordham Prep. It's been a while since she has gotten any action. But, once again the awkward level increased when Vincent came over. Piper noticed the way he looked at Sydney and Sienna. Something was going on here. Maybe Sebastian would know? He acts like he isn't very fond of Vincent. When the drinks came out Piper picked hers up and downed it in one go. Sure it burned her throat a little, but oh well. She looked at the bartender and smiled handing her glass back. "Just keep them coming." As she got her second shot, Sebastian walked over as if he was a knight in shining armor.

Piper took the second shot much like the first one and sat her glass on the counter. "Hey Sebastian!" Piper greeted animatedly. She has finally found her outlet to get away from Sydney. But Jane beat her to it and took the boy away to go dance. Honestly Jane could've at least taken her along. But, Piper's second chance came along when she got a text from Brent. Sure it wasn't what she wanted to see, but nonetheless she was saved. But, really? Did he just bring up Jane and pills in the same message? "I would love to hang out with you guys all night, but I have some flirting to do." Of course she wouldn't say she was going to go look for Brent. Also technically she wasn't lying she was going to also look for the boys from that prep school. She smiled at Sienna apologetically knowing it wasn't right to leave her like this. But she wasn't one to be pushed around so she should be fine.

Piper put her phone back in her bag before grabbing her third shot and disappearing. She didn't even know that Brent would show up here. Piper looked high and low and finally found her friend flirting with Charlotte. 'Poor girl' Piper smiled to herself. She continued to approach the duo figuring she was doing Charlotte a favor. "Is he bothering you Charlotte?" Piper teased as she walked up behind Brent and punched him on his shoulder. Well Piper had to admit one of her goals was to get Connor and Charlotte together, so she didn't want Brent to try and seduce her with his...'charm'. "I will relieve you of him for a few minutes." Piper grabbed Brent by his arm and found a good secluded corner for her to speak to him in private.

"It's the first party of the year and you're already sending me stuff about Jane? At least tonight try to avoid her? I just want to find guys and flirt not deal with drama." She knew Brent, or more so hoped, that he wouldn't try anything tonight. He could be a little unpredictable though. But to be a good friend, she wasn't going to hound him about it.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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While it had been great while it had lasted, Sienna's tolerance became just a bit tested as time with on. At first, it had been the near taunting and near cruel examination of Jane through Sydney's nearly scathing eyes. The comment about the dress making Jane look "innocent," as if Jane wasn't to a certain degree, had Sienna shooting her a warning look, ready to jump to her friend's defense if Sydney decided to delve deeper into this. Again, they did need to speak with Jane. It was urgent. They needed to let her know that they were there for her, but they could only do so much if she couldn't open up to them. That much she had thought they agreed on earlier in the summer in terms on confronting their friend. This need to be unnecessarily mean and near condescending was uncalled for and Sienna was not having it. Especially not on the first party of the night.

The second minor incident, which really solidified Sienna's ire, was when Vincent appeared. She had been ecstatic when Sydney called for shots and had grinned. "Finally!" She exclaimed and would have camped herself against the bar had Vincent not slid himself over. For a second, Sienna had forgotten herself. Forgotten that they technically weren't close anymore and that therefore, she should not be filled with as much elation as she was. That but really, she wasn't supposed to be allowing her eyes to rove over him, appreciating the way his clothes hugged the right parts of his athletic form and how...well, how truly male he was. Her eyes should not have flashed with that brief show of hunger, her entire body should not have felt like it was suddenly vibrating, and her smile damn sure should not have been as warm as it was. Yet and still, for just a few moments, she was not Sienna who found this same heartbreakingly attractive guy a cheater and someone to not be trusted. She was thirteen year old Sienna who had stars in her eyes every time he simply said her name.

However, it was only a second after he complimented the group that her countenance shifted. Just as she had been admiring him, she caught the tail-end of him doing the same to her - which should not have brought a flush of pleasure to her skin - before turning that same gaze to Sydney. That bitch, came the unhindered thought and Sienna's smile dimmed just a bit, her eyes narrowing just a bit. She probably wasn't as quick with her recovery as she wanted to be - as Sydney would have been and damn her brain for even making that comparison - but she snatched her gaze away from them to take the others in. She had not even noticed Sebastian coming over to actually feel a thing in his presence, Jane had distracted herself with his presence, and Piper seemed to be staring at Sienna and the two disgusting lovebirds, but she couldn't be sure. She simply masked her face with a particularly bright smile, though it lacked the typical sweetness her smiles could be known for. Instead, her eyes cut to Sydney as Vincent offered her a shot, a brief glare that could have easily been mistaken for a simple glance or not directed towards the queen bee - before landing on Vincent. "Cheers." The alcohol was only a slight bite to her throat, but the barely discernible pain in her throat wasn't the only casualty of the night.

She had been so fucking stupid! So utterly foolish to believe...she didn't even know what she had believed would happen when she saw Vincent. Did she expect them to chat like old times? Laugh about some private joke? Dance? Hook up? She honestly did not know what she expected and the sudden flare of jealousy heating her was extremely unwanted. However, as with all emotions, it came - unbridled and unchecked. Vincent wasn't hers, had not been for a while, and she had no claim over him. But that didn't stop the small part of her that wanted to exert some kind of possession over him - in front of Sydney - to make its voice be known. However, she also wanted to dance and the two people she could have escaped with apparently just bailed on her. No point in staying where I'm obviously not wanted, she thought dramatically before settling with a pleasant smile, directed at Sydney. "Well," there was a brief pause there, "This has been fun...and cozy," she said, eyeing the space between the asshole who cheated on her and the bitch he cheated with (and she really had wanted to finish the day off liking Sydney). "But there's a dance floor calling my name and...so...I'll leave you to it." As mean as it was, she let the last words come out with awkward pauses, doing so purposefully to leave the air between them tense and unnatural. It was the only payback she could offer since she had promised to not let Sydney know she knew about them.

Not saying another word, Sienna turned on her heels and walked back in the direction of the elevators, not even stopping to see Charlotte or even smile at the sophomores who liked her. She did not look at anyone or anything until she was on the elevator again and the doors were closing, leaving her with the last image of seeing Sydney and Vincent standing too damn closely, causing her throat to constrict with emotions she shouldn't have anymore. Shutting her eyes briefly and then opening them, Sienna let a breath she had not been aware she had been holding before tugging her phone from her bag. Instantly, she rolled her eyes at Vincent's text. She pursed her lips before offering him another message.

To: Vincent
Id tell u 2 come & find me, but I don't wanna piss of ur bae

Once the elevator doors opened, she blended in with the crowd of dancers, falling in line somewhere in the middle of the writhing bodies. The heavy bass of the song playing made something within her shake and instead of focusing on the emotions that had stirred, she focused on the way it made her body feel. She didn't want to do emotions tonight. Not anymore.

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Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley

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Connor was barely relieved when Vincent and Kelley finally piled into the town car and they were off to Sydney's apartment. They were still running late and even if the two cousins sitting next to him didn't have a care in the world, he wanted to be there on time. By now, he was sure that ten guys had already made advances on Sydney. It wouldn't be something new that Connor would have to deal with. He was used to his own brother getting with Sydney, despite knowing of his crush on their friend, but it still bothered him. He didn't think he was crazy to think that there was something there between he and Sydney, and he even thought that she acted like it sometimes too. It must have never been enough for her to actually make a move, since in the lifetime that they knew each other, it was always him trying to initiate something and her playing it off as a joke or just being "cute". Connor was resilient enough to never let that get him down though.

Almost as soon as they were admitted into the party, Vincent deserted him with Kelley. He was almost positive that it was to go find Sienna, but he wouldn't have been surprised if Vincent had finally thrown his hopes of getting back with her to the wind and was going to go seduce some "lucky" sophomore girl. Connor didn't mind Kelley, she could be fun sometimes when her crazy was toned down enough, but he felt awkward being alone with her. "I think I'm going to go find..." His voice trailed off as he received a text from Charlotte.

To: Charlotte
I just got here too so no drama that I know of... but we are at Syd's house. Wouldn't be surprised if we missed some soap opera worthy drama already ;).

By the time he looked up from his phone with the intentions of apologizing for getting sidetracked, Kelley was gone. He shouldn't have expected her to want to hang out with him any more than he wanted to hang out with her, but her leaving first certainly made things easier. Like most of the guests, Connor had decided to stop on the second floor of the townhouse first before moving up to the more lively, dance floor level. He was going to text Charlotte again to ask her where she was, but as he aimlessly moved through the crowd, he spotted her before a text was necessary. Luckily for him, Piper was pulling Brent Barclay away from the blonde. Connor didn't have any real problems with Brent, but he didn't like him either, and that distaste probably would have been enough of a deterrent for Connor to avoid Charlotte until she had finished speaking to Brent.

He took her appearance in quickly, but even a second of staring at her was enough to take in that she looked amazing. Charlotte had always possessed model-level beauty, even though she rarely, if ever, acknowledged that herself. Sometimes, Connor thought he took it for granted that the girl he called his best friend was so gorgeous, but the looks of admiration and more accurately, lust, always reminded him that Charlotte was grade A hot. "You look... amazing. Not that you don't look amazing normally, but... you know what I mean." Leave it to him to freak himself up over one of the girls he felt most comfortable around! Where did that come from? He tried to relate it to the fact that at that very moment, he had also spotted Sydney a few feet behind Charlotte at the bar. Charlotte didn't drink and she definitely was not friends with Sydney, but he couldn't think of any good excuse to trick her into going over there with him. "Wanna come say hi to Syd with me?" Okay, she definitely wouldn't "wanna". "Please?"

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan

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Hailey looked at Charlotte and the others as they made their way inside for the assembly. It wasn't long before someone shouted her name out as she turned around and seen Sebastian pulling her into him for a hug. She smiled as they embraced briefly then smiled while looking at him. "Nice to see you again, Sebastian." She was excited to see him again and he still looks the same. Her eyes went to Sienna's as she looked at herself and Sebastian. She stepped away after taking a small sip of her coffee and sitting down in a seat nearby. The assembly wasn't exactly like she had thought - It was actually interesting and not boring at all. She heard muttered rumors about a party at Sydney's tonight but after their first meeting, she had already decided in her mind that she was not going to go.





After seeing and hearing Sienna and Esmee leave for the party, she was up in her room, getting her laptop ready for Netflix. She wanted to go to the party but didn't want to cause any unnecessary drama on her first night out. She groaned slightly while hearing her phone chime. It was a text from Sienna, asking her if she was coming to the party. Hailey grasped her phone while biting onto her bottom lip, not even responding but instead she sat her phone down beside her on the bed. Her favorite show Once Upon A Time was starting up on Netflix, just as her phone chimed again. This time, it was Sebastian, asking her if she was going to Sydney's for the party. Again, she bit her lip but this time thinking as she paused her show then jumped off of her bed.

Hailey went over to her closet and rummaged through the enormous amount of hangers then found something amazing to wear. A small smirk came over her lips as she went into her bathroom and showered then got out and wrapped a towel around herself and her hair. She then applied a small amount of makeup on her face then emerged from the bathroom. Her eyes were fixed on the dress that laid across her bed and the heels that sat on the floor before her.

She honestly hoped that Sienna wasn't going to be mad for not answering her text but given their friendship, she was going to get over it. Hailey sat down at her vanity area and applied clear nail polish to her nails then waited for them to dry. She then applied the same to her feet. She didn't bother with whole getting a pedicure or manicure thing since its only been two days since she had that done and it still looked good as new. After that was done and dried, she applied a second coat of makeup to her face then got dress. She reviewed over herself in the mirror then unwrapped the towel from over her hair, letting the now curly hair bounce well above her shoulders. After looking over herself in the mirror again, she grabbed her black clutch purse then proceeded to walk out of her room and towards the elevator.

After spending a lot of time at Sienna's, she knew her way around the Alvarez's place. When the elevator doors opened, she stepped on it and hit the button for the lobby. Seeing the doors close, a smirk appeared among her lips, once again. She walked out of the elevator when it reached the lobby area and stepped off. Everyone's eyes fell on her immediately as she had got a few cat calls. She walked outside and the doorman looked at her with a smile and tipped his hat towards her. "Do you know where the address of Sienna's and Esmee's whereabouts are?" She asked as he handed her a small slip of paper. "Sienna told me to hold on to it in case you change your mind." Hailey took the slip of paper and opened it.

She saw a driver coming up and got inside of the limo, handing the driver the slip of paper and the driver nodded his head and took her there. Honestly, she was not nervous at all. She was actually ready to party with her fellow peers. After a few minutes of driving, the driver stopped in front of a six story house and Hailey's eyes gleamed with excitement. She thanked the driver then got out she waved him off. Hailey went up the door after getting snapped enormous amount of pictures by the paparazzi. She stood there in a pose and smiled then went up, where she was let in.

She asked a few of the girls where the party was and they told her. She thanked them with a smile and walked over to the elevator, hitting the appropriate button and waited for the elevator to take her to her designated destination. After the elevator and the doors rolled opened, Hailey stood there for a moment, with a pose then proceeded to walk off the elevator. Her ears twitched at the mutters as she was enjoying the attention she was getting. She wondered how long would it be before someone she knew or someone that didn't like her, spotted her as she maneuvered her way through the sea of people. She walked over towards the bar and leaned against the counter, ordering herself a Cosmo and taking a small sip from it when it was placed before her.

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