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Vincent Mast

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

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"It’s all too much and not enough at the same time."
— Jack Kerouac




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{ Name }
Vincent Thomas Mast

{ Nicknames/Alias }
Mast (teammates, guy friends)

{ Age }
17

{ Gender }
Male

{ Sexuality }
Heterosexual

{ Date/Place of Birth }
03/12/1997 | Long Island, NY

{ Ethnicity }
Irish (25%), English (35%), Danish (20%), French (20%)

{ Label }
Prince Charming



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{ Childhood/Family Life }
Vincent grew up on Long Island in Garden City with his parents, Phillip and Colette, and his two younger siblings, Connor and Mia. His father owns once of the largest law firms in the tri-state-area and although it's central offices are in downtown Manhattan, he preferred the quiet suburban life for his family. Life at home was always pleasant for Vincent. His parents are one of the strongest couples, although he's unaware of an incident years back when his father was caught sleeping with his secretary. He loves his family, aside from his brother at the moment, and knows that he was lucky to be born into a stable and loving home. Vincent was enrolled in a Catholic school on the island for his kindergarten through eighth grade years, but transferred to Saint Jude's for his freshman year of high school. Attending Saint Jude's was part of the plan since the day Vincent was born. His father and uncles all attended the school, and eleven of his older cousins have already graduated from it. At first, his mother insisted that he commute to the school every day, but after a bit of convincing on Vincent and Phil's part, she agreed that it would be best for him to stay in the city while at school. The entire family wasn't going to uproot and move off of the island and into the city, so Phil purchased a one-bedroom apartment for him in the Upper East Side, only blocks away from Saint Jude's.

{ High School Career }
During the first few months of freshman year, Vincent was a lot less cocky than he is now. He was new to the Manhattan private school scene and hadn't grown up in NYC like most of the guys at Saint Jude's had, so he felt like a fish out of water. Lacrosse did help him make friends but his real break came when he started getting with a lot of the popular girls at Constance Billard. He gained respect from the other guys and earned the role of being a player; the type of guy who would charm his way into a girl's pants and then move onto a new girl the next weekend.

While this did help him socially, it cost him big with Sienna Alvarez, a childhood friend who he had been dating for a little bit over a year. She was out of town one night when Vincent ended up at a big party. He ended up sneaking off with Sydney Vale and having sex with her, and although Vincent had originally decided not to tell Sienna and acting like everything was still normal, he ended up telling one of his friends that he had gotten with a girl that night. He never said who it was but when Sienna found out, he did confess that it was Sydney. She broke up with him after that and even though the two haven't gotten back together since then and it sparked Vincent's image of a womanizer, he still cares about Sienna.




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{ Good personality traits }
Confident, charming, hardworking, sociable, poised, responsible

{ Bad personality traits }
Arrogant, indecisive, lustful, aggressive, proud, troublemaker

{ Personality }
Vincent has earned the title of a womanizer. He's good with words and knows how to charm a girl into thinking that "she's the only girl in the world for him" and that "he's never felt this way about anyone else". When he promises that he'll text the girl again after having sex with her, he's not always lying. He will definitely keep her number in his contacts for the next time he's feeling horny. Vincent knows that in order to capture the hearts of the girls he wants to sleep with, he has to be confident. However, his confidence tends to cross over into being egotistical and he's known to boast about how many girls want him and how good looking he is.

He may not be a girl, but Vincent tends to enjoy drama just as much as some of them seem to. He's known to stir in hopes of getting to witness an entertaining, and possibly hot, cat fight. Although he is a troublemaker in that sense, most of what he says is true. There are a lot of scandalous things that go on in Manhattan and an abundance of rumors circulating all of the time, so he's usually just passing on something that someone else told him. He isn't the type to make up vicious rumors about people but won't hesitate to add fuel to the fire if he does hear something about someone. However, when someone says something about him or threatens him, Vincent's pride tends to get the best of him. Especially with a few drinks in his system, Vincent can be extremely aggressive and will try to start a fight with any guy that dismisses him, or bothers one of his friends. While he doesn't hesitate to hit on and use girls, he takes it personally when other guys to it to his close girl friends.

Despite his flaws, Vincent isn't always a bad guy to be around. He's sociable and is always looking to hang out with his friends or go to parties, and he knows when to be respectful. Especially in front of parents or authoritative figures, Vincent can be well-mannered, poised and professional. He's hard working and responsible and if you can forgive him for not calling you back after sleeping with you, you might end up seeing that side.

{ Greatest joys in life }
Girls, lacrosse, pizza

{ Greatest fears }
Being rejected, having a gay kid, allergic reactions (he's allergic to shrimp), sharks

{ Life philosophy }
"A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do." - Lisa Kleypas





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❤Sex
❤Lacrosse
❤Surfing
❤Cooking
❤Action movies
❤Video games
❤His home on Long Island
❤Compliments
✘Guys who try to be heroes
✘Gay guys
✘Chick flicks unless he's going to get laid after it
✘Driving in NY
✘Dentist visits
✘Losing
✘Cinnamon
✘Cats




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{ Parents }
Father | Age 46 | Phil Mast
Phil owns an large law firm and is the sole breadwinner of the family. He has always had high expectations for Vincent, whether it be with sports, academics, or scoring girls. Phil was the one who encouraged Vincent to get into lacrosse and has been his biggest supporter. He has always wanted Vincent to have every opportunity in life to be successful, and hopes that his son will take over his business down the road.

Mother | Age 42 | Colette Mast
Vincent and his mother are extremely close. She has always been more of a friend to him than a mother and his friends compare her to Regina George's mom. She's the "cool mom" who always wants to know the latest gossip, doesn't mind hosting underage drinkers and is lenient with rules.

{ Siblings }
Brother | Age 13 | Charlie Mast
Vincent was never close with Charlie, but when his brother came out as being gay a year ago, their relationship became nonexistent. They haven't spoken in almost six months and Vincent is honestly embarrassed to have him as a brother.

Sister | Age 9 | Mia Mast
Because of their age gap and the fact that Vincent is rarely home, he doesn't have much of a relationship with his sister. When he is at home, she always wants to hang out with him and show him off to her friends, but Vincent has never been a fan of little kids and even though Mia is getting older, he still sees her as an annoying four-year-old sister.





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{ Build }
6'0 | Athletic build

{ Hair Colour }
Brown

{ Eye Colour }
Blue

{ Distinguishable Markings }
Vincent has light freckles scattered across his face which are more noticeable in the summer when he's tan. He has a scar on his right upper arm from stitches he had to get a few years ago after a lacrosse accident.

{ Personal Style }
Vincent likes dressing well. You would never see him in basketball shorts or Jordans and isn't the type of guy who has an aversion to wearing designer clothes or suits. He prefers plain shirts, collared shirts or sweaters with slacks, jeans or khaki shorts. When he's dressing casually, you will frequently see him wearing a backwards baseball cap.
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So begins...

Vincent Mast'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: 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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Characters Present

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: Oliver Grace Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley

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Despite often being the butt of jokes for doting on his appearance, it didn't take Vincent more than a half an hour to get ready in the morning. With it being the first day of school, he gave himself a few extra minutes to adjust to waking up early by rising at seven-fifteen. His cousin, Kelley Hadley, was sleeping in the spare room of his apartment and after pulling himself out of bed, he rapped his fist against her door. "Rise and shine, Barbie." Although he doubted that would be enough to get her out of bed, he didn't open the door or pester her any further and left to take a shower. He hadn't heard her come in the previous night and was sure that she had only gotten in bed two or three hours ago. Kelley's partying habits were questionable, even to someone like Vincent who went out frequently too. In the very least, they had forced her into the role of the problem child of the family.

The end of a steamy shower led to him getting dressed in a plain white v-neck shirt, coral pants and Gucci loafers. It was a striking comparison to the outfits of many seventeen year old boys, but Vincent wouldn't be caught dead wearing some ratty t-shirt and basketball shorts to the first day of school. If he had the money to dress nicely, regardless of it sometimes being a bit over the top, he was going to do it.

The number of notifications his phone had when he finished getting ready didn't help his already inflated ego, but when he realized that twelve of them were from his mother, it shrank back down a notch. It only took him listening to one of her voice mails to know what the other two, and nine texts entailed. She sounded to be on the brink of tears, going on and on about how she was so excited that he was finally a senior and how she should have slept over in the city last night so she could be there for him this morning. She reminded him to eat a wholesome breakfast, lock his door on the way out, send his uniform to the dry cleaner's and even to brush his teeth. Her text messages contained a slew of "inspirational quotes" and baby photos of his first days of school throughout the years. While they elicited an eye roll from him, he did send her a text in response. His mother was the sweetest woman that he (and most people) had ever met, and her overly sentimental and emotional ways were to be expected on a day like this.

To: Mom
Lol Don't freak out. You've still got Mia! Wish her a happy first day of 4th grade for me. I'll let you know how my day goes later.

She responded immediately, thankfully ignoring him brushing off Charlie's existence, confirming that she'd pass along the message and reminding him that she was going to come into the city one night for dinner. The other texts that were from friends he answered in a quicker manner, although he was surprised to see one from Sienna. Their relationship was rocky to say the least, but he was happy to act friendly to her if she was open to it. Avoiding her altogether, unless he was drunk, made things easier, since it was hard to be around her when he couldn't be with her, but he guessed that it was time to move on by now. Though, that would probably change the second he saw her in person.

To: Sienna
Lmao our moms are the same people

To: Connor
Nah I'm good

To: Oliver
Ready for senior year man?

To: Sydney
You've got Connor doing coffee runs already? It's only day 1 Syd.

Since there were no real classes today and he had already picked up his textbooks, he only took his phone and keys with him. The door to the spare room was still sealed shut, so he knocked on it loudly once more. "For the record, I tried to wake you up twice so I'm gonna act like you were ignoring me when your mom calls and tries to blame you missing the first day on me," he said through the door, in a tone that was a poor attempt at being serious. There was no response, not even a snarky remark, hollered back at him, so he assumed that she really was asleep. It wasn't his job to wake her up and he doubted that the girl would be in any state to go to school even if she was awake, so with a shrug, he left his apartment.

Constance Billard was about a fifteen minute walk from his building but with the nice weather, it felt even shorter. He waited in the front area of the courtyard, his eyes scanning the growing crowds of students for any signs of his friends.

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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

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Sienna didn't care to do much to her hair for the day considering they were all going to be getting dolled up Sydney's party tonight, so she decided to simply run a brush through the silky locks. There were subtle waves already towards the ends from the last hair appointment she had went to for a touch-up of the honey blonde shade, so she was content with the natural elegance that could be seen in her hair. She did, however, choose to part it down the center so that there could be equal love of hair on both sides of her face. It also would help when she decided to flip her hair all dramatically or something along those lines, but Hailey's response had her smiling at her friend through her mirror. "You're awesome, you look awesome, everyone is going to see that you're awesome, and you're gonna rock this first day." She grinned at her friend before turning her attention to applying a small amount of makeup. She didn't need anything too heavy for the first day, not when later would prompt her entire face being done up. However, she did go with a luscious pink lip with her cake-batter flavored lip balm coated just beneath for protection.

Once she found she was situated and with an extra fluff of her hair, Sienna rose from the chair in front of her vanity. The new height allowed her to see the way the skirt showed off her toned and tanned legs and she made sure that the shirt was still tucked into the skirt, though fitting loosely. While Sienna had her casual moments and would gladly wear things like sweatpants as a regular requirement in her attire, she had also been born with her mother's innate desire to look fabulous. And being a part of the queen bee's regimen only reinforced that mentality. Satisfied with her overall appearance, Sienna gave her hair one more fluff, spritzed herself with the jasmine vanilla perfume she was known for, and then grabbed her Celine bag. Her mom had already ordered her books and since there was no classes today, she didn't feel the need to bring anything other than a purse. She glanced over at Hailey while grabbing her phone, noting the text messages. "We should probably go. Syd wants to meet at nine. One of my friends is getting Starbucks. Sending him an order now." Sienna told her, leading the other blonde out of her bedroom and shutting the bedroom door after them. The last thing she needed was Esmee raiding her closet in an attempt to find a better outfit despite probably already having one.

Speaking of, just as Sienna and Hailey were waiting for the elevator, Esmee emerged, fully dressed and looking very much like a carbon copy of a younger Sienna, though unique in her own sense. Before Esmee could utter a complaint, Sienna cut in, "No, we're not gonna talk about you stealing my sweater and no, you do not need to change. You're cute and adorable and it's time to go." Sienna dragged both her sister and friend into the elevator shaft with her, pressing for the lobby. Meanwhile, she sent out her own texts.

To: Connor
U r god-sent. ilu & I will pay u back. Grande salted caramel mocha & a grande caramel mocha. Its 4 a friend. Thanks

To: Vincent
LMAO

To: Piper, Sydney, Jane
Omw

"I'm lazy. Are we walking?" Esmee asked, turning big dark brown eyes to Sienna who only grinned. "Of course not!" She exclaimed, linking arms with her two girls as they entered the lobby from the private Alvarez elevator. The doorman smiled at them congenially and Sienna only nodded before returning her attention to Hailey and Esmee. "You two are arriving in style for your first day to Constance Billard and something tells me you're gonna be loving me for not making you walk in those." Sienna said the last part with a pointed look at Esmee's heels, which actually were Sienna's but they weren't going to discuss that. It was like Sienna didn't always allow her sister to borrow her clothes. Besides, it was an understandable question. Sienna, despite having the luxury of a driver with several different vehicles to get by in, loved walking those three blocks. She loved the crisp air of New York mornings, the sound her heels made on the pavement, and really just the act of taking in everything. However, she wanted her sister to make an entrance on her first day to what would become Sienna's alma mater and for everyone to know that Hailey was someone important. Not to mention fans would probably be in a frenzy seeing two mainstream artists still together after a summer as such.

They climbed into the limousine Cynthia must have exchanged for the Escalade Sienna had been expecting and as they rode on in the New York traffic, Sienna whipped out her phone and grinned at both girls. "Up for first day selfies?" She asked to which Esmee immediately nodded her head.

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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

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Sienna could only laugh and comply when Hailey draped herself over both Sienna and Esmee, the latter who was quick to suck her cheeks in and cross her eyes. It was the classic Alvarez funny face and Sienna was more than willing to go along with it. Once the pictures were taken, Sienna posted them on Instagram. Instantly, there were a few likes and she had to grin to herself. There was a reason she was named one of the most powerful social media users in the mainstream and she was more than willing to contend to that title. Tucking a few strands behind her ear, Sienna stared over at Hailey who had rolled down her window. She smiled softly. "I remember those feelings," she admitted, seeing Constance's profile as they slowly pulled up. "Just remember not to let this school and all its drama swallow you whole." The majority of the comment was directed towards her sister who only rolled her eyes.

"Oh God, you're getting like your mother," Esmee lamented and Sienna stuck her tongue out at her little sister. "Whatever, you still love me. And what did I tell you about these Constance girls?" Esmee deadpanned, but the pressing look in Sienna's eyes prompted her to reply. "Remind them that I'm an Alvarez and I'm not scared to cut a bitch." Esmee said, which had Sienna chuckling with the memory of when she first told her sister this when Cynthia said she wanted all three generations of Alvarez girls to have attended Constance. "And?" Sienna pressed as the limousine pulled to a stop. She could already see people glancing at their vehicle in curiosity, though she knew most of the girls - save for the freshmen - recognized it as one of the Alvarez's limousines. "And if an upperclassmen steps to me, I'll tell 'em, 'come see my sister, bitch!'" Esmee finished with a grin and Sienna beamed back at her. Esmee was the first one to climb out and Sienna called after her, "Behave!" To which Esmee only waved her off as she found her friends from her former private school.

It was only when Sienna's leggy form made its way out of the limousine that Esmee turned around with a sneaky grin, calling to the crowd of students, "OH MY GAWD!! Is that Hailey Neilson and Sienna Alvarez getting out of a limo together?" A few heads whipped in their direction and Sienna tossed her little sister a murderous grin. Cheesing with the utmost innocent deviousness in her gleaming eyes, Esmee pulled her friends up the Constance stairs that she had seen Sienna go up many times before on her way to school while a good number of students made their way over to the singing duo. "That sneaky bitch," Sienna muttered only for Hailey to hear and linked arms with her friend, smiling at her fellow classmates. The big rule was that Sienna was not to sign autographs at school. She couldn't remember - for the life of her - why that had been put in place, something about that distracting students, but she remained cordial and nice with her fans. Besides, Constance was her way of at least attempting to be normal. She led Hailey over to the steps where she and the girls typically met, finding that she was the first one there. Sienna's eyes roved over the campus grounds before they fell on a familiar face not too far away.

Just like that, she was reminded why Vincent Mast was considered one of the most attractive guys at St. Jude's. Granted, there were a few hot guys that all the girls gossiped about, but Sienna knew that her ex-boyfriend was definitely the main one whispered in the halls when everyone thought she wouldn't pay attention. It still surprised her that people understood that he was still a sensitive topic for her, even when they were playing nice and being with their respective circle, but he never failed to just strike her...nervous. It was always appalling and she would feel this insurmountable anger towards him for the control he did not seem to realize he had over her. It's been about two years. How could just looking at him have her self-consciously fixing her hair and swallowing back a lump in her throat that wasn't there before? Taking a breath, she tugged at Hailey, nodding in Vincent's direction. "You remember that guy I said I was singing about, right? The one in 'Invincible?' She was referring to one of her more ballad-like singles and sighed. "Well, that's him." Sienna didn't hide that she was staring at Vincent because a second later, she was waving over to him, though not as wildly as she would for - say - August or even Connor. "Hey, Vince!" She didn't know if he would come over and say anything more, so she pulled out her phone to find her girls.

To: Sydney, Jane, Piper
Do not tell me I'm the 1rst 1 @ these steps! Where r u guys?

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Even walking at a casual pace, calling Connor, and allowing a group of junior girls to gush to her about their summers didn't waste enough time for one of her girls to arrive before her. Sydney couldn't blame Sienna for not being on time as directed because it was still nearly ten to nine and even she hadn't intended on arriving forty minutes before the assembly even began. Once the group of familiar junior girls spotted her approaching campus though, there was no turning back.

"What did you do this summer?!" one chirped curiously, as if she didn't already know. Sydney recognized her as Kylie Jameson, the girl who was almost always the first like or favorite on any of her Instagram posts or tweets. "You went to the Emmy's right? That picture of you and Jack Harkins was sooo cute," Lilly Rowen chimed in before she had time to answer the first. Not like she was planning on giving them much of a response anyway. The girls were all very sweet (to her, at least), but they were juniors. Had they been a year older, she might have considered them to be friends but for now, they were nothing more than people to dote on her and feed her information when needed. They definitely weren't close enough to be filled in too specifically on her summer adventures, especially when her two closest friends had ditched her during it. "I've been attending the Emmy Awards since I was six years old. Of course I was there," Sydney replied after a long, unattached pause as she gazed around the courtyard. Her tone was not as condescending or snide as the words suggested, but it certainly was cold. The juniors had continued on with their rambling, mostly about how nice she looked and how excited they were for her party that evening. Normally she would have snapped at them for being so annoying, but today she needed people to keep her busy until her girls arrived.

Luckily, the wait was no longer necessary. Sydney had missed the limousine pulling up moments before, probably since it blended in with many of the other cars dropping students off, but she was within hearing distance of Esmee's reference to Sienna and Hailey. Although many of the others in the area couldn't resist to glance curiously in the pair's direction, Sydney kept her eyes focused on the girls in front of her. She didn't care about, or even hear, much of what they were saying, but she'd be damned if she actually acted like Sienna and Hailey's presence really peaked her interest that much. Even if Sienna was her close friend, Sydney wasn't going to allow her to think that she was that head-turning. Her successful tour had probably already given her enough of an inflated ego. No, she's on my team this year. Piper already poisoned Jane. If nothing else, I need to keep Sienna on my side. Sydney did want her friendship with Sienna to work out. As dramatic as the girl could be, there was much more good to her than bad and when they were both playing nice, they did have good moments. She was going to need to make an extra effort this year, especially considering that she was feeling more guilty after sleeping with Vincent a second time this year.

After another two or three minutes of listening idly to the girls go on and on about their own summers, Sydney held up a finger to stop them mid-sentence. "I'm so happy I got to catch up with you girls. I better see you two at my party tonight." The artificially-sweet tone to her voice was hard to ignore, especially as she dismissed the third, unknown girl, who had joined the group and certainly wasn't on the invite list to her party. She had purposely waited to leave the girls until Sienna and Hailey were already waiting for her on the steps, but as soon as they were, she headed over there herself.

On most school days, she liked to sit on the steps before the morning bell rang to gossip with the girls about whatever had happened that past weekend or discuss what they planned on doing over the next one. Today, though, she didn't want to take the chance of her dress getting ruined and opted to stand across from Sienna and Hailey. She had spotted Vincent walking towards them, but like most people, didn't give him a second glance. He's not important, she tried to remind herself, despite her inner-self telling her otherwise.

"You're on time and you look cute. At least I have one reliable friend," she smiled, whipping her phone out to see Sienna's text, which was now pointless to answer, and that it was only a few minutes past nine. There was one from Jane in the group chat as well, but as soon as she saw that she was here with Piper, she slipped it back into her bag. Jane was already getting on her nerves and arriving to school, after three months of basically being dead, wasn't helping her case. On the plus side, it made Sienna seem like a much better friend and Sydney embraced her in a tight squeeze as soon as her phone was away.

Had Hailey not been standing next to Sienna, she would have made a remark to Sienna about how there was no way that she was going to be able to stick to their plan with Jane, but she knew better than to gossip around strangers. Sydney was happy knowing every bit of gossip on anyone important but she wasn't going to spread anything about her closest friend. Although she was vaguely aware of who Hailey was - some singer that Sienna had toured with - she preferred to act like the girl's identity was completely unknown to her. Even if she was a senior, she was going to be treated as unimportant as any other new student to the school. At least until she proved herself to be of their standard, which Sydney was unsure could ever happen in just one year. "And you are...?" She looked Hailey up and down and although she wasn't exactly impressed, her inquisitive smile never faltered.




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Vincent didn't like the way that his eyes instantly searched the crowd of students as soon as he heard her name being shouted by her sister. It was like her name alone had the power to make him stand up straighter and puff out his chest a bit more, for his heart to speed up and for his head to replay every good memory they had together. If his mother knew he reacted that way, she undoubtedly would claim that her intuition was spot on and that he had to ask Sienna back out. The thought had crossed his mind more than once over the last week alone, but he knew that Sienna had moved on. She had dated some rapper and supposedly slept with a bunch of other guys since the two of them were together. Vincent couldn't claim that he had been any more celibate than she, though. His sex drive was what had ruined their relationship in the first place. However, when her voice called out to him, there was no way that he could resist grinning. She was the only person who could allow him to lose his cool and collected front, even if it was only for a minute.

If it had been any other girl, he would have obnoxiously grabbed her ass or held her to him for longer than necessary, but he only gave Sienna a friendly hug. There were too many emotions there that he didn't want to get into, and honestly, if he was forced to breath the all too familiar scent of her perfume in for any longer, he probably would have tried to make out with her right then and there. Besides, Sydney was standing a foot away, and dealing with the two girls together always felt uncomfortable. "Seriously though, right after you texted me, I was bombarded with baby pictures from my mom," he smiled, referencing their conversation from earlier. Although it was hard to just keep things on a friendly level with Sienna, Vincent knew that it was the best way, or maybe even the only way, to get through this year. After greeting her, he gave Sydney a similar hug. "You're looking good, Vale. I see that the Hamptons sun treated you nicely," he grinned, admiring her sun-kissed skin. Lastly, he looked towards Hailey Neilson, who he only knew through hearing about Sienna's tour from his mother. "You must be Hailey." He extended a hand towards her. She was definitely attractive enough for him to want to hug, but he had the reputation of Prince Charming to maintain, not that of a man-whore. "I've heard a lot about you. My sister's a big fan." It wasn't a lie. His young sister was obsessed with Sienna and had insisted that Colette take her and some of her friends to one of Sienna and Hailey's local concerts this summer. Conveniently, Vincent had been out of state at a lacrosse tournament. "And, hey, it's always nice to have another blonde on campus," His grin might have turned into more of a smirk at that remark. He seemed to have a growing craving for blondes.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast

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Hailey was brought back out of her thoughts when her phone chimed again. It was just an Instagram update, notifying her but she of course, had already knew that it was Sienna's picture that was uploaded. She hit the like button then looked over at Sienna with a smile while looking back down at her phone, uploading their funny faces pic to Instagram, as well. Her photo had gotten instant likes and comments from her fans as she commented with a thank you.

She looked over at Sienna with a smile as she talked and nodded her head but the comments seemed to be aimed at her little sister though Hailey will be taking that advice, as well. She felt as the limo slowed down and eventually came to a stop in front of the new school she'd be attending. Butterflies began to fill her stomach. Sienna's and Esmee's voices faded out as she wasn't really ready for this. Hailey hoped that she wasn't having a panic attack, not now anyway. Her ears twitched when Esmee yelled out hers and Sienna's arrival and she was brought back to reality. Hailey looked over at Sienna and laughed at her comment. "At least she is also a clever bitch." Hailey nodded her head after her comment then exited the limo after Sienna.

She saw that everyone's eyes were on them both as she didn't really feel like being superstar Hailey right now and it seems that Sienna felt the same way. People's eyes soon were not on them anymore as her demeanor basically told the story that she rather not be bother, really. She looked at Sienna when she mentioned a guy in a song then nodded her head, speaking softly. "Yeah?" She looked over at a handsome fellow, whom Sienna practically called over.

Her eyes reviewed over Vincent as he came over and Sydney as she came over as well. She stayed in the background until she was brought up in the conversation, which really didn't take long. Her eyes looked over towards Sydney as she reviewed her up and down in the same demeanor as Sydney did her. Hailey smirked a little then stepped forth. "How do you not know who I am?" Hailey said with a little bit of arrogance then chuckled lightly. "I am Hailey. And who might you be?" Hailey was already not liking this Sydney person, whomever she might be to Sienna. She had an awful vibe about her.

Though when Vincent spoke towards her, she smiled brightly and widely, nodding her head. "Yes, I am Hailey." She shook his hand then broke the transaction, dropping her hand back by her side. "Let me guess.." She eyed Vincent. "You must be Vincent?" She laughed a little while continuing to converse with him. "Ah, I see your sister has an excellent taste in music then." She continued to smile until Vincent made the another blonde on campus comment then her smile dwindled away as she looked off for a brief moment.

"So, when are we going inside? I am anxious to see what the inside looks like." She asked then said while eying Vincent, Sydney and Sienna, rocking on the balls of her feet as she waited for someone to respond to her.

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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: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast

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It probably didn't count for much since she had been with Sienna for less than five minutes, but at least for now, Sydney was satisfied with where they stood. Their greeting seemed sincere and Sydney had no reason for it not to be on her part, at least. Especially with Jane losing a few points on the friend-scale, Sienna was looking pretty good today. She returned the bright smile as her friend complimented her, and swept a strand of hair away from her face as she turned to face Vincent. God, was he attractive. His preppy outfit, perfect hair, defined jawline... everything about him made him the perfect guy. Besides the fact that he still had feelings for Sienna. It was something that Sydney was well aware of, and although it probably should have been Sienna who was feeling hurt, Sydney was offended that he could still like her. Almost everyone liked Sienna, but not in the way that Vincent liked her. Sydney's eyes followed him closely as he wrapped his arms around Sienna. Bitch... She was caught up in cursing the pair mentally that she almost allowed her composed smile to slip into a glare. Not this early in the year, and definitely not this early in the day, she warned herself as she straightened up physically.

When he turned to hug her, she made sure that the embrace wasn't any longer than Sienna's. "You look nice too. Not like I would expect anything less from you, Vince," she rolled her eyes and smiled playfully at him. She knew that her relationship with Vincent was something that could never move past secret one night stands. At least, it couldn't if she wanted to remain friends with Sienna, which seemed questionable at times. So far today, Sienna was more important than Vincent. Friends first, she tried to remind herself, which brought her thoughts back to Jane, who still hadn't shown up. She instinctively blamed it on Piper. She was probably pulling Jane in every other direction than their group. She hadn't seen the redhead in months and she was already sick of her.

Hailey's response was probably the most surprising. How do I not know who you are? Maybe because you're a fucking nobody? Go join the freshman, Miss 'I am Hailey'. Maybe you were someone important in your old life, but here, you're a nobody. She wanted to speak the words badly and had the confidence and self-granted authority to do so, but Sienna jumped in before she could respond with anything more than a quirked eyebrow. It was probably for the best that she didn't have a chance to publicly cut Hailey down before school even started, but she was definitely taking note of her behavior. If Sienna thought she was bringing that girl to her party tonight, she was sorely mistaken. Sydney didn't care if Hailey planned on following Sienna's good advice and went into the school or not, because she wasn't going to waste any more of her time on this new girl. She gave Sienna an "are you kidding me?" look, before turning her attention to Vincent. "Where's Kelley?" Her relationship with Vincent's cousin was an interesting one. She probably would consider Kelley a friend, but the two were known to bicker to no end. Kelley wasn't the type of girl to take Sydney's bossiness and arrogance lying down, and Sydney was the first to call Kelley out on being 'trashy' or out of control. She didn't really care about her whereabouts, but needed something to distract her until Hailey left, Jane showed up, or her coffee got here.




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As much as he preffered it to not speaking to Sienna at all, their friendly conversation felt so strange. It was hard for him to act like they were just friends, and not even close ones, when he knew her so well. Sure, trying things again would be messy and probably never wanted on Sienna's side, but pretending that there wasn't still something between them was just as straining for him. It was even harder when she was now standing in front of him, looking better than ever, and he couldn't do anything more than hug her for a few seconds and chat about mindless things. "Yeah, she's coming into town one night this week for dinner. You should come. Kelley will probably tag along too," he offered casually. It was a simple and open invitation, and he acted as non-chalantly about it as he could, but he wanted her to come. His mother was just as open about wanting him to date Sienna as her mother, and he almost wanted her to put them on the spot. At least then, he could see what Sienna's reaction would be to even a playful suggestion of them getting back together.

The new girl's reaction to Sydney's normal bitchiness made even Vincent cringe inside. No one spoke to Sydney Vale that way and if she genuinely didn't know who she was already, she would be finding out in a less than pleasant way soon enough, he imagined. He waited for Sydney's claws to come out and for her to verbally tear the girl, and her chance at a social life, to shreds, but it didn't. Sydney ran her eyes over Hailey once more and then turned her attention to Sienna. She gave her a look that he could only interpret as being a mixture of annoyance, shock and anger, before addressing him. She brought up Kelley, who he still hadn't heard from since leaving her in his spare room earlier that morning. For all he knew, she had died of alcohol poisoning. It wasn't an unrealistic conclusion to her typical night out, but what was he supposed to do? They were cousins, and nearly the same age. He couldn't be her father or older brother. They were friends and that's how he wanted it to stay. "She's passed out at my apartment. I doubt we'll be seeing her until your party," he laughed.

Although he knew it was going to piss Sydney off, he felt like Sienna was in a bad place with both of the girls who already were on bad terms standing right beside each other. So, he turned to Hailey and with a playful smile, spoke. "I'm heading inside now. Can I have the honor of walking 'the new girl' in?"

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Vincent Mast

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Hailey eyed Sienna as she spoke towards her, telling her to ignore Vincent. The comment made her smile somewhat then she glanced over towards him, taking in his attractiveness for a moment. She eventually snapped back to reality after realizing that she couldn't do that Sienna, her best friend. Though, the thought did cross her mind about being with Vincent since he does have a thing for blondes. Her inner monologue made her smile even wider then looked at Sienna as she was talking to her again.

"Uhm, yeah, that actually sounds like a good idea right about now." Hailey responded to Sienna while turning heel and looking at the school's entrance. She turned back to Sienna. "I'll see you inside then." She smiled then turned towards Sydney. "Oh, Sydney..." Hailey eyes looked the female up and down again then went back up to her eyes as Hailey shrugged her shoulders. "Eh, never mind." She smiled while turning back around, flipping her blonde locks of hair around in the process, fixing to take a step towards the inside until Vincent came up.

"This new girl name is Hailey." She said playfully but made her comment loud enough for Sydney to hear. "And yes, I shall give you that honor." Hailey linked her arm around Vincent's as she giggled slightly. "So, what's up with that Sydney girl?" She asked Vincent as she was basically dragging him into the school because she was excited to see how it appeared to be on the inside. "You know what, don't answer that. I am not here to start or cause drama." She chuckled slightly as they reached the doors and she unwrapped her arm from Vincent's.

She opened the door for herself but held it so that Vincent could trail in behind her. "What do you know about this school, Sir Vince?" She asked. "I know that you do not go to school here but you must know something." Hailey eyed Vincent slightly until a few of the girls squealed and came up to them, asking Hailey for her autograph. "Aw, sure." She asked the girls their names and wrote her autograph, ending with the signature star beside her name. "There you girls go. I'll be seeing you around." She waved at them as they continued their trek past her and Vincent. "Sorry, you were saying Vince."

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Isabela Monroe Character Portrait: Vincent Mast

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Despite whatever reserves either of them felt for being as nice to one another after so long, Sienna could only shoot Vincent an appreciative glance when he announced that he was heading inside. She didn't know if the silent thank-you had been taken as he walked off with Hailey, but Sienna definitely was grateful. The last thing she needed was to deal with Sydney snapping at Hailey and then her having to step in. As selfish as it sounded, she and Sydney were actually on good terms at the moment and Sienna preferred this to their typical underhanded digs and semi-hostile banter. She did, however, note in her head that she would be for a dinner with Colette and Kelley. Their relationship had never been hostile, even when Sienna had moved to telling herself she hated Vincent.

Once Vincent and Hailey were enough of a distance away from them, Sienna's smile dropped. "Where the hell are they? I thought Jane said they were here." She hissed, glancing around as more students slowly filed in. Some were linking up with their typical cliques, others alone. Sienna could tell, just by faces and body language, that the majority of the people outside currently were upperclassmen from both St. Judes and Constance. The freshmen would be the first to amble inside, not wanting to miss anything. The upperclassmen have experienced too many first-day-back speeches and unnecessary sitting for long periods of time. Jane should have been here by now. Her and Piper should have already greeted them and she was beginning to worry that Jane was trying to skip out on seeing them. After all, Jane could be...well, Jane wasn't the most perceptive in the group, but even she knew that she was in the wrong. She also knew that neither Sienna nor Sydney were dumb. She wouldn't not show up to school just to get out of seeing them, would she? She whipped back around to Sydney. "Do you think she actually went back home?"

Jane appeared at the bottom of the steps from the corner of her eye and Sienna paused, taking a moment to glance downward at her friend. It was probably a strange sight - Sydney Vale and Sienna Alvarez, standing close together without anyone standing in between them. Well, it would be strange for Jane and maybe Piper. However, their tension was almost nonexistent in the face of the girl whom neither had seen all summer save for the two selfies she thought would appease them in the past few days. Sienna wanted to immediately hound Jane. She wanted to wrench the truth out of until there was nothing left but honesty. After all, Jane couldn't be the one in the group keeping secrets. She couldn't be the one with feelings suppressed under the guise of friendship when said friendship was tested on a regular basis. No, she needed to go back to being their sweet, spoiled and simple friend. Which was why Sienna did not resist when the brunette finally made her way up the stairs and hugged her. She couldn't help it. Sienna always felt like Jane needed to be shown affection - she needed protection. However, as she wrapped an arm around the other senior, her gaze met Sydney's over Jane's shoulder. When they pulled away, Sienna smiled.

Sienna was not a fool to the fact that Sydney was probably the most upset one when it came to Jane and ran a hand through her hair idly, playing with the ends as Jane anxiously interacted with the queen bee. She normally would come to Jane's defense, offer her shopping services since the two did enjoy shopping sprees frequently - even when Sienna was shopping more for Esmee than herself. However, she felt like Jane deserved this. She needed to actually interact with Sydney and win back her favor - both of their favors. Besides, she couldn't offer any type of service today. Not if she wanted to release this full EP by her birthday. She did, however, opt to ask, "Where's Piper? I thought she was with you."

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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: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley

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If she wasn't addicted to the nightlife that New York offered, the killer hangovers that Kelley seemed to wake up to every morning would be enough to stop her from drinking so much every night. Despite dealing with them so frequently, she need got used to them, and this morning, when she stumbled out of bed at 9:45, she headed straight to the bathroom. It took a while of her head hanging over the toilet and a steamy shower, most of which she spent sitting on the floor of it, to make her feel somewhat alive. Her head was still throbbing and she felt like she could sleep for another decade, but at least the room was no longer spinning.

Kelley had no recollection of getting to Vincent's apartment, but judging by the timeline of photos she skimmed through on her phone, it had to have been around four in the morning. Her memories of the early evening were still clear as day. Her sister and husband were in town, so she was dragged to the Gramercy Tarvern to have dinner with them and her parents. During the ride home, an argument erupted in the car between her and her mother, who insisted that she not go out on the night before school started. One of the few moments her father looked up from his cellphone all night was to yell at Kelley for talking back, and of course, he sided with his wife. Well, if Kelley had any intentions on reforming her behavior this year, it certainly wasn't going to start that night, and within minutes of returning to their apartment, she was clothed, ignoring her parents' shouts as she boarded the elevator, and hailing a cab. Her first two stops were pre-parties. The memories of those hours were lucid, and only began to cloud up when they headed to 1Oak a few blocks a way. The crowd that Kelley ran with always had VIP tables which meant unlimited bottle service. Even though she wasn't footing the bill, she made sure that whoever was was getting their money's worth. Somehow, someone must have sent her off in a cab to Vincent's apartment and without his help, she had miraculously found her way into his spare bed. What would probably be a wild and reckless adventure for most people was an average Wednesday night for her.

At some point, she must have texted her parents to inform them that she was staying with Vincent because she didn't wake up to a glut of texts from her mother telling her that she better be at school. Even if Kelley hadn't woken up so late, she probably wouldn't have went to the assembly anyway. It confused her why anyone in their right mind would ever show up to school on a day where attendance wasn't being tracked. Today was basically an extra day of summer for her, and after tossing her night club clothes in a heap outside of Vincent's bathroom, she changed into a pair of his sweat pants and t-shirt and returned to the spare bedroom.

To: Vincent
where the FUCK r u with my bloody mary???

PS thanks for not waking me up

i feel like my head was run over by a truck btw

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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: 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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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast

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Sydney's six-story townhouse was definitely large enough for entertaining big groups of people but tonight, it didn't feel like it. She wasn't known by her peers for her mental breakdowns, but only because she never had them in public. To balance that out, she tended to be a wreck behind closed doors when situations were stressful and now, as she barked orders at the party staff and stormed between floors, she felt like her house couldn't be any smaller. It was seven thirty and although her hair and makeup were already finished, she wasn't dressed yet. In fact, she was still in a pair of Vincent's lacrosse team sweatpants and a tank top, and that was the last thing she wanted her friends, specifically Sienna, to walk in on her wearing. Although she still had time before people would begin show up, she still felt like she had so much to do. In reality, everything was already taken care of. It had been for weeks, and the staff her grandfather had hired to wait, clean and assist at the party had arrived at three o'clock just to insure that everything would be ready, no matter how many things Sydney decided to alter last minute.

Normally, Sydney would have insisted that at least Jane come over an hour or so before the party. She never invited the girls over too early, since she wasn't even comfortable with them seeing her as emotional as she sometimes got during the party preparation, but she liked to get dressed with them. Compliment each other on their hair and makeup, ask where they bought their dresses and switch heels last minute when one decided that the other's matched their outfit better. It was one of the more normal, teenage girl things that the excessively privileged girls got to do together and Sydney genuinely enjoyed it. Granted, her role was generally the one nixing a suggested outfit that Sienna brought along because she secretly thought she would look too attractive in it, or forcing Jane to wear shorter heels because she already felt tiny standing next to her. Tonight, she hadn't extended that invite, though. Sienna had mentioned that she needed to work on her music after the assembly ended, Sydney wasn't in the mood to deal with Jane on her own, and it never even crossed her mind to invite Piper alone. Not like the girl would have wanted to come any more than Sydney wanted her to be there, though. Besides, she thought she had overheard her and Jane talking about shopping.

With less than an hour before her guests were scheduled to arrive, Sydney finally decided on a black Herve Leger dress and simple black Gucci heels as her attire for the night. The dress wasn't completely modest but at the same time, not too revealing. She would leave the hooker-look open for Sienna. Still, she wanted to look good. Her tan was still fresh from many days laying out on the beach and she couldn't let that go to waste, especially since earlier that day, her attraction to Vincent had suddenly vamped up a level. Maybe she was just feeling territorial since she was now having to deal with the unspoken Sienna competition again, though.

She was still in her bedroom, nitpicking her reflection in the mirror, when the intercom speaker rang. "Miss Vale, some of your guests are here." She didn't recognize the woman's voice to thank her by name, so she only responded with an, "okay, let them in." This year, she had expanded her guest list to include more people in her class. She didn't like many of them and had no intentions of befriending them, but after years of probably hoping to make it onto her guest list, she figured she would do something nice and let them in for her last one. Maybe she was egotistical, but she wasn't completely heartless. She was sure that these people arriving on time, or as she checked her phone, three minutes prior to nine, were some of those people that she couldn't care less about. That, or some of the few underclassmen that she had invited who were too eager for their own good. She didn't find it necessary to rush downstairs, especially since none of her friends had texted her that they were on their way yet.

The fifth and sixth floors of the townhouse consisted of private quarters: her bedroom, her grandfather's, her mother's, seven spare bedrooms and her grandfather's office. The fourth floor was almost completely occupied by a large library that Sydney rarely stepped foot in, and a home theater that sat forty viewers. Although the top three floors were looking as elegant as always, the party was only scheduled to take place on the lower three. The third floor had been designed for entertaining and tonight had been transformed into a club vibe, with black lights throughout the entire level, a DJ mix table on one side of the room, and the rest of the space left open for dancing. By the time Sydney passed through at 9:10 or so, the floor was already occupied by a fair number of people. She stopped briefly to speak with a few younger girls who were gushing about how excited they were to be there, and then to a few guys from the Collegiate School, another private academy in the city. Despite how attractive one of them was, and how she could feel him eyeing her more than usual, she couldn't keep her attention on him for too long. Her thoughts kept wandering back to Vincent, and wondering whether he was there yet or not. She doubted it. He was always late to her parties. The pretty boy liked to make an entrance, she reminded herself with a roll of her eyes.

As she proceeded down to the second floor, which normally consisted of her living room, dining room, and the kitchen the servers used when they were having dinner parties, she found more people. This floor was more intimate than the one above it, and while the music was loud enough to still be heard, it wasn't blaring. There were couches, tables, and a large bar set up on on one wall. It wasn't very necessary, though, since in addition to it, there were tens of waiters walking around with different black and white themed drinks. She had prepared a long list of drinks to be served, but didn't put much thought into which one she was actually going to drink tonight, since she accepted a drink from the first server that passed by. It was a pure shot of Blavod black vodka. Although the sober Sydney preferred mixed drinks, the burning sensation in her throat distracted her from how annoyed she was that one of the males on the other side of the room thought that navy blue was equivalent to black. She would have one of the bouncers that were checking names in the foyer address the young man about that later, but for now, she had guests to socialize with.

She was good at being fake. It was an acquired skill and after years of doing it, she was the master at perfectly-bright smiles accompanied by underhand digs or back-stabbing actions. She could pretend to listen to sophomores go on and on about where they bought their dress and how much it cost, before turning around and starting a conversation with someone new while they were mid-sentence. She didn't care about most people enough to be genuine, or at least most people that were here so far. Although Sydney frequently opted for late arrivals to parties, she was annoyed that none of her friends had shown their faces yet. She hoped, for their sake mostly, that they were just mixed in with the crowd somewhere. Just in case, she would text them.

To: Sienna, Jane
You know it's only okay to show up late to a party when i'm not hosting it.

To: Vincent
Keep in mind that the dress code is black or white. No coral pants tonight.

She had purposely opted for the group chat she had with Sienna and Jane rather than the one that included Piper. After she had snatched Jane away from her this morning, Sydney had seriously considered revoking Piper's invitation, but she couldn't be that catty. At least not for such a public party. She hated Piper, completely hated her, but she had to at least try to maintain the image that their friend group was tight. It took more thought on whether or not she should send the message to Vincent, but she did. It wasn't flirty or desperate or too thought out, she insisted to herself as she hit 'send'.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast

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Sienna was leaning against the bathroom sink, scrolling through her Instagram feed to see pics of her outside of the building already posted online. Which was creepy and slightly on the stalker-ish side, but she wasn't going to make it that much of a big deal. When the bathroom door swung open, Sienna smiled. It was Piper, who was looking absolutely adorable at the moment. "And you're looking as gorgeous as ever." She replied easily, pulling out the pink lipstick she had used for Esmee. Her sister probably would want a small touch-up as a small consolation until they returned home where Sienna's dress would be waiting for her. When Piper commented about the night possibly going off without a hitch, Sienna only snickered. "The night's still young and we've got plenty of time to fuck shit up." She said with a knowing grin. It was the Upper East Side. It was New York. Everything happened here. After a few minutes of the two girls in the stalls exchanging clothing items, Jane was the first to emerge and instantly, Sienna was on her Jane-must-be-protected-at-all-costs mode.

No matter how much she got annoyed with Sydney or her occasional suspicions about Piper, Sienna was fiercely protective of her friends or anyone she cared about. Her love for people went deep, sometimes too deep. Which was why it's been so hard for her to actually remain in a real relationship since Vincent. So, seeing the distressed expression on Jane's face about her appearance - particularly after Esmee had come out looking like she owned the black outfit the senior had come in in, it was easy for her to boost her friend's confidence. "You look hella sexy right now, J. If I swung that way, I'd definitely be trying to take you home tonight." She assured Jane, giving the brunette a quick hug. She then turned to Esmee, who was making a face. "Stop with the face before I kiss you." Esmee immediately recoiled while stealthily swiping the lipstick from Sienna's clutches. "Ewww! Save the cooties for your future husband," Esmee griped back, leaving Sienna to gape as her little sister hurried out the bathroom to catch up to her friends. "That little sneaky bitch..." She hissed.

Sienna made it her priority to keep Vincent out of their conversations, at least where she was concerned. Oh, Vincent was in the vicinity? Great! Everyone should just say hi, exchange some pleasantries, and keep it light. She didn't delve deeply into her feelings for him - had not allowed herself when she had specifically allowed herself to cry in Jane's arms instead of Sydney's because if the blonde had offered anything more than words of consolation, Sienna would have snapped her head off. And it seemed like the girls understood that. At least, most of the time. However, Esmee wasn't the girls. She lived with Sienna. She understood the closeness of the Alvarez and Mast families. Knew that both mothers were adamant about keeping their friendship alive despite whatever had occurred between their children. Understood that no matter how much Sienna denied her connection to Vincent and that no matter how many times she told herself that she could give two fucks about him, she would come running if he needed her. Esmee was really lucky that a text had popped up on her phone because Sienna had been two seconds from snatching that little demonic offspring up and embarrassing her in front of her friends.

"Well, there's no running now," she explained to both Piper and Jane, linking arms with the two girls and leading them out of the bathroom. "She's already at the bar and no, J, we cannot avoid her. Better to get this over with than deal with her holding a resting bitch face for the rest of the night." She gave Jane a pointed stare, understanding the heiress' reluctance to see the queen bee. No one in their little circle would forget the obviously icy reception Jane received from Sydney earlier in the day. Especially not the girl who had been on the receiving end. Sienna also didn't want to deal with Sydney ruining their night before it started, so she gave Jane's hand another comforting squeeze, bumping Piper as well with her hip. "We get through this and we can turn up for the rest of the night."

They had, surprisingly, acquired the elevator space to themselves and the ride to the floor didn't take long at all. Sienna surmised that the girls who had been waiting had wanted to be respectful. It wasn't like she cared. The faster they got her to a shot of alcohol, the faster she could get her night started. Before they left, however, she found herself sending one text before sliding her phone into her clutch.

To: Vincent
Hey! U here yet?

Sienna appreciated the somewhat mellow atmosphere of the floor they landed on, wiggling her fingers at a few classmates. She noted one of the Dalton boys she had flirted with last year, though she couldn't remember his name, and shot him a coquettish smile. It wasn't hard to spot Sydney in the spacious area and she led her girls over to their queen, immediately taking in Sydney's attire. Instead of situating herself in the nervous energy that was Jane, Sienna played her best emotion: exuberance. Besides, Sydney wasn't going to put on a show at her own party, right? "Regal and phenomenal, as always, Syd. And look! The whole crew's all here. Ready to party?"

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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: Kelley Hadley

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If Connor's continuous texts and attempts to buzz into his apartment weren't annoying enough, Kelley had spent the last two hours locked inside of his spare bedroom. He was dressed and ready to go on time, though Connor probably wouldn't believe that, and it was his cousin who was really keeping them waiting. It was as if they were at the same point that they were at twelve hours ago, with him banging his fist against her door. This time, however, the other side wasn't silent. Some rap song was blasting from Kelley's side of the door and while it was loud, he knew it wasn't loud enough to completely drown him out.

"Kell, I'm serious, Connor's about to have a heart attack down there. Would you just come out already? I'm sure you look good." Similar to the last ten similar comments, this one garnered no reaction from the blonde. He was ready to slam his hand against the door again when it swung open, revealing the girl clad in a black dress. She looked good, but when didn't she? The girl could be lying on the bathroom floor with tangled hair, reeking of the odor of alcohol and still turn guys on. As her cousin, it wasn't something that he necessarily liked, but they were close enough in age where he didn't think it was his job to approve or disapprove her behavior. She had her own older siblings for that. "Finally," he sighed with relief. As he pulled out his phone to check the time, already well aware that they were late, he found another message from Connor, along with ones from Sydney and Sienna. This time, he had to roll his eyes at Connor's. His friend was usually an easygoing guy but if anyone cut into his time to be in Sydney's presence, he threw a bitch fit.

To: Connor
Calm down dude. Oliver isn't here so it's just me and Kelley. We're on our way down rn

To: Sienna
We should be there in 5. I'm with Connor and Kelley. U gonna come find me or am I going to have to search for u?

To: Sydney
Does it matter what color my pants are? They're gonna end up on ur bedroom floor tn anyway. Regardless of whether its u in bed next to me or one of ur virgin freshman friends

When they reached Connor's car, he quickly insisted that the long wait was not his fault and Kelley had no problem owning up to it. It seemed to shut Connor up at least, and they were able to switch conversation topics onto what they expected the night to entail. Soon enough, they were pulling up in front of Sydney's building. By now, the line to get in wasn't too long. Most of the freshman or outcasts had been turned away when their name failed to show up on the guest list, and it didn't take more than ten minutes for the trio to make their way inside. Vincent was the first to separate from Connor and Kelley. He wanted to find Sienna just as genuinely as he had acted when he texted her, and his first thought was that she had to be on the third level dancing. While he was known for his ego, as perfectly shown in his text to Sydney, Sienna was one of the few people who had the power to make him nervous, so Vincent decided it would be easier to approach her with a purpose. He decided that he would get drinks first, and then go find her upstairs to offer her one.



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Sydney could only roll her eyes when Vincent responded to her text about the dress code. She shouldn't have expected anything less from him. No matter how charming he was, he was also a player and he never hid that from her. Not like she wasn't already aware of it. She had slept with him while he was dating her best friend. That alone spoke volumes of his character, and yet he was different enough... alluring enough... to keep her enticed despite his unfaithfulness. She knew better than to let him know that though. His ego was already hundreds of levels too high.

To: Vincent
You're disgusting. Show your face in ten minutes or you're not getting into this party.

Luckily for her, and her friends, Sienna, Piper and Jane came over just as she set her phone down on the bar counter. Sienna was radiating the energy that she was known for and although she was still annoyed at them for being late, it was enough to bring a smile to Sydney's face. Maybe senior year really was going to be different for their friendship. "Thanks, girl. You look amazing too. I had doubts about the black and white, but that romper is so much cuter than I remembered it to be." Since Sienna was currently her favorite person out of the three, she refused to acknowledge the other two girls with even a glance until she had finished responding to Sienna. After dealing with Piper for three years, Sydney doubted that she would be able to shake her from the group senior year either, so she needed to be nice. At least, she needed to be nice tonight since she didn't need any unnecessary drama at her first party of the year. "And Piper, I love your dress. Those guys from Fordham Prep have been eyeing you ever since you walked in." She couldn't stop herself from making eye contact with a group of attractive guys across the room and waving it them to acknowledge how obvious their gawking was. She had saved Jane for last, mostly because she didn't know what she was supposed to say to her. All it took were three months for Jane to transform from her best friend to a complete stranger. "I'm glad you decided to wear white. It makes you look so..." She cocked her head to the side as if she were searching for the right word. "Innocent," she decided on. Innocent was the exact opposite of what she thought Jane to be, although the crimes Sydney was accusing her of probably weren't as hostile and calculated as she was treating them to be.

Sienna's last comment reminded her that this party was about having a good time, and even if it took ever fiber in her being not to snap on Jane then and there, she was going to try to have fun. They could deal with all of their drama tomorrow, but for now, they needed to start the year on a positive note and having everyone back together was a positive thing. "Four shots of vodka, please," she requested as she tilted her head towards the bartender. When she turned it back however, she quickly changed the order. "Make that five." It was Vincent, finally showing his face, but showing it two minutes too late. Sienna was here which meant that Sydney had to treat Vincent like any other guy, or worse, considering that she was supposed to be Sienna's friend.

"You four clean up nicely," Vincent smirked as he approached the girls. He ran a hand through his hair absentmindedly as he took a moment to take the four, beautiful women standing in front of him in. His examination of the two blondes were probably considerably longer than that of Jane and Piper's. He was checking Sienna out, and he couldn't deny doing that to Sydney too, but he was staring at the latter more to try to read her expression. It didn't look nearly as pleasant as it had when he had spotted her from afar and walked over, but was she really offended about his earlier text? He doubted it. He was always crass.

"It's nice of you to finally show your face," she responded, as if her girls hadn't only shown up a minute earlier than he.

"You know my schedule is packed with parties, Vale. You should be happy that I squeezed y-" His smirk didn't disappear even when Sydney cut him off by redirecting her attention to the bartender who had slid five shots in their direction. He was now standing beside Sydney against the bar, and took two: one for himself, and one that he handed to Sienna. "Cheers?"