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Sage McQueen

"Are you insane like me?"

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a character in “Beautiful Lies”, as played by tigerz

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N A M E
Sage McQueen

N I C K N A M E S
McQueen, Golden Girl, Officer

A G E
26

G E N D E R
Female

S E X U A L I T Y
Homosexual

O C C U P A T I O N
Former US Air Force Special Operations: Pararescue

P O S I T I O N
Combat Rescue Officer




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H E I G H T
5'6

W E I G H T
125 lbs

A P P E A R A N C E
Sage is generally described as being relatively pretty though most would simply say she looks like she's about ready to kick your ass. She's of average height for a woman and appears pretty thin though she's still well toned despite not training her body like she used to in the Air Force. Her natural hair color is blonde though she's often seen dying it black, dark brown, platinum blonde, or something similar to her natural hair color. Her eyes are a piercing green color that have been 'tainted' with the dark circles under her eyes and the red veins that cover the whites from her eyes from late night parties. She has a few tattoos and piercings. Both ears and her tongue are pierced while she has various military tattoos across her body.

S T Y L E
Currently, Sage's sense of style would best be described as something she just rolled out of bed in after raiding Goodwill for clothes from the 90's/ She often wears the same flannel shirt, shirts with holes in them, ripped jeans, destroyed vans, and some kind of choker while her hair is barely styled and her makeup is typically just smudged eyeliner and maybe some dark lipstick.




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S E C R E T
It should come as know surprise that not everyone who comes back from the military is coming back completely sane. Sage had seen a lot of horrible things while she was a Combat Rescue Officer though the worst of it happened before she finally left. Her experience did something to her. It warped Sage's reality giving her nightmares and making her self destruct all too quickly. Sage has PTSD... Though she would never admit it.

The worst of it would have to be the way she's been handling the nightmares, flashbacks, and general self destruction. She washes all her troubles away with alcohol and when that's not enough... She'll go out to clubs and parties to take drugs only to be picked off the side of the street by her younger brother and taken home.

It's not hard to notice that Sage has a serious problem and needs rehab. The only issue is she won't seek the help she needs or admit the problem. She may not hide her alcoholism but what happened to her when she was deployed and the reason she's so messed up is something she hopes to keep a mystery.




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P E R S O N A L I T Y
It's almost sad to think about how much Sage has changed from the girl everyone seemed to adore. She used to be the girl who was friends with everyone, had her life perfectly put together, and knew how to be a bad ass at just the right time. Of course life seems to have a clever little way of fucking up those with any sort of potential because life just plain sucks. Things happened that Sage chooses not to talk about though they did define the way she acts now as she isn't the lovable girl she used to be. She's much more blunt, with a crude sense of humor and just generally dirty mind, she's very boisterous and obnoxious in public situations and has a tendency to loose her temper much too quickly.

It's not that she's completely unbearable(though she doesn't make it easy), it's just that she's been through a lot and she's suffering mentally. But the old Sage is still there. The one who always protected the little guy no matter what and would stand up to anyone no matter her chances of winning. She's still willing to throw herself in the way to protect someone even if she's drunk and going to get her ass kicked. At least her past didn't ruin that about her. The truth is, Sage is in trouble but she's much to prideful to ask anyone for help. She stays up late at night partying so she doesn't have to sleep and deal with the nightmares while the booze makes the memories fade away until she sobers up.




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Q U I R K S
Smoking; Drinking; Playing with hair; Playing with fire and knives; Taking Molly; Cracking knuckles; Stuttering when nervous

L I K E S
Cigarettes; Pot; Drugs; Partying; Sex; Fighting; MMA, Boxing, and Tae Kwon Do; Alcohol; Girls; Skydiving; Extreme Sports; Music; Motorcycles; Punk Rock; Guns; Fire; Knives

D I S L I K E S
Being out of booze; Boredom; The flashbacks; Being questioned; Avocados; Milk; No parties; Her parents; Her past

T A L E N T S
Drinking; Shooting; Skydiving; Rock Climbing; Camping; Playing guitar; Singing; Parkour; Fighting

F L A W S
Jasper; The past; Her condition; Party drugs; Alcoholism; Self destructive; Doesn't let people inf

F E A R S
Being vulnerable; Confronting the past; Going to rehab; People finding out the truth; The nightmares; The flashbacks; Not being able to stop; Losing Jasper




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H I S T O R Y
Ah The McQueen's. An Irish Catholic family that had the ability to procreate like rabbits but chose to cut it off at 5 kids since they had no luck in having more than one girl. Being the only girl though, Sage had high expectations that she often broke. Her mother wnated her in Ballet and taking classical training in music. She did stick to the guitar and voice lessons but she quickly gave a middle finger to Ballet when she discovered boxing and mixed martial arts. Her parents were hesitant at first but she did have a certain knack for it and they promised to let her as long as she remembered to stay focus on her music studies since it could lead to scholarships.

Eventually Sage was offered scholarships by multiple music schools and eventually accepted one to the Berkeley Academy of Music out in Boston. Sage was the perfect example of what her siblings should be. She was popular, had straight A's, never did any sort of drugs, went to church, got scholarships, kept her body healthy, and had the perfect christian boyfriend. That was until her parents got hit with the reality that she wasn't the perfect little daughter they thought she was. They happened to come home early one day during her senior year and caught Sage in bed with someone that wasn't her boyfriend... And it was a girl just to make things worse. Her parents, not wanting their reputation ruined, immediately threw her out once she graduated.

Sage had barely managed to pass and her slipping grades made her lose her scholarship along with having no money to pay for school now that she was cut off. Sage couldn't think of anything else to do so she decided to go to a recruiting building and enlist into the Air Force. Sage worked her ass off in there and even got herself all the way up to Combat Rescue Officer. Too bad things aren't as great as they seem. Serious stuff happened during the end of Sage's time there to the point that she had been honorably discharged for her service. Sage came back home with a medal but at what cost? Using her checks to buy booze and drugs so she doesn't have to face the nightmares? Ignoring her brother and destroying her body? No one knows what happened but soon the answer might come out.

So begins...

Sage McQueen's Story

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Character Portrait: Gemma Wilcox Character Portrait: Alex Holmes Character Portrait: Callum Wilcox Character Portrait: Oliver Padalinski Character Portrait: Castiel O'Connor Character Portrait: Piper Posey Character Portrait: Alphonsine Bernadette Cunningham Character Portrait: Jasper McQueen Character Portrait: Sage McQueen Character Portrait: Billie Drummer Character Portrait: Tommes Harry Adergi Character Portrait: Isabella Gray Character Portrait: Lina Stretton Character Portrait: Gavin Dean Character Portrait: Flora Sunn Character Portrait: Ellie Powell
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Alex pulled a face as he looked his reflection up and down. His shirt and trousers just seemed to make him look scrawny, and his hair was a mess- well, it wouldn't lie in the exact mess he wanted it to. He honestly would have rather stayed in the hotel room until it was time for his flight home- but this was a memorial service for Lisa. He couldn't believe she was dead. She hadn't just been popular- she'd been genuinely loved by so many people. She tutored those who struggled with school. She'd been a member of every committee going and had so often been the reason they hadn't descended into chaos. She was the one who paired up with the weird kid in the class so they wouldn't be alone or singled out by a teacher. She'd tracked down Alex after he moved away and had actually kept in contact with him- or, rather, kept messaging him, telling him about her day, and not expecting a response. And, eventually, he had messaged back.

But now, she was gone. With the police enquiry, the funeral had felt strange- nobody meeting anyone else's eyes, polite small talk the only conversation anyone made. The funeral had been strange, a mere formality. But this was voluntary, something the family genuinely wanted to do to celebrate her life. It wasn't anything religious- just something to remember her by. Had it been any other event, he would have stayed home. But not this.

His unsatisfactory appearance would have to do. Besides, most of the people there had seen him worse. He wasn't exactly the picture of health, but he'd been a hell of a lot worse the last time they'd seen him. Painfully underweight, barely able to function when sober, self-destructive, miserable... Well, okay, that last one hadn't changed that much.

He shoved his phone, hotel key, and wallet into his pocket, picking up a jacket and leaving the hotel room. As he headed for the venue, it occurred to him everyone else who could be here. Cas, Oliver, Callum... Callum. Alex still didn't like to think about him all that much. Callum had broken him and had the guts to say it was for the best. And the worst thing was, Alex had still loved him. He'd buried himself in self-destruction, because Callum had been the only person to ever stop him from completely derailing. Alex's therapist had told him multiple times that closure would probably do him good, that reaching out to Callum might be for the best. Alex had disagreed. That said, if he ran into Callum... Well, they'd just need to see what would happen. Alex was in town for another while anyway, until his parents got back from their last minute holiday abroad.

The room was starting to fill up fast, even though the service itself didn't start for another hour. There was to be a reception before and after to encourage the memory of Lisa- although Alex wasn't planning on sticking around for too long after, especially if there were a lot of familiar faces attending. He kept his head down, taking a leaflet and heading to one corner. He just wanted this to be over already.






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They'd rebuilt the house. Somebody else lived there now and had made it their house, unrecognisable from Ellie's childhood home. Ellie was incredibly glad for that much. It made coming home so much easier- not at all like being at home. It was the town she'd grown up in, but without the painful reminders. Or, at least, most of them.

The scars wrapping around Ellie's torso were so easy to hide. They could be covered with just a dress. The fainter ones on her arms were slightly harder to cover, requiring her to wear a jacket. But even still, as she looked herself up and down, she could have easily been her old self. It was so easy to pretend that nothing had ever happened. Maybe everyone had forgotten and moved on. Maybe she could fly home in a week or two and leave this all behind for good. That thought was comforting.

As she left her hotel, she scanned the streets, watching for a familiar face. Then again, most of them were probably already at the service. She wanted to go, but she didn't want to deal with people. She was still going to be there almost an hour before the actual service or whatever it was began, but she wasn't intending on being all that social.

Nobody approached her in her short journey to the venue, something she was glad about. It was already pretty busy when she got there, which allowed her blend into the crowd pretty easily.

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Character Portrait: Gemma Wilcox Character Portrait: Alex Holmes Character Portrait: Callum Wilcox Character Portrait: Oliver Padalinski Character Portrait: Castiel O'Connor Character Portrait: Piper Posey Character Portrait: Alphonsine Bernadette Cunningham Character Portrait: Jasper McQueen Character Portrait: Sage McQueen Character Portrait: Billie Drummer Character Portrait: Tommes Harry Adergi Character Portrait: Isabella Gray Character Portrait: Lina Stretton Character Portrait: Gavin Dean Character Portrait: Flora Sunn Character Portrait: Ellie Powell
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Dettie did not want to be here. This place held too many painful memories. That bench over there, she ate ice cream with here mother on the bench. Under that big tree Dettie had her first kiss. God. Being back was so strange. Every time she walked past a corner she expected Cas to swagger up to her, grinning his cocky grin. When she passed her old school Dettie could of sworn she saw Gemma waving at her.

It was too hard being here. She'd stay a week, maybe a week and a half then she'd go back to Australia. It would all go back to normal and Dettie could live her dull, boring life.

Entering the reception Dettie realized that maybe she wasn't dressed correctly. Wearing a leather jacket, skin tight ripped jeans and a shirt low enough to show the tattoo on her collar down wasn't really funeral material.

Oops.

She picked up a leaflet, skimming it. Hopefully her appearance made people leave her alone. If an old friend came up and tried to talk to her it would be so awkward. Dettie didn't exactly have any friends in Australia and Cas was the only one she ever kept in contact with.

And if Gemma or Lina wanted to talk to her...well Dettie couldn't be held responsible for what she'd do. Seeing the two girl, women now she supposed, she fell in love with would shatter her whole not caring demeanor.

Keeping a careful eye out Dettie sat down on one of the free chairs. She flipped her sunglasses down, hoping they'd hide her face a bit.

A few hours then she could return to her hotel. She could do this.





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Gavin didn't like funerals. He didn't like chatting about his dead friends to strangers. And he definitely didn't like leaving Patty alone. But he wouldn't want Patty to be here. She was barely five and did not need to see a bunch of stuff adult crying around a dead body. Plus none of his old friends even knew had a kid, excluding Lina. He couldn't lie to his cousin even if he wanted to.

He had put on a suit for this and was really regretting it. The tie was digging into his throat and the dress shoes were uncomfortable. At least the venue looked good. Gavin would hate for Lisa to be remembered in a crappy place. She deserved more than that

He crossed his legs, drumming his fingers on his knee. It was getting crowed now. What time was it? Gavin glanced down at his watch and wondered how Patty was doing in daycare.

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Character Portrait: Gemma Wilcox Character Portrait: Alex Holmes Character Portrait: Alphonsine Bernadette Cunningham Character Portrait: Jasper McQueen Character Portrait: Sage McQueen Character Portrait: Lina Stretton Character Portrait: Gavin Dean
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Lina sat on the edge of the bed shaking her leg nervously while her hands sat on her lap, rubbing against one another. She had just came back from tour when she got the call and what was suppose to be a happy reunion with Gemma was turned sad and nerve racking. She never excepted for Lisa, the multi-tasking, lovable, softball mate to have . . . died. At least not so early in her life. Lina also didn't except to be back in her hometown so early or ever really. Deep breaths were inhaled in order to calm herself before she got up and decided to finally get dressed. Looking into the mirror Lina stared at her own reflection while adjusting her blazer. If there was one thing she could pull off it was black on black.

With her hair tossed over to the left Lina thought she was ready but when Gemma called out for them to leave she realized she wasn't. She just got all nervous again even while driving over to the funeral her hand kept squeezing the steering wheel while she tried not to look at her surroundings, only the road. But when they stopped at a red light Lina's eyes trailed off to the right to a specific corner of the street where she remembers resting against the stop sign on her way back from her first fight. She was so sore that she didn't think she was gonna make it home. Then there were those times where she'd walked that corner with Dettie or raced Gavin on their way back from school or when she'd pick her brother up late at night because he was too drugged out to make it back home. Gripping the steering wheel again she looked forward trying not to think about back then. This wasn't the time or place to think about those things and so she turned up the radio, letting the music distract her until they got there.

Standing at the entrance Lina could feel the anxiety creep up on her again. That nervous feeling in the pit of her stomach came back and twice as strong this time. "breathe, breathe, breathe ..." she mumbled softly, her hands shaking faintly but then began fiddling with the cuffs on her blazer. She didn't know if she wanted to go in anymore. She would like to see Alphie, Sage, Jasp, hell even Alex just to see if they were all okay but at the same time she wouldn't know what to say to them. She's been gone for so long and distanced herself from them before she left too. They probably would barely recognize her now since she looks nothing like the lovable jock she was back in high school.

Feeling Gemma grab hold of her sleeve calmed Lina down a bit. Enough for her to link arms with her best friend and escort her in, taking another deep breath for good measure. At this point Lina prayed that Gemma wouldn't feel her whole body shaking with each step they took. When the casket came into sight Lina let a tear or two escape but she wiped them fast. Lucky for her she was barely wearing eyeliner. The flowers were perfect and Lina couldn't help but to smile a little. It was a bit more happy than sad although it was still clearly sad because those flowers were so Lisa. Clenching her jaw to stop herself from tearing again Lina lead Gemma to a seat towards the middle since it looked like others had the same idea to sit in the back. Lisa wouldn't have wanted people being all sad at her funeral. If there is one thing Lina knew well about her it was that her favorite softball captain was one of those people who loved making others smile and she would want the same at her funeral.

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Character Portrait: Gemma Wilcox Character Portrait: Alex Holmes Character Portrait: Callum Wilcox Character Portrait: Oliver Padalinski Character Portrait: Castiel O'Connor Character Portrait: Alphonsine Bernadette Cunningham Character Portrait: Jasper McQueen Character Portrait: Sage McQueen Character Portrait: Billie Drummer Character Portrait: Angelica Rivera Character Portrait: Tommes Harry Adergi Character Portrait: Isabella Gray Character Portrait: Lina Stretton Character Portrait: Gavin Dean Character Portrait: Flora Sunn Character Portrait: Ellie Powell
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They were running late. Though it really shouldn't have been a surprise considering Sage was knocked out drunk from smiley face blue pill and Captain Morgan rum combination. Jasper of course had been the one to clean her up though he did give her a rude awakening with a surprise cold shower which ended with Sage waking up swinging like she did every time he did this to her. Sage hated this but Jasper did mean well. She hardly ever slept and it was a miracle she managed to get more sleep than Jasper. She did comply when Jasper told her to get ready since she was sober for the time being to know that the events leading up to today had been tough on her younger brother.

It'd been a long couple nights for Jasper. He'd been booked by his Madam to accompany and older and distinguished gentleman for the evening. It wasn't entirely bad. He preferred his older customers with deeper pockets since they always seemed to spoil him and tip well. The man took him out for the night to attend a business type gathering which wasn't Jasper's first. He'd been shown off like a piece of arm candy so the man wouldn't appear single and finished the night off with his usual duties for his customer that always enjoyed booking him for such events. Once his job was finished, he went home at an ungodly hour that was normal in the city of New York before Sage as always since she was out partying and taking God knows what with her 'friends'.

The next day, Jasper had taken the liberty of packing for him and his older sister before heading to his school to inform his teachers of his short absence. He finished his day off by informing his Madam of his departure and getting a bonus of sorts by doing what he does best... Sleeping with her. The two had a rather inappropriate relationship between boss and employee. Jasper wasn't a fan of it but it gave him extra money in his pocket for the trip. Sage of course spent her time drinking and stealing from his stash of dope before Jasper got home to slip a sleeping pill into the drink he poured for her just so she'd hopefully pass out and make the flight back home peaceful and it worked.

After arguing back and forth over how to dress for the funeral, Jasper finally gave up and let Sage show up with him at the funeral in their expensive rental car. Jasper was dressed formally his own stylish flare added to it while Sage showed up wearing a not so appropriate t shirt and jeans with a flannel over it and a beanie to cover her wet hair that probably hasn't been washed for a week. They came in quietly... Well, Jasper did while Sage stumbled in having to grip her brother's arm to steady herself thanks to the drinks she was sneaking from her flask in her back pocket.

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Lina was never good with names but she somehow managed to always remember the names of people she has seen around a lot so when Flora approached them she had no trouble remembering her name. Which is saying something because even now Lina can't remember half of the names of the kids she had class with. "We're doing okay," Lina answered for herself and Gemma with a slight smile and nod. A greeting to Flora.

Lina would have liked to at least greet Flora properly but something kept pulling her attention away form the girl and that was Dettie. Something about felt off. Her smile fell and it was replaced by a questioning gaze. Some may say it was more of a glare but it wasn't. For anyone who knows Lina they would know that that expression meant that something felt off to her. Something she had to think or wonder about. That look hadn't lasted for more than a couple of seconds though as Lina was brought back into the conversation, choosing not to respond to Dettie's moving on statement.

Lina nudged Gemma softly, smiling. "Yeah, I was actually thinking about doing something like that myself. Now we can do it all together." she agreed, unconsciously managing to intertwine her fingers with Gem's. For a split second though, something caught her eye in the crowd. Well, two somethings. Two heads that sported brown hair, hair that she knew all too well. One belonged to her favorite cousin in the world that she hasn't seen in about a month and the other belonged to her lovable idiot, Jasper. With a new feeling running through her, excitement Lina almost leaped out of her chair. "Uhm, hey Gem wanna go greet some old friends?" even though they were mostly her friends, Lina didn't want to leave Gemma behind because she didn't know how she'd fare by herself. She knew seeing Dettie was harder on her than it was on herself but Lina was the type to always push her own feelings to the back of her head in order to focus her attention on someone who needed it.

Looking back at Dettie, Lina adjusted her blazer and licked her lips since they felt a bit dry. "Want to join us?" Lina's eyebrow rose questioningly. Somewhere deep down she hoped that Dettie would say yes but at the same time she didn't hold her expectations that high. Of course the invitation wasn't just for her though, it was also for Cas and Flora. She would be okay if they didn't but happy if they did.

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Flora was feeling better already. Sitting alone was just making her sadder, and the company had helped her ignore the whispers, too.

That said, the tension was palpable. Clearly there was some history between Gemma, Lina, and Dettie that Flora wasn't aware of. She felt a bit awkward for getting in the middle of whatever it was, but she decided not to mention it.

When Dettie suggested going out as a group, Flora smiled, her earlier discomfort forgotten.

"That sounds great. I'd love to catch up."

This was good. It was an opportunity to reconnect with people she wasn't close to in high school. Flora really regretted pushing everyone away as a kid, and she jumped at the chance to make up for that.

Plus, she didn't have many friends as it was.

She noticed Jasper and Sage entering and decided to join Lina and Gemma in greeting them.

"Sure, I'll come."

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Cas laughed a bit as he turned towards the group of females near him. He actually wasn't paying attention, his eyes were drifting to the door, and over to Callum and Alex. He wanted to talk to him, they hadn't been close since Alex and he talked in high school. But then again that was before Alex had his breakdown over whatever it was. He hadn't really known. He wanted to talk to Alex, and see how things were. "Um...Dettie yeah sure. I'll see ya later Tink, Flora, Lina, Gemma. I gotta go ask something. Gonna invite Alex." he spoke as he started to head that way. His eyebrow raised as he heard the last bit

".....way you want me." ignoring it. Castiel kind of awkwardly spoke towards Alex. "Hey Alex....Callum. I was wondering if after this you guys wanted to go do something with the girls and I..... he spoke, pausing when the thought popped in his head. Nice going, just make it sound like you're a fucking female. he thought before he would continue to speak and place his hand behind on his neck and give a nervous look before words blurted from his mouth.

".....was interrupting something wasn't I? I was just wondering if you guys wanted to catch up. Sorry that I interrupted you." his face heated up in a blush as he would rub his neck and smile a bit more.

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Dettie could hardly keep herself from sagging in relief. If Lina or Gemma had turned her down she wasn't sure what to do. 'Cool. We'll hash out the plan later.' Maybe she could do this? Gemma had used her old nickname, causing Dettie's face to light up. Things were going well.

Then her lifeline slipped from her fingers. Cas ran off, leaving Dettie stranded with her two ex's and a women, who she'd admit was attractive, that she didn't know all that well. She knew he needed closure as much as she did, but still, Dettie had evoked bestfriend code.

Honestly. Men.

She tugged a strand off hair behind her ear and tried her best not to act nervous. 'I can't interupt Cas now. So yeah, I'll go with you guys.' Her sunglasses slipped down a bit as she gazed at the interlocked fIngers of Lina and Gemma. A few years ago that would of been her.

Dettie cleared her throat and put her sunglasses back in their place. 'Lead the way ladies.'

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Having all the girls agree had put a pep in Lina's step as she made her way over to Gavin and Jasper who really weren't that far away form each other. "Gavin, Jasper!" she called out, quietly, still keeping in mind that she was at a funeral. Upon approaching them Lina noticed that she was still holding onto Gemma's hand and in a way that made her just nervous now so she quickly let go but not in a rude way or so she tried to pull off. A figure next to Jasper caught her eye but at the same time. It was his older sister and freshmen puppy crush Sage.

Lina let a gentle smile cross her features. She knew how Gavin felt about funerals and anything that had to with death so he was the first one that she hugged. She pulled him into a big embrace, one that was sure to comfort him even if a little. After pulling away Lina smirked slightly towards Jasper while looking him up and down. "You've become one snazzy bastard Jasp."

Noticing Gavin's tie being a bit too tight Lina reached out and adjusted it so it wouldn't choke her dear cousin out. "I think you should come to me next time you deiced to wear a suit." Lina tried to lighten the mood a bit but she couldn't help but to let a sad smile replace the old one. Her eyes wandered back over to Sage who she couldn't manage to even speak to at the moment and just waved. "So," she paused glancing over to the coffin that made her feel uneasy. "How are you guys doing..?"

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Gavin looked up in time to see his favorite cousin striding towards him. He stood grinning, and opened his arms for the embrace he knew would come. It felt good to see her. If only Patty was here.

She took a step back, allowing him to get a good look at her. Lina looked good. Better. He was an only child and Lina was the closest thing he had to a sister. He couldn't help being just a bit protective over her.

He brushed off her suit comment. 'I'm a grown man Lina-Mae.' His eyes twinkled in a way they haven't for a long time. 'I've been catching your music when I can. Patty and I love it.'

Gavin grinned and let out a breath. While Lina was busy waving to some girl he gazed at her companions. There was Gemma, Callum's sister. Gavin remembered her. A sweet girl. Then Dettie. Gavin knew more than he'd care to admit about her. He wasn't too fond of seeing the girl that gave up being with his cousin.

Then, the other girl. She looked vaguely familiar though Gavin couldn't put a name to her face. Shrugging he turned back to Lina. 'I'm doing okay Lina. It's hard being here cause, well you know. But it's good it see old friends again.

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Gemma walked with Lina towards the others. At one point, Lina had let go of her hand and she suddenly felt like she was moonwalking without a tether. She shook it off and continued their trek to Gavin, Jasper, and Sage. Sage and Gemma used to be friends. Not the best of friends, but not total strangers. Gemma gave a small wave to the group and a soft smile. There was something.. off about Sage. She wasn't... focusing? Her eyes seemed to be everywhere, but nowhere. She heard the change in Lina's voice as she talked to her cousin and she looked over to find her staring back at the coffin. There was an uneasy set to her shoulders.

She gave her friend a faint smile and turned to Sage. "Hey, Sage." She said. "How've you been?" She gave a soft nod to Jasper in greeting. He used to spend some time with Callum and Alex, but she wasn't sure if they were friends or just mutual acquaintances. Most people gravitated towards Alex. Callum was his eternal shadow. Based on how her brother had looked at Alex, at some point that had changed and they had gone their separate ways.

She searched the room for him now and she felt her heart get a little lighter in her chest. They were talking. There was hope after all. Maybe there was hope for her and Dettie? Cas was walking up to them now after leaving the group. It was obvious he was interrupting something. Something important, but Gemma couldn't quite tell what. Callum wasn't paying him any attention. Instead his gaze was hard on Alex's. Like he was searching for something.

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Alex stared at Callum's outstretched hand. What was he supposed to do? Shake it? That was all wrong. After everything they'd been through, a handshake was all wrong. Alex found himself in the rare position of actually craving physical contact. A handshake wasn't going to be enough to fulfill that. But would anything else be too much? Would he be giving the message that he wanted more, when he wasn't sure what he wanted? Or would a hug just be a hug between best friends?

Cas' arrival provided a welcome distraction. It felt like years since Alex had last seen him, and Alex's smile wasn't entirely forced. Cas stumbled over his words, and quickly apologised for interrupting. Alex shook his head. "It's fine, Cas. What type of thing is it? Because if it's painting nails and talking boys, I think I'll pass for tonight," he said, before immediately reconsidering. Was that pushing it too far? Would Cas be offended? He shouldn't have left the hotel room. He should have just stayed in and drawn and have avoided messing all this up. He wrapped his arms around himself, wanting to run out of the room and forget this had ever happened.






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Ellie hadn't missed the influx of arrivals. She'd been choosing to ignore them, until a few familiar voices reached her ears. Curious, she turned around- and immediately spotted a few friendly faces. Excitedly, she got to her feet and made her way over to them.

She wrapped an arm casually around Lina's shoulders, before noticing who she was talking to. He'd been a few years above her- but she couldn't quite place a name to him. "Hey," she said simply, before turning her attention to Lina.

"Have you been avoiding me or did you just disappear for a few months?" She asked. All the while, she was trying to think of the boy's name. Gerald? Gary? Something like that, she was pretty sure she'd heard his name somewhere before.

She wasn't quite sure what caught her eye- but something did, and she glanced over to see Jasper and Sage. Sage's appearance shocked her. She looked just as much of a mess as she had the night that Ellie had found her. She'd thought that with going back to live with Jasper and all that, things might get better but... maybe not. She could feel herself tensen a little, and just prayed that Lina hadn't noticed.

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Sage and Jasper quickly became popular with the small crowd of people that formed around them. Leave it to the McQueen's to still hold people's attention in the room despite them both not wanting it. At least Jasper didn't. Sage seemed to have no problem with it based on the drunken smirk that formed when Lina asked how everyone was. "Well I'm just wonderful, hot stuff." Sage's speech was slightly slurred though she wasn't as drunk as she would be once the day progressed further. Jasper rolled his eyes just as Sage decided to give Lina a once over.

Sage took out her flask and took a quick swig of it's contents and nearly choked when Ellie approached them. Obviously she'd be here but it still took Sage a bit by surprise though she quickly coated that in flirtation. "Long time no see, princess" She stumbled forward a bit though Jasper held onto her despite his embarrassment. All he wanted to do was leave at this point before their family showed up.

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Cas's eyes would widen as he listened to Callum's question. "What about you, Man? Find anyone to suit your fancy?"

Well, Oliver. But he hadn't seen him...in....three years? Boy he didn't even know how long it had been. The male still thought about him. "Um, well. Honestly you don't find a lot of gu...women interested in a youth pastor. They want to be wild and crazy when it come to relations. It's just not really my thing. I had my eye on someone when I was in high school, but that really never worked out. I didn't voice my emotions on that person. I was hoping they'd be here...." he spoke somewhat glumly. His dark blond eyes looked towards Callum and Alex. Yep, they were something. Not together, but not completely apart. Somewhat like Dettie and h.....hOLY SHIT HE LEFT DETTIE ALONE. "I'll see y'all tonight...right? Don't leave me with the load of chicks. I don't want to hear about syncing periods." the male smirked, as he walked towards the ladies.

He looked over, and saw...Sap and Jason? He didn't really know their names, but they hung out maybe once or twice. He turned his attention back towards Dettie and Gemma. His silence being clearly out of politeness, and slight awkwardness.

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Dettie smiled, so fond and bright that for just a second she looked like the teenager that could kiss Gemma under a tree, giggling when they couldn't get it just right. Then Sage spoke and the magic was broken. She never had a problem with the girl but the stench of alcohol was overbearing. Dettie wrinkled her nose and the carefree smile was replaced with something more forced.

'School? I bet you got tons of scholarships. You always were the smart one.' A sigh escaped her lips and Dettie crossed her arms. 'I never got to go. I got sent to live with my aunt after the whole...ordeal. She wanted me to stay home, be this perfect little girl and not some ga-'

Cas's return cut her off. Thank god for that. Dettie definitely did not want to rant in front of Gemma. She didn't mean to, but Gemma was so easy to talk to and it all kinda spilled out.

Going red Dettie rubbed the back of her neck, looking anywhere but at Gemma. 'Erm....Sorry about that. I just, missed you. A lot. I already said that didn't I? Heh...sorry.'

Okay so not as planned. Time to avoid this new awkward situation. 'So, um, school. How's that?'

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"Give me back my flask you little shit!" Sage was pissed. She got as close to her brother as possible as means of intimidating him. "You're not getting anything after the stunt you pulled at the funeral." Jasper spoke calmly towards Sage's obvious threat. She probably could best him in a fight but Sage was too smart to hurt the guy paying for her bills. She only glared at him for a while before deciding to stand down when he wouldn't and seemed to shrug it off. "I'll just get more at the party." Sage stuck her tongue out at him while she stumbled to the door. "I think you've had more than enough today." Jasper hoped she wouldn't drink more but he couldn't control what happened. He wasn't even sure why he agreed to let her tag along.

"Whatever, asshole." Sage muttered after making it to the car. She got into the passenger seat and decided to pout the whole way there as she smoked her cigarette. Jasper chose to stay quiet as well the whole way there until they finally stopped and he turned to her and spoke calmly and forcefully. "This isn't New York anymore, Sage. You can't get away with this stuff now." Sage rolled her eyes. "Not even with Ellie." Sage didn't respond to him. She simply stormed out the car and slammed the door behind her.

Sage pulled out another cigarette and lit it before walking towards the bonfire with Jasper behind her. She definitely wasn't as bad as earlier but she was definitely still buzzed from what was left in her system. Jasper made her shower before coming but she chose not to change since she was too lazy to pick out a new outfit for tonight. Sage recognized a few people though no one stood out until she realized Ellie was there. They hadn't really seen each other since Ellie called off their little 'fun' by sending her to live with Jasper. Well, and at the funeral when Sage made a display of her drunken self. She wasn't sure if she should sit next to her so she chose spot across from Ellie and awkwardly stared at her with nothing to say as she smoked. Jasper took a seat next to Sage though his eyes seemed to trail more in the direction of Alex and Callum. God he hoped Lina would get here soon or maybe ELlie would come over so they could catch up.

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Gemma rushed around, flustered and fluttering about as she prepared for the gathering later that day. He had been there. Not at the funeral, but at the school. They had driven by it on the way to the Wilcox household and there he was. Older, of course, a little grey in his hair, but it was him. He carried his briefcase to his car and he looked her way when he heard the car driving by. She knew he couldn't see her. She knew he wasn't looking at her. But she could feel his eyes and she watched him as they passed. She had clutched the arms of her chair and took deep breaths, trying not to get sick all over Lina's car.

Now, she was grabbing things they would need. Sleeping bags, food, etc., but she was so scattered. Like paper on the wind. She was practically pacing back and forth, wearing a tread into the wooden floor of the living room. Each time she was inching closer and closer to the table that contained framed pictures of her family and a ten dollar vase her mother had bought at Pier Imports. If Lina were to approach her, it would take a few times to get her attention.

Although the drive home from the funeral was a bit too quiet for her liking Lina was still able to relax a little. Seeing her friends again felt nice, really nice since she didn't have a double life to hide from them anymore. Now back at her temporary home Lina was out of the shower for the second time today since she didn't like feeling sweaty or dirty. With the house empty, besides her and Gemma, Lina stepped out of her room wondering what Gem was up to.

Dresses in only her pants, shoes and bra Lina walked up to Gem with her towel still around her shoulders. Hands holding onto each end. She watched her pace back and forth, not noticing how close she was getting to the table before heading towards the kitchen and pouring herself a half glass of milk.

Now Gemma was muttering to herself. It was a jumble of the past and a list of things they would need for the trip. She thought she was ready to be back home. She thought she could handle seeing him again, but they didn't even speak. For all she knew he didn't even know it was her. Gemma's hip hit the table and the items on it shook with impact but didn't move. Gemma hadn't even noticed. She was trying to pull herself back to the present. She was distantly aware that Lina had finished her shower, but didn't completely realize that she was standing nearby, drinking a glass of milk from the kitchen.

Sipping her milk little by little Lina began to think, remembering the first time she had met Gemma until now. She was actually one of the first people she was able to interact with normally since her junior year. It felt nice just being herself again and being around people she loved. Finishing off her milk Lina called out to Gemma, "Yo, Gem. Do you like s'mores? I was thinking of passing by the store on our way over to that place. S'mores are essential for a camp out or anything that has a fire pit actually." she smiled to herself, quickly cleaning her cup in the sink.

Gemma heard Lina's voice call from the kitchen. Something about s'mores and fire-pits. Gemma wanted to respond, tried to respond, but she was lost in her head and all that came out was. "Sounds good, Lee." If one was paying attention, that was a red flag right there. Gemma had never called Lina anything, but Lina. Her hip smacked into the table again, knocking one of the frames on its face. "Did I finish my history homework? And have you seen Cal?"

"History homework ..." Lina thought for a second running her wet fingers through her hair. "yeah, I'm pretty sure you finished that last night." She continue. "But Cal, just at the funeral or have you forgotten already?" Lina rounded the corner to where Gemma was at. She was noticing by her voice that Gem seemed a bit off. "Hey, you alright?"

Gemma heard Lina answer from the kitchen. Cal was at a funeral? Whose funeral? What did they need s'mores for again? When Lina came around the corner and spoke, Gemma jumped, and spun around halfway through her step causing her to teeter off balance. Time seemed to slow as her weight shifted towards the table and she felt. There was a loud bang followed by the shattering sound of broken glass. What brought her back to reality was the sharp pain in her palm. She hissed and looked down. There was a long bloody gash on her palm and a few other cuts on her legs from the fall. She was confused and sitting in broken glass. She looked up at Lina, confusion and pain in her eyes. "Lina? What the hell just happened?"

Lina blinked and in that instant there was a loud crash. Eyes landing immediately on Gem, Lina jumped to her side helping Gem up carefully making sure she didn't step in any glass. In fact she basically picked her up bridal style, tip toeing around the glass and carrying her to the kitchen. "You spaced out?" she said while setting Gemma down on the counter. Glancing at her palm Lina's eyes widened. "H-Hey!" she stuttered, pulling off the towel she had around her neck and pushing it against Gem's palm. "Hold that there for a second." Lina's voice was now a bit shaky as she began remembering the times she would patch herself up from fights. It felt weird remembering that stuff.

Gemma hissed as the course cloth of the towel was pressed into her palm. "I spaced out? I was thinking about what we needed and then.." and then what? Gemma could feel the blood beginning to soak through the fibers of the towel and stain her good hand. Then she remembered. Him. Oh no.. She called out to Lina. "Did I say anything weird?" Then she muttered to herself. "Might've been a cheap vase, but Mom's still gonna kill me."

Grabbing a small cloth from one of the drawers Lina wet it, only a little as she looked through each cupboard for something that can help. After a minute of rummaging and totally forgetting that she could have simply asked Gemma where the medical stuff was at. Lina proceeded to grab the peroxide, butterfly stitches and a small roll of bandage. She headed back towards Gemma, settling in front of her as she pressed down on the towel a bit more. "Sorry, might hurt a bit." she apologized as she worked on Gem's hand making sure the bleeding had stopped before pouring some peroxide over it. Lina watched it as it bubbled a little and blew on it softly hoping to stop any stinging that was bothering Gem.

Gemma felt relieved when Lina returned, but she hadn't answered her question. She braced herself as Lina tipped the bottle of peroxide until it came down on her palm. She sucked air in through her teeth and tensed her shoulders. Then she chuckled a little. "Ya know when I was little, I had scraped my knee on the playground. It was pretty bad. When I went to the nurses office she put peroxide on it. She told me not to be afraid because it was only pixie dust." She smiled a little as she watched Lina. "It stung a little, but I pretended it was magic working on cleaning it and closing it up."

Lina couldn't help but to laugh softly at Gemma's little story. "That's awfully cute, you know?" Lina dabbed at the wound gently drying it off before looking at the small pile of things she had grabbed and forgot about the ointment. In just a few seconds she had retrieved the ointment from the cabinet and was back in front of Gemma, carefully applying the stuff.

Taking a short breath Lina began again, putting the finishing touches on Gemma's hand. "I-" she hesitated for a moment. Her hands stopped working for a second but then they resumed, wrapping the bandage around her hand in such a way where she could still use it normally. "I learned how to patch myself up. Got into pretty nasty figths in my senior year." her lips curved up into a slightly saddened smile as she finished. "There! That should do it."

Gemma smiled, the bright memory chasing away all the dark of her thoughts before she fell. "Yeah. I had seen her a few more times.. and then she was hospitalized with lung cancer. She came by to visit once she recovered though. She decided to travel the world." She watched in awe as Lina carefully patched her up, disappearing for only a moment to retrieve the antibacterial ointment. "I was going to ask how you knew what to do." Her fingers were gentle in ways that sent shivers down Gemma's spine. "I-I don't remember you getting into fights in high school.." She thought back for a moment.

She remembered seeing Lina covered in bruises a few times. A split lip once. Gemma didn't ask why. It was none of her business then. That and she had her own things she was dealing with. She cursed at herself for not being a more attentive friend all the same. "I'm sorry you had to go through that alone." She said softly, suddenly wishing she had told someone about what was going on.

Shaking her head Lina looked up at Gemma and gave her a happier smile. "Don't worry about it. I came out fine, see?" Lina flexed her right arm and patted her bicep. Her silly little smile faded a little though as she gathered all the things she had taken in order to put them back. "My brother had gotten into some trouble during that time. Owed some very bad people a whole lot of money." she began putting everything back in it's rightful place, talking as if it was nothing when in reality she was panicking on the inside.

Lina didn't know how this secret would affect her relationships with her loved ones so she never told but here she was, telling the one girl who she recently realized she had feelings for. "I stepped in and helped him out," she paused briefly as she took a clean rag to Gemma's other hand. The good one that had gotten stained by her own blood. "who would've thought that fighting could pay that well."

Gemma smiled softly at her friend. She suddenly remembered a day at school where Lina had come in with a black eye, but she still smiled like she was now. Gemma suddenly wanted to touch the now healed skin just below her eye but her hands wouldn't move. It was a good thing two because Lina had gathered together the supplies she had gathered and went to put them away. Gemma could've poked her eye out and she didn't know how to patch up an eye... Instead, she said, "That's incredible, Lina."

She ran her fingers over the bandaged skin. "I mean it. Both for becoming so good at this." She waved her injured hand. "But also because you were able to help your brother." She looked down at the white tiles beneath her feet. "I... Callum and I didn't talk much senior year. I don't know what he was doing and he didn't know what was going on with me. I wanted to handle it myself. I didn't need my big brother looking out for me.."

She took a deep breath and looked up at Lina with a sad smile that mirrored the one she had worn before. "I was manipulated by Mr. Briggs. To do.. things." At "things" she looked down at the floor, her face red and her body tense. "He seemed pretty cool at first.. Like he wanted to help me. And then... things changed and he... well he changed."

Her cheeks felt hot for a few seconds and Lina was glad she wasn't facing Gem at the moment this happened. She didn't except her to actually take it the way she did. Somehow a certain weight was lifted off her shoulders. She had told someone her secret for the first time and it felt . . . liberating in a sense. It didn't mean she was about to tell every soul about it though. No, it was still a secret and Lina just wasn't ready to have everyone know it.

She wanted to tell Gemma that she did it for nothing because he didn't leave his little habit but at the same time she did save his ass so in a way, yes, she did help him. Lina went ahead and began rinsing the two rags she had used on Gemma while leaving the towel for the washer. She carefully listened to Gemma as she spoke but when she mentioned Mr. Briggs, Lina couldn't help but to glance over at her. Gem took a deep breath before she continued and as she spoke once more Lina didn't realize how tight her grip had gotten on the rag. Her knuckles were almost white and she felt heat on her cheeks but not the good kind.

Closing her eyes for a second Lina took a second to calm herself before turning the water off and drying her hands. Once again she stood in front of Gemma. Her hand reached out and lifted her head up gently. "You know, I could always give him a good punch." she offered, jokingly on the outside but she wasn't so sure it was a joke on the inside.

Gemma closed her eyes. She didn't want to see the look of pity on Lina's face. That was another reason she hadn't told her brother. Or really anyone else. There was really only one other person who had seen her and so far she had kept it a secret. She felt Lina's fingers on her chin, lifting her head up to look her in the eyes. Heat bloomed on her cheeks at the gentle touch. The afternoon light was coming in through the windows as the day turned to evening and the yellow turned to orange. They turned Lina's eyes gold and Gemma couldn't help but stare for a moment.

She smiled softly and looked away. "You couldn't before and you'd definitely can't now. You'll be arrested." She looked back at Lina. "I can't have you lose your singing career right after your big tour. Not because of me." She also thought, I don't know what I'd do if you got locked away. And that's when she felt something snap into place. For years, Lina had been by Gemma's side. She helped her study, distracted her early in the morning after having a nightmare, sung to her when she couldn't sleep. She had been a close friend if not her best friend for years and she realized she had come to rely on her. There was something else. Something she was afraid to voice in case she was mistaken.

Smiling, Lina thought about it. "Well, you may be right," her eyes locked with Gemma's once more, admiring her beautiful features. "You're pretty special to me and I think it'll be worth it." her smile brightened but then the clock caught her eye. If they didn't leave soon they might be the last ones there but Lina didn't mind if they stayed like this for a bit longer. Feeling a blush creep across her face Lina tried to look away but couldn't. "Uhm, you wanna get down from there? I think it's best if we get going soon. I still need a shirt." she laughed.

Gemma shook her head, but smiled softly. "No hitting. Promise?" At Lina's bright smile, Gemma found herself smiling back. It was beautiful and contagious and definitely more to their friendship than what she had originally thought. When asked if she wanted to get down. She merely nodded and put a hand on Lina's shoulder to help her hop down without injuring her ankle. It was that far of a drop, but still. Tile flooring is terrible on the bones. Lina's skin was warm and the air around her smelled of sweet soap and shampoo. She smiled remembering when their dorm room at school used to smell the same. "Thanks, Lina." She said softly and went to grab the rest of the things they needed to pack them into the car. Including the things they needed for s'mores. She also managed to grab Lina's favorite candy for the trip to surprise her.

"I promise, now give me five minutes. If you want," Lina reached over and grabbed her keys off the little hook that was on the wall. "you can get the car going and i'll bring the things." instinctively Lina leaned in and pecked Gemma on the forehead before rushing off to her room. After applying her very much loved rose lotion on her body Lina gave herself two little sprays of the lightly scented vanilla perfume she always used. Now that she was all dressed and ready to go she grabbed the backpack that had their more personal items and slung it across her shoulder.

Lina then grabbed the rest of the things and headed out to the car where Gemma waited for her, locking the door behind her. Stuffing it all in the back Lina hopped in. "Ready?"

Gemma took the keys with a nod and touched her skin lightly with her fingertips where Lina's lips had kissed. She smiled softly in the direction of her friend for a moment and sighed before gathering everything up in one fell swoop and headed out to the car. She made her it was the right temperature for the day. Within minutes, Lina had joined her, smelling of vanilla and roses so sweet and comforting she suddenly wanted to sleep on her shoulder. But they were in the car and Lina needed to drive so she just replied with, "Ready And they headed off down the road.

Gemma rolled down her window, allowing the air to blow back her hair and fill the car with the scent of the outdoors. Which mingled beautifully with Lina's lotion and perfume. She also turned on the radio and sung whatever was playing. It was light and bouncy and happy and for the first time that day, she felt it. Happiness. She grinned like a fool at Lina. By the time they had reached the campsite, her throat was sore from singing and laughing and her cheeks ached in way they hadn't for a long time. She helped Lina carry the stuff over and greeted everyone with a wave of her injured hand. "Hey guys! Sorry we're late!" "We brought the magic that are s'mores!" Lina chimed in, appearing from behind Gemma.

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The service went well, meaning Flora only cried twice, her makeup only ran a little bit, and she mostly managed to ignore the whispers telling her that everyone hated her and they were only being nice because they pitied her. All in all, a relative success.

On the walk back to the hotel room, she felt uncomfortably exposed, like everyone she passed on the street could somehow tell she had been crying. The thought kind of made her want to cry again. She cranked up the volume of the music in her ears.

"Nope. Nope. No, don't do that. Wait 'til you're back at the hotel."

By the time she got back to her room, Flora had stopped feeling bad, thankfully. She disconnected her headphones and played her music out loud while she changed into something more casual and fixed her makeup. She grabbed her backpack and filled it with what she might need. Just the essentials: the obvious food and drinks, a sci-fi novel, her trusty notebook, and her favorite framed moth, to look at in case she started feeling anxious. She occupied herself afterwards by fishing another book out of her suitcase and opening up to where she last left off.

For a while, she was alright. Then, her tattoo started talking to her.

"You killed her. They all know you did."
"Shut up. That's impossible."
She didn't say that out loud. She wasn't that far gone.
"How do you know?"
"Oh, how do I know? Well, for starters, I was miles away!"
"I'm just saying, it's not like you can be sure where you've been. You know, because you're so crazy."

She sighed and turned her attention back to her book, ignoring the cruel laughter.

When the time came to leave for the party, Flora was a bit nervous. The whispers continued to wear her down the whole time she was trying to relax. Her mind was flooded with warnings, predictions, omens.

She boarded the bus on her way to the campsite reminding herself that it's just her mind trying to scare her. She put on the happiest, most positive song she could think of and resolutely ignored the twist in her gut.

She had almost managed to calm herself down by the time she got to the party, but her nerves flared up anew when she actually saw her old classmates again.

She managed to give a bright (fake) smile and a cheery hello before she sat down by the fire.

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Dettie should of expected this. Cas and Ellie never got along, something about a boy probably. Honestly Dettie thought they'd be good friends if they would just talk. 'El.' She said, watching Cas walk off. 'Let's saving the verbal war for later alright? I'd rather just enjoy your company. I'm sure you've been busy. Everyone here is more interesting than me. I work in a garage. What about you?'

Anything thay would of been said what cut off by the ringing of a phone. Dettie groaned. That ring tone was picked only for her aunt, the most annoying women in the world. The women only agreed to let Dettie come back here if she'd always answer her calls. She held up a finger to Ellie, an apologetic look in her eyes.

She took a step to the side and answered the phone. 'Hey Aunt Martha. I'm kinda busy, catching up with old friends and such. What's up?'

'Alphonsine.'

Well shit. Her aunt wasn't the kindest person in the world, but atleast she tried to take care of Dettie. She had never used her full name after Dettie asked her to use her nickname. A little worried now she chuckled. 'Auntie M? Is something the matter?'

There was sniffing on the other end of the phone. 'It's Rose.

'My mom?' Now Dettie was confused. Marta didn't talk about her sister much anymore.

'Alphonsine. Sweetie.' Oh god. Pet names? Something was majorly wrong. Her aunt was so quiet now Dettie could hardly hear her. 'Your mother died. She had a heart attack last night.'

Oh.

Dettie blinked once, twice. She hadn't seen her mother in six years, since she went to prison for what Dettie had done. She loved her mother very much, but seeing her was painful. Yes the women took the blame so Dettie could be free, but all those years of abuse and her mother never tried to stop it. She'd only patch Dettie up and whisper that it would get better. Her father would get sober and they'd be a good family. Yet the next day she'd get beaten again and all her mother would do is watch.

But still. Now she was dead. She died alone in prison and it was all Dettie's fault. Her voice was much softer than it had been in a while when she spoke again. 'Thank you Aunt Martha. I won't be going home early. I'll need to make plans for her. Bye.'

'Alphonsine wa-!' Dettie turned her phone off and stuff it in her pocket. Her eyes, looking slightly glazed, trailed over the camp. She didn't cry. Shouldn't she be crying? Or at least be sad. Instead Dettie didn't really feel anything.

Dettie stepped forward and sat heavily down in a chair. Hands clinched she stared at the fire and muttered one strained word.

'Shit.'

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Lina nodded silently and watched Gemma leave her side, heading over towards Alphie. Lina knew she compete. There was a part of her that felt as if these feelings for Gemma were wrong for the simple fact that she liked her ex's, ex? If that was even a thing. But Alphie was all Gemma could see and Lina couldn't help but to feel that little sting in her chest.

Setting all of the things they brought by the fire pit she looked around to see that most of the gang was here, conversating and all that good stuff but Gavin was nowhere in sight. Whipping out her phone she sent a text to him asking him where he was and if he needed a ride.

Patty was fussy today. Gavin had meant to leave about ten minutes ago, but she wouldn't relent. Even her favorite stuffed animal wouldn't calm her down.

He was at his wits end when his phone beeped. With Patty sitting on his lap he pulled his phone out, sparing a quick glance at the name. At once he smiled. Getting a text or call from his favorite cousin always managed to lift his mood. She asked if he needed a ride and Gavin sighed in relief. He couldn't really spend any more money on a taxi. He texted her back, saying yes he did need a ride and please bring Patty a treat so she'd calm down.

Right after sending the text Lina went over to Ellie and greeted her but right as she was about to take a seat her phone vibrated in her pocket. She took it out and read the text sent from her cousin. Smiling she sent him an okie-dokie and a smiley face. Nudging Ellie, Lina smiled at her. "Hey Ellie, do me a favorite? If Gemma asks tell her I went to pick up Gavin okay? I'll be back in about ten." pecking her friend on the cheek Lina got up and headed towards her car, taking one last glance back at Gem who was talking to a distraught looking Alphie.

The air from her open window made Lina's hair dance wildly. She was playing one of her favorite songs from Andy Grammer, a new one in fact and was feeling pretty good. Maybe it was the fact that she got to spend some quality time with her cousin? Even if it was a just ride. Maybe it was because she was going to get to see her favorite little girl in the whole wide world? Okay maybe it was both of those things. About seven minutes into the ride Lina spotted the old convenient store where she use to buy snacks at when coming home from school.

Memories came flooding back and one of them happened to be when her and her little brother entered the store to get a popsicle. Andy was so eager that he accidentally knocked over a whole shelf of things. Without money to pay for those damaged items they both ran out of the store. Lina managed to toss the money for the popsicles onto the counter before running out but they laughed the rest of the way home.

Smiling to herself Lina stopped at the store real quick. She looked around and saw the same popsicles that she had once loved. Deciding to try them again she picked up three. A green one for herself, a blue one for Gavin and a red one for Patty. After she paid for them Lina was back on her way, pulling up to Gavin's house eight minutes later and knocking on the front door. Hiding the small black bag behind her back.

The door opened to reveal a tired looking teenager. She opened her mouth to tell Lina off, but a redheaded blur knocked her to the side. Patty clung to her Aunts legs and a panting Gavin followed. He waved the teen off and she went mumbling into the living room. "Hey Lina." He smiled fondly at her. "Sorry about that. The baby sitter answered. She's a sweet girl but, yknow how teens are."

From below Patty squealed. "Aunt Lina! Daddy said you were coming to visit!" The girl stepped back and fixed her aunt with a suddenly angry look. "You haven't visited in ages!"

Gavin laughed and wagged a finger at Lina. "You really upset her Lina. Hope you brought peace offerings."

Lina briefly eyed the babysitter as she left, grinning towards Gavin. "I bet."

Looking down at the little thing that clung so happily to her legs Lina couldn't help but to let the biggest smile cross her lips. Seeing Patty again really made Lina happy. This little girl was like the only thing that could make her smile no matter what. Watching Patty give her that little angry look only made her cuter to Lina as she bent down onto a knee. "Yes I know, Auntie Lina was very busy my little rugrat." she pushed a piece of the girls hair behind her ear. Looking up at Gavin with that same smile for a second as he spoke.

"Hmm, I may have something." she teased. "But first I need a hug."

Patty stood there for a moment, eyeing Lina and weighting her options. Finally she seemed to deem both a bribe and visit from her Aunt worth it. "Okay!" Chirped the girl cheerily. Tiny arms wrapped around Lina's neck and Gavin took this opportunity to snap a picture.

"Aww." He cooed. "My favorite girls."

Laughing softly Lina hugged Patty back with all she could, all while being gentle of course. She stuck her tongue out at Gavin in a joking manner when he said that they were his favorite girls followed by a, "Damn right." and another short laugh. When the little girl pulled away Lina pulled the popsicles out from the bag she kept hidden behind her. Unwrapping the red one for her Lina handed Patty hers. "Look, just like the good old days right Patty? We all have one."

Giving her a kiss on the forehead Lina stood back up and handed Gavin his. "It's not as good as a cone but it will have to do until this weekend." in other words, telling him that they were going out for ice-cream this weekend and there was nothing he could do about it. Glancing at her watch it's already been a good seven minutes and the sun was getting lower and lower. "We better get going. I brought some stuff to make s'mores and I'd be damned if they ate them without us, mostly me though." she joked, unwrapping her own popsicle and taking a few licks.

Patty gasped and grabbed the popsicle with pudgy fingers. Like any child her age she began to eat it like she hadn't had a meal in weeks. Gavin sighed as he unwrapped his own. Knowing his daughter she'd get it all over her clothes. He hated doing laundry.

"Love me some ice cream." He said in response to Lina's demand they spend time together. But hey, he wouldn't fight it. He loved spending time with Lina, and so did Patty.

"Lemme just tell Patty and the sitter goodbye. Then we can go." Pop half finished Patty looked up at her father with eyes that made his heart melt. "Patty sweetie." She titled her head and Gavin realized she looked so much like her mother. Swallowing the lump in his throat he pulled her into a one armed hug. She relaxed in it, red dripping onto his shirt. Oh well.

"I'm leaving with Lina now, okay?" Patty pulled away and Gavin braced for the waterworks. Instead she just nodded, gave them both quick hugs and skipped in the living room to find the sitter. Gavin shook his head. "That girl. I swear you're the only one who can calm her down. Earlier today she wouldn't stop crying about how I was leaving her. It broke my heart and I bet she knew it. Manipulative little thing. She gets it from her mom....God I love her."

Sighing he turned back to his cousin, finally eating his own treat. "Let's hit the town Lina."

Smiling Lina took a bite of her popsicle before responding. "Awe, it's because she knows that her auntie will always bring her daddy back safe and sound." Lina gripped his shoulder in a comforting manner before turning on her heels. "Right! Off we go!" Hopping into her car, Lina revved her engine to life until it was a low purr.

On the way back to the little gathering Lina sung her heart out to anything that came on the radio. Even the songs she didn't know. She'd just make up the lyrics as she went, laughing when they made no sense and boy did they make no sense. Upon arriving once more Lina was the first to hop out of the car feeling that same happy high she had when she first arrived with Gemma. She stretched out, her lips now tinted green a little and Gavin's blue. She took one look at him and let out a half laugh. "Dude it looks like we just raided a clowns makeup box."

Gavin shouted one last goodbye before locking his door, smiling when both teen and child yelled back. Hopping in Lina's car made him wish he had his own. Walking Patty to daycare and then to work got tiring after a while. He stuck a hand out the window as she drove, laughing at Lina's singing attempts. Though he doubted he could do better.

Once at the site Gavin was very happy he had come. He had almost forgotten how fun it was to hang around Lina. Now that Patty was older and could be left with a sitter more Gavin vowed to be around his cousin more. He always did believe family had to stick together.

He laughed at her comparison, cringing at the same time. "No way. I hate clowns. Normal make up for me please and thank you."

Laughing as she walked to the campsite Lina shook her head. "You and me both, normal make up is alright too."

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Alex glanced over at Callum as they reached the group, grinning at him. Everybody else seemed to be in groups already, the two of them slightly off on their own. He didn't miss Gemma's glance over at Callum, so he put a hand on Callum's shoulder. "Hey. If you want to talk to Gemma, I can find someone to talk to," he said. He checked the crowd, his eyes landing on a familiar face- one he hadn't seen in years.

"Be right back, okay?" He said, squeezing Callum's shoulder briefly. "Billie? Billie Drummer?" He asked, a grin already stealing his face. He wasn't entirely sure how they'd met, but as the least liked sibling, they had something in common. She'd left before he'd gotten hooked, which meant... His appearance had to be a bit of a shock to her, right? He'd been young and healthy... Still entirely alive. Thank god they hadn't met at the funeral, where he'd been as bad as ever. At least now, he had some life.

"How are you?" He asked, only then noticing Lina and Gavin. "Oh, hey guys! How are you?" He asked, wondering if it sounded forced or not. He wasn't even entirely sure if he was forcing it or not. Things hadn't exactly ended well with Lina or Gavin, but he was willing to make an effort if they were.










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Ellie opened her mouth to reply, but Dettie's phone started ringing, cutting her off. It looked like it was going to take a while, so she glanced around. Lina came over to talk to her, but quickly disappeared again, saying she had to go pick someone up. Sage was sitting across the fire pit from her, so Ellie shoved her hands into her pockets and crossed over to her and Jasper.

"Hey," she said simply, sitting down beside Sage. "How are you guys doing?" She asked, like they hadn't spoken at all during the funeral. Sage's greeting had left her as confused as ever, and she just wanted to move on. But she couldn't abandon Sage or Jasper- not yet, anyway. "How's college treating you, Jasper?" She asked. Looking after Sage and trying to keep up with college and his... uh, part-time work... She didn't envy that workload. She had enough with her uni work and her social life.

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A hand to her face snapped Dettie out of the daze she was in. Her eyes fluttered and met Gemma's. 'Jewel?' She asked, looking both confused and lost at the same time. 'I...It's...' What exactly could she say in this situation?

Dettie cleared her throat and reached up to grab Gemma's good hand. She had to tell her. There was no way she could just blow this reaction off. Sure Cas knew her father wasn't a good man and deserved to die, and Dettie was pretty sure others had their suspicions about the bruises teenage Dettie came to school with, but everyone here believed her mother was a killer. Would they celebrate her mother's death? Would they expect Dettie to be happy about it?

She sighed long and tired. 'It's my mom Jewel.' Dettie pushed her sunglasses up. She wanted to see Gemma's reaction to the news the moment it hit her. 'She's dead Jewel. Heart attack. I-I haven't seen her in six years and when I come back she dies.'

God Dettie sounded pathetic. Her voice wavered on the last few words and she was gripping Gemma's hand so tight it was probably uncomfortable. She ducked her head. It felt like everyone was looking at her now and all she wanted to do was dissappear into the ground.

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More people started to arrive though Sage chose not to be entirely social at the moment as she decided to just stare at the flames while cracking her knuckles out of habit. Jasper was quiet next to her unsure of what to do since he couldn't trust leaving his sister alone. Thankfully Ellie came over to take a seat next to Sage on the log. Jasper nearly breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe she'd be a bit of a distraction for Sage so she wouldn't get completely plastered tonight. "How are you guys doing?" Sage, of course, answered in her usual fashion to the annoyance of Jasper. "Better when your around, princess." Jasper rolled his eyes while Sage gave Ellie a wink.

Ellie asked Jasper about college and he answered while a goofy grin. "Oh you know... College. I swear they think I have no life outside of dancing with all the shows they have me audition for." Jasper gave a bit of a shrug. "Though I can't really complain about getting most of the lead spots in them." Sage had hardly been paying attention to the conversation at this point and overhead the mentioning of s'mores. "S'mores goes great with booze." She said aloud as she looked around at everyone. "Who brought some?" Jasper was noticeably upset as he softly muttered under his breath, "We've only been here for five minutes..." Sage shrugged and got up from her seat to see who would offer her alcohol.

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More people started to arrive though Sage chose not to be entirely social at the moment as she decided to just stare at the flames while cracking her knuckles out of habit. Jasper was quiet next to her unsure of what to do since he couldn't trust leaving his sister alone. Thankfully Ellie came over to take a seat next to Sage on the log. Jasper nearly breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe she'd be a bit of a distraction for Sage so she wouldn't get completely plastered tonight. "How are you guys doing?" Sage, of course, answered in her usual fashion to the annoyance of Jasper. "Better when your around, princess." Jasper rolled his eyes while Sage gave Ellie a wink.

Ellie asked Jasper about college and he answered while a goofy grin. "Oh you know... College. I swear they think I have no life outside of dancing with all the shows they have me audition for." Jasper gave a bit of a shrug. "Though I can't really complain about getting most of the lead spots in them." Sage had hardly been paying attention to the conversation at this point and overhead the mentioning of s'mores. "S'mores goes great with booze."[color] She said aloud as she looked around at everyone. [color=#8888ff]"Who brought some?" Jasper was noticeably upset as he softly muttered under his breath, "We've only been here for five minutes..." Sage shrugged and got up from her seat to see who would offer her alcohol.

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"It's...mom. She had a heart attack in prison and..." was what sort of broke Cas's train of thought. His mind was running in all sorts of directions, he had never really lost a parent. But he knew that his best friend had twice. The slightly taller blond moved closer to her and gave the woman a hug, and didn't let go. His breathing slow, as he tried to think of what to say. "Let's get this shindig started huh?" he spoke with a smile. He was going to make her happy no matter what. He looked towards Gemma and Lina for a response. His dark eyes closed a bit as he would back up from the group hug, and smile towards her. His hands moved towards his pocket and planted themselves in there. He was ready to sit around a damn campfire and sing some shit, or maybe get drunk so he'd forget a lot. Maybe even talk to Alex and Callum for a bit. "Whadya say? Wanna get wasted my queens?" he spoke as a chuckle emitted from his mouth. Maybe high school never ended? Or at least, Cas never changed.