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Katherine Arnault

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a character in “Brentwood School”, as played by BurningBridges

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• Full Name
Katherine Noelle Arnault

• Nickname(s)

If you don't know her, you're probably just going to call her Katherine. Acquaintances and friends will use Kat frequently, and her closer friends have a tendency to use Kitty as a nickname, though it sometimes elicits an eye roll from her.

• Date of Birth
July 23, 1999

• Age
17

• Zodiac Sign

Leo

• Nationality

She has dual American-French citizenship. Her mother is an American citizen (though, spent much of her time in France), and her father is a French citizen.

• Ethnicity
French on her father's side, British and Dutch on her mother's side

• Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual

• Sexual History

She lost her virginity this past summer, with her boyfriend. It had been something that she had put off for a while, and not for any moral or religious reasons, but more so, because she was scared. Other than making out, she's never had any sexual relationship with anyone other than her current boyfriend.

• Relationship History
She has been dating Timothy Cargill since last May. Before him, she was never in a relationship.

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Appearance

• Height
She's definitely tall, standing at 5'10

• Weight

120 lbs - Weight has always been a difficult area for Katherine. She's medically considered to be underweight, and does have anxieties linked to weight gain. She's struggled with eating disorder related tendencies since she was a pre-teenager, and despite being very thin, doesn't see herself that way. Contrastingly, though, she is self-conscious over the fact that she isn't curvy in certain areas, specifically her chest, so while wanting to lose as much weight as possible, is also lustful over girls with fuller figures.

• Eyes
She has brown eyes and does need glasses, but usually wears contacts when she isn't at home.

• Hair
She has naturally brown hair that falls somewhere near her chest

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Personality

• Good Traits
Exuberant, Passionate, Fun-Loving, Creative

• Bad Traits
Shallow, Emotional, Dramatic, Impatient

• Written Personality
There's a reason for why growing up and still today, Katherine tends to attract friends that remain close and true to her. She's lovable in the sense that she's outgoing, fun, and energetic. Normally, she has a lively vibe to her, gets excited over the little things, and is good at cheering people up or acting as a buffer between two people who normally wouldn't get along very well. She's easy to have fun around and possess a vibe that seems to lighten tense moods. She's definitely talkative, especially when it comes to things that she's passionate about, and though her tendency to be impulsive doesn't make her the most qualified advice-giver, she certainly tries to help her friends when they have problems. Maybe it's because she often comes off as naive or even innocent, but those who are close with her would definitely describe her as being sweet, typically well-intended, and a genuine and loyal friend.

A flaw that's definitely worth nothing, however, is how easily influenced Katherine can be. There are certain values and desires that she'll stand by until the end, and that's apparent in the sense that she becomes almost immature, in the respect of being unwilling to compromise on certain things. However, more frequently, it takes just a little bit of pushing from someone she trusts to have her completely on their side, no matter what the issue at hand is. This malleability at least somewhat stems from her being insecure about her own intelligence. Growing up, being "dumb" wasn't something she ever minded, mostly because she knew that it didn't really have any consequences. Her father's name was enough to eliminate the possibility of her being expelled from her private school, due to bad grades, and no one at home ever really pushed her to do better in school, so she just accepted the fact that she wasn't as bright as other students.

Drama and gossip are fun when she's not the target of it, and are things that Katherine definitely enjoys witnessing. However, when it comes back to bite her, Katherine proves to be much more self-conscious and sensitive than she acts. She over thinks most things and is the type of person who will lay in bed for hours thinking about things or call her friends at three in the morning sobbing. She's not only emotionally needy, but materialistically as well. She tends to be very shallow when it comes to judging people and determining their worth and the first standard would be money. Her high standards and the fact that she's extremely conscious about her appearance, especially the idea of actually getting naked in front of anyone, have led to her maintaining her status as a virgin. Because of this, talking about possible hookups is something that she rarely engages in, because she's embarrassed that she hasn't done much in terms of that, but at the same time, she isn't ready to face the root of the problem and acknowledge that she's not some hideous looking, overweight monster that she somehow needs to see in the mirror.

• Strengths
From a young age, Katherine found that she had a passion for the visual arts. As a child, she showed exemplary skills in painting, and she's continued that throughout her life. In her opinion, it's the only thing that she has ever actually been good at, and that's the only reason for why she has stuck with it. Really, though, she does have a passion for it, and it's often one of the few healthy outlets that she has for negative feelings in her life. Additionally, she is fluent in French.

• Weaknesses
She's extremely picky about what she eats/who prepares her food | She's a light sleeper | She gets anxious easily, and tends to isolate herself when anxious | It's very easy to get her to cry (any remotely-sad movie will do the trick) | She struggles academically, and with finding motivation for anything she doesn't really want to do

• Greatest Joys
Money and material items, painting, alcohol (red wine and vodka are her guilty pleasures), her friends

• Greatest Fears
It's hard to believe, but she genuinely does fear that she'll amount to nothing and will never truly be good at something or accomplish anything on her own. Suffocating would be the worst way to die, in her opinion, so situations related to that freak her out. Being a "normal person" financially, or being cut off from her father's fortune is definitely a fear of hers, and she despises bees/yellow jackets.

• Life Philosophy
"The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing."
— Yasmin Mogahed

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Past

• Hometown
She was born at a hospital in the Upper West Side of New York, New York. Two weeks after her birth, she was flown to St. Tropez France, where she spent the first four years of her life, living with her father. When she was four, she moved to Beverly Hills, which is where the majority of her time has been spent since. This is what she would consider her "hometown" to be.

• Upbringing
Katherine is the third and final child of Bernard Arnault and Anne Dewavrin. While her two siblings, Delphine (age 36) and Antoine (age 34) were both wanted and expected, Katherine was the opposite - a surprise, and an accident. Bernard and Anne had been married for fifteen years, but divorced when their children were eleven and nine. Their relationship remained friendly, though they both went in different directions with their lives. Bernard focused on his business and saw his children a few times a month, while Anne also made a career for herself through her father's business, but spent more of her time focused on her children. The two saw each other at events for their children, or when they were exchanging the children, but not more than that, and Anne remarried six years after the divorce. Though she appreciated her new marriage, it only took one too many drinks at Antoine's high school graduation party for Anne to become too invested in reminiscing about her old marriage, and it only took a little bit of effort on Bernard's part to get one final night with his ex-wife... around sixteen years after their last one together. Had it occurred just a year and a half later, and it would have been physically impossible for Anne to become pregnant, but her body was still producing those eggs, and unbeknownst to her, all it took was that one night with Bernard for her to become a "mommy to-be" once again.

Anne only found out about the pregnancy when she was a few months in, and because her new husband had had a vasectomy years earlier, it was obvious that she had cheated on him. Because Bernard valued his relationship with Anne, he agreed to go with the story that she pleaded with him to stick with too, that he had come on to her when she was far too intoxicated, and that she never would have done it sober. It wasn't true, but it was enough to save Anne's relationship with her new husband. However, it was also enough to put a great deal of strain on Bernard's relationship with his two oldest children, and put him in a position where he was forced to take his new child as soon as she was born, essentially as a condition of Anne's agreement with her husband, if she wanted the marriage to remain in tact. The majority of the credit should go to nannies, really, for raising Katherine for those first five years, but once she was old enough, she was sent off to Institut Le Rosey, a boarding school located in Rolle, Switzerland. Had it not been for her father's money and connections, Katherine never would have been bright or talented enough to survive there throughout kindergarten, through the first few months of seventh grade, but she did it. If nothing else, then socially, she did do well there. She made friends and overall, had a nice time in that regard.

When considering that, it speaks to how the eating disorder that she developed during her sixth grade year, was more than just a phase or her wanting to fit in, because she had no reason in respects to that, to feel like she had to conform to anyone else's beauty standards. She already had friends and was accepted in that respect, so the way that she began to obsess over food and calories and most of all, her weight, was a bigger problem than just peer pressure. Living with a bunch of girls definitely helped to fuel the problem, but there were underlying reasons behind it that were more serious. It took over a year for them to really come to light, but after a few fainting episodes and constant trips to the school's infirmary, Katherine's father had to withdraw her from the school. It was done in typical Bernard fashion though, where he could have seen the signs earlier on, but just chose not to. He liked to deal with family problems only when they were completely necessary to be dealt with, and the fact that he withdrew her at all, and bought a house in California, a place he felt would be more relaxed, less stressful, and better for her recovery after she finished a six-month treatment program in France, only signified how bad she had actually been when she left Rosey.

The move to California was good for her, especially coming off of a beneficial residential treatment program in France. Coupled with outpatient treatment at home, she got a better grip on her illness and the depression that came with it, and since then, though she still certainly hasn't defeated it, she can at least say that it's something that's under control. Managing that allowed her to get a better grip on her school work, which had always been below a satisfactory level, but had slipped significantly in that last year. Since she had been pulled out of school midway through her seventh grade year, she restarted that fresh at Brentwood, essentially putting her a year behind where she should have been, though academically, she would have struggled tremendously with any work more difficult than what she was given. Like at Le Rosey, Katherine didn't have much trouble adjusting to the setting in a social aspect. Her home life wasn't horrible either, and though in a lot of ways, she prefers living in her own home over boarding school, she does feel lonely sometimes, especially given that frequently, it's just her and her stepmother (who she doesn't tend to get along with) at the house.

• Pets
None

• Dreams
As a child, her dream was to own a bakery, but it was something she lost interest in by the time she was a preteen.

• Education
Institut Le Rosey (K-7)
Brentwood School (7-Current)

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Present

• Household
Katherine's father owns homes in St. Tropez, Manhattan, Miami, South Hampton, London, the Bahamas and Beverly Hills. The Beverly Hills home is the one that she lives at throughout the school year. She resides here with her father and stepmother, though the former tends to be traveling for at least 50% of the month, so it's not uncommon for it to be just her and her stepmother at the home. Bernard has never been a fan of live-in staff, so unless they're hosting guests, their housekeepers and personal chef are more on-call, with the housekeepers coming every other day, and the personal chef coming for dinner every night.

• Pets
None

• Secrets
Katherine doesn't have any extreme secrets that are weighing down on her. Her history of possessing an eating disorder, and the symptoms that still accompany that to this day is something that she dislikes speaking of and would never actively share with new friends. Other than that, though, most people find that she's not very secretive at all. She's too impulsive, so even if she wanted to keep something to herself, she often finds that things slip out without her even meaning to allow them to.

• Summer Spent
While her summer didn't pan out exactly as her dream summer would, it wasn't horrible either. She had to retake a course during summer school which she wasn't thrilled about, but then again, summer school is nothing new for her. In addition to that, she spent a total of two weeks (during two separate trips) in France, a few days in the Bahamas, and a few days in New York. She spent time practicing driving, and with SAT tutors, as well.

• Socioeconomic Status
Her family exists in the upper class.

• Residence
917 Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

• Transportation
She hasn't managed to pass her road test yet, so for now, she's calling shotgun on rides with friends (and family, but only when absolutely necessary). She's taken more to Uber than she has to using a personal driver, simply out of convenience, and because she knows that a driver would report back to her father on her whereabouts, unlike an Uber driver.

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Family
Father | Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault | Age: 66 | Occupation: Business magnate (chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH), investor and art collector

Katherine and her father's relationship isn't necessarily normal, because he wasn't one of those dads offering to coach recreational soccer leagues, or on the sideline at her gymnastics meets cheering her on, or even lecturing her on her way off to her first school dance. Bernard has always been a businessman before a family man, and yet still, they do have a relationship, and it's one that's more involved than the relationships that he has with his first two children. Bernard was essentially forced to father Katherine on his own, and though the many nannies he's hired over the years deserve far more credit in the parenting department than he does, he was still there for her more than he was with his older children, even if it wasn't necessarily something he wanted to do. As Katherine continues to grow up, her father is almost forced to be there more, and yet now, the "force" part is less out of actual force, and more so out of his own wants and desires. Katherine is his baby girl, the one who has always been a bit more problematic than the others, and the one who needed his attention the most. He does want the best for her, and though they clash more than they don't, and their relationship isn't as strong as it should be, Bernard does love his daughter.

Biological Mother | Anne Dewavrin | Age: 61 | Occupation: CFO of a French communications corporation

Katherine has no relationship with her mother, and has never met her. When she was only two weeks old, she flew from the hospital in New York, where she was born, to Nice, France, to live with her father. From then on, Katherine was never in the same space as her mother until she was fourteen, when her sister got married. Even then, though, Katherine never actually "met" the woman, because they purposely never crossed paths throughout the entire event. It was a large ceremony, and while Katherine laid eyes on the woman among all of the guests, no attempt was made on either party's behalf to interact. Up until then, there was always a little bit of Katherine that wondered if she could ever, one day, have a relationship with the woman, and un-admittedly, she really hoped that would happen, but that day was all it took to solidify in her mind, that it wasn't going to happen. When her mother proved that she wanted nothing to do with her, Katherine decided that she wanted nothing to do with the woman either.

Siblings | Delphine Arnault and Antoine Arnault | Ages 36 and 34 | Occupations: Co-vice presidents of LMVH

Katherine does know her siblings and sees them once a month or so, but does not have strong relationships with either of them. If anything, they're as close as distant cousins would be. The relationships are cordial for the most part, with a bit of bickering included in the relationship with her sister, but much more minimal than normal sibling relationships are. Most of the distance can be attributed to their age gap, and the physical distance involved, given that the siblings spend most of their time in Paris, though. Her sister got married three years ago and has one child, a daughter, but her husband and child live in Paris as well, so Katherine's relationship with them isn't very strong either. Again, mostly out of distance over anything else.

Stepmother | Elaine Blake-Arnault | Age 37 | Occupation: Psychiatrist

Katherine and Elaine's relationship is more complicated than Kat would like to admit. She likes to claim that she hates her stepmother, and that hate is reciprocated enough to justify how bratty, unwelcoming and downright immature she can be towards the woman. However, it's not a relationship that's solely based on hate. Given Elaine's line of work, it had always been easier for her to see through Katherine's behavior in most regards, and she was never like Bernard, who liked to only respond when it was completely necessary. No, she would call Katherine out on it and try to get her to admit what the reasons behind the behavior were, and because Kat was not used to that, it elicited backlash from her. She knows that Elaine is right, more times than she will ever admit, but it's just easier for her to claim that she dislikes her as a person, than to admit that she dislikes that Elaine can see through her better than any other adult figure in her life has ever tried to do.

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Future

• Short Term Goals
Her top goal this year is to pass all of her classes, get good grades, and manage to stay on track academically.

• Long Term Goals
She wants to go to school for art... or fashion... or something. She's not exactly sure what she wants to do, but she knows that she needs to go to college if she doesn't want to deal with a lifetime of complaints from her father. Though the idea of living alone scares her, she does want to get her own apartment in Manhattan once she's in her twenties, and live there with her girl squad.

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Brentwood School

• Grade
Junior Year

• Lifer?
No, Katherine transferred to the school for her seventh grade year.

• Scholarship or Not?
No

• Group/Clique

Royals

• Are You Happy? Would You Change?
Katherine is very content with her place on the social ladder, and would not change it. After spending so much time at the top of the food chain, she would feel like anything below it would be quite the downgrade.

• Clubs? Teams? Sports?

FIDM Fashion Club, Art club

• What Are You Looking Forward To?
Katherine isn't much of a "school" person, so starting a new year isn't very exciting for her, honestly.

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Out of Character
• Plotline Ideas for your Character?

• Timezone
East Coast

• How Often Do you Post?
I'm online every day, and generally can post within 24 hours of someone interacting with my character.

So begins...

Katherine Arnault's Story

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Character Portrait: Eli Lawless Character Portrait: Timothy Cargill Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Kayleen Cargill Character Portrait: Sebastian Cole Character Portrait: Lennox Atwood Character Portrait: Natalia dos Santos Character Portrait: Zara Sai Character Portrait: Tristan-Castiel Castellan Character Portrait: Giovanni De Luca Character Portrait: Samuel Youngblood Character Portrait: Laylah Gibson Character Portrait: Gabrielle Lawrence Character Portrait: Rhapsody I. Vincent Character Portrait: Oleander Q. Fari Character Portrait: Kya Gonzalez Character Portrait: Alessia Lawless Character Portrait: Rhys Griffith Character Portrait: Ripley McClain Character Portrait: Paek Jae-Hwa
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Although school had officially begun two days before, on Wednesday, September 7th, even today on Friday, the 9th, things still felt new. Students were only just beginning to pick up their new routines for the year, and adjust to having to wake up early every morning, rather than being permitted to sleep until noon like they could do on those summer days that they would reminisce about for the next eight or nine months. Although Elijah had been through this ritual for many years now, given that he had gone to Brentwood since kindergarten, and had started a new year on this specific Brentwood campus since sixth grade, he was no different from the majority students regarding that. It still felt wrong for him to be waking up at seven in the morning, rather than one in the afternoon, and to be pulling into the school's student parking lot, rather than the parking lot for the beach. For many obvious reasons, starting school again sucked, but it wasn't all bad in Eli's eyes. He had a lot of friends, and socializing was always an enjoyable thing for him. Plus, he was one of those students who never struggled in school, so he wasn't all that worried about the advanced courses he was taking this semester. He was only just beginning his third day of senior year, and he was already convinced that it was going to be a year that he could just cruise through, like he had done for the past three years of high school.

With Alessia in the passenger seat, Eli pulled into the student parking lot around 8:15 and hopped out of his BMW X5 M. "Listen, Ali. You heard Mom. Don't be getting your ass into any trouble today, all right? It's Friday and I know you and your little sophomore friends think you're gonna be able to party and shit this year, but that's not how it works. Only one of us can get away with that, and we both know that person is going to be me." He was half kidding, and purposely being obnoxious to get under her skin, really, though. Being obnoxious was one of Elijah's most well known talents, and if anyone had been subjected to it to know it proficiently, it was the girl who had lived in the same house as him for her entire life. As they approached the school's quad, that was already highly populated with students, Eli continued. "And you know what, if you keep yourself out of trouble, maybe, just maybe, I'll snag an invite for you and your weird little friends for Tim's party tomorrow," he offered, still purposely being annoying, as if he was doing her a huge favor. Though he knew that Alessia could just show up and get in, if she really wanted to, given that Timothy would never be an ass and reject her, he was sure that Ali was wanting, if not planning, on going. Timothy had a history of using his house as the unofficial "first party of the year" site, and this year, he was planning a "stoplight party". It was a party that was meant to physically demonstrate your relationship status, hence "breaking the ice" without actually having to do anything. If you wore green, it meant that you were available. Yellow symbolized something in between taken and available, as if it were a label for "it's complicated" (though Eli always took yellow as being equivalent to green), and red meant that you were unavailable. Although he knew that no matter what the theme was, things were always fun when Timothy was hosting, he was especially excited for this year's party, and as he and his sister entered the quad, he texted his fellow blonde friend saying, "On campus yet? Everything set for tm?"

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"She just texted me that she's on her way out, just give her a second," Timothy insisted, a bit impatiently, after Michaela piped up a complaint about how long it was taking Katherine to come out of her house. In truth, his sister had all the right to be annoyed. Timothy was used to Katherine's tendency to run late, but it didn't mean that everyone else was, and with Michaela and Kayleen both in the car, waiting on her too, Timothy knew that he needed Katherine to actually be telling the truth this time, that she was really on her way out. He was unsure whether to believe it, though, considering that she had promised the same thing five minutes ago. It was only a ten minute drive to school from Katherine's home, and though it was only eight o'clock, Timothy still felt pressed for time with the pressure of holding both of his siblings up. He knew that Michaela was purposely being a bit dramatic, especially since Timothy had convinced their mother to force Mickey to ride along with him, rather than go with her friends, out of his own desire to not have to be alone with Kayleen in the car. It wasn't that anything was wrong with his half-sister, and as made apparent at that very moment, she was good at doing nothing other than staring out the window or using her phone silently throughout the car ride, but Timothy still felt like their silence was uncomfortable. He preferred Michaela and her antics, over that silence any day.

However, in the back of his mind, he was definitely considering flagging down Nat in the hallway, when he saw her later, and requesting that she take on driving-Kat duty for the entirety of the next week. He would make sure that Natalia made it seem like she was the one who wanted to take that job off of Timothy's hands, as to not offend Katherine, but it seemed like something that had to be done, at least until Kayleen's car arrived next week. Though their father had offered multiple times for her to use one of their spare cars, the blonde had insisted that she didn't mind driving with Timothy, and though that made him feel better, in a way, because he did possess an unnecessary amount of guilt over her situation, and a desire to make her feel comfortable, he now was wishing she had driven herself. At least, if he didn't have to drive Katherine while he was driving Kayleen too, the ride to Brentwood would be quicker and less painful. Considering that Katherine didn't have her driver's license still, convincing Natalia to drive her was his only option at relieving himself of the extra passenger, even if he did love driving with Katherine every morning. It was only him overthinking things, as he tended to do, but still, he couldn't help but to feel tense until the minute he saw the brunette emerge from her front door. "See, what did I tell you?" he said, not even turning to look at his sister in the passenger's seat as he returned the smile and wave that Katherine sent his way, as she hurried towards the car. "She's here, and we're still going to be early. You've gotta learn to relax and trust me, Mickey. You should know by now that everything goes perfectly when I'm in charge," he said, boastfully teasing, before Katherine got in.

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"Sorry, sorry!" Kat exclaimed, the moment she pulled open the car door. Though she was one of those people who were serial offenders for being late, it wasn't like she wasn't apologetic about it. If it was only Timothy in the car, she likely would have taken at least another ten minutes getting out, but with his sisters waiting, and especially Kayleen, she did feel the need to express her remorse. She knew Michaela well enough by now, but she had only just met Kayleen a few days ago, and she still felt the need to make a good first impression to the girl. "I'm here. My contacts were like, absolutely on the verge of forcing me to stay home today, by some miracle, I got them in, so here I am!" she explained, at a speed that was a few paces faster than normal, as she got situated in the back row of the car. She rummaged through her backpack for only a minute, before locating a bag of chocolate chip cookies that her stepmother had sent her out the door with. It had been a compromise, really, considering that Katherine had used her contacts-catastrophe as an excuse for why she had no time to eat breakfast. Elaine likely knew that Katherine wasn't going to consume all of the cookies with no pressure from the woman breathing down her neck, but she hoped that her stepdaughter would at least have one to put something into her stomach for the morning. Katherine had no intentions of eating the cookies, and instead, tossed them into the console in between Timothy and Michaela, saying, "Elaine wanted me to give you these, Tim. Meredith made them yesterday, and she remembered that you liked them last time you were over," she explained falsely, referencing the family's personal chef. It was a good sign that at this point in Katherine's life, she actually would feel a tinge of guilt when she did something that she knew wasn't healthy, but she pushed that thought aside as she reminded herself that she had brought a bottle of SunLife pressed juice with her, that would act as breakfast. It wasn't as filling as a real breakfast, but it was definitely better than consuming nothing, and for Katherine, willingly consuming anything was a big step anyway.

"So, how are you liking California so far?" she said, turning to Kayleen, then. Though Katherine was generally selective with who she befriended, it was a no brainer to her that she make an effort with Kayleen. For one, the girl was pretty, and being attractive and socially acceptable was important to Kat. Secondly, she was Timothy's sister, so that automatically meant that she felt like she had to be nice, and thirdly, she had taken Timothy insisting that Kayleen probably wouldn't like anyone, as a bit of a challenge because she felt like she was impossible to dislike. She wanted to prove him wrong, so allowing Kayleen to not like her simply wasn't an option. "If you're not doing anything later, you should totally hang out with Tim and I. We're going to go shopping, right?" she said, her head than turning quickly back towards the front row of the car. The "right" part wasn't so much as to confirm that those were the plans, but to tell him that those were the plans, because she didn't plan on accepting no for an answer. Timothy had gotten out of shopping with her last weekend, but she wanted to make sure that their red outfits for Saturday were perfect.

"Yeah, yeah, shopping. Wouldn't miss it for the world," Timothy answered, his voice purposely strained as if the idea of shopping was truly agonizing. Sitting on a chair outside of the dressing room, and haven't to nod that yes, that outfit looked great, wasn't his idea of fun, but he didn't dread it that badly. He liked making Katherine happy, so a few hours of boredom would be worth it in the end. "You're more than welcome to come, Kayleen," he added, looking at his sister through the rear-view mirror momentarily as they drove, before adding, "Though, you'll have to clear, like, five hours, out of your schedule, because this one likes to try on every single thing in every single store." It was a jab at Katherine in response to her demanding-ness, but also an attempt to lighten things up, considering that Kayleen remained silent, still. She paused for another few seconds even, after Timothy said that, before cracking a smile, that mostly came out of her desire to seem polite. "I appreciate the invite, but I'm actually good on clothes," she insisted. She did want to go shopping at some point, but she was content with waiting for her own car to arrive, so that she could do it on her own. Her father had already offered, her stepmother had already offered, and this offer from Katherine and Timothy wasn't welcomed any better than the other two. Kayleen was just still in that mindset where she didn't want to adjust to living in California. She didn't want to warm up to her "new" family, or make any friends, or allow herself to feel even remotely comfortable here, because she didn't want to consider this place home. It wasn't home. She was uprooted from her own home and forced to live here, with a family that would never be her real family.

"Oh, don't believe him! I do not take five hours, and you have to come, Kayleen! A girl can never have enough clothes and you don't want to be the only person sitting home alone on a Friday night! Just come! I'll invite more people, it'll be fun! Have you met Gabby yet? Or Nat? I'll see if they'll come. You'll totally love them!" she exclaimed, a hand instinctively reaching across the empty seat in between them to grab Kayleen's wrist, out of a mixture of excitement and the desire to get Kayleen to say yes. Katherine was a physical person by nature, so she often forgot how some people found being touched and hugged and grabbed to be off-putting. She only pulled her hand away to make good on her claim, as she pulled her phone out from her backpack to text Gabrielle and Natalia.

To: Gabrielle
GABBY <3! Shopping after school? Tim's new sister is going to come!

To: Natalia
HI NAT! You might not remember but I totally feel like you promised that you would go shopping with me and Timothy and his sister tonight, and if you back out I will totally be so offended and never want to talk to you again.

Tim knew that Katherine was only being friendly and good natured, but as made apparent earlier, Kayleen made him feel tense, so it worried him that Katherine was coming off as pushy. His eyes remained focused on the rear view mirror for longer than was probably safe, considering he was still driving, as Kayleen eventually agreed to "possibly" come, and Katherine seemed to accept that as an answer. By the time they got to school, Michaela was quick to hop out and disappear, and Timothy was sure that Kayleen would have opted to head into school solo, had it not been for Katherine, again. "What have you been doing for lunch for the past two days? Timothy, I can't believe that you didn't insist that she eat with us! Today, you have to, Kayleen! All of our friends are seriously going to love you!" He was too focused on his phone to jump in sooner, as he sent out a few texts, while slowly walking behind the girls, towards the quad.

To: Elijah
Just got here. Wya? All's good for tomorrow.

To: Sebastian
Got your green ready for tomorrow, man?

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It would probably surprise the handful of classmates who had issues with waking up early in the morning to be on time for school, but Natalia had never been much of a late-riser to begin with. As much as she loved lazy days where she could lounge about, particularly after a long week of exercise and cheer practice, the simple truth was that other than a possible cat-nap in between movies or shows, Natalia rarely slept in late. She just couldn't. So, it really wasn't any surprise that by the time her babushka had made sure Sebastian was awake and breakfast was being made, Natalia was just coming back from a run with Shuri, who acted more like a dog than a cat, but Nat couldn't really complain about that. The active feline was her best companion on running and was motivation enough to keep going. They had eaten breakfast, Nat had her second cup of YSWARA's Thousand Hills Majesty Tea, and then two were off on their own ways in the estate to get ready for the day. Knowing the cat, she was either going to see if the kitten was up for some fun since Bucky was energetic first thing in the morning, or was going out on the grounds to run around with whatever toys that were out and about.

By the time the large clock in the foyer read 7:25, Nat was making her way down the front staircase, sliding a headscarf she had stolen from Rhapsody into her hair, the heels of her Francesco Russo ankle boots click-clacking against the pietra-dura mosaic of the floor. "Bas, are you ready?" She called, sending out a quick text to both Katherine and Rhapsody before sliding the newly purchased Diamond Rose edition of her Iphone 7 Plus into the back pocket of her skinny jeans.

To: Rhaps
Stole a headscarf

To: Kit Kat
Omw 2 skool

In contrast to Nat, the mornings were hard for Sebastian. Not because he slept in a lot, but because of Jamie. Sebastian had spent so many sleepless nights consoling Jamie during an episode that it seems that he’s never quite caught up on sleep. Lately, however, he’s been spending a few more nights at Nat’s and it seems as though his sleep is slowly getting better. This morning was one of those mornings where Sebastian can’t help but bury his face deep into a pillow and continue counting his sheep through heavy eye lids. Bas laid belly down on Natalia’s bed and nuzzled his head into a collection of pillows surrounding him. He stretched his arms out and reached for Natalia but she wasn’t there. He pulled his head away from the massive mountain of pillows Nat insisted on having on her bed and peered his eyes open to see an empty bedside. Bas pouted and rolled onto his back. He peeled away the crust from his eye lids and opened his eyes to see Nat’s grandmother walking into the room. She had probably been asked by Natalia to wake the boy up because otherwise, he would’ve just slept through the day. He smiled politely as she turned herself around and left. Sebastian jumped into the shower and quickly showered as he waited for Natalia’s return from wherever she had run off to so early in the morning. He had gotten ready quickly in a casual outfit and made his way downstairs. Natalia was waiting in the foyer, calling out for him. “Yeah, I’m coming. I’m coming.” He called back, as he trotted down the staircase, fastening his watch to his wrist.

Nat glanced at the nearest mirror, inspecting her own outfit minutely when she heard Bas arriving from behind her. Grabbing the keys and Dolce & Gabbana backpack she had left under the table closest to the front door, Nat turned at hearing his voice, lips slowly forming into a small smirk at the slightly tousled appearance of Sebastian's hair. It was enough that in these last few weeks, Nat was beginning to enjoy the appearance of a just waking up Sebastian a bit too much for a person who was supposed to be just a friend, but the temptation to touch his hair was a bit too much for her, particularly since she was in the comfort of her own home and had no real reason to stop herself from reaching over and at least attempting to tame the short spikes of soft brown hair. "We should probably get going. I'll actually feel just a touch insulted if Kat gets to school before me," she said lowly with a small smile, pulling away but not too far to head towards the door. "We taking your jeep?"

The smirk that spread across Natalia’s lips stimulated the same across Bas’s face. Sebastian loved the innocent parts of Natalia – the smiles that spread across her cheek when she’s thinking about him or the way she so innocently wants to touch him, feel him, just to know that he’s really right there. It puts butterflies in his stomach but he wouldn’t admit it. After all, they are just friends. As she turned from him, he frowned. There were parts of him that were okay with being just friends, but then there were parts of him that wake up in her bed in the morning and want nothing other than to snuggle into her and feel her warmth against his bare chest. There were parts of him, like now, that wanted to just kiss her and hold her. As she turned away from him, he grabbed onto her arm and pulled her back into his chest. He craned his neck to look down at her as she fit perfectly underneath him. “How about, we stay here and just spend the day in bed instead?” His lips pursed into a smile, and as her warm brown eyes looked back at him, he felt himself melting into her. Sure, they were just friends but there were moments like these where just friends didn’t do their label justice. Sebastian wrapped his arms around Natalia and held her tightly to him. “Kat’s only going to pull you away from me anyway. Might as well stay here where you can stay with me as long as you’d like.” Sebastian’s grin grew across his still sleepy face.

Nat wasn't shocked, per say, to feel the hand that wrapped itself around her wrist, but she wasn't exactly able to stop the barely discernible and surprised hitch of her breath when she was pulled back against Sebastian. The second their eyes met, though, she was doing something she rarely did - giggling and so much so that the laughter made tiny wrinkles form on her nose. Nat was used to chuckling, letting out a loose variant of laughing, or just flat-out laughing at her friends' antics or jokes. However, one of her newest capabilities in the last two years has become giggling and it's been mainly caused by Sebastian, a fact that steadily makes her want to duck away and hide. Regardless of how much she had cared about her exes, these feelings Sebastian was able to drudge up from within her - the fluttering in the pit of her stomach, an unnecessary desire to smile like an idiot just like she would tease Kat for, the entirely strange insurgence of random joy - were all still new, foreign. And absolutely terrifying.

"I'd love that," she admitted, biting her lower lip softly and reached up with her free hand to mess with the buttons of his Henley top, sighing. It was a tempting thought. Natalia could catch up pretty quickly in any class that she wanted to, always had been able to. She wouldn't be able to say she was perfect at everything since that was unrealistic, but she wasn't new to wanting to miss school and doing so. At the same time, it was still technically early (they literally had only started two days ago, after all) for her to be skipping. And then she'd have to do some explaining...which was the main and only reason she was convinced that she needed to sit through several hours of school when she was being given the chance to take all of these clothes back off, specifically when she was pretty sure she could get Bas to do the same. "However, Baba's not letting that happen any time soon and I'm a big girl, but even I'm not bold enough to face that stare down this early in the game." Or the sparring match Tatiana would more than likely propose since, if Nat could take the time to not go to school, she could surely entertain a sparring match to see what Tatiana's money had paid for. Which was just...no.

Sebastian groaned, rolling his neck dramatically. “Fine, I guess we can go.” He jokingly whined and Nat chuckled. Bas peered over both his shoulders, and then looked back at Nat. “Have to make sure your babu isn’t around before I do this,” Bas craned his neck further and leaned down, pressing his lips against hers and kissing her softly. Nat didn't even pretend to not sigh into it and almost took back her desire to leave the house, but refrained, pressing back gently but not fully deepening it like she wanted to. Eventually, Seb pulled away and smiled. “Not trying to get hit or anything,” He chuckled, making her roll her eyes, and pulled away to make his way towards the door. Sebastian opened the door to Nat’s house and waited for her to walk by and then followed her to his car, where he opened the passenger side door for her to get in. He followed her into the car and made their way to school.

By the time the two of them were parked in Sebastian's usual parking spot, Nat was only halfway regretting not choosing to brave Tatiana's abrasive yet motherly tendencies in favor of spending the day in bed with Sebastian. Even the fact that it wouldn't be long until she saw a few of her friends wasn't enough to dispel the lingering sense of longing for her pillows and the sounds of the ocean she can hear if all of the windows of her bedroom were open. The thought enough made her roll her eyes in displeasure at the sight of Brentwood, but a second later her usual blank expression had returned in lieu of the classmates who walked by or glanced at Sebastian's jeep.

"Oh, hey look," she exclaimed, though the actual serious excitement in her voice was lacking as she nodded in the direction of Eli's vehicle. Leave it to him to actually be on campus early this time in the semester. Nat gave him another three weeks or so, and he'd be running late due to the hangover he was bound to have from the night before or simply not feeling like getting out of bed. She turned back to Sebastian, knowing full on well his true feelings for the blonde, to add teasingly, "It's your boy, Eli. Need me to give you two a moment for your budding romance or nah?" The inquiry was spoken with a sly grin as Natalia scooped up her bag and phone so that she could avoid the shove that would, no doubt, come her way from Sebastian. Still with the grin on her face, Nat closed the passenger door and met Bas at the front of the jeep, chuckling at the expression on his face. "But seriously though, you're not allowed to skip tomorrow's party. It's your last first party of the year and I, for one, am not gonna be there laughing at everyone else getting drunk off their asses without you," she told him, wrapping an arm around his waist so that she could fit back under his arm like before.

Sebastian thought about all the nights spent with Natalia over the summer. His mind often goes back to the night when they first had sex, they solidified more than a friendship between the two of them. They’ve been pretty much living that part in secret but it hasn’t stopped the fire between them. It was never intentional but after a few drinks, everything seemed possible between the two. Their close friendship could’ve been in jeopardy had either of them been sober but for some reason, the alcohol helped soften the blow of the acts. Though how they came to be something a little more than friends isn’t exactly how either of them would’ve wanted, the very fact that they are an item – whether in secret or not – makes him happy. Sebastian would love to make something more of their relationship but he’s not too sure how Nat feels about it and he’s never been good at expressing these types of emotions so she has no clue how he really feels. They never really talk about it.

Now, Sebastian pulled into his usual parking spot and playfully rolled his eyes with Natalia’s comment about Eli. She knew very well how she felt about him but she loved taking soft jabs at her best friend. He smirked and got out of the car and met Nat in front of his jeep. Her arms wrapped around his waist and she fit herself against his chest, under his chin again. Sebastian pulled his hands from his pockets and wrapped them around the girl. Sebastian groaned – this time for real, and rolled his eyes before looking at the girl. “Fine, but I’m only going because you’ll be there to kill me if need be.” Nat didn't even bother to exclaim how dramatic he was being; just rolled her eyes. Out of the corner of his eye, Bas say Eli walking by and remembered the theme of the party. “Which reminds me…” Unsure of how to bring up the topic of color they should wear – considering the theme of the party was a ‘breaking the ice’ party where the attendee would wear, green, yellow, or red to signify their relationship status – he figured it’d be best to just not bother. “Are we carpooling to that or should I meet you there?” Sebastian thought that perhaps it's better to not stir the pot right now. The bell rang shortly after his question. Seb started to lean in for a kiss but realized where they were. His action made her tense, though Nat wasn't particularly moving to get away, Bas broke away and smiled at her innocently and apologetically. Leaving Nat to quell the disappointment that she kept from her face. “I’ll see you for lunch?” He asked her as he began making his way towards his class.

Nat watched him go with a frown, but not before seeing Kat walking with Tim and Kayleen. It made her pull her phone out to see the brunette's text, shake her head, before briskly walking to catch up. "Hey, Tim! Hey, kotenok!" She called and when she caught up, Nat gave Katherine a small smirk before turning to Kayleen, nodding gently, "Morning, Kayleen," she greeted before smirking at Tim. "Just missed Bas. Someone decided he wanted to be a good little student and get to class on time." And no, there was no trace of a pout on her face at all, if Nat had any control or say on it.

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"Ugh, here she goes again talking about him," Katherine groaned, soon after they greeted Nat, her eyes moving between Kayleen and Timothy, complaining as if Natalia wasn't standing right there. It wasn't as if Nat had never heard the complaints before, anyway. Though she would never admit it, Katherine had a very frequent tendency of being jealous and territorial. In a way, it was flattering, because when she became territorial over people, it only meant that she cared about them and valued them over most people. At the same time, in cases like this, with Natalia, it's less-than-appealing side would rear its head, because Katherine would become territorial for selfish reasons. Sebastian Cole had never done anything to prove to her that he was an unfit boyfriend or friend or whatever the two wanted to claim to be, to Natalia, and yet she still refused to believe that he was good enough for her friend. She liked to believe that she just thought that Natalia was so amazing, that she was too precious to stoop down to the level of any of the guys that they had ever met, but in reality, Katherine didn't want Nat to become involved with anyone, out of fear that it would cut into the time that she could spend with her. As bratty as it sounded, Katherine liked having her friends "on call", and even though most were always busy enough to not be on call when she needed them all of the time, she knew that allowing them one more close relationship would only make them all the more unavailable to her. And so, without fail, Kat always liked to be dramatic and act like Nat did nothing other than talk about Sebastian, even if he rarely came up in conversation. "I'll fill you in, Kayleen, since you'll probably have to hear a lot about him this afternoon - he's this guy that's obsessed with Nat. Like, he's decent looking, or whatever, but he's really just not on her level, and I try to tell her that all of the time, but she refuses to listen," she said, now looking to Natalia, with a look that read, "isn't that right?".

"As you can see, my friends love making a good first impression," he said, smiling more rigidly than normally, as he looked to Kayleen who shook her head and smiled, as if she were making an attempt at dispelling the apologetic look on his face. "Who doesn't love some drama every now and then?" she said, before looking down at her phone, and reading the time. There was no rush to get inside, but she was still learning the layout of the school, and wanted to get to her locker before first period too, so it seemed reasonable to head inside now. "I'm going to head in. I have to stop at my locker and stuff before physics, but thanks for the ride, Tim. I'll see you guys later," she said, smiling at the girls at the last part, and then turning to head inside before waiting for their responses. Timothy only nodded at Kayleen's departure, but watched as she headed into the building, as if to make sure that she looked like she was headed in the right direction. He was distracted enough to have missed Natalia saying, "Kotenok, enough," accompanied by a stare that probably accounted for Katherine intertwining her fingers with his. The touch of her soft hand brought him back to reality, and he turned back to the girls. "Hopefully I'm allowed to talk about him, then," he said, rolling his eyes, but only being playful, as he gave Katherine's hand a gentle squeeze. "But really, I'm not surprised. That guy's got a good head on his shoulders. I always say that about Bas. He's got his priorities straight," he said, casually, yet thoughtfully, as if to reassure Natalia that no one other than Katherine believed what she had told Kayleen. Timothy didn't feel the need to protect Natalia or look out for her in any extreme aspect anyway, but e if he did, he would have felt comfortable with her and Bas being together. Timothy meant what he said, about believing that Sebastian was a good guy. "I'm starting to think that you want him for yourself, actually, Kat. I think you talk about him more than she does," he accused her, with a mockingly hurt tone.

"Um, absolutely false!" Katherine objected immediately, as she sent Timothy a glare for essentially taking Natalia's side. There was no need to feign offense for him believing that she wanted Bas, because Bas wasn't despicable enough, socially or physically, for her to act appalled at the accusation for. As stated, there was nothing wrong with him, so much as there was with her own personality. "I only talk about him when she talks about him, or when she decides to abandon me, for him, but fine, I won't say another word about him! Besides, we have better things to talk about! Like shopping today!" She squeezed Timothy's hand in excitement, though her eyes were focused on Natalia. While she enjoyed dragging Timothy with her to go shopping, because Kat was the kind of person who almost always liked having someone with her to socialize with, she definitely preferred her girlfriends for events like shopping. If she didn't want Kayleen to come, or if she thought to suggest it as a girl's trip, she wouldn't have even invited him to begin with. "We need to find you something nice and green, right?" she said. In her mind, that counted as putting talk about Sebastian to rest, even if she was indirectly hinting that Nat had no reason to wear anything other than green, dismissing their relationship. The "kitten" in Russian, that Nat had sent her way, a minute before, had her at least remaining indirect about it, though.

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To: Noxxy
Come on princess, I don’t have all day


Rhys might as well have been leaning on the horn of her car for how long it went off. She had been waiting outside of the Atwood’s residence for almost 20 minutes now and her patience was starting to wear thin. Normally, it wouldn’t bother her that Lennox was taking his sweet ass time, but she wanted to get to campus fast to see all the fresh meat arriving. She loved gathering pictures of the kids on campus in their natural state of confusion and exhausting that she’d later use in the yearbook or for other school events. She simply loved catching people off guard in her photography. She darted her attention between her phone, Lennox’s front door, and the neighborhood to see which one would respond first. Would it be a text from her ill-communicated best friend, Lennox entirely ignoring his phone and simply walking out the front door, or one of Knox’s neighbor’s ready to complain about a car horn going off at 7 in the morning when they otherwise would’ve been sleeping until 9 because what do middle aged house wives have to do up so early anyway? Rhys held onto her horn again, this time she followed through with rhythmic beeps. It wasn’t until Lennox was opening up the passenger side door and sliding his way into the seat that she stopped. “Alright, alright already. I’m here. Cut it out before you wake up Mrs. Humburd. That lady is a pain in my ass.” Rhys smiled softly as she moved her car from park to reverse and left Lennox’s driveway. “Well, well. It’s nice of you to show up Mr. Atwood. I thought we’d be doing this without you today.” “We? What? Are you off your meds again?” Lennox slyly responded with a grin on his face but his eyes glued to the Instagram page on his phone. It only took a quick glare from Rhys for Lennox to actually doubt whether or not there was someone else in the car and forced him to peer over his shoulder to look at the back seat. Rhys smirked and drove off towards the school.

Pulling her car into the parking spot right next to Sebastian’s jeep, Lennox scoffed as he stepped out of the car. “Careful there Rhy, don’t want that peasant knocking a ding into the side of your car.” Lennox sounded annoyed and the boy wasn’t even around. Rhys tossed her backpack over her shoulder and slid the band making it tighter on her shoulder. “Why do you even hate him Lennox? What the hell did Sebastian ever do to you? He actually seems like a pretty cool guy.” Lennox rolled his eyes and didn’t bother to dignify her question with a response. Instead, Rhys locked arms with him as he shoved his hands deep into his pockets. From his walk towards the school, Lennox caught sight of Tim and Kat walking together. He dragged Rhys along as he slid in between the two, tossing his arms around the two and forcing Rhys to stand on the outskirts of the trio. “You beautiful people you, are we discussing pre-party plans for tomorrow? Because papa Atwood just updated the bar downstairs and I am ready to fuck shit up. Oh, and you guys know Rhys right?” Before any of the three could respond, Lennox was continuing, “Do we know anyone who will be in green that I could… move into yellow with? If you know what I mean?” He smirked, pleased with himself, even though the other three were more than probably grossed out by him. Rhys rolled her eyes and jokingly gagged, “And on that note, I will be going. It was nice seeing you guys.” Rhys kindly parted ways and walked to class. Meanwhile, Sebastian sat in class, responding to a text from Tim. Sebastian hadn’t wanted to think about it but he’d have to wear green. Green! All so no one would expect anything going on between him and Nat. He texted back that he had to go shopping for green because he didn’t know whether or not he owned any.

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Natalia didn't let up on her stare in Katherine's direction until the latter pressed herself further into her boyfriend's side, clasping his hand gently. The move, though Nat was far from naive enough to believe that Katherine would fully drop the subject, was enough to allow Nat to avert her gaze for just a moment to take in the students filing on to campus. While unfounded, Kat's complaints against Sebastian weren't enough to have Nat ready to throttle the girl as she had them frequently enough for Nat to just grow used to drowning out the other girl's words out of disinterest. However, the school year had just started, Nat hadn't even really ever actually discussed her anything with Bas, and more importantly, Katherine was the one who spoke enough about any and everything for the both of them. Nat didn't even need to bring up Bas before the other girl decided to and while she did wind up smirking at Timothy's playful accusation that Kat might have had a thing for Bas (and no, that did not flare up any random bursts of possessiveness, nope not at all), Nat wore a patented unimpressed stare even when Kat decided to heed her earlier warning at being referred to in Russian in favor of changing the topic.

"Ummm, let's not forget that you asked me to come shopping with you, meaning you need something to wear," Nat replied. "I already have my bikini planned out." It hadn't taken her that long to figure it out either. The one thing Nat had accepted was that everyone was going to have something to say no matter what color she wore. Even if she decided to show up at the party with a color that didn't fit the theme, and she had been tempted to do so just to hear Eli's whining, it wouldn't matter because even that would be taken as a sign of something ridiculous such as her probably not choosing a color because she's purposefully trying to remain obtuse. It didn't matter what she wore, so when she found a pretty decent yellow number that looked exceptional against her skin, she had gone for it. Besides, the majority of the times that they went shopping, she was helping Kat or Gabby pick something out, and that was always more fun. She turned to Kat a slow, almost predatory grin at the thought while saying, "Besides, we've gotta find you a sexy red bikini to turn Tim's head. Maybe you'll be able to put on a little strip tease, kotenok." Except the kotenok was spoken on a purr that promised just a touch of retribution for Kat's little miniature rant and Natalia's smirk grew just to further the belief for the other girl.

By the time Lennox and his friend, Rhys, (it was more Lennox, than Rhys, but you attract those who are similar to you to some capacity, so Nat would leave it at that) caught up with them, the trio were much closer to the main school building and Nat was only slightly curious about Giovanni not having texted her yet or even run up on her before she entered the main entrance. He usually came to her first thing before classes, still slightly hungover and in need of whatever snacks Nat had packed away in her backpack for the day. Then again, he had sounded completely wasted when he had called her upon returning home (and yes, Gio actually did follow instructions when given by someone who had no problem with causing him pain). So, she wouldn't necessarily be surprised if he decided to simply stay home and sleep off whatever it was that was in his system. But she would have rather had him bug her than Lennox because between the two of them, she liked one and Lennox wasn't the one she liked. And if he couldn't tell from all the interactions they'd had before, she made sure he knew it in the blank yet somehow still unimpressed stare she gave the second he began talking. "Funny that you should mention discussions considering that this one was a three-way and didn't include you," she deadpanned, staring straight ahead as the words fell from her lips. Nat didn't care to pretend to like him as others who fed Lennox's ego did. She didn't acknowledge him as a real Royal as he obstinately failed to possess any of their tact and considering the fact that she barely acknowledged him as a fellow classmate considering how spectacularly crass and unattractive his personality truly was, she didn't feel the need to make him feel welcomed. She wasn't bitchy by nature, that much was certain, but Nat did cold and dismissive well. She just wished he'd take the hint already.

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If nothing else, Elijah wanted it to be known that had he not been such a quick-witted kid, he never would have taught his sister to be, either. That was what he told himself, to satisfy the unfulfilled need to get the last word in their conversation before she scurried off, at least. That thought process was enough for him to convince himself that he had won their little bickering session, since he felt like he had taught her how to bicker in the first place. Call it petty, and that was what it was, but Elijah was petty and competitive, and it showed. He read Timothy's text message, and began to type back, before becoming sidetracked by a group of junior preps who started talking to him. By the time the conversation ended, he saw Timothy and some other friends already heading towards the school building, and he turned away to catch up with them.

"Did I just hear that you're down for a three-way, Nat? Count me in. The only question is, who's going to be our number three, now that you're telling Lennox he's not included?" Elijah said, making his entrance in a way that was oh so typical of him. He sported a smirk, his eyes glistening with interest, as he caught up with them. Had Timothy not been standing right there, he may have been bold enough to assume, aloud, that Katherine was going to be the perfect third member of their little under-the-covers trio, but he had enough respect to leave that fantasy in his mind. Katherine was definitely on his radar, but he was pushing her to the back of his mind for now, given that she was taken,and only because she was taken by his best friend. It it was any other guy, he still would have been all over her. "You know, making a claim like that may just have me ready to trade in my green for yellow tomorrow night, Nat. You need to realize the power of your words before you go making statements like that." Rhys had walked off right before Elijah had made his way over to the small group of friends that were slowly making their way towards the school building, so now, Elijah was left only with Natalia, Lennox, Katherine and Timothy. Though it was very clear that they didn't all get along, Elijah happened to get along with all of them, and he would gloat at that, and remind anyone who wanted to know, that he was very charming and likable, thank you very much. Anyone who thought otherwise, was definitely someone who had tried to hop on his dick but hadn't met his standards. "And if she doesn't want you in hers, I'm sure you and Tim are always down fora good old ménage à trois, right, Kat? Got any room for Lennox in that bed of yours?"

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Their quad had turned into a trip when Kayleen left, but had gained two new members when Lennox and Rhys approached. Rhys' departure was followed by Elijah's entrance, and though it certainly wasn't a feeling that was consistent among the new group, Timothy was glad to see his friends. Eli was one of the closest friendships that Timothy had ever maintained for his entire youth, and Knox was someone that he got along with as well. He didn't mind his presence at all, even with his arm slung over his shoulder, but Natalia was quick to express that she didn't want him there. Before he could focus on that though, he decided to address Elijah, whose comments were likely going to affect him more personally. Katherine wasn't someone who looked like she possessed much strength, but Timothy was sure that if she was in the right mood when Elijah poked and prodded like that, that he could end up with a few broken fingers, considering that her hand was still clasping his.

"I think that I can speak for the both of us when I say that Knox isn't really our type," Tim said, a playful smirk on his face, before turning his head to look at Knox, who was still at his side, and flashing him a more apologetic look, though it was still meant light-heartedly. "Sorry, man, but I guess it's obvious that you can count me out for the pre-party. Gotta get my place ready, but I'm sure there will be a lot of green by the time you get there. What about Rhys? Too close to home to ever be green in your eyes?" he inquired, noting that the girl had walked off a minute or so before. Timothy wasn't personally close with Rhys, and really only knew her through association, but he was aware of how frequently Lennox could be seen with the girl. He suspected that they were platonic, and like he said, had some relationship that made a real relationship seem off limits, but it was only now that he was actually asking Lennox about it. While he was curious to some degree, he also felt like turning the conversation to something that would put Lennox in more of the spotlight would be better. Elijah and Lennox both had a personality where they enjoyed being assholes, basically. They liked to be obnoxious and cocky, regardless of how uncomfortable it made anyone else feel, and while Timothy did find it to be amusing, and was actually rarely bothered by it himself, he knew that others weren't always so thick-skinned. Natalia had made it very clear on multiple occasions, and again today, that she wasn't in the mood for Knox, and Timothy doubted that Katherine was appreciating what was coming out of Elijah's mouth either.

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"Hey, Knox," Katherine greeted, only surprised for a second by the sudden physical presence of him at her side. Her voice was much perkier and reflecting of her happiness at seeing him, than Natalia's was. That wasn't something that shocked Katherine, though, as she was well aware of how Natalia wasn't Lennox's biggest fan. Kat understood where Natalia was coming from, to an extent, but she was never as bothered by Lennox's cockier side. In Katherine's opinion, she had seen far worse, but maybe that was also because she had seen his kinder, more down to earth and friendly side, too. He was much easier to like when you knew that he wasn't an ass twenty-four-seven. Elijah was a little less welcomed in her opinion, but she wasn't capable of being outright rude to him, given that they weren't enemies, and Timothy had taken the initiative to respond to Elijah's questions about their sex life, before she had to do so directly. "I don't think I could have a threesome with two guys. Like, I think I would want one of them to be a girl, right?" she said, looking to Nat only, as if another female's opinion would be the only one that really counted, and following Timothy's lead in trying to dispel the tension, because she didn't want Nat to run off. Katherine wasn't an overtly sexual person to begin with, and she definitely wasn't interested in having a threesome to begin with, but the proposal made her ponder the subject more than she had in the past. However, she was aware that she was asking Natalia, someone who was far more comfortable with her own sexuality. "But I don't think I would want my boyfriend touching another girl either, so how is that even supposed to work?" Although she was very tempted, she held her tongue against pointing out that if Nat were to have a threesome with Sebastian, Katherine would bet a million dollars that he would want the third person to be another guy, because he just seemed to swing "that way", as if it would be one more reason for why Natalia shouldn't want anything to do with him. Katherine was ignorant, and that mere thought reflected it, but she wasn't completely idiotic, and knew no that she needed to back off, even just a little, from pressing Natalia on the Sebastian subject for a little while. "And Kayleen's definitely going to be wearing green tomorrow, right, Tim?! Knox, she should totally be on your radar, but not if you're going to be mean to her. She's totally going to be one of my new best friends within the next week, and I will not stand for you breaking her heart!" Katherine exclaimed with a mixture of excitement and dramatics, at the thought of how she was convinced that she could get Kayleen to magically go from seeming indifferent towards her, to loving her in the next few days.

As the boys began to chat, Kat released her grip on Timothy's hand and squirmed out from under the arm that Lennox had over her shoulder, in favor of linking arms with Natalia. Again, it was partly an attempt to make sure that Nat didn't think she could run off before classes started to go catch up with Bas again, but also, partly because she just preferred her friend's presence over being in the middle of guy talk. "And FYI, I plan on getting drunk enough tomorrow that that strip tease might actually be a reality," she said, playfully matter-of-factly, since she knew that Natalia had suggested it as retribution for her pressing the Sebastian topic. As her locker was located near Nat's, Katherine found it appropriate to pull the girl a few paces ahead of the boys, since they would end up going in different directions anyway. "But speaking of pre-parties, what are we doing? You're either coming to Lennox's house, and crashing that, or I'm coming to your house. Girls only, in that scenario," she said, knowing that Natalia would know just who she was purposely excluding, before piping up, "Unless Gabby wants us to come to her house."

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Thank God it's Friday!"

Location: The Brentwood School
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It was Friday. Finally. That "finally" was thought with less emphasis than it would in two or three weeks from now, given that this was the first Friday of the school year, and the week had only consisted of Wednesday through Friday this week, but still, Gabby was no different than any of her peers in that weekly countdown to the last day of the school week. Her outfit today was casual, but it was Friday after all, and Gabrielle had always treated Friday's as dress-down days. Besides, overall, she didn't treat school as a runway. One would imagine that as the Queen Bee, she would always be trying to one-up people and look like she had just stepped out of a fashion show, but that wasn't what Gabrielle was about. She did like looking nice, and yes, she certainly dressed better than most of her peers, but a lot of her appeal came from being effortless. She didn't like to try hard, because she felt like that in itself was tacky and defeated the purpose of it all. Her focus was on herself. If she thought that she looked good and would be comfortable for the day, than that was her top priority. It helped, though, that she didn't own many clothes that would be seen as raggedy or too casual to begin with, so "dressing down" was all relative to her typical style.

Her morning routine was nothing special, and though her mother and stepfather were both already on their way to work by the time that she finished getting ready, and headed into the kitchen for breakfast, the emptiness of the house didn't feel overwhelmingly unwelcoming. On one hand, Gabrielle was still getting used to the move into this new house, to accommodate her mother's new marriage to Sergey, but at the same time, she couldn't be so dramatic as to paint the scene as her being some emotionally neglected girl, forced to fend for herself. She actually preferred not having to socialize with either of them in the morning, mostly because even though she had already been awake for an hour or so, she was still pretty irritable after being forced out of sleep by her alarm. Her mother had left her a fruit smoothie in the fridge, and along with a granola bar that sat on a note reading, "Happy Friday! Have a good day ! ♡ Mom", she was set for breakfast. It took her only a few minutes to finish eating and head out to school, and luckily, living only four miles away meant that even with morning traffic, it only took her around fifteen minutes before her Range Rover was parked in the student lot.

She had a good amount of text messages waiting for her by the time she was out of her car, but she didn't have time to even open them, before a familiar BMW pulled up beside her, and out stepped fellow senior Royal, Yvette. "Hey babe!" the brunette greeted her with, a bright smile on her face as the two began to walk towards school. "Perfect timing, huh? If I wasn't all the way in Thousand Oaks, I would say we should totally carpool." Gabby shook her head, smiling still, though, only to signal that it was no big deal. "It's no biggie. You know I like having my car on campus anyway. It makes it easier to get out of here once the day's over, which, I'll admit, I'm already counting down the minutes for." Normally, Gabby didn't mind school, but today, she was feeling more antsy for the weekend to come. She didn't even have any spectacular plans, other than Timothy's party tomorrow night, but she was simply still functioning in summer-mode, and it was proving to be a struggle for her to switch back into her school mentality this week. "Hey, I'm right there with ya, sister!" Yvette exclaimed, an exasperated sigh following it. "I cannot believe that we already have an English paper due on Wednesday. Like, can they not give us one weekend off before sending us into the fiery pits of stress-hell?" Gabrielle laughed at the girl's dramatic antics, especially when her gaze shifted from her phone, once she finished reading her text messages, and looked to Yvette to find that she too had been distracted, but not by her phone. The makeup guru was busy herself, applying more lip gloss and checking herself out in her compact mirror, a move that seemed to be Yvette's signature thing. She didn't miss this - the socializing and friends - part about school, that was something she could say, at least. "Ooooh, there's John!" The girl nearly squealed when she finally put her makeup back into her purse. "Okay, okay, how do I look? I told you about how he's been hitting me up nonstop all week, right? I've got that boy right where I want him, Gabs. Let me go work my magic and you can bet that by the time I'm done, this boy's going to be showing up to Cargill's party wearing firetruck red!" Gabby could only shake her head and stifle the laughter that always seemed to come when she was talking to the always-animated Yvette, before the girl hurried off in the boy's direction.

Gabby was left alone, but only for a minute, for as she continued walking up towards the school building, she came across more of the A-listers that she frequently associated with. Though they were somewhat separated into two groups by the time that she caught up to them, the group had at least originally seemed to consist of Elijah, Timothy, Lennox, Natalia, and Katherine. "Good morning, boys," she said, only in passing, though she allowed herself enough time beside them to give Timothy a gentle squeeze to his shoulder, as an additional greeting for him. The way that it could have been even categorized as a caressing motion definitely meant that it was unnecessary, especially when considering that Katherine was only a few feet away, and was her friend, but Gabrielle wasn't necessarily trying to be flirtatious. If anything, it came from a subconscious level of territorial-ness that she felt around people. Now that she was freshly single, it certainly did irk her, even just a little bit, that the boy that everyone constantly thought she was dating, was now officially dating someone else. It was that FOMO in her head, telling her that Katherine had "stolen" Tim from her, despite Gabby knowing very well that she never did, and to this day, still did not, have any romantic feelings for him. She didn't allow her hand to linger for more than a second or two, though, before moving past the boys and catching up with the two junior girls. "My babies!" she exclaimed, somewhat teasingly, as she walked with them. "I just got your text, Kitty, but I think that I can fit some shopping in tonight. Are you coming, Nat, or is cheerleading already taking over your life again?"

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"Awwww, babe, I do know the power of my own words," Nat said after smirking, turning just slightly to full on stare at Eli teasingly. "You're already here and willing, from what I can see." Elijah came as a welcome distraction. While it was easy for Nat to ignore anyone and even pretend as if they didn't exist, on a surface level, a physical distraction actually helped better. She didn't care that the others got along with him in their own little ways. At the end of the day, she didn't and while she didn't expect for anyone to cater to her, she also didn't have time to pretend just because everyone else was all kumbaya and whatnot. Besides, Nat could genuinely say that she liked Elijah. While she wasn't fooled into thinking he was the greatest thing since ice cream, he had...just a touch of grace left in him, though she'd never tell him that to his face considering how much his ego was already the size of the globe. She wasn't adding to that mass any time soon. She didn't, however, hesitate in letting Katherine pull her just shy from being too close to the boys so that they could be ahead as the group began to migrate towards the school building.

"Really, Kat, ultimatums?" Natalia had to inquire, not particularly in disbelief as it would be something that Kat did when she felt like Nat was willing to abandon her. Which she wasn't. She had - kinda - already agreed to going shopping; somebody had to make sure Kat didn't have a fit in the middle of the mall because she wasn't liking the way some of the bikinis fit her. Nat snorted at the thought, though she wouldn't be surprised if Kat took it as a negative towards the idea of going to Knox's place. Which wasn't happening. Natalia would flat-out abandon her friend, invite Rhapsody and Anastasia to her place only, and have a girls' pre-party spectacular just to have something to taunt Katherine with via social media. And everyone knew that between the two of them, Nat wasn't even the most active on any of her social media accounts. "My alcohol is better," she said decidedly, only slightly petulantly. It helped that she didn't like everyone's typical vodka brands considering they were weak and that she could make the sweet drinks Kat liked, and even that Tatiana would be going out to Russia for the weekend for some dinner tomorrow.

What probably shouldn't have happened was Nat glancing backwards for a moment, not because she was trying to spy on the boys behind them, but because she was genuinely curious if Gio was going to make it to school. While she had already questioned the state of both his sobriety and inebriation, he was an asshole. He could surprise her and his teachers by obstinately refusing not to skip, show up in shades to hide how red his eyes may or may not be, and just be crass and even more intolerable than he typically is. Just as she decided that she was going to text him the second she got to class, Gabrielle had caught her gaze's focus and while Nat did nothing more than turn around when she noticed the girl interact with the boys, a slight nod was the only indication she gave to having seen anything...out of sorts with her particular brand of greeting. A greeting she was pretty sure Kat hadn't even taken notice of by the time the blonde caught up to them.

"Yeah, I'll come. Somebody's gotta make sure kotenok here doesn't max out her card over bikinis," she joked easily at Gabby's question. "I'll make pre-game drinks and snacks at my place for us. Make it a girl's thing. I'll invite Ari before the day is out to see if she wants to come. We can all get ready there and take my Panamera."

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There was nothing that annoyed Lennox more than Natalia. Of course, this probably wasn’t true and he could probably create a list of things that annoyed him more than her, but she certainly took top 5, at the very least. Natalia’s blatant disregard for Lennox only pushed him to push her more. He enjoyed pushing her buttons and setting her off because other than that, there’s not much Lennox can do to piss her off since she really could not care less about the boy. “Listen, even if there was a ménage à trois going on here, figuratively or literally, the last thing I’d want is to be part of it,” Lennox said pushing off of Elijah’s comment about a threesome. Elijah also liked pushing Natalia’s buttons, only difference was she liked Elijah and not Lennox so between them, it was friendly banter. Between Lennox and Natalia, it was a fire-fueled rage. Lennox continued to push off of Elijah’s commentary, “Kat will always have room for me in her bed, the problem is Timmy over here takes it all up.” Tim and Lennox were friends, Lennox and Kat were best friends. She saw things in him that most others didn’t, so the jokes he made were all in good fun and were not be taken seriously. With Tim’s decline of the pre-party invite from Tim, he frowned slightly. He wanted to figure out plans but didn’t want to do anything alone. Lennox hated being alone, which was probably where his need to be constantly annoying someone was rooted. When mention of Kayleen fell upon Knox’s ears, he tensed. His hands withdrew into his pockets and he could feel his cheeks warming up. “Oh right, Kayleen will be there.” Knox fought to hold his lips from forming a silly smile but he almost couldn’t help himself. He smirked slightly and tried to play off his crush on the girl. “I guess I could give her the time of day. And I wouldn’t break her heart, I’m a sweetheart, Kat.” Sarcasm was Lennox’s second language, it came to him naturally and as much of a dick as he seemed, Kayleen was different to Lennox. He actually had feelings for her which was weird for him, which is why he felt embarrassed by the mention of the girl. Nat and Kat walked ahead the boys a few steps and Lennox knew this would be the best opportunity for him to discuss women. “She’s your sister, Tim,” Lennox said, in regards to Kayleen. “I know you guys have a weird hate thing going on, but if she’s off limits, let me know and I’ll steer clear, but she is cute and I’d like to talk her up, yanno?”

While Lennox stuck around teasing his friends and being teased by not his friends, Rhys was making her way through the halls of Brentwood. She knew the bell would ring soon and as much as she wanted to stick around and talk to people, she had a thing about being late. She hated not being punctual and was the type of person to be early to being early. Around Rhys’ neck was a Canon EOS 5Ds that she had gotten as a gift from her father earlier this year; a gift he bought her because he felt guilty for not being around often. Rhys understood he was a military man and therefore, wouldn’t be around often and she never did anything to guilt him into gifting her, but he did anyway – and Rhys wasn’t going to deny the upgrade from an old Nikon she had. She looked through the camera roll, through the pictures she had taken throughout the week. Pictures of students doing work in the library, sitting in the courtyard at lunch, students laughing with each other, falling in love with each other, meeting each other for the first time; pictures that told stories and pictures that had no meaning. They made her smile, even though there was little to be told from them and it was up to her to create a story, they made her happy still. Rhys walked through the halls, smiling down at her camera. “You know, usually when you smile at a camera, you’re supposed to be on the other side of it.” Rhys looked up to see Sebastian walking alongside her. She smiled and mockingly laughed, “Ha. Ha. Very funny. I’m just looking through the pictures I took,” she said, as though it’d make him understand her happiness. He smiled and nodded. “You going to Eli’s party?” Sebastian and Rhys weren’t too close, but he felt the need to make conversation with someone other than Natalia and the guys. If it weren’t for lacrosse, Natalia, or Laylah, Sebastian didn’t have many friends. He felt it important to make friends outside of that small circle as they all knew each other anyway. He knew Rhys enough to know that she’s accepting of many, and Sebastian thought himself nice enough to be able to befriend people like Rhys. “Yeah…” She paused, unsure still of her plans. “I don’t know yet. I tend to stay away from the A-list crowd... They can be a little… raunchy at times and I don’t always fit in with them.” Sebastian nodded again. He understood exactly what it was like to be a part of a crowd that he didn’t always feel as though he fit into. “Makes sense. Well, if you decide to go, I’ll be there. We can not fit in together. I’ve got to go this way to class, but I’ll see you around.” Sebastian smiled at her, tapped her lightly on the arm and walked off before Rhys could say anything. She wanted to so badly question what he meant by ‘not fit in together,’ all this time, Rhys could’ve sworn Sebastian was happy to be an A-lister and thought he fit in perfectly with the wealthy. It made her curious about him. As she watched him go, she noticed Ari sitting in a room, presumably waiting for class to start but there was no one in there with her. The girl’s heart fluttered slightly; Rhys had a crush on Ari but Rhys wasn’t sure the girl felt the same way. She raised her camera to her eye, closing one and placing the other on the lip of the viewing hole, she zoomed into the girl, who sat smiling at her phone, and snapped the picture. There was a part of her that felt weird for taking the picture, but another part of her created excuses in her head. It’s for the yearbook. It’s a candid, they’re not supposed to know. It’s a natural beauty project. As Rhys battled her inner demons, Sebastian did the same as he walked to his first class. His phone buzzed in his pocket, he pulled it out to see a text from Laylah. He let out a deep breath and rubbed his hand through his hair before sending a text back.


To: Laylah
Same Lay.. I need advice… Meet me before next class by my locker.. I need help. I’ll help you if you help me :)

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Katherine had only perked up even more when Gabrielle joined them. Although the girl was a grade above she and Nat, and frequently seemed to have female senior Royal friends to hang out with, Kat considered her to be a close friend. Gabby was good about making time for any Royal who she deemed a friend, and Katherine found her to be a lot of fun, so her presence was nothing but welcomed. "There's like a one percent chance that I'm actually wearing a bathing suit tomorrow. I'm not in the showy-mood lately, and I'm definitely not going to want to go in the water," she rationed. The reasons were honest, and she wasn't even trying to avoid admitting that she wasn't in a mindset where she wanted to be wearing something skimpy. Katherine certainly was still battling some unnecessary body image and weight issues, and the idea of wearing a bathing suit in public, especially when she wasn't planning on being in the water for the majority of the time, did still bother her. She was far better with it today than she was a few years ago, when it was a legitimate struggle for her to even do that in front of just a few friends, lounging around the pool on her own property, but the struggles still existed. However, in her defense, while that played a role in part of why she didn't want to wear a bikini tomorrow, she also just felt like wearing actual clothes would be easier for the night. She would feel more comfortable, mentally and physically, she justified, and though she would still be adamant about shopping tonight to look for more options, she did already have a red option waiting for her in her closet, should she not find anything at a store. "AKA, she's coming because she loves me and would never want to lose me as a friend, and would always choose me over any silly, little boy," she said, masking her voice with the best innocent cover she could muster up, as if she was simply stating the truth, and still not being territorial over her. "And because I have to make sure that the two of you pick out the nicest green outfits I can find." With Gabrielle being freshly single, and Katherine wanting to do everything in her power to make sure that Natalia remained single, she knew that she would have more fun, making it her mission to find them outfits, over searching for one for herself.

"I see Ari in chem, so I'll ask her too, but who knows if she'll even answer me. I swear, she literally takes every class so seriously, and it's only the first week of school. I asked her for an extra pen yesterday, and oh my God, you would have thought that I interrupted her while she was saying her wedding vows or something, with the glare that I got." Of course, Katherine was being dramatic, but she was being serious in her opinion, at least, of how Arizona overreacted. Katherine had come to terms with not being book smart, and maybe that played a role in it, too. She was the kind of person who could probably manage B's in her classes if she put in the effort, but she didn't, so she was used to just barely passing her classes. Because of that, she didn't understand why other people cared so much, especially someone like Ari, who school seemed equally hopeless to. What was the use in studying like a nerd, and acting so serious about school, like a nerd, if you were never going to get the grades to give you any payoff? Clearly, Kat didn't see any, and that was why it baffled her as to why Ari took offense to her interrupting her train of thought during their harder classes to ask for silly things like an extra pen or a piece of gum.

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Natalia, Timothy, Katherine and Lennox's responses all had ELijah smirking, but he didn't object to the two girls separating themselves, considering that it gave the boy's a little space to talk about things that the girls who have deemed "disrespectful" or something like that, that would have only made Eli roll his eyes. He waited until after saying hello to Gabby,who passed by them to catch up to the girls after only a second, before addressing what had just come out of Knox's mouth. "Whoa, whoa, whoa," he objected, after Knox spoke, raising his hands as if to say "slow down there". "Hold on, just a minute, Knox. I automatically assumed that we were going with the bro code, that sisters are always off limits, but if Kayleen's fair game for you, then she's gonna be fair game for me too. I mean, if we wanna be technical here, I've known about her the longest, so..." He allowed his sentence to trail off there, though his eyes looked towards Timothy, as if to ask for his agreement on the matter. In reality, Elijah had known of Kayleen's existence for a few years, but it wasn't like he had ever actually known her, to give him some sort of seniority standing to woo her, over Lennox, as if something like that even existed. Besides, considering that there was a part of Elijah that still told him that Katherine, Timothy's girlfriend, was fair game, it wasn't hard to imagine that if Eli was drunk enough, Kayleen would look like she was wearing green to him no matter what she was really wearing, and no matter what Timothy thought of it. He knew it was wrong, and that was why the sober Elijah hadn't considered going for Kayleen until now, when Lennox was the one being direct enough to ask Timothy if he would feel weird about it.

If the answer was that Timothy didn't care, and that Lennox was right that he disliked his half-sister more than he cared about her, than Eli would be adamant in at least challenging Knox to see which of them could talk the blonde's pants off the quickest. If the answer was that Timothy would feel weird, and would prefer that neither of them make an attempt with Kayleen, than Eli could still feel superior in being able to gloat about being the true good friend, given that he could have asked about Kayleen long ago, but knew better. Now that he was really thinking about it, though, he couldn't see why Tim would care. He barely knew Kayleen more than any of them did, so he couldn't imagine Timothy seeing it as being even remotely comparable to them trying to get with Michaela, his "real" sister. She was just a girl who happened to share a father with him, who he had only lived with for two days. Now, convincing him that Tim was bound to say that they could go for her, Eli talked himself up into believing that if anyone should "welcome" her to California, it should get to be him. Most of the time, he was completely content with embracing how much of a player he was, but now that it would work to his benefit in believing otherwise, he decided that out of the two of them, he was the one who was less likely to break Kayleen's heart over Lennox. He wouldn't want to date her, or be anything with her beyond physical, but he was sure that he could find a way to do it in a way that would make him seem like a gentleman, unlike Lennox.

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"Thank God it's Friday!"

Location: The Brentwood School
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"Ari being uptight? Wow, real shocker, Kat," Gabrielle said, clearly sarcastically, as she rolled her eyes, though the eye roll was directed more so at Ari than it was as Kat. "We really have to loosen that girl up. I mean, don't get me wrong - I love her and everything, but I'll never forgive myself if I leave this year and she's still as by-the-books as she is now." Gabrielle, and Katherine too, were clearly oblivious that Ari was more unpredictable than they would have imagined, but they couldn't be blamed for not knowing that at one point, Ari and Natalia had actually made out. Given Ari's personality, it was the last thing that anyone would have guessed, partly because Gabby just assumed that Ari was straight, and also because she wasn't the kind of girl who seemed to do random hookups. Plus, Gabby would have thought that given that it happened between two of the girls in her own clique, she would have heard about it, so really, it wasn't surprising that she still believed Ari to be the same "likes to plan for everything" girl she always thought of her as. It didn't mean that Gabby didn't like Ari, because she definitely did. She knew that Ari was more fun than they teasingly gave her credit for, and considered the girl to be a friend regardless of how much she liked to tease her.

"I'll wear a bikini with you, even if Little Miss Conservative over here, doesn't want to," Gabby said to Natalia. Part of Gabby knew that she should push Katherine in the issue, and sometimes, when things like this came up, she did. She wasn't as privy to the extensiveness of Katherine's body image issues as Natalia was, given that the girls knew each other for years longer than Gabby knew them, but she was close enough to Katherine to know that it was something that the girl struggled with. The good friend in Gabby would often gently insist that a girl with as flawless as a figure as Katherine's simply had to flaunt it, but there was the more selfish side to Gabby that liked to just shrug her shoulders sometimes, when it seemed like a losing battle. Katherine would likely be stubborn about this, and as bad as it was, Gabby didn't care to be that good friend in the moment. She had her own things to worry about, like what she was going to wear tomorrow.

This was the first event she was going to since her split up with her boyfriend, and though he was away at college now and wouldn't be there anyway, she still felt like it was significant. A few weeks ago, she thought she would be wearing red, and now suddenly, she had to go in green, and the wounds regarding that were still fresh to her. Fresh enough, too, that she looked over her shoulder for a second, as the girls entered the school building, to make sure that Timothy and the boys (but mostly, Timothy) were still close enough. Additionally, that thought was what led her to follow up her first comment with, "But I feel like the three of us should wear green, really. Or Kat, you should at least wear yellow. I mean, I know that you and Tim are a "couple", or whatever little title you guys want to give it for now, but I feel like you need to remind him that you could step back out onto the market at any moment. I feel like showing up in yellow would be the perfect move to keep him interested, you know? I mean, especially with someone like him, where cheating runs in the family blood, that's how you have to do it - you have to constantly remind them that you can cheat too, if you feel like it." Gabrielle was being nothing short of an instigator here, knowing good and well that Timothy wouldn't cheat on Kat, and that Kat had nothing to worry about in regards to that. She knew that Kat was the weakest link of their group, mentally, though, and that it only took a few comments like that to get into her head. As a friend, it was incredibly wrong to do, but Gabrielle was only thinking of herself right now. It was all about self-preservation, and saving face. She felt insecure now that her boyfriend had cheated on her, so now she had to ruin someone else's relationship, so that she wasn't alone in that.

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Character Portrait: Eli Lawless Character Portrait: Timothy Cargill Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Kayleen Cargill Character Portrait: Sebastian Cole Character Portrait: Lennox Atwood Character Portrait: Natalia dos Santos Character Portrait: Rhapsody I. Vincent Character Portrait: Rhys Griffith
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It's not that Sebastian didn't enjoy hanging around with the other A-listers of Brentwood, much less that he didn't enjoy being one. It's more so the fact that Sebastian is sometimes, simply, exhausted of keeping up with the facade that he does. Truly, the only person that knows all of Sebastian for who he is, is Natalia. It is much less fortunate that aside from all the secrets he's either forced or feels the need to keep, his relationship with Natalia is among them. He struggled with keeping his secrets in the first place. For Sebastian, being something he wasn't took a toll on him. He wanted nothing more to share the truth about his home life, or the lack thereof. However, he knew that had the truth come out about his stint with homelessness, his brother's deteriorating mental health, his barely put together one-bedroom apartment, he'd promptly be cast out of the A-listers - shunned even - and be declared a fake, a poser. Not that he cared much about whether or not he was considered 'a royal' but more so the fact that some of these people are soulless individuals, angry enough to ruin one's life simply because they want to and can. Sebastian's life had been ruined enough and the last thing he needed was to be driven out of the very little he had left. So, he kept quiet about his relationship with Natalia. Although, he still questioned himself on what his relationship with Natalia truly was. It started as nothing more than sex every now and again and developed into something more. The truth is, he'd want more. But he's unsure of what she'd like and how to go about asking for such. Instead, he accepted what he had as is and left it at that. He kept quiet about it all, about every secret he held onto. Rather than exposing himself, he simply escaped the false he lived. He preferred being by himself most of the time anyway, so for him, it wasn't hard to walk from the other A-listers. And Natalia understood that.

This was one of those moments when Bas felt the need to step away. The night before, he had spent the night with Natalia but not before he had to take care of his brother who had a massive schizophrenic episode. Jamie's disease has been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia; the boy often has auditory delusions and can sometimes experience vivid hallucinations. Most days, he's able to control his reactions towards the disease but this night, JT wasn't able to. He was scared and began lashing out aggressively. In the process, he attempted to run out of the apartment on the fourth floor of the building, and rather than come back into the apartment like Sebastian pleaded with him, he ran down the stairs, causing him to trip and break his leg and fracture his elbow. Jt was taken to the hospital and after spending hours with him, Sebastian finally decided to get some sleep at Natalia's. And now, standing just outside his classroom door alone, just the thought of the last couple of days have exhausted him. He wondered when everything would fall back to normal. When everything would no longer be a fight to survive but rather, an enjoyment of life. As he waited for more students to crowd the halls and fill the classrooms, he messed around on his phone. Wishing, praying, that somehow it'd give him all the answers for his troubles. Luckily, he didn't have to wait long, though he wouldn't know it until later. The phone buzzed in his hands, a text from Greg. I've got a surprise for you. Meet me at the restaurant after school. Bas responded with a simple 'ok' and went into the classroom, sat down, and sent a quick text to Nat before putting his phone away and pulling out his books:


To: Nat♥
I want to see you. I need you.



Tim broke off from the group of boys and Lennox was left with Eli. Two boys so similar, it's surprising they never attempted to rip each other apart from the throat. Both boys have a playful personality, only some may consider one more heinous than the other in their form of humor. Lennox watched as Tim went then turned his attention back to Eli, "Come man, fuck off with that. You only thought of Kayleen because I brought it up." Lennox knew that no matter what he said to Eli, it wouldn't matter. The girl was fair game and normally Kayleen would be off limits being that she's Tim's sister. This situation was a little different and Lennox wanted to take advantage of that. The minute he laid eyes on her, his heart fluttered a little. Something it hadn't done in so long, Knox thought he was having heart palpitations. He rolled his eyes as he knew fighting the matter would only make it worse. "Whatever man, she'll never go for you anyway. She wants a real man, not just some pretty boy with mush for brains." Lennox said smirking, as he tapped Eli's chest, just to fuck around with him. "Don't worry man, I'll let her you know you make a great best friend." Lennox teased as he slowly started walking away from Eli. He walked along the girls and Tim now. He interrupted their conversation quickly before trotting off to find Rhys. "Kat, when you're done pussy whipping Timmy boy here, come find me. I need you for something."As he walked away, he joking blew a kiss to Natalia, knowing it'd annoy her. He lightly jogged through the halls now to find Rhys; who happened to be at her locker texting back Rhapsody.


To: Rhap
I like food.. where are you? I'll find you


As Rhys waited for Rhapsody to respond, she looked up to see Lennox coming towards her. "Just the girl I needed to see," Lennox smiled as he approached her. "What do you need now, Knox?" Lennox leaned against the wall, facing Rhys. He put his hands up in a defensive manner, "What makes you think I need anything from you? Can't a guy just want to see one of his beautiful best friends?" Rhys raised a brow at him and Lennox gave in. "Okay, fine. I need you to help me with Kayleen." Rhys took a second to figure out who Kayleen was. The name was still so new to her that she struggled to put a face to the name. "Kayleen? As in, Kayleen Cargill?" Lennox nodded and Rhys continued, "As in, Timothy Cargill's sister? Your close friend, Tim?" Lennox nodded again, this time with a shy smile on his face. Rhys stood momentarily confused. "And what could you possibly need my help with that for? Can't you get girls all on your own? You are the infamous Lennox Atwood, afterall." Lennox pulled away from the wall and stood up straight, he rolled his eyes and let out a sigh. "This girl is different, Rhys. She's not like these other girls who would kill to be at the top of the totem pole for a day. She's already there and she doesn't care about you if you're not. She'll never notice me unless I give her reason to." Rhys looked into Lennox's pleading face, "So? Then give her reason to." Lennox groaned what sounded like a soft growl. "You know what I mean Rhys." Rhys rolled her eyes, crossed her arms and sighed. She leaned back against the wall and give the boys plead a thought. She reluctantly nodded, "Fine, I'll help you. But how?" Lennox immediately smiled and wrapped his arms around her, gave her a kiss on the cheek "Ugh, I love you. Thank you! You're the best. And I don't know, you're smart. You'll think of something." Lennox ran off while yelling back at her, "Tomorrow. At the party!" Rhys smiled to herself, thinking: What a loser. Lennox finally met his match, a girl who couldn't care less about getting in his pants.

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Nat's immediate response to Katherine's insistence that she wasn't a bathing suit probably wasn't what typical best friends had. She simply didn't react at all, or at least it didn't seem that way given the fact that all she did was stare at Kat for a second before turning her attention to her phone as Gabby and Kat prattled on about Ari, which was a completely different topic that Nat would have to actually focus on to have an opinion on Arizona's "uptight" personality. Natalia considered, without having to look at Kat's body, bathing suit options for the brunette to look out for. In moments like these, particularly when Kat's own insecurities and image issues were more at play than the brunette ever wanted to let on (and the fact that they had never really sat down and discussed Kat's eating disorder is a conversation for another day), Nat had to maneuver around her and the best way to do that would be to pick a bathing suit that Kat wouldn't mind wearing. The default color, considering Natalia knew that the other girl had a thing for thinking that she wasn't always thin, would be black if they weren't going to the party, but since Kat was definitely wearing red, Nat had to consider all of the recent bathing suits that came out and would compliment Kat's form without giving her too much to complain about in terms of the way her body looked. The most prominent of a reaction Nat could give, then, was the small smile in Gabby's direction once the blonde said she'd wear a bikini with her.

"That's a bit unnecessary, don't you think," Nat chimed in while texting back Ari, face scrunching up slightly before smoothing out just as quickly as she realized that Bas had text her only a moment after Arizona. Moments like these were definite clues that both Gabrielle and Natalia's thinking processes and reasoning were just a touch different. Nat wouldn't say that she was looking extremely deeply into Gabby's intentions by trying to convince Kat to wear yellow; she wasn't all-knowing, after all. But her mind played back to earlier to the way Gabby's hand fell on Tim's person and while she shook it off, the image was burned into her retinas along with the auditory memory of Gabs thinking that Kat needed to keep Tim "interested," whatever that meant for her brain to pick at later. She looked up then, first at Kat before glancing at Gabby and then back to her brunette bestie, and continued, "It's Tim, we're talking about. If he wanted to look elsewhere, he wouldn't have settled for being with you, Kat. Tim didn't do relationships before you, so in all honesty, there's really no time for keeping his interest. You've already got it, kotenok." Her voice notably softened on that last sentence and Nat reached over to place a warm hand on Kat's bare shoulder before gathering herself up mentally. She hadn't said anything that she said to undermine Gabrielle in any way, but at the same time, the mentality Gabby's words were going to put Kat in wasn't going to be conducive for a good shopping trip or weekend, if Nat knew Kat well enough. And if she was being forced to go shopping when she had an entire collection of bathing suits from one of her favorite Nigerian brands waiting at home to sort through should she change her mind and actually wear green like her friends insisted, then she was going to do so with a happy Kat. Anything less than that required a bottle of vodka to herself.


"I'm gonna head to class," she stated after a beat and with a small nod to Gabby and another comforting smile for Kat, Nat was backing away. "Some of us are taking an AP science and we already have a quiz scheduled for next Wednesday. I'll catch up with you guys later and you," Nat specifically pointed at Kat, "are definitely getting in that water, even if I have to pick out your swimsuit, ma'am." Walking away from the pair, Tim caught Nat's eye and she offered a considering look followed by a smirk before continuing on her way, texting both Ari and Bas as she went.

To: Ari
For one, you don't get over bisexuality. You deal with it and confront it, and I'm not saying confront Kat cuz that'd be a mistake, but maybe actually pursuing another female?? Maybe tomorrow? Also we're all going shopping after skool and Gabby and Kat are coming to my place tomorrow to get ready together. You should come

To: Bas
Want me 2 come 2 ur class b4 the bell? Meet me by the door

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Kat could only nod in agreement with Gabby as she responded to her comment about Ari, but her smile faded quickly when the blonde turned the conversation to focus on her. Katherine was far more emotionally malleable than her friends, which was why Gabrielle's words admittedly probably did bother her more than they would other people. She trusted her friends and liked to believe that everything they said was being said with the best of intentions. Even so, though, she wasn't stupid, and she could think for herself more than she was given credit for. If nothing else, what resonated her was Gabrielle so casually claiming that cheating was genetic, and that she should basically just expect Tim to do it, if she wasn't constantly making an effort in keeping him interested. It didn't bother Katherine to an extent where it made her upset necessarily, but she knew that Gabby was a smart girl. She was smart socially, and academically, so making a claim that even Katherine knew was dumb, seemed odd. She supposed that maybe it was because she, herself, was a product of an affair, and she was well aware of how her father participating in that had nothing to do with her. She wasn't more inclined to be a homewrecker, just because her father had been one, years ago. Even if Gabby's claim seemed even a little bit logical, Kat easily reminded herself that following Timothy's father cheating, he had been in what seemed like a happy and healthy marriage for years. As far as Katherine knew, Mr. Cargill wasn't a serial cheater, and if it wasn't even something that seemed ingrained in the man's DNA, it made absolutely no sense to assume it would be passed along to his son.

Natalia's words allowed the caught off guard expression on her face to soften a bit, but she did nothing more than respond with a nod as the girl spoke, and eventually excused herself to get to class. Nat's words were the ones that Katherine preferred to hear, and a part of her wanted to just take those and pretend that she had never heard anything that had come out of Gabrielle's mouth, but that made her feel ignorant. She didn't want to be one of those girls who were blind to the problems in their own relationships,and now a seed of doubt had been planted in her mind. "He wouldn't cheat on me," she responded, in a way that sounded far less definitive than she wanted it to sound, and only after Natalia was gone. "And at least right now, even if I wasn't with him, I wouldn't want to be on the market." She paused then, her words probably sounding far more somber and serious than she was even comfortable with, so she added a smile in as she continued with, "Not with you out there as competition, now." Thankfully, she received a momentary distraction with the short return of Lennox, followed by Timothy slipping an arm around her waist. Knox had not given her enough time to even respond to his request for her to find him, but given that classes would be starting soon, she doubted that she would see him before they were both sitting down in chemistry class. Given that Kat didn't take the course as seriously as she should have, she was content with the idea of just discussing whatever he needed to discuss then.

"Sorry, Gabs, but if you don't mind, I've got to steal this Kitten for a minute," Timothy said, approaching the group that had turned from a trio of girls plus Lennox, into just a Kat and Gabby duo by the time that he had fully gotten over there. He had let Lennox off without even a playful punch to the arm after his comment, but only because he was out of reach by the time that Tim heard what he had said, and besides, he was also now more interested in Kat. With an arm still around her waist, and a playful smirk on his face, he pulled the brunette into the side hallway that he knew she had to go down anyway, to get to her locker. It was still busy over there, but less crowded than the main hallway, and he was able to find an empty area by some lockers to lead her to. Although he didn't bother to look to see if any teachers were around to begin with, he got lucky that there weren't any there to see him initiate the PDA, as he gently pushed her back against the lockers so that he could get a few seconds worth of kissing in.

Tim had acted too quickly for Katherine to decline separating from Gabby, but it was worth noting that had he given her more of an option, she probably would have insisted that they stayed with the Queen Bee. After the unsettling words that Gabrielle had left her with, Kat did not necessarily want to stay with her, but she was just used to the idea that it was unacceptable to simply abandon Gabby. Gabby had tons of other friends and Kat knew that it was silly to overthink it,but it still just felt like something that she wasn't supposed to do. Given Gabby's words though, and how Kat really didn't make the choice herself to run off with Timothy, she allowed herself to feel more relief than guilt now that they had separated. "You couldn't have stolen me at a better time," she said, her arms still draped around his neck, even though she had pulled away from his kiss. "But you know that I can't afford to be late to chem yet this year."

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Today's physical education class had taken place on the athletics field, rather than inside of the school's gymnasium, because this week's gym topic was kickball. Being pretty competitive meant that Elijah was really up for any sport that they played in class, but he did enjoy this one more than some of the others. The class was divided into two teams of thirteen each, with Team A including Eli, Ari, Rhapsody, Kya, Rhys, Samuel, Sebastian, Katherine, Laylah, two other sophomores, another junior, and another senior, and Team B including Timothy, Natalia, Tristan, Zara, Alessia, Gabrielle, Giovanni, Lennox, Kayleen, three other seniors, and a junior. Because it would take five minutes for the students to jog back to the main campus from the fields, and they needed time to change out of their gym clothes in the locker rooms, their gym teacher, Mr. Lessig, yelled out onto the field that the next student up would be the last kicker for the day. With a tied score, Elijah grew tense with that call, considering that his team was currently playing the field, and that meant that their fate was in the hands of either how poorly the kicker on the other team was, or how well they could play the field.

When he saw that Tristan Castiel-Castellan was the next kicker in line, Eli's fears seemed to disappear as his signature smirk appeared on his face. "Bring it in, boys!" he said, acting as the self-appointed team captain that no one else had really agreed on, as he looked back towards the two sophomore boys, and a junior boy, who were playing the outfield. He knew that it wasn't nice, but in his mind, all he could say was "come on, there's no way in hell that this kid can kick". If he could, it would be one of those underdog moments from out of a movie, but Eli wasn't even considering that that was a possibility. Tristan was a meek, harmless boy who seemed like he would be the type to run away from the ball, if anything, so Eli was already content with thinking up teasing remarks that he could send in Timothy and Knox's direction once they hit the locker rooms.

The bases weren't fully loaded, but the opposing team had runners on first base and second base, so Elijah knew that unless Tristan's kick was caught in the air, all he needed to do was to make a kick that gave the runner on second enough time to make it home. Again, Eli was certain that that wasn't a possibility and that his team had this win in the bag, but he was comforted, at least, knowing that while he pitched the ball out, he had some of his more trusted teammates manning the bases. Just in case, he thought, as he took a breath and then with great speed, rolled the ball in Tristan's direction.

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As soon as Mr. Lessig had said that they were going to play kickball for class, Nat had rolled her eyes and honestly been ready to walk out the door had Giovanni not excitedly wrapped an arm around her. The fact that he had managed to skip first period but wind up to school was a miracle in and of itself, but there was no mistaking the scowl on her face despite his exuberance towards the two of them being on the same team. Yet and still, despite her abhorrence for the game (she honestly would have rather had weight management or something of that nature), it wouldn't have been a real game if Nat wasn't feeling competitive and strategic. She didn't exactly call herself captain or anything like that, but there was no mistaking the fact that she was one of the tacticians for Team B. Which was why she bit back the triumphant grin that formed when she had run from second base to home, earning a tied score between both teams. On an exhale, Nat skidded to a brisk walk when she heard the teacher exclaim that this last kick would be the last one. It was good for her because she was starving and considering the fact that Gio was sprawled out on the grass along the sidelines looking like a bored five year old, she figured was just that time to have lunch anyway.

However, Nat's eyes narrowed on Tristan being forced to leave the sidelines to take up the kicker position and sighing because she genuinely wanted the water bottle she was forcing Gio to stand (well, lay) beside, she jogged lightly to be able to catch Tristan just before he could get into position, gaining a loose grip on his forearm. "Ey, podyshat' v techeniye minuty, nemnogo lyubvi,"{Hey, take a breath for a minute, little love.} she advised quietly, rolling her eyes when Mr. Lessig ordered, "Hurry it up, Santos!". Turning back to Tristan, Nat's eyes softened as she continued, "Ne stavit' vysokiye tseli. Tsel' na nizkom urovne. Kik, gde ona po-prezhnemu igrat', kak i gde Ketrin. {Do not aim high. Aim low. Kick where it's still playable, like where Katherine is.} Even if she wasn't particularly pressed to win, Nat still wasn't pressed to just give Eli an easy win, particularly when she knew what Tristan had to deal with without having to be teased over a small game in gym class. At least if he played it low, the other players would have to scramble to get the ball. It was too much of a gamble for him, of all of their players, to kick high unless they were begging for the ball to be caught. Nat gave Tristan's arm a small squeeze and smiled softly before releasing him and heading over to where the rest of her team was, hearing the tail end of Alessia making a complaint. Nat raised an eyebrow at the blonde, daring her to continue her probably scathing remark about the boy, but the girl only bristled, huffed dramatically, and then folded her arms. However, she also chose to remain silent. Giovanni snickered.

Awwwwwwww," he cooed at her, handing her the water bottle that Nat took several strong pulls of water from. "Mama Nat taking care of one of her babies." She turned a scrutinizing stare at the attire he had haphazardly tossed into his bag on a rush out the door and shook her head, smirking as she replied, "Don't project your mommy kink on me, durochka. Not interested." Gio pouted. "You wound me, Natty baby. I thought you loved me." Nat snorted wryly, which only prompted a small whine of "Say you love me!" followed by Mr. Lessig demanding that there be silence on the sidelines. Nat only chuckled, ignoring her friend's continued (but quiet) whine for attention as she proceeded to ignore him of paying attention to seeing how the rest of the game played out.

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Character Portrait: Eli Lawless Character Portrait: Timothy Cargill Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Sebastian Cole Character Portrait: Natalia dos Santos Character Portrait: Zara Sai Character Portrait: Tristan-Castiel Castellan Character Portrait: Giovanni De Luca Character Portrait: Samuel Youngblood Character Portrait: Laylah Gibson Character Portrait: Gabrielle Lawrence Character Portrait: Kya Gonzalez Character Portrait: Alessia Lawless Character Portrait: Ari Rollings
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Samuel can do nothing but chuckle at Alessia's lame retorts, "How a girl like Laylah can hang out with someone like you will always confuse me." he simply says with a faint sigh, more disappointed by Laylah's choice of friends than anything else. Alessia's sharp comments about Samuel's social standing and wealth may have stung a little if it had been said by someone who actually had substance in his life, but as it was Alessia spouting pure rubbish and just trying to get under his skin, Sam decided to not give her the satisfaction of taking offence to it.

Zara, on the other hand, being the typical hot-headed rebel she is, was riled more than enough for the both of them. "Oh honey," she bites back, sarcasm dripping from her voice, "If you think I'm a whore you clearly don't know what big bro gets up to in his spare time." Zara can't help but smirk as she continues, "Believe me, he's been gagging for this but, y'know, I don't wanna catch anything." She manages to get in that last snappy comment before Alessia flounces off, her air self-entitlement disappearing with her. "Kids these days." Zara says by simple way of explanation, before changing her focus onto Tristan - someone that she had entirely forgotten was even still there - "Aw but Trissy, the funs only just begun." she beams, sending the shy A-lister a wink as she bounces past him and into the school building, hoping to catch up with some of her other friends.

Watching Zara waltz off, flicking a long strand of pitch black hair over her shoulder as she goes, Samuel can't help but somewhat envy that carefree attitude of hers. He wanted nothing more than to not care about what people think, but alas, Samuel was far too insecure for that, especially when it came to the opinion of those he cared deeply for; despite him maybe not being that for her, Laylah was still definitely someone Samuel cared about and therefore her opinion meant a lot to him, so if she felt the same way as Alessia did about him, Samuel would be heartbroken (even more so than he already is). As Tristan also decides to make an exit, Samuel pouts but understands how Zara's energetic personality may have put him off, stays silent. Giving the guys shoulder a squeeze, "I'll see you at break then." Samuel smiles faintly before following after Zara and heading into the school building.


| Fourth Period |



Samuel had never minded sports, despite usually choosing to be a spectator rather than a player (most often at Laylah's games) Samuel did in fact, have a liking for PE. Although his body was suited best for cross country, Samuel was actually rather pleased when Mr. Lessig stated they were going to be playing kickball. Zara, on the other hand, wanted to skip the class all together. Sure she was fit and healthy, but that was down to doing fun exercises like yoga and working out in her gym at home, not playing a ridiculous game of kickball where she would undoubtably get hit by a flying ball - or so she feared. The only thing that made Zara go to the lesson was her competitive side, she hated sports but she loved winning.

"Ah, Miss Sai, so glad you've finally deigned to grace us with your presence." Zara gives Mr. Lessig a small, fake smile as he comments on her surprise appearance as he passes by. It wasn't often that Zara made it to his lesson, not only because PE was certainly not her thing but also because she could not stand the man. He was far too sarcastic for her liking, and while Zara would usually appreciate that in a person, for a teacher she preferred someone more easily riled - that way she stayed entertained.

Pausing for a moment as he walks past, Mr. Lessig scowls at her attire, "You seem to be missing part of your shirt, Zara." he comments, looking at her self-cropped tank top. Zara had taken the regular school tank and cut it so that it just grazed her belly button, deciding upon wearing it with high waisted leggings and a basic pair of Nikes. "Oh, Mr Lessig, the most awful thing happened - I was washing this lovely tank top and it shrunk!" Zara lied, her bottom lip jutting out into a pout as she feigned sadness, "I knew I had your class today so I figured some uniform is better than no uniform, right Sir?"

Samuel does nothing but chuckle as Mr. Lessig walks on with a simple roll of his eyes, of course he didn't believe Zara but the man had better things to do than reprimand a girl he knew adored getting into trouble."I don't know how you always get away with it," he sighs, both impressed and miffed that he could never do something like that. Unlike Zara, Samuel stuck to the school dress code, wearing the kit he was given after they accepted his scholarship; typical school shorts, a white top and basic trainers.

The two are quickly sorted into separate teams, much to their dismay. Samuel is placed onto Eli's team who had decided that he was team leader with no objection from anyone else. Looking around his team for this lesson, Samuel's chest tightens when his eyes land on Laylah. Biting down on his bottom lip, Sam tries to keep his focus on the game happening in front of him but can't help sneaking the occasional glance at Laylah.


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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Eli Lawless Character Portrait: Timothy Cargill Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Lennox Atwood Character Portrait: Natalia dos Santos Character Portrait: Zara Sai Character Portrait: Giovanni De Luca Character Portrait: Samuel Youngblood Character Portrait: Laylah Gibson Character Portrait: Gabrielle Lawrence Character Portrait: Kya Gonzalez Character Portrait: Alessia Lawless Character Portrait: Rhys Griffith Character Portrait: Ari Rollings
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xTRISTAN-CASTIEL
xCASTELLAN

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xxxlocation: brentwood academy athletics fieldxx
xxxxoutfit: here

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xxx"clipped wings, i was a broken thing
xxxhad a voice, had a voice, but i could not sing.
xxxyou would wind me down.
xxxi struggled on the ground."


Tristan-Castiel slightly stumbled when he was bumped into. The small kid would nod and wave him a goodbye, attempting to make one to Zara as well. He quickly moved towards the Music room, so he could have a quiet place to practice his own music, without being disturbed.

|| Fourth Period ||

Okay, so physical education, was not something Tristan-Castiel was fond of. But still, to keep up his grades, he would be forced to attend. He silently changed into his normal gym outfit, completed by his own Captain America jacket. He silently stood by Sam, and Zara. His sea green/blue eyes would widen when he noticed he was not put on the team of Sam, but with Natalia.....and Alessia. His form would silently move towards the area his team stood. He would hold his jacket closer to him, so he wouldn't be hit by anything. As if it were his own shield.

"Ey, podyshat' v techeniye minuty, nemnogo lyubvi,"
he heard an older female speak. His body slightly tensed up, as he turned to see Natalia. Following her directions, he silently took a breath. ""Ne stavit' vysokiye tseli. Tsel' na nizkom urovne. Kik, gde ona po-prezhnemu igrat', kak i gde Ketrin." the girl spoke again. Tristan-Castiel nodded and would respond. Da! Spasibo Mat' Natal'ya .... YA imeyu v vidu ..... Spasibo Natal'ye! [Yes! Thank you Mother Natalia....I-I-I mean.....Thank you Natalia!] the male would blush a red color as he focused and got into the position. His dark blue eyes would focus on the ball coming from him, aiming as Natalia told him. He bit down on his lip, as he felt the ball come into contact with his foot. He winced, as he saw the ball roll at a rather fast pace, and took off towards the first base position.

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Character Portrait: Eli Lawless Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Sebastian Cole Character Portrait: Tristan-Castiel Castellan Character Portrait: Giovanni De Luca Character Portrait: Samuel Youngblood Character Portrait: Laylah Gibson Character Portrait: Rhapsody I. Vincent Character Portrait: Kya Gonzalez Character Portrait: Ari Rollings
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"Kat! Wake up!" Ari yelled to the girl who was farther out in the field. She had tried her best to keep a safe distance between herself and Kat during the class. She wasn't actively avoiding the brunette, because even in her stressed out state over their friendship, she knew that the idea of ignoring Katherine was simply unrealistic. She didn't want to ignore her anyway, because as conflicted as she was about the unwarranted feelings that she had developed for Kat, what she was certain of, was that she loved the friendship she had with Katherine. While the girl's quirks got on her nerves from time to time, there was nothing that she could do that her jovial and exuberant personality couldn't act as a remedy for. So, when they were placed on the same team, Ari was good about chatting with Kat throughout most of the time while their team was on the kicking end, since they were just waiting in line for their turn. However, to maintain that distance she needed, she had elected to man third base while Katherine had taken the less involved route of being one of the people playing the outfield... which in her book, essentially meant standing as far away from the action as possible so that she could spend the period texting without Mr. Lessig noticing. Ari was athletic, and even though volleyball was her preferred sport, it wasn't hard for her to get into the right mindset for other games like kickball. She wasn't incredibly competitive about it, but she could keep up with those who did want to win dramatically, and had done her part by catching a pop up ball earlier in the game and tagging out two runners who had tried to make it to third base.

It was the final kick of the day, and with only runners on first and second base, Ari doubted that the other team would score, especially with Tristan kicking. He would have to kick it far enough to allow the runner on second to get to third and then home base in one kick, and though Ari was far nicer to Tristan than a lot of people, she was also realistic. And realistically speaking, Tristan just didn't seem like an athletic kid. If he could make a kick that would get the second base runner to third, Ari would be impressed at just that. Needless to say, part of her wanted to smile when Tristan managed to kick the ball and send it soaring right between first and second base, just so that it was out of reach for the two infielders who dove for it. The idea of smiling vanished quickly when she remembered that her team's win was on the line, and even more quickly when she realized that the ball was rolling right towards the part of the field that Kat was "supposed" to be guarding. A game that looked like it was a surefire win at that point, quickly grew to appear like it would be a hopeless loss. It was all the more frustrating knowing that there were athletic people on their team, like Laylah and Bas and even Eli, though he didn't need any more credit than he already gave himself, and while Ari was hopeful that another teammate was close enough to step in and save them, she wasn't in a position where she could do much, and only bit her lip in anxiety, ready to catch the ball if it was thrown her way.

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Character Portrait: Eli Lawless Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Kayleen Cargill Character Portrait: Sebastian Cole Character Portrait: Lennox Atwood Character Portrait: Natalia dos Santos Character Portrait: Tristan-Castiel Castellan Character Portrait: Rhys Griffith
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Sebastian stood in the outfield. He was placed there by his team to ensure that had the opposing team had any super kickers – though, unlikely – someone would’ve been able to catch the ball aside from the girls who ran from it because they were scared they would break a nail. Most of the time, Sebastian would be into the game, competitive as all hell. Today, his mind was elsewhere and though he was mostly present for the game, he didn’t feel like taking gym seriously today. His eyes wandered from Natalia to Tristan, as the two discussed strategy before it was the boys turn to kick, to Lennox who was so desperately trying to grab Kayleen’s attention. It was almost painful to watch as the boy relentlessly tried sparking conversation with the very uninterested girl. He chuckled to himself and shook his head. As Tristan stepped up to the plate, Bas could hear Eli’s voice, arrogantly calling for the team to move in as it was doubtful Tristan could kick the ball that far, let alone at all. This was the last play of the game before everyone was going to be sent in to change and then head to lunch, and all Sebastian could think about was Natalia and whatever the surprise Greg had for him was. The ball was kicked and was sent directly in Kat’s position, who of course was not paying attention – but neither was Sebastian. From the side lines, Bas heard his name being called out. “Sebastian! Katherine! Look alive! Fuckin’ move!” Sebastian snapped back to reality fairly quickly to see Rhys waving her arms trying to grab his attention. As the ball whizzed through the field, Bas looked to see the direction it was headed in, only to notice that the recipient of the ball was down on one knee tying her shoes. Sebastian groaned and pushed off his back foot into a full sprint to catch up with the ball that was moving past Katherine. He picked up the ball as it rolled deeper into the outfield, and launched it over Katherine’s head back into the infield, hoping he’d caught the play in time to put a pause on whoever was rounding the corner of third base to score. Bas was already preparing himself for some shit talk from Eli who always took gym too serious.
He was just waiting for Mr. Lessig to tell them all to hit the showers so he could go eat.