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London Wellington

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a character in “Crossroads Academy”, as played by Rivers

Description

LONDON WELLINGTON
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ImageImageName:
London Grace Wellington

Age:
17

Birthday:
January 10th

Sexual Orientation:
Heterosexual

Hometown:
Sagaponack, NY


ImagePersonality:
The Queen Bee... it's a title that fits her well, and one that she holds tightly to, because she knows so many people covet it. Power is something that most people are attracted to, and for London, that is exceedingly true. She feels like the only place worth being is at the top, because not only are you untouchable when you're there, but you can ruin other people. She's the kind of girl who definitely has the ability to let the power get the best of her, especially considering that she's secretly very sensitive and takes criticism poorly, but at the same time, she does a good job at maintaining a very composed front. You won't ever catch her crying, or even cussing someone out. She knows how to keep a poised smile on her face and is skilled at getting back at people in dirty ways, that are usually hard to trace back to her directly. She is undeniably manipulative, ruthless and petty, but in a very calculated way. She doesn't let her emotions get the best of her and in fact, usually prefers to act like she has no emotions. No real ones anyone. None that will allow her to seem too vulnerable or weak.

A diva to an extent, she knows what she wants, and she will refuse to accept anything short of that as being satisfactory. London not only thinks that she deserves the world, but knows it, and it's what has led her to have an elevated level of confidence and determination. It would be a futile attempt at assassinating her character to claim that she's a spoiled brat who won't work for anything, and expects everything to be handed to her. No, London is more than that. She doesn't live in some disillusioned fairy tale world where her problems are the biggest ones in the universe. She understands what hard work means and she knows how to do it. However, like most kids attending the school (at least those on scholarships...), it's also not fair to say that she has worked for everything that she has. London will never know what the face of poverty looks like. She will never live paycheck to paycheck, and she will probably never have to even work to get a job at the same extent that those without connections will. She likes to think that she's capable of building a name for herself on her own, and she's intelligent enough to, but she just will never have to. It's a blessing, that's for sure, and it's not like she's complaining about it, but it's an undeniable advantage that she has over peers of lesser classes as well. Fitting to her title, London likes the social world and is active in the social scene. She enjoys partying, events and interacting with other people, so long as they're situations that are in her comfort zone.

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History:
Before transferring to Crossroads Academy, London lived in New York, and called a grand beachfront estate in Sagaponack home since the day of her birth. The same can't be said about her nine months post-conception, and she'd never tell you because she thinks it's incredibly tacky, but she's actually named after the beautiful city that her parents conceived her in. Gross, she knows. She doesn't even know how her parents recalled that it was London where she was created, considering how frequently the pair travels. Her parents co-own the top industrial architectural company in the country, and expanded internationally shortly before her birth. Rather than settle down as a stay-at-home mother as many women in financially safe places do when they have children, London's mother, Marie, opted against that traditional route. She loved her daughter but loved working as well, and therefore, opted against raising her full time. In Marie's own words, she was a "part time mom" and a "full time businesswoman". The involvement that her father, David, had in her life was even less, but since London never knew any different, she spent most of her life not knowing that it was unusual to be raised by nannies. This was especially true, considering that she was homeschooled for the first ten years of her life. She had friends because of her parents social connections, but wasn't constantly around kids to a point where she realized that her parents absences were abnormal and might have an affect on her development.

For her sixth grade year, her parents transferred her to Crossroads Academy in California. Since boarding options were only offered to students in the upper school, her parents were "forced" to purchase a home in Manhattan Beach and a nanny was hired to act as a guardian to her since her parents continued to travel and develop their careers. They were not strangers to London, but at the same time, it's difficult to call people who are home for maybe a week out of every month, active parents. To say that London thrived at Crossroads would be an understatement, really. It was the first time that she was in school with other children, and had actual peers, and she seized the opportunity as if she was never going to have it again. She quickly climbed up the social ladder in a manner that seemed greedy and heartless, really. She felt like she had years of catching up to do from being deprived a normal schooling situation and now that she was at Crossroads and had real, life competition, she never wanted to let go of it. When she made it to ninth grade, her parents declared that it was necessary for her to dorm at the school, since they were selling their Manhattan Beach house, in favor of purchasing a home in Bel-Air. Since ninth grade, London has lived on campus and though she would definitely prefer a house, she also isn't in a place to be complaining about her life. She basically runs the school's social system, gets good grades, has friends, and thinks that she's happy... so what more could she want?

Clique:
Royals (Queen Bee)

Hex code:
#339999

Face Claim:
Alissa Violet

So begins...

London Wellington's Story

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Today was the first official day back on Crossroads Academy's campus, and there was an undeniable air of excitement and jitters on campus. Throughout the morning, cars had driven up the long driveway that led onto the campus, packed to the brink with parents, children, and suitcases filled with everything a teenager could need, only to be drive right back down it a little while later, empty, and usually with teary-eyed parents. It was nothing less than a tradition, and though many felt it was sad to see their parents go, most students did genuinely like Crossroads Academy. The fact that it was located right on the beautiful California coast played a part in it, and it possessing facilities nice enough to rival top colleges was a perk too, but the relationships made while at a boarding school were different than at many normal high schools. They were stronger, or that's what many of Crossroads' students would tell you, anyway.

Like the other dorm advisers on campus, Holly and Brian had spent their mornings acquainting themselves to parents and helping students move into their rooms. They had moved on campus a few days before, and though this meant that their summers were over too, they were both glad that the school year was starting. While Holly had worked as a dorm adviser for four years, and had acted as a dorm adviser for the girls she would be living with this year since they were freshman, Brian was new to this. He had been a faculty member for Crossroads for a year before, but this was the first year that he was going to be a dorm adviser. Life circumstances combined with knowing that his paycheck would look even better if he was a dorm adviser had led him to accepting the additional position, and though he was excited, he was understandably nervous as well. He knew that this position would require him to take on an extra level of responsibility and respect for rules and guidelines, but he also knew that he had to be understanding enough to get a bunch of teenage boys to like him... or at least trust him. It was going to be an interesting experience, that much he was sure of, but he didn't have much time to worry during the morning, as he really had been busy helping kids move in. He was grateful that he had been assigned a senior dorm, only because that meant that there were slightly less parents involved. Senior students were allowed to have cars on campus, and that meant that in some cases, for those who had cars, they were driving themselves onto campus and there were a few less introductions that Brian was forced through. In the girls dorm, Holly was experiencing a similar thing, but by now she knew most of her girls' parents, and for her, introductions were welcomed anyway. She was friendly and bubbly, and far too used to this to be bothered by the first-day events.

While Brian helped some students in 3C of Chase move into their dorm, Holly was on the second floor of Wright Hall. Most of the dormitory room doors were open, with girls coming in and out as they either helped each other move into their rooms, moved into their own rooms, or were in and out socializing. She skimmed the sheet of paper in her hand that listed which room each girl was in, and once she found the name that she had starred, she headed towards dormitory room 2B. The girl's dorm had one new student this year, and Holly thought that it was best that she introduce herself and make sure that the new student, Emma, was getting settled in all right. The door to get into the dormitory was open, so Holly gently pushed it open and entered the common space of the four bedroom dorm. "Girls, is Emma here yet?" Holly called out, unsure if Emma was there herself, or if the other girls rooming there, London, Dytto or Farrah would be there. She knew the other three girls from acting as an adviser to them for the past three years, so introductions there were unnecessary, though she was glad to be back with them as well.

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Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Emma Buxton Character Portrait: Holly Pines
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London thrived at school, so coming back after summer was never something that she dreaded. Her Instagram feed made it look like she had the perfect summer, and it definitely was a good one (who could complain about bouncing from New York, to Paris, to Barcelona for most of it?) but it wasn't as perfect as it probably appeared. London's family life was a unique one, mostly because her parents had always been fairly detached. They weren't unloving or anything, but they were devoted to the international company they ran, and had seemed to think that London was mentally an adult since she was eleven or twelve, and that they didn't need to be very involved in her upbringing. Over the summer, she had seen her mother twice, and her father only through Skype, and to them, it was nothing but normal. They weren't parents who thought that it was necessary to push aside business meetings to fly out to California to help her move in. Instead, they had a car service drive her belongings to the school while she drove her Range Rover there separately. She didn't need their physical help moving in because she had friends and followers for that, but still, even a girl who could be labeled as heartless as London sometimes was craved an actual relationship with her parents on days like this. Is was hard not to when you had to watch almost every other kid in the building get tearful farewell hugs from their mom and dad. Suppressing her feelings was something that she was good at though, so she did well at acting unfazed by it all, and focusing on how amazing this senior year was going to be. Her dorm placement wasn't ideal in terms of roommates, but she had gotten the bedroom location that she wanted, so that was a plus. Besides, her roommates weren't... horrible. She had Dytto Devereux, Farrah Hart, and Emma Buxton as roommates. London had been the first of the four to arrive, and had been completely moved in by nine-thirty. Rather than sitting around all morning and having to deal with being introduced to the other three girls' parents, if they were coming to drop them off, she left the suite and headed to the junior girls' dorm, where she had a few minion-type girls that she wanted to catch up with.

Katherine was running late (as usual), and in the midst of hanging out with her younger friends, she hadn't had a moment to check in with Esper to see if she was on campus, until around eleven o'clock, when she headed back to Wright. She sent out two text messages on her walk back: one to Esper, reading, "Hey girly are you on campus yet?!" and another to Katherine, reading, "You told me you were going to be here an hour ago, Kitty! Location update needed ASAP!" With the knowledge that Katherine was supposed to share a dormitory room with Esperanza, London had a feeling that it would be best for her to hang around the two girls while they moved in... just in case. She trusted her girls with being civil, but she was still very aware of the fact that her two best friends didn't seem to like each other as much as she liked them. It was unfortunate, but because they both seemed to suck it up when London was around, she rarely had to concern herself with it very much. She was planning on heading straight to their dorm room, but as she passed by her own, she noticed that the front door was cracked open, which meant that some of the other girls had to have moved in by now. She was still tempted to keep walking, but as Queen Bee, it felt necessary to greet the girls she was going to be living with, if for no other reason than to remind them that she was still at the top this year. Especially considering the current dilemma she was facing with Dytto, and not knowing who Emma Buxton was, she headed into her dorm room and smiled when she saw Holly in front room. The senior girls had been blessed getting Holly again as their adviser, because she really acted more like an older sister to them than anything else. It was easy to get away with anything with Holly, even though most girls didn't actually like to abuse that, just because she was so cool. She had walked in a few seconds too late to hear Holly's question about Emma, so she greeted her normally with a, "Hey, Holly. Oooh, aren't you looking all tan and summery!? Did you stay in Cali all summer?"

"Oh, hey, London," Holly chirped, caught off guard for a moment at a voice coming from behind. She spun around halfway to greet the blonde with a genuine smile. A chuckle escaped at the girl's compliment. She had been trying to get a base tan this summer, but unfortunately, she was the type of person who burned more than they did tan. The compliment was appreciated nonetheless, though. "I tried, I tried," she admitted, before nodding. "Yep, I've been around all summer. I'm sure you went on some wild adventures? Probably more exciting than mine," she continued. While there were a fair amount of scholarship students at Crossroads who came from middle or lower class families, a lot of the students were from very wealthy ones, and many of them had passports that were ten times more full than her own, despite her being double their age. "I want to hear all about it, but is your roommate Emma here? She's a new student this year and I want to make sure that she's getting settled in."

"I'm not actually sure," London admitted with a careless shrug. "I was the only one who was here a few hours ago, and I haven't been back since now, so I don't know who actually is here yet either." If Holly had not been there, she probably would have went into her bedroom at that and waited for the other girls to actually come out of their bedrooms to greet them, because she definitely wasn't that friendly innately, but with Holly standing there, she felt the need to seem a little bit more friendly. She chose bedroom B as the door to knock on, knowing that it was the only coveted bedroom aside form hers, given the views that those two offered. She wouldn't have been surprised if it was Farrah who opened the door, because she was an A-lister as well, and therefore, deserved the nicer room, but if it was Dytto or the new girl, she was going to be a little bit surprised at the nerve they had to claim the nice room. She had taken the nicest one, of course, so it didn't directly affect her, but it would still be a good reflection of just who she was dealing with this year.

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Jonnie Walker Character Portrait: Joseph Grant Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Holly Pines
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Theme Song ღ Bedroom: X, X, X ღ Mood: Disinterested ღ Outfit ღ Location: Wright Hall, Second Floor



"All I'm saying, sweetie, is that you could've waited for Bernard," Amelia Arnault exclaimed, frustrated, as she spread the furry duvet at the foot of her daughter's bed. The teen in question, with her back facing her mother as she set up various photos and trinkets on the shelves of her armory, rolled her eyes. "And I'm just saying that if I actually waited for Bernard, I would be waiting for Katherine and she might not have made it to the school if I did that." Was her retort, spoken calmly enough to not seem fazed by her step-sister's attitude from earlier, but with enough contempt laced in her voice that her own frustration was noted. Not that that did her anything. Dytto didn't have to turn around to note the disapproving stare her mother shot her; she could feel it digging into the back of her head.

In Dytto's head, and possibly in her mother's though the older woman was noted for trying to be understanding towards her step-daughter - and trying was the operative word when thinking about the spoiled little brat known as Katherine Arnault - she was not at fault here. Unlike Katherine, she had jumped up immediately when the housing selection began and chose her room - in fact, she had chosen her room before even London had. Which was the main reason why Katherine was upset. London had chosen a room in their dorm suite and because Katherine simply expected she was going to get the room that she wanted, she ended up choosing too late and the other two rooms had been taken. Upon that discovery, she had "anticipated" Dytto's acquiescence; obviously, the dancer was supposed to give up the space she had picked simply because Katherine demanded so. She must have forgotten who her step-sister was. A yelling match followed by Dytto's mother having to physically get in between the two, and Dytto had stormed off earlier that morning in her garnet Porsche Cayenne with Amelia following with a much larger truck to assist in moving Dytto into her dorm. She even decided to look extra cute, simply because she knew Katherine would have shit to say and she wanted to feel powerful. And nothing helped like a pair of stilettos that she was obviously gonna trade for a pair of high tops once classes started.

Luckily for her, since she honestly did not feel like pretending to ignore Farrah or even attempting to be nice to the new girl she heard was going to be moving in with them, no one had been present in the suite, so Dytto hurried to set up her bedroom. With the assistance of a few artists and cheerleaders, no doubt. She had picked up Starbucks for those who helped and it was only a few minutes ago that the others departed, each with their own drinks and Dytto in her mature taupe-grey themed bedroom that Kylie Jenner totally stole from her when she first said that that was her bedroom theme for the school year on social media. But of course, nobody was going to talk about that. "Deanna..." Her mom's pause was enough to make Dytto turn around, arms folded over her chest. Her long chestnut mane fell down her back in a sleek waterfall, one of her many snapbacks on top of her head. "I really wish you'd try a little harder to be patient. It's just a room." Dytto rolled her lightly-lined baby blues for the umpteenth time today and picked up her Venti Very Berry Hibiscus to take a long draw of the fruity beverage. "Yeah, well, you're right. It's just a room, my room at that, and if the brat wants to come to blows over it, you know that I don't mind. Might do her some good." Amelia sighed, as if still disapproving. What she couldn't stop, however, was the small smirk forming on her lips as she stood and crossed the room to her daughter. "I know you don't mind." Dytto smirked in response. "And neither do you."

Distantly, she heard what she thought was Holly's voice and a younger one, but with her door closed, Dytto didn't feel the need to strain her ears to decipher whose. She honestly did not care. She had not picked her room to be friends with people; it had been out of convenience. There was a particular view she wanted; this room had it. Even if two people she liked were in the other suite. She would just go over whenever she felt like it. "I'll go check to see if the boys need any help with that TV," Amelia said after a beat, touched Dytto's shoulder briefly, and headed to the door just as there was a knock. Dytto groaned and Amelia mouthed for her to behave before opening it, smiling at the blonde standing on the other side. "Oh, London, right!? Katherine'll be here soon, I believe. There was....a small hold up." Dytto rolled her eyes at her mother's need to explain herself and watched the older woman exit, walking up to the door so that she was standing directly in its frame. And to keep London from entering her space. Nathan was helping with getting her television from the truck and a few jocks needed to help, so Dytto wouldn't be surprised if they would arrive soon enough. "Yeah, she needed some daddy-and-me time or something like that," she added disinterestedly, drinking more of her beverage before noting Holly. A much more welcome presence. "Hey, Hollz!" The RA brightened up instantly when she caught sight of the brunette and walked over, hugging Dytto when the girl actually extended an arm. It took them a few years, but eventually, Dytto got used to showing the woman affection. It helped that she was pretty cool.

"I was wondering when you would get here, Miss World of Dance host," Holly replied and Dytto smilled, her straight white teeth showing from behind her plump, currently dark red lips. "Stop, stop...you're flattering me," she exclaimed before laughing at the woman she had teased. Holly laughed as well before gesturing to London. "It seems you two picked the best rooms in the suite. Isn't that a surprise?" Holly decided to bring up, as if wanting to begin some kind of dialogue between the two girls. Which Dytto didn't really want. Why should she? She and London weren't friends and as far as she was concerned, they weren't enemies either. No need to change shit just because they were roommates for the year. "Yeah, well, what can I say? I wanted the backdrop for dance videos." She said, pulling her IPhone 6 Plus from the pocket of her high-waisted skinny jeans in order to see where her friends were.

To: Black Widow, Esper, Nate, Fred, Joe, Jonnie
Yo, where is evrybody?

To: Liam
Ur girlfriend is here

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Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Holly Pines
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Much to her dismay, Katherine didn't have her license, so driving herself onto campus wasn't an option. She would have preferred to have walked to school over the option that she got, which was her father driving her there. It probably seemed dramatic, but it seemed like whenever Katherine was alone with her father, he was lecturing her about something. Today, it was on how she needed to start to mature and act "respectfully", that the world did not, in fact, revolve around her, and that this was the last year she had to act like a child before she was expected to enter the real world. College was going to be an important step for her, he said, and connections she made there would predict what her professional life looked like. It was all stuff that went in one ear and out the other, for one, because she wasn't even sure that she wanted to go to college. Academics were not her strong suit and she couldn't imagine having to spend four more years of failing exams and writing papers that got D's. Secondly, she knew that he was only saying this because of the argument she had gotten into with her step-sister, Dytto, a few hours before. Regardless of what the topic of the argument was, her father always seemed to side with Dytto. Katherine attributed it to him favoring her, and in her mind, that was a fact and not an opinion. She reasoned that he felt like he could treat Kat unfairly because she was his biological daughter, but he had to fight for a spot in Dytto's life since he was just her stepfather, and therefore, she was allowed to do whatever she wanted and get away with it, while Katherine caught hell for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Yeah... that was the reality of it all, in her mind, at least.

Today's argument had been one of the many where Katherine was sure that she was completely just in acting dramatic. Months ago, when Katherine was in New York, her father had called saying the dorm selections were available. She swears that she told him to put her down for the dormitory that London was in, but he counter claims that she told him she would deal with it when she got home. Well... regardless of what story was true, she never submitted anything, and was assigned to a random room. When Katherine realized this, it was too late, and now she knew that her situation was just not livable. She had been paired up with Eloise, who was decent, but then Natalya and Esperanza, who most definitely were not. After finding out that Dytto was dorming with London, Katherine demanded that her step-sister switch with her. Dytto had rejected Katherine's demand, but for some reason, Katherine was still sure that the girl was going to abide by it when the time came, so this morning when she was side swiped with the reality that she was, in fact, going to have to live with those girls, she could not handle it. Needless to say, Katherine's dramatic and emotional personality, combined with her refusal to take no for an answer led to a complete meltdown and her swearing that she was going to kill Dytto if she didn't switch when they got to school. While her step-sister got to drive down to Crossroads on her own, Katherine was stuck being driven by her father who took the opportunity of having forty minutes alone with her to lecture her, and lecture her, and lecture her some more on how unacceptable her behavior was. After he helped her move into her room, which she barely did, considering that she was still sure she was going to be moving out before the day's end, he left her with parting words that mostly consisted of the demand to "behave".

He had business to attend to and was running late as it was, so he left before visiting Deanna's dorm again, but insisted that Katherine go over and say goodbye to Amelia. Katherine didn't care to see her stepmother, but she did have every intention of going across the hall to Deanna's room, because she needed to make that become her room. She had been in too much of a fury to notice London's text on her phone, but was pleased to find her and Holly in the main room of Deanna's dorm, even if she wasn't as pleased to see Dytto and her stepmother there too. Rather than attempting to appeal to those two, who one would imagine she would be closest with, she turned to the blonde resident adviser and rather than offering a traditional greeting, began with her reason for being in there. "Holly, thank God you're here. It's not fair. I can't live with them. It's just... inhumane! Literally cruel and unusual punishment, and I don't deserve that. You have to make her switch with me," she insisted, turning her head to glare in Deanna's direction to signal who she was talking to. "Amelia, I thought you said you were going to make her switch," she added, a distressed, and now noticeably more pleading-than aggressive look on her face as she addressed her stepmother.

"Katherine, Katherine, calm down. Like I told you earlier, it's out of my control. You know how housing works here. If you don't choose your room early enough, it's random. I didn't make up the placements, and I can't change them. We can work out whatever issue you have with those girls though, okay. Who are you living with, again? Natalya, Esperanza...?" Holly didn't want to step on the toes of Katherine's stepmother, who stood right there, but also felt like she needed to show that she could act as a good adviser in front of a paying parent.

"And Eloise, but Eloise isn't the problem. It's the other two, and it's not something I want to work out. One of them is mean to me, and the other one is going to try to give me tattoos in the middle of the night. I just need Deanna to switch with me so I can live here, okay? Please?" Please was something she rarely said, and she felt like the special occasion of saying it really warranted her deserving to get her way this time. Of course, her attempt at politeness wasn't directed at Deanna, but Holly, and almost instantly after she finished her plea, she turned to London. "You don't even know how horrible my life is going to be if I'm forced to live there," she sighed, in an attempt to justify her dramatics to the girl whose opinion mattered most to her.

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"I love you too mami, but I really must go," Esperanza said coolly as she sat on a bench, holding her iPhone 5S to her ear. The Latina was desperate to get off her phone, the more she talked the more minutes would be wasted while her mother cried drunkenly in Spanish. "I'll call you every week, just like last year, bueno?" Her mother couldn't respond through her tears. Esper, jammed her finger onto the end call button. She didn't really have time for her mother's shit. Just as the girl was getting up, her phone received two text messages. One from London, the other from Dytto. Seeing Dytto's name flash across the screen made her sick. She wasn't ready to deal with what was happening yet. Esper has spent her summer trying to get over her, but failed miserably. Inhaling sharply, she replied to London first.

To: Main Bitch
Outside of Wright Hall, I've spent the past hour trying to calm my delusional mother down. Help me unpack my final things?

She nearly banged her head on the door as she walked into Wright Hall, "Oh fucking shit!" she cursed. Esper had no filter on her mouth. Luckily no one was around to make fun of her. She kicked the door closed behind her as she walked into the common area. There were a few girls in there, most of them she didn't know. "Auntie Snix has arrived on the Bitchtown Express, you besta believe it!" She flipped her burnt umber tresses behind her all diva like. Esper did not know what their reaction was because she was already making her way up the stairs. She was certain that she had the shittiest roommates ever. Natalya Volkova, Katherine Arnault, and Eloise Tailer. She hated two out of her three roommates. Natalya on the other hand, was cool in her book. Once she made her way to the second floor, she pulled her phone out to make some other texts.

To: Dytto
I'm heading to my dorm now, glad to see you missed me too.

She silently cringed at that remark, was that too flirty? Thousands of thoughts raced through her mind as she pushed open the dorm room to 2A. Her face was as white as a ghost. She opened the door to Room A and closed it suddenly. Her eyes trailed to the room that was somewhat complete. She had her dresses hanging up in the closet, some of her clothes in the drawers, and her cheerleading uniform on a hanger near the bed. On the wall was a magnificent painting of the sea which Esper liked looking at when she was stressed. On the walls were a few posters of Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Beyonce, and Britney Spears. She preferred 00's pop music to today's pop music, it was just a little better quality in her opinion. After a few deep breaths, she looked down at her phone. Who the hell freaks out over a text? It shouldn't have been her. She huffed, looking at her contacts. She needed to let Farrah know she was here, otherwise she was sure her bestie would kill her. One to her "boyfriend" Jonnie. They had to make their relationship believable after all. She also needed to send one to Natalya, since she did not see her when she entered the dorm room.

To: Farrah my Babe
You here yet? I literally have the worst roommates ever.

To: Jonnie
You better be at the barbeque. Also make sure to take a mint, your breath smells.

To: Russian Barbie
We're roomies this year with Katherine, it's literally going to be like one of those shitty reality shows.

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As Dytto would discover only a few moments later was that Amelia had barely even made it out the front door of her apartment style lodging when Katherine stormed on in without even being invited. The brat didn't even acknowledge the main person who vouched for her getting the room she wanted - hello, Amelia may not be the ungrateful child's mom but she could at least acknowledge that someone cared about getting her whatever she wanted! - and immediately set to pleading her case to Holly. Dytto glanced at her mother, who was in the middle of rubbing the bridge of her nose with her eyes closed, before leaning against the frame of her door, arms folded over her chest and long legs crossed. She didn't even pretend to show any other emotion than amusement on her face when Katherine even glared at her, only smirking with a taunting flare in her gaze as she sipped more of her Starbucks. Because after all, Katherine could throw all the bitch fits in the world. Was that going to make Dytto change her mind?

Not in the slightest.

It was probably a bit ridiculous, as her own mother had told her, that Dytto would be so adamant when even she said it was just a room. The sooner she gave up the room, the sooner Katherine shut up. Plain and simple - no complications such as these necessary. However, that was a problem for Dytto. Surrendering was a thing of pride and if there was anyone she was definitely not going to submit to, it was Katherine. Hell, Dytto would give her room up for Farrah - of all people, and it's not like she actually would now, this is just speaking in hypotheticals - before she gave it up to Katherine. And that was simply out of pride. Surrendering meant that Katherine would be all smug about it later and that she would continue to think that she could get her way simply by painting on a few good tears and well-placed dry sobs. Dytto didn't have it in her to entertain that. Besides, she had received the room just as everyone else had. After all, who decides to get someone else to pick their room and then get mad about the selection? Oh, right, Katherine Arnault. Of course.

"Awww, damn. Tough break, kiddo," she exclaimed sarcastically when it felt like Katherine was done with her sob story, recently tweaked eyebrows inching together as she construed the most unsympathetic sympathetic face she could make. "Wish I could help, but I'm all unpacked and not letting anyone within an inch of my shit unless they wanna get gutted." Amelia immediately turned a glare in her daughter's direction. "Deanna!" Dytto bristled at her tone, but settled down nonetheless when her mother stepped in between the always warring step-sisters. Amelia's sharp blue eyes went from Dytto to Katherine, softening only slightly for her stepchild. We've already discussed that what's done is done, Kat. You aren't switching rooms and just because you go to a resident adviser, it does not mean that your father's mind has been changed. Or mine, for that matter," she stated with certainty, but not without turning a sharper gaze her daughter's way. "But that does not mean that you get to taunt her about this." The eye roll Dytto gave in response was her hardest all day.

Pushing Katherine's buttons probably wasn't a good idea, perhaps. But as her mother should have known, Katherine pushing her buttons was never a good idea. Not if she didn't want to go to class trying to use pounds of concealer and foundation on one of her eyes. "I'm also not entertaining this," she countered and made sure to level her gaze with Katherine's over her mother's shoulder. "This whole room switch thing? Not gonna ever happen. And you need to get over it. Maybe smoke a jay, get laid - anything to get that stick you've got shoved so far up your - "

"Assez, Deanna, ou Dieu me aider..." Amelia quickly interrupted with a hand held in the air as warning, not to hit Dytto, but to silence her. Dytto bristled, but not before averting her gaze to the front door. It was rare when Amelia spoke French to either of the girls, but they both understood it was when she was angry. Even Katherine, sometimes, acquiesced to the tone in which Amelia spoke her native language. When she could still feel her mother's gaze boring into her face, Dytto leveled the older woman with an indomitable stare, feigning indifference when she spoke, "Ne me faites pas vous faire changer de chambre juste parce que je peux." Dytto stopped herself when she realized she was tapping her foot out of anger and before her mother could issue another threat, her face went blank. "Bien sûr, maman," she replied, already pissed that she was being chastised in front of both an adviser and an irrelevant classmate. Rolling her eyes, Dytto pushed off of the door frame and briskly walked past the other women in the room, needing to get away before she was tempted to hurl her precious drink in Katherine's face. "I'll go check on my TV or whatever." She didn't wait for permission, she just left.

Amelia then turned her stare, firstly to Holly, whom she softened for and apologized to. "Sorry about that," she said and included London with a small smile. "You're just moving in, sweetheart, and we're already causing drama." When her eyes finally landed on Katherine, she hardened her gaze just a bit with resolve in her voice as she stated, "And this conversation is over, Katherine. Neither your father nor I want to hear about you bringing this situation up again. It's done." She also did not wait for a response. She simply headed back into Dytto's room to make sure all of her clothes were hung up or tucked away in a drawer, wishing to be back by her husband's side as soon as those damn kids returned with that television set.

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Farrah ran her fingers through her hair, crossing right leg over left. She was on her way to Crossroads Academy to start her senior. There was no problem with her and school. In fact she was a tad bit excited to start her year. Her classes are more rigorous this year than last. She was head of the dance team again and she is leading it with her best friend Esperanza. Senior seems promising. Farrah is looking at this optimistically of course. Things could always go wrong, but she was not in the mood to think about all the things that could go wrong in her life. That would just be a horrible start to her day.

Her attention was brought back to the pictures on her Samsung Galaxy S7. She wanted to post another picture to Instagram to let her followers know summer has ended and she could not wait for school. Farrah had mostly stayed in California, occasionally traveling to Dominican Republic with her mother. But most of it was spent at home and with Nathan. She stopped on a picture of him and smiled to herself. He looked so adorable in this picture. Though she practically had to force him to be adorable for her. Their relationship seemed so perfect over the summer. She was extremely happy and she was assuming that Nate was as well. Farrah may not have introduced him to the family in fear they would hate him, but she spent much time with him as possible. Her gaze shifted to the window. The school was pulling up and she had no more time to be the reminiscing girlfriend. It was time to be Farrah Hart. Co-Captain of the Dance team. Bad Bitch that does not tolerate shit from anyone. Her driver parked the car and came around to Farrah's door. Gracefully, she stepped out smiling politely at him.

Miss Hart has know idea who he is. Her mother was in charge of arranging her ride and making sure all her things arrived to campus. Just like momma said, her this were waiting for her in a separate truck. Even her Cadillac ATS 2015 was parked for her. "Do you need any help with her your things, Miss Hart?" The dark skinned beauty nodded and then started walking towards her dorm. The arrangement was not completely awful, despite Dytto's existence, Farrah was not all that upset with it. As she headed towards her room, her phone buzzed. Message from Esper of course. Quickly she responded.

To: Esper Darling
Heading to my room now. And hang in there. You only have to smile at Katherine when London is around.

Farrah knows about their feud. They only keep up the charade around one person. Finally getting to her room, her driver set everything down and Miss Hart completely disregarded the fact that Dytto took one of the better rooms. Hart did not need a great view. If she wanted to go to the beach, she would just go. Farrah did see London and smiled charmingly. Sharing a dorm with Queen Bee required to be polite. Getting on her bad side would not be good. But right now, making friends was not on her list of things to do. The driver just stood at the entrance of Miss Hart's door, waiting to be dismissed. "Thanks. I am good now."

The driver left and Farrah decided to send a text to her boyfriend. Even though she has no plans to make a public appearance with him anytime soon, she wanted to make sure that he at least got here alright.

To: Nate <3
Did you make it Crossroads okay?

Looking up from her phone, she tossed it onto her bed. She wanted to start unpacking soon so that she could join everyone at the BBQ. Slowly she started unpacking, waiting for responses to her messages.

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All it took was Katherine being in the room for a mere three seconds for the situation to turn from peaceful to tense. That was Katherine for you, though. She was dramatic enough that London always teasingly insisted that she join the Drama Club, because she would certainly be promoted to club leader once everyone saw how well she could pull out those crocodile tears. What didn't help was that while some of Kat's antics did seem to be an act to get what she wanted, a lot of it seemed genuine too. London could be a bitch too, there was no denying that, but there was also no denying that her friend seemed to live in a fantasy world where everything revolved around her. London could be ruthless, but at least she was aware enough to know that she was acting that way. Katherine actually seemed to think that people had to drop everything they were doing to wait on her, and though London found it to be entertaining to an extent, she also wished that Kat would tone it down sometimes. Like now. It didn't look good for anyone for a royal to be throwing a temper tantrum in public over something as trivial as a room. London would have loved to live with Katherine, and she didn't want her friend to be miserable, but she could recognize, at least, that the situation wasn't going to change. Surprisingly, she didn't blame Dytto for not wanting to switch just because Kat requested so, and since she figured that this was a "family issue", she remained quiet as the two went at it, only to be separated by Dytto's mother before things got too out of hand. London knew a little bit of French, but not enough to follow what Amelia was saying, though the tone, and the way that both girls seemed to back down, said enough. She offered the mother a light chuckle and a toss of her hand to signal that it was no big deal, as she apologized for the drama, and waited for her to return to Dytto's room before looking at Katherine curiously. She wasn't sure how her friend was going to react to being shut down, but she also didn't have time for the negativity today.

"Quit being such a baby, Kitty," she said, giving her a playful elbow to the side in hopes that a teasing approach would break Kat out of her drama queen mode. "We're literally right across the hall from each other, so it's almost the same as living together," she insisted. "And Esper is not going to be mean to you, so stop it with that, okay? I need my girls to get along this year, and maybe you two living together will be a good thing. You'll realize that both of you are bitches, and at least you have that in common." She glanced at her phone, only to see that it was Esper herself texting her back. "Come on, we're going to go finish moving you and her in," she added after sending a response to Esper saying, "Omw". She took Katherine's hand and took a few steps towards the door before turning back to Holly to say, "Catch you later, Holl. Tell the new girl she can come to me if she needs anything at all, too." She could come to London if she needed anything at all... if she happened to be pretty and cool, and a potential candidate for London's clique. Otherwise, that wasn't true, but the RA didn't need to know that. On her way out, she noticed Farrah, and returned the smile that the Prep offered her. "Hey, Farrah," she said, before pulling Katherine into the hallway. London was being friendly, but it wasn't necessarily atypical for her. It seemed easier to keep everyone at a friendly level... until they fucked her over. And then she would destroy them. Farrah had never presented any problems to her, and she was very close with Esper, so London had no reason to be a bitch.

"I don't know how you get away with talking to your mom like that. I'm pretty sure that my mom would have murdered me by now if I said half of the things that you say." She knew that Amelia was Katherine's stepmother, but for as long as she had known Katherine, that was the woman who was always at her home and actually acting somewhat like a mother. London was in no place to talk about absent parents considering her own, but even if her relationship with her parents was a minimal one, she couldn't fathom actually disrespecting them in the way that she had witnessed Katherine do to her father and stepmother. She was serious when she thought that her mom probably would have slapped her across the face by that point, had she acted the way Kat did, and in front of other people, nonetheless. She still maintained a light tone as she spoke with Kat, because she knew that was necessary with the girl. She was... fragile, in a sense, but she also said it in an attempt at hinting to Kat that she didn't want to deal with her acting that way all day. It was their first day back, and she wanted it to be fun. Crossing the hall, she headed into Katherine's dormitory, where Esperanza was supposed to be as well. "Esper!" she called out, announcing her presence. "We're here, where are you? I've been missing my pretty Latina baby all summer!" It took peaking into one incorrect bedroom to find Esperanza in hers, and she forcibly tugged Katherine into Esper's room with her, only releasing her once they were inside so she could hug Esperanza. "You look cute," she said once she released the brunette. "I'm excited for my two best girls to be living together, although I will say that I'm disappointed with your room choice. Why didn't you take the other one with the good view?" she questioned, knowing that Kat had likely taken one of the two good ones.

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For a few months, Katherine had gotten away with disregarding Amelia's voice of authority with the excuse that she wasn't her mother, and couldn't tell her what to do, but her father had quickly gotten sick of that and shut it down. It didn't abolish Katherine's level of disregard for what Amelia nor Bernard had to say a lot of the time, but she knew when to stop pushing, and when her stepmother began to speak in French, she knew she had hit that line. Her arms instinctively crossed over her chest and a scowl fell into place, but she didn't object to Amelia ending her pleas at changing rooms. There was no point, and she could only answer with a "Fine," to acknowledge that she understood this. Her stepmother seemed serious and the last thing that Katherine wanted to deal with was her father coming back up and reprimanding her in front of people like Amelia did. Taking no for an answer wasn't something that Katherine was comfortable or used to doing, and she was very tempted to start crying, just as a last resort in hopes that maybe she could cry her way into getting Dytto's bedroom, but Amelia's immediate turn back into the bedroom only spoke further to how her stepmother wasn't going to entertain it.

Even getting to see her shut down Deanna didn't make Katherine feel any better because in the end, she was still left without what she wanted. This was different than not getting some material item that she wanted, and it was ten times worse. Katherine had exaggerated on how poorly she thought of two of her roommates, but she had truly convinced herself that living with them was going to be hell, so now, she was already expecting the worst. Not even London's playful attitude could alleviate the bitterness that seemed to be instilled in her mood for the moment, and London insisting that she and Esperanza would get along wasn't reassuring either. Esperanza would probably be nice to her in front of London, but London wasn't going to be living with them, and Kat was sure that whenever they were alone, Esperanza would turn right back into the huge bitch she was known to be. Especially with her little sidekick Natalya there to back her up. "She's not my mom," Katherine corrected London. "And I wasn't even being rude. Like, she just always takes Deanna's side and doesn't even try to be fair and it's so typical." She could have went on for an hour about the injustices she faced at home, but she knew that it would have been futile, because London seemed to be in too good of a mood to want to hear it. While Kat usually liked a positive and upbeat London, she wished that the Queen Bee was in a worse mood today, because it would have meant that maybe she would have been on her side and tried to threaten Dytto into switching with her. Kat liked to think that she had a lot of power, but she knew that if anyone had the ability to sway the social system, it was London. It didn't stop her from sending a text to Dytto though, disregarding Amelia's insistence that she drop the topic.

To: Deanna
If you don't switch with me I'm going to tell London about how I saw Liam at our house with YOU this summer.

She had already told London about it anyway, but she thought that it might hold some weight over Dytto, despite knowing that Dytto had not seemed to make an attempt at keeping her hookup with Liam a secret anyway. If it wasn't obvious, she was trying anything and everything to get Deanna's room, so empty threats were not too low for her.

Katherine wanted to separate from London once they got into her dorm and she saw her pulling her towards Esperanza's room, but she knew that the attempt would have been futile. After seemingly losing her battle at switching rooms, the last person she wanted to deal with was the person who she wanted to escape from, especially when she felt like London was going to take her side too. She had always been capable of pretending to like Esperanza when London was around, but she had never had to live with her before, and she could barely feign a smile in the girl's presence when London brought up how great it was that they were living together. When London brought up the room placements, she had to at least appreciate that Esperanza had gotten one of the worst rooms in the dorm, but she remained silent, since it wasn't that big of a hit to really make her feel much better.

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Esperanza began rummaging through her bag. She was trying to come up with reasons why she shouldn't murder Katherine. 1. She's London's friend 2. Esper'll go to jail and wreck her family name 3. She'll have no one to pick on besides the underclassmen. Her brown orbs narrowed as she threw one of her leather jackets on the bed. Her phone vibrated once more, she hoped that it would be from Farrah or London, but no it was from her rat face boyfriend. Reading the text slowly, she let out a shriek and threw her toothbrush at the wall, "You've got to be kidding me!" Her "partner in crime" would not be attending Crossroads this year for a family emergency. He had left Esper on her own to deal with being in the closet. She was tempted to call him up and yell at him, but she was too angry to even bother. Instead she sent him a "break up" text since he was no longer needed for her master plan. Eyeing Farrah's text notification, she pulled it up replying while muttering something about today could not be any worse in Spanish.

To Farrah my Babe:
I can't smile at her when she looks like Yoda and Kendall Jenner's love child.

She set her phone down, suddenly hearing London's familiar voice. She cringed at the nickname, crossing her arms over her black top. Her door was wide open and she could see that someone was with her. Her eyes widened as she felt disgust fill her visage. Of course London brought Katherine. Of course her day had gotten worse. She was hoping she could save being around Katherine until the barbecue, after classes if she was lucky. "How many times have I told you not to call me your Latina baby? I ain't your multi ethnic trophy friend!" She was just joking, she always had to say something remotely rude. It was just how it worked with her communication. The girl returned the embrace with a soft smile on her features, "I'm cute? Girl, you look fresh off the runway. I don't think my beauty can compete."

Her gaze travelled towards Katherine. She could practically see the disgust on her, even if it was showing. She gave the girl a pleasant smile. "Hello Katherine, lovely to see you again," she tried saying politely. But the snarky emphasis on the word lovely was hardly unnoticeable. Her attention turned back to London. "My my, that's a good question. Perhaps it was because I wanted to make sure Her Royal Highness here wanted a nice place. I just don't need to see the ocean every single day. I'd rather be people watching. You learn something new about people everyday. Half of the time you can blackmail them with that information," she said proudly. She turned back to her bag, pulling out a few other garments from it. She didn't know if she should tell them about Jonnie, perhaps when she was alone with London. But that was hard to come by, since she was the Queen B and everybody was around her.

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Esperanza had not gotten fat over the summer, and her skin wasn't speckled in acne, so Katherine really had nothing to look forward to upon seeing her. She was still the same snarky bitch with an attitude problem that London somehow thought was nice? Enjoyable? An actual friend? Katherine didn't get it, and her expression was barely more than a sneer when Esperanza acknowledged her in such a forced manner. She didn't want to pretend either, and the mood that Deanna had put her in made her ability to tolerate Esperanza that much smaller today. The way that Esperanza was dressed in all black somehow made it that much easier for her to hate her, because she wanted to attribute the outfit to the darkness in Esperanza's soul. Or that it made her look like she belonged to the Emo clique, which in Kat's book, was definitely one of the lowest cliques you could belong to. This girl clearly wasn't the type of person who was supposed to be a cheerleader, nonetheless a Royal. Katherine couldn't really talk though, considering she loved an all-black outfit now and again. For someone who was so concerned with her weight and how her body looked, she knew good and well that black was her friend, and her outfits frequently reflected that. Even today's outfit included a black jacket. However, she rationalized that it was different between her doing it and Esperanza doing it, because Esperanza was the one who had a soul that was dark enough to fit in with the emo clique anyway. Today was just a perfect example of it, how she had done absolutely nothing wrong to Esperanza, and yet there she went, coming at her with that fake hello, and accusing her of being high-maintenance.

"I'll be moving out within the next twenty-four hours anyway, so you can have it once I leave," Katherine declared, trying to sound uninterested, though her arms crossed over her chests in a manner that was indicative of her feeling defensive. "The vibes in this room are just... not for me," she continued, deciding to resist ending the sentence in "disgusting" or "emo" since London was there, and she had to seem like the politer one out of her and Esperanza. With Amelia's dismissal of the situation and Dytto's apparent ignore of her text message, Katherine wasn't sure what she was going to do at this point, but she was still insistent on the fact that there was no way that she could survive a year with these roommates, and that was without even bumping into Natalya yet, and only dealing with Esperanza for a moment, while in London's presence. Dealing with the two of them alone was just unthinkable, and Eloise acting as a neutral person in all of it wasn't going to do her any real good. Especially not when London disliked Eloise, and her befriending the Artist would be one more thing that Esperanza could use against her when she went back to London with information. Clearly, from what Esperanza had just said, she wasn't above blackmail and Kat didn't want to be on the receiving end of that. "I'm going to change into something else for the barbecue, so I'll just meet you guys down there, kay?" Katherine said, though her eyes only remained on London, and even then, just for a second before she turned around and exited Esperanza's room. She did want to change, because while California weather meant that it was hot outside, she knew that she had a tendency to get cold easily, and later on, her air-conditioned classrooms would probably lead to her bare legs freezing. More than that, though, she just needed a reason to get out of Esperanza's presence and even though she needed to catch up with London, she figured that being alone was better than trying to do that with Esper right there.

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Joe lived in Las Vegas, which was over a four hour drive to Crossroads Academy. He didn't have his own car, and flights from Vegas to Los Angeles were only around seventy-five dollars, so it was a lot easier for him to fly into Los Angeles and take a bus to Manhattan Beach, than it was to have one of his parents drive him. They both worked and asking them to take off a day to drive him was just unnecessary. He had worked all summer at a local summer camp, and losing $100 on transportation to school sucked, but was something that he could withstand. He had only one suitcase and a backpack filled with belongings by the time that he got to school, but this wasn't really even a representation of his working class status. He didn't own a lot of things, yeah, but he also didn't want a lot of things. He had clothes, some personal hygiene items to get him through the first few weeks, his computer and his school supplies, his violin... and not much more. Anything else that he needed, he knew could be easily purchased on campus on in the surrounding area. While he didn't have a car himself, many of his friends did, and he knew that Crossroads also had a school-run shuttle that drove students into town on the weekends if he really needed something that badly.

He had gotten to school at around nine-thirty, and was completely moved in about twenty minutes later. His move in process only consisted of him dumping his suitcase into the school-provided dresser, and leaving the rest of his things at the bottom of his closet. Unlike many of the other students, he didn't need the personalized furniture and upgraded amenities. His simple personality definitely helped, considering his parents weren't going to finance flat screen televisions and queen sized beds for his room anyway. While he was already tired enough that he wanted to take a nap and catch some z's before the barbecue, his involvement in the student government association meant that that wasn't possible. A few weeks earlier, he had responded to a group email and agreed to join the committee that was helping freshman students move in and get acquainted with the school. All it took was a few minutes of socializing for him to get the energy he had lost while travelling back, and by the time he headed back towards Chase, around eleven, he was ready for the rest of the day. His stomach was definitely ready for the food, if that meant anything, at least, but then again, it was a rare occasion when Joe wasn't ready and willing to eat a feast-sized meal.

This year, he was rooming with Kiffen, Antonio and William, and he hadn't run into any of the three yet since moving in. So, on his walk back to his dorm, he messaged the three, responded to Deanna's group message separately, and also sent out a couple of other texts. By the time that he was entering 2B, he had sent out the following, and a few more to other random Artists.

To: Kiffen, Antonio, William
Hey, have you guys moved in yet? Heading back to the room now if anyone needs help

To: Dytto
Heading back to Chase... had to fulfill my student gov duties by helping the freshman move in. Btw I still want you to join student gov this year. You've got that leadership stuff in you, D-Mac... and don't try to tell me that you're too busy dancing or whatever it is you do. You always seem to have time to let me kick ur ass in ping pong, you can make time to keep your buddy company at those weekly meetings

To: Katherine
Kat! Did you move onto campus okay? Need any help?

To: London
Hey! Hope I see you at the barbecue!

To: Ellie
I better see your face at the barbecue

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"Hmm... I can't argue with that," London admitted with a grin when Esperanza gave her last reasoning for wanting the room. Esperanza's ways with blackmail and "people watching", as she labeled it, had proven to be useful in years past, so if she was going to use her room to an advantage in that sense, than London was all for it. She still thought that Esper should have gotten the ocean view over Natalya, but London didn't have any major problems with Natalya to a point where she would make that an issue. Besides, she also knew that Esper liked Natalya, so if she had really wanted that room, she probably could have convinced the girl to switch with her since they were friends.

London visibly rolled her eyes when Katherine once again, insisted that she was moving out. If Kat wasn't her friend, and she didn't know her well, she would have reminded her of what her stepmother had said, about that not being an option. She knew that would only lead to the girl growing more moody though, and despite her two drama-loving friends' moods, she was set on having a good day today! It was ironic sometimes, how London felt like she was the one often unfairly painted as a bitch, when people seemed to forget just how bad her friends could be compared to her. She normally would not have allowed Katherine to get away with leaving so abruptly, especially just to go change, but she wanted to talk to Esperanza alone, so it worked out, and she kept her mouth closed until Katherine was gone. She didn't speak to Esper right away, but instead moved closer to where the girl stood, fiddling with some clothes she had taken out of her bag. London picked up a dress and admired it momentarily, before walking over to the closet to hang it for Esper. She turned back when she figured that it was safe enough to talk then, and offered her best puppy-eyed expression as a preempt to soften the girl who had a reputation of being the biggest bitch in the school.
"Please promise me you'll try to love Kat like I do this year, Esper. Please? I know she's... a lot... sometimes, but you just have to be gentle with her. She's sensitive, you know? And If she's upset all year, I'm going to be the one who has to deal with that, and I don't need to be prematurely wrinkling because I'm stressing over you two being on the verge of killing each other. Like, I'll have to kill both of you if that happens." She became more playful at the last line, with her features softening just a bit, before she reached over and squeezed Esperanza's hand. "Seriously though, please be the amazing friend that I know you can be and try to be cool with her?" London knew that it might seem unfair for her to be vouching for Katherine to Esperanza, and not the other way around, but she knew that out of the two Esperanza would probably be more sensible about it. Probably not by much, considering that both girls could be the most dramatic of drama queens, but Esperanza at least seemed to possess some sort of level of consciousness about it all, where she might be able to put bitch-mode on hold, where Kat's seemed to be a lost cause. She was more ignorant than she was a bitch, even if those on the receiving end of her ignorance didn't see it that way. Plus, she knew that Kat was the type who could talk the talk, but couldn't walk the walk. She would let her tongue get her teeth knocked out, where Esper was the type to do both. She could be a bitch verbally, and she wasn't likely to back down, no matter what. It was a trait that had drawn London to her, because she loved girls who didn't take shit from anyone else, just not when the drama Esper was involving herself in involved her other friend.

What probably would have been the easy solution in all of this was for London to plead with Esperanza to switch rooms with her. Esper was on the cheer squad with Dytto and the dance team with Farrah, so she would probably enjoy her year in that dorm room. London got along with Natalya and was one of the few people who seemed to enjoy Katherine's presence, and Eloise was an absolute nobody in her book, so her presence would make no difference to London anyway. The only thing that prevented London from making that sensible offer was that... well, she was the Queen. She wasn't going to go out of her way for anyone else, not even her best friend. She had chosen her room specifically, and in a similarly petty reasoning system as Dytto, she had no reason to give it up to aide in anyone else's comfort. It probably wasn't fair for her to plead with Esperanza to be the bigger person here when she, herself, wasn't being one at all, but switching rooms herself wasn't something she would even consider, so it didn't seem to count. Like in most situations, London seemed to be exempt from the own rules she liked to enforce. "If for no other reason, than to make up for you not coming to see me in New York on the Fourth of July like you promised you would," she added, a mock glare being shot in Esperanza's direction at that reminder.

Her phone had went off with several texts since entering Esperanza's room. A few were from younger girls who were quick to fill her in on Jonnie dropping out, some commenting on Liam being at school, and some wondering where she was, and if they could sit with her at the barbecue. None of those, or the one from Joseph, were even opened, since her phone didn't even deserve a glance if she already knew what her two best friends were up to. Everyone else could wait.

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Esper listened to the bratty girl's comments while fiddling with her hair. What was wrong with her style? Nothing. Bitch better shut the fuck up. The woman plastered a smile on her face, seeing Katherine leave. She could practically tell that London was going to kill her if she said anything mean again. "Leaving so soon? That's a shame," she chuckled dryly. Waiting for a few seconds before speaking, London beat her to it. Esperanza's eyes widened in shock at her words. It was so hard to not keep her normal testing bitch face. "London shit, you're making me actually not a cold hearted bitch," she muttered.

She had no idea how hard it would be to try and be nice to Katherine. She wouldn't make things easier, no matter how hard Esper tried. She chewed on her bottom lip slowly. "I'll do my best, I can't promise that she'll do the same. If she gets on my nerves I ain't holding back, mkay?" she winked. She looked at the piles of clothes on her bed. Esper hated packing and she had no idea how she had this many clothes. Probably because Farrah got her some, and she couldn't say no to her best friend. On the comment about New York, her jaw tightened as she placed the white blouse down to cross her arms. "I was in a Palm Springs trailer park all summer! My papa thought it would be a fun idea to go on a camping trip. It was a disaster! Julio tried to put cockroaches in my mattress and I wanted to strangle that twelve year old rascal!" Remembering the camping trip, she groaned in disgust. Her digits wrapped around the zipper to the toiletries part of her bag and opened it.

There was something else on her mind as the Latina unpacked. The flashing messages on her phone assured her that this was what she wanted to do. How to approach it though? She inhaled sharply, trying to form the words together. For once, the girl was actually nervous. She glanced at the poster from Beyonce's I Am... Sasha Fierce album before turning back to London. "I like girls," she said simply. Although it didn't feel that simple to her. Nothing would ever be the same after she spoke those three words. She had left the closet and told the one person she trusted and also the one person who had the power to spread it around. She wasn't just in love with any girl, she wanted to desperately be with someone. How did it work? She never knew what love felt like. Her version of love was just a facade, nothing but fake. But for once she wanted something real. She was too afraid to express that though. The seductress was just down the hall, near London's room. Even if Katherine and Dytto switched, she'd probably have more trouble than before. "Oh no, I should not have said that," she winced, looking down at her bag. She had thrown herself into a seriously bad situation and she regretted letting that sleep. But she needed to talk to somebody about it.

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"No one is more qualified to shape the young minds of our
future than the King Bee."

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Liam didn't hold any student government position, and he had no official reason to be leading a group of underclassmen boys around campus, giving them a tour, but he was anyway. One reason was that he had arrived on campus early, like really early, as in seven in the morning, before move-in had even started. His dad was flying to New York later that day for business and was only around in the early morning to help Liam move in, so his RA made an exception for him showing up early. Another reason was that he was Liam Nielsen, and well, when he was in the mood, he could be friendly. It was a friendliness that was laced with more of an incentive than to just make people feel at ease, though. It was a friendless that was motivated by his need to make sure that these boys knew that he was the top dog on campus, that he was the person that they needed to look up to and strive to be like. His behaviors didn't often lead him to be the ideal role model in a moral sense, but in a world based on popularity, he knew that he earned his spot at the top. He belonged there, and if he hadn't, the former King Bee wouldn't have chosen him as his successor without even considering anyone else.

The tour was ending in Chase Hall, the senior boys' dormitory, and the one that Liam insisted would be the one that they'd be able to sneak the most girls into, when it came their time to live there. That was, if they followed his advice, however. Throughout his tour, he had made sure to make it clear to these young minds that no girl was off limits to Liam Nielsen, and that with a little practice, they could be on the road to being as wanted as he was, too. "Listen, boys. You wanna know the key to success? Simplicity. Modesty. Acting like you're open to anything, when really the only thing you're open to is her legs opening. Girls like that. I don't know why. You know, I've got a lot of answers, but I don't know why. All I know is that when you try too hard, you look like a douche, and no girl on this planet is trying to hop into a bed with a douche. Why do you think Davenport over there has never been laid?" he said, motioning over towards a Prep boy who sat with a group of guys on a couch on the other side of the room. "He didn't get friend zoned. Nah, he got douche zoned. If you don't know how to wear a Cartier watch or a Burberry jacket without looking like you're trying to tell the world that your dad owns a Fortune 500 company, then stick to the fucking Nikes and shit like that. You're just embarrassing all of us, otherwise, and I'm not for that."

Liam's phone going off was the main reason for why he ended his spiel there for the moment, and an eager boy from the group in front of him perked up at the noise with a grin. "Is that one of your bitches?" he asked excitedly, with a laugh that made it obvious that he was proud of himself for the comment. Instead of the high five and hearty "hell yeah" that he was probably expecting, Liam looked at him in disgust, which he would later admit to himself was probably exaggerated. "Are you kidding me?" The words and the look seemed to wipe the smirk right off of the boy's face. "You don't call your girls bitches ever. I didn't think I had to go over rule number one with you boys, but I guess so. Rule number one is you respect your girls. A girl that lets you bang her in the back of her Porsche isn't a bitch." Nope, she's not a bitch. She's someone you'd call Deanna Devereux, AKA the best fuck you're gonna have in your life, boys. He wasn't in the business of name dropping, or else that thought would have been verbalized. "But I won't let you boys get ahead of yourselves anyway. It takes work to even get a girl to call your own, and you've gotta be prepared to start at the bottom if you wanna get the ones at the top." He had only skimmed through his messages before returning his attention to the boys, but now that his friends were on campus and hitting him up, he was done playing big brother to these freshman. "Now take what I said, and put it to use. The barbecue they're setting up? Go get good seats, and scout out the hottest girls you can find. Remember what I said though, you've gotta start at the bottom. Don't even waste your time trying for anyone who isn't a sophomore or a freshman." With that, he left the boy's in the lobby of Chase Hall and headed upstairs to where his dorm room was. As he walked up the stairs, Dytto, London, Katherine and William got texts from him. Dytto's was laced with sarcasm, even though he wasn't sure who she actually was talking about in reference to the girlfriend, and London's was one he expected to go unanswered, while he knew texting Kat was gutsy.

To: Dytto
Damn D, I thought that we were on the same page with not trying to take it that far. Don't tell me that I made you love sick with a summer's worth of charm. Thought you were stronger than that, but I guess I shouldn't have even expected you to be able to resist me. I just seem to have that effect on girls.

To: Katherine
My favorite girl... what's up, Kat? I get to take you as my date to this barbecue, or do I really have to work for you?

To: London
Not gonna stop by and say hello? Thought we could at least be civil, L

To: William
Wya dude

It didn't take long for him to reach his dormitory, and he unlocked the door and headed inside. Luckily, he had missed Fred's dad leaving by a few minutes, so he didn't have to deal with that, but on his way to his bedroom, he noticed Frederick's was open, and that the guy was inside. He could have just kept walking and went into his own room, but Liam was feeling friendly, and figured that there would be no harm in saying hello. He recognized the kid's face from some mutual classes in the years back but couldn't, for the life of him, remember his name. Rather than try to guess, or ask and make it obvious that he didn't know who he was, he decided to go with the classic nickname of "bro". After having gone to school with the kid for probably three years, if not more, it seemed rude to have to ask him what his name was. "Hey, bro. Hope you don't mind that I took Room B. You know who else we're dorming with?"

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"Thank you. All I want is for you to try, and I'm going to make sure that she does too." She felt like she was a version of Dytto's mom, trying to mediate a similar conflict from earlier. She appreciated Esper at least confirming that she would try since she knew that whenever she brought it up to Katherine, she was probably going to get an earful on how she had no reason to try, since she never did anything wrong, and everyone in the world was out to get her. "Oh my God, ew. Okay, I guess I should feel bad for you more than I should hate you for abandoning me, then. I would not go camping even if you offered me a million d--" She had begun to respond to Esperanza's explanation for why she had went MIA over the summer, when the girl blurted out "I like girls". To say that it came out of nowhere was an understatement, a complete understatement at that, and since it was so unexpected, it took a minute for London to actually realize what she was saying. It took more than a minute, actually. It took her sensing how the vibes in the room had changed, and noticing that Esperanza had a serious look on her face. One that was much more exposed and vulnerable than the tight and on guard look that she normally possessed. As she attempted to backtrack, London wanted to get sentimental and hug her, just because she didn't know what else to do, but she was still too caught off guard to even to that. She just stood frozen for a minute,, a perplexed and partially shocked look glued to her face. This situation was uncomfortable for more reasons than just one, but a major part of it for London was that she disliked situations that she didn't innately know how to handle. She liked being in control and having all of her emotions in check, and right now, she didn't know if she was supposed to be shocked or turned off or comforting or what.

London wasn't homophobic, and in the big picture, Esperanza being into girls didn't bother her. What bothered her, and left her feeling uneasy, was that she didn't understand why she was just finding this out now, when she had known Esper for years. It was incredibly selfish of London to be thinking of herself in a situation like this, but that was just how she worked. She felt like she deserved to know everything, and since Esper hadn't told her until now, it had to have been out of a lack of trust, and that in itself was unnerving. Needless to say, London's senior year was not starting out on the best note, and she had her two wonderful best friends to blame for that.

But now wasn't the time for self pity...

It took a little bit of reminding, but she eventually changed her expression to one where she was biting her bottom lip, and then a second later, forced her expression to soften. "Seriously, Esper? You 'shouldn't have said that'?" she said, repeating what the girl had said a minute before. "You're one of my best friends, of course you should have told me. You know I love you no matter what, but like, I'm going to be real with you, that was so random. I don't like not knowing what to say; you know that, but I really don't know what to say. You totally caught me off guard. Was that the preempt to you telling me that you have a girlfriend or something? Or wait, don't tell me. You've had a crush on Kat all along, and you were trying to play hard to get." Being playful felt like the best option to fall back on, partly because she really didn't know how to react to all of this, and why Esper was just saying this out of nowhere, and partly because getting all emotional and sentimental wasn't a territory that she enjoyed crossing into.

Only then did she look at her phone, and only then again, because this situation had turned into something she was uncomfortable with and didn't know how to handle, and looking at her phone provided her with a few seconds' worth of a distraction as she left both Joe and Liam's texts unanswered, and replied to a text about Jonnie leaving campus with a "kk". "I just heard that Jonnie's not coming back this year. Did he receive this news too, and you broke his heart enough for him to make up some story about his dad getting sick so that he didn't have to come back?" she said, continuing to try and be playful, though she was genuinely curious to see if there was some sort of correlation there.

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Esperanza could only remain silent. The solemn look on her features showed that she was dying on the inside. She wished she had some power to climb back into the metaphorical closet and become the straight bitch that she had created for the world to see. London's reaction made her very uneasy. At first she thought that she was about to tell her to leave, and surprise her with homophobic words. That was the last thing Esper wanted. If she were to be shut out and disowned by her best friend, she would definitely lose her shit. The lion would leave the cage of her soul and she'd probably commit a school massacre. Not literally, just by the means of harsh words and slaps to fake ass faces. Her hands began shaking and she felt her palms sweat. This was the vulnerable side to Esperanza Ramos that no one ever saw. If Katherine were in the room, she besta believe she would be dead. She only trusted several people to see how she felt, one of them was in the room.

Her brown orbs made her way to her phone, another message from Farrah. She wanted to just take the phone and leave the room. Running away from her problems wasn't the best thing to do, but she was so damn scared that she didn't know what to do. London's words made her feel pain in her chest. She was expecting a full on rant about how she didn't deserve to be her friend. Instead, she had shocked her and a forced smile formed on her lips. "London I-" her voice cracked a bit. She chewed on her bottom lip before continuing. "I wanted to tell you, I wanted to tell all my friends. But I am so freaking afraid. Back at home, my family don't support being a lesbian. My uncle was gay and my abuela disowned him. I'm not ready to deal with that kind of treatment," her voice was strained, as if she was going to cry. She was trying her best not to, but it was so hard. "I'm afraid of what other people will think. Imagine if Katherine found out I was a lesbian? She'd tell the whole school and wreck my reputation. She's probably been waiting for an opportunity like that for God knows how long," she gritted her teeth and looked down at her feet.

Her face turned crimson at the mention of a girlfriend. Her mind quickly came to the thought of Dytto. She silently cursed herself for thinking that. She didn't do relationships, only sex. No joke, Esper would kill to screw around with Dytto. But to her, she only did one time things and Esper didn't feel like doing a one time thing. "No, not a girlfriend. Not at all. As for Katherine, I would never even feel any sort of attraction. She probably cares too much about herself to give a shit about her partner if she ever dated someone," she scoffed. "However, there is someone. But I think it's best that I refrain from saying it. It's a little complicated in my opinion," she shrugged, running another digit through her burnt umber tresses. She hoped that London would drop the subject now, the last thing she needed was to keep talking about her homosexual urges to be with Dytto. "He knew I was gay, end of junior year," she commented on the mention of Jonnie. "But he's gay too. Oops I outed him," she rolled her eyes, not giving a single fuck about her ex 'boyfriend.' She picked up her phone, deciding to send in some texts because London herself was doing the same thing.

To Dytto:
Always got her panties in a knot, how is she head cheerleader?

To Russian Barbie:
Yep, Katherine and London came in my room. The bitch kept complaining about her room assignment.

To Farrah my Babe:
As much as I'd love to, I don't think that's a good idea.

She placed her phone back down on the bed, smirking slightly as she began explaining the situation to London, "He was supposed to be my fake boyfriend, so we could convince everyone we were straight. I'm pretty damn sure that he was afraid of me." She chuckled to herself, looking up at the ceiling. "I basically forced this upon him. Being a judgemental bitch and a previously closeted lesbian meant you had an excellent gaydar. To be honest, I'm glad he's not here. His breath smelled and I hated everything about him."

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The uneasiness that radiated from Esperanza was very understandable considering the topic at hand, but it made London feel even more comfortable. She was so used to Esperanza being in control and always having her guard up, that this side of her - one that included a straining voise and averting eyes - felt so... different. She seemed like a completely different girl. It wasn't like London hadn't had any heart-to-hearts with Esperanza before, because the girls' friendship was definitely genuine on a level that reached down deeper than being superficial and just sitting together in class, but none of those topics had included something as personal as this. It wasn't going to change the way that London loved Esperanza, but she could understand why it would be something that Esper would keep from her, especially when she explained her family situation. London spent most of her time in California and New York, two places that were very liberal compared to a lot of regions of the country, and she had always been raised to respect people's personal choices. She knew that a lot of families were like Esperanza's though, and when it came to Katherine, London understood why she wouldn't want the girl to know. The Queen Bee would be the first person to defend Katherine, almost always, no matter what she had done or who she had pissed off, but just because she loved Kat didn't mean that she was blind towards her ignorance. She knew that some of the things that came out of the brunette's mouth were offensive at best, and just from knowing her for so long, she knew that Esperanza was right. This probably wasn't a topic that Kat would respond to in a delicate manner, especially considering her feelings for Esper to begin with. Still, they were supposed to be the tightest group of friends at Crossroads, and this was a big deal. It was something that London wanted Esper to feel comfortable talking about, and not just in private. She could continue to keep it a secret from her family if that was necessary, but she didn't need to hide it at school. Especially not if she actually had something who was potential dating material!

"I thought he was absolutely atrocious and unworthy of you since day one, so I'm not going to shed any tears over that, but let's backtrack," London began. It seemed safer to not comment on her reasoning for keeping a secret, because that was a conversation that would have been too deep for London's tastes. "You cannot just tell me that you have a thing for someone and then not tell me who it is! Boy or girl, you know I don't work that way, Esper!" she exclaimed. "Now spill! Who is it? I need a name!" Her tone was definitely more light and playful now, though seriously persistent. Was finding out that Esperanza was a lesbian a big deal? Absolutely. It wasn't going to change London's friendship with her, but what was more important was realizing that one of her best friends had been harboring such a secret. If anything, it was a very positive revelation because she felt, or at least hoped, that it would take a weight off of her chest. Bringing up how they would inform Kat about it, if at all, would come after London heard who this crush was on.

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Esperanza sighed, closing her bag up. She wasn't in the mood for any more packing. She knew that this was a mistake, and she wanted to just disappear. Even the Palm Springs trailer park sounded like a better place than this room. She pursed her lips, tapping her foot anxiously. The lack of response from her best friend scared her. She knew she was done for. The life that she had built to hide everything was gone, and it was the damn party from her junior year's fault. If she hadn't have made out with that girl, Jenna wasn't it? She wouldn't have to deal with the problem she had now. But perhaps it was time for Esper to show her true colors. She glanced at her phone, not even caring anymore about who texted her. "Good, I really don't need any tears to be shed, because then I'm gonna cry," the girl huffed. She chuckled dryly, turning around to look out the window and wipe the single tear that was beginning to form on her visage."I only cry when I'm drunk, at least that's what I'm told," she responded, almost sniffling. She kind of wished that the barbecue would start soon because then she could actually get her mind off things by doing her favorite things, making people feel bad about themselves.

Esperanza made a gagging noise at London's plea. This bitch could not be serious. She dramatically turned around, hair flipping as she pivoted. A scowl formed on her facial features. ["Seriously, fuck you London. I just told you my biggest secret and hinted about a sort of crush and now you're on my ass about it? No me gusta!" she said in an annoyed manner. Her dark orbs rolled as she tried to come up with an excuse. "You know I don't do feelings, like I'm a cold hearted bitch. I don't even know how I really feel. This could be like some sort of innocent school girl crush that will go away once I meet the 'woman of my dreams,'" she continued. She flung her arms around dramatically. A smile finally came onto her face. London somehow could cheer Esper up even when she was in the bitchiest mood. The woman truly was a queen. "What's in it for me?" she said in a mock three year old voice. The childish side of Esper was showing. Her eyes darted around the room, thinking there was a clock on the wall. "On a serious note, what time is it? And when's the barbecue going to start? I'm craving some ribs. Or perhaps a big ass burger. I need a really good quality meal after I've been eating shitty camping food."

She snatched the phone next to her and began responding to her texts. Esper wasn't one to leave messages unread forever. She was one of those people who responded to her texts faster than a normal human being. It was almost like she had no friends, but she had lots of friends. Way more than those nerds and other outcasts.

To Dytto:
Whatever. I might come over to your dorm when I'm done unpacking. Gotta see my other friends before the barbecue.

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London didn't take Esperanza's jump back to the defensive side personally. She knew that the girl was just as guarded as her, and especially since this topic was so personal, it made sense that she wanted to revert to her aggressive side to keep herself from unraveling any further. London could respect that. Hell, she preferred to be at the receiving end of it for the moment, over having to deal with a sobbing Esperanza. It was one of the few things that London just wasn't equipped for. She struggled dealing with her own emotions, and she was almost bad at functioning around other people who were getting emotional. She returned Esper's smile when it broke through her bitch face, but it was only there for a minute, because London seriously was not going to accept not knowing who this crush was on. Harmless, school girl crush or not, she deserved to know. It was just part of the best friend, girl code that London instilled in her friends, and she expected them to adhere to it. "I don't care if it's just a school girl crush," she countered, a more toned down smile still on her face. "Don't I deserve to know?" she added playfully, a knowingly cocky hint towards her status. "Look, I'll let you think about it while you feast away, but by the time classes get out later, I better have that name sent to my phone. It's just part of the best friend code, Esper! You know you were always the first to know about anything that happened between me and Liam." Before today, London had contemplated over whether or not she even wanted to speak that blonde's name ever again, but she had decided to go with the approach that she was completely indifferent towards him. That meant that she wasn't going to not acknowledge what had went on between them or how it ended, but she wasn't going to allow herself to associate any negative emotions with it. She needed to act like she wasn't sad or even angry, because she wanted to believe that Liam was never that important to her. That he had never held any sort of power over her. It wasn't true, but that was the plan for the year, or at least for however long she could manage to suppress her emotions.

With that playful remark left for Esper to mull over, London headed towards the door, but didn't fully exit before turning to her friend with a more serious expression. "And obviously, your secret is safe with me, but when you do decide to be more open about it whatever, with like... everyone, just know I have your back, okay? Always and forever." A lighthearted giggle and a wave of her pinky, as if she were pinky promising, followed that, before she gently closed Esperanza's door behind her. She wanted to take Katherine and Esperanza's lead and get ready for the barbecue, which was probably going to be starting any minute now, but she wanted to talk to Katherine. This day is definitely going to be more stressful than it should be... she thought as she stood outside of Katherine's door. She waited only a moment before going in, as she sent out a couple of text messages. A few went to a couple underclassmen who she demanded save her a good table outside for the barbecue and one went to Liam. She was tempted to respond to Joe... but then she decided it wasn't necessary. He was nice and all, but not to an extent where she wanted to have a pointless conversation via text with him.

To: Liam
I'm civil with everyone. You're not important enough to be an exception to that.

As she pushed open Katherine's room, she tried to perk up her mood. It would be necessary if she wanted any chance at combating the brunette's bad mood. "Oh my God, you're so annoying," she began, with a tone that suggested that she was just being dramatic. "I love your room, and your view is perfect. You're not moving out of here, Kat. Seriously. Get it out of your head, and stop letting it ruin your - and my - day, okay? Let's be happy and go have fun. Tomorrow we're going to go to the beach after class, and if you want, I'll drive us to Beverly Hills and we can stay at your place for the weekend, okay? This year is going to be so amazing and if you keep being so negative, you're going to ruin both of our vibes. Esper said that she has no issue with you and she wants to be friends, so can you at least try to be nice to her too?" She perched herself on the edge of Katherine's bed as she looked towards her hopefully.

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Katherine thought that she could get away with actually just meeting London and Esperanza at the barbecue in a little while, but only a few minutes after leaving the girl in Esper's room, her bedroom door opened, and in came London. Normally, Katherine was very social. She enjoyed talking and hearing her own voice, and having people to converse with. That was especially true when it came to London, and should have been confirmed to an even greater extent today, since she had went a while during the summer without even seeing her blonde partner in crime. After the morning she had though, all she wanted to do was curl up in bed and go to sleep. Well, she wanted to curl up in a bed that was located in a different room and go to sleep. Even with all of her things arranged in this room, her refusal to allow herself to feel at home made it impossible for her to feel comfortable in the bedroom. In her mind, that just translated to its "aura being off" and resulted in her sending a text message to her father, claiming that she was going to fail all of her classes that year, against her own will, because the vibes of the room were already working against her. Deanna's rude response deserved a comeback as well, but Katherine was stumped on what to respond with. That was always her issue with Dytto. The girl had a quick wit to her that Katherine just didn't possess, and she hated knowing that her stepsister could one up her. That was another reason for why text-fighting was easier, because it gave Kat time to think about her responses, unlike face to face fights where she was deemed a moron if she couldn't come up with a comeback in a millisecond like Dytto always could.

Eventually, and just before London had come in, she responded saying, "You're literally so rude. I don't understand why you won't give me my room back when I asked you so nicely in the beginning." Trying to flip the situation to make herself seem like the victim was a typical card Kat pulled, and calling the room hers, and acting as if Dytto had actually taken it from her, was something that wasn't new to this conversation that was probably getting very old for everyone at this point. She just couldn't give it up yet, though. Not to Dytto, and especially not to Dytto when she still possessed the taunting attitude that her mother had told her to lose. Just as London walked in, she decided to follow that text up with another lie, in her last ditch attempt at convincing her stepsister to swap with her.

To: Deanna
If you don't switch with me I'm moving off campus and you're going to have to drive home every morning to pick me up and then drive home after classes to drop me off too

She was going to respond to Liam with a dismissive respose, but the second London walked in, she set her phone down. It probably would have been better and easier to just tell London that Liam was reaching out to her, and brush it off as if he were a disgusting pig, but for some reason, she opted against mentioning it. When London entered, she set her phone down on the table beside her bed and stepped towards her closet, but didn't enter it like she wanted to do, because London was already addressing her. Of course, like the rest of the world, she had clearly sided with Kat's step-family on the bedroom issue. So typical. If it were anyone other than London, Katherine would have told them to shut up because they didn't understand, but she kept herself composed because she knew better than to snap on London like that. Not when she knew that the blonde was right, and her energy probably was bringing down the first-day-mood. It was impossible to be happy knowing that she wasn't getting her way, though. "Fine, but I'm going to have to spend every weekend in Beverly Hills if I want to survive this year. I'm not living in this room for any longer than I have to," she said, a frown radiating the defeat she was feeling, though she knew that regardless of her admitting defeat verbally, she would still press the issue with her stepsister. "Aren't you going to Natalya's stupid party tomorrow? I'm not going, especially since I know I have to go home for the weekends now. I'd rather be in Beverly Hills than at another one of her dumb parties anyway."

She had waited to respond to London's reference to Esperanza until the end, because she knew that it partly wasn't true, and that if Esper had said that, she was lying to appease London, and also because even if Esper was going to be nice, Kat knew it wasn't going to be enough to make living in this room doable. "And I've been nice to her since day one, so like, yeah, I'll keep being nice to her. She's just always so rude to me for no reason, but I'll try to be the bigger person if that's what you're asking," she explained in a voice that was innocent as she could muster up. She stepped further into her closet then, hoping that could be the end of the conversation. "And I just found out that Deanna made a sex tape with Liam, and she basically offered to show me it, so you better watch your back in that room too. Like, I'm telling you, she's a freak. She might put cameras in the shower or something. Like, I guarantee that the only reason why she won't switch with me is because she wants to hook up with you. She's seriously that weird," she said plainly as she began to look through her clothes. The "sex tape" remark was a typical exaggeration for Katherine, where she would take something, such as Dytto saying she had a picture of her and Liam, and stretch it to a remarkable length into a completely different story.

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Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: William Richardson
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It didn't take very long for Dytto to answer his text, but it felt like forever since he was staring at his phone. Even Will and Farah's texts popping up in between, and distracting him for a few seconds as he typed out a response didn't make the wait time for Dytto's text seem much shorter. London's was more important, but he didn't allow himself to acknowledge that, and opted to push her buttons instead. William and Farrah were both good friends, so their texts kept him engrossed for a second, but they didn't compare to what he wanted from Dytto, and it was probably more telling than coincidental that she wasn't too far off with her guess at what he wanted.

To: London
Bitter?

To: William
Yeah yeah alright I guess I'll do my good deed of the day. What room are you in?

To: Farrah
Smh, I'm hearing that you're not just lazy with me, but too lazy to even help Will move in? Got enough energy to run a dance team but not help out your friends? Wowwwww Farrah. Thought you would be better than that

To: Dytto
As long as your stepsister doesn't count as an animal, my request should be valid.

From what he knew of Dytto's relationship with Katherine, he guessed that she probably fell just as low as an animal on Dytto's list of potential threesome mates, but Liam wasn't going to take no as an answer on this one. He hadn't kept his desire to add Katherine to his list of conquests a secret from many of his guy friends, and he might have even told Dytto too, though he wasn't sure, since he was also aware that bringing that up would probably take a good shot at her libido, and whenever he was with her, they were usually too busy to actually talk much anyway. He doubted Kat would be better in bed than her stepsister, and he definitely wasn't looking to lose the latter to the former, but if anyone could somehow convince both of them to get into bed together, it was Liam. Or at least he thought so. And really, what guy could blame him for fantasizing over that? Katherine and Dytto were both beyond hot, and both cool. Them not being blood-related didn't make it weird or incestual, and call him weird for it, but knowing that the two of them didn't get along made him crave it even more. The fact that Kat just so happened to be London's best friend, and sleeping with her would somehow make him feel like he were making London jealous, helped in his desire there too.

To: Dytto
Come on, consider it. You already got to live out your fantasy by just getting to see me naked. Now let me FINALLY get an ounce of pleasure out of all of this.

He didn't let her reject the idea right away, at least not until after he sent that followup text. Knowing that William still wasn't on campus yet, he allowed himself a few more minutes of relaxation time in his room and collapsed onto his bed, kicking his shoes off and waiting for one of the three to answer.

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Character Portrait: Liam Nielsen Character Portrait: Farrah Hart Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: William Richardson
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Location: Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room B || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

Dytto told him to have at the snacks and Frederick immediately dived in. Putting the controller down, he grabbed the box of Cheeze-its and started eating. His hunger made the cheesy snack taste so much better than it really was. He was grateful to his friend for letting him devour anything he wants. There was a reason that he kept her around. Besides the fact that she was an amazing person in general. He was barely paying attention to what she was doing as he was stuffing his face with the cheesy goodness. "She really needs to be here to make you feel better after I destroy you."

Their competitive conversations is pretty much how they always talked to each other when it came to video games. It was friendly and completely innocent. Frederick rolled his eyes and glanced over all of the games she had. She had a lot. From that were a couple years old and some that had just come out. Clearly someone had recently gone video game shopping. Freddy put the snack box down and wiped his hands. "Lets start with something simple. Just to make sure that your skills didn't go to shit over the summer" He teased. "Call of Duty. World at War."

He waited silently for a moment as Dytto set up the game. "Hey did you hear that Jonnie isn't coming to school this year?" He did not think it was a much a huge deal, but he was just passing along rumors he has heard.




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Location: Wright Hall, Dorm 2B, Room A || Mood: Loving || Outfit: XX

Farrah's smile did not falter as she allowed the sarcasm to drip from her speech. She loved the fact that she could be this sarcastic with Nathan and continue to feel this happy around him. He brought her so much joy that she felt like her heart was going to explode. But she was keeping herself together, like Nate was. Besides the fact that they were grinning at each other like a couple of hyena's. She allowed for her boyfriend to pull her close, happy to be back in his arms. Slowly, she loosely wrapped her arms around his neck as he told her what Dytto said.

At least she knew better than to send someone to get Farrah to do anything. It would never end well for Dytto or whoever she was sending. If the dancer wanted to blast loud music then she would. The only way Dytto could ever do anything about it would be to storm in here and smash her speakers. But if that happened, Farrah would end her life. Nathan quickly pulled her from her thoughts with an 'I miss you'. It was so sweet sounding. Any hostility she had a moment ago, quickly disappeared.

No one would ever know, how they truly were when they were alone like this. No one else mattered. They could be sappy, sarcastic, loving, and kind. There is not one person she could ever imagine be this way for. Which is a scary thought. Farrah did not date much. This was her first real boyfriend and she already could not get enough of him. Before she could respond to Nathan, he did what most boyfriends would do when they were alone with their girlfriends. There kiss was not long, but it meant everything.

The dancer pulled away and smiled brightly. "I missed you too, Sap." Though she was teasing, she meant it. She was used to spending most of her time with him, but just moving in alone without seeing him once was saddening. "How much longer do you think we have until the witch next door thinks I killed you?" she asked. She was trying to keep Dytto's name calling down to a minimum for the sake of Nathan, but the next time she had to mention her Farrah will not be as nice.




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Location: Chase Hall, Dorm 2B, Room C || Mood: Excited || Outfit: XX

William got most of his clothes put away, but he was not in the mood to do much else. Farrah had not responded to his text, so he was assuming that she was really busy. Or just did not feel like doing any manual labor. He completely understood and was not going to push for help. Liam on the other hand did not have much of a choice. It was a friends duty to help. IT Liam hadn't moved in so early this morning, Will would have helped him as well. Speak of the devil, it seems like the King does not mind doing some heavy lifting.

To: Liam
I am in Dorm 2B and in Room C

Setting his phone back down, he laid on his bed. It was quite comfortable for a cheap mattress. Crossroads might have a lot of money, but it mostly goes towards academics and extracurriculars. Granted, Liam had been use to sleeping in a specially made mattress back in Westminster. Everything felt cheap to him. He was going to make the most of it. Consistently, each year has just gotten better. He wanted this year to go out with a bang. He was not exactly sure how it was going to happen, but he was more than willing to figure it out.

His mind wandered to London. Not really sure why, but he had not heard much from her either. He wanted to say hi and let her know of his arrival. He is aware that Liam and London are not friends at the moment, but Will had grown to like her. He could not just toss her aside because of the fall out between her and his best friend. So far he has managed to keep from getting in the middle of any fights they might have. The last thing he wants to do is have to pick sides and lose a friend. A King and Queen at war is not good for his mentality or for the kingdom they are supposed to be running. Royal 101.

To: London
Hello Queen. It has been a while since I have heard from you. Are you all moved in?

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Character Portrait: Natalya Volkova Character Portrait: Esperanza Ramos Character Portrait: London Wellington Character Portrait: Frederick Gains Character Portrait: Dytto Devereux Character Portrait: Nathan Hale Character Portrait: Alex Turner Character Portrait: Holly Pines Character Portrait: William Richardson
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Interacting/Texting With: Holly, Dytto, Fred, Alex, Nate, Esper, Will ||Location: Senior Parking Lot <--> Wright Hall
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The twenty minute drive to school, while exhilarating, was uneventful. The weather was nice and warm something that, while not necessary since Natalya grew up riding in New York, was definitely pleasant. As she pulled into the senior lot and into an spot Natalya noticed that the first of the trucks drove in the same entrance she had just passed under. "Awesome! I made perfect time." Cutting the engine to her bike, Natalya lowered the centerstand and took off her helmet. Shaking out her hair and setting the helmet down she pulled a mirror out from under the seat. Quickly checking her lip she was glad to see that the injury didn't look as bad as it had that morning. Throwing the mirror back in it's spot, albeit after making sure her makeup wasn't smudged, she jogged out to where the three trucks had stopped, unsure where to park. "Yo, perfect timing." The windows already rolled down the driver of the truck closest to her nodded. "Yup, where do you want these parked?" Natalya quickly looked around the parking lot. Sadly, most of the spots closest to the buildings were filled. The Chase and Wright dorms both shared a parking lot that was currently filled with people rushing to finish unpacking. Looking at her watch Natalya sighed, 11:25, glancing around again she waved her hand to the left, to a large amount of parking spots left empty cause they were so far from the building. "There. It might be a bit of a walk but it'll be easier if they're all together. Make sure they're all side by side. You guys have the box right?" One of the other guys in a different truck called out a yes and Natalya smiled, leaning back to see the large box strapped down in the bed of the truck. 'Wonderful.' "Make sure you take it out and set it down gently. You guys all brought drinks and shit like I told you right? You're gonna be here at least another hour and you might have to drive them someplace else." The man who had spoken before waved off her questions. "Don't worry I got us covered. Go get your friends."

As the trucks drove off Natalya set out towards Wright Hall. She had arrived at exactly at 9am earlier and 5 of her cousins guys had been there to help her move in. With so many people it had taken a bit longer than the usual 45 minutes but it wasn't that big of a deal. While she had been there she had left Esper's two gifts, the two sets of keys and the card she got for London in her room. She wasn't really that close to the girl but she had gotten her something for two reasons. The first, while not that important, were how it would look to others. Natalya's gifts, after freshman and sophomore year, became legendary and tons of people gossiped about it every year. Most likely London would be there for the unveiling of the gifts, as she had been sophomore year, being a friend of Esper's and Natalya didn't have to imagine how it looked that she didn't give the Queen Bee a present. The second, and most important in Natalya's book, was that the girl had never been anything but friendly to her. Despite her status whenever Natalya was around the Queen Bee all she got was kindness, whether this was out of fear of Natalya or respect for Esper she didn't know but she appreciated it. She had also felt horrible giving presents to all of her friends and leaving London out so that had a bit of play in it too.

As she burst out of the elevator one of the first people she spotted was Holly and she smiled. The supervisor was walking out of the dorm across the hall from Natalya's and was talking with a younger student but that didn't stop her. "Holly! It's wonderful to see you." Natalya went over and pulled the woman into a hug, promptly ignoring the startled looking freshman. Her freshman year she had been extremely wary of the woman but after coming back from a fight and only getting a worried/disapproving response she seemed to relax around her. Holly smiled and hugged Natalya back. "Hey Sweetie, it's great to see you back!" Pulling away Natalya spoke quickly, obviously excited. "I know this is sudden but I need a favor. I need you to get three buckets of water down to the parking lot asap. I know it's short notice but it's for Dytto's birthday present. I couldn't wait till friday night so I brought them here!" Holly laughed but then sighed, a regretful look on her face. "I would love to help but I still have to help some of the girls moved in on the third floor. If you still need me, I should be free in thirty minutes or so." Natalya sighed and shook her head. "No, I have to do it right away. The guys who drove over here with the... Presents, wouldn't be happy to have to wait that much longer." Natalya caught herself, almost slipping up and giving a hint to the presents when people were around. "Anyways I gotta rush! See you later! Giving the woman another quick hug Natalya looked around and spotted three girls she knew, both sophomores. As she quickly explained to them what she needed done and where to find the buckets her phone chimed and she pulled it out, not even pausing in her explanation. 'Holy shit, everyone's messaged me...' After thanking the girls at least three times she shot out some texts.

To: Fred
Psh, I moved in at 9 am sharp. Guess what's coming early this year? You better be with Dytto and Nate.

To: Nate
You better not have left Dytto's room. I have plans set up. -.- <3

To: D-Mac
Don't leave your room. I'll come get you and the boys in 10.

To: Crazy Bitch <3
I'm coming to grab you. Presents are happening today in 15 minutes. London's included if she's with you.

To:Alex
Yo, you alive?

To: British Tea
That was set hours ago. I'll help you move in if you meet me in the parking lot in 15. Don't be late, the Queen wouldn't approve.

Natalya chuckled at her last message and headed towards her room. While Will was only a normal boy from England she always loved to tease him, though truly many of their summer talks had been her quizzing him on British culture. 'At least talking to him is never boring.' The two trips down in the elevator and across the parking lot to leave the rest of the gifts with the guys took exactly 10 minutes as she expected. Arriving back on the second floor of Wright hall Natalya quickly ran to Dytto's door and bangs on it three times, hard, before throwing it open. "Hurry up and get your asses downstairs! I'll go get Esper and meet you at the elevator!!!" Without waiting for an answer Natalya shot across the hallway, dodging around other people as she went. It was surprising how fast she could move in heel but then, she was probably the only girl who's dad made her do combat training in heels 'just in case'. Banging on Esper's door just as hard she flung it open, her excitement showing on her face. Even as she started to speak she looked around the room to see if London was there. "Come on! Time to go!!!" While Natalya could be one of the most cold-hearted, bitchiest people you will ever meet she could be a kind and generous person. She loved giving presents, she loved the looks of shock, sometimes horror, and happiness that people got when face with a truly heartfelt, meaningful gift. And Natalya, as her friends knew, didn't know how to NOT spend absurd amounts of money on gifts. Her family tradition was literally to try and outspend/gift each other, going so far that they had made it a game that they literally had scorecards for.

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Esperanza wanted to say something as London left, but nothing could come out of her mouth. She bit her lip, looking over at one of the bags near her suitcase. Now that no one was here, no one could judge her over obsession. Esper was a a huge fan of vinyls. She loved collecting them and then playing them when she was a sad little Latina. Somehow she got her hands on several good ones this summer, and she couldn't wait to hear how they sounded. She opened the reusable Trader Joes bag and pulled out a sleek black box. She turned around and stepped towards the dresser, placing it down by her laptop that she had unpacked earlier. Looking around for an empty plug, she bent down and jammed the black cord into the plug. She grinned as she pulled back out from under the desk. Her hands began rummaging through the bag for her vinyls. She delicately grabbed the five new vinyls and placed them by her other collection.

She smiled in approval as she had finally finished unpacking. She did a little happy tour jete and landed just by the closet, banging her head. "Ow Jesus fuck!" This was the second time that Esper had been clumsy today and that was totally uncool in her book. Esperanza Ramos was supposed to be a graceful dancer and cheerleader, not a clumsy gay. Well now that she was sort of out of the closet, she could technically refer to herself as gay. Esper made her way towards her phone, checking the several messages. The one from Russian Barbie made her groan. The girl had made it impossible for her to go to Dytto's now, since she had to go help her with the presents or whatever. Maybe, just maybe this was a good thing. Then she could keep her hands to herself, not look like a stammering idiot in front of the nerds that she probably had in her room. She inhaled sharply as she began to respond to the messages.

To Russian Barbie:
Girl, you cannot be serious. Presents so soon? I'll have my ass ready when you come.

To Dytto:
Change of plans, Russian Barbie's going to hand out presents. I'll still see you at the elevator, and you besta believe that I'll be coming your way afterwards.

To Farrah my Babe:
Duh, I think it's time we get you a boyfriend. I'm back to being a matchmaker after I dumped Jonnie's ass. There are plenty of fish in the sea. Just not any of the nerds, okay? Well I mean, maybe one of the nerds if they aren't Fredrick Gains.

Just as she finished the messages, Natalya poked her head in. She nearly fell over in shock. How the hell did that woman get here so fast? Did it take that long for Esper to unpack and marvel over her vinyl collection. "Yeah, yeah. I'll go get London, she's just next door," she commented before slipping out the door. "Oh, and nice to see you again. We'll catch up at the barbecue? I have something to tell you," she gave a faint smile before making her way to Katherine's room. Without knocking, she swung the door open. "Sorry to interrupt. Well actually no, I'm not sorry but that doesn't matter," she announced her presence with a genuine smile on her features. Not the fake one that she forced when Katherine was around. "Natalya's got her presents, since it's probably our last year of getting them. It would suck if you didn't come too London!" She pleaded, acting as if what had happened in their room not too long ago never happened. She looked at Katherine, suddenly putting two and two together. Natalya didn't like Katherine as well, so she probably wouldn't have any gifts for her. "Unless you want to stay with Katherine, that's cool," she shrugged. She looked out the door to where her friend was and smiled softly, "Either way, I'll see you both at the barbecue okay?" She gave a small wave to the pair before taking off. She hated running, but she had to do it all the time to stay in shape for her activities which totally sucked. Esper made her way to the elevator, looking behind her in hopes that the brunette beauty known as Dytto would come out of 2B. She winced at her own thoughts and sighed heavily. This was going to be a long year.