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Valentino Arias

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a character in “Gossip Girl: The City That Never Sleeps”, as played by LaurenAFI

Description

ImageName:
Valentino BenjamΓ­n Arias

Nickname:
His peers usually call him Tino

Age:
17

Birthday:
January 12

Grade:
Senior

Sexual Orientation:
Heterosexual, Single

Nationality:
American

Height:
6'1

ImagePersonality:
Tristan holds the title of being The Player today, but Tino was the OG at that game. It's not something that he would brag about, or is even proud of, but there's no denying that Valentino was a ladies man before it was even cool among his age group to be why. The only reason why he changed, and why he's not proud of that, is because it backfired on him in the worst possible way. He would never describe his daughter as being a bad thing, because he loves Ariana with every fiber of his being, but it would also be a blatant lie to claim that he ever wanted a kid. Even after she was born, he was at a point where he would have been completely content with Rachel taking her, taking a lump sum of money from his family, and never contacting him again. He was fourteen. He didn't want to be a dad, and he didn't need to be a dad, but Ariana needed him to be a dad, so he had to step up to the plate.

The person he is now is very different from that little immature, reckless and wild boy he once is. If anything, people would actually describe Tino as being responsible, thoughtful, and overly cautious now. He can still have a good time, but he understands what moderation is, and he would never engage in anything that he thinks would put him in a bad position that might affect his daughter. Having someone who relies on him and will grow up to look up to him has changed his perspective on how to act. He's no longer impulsive or reckless, and he tries to be the protective and watchful one out of his friend group, which means that while he might have a drink or two, he no longer enjoys getting shit faced. His daughter has brought much change to his life, but abandoning his old partying habits has allowed him to explore more tame ones. He's gotten back into caring about school and his natural intelligence is now more apparent than ever. He's driven and motivated to make something of himself. He's polite and respectful, often making good impressions on parents of figures of authority. Around his friends, he has a good sense of humor and doesn't mind laughing at himself. He's definitely a changed person, and though he likes the newer version of him, some of his old friends find it to be too bland and washed out from the old Tino they knew.
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Family Members:
BenjamΓ­n Arias - Age 56 - Father
Magdalena Arias - Age 54 - Mother
Christina Arias - Age 25 - Sister
Marcos Arias - Age 23 - Brother
Ariana Arias - Age 3 - Daughter

Place of Birth:
New York, NY

Ethnicity:
100% Argentinian

History:
Valentino was never exceptionally different from the kids he grew up with. His parents both worked as corporate level business people, and both traveled frequently, which meant that he spent a lot of time either alone, or with his two older siblings. He was awarded a lot of freedom at a young age, but not necessarily in a neglectful way. His parents knew that he was a smart boy with the capability of making good choices; it was just that he sometimes ignored that angel on his shoulder that told him to do the right thing. He took advantage of the way that his parents treated him like an adult and exploited his freedom into turning into a wild child. Even when his parents found out that he was smoking weed and drinking when he was just twelve or thirteen, they didn't do much. They were definitely on the more liebral side of parenting, believing that Valentine was going through a phase and would find himself once he snapped out of it. It worked to an extent, but not in a way that any of them would have hoped for because soon after he turned fourteen, he found out that he had gotten a girl three years his senior pregnant. Rachel was a high school senior he met when he was a freshman, attending a party that a senior at St. Jude's was throwing. Rachel wasn't an A-lister at Constance Billard, but since she was years older than him, Tino felt more than cool sleeping with her. She insisted that she was on birth control which was why he didn't fret when he realized he didn't have a condom, but obviously, she was either lying, or the contraceptive failed, because three months later he found out that she was pregnant.

Her parents were absolutely livid, and Valentino's were startled and surprised in their own right, but not as deeply angry and mortified as hers were. They were insistent that she abort the child, but after Valentino's parents found out about the pregnancy, they offered to pay a large sum of money for her to carry the child to term. As devout Catholics, the idea of their first grandchild being aborted was horrendous to them, and again, they felt like this was all part of Tino's life plan. He, on the other hand, was distraught. He didn't want a kid. This couldn't be his life. But it was, and after a few months, his parents exchanged enough money to pay for Rachel's college career and then some, he officially became a dad to Ariana Magdalena Arias . His parents are listed as Ariana's official guardians, though Valentino has grown enormously close to the child. Her life was what forced him to grow up and get his act together, and while some will argue that he grew up faster than he needed to, he's at peace with how things have gone. He adores his daughter, is finally back on track with school, and is ready for his future.

So begins...

Valentino Arias's Story

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Character Portrait: Tristan Elliot Character Portrait: Xavier Clifton Character Portrait: Dinah Jane Irving Character Portrait: Alaina Clarke Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Elise GarcΓ­a Character Portrait: Jaxon Heize Character Portrait: Sydney Persson Character Portrait: James Airth Character Portrait: Cali Kwon Character Portrait: Alexis Leon Character Portrait: Valentino Arias

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M A N H A T T A N

Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 1:45 PM



Leave it to New York to be one of the fewest places during the summer that you don't want to be at in August. Seriously, who the hell told the weather to just drop like that?

Hey, readers, Gossip Girl here and luckily for you, Manhattan's little darlings won't let some small drop in the weather ruin the rest of their summer fun and I'm pretty sure James Airth is going to be the leader of our little motley crew in the next four hours since he's throwing a yacht party. They're disembarking from the Hamptons, so you already know to be prepared for scantily clad minors running around with alcohol they probably stole from mommy and daddy's liquor cabinets. Then again, I'm pretty sure that a lot of it was purchased with mommy and daddy's credit cards, but who am I to judge? As you all already know, I will be one of the first to order one of those succulent apple martinis because love him or hate him, but Airth's bartenders usually make the best martinis. And what will our favorite little darlings be doing in the meantime?

Well, last I checked while Sydney and The New Girl's - and yes, I do know her name, it's just so much more fun to call her The New Girl for a bit longer - parents are still on their honeymoon until the school year starts, you actually haven't seen the two together yet. In fact, you haven't seen them anywhere near each other. I wonder if we should ask Airth about that since Alaina's been getting real chummy with her and he went bowling with those two the other day. And believe it or not, Katherine Arnault is back in town. I know, I know - she just dropped off of the face of the planet and without either of her besties, Alexis or Sydney, at that. Isn't she like, their little lapdog or something? Then again, sweetie's been caught in the worst divorce ever since neither of her girls are talking and isn't Alexis just coming back from vacay? Or are we still not ready to just call it what it probably was, which was rehab? Or damage control? I'm sure we can all find something we can agree upon when referring to our now crown-less diva. Nevertheless, while I myself am getting ready for this yacht party and the jacuzzi that you all know I'm gonna stay in, let's see what our little lovelies can get themselves in to in the meantime.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOXO, Gossip Girl.

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Character Portrait: Dinah Jane Irving Character Portrait: Alaina Clarke Character Portrait: Valentino Arias

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V a l e n t i n o | | A r i a s

Hex Color: #228B22
Outfit: Here



Valentino's summer had not been overly eventful, but he preferred it that way. He spent two weeks in Buenos Aires with his family, visiting both sets of his grandparents and the rest of his parents' families who still lived there. He spent a few days in Los Angeles with some friends, and a weekend in Miami too, but other than that, most of his time was spent in the city. He found a two week shadowing opportunity at NYU Langone Medical Center where he was able to shadow physicians in a couple of different fields, but that was the most of his accomplishments. Being fairly inactive didn't bother him though. He was happy to have free time to spend with his daughter, Ariana, and to have a break from the stress of the school year. Everyone always said that junior year was the most stressful year of high school, and Tino believed them. Last year had taken a toll on him, but then again, part of that was because of the social conflicts he was facing with his once good friend Jaxon sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, Alexis, and a sex tape coming out from that. That in itself was hurtful enough for him, but even though he was hurt by Alexis sleeping with Jax too, he also hurt for her. He knew how much her social life meant to her, and how hard she had worked to get to where she was, and to watch it all fall apart over one stupid choice was heart-breaking. He felt bad for her, he truly did, but he was also at a point in his life where he didn't think that he had time to get caught up in such messy, childish behavior. He had a daughter to take care of, and continuing to invest hope in regaining a relationship with a girl who had apparently changed from the one he had once loved was futile, and maybe even harmful to his mental health.

This summer was just what he needed: relaxation. It seemed like it was destined to end on a good note too, with tonight's yacht party that James was throwing, combined with a few other activities that he had planned over the next week. Although the party didn't start for another few hours, Tino was already in the Hamptons. Unlike many of his peers, his family didn't own a house on Long Island. It was hard to use the "it's too expensive" excuse when they owned a townhouse in Manhattan, but his parents weren't the type to spend money on things just to keep up with the crowd. The had found an area just outside of Miami that they liked better, and that was where their summer house was. Today, Valentino was spending the day at his friend Jake's house, where they had spent the morning and early afternoon surfing and hanging out at the beach. He had just finished showering in the private bathroom off of a guest bedroom when he texted a few friends, including Alaina and Dinah, whose whereabouts and plans he was curious about. Additionally, he sent out a text to his parents to check on Ari, since they had taken her down to Florida for the weekend.

To: Alaina
Wya and what's your plan for tonight? I feel like I haven't seen you in forever lol

To: Dinah
Are you going to James's party tonight?

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Character Portrait: Dinah Jane Irving Character Portrait: Alaina Clarke Character Portrait: James Airth Character Portrait: Valentino Arias

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Outfit: Here
Location: En Route to Airth Southhampton Residence
Dialogue Color ✦ #8A4E62
Thought Color ✧ #3A0012



It would be when Greg had already pulled out from the driveway and Dinah was comfortably lounging in the back of the vehicle that James would text her back, and she didn't feel the need to fight the eye roll that came upon reading the message. It was a touch too late for him to tell her not to show up. Mostly because no, she was not about to retreat back to her bedroom until it felt "safe" for her emerge. She was growing intolerant of that now that the summer was almost over. It wasn't her fault that Sydney had an issue with her. It wasn't like Dinah asked to randomly have the girl's boyfriend contact her out of left field. Could Dinah have chosen to keep him deleted from her contacts? Yeah, but he seemed like a cool guy at the time, not a complete and utter fuckboy. Definitely a fuckboy to some degree, but Dinah had pardoned some before - hell, some have even been considered some of her close friends and a part of her main crew back in Los Angeles. So, she couldn't' exactly fault him for his drunken behavior and declare that all communication should be muted. Nevertheless, she didn't ask for Sydney's disdain. She didn't ask for a sister or even another mother. She didn't ask for a new friend. Shit just happened. Now, was she trying to stir up more shit? Not at all, which was why she found herself having to caution James when it seemed like he was being too careless. Dinah knew what she would want from a guy and being asked about a girl who obviously made her uncomfortable when said girl was around her boyfriend, especially since he had never mentioned knowing her before, was beyond uncomfortable. So, she was going to help him out if she could. That didn't mean she felt like being somebody's dirty secret. Plus, James said he was down the street as if they were in walking distance and not as if this drive wouldn't make Dinah mad if she had honestly tried walking it. So, she wound up texting him, and then Alaina because the girl's opinion on her cousin always amused Dinah, even though she could tell that there was love there.

To: James
Dude srsly?? Image its 2 l8 4 dat n im almost there. is she there?? Cuz i kno u gotta have a game room or sumthing.

To: Alaina
Y is ur cuzzin like dis?? Plz tell me u can come 2 his place a lil earlier? i need 2 be saved plz

It was only after her text to Alaina was delivered that Dinah received the notification about Valentino's text, which made a small smile form on her face. Dinah couldn't say something as cliche as Valentino not being like a lot of the guys she both hung with and had been involved with, but he had a maturity about him that Dinah honestly did prefer in her circle. Now, a part of that might have more to do with the fact that he had a kid with him when they met, but in all honesty, Dinah hadn't hesitated in asking for his number that day in the park. She hadn't meant it lasciviously or anything like that; she had just really liked his vibe. The cute little girl and the fact that he himself had been really cute with her may or may not have aided in getting Dinah just a touch more interested in getting to know him. Besides, New York was going to be a permanent residence and though Dinah could tell herself day in and day out that she didn't depend exclusively on social interactions and developing interpersonal relationships, she did need them, to some extent.

To: Valentino
actually omw 2 his southhampton place now 2 chill. care 2 keep us company??

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Character Portrait: Dinah Jane Irving Character Portrait: Alaina Clarke Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: James Airth Character Portrait: Valentino Arias

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ALAINA || CLARKE
Location: Group Therapy | Manhattan, NY
Dialogue Color: #91395f
Outfit: Here
Alaina had checked out of the discussion, evident by her wondering eyes. Before she got the chance to think and answer the question that she already wasn't paying attention to, Anna's sing-songy voice rang through the room. Surprisingly, the woman was short with her departing speech, the shuffle of bodies and bags erupting shyly from the tables as people gathered themselves and their things. While Alaina didn't care about staying after since she wasn't in any real hurry, she wasn't pressed to stay either. She purposely ignored Anna's stare on the two of them, but glanced over when she saw another participant distract the director. She briefly caught sight of Anna's widened, gleefully surprised eyes as the girl began talking to her. Alaina looked back at Kat, perking her brows briefly, her smirk mischievous. With a final two-finger salute, she slipped through the door, phone in hand as it vibrated for what felt like the umpteenth time. The most recent one being from her mother, letting her know that they were outside. Her mother had a tendency of saying she was outside when she was really five minutes away, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the white car just outside the center. And had she had any doubts about if the car was her mom's or not, the small pair of frantically waving hands from the backseat would have eradicated them all. In a near direct contrast with her behavior inside, her lips spread into a wide, goofy smile as she waved back at her sister just as crazily. Alaina squishes her face against the back window, immediately making Izzy giggle, and just as quickly hearing about it from her mom.

"How many times do I have to tell you to stop doing that?"

Alaina leaned between the two front seats as she buckled in, ignoring her mom. "Hi, chicken," she said, Izzy clucking in her customary response. Before she was able to fully enjoy the moment when her sister, her mom went into what she liked to call Survivor Mode, where the woman would turn something fun into a list of chores. Alaina slipped one ear bud as she half listened, picking up some arbitrary reminders such as showering, and thanking her aunt for taking her. She was good for making parties seem like a task. Whenever she did this, she had a hard time fathoming all the stories her dad told her about how her mother was quite like Alaina at her age. She was fun and sociable. Glancing at the woman now, she couldn't help but think what happened? "I'm listening," she said when she felt her mother watching her. Reading through her texts, she saw Tino's and attempted to think of the last time they saw each other. It took an uncharacteristic length of time, which was really only about a few seconds, but that was enough to prove his point. She knew it had to have been before she left for the beach, which meant around the beginning of the summer. It was a frustrating fact, but she figured that tonight would be the perfect way to catch up for lost time, at least some of it. She was typically open with him about a lot, but she didn't mention her going to group therapy, and didn't plan on it. The lack of transparency felt weird coming from her finger tips, since he was one of the few people she could really vent to, but it would have been a bit of an abrupt shock to say 'hey! it's been forever. just got out of therapy for my eating disorder, ttyl!' And then knowing Tino and how he was much more lax with the party scene, at least compared to his old habits, get shitfaced would prove all the more difficult.

To: Tinooo
in the car with my nagging mother. & i plan on making up for lost time and getting dangerously drunk with you :))))

She added the exaggerated smiley in place of a question mark, because she was half serious, only because she knew what the answer was, but figured it was worth a shot. It was no secret Alaina prided herself on being her own person, and as such, she appreciated people like that as well. So she respected Tino's transformation, because she could see it objectively and why it was good for him, but she also enjoyed the fact that it was a separation from the status quo. Still, though, Alaina wasn't so caught up on being unlike everyone else that she confined herself. Like a lot of her peers, she enjoyed going to parties and getting drunk. She wasn't caught up in getting into every single party, since it wasn't that deep to her and it sounded more like a task or a business strategy than what it really should be, which was fun. As with many things, going to parties and getting drunk were a lot more fun when you were sharing the thrill and experience with your friends. And while Alaina wasn't one to stop and persuade people to be just like her (at least not so directly), when it came to this, she broke her own habit. It was hard to really enjoy yourself when the point was to let loose, and your friend was next to see you not doing the same. Being irresponsible around a responsible person kind of ruined the whole irresponsible aspect. She wasn't banking on him getting as drunk as she planned to, but with it being a minute since seeing each other, as well as it being the first party of the year, she at least hoped she could get him to being a little tipsier than he normal got.

To: Tinooo
don't freak out, i'm only kidding (sort of). you're taking at least one shot with me

Reading Dinah's text brought a confused grin to her cheeks. She shook her head, electing to text James first. She didn't know Dinah that well, especially since she only met the girl through her cousin and had yet to get to know her as well as Gossip Girl claimed. She planned on seeing her around school more, and she was excited about that aspect because another brown face in a predominately white space was always welcomed. That being said, Alaina didn't think anything of the girl's friendliness. Some people, in the beginning of relationships, were usually quite shy and cautious with their words, but for her personally, that was a waste of energy. Still, she couldn't help but wonder what had happened down there that would require her.

To: Jamie
lmao you need supervision. what did you do to do dinah?

She wasn't just trying to prove a point with Kat back there, she really was taking her time. She still needed to get a few things from her place, something that her mom chastised for since Alaina could have done all of that this morning, but chose not to. She of course had to be ready in enough to time to fly in with her aunt, but she was really doing the bare minimum. She didn't have any pre-party rituals or anything of the nature. It was probably also because it was her cousin's party that she was more relaxed about it since it inherently felt less formal. Alaina didn't like being on other people's time; she enjoyed her independence, but her parents were careful with how much to delegate. She would have been fine with training to the Hamptons, but her parents refused to do that, just as her aunt insisted she not take a car all the way out there. Not that her family would ever get a helicopter for her to go there, or anywhere for that matter, they still had their uppity ways about them, although Alaina couldn't see the protective nature of them not wanting to send their sixteen year old daughter two hours out by herself.

To: Dinah
what happened? lol. i'm coming in with my aunt, so i'm really on her schedule

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Character Portrait: Tristan Elliot Character Portrait: Jaxon Heize Character Portrait: James Airth Character Portrait: Alexis Leon Character Portrait: Valentino Arias

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Jaxon ✧ Heize

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His summer may have been more eventful than most, but not eventful enough. Not for Jaxon Heize, who thrived on having so much to do he can hardly breathe. Mr. Busy body was not quite as busy as previous summers and it made him restless. Sure, he kept up his usual schedule booze and sex, but what else was there? It was dramatically boring to say the least, but what summer wouldn't be after what had happened the one before? Of which the aftermath is still lurking around. And with the return of Gossip Girl, it was much too easy for his name to boomerang from mouth to mouth. It might as well have been up on Billboards, written in shimmery lights and all it's glamour, because as much as people pretended not to care nor believe what the notorious Gossip Girl said, they sure as hell knew things down to the very detail. Jaxon, on the other hand, knew what he was involved in and nothing more, nor did he ever care to know about other people's petty dilemmas. Yet someone, and ironically enough, someone always managed to involve him. Because really, who else could they put the shame on other than the shameless?

Which is why when he was so rudely accused of releasing the sex tape with miss Alexis ex-royalty Leon, he hadn't even bothered to defend himself. What for? If there is one thing Jaxon Heize has always been known for is doing as he pleases, when he pleases, simply because it pleases him. He wasn't going to apologize for that. Had he enjoyed sleeping with Alexis? Well, let's just say he'd be a fat ass liar if he said he hadn't. SHould he have slept with her? No, probably not. Especially considering her history with his former friend, who was now blocking him out entirely based on his own twisted perception of what happened. It didn't matter that Jaxon hadn't been the one to release the recordings of their one nigh stand, because everyone and their mamas were convinced that he did and who's to try and convince them otherwise. You know what they say; If life gives you lemons, grab some tequila and salt.

After a while, most either moved on to something bigger and better or simply lost interest, looking for new and fresh gossip. But some, not to state names but a certain ex-royalty and a grudge-holding teen dad, made it quite clear that they hadn't moved on. Unlike Jaxon, who really let bygones be bygones in order to have a good rest of the summer. He fully intended on going to James' annual yacht party later tonight, complete with pregame and all the works. Unlike Valentino, James still acknowledged Jaxon's existence. "Alright, I think she's good to go!" the blonde announced, pushing himself from underneath the 1972 Mercedes Benz he'd been working on for over an hour now. An old piece of junk, but still salvageable. He tapped the faded red paint of the hood a few times and watched with a proud smirk as his boss Mark started the engine, bringing the lifeless pile of metal back to life. "A real miracle." the older man clapped as he stepped out of the vintage vehicle. Jaxon exhaled a chuckle. "It's called skill, last I checked." Jax has always loved mechanics, with cars especially. Second to music, it's his favorite pastime. That's really all this job is, anyway. It's not like he needs the money, but it keeps him busy and useful.

"Alright, alright. Don't get too cocky now." Mark warned before sending him home for the day. Not that he planned on being home for long, possibly only long enough to figure out where to next. Given he didn't find something on his way there, which he did. Or rather, the something found him. His bright blues scanned over Tristan's message, barely reading the words before typing out a response.

To: Trix
MSG: What kind of question is that? Be there in 10

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Character Portrait: Dinah Jane Irving Character Portrait: Alaina Clarke Character Portrait: Valentino Arias

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Although Tino smiled at the quick response that Dinah sent him, he had to decline. He recalled James mentioning earlier in the week that he would likely spend most of the day with Sydney before his party, so even if Dinah was going to be there too, he figured that if James had actually wanted him there, he would have invited him himself. He guessed that the three of them hanging out had something to do with Sydney and Dinah being related, so that being an easy option for James, and that his presence might force their easy and relaxing day to be less casual than James intended it to be. Plus, since Tino was with Jake, at least until they figured out their pregame plans, he wasn't just going to bail on him, and he also wasn't going to invite Jake along too, when he himself was already Dinah's plus-one invite. Unknowingly to Tino, it was a good thing that he had declined Dinah's offer too, because he definitely would have had a few choice words for James, even if he didn't know that he purposely ghosted Dinah, and assumed, like Dinah, that he had invited her over and then thoughtlessly left and didn't tell her that. He didn't know Dinah to any extent where he felt an inherent need to protect her, like best friends would, but she seemed like a really cool and nice girl, and any person knew that what James was doing wasn't cool. While he and James were good friends, even with their differences, something like that easily could have led to a rift in their friendship because Valentino was at a point in his life where he wasn't afraid to call people out on their shit. He was comfortable with who he was, and though his upbringing and youthful behavior left him with many friends in that "A-list crowd", he was no longer interested in following trends and doing things just to be cool or fit in. His goals and interests no longer aligned with that. He had matured in a good way, and he wasn't ashamed of it, even if his friends liked to tease him about it.

To: Dinah
Gonna have to pass on that one lol I can only take so much Airth in one day and tonight will meet that quota. Excited to see you later though!

Jake called out to him that he and their other friend, Blake, were heading out to the car since they were all getting ready to get lunch at La Parmigiana, a nearby Italian restaurant. Tino yelled back to let them know that he was coming down too, and as he slowly made his way downstairs and outside, where he slid into the back of Jake's Jeep, he texted Alaina back.

To: Alaina
Always trying to get me wasted so you can finally have an opportunity to take advantage of me, Clarke. Don't think I don't see your motives. Despite what everyone wants to say, I know I haven't lost my charm

To: Alaina
Unfortunately no amount of alcohol will get you out of the friend zone Image

To: Alaina
But lol really no shots for me. I'm gonna stick to beer like always. Or maybe I'll be classy and have wine. I know your aunt always keeps any party under her name stocked with the good stuff.