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Elisa Grace

"Secrets will destroy you, just like they destroyed me."

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a character in “Keeping Secrets.”, as played by dreamingreality

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♦ The Basics ♦

» Name: Elisa Leanne Grace
» Age: 17
» Gender: Female
» Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
» Occupation: N/A

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♦ The Description ♦

» Face Claim: Nerysoul on Deviant Art.
» Hair: Very long, medium brown
» Eyes: Bright green with darker blue outer rim.
» Face: Pale
» Build: Slim/Slender
» Style: Casual
» Markings: She has a scar over her right eyebrow that she uses make up or her hair to cover up.




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♦ The Character ♦

» Likes:

- Art, particularly painting
- Graphic design, CGI
- Mathematics
- The smell of rain on concrete
- The feeling of sand between your toes

» Dislikes:

- The lie she's forced to live
- Warm, humid days
- The way lotion feels
- Her mother
- Having dirty hands from paint, food, etc.

» Phobias:

- Trypophobia - Intense, irrational fear of small, clustered holes. Google Image it. I dare you.
- Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders.
- Automatonophobia - Fear of ventriloquists dummies.

» Habits:

- She drums her fingers against hard surfaces
- She often chews on the side of her cheek

» Personality:

Depending on whom she’s with or the situation, Elisa can blend in quite well. At home she is a well behaved, perfectly postured, and well spoken debutante. She pretends to care about things that are going on within her parent’s circle of equally pompous and ridiculously wealthy friends, and carries herself with refined elegance. Her problems don’t exist because they’re not allowed to. In other words, Elisa is a great actor.

At school, Elisa does her best to be a nobody. She’s about as shy as a person can possibly be and jumps at the sight of her own shadow. She rarely speaks to anyone unless directly spoken to and even then they’re lucky if they get more than one or two words from her. Most of her time is spent reading and doing homework.


In recent years, she’s been obsessed with controlling her weight and what she eats, as it’s one of the only things she CAN control in her life. She’s extraordinarily depressed and finds joy in very few things.

Now there’s what you could call “the real Elisa,” the side of her she pushes away and hides from people; the Elisa that very few people will ever get to know. If comfortable to open up to someone, they’ll find that – despite all the negativity she feels – she’s quite normal. She can be flirty, she likes to have fun, she loves deeply, and all she really wants is to be the mother to her daughter. However, this Elisa has been pushed so far down that even she’s not sure she exists anymore.





♦ The Past ♦

» History:

Elisa was born to a wealthy family, who own a several businesses throughout the United States. Her house was filled with rules on how to act, how to dress, what to like, and her future was all set up for her. From the moment she was born she was destined to join the family business. She wasn’t just a daughter to her parents; she was a long term investment. They had plans and dreams for her, never allowing her to have her own. As she got older this caused a great deal of stress. The pressure to be perfect was too much for a young girl to handle and eventually, she began to control her life in the only way she figured she could. The amount of food she consumed on a daily basis began to dwindle into nothing and by the time she was thirteen, she had already been hospitalized on multiple occasions: her parents doing their best to cover them up.

Her freshman year of high school, she met a boy named Malachai. He was sweet to her, a little on the alternative side, and everything her parents despised, but Elisa absolutely adored him. For the first time in her life, she was happy. When she wasn’t at school, she was with him. But all good things must come to an end, and by the time the year was out Malachai had been in a horrific car accident. He passed away shortly after and a week later, Elisa would find out she was pregnant at fourteen.

When her parents discovered Elisa’s pregnancy, they were outraged. They couldn’t convince her to terminate the pregnancy, it was the only thing she had still connecting her to her late boyfriend. So they moved and for a majority of her sophomore year, she was home schooled and her mother pretended to be the pregnant one. And while Elisa’s eating habits had changed drastically for the health of her unborn child, the moment Jessa came into the world, she returned to her anorexic ways – this time much worse than before. She dabbled in the world of cutting, began to smoke cigarettes to decrease her appetite, and completely separated herself from her classmates. Until this year, nobody had really noticed her. Teachers would forget her name even at the end of the year, students spread silly rumors, and that was just her life. Then she met Beck Hades, the flirty boy with long blonde hair. Their friendship made absolutely no logical sense and their fellow students often felt the need to point it out. But she wasn't completely alone anymore and that comforted her.

» Family:

- Diana Leigh Grace, Mother
- Joshua Edward Grace, Father
- Jessa Marie Grace, Daughter (known to others as her "Sister")

» Relationships:

Friend/Romantic Interest: Beck Hades

» Secrets:

- She has a three year old daughter named Jessa.
- Elisa is anorexic.

» Other: None

So begins...

Elisa Grace's Story

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"The sounds awfully good fun. I'd love to meet someone new and fresh and...take them back here."

"That's right, lure them in like a fabulous siren. Just promise to put a sock on the door or something so I don't go barging in there." Rebecca laughed and gave Millie a wink. "Unless you want me to, of course." She was teasing, of course, and she was conflicted over sleeping with someone else after everything with Leon. It'd be fun to see his reaction to her bringing someone home, but at the same time she didn't want a repeat of what happened at lunch.

She brushed the thoughts from her head and instead decided to focus on something else entirely. For all of Bex's faults and quirks, she was uniquely observant and quite smart for someone who pretended to be otherwise; she studied Millie's reaction once Elisa and Beck entered the room. A smirk crossed her face and her eyes filled with amusement when the red head left the room. Day one and the trip was already so much fun. If you could call it that.

"You two look like a couple of kids who just got caught making out behind the bleachers." Rebecca joked, looking at her hand and examining her cuticles before looking up Beck. "Do you wear a man bun? That would be so fantastic. You'll blend in so well on the pier."

Elisa, who was still flushed, laughed. "I don't think I've ever seen you wear so much as a pony tail," She said, her eyes lighting up as she remembered the spare hair tie she kept on her wrist at all times...Due, in part, to the fact that her hair was very rarely down with the exception of now and whenever Rebecca took over. "Lemme do it. Pleeeaaase?"

"Everyone ready? I think Leon's had a drink so we can't go in the car but it's only a short walk."

Becca purposefully didn't make eye contact with Leon as he entered the room, instead she chose to focus on literally anything else.

Elisa on the other hand, didn't have a problem looking him up and down as though she disapproved. She didn't say anything about the drinking, knowing that she had no room to talk, but it'd be a lie to say she wasn't angry with the way he had addressed Becca at the table. Even if Rebecca had instigated it. She moved her gaze to Beck, turning her frown into a smile and weaving her fingers through his, her hand looking awfully small in his. "It's nice outside anyway," She chirped, thankful she didn't have to sit in on another claustrophobic, tension filled car ride. Even if it was a short one.

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If you want you can just skip to them at the pier. Or I could do it in the next post?

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"That's right, lure them in like a fabulous siren. Just promise to put a sock on the door or something so I don't go barging in there."
"Unless you want me to, of course."

Millie giggled at the idea of being some devilish fantasy creature that stole men's souls. It sounded like a pretty fun job to do. She then nodded at her request before a hue of red formed on her cheeks. "Um...well." The idea seemed bizarre to her and she was still finding it hard to find the correct responses to her jokes. The girl stammered a little before simply giving up at a response at all with a slight sigh.

"Do you wear a man bun? That would be so fantastic. You'll blend in so well on the pier."
"I don't think I've ever seen you wear so much as a pony tail,"
"Lemme do it. Pleeeaaase?"


"Fuck me who do you think I am?" Beck said seemingly appalled by the idea, but he couldn't deny that he wasn't curious of the results. The blonde rolled his eyes before bending down and letting the girls do whatever they wanted with his hair, before whining that they were 'hurting him' and struggling to let them finish. However as he pulled away and turned to a mirror a look of surprise came upon his face. "W..What do you think?" He asked them, sounding unsure. It was a little different but it gave him a very arty look and he seemed more mature with a stronger jawline.

"It's nice outside anyway,"

Leon held Elisa's gaze as she continued to glare at him with displeasure, almost as though he was challenging her. He knew probably stank of beer and so popped a Tic Tak in his mouth. He carried the mints with him since he was quite a heavy smoker. Leon then noticed Beck's hairstyle before bursting into laughter. "What's this? Oh god. You are a hipster. Type of guy that grows out his beard and puts flowers in it..." The man joked, unable to take his new appearance seriously.

The group then proceeded to head towards the pier which was crammed with shops, restaurants, games arcades, little cute cliche cafes and not to mention the long gorgeous beach that hid behind them.

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"W..What do you think?"

Elisa squealed with delight at the end result and held Beck's face between her hands. "Look, I can actually see you and not just hair. And you're adorable." She said, snuggling into him like a child. She loved his long hair, but it was nice to see it up and off his face. He looked older and much less boyish than before, a look she wasn't opposed to in the least. "You look so Tumblr. It's cool though, I like it. You're handsome."



The walk to the beach was taxing on Elisa and while she did her best to hide it, it was only too obvious as she leaned into Beck trying very hard not to just throw her entire weight on to him. Still, she smiled as she looked around him.

The pier was bustling with life from the very obvious tourist in a large hat and impressive sunburn, to locals who looked not unlike Beck with his freshly done up man bun. People were walking around in bathing suits and flip flops, some even wearing wet suits from diving or snorkeling. There was a section filled with old men with buckets of fish as they cast new fishing lines. While there was a lot of people, the environment was very low stress and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

You could still hear the sway of the ocean, even over the voices of everyone on the pier. The wind was also stronger now that they were right over the ocean and Rebecca was more than a little annoyed with it, having put her hair up in a top knot right before they reached it. Elisa, on the other hand was forced to deal with her hair thrashing about her face as her only hair tie was sitting on top of Beck's head. She was just glad she had chosen not to wear lip gloss.

"Soo...I don't know what you guys wanna do, but that place over there has a bathing suit in the display that I think I need. So I'm gonna head that way." Rebecca said, already starting her walk that way without so much as looking back.

"She only brought like two hundred others." Elisa said, rolling her eyes.

"And I can never have too many!" The other girl yelled back, already halfway there.

"Should we follow her or do you wanna go somewhere else?" Elisa said with a shrug, looking at Beck and clearly caring very little about anyone else's opinion. The idea of trying on bathing suits made her a little uncomfortable and she would much rather do just about anything else.

There were plenty of shops that ranged from awful tourist traps filled with puka shells and hawaiian shirts, to higher end boutiques that sold jewelry and designer clothing. There was even a couple of art galleries, as well as local artists selling their work on the streets and a variety of street performers. There was a little bit of everything, ranging from interesting to absurd to just plain fun.

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Beck found it hard to keep a grin on his face as Elisa leaned onto him. He knew why. He wanted to pretend he was oblivious. He thought about trying to grab her something to eat but he knew that she'd hate him for it. The blonde adored her, and he only ever wanted her to adore him. However, sometimes it was nicer to be harsh.

"Chips!" Beck perked up with a grin, pointing a finger over to a red stand selling a range of hot food snacks. Of course he meant fries, but he was too British to function. He quickly bought a large bag full and began nibbling at them before turning to offer them to Elisa. It was a long shot, but worth a try.

"Soo...I don't know what you guys wanna do, but that place over there has a bathing suit in the display that I think I need. So I'm gonna head that way."

"Should we follow her or do you wanna go somewhere else?"

Millie grinned and nodded, clearly also very excited to go look at swimwear as she liked to show off her assets and gain attention. Bikini's always complimented her. "Sounds good." The red head replied simply before daring a glance over to Leon who held the expression of someone who had just been asked which of his friends would he rather have die.

"Ermm...Uh." He said, deciding between Millie and Bex and Elisa and Beck. Both options were awkward and uncomfortable but he also didn't want to be alone. The brunette sighed before rolling his eyes. "I am not third wheeling! Call me when you get lost." Leon huffed, almost certain that they would. He then trailed off after Millie and Bex, sticking close to the redhead rather than his fuck buddy. "Swimwear eh? You'd think I'd be overjoyed but why do I feel like than delighted?" He said, trying to joke but it came out gruffer than intended.

Beck then turned to Elisa with a giant smile before pulling her into the cutest of cuddles. "Where do you wanna go? I'll do anything you want to do! Anything to see you smile..." He said before moving to kiss her lips gently. He knew she more than likely didn't want to go with them to try on swim suits no matter how much he would have adored to see her in one.

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"I am not third wheeling! Call me when you get lost."

Elisa dissolved into a fit of giggles as Leon walked away and turned to Beck. "I'm not sure that was the right choice for him. I won't complain though." She said through her smiles, draping her arms on Beck's shoulders and looking up at him. She looked into his eyes, trying to memorize every line of color within them and wondering how she managed to snag him when she was such a mess. Then again, he was a bit of a mess himself, so maybe that was why they had come together. Their entire relationship was a storm that never seemed to end. Perhaps they were masochistic in that way, combining their chaos in a way that the both of them couldn't possibly end on their own.

"Where do you wanna go? I'll do anything you want to do! Anything to see you smile..."

"You make me smile." She was cut off towards the end by his kiss, which she moved to deepen, with her hand laid gently on his neck. Elisa's mood was so far changed from when she was home, that it even she felt a bit strange. The dark cloud that constantly lingered over her had lessened here and while her problems were obviously still there, she could forget them for a minute. Her mom wasn't here to remind her how much she had failed, Malachai was again - though temporarily - a distant memory, and because of that it was like she was coming up for air after drowning for so long.

"We could just walk, or there's a place down the way were you can open an oyster and get a pearl. It's kind of gross and kind of fun too, they turn them into necklaces for you. Or there's all the pier games and there's some surf shops too. If you want a wet suit to go surfing in. Or check out skimboards, that's always fun." Elisa said, continuously listing off things they could do though not making a decision herself.

"You're the one who's never been here. What do you wanna do?" She chirped happily.




"Swimwear eh? You'd think I'd be overjoyed but why do I feel less than delighted?"

"Probably because you've seen us both naked. Why would you wanna see us in a bathing suit?" Rebecca smarted off without thinking, a cheeky grin on her face. She knew she was probably pushing her limit, but she couldn't resist what he had so easily walked into. Still, she didn't make eye contact with him as she sifted through suit after suit, throwing the ones she wished to try on over her shoulder and occasionally tossing one to Millie that she thought would look good on the red head.

She took out one that was, in theory, a one piece but it was little more than strategically placed black straps with thicker patches of fabric to cover the important areas. "Do you think all the frumpy moms on the beach would be pissed if they saw me in this?" Bex asked, holding it up to herself and looking at Millie, clearly amused at the idea. "Should I try it on?"

It wasn't much skimpier from anything else Rebecca had to try on, in fact the more skin she thought would show the more she was drawn to it. If it were allowed she would go naked, but that wasn't allowed at this beach.

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"You make me smile."

Beck grinned as his heart lit up before he dipped towards Elisa for the kiss. The world felt as though it had stopped moving and it could have just been them in that moment. Her finger tips against his skin were too cold for a healthy human, but he still adored her touch. It wasn't like he could ignore her flaws such as covered wrists and tiny frame but still her beauty shone through.

"We could just walk, or there's a place down the way were you can open an oyster and get a pearl. It's kind of gross and kind of fun too, they turn them into necklaces for you. Or there's all the pier games and there's some surf shops too. If you want a wet suit to go surfing in. Or check out skimboards, that's always fun."

Beck sighed, slapping his hand to his forehead at her inability to make a decision. "You are impossible." He sighed, but still had a grin on his face. For a while the pair walked until the blonde took some curiosity in a small shop that sold lots of seaside gifts and pretty little trinkets. "I still want a hipster bracelet." He explained with a grin, pulling her into the shop to look around with him. It was a lovely little place. He moved over to the stand that held a lot of men's leather bracelets and examined them carefully, deciding.

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"Probably because you've seen us both naked. Why would you wanna see us in a bathing suit?"

Leon chewed the inside of his cheek and didn't say anything, but only cause he couldn't think of anything to say. He met eyes with Bex to give her a threatening glare, but she wouldn't even lock pupils. Sure enough he had fucked both girls and even loved both girls, but neither had anything for him....as far as he knew.

Millie looked uncomfortable, constantly checking the prices of things and trying to just find the one that would suit her best. As Bex tossed a dark crimson high waisted bikini at her she admired it fondly before deciding to put this in her stack of 'try ons'.

"Do you think all the frumpy moms on the beach would be pissed if they saw me in this?"
"Should I try it on?"

The red head giggled, nodding and encouraging her into the changing room. "My god you are going to get some looks in that! But in the best way of course..." She said, praising her choice. Millie also enjoyed the idea of pissing off snobby mums and being a bit of a deviant.

Leon however scoffed, raising his eyebrows in disapproval. "Yeah she will get some looks alright, maybe a few of the men might come up for a chat, to ask how much you cost." He huffed, the joke not quite as humorous as it could have been put across. "I ain't going anywhere with you in that."

"Don't be so fucking horrible!" Millie hissed with bared teeth before going into one of the changing rooms to get try on her swimwear, leaving the two awkwardly alone for a second.

Leon turned away from her but continued to talk, which completely contradicted normal social rules of conversation but he did it anyway. His voice was softer and forced to be a little more polite than he had done previously. "You don't have to go as skimpy as possible you know. You could try something different, but I think anything would flatter you anyway."

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"What do you think? I like it but I don't know if its very me..."

His kiss successfully broke her daze and she shrugged. "Well, what is 'you?' I think everything suits you." Elisa said, pondering what it was that Beck really did enjoy style wise, or if before today he had ever really thought of it before. Her whole life had revolved around it in the past and the idea that someone else might not have at all, was almost strange to her.

"Fuck it."

When he started putting the necklace around her neck, she couldn't stop grinning and immediately began thinking of what types of gifts she could surprise him with. "You didn't have to." She said, knowing full well that she was glad he did and that she'd likely never take it off again unless she absolutely had to. Once it was fixed on her neck, she turned and wrapped her arms around him in a hug.

"Where next?"

"There's a bookstore a couple doors down, I thought looked pretty cool." She suggested, trying to think of the last time she had actually read anything. It wasn't that she didn't enjoy it, she actually loved it quite a lot, she just didn't have the time anymore and when she did...Well, her mind was far to distracted by either Beck or Jess, and the situations that came with them and decisions she would likely have to make.

This trip was the first time she hadn't let herself think much about the negative and still she found it popping up here and there even though she tried to avoid it.

When they reached the book shop, she was pleasantly surprised that it was much larger than it appeared from the outside and all the books were organized by genre - conveniently indicated by handwritten signs. There were some rarer, older books locked up in lit glass cases as well. Elisa felt herself more drawn to classics and poetry than anything else, though she had been known to read more than a few Young Adult books and occasionally would admit to picking up a manga or ten. If it had words, many or few, she enjoyed it.

She mindlessly pulled a book of the shelf, a random medieval fantasy, and read the cover before sliding it back into place. "Do you like to read, Beck?" She asked him, with a dreamy smile on her tired face.



"Oh man you don't know how bad I want to fuck you..."

Leon's voice coming from behind her caused Rebecca to startle and nearly scream, until she caught a glimpse of him in the mirror. It took her a moment to gather herself before leaning into him, an intense desire to feel his warmth against hers taking over. She liked the way she fit against him, as though every curve somehow matched every one of his angles. "So," She breathed, running her fingers over his arm, the memories of her telling Millie that she was over Leon almost instantly fading with this new attention. "is this your way of forgiving me?"

She turned to face him, still with his arms wrapped around her waist and she began to trail kisses from his chest to his neck, standing on her toes to reach. It didn't take long for her to come to her senses and realize that hooking up with a dressing room probably wasn't a great idea, and risking getting kicked out of a store when they'd only been at the beach for a day would probably put a damper on things. "But maybe not in a tiny room where our only door is, y'know, a sheet?" She whispered pulling away from him and turning to the bathing suits, she pulled out two from her pile.

"Help me pick one?" Rebecca asked with a pout, holding out the one she had joked about earlier that was basically racy lingerie and another that was much less risque, black monokini.

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"Well, what is 'you?' I think everything suits you."

"Hmm..." Beck pushed his fingers through his hair, forcing a smile on his face when clearly something more sinister was hidden behind the grin. What was his style? Wasn't that something you were supposed to develop in your teen years? He was probably more concerned with pumping himself full of heroin at the time. "When I first joined the gang the lads didn't like as lot of my arty farty stuff as you could probably guess so I hid it all away along with half of my personality." He sighed, pressing his lips into a thin line and exhaling through his nose. "It's not much different now."

"You didn't have to."


He laughed softly, turning to pull his face into her neck as they hugged. "I wanted to." He told her. As much as Elisa had much more money than himself he wanted to show her he cared, even if it was with something as small a token as this. He needed to show her she was loved...

"There's a bookstore a couple doors down, I thought looked pretty cool."

"Do you like to read, Beck?"

He held her hand in his as they walked, swinging it slightly in a playful manner. "You know I haven't been one to read much. I never got into it. Maybe you could recommend something for me to read? I bet its something nice to do while on the beach." Beck requested as they entered the shop, legitimately curious. He skimmed the spines with his fingertips but didn't have a clue what to pick up.

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Leon grinned as she had to force herself to submit a squeal before letting out a little gasp as she pressed himself against her, quickly becoming obviously aroused.

"So,"
"is this your way of forgiving me?"


He smirked as he began to run his hand over her ass, seemingly eager for her. He had completely forgotten his surroundings at that moment in time. He might have even just took her there and then. "I don't get why you taunt me...but I guess all you ever do is tease anyway." Leon said before leaning towards her and whispering against her ear, pressing against her even more so now. "I guess I could forgive you.."

"But maybe not in a tiny room where our only door is-"


"Bex what do you think of thi-?!" Millie said in a cheerful tone as she pulled back the sheet to find the two seductively cocooned together. Her eyes absently flickered to Leon's crotch which was obviously hard before rolling back up to Bex. "Oh." She said simply, not appearing surprised but more confused considering their previous conflict. With a scoff the brunette pulled away from her and removed himself from the dressing room.

"It looks very nice Millie. Get that one." Leon answered in response to her question about the crimson bikini she was now flaunting, giving a glance back into the small room to see Rebecca now requesting assistance. He rolled his eyes, trying to play it cool.

"Help me pick one?"


"The black one. You know which I'd prefer." He told her, but followed it up with a gentle smile.

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"When I first joined the gang the lads didn't like as lot of my arty farty stuff as you could probably guess so I hid it all away along with half of my personality."

Elisa frowned, unhappy that he had to hide such a large part of himself for such a long time and that he still continued to do so even though he didn't have to; she didn't think he had to, anyway. It seemed his involvement of the gang had taken so much away from him, so much of his actual identity, that she wondered how he managed to hang on to any part of himself at all. Then again, it wasn't like she was a shining example of self expression and self love. As much as she wanted to encourage him, she couldn't take her own advice and was still living in her mom's shadow, and accepting the lies her life was built on.

"You know I haven't been one to read much. I never got into it. Maybe you could recommend something for me to read? I bet its something nice to do while on the beach."

As always, the girl found herself skimming the spines of the classics section. Each novel larger than it needed to be, seeing as back then they were paid by the word; as dry and dull as some of them could start, she still credited many of them as her favorites. She stopped on Alexander Dumas and pulled out her all time favorite, The Count of Monte Cristo. She had many copies in her own collection at home, running from newer abridged reprints to vintage collectors pieces. She pulled it off the shelf and passed it to him. "The ultimate story of revenge. I love it. Kind of heavy reading for me, I kind of stick with poetry most of the time."

She skipped over to the poetry section at that mention and pulled out a book that was considerably smaller and nothing but a collection of poems from Lord Alfred Tennyson. She quickly flipped through the pages before she landed on The Lady of Shalott. "This guy wrote some stuff inspired by King Arthur legends and this one is my favorite." She explained, passing the book to Beck. "I mean, I read normal stuff too, but this stuff is what my dad was reading when I was little. So it's kind of what I always come back to, even if it's a little boring. I don't really know what you'd like."



"I don't get why you taunt me...but I guess all you ever do is tease anyway."
"I guess I could forgive you.."


Rebecca's face lit up with a smile and she ran her fingers through the side of his hair, before planting a sweetly seductive kiss on his lips; maybe a little more sweet than she meant it to be. "Good," She said, pressing against him and lightly nibbling on his neck.

"Bex what do you think of thi-?!"

If Rebecca was embarrassed at all, she didn't show it and when Leon pulled away she simply looked over at Millie and shrugged. She knew she had said she was done, but clearly that was a lie and her will was weak, especially when it came to Leon as much as she would hate to admit it.

Bex admired Millie's bikini and gave an approving grin. "You look hot as fuck, you should definitely get it. I love it against your hair and your cleavage is fucking ridiculous. In a good way. Now come in here." She said, grabbing Millie's hand and pulling her in.

"The black one. You know which I'd prefer."

"Totally noted and will be considered." The brunette said with a flirty grin before shutting the curtain and blocking Leon's view. "Boy's gone. Which one do you think?" She asked, holding the bathing suits up in front of Millie, asking as though the red head hadn't just walked in on her and Leon's brief but steamy make up. She wasn't sure she'd have any answers if Millie asked questions about it, but she figured she could make up some excuse on the fly.

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Beck watched her wander mindlessly around the store with eyes bright, hiding how tired they actually were. Her fingertips danced along the book spines as she seemed to move ghostlike between the shelves. He wanted to paint her. He wanted to kiss her. The blonde slowly moved alongside her, pulling his arms around her waist and tugging her into him till he could lean over and look into her eyes with a grin. "You are so gorgeous. You know that? I'm so lucky..." He told her, almost though he was letting his own private thoughts leak out into reality.

"The ultimate story of revenge. I love it. Kind of heavy reading for me, I kind of stick with poetry most of the time."

The blonde couldn't help but think about Malachai when he heard the words 'The ultimate story of revenge.' A couple of sick thoughts skipped though his head about what he'd like to do to the red headed bastard but he never quite let Elisa know what he was thinking unless she could have read the twisted expression on his face. His fingers ached to damage him. "Oh yeah? Explain to me the basic plot." He requested, flicking through the pages swiftly before turning it over to examine the price.

"This guy wrote some stuff inspired by King Arthur legends and this one is my favorite."
"I mean, I read normal stuff too, but this stuff is what my dad was reading when I was little. So it's kind of what I always come back to, even if it's a little boring. I don't really know what you'd like."


"Sooooo hipster...." He teased with a grin before sighing and heading over to the counter anyway. He decided that if Elisa had recommended the first book to him he was willing to give it a try, and if he didn't like it he'd just play his DS or something. "Do you want anything gorgeous? Something nice to read on the beach?"

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"Good,"

Leon's heart rate sped up as she kissed at him, not because it spurred him on more but because of the difference in pressure against his lips. It felt real. Was it real? He continued to kiss her despite her starting to pull away, always aching for more, to the point that it was so obvious that he really didn't want to let go.

"Bex what do you think of thi-?!"


"Millie!!!!!" Leon roared out, almost as though she had done something wrong even though she clearly hadn't. She had just stopped him when he never wanted it to end. He looked angry and she looked like a dear in headlights, but then he sighed, realising his short temper. Millie didn't seem too phased by it.

"You look hot as fuck, you should definitely get it. I love it against your hair and your cleavage is fucking ridiculous. In a good way. Now come in here."


The redhead tried to ignore what she had just witnessed for a second to lap up all of Bex's compliments. Millie was rarely complimented, and especially by female friends. "Really? You think?!" She said with a big wide smile like a Cheshire cat, almost school girl like behaviour. The girl tugged at the under wire of the bikini to examine how it flattered at her, causing Leon to hiss a little and try to divert his eyes, which was kind of odd considering that they had slept together countless times.

"Totally noted and will be considered."

Leon scoffed, knowing that 'will be considered' probably meant 'likely to be discarded' in Rebecca's language. He sighed as he was pushed out of the dressing room, but proceeded to wait patiently elsewhere in the shop.

"Boy's gone. Which one do you think?"

"OOOOoooooOOO so what exactly happened there then! I thought you guys weren't on good terms at the minute." Millie said with a giggle and wink, diving right into the drama rather than answering her question first. It was almost as though she lived for typical girly chatter. "Are you stopping in his bed now or what then?" She asked before turning her attention back to the bikini. "The one Leon likes obviously. You clearly want to keep his attention so..."

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"You are so gorgeous. You know that? I'm so lucky..."

"You're being very sweet to me." She whispered, a sense of peace washing over her. They fit together like those heart shaped necklaces you'd give to your best friend. Being next to Beck gave her a sense of wholeness she rarely felt. She couldn't control the smile that spread across her face, though she tried to stop it, when she noticed the way he was looking at her, like she was the most beautiful thing in the world and she absolutely adored it: adored him.

"Oh yeah? Explain to me the basic plot."

"Guy gets framed for something he didn't do and is imprisoned for years; develops a brilliant, elaborate revenge plot and chaos ensues." Elisa said without a thought, flipping through another book on the shelf. She loved reading, almost as much as she loved Beck or Jess. Books were easy to escape in and she loved everything from gothic romance novels to manga. The girl could live and die in a library and she'd consider it heaven. She took a moment to glance up at him, noticing the remnants of something dark on his face and she frowned.

"You okay?" She asked, pressing her hand against his cheek, her brow furrowed with concern; not unsimilar to the way she looked at Jess when she hit her head or cried. It was easy to forget that Elisa had a kid, when she acted so much like a teenager and was stuck in an awkward limbo of what she wanted, who she was and who she was allowed to be.

"Do you want anything gorgeous? Something nice to read on the beach?"

"I don't know. Maybe a journal or something." She said, absentmindedly as she made her way to where the journals and sketchbooks were kept. They were all neatly leather bound, some basic and some with elaborate and beautiful designs. "I never fill them up. I have a thousand with only a couple pages filled in and then I just let them sit around like some kind of hoarder. It's really lame."



"Millie!!!!!"
"Really? You think?!"


"It'd be a dumb thing to lie about." Bex teased, flicking her eyes from Millie to Leon, amused and maybe a little embarassed by what had just occurred. Even she didn't like to be caught in the act.

"OOOOoooooOOO so what exactly happened there then! I thought you guys weren't on good terms at the minute."
"Are you stopping in his bed now or what then?
"The one Leon likes obviously. You clearly want to keep his attention so..."


"I dunno. He just came into the dressing room and started actin' all sexy. What was I supposed to do? He's cute, he's good in bed and Lord knows I'm a slut." Rebecca said with a shrug holding one bathing suit in front of herself as she stared in a mirror, switching it out with the other. She liked them both and felt comfortable enough in the both of them. "I'll stay in our room. Just because he came in here all hot and bothered doesn't mean he gets to spoon me every night."

"It's kind of nice to have someone in here with a similar style to me. I mean, don't get me wrong Elisa is beautiful and she always picks out shit that looks fabulous on her, but she likes pastels and cashmere sweaters." The girl rambled, slipping out of her clothes and into the bathing suit that Leon preferred, not caring that Millie was right there next to her. "What's the story with you two? Like, why do you hate each other so much. I think you're both swell and you both like me. Is Beck's dick that good?"

It hadn't taken much for Rebecca to realize that the tension between the two was because of the boy. It wasn't like it was so glaringly obvious or anything.

She continued to mindlessly make small talk as she debated on her bathing suit, though she knew in the end she'd likely buy both. Why pick between two, when she could have the best of both worlds? Hannah Montana had the right idea after all. She ripped the tag off of Leon's preferred and threw her clothes on over it. Just because she was buying it, didn't mean he had to know about it.

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"Guy gets framed for something he didn't do and is imprisoned for years; develops a brilliant, elaborate revenge plot and chaos ensues."

Beck pressed his lips into a thin line. It wasn't exactly his own story but the plot seemed compelling and relatable enough. He smiled and have a small nod before tucking the book under his arm before going back to brewing in his own horrid thoughts.

"You okay?"


He flinched at her touch, almost reaching up to batter away her hand as he lay his hand upon her cheek. The blonde jolted away from her, accidentally letting a dangerous expression fall on his face. Not the soft sort of dorky smile Beck would usually hold, but a more serious and cold expression of a gang leader, a warning not to cross the line. It melted away quickly but for a second it was there.

"I don't know. Maybe a journal or something."
"I never fill them up. I have a thousand with only a couple pages filled in and then I just let them sit around like some kind of hoarder. It's really lame."

Beck laughed rolling his eyes. "You are a hoarder. Well you would be if your parents let you..." He chuckled before letting his eyes settle on a larger version of the empty books, red and embedded with spirals and the pages inside thicker than usual. He moved over to it and slid it under his arm along side the novel he had chosen. "We should make an album. Not just me and you but...everything that's important to us." He told her, starting to develop ideas about the photos he would cram into that red book.

"You have 10 seconds to pick up something you want." He tutted, tapping his foot impatiently.

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"I dunno. He just came into the dressing room and started actin' all sexy. What was I supposed to do? He's cute, he's good in bed and Lord knows I'm a slut."


Millie giggled softly but didn't say anything. She knew Leon was good in bed it was just after he had finished that always bothered her. The way he pulled his arms around her, wanting more and more kisses and for her to stay always made her uncomfortable. He always ached for more than what she could give, and Millie wondered if Bex had come across this issue yet. She opened her mouth to speak out before closing it again, hesitating, before deciding to spit it out. "I guess he is a good fuck but...awfully clingy don't you think?"

"I'll stay in our room. Just because he came in here all hot and bothered doesn't mean he gets to spoon me every night."

"Awh ain't you the little heartbreaker." The red head giggled, leaning towards her enticingly before remembering Bex's sexual preferences and kind of quickly recoiling her body, a slight blush upon her cheeks. She also forced her eyes the other way as she began to strip. Millie knew she was straight but this new introduction to someone who was queer was a little new and unnerving to her. She decided to take the red bikini off to let Leon purchase it and changed back into her clothes.

"What's the story with you two? Like, why do you hate each other so much. I think you're both swell and you both like me. Is Beck's dick that good?"

Millie kicked at the ground with her black ankle boots before letting out a long 'errm' sound and sighing. "I'm not too sure. I think shes just a little jealous I've been on him and that we are close. He and I weren't anything serious though you know?...To be honest she didn't treat me with a lot of respect when we first me and it made a lot of tension between us. I recall being called a fat sausage or something?" She jested, finding the situation now a little amusing. Millie quite obviously left the bit out about her still being hopelessly in love with him and that her last dying wish would be for the two to split.

"Oh yeah and she doesn't like the fact I used morphine to numb Beck and his..." Her mouth snapped shut rather quickly once she had realised what she had almost began to explain. It was easy to forget that Bex wasn't 'in on this'. She didn't know shit...

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The way Beck's face had twisted, even if it was only for a moment, scared her. It wasn't the first time she had seen him do it, like he was pushing part of himself deep down and not letting her see. She looked away, hiding a somber expression as she stared at row after row of colorful book spines. "I love you. All of you. Even the parts of you you won't let me see." Elisa told him, though her voice was so low it'd be difficult to hear.


"You are a hoarder. Well you would be if your parents let you..."

"Psh. I bet you have like a million empty canvasses and a million more unopened paint tubes." Elisa retaliated with a wicked grin. Maybe it was something unique to her, but blank pages that were waiting to be filled were beautiful. She loved how perfectly crisp and clean it looked, but most of all she loved all of the possibility that came with it. It was the possibility of what she could write that excited her, probably more so than the actual writing; because there was nothing more inspirational than a black page.

"We should make an album. Not just me and you but...everything that's important to us."

"I have a Polaroid camera packed. We could take them on this trip? I use to take pictures all the time of my friends," Her words were very rushed and excited, though they trailed off at the end as she remembered the pictures she use to have hanging on her wall of Malachai and everyone else in her old crew. People she use to be so close with, people she had been forced to run away from...and now, at least one of them, was a monster. She chewed on her lip as she thought about it, anxious as visions of Malachai popped in her head.

"You have 10 seconds to pick up something you want."

His words broke her train of thought and a smile broke out on her face and she stuck her tongue out at him. Still, she quickly grabbed one of the journals off the shelf; a leather bound one with some floral design etched into it. "The others are probably done anyway, right? We should go find them."




"I guess he is a good fuck but...awfully clingy don't you think?"

Rebecca pondered Millie's words briefly. Truthfully, Leon was incredibly clingy and more often than not it made her a little uncomfortable...but mostly because it stirred something inside of her that felt almost nice and that was a terrifying thought. "Definitely. But it's a nice change from most boys who treat you like a blow up doll. It's kind of nice to be treated like an actual person." She said with a shrug.

"Awh ain't you the little heartbreaker."

Bex couldn't help but laugh when that look of realization crossed Millie's face. She had seen it so many times before with girls who were new friends. "I like girls, but that doesn't mean I'm going to cream my panties cuz you look at me a little flirty. Unless that's what you want, but it'll take a little more effort than that." She said with a wink, obviously teasing.

"Besides, you're cute but not my type. I'm more of a Ruby Rose than a Dita Von Teese kinda girl. Unless it's Blake Lively, oh my God, I would marry her in a second." She gossiped, just like a straight girl would about her favorite celebrity men.

"I'm not too sure. I think shes just a little jealous I've been on him and that we are close. He and I weren't anything serious though you know?...To be honest she didn't treat me with a lot of respect when we first me and it made a lot of tension between us. I recall being called a fat sausage or something?"

"The good news is, I'm entirely convinced she doesn't completely hate you and that means it's a totally reversible situation. Elisa can be down right evil if she hates you enough, but I'd say you're just disliked. Not a bad place to be if you ask me." Rebecca told her with an optimistic lilt in her voice, though something slightly insidious laid underneath. Elisa wasn't a bad person, but she hadn't always been a good one and Bex had seen her ruin people. At the time, Elisa had just been playing her mother's game, but that wasn't an excuse for the way she had treated more than a few.

"Oh yeah and she doesn't like the fact I used morphine to numb Beck and his..."

Rebecca's eyes narrowed in on Millie. Morphine to numb him? Numb his what? She had suspected something was going on, she just couldn't figure out what, though she was leaning towards them being a bunch of drug dealers. That was the only thing she could logically come up with. "I'd be pretty pissed if you drugged my boyfriend, too." She stated flatly, unsure of how to react to the situation or if she should ask any questions. Her eyes remained on Millie, questioning and slightly concerned.

Bex didn't mind running with a bunch of rough people, she had before, but what she didn't like was how much she didn't know. "I'm not exactly on the straight and narrow path to Heaven or anything, but I'm not gonna die rolling with you am I?" She asked, holding the bathing suit Leon had picked out, opening the curtain so she could go check out. She wasn't asking for details, she was sure they would come with time or that Elisa would eventually spill it, but she didn't want to be targeted in a drive by either.