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Pepper Collins

"One day at a time..."

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a character in “Laurel Academy {Remake}”, as played by Avon

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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."



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| Name |
Pepper Imani-Ada Collins

| Age & Grade |
Seventeen & Year Twelve (Senior)

| Length of time at Laurel |
Attended Laurel since year four, so eight years

| Sexuality |
Heterosexual

| Class |
Influential

| Income |
Celebrity Plastic Surgeon for a Father & Supermodel Mother





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| Strengths |
empathy, strong hollywood connections, money (obviously), looks, her ability to flirt, quick reading skill, easily picks up new skills, quick-growing fingernails, her ability to see the bright side to most situations, puberty hit her like a truck, picking up things with her toes, strangely good at i-spy, dresses well thanks to her mother, small foot size (so shoes are easy to find), freckles (because who doesn't love freckles?), listening to others

| Weaknesses |
insecurity, body dysmorphia, homesickness, crappy romantic relationships, criticism, her thoughts, addiction to chocolate (but her inability to eat it), her need to step on a scale every morning, dates and times, connecting names to faces, deep conversations, anxiety attacks, loud noises trigger attacks, random scattered migraines, basically all of the problems that come with not eating (only when she is withholding)


| Fears |
her body- While this one may seem more obvious when you understand her disorder, Pepper's body has been something that causes her unbelievable discomfort since she was young. When she had her first boyfriend (okay, let's face it- he was just a summer fling in Prague) at the age of thirteen, he broke up with her because she had started filling out her curves during puberty. It seemed that events like this haunt her memories. She was always unworthy because of her body.
disapproval- Whether it was chasing her parent's attention throughout her childhood or her need to succeed in school, Pepper has always had a problem with the disapproval of authority figures. Constructive criticism is something that hurts her deep down, although because of her need to feel validated, you would never really know she was hurting.
meaningful romantic relationships- While she doesn't shy away from boys or relationships at all, the thought of letting someone in as you are supposed to with a significant other terrifies her. She has convinced herself that as soon as she bares her soul, her love will turn and run.


| Secrets |
diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at fifteen, the rest is secret for a reason





Image| Personality |
Kind, Thoughtful, Empathetic, Insecure, Ambitious, Quiet
Now, Pepper herself will be the first to say that she is insecure. She has come to terms with the fact that she will always have her expectations set just a bit too high for a normal person. Despite this, she has never been so harsh on others in the way that she is with herself. She is quick to forgive and easy to confide in, and she has a lot of friends because of it. Seeing others smiling because of her or because of something she did is one of the few things that can make her feel truly good about herself on the inside.
Along with her constant battle with her self-image and actions because of that, Pepper tends to hide her emotions well. She hid her problems for years before she even told her closest friends. She rarely breaks down in front of others, because she is afraid to be the person who has to be taken care of. She would rather be the caretaker of others. Because of this, she waits until she is alone before the breakdowns hit. Dark times like these are only known to others because she simply disappears for a few days. Usually in her room, but sometimes she leaves campus altogether.
Pepper is a beautiful girl, and she attracts boys pretty often. She is aware of this, and chooses to ignore the fact that her outward appearance is the reason for it. She enjoys flirting and spending time with boys, however the moment things step too far, she is quick to shut it down. She is a virgin and intends to stay as one until the "moment is right." She is unsure of when that will ever be, because she will not allow herself to be loved until she loves herself.





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| Likes |
cats, makeup, sunflowers, dancing, bubble baths, new friends, social interaction, boys, music, curly hair, gap teeth, silk pillowcases, spicy beef-flavored ramen noodles, spending time with her mother, children, weddings, happiness, parties, education, charities, little umbrellas in drinks, rosé wine



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| Dislikes |
ill-fitting clothing, history class, loud noises, being lonely, public bathrooms, the smell of vomit, gaining weight, intimacy, ignorance, large houses (why she likes living at Laurel), freshman year, unwaxed eyebrows, the color green on clothing, matte lipstick, worrying, thinking about the future,






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| Biography |
Pepper Imani-Ada Collins was born to an up-and-coming plastic surgeon and his model wife. She was loved from the beginning, and though she was raised mainly by nannies, Pepper always knew that she held a special place in her parent's hearts. Sure, they were never really home. Sure, she didn't really know how it felt to hug her stick-thin mother. But she could always count on a few days of bonding between Bratislava, Seoul, or Paris. Her mother would take her to the mall, and they would try on clothes all day and charge them to her father's tab. Her mother's disapproving looks as she watched Pepper prance around in her preteen body only made Pepper more willing to please her.
And so the dieting began. After the dieting became restricting calories, she took an internship at her father's practice. All day she saw stick-thin women enter the practice and leave even smaller. Sure, she never really decided that she didn't like her own body. It was a gradual slope that she didn't even realize she was falling down. Suddenly she couldn't bring herself to look in the mirror. She finally broke down and told her parents when she hit 83 lbs. She was 5'5 and sixteen years old. For the first time in her life, her parents actually seemed concerned. Her parents set her up to meet with the school nurse and counselor three days a week. Recovery has been a lengthy process, but with her goal weight in sight and senior year ahead, Pepper only hopes that she can continue the mindset that she has built for herself.






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Played By: Avon
Dialogue Color: #725E80
Face Claim: Tashi Rodriguez

So begins...

Pepper Collins's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Minami Nomura Character Portrait: Thayer Gallup Character Portrait: Daniel Ahn Character Portrait: Lucy Wood Character Portrait: Pepper Collins Character Portrait: Asher Blanche Character Portrait: Emerson Hill Character Portrait: Lance Aguilar Character Portrait: Sean O'Callaghan Character Portrait: Air Hirota Character Portrait: Petra Kingsley Character Portrait: Cayden Lawrence Character Portrait: Genevive Rosen Character Portrait: Brooklyn Winslet Character Portrait: Drake Darby Character Portrait: Katiana Brokenborough Character Portrait: Soledad Núñez Character Portrait: Mason Hart

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Every year on the day before Summer classes begin, a bonfire is held. Now, thanks to a pyrokinetic staff member the bonfire is able to be massive, without much risk of it toppling over and harming students (usually). It is held a little ways off from the dorms on the beach by the lake, and the main bonfire is often surrounded by smaller firepits with different food options at each one. There is always, without exception, some form of alcohol and some form of drugs available, and the teachers tend to turn a blind eye to it, leaving not five minutes after students arrive. After all, many of the students have families too powerful to persecute them, and the school grants a good amount of freedom besides.

Music is played throughout the night, sometime alternating between speakers and student run bands if they request to perform. Dancing around the bonfire is common, and usually the bonfire is kicked off by a partner dance that by now all of the Yearlies have learned, even if they don't ask or get asked to dance. There has been drama started over the dance before, but it really just depends on how seriously one takes it- often times friends will dance together, after all. But everyone looks forward to Breadbowl posts afterwards about which dances meant something, who made what mistake, who snuck away with whom, etc. Nothing is kept secret for long at Laurel.

It is already dark out, with a full moon above and bright stars, the nearest city being too far away to outshine the night sky. Later on fireworks will be set off, and sparklers are resting all over the place for the amusement of students.

It is now about ten or so minutes before the bonfire "officially" kicks off with the first dance, but most students have already arrived and are sitting about the fires. Predictably, some are already stumbling over their own tongues thanks to the weight alcohol puts on them. Thus, the best and brightest of their age group prove themselves to still be young after all.

"Let's set the tone to a dramatic summer, shall we?"

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Thayer Gallup Character Portrait: Pepper Collins Character Portrait: Lance Aguilar Character Portrait: Cayden Lawrence Character Portrait: Genevive Rosen Character Portrait: Brooklyn Winslet Character Portrait: Drake Darby Character Portrait: Mason Hart

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#, as written by sappho
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genevive rosen
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Genevive was terribly late to the bonfire. The reason? That morning she had gotten horribly sick the moment she had woken up, having to lie to Pepper saying that it must’ve been some random bug going around. She had been getting horribly sick lately, and she didn’t know why. Jenny had decided to keep it a secret from her friends because she hated feeling like a burden, but lately it was getting too difficult to conceal. A part of her was terrified that she wasn’t going to feel any better by the time the bonfire rolled around. Which would’ve been a nightmare to lie about. Fortunately after taking the right amount of Ibuprofen, her headache and sickness faded slightly making her feel a little bit better. Pepper had already left, and she was scrambling to find something cute to throw on. She might not of cared too much about her outfit but, Thayer was going to be there. Her face blushed just at the idea of him as she shimmied on a shirt. Thayer was one of her best friends, and maybe she had started to feel a bit more for him in the past year but, Jenny had never been the confrontational type. Just as she was about to head out the door of her dorm her phone vibrated in her head and she opened a text.

From: Thay
I’ve already started drinking. Who am I going to suck at dancing with if you don't hurry?!

She smiled to herself and typed a quick reply in response as she headed out the door.

To: Thay
I’m on my way I promise! Don’t start having fun without me :) !!

When she finally arrived at the bonfire she surveyed the students who had already gotten there. Her eyes first landed on Brooklyn, her gut twisting, she hadn’t spoken to Brooklyn in a while and she thought it was best if they kept things that way. Much to Jenny’s dismay the two had been on rocky ground, and it didn’t seem like Brook wanted that to change anytime soon. She then noticed Keevan, Drake, and Thayer next to the bonfire, her face lighting up. She made her way over to them, Thayer happened to be facing away from her. She made eye contact with both Drake and Keevan in a ‘don’t say anything’ glance, as she placed her hands over Thayer’s eyes from behind. ”Guess who?”
She lowered her voice slightly to try and make it different, but couldn’t help the small giggle that escaped her lips.


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cayden lawrence
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At first, Cayden had decided not to attend the bonfire. While he didn't have anything against the idea of being with his friends and drinking, he was just having a particularly rough night. For some ungodly reason his anxiety was through the roof, and he had a bitchin headache. He knew how disappointed his friends would be however, if he didn't show up. (Especially Mason). The factor that pushed him to go was the text that he received from Lance. He bit his lip slightly as he read the message, of course he wanted to see Lance but he knew all the people who were going to be attached to his hip at the party and he wasn't too fond of any of them. Cayden had become slightly distant from Lance because of his association with the plastics, but Cayden knew there was still the sweet boy he'd studied with underneath. With a sigh he quickly slipped on an ensemble from his closet, and after a moment slipped a guitar over his shoulder heading out the door, replying to Lance.

To: Lance
When do I ever miss a party? Bringing my guitar if you feel like putting on a show. :)

The bonfire was already in full swing when he got there, and he smiled and waved at a few familiar faces that glanced his way. He immediately spotted Lance, (of course surrounded by Cayden's least favorite students). Cayden could never approach that group willingly, so instead he gave Lance a small smile and wave when he caught his eye before moving over to the drink table, grabbing a cup of alcohol for himself. After all, he'd need it. He just had a feeling he would have to get a little drunk to survive this night.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Thayer Gallup Character Portrait: Pepper Collins Character Portrait: Sean O'Callaghan Character Portrait: Air Hirota Character Portrait: Cayden Lawrence Character Portrait: Drake Darby Character Portrait: Katiana Brokenborough

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SEAN O'CALLAGHAN
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Sean was silently simmering about exactly how much time he’d have to spend in front of this fire to officially say he’d shown ‘school spirit’ when a little voice cut through his impatient thoughts. "Hi Sean.”

Sean was a little shocked that anyone here really wanted to approach him, but he leaned back and looked up into the face of Pepper. He nodded slightly in understanding, they were new-ish friends. He was still warming up he supposed, trying to decide if she was a good friend to have or something. She seemed a genuinely caring and supportive person, even if she did associate with the walking trouble that was their self-appointed Queen, Brooklyn.

“Oh, Salt and Pepper.” He nodded to acknowledge her presence.

“Do you mind if I sit next to you?” She asked. “I'm a bit lonely here..."

Sean sniffed and rubbed at his nose as he looked around at the empty logs surrounding him. He had kind of liked lonely, but he wasn’t the type of bastard to leave a sweet girl like Pepper hanging. Despite what you might have heard about him. “Well, I mean, I do have a lot of friends due to turn up any moment, but I suppose there’s room for you.”
He smirked to himself and looked back out towards the throng of people, although it hardly seemed possible it looked as if the crowd had tripled in volume.

The time seemed to stretch out endlessly between Sean and his new log-mate. So he turned to Pepper and said the first thing that came to his mind, “I, uh, like your top thing.” He gestured vaguely to the white top she was wearing before he turned away and took a long, slow drink from his cup. Small talk wasn’t exactly his forte.

There was a group of boys all wearing caps not to far from him, and through the gaps of their bodies, Sean managed to spot Cayden. He had his hand half raised to wave over Cayden before he caught himself. It was hard not knowing what was up with the guy these days but it would be far worse if Sean had stuck around and hurt him. In fact just thinking about his old friend had the air around Sean raising by several degrees and he hoped Pepper accounted the heat to the fire in front of them.

He took a deep breath, and a long sip of his drink, forcing his body to uncoil and relax. “Who knew the academy even had this many students, huh?” He said in a much easier tone of voice, and leaned back on the log. “I reckon I’d be lucky to know a total of ten people in this entire place.”






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AIR HIROTA
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Air was running late. Well running late was probably the wrong expression for it. Air had been late, but she had also been blissfully unaware and uncaring. In fact, she’d been enjoying the empty courtyards and hallways, and had used them to practice her skate boarding. It was only when she skated round one of the dorms and saw the flames reaching upwards that she even remembered the bonfire. And so with a grin and wind swept hair she hurried towards the celebrations, completely under-dressed by any fashionable standards.

She tucked her skateboard up by a tree and ducked into the crowd letting the movement of it sweep her up. She didn’t see Kat anywhere and like usual, without the older, smarter, more mature girl to toddle along behind, Air was a little lost and very spacey.
She spotted Brooklyn, Daniel and Petra who had always been nice to her, but they were around Lucy, and honestly, Air didn’t have the mood or energy to be around Lucy. The two of them would never get along.

Eventually the crowd spat Air out in front of a drinks table, and with a shrug of serendipity Air poured herself up an alcoholic drink. Though when she heard Drake’s voice carry through the crowd, Air spun around. Of course, she’d failed to notice Cayden next to her, and as she moved off to find Drake, she also failed to notice that she’d knocked the drink in his hand.

It only took the girl a few bounds to find the dorky boy and with a grin she threw her arms around his neck. “Heya!”
She said as she released the poor boy, completely ignoring Thayer and Keevan, who he was with, after all she didn’t really know either of the two boys. “How huge is that fire?” Air laughed a little and stared up at the huge bonfire roaring away.


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Thayer Gallup Character Portrait: Daniel Ahn Character Portrait: Lucy Wood Character Portrait: Pepper Collins Character Portrait: Lance Aguilar Character Portrait: Sean O'Callaghan Character Portrait: Petra Kingsley Character Portrait: Genevive Rosen Character Portrait: Brooklyn Winslet Character Portrait: Drake Darby

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Lucy Wood
{Sixteen - Rising Junior - Outfit: Here - #E8BBE0}
Petra had joined them at some point in the night but Lucy had chosen to block she and Daniel out. Her ears only perked up when she heard Lance or Brooklyn's voice. She had heard Lance offer everyone drinks, but she hadn't replied because she'd already gotten a third vodka cranberry from a passing freshman who had freely looked her up and down until she'd cocked an eyebrow at him, holding out her empty cup.

It honestly wasn't that she disliked Petra and Daniel, she just didn't care. They didn't seem to care for her much, besides respecting Brooke's choice of she and Lance as their predecessors. Instead, she kept taking sips from her cup and allowing her eyes to wander, her empty hand resting on her cocked hip. Her eyes had flickered to Drake more than once, but she always made the glance brief for fear of Brooke noticing. Then, she had noticed a girl joining Sean and, the strangest thing about the situation, him letting her. Lucy scoffed and rolled her eyes. It was that Pepper girl. Losers of a feather flock together. She thought to herself, slitting her eyes at the two loners.

"Welcome to the summer semester, everyone! We're gonna be starting the first song in a minute, so find your partners, or a comfy sit to watch everyone else have fun fro-" A student began before being shoved and stumbling over by another person.

So, it was time for the infamous dance. She raised an eyebrow to Lance and smirked, "Are you going in?" Lucy had never seen the dance let alone knew the steps so she was content to find a good seat and watch all the royal court jesters. Maybe if everyone went dancing, Drake wouldn't be too scared to talk to her. Or, if she ran out of patience, she could just sneak away and say hey herself. Of course, there was always the chance that Lance was going to drag her in and let her figure things out. Mentally preparing herself to be socially humiliated before summer term even started, Lucy took another giant sip of her drink.




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Thayer Gallup
{Seventeen - Rising Senior - Outfit: Here - #B6B6B6}
When his eyes had been on Brooklyn's crew, Thayer had noticed how she cuddled up to that Daniel kid and how the students around them had began pointing and whispering. If The Breadbowl posted about a possible budding romance between the two - it may not bug the Unholy Trinirty, or whatever they called themselves, but it would certainly fuel the buzz around school. He took out his camera, snapped a picture while no one was looking, and nudged Keevan was just telling Drake that he was more than welcome to join them, pointing his attention over at Brooke and Daniel. Suddenly, Thayer was blinded by what he guessed were two small hands. A distorted voice said, "Guess who?" and for a small moment he hadn't been sure who it was. Then a giggle gave them away.

Thayer felt his face flush slightly as he realized it was Jenny but he quickly regained his composure and decided to play along, "Uhh..." He started, pretending to think. "Angelina Jolie?" He didn't even wait for her to respond to his joke, though, and instead ducked out from under her grasp as he was pretty sure she was going to swat at him for guessing Brad Pitt's wife instead of her.

Turning to face her, his grin never faltered. She looked beautiful - as she always did, and the way the fire light mixed with the moonlight made her skin look a glowy orange. Marvelous. Thayer thought silently. He had been working on a portfolio focusing on using light from other sources besides natural light and usual sources such as lamps and lightbulbs and this shot would be a great addition.

Thayer's camera was still out from taking a picture of Brooke and Daniel so he muttered a quick, "Stay put" as he moved his head to Drake slightly, calling his attention over. He made small comments as he played with the settings, "This one jumps between modes: portrait, sport, scenery, etc...Here I'm going to increase this so the colors don't get washe out....Flash off...You know this effect because it's what we added to your shot last week...Make sure it's focused...Double check the white balance..." The camera made an audible click and Thayer held the camera out so he and Drake could check it out.

Before he could show the rest of the group, the announcement that the dance was about to begin came on. It was he and Jenny's pre-summer term tradition to get really drunk and make fun of the underclassmen who were trying so hard to follow the steps they hadn't yet learned. Thayer brought his eyes to meet Jenny's and smirked, sticking his camera back in his bag. Then he turned to the drinks table, poured two shots of Vodka, and held one out to Jenny. "My lady. May we get even drunker and laugh harder this year than all the others." He downed his painfully as she took the one he'd poured for her.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Thayer Gallup Character Portrait: Pepper Collins Character Portrait: Sean O'Callaghan Character Portrait: Air Hirota Character Portrait: Genevieve Rosen Character Portrait: Cayden Lawrence Character Portrait: Drake Darby

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SEAN O'CALLAGHAN
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"You get used to the people. Sort of" Sean sighed and looked out at the crowd, his eyes cutting towards all the familiar faces. That was the problem , he thought, but kept the notion to himself. It was a little bit of a downer though, and really cut a little bit too close to home He and Pepper weren’t that close yet.

"Do you already have a partner for the dance?" Sean looked at Pepper’s friendly face, blinked twice and then looked out at the gathering dancers. He hadn’t even realised they’d already called for the partner dance. I tradition invented for embarrassment and scandal if you asked him. Sean had only participated once, and that with Emerson when he was still in the wooing stage of their relationship. So the answer was easy, no he didn’t have a partner lined up. But neither did he care to.

“Yeah, look, I don’t.”
Sean awkwardly rubbed the back of neck trying to think of the best way to let her down, he knew she was only asking as a friend but that didn’t change the uncomfortableness of it all. “But no. You’re, um, nice, but I’m not dancing.” Apparently, that was the best way of doing it. Sean leaned back and finished off his cup of punch, and decided he needed something stronger. “I’m going to grab a drink. You’re welcome to accompany me to the drink table?”

With that he got to his feet and braved his way through the dancing masses to find the drink table, immediately pouring himself the strongest thing he could find. Next to him he noticed Cayden scrubbing at a stain on his pants. Sighing and despite his brain telling him to ignore it, Sean grabbed a napkin and held it out to the boy with an awkward smile. “Good to see someone’s night is going worse than mine.” He would always hate seeing Cayden getting the shit end of life and he could feel his jaw ticking in irritation at whoever caused the problem.






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AIR HIROTA
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Air grinned as Drake hugged her back and then went on a rant about the bonfire and the… wood? She just nodded along, and acted as if the whole thing hadn’t just flown straight in one ear and out the other. “Nerd much?”

She laughed and nodded enthusiastically, “The biggest?”
She said with a grin, not meaning her words meanly, since she considered Drake the smartest person she knew. She gave a confused look up towards the flames, trying to make sense of Drake’s rant and learn something new. “I think I get it? Dark wood makes dark fire?”

Then she was distracted by Jenny who raced off to the dance floor with a gorgeous trail of flowers blooming behind her, Thayer not long going after her. “Are those two dating?” Air asked as she bent down to pluck one of the daisies Genevieve has left behind and begun spinning it in her hands. “She’s so amazing, isn’t she? And he takes all those amazing pictures? Wouldn’t they be the cutest couple?” Air and Jenny had always been on friendly terms, but she hardly knew Thayer, only by reputation.

Then she looked out to everyone dancing and smiled at the Keevan and Drake. “How about a dance then?” Air wasn’t the type to hold back, or be daunted by the populars, after all they all treated her well. She grinned at Drake and bumped into his side playfully, “Hasn’t the king of Dance Dance Revolution got a reputation to keep?”


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keevan Brennan Character Portrait: Minami Nomura Character Portrait: Thayer Gallup Character Portrait: Daniel Ahn Character Portrait: Lucy Wood Character Portrait: Pepper Collins Character Portrait: Asher Blanche Character Portrait: Emerson Hill Character Portrait: Lance Aguilar Character Portrait: Sean O'Callaghan Character Portrait: Air Hirota Character Portrait: Petra Kingsley Character Portrait: Cayden Lawrence Character Portrait: Genevive Rosen Character Portrait: Brooklyn Winslet Character Portrait: Drake Darby Character Portrait: Katiana Brokenborough Character Portrait: Soledad Núñez Character Portrait: Mason Hart

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[Sorry if this time skip seems a little bit abrupt, but in the interest of moving things along I'm going to jump further on in the night. If no one has any posts for that, then we'll skip to morning.]


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A few hours have passed since the night's festivities began. The music is still playing and people are still drinking, but the night is looking to be on its way to winding down. Those with less energy have started to leave for bed, and thus those who are more inclined towards energy and chatter and whatnot are the ones who tend to remain.

Time: Midnight
Weather: Scattered clouds, comfortable temperature