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Karin Matsuo

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a character in “More Sinned Against”, as played by ☿Urania☿



age: 19.
sexuality: homosexual.
birthday: March 18.
occupation: bass player, college student, weed dealer
hexcode: #ae5c5cxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxFake Happyxx||xx Back Against The Wallxx ||xxAre You Gonna Be My Girl

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Karin was only 16 when the car accident happened. Young, rebellious and constantly getting into arguments with her parents, Karin knew she should have just shut her mouth when he started on about her dark lipstick. Over something that seems so stupid to her now. She never forgave herself and thought it should have been her instead of her dad. After her father's death, her mother stopped functioning and always blamed her even if she didn't say it in front of Derrick. Karin was left to continue raising her little brother while her mother drank her life away until she finally up and left two years ago leaving them with an almost paid house. Because of this Karin resorted to selling weed for income.

All different kinds of tea.
Playing her bass.
Having at least 3 spliffs a day.
Physical contact.
Listening to music (especially her vinyls).
Horror/Marvel movies.
Dark lipstick.

Animal cruelty.
Being pressured or cornered.
Flavored water, with a passion.
Burning herself.
Milk/White chocolate.
Touching anything slimy.
Being bored.
When Ricky works late.
Thinking about the accident.

Classic signing in the shower.
Sleeps hugging up on a pillow.
Early riser.
Doesn't wear shoes indoors.
Becoming bitter like her mother.
Something happening to Derrick.
Insects crawling on her.
Never getting out of this town.

There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't know how.

With porcelain colored skin and brown almond shaped eyes, standing in at 5'4" and needing a chair to reach on top of the fridge, Karin is attractive even though the way she dresses may keep some away. Among her features are her high cheekbones, rosy lips that are usually stuck in a natural pout and her bright smile that isn't usually seen. She's very much feminine with her subtle curves that stick out when she wears a dress or clothes that are a bit restricted on her.

Karin has two tattoo's on her body. One on her thigh that covers up the scar from the accident and another on her left forearm which is the most recent. She doesn't have any piercings other than the two black studs she keeps on both lobes and the small hoop on her cartilage piercing which is on the right ear.

The four main traits that makeup Karin is loyalty, affection, sarcasm, and risk-taking. She's loyal and protective to friends and family that have proven to have her back and will go out of her way for them. She also happens to be the most affectionate around them, exposing her tender side with very few. Unlike her brother, Karin is bolder. She's more daunting, spontaneous even, and still a bit of a rebel but a rebel with a brain. She doesn't just get into things without knowing somewhat what she's getting into.

Karin matured faster than most and grew a thick skin early on, despite being an emotional person. She barely lets petty insults and attitudes bother her but there are certain things that may strike true with her. In a heated situation, she plays diplomat, always having at least a little fate in talking some things through rather than resulting in unnecessary violence. That, and she doesn't like seeing others get hurt.

Anyone who has been around Karin for a bit knows that her choice of humor is sarcasm and silliness. She likes bantering back and forth and giving little smart-ass remarks here and there but they're all in good fun. Now when she gets upset or annoyed, her sarcasm can be used as an arsenal though she will apologize later on if she felt as if she was in the wrong or being a moody A-hole. There is a part of her that blames herself for what a happened to her father which results in moments of depression.

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Karin was raised in a low-middle class family but in the beginning, they were happy. Her father was a construction worker while her mother was a country girl from Japan who knew little English and was a stay at home mom. They were married for two years before Karin came along but five months after she was born her mother began feeling homesick and wanted to return home. Her father, on the other hand, couldn't just leave his job, how would he support them? They got into it every night until Karin's grandparents had her mother sent back home, leaving Karin with her father.

Working in order to support his child now, her father had to hire a nanny. A German woman named Natalia. Months went by and one thing lead to another. After that Natalia realized she made a mistake. She didn't intend to lead him on so she quit and left. Nine months later, Karin's father had another child, Derrick who was dropped off at his door with a note from Natalia. He began writing letters to Karin's mother and told her everything that had happened, after two years they fell back in love with each other and she finally came back to the states. Never treating Derrick as if he wasn't one of her own.

Karin's life after that was carefree for a while. She was rambunctious and would get into trouble with Derrick right on her tail. They were always together, attached at the hip. When the older boys would pick on him in school Karin was there to defend him. When Karin was feeling down Derrick always knew how to make her feel better. Middle school came and Karin's mindset was maturing a little faster than those around her and she was beginning to hit her rebellious teenage years.

One rainy night, after her father picked her up from the movies, they got into an argument about her wearing all that makeup. Karin, being who she was at that age didn't waste time answering back and it only took one glance her way for her father to lose control and hydroplane off the road into a huge tree. Karin made it out with some broken bones and a nasty gash on her thigh but her father didn't.

Derrick was always at the hospital with her. Her mother, on the other hand, would only stay for a little then leave and only return to pick Derrick up, when he didn't stay the night. When Karin first came home from the hospital she couldn't sleep much and would cry herself into exhaustion at night. She missed her father. Karin began noticing her mother act cold towards her three weeks after coming home. She would barely speak to her, and couldn't hold eye contact for more than five minutes without getting angry or tearing up. Then one night while she was drinking and Karin came home from eating out with Derrick, she tore into her own daughter, telling her that she was the reason her father died. Karin stayed out of her way after that.

She loved her mother and it hurt to be pushed away by her but Karin blamed herself too and took it as a punishment. Even when her mother would drunkenly spit angry words at her face when helping her to bed at 3 in the morning, Karin still did it with no complaint. She kept going to school every day with Derrick, cooked dinner every night, wrote music before bed and sure her grades weren't the best but she never failed a class or got under a C.

By her 17th birthday, her mother had turned into a full-fledged alcoholic with an ignorant and bitter streak. Karin was already in the weed business so when her mother up and left, Karin already had some way to take care of her brother and herself. Through the years the siblings always looked out for each other and then Derrick got a landscaping job at 17. He wanted to help his sister and Karin began to feel the stress a parent would when their kid stayed out late without calling. He encouraged her to pursue her music and get into college so she did. She joined a new underground band not too soon after as a bass player and the rest has been history.

So begins...

Karin Matsuo's Story


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A week had passed since the party. An intense week. Cops had been conducting interviews and asking questions, questions that not everyone could answer. "Who were you with?" "What were you doing?" Some people had alibis. Some had alibis that they didn't want to give. There was too many secrets that went unspoken, that even the cops couldn't be trusted with. Everyone had a secret, something they were hiding.

And the secrets weren't going anywhere either. They didn't disappear when they weren't an active problem. They were always there. Lurking in the background. Even if they weren't active problems, sometimes they still needed to be dealt with or covered up... or ignored.


Alex had a rare free afternoon to himself. His shifts had aligned in such a way that he finished after the lunch rush, and wasn't starting at the bar until 8. Part of him knew that he should go home, check on his parents, make sure they didn't have any more bills to pay. Or maybe he should answer some of his clients, arrange to meet them, earn the money to pay those bills. But after the week he'd just had, he just wanted to have some time to himself. And, well, to meet up with his friends. He was constantly on edge, waiting for that knock on the door, for him to be called aside at work, for somebody to stop him in the street. He'd thought about walking away from it all, changing his number, refusing to answer any calls from clients. Lie low. But he couldn't afford that. He didn't want to go back to taking every shift he could, running on four hours sleep every single night.

He sighed and sipped his iced coffee, running a hand through his still-damp hair. He'd gone to the pool for the first time in what felt like an age. It had felt so good to stretch those muscles again. And surprisingly, his many, many shifts at the coffee shop hadn't put him off coffee. Especially not iced coffee. Things weren't as good as they could be, but he was going to enjoy a rare afternoon off no matter what.

He picked up his phone and sent a few texts.

To: Derrick
Yo, man, I actually have an afternoon off work! Crazy, right? You around?

To: Elijah
Hey, dude, I'm off this afternoon if you want to come grab a coffee!

His thumb hovered over one contact name in particular, hesitating. He knew he shouldn't. He knew that their relationship wasn't healthy, that it messed with his head too much. But that didn't stop him from wanting to. Goddamn, having two sets of genes that increased his potential for addiction really messed him up. Honestly, it was surprising he wasn't more of a mess. He figured that not having time to breathe or think probably helped. He put down his phone and sighed, leaning back and looking around. It was then he spotted the cop across the street. His heart stopped for a moment as he swore the cop was looking at him. But then the cop moved on. He couldn't keep going like this. He wanted to scream, wanted to tell someone so they could help him. But how? How could he trust them, know they wouldn't go tell the police?

He picked up his phone again and had the text half written before he knew what he was doing. But when he realised, he didn't exactly try and stop himself.

To: Blu
You around?


There was always one way that Lyn dealt with frustration. But no matter how much her body and brain wanted it, she sure as hell wasn't giving in to it. Instead, she went to the gym, trying to sweat it out as much as she could. After the night of the party, she'd been on edge. Everyone had. But now she felt like she couldn't ever relax, like she always had to glance over her shoulder. And more than ever, she just wanted to stop thinking, stop... worrying. It was getting harder than ever to stay sober.

She could see the guy on the treadmill beside her was trying to show off, so she ramped up the speed and turned up the sound on her headphones. She didn't want to have to think about anything besides the pounding of her feet, the beat of her favourite workout playlist. And when her lungs were screaming at her to stop, she slowed to a walk and got off the treadmill. She retrieved her bag and pulled on her hoodie. When she got out, she pulled out her phone and sent a few texts.

To: Riley
Hey, you around, babes?

She wanted to text Karin as well, but remembering exactly what had happened at the party, she hesitated. She wasn't entirely sure she could face her. She sighed and shoved her phone back in her bag, pulling her hair out of her pony tail and downing most of her water bottle. This was all too much for her to handle.


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The day started off as any other for Karin. She was up by 6am even though she'd fallen asleep at 3, rolled up a geourgeous blunt, smoked it, made some breakfast for her and Derrick despite cutting her finger, and went off to her only class for the day. The morning seem to go by in a fog as her mind was in a different place. It has been since the party.

After class, Karin made a couple of sales then stuck her headphones in and walked herself over to her favorite record store. She browsed for a little, more lost in her thoughts than actually reading titles. It got so bad that she ended up just staring at a queens album for like 3 minutes, spacing out. What eventually snapped her out of it was the absence of music in one ear when someone passed by and accidentally knocked one of her earbuds out.

On the walk home, Karin couldn't help but keep her eyes glued to the floor. Everytime someone looked at her it felt as if they knew what she knew. Needless to say, she was tense all the way home and felt a little gross.


Steam rose while she stood in front of the bathroom mirror. The warmth felt nice on her bare skin but that nasty blemish of black and blue on the side of her neck was a horrid reminder in her eyes. Her fingers barely brushed over it as if it'll burn her if she did touch that part of skin. She wanted it gone already.

Suddenly there was a lump in her throat that she couldn't swallow. Everything was slowly crashing down on her after telling herself she was fine for a whole week. Memories from the accident had resurfaced after the party. Small hands gripped the sides of the sink, while her eyes pinched tightly closed. She didn't want to cry anymore. She was tired of it but her body refused to give her control over it. All she could do was cry and it frustrated her so much so that she ended up throwing a bottle and sitting under the shower.

It wasn't until she heard what sounded like Derrick call out to her that she then decided to get out. He startled her, enough to get a little jump outta her. Karin quickly composed herself, wrapping the towel around her. She splashed some cold water on her face before exiting to hide the puffiness under her eyes. Not wanting to worry him, Karin quickly went into her room. "Sorry, I was in the shower!" she called out, sparking up the other half of the blunt from this morning. A little pick-me-up and smokey courage to deal with everything right now.

Karin began applying her makeup when her eyes went wide, realizing she had left her clothes in the bathroom. In a hurry, she made another run for it before Derrick went in but almost smacked right into him instead. "Hey, there guy!" Recovery had been a success so Karin played it off and gave him her happiest smile and a peck on the cheek, trying to make it as quick as possible. She disappeared into the bathroom for a moment then disappeared back into her room.

Once dressed she chilled in her room with the window open, blowing smoke out into perfect O's while Derrick showered. A sigh escaped her lips. She wondered how her friends were or what they were getting themselves into. She saw E and Olive the other day, even Alex but for some reason, not Lyn. Was she avoiding her over what happened? Karin probably wouldn't know what to say to herself either. She stared at her name in the contacts, wanting to text her but if Lyn didn't reach out to her after all this, what makes her think she wanted to hang now?

"Hell no," she stated under her breath, pulling up a contact stored under the name of Darling dearest.

To: Darling dearest
Mars! You beautiful person you. What are you up to?

"Hey Rin, wanna watch some buffy?" Derrick poked his head into her room after knocking, making a little face at her. "Sure." She smirked, pushing herself off the bed and tossing out the roach, what was left of her blunt, out the window.


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Wiping the small collection of sweat from his eyebrows with the back of his hand, Derrick relished in the warmth of the afternoon sun. His clothes were a bit dirty, mostly his sweats with a mixture of sand, clay, and dirt from the baseball field. He finished teaching his small T-ball class of eight a half hour ago and until now, has been practicing with his boss, Tony. Tony is five years older than Derrick and took over for his father a couple of months ago. They didn't get along at first, having a bit of a disagreement in the way each of them taught but eventually, they peaced it out and learned how to get along.

Ricky also needed something to keep his mind off of the party. It was too much for him every time he came to the realization of what happened. It unnerved him to the core that his hands wouldn't stop shaking when it was his turn to bat. Eventually, he just focused on the ball so much that those feelings were pushed to the back of his mind for the time being.

"Damn, I didn't think you had it in you." Derrick laughed, stretching out his hand to a sitting, sweating and panting Tony. He laughed in between breaths and took Derrick's hand, getting to his feet. "You know me, I can't turn down a good challenge. Plus, you owe me a weeks worth of lunch now."

Derrick gave out a low chuckle and shook his head. "I still can't believe you ran the field seven times in under 3 minutes. You look like you popped a lung."

"Feels like I did." he laughed once more, slicking his sweaty blonde hair back and out of his face. "Speaking of food, you up for a burger?"

Derrick had already begun gathering his things and so was Tony. "Nah, not today. I'm feeling a little beat." he lied. "Alright then, take it easy. I'll see you Tuesdayday, you owe me food!" and with that Tony and Derrick went their separate ways. Truth was, Derrick didn't feel like going out at the moment. He just wanted to go home, see his sister and collect himself because now that he wasn't focusing on anything, everything was playing over in his mind and he found himself clenching and unclenching his fists on the walk home. He even froze at the sound of sirens blaring down the street, only when it passed did he breath again.

Unlocking the front door, Derrick entered his house, took off his shoes at the door and went straight into the kitchen, grabbing a glass half filled with Arizona sweet tea. He rounded the corner out into the living room where he found the t.v on but no Karin. His brows furrowed a little in confusion but it wasn't totally uncommon for Karin to leave the t.v on while she did other things. "Karin, I'm home!" he shouted, hoping to hear a response from wherever she was in the house but it didn't come. Events of that night played in his head again, only for him to begin worrying and getting sweaty palms.

He let out a sigh and shook his head. She's fine, she's probably in the shower. And to pull him out of his thoughts on cue was his sister's voice, coming from upstairs. There was a sort of relief that came over him and his shoulder slumped a little, relaxing. "Sorry, I was in the shower!"

Finishing the juice in his cup, Derrick gave it a quick wash in the sink before jogging up all 27 steps. The first thing to hit him was the familiar sweet and pungent smell of weed mixed with soft perfume. Karin was buzzing about in her towel, in and out of the bathroom and her room with her little makeup bag and half a blunt hanging off her lips. "Hey there guy!" she exclaimed happily, quickly stopping in front of him and pushing up on her tippy-toes to peck him on the cheek and continue her running around. Derrick noticed the pink around her eyes and nose though but didn't say anything. She hasn't been feeling 100 since the party and he's sensed it.

"Going out?"
Derrick pushed the door to his door open, he never has it fully closed. "Not that I know of. I just wanted to dress up nice today." Karin shrugged, passing by his room and into hers. "Oh, and bathrooms yours."

Settling his things down, Derrick began stripping himself of anything that resided in his pockets including his watch and whistle. He picked out some clothes, and off he went into the bathroom to wash off the dirt and sweat. After that 20 minute shower give or take, he found himself lounging on the couch next to Karin. They were watching old re-runs of Buffy the vampire slayer, arguing over which was the better couple. "Really? Giles and Jenny were way cuter than Xander and Anya, no offense," she added, exaggerating an eye roll with a grin pulling at the ends of her lips.

"What? No. I-I just think they're cuter than four-eyes and snapped neck, no disrespect. " Karin faked a gasp and pulled her hand to her chest feigning offense. "You did not!" The both of them laughed it off and settled back into the show when Derrick's phone let out a ping. He pulled it out of his pocket and swiped his finger across the screen to unlock it. There was a text that he had half written out, earlier that day to Willow that he never sent and a new one from Alex. He instinctively tried to hide a small smile creeping across his lips, a friendly face was something he needed right now. That and getting out of the house.

To: Alex
How'd you pull that off? And yeah, coffee? Well... in my case, tea and coffee?

To: Sleeping Beauty
Hey there you! :p doing anything later on today?


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olive stepped into the sunshine, leaving the town hall behind with a sigh. she loved working in local government, but the countless meetings were grating on her nerves. with her anxiety peaking after the party, she was keeping a close eye on as many people as she could. the dark circles under her eyes were a sign of that effort.

she arched her back, working out some of the tension from sitting at a desk. she pulled her phone from her back pocket, checking her notifications. a few texts, couple notifications from various social medias. nothing worth replying to. she figured that a cool drink wouldn't hurt anything, and slipped in her earbuds, absentmindedly heading for the cafe.

everyone had been on edge after the party. it was crazy for something like a murder to happen in a town like mountain brook, and especially somewhere that had been a safe place for teenagers for generations now. she hadn't even been around when it happened. she walked a little faster, pulling her bag closer and wondering why she'd thought jeans would be a good idea on a summer day like this. she tucked a strand of dark hair behind her ear, glancing up to see the cafe growing nearer.

her heart skipped a beat.

alex roberts sat in front of the quaint shop, eyes on his phone. she hadn't seen him... since the party. well, she'd shut herself in and focused entirely on college searching and scholarship opportunities, but he was the one person who she didn't mind avoiding. she was tempted to ignore him entirely, get her drink, and leave, but there was no way they could miss each other.

"alex?" she called softly, quickly growing bolder. "can i sit here?" she asked, pulling out a chair and sitting regardless. "waiting for anyone?" she asked innocently, though the boy could easily take it as an attack. the cafe would be a very public place to argue, which would hopefully deter alex from starting anything.

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marley hated mountain brook.

he hadn't been here since last summer, when he came to stay with his aunt in late july. it was a tiny town, with almost nothing to do and barely any people that were more than vanilla. he'd been in a bad mood the whole time he'd been here- three days, four hours, and seventeen minutes now- and only the news of a murder had brought him from his room the entire visit. it was the most interesting thing that had happened here since it was founded, and there was no way marley was going to stay cooped up while something almost new-york-worthy was going on.

he was getting cabin fever anyway.

he glanced at his phone, scrolling through messages from new york friends until he saw one from karin. she'd been a summer fling a few years back, but had ended up being a reliable contact whenever he stayed the summer. his mouth twisted in a half-grin, quickly replying to the text.

not much, babe. mountain brook sucks ass.
unless you have something in mind to spice it up?

he wandered over to the closet, pulling his leather jacket off the hanger and slipping it over his shoulders. it was hot as hell outside, but beauty was pain. he'd considered getting a summer job somewhere, but he'd never gotten that bored and his parents' money had served him well enough for a summer.

maybe something interesting was happening around town. anything was better than these four walls.


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Karin got up once the credit began to roll for some water. Forgetting her phone was on vibrate she nearly dropped her cup when it vibrated hard on the marble countertop. She glanced at it and read Marley's text with a mischievous grin before her screen went black and she'd have to unlock it.

To: Darling dearest
Awe, we have our charm. How about some coffee then I'll show you this neat little bar our band plays at some nights? I'll pick you up. :3

Once she sent it, her finger lingered over a certain name. She twiddled her thumbs softly. Karin wanted to at least know how Lyn was doing. She would be lying if she said she wasn't worried about her. All this party stuff was getting to her again but she pushed it down and typed out a new message. Karin wasn't about to chicken out again, in fact, she was feeling OK. The good mood she had going on and knowing she was about to go out with friends was bringing back out her regular self.

To: Emmi
Hey, Lyn. How've you been?

Locking her phone Karin finished off her water. She really needed some time out of the house. She feels as if all she's been doing for the past week is follow a boring routine that wasn't her. School, home and from home to a gig and back. She didn't hang out for drinks after shows like usual, she studied more which wasn't a bad thing and kept it quite clean and short with her sales too. She also kept a very pointy pocket knife on her at all times.

Karin grabbed her keys off the wall and poked her head into the archway of the living room. "Hey Derrick, I'm gonna go grab some coffee with a friend, I'll be back later." without hesitation Derrick shot up and called out for her to wait from the couch. He ran up to her, dropping down next to her to put on his sneakers. Karin slipped on her own black boots. "Alex invited me to grab some coffee with him but I'm taking Willow with. Mind picking her up?" Ricky looked up at his sister with puppy eyes which she responded by laughing at him a little. She didn't really care or minded giving him or any one of her friends a ride or picking up whoever. She would have thought by now that he'd wouldn't have to ask. Might be nice to see Alex though. After the party, Karin was coming to terms with certain things. Plus, with her sisterly intuition, Karin always knew Ricky had a crush on Willow and she wasn't gonna leave him hanging like that. "I don't care. I'm not driving anyway." Karin was already out the door when she tossed a puzzled Derrick the car keys. "C'mon, she's not gonna wait for you forever."


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Watching the credits roll, ending Derrick's little buffy craving, he picked up his phone that had lit up with a new messages.

From: Sleeping Beauty
Just got off work. You got ideas?

From: Alex
Idk. Witchcraft? Already here, see you soon :)

Derrick smiled happily as he began writing out his responses, but that's when he heard Karin's keys jingle. His ears perked and when she told him she was going to step out he instantly scrambled from the couch "Wait!"he called out, jumping over the headrest and towards Karin to put on his shoes. "Alex invited me to grab some coffee with him but I'm taking Willow with. Mind picking her up?"

He playfully rolled his eyes when his sister laughed at him and ruffled his hair. She was out the door and as he got up to follow after her, all he saw was keys being tossed his way. He still caught them, barely and in the midst of his small confusion Karin called out to get his attention. A bright smile took over his lips and so he locked up the house and got into the white suv.

To: Sleeping Beauty
Alex invited me for coffee so I was thinking we go there for a little and then we could go for a walk or something? I'm on my way to pick you up!

To: Alex
Lol. Alright, see you soon. :D


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xxx"this is how it ends,
xxxi feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream
xxxfading out again
xxxso tell me when it kicks in."


Lyn smirked at Riley's greeting. "One of these days, babe." She followed her in, knowing Riley's house as well as her own. She half considered stopping for food, the post workout craving already kicking in. But it had been too long since she'd hung out with Riley with just the two of them. So instead, she just followed her upstairs, replying to a few texts as she went.

To: Jack
Soz hun, busy rn.

To: Blu
Ooh, enjoy ;)

She only hesitated when it came to Karin's text. The events of the party just made Lyn so guilty, so guilty that she couldn't tell Karin what had happened. But it wasn't fair to ignore her either. So she fired off a quick text.

To: Rin
Hey babes xx doing okay, just been super duper busy! how're you??

Once she got up to Riley's room, she sat down beside Riley on the bed. Their relationship wasn't the most normal one. They'd messed around a little, back before Lyn had really accepted her sexuality. And how she'd felt about Riley had scared her, had made her push away. Now she'd come to terms with it, and had almost grown out of her feelings for Riley. She felt bad for what had happened, but there wasn't exactly anything she could do about it.

"Yeah. I get it," she replied. She'd been torn with guilt over what had happened, which meant she'd nearly been glad that Riley hadn't want her to come over. But now she was here, she was glad she'd come over. "It was good. Some usual gymbros trying to show off to me, so naturally enough I had to show them who the boss was. Nearly threw up once I got off the treadmill, but totally worth it."


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XXXXRiley listened as Lyn typed something out on her phone, probably a text or two to people, and picked at the strings of her guitar. It reminded her that she hadn't talked to someone in a while. Someone she desperately missed.

To: Rick-Roll
Hey! Sorry I've been so absent. How are things? Want to come over? Lyn's here.

She had just hit send when Lyn responded to her question about the gym. Worry shot through her and she sat up quickly, looking her friend up and down for any signs of trauma. "Are you alright?" Her statement had been only about feeling sick after running, but Riley couldn't help her concern. Lyn had always been... a bit reckless. For all she knew it had been worse. "You don't have to kill yourself at the gym, you know?" She said as she laid back against her pillows, pulling her guitar onto her lap. "You're gorgeous just the way you are." She said it quietly, almost as if she didn't want Lyn to hear it. Almost.

She strummed a few cords and then, with more energy than she really felt, she started to play Bloodstream. It was a slightly more complicated song to play, but she liked the way it sounded. When she stopped, she looked up at her best friend. "What do you think? I only have the first verse and refrain done completely, but I think it's coming together." She smiled. Then she looked back down at her guitar, idly strumming. "So what do you want to do? We could invite Ricky over for some movies." She paused, knowing she was about to make a decision she would regret. "He could bring Karin."

XXXXDan was glad that Alex was doing well. Even if he missed seeing him at the theatre. He noticed someone coming up behind him and smiled softly. It was Blu. Dan wasn't unfriendly with the guy, but they weren't super close either. Something pained Dan at the brightness in Alex's eyes when he got sight of Blu. He certainly hadn't looked at him like that when he had walked up. In fact, Alex didn't have much of a reaction at all. Dan was beginning to feel uncomfortable here. Feeling like a third wheel. Thankfully Olive was also there and she probably felt just as awkward. So at least he wasn't alone.

Then Alex asked what they had been up to and Dan felt... better and worse at the same time. Better because the question meant Alex actually cared about the answer. Or at least, Dan thought he did. He felt worse because... he hadn't really been up to much else. Mainly trying to avoid his brother and working at the theatre. He tried to think of something, anything, to say that was more exciting but came up short so instead, he laughed awkwardly. "I haven't been up to much other than the theatre." He cleared his throat. "Oh but um... my brother is in town." His brother was well known by the people of their high school. He was charming and always the life of the party. He wasn't sure what their reactions would be or if they even cared, but it was something to talk about. Something that didn't completely have to do with him.

He looked down at his watch. He still had a good amount of time before he needed to be at work.