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Riley O'Hara

"No I never sold my Soul. If I ever do throw my bones to the wolves."

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a character in “More Sinned Against”, as played by xXxCryptic-AngelxXx

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age: 18
sexuality: homosexual
birthday: March 21st
occupation: student, singer/songwriter, Waitress
hexcode: #410045

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secrets:
Junior year, Riley found herself in a relationship with a female counselor which was a no-no for many reasons. About halfway through the year, the principal found them out and threatened to fire the counselor and suspend Riley. Of course, the bastard had a plan that kept both of them at the school and satisfied some twisted part of him. He agreed to let them both stay as long as Riley did whatever he requested.

likes
βœ“ Music [specifically rock, but some pop]
βœ“ Guitar
βœ“ Energy Drinks
βœ“ comfy clothes
βœ“ journalism
βœ“ alcohol [mostly in moderation]
βœ“ reading
βœ“ running

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dislikes
βœ— The principal
βœ— performing in front of large groups
βœ— drugs
βœ— math
βœ— people touching her [except
certain people]
βœ— pineapple
βœ— dancing
βœ— bananas [make her vi











quirks
-- biting her nails when she's nervous
-- absentmindedly picking at the skin
on her lips
-- snorts when laughing too hard
-- has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety
-- stress makes her physically sick
fears
-- losing someone she loves
-- having no control
-- her secret coming to light and ruining the life of
her former lover











Don't need you to tell me I'm so cynical




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appearance:
Riley is on the shorter side--5' 3"-- but she tends to wear thick-soled shoes to make herself appear taller. She has dark brown hair that she keeps short on the sides and longer in the middle. Her eyebrows are a hazelnut brown color with hints of gold that smolders in the light. She has thick dark brown eyebrows that enhance her expressions. She has a superior resting bitch face, but her face lights up when she smiles. She has dimples in her cheeks when her smile is wide. Her style tends to range from comfortable--jeans, a tee, and a scarf and/or sweater-- or more punk-- band shirts, nose piercing, ripped jeans, and a leather jacket. She has a few piercings in her ears, but she mostly wears either small hoops or studs in them.


personality:
Riley is a bit of a two-sided coin. On the one hand, she can be just as she appears: a bitch of a girl who likes to break the rules and rebelled against any and all authority. On the other, she can also be incredibly sweet and good. Honestly, it depends on the day and the mood she's in. She only really keeps up the first persona as a way to keep away those who have ill intentions. With those she truly can trust, she's more open and carefree. She laughs and smiles a lot, and she's more than willing to do the right thing. In her final months of school, her bitchy persona had taken almost a permanent position in her life. She was counting the days to be free of the school and her servitude to the school principal. Riley is overly curious which gets her into a lot of trouble. Although, it does make her interest in a career in journalism all the more interesting for her. She's stubborn as a mule unless something she cares about is severely jeopardized. She has a silly sense of humor and enjoys playing pranks on others.


Don't need a metaphor for you to know I'm miserable



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History:
Rilynn Anne O'Hara was born in a small town in Texas but was moved to the town she now calls home not too long after. Her father had a job opportunity that he couldn't refuse. It meant a lot more money for their family and more opportunity in the workplace. Riley never paid much attention to her father's job and even to this day, she wasn't entirely sure what he did, but she knew she enjoyed being in this town.

From a young age, she knew she was different than the other kids. She was very much a tomboy from early on, but what made her feel different, was the way that a girl in her kindergarten class made her feel. She was small and sweet with soft blonde curls pulled into pigtails and a permanent smile on her face. Riley did anything to get the girl's attention. When she moved away, it devastated Riley to the point that she refused to go to first grade. Her parents finally talked her into going and she was glad. Within a few months, she wondered why she had ever cared so much in the first place. It wasn't until middle school that she realized she was gay. While other girls crushed on the boys in school and hung posters of boy bands on their ceilings, Riley crushed on a few of the girls and cared very little for boy bands. In fact, she thought a lot of their music was way too cheesy and honestly a little creepy.

Around this time is when she made friends with a girl named Lyn Montgomery. Lyn was different too, but not in the same way as Riley. Lyn was just very... blunt. She was sarcastic and was quick to throw a punch. Riley admired her spirit and took to her quickly, much to her parent's chagrin. Part of Riley's resting bitch face is because of Lyn.

In high school, Riley was determined to do well in school. She studied hard for every test and did all the homework as perfectly as she could manage. In fact, her grades were so good, whenever she broke a rule, the school refused to give her a detention because they didn't want to "ruin her future". White girl privilege. She hated it, but it had its perks. Honestly, it meant she could skip a class or two and hang with Lyn.

It took her a few years to tell her parents, but she had a pretty good relationship with them, and only hoped that her sexuality wouldn't change that. Hoped like hell. The day she decided to tell them, she was nearly sick. She was shaking and sweating and her mom had actually remarked on what appeared to be a slight green tinge to her complexion. When Riley finally told them, she blurted it like word vomit and nearly ran from the room. Both of her parents just shrugged and said "We know." She was surprised until they told her how she reacted to that little blonde girl from kindergarten moving and suddenly everything made sense. It all clicked together. Her parents are super supportive and she's so very thankful to have them.

In fact, it was Ms. Ravinsel who talked her into doing so.

Ms. Elena Ravinsel is one of the school's guidance counselors that was assigned to last names A-H, and she was the first real relationship Riley had ever had. Riley had originally visited her office to go over college plans and what she needed to do as well as get some guidance on the stress and anxiety that had been building in her the past couple of years. The two hit it off right away and Elena had been a major help to Riley. Riley started visiting her whenever she could and eventually realized there were deeper feelings there than should be between a student and a staff member. Elena was fresh out of college so she wasn't that much older than Riley, but the relationship that blossomed between them was still... very much against school policy and the law.

It lasted about six months and then the principal caught them together in Elena's office, a hand up each other's shirts. Riley was terrified that Elena would be fired on the spot. She didn't care about what happened to her considering it all had been her idea. She had made the first move and she had been the one to convince Elena that they would be alright. Instead, the principal offered them clemency as long as Riley did as he requested of her. At first, it was running a few errands. Then it was writing certain stories for the school newspaper and sabotaging other stories that made him or the school look bad. Then the requests turned... unsavory. Sexual. He convinced her that no one would believe her if she told anyone and that if she tried to explain everything, she knew she would have to out her relationship with Elena which would not only get her fired but arrested. So she did everything he asked. She didn't even put up much of a fight after six months.

Now it was senior year and she was almost in the clear. Almost legal. Almost free... and then he was murdered and her entire life was turned on its head.

So begins...

Riley O'Hara's Story

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Character Portrait: Karin Matsuo Character Portrait: Alex Roberts Character Portrait: Lyn Montgomery Character Portrait: Blu Jameson Character Portrait: Riley O'Hara Character Portrait: Elijah Blythe Character Portrait: olive paloma Character Portrait: Willow Greyson Character Portrait: Derrick Matsuo Character Portrait: marley east Character Portrait: Dan Hanson
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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.

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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?

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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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More than once Riley had to set down her guitar due to the shaking of her hands. Even now, she had them clutched to her chest as she took deep breaths in a desperate attempt to calm them enough to keep playing. This cycle had gone on for about an hour and a half so far, but what helped Riley the most was music. So, for music to help her, she had to be calm enough to play. Unfortunately, the song she was working on was a very personal and emotional one. Every time she wrote a line, tears threatened to fall and her hands started shaking.

This was the third attempt at calming her anxiety over the past week. Some days it was so bad she couldn't eat. She found herself thinking more and more about Elena this past week. Especially with her anxiety rearing its ugly head. She wanted to talk to Elena, work it out as they had done that first day they had met. Riley smiled at the memory of Elena laughing at something Riley had said as she held out a jar of candy that she had kept on her desk. The desk that they had... blush crawled up Riley's neck at the thought, but then a darker thought clouded the image. The funeral announcement for Elena. Riley couldn't get herself to go. Couldn't make herself say goodbye. Everytime she closed her eyes all she could see was blood. She had to keep any music playing at all times because the silence brought about a ringing in her ears.

She shaking returned, her stomach protesting now as stress ate at her nerves. Stress and lack of sleep. She was about to head for the bathroom to splash her face when her phone went off. Riley paused at the foot of her bed and reached towards where her phone was buried under her pillow. Her fingers fumbled with her passcode a few times before it unlocked and she was able to read her messages. There were a few from her parents while they were away in Hawaii for their 25th anniversary. Her mom had sent her a photo of the sunset there that made Riley's heart feel a little calmer. She wished more than anything she was with them and away from the chaos that was this city, but... she was here. And so was...

The next unread message was from Lyn.

Riley smiled softly, settling back in her bed. She typed out the one word that she would forever use when it came to requests from her best friend.

To: Lyn~
Always.

Then she realized that Lyn might want to meet somewhere. The idea of venturing out made her fingers twitch. So she typed out another message and hit send. She resisted the urge to end with "please" as she sent:

To: Lyn~
My place?




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Dan woke with a start, his father's voice booming through the house as he complained about the police investigations. Thankfully, his brother was away for the week so at least he didn't have to deal with Shaun first thing in the morning. Dan quietly rose from his bed, noting it was likely the middle of the day and got dressed. He could hear his mom in the kitchen. Whether she was making lunch for his father or simply cleaning, he didn't know. He didn't... really care either. As he pulled on his shoes, grabbed his wallet and house keys, he slipped out the front door without a sound. He pulled his bike from the back shed and pedaled his way to the theatre.

Sleep still clung to his shoulders like a backpack full of rocks, but he promised himself a nap in one of the projector rooms on his off time. He spent so much time there the past few years that all the managers knew him and trusted him to do whatever was needed. Even if it meant working off the clock. In exchange, he was allowed free concessions as long as he didn't go nuts with them, and was allowed naps anywhere he wished. His favorite place was the projector room. It was warm and the quiet hum of the machine lulled him to sleep as much as whatever movie was playing in the theatre. It was a relatively hot day and he was already regretting his signature leather jacket. However, the hat shaded his face enough to make him a little more comfortable.

As he rode by the cafe, a familiar face stopped him dead. To the point, he almost flipped over his handle bars. There was Alex, sitting there, drinking a coffee, his attention down on the screen of his phone. He hadn't seen him since the night of the party and even then, he hadn't seen him in a few days. His shifts were becoming shorter and fewer at the theatre where they both worked. Dan has the sinking feeling it had to do with him but he wasn't sure why. Maybe it was the people pleaser in him.

He hopped off his bike and walked over, his head lowered shyly. "Hey, Alex," He said quietly, "How are you doing? I haven't seen you since the party."

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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."


With the post-workout endorphins starting to fade, she could feel the edges of the cravings starting to claw its way back in. Not strong, but enough for her to know they were there. She stretched a little, shoving them to the back of her mind. She was going to beat these. After everything that had happened, she wasn't going to let this get the better of her. And she sure as hell wasn't going to raise any suspicion about herself.

Her phone buzzed with a text, and she pulled it out, smiling at Riley's reply. Her feelings towards her were... complex, but she was so glad to still have her in her life. She fired a quick text back.

To: Riley
On my way xx


She shoved her phone back into her bag, lamenting the lack of pockets in her workout gear. Her phone was only just back in her bag when it buzzed again, and she rolled her eyes, digging it out again as she walked. She knew the way to Riley's like the back of her hand at this point. She didn't even need to think as she texted back Blu.

To: Baby Blu
hey babes, just heading to riley's for a bit. wbu?


She reached Riley's in no time, and hammered on the door, before texting Riley to say she was outside.

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XXXXXXXRiley once again tried to get herself to play her guitar, her room too quiet without any music, but she couldn't get herself to play. It would still take Lyn a bit to get to Riley's house so she tried to figure out something to occupy her time. She realized she hadn't showered... recently. Too preoccupied with either distracting herself or her thoughts in general. So she got up from her bed, surprised there wasn't an imprint where she had been sitting the past few days and made her way to her bathroom. While she showered, she banished dark thoughts away by blasting rock music through her speaker. Some of the songs she knew how to play either all the way through or certain parts so she played some air guitar. It helped to cheer her up a bit before Lyn came over. She wasn't sure she really wanted Lyn to know what had happened that night. Not that Lyn didn't know what was going on in Riley's life that she didn't know about Elena, but... it might bring up questions that she wasn't sure she was ready to answer.

She had just exited the shower and pulled on some clothes--a mesh shouldered top and a pair of comply black shorts--when she heard banging on the door. Her phone buzzed on her bed and she grabbed it, checking the message as she walked. Seeing it was Lyn saying she was here, Riley rolled her eyes and tucked her phone in her back pocket as she opened the front door. "I can hear that," she said by way of greeting and giving Lyn a smoldering look paired with a smirk. She ran her fingers through her hair which was still dripping wet, staining the shoulders of her shirt. "Well come on in. You're no stranger here. In fact, I'm surprised I haven't given you a key."

She made her way back to her room and grabbed her towel in attempts to at least slightly dry her hair. "Thanks for coming over." She flopped onto her bed, the towel now dangling from her fingers. "It's been rough. And I've missed having you over here." She noticed Lyn was still clad in her work out gear which meant she came from the gym. At least she was still taking care of herself. Riley fought back a blush as she noticed Lyn's curves due to the tight clothing. Riley's feelings towards Lyn changed late middle school early high school. And ever since, she struggled with holding her best friend in that place. Some days it was a struggle to keep from flirting with her or just... kissing her.

But Lyn wasn't interested and Riley still valued their friendship. Still... she had to admit that Lyn was completely gorgeous.

She cleared her throat and looked to the ceiling. "So how was the gym?"




It took Alex a moment to glance up and notice Dan. Which made sense considering Dan has a talent for being unnoticeable most of the time. The young man was busy with his phone as well. Which might be nice if Dan had more friends... but talking with Alex wasn't a pity party. It was just the effects of the last few days on his mind. He shoved back the thoughts and smiled at his coworker/friend? and replied "No big deal," Then he pulled out a chair, "Mind if I sit for a bit? It'll be a little while before I have to be at work I was just heading over early..." to avoid my family he finished in his head. He wasn't about to tell Alex that. Wouldn't want to put his own personal baggage on others.

There was another girl with long dark and hair and deep brown skin. Olive maybe? She was talking to Alex who hadn't seemed to notice her yet. "Sure, you can sit. Olive, right?" Dan said, in attempts to be bold. Then he turned back to Alex again. "It's been kind of... boring without working with you. The others have very little personality." Which wasn't entirely true, but not entirely false either. "Hope you're not being over worked."

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Character Portrait: Karin Matsuo Character Portrait: Blu Jameson Character Portrait: Riley O'Hara Character Portrait: Jack Abrams
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xxx"this is how it ends,
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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.

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xxx"never said that i would be your lover,
xxxnever said i would be your friend
xxxnever said that i would take no other
xxxbe your lover, never said."


Blu's gushing just made Alex smile despite himself. There was days when all Alex could see was the boy that had made his life hell, had laughed at his out-of-fashion clothes, had made Alex feel like he stood out far too much. And then there were days like this, when Alex was reminded of why their relationship was what it was. He liked people with enthusiasm, and it seeped out of Blu's every pore.

"Oh god, I'm glad I've finally escaped her constant pestering to get me to audition for something." he mused, sipping his coffee. "Alex, dah-ling, you'd make a truly wonderful Gaston!" He mimicked her attempts to get him to audition. "And somebody only added to it in my senior year. Almost like somebody let slip I have a half-decent singing voice," He remarked with a pointed look at Blu, raising an eyebrow. It had only been at the end of his junior year that Alex had the guts to stand up to Blu. That had resulted in them hooking up at a party. And, well, the rest was kind of history.

He smiled at Dan as he said that his brother was in town. "Oh man, that's awesome! The sadness of being an only kid, I'm all I got," he said with a shrug. "Still, guess I never had to share anything," he added. He wasn't going to say he didn't have to endure hand-me-downs, because most of his wardrobe had consisted of charity shop offcasts for years. He wasn't going to bring that up though. He fired off a quick text.

To: Derrick
yooo man where are you?? imma be back at work by the time you get here :P




LYNxMONTGOMERY
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location: riley's housexxxxxxxxxxxxoutfit: here

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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."


Riley's comment asking if she was okay took Lyn aback a little, and it took her a minute to recover. She knew that Riley knew she used drugs, but her friend had no idea of how bad it had gotten, of how bad she had gotten. She smiled and shrugged a little. "Don't you worry about me, babes. I was just showing off to the gymbros, you know? I promise I don't make a habit of it. And after the past couple of weeks, I just had some stuff to work through as well. I'm fine. Promise," she said with a smile.

Her smile only grew as she watched and listened to Riley playing the guitar. Acoustic music wasn't her thing- she like stuff she could run to, stuff with a beat, stuff she could dance to to keep her heart rate up. But watching Riley play- she was reminded of how she'd first fallen for her. She nodded as Riley asked her. "It's awesome. Seriously, you're so talented. I picked up a guitar once and the strings broke. Literally, all of them. At once." She said with a laugh and a shrug. The mention of Derrick made her stomach clench a little, and it only tightened at the mention of Karin. But she covered it with a shrug. "Doesn't sound like a bad idea. But it's up to you, it's your house." Her stomach rumbled a little. "As long as there's food involved," she added with a laugh.