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Arabella Swift

"You dumb fucking bitch,"

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a character in “Skins: Secrets Out”, as played by LivyGrey

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Intelligent | Sensitive | Confident | Charismatic | Sarcastic

[ Light Behind Your Eyes || My Chemical Romance ]

” Made a pledge to never grow up a bitter dinosaur
Never make mistakes that I made before
Never feel entitled
I just want to know I've contributed

I wanna live selfless
Instead of just floating by
Living every day like it's my last
I can catch up on my sleep when I die
Aren't you sick of being selfish?
I wanna show that I try
Living every day like it's my last
I can catch up on my sleep when I die”







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Full Name: Arabella Astrid Greyson-Swift
Nicknames: Bella, Bells, Arab
Age: 17
Sexual Orientation:Pansexual
Occupation: Philosophy Student
Religion: Agnostic
Heritage: English
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Birth Day: 16th November
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Home Town: Chelsea
Languages: English, Spanish and Mandarin
School Year: 12
Character Role: FC: Michelle Trachtenberg







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Pessimistic || Sophisticated || Loyal || Mischievous || Difficult

[ Selfless || New Found Glory ]

” Its conceptual. You just can't see it.”

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Family Members:
Mother – Anna Greyson-Swift
Father (Missing) – Daniel Greyson
Step-Father – Paul Swift
Younger Brother – Donnie Greyson-Swift
Academic Career: Arabella is a girl with many outstanding GCSE grades- Spanish, Dance, English Literature and Language, Philosophy & Ethics- all of those she achieved A* in and the rest of core subjects she managed all As and Bs. At A-Level, she is studying her A* GCSE subjects and is predicted a minimum of an A. She hopes to go to University in Nottingham but cannot decide what she wishes to study.
Future Plans: Arabella plans on going to University or if not, she has her hopes strung on dance and joining a dance academy but she knows her Mother would be incredibly reluctant to let her work in anything but academics and it’s a daily struggle for Bella to try and convince her Mother that dance could be a productive career for her.
Personality: Arabella is highly complicated and the kind of girl you never really know because just as you’ve got her sussed she’s off again doing something else you never saw coming. She changes with the seasons and the wind, if you can keep up with that consider yourself fortunate because most cannot. It’s hard to tell when Arabella is genuinely happy and that falls down to the fact that she rarely is anymore, she’s so scared of her Mother that she finds it difficult to keep attached to her friends and the moments that make her feel good about herself. Bella makes out to the world she has all the confidence in the world and with her appearance and grades, she does but she’s constantly second guessing the world around her and herself- her personality and her life. She doesn’t have much faith in herself that she’ll make it anyway but this is brought upon her by the words of her Mother. Although Bella is quite withdrawn and occasionally quite cold with the group, she can be incredibly affectionate to all of her friends and the people that she finds a place for her in her heart. That’s what she perceives to be the problem- that she still loves people regardless of how they wrong her, they can wrong her again and again and again but she can never find it in herself to let them go especially in romantic relationships. She’s also fairly untrusting but she isn’t at all paranoid, she’s nearly always got it right about people and she’s quick to suss them out too, she just doesn’t always like to face-up to the truth about them. Bella is known to be the girl who can turn a dinner party into a piss-up or getting her first ear piercing into a full on tattoo- she’s a spirit you can’t hold back but a night out with Bella Swift is never one to forget or regret. Well, maybe regret but you’d have a good one at the time. She thinks in the moment and doesn’t like to plan or plot because she deems it to be messing with fate which is a force she very strongly believes in and avoids challenging. The other thing is, Bella is quite lonely, saddened and weak at times which is what has led to her self-harm and on two occasion’s suicide attempts. She’s supposed to be seeing a therapist but she can’t bring herself to go and is having to be pushed into it by her peers.
Fears: Bella has a crippling fear of clowns, dolls and masks. She’ll never go to a circus and is even quite reluctant to fair grounds in fear of people with painted faces or theatrical make-up, she just can’t handle it. This is why the group have a tradition which they’ve had since they were all 13 to get drunk at Bella’s house on Halloween- that way she doesn’t have to go out and see anybody and she’s always been grateful for their consideration about that, the only other thing Bella is scared of is her Mother. As long as there’s no clowns and her Mother isn’t about- she’s practically fearless.
Quirks: Bella has a habit of pulling faces, lip biting, hip popping, eyebrow waggling- she isn’t always very talkative so a lot of her expression is in her body language and her eyes. She’s very dramatic with her figure and stature but that could be because of her habits and mind set of being a dancer. Another fairly obvious thing about Bella is also is how she tends to accidentally start swearing, speaking or shouting in Spanish when she’s upset or pissed off.
Hobbies: Ballet, street and original dance are all Bella’s really got hobby wise disregarding table top dancing at parties and smoking drugs, she hasn’t got any other distinctive habits.
Passions: Dance. She’s incredibly dancing about her dance and would do anything to make it her career- she’d even live past 25 if it meant she got to spend her life feeling as free and spirited as she did when she dances.
Bad Habits: Swearing, smoking, drinking- they have to be the big three.
Guilty Pleasures: Musicals, she has a big old passion for watching musicals and theatre.
Likes: Alcohol, dancing, drinking, musicals, old TV shows, poetry, piano music, her friends, the idea of travelling, Spain, coffee and green tea. Monster energy drinks, playing with children and animals, helping out, supporting people needier than herself.
Dislikes: Her mother, physically aggressive people, neglected parenting, cheats, liars- people who give up too easily. Being kept in the dark or disregarded, she doesn’t like being challenged or opposed to.
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[font=Garamond] Wild Hearted | Free Spirited | Challenging | Complicated | Affect

[ Stressed Out || Twenty One Pilots ]

”She screams in silence,”







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Face Claim : Michelle Tratchenberg
Height: 5,8
Weight / Build : 9 stone, skinny
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Blue
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Insecure | Delicate | Resentful | Judgemental |

[ Tear In My Heart || Twenty One Pilots ]

”I hate being alone, I long for that feeling to not feel at all. The higher I get, the lower I sink. I can’t drown my demons they know how to swm,”







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History: Bella grew up in Chelsea in London, arguably posh and always well presented she did well at school and had a nice an very comfortable life until her Navy working father went M.I.A and her Mother became slightly passive aggressive towards her two children, Arabella and Donnie but even at this point, things were still bearable. Arabella grew up and always looked out for her Brother, she fought his older school bullies and beat off unworthy girlfriends and did everything a good sister should even though no one ever did that for her. At an excellent school for people who were supposed to be naturally academic or 'gifted', you'd have thought Bella had some kind of social ranking but she was always fairly frowned up on by her peers at school, teachers and various members of her Mother's socialite groups. She became use to it but that never stopped hurting. Eventually, at around the age of twelve in her second year of school she started acting out to try and get somebody's attention, for someone to stop ignoring her and start noticing her- she was sick of being the invisible girl in the background of Donnie's and her Mother's life. She had enough pain and enough upset, so she started kicking off. She smoked and drank on school premises- lost her virginity to a boy five years her elder and started self-harming for the first time. In the short term, Bella got exactly what she wanted- attention. She was excluded from school and attended sessions with a children's therapist and she tried to talk to her Mother and for a while, she gave it a rest but later her Mother's ne boyfriend came along and she felt forgotten and neglected. It started off quite subtle, like forgetting to cook meals for the kids before she went out or dropping her favourite things whilst she was cleaning but the abuse really started when Arabella got expelled from school for robbing the school Nurse's medicine cabinet and over dosing in the girls' bathroom.

That was attempt number one but after that, things only became worse and it was a slippery slope. When Bella's Mother brought her home from hospital, the first thing she said to Bella was; '"You dumb fucking bitch," and she hit her with the back of her hand across her baby girl's cheek and naturally Bella cried, so she hit her again and from that day one wards, that kind of pain became frighteningly regular. After being expelled, Bella joined the local secondary school where she met all her current friends and she settled in there to some degree but still suffered with her anxieties and her self-harming habits, the only person who ever knew were FC: Jenna Mcdougall and FC: Oliver Sykes. There were her to best friends after all- her trio. Years later at the start of this summer, she tried to kill herself by washing down alcohol with pain killers but she was found and taken to hospital- this attempt was the most recent and the last one only two months ago. She is know associated with a mental health support society and is supposed to be seeing a therapist but she refuses to go out of fear and is desperate not to attend alone and has admitted she wishes someone would go with her, just to hold her hand whilst she tried to find the words to speak being Bella, the kid no one really cares about, no one's ever offered.

Present: As it stands, Bella is still living with her Mother and is registered for therapy sessions, group and one and one although to date she has attended neither sessions. Her step-father is planning to leave her behind when he takes her brother and leaves her Mother but Bella doesn't know this as of yet and her boyfriend is cheating on her. She's questioning her sexuality and thinks she may also be attracted to women as well as men but wanders if she has feelings for her age old best friend FC: Oliver Sykes. She is attending Booth Lane College and taking four A-Levels in varying subjects. She's also going to frequent theatre and dance classes behind her Mother's back and works Tuesday nights at a night club as a waitress and bar staff, she finds the job emotionally challenging and physically draining but won't tell the others about it in case they try to talk her out of it because she needs to pay for her classes and medication.

So begins...

Arabella Swift's Story

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friday 4th september
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Jamie had slept pretty much all morning, glad for the brief respite. But eventually, he had to wake up. When he did, it took him a few seconds to realise what had woken him. His phone was ringing. Running a hand down his face, he reached over to look at it. Bella. She'd probably just found out. She was probably calling for answers he didn't have. He put the phone back on the bedside table and just stared at it, letting it ring. Even if she did come over, everyone else thought he was sick. She probably wouldn't even make it to his bedroom.

He pulled the blanket over his head, but he wasn't going back to sleep any time soon. So he just retrieved his headphones from under his pillow, and once the phone had stopped ringing, plugged his headphones into it and turned the music up as loud as he could bear.


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friday 4th september
at college





Ellie arched an eyebrow at Bella's insistence that it wasn't like that. She'd had her suspicions about those two for a while now, and the whole thing was just confirming it for her. It evidently took Bella a few seconds to fully register everything Ellie had said, because without warning, Bella was digging for her phone and calling somebody. Presumably Jamie. And she said it wasn't like that?

Ellie glanced over at Nate, raising her eyebrows as Bella was on the phone. Their last year had been relatively devoid of drama, except for one or two incidents. But the past few days had been a completely different beast.

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Friday 4th September –11: 08 AM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
"it's totally like that," Nate whispered to Ellie whilst Bella was on the phone but he said it as if it was totally secret and not at all obvious but Nate had always bed. Then oblivious one- like he was still insistent people hadn't caught on to the fact him and Ellie had fooled around despite the fact that last year most of their friends had been teasing and asking about it but what was there to say about it? Nate looked at Ellie and mischievously smiled at her before mumbling; "I ship it," But to that Bella greeted him with a middle finger as he's obviously been beard.

He smiled sheepishly rubbing the back of his neck awkwardly. "I tell you want this morning has been like the most drama I've seen since that Carter kid pissed himself and got it on Jen's shoes," He mumbled referring to a high school incident that most kids from college from the local area would recall with disgust.



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Thursday 3rd September – 11:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Furious - Humiliated - Protected
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jace
Bella sighed when he didn't pick up and put her phone away looking to Ellie and Nate apologetically. "I'm sorry. A lot happened yesterday and he took me to hospital, I got discharged this morning and I guess I'm just slightly paranoid because of it. But you two, can shut the fuck up its not like that," She told them and she was being entirely honest until her last sentence passed her lips but she didn't dare admit otherwise- she didn't even know if the whole thing with Jamie was true but she was so desperate to talk to him and suss out where they stood, what was going on and what they should do next. She just wanted to know.

She looked down at the table frowning gently because she remembered she'd also said she'd work tonight just for an hour so a colleague could come in late- she could deal with doing a one hour shift but she just wished it wasn't tonight and that she hadn't forgotten about it to start with. Oh well, she could collect a one hour wage and her tips and then maybe buy something to drink and some cigarettes and go check on Jamie. That was her game plan for the evening and she figured she'd try and get him to come out for a bit- she felt like he was spending way too much ah home at the minute and there was something she was now determined to sort out.

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Ellie laughed a little at Nate's comments while Bella was on the phone. She had been able to cover up her first bout of laughter, but not the second. Bella giving her the middle finger just made her giggle more. She was getting a few strange looks from those who had no idea why she was laughing, but Ellie didn't care.

Bella saying she had been in hospital, though, wiped the grin off of Ellie's face. "You were in hospital? What? Why?" She asked. Well, that explained why Bella had looked like shit when Ellie had seen her, but not Jamie. Bella's insistence that it wasn't like that was just making it seem like it was. It sounded oddly like Ellie and Nate insisting there was nothing happening between them, despite the fact that at least half of their friends knew that there was, indeed, something happening between them.

"Tell you what, you should come out with us tonight. It's gonna be great- or, at least, it will be if I get my way," Ellie said, grinning at her and tapping Bella's arm gently.

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Ellie laughed a little at Nate's comments while Bella was on the phone. She had been able to cover up her first bout of laughter, but not the second. Bella giving her the middle finger just made her giggle more. She was getting a few strange looks from those who had no idea why she was laughing, but Ellie didn't care.

Bella saying she had been in hospital, though, wiped the grin off of Ellie's face. "You were in hospital? What? Why?" She asked. Well, that explained why Bella had looked like shit when Ellie had seen her, but not Jamie. Bella's insistence that it wasn't like that was just making it seem like it was. It sounded oddly like Ellie and Nate insisting there was nothing happening between them, despite the fact that at least half of their friends knew that there was, indeed, something happening between them.

"Tell you what, you should come out with us tonight. It's gonna be great- or, at least, it will be if I get my way," Ellie said, grinning at her and tapping Bella's arm gently.

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Friday 4th September –11: 08 AM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
Nate looked at Ellie and burst out laughing simply because she was and all the judgemental looks she was being given seemed to make it even funnier but like Ellie, his whole expression fell when he caught up with Bella's words "Hospital?" He echoed in shock. "You okay man? I'm sorry- I didn't realise. You do look knackered to be fair, shit I'm sorry," He announced, slightly surprised as Bella stumbled into the trap of rambling but he listened to her and nodded sympathetically when she began to explain. He grinned again at Ellie's words and he nodded along definitely. "I've been meaning to catch up with Jamie anyway- come with us, it'll be such a laugh we're going to the club," He explained. "And yeah like Ellie was saying, it'll be a good night. We always have a blast, few drinks, there's a band on- it'll be fun and by the sounds of it you and Jamie both definitely need to get absolute shit faced wankered and soon," He told her jokingly hoping to bring some positivity to her because it was quite obvious to him she was going through more than enough dark days, she'd always been that kid people distantly worried for but that's only because she was constantly getting herself high, pissed or in some kind of trouble and everyone figured there was some kind of reason behind it.

"You up for it?" He asked after a while of rambling.






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Thursday 3rd September – 11:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Furious - Humiliated - Protected
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jace
Instantly regretting her words, Bella just laughed it off the best she could and spoke with her hands just as much as she did with her mouth as she explained. "Oh you know me- I was stoned and I got the munchies like really bad, so I went downstairs and managed to knock a glass and it exploded everywhere and I cut my stomach on it but it was cool, Jamie took me up there to get stitched up and everything- they only kept me other night because I wasn't sober- I'm such a knob," She rambled through her story and she was so convincing it was sickening, to be fair her story wasn't too far from the truth, she hadn't been sober, the glass had exploded, it had cut her stomach and she had been given stitches and Jamie had taken her- it was just the story behind how the glass actually came to break that was altered and changed but she wasn't going to pour her heart out to Nate and Ellie now about her god awful mother and coward step-father, they didn't care for that so she forgot about it and smiled at them. "But yeah- it'd be really call to come out with you guys. I've got a shift tonight though- just an hour but I'll take an outfit in my bag and get changed afterwards to meet you guys, I'll knock on Jamie to let him know on the way back from college- thanks for inviting me out though, I'll be gagging for a drink by the time I get to my next class after all that shit with Jace," She laughed softly and tried to smile at them both but it didn't quite meet her eyes this time, like there was something missing from her entire expression that made the entire façade tarnished and unrealistic.

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Ellie nodded at the story. She got the feeling that they weren't being told everything, but she wasn't going to push it. If Bella was going to tell them the full story, she would have done straight away. It didn't seem fair to push her, especially if she'd had to spend the night in hospital.

"Awesome. We'll head to that club you work in first then, meet you then. And if you have to, drag Jamie out kicking and screaming. That kid looked like he needed to get pissed yesterday. Wait, does he drink?" She said, suddenly recalling one night they'd been out together, or they'd just happened to be out on the same night or whatever. She vaguely remembered offering him a drink- several times- and him turning it down- several times.

"Either way, bring him out. He needs it," she said. She glanced up at the clock on the wall and groaned. "Well, it's been lovely talking to you, but I have to go to class. Bella, you look like shit. Go home, get some sleep. Or, alternatively, go to Jamie's and don't get any sleep," she said, winking at her. "Nate, you coming to class or are you ditching this one as well?" She called as she crossed the room to retrieve her bag.

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Thursday 3rd September – 11:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Furious - Humiliated - Protected
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jace
Arabella scoffed at her and rolled her eyes. "On occasions," She replied dryly avoiding the subject because it was true that Jamie was peculiar about drinking a lot of the time. "But I'll get him out don't worry," She laughed gently before telling her to do one when she started teasing. "I'm gonna stick around here till Lunch- gotta try and do some kind of work, missed the whole day yesterday," She sighed rolling her eyes at herself.

"Anyway fuck off- for the last time, I'm not fucking him nor am I going to besides- keep going and I've got more ammo on you thanks to the lovely Nate here than you do on me," She told her with a teasing smirk. "I'll see you later guys," She waved them both off and then put her earphones back in to work on everything she'd missed the day before and in fairness, she did genuinely seem to be putting the effort in to writing up the notes she'd missed which would shock most people considering who she was but Bella didn't care- doing a bit of work was kind of numbing her guilty conscience for completely taking the piss out of the college she was attending






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Friday 4th September –11: 08 AM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
Nate laughed and patted Arabella's shoulder as he walked past on his way out after Ellie and he picked up his bag and then turned around to look at Ellie smacking her shoulder to get her attention. "Right look me in the eye- am I sober enough yet to get away with it?" He asked looking at her, stretching his eyes wide mockingly and struggling not to smirk at himself in amusement. "But nah seriously- am I gonna get done for it if I go? I don't wanna get caught again after the whole situation last month..." The situation he was referring to was how he started asking his Psychology teacher the conscience of humanoid creatures of less intellectual property than a homosapien and the whole thing got incredibly weird and in short, he got caught for being stoned on school property. In fairness, he got let off incredibly lightly but he wasn't going to risk that again and the more he thought about it, the more he wanted to kick himself for going out and smoking at all.

"Do I? Do I? Ellie, come on- do I?" He asked energetically running his hand through his hair thoughtfully trying to bring things into perspective. He didn't feel too far out of it anymore, in fact he felt more or less like his rarely sober self but the physical effects of being stoned always seemed to last longer than the mental ones.

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Friday 4th September –5: 08 PM– His Home– Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Let's Kill Tonight - Panic! At The Disco
With: No Present Company
Nate had just got home, after school he'd rushed out to buy a few things like deodorant and the new toothbrush he'd been trying to remember to buy all week and obviously- his all important hair gel since he wouldn't last a day without it. He walked into the house and smiled softly, Nate at heart was a really soppy, empathetic and sentimental person and he was grateful too because he was a really fortunate person, his Mother used to cook on TV before retiring to run her restaurant down on the other side of town, she'd recently got her 5 star rating and he'd never seen her so proud and happy and though his Mother and Father had never married (even after twelve years together) they lived together and his father being a dentist, they'd brought a beautiful house on the nice side of town and they all had spacious, modern rooms- they were lucky and Nate knew that despite growing up to be privileged all his life, he'd managed to maintain his down to earth and appreciative character. It was something his Mother would often gush about to his friends or to other family members. But smiling to himself at the thought of catching up with his family and playing with the dog for a bit, he let himself inside and walked into kitchen but was almost thrown back by the German Shepard that bounded on top of him. Nate laughed and hugged the creature patting it's head playfully.

"Hey boy- whatcha doing in the kitchen? Mum will kill you," He turned his head and noticed his Mum was in the kitchen cooking and obviously quite away of the dog and he snickered jokingly. "Ah- I see. You play the cold shoulder when Dad's around but he gets a free card the rest of the time?" He teased gently walking in and swiftly being bombarded by his Mother with kisses and hugs but above all, questions.

"How was your day honey? Please tell me you went to your classes for once," She teased fixing his hair but he swotted her hand away with a warning glare for which she then apologised smiling sheepishly.

"It was cool and yeah of course I went to class, I always do," He replied sarcastically but she only rolled her eyes. "Yeah- is it okay if Ellie joins us for dinner? I think she's going to get ready with me before we go out later, if that's still cool,"

"As long as your room is tidy," She told him pointing as if it made the comment more assertive but the encouragement was far from needed. Nate was an incredibly tidy and almost OCD guy, his books were organised alphabetically and his music was structured by alphabetical artist and then alphabetically by album or single name and his games were ordered chronologically but the series were also done alphabetically- he was incredibly conscious about those things and he was very peculiar about using coasters, it'd be an understatement to say he was extremely tidy. Not many people knew but his wardrobe was colour coordinated as where his school folders. So that was why, he laughed at her comment and nodded and stealing a muffin from the side he grinned at her.

"Always," He winked before waltzing out the door up to his room, the dog followed after him and then laid down under the radiator in his room as Nate put the muffin down and took down for a moment to take a breather. He got out his phone and sent Ellie a quick text.

To El:
Heeeeeeeeeeeeey, dinner is @ 5:30

To El:
So in other words, get your arse over here



And with that text he flopped down on his bed and decided to read for a while until dinner and then he'd get ready when he could abuse Ellie's gender in order to get outfit advice and often not at all constructive criticism.






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Thursday 3rd September – 5:00 AM – Street – Outfit

Mood: Stressed - Anxious - Lonely
Listening To: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
With: No One
Bella had only just started her walk home from school, she'd stayed till she got kicked out the library in order to avoid going home but on the walk home she passed Jamie's house like she did every day but she thought about her conversation with Nate and Ellie and this time, she didn't walk pass. She peered up at his window to see if he was there and then uncertain if he was or not, she walked up to the door and tapped it twice with a small tight fist. She text him a couple of times in the day, once to check if he was okay and again to ask him if he felt like coming out for the night but she got a reply to neither of those and was now at a point where she just wanted to hear him speak and say something.

She also really needed to talk to him about school but she was biding her time for that- she couldn't summon the courage nor confidence to bring up the topic with him. She'd pretend she'd deleted Jace's number and all his texts, tell him she'd broken up with him (and probably broken his nose too) and ask him to come out, as friends. She'd tell him she had her hour shift to do and then she'd come join him and Ellie and Nate for drinks afterwards and they could have a really fun night.

That's what she'd tell him.

She found herself checking her hair and her eye make-up in the reflection of the door and then frowned at herself for it. She wasn't supposed to care about that around Jamie but part of her did. She mentally slapped herself and she painted on a brilliant white smile as she looked and waited for someone to open the door.

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Jamie wasn't long awake when the knock came at the door. He didn't move from where he lay, waiting for his father to answer the door. After a minute or two had passed and he still hadn't answered it, Jamie rolled his eyes, rolling out of bed. He went to the window to see who it was and if it was worth answering, and was somewhat surprised to see Bella standing there. If she was going to yell at him, then she would have either stormed out of school to yell at him or would have called him to yell at him. He figured he was safe enough- for now, at least.

He pulled on his hoodie to cover his arms and headed downstairs, checking his phone as he did so. She'd sent him a few texts- further confirming that she wasn't pissed with him. They'd obviously come in while he was asleep, because he hadn't been aware of them at all. He just needed to really play the sick card with her so she'd believe him. Considering his mother had basically told him that he looked like shit, he felt like she'd believe him.

He opened the door, wrapping his free arm around his torso. "Hey," he said, feeling the first pangs of anxiety starting to burn in his stomach.


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the street





Ellie had just left the house when Nate's text arrived. A letter from her methadone clinic had arrived, and she had an appointment with her doctor the following week. It was after school, though, so she wouldn't have to abandon Nate in class. He'd be glad for that.

To: Nate
I'm on my way! Some of us actually do some homework, you know.

She had her clothes for the night out in her bag, as well as a change of clothes for the following day and her handbag for the night itself. She was all set, and she was looking forward to it. It was going to be a good night, and she was planning on getting pretty drunk.

When she reached Nate's, she knocked at the door. Almost immediately, she could hear their dog barking at the door, waiting to greet her. She braced herself to be ambushed by the German Shepard when Nate opened the door.

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Thursday 3rd September – 5:00 PM – Jamie's – Outfit

Mood: Stressed - Anxious - Lonely
Listening To: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
With: Jamie
She plucked her earphone out of her ear and smiled at him with an energetic quality but that had been lost from her personality since the end of last year. "Hullo- so, since you failed to respond to my text messages, as punishment I'm taking away your choice but to come out with myself, the lovely Ellie and the less lovely Nate and quite frankly- I need to get pissed but I don't trust Nate or Ellie to make sure I don't get myself into trouble within the process of that, and I'd like to hang out with my favourite human being so pretty please, come out with us?" She rambled without giving him a chance to interject because she knew he'd talk his way out of coming and she really wanted the opportunity to spend some time with him, just so they could have laugh because she was sick of everyone being so miserable lately and she knew she was just as guilty as everybody else but she couldn't stand it- she cared about him too much to let him wallow in his moods, that's why she'd swung for Jace's nose. She really wasn't prepared to let people bring him down anymore and let him feel shitty all the while and she could see it, he put on a good show but Arabella wasn't stupid her sixth sense was as hyper intellectual as she was and if she put the time into school, she'd make one hell of a psychologist one day but she didn't and her options were quickly disappearing.

"What do you say? You can grab some clothes- get ready with me at mine because my Mum's at work and obviously step-dad is long gone, so we can get ready and go meet them there. I promise it'll be fun and if you're having a shit time, I'll even pay for your cab," She promised him gently, desperate to persuade him to come out with them for a bit.






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Friday 4th September –7:10 PM– His Home – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Let's Kill Tonight - Panic! At The Disco
With: Ellie
When he heard the door bell he rushed to get the door before his Mum did but she stopped him in his track at the staircase.

"Nate, tell me one thing. What's going on with you and Ellie?" She asked curiously. "Are you guys...y'know..." Nate cringed and shook his head.

"No Mum, now please- not now and actually, not ever. That was about the cringiest thing you've ever said," He told her before swinging on the bannister on his way down the stairs to answer the door and predictably the dog bounded affectionately towards Ellie and Nate greeted with her boyish grin. "Ellie!" He chimed childishly. "Welcome back to the mad house," He joked softly before whistling lowly so the dog would relent from licking Ellie and walk obediently to Nate's side.

Nate's Mum smiled fondly at Ellie and chuckled, before instinctively apologising for the dog even though Ellie had been round thousand of times and knew exactly what to expect from the loving and affectionate hound. "How are you dear? Feels like we haven't seen you for ages," She chimed warmly but when Nate arched his brow at her she refrained from irritating the two. "Oh I'm sorry- I'm embarrassing Nate aren't I dear? I'll go be middle aged on my own," She joked dramatically dismissing herself after Nate rolled his eyes at her antics.

"I'm sorry. Though I guess you must be used to it by now. I swear she loves you more than me," He told her before leading the way casually upstairs and holding all the doors for her as he always did.

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With the speed Bella took into talking, he mustn't have looked as shit as he felt. Either that or she was choosing to ignore it. He knew straight away that he wasn't going to get a word in edgeways, so he just leaned against the door and let her speak. He really didn't feel like going out- he just wanted to keep sleeping. He felt better after those extra seven or eight or whatever hours of sleep, and he didn't want to ruin that.

But Bella seemed to really want him to come out. And he didn't particularly trust Ellie or Nate to look after her- not after the week she'd had. They'd probably all end up passed out drunk somewhere, or do something stupid, or both. As she talked, he realised that she must have been in school- and she must have known. But she wasn't saying or doing anything.

He opened the door wider to let her in. "Alright, I'll come out with you. But let me get dressed first, I only got out of bed to let you in," he said, stepping back and closing the door behind her.


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nate's house





And sure enough, as soon as she opened the door, the German Shepard was on top of her, being its usual over-friendly self. She just laughed at him, but was glad when Nate whistled to get him off of her.

"If this is the madhouse, then god knows what my house is," she replied, grinning at him. "And hello, Mrs. Carlile! Yeah, it feels like ages since I was last round. I've missed your cooking!" She said, ignoring Nate's comment. She never minded any of this- she was used to it.

"Well, that's not hard- I'm just naturally lovable," she said, shrugging a little and nudging him. "You, on the other hand..." She winked at him, charging ahead to his bedroom. It was as familiar as her own bedroom. She'd spent so much time here, she knew where everything was. She threw herself down on the bed, spreading herself out so there wasn't any room for him to even sit down. She grinned at him from that position.

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Friday 4th September –7:15 PM– home– Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
Nate rolled his eyes at Ellie and his Mother but it did bring a genuine smile to his face, Ellie was his best friend and Nate was a total 'Mummy's boy' so as sad as it was, it did genuinely lighten his mood to see them both getting along together and chatting away not that he ever cared to admit but he figured they probably worked it out- he was as soft as butter and that was no secret. Nate scoffed dramatically flailing his arms and pretending to be hurt by her comment and creating a big gesture with his hands. "Hey, that was uncalled for," He told her and before holding her gaze for a moment cockily and winking at her after uttering the words; "You know you love me," teasingly before sticking his tongue out at her childishly and flopping down into his desk chair since he'd stolen his entire bed.

"Jumping in to my bed as usual then Els," He joked before pretending to cover himself from abuse half expecting her to jump up and punch him for the crude sense of humour but he was only doing it to wind her up a little, it's what they always did. He spun in his desk chair for a moment to face his desk and he neatly tucked his satchel under the desk folding the strap so it was piled perfectly in order without any fault.

Turning again, his eyes ran analytically over his room to check for flaws and short comings but it was as immaculate as ever and he grinned happily. "For a stoner, professional procrastinator and hard core gaming womanizer," He listed theatrically with a joking smirk. "I'm good at hiding my slothfulness,"







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Thursday 3rd September – 5:00 PM – Jamie's – Outfit

Mood: Stressed - Anxious - Lonely
Listening To: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
With: Jamie
She smiled in victory and followed himself inside and as the stood in the hall she looked up at him, her expression calming from the eccentric energy to something very honest and genuine. "Hey," She uttered to keep his attention for a second. "Thank you," She added in a quiet tone of voice offering up a light but sincere smile alongside her words. She followed him inside pulling her long unruly curls down one shoulder as she followed him inside. "And, I'm sorry I woke you up. That was kind of shitty of me and I'm sorry but I'll make up for it- that's a vow," She told him trying to brighten his mood because she knew- she could see he felt pretty bad and she'd admit he looked it to but she wanted to turn that around, there wasn't a person in the world who meant more to her so she'd made it her mission for the evening to get a genuine laugh and smile out of him before the night was over. She just wanted him to know that even though things had suddenly gotten really weird and complicated, she was still there- she wasn't going to run away or abandon him, even if the rumours were true she was going no where but Bella had never been too amazing with her words when it came to her emotions and honesty about herself and her feelings, so she avoided it and instead plotted a way of showing rather than telling.

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Jamie shook his head, grinning at Bella. "Bella, I'm joking. I was awake before you came over. But, to make up for making me get out of bed, you can buy me a drink tonight," he teased gently. "C'mon, I need to get dressed," he said, turning and heading back up the stairs. Luckily enough, his room wasn't in too much of a state, and all evidence of last night's meltdown had been tidied up once it was over. Just in case his parents had wandered in.

He retrieved a clean pair of jeans and a t-shirt from his closet and slung them over my arm. "I'll get changed in the bathroom. Make yourself at home, and try not to fall over the extension lead," he said, heading back out to the bathroom. As he was getting changed, he caught sight of his reflection in the mirror. The cuts on his arms and legs, old and new, stood out starkly against his skin. Even those which had faded to white scars stood out from his skin. They were ugly and further confirmation that nobody else could ever see them. He continued to get dressed, wanting to have them covered up as soon as possible.

Once he was done, he headed back out to his bedroom, where he leaned against the wall. "You're seriously going back to that house after what she did to you?" He asked. That wasn't just a slap- that was full on assault, and Jamie hated the thought of Bella living in that environment any longer.


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nate's house





At his comment about her jumping into his bed, Ellie didn't react. She waited until he'd made the comment about his cleanliness, before hurling one of his pillows at his head. She smirked at him, sitting upright and crossing her legs. "Professional womaniser my ass. We all know I'm your one and only," she teased. She'd thought about how Nate having a girlfriend would make her feel, and the only thing she could say was... complicated. She didn't like the thought of it, but she didn't want to think too hard about why.

Sometimes, she felt bad about keeping secrets from Nate- about her constant fear of everyone she loved dying, about her dodgy eating habits- and especially about the whole methadone thing. But the thought of somebody knowing that much about her scared her. Nate was her best friend, and she was pretty damn sure that he wouldn't tell anyone or use it against her- but the thought of it still made her uneasy. She was sure that he had his secrets too, and that was how she justified all of her secrets.

"So, what's your mom cooking for dinner?"

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Thursday 3rd September – 5:00 PM – Jamie's – Outfit

Mood: Stressed - Anxious - Lonely
Listening To: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
With: Jamie
She laughed gently when she realised he'd been kidding and caught herself in the act of approaching the extension lead when he made his comment and made a perfect 'o' shape with her mouth as she dramatically stepped over it before she shrugged off his comment. "I promised you a drink anyway so, first round is on me," She told him brightly running her hand through her hair to keep it from her eyes. Whilst Jamie was in the bathroom, she tumbled into the same chair she always curled up in and lazed around on when she came over- same chair, same place and she always seemed to throw her legs over the left arm so she could see everything going on in the rest of the room. The exact same thing every time it was a natural habit but she didn't consider it a bad one.

She'd been pinching the skin of her arm as he walked in, frowning at one little was left. She hadn't noticed the weight loss happening over the summer but she could tell now, there was basically nothing to pinch and her clothes didn't fit the way they used to, everything seemed to hang slightly on her slender frame. She sighed and then stopped herself, quickly letting go of her arm as she heard Jamie behind her.

Her expression fell slightly and she bit her tongue, staying quiet for longer than she should have whilst she picked her words. "I have little choice Jamie...I have no other family, My Dad- fuck knows who and where he is, I've got no money- I have a job but I'd have to leave college to fund myself enough to pay rent and you're the only friend I've got in this godforsaken town. After college I'm on the first train out of this shit hole but till then I'm fucked. It's not abnormal anyway- she's been unloving and sour since I was born, she's been violent since I was 16, it's only become a big deal now because I couldn't hold it together. It doesn't atter anymore now than it did then- I just need to finish college," She mumbled defensively. She didn't like talking about this, she didn't like having to tell him the miserable details of her life- she didn't want sympathy or for him to feel bad, that's why she never told him much about it but she couldn't gloss over it anymore. There were bruises on her neck and stitches in her flesh- she couldn't turn into make believe anymore. It was real. She was talking about it and that made it feel all too real to her. "I swear- with you not around in the summer, the only reason I smiled for the whole what three four months I didn't see you was marijuana but it's fine. It's all fine. Can we just get to mine so I can put a dress on and then get out? She'll be at work if we get there before the hour is up,"







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Friday 4th September –7:10 PM– His Home – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Let's Kill Tonight - Panic! At The Disco
With: Ellie
He laughed and caught the pillow she chucked at him, admittedly surprised he'd gotten away his bed joke but he just tossed the pillow back at her playfully and grinned teasingly at her; "Of course you are Ellie my darling," He replied faking a posh voice but being as well spoken as he was it was hard to find much of a difference between the two tones. He smiled at her and then as soon as she'd sat up, he hurled himself onto the bed and took his rightful place next to the bed post leaning against the wall it ran parallel too. "It looked like Carbonara from what I saw, so no complaints from me," He announced with his usual boyish smirk as he rest his hands under the back of his head leaning back and relaxing as he kicked his shoes off and then used his feet to poke the two shoes to lay next to each other as neatly as he could manage without getting up, side by side- he smiled half proud of his effort and then relaxed again looking over at Ellie with a soft and dopey expression.

He almost envied Ellie, she was so clever, likable and calm- she made it look easy as if it came naturally to her, what 'it' referred to he wasn't totally sure but she had that quality and he admired it, being the unintelligent, dorky and hyperactive weirdo he was- he'd always wandered how they could be so polar in some aspects of their character but still click and get on so well all the while. He appreciated it though, there probably wasn't anything he appreciated more than his relationship with Ellie and one thing, many people would have to give him credit for is that he didn't take his friends, relative or circumstances for granted- he was always incredibly down to Earth even if he was a bit of an air head.

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It wasn't all fine, and Jamie knew that. He'd abandoned her, all while he thought he'd been protecting her. If she'd been to school, she had to have found out. But she wasn't saying anything, and he wished she would. He was constantly waiting for her to say something.

"Alright, just let me grab a change of clothes and we can go," he said, going back to his closet. He retrieved his school bag and emptied its contents onto the floor, shoving a pair of jeans and a shirt into it, along with a clean pair of Vans. "So, did I miss anything at school? Anything happen while I was gone?" he asked casually.


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nate's house





Even as Nate lay back on the bed, he had to leave his shoes standing together. She rolled her eyes, but grinned nonetheless. She moved to sit beside him. "One of these days, I'm going to sneak in here and completely upend it. And then hide in your closet or something to see your reaction," she teased, smirking at him. They were two sides of the same coin, her and Nate. She'd never had this kind of relationship with anyone else, and she didn't think she ever would. She was pretty sure that they'd end up in the same nursing home, Nate still smoking weed, and her still determined to mess up his stuff as much as possible.

"So, how many clubs are we going to try and hit tonight?" She asked. She wouldn't consider it a good night unless they made it to at least three. There were some nights when the only reason they'd gone home was because nowhere else was letting anyone in, so they'd stayed up to watch the sun rise.

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Thursday 3rd September – 11:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Furious - Humiliated - Protected
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jace
Bella nodded and at his question, her lips raised into a small smirk and she looked at him with a very typical Arabella expression glowing on her face- an expression of mischief, pride and amusement. "Oh you missed quite a bit actually but I'm sure social media will make sure you know but to spare you the pain of scrolling. I slapped Jace," She started and then paused for a moment opening her mouth and closing it again before saying; "And I..." She bit her lip looking up at him as if she was trying not to laugh- it was bad, she knew that but Bella found every act of her defiance entertaining- no matter what, she was a vengeful person and a fighter at heart, so yes- she did to a degree find it enlightening to know she'd smashed up Jace's nose. She was aware she should feel guilty but she honestly felt nothing.

"Punched him...in the face," She mumbled quickly as if she were trying to brush over the subject as quickly as possible. "And let the entire common room know about his dirty cheating habits and lack of morality," She explained running her hand through her wind swept hair and looking over at him to study his reaction.




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Friday 4th September 5:05 PM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
"I'd cry Ellie. I'd fucking cry and I'd much prefer we didn't test that theory. I'm slightly OCD okay? Embrace it or face it, I don't care but do not mess up my bedroom," He told her jokingly grinning from ear to ear dopily over at her as he listened to her question considering it for a moment and then laughing softly- that was such an Ellie thing to ask, how many clubs? He loved that about her, it was just a random spontaneous night out, they'd barely told their parents what was going on and her main concern was how many clubs they'd hit. He thought that were was something marvellously brilliant about that.

"Well- let's play a game, you me, Bella and Jamie, let's see how many we can get kicked out of. But we can't get kicked out from where Bell works- reputations and it'd be kinda harsh on her but after we leave there, mission is to get kicked out- winner is responsible for the most enforced exits and the loser has to do a forfeit decided by previously mentioned winner. So in answer to your question, as god damn many as we possible can do," He told her light heartedly leaning besides her casually with a bright smile on his lips and upbeat expression.

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He wasn't totally surprised to find out that she slapped Jace- but finding out that she'd ratted him out to the entire common room and punched him in the face was a surprise. Not that he hadn't had it coming- had Jamie been braver, he would have done it himself. He stared at her and shook his head. "Is that all?" He said sarcastically. "I miss one day and I miss that. Typical," he continued. But he knew that he needed to say it- it had been on the tip of his tongue ever since she'd turned up.

"You heard, then." He hoped the sudden change in his voice would tell her exactly what he meant. He needed to face this. He needed to find out how she felt so he knew exactly how drunk he needed to get tonight to wipe it all from his mind. He needed to know if staying around her was a good or a bad idea. Because while he hated the thought of abandoning her, he was terrified that he'd end up removing himself from all of their lives forever.


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nate's house





She nodded at his proposition. "That sounds like an excuse to get roaringly drunk, and I am so up for that. And no, it wouldn't be fair to Bella to get thrown out of her workplace. But after that, there ain't gonna be no holding me back. I also challenge you to shots- whoever chickens out first or gets pulled away first has to do a forfeit of the other's choosing."

She'd never done it with Nate, but she'd done it with others, and she always won. She held her liquor well. That unfortunately meant that Nate was more likely to get thrown out more than her, but if she won the shots, then they'd both have to do the forfeit, and it was an even playing field. "But just you and me, because Jamie's the type of guy I wouldn't want to see off his face. God knows what kind of drunk he is," she remarked.

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Thursday 3rd September – 5:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Surprised - Intense - Nervous
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jace
"Yeah. He had it coming and the way he spoke to me, honestly I got so mad I couldn't believe it and it just happened but I wouldn't take it back- hell I'd do it again if I had to. He's such a fucking ars-" She stopped in the middle of her ramblings at his question and she heard the tone in his voice and wasn't sure how to comprehend it or understand how he felt. It was a serious tone and Bella being Bella, she wasn't sure how to handle serious.

"Yeah," She uttered softly but not awkwardly, angrily or bitchily- just gently like she was still trying to process it. She wasn't sure why he'd brought it up now, if it was so he could chicken out of going out with that excuse or if he could, she couldn't even think of many ideas why he'd asked now but she'd known he would and it made her stomach roll with anxiety because she didn't understand her feelings. Admittedly, she was always more than happy to see him, she cared about him more than anybody else, she cared what he thought about her (which couldn't be said for anybody else) and sometimes she did find herself flustered and confused but she didn't know what that meant or how to say it or what he would more importantly think when she said it. Then something crossed her mind and it was something she had to clarify before she completely humiliated herself- "Is it true Jamie?" She asked gently.






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Friday 4th September 5:05 PM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
[font=Garamond]"You'll absolutely trash me though, I smoke, I don't drink- I'm such a light weight," He groaned jokingly but being the competitive, irresponsible and playful guy he was, he did nod at her challenge and found himself signing up for what would leave him feeling like absolute hell tomorrow morning. "Ok- I'll do shots with you," He told her after a while.

He listened to her talk about Jamie and though he didn't totally get where she was coming from, he did nod gently with her and agreed. "Yeah okay Ells- you and me and god knows how many shots, sounds like a plan, it also sounds like a hangover but I think I can recall last time I was hungover either you or my Mum made me bacon so it'd be totally worth it," He told her with a slight chuckle.

"Anyway onto far more important matters Ellie darling," He called mockingly grinning at her. "I need your beautiful wardrobe advice because for all my OCD symptoms, I'm physically incapable of coordinating my clothes," He admitted running his hand through his hair once swiftly, smoothing it over to one side a bit but it didn't seem to work out how he was trying to make it because it just stood up on ends into the static mess he'd been trying to calm.

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He finally had to face it. The thing that had caused so many panic attacks, caused so many of the cuts on his arms, had kept him awake for so long. And now, here he was. Staring it in the face. He could lie. He could tell her it was a lie made up by Jace, because he was jealous or some shit like that. But he couldn't. Because that would only be putting things off. He couldn't do this for any longer.

He sat down on his bed, hoping to hide the shake in his hands and his legs. And then he nodded. He felt himself tense, waiting for her reaction. Waiting for her to start screaming at him, for her to leave and slam the door, for her to laugh at him. Everybody always said that telling somebody a secret was like a weight off of their chest- but this just felt like another weight on his shoulders, forcing him down. Because how could she ever feel the same? Why would she ever want somebody like him? She liked guys like Jace, who were confident and powerful and everything he wasn't.


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nate's house





She grinned at the mention of a hangover. However she was feeling in the morning, he would be feeling a hell of a lot worse. "I'll force feed some water into you, so it's not so bad. Or, well, I'll try."

As he asked for her help in assembling an outfit, she sat up. "Oh, now we're talking. We should totally try and coordinate, we'll slay everyone else," she said, getting to her feet and retrieving her dress from her bag. She didn't let him see the inside of the bag though, for fear that the state of it would actually make him have a stroke. She had a tendency to just throw everything in and hope for the best. She quickly pulled out the rest of her outfit, before frowning a little.

"On second thoughts, seeing as mine is all black, if we both go all black, we'll look like we're going to a funeral, not on a night out. Right, start showing me options and I'll tell you what I think."

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Thursday 3rd September – 5:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Surprised - Intense - Nervous
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jace
The long pause between his response had confirmed it enough for Bella already but it took her even longer to take in the truth than it'd taken him to admit. She opened her mouth to speak but her lip quivered with anxiety and she couldn't. She felt relieved and elated because all her confused, blurred but affectionate and complicated emotions came into place- it was true. He really did... Part of her couldn't breathe and she was too nervous to speak but she moved over next to him and knelt on the bed before wrapping her arms around him and hugging him tightly, she wasn't quite sure why she did it was incredibly impulsive but impulsiveness was the core of Bella's being and something she'd never learnt to fight. "I...I never thought you would," She admitted quietly stumbling over her words in a manner you never would have heard before, not for Jace or anyone because the truth was she'd never loved him- she'd barely even liked him and she'd admitted that to Jamie a couple of times before but any other thought had evaporated from her mind.

She buried her head in his shoulder just trying to take everything in and letting it sink into his mind that he cared that the reason for all herself doubt and that constant desire to stick out from the crowd to him and be there for him wasn't misplaced or wasted.




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Friday 4th September 5:05 PM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
He laughed softly and grinned at her happily. "Please do. Ignore everything I say to argue it, don't listen to me- just make me drink water, even if you have to pin me down or something- because I'm too hangover prone to make it out alive without water," He joked although he was actually being quite serious about the matter. "Seriously though," He added quickly.

He nodded in agreement. "That is true- I'll accent whatever I wear with black but I like the dress, it's very Ellie," He told her with a genuine smile as he walked to his wardrobe and went through it. Most of his clothes were more casual than smart considering his personality but he was still stumped. "Ellie...help," He squeaked. "Are jeans acceptable? I was considering my black pair but I didn't know if you'd kill me or not because I always wear them but fuck- I can't coordinate," He groaned dramatically.

He flicked through his t-shirts, not even considering any of his many Green Day shirts for fear Ellie would slaughter him for being so casual and boyish but he wasn't used to thinking about his outfits- he always just went for jeans or some kind of trousers with a t-shirt and a jumper to throw over it, a lot the time he wore shirts and jumpers- that was kind of his typical thing but he had never been good at getting ready to go out, it felt like there was so much more pressure and Nate was just notorious for over thinking and he sighed and gave Ellie a pointed expression as if to say; 'see how useless I am?

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The physical contact was oddly reassuring. She didn't hate his guts. She still cared about him. Even as badly as he'd treated her, she still cared. Hearing her stumble over her words was strange- he was so used to seeing her being smooth and good with her words- but yet here she was. He was seeing sides of Bella that he'd never seen before. He couldn't answer her, though. How could he? What did one say to that?

The longer she kept up the hug, the better he felt. He didn't want to move. Her face in his shoulder felt good, and for once, he felt himself relaxing. It was finally out in the open. The thing he'd feared for so long was over and it had ended well. He could hardly believe it. He moved his arm to wrap around her shoulders.

But he knew they couldn't stay there forever. So eventually, he removed his arm. "Bella, we should go if we want to be at yours before your mother comes home," he said gently.


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She rolled his eyes at his frustration, going over to his closet. "Jeans are okay, seeing as I'd say the only other pair of trousers you own are probably for a suit, and maybe not even then. Jesus, Nate, you wear a lot of t-shirts," she remarked as she searched his closet. "Don't you own any shirts that aren't t-shirts? Aha!" She produced a white shirt from the closet, holding it up beside him. "Hm, that's a contender. Seriously, though, you don't even have any jackets you could put on over a shirt to dress it up a bit. Boy, we need to go shopping together some time."

"That white shirt is still a bit formal. Here, check your own closet. Do you own any shirts that aren't white or t-shirts? Or even like, a leather jacket or something?" She asked, flopping back on the bed.

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Thursday 3rd September – 5:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Surprised - Intense - Nervous
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jamie
She stayed there for a long while perfectly calm and content in his company and she welcomed the arm he put around her the warmth reminded her everything was real and genuine. She pulled away from him as he spoke and sat straight nodding softly. "Yeah, we ought to hurry come to think of it," She mumbled softly bouncing onto her feet and offering him a hand up onto his feet. "I'll get changed there and then we can go straight away, I'll be quick," She promised gently and it was true, Bella was probably the only girl in the world who wore dresses and make-up but could be ready and done within ten minutes- she was as straight to the point as she was with her clothes as she was with everything she ever did.

She couldn't help but softly smile, she felt like she finally had a reason to and it showed in her expression. She was still almost in disbelief but she was more than happy and quite content and even more excited for their night out, she was up on her feet and all smiley which was weird for Bella but probably not a bad thing.

"I think I might wear something more colourful than usual tonight," She thought out loud casually. "Break the mould y'know," She added thoughtfully.




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Friday 4th September 5:05 PM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
[font=Garamond] "I have shirts too- they're just folded in my drawers. I'm paranoid to wear them in case I stain them but we do need to go shopping- I'm useless at this stuff," He admitted before walking over to his drawers and looking at his shirts thoughtfully searching for one more casual than the one Ellie was still holding. "I don't have a leather jacket but I think I still have a denim one in there- is it on the left by the blue stuff? It should be," He told her turning his head to look over at her. "Would that do?" He asked her. "Or I've got that burgundy wool thing- I could wear that over a shirt..." He suggested dumbly.

He ran his hand through his hair again, clearly grew more agitated by how scruffily it was sitting but he couldn't be bothered to put gel in it yet because when he went down for dinner he could count on his Mother to ask who he was trying to impress or whatever. He did not want that, not in front of Ellie it'd just be embarrassing.

He didn't even want to think about dinner, his mother and Ellie got on well but his mother was a big believer in the humiliation of sons- she'd rip him apart just because Ellie was there to witness it and she knew Nate wouldn't argue back to her or Ellie. He sighed softly and turned to go sit down on the bed voting to trust Ellie's choice instead. "Ellie, my fate is in your hands. I can't do this," He told her childishly.

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He didn't think he'd ever seen her smile like that. Even though he knew it was because of him, his mind struggled to fully comprehend that. He'd been telling himself for so long that he could never make people happy, that he could only cause harm. But here she was. Smiling because of him.

"We can just grab your stuff and come back here to get changed, if you'd prefer. And you can stay here tonight if you want. My parents won't mind." His parents wouldn't be likely to notice. He was doing okay, he'd last the night without having a meltdown. He wished that she could stay here, stay away from that woman- but that meant letting her in fully. That meant letting her see the meltdowns, the panic attacks, the self harm, the drinking... It meant her finding out about his parents. And as selfish as the whole thing made him feel, he couldn't let her in that much. Because his demons would make her run, and then he'd be alone.

Even when he felt happy, the depression and anxiety were lurking at the edges, reminding him that this wouldn't last. He'd still end up alone, he'd still end up hating himself. But for now, he could ignore it. Somewhat.

"Bella Swift not wearing black? Dear god, I should call the media," he remarked.


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"See, Nate, this is why you need to stop smoking so much weed," she said, rolling her eyes. But she grinned at him so he'd know that she was teasing. She knew that he was probably already worried about dinner, and he didn't need her teasing him any more.

She pulled the denim jacket out of the cupboard, examined it and laid it down on the bed. It wasn't too bad, but not quite right. She turned to his shirt drawer and examined its contents, doing her best not to disrupt his system. She found a short sleeved white shirt and tossed it to him. "Put that on, with the jeans and that jacket you wore to school the other day. The one I complimented. And then tomorrow, we're going shopping, regardless of how bad your hangover is. Think of it as punishment for such bad dress sense," she teased.

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Thursday 3rd September – 5:30 AM – Home – Outfit

Mood: Surprised - Intense - Nervous
Listening To: Pink Floyd
With: Jamie
She looked at him with a grateful expression; "Thanks Jamie, that'd be cool but only fi you're totally 100% sure you don't mind and it's okay. I can get changed at mine- I'll have enough time but if I could stay, just so I can save a row with her- I'd genuinely really appreciate that," She told him a soft and genuine tone as she stood up and brushed off her shirt where she'd noticed a slight crease.

She laughed gently at his comment and shrugged her shoulders lightly. "I'm feeling it, I'll still wear some black of course- god, I'd die before someone put me in an all colour outfit," She scoffed jokingly grinning over at him as she mentally went through her wardrobe thinking of things she could wear, trying to think of something at least half flattering and something she didn't normally wear. That was one thing Bella hated about herself, when it came to her style with her make-up and clothes she got too comfortable in wearing the darkest shades, heavy eye shadow and natural hair- maybe she ought to jazz it up some time soon and that's what she decided to do and the fact they were going out gave her the perfect excuse.




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Friday 4th September 5:05 PM– In The Street – Outfit

Mood: Chilled – Light - Content – Upbeat
Listening To: Way Away - Yellowcard
With: Ellie
"Ellie don't you dare bring Mr Marijuana into this- he is a lovely fellow who has brought me into some incredibly concerning but hysterical situations and I will not abandon him in such a sincere time of mutual need," He cried dramatically with large gestures and everything to intensify his emotions. He knew she was kidding but so was he and to be fair, if she wasn't kidding she probably had a point regardless but Nate just wasn't mature enough to move on from that yet.

He nodded at her calmly and at the outfit in approval- he could work with that. He groaned jokingly when she mentioned shopping but gave her a small smirk to illiterate he was kidding. "God, I have to spend two days in a row hanging out with you- seriously?" He teased but he couldn't help breaking into a small smile as he joked with her but he then head his name being hollered from downstairs and he turned to Ellie apologetically for the noise.

"That ululation of bird noises is my Mother's personal language for dinner is on the table, it's also the same noise she makes whenever she discovers a discarded joint," He admitted with a sheepish expression. "But it's dinner I promise, I don't smoke at home or in the gardens anymore, I go 'jogging' instead," He told her with an inverted speech marks gesture when he implied he went jogging. "Gotta work on these old boys haven't I?" He joked pulling a pose as if to show of his muscles but Nate was skin and bones really with slight definition in places but he certainly wasn't in possession of any 'old boys' or biceps as he was dramatically referring to.

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He shrugged. "It's no problem- it'll be nice to have someone else around for company," he said. He was just glad that she wasn't going to have to be around her mother. And besides, he'd probably too drunk to be depressed by the time he got home. Not because that was his goal. No, for once he didn't want to drink until he passed out. But he'd been out with them all before and knew that copious amounts of alcohol were generally involved.

"C'mon, then, we better go before she gets back. I can leave this here," he said, dumping his bag on his bed and grabbing his phone and his keys. He held the door for her and headed downstairs. He didn't know if anyone else was home, but he didn't particularly care. They'd probably heard him and Bella talking by that point, anyway. That and they used to practically live in each other's houses, so Bella being there wasn't much of a surprise.


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She swatted his arm at the comment about having to spend two full days with her, but laughed, giving herself away. Her laugh didn't fade as Nate's name was called from downstairs, and Nate made some sort of comment about it. Ellie was more than used to it- after all, she did practically live in Nate's house. She'd practically been adopted.

She rolled her eyes at his comment about jogging. "Puh-lease, even I could nearly put you over my shoulder, even with the height difference." She said, looking up at him. "Although, tonight I'll nearly be able to look you straight in the eyes. Got my killer heels out," she said, poking him. "C'mon, I'm starving, and your mom's food is too good to wait for!"

She darted out of his room and started down the stairs, not waiting to see if he followed.