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Skylar Grocott

"I got paint on my finger tips, paint on my soul but I'd rather be colourful than blacked out and faded."

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

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Image Full Legal Name: Skylar Ann Grocott
Preferred Name: Sky
Gender: Female ( She | Her )
Age: 18
Sexual Orientation: Pansexual
Race: Caucasian
Ethnicity: French
Religion: Inapplicable
Heritage: 75% French | 25% English
Accent: French
Weaknesses: Dimples | Children | Promises | Commitment
Strengths: Manipulation | Languages | Dance | Martial Arts | Painting & Sketching | Languages
Languages: English | French | Latin | Spanish | Mandarin |
Relationship Status: Disinterested
Hometown: Lutetita
Dialogue Colour: Pea Green | 93E6B3
Thought Colour: Grey | #808080
Face Claim: Blake Lively
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Image General Appearance : Sky is a desirable blonde bombshell, her naturally attractive appeal is undeniable and she's one of the most gossiped about girls at school because of it. Originating from France, she's quite pale but tans well in the sun and her skin is free of blemishes, she doesn't possess a single mark except for the 'beauty spot' on her cheek. Sky's eyes are electric blue and what she favours about her appearance because of how clear they are but what tends to catch most people is her figure, it's what has got her the model career she is pursuing when she gets to leave full time education. She's incredibly tall and her legs seem like their endless and she dresses to compliment herself.
Style : Sky is very fashionable on trend, skinny jeans and backless tops are a favourite in her wardrobe and she'll always have the killer heels and fitted jacket to match it up. She does like to adopt features from different styles though but her general appearance tends to be quite hipster inspired especially when it comes to her hair.
Distinguishing Features: Sky surprisingly has multiple tattoos but they're all incredibly small so she can hide them because of her modelling she has to be very careful of where she has them, she has one on her wrist which is the word 'wanderlust' and one on her right index finger, she also has a sun on her shoulder blade and desperately wants more.
Height : 5,10
Weight : 63kg

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"I will make you believe you are lovely,"


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[img]http://i.perezhilton.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/blake-lively-hair-gif.gif[img] Personality : Everybody tends to make a lot of assumptions about her because she's rich pretty, got a modelling career a head of her and doesn't really associate with many people unless for it's a fling but she's known for hosting killer parties and having a hidden wild side but everybody still assumes she's a pointless snob which is why Sky has developed a hungry urge to prove she has edge and there is more to her than social climbing and porn star martinis but not everybody can be convinced which Sky is finding incredibly hard to deal with because of how so few friends it's left her with.

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So begins...

Skylar Grocott's Story

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Jamie just laughed as Nate stood up and started to strip, draining his cup. He hadn't realised he'd been getting through it as fast as he had been, but hey. This was the one time when he could.

"Hey, Nate, is there something in the water behind you?" He called jokingly.

"The swelling might cause an improvement," Ellie remarked- not quite yelling it, but loud enough for everyone to hear. Jamie just winced. Ellie wasn't a mean drunk- but Jamie was willing to bet that, with some alcohol in her system, her filter would shut down, and god knows what she'd say to Nate then. The grin on her face gave away everything she was thinking.

"How long should we leave him there?" Jamie asked, looking at the others. "Long enough for another drink, or should we just go ahead and prepare a meal?" He asked teasingly, glancing at the others.


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Ellie glanced down at the text and rolled her eyes, texting back a reply to Bella.

"spoilsport. also you didn't reply about j."

She didn't push it any further than that, guessing that Bella didn't want to talk about it. But as soon as Nate was in the water, she grabbed his clothes and shoved them into the first bag she found- which just so happened to be Sky's, judging by the quality of them. Even better. She headed back down to the water and watched him, smirking him.

Once upon a time, she would have dive-bombed into the lake after him- but not today. Today, she just wanted to sit back and watch and try to embarrass him and turn Sky away from him as much as possible. He didn't deserve Ellie and he definitely didn't deserve Sky. Ellie had seen her blush at the thought of Nate being naked. And Ellie was willing to guess why that was. She really needed to take Sky aside and have a really good talk to her and tell her how Nate really was. And then, well, that was all she could really do. But until then, embarrassing Nate as much as possible would do. Maybe Nate would snap and show his true colours and make her life much easier.

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Bella tried not to laugh at Nate's comment about Ellie but it was even harder when she heard Ellie's response and she looked over at Jamie for a moment as if to ask for help not reacting to either of them. She knew she shouldn't laugh because they genuinely seemed to hate each other but they were so...bitchy to each other she couldn't quite help herself. It felt they were back in Year 9 again. With Nate gone, Bella got up and moved over squeezing her way between the other side of Jamie and Ellie so she could talk to her quickly.

"Right so tell me- how come you guys aren't cool yet? You guys always make up, it's kinda weird you know. It's okay- I get it if your done with him or whatever but just tell us what's going on, please it's so awkward. I know about the gig obviously but is that really it? That's hardly the worst thing he's ever done," She asked quietly enough so that maybe Jamie could over hear but no body else would pick on her words accurately so they could understand. She read the text but didn't reply to it because she was sat next to her now, so they could talk and besides she didn't want to talk to Ellie about Jamie. If she was going to talk to anyone about it, it'd be Jamie because she didn't think it concerned anybody else.

She smiled softly over at Sky when she noticed she'd grown quieter but she didn't speak to her, she was preoccupied trying to get an update out of Ellie. She wasn't being nosey, she just wanted things to go back to how they were because she had enough drama at home without everyone falling out.

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Skylar laughed softly at Nate's dare but then looked over at the group wondering why they all had such weird vibes and personalities. She knew everyone came with their demons and their luggage but why where they all so secretive and cautious? She didn't ask any of them about it or question it. When the two girls startled talking, she sighed a little and looked over at Jamie to try and avoid awkward silence.

"So, tell me about the band then. You guys been together long?" She asked not so much out of curiosity but more out of the necessity to be polite.

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Nate was kind of relieved for an excuse to have a moment away from the group, he could assume Ellie had made a teasing or just straight up vile remark about him after he'd walked away but he refused to act like it bothered him. He'd been so caught up in his routine, his upbringing and his moral code or whatever, that he had never stopped twice to think about his actions- he was brought up to respect women, to put other people before himself and to protect the people he cared about, why the fuck did that make him a bad person? Now he'd started thinking about it he could feel a slight wave of anger coursing through his veins. Sky wasn't Ellie, she wasn't in close and Nate didn't even think she was even close to a replacement in his life for whatever his relationship with Ellie had been but at least she appreciated him and understood him. He always thought Ellie had but they wouldn't be arguing now if she had. He'd never questioned her either- she was always so weird and secretive about things, anything personal- he didn't know anything about her from before college and he'd barely met any of her family but she'd been like the daughter his Mother had never had and she knew everything there was to know except maybe his confidence issues but she wasn't stupid she would have guessed.

The more he thought about the whole thing, the worse it made him feel and he sighed floating about in the water but keeping his waist below the surface for obvious reasons. He ran his hand through his hair and it stuck back on his head and he exhaled cold air which pooled in front of him. He probably shouldn't be swimming considering he'd smoked and already drank a bit but what was the point in worrying about it? The only person who'd care anymore if something went wrong would be his Mother and she was strong enough to move on.

"Fuck, why am I ever thinking about that?" He groaned to himself.

He sighed and swam around a bit more to the edge and then called out to the group. "Jamie, Bells or Sky- any of nice people here, how long do I have to stay in here?

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At Ellie's comment, Jamie glanced at Bella, biting his own tongue. But as Bella moved to talk to Ellie, Jamie decided that it was a conversation that the two girls needed to have- not him and Sky. So Jamie edged away from the two girls a little and beckoned to Alex.

"Well, I only became official during the week, but the rest of the band's been together for about two years," he said. Alex got the message and appeared beside him. "Yeah, I've been playing guitar for them for the past year. Their own guitarist tracks both guitar parts, but obviously he can't play both live, so I fill in when I'm not on tour."

"You'll have to come to a show while you're still here- speaking of which, how long are you in England for?" He asked, glancing at Bella and Ellie. Neither looked particularly happy- then again, Ellie's mood had steadily been getting worse all evening, so he could only imagine what state she was in now if she'd been confronted. But Bella had a point- Ellie was being unnecessarily mean to Nate. The incident at the club hadn't warranted any of this behaviour. He glanced over at Nate. "Yeah, Nate, you can get out. We won't leave you hanging any longer," he called.


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Ellie folded her arms as Bella confronted her. "You really think this is just about that?" She asked, laughing a little and raising an eyebrow. "This has been a long time coming. You saw the arguments as much as I did, Bella. It was just a matter of time. It wasn't the first time he'd done something like that. Even though he knew I didn't like him smoking around me, he still did. I could have forgiven all of that- but then he went and got with another girl," she said, nodding towards Sky. "Somebody the exact opposite to me. Sky's pretty, rich, gentle, and everything I'm not, and that isn't a coincidence. You're a fool if you think it is. Why else would he bring her here?" She asked. "Now, stay out of my business and go check on your boyfriend," she spat, stalking back over to the campfire and refilling her cup.


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Alex hadn't missed the disagreement between Ellie and Bella. Ellie was really showing how much of a spitfire she could be, and she looked furious. As she stalked away to the campfire, he turned to Sky and Jamie. "Sorry, guys, gotta go deal with this," he said. Ellie was sitting on the ground, her legs crossed and staring into the fire like it had personally offended her. He sat down beside her, crossing his own legs.

"Are you okay?" He asked. She didn't answer for a few seconds- but when she did, it was accompanied by a heavy sigh. "Yeah, things are just... complicated," she said, shrugging a little. He put her arm around her and she didn't resist. "I gathered as much. You seem like a complicated bunch," he said, laughing a little.

"Do you mind that?" She asked, and he shook his head. "Nah- complicated is interesting. And fun," he said. "So. Is there anything you want to talk about specifically?" He asked. She shook her head. "I don't want to talk about anything by that. Let's just get on with this game," she said, looking up at the others.

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Character Portrait: Arabella Swift Character Portrait: Jamie Chapman Character Portrait: Ellie Wallace Character Portrait: Nate Carlile Character Portrait: Skylar Grocott Character Portrait: Alex Robinson
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"Ellie, I'm not arguing you or confronting you- trust me you'd know if I was. I'm trying to help because can't you see through him? How much your hurting him? This isn't about Sky and why'd you care who he sleeps with? You were getting with Alex before he even met Sky," Though Bella's words had started weaving an argument, her voice was as calm and gentle as if it was just two girlfriends gossiping about a mutually hated popular girl from school. "For fuck's sake Ellie- he's lonely and he was your only real friend and like wise for him, it's not a coincidence- it's a side effect," She snapped quietly. "And don't try and antagonise me about Jamie, worry about your relationships before you mock mine," She defended and though her tone was harsher she never gave in to the urge to increase her volume and shout, she didn't even really curse at her properly. The one thing she could straight up say she hated about Ellie was her attitude- she could never tell if it was selfishness or she had some kind of past but it had never settled with Bella, in all their college years it had always been something that struck Bella the wrong way but she could say the same about Nate's slothfulness- she didn't think either of them we're better than each other but she had thought Ellie could be more mature about things.

She got up and walked away from Ellie and her smile quickly replaced itself as she took her place with Sky and Jamie and moved on like the conversation had never happened. "Hey, the original circle got kinda disorientated. So let's just call it my turn for the sake of keeping things going, so who's going to ask?" She asked with her signature mischievous smile- the smile she'd give before she pulled off one of her fantastic secondary school pranks or after she'd won a just argument. Just that smile anyone could relate back to her and never know she was covering something up. She grinned at Jamie and Sky but gave Alex a small smile of regret when he passed her to go see Ellie.

Maybe she shouldn't have got involved but she couldn't sit around and watch Ellie hurt Nate with everything because she knew it'd only come back to haunt Ellie.

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Sky listened to the two grinning gently. "Wow, that's pretty recent. Suppose it's not too late to say congrats then," She chimed lightly, almost slipping instinctively to speak in French whilst she was talking but she smiled apologetically to make up for it. "It's permanent- well for the foreseeable future anyway, we've picked a house to buy so I guess I'm stuck here for a while," She joked gently. "But I'd love to come to a show, if no body minds I think it'd be fun," She shrugged as always maintaining her softly spoken tone and sugar sweet smile.

She leaned over to grab a cup and the vodka and began mixing herself a drink since she was the only one left to move on to the spirits but she poured it weak because she knew she was a lightweight and she didn't want to embarrass herself, not on what was her first real opportunity to find a place in Liverpool and actually make some friends, real friends for once in her life.

"Good call Ellie, yeah you go Bella," She chimed trying to move along from the brisk negativity that had caught them all for a moment.

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"Cheers Jamie," Nate laughed climbing out of the water and doing the best to cover himself as he looked for his clothes but it dawned on him quickly. Bella's pranks were always intelligent and targeted for vengeance- so it wasn't her, Jamie didn't strike Nathaniel as having that kind of sense of humour and Sky just wouldn't and why would Alex pull a stunt on a guy he barely knew?

"Ellie. Where are my clothes? No body else would do it, so just tell me," He sighed standing a good distance from the others so the darkness of the growing evening would leave him with some amount of cover and dignity. When that was drawn to attention, Bella and Sky started looking around for them but neither of them came to any avail and Sky wouldn't have thought to check her own bag simply because she hadn't taken the clothes anyway. "I would quite happily sit here with no shame to be frank and you know I'm not joking but I don't think that'd be the gentlemanly thing to do- so where are they for Christ's sake?"

After a moment, he shook his head. "Screw it, I'll get something out of my bag," He walked off to his car and grabbed out what he could find clothes wise from his bag.

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Jamie grinned at Sky. "Thanks- yeah, my old band kinda fell apart, so it's good to have something to jump straight back into. Music is just such a huge part of my life that it's weird to imagine doing anything but playing music," he said, shrugging a little. He'd been playing music for as long as he could remember, and he never wanted to let it go. "And sure, come along! Don't mind Alex trying to sell you merch, he designed one of the crewnecks and thinks he's god's gift to mankind ever since," he said, grinning over at him. He appeared to be trying to placate Ellie, though, so Jamie dropped it.

He sat back down in the circle beside Bella, refilling his cup as Nate realised the absence of his clothes. Jamie didn't have to think too hard about who the culprit could be. He stared at Ellie across the fire, who caught his eye and shrugged. This whole situation was messier than anyone but Ellie and Nate knew, and they weren't telling. Well, Nate probably would with some pressing, but Ellie wasn't. Ellie was just going to cause as much havoc as possible and enjoy every second of it.

"Watch you don't flash anyone, Nate honey, nobody really wants to see that," Ellie called, her voice coated in an insincere sweetness. Everything she did seemed to be to antagonise Nate, and she didn't seem to have any problems with that.


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"So, Bella, truth or dare?" Ellie asked, leaning in a bit, her smile still on her face. She was honestly starting to wish she'd never come- between Sky's bloody perfection and Nate's 'oh woe is me' act when it came to her, she was feeling vaguely sickened. She should have gone out instead. Or even just hung out at the house with Alex. But here she was- so if she had to be here, she may as well have some fun.

And Bella daring to say that she was making Nate feel bad. Nate had made Ellie look weak, which is the one thing she wasn't. Nate had always seen Ellie as somebody weak, somebody who needed protecting. She was going to show him that she didn't need protecting, that she could stand on her own two feet. She didn't need him defending her. She didn't need anybody or anything. Well, apparently there were a few things she did need, but she was going to cut one of them off before long. Her doctor had said that going cold turkey was absolutely not an option, not after this long. And then he'd had the balls to say that he didn't think she was ready for another reduced dose.

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Arabella didn't even want to look at Ellie, she couldn't believe how caught up in herself she was. She seemed to have seriously no idea what she was putting him through, well that or she did and she didn't for the life of herself care. She thought about it for a while and tried to imagine her and Jamie being in the same situation but she just couldn't- they wouldn't get into this kind of thing if Jamie punched a guy who was bothering her at a gig, she'd just be god damn grateful he'd helped her and maybe Jamie wouldn't swing a punch so quickly, he wasn't as impulsive as Nate but still it was all so ridiculous and petty.

She sighed as Ellie asked her and raised her shoulders in a shrug. "Truth I suppose," She shrugged sipping from her drink casually, crossing her legs in front of her. Bella was normally a person to say dare but she didn't fancy swimming and if she had to do anything similar to what Nate had done someone was likely to see the fresh scar on her stomach and even worse, old ones on her legs and it so wasn't worth it and if Ellie was giving out the dares it was bound to be something brutal especially since she'd confronted her.

"Come on then, Arabella Swift being a completely open book- bound by the law of truth or dare to answer one honest question, what's it gonna be?" She laughed looking up at them all expectantly. She could guess they'd go for something awkward like a question about her feelings for Jamie or something embarrassing like who her first kiss was but she'd rather that then her do any kind of dare and it go wrong.

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"That's amazing, I'd do anything to be artistic like that or even just have a passion about something but I haven't been so fortunate- yet, there's still time I guess," Sky laughed gently as they conversed. "Aha oh really?" She shrugged lightly with a lip gloss smile.

When Nate re joined the group she looked at him before laughing lightly. "I can't believe you really did that," She laughed out loud as she thought about it properly and shook her head. "You're insane. You'll get sick," She pointed out but the boy just shrugged at her and took a long mouthful from his drink. Sky did the same because she felt under pressure to keep up with the others and to drink at their pace even though she wasn't at all used to drinking like this.

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"Then why did you make me do it Els? Because I'm not embarrassed either," He laughed, rolling his eyes at her. He grabbed his clothes from the trunk of the car and then got changed behind it. He pulled on some dark skinny jeans and a Guns 'N Roses t-shirt, it was quite a casual outfit by Nate's standard but he didn't look anymore comfortable for it. He ran his hand through his hair to try and get the worst of the water out of it and squeezed the ends of it slightly but groaned at his failure to dry it out anymore than enough to stop it dripping.

He went back and sat close to the fire to try and warm himself through again because he was shivering and slightly pale for his dare. He didn't show much interest in the game after that and he lit up a straight Marlboro light and tucked it between his lips, he didn't want to get screwed up intoxicated tonight- he just wanted to relax which wasn't likely to happen with Ellie around but it'd be easier if he wasn't totally shit faced either.

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Bella's words felt like an ice cube down his back. He didn't know how to take that. He'd just been so fucking wrapped up in trying to keep his act together that he hadn't been able to read her messages, and even now, through the haze of alcohol, everything was blurred and starting to scare him. He needed to get away from here. He needed to get away and breathe. And with all of this toxicity in the air, that wasn't going to happen.

He put his drink down on the ground and stood up, brushing himself down. "I- uh- need to go gather my thoughts. I'll be back before long so- so don't have too much fun without me, okay?" He didn't want to walk, that wasn't enough. Part of him knew that driving was stupid- but he wouldn't be going far. Just driving somewhere else. He'd be fine.

He dug his keys out of his pocket and climbed into the car, starting the engine. He took a moment to reconsider- but around that fire, he felt like he couldn't think. He needed to go somewhere, somewhere away from Ellie's destruction and all of the tension and the confusion. He pulled away, setting his phone in the cup holder beside him.


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For fuck's sake. All she wanted to do was have a little fun, and everybody had to take it personally. As Jamie strode off to sulk, she got to her feet. "I'm going for a walk. You're all a bunch of party-poopers," she said, stalking into the woods. But deep down, this all felt a little too familiar in a way she didn't want to admit. She was pushing them away, just like she pushed everyone away. And it brought her right back to her pre-rehab days, when all she'd done was destroy herself and her relationships. And honestly, she wanted to destroy something. But this time, they wouldn't be as willing to welcome her back when she fucked up. She'd ruined all of this, just like she ruined everything.

And it was all fucking Nathaniel fucking Carlile's fault. Why the hell was he the one who had broken her? He'd made her feel weak, and not in a good way. She sat down heavily on a rock and sighed. Sometimes she just wished she'd kept herself to herself. But now it was too late for that.



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Ellie was... destructive, this evening. He'd seen her drunk before, so it wasn't the vodka. Had she come tonight with the intention to ruin as many relationships as possible? Because now you could almost feel the tension in the air. He looked up and knew that he should follow her- but also knew he should try and explain.

"I'm really sorry," he said. "I don't know what it is- I'd blame the alcohol, but it never made her like this before. Is there.... Was there a fight I don't know about?" She'd struck him as the type of person that would be- there was so many unspoken secrets with her. She was a master at avoiding topics she didn't want to talk about- but she never started anything like this over it. God knows, she would have broken up with him by now. This was a different Ellie, one he hadn't known about.

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Immediately after she knew she shouldn't have reacted to the question, just bullshitted and said something about him just being her best friend and lied but she couldn't keep pretending she was okay with the dishonesty and Ellie's manipulation of everybody. Jamie was the person she needed more than anyone, he always had been since they first became friends- she'd never relied on her Mother, nor her father or a sibling; the only long term relationship or friendship she'd ever maintained was Jamie and now he was climbing into his car drunk and she wanted to stop him, more than anything she wanted to stop him but she blamed herself and didn't want to make things worse by talking to him but she couldn't let him.

She was still sat on the truck and finally her voice betrayed her and struggling to look up she called over to him from where he sat in the car next to hers.

"Jamie please, please don't drive," She croaked anxiously. "We're all drunk and there's too much out here, trees, rocks- it's dark. Please don't risk that," She mumbled pushing herself off the bonnet and standing up, still leaning as she tried not to let the raging rush of her emotions overwhelm her. The weak side of her just felt like bursting into tears after everything last week, her exhaustion physically and emotionally, her desperation, her physical pain- it was just too much. It was all so intense she could feel the atmosphere prickling against her skin like a thousand tiny needles. "I know this is a lot. And the atmosphere has gone to shit and everyone's breaking down but Ellie's gone off on a walk. We can all calm down now but please, don't take that risk if not for your own sake, for mine and for music- whatever it is that will convince you to think twice,"





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Nate sighed harshly and looked at Alex and stiffly nodded. "Yeah. There was," He mumbled.
"There are two people I truly care about in this world- my Mum and Ellie. No offence to anyone, they're just the people I've relied on and been there to rely on for since day one. You know without the romance, she was basically what Bella is to Jamie, to me. And I was raised to look after women- my Mum's old fashioned, she's always taught me to be a gentleman you know the shit so I've always been protective of people," He admitted all of this with a certain amount of ease but not pride, he used to be proud to say he'd been raised right and knew how to look after people and be a genuine guy but since Ellie happened, he'd felt ashamed of it. Like he was wrong to be that way but he took a sip from his drink and then continued.

"But at that gig- your gig, some guy started trying it on with Ellie and Bella was being weird- I think she felt sick or something but this guy- he wouldn't leave Ellie alone and I felt responsible y'know, like I had to look after them and he pissed me off, he was in arsehole you just can't be like that with girls you don't know- fuck that, any girl. It's just not right and basically, I had a bit of liquid courage going on and I punched him. Ellie being the proud independent stubborn son of a bitch she is was offended, thought I'd make her look weak and that I was taking the piss. I don't know- I still can't pretend I understand why she's angry at me about caring for her and looking out for her but she was and now she wants to ruin me, probably Sky too since we've been hanging out," He sighed miserably and looked over at Alex apologetically, he felt awful for the guy. He'd truly got a bit fucked over getting dragged into all of this Ellie drama in such a way.

"And Bella. I don't know why she went for her but everybody knows how her and Jamie are- it's written all over them. She knew what she was doing when she asked that truth," He sighed and looked like a guy who was broken, in truth he had been ever since that gig. He'd felt terrible from the very moment he caught Ellie's eye- full of disgust, after he'd thrown the punch. He knew he'd fucked up but he couldn't take all of the drama anymore. "I can't fight with her like this. She doesn't care about me anymore- if she ever did when we were friends but I care about her too much to let her do this to herself and to everyone else around her. I'm not fighting with her but I'm not going to not stick up for them, they haven't done anything wrong here. It's just me," He explained everything and speaking about left it a hollow pit in his stomach that only got worse with every breath.


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[font=Times New Roman] Skylar's heart broke a little bit for every single person that from their now broken circle in that moment. She could see how much Bella was struggling- Jamie too and Ellie, she wasn't a bad person it wasn't as obvious why but Ellie was clearly hurting because of something too which is what drove her to sneak off whilst Nate was engrossed in telling the story of the argument and Alex was busy listening. She got up and followed after Ellie, she didn't except the best reaction but sometimes it was easier to talk to a stranger.

"Hey, Ellie?" She called softly when she caught up, standing in front of her looking small and actually slightly scared but still hopeful. "I know we're not friends or anything and I suppose you've got a pretty bad impression of me because I'm with Nate but I like you y'know and I want to help. So go on, tell me. I'm a stranger- I can't judge you, I've got no one tell and no interest in gossip. So just tell me how he hurt you so bad because trust me Ellie, I've heard a lot about you and he adores you- even now," She mumbled lightly.

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He sighed as Bella spoke to him. He knew that everything would be fine if he stayed, that they'd manage somehow- but he knew that if his head was just a little clearer, he'd be able to do what he always did. Pull everyone else together, make them laugh a little, distract them from what had happened. He just needed a clear head, and he wasn't going to get that here.

"Bella, I just need... I just need to clear my head. I'll only be gone ten, fifteen minutes. I promise. I won't go far and I won't drive fast. Don't you worry about me- I can hold my liquor a hell of a lot better than you'd think," he said, grinning a little. He just wished that it wasn't because he was used to drinking until he blacked out. He started the engine. "I'll be fine. Fifteen minutes, tops. Promise," he said, before reversing out and heading back out onto the road.

He turned on the stereo, turning it back up to the full. The music blasting around him was as grounding as is it ever was, and he could already feel his thoughts starting to clear. He'd be fine. They'd all be fine- once Ellie stopped trying to destroy everything around her. Ellie was an enigma to everybody. He'd thought that he'd known her- but recently, she'd been showing another side, and he was realising that he didn't know anything.

And Bella. What the hell did she mean by what she'd said? Did she feel the same? Or was it all just a big, complicated mess? He'd been too busy trying to keep it together to try and read her- and besides, she hadn't been in school, so he hadn't even been getting signals from her. They needed to talk. Everyone needed to talk.

Suddenly, the glare of another car's headlights drew him out of his reverie, and he looked up. There was a deer right in front of his car- and unless he swerved, he'd hit it. But he'd end up hitting the other car instead, and that was worse. So he did the option that seemed to cause the least damage. He swerved the car straight towards the barrier and the trees.

The car slammed straight into the barrier, throwing him forward- but his seatbelt tried to pull him back, and the casualty was his shoulder or his collarbone or something in that general region. All he was aware of was a crack and then intense pain. But the car didn't stop moving, it went straight through the barrier and started tumbling, throwing him and his broken bone around. He blacked out before the car had even stopped moving.


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Ellie looked up, ready to verbally attack whoever approached- but she held her tongue when it was Sky. Of all people, she hadn't expected her. Fuck's sake, that girl was just too perfect. Ellie sighed at her question. "It's... It's complicated and it's messy, and..." But she needed to tell somebody. She couldn't just keep this all bottled up- so far, that had only brought destruction.

"Sky- anything I tell you, you don't tell anyone else. I'm serious. Under any circumstances," She said, moving over on her boulder a bit and patting the spot beside her. Jesus, if she was going to talk about this, she'd need somebody right beside her.

"I... I used to be a junk- an addict. Heroin and all sorts of crazy, stupid shit. Like, if you think I'm destructive now, you should have seen me back then. I tried every kind of drug going. I wasn't happy- but the thing about heroin is that it's crazy addictive. And I ended up OD'ing, and ended up in rehab. And back then, I just felt so fucking weak," she said. She stubbornly wiped her eyes with the heel of her palm. She wasn't going to cry. Not after all of this.

"And I've just been building myself up since then, trying not to go back- and I'm clean, I'm still clean except for alcohol, but I just... I just hate feeling weak. And Nate treats me like I'm a fucking porcelain foll. No matter how many times I tell him I can stand on my own two feet, that I want to stand on my own two feet, he doesn't listen. And I know he's only trying to help but he just doesn't listen. He just keeps doing the same thing and he treats me like I'm weak and... I know he doesn't mean to do it but I just hate it so much." And there she was, in tears. She laughed a little bit.

"There goes my stone cold bitch facade, huh?" She remarked. "And- I know everyone wants to help but I just don't want to let anyone in, so I just push everyone away and destroy every relationship I can as soon as they get too close. Nate never asked questions, but I just... couldn't any more." She'd been expecting some massive weight to lift off of her shoulders, but nothing. She was still scared and still angry.


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Alex listened to Nate speak and realised exactly how little he knew about Ellie. He hadn't known any of this- she was an expert at changing the conversation away from things she didn't want to think or talk about.

"I think... I think there's more to Ellie than any of us really know. God knows, that girl wouldn't tell you what's on her shopping list. There's something about her, something that I don't think either of us know. And she's not planning on telling any of us, that's for sure. And I'm not excusing her actions I just... I think we need to try and figure out why the hell she was acting the way she was, if nothing else," he said. He hadn't wanted to get that deep with Ellie- but if she was going to keep being so destructive, then he needed to know something. He needed some answers.

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She stared him straight in the eyes as he spoke, her dark ones harshly on his- not in accusing way but like everything with Bella, it was an intense stare and the most primary emotion within it was total fear. "Jamie," She pleaded quietly. "No you can't so I'm begging you Jamie, don't," She begged him gently but she could see his mind was set and though it left her feeling sick and her gut twisted with anxiety. She was powerless to stop him. He'd go no matter what she said. She wouldn't even nod to him though. She just turned around and tried to lie to herself.

He's not drunk

He'll be fine.

It's okay.

She didn't believe herself and she quivered with unease, she went to sit on the truck but stopped. This was ridiculous isolating herself just because of her emotions for Jamie. She should apologise to Ellie and sit back down with everyone, knock back some drinks- have fun but Jamie, he'd sent a chill from the top of her shoulder blades to the tip of her spine and her whole body shuddered. Although being a heavy drinker from time to time herself, drunkenness had already been something that frightened her when she wasn't intoxicated enough to not see past it- and the story of an intoxicated youth, slightly emotional at a party taking off in a car and winding up hurt was just so sickeningly clichΓ©.

"For fuck's sake Jamie," She whispered to herself. She made her way back to the group and picked up the bottle of the vodka, pouring a large quarter full into her cup before she sat on her knees and tossed it back down her neck in a manner that scorched her throat painfully but she turned her head, closing her eyes slightly as she swallowed it back but the attempt at relief was in vanity because the second her eyes opened again all she could think about was Jamie in that car.

How could she let him go?

She needed to know he was okay but the car had only just gotten out of sight and she knew she was being completely paranoid about it all. He'd be fine- this was Jamie she was talking about he was the most rational person she'd ever befriended, which maybe wasn't saying much because considering who she was but Jamie was sensible. He'd be ok.

She prayed so at least.

"You two okay?" She asked gently. "I'm so sorry for what I said. It's just, it's obvious I guess- my feelings for Jamie aren't as black and white as being best friends and it's hard to accept or talk about but I'm sorry you guys had to get caught up in it," She spoke to Alex, Nate and Skylar directly with an expression of shame. "He'll be back soon. I'll talk to him, straighten this out," She promised quietly.





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"Oh I know that. It's so obvious with Ellie she had secrets but I never asked- I respect her, she knows every skeleton in my closet by name and identification pin but I don't know her past and I'm okay with that, if that's something she needs to keep to herself or settle her ends with. I'll never pry or think she owes me that knowledge. I know somethings troubled her once upon a time ago but if she needs me, she knows I'm here- even now, so there's obviously something. I just always hoped she'd tell me in her own time I guess," Nate shrugged helplessly, he looked up at Bella and shook his head.

"No, shut up Bells- it's cool. You didn't really do anything. We did all know though. Don't apologise, we'd all have done the same I reckon," He told her calmly- maybe normally he'd have told her she shouldn't have kicked off so much, that everyone was close enough to deal with the truth maturely but Bella wasn't the big deal here. It was Ellie. That was his priority and main concern.

He looked up at Alex. "I think it's time we talked this out- what do you think?" He asked, second guessing himself as always.


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She sat besides her as Ellie tapped the space and she fell into it cautiously. "Ellie, anything you tell me in confidence- stays here on this log. I won't say a word. You have my word and in my family, that stands for something," She assured her gently.

Skylar's eyes widened a lot in surprise, she wasn't sure what caught her off guard more- her story or that she'd actually opened up to her. The more Ellie explained, the worse Sky felt for her but she didn't let on to any sympathy it was clear that was the last thing Ellie wanted from anybody.


"Ellie, honestly- I seriously fucking admire you for what you've just done, not only pulling through it but for telling me. That's actually kind of amazing to be honest and to think I couldn't even choke up the confidence to tell you guys in Paris, I was climbing towards the peak of a modelling career," She mumbled genuinely sounding ashamed of herself for it and she wasn't sure what she was more ashamed about, hiding the truth or the actual career she'd pursued. She'd wanted to be intelligent and do a career that helped people and had fallen into the trap of posing for cameras but someone like Ellie, who could fight through so much and still be strong enough to put her trust in a complete stranger- Skylar couldn't think of someone she'd want to be more like. In five minutes Ellie had probably changed Sky's whole impression of her- except the bad ass part, Sky still thought Ellie was really bad ass. "Honestly, I didn't think you were much of a bitch anyway. You're good at dramatics but you're a shit actress y'know- it was pretty clear you weren't messing," Skylar teased gently laughing lightly giving the other girl a small smile.

"If you want to know what I think. I think you should have told Nate the real reason to why you felt so offended by what he did- not necessarily tell him everything, no body could expect that of you but just tell him you couldn't handle people thinking you were weak. He really cares about you Ellie- he kept talking about you as if he'd forgotten about the argument and then looked kind of depressed afterwards and wouldn't talk for a while, don't throw that away- give him a chance to change, talk to him," She encouraged softly.

"A good friend goes miles you know. Back home, I didn't have any real friends- I had friends but they were there purely for social status climbing, finance, gifts, gossip and to sabotage. I would have killed to have something like you and Nate do. He'll understand," She mumbled gently.

"I know you think he never listened to you before but he would now. In the car he was asking me for advice- if he should talk to you or wait for you to talk to him, he never told me what happened between you guys but he misses you like hell," She told her with a small laugh.

"It's adorable," She joked.

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How long had he been out? As he started coming around again, all he was really aware of was the incredible pain coursing through the body. He didn't know where he hurt the most. Bella had been right- this had been a bad idea. Bella. He needed to call her.

"Can you hear me, love?" Somebody asked from across the car. He nodded a little, groaning a little. "You're going to be fine, sweetheart, the ambulance is on its way," they said. God, just even breathing hurt. Every time he inhaled or exhaled, it felt like somebody was stabbing him in the lung. He started coughing, and for a moment was afraid that he wouldn't stop. But eventually he caught his breath.

"My phone," he managed to force out. "Your phone? It's here, love," the woman said. He was aware enough to know now that it was a woman, and she was surprisingly calm considering how busted up he probably looked. "Call Bella, let me talk to her," he forced out again, but then had to cough. The woman hesitated. "Bella, you said?" She asked once he'd stopped coughing. "Yeah," he replied, and a few seconds later, the phone was put to his ear. It was still working, then.

"Bella? Bella, I fucked up," he said, inhaling a little too deeply and wincing. "You were right, this was a bad idea, I'm sorry," he managed to say, before he had to give in to a coughing fit. He just hoped that she wouldn't hate him, that she would understand somewhat.


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Not only was Sky pretty, she also happened to be nice as fuck as well. She didn't seem to pity Ellie- or if she did, she had the decency to not show it. Ellie listened to her advice, wiping her eyes every so often. "Sky, how the fuck are you so bloody perfect? Like you're pretty, you're nice, you're successful... Do you snore? Or pick your nose? Because I can't find a single fault with you, and it's really fucking annoying," Ellie said, laughing a little.

"I think you're right. Me being mad at Nate hasn't done anybody any good, and I fucking hate myself for ruining this evening. Never let yourself become destructive, Sky, it will ruin your life. You'll want to destroy everything good because you feel like it'll all just go wrong anyway," she said. "But please, don't leave me alone with Nate, because I'll end up crying again or slapping him or do something stupid." She got to her feet, wiping her trousers to dislodge any dirt.

"C'mon, then, let's go squash my pride."


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"Bella, if this is anyone's fault, it's Ellie's. You were completely in the right. That's something that should stay between you and Jamie. From what I've heard, it's been a dramatic few weeks," he said, laughing a little.

"And Nate, I think this is a discussion that just you and Ellie need to have. She doesn't have any grudge against me, and I think she'll only close up if she feels like she's outnumbered. And besides, if you two used to be best friends, then I don't think you'll need me as backup. But I'll still be nearby if you need me," he said, grinning a little and nudging Nate. "Now, go seek her out and talk to her. As far as I know, she's only armed with her fists, so you should be safe enough."

He patted his pockets as a phone started ringing, frowning. "Is that either of you?" He asked as he found his phone.

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Bella smiled weakly at Alex and nodded. "Yeah, I guess it is and you're right about that. I only did one day of school and there were enough episodes to last me the year," She laughed rolling her eyes at the thought, she was joking around to try and reassure her subconscious everything would be okay but she couldn't shake the feeling of terror and the haunting burden of the ominous atmosphere. "Thanks though Alex, nice to know I didn't fuck up to royally," She shrugged running her hand through her cropped hair biting her lip with tension. She was worrying and she couldn't quite help it or hide it.

"Go get her tiger," She chimed to Nate jokingly leaning over to land a friendly punch on his arms to which he rolled his eyes. Upon the questioning of the ringing phone, Bella quickly realised it was her by the 'Adventure Time' ring tone. She might be one of the supposed 'tough' girls at school but she was still a sucker for shows like that, she didn't even care if they were on the Kids section of Netflix. She scrambled through her pockets to find it, praying it'd be Jamie telling her he was on his way back and she saw his name on her phone screen and with a trembling hand swiped to answer the call and began pacing away from the group to have the conversation more privately.

"Jamie?" She breathed anxiously. "Are you okay? I've been wo-"

She heard the tone of his voice and her heart stopped beating and fell into the darkest pits of her stomach where it sat swallowing her like it had the gravitational field of a supermassive black hole.

"You should be sorry, you absolute knob head," She whimpered her voice trembling with tears because even without his explanation she'd worked it out- his breathing was wrong, his voice was wrong- his words they didn't sound like him. They sounded like Bella when she called him after she fucked up. What was with it with the two of them and only ever calling each other because they were hurt.

"Are you okay? Where are you? I'm coming now. What's happened J?" Tears fell down her cheeks because she already knew the truth and the reality of the situation, she just couldn't face it. She disguised her voice and shouted to Alex.

"Jamie got lost, I'm going to go pick him up now. Might be a while if his car's packed in," She lied to protect Jamie because she knew he wouldn't want the fuss of everyone being there but no way would she not go after him now to be there for him. Whatever had happened was bad and he was hurt, she could tell by how his voice strained with agony. She ran to her truck and climbed in, too rushed to put her seatbelt on but still a considerate driver as she reversed out of the camp and made her way back on to the main road turning in the direction she'd watched Jamie go off in.





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He tried to chuckle lightly at the conversation but he felt sick with anxiety but he swallowed back his fear and his pride and nodded. "I'll go now," He told Alex before giving Bella a reassuring smile to remind her no body was pissed because he knew how paranoid and insecure she got about these things- she confided in him once at school when she was a bit worse for the drink but she didn't seem to remember telling him, so he never told anyone else or brought it up.

"It'll be you Bell. My phone's in my car," He told her before wandering off to track down Ellie.


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Skylar laughed at Ellie shaking her head softly. "I do snore and I have a terrible habit of sleep talking, walking and god knows what else. I'm not perfect Ellie, I just fucked up enough times to know what's right to do now. I've learnt a lot of lessons to get where I am and none of them were particularly nice. Well, you've only known me five minutes- does my ability to constantly chatter not grind on you a bit?" She asked with a small snicker of a laugh and she sighed delicately. "I won't Ellie but you won't again either, you've got friends here and if you want you can count me in that- they'll keep you on the straight and narrow," She assured gently.

"And I won't but maybe giving him a quick punch wouldn't be so bad an idea," She suggested jokingly. "No don't punch him- he might get upset that you messed up his hair," She bounced onto her feet and smiled at Ellie assuringly. "It'll be fine, let's go," She chuckled.

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"I don't know where I am, Bella, I went off the road-" he started, but then had to cough again. He could hear him yelling to somebody- probably Nate or Alex. The line went dead as she hung up. "She's hung up," he said, and the woman took the phone from his ear. "Good timing, I can see the paramedics coming now. You're going to be fine, love," she said. Then the paramedics were there, one sitting behind him and holding his neck and the other shining a light into his eyes and talking to him.

"What's your name, son?" The one shining the light into his eyes asked. "Jamie," he replied, coughing again. "Jamie. Jamie, you're going to be fine. I'm just going to give you something for the pain, okay?" The man said, and Jamie nodded as much as he could. It had to be morphine, because it dulled the pain to an incredible extent. Breathing still hurt, and any movement sent pain coursing through him, but it wasn't as bad as it had been.

It also had the added effect of dulling his awareness. He was able to answer the paramedic's questions, but everything else seemed to be in snapshots. One second, he was sitting in the car, the next, they had him out of it and strapped to a board, carrying him back up to the road. Would Bella follow them to the hospital if they were gone before she arrived? But she'd been drinking as well- or had she? She'd definitely been smoking, anyway. But she had to be more sober than he'd been, right? No, she'd be fine. She had to be.


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Ellie just nodded at Sky's comment about not being destructive again, but couldn't find it in herself to say anything. Ellie had had these great friends all this time- and even when Jamie and Bella were fawning all over each other and Nate was being a pain in the ass, she knew that they'd listen to her and help her out. But yet, she'd still ended up trying to ruin the group, ruin all of her friends, ruin everything good. It was built into her code to be destructive, and she hadn't managed to get rid of that particular flaw. And god knows, she'd tried.

As she headed back towards the campsite, she heard another engine start up and leave. Probably Bella, running after Jamie. Maybe it was better that this was kept to as few people as possible though- she'd hopefully be less likely to close up and go all spitfire on them all.


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Alex looked up as Bella started talking to Jamie. Even though she said that he'd just gotten lost, there was something in her expression that said that that wasn't all that was happening. But he didn't ask, and instead got to his feet and followed Nate into the forest to find Ellie- and Sky, because presumably that was where the other girl had disappeared to.

"Oi, Nate, wait up!" He called, jogging a little to catch up to him. "I think something's happened to Jamie- either his car broke down or he got lost or something. Bella looked pretty unhappy leaving," he muttered. He just hoped that it was something like Jamie's car breaking down or him realising that he was too drunk to drive- he was praying that it was nothing else. Jamie was a talented musician and an incredible friend, and he couldn't have had any bad karma following him.

They encountered Ellie before too long, who rubbed her palms on her jeans. "So... we need to talk," she said to Nate. Alex glanced at Sky and pointed back towards the campsite, indicating that he thought they should leave her alone.

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As hypocritical as it might be, Bella didn't think twice about driving intoxicated she just needed to be with Jamie again, she was terrified for him and thinking about the possibility of him being hurt and alone made her eyes sting with salty tears of fears. She wasn't angry at him but why couldn't he have listened to her? She should have been with him. She should have done more to make him stop. Her knuckles gripped the wheel and were white like snow on rooftops but her fear made her alert and though she'd been drinking, she'd only actually drank two drinks but on her hollow stomach they'd take their effect eventually but she could hold her drink and she hoped like hell now she'd be fine for the mean time.

She had to be.

She drove faster than she would have had she been sober or maybe that was just the pressure of anxiety forcing her foot on the accelerator.

She hadn't meant to hang up on the phone, it'd been an accident whilst she was getting in the car but shaking with one hand she forced it into the hands free set and tried to call the number again. Maybe he'd be able to answer, tell her where he was so she could find him.

She turned onto the main road and drove maybe a quarter of a mile before she the lights flashing and her stomach churned with horror. She pulled up but the ambulance was already turning away and she rammed her hand against the glove box in frustration and a small cry escaped her as she buried her head in her hands. How could this have happened to them? What kind of state was he in? She noticed the lady not far from Jamie's car and she got out to go talk to her. Maybe she knew how he was. Maybe she could tell her something.

Bella climbed out the car still in a state and she rushed over to her, struggling in her disorderly fashion. "Excuse me, did you see him? Did you call the ambulance?" Her questions weren't well explained but she was too panicked, too worried- her breaths were catching in her throat to the point where she wandered if she was still breathing. Jamie was probably the only person who knew about her anxiety and the only one who'd ever been able to calm her down and he was the one person she couldn't talk to right now. She knew she needed to pull it together but that was easier said then done. "Is he okay?"





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"I'm sure he's alright. And if he's got a problem, Bella will fix it. They'll be alright if they're together and if they need us they'll call," He reassured calmly and he believed it to. There probably wasn't a lot that either Bella or Jamie hadn't been through at some point but they always seemed to come out on top and unscathed. They were both pretty resilient from what Nate could see and he'd always admired that but maybe he didn't see the whole picture.

Nate looked up at Ellie and nodded gently in agreement. "Yeah, we do," He agreed gently. "I was going to grab some things out of the car, mind giving me a hand since you're probably stronger than me," He tried to joke but it was kind of weak, he was nervous for a reason he didn't quite understand and he knew his excuse was a crap one but he'd never been a good liar.


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Skylar smiled gently when she saw Ellie and Nate talking, they'd be okay- she knew it and it brought genuine joy to heart to know things would start improving for them from this point onwards. As long as they were both honest now, she couldn't see how things could go wrong- especially when she knew both sides of the story. She sat down with Alex considering everyone else had left and she sighed lightly.

"I'll tell you one thing, even with all the drama this is probably still the best party I've ever been to- if it even counts," She chuckled lightly. "That's a bit sad really isn't it?" She shrugged picking up the two bottles in the middle and pouring herself and very weak vodka and coke. She stretched her arms out a bit in front of her like a small child reaching out for the mobile above their cradle but she just wanted to loosen up the tension in her muscles a bit. "So, you in college?" She knew it was probably a bit of a casual and awkward conversation to have but she wasn't one for silence and she wasn't going to talk about anybody else's business so she guessed small talk had to be the way forward till Ellie and Nate were done talking.

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They were loading him into the ambulance, and Bella still wasn't there. He didn't even know where his phone was to see if she was okay. He also didn't really have the brain capacity to worry about it too much- the constant movement sent pain coursing through his body, and now the paramedics were hooking up various monitors to him and still talking away to him. He just really wanted Bella to be there- but then it was too late and they were leaving.

The woman looked up as someone approached. A young girl, perhaps the same age as the injured boy. Judging by how upset she was, this was the Bella he'd wanted to speak to. "Yeah, I called the ambulance. He went off the road trying not to hit me or a deer that jumped out in front of him," she explained. "He's pretty busted up- his shoulder was definitely dislocated, and the paramedics reckoned he had a few broken ribs as well. He was bleeding from somewhere as well, but I didn't get a good look at it. I still have his phone, actually, can I give it to you?" She held out the phone- the screen was almost shattered, but somehow still working. She looked the girl up and down- she didn't appear to be in any fit state to drive. "Do you want me to drive you into the hospital?" She asked.


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She smiled a little at his comment and accompanied him over to the car. "Your clothes are in Sky's bag, by the way. It was stupid and immature, but I just wanted to... I don't even know," she admitted, running a hand through her hair. The words were right there on the tip of her tongue, and she had to force them out. "I'm sorry. For that stupid fucking prank and for everything," she admitted, running her palms along her jeans. Would he ask questions? Would he want to know why she hated feeling weak?

As they got to the car, she forced a bit of a grin. "So, what exactly did you want to get?" She asked, wishing that she didn't have to have this discussion. She just wished that they could erase the last few hours from their memory and move on, forgetting that any of this had ever happened. But that couldn't happen. She needed to be honest, to tell the full truth- and it was just so hard to get out.


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Alex mixed himself a drink, slightly stronger than Sky's, and laughed at her comment. "It wasn't bad until Ellie decided that she needed to destroy all of her personal relationships," he remarked, laughing. "But I'm guessing you haven't been to very many parties, then," he added.

He shook his head. "Nope, I'm working more or less full time. I'm lucky in that there are a few bands that always hire me when they're looking for a studio or touring guitarist or both, and there's also a studio in London that hire me pretty regularly. I also have a YouTube channel that earns me some revenue as well," he said. "Turns out there are ways to make a living in music, even if you're not in a band full time," he remarked, grinning at her. "I'm lucky in that I get to do what I love as a job."

"What about you?" He asked. "Are you finished school?"

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She took the phone in her hand running her finger over the cracks with a slight quiver. She was struck with horror and fear by what had happened, she didn't know how to react and god knows she wasn't sober enough to think. She looked at the woman was surprised by her kind offer- considering the situation. An overly skinny tattooed, black haired and intoxicated girl who smelt vaguely of smoke running over in tears, she hadn't expected any kind of sympathy or understanding from the other woman. Her hand was hovering over her mouth as she tried to calm herself down. He was hurt but it didn't sound like anything irreparable from what the woman said but every injury she'd listened had burnt into her mind with guilt of how she was technically responsible.

The camp out?
Her idea.

The booze?
She contributed.

The drama and tension?
Her mistake.

And she didn't stop him from leaving.

It weighed on her conscience like the sky was on her shoulders. "Would you really do that? Thank you. Thank you so much. I'd take myself but I can't. I've drank, I'd be fuc-, damned if I did," She mumbled rubbing her eyes with her hands to try and pull herself back together. "Thank you," She repeated quietly. She took a moment and turned her head trying to tranquilize the frenzy in her mind and she took a long deep breath.

"I'm Bella, I'm his- I don't know, I'm his best friend or something," She sighed, she'd finally managed to control her tears and she wiped them back and forced herself to calm. She'd be no good to anyone forget Jamie like this.

The story though, what happened it was so fucking Jamie- protecting an animal. Had the situation not been so dire, it's the kind of thing that'd make her fondly roll her eyes at his dedication and commitment. Bella was the same with animals and she cared for them but never to the same extent. She replayed what the woman had said in her head trying to focus on the things that could give her hope and relief- dislocated not fractured, broken but not definitely- bleeding but breathing. She was having to consciously stop herself from getting caught up in the scary things about it, she needed to be strong and calm somehow. She had to.





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He looked at her sincerely for a long moment, he wasn't questioning her apology but he was simply questioning himself on if he deserved the apology and if he should ask for answers or leave everything be. He chuckled rolling his eyes a little when she explained; "I don't blame you," He replied gently with a shrug as she told him where his clothes were. "But if you wanted to see what I've got going on you only had to ask," He told her with a wink- he was very clearly joking and he knew Ellie would get that, he just wanted to keep the conversation as light and old school as how they were when their relationship was at it's norm.

"It's okay. I'm sorry for causing a scene at the gig, kind of funny actually- I was probably the only dude there without tattoo's snake bites and a scene hairstyle but I was the one to physically make a scene," He was thinking out loud and rambling so he stopped himself. "But hey, I know you and you don't like talking and you know me and I'm shit at it, so can we just clean slate, move along, forget about it and hug it or whatever the fuck people do now days," He asked calmly offering a small smile as he rolled his eyes at his own stupidity.

He passed her the first bag of sleeping bags and pillows for the tent and then grabbed the other himself. "Just the shit needed so that this lazy arsehole can still get 10 hours kip," He chided pointing to himself with his thumb.


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"Wow, that's pretty awesome to be honest. I'm glad that's working out for you," She told him with a positive smile being her overly friendly but genuine self now everyone was kind of relaxing again. "Sounds like you've got it all sorted really. I'm at college part time studying Physics- it's what I want to do at University and the rest of the time I do the modelling shit to keep the family happy," She shrugged looking slightly bored at the thought of modelling. It was clear she had no real passion or interest for it but she liked being able to earn her own money independently and keep up her Mother's reputation, she liked impressing her and living up to their expectations but she just didn't want to as much anymore as she had before when she was growing up.

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Before long, he was in the hospital, being wheeled into some room. Somebody was yelling about x-rays and scans, and then somebody else was talking to him. It was all suddenly a little too much, and right there and then, he wanted Bella more than anything. But then he was being whisked away for scans and tests and x-rays and he didn't know what else- but Bella wasn't there.

The woman nodded. "I guessed- as soon as he came around, he wanted to call you. Come on, then, Bella. Let's not make either of you wait any longer." She headed over to her car and climbed in. She got the impression that "best friend" was putting it lightly. This strange, tattooed, incredibly skinny girl seemed worried about her friend, and it wasn't right to let her drive. Not when she had been drinking and was also probably emotionally fragile.


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She laughed at his comments, wrapping her arms around herself. "Nate, honey, I've already seen everything you've got," she said, lowering her voice so that there was no risk of the others hearing. "And I was going to ask for a hug before you handed me what looks like an entire double duvet set, covers and all," she said teasingly, grinning at him. But she still needed to tell him why she'd reacted like that, and she couldn't just keep it all in any longer.

"Real talk, though, Nate, I might... There's a chance that I could turn on you like that again. You know that I do have destructive tendencies from time to time, and..." She sighed, clutching the bag of pillows. "When you treat me like a porcelain doll, you make me feel weak. And I've gone through a lot of shit that's made me feel weak, so when you do that, I just have to lash out. I hate feeling weak more than anything, Nate, and I think that's what fuels my destructive tendencies. So if I start acting like that again, just... I dunno, let me beat you in an arm-wrestle or something," she said, shrugging and forcing a bit of a grin. "Just don't let me cut everyone I care about off again, okay?"


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He raised an eyebrow as she told him what he was studying. "A model studying physics? Just shows you don't always have to choose between brains and beauty, doesn't it?" He said, grinning at her. "Still, that's really awesome. I hope you get there- imagine if you became a famous physicist! You could be all like "Oh yeah, I paid for my university degree by modelling. Talk about busting stereotypes!" He said, taking a mouthful out of his drink and glancing at Ellie and Nate. They both already looked a lot happier, and it wasn't hard to tell that they really were good friends. He believed Nate when he said that there wasn't anything romantic between them- it seemed purely platonic, and he was happy to see them getting along again. It was better than the awful tension there had been for a while there.

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Bella nodded to her quietly and she looked at her truck, it was in the hard shoulder so it was out he way. She'd get a lift here in the morning and pick it up again but she couldn't worry about that right now. She had to get herself to Jamie, that was so much more important than anything else was to her.

Once they were in the car, she looked over at women and with a genuine expression of sincerity. "Thank you so much, honestly you have no idea how much I appreciate this. Once I've seen him, I'll give you some fuel money or something but thank you," She told her with a broken voice as she looked out the window at the wreckage from the crash. It made her feel sick with worry to think Jamie had been amongst all of that crushed metal and broken glass. She really needed to pull herself together but anxiety made her spin and with all the waves of emotion overwhelming her, she couldn't drown her demons at all.

The drive felt like hours but they couldn't have been that long, Bella kept repeating her gratitude and thankfulness at every opportunity promising to pay the woman for her time and the fuel. Yet once they arrived she was rushing straight inside to try and find him. She stood at the reception desk and spoke to the woman with a quivering voice; "I need to find Jamie Chapman, he was brought in by an ambulance," She explained weakly. "I'm his...sister," She lied remembering they probably wouldn't let her in to see him if she wasn't family.





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"You say that like it's a bad thing," He scoffed smiling lightly at her. He was so relieved to be laughing around with her like they used to- it was so natural for both of them and it felt right to be laughing with her instead of laughing at each other as part of some kind of high school revenge game. "You hugs? You do realise to most people that's a gesture considered to be friendly or affectionate? I guess we'll just have to leave it as an IOU on your part," He shrugged jokingly but as her expression changed, his did to listen to her and he stopped joking around to be serious because he could see she was trying to be.

He listened to her and nodded. "Of course El," He told her gently in all sincerity but now he'd given her his word, he couldn't let their moods be dampened by everything else that had happened so being the guy he was he tried to pick up the mood. "I'm not letting you do that again you're my partner in crime, I need you around to keep me sober, in all seriousness I know it's impossible to get addicted to pot but I really think I'm testing that fact," Carrying the pile of things he had in one hand, he put the other around her shoulders for a moment as a brief make do hug. "I'm really glad we're ok y'know- it was pretty shit not having you around,"


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She laughed and smiled gently at him nodding before knocking back some of her drink. "Yeah I couldn't I? Or picking up a noble peace prize for establishing successful nuclear fusion that can be industrialized and in my acceptance speech being like; "Oh and please, check out my blog and my interview with W magazine on my fall wardrobe must haves," She laughed softly at the ridiculousness of the idea and grinned gently at the other guy. "Thanks though, I love it though- I mean it's challenging but that's the beauty of it really. What's the point in anything if it's easy right?" She shrugged gently.

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