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Lyla Kennedy

"Mistakes are the only universal form of originality."

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a character in “Summer of Change”, as played by Miss Nomer

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{"Remember me as less than I am. At least then I'll exceed expectations."}

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Role:
"The Screw Up"

Name:
Lyla Marie Kennedy

Age:
Eighteen [18]

Gender
Female

Occupation
Student [Attending UCLA in the Fall, Major Undeclared]


Image Manipulative: Somewhat
Loyal: Always
Playful: Typically
Flirtatious: Typically
Impulsive: Often
Socially: Extroverted
Confident: To Some Extent
Adventurous: Usually
Clever: In Some Ways
Defensive: Very

Having grown up in the shadow of her elder brother, who always seemed to be the perfect child, Lyla struggled to try and prove herself to her parents. When it seemed that she would never be able to meet their expectations, regardless of the effort she invested, the young woman simply began to give up. She gave up on trying to be a perfect child, and adopted a sort of 'Carpe Diem' lifestyle. This is what has led her to be the child who jumps first and thinks later, finding herself both in wonderful adventures and deep, deep trouble. She is a social butterfly, thriving best when surrounded by other people, and seems more than willing to put priority on social situations rather than such things as academics. Lyla is a lover of experiences over material things, and while this is a good thing, sometimes her idea of 'experiences' can be something that leads her to sit in a cell waiting for her parents to come and bail her out yet again. Whenever someone challenges her lifestyle, the girl becomes overly defensive, indignantly shooting down any suggestions that she should 'be more like her older brother' and whatnot. Some might speculate that she has a slight inferiority complex, but she would shoot this down immediately, claiming that she just likes her life as it is. Besides, she's more clever than she seems --it's just that she doesn't apply her mind to academics and puzzles, instead formulating plans for sneaking out, and navigating social scenes.


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Likes:
Parties
Crowded Places
Loud Music
New Experiences
Adventure
Taking Risks
Independence
Being Her Own Person
Riddles
Mystery Novels
Being 'Popular'
Fashion
Wasabi
The Beach
Alcohol
Flirting
Sex
Privacy
Bad Jokes
Bikinis
Youth
Hoop Earrings
Attention
Social Psychology
Clever References
Confidence
Comic Books
Dislikes:
Being Alone
Being Compared to [Chord]
Generalizations
Condescending Attitudes
Ella Mimicking Her
Academics
Strict Rules
Technology
Early Mornings
Early Evenings
Alexandra White
Unsolicited Advice
Romance Novels
Chick Flicks / RomComs
Hot Drinks
Sweet Foods
Bad Decisions w/ Good Intentions
The Cold
Tearjerkers
Snakes
Slut-Shaming
Silence
Empty Places
Conversations "For her own good"
Psychology Myths
Worms [They'll never be caterpillars]
The Blame Game




Image -The Responsible One: He's her brother, and as he has practically half-raised she and the other younger ones, she can't help but love him. At the same time, she feels undeniable resentment towards him for always seeming to be so perfect. It's not his fault that their parents always compare her to him, but she can't help feeling bitter about it. He's such a boyscout.
-The Smart One: Alexandra is smart, competent, and well-behaved. Lyla's heard it a million times from her parents, as the second goal they set for her, besides being her brother, is to be Alexandra. So Lyla's jealous of her, and there is no familial love to counteract it. Just an inferiority complex rearing its ugly head.
-The Jerk: Lyla feels like [Tom] is someone who she can relate to --both of them fail to live up to the standards of their siblings [her brother, his sister], and are constantly compared to [Chord]. Maybe that's why it seemed natural when the two started flirting with each other --and eventually began hooking up. She's a long distance from every actually opening up to him, because she's no stranger to the consequences of such a thing. That doesn't mean she hasn't started liking him in ways she hadn't expected.
-The Wild One: He's made passes at Lyla before, and while she flirts back, she's never considered him as a real romantic prospect. He's closer to her in age than the Jerk, and yet seems so much younger to her. Perhaps it is because his behavior towards his brother reminds her of Ella's tendency to mimic her.
-The Quiet One: They were once somewhat closer than they are now. But as Lyla fell in with the night time crowd, and Sarah proved to prefer books to parties, they drifted. And now that Sarah has begun to show clear disapproval towards Lyla's actions, her defensiveness has begun to kick in and drive a a wedge further between the sisters.
-The Outcast: He's her sister's boyfriend, and a member of the family that has been close to Lyla's since before either of them had been conceived. Despite this, Lyla isn't particularly close with the Outcast. She respects his music, and certainly relates to being the black sheep of the family, but beyond that has minimal ties to him.
-The Little One: Lyla loves her sister, and at first was glad to have someone who was on her side in the family, even if Ella was too young for many of the others to care. But when she began copying Lyla not just in style, but in behavior, the young woman began to want to take a step back. She's not really primed to give up her lifestyle, but as an elder sister she's not sure how she feels about her 13 year old kid sister going to high school parties and drinking. Even she didn't start that young, and it worries her.

So begins...

Lyla Kennedy's Story

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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In a rather rare occasion, the second child of the Kennedy family had not come home at the crack of dawn. The fact that she was currently under probation might be given credit for that, though only by someone who does not know Lyla very well. Being grounded has never done much to stamp out the behaviors her parents disapprove of --it simply makes her more cunning in going about them. Her reason for staying put last night had been because she expected to have much more freedom as soon as her parents left with the Whites for Europe, nannies and Jason be damned. So she played the part of the remorseful daughter, perhaps unconvincingly, until they had gone. Her parents had left very early this morning [or was it very late last night?], and that marked the true beginning of Lyla's summer. A summer partying with friends on the beach, playing around with whoever caught her eye, and hooking up with Jack.

That last one was something that she really did have to keep quiet, the rest of her plans being the sorts of things her elder brother had to realize was inevitable, regardless of how he tried to stop it. Her no-strings-attached deal with Jack, however, was something that Jason would no doubt put his all into crushing. Believe it or not, Lyla wanted to enjoy her summer with as few hitches as possible. Of course, that never seemed to go as planned, given that her idea of enjoying the summer was less than pleasing to her parents.

Despite having gone to sleep relatively early last night, Lyla will still be one of the last of the group to rise. The early bird saying has never had much pull to her, that much has been made clear by her sleeping habits. They, at least, are something that have been constant throughout her life. Even at 10, she could sleep through an afternoon and still seem sluggish when she woke up.

Still, the bear cannot slumber forever, and her room is placed in such a way so that the smell of cooking eggs and bacon drifts into the air. If there is one thing that can wake up Lyla without fail, it is the smell of breakfast. Another remnant of her younger days would be a love for breakfast. Given her way, Lyla would probably have breakfast food for every meal of the day without hesitation. On some occasions, she does just that.

Placing food before getting ready, the blonde rises from bed and does little more than brush her hair before going downstairs. A plain white T-shirt and pajama pants printed with Barbara Gordon, in all of her red-headed, ass-kicking glory, patterns is her wardrobe this morning. Following her nose, and by some extent her stomach, Lyla finds her way into the kitchen, which already has almost all of the Kennedy-White kids in it.

"I hope those eggs are up for grabs," she comments, the words warped somewhat by a yawn. Without waiting for an answer, she gets down a plate and walks to the skillet, preparing to help herself.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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Alex laughed at Jason's Robin joke, rolling her eyes slightly out of amusement. She smiled gratefully at Sarah, taking the plate that had been offered.

"Tomorrow I'll cook breakfast." She reassured, knowing that Sarah couldn't cook every morning. She went to the fridge, reading the note her mother had left, not really caring. She loved her mother to pieces, but the message behind her note was more "don't taint our reputation whilst we're gone, we have two girls coming to make sure we're not ruined when we get back." And, being responsible, she had nothing to worry about. After having poured herself a glass of milk she went back to the fridge in order to return the milk. She then made her way to the island, sitting down with the others. Something in the air was off, it seemed like no one was in a social mood. Well, besides her. She was always ready to cheer people up or listen to what they had to say.

"So, what's everyone planning to do today?" She asked, her eyes bright with enthusiasm. Alex loved to ask people about their day, taking a deep interest. She wasn't stalker-ish or anything, she just liked to know how things were going with her loved ones. And even if the feelings may not be returned, she did love the Kennedy kids as though they were her siblings.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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Alexander thanked Sarah for the food. He wasn't very hungry, but he figured he'd eat a few bites because Sarah made it.

Alexandra had asked a question, but Alexander hadn't listened very attentively. Something about today, he didn't really know nor care what she had said though.

After a few bites Alexander put down his plate. His stomach wasn't really up for food, most of the time breakfast was his most hated meal of the day. It just seemed so forced to him. It just wasn't his thing.

Alexander shrugged and took the plate over to the trash, not wanting to leave it out and forget it was there. The trash was empty and clean, Alexander dirtied it by brushing off the eggs and bacon into it. He then placed his dish in the sink and jumped back up to the spot he was in.

He began to study his hands again, this time more because he was high than anything else. Everything always seemed new to him when he was high. More significant somehow. He began to trace the scars on his wrist from where he had cut him self a few months ago. A lot of people do it, but Alexander didn't get any kind of satisfaction or vindication from it so he had stopped before it became too noticeable or too big of a problem.

He gave up looking at his hand after what felt like and hour, but was probably more like a few seconds. And looked over at Sarah. Specifically her lips and what he'd like to do to them, but he wasn't about to try anything while Jason was in punching distance.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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"I was planning on cooking this morning anyways, plus, it is not like I could just sit down and not help you," Jason said waving off the thanks. It wasn't really something that should have been thanked over, any person should have offered to help if they planned on eating some of it.

Jason moved out of the way for Lyla to get to her eggs easier without worrying about her elbowing him in the hip by accident. He was, honestly, a little surprised to see her up so early, "Help yourself, Lyla, and good morning to you too," he said watching her scoop large amounts of eggs onto her plate. It was comforting to see some things about his sister was still the way he remembered it. He could still remember leaving plates of omelets, eggs and bacons, hash browns and the like in the microwave for her when she did decide to finally rouse from bed. How anyone could sleep so late had always baffled him.

He leaned back against the sink, he would eat his breakfast after they had finished theirs. Jason wasn't sure why, but he preferred to eat after everyone else was done, it was probably why he would eat bits and part of whatever he was cooking as he cooked. The atmosphere was a little tense, but it probably would be for the first week or so. Jason quirked an eyebrow at Alex saying she would be cooking tomorrows breakfast, "Does that mean I have dinner duties?"

Jason almost wondered what the nannies were supposed to do besides watch the little ones if they were already dividing up the cooking duty. Perhaps it was his parents way of trying to give him more free time instead of running back and forth in the house like a mother hen?

"Or being the key word," Jason said glancing at Sarah and Alexander. They were certainty not going to be hanging out in any bedroom together. Not unless Alexander was willing to let Jason preform some quick scissor surgery for insurance. The way the kid was looking at his hands was... disconcerting. If Sarah started to do the same things, then he and Alexander were going to have words. Many of them.

Sarah's question snapped Jason back to the present, "I will probably stay around the house today. Get.." he paused checking the note again, "Taylor and Madison used to what is going on. Keep an eye on some people, maybe watch the Lake House if Alex wants to join?" He asked glancing over to his best friend if she was interested in watching yet another 'chick flick'.

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Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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Sarah nodded, and she shrugged, "Well, you and Alexandra have fun, I guess," she stood up, taking her plate to the sink, and she walked to Alexander, "Hey, want to hang out or something?" she asked him quietly, smiling slightly.

Sarah wanted to spend her summer with Alexander, obviously, so of course she would ask him to hang out. She was hoping to listen to him play guitar for her or something. She loved listening to him play music.

She leaned in, pecking his cheek, and she mumbled, "You could play your guitar for me," she smiled, pulling away from him slightly, so she could look at him.

Sarah loved being able to kiss him any time she wanted. It was one of the many perks of being Alexander White's girlfriend. She never understood why other girls didn't find him appealing, because she found him quite irresistible.

She loves everything about him, and other girls just point out his flaws, but in order to love someone, you have to love everything about them, flaws and all.

Sarah would tell the world loud and proud that she did indeed love Alexander, if only she wasn't too shy, that is.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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Jack rolled his eyes at Sarah's comeback and would have replied if Jason hadn't walked in. It wasn't like he was scared of anything that Jason could do to him, but he didn't want to start any drama just yet. It was still early and besides that, Jack did sometimes feel guilty about making comments about his sisters right in front of him. If she ever did that about Alexandra, Jack wouldn't hesitate to punch him in the face.

He quickly finished off his Pop Tart and headed to the fridge to find something else to eat. After grabbing a bottle of water and an apple, Ella entered, much peppier than she had been the previous night. She had spent the previous night whining about their parents leaving which was a stark contrast between the mini-party girl that he'd witnessed before. It was obvious to Jack, and probably everyone, that behind Ella's wannabe popular side was still a young girl who was just a child. He wasn't surprised, really. She was still young and even though she was a little old for some of her behaviors, she had been the baby of her family, and in some ways, his too.

A moment after Sarah got a bagel, Alexandra entered. He enjoyed his twin sister's company but soon enough, she was chatting it up with Jason and at that, Jack wanted nothing to do with her for the moment. They discussed watching some lame chick flick and who would cook the meals for the rest of the day. For a second, Jack considered making a comment about how Jason was probably a queer but again, he didn't want to make an ill-willed comment so early on. He'd save that one for later.

Just as he finished off his apple and water, Lyla entered. Jack smiled as she entered and filled a plate with food but before he could get up to talk to her, Sarah kissed Alexander on the cheek and began to whisper something to him. "Damn Jason, your sister's taking my brother to first base. I've got to say, I never thought I'd see this day come," he remarked with a smirk as he tossed the apple core into the trash. "Come hang out on the beach when you're done eating?" Jack asked with a grin as he turned his attention to Lyla.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy Character Portrait: William White

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Will yawned as he sat up in his bed. He looked at the clock, reading ten thirty he flopped back down. It was way too early to get up. Then he started to smell something. Something delicious! Sarah! Will quickly jumped out of bed. He couldn't be more excited to spend the summer with his best friend. Sure he wouldn't mind being more, but she was with his freaky stoner brother. Still there were plenty of girls in the sea and sarah was a good friend, and that was all.

Will went into his bathroom and quickly ran some water through his bed head hair and brushed his teeth. Then he threw on a tee and some basketball shorts that he grabbed off the floor. Sure it had only been two days but his room was already a disaster area. Will didn't mind though, that was just the way he lived. Will got to his door and stopped, taking a deep breath. He couldn't let the others see how excited he was, he had to be cool, like his older brother jack.

Will opened his door and at a hurried pace walked down the long hall to the kitchen. Will always chose the farthest room from everything, it made him feel like he was alone sometimes. He hurried hoping to catch sarah. Thats when Sarah rounded the corner and Will instantly lit up, his smile reaching from ear to ear. "Morning Sarah."

Then Alexander rounded the corner behind her, and Will's mood crashed through the floor and halfway to china. "Oh...I see youre busy...We'll hang out later?" Will asked as he ignored his stoner brother. Honest he didn't really have any problem with him. In fact Will was a little jealous at Alexander's guitar skills, but jack hated him, so Will didn't like him either. Will entered the kitchen and instantly made way for the bacon. "Good morning everybody! Who wants to go dirtbiking?" he questioned as he shoved three pieces of bacon into his mouth.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy

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Ella smiled when a bagel was presented in front of her and she picked it up, examining it thoroughly before deciding that it was good enough to eat. She considered asking Sarah to get her a drink since she offered, but decided that it might be pushing her kindness, especially with Jason around to make sure that she didn't take advantage of it. Instead, she got up and opened up the fridge. Her mother and Mrs. White had went food shopping the day before, leaving them with a surplus of food and drink choices. Ella opted for a glass of blue Gatorade, thinking that it looked prettier than any of the other juices they had. At the direction of Jason, she also grabbed the tub of cream cheese and returned to her seat.

She didn't answer Jason's comment about finishing her bagel, mostly because she knew that she wasn't going to. She was careful to only apply a thin layer of cream cheese onto the bagel but after taking a small bite out of it, she knew that she wasn't going to have any more of it. "I'm not hungry for this anymore," she said, pushing the plate away from her as she scanned everyone else's plates for something that looked appetizing. She was ready to request that Jason pour her some cereal when Lyla entered and headed straight for the eggs. Even though she had previously rejected them, Ella cleared her plate of her bagel and replaced it with eggs after Lyla had taken some.

"Can you take me shopping today?" Ella asked energetically as she followed Lyla to where she was sitting. "I want to get a bikini like the pink one you wore in Miami when we went in the winter," she continued, unaware that her sister was forbidden from driving anywhere. "Mom said I'm allowed to get a new bathing suit since I did good in school this year but she couldn't take me yesterday because she was busy. Did you know that she left without saying bye to me?" Ella said, then glancing over at Jason. "You told me that they would wake me up before they left this morning and they never did and now I don't even remember what they look like," she said dramatically. Her parents had said goodbye to her the night before, just like they had with the others, but they promised to wake her up before they left, only to stop her hysterics and allow her to fall asleep peacefully. "Did they say bye to you this morning?" she asked her brother and then turned to Sarah. "They didn't say bye to you, right? Because I think they would have said bye to me before you," she concluded, not meaning for it to come out as rude as it did. She barely waited for her siblings to reply before directing her attention back to Lyla. "Was Mom mad at you?" she asked, moving the eggs around her plate with her fork.

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Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy Character Portrait: William White

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Sarah glared at Jack as she heard him whisper to Jason, but she didn't say anything. Why was he making assumptions that she was "taking Alexander to first base"? Just because she pecked his cheek and asked him to play his guitar for her?

In Sarah's eyes, Jack was just another idiotic, sex-crazed boy who was drunk in lust. He was a total douche bag, and he had no idea what he was talking about. He made assumptions way too quickly, but it seemed like that's what everyone was doing these days. They see something fishy, and they make it into something it's not.

That's what Jack was doing right now, and it pissed Sarah off. Why couldn't he just mind his own business?

Sarah then realized that Jack was probably just trying to piss Jason off, which just made her even angrier with him. Sure, Jason and Jack had some problems, and they were no longer the best of friends, but that doesn't mean he has to try his hardest to piss Jason off. It was mainly Jack's fault that they weren't friends anymore in Sarah's eyes, but she was somewhat biased, considering Jason is her brother, and of course she would take his side, but hey, isn't that what family is for?

Aren't you always supposed to be their for your family, to have their back?

Sarah thought that's the way things work, and that's exactly the principle she followed. Be there to take your family's side, and always have their back.

Sarah looked at Will who had just greeted her, and she responded to him, "Hey, I'll try to hang out with you later, but for now I'm going to hang with Alexander," she said softly, giving him an apologetic smile.

Sarah glanced at Ella, rolling her eyes, but she remained silent. Ella was such a drama queen, but it was somewhat quite amusing how much Ella over-reacted about everything.

Ella was very high maintenance, but it was normal for a typical thirteen year old girl, so Sarah easily over-looked it.

Sarah went upstairs with Alexander, and she was greeted by a smell that seemed roughly familiar, but she couldn't quite identify it, however, she didn't like the smell nevertheless. She ignored it, hoping she would get used to it soon, and she smiled at Alexander, "So, what song do you have in mind for me?"

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy Character Portrait: William White Character Portrait: Taylor Stone Character Portrait: Madison Grey

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"Sure you could help with dinner," Jason said flashing his friend a large smile, "Every great man needs an assistant. How can I be expected to remember my own schedules?" He teased. He was thankful that she offered to help as Jason didn't expect much in the way of help form the others as they were all quite willing to ride on the coattails of the others. The White business would be in good hands if they left it to Alex instead of the screw up that was Jack.

Busy talking to Alex he missed Alexander trying to flee to his room with Sarah, but Jack, being the rodent he was, was quick to jump on it suggest his sister was going to be making out with his little brother who wasn't worth her time. Jason thought she was more in love with the idea of love then with the boy. Someone didn't love everything about someone, that is called being blind, love is knowing their faults but loving them despite their faults, not loving their faults to. One was being blind while the other was seeing the other person for who they were. Still his sister was young, so she would figure it out sooner or later.

Jack's comment was not appreciated, "If he thinks about second base, I will make sure he can never go to third base with anyone," Jason said dismissively, but his voice held an edge as he was more then willing to harm Alexander, even physically mutilate him, if it meant keeping his middle sister safe. Any of his other sisters, and he would already be moving to kick their door in and inform them that in this house they will always have the door open when together, but Sarah was not his other two sisters. He trusted her, but he didn't trust Alexander, so he would be going over there soon enough to inform them about his door policy.

"Are you blind or just illiterate," Jason said pointing at the note on the fridge, "Lyla isn't going anywhere until Madison and Taylor get here. She has to tell them where she wants to go, you are not getting her into any more trouble," he spoke as if Lyla wasn't even there, but it didn't matter, she wasn't going anywhere until the nannies got here. Then it was up to them to try and keep her in line while he did his best to help. He had to admit, he knew he wouldn't be able to just let them do the majority of the work, but a part of him was also glad that he didn't have to spend his entire summer looking after Lyla. She needed to grow up someday, and while he wasn't sure if it was this Summer or even in this decade, all he could do was try to keep her from doing something colossally stupid until then. He still could not believe she drank and drove. Jason had always assured his parents that she wouldn't do that. That she knew better then that. Looks like he was proven wrong. Again.

Jason opened his mouth to confront Jack on if he wanted to start all this already when Ella walked getting eggs. Having missed her scrapping off her Bagel, he was filled with a mixture of surprise and elation that she was finally eating. Young teen girls and never eating all their food or picking at it, he would never understand it.

"Sorry Ella," Jason said, "Lyla can't take you shopping, she isn't allowed to drive. Grounded again," he said deciding to leave the details on why she couldn't drive out of it. Lyla was her hero and while he thought that was a terrible decision, he wasn't about to pull down Lyla like that in front of Ella, "And they didn't say goodbye to me either, sorry... If you want, you can try to call them."

Will had come in just then saying hello to which Jason gave an absentminded wave in his direction busy with talking to Ella. He couldn't go dirt biking because he had to stick around the house today that and just lounging on the couch with Alex sounded right for the day.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy Character Portrait: William White

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Sarah's eyes widened, and she fell off the bed due to being startled. She quickly stood up and glared at Alexandra, "We weren't going to smoke it," she told her quickly, and she had no idea what to do.

So, she ran passed Alexandra, and she went downstairs, going straight to Will, who just happened to be downstairs.

"Your sister is going to kill me," Sarah whispered to him, and she stood behind him, attempting to hide herself behind his larger body, "You better protect me, or you're dead," she smirked.

Sarah was always herself around Will. The fun, bubbly version of herself she had been before three years ago. Will was her best friend then, and he still was now, so she was still the same as she's always been around him. She threatened him playfully, and she joked around with him, and she laughed her head off when she was with him.

She watched the stairs, afraid Alexandra would come down, and she held Will's shoulders under her hands firmly, making sure he wouldn't go anywhere.

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Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy Character Portrait: William White

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To Jack, Jason's tough guy persona was almost laughable. He was a nice guy who was on top of his sister about eating a balanced meal one minute, and the next he was talking about hurting his brother. Although Jack and Alexander didn't get along, Jason's threats towards his brother bothered him. If anyone was going to pick on or beat up Alexander, it was going to be him, not Jason. "I dare you to touch him, dude. It'd be just one more reason for me to knock you out," he muttered. Jack and Jason had never actually gotten into a physical fight, although they'd gotten pretty close to it several times. Alexandra was usually the one to push them apart and sometimes, Jack felt bad about putting her in that situation. At the same time though, he was kind of offended that she would continue to be friends with such an asshole.

"They've been dating for a year, I sure as hell hope that they've done more than just make out..." Jackson really wasn't sure about what his brother and Sarah did, and for the most part, he didn't want to know. He would have a little bit of respect for Alexander if he had managed to do more than just have a 13-year-old kiss with his girlfriend, but he honestly couldn't say whether or not he had. They were practically the opposite of being close and Jack made a mental note to get Will to find out details about Sarah and Alexander's relationship later on.

Jason made another snide remark about Jack inviting Lyla to the beach despite her parents stating that she wasn't allowed to go anywhere. "I'm honestly not surprised that you're going into the law business. You've been the fun police for the last what...? Ten years? Our parents are on a plane headed to the other side of the fucking world. I'm pretty sure they're not going to know if she goes to the beach for like, an hour," he remarked, standing up from his seat. Normally, Jackson like to push Jason's buttons and make him seem like the asshole, but he was actually starting to annoy him. Things weren't going to be as easy as he thought with Jason, the stick-in-the-mud, around.

"I'm heading out to surf," he said to Will, who had entered the room a moment before, asking if anyone wanted to go dirt biking. "Come if you feel like it."

Jack was already on his way out of the kitchen when Alexandra announced that the nannies were on his way, but he allowed her to pass him on his way up the stairs as he checked his text messages. As he reached the top of the stairs, she was shouting about something that Alexander and Sarah were doing and only a second later, Sarah bounded down the stairs with a frightened expression on her face. The first thing that came to Jack's mind was that the two had finally had sex, but as he approached the room, he saw a dime bag of weed and knew that was the real culprit.

In a quick and strangely unusual move for Jack, he slipped past Alexandra and grabbed the small bag from his brother's hands. "I've been looking for this - must've packed it with your shit instead of mine. My bad," he said casually as he slipped the bag into his pocket and turned to Alexandra. "Chill Alex... it's just a little weed and judging by your reaction, you should be the one smoking it, not me," he continued with a smirk. "Don't make a big deal about it though, I don't need to give your B-F-F another reason to be a dick to me," he finished, glancing down towards the stairs. He had a feeling that Jason would either be questioning Sarah about why Alexandra was screaming or coming up to investigate himself. Although Jack would never normally take the blame for anything to save Alexander, it would be less of a shocker if he was the one to have the weed and besides that, if Jason found out that Alexander was smoking, he wouldn't let Sarah near him, making it even harder for him to throw a party. As long as everyone was getting along, he figured that he could probably persuade each of them to go along with it, and then Jason would have to agree, or at least not bitch so much about it.

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Although Ella was used to spending summers with The White's, it did get overwhelming sometimes to listen to so many people at once. At home, it was usually just her, Lyla and Sarah, and with Sarah being so quiet and Lyla preferring to hang out with her friends, things were usually pretty low key. Her mother would come home around dinner time and her there were days when Ella would go to bed before her father even got home. Jason had spent the past few years at school so she really only saw him on holiday breaks, leaving Ella to spend most of her time with a nanny or watching TV and occupying herself. Now, the amount of people that she was living with had doubled and while she loved having people to talk to, it also meant that there would be more arguments.

It was only the first day and her brother and Jack were already being mean to each other, and Ella was aware of the friction between Lyla and Alexandra, and even Lyla and Sarah as well. She could be a brat at times herself, but she didn't have any ongoing feuds with any of the others and Ella guessed that it was because she was so young. Even though she was only two years younger than Sarah and Alexander, she sometimes felt like they were a lot older and that she didn't really have a set place. Once Alexander and Sarah started dating, they moved up from being part of the "little kids" with her, and into the "older kids" group. Ella wasn't extremely close with either of them, especially Alexander, so it wasn't a huge deal, but she kind of felt left out with having no one her age to hang out with. She did have Lyla though, and recently, that was enough for Ella to be happy with.

Jason explained to her that Lyla wasn't able to take her shopping because she was grounded, but Ella turned to Lyla, hoping that her sister would give her a different answer. Being grounded hadn't stopped Lyla from doing what she wanted to do in the past and Jack seemed to be right. Her parents were far away and would never know if Lyla broke the rules. It seemed to make sense to Ella, even though she knew that it was wrong to go against her parents' wishes.

Ella hadn't noticed that Alexander and Sarah had left the room until Sarah came running down the stairs and straight to William. She watched as the two joked around, tickling and jumping on top of each other before Will had Sarah pinned to the floor, looking like he was about to spit on her. "You guys are gross," she scoffed.

In all of the commotion, Ella figured that it would be a good time to dump her plate without Jason noticing that she had wasted yet another plateful of food without eating more than a bite, so she quickly emptied it into the trash and dropped the dish into the sink, knowing that someone would take care of washing it later.

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To busy watching Sarah, he didn't notice Ella sneaking by to clean off her plate. Again. He didn't miss the way she looked at Lyla as if to confirm it, and he didn't like that too much. Lyla was grounded, after her act in the car, she was not driving Ella anywhere anytime soon. Ever, if Jason could help it.

Still, he almost hated to interrupt Sarah and Will in their playing, but he had to get a straight answer, his eyes searched Sarah's face as she told him. He thought it over, he really doubted Alexander wasn't on something, he seemed to be one of those kids who used weed and the like to escape from his life rather then face it, but he did believe her when she said she didn't do it, "Alright," Jason said, giving a small smile, "I trust you."

He would trust Sarah and take her word for it this time. She had earned that much, and she was the only sister he had that he was willing to take the word for as truth. He didn't feel the need to tell her to not do it as she was smart enough to know that already. How he wished he could say that about Lyla.

Turning his attention back to Ella, he tapped his chin, "You know.... with the Nannies coming, I am sure they would love to go shopping with you, I might even leave some money out by accident that could go a long way," he said trying to bribe his youngest sister away from Lyla for awhile.

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Ella wasn't sure if she was really supposed to be jealous about not having "a boy trying to spit" on her as Sarah asserted, but she wasn't going to let Sarah be right about that, especially not in front of Will. Ella claimed that if she didn't end up marrying David Beckham's oldest son Brooklyn, that William would be her second choice, so she was always a little bit jealous of Sarah's relationship with him. When Ella wasn't around Jason or her sisters, she found it much easier to flirt with him. In fact, she had even hung out with him at a few of the high school parties she had secretly went too earlier that year. When she was around her family though, it was like she fell back into her innocent and appropriately immature personality. Even Ella recognized the difference at times but she felt like it was a lot of work to be "cool" all of the time. Sometimes she just liked having her siblings make her breakfast and doing things that her friends would find lame, like watching movies with her brother or playing on the trampoline. She was on the edge of growing up and was caught between wanting to be mature in front of her friends and Lyla, but also wanting to continue to do things that she genuinely enjoyed without worrying about her reputation.

She flipped Sarah off, hoping that it was quick enough that Jason didn't manage to catch it before saying, "I bet your boyfriend would spit on me if I wanted him to." Ella had kissed a boy before, but nothing more than that. She knew what sex was and had heard kids in school talking about oral sex, but she didn't really know what a lot of it entailed. However, she wasn't going to let Sarah know that and figured that having a boy spit on her was probably one of those weird things that was supposed to be sexy.

Even with the bribe of money to spend, Ella wasn't satisfied with Jason's offer to have the nannies take her shopping. She wanted Lyla to bring her. Her oldest sister had impeccable style and Ella always felt cool when her sister drove her places. Even her friends thought that Lyla was cool, and that was hard to get out of snobby thirteen-year-old girls.

"I don't want to go with the nannies," she complained, propping her head up on her hands as she gave her brother a dramatically distressed look. "They're probably old and gross," she continued, thinking back to the Nanny that her parents had employed for most of her childhood. The woman was an immigrant from some Latin American country who spoke poor English, and although she was very good at caring for her, there was no way that Ella was going to be seen out with an old lady who was clearly her babysitter. That would just be embarrassing.

"Can I borrow a bathing suit from your closet?" she asked eagerly as she turned back to Lyla. "Please, please, please! I won't ruin it." Even though Ella knew that Lyla's body was much more developed than hers and most of her clothes never fit, she still liked to borrow her things. Whether Lyla would agree to it or not, Ella was known to take her sister's clothes.

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Upon having her plate piled with eggs [maybe a bit more than she had wanted, but a challenge the girl was more than happy to take on], Lyla took a seat to begin eating. When Jack asks if she wants to hang out at the beach in a few minutes, her mouth opens to respond in the obvious affirmative; the beach is perhaps one of her favorite places, especially this particular one. However, it immediately shuts and turns into a scowl when Jason responds in her place, informing Jack that she will not be going anywhere until the nannies arrive. Lyla gives him a death glare, and it is at least half due to the fact that her elder brother is speaking as though she isn't sitting right there. This is typical, of course --people have been talking about her and ignoring her presence for a while now, especially when those people are either or adults or people who think that they know best [her brother fitting into the latter category, of course]. "Oh, fuck off, Jason. I'm right here, you know," she finally breaks her nasty look to glance towards Jack, who is equally unimpressed by Jason's attempt to exert authority over her, from the look of it.

There is little doubt that she fully plans on going to the beach, most likely before the nannies arrive to give their approval over it. Jason's overreacting about this, as far as Lyla's concerned. If anything, going down to the beach should be considered rather tame --there's a long stretch which can be seen from the house, leaving her practically supervised. After Jack and Jason have a bit of a confrontation, ending in Jack leaving and the sudden screams from Alexandra, Lyla looks over at Ella, who is looking up at her expectantly. Normally, she wouldn't want to drive her little sister around. She only usually does it when she's already heading there anyway. However, she's still irritated with Jason, especially about the driving comment, and so of course the first thing that she wants to do is get behind the wheel of a car.

"Borrow something? I don't think it'll fit you, Ella. Better just go buy something --and yes, I will take you," she directs the last part at Ella, but her eyes lock on Jason for a moment, before she drops her empty [at some point she had managed to eat all of her eggs] plate in the sink and heads out the door. She doesn't look back to see if Ella will follow her. Besides, the young woman needs to run up and change first. But that only takes a moment --she can dress well and fast because most of what she owns will look good in nearly any combination. It's a good strategy for someone who tends to sleep in a lot.

Even if Ella had elected to go with Will, Lyla can just go down to the beach. She's wearing a bathingsuit underneath her clothing, which is necessary layering for a summer on the coast..


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Sarah got off of Will quickly, and she glared at Ella, "Don't say things like that, Ella! And don't flip me off either. You're acting like Lyla more and more each day," she muttered the last part, shaking her head.

She smiled at Will, "After you take Ella to the mall, I was hoping maybe we could hang out. I mean earlier, I couldn't since I was hanging with Alexander, but if you want to hang later, I would love to."

Sarah loved hanging with Will. He was her best friend after all, and he was the only person she could be her care-free self around. She was afraid to expose that side of herself to anyone else. Especially Alexander. She figured he wouldn't want anything to do with her if she were careless around him, and she didn't want that to happen.

She went to the kitchen, getting a soda from the fridge, and she opened it, taking a large sip.

Sarah was still thinking about trying alcohol, just to see what it was like, but she wasn't old enough to buy alcoholic drinks, and she knew for sure that Jason, Alexandra, and the nannies most definitely wouldn't buy any for her.

However, there was one more person in the house that was old enough, and he might just buy some for Sarah. And that one person is Jack.

Sure, Sarah wasn't fond of the boy, but she wouldn't mind asking him to get her an alcoholic beverage, and she didn't want a lousy beer or wine, she wanted something more like whiskey or vodka.

Sarah went upstairs to Jack's room, not bothering to knock as she opened the door, closing it behind her after she entered the room, and blurted out, "Would you be willing to buy me some whiskey?"

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Jason raised an eyebrow at the eager William. He was glad that he seemed willing to step up and take Ella somewhere when no one else probably would, besides himself, but there was no way in hell he was letting his thirteen year old sister ride on the back of a dirt bike as they drove into town. Not a chance in hell. There were so many ways it could end badly, and he was certainly not going to risk his sister just because she wanted to go shopping with her older sister.

"Sorry Will, I don't want Ella riding on the back of the dirt bike in town," Jason said, and he did mean sorry. If Will had his license and was driving a car then he would have been more open to the idea, but he wasn't letting her on the back of a dirt bike in the middle of a town filled with much larger and heavier vehicles around them.

A part of him hoped that Lyla would have learned to pick her battles. Ignore him and then try to sneak around, let him win this one and then try to win the next smaller battle, but out right trying to say she would take Ella was not going to end well. Jason didn't think he had to do it this early, but if his sister really wanted to play that game. They would play that game. He would love to see how far she got once he pulled the battery from her car then removed the fuel filter for good measure. If they were going to the store, they were walking. If Jack dared step in, he would see what happens when the alternator was gone. Two quick bolts and a yank. His vehicle would run fine... for a few miles... then his car battery would die leaving him stranded until he could get someone to pick him up or a tow truck to come and get him and there was no way that Jason would tow him with his truck.

He turned on his heel to commence operation, 'Sister Lockdown', when near the door he heard a voice, a woman's voice coming in over the small intercom. He barely made out the name Madison, as the kitchen wasn't very close to the door, so his mind put two and two together. The nannies had arrived, good, that meant Lyla had to either convince them to let her go to spite him, or she had to sneak around which meant, in some way, that he had won.

Moving over to the intercom, he pressed down on the large red button, "Yea, hold on," Moving his hand over, he pressed down on it for a few seconds to make sure the gate got the command. It should have slid open by now.

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Ella was pretty sure that if Jason wouldn't even let her drive with Lyla to go shopping, that riding on the back of Will's bike wasn't going to go over well either. She was right, as Jason confirmed that she wasn't allowed to do go with him. It bothered her for a second, as she imagined how cool it would be to be able to act as if he was her boyfriend who was taking her shopping, but then remembered that the helmet would probably give her horrible hat hair. She was not about to deal with that.

Luckily for her though, Lyla insisted on taking her despite Jason already rejecting the idea. Her sister turned and left, going upstairs to get ready, just as Sarah scolded her and commented on how she was acting like Lyla. Ella didn't mind that comment - in fact, she appreciated it. She didn't mind being disrespectful to Sarah, or even Jason (although she wasn't as confident doing it to him yet, knowing that he actually would punish her), if it meant that she was becoming as cool and rebellious and Lyla was.

Ella was too excited about the idea of going shopping with Lyla to think of another comment to use against Sarah, so she left the kitchen and headed towards the front door. She had left a pair of sandals there after getting them covered in sand the day before at the beach. They had dried off now and she shook off the sand, waiting for Lyla to return to leave as she slipped them on.

The gate buzzer rang, signaling that someone was at the front gates but Ella didn't react to it. At home, she had been banned from answering the intercom after she let in several solicitors and Jehovah's Witnesses. Her parents had warned her that she was only allowed to answer it if she was expecting someone but Ella was too impulsive to not push the button when it rang. After being yelled at for doing it multiple times over the past year, she knew better than to do it again. It wasn't a problem though because only a moment later, Jason approached and did it himself. It didn't even click in Ella's mind that it was the nannies until she decided that she'd wait for Lyla by the car and pulled the door open, only to find two girls standing in the doorway, both only appearing to be only a few years older than Jason. They were a lot younger and prettier than she expected them to be and for a moment, Ella forgot about going shopping with Lyla. She looked the girls up and down before turning back towards Jason, unsure of what she was supposed to say to the girls.

"Me and my sister are going shopping," she said. It came out a bit awkwardly, considering that Ella skipped introducing herself and jumped right to the point, but when she glanced at their bags and remembered that the girls would be staying with them all summer, it started bothering her again. She didn't want them bossing her around in place of her parents, even if her mother had assured her that she would have fun with the nannies. Ella doubted that Lyla would like them and as long as she didn't, Ella wasn't going to either.

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Sarah started talking to Ella then turned back to Will, asking if he wanted to hang out later. "Hang out with you? well I guess it could be worse" Will joked and he winked at her. Then Will turned to Lyla. "Hey baby, excited to be spending the whole summer with me? if you ever feel lonely, my room's right at the end of the hall." Will finished with a wink. He would have stayed and continued with the flirting, but his bike was calling him. He cleaned off his plate and juice and went into the garage that was connected with the house.

There she was, the only love he will ever have, besides Lyla of course. She was a 2011 Honda CRF450R, or Alice, since it had the coolest Alice in Wonderland art on it. He grabbed the clicker and tried to open the garage door, but nothing happened. He kept clicking it and realized that either the door or the clicker was broken. He opened the back of the clicker and saw that it was missing a battery. "These things still run on batteries? Lame."

Will walked back in, yelling "Hey where are the batteries?" To anyone in particular, he kept walking until he reached the front door. He saw Ella talking to two strangers. Two HOT strangers. Will quickly pushed Ella out of the way and greeted the two women, they couldn't be to much older than Jack and Alexandra. "Hello ladies, Whatever you're selling, I'm buying. Unless, of course, you want me instead." He winked at them. "Now what may i owe the pleasure?"

Will glanced down and saw the suitcases and a large smile came over his face, then he yelled back to the kitchen "The hot nannies are here!" He looked back at them. "Please come on in, my brother Jason will show you to your rooms, then later, I can show you to mine." He stepped out and grabbed their suitcases, lifting them easily and ushered them inside while looking at their butts.

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It took a second for her to nod when one of the girls asked her if she was Ella before the other followed suit and greeted her gleefully. The girl, who introduced herself as Taylor, suggested that she wait to go shopping until later and although Ella wanted to take opportunity of Lyla having time to drive her, she was interested in the new people as well. It seemed like she wasn't the only one because as soon as Will spotted them, he stopped what he was doing and shoved Ella aside in order to capture the girls' attention for himself. Ella scowled and considering pushing him back but she realized that would be babyish and didn't want to seem immature in front of Will, even if he was being a player.

Will led the girls forward and Ella glanced back towards the front door, still unsure about what to do before reluctantly closing the door and following them into the house. She didn't want to seem lame in front of Lyla but she also didn't want to upset Jason, especially after Lyla had just told him to "fuck off". It was something that had surprised Ella, knowing that if she had said it, she would've been sent straight to her room, but with Lyla, it was different. Ella envied her confidence and the way that she really just did and said whatever she wanted. She couldn't even flip off Sarah without getting yelled at for it but it seemed like Lyla could do anything. Ella's idolization of Lyla may have been different if she had seen all of the real consequences that her sister had to endure - the brutal hangovers, threats from her parents, and most recently, her overnight trip to jail, but most of that was hidden from Ella. She heard about the groundings and the lectures but those didn't seem like a steep price to pay for all of the fun that Lyla had, especially when she disregarded most of their warnings anyway.

Jason approached, introducing himself to the girls after directing Will to where the batteries were. "Jason's twenty-two," she said matter-of-factly, "and his girlfriend Alexandra is upstairs." Even though Ella knew that Jason and Alex were only friends, she recognized that Taylor and Madison were pretty and since Jason really didn't have a girlfriend, she didn't want anything to happen between them. It was true that Ella had literally only known them for two minutes, but because Jason had always been the one to devote the most time to Ella, she had always been defensive whenever he brought any girls home, despite how nice they were. She didn't like anyone to take his attention away from her and even now, when part of her wanted him to not care so much, she still feared that he would replace her with these strangers.

"Can we go swimming after Will puts your stuff upstairs? The beach is right outside and I want to go in the water," she said, completely switching the topic as she glanced out the window. By now, she had nearly forgotten about going shopping with Lyla and while she didn't want these girls to get too close to Jason, she was also kind of excited to have them there to do things with.

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Before Alexandra could respond, Jack slipped past her and headed back to his room. He tossed the dime bag onto his bed and pulled off his t-shirt, dropping it onto the floor as he glanced at his reflection in the mirror. Not too bad, he thought as he flexed, admiring the results of his daily workouts. He turned to his closet, considering putting on a wet suit and going surfing before his door opened and Sarah walked in.

It was obvious very unusual, especially considering their exchange earlier that morning, but as soon as she opened her mouth, it was clear on why she came to him. She wanted alcohol but there was no way he'd get her whiskey.

"Surprise, surprise. Sober Sarah wants the only guy in this house whose cool enough to buy her alcohol to do her a favor," he said, turning to face her with a smirk. "There's no way that I'm getting nailed for buying you whiskey. That shit will fuck you up and since you're an alcohol virgin, you're not gonna even like whiskey. What about beer or those bitch drinks like Mike's Hard or Smirnoff Ice?" He asked, glancing down at his phone and scrolling through his Twitter feed for a moment before glancing back up at her. "If you're set on hard liquor, you can ask Ella if she'll share this with you," he said, rummaging through the back of his closet for a moment before appearing with a pink bottle of raspberry Svedka vodka. Supposedly Ella had seen it at one of the parties she had attended a few weeks earlier and thought it was "pretty", so she had to have it for the summer. Jack had agreed to buy it for her after having a particularly bad argument with his father about how he had to "get his life together" and "be more like Jason". He didn't want Ella to get drunk enough to hurt herself, only to a point where she'd be a problem for Jason.

Jack wasn't sure if he shouldn't have mentioned that he had been buying alcohol for Ella to Sarah, but he knew that she didn't get along well with Lyla, so she probably wouldn't mention it to her. Although Lyla also drank underage, Jack knew that she didn't approve of Ella following in her footsteps so he played dumb whenever Lyla talked about Ella getting alcohol for the parties that she and her friends went to. "Don't mention this to Lyla," he said, grabbing a sweatshirt from his closet and wrapping it around the bottle and handing it to Sarah, knowing that it would be a good enough cover up to transport the bottle a few feet away to her own room, in the unlikely chance that she would run into Alexandra or Jason. "Save some of it for Saturday, though. We're hosting... a few people... for 4th of July, but keep that on the down low."

He could hear Will shouting about the nannies being there and grinned when his younger brother described them as being hot. "Well, that's my cue," he said as he headed towards the door. "By the way, tell your make out partner that he can take his pot back," he said, tilting his head towards where it lay on his bed before passing Sarah and going downstairs.

Will was right, the two girls that were standing in front of him surely were hot. It didn't surprise Jack that Jason was already there, ready to show off and act like he was the head of the house. "I'm Jack," he said, flashing them a smile before Ella piped up about wanting to go swimming. Madison offered to take her once she met the rest of the kids, and although Jack wouldn't be the one to object to seeing her in a bikini, he turned to Ella and said, "I think Sarah wanted to ask you about something she wanted to borrow from you. Clothes or something. She's upstairs." He figured that it would be better to let Sarah portion out Ella's part of the vodka now, when Jason was busy assisting the nannies, than to try to do it later once everything calmed down. He just hoped that Ella would go along with it.

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From one of her room's windows, Lyla had watched a car pull up to the summer villa, and it didn't take a genius to guess that it belonged to the two nannies who were staying with them this Summer. It occurs to her, quite immediately, that this is in fact a perfect opportunity. Everyone will probably be distracted by the arrival of the women, and if they aren't distracted by the nannies it will be because something else is capturing their attention. Either way, people won't be paying much attention to anything at all, she supposes.

Were she a better person, Lyla would think more before leaving the house. After all, she had already told Ella that she'd take her shopping, and the younger girl is probably anticipating it. But this is easier, and Lyla has been known to take easier routes when the mood hits her. In this situation, the lull of the ocean waves and the warmth pulls her to be lazy, and choose the easy way out. Perhaps some part of her also wants to actively let down Ella, so she'll stop idolizing her, but it is unlikely that she would even be conscious of this. Instead, without too much thought, she slips out one of the back doors that are near her first-floor bedroom, and walks away from the villa, down onto the beach. Of course, she makes sure to grab a towel and pair of sunglasses on her way out, planning on sunbathing, or maybe finding a crowd to easily involve herself in. She's always been the sort of person who can easily become part of a group without anyone batting too much of an eye. She may lack her brother and parents' drive and motivation, but she has without a doubt inherited the family charisma.

Once she is out of view of the Villa, or at least in a location where she no longer can see the large summer residence, Lyla lays down her towel, and then stretches out on it. The warm sun and ocean breeze make the weather absolutely perfect for the sunshine-loving girl, and had she not just woken up, she would probably fall asleep in the sun. Instead, she plugs into music and decides to relax for a few moments before finding something more interesting to do. Her personality prevents her from being able to just sit around in the sun doing nothing for too long, after all. Rather, she can take short intervals. It is a contrast to her sleeping schedule, which avoids naps and yet can stretch one sleep for far beyond the normal limit on slumbering.