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Summer of Change

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Jason Kennedy [44] "The only difference between us is that I didn't sell out who I am."
Sarah Kennedy [43] "Who needs drama? It's pointless."
Ella Kennedy [40] The Little One
Jack White [32] The Jerk
William White [32] "Let's Go!"
Alexandra White [30] "If a snob can find true love, why can't I?"
Alexander White [29] If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first.
Lyla Kennedy [23] "Mistakes are the only universal form of originality."
Madison Grey [18] "Why am I here again?"
Taylor Stone [18] "I can handle this."

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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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Alexander brushed past Will a bit nervously after he and Sarah had their small exchange. The pair walked towards his room at a leisurely pace. Alexander had never liked hallways. His physiologist called it a minor case of agoraphobia, but Alexander wasn't really afraid of other open spaces or unfamiliar places, just hallways. But he guessed that's where the "minor" comes from.

By the time they arrived at his doorway he had almost completely zoned out and almost slammed into his own door. He shook his head and entered in to the smelly room. He crossed in and quickly opened his window wanting to get some air flow going in the place. "Well, I just took the time to learn this song. It's originally a really old folk song, like early 1900's old," Alexander explained as he made his way to his closet with the acoustic guitar, completely forgetting that within the guitar's sound hole was a bag of weed and a pipe filled with weed.

He took the guitar by the neck and flipped it end to end into his hand making a loud clang as the small pipe and bag fell between the high and low E strings respectively. "Fuck." Alexander muttered, quickly kicking the smoking tool back into his closet, missing the bag of weed and closing the door leaving the bag of weed visible if one got close.

Alexander quickly covered the distance between him self and her and sat her and him down on the bed.

"My girl, my girl, don't lie to me..." Alexander began.

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Sarah noticed how Alexander brushed past Will rather nervously, but she didn't make a comment about it. She didn't usually make comments when a lot of people were around. She only ever talked when it was just her and one or two other people besides her. She didn't like talking much in large crowds, it made her nervous.

Soon, her and Alexander had gotten to his room, and she heard a loud clang as something hit the floor, and Alexander was suddenly behaving oddly. He quickly kicked something into his cloest, and he closed the door, rather hurriedly. However, Sarah didn't say anything about it, since she wanted to hear him sing to her, so she would just ask him about the whole kicking-things-into-the-closet thing later.

Sarah smiled at him as he sat down with her on the bed, and her smile brightened as he began to sing and play his guitar, and she got lost in the music. She loved the kind of music Alexander played and listened to. Before shestarted hanging out with him, she had no idea that the kind of music exsisted, but she instantly took a liking to it, and she liked it even more when he played the songs for her.

Sarah completely missed the true meaning of the song, thinking it was actually just about a man being in love with a woman, which made it all the more special to Sarah. Alexander was singing a song to her, and she thought it was about being in love with a girl, and the fact that he was singing that kind of song to her made her feel amazing.

She stared into his soft, beautiful eyes as he sang and played his guitar, and she smiled softly, admiring the amazing boy. Any girl would be lucky to have a guy like Alexander. A guy who sings to his girlfriend, openly shows his feelings for her, and just the amazing personality of Alex was enough to make Sarah fall head over heels for the boy. She loved how he played his guitar and sang for her, how he seemed to spend more time with her than anyone else. But she figured that was mainly because everyone thought he was 'weird', which he wasn't.

Alexander was just Alexander. He was himself, and being yourself isn't weird. People think Sarah is weird, too, just because she is quiet, and she would rather read a book or study for a test than go to a high school party, but that wasn't her being weird, it was just Sarah Kennedy. That's how she is now. Sure, she used to be a fun upbeat girl, kind of like Ella is, and she still has that upbeat side, somewhere under her depressed, quiet side.

So, just like Sarah, Alexander is only being himself. But everyone over-looks the real him, only seeing an outcast with an unusual music taste. But they never notice the sweet guy he actually is. They don't know the Alexander Sarah fell in love with. But maybe that's because they never give him a chance to be himself, they never give him a chance to even be their friend, because they are too caught up in their "social reputation".

Sarah was broken out of her thoughts as the last note of the song played, and she smiled at Alexander softly, "That was beautiful, Alex," she spoke softly, her smile still dancing on her lips as she stared at him.

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Although being desperate enough to spend a summer babysitting a bunch of teenagers wasn't where Taylor imagined she'd be at twenty-six, she was kind of excited for what the next two months would hold. She was getting the chance to spend the summer with her best friend in a beach side mansion on the coast of California. It didn't beat writing for the New York Times, but she would get there eventually. Besides, how hard could watching a few teenagers be? It wasn't like they needed to be cared for like babies did. She could probably order them pizzas and turn on a movie and they'd be fine.

Taylor shuffled around her hotel room, making sure that all of her belongings were packed away. She had only spent one night in the room after arriving in California the night before, but from the looks of all of the clothes spewed across the floor, it could have been her permanent residence. Although she wasn't the type to put too much hype into her appearance, Taylor knew how important a first impression was. She had tried on over ten different outfits this morning but ended up going with the original casual dress that she had first tried on. As she glanced at the clock, she noticed that she was running late. She was supposed to be outside for the taxi at 9:00 and it was nearing 9:10. They had to pick up Madison on the way and then the ride to the house would be another hour or so, so Taylor knew that she had to hurry up. She grabbed her bags and awkwardly made her way out of the hotel, spotting her taxi driver impatiently waiting outside.

"I'm so sorry," Taylor said, dumping her bags into the trunk. I slept in la-" she began, before the older man cut her off. "Yeah, well we better go. I've gotta pick someone up right after you and I can't be late." Taylor got the message and quickly slid into the passenger's seat, pulling her phone out and texting Madison, "On our way! We'll be there in 30 <3". As she browsed through her phone, she remembered the email that Mrs. Kennedy had sent her for herself and Mrs. White. She had looked over it briefly yesterday when she had first received it but figured that now was a good time to actually read it fully.


Taylor,

Thank you for agreeing to take care of our children this summer. We are confident that everything will run smoothly, but we thought it would be appropriate to give you a little background information on the children. I'll start with my four first:

Jason is our oldest child and only son. He's an amazing young man and should be nothing but a help to you girls. Michael and I hope that he'll spend time with friends this summer, enjoying his free time. He's headed to law school in the fall so we're happy that you will be there to care for the younger kids so that he can relax.

Lyla is our second child and oldest daughter at eighteen. She's a very bright girl but has gotten caught up in her social life which is beginning to lead her down a bad path. Last week she was arrested for driving while intoxicated and although she is no longer legally in trouble for it, Michael and I think it is important that she learns the first time how dangerous her behaviors are becoming. She is not allowed to drive any of the cars and she must be home by dark every night unless she's accompanied by you or Taylor. If she's out with friends, please make sure you know where she is at all times. She's a wonderful girl and we think that she just needs a little bit of guidance this summer to prepare her for starting a new life at UCLA in the fall.

Our third daughter is Sarah, who is fifteen. She's the quietest of the four and definitely should not be a problem for you. She's dating Alexander, William and Tricia's youngest son, and although they both have good heads on their shoulder, we don't want them to do anything that they would regret so if you could keep an eye on them when they're together, it would be appreciated. We are encouraging Sarah to get out of the house more and hang out with people besides her siblings.

Ella is our baby who recently turned thirteen. She's a bubbly child and although she is eager to grow up, we know that she will enjoy having you and Madison there to play with her. She is very energetic but if she ever overwhelms you, she loves watching movies and swimming. She has always been a picky eater and we're trying to introduce new foods to her diet, so please don't feel like you need to make separate meals for her. Because she's the youngest, she will probably demand the most of your attention but we hope that she won't be too much trouble for you.

William and Tricia wrote this up and asked me to include it for you in reference to their child:

"Alexandra and Jack are our twenty-two year old twins. Alexandra is going through some emotional troubles right now and Jack opted to spend the summer with the family rather than at our year-round home. They're both good kids and will probably spend most of their time out of the house with their friends. Jack knows not to bring any alcohol around the younger children so that shouldn't be a problem. William is the middle child and is a great son. He's a mini-version of Jack with a big heart. Alexander is our fourth child. He's different than his older brothers and has taken an interest in music. If it gets too loud, please don't hesitate to ask him to play in the garage. He has a little relationship with Sarah Kennedy. We don't think it's too serious though, so there shouldn't be anything to worry about there".

I've sent you all of the information regarding our hotel accommodations, emergency contacts and the children's doctor's and insurance information and all of the children's cellphone numbers. Jason, Alexandra and Alexander have their own cars and Lyla's car will be there for your use. We've scheduled for your paycheck to be automatically deposited into your bank accounts weekly and in addition to that, we will also be depositing money for you to use for food and other necessities for the kids.

Please text Jason or Alexandra when you're on your way so they know to buzz you in when you get to the gate.

Again, Michael, William, Tricia and I cannot thank you enough for your help this summer. We hope that you and the children have a memorable summer.

See you on September 2nd!
Kathryn Kennedy


Taylor was able to read the email a few times through before they arrived to pick up Madison and as she waited for her friend to get into the taxi, she decided to text Jason and Alexandra to let them know that they were on their way.

To: Jason Kennedy, Alexandra White
Hi guys! It's Taylor Stone. Your parents asked me to text you to let you know that Madison and I are on our way. We should be there in an hour or so :)!

She sent the text and slipped the phone back into her pocket as she waved to Madison who was approaching the car. "Excited?" she asked with a smile once her friend got into the car. She knew that Madison wasn't exactly keen on children but the money was too good to resist for both of them.

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Alexander took a heavy breath as the guitar hummed after the last E minor was strummed. He immediately began to criticize his technique. His voice was flat at the end and he had missed a beat when going into the interlude after the 3rd verse. He had only preformed the song twice before, but he felt as though that should have been enough to get it perfect for Sarah. He precariously placed the guitar on the side of his bed then ran his hands through his hair, which was his usual way of showing dissatisfaction with the way he had played.

After a few moments with his hands in his hair he looked over at Sarah and saw her smiling. Not much got him feeling better after messing up a part of a song besides playing it over again and her smile. Her smile was something else. It made him want to smile so he did, at first a meek smile like her's, but it quickly grew into a more heartfelt one growing practically from ear to ear. It looked goofy as hell, but Alexander didn't much care. He doubted she cared either.

Alexander noticed a strand of her hair falling down from behind her ear. His hand moved forward to brush it out of the way, but halfway there he hesitated. For some reason something always stopped him from moving forward with her. He'd always blamed it on their shared awkwardness and inexperience to just about everything. But, now he wondered if it was something else.

He didn't really put his trust in her and he felt like that always showed through to her. It's not that Alexander didn't trust her, he just hid things from her and everyone else. Alexander gave her hand a quick squeeze then stood and walked across the room and picked up the bag of weed. He then opened up the closet and took out the pipe.

Alexander then lethargically made his way back over to the bed with the drugs in his hand. He held them out so that she could clearly see what they were. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you about this stuff earlier. I just thought you'd be kinda ashamed of me, considering that you don't really like this kind of stuff." Alexander said to her. He wasn't sure how she would react, but he just wanted to let her know what was up. "Oh, that weird smell is this." Alexander said shaking the dime of weed. "Sorry..." he said again looking down towards his lap.

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Sarah looked at the drugs in his hand, then glanced at him again. She smiled at him, "It's okay, Alexander, I don't mind," she told him honestly, and she lifted his chin with her hand, gently, and she pecked his lips.

"Don't think that I'm ashamed of you for smoking weed, Alex. I love you either way," she smiled brightly at him. Sarah meant every word she said.

She wasn't ashamed of him, and sure she didn't have a liking for drugs, but that didn't mean she'd be ashamed of him for doing them. And she wasn't going to encourage him to smoke the weed, but she definitely wasn't going to tell him to just stop.

Sarah would support him no matter what he does. Alexander is the one thing that lightens her up inside, and she isn't afraid to talk when she's with him.

"I don't want you to smoke weed, but I'm not going to tell you to stop either. Don't be sorry, please," she told him with a reassuring smile.

Sarah had wondered what it was like to smoke something, do drugs, or drink alcohol, but that didn't necessarily mean she would drink or do drugs, but it was something she wouldn't mind trying, of course she'd never tell anyone that.

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Although Madison was a New York native, she had spent the past few weeks in Los Angeles at her older cousin's apartment. They had always been close growing up and since Madison was an only child, he was like an older brother to her. After her internship at a record label in New York fell through and she agreed to babysit with Taylor for the summer, it made sense to spend the week before it with her cousin since she would need to go to California anyway.

As the time for Taylor to pick her up approached, Madison regretted agreeing to go even more than she had before. Taylor had forwarded her an email the day before that their employer sent her discussing the children that they would be watching. The description of the kids seemed less than appetizing. While Kathryn tried to portray them as easy to handle with a few quirks, it was apparent that some of them were trouble. Lyla was "a bright girl" but was a drunk driver, Sarah and Alexander were fifteen but were dating and were going to be living together, Ella "shouldn't be too much trouble", Alexandra was going through "emotional trouble", Jack needed to be warned not to give the younger kids alcohol, and apparently, William was a "mini version" of him. That sounded promising. Not. The pay that they would be receiving for the two months was more than double than Madison could make in any other summer job she had ever taken on, though, so it was impossible for her to back out now.

After saying goodbye to her cousin, Madison brought her bags outside and waited for nearly fifteen minutes for Taylor to show up. She was sitting shotgun in a dingy cab driven by an equally raggedy looking driver. It didn't seem like a good start but Taylor appeared to be excited and Madison couldn't squash her good mood, at least without something actually going bad. She placed her bags in the car and took a seat in the empty back row.

"Excited?" Taylor asked her, with the normal hint of optimism apparent in her tone. Madison rolled her eyes but smiled. "I'm not sure if excited is the right word, but how bad could it be?" she responded, running a hand through her dark hair.

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Character Portrait: Lyla Kennedy Character Portrait: Ella Kennedy Character Portrait: Jason Kennedy Character Portrait: Sarah Kennedy Character Portrait: Madison Grey Character Portrait: Alexandra White Character Portrait: Jack White Character Portrait: Alexander White Character Portrait: William White Character Portrait: Taylor Stone
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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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"Good morning, Will!" She greeted her younger brother, flashing him a bright smile. Even she knew that she was way to enthusiatic in the morning, but oh well, a bit of cheer couldn't hurt anyone.

She had just put her now clean and dry dishes away when she felt her phone vibrate in her pocket. Pulling it out, she raised her eyebrows at the unknown number but soon understood.

'Hi guys! It's Taylor Stone. Your parents asked me to text you to let you know that Madison and I are on our way. We should be there in an hour or so :)!'

Alex quickly saved the number into her phone and replied back.

'Hi, this is Alexandra. Have a nice trip and I shall see you then, can't wait to meet you!'

Waiting for Jason to finish speaking to Ella, she announced the news that she knew they'd all love - note the sarcasm.

"Ok, guys, I just got a text from one of the babysitters. They'll be here in an hour!" Alexandra was genuinely excited to meet the two women, glad that her parents hadn't tasked Jason and her to watch over everyone.

She then skipped out of the kitchen, not caring to listen to them complain about the babysitters. Heading to her room to change from her workout outfit, she climbed the stairs. Passing Alexander's room, she smelt something funny and paused. Peeking in, what she saw made her face red with anger. Weed.

She barged in, her once happy mood gone.

"ALEXANDER! SARAH! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?! THAT BETTER NOT BE WHAT I THINK IT IS!" She demanded, shouting the house down.

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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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Will rolled his eyes at the news about the baby sitters. Great, just what he needed, two old hags telling him what to do. He lived by his own rules, no one told him what to do...except for Alexandra and Jack, but no one else. He was about to head out to get his dirt bike when he decided he might as well have a bit more bacon. Oh and some Orange juice. And he guessed that some eggs wouldn't hurt either.

Will finished fixing his plate and was about to head over to the island when he was startled by Alexandra's loud yelling. It startled him so much that he nearly dropped his plate and juice. He set all of the food down "What is going on?" that's when Sarah came in, she ran behind him and told him that his sister was going to kill her. "What are you doing hiding behind me then?! I don't want to die too!" he was about to get behind her and cower like she was doing, only a bit more comically since he was larger than she was. but then she placed her hands on his shoulders and he suddenly felt very protective.

Will waited patiently for his sister, who apparently had gone super saiyan, and he chuckled at that thought. Now she could finally be Jason's twin sister instead of Jack's. Her dream come true.

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Sarah rested her head on Will's shoulder, "I'd rather sacrafice you than get killed. Your sister thinks I was smoking weed, which I wasn't," Sarah saw the bacon on his plate, and she reached over his other shoulder, grabbing a strip, and she began eating it, "So anyway, Alexandra is getting all pissed off over nothing. She's like out of control, dude," Sarah sighed, and she began playing with Will's hair, due to being bored.

She always used to mess up his hair, just to make him mad, and she would laugh her ass off because of it. So, just to make him angry, she roughly ran her fingers through his hair, messing it up completely.

"You look.... stunning," Sarah bursted into a fit of laughter as she pointed at his hair.

She knew others probably wouldn't find it that amusing, but for some reason, she loved making Will angry, mainly because he was funny when he was mad in her opinion.

Sarah smirked, "You should totally be a hair model, Will," she giggled softly, her eyes dancing in amusement.

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"What?!" Will turned around to look at Sarah. "You smoked weed?...good job!" Will lifted a hand for a high five. He hated weed but he was happy that Sarah came out of her shell a little. He always wished that she would be more outgoing and not so shy, like she was with him, but she seemed to like keeping to herself so Will didn't much care.

Sarah started to mess with his hair and that's when he pushed her away. She always knew how to push his buttons, and he instantly started messing with it. "Stop! i spent time on that." He walked over to the closest mirror and started messing with it to make it perfect. Once he got it back into the way he liked he walked back over to Sarah. "I should be a hair model huh? how about a stylist? I'll start with you." With that he started rubbing her hair all over the place, turning it into a mess and making sure it was sticking up all over the place. "There, perfection. You might be right, you look better already" Will teased as he stuck his tongue out at Sarah.

Then Will bent down and picked Sarah up over her shoulder with ease. "Hey I have an idea, since you're so stoned i should wake you up with some water." Then Will looks at the others "What do you say? should i throw her in the pool?"

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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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Sarah glared at him, "Don't you listen, Will? I said I DID NOT smoke weed, your sister just assumed that I did. Although, I would be willing to try it, but drinking alcohol seems like it would be more fun," she simply shrugged with a small smile.

Her eyes widened as he messed up her hair, and she lunged at him, tackling him to the ground, and she tickled him.

"You better not throw me in a pool unless you want to die a slow, painful, miserable death," she continued tickling him.

Sarah knew all his ticklish spots considering she had spent at least ten years finding them, and she knew she could get Will to do anything just by tickling him. It was one of his weaknesses.

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Will was laughing Hysterically. Damn his over ticklishness. "Stop it please, I was kidding, I was kidding! I'll do whatever you want just have mercy!"

Will finally calmed down enough to flip them over and tickle her a little. "Have a taste of your own medicine." Will said, then he pinned her to the ground. "HELP! HELP! She's crazy!" Will looked down at her "I think she might have rabies or something, look shes foaming at the mouth!"

Then Will had a great idea. He started forming a large loogie in his mouth, then he slowly lowered it closer and closer to her face. He had practiced doing this for years so he knew it wasn't going to fall on her, but it was fun to watch her squirm.

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"One more reason for you to back down and continue living your 'life'," Jason counted just as easily. Every time they almost got into a fight, Alex always broke it up, and while Jason was more then willing to beat down Jack as maybe some pain would give him time to rethink his life, he wasn't willing to hurt Alex like that. Still, even as children, he couldn't remember a time they truly got into a physical fight. It usually was Jack prowling around trying to taunt Jason, Jason firing back, they about to get into a fight and something or someone breaking it up. A part of him wanted to get the fight going and over with.

Law school. He had yet to tell anyone about that yet, and he sure as hell wasn't about to tell Jack a thing, "Someone had to do it. Perhaps if you put on your big boy pants, someone would trust you," Jason said, still leaning against the sink. How in the world Jack thought him being responsible was an insult he never understood. It was like calling someone too smart, it wasn't really an insult in any way.

He had kept quite content to watch Sarah and Will joke and play with each other. It had been a while since he last saw her act so carefree like she had back then. While he didn't dislike Will, he as afraid he would turn out like his brother, but he was more comfortable around Will as he understood Will on some level, he did not understand Alexander at all. The word weed did catch his attention as Will, in his infinite wisdom, had nearly yelled it.

"Weed, Sarah?" Jason asked crossing his arms looking at her to see what she would say.

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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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Sarah was squirming and screaming, "Will! Stop it now!" she flipped them over so now she was on top of him, and she began tickling Will again, "Loser," she smirked at Will, then she glared at Ella as she called them gross, "We are not gross, you're just jealous because you don't have a boy trying to spit on you," after Sarah said it, she realized it was probably the dumbest thing she'd ever said in her entire life.

Sarah looked up at Jason who had just questioned her about the weed, "It was Jack's. He just accidentally misplaced it in Alexander's bags, I swear, I wasn't smoking it, and niether was Alexnder," she told him. Half of that was true.

But the part about Jack was a lie.

She didn't like lying to Jason, but she also didn't want Jason to be mad at her, nor did she want him to be mad at Alexander.

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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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Sarah somehow managed to turn the tables back on Will. He couldn't have this, to be beaten by a girl? That would be absurd and downright embarrassing. Will Somehow managed to get back to a standing position. He was tired and breathing a little heavy. He really needed to stop eating so much junk food and get back to the gym. He physically may not show it, but he felt it.

Will turned to Ella. "If you don't want the nannies to take you, i can take you to the mall. It's not that far if i go really fast on my bike." Will snickered. He loved his dirt bike. His parents gave it to him for his 13th birthday and he has been riding it ever since. It was getting a little small but he didn't mind. He broke his first bone on that bike, and his second. He had it specially modified so that it could meet road standards for when he got his motorcycle license on his 16th birthday.

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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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Taylor knew that Madison wasn't as enthusiastic about their summer plans, or really anything, as she was, so she was satisfied with the not so negative response that her friend gave her. "I'm sure it won't be bad at all," she began, turning as far as she could in her seat to look back at her friend. "The youngest one is already thirteen and by the time that I was that age, my mom would leave me home alone all of the time. I'm sure their parents just want us there to make sure they don't accidentally burn the house down, or something." It was true that Taylor's mother had trusted her to be responsible at a young age. Being an only child to a single mother meant that Taylor had to learn how to take care of herself in a lot of respects and she hoped that Ella Kennedy, although the youngest of four, would show some similar characteristics.

"Did you read the email I sent you? The two older brothers are twenty-two... not too young for some summer romance," she commented with a playful grin. Taylor wasn't seriously thinking about getting serious with any of the boys. For one, she hadn't even met them yet and secondly, she felt like even though they weren't her employers, it would still be a little bit inappropriate. However, she wasn't going to make that stop Madison for going for one of them. Madison was obviously not the caretaker-type but Taylor would rather have her there doing nothing, or being the bad cop when necessary, than to have to do it all alone.

The hour-long drive seemed to go quickly as Taylor and Madison caught up on what they had done over the past few weeks and what they expected the summer to entail. Before Taylor had too much time to worry about what could go wrong, the taxi cab stopped in front of a driveway blocked by a gated entrance. Taylor remembered that Mrs. Kennedy had specified that one of the children would need to buzz them in when they got to the gate. It was strange having such a fancy system just to get to the door, but Taylor figured that the extra security was necessary when you had such a nice home to guard. She had never used one before so it took her a second to figure out what to do, but after a moment she pushed down one of the buttons and spoke into the intercom, saying, "Hi... it's Taylor and Madison!", somewhat awkwardly.

The cab driver glanced around impatiently but Taylor couldn't even see the house from outside the gate, so there was no way that she was going to let him drop them off here and have them lug their bags all the way up the driveway. She decided that they would wait to be buzzed in and have him drive her up to the front of the house and she got back into the car as the gate slowly opened.

"So, here we go..." she said with a nervous smile as she turned back to Madison and the taxi began down the long driveway that led up to the house.

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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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