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Jamie White

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a character in “Summer Reunited”, as played by royals

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New York's Upper East Side is home to some of the wealthiest people in the world. Celebrities, heirs, CEO's and the likes call the area home and although the paths that led them to their money may differ, they share the common trait of having a lot of it. The people who reside in the Upper East Side live lives that most people would die to experience and while their social groups tend to include only those of similar statuses, some of the heirs to these fortunes brush shoulders with those of less classes in their schools. Generally, an important family name and a fat wallet can get you a seat in the exclusive schools, but without that, it's possible to be admitted if you're extremely talented in an academic, artistic, or athletic area.

Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude's School for Boys are the two most elite private schools in New York, if not the entire country. Although admission to the schools are extremely competitive for scholarship students, or those who cannot afford to attend on their own, it seems like if your parents can afford the nearly the annual sixty-thousand-dollar tuition fee and have a big enough name, it isn't quite as difficult. Money equals power, right? In many respects, yes, but even the largest bank account doesn't exempt these wealthy children from criticism, gossip and drama. The class of 2016 survived three years of drama, but only time will tell if they'll make it through to graduation day.



OOC Information
Okay, hi! I just want to use this little section to give you a rundown on the idea for this roleplay. Obviously, it's based off of the television series Gossip Girl and is a remake of one that I ran a few months back. I'm sure there have been other fanfics of this show on this website, as I've seen a couple on other rp sites, but I'll do my best to make this one as unique and worthwhile as possible! I would like to give credit to M95 for the face claims and for collaborating with me on ideas for the characters and roles. She's unsure if she has the time to participate, but if she does, she will act as my co-GM here.

To start, this roleplay is going to pretend that Blair and Serena and all of the other original GG characters never existed. *Gasp* I know, how horrible. I love them too but I think that it would get too messy trying to match up every little detail to meet their world. There isn't going to even be a Gossip Girl blog (at least not to start), just because I think we can create enough drama without a blog to spread it.

Below, you will notice the list of available roles. Face claims with a short excerpt on the role at listed there, but I am completely open to swapping face claims, if you have a different idea in mind. I want you to love your character and for that to be possible, I think it's helpful for you to pick exactly what they look like. To be honest, I am not picky about "overused" face claims and such because that's such a subjective term. Besides, at least on other websites, most of these roleplays die out within one page of posts so it's not like many of these characters are really used and developed anyway. Touching on that subject, I really do want this roleplay to last. I beg you not to join if you don't want to stay committed. It's your job to fall in love with your character and create relationships that will keep your character involved and relevant, but we all need to try to include/interact with every character. That doesn't (and shouldn't) mean that your character should be best friends with everyone, but it's boring when your character is consistently left out. I've included some pre-made relationships, to get the ball rolling, but if for some reason you hate one of the relationships associated with your character, let me know, and I will do my best to alter or remove it.

I hope that this roleplay will be very interactive and that we can all communicate and make it enjoyable! If you are interested in creating a character and participating, please post in the OOC with which character you are interested in, the hex code you will use, and what I should call you out of character if it's something different than your username, and then fill out the character sheet code and submit it! I don't want to exclusively reserve roles for anyone so until a character is officially accepted, you are free to try for the spot. You can personalize your character sheet in any way you please. Just make sure you include all of the listed sections. I would hope this is already known, but if you have any questions for me, please message me or post in our out of character thread.


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The Star in the Making
[Victoria Justice FC] is a musical prodigy. As a kid, she struggled with being bullied, and music had been her only outlet. Now, she's struggling with the concept of not just speaking up through her music, but will her everyday voice, in her everyday life, as well.
{Has strong feelings for The Jock, good friends with The Drama Queen}
Available | Taken

The Brains
[Brooklyn Beckham FC] is an engineer in the making. He's incredibly intelligent, and though he gets a reputation for being "lost in his own mind", he's not someone who should be underestimated.
{Good friends with The Leader}
Available | Taken

The Actress
"The Liar" would have been another good name for [Chloe Mortez FC], because a lot of the things that she tells her friends about her home life is just that--a lie. She prefers to think of herself as an actress though, and a good one, at that. One day it's going to take her far, just you wait and see.
{Slept with The Charmer, dislikes/is jealous of The Queen Bee}
Available | Taken

The Underdog
[Bryshere Gray FC] is a foster kid, and probably the last person who would have ever thought that he would end up in some elite private school. However, his athletic skills are incomparable to most, and were enough to land him a full scholarship. What he's learned over the years, though, was that getting into Remington was the easy part.
{His foster parents are The Leader's parents, so he lives with her. Is very close friends with The Free Spirit.}
Available | Taken

The Free Spirit
[Camila Cabello FC] grew up in the Upper East Side, and was a witness to the drama that lies within from the very start. She spent a few years wrapped up in the craziness of it all before deciding that really, it wasn't worth it. She prides herself in being free from the backstabbing and illusive life that many of her peers live, but at the same time, she knows that she can't completely escape this.
{Good friends with The Dork, The Leader and surprisingly, The Bully. Used to be friends with The Drama Queen and The Queen Bee. Very close with The Underdog}
Available | Taken

The Dork
[Tyler Posey FC] is the kind of guy who can brighten anyone's day, with his goofy and playful mannerisms, but there's no denying that he's a bit... awkward. He always struggled to get past that "pathetically-awkward-in-a-sort-of-cute-way" and hopes that senior year will finally be his chance at breaking free of that.
{Has had a major crush on The Free Spirit for as long as he can recall. Everyone seems to know besides her.}
Available | Taken

The Leader
She's already the president of the Student Government Association and the Debate Team, and she's not going to let you forget it. [Serayah McNeill FC] is strong, independent, and vocal. She knows that her thoughts are important, and her intellect combined with her refusal to be put down makes her an extremely strong individual.
{Strongly dislikes The Bully and The Hook-Up, good friends with The Brains and The Star in the Making, and is The Underdog's foster sister.}
Available | Taken

The Hook-Up
Whether you need weed, booze underage, entrance into the hottest night club, or someone to fake a phone call from your parents into the school, to excuse you from classes, [Avan Jogia FC] is your guy. He's not really a badass, like most "bad boys" are pinned as being, because he's usually a really chill guy, but his utter disregard for authority --and the law-- make him your one stop connection for any of your guilty pleasures.
{His "clients" include The Rebel, The Drama Queen, The Jock, The Charmer and The Actress.}
Available | Taken

The Rebel
At one point, [Taylor Momsen FC] sat at the top of the ladder with the girls who still today, are popular. However, things played out and she fell... hard. While she doesn't necessarily see it as a "fall" and more of herself disassociating with the plastic and superficial girls that she grew up with, those girls will tell you that she's no longer welcome anywhere around them. Ask her, and she'll tell you that that's just the way she wants it. {Is cousins with The Jock}
Available | Taken

The Transfer
[Jake T. Austin FC] is starting off his first year in New York with an exciting, yet nervous, mood, as he enters Remington for his senior year. {Lives in the same apartment building as The Rebel}
Available | Taken

The Drama Queen
As The Queen Bee's best friend, people like to think of [Taylor Hill FC] as being a sidekick, a mindless follower of [Gigi Hadid FC] who doesn't have any thoughts of her own. Give it a few minutes near her though, and you know that she has a lot on her mind, and she's going to make sure that everyone knows about it. {Recently ended a romantic relationship with The Queen Bee, after The Drama Queen found out that he was cheating on her with The Star in the Making}
Available | Taken

The Charmer
Maybe it's his good looks, or how he always knows exactly what to say, but there's no denying that [RJ King FC] is the definition of a ladies man, and that if he wants to get into bed with you, you're going to have to work hard to keep yourself from falling for his well-played words and good looks.
{Has gotten intimate (degree of that may vary) with The Drama Queen, The Actress and The Free Spirit, among others}
Available | Taken

The Angel
[Isabella Peschardt FC] seems to be the absolute sweetest girl in all of Spence. It's like people just imagine a halo to hover over her head, because she's that nice. Senior year might just be the perfect time to prove that she's more than just "sugar and spice and everything nice", though. {Recently ended a romantic relationship with The Queen Bee, after The Drama Queen found out that he was cheating on her with The Star in the Making}
Available | Taken

The Jock
Some call him the most popular guy in school, and others think that "The Asshole" is a more fitting title for him, but regardless of what you think of him, [Dylan Sprayberry FC] is one of the best (sport) players that Remington has ever seen. {Recently ended a romantic relationship with The Queen Bee, after The Drama Queen found out that he was cheating on her with The Star in the Making}
Available | Taken

The Queen Bee
[Gigi Hadid FC] is seen as royalty by her peers, for more than one reason, but one of the major and more recent ones, was her landing a major modeling gig to jump start her career. That seemed to justify the pedestal that she had been placed on since her younger years, but as anyone at the top of the food chain knows, it's not all fun and games up there, all alone. {Hates The Jock, after he recently and abruptly broke up with her. Is unaware of his fling/feelings for The Star in the Making.}
Available | Taken

The Secret Keeper
[Calum Hood FC] is known for being great with advice and allowing people to feel like they can trust him with anything. Little do they know, though, that he's got a major secret that's weighing heavy on him, too. {Has very few enemies, but is especially close with The Angel and The Leader}
Available | Taken

The Bully
[Elizabeth Gillies FC] spent most of her youth being bullied for various things, but most recently, her sexuality, once she came out as being homosexual in middle school. As theories seem to suggest, those who are abused may often turn into the abuser once they grow into themselves, and ever since she declared to herself that she didn't give a shit about what people thought about her, she's taken on a much more cynical personality, in order to prevent herself from ever being taken advantage of again. {Is very friendly with The Hook-Up, has been infatuated with The Drama Queen for quite some time, but has tried to reject the feelings by being especially rude to her.}
Available | Taken

The Party Animal
[Dylan Sprouse FC] is part of the popular crowd, but many people attribute this only because the other popular kids like to use him. He's constantly throwing parties and always seems to throw the parties that go down as the best ones that year. {Has had a crush on The Queen Bee for years, but has never acted on it due to The Jock's involvement with her, but recently developed feelings for The Angel}

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So begins...

Jamie White's Story

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Character Portrait: Ariana Rockefeller Character Portrait: Christopher Rockefeller Character Portrait: Oliver McKagan Character Portrait: Jamie White Character Portrait: Aiden Chang Character Portrait: Rose Kensington
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Wednesday, July 1st | 3:30 PM | Beverly Hills, CA | Aiden's penthouse






Aiden has just merely returned to his own luxurious penthouse in Bev Hills after the movie premiere. It's not like that he's really thrilled with premieres like this now. You can say that he has pretty... well, got used to them. Somehow he missed the feeling of excitement and privileged when attending his first few movie premieres when his career began. But still, this is his job and he got to build up a nice image in his audiences. Aiden didn't get to play the main character this time, but he was satisfied that he has really did his best and put his all in this movie, like he always do with his works. From what he observed during the premiere, everyone seemed to show quite a positive expressions so Aiden secretly wishes that this one will be a success, especially when Aiden got to play a character who was a rebellious teen. This is not a the first time he played a role who was so out of character to him, but he was a bit nervous like the first time, actually. Although it was quite relieving when he found out that he was working with Mr. White, Jamie's father, someone whom he always admired.

Aiden is actually quite excited and is looking forward to the next two months with his friends. All of his belongings had already been moved and now he was about to head for the recording studio for his upcoming album which was predicted to released at the end of this year, though he needs to get back to his penthouse first because a certain someone who was really really special was waiting for him.

Upon entering the penthouse, Aiden couldn't be more happier to see that his lover, Krystian, was sitting on the couch while reading a magazine and waiting for him. Aiden's smiles light-heartedly and then gave the taller man and hug from the back. "Hey, missed me?" He said with a sweet voice as he gave him a kiss on his cheek. It's been a week since they got to meet each other due to their schedules so they gotta find opportunities when they're free and weren't bothered by paparazzi alike to be close to each other. Things have been going like that since they began to date last year.

"Can't you tell? I almost could have thought I'd went to the premiere and brought you home." Krystian smiled back as he ruffled his fingers through the soft locks of Aiden's hair.

"Well, I figured." Aiden said playfully as he went to sat next to his lover, "so, what do you wanted to do now, hmm?"

Krystian then turned to his lover with a teasing hint in his eyes, "You know, I've been kept hungry for the last whole week so of course there's nothing I'd wanted more than a dose full of my oh-so-adorable Aiden..." The taller man closed his magazine and throw it on the table as he pinned Aiden onto the couch, "So, in the mood?"

Aiden sighed as he felt himself being pinned against his couch. It was true that Aiden has always been carefree and innocent, but he wasn't so much of a virgin. When it comes to these things, he was far from innocent though and he can get turned on quite easily. Somethings that he wouldn't want people to know. As much as he wanted to be close with his lover right now, he still got things to do. "I'll have to be at the studio half an hour later so maybe next time. Don't wanna turn you off too, but we're celebrities after all, right?" He said as he gently pushed Krystian away before sitting up himself.

"Bummer." Krystian sighed as he leaned against the couch then shrugged. "Well, don't worry though. Look on the bright side, you're not going to be utterly busy like we're now so I'll make you return double later." He said with a teasingly voice and a smirk. But Aiden just chuckled, "Then good luck holding back until then."

And then, the two of them sat back and talked for a while before it's time for Aiden to go. They'd be saying goodbye for now. Both of them left Aiden's penthouse and parted into different directions. Although both of them are lovers now, things are pretty much the same like when they're still friends. But they both know how influential they're now and their relationship gotta stay in the dark or else a lot would happened.




Wednesday, July 1st | 6:05 PM | Beverly Hills, CA | Departed from ADR Trailer to the Collins' mansion





After finishing what he got to do at the studio, Aiden notices that it's a bit late at the party now so he better get moving for now. He can notices a few paparazzi was hiding in the corner near the studio. Sighing, he was so tired of them. Don't they have anything else to do rather than keep following him around? But that's the price for being famous, he guessed so he better acted normally for now. He stretched his arm and yawned. Finally he got a chance to relax now. It was then that he received a text from Ariana. Smiling, he texted back and sent some new messages for the others too.

To: Ariana
Just finished work and now on the way there. I was a bit late already, didn't I? :(

To: Jamie
Hey, r u there yet? I'm on my way now. Hope to see u there :)

To: Rose
Hey Rosie, Aiden's here. Have you been there yet? See you there, kay? <3

To: Oliver
Wassup, bro? Been there yet? xD

To: Chris
Hey, Chris :) Arrived, no? Hope to see ya there


He tucked his phone back to his pocket and fixed his sunglasses a bit before getting on his Audi A5 Cabriolet, headed for the Collins' house. I guess I'm late... A while later, he finally arrived and already saw that a sea full of cars were already there. Aiden found an empty spot and parked his car. Got off the vehicle, he made his way to the door. If Aiden remembers correctly then he will be the oldest one of the kids, though not by appearance. His parents might already be here too. Stepping through the door, Aiden felt a pinch of excitement lighten up in his stomach. It's been a while since he has ever has a chance to be with a whole group consists of the children of the most influential in the U.S.

Upon entering, he went to find his parents first and greeted them as they introduced them to a certain people. Aiden tried to be as nice as he could. He always wanted his parents to be proud of him. After a while, he excused them and went to find his friends and saw that pretty much everyone was here, except for Rose and Jamie. He walks up to them and greeted with yet another friendly smile, "Hi guys."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Tinashé Kachingwe Character Portrait: Alexandra Collins Character Portrait: Ariana Rockefeller Character Portrait: Carson Koch Character Portrait: Owen Collins Character Portrait: Christopher Rockefeller Character Portrait: Oliver McKagan Character Portrait: Jamie White Character Portrait: Colette Rockefeller Character Portrait: Aiden Chang Character Portrait: Rose Kensington
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Tinashé couldn't even allow herself to giggle at Colette and Chris' greetings to one another, nor could she really give Alexandra's ever present attitude much attention like the girl typically wanted. As soon as Owen called to the group and the sound of heels accompanying him filled her ears, she knew they had not moved fast enough and mentally cursed the entire group. She even pressed herself a bit closer to Colette, remaining as discreet as possible because Lexi had given her a look that had Shay two seconds from slapping her like one of her parents should have done five years ago. Taking a sip of her Mai Tai, she finally allowed her eyes to drift towards the one person she didn't want to see: Ariana Rockefeller.

In the past, that name sent chills to her spine and cold, hard fear to her chest and made it hard for her to breathe. She had always felt frozen in the hallways of Buckley when Ariana and her followers would call to her in the halls, the tiny hairs at the back of her neck standing upright as if they could somehow catch the jabs and harsh criticism from girls who probably still wet their bed if some of the rumors had said anything. Tinashé started with Ariana's shoes. Or, Colette's shoes now that she remembered them. "You wore them better, btw," she whispered very quietly to her best friend. Her eyes drifted further upwards, to the tasteful attire Ariana was sporting. While Shay had never been frumpy in her appearance growing up, the constant and sickening admiration Buckley kids showered Ariana with always made her feel bland and unattractive in the former Queen Bee's presence. Ariana's hair and jewelry? On point, as always. Other than Chris, it seemed the Rockefellers were always going to be attuned to the latest trends and fashions. Finally, Tinashé's gaze finally met Ariana after the girl acknowledged Alexandra.

And all she could do was smile, even when Ariana could say nothing.

Now, when looking upon her worst tormentor and the one person who doubted her the most, Tinashé couldn't - for the life of her - remember why she cared so much about Ariana Rockefeller. She couldn't remember why it was that Ariana had been so sought after and looked at like some sort of goddess - some symbol of perfection that could never be attained or even allowed to be close to. She couldn't remember how she could have possibly stood for so long against the biting words and hits, even if Ariana herself had never raised a hand but allowed her posse to do so. Instead of the fear and the anxiety, all she could feel was a chill that had not been present before. It tightened and coiled deep within her, squeezing at something inside of her in such a painful grip that she ended up having to drink some more of the alcohol in her hand in an attempt to alleviate the uncomfortable feeling. It wasn't the hurt from the many nights she came home crying only for her mother to turn the other cheek. It wasn't the many lyrics she had written out on papers that would never see the light of day because if they did, it could tarnish the Rockefeller name and she could never do that to two people who made her Buckley years bearable. And it wasn't the fear that clawed its way up her throat every time she had once wanted to say something at Ariana that could hurt - that could make her feel something other than the unwanted and truly unfounded resentment she seemed to have had for Tinashé.

It was rage.

Unadulterated and unchecked rage that was slowly eating away at the carefully constructed layer of her sanity, forcing her to link back up with Colette in fear that if she did not have someone who could ground her, she'd finally do the one thing she had been wanting to do since she was thirteen and acquired her black belt in taekwondo: whoop Ariana's ass. The smile she gave Ariana was not welcoming. It was not warm and kind like the one she would give Jamie, Aiden, Oliver, and anyone who wasn't Ariana. It wasn't the truly endearing smile reserved for her family and best friends. No, it was cold and seemed to spread over her heart-shaped face with an ease reminiscent to the bitches of Buckley and every mean girl that ever existed. It spoke volumes and try as she might, the only change she could make was when it slipped into a small smirk just as a familiar face popped behind Ariana.

"Hey, Aiden," she said smoothly, the lilt in her naturally soft voice edgier than normal. She wasn't composed like Colette and the others. Years of shoving down her hurt left her not as skilled in that department and she needed to be as far from Ariana as possible. She pulled at Colette, muttering to her, "Project hide-and-seek starting now," she said and unlike Ariana, she didn't' feel like announcing that she was leaving. She pulled her best friend with her further into the house and away from their group of friends and blended in with the various guests until they were near some models and a few actors from the film. "Sorry...I-I-I just..." It was rare for Tinashé to show that she was affected by one person, a sort of shield she had managed to put up between herself and the outside world so that they could never see that vulnerability again. However, Colette was one of the few people she allowed such a privilege and she downed the rest of her alcohol. That action shouldn't have given her as much relief as it did. "It's been so long since I saw her face to face. I wasn't exactly...ready." She shot her bestie an apologetic look before pulling out her phone.

To: Jamie, Rosie
Pleaze tell me ur on ur way?

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Character Portrait: Tinashé Kachingwe Character Portrait: Alexandra Collins Character Portrait: Oliver McKagan Character Portrait: Jamie White Character Portrait: Aiden Chang
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Jamie never ran late. Never. She was good with schedules and keeping herself organized, so when she left the White home almost an hour after Rose did, it was intentional. She was putting off her departure for as long as possible because she wasn't mentally ready to spend eight weeks with ten other people, no matter how long she had known most of them. Jamie wasn't a social butterfly and her lack of excitement towards spending the summer at The Collins residence didn't stem from anything more than that. Besides Alexa's ever-present attitude and Ariana and Colette's unnecessary comments, Jamie had no other reason to want to avoid the friend group. She had spent the day considering whether to pretend to be sick and give herself at least a few days of the relaxing summer she longed for, but decided against it. With her luck, Rose, being the overly-kind girl she was, would insist on staying home too and she didn't want to ruin her sister's summer as well.

As she sat in the back of a town car, she responded to a text she had received from Oliver ten minutes earlier. Her response was meant to be sarcastic and with Oliver being her best friend, he would catch on. Traffic in Los Angeles was always bad, but when she lived a twenty-minute drive, at most, from The Collins Family, it wasn't the most valid excuse. She also noticed messages from Shay and Aiden, and unlike Oliver's, which she had purposely waited to respond to, she had genuinely forgotten to answer them.

To: Oliver McKagan
LA traffic

To: Tinashé
Sorry, just saw this. I just got here

To: Aiden Chang
Sorry, just saw this. I just got here

She was dropped in front of the house and had her bags brought over the day before, so she walked in empty-handed and went mostly unnoticed. Rather than make her way into the dining hall that seemed to be heavily populated, or seek out her parents and mingle, she headed straight upstairs. Her hope was that she could avoid seeing anyone, find the room that had been chosen for her, and unpack the bags that had been brought over in peace. It was soon apparent that that wouldn't be the case, as she stumbled into her least and most favorite people conversing. Alexandra and Oliver were certainly an unusual pair to be seen chatting together and her brows immediately furrowed at the sight. Not only did she dislike Alexa, but she liked Oliver more than she would admit to herself, and somewhere deep down, there was a part of her that felt like Alexa was breaching her territory. "Wow, did they let you out of rehab early or something?" she remarked with half a smirk as she stepped towards the pair. Jamie normally kept quiet unless someone came for her, but it was inevitable when it came to her interactions with the brunette. At least this time she'd be the one getting the first dig in.

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Character Portrait: Tinashé Kachingwe Character Portrait: Alexandra Collins Character Portrait: Oliver McKagan Character Portrait: Jamie White
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Alexa wanted to snap that no, she didn't want any help from Oliver. If she wanted someone like him to help her with an imaginary computer problem, she would have called an IT guy. She needed Carson, not some curly-haired nerd. It took a bit of self-control but she kept the smile on her face and shook her head gently. "It's okay, Carson already knows what it's about," she glanced down at his phone, hoping to spot the screen lighting up with a response from his brother. Just as she thought she saw him receive a message, they were interrupted.

"Wow, did they let you out of rehab early or something?" Jamie. She came out swinging, something that Alexa didn't expect from the blonde, but not something she was intimidated by. The rehab comment didn't hit a soft spot for Alexa because she wasn't necessarily embarrassed about being sent to a treatment center a year ago. She thought of it as more of a joke. Obviously she wasn't a drug addict. Obviously she wasn't an alcoholic. She had went and followed the program to humor her father and to get everyone off of her back. It wasn't like she had actually learned anything from the stupid therapy sessions and interventions.

Jamie might have been smarter than her and as she pondered a comeback, she realized the girl was clearly more witty, but she certainly wasn't cooler. Maybe having only brains would bring her respect in the "real world" but in the world they lived in, they just made her weird. Alexa thought so, at least. "Obviously, since I'm standing right here." She rolled her eyes in an attempt to make Jamie look like the idiotic one. "You know, when they say to dress casually, it doesn't mean to wear pajamas." She gave Jamie an unimpressed once-over before addressing Oliver. "I'll just go find him myself. Thanks anyway," she said, reaching out to lightly touch his hand. As she turned, she offered Jamie once more scowl and then headed back downstairs.

She could have waited for Carson, but the last person she wanted listening in on their conversation was Jamie. Instead, she decided she would intercept him on his way up or seek him out in the dining hall if he hadn't come up yet. Although she was doing well at keeping their night together a secret, she wasn't the one who didn't want the public knowing. That was his game. She was the one who wanted it to be out in the open. How did he expect her to be his girlfriend if he wouldn't even talk to her?!

To: Shay
Omg stop hogging Carson

Once she had returned to the party, she found Carson hanging out with Shay, Rose and Colette. Rather than approach them, she continued down the hall and into one of the kitchens where workers were scurrying to get food out of the ovens. She hadn't told Tinashé about what had happened with Carson, but only because her sister had been away when it happened and since then, they hadn't been on the best terms. Lexi still wasn't feeling civil enough to apologize for being rude earlier but part of her did want to tell Shay what had happened between her and Carson. If for no other reason, than just to tell her sister that she could have Chris, but Carson was her's.

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When Owen ended the conversation by expressing his gratitude, Ariana smiled and rested a hand on his. "Of course. Anything for you." Though she wasn't being completely genuine, she did appreciate that he put the topic to rest. She didn't want to fight with him this early on in the summer, and especially not in the same house as Colette. Owen was an attractive guy - everyone knew that. However, he had never been attractive enough to draw Ariana in until she found out that her sister was into him. Colette had spilled the secret after one too many drinks the previous summer and almost immediately after that, Ariana decided that Owen was perfect for her too. It was completely wrong to do and Ariana knew it, but she couldn't stop herself form enchanting Owen until he asked her out, and that didn't take very long. It would have been easier if Colette had blacked out that night and didn't remember sharing the secret with Ari, because then her sister wouldn't have had a reason to be mad at her. She probably would have still been upset that she didn't get the prize boyfriend, but she couldn't blame Ariana if she hadn't known. Colette didn't forget that Ariana had went for him right after she shared her crush with her, though.

Since she started dating Owen, the relationship with her twin had been rockier than ever and their minimal acknowledgment earlier suggested that it wouldn't be getting stronger any time soon. If her sister wasn't going to accept the fact that she was dating Owen now and move on, than Ariana was going to have to rub it in her face that she and Owen were a perfect couple, even if they really weren't.

Ariana's chuckle was half-hearted as she placed allowed Owen to take her hand and lead them to their parents. She never had a problem with socializing, as putting on a phony smile and bullshitting a conversation were two of her specialties. From birth, Ariana was taught how to act in social settings. She knew how to pretend to give a damn about how gorgeous the new yacht someone bought was, or how amazing their child was at soccer. If her business goals ever fell through (which she wouldn't even consider allowing to happen), acting would probably be her forte.

"Aren't you looking dapper, Mr. Collins!" Ariana exclaimed playfully as she gave her boyfriend's father a hug. "I wouldn't expect anything less from someone married to a designer, though." She was glad that Aimee had excused herself before they had time to chat, because honestly, Ari disliked the woman. As Shay's mother, it automatically put a divide between them and since Ariana considered Pierce's ex-wife to be a friend, she was even more biased into disliking her.

After a few minutes of small talk between her, Owen and the three adults, she decided to excuse herself from the conversation. After her mother brought up Christopher and Colette's absence, it seemed like a perfect opportunity. "I think I saw Christopher in the kitchen a few minutes ago. Let me make sure he isn't getting into any trouble, and Colette... I'm not sure. I thought I saw her by the bar a little while ago," she smiled, the facade of the responsible and caring older sister coming into play, while simultaneously shaming her sister.

To: Colette
I'm sure mom and dad would appreciate it if you said hi to them, Collie. You're starting to act like Christopher.

Her drink was nearly empty, so she headed to the kitchen anyway, sure that there would be someone there to get her a refill . When she entered, there were several workers in the room, but she was surprised to see Alexandra in there. The girl was usually social - too social for her and Owen's liking - and it was unusual for her to be isolated during a party, especially when Chris was around. "What are you doing in here?" she inquired in a curious, non-accusing tone as she leaned against one of the counter tops. After Tinashé "abandoned" Alexandra that spring, Ariana did her best to take over the big sister role. She knew that Owen, Pierce and Aimee did their best with the teenager and it was enough most of the time, so it wasn't like Ariana's presence in her life was necessary. However, similar with how competitive she felt with Colette, there was a drive inside of her to prove that she was more fit to be a role model than Tinashé. It was one of the reasons why she had began feeding petty lies to Alexandra about her sister. She knew that, whether Alexa admitted it or not, the young girl had a lot of respect for her step-sister and if Ariana could decrease that in any way, she was going to do so.

"And what's with all of the makeup lately?" To compensate the judgemental tone, she continued in a more gentle voice. "You're like me - we were blessed with the good genes in our family. We don't need to cake on that stuff to look gorgeous. Besides, boys don't like big lips like that. It makes you look like your sister." She managed to get in jabs at Colette and Shay, still while sounding like she was trying to be helpful. Perfect.



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Although Oliver wasn't thinking it in the moment, maybe it was for the best when Jamie appeared and warded Alexa off. The text message that Carson sent him indicated that eating was clearly more important than the unexplained issue that Oliver told him he was having, and Alexa had already rejected his offer of assistance. He was of no use for her apparently, and so she left to go find him herself, but Oliver preferred to tell himself that she would have stuck around if Jamie hadn't intruded. Though he wasn't happy that his rare one-on-one with his crush had ended so abruptly, he was undeniably glad to see Jamie. Oliver had trouble filtering his sometimes weird personality around most people, but with Jamie, he didn't have to worry about trying to restrict himself to social constructs. They were best friends, and he always felt comfortable around her. However, he was glad that she hadn't walked in on his fumbling and stumbling moments earlier. Though Jamie was well aware of how he acted around girls he liked, it was still embarrassing for it to be pointed out, and she would certainly be the first to do so.

"Do you have to always be so rude to her?" Oliver asked in a strained tone once Alexa had disappeared down the stairs. This was probably one of the few times when Jamie actually was the perpetrator in the girls' bitter exchanges and Oliver knew that, but he was lovestruck. Alexa could punch him in the face and he would still ask her out to dinner the next night. After gawking over her for six years, he grew used to the idea that she was an unattainable dream, like most girls were to him, but it hadn't ceased his lust for her. If there was one thing that Oliver McKagan wasn't, it was a quitter.

When he noticed her lack of bags, it reminded him of his own, which were currently set at his feet. "Our rooms must be down this way," he said, picking up his bags and starting down the hall that he hadn't explored yet. One by one, he poked his head into bedrooms until they found one with Jamie's luggage, and then one across the hall that was empty. Oliver figured that was enough of a sign to claim it as his own and he readily dropped his bags to the floor of his summer room. He was ready to flop onto his bed and go to sleep. Not only was he physically tired, but he also felt like his minimal conversation with Alexa was enough progress for the week. Another side of him was telling him that if he had been able to talk to her that well less than an hour in to the party, who knows where he would be by the end of the night. It was enough motivation to draw him back out of the bedroom and into the doorway of Jamie's. "So, how was your dad's movie thing?"

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Alexandra was annoying. She was the mosquito buzzing in your ear that no matter how many times you swatted at, never seemed to disappear. Jamie expected nothing less from her this summer though, and she was ready for it. Maybe even looking forward to it a bit. Alexa was right that she wasn't the most elegantly dressed or fashion obsessed person in the house, but that was all by choice. She had just as much money as the others and if she wanted to spend hours shopping for the latest and nicest clothes, she could. If she wanted to get into some club underage, drink herself into a stupor or have a photo of her doing a line of coke posted to TMZ, she could. She was the one choosing not to participate in the fast-lane life that Alexa and many others were living. Unlike her though, Alexandra couldn't choose to be smart, respected or talented. She would never be anything more than a party girl.

To: Tinashé
Your sister is already driving me crazy. You and Owen don't get enough props for living with that thing.

To: Scar
Are Mom & Dad going to give me slack if I don't show my face before they leave tonight?

After sending a text to Shay and her sister, Jamie followed Oliver down the hallway in search of their rooms. She rolled her eyes at his unjustified complaint about how she interacted with Alexa. Maybe tonight she had started the pettiness but nine out of ten times, it was the other way around. If she had kept her mouth shut for two extra seconds, Alexa surely would have been the one to open her mouth first. "I am so sorry for hurting your girlfriend's feelings," she retorted in an overly sarcastic tone. Jamie couldn't understand how a boy as smart as Oliver was could find anything attractive about a girl like her.

When they found her bags waiting in a room, she readily departed from him and sized up the guest bedroom. It would take some getting used to, but it looked like it would work as a haven from all of the summer craziness. She barely felt like she had time to sit down before Oliver stepped back inside and asked about her dad's movie premiere. "It was okay," she shrugged. "Nothing noteworthy but everyone seemed to like it, so I guess he was happy about that." She had perched herself on the edge of her bed and ran her hands over the soft comforter. Though she guessed that he would probably want to go downstairs and socialize, she had no intentions of doing so. She needed to get settled into her new space.

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Shay had only glanced at Carson's phone belatedly when he gave it to her before giving it back. If Oliver had broken something, she honestly could care less. It's not like he would have had access to her room. The staff would have nipped that in the bud long before he could even get the idea in his head. Besides, what was a vase when it could be replaced at any given point? Granted, Aimie would probably throw a bitch fit over someone messing with her "artwork" but all Shay would do is snicker behind her mother's back at the overdramatic antics. Sticking her tongue out at Carson after his remark, Shay returned her attention to her girls as Colette seemed to agree with the plans for tomorrow.

"Great!" She exclaimed and then tossed Rose an expectant look. Shay had a plan when it came to her other best friend and that included getting Rose to have more fun. Granted, while she still understood that Rose was probably still a bit tired from the exhausting tour, there was no way in hell she was going to let her friend get away with not being young and dumb for a bit. Rose kept Shay under wraps, Shay reminded Rose that she was not in her forties and should therefore, allow herself the time to get a little crazy. Which was the purpose of tomorrow's plans. Have Rosie-bear relaxed, get her a new outfit even if she put up a fight, and then bring her to the party. Shay wasn't trying to hook her up or anything, but she damn sure wanted to make sure her friend was on fire and that every guy in the manor knew it. As she was about to say more, her phone alerted her to message and she glanced down to see it was from Jamie. Shay only rolled her eyes.

To: Jamie
Still trying to figure out the how myself.

Her hands typed out a response quite quickly, with her only giving Colette an appreciative yet playful smirk at her remark towards Carson and Shay kicking his ass. It seemed that at the same time, the best friends got a text from their sisters though neither knew of the other's predicaments. Shay glanced back at her phone at the same time that Colette did and had to do a double-take. Excuse me, was the first indignant thought that passed through her mind. It was ridiculous, the sudden surge of anger that hit her. More notable was the wave of possessiveness that came with it, though Shay was not trying to call it that. Okay, perhaps it was the better way to explain what she was feeling. If there was one thing that Shay had noticed over the years, it was the relationship Carson had with each sibling. Owen and Carson? Best friends since four scores and ten billion years ago. There was no cutting across that. Carson and Tinashé? Very good friends, though it can get questionable due to the feelings for him that shall not be named as such. Carson and Alexandra? Friends, more like acquaintances. That made a huge disparity when it came to what Shay had with Carson and for Alexa to suddenly whine - and yes, that was fucking whining, Shay surmised - about him only had Shay partly curious but also a bit territorial. She didn't care how bratty Lex wanted to be about a tour that had nothing to do with her - her friends were her friends.

Just as she was beginning to type furiously, Shay glanced up at Carson with a small glare. It wasn't really directed towards him, it was definitely more for Alex. However, Shay hadn't been able to keep the annoyance off her face as she flippantly remarked, "It probably wasn't Ollie that wanted you. Lex is throwing a bitch fit because I'm apparently hogging you." With a venom she really didn't mean, she also added, "You should probably go talk to her. Your new best friend obvi misses you." If Carson responded, Shay didn't pay attention as she set to respond to her sister, having to erase the first draft since it was definitely a bit more lengthy with the annoyance from Lex's earlier bratty show. She also sent another text out, this time to her brother.

To: Lex
U want him, come get him. U can b as mad as u want w/ me rite now. Idc cuz Im tired & got plans 4 2morrow. But lets get this straight.
My friend = my friend.


To: Owen
Get your sister before I murder her in cold blood

Tinashé was more than grateful when the server came back with her glass of wine. After that text and the fact that her heart was thumping for some indescribable reason, she could do for a shot of vodka - screw the fruitiness or the creativity that came with most bartenders. However, tonight wasn't supposed to be her turn up night and she knew she'd crash before she get to bowl with Carson. And hog him further just to piss Alexandra off.

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It wasn't out of character for Jamie to spend hours by herself which is probably why no one came looking for her when she spent almost the entire party in her new bedroom. She needed time to get used to her new surroundings and would have been unpleasant and irritable had Scar or the others insisted that she socialize, so it was probably best for everyone that she did her own thing. She rotated between reading, spends hours mindlessly scrolling through Tumblr, and working on an assignment for a summer course she was taking online through NYU. Although she wasn't involved in all of the fun that was going on downstairs, she was more happy by herself than she would have been with down there. It was an overall pleasant night and she rested well from midnight to nine in the morning. After a long shower and a few minutes spent getting ready, she crept downstairs.

She wasn't sure if it a member of the house staff or one of the other kids, but someone had prepared chocolate chip waffles and Jamie didn't hesitate to help herself to two of them. The kitchen was empty when she walked in, so she plated her food, poured herself a glass of orange juice and took a seat at the kitchen table. It was nearly silent in the house and the bright morning sun that shined through the large windows radiated a peace that she probably wouldn't have felt had she had any idea what had gone on the night before. She wouldn't have felt any pity for Alexandra but the love triangle that seemed to have formed between her, Carson and Shay would have left her feeling uneasy. Something like that could never end well, no matter how obviously unpractical it would be for Alexandra and Carson to actually end up together.

To: Scar
You managed to get mom and dad out the door last night?

To: Oliver
Wake up!

While she was perfectly content eating alone, there was a part of her that was ready to socialize. She had recharged over the night and was almost eager to hear about all of the craziness that had went on at the party she had skipped out on. Plus, she was sure the kids would have something interesting planned for their first day of summer.

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After making sure that her hair was pulled back just loosely enough to not get in her way and be somewhat stylish enough to make it through the day, Tinashé headed into one of the home's many kitchens only to be surprised at seeing Jamie. Despite her best intentions yesterday, she had not been able to speak to directly or even see the blonde. Granted, it probably had something to do with Jamie having never left her room for the summer. Still, Shay didn't know that and genuinely felt a hint of remorse at leaving the party early without at least saying hello to Jamie. Owen being upset that she abandoned him? She could give zero fucks? An actually intelligent individual whom Shay liked to sit and talk with? That was someone she could feel bad about. She smiled a bit for the one of many summer roommates she was bound to interact with now that they were all together. "Hey, Jamie. Sorry about not saying hi last night," Shay said as she stepped into the spacious area. She loved the kitchen and there were a good number of times when she was on tour that she ended up cooking for everyone in her bus because she hated the idea of fast food or stopping at some restaurant. Her eyes ran over the kitchen pensively before she hummed. The smell of waffles, only the start of what the kitchen staff would do since she and Lex typically weren't always up at this time, filled the air. "Making more food and a few drinks if you want anything." Shay turned to the fridge to at least make a few drinks when a few of the kitchen staff came back, inventory in their hands.

"Good morning, Miss Kachingwe. Miss White." Shay offered them the same smile she bestowed upon Jamie. "Morning, fellas." Hans, one of her favorite chefs to work with, smirked at her as she pulled out some strawberries and a few other ingredients. "I'm guessing you need assistance with breakfast?" Shay beamed. "Yeah, if you could get started on the mimosas and maybe some refresher drinks, that would be great. Ooh, and if Charmaine could go back to making waffles in case anyone else wants them, that would be awesome. Oooh, and also, get someone to send a mimosa to my sister. She's in my room and is probably gonna want one. Everyone else could take a break for the rest of the morning." And no one argued and went about heeding her warning. Whenever Tinashé decided to take over the kitchen, it meant that she needed to be in the kitchen. The staff had learned some time ago that trying to thwart her only left them getting plates and the like thrown at them, and Pierce begged for that not to happen again. Smirking at the memory, Shay pulled out her phone again so that she could send some text messages before setting it down on one of the counters. It was probably a shame that Shay didn't include Ariana in that mass text, but she also didn't talk to the eldest Rockefeller. She didn't have her number, so she needed to send Owen a message about his girl.

To: Owen, Aiden, Lex, Chris, Rose, Oliver
Making breakfast if any1 has a preference.

To: Owen
Also, if u expect me 2 b nice 2 ur girl, I'd advise u send her ass 2 come get food.

Leaving the drinks and waffles to the other two chefs, Tinashé was set to get her other ingredients when a lone figure stood in her way. Shay didn't even move at that, only taking in her friend's classy yet still somewhat disgruntled appearance. She could tell Colette had not had a good night whereas Shay, despite everything that occurred, slept pretty comfortably. "Well, damn, no 'good morning, bestie?' No 'wow, you actually look like you tried this morning.'" Shay exclaimed, putting on a mocking impression of a typical Colette act. It was probably just a bit off, but it was her trying to get the tension of yesterday out of the air. Especially considering Jamie was still in the dark. Shay hummed thoughtfully as she stepped around Colette to get some eggs, milk, cheese and a few other ingredients for omelets. She was also going to sauté some potatoes and maybe some stand-alone scrambled eggs and meats in case no one wanted an omelet. It was probably a lot, but Shay needed the action. Needed the business. If there was anything she knew, it was that she could do very well in the culinary arts world if her music career did not work out.

"And there's nothing really to talk about...right now," she continued, setting everything on the kitchen island and then going back to find some vegetables. Satisfied with what she had, she set to work by chopping. "They fucked, neither of them even remember getting in bed together, I was mad and talked to him, and that's really been the end of it. No secret relationship anyone should know about and for the love of all that is holy, do not tell anyone else." Shay tossed Colette a look before returning her gaze to the task at hand. Her phone buzzed on the counter with a response from Alexandra and Carson, conveniently, and she smirked at his message followed with a roll of the eyes at Lex's. A beat later, a shadow passed over her face and she sighed, pausing in her onslaught on the spinach leaves she had just washed off. "I have absolutely no idea what to do right now, Bitchlette," Shay murmured, not because she was trying to keep anything from Jamie but because her voice suddenly was smaller with feelings that it was too early in the morning to be confronted with. However, it wasn't like she could stay in denial forever.

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Ariana had seen Colette wasted too many times to show as much concern as the servers cleaning up around them did. Her eyes followed her sister's staggering form until she turned a corner and was out of sight, at which point Ari decided that she should probably be heading to bed too. While it was probably expected that she would spend her nights in Owen's room, she had requested her own bedroom as well. She needed a place to store her things and a place to get away to if she was ever feeling reclusive and with the surplus of space in the Collins' home, it wasn't a problem. Although she was leaning towards sleeping on her own tonight, she reconsidered the social repercussions. It would probably lead at least a few of the others to suspect that maybe she and Owen had had a fight, or more accurately, that she wasn't as into him as she portrayed. Most of the others probably wouldn't pick up on it, but Colette would. While Ari suspected that her sister wasn't going to be in any state to analyze anything tomorrow morning, she wasn't going to risk it. Just as she pulled out her iPhone to text Owen, she found that he had beaten her to the punch.

To: Owen
Omw to your room ;) Had to deal with my sister

Although Colette wasn't in the best state, at least Ariana knew that she was alive... for now. The same couldn't be said of her brother, who she hadn't seen all night. A quick text was necessary to insure that he was actually still on the premises.

To: Christopher
You better be asleep

On her way to Owen's room, she nearly collided with Oliver, whose eyes were focused on his cell phone as he turned the corner leaving the theater. Normally, Ariana would have scowled at him and told him to watch where he was going, but the focus and elation directed at his phone screen was all too familiar to her. It either meant that Alexandra had agreed to date him, or he had received insider information on someone for one of his blog posts. The latter seemed all the more likely.

"What are you doing down here all alone?" Her stare was intense and piercing to a point that she knew it wouldn't take long for him to crack.

"I was... uh, watching a movie. Yeah, watching a movie. Captain America." It was just his luck that he would suddenly draw a blank to the room that he was coming out of.

"Really? A movie all alone? Your little blonde girlfriend isn't with you?" Ariana's eyes shifted between him and his phone, which she grabbed before he had a chance to answer. It was still unlocked, providing easy access to the freshly snapped photos he had taken. The photo wasn't the best. Although it was clear that the side profile of the male on the couch was Carson, Tinashé's head was nestled on Carson's shoulder, making her face invisible. Ariana knew that it was her without a second thought, but it would be easy to claim that the girl was someone else.

When she had first stumbled upon Oliver, she suspected that maybe he had caught Christopher and Shay or Alexandra making out, or with her brother's track record, maybe even one of the young female servers. It would have made sense for it to be Carson or Aiden and one of the party guests, and she probably would have even believed it to be Rose and some stranger over Carson and Tinashé. Granted, they weren't actually doing anything sexual in the photo, but since when were they that close of friends that they wrapped themselves around each other like that?

Oliver wasn't sure how to react when she took his phone and silently reacted to the photo. He wasn't going to deny that he had taken them, since she had basically seen him leaving the theater and was the one person who knew that this was in his character, but he really didn't want Ariana being the first to see it. Honestly, Oliver lacked enough romantic experience to even think that Shay and Carson were anything more than friends. He genuinely believed that they were just relaxing and watching a movie together, but assumed that the angle he had taken it at would force people to speculate that they were more than just friends, even if he didn't believe that.

He opened his mouth to try to explain, but Ariana cut him off by tossing the phone back at him and waving down a passing server. "Would you mind getting two Malibu Bay Breezes for me? You can bring them into the theater." Oliver might had been able to hide his blog for years, but Ariana knew that he needed a good fake out to disguise the fact that he had taken the photo. The Collins' house had ample security. No one was going to believe that the paparazzi had magically found their way inside. They needed a beard and the idea of some low-paid server wanting to make a quick buck by selling a picture of celebrities to some seedy gossip blog would work well enough. When the man disappeared, Ariana turned back to Oliver. "You're going to wait to post those until I tell you to." It wasn't a question, request or suggestion. It was an order, and Oliver knew it. He was grateful when Ariana ended the conversation on that note and they both took off in opposite directions for bed.



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Despite a reasonable amount of anxiety regarding his encounter with Ariana the night before, Oliver was able to sleep soundly for a good nine hours. He was showered and dressed by nine and spent an hour and a half on his computer attempting to draft a post for the photos he had taken the night before. By ten-thirty, it seemed hopeless. He had posted pictures of Shay and Carson before, but none of them had peaked Ari's interest like this one. That only spelled trouble for him, and although he didn't mind dishing out harmless gossip on his friends, he didn't want to hurt either of them like he was beginning to believe the Rockefeller did.

He expected that at this time of day, most of the energy would be accumulating in the kitchen and he was right. As he walked inside, he first spotted Tinashé working with food by the counter. "What's cookin', good lookin'?" he rattled off, making his presence known as he stepped in further. Despite thinking himself to be the master of cheesy pickup lines, none of them ever seemed to get him more of an eye roll in reaction. Colette was standing close by, but Oliver didn't expect her to respond if he greeted her, so he continued past the pair and towards Jamie, who sat at a table. She had a plate of half-eaten waffles in front of her and while they smelled tempting, he decided to wait for whatever Shay was cooking. "G'morning!" he smiled as he sat down across from her. He hadn't seen Jamie all night, but that was nothing knew. They were too close for him to need to question how she had spent her night. "What are the plans for today?" He assumed that he would be hanging out with her more than anyone else this summer.

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Thursday, July 2nd | 6:00 AM | Beverly Hills, CA | Collins' mansion





Aiden has gotten up. Sleeping in has never been a habit in his dictionary and he's always being known for rising up with the sun ever since he was young. It was just 5:00 AM when he woken up so after brushing his teeth, making up his hair a little bit and changed into a better attire, he went out of the mansion for some jogging and working. Aiden figured that he was the only one got up at that time anyway so he didn't go and check on the others. As he made his way out of the mansion, the only ones who he came across with are some maids and butler of the mansion.

Aiden took a deep breath at the morning fresh air as soon as he stepped out of the house. He has always enjoys the atmosphere here at Bev Hills in the sunrise. Within a busy lifestyle of a celebrity, Aiden can always find smallest of things that can make him feel relaxed and happy. He stretched his arms as he began to jog from the mansion around the streets near there. Not many paparazzi and stalkers are going to work around these times so you can say that Aiden got plenty of freedom. As he was jogging, it seems that there are still people that realized him on the street. He just smiled back and waved his hand to them as he kept running.

With that said, Aiden jogged around the neighborhood for an hour or so before returning back to the Collins' mansion. As he returned, he swept the sweat drop on his forehead before entering. More people seemed to have risen from their slumber, but Aiden hasn't see any of his friends yet. Aiden was thinking about taking a nice, warm bath first and decided what to make for breakfast after that. He's got a long day to go and he's not going to waste it. In fact, this summer is going to be epic.




Thursday, July 2nd | 9:30 AM | Beverly Hills, CA | Collins' mansion





After immersing himself in a nice, warm bath full of bubbles and lavender scent, Aiden felt more refreshed than ever. It's been a while since the last time he's got a chance to relax and stretched his muscle like that and he knows he's gonna treasure every second of it. After wandering around the mansion a bit, Aiden has managed to memorize its rooms and structures alike. At least he's not going to get lost in this seemingly endless mansion.

Suddenly, Aiden realizes that his stomach is growling with him. Well yeah, everyone's expected to get starved after a long, nice work out like that. If he was going to make something for breakfast now this is the good time as ever since the others might be awaken soon and it might be nice to make a first impression by making somethings for them to fill their stomachs. Aiden has always been a thoughtful person anyway so you can't blame him for caring about the others so much that sometimes he did forget to take care of himself.

With that thought, Aiden made his way to the kitchen. Well, he wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't anyone here just yet, except for a maid who is cleaning around. "Oh, good morning, Mr. Chang." She held her mop next to her and bowed to Aiden, "I supposed that you were having a great time around here. I'm sorry that Hans, our chef, hasn't up yet so there aren't anything for breakfast for now."

Aiden smiled and brushed his finger through his hair. It was quite a habit of himself when talking with others. "Oh, it's okay. There's no needs to be too formal around me. And yeah, I was thinking about making something for breakfast for myself and the others, anyway. Is it okay if I use the kitchen? I supposed that no one would mind. You can continue with your job."

The maid nodded as she continued with what she was doing. Aiden then cracked his knuckles and grabbed an apron nearby then wear it on before looking around the kitchen. "Okay, let's see what can I do..." There are probably thousands of ingredients around the kitchen anyway and he's not in the mood to make something too complex anyway. In the end, he decided to make some red velvet cupcakes. Well, hopefully the others would enjoy it though.

Aiden grabbed the ingredients he needed and put each specific ones into two different bowls and make the batter for the cupcakes. After he finished making it, he picked two large baking pans from a drawer on the counter and dozens of cupcake liners. Putting the liners into each cups of the pans, he filled the batter into the liners with a good ratio for each. When all the liners had been filled, he carefully carried the pans to the oven and started baking them. Nodded to himself, Aiden smiled to himself in a satisfied fashion. For now, he can leaves the baking for the oven to take care of. Krystian has been bombing his phone with text messages since morning and Aiden couldn't possibly leave his lover hanging like that so he stepped outside to the garden, still wearing the apron while replying for Krystian's mountain of messages.

A while later, Aiden made his way back into the kitchen after receiving Tinashé's text message and found that quite a few of his friends, including Tinashé herself, were there. It seems they're doing different jobs though the atmosphere is normal. "Hi guys, seems like you guys are enjoying your morning, isn't it?" Aiden smiled light-heartedly as he walks in, gaining everyone's attention. He turned to Oliver and Jamie, "Didn't see you two last nights but hoping that we're going to have a great day." Aiden said cheerfully and turned to Colette, "Hey Colette."

Aiden then grabbed a pair of gloves and turned to Tinashé, who was standing nearby and cooking for her own. "Just got your message. Well, I hope that I can borrow your kitchen. Would you mind if I'm helping a little bit? Just wanted to do something for you guys while I'm still here." Aiden scratches the back of his head and giggled innocently. He puts on the gloves as he took the pans out from the oven. Aiden picked a small bamboo stick and dug it into a cupcake to check if they've been baked well enough.

While waiting for the cupcakes to cooled down, Aiden began to work on the frosting. While he was doing his job, he turned to Tinashé and asked the younger girl with yet another bright smile, "So, got any plans for today, Shay?"

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In Owen's case, ignorance was bliss. His day might have been less than perfect due to the stress that Alexandra always brought upon him, but it ended in the best way possible: next to Ariana. He was already on his way to his bedroom when she texted him that she was headed there too, and once the door was shut behind them, his stress disappeared too.

He hadn't even slept for very long, but when he woke up at seven-thirty, he felt well-rested. He wasn't tired enough to fall back asleep but also didn't have the energy or desire to pull his arms away from her warm, bare skin. He remained, drifting in and out of sleep, until almost ten o'clock when she woke up. "Morning, beautiful," he smiled at her as she rolled over to face him. As he studied her barely-awake face, her disheveled hair and undressed form, he couldn't help but to think about how lucky he was. He was lying in the same bed as the girl that every boy their age swooned over during high school, and even to this day. Regardless of them dating for a year now, he still admired her like the first day they met.

After a few minutes of cuddling, she pulled away from him to shower. His eyes didn't shift from her until the door closed, at which point he decided that he should probably shower too. Unlike her, he slipped on a pair of boxers after leaving the shield of his blankets. Not only was his bedroom cold, but he also needed to find an empty bathroom since she was in his, and well, no amount of scantily clad modelling shoots could make him comfortable with the possibility of running into one of his siblings of friends naked. Before he left his room, however, the bathroom door swung open. She was only peeking her head out now, a shyness that was unnecessary since they had spent countless nights together, but also cute enough to make him smile.

"Babe?" It was already obvious that his attention was focused on her, so she continued without waiting for a confirmation that he was listening. "I didn't want to bring it up last night, but it's kind of been bothering me all morning." He was confused at her nervous tone, but aside from taking a step closer to her, he didn't cut in. "Last night, before I came up here, I was looking for Christopher and one of the staff told me that they had seen him in the theater. I went in and... I don't even know how to put this... but I think I saw Carson and Shay making out on one of the couches." She paused, probably expecting him to shout some expletive and storm out to kill Carson, but he didn't. He needed a second to process what she was saying, but after he repeated the sentence a few times in his head, he concluded that it couldn't be true. The theater must have been dark. It could have easily been someone else. Ariana had even said herself that she only thought it was the two of them. She wasn't certain and Owen had enough trust in his best friend and preferred sister to take that bit of doubt as enough reason to think the claim was false.

"Carson and Shay? No, they wouldn't be doing that. Shay went to bed early last night, anyway. There's no way that could have been them. Maybe it was Rose..." Though he was speaking aloud, he was speaking more to himself as he tried to reassure himself that there was no way that it could have been the two of them. He shook his head to confirm it to himself again. "You're probably right. I'll meet you downstairs once I'm ready. Make me some tea?" She smiled when he nodded and just as she disappeared behind his bathroom door, he turned to head out to one of the hallway bathrooms.

His shower took far less time than her's and he was dressed and headed downstairs in twenty minutes. Ariana's suggestion that there was something going on between Shay and Carson was still bothering him, but he was pretty certain that there was no way it could be true. Many of his friends have tried to make a move on Tinashé before, but Owen couldn't even imagine Carson doing something like that. He had grown up with Shay in his life for as long as Owen had. Granted, they didn't live together and weren't bound by parental relationships, but he wanted to believe that Carson would see her as being off-limits too.

By the time he reached the kitchen, he had convinced himself that the claim was bogus and was in the process of picking his mood back up. The smell of a homemade breakfast waiting for him made that all the more easier and as he stepped inside the bustling room, he found many of his friends in there as well. Colette, Tinashe and Aiden were hanging out by the counter tops, while Jamie and Oliver sat at the long table. "It smells good in here. What are you making?" he said as he passed by Shay, Aiden and Colette. Aiden seemed to be making cupcakes or some type of dessert, while Shay was cooking a meal... probably omelettes, he decided after a quick glimpse of her ingredients. He waved at Colette, but decided not to bring up the text she had sent the night before. The last thing he wanted was for more drama to ensue, especially when Ariana's earlier claim was still itching at the back of his mind.

He took a seat at the kitchen table, opting to wait to make Ariana's tea until the stove area was less occupied. Jamie and Oliver were talking to each other, so he offered them both a quick wave before returning his attention to the trio standing near the oven. "Ariana's showering but she'll be down in a minute." He doubted that any of them were as interested in seeing her as he was, but it was his way of answering Shay's text message from earlier. Besides, he did want the two to talk at some point today. They needed to sort out their issues before the summer began. "Do you girls have any plans for today?"

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Upon hearing footsteps, Tinashé shook her head as if to clear herself of unwanted feelings and set to continuing her task. She had already pulled out four pans for the stove burners with only three of them having oil in them. The vegetables and meat she had lined up for omelets were mostly cut up, so she tossed a healthy amount for the first omelet into the first pan. The sizzle dispelled the air between herself and Colette, and allowed for her to smile upon hearing Oliver's voice. She turned to him with a playful glint in her eyes. "Nothing much, hot stuff." She replied to him with a wink before glancing at Colette. "We can talk more later," she explained, giving the other brunette a pointed look. Them trying to discuss something that Shay was purposefully trying not to allow to get back to Owen was only going to end with Owen blowing up at everyone. And it was too early in Shay's summer for her to allow that to happen.

Instead, she focused on her cooking, seasoning the vegetables and ladling in the egg concoction in a separate pan so that it could hold the vegetables. She was making Colette's first and made it just the way her best friend liked it. Hans, sensing that she was getting close to finished with the first omelet, slid over a stack of plates and Shay only smiled appreciatively. Once she had tucked the cooked foods into the egg and folded it, it slid beautifully on the first plate and once that was finished, Shay handed Colette her plate. "You should probably get a glass of that limeade Hans is making. It helps with hangovers." Tinashé gave her friend a pleading look, begging Colette to drop the conversation only to turn to fully distract herself with Aiden's presence.

"Hey, love. Not a problem at..." Shay trailed off upon seeing Aiden pull out red velvet cupcakes. She and her fellow artist weren't particularly close, but she definitely loved him more of his desire to do something for the group included her favorite cupcakes ever. She offered Aiden a small pout. "Dude, you can't be tempting with cupcakes this early! Not my faves! They look awesome." She exclaimed, grinning at Aiden good-naturedly. This was good. This was great, in fact. Yesterday had been plenty stressful and she wasn't anticipating the others' (more Lex and Ariana than anyone else) presence. She was good with dealing with someone as simple as Oliver or someone she could be creative with like Aiden. Plus, she would have her girls by her side and could possibly forget all about her brother not -

Tinashé hissed, "Shit," under her breath upon hearing Owen's voice. Gritting her teeth and not answering Aiden's inquiry about her plans for the day, Shay had to take a deep breath. She had promised both Alexandra and Carson that she would keep their secret, which now that she thought about it, was an easier feat said than done. Not that she had never kept a secret from Owen before. There was that time where she had brought a guy over and drunkenly made out with him in Owen's bed, but stopped it and cleaned up the room before Owen would ever find out. There was that time when she flirted with one of his other guy friends and definitely exchanged some...less than appropriate texting sessions. There were a few other occurrences, but none as serious as this. Not to mention her own reaction to it and how Owen was probably still a bit concerned about her texts. She tried hard to not allow the tension to be too visible in her form when Owen's questions sailed through the room and upon finishing the second omelet, grabbed the fresh plate and walked it over to the table, tossing her brother a slight smile. "Nothing too big. My girls," and she pointedly emphasized the "my" out of the statement, "and I are getting pampered at Caudalie today and I thought we could really just relax on Abbot Kinney. See some clothing stores, maybe a bookstore." The last part was added for Jamie's sake, partly, but also because Shay needed to add more to her own library. "I'm sure you've got something planned for the guys, but I thought we could meet up for dinner at Providence and then have a little fun at Greystone Manor."

Shay didn't fail to give Owen a pointed look as she slid the plate in her hand to Oliver nor did she really care about Ariana. Shay changed her mind. She didn't want to be nice today, not someone she could give two fucks and a quarter about. To her sister she could be forgiving and attempt to not want to throttle. To Ariana? It was bad enough they were in the same house, she didn't want to deal with her any more than she had to. Not after last night. "And don't think that I'm not having fun this summer 'cuz you wanna be a stick in the mud," she griped before casting her gaze over Jamie. "And don't think you're excluded from having fun with us today, Jamie. I haven't seen you in a while, ma'am." She spoke that time with a smile before heading back to the stove and working on another omelet.

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Owen shot Tinashé a look of disapproval as she emphasized what her girlfriends were doing today. It didn't take much to interpret that as her way of stating that Ariana wasn't welcomed, or at least that Shay wasn't going to make the effort to invite her. He shouldn't have expected that Shay and Ari would just magically get along now that they were living together but he wished they could. It would make life a lot easier if he didn't have to worry about either girl snubbing the other. Not only for the sake of avoiding drama, but he also didn't want to have to pick a side. Ariana was his girlfriend; someone that he loved and saw as someone he could eventually marry, while Shay was his sister; someone that he was expected to be loyal to no matter what. Both relationships were so important to him that he couldn't imagine having to choose one over the other.

He rolled his eyes as she accused him of being a stick in the mud. If being responsible and cautious was equal to that, then so be it. Someone in the family had to set the boundaries and at the very least, respect the law. He wasn't sorry that he didn't approve of underage drinking or recklessly club-hopping at bizarre hours of the night. That wasn't his scene and he didn't want it to be his sisters' either. "Your plans sound fine," he replied, shooting her one last look that he hoped signify the message of "please don't start this early in the morning". "But only half of us are going to be able to go to Greystone. You know that Jamie, Oliver, Chris and Alexandra are underage. They won't get in." It was wishful thinking. From his own experience dealing with Alexandra, he knew that the right connections could get a twelve-year-old into even the most exclusive club in Los Angeles and if anyone had the right connections, it was this friend group. He was actually pretty sure that it had been Greystone Manor itself where Alexandra and his mother had been photographed doing a line of cocaine in a VIP section. Still, he wasn't going to approve of them going when it was illegal. He knew it probably wasn't going to change his strong minded sister's plans, but he was going to try.

The omelet that Shay had slid to Oliver smelled good enough to remind Owen that he was hungry. He followed closely behind Shay as she moved back to the stove to work on another omelet. "Would you mind making some green tea for Ari?" he asked one of the kitchen staff members who looked uncomfortably displaced with their job being unnecessary. It had probably been a while since they hadn't been needed to cook. Tinashé was the only one in the family who had cooking in her blood and Owen didn't trust Alexandra to use the microwave, nonetheless the stove, so the kitchen staff had been essential more than usual while she was on tour. He returned his attention to his sister when the kettle was set on an unoccupied burner. "I'll take mine with cheese," he grinned, in an attempt to lighten the mood. Plus, he really did want one. "And you're still not off the hook about last night. What happened? You went to bed that early?" He was curious about what had happened with the glass breaking, or whatever that story was, but there was also a part of him that wanted confirmation that she hadn't ended up with Carson last night. He didn't think it was true but this would just verify that.

Just as he thought of Carson, he found his phone vibrating with a message from him. Owen found it to be a bit odd that he would be running off so early, without even getting breakfast, but at the same time, it wasn't so conspicuously strange that Owen put too much thought into it before texting back.

To: Carson
Shay's making omelets just stay for breakfast and then we'll all drive over there w/ u. I figured we could go to the beach anyway

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When Ariana woke up, tangled in Owen's limbs and bed sheets, she felt comfortable. There were no butterflies or rapid heart beats, but she was comfortable next to him. It was good and bad. There was a part of her that loved Owen for who he was, but she also knew that she didn't want to wake up to this feeling every morning for the rest of her life. She would have to put up with it for the rest of the summer, or at least until Colette returned to New York, but the part of her that loved Owen felt bad that she was leading such a nice guy on, when she knew there was no future in sight.

There was enough guilt there that she almost didn't tell him about his sister and Carson. Almost. She knew his eyes were following her undressed body as she slipped out of his sheets and behind the bathroom door. She rested against it for a good minute before deciding that she needed to say something. Not so much to protect him or his relationship with Shay or Carson, but to protect her own image. She was going to have Oliver release the photos eventually. It would make her look like a good girlfriend if she had tried to warn him about it beforehand, she decided. So, she swung the door open and peaked her head out around the side of it. "Babe? I didn't want to bring it up last night, but it's kind of been bothering me all morning. Last night, before I came up here, I was looking for Christopher and one of the staff told me that they had seen him in the theater. I went in and... I don't even know how to put this... but I think I saw Carson and Shay making out on one of the couches." The look on his face told Ariana that her point had been made. Whether he wanted to believe it or not, it had shocked him. When he denied the possibility of it being true, she smiled warmly, though it was laced with mischief. "You're probably right. I'll meet you downstairs once I'm ready. Make me some tea?" She was good at dropping bombs like that, stirring the pot, and then disappearing like she had no involvement at all. As Owen wearily turned around to fulfill her request, she snuck back behind the door and grinned. This was going to be fun to watch play out.

She showered, blow-dried her hair, dressed and was walking downstairs in a half hour's time. Most of the others were already in the kitchen, but Ariana noticed that Carson, Alexandra and her brother were missing. Rose was as well, but Ariana wasn't close enough with her to notice. "It smells amazing in here," she noted cheerfully as she stepped in. She was well aware that along with Aiden, Shay was also cooking. All the more reason to compliment it. She could be sweet when she wanted to be, especially when she knew Owen was in earshot. "You look cute today, Collie. Feeling better?" Her smile was just as innocent-looking as the tone of her voice, but her sister would probably know that it was more of jab at the intoxicated state she had last seen her in. "And have you seen Chris? He hasn't answered my texts since like... last night?"

She rested her phone on the counter top as she wrapped her arms around Owen's neck to kiss him, probably for a few seconds longer than the other's would feel comfortable seeing. Really, she only pulled away when she heard her phone ping. It was Alexandra, claiming that she was sick and needed a staff member sent up to check on her. Ariana hummed quietly to herself as she pondered an answer. It was quite possible that the young Collins was just as hungover as Colette, but Ariana would humor her with a genuine response anyway. First, she would tell Owen. "Alexa said she isn't feeling well. Did she eat yet this morning?" Maybe Shay's cooking had given her food poisoning. It wouldn't have surprised Ariana, who had no plans on eating Shay's food anyway. It was unlikely that she would poison her own sister's food, but Ariana was sure that Shay was crazy enough to try something so ridiculous on her. She didn't want Owen to think that she was hating on his sister though, especially not after she had vowed to try to make things better between the two of them. "I can bring her up some food. Can you make something for her, Tinashé?" She smiled as she acknowledged the other girl. Owen couldn't complain about anything. She was being nice and cordial. She was acknowleding the sister that hated her "for no reason", while also dealing with his bratty little one. The perfect girlfriend, or at least a better one than her alcoholic sister would be.

To: Alexandra
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After he had entered the kitchen, so did Owen and Aiden, though it appeared that Aiden had been awake before most of them. He was tending to something in the oven, which soon surfaced as cupcakes. And God, did they smell good. Had Tinashé not followed Owen to the kitchen table seconds later with an omelet in her hand, he probably would have gotten up to try one of Aiden's cupcakes. "Thank you m'lady," Oliver responded to the deliciously smelling plate being passed his way. It didn't get rid of the tempting, sweet aroma of cupcakes, but by the looks of how many Aiden had made, there would surely be some left over by the time he finished his breakfast.

He was only a few bites in when he realized he had forgotten a drink. Rather than flag down one of the kitchen workers in an unnecessary and lazy move, he got up and poured himself a glass of lemonade. Unlike the others, Oliver had spent most of his life living a life that was the opposite of lavish. Sure, it was easy to get used to the good life when he moved in with his father six years back, but a large part of him still remembered what it was like to actually have to do things on his own.

Thankfully, he was seated back at the table by the time that Ariana walked in. It was pathetic and he knew it, but he was kind of scared of the girl, especially when she was the one person holding his secret. She was preoccupied with Owen, and probably her sister and Shay, to even look at him, and he preferred it that way. In an attempt to further distance himself from having to interact with her, he glanced back towards Jamie. If there was ever a time that he wanted the blonde to be more social, it was now. "Are you actually going to go to Gresytone Manor tonight?" Oliver had never been to a club. He wasn't famous enough on his own to get past the bouncers and didn't have friends that went to them either. He definitely wasn't against it though, assuming that it was probably an easy place to pick up girls. If Jamie was going to go, it would be one more incentive for him to go as well.

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The tranquility of her solitude was eventually interrupted, but in one of the better possible ways, since rather than it being Ariana, Alexandra or Colette, it was Shay who walked in. While they were quite different, she liked Tinashé. Rose was close with her and it had led to Jamie eventually learning that Shay wasn't just the wild party girl that the press chalked her up to be. She was a genuine, kind and down to earth girl who just happened to love throwing down at a club every once in a while... or multiple times a week. Regardless, Jamie didn't mind her company. She had a mouthful of waffles when Shay greeted her, so she waved in response as she finished chewing her food. "I went to bed pretty early, so I probably missed you," she explained when Shay apologized for not seeing her the night before. As far as Jamie knew, Shay had been present during the entirety of the party and it was her that had rudely avoided socialization. "And I think I'll be full after this, but thanks anyway." She regretted filling her plate with waffles when it became apparent that Shay was making omelets. Jamie could personally vouch for how decadent those were.

Soon after Shay's arrival, most of the others began to flood into the kitchen. Colette, Oliver, Aiden, Owen and Ariana. She was only really interested in conversing with Oliver, but she acknowledged him only with an eye roll when he sat down. Did he really think that flirting with Shay would get him anywhere? She was far beyond his level and Jamie was sure that Oliver already knew that. He was so corny, but it never failed to make the corners of her lips tug upwards into a smile. She shrugged her shoulders when he asked what the plans were. She didn't have any of her own and hadn't spoken to anyone else, aside from Shay just minutes before, all day. "No clue." The question didn't go unanswered for very long, because once Owen joined the pair at the table, Shay followed and explained to him that she already had a schedule lined up for the girls for the day. Aside from the bookstore, none of the others stops on the itinerary really intrigued her, but especially after Tinashé specifically called her out on having to attend, she didn't think she could decline the invitation. "I'll be there," she smiled weakly, moving a piece of waffle in a puddle of syrup on her plate. It couldn't be that bad, she supposed. She liked Shay, her sister would probably be coming, and she had spent a lifetime ignoring spoiled brats like Colette, Ariana and Alexandra for her life. She could do it again today.

When Owen and Shay left her and Oliver alone again, she relaxed a bit. His question didn't give her much down time though. It was one thing for her to go along with a day of shopping and pampering, but she doubted that anyone actually expected her to tag along to Greystone. That had to be one of the last places anyone would expect Jamie to be at, and she was relieved when Owen objected to the minors attending with them. She doubted it would be enough to sway Shay against going, but at least someone agreed with her. Oliver, however, seemed interested in going. Since when did he like clubs? "Uh, no," she nearly scoffed at the absurd question. He knew her better than anyone else. Of course she wasn't going there, and she didn't expect him to either. "We can go see a movie or something." That was more realistic. She wasn't interested in seeing any of the movies currently playing, but she would rather pay ten dollars for a ticket and sleep through the entire thing than go to some flashy night club.

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Alexandra was used to being shouted at and berated by her brother, so maybe that was why when Carson did it, she didn't even flinch. Her eyebrows lowered slightly in a confused manner, but she didn't try to stop him as he stormed out of the room and despite her hopes, didn't swing the door back open moments later to apologize. She was startled that he had raised his voice and acted so passionately in a bad way, but it didn't strike a nerve in her. Possibly because she wasn't really processing anything yet today, or because maybe she wasn't as hurt as she would later act to be. Carson was gorgeous, successful, and he took her virginity. She was definitely attracted to him, but most girls her age probably shared that attraction. There had to be more than just physical attraction to make her act so brazenly. Maybe she felt like she had to like him since he was the first person she slept with, and she didn't want to be a slut who just slept with people with no strings attached. Shay had already claimed that role in the family. Maybe she didn't care if it ruined Carson's relationship with Owen. For once, things wouldn't work out perfectly for her goody two shoes brother. She wasn't sure what it was at this point, and definitely wasn't ready to admit that she was fighting for Carson for any reason other than "true love", but her reaction to his dismissal spoke for itself.

She probably remained on Shay's bed, staring at the door for three or four minutes before finally shifting herself onto her feet. She had received a couple of text messages since then. Most of them were from friends asking if she wanted to go out later that night, but there was a response from Ariana in the mix too, agreeing to send someone up for her. She was no longer in the mood to bother one of the servers but as she slowly stepped out of Shay's room, arms filled with shopping bags, she found one ready to knock on the door for her. In hand, he had a mimosa ready and waiting for her. How could she say no to that?

"You can leave it for me downstairs. I'll be down in a few minutes," she advised curtly as she side-stepped him and headed down the hall for her own bedroom. She only remained in there for long enough to toss the bags onto her floor, slip out of last night's attire and change into a bathing suit. For the first time in days, her mind wasn't racing with the thought of being with Carson. His words were slowly sinking in, but not to a point where Alexa was really going to let it go. There was still something, or some things that were pushing her towards continuing her pursuit of him, and the thought of Shay being jealous of her was a major one. Alexandra wasn't even sure if she thought that her sister actually liked Carson, or if Shay just didn't like that he liked her and wanted to ruin that, though. Regardless, she wasn't letting it get to her in the moment. She had learned after crying herself to sleep last night that it was just too draining, especially when she had just woken up.

When she stepped into the kitchen, it was apparent by the contrast in attire, that none of the others seemed to have "pool time" listed on their day's schedule. She wanted to go back to sleep and get a tan, so laying outside would be perfect for that. Still, she was social enough that she did kind of want someone to hang out with all day. She was sure that Shay had planned a busy day for the others and that once they left, it would probably be hours before they returned to the house. Everyone aside from Carson, Chris and Rose were in the kitchen. Chris was the only person that she was really in the mood to socialize with, but she had no problem with Aiden right now either. Plus, the smell of cupcakes he was standing in front made her mouth water as soon as she stepped into the room. She ignored her siblings, Colette and Ariana as she approached Aiden by the stove. "Can I have one?"

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Tinashé bristled at Owen's forgetting that Shay could get literally anyone in to Greystone Manor, partly because she knew that he knew she could. He was only trying to have control over everything this summer and she was not having it. Like how he was probably going to try to control what she does with their home's nightclub, but wasn't going to get away with it. That was mostly Shay's territory anyway. She didn't feel like dealing with her overbearing brother and when he asked one of the staff to make Ariana some tea, her expression soured immensely. Filling the omelet she was currentlyly working on with cheese and then sprinkling some on top, Shay slid it onto a warm plate. Afterwards, she added more vegetables to the other empty skillet and egg into a separate, before gathering the plate and walking over to her brother.

She did not know what was on her face and at this point, could care less what he saw on her face. She just stared at him when he asked about her disappearance last night, her mind flashing back to all that ocured - Lex's text, said girl pulling away from her, her and Carson talking, waking up in Carson's arms. It all replayed in lightning speed and Shay blinked, peering down at her brother without a trace of a smile or even the defiant smirk she typically regarded him with. "Like I said, you're too late and I don't want to talk anymore," Tinashé found herself staring at her brother's inquisitive eyes a bit longer before breaking contact when she heard Ariana's voice, turning away and heading back to the stove. She did not comment on Ariana's existence nor did she acknowledge it at first, opting only to make the next omelet for sweet Aiden. "Working on it right now," she told her fellow artist and would have continued in her quest to ignore the bane of her childhood had Ariana not directed an inquiry towards her. She had asked about Alexandra eating at all, which was in the negative because the wench had yet to have left Tinashé's room, but she didn't feel that it was necessary to answer that question. And when Ariana asked her to make something for her sister, Shay didn't even turn around when she replied, "She's got two feet." It was probably a bit unnecessary and Shay did have every intention of feeding her little sister, she just did not feel it necessary to be as fake as Ariana was. They did not like each other and the sweet lilt of her voice was a fucking lie, and they both knew it.

Still cooking and checking on the egg for Aiden's omelet, Shay glanced over at her phone, unlocking the screen when she did a double-take at Carson's message. Tell me something I don't know, was the first thing that came to her mind at him calling Lex crazy. She was, but she was also lovable and it left her befuddled that Carson would call her such. Pursing her lips, Shay set her spatula down, grabbed a cloth to wipe her hands, and then picked up her phone. While texting him, she decided to text Rose, whom she had not seen since before her departure from the social.

To: Carson
Could've told u that myself. Come eat b4 u leave. What happened?

To: Rose
Where r u? U coming today?

As she returned her phone to its place on the counter, Tinashé heard Alexandra asking Aiden for cupcakes and glanced at her sister, who was currently clad only in a black bikini. Which surely Owen was going throw a bitch fit over because it obviously wasn't their house and Lex wasn't allowed to wear whatever she wanted. Shay had to roll her eyes discreetly at the thought, but did take to noticing that Lex was purposefully not paying her any attention nor asking for anything. Which meant that she was in one of her moods and probably whatever she had discussed with Carson revolved around Shay. Great, she thought, annoyed. Piling the ingredients into the egg with cheese, Shay folded it and slid it onto a plate, handing the newly prepared food to Aiden. "Here you go, love." Smiling for him then, she glanced back at Ariana, more than ready to make something for herself and Lex only instead of concerning herself with her brother's demon of a girlfriend. "Do you want anything?"

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Tinashé looked him with the smirk he resented and knew all too well. She claimed that she still didn't want to talk about whatever had been bothering her last night and Owen knew better than to press the subject. They didn't need any unnecessary drama and knowing Shay, she had probably been dramatic about something trivial. She slept it off and now it was over. They could move on to the first day of summer without any trouble. It seemed that way for a moment, at least. And then Ariana walked in. He smiled. He couldn't help himself from doing that, but even in his hopeless bliss, he knew that Ari's presence brought tension. Between Colette and Shay, it was apparent that Ariana wasn't welcome in the house, nonetheless the kitchen. She was making an effort though, and that was something he didn't think he could say for Shay.

After a surprisingly public mini-make out session, she offered to bring food up to Alexa, who was claiming to be ill. Tinashé didn't even turn around when she shot down the offer callously. He couldn't even brush it off as her just not wanting their little sister to be pampered. She was just being nasty because it was Ariana who was being nice. He knew that it wasn't going to be easy to have both of the girls living down the hall from each other all summer, but he thought that both girls would at least try to make it work. Shay had chalked Ariana up to be Satan reincarnated, and yet she was the only one making an effort to put their past behind them. Admittedly, Owen did want to believe that Ariana wasn't as horrible to his sister as he had heard her to be, but this seemed like an example that was hard to deny. She was being nice.

Though Shay wasn't facing him, his look towards her bordered a glare. He was ready to contest that no, Ariana should take her up something. Not because he wanted Alexandra to be waited on, because that was probably the last thing he intended to happen, but because he wanted to acknowledge that Ariana was being a good person. He didn't though, because before he could do more than open his mouth, Alexandra stepped in. She might as well have stepped in completely naked because the poor excuse of a bathing suit barely covered any of her skin. He knew that she didn't acknowledge her partly because she was just a brat, and partly because she knew that she was wrong for parading herself around like that in front of guests. The fact that she was also ignoring Shay didn't strike him as odd either, but only because he thought that Shay would be on his side about the bathing suit and that Alexandra probably thought that as well.

In Shay's credit, she had addressed Ariana and offered to make food, even if it wasn't in the most genuine voice, but he was too busy addressing Alexandra to hear it. He waited until Aiden had finished speaking to her before plucking the cupcake out of her hand. "Are you out of your mind with that?" he snapped, waving his hand up and down at her body. "Where the hell did you get that? I doubt Aimee would even let you wear that." Owen always felt like Aimee was too easy on Alexandra. It was probably because she had seen everything and more when she raised her own teenage daughter, and because someone had to be the good cop when Owen and Pierce played bad cop. Still, no normal person would approve of a child, eighteen or not, wearing something that was so skimpy. He glanced back at Shay, who was still working on food. It wouldn't have surprised him if she had brought it back for Lex from Europe. He wouldn't bring it up now. No, not after he was already going to need to confront her about how she had treated Ari. "Go upstairs and put clothes on. Shay's taking you out today." He held up his hand before he could respond. He was already expecting that she was going to object and claim that she wasn't going or that she already had her own plans. Had he forgotten how popular she was? "All of the girls are going, so don't try to get out of it." It seemed like a good time to invite Ariana. "Ariana, are you up for going with them too? Shay has a whole day planned out for you guys. What are you guys doing again, Shay?" His look towards her was more pointed this time. Please be nice.

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Although Alexandra had always thought of Aiden as being a little bit too nice, to a point where her petty self was bothered by it, she was grateful when he allowed her to have one of his cupcakes. One, because they smelled irresistible and two, because she was hungry and didn't want to ask Shay for her food. She had maybe two minutes of peace at most before Owen had to bother her. Sometimes Alexa wondered if Owen had to make a show of his power to her, to compensate for how Ariana probably controlled their relationship. She wouldn't have been surprised. While her brother's successful modelling career made it hard to deny that he was attractive, she felt like Ariana's aura gave her an unattainable status. She didn't need Owen as much as he thought he needed her. The thought made her feel slightly better as he berated her.

Just as soon as Aiden had handed her the cupcake, it was plucked out of her hand by her power hungry older brother. It would have been easy for her to snap at him, accuse him of being a tyrant and asking him if he was in such a pissy mood because he never got laid. It wouldn't have been the first time, but she didn't. It didn't stop her from allowing the thoughts to play out loudly in her head, but she wasn't going to give him an excuse to call her an unruly brat. Instead, she would ignore him. She had a feeling that acting like he was completely invisible would do more to piss him off than talking back would. She attempted to sidestep him after he asserted that not even Aimee would be okay with her wearing the outfit. Does he not understand what a bathing suit is? And that's not saying much. Aimee doesn't like me anyway, she thought. Owen thrust his hand in front of her before she could get away, and without much surprise, continued his lecture. Shay had plans for all of the girls today, blah, blah, blah. She was well aware of that. Her sister had said the same thing to her earlier.

She was actively trying to annoy Owen by giving him the cold shoulder, but even if she did want to scream at him, she wasn't sure if she had it in her in the moment. After Carson had blown up on her, she had shut off her emotions to keep herself composed. So, after making eye contact with him briefly and continuing to give him no reaction, she was finally able to step around him when he diverted his speech to Ariana and Tinashé. She snatched another cupcake from Aiden's stand and made her way to the table. Jamie was sitting there which normally would have turned Alexandra off, but she was too hungry to leave the kitchen all together and didn't mind Oliver that much. She chose a seat at the opposite end of the table though, because she wasn't in the mood to break her silence just yet. Besides, she was sure that Oliver would start a conversation with her sooner than later anyway.

Aiden's cupcake was cooked flawlessly and it satisfied her sweet tooth but she was still hungry for real food. Skipping dinner last night had been a mistake, clearly, since just as hungry as she was, she didn't want to talk to Shay after she had clearly betrayed her regarding Carson. A text message didn't seem as personal and allowed Alexandra to feel like she was still standing her ground, while appeasing her appetite. Though they were only a few feet away, she sent the message.

To: Shay
I'm hungry