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Lilia Montgomery

"You know my name, not my story."

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a character in “That's what friends are for.”, as played by phoenix_lynx

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Full Name: Lilia Montgomery
Nicknames: Lils
Age: Seventeen
Birthdate: 23rd April 1995
Sexuality: Straight though in more recent years, she would probably state that she is more pansexual.
Gender: Female
Face Claim: Clemence Poesy
Crush/Boyfriend/Girlfriend: None yet but will change


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Likes:
+ The night, as a lover of astronomy and just the dark sky in general, she has the tendency to stay up late and watch the stars. However, this usually means she doesn’t get much sleep and takes naps during the day to make up for the lack of rest.
+ Storm, her tiny yet lovable pet dog who simply lives up to the name. Storm, is an overprotective, messy, destructive and aggressive little dog who is the only one who’s been with her. Though very tiny, he is actually quite old and just doesn’t grow. But watch out, he is dangerous.
+ Poetry, call her a secret romantic, but she loves them, any genre, any form, and any writer.
+ Tea, and lots of it! She adores the wide variety of lovely flavours and scents, and cannot go without a nice warm cup.

Dislikes:
- Those who know too much, about her that is, she instantly feels threatened and uncomfortable.
- Authority, or those with too much authority as though she may not show it, she feels nervous around them and also feels that they may abuse the power they hold.
- Chocolate, yes, Lilia hates anything sweet. Including chocolate.
- Staying Indoors for too long, the outdoors is fresh and so much more free.
- Ignorance and arrogance.

Fears:
~ Trypanophobia- Fear of injections.
~ Merinthophobia- Fear of being bound or tied up.
~ Dementophobia- Fear of insanity.



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Appearance: Lilia is a girl with big bright hazel eyes. As someone with long blonde locks, she is more likely to be spotted out only due to the fact that her biological parents have dark hair and eyes. While looking very elegant and graceful, it wasn’t surprising to her parents that she got her appearance from her Grandmother who was someone quite famous among the relatives. Though very simple in style, she always wears things that are loose on her, never tight because she hates the feeling of restriction. Though as someone with a lovely hourglass figure, she never shows it, her mother always complaining how ‘she doesn’t show of her beautiful figure like her Grandmother.’ Because of the fact she didn’t show her beauty, no one really saw anything other than just...well, her clothing choice and so didn’t bother much with her when growing up. It was only when she decided to attend a well known ball which all the ‘coming of age’ girls went to, that she really showed her beauty, which pleasantly surprised others. Though she went back to her normal ways much to her Mothers disgrace, she reminded herself never to show anything that may let people judge her upon her looks, after all, if they cared enough, they would try to get to know her.

Personality: Lilia is very much and autonomous women who has a tendency to be controlling and bossy, as someone who likes to be in control, she can be seen as not much of a ‘team worker’ and much rather just do things independently. She has great survival skills. She knows how to blend in with the crowd and be social when she has or wants to be. Because of different jobs in different places, she knows how to adapt to her environment and this puts her knowledge of other languages to good use. Through this, she learned to communicate with others and learned how to act around other people. And because she knows of her good looks, she usually uses this to charm people to get what she needs. Sometimes she even uses this charm to find entertainment. This, however, is only a facade. Lilia is not very trusting. She will almost never say anything personal, not even her real name in some occasions. She doesn’t want anyone knowing anything about her and her past. The only reasons she will ever say anything personal would be if you catch her off guard or if you end up in her list of people to trust, and still both are highly unlikely. It is because of this that she is usually very indifferent. And during her times of solitude, she is very quiet and serious, observing her surroundings. Her mind is usually preoccupied full of other things that no one can ever guess.

However, she is a sharp girl and has a great desire to learn. To those who do care about her and are close to her, they see her in a slightly different light. They see a girl who loves to do everything perfectly, who sees tiny problems in herself and mistakes that she has done. She’s also the most reliable, though awkward in intimate moments, she knows how to cheer people up, as someone who isn’t the best and lacks in sense of humour, she can somehow make you smile, probably because of her endlessly rambling on, and stupid jokes that she tries to slyly add without making it too obvious. Lilia is the type of girl who’s been let down, hurt and abandoned, and so knows what it feels like, and by no means allows that feeling to appear to anyone. Even her enemy.

So begins...

Lilia Montgomery's Story

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Lilia sighed gently as she felt herself become more annoyed by the minute. Of course she had to quickly slip out of her house before her parents found out, it wouldn’t take much for them to call the police if they suddenly thought she was kidnapped, so in order for her to keep a solid cover, she had one of her old...acquaintance take care of everything. After all, she needed to run away from everything, a small town meant that everyone knew everything which was quite constricting at times.

She felt herself snap back into reality by the gentle halt of the taxi that she had taken to get to the house Kathryn in London. Though it was a long, long way from home, she was actually glad to be outside the tiny setting she called home and to a big city area where no one cared about you and knew exactly what you did, or your past as a matter of fact. Everyone had their own lives to live. Her eyes skimmed the surroundings, tall buildings looking both old and new, technological signs and large crowds, many of which were speaking on a phone rather loudly if you asked her.

It will take some time getting used to of course, but she didn’t care. It was a godsend of an invitation and she accepted right away. I must thank her again she thought to herself. One thing she didn’t like much was the traffic...and there were lots of that.

"Could you possibly be going any slower?" She mumbled to herself in a sharp tone, it was true that Lilia was autonomous women who had a tendency to be controlling and bossy at times. She was an introvert at most and preferred to be alone, though this didn’t mean she wasn’t good at whatever. She was a chameleon of some sorts, able to adapt to suit her environment and the settings around her; nonetheless this made her quite...well, unusual in the fact that you never know who the real Lilia is. But evidently she was fine with that.

"Seems to be that you haven’t been in a city before, eh madam!?" The cab driver joked, it was obvious he was joking, but she quickly flashed him a charming smile and laughed along. "Oh deary me, am I that obvious?" her voice was sweet and naturally quite quiet, yet she pushed it to sound almost flirty like, delightful to hear.

The driver gave another chuckle, looking back at her, though occasionally their eyes meet when he would glance at the overhead mirrors. As someone who has been told frequently that she wastes her beauty upon nothing, it was just simply put down to the fact that she didn’t need to please people nor satisfy them in a way that only showed of her appearance. If they truly wanted to get to know her, then it should be certainly because of herself in general. though I never reveal much about myself to begin with.

Finally the driver stopped, bringing the vehicle to a standstill. "We’re here sweetheart." He motioned around the place. Smiling yet again a pleasantly fake smile, she glided out of her seat and out of the door where she grabbed her suitcase from the trunk. Shutting it gently, she waved goodbye to the man and in reply he honked before starting the engine and rushing away.

A cold breeze hit her face causing her blonde locks to fly widely. Trying to tame her hair, she tucked some around her ear as her gaze fell upon the building where she would now be staying. The corners of her lips perked up into a slight smirk. It’s going to be fun She thought while she tightened her grip on her suitcase. Her legs began to walk as she quickened the pace to stand right in front of the door.

"Here goes nothing." She thought aloud in a hushed tone, and with that she knocked on the door.

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Jams had only the sight of the window sill drawing closer, and the pressure of two fairly large hands on her back to let her know that this wasn't exactly going to be the smoothest exit she'd made in her lifetime. The window was wide open, and was large enough for a girl of her size to fit through. And that was that. The next thing she saw was her garden, and then she smacked her body off the ground and wheezed in pain. "And stay out, you little cunt!" Screamed her father from out her bedroom window. He reached behind him to grab her bag, before throwing it on her, causing her to release another pained sound.

However hard and painful it was, Jams managed to push herself up and force herself to grab the large duffel bag and walk forward. Her entire body was in so much pain that she felt like she'd been set on fire. She was pretty sure she'd crapped up her knee again. "On to Kat's it is," She mumbled, and looked back for one last time. Jams then made her way down the busy streets of London, heading for the only friend in the world that would willingly put her up and care for her.

It was about a 20 minute walk, along with the few minutes added on from when she'd stopped off at the local coffee shop for a drink and a bagel.

Jams approached the house, to see Lils at the door, waiting for somebody to answer. 'Oh joy' she thought, 'another moody twat to socialise with'. She walked towards the door and stood beside Lils. Despite her bruised arms, scruffy hair, smudged makeup and hurried outfit, she somehow found a way to force a smile and a shakey wave. "Hey," she greeted quietly, "...what a surprise to see you here?".

'Seriously, brain? Couldn't you have thought of anything else to start the conversation?'.

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"There's not going to be any boys sleep at the house right? That was our deal, you stay here..." Pandora just nods and zones out. She had heard the same speech when she first asked to stay and she heard it yesterday while she was packing her bags and she was pretty sure she will hear it again when her mother calls her to check in tonight.

"You know I could have taken the train to London, right? Reading is not that far from London. It's taking far more time with you driving, and you'll be driving home alone." She says as if she actually cares that her mother would be driving back alone, when really she just didn't want to be stuck in the car for this long with her Mum. When her mother launches into a new rant about the dangers of the trains, Pandora sighs and goes back to watching trees fly by.

When they finally reach the house, Pandora finally perks up. "All right, see you later, mum. Kat's going to drive me home when my stay is up, so don't worry about picking me up." She leans over and kisses her cheek. "Panda," Her mother says softly and puts a hand on her shoulder. "Stay safe all right?" Pandora just nods and grabs her bags, dashing out the car with a wave.

She beams as she gets up to the door. "Jammers!" She laughs and pulls her into a hug. "Hey, Lils." She nods to the blonde. When she releases Jamie from the hug, she throws a look over her shoulder to see her mum still sitting there and waiting to watch her get inside. Pandora just rolls her eyes and straightens out her dowdy cardigan, her fingers already itching to ditch the "Mum approved" skirt she was wearing.

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Kat's expression brightened when Jord walked in, holding two piping hot cups of coffee. He handed one to her and sat down beside her on the beautiful, cream coloured sofa. Kat took a sip of hers and placed it on the small table infront of them. "Feeling better now?" Jord asked. Kat nodded in reply and returned her gaze back to the window. A small, inaudible sigh escaped Jord's lips. They sat in silence for a while.

After about 10 minutes of silence, there was a faint yet noticable thumping sound. Kat instantly recognised it as being the door. Jord went to stand up, but Kat had beat him to it. "I'll get it," she said as she rushed towards the door. She opened the door and held out her arms.

Her friends. Lils, Jams and Panda were all standing in the doorway. Jams looked like she'd taken quite a beating, which was a common sight because of the family she came from. Panda looked awfully smart, also a common sight because of her mother. And Lils was just.. Lils, she figured.

"People!" she screamed joyfully, "Come on in". She raced back into the living room. Jord just about managed to jump to one side to avoid her as he stood in the doorway. He placed one hand behind his head, a large grin crinkling his cheeks. "Nice to finally see some of you. Kat's been going crazy for hours".

"I have not," Kat shouted from the other side of the room, "Only for like an hour..." she added. Jord chuckled, "Probably more than one," he said. Kat shrugged, "Probably".

After a moment, Kat spoke again. "Once everybody's here, I'll get the room stuff sorted. And then we'll go over weekly payments, 'cause I can't pay for rent, gas and electric, food shopping, etc. all by myself". Jord nodded, "She's already got me down for £20 a week".

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Lilia leaned forwards and then to the side to see if anyone was near the windows. She ran her painted navy fingers through her long blonde hair as she silently waited. She wrapped her arms around her to keep the warmth in, though she was wearing appropriate clothing for the cold. Deciding to just wear some high waisted jeans, she didn’t really bother about anything to big, a simple print shirt tucked into her jeans with a large oversized bottle green cardigan. Even though they were warm clothes, she still felt the chilly air.

From the corner of her eye, she spotted something red, then as she slowly glanced back, she realized it was someone walking towards her. Instantly she recognized her as Jamie. Once she was right next to her, she gave her a small smile.
"Hey” She nodded a hello in return, "...what a surprise to see you here?".

She had known that the visit may have been quite unpredictable; after all, though they were all friends, she only knew them through Kathryn and met them through visits and such. Again, she couldn’t help but smile a bit, though it wasn’t very big as all her smiles were small and petite. ”I had to get away from my town.” She told her softly, “Hope you’ll okay with that, I’m not sure if I actually told Kathryn that I was coming.”[/b] She tried to think back but it was more likely she didn’t say anything due to the fact that she hoped that she would just be taken in.

Her eyes fell upon the house; she heard no solid noises or activity and wondered if perhaps the house was empty. I highly doubt it She thought to herself.

Before she could say something else, a bubbly blonde appeared by their sides, Pandora. Yet again she nodded as a hello in return. The girl’s mother was still sitting in the car since she could sense eyes upon her and the others. Spinning on her feet to face Pandora’s mother, she waved cheerfully to her and gave a bright smile to indicate it was all fine, just for her reassurance.
Then she looked back at Pandora. “Good to see you again.” She uttered.

Before she knew it, the door sprung wide open, and there standing happily was Kathryn. "People!" she screamed joyfully, "Come on in". Without a moment of hesitation, Lilia stepped inside, noticing a male beside Kathryn.

"Nice to finally see some of you. Kat's been going crazy for hours". Blinking in surprise, she returned the grin. Ah, going crazy? That sounds about right She joked, poking Kathryn playfully. She then strolled deeper into the house.

Kat started to speak once they were all there. "Once everybody's here, I'll get the room stuff sorted. And then we'll go over weekly payments, 'cause I can't pay for rent, gas and electric, food shopping, etc. all by myself".

Jord nodded, "She's already got me down for £20 a week".

Leaning against the wall, she bobbed her head up and down slightly as an answer to what she was saying. “How much exactly? She spoke bluntly, money wasn’t an issue, and it was nothing compare to being away from a nosy group of citizens back home.

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”I had to get away from my town.” Lils said, “Hope you’ll okay with that, I’m not sure if I actually told Kathryn that I was coming". Jams nodded to Lilia and smiled. "Fair enough. And don't worry about that. Kat's expecting everyone to make an entrance". She'd never been one to keep to her little appointments, if appointments they may be called, but she figured she might aswell try a little harder this time, and actually turn up when expected to.

She ran her fingers through her bright red hair and huffed as she pulled out a twig and threw it to one side. "Gross.. Don't you just hate being thrown out of a window?" She asked rhetorically, soon followed by an emotionless chuckle. Jams pulled her ripped jacket back over her shoulder and began to scuffle her feet around uncomfortably. Her knee was still hurting. Despite the fact that it wasn't hurting as bad anymore, she still figured that maybe she could get Jord or Kat to take a look for her.

Jams flinched as she heard her name being called. For that split second she thought it was her father who'd realised he had made a mistake in letting her be free and was coming to drag her back to that damned house. She turned her head, and sighed in relief as she saw Panda running up to them. "Jammers!" She called, before pulling Jams into a hug. She chuckled and when released from the hug she wrapped her arm around Panda's neck as she greeted Lilia.

She stayed silent for a moment, then flinched again as the front door was opened with unbelievable force. "Woah," She whispered. "People!" Kat yelled, before inviting them in and rushing back into the living room. She managed to hold back a giggle as she pushed past Jord who stood in the doorway, looking startled. She too walked into the living room, only she kind of scurried past him.

Everyone started rambling about other things for a moment. Jams didn't get involved, she was too busy inspecting every corner of Kat's house, marvelling at its beauty. She ran her finger slowly across the window sill. There were a few jagged areas, but aside from that it was pretty smooth. She was lost in her thoughts, until she was brought back to reality by two words; 'weekly payments'.

Jams understood that Kat couldn't afford to have everyone living in her home for free, but it would be extremely hard for her because she didn't have a job. She didn't qualify for a job. She'd got mainly E's and D's on her exams because she was too busy taking drugs and drinking alcohol to care about anything to do with school. Despite this, she nodded and returned to her thoughts.

There was a knock at the door, which Jams thought she'd get because she'd already wandered into the hallway and was standing about a meter away. She opened the door and smiled, seeing Lyfe and Cosmo standing and chatting. "Hi, guys" She greeted them, "Come on in. Everyone's in the living room, waiting for you".

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"Long enough," the man says in a monotonous tone, with a undertone of annoyance. Damn kid, sorry. Cos thought to himself. Was just bei-- His thoughts are cut short by the swift opening of the door. He looks up to see a fair skinned, red headed young woman smiling back at them warmly.

She motions for them to enter, saying, "Everyone's in the living room, waiting for you." She's an attractive young woman, with playful eyes and soft round cheeks. Though he doesn't know her, Cosmo flashes a quick, friendly smile as he steps through the door, his bag slung over his shoulders and the music - a Hot Water Music song, at this moment - still coming, somewhat audibly, from his headphones.

It's hard to find your way through the darkness.
It's hard to know what to believe.
But if you live by your heart and value the love that you find.
You'll have, all you need.


Save for Kathryn, Cos doesn't immediately recognize most the people in the room, though they all seem friendly enough. He takes a seat off to the side, setting his bag down beside him and glancing around the room. The group seems to have been in the middle of a discussion concerning a sort of weekly rent. He sits and listens, before speaking up during a lull in the conversation. "Just let me know how much you need, Kat."

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Kathryn's gaze shifted to Lilia as she questioned the amount of money to be paid per week. Quite honestly, she wasn't so sure what everyone else was capable of paying. "Around £20 per week, £10 being the minimum if anyone is having trouble paying. No payments are required as of yet, and they will be held off for a few weeks so that anyone who doesn't have any money can go and find a job or something".

It was then that there was a knock on the door. Jordan walked forward to answer it, but it appeared as if Jamie had already done so, and was greeting them. He returned to his place in the living room doorway, leaning up against the frame with his arms crossed. He watched as Cos and Lyfe entered the house. Lyfe's actions made him chuckle inaudibly. The two walked past him and took their places in the living room. Jordan turned to Jamie and shook his head, before he too walked inside.

"My neighbours are shagging, so I'll need to sleep here for the night. We all know that Dana is a screamer." Lyfe said, "Do you happen to have any coffee? If so, please bring it forth. Jamie knows how I prefer my drink. Thank you". Both Kat and Jord stared at him with a blank expression. "Right.." Jordan mumbled.

"Just let me know how much you need, Kat." Cos said. Kathryn automatically assumed he was referring to the rent payments. "£10-20 per week, starting in exactly 4 weeks".

Jordan cleared his throat to draw the attention to him. He clapped his hands together and stood next to Kathryn. "Now, onto the rooms. There are 4 rooms in this house, each with their own private bathroom. Because of this, you will need to decided who you would prefer to share a room with and partner up. Me and Kat have already chosen eachother because we both have similar habits and routines. Who you share with is totally up to you, so.. Yeah".

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Jamie tried to avoid staring at Lyfe as he entered, but just couldn't resist it when he stopped just beside her. Her dark brown eyes trailed up and down his face, examining his features. He began to fiddle with her hair and she had to stop herself from blushing. "I like your hair," He said, before walking into the living room. Jamie stood in absolute silence from then on, not even bothering to acknowledge the fact that Cosmo had entered.

What an odd thing to happen. What an odd man. Never before in all their years of knowing eachother had Lyfe ever done that. Then again, her hair had only been so brightly dyed for a week or so. After a few moments of standing still, staring out of the door and into the streets of London, she closed it and made her way into the living room. She heard Lyfe mention something about his neighbours, which quite frankly didn't at all interest her. She only really listened when he asked for a drink, that she supposedly was going to make so perfectly. 'Oh, great' Jamie thought, rolling her eyes.

Without a word, she walked out of the living room and entered a few minutes later with a lime green cup, full with piping hot coffee. She gently passed it to Lyfe, making sure he could get to the handle when he reached out for it. "Here you go," She mumbled, "Your coffee". Once the cup was out of her hands, she took a seat on one of the sofas and exhaled deeply.

'You're such a push-over. Just say no the next time. You're not a maid' A voice deep in her mind said to her. Jamie frowned, 'I'm not.. He never said I was' She protested, 'I wanted to'. The voice spoke again, 'Liar'. Jamie shook her head and watched the others as they carried on with their conversations. Now they were expecting her to pick a partner, or some weird crap like that, to share a room with. That would be fun. She'd most likely just wait until everyone else had picked a partner, and just go with whoever was left. That seemed like the better option.

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Lyfe gratefully took his coffee, feeling the warm radiating from the cup. He glanced up at Jamie and lowly said, "Thank you." He took a hardy gulp, letting the liquid sear his throat. He flinched, but recovered quickly as he rested the cup on his lap. He listened to his companions talking, occasionally taking sips of coffee.

"I don't really care who I share a room with," he shrugged. "If anyone doesn't want to share with me then I'll sleep on the couch." He closed his eyes and rested them, for they burned from his lack of blinking. "I'll help with the rent if you let me stay here sometimes. My flat isn't the most desirable location to reside. I'll even pay for the groceries that I eat here. Don't want to be a burden and whatnot." He opened eyes, letting his hazel eyes rest on Kat. "I mean, if it's okay with you, Kat." Lyfe licked his lips before drinking more coffee. He crossed his legs underneath him with his mouth pulled into a tight line. He started to fiddle with his thumbs while staring at the cup's content.

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"£10 to £20 a week, starting in exactly four weeks." Kathryn stated, in response to his question. Cos nodded as the conversation continued.

"Now, onto the rooms. There are 4 rooms in this house, each with their own private bathroom. Because of this, you will need to decided who you would prefer to share a room with and partner up. Me and Kat have already chosen eachother because we both have similar habits and routines. Who you share with is totally up to you, so.. Yeah". Jordan added.

Cos looked around at everyone. Someone mentioned drawing straws, and Cos turned to her. She had blonde hair and shimmering eyes, and Cos noticed, a sort of reclusive look, but with a subtle hint of longing. Perhaps she's afraid of the world, Cos thought to himself. I don't blame her. It's a messed up place, sometimes. He nodded slightly to himself, somehow feeling that they might share some of the same fears. As she finished, the young woman looked around, and caught Cos looking at her. He shrugged slightly and gave a flash of a smile that seemed to say, Wanna room up?

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As soon as the door is shut behind them, Pandora is unzipping the "Mom approved" skirt and letting it fall to the floor. She had a leather mini skirt on underneath. She also pulls the cardigan off to reveal a low cut lacy red top. "Fucking finally." She pulls at the clip in her hair and shakes her hair free. "I swear if I had to keep that outfit on any long I was going to jump into the Thames." She smiles.

When Kat started explaining the conditions for them staying her she nodded. £20 was nothing, she knew her mom was going to keep putting money in her account for her shopping money and she could use the portion her mom expects her to use for donations at the church she's suppose to be attending.


"Hey Jammers, you wanna room up?" Panda smiles at her. She wasn't sure if Lils was serious about drawing straws or not, but just in case she wanted to room with someone she could actually handle.

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Jamie was pulled from her thoughts by an all too familiar voice; "Hey Jammers, you wanna room up?" asked Panda. Without even the slightest of hesitations, Jamie looked up and nodded, returning Panda's smile warmly. She was one of Jamie's closest friends within the group, of course including Kathryn, and one of the only people she could completely trust.

One thing to catch Jamie's eyes was Panda's sudden change in clothing, which made her giggle slightly. It must've been hard coming from such a home, where you're expected to perfect at all times, a little angel that your parents could rely on. She figured Panda just wasn't suited for that lifestyle. She wanted to be free. Jamie's homelife was completely the opposite. She was practically like a servant to her drunken, abusive father. Freedom wasn't an option for her either, and that's why she tried her best to annoy him. If she hadn't, she would still be stuck back at her house.

Jamie forced herself to stand up, before walking out of the living room and up the hall, having a tight hold on the duffel bag that was draped over her shoulder. She opened one of the doors, but realised that it was Kat and Jord's because it had all their belongings in it. She opened the next door, and stepped inside. It was empty, apart from having a wardrobe, bed, desk, bed-side table and a shelf on either side. Jamie wandered around the room, her eyes examining each and every object that Kat had left out for them.

She dropped her duffel bag on the bed. Slowly she lifted up the blanket and patted the mattress to test how soft it was, only to find that it was as amazing as she'd expected, especially compared to the mattress she'd been sleeping on every night for the past years of her life. That one had loose springs, lumps and a rough texture, it was horrible. Jamie allowed the blanket to drop back to the mattress, before she sat down on the corner and huffed.

'I suppose I should get unpacked and return to the others' She thought, 'But I guess I could just stay in here for a while. It wouldn't do any harm.. I don't think so, anyway'.

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The corner's of Kathryn's lips dragged themselves upwards into a smile, her eyes falling on Lyfe as he spoke. "You can stay as long as you like, Snow. I don't mind, so long as you pay your time per week," she said. Her attention was then drawn to Lilia as she spoke about drawing straws as an alternative to actually pairing up, but after an exchanging of looks between her and Cos it seemed like she wasn't sticking with that plan. Kathryn smirked, soon followed by a small, inaudible chuckle. Jamie and Panda had also paired up, and Jamie exited the room.

The only three of them left in the room by this point; Kathryn, Lyfe and Cosmo, as Jordan had wandered off to the kitchen for a snack and a drink. "Well, looks like you're going to be sharing a room with Teddy," Kathryn said to Lyfe, "Should be fun". She actually thought that was one of the worst pairings out of the group. The excitable, joyous one, mixed with the emotionless, miserable one. Fun.

Jordan entered the living room, equipped with a ham and cheese sandwich, and a carton of orange juice. He sipped the juice from the carton and grinned at the two. "I was thinking we could have some sort of welcome party, to get you used to living here," he suggested, "How better to get you used to a new home than to throw a huge house party?".

Kathryn squinted momentarily. "Yeah.. house party. Lots of drugs, alcohol.. and mess," she mumbled, before obviously faking a 'yay' and sitting down on the sofa. Usually she was up for parties, but one in her own home wouldn't be as fun, especially not in the morning. It was at times like this that she wished she had enough money to keep a large, 4 bedroom house with nice food shopping and a maid to clean the place. It all just seemed like a distant dream.. A maid, must've been nice to have one around.

Jordan nodded. "So, it's set. I'll go tell the others". He then exited the living room and went into the hallway. He inhaled deeply, before screaming out a few words at the top of his lungs, to save time and energy. "House party tonight. Prepare yourselves!".

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"House party tonight! Prepare yourselves!"

Cos chuckles to himself; something about the excitement in Jordan's voice, mixed with the "I'm-not-too-sure-about-this" look on Kathryn's face. Grabbing the bag he brought with him, Cos stands up. "Well, I guess I'll go unpack and get ready." He says before exiting the room with a slight wave. He pats Jordan on the shoulder as he passes in the hallway, "Should be fun."

As he enters his new room, he realizes that he never properly introduced himself to his new roommate. Setting his bag on the bed beside him, he sits down and starts pulling out a few things - a couple of Charles Bukowski Poem Collections, a copy of John Knowles' A Separate Peace, and a small sketchpad and pencil. Throwing the bag to the floor, he speaks. "My name's Cosmo, by the way. But you can call me Cos." He pauses. "Just so you know, I thought you'd be a good roommate. You seem like a more laid back person, and kind of quiet. I like quiet." Adding quickly, "Not that you have to be quiet... I just mean that you don't seem too intrusive, is all. With that being said, if there's anything you want to know, just ask. And by all means, let me know if I start to annoy you." He laughs to himself. "I'm assuming you heard Jordan's announcement?"

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"House parties, I thought I ran away from those." Cos sits, watching as his new roommate speaks softly. Grabbing her bag, she starts taking out a few things, and Cos' notices a few books on Astronomy. He smiles a little to himself. Well that's kind of interesting, he thinks as she continues. "Oh, I almost forgot, Lilia, though some call me Lils. I don't have a preference, really. It's a pleasure to meet you, Cosmo." Cosmo starts to say that it is a pleasure for him, as well, when she adds quickly, "A cosmos is an orderly or harmonious system..." Her voice trails off slightly, then stops. Gathering the books together and setting them on the table, she speaks again, in a slightly louder voice. "I am quiet, though some might just think of me as discreet in some ways, or cautious, I'm not exactly a social butterfly I suppose." She shrugs.

There is silence for a minute or so, as the two continue unpacking their things and going about their own personal business. Eventually, Cos stands up and walks over to the window, looking out. The streets are almost empty, all of the people having gone home to be with family or friends or perhaps just alone. For a minute, Cosmo thinks about all of these people, and how they each have their own little world and how vastly different that world must be from his. Then he thinks about Lilia, and how she, also, has her own little world that is vastly different than his. And so does everyone else in this house, he continues thinking.

Then, suddenly, perhaps to simply stop himself from thinking, he speaks, keeping his eyes focused out the window, "The origins of my name are anything but orderly, or harmonious. To be honest, the way by which I received my name is lined with entropy." He pauses, shooting Lilia a quick look. She continues tending to her belongings, but she's listening. Turning to look out of the window again, Cos continues. "I didn't know my mother. My birth mother, that is. She died giving birth to me. But, they say that with her last breath, she uttered the word 'Cosmo,' and so... that's what they named me." He shakes his head slightly. "Everyone's pretty much in agreement that she said it randomly, as the medical records indicate she was on several drugs when she went into labor - the fact that I was born healthy came as a bit of a surprise. Still," he pauses. "I like to believe that she said it because that's what she saw... an orderly and harmonious system; a cosmos. I like to believe she saw something beautiful before she died."

As he finishes, Cosmo turns from the window and walks back to his bed. He grabs his bag off the floor and plucks a pack of cigarettes and a lighter from inside and slides them in his pocket. "I'm going to go have a smoke," he says, starting towards the door. He stops short, placing his hands on the door frame, and adds, "I'm not sure about you, but I've always found it easier to be comfortable when I know something about someone and they know nothing about me. So... hopefully that'll help."

Flashing a smile, Cosmo leaves the room and heads down the hallway. He searches for the back door and finds it rather quickly. Opening it, he heads outside. Once out, he retrieves the pack of cigarettes and lighter from his pocket and plucks a cigarette from the pack. Tossing it between his lips he lights it and inhales deeply, as he takes a seat on the grass. Lying down on his back, he tucks his arms under his head and releases a cloud of smoke upwards into the sky.

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Jordan figured he'd got his message across, since everyone must've heard him shouting about the house party to come. He felt a slight tap on his shoulder, before hearing "Should be fun" from Cosmo, who then proceeded past him and towards the room that Lilia had chosen. "It will be fun. I will make it fun," he replied, pointing a finger at Cosmo and he entered his room. Lyfe then exited in silence, which was quite strange to Jordan. Never before had he made friends with anyone who was so silent and emotionless, which was why Lyfe wasn't particularly his favourite out of the group.

Kathryn stepped out into the hallway and stood next to Jordan, "Looks like it's just us for a bit," she mumbled, "Might aswell start organising the event". She grabbed the scruff of his shirt and dragged him into the living room, causing him to he reply with a small groan. He loved parties, but not Kathryn's whole 'let's plan!' thing. He didn't see why she couldn't just get some alcohol and dance around a bit. Knowing her, she was most likely going to get out the Twister and force everyone to play until they passed out. Fun.

They both took a seat next to eachother on the sofa, and began to discuss where they were going to get the supplies from. "Don't you have some sort of secret liquor cabinet that your dad always used to use when your parents would visit?" asked Jordan out of pure curiosity, to which she nodded. It was then that Lyfe's voice broke through their thoughts; "I'm bored," he said, "So, a party, huh? I'll get the booze, if someone goes with me. Someone else will need to get the snacks and other stuff".

Kathryn smiled, "Thanks, but we have the majority of the drinks sorted, although you're always free to get more if you would like. We have plenty of snacks here. Oh, and drugs," she said. Jordan stood up and took out his wallet, taking out quite a few notes. He passed him the £200. "Get as much as you can for this amount. Again, you're always free to get extra, but it'll cost you your own money".

Jordan noticed that Lilia had also entered the room, so he sat back down. "I’m going out for a quick walk, but while I’m out, do you want me to buy anything for the party?” she asked. Kathryn and Jordan both shook their heads simultaneously. "Nope, everything is pretty much sorted. Apart from the music, but Kat's got that sorted".

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Jamie awoke from her slumber, slowly lifting her head up as she heard Lyfe yelling about drugs. The party was getting more and more appealing to her now, even more so because she had a secret stash hidden away in her father's house. It was a risky job, but she needed the content of that stash, if it was going to be any sort of fun for her. Hesitantly, she got up, fixed her hair, unlocked the door and ran downstairs.

She entered the living room. "I have some stuff," she said, "but I'll need an extra pair of hands for.. y'know, protection". She figured everyone else had their own stuff to sort, but Jordan she could take. She knew he didn't even enjoy planning parties, so he would be the most likely to accompany her. "Jordan, you're up". She gestured for him to follow her as she exited the building.

Jamie began to walk in the direction of her father's house, her hands hidden within her pockets and her head tilted towards the floor.

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"Okay, UV Blue on the list, Cosmo, I was going to get more than spliff anyway. I know a guy. If you want to join, then join, I'll need more places to hide the stuff anyway, so I'll take all the pockets that I can get." He held his hand out to Cosmo for the money. "I'll be buying the drinks first, then I'll meet up with my dealer. I'll warn you that it's a pretty distant walk. If you're still interested in coming, then let's go. I want to get this over with so I could get drunk."

"Sure, I don't mind a walk. And I've got pockets." Cosmo replies to Lyfe, as he hands him a few bills. "I'll be right back."

Cosmo exits the room quickly, heading to his bedroom. Grabbing his bag, he fishes around and grabs packet of papers and a small bag of marijuana. Plucking one of the papers out, he tosses the packet back on the bed, as he spreads some green over the paper. Twisting it between his fingers, he licks it and seals it shut. He tucks it behind his ear before walking back to the living room.

He tosses the bag of weed on the couch. "It's some good shit, I promise. Mix it in with what Pandora has if you want. Or whatever. Just doing my part." He flashes a playful smile towards no one in particular; being slightly fond of parties, especially when he's in the mood to have a good time - a mood that he current found himself in - Cosmo was simply excited.

Turning to Lyfe, he says. "Ready whenever you are, man."

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"Fine," Lyfe said finally, making his way to the exit. He kept his hands in his pockets, feeling the money against his fingertips as he passed Lilia. He gave her a look that practically said 'I'm ready to go.' He turned the corner with the knowledge that Cosmo and Lilia were trailing behind him. His lips were in a thin line while his feet moved nonchalantly against the pavement.

His mind was, however, in a frenzy. Oh, how he craved for a bottle of Gin to wash away his burning thoughts. Perhaps, his therapist was right...maybe he needed to take the time to let people in. He felt different when he was around others, well others that didn't grate at his nerves. Being around people made him feel less...him and more--he couldn't even think of the words. He didn't understand why he liked being around people, but he did, and he never showed it. He kept his head down as he walked, not saying a word, not a looking back, but hearing the footfalls of the people behind him and that sound was enough to make him feel a bit of something that he wasn't use to feeling: relief.

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"Fine," Lyfe said before walking, rather determined looking, out of the room. With a quick wave, Cosmo followed the young man, with Lilia following behind. As they made they way down the stairs and started on the sidewalk, Lyfe stayed a few steps ahead of the other two. He struck Cosmo as a bit eccentric, but in an odd way. Not that this bothered him in the least, nor did he think of it judgmentally, simply as an observation.

As they continued to walk, Cos reached behind his ear, retrieving the joint he stashed there before they left. He placed it between his lips and lit it, inhaling rather deeply. He takes a couple quick hits, before holding it between his fingers and asking, "Would either you of fine people like a hit?"

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"Fine," Lyfe said finally, making his way to the exit. Lilia took this as a sign that they were all ready to go, but just in case she hadn’t of realized; he gave her a look that basically said ‘I’m ready.’

She dug her fingers into her pockets, savouring the warmth before heading outside. London was cold, though her town was cold too, just not this freezing. It was more because of the wind that was simply icy and so caused her body to release the warmth quickly. Even though Lyfe stayed ahead of both Cosmo and herself, she kept the distance between them, just in case he didn’t like it. Though she was good normally at reading people, they were still those few who she failed to make any connections with. Perhaps Lyfe just liked keeping his distant or liked not giving his emotions away, it all made sense; she was practically a stranger in some sorts.

From the corner of her eye she could see Cosmo; he himself seemed pretty friendly, though from the earlier conversation seemed to be pretty open. She wondered if she should just tell him about herself, after all, didn’t he say it was easier? Well, if he had any questions, Lilia knew she’d answer them; after all, it wasn’t like she had anything to hide. Not a lot at least.
She could see him move, reaching behind his ear. Before long he smoked the joint, seeming to relish it. He spoke soon afterwards, "Would either you of fine people like a hit?" Shaking her head kindly at the offer, she gave him a small smile before returned her gaze back at the in front, or in this case, the back of Lyfe’s head.

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Lyfe gave Cosmo an empty look from over his shoulder before shaking his head and continuing his stride. He wanted to wait until he was drunk to take a hit. For some strange reason, when Lyfe smoked before drinking he had a tendency to go through a process that he didn't really want to go through.

Lyfe's High Process


Stage 1. Hunger: Although, this is common for most spliff users, Lyfe is different. He will not stop eating until he either throws up or gets a stomach ache. He will eat anyone out of house and home without regrets.

Stage 2. Excessive Talking: Lyfe won't shut up. His stoic silent persona melts away and he will talk about the most random subjects from the history of spoons to why his face feels funny. It's strange sight...

Stage 3: Strange Smiling: Yes, Lyfe does smile, but only when under the influence. His grin is so wide that it's a wonder how it fits his face. It's actually pretty adorable.

Stage 4: Idiotic Laughing: Lyfe will laugh at things that aren't even funny. For example, he will look at the moon and chuckle because it reminds him of Lays chips.

Stage 5: Bluntness and Vulgar Behavior: Lyfe is already a rather blunt man, but when he is high, there is no limit to how far be will go. He will also become very vulgar with his language and on occasion will feel the urge to touch things like hair, skin, etc.

Stage 6: Unpredictable: Lyfe acts before asking questions. He does what he feels like doing at the moment; be it streaking or stealing the neighbors dog.


It's true that Lyfe actually develops a fun-loving personality when smoking, but he hates the aftermath. He hates that just because he was being social for one night people think that he is going to be like that forever. It gives others false hope. He only drinks while smoking because it makes him sleepy and that prevents stage 2 and so on from happening.

It didn't take long for the group to finally arrive at King's, a liquor store. He walked it, hearing the ding of the bell on the door.

"Sup, Snow," the cashier smiled as Lyfe walked past him. Lyfe just nodded in acknowledgment before making his way to the back of the store to get his drink. He skimmed the array of choices. He rubbed his chin in thought, UV Blue...UV Blue...

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Both Lilia and Lyfe shook their heads when Cosmo offered them his joint. He shrugged, taking another hit himself. He let the smoke flow smoothly out of his lips as they walked, in silence. Their footsteps the only noise, save for the noises of the city, itself. Cos snuffed the joint - which was about half way done - and placed it in his pocket as they walked in the liquor store.

"Sup, Snow," he could hear the cashier call as they entered. Lyfe simply nodded and kept walking. Cosmo went down an aisle by himself, perusing the selection of alcoholic beverages. He hummed to himself lightly as he walked slowly down the aisle, looking for what he wanted.

"Aha!" he exclaimed, grabbing a bottle of Jameson. "It's not a party without whiskey."

Holding the bottle by the neck, he walked jovially over to Lilia. "He's quite the conversationalist," he said, tilting his head in Lyfe's direction. "Fancy anything in particular?" He shifted his attention to the assortment of beverages as he asked the question playfully.