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Colin Clay

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a character in “The Return of Gossip Girl: A New Era.”, as played by Bandit

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"One day, when you’re thinking back and trying to decide the moment that made you happiest, I hope it is difficult. I hope it’s so difficult because that’s how many moments you spent happy. That’s how many moments were so good you cannot just choose one."




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{ Name }
Colin Dominic Clay

{ Nicknames/Alias }
N/A

{ Age }
17

{ Gender }
Male

{ Sexuality }
Heterosexual

{ Date/Place of Birth }
January 12th, 1997

{ Nationality }
American

{ Label }
The Class Clown





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{ Childhood/Family Life }
Colin resides in a three bedroom midtown Manhattan apartment with his parents and three adopted younger siblings. Although his apartment is pretty nice for an affordable New York apartment, it's nothing compared to the places his friends live in, especially considering that he shares a bedroom with one of his younger brothers. It's about thirty minutes away from his school by subway so it's not too bad of a commute.

His home life has always been pretty enjoyable. His father works as a lawyer and brings in around $100,000 a year and his mother owns a small yoga studio and brings in around $75,000 each year. Although this would be a decent sized paycheck in other parts of the country, living in Manhattan means that it's a barely-comfortable stipend for the family of six.

Monica was not expected to be able to have any children so when she became pregnant with Colin, she and his father were overjoyed. There were various complications throughout the pregnancy and Monica had to have an emergency C-section five months into the pregnancy. Colin spent two months in the ICU before coming home. Although his parents wanted to have a big family, they didn't want to risk Monica or a potential child's health by trying to conceive again so once Colin was seven, they started adopting children. The adoptions cost around forty-grand each which took a big financial toll on the family after the three were completed, but Colin's parents never stressed about money. In fact, they rarely got worked up about anything. They believed that it was more important to focus on their children's achievements and positives than to punish them or pay attention to their flaws.

While Colin knows that he had a great childhood and has very few complaints about the way that he was raised, sometimes he wished that his parents had given him a little bit more direction in his life. It sounds crazy for a teenager to want less freedom but now that Colin's supposed to be thinking ahead about his future, he really has no idea about what he wants to do with his life. His parents never pushed him to be anything, hoping that it would allow him to find his niche on his own, and although Colin has flourished socially and is intelligent, he wonders if having that extra push from his parents to be the best might have made him a different person.

{ High School Career }
Unlike a lot of the other guys at Saint Jude's, Colin never had a lot of money or a prominent family member to give him a reason to be liked. However, he did have his humorous personality and Colin used that to become well liked among his friends. Although he's constantly receiving detention for being a smart ass to some of the more strict teachers, he doesn't get into too much trouble at school. He has been a starting attack player of the boy's lacrosse team since his freshman year which also helped him get friends. Being the funny kid did assist him in making guy friends but it also led to a lot of the girls he hung out with as just thinking of him as the funny best friend. He thinks the whole "friend zone" idea is shit, but part of him does feel like because he's almost always joking around, that none of the girls would actually take him seriously if he said he liked them. He has had a crush on The Trust Fund Baby since he met her but doesn't feel like he has a chance since she's the daughter of a billionaire and he's... well, not.




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{ Good personality traits }
Humorous, intelligent, confident, amiable, lively, easy going, playful, animated

{ Bad personality traits }
Loud, inattentive, unpredictable, irresponsible, sarcastic, messy

{ Personality }
Colin's most prominent characteristic is his humor. He is constantly cracking jokes, making sarcastic remarks or doing something stupid to get a few laughs out of his friends. While being comical was the main reason for why he made friends in the first place and Colin would much rather this be his reputation than that of a loser, he finds it hard to be taken seriously when he's trying to be serious. This is especially common when it comes to getting girls. He isn't a virgin but struggles to
make himself anything more than just a friend to girls in his social circle. The few times that he has tried to tell a girl that he likes her, she usually just playfully punches him and treats it like it's just another one of his pranks. He's confident and bold when he's making jokes and focusing everyone's attention on whatever the joke is about but when it comes down to trying to charm girls with his own self, he usually becomes awkward and doesn't know what to say.

While he does make a lot of jokes, especially during class when he's most bored, he tries not to ever make hurtful jokes at the expense of others. When they are targeted at people, he tries to make it funny for everyone involved so that they're laughing with the subject and not just at them. Despite this, there are a few teachers at his school who don't find his disruptive tendencies to be amusing and it's not uncommon for Colin to end up with detention after school.

His parents would never be able to afford the steep tuition price of Saint Jude's, so his intelligence is what won him a scholarship to the school. He's not someone who would be thought of as being smart because he frequently blows off projects and rarely has to open a book to study for a test. In fact, Colin is able to sleep through most lessons and still ace the exam at the end of the lesson. Although he is intelligent, athletic and liked by many of his peers, Colin often feels like he's going to go nowhere in life. He has no plans for his future, no direction to go in and nothing really motivating him to get his act together. He knows that he can't coast through life forever but the idea of having to choose a certain path to go down in life is terrifying to him because he's still unsure of what he wants with himself.

{ Greatest joys in life }
Lacrosse, video games, his younger siblings, his mom's cooking

{ Greatest fears }
Clowns, snakes, school shootings, Lou Gehrig's disease

{ Life philosophy }
"But that’s how life is. You never know how it’s going to turn out, and you can’t plan for everything. You just have to do your best dealing with things as they come and hope people forgive you when you make a mistake."





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❤Sports, mainly lacrosse
❤Call of Duty
❤Home cooking, especially his mom's lasagna
❤Saturday Night Live
❤Fishing
❤Harry Potter books
❤Marijuana
❤Fast cars
✘Cops
✘Haunted houses
✘Being involved in drama
✘Teen novels
✘Desktop computers
✘Lap dogs and cats
✘Ice cream
✘Suburbs




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{ Parents }
Father - Age 44 - Dominic Clay: Colin and his father get along for the most part. Dominic wants the best for his son and encourages him to strive to achieve as much as possible, but he never puts an excessive amount of pressure on him. They do clash heads sometimes when Colin doesn't do well in school or comes home after drinking, but no more than a typical parent would.

Mother - Age 41 - Monica Clay: As Monica's first child, Colin has always been her baby. She's supportive, loving and proud of him in every way possible and always goes easy on him when he gets a bad grade or comes home late. She only sees the good in him and their relationship is very good.

"I'm lucky enough to have two parents who aren't dicks. My home life is pretty good."

{ Siblings }
Brother - Age 10 - Mikey Clay: Colin's family adopted Mikey from the Philippines six years ago. After being an only child for nine years, Colin was extremely happy to have a brother and took it upon himself to teach Mikey as much as possible."

Brother - Age 8 - Max Clay: Max is the most recent addition to the family, after he was adopted from South Korea three years ago. He has ADHD and a few learning disabilities and has proved to be a handful, but he keeps everyone on the family on their toes and his antics can always get a laugh out of Colin. He sees Max as being his mini-me and enjoys helping him with harmless pranks around the house.

Sister - Age 7 - Calista Clay:Calista has been with the family for six years. She's Mikey's half sister and was adopted at the same time as him. She's the quietest of the bunch and has become attached to their mother, but she's quite intelligent and Colin has found that it's easy to get her to open up if you give her enough attention.

"We might not be your average family but I think we do pretty well together."





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{ Build }
He stands at 5'11 and weighs approximately 150 pounds. Although he's not extremely muscular, he is physically fit and has enough muscles on him to show that he plays sports.

{ Hair Colour }
Brown

{ Eye Colour }
Honey brown

{ Distinguishable Markings }
He has a three inch scar on the left side of his left ankle from a surgery he had after breaking his ankle ten years ago.

{ Personal Style }
Colin dresses with comfort in mind. He typically wears t-shirts or plaid button down shirts, jeans and Vans.

So begins...

Colin Clay's Story

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| Good morning Upper East Siders, it's Gossip Goddess, logging on |
It's the first day back after Summer break, and we all know what that means, start sharpening those pencils - Or should I say, start sharpening those claws and get ready for some major cat fights. School is rife with drama here at Saint Judes boy's and Constance Billard girl's school. Only the wealthiest and most beautiful people will survive, nobody cares if you've got an IQ higher than Einstein if you're not filthy rich, you're irrelevant.

The back-to-school mixer should prove interesting, let's see which of you is lucky enough to get on my radar,
Let's have some fun this year, shall we?

See you soon,
Gossip Goddess xo

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Vincent's apartment was considerably nice for a New York apartment, but nothing compared to the other Upper East Side apartments that his friends resided in. When he first started attending Saint Jude's, the idea of not being as wealthy as his peers bothered him, but Vincent had grown to like his small apartment, especially considering that he lived there alone. His father paid the rent but lived on Long Island with the rest of the family, and while Vincent's personality had probably most noticeably changed for the worst since coming to New York, living alone also brought on a strong sense of independence in him.

Having spent an entire summer sleeping as late as he desired, Vincent was pleasantly surprised with himself when he managed to wake up to the sound of his alarm. He actually preferred waking up early over sleeping in, but that usually wasn't an option after his typical summer nights of heavy drinking and overnight visits from girls. Today Vincent gave himself a little bit over an hour to get ready, which was the perfect amount of time for him to take a quick shower and put on clothes, and make a BLT.

Cooking was always something that Vincent had taken an interest in, although he rejected the hobby as a preteen after his father told him that only women and gay guys cooked. His mother encouraged it though, and Vincent actually found that the skill lured girls in rather than turn them off. His ability to cook a nice dinner or bake a cake apparently made him even more charming and attractive or quality "husband material". The amount of girls who would sleep with him after a homemade meal negated any shame that Colin's remarks about him being a housewife might have brought on.

After scarfing down the sandwich in only a few bites, Vincent brushed his teeth and headed out of his apartment, down a few flight of stairs and onto the street. His apartment was in one of the less luxurious buildings in The Upper East Side, which was convenient today because the school mixer was held at Constance, but made for a longer commute to Saint Jude's which was located in Brooklyn. It was only a ten minute walk from his apartment to the girl's school and as he approached the building, he spotted Sydney Vale and Jane Lynch walking towards the school from the opposite direction.

"Well, well, well," he said, a smug grin appearing on his face as he stopped in front of them. "If it isn't the queen of the social scene and the gorgeous heiress who seemed to fall off the radar this summer," he said, stepping between them and placing an arm around each of their shoulders as he walked with them back towards the school. "The summer treated you two well," he added, obnoxiously eyeing their bodies. "By the way, have you ladies seen the new Gossip Goddess blog? We'll have to keep our future hookup on the down low, Jane. Don't want those details leaking out to all of Manhattan."

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Sydney didn't even acknowledge Jane's comment about going shopping after school for a new pair of shoes. She knew that Jane's walk-in closet sized shoe collection was worth tens of thousands of dollars, so needless to say, the girl could find shoes that would suffice without buying new ones. Even if she truly didn't have a pair that would work, there was no way that Sydney was going to tag along with her. Jane's shopping trips weren't in and out things where she could just focus on purchasing one item and then leaving. No, when you went shopping with Jane, you had to have a large block of time reserved for the affair. With her party only hours away, there was no way that Sydney was going to fall victim to Jane's "I'll only be ten minutes!" ploy.

When Jane brought up the guest list, Sydney shrugged. "No one noteworthy." She had made the guest list about a month ago, a few weeks before her brother left for graduate school, with him and Nicole Peer. He had been very good friends with Nicole during their high school years, and coincidentally, she now happened to be Jane's stepmother. Although Sydney knew how much Jane disliked her, Nicole actually seemed really nice and Syd wasn't sure why there were issues between the two of them. Maybe it was because Sydney grew up without a maternal figure in her life, but the idea of having a girl only a few years older than her as family seemed nice. Sydney had inquired with Nicole about Jane's whereabouts during that hangout, but she brushed past the subject, only stating that she was "spending time on the west coast".

Although Sydney was in control of who was and wasn't invited, she didn't object to some of the suggestions that Nicole had. When they passed Daphne Peterson's name, Sydney explained that Jane didn't get along with her so she didn't plan on sending her an invite. However, Nicole insisted that Sydney invite her, reasoning that Jane needed to stop being involved in trivial drama with people. While Sydney knew that Jane wouldn't be happy with the decision, she had sent an invite to Daphne, but even with the extended offer, she was unsure if the girl would even come. Daphne and Jane's ongoing feud was well known to most people, especially Sydney who constantly had to hear about it from Jane, and although Sydney would side with Jane, she didn't personally have a problem with the other girl. Since the brunette hadn't brought it up, Sydney figured that she didn't know about Nicole's interference in the invites, but she wasn't going to mention it either.

The thought of the unnecessary drama seemed to fit the scene because just after Sydney spoke, Vincent approached and greeted the girls in an overly warm manner. She offered him a wary smile which quickly disappeared when Jane replied to his advance with a comment about how she would never hookup with him because of what he did to Sienna. Jane didn't know about Sydney and Vincent, but her comment still felt like a personal attack on Sydney's actions. Her hookup with Vincent while Sienna was dating him happened years ago and no one but the two knew, but the mention of Vincent cheating still made her tense up. She tried to keep the past in the past, but it was so hard when everyone kept digging it back up. Vincent's additional note about the Gossip Goddess blog didn't make her feel any better. She had heard about what the original Gossip Girl blog was about- who hadn't?- and after checking out the page for herself, it seemed to give off the same gossip and drama-y vibe. Sydney didn't mind people talking about her in a lot of ways because she knew that when so many people know who she was, there were bound to be some who didn't like everything she did. However, the idea of secrets being revealed didn't sit well with her and the one involving her and Vincent probably topped the list.

To make things even worse, before Sydney could even respond to him, Sienna and Vivienne appeared. In Sienna's motion of grabbing Jane into a tight hug, Sydney managed to slink out from under Vincent's arm, and stood on her own. She returned Sienna's smile and greeting, trying to make her voice sound authentically cheerful. "Hey! Mine was pretty laid back. Mostly just hanging out in the Hamptons and stuff," she offered, playing with her hair as she glanced around, trying to see who else had arrived. Normally she would have wanted to indulge in conversation with her three closest girlfriends but with Vincent and Sienna being there, she felt uncomfortable, and not in the same way that other people did, just knowing that they had broken up. When no one caught her interest, she returned her attention to the group, hoping that Vincent wouldn't make things more awkward for them, or if he did, that she could casually find another group of people to talk to.


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Vincent's smile only grew when Jane brushed off his advance as being against her morals since she was friends with his ex, Sienna. He knew he would break her at some point as long as he continued to hit on her. In his mind, he was irresistible to every girl that knew him. It was just how long it took them to realize that which differed from girl to girl. Although he could have bragged to Jane about how she was really the only one of Sienna's friends who he hadn't gotten with, he knew not to do that. Jane didn't know that he had slept with Sydney and Sydney didn't know that Sienna knew that they slept together, so allowing one more person to know would complicate things ten times more. However, he did glance over at Sydney to see what her reaction would be to Jane's comment.

What probably made the whole situation worse was that the one time that they hooked up years ago wasn't the last time. After it ruined his relationship with Sienna, they stopped for a while, but last year things started heating up again. Even though he was no longer dating Sia, he didn't want her to know about the more reason occurrences of him getting with Sydney. While they acted like enemies in public, Vincent didn't want to hurt Sia any more than he already had and it seemed like one of those situations where "what you don't know can't hurt you" was relevant.

There most recent hookup was about a month ago. Sydney asked him to be her plus-one to attend an exclusive Emmy's after party in California. Her grandfather was the creator of SNL, which had won a couple of Emmy's that night, so the family was invited to one of the bigger parties and Sydney didn't want to go alone. Although Vincent tended to be a jerk around his peers, he was surprisingly poised and well mannered in front of people he felt were important and Sydney knew that between his good looks and personality, he would make a good impression. However, after a few drinks, they ended up in a bathroom together and one thing led to another. It was something that neither of them intended for anyone to know, but the encounter made Vincent feel even more guilty than he had before.

He tried to act like he was over Sienna and by flirting with numerous girls in front of her, he had succeeded in doing so for the most part. Still though, it was her who he would drunk text. It was her who he thought of at night before he fell asleep and really, it was her who he imagined marrying. She was different than other girls, even Sydney, but Vincent felt like he had dug himself in too deep and that there was no turning back now.

When Sienna and Vivienne came over and greeted them, Vincent offered a smile and wave. "I'll let you kids catch up," he said, excusing himself from the group once Sienna began to embrace Jane and talk to Sydney. Although they were all part of the same friend group, he felt unnecessary being there, assuming that they would probably blab on and on about irrelevant girl things.

He walked away from them and towards the school building as he pulled out his iPhone and texted Colin.

To: Colin Clay
"Dude, where the fuck are you? Jane's got this hot smart-girl look going. You better seal the deal on that one before I do."

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Vivienne Hudson Character Portrait: Carter Preston Character Portrait: Colin Clay Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Sebastian Jardine Jr.
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"Boys, it's time to get up!" Colin's mother's cheerful voice rang out, causing him to stir only slightly. He was exhausted and wasn't ready to get back on the early wake up schedule that the school year required. It took him around ten minutes for him to manage to pull himself out of his bed and in that time, his two younger brothers had already hopped out of the bunk beds they shared on the opposite side of the room.

"School, school, school!" his youngest brother, Max, shouted as he pulled on a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans. He was probably the wildest of the bunch and never seemed to have a shortage of energy, whether it was seven in the morning or eleven at night. Mikey, the oldest of the three adopted siblings had already gotten dressed and left the room by the time that Colin got to the closet. He shuffled through some button down shirts that were hanging before going to his dresser and pulling out a simple blue t-shirt and black pants. He knew that today was the first day back with all of his classmates, as well as the first time he would be seeing his longtime crush, Jane Lynch, since before summer break, but he didn't want to look too overdone. He figured that it was better to look clean cut and simple than to overdress and make a fool out of himself. His family wasn't broke, but they didn't have extra room in their budget for the frivalous and unnecessarily expensive clothes that his friends could indulge in. Luckily most guys didn't care about that type of stuff, but he still felt like it was better to just accept where he stood than to try to be something he wasn't.

After showering, he put his clothes on and made his way out to the kitchen. His father was already gone to work but his mother stood over the oven, placing pancakes onto his sister Calista's plate. She smiled when she saw him coming in and made a plate for him as well.

"My homemade, organic blueberry pancakes," she explained, handing it to him. "You know, they're Mikey's favorite," she said, motioning to her second son who sat at the table. She leaned closer to him and whispered with a wink, "and they're sugar-free for Max".

Colin laughed and quickly grabbed a seat at the table with his siblings. The pancakes smelled delicious and just like with all of his mother's other meals, Colin was quick to gobble the pancakes down. "Dude, second grade is gonna be awesome," Colin said to Max, ruffling his hair. "And Mikey, you've got Mrs. Becker for fourth grade, right? I had her back in the day. She used to be pretty nice but I don't know now man, she's probably getting old and cranky," he added with a grin. His mother lightly slapped the dish towel she was holding against the back of his head. "He's joking, Michael. Mrs. Becker is going to love you,". Colin nodded in agreement but as soon as Monica turned her back to them, Colin dramatically shook his head and mouthed "no way", getting a snicker out of Mikey.

After finishing his glass of water, Colin said goodbye to his siblings and headed to the bus stop. He lived in midtown which meant that he usually spent thirty to forty minutes commuting each way to Saint Jude's in Brooklyn during the school year. Today's school event was being held at Constance Billard, Saint Jude's sister school, which was located in the Upper East Side. It was around three miles from his apartment and although Colin didn't mind walking there, as he frequently did when he went to hang out with Vincent or other friends who resided in the area, he knew that it would take too long and opted for the bus. Because of all of the stops and the typical New York traffic, it still took around twenty-five minutes for him to get there. The bus stop that he got off at was about a block from the school and by the time that Colin got off, he had a text from Vincent, telling him to hurry up because Jane was there.

The mention of Jane brought butterflies to his stomach. She had disappeared without good reason this summer and even though Colin didn't have her number to inquire about it himself (not like he ever would, even if he did), he had heard through Vincent that she spent all summer in California. Colin had convinced himself that she probably had some wealthy boyfriend there and that even if when she did get back for school, his chances of her liking him would have decreased even more than before she left.

When he saw her standing with her friends, he new that Vincent was right. She was gorgeous and as much as she turned him on, he still felt like he had no chance with her. Rather than approach her and deal with his sudden awkwardness that always seemed to make a grand appearance whenever he was in Jane's vicinity, he headed over to Vincent who was standing by the school's door.

"Hey man," he said with a half-wave as he approached Vince. He nodded his head back towards Sienna, Sydney, Carter, Vivienne, Jane, and now Sebasitan Jardine. "I don't know if it's just because I haven't seen her in a while or if it's those glasses, but dude, she's hotter than I remembered. You think you can talk to her for me tonight?" he asked, not wanting to seem too desperate, although he knew that Vincent already knew just how badly he wanted her.

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Vincent didn't have to wait long before Colin came into view. He watched intently as his pal admired his crush from afar and then came over. Although Vincent had spent most of the summer at his family's home on Long Island, he did come in frequently to go out to the many clubs in Manhattan with his friends. Even if he hadn't seen Colin in a while, he wouldn't have made some big "OMG I haven't seen you in forever!!!" deal about it like he imagined the Constance girls to do. He simply nodded in acknowledgement as Colin approached and then began to comment on seeing Jane for the first time since spring.

"I'll talk to her, but dude, you need to step it up," he said, his eyes glancing back towards the girls. Carter Preston and Sebastian Jardine had joined the circle but judging by Vivienne's stance, she didn't seem to be taking well to whatever Sebastian was saying. "Both of us were born into families that don't make a shit load of money, so that puts us at a disadvantage compared to some of these other guys. To a lot of these girls, money is a big deal but what makes it irrelevant when it comes to me is how fucking irresistible I am, man. You know, you just gotta turn on the charm. Look, Jane is the only- well, one of the only, girls that I haven't slept with in that group, so I don't have any specific tips there..." he said, quickly correcting himself when he remembered that no one was supposed to know about him and Sydney. "All I'm saying is that you've got to stop being such an awkward dick and turn on the charm. Be confident. Don't ask her if she wants to hookup, just make the move. You've been chasing her for what? Three years? Four? And she doesn't even know you exist. I was serious with what I said- if you don't hit that tonight, she's fair game.

Someone who didn't know Vincent's behavior as well as Colin might have taken what he said offensively, but Vincent's arrogance was well known by most, especially Colin. He leaned against the wall of the school and glanced back towards the front of the campus where the girls stood. Seb Jardine was walking away but the others remained. Vincent couldn't help but to focus on Sienna, watching as she smiled and spoke to Carter. He was over her, or at least he insisted to himself that he was, but her beaming smile reminded him of their good days and he couldn't help but to get annoyed with Carter for even speaking to her. It was stupid and petty, especially because he talked to and even hooked up with Carter's ex, Viv, but it still bothered him.

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Vincent's response wasn't the most supportive but Colin expected it. He was probably right that Colin had missed many chances with Jane and if he truly wanted to woo her, he was going to need to just go for it. It was easier said than done though, because even just looking over at her from afar made him tense up. He couldn't help but to tell himself that he had no chance and trying to "make the move", as Vincent put it, would probably just end in an embarrassing rejection.

"Yeah... yeah... I know," Colin said throughout Vincent's lecture, only raising an eyebrow when his friend repeated what his text message had said. "Who says that she'd even want you?" he asked with a small laugh. Even though Vincent probably could get nearly any girl at Constance, Sydney's group of friends were more exclusive than most girls, especially since Vincent had screwed over Sienna. He was surprised when Vivienne hooked up with him and doubted that Sydney or Jane would be ballsy enough to make a similar move. Besides Sienna being a deterrent, those girls didn't need the reputation of hooking up with Vincent to make them seem cool. They already were without him.

When Vincent didn't respond, Colin glanced over at him and followed his gaze back to the group of girls and Carter Preston. Just by the look on his face, Colin could tell that Vincent was watching Sienna interact with Carter. They were clearly too far away to hear what was being said but the endearing smile on her face as she looked at the blond was probably enough to bother Vincent, who constantly insisted that he was moved on from Sienna the minute he cheated on her. Colin knew Vincent well enough to know that was just talk, and he had given up on trying to find out who it was that had been "so good" that Vincent forgot about his girlfriend that easily.

"I've got to make a good impression today. You know Mr. Edwards? He taught that astronomy class I took last year and nearly failed me after I said that thing about his hair cut. Well, now I've got him for physics and there's no way I'm getting another D in his class." Colin figured that it would be easier to change the subject to what they would be doing in a few minutes than to continue on the topic of Jane or Sienna.

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Vincent didn't even hear Colin question why he was so sure that Jane would want him. Normally he would have had an egotistical response about how there wasn't a girl on the planet who could resist him, but he was preoccupied with watching Sienna. They had both hooked up with other people since their breakup a few years ago and Vincent knew that he couldn't commit to a real relationship, but he still hated seeing her flirt with other guys. He wanted her to be happy and knew that he couldn't give that to her if he wanted to keep his reputation intact, but he didn't want her to be happy with some other guy either.

The speak of this year's teachers brought him back to reality and he ran a hand through his hair, trying to hide the fact that he had just been drooling of his ex. After making fun of Colin for obsessing over Jane for three years, Vincent didn't have much of an excuse to be doing the same thing with Sienna, but their situation was different. There was history there and it was complicated- too complicated for anyone besides him and Sienna to really understand.

"Yeah, I have him for physics too. That guy's a dick," Vincent agreed as he stepped away from the wall he had been leaning on. "We might as well just go in now. The sooner we finish this, the sooner we can get out of here," he said, not waiting for Colin to respond as he headed into the school. Although he didn't attend Constance, he had been there before for co-ed school events and knew his way to the gym where the back to school mixer was being held.

As the entered the school, Vincent greeted a few girls. He didn't know most of their names but that didn't matter. He would get their attention with a, "hey beautiful," or "I missed you this summer", and almost always, the girls would turn back to their group of friends and whisper excitedly to each other. It usually worked better with the underclassmen but there were still girls his age or a year younger who still had hopes that if they hooked up with him, they would magically be accepted into the "cool crowd". It was false hope though, because if that was true, nearly half of the girls in his grade would be popular.

While he didn't care enough about most of the people he passed by in the hallways, he did make out the faces of a few acquaintances. Hazel Crown, who he only knew as Sebastian Jardine's girlfriend, was standing alone by a locker, and as he and Colin entered the gym, they passed by Brody Wade. Vincent wasn't a fan of the class president. He was the biggest teacher's pet, perfectionist and goody two-shoes around. He did well in school, socially, and with girls and Vincent saw him as being one of the only guys who would actually be competition for him. However, they had a fairly civil relationship, even if it did border being sarcastic and fake.

"Glad to see ya, Wade," Vincent said as he walked by. When he was a few feet past him, he turned back and said, "I hope you kept Sydney occupied for the summer, but now that I'm back in Manhattan full time, you can back off". With a smirk, he continued walking towards the section of Saint Jude's professor stalls.

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Brody let out a small, almost genuine, laugh in response to Vincent's comment. Because he was focused on texting Sephy, he hadn't noticed his classmate approaching so although his presence was surprising, his words were not. Vincent Mast was undoubtedly the biggest narcissist that Brody had ever met, which said a lot, considering that Vincent wasn't someone who one would expect to be so conceited compared to everyone else. His family wasn't excessively wealthy and unlike most of his friends and the girls he got with, Vincent was actually attending Saint Jude's on a scholarship. This was something that would normally put any student at the bottom of the social totem pole but Vincent's womanizing ways seemed to bring him respect from his fellow male classmates. While this wasn't shocking to Brody, he didn't understand why a countless number of girls allowed Vincent's appearance and reputation to overshadow his terribly flawed personality.

"It's nice to see you too, Vincent," was all that Brody responded with. He wanted to ask Vince why he was so sure that Sydney would want to hookup with him this year when she hadn't for the past three years, but he wasn't going to feed into Vincent's negativity. It was unnecessary, childish and a waste of energy, and after his response, Vincent continued into the gym. Brody assumed that he would probably spend the next few minutes boasting to Colin about how clever his stupid remark was. Like most people, Brody found Colin to be amusing, but he didn't always appreciate the disturbances that he liked to cause in class. Similarly to Vincent, Colin was also a scholarship student and although Brody would never say it out loud, he sometimes felt like it was easier for Colin to joke around and waste time during class because he wasn't actually paying to attend the school. Although Brody wasn't extremely close to either of them, he sometimes actually preferred Vincent to Colin. At least Vincent had the audacity to speak his mind, despite how arrogant his thoughts may be, while Brody felt like Colin was sometimes passive to what others wanted him to do.

When his phone buzzed again, he expected it to be Sephy but was equally pleased to see that this text was from Vivienne. Although she and Sydney were good friends, he hadn't seen her at all over the summer when he hung out with Sydney. He had heard about her numerous vacations over social media and text, and it wasn't surprising. Vivienne was a jetsetter. She was well connected and especially on school breaks, it wasn't unusual for her to travel around the world to attend exclusive parties and events. Brody really enjoyed her. She was fun but not too crazy, worldly and confident, and probably one of the hottest girls at Constance. Even though he and Sydney weren't dating or really even exclusive, he still felt like it wasn't right being anything more than friends with Vivienne while he was hooking up with her though.


To: Vivienne Hudson
I got here early so I'm already in the gym lol. Come find me ;).


Just as soon as he sent the text, Sephy appeared. She didn't waste a moment before embracing him in a hug, which Brody reciprocated. "Yeah, it really has been. I haven't seen you since what... July?" he asked, surprised that it really had been that long. The few other times that he had flown into New York from California, where he spent most of the summer, Sephy either already had plans involving her internship or a family affair, or Brody was scheduled to go something with Sydney. He texted Persephone often but it was still unusual for him to realize that it had been a while since he had actually seen and spoken to her in person. "How did your internship go? I'm pretty sure that we have twenty copies of your article floating around our apartment," he added with a laugh. His mother had always taken a liking to Sephy, partly because she was one of her close friends' children and Brody's close friend, but also because she thought she was a good influence for his younger sister, Ella.

After she responded, Brody looked past her, surprised that Bastion, Daphne and Jake hadn't shown up with her. Although Brody was friends with many people from various social groups, he was closest with those four. "Where's everyone else? Don't tell me that Daphne's already in the library," he said with a grin, focusing back on Persephone. He was glad that the school year was starting. It would bring regularity and routine, and although he was sure that senior year was destined to be more drama-filled than the last three, it seemed to be beginning without a flaw.

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When he and Vincent crossed paths with Brody Wade in the gym, Colin pretended to be occupied with his phone. He was right in expecting Vince to have something to say to their class president because as soon as he spotted him, Vincent made a snide remark about how Brody could lay off Sydney now that he was back. Colin didn't care for Brody much either but he didn't want to be dragged into another one of Vincent's fights, especially not when the school year had only been in session for a matter of ten minutes.

"I still don't get why the son of a dude who owns an entire brand of wine is the last one to wanna drink at a party. He's probably got an endless supply of alcohol at his house and yet he doesn't even drink a beer when we're at a party," Colin said to Vincent once they were out of ear shot of Brody. "Speaking of beer, are you going to get Toranzo to buy us shit for tonight?" Although he knew that Sydney would probably have an open bar at the club she had rented out for the party, like most people, Colin was planning on drinking ahead of time. Especially if he wanted to make a move on Jane tonight, he was going to need some liquid confidence to help him get there. He and Vincent both possessed fake I.D.'s so they technically could buy alcohol on their own, but John Toranzo was made of money and had always been willing to supply them with alcohol for free in the past, so Colin didn't see why it would be any different this year. Besides, his apartment was a lot nicer than Colin's child-infested one and Vincent's small bachelor pad, so they normally went to his place before any parties. Even though they were kind of using him for his money, Colin actually liked John. It wasn't a strong friendship but they got along well enough and Colin could always count on him being up to smoke some weed when he was in the mood.

"I'm gonna try to talk to Mr. Edwards," he said after Vincent responded to his question about alcohol. Although he and Vincent probably had a lot of the same teachers this year, Colin knew that it was better for him to talk to his professors without Vince there. He tended to be less serious when around other people and that was usually when the inappropriate jokes would come into play. Not wanting to ruin his chance at a successful senior year before it even started, Colin made his way to the teacher stalls alone.

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Colin's comment about getting alcohol from John Toranzo reminded him that he did in fact need to ask John to get them drinks and let them come over before Sydney's party. "Good call," he said with a nod as he pulled out his iPhone. He found John's name listed under "El Torro", an ironic nickname he had given him years back, and sent him a message.

To: El Torro
We good to come to your place tonight before the party? You should grab some Bacardi.


"Alright, I'll see you around," Vincent responded as he and Colin parted ways. He also wanted to speak to some of his new professors but didn't need to put as much of an effort in as Colin would. Since he was attending Saint Jude's on a scholarship, Vincent always put a lot of effort into maintaining high grades. He didn't want to risk being kicked out of the school and he actually took pride in doing well, so he rarely made a bad impression on teachers as Colin tended to do.

Rather than go to one of his new teachers, Vincent headed to his eleventh grade history teacher, Mr. Wilton's stall. He was also the head lacrosse coach and although the the game season wouldn't start until the spring, the Saint Jude's team usually started practicing in mid-fall. They were one of the best teams in their division and Vincent needed to play in a few out-of-school tournaments this semester to reassure college scouts that he was a worthwhile player.

His coach and former teacher was glad to see him and offered him a firm handshake as Vincent approached.

"Vincent, it's nice to see you. I heard you played in the Maryland tournament this summer with Team Long Island?" he asked, referencing the tournament team that Vincent had been a part of since before attending Saint Jude's.

"Yeah, it was a good time. You should've seen Clay in goal, I think he let in like three goals or something over all ten games. We're going to run the conference this year," Vincent said with a grin. Saint Jude's was a good school not only in terms of academics, but also athletically. They had won the conference and country championship titles in lacrosse for the past seven consecutive and as captain this year, Vincent wasn't going to let that fall apart in his hands.

"I hope so," Mr. Wilton replied. "I heard Fordham Prep got some freshman kid to play goalie for them this year so Colin better keep on his game. On the field and off." Vincent knew that he was referring to the frequent detentions that his friend received from his funny, but wrongly placed jokes in class. He nodded reassuringly and as an eleventh grade student approached to speak to Mr. Wilton, he politely excused himself and headed away from the stall.

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Vincent spoke with all of his teachers before the mixer ended, and left with Colin soon after. He managed to get two phone numbers from younger girls who had been invited to Sydney's party, and then another girl who had nearly begged him to get her an invite. Of course there would be something he would get in return, but Vincent didn't find her to be attractive enough to go through the troubles of asking Sydney. Besides, he knew there were going to be enough attractive girls there who would be looking for a back-to-school hookup and if that failed, he had the girls he was familiar with already.

He and Colin grabbed food at a local pizzeria before parting ways, and a few hours later, Vincent took a subway down to the financial district to meet his father at his office. He wanted to introduce him to some client who ran an after school internship program that he wanted Vincent to get a spot in. The meeting went well and it seemed likely that he would get a place in the program, although he wouldn't find out for a few weeks, but it had taken longer than expected. By the time Vincent got back to his apartment, he only had about an hour before he was supposed to be at the Kiss On The Lips party.

To: El Torro
I'll be over with Colin in twenty. You got the alcohol for us?

To: Colin Clay
Come to my place asap


He got turned on the stove and began to cook a grilled cheese while also getting dressed. After his clothes were on, he ate his sandwich and waited for Colin. While eating, he decided to text Colin again.

To: Colin Clay
Btw if you're trying to score with Jane tonight you better dress the part. Girls like her don't go for jeans and a t-shirt at a party like this.


Even though part of him wanted to hookup with Jane himself, he knew that he would have other options and Colin wouldn't, or at least not as many. Colin wasn't a bad looking guy and he was personable but he always got awkward around girls he liked, even with Vincent acting as a wing man. It was even worse when it came to Jane since she was the crush he never seemed to move on from and even after drooling over her for years, Vincent was positive that she knew more about Colin's mom than him.

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After leaving school and then hanging out with Vincent, Colin returned home. His parents were both at work so he spent the majority of the afternoon playing video games before walking to the public elementary school that his siblings attended. He ended up carrying three backpacks and a sniffling younger sister, who had managed to scrape her knee coming out of the school, on the way home. By the time they returned back at the apartment, his mother had returned home from her yoga studio and had an array of healthy snacks covering the kitchen table for the younger children.

Colin helped himself to a handful of freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and attempted to escape to his bedroom amid the chaos of his siblings practically shouting about how their first day went, but his mother caught him before he got to his bed. "On my way up here I ran into that adorable girl, Kaitlin, who moved in downstairs a few months ago. Remember? She's the one who babysat the kids a few weeks ago when you were at that tournament with dad and I was working." Colin nodded, hoping that that would be all his mother had to say about the subject but she continued to talk. "Well, I was talking to her and the subject of that little party you're going to tonight came up and I suggested that maybe she could go with you and your friends."

There was no use in correcting his mother that this was no "little party" and that it was one of the most biggest that would be held all year, especially with Sydney hosting. However, her last remark about "suggesting" that Colin bring Kaitlin along wasn't something he could skip over. He knew his mother and was sure that she had done it with good intentions but there was no way that she could really expect him to bring an uninvited new girl to Sydney Vale's party, right? Wrong. His mother must have noticed his perplexed expression because she spoke up again.

"Colin, she's such a sweet girl and she's new here. You know how mean kids can be and bringing her to the party is the least that you can do." He opened his mouth to object, to tell her that she didn't understand that it was him who was going to be the one targeted for bringing her, but she continued to speak again. "I told her you would pick her up with your friends on the way to the party. I'll text you her phone number now, so you can let her know when you're on your way later." She gave him one warning look and shut his door before leaving the room.

Between then and seven o'clock, Colin continued where he had left off on his Xbox, ate dinner with his family and eventually got ready for the party. He received two texts from Vincent, telling him to come over and then reminding him to dress well enough to impress Jane, which was probably a necessary message since he had been planning on wearing something casual. He managed to put together an outfit that he thought was decent and soon after dressing, got a cab to Vincent's. Since they had to make an extra stop after pregaming at John's, Colin thought it would be easier to just have Vincent come down rather than go up to get him, so he sent him a quick text.

To: Vincent Mast
Waiting in a cab outside hurry. Btw we have to pick up a girl after we go to Toranzo's

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Vincent was ready to go when Colin texted him, so it only took him a minute or two to meet him outside in the cab. He was curious and definitely surprised about Colin's reference to some girl they had to pick up on the way to the party, and he didn't hesitate to ask about it. "What the hell was that text about? Don't tell me that Chelsea girl texted you too asking if she could 'be your date'. Man, the rack looks good but trust me, she's not worth it. I slept with her last year and after two weeks of nonstop calls from her, I was seriously considering getting a restraining order." He shook his head at the thought of the girl. Vincent was rarely picky when it came to girls but he preferred one night stands to deep relationships. He had only had one girlfriend, Sienna, and that obviously didn't end well.

Just as the thought of their breakup crossed his mind, he received a text from Sydney telling him that they needed to talk at the party. A smirk appeared on his face, thinking that she was obviously ready for round two with him, but he wasn't sure if he would actually take her up on it. At least not at a party that Sienna would definitely be at too. Sydney was still unaware that he had told Sienna that it was her who he had slept with while they were dating and Vincent didn't want Sydney to ever find out. It was one cat fight that he wasn't interested in witnessing.

To: Sydney Vale
I knew you'd get bored with Brody ;). We'll be there in 20.


It took only a few minutes to arrive in front of John's lavish apartment building. Vincent paid for the cab and a couple of minutes later, they were entering John's apartment. It was apparent that his family wasn't home, much to Vincent's dismay. Anyone with eyes would agree that John's mom was a MILF and his sister wasn't half bad looking herself.

"John, thanks for having us as always," Vincent said with a grin as they entered his kitchen. He spotted the bottles of liquor that he had requested he buy for them and helped himself to a shot of whiskey served neat. "Colin's going to try to snag Jane tonight, so who are you going after. Give me her name and I'll let you know what kind of shit she's into," he said, downing the first drink and moving on to his second. He didn't intend on getting wasted tonight but a comfortable buzz would be good enough.

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John's apartment had access to a private rooftop terrace, which when his parents weren't home, became his personal smoking spot. It was a lot easier than doing it inside and having to mask the distinctive smell with a can of Febreeze, since that alone was usually enough of a tip off that he had been smoking. After confirming with Vincent that he and Colin would be coming over shortly, John made his way to the roof and smoked a bowl before coming back downstairs. He finished the last of the weed that he had purchased a week ago from Seb, but John figured that he would see him tonight at the party, so he didn't bother to text him to see if he could buy some later or tomorrow. It would be easier to just speak to him in person.

After spraying a bit of cologne over himself, John reemerged from his bedroom just in time to hear Colin and Vincent buzzing themselves in. He let them in and a few minutes later, they stepped out of the apartment's private elevator and into his foyer. Vincent greeted him with gratitude but headed straight for the alcohol that John had gotten. He didn't take offense to it though, especially in his high state, and followed them inside.

When Vincent brought up which girls they would be pursuing tonight, he laughed. "I don't have anyone in mind, but I'll let you know if someone catches my eye." John wasn't a bad looking guy, and he hated using the term, but he always seemed to fall into the "friend zone" category with girls. They saw him as a brother and nothing more, usually. His mother had been on his back about asking Sienna out ever since she met her during one of their interviews, but just as she only saw him as a friend, he felt the same way. She was gorgeous, talented and personable, but he knew they would be nothing more than friends and was okay with that. His major romantic interest with Persephone Soung but his hopes of hooking up with her had been crushed almost as soon as he met her, when he realized that she had strong feelings for Brody Wade. Sometimes he felt like he discredited himself and that maybe if he put himself out there more or told Sephy how he felt, that he would have a chance with her, but he didn't want to risk it. If she said no, which he was certain she would, it would ruin the solid friendship they already had, and John had decided long ago that he would rather have her as a friend than as nothing.

It seemed less painless than what Colin was going through. He had been interested in Jane Lynch for years, it seemed, but as Vincent frequently put it, he could never "seal the deal". It seemed like everyone but Jane realized his affection for her, or at least John hoped, for Colin's sake, that she just didn't realize it and hadn't already rejecting the idea of giving Colin a chance. He was a good guy but lacked the wealth that Jane and most of her friends had. Although John would trade his share of money for the funny and enjoyable personality that Colin had, others in their society didn't seem to value personality as much as they did money. "I'll text Sienna and see if Jane's taking anyone tonight," he offered, figuring that it would be better for Colin to find out if he had a shot now, than to find out by stumbling upon her at the party with her tongue down some other guy's throat.

To: Sienna Alvarez
Hey do u think Colin has a shot with Jane tonight?


It was probably more direct than Colin would have liked, but he knew that Sienna was close enough with Jane to be able to give him a good guess. As he set his phone down, he realized that the starting time of the party was quickly approaching. "Our driver should be here by now. You guys ready to go?" he asked, pocketing his cell phone and wallet and heading to the elevator that would bring them to the lobby of the building.

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Sienna's next laugh was a little bit more genuine for Jane's sake and she hoped that the underlying insincerity reached Sydney Vale with a vengeance. Even as Jane toasted to her jab about girls who slept with Vincent - even as she sipped her champagne after a mock toast herself - the grin on her face spoke volumes. You see, in Sienna's mind, Sydney was the queen. Sienna had come to terms with that back in freshman year, back when they were still genuinely friends and yeah, Sydney annoyed her but Sia loved her anyway. So, she accepted the fact that Sydney held the throne and allowed her to do as she pleased. Hell, Sienna still had love for the girl despite the bitterness she held deep in her heart for the betrayal. But at that moment, when she realized that her words had obviously affected Sydney in some way, she was disgustingly pleased. After all, the queen was not always the only one who could wage war. And if Sydney wanted to try her tonight, she better be ready for fall-out because Sienna was pretty sure this queen did not want to get knocked off her throne.

Literally.

Sienna's smile turned soft and adoring when Jane spoke again about this being the year for them to find their "prince charming," even though she was internally thinking over her words to Sydney earlier. To be completely honest, despite how flippantly she spoke about not having feelings for Vincent anymore, there was just one problem: she did. Oh, get enough drinks in her, be Lyric or Vivienne, and she would spill it all. Yes, she could have a crush on Carter and date as many celebrity or non-celebrity guys as possible. At the end of the day, it wasn't their pictures she would randomly decide to look at when she was alone with herself and thoughts she shouldn't have. It was Vincent's. The saying that 'you never get over your first' never rang so true as it did now. Her smile almost dropped at the thought. Almost.

"Well, whoever this prince is needs to hurry up. Tired of settling for these peasants," Sienna remarked and finished her glass of champagne just as Sydney walked out to check the buzzer. Still, even when half of her thoughts were depressing, the other half were filled with nothing but triumphant bliss. Serves a bitch right, she thought with a smirk. She turned just in time to see Jane sneaking a shot and well, who was Sienna to turn down her first real drink for the night. She practically hopped over to where Jane was. "Hell yeah!" She put her champagne glass down, poured herself a shot, and threw it back. A biting thrill clawed it's way down her esophagus before settling in her stomach where warmth spread to her very core. Sienna felt just a little better, as if this liquid courage could somehow keep her stable for the rest of the night despite the actual side effects it did have. Perhaps this was why most people discouraged alcoholic beverages, the sudden need for them at times causing an addiction that was difficult for some to overcome. Somehow, one starts to need it - like need it and until there's nothing left of you but a ghost and empty bottles all around. The thought was depressing and totally against what she wanted alcohol to do and Sienna was half-tempted to grab another shot when Sydney came back and told them it was time to go.

Sienna was still somewhat on her guard as they walked to the limousine. Sydney walking behind them was just a little out of character as Sienna glanced over her shoulder, she could see the blonde queen texting someone on her phone. Probably Brody, maybe even Vincent. Either way, she could tell she had shaken Sydney in some fashion and was beyond satisfied. Sienna sulked for a second at the mention of Brody as they entered the vehicle and purposefully, kept herself in a manner where she was still near Sydney. After all, they were supposed to appear as best friends, right? "Speaking of, you never did tell us about what's going on between you Mr. Goody Two Shoes, love. What brought you in? The eyes? His virginal purity?" Okay, that jab was probably slightly harsh, but Sienna kept her voice light and playful because she was joking and she was very much interested in when did that start. Just as she was about to inquire more, her phone buzzed and Sienna hoped that it was Vivienne as she hurried to pull it out of her clutch. Only for it to be a text...from John?

Pursing her lips lightly, Sienna glanced at Jane imperceptibly (hopefully) before reading the text over. She was very much aware that Colin had a very adorable crush on Jane. It was pretty much the sweetest thing in the world to her. Yet, there was also the matter of getting Jane to reciprocate said feelings. Not that she wanted to speak bad of a friend, but everyone knew Jane could be...selective, that being the operative word, when it came to her guys. And yes, Colin was attractive but it was hard to say, sometimes, when it came to whether or not Jane would actually want him. But Sienna didn't want to be pessimistic either. Anything could happen.

Also, Vincent was there and Sienna glanced at Sydney's face from the corner of her eye before lowering her gaze to actually type out a response.

To: John
Sure, if he gets enough drinks in her lol. No, but seriously. C wants her? He needs to do something about it. Man up and just be upfront about it. Otherwise, he's stuck in the friendzone. End of story. Also, tell your friend that a little birdy decided to play a game and I might have hurt her little feelings. You know which friend; it's the one we weren't just talking about. He will understand. See you in a bit!


It was a much longer text than she normally does and John would probably more than likely feel a tad bit confused by it, but he would more than likely also give it to whom she needed it to go. As she sat back and crossed one smooth leg over the other, some part of her wanted to feel bad about their little tiff earlier. She had started the day off thinking about this being their last year and it being a good one. And then, like a damn, shit started pouring out, past animosities and full-blown jealousy - yes, she was a big girl, so she could admit it - pushing past the civil bitchiness the two girls were used to. Sienna wasn't always like this, particularly vindictive for no real reason. Well, there was a reason and everyone knew she had this side to herself, but she didn't normally act on it. Not this blatantly or mercilessly, but that GG post had her on edge and Sydney really struck her earlier. Besides, Sydney wasn't the only queen in this limousine. And this one was the queen of drama - there was no way in hell she was going to back down.

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Who does this bitch think she is?! Trashy bimbo? Downgrade? It Vincent was really happy with you, he wouldn't have wanted to upgrade to me. Sorry sweetie, but if Vincent is Brad Pitt, you're Jennifer Aniston and I'm Angelina Jolie.

Sydney was taking Sienna's comments personally but she soon decided that she shouldn't be so sensitive about it. Even if she did fill the role of the girl who Vincent chose over Sienna, Sienna didn't know that. She probably did think that Vincent had slept with some 'trashy' girl. He insisted that he had given her the name of some girl from a rival school as the one he had slept with so it made sense that Sienna would want to bad talk the girl. If she knew it was Sydney, she would realize how understandable it was for Vincent to choose her over Sienna.

Sydney had asked the girls to agree with her that Brody looked good but she hadn't really expected them to do so, or at least not not than a nod and a polite 'yes'. Sienna seemed to continue her brazen streak because she took the compliment to the next level, nearly drooling over Brody in Sydney's eyes. She eyed Sienna as she spoke and then put on a smile. There was no way that she was going to make it known that Sienna was getting under her skin but she also wasn't going to let Sienna think that she could beat her at her own game. Sydney had been the one to start the drama tonight, and three years ago, and she would be the one to finish it too. Maybe not tonight, but when the time was right, she would make sure that Sienna was back in her place.

When Brody told Sienna about how his sister was a fan of hers, Sydney couldn't stop herself from rolling her eyes. The last thing she needed was for Brody to egg Sienna on about how great she was at anything, especially when Sydney had quashed the idea of Sienna meeting Ella before even asking her. "Tell Ella we'll take her to see Beyonce or someone this fall. That should get her mind off of it," she said, leaning closer to Brody although she knew her words were loud enough for the others to hear. Maybe she was being a bit too obvious with her jabs now, but she shrugged it off. If Sienna wanted to play, Sydney was going to bring her A-game.

When the car pulled up in front of the club, Sydney quickly got out. She studied the exterior for a moment, making sure that each bouncer was in place and that everything was organized as she had demanded it to be. When all seemed to meet her expectations, she put on a smile and turned back to Brody, purposely not acknowledging Sienna who Jane was now speaking to. After latching her hand onto his, she pulled him towards the door. "Let's go. I'm ready for a drink."


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When John replied saying that he didn't have a specific girl in mind for tonight, Vincent wasn't surprised. While he didn't think that John was a virgin, he also doubted that he had hooked up with many girls. Girls liked confidence and assertiveness and that was something that John lacked. He rarely spoke his mind and always just seemed to let people take advantage of him. It was something that worked to Vincent's advantage, but he doubted that John could really be happy with his social life. However, he came from money and an upper class family, so it seemed like it was more of John's fault than anyone else's that he ended up where he was.

Although he tried not to show it, it did bother him that John was so willing to text Sienna for Colin. Sure, he hadn't dated her for almost three years and it was him who had ruined the relationship, but he still wasn't comfortable with the idea of other guys going after her. It wasn't like John was doing that though, so Vincent wasn't sure why it struck a chord in him. Although he didn't want to think of Sienna tonight, he knew that she would be there. The two crossed paths frequently but big parties like this, where she would be dressed up and drinking, made Vincent realize how much of an idiot he had been even more. He could watch how much fun she had and how other guys swooned over her, but couldn't do anything about it. They were over and always would be, he would reason with himself. She would never come back to him and he wasn't going to ask her to come back and then have to deal with the rejection. Vincent was used to some girls rolling their eyes at him and telling him to get lost, but it would be different if Sienna did it because if he asked her out, it wouldn't be for a no-strings-attached night like all of the other girls. If he ever decided to pursue her again, he knew that he couldn't screw it up. All of that didn't matter though, because Vincent knew there was no use in chasing after Sienna. What they had was over and even if he hadn't been able to do it so far, he was going to have to get over her.

Just as he was finishing up the last of his drink, John suggested that they leave. The party would be starting soon and with an extra stop in midtown to pick up the mystery girl that Colin was bringing, they would probably already be a few minutes late. "Yeah, let's go," Vincent agreed. He followed John out of the building and into the limousine that was waiting for them. "Let's hope that Sydney pulled through and invited some hot chicks who aren't all prudes," he said, pulling his phone back out only to find that she hadn't responded to his earlier message. He guessed that she was probably already at the party and it didn't really require a response anyway. "For your sake, at least, Toranzo. You've gotta start off with an easy one. What about that Soung girl you're always talking to. You sleep with her yet?"

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Colin smirked at Vincent's remark about Chelsea, a girl who was more than persistent about maintaining a relationship with Vincent after they slept together one night last year. He remembered the girl well, mostly because she really was as crazy as Vincent painted her to be. Colin remembered getting several texts from her asking for him to talk to Vincent for her, after Vincent told her he didn't want a real relationship with her. As psycho as she was, Colin almost wished that it was her who he was being forced to bring tonight. At least then, Sydney would understand that it wasn't his fault that she showed up uninvited, but with a totally new and probably sane girl, there were few excuses he could come up with.

"Nah, she's some new girl in my building. Supposedly she goes to Constance or something, but I didn't see her there today. My mom pretty much invited her so I don't know what the fuck I'm supposed to say to her," he said. When they did pick the girl up, Colin knew that he would be kinder to her than he was acting, but he genuinely didn't want to have to be her escort to the party tonight. He was going to try to follow Vincent's advice and actually try to have a real conversation with Jane tonight and the last thing that he needed was some stranger standing over his shoulder while he did so. Not to mention the fact that he doubted Sydney would have invited her, and because Colin wasn't even great friends with Sydney, he didn't think that she would take kindly to him bringing an uninvited guest.

They were only inside John's apartment for a few minutes. There was some casual chatter about the party and what to expect, but the topic of hookups came up again and before Colin could stop him, John was texting Sienna to see if Jane was bringing a date to the party. At first he didn't think it was a good idea. He didn't want Sienna telling Jane that he was trying to stalk her or something, but he did agree that it was probably better to know now than when they got to the party. Besides, he liked Sienna and doubted that she would be anything but a help in his quest to woo Jane.

Before revealing what Sienna had said in response, John suggested that they leave for the party. Colin nodded in agreement and followed the pair outside. When they got into the car, he glanced over at John anxiously. "Did she answer you?" he asked, before John and Vincent started talking about John's relationship, or lack of one, with Sephy. As the two spoke, Colin realized that he hadn't told John about the detour they needed to pick up Kaitlin, so he took it upon himself to lower the partition between them and the driver and give him the address. When they were a minute or so away, he found the cell phone number that his mother had forwarded to him and texted her.

To: Kaitlin Kingsley
Hi this is Colin Clay from ur building. If u want a ride to the party, we'll be outside in a minute

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The limousine was waiting in front of the building as scheduled, and John gave a small wave to the driver before stepping in with Colin and Vincent. Even though it had only been a couple of minutes since he had texted Sienna, he had forgotten to check for her response until Colin brought it up. As he took out his phone, he did find a response from her. It was longer than he expected and more confusing as well. He understood her answer regarding Jane and Colin but was unsure of what she was talking about in the second half of the message. Regardless of his confusion about what she mean, he assumed that the 'friend' she was referencing was Vincent. "Uh, yeah. She said you're good to go, man. Jane's not bringing anyone," he replied as he texted Sienna back.

To: Sienna Alvarez
Drama already lol? But sounds good I'll let them both know


Vincent started speaking before John could show him Sienna's text, so he waited until he finished to toss him his phone. "I think the second part's for you," he said, referencing the message that was on his screen, before processing what Vincent had said. He was surprised that he would have noticed his relationship with Persephone. She didn't seem like the type of girl who would go for Vincent, or at least John hoped not - he already had Brody standing in his way, but then again, Vincent tended to be every girl's type. Still, he didn't think their relationship seemed like anything out of the ordinary but he would admit that Sephy was one of the few people who he actually felt comfortable being himself around. Maybe his interest in her was more obvious than he thought, or maybe she was the only girl Vincent knew he was friends with.

If the marijuana hadn't chilled him out, he probably would have reacted more nervously, but now he just casually shook his head. "Sephy? No, she's just a friend... we're just friends," he said, taking his phone back from Vincent once he had read the message. "She's into Brody Wade anyway, so it's not like it would even matter," he added, instantly regretting the comment after he said it. It was obvious to him and probably most of her close friends that she had feelings for Brody but he doubted that she wanted anyone else to know, especially when Brody was supposed to be dating Sydney, or whatever was going on between the two. In an attempt to get his mind off of Sephy, he texted Lyric, who had declined on coming to his house before the party because he knew Vincent would be there.

To: Lyric Overland
Hey we're gonna be at the club in 10. You there already?


The car stopped in front of Colin's apartment building where they were scheduled to pick up some girl who Colin had offered a ride to the party or something. He hadn't heard Colin mention a name but as he gazed out the window, he spotted the girl he had briefly spoken to at school that morning. What was her name? Kasey? Kaylee? Katie? Having smoked a short time earlier wasn't helping John's memory but he decided that Katie sounded the most familiar. He turned to Colin and wanted to ask if he even knew her, but he couldn't get a word in before the door opened and she entered. John assumed that Colin would greet her and was sure that Vincent would have something to say too, so he offered her a wave and shifted over to make room for her.



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Although Brody had mentioned the Kiss On The Lips party that day at school, he had never followed up with specifics when and where it was being held, so Kaitlin wasn't planning on attending it. That was only until she ran into one of her neighbors on her way back from picking her brother up from school, though. It was Monica Clay, the woman who lived in the apartment above them and as she introduced herself, she explained that she had a son, Colin, who was in the same year as Kaitlin was. The woman was very friendly and warm, but Kaitlin wasn't expecting it when she insisted that she catch a ride to the party with her son and his friends. She tried to politely reject the offer, claiming that she really appreciated it but was already tired from her first day and such, but Monica wouldn't accept no for an answer. Although she acted like she wasn't very interested in the party, it was just that; an act. Of course the idea of attending some exclusive party being head by the most popular girl in school with intriguing to Kaitlin, and now that she had people to show up with, the idea didn't seem that bad. It seemed even better when she saw that Brody Wade had messaged her the details to the party and although it wasn't a physical invitation, she hoped that it would be enough of one to get her in.

Four hours had passed but even that large time block was barely enough for Kaitlin to get ready before she was supposed to leave with Colin. She quickly realized that none of her clothes would amount to anything compared to the expensive dresses that the other girls would be wearing, so she had no other choice than to slip into a dress she had bought at the mall that summer for less than thirty dollars, and a pair of silver heels. She fixed her makeup and did manage to straighten her hair, something that she hadn't had time to do that morning before school, before finally deeming her appearance to be acceptable enough for the night.

"Now where's this party you're going to?" Her father asked. His voice was barely audible over the loud noises coming from the video game that he and her brother were focused on.

"The address is on the fridge! I should be back by midnight, latest. I'll text you if I need anything!" she shouted, already halfway out the door by the end of her comments. She didn't want to stick around to deal with any of her father's questions. Although he was understanding of their situation and how difficult it was for Kaitlin to be a new girl in such a big and exclusive city, he, like any other father, was protective and would have asked her for every single detail had she not left the apartment so quickly.

When she stepped outside of the building and didn't see a car or any boys her age waiting, she began to worry that maybe they had left without her or even worse, that the whole invite had been a joke to begin with. However, she soon received a text message from an unfamiliar number and after reading it, realized that it was Colin and that the boys would be there shortly. No more than two minutes passed before a limousine pulled in front of the building and after a moment's hesitation, Kaitlin finally approached. The windows were tinted so darkly that she was unsure if the car was for her or not, but when the driver stepped out and came around to open the door for her, she soon saw that the occupants matched who she was supposed to be meeting.

She had seen Colin around the building, although she had never spoken to him, had stalked Vincent on his social media pages and had seen John earlier that day, so she recognized them well enough. As she slid into the car, she soon realized how awkward the situation was though. She was the only girl in a car with three boys who she knew little more of than their names. She was beginning to wonder what had possessed her into thinking this would be a good idea, but tried to make the best of it.

"Thanks for picking me up, guys. So is this like a back-to-school party, or something? No one at my old school celebrated school starting, really," she said with an awkward and somewhat uncomfortable laugh.

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It was reassuring when John confirmed that Sienna said he had a chance with Jane tonight, but it also put more pressure on him. If she had been with someone, he would have had at least a few more days to get his act together but after three years, Colin doubted that a couple more days would be significant enough to alter how nervous he always got in the girl's company.

He didn't have much time to worry about it because within a few minutes, they had picked up Kaitlin and were at the club. The ride with her was fairly awkward, mostly because none of them knew her at all, but Vincent flirted with her and it was enough to minimize the awkward silence to a bearable amount. "Yeah, no problem. Don't worry about it," Colin assured her when she thanked them for giving her a ride.

When Vincent turned his attention away from Kaitlin and to his phone, Colin felt obligated to talk to her. John's glassy and bloodshot eyes were a giveaway to Colin, who was also a smoker, that he was high, so he wasn't counting on him for any worthwhile conversation. "So, how do you know Sydney? It took me a good six months for her to ever invite me to any of her parties and even now she still acts like she doesn't know who I am, so you've obviously got something going for you if you got an invite on your first day of knowing her," he said with a laugh. He really was surprised that Kaitlin got a coveted invitation to this party but part of him still felt like maybe she didn't have an invitation and his mother was putting him into a tight spot.

As soon as the limousine stopped, Vincent separated from their group and disappeared into the club. Colin allowed John and Kaitlin to get out before him and followed them to the door, nearly praying that Kaitlin would be able to get in. If she wasn't on the guest list, what was he supposed to do? Leave her there and have his mother kill him when he got home, and also feel immensely guilty every time he saw Kaitlin again? Go home with Kaitlin and ruin his night, or beg Sydney to let her in? None of the options seemed ideal.

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Vincent was as much of a ladies man as Kaitlin expected from her thorough search of his social media profiles over the summer, but she couldn't help but to feel a bit awestruck to be in his presence. He was supposed to be one of the hottest guys at Saint Jude's and now, sitting here in front of him, she could see that he had earned that reputation. He was a picturesque Prince Charming, someone who Kaitlin was sure most girls would drool over. She would have too, had she not been making a strong effort to act cool and collected tonight. She needed to fit in and her awkward, stumbling over her words, self wasn't going to help her do so. She shook his hand and prayed that her skin hadn't turned a shade of bright red when he referenced her as being gorgeous. "I'm Kaitlin,", she said with a quiet laugh before pulling away.

As Vincent began to text someone, another one of the boys, Colin, began to speak. He joked about how Sydney Vale, the party hostess, hadn't invited him to a party until after six months of knowing him and questioned how she had gotten an invitation so quickly. "Oh, I've actually never spoken to her before. Brody Wade sent me a message on Facebook saying that I could come." She was surprised at how everything seemed so formal and thought out here. At home, there were no gold plated invitations or guest lists for parties, and there sure as hell weren't limousines and rented-out night clubs. Parties where she came from took place in someone's basement if their parents were out of town for the night and the invitation was simply a text message or a post on Facebook claiming that there was an open house at whatever address.

Colin's reminder of how exclusive this party was supposed to be worried her, but Brody had insisted that if anyone asked, she could just tell them that Brody said she was invited and there would be no problem. Still, she couldn't help but to be a tad bit nervous as she stepped out of the limousine and saw where they had stopped. It was one of the nicer night clubs in the city and Kaitlin had expected that much, but she didn't expect everything to seem so vibrant. There was a small line formed outside with people giving their names to an over sized man who would either nod his head and allow them in, or shoo them away after he found that their name apparently was not on the list. The few times that the door opened as Kaitlin waited in the line, she caught glimpses of bright flashing lights and good music. There was a lot of energy in the air but she wasn't sure if it was good or bad. However, there wasn't much time to think because within two minutes, John was speaking to the bouncer and she was next in line.

"Name? the bouncer asked when it was her turn. He was large and scary looking and didn't appear to be the type of guy she could charm her way into allowing her in, not like she would have been particularly good at that anyway. Kaitlin stuttered, unsure of what to say. She was now positive that claiming she had received a silly Facebook message from Brody would suffice as an invitation, but suddenly, John stepped back and spoke to the bouncer again.



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"This is Vivienne, Vivienne Hudson," he claimed, giving Kaitlin a slight grin when the bouncer turned his attention to the list. John had seen a few minutes earlier that Vivienne had made a post on social media about how she was no longer coming to the party, and since she was such good friends with Sydney, he was sure that her name would be on the list. He did know that Vivienne was a big party-goer herself though, and hoped that this wasn't one of the many bouncers who knew the real Vivenne. Luckily, the line of guests seemed to grow behind them in those few minutes so after checking Vivienne's name off of the list, he waved them both in.

Although it would have been more of Colin's problem if Kaitlin wasn't allowed in, John would have felt bad as well. It was in his character to be a good guy and it would have been hard for him to go into the party if he knew she would have to return home. He didn't have much to say to her though, having never been the best at making small talk so he waited for Colin to be allowed in before walking inside with the two of them.

It took a few minutes of drifting through the different groups of people before he spotted a small group of people in one of the back corners. Had it not been for Bastion's notable appearance, he probably wouldn't have realized who they were, but once he made out Bastion, he knew that was where the weed would be at. "You guys up for smoking?" he asked. He knew that Colin smoked and although he had smoked only a little over an hour ago, he was ready for another hit or two. Besides, if Colin was going to go off to find Jane, John preferred the idea of being in a group of people than alone with Kaitlin.

Kaitlin nodded in agreement to smoking, although she had no plans on actually smoking herself. She was one of the few people in her old town who didn't drink or smoke and although she did want to fit in here, she wasn't ready to change her values in the snap of a finger. She wouldn't mind standing with the group though, at least until she spotted Brody Wade, who was really her only acquaintance besides the three boys she had came with.

After Kaitlin confirmed that she would smoke, John made his way over to the group of people smoking. He greeted them with a smile and offered to throw a five in for his share, but the person who was supplying rejected his offer of money. John shrugged it off and happily helped himself to a few hits of one of the joints. "I heard you were in Spain this summer, man. I was there all summer, you should've hit me up," John said to Bastion, only realizing after a minute that he had forgotten to introduce Kaitlin. "Oh, uh. This is Kaitlin. She's Colin's friend and is going to Constance this year." John then heard his phone beeping and pulled it out to see a text from Sephy.
To: Sephy Soung
I'm here. Smoking in the bck with Bastion and Kaitlin and ppl. Where r u?


Kaitlin offered a small wave to the group and although she considered pulling out her phone and pretending to text someone, she decided to deal with the awkwardness. It would be too easy to just avoid the situation. She needed to be friendly and put herself out there if she wanted to be anyone this year.

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A wave of relief swept over Colin when John managed to get Kaitlin into the party. It was one less worry to deal with and although he felt bad doing it, as soon as they got inside, he separated himself from the pair. Vincent had done the same and John didn't seem to mind, and although it was Colin who had invited Kaitlin (or his mother, at least), he didn't feel like he needed to babysit her. John was too nice to ditch her even if he wanted to, so Colin didn't feel wrong leaving her with him, and he planned on smoking later in the night anyway, so he was sure he would meet up with them again at some point. "I'm going to go see if I can talk to Jane. Wish me luck, man," he said before departing.

There were many familiar faces in the club, but also a surplus of people he didn't recognize. Colin's parents didn't have any major connections with important people so his network of friends consisted mainly of Saint Jude's guys and then the girls that he met through them. He didn't have wealthy family-friends or people he would recognize from country clubs or summer homes, so his selection of people to talk to was fairly small. He had seen Sydney and Brody talking to Vincent at the bar, but he wasn't close enough to either of them where he would feel comfortable striking up a conversation. As he walked past the VIP booth section, he saw Kelley Hadley, his first hookup, talking to some guy. Had she not been busy with the other male, he probably would have greeted her, having not seen her earlier that day or for most of the summer, but he wasn't going to intrude and kept walking. The back of the club was less crowded than the front but he recognized more people there than he had before. Bastion and John were smoking with a group of Saint Jude's guys, with Kaitlin standing besides them. The strong smell of the marijuana was tempting but Colin didn't want to be high when he spoke to Jane tonight, even if that would have helped his nerves.

He was surprised when he hadn't seen her with Sydney earlier and after it had been confirmed that Vivienne wasn't at the party yet, the only other person he could imagine her being with was Sienna. It took a few minutes for him to find them on the dance floor but when he did, he froze up. He doubted that she would want to talk to him, nonetheless hookup with him, and as his confidence drained, he quickly headed to the bathroom. It was across from the girls' room, which already appeared to be crowded with drunken females, but luckily for him, the men's room was empty. He headed to the sinks and splashed some cold water onto his face, hoping to wake himself up and shake the nerves inside of him. Being so nervous was a sharp contrast for him, considering that in class and around most people, he was unapologetically loud and bold. This was different though, since he knew that his jokes wouldn't be good enough to win over a girl like Jane Lynch. Especially not when her trust fund was probably worth more than Colin's parents would make for the rest of their lives.

As he dried his face off with a paper towel and stared at his reflection in the mirror, he tried to talk himself out of the anxiety. Sienna wouldn't have told John that I had a chance if I didn't. I've been waiting for a moment like this for three years, there's no way I'm going to fuck it up tonight. Besides, she never said she wasn't interested in me... so what's the worst that could happen? Stop being such a bitch and go for it.

The bathroom door swung open and a guy that Colin didn't recognize walked in. They exchanged a friendly nod and even if he hadn't felt entirely ready to go yet, he didn't want t purposely stand in the public restroom with another guy, so he walked back out to the party.

Just say, "hey, wanna get a drink?". What if she already has one? Okay, just start dancing near her. You can accidentally bump into her and start up a conversation that way. Except I don't know how to fucking dance and if anything's going to scare her off, that'll be it. What the fuck am I supposed to say? How does Vincent do this so easily? Alright, what about, "hey, this is an awesome party!"? That seems simple enough, and then if she continues the conversation, I'll know I have a chance, but if not, I won't completely embarrass myself. Yeah, that's good. That should work.

With his starting line chosen, Colin headed to the dance floor with a confident smile on his face. It only lasted a few seconds though because he soon found that Jane was no longer dancing with Sienna and was now standing by the bar with Sebastian Jardine. He couldn't imagine that the dealer was her type but he did have money, which was something that Colin was lacking, so it didn't seem impossible. He mentally cursed himself for not just approaching her when he had first seen her earlier, but what was he supposed to do now? His chances were clearly shot, at least for the night, so Colin decided that there was no point in putting off smoking any longer.

As he turned to go back towards the guys he had seen earlier, he passed by Sienna and Sydney walking together. Had Sienna been alone, he probably would have approached her to personally enlist her help, but even after knowing Sydney for years, he was still somewhat intimidated by her. Having brought an uninvited guest to her party earlier didn't made him feel like she would acknowledge him any more pleasantly than usual either, so he just smiled at the girls and continued walking. When he saw Vincent coming down a flight of stairs, he stopped and waited for him to reach the ground level. Too caught up in his own self-pity, Colin didn't attempt to read Vincent's facial expression and didn't question why he had been upstairs alone. He didn't want to tell Vincent about Jane yet, knowing that he would probably have to hear about how weak he was for the rest of the night, so instead he said, "I think I'm going to smoke. You in?"

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Normally Kelley wouldn't have taken 'no' for an answer, and she certainly wouldn't have respected Jake's choice not to drink simply because he was the designated driver, but after her experience with driving drunk a month or so before, she condoned it. "Yeah, you better not drink then. I probably had like one drink over the summer, and now I'm not allowed to drive again until I'm twenty-one and I'm going to be spending the rest of eternity stocking books in the fucking library," she said with a roll of her eyes. Of course she was exaggerating. That one drink had been more like six or seven, and she was probably lucky that the worst results of her recklessness were community service and a suspended license.

Sephy had said something to Jake and Daphne that Kelley hadn't been paying attention enough to catch, but the girl soon headed towards the back where the guys were smoking. "Damn, I thought that she would've been harder to convince," she said, surprised and impressed at what she thought was Sephy's eagerness to smoke. Kelley didn't wait for Jake or Daphne, assuming that they would follow behind, as she walked towards the back. Halfway there though, she took a detour when she saw Colin and Vincent standing together. She had seen Vincent a few weeks prior and had seen Colin for just a second when he walked past her booth earlier, but she was eager to say hi to them.

"I'm not used to having to be the one to seek out the guys that I want to talk to, but since you're my cousin," she said, looking at Vincent, "and I've already slept with you," she continued, refocusing her gaze to Colin, "I guess I'll let it slide this time." Both boys appeared to be somewhat troubled but Kelley was the last person who was going to ask about their problems during a party. She came here to have fun, not play therapist to them. "Who's smoking with me?"

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Vincent didn't have to look very far for a friend because as he reached the bottom of the stairs, he spotted Colin a few feet away. He had a somber look on his face and said he was going to smoke, but Vincent shook his head at the invitation. The few times that he had smoked weed had been unpleasant for him, so he preferred to stick to alcohol instead. "No, I actually might be heading out in a few minutes. A recruiter for the Duke team is supposed to be in the city tomorrow and Coach is going to try to set me up with a meeting, so I need to get ready for that," he said. It wasn't entirely a lie. There was the possibility that the coach for one of the best -if not the best- college lacrosse teams would be meeting with him tomorrow, but Vincent was feeling more nervous with Sydney and Sienna than his sports future.


He knew that Sienna was serious when she said that she would finish the problem next time Sydney started one, and he didn't want to be here to witness it if it happened tonight. Plus, he didn't think that he could stand being in the same room as Sienna without pulling her back up to the roof and making out with her. He wasn't going to tempt his self control tonight, but he also knew that if he left Sydney's party early without saying goodbye, he would hear about it for weeks, and if he did tell her he was leaving, she would want to talk about whatever she had texted him about, presumably Sienna.


He wanted to ask if Colin had spoken to Jane yet when he saw Kelley approaching them. They were cousins by blood but when it came down to it, Kelley was more like a sister to him, especially since he had basically disowned his brother and his sister was still young. Even after knowing Kelley for all of his life, he still found it hard to determine whether she actually was drunk or not. She was so vibrant and outgoing normally that it was difficult to tell whether her sometimes outrageous words were fueled by alcohol or just her sober thoughts.

"I didn't expect to see you here. They let you out of rehab early?" he asked playfully. Kelley's recent reckless stint had definitely caused alarm within the family, or at least within her immediate one. Vincent remembered his mom spending hours on the phone with her sister, Kelley's mom, trying to reassure her that Kelley was just being a teenager and would grow out of the phase. However, even Vincent was surprised when she was arrested for a DUI. Drinking all night and going to clubs were one thing, but the fact that she could have killed herself or someone else was something that he hoped put what she was doing into perspective for her.

His eyes drifted from her as he tried to nonchalantly find Sienna in the crowd, but it proved to be unsuccessful. He didn't plan on telling Kelley that he was leaving, simply because he knew she would try to convince him into staying and cause a scene. "I'm going to go get some air," he said, excusing himself from her and Colin as he headed out the front door of the club. He stood outside for a few minutes, unsure if it was worth it to go inside and address whatever concerns Sydney had with him now, or just leave. He eventually decided on the latter but sent Sienna and Sydney a text message first.
To: Sydney Vale
Hey, my coach just emailed me and I've got a big meeting tomorrow with the Duke coach so I'm heading out but sick party as usual ;). Call me tmrw if u still need to talk?

To: Sienna Alvarez
Come get food with me?


He didn't expect that Sienna would actually come, mostly because they all knew how offended Sydney got when anyone didn't appreciate her parties enough, and partly because he was sure Sydney wouldn't want to babysit Jane and would task Sienna with it. He wasn't going to miss the chance to ask her though.

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Colin understood Vincent's reasoning for wanting to leave. Duke University definitely had one of the most elite lacrosse teams in the nation and getting the chance to meet with one of their recruiters was a big deal for any player. Vincent was definitely the best player on Saint Jude's team and probably one of the best in the state, so it wasn't surprising that he was being sought out by a top school. Although Colin envied Vincent for the opportunity, he was still happy for him and nodded at his explanation for leaving. It probably worked to his benefit that Vincent was going, anyway. He wasn't in the mood to hear about how if he had just worn a different outfit or acted less awkward, that Jane would be talking to him instead of Seb.

Kelley joined them before Vincent excused himself and while some people might have found conversing with someone they lost their virginity to to be uncomfortable, it wasn't like that between he and Kelley. She wasn't the type of girl to focus on any negativity or drama and although he knew that she was smarter than most, he sometimes felt like she didn't pick up on the vibes around her. Her comments were usually bold and sometimes offensive, but she never seemed to care. She was definitely different than a lot of her Constance Billard classmates and even more so than the ones who were also as wealthy as she. Colin found her to be easy to talk to, and was now glad that she had the same desire as he to smoke. "I was just heading there now," he said as they neared the circle of people in the back of the club. "I hope you're getting a ride home tonight. I don't know if you'll be lucky enough to look good in two mugshots in a row," he said elbowing her playfully.

There were a few people he expected to see smoking, John and Bastion being among them, and then some who he wouldn't have pictured as being the smoking type, with Persephone Soung and Brody Wade being the most prominent of the them. Kaitlin was standing beside John and because he still felt somewhat guilty for abandoning the two earlier in the evening, he smiled at both of them before finding an empty space on the opposite side of the group. As a joint came their way, he offered it to Kelley first. "You know Jane Lynch and Sebastian Jardine, right?" he asked her casually. "Are they... hooking up or something?" He didn't want to seem overly interested or concerned because at least for now, he wasn't going to resort to asking Kelley to meddle in his attempt to get closer to Jane. She was fairly crazy and didn't trust that she would talk to Jane without making him either seem like an unsocial loser, or an obsessed stalker.

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Kelley reacted to Vincent's comment about her being sent to rehab by smiling and giving him the middle finger. Although counselors had suggested it, she had not been sent to rehab. Her parents wouldn't allow word to get around that their daughter had been ordered into some facility for alcoholics or drug addicts, and when it came down to it, she was neither of those. Kelley used drugs recreationally but she wasn't addicted to them, and was simply young and defiant.

Vincent left them with some excuse about needing to go outside to get some air but Kelley didn't question the sincerity of it. She was in her partying zone and honestly didn't really care to delve into anyone's problems tonight. She had Colin, anyway, so he left her with good enough company. "If I ever need to get a mugshot taken again, I expect your dad to get me off the hook for it. It's the least he could do for the girl who ensured that his son didn't end up as a forty-year-old virgin," she joked, punching him playfully in the arm as they walked towards the group of people smoking.

She greeted a few of the guys with hugs before settling back into her spot next to Colin. It wasn't long before a joint was passed to them, which Colin cordially offered to her before taking a drag himself. He then asked if she knew anything about Jane and Sebastian possibly hooking up. Vincent was nearly her brother and because Colin had been crushing on Jane for so long, the topic had come up a few times so she knew that he was asking with deeper motives than just curiosity. "Jane and Seb? I can't imagine them doing anything together but some girls like the 'bad boy' type. I don't know, Jane doesn't seem like that kind of girl but I doubt her rich daddy would let her date him anyway," she said, turning away from him for a moment to take a puff of the joint before returning her thoughts to his situation. As she studied the group around her, she spotted Bastion and once she passed the joint off, she turned to him. "Bastion, you're cousins or something with Jane, right? Colin wants to know if she's single." She grinned but refused to make eye contact with Colin, knowing well that she had just thrown him and his attempts at being discrete under the bus.