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Daphne Peterson

"It's not that I don't care. It's just that this book is very interesting, and you are less so."

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

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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."


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{ Name }
Daphne Laurel Peterson

{ Nicknames/Alias }
One of her friends took to calling her princess freshmen year. She answers to it, but only just barely.

{ Age }
Seventeen [17]

{ Gender }
Female

{ Sexuality }
Pansexual

{ Date/Place of Birth }
β™Š June 1st β™Š London, England

{ Nationality }
British-American Dual Citizenship

{ Label }
The Know-It-All




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{ Childhood/Family Life }
Daphne's parents were together for perhaps a year before she was born, and remained together just two years more, exclusively due to her existence. After that, her father, who to begin with had merely been studying abroad in England, returned home, leaving the girl with her single mother in London. Her mother had no living relations to speak of, or none who cared at all for the girl, often considered a failure by the family, and thus was utterly alone in raising Daphne. She worked as a housekeeper to pay the bills, cleaning the homes of others while her own apartment remained filthy. Daphne was often watched by the neighbors while her mother worked double shifts at hotels or the occasional restaurant to get by. Daphne attended the local public school, of course, wearing worn down hand-me-down uniforms from her neighbors. However, she has never thought her childhood unpleasant or lacking in any way. Whenever her mother came home, instead of collapsing from exhaustion she would focus on Daphne, reading her books and making up stories. This might have been the first sparks of Daphne's ravenous consumption of books. Once she had begun school, these sparks grew into a full fledged fire. She would sit in the library until kicked out, and got to be on first name basis with the librarian. It was all very lovely, as far as she was concerned, until her mother was caught in a fire while cleaning some well-to-do's house, and perished. At this point, predictably, her world seemed to reboot. She was still rather young, no more than eleven, at this time, and everything seemed a blur while she was whisked around by child services until, finally, her father was located. At this point, she was shipped off to America to live with her father and his current family. If she had been somewhat expressionless to outsiders before, it only became more severe throughout these events, and she seemed to fall into books more than ever before, a means of escape if ever one existed. She moved in with her father in New York, who had all but forgotten her, and found a life not a far cry from her old one. Her father worked as a janitor at a local elite school [read: Constance Billiard] and her step-mother was a store clerk in a grocery store. Put together, their salaries were still beneath the poverty line, and thus Daphne spent the next few years with this family [which also had an elder half-sister and younger half-brother], before gaining a scholarship for academic ability to the very school where her father works as a janitor. This is how she, far from the lives of the normal students, came to be at the school.

{ High School Career }
She has pulled out of her books slightly, thanks perhaps to finding interesting people, and her former prejudice towards the wealthy has waned significantly. In order to keep her scholarship, she of course maintains excellent grades, and works in the library as work-based aspect of her tuition. She is a member of the orchestra, playing a cello donated by the school. Sometimes, after school, she might be found helping her father clean up. If asked what her father does, she answers readily, often with a defiant look that challenges someone to say something about it. Most interestingly, her desire for books and films has required cash, which she makes through doing homework for others. Illegally, technically. But she's very discreet.




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{ Good personality traits }
Curious || Witty || Composed || Self-Sufficient || Reliable

{ Bad personality traits }
Greedy || Impatient || Vindictive || Jealous || Sarcastic

{ Greatest joys in life }
Reading || Potential || Money || The Cello

{ Greatest fears }
Remaining Below Her Peers, Financially || Mobs/Dense Crowds || Flying || Snakes

{ Life philosophy }
β€œFairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

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{ Personality }
Daphne is one of the scholarship students at Constance Billiard, and while she is quite proud of having earned her place, it is not a fact which she shouts from the rooftops. This is because Daphne has spent a good portion of her life watching the other side and wishing that she could be one of them, instead of the janitor's daughter. Needless to say, she is of the jealous variety, watching the wealthy and careless with eyes glowing green. She does not want to be them, precisely, but wants to be someone who they will respect. Not that she'd ever admit this freely, of course, for this might suggest that she thinks they are in some way superior to her. Daphne, much like her father, is stubborn as hell when it comes to getting what she wants, though this doesn't necessarily mean the traditional 'won't back down in an argument' like her father's stubbornness. Hers is somewhat more subtle, pushing and pushing, chipping away until her way has been had, before anyone even realizes she was molding things in that direction. Truly, Daphne is rather calculating --but this is a sign of her intelligence, and is a reward for a childhood curiosity and bitterness that led her to learn how to do these things quietly. Noisiness, she has often believed, is a luxury for the wealthy, and she must use other means to achieve her goals.

That being said, she is unlikely to be the one feigning smiles or putting up pretenses. Unless she really wants something, the young woman is not quite so willing to waste the energy. One must understand that her intelligence is a product of a natural curiosity and love for reading, not a burning desire to learn more and to surpass others. She is intelligent because she is very well read, in fact seeming to be holding a book at all times. The young woman is, in many ways, quite irreverent. One can threaten to ruin her or make her life hell, and she will simply give a single glance, as though daring, and return to her book. She seems to have very little time for those she is indifferent to, unless it benefits her in some way. Her only passion seems to be wealth, and even when spoken with about that she is likely to appear bored, seeing it as a matter of course. Perhaps that is the best word to describe Daphne, actually --bored. She often seems to be, anyway. She is greedy, certainly, and does find joys in things such as money and other likes of hers, but she never seems particularly enthusiastic. The young woman is undeniably composed, but to the point that outsiders often think her more robot than girl.

A rather sarcastic robot, perhaps, for her reputation as a know-it-all comes from the complete inability to allow people to chatter on based on false assumptions. She isn't one to tell secrets too, because inaccuracies are a nuisance to her, and she is quite willing to fill in holes to make flies leave her alone --especially for a price. Daphne is known to but into conversations simply to correct a person, only to calmly exit the discussion immediately after. This is why she is considered a know it all, and is why, when others refuse to answer a question or aren't doing it correctly, she will raise her hand immediately, simply to make the pain go away. Of course, she doesn't always do this in the nicest of ways, for sarcasm, though considered by some the lowest form of wit, is embedded in her tongue. She can be sweet, certainly, but the girl can also possess a dagger like tongue that has little patience for what she views as stupidity.

While she might not be the picture of cheer and charm, Daphne can be a good friend, if she likes a person. She's reliable in all she does, never breaking her word, and can be relied upon to finish a job as well as she can. Her sarcasm softens to wit when she is not feeling impatient, and this wit, along with her knowledge and surprising loyalty, have earned her friends over the years. And if someone hurts them, she will be just as vindictive as she would be about a slight towards her own person.



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❀ Novels & Comic Books ❀ The Library ❀ Hot Tea ❀ The Cello ❀ Intelligence & Clever Conversation ❀ Cats ❀ Video Games [Mostly RPGs] ❀ Money ❀ Movies ❀ Animated Films ❀ Bicycles ❀ Central Park ❀ Thrift Stores, Used Book Stores, & Flea Markets ❀ Spoken Word Poetry [Listening to, not writing] ❀ Puzzles, Riddles, & Mysteries ❀ Warm Vanilla ❀ Cinnamon Buns ❀

✘ Being Looked Down On ✘ Stupidity & Those Who Complain Without Trying ✘ Catcher in the Rye, The Odyssey, and Batman ✘ Small Dogs ✘ Flashy Wealth ✘ Densely Crowded Areas ✘ Inaccuracies & Dead Air In A Class ✘ Money As An Emergency Exit ✘ Very Loud People ✘ Those Who Require Constant Attention ✘ Neon Colors ✘ Being Called Baby-Face ✘ Unsolicited Advice [Hypocritically] ✘ High Pitched Voices ✘



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{ Parents }
Elizabeth Darry
For the first decade of Daphne's life, Elizabeth was her world. She is the woman who taught her how to read, write, and inquire. Elizabeth may have never gotten a higher education, but she was far from a fool, and nurtured a love for books in her daughter. Only in hindsight can Daphne appreciate how hard her mother worked. Admittedly, Elizabeth had flaws, but Daphne has taken to honey-coating anything to do with her biological mother. She has put her memory on a pedestal.

David & Elena Peterson
These are Daphne's current parents: her biological father and stepmother. However, she's not closer to her father simply due to blood ties. If anything, she gets along better with her step-mother, who occasionally slips her dollar bills to go to a used book store, with a wink and a smile. She harbors no resentment towards her parents, though she wasn't particularly close to David. His job is part of the reason she was able to get the scholarship, so she is grateful for that, and helping him clean after school has made them closer.

{ Siblings }
Mary Peterson
Mary is Daphne's elder half sister, though not by much. In fact, though Mary is two years Daphne's senior, she is the same height as the younger girl. Had they been raised together, Daphne and Mary might have been thick as thieves. As it is now, they get along relatively well, though some part of Mary thinks of Daphne as being snobby, with perhaps good reason. Mary is currently going to Community college, with the end goal of becoming a Math Teacher.

Evan Peterson
Daphne gets along with her younger half-brother surprisingly well, perhaps because she lets him play the games that she buys on steam. Evan is similar to her in his belief that money is incredibly important, and will probably end up seeking a high paying career in the future. He was still rather young when she joined the family, and barely remembers the family without her, really.




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{ Build }
For lack of exercise, Daphne has little to nothing in the way of muscles. Rather, she is rather slim, and though she stands at a height of 5'6", her small bones make her seem slighter than she is.

{ Hair Colour }
Daphne has pale blonde hair, the sort usually reserved for small children.

{ Eye Colour }
Blue-Green

{ Distinguishable Markings }
Both of Daphne's ears are pierced, but beyond this she has no piercings nor tattoos. She does, however, have a birthmark on her back, just above her hip bones, that looks like a large freckle. She's had it checked, and it doesn't appear to be cancerous --hence labeling it a birth mark.

{ Personal Style }
Due to her financial resources, Daphne's wardrobe is composed mostly of thrift store finds and hand me downs, making it somewhat eclectic. She is a big fan of large sweaters, though, and breaks them out almost as soon as weather permits. She also tends to wear black heels frequently, though she's tall enough to not seem to need them. Her style varies, but it usually manages to fit together well. A small vanity of hers.
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So begins...

Daphne Peterson's Story

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Anyone who takes a peek into Daphne's room will quickly have two things made apparent to them. One, she is a girl who loves books, for shelves, both purchased and makeshift, line her walls. They are filled with books she has purchased or been given, that she has already read or plans to read. The young woman tends to develop stacks of books to be read, only to get distracted by finding yet another book that intrigues her, or rereading an old favorite. Thus, her books range from beaten up and faded to crisp, never opened. Most of the crisp ones are actually gifts, as she rarely purchases books new. The other thing made apparent is her decision to not go out tonight. The girl is lying on her bed wearing soft pajama pants, decorated with Nightwing's symbol, and a baggy T-shirt from some Orchestra event or another. Hardly the outfit for an evening among some of New York's most influential youth, after all.

Having decided that the party was probably a trap of some sorts, and a waste of her time even if innocent, the girl made the easy decision to stay home. Thus, she is on her stomach atop her bed, reading. That is, until her phone goes off, alerting her to a message. It is the text that Persephone had sent out. Daphne realizes that it is a group message, though her phone is old and receives them as separate messages from each member of the group. A pain, but one easily adjusted to. It isn't surprising that Persephone would want to go to the party, but the young woman hadn't realized her friend had been invited. Well, it made sense of course; no one would invite the likes of Daphne without also thinking of Persephone, who was probably higher up on the ladder than Daphne thanks to a much more likable disposition.

Before she can respond that she isn't going, a thought gives Daphne pause. Sydney has been hanging around with Brody for quite a while now, and given that she is known to be petty about these things, is it not likely that she will be hard on Persephone for the simple crime of being friends with Brody? Daphne is confident in her own ability to ignore such things, but she worries that Persephone, though very strong-willed, might be slightly more vulnerable thanks to her desire to branch out. Open arms leave one vulnerable, after all. Jake will be going, she sees, and Bastion will likely also be, but Daphne is cynical even towards her friends, and while she knows they would protect Persephone, fears they might go off somewhere and not realize the danger.

The chances of Persephone facing trickery are perhaps lower than Daphne thinks, but the girl has always been a bit negative regarding these things. Thus, she resolves to go to this party, in order to keep an eye on Persephone. Daphne responds to the text, then drops her phone and gives her closet a skeptical look.

To: Persephone, Jake, Bastion, John
A ride would be very much appreciated.


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Of course, Bastion is going to the party. He usually does, despite knowing Sydney invites him only at Jane's request. After all, he actually quite likes parties, enjoying the music, as well as the fact that there always seems to be weed available. Anyway, this particular party is being held at a club, meaning the music might be very good. Well, hopefully. His reason for attending this party specifically, however, is an intent to follow up on his conversation with Jane. He's still a bit irritated about the whole exchange, but curiosity and concern for a friend always wins over that when it comes to Bastion. If the occasional argument kept him from friendships, he would never get along with Brody, now would he?

Bastion checks his phone to see the messages from John, Jake, Daphne, and Persephone. By the time he does this, however, he's already decided how to arrive to the party, and thus doesn't need a ride. The young man has a strange fondness for subways, despite disliking buses, and plans to take one to the area of the party. In fact, he is already leaving, if only because he estimates it will take him a while to walk to the nearest station.

To: Persephone, Daphne, Jake, John
I'll see you guys at the party, yeah? Got my own way there


Dressed less than to the T's, with a dark cardigan/sweater thing and a colorful scarf overlaying his dark vest, Bastion leaves the house. Of course, he says goodbye to Willow and Delphine first, and has to deal with them latching on to his legs, like they've done since they were toddlers, while he makes his way to the door. He does eventually successfully depart, though.

Meanwhile, Daphne waits for pick up on the front steps of her apartment building. She'd found a dress that used to belong to her elder sister, and seemed appropriate enough for the party. Knowing Persephone is a lover of fashion, she had bypassed her initial thought to just go in her pajamas. Lacking curves, the dress which might be considered sexy on other girls comes across as more elegant, certainly less sexual, on her. Daphne has zero qualms with this, having picked it also because she thought it looked nice with her heels. Daphne does love heels, which often have her towering over other girls.

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Character Portrait: Persephone Soung Character Portrait: Jake Desai Character Portrait: Daphne Peterson Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Lacey Cartier-Porter Character Portrait: Sebastian Arendale Character Portrait: Brody Wade Character Portrait: Kaitlin Kingsley
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It was nearing seven when Brody stepped out of the shower to find a group text message from Sephy waiting for him. Jake, Bastion and Daphne had replied to it, with Bastion saying he had his own ride and Jake offering to give a ride to the rest of them. If Brody hadn't already agreed to go with Sydney, he would have happily taken up their offer. He hadn't been able to get in more than a few quick words with all of them that morning and once he got to the party, he doubted that he would be able to socialize with them much anyways. It would have been nice to ride there with him but he wasn't going to cancel his plans with Sydney, especially after getting her to invite Sephy and then inviting Kaitlin and Lacey without even telling her.

To: Sephy Soung, Bastion Arendale, Daphne Peterson, Jake Desai
Sydney and her friends are picking me up on the way so I'm good. If anyone needs a ride, I'm sure she won't mind if you come.


Brody knew that Sydney definitely would mind if he brought some of them along, but he wanted to be polite and thought that especially if Jake had already offered to drive, they would prefer his ride anyway. After texting them back, he figured he would share their plans with Lacey in case she needed a ride. He wasn't going to push his luck anymore by offering her a ride with Sydney, since he knew with the bad blood between the two girls, that would be going too far.

To: Lacey Porter
You still coming tonight? Jake's driving some of the others if you need a ride. I'm going with Sydney and her friends or else I'd offer to pick you up ;).


As he got dressed, heremembered that although he had mentioned the party to Kaitlin at school that day, he had never actually sent her the details on it like he had said. He instantly felt bad, thinking that she would feel like he purposely blew her off, so he sent her a quick Facebook message, not having gotten her number.

To: Kaitlin Kingsley
Hey, sorry for not messaging you sooner. If you still want to come tonight, here's the info. Just tell them that I invited you if anyone asks :).


Brody knew to expect Sydney soon, so after he got dressed, he poured himself a glass of water and sat at the kitchen table. He was surprised with himself for actually being nervous about the night. It was going to be one of the biggest parties of the year and he was sure it would be fun, but he wasn't in the mood to deal with any drama and after inviting three girls against Sydney's will, even if she had allowed Sephy, he felt like something was going to go wrong. It always did.

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Outfit [I changed it because I disliked the other one].

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Persephone's phone went off with multiple incoming texts. Skimming them Sephy can't help but smirk at Brody's text.
I wonder how Sydney would feel about that, She thinks, but quickly dismisses the thought, sure it'd be funny but the girl would probably be torn to pieces by Sydney.

Figuring she'd just catch a lift with Jake, she responds with:

To: Jake, Bastion, Daphne, John, Brody
From: Sephy
Ok thanks Jake, I'll wait outside for you x


Before sliding her phone into her little clutch bag and heading for the door, grabbing an apple on her way out - Sephy hadn't eaten anything since lunch and the last thing she wanted was a growling stomach at the party. Cautiously walking in heels down the two flights of stairs to the lobby, Sephy steps out into the cool night and smiles, she loves the night. She loved looking up at the stars. Not that you could see much of the night sky past all the skyscrapers in Manhattan.

However Sephy could definitely feel cold cold on her legs, perhaps she should have warn tights? Her lace dress, while flattering, was quite short exposing a fair amount of leg and Sephy had opted for little shorts under the dress to tights but now she was regretting it.
I'll be in Jake's car soon anyway, Persephone thought, laying the cardigan she had brought with her on the steps outside her apartment building before taking a seat, there was no way she was going to risk getting her white dress dirty by sitting on the actual steps.

Whilst she waited for Jake and Daphne, who had also asked for a lift to the party and whom Persephone had assumed would most likely not be going, despite being invited as she wasn't exactly close with Sydney nor her friends. It still perplexed Sephy as to why Daphne was actually invited, she knew that Daphne was an amazing person, but Sydney had barely spoken to Daphne so Sephy was definitely surprised to see that she was invited to one of the hottest parties, and admittedly, even a little jealous. Persephone scrolled through her phone, noticing Gossip Goddess had posted again.

Frowning, Sephy didn't quite understand the last post, who was keeping secrets? She wondered, hoping that the anonymous blogger wasn't referring to her crushes on both Brody Wade and Sebastian Arendale. No, Sephy thought, I'm sure some other people at the party have much bigger secrets she rationalised. Persephone's crushes weren't exactly going to be the hottest topic. Besides, only John knew about how she felt and just thinking about John being Gossip Goddess made Persephone laugh. He was far too much of a sweetheart to be so vicious to people. Then again, it was Dan Humphrey that was Gossip Girl and he was, supposedly, a 'nice guy'.

Whatever it is, I'm sure GG's latest post has nothing to do about me, probably some Sienna or Jane drama or something, There was no doubt that both Sienna and Jane were party girls, so Persephone reckoned they were probably keeping a lot of secrets. Looking up from her phone, hoping that Jake would arrive soon; her legs were starting to go numb.

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Jake finished brushing his teeth and running a hand through his tousled hair one last time before grabbing his wallet and heading out the door with a "Bye, mom!" over his shoulder. He jogged lightly down the steps, breezed through the lobby with a wave to his doorman, and hurried down the steps to the parking garage. Surprisingly enough, despite not having big money like a number of his classmates, Jake's mother had secured a rather modern apartment in a complex near the art galleries. It was good, much better than his father's apartment in Brooklyn.

Once in his car, he turned on the heater. Some part of him was glad that he had kept his coat in the backseat. Jake was not particularly cold at the moment, but the nippy air felt in the parking garage only dictated that it would be colder as the night progressed. Somebody would need the extra warmth. He pulled out of the garage and then drove, the light hum of his car's engine somewhat soothing to his nerves. He always felt some kind of thrill and anxiety when it came to parties, partly because he just wasn't a party kind of guy. It wasn't a lie that he was probably an uptight individual and maybe, he needed to change that. Then again, that was the point of his year, right? Changing? Nodding affirmatively, Jake made a left at the next light, deciding to pick up Persephone first. Daphne's place was a little closer to the party anyway. He pulled up right in front of Persephone's building and leaned over to unlock and open the door for the girl.

"Well, well, well! Someone looks good tonight," he commented as he appraised her apparel. Then, feeling a little playful, Jake grinned. "Come on, Seph. Don't tell me it was all for little ol' me now?" He joked and waited for her to get in. Jake also noted that while the dress did look lovely, it was also not the dress for such a cold night. Either way, he didn't comment on it but instead, turned up the heat in the car just a little. "We're picking up Daphne after this. Are you ready for tonight?"

Thinking about that, Jake whipped his phone out and was about to send a text to Daphne when he caught the latest Gossip Goddess post. He wasn't a particular social media person. Sure, social networking was imperative to make it in this world. He was quite aware of that and had an account on all of the major social networking sites. However, this whole gossip column seemed like a waste of time. He wasn't a fan of it. Who's life was so boring that they spent time trying to delve into everyone else's dirty little secrets? Not that he had any big secrets. He didn't keep his sexuality a secret; if you didn't know, that sounds like a personal problem, not that what or who Jake did was anyone else's concern in the first place. Still, he hated the idea of the site; it wasn't helpful years ago and it damn sure wasn't needed now. He suspected that the post was probably more for someone like Sydney or someone in her crew. Shaking his head, he sent the text to Daphne.

To: Daphne
Omw. Just got Seph. B there in 5 mins.

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Vivienne Hudson Character Portrait: Daphne Peterson Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sebastian Arendale Character Portrait: Sebastian Jardine Jr. Character Portrait: Brody Wade
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Jane could tell that something was up between Sydney and Sienna. She was used to both of them making catty comments about the other, but it mostly occurred behind the other's backs. Tonight, they were laughing and smiling, so if she was only watching and not listening to them, she probably wouldn't have been alarmed. However, they were in a nonstop banter where each comment seemed sharper than the next. Jane wasn't sure what they were trying to hint at, but the tension alone was alarming enough. It was making her wish that she had taken the bottle of vodka with them. "You two are being weird and I need another drink," she said, unsure of how else to phrase it. They were both being nice to each other, at least it seemed that way in the obvious sense, but because she was so used to their being some type of underlying distaste between the two, she wasn't ready to take their exchanges sincerely.

After Sydney explained what her relationship with Brody was really about, Sienna turned to Jane and asked her if she had hooked up with any cute guys that summer. She shook her head quickly and ran her fingers through her dark hair. "I wish," she replied simply, not wanting to delve into the topic any deeper. It seemed easier to just admit that she hadn't hooked up with anyone, since that was the truth, than to come up with some lie about meeting some guy in California. The idea of her spending an entire summer away and not even getting with one guy was probably just as suspicious but it made for one less lie that she would have to remember. She was in luck, anyway, because Sydney quickly warned them to 'play nice' and a moment later, Brody stepped into the car.

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After receiving Sydney's text message, Brody left his apartment and found the limousine waiting outside of his building. The driver stepped out and opened the door for him, revealing Sydney, Sienna and Jane. They all looked great but he did notice that Vivienne was missing. He hadn't seen her that day at school but did get a text from her saying she was there, so he just figured that he had missed her in the chaos of all of the greetings.

Sydney and Sienna were seated on one side of the car so Brody slid into the open seat next to Jane, across from them. Sydney was quick to compliment him on his outfit, a reaction that he would expect no less of considering she had texted him multiple times that afternoon to make sure he was wearing exactly what she had picked out for him. Sydney's comments were expected but what caught him off guard was how Sienna agreed with her on how 'sexy' he looked, or maybe the way that she agreed with her. He chuckled, although his eyes flashed towards Sydney to evaluate her reaction. "You ladies clean up well yourselves," he reciprocated. Sienna changed the subject to what he had done over the summer. It was a question they all had probably been asked ten times that morning and after hearing of the spectacular trips that many of his friends had taken, his summer seemed fairly mundane. "I spent most of it at my dad's vineyards in California. Lots of meeting clients, dinner parties... you know how it goes. My sister did text me relentlessly one night in regards to you, actually. Something about you winning some award and how she wanted me to get you to text her to show her friends that she actually knew you," he said with a small laugh.

Eloise was still in middle school and was probably going to attend a high school for the musically talented next year, which Brody was glad about, but it didn't stop her from obsessing over all of the girls who went to Constance. She had been a fan of Sienna even before she knew that Brody was friendly with her, so when she did find out that Sienna was friends with Sydney, she badgered him to no end about inviting her over. Brody had no real problem with Sienna but they weren't close friends. Still, wanting to be a good big brother, he had brought the idea up to Sydney about seeing if Sienna would stop by one day to meet his sister, but Sydney quickly shot that down. She had claimed that Sienna was probably "the worst influence" that Ella could have and although Brody doubted the truth in her remark, he never brought it up again. It didn't stop his sister from asking about the possibility of her hanging out with Sienna every time she knew he was going to be with the singer, though.

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Jane wasn't nearly as interested in making conversation with Brody as Sienna was, so she focused on her phone instead. She had earlier decided against texting Bastion but now, with nothing else to do, she felt like she might as well try to make peace before seeing him in person. She was still feeling a bit guilty for blowing him off all summer and then this morning, especially because he was one of the truly genuine friends she had in her life. Still, she wasn't sure if he was the one who had invited Daphne and if he had asked Sydney if she could come, when he knew better than anyone that she disliked the girl, she wasn't going to make an effort with him.


To: Bastion Arendale
Are you here :)????


It didn't take long for them to pull up in front of the club. Sydney had rented it out for their party for the night but that didn't mean that it looked any less active than it did any other nights. As she stepped out of the car, she could already hear music playing and see the lights flashing inside of the club. "Let's get drinks! I'm going hard tonight and you better too!" was her first comment to Sienna as they stepped out of the car. She didn't spot Seb Jardine or Daphne Peterson, probably because they were a few minutes early, but she was happy for now. The whole vibe that she was getting from the club, mixed with the refreshingly cool air, made her feel like with a few more drinks, things would be fine.

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To: Viv, Lyric
Unless you want to wake up to find me on FOX news cuz I murdered this bitch, bring yourselves! NOW!!!


Sienna had on a very cat-like smile when she sent the text, inwardly praying that one of her best friends would actually answer their phones tonight. She almost didn't catch Brody's response to her, she was so far gone. But then some part of her memory stored away his little monologue and she smiled at him, genuinely happy that there was a fan. She always loved her fans. They were mostly so sweet and extremely supportive, especially after she admitted that she had lost inspiration a little bit three years ago. They had made posters, graphics, gave her world-wide tweets, and even made a few YouTube videos that made her cry. She adored these people and while she and Brody weren't the best of friends, there was a little tug on her heart for his sister.

She had become in such a good mood after that one moment that she ignored Sydney's little quip about going to a concert and hummed in agreement. Sienna wasn't going to acknowledge the fact that Sydney was trying to downplay her career. After all, EVERYONE needed to attend at least one BeyoncΓ© concert. Even Sydney. Maybe the bitch could learn a few pointers on class since at this current moment, she just made it all the more evident that Sienna had gotten under her skin. And what was that last comment going to do? Make Sia cry? Bitch please! At least Sienna was making a name for herself; her net worth was larger than Sydney's at this point. Besides, Sydney couldn't control who Sienna talked to or what Brody's sister did. She was the queen of a school, not New York. Sydney's grandfather made her popular, Sienna had fans around the world. So, no, she was not going to award Sydney with even one response. Sienna simply smiled while inwardly anticipating their arrival to the club.

Which didn't take long. As soon as they were out, Jane was practically bouncing with excitement and an endearing smile warmed up Sienna's entire face; even her eyes were back to their normal light hue now near the club in the cool, refreshing air of the night. Sienna sighed and ruffled her hair, smirking to herself as she heard the distant clicking of a few pararazzi. Oh yeah, she forgot she actually tweeted about the party tonight. Oops! Grinning, she turned all of her attention to Jane, not even sparing Sydney or Brody a backward glance. "Hell yeah! Something tells me tonight's gonna be...something." She didn't explain further. Sienna simply flashed a smile at the paparazzi, winked at the bouncer who let them in without faltering, and then headed straight to the bar, pulling Jane right along with her. Jane could be Sydney's best friend later; right now, since Sydney wanted to be all over a guy she didn't truly want, Jane was Sienna's. It surprised her, just a little, that she was showing that possessive side of herself, but Sienna didn't give it that much thought. Something felt finite about tonight and she needed some kind of security until one of her best friends got here. Or, at least until she was drunk enough to forget until tomorrow.

As soon as they got to the bar, Sienna painted on the sweetest smile for the bartender and ordered, "Sex on the beach, please, extra vodka." She glanced back at Jane. "You ordering?" Sienna turned and finally observed the club, eyes resting on the twinkling lights. There was a surprising number of people here already and it was so live. She sighed, glancing back at where they came from with the tiniest of scowls. "I guess tonight's gonna be the night..." She knew Jane wouldn't understand and maybe Sienna was too sober right now because her thoughts were beginning to meld into depressive nothingness, but she could feel it in the air from the second Sydney had made the comment about Vincent.

Shit was about to hit the fan.

Sienna wasn't afraid if she and Sydney fought tonight. Hell, an argument would suffice, but she knew herself. She had held on to resentment for three long years. If Sydney said the wrong thing, Sienna was pretty much sure that the tiny blonde would be on the floor with Sienna on top, punching. She didn't doubt Sydney's fighting skills; she'd seen the claws come out once. However, Sienna wasn't from a family that scratched, pulled hair, and slapped. No, fists came out and she may not have been a fan of violence, but she would damn sure finish this crap tonight if Sydney wanted to go there. But Sienna didn't want to go there. In fact, now that she thought about it (no, she did not regret standing up for herself, let's get that part clear!), she wanted to go back and not be affected by Sydney's little commentary. But after that GG post, she couldn't sit back and not feel attacked, like she hadn't been insulted. She had and Sydney had done it blatantly in front of Jane, at that. It was a fair retaliation, she justified. But still, some people deserved a warning, no matter how much she was upset with him too. Her hand actually shook a little when she pulled her phone out and she hurried up and sent a text before shoving her phone back in her clutch.

"Let's go really hard tonight," Sienna exclaimed, turning back to Jane and waited for her drink to be finished.

To: Vincent
U should probably keep a leash on ur hoes. They get out of place sometimes. We need 2 talk.



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The drive to Daphne's place didn't take too long and before they knew it, they were there and Jake sent a quick text to the blonde after he pulled up.

To: Daphne
We're downstairs.


After he put his phone away, Jake mused over the day thus far. He had pretty much had a good time just walking around with friends and re-introducing himself to a few teachers. He ran into a few classmates and connected with a lot of the drama students from both schools, which surprised him because he was pretty much the silent and invisible guy. Sure, he recorded a lot of the school plays and made them into discs so that people could take them home to families or just buy themselves copies. But he had never anticipated that he would actually be remembered in some weird fashion. Part of it had to do with his connection to Sebastian, another to the fact that Sydney Vale was God-sent. And now he was going to one of the most exclusive parties of the year because said God-sent angel invited him. How Jake struck this lucky he will never know.

However, there was also another part of him that was wary about tonight. On one hand, there was the fact that Persephone got a last minute invitation. That alone had Jake on his hackles. It wasn't that he had a problem with Sydney inviting one of his friends. By all means, if she wanted, she could invite all of them all the time and he would worship the ground she walks on. But why? And at the last minute too? Sydney never struck him as a girl who did anything at the last minute, so this left him rather perplexed and even a little anxious for his friend. On the other hand, he was also worried about what could transpire tonight. As much as he had always admired anyone who got invitations to such a highly sought-after event, there was also some kind of drama that occurred at these sort of parties. He remembered the Blair Waldorf; they were all scandalous. And after all of the stuff he had heard about Sydney and that entire popular crew, he knew only hell could freeze over before there wouldn't be any drama...

NO! His mind shouted. Tongith was supposed to be about having fun, making connections, and just doing something different. Not being stuck in the house sulking over what-might-have-been. He didn't want to look back three years from now wondering what-if. He wanted to do. Jake even had to shake his head a little to get back on track and smirked at Persephone. "Tonight's going to be a blast, don't you worry!" He didn't want her anxious too; he knew that she was just as suspicious as he was. But they were meant to have fun and that's what they would do. His smile widened when he finally saw Daphne and he greeted her. "M'lady, your chariot awaits!" When everyone was ready, Jake pulled out and headed to the club, eagerly awaiting the nighttime fun that was sure to come.

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Sephy laughed at Jake's comment, "Why thank you," she said, "you look rather dashing yourself." Sephy then added, with a wink.
She was definitely excited for tonight, if a little wary. At least she had Jake and Daphne to keep her company, if anything happened Sephy knew that she could count on them to have her back.

When Jake reached over and turned the heating up, Sephy shot him an incredibly grateful look, the gust of warm air bringing back feeling in her legs. As they drove over to Daphne's home, the anticipation of going to one of Sydney Vale's parties, her first Sydney Vale party as well, caused Sephy to feel a little nauseous. It was ridiculous really, nobody there would even give her a second glance but it is a big deal. These kind of parties are very, very exclusive and so how and why Sephy got onto the guest list worried her. What was Sydney's angle? There was nothing for her to gain from Sephy. She was sure that she was overthinking it, but it is just a little suspicious.

Although, Jake, Bastion and Daphne were all invited. It didn't surprise Sephy that Bastion was invited, Jane always got him on the list. And sure Jake was probably closer with Sydney than Sephy but they weren't exactly BFF's and Sephy knew for a fact that Sydney's supposed best friend Jane disliked Daphne with a passion, perhaps Sydney's just trying to widen her friendship circle? Sephy had to stifle a laugh, of course she wasn't. Sydney was the most popular, and bitchiest girl in school, why on Earth would she hang out with Sephy? She couldn't help but going back to the thought that maybe this was all a joke. That would make far more sense than Sydney actually being nice. That was practically impossible.

But just as Sephy starts to panic, Jake turns to her with a smirk and says "Tonight's going to be a blast, don't you worry!" Which Sephy took as a sign to chill out. Nodding Sephy smiles back, "You're right," She admits, God was she being ridiculous! If Sephy's friends were there with her, she'd be fine. Taking a deep breath, Sephy spots Daphne and waves, replacing her panic with excitement as they drove off towards the venue.

Wondering where John and Brody are, another two people that Sephy was close with, she texts then individually:

To: Brody
From: Sephy
Hey are you there? Can't wait to see you! x

To: John
From: Sephy
Gonna be at the party soon, see you inside? x


Turning her gaze from her phone back to the road, Sephy rests her head against the window, a small smile on her lips. This was definitely going to be a fun night.

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The club was alive with good music blasting and lots of people mingling, most with drinks in hand, but Jane didn't expect anything less of Sydney. Each party had to be more extravagant than the last and this would definitely set high standards for the rest of the year's events. Although Jane loved parties, she disliked hosting them. There was so much stress involved in planning everything, and she felt like even after all of the details had been settled, the hostess of the party had to stay sober enough keep everything and everyone in line, and if Jane was going to a party, there wasn't a likely chance that she was staying sober.

With that in mind, it was pleasing to Jane when Sienna agreed with her and they headed straight for the bar. Sienna ordered a Sex On The Beach, a drink that Jane loved as well, but she requested two shots of vodka. She wanted the alcohol but not the unnecessary calories from the rest of the ingredients that went into the mixed drinks, and because she was already feeling a buzz from their pregame, she didn't mind the burn from the alcohol. The bartender probably assumed that she was ordering the shots for her and Sienna, but Jane quickly downed them herself and turned back to Sienna with a grin. The couple of glasses of champagne and three shots so far that night would be catching up to her soon enough and although she didn't order another drink yet, she definitely wasn't going to stop drinking five minutes into the party.

"I'm already going hard, you better catch up!" she said with a smile as she watched Sienna pull out her phone to text someone. "Who are you texting?! I'm right here, the most important person of the night, and no one who isn't here matters tonight," she claimed, not really sure of what she was saying herself. She began to pull on Sienna's arm and although she had no idea where she was going, she knew that she wanted to dance or talk to people or maybe meet a cute guy. Anything that would get her mind off of her own problems and Sienna's off of the drama that had ensued during the car ride. Sienna was always her partner in crime when it came to drunk fun, and Jane needed her even more tonight with Sydney hanging all over Brody.

Most of the people they passed were familiar faces. They either went to Constance or Saint Jude's, or one of the other top private schools in the city, and Jane either knew them personally or had seen them before at past parties. No one they passed caught her attention enough for her to offer more than a "hey!" before she continued on her way.

While she had no real destination in mind, she tried to scope out as much of the main level as possible and was happy to find that she hadn't spotted Seb or Daphne in the crowd. She didn't want to see Daphne for obvious reasons, but would prefer her in a second over Seb. If there was anyone who could ruin her night and really her social life all together, it was him. When "All Night Longer" by Sammy Adams came on, Jane squealed. "Oh my God, this is such a throwback!" She finally released her grip on Sienna's arm but didn't want to leave her side. Even if she was quite happy and confident now that alcohol was coursing through her system, she wasn't drunk enough to feel comfortable with the idea of facing anyone she wanted to avoid without Sienna by her side.

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Daphne glances at Jake's message, which tells her that he will be coming to get her in a bit, having gone to pick up Sephy first. She hardly minds, as the weather outside is practically divine at the moment. It feels as though this fall might be an early one, based on the slight nip that a light breeze carries about. The sun is already beginning to set, so that she can no longer see it thanks to the obstruction of one of the city's countless buildings. It is still light enough to see without requiring adjustment of the eyes, which is fortunate because Daphne briefly worries that her dress, black, will blend in with the dark if the sun fades too much. There are street lights, of course, but where she is sitting is sort of in the shadow of them. Her hair is so pale that she hardly needs to worry about becoming invisible due to her dress, however. And there is a marginal amount of light cast by the lamps.

The young woman has a book resting in her lap, and reads it as she leans against the cool metal railings of the short staircase. When younger, the girl often liked to lay on the kitchen floor to feel the slight chill of the tile, frequently falling asleep in that position. She has always preferred cool temperatures, especially when it comes to resting or sleeping. Absorbed in her novel, the young woman does not notice the vibration of Jake's message saying that he has arrived. In fact, it is only after a few moments that she notices a car waiting, the passengers perhaps unable to see her thanks to the angle of view, and stands up. Her book, small enough to fit into a petite over-the-shoulder bag --Daphne always has a bag on her, to hold her books-- is quickly stashed as she walks over and gets into the car. Her expression quirks slightly into a smile at Jake's comment about her chariot, and she responds to Persephone's wave with one of her own. And thus, she enters the vehicle to the party, Alice going down a rabbit hole.


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When Jane sends the text to Sebastian, asking whether or not he is at the party yet, the truth is that he has already arrived. He'd simply decided not to look for her upon arrival, instead sighting a different friend and engaging in a conversation which eventually led to the two of them going over to the corner in which joints are being passed around. In a good mood because of the party, he supposes, there are a few people who are willing to share in exchange for company, or simple presence. Even if the supply runs out before the end of the party, Bastion has no doubt that Seb is lurking around somewhere, prepared with some to sell. He'd brought money with him for that very thing, after all.

After a while, Bastion looks over and notices Seb and Jane standing near each other, and watches with vague curiosity briefly. However, his attention is quickly moved on back to the people around him. In fact, he tends to flit his attention about frequently, the span of it shortened of course. Bastion smiles at something the person next to him has said. He is a far more friendly individual, or at least more tolerant of what would normally piss him off, when smoking. This is why he can hang out with people whilst high that otherwise would just annoy the hell out of him.

Daphne, Jake, and Persephone may have entered at this point, but he doesn't really notice. He hasn't actually smoked a lot so far, having only been there for maybe ten minutes after all, and thus is pretty sober.

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Kelley had been at Sydney's party for nearly twenty minutes and still hadn't laid eyes on the hostess herself. It wasn't like she was out searching for her though. The two blondes had grown up together and were nearly inseparable as children, but judging by their relationship now, it would be hard to tell that they could ever tolerate each other. Like all Upper East Siders, though, they had both learned how to put on a nice fake smile and act civil, even if what they were saying under their breaths was less than so. Still, Kelley wasn't the type of girl who obsessed over what most people thought of her so the real reasons for her presence at tonight's party laid mostly in the open bar and the chance to reunite with some of her classmates. Most of them had done so earlier that day at Constance Billard but Kelley had committed to making sure the summer went out with a bang the night before and, as it frequently did, it ended with her head hanging over a toilet until around noon today.

She now sat at one of the club booths with a boy she had met on her way into the party. He claimed that he attended an all boy's private school in the city and knew Sydney from owning a house that neighbored hers in the Hamptons. Kelley allowed him to do the talking, adding in a "mhmm" or "wow, that's cool" every few minutes when it seemed necessary. She wasn't interested in him but the way that he was gliding his hand across her leg indicated that he felt otherwise. She kept her attention on her cell phone screen as he spoke but when she felt his hand ride up her dress, she met his gaze. Rather than shove his hand away from her, she allowed it to linger for a minute, just long enough to have him wrapped around her finger before she spoke. "Would you get me another drink?" she asked, although it came out as more of a demand. She maintained an alluring smile on her face until he disappeared with her empty glass. As soon as he was no longer in sight, she slid out from her seat and headed in the opposite direction of the bar. She had had her fun with that boy, whose name she had now forgotten, and was ready for her next.

Kelley wasn't looking for anyone in particular as she drifted through the club, and honestly was probably looking for a stranger, but when she came across Jake Desai. With a cheeky grin in place, she approached him, only noticing that he was with Persephone Soung and Daphne Peterson once she started speaking. "I can honestly say that this is the last place I'd ever expect to find you- well, all of you, at," she said playfully. She didn't know Persephone very well but couldn't remember seeing her or Daphne at any parties in the past. They didn't seem like the clubbing type and even less of the type to be friends with Sydney, but then again, she wasn't Sydney's favorite person either and she was here as well. "I'm getting you guys fucked up tonight, no questions asked," she continued. If they were as detached from the party world as Kelley suspected them to be, she wanted to make sure that she was the one to break them in and if it happened her way, they'd be blacking out within a few hours. However, she suspected that they, or at least the girls, weren't that type.

It was typical for Kelley to be as wild and obnoxious as she was being tonight, and most people found it hard to tell whether she was drunk or if she was just naturally as audacious as she acted. Tonight it was a mix of both, but she wasn't trying to offend the group by it. In fact, she was glad to have some company. She cocked her head backwards for a second to see if the guys who were smoking earlier still were, and when her suspicion was confirmed, she looked back at the three. "Let's go smoke before all the free weed is gone," she suggested eagerly, although she also considered going to the bar to get another drink, now that her earlier suitor had probably got the message that she was no longer interested.

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"Here goes nothing," Jake said, more to himself than to the others, as the trio walked towards the club. After giving their names to the bouncer (some part of him will never get over how excited he was inwardly at that), they were allowed access and once inside, Jake could definitely tell that this was not his normal setting. Jake was a guy meant for corner cafes with low light, spice in the air, and soft music playing while someone recited poetry. He was a music-and-earphones kind of guy because most people didn't always listen to his style of music. However, he received the invitation and didn't want to be stuck constantly sulking over the mundane existence he was granted. He was given this opportunity and while the drunken sex-on-the-floor dancing was not his cup of tea, he would make due. At least, until the party was over.

Just as he was about to turn to the girls and see if either wanted a drink, a familiar voice could be heard over the loud, pulsing music and Jake turned to see Kelley Hadley approaching their group. To this day, it surprised him that she was willing to actually talk to him and was an actually decent person to talk to. While Jake tried not to have presumptions about the more popular students, some things couldn't be helped and it was no secret that either the elites were getting by because their parents had money or because someone else was doing it for them. Granted, Kelley probably did have the latter, but she was also very much intelligent and for that, Jake learned to respect her. Plus, she was pretty fun to be around. Jake grinned wryly at her first comment about their being here.

"Kinda didn't expect to be here myself," he admitted with a small chuckle. That much was true. Even if he was helping Sydney, some part of him still couldn't believe that she was as willing to help him gain some kind of footing as she has thus far. He remembered getting the invitation, putting it down, and then just looking at it for a moment before actually acknowledging that, yes, he was invited to a Sydney Vale party. "Not surprised to see you here, though, Kelley. Behaving?" That much was a joke. Everyone knew that Kelley hardly - if ever - behaved.

As the blonde proceeded to tell them how she was going to pretty much get them loosened up for the night with her own brand of fun and then tried to convince them to get weed, Jake stood, uneasy and with hands in his pockets. To be completely honest, he had only drank a few times before, having realized that after the fourth drink, he was pretty much done for the night. It was a party some time during the summer, a rave actually, and he didn't want that hangover again. He suspected that Daphne would not be up for it either, especially not weed though he could never be sure, and he wasn't sure how Persephone felt about starting the night off. Plus, he was nervous about smoking. Again, something he had never done before and really didn't plan on doing it. Though, if who he was said anything, he would cave if actually pressured. Because I'm a bitch. But, shoving that thought back into his brain, Jake managed a wary smile.

"I don't know about that," he replied, scanning the crowd. Some part of him actually wanted to see Lyric, but he was also looking for either Brody or Bastion. "I'm the designated driver, but...um, do either of you want anything?" The latter part of her speech was directed towards his two companions and Jake glanced at them imploringly.

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Exiting Jake's car, Persephone takes in the club, it was booming with people milling around outside, smoking and laughing as well as the thump of music that could be heard even from outside the building, Sephy was intimidated to say the least.
Giving her name to the bouncer, Sephy can't help but sigh with relief when she's let in, maybe this wasn't a prank after all.

Stepping into the club, Sephy was taken aback by the sheer number of people at the party. There were tonnes of students from Constance and Saint Jude's as well as people from other schools. Pulling her dress up a little at the front, Sephy nods - Assuring herself that tonight would be fun; that was the moment that Kelley Hadley walked over to them.

Persephone's eyes widen as Kelley tells them that she's going to 'get them fucked up tonight'. She had only ever had a couple glasses of champagne at her Brother's wedding and she'd never once even thought about smoking weed. What would her parents say?

"Um," She hesitates, hearing her phone buzz with an incoming text, Sephy quickly skims it, John and Bastion were out the back.
Looking up at Kelley, Sephy nods, "Alright," She says before turning to Jake and Daphne, "John and Bastion are out there." She explains, there was no way that she'd be smoking but Sephy did want to see her friends.

As Sephy headed towards where John told her he would be, Sephy spots Brody. Sending him a smile and a wave before noticing Sydney nearby and quickly turning her head the other way. She didn't want anything like earlier, or worse, to happen again. Especially not tonight.

Seeing John, Sephy grins waltzing over to where he sat with Bastion and a girl Sephy didn't know the name of. She suspected that the girl was either from a different school or new.

"Hey!" Sephy greets John and Bastion, distancing herself slightly from the joint being passed around. She didn't want to risk getting second-hand high either. Sephy was certain her parents would blow a fuse if she came home high.

She then turns to the girl who looked slightly awkward standing with the group and decided to be friendly, "Hello! I'm Sephy." She introduces herself, with a smile.

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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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Character Portrait: Persephone Soung Character Portrait: Colin Clay Character Portrait: Daphne Peterson Character Portrait: Kaitlin Kingsley Character Portrait: John Toranzo Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley
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Bastion looks up as a few familiar faces approach the group that he has made himself part of. He gives Colin a sort of nod in acknowledgement, though they aren't particularly close outside of similar habits, and his eyes focus on John as the fellow asks him a question. "Sorry man, I would have, but I didn't realize you were there. Next time, yeah?" he responds lightly, then going on to smile and nod at the new face John presents to him. She looks like she wouldn't be out of place at Constance, blonde hair blue eyes, pretty, etc. He supposes she's from some wealthy family, perhaps an upstart, but doesn't know for sure and doesn't really care. His range of friends should make it clear he is less concerned about class and wealth than some other people who attend the two elite schools. "Nice to meet you. I'm Bastion. Like the game, I guess," he adds, though uncertain as to whether she would know the game he references. A pretty equal amount do and don't, usually.

The group is not left still for much longer, as yet another round of people come up to the corner. This one includes Sephy, Jake, Daphne, and Kelly. He's vaguely confused at the presence of Daphne, to be honest, perhaps having forgotten the response she sent requesting a ride from Jake. Uncertain of her motivations for coming, he dismisses the confusion as he takes another turn at a joint. As the group grows, the time between each pass lengthens. That's fine, he intends to stop before becoming too affected anyway.

Daphne spends the entire exchange relatively quiet, her eyes sliding constantly around the crowd. There is the slightest hint of a smile on her face, perhaps because she is amused. This is the sort of party she would think only existed in overdramatic young adult fiction and flashy TV series. Of course, given the school she attends, the girl oughtn't be surprised when life plays out like the script of an episode of some teen show or another. She is merely thankful to not allow herself to become caught up in it, one of those characters who seem to exist exclusively for misfortune and messy situations. The thought would be worth grimacing at, if she weren't still bordering on a smile.

She did at least have the courtesy to smile slightly more obviously, although what is a clear smile to her might be more of a slight quirk of the lips to others, at the new girl, Kaitlin. She doesn't strike Daphne as overly interesting immediately, but she's willing to accept a person being more than meets the eye. Her fingers are figuratively crossed that this person will be one such girl. This area hardly needs more superficial types, after all.

Bastion is unfazed by Kelly's question about Jane. He considers it briefly, no longer as irritated with her due to the passing of time. "Nah, I don't think so. Haven't spoken with her over the Summer much, but I don't think she has anyone from California. Still, I don't know about clinging onto the idea of being with her. She's not big on scholarship students."