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Persephone Soung

"I'm sick of being a nobody, I want to live."

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

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❝Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.❞




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{ Name }
Persephone Bonnie Soung.
{ Per-seph-o-nee S-o-ng }


{ Nicknames/Alias }
Sephy {preferred name} | Bunny {only close friends & family call her this}


{ Age }
"Yes I look like a thirteen year old, haha, you're hilarious.."
Sixteen


{ Gender }
Female


{ Sexuality }
"Hey, who knows what could happen?"
Heteroflexible


{ Date & Place of Birth }
"Born and raised on the Upper East Side."
25th January | Manhattan, New York City


{ Nationality }
75% Korean | 25% American


{ Label }
"Just because I haven't slept with half the school like most of the girls here, doesn't mean there's anything wrong with me."
The Virgin





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{ Childhood/Family Life }

Persephone's childhood was anything but ordinary.
Between ballet and gymnastic lessons, flute and guitar lessons and further maths and science, little Sephy's life was pretty hectic.
Her wealthy parents didn't want their children to grow up to be like most of the kids on the Upper East Side - Spoilt and arrogant. Instead, they pushed their children as far as they could. Sephy barely got any rest due to all the classes she was taking, and balancing all of her after school activities as well as homework stressed her out incredibly; At the age of just twelve years old, Sephy had mastered all manner of instruments, skipped a grade and had placed first in her ballet class.

And yet, Sephy was no where near being the highest achiever in the family. Her brother, Cornelius - Whom Sephy barely saw - was studying to be a lawyer and on top of earning his law degree, he also had a degree in fine arts. Sephy's older twin sisters, Marcella and Juliet were working on their very own jewellery range at the ages of eighteen and their father is the President of Soung real estate, one of the best real estate companies in the world.
Living up to her families high expectations really put pressure on Samuel Soung and Winifred Soung's youngest daughter, Persephone.
Even now, Sephy finds it hard to be doing what her older siblings were doing at sixteen, currently, Sephy has found a passion of fashion designing and hopes to make a clothing range to show her parents that she's capable of doing everything her siblings have done, and more.

{ High School Career }

Persephone has always been outstanding in High School, academically. Since Freshman year she's been the highest achiever in every class, won multiple awards for her participation in the tennis club, mathletes, swim team, orchestra and glee club. But she has never really lived the High School experience, avoiding parties and gatherings, preferring to stay at home and study, or work on her designs, but something changed this Summer, Sephy realised she's never going to live up to her parent's far too high expectations and she wants to live. To be noticed. Not just be that quiet girl who nobody knows. And she'll use all of her many talents to make sure that she's seen.




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{ Good personality traits }

Driven | Ambitious | Creative | Intelligent |Quick Witted.


{ Bad personality traits }

Impatient | Too Trusting | Blunt | Opinionated | Stubborn


{ Personality }

Persephone is very driven by her desire to please her parents.
A desire so strong, it almost entirely controls her. Sephy doesn't want to be the disappointment in the family, but she also doesn't want to just constantly hide behind her elder siblings accomplishments and never have her moment in the spotlight. This has caused her to become an incredibly ambitious person, and yet also very self analytical. If there's something Sephy feels like she could have done better, she tortures herself with hateful thoughts. Of how she's going to ruin everything she's been working for. How her parents, Sephy's father in particular, are never going to see her as an individual. Someone with substance.
She runs from any kind of confrontation. Preferring to keep the peace than make a scene which could potentially endanger her pristine reputation.

There's no doubt that Persephone Soung has style, she knows what's in and what's out, and while she's hardly Constance's top trendsetter, she does run a small beauty blog which recently has been gaining more and more views. Which has really started to boost her confidence in regards to her ability, Sephy truly believes that she's capable of designing her own fashion line whereas before Sephy, as well as her entire family, were skeptical.

However, Persephone isn't exactly what you would call a people person. And due to her lack of social skills and utter stubbornness to change her mind, even if she knows that she's in the wrong, Sephy doesn't have many friends. She is, in fact, an outsider. Despite her parents being ludicrously wealthy and having one of the best homes on the Upper East Side, no one has ever really noticed Sephy. She's just that girl in your math class, or that girl on the tennis team. People can barely remember her name and whilst that used to never faze Sephy, she's started to realise that being successful doesn't just rely on having a brain, you have to actually be able to interact with others and be charismatic, so it is Sephy's goal to become at least noticed, if not popular, this year.

β€’ Fashion - Sephy has recently developed a love for fashion. She has always been rather stylish, only ever seen wearing the hottest designers. But only recently has she started to properly admire fashion and she has even started designing some clothes of her own.
β€’ Excelling - It doesn't matter what it is Sephy is excelling at, she loves the feeling you get from achieving. It might be because she actually gets some acknowledgment from her father every time she excels in a certain activity, or maybe it's the fact that after being compared to her siblings all of her life, Sephy is standing out. Not hiding in her elder siblings shadows. Whatever it is, Sephy loves the feeling.
β€’ Donatella - Sephy's munchkin cat, Donatella. Or Ella as she calls her. Is named after one of Sephy's biggest inspirations, Donatella Versace. There's no other animal Persephone adores more than her beloved Ella. She'd take her everywhere with her if she could.
β€’ Her Blog - The new fashion blog Sephy has recently started running. Whilst is just started out as a simple pastime to help her unwind after her undoubtably hectic day, Sephy's fashion blog
{ Greatest fears }

β€’ Being a disappointment - If there's something that Persephone fears the most, it's disappointing her parents. Sephy wants to succeed and make them proud, and refuses to stay hidden behind her siblings' shadows.
β€’ Flirting - Whilst it's hardly a rational fear, Sephy can't help but be terrified even by the thought of flirting. She gets far too flustered and just generally isn't very good at coping with someone flirting with her.
β€’ Her Blog Failing - Whilst this fear is partially to do with disappointing her parents, Sephy is also so invested in this blog and adores it so much, it would truly break Sephy's heart if all her hard work was for nothing.

{ Life philosophy }
❝I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.❞ - Lewis Carroll.




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❀ Fashion.
❀ Sweet tea.
❀ Being active.
❀ Sunshine.
❀ Bubbles.
❀ Being top of the class.
❀ Winning.
❀ Apples.
❀ Cats.
❀ Maths.
❀ Hot chocolate.
✘ Losing.
✘ Cloudy / rainy days.
✘ Sleeping in.
✘ Oranges.
✘ The dark.
✘ Strangers.
✘ Neon colours.
✘ Alcohol.
✘ Big dogs.
✘ Ignorance.
✘ Arrogance.




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{ Parents }

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Father | Samuel Jefferson Soung | Forty-Nine | FC: Ken Watanabe
Samuel is often away on business trips. In fact, Sephy can't remember the last time she saw her father for a full day, let alone spent time with him. He's never around and this puts a great strain on their relationship.


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Mother | Winifred Persephone Soung | Forty-Seven | FC: Eon Jin Son
Winifred is possibly the only person in her family that Sephy is close to. While she's somewhat friends with most of her family, Sephy's mother is someone she feels like she can really talk to.


{ Siblings }


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Brother | Cornelius Samuel Soung | Twenty-Six | FC: Jo In Sung
Sephy barely ever sees Cornelius anymore, he only tends to come around on holidays with his wife and baby who Sephy hardly even knows.

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Sister | Marcella Winifred Soung | Twenty-One | FC: Nana
Marcella is Juliet's twin sister. Sephy has always looked up to the twins as they are so creative and successfully managed to bring out a jewellery line. While they're not as close as Sephy would like, Marcella is definitely the twin Sephy is closest to.

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Sister | Juliet Hope Soung | Twenty-One | FC: Nana
Even though Marcella and Juliet may be twins, they are definitely very different. While Juliet finds Sephy annoying, Marcella adores her. Therefore, Sephy and Juliet are not very close.




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{ Build }
Sephy is very thin, with little to no curves. She stands at 5'6".


{ Hair Colour }
Hazel Brown.


{ Eye Colour }
The darkest of brown, you can barely see the colour in Sephy's eyes.


{ Distinguishable Markings }
Sephy has both ears pierced twice. Sephy also has a small birthmark just by her collarbone.


{ Personal Style }
x, x, x, x, x.

So begins...

Persephone Soung's Story

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Character Portrait: Raven Summers Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Persephone Soung Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Vivienne Hudson Character Portrait: Hazel Crown Character Portrait: Jake Desai Character Portrait: Carter Preston Character Portrait: Colin Clay Character Portrait: Daphne Peterson Character Portrait: Lyric Overland Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Lacey Cartier-Porter Character Portrait: Sebastian Arendale Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Sebastian Jardine Jr.
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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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For the first day back on the school year, Bastion would have liked to see his childhood friend, Jane, having gone the past two months without a peep from the girl. The sudden silence was very nearly insulting, especially given the fact that the story her parents gave about it was one which he was rather hesitant to buy. Having grown up with the Lynches being practically his aunt and uncle, he can tell when they are blurring the truth. Of course, it's not his place to wonder, really, but damn does Bastion have the tendency to be nosy about these sorts of things. Anyway, since Jane did not make any contact with him, he has chosen to assume that she will be hanging out with the queen bee of Constance, Sydney Vale, and therefore he would prefer to find himself several meters away at all times. It's not that he truly hates Sydney, he doesn't really know her that well actually, despite having gone to her parties before [as a friend of a friend], and she isn't much his type, platonically speaking.

Thus, he makes the trip to get his other closest friend, and one of the people who despises Jane the most, Daphne. Unlike most of the school's population, his friend lives in one of Manhattan's developments, surprisingly well placed on the Upper West side. As he lives on the Upper East Side, it is about a half an hour walk down to her building, but he hardly minds a morning walk.

Thus, while many of his classmates get into chauffeured cars or munch on breakfasts their housekeepers made for them, Bastion waits at the staircase of the building for Daphne to come down. Admittedly, he did eat food prepared for him by hired help earlier this morning --an egg wrap sort of thing that she makes when the kids are rushing out. Willow and Delphine had still been asleep when he left, as had his father and mother. Bastion always had been the earlier of risers.
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Daphne's father has already left for the school. One mercy of the work program through which she attends the school and is able to use their cello is that she never has to come in early for work. Prone to staying up reading into the dark hours, often until night blends together with day during the summer time, mornings have never been kind to the fair haired girl. Still, she manages to be up and heading downstairs in a relatively timely manner, so that Bastion does not have to wait downstairs for too long. She finds his fondness for her building almost funny, considering how she thoroughly plans of getting out of it and into an apartment she doesn't need help paying for. She supposes that these things are a novelty for him, though Bastion himself may not even notice it. She loves him dearly, he is one of her closest friends at the school, but it is sometimes hard to tolerate the money that jingles in his mannerisms. Dreadlocks or not, he is old money, and it shows.

"Good morning," she greets him, sneaking up on him from behind as Bastion watches a few children across the street draw on the pavement with chalk, their mother sitting on the steps and watching over them protectively. But of course, Bastion doesn't jump. He never does, when the quiet girl steps up from behind. Perhaps that is why they get along, and why he has developed feelings for their mutual friend, Persephone.

Bastion merely turns around with that easy smile which hides the temper and criticism behind it, raising his eyebrow. "Morning, princess. Ready to go?" he calls her princess, despite Daphne being the furthest from royalty at their schools. Perhaps it is because the sort of arrogant feeling she gives off, or the fact that her outfits could nearly be mistaken for expensive on some days, if one doesn't realize that everything she buys is third-hand. Their freshmen year, he often commented on it, finding it ironic that someone so bitter towards those who look down on her financial status would make attempts to appear wealthier than she is, dress-wise. Several little arguments later, he merely calls her princess, a nod towards her secret vanity.

"Are we going to get Persephone?" Daphne, who dislikes the nickname Sephy and refuses to use it, inquires. Without answering, Bastion takes out a phone and sends the girl a message.

To: Persephone Soung
Her highness and I will be at your place in bit to pick you up.


Although Bastion walked here, Daphne would have preferred to take the bus, something much more easy to do on days where she doesn't have to carry her cello to school. She gives in, and the pair walk through Central Park on their way towards Persephone's home. Upon arrival, Bastion rings her doorbell, and the two wait. Already, Bastion is complaining about some person they walked past on the way here, and Daphne has elected to ignore him in favor of the book in front of her nose.

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25th September | 7:00 am

Persephone clicked away from Gossip Goddess' most recent blog post. With a sigh, Sephy realised that this year was definitely going to be far from drama-free. Junior year had been so simple - Gossip Girl gone and nobody, like Gossip Goddess, trying to replace her. But then again, if Sephy was so determined to be noticed this year, a surefire way of doing that is to get onto Gossip Goddess' radar.

Standing up from her seat at the desk, Sephy turns to face her floor-length mirror, straightening out her outfit and combing flyaway strands of hair back into place with her fingers. Sephy really had to look her best, especially since it was her first day back at school.

"Sephy, breakfast!" One of the twins shouts up the stairs, for most people it was near impossible to tell them apart just from hearing their voices alone as they sounded so similar but nevertheless, after living with Marcella and Juliet all of her life, Persephone could easily tell that it was Marcella who had called for her.

"Be there in a sec Marcie," Sephy calls back, giving her appearance a final once-over before rushing out of her bedroom, into the hallway, heels clicking as she walks down the old oak staircase. Walking into the second-floor bathroom, Sephy has a quiet deliberation on whether to wear contacts or glasses before finally settling on her trusty glasses; contacts were too much hassle so early in the morning.

After adjusting her glasses to make sure they sat perfectly straight on her nose, Sephy makes her way down one more flight of stairs to the kitchen and living room, the Soung family currently resided in one of the largest penthouse apartments in all of Manhattan, while originally it was three separate one floor flats, Sephy's father, Samuel, worked his real estate magic and her mother, Winifred, worked her flair for interior design so that their home can now boast three floors.

Entering the kitchen, Sephy turns her attention towards her parents who were both sitting at the dining table, sipping their coffees.
"Good morning father," Sephy greets her father before turning to face Winifred "Mother."
She then takes a seat at the table, deciding upon sitting next to Marcella. A bowl of granola and yoghurt was then place in front of her, decorated prettily with all types of fruit. "Thank you," Sephy says graciously to their live-in Chef, Jaques. Sephy actually enjoys cooking and preparing meals of her own but her father wouldn't hear of it. 'We're high society people and therefore we should act as such' He would say to which Sephy, after being told this over and over again, finally agreed to.

Once she had finished her meal, Sephy excuses herself from the table politely, making sure not to disrupt the currently calm atmosphere.
Picking up her school bag from the table in the hall, Sephy suddenly remembers something and turns back to her to dining table, "Oh, Father don't forget I have a tennis tournament after school which you promised you'd go to" Sephy reminds him, excited that he'd finally be able to see her play after having to cancel so many times before.
"I completely forgot about that, sorry Persephone, I already have a meeting scheduled for then that I just can't cancel last minute - Next time though." Samuel says, barely looking up from his newspaper which he seemed to be incredibly interested in.
Nodding, Sephy bites her lip; feigning a smile, she says "Sure father, I understand," then facing her mother asks, "Mother, can you come?"
"Oh Darling you know I'd love to but I'm just far too busy for that, but like you father said, another time." Winifred replies gently a slight hint of guilt on her face, but it was nothing that would make Sephy feel any better.

It was then that Sephy's phone buzzed with an incoming text, realising it was Sebastian, she quickly read it and replied:
To: Bastion
From: Sephy
Alright, see you guys soon x


"Ok well I have to go, goodbye" Sephy calls out to her family, Bastion and Daphne might not have arrived yet but there was no way Sephy was going to hang around the apartment anymore, she didn't want her parents to see the disappointment her eyes held. Instead, she opted to wait for her friends on the stairwell of her apartment complex.

Upon hearing the buzz of the door, Sephy stands up, adjusts her glasses and opens the door, a small smile on her face.
"Hey," Sephy greeted both of them, not in the happiest of moods but trying her best to be as cheery as possible for her friends.

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"And I thought I was the drama queen! Are you done yet, Esmee?" Sienna inquired pleadingly, her expression exasperated. After getting dressed herself, she went to check on Esmeralda only to find her younger sister tossing her third outfit back into the now messy closet. She had even contended to looting Sienna's closet in search of the perfect first day outfit, despite Sienna's insistence that the first three tries were pretty damn fabulous.

"Sorry, not all of us wake up flawless, okay?" Esmee retorted before settling on the very nice high-waisted leather skirt and deep red top that really brought a sense of sensuality to her olive complexion and brown eyes. Her dark curly hair, much like Sienna's natural hair color, was shoulder length and fell in very tightly coiled curls. She was glowering at her older sister as she slipped into some very tasteful heels.
Despite their closeness, it was very much evident to Sienna that her sister was going through some image problems. It might have something to do with Sienna's popularity and the fact that Esmee was trying so hard to come up with an image without her big sister's help. But everyone knew that no one would forget that Esmee was Sienna's little sister and that wasn't going to change, even after Sienna graduated. Without even making a move, Sienna allowed her sister to unravel her braid and her luscious locks tumbled down her back. Esmee only offered a, β€œThe braids ruin the outfit,” before grabbing her own bag.

"Well, hurry up before mom wakes up. The last thing I need is some speech about images or a dinner date with Vincent's parents." One part of the summer consisted of Sienna's mother reminding her that just because she and Vincent were no longer dating, it didn't mean that the friendship between their families should change. In a way, she was right. Sienna thought of Vincent's mother as another mother and their closeness wasn't something she could just choose to forget about. But she also knew that this was her mother's way to somehow get the two back together. Like that would ever happen, she mentally told herself. However, a deeper part of her mind retorted that - if given the right circumstances - she probably would. Not that she wanted to be thinking of this or him at a moment like this.

Grabbing Esmee before she could decide that she wanted to change again, Sienna made her way back down the stairs, shaking her head in amusement as Ric tried to beat Alfonso in another game. The girls walked into the kitchen, smiling at Tamara who was busy finishing a stack of pancakes for the boys. They didn't real need her around as much since they all knew how to cook something to some degree, well Sienna didn't, but she was going to keep that to herself. The best she could do was a bowl of cereal or toast with butter and jelly.

"Eating anything?" Tamara asked and while Sienna definitely chose to grab the delicious and freshly baked muffins that Tamara had made, Esmee decided upon an apple and a bottle of water. Sienna couldn't lie. She loved food and eating was just something she loved to do. Besides, the dance classes she helped at for charity and her constantly being on the move kept her metabolism high and her body unable to gain more than one or two pounds. She also filled two to-go mugs with sweet iced tea, one for herself and another for Vivienne. They even had a mug reserved specifically for the gorgeous blonde that was pretty much a part of the family.

"You can fake all you want," Sienna said as she carefully placed the two muffins in a small little bag before putting them in her new purse. "But I'm hungry." Esmee made a face and Sienna planted a huge kiss on her cheek. She then grinned at Tamara. "Thanks, see you when we get back." After a promise to be good, the sisters were off, eagerly talking about their wishes for the new school year.

A few blocks away, Jake Desai sat in a very prominent Upper East Side cafe. He was never that much of a fan of Starbucks, only ever drinking there on occasion. Instead, he favored these smaller but privately-owned businesses with their own special recipes and brands of coffee beans and tea leaves. His favorite tea, which he was currently nursing in a nicely sized mug, was the piquant yet sweetened flavor of chai mixed with milk and a bit of honey. Unlike some of the other students, he actually did live in Brooklyn and the commute here was never something he enjoyed. However, his mother wanted to stop by the cafe on the way to her museum and said workplace was close to his current location, so why not? He hurriedly dressed, escorted the older woman, and was currently working on the edits to his script for his short film.

Jake didn't really need to be all the way on this side of New York. In fact, his school was closer. But, while the idea of escorting his mother - who was more excited about his first day back than he was, mind you - was one thing, he also wanted to check on two of his favorite people - Daphne Peterson and Persephone Seoung. While they all weren't the best of friends, they were pretty damn good ones and he appreciated them enough to make the trek to Constance. With that in mind, he saved what work he had left, stored his computer away in his bag, and then hurried to leave. Thinking quickly, he sent out a text to his two friends on his way out the door.

To: Daphne, Persephone
From: Jake
You guys on your way to school yet? Be there soon :)


"Esmee, watch out - !" Just as the words flew out of Sienna's mouth, her sister's thin frame impacted with the near equally thin frame of the male exiting the cafe and Esmee ended up dropping her bottle of water and half-eaten apple. The male immediately apologized.

"Sorry about that," Jake exclaimed, eyes landing on the Alvarez siblings. Both pretty much twins with one having dark hair and the other - Sienna, obviously, because Jake would be an idiot to not know who Sienna Alvarez was at this point - having honey blonde. Esmee squeaked, a rather adorable blush coating the apples of her high cheeks.

"N-no, it's my fault. I...wasn't looking where I was going." She replied. Jake smiled kindly and Sienna watched with a raised eyebrow as her sister's blush deepened surprisingly and Jake picked up her items. Thinking quickly that the girl wouldn't want an apple that had touched the busy Manhattan streets, he threw it away and handed her the bottle. Esmee quickly snatched it from her grasps. "Uh, thanks. See ya, Sia. Waiting for Care." Esmee didn't even give either of them the time to fully respond before she entered the cafe in a flash. The two blinked in surprise before Jake nodded with the smallest of amused smiles on his face.

"Well, um, see you...around." He told her and she nodded in kind. Now alone with her two travel mugs, Sienna pulled out her cell and continued on her trek, watching the male from earlier disappear into the busy crowd. Her phone rang for a minute before someone answered and she smiled.

"Hey, Viv. So, Esmee abandoned me and I have muffins with sweet tea and I'm also about to be in the lobby of your building. You should come down and walk the rest of the way to school with me...I mean, because you obviously love me and such."

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As Daphne, Bastion and herself exchange pleasantries, Sephy's phone goes off with a new text - This time from Jake, to which she replied:

To: Jake
From: Sephy
Kk we'll wait, hurry! :) x


Sliding her phone back into her bag, Persephone turns back to her two friends in front of her, "That was Jake, he said he'd walk with us," She explains before asking, "So, how were your summers?" Thinking back to her hectic vacation. Persephone had begun the Summer with an internship at Elle magazine, working in the fashion department, which proved much harder than Persephone had previously expected. She had hoped to simply be a currier and perhaps answer the phones a couple times but no, they thrust her right into an advice column with another intern - A very cute intern, named Caleb - who, after she had asked for his number at the end of their internship together, had regretfully told her he was gay, although, he would 'totally date her if he wasn't so into guys' - Which Sephy supposed must have been a compliment of sorts.

Then, later in her summer 'vacation' [although you could hardly call it that as it was neither relaxing nor stressless], she had attended her elder sibling, Cornelius' wedding. It was definitely a stunning affair, and his bride looked beautiful in a lace gown, and so Persephone couldn't help but get a little jealous, seeing her father praise Cornelius so highly in front of all the guests and talk about how lovely Mai-Anh, Cornelius' now wife, was.

And of course, there was the times where Sephy hung out with Jake which she thoroughly enjoyed, as even though they were 'friends' before, Persephone and Jake had never actually hung out like they did this summer, sometimes in a group [which would include Bastion & Daphne], and occasionally on their own. Something else happened as well, during these group meetings - aside from growing closer to Jake - Persephone found herself developing strange and foreign feelings for Bastion, which was weird, she used to only ever regard him as a friend; they were only brought together by Daphne. If she wasn't their mutual friend, perhaps they never would have spoken. And yet, Sephy couldn't help how she felt, and she wasn't sure whether that was ok with that or not.

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When Persephone came down, greeting them both with a smile, the two had rather characteristic expressions. Well, characteristic given circumstances, seeing as most people might consider violent-hippie to be Bastion's basic setting. However, given the fact that it is Sephy he is greeting, his easy smile seems to become slightly brighter, and yet somehow sheepish, as he nonchalantly runs his fingers through his hair [as much as possible, given its texture]. "Morning Seph," he responds, not quite noticing the fact that her cheer seems to be a touched forced, although not entirely feigned.

Daphne, on the other hand, seems to notice it, but of course says nothing. She merely glances up from her book at first, then looks back down as though dismissing her entirely. Those who know her, however, will recognize this not as a snub, but simply the way she is. After finishing the page she is on, Daphne slides a ribbon into the book and closes it, putting it back into her bag [which has multiple books, as she tends to read many at once]. "Glad you're here --if I had to listen to Bastion complain about litterers for a second longer, I'd have been tempted to take a scissor to his precious hair," she comments, expression rather deadpan at first, though a smile visibly threatens itself at the dancing corners of her mouth. Bastion gives her a rather lethal look, but she is of course unfazed. She's known him since freshmen year, after all, and Daphne hardly scares easily. The girl might have a an innocent look about her, but she's lived in neighborhoods that plenty of her classmates only see through a TV screen as they watch the news about the latest shooting. It's quite lucky that her family managed to snag an apartment in a significantly better area, actually. She is about to say something more, likely something to mock Bastion further, when her phone vibrates against her hip. She pulls it out, revealing an old sliding phone that she's owned for five or so years now. Persephone relays the message before she can read it.

"I suppose we can wait for him," Daphne says with a somewhat bored expression, perhaps giving the impression that she dislikes Jake, though this is not the truth. If one has not gathered by now, it is quite easy to misunderstand her expressions for indifference --there are simply little signs to it, and deadpan is something she unintentionally does well. Daphne glances at Bastion to answer Persephone's inquiry about their summers first, simply because what she has to say is far from the interesting things that her wealthier friends have gotten to experience [how is she supposed to make a part time job at pizza place sound interesting?], but his attention has turned towards his phone at this point.

Normally, Bastion finds all-capsed text messages annoying, but having grown up with Jane, he's come to tolerate such things from her. So instead, he nearly finds it endearing, though he'll complain to her frequently about it. He glances over at Daphne, mentally telling her to speak first as he responds to Jane's text.

To: Jane
I'll be there in a bit --I'm with Daphne and Sephy.


The last part is more a warning than a mention, because he knows how much the two girls despise each other. It's one thing he prefers to stay out of, despite adoring both of them [even if both certainly have plenty of flaws].

"I found brilliant new book store in Chinatown, and worked at a pizza place in the same area. Probably pales quite a bit compared to you two's summers," she states this without bitterness, because she likes them both, but in a matter of fact way. It is not an opinion, but a certainty that they had more interesting summers.

"Besides hanging out with you two? Usual summer trip, and we stopped at the Spain house for a bit longer than usual. Dad's trying to build a park in South Korea, so we were actually there for a bit," just as Daphne spoke casually of a very typical summer, so does Bastion --weeks on a yacht, summer homes in Spain, these are all just normal for him, after all. "How'd the internship go?"

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After departing from the Sienna and Esmee debacle, Jake headed in the direction of Persephone's place, having checked his phone the second he turned away from the popular girl. While Sienna had made the turn leading to one of the more contemporary and stylish apartment complexes - Jake could only dream of living in such luxury - he took the other turn, away from Constance. Luckily for him, walking had never been a big deal and his desire to gain recognition this year prompted him to partake in a little more exercise.

So, onward he walked in pursuit of his friends, hands shoved deep in his pockets now that the cool bite of the fall breeze seemed to want to swipe the warmth from his cheeks. Jake Desai had never been a fan of the colder weather. Sure, it gave him an excuse to wear his infamous amount of scarves more and he wasn't looked at like an idiot because he was drinking hot tea in the summer. But he never truly adjusted to the wintry hell which was New York. The snowy days were always the worst, always because those used to be the times when Vincent would get a little "playful," as the asshole would call it, in his tormenting and Jake winded up slipping on the somewhat icy pavements one too many times. Plus, it was cold, he was stuck wearing more leathers that he could actually appreciate, and he couldn't take in the world the way he wanted to.

The other times, when the sun's rays were warm enough to cause fire to lick up his veins and motivate his spirit to actually get up and do something, he would live. He and his camera would leave his mother to her own craft and he would explore. He found more cafes in New York (you'd be an idiot if you didn't know that there were more than just Starbucks in New York!), filmed and photographed many sites and tourists, and find himself in neighborhoods that he probably wouldn't typically find himself. Those were the days he preferred, especially this summer when he spent a few days with Persephone. Which was actually, though he would joke that they weren't, one of his summer's highlights.

Those musings led him to his friend's house where the trio stood at the door, talking probably about their individual summers and such. A genuine smile tugged at the corner of his mouth as he approached them, a sort of contentment at being in the presence of people who actually weren't dicks, imbeciles, or just truly not the sort of company Jake would prefer. "Hey, guys. Sorry to hold you all up. You guys ready?"

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"Whereabouts in South Korea?" Persephone asks excitedly, her Grandmother and Grandfather currently resided in Seoul and she had visited many times so she knew the area quite well. However they hadn't been able to visit this year because the only time Persephone was free clashed with the dates of her brother's wedding, and although she had begged her parents to let her go, Persephone's father had told her that it was necessary for her to be at the wedding - Which was evidently not the case as Persephone was ignored most of the night, especially by her father.

In fact, Persephone reckoned her father didn't want her going because his parents weren't exactly..Like him. They actually acknowledged and nurtured Persephone, when she did something wrong they didn't scold her but rather, they would encourage her to keep trying. Her father found it toxic for Persephone to be surrounded by such a caring environment because he thought that it encouraged her to believe that being second-best was an option, which to him, was not.

When Bastion asks about her Internship, Persephone shrugs "Tiring," She admits before jokingly adding, "Which for me, is saying something." All throughout the internship, Persephone had hardly been able to get a good nights sleep because she'd be up until around 2 am every night obsessing over perfecting her article. It was dumb but she couldn't help it, driven by the desire to impress her father, Persephone would work tirelessly to make sure it was up to his high standards.

Of course, when Persephone and her partner's article was actually published - which was amazing, published in Elle magazine at just sixteen - it was barely acknowledged by her father. Which hurt but then again, she should have expected it.

"Hey, guys. Sorry to hold you all up. You guys ready?"
Persephone turns around when she hears the familiar voice, a smile plastered on her face, her deep brown eyes lighting up, "Hey Jake," She greets him, using his preferred name; glancing at her watch, Persephone realises that unless they leave now, they're going to be late for school."Oh, we need to go!" Persephone says alarmed, she has never been late for school and doesn't ever intend to be. Especially not on the first day back - Besides, she wanted to catch up with Brody after barely seeing him over the summer.
In fact, she decided to text him to find out where he was.

To: Brody
From: Sephy
Hey,
we need to catch up! are you at school? x

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It was usual for Brody to be early to school, but today he arrived about an hour before his peers were scheduled to. As senior class president of Saint Jude's, he felt like it was his duty to make sure that he was on campus early to help prepare for the day's events. It was the back to school mixer, which was really just a half-day session for the students to get acquainted with their teachers and to reunite with friends. While most of the students lived in Manhattan, Brody knew some students who commuted from the tri-state area and many of those who did live locally would spend their summers in various parts of the world. It wasn't unusual for friends to barely see each other over the summer but pick up right where they left off once school started again.

This was the case for Brody, at least. He made his best effort to be friends with as many people as possible. At first, it had been a ploy to earn votes for his school campaign but after he was elected president in ninth grade, he followed through with many of the friendships. Most of his summer was spent in California where his father's vineyards were located, so the only friends he had seen since school were Sephy and Sydney, and he had only seen even those two once or twice. Sephy was probably his closest friend, especially since their relationship existed for over ten years. After Sephy's mother designed his mother's apartment, the two families had become friendly and because Sephy and Brody were the same age, they would frequently hangout. On the other hand, he had only known Sydney since high school started but her assertiveness and drive attracted him and both of his parents encouraged him to go after her. They had hooked up a few times over the summer but really, it wasn't anything more than a friends with benefits relationship. He had fun with her and she was gorgeous and poised enough to bring to events or family dinners, but there was no spark there and they both knew it.

Brody walked through the large gymnasium that was littered with different stalls, each representing different subjects. Teachers stood behind each booth, ready to greet their future students, as they chatted among themselves. Brody had already introduced himself to all of his teachers and had a lengthy discussion with his history teacher, who also happened to be the debate team advisor, about his summer. It was probably nearing the time when his classmates were supposed to be coming in when Brody's phone buzzed. A small smile appeared on his face when he saw that it was a text from Sephy.


To: Sephy Soung
I've been here for over an hour :p. Meet me in the gym when you get here, I'm excited to see you!

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"Just outside of Gwangju, I think it was? But we visited a few other cities as well, I might be wrong,"
having no intentions of inheriting the family business, Bastion is very much the typical wealthy child in his disinterest in his parents' work. It is more likely that one of his younger sisters, or perhaps both of them, will end up taking over the hotel and amusement park chains that the Arendales are famous for. Already, Delphine and Willow have that scheming sort of aspect that in childhood hints at quick minds and sharp tongues. The point being is that he rarely joins in on in depth discussion of the family business, and is lucky to have parents who are perfectly alright with this. He is in many ways similar to how they were at this age, and how they in many ways still are. His parents are somewhat unique in their ability to genuinely remember what it was like when they were younger, and respect Bastion going through the same stages. Of course, even back then his father had possessed a sort of charisma which Bastion doesn't believe himself to have. Leadership roles, outside of running the construction for theatre, aren't really his strong suit. Apparently he's too critical for them.

He is about to comment on Sephy's admission of her Summer being tiring, but is unintentionally interrupted by Jake upon the other student's arrival. While Daphne and Sephy greet him, and Sephy proceeds to panic about the fact that they may be running late, Bastion glances down at his phone and sees that he has another message from Jane --a predictable one, given what he had just told her. He can't help but roll his eyes, though he hypocritically hates it when people do this, at the little picture she has sent to express her displeasure. He very much doubts it will ever be possible for him to hang out with the both of them at once --it's like having two divorced parents who despise one another, as his time is split by them.

The conversation of glamorous internships and trips around the world are of course part of a world separate from Daphne's, but she has become accustomed to using Constance as a somewhat precarious rope bridge between the two spheres. It's actually quite interesting, hearing about the trips and such, as though she is reading some blog about the incredibly wealthy and famous youths who spend their weekends on yachts or at obscure french clubs. Such students are found in her English class, in the Orchestra, etc. It's almost fascinating to her, watching how the other side lives.

Still, friends who are more on her level, opportunity wise, are welcome. And when the gap is so wide, even someone who is upper middle class, as opposed to her station in the lower financial brackets, seems to be more in her world. She smiles, her smile that appears sarcastic even when sincere, in greeting towards Jake. "Luckily for you I'm not one for chopping off heads," she responds innocently. This is almost ironic, given how she is precisely the sort to do so, if provoked.

At Sephy's exclamation, her smile fades back into the typical neutral expression, though with a slight scrunch of her nose. They really should be leaving, then. "Well, onwards then," not going to wait for someone else to start the movement, Daphne begins walking towards the school.

Bastion tucks his phone away and follows. Luckily for the group, the school isn't too far away, perhaps a handful of blocks that equate a short walk. There, he sees a couple of people standing outside of the building, Jane among them. With a glance towards the others, and a sort of smile, he breaks away to go say hello to his childhood friend. Her being away for the summer is like having a sister disappear without word for months --of course he missed her, and is in fact sort of concerned. "Jane! Should I be offended, with you dropping off the map like that?" he asks, though now that he is speaking with her, Bastion is a bit irritated about it. He tends to be somewhat touchy about things, including ones like this.

Daphne had followed his path curiously, but at seeing that the beeline was towards Jane, made a face which clearly represented her feelings about the girl. Daphne has loathed her since freshmen year, and is unlikely to suddenly grow fond of the girl. There are others at this school she dislikes, but Jane is certainly near the top of the list, perhaps accompanied by Sebastian Jardine, who she sees a bit further away. Daphne turns to Persephone and Jake.

"Suddenly, I miss that horrid Pizza Parlor. Are we heading in?"

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Before the others could reply to her inquiry, Jane spotted Bastion and his friends in the distance. A small smile appeared on her face, but it grew into a grin when he separated himself from Daphne and came towards her. Persephone Soung and Jake Desai were with him too, but they were of no interest to Jane. She played on the tennis team with Persephone during freshman year but after she quit, she had no use in maintaining any type of friendship with her. She had even less of a relationship with Jake Desai and only knew of him because Sydney would occasionally use him to do her homework. Jane doubted that she had ever even had a conversation with him.

Without excusing herself from her friends, she hurried towards Bastion and embraced him in a tight hug. "I missed you!" she squealed, brushing past his comment about her absence as she clutched him. "We need to catch up but I don't want to keep your friends and... that... waiting," she said after pulling away. Her eyes flickered towards Daphne before returning to meet Sebastian's gaze. Jane didn't care very much about his friends' feelings but she knew that if she continued talking to Bastion, he would want to know more about her "trip", so it seemed like a decent excuse to act like she was just being courteous towards the people he arrived with. Besides, simply based off of the way he had greeted her and how well they knew each other, Jane was sure that he would expect a more informative answer than that she just spent some time in California. He wasn't stupid and while Jane was sure that she could trust Bastion with her problem, it had become more complicated than just an eating disorder. The pills and the few times that she slept with Seb as payment for them were bound to come out too and with Gossip Goddess apparently infiltrating everyone's personal lives, it just seemed safer to not tell anyone.

"You're coming to the Kiss On The Lips party tonight, right?" She asked, hoping to casually change the subject. She pulled her ponytail over her shoulder and spun a strand of dark hair between her fingers, something that was a longtime nervous habit of hers. "We'll talk more then. My dad said your family spent the summer in China or something? I want to hear all about it later!" Mixing up China with Korea was something that wasn't unexpected of Jane, regardless of how ignorant it was. She was probably lucky that Daphne had remained with the rest of his friends because if she were there to hear the comment, it would have given her a chance to one-up Jane before the day even started.

It was out of character for Jane to be so nervous around him because they really were like siblings. She could hang out with him any day and feel completely comfortable, but after disappearing all summer, her secret weighed heavier on her shoulders. Although she tried to reassure herself that she was just being paranoid and that everyone would take her "trip to California" lie at face value, she knew that those who knew her best, like Bastion, Sia and Sydney, would have reason to suspect otherwise. No one, especially Jane, would spend two months in California without updating her Twitter account or posting a picture to Instagram. It wasn't a good story and while she had been somewhat confident that it would be enough to satisfy her friends' curiosity before today, she was beginning to freak out again.

Jane anxiously glanced back at her friends, secretly hoping that one of them would call her over and give her a reason to leave Bastion so suddenly. She felt like she was brushing Bastion off after disappearing without notice for long and not explaining herself now that they were reunited, but being around him and her close girlfriends was making her panicky.

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Persephone nods, following behind Daphne, with Bastion and Jake, as she walks off towards the school. Luckily Sephy only lives a couple blocks from Constance or the group would most likely have been late. Glancing down at her phone, Persephone reads Brody's most recent message, a small smile on the edges of her lips. She missed Brody and wished that she had gotten to school earlier so they could have spent more time together catching up, alone. Before the rest of the school came in.

As soon as they reached the school gates, Persephone could see a few familiar faces that she had almost completely forgotten about over the holidays. There were was the 'popular' group, consisting of Sydney and all her little followers as well as Carter Preston, a somewhat friend of Persephone's, and a few other boys. Bastion was the first of their group to disband and walk over to where Jane Lynch stood with her friends, there friendship often confused Persephone but she found it best not to question it, incase she angered Bastion. However, Jane was probably the most materialistic and conceited person in the whole of both Saint Jude's and Constance, while Bastion was rather down-to-Earth and while his family were quite clearly more than well-off, he didn't think that made him better than others - Which Persephone loved. Well, Bastion was free to be friends with whomever he wishes, she supposed, so whatever.

It is then that Persephone remembers Brody, turning towards Daphne and Jake, "Oh it won't be that bad Daphne," Persephone laughs as Daphne brings up her awful Pizza Parlour experience, eagerly making her way into the school building along with her two friends.
"The mixer's being held in the gym." Persephone tells Daphne and Jake, as they head towards the large oak double doors leading into the huge gymnasium; being large enough to hold both Constance and Saint Jude's as well as the opposing teams when they came to play, large doesn't really begin to describe the sheer size of the school gymnasium.

Walking around the mixer, which had just begun starting up, Persephone soon spots one of her closest friends - if not the closest friend of hers - Brody Wade. Grinning, Persephone half-walks half-runs over to him, quickly embracing him in a tight hug.
"It's been so long!" Persephone cries, of course the two had hung out at the beginning of the summer, but with Persephone's internship and such, they hadn't been able to meet nearly as often as she would have liked.

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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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Lacey was up bright and early, getting ready for her morning jog with Brody. She had been up for a good thirty minutes getting ready; grabbing her earbuds, fully charged phone, and breakfast for not just her, but for her friend as well just in case. Looking at her watch the young girl nodded at time early time before quietly walking through the loft of her family's penthouse suite. She grabbed her ponytail holder and headband from the kitchen counter as she petted her three dogs, Vincent, Vega, and Jules on their heads as they watched her leave. Vincent, being her favorite weeped softly as she exited which made her enter the apartment just to get down on her knees and rub his neck and belly. He let out a quick but, loud bark which made Lacey jump softly before shushing him. She chuckled as she got back up and hurried out the door and into the lobby of her building. She sent her friend a text telling him to meet her in front of her building.

As she waited, she set her playlist on to workout and put in one headphone as she waited for Brody. When he finally got there, she smirked at the little pretty boy before they started their jog. Brody was by far one of the real friends she had, she could be around him without being worried about him judging her and he's the only one who knew her little secret. And if she said she didn't think he was attractive, she would be lying. But, unlike most girls she never thought about him as anything more than that cute friend. Besides, she liked guys with a little bit more of an edge something he loved messing with her about. For the next hour and a half, the pair talked as they jogged around. They talked about school starting and how Lacey was sure as hell that she wouldn't go to the party that Little Miss. Popularity, Sydney Vale was hosting. The blonde hated her and Lacey had no idea what started that on her end, but on Lace's it was when she started hearing the rumors the girl and her little friends would make up about her.

She bitched at Brody about how he could ever think about sleeping with her and why he would want to but, she always got the same answer as always. Which of course, made her roll her eyes and go back to concentrating on their run for a bit before moving on to the next topic, like all the other girls she was certain were crazy about him and hated her for being so close to him. Which she just laughed about. After a while, the pair turned around and went their separate ways to get ready for the day. Knowing that he would be done before her, she just said she would meet him there.


Later that morning

Lacey went back to sleep for a good hour before getting back up for the day with a knock at the door by her mother who was coming to remind her to take her medication. "Mom, relax. I didn't take it yesterday and I'm just fine." She assured her mom only to get a lecture for the next twenty minutes through the door of her bathroom as she took a shower. "... And another thing Lace, you should never not take your medicine! Do you know what could happen if you don't?! We almost lost you once this summer, we don't need a heart attack like that again. We almost lost you and it's like you don't care--"

"Don't care?! Mom, of course I care! I just don't need you to treat me like a baby about it, I mean what about when I go away to college?" She asked as she dried her hair before exiting to her room. "About that, your father and I were wondering if you'd consider staying in state just so we could keep an eye on you." Lacey turned towards her mother with her eyebrows raised in a way that you could tell she was surprised. "You're kidding me right?! Mom, I have offers from Stanford and the University of Florida, full ride might I add, and you're asking me to give that up... for what? So that you can treat me like a child?"

"That's not why are you know it, but look. We're talk about this later once your father gets home." Her mom left it at that as she laid Lacey's medicine down and walked out of the room. Lacey groaned before sighing and walking towards her closet to grab out her outfit for the day. From there, it didn't take her too long to get ready after she took her medicine, she put it in her purse before slipping on her outfit and drying her hair. Looking herself over, she fixed her overly curly, natural hair a bit with a little product before looking herself over in the full length mirror located next to the huge, now open glass window over looking the city. She turned to her side as she looked at the way her jeans hugged her tight curves with a smirk before grabbing her bag and heading out of her apartment building once more to head to her school. She didn't live too far and she had enough time to stop by a local coffee shop to grab a large Salted Caramel Mocha and cranberry muffin as she continued on her walk.

As she walked inside, she could the one and only Sydney Vale with her little band of followers around. She didn't have a problem with any of them except Syd and her friend, Jane. But Carter Preston, well he was just something else. He was like something that you see in a museum, something to look at never to touch, unless she wanted even more crap from Sydney and her friends.

She walked right past them, not giving any of them a second look except Carter. She offered him a small smile and wave as she moved to the side a bit more to avoid from bumping into him. Lacey looked straight ahead taking out her headphones to see if Sydney would say anything about Lace. B

But, once entering the gymnasium Lacey stopped caring as she looked around for Brody and when she spotted him hugging Sephy all she did is get his attention before make a heart with her hand and a small puppy pout. She loved messing with him about the small Asian girl. She knew she liked him and she felt like he somewhat liked her, he just didn't want to face it. Yet, but the moment he did, she would be right there saying, 'I told you so.'

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Luckily for Jane, Bastion isn't a fool, and can pick up on the hints that she doesn't really want to talk to him right now. He gives her a look that is half confused and half a mix of hurt and irritated. Of course, he can't change the way Jane is, and puts up with most things for the sake of their long-lasting friendship. So he shrugs, though his smile has waned to insignificance, "Yeah, I'll probably go. Wouldn't want the queen bee to be insulted by someone further down the ladder rejecting her invitation. I'll see you then --bye." He's rather certain that he and Jane won't have a chance to talk at the party, as she'll probably be off drinking or something with that clique she runs with, while he'll be in some other part of the party. Sydney regularly invites him to the party, something he is certain is for Jane's benefit, and while he often goes for the drinks and the inevitable blunt that will be passed around, it's less his scene. He does like to dance, though, when the party allows for it. He walks away, freeing her up to go back to Sydney and Sienna and the rest of her group. Irritation is still written on his face, but he is not one for holding on to things, instead a quick temper and a quick departure, so it fades quickly.

Back with Jake and Sephy, Daphne's expression softens. She raises an eyebrow, expression riddled with skepticism at Persephone's insistence that it won't be that bad. By all means, Daphne is an academic person. She just isn't much of a school person --take away the people and teachers who annoy her and she'd be content to spend her time here. Of course, the girl is far from alone in these sentiments, in fact likely part of the large majority of high school students. And teachers as well, probably. These thoughts send her mind back to the invite she had received to attend Sydney's Kiss on the Lips party tonight. She had been somewhat surprised upon the message being passed along, not because she and Sydney have any strong animosity but because Daphne is the last person to be invited to these things. Daphne has decided that it is perhaps some setup for Jane to mess with her, and thus start their feud anew for the school year. She wouldn't put it past her.

As soon as she, Jake, and Persephone enter into the mixer, the third of the group dashes away. The figure which she reaches, Daphne observes, is of course Brody. The young woman is less than surprised, if only because she knows the two are rather close. For a while, she had believed them to be dating, but Persephone had assured her this wasn't the case when she casually referred to them as a couple in conversation. Something about the way Persephone said it left her with doubts, however. If she had been more in tune with gossip, Daphne might have known that Brody had been hooking up with Sydney. But the only Grape Vine she's connected to is a used book store downtown. "And there goes Viola to her Duke. I don't suppose you'll be giving me the slip for some Rosaline, then?" Daphne remarks breezily, looking over towards Jake.

Bastion enters the mixer at this point, and finds it rather easy to spot Daphne and Jake, as they are still near the front of the group. He walks over to them, but his eyes land upon Persephone chatting with Prez a few yards away. He frowns very slightly as he walks up to Jake and Daphne.

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Sienna positively beamed when Carter actually promised her a dance and with a rather triumphant dance in her head.

"Can't wait," she told him and returned her attention to the group just as Jane managed to separate herself. She was with another group, one that included the guy from earlier. She tilted her head curiously, he really should have been familiar, especially if he hung out with Sebastian Arendale. Not that she hung out with Sebastian often or anything, but she didn't recall seeing this guy much before. Shrugging, she returned her gaze to the others.

Jake was too busy checking his phone. His Dad had started sending him more texts this summer, oftentimes wanting to hang out more than they typically did. He raised an eyebrow at Bastion's apparent friendship with Jane, who really wasn't that bad but it always surprised him how close the two were. Connections or no, the relationship was puzzling because they seemed like two very different people. People like Jane didn't hang out with people like them and well, Bastion...just didn't seem like her type. Not that Jake really knew what her type was or even cared.

He chuckled at Daphne's expression and followed Persephone and Daphne inside the school, ready to get the day over with. He hated being a bore, really, but he wasn't a fan of these unnecessary school mixers. All they did was tell them rules, classes, and all this other information that could have been sent via email. Then again, he had been excited to see his friends, so there's that. Just as they came inside, Sephy was gone and he smirked at her excitement at seeing Brody. It was obvious that the relationship was definitely closer than what Sephy originally transcribed, though Jake would have never been known as someone who delved too deep into unwanted territory. In fact, all he cared about was that Brody did right by Persephone. He grinned subtly at Daphne.

"I wouldn't dream of it, Daphne," he replied just as his phone buzzed in his pocket. Curiously, Jake pulled it out and smirked. It was a text from Vivienne, which surprised him because he thought he saw her outside along with Sydney and Sienna. Thinking back, Jake remembered having the biggest crush on Vivienne, not that he ever told her. It had never been in his character to make a move like that, especially moving in on a girl like her. Vivienne was one of the hottest girls in school and actually nice to him, which surprised him when they first met. It was more surprising when Sydney actually wasn't as bitchy, but still. He hadn't had feelings for Sydney; it had always been Vivienne. However, the crush wasn't as huge as it was before, not as all-consuming and nerve-wracking. Now, he was better with having a conversation with her. He sent a quick text.

To: Vivienne
Yeah, w/ friends. U?


Jake glanced at Bastion just as he came over and his brow furrowed curiously. Sebastian didn't have this face typically and he was just happy hugging his friend Jane. So, what the hell happened in two seconds?

"Hey, are you alright?"

Sienna considered Sydney's inquiry about her guest for the night. Surprisingly enough, she had thought of inviting the guy she sung to at the iHeart radio concert; he was the ultimate cutie patootie. Even her mom approved. At the same time, she didn't really feel like bringing a date. Truthfully, the idea of arriving single appealed more than being seen with a guy. Especially after the questions about who some of her songs were dedicated to, which was a very easy question if she actually chose to answer it. She shrugged at Sydney, smiling at a few classmates she remembered from last year. She peeked at Sebastian's girlfriend, still trying to figure out what the girl saw in him in any way, shape, or form.

"Didn't think I was bringing anyone," she replied honestly. "I might be able to bring Lyric, just because my publicist thought it would be good to keep up images since people know that we're good friends and I've worked with his band. Hmm, speaking of..." Sienna whipped her cell phone out, looking for a hint that Lyric was even here yet. She had told him she didn't need a ride, but his drive shouldn't have been that long. She was aware that he wasn't exactly the biggest fan of her friends; he found them all fake, which would have been true if Sienna didn't know them. Sure, she didn't always favor Sydney, but the girl was a lot better than some of these wanna-be mean girls.

To: Lyric
Hey! In school. Where r u? I didn't get a hug yet D:

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Jane felt relieved yet guilty when Bastion agreed that they could finish their conversation later that night. She wasn't sure that she would even get a chance to speak to him later on but if she did happen to come across him, she hoped that with a few drinks in her system she wouldn't be so uptight. Whether the alcohol would loosen her up enough where she would say too much was yet to be determined but at this point, Jane was ready to drink herself to a point where whatever she did say wasn't more than slurred, incomprehensible words.

Offering only a half way, she was quick to turn back in the direction she came from, only to find that her friends were already on their way inside of the building. She increased her pace, managing to catch up with them before they stepped into the gymnasium. She caught Sydney's question on whether any of them would be bringing a date tonight. "I'm single and so ready to mingle tonight," she added with a small smile. Jane was more of a drunken-mistake hookup kind of girl than one who could maintain a serious relationship with someone. When sober, she was very picky with the guys she associated with, so even if she had hooked up with a semi-decent guy the night before, he rarely met her standards the next morning. Besides that, the past few years had been chaotic enough with her own problems for her to want to add a romantic relationship into the mix.

Now that she was more emotionally stable, getting a boyfriend was definitely on her senior to-do list, but even among the hoards of wealthy and attractive boys at Saint Jude's, none of them really captured her attention. The most "qualified" guys like Carter Preston and Brody Wade had their flaws. Carter already had a kid and was Viv's ex, not to mention that he was on Sienna and Sydney's radar. Brody didn't like Jane and she didn't like him in return. He was a bore and although he was attractive, Jane was sure that if anyone was going to bring 'bad vibes' to the party tonight, it would be him. However, she kept quiet for now. There was no benefits in complaining about Sydney, in front of her anyway. Besides the obvious guys, there was Vincent who was a possibility for a hookup, although Jane would never admit it in front of her friends. He wasn't boyfriend material though, as perfectly portrayed through his betrayal towards Sienna.

When Sienna brought up possibly bringing Lyric, Jane couldn't help but to giggle. She really didn't know Lyric outside of his connection with Sienna, but his name always reminded her of the comments that Sydney would make about his mouth. He was definitely attractive, Jane would give him that much, but his lips reminded her of those that women in New York would die for. Despite the unnecessary comments that Syd would make about them, Jane guessed that they probably made him a pretty decent make out partner. "His lips look better than Kelley Yearly's, and I'm pretty sure she gets lip injections like, every other day," Jane exaggerated, referencing a fellow classmate. "Is he a good kisser?" she then said to Sienna, convinced that even though she had never admitted to hooking up with him, that she must have.

Although most of the students had now entered the gymnasium, it was large enough that it didn't appear to be packed. Friend groups could easily be picked out as they were scattered throughout the room and Jane was able to spot Bastion back with Jake and Daphne. Even if Daphne wasn't enough of a deterrent, Jane quickly moved her gaze away from them, not wanting to make eye contact with Bastion after her less than friendly encounter with him moments before. She also spotted Brody, who had just embraced Persephone Soung. With a raised eyebrow and small smile, she couldn't help but to glance over at Sydney to see what her reaction would be. From what Sydney had told her, she and Brody weren't exclusive or even dating, but she doubted that her friend would appreciate him hugging Sephy before even greeting her. As petty as it was, that was Sydney. The smallest things could set her off and getting on her bad side wasn't wise. That was evident with the next girl who entered her sight: Lacey Porter. Jane didn't like her, but Sydney's hatred towards her far exceeded Jane's. "That girl is such a loser," Jane said, eyeing Lacey with disgust as she strutted past them. It was bizarre for Jane to expect her to acknowledge them in the slightest, especially because of how many viscous rumors Sydney had started about her with no real motive, but she still disliked the idea of anyone just ignoring them.

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Lyric pulled into the girls school with a smile. He pulled up to the parking lot and parked. His blond hair fell into his eyes as he walked out of the car.


To: Sia
Srry!!! I'm here now, I was picking out and outfit XD. Anyway are you in the gym?

The boy walked into the school as he headed towards the gymnasium. He spotted a few cute guys, but ignored the feeling he got. His dark blue eyes looked towards the door as he entered. He walked into it seeing a large crowd. His face lit up in a smirk when he felt the crowd's energy around him.

His dark blue eyes turned as he noticed a few people. They swarmed to him, mostly girls. "OMG We love you, can we take a picture? I mean you're really cute!!!" a girl spoke from the group in front of him. Lyric's face turned into an awkward face. "Uh, I don't do autographs...or photos." he spoke before walking away.

To: Sia
So I'm here.....where are you exactly?

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"Lyric?" Sydney repeated after Sienna spoke about possibly bringing him tonight. She didn't know the boy very well but when she caught wind of him supposedly disliking her immensely, she obviously wanted very little to do with him. He wasn't someone she would normally invite to any of her parties but if Sienna brought him, Sydney wouldn't object. As exclusive as she liked her parties to be, it was also always interesting to have a few random people there. It was an easy way to prove to them that if they wanted to continue to be invited, they better play by her rules and at least with girls, that was usually enough.

Jane's question about whether he was a good kisser or not caught her attention and she looked over at Sienna inquisitively. If she had in fact hooked up with Lyric, Sydney wanted to know before the rest of the world did. "I agree, his lips are probably like pillows. If you did get with him, I want all of the details." She felt like Sienna could do a lot better than him but she wouldn't put it past her friend. Even though Sydney doubted that there was much truth in it, she liked to believe that Sienna's reputation of being promiscuous was accurate.

She was so focused on her conversation with her friends that she only noticed Lacey when Jane called her a loser. There were only two people who she could have been speaking about, so when Sydney tilted her head back and saw that Daphne wasn't in sight, she was sure it was about Lacey who was now turning into the gymnasium. "She gets uglier every year," Sydney said, shaking her head as if it were a pity. It wasn't true obviously, as Lacey was a pretty girl, but Sydney was known to use every insult in the book against her, accurate or not.

As the girls entered the gymnasium, Sydney quickly picked Brody out of the crowd. The smile that had appeared on her face disappeared just as quickly when she watched him embrace Persephone and then interact with Lacey. Who did they think they were being all over her man in public? And before he even greeted her?! She wanted to scowl and shout at the two girls to get the hell away from him, but Sydney wasn't going to lose her composure like that in front of everyone, especially when she wasn't even dating Brody. She didn't feel like Persephone or Lacey were even real competition anyway, or at least she tried to reassure herself of that. Instead, she headed towards Brody and once he released Persephone, she reached up, wrapped her arms around his neck and gave him a light peck on the lips.

"Long time no see," she said with a smile before pulling away. She looked Persephone up and down before offering her a smile as well. It was disingenuous but Sydney had mastered the art of fake smiles enough that it probably came off as being real enough. "Sephy, right?" she asked, sure that it was the girl's name but wanting to make a point that she wasn't important enough for her to be sure of it. "I didn't know you two were friends. Brody's never mentioned you before," she said, a smile still apparent on her face as she pressed herself closer to Brody. He probably had mentioned Sephy before when they were hanging out and just because she was close with Brody, she did know that he was family friends with her. Still, it seemed more appropriate to show the girl that she was so irrelevant and unimportant that she had very little of an idea as to who she was. Hopefully it would give her enough of a sense to back off of Brody, at least until she decided she no longer wanted to hookup with him.

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Sienna laughed when Jane exclaimed with such a clichΓ© statement, not paying attention the first two times when her phone buzzed. When both Sydney and Jane began inquiring about her relationship with Lyric, her nose instinctively wrinkled, a rather disturbed expression on her face.

"Ewww, gross! He's like, a brother!" She exclaimed. Sienna didn't find anything particularly wrong with Lyric. His looks were definitely attractive and if his fans had anything to say about it, Lyric was definitely considered "dreamy" to some. But, in her eyes, he reminded her of Colin in a way - strictly platonic. She wasn't looking to deepen their relationship in that aspect and didn't think the thought would ever cross her mind years from now. Though, a memory of their tour days had her smirking in rememberance over a very...enthusiastic fan that couldn't keep her fans off of him. And let's not forget the celebrities. "And him being a good kisser, you might have to ask one of his fans on that. Though...he obviously did something right; she couldn't keep her hands off him."

When they approached Brody and this Asian girl she could have sworn she had seen before, Sienna only offered a polite smile before finally glancing at her phone, anticipating Lyric's arrival. She was aware that there were a good number of Constance girls who knew of him and his music, and were semi-in love with the blonde male. Not that she blamed them. He was good-looking, nice, and he could sing? Check, check, and check! Sienna smirked at the first message, rolling her eyes idly before returning her gaze to the group and only wishing that she had not.

She had just tuned in to Sydney and Jane's digs on the girl who didn't really do much to them, but whatever. At least, not to Jane anyway. It was no secret that Lacey and Sydney had the worst relationship; sure, her own with the mean girl was definitely not tame, but it was tame enough to fool everyone into believing that everything was good and dandy. Lacey and Sydney? That was World War III, but with bitchy snark and rumors that ran amok in the Constance hallways. And, though she probably would not say this in front of Sydney unless the blonde truly provoked her, but Sienna respected Lacey for her confidence and her ability to give absolutely no fucks about Sydney's high-and-mighty act. The dark beauty paid no attention to titles and would probably beat Sydney to a pulp if pushed.

Any person like that had Sienna's full respect.

And since when did Brody and Sydney have a thing? Sienna's head tilted to the right imperceptibly as Sydney practically draped herself possessively over the goody-two-shoes, who Sienna knew for a fact wasn't her biggest fan. Brody wasn't rude or anything, but they weren't friends. He apparently didn't have a thing for her lifestyle, not that he knew a thing about her lifestyle. All he saw was what she allowed him to see and if being young and having fun seemed to reckless to him, then he could go back and play Scrabble for all she cared. But she was civil enough with the man and they didn't interact much save for when the student councils of Constance and St. Jude's did a collaboration of some sort, which was fine with her. But even Sienna could feel the tension in the room and this just didn't do. It was the first day for goodness sake!

"Sephy?" She turned her attention to Persephone, stopping for a moment to admire the pretty girl's outfit before officially meeting her eyes. "Persephone, right? We took a math class together last year, I think. How was your summer?" Sienna knew that this probably felt misplaced amidst the animosity that Sydney was emanating, but she didn't care. Besides, wasn't Sydney just flirting with Carter? What the hell was that? Her phone buzzed the last time and she glanced at it for Lyric's text only to hear a few girls start squealing and exclaiming. Glancing over her shoulder, Sienna grinned and waved, trying to get his attention.

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Even during his responsibility-free summer, John had made a habit of waking up early every day. Today was no different so after showering and getting dressed in a red v-neck shirt, black pants, and black Vans, John left his family's apartment. His mother's talk show aired live at nine o'clock every morning, so she was usually gone by six, and his father's crazy schedule meant that there were days where he wouldn't get home until one in the morning and would be gone again for work by five that same morning. Josie had left a few weeks earlier to return to Illinois where she attended Northwestern University, so John was used to waking up to an empty apartment.

The biggest different between a summer morning and a school year morning for John was that in the summer, he would smoke before beginning his day. Even though today wasn't a day filled with classes, he didn't want to risk going to school high so he instead strolled through Central Park, entering on the Upper East Side and exiting on the Upper West Side. A few blocks away from there was his favorite deli which John would swear by when it came to the perfect New York bagels. After paying for his usual order of an everything bagel with butter and a bottle of Gatorade, John followed his path through the park and back to the Upper East Side. Instead of returning to his apartment which was located only a few steps away from the park on Park Avenue, he continued walking through the park, lengthwise now, until he reached The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many of the Constance girls used it as a place to eat lunch but since Saint Jude's was located in Brooklyn, John took advantage of eating breakfast there most mornings.

He took a seat on one of the many steps and began to eat his food. He was sure that most of his peers would be jumping at the opportunity to see their friends again after a long summer apart and while he too was eager to see a few people, he wanted to indulge in his last few minutes of solitude before returning to the social world. Once he finished his bagel, he knew he didn't have much time to spare so he made his way to Constance which conveniently, was only a few blocks away. He was somewhat relieved to see that by the time he got there, the students of both genders were filing into the girls' school. It meant that he didn't have to deal with too much small talk but even though he knew the purpose of today was to greet his new professors, John was sure that he would stumble across friends inside the school as well.

He headed for the back of the crowd that was slowly entering the school but before he could make it up the first few steps, he felt a light tap on his back. Turning his head back, he expected to see Lyric or Persephone, or one of the others who he was familiar with, but instead he was greeted by an unfamiliar face. She was a fairly average, yet pretty looking girl but her pale, freckled skin and ginger colored hair was something that would have made her memorable had he seen her before.

"Excuse me," were her first words, which were quickly followed up with, "Is this where the back to school mixer is being held?". Although John thought that it was pretty obvious, considering the crowd of students entering the building, he nodded reassuringly. His suspicions were confirmed that the girl was new and John wanted to be as helpful as possible.

"Yup, in the gymnasium," he confirmed with a smile. "I'm John Toranzo and I'm guessing you're new here?" he said, offering her his hand. Although a simple wave and exchange of names was usually a sufficient introduction for teenagers, John's father had drilled the habit of the handshake into his mind years ago.

"Is it that obvious?" she joked after his comment about about her being new. John watched as she ran her hand through her curly hair before returning his handshake. "Kaitlin Kingsley," she introduced herself as. After they entered the building and approached the gymnasium doors, she turned to him and said, "Well, thanks for the help," before disappearing past him.

"See you around," he responded. Instead of following her towards the waiting teachers, John turned and made his way towards Lyric, who he had spotted a moment earlier talking to a group of younger girls. He was now alone though and focused on his phone, so he probably hadn't seen John either until then.

"Lyric," John said, catching his attention as he approached. He grinned at his friend, happy to see the guy who was probably his closest male friend, after not seeing him for most of the summer. John had spent a majority of August and early September at his father's family's homes in Spain. Between that and whatever had been keeping Lyric busy all summer, the two had barely seen each other and kept up through the occasional text message. "How've you been, man?" he asked, although his eyes had managed to drift away from Lyric as he scanned the cliques that had already formed in the room. He spotted Persephone, another person he was eager to see, standing a good distance away with an unlikely crowd Sydney, Sienna and Jane, and Brody who was less surprising. Knowing that Lyric probably wanted to see his good friend Sienna, he pointed them out and said, "Want to go see what they're doing?"

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Upon releasing Brody from the embrace, "And those were probably the only copies sold," Sephy giggles and is about to reply to his comment on Daphne before she's cut off by none other than Sydney Vale, swooping in while she's mid-sentence and kissing Brody.
Persephone frowns, she had no idea that Brody and Sydney were, what, dating? He definitely didn't seem like the mean girls type and Sephy was utterly bewildered. Why didn't he tell her about Sydney. She'd heard a few people talking about Brody hooking-up with someone over the Summer but she didn't buy into the gossip and besides, Sydney Vale, was the bitchiest, most conceited girl Sephy knew, and she went against almost all of Brody's morals. What on Earth could he possibly see in her?

"Sephy, right?" Sydney asks, sending her a smile with an icy undertone, to which Persephone nods, a pang of jealousy coursing through her as Sydney presses herself against Brody, "I didn't know you two were friends. Brody's never mentioned you before," Now that stung. Her and Brody were old friends, and yet he'd never bothered to mention that to Sydney, maybe Persephone thought they were better friends than they were.

"Oh, really?" Persephone sends Brody a cold glance, "Well we've known each other for years, much longer than you two have, I suppose." She says, faking nonchalance and returning Sydney's false smile.

After a while, Persephone has to avert her jealous gaze from Sydney and Brody, which is when Sienna spoke up, "Persephone, right? We took a math class together last year, I think. How was your summer?" Completely taken aback by this suddenly friendly outburst, especially after her friend was clearly being very cold with Persephone, she can't help but blurt out a confused "What?" Luckily, Sienna's attention was already on someone else as she waved to Lyric, a guy Persephone vaguely knew of for his fame, but had barely spoken to.

All Persephone wanted right now was to get away from the group that had surrounded her all of a sudden. Glancing over at Lyric, Persephone spots John and sees her escape. "John!" She calls over to him with a wave; walking a few paces towards him before turning back to the group, "Sorry I have to go, see you around, Brody." Persephone smiles, ignoring Sydney completely.

Once she got to where John stood and Sephy smiles and pulls him into a tight hug.
Releasing him from her grip, Persephone sighs, puffing out her cheeks, "Well that was intense," She frowns, sending another look over to where Brody and Sydney stood; feeling an immense amount of jealousy for the girl.

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Standing behind Sephy, Brody could see Lacey silently making fun of his relationship with Persephone. He had seen her just a few hours earlier when they went for their usual morning run, so he had no need to greet her enthusiastically. Before responded to Sephy, he did manage a grin and a playful shake of his head to Lacey, signaling that he thought she was crazy.

Brody managed to get a laugh out and was ready to reassure Brody that her article was great when Sydney approached from behind him. Before he could react, she had wrapped her arms around him and kissed him. He couldn't help but to smile as she greeted him. There was something so attractive about Sydney and even though Brody didn't feel real love towards her, there was definitely some lust there. What guy wouldn't want to be hooking up with the most popular and powerful girl at Constance Billard?

Although he was happy to see her, he didn't appreciate the way that he treated Persephone, who clearly felt the tension as well because after confirming that she was in fact friends with Brody, she quickly escaped to John Toranzo. Brody knew that he had definitely brought Sephy up before to Sydney and had even given her a copy of her Elle article, but he wasn't surprised by her act. It was typical of Sydney to make a point that she paid little to no attention to those who were below her, and it made Brody glad that Lacey hadn't actually approached him earlier, since he knew good and well that she was the last person to be a fan of Sydney.

He wasn't great friends with Sienna and Jane, but he offered them a polite wave before turning back to Sydney. It wasn't that he hated them or had any real, personal problem with them, but they just weren't his type of people. They spent much of their time partying and drinking and after hearing a few stories from Sydney, he simply didn't think that he had much in common with them.

"Come on, I've definitely mentioned Sephy to you before. She's the one who wrote that magazine article? She runs the fashion blog?" he said quietly to Sydney once Sephy left. He was sure that she would continue to play dumb, having mastered the "I'm secretly a total bitch but I know how to make myself look so innocent" thing long ago, so he knew his efforts were futile. Besides, as much as he hated Sydney's superior attitude being directed at his friends, he did like how strong and confident she was. She had mastered the leadership qualities that he also had, but in different ways.

As he glanced back in the direction that Sephy had left in, he wished that he had said something in the moment to reassure her that he did speak fondly of her to Sydney. It had all gone too quickly though, and he hoped she wasn't upset with him over it. "You don't mind if I invite her tonight, right? She's friends with Sebastian Arendale and Daphne Peterson and I do remember seeing their names on your invite list, so it's not like she'll be interrupting anything between us anyway," he said, offering her a suggestive smile. Sephy hadn't brought up being invited to the party and after Sydney and her recent interactions, he was even more sure that there was no way that she would have been invited originally. However, he did want to make it up to Sephy after what had just happened and he was sure she would enjoy coming to one of Sydney's infamous parties.

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Jane nodded in agreement when Sienna exclaimed that Lyric was too much of a brother to her to make him think of him in any other way. She didn't have nearly as close to a relationship with him as Sienna did, and in fact, Jane probably wouldn't even acknowledge him if she saw him on the street without Sienna or another mutual friend there. Still, she knew what she meant and decided that it was a good enough answer to allow her to move off of the topic.

While Sydney marked her territory with Brody, Jane's eyes continued to wander around the gym. She returned Brody's wave only half-heatedly and didn't make an attempt to ease the tension with Persephone like Sienna did. Her distance probably wasn't even noticeable because Sephy left the group in a matter of minutes. Jane recognized just as much as everyone else that what Sydney did was wrong but she was so used to it that it didn't phase her. Sydney was her own person and Jane didn't think that it was her responsibility to chastise her after every calculated move. If that was the case, she would be doing it every minute. She and Sydney had been friends for years and just as much as she had accepted Jane's flaws, Jane accepted hers. It was just easier that way.

She did tune back in as Sydney and Brody began speaking quietly and managed to hear Brody mention that Sydney had invited Daphne and Bastion. Bastion was expected since he had confirmed to her earlier that he received an invitation and planned on coming but Daphne? Why in the world would Sydney invite her? She knew that they didn't get along and that girl was just so irrelevant that there were no pros to inviting her.

Without realizing it, a frown appeared on Jane's face and she tugged Sienna by the arm off to the side. Sydney and Brody were still talking so she doubted they would notice, and Jane wanted to talk to Sienna before Lyric stole her attention away. If anyone was good with drama, it would be Sienna.

"Why did he just say that Daphne Peterson is invited tonight? Didn't you see the list before she sent out the invitations?" Jane asked, somewhat frantically. Had she slowed down a bit, she would have realized that Sienna and Sydney probably rarely hang out alone during the school year, and there was probably even a smaller chance of them doing so in the summer when it wasn't expected of them to be the close friends that they acted like in public. "Why would she invite that... that... freak?" While she was annoyed with Sydney for inviting Daphne, she was almost relieved to be involved in drama that was involving other people and not just her own personal issues.

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Daphne raises an eyebrow skeptically at Jake's claim that he wouldn't dream of it, though a smile once more pulls at the corners of her mouth slightly. If school were comprised only of people like Jake, Persephone, and Bastion, she'd be much more happy to start the year back up again. It occurs to some part of her that she should go and greet the librarian some time today, as she has done for the past three years. Even as a freshman, she made a point to immediately get into the good graces of the keeper of the school's books. In fact, she considers it rather daft of people not to think about getting to know the librarian. She's much like the students who become friendly with cafeteria workers in the hopes of getting extra portions of food in this way, although her originally calculating intentions have given way to genuine interest in Ms. Jensen, the librarian. After all, she has read a good deal of books, and being well-read is one thing that Daphne very much likes in a person. People who do not read for pleasure are rarely worth knowing, in the bookish young woman's opinion. Exceptions exist, of course. Bastion, for example, lacks her passion for books, but skates by on his personality. "Well, that certainly is a relief. I was beginning to worry I was kept on hand to be the necessary dull character," she responds lightly.

As Jake pulls out his phone and checks it, Daphne sincerely doubts very slightly his claim. Based on his expression, it is probably a girl he likes. Having never been much for romance, the girl cannot sympathize with crushes and the like [she has had intellectual attraction before more than anything]. However, she's seen enough to wonder if Jake will now be spirited away by this text, leaving her to stand where she is. If so, she can always go to find the librarian --it would hardly be the worst thing in the world. In fact, she begins to doubt that she wants him to stay, with this train of thought.

Even if he were to leave, however, it appears that Daphne would still have company. Bastion is walking up to them, after all, with a less than pleasant mood apparent on his features. In the time she has known Bastion, Daphne has learned that he is an awful liar, and can be read as easily as a book, even by the standards of those with elementary reading levels. She wonders if it was something to do with his conversation with Jane. A spiteful part of her hopes so, simply because she dislikes Jane and, in an incredibly petty streak, likes the idea of Bastion being irritated with her.

Jake clearly notices as well, asking after Bastion. But Bastion, despite being an infamous ranter, declines to explain his foul expression. He doesn't want to discuss irritation with Jane in front of Daphne, because that might suggest taking sides. He certainly isn't going to mention that he's a bit jealous of Brody at the moment.

So he merely shrugs. "Huh? I'm fine --just a bit tired. I was up really late last night," It isn't a lie, at least. He had stayed up watching movies with Delphine and Willow, because it had been their last non-school night, and he's never been very good at saying no to the twins. One set of puppy dog eyes from them is bad enough, but they double the power, forces to be reckoned with.

He looks over at Daphne, who in fact has just been looking at Sephy as the girl bounces over to John. Daphne has sometimes felt she and Persephone are similar in many ways, but she is reminded that their differences are perhaps just as numerous. The girl bounces cheerfully from friend to friend, impressive in her apparent energy. Daphne finds it interesting to watch, though she can hardly relate to it. "Surprised you haven't already made a beeline to the library, princess," Bastion comments, before looking back at Jake.

"Forgot to ask, how was your summer?"

Daphne considers Bastion's comment. Maybe she could just slip away now; the hallways are probably empty.