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Alexandra Billington

I chose the bohemian life over the lies

1,221 views · located in Manhattan, NY

a character in “The Upper East Side”, as played by lolamarie26

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Never Love a Wild Thing




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{ Name }
"Lexi B at your service"
Alexandra Dominique Billington

{ Nicknames/Alias }
Alex {common} | Alexa{common} | Lexi {friends} | Lex {preferred} |

{ Age }
Seventeen

{ Gender }
Female

{ Sexuality }
"I feel like it takes alot of personal growth to know that "
Undecided

{ Date/Place of Birth }
December 3, 1996

{ Ethnicity }
| Dutch | French | English |

{ Label }
The Free Spirit




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{ Childhood /Present }

Lex was pretty much born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her father is a very wealthy politician and one of the heirs of the multi billion dollar Billington Roast coffee empire. While her mother is the heiress to a large luxury goods empire. Appearances were very important in the Billington family. Everyone had to look perfect and happy all the time like the perfect little family. But behind closed doors everything was totally different. Her father had multiple affairs, her mother pretended to not see them but everyone knew. Her mother was always gone, often leaving the children in other people's care. It was pretty miserable. I mean yes they were rich, so the kids had everything they could want but nobody was happy.

Lex especially hated keeping appearances. Of all the siblings she was the biggest rebel. She hated tennis, she hated the perfectly coifed hair, she hated the damn preppy outfits, and she especially hated attending little political functions. She often rebelled against the perfect little family they tried to create. To the point that they sent her to boarding school, in upstate New York for a little while. Which only made her resent them more when she came home.

Her father was the harshest on her. He pushed her to be more like her younger sister, who was the spitting image of what they wanted. Lex and her father clashed so much that they're arguments became notorious. Her father ended up sending her to California for a boarding school in middle school. When she came back it appeared his plan backfired though, because she had fully embraced the Cali lifestyle. He finally gave up at that point. Even now, though there aren't arguments you can feel the tension in the Barrington home.
{Academic Career}
Lex has managed a 3.5 GPA her entire Academic career. She got into the school due to wealth and social status.

{Future Plans}
Lexi plans to go to Berkley in the fall, she plans to choose undecided as her major freshman year, then she'll decide officially after taking classes that interest her.



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{ Good personality traits }
β€’ Direct β€’ Loyal β€’ Honest β€’ Flirty β€’ Passionate β€’

{ Bad personality traits }
β€’ Stubborn β€’ Flighty β€’ Blunt β€’Rebellious β€’ Defensive β€’

{ Personality }
Of all of her friends, Lexi tends to be the most passionate one. Everything she feels, she feels deeply. The same rule applies to dating and friendship. Lexi loves you, hates you, or is indifferent. There really is no in between. If she loves you then she will always be there when you need her. She will always support you and care for you. If she hates you then she wont hide it. She wont attack you or anything but you get the permanent cold shoulder.

Lex won't lie to you, whether that's a good thing or not is debatable. She has a no bullshit policy. So if you ask her for her opinion don't expect her to sugar coat it because she won't. Lexi isn't good at subtlety either. She says exactly what's on her mind. You will always know what's going on with her. This transfers over into her flirting as well. She won't be coy, if she likes you, she likes you and you'll know it.

Lexi's rebellious nature tends to get her in alot a trouble. She is always ready to voice her opinion. But she doesn't like to be called out on things. If you call her out she gets flustered and angry very easily. She won't easily admit she's wrong either because of her stubborn nature.

{ Greatest joys in life }
Her Dogs.
"Oh my gosh my dogs are my babies. I adore them. Jo is my feisty one, she isn't real fond of many people. Zeus is my dopey baby. He's always happy and excited but he's always running into doors and stuff "

Coffee
"I am the biggest bitch in the morning so coffee is a must. But I don't drink just any coffee. Like I have a Keurig and the people who work at Starbucks know my order by heart "

Teddybears
"I don't know I started collecting them when I was like four. I love finding unique ones "

Kissing
"God that sounds weird doesn't it but yeah I like kissing alot. I just enjoy it ok? "

{ Greatest fears }
"Probably never being my own person. I don't want to stand under my families shadow forever. "

{ Life philosophy }
"Do whatever makes you happy "




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❀Romantic Gestures
❀The beach
❀Her car
❀Milkshakes
❀Sunny Days
❀Netflix
❀Seafood
❀Chocolate



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✘The city
✘Working Out
✘The color Yellow
✘Lies
✘Being told what to do
✘Her Father
✘Rain
✘Snobs




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{ Parents }
| Phillip Billington III |
Father, 41, Alive
Lex and her dad have never seen eye to eye. Her dad is very conservative and he likes things to be done his way or not at all. In his eyes Lex is just the rebellious child and he does not take her issues seriously.

| Priscilla Arnault-Billington |
Mother, 39, Alive
Lex's mom was never really there for her. She was always too busy trying to be this perfect woman for a man who cheated on her. Lex loves her mom but does resent her on some level.

{ Siblings }
| Paige Billington |
Sister, 16, Alive
Paige is the dream child. She's everything her parents wanted. Paige resents Lex because she feels like Lex causes all the drama in their family on purpose. At some point Page and Lex were close but now they aren't.

| Hudson Billington |
Brother, 13, Alive
Hudson is the only person Lex is close to. He is vey laid back and kinda shy but he's goofy and he makes Lex smile whenever there is drama in the house. He's one of the only reasons Lex hasn't left.




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{ Build }
Lexi stands at an average 5'5 and weighs about 120. She has a hourglass shaped body, though she doesn't have excessive curves. She has a very toned body and long limbs.

{ Hair Colour }
She has sandy blonde hair that falls down her shoulders.

{ Eye Colour }
She has grey-ish blue eyes.

{ Distinguishable Markings }
She has a tattoo on her rib cage as well as her upper thigh.

{ Personal Style }
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So begins...

Alexandra Billington's Story

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Character Portrait: Katherine Quinn Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Melissa Cane Character Portrait: Maria "Aria" Montgomery Character Portrait: Annelise Walton Character Portrait: Hana Lane Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir Character Portrait: Lance Cavendish

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Katherine's ability to focus was poor during things that enticed her, so it was close to impossible for her to focus on anything that was being discussed during the assembly. The added stress of having to figure out how she was going to deal with Hana didn't make things any easier, and the two hours seemed to drag on for an eternity. When the head of school finally dismissed them, Katherine was relieved to get out of there, but equally nervous to go to Annie's. She had managed to screw up what had once seemed like an enjoyable afternoon, and even though Annie had made it clear that not coming wasn't an option, Kat was reconsidering it. She loved Annelise. That went without saying. Even though people often saw Katherine as just being one of her puppets, she did truly love her. Annie had been her rock when she was hit with the sudden news that her father was marrying Hana's sister, and throughout all of the (many) other bumps that she overreacted to. She was her shopping companion, voice of reason and best friend, and even if she was anxious to deal with Hana around her and the girls, she wasn't going to disrupt Annelise's day over it.

When they began to file out of the auditorium, the boy that Kat had spotted earlier in the hallway managed to pull Lexi into a heated embrace. As if it were instinct, Katherine's expression quickly turned sour. This Lance boy was definitely attractive and she couldn't blame Lexi for her low-key reaction to it, but she wasn't a fan of the whole PDA stuff, and definitely not in their crowded school. It was only a matter of minutes before word would spread to the entire student body and at least in her mind, Katherine didn't find the encounter something to be proud of. However, she knew that she shouldn't be surprised. Lexi was gorgeous and was knwon for being a bit of a rebel, so breaking the social norms, especially for a guy that hot, wasn't so outlandish for her. She was going to criticize Lexi for the move, but when her eyes darted over to Annelise, she noticed her nonchalant expression and decided against it. It wasn't her place to step in, and besides, she had to worry about finding Hana.

Katherine linked arms with the girls but only remained by their side for a few moments. She had spotted Hana on the opposite side of the auditorium and now that they were exiting the school, she saw it as a perfect chance to break away from the girls and speak to Hana in private. "Ugh, I have to go find Hana," she said, making sure to groan dramatically as if the thought of her was that painful. "I'll just meet up with you girls at Annie's in like ten minutes. Our driver is probably already waiting outside and I need to find Hana, so just go on without me and I'll be there in a few." With her hopefully-valid explanation finished, Kat wasted no time in slipping away from the girls and back into the school. When she managed to find Hana, she grabbed her arm and began to speak, not bothering to acknowledge Maria Montgomery or the girl that looked familiar, but whose name was unknown. "Are you ready? My dad had someone pick up our books last week, so that's done. Annie and the girls already left so Julian will drive us over now, but we need to hurry because I am not missing my facial." Although she didn't want to explain her reason for inviting Hana, she figured that it was necessary. However, she wasn't going to do it in a school still crowded with people, especially when one of them was probably the anonymous gossip blogger.

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Character Portrait: Benji Henderson Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Annelise Walton Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir Character Portrait: Joshua Sinclair

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Lexi gratefully took the champagne from Annie and took a sip. Her eyebrows rose when Annie mentioned rinsing her mouth. She glared at Kenna a bit before raising her eyebrows and giving a discreet tilt of the head that only Annie would recognize. It was Lexi's way of telling Annie to get Kenna in check before she snapped on her. The only thing that stopped her was the knowledge that Kenna was chasing Lex. Lex, who was one of Lexi's best friend. Lex, who confided in Lexi. A satisfied smirk graced her face. Maybe Kenna was pretty but at the end of the day people would always choose Lexi over Kenna. Lexi felt no need to even bother to give Kenna a response. She was secure in her friendships unlike Kenna who knew she was the expendable one.

She pulled out her phone to text Taylor back. He had already sent her stuff but got a package containing some extensions that she ordered for tonight. She told him to send it to Annie's house as well. Lexi was going for a goddess look tonight. She was probably going to wear white and she planned to have her thick blonde hair emphasized even more by adding extensions, which by the way she had to spend thousands on because they had to find the exact shade of her hair including her natural highlights. The extensions would make her hair go down to her waist in luscious waves. Lexi never needed much to make her hot. She really only wore mascara and stain but tonight she intended to go all out.

Suddenly their was a commotion next to the limo. She glanced out the window to see Josh leaning out of Benji's car only to be dragged back in. Lexi gasped before falling into a fit of giggles. She leaned against Annie for support while pointing to the window, " Benji is a complete loon." She gasped out. As Annie rolled down the window she took a picture of her friends.

She found the whole situation hilarious. It's not often that you see the students from two of Manhattan's most elite schools making a fool of themselves. She was tired of dealing with stuffy overly polite people all day. She smiled at both girls warmly. Problems aside Kenna was her friend she just pissed her off a bit more than the rest of the girls. " I think that's just what we needed to start tonight off."

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Character Portrait: Benji Henderson Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Annelise Walton Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir Character Portrait: Joshua Sinclair

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Annelise discreetly considered her phone, wondering about Katherine and this sudden desire to disappear. Again, she didn't like secrecy and she definitely wasn't liking it on the one person she expected to remain bright and bubbly. A secretive Katherine meant something and Annelise wanted to be prepared for whatever it was, whatever its outcome will be. And that only meant that she needed to be on her A-game when it came to figuring it out. She hadn't said anything when her friend told her that she would bring Hana later. Instead, she had nodded with a blank countenance, devoid of the actual inner turmoil and suspicion that she felt. Humming a little to herself, Annelise's gaze turned to Alexandra to see the look she gave upon Kenna's commentary, which was a probably follow-up to what Annelise said, but Annelise wasn't going to tell her that she agreed.

"And hopefully, not what's going to happen," she followed after Kenna's statement, giving the brunette a warning look. While Annelise would rather play it smooth and wait out Kenna's little...rise to power or whatever she probably thought was going to happen, Alexandra was always ready to lunge. Annelise didn't resort to violence unless someone really cracked her shell, Lexi was never one to back down from it. Her phone pinged again and Annelise picked it up, hoping maybe Katherine would actually be Katherine and give her some explanation. It wasn't. However, her disappointment was short-lived for it was Benjamin and she giggled to herself at his message before hearing the same commotion outside. "Ben!" Annelise practically scrambled to roll down the window and her smile was wide and affectionate when she saw her best friend's car.

As others would tell you, it was rare to see students from two of Manhattan's most elite schools acutally being teenagers and not like the socilaites their parents had groomed them to become. What was even rarer were those moments when Annelise's smile didn't have an inch of practiced propriety or fakeness in it - when you could see the indentations of her cheeks and an actual sparkle in her eye. When just her aura screamed happiness. And you could only attribute it to her best friends, particularly Ben at the moment. While Annelise did, in fact, have siblings, she was not close with them. In fact, they probably hated her, which was fine and dandy with her. But she would never admit to wanting to be accepted - wanting to be loved by her siblings and that was where Ben had come in. She laughed excitedly when Joshua was finally situated back in the car and shook her head with amusement.

"You guys are crazy," she yelled out to the boys before settling back into the limo, grinning at the girls. When Alexandra spoke, she couldn't help but nod in agreement. Still smiling a little, she sent a text to Ben.

To: Benji
Ur crazy but I luv u. See u tonite?

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Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Lex Manning Character Portrait: Cliff Parker

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Cliff Parker

A sheepish smile appeared on Cliff's face when Lex brought up Lexi's reaction to the party. He knew just as well that Lexi was not happy with him, and his suggestion was actually probably a good one. She was a sucker for romantic gestures, and Cliff was well aware of that, but he didn't want to do anything in a "romantic" way. Still, he was sure that a nice little gift would make her realize that he wasn't doing anything with malicious intentions. Chocolates were always a hit with the blonde and although he knew that Lex was only being playful with the idea, Cliff figured that it was worth a shot. "Not a bad idea, man. You wanna stop at La Maison Du Chocolat with me after this ends? You know, I won't object to getting a bite to eat at your mom's place after," he said, grinning at the last part.

Cliff was truly impressed when Lex shared that there were many big name schools interested in having him play for them. He definitely wasn't surprised though, even if Lex tried to act nonchalantly about it. "That's awesome, dude. You seriously considering them?" He was going to continue to question his friend about his plans but the head of school took the stage and like the rest of his classmates, Cliff silenced himself. The assembly was long but Cliff managed to stay tuned in with most of what was being discussed. A lot of it seemed to be unnecessarily spoken. Most of the students had been attending the schools for the past three years and knew how everything worked, but Cliff guessed that a lot of it was for show. Like many of the students who attended, the elite schools wanted to boast about everything luxurious that they had. Extravagant school lunch menus (that most students didn't even eat from), advanced gymnasiums, top of the line technology and expensive study-abroad trips, were all noted in the two hour presentation.

When it ended, Cliff had forgotten what he and Lex had been talking about earlier on. They had chosen seats in the back of the auditorium, so he missed Lexi's encounter with the new student, Lance Cavendish, and was in good spirits as they stood up to leave. "So, are you going to come help me redeem my good name with Lexi or do you have something better to do?"

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Character Portrait: Katherine Quinn Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Melissa Cane Character Portrait: Maria "Aria" Montgomery Character Portrait: Annelise Walton Character Portrait: Hana Lane Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir

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Once Hana had nodded, Katherine had begun to walk to the car. She didn't need to wait for Hana to say goodbye to her friends, and even though she wasn't intentionally trying to be a bitch, she really couldn't have cared less about their presence. She didn't know Melissa, and didn't care to know her, and knew Maria from a few classes they had together over the years, but wasn't actually friends with her. They were neither important or relevant to her, so why did she owe them a hello or goodbye?

Their driver, Julian, was waiting just around the corner. Katherine slid into the back seat and after greeted the driver, who was one of her family's employees that she actually appreciated. "Morning Julian," she said, shifting farther into the car when the door opened again and Hana sat down. "You can take us to Annie's now, and then later just have someone drop off my outfit for tonight. Olga knows which ones they are."

Julian nodded and glanced at the girls through the rear-view mirror. "And where are you headed, Hana?" he asked. He probably had heard Katherine referencing them as "us" when she said they were going to Annie's, but it was no secret that the two didn't get along. He wasn't far-fetched in imaging that he may have just heard Katherine wrong.

"She's coming with me," Katherine replied quickly. She had thought that she could just pretend that she was being nice to Hana, but almost right after Julian second guessed them being together, Hana brought up the texts. "First of all, they weren't frantic. I was trying to be nice to you since I know that have no friends," she said, glaring at her for a second, before realizing that she probably shouldn't be in attack mode. Katherine still felt like she was doing a good deed by including Hana, but she was desperate for Hana to come. She didn't want to lie to her friends, but she also wasn't ready to give up her secret to them. Even though she knew that Hana knew about her body-image issues, she wasn't going to address them now and truthfully explain the reason to Hana. Her father, at one point, had told Ashley about Katherine's "dieting phase" and it had somehow gotten back to Hana. Luckily, she never brought it up, but it was almost comforting to know that it was one less person to have to hide it from.

"The girls just wanted to get to know you. I know you met Annie at the wedding and probable met Lexi a few times over the summer, but they wanted to see what you're like. Kenna will be there too. Just be like, normal. Well, not your normal. I don't know, just be cool and fun and not weird and it'll be fine. If they ask, just say that my dad wants me and you to hang out more." Katherine spoke quickly and didn't allow herself to make eye contact with Hana, but tried to reassure herself that things would be okay.

It only took a couple of minutes for them to arrive at Annelise's and they clearly hadn't left too late, since the other girls were just arriving in front of the apartment building as well. "Come on," Katherine muttered as she filed out of the car. Almost in the same instant as she approached her friends, she pasted an excited smile on her face. Even if she didn't feel comfortable, she needed to act it. "It's martini time, chicas," she said cheerfully. It had been less than a minute since she was sitting next to Hana, but it was enough time for her to almost forget that she was even there. She corrected her flaw quickly though, trying to be as nice as she could to Hana for now. "I know you met her, Annie, but this is Hana, girls," she said to Lexi and Kenna.

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Character Portrait: Katherine Quinn Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Annelise Walton Character Portrait: Hana Lane Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir

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Lexi smiled at the approach of Kat and Hana. Kat mentioned Martini's before introducing Hana. Lexi had seen her around multiple times this summer but hadn't gotten to know the girl well. She smiled warmly before leaning in to give the girl a hug. " Hey good to see you Hana."

Annie's many hired help were already fritting about the makeshift spa around them. Annie sat in Molly, her favorite stylist, chair. "What'll it be gorgeous" Molly said with a smile. Lexi pointed to the extensions that Taylor dropped off and grinned. Molly was dying to see Lexi with longer hair and Lexi was happy to oblige tonight. " I want it curled." She explained, though paused when Molly frowned. " What is it?" She asked nervously. Molly scrunched up her nose "You have the thickest straight hair I've ever styled. Not to mention it's naturally glossy. I was thinking pin straight with a middle part."

Lexi scrunched her nose before saying " Alright let's do it." Almost an hour later while the other girls were either chatting or getting ready as well Lexi emerged with pin straight hair falling down to her waist. Her hair shined under the lights and thanks to some discreet tinsel, placed strategically so you couldn't see it anywhere in her hair, her hair sparkled when it caught any movement. She opted against the deep middle part, instead opting for only a middle part in the front and no part in the back.

She grinned at her friends before heading to get a manicure and pedicure. She also got a martini so she could enjoy it while waiting for her nails to dry. " When was the last time I wore my hair pin straight?" She leaned over in Annie's direction "Remember the first time I tried to do my hair by myself?" She held back giggles as she said " I put so much hairspray in my hair that it was all hard and sticky like hard candy." She giggled lightly as the manicurist began to file her long nails into almonds. Next they were covered in a dusky rose color, aside from her middle fingers which were nude with a rose pattern in the dusky rose color. Her toes were painted the same nude from her middle fingers.

As she waited for it to dry she conversed with Hana, who really did seem like a nice girl. Maybe a bit on the shy side. Lexi didn't trust her yet, nor did she plan to influence Kat in any way regarding her but the girl seemed nice enough.

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Character Portrait: Katherine Quinn Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Annelise Walton Character Portrait: Hana Lane Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir

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While the others seemed slightly wary of the newcomer, Annelise smiled kindly at Katherine's step-sister. "Glad to see you here hanging out with us. We're getting our nails and hair done. Any particular style you have in mind?" She conversed lightly with the brunette as the group headed inside, taking the private area to get to her triplex. It was a massive space and it helped that there would be others to feel in the absence her mother left behind. Annelise shook her head at the thought, glancing at Hana discreetly. She was aware that the brunette was just as uncomfortable around them as the others were around her, and it didn't surprise her in the slightest. It was no secret that Katherine did not like her new sister and judging by Katherine's tantrum back at the wedding when they were alone, those feelings of loathing would be around for a minute.

Annelise, on the other hand, kept her eyes peeled. A girl like Hana, considering what Annelise had learned of her, was fairly intelligent. She was pretty enough and now with the new money in her life, she was bound to becoming a bit more known around Manhattan - especially considering the family her sister married in to. Someone like that - someone new and rather naΓ―ve in this setting - could either break in this lifestyle or rise. And while Annelise didn't care for new friends, she wasn't going to not keep her eye on the new girl. Besides, Katherine invited the girl for a reason and Annelise was suspicious, had been since her friend tried to bail on them. And having a few stylists and the like was not going to shake that feeling away. Besides, when did Annelise ever forget something that easily?

"You are the best!" Annelise practically squealed upon receiving the chocolate martini from Maria. Her caretaker smiled affectionately before tugging Annelise closer. "Your mother left a present on your bed." Annelise tilted her head curiously and nodded gently at the whispered words, nodding to the stylists. "Go ahead and work on them first. I'll be back in a few." Taking a sip, Annelise backpedaled towards the elevator and took one of the spiral staircases to get to the second floor. The second level of the penthouse apartment consisted of her bedroom and a few others, the gym, and the spa. The third floor had three more bedrooms, including the master suite and an elevator that led to the terrace. Annelise hurried to her room only to see a black bag with a hanger at the top. Perturbed, she picked it up and unattached the sticky note, a small affectionate smile on her face as she read it.

Baby girl,
Srry 4 not making it home 4 the first day. Forgive me?

Her mom managed to even scribble a pouty face and Annelise giggled, unzipping the bag somewhat to gape. "Oh shit, I love it!" She squealed lightly before zipping it back up and draping the bag over the bed again. Excited and very much aware that she was going to kill it for the night, she kicked off her shoes and blazer, and slid on some sandals. Back downstairs, she smiled brightly at both Lexi and Kenna's hair. Annelise laughed after another sip of her martini at the memory of Lexi's straight hair. "I remember that. You were so pissed. I died laughing." She had not heard Kenna's earlier inquiry in the midst of heading up to her room and sat in one of the stylist's chairs. She grinned at the redhead.

"Gemini 14 did the coloring perfectly," Karen said and Annelise beamed. She really did love the honey blonde hue and she didn't feel like such a baby with it. Karen took the Bump-It out and Annelise's hair flowed down her back without the additional help. Instead of falling just past her shoulders like earlier, the strands stopped to about mid-back length. Karen cooed. "And you're not wearing extensions anymore? I like it." Annelise chuckled before replying, "What can I say? The Hairfinity vitamins worked like a charm. I was thinking loose curls, that timeless sexy look that's just a bit casual." Now that she knew exactly what she was going to wear, Annelise was more than ready for the night to begin and, with a smile, she turned her attention back to Hana, who was with a manicurist. "Is your dress getting brought here, Hana, or do we need to find you something?"

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Character Portrait: Katherine Quinn Character Portrait: Alexandra Billington Character Portrait: Hana Lane Character Portrait: Kenna Valoir

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Hana Lane

Hana wasn't buying Katherine's excuse that her friends "wanted to see what she was like" but she wasn't going to push the subject at the moment. Even if she was lying, Hana would be poking the beehive to pressure Katherine into coming forward with the real motive. In the back of her mind, there was still a part of her that couldn't stop thinking that this was all some cruel practical joke. Why would these girls want to hang out with her? Even if Katherine had, for some still unknown reason, begged them to let her come, why would they say yes? At the same time, she tried to reassure herself that girls really weren't as mean as they were played out in movies. She had never encountered any that were horribly mean to someone for no reason in her old school, and she prayed that these girls were no different in that respect. If Katherine had been an example though, it was clearly wrong.

Katherine had exited the car before her and just as she was sliding out, she heard their driver, Julian, quietly offer her a "good luck". When she looked towards him, clearly surprised, he winked and chuckled quietly. Hana hoped that it truly was a joke that she would need any luck to get by tonight, and offered him a wary smile as she left the car. Katherine had already approached her friends inside the building and Hana slowly followed. Every time she thought that she was beginning to get used to life in the Upper East Side, something else shocked her. The Quinn home was one of the nicest in New York, and in Hana's opinion, was too nice (who needs their own private screening room when some people can't afford a one bedroom apartment?!), but Annelise's was just as much of a shock for Hana. It was elegant yet modern and she could only imagine the price-tag attached to such a home in Manhattan. She tried not too look awestruck and with everything going on, it was hard to focus on admiring the home.

The girls were friendly enough to her, but she was surprised when Annelise addressed her directly. "Oh, um... no, I really hadn't put much thought into it," she replied honestly at the inquiry about possible hair styles. If anything, she just planned on curling it lightly for the night, but she wasn't going to say that in a room of girls who probably knew a million different ways to style hair. Her simple conversation with Annelise was pleasantly reassuring, and Hana felt more comfortable. She readily allowed one of the stylists to usher her to a chair, and with the other three girls absorbed in their own conversations, she admitted to the woman that she really had no ideas for a hair style but wanted to something simple. The stylist agreed and not too long after, Hana was happy with the finished product. Her hair was straight and neat, but had enough volume to stay away from falling flat. There wasn't too much going on and for someone like Hana, that was key. She wanted to look nice but preferred not to stand out, especially on her first real night out with this crowd.

When her hair was finished, one of the other woman led her to get a manicure. Judging by her chipped black polish, Hana definitely needed one and didn't resist the pushy offer. Why would she want to pass up a free manicure, anyway? Hana felt like she had done a good job of remaining friendly with the girls, while not intruding on their conversations. She didn't know 99% of the people and events they were talking about and would have just looked like a wannabe if she chimed in or laughed at their inside jokes. It was easier to just smile and respond when spoken to, and relax in her own world when not.

Annelise had disappeared for a few minutes but soon returned and after conversing with her stylist, turned to Hana, and asked about a dress. Frankly, she had planned on wearing the same one she had worn to Melissa and Mark's welcoming party, or stealing one from Katherine's closet. Even though Katherine was a good five inches taller than her, she figured that she was promiscuous enough to have dresses that were far too short for her anyway. However, she doubted that Katherine had considered to have any clothes sent over for her and she wasn't going to tell Annelise Walton that she was going to wear the same dress twice. At the same time, she wasn't going to ask her to procure a dress for her out of thin air. "I was planning on borrowing one from Katherine, but I don't know if she had one sent over for me," she admitted, only breaking eye contact with Annelise to glance down at her first nail that had been painted.

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Once they were inside Annelise's apartment, Katherine separated herself from Hana, and for a moment, the other three as well. She headed straight for the tray of martinis that had been prepared for the girls prior to their arrival, and instantly took one of the dirty martinis. When she was drinking cocktails, she usually preferred fruitier ones, but today she wasn't drinking for the flavor, and she definitely didn't want anything that had sugary juices added. Katherine knew that etiquette suggested that martinis were to be sipped, but she emptied the glass in only a few minutes. If only shots were appropriate for an 11 AM spa day... she wished, but reminded herself that in a few hours, she could down as many as necessary at Annie's party.

When she returned to the girls, she found Hana, Kenna and Lexi being worked on by stylists. Annelise was no where in sight, but it didn't worry Kat. She assumed that her friend was somewhere else in the house, maybe on the phone with someone about last minute party-details, or working out her outfit for the night. She glanced in Hana's direction and was slightly relieved to see that she wasn't being a bother to anyone else. In fact, she seemed comfortable enough as one of the stylists worked on her hair, and Katherine did her best to perk up as she took a seat next to Kenna. Kim appeared soon after and Katherine greeted her like a friend. She was one of the few women in Manhattan that Katherine trusted with her hair and in addition to her incomparable skills, she was also a fabulous gossip partner. With Hana only a few feet away, she didn't delve into any topics that were too scandalous. There wasn't a real reason for her being cautious around Hana because Katherine doubted that there was anyone that she could actually share their gossip with, but she just didn't want Hana to feel any more in-the-loop than she was already being allowed to feel. Was it petty that it was bothering her that Lexi was talking to Hana, even if it was just casually? Another martini was necessary and by the time that Kim finished her hair, she had finished it.

Kenna and Lexi's hair were finished only a minute or so before hers, and she mimicked the newly-reappeared Annie's smile as they showed them off. "Oh my God, you guys look so hot," she complimented, although her attention was now on her own hair. She studied her reflection in the mirror that Kim had handed her and after running her fingers through her long brown hair a few times, she was satisfied with the finished product. "You're the best," she smiled at Kim before switching chairs to one next to Hana, where she would get a manicure. Annelise was seated close by as Karen worked on her hair, but she seemed to be speaking with Hana. Katherine didn't catch what Hana had said to Annie, but was more than interested in their conversation. "What are you two chatting about over here?" she said, adding in a playful laugh to combat her suspiciously raised eyebrow.

A mixture of jealousy and possessiveness washed over her, at the sight of her best friend talking with her hated step-sister, and an almost equal amount of fear followed. She realized that Annie was savvy and manipulative enough to get Hana to share that Alexandre hadn't been the reason for her joining them today. Even though she was feeling a bit paranoid today, Katherine knew that Annelise would never purposely hurt her, and she was the one who was creating a web of lies for herself. It was more likely that Annie was just being nice to Hana out of pity and Kat was convinced that one more martini would help her believe that even more. While one hand was being worked on, she used the free one to hold her glass.

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While the other girls finished getting ready Lexi slipped into one of Annie's guest bedrooms, she had instructed Taylor to drop off her stuff there. On the bed three dresses had been laid out. One was completely lace and long. It had a strapless body suit underneath it to save her modesty. It was completely black as well. The next was white. It a deep plunge white dress. It was tight at the bottom. The last was gold. It was covered in gold embellishments and had a deep plunge that made it impossible to wear a bra with since it had a bit of a plunge in the back as well. She looked over the three and finally decided to wear the white one. The dress plunged in front but was high necked in the back so she could wear an "invisible bra". The dress looked provocative but not slutty. Since the dress was just black she paired it with a funky pair of boots that Kat has convinced her to buy in Europe.

She came back downstairs and grinned at her girls. " What do you think?" She asked with a wink. After hearing their opinions she sat in front of one of the makeup artist. She instructed them to do whatever they thought would work best for her. They ended up giving her a brown smokey eye that made her blue eyes look sultry and mysterious. Her lips were painted a dark berry color and her face was contoured to accentuate her high cheek bones. Once she was finished she waited for the other girls while sipping on a chocolate martini.

She hopped in the seat next to Kat. She patted Kat's hand comfortingly before stating, " They're talking about Hana's outfit or lack there of for the party." She knew that having Hana around them had to be hard for her but she din't want any distance in their tight knit friendship. She turned to Hana and said " Annie's got some dresses that would look hot on you." She tossed her heavy hair over her shoulder causing it to catch the light and shimmer slightly.

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After parting ways with Cliff, Alexander headed back home to make dinner for his mother. Despite anything she would tell him, Mrs. Manning hated eating leftovers from the restaurant. She cooked more refined meals there. At homes, comfort was key and he knew the perfect meal. Slipping on his apron (if Lexi was there, she'd probably snap a pic of him and post it online just for shits and giggles), he headed into the kitchen to make his mother's favorite meal, spaghetti. It was simple enough and it was always made from scratch, never tomato sauce from the store. He timed himself accordingly; if he hopped into the shower for at least ten minutes with the seasoned sauce simmering, it should be done and he could come back and start the pasta.

Ten minutes later, Lex was drying himself off and putting the pasta on. On a normal day, he wouldn't walk around the house so freely. The last time made his mother freak out exponentially and while he had gotten a laugh out of the situation, she had not been able to look him in the eye for about a week and a half. With the water boiling, he stepped out of the kitchen and headed into his bedroom to get dressed. While the theme for the evening was something about glamor and there was supposed to be some kind of runway type thing, Lex didn't care enough. Annelise wouldn't be looking at him anyway, so he didn't really have much to wear. Besides, the blazer he wore made the basic striped top seem more refined and the dark pants and dress shoes were a nice. While Cliff would probably come out in some designer suit, Lex preferred a more casual approach. Speaking of, he had seen his phone go off in response to receiving text messages, but hadn't looked at in favor of cooking. Now dressed and only needing to worry about his hair, Lex grabbed it up and headed into the kitchen, pausing mostly because of the second text from his buddy.

"Whoa," he breathed and leaned against the wall. Annelise Walton had always been attractive to him. Sure, she had never been a girl that he had gone after, but Lex never denied her attractiveness. She was one of the hottest girls in school. However, the fact that Cliff was beginning to be attracted to her said something. Shaking his head lightly, Lex stirred the pasta before sending a text.

To: Cliff
Dude, I think u need a drink. Come get me.







After her stylist was finished with her hair, Annelise didn't even bother looking at the finished project. She had asked the woman to tie her up in a neat manner so that she could safely do everything that she needed to do before getting dressed. She had smiled at Hana wickedly when Lexi told her about her finding a dress for the brunette. From the second that Hana said that she had not had anything, Annelise had already planned her out for the evening.

"Trust me, I worked on a dress and I think it'll fit you just nicely," Annie reassured the newcomer and decided not to get a manicure or pedicure. She had already visited her people and they had given her a long-lasting French manicure and pedicure. Still grinning, Annelise waited until Hana's nails were finished before dragging the blonde up to her room. "Don't worry. I won't put you in anything too revealing. I'm sure Maria can find you some shoes or something, and you have to let me do your make-up." Annelise got excited whenever it came to fashion and the act of actually dressing someone else up was exhilarating. Especially someone like Hana. Hana Lane was a girl that could be a canvas for anyone. She could fit any look, Annelise surmised, and that helped when trying to figure out what she could put the girl in.

As the duo moved to her closet, she turned to Hana a cheeky grin. "Now, before you judge me, know that half of this isn't actually clothes, but fabrics and materials. I needed the work space." To be honest, it was probably equal clothes and fabric, but she wasn't going to point that out. The massive room had taken up what would have been three other rooms, but Annelise had practically begged her mother. It hadn't been like they had lost much space. They were the only ones who lived in the twelve bedroom penthouse (who the hell had needed twelve bedrooms when there was only two people anyway?), surely she could sacrifice some room. Scanning the room, Annelise's eyes fell on a particular mannequin, which held a nice dress. It was flattering and simple enough to not be too showy for Hana. She gestured to it. "A bit basic, but it should suffice right?"

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Hana wasn't sure how to respond to Lexi's comment about how Annie had dresses that would look "hot" on her, so she giggled and brushed a strand of her now straight hair away from her face. Lexi was gorgeous and a lot nicer than she expected her to be. Honestly, Hana had expected Annelise to be the manipulative evil one, Katherine to be the mindless brat, and Lexi to be the bitch. She hadn't spoken to Kenna much, but she really didn't seem too bad either and was definitely gorgeous too. While she doubted that the girls would be this pleasant to her if she wasn't related to Katherine, she was still surprised at their cordiality. Alexandre had always spoken fondly of Katherine's friends, but Hana hadn't considered it to be true until now. She was still definitely aware that they were probably just being polite and not genuinely kind, but it was a better start than she expected.

Annelise was on the same page as Lexi, and readily agreed that she would dress her in something. When her French manicure had dried, Hana followed her through the home and to her bedroom. Again, if Hana hadn't been exposed to the Quinn's lifestyle, she would have been stunned at the elegance of Annelise's bedroom and even more so, her closet. Hana had maybe owned a quarter of the amount of clothing items in her entire seventeen-years that Annelise had in the massive closet. She was stunned, and her facial expression probably showed it for a second before she realized and tried to recompose herself. She definitely was judging Annelise, but not in a bad way. Hours ago, Hana would have scoffed at the wastefulness of owning this many things, but she was now envious of it. The lifestyle that Annelise and these girls were living was magical, and when she saw it in the perspective of having so many amazing things without an evil stepsister, it did seem lavish. Wild parties, closest worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and people waiting on your every need. Maybe this was her chance to not only make cool friends, but take advantage of the life she was thrust into when her sister married Alexandre. It would be noble of her to stick to her morals and continue to work hard for everything she wanted, but she could still do that and test the waters of luxury too, right?

"This is incredible," she stammered as she stepped inside with the blonde. She studied the rows of clothes, a majority still with price tags on them, before directing her gaze toward a mannequin that Annelise was referencing. It held a short strapless dress that Hana instantly approved of. "Yeah, totally," she confirmed when asked if she thought it would suffice. "Are you sure you're okay with me borrowing it, though? I mean, I'll take it to the cleaner's and bring it back tomorrow, but I can definitely run back to the Quinn's and get something from there if you'd feel better." She didn't want to impose on Annelise anymore than she felt like she already had, with coming over so last minute and absorbing all of the services she was offering for free. Equally, Hana didn't want to be the charity case, money or personality wise. She was beginning to suspect that Katherine had told the girls that she was as much of a friendless loser that she made her out to be. Part of her didn't really care what the reason for the girls' kindness was, since she was benefiting, but the other part didn't want her to toss her dignity for the sake of nice clothes and pretty friends.

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Katherine smile became a bit more genuine when Lexi informed her that the girls were discussing how Hana didn't have a dress for the party. In her mind, it meant that they were gossiping about her lack of style and taste, and that was a catty, yet reassuring thought for her. She should have been grateful that Hana agreed to come and save her from being caught in a lie, and yet as she watched Annelise eagerly pull her upstairs to try on dresses, she wanted to kick Hana out. Styling people was Annie's forte. There was a large possibility that her major motive for wanting to get Hana ready was for her own personal enjoyment, but Katherine was against the idea of her friends even warming up to Hana a little bit.

"Hana is so ugly," Katherine said to Lexi, somewhat out of nowhere, once her best friend and step-sister had disappeared. "I don't know why or how you talked me into inviting her here, but hopefully these martinis start kicking in so I can pretend she doesn't exist," she continued, stirring her half-finished drink. She was on her third drink and was definitely already beginning to feel a buzz. Even though Katherine drank often (probably too often), she was thin enough that her tolerance was still fairly low. That didn't stop her from drinking more than she could tolerate though, but at least tonight, she wanted to still be conscious by the time the party started. Tonight was supposed to be fun, but also graceful. She didn't want to make a fool out of herself at the first major event of the school year, but if it happened, she knew she'd at least have Hana to blame.

"Do you think I should go up there? She's probably annoying Annie," Katherine asked, although she remained comfortably seated in her chair with her eyes still focused on her drink. She idly pulled out her phone and began to sift through social media. "I need to hook up with a cute guy tonight, but like, I honestly don't think there are any good looking guys on our level. Besides Cliff, but I know he's all yours," she looked up only to giggle slightly and wink at Lexi. Even though Katherine was exuberant enough as it was, the drinks were definitely helping to lift her mood up now. "What other guys even are there? Lex is... not my type." She had spoken to Kenna about her interest in him earlier, and planned on following the girl code by not pursuing him. Besides, even though he was attractive, he really wasn't her 'type'. "Benji is gross, Cole is old news, Josh isn't my type, and I feel like no one else is even relevant." She wasn't going to bring up the boy who had basically sexually assaulted Lexi that morning, even if he was more than good looking, and she didn't remember Mark Cane even existed. "Oh my God, Lexi, you should set me and Kenna up with some of Cliff's model friends tomorrow at his party. Are they all really hot too?" She knew that Lexi and Cliff were close, and had heard on various occasions that Lexi visited him at his shows and shoots, so she guessed that her friend must have been acquainted with some of the other models as well. Cliff was a good connection and with Lexi basically being his sister, she was bound to have some way to get them into that circle.


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Annelise couldn't help herself when she laughed at Hana's thinking that she was imposing on her. "Sweetie, I'm a designer. What designer do you know would be against someone wearing their stuff?" She winked with a grin before stepping to the mannequin. After unzipping the dress from the left side, she slid it off the mannequin before walking back over to Hana and handing the dress to the brunette. "I'm going to go make sure the girls are getting ready and not just goofing off. Go ahead to one of the spare rooms and get changed. Maria and I will work on getting you shoes."

After seeing Hana off, Annelise headed back downstairs to see her girls and smirked at them. "Uh, hello! I do believe we have a party to be getting ready for, ladies. And while I love being fashionably late, it's my party." They weren't going to be late, she surmised. They hardly ever were, not when Annelise was the one planning everything out. Like about now, there would be those early birds who were so worried that she had been joking - that it had been an invite-only affair and they wanted to be there before the party even started to assure themselves that they could get in - that were probably just lounging around. They would probably already be snacking on the appetizers and snacks, and having their highballs and such. And then, just when a larger crowd starts coming in, that's when her and the girls usually came in. Just in time to make an entrance - for everyone to know them and want to be them.

But still, Annelise was nothing, if not punctual. She leaned against the seat Lexi was in and gave Katherine a pointed look. "And you, ma'am, dragging that poor girl here without something decent to wear. You're best friends with the trendiest girls in the school, you know better." It was half-chastising, half-teasing. Either way, the grin on Annelise's face was still present and easy.

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Lexi watched as Hana and Annie turned away. She decided to not follow them. She knew Annie had it covered and that at the moment Kat needed her more. Which was evident by the out of character catty comments she was making. " C'mon Kitty Kat," She said affectionately " I know you don't want the evil step sister around but you know you have me right?" She laid a hand on Kat's arm, " I know this is difficult for you but none of us are going to put Hana before you. You're our best friend and no new bitch is going to come in here and change that. Ever."

She watched as Kat sucked down more martinis but felt no need to chastise the girl. Kat was dealing with a lot of stuff right now. The girl deserved a drink... or two... or three. She shook her head at Kat's comment about going upstairs. " Annie's got it, I'm sure." When Kat mentioned guys Lexi rolled her eyes a bit. She winked back at Kat though when she made a statement about Cliff. As Kat went through the list of guys she couldn't help but think about that Lance guy. She seethed a bit but attempted to focus back on her friend. Kat had seemed to move on to Cliff's friends and she shrugged. " Cliff doesn't like when I hang out with his friends." She said with a shrug, " I can ask him to bring some tonight though if you want."With that she opened her phone and shot Cliff a quick message.

To:Cliff
Hey can you invite some of your model friends tonight. Kat wants to know.


She wasn't sure why but she felt the need to mention it was for Kat rather than herself. She chalked it up to the fact that he wouldn't bring them for her. When Annie came back downstairs Lexi grinned at her. " I've just asked cliff too bring some model friends tonight." She said with a mischievous grin. After Annie chastised Kat jokingly Lexi stood up. " So when are we going to your party?" She asked doing a quick spin. " I think we're just about fashionable late."

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Hana Lane

Hana nodded understandingly when Annelise insisted that she was more than okay with her wearing the dress. Her intentions seemed genuine and judging by the sheer amount of dresses hanging in the closet, Hana tried to reassure herself that Annelise Walton wouldn't be bothered by one dress going missing for a few hours. "Thanks," she smiled, carefully taking the dress before Annelise exited. Thanks for the dress, for the afternoon, for being nice... She really was surprised at the girls' kindness. This wasn't the reputation that Annelise seemed to have earned in many people's books, and Hana's mind flashed back to the Gossip Girl blog that had called Annelise an "ice queen". She didn't seem cold or heartless, as the title suggested but Hana had only socialized with her for a few hours. She was probably one of those girls who were nice until you crossed them. That's fine though, because I don't plan on crossing her. I'll let these girls be nice to me as long as they want, and then when it's over, I'll go back to my perfectly fine life. No harm, no foul.

Hana was only a few steps behind Annelise as they leave her bedroom, but followed her direction and turned into a guest bedroom down the hall. She tried to change as quickly as possible, while being careful not to mess up her hair, and was finished in only a few minutes. She admired her appearance in the mirror. The dress looked lovely, and even she, who was usually hard on herself, could admit that. It wasn't too risque but also not too conservative, and flattered the slight curves that she had. Maria and Annelise hadn't returned with her shoes, and since Hana was unsure if she was supposed to wait or not, she folded her school clothes neatly and after a moment, carried them downstairs.

She found Annelise back with the girls and approached them with a smile. She was nervous but hated the fact that she was. This wasn't the first time that she had gotten dressed up or went to a party. She had done it loads of times before with her old friends, and had even attended a few events with Alexandre and her sister over the summer. Why was this so different? She didn't know, or maybe she just didn't want to admit that she kind of did want to fit in with these girls. That their opinion of her was more important to her than she wanted to believe. It was something that would go against her morals and the ideals she had just this morning, but the idea of being popular wasn't looking so bad.

"Is there somewhere that I should leave my school clothes?" she asked as she stepped towards the group of girls with clothes in-hand. "Or is Julian coming to pick them up before we go?" Her eyes shifted to Katherine at the last part and she noted the nearly-empty glass in her hand. She doubted that this was still her original first drink but wasn't going to say anything about it. On the few occasions that Hana had seen Katherine over the summer, more than half of them included Katherine being way too intoxicated for her own good, so she wasn't surprised to see it beginning again now.

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Lex's response confirmed that Cliff was out of it and a drink probably was the best course of action. He shook his head, as if that would somehow magically shake the thoughts from his mind. It didn't work, of course, but Cliff tried to distract himself. He shot back a reply to Lex that he was on his way, and after grabbing his phone and wallet, made his way outside. The air was more brisk than it had been earlier that day, but considering that it was still September, it wasn't terribly cool. Cliff actually preferred the cool weather. It wasn't too sticky or uncomfortably cold, and provided a comfortable temperature for walking through the city. Tonight, however, he wouldn't be walking. Elmo was located in Chelsea, which would be too far of a walk for Cliff to do if he actually wanted to arrive to the party on time. Instead, he hailed a cab and after giving directions to Lex's place to the driver, they were on their way.

Clifford's family had a driver but his mother was really the only one in the household who took advantage of it. He and his father didn't mind walking or taking cabs, and Cliff actually preferred it. It was less personal than sitting in the car with a driver that he was acquainted with since there was no need for small talk or inquiries about why he was going to a certain location. Cab drivers were just looking to make some money and Cliff was happy to provide them with it as long as the rides were as painless as possible.

To: Lex Manning
Outside your place


Lex appeared moments later, something that Cliff was grateful for. Whenever he was picking up Lexi or one of his girl friends, he could expect to sit outside their building for at least ten minutes. Apparently, being "almost ready" meant that they still needed to get dressed or do their hair and makeup, and he had gotten accustomed to just saying that he was on his way well before he actually left his house.

They were now on their way to Elmo, and Cliff turned to Lex. "You seriously didn't notice something different about Annie today? I mean, besides the hair. I don't know, man, something about her was different..." Back to thinking about Annelise. God, he really did need a drink. He was going to compensate and claim that Lex probably didn't notice the drastic change in her sexual attractiveness since he had seen her all summer, but his phone pinged and captured his attention. It was Lexi, and luckily, she didn't seem mad at him as she questioned whether he could bring some of his friends for Katherine.

To: Lexi
What? Us Saint Jude's guys aren't good enough for her?


His response was meant to be light-hearted but also allowed him to not have to answer it directly. He probably did have some guy friends who would enjoy coming to the party tonight, but Cliff wasn't sure if he wanted any of them around his friends. Even if the request really was for Katherine, he knew some of his friends were into blondes and really, it would be hard for any of them to reject Lexi.

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Lexi did her best to insist that Hana was doing nothing wrong and that she shouldn't worry about her. It helped Katherine feel better for the moment, and probably mostly because Lexi referred to Hana as being evil and a bitch. Even if she was just doing it to make Katherine feel better, it was validating to think that someone else realized that she wasn't that great either. She felt even better when Lexi said that she would text Cliff about bringing some of his friends. "Make sure they're tall, too, because I'm wearing heels tonight," she added. The thought of her outfit reminded her that it was getting late and she should probably get dressed.

She returned a few minutes later, sporting a black bandeau dress, black wedge heels and a gold necklace. She held a matching gold clutch, and although her phone was supposed to be situated in it, it now only held a pack of gum and a credit card. She was too busy on her phone, scanning Instagram to see what others were wearing, to put it down. On her way back to the main area, Katherine stopped in the kitchen and have a beeline for the liquor cabinet. Her buzz made her feel even more comfortable, but even if she had been sober, she wouldn't have hesitated to helping herself to anything at Annelise's. It was practically a second home to her, so she saw no harm in grabbing a glass and sifting through the bottles of alcohol until she found a bottle of Grey Goose. "One shot for the road," she said to herself as she poured her opinion of a shot's worth of alcohol into the glass. The burn of the alcohol sliding down her throat was almost welcomed at this point, and once satisfied, she placed the bottle back in its spot and returned to Lexi.

"Are his friends coming?," she said with a cheerful smile as she flopped back into her seat next to Lexi. Not a moment later, Annelise came down the stairs and reminded them that they were going to be late if they didn't leave soon. Katherine was going to remark that as soon as Annie and Kenna were ready, everyone important would be, and they could leave, but Annelise beat her to referencing Hana. She was being playful and Katherine knew it, but she still didn't like Annelise sticking up for Hana, even if she considered that part of the comment was because it would harm them if Hana dressed poorly. She should go home and cry about it. Katherine wanted to be spiteful, but she wasn't going to act that way tonight, and definitely not towards Annie. In reality, the girls were supposedly all doing her a favor by letting Hana come. "It's not my fault that she's too short for my clothes and hates shopping!" she objected with her best version of an innocent smile.

As if on cue, Hana appeared in a dress that Annie must have chosen, because it was much too nice for Katherine to believe Hana could choose herself. She asked where she should leave the clothes she came in, and Katherine planned on ignoring her, but she followed up with a question directly addressed for her. "I don't care," she replied curtly. She wanted to leave it at that, but again, didn't want to live up to the reputation of being a brat in front of her friends. "Annie, where do you want her to leave them?" Katherine had left hers scattered on the floor of the spare room she had changed in, but she wasn't worried about someone coming to retrieve them. Besides the school skirt, she would probably never wear the rest of the outfit again, and having less clothes at home would give her an excuse to go shopping tomorrow.

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Annelise's smile wavered only a bit at Katherine's tone and she raked fingers through her hair momentarily, eyes trained solely on her friend. After a moment, however, she turned her gaze back to Lexi with a small smile. "We'll leave when everyone is ready. Which shouldn't take too long." Of course, unlike the others, Annelise hadn't gotten the stylists to do her makeup and she hadn't let Hana stay since they were finding her an outfit. She was just about to make another comment when they all saw Hana come back downstairs. Annelise's face brightened.

"It fits, just like I thought," she exclaimed with a very triumphant smile, hands clasped before her proudly. Again, her mood dropped just slightly at Katherine's pessimism and Annelise turned to the brunette at the inquiry. This time, the stare was longer and imperceptible. Katherine was simply acting just like Annelise wanted. Possessive, jealous, and bratty. She was upset that Annelise was being nice, which had never bothered Katherine before, particularly at the wedding when Katherine was even more hostile towards Hana. So, the unspoken tantrum she was throwing - complete with however many number of drinks she had already downed - only had Annelise giving her a very knowing look. She smiled a little and then nodded to Maria as the older woman brought in two separate boxes. "Hana, go back to that room you changed in to with Maria and leave the clothes there. Maria has some shoes for you to try on with the dress and I'll be in there to do some light make-up on you." As one brunette headed up one staircase, Annelise addressed the other. "My dress zips up in the back. Kat, come." It wasn't a question or a request, no matter how sweetly or with a smile she said it. It was a demand and Annelise didn't wait for Katherine to move with her. She just started walking. Katherine was sure to follow.

Once the duo made it back to Annelise's room, Annelise grabbed the wrapped-up dress that had laid on her bed waiting and led Katherine in to her closet, closing the door behind them. It was one of the reasons why she loved the area so much. It had a door leading to the hallway that could only be accessed by a key that she had, another to a bathroom, another that was directly by the elevator, and the only other door was the one to her bedroom and that one locked from the inside. So, not just anyone could barge on in when they felt like it. Annelise released Katherine and headed over to one of the dressing screens closer to her underwear section. She needed an invisible bra for the dress. As she undressed, Annelise began to speak. "Btw, I lied. The dress has a criss-cross pattern in the back. Very flattering, mind you." It was a light start to a conversation, she noted, as she fixed the new bra on herself. She heard Katherine take a seat and didn't bother to glance out to see where. It didn't matter anyway. "The point of all of this is that you've been lying to me, which I hate. And I've been to nice to Hana, which you hate. Which also isn't that much of a surprise considering I've been nice to her before and you never cared that much." Annelise shimmied the dress on over head, careful with the beading and her silky pinned-up hair. Once it pressed into her sleek sides and curves, Annelise pulled the hem down until it reached the middle of her thighs, marveling at the back at the mirror behind the dressing screen. Not exactly important right now, she had to remind herself mentally. Sighing, Annelise slipped out from behind the dressing screen after slipping into Jimmy Choo pumps and cast her friend a knowing look as she pulled the pins from her hair that had kept them luscious curls from cascading down her back. "All of that concludes that this - whatever it is - has nothing to do with your Dad wanting you to be nice to Hana. You've done better at being nice, you've actually included me on those times you've been nice so that Alexandre could get off your case. This doesn't even have anything to do with Hana and we both know it." Annelise let that sink in.

Annelise found her Givenchy earrings to slip on and a stainless steel ring, basical jewelry for an already stunning dress. She still had a surprisingly curvy figure despite her diminutive frame and the dress managed to bring those curves the full attention they deserved. Fluffing her hair lightly, Annelise stepped to one of the make-up stations in the room and hurried up to do her eyes. It was on a darker note that she usually did, a feat that she could only accomplish now that she was tired of being a baby face. Once that was finished, she was applying a dark red lipstick and then grabbed a black clutch before walking over to Katherine, staring at the brunette softly. "So, we can do this several ways. You can tell me and I won't say a word to the others. You can tell Lex and I, and we can all watch movies in the cinema room and hang out on the terrace. You can even include Kenna and maybe we all take a trip. Or, you can continue to lie to me. Just don't be surprised when Gossip Girl blasts you for something I could have kept from hitting the media. I'm never here to hurt you, love." Annelise smiled a fraction before sighing. "Besides, wouldn't the Wicked Witch be so much more appealing to you in my Mac collection?"




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Alexander had grown a bit particular about the way in which he handled plating his foods, especially after working with Annelise Walton. Surprisingly enough, for all the modern splendor that her house and life foretold, she could be rather simple. And she wasn't actually as big on presentation as some other rich clients. In fact, as long as the food tasted magnificent - and yes, this says a lot when considering the perfectionist that was the Ice Queen of Constance - Annelise was perfectly fine with it. However, like with his mother, it was her fascination towards that creative display that had him ready to surprise her a little. Even if it was something simple like trimming this one thing right here or sprinkling a bit of this powder that way, it made the plate look different - just a bit - and in turn, made her look impressed. It made his mother impressed and well, Lex liked impressing the woman who spent hours upon hours trying to impress the New York masses.

Once her plate was finished and Lex had stashed one of his father's bottles of red wine (it wasn't like his Dad was here to miss it or anything) in the fridge, Lex grabbed up his phone and wallet and headed out upon Cliff's text. The dishes were in the machine, check. Lights off, check. Food in the microwave, check. Wine, utensils, and napkins - triple check. Yep, he was ready. Smoothing a hand through his hair, Lex locked up and was downstairs where Cliff was waiting with a cab. Nodding to his friend, Lex entered the vehicle and the pair were on their way to Elmo.

Lex almost laughed way too loudly at Cliff's pressing him about Annelise, which was hilarious considering this was Cliff. How many times could anyone say that Clifford Parker was actually inquiring about a girl? "Annelise has always been hot. She didn't get any hotter over the summer, you're probably just noticing. Which is hilarious considering how many of the guys have been trying to at least get her number since freshman year." Lex chuckled a bit to himself before glancing at his friend's expression. He smirked. "Don't tell me that out of all the girls at Constance you could have a chance with, the Ice Queen has you in her clutches now?"

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Kenna watched Kat down what had to be her third martini and she grimaced silently. While she knew the girls had had secret get togethers over the summer, Kenna had been present for all the parties and she had witnessed a drunken too many times. The girl was quite a lightweight and Kenna was worried about her. But, she didn't say anything. She'd imagined that Annie or Lexi had noticed as well and assumed that they would take care of it.

As Kenna got changed into her dress, she smiled at Lexi. "You look gorgeous, Lex," she said. While she knew that Lexi didn't particularly like her, and Kenna didn't particularly like her either, she wasn't one to pass up on telling someone they looked good. She never kept things to herself, no matter how small, and particularly not a compliment.

Hana walked in to the room then in a dress that Annie had picked out for her and Kenna surveyed the new girl. She noticed out of the corner of her eye that Kat was looking at her rather distastefully, but she didn't say anything about it. Annie commented on the dress while Kenna stayed next to Lexi and Kat. Annie may welcome the girl, but the only reason Kenna was fine with her presence was because with her there, Kenna wasn't an outsider. She had already noticed Kat and Lexi staying closer to her, and even Annie was being more friendly, and she suspected it had something to do with the new one in their ranks. Not that she suspected Hana would stay with them for much longer. She could just tell by the girl's constantly nervous gaze that she was uncomfortable in this situation, which meant that she wouldn't stay with them for long.

When Annie told Hana to go in the other room and proceeded to pull Kat upstairs, Kenna found herself alone with Lexi. Not knowing what else to say, she decided to go with inquiries about her new boy adventure. "So, do you think Lex would want to talk to me? Say, tonight at the party?" While she asked, she played off nonchalance by checking her makeup in the mirror. In reality, she was very concerned with what Lexi would say. It had only been a day where she had admitted to herself that she was interested in Lex, she had realized that she had been eyeing him way into the summer as well. So, she wanted to actually try. Maybe instead of sleeping around like usual, she could actually make something out of this.

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Hana couldn't resist smiling when Annelise approved of how the dress looked at her. She knew that she might end up looking back on tonight and hate how shallow she had almost instantly became (since when did she care what a bare acquaintance had thought or her appearance?), but for now, that didn't matter. She wasn't hurting anyone by playing along for the evening and really, she was helping Katherine, even if she still didn't know why her step-sister had truly wanted her there in the first place. It was a question that Hana still wanted a truthful answer to, but she wasn't going to push the issue tonight when Katherine was clearly already feeling spiteful.

Her question was redirected to Annelise, who thankfully, answered the question and instructed her to leave them in the guest room she had changed in. "Thanks," she replied, before hurrying back up to the room she had come from. Maria followed a few steps behind her, and although she seemed more than accommodating, Hana felt slightly awkward in her presence. It was the same way that she felt around the Quinn's house staff when she had first moved in, and sometimes still now. She felt guilty being served by someone who had no other choice, but to lose their job, to do so. Maybe it was because she had grown up with a mother who sometimes had to clean houses for extra money to squeeze by, but Hana felt bad for Maria, even if Annelise seemed to be kind and connected with her. The woman and Annelise lived lives that were almost complete opposites.

Once in the room, Hana placed her folded pile of clothes on the dresser and looked over hopefully at Maria. She offered her two pairs of shoes, but after finding that the first pair fit, Hana didn't even bother to try on the second. The shoes looked nice and felt as comfortable as heels ever would, so she wasn't going to be picky. "Thanks for the help," she said softly as she adjusted the shoes and then stood up and studied her figure in the mirror. Once Maria was gone, she pulled at the bottom hem of the dress a bit, before doing the same to the top, hoping to make sure that it was snug in its position.

Annelise would probably be coming in shortly to do her makeup, so Hana took a seat on the edge of the bed and pulled out her phone. Her sister had texted her a few times over the past few hours but being so busy with getting ready, Hana hadn't checked her phone. The first message read, "Heard you're hanging with Kat and her friends tn ;). Lmk how it goes and you have Julian's # if you have to get the hell out of there". Even though Ashley wanted Hana and Katherine to be friends just as much as Alexandre did, she was her sister before anything, and knew that it was mostly Katherine who refused to work on the relationship. She, too, had experienced Katherine's wrath and although she was less catty in responding to it, she was well aware of the problems. In the second message, Ashley passed along Julian's phone number and insisted that she had been joking in the first text, but was resending it just in case she didn't have it and needed a ride after the party. The final message had only been sent a few minutes before, and read, "We just landed at JFK so I'll see you when you get home. Ik you know all of this but make sure you eat something before you go and don't drink too much!". Ashley was good with not being over-motherly, but also being a responsible legal guardian, but Hana rolled her eyes at the message. She barely ever drank, and on the occasions that she did, it was only one or two cans of beer at sketchy parties in Brooklyn. She had politely rejected the offer of martinis throughout the day today and had no desire to drink anything at the party, but she knew that Ashley probably sent the text as a reminder for her to look out for Katherine. Too late... If Hana said something to Katherine about her drinking, it would cause World War III, and besides that, her friends had clearly drank with her before. They would be the ones who could tell when she had reached her limit.

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Annelise allowed Katherine to grasp her hand, a sort of confirmation that everything was fine and that she didn't need to be worried or looking into something that wasn't there. But everything was not fine - since when had Annelise ever been wrong about something like this? She obviously did need to be concerned and there was something there - even if Katherine wanted to remain adamant that there wasn't. Annelise felt even a little offended that one of her best friends - someone who has known her for a long time - believed that they could lie to her about something that was obviously affecting them. It made her want to snatch her hand away. It made her want to yell at Katherine - to demand an actual explanation and none of the bullshit she was hearing at the moment. It made her want to slap her friend to the point that Katherine couldn't lie to her anymore.

She didn't do any of that.

"Ok. Fine, I'll pretend that I'm distracted for the night," she told the brunette levelly, playing with the strands of her hair when she released Katherine's hands. Annelise had to fight the urge to pout for being kept out of whatever loop Katherine had created. No matter, though. She would find out whatever the hell it was that was keeping her best friend from being honest with her. "Though, I'll probably need at least one shot before the night is over. I'm kinda over martinis right now." Annelise said the last part on a somewhat lighter note, releasing her hair and getting ready to gather some make-up for Hana. She glanced up at Katherine's face only to see the remnants of...what was that? She couldn't pinpoint the emotion at the moment, mostly because it was rare for it to appear on Katherine's faces and she had to fight to keep the curiosity off of her face. Turning to face the mirror like her friend, Annelise definitely had to give herself an appreciative look. "And I think my mom has more than made up for everything with this dress, don't you think?" She giggled a bit at the thought and before she could tell her mind to stop it, she faintly wondered what Cliff would think of her attire for the evening. She hadn't really seen his reaction to her hair, but would he like the dress? It was different than her typical safe but sexy attire. She had always played up cute really well. It was her staple. Being cute and sweet yet fashionable kept her likable; it offset the underlying bitchiness. Being sexy...that wasn't exactly a domain she had crossed, at least, not in public. Boyfriends and one-night-stands (whenever those occurred) would tell you otherwise. Still, Annelise didn't always feel sexy - not that she had ever told the girls this. And something about being a senior - almost being an adult - did something to her. And she wanted him to notice.

"And as if anyone can get on our level. They'll just be lucky that we even dance with them," she stated haughtily, posing in front of Katherine a little before laughing. "Alright, come on. We better get going. The limo should be downstairs. Go tell Lexi and Kenna that I'll be down with Hana in about one minute." She procured a few basic makeup items and left her wardrobe using one of the doors that led to the hallway. The next door to that was the bedroom Hana was in and after a brief knock, she stepped inside - already feeling rightfully like the queen she was, especially with the added her heels gave her. "Hey, sorry about the wait. Had to get changed. I'm going to do something small on you, nothing too dramatic." She told the brunette and approached her, giving Hana a moment to say no but was aware that she would concede. Annelise smiled a bit as she started applying product to the girl's face and said, "You don't actually need much of anything really, but we're just gonna give you a little pizazz." It only took a few minutes and Hana's face was finished and Annelise smiled, pleased with her work. "Alright, let's go. The girls are waiting."

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Annie wasn't happy which meant Lexi wasn't happy. When Annie told Kat to come down stairs she looked normal but Lexi could practically feel the tension coming off of her. She tilted her head to the side but said nothing. She knew that Annie would tell her later but part of her felt she needed to be apart of the discussion. Lexie resisted the urge to follow them upstairs by distracting herself with Kenna. Which worked nice because they were getting along well right now.

Kenna complimented Lexi on her outfit and Lexi smiled genuinely at her. " You too. I love your hair like that." Lexi might not always like Kenna but the girls could have fun together. It wasn't a normal friendship but a friendship nonetheless.

"So do you think Lex would want to talk to me? Say, tonight at the party?" Kenna had asked her. Lexi bit her lip a bit. She hated to mix with Lex's affairs. Not to mention if Lex hurt Kenna it would put her in a compromising situation. Close or not the girls did protect Kenna but Lex was one of Lexi's best friends. Not to mention she didn't even know if Lex was attracted to Kenna in the first place. She might ask him about that tonight though. Usually Kenna just slept around. Which was ironic because people assumed Lexi was the most promiscuous of the group but she had the least amount of sex. Not fair right?

She shook her head, attempting to focus again. " Look Kenna I'm going to shoot straight with you." She said looking Kenna dead in the eye, " You don't know Lex. So before you go romanticizing this in your head or start picturing a relationship with him, you need to get to know him. I'm not saying to not get involved with him because Lex is an amazing guy." She shrugged lightly, " But you should let him let you in first. Trust me you'll know when he's let you in."

With that Lexi stood up and walked away. She was going to go get Annie, Kat, and Hana, but they were already coming downstairs. She approached Annie and Hana first. Annie had done a kick ass job on Hana. The girl looked classy but kinda hot too. She smiled at Hana, " Damn girl you look hot." She gave her a playful light shove as she laughed before winking at Annie.

Lexi looked out one of the windows and spotted a limo waiting for them. " Couldn't we just take a town car?" She pouted at Annie. Lexi hated riding in flashy limos. Her dad always made their family travel by one. Lexi felt no need to look so flashy. She rolled her eyes and headed for the door. " Let's go ladies." She called obnoxiously.

Once they got in the limo Lexi settled in next to Annie and Hana. She looked at Kat apologetically but she didn't think it was a good idea for Kat and Annie to be near each other right now. The two looked at ease but there was underlining tension. Which was pissing Lexi off because they never kept secrets from each other. It's the only way a friendship between three of the schools powerhouses worked. Her phone buzzed and she groaned because she totally forgot about Cliff.

To:Cliff
Guess not. Bring them, you owe me for not telling me about the party. Yup I went there.


She settled into the limo's plush leather seats. Before long they pulled up in front of Elmo and Lexie rolled her eyes at the people outside with their phones ready to tweet and take pictures of them. She would bet money that almost all of them were gossip girl informants.

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Katherine knew that this wasn't going to be the permanent end of the discussion, but she was glad when Annelise decided to forget about it for the night. She was never the type of person to worry about things too far in advance and especially with alcohol in her blood, she was content with things just being normal now.

Things almost felt right as the two girls stood in front of the mirror for a moment and evaluated their outfits and Katherine nodded in agreement when Annelise spoke of the dress. "Alice never fails to impress," she said with a laugh. It was surprising, but lucky, that Katherine managed to hold her tongue in the moment, because she was about to casually ask Annie where her mom even was. Tonight was an important night for the young Walton and although the dress probably helped her feel better, Katherine could only imagine that she would have preferred her mother's presence. It was a sensitive subject and not something that Katherine wanted to bring up moments before they would be leaving, though. "That dress is too perfect to be ripped off though, so make sure that tonight's Prince Charming is gentle," she joked. Annelise was always gorgeous, but over the summer, she had stepped her look up to be flawless. She was petite with curves in the right places, her hair was colored to the T, and the vibes that she radiated demanded people's attention. Every guy at Saint Jude's had probably dreamed about getting with her a year ago, and Katherine could only imagine the attention she would get this year.

When Annelise departed without explanation of where she was going, Katherine remembered that she had mentioned to Hana that she would do her makeup. It almost put Katherine back into a foul mood, but she did her best to resist the urge. Now that she had played everything off to Annelise as being peachy, she knew it was best not to make any more of a scene than she already had. She followed direction and headed downstairs, and minutes later, got into the limo with the other four girls. She pretended not to notice when Lexi sat next to Annie and Hana because the only reaction that she would have been able to give to it was a negative one. Instead, she took a seat on the side parallel to them, and turned her attention to Kenna. "You were so right. Those diamonds make that dress one hundred times prettier than it already was." Katherine had missed the unsupportive glances that Kenna had given her earlier as she downed drink after drink, so without that knowledge, she figured that she would be the easiest to hang out with tonight.

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Annelise grinned upon Lexi's approval of Hana's look. The two hadn't taken too long and were ready for the evening ahead of them. "Alright, ladies. I think it's time to go." Annelise grabbed her clutch and the small jacket Maria supplied with a knowing grin. It may have been September and the beginning of the autumn season, but Annelise wasn't stupid. It was New York and New York nights could get chilly, and the last thing she needed to be dealing with was a cold. Once outside, Annelise only shrugged at Lexi's complaint. "What can I say? I'm a shallow bitch." She didn't offer an apology and if her bestie wanted one, she wasn't going to get it. Besides, Lexi knew the theme of the evening. Glamor. And what was more glamorous than showing up in front of a lounge like you're a star?

Annelise pretended not to notice the fact that Alexandra chose to sit beside her and Hana as opposed to near Katherine and Kenna. She had said that she would pretend to forget the conversation she had with Katherine, it didn't mean that Lexi had to avoid their friend. Besides, Katherine - like always - already started going hard for the night. Knowing her, she would get off-her-ass drunk and Annelise wanted to enjoy her party before she dragged Katherine out of there. She flipped through her Instagram feed and smirked at the countless selfies taken by wannabes and the like. They looked good, yes, and she had to give some of them props for actually turning up. They were already at Elmo and it seemed to already be lively, which would be great. Her girls would be something to look to. Idly, she scrolled through her contacts before falling upon one name. Pursing her lips, she sent them a text before sliding her phone into her clutch. If he needed specifics after this (which would be stupid since everyone who liked to believe that they were someone knew every little thing about her party that she put out there), she wouldn't help. It wasn't like she liked the asshole in the first place.

To: Logan
"Because I'm feeling gracious today, you're invited tonite. I know that you're not doing anyting important, so do what you will. Never say I didn't do anything for you

"Damn, Kat, you were right. Cliff's friends better be on point cuz we all look fierce," Annelise commented with a lascivious grin, eyeing each of her girls. Even Hana. They did look good, like the goddesses they all were. And while, yes, a part of her was more than anticipating Cliff's reaction and to see what would happen for her tonight, the biggest thing was that she was with her girls. They had their issues, yeah. But they were a group regardless and that was all that mattered. Not long afterwards, the limo came to a stop outside of the lounge. Like Lexi, her thoughts turned sour for only a moment at the thought that any one of the people taking pictures of them could be Gossip Girl, but she let it go. It wasn't time for her to worry about some loser with a blog. It was her - no, their - time to shine.

Like the queen she was, Annelise was regal and flawless when she emerged from the limousine. She opted to leave her jacket behind; she could huddle under it on the way home. The cool air nipped at the exposed skin of her back and with a very poised smile, Annelise led the girls through the crowd of people gathered outside of Elmo. There was no questioning her or any of her girls when she approached the doorman; he let them in immediately. Another set of flashing lights greeted them upon entering the restaurant portion of the lounge, which consisted of an actual red carpet and photographers flanking either sides. Annelise posed a few times, specifically with Lexi who always managed to make her laugh and then, once she was bored with that, headed down the runway so that she could get downstairs. There were a few lingering folks with their drinks in their hands and it momentarily baffled her why they would still be upstairs when she could feel the music pulsing beneath her pumps, but Annelise didn't have time to worry about that. Instead, she politely made her way down the stairs just as her most hated yet enjoyed song began to play.

"Ugh, you would think that people would get over this song," she yelled over the music to the girls. Annelise walked over to the bar, not having to push people out of the way because they moved as soon as they saw her. As soon as she was there, she ordered her usual - Long Island Iced Tea. As she waited for her drink, she pulled Alexandra closer to her. "Watch Kat for me. She's not telling me something and I wanna know." She said it lowly so that the others couldn't hear and once she knew her best friend understood, she turned to Hana. "So, have you ever been to a party like this before?"