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James Butcher

"It's hard to be less than happy when you can be happy with less."

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a character in “This Last Time”, as played by aurban16

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❝I don't hate you.. I just don't like that you exist❞

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Full Name
James Richard Butcher

Nickname
Jamie or Jay

Age
17

Gender
Male

Sexuality
Heterosexual





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Hair Colour
Dark Brown

Eye Colour
Brown

Height & Weight
5'8" and 145 lbs.

Distinctive Markings
He has no tattoos or scars, but he has a large, dark, triangular birthmark on his right foot

Clothing Style
Jay likes to be comfortable. You can usually find him wearing jeans along with a tshirt or flannel. He isn't ever too worried about what he looks like.




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Personality
James is smart. No. He's not smart. He's a genius. When he was young, he could play any instrument without having lessons. He could solve a rubix cube in thirty seconds. He remembered things that no one else could. His mother had him tested, because she thought maybe he could be autistic. But he was just a normal child that liked to learn.

He was never good at making friends. He was, and still is, a little awkward. He hates talking to strangers, and sometimes his anxiety gets the better of him. When he met Rylee in third grade, he was able to break out of his shell a bit. He has never had a real girlfriend, but everyone thinks he's good at flirting. He doesn't even know how. He just talks, and people assume.

James has always been happy, despite being different or weird. He loves his life, he loves his friends, he loves his family. His life is normal. But he doesn't want normal. He wants more. He wants a girlfriend and he wants to go to parties and he wants to do well in big crowds. It's just hard for him because he's so shy.

He loves animals. He wants to be a vet when he's older. He was raised around horses, and he loves being able to help things that need it. Even people. He's good at giving advice, even if he doesn't have a ton of experience.

Likes
Animals || His Friends || School || Reading || Writing || Milk || Driving || Coffee || Music || Drawing

Dislikes
Crowds || Singing || "Popular" Kids || Excercise || Cell Phones || Pandas || Tea || Hugging

Fears
Crowds || Death || Heights || Losing His Friends

Strengths
Intelligence || Helpfulness || Happiness




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History
James never knew his dad.

His mother and father were married for two years before James was conceived. They already had a daughter, Clarissa. James's father did not want another kid, so when his wife told him she was pregnant again, he left ten thousand dollars cash on the kitchen table and left.

When Jamie was a child, his mother went through many boyfriends. None of them lasted more than 6 months. But when James, age 5, sat down at the piano and played a Beethoven sonata after hearing it on TV, she stopped. He had never taken a piano lesson before. His mother was sure there was something wrong with him. He went through test after test for two whole years before they concluded he was just smart... Very smart.

He skipped first grade, and in third grade he met Rylee, and they became best friends. They were always by each others side, along with Ry's little sister, Ramona, until she went to live with her aunt.

Rylee and James stayed close, and in seventh grade they made six other friends. James was happy to be accepted. Throughout high school, they came and went, but they all ended up together. Now, the road trip. James doesn't know what he's doing after, but he hopes he'll stay close with them all.

Family
Mother || Maia Butcher || Age 39
Sister || Missy Butcher || Age 20

Secrets
- He doesn't want to go to college, but his mother expects him to.
- He let Rylee cheat off his ACT to get into the college he wanted.

So begins...

James Butcher's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Leo Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher

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Day One
August 10 | 8:45 A.M. | fourteen days left |
It's a hot summer morning in New Jersey. A group of fiends are making preparations to meet up at the Chase Family Beach house. Whether your arriving by car, bus, or taxi your doing what it takes to get there. The group is assembling for a last hooray. Will this be a vacation of fun or will this break the friends up? Will you finally tell your crush how you feel? Will you confront your friend on their secret? Only one way to tell.

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Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: James Butcher

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8:35

James' alarm clock went off way too late. He'd had it for over five years, but he just never got around to buying a new one. It was set for 7:30, and it didn't buzz until 8:15. He had planned on leaving the house around 8:15. He still hadn't taken a shower, and was just getting dressed. He put on a pair of khaki shorts and a white and blue striped tank top. He was considering which shoes to wear when his sister, Missy, walked in his room.

"Little brother," she said. Missy, who was 20 years old and still living at home, had no sense of privacy. "make sure you bring condoms with you. Just in case." She smirked at him and sat down on his bed.

"Whatever Miss," James replied. He grabbed his white boat shoes and walked out of the room. Downstairs, in the kitchen, his mother was cooking breakfast. "You want some eggs before you go, honey?" she asked him. He answered no, adding that he was already late. He kissed her goodbye on the cheek, grabbed the keys to his van, and walked out, ready to start his vacation.

8:50

After getting lost twice, he finally pulled into the driveway of the beach house. He saw that Khloe, Ellie, and Steve were all there already. There was another car that he didn't recognize, too. He jumped out of his car, grabbing his one suitcase, and walked towards Ellie and Steve, who were standing by the driver's window of the foreign car. When he could see who was sitting in it, he realized it was Steve, a major stoner kid from school, who had picked on him one or two times.

"Steve," James said. "didn't know you were joining in on our vacation." He had noticed the bag of marijuana in his lap, but ignored it. It was no surprise, really.

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Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: James Butcher

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'Damn it, she had to be to one to show up right now. Huh, time to save face and make Todd do a a disappearing act. The faster I get him out the faster I can forget this happened.' He thought as he turned around and saw who showed up.

"I'm doing great Ellie. This here is Todd, and fortunately he's leaving us right now," Steve replied to Ellie and as he spoke the last few words he heard another car pull up. He saw Khloe get out his heart dropped. Now he really needed to get Todd out of here. If she was here than Leo wouldn't be far behind, actually the fact he wasn't with her is kind of surprising. He snapped backed to reality, when Khloe spoke him.

"I did, and I had every intention... But, it doesn't really matter now does it?" He sighed. He didn't make much money from selling weed, so when Khloe asked him to stop he agreed. He had that table set up from April to the end of school. So he made a couple of pretty pennies. He had about 2000 bucks in cash somewhere in his stuff. He cursed himself for not taking care of Todd yesterday. It would have solved so many problems, he dismissed the thought, 'No use crying over spilled milk.' He turned around to Todd and said, "Get out of here, man. It's been nice man, but not real nice. Maybe I'll see you at the reunion." He said to his only other friend. As he was saying his final goodbye James pulled up as well.

"He's not staying, James." Steven said to James. A couple years back, it got back to Steve that Todd was bullying James. He took Todd aside and told him not to pick on him anymore, and with Todd being Steve's friend he listened. He motioned Todd to leave and right after his car started, he pulled out, and said, "Have a good life Steve."

'Yeah, as things look right now, I'm sure this a fucking fantastic start to a life.' Steve thought himself. "Well, I need to go kick myself a few times, and I'm sure this is going to get back to Leo. I think we might actually swing this time. So, I'm gonna take a walk," He said walking to his car and opening the door. He put his key in the ignition and turned it so he could roll up the windows. He grabbed his pack of smokes, his phone and his skull candies. He put his ear buds in and turn on the music. He pressed the lock button twice on his key chain and started waking.
8:55

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Leo Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige

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Chloe was still a bit upset about Todd and Steve but decided she needed to greet her friends as they pulled up. So she slipped off her sandals and instead wore her platform sandals and headed downstairs. Once she made it to the living room she glanced out the big window facing the front of the house and squealed in delight at the sight of James. Jamie!" She shouted in delight from in the house. She ran from the living room to the front door and down the front steps. Then once she reached him she launched herself in his arms and hugged him tightly. Most people seeing this would say that they look like a couple but Khloe and James were as far from a couple as the sun were from the moon. Once he set her down she hugged him once more before saying "My sweet genius Jamie" She then realized she hadn't hugged Ellie. So she stood in front of her held her arms out straight and did the puppy face she had perfected over the years before giggling and pulling her into a tight hug.

"Can you guys believe we're high school graduates?" She asked once she let Ellie go. She tilted her head back and sighed. "Oh my god I'm an adult" She groaned. She did stop her groaning though as soon as she saw the pink beetle in the parking lot of a apartment complex. She grinned and stated "Sammie cannot follow directions"

To:Sammie Sweetheart
Hey Love were the big blue beach house. Two lots down.

While she had her phone out she decided she should text anybody who's not here yet. Which, she realized as she glanced around, was Rylee, who was probably hungover or his terrible car stalled, Leo , probably still sleeping (he's the cutest sleeper ever she couldn't bear to wake him up), And Lacey, probably still in front of a sketch pad or getting dressed.
To:Ry-Ry
Hungover, stranded, or held hostage by a one night stand?
Either way you better have an excuse for not being here.
To:Leo Bear
Hey sleepy head wake up your twinnnie needs you
To:Lacey Love
Hey fashionista did you forget about us little people already?

She also sent one to Steve. She was mad at him but he was her friend and she still cared about him. The truth was even tough some of the people in the group resisted him she defended him spiritedly and was always loyal to him. That's why she and him are such good friends.
To:Stevie
Stevie love, I'm not mad anymore but we WILL talk about him. Still love you though.

She attached a picture of her with duck lips to emphasize the not mad. Then turned back to her friends. "So you guys wanna roast marshmallows and hot dogs in the fire pit tonight?"

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Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Leo Chase Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige

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"He's not staying, James," Steve said to Jamie about Todd. Jamie was thankful for that, because he couldn't stand Todd. He had a low tolerance when it came to drugs. The second you do them, you get stupid. He waved to Todd as he backed out of the driveway, in a jokingly way. He began to walk to the house when he saw Khloe running down the steps towards him. He embraced her tightly, as if he hadn't seen her in weeks, months. He hated when girls did that in the halls between classes. But this might be his last summer with Khloe. They had gotten so close over the past six years.

He lifted her and spun around. "Khloe, we saw each other a few days ago. But I guess I missed you too." He set her down. After Khloe hugged Ellie, he walked up to her, putting both hands on her shoulders, and pulling her into a hug. When he let go, he looked around. Still no Rylee. Jamie knew he had gone to a big party at Mason's the last day. He hadn't talked to him since, but he figured he got drunk off his ass, hooked up with a random girl, and now had a hangover. "Where's Ry?" he asked Khloe. He also noticed that Leo wasn't there, but since Khloe was, he would be there soon. Lacey also hadn't arrived, but she was bound to be fashionably late.

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Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: James Butcher

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"I'm doing great Ellie," replied Steve. "This here is Todd, and fortunately he's leaving us right now..."

As if on cue, another car pulled into the driveway. Once she saw the familiar face behind the wheel, Ellie's stony-faced expression turned into a bright smile. "Ells!" Khloe Chase greeted her, dropping her bags and everything just so she could run in her direction. "Koko!" she replied, ready to embrace her once she approached. She didn't approach, but rather stopped in front of Steve and Todd. It didn't take long for Khloe to realize what Ellie had noticed a minute ago. "Stevie you promised..." she reprimanded, swiftly grabbing her bags and sauntering up to the house in agitation. James had arrived not too long after. "Steve," he said, "didn't know you were joining in on our vacation." From the look in his eyes, Ellie could tell that he was immediately conscious of the marijuana in Todd's lap.

She smiled back at Steve in a mirthless manner, everything but her lips displaying another serious expression. Before James had showed up, Ellie could hear Steve commanding Todd to leave. "He's not staying, James." he said, the car beside him rolling away almost instantly. With some sort of vague expression she couldn't read, Ellie watched as Todd told Steve to 'have a good life', leaving the blonde-haired boy in a troubled state. "Well," he said afterwards, "I need to go kick myself a few times, and I'm sure this is going to get back to Leo. I think we might actually swing this time. So, I'm gonna take a walk." After grabbing a few items from his car, Steve took off, earbuds pressed into both sides of his head. Ellie watched him walk away in silence, and crossed both of her arms. "Ain't he just the most charming businessman you've ever seen?"she asked James sarcastically, giving him a smirk and a way to tell him that she was on his side. She had heard about the despicable things Steve's friend had done to James. She had been gone for two years, but it wasn't like she was out of the know.

Before he could head inside, Khloe came out of the house with her hair tied in a high ponytail and platform sandals instead of regular ones. She hugged James tightly, and he spun her around. "Khloe, we saw each other a few days ago. But I guess I missed you too." Ellie smiled, and soon she was hugging Khloe as well, reproducing the same silly puppy-dog expression that her friend had given her before wrapping her arms around her. It felt like the greatest hug that Ellie had received from her in years, and she couldn't help but break out into a chorus of giggles. She then turned to James. He placed his arms around her shoulders, and she did the same, all the while giving him a jocular expression. James hugged her, and she did the same. After patting his back, she pulled away, listening to what Khloe had to say.

"So you guys wanna roast marshmallows and hot dogs in the fire pit tonight?"
"Of course!" Ellie roared in reply, "You didn't even need to ask!"
She giggled again, and then noticed the brown suitcase still by her side. "I'm going to go put my stuff in the house. Maybe unpack a little..."

She walked inside and marveled at the luxuriously monolithic atmosphere of the house. Everything was absolutely bright and beautiful. She'd get used to staying in here for sure. She carried her suitcase up the stairs, where she picked out a single room. Ellie started putting some of her clothes in the closet until she came across her notebook. Her therapist had advised her to write her daily activities, thoughts, and feelings while she was away. She didn't really see the point of it, but she did like writing, so she thought it'd be something she could at least look forward to if the trip ended up turning into shit. Producing a pen, Ellie looked around, and then jumped onto the bed. She opened her notebook, and started to write.

8/10 ~ 9 am

Just arrived at the house. The drive to Seaside was nice. There was some traffic, but nothing too bad. I can't get over how nice the inside of this house is. It's so magnificent...I wish you could see it. When I first arrived, I found Steve with his friend, Todd. Steve had obviously given him a bag of weed, which he had sprawled across his lap before driving away.


She paused and looked over what she had wrote. Realizing that she might get Steve in trouble if her therapist were to go over what she had written, she decided to cross out her last sentence, and then continued.

Steve had obviously given him a bag of weed, which he had sprawled across his lap before driving away. We talked, and then Todd drove away. Khloe and James are also here. Khloe's mentioned roasting hot dogs on the fire pit tonight. I really hope that happens...
I guess I'll write again later.


She then closed her notebook, leaving it on the desk beside her bed. Ellie turned to the window, and opened the white curtains that shielded it. A beautiful view of the water came into view. She immediately became enraptured with the picturesque scenery, and placed a hand on the window pane while she took a few seconds to take it all in.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Leo Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige

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Night One
| August 10| 8:00 p.m | fourteen days left|




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After finally arriving the group grabbed their bedrooms and unpacked. Aside from Khloe, Leo, and One of their friends, everyone is rooming with someone.

The group got together for lunch (chipotle Chicken sandwiches and fries)and talked about what they ddid so far this summer and discussed what they should do that night. After all the time they enjoyed themselves reminiscing they all decided to stay in and light up the fire pit outside so they could reminisce and share hilarious stories some more. Marshmallows, graham crackers, hershey chocolates and hot dogs will be provided.

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Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Leo Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige

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Khloe stood in front of the pantry with her long nails tapping on the door. She glanced, for the fifth time at the counter as she mentally did a checklist 'Ok chocolates?check. Nutella?check.Graham crackers?' She broke off a piece of one and popped one of the corners in her mouth 'Check. She put those in one of her eco friendly tote bags before pulling the two coolers (or dragging) toward the fridge. She filled one those with hot dogs (and more chocolate) and the other with Sodas, water, hard lemonade, and beers (if they were going to drink she'd rather they do it here). Once she double checked she took the bag and the light cooler down the back stairs. She set up the snacks on the outdoor kitchen counter before opening the mini fridge outside and loading all the stuff from the cooler in there. Her eyebrows shot up when she noticed one of her moms tasty fruity vodka mixes in there as well. She grabbed her now empty bag and headed back inside.

Before she forgot she put plastic cups in the bag and headed upstairs to her room, though she was pretty sure Sammie was going to sleep in there too. After a quick shower (she was sweaty) she temporarily slid into a big t-shirt that hung down to her mid thigh (probably James, Rylee, or Steve's) and headed toward her room. She passed one of the rooms first and saw James and Rylee "Hey guys you think you can take the heavy cooler outside for me?" She asked as brushed her wet hair. Before they could answer she said "Thanks guys, also if you could start the fire that would be spectacular" She asked them because besides Sammie (who she needed for girl time) They spent the most time at the beach house. Her mom always had an open door policy for the three of them.

she went back in her room and turned on her Spotify getting dressed playlist. Which were really just girl power songs, lots of Beyoncé, and the soundtrack to confessions of a shopaholic. She had thoroughly brushed her hair so it hung down her back but it was quickly starting to curl. So she sprayed her summer waves curl control spray in it and prayed she wouldn't look like a precious moments doll. She slipped on a casual outfit before flopping on her bed. She grabbed the closest magazine and began thumbing through it.

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Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher

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After Rylee had finally arrived, him and James needed to unpack and get ready for the bonfire. Jamie hopped in the shower first. He washed his hair and body, then threw on an old tshirt and a pair of jean shorts. He blow dried his hair, too. By looking at James, you wouldn't think he took a long time to get ready in the morning. But he does. When he walked back into the bedroom, Rylee was already ready. He had on a tank top and jeans. He was sitting on his bed scrolling through twitter. "Are you finally gonna tell Sammie how you feel about her this summer?" James asked him.

Rylee stood up, throwing his phone on the floor by his charger. "I don't know, bro. Haven't decided yet." Khloe walked in the room, hopefully not hearing anything. Both Jamie and Rylee knew that she liked Ry. "Hey guys you think you can take the heavy cooler outside for me?" They both nodded. ""Thanks guys, also if you could start the fire that would be spectacular."

"Sure can do, Koko," Jamie said. He knew exactly where all the fire starting tools were. Rylee, Khloe, Sammie, Leo, and he had spent many a night here over the past five years. They started downstairs. Rylee grabbed the lighter and newspaper from a closet in the kitchen, while Jamie grabbed kindling and fire wood from the front porch. They walked down the stairs off the back deck and to the fire pit. Jamie set the wood up on a teepee style, lit some pieces of newspaper, and threw them on the wood. The fire had begun.

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Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige

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Around 8 pm, Ellie found herself outside. She was on the beach near the house, taking photographs of the water just before the sun was about to set. Her small, black camera looked cheap, but it actually took very nice quality photos. She liked to use it while she was travelling. It provided her with great memories, and whenever she flipped through all of the pictures she had taken, she relived those great memories once again.

Her outfit hadn't really changed - she still wore the same tank top, shoes, and jeans. However, the back of her hair was parted into two identical pigtails, and a gray zip-up hoodie was draped across her shoulders. After a while, Ellie quickly headed down the stone path back to the house, where she soon spotted James and Rylee huddled around the fire pit.

"Fire!" she cheerfully exclaimed once she observed the orange and red flames that were dancing across the blocks of wood and the crumpled up pieces of newspaper. "I'll go let everyone know."

She headed inside, and ran to the staircase, tilting her face upwards. "Guys!" she projected, "Firepit's ready! Get your butts outside!" She then walked to the kitchen, where she grabbed marshmallows, hot dogs, buns, graham crackers and chocolate bars before heading outside again.

There were sticks in one of the outdoor kitchen's cabinets. Ellie grabbed them and put them on a tabletop nearby. Once everything was ready, she grabbed a stick of her own, and pierced it through a hot dog. She then started roasting it on the fire, and started to smile instinctively.

"Y'know what this campfire needs? Music. Like, an awesome acoustic guitar or something..." she said aloud.

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Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Steve Coltman Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Ellie Wicks Character Portrait: Leo Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige

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{“Would you destroy Something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”― Gerard Way }



Lacey was late, very late. She was aware of that as she stood in her mentor's fashion studio. She watched with a close eye on the design he was trying to bring to life, the gown laid in front of them and it was gorgeous, close to perfect even... But, something was off and for hours now the two tried to find out what it was. What made the dress look so incomplete? Was the cut too short, were the colors off? No and more Lacey looked at it the more it irritated the young Italian that she couldn't figure it out. "Bloody hell! Forget it, I can't put my finger on it, darling! Go, get home before it get any later. You've been here long enough as it is." Her mentor, James Issac shouted as he stormed off to his office space in the small loft. As he slammed the door, the girl jumped as she sighed in defeat to grab her bag. She looked at the time, 8 at night. She had been in the small loft since 7 in the morning with no break. But, the two wanted to make their last summer together count. Because of James, she had been given the opportunity to go to Italy to study fashion among the best in the world. Even if that meant leaving her close friend and fashion idol, he wouldn't let her refuse the chance. The girl slung the bag on her shoulder as she continued to look at the dress.

She tilted her head as she softly walked back towards it. The dress was made of the same red fabric all around and while it looked like roses, it still looked like just fabric. This client was bizarre and wanted a one of a kind dress for the red carpet. She bit her lip softly before gasping. "James! I got it! I know what would make it look perfect!" She said as she knocked on the stained glass doors. "I knew I could count on you. Now, come. Tell me what your idea is, darling." James moved back towards the table as Lace moved to the vase of roses that James' girlfriend had sent him from Paris. She hurried to the table and put the rose on the button half of the dress. James raised an eyebrow as he looked at his intern. "Hear me out her, James. She loves roses and avant grade fashion, right?" James softly nodded his head before she continued. "Then what's more avant grade and original than cover the whole dress in fresh roses?" She asked as James thought about it. "C'mon, Jay. I have been with you for almost two years now and I have never been able to sketch something for you. All I need is a couple of hours, I swear I'll have it for you in the morning."

"Fine."

"James, please I swear I won't disappoint y--.." She stopped before smiling and looking towards her friend. "Did you say yes?!" James just nodded as he smiled. Lacey hopped up and down softly before hugging her boss. "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I swear I won't let you down, the dress will look beautiful. Honest." Lacey assured him as she grabbed her sketchbook and the rose and put them in her bag. "I believe it. Now, go. It's eight at night, get to your friends before they forget about you." James teased as he kissed her right cheek as she rolled her eyes with a smirk on her face. "Have a good night, James!" She said to the man as he made his way back to his office which was playing Don't You Forget About Me very loudly. "Goodnight to you too, Lace." Once he shut the doors to his office, Lacey jumped up and down softly in celebration. "Finally." She said softly to herself as made her way to the elevator and pushed the first floor button. It didn't take long for her to make it to her white beetle car. She tossed her bag in the passenger seat before starting the car and letting her Beyonce playlist start playing throughout the car as she started the drive to her and her friends' new house for the summer. She turned to her phone and realized that she still had her phone off. James had this rule for his employees, no phones. He thought that they killed their ideas and imagination. When she turned it on, she saw a text from Khloe. She smiled as she read it but, also formed a lump in her stomach. She still couldn't face the fact that she would be moving out of the country after this summer. While all her friends stayed in the country, she would be thousands of miles away. What if they forgot about her? What if they replaced her with some other loud Italian girl while she was gone? And when she came home, they acted as if they never met her... She was overreacting. She knew that, but to her it was a possibility. A lot could chance in a couple of months. She shook it out of her head as she put her phone back in her bag and turned her attention back to her car as she started her drive to the beach house.

She parked her car outside as she checked her reflection in the car mirror. She moved a piece of her curly brown locks behind her ear before grabbing the bag and rushed inside. She already had her things packed in the back of her car as she moved towards the truck to grab two of her four and a half suitcases. Lace put her purse on top of one and her duffle bag over her shoulder as she walked inside. She cleared her throat as she walked towards on of the rooms. She was quiet as she wanted to surprise them. She laid the bag against the wall before heading back out to grab her other two bags.

After putting them along with the others, she changed out of her black jacket and skirt in replacement of a more suitable outfit for a bonfire. Not that she had a lot of 'causal' clothes. But, she did by a few for their bonfire nights. She change from her heels to a pair of red Vans and topped off the outfit with a black jacket from a friend of hers that she never remembered to give back. She snuck out to where she could hear talking between her friends. She walked outside and zipped up her jacket a bit before looking around in the backyard. "A bonfire. Awesome." She said as she looked around. "Where is everyone else?" She asked Ellie with a softly raised eyebrow.


James Issac {Her boss} | Her car | Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 {Bonfire} |

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Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher

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Sammie yawned, cuddling with a small brightly colored pillow on her twin bed. She wasn't quite sure what room she was in, but she was sure she'd be sharing with Khloe, as the girls always did when they stayed over. Sammie heard what sounded like the soundtrack to, "Confessions of a Shopaholic", and smiled, knowing it was Khloe. If she listened ever so much more, she could hear Khloe's thumb swipe each magazine page.

Sammie was dressed in a huge, gray, black and white zig-zagged sweater, that was nearly 3x the size of her. Her skinny jeans were extra skinny, and showed off her curves nicely. To say she loved her skinny jeans was an understatement. Formal event? Skinny jeans. Beach? Skinny jeans. Anywhere? Skinny jeans for Sammie. Sammie's hair was loose, and in big curls naturally, as always. She also wore bangly bracelets, two on each wrist, reading things like "faith", "trust" , "hope", and "love". They shined bright if hit just right with light. Then, on top of her head, she wore a greenish-bluish beanie, held in with bobby pins. It was a miracle it hadn't fallen out during her little "cat nap".

She had heard Khloe asking who sounded like James and Rylee, to do some chores, and she moaned, rolling over onto her stomach. "Khloeee..." She groaned, and looked at her friend in the bed near her. "What are you dooooing?" She laughed, seeing her gorgeous friend, in her adorable outfit. "You need to go to rehab, Khloe Chase. Rehab for magazine addiction." Sammie smiled, and chuckled lightly. "Babe, did I tell you about Rylee? He rode here with me, and now, I have to re-scent my car, so it doesn't smell like Rylee, and vomit." She sighed, and put her hands over her eyes, pursing her cherry red lips into a small frown, like a child's. "He's so annoying sometimes." She sighed again, heavier.

Sammie knew Rylee's liked her forever, but just didn't know how she felt with him. She kinda liked him, but she also thinks she has feelings for James. They're both just so damn adorable, and friendly, and smart, and sweet, and.... everything Sammie'd want.

She hoped this little trip with the gang would sort out a lot of her questions she had about them. Things like, Where her and Khloe going to be best friends forever, or was she just going to ditch Sammie when Sammie left for her time away from their homes? Did James like her too? Does she love Rylee? Was she going to end up with anyone? If so, who? Why were there so many questions that suddenly popped in her head? Should she let Khloe have Rylee, and make herself suffer? Should Khloe suffer? Was there going to be suffering at all?

Sammie looked at the ceiling, rolling onto her back, and growled low. She shook her head, with her palms resting on her eyelids softly, as to not damage her cat eyes.

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"..ted."

Steve jolted up in terror, he rubbed his eyes as he assured himself it was only a dream. Now that he was awake, he had trouble recalling the nightmare. He looked around and saw that he had made it to one of the unoccupied rooms in the beach house. He looked towards the window and saw darkness. "Huh, guess I sleep for a while." His memory started to become clearer now.

"That's right, I got back here, dragged all my crap up here, and started to read." He said as he picked up the book off the floor, "The Colorado Kid," by Stephen King. He looked over at his stuff and saw there was a hole in his duffle bag. "You have got to be kidding me..." Steve said getting off the bed and walking over to his stuff. He opened the bag and checked the contents.

"I'm missing a shirt..." Steve said as he finished. He shrugged it off; it wasn't it was his favorite shirt and he could always get a new one.

"Guys, fire pit's ready! Get your butts outside!" He heard someone yell up. He sighed as he got up. He did not want to deal with a fire pit right now. Steve bent down and grabbed his backpack and threw it on the bed. He opened it up and pulled out an A&W Root Beer can. He untwisted the top and pulled out a bag with roughly thirty clear plastic capsules with green stuff inside of them. He took two out and downed them with a Pepsi sitting next to the bed. He screwed the lid back on with the bag inside and put it back in his backpack.

He checked himself really quick to see if anything was majorly out of place before heading downstairs. He followed the sound of the talking to find the fire pit. When he stepped outside and saw Ellie, James, Rylee, and Lacey.

He walked up to the group and said, "What's going on germs and germettes? I swear there's nothing more infectious than a nice fire and marshmallows. My sense of humor is sick this evening isn't it?," He kept looking into the fire, he didn't know who just shot him a dirty look, but boy he could feel it, "I know my jokes aren't well, but their nothing to sneeze at either." He had loads more, and he knew he'd have a bunch more when the capsules kicked in. This was going to be a fun camp fire.

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Khloe patted Sammie's long slender arms before nodding "Yeah he can be pretty disgusting," She giggled. She bit her lip mid giggle though. Khloe and Sammie never really discussed Rylee's feelings for Sammie. She liked it better that way. She didn't want to be pitied. She went up the mirror one last time to check her outfit, she always checked her outfit like five times (not including quick glances in reflective surfaces). It fit her nice, but she couldn't help wishing she was more slender like her friends. Khloe had plush curves and a full bust that no amount of working out could control. I mean it was nice sometimes but she wished she inherited her moms willowy features instead.

She could faintly hear Ellie summoning them downstairs, so she turned off her music. "Time to go," She said with a dimpled grin. She quickly went through her closet and found a gorgeous acoustic guitar. She didn't know the name or type but when her dad bought it for her the vendor freaked out... Until he found out it was just for decoration on her wall.Ellie freaked out too when she visited freshman year and saw it all shiny and untouched on the wall. "Did somebody say music?" She hollered down the stairs. Khloe's voice tended to travel so she knew they could hear her. She tucked it under her arm and headed downstairs, knowing Sammie was right behind her.

"I can't play it but I brought the guitar." She said with a blush creeping up her cheeks. The guitar was a funny story for the friends that she knew since seventh grade. She began seventh grade looking like a chubby dark cherub and she swore by eighth grade all the boys in her class would say she was pretty and she would learn to play guitar. She only accomplished one goal. She set the guitar next to Ellie because she knew she would take the best care of it.

She spotted Lacey as soon as she went outside. It was had to miss the statuesque girl with the wild curls. "Hey Lacey Love" She said hugging her, even though Lacey was taller than her. Well then again she was the shortest in the group. Not short! Just shortest. "You look amazing, be sure to keep me in the loop with the latest trends" She had to admit her group was always well dressed. I mean Ellie's been more nonchalant lately but she's still pretty.

She playfully swatted Steve but he pulled her into a hug afterwards. Before settling in the sand in front of James."Did you guys get anything to drink?" She asked nodding toward the mini fridge. She turned to Sammie "My mom even left that cocktail stuff you like. We just can't use the glasses, my grandma would freak out."She propped up on the counter and smoothed out her leggings. "Oooh I say we play dish and drop!" She said with a mischievous grin. "It's the game where you have to either dish out a story about somebody else or drop a secret of your own."

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Day Two
| August 10| 10:00 a.m | thirteen days left|




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Its a beautiful Sunny day. The group hopes that by spending the time on the beach maybe the awkwardness will fade away. Thy plan to head to an area closest to the house. Which is still actually pretty close to the boardwalk.

Recap of last night:
The night began with a few laughs as they shared stories and remenisced. A few members of the group drrank a bit much and things started to take a dangerous turn so instead of playing the game they decided to plan for tommorow. They bys wanted to go down to the public beach during the day and head clubbing that night, the girls said that would be fine as long as they got to pick the plans the next day. Just as everyone was ready to tun in for the night a visitorr arrived. To Khloe, Sammie, Rylee, and James dismay it turned out to be Khloe's spiteful cousin Vanessa.

Vanessa insisted that the group was boring and challenged them to a drinking game of never have I ever. Twenty minutes in (by that time everyone was buzzed) she said Never have I ever liked my best friend's crush Then once Sammie begrudgingly took a sip she turned to ask Khloe how it felt to know that the guy you've always had feelings for wanted your best friend. Khloe of course ran off, completely mortified. Ellie and Lacey went after her but before Ellie left Vanessa smirked and said "I bet you know exactly how it feels to be jealous of Sammie" Ellie then went to her room. Lacey ended up sleeping in Khloe's room. The boys went to their own rooms. But not without Vanessa winking at Steve


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8:50

Khloe woke up to a slight twing in her head. She groaned ad slowly opened her eyes, which were a bit stuck due to the fact that she fell asleep in mascara. She glanced over to see that Lacey was asleep next to her, a halo of curls envoloping her face. That's when all of last nights events flooded through her. She groaned and raked her hands through her hair. After some serious reluctance, she climbed out of her bed and paded to one of the bathrooms. She turned on the shower but went to the mirror first. She wanted to see how she looked, she wanted to memorize this feeling, so she'd never have to feel it again. Her hair was plastered frizzy, her eyes had black smudges along the bottom, her cheek had a faint black streak along it, and her eyes were red from crying. She groaned loudly. Why me?, she thought as she slipped into the shower. She sighed, letting the hot water and steam engulf her. She thoroughly scrubbed her face, her body, and her hair.

When she opened the bathroom door the smell of Vanilla and honey suckle. She had completely refreshed herself. Her skin was dewy, her hair deep conditioned, and her skin softened. I am pretty, I can have any boy I want She chanted. She walked to her room with her head high but when she slipped in she sighed. Lacey was still sleeping so she grabbed her clothes and got dressed in the bathroom. She slipped on her sexiest bikini's. It was a string bikini, but was wired so it still fit her comfortably. She then slipped a long tank ove it that hit her upper thigh, she opted to not put shorts on under it, but packed a pair of white cotton short shorts anyway.

9:40

Khloe headed downstairs and grabbed an iced coffee from the fridge. She headed downstairs but stopped when she saw Sammie on the stairs. A lump formed in her throat, choking her up but she swallowed it down and walked by, mumbling a "Hey" before passing her. She slipped out the door, to one of the terraces and sat in one of the lounge chairs.



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Vanessa smirked as she awoke. She flipped her long blonde hair, out her way and slid out of bed. She was quite pleased with herself. So far she'd pretty much ruined her spoiled little brat cousins vacation and found a hot guy to play with. After showering, she slipped into a tiny bikini and a pair of cheeky shorts that showed the bottom curve of her butt. Then skipped down the stairs where she saw Sammie. She grinned her cat like grin before poking out her lip and saying "Poor baby" She sneered, Perfect little Khloe doesn't like you anymore because you took Rylee? By the way, nice job. I mean you could have any boy in the group, especially since you want every boy in the group and you take the one she wanted. Even better the one she made herself pretty for" She giggled "You are cold hearted Then skipped happpily aaway.

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James never drank. He didn't go to parties, so where was he supposed to? He sometimes had a beer with Rylee when they were just hanging out, but he'd never been drunk. Until the night before. He didn't even have a good reason. He had eight beers. Hell, he'd drank more than Steve, who had nothing. He woke up at 9:30 and immediately ran to the bathroom to throw up, but the door was locked. He heard Rylee singing (off key), and the shower was running. He banged on door with his fist five times. "Come on, Ry!" He shouted "I will not hesitate to hurl in your suitcase." After knocking three more times, the door opened.

"Good morning sunshine," Rylee said, walking to stand by the sink. He had a towel wrapped around his waist, but the shower was still running. "Need me to hold your hair for you?" James threw up. Rylee walked over to turn off the shower as James washed his face and brushed his teeth. "Do you remember anything from last night?"

"Not after my third drink. What happened?" James replied, walking back into the bedroom. He grabbed a tank top and jean shorts. He threw them on then walked back to the bathroom.

"Well, Sammie got drunk off her ass, too. And she said some shitty stuff about her and I's 'relationship', whatever that may be. And Khloe stormed off. And, oh yeah, Vanessa's here. So that's great. You said some good stuff to her." After the girls had stormed off from the bonfire the night before, James had thrown some choice words at Vanessa about the kind of person she is and what not. "But I don't know what to do about Sammie and Khloe," Rylee continued. "Their friendship is going to be ruined, all because of me. Honestly, I could go for either of the girls. But Sammie is just... Sammie."

After both boys were dressed, they went downstairs to eat. Lacey was cooking in the kitchen, and Khloe was standing in front of the fridge. James sat down at the island and Rylee stood next to Lacey, putting an arm around her waist. "Looks awesome, Lace," he said. "I'm starving, but I think I need to go talk to someone else in this room." He turned to Khloe. "Will you pretty please come with me?" He walked out, patting James on the back and smirking at him. He wanted James and Lacey to hook up. Simple as that. They didn't even have to date. He just knew that they both had low self-confidence.

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Sammie had left just as quickly as Davey had given her a hug. "I.. I missed you too." she said, silently nodding, and then fleeing. Davey knew the expression her face all too well. It was the expression of someone who was holding back tears. He glanced over at Ellie. From the way she was watching Sammie leave, he knew she understood too.

"Okay..." he said in a tone that was mocking annoyance, "What did I miss? What happened?"
Ellie crossed her arms and stared up at the ceiling. "Well..." she started, "Someone came over, and kind of tore us all apart. Yeah...not gonna lie, you came at a REALLY bad time..."
"It was the Loch Ness Monster, wasn't it?" he interrupted.
Ellie gave him another risen brow.
"What? What are you..."
"VaNESSa. The Loch NESS Monster? Jesus, Ellie, I thought you were smart!"
She rolled her eyes. "Yeah, try calling her that. See if she likes it."
"I do. I address her by her nickname...Nessie. That's what we call her in England."

For a moment, he caught Ellie's lips curling upwards into a small smile. She sighed, and uncrossed her arms. "Well, I'm heading upstairs. Go say hello to the group or something. Maybe you can cheer us all up."
"Challenge accepted." he said. Suddenly, Steve passed by. "Sup Davey, Morning Ellie. I'm heading out. I'll be back soon." Davey nodded. He saw Ellie give him one last look before stepping up the stairs. He flashed her a devilish smile and sealed it with a wink, making the girl immediately turn her head in annoyance as she proceeded up to her room.

Davey chuckled, making his way towards the kitchen. It was there that he saw Lacey making breakfast. She had her earbuds in, and was moving her hips in time to the music that was blasting on her ipod. She didn't turn her head, and was oblivious to Davey's presence behind her. "Nice shakin', bacon." he whispered in her ear, taking the earbud out momentarily, and then placing it back in once he had finished the sentence. He then smiled at her, and walked back towards the front door. He grabbed his one suitcase, and put it in a room upstairs. He'd figure out where he was sleeping later - for now he just wanted to put it away from the door.

Galloping down the stairs, he made his way back to the kitchen again. He wasn't hungry, he was just looking for someone to converse with. There was a guitar in his hands. He hadn't played it in four days. Davey could never play his guitar when his brother or mom was home. His mother needed peace and quiet to concentrate, while Cormoran just detested Davey playing the guitar. He entered the kitchen once Rylee had finished speaking. He sat on a table, and started to strum his fingers over the strings. Improvisation was like second nature to him.

"Hey Koko! James, Rylee..." he said, greeting them lightly, yet loudly. "So tell me...what happened last night? It's like I'm on cloud nine while everyone else has just finished ascending from the depths of hell. I'm very confused."

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Khloe was nibbling on a cherry when James and Rylee entered the room. She closed the fridge, took a deep breath then turned around. She sent a smile to Jamie and was about to ask him how he slept when Rylee mentioned her"Will you please come with me?" He asked before leaving the room. She was about to followed him out the room but whipped around when she heard a familiar voice.

"So tell me...What happened last night?" He said in his happy tone. Her face brightened completely as she yelled "Omigod Omigod Davey!" She said jumping up and down. She turned to Rylee and naturally grabbed his hand to pull him to Davey. "We gotta say hi!" She started, but immediately dropped his hand as realization hit her. She looked at him with her sharp bright eyes, flooded with confusion, hurt, and nervousness. I'm not mad at you and Sammie" She blurted out.

Heat flooded her cheeks as she cut her gaze from him "I feel stupid, and i mean a little hurt that you guys didn't say something to me. I mean you guys didn't think during our friendship to say something?" She sighed and glanced at the kitchen, where Lacey, James, and Davey stood. She couldn't believe how distant she felt from them. She absentmindedly pulled the tiny dress down.

"We should get back in there... or get ready to go to the beach or something." She said babbling toward the end. She didn't know what to do. She wanted to hug him and cry and she wanted him to stroke her hair and tell her its ok but she also wanted to yell at him and tell him how stupid he made her feel and she wanted him to notice how much skin she was showing and she wanted Jamie.. and more than anything she wanted Sammie. She wanted her best friend. And where the hell is Ellie?!

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Lacey was in her own little world as she sung along to the Beyonce song on her phone. It wasn't until she felt someone remove her headphone and whisper in her ear. "Nice shakin', bacon." She jumped a little bit, being caught completely off guard before the person behind the voice put her earbud back in her ear. She removed one as she turned around to see Davey smiling towards her. She chuckled and smiled towards the ground in order to hide the embarrassment on her face as her cheeks turned red a bit. When he went back down the stair she softly face palmed herself and sighed. "I am the biggest dork!" She told herself before seeing Khloe. "Morning, beautiful." She said with a smile on her face as she moved the plate of meat onto the counter. "Ok on a scale of starlet to street walker, Where am I?" She sighed softly as she bit her lip and tilted her side a bit to the left. "Well, you do not look like a streetwalker... But, I do think you should put on a small pair of shorts..--Not that you don't look cute or anything! But, I just feel like your just trying to impress someone or prove something. Which you don't have to do, you're one of the cutest people I know." She said before turning back to the oven to put the cinnamon buns in as the hot air hit her face, making her back up just a bit.

"Oh by the way, I'd watch for Vanessa if I was you"

"What do you mean?" She asked as she turned back towards her friend as she walked over to the refrigerator. "Steve is definitely her type"[/color] She turned her eyes to the ground as she sighed. "I know. But, it's not like I had a chance before. Now its just that more of a impossibility." Lace turned back towards the stove to turn it off before going next to Khloe as she sat back down on the counter. The young girl took a piece of bacon as she looked at Khloe with a disappointed shrug of her shoulders. "Looks awesome, Lace," Lacey smiled towards the taller boy as she spoke. "Thanks darling."

"I'm starving, but I think I need to go talk to someone else in this room." Lacey looked towards Khloe with a raised eyebrow as Rylee asked Khloe to talk to him. She watched as they left, leaving James and Lacey alone. She didn't notice Rylee pat his friend's shoulder as he walked out, but she did know that Rylee was up to something with the two of them... She just didn't know what it was exactly.

Once Khloe and Rylee left the room, Lacey turned towards James with a somewhat awkward smile. Before turning her attention to Davey who was now sitting at the kitchen table with his guitar. "So tell me...what happened last night? It's like I'm on cloud nine while everyone else has just finished ascending from the depths of hell. I'm very confused." She chuckled softly as she sat on the table. She put her face in her hands as she started to think about last night again. "She ruined everything, Davey. I--..I don't even know where to start. All I really need to tell you is that because of Vanessa, Sammie and Khloe aren't even talking to one another." She said soft enough so Khloe couldn't hear her but Davey could.

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Khloe followed Rylee out of the room, and they were almost into the living room when she whipped around. Rylee
heard Davey's voice. Davey? He was supposed to be on vacation of on some tropical island, not Jersey-turned-Hell. "Omigod Omigod Davey! We gotta say hi!" She grabbed his hand, but quickly dropped it, realizing that things were not normal. "I
know, Khloe, but can I say one thing?"
Rylee responded, slightly annoyed. Problems needed to be resolved, not put off. "I'm not mad at you and Sammie. I feel stupid, and I mean a little hurt that you guys didn't say something to me. I mean you guys didn't think during our friendship to say something?"

"Khloe, I swear to god, if it makes you feel any better, we've never done anything." Rylee didn't know what else to say. He didn't want to fuel the fire, and he thought stating his real thoughts and feelings would do so. Why can't everyone just be happy and get along for one fucking day? he thought. He noticed Khloe pulling down her dress. He liked when she wore things revealing, but not too revealing. Not because he thought she should cover up, but because he thought it was straight up sexy.
It was like a game.

"We should get back in there... or get ready to go to the beach or something." She turned around to walk back into the kitchen, but he grabbed the hem of the skirt of her dress.

"I like this on you," he said, eyeing her up and down. "You should wear it more often." Rylee had this problem a lot. He
couldn't help it. He liked to flirt with girls when the were mad. Just girls when irritated in general is adorable to him. He side stepped past her into the kitchen and saw Davey talking to Lacey. "Davey, my boy," he said, loudly. "How are
you? No Bahamas, I take it?"
He sat down next to James at the island and pulled out his phone. I think Khloe's still pissed at me. Did you make out with Lace while I was gone? He found "Jamie Boy" in his contacts and sent the message.

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Khloe walked into the kitchen a little flushed. She immediately pulled Jamie into a hug before rushing to Davey. She easily wrapped her arms around him, embracing him in a full hug. Of all the guys she liked hugging Davey the most. At 5'4 Rylee literally had to pick her up, She had to stand on her tiptoes to hug Jamie and even then he had to lean over a little. But Davey's hugs were perfect. I'm so happy your here" She sighed into his shoulder.

Everybody had meaning to Khloe. Jamie was her comforter, he always was there whether it was with a tub of ice cream when she had a bad day or when she just needed a hug. Rylee was her protector, always keeping her from jerks (even though she dated her fair share of them). He pretty much took on that role when she became one off the curviest girls in school (Sammie was the prettiest and Lacey was the most fashionable) Lacey was her motivator, always encouraging her to dream big. Ellie was her supporter, she listened and always gave her a shoulder to cry on. Davey was her calmer, no matter what was going on all he had to do was be there and he calmed her. And Sammie... well Sammie was everything and she was everything to Sammie.

She finally let go and went on the other side of the island next to Lacey. She resumed lackadaisically popping fruit in her mouth. This time raspberries. The truth was fruit was her secret to her naturally red plump lips. She was always snacking on berries. Occasionally she glanced at Rylee but she was still a little annoyed with him and a little flushed from the comment.

"We should head to the beach soon..." She said before turning to Lacey and grinning. 'Maybe we'll see Maxwell and Kevin..."
Maxwell and Kevin , or Max and Kev, were these two ridiculously hot guys who lived at the shore all year long. She'd known Max for years but just introduced Kevin to Lacey. Maxwell was also Khloe's summer off again on again ex. Jamie and Rylee thought he was a douche but she thought he was sweet, and really hot. He was also incredibly stupid.

"I figured we could come back after the beach, change, and go clubbing" She blushed again. Rylee was going to see her. I mean usually she wore cute little girly bathing suits and adorable one pieces. He'd never seen her in anything like that. She glanced at Lacey, panic evident in her eyes. But she couldn't change. She knew he would know she changed because of him. "Shit" She cursed. Now look what she'd done.

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Jamie was still sitting at the island when Davey walked in. "So tell me...what happened last night? It's like I'm on cloud nine while everyone else has just finished ascending from the depths of hell. I'm very confused," James laughed and shook his head in distress, and Lacey said explained. James was still too hungover to want to speak to anyone, or even greet Davey. He didn't know why, but he and Davey we're never very close. He didn't dislike the kid, but he had that vibe. The cunning, I-always-get-my-way-vibe. He doesn't seem to care much or respect the smart, unpopular kids. He also has a crush on Lacey, who James may like a little bit.

James stood up, and felt like he was going to pass out. He had a killer head ache, the kind that an aspirin couldn't fix. So he grabbed the little child proof bottle out of a cabinet next to the fridge and downed three of the little pink pills dry. He hated taking anything with water. Just a little quirk that he didn't know the origin of. When Rylee and Khloe came back in the room, he felt his cellphone vibrate. It was a text from Ry. I think Khloe's still pissed at me. Did you make out with Lace while I was gone? Rylee shot a sideways glance at James, and James shot daggers back, and kicked him in the foot. "Ow! You little bitch," Rylee exclaimed, jokingly.

James stood slowly from the island this time, in an attempt to reduce the stars he saw this time. He walked outside and down to the beach. He threw his shirt in the sand and waded into the water a few feet. He heard voices, and saw Sammie and Steve sitting behind a bush. Curious, he walked over. "Knock, knock, anyone home?" He kneeled down next to Sam and Steve.

In this whole fight between Khloe and Sam, James didn't want to pick sides. But he knew what Rylee wanted, and he knew that Sammie was probably the more mentally effected of the two girls. He didn't want either of them to feel bad, so he had to start somewhere. "Hear me out, Sammie. I guess you can listen in, too, Steve, whatever. But I know all about this fight over Rylee. And being his best friend, I know he sure as hell isn't worth losing a best friend. That sounded mean, but we all know he can be a little... Overwhelming sometimes." James took a deep breath. He knew what he was about to say could get him in a lot of trouble, but this summer was about taking risks. "Don't give up on Ry. Please. He really likes you, Sammie. And I honestly think he'd pick you over Khloe."

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{“Would you destroy Something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”― Gerard Way }







Lacey looked up from the palms of her hands as she heard Rylee complimenting Khloe. All she did was scoff softly and shake her head at him. She looked towards Davey as rubbed her face. Rylee was not her favorite person right now, and yea sure. They were somewhat friends but, he was hurting Khloe and that was okay with her. "Un-fucking-believable." She said to herself under her breath. She rarely cursed but, she was irritated, she was pissed off, and she just need to release some of this irritation somehow and cursing was the way she did it. She hopped off of the table next to Davey as she walked to the oven to turn it off and grab out the cinnamon buns. She wasn't sure how many people would be hungry, but it was better than everyone being hung over.

She watched James look around the kitchen for something as she watched him with a raised eyebrow. She watched him take a few pills or something before turning her attention to Khloe as she walked into the kitchen. Lacey could tell she was a little flushed but, told herself she would make sure she was okay later once all the guys were gone. She smiled as Khloe hugged Davey, knowing she probably needed a hug from someone and Lacey wasn't much of a hugger in all honesty.

Turned her glace from Rylee to Khloe before clearing throat and hopping off of the table next to Davey as she made her way across the counter to grab a raspberry. "We should head to the beach soon..." She looked at her friend as she looked at her and started to blush a bit. "Maybe we'll see Maxwell and Kevin..." Lacey chuckled softly before shaking her head. "No way, not gonna happen." She said as she looked at the guys before moving closer to Khloe and softly spoke. "Klo, last time I was around him I was a complete dork. I started to babble and couldn't shut up and..--and I started to blushing. Uncontrollable, might I add. And no matter how many times he said it was 'cute', I know he was lying. Babbling from me is more annoying than anything." She said as she continued to shake her head.

Lacey hated being set up with people and Kevin was no exception. Sure, he was good looking and an overall nice guy but, that was just it... He was in the same boat as Davey and Steve. She thought all of his advance or whatever they were, were out of him being nice or being a wingman for Max more than him actually liking her. "I figured we could come back after the beach, change, and go clubbing."

"Now, there's an idea." Lacey said as she took another raspberry and popped it in her mouth. She saw the blush appear on her close friend's face before clearing her throat as Khloe cursed. "Speaking of changing... Khloe, why don't you help me pick out a swimsuit for my first day as a CPR instructor." She said as she grabbed her friend's hand. She stopped suddenly and turned towards Davey. "You never said hello to me, Davey. And that broke my heart." She walked towards him and kissed both of his cheeks like he did whenever saying hello to someone before whispering in his ear. "Welcome to hell." She smirked as she pulled away before going back to Khloe as she grabbed her wrist as they walked out of the kitchen.

She walked into the room that held all of her luggage before closing the door and turning towards Khloe. "Okay, tell me what happened and what's wrong." Lace said as she crossed her arms around her chest.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sammie Tyrant Character Portrait: Khloe Chase Character Portrait: Rylee Vanderpool Character Portrait: James Butcher Character Portrait: Lacey Paige Character Portrait: Davey Jones

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"What, you don't want to stay and chat?" Rylee said as Jamie walked out. He laughed and took a bite of cinnamon roll. "We should head to the beach soon... Maybe we'll see Maxwell and Kevin..." Rylee rolled his eyes. He hated those kids. They both went to high school with the group, and Maxwell was amazing at football. He almost had Rylee's scholarship. And if anyone found out about the whole ACT situation, it would be all his. "I figured we could come back after the beach, change, and go clubbing," Khloe added. She suddenly blushed and looked like she was going to freak out. Her and Lacey rushed out of the room. "That was kind of weird," Rylee stated. "I'm all for clubbing."

Rylee and Davey made small talk, and eventually Lacey and Khloe came back in the room. "You can go get Sammie and Jamie. I'll text Steve and Maxwell, while I wait for Lacey. You remember Maxwell right?" Khloe smirked at him. Rylee hated when Khloe hooked up with Maxwell. She almost always ended up getting hurt. Don't let it get to you. He isn't even that good-looking, Rylee said. "The asshat who you're too good for that repeatedly hurts you? Yeah, I know him." He stood and pushed his chair in, making more commotion than he wanted to. "I'm going to find James and Sam," He walked out, plugging his phone into the wall charger near the stove. "Nobody check my messages." But he actually wanted someone to go through them to see what he said to James. If he and Lacey would just get together already...

He figured James and Sam were down by the water, maybe along with Steve. He found them behind a bush (weird?). "We're gonna go to the beach, so we gotta get ready and get a move on," he said as he approached them. He knew that he wanted to finally talk to Sam, and find out about her feelings towards him, but he didn't want know when to do it. He decided now was the time. It really was now or never. As she passed by him, he grabbed her arm. James noticed, and he turned around to wait for them, but Rylee shot him a look that said "go away, this is private." James winked at him and continued to the house. Rylee looked back at Sam and sighed. "Okay, Samuel," sometimes he used this nickname when he wanted to be serious, but to ease some of the tension. "I want to know how you feel about me, now. Because I'm done with the games. Just please, tell me something."