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Carolina Daily

"I didn't become heartless. I became smarter."

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

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Full Name:
Carolina Jasmine Daily

Nickname:
Carrie {family}

Birthday:
March 5th

Age:
17

Sexual Orientation:
Bisexual

Grade Level:
12

Hometown:
Harlem, NY {Birth - 3 weeks}
Little Italy, NY {3 weeks - 4 years}
Lower Manhattan {4 years - 17 years}
Upper East Side {17 years - Present}

Character Role:
The Bookworm

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Family:
Nancy Reeve | Foster Mother | | 53 years old | FC: Caroline Goodall
Nancy is Carolina's foster mother. She is the biological mother to Nicole Reeve, but after divorcing her father and finding out that she could no longer bare children of her own, she decided to foster. The government stipends that she received each month for Carolina, in addition to her RN salary, helped keep their family afloat and was the only reason why she did not choose to formally adopt Carolina. Nancy was and is a good mother to her, but after finding out that her own mother was gravely ill, decided that she had to look out for her biological family first and decided that she needed to relocate to Florida. Since Carolina is still in the foster care system, she could not leave with Nancy, nor did she want to. So, rather than being placed into a stranger's home, they arranged for Nancy's daughter, Nicole, to take custody of her.

Nicole Reeve | Foster Sister | 27 years old | FC: Brittany Snow
Although Carolina and Nicole are clearly not biological sisters, they act like they are. Carolina spent most of her childhood with Nicole, and even when she ran off to LA to pursue her acting career, they still spoke regularly on the phone. Carolina is close with her and although she isn't the biggest fan of her relationship with Adrian, she'll deal with it if it makes her sister happy.

Home Life:
Carolina was born into an unfit home, or so CPS thought, when they removed her at just three weeks old. Her mother, Amber, was one of the many people stuck in the family cycle of poverty, and after Carolina's father found out she was pregnant, he abandoned her. Amber had the support of her parents, but both of them worked dead end, minimum wage jobs due to the lack of a college education, and high school education on her father's party. She was one of six children and keeping Carolina in the household just wasn't a possibility. There wasn't enough money, time or energy to care for a newborn baby and if Amber wanted any chance of breaking free from poverty herself, she couldn't have the burden of a child holding her back. So, the family did not contest when CPS removed Carolina from the home and placed her in foster care.

Carolina sees herself as being lucky, because instead of being shuffled around from home to home, she only went through three, and two of them occurred between the ages of three weeks and four years old. By the time that she could really comprehend what family meant, she was living in a small apartment in lower Manhattan with Nancy Reeve, a registered nurse, and her daughter, Nicole Reeve, who was ten years older than her. Carolina bonded to the two woman very quickly and if adoption didn't mean the government stipends would stop, Carolina would have been legally a part of the family as well. Technicalities didn't matter emotionally, though. She became just as much of a daughter to Nancy as Nicole was, and Nicole became the older sister that Carolina would look up to. When she thinks of their little apartment, she likes to recall the plants that lined the windowsills in the spring, and waking up to the smell of banana bread on a Sunday morning. Being yelled at for spilling a bottle of nail polish on their new carpet, but cuddling next to her mother on the couch hours later to watch that week's American Idol episode. The bottom of their Christmas tree never overflowed with presents, but the love and and warmth in the house made up for it. They were family, and even though she didn't have the easiest start in life, things were happy in their household. That's the way that Carolina likes to remember it.

Nicole moved out when she was eighteen and Carolina was eight. She didn't go to college, as Nancy insisted, and instead, moved out to LA where her biological father resided. She shuffled too and from NY over the next seven years, only returning to New York for good when she claimed that she met "the one". Carolina and Nancy knew very little about this Prince Charming, aside from the fact that he was very wealthy and insisted that he could help make Nicole a star. Both of them thought it was rubbish , until they learned the mystery man was Adrian Lynch, one of the wealthiest men in the world and the father of Carolina's classmate. The admiration for his wealth wasn't enough to bypass the fact that he was probably old enough to be Nicole's father, but she seemed genuinely happy, so Nancy and Carolina eventually learned to be happy for her.

Carolina's story shifted only a couple of weeks ago, when Nancy got a call from a nursing home in Florida, claiming that her mother's health was declining. Carolina's grandmother had been diagnosed with dementia quite a while ago, but it was apparent that it was now taking over. Nancy was the only child to the woman and had to do something or else she'd feel guilty for the rest of her life. "You'll understand some day. I hope you would do the same thing for me, if this ever happens," she told Carolina when she explained that she needed to leave New York for Florida. Because it wasn't going to be a temporary trip either, Carolina was supposed to be placed back into the foster care system to find a new family to care for her until she turned eighteen. Thankfully, her sister "stepped up" and has offered to take on Carolina's guardianship until Nancy returns from Florida, or she turns eighteen. While she knows this is certainly better than having to readjust to a life with new people and places, she can't understand what she did in life to deserve having to live with Jane Lynch.

Academic Career:
Carolina has been attending Constance Billard since she was a freshman, although it's not uncommon for her to be asked if she just transferred here. She's the quite girl who prefers to sit in the back of the class, going unnoticed unless it's necessary to speak up. She's as smart as Piper or Kelley, but has no desire to stand out socially like they do. Mostly, because she knows that she isn't the type of person who would socially do well in her school. Carolina is a scholarship student and while she isn't ashamed of her humble upbringing, it's not something that she flaunts around either. If you ask, she'll tell, but if you don't, she's not going to share her sob story with you. Her extracurricular activities consist of being involved in the art club and being secretary for the student government association.

Future Plans:
Carolina is considering New York University if she gets a scholarship there, or a state school if she doesn't. She plans on majoring in medicine and wants to become a family doctor, hoping donating her skills in mission trips at some point as well.

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Personality:
{Intelligent, Ambitious, Independent, Quiet, Reserved, Sarcastic, Judgmental (though, she mostly keeps those judgments in her head)}

Carolina has a reputation for being a wallflower. She's the quiet girl sitting in the back of your math class, silently acing every exam but grimacing when the teacher recognizes her for it. She's the girl who is the secretary for student government, but only won because Sydney Vale had been running a campaign against her only opponent in the election, after she spoke poorly of her. Honestly, even after three years in the school, most people don't recognize her name, or will only associate her with a mutual class they shared together. She doesn't have very many friends at Constance and is completely fine with that, because she knows just as well as her classmates that she does not fit in with their crowd. Carolina doesn't come from money or a prominent family. Her mother was a single teen mom living in the projects, not an actress, and her father was the definition of a deadbeat, not a CEO. Carolina is okay with all of this, though. While many people associate her quiet and reserved nature with her being insecure or too scared to broaden her social group, they're wrong. She knows who she is and what she's worth, and just doesn't want to deal with a bunch of spoiled rich kids trying to ruin her self-worth. Besides, she isn't naturally an extrovert anyway.

When she's around people she's comfortable with, there's definitely a flip of a switch in her personality, but no more than anyone else. She's a quiet girl, just trying to get through the day at school, the organized and studious secretary at SGA meetings, and a bubbly and fun loving girl around her mother, sister and close friends. If she's close with you, you'll realize that being quiet and timid are not interchangeable terms. Although she doesn't think that everything deserves her commentary, she doesn't let people walk all over her either. At school, most people ignore her, and she returns the favor, but when people do mistake that silence for weakness, she knows how to put them in their place. Carolina was raised being constantly told that she might be looked down upon for her skin color or her background, but that she was worth everything in the world and more. High school tested this belief for her at first, but now, by senior year, she knows that none of these kids are worth more than her (at least not financially speaking). She doesn't cross any of them simply because she doesn't care and has better things to do, not because she's bowing down to Sydney Vale and her posse. She can be spunky and adventurous, humorous and protective, when around her friends.

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Bad Habits:
Her worst habit is how sensitive she is to criticism or threats. If she feels like someone is belittling her or not giving her enough credit, she can't stop herself from speaking up, even if it's completely out of her character. She hates it when people mistake her quietness for weakness and can't stand being degraded for her background or appearance. She also has a tendency to push herself too hard, hates being late or when anyone else is late, and is constantly losing her pens and pencils.

Likes:
Food carts, Canal Street, Central Park, Ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Lemon scented things, Orange is the New Black, Home cooked meals, Painting, Carnival food, Snow, Target, Venturing outside of the city

Dislikes:
Racial stereotypes, Limes, Swimming in the ocean, Peanuts, Itchy sweaters, Oral presentations, Being the center of attention, Rain, Cheerios, Pigeons, Rats

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Face Claim:
Bianca Lawson

Height:
5'4

Weight/Build:
110 lbs / Petite build

Hair Color:
Brown

Eye Color:
Brown

Dialogue Color:
#11AD81

So begins...

Carolina Daily's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Just before picking Jane up, Sienna was in the back of their town car while Esmee and Yasmin chatted away about god knows what. While she typically would involve herself in her sister's conversations just for the hell of it and because it typically resulted in her finding out who was mad crushed out on who, Sienna was too enthralled with her own thoughts. Thoughts of Jane and when she and Sydney would finally get their friend to admit to her problems. Thoughts of Sydney and how she probably wasn't going to enjoy dinner as much as she would have had Sydney not agreed to show up. Thoughts of Vincent, the bet she set up, his relationship with Sydney - it all came to her, rushed and overwhelming and she was half-tempted to just cancel her plans and return to her room, moping with her Sade Pandora station or something. Maybe have a small container of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and work on her hair as a distraction. Sadly, the car stopping outside of Jane's building hindered such movements and reluctantly, Sienna decided to go along with the plan, looking down to see messages from Sydney and Vincent.

From: Sydney
Did you not get the picture? Probably meth. I can see her being one of those ppl tbh... but whatever you say! And idc where we go. I'll be there til 6 so I prob won't respond until then. Just lmk where to meet you and I'll be there bc I'm sick of dealing with these lies

From: Vincent
Plz, you know I'm in. Gotta start planning what I'm gonna have you do since we both know I'm winning this. Be ready

At that point, Sienna was done with the conversation on drugs and Sydney's absolute refusal to see anything other than the story she put in her head. She wanted a reason to hate Hailey because Hailey made it apparent that she wasn't bowing down to anyone. Fine, whatever. Sienna wasn't going to continue the debate and she was more than grateful when Sydney moved the conversation to dinner. It was definitely better than having to argue her point. Could Hailey have done drugs? Maybe? Did Sienna want to think that her friend - who she knew better than Sydney and longer - would be interested in such? Of course not, who would? So, she purposefully avoided that part of the conversation in her response to Sydney. She couldn't deny that the text from Vincent, a second afterwards, had her smiling just a little. Maybe not as largely as she would have wanted to, but enough to put her in a mood more pliant for the afternoon's activities. She also sent out a message to a friend she had not been able to talk to all day.

To: Sydney
Let's meet at Armani Ristorante

To: Vincent
U wish. Maybe I should start getting u sized up for a tutu? Wat do u think about hot pink? Oooh, or mauve?

To: Carrie
WHERE HAVE U BEEN!?

Chuckling at her own text, Sienna was ready to smile for Jane and their yoga session was definitely good. She took the heavy sweatshirt off the second they entered the heated room and went through the motions a bit easy, considering hot yoga was one of Sienna's favorites. She always made sure she was hydrated after the first session she ever had, having nearly passed out. Despite going through the rigorous motions, it didn't escape her when Jane left the room and didn't return for a minute, and Esmee was the first to point it out. Jane eventually gave an excuse, but Sienna only downed the large bottle of water she had brought along with her, adding it to the list of lies Jane seemed ready to spill at them. It was ridiculous and while she understood why a person would lie, she couldn't get it through her head how Jane thought she could lie forever. It was preposterous.

Afterwards, the girls had changed and went their separate ways. Esmee and Yasmin were meeting up with their friends to catch a movie and go to the bowling alley, and Jane and Sienna were on their way to Fifth Avenue. It had a host of stores and Sienna was more than ready to hit up BCBG. She turned to Jane when the brunette asked about the party, swiping back a curly strand of hair. Because of the humidity and the water she had touched her hair up with earlier, her hair was resorting back to its naturally curly state, so she had left it in the bun from earlier though a few strands made themselves known on the sides of her face. "Black light party," she corrected her friend as they were let out right by one of the designer stores. "Basically, it's what we would call a rave. People usually have clothes that glow in the dark, mostly neons, or they even have a paint job. Still trying to decide if I wanna get painted before." It made Sienna laugh just a bit as she linked arms with Jane, pulling her to the first store they found. Upper East Side kids would never understand the fun of getting down and dirty, which was ridiculous and a bit snobby, so Sienna was extremely happy about the party. In truth, Hailey beat her to the idea.

"Anyway, you should definitely wear shorts or maybe a skirt. You're always wearing a dress and this isn't a party you wear your most expensive piece to," she explained, immediately leading Jane to a rack of colorful crop tops. "Besides, who knows? Maybe tomorrow night will be the night we get to walk on the wild side! Or into someone's bed. Who knows? This might be our last year to have fun, J. Some people might finally have a boyfriend so I can coo over them." She exclaimed, tossing the heiress a pointed look. It was still difficult to understand what Jane's real type was since the explanation she gave almost always only pointed to guys on her financial level, but Sienna wanted something more for her friend. Someone fun and daring, someone who could make her happy. And maybe she was hoping the same for herself, though she kept that comment under wraps.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Lee Min-ho Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Carolina's first day of senior year was uneventful. She had skipped out on Sydney Vale's, because not only did she not receive an invitation to the prestigious event, but it was the last night she was spending with her mother. The next morning, after boarding the public bus to get to school, her mother was hailing a cab and heading to JFK airport, on route to Florida. The decision to leave for Florida with no set date for her return was a sudden one, so sudden that Carolina didn't have much time to process how her life was going to be changing. After school, she wouldn't return to the lower Manhattan apartment that she had spent thirteen years in, but to her new place of residence in the Upper East Side. She was moving in with her sister and her husband, who Carolina couldn't imagine referring to as her "brother-in-law", since he was old enough to be her father, and Jane Lynch. She had been to their penthouse only one time before, on Thanksgiving of last year when she had been invited with her mother, The space itself was something to marvel at, but Carolina wasn't as excited to be living with Jane Lynch as she was for the upgraded living quarters.

Maybe it wasn't fair of her to already be judging Jane. They had went to school together for three years already, but as far as she could remember, she had only had one exchange with Jane before. It was during the first week of freshman year, when Carolina was still trying to learn her way around the school, and had jumped into Jane as her eyes were focused on finding a room number on her schedule. Carolina's quick, yet meek apology, was met with a disgusted look and a "Can you not?" that had instantly turned Carolina off from her. At this point, her sister and Jane's father weren't seeing each other and their interaction ended there. A year or so later, the news would be sprung on Carolina that her sister was engaged to Adrian Lynch, but aside from the wedding and that one Thanksgiving, Carolina didn't interact with the Lynch's any more than normal. She had no reason to, until two weeks ago when her mother announced that she needed to relocate to Florida to care for her ailing mother. The only option was for Carolina to be placed in another foster home, until her sister stepped in and offered to take her into their home. Carolina was in no position to turn down the offer, since the new foster home had the potential of being in another borough and making her commute to Constance even longer than it already was. Besides, she loved her sister and had convinced herself that the Lynch mansion would be large enough that she would rarely cross paths with Jane anyway. She couldn't imagine Jane having a problem with her living there, and that was the case, but that was only the case since no one had told Jane that she was moving in.

She would find out soon enough, because minutes after Jane left the apartment to meet Sienna, Carolina and Nicole were returning from their mother's apartment with two boxes of Carolina's possessions. "This is going to be so great! I'm so excited that we get to live together again, Car. I mean, the whole thing with grandma sucks, but I've missed my baby sister!" she playfully pinched Carolina's cheek, which she swatted away. "Are you sure that Adrian doesn't mind? And Jane?" Biological or not, Carolina did see Nicole as family, but she didn't think she would ever feel the same way about the Lynch's. Being back in their extravagant penthouse alone, reminded her of how different she was for them, and she didn't want to be a charity case or their good deed of the week. "Don't be silly! Adrian is just as excited as I am, and it'll be good for Jane to have someone else here. She can be..." her sister appeared to be trying to figure out the right word, the least offensive one, maybe, or one that wouldn't scare Carolina off. "She can be a little much, but it's just something to get used to. I mean, she was raised so differently than us, but I'm sure you're used to that with the girls you go to school with anyway." Carolina didn't respond with words, only an unsure frown that was returned with a tight squeeze from her sister as they stepped into an elevator. "I promise you that this will be fine." Carolina was grateful for her sister's reassurance, and even though she wasn't quite sure she believed the promise, she had to offer a smile. If she went into this with half an open mind as her sister, things had to end up being fine.

A minute conversation between her sister and a woman who appeared to be hired help confirmed that Jane was not home. That allowed Carolina to relax just a little bit, as her sister led her down a long hallway and stopped in an open doorway. "You can take this room. Adrian said that I should let you choose any of the spare rooms, but this one has the best view," she winked, pointing towards the large windows on the other side of the space. It was a magnificent room, and it had to be at least three times bigger than the one Carolina grew up in. She set the box of clothes on the ground next to the one her sister had been holding and stepped inside. "I sort of agreed with Mom that it was weird of you to marry an old man, but I guess living in a place like this is a fair trade off," she joked, seemingly mesmerized as she sat down on the edge of the bed. "Hey! Love has no age, brat," she grinned in defense. "I would have married Adrian if he was dead broke." The burst of laughter from Carolina proved that she knew that was far too true, and with a defeated smile and roll of her eyes, Nicole turned to leave the room. "Unpack your shit and stop being a little bitch! I'm going to see where Jane is and maybe us three can see a movie later."

When the door closed and Carolina was left to herself, she soaked in her new bedroom even more. Gigantic windows with a view that was as spectacular as Nicole claimed, a queen sized beg with the thickest blankets she had ever felt, her own attached bathroom, and a closet that was larger than her old room. She could get used to this.

She rummaged through her boxes of possessions, sorting clothes out into her dresser and closet, and frowning at how they barely made a dent in the empty space. She couldn't complain. She didn't need a plethora of clothes and "stuff" to make her happy, but it sure did look bare. She hoped that once she got more used to the space, it would start to feel like less of a hotel and more of a bedroom. She hoped that, or that her mother would end up coming home sooner than expected. As she propped herself on her bed and flipped on the wall-mounted television, captivated by the thousands of channels the Lynch's paid for, she took out her phone.

To: Sienna
I wanted to say hi to u in physics but Mrs. Palmer would not shut up D:. Long story but I'm rooming w ur bestie now. Should I kill myself now lol?

To: Lee
Wanna chill? Ur not gonna believe where I'm living @. Remember how I told you my sis married Jane Lynch's dad....?

To: Piper
I didn't see u in school today. Everything ok?

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Character Portrait: Lee Min-ho Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Lee spent most of his Friday reflecting. The first week of school had, of course, passed by as uneventfully as it always had. He kept his head down, kept to his studies, practiced, took care of his sister. Thing was...Lee was bored. More bored than he had ever been in his life. He was starting to blame summer on that. He'd branched out for once...partied, slept around, done drugs he'd never considered before, drank until he was spending the night crashed out on the bathroom floor.

Now all of that was gone. He was back to being good, unbothered, out of the spotlight. Part of him missed it. With Isabela gone, and Sebastian no longer in his life...well, he was down to no one. Lee was really beginning to consider making new friends. Especially now that Jin was older...she didn't need his constant supervision, and she had after school activities to keep her busy.

Which left Lee alone. On the upside, that made it completely okay for him to walk around his house in nothing but a lowslung pair of black basketball shorts and eat his weight in homemade ramen, but really, there had to be more interesting things to do with his life. He was walking from the kitchen to the livingroom when there was a knock at his front door.

Lee arched an eyebrow, stuck his chopsticks in his mouth, then opened the door with his now free hand. Sebastian. He blinked for a moment, looked between his old friend and his door, then stepped back and examined it closer before finally reaching up and moving the chopsticks so he could speak. "Sorry, I was trying to figure out how I opened the door to last year."

His phone went off then, a chirping from his pocket that made him once again stick his chopsticks in his mouth so that he could answer it. There was a text from Carolina, which made him grin despite himself. So, he wasn't completely out of friends.

To: Carolina
Holy. Shit. Ur joking right?


He shot another glance at Seb then sighed, grabbing his chopsticks again before walking inside his house. "Well, come in then."

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Piper got herself together then headed out of the door to meet Brent. Her phone buzzed just as she walked out of the apartment, and she shook her head. Seriously could Brent be any more puerile? She may have been wasted last night, but a condom was something she would never forget.

To: Brent
Of course not you dick! How could I forget a condom? You and Kelley are the ones who go at it like rabbits. Anyways I'm on my way.

Sure he made light of her crisis, and she couldn't tell him the whole truth, but she will give as much information as possible. Lucky for her the place she was meeting Brent wasn't that far, so least to say when she stepped into the restaurant she sported her shades to block the remaining rays of sunlight. She spotted Brent and quickly took her seat. "I see that you ordered. Oh and for your information the guy I was with last night wasn't a 'pansy'." Piper defended her one night stand. In fact from the little bit that she did learn, the kid's father was a lawyer and so was his mother. Did he say something about having a girlfriend as well? That was debatable because Piper really didn't listen to him that well. Before she could speak again her phone vibrated once more only it was Sebastian.

To: Sebastian
I know I miss talking to you! We can definitely catch up tomorrow after the shoot.

Hitting send she directed her attention to the waitress who arrived to take her order. A simple iced tea would suffice for her. Normally she would eat, but her sudden on set of stress wiped out her appetite. "Anyways I have a real crisis here. Something that transcends a broken nail. My parents won't give me anymore allowance and I have gone through everything they gave me already. But, here is the real problem. I have to throw a party next weakened and I have zero funds to do so. There is no way I am going to look like an idiot with a lame ass party. So I need ideas. Got any?" Piper ranted. Sure she could ask Jane or maybe Sebastian to help her out, but it would seem way too suspicious to ask for a large amount of cash this late.

Her phone went off again and it was one of her best friends Carolina. The two girls share one major thing in common and that is that they are both foster kids. It was really surprising for Piper to see Carolina at Constance. The girl was the same as when they first met several years ago during respite care. She really liked Carolina. She was like her polar opposite.

To Carolina:
I was looking forward to seeing you. Thomas was beaten up last night by some thugs and I had to take him to the doctor this morning. But don't worry he's fine. We need to have a sleepover or something to catch up. There's so much I have to update you on!

Piper was about to close her phone when she got an alert saying Tori had posted something on her gossip page. Piper clicked to see what it was and as she read her mouth dropped. Surely she read that wrong? "Pause! Did Sydney Vale sleep with Vincent behind Sienna's back?!" Piper gasped as she kept reading the post over and over. "Oh my gosh I knew Sydney was a lot of things, but did she have to go and check the hoe category as well?" Piper couldn't stop the devilish smile on her face. Just when she thought today was going straight to hell she got glorious news. "Can you believe this?" Piper laughed as she questioned Brent about the latest school gossip. This explains Sienna and Sydney's weird dynamic since summer. "I think this school year just got a whole lot more interesting."

To: Jane
What are you doing right now? Aren't you with Sydney and Sienna?

To: Sienna
Are you okay? I don't know if you have seen the rumor going around involving you.

To Kelley:
Holy fucking shit! Have you heard about Vincent, Sydney, and Sienna's drama?

To: Connor
Your girl Sydney is in trouble...

Sure Piper didn't like gossiping much, but this wasn't regular gossip. This involved her enemy and her friend, so of course she had to talk about it. plus it was going to be all over social media.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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It took Maxwell a good fifteen minutes to pull up, and in that time, Jane had lost control of her tears and was grateful for the pair of Aviators that shielded her red and puffy eyes from the other 5th Ave patrons. She was growing impatient, so much so that when her car did arrive, she couldn't even calm her nerves for Maxwell, who she normally had a soft spot for. "I didn't expect you to be out so soon, I thought you said you were having dinner with your friends," he spoke with a chuckle. He hadn't glanced into the rearview mirror to detect her foul mood until it was already too late and she had snapped at him. "Just drive!" She would regret being so short with him later on, but for now she really did need to get home to her safe haven. She needed silence, and to envelope herself in her warm and fall asleep. Maybe she would wake up tomorrow and this would all be a dream. She would have her secret and her friends back, and things would be okay.

She so desperately hoped that Nicole and her father would be out like they had been earlier. She could deal with the house staff, who she would order to bring her bags to her room and then stay away from her for the rest of the night, because they would follow her instructions. If Adrian or Nicole were there, she was going to be expected to explain how her first day of school went, why she was crying and if she had eaten dinner yet. She didn't want to talk about any of the three, and managed to muffle her sadness down to only sniffles as she waited for the elevator to carry her up to the penthouse. As soon as the doors opened, she knew that she wasn't alone. "We can stay in and watch something in the theater, then!" she heard Nicole calling out, to who she could only presume to be her father. Her voice was getting closer and Jane could hear footsteps coming down the hallway. She darted into the living room, spotting one of the maids, Jihee, dusting the windowsill. "Tell my father and Nicole that I don't want to talk to them, and to leave me alone when you see them." She hissed, catching the woman's attention as she dashed past her and towards the other side of the room. It was when she remembered that the woman was the mother of a classmate of hers, and that she was one of the less bothersome workers in the house regarding her poor habits, that she turned back and offered a late, but well-intended, "Please." When her unspoken apology seemed to be accepted by the woman's quick nod, and Nicole's voice had silenced, Jane returned down the hall and towards her room.

The distraction had allowed her sadness to be put on the back burner for a moment, and she pushed her sunglasses to the top of her head, wiping her cheeks clean of the tears. If there was one thing she was thankful for in that moment, it was waterproof mascara, but even that couldn't rid her of her swollen, red eyes and sniffling nose when Nicole popped out of a spare bedroom. "I've been texting you all afternoon, Janie!" she was in a suspiciously good mood, but Jane didn't have the energy to bicker with her tonight. Especially not if her father was in earshot as well. "Don't talk to me," she muttered. She hadn't checked her phone since texting Maxwell, but even if Nicole had texted her before then, it wasn't surprising that Jane ignored them without thinking twice. She attempted to sidestep the blonde, only to have a hand thrust in her path and being so exhausted, Jane didn't have the energy to shove it out of her way. "Not so fast! I have a surprise for you!" If she says that she's pregnant, I swear I will murder someone. Jane was still convinced that her father would divorce Nicole as soon as he found a younger and prettier bimbo, and the last thing they needed was for something to keep her around once the marriage ended. Jane looked up at her with a defeated expression, willing to humor Nicole with whatever this surprise was, if it meant she could go to bed without a fight. Nicole was too caught up in whatever the surprise was too, because she didn't take notice of Jane's post-crying look and maintained her cheerful mood as she gave Jane a gentle push into the room she had just stepped out of.

"Meet your new roommate!" she exclaimed as Jane's eyes fell upon Carolina Daily, a girl from Constance that she barely knew. Jane's silence, scrutinizing gaze and slightly agape mouth demonstrated her reaction better than her words could have. "Well, she's not technically your roommate, but Carolina's going to be staying with us for a while. It's going to be so great having another girl to hang out with us when your dad's away, right, Janie?!" Up until now, Jane had forgotten that Nicole even had a sister. She passed by Carolina in the hallways at school and definitely had a couple classes with her over the years, but neither acknowledged the other's presence. It wasn't because there was bad blood there, but just because they weren't friends and were never going to be. Carolina looked awkward and uncomfortable but Jane was in no mood to be polite or welcoming and this was the worst possible time for a stranger to be showing up in her house. "You have got to be kidding me," she muttered, abruptly shoving past Nicole and out of the spare bedroom. This was the icing on the cake and even though Carolina hadn't done anything wrong, she was now going to be associated with this horrible day and mood.

She was too tired to fight with Nicole over a stranger moving into her house, but she garnered enough energy to slam her bedroom door behind her to make the point. When she collapsed onto her bed, kicking off her boots and tossing the sunglasses as far as she could, she allowed herself to break down again. It wasn't for very long and it wasn't loud enough to force Nicole to come check on her, but it felt like a release and she eventually rolled over and found her phone. Sienna and Piper had texted her, but there was nothing from Sydney. Jane was angry enough that she wanted to use it against her friend, but she also knew that Sydney worked differently than normal people. It was hard for her to apologize and often times, she would apologize in a way that wasn't straight forward, but Jane had learned to appreciate just as much as a verbal apology. So, she didn't text Sydney to rant about how bad of a friend she was being, despite how nice Jane always was to her. She was more inclined to text her and tell her that the Timberline Knolls thing was a rumor that someone had made up about her, but she didn't do that either. Her secret wasn't as detrimental to her image as Sydney's was, and she could leave it be for now. Only Sienna and Sydney knew, and she still thought that they were good enough friends to keep it that way.

To: Sienna
Please be friends with her again. I don't want anyone to fight.

To: Piper
Make them be friends again Pipe

She knew that it was completely unrealistic of her to ask Sienna for such a thing, after how everything had just went down, but Jane didn't know what else to do. She wasn't going to be able to handle having to choose Sienna or Sydney, and she knew that she wasn't going to be able to choose both of them either. Sydney had made that hard enough when they were friends, or fake friends, and now it was going to be impossible. Piper's text suggested that she knew what was going on too, so Jane didn't bother answer her questions but jumped to the same desperate attempt at pleading for someone to fix this.

To: Sebastian
Seb everything is getting messed up and my life is ruined

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Lee Min-ho Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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While the world was crumbling down for many members of the Upper East Side's most spoken of popular clique, Carolina's was only getting better. She only allowed herself to remain on her new bed for a few minutes before her curiosity go the best of her and she was exploring her room again. To think that this was a spare bedroom was crazy, and she had half the mind to venture out of her bedroom and explore the rest of the penthouse. What would the kitchen look like? The living room? Her attached bathroom had it's own television! She couldn't imagine what unnecessary but undeniably luxurious features the rest of the house would have. Nicole had reassured her that it was just them two... and a hoard of housekeepers in the penthouse, but Carolina still didn't feel comfortable enough venturing out on her own. This wasn't just not her house, but it was Jane Lynch's house, and even if Carolina wasn't scared of the girl or her friends, she also knew to stay in her place if she wanted to avoid conflict. That was how it went at school, and she imagined that was how it was going to go here, too.

"That's this amazing Italian place down the block! Do you want to try it in a little?" she heard her sister calling out from down the hall. Carrie didn't feel like shouting back. Not only was the place big enough that her voice probably wouldn't reach her sister, but she felt like the Lynch abode was too nice for shouting... if that made sense. It reminded her of a museum, almost, where everything was too nice and expensive for a commoner like her, and she had to be cautious not to ruin its ambiance. So, rather than shout back through the bathroom and bedroom and hope that it would reach Nicole, she left the box of toiletries that she was unloading on the bathroom counter and hurried towards her bedroom door. She cracked it open and called out in a voice barely louder than a normal speaking tone, "I'd rather just order something in, if that's okay. I might have to go out in a little while for student government anyway." The thought of Sunday's event had only come to her when she was about to tell Nicole that she was down for Italian, but as soon as she remembered, she knew it was better to keep tonight open in case Lottie wanted to meet up.

To: Charlotte
Hey Lottie is anyone from SGA meeting up tn to go over the details of Sunday's event? LMK if so. I'll be in the UES for a while now so for once it shouldn't take me 20 mins to get to u guys like it usually does lol

"We can stay in and watch something in the theater after, then!" her sister yelled back, clearly more comfortable here than she. But wait... they had their own movie theater?! In the house?! Maybe her mother uprooting to Florida wasn't such a bad thing after all.

To: Lee
Not joking. They have a THEATER in their house man. My mom wouldn't even buy a TV for my room and they have a fucking move theater in their house. Come over and check this place out when ur not busy with Jin

To: Piper
R u kidding me?! At least he's ok. Send him a kiss from me lol and yes!!! My only update is that I moved in w my sister's husband.... aka ur bestie's place... but I wanna hear what's going on. Come over I'm sure Jane would rather u b here than me anyway

Her text to Piper couldn't have been more true because before she could run back into the bathroom, her door swung open and this time, it wasn't only her sister on the other end. She had managed to get to her bed and sat on the edge of it as she blinked at the two woman standing in the doorway. Carolina shouldn't have been surprised to see Jane since this was her house, but it was just weird seeing her out of school to begin with. Carolina rarely attended the parties and social events that Jane hosted or attended (mostly because she was rarely invited), and she didn't think that Jane attended many of the SGA events held outside of school. It was a bit of a reality check to see her there, since this was going to be her new life.

Apparently, Jane wasn't very happy with it, and as Carolina did a double take, she realized that her sister had said something about this being a "surprise". Carolina couldn't blame her for being shocked since she was clearly just finding out about her moving in, but did that really constitute the completely rude "you have got to be kidding me" that Jane spoke before storming down the hall. What a bitch... She flashed Nicole a look of displeasure and half expected her to run down the hall after the angry princess. "She's upset about something else... it's not you." Her sister looked distracted and maybe even genuinely concerned as she continued to switch her gaze from Carolina, to back in the direction that Jane had ran off in. "Uh, she looked right at me when she said that," Carolina objected, raising an eyebrow. "No, don't take it personally, Car. Mom told you about all of the shit I've had to deal with with Jane, right? She just thinks that the whole world revolves around her and doesn't care if she takes her issues out on anyone else. You just can't take it personally. That's what I learned, and if she ever gets too nasty, just tell Adrian that she hasn't eaten all day. He'll either send her back to Illinois or we can watch her squirm through a meal."

Her sister was trying to be playful and Carolina had to laugh at that mischievous grin, but it just reminded her how immature her sister could be. Maybe it was normal for a twenty-seven year old to still want to seek revenge on a bratty teenager with an attitude. Nicole never was a kid person. At the same time, it also suggested that maybe she wasn't mature enough to be married to someone old enough to have a bratty teenager with an attitude. Carolina barely knew about the "shit I've had to deal with with Jane". She would overhear the phone conversations where her Nicole complained about Jane slamming doors and sobbing when she didn't get her way, but she didn't know the details. The eating disorder issue too, which her sister was not gracious in referencing and making fun of, Carolina was on scarcely aware of. From the way it had been explained to her months ago, Jane was just a normal body-conscious teenager. When her sister had called months ago and mentioned that Jane was going to some treatment facility, she had explained it in a similar fashion as she was speaking now - about how Jane had been so bratty that she convinced Adrian to get rid of her for the summer.

That's why, it was hard for Carolina to feel bad for the girl who had just expressed how pissed she was about her moving in. She didn't think Jane had real problems and if her moving into one of the... nine? ten? spare bedrooms in the house was that big of an issue, that oh well. Life would go on for Carolina, that was for sure.

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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By the time Jane calmed down, her satin pillow was stained with the mascara that was supposed to be waterproof. Apparently, a never ending stream of tears and having her face buried in her pillow voided that label. The fact that her chest had stopped heaving and she could open her eyes without wetting her cheeks was enough to distract her from the ruined pillowcase. This issue, what had just happened between her friends, wasn't a problem that she could move on from after an emotional breakdown, though. This wasn't her dad refusing to let her skip school for a trip to Bali, this wasn't even at the level of her father marrying Nicole. Sienna, Sydney and Piper were the girls that she loved like sisters and when she hated her own family, she had them to turn to. What was going to happen to that now? Sienna and Sydney's differences seemed irreconcilable. Sydney slept with Vincent, the boy that they all knew Sienna had loved forever, and apparently, Sienna had slandered Sydney on social media. It was never stated in the fight that it was Sienna who did it, or at least Jane hadn't heard that being snapped during the heated conversation, but it seemed obvious. There was no way that that post would come out minutes before Sienna confronted Sydney about the same thing without there being a common link.

Jane couldn't imagine picking a side between her two best friends. The reason for Sienna's anger was obvious and valid. Vincent was hers and it completely destroyed their girl code for Sydney to go after him. At the same time, everyone knew how much Sydney's public image meant to her. She had spent years building it up and taking her position at the top, and Sienna had just, at the very least, threatened that. Sienna knew how Sydney worked just as well as Jane did, and confronting Sydney at dinner probably would have been enough. Did she had to make that post too? Probably not. However, Jane couldn't blame Sienna for not being as complicit to Sydney's outrageous demands and expectations as she was. Sienna was too independent to be forced to quell her feelings, especially about Vincent - something she was so passionate about, just to appease Sydney. So, there Jane was, stuck between understanding both sides of the dilemma but unable to choose one over the other.

As if all of that wasn't enough, Jane had to face her own problems being out in the open now, too. It had been shocking to hear Sydney reference the facility she had spent her summer at, because even if they were skeptical of her whereabouts, how would they know that she was there? Out of every place in the world that she could have been staying at, how did they figure out that it was that place?! It baffled Jane, who was sure that she had done a good enough job at covering her disorder's tracks for the past few years, and even the past few months when it had taken on a life of its own.

The only people who she could think to blame this on were Nicole, or Hailey. Hailey Neilson had seen her at the airport in Chicago when they were both flying back to New York. Simply being at an airport thirty minutes from the facility wouldn't have given someone enough reason to magically guess she had been there, but maybe Hailey overheard the facility employee who dropped her off referencing it? It wasn't a very plausible scenario but Jane had to consider it. She wanted someone to blame this on, and she wanted that person to be someone who wouldn't go crying to her dad if she accused them of it. If it was Hailey, that still didn't excuse Sydney from how rash she had treated the subject, or Sienna, for apparently organizing that dinner with the intentions of grilling Jane on it. Sienna's text directly following the dinner had suggested that maybe it wasn't the cynical plan that she felt like Sydney had painted it to be, but Jane was at a point where she didn't know who to trust. She was used to both of them venting to her about the other, and it wouldn't have been too surprising if each tried to make the other seem bad to make themselves look better.

It was stressing Jane out enough that she didn't want to be friends with either of the girls if this was how it was going to be. An unrealistic choice for someone who relied so heavily on socialization, but one that she supposed she could stick to for at least the night. Besides, she always had Sebastian, and that was evident in his text to her. Normally, she would have begged him to come over so she could sob to him about the drama that just went down, but what if he knew about her disorder as well? Maybe he knew for just as long as the girls did, and was waiting to spring it on her at any moment too. Even if he didn't know already, how was she going to explain how exhausting the night was without referencing that? Sydney and Sienna drama was normal, even if it wasn't to this degree, and her reaction had been too emotional for this just to be about them. Jane wasn't ready to talk to Sebastian about her problems. Not because she didn't trust him, but only because she wasn't ready to talk to anyone, including Syd and Sia, about them.

To: Seb
Just please make them be friends again Seb

She needed to distract herself and the list of assignments that Charlotte reminded her of seemed like a good start. It took a bit of effort, but Jane eventually pulled her thick blankets away from her small frame and shuffled over to her desk. It was buried in the back of one of the drawers, but she eventually pulled out Othello. It had been one of the book choices for summer reading, and though she never remembered choosing it, it was apparently the one she selected. All she had to do was flip the cover open to decide that there was no way she could read that. She knew what Rodrigo meant, but she couldn't figure out that "Iago" was a name and not some unknown word, and that alone was a bad sign. She felt bad bugging Charlotte again, especially since she planned on requesting a copy of another assignment from her tomorrow, so Jane took the book out of her room and to Nicole. It probably wasn't the best person to request homework help from. Jane was the first person to point out how dumb she found Nicole to be, but she also assumed that maybe her unwelcome sister would know a thing or two about it. Nicole was standing in Carolina's doorway, and still unwilling and unsure of how to even approach Carolina, she turned to Nicole and held the book out. "Can you help me learn this?" She was trying to be nice because Jane knew that she needed the help and wasn't going to get it with an attitude. Plus, she really had dealt with enough fighting for the day with her friends.

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Carolina was not remotely convinced that Jane's reaction to her presence wasn't personal, but she also didn't care enough to linger on the topic. Being treated like she was second class wasn't going to be pleasurable, but Nicole was right. Carolina was used to girls who thought that way after attending Constance for three years. She was used to being one of the few girls who weren't white, one of the few girls who weren't filthy rich, and one of the few girls who wouldn't toss their morals out the window for a chance at popularity. This wasn't going to be anything that she couldn't handle and the pluses of living here outweighed the cons by far, at least as of now.

"Whatever you say, Nic," Carolina said, an eye roll accompanying the smile she had flashed her sister after her immature suggestion to solve their Jane problems. She watched as the blonde's eyes peered down the hall one more time before she shrugged and stepped further into the bedroom. "We can go to Room & Board in Chelsea tomorrow if you want to pick out some new things for the room," she commented distractedly. Carolina watched as her sister ran her fingertips along the dresser and then studied the non-existent dust it left on them. "It's fine, it I don't need anything else." It looked like the things in the room hadn't ever been touched and Carolina grew up with the same bedroom set she had since she was in kindergarten. She wasn't going to start being picky now. "No, we'll go. I've been meaning to have someone come in and redecorate these spare rooms anyway," Nicole continued nonchalantly, before looking towards Carolina with an impish smile. "I think Adrian used to fuck the interior designer who decorated them... before we met, of course, but still." If she expected Carolina to be able to empathize with that, she was sorely mistaken. "Oh, the horror." Sympathizing with people whose problems seemed so insignificant was hard for her. She knew it was wrong, that just because someone's life was easier in some ways didn't mean that they couldn't have problems. Her sister had always been dramatic, so this was nothing new. However, Nicole had been raised in the same home as Carolina, which meant that back then, she had been at least been a modest drama queen. Apparently, being exposed to this life of grandeur changed people. Carolina couldn't fathom herself falling into that trap, and was glad that despite the change of pace, she would still have Lee and Piper to keep her grounded.

"I forgot, you're still in that 'forever alone' phase, aren't you?" her sister teased as she busied herself with opening each drawer of the nearly empty dresser. "We aren't all as lucky as you, Nicole. There are only so many fifty-year-old grey, single billionaires who want to fuck a girl right out of high school." Her sister stifled a laugh dramatically. "I was twenty-five when I started 'fucking him', FYI, and that's not what I'm talking about, Carrie. I'm talking about boys you go to school with! I'm sure there's some geek there who'd be willing to take you to the movies! Or what, are you only into black guys or something?" Her sister was being playful and her jaunty smirk and glistening eyes made that obvious, but really?! This time, it was Carolina busting out an obnoxious laugh. "You are out of your mind. First of all, Constance Billard is an all girls school, and no, I'm not only into black guys. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Besides, not every guy at Saint Jude's is white. They're just... not my type." Not her type, mostly for the same reason that many of the Constance girls weren't her type when it came to friendships. She didn't feel like she would fit in enough with them, and wasn't going to put herself out there and have that confirmed. "Sureeeee," her sister winked, clearly unconvinced as she headed towards the door. "I'm too hungry to wait for delivery, so I'm just going to call in an order for Cipriani downstairs. What do you want?" Carolina had never eaten at the upscale restaurant attached the the Sherry Netherland hotel where the Lynch's lived and doubted any of the simple meals she could think of would be on their menu. "Just order me whatever you're having."

She was ready to skim through the endless television channels again when Jane appeared at her door. She addressed Nicole in a tone much sweeter than the one they had heard before, but Carolina was not impressed. Typical rich brat, coming in with that pristine little attitude when she needed help with something. Carolina had a few classes with Jane over the years, so it was no surprise to her when when she requested that Nicole help her "learn" the Othello play. She smirked to herself as she proposed that Jane probably couldn't even spell Othello. Then again, she doubted that Nicole could either, and now, that was going to work against her. Nicole snatched the book out of Jane's hand and studied the cover curiously. "Sorry, doll, never read it." Carolina was almost off the hook. Nicole handed the book back to Jane and shrugged carelessly, took one step away from the door and then it hit her. She could get the girls to bond and give Jane a reason to be nice to Carolina, and boast to Adrian about how Carolina was going to be a great influence on Jane's academic performance. Fuck my life. Carolina knew it was coming as soon as her sister abruptly spun around on her heels and matched her death glare with a cheerful smile.

"I'm sure Carolina will help you though! Car, you've read this thing, haven't you?" She tossed the book and then looked over to Jane, talking now, as if Carolina wasn't even in the room. "All she did when she was a kid was read. If it wasn't Harry Potter, it was Lord of the Rings. If it wasn't Lord of the Rings, it was the dictionary." Carolina's glare intensified at her sister's ignorance and again, the level of high school pettiness she had. She did not move in here to be the thing that united Nicole at Jane at the expense of her dignity.

"I-" Carolina wanted to object and claim that she had to go meet Lottie, which wouldn't have exactly been true since she hadn't heard back from the blonde. Nicole didn't even give her a chance to say no, though.

"You'll help her," Nicole finished the sentence for her in a voice that too closely resembled their mother's for Carolina to want to bother with saying no. Besides, she had chosen the same book for their summer reading assignment and had actually read the play twice in middle school for assignments as well. Nicole disappeared, leaving Jane standing awkwardly in the doorway for a mere minute before the blonde reappeared with a laptop. Carolina didn't shift from her crossed-legged position at the top of her bed, so Nicole took the initiative to lead Jane inside. "Here, you sit. Here's your laptop, and Carolina will help you come up with something that'll get you a good grade. It's your first paper of the year, right? So it won't be weird if you get an A anyway." Nicole seemed just as aware of Jane's poor academic record as Carolina did, but there was no way that she was going to write an A level paper for her! Constance standards were far higher than public school ones and it was sometimes even difficult for Carolina to get an A. She would get Jane a B-, and even that was pushing it.

Jane was obedient to Nicole's direction and sat on the very edge of Carolina's bed. Closer now than she had been all night, Carolina could make out the fatigue in Jane's face. Her eyes looked lifeless, her skin paler than she remembered it to be, and her body thin enough to justify the trip that Nicole had joked about earlier. She didn't look as demonic as Carolina decided she was earlier. It was only when the silence between them passed the one-minute mark that Carolina realized that she was staring and shifted her position on the bed to be slightly closer to Jane. "Okay, well, it was kind of an open-ended assignment. Do you still have the handout with all of the prompts on it?"

"I don't think I ever got one." Carolina knew she had. She sat a few rows behind Jane in that class, but she wasn't going to contest it.

"Alright, well, one of the prompts was to explore some of the literary devices used in the play." She thought that that might spark some thoughts in Jane's mind, but the empty expression she got reminded her of who she was dealing with. "Did you even read it?" Carolina didn't think that the annoyance in her voice had been that obvious, but out of no where, the brunette in front of her started crying. There was no time for Carolina to even react before the slow stream of tears turned into Jane throwing her arms around her and crying into her shoulder. Completely shocked and confused, Carolina didn't know what to do besides uncomfortably pat her back. "You don't need to cry about it, Jane... It's fine, I can tell you what it's about, you don't have to get worked up over it..." If she thought Nicole was a drama queen, she didn't even have words for this girl.

"It's not the stupid book, Caroline," she said her voice cracking as more tears came. Carolina scowled at being called Caroline, a name that her name was mistaken with far too many times, but she didn't correct Jane, who was talking as soon as she caught her breath again. "Sydney slept with Vincent, and when we were out to dinner Sydney ordered the paccheri for me and I wanted the salad, and now Sienna hates Sydney, and Sydney brought up where I was this summer and she had the nerve to say that it was 'fun', and Piper is going to be friends with Sienna and Sydney will never talk to them again." Jane was talking way too fast for Carolina to keep up with and even when she paused to take a breath, too much had been said for her to catch up. "And Sydney got mad at me today for not going to get a facial with her, and I'm supposed to go to Hailey's party tomorrow even though she told everyone where I was this summer, and Lottie's not going to help me with my math work, I just know it, and my whole life is ruined, Caroline." That Caroline thing was going to get on her nerves, but she still didn't think it would be appropriate to correct it now. Not with a girl who had been a stranger one hour before, sobbing on her shoulder.

Jane's jumbled rant probably would have been hard to decipher for someone who knew about the Sienna/Sydney drama, so for Carolina, who was blissfully out of the loop, it was like a foreign language. She managed to make out something about Sydney Vale being mad about Jane not getting a facial with her, Charlotte not helping her with math homework, Sydney sleeping with Vincent, something about a salad and paccheri, and Jane's life being ruined. "Don't cry," was all that Carolina could offer. Not only did she have no idea what Jane was crying about, but she wasn't good with comforting crying people, especially when their problems involved missed facials. "Look, I'll do the paper for you. You should just go to bed... and maybe shower first." The tears dripping down her face had turned a murky grey, and one glance down at her mascara-stained shirt suggested that she would be throwing that shirt out.

When Jane nodded and slowly picked herself up from the bed, sniffling as she left the room, Carolina considered that all of that could have just been an act. Maybe Jane was manipulative enough to know that Carolina would rather just do the paper on her own and remove any responsibility from Jane, than deal with her crying. At the same time, Carolina didn't doubt that there was drama going on in that friend group. She heard enough of it from Sienna at SGA meetings to know that there was always something going on between the girls, with the tension primarily existing between Sienna and Sydney.

Carolina knew that the assignment wouldn't take her long anyway, and even if she had been conned into doing it, it was easier than having to deal with Jane's face palm-worthy commentary on Othello.

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Character Portrait: Lee Min-ho Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Lee's phone went off again, momentarily distracting him from whatever Sebastian was dealing with in his own group of friends. Carolina's texts were cracking him up. He couldn't imagine how it felt though, to be uprooted like that and just moved into a place like the Lynch's. Hell, he'd only ever been inside places that nice on a handful of occasions. He hadn't even been to Sebastian's that often in the past, because of Jin his house had usually been the center of activity.

To: Carolina
Shit I had to save up to buy my own piece of shit tv, I'd kill for a fucking theater. You. Me. Movie Date. Soon.

It was very possible there wasn't anyone else on the planet Lee liked as much as Carolina. She just...understood him, on a level no one else could. On a 'Childhood Sucked, White People Everywhere, Once Poor, Not Putting Up With Your Popular Bullshit' level. He hated being short with her over text...half of him wanted to just catch a train and go see her ASAP. But...

He looked over at Sebastian and realized there was something he wanted a little more. Because it'd been so long since he'd had this and who the hell knew how long it would last. And then he remembered that damn party they were talking about. He arched an eyebrow silently, knowing he had a judgmental expression on his face, but honestly...why not?

He snorts and rolls his eyes. "Of course, as a friend," he muttered, more under his breath than anything else. He wanted to ask if Sebastian had meant a lot of things as a friend, but even Lee wasn't stupid enough to push his luck. He'd been handed an inch, there was no reason to stretch it out. "Yeah. Sure. Why not."

He took a few last drags of his cigarette before dropping the blunt on the coffee table and pulling his lefts up to sit criss-cross. It put them closer, his knee basically resting on Seb's thigh, but he didn't care, didn't make any attempt to move. Instead, he focused on the game.

Half an hour later and he was nearly crying with laughter, leaning over the arm of the couch and holding his side. "Oh my, God, Bastian you actually suck. See, this is why you can't be without me too long. What the hell have you been doing with your life? Spending too much time working on that pretty face of yours?" It was an old jab, one only enunciated by Lee's ever so rare grin. He trash talked with compliments and complimented with trash talk, that was absolutely nothing new. Somethings never changed.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú

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Sienna had only hiccupped and wiped her eyes at Charlotte's last pieces of advice, knowing that the class president was more than right. "You're right...you're right...I just..." Just didn't know what to do now? Was going to regret her decision at some point? Sienna didn't finish her sentence and she only hoped Charlotte would not ask her to because she did not know how. All she knew was that Charlotte was right - she handled everything wrong. She should have realized then to cut her ties with Vincent and Sydney. She didn't regret snapping at the blonde, never. Not in a million years would she regret going off on Sydney and the blonde had been lucky that was all Sienna had done. However, the post was out, speculation was running her phone rampant, and she honestly wanted to get home and to her ice cream.

"Thanks, Lottie," she said softly when it seemed like the tears would stop. She even managed a small though lackluster smile. "At this point, you're probably the only friend I've got so...thanks." She hugged her fellow Constance girl one more time before deciding to take Charlotte home, texting her own driver. Sienna didn't feel like waiting on a taxi and spending anymore money for the day. After a ten minute waiting period, Sienna and Charlotte were inside the Alvarez family town car and another ten minutes later, Sienna was dropping her friend off with the promise of picking her up for the party. She had not said much during the car ride to Charlotte's place nor had she checked her phone during that entire time, but once she saw to it that her friend had entered the building, Sienna's drivers pulled away from the curb and she turned her gaze to her phone.

Jane's text from earlier remained unanswered. She couldn't offer her friend a response at the moment. She couldn't just make up with Sydney Vale. Sydney would expect immediate regret and for Sienna to take full blame and, after crying in Charlotte's arms and having time to breathe, Sienna felt like she deserved more than groveling at Sydney's knees. She did not exactly expect Sydney to do such to her, but she definitely wasn't planning on finding out any time soon. Instead, she flipped through her phone to see various messages from classmates she almost didn't recall until memories of destroyed chemistry sets, volleyball matches, and failed cooking experiments danced across her mind. Most offered their support and a few, their allegiances though Sienna didn't understand why they would do that. She had not done what she had done out of a desire for Sydney's throne. She just wanted to get back at her at the only way she knew how. By affecting Sydney's image. Sienna's image was just as important to her, but her heart came first and Sydney had aided in breaking it. Despite validating Charlotte's wisdom of her not "handling the situation correctly", Sienna still felt like revenge had been served.

Saturday, September 6th | 7:30 PM

To occupy the void left in her life since she wasn't exactly on speaking terms with either Jane or Sydney, Sienna had woken up early on Saturday morning. No matter her mood and because Cynthia had been upset about the revelation of who Vincent had cheated with getting to her from one of her manicurists (how the hell it had spread that far, Sienna could not even fathom!), Sienna still had to go to her modeling session. And it was also Hailey's birthday and she couldn't ruin the day for her friend just because she was in a bad mood. So, Sienna did something she rarely did. She cooked. She was not the greatest and had to get kitchen staff to help her since Cynthia had gone back to their Long Island estate for the weekend, but she ended up satisfied with the assortment of breakfast food. Because it was Sienna and she loved pancakes, they were definitely an option and because Hailey loved chocolate, they were chocolate-chip. Plating a stack of pancakes and topping it with whipped cream, a chocolate sauce drizzle, and candles, Sienna and Esmee surprised the blonde singer with breakfast-in-bed followed by presents. Esmee had gotten Hailey a Cartier love bracelet from her own summer job money and allowance from their parents. Sienna and Jane - and only because she promised Jane she would include her and literally had to swallow back a lump of emotion when she acknowledged her friend's involvement in the gift giving - had gotten Hailey two new outfits complete with accessories and jewelry, and a paid day of relaxation at Caudalie's with Esmee.

After the girls had eaten and bidding both Esmee and Hailey a good day with a promise to check on everything for Hailey's party for the night, Sienna had gone off to her photo shoot with Young&Reckless. She was getting a large endorsement from both them and Pepsi, so she had to do small things like campaigns, photo shoots, interviews, and commercials. Luckily, she didn't have to act today. She was too tired for any of that. Esmee had taken to washing her hair for her last night and had even put in cornrows because Sienna had not cared enough to stop her. The only thing she had focused on was the smell of her Black Vanilla conditioning products from Carol's Daughter. So, Esmee did what she did and it was fine because the stylists all decided to apply a sew-in weave to her hair, thus leaving Sienna with a red hue for the six hours that she was there. It was a surprisingly sexy color that she would have been more than interested in had she cared. Sienna had had to focus on not giving away too much emotion to Piper when she saw the natural redhead and ignored Sebastian all together, not remembering his name being on the list of models for the shoot.

Once that was over and promising her friend to text her later (and taking out the blasted weave!), Sienna had checked with the club they had rented out for the evening's festivities. As a means to take pressure off of Hailey because she deserved to enjoy her birthday, Sienna had made the final plans for the evening. She had made sure the night would be fun. There would be paint in one of the lounge areas for people to use if they had not already gotten themselves painted, most of the drinks glowed in the dark, there were neon lights with a timed fog machine, the DJ knew some of Hailey's favorite songs, and there would be light snacks and a birthday cake. A few of Hailey's friends were flying in as a surprise and a few of the friends Sienna had introduced her to in California were coming. Overall, the evening was going to be great and satisfied, Sienna returned home to get ready, surprised to see Ricardo Slim-Helú waiting for her when the elevator doors opened.

"Rick," she breathed and Ricky's hand shot out of the elevator, stopping the doors from closing in on a flabbergasted Sienna. He only smirked at her expression. "Miss me?" Her answer was throwing herself into his arms. Ricky didn't hesitate in allowing her to do such, wrapping his firm arms around her waist and spinning her around for a moment. He wasn't surprised when Sienna didn't immediately release him when her feet touched the ground and allowed her the chance to cling. He had seen the Facebook posts that turned into tweets and then full-on debates between classmates who normally did not speak to each other. And least of all about two of the most popular girls at Constance Billard.

Which was why Ricardo was a bit excited for the school year. While being in California had been fun and attending such a prestigious institute for the time that he had had been challenging considering those were some of the best athletes in the country, there was nothing like good old New York, particularly the Upper East Side. For years, he had been entertained by the various gossip blogs that had emerged in the last few years and even more-so, by the whispered rumors in the hallways surrounding each and every student. Some guys felt like it played with their manliness to be involved with gossip, but their heterosexism did not leak into Rick's mind. No, in fact, he reveled in the gossip, oftentimes starting issues or making them worse. And it wasn't like many chose to challenge him. The ones who did either learned their lessons and probably don't live on their side of town anymore, or were some of the few Ricky was entertained enough by to not be upset with. Which included the blonde in his arms.

It took Sienna a minute, but she had come to the conclusion that she honestly had missed Ricky. While both his and Sydney's need for absolute control and demands could be overbearing, she couldn't lie when it came to having grown tolerant of Ricky. Granted, if she and Sydney had never gotten into a tiff over Vincent, then Sydney would be her girl and Ricky would be just another bothersome manwhore like Vincent. But he wasn't. He was fun and she loved flirting with him. Partly because she knew she would never give in to his advances and partly, well...all anyone had to do was look at him! Ricardo Slim-Helú was absolutely gorgeous! There was no doubting his attractiveness and why doing absolutely any and everything came natural to him. Even the air about him was intoxicating at times, especially when he put on that damn smolder. However, and luckily for her and her emotions, he only had a teasing smirk on his face. "You didn't tell me that you were back yet." Ricky shrugged, following Sienna on the path to one of the smaller kitchens. Already comfortable in the Alvarez family home, he walked over to the liquor cabinet and pulled out one of their bottles of scotch. "Kinda thought seeing my gorgeous face would put you in a better mood," he replied and Sienna rolled her eyes, pushing two glass cups towards him. "Yeah, whatever." This was what she needed. Playfulness. Familiarity. Something to get her mind off of everything else.

"I'm surprised you aren't with your queen," she commented after receiving her half-filled glass of scotch. Ricky stared at her, long and leisurely, before smirking. He detected the jealousy underneath the inquiry and happened to like it. It made things all the more fun when shit really hit the fan. Ricky did not favor Sydney nor Sienna more than the other. Did he like it when he girls fought? Oh, yes, he did. Sienna was a tough and fiery little ball of wonders, and Sydney was...well, Sydney was more his equal than he would typically give her credit for. Both of them gave him a bit of entertainment, just in different ways. If anyone else messed with them, he would be more than ready to stand up for them. Them at each other's throats? Delightful. "I will pay my respects before the night is over." There was a pause before he added, "Jealous much?" Sienna scoffed and swallowed down the liquor, gritting her teeth so that she wouldn't allude to the liquor having still taken her aback. A warmth spread in her belly and wanting that feeling again, she drank more until the glass was finished. Noticing Ricky still watching her, Sienna tilted her head curiously. "How did you get in here anyway? And where's...?" Rick answered only a beat later. "I buzzed in just as Esmee and your friend were leaving. Esmee just let me on in." Sienna hummed, maneuvering around the island until she was beside Ricky. Pouring herself more alcohol, she took another drink. "So, I'm guessing that means you're coming to the party tonight." It was more of a statement than a question, especially after noting Ricky's apparel.

Instead of the usual formal attire Upper East Side kids were used to or even the business casual they frequented, Ricky wore black Levi jeans, a simple white muscle shirt underneath a specially designed black varsity jacket with neon green accents, and black and green sneakers from Adidas. It was unsurprisingly tame. There would be paint at the party and Ricky was too cool to ever really have his body painted. Sienna would joke later that he was too stuck-up, but for now she simply appreciated the display of pectoral muscles beneath the thin white fabric of his top. "Careful there, sweetheart," he teased, the deep timbre of his lowered voice forcing Sienna's gaze to meet his. "The last girl that looked at me like that got laid." Heat rushed to her cheeks and Sienna immediately retorted, "It would be a cold day in hell before you and I ever happen." Ricky only chuckled and Sienna growled. "Down, kitten. I was only playing." Sienna only glared at him and Ricky's smirk grew. "Gotta go anyway before I hit up this party of yours. Need to check on a companion of mine who you've been ignoring." Sienna didn't have to question who he was speaking about. It was Vincent.

"And until he gives me something worth paying attention to, I'm gonna keep ignoring him," Sienna stated sharply. She had not answered not one of Vincent's text messages and didn't plan on doing so. She did not know about his having gone to see Sydney instead of her. All she knew was that Sydney obviously meant more to him than he had initially let on and Sienna was hurt. Perhaps she should have reminded herself that she had said that their night had been supposed to be a one night stand. She had prepared herself to be ready for it to be that way. However, she didn't want to focus on that and only shooed Ricky out of her kitchen. "Go on then. I have to get pretty and you're holding me up." Ricky only chuckled as she led him to the elevator, offering her a smirk when the doors closed. Sighing, Sienna only rushed to get herself together. Ricky had managed to hold her up for twenty minutes and she promised to give rides.

On his way down, Ricky leaned against the back wall of the elevator. He had not truly spoken to Sienna about the Sydney-Vincent situation and had chosen not to. He wanted her more pliant and receptive of his words. At the moment, she was vulnerable, but enough to fully let down her guard. It would take more time and he could always plant the seed of suspicion later. For now, he decided, he could text his other friends.

To: Vincent
Omw 2 r place & u better b ready. No excuses.

To: Sydney
I kno u missed me & all, but the least u could have done was give me a welcome home kiss babe. Heard u were dealing w/ a mutiny. Not gonna say I'm not surprised u couldn't handle urself w/out me here, but don't tell me ur in cowering, Syd. Come 2 the party

After a ten minute shower, Sienna returned to her bedroom to put on a matching printed bra and panty set. It was a daring move, especially considering her outfit for the night. But she was feeling reckless. The fact that she had downed two glasses of scotch when she had not eaten dinner yet said enough. The bra's stripes would glow in the dark beneath the revealing top. After applying a shimmering lotion that left her skin feeling silky smooth and giving off her signature scent, Sienna pulled on a pair of Abercrombie & Fitch shorts and a pair of multi-colored Giuseppe Zanotti wedges. The colors would glow in the blacklight of the club. Still topless, Sienna headed over to her vanity to work on her makeup. While the long lashes seemed pink in regular light, they would glow blue later and the eyeliner would be pink. Despite her earlier plans to have glitter all over herself, she didn't feel the need to show off artistically. She just felt like being sexy and stupid for the night. It would be a bad decision later and she would probably get chastised later, but who the fuck cared? Once her face was taken care of and a pair of silver hoops were in her ears, Sienna set to fixing her hair up. One of her favorite stylists had done her nails earlier. It didn't take long to get to the final product for her hair as she had not straightened in last night and the braids had played on the naturally curly state from her mother's genes. Satisfied, Sienna finally pulled on her long-sleeved top, a mid-driff baring little thing with large fishnet holes. It revealed the bra beneath and the neon pink shade made her skin pop. The flat tummy she had worked to keep toned would be revealed and she even chose the belly button ring whose diamond would glow pink. The top would also glow later in the night and after a spritz of perfume, Sienna was ready for her night.

Once in the town car, Sienna checked the time. It was ten minutes after eight, and so she sent out her texts, biting her lip at messaging Jane. She didn't know how the brunette would feel about her ignoring her plea, but she couldn't ignore Jane forever either.

To: Piper
Picking up Charlotte first. Where do u want me 2 pick u up at?

To: Charlotte
Omw, love. B there in 10

To: Carolina
I am so sorry 4 not messaging u back. A lot happened and I'm really sorry. R u coming to dis party tonite?

To: Jane
Hey, I'm omw 2 Hailey's party. Do u need me to send anyone 2 pick u up? Do u need anything?

To:Hailey
Omw. Everything good so far?



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Jane might have twisted the story around to make it seem like Carolina was desperately pleading for her to escort her to Hailey's party, but that definitely was not the case. In fact, it was almost the complete opposite of what had went down! During their day of shopping, Nicole had asked her what her plans were for the night. She and Adrian were going to some fancy soiree at the home of one of the designers that LVMH owned, and just to make it seem like she wasn't going to sit home all night and study, she mentioned Hailey's birthday party. Carolina had received an invitation via social media from Sienna, but she didn't really plan on going. Lee had said he was going with Sebastian, which completely caught Carolina off guard because... since when were they friends again? She didn't question him about it, because one, she wanted to save that for an in-person chat, and two, it was a good thing that he was mending his relationship with Seb. Carolina could be antisocial and while Lee could be as well, she thought that it was only a good thing that the boy had one more friend to hang out with. Still, that meant that one of her closest friends was off the list as someone to show up with and Charlotte said she was going with Sienna. There were other student government kids or "school friends", as Carolina referred to the small group of kids she hung out with in classes but not off campus, that she probably could have tagged along with, but honestly, she didn't really want to go. Partying and getting drunk were fun for most teenagers, including herself, but Hailey was already making her way into Jane's crowd through Sienna and Carolina just wasn't used to attending those types of parties. Besides, after spending all night on Jane's English assignment and all day out with her and Nicole, she really did have a lot of work to catch up on.

Hailey's party was simply an excuse for her sister not to worry, or more accurately- badger, her about staying home on a Saturday night when all of New York was at her fingertips. The plan turned on her, though, when Nicole requested that she bring Jane along with her. Apparently, Nicole's manicurist also worked for Constance students and had overheard them talking about the school's drama, which she promptly passed on to Nicole. However she had phrased it gave Nicole a better idea of what was going on in Sydney Vale's group than Carolina had gotten from Jane's indecipherable sobs the night before, because she claimed that Jane needed a friend now more than ever. And so, that duty had somehow fallen onto Carolina's shoulders. Nicole had clearly planned on springing the assignment on her before she let her know at dinner, since when they got home, among the items that Carolina purchased was an outfit for the party. She was skeptical at first, but after trying it on, she had to admit that the neon cutout bralette was cute, especially when matched with the Converse Allstar's. Was it cute enough to convince her that tonight would be the fun night Nicole tried to claim it would be? Definitely not. But it was enough for her to text Jane around eight o'clock, to see if she was ready to go since she hadn't heard from the brunette since she left dinner without warning.

To: Jane
So.. my sister said it might be easier for Max to just drive us both to this party together?? U ready?

To: Sienna
Lol don't worry about it u kno idc. I think I heard wat went down anyway so I totally understand... but yeah my sister wants me to take Jane. i'll find u when i get there.

To: Lee
U at the party yet?

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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With the unusual amount of courage that Jane was having today with Sydney, she was ready to tell her to leave when she tried to act like Jane's attitude was uncalled for. It probably still would have been a more indirect "get out" than Sydney deserved, but Jane still wasn't going to just back down. However, the blonde backtracked before Jane could respond and she let her speak. She did her best to follow Sydney's explanation for what she did to Sienna. Even when she asserted that she would have done the same thing with Vincent had she had the chance, Jane remained quiet. She was sure that she would not have done the same thing. Vincent flirted with everyone and yeah, Jane would readily admit that he was the most attractive guy at Saint Jude's, but she never reciprocated his advances because she knew better. Even blackout-drunk level, she knew better. The comment regarding Sienna slandering Sydney's reputation being equal to Sydney killing Sienna's sister brought a small smile to her face. Jane tried to suppress it, but really?! Sydney's image was important to her, that was for sure, but even Jane recognized that Sydney was being more than dramatic now.

"I haven't spoken to her," Jane replied after a slight pause. It wasn't exactly the truth, since the girls had exchanged a couple of texts since the blowout, but it hadn't been a real conversation, and definitely not what Sydney was assuming. She paused once again, trying to figure out which direction she wanted to go to this. There was a large part of her that wanted to shout at Sydney for bringing up her summer, for being so insensitive towards an issue that had ruined her life. At the same time, she desperately wanted things between her friends to go back to normal and maybe it would be selfish to put her emotions between a possible reconciliation. "And I know that she's not the victim here, but what you did was so... so bad." In a matter of those few exchanges, her voice had abandoned its confidence for a pleading tone. "Please make it right, Syd. Tonight, come to this party and talk to her. Please?" She didn't even drop the imploring look when she glanced down at her phone and responded to Carolina.

To: Caroline
Um no I'm not ready just go without me or wait for me and Syd but I'm not rushing just for you

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú

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Ricardo lounged comfortably in the back of the Slim-Helú town car, legs crossed before him coolly and idly flipping through the recent posts on Twitter and Facebook. Most people had already come to this Hailey's party and were having a good time. Not that he particularly doubted that it would be a fun night. If the girl was a friend of Sienna's, she either had to have a sass that Sienna was known for or had to have a fun bone in her body. And, if her fans had anything to say about it, Hailey Nelson was a fun person to be around. Ricky smirked to himself. He couldn't wait to meet her.

In the midst of checking on the status of Sydney and Sienna's social media war, Sydney messaged him back. He didn't rush to answer or even read what she had to say. It would seem as if he had been waiting for her to respond to him, which he was not. So, he did not rush. He continued to flip through images and posts, grinning at a few of the girls who he once thought as complete crudes wearing some rather scandalous outfits for the night. Something told him he would be enjoying this party a lot more than he originally believed. Finally, after it seemed like a good three minutes had passed, Rick finally pulled up Sydney's text message and had to chuckle. He loved the little attitude she seemed to have. Truthfully, he appreciated a few things about Sydney Vale and loved messing with her, especially. Sienna was fun, yes, and he did love her. But Sydney...there was something about her retorts and her ability to seem unfazed that amused him to no end. The car door opened and he knew Vincent was climbing in, but Rick concentrated only sending his message out.

To: Sydney
No need to pretend, babe. We both know you have more than enough time.

To: Sydney
Also, you should probably check the posts. Something tells me you have more issues than Sia just outing you. Looks like your followers aren't as loyal as you thought, Syd.

Rick wasn't being mean. He was simply orchestrating. There was a difference. Nothing he did to Sydney was particularly cruel, more teasing than anything else. Besides, it would prompt her to action, even if it was something as small as attending a party by someone she probably could give two fucks about. Smirking inwardly, Rick finally turned his attention on Vincent. To be completely honest, Ricardo had missed his friend. Vincent was one of his best guys, one of the few he actually liked the most in New York. Granted, he was sure that Vincent's opinion on him went interchangeably between friendship and contempt, but that really was Vincent's fault. He knew Ricardo liked fucking with people and who did Vincent think he was kidding? The idiot watched Sienna from afar, even when the guys were talking about other girls. He claimed nonchalance, but the second Sienna came into the vicinity, his eyes stayed on her. Even if they strayed, he was like her little bitch, never really straying too far. So, Ricardo had decided to help his friend along. Obviously, he wanted everyone to think Sienna meant nothing to him. That he could give two fucks about who she was with. So, Rick flirted with her. Was that cruel? Actually, it was. Did Rick care? No, especially when Vincent could end it at any second.

"Glad you could still joke at a time like this," Ricardo replied in a rather bored tone, getting a text from a few lacrosse players already at the party and asking about when Rick was getting there. Sienna must have told everyone that he was back already. Smirking, Rick fully stared at his friend. "Got any plans on what you're doing about this 'cause man, this is bad. Even for you. And when were you going to tell me you fucked Sydney Vale? That's like, going-down-in-legends material right there."


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Sienna had not taken any selfies and despite Esmee's requests, she could not. Both she and Jane were huge on social media, particularly when it came to posting photos of themselves. Whether together or apart, that was a thing that really was them and Sienna was a powerful artist in the social media world. And yet...she wasn't in the mood and she felt just a bit bad for turning her sister down again. She had ignored Esmee last night and was still avoiding actually talking to her sister. Leave it to a situation like this that would make her regret their dynamic. Esmee, the one who had been allowed to enjoy her childhood more than Sienna and actually live, was the mature one while the big sister was the one who could cry in her baby sister's arms. How pathetic could you get after that!? Of course, Esmee would argue that that was the perfectionist or maybe even the Cynthia in her that thought that. Sienna would probably tell Esmee to shut up.

To: Carrie
YAAAAYYY!! Ur coming!!!

Smiling at Charlotte's text message, Sienna glanced out the tinted window of the town car to see that they were pulling up to the apartment building Charlotte lived at and her smile widened. She wanted to show her friend that she was better - that she was doing good. Even if she truly wasn't. Sienna had barely waited for the car to officially stopped before pushing the door open, eyes wide and excited and her mouth agape. Charlotte Buchanan looked hot! She had felt like, with all the compliments that had circulated through school, that she and Charlotte had had the best outfits that night. But this...she could only thank Rose because she knew Charlotte would not have been able to come up with this one on her own. "Oh. My. God! Is that Madam President Buchanan looking scandalous and on the prowl!? Better hurry up in here before the paparazzi show up!" Sienna exclaimed, grinning all the while. She was glad that Charlotte was looking just as scantily-clad as she was. Not like most raves consisted of people actually dressed in layers or anything, but even she knew that the cropped top she was wearing was just a bit daring even for her. Combined with the shorts and the wedges, she knew she looked like a girl looking for trouble.

To: Piper
On our way now, girlie. U still comin?

To: Jane
Just let me kno when & if u get there

To: Hailey
Heard the party's great. Hope ur havin fun

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú

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It was selfish and wrong, but Sydney was more than satisfied when Jane dropped her mock-confidence and returned to her old self. She didn't necessarily need Jane to be the lapdog that most people thought her to be, but a Jane that blatantly denied her requests and stood up to her so brazenly was not something that Sydney was used to, or wanted to get used to. The plead that she made, for Sydney to talk to Sienna tonight, wasn't one that she wanted to hear, but it was preferred over the bitch she had dealt with moments before. "Sienna and I will talk at some point, but tonight is not that night," Sydney declared. Her eyes were averted from Jane's longing gaze for a mere second as she glanced down at her phone. Ricardo had responded to her text, but she knew that whatever it said wasn't important enough to warrant an immediate response. If anything, it was going to annoy her and she could deal with putting that off for a few minutes anyway.

"Why not tonight?" Jane replied, her hands absentmindedly fidgeting with the ties of her robe. Sydney's declaration sounded more like an excuse than anything. She probably wanted to put off talking to Sienna in hopes that she would reach out to her first, so that, in true Sydney fashion, she could claim that it was Sienna who came running back to her, begging for forgiveness. It wasn't like Jane expected Sydney to do that to Sienna, either. She really did recognize that both of her friends had wronged each other, but Sienna never would have done what she did if Sydney hadn't done hers first. And really, in Jane's opinion, no matter how much of a dramatic spin Sydney put on it, what Sienna had done didn't seem to compare to what Sydney did with Vincent.

Jane's tone was not accusatory but Sydney was getting annoyed over why she needed to be persistent over this. It had barely been one day since the fight. Sydney wasn't ready to forgive Sienna for what she had done, and even if Sydney had some type of apology to offer Sia, she doubted the singer would be ready to accept it either. Sydney knew that this was just Jane trying to make everything perfect and innocent and happy, like usual, but this wasn't some normal fight where that would work. What Sienna had done yesterday was game changing and Sydney doubted that things could be mended at this point. "I don't want to do it somewhere so public. You know how embarrassingly loud she can get, and I don't think it would be right to steal the new girl's attention on her own birthday. This is probably the only night that she's going to be really relevant, anyway." Hailey wasn't important enough to even be referenced by her name. Not after that little show she put on on Thursday morning, and even more so after her attempt to buy drugs off of Brent Barclay right in front of Jane. Remembering the new blonde reminded Sydney of last night's ordeal and before Jane could insist again that they go to the party, Sydney decided to do some convincing of her own. It was wrong to redirect the conflict of the conversation onto someone else, but Sydney didn't care about Hailey. In fact, she actively disliked her by this point, so in her mind, it didn't seem comparable to how she had thrown Jane under the bus to change the topic during yesterday's dinner. "Besides, that girl is bad news anyway, Jane. I tried to warn Sienna about it and of course she didn't want to listen, but I caught that girl buying drugs at my party." She whipped out her phone, still ignoring Rick's text as she pulled up the photo she had sent Sienna. "It's probably crack or something, for all we know. She did it right in front of you too, and I know you were drinking too much to remember but still, what nerve! Honestly, she wasn't even invited and this is why. I knew she was going to be a problem."

Jane understood that it probably was best to avoid dealing with their friendship problems in the middle of a party, but when else were they going to do it? Even if they were in the privacy of one of their homes, there was still a good chance that Sienna was going to claw Sydney's eyes out or that Sydney was going to try to turn the tables and make things worse. No matter what, Jane doubted that the pair would be able to speak civilly, but she so desperately wanted this resolved. It had only been one day, but that one day had been daunting in itself and she couldn't imagine an entire school year like this. Especially when this was their last school year, and one that they had all vowed to make the most of. Jane wanted to convince Sydney that she could just pull Sienna aside and talk outside or in a separate room, but unsurprisingly, Sydney changed the topic of conversation to Hailey. Jane had her own reservations about Hailey but drugs? That wasn't something that Jane would have suspected. And then the photo was thrust into her face and Jane's heart dropped. She knew exactly what those drugs were, and it didn't take much problem-solving skills to piece together who they were really for if it was Brent Barclay dealing them with Jane standing nearby. "That's not crack, it's Ritalin..." she whispered, not even recognizing that she was speaking aloud as her eyes focused on the phone screen.

Since when did Jane know anything about drugs? Especially something like Ritalin, which Sydney had only vaguely heard of herself. As far as she knew, Jane thought that drugs were just as classless as she. The idea of her friend being able to identify a bag of white pills was surprisingly to say the least, and Sydney honed in on it before Jane had a chance to realize that she had even spoken. "I never knew you were interested in pharmacology, Jane," she said, quirking an eyebrow out of curiosity. "Enlighten me." It was her way of saying "explain yourself" without scaring Jane off. The startled look on her friend's Jane suggested that she was already regretting speaking, though.

"I'm not!" Jane shot back nervously as Sydney wondered how Jane was able to identify the drug so easily. Of course Sydney knew that Jane wasn't "interested in pharmacology" and Jane didn't even consider claiming that she was, because both of them knew that would have been unbelievable. "I just know... someone who uses it." That came out more guilty-sounding than she had wanted to, and before she could stop herself, she was the one throwing someone under the bus. "Piper buys it from Brent some times, okay? But please don't tell anyone I told you that. She would kill me." It wasn't a lie. Well, at least Jane didn't know that it was a lie. Last year when she had met Brent one night to buy some pills, Piper had been there. Jane had no other option than to tell Piper what she was doing meeting up with someone that was so... not their type, and to protect her own reputation, Piper claimed that she was with him for the same reason, despite it being untrue. Because Sydney already disliked Piper, Jane didn't think she was doing that much harm by outing Piper's secret, especially when it was to protect herself. She was still reeling from the girls somehow finding out about her disorder in the first place. She didn't need them to know how bad it actually was, especially if Brent was lurking around trying to force her back into those habits.

The fact that Jane's explanation for the pills didn't strike Sydney as being suspicious pointed to how much she already disliked Piper. She was surprised that the redhead did drugs, but not shocked. She wouldn't put something like that past Piper and hearing the secret actually heightened her mood. Once again, she had been right to dislike someone for no reason because hidden beneath the pettiness was a reason. As Sydney liked to say, her intuition was spot on like usual. "Hmm... not surprising," she surmised, allowing a smirk to creep onto her face. "Maybe Hailey won't be friendless after all, then. The two trap queens can be friends and we can finally drop her from our group." The comment evoked frown from Jane, and Sydney rolled her eyes. "I'm kidding, you know I won't tell anyone." Not yet, at least. Piper hadn't done anything to warrant such a nasty move and Sydney wasn't willing to go that low for no reason after Sienna had just done so to her. "Which is why I don't understand why you couldn't tell me about where you were this summer." She really didn't come over with the intentions of bringing up Jane's summer since Sydney knew that what she had said yesterday didn't come across as the compassionate and concerned friend that she wanted to be, but they seemed to be back in a good place. Maybe she could get an honest answer from Jane now.

The shock of the Ritalin being brought up numbed down Jane's senses enough that Sydney bringing up her summer didn't make her heart race this time. It was already out in the open and if anything, Jane had a reason to brush Sydney off now. Her friend had already addressed the issue so insensitively yesterday that she didn't think she was required to give it much thought today. "I was going to tell you at some point," she said before quickly switching gears. Her bare legs had grown goose bumps from standing in the air conditioned hallway and the reminder of her summer made her feel vulnerable in nothing but the bath robe. "I need to get dressed. Come."

Sydney could tell that Jane was trying to change the conversation and she wouldn't accept that. That was her game, and didn't she deserve an answer anyway? As selfish as it was, Sydney was offended that Jane couldn't even give her best friend some sort of insight, especially now when they were away from Sienna. She followed Jane upstairs, but spoke as they walked. "Then let's make 'some point' now. Like, you know I would have been there for you, Jane. How long has this been going on? You've been a stick forever and Sienna and I were concerned for you last spring but we didn't think that it was anything like this. Why didn't you say something?"

She wasn't going to let this go, apparently. Luckily, Jane's soak had calmed her down and knowing that she had mended her relationship with Sydney and that Sienna was texting her again made her feel better than she had earlier. "I really don't feel like talking about this right now, Syd. It's not 'anything like this'. My dad went crazy after my doctor said something and sent me there without me even knowing where I was going. There was nothing wrong, which is why I didn't say anything. I just didn't want to make a big deal out of a problem that doesn't even exist." She tried to keep her tone light and shrugged nonchalantly as she made her way into her bedroom and headed straight for her closet.

"You're insulting me, Jane. I'm not stupid. Even Sienna picked up on how you act, and that says a lot. I won't push it any more tonight, but just know that this is not the end of this conversation. I want real answers." Sydney followed Jane into the walk-in closet and sat down on one of the chairs as she watched the brunette shuffle through the racks of clothing. "Don't get too dressed up. I don't feel like going out, let's just do something casual." Jane had stepped behind one of the privacy screens to change, so Sydney turned her attention to her phone to finally answer Rick. Sienna had her minions and Sydney had hers. If a few of them wanted to side with Sienna on this, oh well. Sydney didn't think that it would be an amount considerable enough to hurt her, because at this point, she didn't need feel like she needed a million followers anyway. It was senior year and one rumor that she was not going to confirm wasn't going to be enough to ruin her, despite Sienna's hopes.

To: Ricardo
You are so right Rick. Let's dedicate a moment of silence to me losing the admiration of those completely useless and pathetic girls who I didn't and never will care about </3 :(

"I'm still going to that party," Jane reminded Sydney. She had lost most of her confidence since Sydney first arrived, but she wasn't going to be completely submissive to all of Sydney's wishes. Her best friend still didn't deserve that and honestly, the few self-sufficient comments she had made earlier were liberating in a way. If she wanted to go to Hailey's party, she was going to go whether Sydney liked it or not! She had found a dress that she had purchased with Sienna the day before and slipped behind a privacy screen to change into it. Matched with black lace-up boots, it definitely wasn't a typical Jane outfit but from Sienna's description of the party, it didn't seem like a place for a typical Jane outfit anyway. The dress was small and tight which had her pulling at the non-existent bulge that she was sure was protruding from her stomach, but after brushing her issues off to Sydney, she tried not to put too much thought into it. She wanted what she had said to her friend to be true, and she tried to put the "positive thinking" method that she had been taught in therapy to use tonight. Plus, she was sure that the party would have enough drinks for her to forget what she looked like anyway. "You should come, too. I think it'll be fun."

Sydney didn't understand why Jane insisted on going to this party even after Hailey had been outed as a drug user, but she remained quiet. If Jane wanted to go, then so be it. She would have to learn the hard way, but whatever. It was clear to Sydney that she and Jane were on good terms again and it would make her look like the bigger person if she allowed Jane to hang out with Sienna, anyway. Not like Sydney really had the control to choose who Jane could and couldn't hang out with, but she liked how it sounded in her head. "Um, no thanks. I'm not into doing lines of coke in the bathroom with some wannabe singer." She was talking about Hailey, but if Jane thought she meant Sienna, that worked too.

"Open bar!" Jane chimed in, hoping that it would be enough of a convincing factor for Sydney as it was for her. She knew it wouldn't be, and she didn't really care. Honestly, the night probably would be easier without Sienna and Sydney in the same room if neither of them wanted to make up with each other.

"We aren't all alcoholics, babe. Besides, my grandpa wanted to get dinner tonight, so if you're going to abandon me, I guess I'll go do that. Don't drink yourself to death!" she sighed dramatically, although her tone was playful. She stood up and headed out of the closet, only rolling her eyes when Jane cheerfully dismissed her with, "Your loss!". It took less then three minutes for Sydney's car to pull up and for her to be back on her way to her apartment. She really did plan on staying in with her grandfather tonight, but when she got a text from Vincent, those thoughts flew out the window.

From: Vincent
Ik you don't want to talk to me and I get it but I don't think u should come tonight. It's just gonna be too much drama with you two there.

Was he out of his mind to try to tell her what to do and where to go? And to protect his precious little girlfriend who had fucked her over?! Oh, hell no! It left Sydney reeling and trying to recall what cute neon outfits she had on hand as she ordered her driver to speed it up.

Jane felt like she and Sydney had left off on a good note, despite the blonde probably being annoyed that she had decided to go to the party regardless of her wishes. It left her in an exuberant mood that came close to how she used to feel when she was hyped to go out at night, and it was an extreme contrast to how poorly she had felt all day today. She straightened her hair quickly and put just as little effort into its styling as she left it in a simple ponytail. A glance out her window showed that Max hadn't left yet, which only had her sending a text to Carolina once she was already on her way down to the car.

To: Caroline
I'm omw to the car!!!! Let's go

To: Sienna
OMW!!!!!!!!!! How am I supposed to know what you're wearing if you don't post an Insta?! Or are you saving your post for today for one with me <3?!

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Even though Sienna's response to her text suggested that she would have at least one friend there, Carolina didn't want to leave without Jane. The only reason why she was going was because her sister expected her to bring Jane, and if Sydney was going to replace her and go with Jane, there was no real reason for her to go. As she studied her reflection in the mirror, she decided that she did look good enough to kind of want to go, but would she even have fun? If Lee wasn't there, which his lack of response suggested, then she doubted it. Sienna was always a ball of energy but she had so many friends and Carolina didn't want to cling to her like some awkward reject. The idea that the party was being thrown by someone who was new in town was reassuring, though. That meant that it couldn't be as exclusive as one thrown by Sydney Vale and the likes, and the theme of the party seemed too fun to be filled with any bad or judgmental vibes. She decided not to answer Jane's text, even though she felt like telling her to go fuck herself for the "I'm not rushing for you" part. Instead, she opted to wait a little while for the duo to get ready and walked down to the kitchen to pass some time.

Her sister and Adrian had already left for the dinner party they were invited to a few blocks away, and in a "the hell with it" mood, Carolina decided to search for the liquor cabinet. She was going to need something to loosen her up before going to the party anyway, and Jane's attitude made it seem all the more necessary. The Lynch's house was still an unfamiliar space to her so it took a few minutes and many opened doors for her to come across one filled with bottles of alcohol. They were all top shelf brands, with many of them being brands that Adrian's company LMVH owned. Carolina wasn't picky when it came to alcohol and normally opted for whatever cost the least at whatever seedy corner store would sell to her underage friends. Having access to bottles of alcohol that probably cost hundreds of dollars was daunting, but hearing the voices of Jane and Sydney down the hall washed away any reservations she had. She filled a glass with a generous amount of the Belvedere vodka and mixed it with orange juice. It was certainly strong, but went down a lot smoother than the cheap vodka she usually drank at parties, and as she grew more and more impatient with Jane, it began to taste pleasurable.

When her glass ran dry, she decided that there was no point in waiting for Jane. She clearly had no regard for Carolina who had been waiting at least a half an hour to leave and there was no telling how much longer she and Miss Queen Bee would take. For all Carolina knew, they would end up skipping the party last minute anyway, and she would have wasted her whole night. Now that she was in the mood to go, she wanted to get there before her buzz wore off. Sharing the same disregard that Jane showed her, Carolina didn't even text the girl as she took the elevator downstairs and headed out to the car. Coincidentally, as soon as she had sat down in the back seat, she received a text from Jane, essentially telling her to hurry up because she was ready. It had Carolina rolling her eyes before Max could even ask where she was headed to. This bitch...

To: Jane
Already down here... I was waiting 4 u, remember?

In a shocking twist of events, Jane didn't take three years to come downstairs! Carolina knew that she was being impatient too, but god, was this girl inconsiderate. And to think that she was doing this to be nice to Jane, who apparently had lost all of her friends! "I thought Sydney was coming," she commented as the car pulled off. She couldn't have cared less about the response, but decided to be the bigger person by breaking the silence in the car. Glancing over at Jane, she noticed that the girl didn't seem to be in a bad mood anyway. It was a short ride to the building the party was being held in, and Carolina only looked over at Jane briefly before thanking Max and stepping out of the car. "So, do you know this girl... Hailey?" she questioned once Jane had stepped out too. She was still feeling good. She was happy with the outfit her sister had chosen and was ready to get another drink in her system, but she was sort of hoping that Jane wouldn't abandon her right away. At least, not until she downed that drink and was ready to break out of her quiet "don't talk to me, I won't talk to you", side, or until she found Lee.

To: Lee
U better be here!

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Jane didn't even notice Carolina's response as she stepped into the car and found that the girl was already in there. She didn't even consider that she had kept her waiting, because if anything, she had already told Carolina to go ahead without her. It wasn't Jane's fault that she was socially awkward and had no friends of her own to go with. If anything, Carolina should still be thankful that Jane was allowing her to tag along. She did, however, have to internally acknowledge that it was nice to have someone to show up with now that Sydney wasn't coming. Jane was exuberant enough that she didn't mind showing up to a party alone, but she still felt like Hailey's party was going to be out of her element, and knew that Carolina wouldn't feel any more comfortable there than she.

"She had other plans," Jane distractedly replied. She considered bringing up what she had said to Carolina last night in her fit of emotions, but opted against it. She didn't need to give an excuse for that. She was upset and Carolina barging into her home only made it worse. Besides, tagging along for the shopping day earlier was supposed to be her way of saying thanks for that and Jane didn't think that she needed to worry about Carolina spreading what she had told her. From the little that Jane knew about her, she didn't have many friends and was irrelevant in the Upper East Side's social scene. Jane busied herself with posting an Instagram over the next few minutes of the car ride, partly to avoid making small talk with Carolina, and partly because she felt a post was necessary. She would make one later that night when she found Sienna and Piper, but for now, she posted a throwback picture (not caring that it wasn't Thursday), of her in Cannes. She captioned it "can we plz go back to Cannes?" with a couple of the party and alcohol related emojis, before tagging Piper, Sienna and Sydney in it. It was a move that she knew was brazen after Sydney refused to apologize to Sienna, and Sienna refused to even acknowledge the idea of reuniting with Sydney. However, Jane doubted that they could hate each other forever, and if anything, this would be a start at erasing some of the rumors about their friend group falling apart.

When the car pulled to a gentle stop, Jane thanked Max and followed Carolina out. The party was on the highest floors of the building, so Jane didn't mind taking the same elevator up as Carolina, since she knew she would be ditching her once they reached the party anyway. As they made their way through the lobby, it seemed like Jane wouldn't even have to wait to get upstairs to find her own friends. Sienna and Charlotte were about to step into the elevator, and Jane hurried towards them. Luckily, she had went with combat style boots tonight rather than heels because not only did she make it into the elevator without tripping, but she found that Sienna was right, and this wasn't some fancy party. Sienna was wearing... barely anything, and the same could be said with Charlotte, considering how modest she could be. Needless to say, they both looked amazing, and Jane grinned at the sight of them. "I didn't know we were supposed to dress that showy, Sia! I should have saved my outfit switch with Esmee for tonight. Is she here? And Pipe?" Even as she switched the questions away from Sienna's revealing outfit, she couldn't keep her eyes off of her friend. Hailey probably wanted to make a statement tonight with this party, but Jane had a feeling that she wasn't the only one. Jane knew that Sienna had to be well aware that an outfit like that would have guys all over her, and Jane couldn't blame her. After what Sydney and Vincent had done, she deserved all of the meaningless, rebound fun that she wanted. Her eyes fell to Charlotte next, and she barely noticed when Carolina managed to get into the elevator right before the doors shut. "Between that outfit and Sydney not coming, I think Connor's going to lose his virginity tonight," she beamed as she looked Charlotte up and down. She had no idea if Connor was a virgin or not, but he seemed innocent enough to be one, and she knew that Sydney was probably the only thing coming between the pair who seemed destined to be together. It was only then that she gave a quick glance towards Carolina. Jane strongly doubted that Sienna knew someone like her, and while she knew that Charlotte was heavily involved in student government, she still didn't know, or care to know, Carolina well enough to remember that she was as well. "This is Carolina," she added, assuming that no one knew her any more than Jane had a couple of days ago, before switching the conversation to something that seemed more important. "I so need a drink. Tonight better be fun, bitches!"

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Hailey Neilson Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Lee Min-ho Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Sebastian Huntington Jr. Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Dustin Sanderson Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú Character Portrait: Edward Till Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh

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Sunday, September 7th | 12:30 PM



Sunday was turning out to be an extremely busy day for Sienna and she wasn't exactly sure how she felt about it yet. The party last night had been pretty damn fun and exciting, especially seeing some of the more prim and proper students actually throwing the cares and inhibitions away. She herself had had a good time, especially with Jane, Piper, and Charlotte being her party buddies at different points of the night. She didn't know nor care if Sydney had made a presence, and if she had, Sienna had not paid it any mind. She had made it her mission to enjoy herself and downed two Mai Tai cocktails and only three shots, which was definitely safer than her typical antics. Maybe it was because she was trying to be coherent enough to evade Vincent when he did appear with Ricky...

...which brought her to her current issue. "Let me guess, you're vying for best friend of the month award," she snapped into her cell phone while sending out a few blasts online to the various volunteers for the afternoon. It was a very classy event they were hosting, a lunch of sorts with very light entrees, champagne, and a few other delicate treats. She had helped Charlotte and Victoria with the initial planning, but eventually stuck to doing her original job, which was more along the lines of garnering media attention of alumnae who still be around, various donors who would probably donate funds again, a few other social media management duties that had been bequeathed to her. Afterwards, she would have a small dinner with Jay Z and Beyoncé about her upcoming EP, another session in the studio despite having doing one earlier in the morning, and finish whatever homework she had not touched. She had not had time to construct an attire that would allow her l show out and even had decided on one of her most bare looks, opting even for the bare minimum in regards to makeup. The dress she chose was classy and casual, and the shoes were just edgy enough. She even had to deal with the fact that Hailey was preparing to leave since, apparently, Sydney slamming her for drugs Sienna still believed did not belong to Hailey had run amuck through the halls and a few other rumors had spread. It was too much stress and dealing with being new to all of it, Hailey had not been prepared for anything. So, she was leaving and Sienna had oversaw her getting on a flight extremely early in the morning. Which was why she was not in the mood to play by Ricky's rules.

"Oh come on, Sia. Give me a little credit," his voice rumbled through her ears over the speakers, and Sienna scowled because she could hear the chuckle he did not release. "You say it like it's a bad thing." Sienna growled and Ricky laughed a bit at the sound. "Don't you think that if I wanted to talk to him, that I would have already done so?" Ricky smirked on his end, finishing with his tie. He was in the process of getting presentable for this event, having shooed away his conquest from the night before at the crack of dawn. He really hated when girls wore make up that they were only going to fuck up by morning. Honestly, it was an unattractive look and was probably the real reason he had sent her away so early. "The only reason you haven't spoken to him is because you're scared." Sienna paused and his smirk only grew at her silence.

It had never been hard for Ricardo to understand Sienna. She liked to think she was a bit more complex and in a way, she was, but she also was not hard to decode. Her fear at whatever she would hear from Vincent at the explanation of his "relationship" with Sydney was the main reason for her ignoring him, not her anger at the lacrosse star for being in a Snapchat. Ricky had singled that fact out last night when he acknowledged her ignoring Vincent to her face and seeing the almost guilty look in her eyes was enough to solidify the fidelity of his theory. No one could say that the king of St. Jude's wasn't an intelligent individual, that was for sure. Sienna's mouth opened and closed twice, and Esmee looked up from the seating chart Sienna had asked her to look over, running her hands through her pin-straight hair she stared at her sister curiously. Shaking her head, Sienna rose from her seat and left her laptop with Esmee, opting to walk out in the lobby instead of continuing the conversation in the ballroom. "Fine, I'll talk to him before this. Satisfied? She griped into her phone and Ricky could only laugh and admire his attire for the afternoon with pleasure. "Delighted." He replied and was not surprised by the click that followed.

Once off the phone with his Royal Asshole-ness, Sienna huffed and puffed, pouting for just a few minutes. She had fallen for Ricardo's tricks again. She could have ignored his allegations and ended the call altogether, but - and she was very aware that he knew this - she wasn't going to let him just call her out like that. She wasn't scared of talking to Vincent. It was freaking Vincent! She could have this conversation with him and then he could go back to telling everyone she didn't mean a thing to him, and she could go back to hating him. And damn those thoughts for saddening her for the seconds they dwelled in her mind. Messing with the loose strands that framed her face unlike the rest of her hair, which was styled in a side bun, Sienna paced along the floors for two minutes before making her decision. She dialed Vincent's number and waited for him to pick up, not giving him much time to say anything before cutting in, "Look, we've got thirty minutes til this event begins, and I can't leave since Charlotte isn't here yet, so if you still wanna talk, I'm here. And if not..." She bit her lip for a second, contemplating it before continuing. "..if not, then I'll see you when I see you." She hung up before the conversation could go any farther, staring down at her device for a few seconds longer than she would have admitted.

The cool air from outside grazed her warm skin due to various guests exiting the hotel and it reminded her that she needed to be on the move. She needed to make sure that everything was in place so Charlotte wouldn't have too much to stress over other than her speech. Preparing herself for possibly speaking with Vincent and dealing with the unwanted pleasantries that came with lavish events such as these, Sienna turned back and headed towards the ballroom once more, sending out messages to various peoples.

To: Jane, Piper
Plz tell me ur either coming 2 this thing or r doing something far more fun than me :P

To: Lottie, Carrie, Victoria
So far so good

To: Connor
At least u can do is b on time

To: Lee
Don't worry, I only have ur # 4 this 1 event. R u still volunteering or what?

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Waking up with a hangover was never fun, but it at least reminded Jane of the good time she had the night before. Since Sienna had run off at Sydney's party with Vincent - an event that Jane still hadn't interrogated her friend on, and the next night had been a complete train wreck, Hailey's party had been the first night that she actually got to have fun with Sienna. She wished that Sydney had come, or more accurately, that Sydney had come and she and Sienna would have put their issues behind them, but that didn't happen and probably wouldn't for a while. Jane was still struggling to accept that, but last night had reminded her of how much fun she and Sienna could have... especially when they were drinking. The blonde left the party far more coherent than Jane did, but with that in mind, Jane was too wasted to remember that come morning, and just assumed that Sienna left as drunk as she.

"Wake up, girlies! We're leaving in an hour!"

Jane and Carolina reacted similar with similar groans to Nicole's peppy voice coming over the penthouse's intercom system. Carolina relished in the warmth of what only took two night's rests for her to officially call "her bed" for five minutes after her sister's wake up call before getting out of bed. She was exhausted and surprisingly, hung over too, but with one glance at her phone, she knew that she was running late. Unlike Jane, Nicole and Adrian, Carolina was expected at the event before it was scheduled to begin at o'clock. She was the SGA secretary and therefor, had to help make sure that everything was ready before the guests got to the lunch. Her presence probably wasn't that necessary. Everyone knew that Charlotte had the event planned down to the T and that if need be, she could run it on her own, but Carolina wanted to be there to help. She needed to be there to take even a tiny bit of stress off of Charlotte's shoulders and she knew that their first event of the year needed to go well.

Carolina had drank more than she was used to last night, but she got home in one piece and after spending a half an hour devouring a late night snack, was sober enough to take a shower. That worked to her benefit this morning, since it took her only fifteen minutes to get ready. She had to give Nicole credit. She had left an outfit hanging for her on the door to her closet and Carolina didn't even question it before putting it on. It was simple yet pretty, and not too revealing for the elegant luncheon they were throwing.

One of the many pros to living with the Lynch's was that their penthouse was so big, that Carolina didn't run into anyone on her way out. That meant that she wasn't running any later than she already was due to unnecessary chit chat with her sister or Adrian. She didn't expect to see Jane who Carolina last remembered seeing the night before, stumbling with a drink in hand. The brunette had brushed her off far too many times the previous night for her to expect any type of greeting if she did bump into her anyway.

It was only at 12:20, around the time that Carolina was pulling off for Hotel Plaza Athenee, that Jane finally got out of bed. Nicole and her frequent messages over the intercom had become too bothersome to allow Jane to get any more rest, and a cool shower seemed like her only shot at relieving her splitting headache. It did help, though only ten minutes in she was startled by the bathroom door creaking open and Nicole popping her head in. Glass shower doors and the lack of steam from the cool shower didn't help and left Jane shrieking for her to get out in a more expletive-filled demand. That wasn't before Nicole threatened to send her father in if she didn't hurry up, however. Now that her shot at relaxing had been ruined yet again, Jane decided to cut her shower short and really did do her best to get ready in time. Jane was an inherently late person, though, so when she was told that they were leaving at one and she wasn't ready until one-fifteen, she didn't see it as being much of an issue. Her father, whose face she was seeing for the first time that morning, looked less than pleased when she slid into the town car beside Nicole.

"You know I hate being late to events like these, Jane," her father spoke. His eyes were glued to his phone and the way his finger was slowly scrolling up the screen suggested that he was reading an email. "I missed a very important meeting in Paris for this, you know. The least you could have done was be ready on time." She rolled her eyes. If it was such a big deal for him to come to one of her school events, he didn't need to. She sure as hell didn't care whether he was there or not, and in fact, the only reason that she was going was because of him! "I didn't ask you to come. I'm sure that The Red Cross would have been happy to get your check without you personally handing it to them," she responded. She knew she was already walking on thin ice with her father. The bratty remarks and tendency to speak back had always been a part of their relationship but he had hoped that it would have fizzled out after her stay in Illinois. Apparently, he had been wrong. They were only becoming more frequent and if Nicole didn't jump in, he probably would have snapped at her. "I think it's important that he comes to some of your school events, Jane. It's the last year you two have together before you go off to school, and it's some charity for ALS, not The Red Cross. Carolina was talking about it the other day." Jane only rolled her eyes, smart enough to not utter the "whatever" that she was thinking. She remained silent for the rest of the car ride, drowning out the small talk Adrian and Nicole made about the party they were at last night as she centered her attention on her phone. Sienna had texted her while she was showering and she only remembered to answer as they were pulling up.

To: Sienna, Piper
Omg someone needs to cure whatever this ALS disease is so I never have to wake up for another event for it again

Just as Carolina imagined, the ballroom looked amazing when she arrived at 12:30. There was very little left to do when she got there, although she was sure if she could find Charlotte, the blonde would have a list of unnecessary details that she thought needed to be perfected. Carolina spent the next thirty minutes chatting with some of the representatives from the ALS Association who had come to the event and when she noticed guests starting to file in, excused herself to find Charlotte, Victoria, Rose or Sienna.

To: Lottie
Haven't seen you all afternoon. Where are you hiding?!

To: Sienna
Yea all looks good. Seen Lottie?

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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“All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”



{Lottie | Rosie}

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Rosie was looking at herself in the mirror of their car seeing that their car wasn't moving because of the traffic jam near there house. Charlotte didn't even have time to freak out about the jam seeing that she was on the phone with security. "What? No! It's Brent, not Brett. Brent Barclay. Remember the name, learn the face. I don't need him causing any trouble during this event. Are we clear? Lottie also got so... commanding the day of an event and all Rosie did was roll her eyes as she listened to her sister with a smirk. "I don't care if it seems wrong to keep someone out of a charity event. He's not going to contribute to anything anyways, except to my migraine." Lottie listened to the man on the other side of the phone as he explained what he was going to do. And that he and his team would make sure Brent wouldn't slither his way in. Knowing him, he'd find a way in but, she wasn't taking any chances. Besides, if he did find a way in she'd just kick him out. Simple as that.

"Perfect! Thank you so much, Mr. Bennett." Lottie smiled as she hung up the phone on to look at the texts from everyone telling her that everything was going perfectly and that she had nothing to worry about. The food was there, the room was set, and everything looked just as she wanted it. Which was enough for her to take a sigh of relief only to get stressed once more when she realized she hasn't heard from Connor all day! He was probably with Sydney, but that didn't mean he couldn't text her. Not that she cared of course, seeing that she was way over her crush for him. She looked at the text from Sienna before responding.

To : Sienna <3
Awesome, everything seems to be going okay. I'm on my way, traffic near my house is terrible.


She put her phone away and looked outside the window of the car to see all of the cars. "Lottie, sweetie. Everything will be fine, just calm down. We'll be there soon." Lottie just shook her head as her breathing started to hallow. "Are you kidding at this rate, the event will be over before we there! What are we gonna do? People are probably already arriving and here we are ten minutes away!" Rosie got up from her seat as she moved to her sister side to rub her back to make her relax before speaking. "Lottie, you know we're only five minutes away and we'll get there soon. Just relax, you're gonna stress yourself out."

"I'm already stressed out! Lottie said as she continued to look at the floor of the car. The younger twin sighed as she opened the partition to talk to Lin, their driver. "Linny, darling. How long should it take to get to the hotel. Lottie's freaking out." Lin cleared his throat as he spoke. "Charlotte, sweetie. You need to relax before you give yourself a stroke but, it should take like twenty minutes. There was a big collision near by and all traffic is stopped."

"What?!"


"What?!" Lottie started freak out even more as she looked at the time on her phone. They were going to be late. How embarrassing is it to be the creator of an event and be late getting there?! So, Lottie made a decision. She grabbed her bag and heels in her hand as she opened the door of the car and started walking. Rosie looked at her, not sure what her sister was up to until the door opened and she finally got it. She looked towards Lin with a smile before he waved towards her and she waved back. She got out of the car with her bag and heels in hand as she followed her sister before catching up to her. "You are determined, aren't ya?" She said as she saw her sister crack a smile which is all Rosie wanted to do. "So... How was the party last night?" Lottie shrugged as she turned her face towards her sister. "It was fun, I got a lot of compliments."

"From?" Rosie asked with a raised eyebrow. "From... people, guys." Lottie said as her sister decided to play music to make the walk not so bad as the twins turned a corner only to almost bump into a group of college guys who just moved aside for the two. Knowing Lottie, she probably thought they were all looking at Rosie. She was the cuter one of the two, she had the smile, the height, body, and everything else a guy could want in a girl. "From Brent?" Lottie took a deep breath as she rolled her eyes. Just hearing his name today gave her anxiety. "Of course, but he always compliments me. 'Sides, he was being sarcastic. Like always." Lottie said rolled her eyes once more. And as if the music knew what they were talking about, Meghan Trainor's song, No Good For You started playing.

"Hey listen, it's yours and Connor's theme song," Rosie sniffled a laugh as she saw Lottie just smirk and shake her head. [b]"Speaking of second best, was he there?" Lottie shurgged. "If he was, he was with Sydney all night because I didn't see him once. But, it's whatever." Lottie said before Rosie nudged her shoulder slightly. "Don't even worry about it. He's not worth it, at least your little soulmate will be here." Rosie joked around as the two walked into the hotel and slid on their heels in place of their flats before walking towards the ballroom. The two put their flats in Rosie's bigger purse just as Lottie got a text from Carolina.

To : Carolina. ^.^
Just walking in. Don't even ask what happened. T.T


Just when she sent the message she walked into the room and smiled. Everything did look perfect, sure there were things she wanted to fix like the way the flowers looked and the way the food was set up but, those were small things she could fix in no time. Rosie smiled before walking off towards a group of her friends. "See, everything is fine." Lottie took a deep breath before rushing towards Sienna. "I am so sorry, there was an accident and a traffic jam and-- and I had to walk. And now I probably look like a mess--.." Lottie stopped talking and tried to slow down her speech before she got herself all worked up again. "But, everything looks awesome. And, thank you so much for keeping everything under control until I got here." She said with a smile before looking at the time on her phone. She took a deep breath as she looked at the time, fifteen minutes to spare. She opened her purse and grabbed out her note cards for her speech before looking back towards Sienna. "But, enough stress. Did I miss anything important?"

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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"Where were you?" Was the first thing that popped out of Esmee's mouth when Sienna returned from the lobby. The singer blinked for a second, taken aback by the unwavering stare from her sister. "Outside." Esmee frowned. "Why?" Sienna didn't say anything at first, just politely picked up her laptop. She needed to clear this area and make herself comfortable at one of the back tables so that she wouldn't be intruding too much on the event. Her job consisted of mostly social media things, which prompted the need for her computer. Esmee was there simply to give the Alvarez family check. Cynthia would have done it, but her and Colette had apparently already agreed upon some kind of luncheon or something along those lines. Rolling her eyes at the thought of whatever those women could be talking about, Sienna returned her attention to her sister.

"Just chill, Esmee. It's nothing to worry about," she told her and Esmee just stared in silence, not even moving. However, after a minute and only because she saw a familiar face approaching, Esmee conceded. "Fine. I'm going home with Yasmin tonight, so I won't be there when you get back." Esmee pecked her cheek gently before walking away to find her friends and Sienna honestly thought she was in the clear until someone tapped her on her shoulder. Which prompted a nice conversation with her vocal coach and sometimes songwriter, Autumn Rowe, who was at the event because she had been following Sienna's tweets.

Perhaps five minutes later, the two were parting ways and Sienna set her things up at a back table. Autumn would see her later at the studio. If she had allowed her gaze to roam over the guests already filing in, she would have seen Jane grudgingly with her father and Nicole, and Carolina being a diligent and charismatic secretary. She did, though, note when her phone buzzed. It was on silent just for the event and therefore, did not make any sound other than vibrating. So, she peered down to see messages from both Carolina and Jane.

To: Carolina
Should b on her way

To: Jane
Poor J. I'm at 1 of the back tables

To: Piper
Come entertain me

She tried focusing on that - the fact that she would have friends soon and that it would all be fine and dandy. However, her mind was still wrapped around the prospects of speaking with Vincent. Despite how unaffected she had tried to seem in Esmee's presence, Sienna could feel the knot forming in her stomach, twisting and pressing so hard against her core that she had to grip the table for a moment to steady herself. Maybe she was wrong. Maybe the current location was the worst place for them to have this conversation - whatever this conversation was supposed to be. Maybe she should cancel. Maybe -

Charlotte brought her from her internal freak out session and Sienna had to plaster a smile on her face, though she doubted if Charlotte would even understand the gratefulness Sienna felt. She couldn't help but laugh a little at Charlotte's talking fast and worrying, a trait Sienna knew all too well when she was the one hosting parties and events. A natural control freak in that regard, Sienna smiled knowingly. "No problem, Madam President. This going to be great, you're great, and I still doubt there'll be a better SGA team once we leave." She said and peered back at her computer to see a few retweets on the Constance Twitter page when Charlotte asked her last question. Sienna tensed only for a second before dragging her eyes up to Charlotte's. Should she tell her that she was supposed to be talking to Vincent? That Rick had dragged her into it? Obviously, some part of her brain was adamant on not telling the truth (even though it was obvious that Sienna wasn't the best of liars in every day situations) because what fell out of her mouth was, "W-whaaat? No. Everything's fine..." Everything wasn't fine and in an attempt to brush off the fact that her voice very much did go up an octave, she added while gesturing to Charlotte's notecards, "How's the address coming along anyway?"

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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After her lunch with Brent, Piper had mixed feelings. Sure she needed money for her fast approaching party, but she felt just a little bit bad about possibly betraying Jane. It's not like the girl would find out right? Either way she needed to figure out what she was going to do and do it fast. Seriously why did things have to be so confusing already and school practically just began?

Whenever her phone vibrated Piper ignored whoever it was as she arrived home. Just as she was going to suggest shopping with Jane, she noticed a letter addressed to her on her desk. Furrowing her eyebrows, she tore the letter open and her mouth practically hung open. Seriously too much drama was happening. It was a letter from her biological father. Piper didn't think she could read it. Her hands started shaking just thinking about what he possibly could've written to her. She kept the letter in hand as she walked to her brother's room and banged on his door loudly.

"Jesus what is it?" Thomas opened the door with a frown. from the look of it he was taking a nap. "Look! It's from father." Piper waved the mail in front of her brother's face and he didn't hesitate to snatch it from her to see if she was just playing with him. But she was telling the truth. "You read it and tell me what it says. My heart is racing like hell." Piper followed her brother into his room and he sat on his bed while she took residence on the floor. Thomas quickly started reading and his eyes looked like he was about to cry. "What? What is it?" Piper looked at her younger sibling with deep concern. "He wants to meet us. He said that he knew you had been trying to find him and that he will be here in New York tomorrow." Thomas rubbed his eyes and smiled brightly. "What?! Seriously he wants to meet us!" Piper jumped up and took the letter back and quickly read over it. "Thomas do you know what this means?" Piper screamed with excitement. "Yeah maybe he will take us back and we can live with him and mom!" Piper nodded her head to her brother's statement. "This is our chance! Oh my god what am I going to wear? From previous research our dad is an heir to a major wine empire so maybe he's the super sophisticated type? Or the 'I'm super rich but don't show it type'? Which do you think?" Piper ranted as she started pacing the room.

Sure Hailey's party was tomorrow, but she would have to miss it. Piper thought about texting Carolina, but she wanted to see how everything would go first. "Well I should go to sleep now so I can get my beauty sleep for tomorrow!" Piper ran out of her brother's room to go do her nightly bed routine. Sure it was rather early, but it was either sleep now or stay up all night from pure excitement.




The next day Piper spent getting herself together to meet her biological father for dinner. She didn't tell Amy where her and Thomas were going to go and honestly she didn't care about the woman anymore. She was about to be out of this hell hole for good. After years of wondering about her parents she was going to finally see at least one of them. "Pipe let's go!" Thomas yelled at his sister as he waited for her by the apartment door. "All right all right." Piper decided to wear a simple floral dress. Sure the place they were going to was more upscale, but she didn't know what her father would be like so she went for a nice in between look.

Piper and Thomas took a taxi to a restaurant located in Manhattan and the place looked even more upscale than the images on the internet. "Maybe he is the type to flaunt his wealth." Thomas mumbled as he suddenly felt severely underdressed. The front of the establishment had floor to ceiling glass windows. One could see the crystal glass chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and the small tables decorated with lavish flower center pieces. Piper glanced at her brother and he just shook his head. This was a place really far out of their price range. Piper and Thomas walked up to the front doors where two men stood and opened the doors for them both. Piper was so nervous she was certain it showed on her face.

"How are you miss? Welcome and how may I help you?" A server questioned Piper and she felt her mouth go dry. "We are here to meet a George Vine." Thomas spoke in his sister's place. "Oh he is in one of our private rooms. One of our servers will lead you to him. Please enjoy your meal." The man bowed as an attractive blonde woman approached the siblings and lead them towards the back of the restaurant. "Definitely the type to flaunt." Thomas whispered to Piper. She just nodded in response. This was unreal. She couldn't wait to tell Carolina. "Here you are." The woman smiled as she opened the door to reveal the private room. The room had dim lighting and it was nice and quiet. Sitting in the circular booth sat a man who appeared to be in his mid-thirties. It sounded like he was taking a business call, but he quickly dismissed whoever he was talking to once he heard the door open.

Piper and Thomas walked in and they were both practically speechless. "Hello, Piper and Thomas." The man greeted and flashed a pearly smile. Thomas looked just like George. they both had the same hair color and similar facial features. It would be hard for George to ever deny Thomas as being his child. This made Piper more curious about her mother. "Well have a seat." The man gestured for them to sit, and like always, Piper and Thomas sat side-by-side. After a brief moment of awkward silence, Thomas gained enough courage to speak up. "We've always dreamed of meeting you." Thomas tried to hide the wide grin tugging at the corners of his mouth. "Well I am that great once you get to know me." The man arrogantly spoke. Piper let it go in one ear and out the other, while Thomas was a bit taken aback by the remark.

"Why did you decide to meet us?" Piper decided now was the time to talk for once. George took a sip of his drink before clearing his throat. "So blunt like Clair. That is your other by the way. Why don't we eat first and then we'll talk." George smiled and just a she finished a waiter walked in to take everyone's orders. The following conversation as they ate was talking about Thomas and Piper's lives. How school was going and some of their favorite things to do. George also couldn't resist talking about how well business was going and how he planned to extend the company to New York. Finally they reached the end of their meal and Piper couldn't resist asking the same question from before. "So why did you want to meet us?" Piper tried to stifle her anticipation, but it was getting difficult.

"Yeah are you going to take us back?" Thomas was being a lot more straightforward than usual. George looked like he was being overwhelmed and chuckled nervously as he reached into his briefcase and pulled out two envelopes. He gave one to each of his children and waited for them to open them. Piper's brows knitted together as she peeled the envelope open and she saw a check for 20,000 dollars addressed to her. "What is this some kind of welcome back gift?" Piper felt her heart race because she didn't like where this was headed. "Well as I mentioned earlier our company is doing well and we are expanding in New York, so I had to come here. I decided to meet you guys while I was here." George smiled trying to gloss over the heart wrenching truth that was about to come.

"Wait so we were just an after thought?" Piper put the check down on the table and crossed her arms over her chest. "We thought you wanted to take us back. Why are you giving us such a large amount of money?" Thomas questioned right after his sister. "You two didn't honestly think I was here to take you back to Canada with me? Don't you think that is a bit unfair to me? I don't really know you two besides what my secretary told me about you. That is all besides the point. Company business is picking up and we don't need any scandals to break out." George pulled out his phone checking the time. "Wait this is hush money?! That's why you wanted to fucking meet with us? To shut us up?" Piper yelled with frustration. This was her moment and Thomas's as well. Now it was being ruined. "Come on Piper you're a bright girl. Imagine how it would look that I had two children I gave away and let be raised in multiple foster homes? On top of that you both have criminal records comprised of theft charges. Me and Clair weren't prepared for children." George started gathering his things wanting to remove himself from this situation.

"Y-you didn't want children yet you had two." Piper slammed her hands on the table as she rose to her feet. "Oh don't have a pity party. Having you was a mistake made from a one night stand and that one was the result of us thinking we could make it work. But we were wrong and have to give you two up." George referred to Thomas as 'that one' and Piper couldn't help but feel her eyes well up with tears. "Just take the money." George exited the room and Piper looked down at Thomas who had the expression of complete and utter torture. "Come on." Piper grabbed the checks and Thomas's hand. She left the private room and saw George in the middle of the restaurant heading straight for the door. She released her brother's hand as she approached George from behind. "Hey you fucking prick!" Piper yelled and it was as if the whole building became silent at the sudden outburst.

George turned around and was met with a harsh slap. The man was astonished and so were the people around the trio. "We don't want such a sorry excuse for a human being to be our father. You don't have the right to disown us like this. Take your stupid fucking checks and shove them up your ass." This behavior wasn't something Piper enjoyed displaying but she was beyond infuriated. She ripped both of the checks up and threw them at George. "We made it this far without you so we don't need you now." Piper grabbed her younger brother's hand and walked past the frozen George. Just as Piper reached the door she turned and looked at her 'father' one last time. "His name is Thomas by the way." With that the siblings left the restaurant to head back home.

The whole car ride consisted of Piper wiping her eyes, and her brother staring out at the city lights. Both of them waited so long for that specific moment, only to have it taken away from them so viciously. Once the duo arrived back at their apartment both went to their own rooms not even saying a word to one another. Both felt like idiots over how elated they were to finally meet their father. His words were something neither would forget.

The next morning Piper remember she had to go to Charlotte's event and she just didn't feel like doing that today. She just wanted to stay in her room at this point. Once again her phone buzzed and she saw it was from Brent. Honestly he was being relentless with this whole Jane thing. But something in Piper changed after last night, so maybe she will help him.

To Brent:
Fine. You'll get your drug addict back now stop bugging me about it.

To Carolina:
Me and Thomas met our biological father last night. Can you believe that prick tried to pay me and Thomas to keep our mouths shut?

Piper's eyes were extremely red from all of the crying she did last night, so she was going to use heavy eye make up today. She quickly got herself together, said goodbye to Thomas, and was out the door. After Piper arrived she looked around to see if Jane was there. She would have to ignore sienna for now because she needs to talk to Jane alone if she wants to get what she wants.

To Jane:
Where are you? I need to speak to you asap!

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Within minutes of sending her texts out, Carolina's phone was buzzing with responses from Sienna, Charlotte and Piper. Charlotte had arrived, thank god, but apparently not without some sort of struggle that she didn't want to discuss. Carolina's first guesses were that she either forgot her speech note cards at home and had[ to turn around last minute and race back to get them, or that she and Rosie were fighting over what Charlotte should wear. Either way, it was a huge relief to know that the class president was there. Every detail seemed to be planned out far in advance, but still, having Lottie present insured that everything would run flawlessly today. Not only that, but it meant that Rosie was now here too. As the treasurer, it was her role at an event like this to collect all of the donations and keep track of how well they were doing, and she could now reclaim her rightful seat from Victoria, the vice president that Carolina was not a fan of.

To: Lottie
Glad ur here!! Tori's been collecting the donations so far... so thank god Rosie's here now too

Sienna's message was the next one that she opened, and only confirmed what she now knew, that Lottie was on her way/already here. Although Carolina had seen Sienna last night, after Jane started the night off on a bad note (acting like no one knew Carolina and attempting to introduce her to them as if she were a stranger...), Carolina ended up hitting the bottle sooner than she would have liked. In an attempt to lift the night's vibe, she didn't try to talk to Sienna about any of the rumors that she was slowly hearing about. Not only did she not want to upset the blonde, but she wasn't sure that she really cared about the drama that Sienna was sure to fill her in on. She knew that she would probably end up regretting opening that can of worms as soon as Sienna started discussing the drama that would seem so trivial to Carolina. However, after the night a few day's back where Jane had sobbed to her about friend problems, Carolina was at least a little bit curious about what was really going on.

To: Sienna
Ok cool. What time did u end up getting home ln? i don't have much 2 compare it 2, but tell ur friend it was a fun party ;D

Lastly, she opened Piper's text, and this one had her standing up from the table she sat at. Carolina was somewhat aware of Piper's attempts to locate her birth parents. Carolina had never really been interested in locating her biological parents. She was happy with Nancy, the woman that was her mom for over ten years, and didn't want to know about the family that didn't want her. It was something that just seemed easier not knowing or worrying about, but it was something that many kids put into foster homes or up for adoption thought about. Piper was apparently one of the ones who weren't going to settle for not knowing, and Carolina could not even imagine how devastating it had to be for Piper to meet her father and for it to go so poorly. She wasn't quite sure what she meant with the "pay me and Thomas to keep our mouths shut" part, but she knew it wasn't a good thing.

To: Piper
Omg Pipe I'm so sorry girl. What do you mean he paid u to keep ur mouth shut? How did u find him? Are u at the SGA event? I'm heading to the back area. Come find me if you are, we need to talk about this D:!!!

As she typed her message to Piper, she did start her trek towards the back of the event room. A fellow SGA member had told her that Sienna was set up in the back of the room and certain that Charlotte was busy making up for lost time and unsure if Piper was even there, she thought finding Sienna was her best bet. They could figure out if anything else needed to be done - which seemed unlikely with their president now in attendance - and maybe, Carolina could get a healthy dose of gossip.

To: Sienna
Where r u? Coming to chat b4 the video goes on but lmk if Jane is there and I'll wait lmao

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh

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Sienna braced herself when Charlotte tossed her a determined gaze, opting to pay more attention to the clock as it winded down to the actual beginning of their little luncheon and the fact that, as she requested, there were tweets already surfacing. Reposting a few of them, she distracted herself with that task when the class president walked away in a hurry. A relieved breath expelled from her lungs as Sienna practically plopped into one of the chairs, biting her lower lip thoughtfully. She didn't understand why it felt necessary for her to keep it a secret that Vincent wanted to actually talk from Charlotte; over the years, Charlotte had proven that she was a much better friend than even Sydney sometimes. Yet and still, Sienna felt inclined - not to lie - but to protect. What she was protecting she did not know, but it only came natural. She would tell Charlotte, eventually, but for now she just needed time to process. More than that, she just needed to get through the day.

Jane arrived in her line of vision when Sienna was staring at her phone blankly, not really sure how to respond to Vincent's inquiries about dinner. Her fingers had already typed out her response, but her thumb seemed unwilling to press enter and instead, had pressed backspace. It was only a second in when Jane was standing right before her and smiling, causing Sienna to smile in return. Though, like Jane's, her smile did not hold the typical brightness it was known for. However, it was also in the presence of Jane that Sienna allowed herself to vanish thoughts of Vincent from her mind. She had to chuckle a bit at Jane talking a mile a minute, as usual, and didn't even attempt to answer Jane's questions. Besides, it was Jane who looked absolutely stunning and Sienna had half the mind to tell her that. A simple BCBG dress meant nothing to Sienna when Jane came dressed to impress. However, just as she was about to make her comment, Jane's curious gaze met hers and Sienna felt baffled. Why was Vincent calling Jane? Sienna even had to glance at her phone for a second in befuddlement because there was not another message from Vincent and he and Jane weren't close enough for him to randomly call. An irrational part of her mind taunted that maybe he had a thing for her whole friend group and Sienna never needed a drink so fast in her life, wrestling with Esmee over text message to find someone to get her champagne.

"If I knew you were looking like that, I would have been made my way over here," Ricardo leered from a few feet away and Sienna looked up, taking a shuddering breath in the midst of her internal freak out and eyeing the King Bee. "Don't you have some dignitaries to be charming with your Dad?" She sniped and Rick smirked, his eyes catching some little twinkle from the overhead chandelier and Sienna glowered at him for being unfairly attractive, and knowing it. "I see there's still an extra sparkle in your bitchiness today," he remarked, walking over in measured steps. Ricardo had arrived with his father some ten minutes ago and had weaved his way skillfully through a few upstanding members of the Upper East Side, laughing at a few humorless jokes and flirting with even a few married women, even under the eyes of their husbands. His father would be giving their donations and all he had to do was make an appearance. Which would have been preferable to make with two of his guys by his side, but with Connor MIA and Vincent having familial issues, he had no choice but to attend on his own. And what better way to spend his afternoon than antagonize the one person who was quite easy to antagonize?

Taking the now vacant seat beside Sienna, Rick had to smirk at how she attempted to scoot away from him, making sure that there was a sizeable distance between their shoulders. Leaning in, Rick inquired, "So, did you do as I instructed?" Sienna pressed her lips into a thin line, sucked her teeth, and then stared at her laptop, busy making posts and reposting various tweets from other people. She couldn't wait for some of the students to filter in their photos so she could repost those as well. "Doesn't matter if I did or didn't. He wants to meet for dinner and I can't. I have work." She almost included an insult, something to rile Ricardo up because she knew it would and his presence was not soothing to her at the moment. It was just annoying. Ricardo's eyes narrowed for a second and without another word, he scooped Sienna's phone up and was on his feet before she could utter a word. "Give me my phone, Rick!" It was a loud hiss, but not a yell, and Sienna was glaring full daggers at him now. But Ricardo was not paying her any mind, swatting her reaching hands away while simultaneously sending out a message from her phone.

To: Vincent
Dinner works. Just come around by place by 6 if you can.

"There, all done," Ricardo exclaimed and lowered her phone, allowing Sienna to snatch it out of his grasp. Her eyes flew wide open at the text she now could not retract because it was already sent and delivered, and she glared at Rick. "I have work - " Ricardo immediately cut her off, "That you can miss." There was a glint in his eyes and a knowing grin on his mouth and Sienna wanted to claw it all away. "Leave it to me."Was the last thing he said before going off into the crowd and Sienna grumbled to herself about nosy bastards and meddling jackasses. Honestly, who the hell did Ricardo think he was? And he knew what he was doing because now, she couldn't even reject dinner with Vincent. Telling him that it was a joke would make her seem even meaner after ignoring him as she had and while she originally was willing to continue her trek of ignoring him, the text made it impossible now. Not long after Rick left, a champagne glass was placed on her table and Sienna immediately set to sipping it, trying to hold a little sense of propriety.

In the meantime, Rick worked his way back through the various guests, not really in a rush. It was quite easy to get Sienna out of her next Sunday engagement. Her employer was not one of the richest men in the world, Rick's father was. And what better way to monopolize the time of a man who was one of the biggest name in the recording business than to set up a possible business venture between him and the third richest man in the world? However, that would have to wait for his eyes landed on a stunning blonde. Walking up to her calmly with a knowing smirk, Rick stepped before Mr. Vale first, shaking the man's hands while saying, "It's a pleasure to see you again, Mr. Vale. Glad to see you could make it to this illustrious event." After exchanging a few pleasantries with the Vale patriarch while casting Sydney a rather lascicious wink, Ricardo turned his full attention on her as her grandfather became distracted with a golfing buddy. "I knew I couldn't let the day go by without paying my respects to the most gorgeous woman in the room. And how are you, Sydney?"

Back with Sienna, she was busy going through her phone, garnering messages from followers, classmates, and a few of her minions, all claiming that the rumor mill stated that Sienna was spreading lies. It was a surprise that none of her girls were against her, and maybe it was a shared disdain for Sydney as opposed to fully liking Sienna, she didn't know. But the point of the matter was that it had been there. Even if she made Victoria take the post away and Sydney had everyone hear her claim that nothing about it was true, the seeds of doubt had been planted. Sydney may think that Sienna was too emotional to pull certain things off, but there was a reason why she was one of the best in social media at their school. Because she knew how it worked. So, she was fine with girls thinking she lied. It was a welcome distraction from the knot forming in her stomach and needing more, she sent out a few texts.

To: Victoria
The fact that you're still working money when you should be mixing and mingling baffles me. Come here

To: Carolina
Closest table to the left window

To: Jane
Come baaaaaaaaack!

To: Ricky
Btw I hate u

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Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Carolina Daily

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Piper heard Jane's loud voice and she turned towards the other immediately. Good now she doesn't have to keep looking around. She felt her phone buzz and she briefly looked down to see it was from Brent. Rolling her eyes she put her phone back in her purse to address Jane. Piper took a deep breath and looked back up at Jane. "I wish I could be as happy as you are." She looked around before grabbing Jane's arm and pulling her into another empty hallway. "I literally had the worst day of my life yesterday." Now it was time to truly act. "My parents found out that I got drunk and put me on punishment yesterday and also took my allowance for the next two months. On top of that I'm supposed to host the party this year and now I don't have any money to do so." Piper wiped her eyes faking as if she was about to cry.

"Oh not to mention I have to lose 10 pounds before my next photo shoot. So I have to ask Brent Barclay of all fucking people to give me some pills." Piper grabbed Jane's hand and squeezed it tightly. "I don't want to feel like a drug addict so can you take some pills with me? Please I could really use your help. I'm begging here and I'll love you forever if you help just this once." Piper put on her best pleading look hoping Jane would help her. Had this been yesterday morning Piper would never ask Jane for anything that she just had. Especially asking her to take pills again, but she after talking to her father last night she figured why even be nice to people anymore? They'll just betray you eventually anyways.

She felt her phone buzz again and she released Jane's hand. It was Carolina, just the person she honestly wanted to talk to. "I have to go but just think about everything okay?" Piper gave Jane a hug before turning on her heels and leaving. Maybe she would regret what she just did in the future, but as of right now she didn't.

To Brent:
I put the bug in your favorite girl's ear. Happy now?

To Carolina:
I'm heading to you now.

Piper headed towards the back area Carolina was talking about and had no problem in finding her good friend. As soon as she spotted Carolina she picked up her speed and the first thing she did was give the girl a tight squeeze. They haven't seen each other in a while, and Piper thought that was extremely sad. They were good friends and had been through a lot together. Finally pulling away Piper faintly smiled at the girl. "My dad, or who I thought was my dad, tried paying me and Thomas several thousand dollars so we wouldn't go to the press about our parents not keeping us. I never thought of doing that in the first place." Piper ran her fingers through her hair with frustration. "I mean I was looking for my parents, but he literally came all the way from Vancouver to shut me and my brother up. It's ridiculous."

Piper glanced around to make sure no one heard her. Pulling out a compact mirror she checked her makeup to make sure it wasn't going to run. She still has to maintain her image at this school. "We can talk about this more later. I kind of just want to forget it all happened. Come on let's go sit down, my feet are already starting to hurt"

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Piper Vine Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh

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Jane's frown was close to becoming a pout when Sienna basically stated the last thing that she wanted to hear. She wasn't going to make the initiative to make up with Sydney. But that's not fair! she so desperately wanted to interject, as if she was the victim in all of this. And as much as Jane knew that all of this had hurt Sienna and Sydney in more ways than she could understand, she felt like it was hurting her too. It was hard being friends with Sydney and Sienna when they were friends, and being friends with them separately had already proved to be emotionally draining. Sienna was dramatic and emotional like she was, and that suggested that she could probably hold a grudge against Sydney for as long as necessary. Especially considering what that grudge stood for. But Sienna had a heart that wasn't frozen over like Sydney's. Even though Jane knew that Sydney wasn't as cold as everyone saw her to be, Jane knew that in a case like this, Sydney could and would permanently cut Sienna off if that's what it took to keep her image in tact. It didn't matter if it was hurting herself or Jane, as long as her position on the social ladder remain unscathed, she didn't doubt that Sydney wouldn't budge over it. It wasn't fair, and Jane was ready to selfishly claim that, until Victoria Walsh appeared.

Jane didn't really know Victoria. It was a strange thing to say, considering that the girls had attended the same elementary, middle and high school, so realistically speaking, they had plenty of time to get to know each other. To be honest, if Sydney hadn't shot Victoria down when they were young, there was a chance that Jane would have liked her. She was wealthy and at least since they were teenagers, she was pretty. She was smart too, and like Jane bugged Charlotte over, she probably would have proven herself as a good "study buddy" on test days. It spoke to the side of Jane that was too dependent on Sydney, because Jane had only axed Tori as a potential friend because Sydney had. She claimed she was obsessive and stalkerish, and with Sydney's disapproval, Jane had no qualms about finding her own issues with the girl. She had never given her a fair chance, and although Victoria didn't want to be friends with Jane, she didn't know that.

Just because she was suddenly growing a little bit more independent from Sydney didn't mean that she could shake all of her bad habits at once, though. So, when Victoria approached, Jane barely gave her a smile and came close to glaring at Sienna when it was revealed that she had invited her over with them. Of all people... Victoria Walsh? Sia really is going crazy without Syd... She was too busy judging Victoria to hear Sienna's first compliment, but zoned back in when Sienna said her name. "Uh huh..." she agreed in an obviously unconvinced tone, all while flashing Sienna a "what are you doing?" look. Angelina JOLIE? Okay then, Sienna... She didn't know the background behind Sienna and Victoria's relationship but this... whatever this was, mixed with her hangover, seeing Piper talking to Carolina in the distance and instantly thinking the redhead was confiding in Carolina about their drugs, and how she was upset over Sienna's refusal to makeup with Sydney and vice versa, was definitely putting her on edge. It was enough to make her pull out her phone to text Sydney once the room began to grow quiet as the luncheon began.

To: Sydney
Please Syd please please please please please make up with her please

She's going crazy without you and trying to be friends with tori walsh

like ew??

please :....(?????