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Piper H. Vine

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

So begins...

Piper H. Vine's Story

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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There were a few occasions throughout the day trip to Massachusetts where Piper internally questioned whether what they were doing was too much. They were preparing to ruin Victoria's chances of getting into her dream school, a dream that was probably just within her reach now, but could be transformed into something that she had nearly zero percent of obtaining at the drop of a hat. It was low, and it was territory that even Piper had never stepped into before. It was comforting having Sienna lead the plan, though. That way, when the time came (and Piper was sure that it would come), when Sienna pulled the trigger and inevitably, Tori found out who was behind it all, the blood wouldn't just be on her hands. Even more so than being able to share the guilt, having Sienna execute this devious plan gave Piper a safety net that she could never have on her own. Sienna had enough connections that even if somehow, in some bizarre twist of events, she was exiled, she would still be popular, and cool and wealthy. They could be exposed for being bad people, but Sienna had enough of a following that not everyone would believe that about them.

It was something that Piper didn't have on her own. Sure, she had made it into the lusted over cool crowd, but just barely. She always knew that she was the fourth wheel, but she was okay with being the fourth wheel to the trio of best friends over being a wannabe. It was something that she had come to terms with, but it didn't keep her from secretly hoping and wanting to become more throughout the years. By the end of junior year, her place at the bottom of the friend group seemed permanent, but then Jane disappeared, disrupting the balance, and there was no need to even mention how the first week of senior year had shifted the dynamics of the group. There was hope now, and much of that hope relied on Sienna completely cutting off her ties with Sydney. The Queen Bee would be the hardest person to take down, but Piper felt like if anyone could do it, it would be Sienna. It was apparent by her actions today that she had the capacity to be just as vicious as Sydney could be, and at the very least, there was a way to spin this act into an act of protection for their friends. Sienna had the possibility of being the full package: she could be cruel and cold, but also protective and friendly. All she needed to do was put that into action, and then she'd be at the top. Piper would take being second in command over fourth.

Thomas wasn't home from school when she returned, but that wasn't unusual. He had joined some after school club, but Piper couldn't remember what it was. Archery? Newspaper? Yearbook committee? She didn't have the slightest clue, and quickly felt bad about it. Thomas was all that she had, and she was all that he had. They had Amy too, and maybe Piper didn't give her enough credit, but she didn't count as real, true family. Piper didn't think that they really needed her for anything other than a person to pay the rent, and a lot of the time, she actually thought that she would be better off without Amy at all. The first thing that Piper did after ditching her bag in her bedroom was take a shower. She had nowhere to be tonight and had a few shoots coming up, so she decided to put on a cleansing facial mask after stepping out of the steamy bathroom, and once that was on, she curled up in bed. Her phone had died only moments after stepping out of Sienna's car, but now it was nearly fully charged again, and full of notifications. She waited a few minutes before opening or replying to any of them, though. She had kept her cool in the car with Sienna and Esme, but she hadn't actually reacted to the post that Tori had made on her blog about her yet. She hadn't even let herself reread it in the car in front of the girls, because she didn't want to seem too bothered by it. To start, it was made by Tori, and that alone should have invalidated any sort of semblance that it held. Piper had feelings, though, so it was hard not to be bothered by someone posting such trash about her.

Aside from the cattiness of the post, Victoria had linked her with Brent Barclay, and that was a person that she didn't want to be associated with. It extended the sheer fact that Brent was below her on the social ladder. She had gotten herself into another deep situation involving Brent and Jane's exchanges, and when that came crashing down, she didn't want any links to it either. That was one issue that Piper didn't know how to handle, now. She had gotten her money for her party and was surprisingly relaxed about the event that was just a day away, but now she was still stuck in the middle of the situation. Knowing Jane and her big mouth and lack of carefulness, there was no way that it would stay a secret forever, and Piper knew that if Sienna found out that she had convinced Jane to start (or restart) using pills to fuel her weight loss, her initial plan would be destroyed.

The obvious answer would be to tell Jane that she couldn't let her buy the pills from Brent anymore, and that she really needed to try to get better, but that wasn't as easy as it seemed. Piper cared about Jane to an extent. She had had a lot of fun with the heiress over the years, and a genuine friendship did exist between them, but Piper didn't see Jane as an equal. It didn't make much sense, considering that Jane was the one with a real reason to look down on Piper, but Jane could just be such an airhead sometimes. She was fun to go shopping with when she was footing the bill, and no one could deny that the girl's drinking habits led to fun nights, but was their friendship true enough that Piper put Jane's interests over her own? Not really. Besides, she knew that if she told Jane she needed to stop, the girl wouldn't just say okay and comply. She would make a big deal about it and somehow spill that Piper had been involved to begin with, or do something stupid that would eventually lead back to Piper's involvement. Piper felt like it was necessary to remain involved for now, if only to just make sure that Jane kept their tracks hidden from the rest of the upper east side.

To: Sienna
Aw, of course <3 Just put on an exfoliating mask so I'll head over to check on her in a little. I'm probably going to get dinner with Carolina later. If you're not too exhausted, join!

To: Jane
I'm going to come by to see you in a little while. I heard you're not feeling well :(. Everything okay? I'll do what I can with the pills but idk if we'll be able to get them tonight. Brent will be at my party tomorrow, so worse comes to worse, I can ask him to bring them to you then, kk? Just make sure you have cash on you and don't send me so many texts about it! You need to be more careful. How would you feel if the girls somehow found out about this?!

To: Brent
Your cash cow wants her supply restocked

To: Carolina
Sorry, my phone has been dead all afternoon. Let's get dinner somewhere! I won't be ready for an hour or so but I'll come by your place if that's okay!

To: Connor
I miss you! You're definitely coming tomorrow, right? Some models from Wilhelmina are going to be there, there's this really sweet girl who I think would be great for you!

To: Kelley
Sydney's probably behind it. UGH!

After her replies were sent, Piper read through Tori's blog post once more. She had no idea that the boy she had slept with at Sydney's party had a history with Victoria, but it was just her luck that this would happen. Tori didn't scare her, especially now that she had Sienna on her team, but she didn't need anyone trying to find dirt on her when she had real dirt to hide. And of all times when this could happen, it had to be the day before the biggest party she would host throughout her entire high school career. Just great...

To: Sienna
And ik I shouldn't be worried about that freak... but do you think you can get that post down before my party? I really don't want her to try anything tomorrow :/.

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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Brent felt like as far as she knew, he had just as much of a reason to believe that Charlotte was behind the post as she had to believe that he was behind it. If the post hadn't referenced his family and bleak situation, he could see why she would think that. It would be in his character to make up a lie about the two of the dating, not just to win some points for himself, but to piss her off. Hell, even a lie about her not being the goody two shoes president could have been by his doing, but throwing himself under in such an embarrassing way? That wasn't a game that he was going to enjoy playing. On the flip side, he could see her being behind something like that to try to embarrass him, but equally, she wouldn't want to ruin her own presidency by throwing herself under the bus to get a hit in at him. It wasn't worth it for either of them to be behind the post, and it didn't matter anyway, because Brent knew that Victoria was the one behind it. Charlotte didn't give him a chance to respond, which wasn't unusual in their wars to get in the last word, but even if she hadn't disappeared behind her now-locked apartment building door, he wouldn't have had much to say.

To: Kelley
i'm almost there

Brent definitely stuck out like a sore thumb walking into the Hadley's building minutes later, but he knew how to work situations like this. He sold to a lot of kids in the Upper East Side, who had doormen who always seemed like they had sticks up their asses towards anyone who wasn't wearing Prada or Gucci or whatever it was that rich people thought was trendy nowadays. So, as he stepped into the building, his phone was pressed to his ear and a serious look was plastered on his face.

"Yes, Mrs. Hadley. I'm on my way up right now... yes, I know that I'm late, but..." Brent didn't even glance towards the doorman who attempted to wave him over to the front desk where he should have waited to be buzzed in. He pretended that he was too focused on his fake phone call to notice, and to make things even better, he quickly darted into the elevator before the door shut. "Hey, Bill! Hold the door for me, buddy!" he had shouted from across the lobby before slipping through the doors, continuing the act that he belonged here and knew the people in the elevator. He got lucky that they were headed up to the Hadley apartment too, but judging by the disapproving and nearly disgusted looks that they flashed him, he shouldn't have been surprised. Brent had never met Kelley's parents before. He had heard about them... he had heard a lot about them, and all of the bad stuff had come from Kelley herself. They had probably been at a couple of Charlotte's events that he attended too, but whenever they were around, Kelley wanted to stay as far away from them as possible, which meant that he was too. All that he really knew was that they were uptight rich people, but that didn't set them apart from basically every other couple in this community.

The eleavtor ride to the penthouse was surprisingly quick, but Brent managed to reply to Piper's text within that time. Selling more pills to Jane was tempting, but Tori had told him not to, and he wanted that paycheck. He could probably get just as much, if not more, from Jane if he did sell to her, but he wanted to see what Tori was getting at with keeping Jane out of pills for a little while. If nothing else, when he did sell to her again, she'd be desperate enough to be willing to pay astronomical prices for the pills. It seemed like a good business mood, increasing the demand, decrease the supply, and voilร , allow for a big jump in prices.

To: Piper
No can do for now ;), extend my sincerest apologies

When the elevator doors opened, Brent waited for the couple inside to disperse before evacuating himself. As he exited, he spotted Vincent Mast pretty close to Sienna Alvarez. He wasn't close with either of them, but that didn't stop him from walking over to them when he saw that Kelley still hadn't answered his text about him being on his way there. "Hope I'm not interrupting anything..." he began, a smirk tugging at the corner of his lips. If he knew even one of them better, he would have made a remark about how Vincent deserved a statute put up in his honor, for being able to fuck the hottest girl in the Upper East Side, while dating the second hottest girl in the Upper East Side, and then clearly get to fuck around with that girl again, even after she found out about the cheating. He wasn't going to push his luck though, especially since he only vaguely knew about the scandal through word of mouth. "But is Kelley hanging around here somewhere?"

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Outfit|| Complete with Fendi wedges & Chanel belt
Location|| Hadley Residence
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As Sienna boarded the elevator that would lead her to the Hadley's residence, she received a text from Piper and another from her sister. Esmee had apparently gotten into an argument with Cynthia and locked herself in Sienna's room. Some stick was up her mom's ass officially for the night and Sienna frowned. That was the last thing she needed because it meant she had to hear her mother's mouth the second she got into the house, no matter how trivial the matter might actually have been. Sienna even tried to wrack her brain for an answer as to what her mother could possibly be pissed about now, but she was off the elevator and soon pressed against Vincent and, well...she was a teenage girl still. All thoughts left her brain the second his lips connected with hers.

Whatever worries she might have had about being seen with his family, whatever response she might have been ready to give Piper or even her sister were pushed into the back of her mind as Sienna positively melted against him. But, evenutally he pulled away and she pouted a bit, wrapped her arms around his neck comfortably as Vincent tried to basically convince her to leave. Her mouth morphed into a Cheshire grin, a giggle tumbling forth from her lips. "Don't be so dramatic. I'm sure they're not as bad as you think," she told him. "Trust me, it'd be an entirely different story if my Mom was here. I wouldn't even suggest getting back on this elevator. We would've already left the state by now." It didn't matter to her that they were still in the foyer and that she was not aware of the many other guests that would have been present, or coming, and so it was to Sienna's great surprise to see Brent Barclay appear from the elevator next. In her mind, he wasn't even relevant enough to be walking around the schools declaring that Sienna and Vincent were back together. The students would think his ass was high.

Again.

As Brent would probably tell it, they weren't close and Sienna didn't see herself changing that little fact any time soon. She didn't get good vibes from him nor did she trust him. She thought he was hot enough to be a quick fuck for Charlotte maybe, since that seemed to be the rumor everyone was fixated on, but other than that? Honestly, he was just a bad seed. He never seemed like he cared about school or anyone, to be honest. And Sienna had heard that his name had been in the video back at the charity event...something about his mom?? She didn't know. All she knew was that she didn't trust him, he was friends with Kelley, and if she knew that he was the one who gave Jane drugs, she'd probably have his ass arrested already. Or at least had kicked him where the sun didn't shine.

Sienna hummed at Brent's question, uncertain, before turning to Vincent. "Do you know where your cousin is, babe?" She asked quietly, only taking her gaze off of Vincent's face because her phone buzzed again in its silent mode to alert her to a second text from Piper.

To: Piper
Sure. I'll c wat i can do

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"See, she's mean to me for no reason!" Jane continued, trying to ignore Carolina's obnoxious words from the kitchen as the crocodile tears started falling.

"Did something just happen? I don't get why the two of you are all riled up over this!"

"Do you not understand English?! She's mean to me! Today at school when Sydney and I were talking and not bothering anyone, she just barged over as if either of us wanted to talk to her." Jane was too emotional to remind herself that she should have expected a stupid response from Nicole, but she was fired up. Surprisingly, Carolina wasn't, and was actually acting calm to a point where it was bothering Jane even more. The giggles and snickers and laughs that she could hear from the kitchen were enraging, and it was probably apparent more now than ever, that Jane had grown up as an only child. She wasn't used to having to compete for someone's attention when explaining her problem, nor was she used to fighting with someone she had to live with. She wanted to slap her old self for thinking that just living with Nicole was bad. Carolina was ten times worse than the blonde.

"Uh, no. Stop right there." Carolina had been listening from the kitchen, practically praying to any higher power listening, for the patience not to jump Jane then and there. She wanted to be the bigger person really badly, and she would be, but that didn't mean she had to let Jane spin the story around. So, she stepped out of the kitchen, only so far that she was leaning against the open doorway, arms crossed over her chest as she stared down the pair a few feet away. "I 'barged over' because I was trying to be nice to you and see if you wanted to ride home together, not because I thought that you or Sydney Vale could offer any engaging conversation."

"No one asked you. Can you tell her to go away so I can tell you what happened without her barging in, since that's like, the only thing that she's good at doing?"

"Just let her talk for a second, Car."

"Okay, tell us your delusional version of this story, Princess." Nicole's voice was obviously strained and her pleading eyes made Carolina roll her own eyes, but allow Jane to speak.

"Yeah, shut up," she snapped at Carolina, before turning back to Nicole. "As I was saying, she barged into my conversation with Sydney and called me fat in front of the entire school, and Sydney was there to hear it. You can ask her."

"Do I have your oh-so-valued permission to speak now?"

"Go ahead."

"I never called her fat in front of anyone, because we all know you're not fat, Jane. Isn't that the whole purpose of you starving yourself? So everyone can point out how-"

"Okay, hey, enough of that."

"See?! She's always trying to make me feel bad for no reason."

"Are you joking? Okay, long story short, I went over there to make sure that she was okay. Her friends told me she hadn't eaten all day, and I didn't want her to go running off somewhere and passing out or something."

"Jane! I thought you agreed to follow your meal plans when your dad said you could come home from Illinois. I don't want you to have to go through-"

"Oh my God, she's such a liar. None of my friends even know who she is, and I did eat, and I am following my meal plans, so no one would tell you that anyway!" Was she serious?! There was no way that Carolina was telling the truth. First of all, she actually had eaten today, so of all days, this was the one where Jane was ready to defend herself. If she had sacrificed her mental health today by eating, she was definitely going to get credit for doing so. Besides, Sydney really had seen her eating lunch, since they had gotten food together. There was no way that she was going to tell Carolina that for that reason, and because it was clear today that she didn't like Carolina anyway. Sienna and Piper weren't in school, and as far as Jane knew, no one else knew of her disorder, so there was no one who could have told her that. But Jane knew that it was a believable lie, and she hated Carolina for using something like that against her.

"Look, I'm just telling you what I heard and what I was trying to do. I have no reason to lie, but okay, whatever. I don't have time to deal with this." Carolina put her hands up in surrender, as if she were the one who was being the bigger person here, but she knew what she was doing. Nicole would certainly believe her that someone had informed her that Jane hadn't been eating, because it fit Jane's pattern of behavior, and Carolina wasn't known to be catty enough to purposely lie to screw Jane over. But Jane had pushed her far enough... that's how she reasoned with her conscience. She was only doing this because Jane was pushing her, and she needed to push back to teach the princess that this wasn't the way she would be treated.

"She is lying, and if anyone doesn't have time to deal with this, it's me! I'm the one who actually has a social life," Jane shouted. She didn't know what else to say, how else to reason her way out of this, so another reminder that Carolina wasn't popular seemed necessary before she flipped Carolina off and grabbed her Cartier bag from the floor.

"This... this isn't over, you two. We're talking about this civilly later when Adrian gets home." Both girls were already storming off as Nicole let out her last attempt at ending the conversation on a decent note.

"Fuck that!" Jane snapped when she knew she was far enough down the hallway to get away with it. She was headed back to her bedroom without the water that had been the purpose of her going to the kitchen to begin with, but she wasn't even thinking about that now. All that she wanted to do was make sure that her door slammed at a volume louder than the slam she just heard coming from Carolina's side of the hallway.

To: Piper
NO don't come over unless you have the pills I do not want anything or anyone besides those piper i need them tonight

The text she sent Piper as she collapsed on her bed was probably unnecessarily emotional and snippy, but Jane was too wrapped up in her emotions to care. It wasn't a state that was unfamiliar to her, and Piper suggesting that she couldn't get the pills for an entire day only made Jane feel worse.

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Kelley Hadley Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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Sienna was the first of the two to respond to him, but she only redirected the question to Vincent, who barely removed his eyes from Sienna to acknowledge Brent for a second. "Alright, thanks man. Hey, you two need a condom?" he rustled through his pocket and pulled one out. "Ah, forget it. I've only got one on me, and I'm gonna need it tonight." He wasn't dumb or as socially unequipped as people brushed him off as being, so he definitely sensed that he was overstaying his welcome with the duo. It didn't bother him though, and it was apparent through the relaxed smirk on his face, and his body language as he nonchalantly leaned against the wall beside them. Brent was being serious, but if either of them doubted it, Kelley showed up, seemingly out of nowhere, and physically suggested that that condom might be put to use sooner than later.

Getting to make out with a hot, wealthy blonde was always something to smile about, but when she was the one initiating it, it was hard for Brent to not break out in a grin while her face was pressed to his. It didn't matter that she was only doing it because she thought she would be able to get a reaction out of her mother, and Brent didn't care that she saw him as being classless enough to disgust her mother. He didn't care what some old, rich bitch thought of him, especially not when her daughter was as carnal as Kelley. "Hello to you too," he said with a light chuckle as she pulled away and snapped about how her mother hadn't actually been around to see. Again, he wasn't bothered by the stark contrast between the genuine and romantic air between Sienna and Vincent and whatever he and Kelley had. He didn't want a real relationship, and it seemed like he had secured every man's dream by finding a hot chick who didn't want that either.

For better or for worse, Kelley wasn't just a hot blonde, though. She was surprisingly very intelligent, something that he had only discovered last year when she gave him physical proof of her getting close to a perfect score on her SAT exam. You would never know it, though. Even he, who knew her very well, struggled to understand how her mind worked, especially at times like this. She was eccentric, unpredictable, and sometimes too wild for even him to follow. Now was one of those times. Brent was very to spend his evening with the Hadley's, but only because he was sure the food was going to be good, and he could probably get away with smuggling a bottle of vodka out of their fully-stocked pantry. Hanging out with a girl as hot as Sienna wasn't an offer that he would normally want to squash either, but Brent could tell that she and Vincent didn't want to hang out with him. It was fun to push buttons sometimes, but Brent didn't need to hang out with some upright rich kids all night when he and Kelley could just sneak up to the rooftop patio and enjoy an evening of sex, weed and alcohol, while taking a short break for dinner.

As he waited to see how Kelley's cousin would respond to her antics, he checked his phone and found a message from Piper, telling him to call her as soon as possible. He guessed it had to do with the text about not having Jane's pills. He didn't really want to discuss that over the phone with Piper, because he'd be forced to give her an explanation, and he wasn't going to admit that he was purposely withholding them because Tori instructed him to do so. "I'm going to run to the bathroom, but I'll come find you guys in a minute. Don't pull a reverse-Vincent and hookup with Sienna while I'm gone," he snickered as he headed down the hallway blindly. He had been in Kelley's house before, but not enough that he knew the layout. It took him a few minutes before he found an upstairs bathroom that was vacant, and after locking the door, he called Piper.

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Relaxation was obviously not the name of the game today. All she wanted was a few hours of serenity, but she knew that she was foolish to think it was plausible. She was the one who wanted to be popular so badly, but there were days like this that made her rethink all of the hard work she put into her plight to climb the social ladder. She was being publicly humiliated online for hooking up with a guy she didn't know, she had a party that had depleted all of her savings tomorrow, her schoolwork was piling up, and now Brent and Jane were giving her a hard time?! Although she knew that she belonged at the top, she was suddenly jealous of Carolina and the simple social life she had. She felt like she was in over her head but she couldn't admit that now, when everything was finally starting to fall into place in terms of Sienna and Sydney's fallout. So, she pulled herself out of her warm bed and into the bathroom. The facial mask that she had been so excited to use was washed off before it even had time to become effective, and Piper saw dollar signs washing down the drain instead of suds. Ugh! She opened Jane's message mid-rinse, and couldn't believe how rude the girl was being! She blatantly stated that she didn't want to even see Piper if she didn't bring the pills with her!

To: Jane
OMG Jane! Calm down! I want them just as badly as you do, but idk how I'm supposed to get them if he doesn't have any. I'll see what I can do, I promise, but you can't get mad at me for something that's out of my control!

Tomorrow's party better be worth it, she thought. She had gotten herself back into a bad situation by being the one to encourage Jane to start taking weight loss drugs again, but if she hadn't done that, there was no way she would be able to host the party. She could either prove Sydney right, that she wasn't really "one of them", and definitely not fit to host their annual party, or she could sacrifice Jane's health and make some money off of her illness. It was selfish, but Piper had already cleared her conscience, reminding herself that Jane probably would have fallen back into that old habit anyway. It only made sense that she take advantage of it, rather than let Brent profit off of it all himself. And she would get out of it somehow. She had to. She just didn't know how she was going to do it yet.

After patting her bare face dry, she saw that Sienna had responded to her second message, agreeing to see what she could do about the post. Sienna had told Piper not to say or do anything to Tori just yet, and Piper was willing to agree to that, so long as Sienna continued to try to squash the brunette. After all of the work she had put into tomorrow's party, she didn't need Tori pulling some crazy stunt there, or revealing something else about her online that would turn everyone against her and force her party into a failure before it even happened.

To: Sienna
Thanks love xo

She didn't really want to deal with Jane if she was in one of her drama queen moods, but she needed to keep up her image of being a good friend, especially since Sienna had specifically asked her to look out for Jane tonight. Besides, she and Carolina had decided that they would get Shake Shack in an hour, so she had to go to Jane's house either way. She would keep her promise to Sienna, and keep her promise to Jane too, by seeing what else she could do to get the pills from Brent. As she got dressed, she texted both him and Carolina.

To: Brent
Call me ASAP!

To: Carolina
Omw to your place :)!

It took the amount of time it took for her to get dressed and hail a cab outside of her building for Brent to call her, but when he did, she was relieved. Her cab driver had tried to make small talk with her and the way that he was eyeing her through his rear view mirror was creepy after they had only driven two blocks.

"Brent?"

"What's up, Pipe?"

"I need you to give me a few of those pills for her today. She's freaking out! There's no way that she could be addicted to them after only a few days of using them again, right? Ugh, I can't believe you roped me back into this mess!"

"Whoa... Chill, Pipe! I told you, I don't can't give her any of those right now. I've got some Xanax that I can give you a pretty good deal on. It seems like you could use 'em too."

"Not funny, Brent. Look, I'm serious. She's really freaking out about this, and I don't want her blabbing to Sienna or Sydney about me being involved. Don't you have something that'll make her feel the same way? She won't know the difference."

"That girl knows her weight loss drugs, I wouldn't underestimate her there. You remember last year when I tried to get her to believe Tic Tacs were some new Russian weight loss drug?"

"Uh, no. She was swallowing orange Tic Tacs for a week before I told her that you were full of shit. But, seriously, Brent! I need something for her. Can't you call up your little drug manufacturing buddies and ask them for a few more to hold her over? You know she'll pay you anything you want."

"Look, Pipe, it's not up to me. Once I get the A-okay from someone else, I'll sell her a thousand pills a day if she wants that, but for now she's just gotta chill. I have a few bags of coke if she wants that. That's what you models use to lose weight, yeah? She can pull a Kate Moss."

"What are you talking about? The 'A-okay' from who?" Piper's stomach sank at that revelation that someone else knew that Brent was selling to Jane. She wanted to believe that it was just another one of his drug buddies, maybe someone who was worried that if Jane's dad found out, they'd spend the rest of their lives behind bars. With the way things were going lately, though, she felt like it wasn't going to be that easy. Nothing could be easy! She couldn't even shut down his offer for cocaine, being too caught up on her own panic regarding this confession.

"I've gotta run, but I'll call you later. I'll see what I can do, but don't count on it for tonight."

She tried to object, but he hung up, and Piper realized that her cab had been stopped for a few seconds on the side of the road. "Ten seventy-eight," the driver said, in a tone that suggested this wasn't the first time he had asked her just now.

"Right, sorry!" she responded, rummaging through her bag as she found eleven dollars. Tipping in Manhattan was expected, but Piper didn't have the money right now, and she was too flustered to even worry about seeming cheap as she hurried into the hotel that Jane lived in.

To: Carolina
Hey love!! I'm here! Mind buzzing me in? Jane isn't happy with me.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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Being a nice guy was a good thing a lot of the time. It allowed Connor to befriend nearly everyone, and even people like Brent Barclay, who he wasn't fond of at all, weren't enemies. At the same time, it was arguable that that wasn't just because he was kind, but because he was a pushover. He let people walk all over him, and that was especially true when it came to Sydney. Everyone knew it, and though Connor was sometimes too mesmerized to see it right away, he could recognize that in the grand scheme of things, he did care about pleasing Sydney more than himself. Although he sometimes wished that he could be like Rick, and be able to speak his mind whenever he wanted, Connor had come to terms that this was probably just his nature. He wasn't assertive and he didn't like to cause problems when he was the only one who was being negatively affected by things.

He spent the next few minutes stuck in his own mind, wondering if he should speak up against this Victoria thing, while barely paying attention to the conversation that Sydney was making. She would ask him if a bracelet looked nice, or if he thought a pair of earrings looked too big for her face, and he would just nod or shake his head, depending on which way he thought she wanted him to answer. He was confused. He knew that he didn't want to date Victoria, and he wasn't the type of guy who could get away with one-night hookups with girls that he would have to see again. It wasn't so much that he became emotionally-invested in people that easily, but he worried that they would, and he didn't want to hurt other people or be a player. It wasn't him, and it felt wrong... which again reminded him that he was a teenage boy and it didn't need to feel wrong. All of his friends seemed to enjoy those one night stand deals, and he wished that he could get away with it without feeling inclined to call the girl the next day or continue to like her tacky Instagram posts.

"Do you think Charlotte would like this?" he asked suddenly. Sydney had wandered away for a few minutes to speak with a sales associate, and when she returned, he pointed to a ring situated below the glass counter. Before he had spoken up, he sent texts to Charlotte and Piper.

To: Charlotte
Can I come over later? I feel like we haven't actually hung out in forever

To: Piper
I'll be there! But ehh no models for me. Sydney's setting me up with Tori Walsh, actually!

"Connor, didn't we agree that asking Charlotte was a bad idea?"

Agree didn't sound like the right word, but he nodded quickly. "I know, I know. I'm not going to say anything to her about that, but I want to get her something anyone. She took care of that whole charity event on Sunday, and I just feel like I owe her something to remind her how much she means to me."

"Cute," Sydney mused without even attempting to hide her eye roll at the sappiness of his comment. Connor was too sweet for his own good. It allowed her to do what she wanted with him, but she didn't like the idea of anyone else getting to take advantage of it either. "But no, I wouldn't get a ring. It's not like you're proposing, and a girl like that might just be desperate enough to think that you are. Save her the embarrassment and go with a bracelet." She didn't think that she needed to worry about Connor going after Charlotte anymore, at least short-term wise. Maybe after he and Tori didn't work out, which Sydney didn't doubt would happen eventually, he'd set his sights back on Lottie, but for now, Connor seemed to understand her position. She just hoped that he didn't see the real reasoning behind her position, but then again, Sydney had slept with Connor's brother despite knowing he was in love with her. She wasn't worried about anything coming between the two of them at this point.

Connor ignored the way that Sydney slipped in an insult about Charlotte. He still felt embarrassed about how Sydney was so quick to say that Charlotte would surely reject any advances he made, so he didn't even want to acknowledge her talking about marriage. "What about this?" He pointed to a bracelet he had been eyeing earlier. Connor didn't have the best fashion sense and before he had called Sydney, he had been planning on simply asking a female associate what she thought a seventeen-year-old girl would like best, and buying it. He hoped that Sydney would be objective enough now to give him better advice, though.

Sydney had instructed a sales associate on which items she wanted to purchase by now, so when Connor called her over to an adjacent jewelry case, she followed. The bracelet he was pointing to was pretty. It wasn't the first thing that she would pick out in Tiffany's for herself, but she could see her grandfather getting it for her or something. The flower made it an easy, feminine pick, and for that reason, Sydney considered shutting the idea down and forcing Connor to go with something that was more plain and less likable. She felt bad shutting him down again, though, especially if he was so insistent on getting something for Charlotte. So, feeling like she was doing her good deed of the day, she resisted the urge to sabotage him, and nodded. "That screams Charlotte," she confirmed with a smile.

Just as she was about to check her phone to send Victoria a message demanding that she hurry up, the brunette appeared. As she spoke in a tone that was perky enough to display her desperation in full color, Sydney remembered what Sienna had told her. That this bitch had found out about her best friend's secret and needed to be watched. And then Sydney remembered Jane, and how she had ditched her in the middle of the street, as if people were just allowed to bail on Sydney Vale. The thought made her want to scoff aloud, but behind the vanity was the good friend in Sydney wanting to confront Tori over it right now. Jane was undeniably the most emotionally fragile of the three, though honestly, Sydney would claim that Sienna was good competition for that title. No one could ever hurt Jane, though. It was just against the rules. No matter how ignorant and offensive and bitchy Jane could be, lashing out at her in return didn't sit well with Sydney, and she knew that Sienna felt similarly. It was probably because the girls knew that a lot of the things Jane said really were just said out of ignorance, and that she was so sweet and fun normally. Sydney reaped the benefits of that girl the most, so she knew how true it was.

She wanted to demand that Victoria tell her everything she knew, and how she found it out, but she also suspected that Sienna wanted to do this together. Sydney didn't want to call Sienna a friend right now, but regardless, they were friends, and Sienna had been more inclusive in these Jane issues than Sydney would have been, had the tables been reversed and she was the more knowledgeable one. So, she kept her mouth closed for a moment, taking in Victoria, before brushing her hair behind her ear. "Sure, you can come tomorrow. I want you and Connor to come together. I think you two would be cute together, and Connor was just telling me about how he thinks you're really pretty, right Connor?" Sydney was creating her own version of their conversation, but she maintained a relaxed smile and spoke with confidence that would suggest nothing less than the truth.

Wow, could she make this any more awkward?! It was bad enough when Rick and Vincent tried to set him up with girls, be even they were never this direct! Connor could feel his face burning up as he struggled to come up with a response to that. "Uh, yeah! I'd love to go with you. I mean, only if you don't have anyone else to go with, and you want to. If you're already going with someone, that's cool too."

"My car should be outside. You two head out there while I get our bags, Connor," Sydney jumped in as she noticed the sales associate coming out of the back room. She shooed the two towards the front door, pretending that she had been too occupied by her phone to have been tuned into the conversation any longer after she had thrown Connor to the wolves. She took the moment of being alone as a chance to decide that she was going to forgive Jane without an apology, and go make sure she was okay, before getting their shopping bags and heading out to her town car.

To: Jane
Buzz me in in 10

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Unlike Jane, Carolina's stress was translated into anger over tears and sadness. She hated getting emotional, and there was no way she was going to allow herself to get emotional in a home that still didn't feel like her own, around people she didn't feel close with. She was more than pissed off at her sister for taking Jane's side. Nicole had barely gotten a word in, and later on, Carolina would probably realize that her sister had been doing her best to say neutral amid the fighting, but now, it felt like she was taking Jane's side. The same little bitch that for the past few months, she was constantly calling home to complain about! The reminder was enough to have Carolina slamming her bedroom door behind her when she had departed from the girls and hurried off to find some peace and quiet. Her slam was mirrored, seconds later, by a similar but louder one, and knowing it was Jane only made Carolina want to open her door again, just to slam it even louder than the girl had.

Before the fighting had gotten bad, Carolina had confirmed with Piper that she would get Shake Shack with her for dinner. Now, a part of her just wanted to curl up in bed with a book and call it a day, but another stronger part wanted to get the hell out of this house. It was a thought that was more similar to what Jane was probably thinking than Carrie wanted to admit, but she knew that she could really use a drink right now. She wasn't crazy enough to drink alone on a school night though, and she compromised by lighting a vanilla candle in her room to calm her down as she got ready. It barely worked, but by the time that Piper texted her asking if she could be buzzed in, Carolina had changed into a new outfit and was ready to go.

To: Piper
I'm omw down

She didn't know that Piper wanted to come up to see Jane too, but frankly, she wouldn't have cared. With her luck too, Piper would do something stupid and invite Jane along with them. There was no way that she could stand to be around Adrian's daughter for another minute if they wanted Jane to live to see Piper's party. Besides, Piper was always different when she was around Jane and the girls that she hung out with, and she didn't want to hang out with that Piper tonight. She just wanted to be with the down to earth Pipe, the one who didn't need to hide her background and create a fictional life to get girls to accept her. "Hey," she said, doing her best to make sure her beaming smile was genuine looking as she located Piper in the lobby. "Shall we go?"

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Jane texted Sydney back quicker than Sydney expected her to. She was still a few feet away from the town car when she opened Jane's message, reading "I am so sick, I can't see anyone right now", so she was able to pause and scoff at the message without having to deal with Connor or Victoria's curiosity. The likely level of discomfort that the two of them were feeling didn't even cross her mind. Although her intentions of forcibly setting the two of them up were more to benefit herself, she didn't think she was doing either of them wrong. Connor needed a girl to have a fling with and Victoria was pretty and smart, and Connor was a good looking, popular boy to entertain Tori's social climbing desires. It certainly helped that both of them were puppets for her, but she would pretend that that wasn't the selling point of setting them up.

To: Jane
10 minutes :)

Jane was adhering closely to her reputation of being unintelligent if she thought Sydney would buy the sick excuse. She was definitely sick, but not with something that was contagious or physically debilitating. Sydney found herself constantly shifting back and forth with wanting to ignore Jane's health problems and hope that by acting normal, Jane would somehow forget about them, and wanting to confront it head on and force this problem out of Jane. Neither would do any good, considering how sensitive Jane could be about trivial things, and how this wasn't trivial at all, but Sydney struggled with issues like this. She liked having control over everything and a mental issue like this was something that no one but Jane could control. Still, Sydney couldn't just sit around and watch her friend withdraw from everything and everyone she used to love. Even if it meant pretending to like Sienna more than she did right now, Sydney would do it if it would help shake this out of Jane. She would do the girl's afternoon before Piper's party and tell Jane that she sent Sienna an apology text, but only if it would show Jane that she was trying enough to make Jane try too.

Her driver saw her approaching the car and stepped around to open the back door, but before he could, Sydney caught his attention. She gave him Connor's bag and her own, and told her to drive the pair wherever they needed to go and deliver her bags to her home. She was going to be getting her own ride, and shortly after the car pulled off, she hailed a cab. Sydney was not a fan of taxi cabs or public transportation in general, and doused her hands in hand sanitizer as she sat uncomfortably in the back. It seemed necessary right now though, and certainly beat taking a subway or public bus. She had never taken either, but the horror stories she had heard were enough to make her shudder at the mere idea of it.

Sydney was used to having to use the same trick as Sienna to reach Jane when she was in a mood like this, so when the girl failed to answer her text reassuring her that she was coming regardless, she texted a member of the Lynch's house staff. By the time she was pulling up to the curb, the woman had confirmed that she would be buzzed in without a problem. Jane lived in the penthouse of a luxury hotel, so its lobby was always more busy than normal apartment buildings' were. Today was no different, and the lobby was bustling with guests as Sydney entered. It wasn't so crowded, though, that she didn't make out Piper and Carolina lingering near the elevators. It probably would have been possible for her to avoid making contact with them, and especially considering that she disliked both of them, it would have made sense. However, truly friends or not, Piper was a part of their friend group. Sydney had made the mistake of allowing one of the girls to allowing her into the group during freshman year, when her pretty face was more noticeable than her bitchy, and sometimes sketchy, personality. She regretted it now, especially since it gave Sienna an ally when Sydney forced Jane onto her side, but nonetheless, Piper was a part of her circle and Sydney was going to continue to pretend that they were friends in public. "Hey Pipe," Sydney said distractedly, unsure if her words had even been heard by the redhead as she brushed past her and Carolina. After the display of courage from Carolina earlier, and her ruining her afternoon with Jane, Sydney didn't even consider acknowledging her. Unless she ever proved to be of use, or she was around Jane's father, Sydney would simply act like the girl was completely invisible.

The elevator doors opened, and Sydney stepped in without hesitation, with her eyes almost immediately falling upon her phone screen as the doors closed. A few months ago, had Jane been acting like this, she would have rolled her eyes and called Sienna and asked their friend to come over and help her deal with it. Sienna could be just as dramatic as Jane, and although Sydney didn't want to admit that she was better than her at anything, she definitely could be warmer than Sydney readily acted. It was fair to say that it was easier for Sienna to genuinely get through to Jane, even if it was basically impossible for either of them to make a difference in the latest issue Jane was facing. She was unaware that Sienna had just stopped by, but had she known that, she would have been even more glad that she resisted texting the blonde on her way up to see Jane. I'll deal with this on my own... she thought, but it wasn't completely true, considering that she did text Victoria. She really hadn't planned on bringing Sienna's revelation up until she had spoken to Sienna and they had come up with a plan together, but Sydney couldn't resist. She couldn't stand the idea of a loser thinking she had control or power over any of her friends, and especially when it involved such a sensitive topic that was still fairly new to Sydney.

To: Victoria
I want to know who told you what you know about Jane and what they told you, and I want to know now.

A few minutes later, Sydney was in the Lynch's apartment and then in Jane's bedroom without a knock on the door. She found the brunette in bed and flashed her a knowing look. "Do I get an explanation for why you abandoned me, or is this just going to be a regular thing that I should get used to now?"

"I didn't feel good. Please, can we just forget about it?" Jane groaned. She jumped off of her bed at almost the same second that Sydney sat down.

"I don't want to sound selfish, but I'm kind of offended that you won't open up to me about this. Or anyone, really. Even Sienna. Like, was it really necessary for you to keep this a secret from everyone?"

Jane didn't reply immediately, and instead paced around her room nervously, pulling open her desk drawer and rummaging through it as if she were in search of something. "It wasn't a secret..." Jane contested quietly. She didn't want to engage in this conversation, but Sydney was in a usual persistent mood, where it seemed like she wouldn't settle down without getting an answer she wanted. This was one conversation that Jane wasn't able to just back down on, though. She didn't want to give any answers and she honestly didn't know if she even had any answers to actually give.

"It wasn't a secret?! Of course it was, Jane! This was something so major, and you didn't tell anyone about it. I'm pretty sure that that's the very definition of a secret."

"Will you French braid my hair?" She was doing her best to completely tune Sydney out, and when she spotted her hair brush on her dresser, asking Sydney to do her hair was the first thought that came to her mind. She could turn on a movie, have Sydney do her hair, and end the conversation before she burst out into tears again.

"Jane!" Sydney snapped, not surprised at Jane's attempt to deter the conversation, but still bothered by it. Did she really think that Sydney was going to let up?! Here Sydney was, trying to be a good friend and actually get to the bottom of this, and Jane couldn't even humor her with some type of relevant answer.

"Oh my God, you're literally making this into such a big deal when it really isn't, Syd! Can you just drop it? My dad freaked out over nothing, I spent a summer in therapy, and now I'm fine! It's annoying, I just don't want to talk about it anymore."

"It is a big deal! If you were fine, you wouldn't start crying in the middle of 5th Avenue over something that a complete nobody said! I know this is... hard for you, but why can't you just like.... explain it to me? You know that Sienna and I, and maybe Piper, actually care, and I just want to know why you're doing this to yourself so I can try to help."

"If I needed help, I would ask you, Syd. Can we drop it for tonight, please?" Jane gave Sydney her best sad puppy face. She wanted to keep the mood light on purpose, partly because she didn't want to get herself in the mood for a serious conversation, and partly because she hoped to steer Sydney in a lighter direction as well.

"I'll drop it for tonight if you order food with me from downstairs." Sydney didn't want to have to play this card, because she vaguely remembered reading that she wasn't supposed to use food as a force against someone suffering from this, but it seemed necessary. If Jane really was as fine as she claimed, she would be able to eat a simple meal with a friend without it being the end of the work.

"I just ate."

"Will Nicole say the same thing when I ask her?"

"I don't want to do this." Jane was still speaking quietly, but she was more annoyed now. She didn't want everyone in her business, and she didn't need someone who was supposed to be a friend trying to be her parent. Sydney got to have control over nearly every other aspect of life, and this illness was the one thing that Jane had complete control over (or so she thought).

Sydney needed a moment to figure out her next step. She wasn't sure if she should stay on the attack and continue to push this, risking Jane freaking out on her, or if she should just let it go and continue to pretend that everything was okay. She had an excuse for her silence when Victoria finally responded to her with "I've been wanting to tell you but I didn't want to upset you :/. Can I call you when I leave Connor? It's easier than typing it all out". Sydney didn't answer Tori's text, mostly because Jane had walked past her in that moment as she fled towards the bedroom door. It seemed like she was going to have to let it go for now, especially if she was going to spend her night dealing with it through Tori. Before following Jane out into the hallway, she sent Sienna a text. Sienna had included her in the initial discovery of Jane's issues, and though Sienna clearly knew more than her about Victoria's involvement, she was still going to reciprocate that inclusion here. Three way calls where one party thought it was simply a two-way call were always fun anyway.

To: Sienna
I'm going to call you later.

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Piper wasn't exactly thrilled at the idea of having to entertain Jane right now. It was apparent through her texts that she was in one of her moods, and Piper didn't want to have to deal with that. Although she was good at acting like a spoiled brat, she wasn't. She wasn't spoiled, at least, so hearing about how Jane's world was crashing down on her over one tiny thing or another was hard for Piper to stomach sometimes. Really, could the girl not wait one day for these pills? She had went an entire summer without them! Again, all Piper could do was reassure herself that tomorrow's party would make this big hassle worth it. That would be true as long as Victoria was stopped before her scheming went too far, and as long as Jane didn't give away Piper's involvement in her illness. It was a lot to balance, but Piper had managed to keep her true life a secret for three years. She could handle this.

"Hey!" Piper chirped upon seeing Carolina. Although Carolina's eyes probably hinted that her smile wasn't as authentic as it looked, Piper wasn't in the business of analyzing anyone right now, especially not Carrie. She was one of her truest friends, someone who she really didn't have to pretend around. "I just need to run up to talk to Jane for one minute. I swear I'll be quick, and then we can get to eating!" She considered throwing in a "my treat!" offer, but she remembered how light her wallet was feeling now that all of her party expenses were paid off. Besides, Carolina was the one living in the five-star hotel right now. She was living a real life "Annie" dream.

Carolina was always expressive, so Piper shouldn't have been surprised by the blatant eye roll that her friend offered her, but before she could respond to it, she was distracted by the blonde passing them. Sydney muttered a bare hello as she passed by them and walked into the elevator. She didn't expect the queen bee to stop and chat, and she was actually glad that she didn't, because Piper didn't have anything to say to her, she wanted to be dramatic and annoyed at the fact that a supposed friend was so curt. However, purposely trying to destroy Sydney and Sienna's relationship for her own social gain, and harming Jane's health for her monetary and social gain didn't exactly leave her in the "good friend" category either. "You know what, forget that. I'm not exactly in the Sydney Vale mood today," Piper decided, shaking her head briefly before turning her conflicted expression into a smile.

"Good, because I'm not in a Jane-cry-me-a-fucking-river-Lynch or a Sydney Vale mood. I don't know why the hell you're friends with these people, Pipe. It makes me question your sanity sometimes."

"Sister drama?" Piper asked teasingly as she took Carolina's hand and started towards the hotel's exit.

"Maybe a little with my actual sister, but if you mean your bestie, then you better remember that that bitch is not my sister in any sense of the word. If we're being technical, I'm her step-aunt, not step-sister, AKA, I'm the superior."

"You are too much," Piper laughed. Carolina could act like she was as uninvolved in drama as she wanted to, but when it came down to it, she could get just as heated as any of the populars. She was close enough with Carolina that it was a side that was rarely ever directed at her, and it usually amused her when it came out. It just reminded Piper of Carrie's realness, and how no matter how popular or respected Jane Lynch or any of the others were at school, she had no problem setting them straight if she felt disrespected. "You're living in one of the nicest penthouses in Manhattan, probably with just as much financial freedom as your niece and you're going to complain about Jane? You sound like Carolina-cry-me-a-fucking-river-Daily," she continued with a smirk.

"Bitch, get out of here! They've got a house big enough the hold that '19 Kids and Counting' family and yet I still run into that girl twenty damn times a day. Not really worth it. Besides, you know I'm not as materialistic as you."

"Oh, come on! Don't try to tell me that you haven't done a little bit of shopping on Adrian's account!" Piper pushed. Even she did shopping that Adrian paid the bill on, and that just took Piper listening to Jane vent on occasion. She couldn't imagine how easy it had to be for Carolina, whose sister was sleeping with the billionaire.

"Honestly, not really. Nicole's taken me shopping sometimes, and they gave me a card, but I don't just buy stuff for the hell of it," Carolina shrugged.

Piper watched as the girl glanced at the phone in her free hand after speaking. "Who's texting you, Miss Popular?" she inquired curiously. It was just paranoid thinking, but Piper prayed that it wasn't Sydney or Jane or even Sienna, who had somehow found out about Piper's deal with Brent and was texting Carolina to inform her too. The scenario would never happen, but her heart was still fluttering as she peered curiously at the phone. When she saw Leon's name on the screen, she breathed a sigh of relief.

"Just Leon. He's back in New York and wants me to catch him up on the first week's drama," Carolina answered as she typed out the response of, "lol too much to even text. i'm omw w piper to the shake shack on 86th. u can meet us there if ur free and she'll give u a better run down than i can lol". "I told him to meet us at Shake Shack if he's free, so you can do the honor of giving him a rundown on everything that happened. You're more involved in it, anyway."

"Sounds good!" Piper agreed. She took the moment of Carolina being distracted with her phone, to pull out her own and send a couple of texts.

To: Sienna
I was in J's lobby and ran into Sydney... so I'm assuming she's there to take care of it? Lol, I honestly didn't think I can deal with the ice queen without you being there :/. I'm sure she's okay though. I'm with Carrie right now and she said Jane's just having issues with her dad. Nbd.

To: Brent
Please try to get them. I can't have Jane blabbing about this before my party.

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He didn't have to wait long for a reply from Carolina, and he grinned at the reply. If there was too much gossip to fit into a text, then it was bound to be a good afternoon. He typed out a quick reply and sent it.

awesome. i need to dump my bags and change 'cause i smell like grandma and plane right now, but i'll meet you guys there.

Traffic was as light as it ever could be in the city, so they got back to the apartment surprisingly quickly. If his mother was home, her present would have to wait until later, because he wasn't going to keep Carolina and Piper waiting any longer than was strictly necessary. Partially because he wanted to see them, but mostly because he wanted to put off the inevitable forced politeness and awkwardness.

The doorman tipped his cap as Leon approached. "Good trip, Master Leon?"
"Not bad, Mr. Williams, not bad," Leon replied. Williams was good in that he never asked too many questions- in fact, he never asked any questions. Which was perfect for his job, really.

His mother was practically standing in the lift as the doors opened, and she engulfed him in a suffocating hug. He hugged her back, having to awkwardly step out of the lift so the doors wouldn't close on them.

"How was Boston, darling?"
"It was... Boston. Listen, mom, I need to get changed, I'm meeting Piper and Carolina," he said, taking a step towards his room. Her face fell slightly, but she quickly fixed it with a smile and nodded.
"Of course, darling. Have a nice time!" She says, and he nodded, heading back into his room. He quickly changed into a clean shirt and jeans, running his fingers through his hair and retrieving his wallet from his bag. He was somewhat glad that his mother hadn't caused a fuss, but he was suspecting that she didn't want to push him after shipping him off to Boston for the week. Still, he wasn't going to question it.

The change of clothes left him feeling a lot better, and he almost ran out of the apartment, only stopping to kiss his mother on the cheek. While in the lift, he sent Carolina another text.

on my way now. see you in a bit

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"Ooh, let's go to The Todd English Food Hall instead. I'm not in the mood for Shake Shack's crowds, and we're right here," Piper insisted as they approached the Plaza Hotel. The Plaza had always held a special place in her heart. It wasn't like she had ever stayed there, but as a child, "Eloise at the Plaza" had been her favorite movie. What child wouldn't have fantasized about the life that Eloise had? At the time, Piper didn't know that there were children who were actually living that life, and she certainly wouldn't have imagined that she would one day be friends with kids like that.

"Okay, let me just tell Leon," Carolina responded. Her phone was back out of her pocket almost just as soon as it went in, as she sent Leon a quick text letting him know of the change of plans.

To: Leon
Hey, Piper wants to do the food court at the plaza instead. Hope you can meet us here!

"Should we do sushi or grill?" Piper proposed, although her heart was already set on grill food. She was trying to be nice by giving Carolina the option, but if her friend would have opted for sushi, they would have been getting separate meals. It wouldn't have been an extreme thing, considering how the hall was set up as an upscale food court, but it just attested to how Piper wasn't great at compromises. She liked things her way, and sometimes she forgot that Carolina was privy to the fact that she wasn't living the life that she claimed, where she could afford to be so picky.

"I'm good with grill food. We can see what Leon wants. Want to wait out here for him? He's on his way."

"Nah, let's just go in! I'm hungry and I don't feel like waiting," she answered, taking Carolina by the hand as she led them in. Being dinner time, the hall was fairly crowded, but after a few moments of squirming through groups and trying to search for the food counter that they wanted, she located the grill area. A quick glance at the menu, and Piper was reminded on why she had only eaten here once, and it was when she knew Jane was going to be footing the bill. Twenty dollars, plus tax, for a classic cheeseburger?! And to think that she had been craving the twenty-eight dollar Amsterdam burger! That was certainly out of the question. On any other day, she would have been able to cover it, but after just paying off her party, she really needed to pinch pennies.

"Don't worry, I've got it," Carolina said, pulling Piper out of her panicked state. The redhead was definitely embarrassed at how expressive her fear must have been on her face, but it was Carolina, and that was reassuring. At least it wasn't one of the girl who didn't know that she wasn't wealthy.

"I owe you," Piper responded, sincerely grateful in her tone. Even though she wasn't responsible for the bill, she resisted ordering the more expensive burger. Carolina might have been pulling money out of the same endless pile as Jane was, but Piper had a lot more respect for the former than the latter, and she wasn't going to take advantage of Carrie's generosity like that.

After ordering and getting their food, they carried the trays over to an empty table. "It's not any of my business, but who'd you have to sleep with to book the place for your party tomorrow?" Carolina asked with a smirk. She was only teasing Piper, but she was really curious as to how Piper was affording a party that would likely meet the standards of her upper east side friends. Parties like that could cost tens of thousands of dollars, and that was money that Carolina knew Piper's modelling career couldn't even pull, especially on such short notice.

"Psssh! You know I'm not that kind of girl!" Piper responded, faking offense as she slapped Carolina's arm across the table. In a split second decision, Piper decided to share with Carolina, something that she probably shouldn't have shared with anyone. She trusted Carrie, she knew Carrie disliked Jane, and Piper did feel like she needed to confide in someone about this secret. If anyone would be her friend through it all, she hoped it would be Carolina. "Brent gave it to me for helping him with something."

"Oh Lord, don't tell me your his trap queen now or some shit," Carolina responded, dipping a fry in ketchup as she looked at Piper inquisitively.

"Not really. You can't get mad at me but I helped him get J--" Piper started to confess how she had gotten Jane back into Brent's clutches, but she spotted Leon approaching them, and her guilty smile transformed into a friendlier one as she waved the boy over to their table.

"Hey boo," Carolina grinned at the boy. "This one was too hungry to wait for you to order, so go get something quick. We just sat down, and then I wanna hear all about grandma's house," she joked. The sight of her good friend, who she hadn't seen in over a month, was enough to distract Carolina from whatever Piper was saying.

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As he reached the street, his phone buzzed with a text from Carolina, informing him of the change of location. The Plaza was closer to their apartment, so it suited him better. He wouldn't have to keep them waiting as long, then.

Or so he thought, until he got stuck behind a bunch of tourists that insisted on stopping and staring at every second building. they seemed to take up the entire sidewalk, and unless he wanted to risk getting hit by a taxi, he couldn't overtake them. He bit his tongue and resisted the temptation to yell at them. God, did these people not have cities back wherever they lived? Did they not know how busy places worked?

As he walked, he started replying to some of his notifications. He usually wouldn't bother, but it was better than having to stare at the grey roots of the woman in front of him. It was boring and monotonous, as most of them were the same "hey dude, why weren't you at training?" or "hey dude, why weren't you at that party?" But eventually, the crowd moved into a shop, and Leon was able to get to the hotel.

The Plaza was the fanciest food court he'd ever seen. It wasn't really called a food court, but that was the best way to describe it. However, the food was good, and you didn't generally have the bawling children or weird smells that you got in mall food courts. I didn't take him long to find Carolina and Piper- mostly because Carolina waved him over. They already had their food, which looked incredible.

"Hey boo. This one was too hungry to wait for you to order, so go get something quick. We just sat down, and then I wanna hear all about grandma's house," Carolina said, grinning at him. He looked at Piper in mock offence, before grinning and giving the game away. "I'll be as quick as I can," he replied, heading up to the counter. Now that he didn't smell like airplane any more and he'd actually seen the food, he was ravenous.

Having ordered himself the Amsterdam burger and fries and received his food, he carried his tray over to the table and sat down at the vacant seat.

"Alright, ladies, summarise the gossip. Gonna need to know for this party of yours!" He said, winking at Piper as he popped a fry into his mouth.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helรบ Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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S I E N N A ~ A L VA R E Z
"And then there were two."

Outfit|| Balmain tuxedo dress w/ Christian Louboutins
IPod || Confident by Demi Lovato
Mood|| Anxious

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After the escapade with Vincent's family, particularly remembering that Kelley was actually fun and that Sienna would probably like her a lot more if they hung out more, Sienna had left feeling satisfied. She got to spend time with Vincent, distracted Colette enough for them to both have a good time, and even got the chance to talk with a few classmates. Naturally, her first choice wouldn't have been to talk about the gossip blog and hear people's pity about Vincent sleeping with Sydney, but Sienna hurried and dispelled the conversation so that she could turn it to something a bit more fun. Overall, she had enjoyed her night. Which was saying a lot considering all that occurred the next day.

Despite her plans to have the girls over for the whole enchilada, Cynthia had already planned most of Sienna's day without telling her. Which resulted in a long argument that made Sienna's head hurt just thinking about it. Which prompted her, when she finally returned home to see Esmee entertaining her guests, to politely take that watermelon mimosa back like it was a shot. Instead of going to school, Sienna spent the majority of her morning in the recording studio to work on her EP plus a project with Ryan Leslie for an upcoming song. Not that she minded since he had helped with her debut album, but it was definitely a surprise to herself not alone in the isolation booth. Afterwards, they worked on sound editing and all that good stuff, which took up the majority of her day. By the time 2 pm rolled around, Sienna was being shoved into the outfit she has yet to take off for an interview with one of the top radio stations in New York.

So, when she had actually gotten home to see people she liked and all that good stuff, Sienna had actually walked in at around the same time Sydney did. Which prompted another mimosa. The two weren't...at odds, but it definitely seemed that way to the other girls and Sienna would gladly accept the blame for that. She hadn't thought too ahead when deciding to extend her invitation with Sydney and while she danced around with the other girls and sung their favorite songs while deciding on nails and hair, the tension was still palpable to her. And Sienna only had so much energy in the world to ignore it before it became clear that the two needed to leave the group. That idea was made after sending a few texts out to friends.

To: Carrie
The fact that I don't c u hurts me. Hurts me deeply in my soul D:

To: Tori
Glad 2 c ur enjoying urself. I do aim 2 please, after all ;D

To: Piper, Lottie
Going upstairs w/ Syd. Probably get dressed & such while I'm there

To: J
Ummmmm...I will come thru 2 ur house ma'am if I don't c u soon

To: Vincent
Well it's a good thing what I'm not wearing under this dress, huh?

Once those were sent, Sienna shared a look with Esmee, who allowed the distraction in the midst of her massage. Sienna's nails had finished drying some time ago and her last shower was an hour ago, so all she needed to do was get dressed and return for makeup and hair. Slipping back on her heels, Sienna stood, meeting Sydney's eyes from across the room. "Alright, lovelies! You all are looking fabulous as always!! Be back in a jiffy!" Most of the girls were popular enough, not unfamiliar faces. A few were her dancers who happened to also attend the same school, but they wouldn't be people Jane and Sydney would not have known. Sienna hadn't been that rude. Her eyes also landed on both Piper and Charlotte before flitting over to Tori, a slower smile appearing on her face before she began moving. As she started walking, she beckoned Sydney with a small nod before proceeding to ascend the stairs.

Despite what they had discussed, Sydney had not, in fact, messaged Sienna at all. Which didn't necessarily hurt or bother Sienna since she hadn't even checked her phone again until after she had left Vincent. And honestly, she didn't even know how that conversation would have went. Would they have argued? Would Sydney have claimed to not believe her? Would one of them have hung up on the other? She didn't know and as Sienna opened the door to massive closet, she didn't know how this conversation was going to go. But she had chosen the closet just for more privacy since it was considered another room and perched herself demurely on the chaise lounge her father had gotten installed in the room, lithe legs crossing as she finally allowed herself to meet Sydney's gaze again. "Sooo...where do you want me to start?"





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S E B A S T I A N ~ Q U E E N
"For the record, Rascall Flatts is kinda awesome."
Outfit|| DSquared2 Beverly Hills Tuxedo w/ mask
Location || His Home
IPod || Work Song by Hozier
Mood || Amused


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Ricardo Slim-Helรบ was one of the most elusive kings St. Jude's had ever had and well, he honestly never could go a week without living up to that reputation. Despite how much he did, in fact, enjoy being with his friends and having front row tickets to the drama of the Upper East Side, he was still privy to running to random places around the globe, such as attending a pool party in Monte Carlo hosted by the son of one of his father's business associates. A trip that prompted him to miss school earlier in the day and only arrive back to his own home nearly two hours ago. So, when he received Vincent's text (and Ric could only imagine the intoxication level his friend had to be on because the tone was discernible), he was actually just finished getting dressed.

"Dorota, I'm heading out now. Make sure that Felipe actually eats something and at least makes it to the toilet before he ruins the Egyptian cotton," the UES king stated as he exited his bedroom, in the process of sending out a few texts to a few people. Felipe hadn't returned home yet and was still staying with Ric, which would have been fine had the socialite actually cared enough about his brother to want to entertain him. Carlos had forced him to bring his sibling along and Ric had done so begrudgingly, drinking enough vodka so that the very image of his brother didn't make him to want to choke the older man. Soon, RIc was downstairs and getting to his limo, making sure that the second one was on standby. He remembered how Sienna was during these kinds of parties, where she would be that girl willing to wear a princess-styled gown just because she knew she could.

To: Connor
I believe ur friend is drunk already, isn't he?

To: Connor
Also, why am I finding out u've got a date w/ Walsh from other people? I knew brainy was ur type, but a heads up would've been nice lol

To: Vincent
Dude, chill. Omw now. Girls probably not even ready yet tbh

To: Sydney
What? No before and after pics? Non pg13 r always welcome, Syd




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Fridays were always positive. Sydney wasn't the type of girl who hated school. She actually did very well there, academically and socially. Without having to deal with Sienna and the annoying girls who seemed to favor the singer over her, the day went even better. She still wasn't letting Jane off of the hook for how difficult she was the day before, but she was going to wait to hear what Sienna had to say before crucifying Jane, in case she had to play best friend and protect her instead. Sydney hadn't contacted Sienna or Victoria the night before, despite initially planning on it. It wasn't that she was no longer curious, because the topic peaked Sydney's interest more than anything, but she also wasn't going to beg for information. Plus, she just wasn't in the mood for more drama. After leaving Jane's that night, her mother had forced her to get a late dinner with her and her grandfather, and it was tiring. Sydney had once longed for a mother to be a real part of her life, but now that she was old enough to take care of herself, she usually just preferred that the woman be off in Cabo or Venice or Miami, where she didn't have to deal with her.

Sydney had agreed to go to Sienna's to get ready for the party because Jane insisted on it. It was a tradition that they all get ready together, and Sydney didn't want it to look like she was scared of being around Sienna or something. She wasn't going to break a tradition just because Sienna had been a bitch lately, and so she went, even after Jane had failed to answer her texts once they left school. She figured that the brunette was just busy with some last minute shopping, but as the minutes ticked by, she became more suspicious. It wasn't that hard to be skeptical of Jane lately. It was like the girl that was once so transparent was now secretive and distant, and it bothered Sydney because she was losing the person that she had the most control over. Being pissed off at Jane probably made it more obvious to the girls that were at Sienna's, that she didn't really want to be there, but Sydney did her best to be civil. She sipped her mimosas and attempted to relax as she was pampered, but when Sienna nodded for them to go off alone, she readily followed.

"Where do I want you to begin? Um, the start would be good," Sydney snapped, unable to hide the annoyance in her voice. If Sydney could have kept up that ice cold bitch face that she had maintained for most of the afternoon, she would have. For some reason, that emotional and more dramatic side of her was shining through more frequently lately, and like at Charlotte's event, Sydney could feel that more uncontrollable side shining through tonight. Everyone knew that she could play the game of being unreadable and composed. Like Constance Billard, she was the queen of that too, but with Sienna, the grasp on her ability to play that was slipping lately. And she hated it. She hated it, especially since she knew that she couldn't completely blame everything on Sienna. When she lost control of her emotions, Sydney was forced fall back on playing the victim card, but she couldn't do that here. Not when she did sleep with Vincent, betray her once best friend, and then try to hide it all. Technically, she could still play that card, but there was no point in doing it when she was alone with Sienna. They were past that point. Things weren't nearly normal with them, but Sydney had, at least enough respect for her at this point, to just be real, or at least, realer than that. "Or maybe just don't even start anywhere! Jane's sick and she's so difficult, and doesn't even want to get better. All she does is keep secrets and bail on me like that's not even a big deal, and it is a big deal. If she wants to be like that, and be such a bad friend to us, why are we even trying? Why do we even care if Victoria-pathetic-Walsh knows about it?" Sydney knew that she was being rash and insensitive, but she couldn't help it. Even if she and Sienna weren't close right now, Sienna was the only person that she could vent to about this.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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Throughout the entire afternoon, Victoria found herself telling mentally reiterating that this was going to be a painful, but necessary step in her quest to be happy. It would definitely be uncomfortable to spend an entire afternoon with Sienna, Charlotte, Jane and Piper, people she despised, but Sydney would be there. That was exciting enough, and a huge motivator as Tori nearly choked on her anxiety on her way to Sienna's penthouse. To her surprise and delight, the hostess wasn't even there when she got there, but neither was Sydney. The dislike she had for Sienna was recent but strong, because Sienna had tried control of her blog, the one thing that she had in her life, that made her powerful. At home, Victoria was stuck in the shadow of her sister, and essentially ignored by her father. At school, she blended in and had been rejected for so many years, that it was strange that she still had any hope for a social advance. Behind her computer screen, though, she could inflict pain in anyone that she wanted. For example, people didn't like her enough to vote her class president, but she could take that frustration out by tarnishing perfect little Charlotte Buchanan's reputation. It was a way for Tori to translate her anger in a form that she received virtually no backlash in, because no one knew it was her. Well, that was true until recently. Now Sienna not only knew, but was testing that power, and while Tori was unaware that Piper also knew, she knew that it was bound to come out sooner than later. She only hoped that by the time it got to Sydney, she and Sienna would be at such odds that Sydney wouldn't believe it to be true.

The time that she had before Sydney and Sienna arrived at Sienna's wasn't as painful as she imagined it would be. She wasn't big on drinking alcohol, so she kept away from the beverages being served, but indulged in some of the pastries and appetizers. Her got her nails, hair and makeup done, and was still busy with that when the hostess and Sydney came in. Suddenly, her nerves were back, especially because the two of them didn't seem to hate each other. Victoria had been certain that Sydney would show up with Jane, who had also been missing for the beginning of the pre-party, but she didn't. That should've been exciting to Tori, who could have used it as her opportunity to hang out with Sydney alone, but the queen bee didn't seem interested in her. If she didn't cherish her so much, Tori would have criticized her for having such mood changes. One day, she was inviting her to go shopping at Tiffany's and setting her up with one of her closest guy friends, and the next, she wouldn't even lift her eyes from her phone screen to acknowledge the "hey!" that Victoria offered. It was frustrating, but Tori had to remember that she didn't need to be clingy and annoying. She was here, at the "cool kids'" pre-party, and that was what mattered.

After another hour or so, Tori was ready, aside from putting on her dress and shoes, so she decided to try to make conversation with Sydney again. At the very least, she could thank her again for setting her up with Connor... which reminded her that she should probably try to text him, so that it wasn't completely awkward when he came.

To: Connor
Excited for tn :)!

When she grabbed her phone to text him, she saw a text from Sienna as well, which had her neutral expression quickly turning into a scowl. She now definitely couldn't stand Sienna. The text was taunting, maintaining a tone that the two had went back and forth with in their previous exchanges, but Tori didn't like her using that when she couldn't do anything. This was Sienna's turf, and Tori didn't doubt that she would be publicly blasted if she responded to it with something similar. So, she didn't. She only glanced in Sienna's direction, but found the blonde preoccupied with other people, and by the time she texted Connor, Sienna was speaking to the group and then she and Sydney were heading upstairs. NOOOOOO! They weren't supposed to be friends! She didn't need Sienna alone with Sydney, especially with the point she and Sienna were at. All it took was for Sienna to open her mouth, and Tori's chance at becoming Sydney's best friend was gone. All of this work... gone. Tori considered just leaving. Leaving this house. Not going to the party. Transferring schools. Yeah, that sounded good. Better than facing the fate of the worst possible situation her mind could conjure.

She didn't know if she was actually going to leave or not, but almost automatically, Tori found herself walking towards the exit of the room. Before she got more than a few feet, Jane appeared out of nowhere, fully dressed, and while she was quite possibly her least favorite of the four, Tori was relieved at the sight of her. She could be the scapegoat here. Victoria could use her to her advantage... somehow. As she hurried towards the girl, she didn't have a plan, but with Jane's thoughts being as pliable as Tori assumed them to be, she hoped that she could figure something out. "Jane!" Tori chirped, placing a hand on the girl's arm as if they were actually friends. "There's something important that I need to talk to you about. Will you come in the hall with me for a second?"

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Nervous didn't even describe how Jane felt, walking into Sienna's house. She refused to check her phone the entire way there, but after being greeted by Katherine, the Alvarez housekeeper that she was most familiar with, Jane felt a little bit better. She didn't receive any warning that she should run back home, which she didn't necessarily expect from the employee anyway, but it was still a good sign. When she was led into the most occupied room, she found a group of familiar faces, with some being more familiar than others. There were some people she knew only through Sienna, who she wasn't very close with, but there was Piper, and Charlotte and Rosie... yet no Sienna or Sydney. She was only a foot into the room when she could no longer resist temptation, and pulled out her phone. Her first thought was to text either of her best friends and make sure that they weren't off ripping out each other's hair in another room, and though Sienna's text about the two "talking" worried her, it didn't seem as bad as it could be. Jane had too much to worry about right now, especially with the smell of something delicious taunting her from one of the tables across the room, to get involved anymore than to request that Sienna vouch for her during whatever their conversation.

To: Sienna
ilysm!!! don't let her kill me, i was literally asleep. let's all be friends ily

To: Sydney
i'm so so so so so so so sorry i fell asleep but i'm here now <3

It was true that Jane did have every intention of bailing on tonight's festivities, but her excuse of being asleep all afternoon wasn't a lie either. Just from the number of missed calls and the texts Sydney had sent her, compared to just the one from Sienna before this one, made it clear that Sydney was more angry at her than Sia. Which wasn't surprising. Sydney took everything so personally, and Jane was sensitive too, so she couldn't really criticize, but it was like, if she didn't follow Sydney's agenda to a T, she was going to hear about it. Or not hear about it, and be on the receiving end of the cold shoulder for the rest of the night.

As she headed into the room, she took a martini from a tray, but only a sip in, and she knew she was going to be needing more gin than that. That was especially true, when she spotted Victoria across the room. Who invited her?! Jane didn't want to be so negative, and decided it'd be easier to just ignore the people she didn't like tonight. In a quick decision, she decided that that included Piper. The redhead hadn't pulled through with her pills yesterday, and until she gave them to her, she was going to be ignored, even if she was the party hostess tonight. Jane didn't care, and she wouldn't acknowledge the idea that therapists had suggested to her during treatment, that her illness made her selfish. It was hard to think about anyone else when she was so caught up on her own problems, and in the mindset that everyone was out to get her. Piper had no real obligation to get her the pills, but Jane felt like she was being an incredibly bad friend by not getting them for her the minute she asked for them. She wasn't used to not being able to go to the store or ordering some housekeeper to go, and get whatever it was that she wanted. Piper was her only connection to Brent, but at this point, Jane was considering reaching out to him herself. She needed those pills badly, and the way her appetite was creeping up on her tonight, and how gross she felt in her dress, only reminded her of that.

"Hey girlie!" Jane smiled as she approached Lottie, the girl that she decided was her favorite out of the current choices in the room. "You look sooooo-" Jane literally stopped mid-sentence as she felt someone touch her, and the disgust couldn't have translated any clearer onto her face when she saw that it was Victoria, asking her to come into the hall to talk in private. Um, not a chance, was what she wanted to say, and she hesitated for a moment, but then pulled away from Victoria and wrapped one of her arms around Charlotte's arm, forcing the blonde closer to her. "Uh, okay I guess... but Charlotte's my date tonight, so she has to come with me," Jane decided, being playful, but only towards Charlotte as she pulled her out of the room behind Tori.

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Earlier that week, she had picked out a couple of dresses with Nicole, and after school today, she decided on the royal blue gown. Her sister agreed that it was her best pick, with it being classy and simple, but also fitted enough to touch upon her curves, so after finishing all of the assignments she had due on Monday, she finally started to get ready. Sienna had extended the invitation to her pre-party to her a few days before, and Carolina had planned on going originally. However, she always put her school work over socializing, and she knew that if she didn't do her work before Piper's party, she wouldn't be able to relax and actually enjoy herself. Plus, she assumed that Jane was going to be at Sienna's all afternoon, and Carrie didn't feel like spending any unnecessary time with that nuisance. She really just planned on going to Piper's on her own and meeting up with the girls there, but she finished her work and getting ready earlier than expected. Of course, once her sister heard that, she was basically forced out the door to go to Sienna's.

Nicole spent the elevator ride to the lobby pleading with her to reach out to Jane again. She tried to convince Carolina that Jane was just naturally bratty, and that it wasn't something that she should take personally. "She wasn't lucky enough to grow up with any siblings, Carrie! She doesn't know how to share attention or be challenged and not get things to go her way, but she's not a bad kid. She's going through a lot, why don't you just try to be a friend to her once more?" Carolina told her that she was trying to convince the wrong person to be nice, but nothing she said would get through to Nicole. It made Carolina wonder if Jane had went crying to her dad about it, because Nicole was usually on her side about this, or at least before Carolina had moved in, all she could talk about was how outrageous she acted. Luckily, when she stepped out of the elevator and got into the car alone, Sienna texted her, which reassured her that her invitation was still valid.

To: Sienna
Lol I'm omw rn. Had soo much school stuff to do. U wouldn't know since u skipped again lol. Hope my invite is still good, be there in a few

To: Leon
Hope I c u tn!

A few minutes later, the Lynch's driver left her in front of Sienna's building, and Carolina made her way inside. She was quickly buzzed in by one of the Alvarez's staff members, and before long, found herself in the elegant apartment with a group of girls. Nearly every face was familiar to her, and she offered a friendly smile to most of them, but without Sienna in sight, the only two people she really would have interacted with were Piper and Charlotte. Charlotte was standing beside Jane and Tori Walsh, so Carolina quickly made the choice to head over to Piper. "Damn, I'm surprised you're here and not freaking out over your rich bitch party," she smirked as she sat down beside the girl. "You look pretty though, so I guess that's all that matters," she added, on an equally playful note.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helรบ Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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S I E N N A ~ A L VA R E Z
"If you asked me a week ago, I wouldn't be able to say it but...I missed you."

Outfit|| Matthew Williamson Halter gown w/
Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos & embroidered Marchesa clutch
Location || Her Bedroom
IPod || Control by Halsey
Mood|| Sentimental

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Even if she wanted to, Sienna couldn't fight the warmth that spread in her chest nor the smile that played on the corners of her mouth. She shouldn't have been as happy as she did that Sydney even remotely believed her or that they were possibly in this together, but here she was. A bit overwhelmed by that little fact and nodded carefully, trying her hardest not to let that smile be as big as it wanted to be.

"Y-yeah, ok. Sure. I will. And...thanks," she said, playing with the handles of the doors before opening them again, glancing over her shoulder at Sydney. "For believing me, thanks. And, you don't have to say anything back, but...I...kinda have missed you, Syd." Sienna didn't allow herself to push for more, remembering that it was Piper's night to throw a bomb ass party and that she didn't need any tears. She wanted to have fun and yeah, she was probably going to be side-eyeing Tori for the rest of the night but she wanted to at least go back to enjoying herself. So, she turned away and headed back into the bedroom while still talking to Sydney. "I forgot where you put your stuff, but I'm changing up here. You can use the closet. I'm gonna text J to come up here...just because."

To: J
She won't kill u, promise. Come upstairs. Need 2 put on my gown b4 hair & makeup gets done ;p

To: Piper, Lottie
No WWIII yet :D Putting on my dress & I'll be back down

To: Piper
Are u leaving b4 us 2 b there 1rst?

To: Carrie
Girlie, ur always welcome here ;D Ftr I always get my assignments. Wouldn't b honor roll w/out it. Cant wait 2 c ur dress. B down soon

Once those texts were sent, she also sent a few to the other girls whom she knew were leaving before them to go with dates and such. There were always those large number of students who went ahead of everyone else and honestly, Sienna loved those people. The vain girl in her liked being able to make an entrance and she very well couldn't make a proper entrance if there was no one already waiting for her. Back in the comfort of her room, Sienna kicked the Louboutins off her feet and under her bed, plugged up her phone and then proceeded to stand behind the privacy screen she had gotten installed in her room some time ago. Katherine had already set up her mannequin with the dress for the evening and her jewelry was already laid out on her vanity.

After getting the clothing she had barely had time to really rest in off, Sienna went without wearing a bra and found the nipple coverings Katherine had left behind. The bodice of the Matthew Williamson halter gown from his summer 2015 collection was very fitted since the model originally used was definitely skinnier than Sienna, resulting in a nice push-up effect for her boobs. Not that she complained. She had hated the thought of having to wear a bra with it and was definitely not against it. She also went for the lace thong Cynthia would probably slap her for owning, and then slid the masterpiece over her body. She loved the cut-outs along the sides, revealing just only a tease of her trim sides and flat tummy, and also the reveal of her back. Plus, the center front split was a sexy surprise when she walked. It was a nice fit but also required zipping at the back. However, after careful maneuvering (especially considering her nails) and stretching, she was donning the relaxed yet sensuously glamorous gown. Once that was done, Sienna emerged from behind the screen to slip into her heels before going to the vanity to put on her jewelry, noting the mask that awaited her as well.





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R I C A R D O ~ S L I M
"Seems like you guys started the party without me."
Outfit|| DSquared2 Beverly Hills Tuxedo w/ mask
Location || Connor Harkins' Home
IPod || Turn Down (For What?) by DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon
Mood || Entertained


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It didn't take particularly long for Rick to get to Connor's place. Traffic flow was still considerably heavy since it was a Friday night and he knew that a good number of students, even a few not from either St. Jude's or Constance, would be attending Piper Vine's masquerade ball. It was an event hosted by one of the most popular girls on the Upper East Side. Whether or not you were a student at the two respectable schools was irrelevant. You were going, one way or another. Or your life was simply boring. Still, luckily for him, his driver knew the back-ways and hidden corners to cut that enabled him to reach his friend's home in fifteen minutes.

It didn't take him long to gain access inside and before long, the king of St. Jude's was walking into the room his two friends were occupying with the typical swagger in his walk and a smirk on his lips. "I see you two have started the party without me," he exclaimed with amusement, recalling the text he had received from Vincent. Rick could only guess, with the glasses on the table, that the two guys had definitely started enjoying themselves. He also could only guess how much trouble Vincent planned to get himself into and the thought alone caused his eyebrow to twitch with interest. Of course, Rick himself planned to enjoy the night, but there was something about one of his friends being drunk and reckless that entertained him. After all, it was the simple things in life that made him happy. Good sex. Great food. Drunk people. Yep, the simple things.

"But, first thing's first, Harkins," he exclaimed decidedly, plopping down on one of the chairs and pointing a finger directly at Connor. "I was expecting you to ask Sydney. Hell, maybe even our own Madam President, but Victoria Walsh? Now, that's just not like you. You usually bounce between two blondes...like your friend over here." Rick gave a pointed nod to Vincent's direction before returning his imploring yet playful gaze back to Connor. "Don't tell you're trying for an easier conquest, my friend. I thought you liked the chase?"




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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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Spending the afternoon before with Leon was nice, because following that, Piper transformed into the party host version of a bridezilla. Unlike the other girls, she couldn't afford to hire the city's best party planners and she didn't have hired help who would take care of every little need. She had managed to get a college student who was majoring in event planning to act as a free intern for experience, but that wasn't good enough to make her party perfect. Piper had to pick up the slack, and that meant that all day, she was freaking out about whether to correct flowers would arrive, if the food would be good, and if people were actually going to enjoy themselves. This was senior year, which meant that her party not only had to live up to the ones thrown in the past by Sydney, Jane and Sienna, but it also had to be good enough to start senior year off on the right note. There were so many expectations to live up to, and on top of the pressure of that, Piper had just drained her savings account, and done some things that she wasn't proud of to make this party come together. It had to go well. There was no other option.

After school, she headed directly to the venue to make sure that the employees had already started to make her masquerade ball come to live. Surprisingly, and thankfully, they were, and she had little complaints to make while there. After that, she headed to the shop of the seamstress who was tailoring her dress. A modelling friend, who thankfully had no connections with her friend group, was lending the feathered Oscar de la Renta gown to her for the night. While Amy insisted that it made her look like a grey, washed out version of Big Bird, Piper was satisfied with her reflection when she tried it on, and even more so, when she looked at her finished appearance after getting her hair and makeup done at Sienna's. She looked good, and her foster mother could fuck off, just as Piper had told her to do when she made the initial comment.

After impulsively popping a few snacks into her mouth and finishing off her drink, the makeup artist had to touch up her look once more, and that was when she noticed Jane, and then Carolina coming in, minutes apart. Jane ignored her and flocked over to Charlotte, and Piper couldn't resist rolling her eyes. She's just lucky that Sydney's not down here. Piper hadn't said more than one or two sentences to Sydney today, but everyone with a brain could tell that she was pissed off. A lot of them probably just assumed that it was because she and Sienna were on bad terms, and she didn't want to be there, but Piper knew how flighty Jane was, and that was definitely pissing Sydney off too. Reminding herself that Sydney wasn't down there, forced her to register that Sienna wasn't down there either, and she recalled how during her lips being painted the first time, she and Sydney had left together. Fuck! That wasn't supposed to happen. Unless Sienna was pummeling Sydney as they spoke, that seemed like bad new for Piper, who was praying that the two blondes would remain at odds for as long as possible. If Sienna and Sydney were friends, or even just civil, it meant that Sienna was bowing down to the idea of remaining in the position of Sydney's sidekick. And that meant, even more, that Piper was going to be stuck at the bottom tier of the group. She knew that she didn't have time to worry about that tonight, but she couldn't help it. Then, to make her brain spin even more, as she looked up to see Carolina approaching her, she saw Victoria holding Jane's arm and talking to her. Fuck, fuck, fuck! Sienna had mentioned that Tori was trying to come for Jane, and Piper knew that that had to relate to her weight issue. Piper wouldn't put it past Victoria, but just posting about how Jane had an eating disorder would be pretty lame. It would be mean and uninteresting, though Piper didn't doubt it would stir up controversy among the wannabes who were obsessed with chronicling the "perfect" lives that the four of them lived. What Tori really needed to make a good, juicy post, was knowledge that Jane was abusing drugs from Brent in order to lose weight, and if that somehow came to light, Piper was royally screwed. It wasn't like she could trust Jane with keeping her mouth shut, either. No one could. Even if Jane wasn't trying to blab about something, she'd likely end up doing it in an innocent, unknowing or impulsive way anyway. It was endearing, sometimes, when she was leaking Sienna or Sydney's secrets, but not when Piper's social life was on the line.


"I'm actually about to head over there now. I have to make sure that they're adhering to the guest list I left them, because I don't want any losers getting in." Piper was too distracted by Jane and Tori, and now Charlotte too, to sense or even return Carolina's playfulness. It was obvious that she was disconnected from her reality for the moment, and didn't even apologize for whipping out her phone and sending a text back to Sienna. Now, she couldn't even focus on how Sienna seemed to say that she and Sydney were fine. She was too worried about herself, and as soon as the text was sent and the makeup artist stepped away, Piper grabbed Carolina's hand. "Come with me. I need to talk to you on the way there."

To: Sienna
Yeah, heading over there now with Carrie! Thanks for the wonderful pre-party! Heads up that our anonymous blog writer was just chatting with Jane... guess she's heading up to you now bc I have no idea where she went...

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Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Leon Miller Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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"I didn't even get to see Sienna, but I guess I'll come..." Carolina had only arrived at Sienna's a few minutes before, and the hostess herself hadn't even come downstairs since then, but Carolina was sure that Sienna would understand.

"She's busy with Sydney anyway, I doubt she would have even noticed whether you were here or not," Piper replied. She wasn't even trying to be dismissive, but she was too involved in freaking out over what she imagined was going on to have manners right now. Piper knew that Sia was busy with Sydney, but she was also possibly busy with learning about how bad of a person Piper had been recently. And there were those thoughts again, about how she couldn't stand for her party to be ruined because she had invested so much money into it, and she couldn't stand for her social life to be ruined, because she had invested so much time and energy, and money, too, into that.

Carolina was tolerant of a lot of things. It probably didn't seem that way recently, because she had reached her limit with Jane and was always feeling a little petty around her, but with life in general, it took a lot to get Carolina pissed off. She was pretty passive, and unless someone was really bothering her, she usually kept her mouth shut. However, Piper was someone she was very close with, and she was someone who was on the same level as her. Behind the guise of being a rich socialite, Piper was a low to middle class, foster teen, and before moving in with the Lynch's, Carolina was too. They both understood the difficulties of life more than some of their peers, and when she was interacting with Piper alone, she saw how genuine and good of a person the girl was. Even days like yesterday, when they were hanging out with Leon, Carrie saw that side of her. She loved it, and she loved Piper, but she also felt comfortable enough with her to speak her mind when she was annoyed. So, when she matched Piper's near-jogging speed as she hurried into Sienna's elevator, Carrie turned to her with a look that demanded an explanation. "Damn, I know you're stressed and all with this party, but you don't have to be a bitch to me."

"I know, I know, I'm sorry, Car. It's more than the party, though. Do you think you can call Max to pick us up? I was really planning on just taking the limo with the others, but I'm freaking out."

"It'll take too long for him to get over here. Let's just get a cab." Carolina didn't press for information yet, knowing that it would be easier to do it when they were in the car. It wasn't a talent she needed now, with the Lynch's personal driver, but Carrie was a pro at hailing cabs, from all of her years as a "normal" person in New York, and within a minute, they were seated in the back of one. "So, what's freaking you out this much?"

"Okay, you have to promise you won't tell anyone this, and that you won't get mad at me. I wanted to tell you yesterday, but then Leon came, and I couldn't."

"I won't, I won't. Just tell me, you're acting like you murdered someone or something!"

"Okay, well, I've probably told you about how Brent and I are friends. Just friends, obviously. Like, he's actually a nice guy and stuff behind the sketchiness, and we worked on a science fair project a few years ago, and... I don't know, he's just more normal than he seems. Anyway, one day I was hanging out with him last year, and Jane showed up, because I guess she had been buying prescription pills from him, that had weight loss side effects. I didn't want her to know that I was actually friends with him, so I told her that I was there for the same reason that she was, and I had to keep up the appearance that I was using the same drugs as her. Like, it seems harmless, but it got out of control really quickly, because it went from me not wanting the girls to know I was friends with Brent, to me knowing that Jane was taking drugs and not being able to tell the girls because I was pretending to be taking them too. I would go with Jane a few times a week to get the pills from Brent, but I would always just give him back my share of whatever he gave us, and then Jane went away for treatment, or whatever, over the summer, and I really was going to let it die out there. But I needed money for this party badly, Carrie... like really badly, and Brent really wanted Jane back as a client, so I convinced her to start using them again. I know it was stupid and I know it was wrong, but I knew that she was going to start using them again anyway, and I really needed the money! She's been begging me to ask him for more, but he won't give her any because someone's telling him not to, and then I found out through Sienna, that Victoria Walsh runs that gossip blog everyone's talking about, and that she has dirt on Jane, and I just know that's the dirt that she has! What else could it be?! And if she exposes that about Jane, then I'm screwed! I'm so, so, so, fucking screwed, Car! My life will be ruined, and my party will be ruined, and I can't handle that! Not tonight, at least!" Piper had spoken so quickly, that she couldn't blame Carolina for the surprised and processing look on her face. Piper tried to read it, hoping that Carolina might have some piece of advice or assurance for her, or at least a little bit of sympathy, but she couldn't tell what the brunette was thinking. Her mind was still moving at a rate of a mile per minute, and as another idea popped into her mind, she decided to speak again before waiting for Carolina's response. "If it comes out... if it all comes out with me being involved with this, will you tell the girls, Sienna and Sydney, that Jane's making it up? That she's trying to blame me to get herself into less trouble? You can tell them that her parents have known about her drug issue for a while, and maybe that it's even something they had to address in therapy! You can be creative, but make it look like I had no involvement. Please, Carrie? Please, please, please?"

That was a lot to take in, to say the least, but without even thinking about it too much, Carolina's gut reaction was to nod her head. She knew Piper was wrong, and even though she disliked Jane very strongly, lately, she knew that what Piper did was manipulative and beyond being a bad friend. Carolina would be the first person to minimize Jane's illness, but convincing her to abuse drugs for her own financial gain was something that Carrie even recognized as being really bad. Piper was a good friend, possibly her best, and Carolina could tell that she was really scared, and maybe she was only sorry because she got caught, but Carolina wanted to help her. The idea of Jane lying to blame Piper instead of accepting responsibility was something that would fit into Jane's character so well, that Carolina didn't even think it would be hard to do. She supposed that if it came out, she could use the lie to Sienna, and maybe clear Piper's name. If that was what being a good friend meant, Carolina would agree to do it for now. "Yeah, I guess I can do that. You know I've got your back, now just calm down. Maybe you're freaking out over nothing. We should enjoy this party, and if it comes out, just know that I've got your back, okay?"

A wave- no, a tsunami, of relief rushed over Piper when Carolina confirmed that she would cover for her. She gave her friend's hand a squeeze, before deciding that that wasn't enough, and tossed her arms around Carolina's neck. "Thank you, I really owe you." When she released her, and they stepped out of the cab, Piper managed to send a text just as Carolina was doing the same.

To: Brent
Delete any text I've ever sent you. If shit gets out about Jane, you better fucking vouch for me that I had no idea or involvement.

To: Leon
Lmao good! I was only at Sienna's for a little... Piper wanted me to make her grand entrance with her, so I'm there now. Come and entertain me lol.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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S I E N N A ~ A L VA R E Z
"If that's what you want, then fine."

Outfit|| Matthew Williamson Halter gown w/
Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos & embroidered Marchesa clutch
Location || Her Bedroom
IPod || Control by Halsey
Mood|| Expressionless

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Jane didn't get it.

It was enough to acknowledge that yes, she did use drugs (and Sienna had been banking on blanking out the part where Piper had a hand in this). Okay, they could deal with that. But not being able to admit that she was suffering from a disease and that she was perfectly fine? That wasn't acceptable in Sienna's book and she had let Sydney take free reign over the situation. Simply held Jane's hand still and stared at her friend imploringly, mind working overtime when her mouth could not. Which, during a funnier and less serious situation, would have been kinda hilarious. The girl who always had a comeback was relatively speechless?

That's a new one.

But the point was that Jane wasn't going to admit that she was still struggling with an eating disorder. As if the paleness of skin that normally looked just a bit tanner and healthier than it currently did wasn't enough. Or the fact that Jane was thinner than she had ever been in Sienna's eyes. The point was that Jane wasn't going to see that none of this was healthy and Sienna needed her to. She didn't want to lose her friend because Jane was being adamant that there was nothing wrong. Because there was - something serious at that. But she couldn't articulate it at that moment and she didn't fight it when Jane snatched away from her.

"J..." She murmured softly, looking up at the brunette after her whine. Because it wasn't her begging, it was a fucking whine and it tapped into something deep in Sienna that made it impossible for her to not acknowledge that pushing now would only result in Jane pulling even farther away than she already had. And that made her feel helpless even as she said, "Ok...ok, whatever you want, J." But Sienna's brain was still moving - still processing - and when she gave a tired roll of her neck, she managed to toss Sydney a pointed look. This conversation could be over if that was how Jane was going to be. Fine, Sienna could do that. There was a party happening, it would be ridiculous if the trio didn't show up to one of their girls' parties, and Sienna needed a Sangria. Or a Mai tai - was it possible to have both at the same damn time? More than that, they needed a new strategy and if distracting Jane with thoughts of the party was what needed to be done, then so be it.

"'Sides, I gotta see people off and then we need to head out. That - Pipe - already left," Sienna continued, having to stop herself from calling Piper a bitch. Because right now, if you helped the girl who has an eating disorder get drugs for weight loss when you yourself looks perfectly fine and unbothered, Sienna had an issue with you. She didn't wait for Sydney to try to continue the conversation, just hurried back to her vanity to check her phone and fix her hair back up. It wasn't finished and she wanted at least that done. It was something she could at least control. Jane's issues...that was an entirely different story.

To: Piper
Probs gonna be awesome <3 C u soon

To: Lottie
Done w/ dis convo up here. Def b down soon

To: Sydney
She's not gonna listen 2 anything we say. If we can't get her to stop trying to get drugs, we need 2 stop the drugs from getting to her. Go 2 the source

Sienna made sure to send that last text to Sydney discreetly before pulling her phone off the charge and paying attention to her hair. She wanted to enhance the voluminous look that already been added to her hair earlier and with a few pins to pin her locks back along with some olive oil sheen spray, she was done. Finished, Sienna turned back around, grabbing her mask, and smirked. "Let's just try to enjoy tonight. Drink some champagne downstairs, listen to music, and get ready to go. Limos should be coming soon, right?"

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Character Portrait: Brent Barclay Character Portrait: Victoria Walsh Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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Damn, neither of them texted back? After walking for a few minutes, Brent realized that his phone hadn't went off once since leaving home. He shouldn't have been surprised that Kelley didn't text back, because she was the definition of unreliable, and he shouldn't have been surprised about Charlotte's lack of response either. For one, she was probably busy getting ready for the party, and secondly, his text had been intended to irk her. Maybe, she was deciding to be the bigger person today. It wasn't impossible, but it was a little upsetting. He was looking forward to her comeback to lighten the tense mood that had been crippling him since his altercation with his brother. Though it was usually at the expense of her nerves, Charlotte never failed to entertain him, so a moment after he put his phone away and it finally buzzed, he might have been a little too hopeful that it was the blonde now answering him. Unfortunately, it wasn't, and it wasn't even Kelley sending him some suggestive message about how she was excited to see him. It was Piper, and wow, she really was in a pissy mood lately. First, the relentless texts about him getting Jane Ritalin, and now, her demanding that he "vouch" for her if anything got out. He wished that he had no idea what she was talking about, but he actually had been regretting what he had told Tori. Piper wouldn't believe it if he confessed to her, but he really had told Tori that Piper's only involvement was escorting Jane to get the drugs. He never said that she took them too, and he didn't think she would be guilty by association.

To: Piper
Chill redhead!! As far as I know, ur just some smart chick who was my science fair partner way back when. Deleting now, but u gotta relax! I'll bring you a Xanax, on the house

Around twenty minutes later, Brent had reached the venue that was hosting Piper's party. Before getting on the small line that had formed to get past the bouncers and inside, Brent slipped on his masquerade mask. It was as plain as plain got, but he had found it in a box in his brother's closet, and figured that it was better than having to pay for something.

To: Victoria
So... am I cool to sell to Jane tonight? I've got a lot of deals to make and I need to clean out my stash by the night's end. I'll clear out everything within the next 30 minutes, but her pills are the only that I don't have reserves already put in for.

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Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Carolina Daily Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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The venue looked great as they stepped inside. There were already people there, and at this point, Piper wasn't worried about making as grand of an entrance as she had planned on. She was photographed by the hired photographers as she entered, double checked the guest list with the bouncers, and had her coat checked at the door. She wanted to stay with Carolina all night, but she also didn't want to drag her around, especially not when she had to adopt an attitude. Carolina was her down to earth friend who knew the good and real side of her, but Piper had to take on her social-character tonight, and shouting at the cleaning staff for allowing a spilled drink to sit on the floor for longer than thirty seconds wasn't something she wanted Carrie to hear.

"I need to make sure that everything looks perfect. Would you just text me when my girls get here? I need to... I need to sort all of this out," Piper said, shaking her head as she fought with the confusion she was feeling. She didn't know what she should do. On one hand, and what she was leaning towards, she knew that she could somehow work her way out of this. Things had been so shaky between Sienna and Sydney, that Piper knew one little chat couldn't mend all of the hurt between the two. The two of them weren't as strong of a force as they could be if they were 100%, completely and truly best friends. It would be harder for her to ween Sienna away from Sydney now that they seemed to be at least neutral, but she wasn't screwed in the Jane situation just yet. She knew that she couldn't be pessimistic like that, because it clouded her thought process. She just had to remind herself of how smart she was and how far she had come. Jane Lynch and her drug issues were not going to ruin that for her. It wasn't the good friend, or good person thing to do, and if she wanted to play that card, she could be honest and admit to her role in all of this. She could try to explain herself, explain to them how hard she wanted to fit in and how she just wanted someone who could act as her best friend, since while she was part of the quad, she had never been a real part of the trio that the girls had.

As she left Carolina, she headed through the venue, and met up with the intern who had acted as her party planner. Surprisingly, the girl had done very well. Everything was in order for the night. The decor was impeccable, the music was on point, and the food was being cooked. It looked like a real Upper East Side masquerade ball and for someone on her budget, that was impressive. Things were going well now, but Piper knew that the minute everyone important started arriving, her stomach would be doing somersaults. She considered perching herself by the door and personally greeting people until her friends arrived, but she didn't want to seem desperate like that. At the same time, she had no idea where Carolina had went too, and she didn't feel like socializing with any of the kids who were already there. So, in the only mood that seemed worthwhile, she headed to the bar and ordered herself a champagne cocktail.

As she strolled through the party, she decided to text Sienna. It was better that she try to act normal now, if she was going to try to play the un-involved act like she had just decided on doing. Texting Jane seemed necessary for her plan as well. She would trail the girl on with some pretend good news about the pills, and then when she found Jane, she'd find a way to convince her to give her her phone, so she could erase their texting history and all of the evidence of their Brent-involved hangouts.

To: Sienna
Hope you guys are on your way :)

To: Jane
I need to talk to you. Good news on you know what :). Come find me ASAP.

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Character Portrait: Sydney Vale Character Portrait: Sienna Alvarez Character Portrait: Jane Lynch Character Portrait: Vincent Mast Character Portrait: Connor Harkins Character Portrait: Charlotte H. Buchanan Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helรบ Character Portrait: Piper H. Vine
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S I E N N A ~ A L VA R E Z
"Ummmm...what?"

Outfit|| Matthew Williamson Halter gown w/
Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos & embroidered Marchesa clutch
Location || Slim's Limousine
Her IPod || Confident by Demi Lovato
Mood|| Confused

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Vincent wanted to get slapped. That was what this was about. Vincent wanted to get slapped, he didn't know how to say it, but he was begging for it. And Sienna was almost willing to oblige him because what. The. Fuck? She was too expressive in general, especially when in a group of people she held dear to her heart, to hold her emotions in, and her eyes widened exponentially when she read Vincent's message. They had widened a fraction at the ferocity of him typing out the message, but as soon as she read it, her eyes immediately flew back to her boyfriend with the utmost confusion shining in them. Had she ever showed an inclination towards Rick in Vincent's face? Ever honest-to-God flirted with the guy's best friend while he was there? Had she said something in her sleep the last time they had been together? Was there a fucking post in Victoria's blog?

The answer to all of those questions was a smooth no and it was enough to cause Sienna to relax back against her seat, but it also had her mind going top speed. So...Rick sais something about getting with her and Vincent is...drunkenly jealous? Realy? It shouldn't have made her inwardly smirk but it did. She was always the possessive one, the one ready to cut a bitch for even remotely thinking of touching what was hers. Maybe that spoke to Sienna being secretly more selfish than she wanted to admit, who knew? The point was that it honestly shouldn't have been as exhilarating to basically see Vincent jealous of her nonexistent and never-going-to-happen fling with Ricardo. And she really needed to punch Rick one of these days, she decided as she sent out a response to Vincent before returning her attention to the group.

To: Vince
Vince, idk wat u want me to say at this point. Don't want Rick, never did, & idgaf bout being even. spent 3 yrs w/ other guys still being yours. If it still doesn't feel like i am, then do sumthing about it

To: Vince
But I'm not about 2 spend my nite feeling guilty over sumthing i never have or will do

To: Rick
Ur a dick

Ricardo hummed thoughtfully when Sydney first spoke, his attention fixed solely on her. It was a peculiar thing for him, to be as focused on one person but she had always proven that Sydney Vale was a specimen worth over-analyzing. He chuckled listlessly at her comment about the party being mediocre at best and Connor spoke up a moment afterwards, but Rick's eyes didn't stray for Sydney's face. No, he was concentrated on the fact that after her nonchalant shrug, he had seen something. A flicker...a hint...he couldn't decipher the emotion and it was puzzling, but something about it made him smirk at her. Not that he knew whatever it had been on her mind, but just because most people thought Rick did know everything and he liked seeing people trying to refrain from showing their feelings. Why his new found fascination had to be towards Sydney, he wouldn't be able to tell you, but he did distract himself by the buzzing on his phone.

"Actually, Connor, I'm with you on that one. I want food," Sienna piped up, twirling a few strands of her hair between her fingers as she text Jane. She blatantly ignored the smiley face Rick sent her way. "I could seriously eat." Rick glanced at her expression and when Sienna caught his eye, she struggled to contain her glower which made him laugh lightly. "Well, I - for one - am looking forward to a night of revelations," he announced in faux excitement, though the glint in his eyes was hardly a show if you asked Sienna. The King Bee settled his gaze on his best friend with a knowing smirk before reverting his attention back to everyone else. Sienna only smirked. "The revelation of you not being able to dance?" She inquired with a small giggle and Rick smirked at her, pointing a warning yet playful finger at her. "Don't start." Sienna only laughed.

To: Jane
I need vodka. Soon

To: Piper
Be there in a jiffy