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Avan Harrison

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a character in “Uptown Living”, as played by StarStruck

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Name:
Avan Orion Harrison

Nickname:
He usually just goes by Avan. Some people will use his last name as a nickname, though.

Age:
17

Birthday
October 20th

Sexuality:
Heterosexual

Hometown:
Boston, MA {0-9}
New York, NY {9-Current}
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Family:
Unlike a lot of teenagers, Avan can truthfully say that he has a stable and healthy relationship with both of his parents. Ben and Adah Harrison both always prioritized family, and Avan likes to think that because their marriage was always so strong growing up, their family bonds remained just as strong. He also has an older brother, Aryan, who is six years his senior, and currently lives in California. Their relationship is also good, though they don't see each other very frequently, now.

Home Life:
Avan was born and raised in New York. His family fell into the upper class bracket, but in order to live and raise a family in Manhattan, that's kind of a given. However, his family is no where near as wealthy as many of his peers' families. Both of his parents work as lawyers, and a few years ago, his father became the chairperson for Columbia's law school. The Harrisons definitely do well for themselves, and were always able to give their two sons everything they needed, and for them, that was really enough. They were never the "keeping up with the Joneses" type, where they felt like they had to measure their own wealth, or even their children's' success, to that of their neighbors or friends. His parents weren't very interested in mingling with the elite of the Upper East Side, so Avan's friendships were all developed on his own, really. He didn't have many "family friends" or kids whose parents went way back with his, but he actually liked that better. Though he always had good relationships with his parents, this allowed him more privacy with his social life.

A lot of people wonder, with his very nice and normal upbringing, how Avan managed to turn to drugs, partying, and breaking the rules in every meaning of the phrase. Part of it can be blamed on his older brother. In high school, Avan's older brother Aryan, got wrapped up in the wrong crowd and spent a few years dealing marijuana and cocaine to his peers. He sorted himself out by the time he graduated, and as far as Avan knows, only smokes pot for personal use, and no longer sells anything. His parents never found out about it, but his brothers actions weren't so quite that Avan didn't notice them. Like most younger brothers, he looked up to his older brother and was influenced into thinking this was cool. It didn't help that once Aryan graduated, he paved the way to pass on the "business" to Avan, who was only in sixth grade at the time. This, coupled with their parents insistence that the boys get a job and work for their own spending money, just set up this life for Avan. He needed money to do fun things with his friends, grew to appreciate marijuana himself, and already had a clientele available to him thanks to his brother. As he headed into high school, he deepened his connections, and began to get "ins" at some of the hottest night clubs in the city, and expanded the amount of products and services that he had available for his clients. They range in everything as juvenile as faking sick notes from doctor's to get kids out of class, to hooking up people with VIP tables in clubs, or getting them the purest cocaine they've ever sniffed. What he can offer you just depends on how close you are with him, and more importantly, how much you're willing to pay.

Academic Career:
Avan attends Saint Jude's on a full academic scholarship. He's intelligent, or as he puts it: he's good at taking tests. His grades in his classes are usually weighed down a bit, because he struggles with having the motivation or care to do assignments, like homework or papers, or hand them in on time, but his test grades are nearly always A's, so that helps. He doesn't play any sports, but does participate on the debate team, and in the theater department, but only through the stage crew.

Future Plans:
Avan's ideal future plan would be to graduate and attend University of Pennsylvania or University of San Diego. He isn't quite sure of a major yet, but something in the business field seems fitting for him. His long term goal is to become an entrepreneur of sorts. Whether he's going to invent something, or create a company of his own, is still malleable, but he just knows that he wants to be his own boss.
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Likes:
The outdoors | Marijuana | Snowboarding | Museums | Making money | Adrenaline rushes | Amusement parks | Dogs | Most foods (other than French cuisine) | Playing devil's advocate | Intellectual debates | Getting under people's skin | People who are unapologetically themselves | The Highline | Greenwich Village

Dislikes:
Pretentious people | People who use their religion to justify everything | People who don't think for themselves | Conformity | French food | Excessive amounts of butter on anything | Humidity | Guilt | Sandals

Personality:
Rebellious: Avan has a reputation of being a bad boy, but if anything, he's more of a rebel than that. She's not mean or "bad", at least not by his own standards, but he undeniably has a very strong tendency to break rules, or, in his mind, create his own rules. He does what he wants, when he wants, and if that interferes with someone else's wishes... oh well. He dislikes conformity or people who can't think for themselves, and originality and self-motivation attracts him.

Relaxed: Joke all you want, and say that it's because he's constantly high, but even sober, Avan has a very "chill" personality. It takes a lot to get him riled up, and most of the time, even in tense situations, he has a content smile resting on his face.

Well-Spoken: This trait comes in handy for him, for sure. Whether he's smooth talking his way out of detention, or explaining to his parents why his room reeks of marijuana, being able to think well under pressure and have that translate into reasoning and excuse-making definitely works to his benefit.

Selfish: He doesn't like to think of himself as being selfish, but it's also hard to claim otherwise. He's addicted to success and money, and if that comes at the expense of other people's health, money, or best intentions, then so be it. He's not concerned about that, when money or gains are in the picture.

Intelligent: He has a knack for taking tests, which comes in handy, since getting 100's on nearly every exam he takes makes up for the lack of effort he puts into homework and essays. He's definitely lazy in those senses, and they aren't a good reflection of his true intelligence. However, away from the textbooks, Avan is smart, still. He has a good mind for business and knows how to flip things for twice the profit.

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5'10

Weight:
160 lbs

Hair Color:
Brown

Eye Color:
Brown

Face Claim:
Avan Jogia

So begins...

Avan Harrison's Story

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It was September 3rd, a Thursday, and the first official day of school at St. Jude's, and its sister school, Constance Billard. The day before had been orientation day, a day that was mostly scheduled for freshman, but technically required for all students. Most juniors and seniors were finished with orientation day by noon, or so, after sitting through short introductions to each of their classes, while following that, the freshman had to sit through a presentation about their school, that always seemed to drag on. Hunter could still remember how he had nearly fallen asleep during his freshman year presentation. Not even the jitters and excitement of attending a new school could keep him from quickly growing uninterested when the dean of students took the stage and began to lecture on and on about St. Jude's history. It got to a point where most kids actually preferred the real first day of school, even though that entailed doing actual work and assignments, over orientation day. It was easier to appreciate the first day of school though, when the week started on a Thursday, and after that day of classes, and Friday's, the students were treated to a long holiday weekend, thanks to Labor Day. Even if you weren't one of the students invited to Sydney Persson's annual Labor Day white party in the Hamptons, Labor Day was likely something you looked forward to. If you didn't have an event to attend, at least it was like you were given one extra day to finish up any missed summer plans. Hunter was one of those students who did have Sydney's party to look forward to on Sunday, but additionally, he was planning to throw a big, impromptu party on Friday night. Like most of Hunter's parties, it wouldn't be anything official, like what Sydney would be hosting over the weekend. There wouldn't be any fancy decorations or little finger sandwiches, or wait staff there to keep guests happy. Hunter would simply wait until his parents left for their own Hamptons weekend, have his friends haul the kegs up to his apartment, bring in the bottles, and maybe some weed or party drugs, if anyone wanted, and then in would come all of his friends and guests. It wouldn't be anything fancy, but in a world where everything had to be fancy to be socially acceptable, sometimes it was nice to act like normal high school kids, just trying to get away with a house party... even if that "house" the party was being thrown in wasn't some shabby house in the suburbs, but a penthouse apartment in the Upper East Side.

Right now, Hunter knew that he needed to put the focus of his party on the back burner, for the time being. He had an hour, or so, until he needed to leave for school, and he had only just rolled out of bed. Before hopping into the shower, he sent out a few text messages to some friends. Though he had seen most of his guy friends the day before at orientation, he hadn't stuck around for long enough to socialize with any of the Constance Billard girls, so he texted a few of them, as well as Liam Koch.

To: Liam
Gonna stop for a BLT on the way. Want me to bring u anything or you good?

To: Lani, Adeline, Sydney
Keep your schedule clear for Friday, ladies

To: Ness
So... since you came to my final party of last year, I expect to see you at my first of this year, on Friday. No excuses ;)

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Today, being back in New York almost made the Illinois treatment center, that Adeline had spent her summer in, look good. She had been home for three days now, and though that allowed her two days of "real summer" and one day of orientation, to try and at least have a little bit of summer fun, Adeline rejected it all. She, instead, opted to spend all three of those days at home. It was a move that was unusual to her character, in the sense that normally, Adeline was a social butterfly. After being deprived of contact from her friends for two months, one would reason that the first thing that she would have done, would have been showing up at Sydney or Lani's doorstep, ready to catch up. When she got back to New York, however, she was just exhausted. She was exhausted in the physical sense, at least for the first day, since the transition of leaving the facility and flying home was enough to do that to her.

She was even more exhausted mentally, though. Although Adeline had become acquainted with her now-stepmother and now-stepsister months ago, when her father had only been engaged to Cassidy's mother, they had went from engaged, to married and living together, in that two month span of Adeline being gone. She wasn't bitter over missing the wedding because she was still capable of being bratty and vocal about how she was sure the marriage would end in divorce in a year, at most, but she was now unwilling to adjust to having two more people living with her. When it was just her and her father, it was a lot easier to get away with things. Her father was caught up in his work, and a lot got past him, if only because he was often so busy. Now, Adeline had to deal with Cassidy's mother constantly giving her input, or trying to reach out to her, and she hated it. Her distaste for Cassidy was a whole different story in itself, too. On top of all of that, and what might have been eating away at Adeline the most, was that Adeline now had to adjust to life outside of her residential treatment center. Two months living there didn't equate to a lifetime, and it wasn't like her New York townhouse no longer felt like home, but she had grown accustomed to life at the center, too. It was hard to say that the center had cured her of her eating disorder, but she had truly done well there, and it was daunting now, coming home and leaving that safe space behind, and still being expected to maintain her new, healthy habits. Coming back to New York felt like she was being tossed into a lion's den, to an extent, and what made it worse, was that she still didn't want to discuss where she went, or why she went there, with her friends.

It wasn't that Adeline didn't trust them, or thought that they wouldn't be sympathetic or understanding. It was just that she didn't want to speak about it. It was different in treatment, when she would admit to licensed doctors that she knew she was sick, and needed help. She could acknowledge and embrace the illness there, but at home... it was harder. She liked to believe that it wasn't a problem, because at home, away from inpatient treatment, she didn't want to get better. It was so much easier to fall back into her old habits and embrace her illness in the negative way, and if her friends knew about it all, it would just be that much more complicated.

She had a good reason to miss Orientation the day before, and that was a doctor's appointment, but she knew that missing that, on top of continuing to ignore her social media accounts and text messages wasn't something that Sydney and Lani were going to let her get away with. So, she wasn't all that surprised when they showed up at her house on Wednesday, and ending up staying the night. Adeline would have missed the first day of school, if it had been possible, only because she didn't want to face real responsibilities, but she knew that her father wouldn't have allowed her to get away with that, and the two girls being there that morning made it absolutely possible. Being fully aware that she had to go to school, however, didn't change the fact that Adeline remained in bed even after her alarm had sounded. Despite getting a decent amount of sleep, her entire body felt heavy, with her eyelids topping the list, there. It was nearly impossible for her to keep them open, and only after forcing herself to scroll through her social media accounts for fifteen minutes, did she finally feel somewhat awake. Before even thinking about her guests, who were actually more like family at this point, Adeline sent out a single text message, to Avan. This feeling of lethargy only reminded her of how good the Adderall he used to supply her with made her feel. She had started it originally, to help suppress her appetite and lose weight, but the way that it made her feel awake every morning, on top of suppressing that breakfast-appetite, only made it more appealing. Although she had vowed, in treatment, that she wouldn't use anything that would compromise her progress or ability to gain healthy weight, she didn't even have a second thought on the matter when she sent her text to Avan.

To: Avan
Hey, I'm back. Can you get me some Adderall some time today?

She rolled back over once the text was sent, leaving her phone still attached to its charger on her night stand as she stared back up at her cieling. She had only a few more minutes of physical peace, since mentally, she was scolding herself for not starting to get ready yet, before Lani began to knock on her door. The knock didn't startle her too badly, but only because she knew that her father and stepmother would be gone for work by now anyway, so she expected it to be one of her friends. She didn't take Lani's threat idly, but even that only barely got her out of bed, after responding with a tired, "I'm up! I'm up!" Having set uniforms for school meant that it was difficult to use "finding an outfit" as an excuse for running late, but Adeline liked to use it anyway. It was easier than admitting that she had remained in bed far too long, and even easier than admitting that she was going to continue to take her time, so that she would purposely miss breakfast. "I have to figure out where Cassidy left my new uniforms, so you guys can leave without me. I'll meet you in the courtyard, or something!" Adeline said, speaking loudly enough that she was sure her voice would be heard through the closed door. The pile of new uniform clothes that Cassidy had picked up for her at Orientation yesterday sat neatly on the floor in the corner of her room, in plain sight from where she stood, but she would purposely neglect that for now. She turned to her desk instead, grabbing her phone from her nightstand on the way, and seeing a text from Anissa. As she sorted through her makeup, trying to figure out what she needed for the minimal, natural look she wanted to sport today, she responded to her, and sent a text to Nova, as well.

To: Anissa
Yeah, I'll be there!

To: Nova
You should find me, Syd and Lani during lunch!

It had taken a moment of thought as to whether she really wanted to answer Anissa or not, and that in itself felt strange. She and Anissa had been friends for a while, but only days ago, Adeline had witnessed something that had forced her to second guess their friendship in its entirety. That probably sounds dramatic, and maybe dramatic is the perfect word for it, but seeing Anissa kissing Liam Koch at the airport, as she got off the plane that had taken her back to New York from Illinois, had left Adeline feeling far more rattled than she needed to be feeling. That spectacle had led to Adeline texting Liam, which in turn, led to him breaking up with Sydney, which was something that Adeline still hadn't had the time or energy to actually process yet. However, she hadn't contacted Anissa about any of it yet, because it just felt too strange. Oddly enough, for once, Adeline was okay with putting drama at the bottom of her priority list, in this situation.

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Avan really couldn't complain about having to attend classes this week, because they were starting on a Thursday. Thursdays in general, were usually good business days, because people were getting ready for the weekend, and that preparation frequently involved stocking up on drugs, or requesting a spot on club VIP lists, and that translated into dollar signs for Avan. In addition to it being a good day for his wallet overall, this Thursday was the first day that he would have enough time to thoroughly interact with many of his classmates who he hadn't seen over the summer. Again, that meant dollar signs, as his clientele base would expand once again. Beyond that, and on a normal teenage-mind scale, having a short school week was always a nice thing. He had to get through two days of classes this week, before having a long weekend to relax, and that was something that Avan would never complain about. All of this made rolling out of bed all the more easier come seven AM, when his alarm went off. After showering, he put on his school uniform, which was a simple combination of a pale yellow button up shirt, khakis, black dress shoes, and a crimson and yellow striped tie. Thankfully, it was still warm enough that the school blazer wasn't a necessary staple. The coat always made Avan feel cramped and restricted, and though he didn't necessarily mind the uniform overall, he wasn't a big fan of having to go all out with it.

When he was dressed and physically prepared for the day, he double checked the loot that filled the outside pocket of his backpack. It wasn't stuffed fully enough where there was a huge physical bulge to make it obviously detectable to the naked eye, so Avan wasn't worried about walking down to his kitchen with the bag slung over one shoulder. Just because it wasn't packed, didn't mean that it wasn't worth good money, though. That was one of the benefits of dealing with an array of drugs, because a half of cocaine, or a couple of prescription pills took up a fraction of a space of a bag of weed, and yet frequently, could be sold for double or triple its price. Luckily for Avan, his clients tended to have deep pockets, so he was able to flip the higher end drugs fairly quickly. Before he even left his house, he already had a couple of texts from classmates who he was scheduled to make transactions with before classes started. He met Mark, a junior basketball player, in the lobby of their apartment building, to hand off the only two bags of marijuana that he was carrying with him today. A block away, he found Louis, a quiet kid who he had shared a math class with the year before, in the greeting card aisle of CVS to trade a gram of cocaine for a crisp one hundred dollar bill. Next door, in a family-owned coffee shop, Emily, a senior from Constance Billard, who he had hooked up with as a sophomore, was waiting to exchange fifty dollars for a handful of Xanax. His mother, as always, had packed him a to-go breakfast, consisting of a bottle of Gatorade, a Pop-Tart, and a blueberry muffin, so considering that he didn't have to stop to eat, he made a clean profit of $170 in the twenty minutes it took him to walk to school. It didn't beat his record, but it was a pretty solid start to the day, especially considering that he wasn't finished. Just outside the gates of St. Jude's, he was able to pass off a few more bags of various drugs, and a fake ID to his classmates, and rake in another two-hundred dollars. Although he wasn't against doing deals discretely in school, Avan preferred having all of his business taken care of before walking into the building. He would take orders inside, that was no problem, but it was less risky to do the dealing outside.

Because of this, though he seemed very popular outside of the school's gates, once he was on campus, and resting against the side of the building, waiting for it to get closer to the start of first period, when kids would begin to enter, he wasn't approached by many people. Avan wasn't a loner, and he definitely wasn't a loser, but he also didn't fit in with the jocks or the preps or the popular kids. He knew them, and a lot of them, very well, at least in terms of their guilty pleasures, but they weren't friends. At least, not unless they were all smoking a bowl that Avan was hooking them up with. He didn't mind the way that people seemed to ghost him when they were in public. It was safer that way for him, too, but now that he did have some down time, he found himself shooting out a couple of text messages, with the last one being very sarcastic.

To: Adeline
Woooooooow look who it is finally hitting me up. Thought you died, Arnault! You've got it, though. Just got a fresh stock of 30 mg in... $15 a pill to most, but I'll get it to you for $10 as a welcome back gif. How many do you want?

To: Nova
Taking orders for your usual. Only have 30 mg if you're up for the challenge, and I can get it to you by tonight but I can get you the usual 15 mg by Saturday. How many do you want?

To: Cassidy
Good morning, you beautiful ray of sunshine. Sleep well, princess?

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Nova was up bright and early, pouring over a seemingly never-ending pile of plays. Sure, school was just back in session but would that stop her from picking out the fall musical early? Definitely not. Chewing thoughtfully on the end of her pen, Nova fiddles with a lock of golden hair as she sighs. She'd managed to narrow it down to The Wizards Of Oz and Chicago. They were both easily favourites of hers, and Nova hoped to be playing the lead in whichever one the drama teacher picked out. She could see it now, either dressed in pigtails and a cheesecloth dress singing down the yellow brick road, or playing Roxie Hart in Chicago - No, Velma Kelly. Nova still couldn't decide.

Glancing at her clock Nova realised that if she didn't get a move on, she'd be late for her first day of school. "Damn it," She huffs, jumping up from her seat and proceeding to knock into her desk in doing so, causing a cascade of paper to fall onto her bedroom floor, "What's wrong with me today?" Nova grimaces, rubbing her thigh where it was hit and stepping over the plays. She'd deal with them later, right now she had to get ready. Nova hadn't realised how absorbed into her research she'd become and had completely lost track of time.

Luckily, Nova had already preplanned her outfit for today - it is the most important day of term, Nova knew she had to look her best - and was able to just throw it on. Brushing through her blonde locks, Nova's phone beeps with an incoming text and she picks it up to see a message from Adeline.

To: Adeline
Glad to see you're back :-) I'll definitely come find you girls at lunch.


With her phone still in her hand, Nova decides to send off a couple texts of her own,

To: Ness
Still can't decide which play I wanna submit for the fall musical, help me decide at school?

To: Anissa
You at school yet? Let's catch up at lunch :-)


Placing her phone into her school bag, Nova gives herself one last look over in the mirror deciding on a last minute pop of red for her lips and walks out of her bedroom. Making her way into the kitchen, Nova is annoyed to see her stepfather already up and awake sitting at the breakfast bar. She was going to grab breakfast before school, but Nova really couldn't face Vincent so early in the morning and attempts to sneak past him. Nova has almost reached to door when she hears her stepfather laugh, "Morning Nova." She frowns, he hadn't even turned around how did he know it was her. "Yeah, morning Vincent - look I really gotta run, can't be late for my first day after all!" Nova lies, she definitely had time for a quick meal but there was no way she was about to endure breakfast with Vincent sitting in awkward silence. "Sit down, your mother wouldn't want you going out without breakfast." Vincent commands, while Nova rolls her eyes at his turned back. Yeah right, She thinks to herself, I'm sure Rose would be happier to see me starve. Not even Nova's stepfather knew that she wasn't really Rose's child. "I'll just take a muffin to go, I'd love to sit and chit chat but I really can't," She says as she hurriedly makes her way to the door, cutting Vincent off as he's about to speak again "Ok bye, wish me luck." And with a slam of their front door, Nova breathes a sigh of relief. She's free.

Walking down the steps that lead to their apartment, Nova embraces the crisp morning air and starts heading to school. She would take a car like all of her rich peers but she lived so close to the school, Nova thought driving was just a little excessive, and this way she could stop off at her favourite coffee shop and grab her morning latte. After staying up late planning her outfit for today and then waking up early to look over plays, Nova definitely needed something to keep her awake. A latte would do but Nova knew she'd need some more of her usual from Avan if she was to get through this semester.

As she heads into the coffee shop, Nova's phone bleeps again, and if by fate, it's Avan asking her if she wanted a hookup. Glancing up from her phone to make sure no one she knows is around, Nova quickly responds to Avan as she begins to queue for her drink.

To: Avan
I think I can handle it, how'd 15 sound? This is gonna be a long semester.


The adderall was fairly expensive but Nova would let Rose take the hit. She needed Nova for her grandfather's inheritance, and anyway, she doubted Rose would notice a couple hundred missing. The woman had more money than sense - all thanks to her rich husband. Nova figured she'd stock up now instead of having to keep going back to Avan, she didn't want to start looking suspicious after all. Hearing her name being called took Nova out of her little thought bubble and back into the real world, thanking the barista and grabbing her drink, Nova heads to school now, noticing the sudden influx in teens as she nears the building, pulling up in all manner of expensive cars, driven by hired help. This world still felt unreal to her, despite having lived within it for years, Nova couldn't help but think back to her childhood - Something she often tried to forget. This was a whole other world, and Nova loved it.

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Adeline knew that she had no option other than to oblige to Lani's demand, and grab her bag and head downstairs with her. If she thought that there was even a 1% chance that she could get away with not going down, she would have taken it, but trying to avoid this would be futile. It would probably only make Lani angry with her, and no one needed that, when they were already dealing with too many emotions today. As they headed into the hallway in silence, Adeline cursed herself for even bringing this up. She knew that she had to say something at some point, and there was no question in her mind that she would have still told Lani before Sydney, in hopes that Lani would deliver the bad news herself, but why did she have to do it today? She was already stressed out about being back in New York after two months away, the twenty pounds she had gained during treatment, and whether she wanted to be good and maintain her new weight, or succumb to her New York habits and recklessly drop them as quickly as possible. She was stressed about Sydney being annoyed with her, about how she was taking courses this year that she was sure she wasn't going to do well in, and how Avan's response, that she was just seeing now, from her earlier text, was answered faster than she knew it should have been, with a "10 for this week is good. I can meet you somewhere after school". She had enough on her mind, and the last thing she needed was Sydney crumbling at the revelation that she had been cheated on, but something had possessed her into thinking that now was a great time to clear her conscience.

As they made their way down from the fourth floor to the first, where the kitchen was located, Adeline found herself constantly tilting her head to the side, trying to read Lani's expression. It was as if she thought that looking at the girl's face would somehow signal how this encounter would go, and what Lani would say. She had said that she would figure it out, and Adeline guessed that that meant that she would figure out just how, exactly, to word the news to Sydney, but it didn't make her feel any less anxious. Adeline couldn't see this turning out in any way that was short of horrible, and that alone made her appetite that was already non-existent, disappear by the time that they got to the kitchen. That said a lot too, considering just how wonderful the room smelled. Instead of heading to the counters lined with food, though, Adeline found herself gravitating toward the table...even though Cassidy was sitting there, too. She was too wrapped up in her own anxiety to notice the chilly and tense air that seemed to seep off of the two girls sitting there, and surprisingly, she chose a seat next to Cassidy, rather than sitting on Sydney's side of the table. She disliked Cassidy strongly, but she also didn't want to be within an arm's length of Sydney, if Lani was planning on saying what she needed to say right then...which Adeline wasn't even sure would happen, now that Cassidy was there. "See, I can get ready quick," Adeline said, a weak smile and a nervous hint in her voice as she looked at Sydney. Though she was pitying herself, in her head too, she couldn't help but to feel bad for Sydney. Dealing with a breakup was enough of a difficulty, especially when you were the one being broken up with. Finding out that the breakup was caused because of another woman being in the picture could only make it that much worse, and it had Adeline looking back towards Lani, to see what her next move would be.

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Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Jamie Parata Character Portrait: Ness Oberlin Character Portrait: Hunter Devlin Character Portrait: Avan Harrison Character Portrait: Nova Blanchett
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xxxxEver a bundle of energy, Ness has been up for an hour and a half by the time she is standing outside of Jamie Parata's bedroom, rapping her knuckle against the door with an enthusiasm that seems entirely inappropriate at any hour before 10am. Earbuds are draped over her shoulder, and you can just catch "Moving Too Fast" drifting out from them. She's probably been listening to her ever growing morning playlist, a staple of the Ness Oberlin morning. With all of her almost sickeningly sunny energy, she's been on a run, showered, sketched, dressed, and went on an idle walk (with many stops to take photos of interesting things on her phone so that she can sketch them later), before arriving at Parata residence, which neighbors her own. Mr. Parata let her in with a smile and an offer of coffee-declined because she's never been one for coffee. It makes her sort of jittery, and she can never quite find the right amount of sugar and cream to put in it. Well- perhaps she hasn't given it enough tries to hit that sweet spot.

xxxx"Five more minutes," the drowsy teen on the other side mutters at a just audible level. His voice is thick with sleep- Ness still remembers when his voice had been at the same pitch as hers. He could have sung soprano with the middle school choir, if he'd wanted to. Jamie would never put himself anywhere near a stage, of course.

xxxx"In five more minutes you'll want five more minutes. C'mon Billy Buddy, rise and shine," she swings open the door and wrinkles her nose as that classic musty morning smell slams into her. Jamie is by all accounts, or at least by her own, a wonderful person. But boy, does he not know how to take care of himself or his own living area. Photographs are scattered on the ground, his trash bin needs to be emptied, and she nearly steps on a book when she steps in. A small girl with dark brown hair and clear green eyes seems to materialize behind Ness.

xxxx"Jay! You have to walk me to school don't forget that you promised. I'm not gonna be late!" and with all the dignity of a queen knowing she'll be obeyed, the girl walks off. Jamie sighs and sits up in his bed, hair a dark cloud over sleepy brown eyes. He's never been much of a morning person- it's something that won't go away as he ages. Jamie will have bags under his eyes for the rest of his days.

xxxx"The princess has spoken- get dressed Billy Buddy,"
Ness grins before stepping out and shutting the door behind her. She sits at the kitchen table, where Elia is making her own lunch- stubbornly refusing offers of help from her mother and father. The Parata family doesn't employ the staff that many of their peers do- probably because Mr. and Mrs. Parata think it unnecessary. Elia seems to do well enough at making her lunch without the help of a personal chef- although her lunch may be a bit unbalanced by the number of goldfish and Ritz crackers stuffed into her little Batgirl lunch box.

xxxxA laser noise draws her attention down to a text from Hunter, resident party king, and twin brother to an old friend of Ness's. She's mildly surprised at the direct invitation. One is always extended one way or another, but she usually doesn't receive a text from Hunter, likely due to the understanding that she doesn't often partake in the party scene. And when she thinks of his end of the year party in June- well, it certainly makes her very confused on whether she'd want to go to another one. It had been fun, sure, but a certain interaction left her with very confused opinions of house parties.

To: Hunter
I'm pretty creative- surely I can think of a few. Thanks for the invite!



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xxxxOf course Jamie would never break a promise made to Elia- he absolutely dotes on his younger sister. So her works wake him up where Ness's fail, and after a little while he resurfaces, hair sort of smoothed, face washed, and clothing changed to a soft sweater and jean duo that fits enough within the parameters to work for the first day of school, if nothing else.

xxxx"What, you didn't make me any Breakfast El?" he says in mock offense, pouring himself a tall glass of orange juice and sitting beside Ness. He looks down at his phone, lit up with a text that must have come while he was getting dressed. He shifts away from Ness, who side glances at the screen curiously, and sends a quick response.

To: Lani
Good Morning

xxxxFar more to the point than he'd normally be with Lani, his best childhood friend, cousin, and. . .well. A plate clatters against marble countertop in front of him as El places a toast sloppily smeared with raspberry jelly on the counter for him, an almost smug and certainly proud smile on her face. Pocketing his phone, Jamie laughs and ruffs her hair. "Just the way I like it. You'll be a 5 star chef yet, princess."

xxxxPerhaps used to such flattery, Elia is more focused on making sure he scarfs down the toast and brushes his teeth quickly so that the trio can head out the door already. Luckily they live rather close to the elementary school, which traditional feeds into the private schools just a block or so away from it. They drop the little princess off, with a little hug from Ness and a big, spinning hug from Elia's elder brother. Just walking, he can pretend that he isn't going to have to deal with seeing Lani again after his little evasion act. Even he's kind of embarrassed of resorting to avoidance, but the kid is at a loss for what else to do.

xxxx"C'mon, Billy Buddy. Want to grab a smoothie on the way to school? Unless that toast was more filling than it looked, of course," Ness nudges Jamie and smiles, but she does seem slightly concerned for her friend, who seems more distracted than he normally is. Jamie smiles. This is why he's glad to have Ness around. Lani is amazing and beautiful, but it's nice to be close to someone who he isn't increasingly nervous around. Ness will never be anything more than a friend to him, and that provides more safety.

They pick up smoothies and arrive at the school a bit sooner than most familiar faces would have. Jamie raises his hand in greeting to Avan, and says hello to a few members of the soccer team while Ness is already speaking to a member of the Theatre department, curious about her plans for the set of the fall play. The discussion reminds her of Nova.

To: Nova
Hey! Have you chosen your side for play auditions yet? They're weirdly early this year, huh?


The school is putting on August: Osage county, which Ness is over the moon about. She loves house sets, and her plans for it are a bit ambitious. Luckily this school has the money to fund such ambition.

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If Hunter wasn't nearing the deli that made the BLTs that he swore were the best in the city, he might have taken Liam up on his offer to pick him up something at Starbucks. Hunter wasn't a coffee drinker, and he wasn't into their frilly non-coffee drinks either, but he wasn't all too picky about the food he ate. He always thought of Starbucks food as being prepackaged and hyped up, whereas he was more into local hot spots and "underdog" type places, but when it came down to it, he would really eat anything. The deli he preferred had a long line, as it always seemed to have, but it moved fast enough that he was out the door with his orange juice and BLT within five minutes, and nearing St. Jude's School in another ten. He texted Liam on his way, saying, Nah I'm good I'll see you there, before pocketing his phone in favor of using his hands to eat and drink while he walked. He appreciated the responses of Lani and Ness as well, with the former bringing a grin to his face. He didn't answer, but her creativity was going to be no match for his insistence, if she really opted not to come.

When Hunter arrived at St. Jude's, he didn't see Liam though. It was surprising, only because he would have suspected that Liam would have beat him to campus, considering that he had apparently left earlier than Hunter did. It wasn't like Hunter was searching for him in depth, however, but when he didn't see Liam with the rest of his soccer posse, he just assumed that he wasn't there. It didn't bother Hunter much. He and Liam were close, but Hunter had other friends, just like Liam did, so it wasn't like he was desperate for that one person, and felt alone without him there. Hunter was actually friendly with most of his class, and some of the younger students as well. His personality made it easy to generate small talk with people, and since he was so social, most people enjoyed his company. That made it easy for him to drift from group to group, throughout the courtyard, until he made it up to the school building, where Avan Harrison was standing alone. It wasn't an unusual sight, and it appeared like Avan was comfortable in his solitude, rather than acting as a loner who was desperately seeking out company, but Hunter approached him anyway. "Avan...hey, man," he said upon nearing, a half-wave concluding the greeting.

Avan Harrison was weird, though it wasn't in a weird weird way. He was normal in the sense that he was easy to talk to, easy to hang out with, and easy to party with. What was weird about him, was what he was known for. He was the biggest drug dealer for youth in the Upper East Side, and to Hunter and many others, it was a strange role, considering that he came from a pretty normal family. As far as Hunter knew, he Harrisons had enough money to support themselves, and when one thought of someone thought of a drug dealer, they typically thought of someone who was forced into the profession due to insufficient funds. Avan seemed to do it...well, just for the fun of it. The money likely played a role, because how could it not, but Hunter doubted he needed the money like so many drug dealers did. Being relatable, though, financially, probably helped Avan, if anything. While pretentious Upper East Side kids probably feared, or felt themselves to be too good, to deal with your typical seedy drug dealers, Avan was familiar. He was normal enough, that no one thought he would jump you for your money, during a deal, or would sell you bad drugs. That was how Hunter felt, at least, and it played a big factor into him frequently using Avan to supply him with drugs to amp up his party's energy. Hunter rarely ever purchased anything stronger than weed, but occasionally ecstasy or cocaine were needed, depending on the crowd he was hosting. This Friday's party wouldn't require anything more than weed, Hunter thought, but inviting Avan meant that if one of his party guests happened to want something different, it wouldn't be too difficult to obtain it on the spot. "I'm probably having some people over tomorrow night, if you wanna stop by," he began, once Avan acknowledged him. "If you could bring some weed too, that'd be cool. Just let me know how much I owe you for it, but there's probably gonna be a bunch of people there, so just hook me up with however much you think'll work, if you can."

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Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Adeline Arnault Character Portrait: Sydney Persson Character Portrait: Cassidy Knox Character Portrait: Hunter Devlin Character Portrait: Avan Harrison Character Portrait: Nova Blanchett
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Though she wanted to push it, Cassidy relented, and allowed Lani to take the reigns on making Adeline's plate, as she sat back down in her own seat and finished up her meal. She and Sydney had gotten a solid few minutes of a head start, so it didn't take long for Cassidy's plate to be clean. If that first serving hadn't been hefty enough, she, without a doubt, would have went back for seconds, based on the quality of the meal alone. "Oooh, Princess Morbucks," Cassidy mused, nodding her head thoughtfully. "Good thinking, I almost forgot about her. Thank God I have you here, keeping me on my toes. If anything, though, I think I'd be Professor. You know, the one who had enough power to create the girls, and shut 'em down too." Cassidy wasn't out of touch with reality to think that she had any part in "creating" the social power that this trio had in real life, and she didn't even truly think that she had the power to shut them down either, but it was fun to provoke them with the insinuation.It was silly to She was oh so tempted to throw in that they could be more casual than the real Powerpuff Girls were, and Lani could call her Daddy if she wanted to, but she bit her tongue, only allowing herself to smirk at the thought. With what she had said to Sydney, combined with her mere presence, Cassidy knew that she had probably already proven her point this morning, that things were going to be different this year. She didn't like to give her mother credit for much, but this marriage to Bernard was having more perks than just a gorgeous home.

She finished her glass of water quickly, and lifted that, as well as he empty plate from the table. She walked away from the table to leave them in the sink, and once she returned to the table, she only hovered beside it for a moment, rather than sitting again. "But don't you worry that pretty little head of yours, Buttercup. I'll be at Hunter's party and I'll make sure to carve out a slice of time in my schedule to see you. Hell, maybe if we're lucky, Bubbles will give us the VIP treatment that she gave to Little Miss Oberlin at his end of the year party, last June." She raised her eyebrows, expressing excitement and enthusiasm at the idea, but also just at the fact that she was being a snide little bitch, and she knew it, before turning away from the table. There was no need to wait for their responses, because she could already envision them in her head. Adeline's cute little cheeks would flush red, as she looked between her friends and put on her best "I have no idea what she's talking about!" face. Sydney would narrow her eyes, maybe tell Cassidy that she was disgusting again, or tell her that she was dismissed from their conversation. Lani's response was a little bit harder to pinpoint, just because she seemed to be more willing to play into Cassidy's games, which in itself, made her a little bit more predictable. Lani was witty, but that wasn't enough to explain it, because so was Sydney. It was possible that Lani was playing along just to be a tease, but Cassidy, with the little bit of ignorant hope that she still had left in her, hoped that maybe, even a little bit of Lani's energy was genuine. She wasn't going to bet on it, since she was done being that girl who got hurt over other people, but there was a little bit of hope, somewhere in her, holding out. That was undeniable.

Once upstairs, she booked an Uber, that was on its way to pick her up in five minutes time. That gave her just enough time to gather her belongings, fix her hair once more, and head downstairs. She didn't bother stopping in the kitchen to tell the girls that she was leaving on her own. She had had her fun for the morning, and that was enough for her. Things had ended on her terms, and now she was ready to return to reality, where fun like that was harder to come by. Once she got into her Uber, she finally answered Avan, and sent out another few messages.

To: Avan
Ha ha, you're funny. On a serious note, your services are needed. I want cocaine for tomorrow's party at Hunter's house. And I want it delivered to my pretty little stepsister, mid party, once I get enough vodka in her.

To: Adeline
If I'm in the mood, I'll find you during lunch and you'll treat me to pizza from the place around the corner. If you're going to be too busy with your friends, then that's fine. Just let me know so I can send them your cute little recovery assignment, that I was kind enough to untape from the fridge this morning, even though I'm pretty sure your doctors and father would have wanted it there to motivate you, friends around or not ;). If I'm not going to be there to motivate you to be a good girl, someone has to!

To: Nova
Maybe I won't blame you anymore for pretending to be friends with those "popular" girls. Spent the morning with them, and they were definitely...fun.

To: Hunter
What time am I coming over tomorrow?

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Avan slowly removed his eyes from his phone as he felt someone gravitating towards his side, and when he saw it was Hunter, he was less bothered than he could have been. He suspected it was either some underclassmen, who had been egged on by his friends to be the brave one and ask Avan if they could supply him with something, since "word on campus" was that he was the one to go to, or it was one of his friends, looking to make small talk. Avan didn't have many best friends, and Cassidy was probably his closest one. The kids that he did call friends were either on the debate team with him, or worked with him on theater productions behind the scenes as part of the stage crew. He got along with them and could hang out with them outside of school, yeah, but Avan also wasn't the type who really liked being bothered with useless conversation. Knowing that Hunter had probably come over to talk business relaxed him a bit, but only because he trusted that he could talk with Hunter about stuff like that on campus, without feeling anxious. "Tomorrow night?" Avan repeated, racking his brain for any other commitments he may have placed himself in. He had a few regular clients who he always supplied to on Friday nights, but they were usually done in the early evening. Other than that, he had just envisioned himself hanging out with Cassidy, or maybe some of the kids from the stage crew team. None of those plans were set in stone, and Avan was fine with tossing them to the side in favor of making some money at Hunter's party, and having a good time himself. Besides, he was sure out of those kids who he would have hung out with, at least Cassidy would be busy at the party anyway. The stage crew kids... maybe not. It wasn't like Hunter's parties were extremely exclusive or anything, but they still weren't open parties or free for alls. Avan couldn't be considered a popular kid, and neither could Cassidy, but they were both friendly enough with Hunter and some of the other socially-accepted kids, to fit in well enough at Hunter's big parties.

"All right, that sounds good. I should be free, and yeah, I'll bring over some stuff. That's all you need?" He had been the one who had provided much of their class with fake IDs, so Avan knew he likely wouldn't be needed to supply the kegs or bottles of liquor, but if there was a chance that he could push other drugs, he would. Hunter would occasionally take the bait and request cocaine or molly, and even though he usually wasn't buying it in large sums, every sale helped. He was currently saving up for a summer vacation, since he wanted to make next summer count before he went off to college. His parents had money, and they financed any family vacations that they took, but Avan was planning on spending a few weeks backpacking across Europe with some of his cousins. If he begged and pleaded, his parents probably would have helped him out, at least partially, with financing the trip, but Avan didn't actually mind earning the money on his own. He liked working for what he wanted, even if it wasn't necessary.

As he glanced back down at his phone, he noticed responses from Cassidy, Adeline and Nova, and each of them made him smile, though if the smile could be related to an emoji, the last two would have been more similar to the emoji with dollar signs for eyes.

To: Cassidy
She's not gonna buy coke from me. Trust me, I've tried pushing it lol. I'd tell you that you should try some, but coke's not a drug you wanna fuck with and I'd feel guilty getting a friend hooked on shit like that

To: Nova
I feel ya on that. Lmk what time is good for you, and where you wanna meet later and I'll be there

To: Adeline
Sounds like a plan. I'll hit you up later to work out the details. Glad to have you back :P

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Cassidy arrived to school about ten minutes after her Uber left, and she found that the front courtyard was already pretty crowded. It wasn't surprising, given that it was the first day of school, so most people made the extra effort to be early. Though usually, Cassidy would either walk across the street to St. Jude's campus and hang out with Avan for a little while, she decided against it today. His response to her text had made her roll his eyes, and she sent him a response reading, "I don't care if she wants it or not. I'll pay you for it, and you're going to give it to her when she's too drunk to say no". She knew that Adeline didn't use cocaine, or at least she had known that what she had told Sydney was a lie, but that didn't stop her from wanting to push her rumor a little. Make it a tad bit more believable, considering that Adeline did have a tendency to get overly wasted, and Cassidy assumed she could get to a point where she would at least accept the drug, regardless of whether she knew what it was or not. And that was all that she would need to send Sydney the "I told you so look", before she began on her next quest of stealing Lani and Adeline right out from under her palm. Cassidy wanted the two followers for a different reason than Sydney did, but that wasn't the point. Adeline had also answered her text by now, and hers had Cassidy shaking her head, though a small smirk couldn't be shaken from her face as she responded with, "Now, now, don't get fresh with me for looking out for you! I'll see you at lunch. Bring Lani in case I get hungry for dessert, too."

As she began to head into the courtyard, with the front steps being her destination, as they tended to be a good place to sit and wait for the day to begin, she spotted a familiar face heading in from the opposite side of the sidewalk. It was Nova Blanchett, a girl who was an unlikely friend, of sorts. "Look who it is," Cassidy said, sporting a smile that transformed from a smirk into a real smile in a matter of seconds, once she had caught Nova's attention. "Do you have time to chat with little old me before you have to run off to make yourself look cooler? I just spent the morning with Sydney's little posse, so rest assured, they're not here to see you associating with a commoner like me," she teased. She and Nova were friends, Cassidy could definitely say that, but she was also well aware of how Nova associated with the more popular girls on campus... like the ones that Cassidy had just spent the past hour toying with. She understood that Nova was one of those girls who liked how the social world worked and based off of Nova's character, appearance and reputation, Cassidy didn't see why she couldn't fit in up there. It wasn't like she didn't, but at the same time, she also didn't seem to be completely integrated into that elite little group of girls. Cassidy supposed that it had to have been Sydney who was resistant on letting her in, or maybe even Lani, but she didn't think it could bother Nova that much. The girl had her own audience in terms of how many people respected her acting skills, and she had to have been the most popular girl in the theater department. Cassidy couldn't really blame her for wanting more than that, but it didn't stop her from poking fun about how they seemed to have a silent agreement that Cassidy wouldn't push any interaction with Nova when she was around those girls. It was easy for Cassidy to acknowledge that she wasn't someone who those girls accepted, so in that sense, she would weigh Nova down. It didn't bother her, at least not like it would have years ago, and more than anything, she found it to be amusing.

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As Nova enters the school grounds her phone bleeps with an incoming text responses from both Ness and Avan, scanning them quickly Nova shoots off a quick reply, sipping on her latte as she tries to wake herself up a little more.

To: Ness
Ahhhh I'm still not sure, there's so many kickass women in it - think I could pull off Violet?

To: Avan
After school? wherever's best for you


Thinking about the play, Nova tries to envision herself as each character, and although she knew they were putting on the play - not the film - she still couldn't help but feel a need to play Meryl Streep's character, just to see if she could pull it off. Violet was definitely gonna be difficult, but there was something about her character that drew Nova toward her. She'd have to discuss it with Ness and see what she thought, but Nova figured playing such a complex character would make her stand out against some other applicants to Juilliard.

Nova receives Cassidy's text and just as she's about to send a reply, a familiar voice calls out to her and a small smile forms at the corners of Nova's lips. She needn't reply to the text as there Cassidy stood, right in front of her. "Make myself look cooler?" Nova questions with a raise of her right eyebrow, "Come on Cass, you know I'm already the coolest there is," She teases flicking a piece of blonde hair off her shoulder, before glancing around to see if the others were around just as Cassidy reassures her they aren't, "It's not my fault you had to insult what seems like, the entire student body." Nova jokes. She actually very much so enjoys Cassidy's honesty and refusal to be anyone but unapologetically herself. Nova couldn't even say that about herself, she'd do anything to fit it. That's what was so different about the pair, otherwise they were both very similar and got along incredibly well, so long as the 'popular' girls weren't around. Nova definitely felt she could be far more authentic with the girl, and didn't need to pretend to be the sweet, slightly ditzy character she played around Sydney and the others - because she honestly couldn't be further from that.

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After his class was dismissed, Avan headed outside, to St. Jude's courtyard. Normally, he didn't like leaving campus for lunch unless he was going home. Sometimes that was more than necessary, if he had made some sort of deal during one of his earlier classes that required him to stop home to pick up the product. Other than that, though, he didn't mind the cafeteria food. When the majority of your student body was paying a tremendous amount of money to attend the school, the administration tended to be smart enough to provide good and wholesome school lunches. Besides, Avan wasn't picky, and he liked having time to relax. If he didn't want to eat in the loud cafeteria, he would take his food outside and sit in the courtyard or walk up the block to Central Park and people watch while he ate. To him, that was more enjoyable than hitting up one of the local food joints that catered to students from their school, and Constance Billard. However, Cassidy had texted him earlier that she wouldn't forgive him if he wasn't waiting outside the gates of Constance by the time he got there, so he obliged. As they walked towards the restaurant of her choice, though, he couldn't help but to plead his case. "Trust me, I like 3 Guys too, but do we really have to go there on the first day? You know everyone's gonna be there, and I actually like what they're serving in St. Jude's cafeteria today."

"I would've thought that by now, you would have realized that I don't care what you like, Avan. We're going to 3 Guys." Her tone wasn't bitter or sharp with him, and if anything was emotionless. Did they have to waste their breath on this conversation, that they seemed to always have? Avan wanted something one way, and Cassidy wanted the other way. No matter what that "something" was, it was going to end up being done how Cassidy wanted it done, so she didn't think it was even worth it for him to voice his opinion. Besides, if Cassidy didn't have a reason to want to go to 3 Guys today, she would have been just as content, too, with staying on Constance Billard's campus. Call it obsessive, if you will, but Adeline just saw it as amusement, as she insisted to herself that she couldn't let Adeline off that easily.

"I didn't think it was possible, but this summer definitely made you bossier," he shook his head playfully.

"Don't act like you don't like it," she bit back quickly, her eyes looking up from her phone screen briefly as she smiled for just a second, before sticking her tongue out at him. With how frequently she hung out with Avan, it wasn't surprising that people frequently mistook them for being a couple. Cassidy would pretend to gag if anyone said it to her face, but truth be told, she did have strong feelings for Avan. They just weren't romantic. She liked him a lot, but in a platonic way, considering that he was her best, and sometimes only, friend. She looked away from him soon after though, and turned her attention to her phone for long enough to type, "Heading there now with Avan," back to Nova, before putting her phone in her purse.

Avan only laughed in response. He liked Cassidy's attitude sometimes. There was no denying that she was a really attractive girl, and that edgy side to her definitely played into the twisted charm she possessed, but he and Cassidy were too close for Avan to actually get turned on by her, or want to make a move. He didn't mind playing into her ego sometimes, and he was relaxed enough that he didn't mind allowing her to take the reigns and be bossy, but she did take it too far sometimes. Avan wasn't really set on eating at school, so he didn't mind leaving campus today, though. He just thought that it was peculiar that Cassidy would be so pushy about leaving, especially to go to a place that was usually filled with people she claimed to despise, at this time of day. Then again, Avan wouldn't have been surprised if she only wanted to go there so that she had something to complain about. That seemed to be her most beloved hobby, after all. "3 Guys' it is, then," he finally agreed, as they headed down the street. The restaurant was barely a five minute's walk away, so it wasn't long before

"There's my beautiful Addy-kins!" Cassidy exclaimed with menacing cheeriness, as if Adeline was an adorable puppy or her her two-year-old cousin. "And looking hungry as ever, too!" she couldn't resist throwing in, with a wink. She knew that she was doing nothing short of emotionally bullying Adeline, but Cassidy was quite content with that revalation. Adeline was a brat, to begin with, so if she could dish it, she should have been ready to take it, too. Beyond that, it wasn't her fault that she had dirt on Adeline, and it wasn't her fault that it was just in her nature to use it against her. Besides, as Cassidy would remind herself, it wasn't like her mother or Adeline's father treated Adeline's issues very sensitively. At least, in Cassidy's opinion they didn't. It had clearly taken Bernard far too long to get Adeline the help that she needed, and as far as she knew, it was almost immediately after the problem became so obvious that he couldn't ignore it, that he shipped her off to a treatment center halfway across the country. So much for hands-on parenting, and giving any sort of TLC to his own kid... "I'd sit with you and your little friends, but I'm actually in the mood for intellectual conversation right. Don't worry, though, I'll make sure that I'm sitting close enough, in case you do need me," she insisted, despite knowing very well that no one was begging for her presence. In fact, judging by the look she was getting from the girls, it was probably quite the opposite. That didn't make Cassidy relent there, though. Just after a few steps towards the door, that Avan was already holding open for her with a tired expression on his face, she spun back around and pointed to Adeline. "And, I think you should order the Tex Mex nachos, babe. Everyone raves about those. It'd take like... someone addicted to coke to not have an appetite for those." She was oh so tempted to offer Sydney a wink at that comment, but she wasn't going to push it. Not in public, and not when she had Avan waiting on her.

Avan had been standing close enough that he probably could have heard what Cassidy had been saying to the trio, but he wasn't tuned in. Instead, his eyes scanned over the menu that was taped to the glass window beside him. He was well acquainted with 3 Guys, but he hadn't actually eaten there since the end of school last spring, so refreshing his memory didn't hurt. Before Cassidy had finished pestering the girls, he had already decided that he was going to order the Pepper Jack Burger with a side of onion rings. "Getting yourself into trouble with the Queen Bee and her posse?" Avan questioned, as he and Cassidy finally headed inside and were seated at a table for two in the middle of the restaurant. After walking past the girls, Avan hadn't done any more than raise his eyebrows as a very meager greeting to Adeline. He knew that Lani and Sydney both weren't fond of him, which was fine because in his book, they were both stuck up bitches. However, he wasn't going to be too friendly towards Adeline either, because it would probably make her uncomfortable, and it would blow his cover, too. He didn't want her friends knowing about his relationship with her, and he didn't even want Cassidy knowing.

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She smiled brightly as they approached Sydney, trying to mirror the same positivity that Lani showed in her words, despite the way she had reacted to Sydney's text just minutes before. They were just being good friends, and since she and Lani were both pretty familiar with how Sydney could get, it didn't feel too abnormal. Plus, while Lani had the tendency to react in a manner that was sometimes as equally fiery and sharp as Sydney, Adeline tended to back down in the face of confrontation. She would very, very rarely shoot back at Sydney, especially when she was in one of these moods. Claiming that Sydney was being mean to her wasn't atypical, but Adeline wouldn't actually return any of the shots that Sydney would sometimes unjustly fire her way, when she was angry about something else, and needed someone to take her anger out on. Regardless of being used to it, after so many years of friendship with Sydney, it didn't fail to wipe the smile off of her face when Sydney's only form of a greeting to them was informing Adeline that if she was going to be late again, they were going to leave her. As if that hadn't dampened Adeline's mood enough, Cassidy appeared only a beat later, with Avan Harrison in tow. The latter acknowledged her in the most proper form out of the two of them, with a mere raise of his eyebrows as an acknowledgment of her presence. Since Adeline was content with them knowing each other beyond an acquaintance level being a secret, it didn't offend her, and was actually what she preferred. However, for the many ways that Avan didn't overstep his boundaries, Cassidy did, and the words that she left them with had Adeline very tempted to just call it a day and go home, and not return to school at all. For someone who could easily be called emotionally fragile on a normal day, after being snapped at by Lani, and then Sydney, and now dealing with Cassidy, her ability to handle things was definitely being pushed right now. And Sydney pushing the idea that she order something didn't help.

Normally, Adeline would have flashed Lani some sort of a pleading look, but she was too thrown off to even do that. Cassidy's outlandish reference to cocaine wasn't even what was really bothering her, since because it wasn't true, Adeline didn't even pay attention to it. It was the way that her two friends both seemed bothered by her, coupled with her feeling uncomfortable in a restaurant, on top of Cassidy's other comments, that had her head suddenly pounding. And then there was Ness Oberlin... the absolute last person that Adeline needed to see, once they got into the restaurant. Her head was spinning but if she already felt like the victim of a verbal assault now, she knew that getting up and leaving would only make things worse. So, she slid into the side of the booth opposite of Sydney, and remained silent as she turned to her backpack, skipping past the brown paper bag containing her lunch, as she searched for Advil.

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Mood: Annoyed Outfit Location: Three Guys Restaurant



Lani smiled, just a little, when Sydney directed her ire towards their waitress. The woman appeared as under attack as she was and Lani felt a minuscule sense of guilt for starting it, but it wasn't enough to say a word to Sydney. Though, she did tilt her her head just-so when Sydney ordered for Adeline. It wasn't a new concept; she had done it once or twice before. It usually was because Sydney knew what Addy would like better and could just take over like that. So, the surprise wasn't in that Sydney had ordered, but what she ordered. No matter how many times the girls had pigged out on junk food and such, Adeline had always been the one to gravitate towards the more healthier options. Always. This...Sydney ordering items she knew Addy wouldn't partake in unless she was too drunk and needed to eat something to cure the hangover before it began seemed cruel.. Which, again, wasn't a surprise when it came to the things Sydney could do, but it didn't make the situation settle nicely in Lani's stomach. And especially because it was because of something Cassidy said. Lani may have thought the girl was above gorgeous, but it didn't negate the protectiveness that arose at the girl acting like she knew something about Lani's friend that Lani didn't know. Or that even Sydney didn't know.

What Adeline said next was the thing that tried a nerve Lani hadn't been prepared to have messed with for the day. She understood that Adeline had a lot of...naive sensibilities. In the most delicate manner of speaking, and it had to be delicate because Lani was a good friend who rarely snapped at Adeline, the girl was sheltered. She was an Arnault; it wasn't too much of a surprise. At the same time, while there was a part of her slightly miffed that Adeline painted Ness as some kind of deviant simply by her non-delicate phrasing, the fact that it had to be a weird lesbian thing instead of a hook-up that really made her turn sharply to the brunette. Lani was a lot more open and honest, comfortable, with her sexuality now than she had been about two years ago. It had been to the girls she was sitting with that she had even made the distinction first, even before Jamie. And while Adeline always had the propensity towards insensitivity - and Lani was pointedly ignoring the feeling she actually had about the idea of Cassidy and Ness together for reasons that needed not be addressed - it didn't stop Lani from feeling attacked. She was a second away from snapping at Adeline when Sydney popped in with her suggestion and Lani sat back in their booth, taking a breath that was shakier than she needed.

"I'll be back," she stated crisply and rose without waiting for anyone to say another word, pointedly ignoring Katherine's warning about probably having to include Nova. She didn't have to include anyone in anything if she didn't want to. Out of the three of them, Lani didn't really like Nova and she didn't pretend to do so. There was nothing but cordial indifference since the girl had done nothing more than rub her the wrong way. Which was why Lani didn't see the point of really acknowledging her as anything other than another one of their classmates, not one of their supposed friends or even near their clique. But of course, that was the superficial way of the Upper East Side and so the most she did was either nod in the girl's direction or answer when spoken to. Lani walked in the direction of Jamie's table, noting Hunter and Liam as they entered the building. "What's up, Ellison?" The bastard decided to go with and Lani didn't falter in her steps, just throwing a "Hey, Hunter!" over her shoulder lest she actually stop and present Liam the nice right hook she was storing. It wasn't long before Lani was standing before Nova's table and whatever conversation that lay on Jenny's lips died at the sight of her. Lani knew what she looked like - barely contained, ominous energy. So, she smiled - briefly - at the theater kids, offered a softer look towards Ness, and finally turned her gaze to Jamie. "Now that you're not so distracted, come sit with me. I'm sure Ness could do with some time with her peeps before class, isn't that right?"


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Mood: Amused ☸ Outfit ☸ Location: Three Guys Restaurant



"It is what it is," Liam declared after a beat, still relaxed despite Hunter's warning. He had already thought about the prospects of Sydney's possible retribution, of her friends' and followers' wrath. And he would handle them as they came. If it turned too extreme or at least too out of his control, then he would act accordingly. But he wasn't about to spend his senior year huddled in a corner like Sydney Persson's little bitch. She had enough of those chasing after her during the school day, hoping for a second to gain a spot of approval or gratifying acknowledgement from her. Liam wasn't one of them - never had been and never will be. If she wanted to do something, she was going to do so. He could deal with her being upset. He could deal with her even deciding not to speak with him. He wasn't afraid of her. Sure, the wrath of Constance's queen bee wasn't something to take lightly, but it also wasn't the end of the world, particularly for him. That might have been more of his egoism speaking as opposed to the logical side of his mind, but at the moment, Liam was more interested in getting something to eat and enjoying his day. Which he had been - at Sydney's expense.

With that said, Liam continued on their path without responding to Hunter's request for him to behave. It wasn't like he expected everything to be all hunky dory now that she obviously knew he cheated and left her for someone else, but for one, he didn't behave even for his family. How the hell he was supposed to do so for Hunter, of all people? Two, he was here for food wasn't he? Liam didn't play when it came to food. He just played when they were in the waiting process, which they were about to be once they were seated. As he and Hunter headed towards a table near the middle of the restaurant, Liam spotted Lani about to cross their path and he smirked. He couldn't help it. While others admired her for her leadership skills, which were phenomenal if he was showing his rare foray into actual honesty, Liam loved fucking with her. There was a thrill in messing with Lani that there wasn't with other people, something rankling just below the surface of the aloof Madam President that Liam just wanted to graze. To tempt to full display. Of course, she never officially rose to the bait, but he could tell that, because of the current situation, she would be closer this year than before. Naturally, in his head, a part of the tension between them was the fact that she was undoubtedly as attracted to him as she disliked him, and he was always down for a fight with a girl like that - whether they happened to make it to a bedroom or the nearest closet. That just obviously wasn't happening now.

"You know, she wants me right?" He decided to joke to Hunter offhandedly. "Only a matter of time now, really. I mean, unless you're interested, man. Ellison's hot ass and since Syd isn't the one for you, you've gotta be looking elsewhere, right? Senior year and all." Liam spotted a two-seater right beside Avan and Cassidy, and while he had made it his mission to avoid Avan a bit this year, Liam wasn't above being at least slightly cordial. "Knox," he acknowledged before nodding to Avan. Wassup, Harrison? How was the summer?"

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"Pretty sure she comes in right behind 'Elsa with a tan' in who wouldn't fuck you in a million years, dude," Hunter laughed, after offering Lani a wave in response to her greeting. Though she didn't directly diss Liam, and he clearly wasn't bothered by the indirect dismissal, it was pretty obvious that she was one of the few girls who Liam would never get into his bed. On one hand, "never say never" seemed to be something that applied to Liam in situations like this, but Hunter knew Lani well enough to know that she was a loyal friend and smart. He couldn't fathom that any of Liam's tricks and charms would work on someone like her, especially given her ties to Sydney. When Lani had passed them and was far enough that it seemed safe to continue, he added, "And I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't tap that if I had the chance, but I've come to terms with how 'aiming for the stars' isn't gonna get me laid this year." At least, aiming for the social "stars" wasn't going to get him anywhere, because he was pretty sure that if Sydney was so far out of his league that she had basically laughed at his attempts to get with her, than Lani and Adeline would dismiss him just as quickly. That wasn't saying that he wasn't bummed about that, because as Liam had put it, Lani was hot as fuck. She had that whole confident thing working for her, and Hunter was definitely down for a girl who knew who she was and what she wanted in life, and wasn't afraid to take it without asking. Adeline was attractive in a different sense on a mental level, but just as hot physically, so if the chance presented itself for either girl, the downplaying that he was doing now would definitely fly out the window faster than he could unzip his pants. For now, though, it seemed safer to make light of how minimal his chances with any of those girls were, and it didn't even sting that badly, because he knew that he had other options.

Speaking of stars, as he and Liam got situated at their table and Liam acknowledged Cassidy and Avan, who were sitting t the table beside them, Hunter found himself looking beyond them to the group of theater kids who were left at a table, once Lani and Jamie left it. One of the girls there was Nova, who certainly fell into that category of being a star in her own right. She wasn't famous yet, and Hunter had honestly only seen her in one or two of the school's productions, but that was all it took to know that she was talented. One of the other people at the table was Ness, and Hunter wanted to punch himself for the weird feeling he got in his stomach as he watched her. He wasn't a bad boy, especially not when sitting next to Avan Harrison, but in his own right, Hunter was a bit rebellious. He liked to do what he wanted and have a good time, and though he didn't push boundaries too far... like far enough where he could be sent to prison, he was still aware that Ness was pretty different than him. Maybe it was that innocent and sweet and pure thing that she had going, that captivated him more than anything. He wasn't really sure, but after seeing her in an element that he was familiar with, his own party last spring, he had developed a bit of a crush on her. He thought that it would have simmered down over the summer, but clearly not, and it took a bit of effort for him to drag his eyes off of her in order to nod his head as a greeting to both Cassidy and Avan, as Liam asked about their summer.

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"Not 'getting into trouble', just having a little bit of fun, that's all," Cassidy explained devilishly, as she and Avan entered the restaurant. As Avan had pointed out earlier, Cassidy normally wouldn't have been so insistent on this place, if she wasn't so amused with manipulating Adeline today. The food was delicious, and the service was usually good, but she didn't need diner food, especially when it came with the price tag of being surrounded by her annoying peers for longer than necessary. She could have just as easily eaten in the school's cafeteria, or gotten food from there or another place in the area, and eaten it outside somewhere with Avan. New York's fall weather, though a bit hotter than normal this year, was usually quite pleasant, and made being outside more bearable than other seasons did.

Cassidy's version of "having fun" was basically synonymous with getting herself into trouble, and coupled with the look she gave him as she said that, Avan knew that she knew that just as well as he did. "Just don't piss too many people off, all right? You burning bridges is gonna end up costing me money." Avan had never actually spoken to Cassidy about selling anything to Adeline, but it was only really because she had never asked. Cassidy was probably the only person who was exempt to his confidentiality agreements with his customers. It came with the trust he had in her though, because he knew that despite how bitchy she was, she wouldn't use the information he shared with her against anyone. At the same time, he had never seen her interact with Adeline before today, so it was probably for the best that his dealings with her had never come up in conversation, because Avan now wouldn't have been surprised if Cassidy would have used the information to exploit her step-sister.

Cassidy rolled her eyes at Avan and his dramatics. "Oh boohoo, Avan. Cry me a river, so I can drown you in it. Did I not make you a sale today? If anything, I'm building you bridges. Bridges built on cocaine and dollar signs." Their waitress approached just after Cassidy had said that, and by her perky and unphased expression, Cassidy assumed that she hadn't heard the comment, which was probably a good thing. As she filled up their glasses with water, she asked if they needed more time with the menus, and though they had only just sat down a minute or so ago, Cassidy said that they were ready. She didn't want to have to wait for the girl to go through other tables before coming back to them, because while they still had time, they were on a schedule, and this food wasn't that great, where she was willing to show up late for her next class because of it. "Just a Caesar salad with chicken," she ordered for herself, handing the girl her menu with an appreciative smile.

"And I'm gonna get the Santa Fe sandwich," Avan said, once Cassidy had ordered. "Thanks." When the girl left the table, he opted against chiding Cassidy for being so careless about talking about drugs for two reasons. The main one was that he didn't really care. Avan was far from uptight, and though he was intelligent, and had to be careful if he wanted to be successful, he also wasn't so paranoid where he thought that every person he encountered was an under cover cop who was looking for the perfect opportunity to nab him for some crime. Beyond that, once the waitress had headed in a different direction, Hunter Devlin and Liam Koch were seated at the table besides them, and soon after, Liam greeted them. It had been a while since Avan had actually seen the guy, outside of a class that they had shared earlier this morning, that didn't offer any time for actual socialization. As someone who had always been a pretty steady client of his, it had been a bit perturbing that Liam had somewhat fallen off the radar this summer, but at the same time, it wasn't all that surprising, given how everyone seemed to be all over the map when school was on break. "Hey, man," Avan responded, before glancing at Hunter and returning the friendly nod he had sent his way. "Chill, my summer was chill. What about you? You away all summer, or something?" he asked. Many of the people who he sold drugs to liked to keep it on the low, which made sense, but with Liam, considering who he was and more importantly, what it was that he would buy from Avan, that seemed especially true. With that in mind, it seemed safer to be indirect about Avan's curiosity as to why he hadn't hit him up for drugs, by suggesting that it seemed like he was curious about his lack of presence in a more casual way.

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Coating her bottom lashes with a thin layer of mascara, Nova smiles into the mirror, finishing up her minimal makeup routine for Hunter's party. It was rare to see the girl wearing much makeup and due to her natural attractiveness, she liked to keep it simple. While to school she'd really only wear mascara and a coat of lipgloss, parties were the rare time she'd put on a nude lipstick and dust some highlight onto her cheekbones. The look was still light compared to most, but definitely out of the ordinary for Nova. Her outfit for the night was also a change from her typically casual yet slightly preppy attire and Nova had opted for a black lace vest top and tight, wet look jeans with a pair of killer black heals and a faux leather jacket (she'd never wear real leather - that's just wrong). Keeping her hair as it naturally falls - long and wavy - Nova gives herself a once over before grabbing her red bag and heading out of her room.

"And where do you think you're going?" A voice calls out to her as she passes through the kitchen and Nova sighs, turning on her heels and giving her step mother a tight smile, "A guy at my school is having a party and I-" Before Nova can even finish her sentence she's cut off by Rose, "If you think I'm letting you leave this house you're delusional," She barks, moving closer to Nova, her usually delicate features contorted into a deep scowl at the younger girl. "You're lucky I even let you stay here, you know if I had it my way you'd be back on the streets with that whore mother of yours." Nova takes a step back from Rose, a pained look on her face at the mention of her real mother. "How long are you going to hold that over me?" Nova bites back, feigning nonchalance to cover her hurt, "As if I care, kick me out if you want, and I'll tell everyone who my real 'whore' mother is." Knowing she'd backed Rose into a corner, a small, sly smile slips onto Nova's face as Rose's expression turns from anger to conflict. "You little brat," She mutters, knowing full well that if Nova were to expose her true parentage, her reputation and social standing would be down the drain. "Fine, go, but don't you dare come stumbling in during the early hours and wake me up." Rose hisses before finally backing off.

Sending Rose a wave and sarcastically cheery "Bye, mother." As she steps out of the house, Nova breathes a sigh of relief once she's shut the door behind her. Feeling a cool night air on her skin settles Nova's mind and she makes her way toward the black car waiting for her. She'd phoned ahead and booked Rose's chauffeur without the woman realising, and hoped she wouldn't find out. Ducking down into the car and finding a seat on the plush interior, Nova is greeted by her first friendly face of the night as the car speeds off. "Miss Blanchett, so nice to see you again," The driver, George, smiles at her in the mirror. "Nice to see you too, Georgie," Nova giggles, happy to be back in the company of her father's old chauffeur - and someone she had spent much of her childhood with. Brushing a blonde strand from her face, Nova relaxes back into the car seat, letting the excitement she felt at heading to a party overtake the sad thoughts Rose had placed into her head. "Where might you be heading then?" George pipes up, making conversation but still with his eyes placed firmly on the road ahead. "This guy - Hunter - Is having a kind of back to school party tonight," Nova explains, checking the time on her phone to make sure she wasn't too late (but wasn't too early either). "Ah I see, don't do anything I wouldn't do!" George chuckles, his infectious laugh spreading to Nova as she joins in with her soft laugh. "So I can do anything then huh?" Nova teases, "Don't forget, I've heard the stories about you when you were my age." Nodding his head admittedly, George gives Nova a quick wink before settling back into driving.

Picking up her phone, Nova decides to text Ness to see whether she's already there or not - She didn't want to be stuck in a room full of jocks and airheads all night. Remembering Avan too, she texts to see whether she could pick up tonight or not.

To: Ness
Please tell me you're going to Hunter's, I don't wanna be stuck in a party full of Sydney Persson clones by myself :-(

To: Avan
Think I could get what I asked for tonight? I'm omw to Hunter's and I figured you'd be there too.


Putting down the phone, Nova rests her head back against the seat and lets her mind drift to thoughts of the party and what mischief she might get up to tonight.



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It was a lot easier to get away with a lot of things when you lived in a townhouse over an apartment, which was why Hunter's parties were always fun. They could play music as loud as they wanted, and as many feet could be stomping on the floor without any worries of angering a downstairs neighbor. The roof could be flooded with underage drinkers and kids smoking weed, but as long as no apartment company was liable, no one seemed to care. It probably helped that they were in a neighborhood where everyone had connections, and the police knew better than to bother certain people, but regardless, Avan rarely had any worries about his involvement in what went down at Hunter's parties. That was why it was so easy for him to sit on one of the couches on the rooftop, Cassidy by his side, and casually roll blunts for any kid that walked over with ten dollars in their hand. It was fast money, and since he had given Hunter his fair share of free weed over the years, it was an arrangement and understanding that worked well on both ends. While parties like this were good business opportunities for Avan, it was also just a nice time to socialize, like any other person would see it to be. With a cup filled with cold beer from the keg, Avan was having a pretty decent night, as he and Cassidy played one of their typical wallflower-esque party games, where they predicted everyone's fate by the end of the night.

"Okay, but what about that girl?" Avan asked, after they analyzed the boy sitting beside her, a couple of feet away. The girl was seated on his lap, already heart-eyed over whatever he was whispering into her ear. "Easy," Cassidy decided. "She has until ten o'clock before she's on her knees in one of Hunter's bathrooms, and then until nine in the morning tomorrow before she's rushing to Duane Reade to pick up Plan B." That was a predication that wasn't the worst that he had heard come out of Cassidy's mouth, but it was still bold enough to warrant a laugh from him. "I don't know," he challenged, as he leaned back into the outdoor couch that they were sitting on. "Her friends only left her, like, what? Ten minutes ago? I bet by the time they get back up here, they'll realize she's on her way to becoming the next star of 'Teen Mom' and they'll nix it before he can get to any of the bases." While it wasn't all that the pair did, Avan and Cassidy seemed to enjoy people watching more than actually socializing. If either of the two could claim that they did more direct socializing, it would definitely be Avan. It was just necessary for him to be a people person, in order keep a healthy clientele number and keep his sales up. Besides, he would tell you that a plank of wood had better socialization skills than Cassidy did.

"I don't think so," Cassidy argued, shaking her head before downing the last drops of her drinks. Despite knowing that the cup was empty, she peered into it just for confirmation, before frowning slightly. "But for now, our game's on pause until you come back with my drink refilled. Rum and coke, por favor," she said, an obviously fake smile appearing on her face, known as the one she used when she wanted someone to do something for her. She couldn't help that Avan caved for it. It was either a very convincing smile, or he just knew that he wouldn't hear the end of it until he refilled the drink for her. As he stood up and headed towards the door that led to the staircase which would bring him to the floor below the roof, which housed the man cave looking room that a lot of people tended to populate too, he got a text from Nova. He had left his bag with the more specific orders under Hunter's bed downstairs, after getting permission from the host, and was glad now, that he had brought the drugs. He had brought more than enough of the Adderall for Nova and Adeline, plus some other drugs, including the cocaine that Cassidy wanted for Adeline. All he saw was dollar signs, no guilt. At least not right now, as he typed back a response to Nova reading, "Yeah, sounds good. I'm on the fifth floor by the bar. If you wanna meet me up here, we can head downstairs together so I can grab them for you. You with Adeline by any chance?" Avan didn't want to necessarily give away that he sold to Adeline as well, but he figured that she and Nova were friends, so maybe she already knew that he did. Besides, it would safe time for him to get both sales done at once.

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In the elevator, Adeline sent out a text message to Nova that read, "Was that you who pulled up right after me and Lani and Syd? I hope so!!!! Find me tonight, we need to catch up!". She and Nova didn't necessarily run in the same friend group, but Adeline definitely considered Nova to be a friend. She was an exception from Adeline's perception of the theater kids being weird, because... well, Adeline just didn't think she was weird. She had gotten to know Nova, and had she given all of the other kids the same chance, she likely would have found that they were all far more normal and relatable than she pinned them as being. Adeline had no need to give any of them a chance though, given that she was content with her circle of friends as it was. Throw in the fact that she had gotten more than she had bargained for with her drunken encounter with another theater kid, who she was doing her best not to worry about as the elevator moved closer and closer to the fifth floor, and she was all the more content with Nova being a rare exception to her friend rule. Though she had seen Nova in a few of her classes over the past two days, they hadn't had enough time to actually catch up, and given that they hadn't actually hung out since last spring, seeing Nova tonight was definitely one of her priorities.

As she followed the girls out of the elevator, she didn't initially see anyone too interesting. Liam wasn't in her immediate line of sight, which was a relief, and Anissa wasn't either, though Adeline was pretty convinced that the girl wouldn't be showing her face around any social events for a good while. When Jamie approached, however, Adeline's energy level sunk for a moment. She felt like that meant that Ness had to be here, even if it realistically didn't mean that she was for sure. Her initial thought was proven right, however, when she looked further into the room, by Hunter's bar, and found the girl standing besides Hunter. Adeline was impulsive, and given that nature, she didn't let herself think the situation through fully and weigh the pros and cons. Instead, she took a split second to decide between turning around, getting back into the elevator and leaving the party immediately, before Ness could see her, or the other option, which was pretending like she wasn't bothered at all. With Sydney asking what they wanted to drink, and Lani already haven given her permission to, in Adeline's mind, get her obliterated, she felt like she had to go with the second option, if for nothing else than to start senior year off on the right note.

Though Lani's question wasn't directed to her, Adeline didn't mind chiming in with, "Doesn't matter if it's any good because you're not drinking beer tonight! We're having fun tonight, and fun requires something with more than a five percent alcohol content!" If she really wanted to be a pain, she would have grabbed Lani's arm right then and there and yanked her away from Jamie in search of some "real" alcohol, but she knew better than that. For one, she knew that just because she didn't understand Lani's closeness with Jamie didn't mean that there friendship was non-existent. It was quite existent, and Lani interacting with him before anyone else, given that she likely knew every single person at this party (or at least, they knew her), spoke to that. She didn't have to understand the friendship on a real level to respect it, and besides that, Adeline considered that leaving Lani here while she made their drinks could be fun. She was no mixologist but she knew the most basic drink recipes, and a few extras that were the ones that could get anyone obliterated. It wasn't a necessary talent, given that Adeline was the kind of girl who was quite content with other people making her fancy cocktails for her, or just taking enough shots of alcohol that the fruity mixers in drinks were no longer necessary to give her a buzz, but it was fun to make drinks occasionally. With Sydney by her side, she knew that she wouldn't be able to get away with going too crazy, but that didn't mean that she wasn't going to attempt it anyway.

On that note, she hurried away from the girls and Jamie, only verbalizing a "B-R-B!" as she darted towards the bar. There were a few kids standing by it, but the only ones who Adeline really cared about were Hunter, Ness, and Avan, who she noticed last, and only as she got closer. She was already being risky by acknowledging Ness, so she did her best to act like she hadn't seen Avan on the far side of the bar. "Hunter!" Adeline greeted cheerfully as she approached the pair, who were both holding two drinks each. That seemed more natural for Hunter than Ness, and in a move that felt daring to Adeline, but could only seem friendly to anyone who didn't know the girls' situation, she looked to Ness with a grin. Her words were directed at Hunter despite her eyes playfully remaining on (and possibly roving over) Ness, as she spoke. "It's not even nine o'clock and you already have someone like her double fisting? God, Hunter, you're a bad influence...but I don't hate it." Even though she had done a good job at convincing herself that Ness had been just as drunk as she had been that night last spring, the common sense side of Adeline knew that that probably wasn't the case. She didn't think that Ness had been as sober as she had been, but she also doubted that she was drunk. Therefore, seeing the girl with two drinks in her hand made her feel a little bit better, like maybe it hadn't been all her fault and doing that they had ended up in that bedroom together. "But I'm over here because I need something strong for me, stronger for Lani, and even stronger for Syd. You know that we need to get Syd trashed tonight if you-know-who is here, and I need Lani to add 'President of Alcoholics Anonymous' to her extracurricular activity resume for college by the end of this semester, aannnddd, I was just kidding when I said that I wanted the least strong of the drinks. You know that's not happening tonight. So, what am I drinking? And what are you two drinking?" This side of Adeline, the one that was overflowing with energy was the one that she liked, and even if it had taken a little bit of pregaming with drinks at Sydney's to get her back into embracing her fun side, she wasn't complaining.