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Lani Amasio-Ellison

"Homework is not life. This cheeseburger, however..."

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

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L A N IXA M A S I O - E L L I S O N


☽ "We girls, we're tough darling. Soft on the inside, but deep down - we're tough." ☾

Confident || Demi Lovato /|\ Bet || Tinashe /|\ Reflection || Fifth Harmony

Fᴀᴄᴇ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍ ✦ Dinah Jane Hansen
Dɪᴀʟᴏɢᴜᴇ Cᴏʟᴏʀ ✧ #E41B17
Tʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛ Cᴏʟᴏʀ ✦ #940000




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✦Fᴜʟʟ Nᴀᴍᴇ✦
Ka'iulani Deanna Noelani Amasio-Ellison

✧Nɪᴄᴋɴᴀᴍᴇ✧
Lani {Most common; preferred} || Deanna, Dee, D-Mac {Least common; typically by best friends and family; actually loves being called D-Mac, but only by close friends} || Madam President {Common; tolerated; mockingly used by most classmates and warrants a glare depending on who uses it}

✦Bɪʀᴛʜᴅᴀʏ & Star Sign✦
November 5th & Scorpio

✧Aɢᴇ✧
17

✦Gᴇɴᴅᴇʀ✦
Female

✧Sᴇxᴜᴀʟɪᴛʏ & Mᴀʀᴛɪᴀʟ Sᴛᴀᴛᴜs✧
Pansexual & Single

✦Role✦
The Leader



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✧Hᴀɪʀ✧
Naturally very curly, Lani's natural hair color is dark brown, but over the summer she dyed her hair honey blonde.

✦Eʏᴇs✦
Forest green.

✧Sᴋɪɴ✧
Smooth and recently blemish-free, Lani has a beige complexion.

✦Hᴇɪɢʜᴛ & Wᴇɪɢʜᴛ✦
5'8 & 140 lbs

✧Eᴛʜɴɪᴄɪᴛʏ✧
25% Tongan || 25% Samoan || 25% Fijian || 25% Danish

✦In Depth✦
While a younger Lani felt self-conscious at an early age about the fact that she had begun to tower over the other girls in class and intimidated by the fact that she didn't get to have a choice in the curves that grew on her body, there is no denying she is far more comfortable in her skin than she previously was. It isn't to say that one won't catch her occasionally wringing her hands just-so in front of her stomach when beside skinnier friends, but the fact of the matter is that unlike before, Lani stands tall and unflinching with her voluptuous form. She's still slim in the way that the average female should be, but she makes no efforts to deny her shapely form, which comprises of a lot more muscle than people would think - mostly due to soccer and yoga. Her thick and long honey blonde hair falls around face with naturally luscious lips, high cheekbones, and thick eyebrows set above eyes that are a muted, soft-medium green with brown flecks in the irises. While it's apparent that Lani now has a bit of a more stylish and occasionally glamorous side, at her core, she is still the tomboy who played soccer in Maui, surfed with her guy friends in Lanai, and plays basketball with her older brothers. With that being said, while she attends Constance and is not afraid to to wear skirts and dresses, it's also no secret that she would wear shorts with tights underneath or pants to school. She'll just make it look cute these days.


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Competitive ✦ Incisive ✧ Self-Confident ✦ Protective ✧ Tough
Independent ✦ Vindictive ✧ Stubborn ✦ Indomitable ✧ Confrontational

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One of the most fundamental aspects of being a great leader is being strong and there's generally no doubt that Ka'iulani Deanna Noelani Amasio-Ellison is such. Granted, if one is taking her from face value, strength and intimidation might be the only things one would associate with her. At the end of the day, Lani has never denied that she is a powerhouse. In a household filled with all boys, she had to be if she wanted to be heard. And while she'll be the first to tell you that she has never and will never require a spotlight, the one thing she will be is heard. That's the thing about Lani. She has never believed in being a wilting or shrinking daisy, but a rose - and one with all of its thorns. While she can never say that she didn't have a much more insecure phase or that her insecurities in her appearance have fully abandoned her, but she also knows her worth. She knows her skills and how well she can accomplish them. She knows that she's driven and has never been a slacker, even during her laziest of days. She knows that she's a smart, attractive and persuasive young woman with a very astute manipulation of words even from her youth. She is very much self-assured and a force to be reckoned with. She allows no outside opinions other than that of her family to shape her opinions or belief, especially as they pertain to herself. While, under most circumstances, Lani can be the calm caress of the ocean waves against the sandy shoreline, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Lani has the capacity to intimidate. It's not particularly difficult, from her Tongan physiology and countenance, to see the tempestuous sea she is underneath.

If one does happen to be intimidated by Lani, again, it honestly isn't too much of a shock. It's probably a smart move, on that person's part anyway. It probably has mostly to do with the fact that for all her easy way with words and generally debonair mannerisms when they count, Lani walks with a no-nonsense attitude and is a rather confrontational person. Deceit and treachery are the game in the Upper East Side, and she's very resourceful enough to turn a situation to her favor, but if there's one thing about Lani it's that she is a bit fearless. And definitely in that sense where she doesn't have time to deal with rumors and unnecessary cattiness. She'd rather you both just know that there is either a mutual love or mutual hate because there are no in-betweens when it comes to her feelings. Does she know how to play her role? Of course, she wouldn't be able to perform as SGA president or even successfully attend the school if she did not. But she isn't the type to maliciously spread rumors about a person just to make herself feel good and them feel bad. After all, she would rather just punch you in the face if you try to do that to someone she cares about. Lani could care less what most people have to say about her, but when it comes to her best friends, she is ready to drag someone by their hair or give them a black eye. She can be abrasive in that regard and a bit ruthless when she wants to be, particularly as it pertains to ridding herself of people whose connections do not benefit her emotionally. Lani doesn't believe in having people who make her feel on edge at every second; she likes the thrill of competition and can appreciate that among her peers. But when it comes to people she cares about, there is no room for those who don't provide her with the same emotional support she gives. And she's unforgiving as well. When she feels slighted in such a way that a simple apology does not suffice, Lani again is ready to throw a person away. Unless, of course, she feels the need to return the favor. As her grandmother had once said, "an eye for an eye" is only bad to the people who are fearfully anticipating the retribution and Lani knows how to deliver. It's just a matter of when.

Unlike those who remain intimidated by her appearance or simply by the power Lani casually wields, her closest and dearest of friends and family know Lani more-so as Dee, the one who holds a bit of a maternal role in her private circles. That aforementioned protectiveness is paramount here as Lani's main source of comfort has always been family. It is a value that she was raised upon and anyone who she considers a best friend knows that they are family. That the previously discussed extents she is willing to go for theme exist and that Lani is undoubtedly supportive of those she loves. That's the thing about Lani...about Dee. She's territorial and when she loves, she loves deeply. There's no way to deny her affection for someone because it is inexorable and unflinching. With these people, Lani is her most comfortable and she positively melts for them. There is no scholar here, only a lover who will make sure that you're dropping toxic people from your life with no apology in their direction, buttering you up with cupcakes and any type of sweet treat she knows will cheer you up, and be there for you when it seems like no other will be. She'll sing songs or dance on snapchat in the middle of the changing room at the mall, consistently post pictures of you and regaling with the world how awesome and attractive you are, and she has no qualm against openly showing affection. Hell, she craves it her damn self. It goes without saying that she expects the same thing back as Lani doesn't surround herself with people who offer her absolutely nothing, but at the end of the day, there is no ride-or-die quite like Lani. She'll call you on your own misgivings if she feels like that kind of blunt honesty is what you need, but she genuinely has the ones she loves best interests at heart. And considering that herself is one of those people, she'll also defend herself just as fiercely.


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✦Lɪᴋᴇs✦
Being in charge ✧ Yoga ✧ Topai ✧ Smoothies ✧Cooking & baking, especially for other people ✧ Instagram & Snapchat ✧ Her brothers ✧ Getting her nails done ✧ Hosting events and parties ✧ Old Disney movies ✧ Lú Moa ✧ Hanging out with her friends ✧ Soccer ✧ Denim, leather and plaid ✧Sex on the Beach (chill, guys, talking about the drink) ✧ Cuddling ✧ Charity events with kids ✧ Competition ✧ HTGAWM, Criminal Minds, The 100, The Originals, Supernatural, Ridiculousness & GOT ✧ Beyonce, Tinashe, Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown, Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, & Cynthia Erivo ✧ Cinnamon hot chocolate ✧ Dancing, even when she's being goofy with friends or coordinating on some routine they're following
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✧Dɪsʟɪᴋᴇs✧
Her father and his family ✦ Coffee ✦ Not getting her way ✦ Anyone messing with her friends & family ✦ Seeing an event with horrible decorations ✦ Losing ✦ Her crinkly-eyed smile and laugh ✦ When she cannot return to Hawaii during a holiday break ✦ Bullies and anyone being unnecessarily mean to someone else ✦ Turkey bacon ✦ Drugs ✦ Not seeming girly enough or as feminine as some of her other friends to people she's attracted to ✦ Tea ✦ Family expectations ✦ Driving in New York {She's prone to road rage} ✦ Being alone ✦ Diets & detoxes


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✧Tᴀʟᴇɴᴛs✧
Anything to do with food. Cooking and baking were staples of Lani's childhood and while she has staff to do it for her, she doesn't hesitate to step in the kitchen, especially if she's stressed. ✦ Resourcefulness. At the end of the day, Lani didn't just become a part of the debate team or SGA because those were the type of people she was. If you asked any of her close friends, they'd tell you she would honestly be better just playing soccer and being with them. But the one thing no one can say is that she doesn't find a clever or at least smart way to get out of trouble, and that has been improved by the connections she chose to make. Certain people acquiesce to her, which is beneficial to her. ✦ Leadership. Lani does have a tactical mind and focus when she needs it. More than that, she's good with making people feel like they can trust her, mostly because most of the time, Lani doesn't feel the need to mislead or intimidate. ✦ Making people feel like family. It's been what Lani has been surrounded by all her life. Some classmates might say that they've experienced a kind but definitely intimidating Lani; her close friends know a Dee who can be rather indulgent with them and genuinely opens up her home to them.

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✦Fʟᴀᴡs✦
Ruthless. Despite how soft she can be with her close friends from time to time, if anyone were to sort Lani into a Hogwarts house, it would be Slytherin because for all her debonair charisma at a podium, she is darn right ruthless to people who are not her best friends. Lani can be nice and she generally is friendly, but there's no doubt in her mind that if it came down to her own well-being and that of those she cares about, anyone else takes a back seat. And if they happen to be collateral damage, that's literally on them. ✧ Is rather possessive and while she's above the whole caveman mentality, at the end of the day, she has her territorial disposition and hates when it feels like the loyalty she shows others isn't extended back to herself. ✧ Thrives off of competition and is damn well competitive; she likes winning. ✧ Is really stubborn and sometimes does not know when to back down or give in.

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✧Bad Habits✧
Rather fearless in the sense that Lani doesn't hesitate to confront someone if she feels there's an issue, to the point that one can say that she's a bit impulsive and abrasive ✦ Does not hesitate to drop a person if she feels someone she loves or she herself has been slighted ✦ Can hold a mean grudge and has a very vindictive side ✦All about self-preservation to the extent that her well-being and that of her best friends are secure. Meaning that if Lani has to play dirty, she won't be focused on the collateral damage, just on protecting who and what's hers. ✦ Intimidates easily. It's not so much of a habit as it is something she cannot control. With her height and Tongan countenance, Lani has been told before that she's rather intimidating and it doesn't help that she holds positions others would have to fear. It also doesn't help that she sometimes revels in that.

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✧Dʀᴇᴀᴍs✧
✦ Travel the world to sample all of the different cuisines they have to offer so that she could possibly incorporate that into the food she prepares for family
✦ Own her own restaurant and possibly one day be on an episode of Beat Bobby Flay {She's definitely going to win; make no mistake about that}
✦ Be able to make her family proud, no matter what she decides to do. Intellectually, she's already established that it isn't healthy for her to continue to pursue a career for the sake of not disappointing her family. At the same time, her emotions say something else and Lani would never want her family to be upset with her for long.
✦ One day be able to convince Constance, with the help of other alumnae, to make wearing uniform a choice. As much as Lani can say that she's alright with making the uniforms her own and not feeling particularly restrictive, at the end of the day, no person wants to wear uniforms now. And while she's pretty darn verbally facile for her age, she knows that the administration isn't going to listen now, but she'll make them...just after she's graduated.




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✦Fᴇᴀʀs✦
✧ Never seeming feminine enough: While Lani is a self-declared tomboy and knows that she feels most comfortable when being herself, but there are moments when Lani feels self-conscious over the fact that she knows her features aren't typically as "girly" as others. She intellectually recognizes the complexities of human identities and that certain things are social aspects, it doesn't help that she's tall and definitely not delicate looking.
✧ Small, enclosed dark spaces.
✧ Anything happening to her family {Close friends are considered family}.
✧ Becoming anything like either of her parents.
✧ Being alone
✧ Clowns. She might actually kill one and then kill the person who brought the clown to her if she has to be confronted with the little shits. Their faces are weird and Lani has seen "It." She'll never trust a clown.

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✦Home Life?✦
While most rich kids can say that they had spent the majority of their lives with nannies and getting well-acquainted with their live-in staff, for Lani, that's not actually the case. It probably helps that she spent the majority of her earlier years traveling the eight miles between Maui and Lanai to be with family, the latter serving as the place she was born and primarily raised. While she would have liked earlier memories to have included both her mother and father, the one thing she can never say is that she had an unloved experience. Her maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather, the latter being Larry Ellison, an American billionaire who owns 98% of Lanai, never really did like one another, they both stepped up when it came time to clean up their children's messes. In this case, the mess was their broken marriage and the plethora of children they both seemed adamant to just dump off so that they wouldn't have to face the responsibilities. David, Lani's father, had a few sordid affairs in Lanai, but his most tumultuous and longest-running happened to be with Dinah. The issue was that by the time Dinah was born, the only thing keeping the budding movie director (David) and the flighty model (Dinah) together was the undeniably intense sexual chemistry they shared. However, it wasn't enough to sustain either of them and while they both were fixed and stubborn individuals, neither Larry not Kuini were going to allow them to ruin any of their children. So, up until she was in the sixth grade, Lani, or baby Dee at the time, was raised primarily with her three older brothers in Hawaii.

A good chunk of Lani's earliest memories were her kui fefine. It was through her that Lani even learned to love cooking and learning new recipes, and since then she's used it as a coping mechanism and a way of comfort. It was also through her that Lani was educated. While she did go to school much like her brothers, Kuini was a bit more strict with Ka'iulani than her own children and other grandchildren. Lani was one of the babies. More than that, she was Dinah's baby and Kuini had been lax with rearing her own child, not out of neglect, but for respecting individuality. However, once Dinah pretty much decided to be flighty even as a parent, Kuini had made it her goal to make Lani into one of the good things that came out of that union. So, while Dinah escaped a lot to go play with the boys - and her main circle before arriving to New York consisted primarily of them due to this little fact - she was also taught at a young age to put her education first. It wasn't to say that she didn't laze around and she even puts things off at times now, but she had it instilled within her to educate herself as best as possible. Which was how she had even gotten Constance's attention in the first place. It helped that her father's sister was an alumna for the institution, but Lani's enrollment was covered by her academic testing scores. So, instead of enrolling into classes with childhood friends and the like, Lani was moving to New York. The only thing that made it okay was the fact that her family was coming with her.

Moving to New York wasn't a difficult transition for Lani. As stated before, she was good with school and while she initially began by feeling a bit out of place by being one of the tallest girls in the class and developing curves earlier, Lani didn't remain riveted by her insecurities. She was in a new place and she didn't allow it to shape her negatively. So, she embraced living in the Upper East Side. It didn't hurt that she had decided to cut her mother out of her life when the woman remarried some Greek billionaire who lived nearby; Lani's psyche did not benefit from having someone nick-pick at her because she didn't wear dresses on a regular or be as superficial as Dinah herself was. She made friends, established herself as a student and made New York her home. She just also began having both of her grandparents in her ear trying to tell her what her career should be with no regard to what Lani actually wants.


✦Academics?✦
Due to the competitive nature of her family, particularly being the fact that Lani is the only girl, Lani prides herself on being able to say that second to her eldest brother, she has the higher of the GPAs in the family. It had frustrated her immensely as a child that she would be forced to sometimes not go surfing or even just simply exploring in Lanai with the boys, and instead be forced to study by her kui fefine {grandmother}. It was figured that since she was the baby at the time and the last of a tumultuous relationship, Lani had to prove to be one of the last and good things in the marriage. So, education and her oratorical skills were what her grandmother instilled within her, going so far as to rid Lani of her Tongan accent. It helps that she's done nothing but succeed in school, particularly as president of SGA, president of the debate team, and power forward of the girls' soccer team.

✦Future Plans?✦
Her grandmother and now father, despite not liking one another, have the exact same plan for Lani. She is to attend the University of Cambridge or one of the Ivy Leagues, go into foreign policy and diplomacy, and perhaps become a part of the United Nations. She had the oratorical skills to do so and her paternal grandfather even managed to snag her an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Spain at the early part of the summer. And all of that sounds nice, but that's also leaving Lani being the only one of the younger children - save for her eldest brother - who isn't allowed to pursue something they really want to do. Not that she thinks anyone in her family would be impressed by her getting a culinary arts degree and a business degree from the Stern Business School she's been looking at, but still. It's becoming more difficult to distract herself with planning events when it seems like her family's expectations for her are overruling her own desires and for once, Miss Not-So-Submissive is being rather submissive and it's killing her.



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ImageImageCharacter Sheet By : The Toxic Cereus
Inspired By : AmeliaIsGhostly
Filled Out By : Girl2Fine2
Miscellaneous: Lani lives at 18 East 74th Street New York, NY, a limestone eight-bedroom mansion. She has her own bathroom and bedroom.

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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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Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Jamie Parata Character Portrait: Adeline Arnault Character Portrait: Sydney Persson Character Portrait: Hunter Devlin
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Mood: Contemplative Outfit Location: Adeline Arnault's Home



"Wow..." Lauren - and yes, who else but Lauren Kyles, an esteemed private chef from none other than Ultimate Champions on Chopped, to cook for the Arnault family in New York - muttered, the silver spoon she had used to taste just a bit of the crème anglaise Lani was going to drizzle over the lemon ricotta pancake souffle slices once she had actually pulled it out of the oven. While Lani could have either stayed in bed complaining to herself about how she really didn't want to go to school or thinking about things she didn't want to think about, the best course of action was in getting her girls something to eat. Once Orientation had ended yesterday, Lani and Sydney hadn't decidedly collectively to jump Adeline last night since some people decided to ditch their best friends over the summer. It had consisted of more laughing and selfies than actual talking, but it was a relaxing night and it wasn't too much of a surprise for Lani to take over the kitchen whenever she was at someone's house. It was always better with Lauren or her own private chef, though. They actually had critiques, as opposed to Lani just being told that the food was great.

"Wow, yay? Nay? Maybe?" Lani curiously wondered, swiping back the stray strands of her honey blonde hair, which was tied back into a high bun. Lani bit her lip at the very serious expression on Lauren's face before the dark-skinned woman grinned. "I-it's really good. Anglaise is usually really easy, but you added a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, which will compliment the lemon and the berries." Lani sighed in relief, a triumphant grin of her own forming on her own lips. "Good. That's...that's good. We should get the rest of the food together and then I'll make sure the girls are up." With that finished, Lani hurried to cut the simmering pan off and turned to plating the rest of the food. Lani was already dressed for the day with barely a lick of makeup - and that was mostly because it was established that the heavier pounds of it that others were known for sharpened Lani's face. Combined with her fresh-faced look was a simple look. For one, it was way too early for her brain to catch up to being okay with uniforms. Two, it was never that Lani particularly liked them anyway; she was the one, for all her leadership positions at Constance, to threaten the rules since she had a deep love for wearing pants or shorts instead of the typical skirts. And three, she just really didn't care. If she could, she would honestly cook the girls breakfast, have them watch a few good movies and then go get their nails done or something. It was always assumed that the esteemed Madam President enjoyed school and no one hated it more than Lani. Or if they did, they only assumed that she didn't. Which she did - with a passion. She just did school well enough to not have to worry about it later when she wanted to have fun.

Or be given a speech.

With Lauren focusing on the berry mimosas - and virgin, for the girls, including a certain Cassidy Knox whom Lani had been making the executive decision to not think about - and veggie Eggs Benedict - Lani focused on the butternut squash hash. Or at least, she was semi-focused on that and also her latent thoughts of Jamie. While she was excited to see everyone and have more time with them, Jamie was becoming a different case. It was a difficult thing to process but Lani was pretty sure Jamie was...avoiding her. She just didn't understand the why. Before New York, they had practically lived in each other's back pockets. Wherever you saw one, you saw the other. Even when they adjusted better to the New York Upper East Side life, the two had still managed to remain as inseparable as before, and Lani...depended on him. She depended on all of her best friends to some degree, but Jamie was special. He had always been there - here - and not so...far away. And Lani didn't think she was being dramatic either. At the same time, it wasn't as serious, or at least serious enough for her to corner him like she normally would. Not yet, anyway.

"That's almost done. How about you go make sure the girls are half ready? Little Miss Arnault has a habit of ignoring the breakfast call," Lauren said, the last bit coming out with a peculiar tone that had Lani tilting her head curiously, but acquiescing anyway. She grabbed her phone off the corner and headed towards the stairs, checking her messages and sending out two. The first was to Hunter. She liked when he made plans because they usually entailed parties and again, she wasn't a squeaky clean president. Not when she could spend a nice night at the Melting Pot with bottles of beer, fondue and watching sports. The second was to Jamie. Lani didn't care if he was beginning to be upset with her or whatever this thing was. He was her best friend. Lani didn't just relinquish people without a fight. Besides, she wouldn't be letting anyone go because this wasn't that serious. Just something...to think about. Focused again, she could have checked in Sydney's usual room, but Lauren was right. Adeline was the main one who ran late and Lani was not about to be late on the first day because certain brunettes wanted to hide under her thick duvet. As soon as she was at the door, Lani was knocking. "Adds! Addy! You better be up or I swear to God, I'll snatch you outta that bed."

To: Hunter
Sure thing

To: Jamie
MORNING!!!!!!

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Character Portrait: Anissa Savage Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Adeline Arnault Character Portrait: Avan Harrison Character Portrait: Nova Blanchett
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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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Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Adeline Arnault Character Portrait: Sydney Persson Character Portrait: Cassidy Knox
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Had Cassidy come from a low-income, average-income, or even upper-average-income home, before her mother married Bernard Arnault, she definitely would have experienced culture shock, upon moving into Bernard's grand townhouse in the Upper East Side. And maybe she still did, a little bit, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been, considering that Cassidy and her mother had lived quite comfortably in a nice apartment just a few blocks away, before the marriage led to her mother selling the place, and moving in here. Needless to say, though, it didn't take long for Cassidy to warm up to the idea of calling this new place her home. Like many step family situations, that you see in movies or read about in the books, Cassidy didn't struggle with accepting Bernard as her step-father. The man seemed to treat her mother very well, both financially and emotionally, and was always quite cordial and endearing when he interacted with Cassidy. It didn't seem like he was trying to become her second father, which was completely fine by her, and wasn't exactly surprising, considering that it didn't seem like he played a pivotal role in his own biological daughter's life, anyway. Said biological daughter's absence from the family's home over the summer, probably made adjusting all the more easier, anyway.

It was no secret that Adeline Arnault was a spoiled little brat... or at least it wasn't to Cassidy, who had overheard far too many conversations between her mother and stepfather, about how Adeline needed to mature and become more responsible. Knowing that she spent the summer in a treatment facility for an eating disorder did force Cassidy to have some level of pity for her, but at the same time, it seemed like her mother and Adeline's father both felt that at least some part of the disorder tied into Adeline having no respect for the word no, or authority in itself. Whether it was true, or was just the adults attempting to downplay the situation and vilify Adeline for an illness she had no control over, Cassidy wasn't sure. Normally, she would have wanted to be intelligent enough to recognize that no one would really go to such an extent, as to destroy their physical and mental health, just to prove a point that they could do whatever they wanted to do, and didn't have to follow their parents' rules, but Adeline was a drama queen. Even if Cassidy didn't know her incredibly well, she knew her enough to know that the girl's position as being a whiny little trust fund baby was basically untouchable. And that said a lot, considering the neighborhood that they were being raised in.

Cassidy was prepared to not only deal with Adeline when she woke up on the morning of the first day of senior year, but her two friends, Lani and Sydney, as well. Cassidy knew both girls very well... or as well as she wanted to know them. Lani was more familiar to her than Sydney, in a personal sense, since the two of them had maintained a semblance of friendship in their younger years, but all it took was one night of Cassidy acting on feelings inside of her that told her she wanted more than a friendship, for that friendship to crumble, and for Cassidy to grow to despise Lani. Sydney played a major role in that too, teasing Cassidy for her sexuality, so who she disliked the most was still a tight race. Right now, Lani probably topped Sydney just a bit, but that was only because she was the first of the girls that Cassidy crossed paths with, after getting herself ready for the school day. "I should turn the heat up and get you unbuttoning that shirt a little more, Miss President. It is a little chilly in here, isn't it? Even considering that the Queen Bee with the ice cold heart is just a few doors down, it still seems unnecessarily cool," Cassidy provoked, a tauntingly sensual lick of her lips following it. She had approached just as Lani finished rapping on Adeline's door, and was just close enough to hear Adeline's response. "But on a more important note," she continued, just a moment later, "Would you be a doll and let my little sister know that her clothes are right where she asked me to leave them yesterday, and remind her that Lauren's going to report right back to her dear, old Daddy, if she doesn't follow doctor's orders and stick to her meal plan, so she better speed it up and save time for breakfast!" Her tone was mockingly cheerful, as if she wasn't purposely trying to instigate some sort of reaction from the girl. She knew she was supposed to go along with the story that Adeline was gone all summer from New York simply because she was with her mother in California, but Cassidy knew the real story, and knowledge was power. Cass' favorite kind of power was power that she could hold over people's heads. "Oh!" Cassidy said, after taking a step away and then turning back around. "And if she comes out with her shirt buttoned all the way up too, just let me know. I'd totally turn the heat up to make her more comfortable, too!"

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Spending the first morning before classes outside of her own home wasn't something that Sydney originally planned on doing. It left her feeling discombobulated for only a few minutes in the morning though, because for the most part, she had prepared herself for this the night before. She and Lani had come to terms with the fact that them being at Adeline's house bright and early was probably the only way to ensure that their friend didn't skip out on the first day, like she had done to orientation. Because of that, a sleepover was scheduled, or more correctly, forced by Sydney and Lani, and now, here they were. It wasn't all that bad for Sydney anyway, considering that her mother had spent the evening home alone the night before, while her father revived his youth at some "work party" downtown. She knew very well that if her father didn't come home last night, which wouldn't have been all to surprising, than by now, her mother was either passed out drunk, or awake with a horrible hangover, and likely still drunk enough that any encounter she would have with her would be unpleasant. Sydney would never use the term "abusive" to describe her mother, because she associated that with physical violence, and her mother was never verbally abusive. Her abuse of alcohol, however, definitely led her to being verbally aggressive, and it wouldn't have been abnormal for Sydney to come downstairs in a perfectly modest version of her school uniform, only to have her mother mutter some comment about how she looks like a whore. If it wasn't a comment on her attire, than maybe the woman would snap at Sydney for being a pig, just for looking through the fridge for a snack, or for no reason at all, go off on a rant about how ungrateful she was. It was a side of her mother that was very different than how the woman was sober, but Sydney had reached a point where she would no longer excuse her mother's actions as being understandable. Normal people, people without drinking problems, didn't curse out their children when they were drunk, and she was tired of her mother just acting like nothing had happened a day later, when she was finally sober again.

Sydney's morning routine was pretty strict, and though it wasn't too intensive, she woke up early enough to ensure that she had time to shower, and blow dry her hair, before getting dressed and doing her makeup and hair. She took her school bag, while leaving the rest of her belongings in the spare bedroom, before heading into the hallway. She had a few text messages on her phone that she hadn't opened up, but right now, she wasn't focusing on that. Even if she hadn't spotted Lani standing outside of Adeline's door, that would have been her first stop anyway. The entire reason that they were here this morning, was because everyone knew that Adeline was late to just about everything, and that, coupled with her dislike for school, made it believable that the Arnault might actually attempt to skip out on classes. Throw in the fact that she had went MIA all summer, still without a very believable excuse for doing so, and Sydney wasn't going to let her get away with making any sort of excuses. She was just a moment too late to hear Adeline trying to do just that, so she focused on the two girls on her side of the door. "Cassidy," she acknowledged, a curt smile falling in place, and only happening at all, because Sydney had manners. Honestly, she still felt like Adeline's home was more her own than Cassidy's, just because Sydney had spent much of her childhood there, but she recognized that now, this place was technically Cassidy's as well, so Sydney would force herself to be polite. The fact that she had just walked over the pair, so she hadn't had the time to overhear what Cassidy and Lani were saying, made being polite possible. Had she heard how suggestive Cassidy was being, her expression certainly would have held more emotional than the relaxed smile that arose when she looked back towards Lani. "Breakfast time?" she proposed, knowing that Lani had mentioned something the night before about wanting to play a role in the meal. That wasn't surprising, and even if the girl hadn't mentioned it, Sydney would have suspected that she would have been up a little earlier, to give herself time to wander down to the kitchen before anyone else. The Arnault's personal chef was superb on her own, but adding in Lani's touch never hurt any meal, that was for sure.

She turned back to the door, seemingly only then remembering that she couldn't run downstairs with Lani just yet, and without bothering to knock, she opened Adeline's door. "Ready, Addy?" she inquired, but by the time that the door was completely open, her question was already answered. The bed head, pajama clad girl definitely didn't look ready, but today, Sydney couldn't be amused by it. She had been gentler to Adeline than she normally would have been yesterday, and that was just because she truly was thrilled to see her after a two month Adeline-drought, but there was no way that Sydney would be okay with running late to school today. Not on the first day of senior year. Not when she needed to make an entrance, and most importantly, make a statement that she was still very strong, and very unbothered, even though she had gotten a couple of texts over the last few days that suggested more people than just herself were aware of Liam breaking up with her. Whether she really was "strong and unbothered" was up for debate, but it wasn't a debate that Sydney would ever allow herself to have. She had to be okay, because she couldn't let anyone, even Liam Koch, hold any sort of emotional power over her. "Really? Did I not specifically set your alarm for you last night, to make sure that you would have enough time to be up and ready by now, so that we could have time to eat together and prepare for the day?" Sydney felt herself growing too tense, too lecture-y, so she pushed the bedroom door open farther, and glanced towards Lani with a distressed expression. "Help me here, Dee. I cannot deal with a tension headache before this day even starts."

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Character Portrait: Anissa Savage Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Adeline Arnault Character Portrait: Sydney Persson Character Portrait: Liam Koch Character Portrait: Hunter Devlin
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Mood: Contemplative Outfit Location: Adeline Arnault's Home



Of course, when Lani didn't want to see someone, that was when every other deity in existence decided that she obviously was asking for those people. Those people, in particular, being Cassidy Knox. Lani, thankfully, already had her forehead leaning against the door, partly in frustration due to Adeline's asinine excuse as to why she wasn't coming. Even if Lani believed for a second that Addy didn't know where her uniforms were, it wasn't like there weren't a bunch of items in Adeline's closet that, if put together, couldn't comprise of the girl's mock outfit for the day. It wasn't like they didn't get away with doing what they will with their uniform any other day of the week. Adeline was just making an excuse. of course, Lani didn't need Cassidy to point that out.

Or be near her.

Yeah, she could have done without the last thing.

It never failed, though, for Lani to have to come to terms with - yet again - that her attraction to Cassidy. Perhaps the person she had become was still a concept Lani had to learn to adapt to - she was one who did not like change, after all - or the fact that they were far more distant than four years ago, but the point was that her visceral attraction to the brunette in question had not abated. It wasn't like anyone - Sydney probably would, and maybe Addy - could actually blame her because Cassidy Knox may have become a bit of a bitch, but she was a pretty bitch. And she knew it. So, when Lani finally allowed herself to meet the
girl's taunting gaze, Cassidy's tongue had swiped over her full lower lip and Lani was transported back to four years ago when she was the one doing that. Her pulse quickened and Lani felt like a twelve year old with how much she felt like her skin was heating. Luckily, the only thing her face gave away was an unimpressed glance and tight press of her own lips. Attractive or not, Cassidy was not about to make Lani any more frustrated on the first day of school than her internal musings from earlier already made her and luckily, the girl had moved on with countering Adeline's statement and making a suggestive statement about Addy that made Lani grit her teeth.

And no, she was not going to acknowledge that minuscule spark of irrational jealousy. Nope, not in the slightest.

"Syd," she greeted, a bit more breathlessly relieved than she had any business to be. It hadn't even occured to Lani that she had not responded to Cassidy at all until her blonde friend had arrived and that just didn't do. all Lani had done was hum noncommittally and willed her pulse to get its shit together. That might have been the competitive I-can-give-as-good-as-I-get side of her speaking a bit more, but she also wasn't typically that responsive towards Cassidy. She was good at brushing her and anyone, really, off when she wanted to. At the same time, she also wasn't one to for silence as her only rebuttal. While Sydney helped herself into Adeline's bedroom, Lani glanced back at Cassidy as she was walking away only to call to the brunette, even while a voice in her head said to leave it alone. But Lani never said she wasn't stubborn, after all. "Oh, and Knox? If you want someone to get a little hot and heavy for you, sweetie, all you've gotta do is ask." Because you'd jump right on that, her traitorous brain taunted her unnecessarily and Lani only raised an eyebrow and smirked at Cassidy, as if daring her to say something else, before she was summoned in the room by Sydney's frustrated plea. Which was great because she sincerely did not have anything in her system to be an actual combatant against Cassidy this early in the morning. So, without sparing the brunette another glance, Lani was entering Adeline's bedroom and closing the door behind her, and not at all feeling like a coward.

As soon as Lani allowed herself to focus, her eyes fell immediately onto the folded clothes in the corner that looked a little similar to Adeline's uniform. Addy," she grumbled with barely a hint of real frustration, but she tossed the insufferable brunette an unimpressed glare as she stormed into the direction of the clothes. With them in hand, she arrived back by Adeline's bed and dumped them there in their still folded glory, placing her hands on her hips. "Shower, and then clothes, and then come downstairs for this breakfast that I did not wake up early to make for you." Lani plopped herself down on Adeline's bed, raising a daring eyebrow at the brunette. "Not leaving until you get moving, babe. Chop chop!"



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Mood: Sneaky ☸ Outfit ☸ Location: Constance Billard's Front Steps



If there was one thing Liam hated having to deal with first thing in the morning, it was his father's deep baritone referring to him as "William" in that disapproving tone that set his pulse racing far faster than any quick morning work out could ever accomplish. It was frustrating. It was painful and Liam Koch didn't do painful, not for himself anyway. David was apparently disappointed - and if there was one word in his father's dictionary that Liam hated the most, it was definitely that one - that Liam hadn't spent the entire summer conditioning, but hiding away in California. Particularly, with Anissa, but that wasn't something Liam had exactly been upfront about. He had told his parents they didn't need to worry about him this summer, that he was actually going to behave for the duration of the break. Which he did. But somehow, he had managed to disappoint his father - nothing new - and had even been referred to as William. It had been enough to make Liam snatch on the first collection of clothes he could find, his messenger bag and wallet, and then jet off before his father could offer to allow him to ride with him to school. He did not need that this early in the semester, no fucking thank you.

Liam didn't receive Hunter's text until he was already at the front of the line at the Starbucks closest to Constance Billard's entrance, ordering his bacon and Gouda sandwich and iced caramel machiatto. Chuckling to himself, he pulled out his phone before giving the cashier his credit card, typing out a quick response to Hunter.

To: Hunter
Already at Starbucks, dude. Want me 2 grab u sumthing?

As Liam waited for his order, he noticed a few of the guys from the soccer team and they all waited at the counter, joking about the upcoming season. Liam was the only one, despite being captain, to miss the two-week conditioning session that had demanded that all of the boys return to New York. It was always threatened that any current member would no longer be a member if they missed conditioning. Liam didn't fall into the category of any regular player on the team. He was captain and there was no argument that he was the best player on the team. Sure, there might be some diamonds in the rough - there always would be, after all - but he was too valuable of a player to kick off out of pride. Besides, the most coach would do, as he had told the boys, would be make him run an extra five miles instead of being on the field in the first practice scrimmage. Which didn't hurt Liam. It just made him hungry, which was an excuse for bomb ass food after school, and kept him fit. After a laugh about that Parata kid who honestly flitted behind Ellison like a lovestruck idiot, Liam's order was called and the boys headed out, kicking the ball Davie faithfully carried as they walked on the sidewalk. Liam bounced the ball on the top of his head in another of the boys' directions when his eyes fell on a familiar brunette on Constance's steps. It was daring, he knew, to do anything that would put attention on himself and Anissa. Especially since Sydney could show up at any point - and he really did need to learn to not think of Sydney Persson without that underlying guilt or any feeling really - but Liam had already thought it through. It was bound to get out fully that he and Sydney were over. There was no point in pretending and if she happened to get hurt by hearing about him and Anissa together at her own school, then that was a personal problem, right?

With a small wave in the others' direction, Liam hurried so that he could remain behind Anissa and wrapped an arm around her waist, kissing the side of her head. "Morning," he greeted with a bright grin, releasing her so that they could face each other. "Fancy seeing you here this early. Sleep okay?"

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Cassidy truly did her best to allow the smile that she offered Sydney to come out genuine looking, but it ended up as nothing more than a sneer. She didn't have the energy yet, this early, to offer any sort of comment to the blonde one, especially when she was already engaging with the other blonde in a risky manner. However, she was pleased that she had chosen Lani to play with, out of the two of them, because the comment that the girl left her with, before disappearing into Adeline's room, instantly brought a smirk to her face. "Noted, baby girl!" she sang, not minding the door already being closed by the time that the words got out. If all it took was saying the word, than Lani was going to make things easier than Cassidy expected. Though she was well aware that the girl was only joining in on the same game that Cassidy was playing, and likely wasn't being serious, Cassidy would take the words for what they were. She wouldn't act on them now, simply because it was far too early, and she was ready for breakfast, but later on in the week, maybe. Maybe at Sydney Persson's Labor Day party, that Cassidy had indirectly been invited to, through the Arnault family connections. Maybe at Hunter's party on Friday. The time and the place didn't matter, so long as Cassidy was sure that she had the upper hand. Previous interactions likely wouldn't have suggested that she held that position, since it had been her who had apparently caught feelings after the one and only time she and Lani had made out, but Cassidy had shut that side of herself off, ever since that day. The colder, the better.

"She's trying to get out of breakfast, again," Cassidy announced, upon entering the kitchen and finding Lauren there. While bringing Adeline's wrong to light was the first thing on her mind, it was difficult to focus on that when she caught a whiff of just how decadent the room smelled. "Butternut squash hash? Pancakes... of some sort? Are these mimosas? Wow, Lauren, you really went hard today," Cassidy commented, truly impressed. Her smile widened into more of an amused grin, when Lauren refused to take full credit for the meal, and insisted that Lani had been the mastermind behind a lot of it. A pretty face, a flawless body, a sharp tongue, and a good hand in the kitchen. I always attract the talented ones, don't I? she thought, only half-seriously as she helped herself to a portion of the Eggs Benedict, and a pancake, once they were ready, before taking a seat at the table.

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A locked bedroom door probably wouldn't have even been enough to keep her friends from forcing her to adhere to their schedule, but that didn't stop Adeline from cursing herself for not locking it, once Sydney barged in. Adeline had spun around as the blonde walked in, and though she only had a second to prepare herself, she wasn't caught off guard by Sydney's annoyance. It was probably deserved, but it was also just how Sydney was. Things had to move at her pace, and when anything threatened to interrupt her plans, or wishes, or desires, you were going to hear about it. Here, it was more understandable than not, but still, it made Adeline want to tell Sydney that she was free to leave with Lani and get to school on time, if she was so desperate to do so. Adeline had people at Constance to impress too, but her presence wasn't nearly as vital as Sydney's or Lani's, and she was completely fine with that. She was okay with being the "sidekick", the one who wasn't the girl that every guy wanted to be with, and every girl wanted to be, or the girl who had the respect of every student and probably employee, too, in the school. Being the best friend of both of those girls forced her to carry some sort of social responsibility too, but sometimes, Adeline wished she didn't even have to deal with that. Thinking that way was a double edged sword, however, considering that Adeline liked her popularity. She thrived on it, really, and there was no way that she would survive in any other clique. Really, it was just times like these, when she wanted to be lazy and bad, that she wished that being a part of her friend group didn't involve so much unity and preparation.

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" Adeline responded, her voice more annoyed than actually apologetic, following Sydney's mini rant, and then request for Lani to help her. Adeline was used to running late, and normally, even though she was usually well aware that she was late, she wouldn't get too stressed about it. She was too comfortable with making people wait, and showing up late to things, that it no longer bothered her. She ran on her own schedule, and she was usually fine with that, until people pressured her. That was when she would grow tense and frantic, and more times than not, emotional. Becoming emotional seemed to be her single solution for solving problems and getting out of trouble. Whenever her poor decisions seemed to catch up to her, she would break down in a fit of "everyone is so mean to me!" and "this is so unfair and wrong!" claims, in an attempt to divert people's demands for her to take responsibility for herself, onto them pitying her. She wasn't even aware of the process behind her actions, enough to do it in a sense where it was calculated like that, like she was trying to con people into pitying her. It had just been the way that she had reacted to things since she was a child, and since it had almost always worked to her benefit, she had never grown out of it.

She shouldn't have been surprised that Lani spotted her poor excuse for missing uniforms in only a matter of seconds, and insisted that Adeline start getting ready before the girls would leave her room. "I'm getting ready, just give me a minute! I showered last night, so I just need to get dressed and stuff. I'll meet you guys down there in a minute." Though normally, she would have preferred to just match together clothes from her wardrobe into a combination that would still abide by the school's dress code, she felt trapped into wearing the more traditional uniform clothes now that she had used that as her excuse. In a bit of a disgruntled manner, she searched through the stack that now sat on her bed, before pulling out one of the short sleeve white button-up shirts, a navy pleated skirt, and a navy cardigan with the school's emblem embroidered on it. It would likely be warm enough outside that she wouldn't need the cardigan, at least once it started to heat up midday, but she was sure some of her classrooms would be air conditioned, and Adeline always found herself too cold, rather than too hot, so she would bring it anyway. With a last second thought, she turned back towards the girls, with her eyes focusing more so on Lani, than Sydney. "Wait, can one of you actually help me pack my bag while I get dressed, to save me time?" she requested, her voice notably becoming less abrasive now as she put on a somewhat forced, sweet smile.

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Originally, Sydney had only called Lani in to allow them to share the responsibility of pushing Adeline into getting ready. However, after a glance at her phone allowed her to notice the time, coupled with that whiny voice Adeline liked to use when she would insist that she wasn't in the wrong for whatever offense she had clearly committed, Sydney was more than willing to pass off that responsibility to Lani, completely. The other blonde had already located Adeline's clothes and had her looking through the pile already, so when Adeline requested only one of them to help her put her school bag together, a playful smirk found its way to Sydney's face, as she looked to Lani with a "sorry, not sorry" expression. "Have fun with that, Lani! I'll be downstairs when you two are finished." As she escaped the bedroom, she insisted to herself that it wasn't wrong of her to leave Lani there. For one, it wasn't like she was actually abandoning them, by heading a few flights down to the kitchen. If Lani really needed her, she could call her back up. Besides, Sydney really did need the time to prepare herself. She would indulge in whatever gourmet food Lani and the chef had put together, sure, but she also needed some time to mentally prepare herself for senior year. She was already worrying that some dumb group of ignorant freshman would be standing in her spot in the courtyard, if they actually ended up getting to school later than planned, and dealing with Adeline at this hour was destined to give her gray hair before they even left the house. Feeling this way was a stark contrast to how Sydney had felt days ago, about her MIA best friend, but that was just how Sydney was. She could be sensitive and compassionate and caring, but more frequently than not, she had to be selfish and focus on herself and her reputation. It was confirmed that Adeline was alive, and though she was still concerned about her friend lying to her - and yes, Sydney was convinced that the excuse that Adeline had spent the summer with her mother was a lie - she tried not to focus on that right now. There was absolutely no way that any sane person would choose to believe that Adeline Arnault would willingly take a summer off from technology, as if it were somehow going to renew her, but Sydney would let Addy believe that she and Lani believed that until this school day was over, and she had time to approach that. Right now, breakfast was her main concern.

...Or at least that was what she told herself, until she actually reached the kitchen, and found Cassidy already seated there, with a full plate in front of her, and a berry mimosa not far from reach. With a quick, yet sincere greeting to Lauren, Sydney made herself a plate as well, unable to resist putting a little bit of everything on it. A mere sniff of the beverage indicated that it was a virgin mimosa, which wasn't all that surprising, but at Adeline's house, you could never be quite sure. Sydney's nerves indicated that a non-virgin mimosa would have been pretty nice anyway, but she would never do that to herself. While Sydney enjoyed drinking at parties and the likes, she was never the type to go overboard with drinking, and she certainly would never do it before school. She hated the thought of losing her inhibitions and control over her emotions, and that was exactly what too much alcohol did to her.

Although Sydney had no desire to socialize with Cassidy Knox, she also wasn't going to ignore her, especially with Lauren nearby. Staff or not, being rude for what would appear to be no reason, wouldn't do Sydney's reputation any good. She chose a seat across from Cassidy, and the curt smile from earlier, reappeared. After a sip of the mimosa, she addressed the girl. "I heard that your mother and Bernard's wedding was small. So small that Adeline didn't even feel the need to return from California to attend it. Were you there?"

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If it wasn't for the pleading look Adeline sent particularly her way, Lani would have found it in her to glare at Sydney before the blonde slipped out of the room, leaving her to assist with making sure Adeline didn't try to ditch them to be late for school. Though, a second later, this wasn't a difficult task for her. As much as she liked to call it just being responsible and being a supportive friend, Lani was a mother hen and her most prolific mother-henning occurred whenever Adeline was involved. Besides, when it came to her and Sydney's favorite brunette, Lani...well, Lani caved. Especially when Addy gave that little puppy dog look. It was sad and Lani was pathetic for falling for it, but unless she was hard-pressed to get something or somewhere, or genuinely wasn't in the mood - that look usually worked on her far better than Sydney. But I'm the one that scares people, she couldn't help but think when she was reminded, every single time, how well those who were close to Lani had her wrapped around their fingers.

It probably helped, too, that she was the one helping Adeline instead of Sydney. Both Sydney and Adeline were only children and sometimes, as much as she loved both girls, it showed. Sydney's impatience for anyone who didn't adhere to her schedule and Adeline's reluctance to acquiesce to any demand that wasn't an authority she considered viable and noteworthy created a very colorful, for lack of better terms, environment. Adeline was usually compliant to Sydney, but there were moments where her only child syndrome shone brightly. And then Sydney's would emerge and it was a hassle. Lani, despite occasionally feeling displaced due to the length of time the other two girls had known one another, served as an equilibrium of sorts. She was used to having to be patient. Sure, she dished out as much tough love as her kui fefine - her brothers could attest to that, after all, with being woken up by ice water when they were later than late for school. But, she had also learned to balance her own needs with someone else's, a bit of a training from Kuini Amasio. So, whenever Adeline got into one of her moods or seemed as if she wasn't automatically going to follow Sydney's demands (which was always going to cause her strife, Lani didn't know why Addy forgot this little fact every single time), Lani stepped in, just like the big little sister she had always been. Somehow, that made their group work. So, despite putting on a long-suffering grin with the tiniest hint of narrowing her eyes, Lani trudged to her feet in search of one of Adeline's bags. Considering the fact that the girl never wore anything that wasn't designer, Lani wasn't surprised to see that the only bag she had out, the one leaning against her desk, was a black Proenza.

"What, no Hermes today?" Lani couldn't help but tease, tossing a smirk over her shoulder at Adeline before focusing on getting her things together. She knew the brunette took French and, from what she remembered, they shared the same chemistry class and home room. So, Lani put those text books in the bag along with three notebooks and pens that had been laid out for the day. "What other classes do you have this year? Anything else I should be putting in here?"



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Anissa relaxed instantly in his hold once she realized it was him and it made Liam smirk, unconsciously. It should have made him feel guilty, him feeling infinitely more powerful knowing that he had her right where he wanted her, but it was too early for guilt and trivial things like sentimental bullshit. Not that Liam liked sparing such time in the first place, but still. He shouldn't really have to feel bad. For now, Anissa was getting what she wanted from this thing and Liam was assured that the paparazzi and what-not would be getting glimpses of two powerful families definitely getting along. It helped that, in his own way, Liam liked Anissa. She was definitely attractive; what they had wouldn't work if Liam wasn't even remotely attracted to her. He would have had to disappoint David again and as much as he was loathe to do that, he would. Soon, she was turning in his arms to face him and Liam softened his face, a small quirk at the corner of his mouth resembling a smile.

While Anissa was rightfully - and smartly - scared of the oncoming drama, especially considering the fact that if any of Sydney's minions were present, they could easily give her a heads-up, Liam was ecstatic. Perhaps that said something about him psychologically, which a few of his classmates would jump at the opportunity to attest to, but the simple fact of the matter was that he enjoyed drama. He could act as chilled and as fun as the next teenage boy, but he was also one that had grown up in the middle of the Upper East Side's sordid, scandalous and drama-filled hellhole. There was no way he couldn't derive pleasure from a bit of tension, especially when knowing that he was getting under someone's skin. Specifically, when that person happened to be considered queen bee. There was that other part of him, sure, that felt like he needed to slow down, be as cautious and sensitive as Anissa. But it was for an entirely different reason than her, a reason he didn't really want to acknowledge. So, instead of facing that music, Liam made his smile more reassuring and rubbed his free hand up and down Anissa's back for comfort. "Hey," he murmured softly, hand going up one more time so that he could graze Anissa's hair, tucking a few strands behind an ear before cradling the side of her head gently. "I can't...I can't lie to you and say that things won't get...maybe a bit messy. It's Sydney Persson, you know how she can be. She'll cause a shit storm if someone accidentally breathes in her Chanel No. 9 wrong. What I will say is that I promise you that there is nothing I won't protect you from. You've been so great to me and so fucking supportive. I wouldn't leave you to the wolves like that. And if Syd has a problem, she know who she can turn to."

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"My dad got that for me or else I totally would be using a Hermes!" Adeline justified with a similar playful smile to the one that Lani was sporting, though she wasn't truly being defensive. "It was his attempt at making up with me after forcing me to spend my summer in hell." She didn't catch herself actually describing her treatment facility until it had already been said, but since she hadn't been specific, she didn't worry about it much. Even though she actually did like her mother's house, and spending time there, she figured that she could conjure up some story about how it had suddenly became a synonym for hell, if she was pressed on it. It didn't seem like Lani would press it though, since she obliged to Adeline's original request and seemed to look for things to fill the backpack with. Adeline appreciated it, because she really did need the help, but with her school clothes in her hand, slipped into the bathroom attached to the room, as Lani looked. "Um, I'm not sure," she responded, to the question that came a minute or so later. "Whatever you put in is probably good. I'll be fine!" Her shirt was only buttoned up halfway at this point, and she was still sporting pajama pants, but she opened the bathroom door and looked in Lani's direction. She wasn't sure if sharing this information now was the best choice she would make all day, but she didn't want it weighing her down, either. Might as well share the burden (and possibly, the future blame), with Lani, too and being impulsive was one of Adeline's specialties, anyway. "Wait, Lani, so, I totally did want you to help me, and stuff, because I love you, but like, I also needed to get your opinion on something, okay?" She didn't wait for a response, and just jumped right into it. "So, what would you do, if you were coming home from somewhere and at the airport, you literally saw, with your own eyes, a guy who you knew was dating one of your best friends, kissing some other girl. Obviously you would have texted him, right? And told him that he needs to pick one or the other, because he was not going to get away with doing that to your best friend? And obviously you would have thought that he was going to drop his little side hoe, but okay... then what would you do if he didn't? He actually broke up with your best friend and now it's basically your fault and you don't want her to kill you?" Though it was likely very obvious that she was talking about Sydney's situation, once all had been said, it still seemed necessary to keep the characters in the story nameless, as if she truly could get away with asking for impartial advice.

"And that's why I can't just go down there and eat with her!" she exclaimed, peaking her head out of the bathroom doorway again, after a short pause as she fastened her skirt in place. She hadn't confessed...or somewhat confessed, to knowing anything more about Liam and Sydney's breakup than what Sydney had told them, with the original intentions of linking it to her own eating situation, that she wasn't eager to face this morning, but when she thought about it, it seemed like it was worth a try. "It would be like that story in the Bible, remember? Like, the one before Jesus died, or whatever, when that one guy was the traitor and knew he was going to screw Jesus over, or maybe he already did screw him over, but he ate with him and pretended like he was a good friend or something, and then he basically killed him! You know what I'm talking about, right? I'm literally the guy who killed Jesus and I think it would be super rude to eat with her as if nothing was wrong." Adeline's father, a devout Catholic, would have probably done more than cringed if he had heard her interpretation of The Last Supper story. She attended church masses ever week, nearly, for her entire life, but just like in school, her physical presence somewhere rarely automatically meant that she was mentally present for it, too. She turned then, to her bathroom's vanity and grabbed her hair brush and the small handful of makeup that she would need, and returned to the main area of her bedroom, fully clothed, minus her shoes, as she awaited Lani's response. Her hair wasn't all that difficult to tame after brushing it out a few times, and she slipped a headband onto it, as its finishing touch. Her makeup was simple too, basically just consisting of a thin layer of eye liner, mascara, and a coat of lip gloss.

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Lani only snickered at Adeline's defense, the subtle shaking of her shoulders the only hint to her reaction as her back was still facing the Arnault heiress. She did, though, pause for a fraction of a second at her calling her mother's home "hell," which was the complete opposite of any and everything Adeline ever said about her mother's home. She wasn't always her happiest there, but there was still an irrefutable difference between the authority figure Adeline's mom was and the one her dad was. And considering that her mom's house was usually considered an escape, what she said gave Lani pause for a moment, but she continued what she was doing. Lani would just have to file that away for later, when her stomach didn't protest not having already eaten. Heeding Adeline's suggestion, Lani packed an extra notebook just in case and a spare lip balm she recognized as one of Adeline's favorites. It probably spoke to the fact that Lani herself kept lip balms and glosses on hand no matter where she was going, but there was no point in not being prepared. And Adeline rarely - if ever - was actually as prepared, so Lani felt like all she was doing was having the other girl's best interests at heart. Satisfied with the inventory and that the bag wasn't heavy, Lani set it on the desk before plopping herself in the chair in front of it, whirling it around to face Adeline.

Considering the fact that Adeline continued speaking without much of a pause, the girl didn't catch Lani's curious head tilt nor the raised eyebrows the second Adeline admitted that she had something to say. But those reactions occurred and as she listened, Lani crossed one long leg over the other and folded her arms, confused. The confusion, however, didn't last for long. It wasn't exactly a difficult process, connecting the actual dots and before long, Lani's face was neutral. Even if she was absolutely livid. "You're telling me that that kulî cheated on Sydney?" It wasn't exactly a rhetorical question; Lani didn't expect an actual response. But the words came out on a low hiss, her voice still relatively calm despite the slowing burning rage. Because she had said it from the beginning - Liam could not be trusted! Lani had felt that from the second the two of them had met. Had even warned Sydney against sleeping with him when she did actually tell them. But no, she was ignored. Told that it was hardly that serious...until Sydney was so called dating him and Lani couldn't do shit about it because she was at the American embassy in Spain and -

"You should've told me before you even thought to text him," she then said, a bit of her contained rage directed at Adeline, though only temporarily. It made sense that Adeline wasn't the one who was upfront; that was usually Sydney and Lani, though Lani was definitely a bit more volatile than either of them. That was one reason why she couldn't be like a lot of the Upper East Side girls. Lani was pent-up, carefully-contained energy that when unleashed, still needed to be maintained lest an actual tsunami were to hit. Once she was angry, it was hard to actually calm her down, which was why she wasn't reacting the way she wanted to, the way her nerves were just itching for her to lash out as. She couldn't even laugh, as a fellow Roman Catholic, at Adeline's obviously horrendous take on the story of Jesus being betrayed by one of his disciples. That was for another time and another, less serious discussion. "While I ignore the fact that you just butchered my religion, I'm still - that ngata! I can't believe his bitch ass..." Lani was pissed and it showed as her leg shook, her left foot tapping erratically against the floor. It was too late for going after Liam in the way Lani wanted to, but now she had to deal with Sydney. And actually telling her. "We've gotta tell her...before we get to school. The last thing I'm dealing with is being bitched out 'cuz some dumb ass wannabe decided to run her mouth before we get a chance to warn Sydney first." A second later and it hit her. "Did you see who it was? The girl? Who was he with?" It wouldn't change the fact that Lani was pissed, and most definitely at Liam, but she needed to know.

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Adeline didn't know what she was expecting from telling Lani what she knew. In an ideal world, all she wanted to be reassured that what she had done was right, and that it was okay for her to not tell Sydney, and have to deal with that confrontation and drama. It probably would have been one thing if, like Lani said, Adeline had been upfront with her and/or Sydney right after this happened, days ago. Now she was probably guilty, to some extent, in friendship laws, for withholding the information for days, on top of already feeling guilty for being the one to initiate the breakup. She could deal with Lani knowing that she had been in the wrong, since while intimidating at times, like now, when her voice grew tenser and her body language suggested that she was ready to kill someone, she knew that she could get away with doing more with Lani, and not being snapped at for it, in a serious way. With Sydney though, it only took one little thing for her to receive the silent treatment for a day, and though Adeline was very used to this being a part of their relationship, it still made her nervous. She disliked Sydney being angry with her, and she already felt like she was walking on thin ice with running late this morning. What better way to ruin the day, even more, than to admit that she had known that Liam was cheating on her, and was possibly going to break up with her before it happened, and she remained silent?

Lani's reasoning that they needed to say something before someone else did made sense, but still, Adeline wasn't one for taking responsibility or dealing with confrontations. She liked drama when it didn't involve her, but this didn't fall into that category. "Lani, we can't!" Adeline exclaimed, though it came out as more of a plea than an order. "She'll kill me, I promise. You know she's going to be mad at me for not telling her. If we tell her, you have to say that you saw it or something! Or that someone told you. She won't kill you, but she'll definitely kill me, Dee." She reached down and grabbed Lani's hand in a move that probably seemed dramatic, but being dramatic was Adeline's second nature. Regardless what was happening, there was a good chance that Addy's reaction to it would be overly emotional or self-victimizing, and while part of it truly was nothing short of her being dramatic, she also did get anxious easily over situations like this. Having her friends hate her, or desert her, was a genuine fear that she possessed. She felt like her grasp on the girl's hand would somehow ensure that she would listen to her better, or maybe having a tendency to be physically touchy was more of Adeline trying to force herself to focus on whoever she was talking to, better. Either way, touching and grabbing and hugging and pulling on people was a frequent way she dealt with her friends, and she was half-tempted to straddle Lani's seated figure, as if being that close would somehow stress her point even more. "Okay, wait," she then said, a new idea coming to mind. "What if you guys go down and have breakfast and stuff, and then you take a car with her, and you tell her in the car? I'll just meet you guys at school after you tell her." It spoke to Adeline's personality in more ways than one, that she was more concerned with facing Sydney's wrath than allowing Sydney to seek vengeance, or at least be on an even playing field with Liam. The immediate shock of seeing that he was cheating on her had hit her days ago, when she was already in an emotionally tumultuous situation, so she had already dealt with what Lani was feeling now.

She had put off responding to Lani's final question, but it felt too awkward and in turn, suspicious, to not answer it at all, but Adeline couldn't think quickly enough to give a good answer. She didn't want to sell out Anissa because they were friends. Whether that "were" was something that would remain a present tense verb, or would turn into "had been" after all of this, was still up for debate. What Adeline had seen ahd completely incriminated Anissa, and there was no way that the aspiring singer wasn't guilty of what Adeline knew she saw. At the same time, Adeline wanted her to be. She wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, or at least an opportunity to deny the accusations and mend the situation on her own, and Adeline felt like she owed her some sort of loyalty, if in no other way, than just by giving her a heads up before she sold her out to Sydney. Now, Adeline had gotten herself into a mess where she doubted she would have the time for that. While anyone who was even remotely good at quick thinking would have claimed that the girl was someone that they didn't recognize at all, or framed someone they didn't like as being "the other woman", Adeline didn't do that. She would have, if she had given herself a moment to think, but she was already panicking and in too deep. "I don't...I don't remember who he was with," she said, biting her lower lip before tightening her grip on Lani's hand in a pleading attempt to get her to agree with her. "But you heard Sydney, before. She doesn't want to be stressed for the first day. And you made a nice breakfast, right? Shouldn't we wait? I don't want her to get mad at us but I know you're right, like, we don't want someone else to tell her, because that would be totally embarrassing for her."

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Lani didn't even attempt to hide her unimpressed eye roll when Adeline immediately began a tirade on how they just could not tell Sydney. It didn't surprise her and while the brunette beauty grabbed Lani's hand and Lani didn't pull away, she didn't fail to offer a glare. No matter how much Adeline's desire to not cause Sydney stress made sense and was sweet in its own twisted way, them not saying a thing on the matter was only going to get them both in trouble. And like Sydney wanted a stress-free first day of school, Lani wanted as stress-free a senior year as possible. She wanted to be able to devote all of her time to applying for college, making life decisions and enjoying however long she had left in New York before life pulled her away. And while it was never an easy time being in Manhattan, she was not about to start all of it off with one of her best friends pissed with her. Not only, like Adeline, did she depend inexorably on her friendships, Lani was thinking of herself in terms of she didn't need this on her conscious. She was strategic, after all, and there were only some secrets she was willing to keep from her friends. This was not one of them and maybe that spoke on that darker part of her that wanted Sydney mad at Liam enough to want to exact revenge or do something his ass would never forget. He had always rubbed her the wrong way and now he had done her girl wrong. She wanted to see him pay, regardless of what Sydney wanted. Besides, on a less selfish note, Sydney deserved the truth, no matter if Adeline felt like she would be in trouble.

"We are going to breakfast," she stated, staring dead center into Adeline's eyes to convey her seriousness. "There's no point in running scared or keeping quiet. It's gonna get out, whether we tell her together or I tell her alone, and she's going to have both of her best friends by her side when she finds out. Simple as that." Lani was curt and didn't hesitate to pull away from Adeline's hold, standing abruptly so that she could head towards the bedroom door. Lani didn't believe in not telling Sydney, but she could deviate from the truth...just a bit. If only to appease Adeline and get her to bring herself downstairs because Lani was not about to have her breakfast go to waste nor was she going to have one friend avoiding the other. It would make whatever story she told unreliable and completely fabricated because Adeline would be too far away to realistically react on the news if shared with Sydney. What she wanted to do, more than tell Sydney, was to punch Liam in his narcissistic, selfish and pretentious mouth, but that was just going to have to be at a later date. So, she glanced back at the brunette. "It's gonna be both our asses if we don't get downstairs and eat to leave on time. Grab your stuff and let's go. I'll figure it out, but I'm not leaving without you."

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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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Sydney wouldn't answer Cassidy. She didn't need to be "warned" about Adeline's made-up cocaine problem, or that Cassidy had disgusting fantasies about Lani and Addy worshiping her. Neither of those issues would be concerns in reality, and after Cassidy had somehow managed to find her way under Sydney's skin, she refused to acknowledge her any further. Though she probably appeared more tense, Sydney wasn't actually frazzled or bothered looking. Maybe her friends would be able to pick up on her seeming more forced-composed than usual, but that could also just be attributed to the stress of today, so she wasn't worried about it. While Cassidy left the table to do whatever she was doing, Sydney focused on the plate in front of her, and calming her nerves. 'Stop freaking out over some atrocious loser. She's irrelevant, and obviously a pathological liar. Today's going to be fine. Lani's taking care of Addy, this food is amazing, and you're in every single one of the classes that you wanted to be in. Today's going to go so smoothly, and as long as you focus on keeping out the negative thoughts, you'll be fine. Nothing to worry about.' Some would probably be surprised that the all-powerful, and always-in-control Sydney Persson would actually lose that control sometimes, but then again, she was human. Even when she was tearing people down, banishing them from the social scene, and destroying their social lives, she was human. She dealt with intrusive negative thoughts just like everyone else, and frequently had to talk herself back up to keep from losing her cool. She was surprised at herself for even letting Cassidy bother her slightly, but she would acknowledge that maybe she had underestimated Cassidy's wit. She could come back at Sydney almost as fast as Sydney came for her, and though Sydney didn't appreciate it right now, it was an admirable trait overall.

When Lani and Adeline finally entered the kitchen, a glance at the time made Sydney want to criticize them, even though, without a doubt, it would have taken Adeline double that time to have gotten ready without Lani up there. After Cassidy had thrown off her vibes, though, she refused to allow herself to be any more of a negative energy. Instead, she pushed away the worries of being late (and "late" for Sydney, meant getting to school any later than ten minutes before homeroom began), and smiled at her friends. She relaxed herself as Adeline sought adoration for getting ready so quickly, and nodded slightly. "I'm impressed, and you look cute too," she said, raising her eyebrows slightly as she looked over a pretty traditional version of the Constance Billard uniform. A girl like Adeline could wear a garbage bag and still somehow manage to make it look good. When she turned to Lani, her smile widened just a bit. "You and Lauren seriously did good with this meal, Dee. I'm not surprised, considering it's you, but this is totally first-day-of-school worthy," she praised, before a forkful of pancakes found its way into her mouth. There was no insincerity involved there, and that was probably obvious, considering that Sydney didn't just dish out compliments for no reason. There was no use in inflating people's egos, if it wasn't true, she always insisted to herself, but when there were events that truly impressed her, it was always necessary to let the achiever know. Adeline getting ready by now was impressive considering Adeline's tendencies, and this breakfast was impressive, probably by anyone's standards. She refused to acknowledge Cassidy's presence in the kitchen still, and reminded herself that she was irrelevant. No need to focus on the negative. "These mimosas were the perfect touch too," she said, raising her glass slightly after taking another sip of it. She held herself back, again, from being snappy and telling the two to hurry up and make plates, so they could get on with things. They had time, and she knew it. She didn't want to be so early that they were standing around the courtyard forever, especially if there was a chance that she would have to see Liam across the street going into St. Jude's, but she also didn't want to miss anything that might happen, in the early time before classes began. With that in mind though, she did remind herself that nothing noteworthy would really happen if she and her girls weren't there. No one else in the student body was quite as important, Sydney thought.

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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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Though Cassidy saw Avan's text as she headed towards the refrigerator, she didn't have time to react to it with anything more than a sneer, before footsteps and voices signaled that the other two girls were down now, too. "Wow, the other two Powerpuff Girls finally made it. Just in time too, since I was about to help myself to one of your mimosas." She wasn't really, but suggesting that she was more than comfortable doing so seemed like a necessary addition to the conversation. Looking at the situation from afar, one would probably wonder whether Cassidy actually thought that she was welcome here, having breakfast with three girls who were arguably the most popular girls in school, and each of whom, disliked her for various reasons. She wasn't dumb, and she was very aware of the fact that the girls probably wanted to eat as a trio, rather than a quad. She was playing dumb to that...but in a way where it was probably clear that she was purposely playing dumb. She was sticking around not because she wanted to seem like she thought that they liked her, but because she wanted them to know that she could be aware of them disliking her, but that didn't change the fact that she could be there if she wanted to be there.

That was just how Cassidy worked in general, though. She was smart. She knew how to play her cards, and she knew how to pick and choose when she wanted to be the Cassidy that provoked and instigated and goaded people into giving her the reaction to looking for. She liked seeing people get bothered by her, whether it was in that "hot and bothered" way that Lani had referenced earlier, or just plain and obvious "bothered", where they were nothing short of angry and annoyed at her. That side of Cassidy was the one that people liked to deem a bully; the one that was unnecessarily mean and liked to hit below the belt. At the same time, she knew when she would be fighting a losing battle. Would she ever make a snide comment to Lani Ellison when she was surrounded by her student government peers? When they were in the middle of a debate in their United States government class? Absolutely not. Cassidy liked having the upper hand--no, she loved it, and if she felt, even for a second, like there was a chance that that was going to backfire on her, that she would be transported back into her younger years, where she was being the one ganged up on and tormented, than she wouldn't test it. The only reason that she felt like continuing on now, when it was technically a three versus one situation, was because this was a safe zone for her. Lani and Sydney were smart, and the two of them, outside of her house, would be a pair that no one would want to set themselves up against, Cassidy included. Adeline was an easy target for anyone, Cassidy thought, even though socially, she was untouchable compared to most people. In her own home though, no one was out of reach, especially when she had more leverage than just being able to claim that she wasn't out of line, because it was her own space. She had enough dirt on her stepsister to keep the other two girls at bay, if she played her cards right. Sydney tried to put her down a bit too harshly? Lani wanted to shove her position of power in Cassidy's face? That was no problem, because Cassidy had the knowledge to force Adeline to quiet them down. If she wasn't going to use the eating disorder against her (which honestly, wasn't above Cassidy), then she could press the pretend cocaine issue and actually frame Adeline for being a druggie, or she could even reopen that fun little hookup between Addy and Ness, that Cassidy hadn't actually seen happen, but had enough evidence to piece together. What else was she to expect, after almost being run over by a frazzled looking Ness, leaving a bedroom that she then discovered Adeline in, drunkenly insisting that she hadn't kissed Ness, before Cassidy had even had a second to insinuate it.

"Blossom's right," Cassidy said, continuing her Powerpuff Girls reference. Deciding whether Sydney or Lani would receive the head character's name had actually been a bit of a struggle, and she had only gifted it to Sydney because if Sydney hadn't been Blossom, she would have had to have been Buttercup. Out of the three girls, Lani was likely the one who Cassidy felt she could get to be the most aggressive, verbally or physically, and that seemed more fitting to Buttercup. "The food's delicious. Total wifey goals," she said, only somewhat mockingly, as she smirked at Lani. With her glass of water, she now returned towards the table, and her eyes fell upon Adeline, who sat one beside her space at the table. "Should I make you a plate, Bubbles, or do you think you're ready to do all of that scary stuff on your own?" It was said with a coy smile, one that couldn't even be played off with the feigned sweet innocence in her voice as she offered to help. It wasn't a sincere and kind offer, but rather, a reminder for Adeline to watch herself, even though she hadn't done anything wrong yet.

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Mood: Contemplative Outfit Location: Adeline Arnault's Home



Adeline was tense when they arrived into the kitchen area and Lani fought the urge to roll her eyes at the girl's weak attempt to not look like she was in her own funeral march. She loved Adeline dearly, but there were moments when her dramatics were a bit much, even for Lani. It probably was more of irritation at the fact that Cassidy was still there or even just what she had learned, but there was no denying that she was really wishing that she had champagne and white wine before Lauren had caught up with her when she had first begun cooking. "Thanks babe," Lani greeted, not even attempting to specify whom she was speaking, even as she flushed at Cassidy's untrustworthy compliment. Not when she had this snide little smirk on her face. Of course, it didn't stop the swell of pride in her chest to stop making her smile just slightly. She wasn't that immune or detached from showing the girl emotion that she couldn't be driven to gratitude by someone acknowledging her burgeoning cooking schools. At the same time, at least with Sydney, she trusted that there was no backwards fuckery going on. So, the only thing she said that was specifically to Cassidy was her shutting down the girl getting Adeline anything to eat, "You don't need to worry about her. I've got it."


Without waiting for Adeline to attempt to answer Cassidy and hoping that she didn't because Lani honestly wouldn't have been surprised if she ended up spilling the contents of their conversation in front of an unwanted listener, Lani headed over to the counter and grabbed the plates. She briefly pouted at the fact that the pancake souffle slices were not on separate plates. Either way, however, they looked fluffy and delicious, so she didn't hesitate to drizzle them with crème anglaise before bringing them to the table. She set one in front of Adeline and the other in front of the chair beside Sydney, locking eyes with Adeline for just a second, a hopeful note in her gaze for the other girl to loosen up. "Hunter's having a party tomorrow night or do we have fancier plans than keggers and beer pong," she decided to go with since out of the three of them, Adeline loved a good party. She could be the life of one, if she didn't black out or something first. It wasn't like Sydney usually skipped out on Hunter's parties since they usually were awesome and while Lani could be classy, she could appreciate a good beer every now and then. Plus, it always felt better partying in a pair of shorts or something, as opposed to some hundred dollar attire Lani had to be classy for. A small smile on her face again, Lani turned a teasing glance Cassidy's way, deciding to sass her since she wanted to continue this taunting PowerPuff Girls routine. "What about you, Princess Morbucks? Or is it Mojo Jojo? There's so many secondary characters to choose from, let me know when one just speaks to your soul, okay babe? We can make this a thing." Lani filled up two flutes with mimosas, along with two separate ones of water - which made Lauren, who had re-entered the kitchen, eye her skeptically - and carefully carried them to the table. After she had set a water and mimosa down for Adeline, Lani was seating herself and digging into her food. They'd have to leave soon anyway.

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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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Though, arguably, Sydney had done the same exact thing just minutes before, she couldn't understand why Lani was even humoring Cassidy. It was only egging her on, she thought, and every word that came out of Cassidy's mouth made Sydney's eyes grow narrower. If the girl had returned to the table to sit down, Sydney would have actually told her to get up, just because she had reached her limit with Cassidy, but luckily, she didn't. She didn't leave them without offering one last flirtatious remark to Lani, and referencing some sort of "VIP treatment" involving Adeline and Ness Oberlin, which only intensified the confusion that Sydney was feeling. The mere fact that Cassidy seemed to be a supplier of rumors today, first with the Adeline-cocaine-addiction, then with her and Lani somehow playing a role in that, and now some sort of connection between Adeline and the very random Ness Oberlin, at a party that Sydney and Lani had both been at, too. Sydney still held very little doubt in her mind that everything that Cassidy said was fictitious, and just a ploy at getting them riled up over nothing, but it didn't stop her from allowing her eyes to rest on Adeline, as the unwanted girl left the kitchen. Did she want to go there? Did she want to press what Cassidy had just said? Did she want to comment on how she actually felt bad for Adeline for once, that she had to live with that monster? Did she want to tell Lani that she was dumb for playing along with Cassidy, and that it disgusted her? On a normal day, Sydney would have touched upon each and every one of those topics in one sitting, but she refrained herself for now. Positive thoughts! Positive thoughts! she rehearsed, over and over in her head, as she took a few more bites of the food on her plate.

"She, alone, makes me want to find better plans," Sydney eventually answered the question that Lani had left off with a minute before. Hunter's parties were usually fun. They didn't align with the typical fun that Sydney liked having, but every now and then she could let loose. They were in high school, after all, so it seemed necessary to indulge in a few "typical" house parties, like the ones you would see in movies that starred kids who lived in the suburbs. With her party on Sunday, and her own plans to take a seaplane out to her Hamptons home on Saturday (possibly with her girls, too), left her weekend booked, she really didn't have any plans for Friday. She had envisioned that she would spend the afternoon preparing for the weekend, and maybe doing some light shopping, as well. Her schedule was definitely flexible enough to allow for a couple of hours at the Devlin residence, but after this morning, and the promise that Cassidy left Lani with, Sydney didn't know if it would be worth it. She had thought that Lani was just as sickened with Cassidy as she was, after that time when she caught the two of them getting more comfortable than Sydney liked seeing, because Sydney had made it very clear that she thought that Lani was the "innocent" party in the two. She didn't go so far as to claim that Cassidy was assaulting Lani, because even Sydney knew not to be that dramatic, but she gave Lani the benefit of the doubt for being intoxicated, and didn't give that to Cassidy, just because of who she was. She still trusted that Lani wouldn't be so stupid as to ever do anything again with the girl, but the way that their back-and-forths had somehow seemed more teasing than Sydney's to Cassidy, left her feeling a bit thrown off. "If you text him back before I get a chance to, tell him we'll come, though. I'm not against bailing on one of his parties, if we decide to do something more upscale," she then added, with a light shrug. It was likely that Sydney would look for better plans, anyway, considering that she knew that Liam would likely be there, given his friendship with Hunter, and with their breakup being so fresh and unexpected, she didn't want to see his face so soon. Definitely not when there would be alcohol involved, too.

When she felt like she wasn't acting as upbeat and positive as she was really striving to be, despite all that this morning had offered, she forced a wider smile on her face, pointing a forkful of pancakes in Lani's direction. "Sucks that you're stuck being Buttercup. She was always my least favorite one," she claimed, teasingly, before popping the food into her mouth.

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It took just a few words out of Cassidy's mouth to have Adeline wanting to crawl back into bed faster than the speed of light. She was being so brazen with what she was saying, right in front of the girls when she knew, good and well, that Adeline didn't want them to know about anything. She was almost grateful that Lani had jumped in and rejected the idea of Cassidy making Adeline a plate, in favor of her doing so herself. Then, Lani came over with the pancakes that looked so good and God, did they smell good too... but the calories! Pancakes weren't one of her "safe foods" and ones delicately topped with that sweet looking crème anglaise definitely weren't! But Lani had made them... And she seemed insistent on them all eating it... Sydney and Cassidy both claimed that they tasted really good... She hadn't eaten in nearly eighteen hours... And she didn't want to seem suspicious... While debating back and forth over whether she should eat them or not, she used her fork and knife to saw away at the souffle pancake, cutting it into tiny pieces. She was grateful when Cassidy left, because not only did she not want her watching her while she ate... or didn't... but the things that were coming out of her mouth were giving more anxiety than the food in front of her. The comment about Ness Oberlin nearly made Adeline's jaw drop, but she caught herself before giving away an obviously caught reaction. Adeline had made out with the girl for just a few quick seconds the spring before, and though she had been beyond drunk that night, she had been convinced that no one knew about it. Cassidy bringing it up, and then going so far as to suggest that she would do the same thing to herself and Lani, made Adeline's face heat up. She scoffed in forced disgust at the entire idea, hoping to leave it at that since Cassidy was then gone, and went back to cutting away at her food.

"I'm up for a party," Adeline agreed, as her eyes met Lani's as she reached for her water. Cassidy was gone, which was a relief on one hand, but Adeline feared that that meant that Lani was going to bring up Liam now, and that definitely made her nervous. Thankfully, Sydney took the bait for the lighter conversation topic too. "I didn't like her either, she was always the mean one," Adeline agreed with a quick nod, as she finished sipping her water and placed it down in time to crack a real smile. "So...she probably should have called you that, Syd." Well, to Adeline, everyone was mean. Today, Sydney was mean for yelling at her about not being ready, and though Lani was also mean for not forgetting about the Liam-cheating-on-Sydney thing, and insisting that they bring it up, Sydney would have to go down as the one out of the two who was meaner, overall. Lani was easier to crack than Sydney, as shown with her actually helping her get her bag ready, and if anyone had a real, true inherent leadership vibe to her, like Blossom did, it would have to be Lani. Adeline wouldn't object to her being called Bubbles, but only because she thought it was being used because of course, she was the sweetest and nicest of the bunch-- the one who could do no wrong. Not because Bubbles was probably the most weakest one out of the group, emotionally. Although there was a part of her that told her it was wrong to even be teasingly fresh with Sydney, because of the bomb Lani would be dropping on her soon enough, she felt like being playful would hopefully delay that for as long as possible. And with the look that Lani had given her while bringing up Hunter's party, Adeline just felt like she was doing what she was supposed to do. "But let's go! I've been alcohol free all summer, I totally need to get drunk," she sighed, as if being without alcohol for that long was a travesty in itself. Again, though, she didn't realize in the moment that that probably didn't fit the description of her mother's house that she was used to giving the girls. "And I need to find something to wear on Sunday. White is totally not flattering on me, so it might be a struggle."

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Lani did nothing more than raise an eyebrow at Cassidy's response about being the professor, chuckling under her breath as her fork slid through the pancake slice. As much as she enjoyed not being at odds with Cassidy, which had been where their relationship fell once the incident that shall not be actually called what it is had occurred, there were more important things. One of those things happened to be the moist piece of cake that was coated in the sweet sauce she had made to go with it. The other was the Liam-is-a-cheating-dog-that-needs-to-get-neutered. However, Lani wasn't particularly captivated enough by the spots of berries of the dessert-like breakfast item to not catch on to Cassidy's reference to Adeline and Ness. It wrung out of Lani a quick head turn in Adeline's direction just in time to see the girl's face heat up just before the girl scrunched up her nose in disgust. Lani honestly wanted to believe that Addy had blushed simply because it was an embarrassing thing - whatever the implication actually meant - to bring up. Whatever the "treatment" was was probably a bit more deviant than what Adeline was known for and Lani had always stood by the fact that Adeline was the more innocent one of the group. However, the mention of Ness as well with the hint of an accusation in Cassidy's purposeful verbal spill had Lani narrowing her eyes around a mouthful of pancake. She ignored the voice in her head that pointed out how easier it was to focus on trying to listen for clues while simultaneously not acknowledging the faux flirtationship she may or may not have been engaging Cassidy in.

Despite appreciating their current standing with one another, Lani released a relieved sigh once Cassidy left, picking up her flute to drink a bit of her mimosa. Once the glass was down, she tossed Sydney an amused grin at her insistence that Cassidy was a reason why she wouldn't attend Hunter's party. She didn't say anything about texting Hunter, mostly because she had already decided that she might go. Unless Syd said she had plans that Lani was going to be a part of, why not? She was used to more casual events. Lani's favorites had always been beach parties or house parties, and her childhood home resided on the beach of Lanai, so she had always had the best of both worlds. "Don't be dramatic," Lani chide quickly, grin still present as she glanced at Adeline to signal her light teasing. The brunette had relaxed insurmountably, for which Lani was grateful. "Besides, I always loved Buttercup. She was the badass one and green's my favorite color." It was the truth. Buttercup was the coolest one in the group and Blossom may had been the self-proclaimed leader, but Buttercup had always been heard. She just needed a little guidance from time to time, much like what Lani was currently feeling now that the trio were alone and without eavesdroppers intent on meddling.

Lani had opened her mouth to start - with what she honestly didn't know - when Adeline's comment about not having alcohol all summer had her reaching for her mimosa again so that she could have something to occupy her mind. If there was one trait of hers that she both hated and appreciated, it was her ability to occasionally overthink and maybe Lani had been reading into too many people's statements these last few days, but Adeline (and Cassidy) were formulating questions in her head with no sign of a solution. It wasn't too strange if Adeline was not able to drink a few times during her time with her mother; Laura was seemingly the more lenient of the parents, but Lani had been present when the woman did decide to be strict or enforce some kind of authority. It wasn't inconceivable. But much like earlier, Adeline's commentary about what her summer had been like didn't add up to what Lani was used to. It wasn't enough, yet, to make her fully suspicious and flat-out demand that the truth - whatever that was - be told. It was just enough to make her sip on her water quietly. And consider talking to Sydney alone later.

"And ssshhhhh, Addy. We all know you look great in every color. You probably have, like, five different white dresses in that close that you've never worn," Lani ended up finally saying, turning her fork's attention to the Eggs Benedict. As confident as Lani liked being and as much as she appreciated the thickness she inherited from her mother's side of the family, it wasn't uncommon for her to feel uneasy at her shapeliness when standing beside her friends. Sydney was just plain gorgeous, which was downright unfair. Adeline was super pretty and while Lani had always occasionally wanted to feed her a bit more than Syd, the girl had the model thin figure that most girls aspired to. Coming to New York hadn't just been a culture shock in terms of the luxury Lani had been less familiar with. Girls actually wanting diets when she was used to large family meals and an appreciation of all body shapes was disconcerting. She had always been active, so she knew that her body was more muscle and just natural curves. But there was enough underlying self-doubting to make her feel like she had love handles where she did not...and then her love for food reemerged and Lani would decidedly throw her worries away in favor of a crop top and pizza. "The colors I'm more interested in, though, are shades of black and blue, much like I wanna paint a certain less than favored fuck boy you call an ex." She decided on after a minute, gaze returning to Sydney's solemnly. She knew Adeline's face was probably going to be telling, so her eyes flitted to the brunette swiftly, almost apologetically as she added, "We might as well get this conversation over with now. The last thing we need is all three of us winding up in the principal's office because I decided to chop his dick off and Syd being the only one unaware."

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For a moment, things felt normal. The girls were being playful and teasing each other, talking about clothes and parties. Adeline's anxiety was still higher than she wanted it to be, but she continued to distractedly cut up her pancake and focused her attention on the girls. She knew that it couldn't last forever, and though in the moment, she wished that Lani would have just left it, she knew that it probably was better to just cut to the chase. Time was ticking by, and by the looks of Sydney's plate, she would want to leave soon. If they didn't talk about it now, they were going to have to do it in the car or at school, and both of those destinations were less preferable, considering that Addy was sure Sydney would not want to be in public when she found out about this. Her feeling that way stemmed just from the subject of the conversation, though. Who wouldn't be a wreck, finding out that their boyfriend had been cheating on them? It didn't say anything about Sydney personally, because if anything, Adeline imagined that Sydney would react in a more composed manner than most people. Even after knowing the blonde for years, it really was tricky to come up with an accurate prediction on how she would react to something like this. There was a potential that she would break down, and for that, Adeline couldn't blame her for. There was always a chance that she would shrug it off, turn on her heart of ice mode, and pretend like it didn't bother her in the slightest, while Adeline and Lani would both know, very well, that it did. There was also a chance that the news would spark a fire of rage in Sydney, and for that, too, she couldn't be blamed for. All that Adeline hoped, was that she wouldn't be blamed for anything. It was selfish, but that was sort of how her mentality always worked, really. How situations would affect her was always her number one priority, and then, she would consider everyone else's well being.

Adeline interpreted Lani's glance to her, which came before she suggested they get the conversation over with, as a cue to for her just get right to the point. She hadn't originally wanted to say a single word on the topic, in fear of incriminating herself, and maybe she didn't even have to. It was possible that Lani would have acted as if the information came from an unnamed source, or maybe she would have framed some innocent nobody as being the one who had originally found out, but Adeline was impulsive, and suddenly just found herself confessing. She wasn't confessing quite as much information as she had just yet, like admitting that she had found out days ago, that she had spoken to Liam about it, and that she had given him an ultimatum of sorts, but she gave a tidbit of information that she had originally omitted from the version she told Lani. "He was cheating on you with Anissa Savage before he broke up with you." She had been looking at Sydney while she spoke, but her eyes, sporting a more nervous expression now, drifted back to Lani, as soon as the words had escaped her mouth. With everyone wrapped up in this, for what presumably would continue to occupy their attention until they left, Adeline didn't feel paranoid setting her fork down and clutching her glass of water, though too preoccupied with watching the girls to actually raise it to her lips to sip from.

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Sydney rolled her eyes at Adeline's comment, though she did appreciate the playful energy that had now taken over the table, following Cassidy's departure. "I'm not mean, you're just sensitive," she shot back, her smile speaking to how she wasn't feeling as combative as she could have been, though. See, this is the positive energy you need! This was how she liked her girls. Together, without any wannabes, or social climbers, or fakes bogging them down, laughing, and enjoying each other's company. Having a plate of delicious food in front of them only made the ambiance that more attractive, and Lani's defense of Buttercup had Sydney smiling wider. She was ready to chime in on how Adeline needed to shut up, because she could rock any color better than both her and Lani, when Lani said that, and more. To say that it left Sydney surprised was an understatement, but coupled with Adeline's following words, she was really shocked. Sydney and Liam's breakup wasn't something that she had even fully processed yet. To her, it came completely out of left field. She was still in the process of blaming herself for that, citing that she had been away frequently during the summer for modeling gigs, and she probably had played a part in the relationship falling apart. Even though it had been her, in the beginning of their hookup relationship, who had wanted to put the dating label on it, that didn't mean that Liam hadn't grown to need her too, so maybe it was wrong of her to neglect the relationship for some of the summer. She didn't want to blame him for wanting some time to himself, considering that their relationship hadn't been as interactive as it had been during the spring and early summer. To hear that he was cheating though... well, that was a completely different subject, and it warranted a completely different viewpoint, from Sydney's end.

"Anissa Savage?" she repeated, before allowing her straight faced expression to turn upwards into a confused smile. Confused was really the only word to accurately describe how she was willing to feel in that moment, and the most expressive thing that she could do was to laugh. It was a genuine laugh, too. There were definitely other emotions brewing up inside of her, but right now, the only thing that she would let herself feel was humor. It was humorous that Liam would make such a downgrade. Anissa Savage?! she repeated once more, but this time in her head. Really? He has me and he feels the need to break up with me for her? Right now, Sydney refused to acknowledge the negative emotions that were swirling around in the pit of her stomach. She didn't want to question why she wasn't good enough for him, or why he didn't have the decency to break up with her before moving on to another girl. She didn't want to consider that their entire relationship had been a sham, or that everyone else in the neighborhood knew about this too, and she was that dumb girlfriend who obliviously stood by her cheating boyfriend. All that she would consider now, was that Anissa either opened her legs on Liam's demand more than Sydney was willing to, Liam had officially fallen off the deep end, or he was threatened by her growing success, and wanted to be with someone who he was easily superior to. He couldn't handle her, and right now, Sydney just wanted to act like she was perfectly fine with that, and only baffled at how pathetic he was. "Out of all of the girls that he could have cheated on me with, he chose Anissa Savage? You've got to be kidding!" Her voice was still curiously playful, almost excited, even, as if this was gossip she was hearing about someone else's life, and not her own. She was human, of course, and was going to feel all of those dreadful emotions later on, but she was too guarded - and surprised - to break down right here, in front of people, in a home that wasn't her own.