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Liam Koch

"I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures."

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

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L I A M X K O C H


☽ “There’s nothing more dangerous than a boy with charm.” ☾

Monster || Imagine Dragons /|\ Me, Myself & I || G-Eazy /|\ Song || Artist

Fᴀᴄᴇ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍ ✦ Cody Christian
Dɪᴀʟᴏɢᴜᴇ Cᴏʟᴏʀ ✧ #0020C2
Tʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛ Cᴏʟᴏʀ ✦ #000072




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✦Fᴜʟʟ Nᴀᴍᴇ✦
William Grant Koch

✧Nɪᴄᴋɴᴀᴍᴇ✧
Liam {Most common; preferred} || Will or Koch {Common; tolerates, but definitely would prefer Liam}

✦Bɪʀᴛʜᴅᴀʏ & Zᴏᴅɪᴀᴄ✦
May 10th & Taurus

✧Aɢᴇ✧
18

✦Gᴇɴᴅᴇʀ✦
Male

✧Sᴇxᴜᴀʟɪᴛʏ & Mᴀʀᴛɪᴀʟ Sᴛᴀᴛᴜs✧
Heterosexual & Single

✦Role✦
The Jock



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✧Hᴀɪʀ✧
Brown and soft to the touch, Liam keeps his hair hort on the sides with a slightly medium ;ength on the top of his head. If he's not spiking it up just-so on the top of his head, then he's brushing it in a well-to-do manner that keeps up his clean appearance.

✦Eʏᴇs✦
Electric blue

✧Sᴋɪɴ✧
Naturally creamy with only the slightest hint of a tan during most of the year, save for the summer months when his skin darkens only slightly more due to fervent exposure to the sun.

✦Hᴇɪɢʜᴛ & Wᴇɪɢʜᴛ✦
6'1 & 205 lbs.

✧Eᴛʜɴɪᴄɪᴛʏ✧
25% German || 25% Italian || 25% Irish


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XXXCalculating ✦ Charming ✧ Manipulative ✦ Deceitful ✧ Flirtatious
Adventurous ✦ Cunning ✧ Erratic ✦ Callous✧ Narcissistic

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Despite how many hearts he has broken or how many happy relationships Liam might have ruined, the one thing you cannot say is that he is not one smooth son-of-a-gun, which he definitely is. After all, you can't be on top and just be a dick! Well, he is, but Liam knows how to hide it and when he does, he does so well. No, that would never work and the person that told you that obviously didn't want you to succeed. In any world, you have to be confident and damn well sure of yourself, but you have to appear humble and well, you got to have a charm that can win the hearts of peers and even adults. And Liam mastered that skill back when he was five and convinced his nanny to let him have a sip of the 'hot cocoa' that was in his father's carafe - it was hot cocoa, but it was laced with Hennessey. Suave with eyes that has had many hearts thumping wildly, Liam almost always knows what to say to get in your pants, heart, and mind. What else is there to say on that front? Liam is a master manipulator and is naturally cunning, at that. While it is easy, due to his arrogant nature, to surmise that he's simply another jock with a superiority complex, Liam is much more adept as a thinker than he allows for other people to know. It was outlined in his father's teachings after all. While he might seem to be on his I-am-a-god type of front, he is actually a lot more perceptive and nothing he does is without calculation. Particularly as they pertain to his relationships. Not many of his relationships were formed just because of shared interests and a genuine enjoyment of people. Some of those who find themselves charmed by Liam are simply people whose connections benefit him on a superficial or even sometimes professional level. Different individuals entertain him on different levels. Liam, as his father suggested, surrounds himself with people who both like him and dislike him; the former because it is beneficial to have followers and supposedly friends who are there to admire you and be on your side, the latter because he finds immense pleasure in getting under another person's skin. Even some of the most fearless of people who say they aren't intimidated by others cannot help but feel something nagging in the back of their minds in Liam's presence. It's also because Liam always knows more than he lets on at the time. At least, he will know. You don't get to be on the top without having a few minions ready to do your own dirty work.

And that's where a bit of his father's urging and educating is ignored because while David Koch might be against allowing oneself to be involved with something as effeminate as gossip and rumor mills, Liam loves being in the middle of it. He likes learning about people's secrets and has no qualm against obtaining such information by dirty means. He's also not against creating issues, particularly as they pertain to rumors. While one might find it harmless, the machinations speak upon Liam's deceitful charm. As a person who likes stirring up drama, sometimes even about himself, he's also extremely good at keeping his own name out of the equation while simultaneously ruining another person's life. If he wants Ricky to get the fuck out of dodge and never return, it's going to happen. Liam just has to meddle here and there, be the serpent on the shoulder of some unsuspecting person, and then things will fall into place. Again, he likes control - a lot more than most people should, which is something to be discussed. But his love for control is even more twisted because he likes it when people think that they are in control of the situations. Liam will have a person convinced that an idea was all their own, that positively destroying a so-called friend was the exact move to make against them after being filmed drunk at a party and that video having been posted online without their consent. And Liam revels in being able to remain this fun-loving guy everyone anticipates to yes, be an arrogant douchebag because he thinks he's the greatest thing since the coming of Jesus Christ, but also be able to see his machinations come to play. It means he's closer to his father, much to his mother's chagrin.

And see, there's the actual problem. The majority of the negative components of Liam's character were taught through his father and despite how confident in himself he likes appearing, Liam isn't as in control of himself as he likes to believe and he absolutely hates it. He has to be cold and ruthless, and he has to be the absolute best. Always has to win and there's no question about it. He needs to be in control because if he is not, he is weak. He cannot be successful. He cannot be his father's child. A Koch. That also means that he cannot acknowledge or be treated for a serious disorder his father has consistently said does not exist. And his I.E.D is veiled so carefully under his flirtatious smiles that one wouldn't know when it was triggered; hell, Liam doesn't know when it's triggered. It definitely occurs most frequently when he feels out of control or threatened, but particularly after he's bottled up his frustrations for so long. Then it's like an explosion, literally: Liam loses a game after already having dealt with a lecture from his father, an acknowledgement that he's possibly disappointed his mother for his maliciousness and one of his plans fell through, and he's overcome by a violent urge to destroy. To break something. And he can and will - even if it happens to be himself. The violence isn't an immediate onset. He drums his fingers across a flat surface first, attempting to calm the itch in his mind that just won't go away. He paces or his leg begins to shake. Again, being the control freak that he is, Liam even tries working out because that's the one thing he is always able to do right and that should exert all of the pent-up energy that is his underlying rage. If he happens to make it that far. And if he feels empty and maybe the feelings of guilt or remorse he's buried so damn deep within himself afterwards, that's really no one's concern. Give him thirty minutes and a beer, and he'll be right back to his cocky, snake-like self. Even with the knowledge that he's lying to himself and everyone else around him.


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✦Lɪᴋᴇs✦
Versace, Armani & Ralph Polo ✧ Swimming, Soccer & Boxing ✧ Sex and lots of it {He even has a little black book!} ✧ Being the reason behind the shakiness in another person's breath or the shiver they try to suppress ✧ People who can make him laugh ✧ Fyodor Dostoevsky & Machiavelli ✧ His Rolex collection ✧ Flirting ✧ Confident women ✧ Instigating issues between people ✧ California ✧ Gossip ✧ Race cars ✧ The Dodgers ✧ Waking up late on Saturdays ✧ Meat Lover's Pizza ✧ Video games ✧ Winning ✧ Motorcycles ✧ Architecture ✧ Adrenaline rushes ✧ Beer ✧ Competitive games
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✧Dɪsʟɪᴋᴇs✧
Cauliflower ✦ Haute restaurants whose meals comprise of three bites ✦ Golf ✦ Red apples ✦ Commitment ✦ When his father visits ✦ Displaying any sign of weakness ✦ Not having control ✦ Public transportation ✦ Flings who try to stay the night ✦ Whining and cry-babies ✦ Losing ✦ Copious amounts of homework ✦ People who can't make him laugh {It's actually a very easy task, so if you can't, you sincerely suck} ✦ Disappointment ✦ Feelings ✦ His rage


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✧Tᴀʟᴇɴᴛs✧
Astute physicality. Call him an arrogant douchebag all you want, it doesn't change the fact that Liam was gifted with a very able body and focused mind. He is captain of the swim team and co-captain of the soccer team, and is a very good boxer. Needless to say, out of all of his talents, what he can do with his body is definitely something to be admired. ✦ Charisma. What is there to say? He's charming. He has been groomed to be so and he knows just the right kind of way to ✦ High alcohol tolerance ✦ Sketching. Not something most people can say they know about considering the fact that Liam would probably knock your teeth out if you touch his sketchbook without his permission. But he's surprisingly talented. It's frustrating to professors.

✦Fʟᴀᴡs✦
Grandiose sense self-worth. While the aforementioned physical aptitude of Liam's is very much real and note-worthy, it becomes less than favorable for any one person to notice on their own because he makes sure that you know that he's gorgeous, physically gifted and just great in general. Literally, the guy calls himself a god in his head and walks around as if he owns the world with an attitude and ease suggesting that he does, in fact. Liam wouldn't see it as a problem. ✧ Finds immense pleasure in getting underneath other people's skin and seeing how they tick. He exploits weaknesses on a regular. ✧ Has a seriously horrible and violent temper. ✧ A sneakily manipulative instigator.

✧Bad Habits✧
Chooses to ignore, much like his father, the fact that Liam was diagnosed with Intermittent Explosive Disorder or even that there is medication to help. ✦ Disregarding other people's feelings unless it somehow benefits him to do the opposite. ✦ Just a bit homophobic towards guys. Just another thing he picked up from his father. ✦ Emblematic of hypermasculinity ideals, also afforded by his father. ✦ Has sex to ignore his feelings ✦ Typically sleeps through his first period classes. ✦ Always stealing a bit of someone's food. If he sees a friend with fries, Liam helps himself.

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✧Dʀᴇᴀᴍs✧
✦ ANSWER ✦ ✦ ANSWER ✦
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✦Fᴇᴀʀs✦
✧ ANSWER ✧ ✧ ANSWER ✧ ✧ ANSWER ✧

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✦Home Life?✦
As far as Liam is concerned, he was born with a silver damn spoon in his mouth and he's forever grateful because he would honestly not have known what to do with his life if he didn't have the background that he did. His life had been privilege since the moment of his conception and he wouldn't have it any other way. Unlike a few notable rich kids from New York City, or simply kids with the same financial background as himself, Liam didn't deal with many nannies growing up. If there was one parent who remained active, it was his mother. Which is why she is one of the few women he happens to soften for without fail. Liam's earliest childhood memories consisted of visiting his mother's Malibu home every chance they had, particularly during the summer. He would tell you that they he had always loved the waves felt against his skin, how the water seemed to glide over his every nerve ending and eliciting a desire to go farther and deeper. If he would actually be honest and true in his reminiscing of his childhood, he would tell you that it was his mother who influenced his love for swimming and just being active. It was his father who pushed them to becoming a lifestyle.

While his parents' marriage seems perfect to the outside world, Liam isn't a fool nor does he pretend to play along to their publicity stunt they call a relationship. At the end of the day, though she does not say it, Renee Koch has only remained in the rather loveless marriage for the sake of being closest to her son. David Koch is a formidable businessman and he's definitely one of Liam's heroes, but the other thing Liam has yet to acknowledge is the unhealthiness his father brings to his life. After all, due to the enormity of their familial wealth and the upper crest lifestyle every child in their family eventually becomes acclimated to comes tiresome, oppressive and old-fashioned mentalities that have affected Liam a lot more than he acknowledges. Make no mistake: even without his wealth, if Liam were to still have his physical aptitude, he would be as arrogant as he is now. The money just exacerbates the vanity. But David's teaching has definitely done more damage than actual good. He has instilled within his son confidence (to an extent), indifference towards unwanted criticism, and an ambitious winner's mentality. He also enforced and capitulated a hyper-masculine, homophobic and somewhat abusive internalization for Liam as well.

At a young age, Liam experienced random bouts of explosive rage, culminating in situations as little as broken vases and as large as actual holes in the wall and bloody knuckles from being the cause of said holes. David had taught him his indifference, but not how to deal with the criticism that truly affected his mood. He was taught to bottle it all in and just let it out during sports in the form of winning and beating out the competition. Except...that didn't really help as, because his father was his hero and his word was law, Liam has developed so much of his father's personality that a part of who he really is lost or he thinks it's all an act. The sensitivity and ability to make people believe he genuinely cares - his mother - is drowned out by a chronic need to impress his father. If he's not impressive to his father, then he's in a stale relationship with someone who does not want him, much like his mother. Liam was diagnosed for having Intermittent Explosive Disorder after several weeks with a psychotherapist. And while the professional help should have been taken seriously, much like Renee wanted, David simply went on believing that it didn't exist because Koch men did not have mental disorders and that Liam was a kid who had a lot of energy he needed to expel in the form of sports. Even if it was violent energy. Illness was a weakness and Liam truly internalized that, unable to recognize or understand the full enormity of his illness. But he doesn't focus on that. He has focused on his social life, where he's prospered as a respected athlete and one of the top male students to know at St. Jude's. After all, he can be easy-going and up for an adventure at any given day and since he keeps most of his other less savory traits under wraps, the most people have to deal with is his overwhelming arrogance. And in a school filled with over-the-top and vain classmates, that really shouldn't be hard. Hell, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, that should be easy breezy. Unless of course, you're just weak and Liam can just laugh at you as his Maserati passes you in the streets. It's not his fault that you don't understand or are too stuck on your own shortcomings to notice his awesome.


✧Academic Career?✧
When it comes to school, Liam doesn't really care to be the best in the room unless his opponents are in the water or on the field. For all his nonchalance towards education, Liam is a pretty decent student. His father would like for him to earn As, but at this point, Liam tries to make him proud on every other front so his grades aren't his primary concern. It helps that he has classmates willing to do the boring work for him. What he's been blessed with is an innate charm that enables him to sweet talk a good number of both female and male professors into changing a grade if it seems like his indifference towards their class will earn him lower than what he wants. He is captain of St. Jude's swim tea and co-captain of the soccer team.

✦Future Plans?✦
As much as Liam claims he doesn't really have a plan for his future and that he doesn't even really need to considering his grandfather is David Koch, the ninth wealthiest man in the world. Their family is going to be taken care of for a long while, he has arrogantly surmised. However, there's no mistaking the artistry in his notebooks, particularly as they pertain to landscaping and building structure. What he doesn't talk about with others often is a love for architecture. Liam does want to build his own home one day and maybe have a few others under his arsenal as well.



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Character Sheet By : The Toxic Cereus
Inspired By : AmeliaIsGhostly
Filled Out By : Girl2Fine2
Miscellaneous: Liam lives at 15 Central Park West, New York, NY, a ten bedroom duplex penthouse, and has his own bedroom and walk-in closet.

So begins...

Liam Koch's Story

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Character Portrait: Anissa Savage Character Portrait: Lani Amasio-Ellison Character Portrait: Jamie Parata Character Portrait: Adeline Arnault Character Portrait: Kateri Eshkan Character Portrait: Ness Oberlin Character Portrait: Sydney Persson Character Portrait: Cassidy Knox Character Portrait: Liam Koch Character Portrait: Hunter Devlin Character Portrait: Avan Harrison Character Portrait: Liam Brooks Character Portrait: Nova Blanchett Character Portrait: Ellis Vargas Character Portrait: Tyler Owen
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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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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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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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Anissa sat there in silence just scrolling through the social media on her phone as she ate her breakfast on the steps. Just minutes after sending Adeline a text, the female responded. She smiled down at her phone and decided not to respond. After all, she would be able to catch up with her after they saw each other. So much has happened over the summer, of course most of it she would keep to herself because she wasn't about to confess her relations with Liam to Sydney's best friend.

Just as she swallowed a sip from her coffee, she felt hands wrap around her waist, causing her to jump a bit and smiled when she realized who it was. "Morning," Liam greeted with a kiss upon her cheek. "Fancy seeing you here this early. Sleep okay?" Anissa laughed a bit and rolled her eyes playfully, "Yeah, I suppose I slept well," she responded before going silent for a brief moment. Anissa stood to her feet and closed in a bit of the space between them before letting out a whisper that only Liam would be able to hear. "Aren't you worried Sydney might see us like this?

Although she kind of hoped Sydney would see them so that Anissa could have Liam as officially her's, she wasn't all that interested in the drama and very difficult situations headed her way. Now, Anissa wouldn't have been thinking about it if she heard about the break up between the two of them, but currently she was clueless on the matter. "Now don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying that you're here. I'm just worried about the drama that could soon follow," the brunette admitted truthfully. Although she was a bit fearful for herself, she was more worried about Sydney's wrath towards Liam if she ever found out about the two of them. Things could definitely turn out pretty horribly if this situation wasn't taken care of gently.



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LJ hopped out of bed later than usual without a care in the world. Usually he was up and already at school, looking around for Kateri. Once he finished his morning routine, he pulled his clothing on, reached for his wallet and darted out the door, giving his morning greetings to his parents as they stood in the kitchen discussing their plans for the day. LJ stepped out onto the sidewalk and immediately began heading down the sidewalk towards Kateri's house. He wanted to make sure she was doing alright and is up for school. Any time her father isn't around he always tries his best to be there for Kat. Besides, someone has to be, why not him?

It didn't take him very long to arrive at the Eshkan residence because she only lived a couple blocks away. Once he did he stepped up to the door, knocked, and let himself in as he called out to her. "Kat, It's LJ," he stated as he closed the door behind him and stepped into the kitchen and reached for a bottled water from the refrigerator. LJ then proceeded to follow the hallways towards the female's room. He noticed the door was closed, so he decided it would be a good idea to knock because he wasn't sure if she was dressed or not. "Are you decent?" he called from behind the bedroom door.

Although, just like any other guy in the world he wouldn't mind seeing her naked, he just wasn't that kind of guy. He respected women and never once purposely did anything to hurt them or make them feel uncomfortable. If he ever did, he wouldn't be able to live with himself. So instead he tries to keep in mind that he doesn't want to turn out to be like his uncle. His uncle has always been known as a player, he doesn't care about the feelings of the women he sleeps with and treats like their dirt, and overall, he's just a bad guy. Liam was different, he wasn't going to turn out like that.

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

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

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

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Anissa knew Liam was right. No matter how hard she tried to stay out of Sydney's bad side, things were going to eventually tumble in that direction no matter how long she tried to hide the fact that she had this thing with Liam. The brunette smiled a bit and nodded her head at his words as he comforted her. He was always good at making her feel better about anything, always placed a smile on her face. That was one thing she always liked about him. Even though he tended to show off more of a tough exterior, she knew he had a heart.

"You're right. I should probably just calm down. If Sydney is going to find out, she will no matter how careful we try to be. So why sweat it, right?" the female responded before placing a small kiss upon his cheek before reaching for her phone from her purse, finding that she received a text from Nova. She read the words and got to work responding.

To Nova
Alright, I'll catch up with you then. c:

Anissa sent the message and returned her attention back to Liam. "So did your parents ever find out about what you were really doing over the break?" she questioned, hoping that they hadn't. Of course she knew that once her parents opened their mouths, things would immediately be known and thrown out of proportion. But even though they didn't leave any room for anything to be made bigger than it seemed, Anissa wasn't ready for their parents to use them as a story for the media again. That's all they ever seemed to do. Whether they were friends or some sort of hook up, if they found out anything about their situation, it would be plastered all over the place for the entire world to see.



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LJ smiled a bit when he heard the voice on the opposite side of the door and glanced over at her in her pajamas when she opened the door. Of course he had a feeling he would most likely have to wait on her to get dressed. Kat always did seem to have her own way of doing things and LJ never seemed to have any objections to it. He loved her free spirit, it made her more interesting than any of the other girls he has ever met in his life. Most of them always seem to care about what everyone thought about them, how they looked, etc. Kat was different. He liked different. He liked her.

LJ leaned against the wall in the hallway as he began to wait on Kat to get dressed and ready to go. Surprisingly it didn't take as long as he thought it was. She was opening the door about fifteen minutes later, asking him how she looked. This caused the male to look the female up and down and gave a huge grin. "You look great, Kat," he responded telling the truth. "And we won't be late if we leave now. We'll get to school just a couple minutes before it starts," he added.

LJ offered his arm, allowing her to wrap her's around it just as they always seem to do when they walk around town together. It was just some habit they gained throughout the years of their close friendship. "So, are you ready for senior year?" he questioned as he began walking towards the brother and sister schools. If one thing was for sure, he was ready for the year just because it was the last, but he was definitely not ready for all the drama that was going to be surfing through the halls this year.

Every year the drama always seemed to get worse and worse the longer everyone began to get to know each other. Rumors, ugly truths, they all were going to surface this year, he just knew it. LJ just hoped he would be able to stay away from it or at least most of it. Even though he found entertainment of watching all of the drama unfold before his eyes, he wasn't all that interested in becoming apart of it. It just wasn't who he was.

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Sydney's declaration of what her day was going to entail didn't exactly throw Lani off, not as much as it could have. She had been friends with Sydney for too long to not understand how she worked in a way. Lani would never call herself some master at reading people and the ways they worked, but she was proficient in analyzing patterns. Sydney wasn't bound to expressing her actual feelings - the hurt she must have been feeling because Lani refused to believe that the blonde felt nothing - especially when she had planned on having a good last first day. It would be a surprise if she had truly expressed herself and in all honesty, if Sydney had burst into tears or been in an angry fault, there probably would have been nothing stopping Lani from socking Liam a new one. She didn't presume that she would win the fight completely against him; he wasn't considered one of the best jocks at St. Jude's School for Boys for nothing. But still, anything more than what her friend offered would have probably turned the situation into immediate violence, This? This was calm and collected, and this meant time to actually think things through. Such as her feelings as they pertained to Anissa.

It didn't help that Adeline added just a bit more to the story or even that Sydney threatened to end their friendship entirely if either of the girls so much as spoke to either Liam or Anissa. The threat made Lani silently raise an eyebrow; any threat Sydney issued to Lani had her hackles rising in challenge and it was always an internal war with the ruffian inside of her that hated being challenged. Her friend - best friend, even - had a right to not want them talking to either of the people who had hurt her. The former was definitely not even an option since Lani didn't even like Liam, to begin with. What typically happened was that Liam came to make contact with Lani and Lani would fight the compulsion to smack the arrogant glib out of his mouth before he could utter it. No type of hardship in not speaking to him there. Rather he didn't breathe in my fucking direction, she thought coldly, fork still digging into the Eggs Benedict that she felt horrible for not wanting to eat anymore, but it also wasn't the first time she had not finished a meal because of a tense situation. Anissa, on the other hand, was a different situation. Lani and she got along. They weren't the best of friends, which was why Lani couldn't feel too sympathetic for the girl who dared to incur Sydney Persson's wrath - especially because Anissa is smarter than involving herself in this kind of drama. Or, at least Lani thought she was. Now, though, it wasn't that not talking to her would be difficult. She could go a day without talking to certain people, even if they were considered friends. It was Lani's judgement of her. How in the hell could she go on respecting someone who...well, did this? Regardless of the reasoning, Anissa deserved to get caught in the cutting web that would be Sydney Persson's verbal assault the second Sydney decided - if she was going to be that direct with this kind of attack against her person - to deal her with. Anissa didn't owe Sydney any type of loyalty, but she couldn't walk away unscathed. If Lani was in Sydney's position, Anissa probably wouldn't be able to walk away, in all honesty. But Lani wasn't Sydney, which was the point. What was it supposed to mean for their relationship - if it still existed - if Lani didn't actually find it in her to care enough that Anissa was probably not going to have a good senior year with this on social record?

"Actually, I'm done here," Lani announced, appetite absolutely diminished. It would return later, some time after her second class and she would have to find something at school. Her stomach didn't do too well with not receiving a complete meal, not when she kept active for the upcoming soccer season. "I'm just gonna grab my stuff and then I'll be ready to go." If Lani was smart, she would have acknowledged that Adeline had not even really allowed a lick of her food to touch her palate. But given the tense circumstances, it was hard to really take in every single little detail. She gathered her plates and polished off both the final vestiges of her mimosa and a bit of her water, before carefully carrying everything into the kitchen. Reluctantly, and she could hear her kui fefine being extremely disappointed in her actions, she threw her remaining food away and then slid the dishes into the sink. She would make it up, some way, to Lauren on another day. Offering a soft look Sydney's way, Lani head over into the formal living room where she had left her Marc Jacobs backpack and planner, the latter which lay on one of the couches atop her black three-quarter length sleeve blazer. Lani wasn't stupid enough to believe that she wouldn't get cold at some point in the day; Constance liked to freeze students up until the first sign of cold air outside before turning the heat all the way up until April. Lani rifled through her bag for a moment, just checking to make sure she had everything. And to stall while she thought about how she was going to handle Anissa. And not winding up in an office for punching Liam Koch like she had been fantasizing about ever since Adeline spilled the beans.



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"Of course, I'm right. I'm always right." Liam exclaimed with a grin, appearing casual and jesting but meaning it. Or at least, that he meant to convey what he wanted Anissa to accept as truth. Of course, because of their parents' deal, he wouldn't just leave the girl to the wolves. Even if it would be just a bit hilarious because he knew Sydney could be savage as fuck. Not to mention, if Lani got wind of the situation like she was bound to due to her loyalty to the queen bee, it was bound to be nothing but hungry wolves after the brunette. And Anissa, for all the strength she did have just rankling beneath the surface of her occasionally softer-spoken disposition, she was prey to them. Liam couldn't exactly leave her to her own devices; regardless of the legitimacy or illegitimacy of their relationship, his Dad would probably murder him for leaving a supposed ally alone like that. And, despite his wanting to convey a bit of detachment to her person, he liked her to some point, cared even. He could be as cold as he wanted and mean it, but he wasn't particularly emotionless and without an ounce of empathy. There was a drop in there, somewhere.
However, it was probably hard to tell that softer side existed when Liam's face morphed into a blank slate the second Anissa mentioned his parents. It was an instinctual reaction, knee-jerk depending upon the person who made the inquiry. It was harmless questioning, but Liam hated being asked anything about his parents, particularly his father. Particularly as it pertained to anything that would disappoint the older man - much like his disappearing to the West Coast the second that he could. Which was immediately. "You know how it is. Blah blah blah, responsibility, blah blah blah incompetent," he regaled her nonchalantly with a casual wave of his hand and a small smirk forming. The "incompetent" part wasn't exactly a lie; David did say something along those lines, but Liam wasn't delving into that. "The real thing that you," he made a point, considering that Liam knew others were watching as they made their way to the school, of tapping her on the nose gently at the "you", "are coming to Hunter's party tomorrow night. Ya know, livin' a little, just like we agreed. I already told you, babe, no take backs on that."

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By the time that Hunter's history class was over, his stomach was audibly growling. He was almost always hungry, so this wasn't an unfamiliar feeling, but he would have suspected that the BLT from earlier would have kept him going for a little bit longer than it had. He blamed it on the fact that he wasn't used to waking up this early, though. His summer had been really relaxed, so sleeping in until noon, or even later, wasn't abnormal. When you had breakfast at noon, it was no wonder that you weren't as hungry by twelve-thirty as you were at twelve-thirty on a day when you had eaten breakfast at eight in the morning. When his class finally came to a close, Hunter was one of the first kids out of the class. Due to the school's policy of "we see it, we take it" with cell phones, Hunter waited until he was out the front doors of the building to pull out his phone. It had been tradition for a few years that he and the rest of their friend group would typically meet up outside and head out to get lunch together. Surprisingly, the majority of their group were ahead of schedule today, and were already waiting in their usual spot by the time that Hunter reached them. Liam was the only one who he didn't see, so he didn't hesitate to send the rest of the group off to get them a table at the restaurant, while he would wait for Liam.

The typical spot that the seniors of St. Jude's and Constance Billard would eat lunch at, was a little Restaurant just a five minute's walk away, called Three Guys Restaurant. Compared to typical Upper East Side restaurants, it was a little on the dingy side, but they couldn't really complain, considering that it was quick food that was actually shockingly good. It was one of those little hidden gems, locals liked to say, so most didn't mind passing up chandeliers and highly attentive waiters for good food. His favorite and most common order last year had to have been a tri-color grilled cheese, which consisted of swiss, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, as well as bacon and tomatoes, with an order of fries on the side. If he had longer than a forty-five minute lunch break, which was already cut short by ten minutes due to the five minute commute to and from school each way, than he definitely would have went with one of the more extensive meals, like the sauteed chicken dijon, or the lobster bisque penne. Though his usual order was a classic one, and one that he could definitely go for today, as Hunter waited on the edge of St. Jude's campus for Liam, he browsed the online menu. Senior year deserved a new go-to order, he thought, as he decided that he would try the Santa Fe gourmet sandwich with an order of mozzarella sticks on the side. Three Guys Restaurant was a good go-to place for high school students in the area, since the restaurant had notably quick service that made the meal comfortably fit into their forty-five minute lunch period, and because it was casual enough by Upper East Side standards, that a bunch of sometimes rowdy high school kids didn't disrupt the atmosphere.

With how hungry Hunter was, he considered just texting Liam and telling him to meet them all there, before catching up with the rest of the guys, but Hunter actually wanted to talk to Liam. They had hung out a few times over the summer, and Hunter had shared a class with him earlier in the day, so it wasn't like they had any major catching up to do, but in his history class, one of his friends had mentioned how he had broken up with Sydney, and was apparently now seeing Anissa. That was news to Hunter, all right. He and Liam weren't the kind of friends who shared their inner most feelings, so Hunter didn't feel betrayed or anything like that, for not being informed of news that was definitely important, but he was just a bit thrown off by it. He figured that it would have at least been important enough to mention that he and Sydney were through, knowing Hunter's past feelings for the blonde, and it definitely would have at least been bro-ish, to catch him up on this new fling he was having with Anissa. Finding out only now, and not from Liam himself, made Hunter curious, that was all, so he felt like having a couple of minutes to talk without the rest of the guys around might make it easier to get the full story.

He was tempted to text Liam to tell him to hurry up as his stomach growled once more, but he decided to give it at least another minute. Their last class before lunch had only ended two minutes ago and Liam was just as social as Hunter was, so Hunter wouldn't have been surprised if he was just trying up loose ends to some conversation and would stroll out any minute now.

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Anissa felt bad for asking about his parents, even more so about his father because she knew how he felt about them being brought up into conversation. But when things involved her, she couldn't help herself not to ask. Anissa knew once both of their parents found out about their so-called rendezvous this past summer, things were going to get stirred up. False truths were going to be made up, drama was going to kick up, and lies were going to surface. This was definitely not going to be a good year. Anissa knew that, especially once word gets around to Sydney. Sure Anissa has survived being bullied in the past, but she had never gone up against Sydney. The brunette had a war, which she most likely was going to lose. But she wasn't going to go down without a fight. What a way to kick off senior year, she thought to herself just before she was cut off from her thoughts by Liam.

The brunette smiled when he poked her nose, but that still didn't make it easier to hear his words. "Oh, of course. The party. I almost forgot about that," she admitted. Honestly she hoped that Liam would even forget that she had agreed to go to it. But of course he would always prove her wrong. She sighed and rolled her eyes playfully, "Yes, I'll be there. I promised you didn't I?" she responded. This was definitely going to be some party. Once Sydney finds me, that's it, she thought before taking a sip from her cappuccino. She glanced around at all the faces staring at the two of them before letting out another sigh and returning her attention back over to Liam, once again mentioning Hunter's party.

"If I end up feeling uncomfortable for any reason I'm going to leave the party. Just letting you know beforehand. Whether you want to stay or go with me, that's up to you." she explained as she propped her left hand upon her hip.

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"You know what," Lani practically growled in a low tone as she typed out a message to Sydney in response. Sydney's impatience could take a backseat at the moment. Lani was trying to be a good friend and she understood Sydney's ire (anyone with a heart would), she really did, but Lani was too hungry and already too done with school to be done - already - with one of her own best friends. Besides, there was a Cajun chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries calling her name, damnit. To distract herself from the texts she had to delete so as not to send to Sydney her actual displeasure, Lani also took the time to text her friends.

To: Ness, Kat, Jamie
Where r my peoples? Haven't seen anyone

To: Syd
Walking now babe. B there soon

Lani had been waiting on Adeline, who had been lagging for some inexplicable reason, when Sydney had left on her own volition. Lani had, for once (it really wasn't for once considering she did a lot of things Sydney asked her to do; see Winter Gala 2014 for proof), done as the blonde had asked. As she knew it would earlier, it wouldn't be hard to ignore Liam. She tried doing that on a regular basis and by the time the trio made it to Constance, he was already gone from his perch. It didn't help that girls were quick to inform them of who he had been there with, but the point was that Lani had made it her principal move of the day to avoid the bastard. It was less because of Sydney's order and more for Liam's own benefit if he didn't want his so-called pretty face to get bruised. Lani could do the bruising; bruising was easy. Anissa had been another situation altogether, and that was because this time around, much like last year, their schedules had been pretty much the same. She only had three classes with Sydney, one of those being the only one she had with Adeline, and then everything else consisted of Anissa and a few other good friends. She had been able to chalk her mood up, earlier, to just not wanting to be bothered for the day and a continued jet-lag, which wasn't a hard thing to believe. The flight back from Spain had been exhausting and Lani had been nothing, if not on the move since she landed. So, when Sydney texts them back with her impatience (and attitude for the day) on full display, Lani was quickly ready to add her to the list of people she wanted to strangle for the day.

"Your friend," she told Adeline as they began their brisk walk to the familiar lunch spot that both Constance and St. Jude's students went to if they didn't have a driver bring their lunch. Or didn't just go home since that was actually an option. Lani liked going home some days to get fried plantains from her kui fefine, but that wasn't an option today. Lani pointed directly at Adeline. "As of right now, she is your friend and your friend is gonna catch these hands if she rushes me more time before I have food in my stomach. I mean it, I will hilifaki that child, and not in the good way." (Lay hands on). Lani had never actually done a thing to Sydney before other than throw a pillow at her face during a sleepover and Adeline had heard her toss way too many idle threats Syd's way to actually take them seriously, but still. As much as she understood her friend's plight, the way Sydney was going about it - snapping at them - wasn't helping. It made Lani snappy, which was why she turned back to Adeline a second later to demand, "And what the hell were you doing that took you so long anyway? You're usually the first one out of class."


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"Yooooo, Hunter," Liam called from the double door entrance of St. Jude's main building. Of course, he wasn't surprised that before he could get anywhere, Coach had stopped him in the middle of the hall. Liam had debated just walking as if he hadn't heard the older man; it would be easy. All Liam would have had to do was grab the nearest classmate by the shoulder, continue to talk to them without warning since most turned their faces towards the person - even in their confusion - that was speaking to decipher who they were and why they were speaking to them, and then head towards the exit. However, that action would serve to make practice time a lecture time and then a lesson time, and it was bad enough that Liam was going to have to sprint laps just to get the coach off his back. So, like the good little boy Liam could be because he was nothing if not indulgent to those who at least did something for him, Liam endured the tiny lecture about sportsmanship, team togetherness and fairness. It all went over his head, but with a promising smile and nod to Coach, he was on his way, laughing with a few guys from the team once he was far enough away to go on about his day. He really didn't care about a thing Coach said other than when he acknowledged that Liam was "one of the best players on the time. Liam had already surmised in his head that he was the best and the coach just didn't want to be caught in the middle of the hallway admitting that lest some poor, emotional sucker got in his feelings over Liam being praised. It wasn't Liam's fault that he was great and others were...well, just not.

"Sorry about that, man," he exclaimed, clapped a friendly hand on Hunter's soldier before starting to jog down the steps lightly. "Coach stopped me to give me the infamous "there's no I in team speech" since I missed boot camp. Not like it's the first time a captain's missed practice, but whatever." Liam shrugged to further exemplify his overall nonchalance towards anything that this random authority figure in his life had to say, grinning a bit at the prospects of eating food since his stomach had been throwing too much of a bitch fit in his last class for Liam to not know that he was hungry, but also because he was in the presence of someone he genuinely thought of as a friend. Sentimental or not, Liam may have liked to have it in his head that he didn't need emotional connections, but it was nice to hang out with people he genuinely liked for a change. Plus, Hunter was cool people and one of the most fun he hung out with. "Leave it to you to try to throw a bomb ass party just before Syd's. What, you competing with the queen now, bro?"

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Hunter (and mostly his stomach) was glad that he didn't have to wait long for Liam, who greeted Hunter enthusiastically, which was enough for Hunter to forgive him for taking a little longer than usual. "That's not a competition I'd ever enter myself in, man. I'm not stupid or suicidal," Hunter laughed. "And don't think that I didn't get her permission before planning it. It's just gonna be a chill night... or at least chill by the standards of how crazy last year's got. Speaking of it though, did you want me to ask Avan for anything specific for you? I told him to bring a ton of bud, but if you think anyone else will want any other shit, I'll tell him to bring that, too." Especially with the start of the soccer season, Hunter was doubtful that Liam would want anything stronger, but between Liam bringing up the party, and Hunter seeing Avan walking with Cassidy, a few yards ahead of them, the question had popped into his head, and seemed worth asking. Plus, as Liam answered, it bought Hunter some time to figure out how he wanted to bring up his own question involving the Queen Bee. Hunter wasn't nervous, and he didn't think he had to tip toe around it, really, but he still wanted to be as sensitive as possible, regarding the subject. Though he had heard that Liam had broken up with Sydney, there was still a chance that it had actually happened the other way around, and Liam had just done a good enough job at spinning the story and getting the word to spread, to protect his own image. Maybe Hunter just considered that to be a possibility, though, because of his own relentless feelings for Sydney, and his confusion on how anyone could actually break up with her.

He kept pace with Liam as they headed down the front stairs, and then began the short trek to 3 Guys, where their friends likely already were. "Back to Sydney for a minute, though... what's up with you two? I heard that you split with her, and are messing around with Anissa Savage now? What's that about? Judge me for being able to quote 'Orange is the New Black' if you want, but 'you don't go Jessica Simpson when you got Rhianna', man. Are people just making shit up, or did you really dump her?" Maybe it was a little obvious that Hunter's own feelings were shining through as he spoke, but dramatic or not, this situation was perplexing, and he wanted some clarification before they got to the restaurant. It wasn't like Anissa wasn't hot in her own right, and had this been before Sydney, Hunter wouldn't have blamed Liam in the slightest for hopping on that train. His own friendship with Sydney definitely left him biased, but he liked to think that he was friendly with Anissa too. Still, he couldn't see how Liam didn't think he was compatible with Sydney. Even if Hunter wanted to believe that he was better for the blonde, there was no denying that Liam and Sydney could both keep up with each other, in more ways than one.


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Both of Lani's eyebrows rose at Sydney's harsh statement to Adeline and while Lani did not say a word, she did shift on her feet so that she was still standing closer to Adeline as opposed to Sydney, brushing shoulders with the brunette as a sign of solidarity. On most days, Lani defended Adeline verbally and she had half the mind to do so. However, she also knew that today wasn't just any other day. Again, and it seemed she had to consistently remind herself of this for the sake of not losing her own patience, Sydney was hurting. Or at least, Lani believed that she was. Her friend could be cold and as primitive or unintelligent the word was, Sydney was also a savage. Lani had always been sure that if she looked the word up, considering the fact that she had not touched an actual dictionary in years thanks to the technological advancement of the modern age, a sketch of Sydney Persson's face would be right there beside the word. So, this display of casual frigidity and hostile indifference? Not particularly new. That revelation did not make Sydney's attitude any less grating.

Luckily, as a temporary distraction, Cassidy had appeared with Avan right on her tail. Lani wasn't much of a judgemental person, or at least, she tried not to be. Which is why she chose not to vocalize her displeasure with Cassidy's character change as the years have gone by. They've clashed, and that honestly should not turn her on as much as it does, but she knew she barely had room to honestly and truly judge anyone. Avan was an entirely different story as Lani didn't have a past with him nor had any other reason than his chosen occupation to actually dislike him. She just did. If you chose to feed someone's addiction to drugs simply to put money in your pocket, even when everyone around you buzzed with the whispered knowledge of said addiction, Lani couldn't respect you. And if you could honestly call yourself an entrepreneur when most of your transactions were probably enough to get your ass sent to detention or even juvie, then Lani damn sure didn't respect you. Luckily, he had nothing to say with Cassidy having spoken enough for the both of them, so Lani didn't have to have any voice in her head telling her that her self-righteousness was uncalled for. Cassidy didn't acknowledge her and Lani made it a priority to not look at her or say a word, though the other brunette's obvious jabs at Adeline did make her edge closer to the point that she had subtly shifted so that she was only slightly in front of Adeline, arms folded over her chest, by the time Cassidy admitted to not sitting with them. Not that she was, in the first place. Especially not with Sydney's mood. Then she and her buddy were gone, and the girls were alone once more.

"Just share with me," she told Adeline conspiratorially as they headed inside after Sydney, pretending to whisper even though she was loud enough for the blonde to hear her. "I could honestly eat for the both of us at this point." Sydney had made it a point to not be as frigid by the time they made it to their usual table, which made Lani's face soften just enough. "Monday. We've gotta start planning for the charity event for this semester and the Winter Gala so we can get the location that I want. Also, we're in charge of senior class trip, so there's planning for that and getting a survey out to the rest of you so we can narrow down our locations before the spring semester." Lani had made it a point to schedule their first meeting next week. She wasn't in the mood to sit after school to discuss a thing with anyone if it didn't include getting their nails done or going for a swim. She also knew that everyone else wasn't either, so it worked in everyone's favor. A bit more relaxed now that they were seated and food was going to be a sure thing, Lani glanced around before her eyes fell on Ness and Jamie at a table away. Frowning slightly, Lani pulled out her phone, glanced at Jamie again, before texting him.

To: Ness
Here w/ da girls.

To: Jamie
U can't read texts now lol?


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Liam couldn't help but laugh at Hunter's answer about not being suicidal as it pertained to competing with Sydney Persson. Even if you acknowledged the fact taht Hunter did, in fact, host the best parties on the Upper East Side, you wouldn't be foolish enough to say that in front of Sydney or any of Sydney's followers really. That was literally you on the cusp of social suicide and just asking for her to deliver you that one final blow. Even Liam didn't even think to do that, and he had his impulsive moments. Then again, his intelligence was probably being questioned by the majority of the student population at both St. Jude's and Constance Billiard for ditching their queen. The truth of the matter was that he didn't owe not a single one of them an actual answer. Not really, anyway. Maybe Sydney, but that was just being optimistic that Liam would actually want to discuss his reasoning with her. Or be near her, to be honest. At least, for right now. Again, he wasn't stupid. "Nah, man, I'm good. First boys' soccer match is in two weeks, I've gotta pretend to catch up on conditioning and I'm staying away from some stuff for awhile. As long as you got a good brew, though. I'm down for that."

Knowing Liam, he probably wouldn't go tomorrow night without at least getting his hands on a little marijuana. He couldn't deny that it really chilled him out and along with the mood stabilizers he had gotten from Avan before, he had less outbursts, less total loss of control. It was a heady feeling, going on as if nothing could stop you. It was how Liam's year had gone so damn great and part of the reason why he had been so ready to get with Sydney, if he were being honest. He didn't feel weak. By the end of last semester, however, David had given one of his infamous speeches lambasting the idea that so many people had mental disorders. He questioned the validity of Upper East Side children having actual mental disorders as opposed to just simply being victims of bad parenting and before Liam had known it, he was flushing his mood stabilizers down the toilet. He still contacted Avan for marijuana since the Upper East Side's infamous Hookup seemed to find some of the best strains of the stuff, but the more expensive and honestly more needed drug that his former therapist would have rather had him gotten years ago? Liam was going to ween himself off of it and fast. That was part of his reasoning for getting Anissa to California. His worst episodes were on the Upper East Side and Avan was here. Too much temptation for one guy to handle.

It took Liam a bit longer than he would have liked to answer Hunter when he started questioning him about Sydney and Anissa. As he still was telling himself, Liam didn't feel like he owed anyone, not even his best friend, an explanation. But he also understood that not providing some kind of Liam-like answer wasn't going fly either, so he smirked. "What can I say? The grass isn't always greener and there's an honest to God reason why they call her Elsa with a tan." He stated with a shrug, knowing damn well that mostly anyone else who uttered such a statement to absolutely anyone else worth mentioning would probably be tumbling down the ladder so fast, it wouldn't even be funny. But it wouldn't be Liam without cockily upholding an unfathomably sure comfort in the thought that he was untouchable. Then his smirk transformed into a grin as he stared at Hunter knowing and added, "'Sides, perfect opening for you, right? Loses me as a catch and you swoop in like Captain-Save-A-Hoe. Everything works out for everybody." It wouldn't work out and Liam couldn't even promise himself that he would be necessarily happy with Sydney being with anyone who wasn't him, but he wasn't going to be the one to say that.

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The way that Liam worded that line, calling Sydney "Elsa with a tan", had Hunter genuinely laughing. The monicker wasn't completely unknown by Hunter, but hearing it from Liam felt new and unusual, and had caught him off guard. As funny as it was, it wasn't all that untrue or exaggerated. Sydney could be cold...very cold, and that said something, coming from Hunter, who was someone who genuinely liked Sydney. Well, as Liam pointed out, it was probably more than a like, but that didn't matter now and as far as Hunter's realistic side of the brain told him, it never would. He wanted to claim that it was because he was a good friend, and that even with Liam's blessing, he wasn't going to go for his best friend's ex. However, it was far more likely that the real reason was that he knew Sydney didn't want him like that. He had tried to make a move on her the year before, before Liam and her had started hooking up, and it didn't take long for her to completely shut him down when she learned what his intentions were. It wasn't like his intentions were to just hookup with her or anything either, which made the rejection all the most sombering. He had actually had feelings for her, and wanted to date her, and maybe he still did, but he had done good at pushing all of those thoughts to the back of his mind after the rejection, and then definitely after Liam started dating her. Besides, when it really came down to it, Hunter had always been smart enough to know that Sydney wouldn't go for him. Sure, he had held out that little bit of hope that maybe she would downgrade, but he wasn't dumb or oblivious, and that mindset made it easier for him to settle with being just a friend to his long time crush.

"Nah, I'm not itching to get rejected again anytime soon, bro," Hunter said, his grin diminshing just a bit as he shook his head. "But I wouldn't be so sure that things are gonna work out for all of us. I mean, if word got around to me that you're already moving in on Anissa Savage, we'd be stupid to think that she hasn't heard either. And I don't know man, I don't think any amount of practice sprinting during soccer is gonna be good enough for you to be run away from her when she does decide to go 'Elsa with a tan' on you." It wouldn't have been right to say that Liam was no match for Sudney, because they both knew how to play mind games. However, in this situation, it didn't seem like Liam had any reason to come for her, but she had enough to come for him. Even with his mild explanation for what happened between them to cause the breakup, he seemed to admit that he had moved on and was over it. An unexpected breakup was one thing, but moving on to another girl so quickly seemed cold, even for Liam. If Sydney was seeking retribution just yet, Hunter was sure that her friends were, and as they crossed the street and approached 3 Guys, he could see the infamous trio sitting at a table through the glass window. It was their usual table, so Hunter shouldn't have been surprised to see them, but with what he had just learned, his stomach did feel a bit jumpy. "Dude, don't rule them up once we get in there. I want my food served with no drama on the side," he said as he headed inside.

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Adeline was so lucky that Lani jumped in with her own complaint, which seemed to come with its own serving of genuine annoyance, but whether it was intended to do so or not, also told Sydney that she needed to simmer down. Lani was there, and just because Adeline was getting on every last one of her nerves (even though really, the girl was doing nothing abnormal and Sydney was just having a bad day...), she couldn't ruin their lunch. The sharpness that accompanied Lani's words to their waitress strangely forced Sydney to relax a bit too, because someone else being edgy made her feel more comfortable, through the thought process that revolved around "at least I'm not the only bitch at the table". It was probably that thought process that actually made she and Lani's friendship work. Rather than being blatantly competitive with each other, the two seemed to have formed a bit of an unspoken alliance around both being very strong presences in the school, and just having that edge to their personalities in general. Unlike Adeline, Lani seemed to be a bit more understanding of where Sydney came from with the attitude and harshness, when the time called for it. Maybe that couldn't always be applied to situations like the one that they were in in the present, when Addy, a common friend, was the victim of the anger, but in other situations where Sydney was lashing out at other peers, or Lani was plotting to destroy someone, the girls seemed to think on a similar wavelength. Maybe it was a bit sick that it brought Sydney comfort that Lani was also dishing out an attitude to someone else, who probably didn't deserve it, but it did, and she let Adeline's very unnecessary comment about Liam slide, with only a very long glare being sent her way.

"Yeah, I'm going to get the mango salad, and also just an order of mozzarella sticks, and as she said, we don't have all day here, so would you make sure to expedite our order to the front of the list?" It was more of an order than a demand, and though it might have seemed strange, considering that Sydney knew that the entire world did not revolve around her, she didn't doubt that it could be done, because it had been done before. While Sydney's social power was mainly focused over the youth of Manhattan, she knew that there was a way to gain power in the "real world" too, and that power came in the form of money. Money talked, and as the girls' experience over the last few years proved, it only took a couple of nicely endowed tips to their usual waiters and waitresses to make their regular lunch spots very easy and quick places to eat at. She didn't even look at Adeline, before glancing down at the menu, and then back at the waitress. "Actually, swap out the mozzarella sticks for the Appetizer Sampler plate. She'll have that." The order of mozzarella sticks had originally been for Sydney, since with how today was going, she figured that she deserved a little bit of junk food to pick at with her salad, just to give her a little bit of joy today. However, with what Cassidy had said minutes ago still irking Sydney, in the back of her mind, coupled with the low blow that Addy had just shot her way, Sydney decided that she could just take the mozzarella sticks off of this combo tray of mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings and chicken wings, that she had ordered for Addy, and force the girl to eat the rest of the food. Sydney didn't even want to humor Cassidy's claim that Adeline was addicted to cocaine and had been in rehab for that, but wasn't actually better, hence the suppressed appetite that was common in cocaine users, but she was also just feeling petty towards Adeline today.

"I'm not saying that we can't go Friday," Sydney said, once the waitress was gone. She had caught Liam and Hunter entering out of the corner of her eye, but refused to look at them as they came in. They weren't important...or at least, Liam wasn't. Repeating that in her head definitely played into her deciding that he shouldn't stop her from socializing at a party she knew he would be at. "I'm sure that Hunter would appreciate us coming, and then you guys can sleep over my house, and we'll do some shopping on Saturday morning and then take the seaplane out to the Hamptons midday, so you can help me prep for the party on Sunday." Even if she hadn't been distracted by the people waving at Lani from a few tables away, Sydney wouldn't have considered that her friends might have had other plans for Saturday. As her best friends, it seemed like a requirement that they would clear their schedules if she needed them, but at least in her defense, she would do the same for them. As she allowed her eyes to fall upon the two people who had been acknowledging Lani, a small smile formed on her lips. It was Jamie and Ness. Sydney wasn't particularly close with either of them, but she didn't have any major problems with them either. Ness was too much of a goody two shoes for her, but another one of Cassidy's probably-completely-made-up comments had made her seem a tad more interesting today. Additionally, Jamie wasn't someone who would ever really catch Sydney's attention, but she would have been a fool not to note that he seemed to have a lot of friendly connections around school, with possibly the most major one being with Lani. And simply because Lani liked them, Sydney would be friendly... and again, she was feeling petty and in the mood to make people other than herself feel uncomfortable, because she had experienced enough feelings in the past few days alone to last her a lifetime. "Why don't you tell your friends to eat with us? We can make space for them. I feel like you've never given me a chance to get to know them, and I can only imagine that they're more alluring than they seem on the surface level that I know them on, if you like them. Especially since we heard that Adeline's given her own stamp of approval on Ness' character. Wasn't that what Cassidy was saying earlier?"

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

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

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


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Mood: Amused ☸ Outfit ☸ Location: Three Guys Restaurant



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hunter was too used to the crazy things that tended to happen at his parties to really be fazed by what was going on tonight, but he wasn't an idiot. When Trevor McNamara accidentally dropped a bottle of beer, sending alcohol and glass shattering all over his kitchen floor, he threatened that he was going to kick the guy out if he didn't clean that shit up that minute. When Kelsey Taylor, a girl from another private girls school in the city, got drunk on two shots of tequila, and became so careless that her cup of cranberry vodka spilled all over one of his couch cushions, that he knew his mother had just had reupholstered, he warned her friends that if they didn't take better care of her, and she didn't stop drinking, she was going to have to leave. He was a chill guy, and being relaxed and all about the fun was basically what he was known for, but at the same time, he wasn't stupid. His parents weren't going to be back home until Monday night, but he was leaving Sunday morning to go out to the Hamptons, so that meant that he only had tomorrow to clean up his entire house. And considering that he was already more than a few beers in, it was likely that he would end up sleeping into the late afternoon tomorrow, and therefore cut back even further on the time he had to redo his house if his friends left it in shambles. Luckily, most of the people here were classy enough to know not to trash his house, and he (possibly stupidly) trusted them enough to really give the guests a lot of freedom. Although the majority of his guests were currently located on the rooftop terrace, and in the room right below that, which had originally been a large bedroom space, but had since been converted into a "man cave", there were some floaters on all five floors of the house. Hunter didn't mind, since he was content with the "ignorance is bliss" motto, and knew that as long as he couldn't see anyone causing trouble, he couldn't blame himself for not stopping it. Besides, once he had realized that Ness had arrived, he became even more comfortable with remaining on the rooftop.

Even when he and Liam had crushed it in the game of beer pong that they had been playing, and were supposed to verse their next set of future-losers, Hunter couldn't focus on the game. "Man, count me out for this round. Gotta do some mingling. Y'know, fulfill my host duties," he reasoned, slapping the guy on the shoulder in a friendly see-you-in-a-bit sort of way, before departing from the guy. It seemed like a safe move to make, considering that there were bound to be a bunch of guys ready to jump into Hunter's spot, seeing as being Liam's partner basically automatically meant that you were going to win the game, and therefore be able to gloat in other people's faces. Plus, Hunter hadn't noticed Sydney around yet, and he knew that given how he was, he definitely would have noticed if she was here, so it seemed safe to leave his friend. It wasn't that Hunter felt like he couldn't trust the two of them in the same space... but more so, he didn't know what to expect from the two of them being in the same space. He had seen Sydney only a couple of times over the past few days, and none of those times had involved direct person to person contact between Sydney and Liam, and, well... given how little he knew about what had really went down between them, thanks to Liam being so damn casually dismissive about it all, Hunter just felt like he wanted to be there to simmer down anything that could possibly happen. If he thought a stained couch cushion was a night-ruiner, having one of them push the other off his roof would be in a league of its own, and given those two, you could never be too surprised.

"Hey Ness!" Hunter greeted, a tad more excitedly than he had originally planned on it sounding, before looking to Jamie and offering him a more casual, yet still friendly nod of his head. "What's up, man?" He continued just a second later, looking more at Ness now. "I'm glad to see you two here. I didn't see you around at any of my little get togethers over the summer. Thought that party last spring scared you off for good," he laughed. "But what've you been up to all summer? I'm gonna head downstairs to grab a drink. We've got the keg up here, but all of the bottled beers and the liquor and stuff are down there, so we can keep it cold. You two want anything?"

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Mood: Amused Outfit



"I was the one who told you hanging out with Hill was a bad idea. You didn't listen," Lani pointed out to Sydney with raised eyebrows, smirking at the thought of Sydney dealing with the girl and her merry band of followers. Luckily, they were at Hunter's place where a decent rum and coke was calling her name, or a beer. Lani had not planned on getting smashed out drunk and it usually took a lot to get her there, but a few good drinks never hurt anyone. It was Adeline, she reasoned, they really needed to worry about. She was the one who usually wound up black out drunk and needing to be carried out of the venue lest someone start snapping pics and posting them on social media. Lani had a bit more control and getting drunk like that was a rarity she only allowed in the safety of one of their homes, particularly her own. Besides, if she was going to hook up with someone, she wanted to be quite sober. Lani didn't exactly jump head-first into sex, though a good makeout session here and there never hurt anyone. And if her mind briefly flashed to Cassidy's face, well, then shit, Lani needed that drink like, yesterday.

"Yeah, I could be down for some kickboxing," she answered mildly, stretching a bit and feeling the smooth material of her cut-out bralette lift only slightly before settling back down. Her muscles would probably argue later, after a few sessions, but she'd probably need it once soccer was over. "I should probably get back to fighting anyway." Granted, her form of fighting had always been more along the lines of street fighting, something she picked up from her brothers. Being their only sister and the only girl, they had all reasoned Lani needed to defend herself. So, when she was able to square up with one of the local Lanai boys some years back, she couldn't really fault them with getting her all ready to take down anyone. She hadn't really sparred with anyone in awhile due their busy schedules and kickboxing just seemed like a fun way to get back into a really old habit. Plus, if the girls were doing it, she was bound to have some kind of fun watching Adeline after their second session whine about being too sore and wanting to stick to yoga or something. When the vehicle finally stopped, Adeline was the first one out and already giving Lani those demanding eyes that made her chuckle as she waited for Sydney to get out next so Lani could slide on out behind her without having to exit on the side closest to the busy streets.

"Of course, you'd think anyone who could recite Les Mis by heart weird, Addy," she lamented teasingly, running a hand through her just-then windswept hair as a hot summer breeze shot past them. "Honestly, I didn't even think Ness could be dragged to one of these, even if it's the first of the year. If we see them, we see them, but..." She could have pointed out that the girls not having had any time to party with one another was nowhere near Lani's fault as they had all known she had an internship and had scheduled it so that they could have time. Adeline was the one who ditched. But Lani did not speak on that. She turned to Adeline a firm stare, but her smirk was still present. "I'm not the one who ditches a bitch the second she catches a glimpse of vodka."


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Mood: Jovial ☸ Outfit



"Awww, dude, you suck!" Liam mock-whined, accepting the slap on the shoulder with an ever-present grin as he took a shot of whiskey to the head with a few of the guys. Considering Liam hadn't missed too many of his shots during their beer pong matches to be at fault for mixing certain alcoholic beverages, the shot wasn't going to do nothing much to him. It burned in that familiar way that it always had, a lick of sweetness chasing the bitter heat that suffused his esophagus. With the glass back on the counter, Liam allowed his gaze to scan the "mancave" of the Devlin home, not at all surprised that he didn't see Sydney and her girls just yet. It wouldn't particularly be Sydney Persson to not make some kind of dramatic entrance at the exact crux of either being fashionably late or just plain late, and Liam was trying to tell himself that he gave absolutely no fucks in the world about whether or not she showed up. Which was a lie, if he was being honest, but since he never really liked honesty much, another shot of whiskey and another round of beer pong before making his own kind of rounds around the townhome would surely be enough to dispel the bullshit.

"Dave," he called without even looking at the guy, extending a pointed finger in the guy's way. "Since Devlin ain't loyal, welcome to the winning team. Who wants to get their ass kicked next?" The challenge hung in the air for only a second before a guy from another school - Evan, if he was remembering correctly - stepped up. "You've been talkin' a lot of shit, city boy. What we wagerin?" The thick Southern accent came out strong and, with the thrill of competition in the air and a wallet just ready to be plucked considering it would be refilled by tomorrow, Liam grinned. "Whatever you can afford, country boy."