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Nova Blanchett

"I don't lie, I just bend the truth a little."

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a character in “Uptown Living”, originally authored by la.lune, as played by RolePlayGateway

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{Name}
Nova Catarina Blanchett


{Nicknames}
Cat | mainly used by good friends | Liked
Casanova | used as a joke due to her persuasive behaviour | disliked
Supernova | jokingly when being particularly fiery | disliked/tolerated


{Age}
Seventeen


{Sexuality}
Heteroflexible & questioning


{Ethnicity}
50% French, 50% American
(Dual citizenship)


{Hometown}
Cannes, France [0-7]
Brooklyn, New York [7-12]
Manhattan (Upper East Side), New York [12-present day]


{Character Role}
'The Actress'



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{Personality}

As blazingly bright as a supernova - her namesake - Nova is not someone to be brushed aside nor underestimated. Her upbringing has taught her to do whatever she can to get ahead, be that using underhand tactics or not. Nova doesn't quite know when enough is enough, and could weave a whole world of lies with her eloquent tongue. She'd have you questioning everything and believing the sky was purple, if the situation called for it. She'll hypnotise you with her big blue eyes and unbeatable charm.

A chameleon of sorts, Nova's mood changes with the wind and her personality switches so often to fit the situation, she's not even sure who she truly is anymore. Once a peppy, optimistic girl her years in Manhattan with her grandfather have changed her greatly and she no longer sees the world through the rose tinted glasses she once did. She sees the harshness and the reality of life, looking after someone who is inevitably dying is a painful but eyeopening experience, and she now lives life for herself and to make her happy. While this is typically good, Nova's morals have begun slipping as her self-confidence rises and lying doesn't seem bad anymore, but a necessary tool to get what she needs. Besides, she's so good at it, why not use what God gave her? He's damn near never given her anything else worth something.

Never being one to particularly care about the rules, outside of school that is (she still needs to keep up a good reputation for Juilliard after all), Nova enjoys messing with people purely because she's so good at it. It's simple for her to lie her way into getting what she wants and parties are always fun with her because if she's not already on the VIP list, she'll bat her lashes and pout at the bouncer until she is. You're bound to get up to trouble on a night out with Nova - but she'll never get caught, or so she thinks.

Socially, Nova is highly intelligent and knows all the right things to say. However when it comes to academics, she can flounder a bit and due to her aspirations of attending a school as coveted as Juilliard, Nova needs all A's. It's why she has recently enlisted the help of a certain student who knows how to get a girl whatever they need; in this case it would be adderall - or anything she can get that'll keep her awake and able to study, while also maintaining her social status and attending parties. It's made Nova constantly near exhaustion and taken a toll on her health, but she's always persevered and isn't about to quit now. Not while she's ahead. She's a stubborn girl and won't let those who've put her down in the past win, she will come out of this better than she was before and she will show everyone exactly who Nova Blanchett is. That is, if she doesn't lose herself in the process.

Her natural ability to manipulate her way to the top has also made Nova an exceptional actress, she adores being able to forget who she actually is and take on the role of another, better person. She rules the theatre department at school and stars in nearly all productions. It's a well needed escape from, well, everything. No troubles, no worries - just her, the stage and the adoring audience. Oh, she does love the adoration, attention is her sustenance and all she needs to survive is be relevant. It's the fuel behind why she lies, and at such great lengths. Who would be friends with the girl who's parents are a stripper and a dead, shamed former son of a millionaire. A girl who's only reason for being where she is, is her dying Grandfather, a man who didn't even know her name until she was 12 years old, and still cares little for her. She'll inherit his money, of course he has no other family, so long as no one ever knows just how far down the social hierarchy her father stooped to have her. No one can know the amount of shame he brought on their family, and Nova is okay with that - She wants to come out of this on top and if it means hiding her past, so be it - she's only focused on the future anyway.


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{Future Plans}
Nova can see it now, she'll graduate high school with flying colours, attend The Juilliard School for theatre, and effortlessly find her way onto the silver screen - an ambitious plan, but if anyone's got the drive and ability to do it, it's Nova. Her Grandfather, however, has different plans - He wants Nova to apply for college and study a 'worthwhile' subject instead of chasing 'frivolous dreams'.


{Academic Career}
School is important to Nova because there's absolutely no way she's getting into The Juilliard School without straight A's and an full portfolio of her theatrical capabilities, which is why she's so heavily invested in Constance's theatre department and makes sure she's the star of the show every time - Even if she's not the main character she'll go out of her way to make her character truly shine. However, Nova's never been particularly gifted when it comes to academic subjects and spends as much of her time studying as she can, becoming easily stressed and irritable when exam season rolls around. This is why she has frequent visits from the hook-up to get Adderall that'll help her stay up and focus more. Nova's also a member of the schools debate team - never being one to pass up an opportunity to put her persuasive abilities to the test.


{Likes & Dislikes}

Gossip Theatre Musicals Parties Being Social Outgoing People Succeeding Winning Getting Her Way Flirting Cats Thunderstorms The Rain Dancing Singing In The Shower Being The Boss Coffee Social Drinking Scented Candles Daisies Spicy Foods

Losing Liars (Ironic) Getting Caught Failing At School Being Told 'No' Wasps Being Blackout Drunk Weed Rom-coms Being Honest Opening Up Soppy People Condescending Adults Being Ignored Roses Sour Foods Obnoxiously Loud People Her Stepmother Long Car Journeys Flying



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{Family}

Marius Blanchett | Biological Father | Deceased
Christopher Blanchett | Grandfather | Alive/Sickly


Christopher knows the truth about Nova's mother, and while he was furious with Marius for ruining the family name, he's never taken it out too harshly on his granddaughter. She is, after all, his only grandchild and therefore his only benefactor after he passes away. He may not be a sweet and cuddly old man, but he provides Nova with whatever she needs and when her stepmother is being particularly vicious, a place to stay. In return, Nova looks after him as his ailments deteriorate and he gets sicker - Something he doesn't want the world to see, and does well to hide from the public eye, but Nova can see just how sick his is and it frightens her. Once her grandfather is gone, she truly has no one she trusts that knows the truth about her.

Rose Wilkinson | Stepmother | Alive
Vincent Wilkinson | Stepfather | Alive


Nova has a rocky relationship with her stepmother, Rose has never been particularly fond of her but has kept to the charade that Nova is in fact her daughter, for the sake of her reputation. Rose never wanted to take Nova on, but she had no choice when Marius brought a little 12 year old girl into their home and told her she was his daughter. In Rose's eyes, Nova is what drove a wedge between their marriage and she has never forgiven her for it. Since her father died, and Rose remarried, Nova's home-life - or lack thereof - has only gotten harder. She knows she's unwanted and despite Vincent thinking she is, in fact, Rose's daughter she knows the truth, as does Rose and she doesn't hesitate to remind Nova whenever she feels her 'daughter' is stepping out of line.

Minnie Moreau | Biological Mother | Alive

As a child, Nova adored her mother. Growing up in Cannes they didn't have much, but they had each other and that seemed to be enough for Nova - at least for a little while. However once she met her father and was introduced into a world of luxury apartments and expensive clothing, she never wanted it to end. It is why she goes to such great lengths to keep her true heritage a secret. If anyone found out who Nova's mother really was the press, and most of the world, would have a field day.


{History}
To the world she is Nova Blanchett, daughter to Marius Blanchett - A kindhearted man who died tragically young in a car accident - and his effervescent wife, Rose Blanchett. While in reality she is the bastard child of a torrid love affair between that same kindhearted man and a french stripper. A great disgrace for the family, and honestly - a mistake. Her life may seem idyllic and enviable to those outside the family, but behind closed doors it's an entirely different story.

An accident. It's all everyone in her life besides her parents have ever called her, which has made it hard for Nova to not see herself as one. She should never have been born. It was in a moment of insanity that Marius had a weeklong affair with french stripper Minnie Moreau, that's what her grandfather tells her, not to be cruel (or at least he doesn't think he's being cruel) that is just simply how he sees it. After Minnie became pregnant she decided that telling Marius right away was a bad idea; she didn't even know where he was! It took years for her to finally find him. She didn't expect for him to want to fly her and their daughter out to New York to be with him, but that's exactly what he did - Ecstatic to have a daughter, and also terrified to death of what he was going to tell his wife.

When she was seven years old, Nova and her mother moved to Brooklyn to be closer to her father. They lived in a tiny, rundown apartment and barely spoke any English between them. Those five years growing up in another country, trying to learn another language and get in touch with her father were possibly the hardest years of her life. She had been taught the basics - enough to get her by, but also had to translate for Minnie as her mother knew barely any English.

Nova stayed with her mother in the week, and lived in the lap of luxury with her father on the weekend. She loved being with him, he'd buy her pretty dresses and fancy sweets and dote on her the entire time. She enjoyed it so much so, that Minnie began questioning whether she could really do better for Nova than her father. They didn't have a lot of money and Marius already wanted to enrol Nova in a fancy middle school he had attended. His family could provide things for their daughter she could never dream of and so she asked Marius to take Nova on, full time. Minnie still saw Nova on the weekends, at least she did at first, but once she started secondary school and began to run with high society people, Nova's visits became far less frequent.



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{Height}
5'5
Nova is considered petite next to all of the model height girls at Constance.


{Build}
Pear - curvy yet bottom heavy.


{Hair}
Golden blonde.


{Eye Color}
Green-blue.


{Portrayed By}
la.lune



So begins...

Nova Blanchett's Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To: Anissa
Yeah, I'll be there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

To: Lani
Good Morning

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To: Hunter
What time am I coming over tomorrow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Nova had been so absorbed in the script for the new fall play that she almost missed lunch. Not hearing the bell ring, it took one of her drama buddies nudging her for Nova to actually come back to the real world, "Oh shoot," She huffs, bouncing up from her seat on the schools stage where she had been sitting with her legs dangling over the edge, absentmindedly swinging. Brushing down her white skirt and shoving the script into her schoolbag, Nova smiles at her friend and thanks them for reminding her before walking over to their drama teacher. "Hey Richard, I'm gonna head to lunch now - I could not be more excited for this play though," Nova beams, cheekily calling Mr. Williams by his first name - Something he would usually get mad about, but he harboured a soft spot for Nova and so let her off - "You know I'm gonna kill it at the auditions for Violet, I honestly don't even know why you're holding them." She teases with a wry smile, blowing on her nails and rubbing them on her lapel. "While I do envy your cockiness Miss Blanchett," Mr. Williams laughs from his seat on one of the many chairs arranged around the auditorium, "You'll just have to prove at the auditions that you can live up to the standard of acting you hold yourself at." Nova rolls her eyes, enjoying the back and fourth she got with Mr. Williams, he was certainly her favourite of all the teachers and actually treated her as another human being instead of a child. "Oh you will, Richie, and you'll wish you never doubted me." Nova finishes with a wink before waltzing out of the auditorium in true diva fashion. One role, if nothing else, she was certainly born to play. On her way to lunch, Nova decides to send Ness another text, concerned about not having seem her in the auditorium where the two, usually, practically lived.

To : Ness
You around? Still need to chat about this play, missed you at the auditorium today! :-(


Walking out of the school gates, Nova looks around for someone she may know, hoping to possibly run into Cassidy or even Anissa but couldn't find either so decided to join her theatre friends, Jenny and Cole as they walked over to 3 guys. The one good thing about living in the upper east side - among a long, long list of good things - was the food. Even in a fast-food joint like 3 guys everything looked delicious, and Nova had a hard time choosing. As she pondered over what to eat, Nova's roped into a conversation with two of her friends about Hunter's upcoming party, "Yeah should be good," She smiles, far more interested in the food than the excited chatter from the two people next to her, where Jenny had now turned the topic on what clothes she was planning on wearing "I'll probably just throw something together last minute." Nova lies, attempting to keep her cool composure always at school, when she had actually already planned the outfit in her head. Not even because she was that excited for it, but because that's what Nova always did - plan ahead. She couldn't stand the thought of not being prepared, that kind of uncertainty gave Nova insane anxiety and that wasn't something she needed right now. Finally reaching the front of the queue Nova decides upon a caesar salad and vanilla milkshake - with a side of fries because really, how could she resist? Especially when in 3 guys who make pretty much the greatest fries on the upper east side. As the small group grabs a seat, Nova decides to send Cassidy a text asking her to join them as she couldn't see Sydney or Adeline around.

To: Cassidy
You coming to 3 guys? I'm already there :-)


Then, turning her attention back to the friends directly in front of her, Nova sips on a milkshakes and joins in on their conversation which had now, thankfully, switched to the play. Something Nova couldn't be more excited for. "You know I've just gotta play Violet," She says, thinking about how amazing it would be to play her. "Honestly I won't let Mr. Williams cast anyone else." Nova laughs before launching into what was pretty much a speech she had about why exactly she thought she should play Violet.


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Ness, in her typical vein of dreaminess, for the most part just floats through the first half of the school day without much of anything interesting happening. Her mind is occupied with plans for a two floor set riddled with knick knacks to make it feel homey, a white porch front and driveway stage right. She's already sketching out plans on every syllabus handed to her, a funny little smile pulling at the left corner of her mouth. It's as though she has a little hook that always latches on when she's imagining something wonderful that she has the chance to bring to fruition. Much like Nova, on the other side of the stage, she sees this as something which can give her yet another edge in getting into the technical theatre program of her dreams. Not that a famous family hurts her chances, of course. She hardly registers the response received from Nova about playing the part of Violet until after the bell has rung, bringing her out of her little dream land of set design and costuming. The backstage of a theatre is perhaps the ideal place for someone so fond of dreaming things up.

She slides all of her papers into that terrible mess which is her backpack (already frightening on the first day of school), save for one which she folds into a paper airplane and tosses out the second story window. It flies quickly at first, eventually floating slowly down until it is caught in a bush in the courtyard below.

To: Nova
I can't picture anyone else in the department. Either Violet or Barbara, for sure. I've already started sketches for a set. Are you going to 3G with drama gals? I'm gonna grab Jamie and head over!

To: Lani
Going to 3G. You there?

Ness loves the way everyone goes to eat at Three Guys without fail. It creates this loud, bustling atmosphere that she has always adored- the core of any city. Of course, this crowd is a bit more posh than the one found bustling about on the subway running beneath them. Ness meets with Jamie at the courtyard and the pair walk over together.

"I'm eating with Nova I think- sit with Lani, please,"
the moment they are within a few feet of the restaurant, Ness springs this on Jamie. She knows he's avoiding her, and is fairly certain he's in love with her. She just has no idea why he'd do anything but act on it- she's fond of watching people make each other happy, and is certain Jamie and Lani would do that excellently. Jamie looks at her like a man who has just been betrayed, eyes wide and frown half-surprised. He hadn't even responded to Lani's text asking where they were. He could see her at Three Guys, of course she'd be there with Sydney and Adeline and the rest of her other friends, but he figured he'd be able to sit off with Ness or something. The fact that she'd suggest otherwise throws him off guard a bit.

"C'mon, Ness. I feel like we haven't seen each other- let's just eat together?" he offers weakly, as she has already guided him into the crowded restaurant. Ness is simply not having it.

"Please. We live next to each other, we've seen plenty of each other. Lani misses you- and you miss her you big lump," Ness's plan fails in that she and Jamie arrive just a bit before Sydney, and thus before Adeline and Lani. She skips over to Nova's table and takes a seat with them- Jenny and Cole are Ness's friends as well. Everyone knows everyone in the theatre department, and all the more bearable people tend to clump together somehow.

Jamie makes a move to sit with them, but Ness stops him.

"Hey now, Billy Buddy. Lani's had to wait the whole summer to see you, right? You can sit when you've at least said a proper hello," she decides this as she sees the trio standing just in front of the restaurant through the glass. Seeing Sydney, she realizes Jamie may not be as welcome at that table. And seeing Adeline- well there are a different sort of mess of feelings when Ness sees that girl. A sudden unleashing of butterflies in her stomach, this clenching nervousness of a cliffhanger left out for too long. Jamie doesn't miss a thing.

"And you don't have someone to talk to, Ness? Is it alright if I pull up a chair?" this one is directed at Nova and the other theatre kids at the table. Ness sighs, defeated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pausing mid sentence when she hears her phone beep with an incoming text, Nova pulls it out of her handbag and glances at a message from Ness. Happy to get a response from the girl, Nova can't help but enjoy the slight ego stroke as Ness tells her she couldn't picture anyone else playing Violet. That's exactly how she thought and was glad to see she wasn't the only one.

Then spotting Ness come into Three Guys, Nova shoots her a wide smile and puts off replying to her text as she takes a seat in front of her, glad to have another theatre friend to perform her speech to. Cocking her eyebrow slightly at Jamie, someone who wouldn't typically choose to sit with Nova and her friends, she nods at him so he knows it's fine to sit. The two had hardly spoken, and besides sharing a few of their classes, didn't really see each other much. Of course she knew who he was, and Nova reckoned Jamie knew her too - most likely through Ness, their mutual friend. Nova figured it'd be interested to get to know an unfamiliar face, and see what she could get from him, if anything.

Taking a sip of her milkshake while Jenny and Cole greet the new arrivals to their table, Nova joins in "Ness! Am I glad to see you," She beams, toying with her salad, "You gotta tell me your plans for the staging, and we should definitely read lines together when I get the part of Violet." Nova deliberately chooses to say when instead of if. Then turning to Jamie, Nova leans her head in her right and and gives him a small smile, "Hey, I don't suppose you're going to audition for the school play, huh Jamie?" She kids, while Nova may not know the guy well, everyone knew how soft spoken and reserved he was, "Or am I wrong? Are you secretly harbouring some amazing acting skills we have yet to see?" Nova only means this as a joke, although some sensitive people could take it to heart Nova only teased him, and perhaps pushed slightly, trying to figure out where they boundaries lie with him.

Waiting for a response, Nova takes a bite of her salad, glancing around the quickly filling Three Guys and over to neighbouring tables, noticing Sydney, Adeline and Lani on one and Cassidy sitting with Avan on another, Nova noticed Cassidy riling up the popular threesome and stifled a giggle, while she pretended to be vaguely friends with the girls, she couldn't help but enjoy Cassidy's careless attitude - if nothing else it sure was entertaining.

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Jamie manages to sit relatively still, despite the desire to fidget about with some degree of antsiness. He feels somewhat awkward sitting with Ness and her friends, especially when he doesn't really know any of them (of course he knows about them in that way he always manages to). So they chat about theatre, primarily, and he listens silently. At least now he knows what the play is going to be- Jamie will occasionally pop by to help build things with Ness, but usually doesn't interact with any actors, like those sitting before him. He glances around the restaurant, making his usual notes of who is here, who is sitting together, who is not. It's become second nature to look for these things, though he can't really pinpoint when that became the case. It's as though he's checking up on people, including those who don't know him beyond a tearful drunk confession at a party.

And then he spots Lani and her friends sitting down, and immediately turns back into his seat to return to the conversation at hand. Truth be told, he's never really liked Sydney, though she is Lani's best friend discounting him. Well, perhaps including him, nowadays. She has a way of making people feel on edge. It's not that he dislikes her, or wouldn't be able to hold a conversation with her. She just makes Lani feel even further away. They grew up together, and yet upon coming to New York she skyrocketed to the top and he remained middle-tier. It does little for his confidence in matters regarding her, though he's always known she's far above him.

"Of course! I want a very homie sort of set- half house half wraparound porch. You'll love it, trust me. And no need for any major stage crew besides clearing props, which'll be good. The house has to be wonderful because truth be told the costumes may be a bit dull,"
Ness is speaking, tearing Jamie away from his semi-dazed state. He registers that he is being addressed by Nova. He glances down at his phone briefly to see a text from Lani, and then fixes his focus back onto Nova.

Jamie smiles in response, a little sharp exhale taking the place of a snort. "Yeah, you got me- Behind this boyish exterior is a broadway diva waiting to break loose. No, I'll leave the spotlight to the professionals- I'd probably have a heart attack up there."

Ness had taken this opportunity to see Lani's text to her as well, and twists in her chair to wave at Lani before giving Jamie a light nudge so that he has no choice but to turn and do the same, though his is a slower, more ashamed wave. He finally responds to her text.

To: Lani
Yeah, sorry. I've just been kinda distracted lately.

It's a half-assed excuse but not technically untrue. He's certain that he'll be called out on it though, knowing Lani. And despite what Sydney or Adeline or that gang may think, Jamie is certain that if there is one thing he knows, it's Lani. Sometimes the known can be just as nerve-wracking as the unknown. He glances over at Ness, who seems strangely fixated by something over at Lani's table. He traces her line of sight to one Adeline Arnault, and raises an eyebrow. He won't press it until later, of course. He knows the vaguest of details of what's up there, of course, but is curious for more.

The waiter comes round with Ness and Jamie's food, which they take gratefully. The waiters at Three Guys tend to like Ness in particular because she is known for giving way too much money as a tip- she tends to forget the value of money at times, and while she spends nothing on things like jewelry, will drop plenty on a tip or an interesting new meal or concert ticket.

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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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"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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Nova nods at Ness' ideas, I wide smile on her face, "Ness that sounds amazing!" She beams, "I honestly can't wait." Hearing Jamie finally pipe up, Nova couldn't help but laugh at his comment, "Aw, you know you had me convinced for a minute there." She kids, slightly more intrigued by the usually reserved guy who she had barely spoken to before. He was much more interesting that she had given him credit for and Nova began to see why Ness was so tight with him. Their other theatre buddies began excitedly chattering more about the play, and for a while Nova joined in. That was until she noticed Sydney's table peering over at them. Cocking her right eyebrow slightly, Nova wonders what they could possibly want. Of course, she know that Lani was close with both Ness and Jamie - There's no way she couldn't have missed seeing a 'popular' girl hanging out with an innocent angel and a shy guy, oh how crazy of her, how generous to dip out of her elitist pool and befriend them.

Watching as Lani strolled over past their table toward Hunter, the party host himself, Nova noticed her glances over at Ness and Jamie and almost laughed. Was she that jealous that they had other friends? Could they not sit with anyone but her - must she always be surrounded by an adoring audience? Of course, Nova had no real problem with the girl, in fact, she was probably a sweetheart and had never given the girl a reason to dislike her, other than making her feel very obviously that Lani disliked her. And while Nova could never be one to call other person fake, seeing as she practically switched personality every five minutes, she couldn't help but get that vibe from Lani. She seemed almost perfect and Nova knew for a fact that wasn't at all possible. Nobody is perfect, no matter now much Nova may wish she could be.

As Lani then appeared in front of Nova, standing at the foot of her table, the genuine smile that had once been on Nova's lips during her conversation with her friends quickly faded and was replaced by a curious smirk. Jenny, noticing Lani, quickly stopped her excitable talk as she was more than confused by the sight of her. In fact, almost all three theatre friends questioned why Lani would be there, albeit silently but they still wondered. Hearing her comment to Jamie, Nova pouts. "Stealing him so soon?" She asks, feigning sadness, "That sucks, and just as I was getting to know our new friend too!" Nova then looks over at Jamie with warm eyes, she wanted him to know that he didn't have to go with Lani and by the look on his face earlier when he glanced at the girl, Nova figured he maybe didn't want to.

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xxxxNess is positively glowing when she speaks about her plans for the set, going into little details like a little electric fireplace or a tv that will play reruns of shows from that era whenever it's turned on. There is a reason that she wants to major in set and costume design- the young woman has no happier place than discussing the things she wants to create and the plans she is drawing up. Perhaps the sweetest expression to ever pass across her features is that when she is sketching out plans for a set on which she is giving free reign. No nit picky little details to remember for the director, no specific paint colors that have to be used up. Fall shows are her favorite because they are a chance to start anew, to some extent. She is too absorbed to notice the looks being thrown towards their table from the far more intimidating one where Lani sits, and certainly is oblivious to the way that the people she is sitting with throw occasional looks back at the table in return. Some say ignorance is bliss- but in fact, her bliss creates an ignorance to her surroundings- one of Ness's shortcomings.

xxxxSo she sits happily, oblivious to the way Adeline is tossing her under the fresh wheels of her friends' expensive cars. Oblivious to the way that Jamie is continuing to fidget under the looks from the table- looks he, unlike Ness, does not miss in the least. Jamie smiles back at Nova's comment and allows Jenny and Ness to take over the conversation discussing the play and any theatre that they were involved with over the summer. He's more than happy to sit back and allow others to have their conversations without him playing any role in them whatsoever. And in listening to it, and seeing how happy Ness, practically a sister to him, is speaking about her craft, he can almost pretend he doesn't see Lani walking over towards their table.

xxxxGod, she's beautiful. She's been dazzling since they were children growing up on the beach. Doing something as mundane as walking through a restaurant she stands as a cut above the rest. As far as he's concerned, the worshiped Sydney Persson herself can hardly compare. But of course, he is a bit biased. As soon as she's close enough to notice his staring he busies himself with his drink, hating himself for acting like a complete fucking idiot around someone whom he has known for almost literally his entire life. Sure, he isn't as suave as Liam Koch or one of those other types, but he definitely shouldn't be dodging about like a criminal hiding from the cops every time he sees her.

xxxxOr perhaps he should be. For one thing, falling for your cousin who doesn't realize she's your cousin is just strange. For another, thinking that he might ever be even a fraction of the way to being on her level is absolute insanity- and is why Jamie, with is already shit self esteem, would never think such a thing. He was happy just being her friend until eventually his stupid angsty self could not even allow that one good thing to remain the case.

xxxxHe feels a sudden nudge at his side from under the table. Ness is looking at him with those doe-eyes that seem to overlook any and every evil in the world, looking half confused half encouraging. Somewhat dazed from his own little pity party, Jamie had only half processed that of course Lani had made her way to the table. She'd invited him to sit with her, as though that would free him from sitting through drama geek conversations. As though this hadn't been intended as a sanctuary from his own self-loathing and the person who, honestly, only worsens the problem with her halo and seeming ability to do everything perfectly.

xxxx"Yeah, Jamie- you haven't seen Lani all summer practically. I'll see you after school for ice cream anyway, right? Lani, you too? C'mon billy buddy- I think the waiters deliver their food faster anyway," stupid, idealistic Ness thinks she's helping Jamie. She's been trying to get him to talk to Lani again for most of the summer, as soon as she realized he'd been avoiding her. And now Jamie's stuck. Perhaps she is helping him, forcing him to actually cope rather than just sulk and fake a smile about his problems. Nova looks at him in an offer of help, but it's too late now. Ness smiles at him in that way of hers which makes it impossible to blame her for anything at all- pure good intentions and light. His best friend is a Disney Princess and it can sometimes be a real pain.

xxxxJamie looks up at Lani and manages a half smile, although he feels the need to squint at her. Lack of exposure makes her all the more dazzling to look at. His ears are bright red but he's praying the lighting in the restaurant will conceal this.

xxxx"Uh, yeah, sure. Of course,"
he gets up, plate in one hand and glass in the other "See ya later, Ness. Nova, Jenny, it was nice talking. See you in Bio, Cole."

xxxxHe turns to Lani, waiting for her to lead the way. It's been this way since childhood- Jamie being pulled along by Lani and her vivacious personality. He's been along for the ride his entire life it seems, even if he hasn't always realized it.

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Lani hated the fact that Jamie would even think to hesitate before acquiescing to her. She didn't believe that she made it a habit of monopolizing all of his time. Lani liked to believe that when they arrived in the Upper East Side, that she had been the one to be more adamant about them both finding their own niches within this new society. She wasn't exactly all for not having Jamie with her at all times as she hardly had a childhood memory that didn't consist of him on her right, but she had dealt. It never would have occurred to her that perhaps he was content with not being with her and she refused to allow the thought to sit in her mind for too long. She hated that Jamie had to look to Ness before even giving her an actual smile and the one she received was lackluster at that. She did her best to retain the blank expression she had arrived with, but Lani couldn't help but feel hurt that his gaze traveled to Ness and Nova before finally returning to Lani. But what she hated - abso-fucking-lutely hated - was that Nova gave him this look as if Lani was unwelcomed in his space. The very idea made her clench her jaw, even as Nova gave her a little smirk.

I could give a rat's ass if you found out what his favorite color is, she thought pettily, but did not vocalize it. He's mine. Lani rationalized that she was internally being ridiculous and that there was no reason to feel the need to stake her claim like linking her arm with Jamie's the second he was up on his feet, as if she could somehow tether him to her person before someone convinced him to stay. Which she did, and Lani felt faintly guilty for it. It wasn't enough to bear her conscience down or make her release him, but she knew she was being stupid. And Nova more than likely didn't mean anything as an insult, but with the unexplained distance between herself and Jamie - combined by the fact that he obviously wasn't too distracted if he was spending time with getting to know someone else - Lani just felt like...well, damn it, he was her friend. And she was allowed to want to spend some kind of time with him.

"Yeah, sure," she replied distractedly to Ness, breaking the glare she had felt forming on her face towards Nova so that she could softly acknowledge Ness once more. "We've gotta start scheduling movie nights this year too. I heard Beyond the Lights was actually a good one." Belatedly, Lani realized that she could have invited Ness - no, she should have. She loved the other girl and she was a mutual friend of Jamie and Lani's. And yet, despite having to go back to Sydney and Adeline, Lani wanted this to be a bit of her own time with the guy. Again, absolutely irrational and uncalled for, but it was what it was. Satisfied with her possession, Lani nodded to the table once more before tugging Jamie lightly, walking away. However, she didn't head immediately back to Sydney and Adeline. It was a slightly longer route around tables and would lead them towards the bathrooms just a bit before circling back to her girls, but she felt the need to have Jamie completely alone before forcing him to deal with girls he wasn't that familiar with. They stopped once they were by the door where servers came out with freshly prepared foods and while Lani's stomach was adamant that the next nice-smelling plate be hers, she pointedly ignored it to face Jamie with her arms folded over her chest. "You're getting to know new friends while I can't even get one phone call in Spain now?" She asked in a low tone, leaning over just a little so that only he could hear her. "Tell me I'm just being paranoid and I'll drop it, but...am I missing something here?"

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Watching as Jamie is dragged from his seat at the table and possessively bound to Lani, his arm linked firmly in hers, Nova half rolls her eyes before catching herself and stopping. Sure Lani's weird behaviour was definitely eye-roll inducing but Nova knew better than to make her reaction obvious. Instead the blonde turns her attention back to the table Lani had made a beeline for - there sat Sydney and Adeline who seemed to be wrapped up in a situation of their own. Nova wasn't surprised in the slightest though, it was a rare day when you didn't see Sydney snapping at someone. Pondering over what it could be they were arguing about now, perhaps Sydney was mad over Adeline's unusual disappearance over the summer break. But then again, just because she didn't know about it Nova was certain Sydney must know what happened, right? Bringing her focus back to the table and her friends in front of her, she decides to involve them in her questioning.

"Where'd you think Adeline disappeared to this summer?" Nova asks the table, her voice slightly more hushed than usual. While she was sure the two girls at the other table were far too busy with their tiff, she didn't want to become 'that girl'. The one known solely as the gossip, so she kept it on the lowdown. Jenny, always quick to pipe up with her own comment swiftly replies, "Didn't she say she was in California or something?" Cole nods before adding, "Yeah Nova, that's what I heard." Of course Nova had heard that too, but something about that didn't quite seem right. Nova had absolutely no reason to doubt the girl, but then again she liked to pride herself on being pretty good at seeing through lies (being an expert liar herself) and she got the strangest feeling that Adeline wasn't where she says she was. However, not one to tattle - unless it was to her benefit - Nova merely shrugs, keeping her thoughts to herself, "You're probably right." She says finally, dropping the subject. She wouldn't bring it up with the table again, but would be sure to keep an ear out incase any other gossip surrounding the whole Adeline situation came out, not that you should ever believe the whispers that transpire between Constance girls. Looking over to Ness, Nova found herself keen to hear the girls thoughts on the subject. She had no idea whether the two had ever even spoken before but figured everyone would know about the whole ordeal by now.

While she waited for Ness to comment, Nova allowed herself to take another glance around the almost packed 3 guys. Even more people had arrived, those of interest including Liam and Hunter. Nova couldn't say she was particularly close with either, but had engaged in a few conversations here and there. Their choice of seating, next to Avan and Cassidy's table, seemed curious to Nova but she figured Hunter was just trying to get a hook-up for his next party. Out of the pair Nova probably knew Hunter a little better, and usually got an invite to his parties (along with most of those 'known' in Constance and St Judes). He was familiar to her only as 'the party guy', which to Nova, wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Considering how much she enjoyed partying and getting up to mischief. Liam wasn't someone Nova knew well at all and really, he never seemed to interest her before today. When she heard the news about him breaking up with Sydney. She couldn't really see why he'd do such a thing, considering Sydney had pretty much the entire school body under her command - something Nova so longed for and was certainly jealous of - dating her meant Liam had almost as much power. And now? Well, he was really just another jock. Although Nova couldn't say she wasn't impressed that a jock could break up with the queen bee. He must have some serious guts.

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xxxxIn a possessive motion that Jamie can't recall having seen since they were kids, Lani loops her arm through his as she leads him off. To an outside viewer it may simply look like two friends walking arm in arm to navigate though the incredibly busy establishment, but Jamie knows much better. Lani has that miffed look on her face that tells him he's going to have to answer for the entirety of the summer in a few short moments. The fact that they are clearly taking the long way to get to the table where her friends, who he doubts will genuinely welcome him though they will of course put on smiles out of respect for Lani, are sitting. Even with the knowledge of the upcoming reprimanding he cannot formulate an acceptable reason for his absence, because it is twenty years to soon for him to tell Lani that he's been avoiding her because he's in love with her and doesn't want to risk royally fucking everything up. Not that spending two months avoiding her is the best way to keep everything just the way it always was, clearly. He feels like a child caught with a hand elbow deep in the cookie jar- if the cookies were cough syrup flavored and honestly too unpleasant to be worth risking being busted for in the first place.

xxxxAnd here it comes. Her arms cross and her mouth twists ever so slightly in that way that he's known all of his life. Jamie could write a thesis on Lani at this point- he knows every little expression, every change in tone. He knows her better than she knows him, without a doubt. Of course, he's always been looking more closely than she has. "Am I missing something here?"

xxxxJamie drops his eyes to the floor. He deserves the third degree right now, of course. That makes it not a shred less nerve-wracking for him. Being right next to the kitchen, boiling heat while it churns out meal after meal, hardly helps. He manages a sheepish smile and rubs the back of his neck, half ashamed half frustrated. He wants to be mad at Lani, angry that she won't let him branch out. Angry that she thinks she can pull him away at the drop of a dime and have that be okay. Angry that she feels the right to be so possessive over him, friend or not. But instead he just feels embarrassed. Plenty of guys would kill to have Lani Ellison lead them by the arm to a more secluded part of a restaurant- a more secluded part of anywhere. But at the moment, he just wants to hide from her eyes that dare him to try and feed her another bullshit excuse.

xxxx"I'm sorry. I don't know, I just thought I needed to branch out I guess. I don't know. You've always been there, but in a year that won't be the case- I guess I was having a hard time coming to terms with that, and I just kinda didn't deal with it well. Sorry, I suck," it comes out all as a flood, all technically true. Everything he says has flashed through his mind at some point or another. Knowing they can't always be attached at the hip, that she'll go to some Ivy League while he, if his father will come to terms with the fact that he doesn't want to go to Stanford, will go somewhere to study education or nursing. They just don't match up. They haven't since they were kids. The future separation may not be the reason, but without a doubt it's a reason.


xxxxIt doesn't even occur to Ness to be offended or hurt that she hadn't been invited over to eat with Lani and her power duo friends. For one thing, she had actually maintained in contact with Lani throughout the summer while Jamie pretended that every text from her didn't exist. Besides, Ness tends to have difficulty realizing when she's been slighted in any way unless it is painfully obvious. It goes with her tendency to believe the best of people, and makes her very difficult to anger when it comes to insults towards her own person. So she is happy to continue chatting with her theatre peeps. It's only when the subject of Adeline comes up that she feels a bit clammier.

xxxxShe looks away from the table, as though fascinated by the other people crowding tables at the restaurant. After all, why would she care where Adeline went? Why would she mind that the girl had disappeared without a trace, had completely vanished right after- well. There's not really a reason to care at all, right? Ness figures something came up. She figures that it was just a stupid drunk moment on Adeline's part, and doesn't blame the girl for vanishing afterwards- she probably doesn't even remember. Still, her head feels a bit funny for a moment thinking of it. Not one to frequent parties, she'd never been in that situation before. Truth be told, she's not even kissed very many people, despite the reputation her school has for their shenanigans.

xxxxIn her attempt to keep herself out of the conversation, her eyes find Cassidy Knox and Avan Harrison. Cassidy is Adeline's new step-sister- surely she would know. But Ness could never ask Cassidy. When the bullying had embittered Cassidy towards the world, the two of them had quite the falling out. She quickly moves her gaze over and catches Hunter looking over at her table. There is a very brief moment of eye contact, so of course Ness smiles and waves, a tiny motion, before Jenny asks her what she thinks about the subject.

xxxxThe girl whips around, thanking god that her complexion means that she doesn't turn completely red when blushing. Lord knows her skin is heating up from the question alone, though it ought not be. "Huh? Um. I don't know. I've never really spoken with her before, so I don't know. Maybe she was on a family vacation? Or some sort of spa retreat- I think going off the map for vacations are actually kind of a good idea. More relaxing. But yeah, I wouldn't know," she is far too flustered for someone who genuinely has no interest in the situation, and rambles on a bit more than necessary. An actor, Ness is not. Her every thought is written across her face, as per usual.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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