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Sydney Persson

"I don't owe anyone an explanation for anything."

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

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Name:
Sydney Grace Persson

Nicknames:
Syd | Queen Bee | HBIC

Age:
17

Birthday:
February 10

Hometown:
New York, NY

Sexual Orientation:
Heterosexual

Character Role:
The Queen Bee
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Family:
Sydney's immediate family consists of her mother, Elizabeth "Liza" Persson and her father, Stefan Persson. She has no siblings, something that she often disliked as a child, but has grown accustomed to now. Her relationships with both of her parents are strained, but in different ways. She and her father get along quite well, but he works endlessly, and therefore, Sydney only sees him a couple of times a month, really. Her mother is at home far more often, and the two of them butt heads quite frequently. Her mother struggles with alcoholism, and though it's something that she has always managed to keep under the wraps publicly, to protect her family's image, she has a tendency to drink heavily in the privacy of their own home, and her drunk side is closer to being verbally abusive than it is maternal and loving.

Home Life:
New York has always been Sydney's home, and as the only child of one of the wealthiest men in the world, she definitely fit the definition of a child who grew up with New York being their playground. From a young age, she was taught that rules didn't apply to you if you had money. If you life dealt you good hands when you were born, and you ended up popping out of the right womb, you were set for life, or at least given a head start that most of the world didn't get. Although her life isn't all sunshine and rainbows, there's no denying that Sydney has had a lot handed to her. Her kindergarten tuition was equal to the cost of some college tuition, and her nannies had her fluent in Swedish by the time that she was five. She had vacation homes scattered across the globe and traveled to more countries by the time she hit puberty, than most people would see in an entire lifetime.

The opportunities that Sydney was granted, just because of who she was born to, were endless. Many people living on the other end of the financial spectrum would imagine that that alone would be enough to give anyone a perfect life, with no complaints, and yes, Sydney is very aware that she's lucky. At the same time, things were never perfect for her, and she became aware of that at a younger age than she would have liked. She was only around eight years old when she became aware of her mother's drinking problem. A lot of people will turn to the bottle after a traumatic event, and while Liza didn't grow into an alcoholic because she lost a parent or a child, or anything that dramatic, finding out that her husband had been cheating on her with various women was enough to kick start her bad habit. It didn't help that her family history also included a few alcoholics of its own, but Stefan's infidelity was definitely what started the nasty habit that would quickly grow into an uncontrollable illness. Sometimes, at dinner parties with close friends, guests might notice that Liza would drink a few more glasses of wine than she should, but for someone with such a big problem, she did do a good job at keeping it hidden from the public. Her reasoning behind it was that she had already failed enough, by being cheated on.

While Stefan was a businessman, the CEO and founder of H&M, Liza had left behind her journalism career when she decided to get married and become a mother. Her career and purpose, in her mind, was now to be a perfect upper class housewife and to her, being cheated on signified that she had failed at that. The last thing she needed was for the rest of the world to think of her as a drunk too, and so she did a pretty good job at maintaining her composure at social events, and only getting blackout drunk at home, or after those parties. While it saved the family's public image, Sydney often felt the wrath of her mother's intoxication at home. Liza never became physically abusive but she certainly wasn't kind when she was drunk. It was often then, during those late night drinking binges when she would criticize Sydney for any and every thing. Her hair wasn't brushed straight enough, or the answer to a trivial question she had given an acquaintance at the dinner party hours earlier wasn't polite enough. She wasn't befriending the right people at school, or she wasn't a grateful daughter. Even at such a young age, Sydney had a level of self assurance and confidence, to a point where if these insults came from a classmate or stranger, she wouldn't have been bothered. However, hearing it from her own mother, and one who had particularly always been very kind and doting before the alcohol kicked in, made it different. It forced Sydney to become more insecure of herself, at least when it came to criticism being given to her by people she actually valued. It shaped her personality, and being very sensitive or at least attentive to criticism that her friends and family give her is something that still affects her today.

Her parents are still married to this day, and though Stefan swears that he hasn't cheated since Liza uncovered the affairs years ago, Sydney isn't quite as convinced that this is true. Still, she maintains a better relationship with her father than she does her mother, but that also might be because her father frequently travels for work, so they just have less time to butt heads. Her relationship with her mother is far more rocky, and that's one of the major reasons why Sydney values her social life, and the praise she gets socially, so much.

Academic Career:
Sydney isn't just a pretty face, and that's something that she has always prided herself in. She isn't naturally a genius, but she's just someone who won't settle for being second best. She's not going to be the school's valedictorian, but she's not too far from those ranking at the top of the class, and she's never received less than an A in any of her classes. She studies harder than a lot of people, and she's willing to admit that certain things don't come to her instantly, but her dedication to her academics is admirable. Additionally, Sydney participates in the school's Student Government Association, though she does not hold any leadership positions there.

ImageBad Habits:
Seeking vengeance | Holding grudges | Spreading rumors | Overreacting and acting ruthless | Disregarding other people's feelings

Hobbies:
Shopping | Reorganizing her closet | Going for runs | Traveling | Yoga | Studying | Modeling

Likes:
Hot chocolate ❤ Disney World ❤ Fashion ❤ Traveling ❤ Australia ❤ Money ❤ Her family's Hamptons home ❤ Shopping ❤ Black tie events ❤ Her friends ❤ Constance Billard ❤ Brown University ❤ Paris ❤ White chocolate ❤ Baking ❤ Margaritas ❤ Vanilla scented things ❤ Pearl necklaces ❤ Lilly Pulitzer ❤ Power ❤ Praise ❤ Achievements

Dislikes:
Spray tans ✘ Pigeons ✘ Subways ✘ Cigarettes ✘ Power outages ✘ Traffic ✘ Clingy guys ✘ Gaining weight ✘ Fast food unless she's drunk ✘ Watching sports on TV ✘ Cats ✘ Beggars ✘ Being dismissed ✘ Milk ✘ The Midwest ✘ Orange juice with pulp ✘ Black coffee ✘ Valentine's Day

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Personality:
Sydney exerts a level of confidence that has always made it difficult for her to not do well socially. She believes that it's easy to convince people that you're better than them if you truly believe that yourself, and it's a motto that's proven to be pretty successful for her. She isn't afraid of speaking her mind or voicing her opinion, even if it is an unpopular one. She doesn't mind public speaking, confrontations, or publicly humiliating or ruining someone who has done her wrong. She has a reputation of being heartless and cold, and it's not exactly a lie. In order to maintain her spot at the top, Sydney has learned that she has to set an example for people who think that they can steal her crown. Cross her, and you're going to die... at least socially. She doesn't like to be tested, and though she thrives on competition, she thrives on it in a sense where she likes competition that she knows she's going to win. It can be a tight race, but she has to win at the end of the day, if it's a competition that she's actually invested in. If she wants the crown, she's going to get it, and playing dirty isn't above her.

While she has a reputation of being a bitch, and she honestly doesn't mind that, she is protective of her friends and will stand by them. She's fairly controlling of those in her inner circle, but a lot of this is a result of her living by the "you're judged by the company you keep" saying. She feels like the people that she associates with represent her, and even if she knows that they're amazing people, they have to look and act the part of the elite when they're with her. This definitely allows her to look superficial, and it is superficial, but that doesn't take away from the genuineness of the friendships. Sydney is loyal to her friends and will protect them with every ounce of energy she has. Growing up in The Upper East Side, she knows that it's hard to find true, genuine friends who can be trusted with everything. There are tons of social climbers, opportunists, back stabbers and fakes among the bunches of girls who attend prep schools and even though Sydney is at the top of the social charts right now, she is still somewhat cautious around some of the girls around her. That only means that those who she are close with, are basically family to her. She never had any siblings growing up, so her close friends are the closest things to sisters and brothers that she has ever had, and she treats them like family.

Her rise to the top of the social ladder probably seemed like an easy climb, and Sydney likes to act like it has been, in order to assert her dominance over people, as if there was no question that she was cut out for the position. Realistically, though, she's a human, and being involved in the rumors and drama has always been draining to her, too. She stands by her claim that that she's too classy to ever physically fight anyone, but that doesn't mean that her claws don't come out in a verbal sense. Her calm and collected front seems to disappear when she's pissed off and she's known to insult people below the belt. It's not uncommon for her to start vicious rumors about girls and guys who she feels like have wronged her. The violation can even be slight, something that the person thought was a playful joke, but if you catch her on the wrong day or in the wrong mood, she has the capability to take it very personally and react ten times more offensively than the offense warranted. Although her position at the top does give her a lot of power, it has also caused her to be somewhat paranoid. When everyone knows your name, there's always someone talking about you and Sydney always fears that someone's going to spread something about her that will cause her to lose all of her friends. She knows that it's a silly fear, especially now that she's a senior and she's maintained her power for this long, but especially coupled with the insecurities that she feels over her mother's growing verbal abuse at home, it's hard for her to not worry sometimes. With this in mind, Sydney's actions always seem to be calculated. Whether it's something as simple as inviting a weird kid to one of her parties or purposely talking to someone else's boyfriend, her actions usually serve a bigger purpose than what they seem on the surface.

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Weight
130 lbs

Hair Colour:
Blonde

Eye Colour:
Blue/green

Other:
Her ears are pierced once each, and she has no tattoos.

So begins...

Sydney Persson's Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or be given a speech.

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

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

To: Hunter
Sure thing

To: Jamie
MORNING!!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mood: Contemplative ღ Outfit ღ Location: Adeline Arnault's Home



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

Or be near her.

Yeah, she could have done without the last thing.

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cassidy and Lauren weren't alone in the kitchen for long, because only a few minutes after she started eating, Sydney appeared. The girl didn't acknowledge her at first, and Cassidy assumed that it was going to remain that way. She wouldn't have minded it, since she had already had her fun with Lani this morning, and was okay with things going back to the way they were "supposed to be"... AKA anyone who wasn't in Sydney and Lani and Adeline's inner circle, being ignored as if they didn't even exist. It was easier to fight that in her own home, but considering it was early, and she really was savoring every bite of the meal in front of her, she probably wouldn't have tried provoking Sydney. However, the girl sitting down directly across from her, and starting a conversation all on her own, opened the opportunity right up for Cassidy. "If a reception of one hundred people is small, than sure, "small" is the word," she send, sending a curiously perplexed expression across the table. She knew how Sydney worked, at least on a vague level, so it was unlikely that she was just bringing up the wedding to make small talk. "Look, Blondie; if you're dumb enough to believe that Princess spent her summer with mommy on the west coast, then bask in your ignorance. If this is you indirectly suggesting that you know she's been lying to you, then bravo; I was right that you were more than just a pretty face." With that comment, Cassidy took a long few seconds to allow her eyes to drift below the seated girl's face, and though her conservative school uniform showed very little, it was an act that was meant to be more obnoxious than beneficial to Cassidy, anyway. It was an attempt at signaling that Sydney could be as uptight and condescending as she wanted, but that wasn't going to scare her. Not anymore. If anyone was going to be the one doing the intimidating now, Cassidy wanted it to be her, and if it had to be done in an inappropriate way, than so be it.

She held the pancake on her plate down with her fork, and used a knife to saw a fragment of it off, before popping it into her mouth. When it was fully chewed and the sweet food, that tasted more like a dessert than a breakfast meal, slid down her throat, she met Sydney's gaze once more, and her smile returned. "I swore to keep my mouth shut, so all that I'm going to say is that she was away getting help for a... problem." As soon as the words left her mouth, she brought up a finger to one side of her nose, pressing the nostril shut, as she pretended to do a line of cocaine off of the table surface. Insinuating that Adeline had been in treatment for a cocaine addiction was a blatant lie, but that was what made it amusing. "I heard that you and Madam President were the ones who got her hooked on it, anyway, so I'm surprised you didn't know that that was where she was," she said, adding in a shrug and a look of serious surprise, to play into the lie. She wasn't sure if Sydney would buy it, but incriminating the two pretentious blondes in the process only added to the amusement that Cassidy got out of it.

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Sydney would admit (to herself) that Cassidy deserved credit for making her feel uncomfortable, because as she kept a steady gaze on the girl's face, she watched as her eyes roved over the half of Sydney's body that was visible above the table. Even just saying that she had a "pretty face" made Sydney's skin crawl, and though it was dramatic, it wasn't so, to her, considering that she really did think that Cassidy was a creep. After a long sip of her mimosa, that she was beginning to wish, more seriously, actually had alcohol in it, she set it back down on the table and smiled at Cassidy coldly. "It's funny - I always thought the most despicable thing about you was your disgusting sexual tendencies, and how you preyed upon my friend when she was beyond intoxicated, but the fact that you're clearly a pathological liar ranks right up there, too." Sydney was referring to the one time, years ago, when she had walked in on Cassidy and Lani making out at a party. It had caught Sydney so off guard, mostly because she had no idea that Lani swung that way, that it had led to Sydney outcasting Cassidy farther than she had already been pushed away socially. She did what she could to make her the "Janis Ian" of Constance Billard, and though Sydney had relented the taunting much since the original encounter, it didn't change how she felt. She thought that all of these years, she had done a good job at treating Cassidy fairly, given how deplorable she truly was, but if she wasn't going to know her place, than Sydney wasn't going to refrain from reminding her of it.

This was the kind of banter that Cassidy enjoyed. Sydney was just as good as Lani, and though Lani was a bit more fun, in the sense that Cassidy knew (or at least had enough of an ego to think she knew) that she could get under Lani's skin, even just slightly, after a little bit of pushing, knowing that her taunts didn't rile up any emotions other than anger and annoyance in Sydney was reassuring enough in itself. Cassidy wasn't so egotistical to actually believe that every person on the planet wanted to get into bed with her, and she didn't want that for every person either, but with certain people like Sydney, it was fun to act that way towards. She would insinuate it, just because she felt like Sydney was homophobic, at least to an extent where it made her more uncomfortable than it should, and seeing the girl who was so good at being stone-faced feel forced to even entertain an argument with her made Cassidy feel like she had won, in one way or another. "If you're calling her my prey, than she must have a kink for hunters, because she was just as into me as I was into her. She still is, if we're being honest, but I guess that's a conversation for another day." She left it at that for a moment, allowing herself to take another bite of her food, and wash it down with her drink, before mimicking Sydney's cold smile. "I guess I should warn you though," she then continued, picking up her mimosa glass now and swirling it around just slightly, as she focused on watching the drink move around the glass. "Before senior year ends, both of your little bitches are going to be calling me their Queen."

"Are you sure that it wasn't you, who had the drug addiction? You must either be high on drugs, or in desperate need of drugs for whatever mental illnesses you clearly have, to be speaking to me this way. You're lucky that you get to breathe the same air as royalty for a little while, today. Don't let that get to your head, sweetheart." It was too early in the morning and the year, but if it had to be done, Sydney could be the one to send Cassidy back to reality. She didn't want to do it, but Cassidy had pissed her off. She did her best not to show it, with the smiles and quick retorts, but that probably said as much as needed to be said. She had crossed a line, in the beginning, by even attempting to challenge Sydney, but then to insinuate that Adeline had a cocaine addiction? Cocaine was prevalent in New York, so though Sydney knew that it was an addictive and horrible drug, she didn't see it in the same light as heroin or meth. She would never do it, but then again, Sydney didn't use any drugs other than alcohol, and no one actually considered that to be a drug. Still, regardless of all of that, she refused to believe that Adeline would use it, and more-so, that Adeline would use it to an extent where it was a problem, and somehow manage to hide it from both her and Lani. The fact that Cassidy tried to claim that she and Lani did it as well, only enforced that it was probably a completely fabricated lie on Cassidy's part, but at the same time, just negating that as a possible place where Adeline had been all summer didn't answer where se had been, if Cassidy had confirmed that they were dumb for believing the "stayed with my mom in California" story. All of this was definitely set to give Sydney a headache ten times faster than she would have gotten one, if she had just been a patient friend and remained upstairs with Lani and Adeline, so maybe she was getting what she deserved.

Cassidy's only response to that was laughter. It was done partly in an attempt to seem condescending, as if the line had been pathetic, but also because Sydney was being blatantly condescending now, and her comment had Cassidy tempted to be the one to take their verbal exchanges over the line that separated them from physical ones. When the laughter subsided, she shook her head, her smirk still present, and had a little bit more food. As she stood up to exchange her now empty mimosa glass for a full glass of water, she looked at Sydney again and with a straight face, said, "Just don't ever say that no one warned you, darling. About both things."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To: Hunter
What time am I coming over tomorrow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Excuse me, what?" Lani snapped on an impulse, fork clattering to her plate. Adeline met her gaze again and with the blaring honesty shining in her nervous eyes, Lani was pretty much assured Addy wasn't making it up. She couldn't even be mad that Adeline hadn't told her the full truth earlier, her shock was so great. Anissa was a friend. They weren't the best of friends or even as close as she and Kateri, or even Ness. But still...they were friends and Lani had never envisioned her as someone that shady. Anissa had never come off as a girl who would go after another girl's boyfriend, regardless of the flirtation of the charm that came with him. Lani wouldn't say that she was ever affected, but she understood that Liam had a certain appeal about him accompanied by an occasional display of self-assured sensuality that could influence someone to want to give in to him. Anissa just wasn't someone who Lani would have figured as easy to Liam's machinations. Which was why she was totally with Sydney's incredulity, though for a different reason, at the name Adeline suggested.

When Sydney began to actually laugh - laugh because well, there was probably some hilarity in the situation somewhere - Lani could do nothing but sit in silence, expressionless. Lani wasn't sure how she was supposed to react. She couldn't grin in shared amusement nor even attempt to laugh with her friend. It was a weird position to be in. She knew that Sydney wasn't just amused or even really and truly amused as much as she was hurt. The extent of her pain was still to be determined and Lani shared in Adeline's earlier guilt about not wanting to ruin Sydney's day, but Lani couldn't feel to guilty for providing her friend with the truth. Did Lani specifically know what to do with the situation now that Anissa was involved? Not in the slightest. It didn't stop her from still wanting to punch Liam in his throat. It only intensified the feeling. Lani swallowed and took a small breath, pressing into the back of the chair. "So, now what? What are you going to do?" It was the only probable response Lani could rationalize from herself. Offering "I'm sorry" seemed unhelpful, though she did reach over to place a hand over Sydney's.

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Sydney had finished the majority of her food, and though there were still a few bites left on her plate, she certainly didn't have it in her to take another single bite, now. Her appetite was gone, and any sort of positive energy that she had had for the day was gone too, but she did a pretty good job at pretending like that wasn't the case. A big part of that was that she didn't want to seem affected, because for one, she was Sydney Persson, and two, Anissa Savage was supposed to be a nobody, someone that really should have been a laughable "upgrade to her". Besides that though, she didn't have it she hadn't even had time to properly grieve over Liam breaking up with her, so trying to correctly process the newly discovered reason for that breakup, would have been impossible to do at this table. She didn't want her girls to pity her or think that their own first day of senior year had to be ruined because of her. It was her job to act like things were fine, and that this news didn't faze her in the slightest. "I'm going to wait for you two to finish up this delicious breakfast that you made for us, and then I'm going to go and have the best last first day of high school that I can possibly have, after finding this out," she declared. She knew that Lani was looking for a different answer than that, one that involved what sort of acts of retribution she was inflict on Liam and Anissa. She couldn't even claim that her not touching upon that now was her "think positive thoughts" self speaking, but just the fact that she hadn't processed this enough to know what she would do. Sydney Persson could not just let the two of them get away with turning her into a mockery, a dumb fool who was blind to her own boyfriend's unfaithfulness, but right now, it was really too painful to think through fully. If she wanted to think about revenge and ruining both of their lives, she would have to acknowledge why she wanted revenge, and that would involve acknowledging the hurt and embarrassment that she felt, which would likely lead to tears, and then to her having to spend another twenty minutes getting re-ready for the day.

She felt pressed for time to begin with, so she definitely didn't have time for that, and she was almost grateful for the tight schedule. Sydney didn't like feeling things all the way through, because it meant admitting that she was human and vulnerable, prone to all of the emotions that she always deemed weak. Being forced to maintain her tight schedule today meant that she could probably distract herself throughout the school day enough, where she wouldn't have a breakdown, and then she could come home and do that on her own terms, away from even her best friends. "All that I know for now, is that if either of you speak to either of them, or acknowledge them in any way whatsoever, then you're dead to me." It was that ultimatum that definitely spoke to how Sydney wasn't really as uncaring and unemotional towards this situation as her initial reaction had been, and her expression and tone had definitely grown colder with the statement. Even if she wasn't sure about how she wanted to ruin their lives right now, she knew that she would start by ghosting both of them. She couldn't do it alone, though, but with her social reach, it wouldn't be difficult to intimidate at least every girl in Constance Billard to act like Anissa Savage didn't even exist. Liam had his own boys at St. Jude's, who Sydney liked to joke, wanted to get in bed with him faster than any girl did, so she knew it wasn't likely that she could leave him completely friendless as well, but she would try, until she decided what she really wanted to do. With her face more stoic now, a stark change from the amused look she had possessed only a minute or so ago, upon initially hearing the news, she stood up and carried her plate to the sink. While over there, she fetched herself a glass of water from the fridge, and spoke to the girls distractedly, as she poured herself the glass. "I should also add getting myself checked for STDs to my 'what am I going to do now' list. Who knows what that slut passed on to him. How long have they been seeing each other, and where was this gossip hiding so well, that I failed to learn about it before the two of you?"

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Adeline wasn't sure what alternative she would have preferred, but the way that Sydney was reacting to this was definitely making her feel uneasy. She allowed her gaze to fall to her plate as Sydney got up to put her plate in the sink, and remained quiet throughout the rest of the words, until her final question. With that, her eyes shot up to Lani with a look of desperation, as she silently requested that the blonde make up some story as to how they found out. Lani was smart. She could think of something on the spot, Adeline initially thought, but then she recalled Lani's verbal reaction to her admitting that it was Anissa, and she decided that it was probably obvious that she had known the most out of the two of them. Impulsively again, she explained herself. She wasn't going to go so far as to say that she had spoken to Liam personally about it, but she felt like she was giving enough information. "They were at the airport on Monday and I saw them kissing..." she admitted. "They probably didn't even sleep together and I'm sure it's like, a recent thing...?" she added, as if that would somehow make Sydney feel better. Adeline really wasn't sure how true that was, though, since she had been absent from New York for the entirety of the summer. Even during her treatment, she wasn't allowed to use her cellphone. She had the ability to use the center's phone, but because she wished to keep her location a secret from her friends, she only used it to speak to her parents. She also had access to a computer for a little while every day, but the majority of the social media sites were blocked from being accessible, so she couldn't even follow anything on there. On her way home, she spent the majority of her flight catching herself up as she stalked her friends social media pages, and looking at Sydney's, she saw that her friend had also been quite busy over the summer. She seemed to have been all over the map, and few of her posts included any sign that Liam was with her, so maybe it was possible that he had found someone else to occupy him for much longer than anyone knew. Adeline didn't think she needed to be the one vocalizing that, though.

If she wasn't positive that it would have been inappropriate for her to be the one crying in this situation, she probably already would have been because of how anxious she felt. The Adeline that liked drama and gossip existed, but disappeared immediately when that drama and confrontation included her. She hated the idea of anyone that she liked being angry with her, and it definitely had something to do with her resistance to taking responsibility for anything, too. In this situation, she just felt uncomfortable and as if she were being pulled in multiple directions. She didn't want Sydney to be upset, and yet she knew that she had every right to be. She didn't want Anissa to be socially destroyed, and yet she knew, at least by the rules that the girls of the Upper East Side played by, that she was most likely going to be. Sydney hadn't seemed angry that they told her, but Adeline was well aware that Sydney didn't show all of her emotions immediately, and sometimes, even at all. They'd frequently appear in other ways, usually more passive aggressive ways, once she was ready to face them, and that made Adeline all the more jittery. It was similar to how Sydney had went from laughing about Anissa being the other woman, to coldly demanding that she be completely cut off from any sort of acknowledgement, unless they wanted to lose Sydney as a friend. Adeline definitely didn't want that, and she could easily acknowledge that she was closer to Sydney than Anissa, but it wasn't going to be easy to completely ghost someone, and pretend that they didn't exist, when you were friends with them. Especially when there was a small part of Adeline that still felt like she should have asked Anissa if all of this was true before telling Lani or Sydney, even though she had seen it all herself.


While Sydney's back was still to them, Adeline caught Lani's eyes and mouthed "can we just leave now? I'm scared". Her plate was still full, only now the once intact pancake had been cut up into a bunch of tinier pieces. Adeline insisted to herself though, that even if she wasn't being bad recovery wise, this conversation that they had just had would have made her lose her appetite anyway. Besides, with a glance down at her phone screen, it looked like she was going to be forced to have pizza for lunch, anyway. Adeline had no other words for what she felt for Cassidy today besides hatred, but it didn't stop her from knowing that she would likely succumb to Cassidy's request to get lunch, if for nothing else, than to force her to keep her mouth shut. That didn't stop her from typing back a response of "You don't have anything better to do during lunch? Did all of your weird friends realize that even they were too cool for you too?"

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

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

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



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

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Sydney was pleased with her schedule this year, and one thing that she appreciated about it more than anything was that her class before lunch was her physical education class. In one way, it was beneficial, because the last ten to fifteen minutes of the class period were set aside to allow the girls time to change out of their gym clothes and into their normal uniform. Usually, Sydney managed to prep herself in less time than that, so it gave her a few extra minutes to get out of the school for lunch. Being able to leave school right after lunch also meant that if she really wanted to, she could go home to change or pamper herself for a little while, if she had actually participated to the extent that she was supposed to, in gym class. Surprisingly, Sydney actually did get into a lot of the activities that they did in gym. Maybe it was easier than it would have been in a co-ed school, where girls liked to act fragile and ditzy to impress their male peers, but Sydney liked to think that she wouldn't act that way even if there were boys at St. Jude's. If she liked the sport that they were playing in class that day, she had no problem with allowing her competitive spirit to come out and play. Today's game of volleyball had done just that, but she had made a point of not getting too into the game so that she would have to put in a ton of extra effort in getting ready again, once class ended.

She was out of the locker room about five minutes before the bell rang, letting students out of their normal classes, and merely because she didn't want to wait outside of the school and possibly be seen by Liam, who would likely be leaving St. Jude's campus around the same time, Sydney left for lunch without waiting for Lani or Adeline. It was an atypical move for her, since she always prided herself in being with her girls, but she didn't want to 3 Guys restaurant on her own. A few girls from her gym class tagged along, though Sydney didn't hesitate to brush them off once they had actually reached the restaurant, just around the corner. "No, it's fine, you guys can go in," she said, waving off April and Rachel, after they insisted that she come inside and get a table with them. Both of the girls were respected socially at school in their own rights, and Sydney wouldn't have even walked off of campus with them if she was embarrassed by them, but regardless of seeing them as friends, their relationships didn't compare to those that she had with Addy and Lani. And with the morning that Sydney had, if she was going to be interacting with anyone, she wanted it to be those two. Surprisingly, only one person had dared to mention seeing Liam getting cozy with Anissa in the courtyard that morning. Maybe it wasn't that surprising, seeing as people were pretty aware of how quickly Sydney could turn cold with one wrong word, but after she had heard from the junior, Leah, about what she had seen, coupled with a quick follow-up expression of her sadness and sympathy regarding the apparent breakup, Sydney hadn't even attempted to confirm it with any of her other sources. By the way her followers spoke to her in a timid and delicate manner, she could tell that they all thought that she had a reason to be emotionally unstable, and that alone, coupled with her recent distrust of Liam, especially regarding Anissa, gave her no reason not to believe Leah.

She had texted Lani and Adeline before she had left campus, but now that she was outside of the restaurant alone, she felt as if they had been the ones to abandon her, and promptly sent out another message reading, "It would be great if you two could actually get here before our lunch period ends, thanks". She was being unjustly sharp with them, and she knew that it wasn't right to be both impatient, since she had been the one to leave early, and cutting, since her girls had been nothing but honest and supportive to her today, but she wouldn't blame herself for her mood. She would blame Liam. As the day had progressed, and her boredom during classes had forced her to think through everything she had learned today, she couldn't help but to allow herself to feel more and more bitter. She wasn't at the point where she was ready to seek vengeance quite yet, but then again, she hadn't seen his face since finding out that he was a cheating little bastard, either.

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

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

To: Syd
Walking now babe. B there soon

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

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


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

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