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Stella Hudgens

"I'm like, the driftiest non-Drifter in this school."

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a character in “Welcome Back to Hollywood High”, as played by chanelindistress

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The Queen Bee : Aja Naomi King
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Prince Charming : Sam Claflin
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The Heiress : Romee Strijid
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The Womanizer : Godfrey Gao
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The Tease : Eiza Gonzalez
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The Opportunist : Alfred Enoch
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The Wannabe : Freida Pinto
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The Entrepreneur : Harvey Newton-Haydon
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The Musician : Asami Zdrenka
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The Bookworm : Eddie Redmayne
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So begins...

Stella Hudgens's Story

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Character Portrait: Jasmine Villegas Character Portrait: Erik Jorgenson. Character Portrait: Chadwick Arsenault Character Portrait: Janice Baggs Character Portrait: Isaiah Scott Character Portrait: Catalina Perez Character Portrait: Aaliyah Lapierre Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú Character Portrait: Sienna Gancia Character Portrait: Stella Hudgens
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"So, what's the score?" Ricky asked as they found a parking spot. Sienna slowly sat up, having been sprawled back on the backseat for the forty minute ride.

"Hold up, Stella's keeping score." She said and pulled her phone back out to text her friend and, hopefully, fellow cheerleader. She didn't doubt that Aaliyah would accept the girl once she tried out. Stella was too damn good of a tumbler for anyone to not accept. They needed people of her caliber and Aaliyah could fake all she wanted, but the brunette was going to be a Devil Girl. Even if it meant Sienna had to go over the captain's head. "Seven to five. We're in the lead." Chad's eyebrow rose for a second. He had just looked up from sending Honey a response, not having seen it while he was driving.

To: Honey
At the rec w/ Sienna, Ric and I think Stella. See you here.

"Stella's there? Didn't think she'd want to show up." Sienna shrugged and climbed out of the vehicle.

"She probably didn't check with Jas yet. One of the jocks asked her to keep score and record them so everyone could know what they need to work on when the season starts." It was a smart thing to do and besides, Stella would have probably made the calculations and such on her computer. She was a whiz at that thing and one of the only Preps who actually was. The girl could take a computer apart and put it back together in about an hour. Anything any of the Listers needed, she got them. It surprised Sienna that Stella caved, but then again, she hadn't shown up for Izzy's party. The most liked Lister couldn't not show up again. "Enough small talk. I wanna see our guys kick ass." She also wanted a milkshake, but that could wait.

When they got inside, the game had become quite intense and the both teams had followers cheering them on. A good number of Sheik followers cheered when they saw Ricardo enter with Chad and Sienna flanking his sides. It was how he liked it - his most trusted two by his sides at all times. He grinned at the spectators conspiratorially, sliding off his button-up to reveal the white tank top beneath and handing it to Sienna. She glowered, but didn't say anything. On the way, after teasing Sienna, he had changed into his basketball shorts and another pair of sneakers. Ricky also nodded to Aaliyah when he saw her, but Sienna didn't bother acknowleding her presence and Chad just smiled. Sienna did note Erik's presence but didn't move to get his attention yet. Staying out of the way, the trio made their way over to where the team was sitting and a few of the guys who weren't distracted by the game pounded Ricky.

"I see Stella! We're going over here." Chad said and Sienna took Ric's other clothing and followed HHS's puppy over to the actual Vanessa Hudgens mini-me. Seriously, now that Sienna saw her and the dark hair that she was sporting, Stella looked more and more like Vanessa. She had definitely slimmed down a bit over the summer, which would have worried Sienna last year, but it was a healthy weight. Stella would never be able to get rid of her curves, which were definitely some of the best at Hollywood High, and she was glad the girl was accepting it. "Hey, Stella!"

The girl in question only looked up from behind her Canon EOS camera, which looked very expensive and was propped up on a stand, and waved at them. "Hey, guys!" Any other day or location and she would have been upset about the audio, but that wasn't what she was filming. She was mostly into the game and what the guys were doing. She had initially not wanted to come to the game and had been ready to text Jasmine to see what her plans were, but all the guys shot her their best puppy eyes and she couldn't resist. So, once everyone ditched school, she headed home, which was equivalent to driving to the rec since she was only five minutes away, and changed clothes. She had shown up in leggings and an oversized shirt, and wanted something lighter for the beach area. She had changed into black Rusty Palmer denim shorts and an ivory Grecian tunic that left her shoulders bare and draped over her hands like bell-sleeves. The tunic pretty much covered the shorts and you only saw a hint of them, but the look managed to make her naturally tanned legs look even more sleek and sexy. To work with the fact that she knew she was going to be filming and keeping score on her Mac, she put on strappy heels that weren't too high. Her thick and restored blackish-brown hair was in very loose waves, she wore a choker necklace set, and, as always, she had her bracelets and rings and on her left hand. Even her make-up was on point to help with her new look.

"Isn't that the new Canon EOS that costs over a thousand dollars?" Chad asked curiously, stepping behind the camera to be beside Stella. Sienna put Ric's stuff on the bleachers, turning around to admire the back of Stella's top. Stella nodded.

"Wouldn't take anything else," she murmured and swat at Sienna's hands when the other brunette tried to tickle her through the backless top. "Where's Shay? I haven't seen her or Jas yet." Sienna shrugged with a "Don't really know, don't really care." Chad rolled his eyes at his friend before turning to his fellow Prep.

"Retail therapy with Allie." Stella pouted slightly, glancing back at the game as one of the Bernstein guys, Connor, scored a three-pointer. The Sheik followers boo'ed at that, but there really wasn't anything they could do about that little fact. She hummed thoughtfully before squatting to type into her laptop. A few guys gave catcalls at the way her thick, luscious waves was flipped over her shoulder to reveal more of her side profile and pretty face, but the look from Sienna must have been enough because they were silenced moments afterwards.

"You guys should probably just sit down. We don't need Sienna kicking somebody's ass because they complained about y'all standing up," she noted dully and the two headed back to the bleachers. Stella had chosen a good corner on the Sheik side, but it was definitely more annoying with the three of them crowding around her camera than her svelte yet curvy form by itself. Still, as her friends walked away, Stella couldn't help but want someone else she liked near her. Just to keep company. She pulled out her phone to send out a few texts before concentrating on the games. If her stats were correct, the guys were definitely going to need to shape up if they wanted to continue their winning streak.

To: Jazzy J
Retail therapy session n u didn't invite me? U suck D:

To: Janny
Evry 1 skipped school and came to the Venice rec. Gregg is still at school with my batteries, so come keep me company. He'll give you a ride. Jas abandoned me D:

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Character Portrait: Alessandra Ambrosia Character Portrait: Chadwick Arsenault Character Portrait: Catalina Perez Character Portrait: Aaliyah Lapierre Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú Character Portrait: Sienna Gancia Character Portrait: Stella Hudgens
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Honey sighed as text began to come in about going to the rec. center. She was dressed for the beach not the rec. center. She pulled the flower crown and sunglasses off. She pulled her hair into a high big bun except for the bangs flowing down her face. She immediately spotted Aaliyah and strolled up to her.

She spotted Chadwick, Sienna, Stella, and Ricky and made a quick detour. " Stells" She said with a grin. She gave the girl a quick hug, before learning in and giving Chadwick a kiss on the cheek, "Hey big daddy chaddy ", she said with a wink. He had a little pale pink kiss mark on his cheek but she left it there. She liked seeing her mark on him. She had to bend over to do that and heard a few "damns,", a few "How did he get hers", even a few guys asking where's their kiss. She nodded at Sienna and Ricky but with Aaliyah right there, there was no way she was interacting with them. She waved at them before heading back in Aaliyah's direction.

"Hey love," She said pulling the blonde into a hug. "Sorry I've been so M.I.A " She let the blonde go and glanced at the game. There was something deliciously sexy about watching guys play sports. Even though Honey was always paranoid of sweat. She hated it. She wouldn't let you touch her if you were sweaty unless she was sweaty too and even then she didn't like it.

She smiled at Alessandra but didn't bother to do much more. She was well aware of how the girl felt about her. She decided instead to focus on the game. if she was truly honest, she wanted to sit with Chadwick and Stella but she really had no choice in the matter. She turned to her friend, " So what's up. Besides the fact that you sent a wannabe to watch me rather than just asking me?" She said the second part casually. She really didn't care but she was curious. " I thought you were ok with me and Chadwick. I told you I wanted him like a month ago"

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Character Portrait: Alessandra Ambrosia Character Portrait: Chadwick Arsenault Character Portrait: Isaiah Scott Character Portrait: Catalina Perez Character Portrait: Aaliyah Lapierre Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú Character Portrait: Sienna Gancia Character Portrait: Stella Hudgens
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When Ricardo and his flock of sheep stepped onto the scene Aaliyah like everyone else in attendance of the Sheiks vs Dragons game took notice. If there was one person who could turn heads almost as well as she it was Ricardo Slim-Helú. The small trio all had different responses to seeing Aaliyah at the game.When Ricardo had nodded in her she just rolled her eyes in annoyance. She still wasn't quite sure what the deal was between him and Catalina but whether it was something or nothing Aaliyah would eventually get to the bottom of it. After all she was Aaliyah Lapierre after all. Sienna predictably unacknowledged her presence which only made Aaliyah smile from ear to ear. The fact that years later she was still underneath Sienna skin to the point that the girl would go as far as to pretend that she didn't exist spoke volumes to Aaliyah and it only made things better. The Hollywood High Puppy had sent a smile her way to which granted him a small yet friendly smile in return.

As the spotlight on Ricky and his posse simmered down Aaliyah all but forgot they were there. That was until Catalina walked onto the scene moments later. The fact that the two blondes had noticed each other immediately upon Catalina's arrival and she had yet and still thought it was to acknowledge others before the Queen herself made Aaliyah side-eye her suppose to be bestie for the second time today and it wasn't even noon. Ali, Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria all paid close attention to the interactions Catalina made with Ricardo's flock. A girl who Aaliyah didn't know particularly well Catalina grinned and hug as if the were friends which Aaliyah found to be odd. She unsurprisingly placed her lips to Chad's cheek which was very Honey-like of her to do. When she nothing but nod in the direction of Ricardo and his bestie Aaliyah just chuckled to herself. Smart choice. "Hey love," Honey said when she finally found her way over to Aaliyah and her exclusive group of wannabes. When Honey hugged her Aaliyah reluctantly hugged her back as she wasn't really feeling the other blonde this morning. When the awkward hug broke Aaliyah locked eyes with Emily who was giving her look that asked if she should make room for the blonde to join them. Aaliyah gave a subtle nod and Emily parted away from Aaliyah and Honey took the empty seat beside her. "Sorry I've been so M.I.A " Aaliyah nodded saying nothing in response as she watched Isaiah make a dunk. The Dragons had caught up the Sheiks and now the teams were going basket for basket.

"So what's up. Besides the fact that you sent a wannabe to watch me rather than just asking me?" While Honey had attempted to sound nonchalant in her asking Aaliyah knew when she was being questioned. "I thought you were ok with me and Chadwick. I told you I wanted him like a month ago." The four wannabes eyes trailed to Aaliyah who was staring out onto the floor. "Leave us." The wannabes didn't need to be told twice as they got up from their seats and relocated to seats a couple of levels down from the two Royals. "Catalina, trust and believe that if I had eyes and ears sent on you, you wouldn't know they were there." There was an ominous tone in her voice as she locked eyes with the other blonde as she spoke. Breaking the eye contact as she looked back onto the court she added, "And I could care less about what happens between you and your mr. big daddy chaddy." While her voice no longer had the same ominous feel to it she was still deadly serious in her words. She truly didn't care about the love life of Chadwick Arsenault. What she did care about however was the feelings of her best friend in regards to her ex.

As the second quarter ended the game came to half-time and both times left the court to recuperate and hydrate. Taking her opportunity Aaliyah stood up, "I'll be back." She descended the bleachers and walked over to where her best friend Izzy was sitting down drinking so water giving to him by a friend of his. "Don't tell me your winded already. I guess someone fell off over the summer?" Aaliyah said jokingly as Isaiah who was pouring sweat just chuckled lightly as took another gulp of water. "Never that." He said as he got up with a smile. He was going to hug her but she maneuvered around him, "Boy! You are a sweaty mess. Don't you dare touch me." Isaiah couldn't help but laugh with a roll of his eyes. "Fair enough. So, what are you doing here? You don't get enough of watching me play from the sidelines as you cheer me on every season." Isaiah gave her an inquiring look as while it wasn't out of the question that she would just show up to watch him play that was more of Jasmine thing to do. Aaliyah he figured would be down splashing in the ocean or cruising the boardwalk with her girls. "How could I? Your kind of amazing. On the court at least." Aaliyah teasingly joked as the two shared in a laugh.

"Okay but on a serious note -," "Okay here we go." Backslapping his bicep which admittedly hurt her more than it did him she rolled her eyes as she wanted to get to real point of her presence at this game. "What's going on between you and Angelina?" Isaiah knew it had to be coming before she even asked the question. Before the game had gotten underway his teammates had also questioned him on the matter and that was when he got wind of the photos of him and Angel and him that had gone viral. "It's not what it looks like." Isaiah said as he had long decided on taking Jasmine's advice of playing down his "not-a-date" with Angelina. "Well why don't you tell me what it is like because a picture worth a thousands words and there are about a dozen pictures of you and her being reblogged every second." Isaiah laughed but Aaliyah face was nothing if not scare serious. "What do you want me to say Ali? We walked. We talked. People snapped photos." "And that's all this is? Just a simple walk and talk." Part of Isaiah just wanted to brush off the whole thing and say 'Yeah. That's all it was', but in the end Friday would come and either before or after Aaliyah along with everyone else would know about Isaiah and Angelina's 'not-a-date'. Better she hear it straight from the horse's mouth then one of her disciples later.

"Well...we're gonna hang out this weekend." Aaliyah groaned loudly as she rolled her eyes and shook her head. "Are you trying to get that girl killed?!" Aaliyah restrained herself from going upside his head as she kept her composure. The last thing she needed was to make a scene that would get back to Alessandra faster than she could dial the girl's number. "Ali-," Isaiah started to say but was cut off by the blonde, "No! No, Izzy! Out of the fucking question!" Isaiah was far from surprised by his best friend's reaction but he wasn't going to drop it or be deterred. He had told Angelina that he would handle things and handle things he would. "It's been two years Ali. Two. We broke up the summer of sophomore year and I haven't been with anyone since." Aaliyah was boiling on the inside but remained cool as a cumber on the outside as she raised a brow and asked, "So, your saying you want to be with her now?" Half-time was coming to a close and the guys on his team signaled to him that he needed to wrap things up with the Queen Bee. He nodded to the guys before giving his undivided attention back to the blonde in front of him. "No, Ali. I'm not trying to date Angel or anyone else for that matter. But, like I said it's been two years. I get that I hurt Alessandra and I will probably never be able to live that one down, but I deserve to have a life. I mean it's senior year Ali. I'm not gonna not have fun and go out without with different girls because after two years Alessandra still isn't over it." Aaliyah sighed as she understood were her best friend was coming from. As the guys called for Isaiah he gave her an apologetic look. "Look I've gotta go. I understand if you have to take her side because of that fact that she's your friend and girl code and all that stuff. But, just remember that am your friend too and that am not doing this to hurt her. I just wanna enjoy my senior year and have a good time." Placing a kiss on Aaliyah's cheek Isaiah left the blonde and headed back out onto the court to play the third quarter.

Aaliyah felt stuck and she didn't know what she was going to do. On one hand Alessandra was her girl and probably one of the most loyal friends she had at the moment. To not side with her felt like she was committing the ultimate betrayal. On the other hand Isaiah was also her friend. In fact he was one of her best friends and had been since they were little tots. Truth be told he had a great point. It had been two years. Not two days, or two weeks or even two months but a full two years since he and Alessandra broke up. By all accounts he had ever right to move on with his life. She didn't know what the long term plan was at the moment but she knew what her next step needed to be; she had to go see Alessandra. Walking back to the bleachers she dismissed her wannabes giving them permission to do whatever they wanted. She had business to attend to and they weren't needed for this particular endeavor. Then walking up the bleachers the rest of the way to where Catalina sat she grabbed her bag that was seated next to the blonde. "I'm going to Abbot Kinney to meet up with Allie, Shay and Jas. You coming or staying?"

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Character Portrait: Alessandra Ambrosia Character Portrait: Jasmine Villegas Character Portrait: Shailene Lehman Character Portrait: Erik Jorgenson. Character Portrait: Chadwick Arsenault Character Portrait: Isaiah Scott Character Portrait: Catalina Perez Character Portrait: Aaliyah Lapierre Character Portrait: Ricardo Slim-Helú Character Portrait: Sienna Gancia Character Portrait: Stella Hudgens
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When Honey made her way over to them, Ricky had just been called over to the team to be subbed in for the third quarter and could only nod in her direction. Chad and Stella were quick to greet the blonde beauty, with Stella giving responding to the hug and Chad actually leaning into her signature cheek kiss. Despite himself, a wave of pleasure washed over him at the obvious jealousy from the guys in the crowd and he simply tossed them a look that appeared more smug than anything else. Sienna had been on her phone, so she really didn't pay the girl any mind, opting to go through her Instagram feed. It was about to be halftime anyway, so she didn't really need to pay attention. She did, however, look up once Honey went over in the direction of Aaliyah with a raised eyebrow. She didn't watch the interaction for too long, but she had known Aaliyah for far too long to not know what the face she was making meant. She was pissed.

Once halftime started, like Aaliyah, Sienna headed over after getting a bottle of Gatorade from one of Ricky's devoted subjects to help him get hydrated. She bypassed the two besties to get to her own, and propped herself on his lap to give him his drink. "You do know I'm sweaty, right?" He asked and gave his best friend a puzzled look. Sienna shrugged. "Wouldn't be the first time. Anyway, how're you holding up?" Ricky didn't say anything at first since he had unscrewed the top and drank some of the blue liquid. "I'm good. Probably need to make some of these guys run suicides, but it's whatever." She nodded and he gave her a very telling look. Sienna only sighed dramatically. She would have to leave soon, but she needed to get it out. "I didn't get to say this earlier, but obviously you're feelin' Catalina. Which I don't blame you for because I objectively find her attractive. But she's feelin' you and Chad and I already told him this, but bros before hoes. It's the three of us forever and I don't need you two fighting over some chick." He would have argued, but like Sienna, he knew that they didn't have time to do that. Ric also understood where she was coming from. So, he grinned and said, "Careful, Sia. I'ma start thinking you're getting soft on me." She told him to shut up and punched him in the shoulder before climbing off of him. "Ooh, and we're going to the Neon Lights party the Preps are throwing this Friday. No excuses!" Ricky didn't know what the hell she was talking about, considering that it had been an invite-only party and he hadn't been near his phone since they had gotten there. Instead, he set his bottle down, pounded Jackson who he was going to sub for for the rest of the game, and then smirked at Izzy once they got back on the court. "Yo Izz, ready to put this one in the bag?"

Back at the bleachers, once Honey and Sienna both were away, Stella glanced back at Chadwick with a very knowing smirk. He only blushed. "Don't say a word." Stella laughed. "Didn't even say anything. But one of the hottest girls in school, Chad? Nice." Chad blushed further, but didn't say anything at first. He only walked closer to the dark haired beauty to see what she was typing. "What's that?" Stella looked up at him only for a moment. "A flyer for the Neon Lights party the other Preps are throwing. Surprised you don't know about it. Then again, you hang out with more Royals than I do." Chad grinned. "I like how derisive you're being for the girl who hangs out with everyone." Stella only grinned before finishing her piece of work. She still didn't know how she had been roped into all that she had been, but here she was. It was a basic layout, at least basic compared to her other work. But it was finished and now, all she had to be concerned about were the rest of the invites and the party ideas.

Instead of making her way back to her friends, Sienna found herself jogging up the bleachers lightly to where she had seen Erik sitting. A few other people from HHS were there and once they saw her expectant look, they (begrudgingly) relinquished their seats. She plopped beside the guy before shooting him an easy grin. "So, how did you enjoy your time with the guys? Talked about me?" She knew he had been; Jackson had text her, but still, she wanted to mess with him for a bit.

Meanwhile, Shailene had already been to two different shops with Alessandra and Jasmine, and they had found themselves at Heavenly Couture. She only had one bag, mostly because the other two shops really hadn't appealed to her that much. However, she had shopped here before and she did like their tops. As they browsed through the selection, she glanced at Allie before being firm in the resolution she had made upon their arrival. She had done pretty good with distracting Allie during their little shopping trip, but she was her best friend and Shailene knew she needed to be upfront about what it was she was feeling. "Allie, I need to say this and if you don't want me to after this, I'll leave it alone. But I'm your best friend and I can't not say anything, even if you don't want to listen." She paused for a moment before continuing, "Look, I get it. Izzy is the first guy you've really loved and I understand that, but when is it going to be time for you to just move on and let it - him go? I've got your back no matter what, you know that. But I don't want to see you tearing into this girl over a guy, and I hate saying this, who hasn't been yours for two years. And no, this isn't me defending Angel once again. We're not friends anymore. I just want you to be happy and that's not going to happen with you worried about him. I hate saying this, but she's not worth it and one little...whatever they've got going on is not worth anything you might already have planned." Shay let that sink in for a minute before adding, "Alright, I've said my piece and I won't bring it up again. Just thought you should know where I'm coming from."

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Honey knew what Aaliyah was really asking. It was a me or them thing. After Aaliyah's recent bitchy treatment she really wasn't in the mood to deal with her. "I don't know what your issue is. I have never ever betrayed you and you know that. " She stood up, "You also know that I'm not going anywhere that I'm not wanted. "

With that she spun around and headed up to where Chadwick and Stella were sitting. She hated arguing with Aaliyah but she wasn't going to take her shit either. That's why they became friends in the first place. She walked back over to the group and lifted the corner of her mouth. " Room for one more?" She said casually. Her neck was killing her from putting all of her hair into a bun so she sat in the seat in front of Chadwick. She settled in between his legs, easily leaning back and relaxing against him. She gazed up at him momentarily with her deep hooded eyes but offered no explanation.

She looked up at Stella. " Soo I hear your being pressured to join the cheer squad" She said while casually examining her bangs. Her dark roots and pale her were her signature thing but she didn't like too much root to be shown so she bleached it regularly. You would think this would damage it but her hair was so damn thick that it had no effect. "You really should. One it's good for people to see we're not all bitches " She extended one finger then another " Two you know the cheers" She extended another "Three your super hot ", she extended another " And you could spend more time with Me, Sienna, and Jas"

It really was brilliant when you thought about it. Stella would make the perfect addition to the team and alot of the girls already liked her, those who didn't could suck it. "I'm sure Jas and Sienna have already mentioned this but I thought I'd say it too "

She left it alone after that, deciding instead to change the subject "Will you guys be going to the Neon lights party? " She rolled her neck again "Ugh if my label would let me I'd cut a little bit of this. Well maybe not I may not be as hot without my hair. It's kinda my thing "

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Stella was sifting through her texts waiting for Gregg to tell her what was up with him and Janice being on their way. She would seriously need that battery soon if the guys were going to need her to film the rest of the game. She could watch if the camera went off; she had great memory. However, she would have simply liked to give them the footage and be done with it. Unlike Sienna, Stella wasn't always interested in watching the guys play unless she was either really rooting for someone or if she was watching for the sake of watching sweaty bodies. And considering that fact that she was always cheering on Ricky and wasn't really attracted to anyone in particular on the team, she just didn't care enough. She had smirked and shook her head at Sienna, who was obviously on the prowl a few seats above where they were with a guy who looked like he could be their age, but seriously needed to shave a bit more. He was attractive, but Stella wasn't a fan of facial hair. She also wasn't surprised by Sienna's choice. She had dated a twenty-something year old before.

"Sure, no problem," Chad said when Honey surprisingly made her way back over to them. Stella was a little puzzled by that. Wasn't Honey best friends with that Aaliyah chick? Apparently, no one just left the Queen Bee's presence without being dismissed and well, if they were best friends, she couldn't possibly fathom Honey just being dismissed. Then again, she didn't care about that relationship enough and she had heard enough about Aaliyah from Sienna to know that the Queen Bee could be...trying. Both of her dark eyebrows rose when Honey settled herself between Chad's legs, allowing herself to drape over the male Prep very comfortably. And the fact that Chad only smiled down warmly at the crooner's face had Stella looking away for a moment with a surprised smile and a lot of questions. She knew the two had a thing for each other, but she didn't realize it had gotten...serious? She almost didn't notice when Honey began to address her.

Stella laughed a little as Honey began to list off all of the obvious reasons why she should join the squad and at this point, she was sold. It was one thing to be considered the unofficial Sweetheart of the second most popular clique in the school, it would be another to be affiliated with the Devil Girls. And while she loved her group (some days), she did have friends within the team. "Sure, I'll try out. Not sure how Aaliyah feels about me, but I'll do it. It'll give me something to do anyway." Stella had held dance sessions when she wasn't hanging out during the summer, but other than that, she hadn't really done anything else. And it seemed like a feasible idea. She would have no excuse to not work out or critique her own body if she was on a sport's team. She smirked at Honey's complaint about her hair. "I highly doubt anything would make you look any less hot. Don't you agree, Chad?" Stella gave him a very pointed look with a smirk that had him blushing.

However, even if he wanted to turn the attention off himself, Chad couldn't find it in himself to lie either. "Of course not, Honey's always gorgeous." He said and moved a few stray strands of hair that had fallen from Honey's bun away from her face. He was still blushing, but the smile he gave her was definitely genuine and he was more relaxed now since she had placed herself between his legs. The fangirl in Stella was already shipping them and thought they were cute. "Stella said that the Preps are throwing the party at the BLOK. You can either show up in neon colors or use the glow in the dark body paint." It wasn't a surprise that it was at BLOK, especially if Stella was helping out. She was connected to a lot of dance spots because of the studio she was affiliated with and the Preps had used that to their advantage. The brunette in question nodded.

"It's invite only and obviously, we're all invited. The Preps really wanted this to be exclusive, but you know me, I talk to everyone. So, it's a big list," Stella explained and winced as one of the Bernstein boys committed a foul that knocked one of the Sheik guys down. It sent the crowd into an uproar, but it was a situation that was resolved easily. "We're really throwing down since everyone thinks the Preps can't party or something. We're putting the solution from the glow sticks in the bubbles to blow around the space every ten minutes, DJ DefStone is working for us, and a glow in the dark balloon drops every time the music stops. If you catch the balloon, you gotta do the dare that's inside or try a mystery drink from the bar." She looked over Honey's hair briefly after her explanation of the party before adding, "And if you really think you need a quick fix, you can see Nikki from Nine Zero One. She does V's hair a lot and mine back when I was a blonde since that's her speciality. And they're super awesome there and give you champagne, wine, and snacks while you're being treated."

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Honey tried to hold back the blush as Chad moved the strands from her face. She smiled one of the rare genuine smiles that exposed how young she really was while listening to him talk about the party. She was almost surprised herself how natural it felt being that close so him. To most people Honey was like an exotic tiger. She was beautiful to look at but no one could keep her. Whenever she was around Chadwick though, she turned into a soft little house cat.

"Stella said that the Preps are throwing the party at the BLOK. You can either show up in neon colors or use the glow in the dark body paint." She nodded, she expected it to be at BLOK if Stella was helping organize it. Honey jumped a bit as the crowd went into a sporadic uproar over a foul. The group next to her was especially aggressive. They kept standing up and each time it was like they were getting closer. Which was especially disconcerting since they smelled like cheap beer.

She took the bun out letting her thick hair fall all over her and Chadwick before turning her body half way. so that she was facing the opposite way. Her cheek rested against Chad's rib cage. He smelled amazing, she couldn't pin point what it was but it smelled great. She managed to drag her attention back to Stella. Who was continuing about how they were proving the Preps could part as well as everybody else. She nodded, " Sounds great, what are we supposed to wear?" She asked while glancing up at the court. She was contemplating asking Chad to go with her. She really wanted him to ask her but she knew he probably wouldn't.

"Sounds great I'll go if you go with me. I loved when V did the autumn colored ombre hair. I wish I could experiment but chances are the label won't let me until touring season. " She bristled a bit at that "They're ridiculous. My true fans don't care what my hair looks like as long as I make good music" She was really starting to hate the publicity side of music. It was all "don't do this", "be nice to her", "go here", and "you can't do that". She missed just singing and performing. She wanted to wear what she wanted and do what she wanted.

She turned her attention back to the game. Even though the group died down she stayed tucked into Chad. She looked up at Chad then at Stella. It was strange how she felt happier with them then she did with her best friend. She frowned a bit at the thought. Were they even still friends?

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"Yo Izz, ready to put this one in the bag?" Ricky asked as the team stepped back on to the court ready to wipe the floor with the Bernstein Dragons. "You know I am, but I don't about you. I mean you looking sweaty already and you haven't even had any play time. And Aaliyah was wondering if I had fallen off. I guess she hadn't been looking at you." Isaiah teased with a laugh as the third quarter got underway.

Back on the bleachers Honey was drawing in the attention of those in the stands as she made a big scene. "I don't know what your issue is. I have never ever betrayed you and you know that." Aaliyah just stared at the girl with an amused look on her face as she stood stood up, "You also know that I'm not going anywhere that I'm not wanted." As Honey dramatically stormed off to sit with Chadwick and Stella Aaliyah muffled the laughter that was bubbling in her gut. Well someones pmsing today. She laughed at her own thought as she descended the bleachers taking her phone out of her bag. Aaliyah wasn't stuttin Catalina or her melodramatics today. If her friendship with Sienna had showed anything it was that were Aaliyah was concerned anyone was replaceable. At the moment Aaliyah was inclined to turn the other cheek as she had the Alessandra-Angelina-Isaiah love triangle drama at the fore-front of her mind but that didn't mean that Catalina's bitchiness would remain unchecked, especially if she planned on making regular public outbursts. Aaliyah had an image to uphold and if Catalina couldn't fall in line then she would be knocked out of the line. Yes, Catalina was a royal but any and everyone could be replaced and at Hollywood High there was always someone looking to take your place. At the end of the day Aaliyah was Queen which meant she was above all. She controlled the social order at Hollywood High and if she chose to she could knock Catalina Perez off the high pedestal on which she stood and not even the King Bee himself would be able to stop her.

At Heavenly Couture, Jasmine was in one of the dressing rooms trying on several different items of clothing that she had liked. Heavenly Couture wasn't really Alessandra's kind of store as she was more fond of designer labels and pricey price tags but when doing retail therapy she would buy pretty much anything. As she was browsing a selection of tops on a sales rack, Shailene took it upon herself to voice her opinion on Alessandra's current situation. "Allie, I need to say this and if you don't want me to after this, I'll leave it alone. But I'm your best friend and I can't not say anything, even if you don't want to listen." Alessandra looked up from the rack to meet Shailene's gaze with a look of exasperation, she was not in the mood to have this conversation. "Look, I get it. Izzy is the first guy you've really loved and I understand that, but when is it going to be time for you to just move on and let it - him go? I've got your back no matter what, you know that. But I don't want to see you tearing into this girl over a guy, and I hate saying this, who hasn't been yours for two years. And no, this isn't me defending Angel once again. We're not friends anymore. I just want you to be happy and that's not going to happen with you worried about him. I hate saying this, but she's not worth it and one little...whatever they've got going on is not worth anything you might already have planned." Shaliene paused for a moment in an effort to let her words resonate with Alessandra before adding, "Alright, I've said my piece and I won't bring it up again. Just thought you should know where I'm coming from."

"Good to know where you stand on the matter." Alessandra said nonchalantly before adding, "Now if you don't mind I'd like to get back to my retail therapy." With that Alessandra left Shaliene standing where she was as she walked to the other side of the store to continue her browsing. She paused for moment when she got a text from Aaliyah asking what store they were in. Texting the name of the store to Aaliyah Alessandra was curious to find out just what it was the Queen Bee had found out. Still inside the dressing room Jasmine was stilling on the bench strolling through text messages she had gotten over the course of her shopping spree with her sister and Shay. She read the text from Stella and instantly felt like a bad friend. She had been caught up in all things Alessandra and she hadn't even stopped to think to invite Stella along for the fun.

To: Ella
Sry x 100. Got caught up in sister duty and total spaced on ur invite. Join us at Centanni Trattoria after the game.


Jasmine sent her friend an apology/invite before putting her phone away and going back to trying on the remaining articles of clothing that she'd yet to try on.

"Well this is a cute little place." Aaliyah said as she entered the clothing store. She wasn't sure where Jasmine was but she noticed that Allie and Shay were positioned on opposite ends of the store. She wouldn't have thought much of it if Alessandra didn't look like she was just done with the world. "I'd take it retail therapy just isn't doing it today?" She asked as she came to stand beside Alessandra who pretending to browse the selection before her. "So? Are they dating or what?" Alessandra asked getting straight to the point. Aaliyah sighed before answering Alessandra's question. "Well, the good news is that your ex isn't looking to downgrade just yet. Commitment doesn't seem to be apart of his grand plan for his senior year." Hearing Aaliyah words did make Alessandra feel a bit better but she knew that where there was good news there was also bad. "As for the bad?" Biting down on her bottom lip Aaliyah knew Alessandra wasn't gonna like what she had to say next but it had to said. "They're gonna be hanging out this weekend. Not going on a date! Just hanging out. Where? I don't know. When? I didn't ask, because it wouldn't make a difference. Allie, I'm telling you right now to leave it alone." On the way over Aaliyah had made up her mind that she would tell Alessandra not to get involve. Isaiah deserved to move on and truth be told Alessandra really needed to.

"Leave it alone?! Are you fucking kidding me Leah?!" Alessandra shouted as she knocked the clothes off the racks and onto the floor. Aaliyah had expected her to be upset but this went beyond her expectations. "Allie, am only gonna say this once, calm it the fuck down. We are in public and you're making a spectacle of yourself." Looking around the store at all the onlookers she suddenly felt incredibly stupid and embarrassed. "Sorry." Alessandra said apologizing to her Queen who only nodded in response. "Allie? Are you alright?" Jasmine asked as she approached with the clothes she had decided to purchase in her hands. Alessandra nodded slowly as she looked at the mess of clothes on the floor before looking back at her sister. "I'm good Jas. I swear." Jasmine looked at Aaliyah who gave her a nod that told her everything was fine. "Okay. I'm gonna go pay for this. Brb."

As Jasmine walked over to the counter Alessandra picked up the clothes she had knocked down and set them back on the rack. "Allie I get it. First loves are hard to over. But, it's been two years. You've got to let him go. You need to move on." Alessandra stared at the rack in front of her as she could feel the tears filling in her eyes. She knew Aaliyah was right. Aaliyah. Shailene. Jasmine. They were all right. She need to put Isaiah in the past because that was exactly what his was. Her past. An ex. They would never be together again and she had to accept that. She closed her eyes and took several deep breaths as she got her composure under control. Once she had her self-control back she opened her eyes and looked at the blonde who still stood by her side giving her look of sympathy and understanding. "Out of all the people in Cali. It just had to be her huh?" Aaliyah laughed with a shrug. "If it makes you feel better I think Honey maybe catching feelings for Ric." Aaliyah whispered into Alessandra's eye and her jaw dropped as she was genuinely shocked. "What?!" Aaliyah just sighed shaking her head as she put her hand up to stop Alessandra from asking anymore questions. "Conversation for later. For right now I just wanna shop." Alessandra nodded as Jasmine rejoined the girls with bags in hand, "Where to next ladies?"

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Before Shailene could utter another word, Allie was already moving to the other side of the store and all she could do was shake her head. Fine. Whatever. Alessandra didn't have to listen to her now if she didn't want to. At the end of the day, Shailene felt like she told her best friend what she needed to hear. She didn't feel like some random person trying to give out random advice that Alessandra didn't need to hear. As her best friend, she should be allowed to say what was needed. For now, however, Allie was obviously not hearing it and as Shailene had said, she wasn't pushing it. If she wanted to be upset with her, that was fine too.

Just like her bestie, she no longer really was looking through the selections; Shay was simply flipping through them. She could feel herself becoming overwhelmed by a sense of guilt that the logical side of her brain didn't want anything to do with. Shailene shouldn't have had to feel guilty for voicing what anyone else who wasn't intimately involved with the situation would say. It was common logic. Alessandra should let Izzy go and move on with some uber-sexy guy, or just be on her own. Like Allie, Shay understood that letting someone you really cared about go isn't ideal; they both were pretty possessive individuals. But it was time. Two years was time. Before she could mull over that any further, she heard Alessandra's exclamation and her head whipped in that direction to see the commotion. "Oh shit..." She took a few steps closer only to notice Aaliyah already there, more than likely spilling truth tea and comfort that left Shailene frowning. It was stupid, really, being jealous over Aaliyah and Alessandra's friendship. They had been friends longer, she had reasoned. Aaliyah was also the Queen, of course Allie would listen to whatever the blonde said, she had told herself countless times during moments like these. It still didn't stop her from feeling just a bit jealous. Shailene didn't approach the two until Jasmine went to pay for her things.

"Hey, Leah." She said in a friendly tone. She eyed Alessandra with worry and sympathy with perhaps a hint of an apology, but didn't voice anything. She didn't think her bestie wanted to hear anything else she had to say and at this point, she wasn't in the mood to argue with Alessandra in public lest the other brunette cause another commotion. But she also wasn't going to not show her support. As she had told Allie, she had her back regardless, but she didn't know if Allie needed her to reaffirm that or not at the moment. So, she focused on her Queen. "Apparently, the Preps are throwing a Neon Lights party at the BLOK. Are we going?"

Stella only shook her head amusedly at the obvious display of affection between Chadwick and Honey. Chad wasn't the most open person to public displays of affection, so she was pleasantly surprised by his conceding to Honey's obvious need for the aforementioned. "Aren't you two cute?" She cooed just as a random dude walked up to her. "Stella, right? Gregg was dealing with something with his car, wanted you to have your batteries." Stella sighed in relief. "You are a god-send. Thanks." She didn't question it further and reached down to her phone to text Gregg what was up, but then saw the text from Jas. Smiling, she sent out a quick message before responding to Honey. "Anything really, mostly club related since, well we'll be dancing and it's probably gonna get hot and I, for one, am not combusting because I decided to wear ten layers."

To: Jazzy J
U know me so well XD

Chad listened idly to Honey's complaints about having to conform for her label. Casually, he ran his fingers through the hair she presented to him, a habit he had picked up back when his sister had been around. He hummed thoughtfully before saying, "Maybe you should talk to your label. They can control how you act in public, I guess. But what you do with your private life shouldn't really be any of their business." Stella nodded in agreement. "I can go with you any time, Nikki usually clears her schedule whenever one of us visits. But Chad's right. That's partly why Jas left her label, why Sienna is allowed to do what she wants with her life, and how Ness still does what she wants even though she's still technically tied to Columbia. It's one thing when labels are worried about publicity, it's another when they're asking you to sell your soul."

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Honey grinned at Stella, "Dully noted" She silently thought of what she could wear. Neons did not look good on her golden skin. She probably could just wear a white crop top and white shorts. Maybe she'd have a henna lady do a design on her body in glow in the dark paint.

She leaned her head into Chad's hand, relishing in the rare show of affection. A few people kept throwing them curious glances. Even a few players had caught on and glanced at them. She was glad that Ricky was watching the game and Sienna was busy with the man boy. She didn't see how she was causing an issue. Chadwick made her feel like something other than some sex symbol. For somebody who had been leered at and who had been taught to use her body to her advantage, that was an amazing feeling.

Chadwick tried to give her a solution and she shrugged. "Sex sells. In the music industry if your not the girl next door then you have to be either the alternative girl, the quirky girl, or the sex symbol." She shrugged, "I'm too exotic looking to be the girl next door, I'm too mainstream for alternative, and I'm not into the whole quirky thing. The image they're going for is the blonde bombshell, the more skin the better."

"The only thing they have no control over is my family issues and my relationships. I told them they can't tell me who I can and cannot be with." She explained. She didn't know why she thought to mention that but she couldn't resist the urge to.

When Stella mentioned the other girls labels she shrugged. "Don't get me wrong I love Jay. But the people he hired are watching me like a hawk. They love Rihanna's bad girl persona but don't want me following her footsteps. They want me to the island barbie, which I don't typically mind but sometimes I wish I was normal. I wish I could randomly dye my tips sky blue, or go on a date to the movies without security" She nodded to the entrance of the court where her ever present bodyguard Tony stood. Most people never noticed Tony but he was always there watching out for her. Except when she snuck out, like at Izzy's house. "Or even better to hang with somebody without everybody wondering why I'm not following Leah around or trying to figure out who I'm hooking up with."

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Chad pondered solemnly, but honestly had no actual response to Honey's predicament. It sucked that she couldn't live the way she wanted, and it momentarily baffled him that if Honey were to go out with someone (hopefully, him) that they would have to deal with security. He remembered the option of having security being offered, but his Dad respecting Chad's boundaries and wishes. They didn't need it, not if they didn't talk about family lineage and didn't put the other surname out there. Not that it stopped people from finding out or anything, but still. If someone as historically relevant as a descendant of the Rockefeller family could live their life as they wanted without everyone hounding them, why couldn't a teenage girl? "Just because it sells doesn't mean it's actually good." Stella nodded slowly, eyeing the guys on the court. She was awaiting the end of the game. She would have to take the audio off; this conversation wasn't meant for the guys to hear and truthfully, they wouldn't care for it.

"Well, we'll always help you sneak out. Wouldn't be the first time someone in the crew needed to evade security. Trust me, Ricky seems free right now, but you know who his father is. There's no way in hell he isn't being guarded, his Dad's just good at making sure Ric can't tell so he can live his life," she explained, smirking as the King of Hollywood High School dunked on one of their opposing teams. Another roar from the crowd arose and Chad held on to Honey to keep her from jolting at the sound, much more prepared this time. Knowing that the camera would be fine, Stella walked over to the two and sat beside them. She smirked in remembrance before turning back to Honey, saying, "And like Chaddy said, sex sells, but that doesn't mean it's good. Especially if it contrasts with your music and the way you want things to go. Just because Sia was put into the alternative category doesn't mean that she wasn't putting out her own image or doing what she wanted. Come on now, she's one of the hottest girls in school and young Hollywood, she could have very well been a sex symbol. Pretty sure you've seen how abrasive she can be and I'm not saying it's easy, since Jay Z is so powerful, but there's a reason Sia went from Columbia to Sony, and even then has so much control. Even now, they want her to release this EP and she's the one that's deciding when that happens. She dyes her hair when she says she wants to, and she gives the public what she wants. It pisses people off, but if you're giving them good music and the people aren't complaining, who cares? You're getting the label attention and you're doing you, and she's always said that that's the biggest thing." Stella smirked a little. "Ok, maybe she used less words and probably more swears, but you get the picture." Stella would never presume to know that much about labels or the music scene; she had steered clear of it. Sure, she liked going to karaoke bars and belting out her favorite songs with the radio, but she knew that wasn't her territory. But she had too many friends not to understand that some things had to be challenged, which was why she listened to whomever she listened to. They weren't always mainstream; they were people who did their own music, regardless of what the masses were doing. She had found too many singers online who weren't getting mainstream recognition, but had garnered more faithful followers and acclaim that not even some of the most famous could claim.

Stella also paused for a moment before smirking at Chad sinisterly and then winking at Honey as she said, "Besides, when you and Chaddy go on a date, not even the paparazzi's gonna question you. Who the hell ever questions a Rockefeller?" Chad shot her an exasperated look, but Stella only laughed. It wasn't knowledge he shared often, but if something were to happen between him and Honey, the crooner deserved to know, right?

Back with Sienna and Erik, she smirked while eyeing the male. Every male she was associated with scratched the back of his head at some point, and it always baffled her. But she didn't say anything. She only allowed the fact that he had been talking about her to wash over her. She quirked an eyebrow at being an 'interesting subject', full-on ignoring the game now. She was well aware that many had things to say about her, ranging from her voice to the fact that she had blacked about two jocks' eyes because they said the wrong thing. Some things were positive, others not so much. But still, being called an interesting topic was intriguing.

"Ric's fine. A little bruised, but it's not the first time. He told himself he was being some chick's knight in shining armor or something," she exclaimed with a flippant shrug. She slid just a closer though, eyeing Erik carefully as she inquired, "But this, um, 'interesting subject' thing, though. Enlighten me on that." She spoke in a sort of ominous tone, knowing that it made people nervous. The conversation could go two different ways and she was curious about the way it would end up. Was she testing him? Mostly. Was she being mean? A bit, but she was always a bit mean and a bit playful. There was nothing new to this. Maybe to him, but not to her.

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Honey smiled as Stella offered to help her sneak out. Between Honey's recent stalker in her building and the creepy fans that were beginning to stack up she understood the need for security but she still wanted and felt like she deserved her privacy. What if she and Chadwick went on a date? Would they have to have extra security? She knew that he disliked things like that so she figured that he would not like that idea.

She knew that the spunky brunette would have no reservations in helping her. While aaliyah would probably chastise her and call her immature, Stella would probably come if Honey asked her to. She was beginning to relish in the time she was spending away from Aaliyah more than the time she spent with her. At the mention of Ricky, she glanced at him as he dominated the court. She never really considered how well guarded Ricky actually was. She supposed it was because the people in charge of her security were never especially discreet when it came to her privacy.

She smiled contently when Chad held her during the roar of the game. It felt good to be protected and content. She didn't have to worry about somebody talking about them. There was no backlash, it was just content. Chad would never hurt her or put her in a compromising situation. He actually cared about her well being while she was pretty sure Ricky just wanted her as another notch on his bedpost.

She was seriously listening to Stella. It was nice being around people who actually cared. She knew that Sia, while a respected artist, had much more freedom to live life as she pleased. Honey was mentally making a checklist of things she needed to handle with her handlers. It was true that alot of artist simply became a product of their handlers. She knew too many celebrities who hated their craft. She had a love hate relationship with her fame.

When she mentioned a date with Chad her eyes flashed up to him. She saw him shoot a look at Stella a look and almost backed down. Finally she licked her lips and gazed up at him, "We could test that theory" She said looking in his eyes "Will you be my date to the neon party" She bit her lip, breaking contact to look at the court. Her eyes unfortunately immediately found Ricky. She turned back Chad, inhaling his fresh scent. Safe, she thought to herself. That was what she was feeling she felt safe.

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Sienna's smirk only grew when Erik began his explanation, resting one of her elbows on her knees so that she could prop her face up on her hand as she watched him talk. She found herself positively grinning before snorting out a chuckle at being called a 'badass.' It definitely stroked her ego just a bit and well, come on! Who wouldn't like to be considered a bit of a badass? When he was done speaking, she put on a thinking face, tapping her chin thoughtfully. She wasn't really thinking, it was just a little fun to keep people guessing.

"Oh, no, I'm a maneater," she said rather nonchalantly with a shrug, running a hand through her hair. After a beat, she followed up with, "No, but to be completely honest, both times weren't really as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Both guys had gotten...frisky with me and I gave them a black eye. Not that big of a deal." Sienna thought about it a bit more, recalling that last instance before admitting, "And I wasn't that much of a badass. Nearly sprained my wrist the last time." She didn't include the fact that she hadn't prepared herself for that last punch; it had just happened on instinct and her fist was formed at the last second. Not her greatest moment, but it definitely had a few of the jocks respecting her just a bit more. Glancing down where her friends were, Sienna pondered for a moment before glancing back at Erik with a small smile. "There's a Neon Lights party Friday night, come with?"

If Stella were standing, she would probably be bouncing on her toes. She wanted to ignore the 'actual' couple beside her by pretending to be on her phone, but the look Chad was giving her was kinda hard to ignore. He wasn't necessarily pissed by the fact that she had pretty much began whatever it was that was going on between him and Honey; that wasn't what was wrong. Too many people were now staring at the thought of an actual Rockefeller near them. Shaking his head at the brunette who pretended that he wasn't even there, he stared down at Honey's face as she stared up at him expectantly. She turned away a moment later and Chad thought she'd take it back, so he said very quickly, "Yes!" Which definitely made him feel too much like a dork, so he cleared his throat and replied afterwards, less rushed, "Yeah, I'd love to. Maybe we can grab a bite before then?" Stella barely contained her squeal and set to sharing a post from her Tumblr account on to her Instagram. She also sent it privately to Sienna with a very huge grin on her face.

"You are such a dork," Chad commented playfully and Stella stuck her tongue out at him.

"I know you are, but what am I?"

"And childish."

"But that's why you love me," she sung on a giggle. They both glanced back at the game for a bit. Luckily, it was winding down and would end soon. At the thought, Stella turned back to the two. "Ooooh, you should convince Sienna to sing something with one of the guitarists outside today since she didn't get a vocal lesson in today. I've been meaning to hear how her vibrato is going since she's working with a new genre." Stella had always admired Sienna's voice. It had enough energy and attitude to pull off a bit of that alternative rock that she had dominated, but it had also had a bit of soul - of emotions that Sienna herself would never admit to having unless she was singing. It was a thing Stella had picked up from her mother. She always was interested in how artists improved. Call her a dork or a geek, she didn't care. It just meant that she was passionate about something, at least.

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Honey bit her lip a bit viciously when Chad excitedly said yes. She sat up a bit and turned around so that she was looking at him. She grinned shamelessly "Yeah?" The squeak that she made surprised even her and she ran a hand through her hair before recomposing herself. "Yeah, it's a date. That sounds good did you have anywhere specific in mind?" She said back to her usual composed self.

She wasn't sure what she was expecting him to say but she was pleased he said yes. She glanced at Stella who could barely suppress her excitement and rolled her eyes good-naturedly. The bouncing brunette immediately began typing furiously on her phone. Honey knew that Stella would never put her on the spot so she wasn't worried about it. She would have been too busy thinking about the date with Chad to even bother. While Chad and Sienna playfully bantered she glanced at the game which was nearing an end.

She noted that people who were close enough to them to hear the Rockefeller comment were starting to look at them. She was used to it but she knew that Chad wasn't. Or even if he was he didn't like it. She also noted that some guys were still leering in their direction. She imagined they assumed she liked him to gain something. She was tempted to flip them off but she hated breaking her carefully constructed image for people who didn't deserve it. She chose to simply focus on the conversation being held around her instead.

Stella had mentioned Sienna singing outside and she shrugged, "No harm in asking. " She bristled a bit at Sienna's name. Stella, she figured, probably didn't notice it but she was sure Chad felt it. Honey bit her lip hoping he'd just assume she was cold. She had already resumed her original position in his arms and was examining her arms which were glowing in the sun. She hated the way her skin looked kind of yellow under direct sunlight so it was bothering her quite a bit. She noted that the game was ending, and truth be told since they were in Venice she figured they should enjoy it. "You guys wanna go on the boardwalk or something? "

Honey was beginning to get bored and it was the end of the game. She raised her thick dark eyebrows at Stella "The game is pretty much over and as much as I'd love to have to squeeze past these people as they all try to leave at the same time through the same exit I'd rather not risk one of them" She pointed to the rowdy group from before, they were also the group leering at her and Chad "Starting something. My handlers will make me leave if they do."

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Sienna laughed a little when Erik shared his own experience while playing with the end strands of her hair. She could actually picture him fighting; he might actually be good. They could always test that out since her gym consisted of a mat where she and her trainer would participate in hand-to-hand combat to keep her fit and on her toes. It left working out not too boring. It was hard and Sienna remembered plenty of times where she had somehow been flipped onto her back; she did, however, remember the pain the next day and the day after that. Maybe that could lead to other activities...

"Hmmm...that's right, you've never been," she said thoughtfully, contemplating that little fact before a devious grin formed on her face. "Let's just say that you'll definitely need a short sleeved shirt...and...we'll just have to see how much I'm actually wearing." The last part was said on a sort of a seductive note and because she wasn't going to give any more of a tip than that, Sienna simply winked and bounced onto her feet. "I'll text you after school tomorrow and see what time we need to meet up." With one last smirk on his direction, she turned and headed back down to the bleachers where Chad and Honey were boo'd up and Stella was looking like the little fangirl she really was.

"Umm, yeah actually. Spago, you heard of it? It's a bit fancy considering where we're going afterwards, but they give you small portions of each thing you order and it's really good. It's a bit expensive, but the mascarpone is worth it," Chad told Honey, not sure why he was feeling so nervous. It was just Catalina; he didn't have to feel so self-conscious about every little thing, did he? They were going to go out to a restaurant and then a party. He could accomplish that. Stella was the first to spot Sienna when she approached them again. He considered Honey's suggestion about leaving and while he didn't typically leave games without Ricky, surely his best friend would understand. "You're probably right about leaving. Let's do it." He said and helped the blonde stand.

"Hey, Sia! I was just about to text you. We're leaving to go to the boardwalk." Stella exclaimed and Sienna eyed the close proximity of Chad and Honey, but chose not to make a comment. When her friend stared right back at her, she only smiled sweetly.

"You two are cute," she commented dryly, but it wasn't actually meant to be mean. She wouldn't say that she preferred Honey and Chad together; it would cause too much of a riff and she would pretty much have to deal with whatever Ricky was feeling for the blonde. At the same time, she wasn't going to say she had a problem with her friend actually getting a girl she had been aware that he was attracted to. For them to be best friends, Ric and Chad missed out on key signals from each other at times. Luckily for them, settling their disputes typically was an easy feat. She grabbed Ricky's stuff. "I was getting kinda bored anyway. Let's go. Ric'll catch up when he catches up." As the group headed out (while ignoring the blatant distaste of fans who were upset by their views being blocked), Sienna managed to catch Ricky's eye after the Sheiks scored another point. She nodded to him gently and he did the same, but not without eyeing Chad and Honey's closeness before concentrating on the game.

When the girls entered the establishment, Shailene found herself changing her mind and settling for the Divine Body Treatment instead of the facial and manicure that she originally wanted. She could make that a spa day at her home later when she got her hair straightened. She had always enjoyed Caudalie's body treatment, particularly that one since it left her skin fragrant and very soft for a few days. She was more than happy when Linn had finally arrived, but did not hesitate in being whisked off in another direction. She could always catch up with her friend at lunch.



Friday, After the last bell rings



After a fun-filled day skipping the rest of the school day and hanging out at Venice Beach, the students experienced a fairly uneventful rest of the week. Well, if you count 'uneventful' being the buzz going around school about the Preps' Neon Lights party. Everyone who were invited (and wanted to go) were making plans for transportation by the time the last bell rang. Seniors were coming from lunch while everyone else were escatic to escape suffocating classrooms. Dates were at the forefront of some couples' minds, their adventures for the night forming in their heads like fictional realities that would only come to fruition once they left the school campus. Friends filed out in groups, sharing plans for the weekends. One in particular probably shared more than anyone needed her to.

"OMG, Sia, stop! My virgin ears don't wanna hear what you plan to do with the paint that I bought," Stella exclaimed and covered her ears, trying her hardest to walk ahead of the senior and her friends. Tori, Sienna, and Tess laughed at the junior Prep's antics and the Devil Girl leader caught up to her friend a moment after, having just finished up her text when she whispered in Stella's ear.

To: Erik
Give me your address and we'll swing by around 9


"Ok, ok, I'll try not to scar you too much." She promised on a laugh and Stella stepped away quickly before the senior could touch her. "Stop being so dramatic, ya dweeb. What are you wearing anyway?" Stella shrugged.

"I don't know, I'll figure it out when I get home. I gotta hurry up and get dressed and make sure everything else works out before Courtney gets a heart attack." Courtney being the student body president, captain of the volleyball team, member of the glee club, and one of the few girls in the outing club. She was probably the most perfectionist perfectionist at Hollywood High and one of the most annoying overachieving snobs the clique had. She seriously drove Stella crazy and if it wasn't for the fact that she never wanted to deal with the drama, Stella probably would have already slapped her for how many times the girl had text her about the damn party. Not counting the fact that Stella didn't even like that many parties to be helping in the first place, but what can you do? Some people just weren't appreciative.

"I hate that bitch," Sienna snarled with a flip of her hair at the fact that another student was eyeing her outfit in admiration once more, particularly the red booties she was pretty ready to just chuck at someone's face. "You know that picture people tell you about? How about I shove it down your throat?" She called over to the random wannabe who bristled, but shrunk away. Stella giggled.

"Ok, chill and go work out before you break something. I'll see you guys later tonight." Stella said before hopping along to find Jasmine. After lunch with the girls, they had gone their separate ways and Stella hadn't been able to convince her friend to come to the party. She knew that Jas hung out with her sister a lot and while Stella wasn't sure if the Queen Bee was coming, she was aware that sometimes Jas' presence depended on that tiny factor. And she needed a friend other than Sienna, especially if Sia was going to be busy with this Erik person and Chad and Honey were going to be arriving at whatever time that they were.

Finally, she found the newly dyed-blonde coming out of her Physics class and practically lunged at her, wrapping arms around her friend's waist. "Say you love me enough to come to the party tonight. Pretty pleeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaasssssseeee?" She asked, putting on her best puppy dog eyes. She was aware that Jasmine wouldn't have been one of the people Courtney initially invited to the party, but the senior Prep had forgotten one tiny little detail - Stella had sent out the invites. And she invited whoever the hell she wanted.

"Awww, it's a date," Shailene cooed as she closed her locker after retrieving the books she would need for the weekend. After her dance class, she had been a bit lazy at changing her clothes and hadn't really sweated that much, so she had kept her dance apparel on. However, after breezing through lunch, she had hurried to the showers and then gotten changed into her more classier piece for the day, even going so far as to maintain the sleekness of her hair just before her last class. Chad chuckled a bit at the thought.

"Yeah, it's a date. Chill out, Shay." He grumbled and she giggled, bumping into him as they walked. "Don't pretend like you're not excited. Ooh, what are you wearing?" Chad shook his head quickly, ready to kill her excitement before she even started any mess. "No, don't even start. I am very capable of dressing myself." Shay pouted, but she didn't argue. "Fine, fine. I'll leave it. I'll go see what Allie is doing anyway. Hopefully, I'll see you later tonight, love." She kissed his cheek and then went off in search of his friend while Chad went searching for Ricky, who was currently flirting with a cheerleader at his locker, unaware of either of his best friends' plans for the evening.

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Honey had grinned at Chad as he told her about the restaurant, "Sounds great as long as you don't mind the fact that we'll look like we're on our way to a rave." She laughed lightly. "I trust your judgement. " She liked that he seemed a little nervous. It was a side of him that he rarely showed and she was honored that she showed it to him.

She smiled as he helped her up and they headed to the boardwalk. Though her smile faulted a bit when confronted by Sienna who simply called them cute dryly. Honey decided to not think too much into it. If Sienna wanted to say something she would have. Rather instead, she just tucked herself into Chad's side. She didn't seem to have an issue with them going to the boardwalk without Ricky so they headed out there. Honey had to admit she had fun. Alot of fun. It was fair to say she had more fun with that group than her own. Just thinking that made her feel guilty but she couldn't mask her enjoyment.




The rest of the week was pretty uneventful. Everyone was talking about the neon lights party. Not that Honey minded, she was glad that they had moved on from the drama of Izzy's party. She didn't want to focus on that. Everyone seemed to be making plans. Honey wanted to get ready at home before Chad picked her up so she decided to leave right after school. She had sent out texts before she left alerting everybody of where she went. It wasn't really like Honey to just up and leave. She typically had a group around her and she didn't want people to ask questions.

To: Stella
Hey love I'm gonna head home early so I can get ready for the party/ my date. I'm really excited but if you tell him that I will hurt you. See you tonight?

To: Aaliyah
See you tonight? I have a date but I'll try to hang out with you a little too

To: Chadwick
Pick me up at my apartment say 7? Early enough that we can get a bite to eat before the party? Can you bring a jacket? I'm pretty sure I'm wearing a corset top and I'd rather not look that scandalous at a restaurant lol.


Honey drove home and quickly changed. She slipped out of her outfit and took a shower before waiting for her artist to come. She arranged for an artist to meet her at her loft right after school. After three grueling hours of lying naked on her stomach the artist finally finished. It was a galaxy design, completely done in glow in the dark paint. It extended from her neck all the way down to the back of her thighs. It even extended to the back of her arms. You could say alot about Honey but she never did anything half way. She pinned her hair into a bun with her bangs out.

Once she was finished Honey adorned the sexy outfit she picked out for the party. It consisted of a blush colored corset that complemented her skin. She wore custom made shorts along with it. The shorts were a light blue but had a glow in the dark ombre pink paint job. At the party they would glow pink. She paired the outfit with pink doc martens that were comfy enough that she could dance all night. She did a simple black winged eyeliner with pink lipstick. The real focus was supposed to be on the glow in the dark custom paint job she paid an artist to do.

The paint was only visible in the dark so to the naked eye her back was simply that naked. She was smiling to herself when she heard Gino crying in the hall. She walked over to him and picked him up coo'ing a bit to calm him down. "Where's mommy baby G?" She said kissing him lightly on the cheek. She walked downstairs where Rionna's room was, only to find her blabbing on the phone.

"What the fuck Ri?" She hissed. Rionna looked up at her and had the nerve to groan. Honey sighed and lightly gave Gino a kiss before setting him in his bouncer in front of the tv. She would deal with Rionna later. She was tempted to force her brother to take care of it but she didn't bother. She knew he wouldn't. She glanced at her clock in the wall. It read 6:50.

Honey grabbed her wallet and a clutch that read "Taken" on the front and headed for the door. She didn't want to risk him coming upstairs and seeing Rionna or Gino so she simply headed to the lobby to wait for him.

To: Chadwick
You don't have to come get me just text me when you get here

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"See you tonight? I have a date but I'll try to hang out with you a little too." Aaliyah read Catalina's text to her aloud to herself with a laugh as she chucked the phone aside. Unlike Alessandra and Shailene, Catalina and Aaliyah hadn't just muttered out sorries and moved on. In fact, since that day at the recreation center they hadn't really spoken at all. Whether Catalina was expecting some form of an apology from the Queen Bee or something Aaliyah didn't know but what she did know was that if she was waiting on one she would never get it. Catalina had had the nerve to question Aaliyah and basically say that she knew Aaliyah and spies trailing her. Maybe had her accusations actually been right Aaliyah would have apologized but in this particular case she was free of fault. Catalina had accused of her something and Aaliyah had told her that she was wrong. Simple as that. It was Catalina who had gotten all dramatic and stormed off to join her new boo thang along with Aaliyah's both ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend. This week might have been an uneventful one but it had spoken volumes to Aaliyah and now she wasn't sure where Catalina stood with her.

But this weekend wouldn't be the time for her to figure it out as she and Alessandra were going to Australia. Aaliyah had been invited to the Fashion Exposed Autumn/Winter 2015 in Sydney and she had decided to go. When she told Alessandra about it she hadn't asked her to go and truth be told she would have been fine if the brunette had decided to stay but Allie said that she had wanted to go. So, the night before the two girls had slept over at Aaliyah's house so that she could pack up her luggage. During her lunch period Aaliyah had gone and collect her baggage and drove to the Ambrosia Estate where she now awaited Alessandra's arrival. Alessandra said had to pack up her own stuff before they could jet on over to Australia and Aaliyah had figured since Alessandra had helped her pick out her things she would do the same in return. As she looked at the clock in the top right corner of her laptop screen she say that 9th period was coming to an end which meant Alessandra would be on her way shortly.

"I wish you were coming." Jasmine said looking at Alessandra who was starting at the clock to hung by the door. "I know, but just because am not going it doesn't mean that you get to pull out." Alessandra spoke shifting her undivided attention to the honey-blonde who sat behind her. "It's not everyday that a Virtuosi gets invited to an invite-only A-Lister party. Granted, this is a Prep party that we're talking about here, but it still counts." Jasmine laughed rolling her chocolate brown eyes. Stella had been pressing her about this Neon Light party since they had had lunch at Centanni Trattoria. Over the last couple of days Jasmine had kept Stella on ice just telling her that she would think about it and let her know. Now it was day of the party and she had been stalling all day. She didn't really want to go to the party but Stella had invited her and this was her best friend who was making it really clear that she wanted Jasmine to attend. "Don't worry am going. Stella has been begging me all week and I would feel like a shitty person if I said no."

Thinking of her best friend got Jasmine wondering about Alessandra's. "Speaking of which? Did you tell Shay that you and Leah are jetting to Australia for the weekend?" The look that Alessandra made in response let Jasmine know that her sister had neglected to fill her bestie in on her weekend plans. "Really Allie?!" Alessandra just shrugged. "She'll be fine. Unlike me, Shay get's along great with Ricky's entourage so she'll be in great hands." The bell rung then and the two girls got up from their desks. "I've still got some packing to do so seeing as am going to be home anyway I could help you find something to wear for tonight." Jasmine smiled from ear to ear. "That would be so amazing. Thanks Allie." Alessandra nodded as the two girls left the classroom.

As the two sisters walked out into the hallway they parted ways going to their separate lockers. From out of nowhere as she was walking Jasmine felt arms wrapping around her waist and for a moment she thought it was Isaiah as he did that to her often. "Say you love me enough to come to the party tonight. Pretty pleeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaasssssseeee?" Jasmine smiled as she heard Stella's voice and she laughed when she saw the puppy dog eyed look she was giving her. "I love you enough to go to the party tonight." Jasmine said not even putting up a fight as she had already decided that she would go. "My sister is going to help me pick out something to wear so I've got to stop by my locker than head straight home. What time do want me there by?"

Alessandra was at her locker when she caught sight of Shailene walking over to her out of the corner of her eye. Closing the door to her locker as her bestie made it over to her Alessandra spoke up first before Shailene could utter a word. "Before you even mention the party I've got to tell you that am not going." Alessandra wasn't sure how Shailene would take the news but she wasn't expecting a crazy bad reaction. Shailene was one of the few people who had actually managed to find stable footing in both Aaliyah's inner circle and Ricky's entourage. She had Alessandra which put her in with Aaliyah and then Chadwick who kept her in good with Ricardo's friends. Even thought Alessandra wasn't going to be there tonight she knew Ricky's crew was which meant her best friend would be fine without her.

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Janice finished a few classes and just had finished lunch. When she had received a text. It was about students skipping class. She wasn't really one to join in but who knew this might be fun.

Jasmine
-Jas, are you going to skip class? I don't really know if its my style.-

She looked around and decided this outfit she was wearing was not really skipping class material she was dressed as a business woman.

Stella
-Stel, Lesbi-Honest why are we doing this?-

She smiled walked out of the school and went to the mall not to far away. She paid for a pink jacket, pair of pants and a purple top. She changed into it all and walked out there looking great.

She went to the place that Stella had mentioned and looked around. She hoped this was not another plot to get her to come and be mean to her.

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Shailene smiled brightly upon approaching her bestie, but the second words fell from Alessandra's mouth, she frowned. She had anticipated Aaliyah not wanting to go. The Queen Bee wouldn't particularly want to go to a party by the Preps unless she knew for a certain that anyone who was anyone would be there or would want to be there. But typically, Shay would be able to convince Alessandra to go with her and that, in turn, might be enough to convince their Queen. However, to get shut down before she even said a word definitely put a damper on her mood. "Why not? I thought it would be fun and you could finally wear that neon pink body-con dress I liked. What other plans could you possibly have that trump going to a party with your own best friend?" She whined with a pout, though she refused to complain and kept it as light as she could. As much as she loved her best friend, she wouldn't throw a bitch fit or be that upset. Admitting that she hadn't wanted to go to the party without her bestie was just pathetic, in her head anyway. And besides, maybe someone else will take her mind off of being abandoned. "You know what? Fine, I won't be a bitch about it. But I want details and I should not be held responsible for whatever I end up doing tonight since someone wants to abandon people and crap," she said after a moment.

Stella practically beamed when Jasmine told her that she was coming. "Thank God! I don't know what I'd do if you weren't there to keep Sienna from trying to set me up with guys. This is going to be great!" For one, Stella was excited that Jasmine was actually going to come. It wasn't every day that a Virtuosi was invited to a party by an A-Lister unless it was Isaiah's and well, Stella had to hear Courtney's mouth after that got around the school. Not that she didn't set the Prep straight, but it had been exhausting. Second, she really did need someone there other than her friends. No offense to Sienna and Ric, but she still wasn't as interested in partying as she had been as a freshman and sophomore. Maybe she had developed an old soul, Stella doesn't know. But if she was going to be anywhere, it needed to at least have one of her best friends. "Doors open at around 9, so no real rush. All you gotta do is show your invite and you're in. Ok, go home. Get all pretty and such, and I will see you later. Tell Allie she's the best!" Stella gave Jas one more hug before jetting off. Now that her companion was secure, she needed to do one last check at the club to make sure everything was in place and then she actually needed to throw her own attire together. Her mom had ordered a body artist to come to the house and help out, and even her hairstylist was coming. She could already sense the beginnings of a great night.

"I see you've got plans for the night," Chad commented as the sought-after latina cheerleader, Adrienne, strutted away from the King of Hollywood High after slipping him her number. Ric smirked as he watched her walk down the hall. "Well, yeah. Turns out fighting for a girl actually works in your favor." Chad snorted and rolled his eyes as he and best friend opened their lockers. Ric eyed him after a bit. "So, what's this I hear about a date?" Chad didn't even ask how he found out, he just sighed. "Yeah, it's a date. I'll be at the party, don't worry." He looked through his things before deciding that his other textbooks at home would suffice for the weekend. Ric didn't say anything for a minute, but when he did, there was an edge when he said, "With Honey." Chad shut his locker and looked at his best friend dead in the face, who was no longer pretending to actually look for anything in his locker. "Yeah, is there going to be a problem?" Both guys stared at each other for what felt like an eternity, neither actually knowing what to do in a situation like this. It wasn't like Ric had ever said he felt anything for Honey and he had known about Chad's crush on her, even teased him on it several times. And yet, for just a moment, a flicker of something - jealousy, perhaps - flashed in Ricky's eyes, but Chad only caught the tail-end of it before his best friend painted on a grin before pounding his fist. "Well, don't do anything I wouldn't do, man." Chad laughed at that as they headed down the hallway. "Not like there's much," he retorted to which they shared a laugh over.

Once he made it home, Chadwick hurried up to pull out some clothes for his evening with Honey. On another day, he would have found something a bit more fitting. However, given what their activities would be after the dinner, what he put together would be reasonable. Couldn't exactly come to a rave-like event with something he'd wear to an informal gala, now could he? After showering and brushing his teeth, Chad threw on his outfit, which consisted of a simple black tank top, neon green pants that would glow in the dark once they got there, and some black sneakers with insoles and laces that glowed green in the dark. Once officially together, he headed downstairs where one of his spray paint artist friends was waiting in the living room. After ten minutes, he had designs on both of his forearms that would glow in the darkness and a face design. While simple, the designs wouldn't be seen until they were inside the club. Just as he finished, he checked his phone to see a text from Honey and hurried to respond.

To: Honey
Omw now. Be there in ten."

Once the text was sent and he had left a message for both of his parents, it was around 6:50. Good. Chad grabbed the keys to his usual vehicle, started it up, and drove in the direction of Honey's penthouse. As soon as he pulled up, he saw Honey waiting in the lobby and while he could have just waited for her to come outside, he parked at the front and came in to get her. He smiled at her wardrobe before remarking, "Well, don't you look raved out. No, seriously, despite how many people are probably about to judge us in this restaurant, you look nice. Ready to go?"

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"Why not? I thought it would be fun and you could finally wear that neon pink body-con dress I liked. What other plans could you possibly have that trump going to a party with your own best friend?" Shailene whined and pouted just as Jasmine had when Alessandra told her. "You remember how Ali said we would go if nothing better came along. Well...something better came along." Alessandra said leaning against her locker. "You know what? Fine, I won't be a bitch about it. But I want details and I should not be held responsible for whatever I end up doing tonight since someone wants to abandon people and crap," Alessandra laughed at Shailene for her dramatics. "Abandoned? Really?" Alessandra said with an amused smirk on her face. "Fine, I won't hold you responsible for your actions, but I will be holding your side-clan responsible for whatever dark, mischievous deeds you fine yourself in tonight." Alessandra said it jokingly but she was serious in her words.

At Izzy's party Shailene had gotten pretty wasted and in the end Alessandra had been there for her bestie and had taken her back to her place that night. This time god forbid Shailene had gotten that drunk again she would like to think that one of Shay's other so-called best friends would be there to do what Alessandra would be over 8,000 miles to far away to do. Yes, Chadwick would be there, but rumors had it he would be busy on his date with Honey, which probably meant he would be ending the night with her the same way he had on the night of Isaiah's party. Sure Ricardo and Sienna would be there, but, Ricky was Ricky and Sienna apparently was going to be boo'd up with some shady looking exchange student who nobody really knew. Alessandra made a mental note to ask her sister to look out for her bestie while she was away. Linking arms with Shay, Alessandra began walking towards the exit heading to the student parking lot. "I promise you will be given all the exclusive deets that everyone on social media will be begging for when I come back on Sunday." As they walked through the double doors that put them outside Alessandra stopped they're small walk. "I've gotta go home and pack. As well as help Jazzy pick out an outfit tonight. Have fun tonight!" Alessandra embraced her friend in a quick hug before running off to get in her car.

Back inside the school, Jasmine just starred at her bestie with a smile on her face as Stella was beyond excited and happy that Jasmine had agreed to go to the Neon Lights party. "Thank God! I don't know what I'd do if you weren't there to keep Sienna from trying to set me up with guys. This is going to be great!" Jasmine laughed as she began walking towards the nearest school exit with Stella in toe. "Doors open at around 9, so no real rush. All you gotta do is show your invite and you're in. Ok, go home. Get all pretty and such, and I will see you later. Tell Allie she's the best!" The two girls shared one last hug before Stella ran off. Jasmine was about to exit the school when she noticed Isaiah in the hallway talking to some guys who she could only assumed were jocks. Racing down the hallway Jasmine tackled her best friend engulfing him in a hug. "Damn Jasmine! When did you become a linebacker." Jasmine laughed taking Isaiah's words as a compliment as he said goodbye to his other friends.

"Sorry! Am just so excited for you! First date in-", Isaiah cut Jasmine off before she could finish her sentence, "Not-a-date. We're just hanging out." Jasmine gave him her 'yeah, okay' look as she nodded her head slowly as if she really believed him. "Whatever you say pretty boy." Jasmine said rolling her eyes as the two of them made there way for the exit. "Anyways, are you going to party tonight at BLOK?" Jasmine nodded again as she looked up at him. "Stella was begging and Allie reminded me that it's not everyday that a non-A-Lister gets invited to an A-Lister party. So, I couldn't really pass up the offer." Isaiah knew that if Jasmine was going to party she was doing it for Stella because Jasmine wasn't the kind of person who cared about popularity and social standings. If she did between Alessandra and Aaliyah she would have been an A-Lister just like he was. Most likely a higher ranking A-Lister. "Alright well I've got to get home and get ready. Have fun but not too much fun. I love you and I'll probably text you tonight. If not I'll call or see you tomorrow." The two hugged and Jasmine gave Isaiah a peck on the cheek, "Have fun on your date. Don't blow it Izzy!" Before he could deny that it was in fact a date for the second time Jasmine jogged off to her car.

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"So how do I look?" Jasmine said walking into Alessandra's room wearing the outfit that she and Aaliyah had selected for her to wear to the neon party. "You look perf, Jas." Aaliyah said as she checked out the sexy latina. "Are you sure? I mean don't you guys think I need...more color." Alessandra sighed happily as she ushered her sister over to the vanity. "Well we could have had you painted but we figured you'd prefer a more subtle look." Jasmine gnawed on her bottom lip nervously as Alessandra started on her hair. Jasmine wasn't generally a nervous person. She had been performing in crowds of thousands since she was kid and yet as she sat twiddling her thumbs she couldn't think of a time when she had ever been so nervous.

Her stomach was in knots and every fiber of her being was just pushing her call Stella and tell her that something had come up. She could then hang out at home, call Janice and go over to her house or go to the studio and record a song or two. While this neon lights party wasn't her first A-Lister party it would be her first time attending one that Isaiah and Alessandra wouldn't be going to with her; and that was what was making her nervous. Both her best friend and her sister would be elsewhere and while she still had Stella that wasn't making her feel at ease. "All done. The perfect party pony." Alessandra said as she finished styling Jasmine's hair. "Good call with ponytail. A bunch of sweaty teens all bunched together in a hot musky club is definitely gonna have Jas hair sweated out by the end of the night. At least in a ponytail it won't look like a fizzy mess."

"Alright, well seeing as your about finished here am gonna go get the driver. Are you sure you've packed everything before I have him come up here and get your luggage." Alessandra mused over it for a moment as she had already started on Jasmine's eye makeup. "Pretty sure. If it turns out I did forgot something I'll just buy something to replace it in Australia." Aaliyah nodded, "Okay." Leaving the room she went to get the driver so that he could come upstairs to retrieve Alessandra's luggage.

"So what do you think?" Alessandra asked once she was down turning Jasmine's chair so that she faced the mirror. Alessandra had given Jasmine a sexy cat-eye and had done her lips in the same black and green coloring. "I think tonight would be soooo much better if you were coming to BLOK with me." Jasmine said looking up at her sister with sad eyes that just tugged on Alessandra's heart strings although she didn't let it show. "I love you too Jazzy." Alessandra said giving her sister a light peck on the cheek.

"Look I need you to do me a favor tonight and look out for Shay. My girl got pretty wasted at Izzy's and none of her other so-called friends had been there for her. With me being 8,000 miles away I just wanna make sure that I have someone looking out for her seeing as I won't be there to do so myself." Part of Jasmine wanted to mention that if Alessandra stayed she would be able to look out Shailene herself but she was starting to feel guilty for attempting to guilt trip her sister, so she didn't bring it up. "I'll keep am eye out for your bestie. Promise." Alessandra gave Jasmine a smile that spoke her thanks as Aaliyah returned to the room. "Okay time to get going! Jas you look great. Have fun. Allie move your ass!"

The sisters shared in a laugh as they hadn't even noticed that the driver had already come up and gotten Alessandra baggage. Walking Alessandra downstairs they gave each quick hugs and said their goodbyes. Once Alessandra and Aaliyah were gone Jasmine went to the kitchen to get a snack. There would be no quality food found at the club and the last thing she wanted to do was drink on an empty stomach.

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Chad smiled upon Honey's answer and didn't pull away when she scooted herself closer, raising an eyebrow at the displeased expression on Brittney's face. She knew from the beginning that he wasn't interested in her and seeing how he came in with another female, that should have been blatant enough. He rolled his eyes, unimpressed by Brittney's miniature tantrum as she grabbed up their menus and promised to be back with water and their food.

Apparently, Chad hadn't noticed that she had come as close as she had because suddenly she was right there and her hand was on his, and yeah he jumped. Like a little bitch, the Ric in his head admonished, but he squashed that down when Honey spoke. He would never be able to explain it, but somehow her words had been enough to placate him. Calm him. He smiled sheepishly. "I was that obvious, huh?" At her admittance that she pretty much had only wanted to come on the date with him, Chad swore something jumped in his chest and he replied, "Of course I do." Chad wasn't the best with admissions of feelings and all that jazz, not like the lies Ric could feed someone and he wasn't expressive in his countenance as Stella and maybe Shailene. Yet and still, he found himself quite comfortable in this predicament he was in with Honey. She didn't notice him staring at her while she was gazing at the window, and while it was probably the corniest thing he would say all night, he wasn't talking about the view when he said, "Yeah," after she called it gorgeous.

Finally, Brittney returned (with a serious attitude that Chad would call the manager about later) with their food and Honey was the first to dig in. He wanted her to try everything first anyway. He chuckled at the obviously pleased expression on her face at the first taste of caviar. "I'm glad you like it." He said with a small smile. He was pleasantly surprised by her offering him a piece and bit into her offering. Caviar was a slightly salty delicacy that took him a few years to actually like and while it wasn't his favorite thing in the entire world, he wasn't exactly against it. And maybe Honey feeding it to him helped with that...just a bit. He was about to reach for another one when he noticed Honey staring at him rather, intensely, and was about to form a question when her lips touched his. His mind went blank at that moment that whatever piece of rye he had dropped back onto the platter. All too quickly, she had pulled away and Chad stared at her, somewhat dazed.

On any other day, he might have nervously left it alone and went back to eating with a definitely flush on his face. However, his brain couldn't exactly focus on that task. His gaze was too preoccupied with her lips and in a lower register, he said, "You're probably right...but to be sure..." Summoning all the courage and boldness he didn't have, he grasped her chin gently in his hand and kissed her, a bit more deeply than the one she had given, tasting both the caviar and something that was just her and somehow, the fact that they were in a restaurant slipped from his mind.





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"You suck for not coming," Stella stated and dug her fork into her burrito bowl from Chipotle. They were on Wilshire Boulevard and Stella had come back from checking to make sure everything was ready at the club. The bubble machine had just been finished, the DJ was finishing setting up, the balloons for the dares were already blown up, and she had already seen the neon colored special drinks that would be served. Courtney had the glow sticks that would be dispersed when people entered, so all Stella had to do was get ready herself. Across from her, her friend and (occasional) film partner shrugged and bit into his burrito.

"You've got your bestie. You're good." He told her after a few carefully measured chews. Stella gave him a look, stirring up the food in her bowl for a moment so that the salsa and sour cream could touch the white rice down below. "Still, you're gonna be stuck in your house watching sci-fi films or shows, doing nothing when you could be doing someone." Gregg snorted out a laugh, covering his mouth to keep any food from coming out. "What happened to the whole 'virgin' thing you always scream about?" She flipped her hair dramatically and proclaimed, "I said I had virgin ears, not a mouth. And shut up! You know what I meant, mister." Gregg only laughed at her and playfully, she tossed a chip at him that his forehead. He only retaliated and they probably would have had an all-out war if she hadn't decided that she actually did want to eat chips and one of the guys who manned the burrito line gave them a look. "Anyway, I thought you weren't in to parties anymore. I don't think Courtney was pushy enough to talk you into this one." Stella shook her head slowly before admitting, "No, that was all Ness. She was like, you need to still be a teenager and try to enjoy yourself outside of your room or the dance studio. Plus, it kinda puts a damper on the Hudgens legacy of throwing decent parties. Not that I'm ever getting on Isaiah's level." Gregg made a face, but he didn't make his typical snarky remark about any of the A-Listers and Stella didn't need him to. To be completely honest, she didn't care about whatever legacy Vanessa wanted her to leave behind. Stella wasn't her sister. She wasn't the immature party girl or the one who danced on top of bars. She would leave that to her sister's memory. But she was someone who wanted to have fun occasionally and this was her seeking it out without Jas or anyone else's help.

They ate in relative silence after that, both trying to finish their food so that they could go their merry ways. Stella was eating because she knew that at some point in the night, while she didn't need it, she was at least going to get a Sangria. Or, maybe something that wasn't as strong. She didn't know. But it was better to be safe than sorry. Gregg was just there to keep her company. "I'm surprised you aren't already dressed." He finally complimented now that he was half finished with his burrito. "Nah, I wanted to get home and take a shower first. But I did go to the salon to get these pink tinsels in my hair." Placed in several different places to make them look like natural highlights, the pink extensions would glow neon pink in the dark and shimmered under any light with just a flick of her head in any direction. "And if that was your way of worrying about me, you could just - " Gregg stopped her. "No." Pouting, Stella went back to her food. The two finished up, and like always, Gregg cleaned up their area before they headed out.

"I'm helping Sienna out at her studio tomorrow if you wanna come," Stella offered as Gregg walked her to her car. "I'll think about it. Have fun tonight." She smiled up at him. "You try to do the same. I'll text you when I get home." They hugged before he watched her climb into her vehicle before driving off. Knowing that she safe and on her way home, Gregg walked over to his Moped, revved it up, and headed on home.

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"And this is why I love your place!" Ric exclaimed when a few kitchen staff, including Misa, came in with trays for the three kids. Shailene was in the bathroom and Sienna was seated on her floor, allowing her nails to dry. On each tray sat a glass of coconut water and a bowl of homemade ramen with cut up chicken breast, poached egg, scallions, carrots, and cooked in a chicken broth. "It will help with dehydration," Misa had told Ric when she had decided to make that for them. It would be filling enough to line their stomachs to absorb alcohol content, and hydrating enough to prevent a headache. Not that Shailene felt like drinking particularly. She was in a better mood now that her own nails were done and she had showered. But she wasn't feeling her best. Sienna glanced at Ric. "What the hell is that supposed to mean?" Ric grinned at his best friend. "Your house sucks." Sienna rolled her eyes as she grabbed her chopsticks. "Says the guy who has a bedroom, private bathroom, and walk in closet at my house." She didn't pay attention to Ricky's very smug face. "Don't be so jealous." He said and she flicked a scallion from her bowl at him. "Fuck you." The two dug into their individual bowls as Shailene stepped out of the bathroom.

"Do not get anything on my bed. The covers and sheets were just changed," she told Ric with a warning look before approaching her own bowl, which was on the dresser. Instead of eating, she grasped the bottle and drank the cool liquid. Misa came in with extra napkins and seasonings and Shailene smiled appreciatively, offering a respectful bow that she had learned from Michael. "Arigatou-gozaimasu," Shailene exclaimed. She had practiced saying that for the last year and while Misa did speak English, Shailene still wanted to be respectful to the woman's culture. It was the same with all the staff. She had learned everyone's names and a bit of their background, not because anyone told her to, but because she wanted. Misa bowed back to her with a polite nod and left the room. "Didn't know you spoke Japanese." Shailene shook her head and moved her food to the floor with Sienna. "I don't, but she's my fave. Mostly everyone else speaks English or French, and maybe Spanish. So, she and only two other people speak Japanese and I like learning." Ric hummed after slurping his noodles. "I'm surprised Chad hasn't tried getting you to master the language or something. He loves Japanese." Stella too, but Ric's brain had only brought up his best friend. His other one perked up for a moment. "Where is Boy Wonder, anyway?" "On a date," said both Ric and Shailene and she looked at them peculiarly. "With Honey," Shailene added and twirled her chopsticks in the noodles. Apparently, Sienna had been way too focused on the sign-ups for clubs, classes, the party, and the meeting with her label yesterday because she surely had not known that.

"You're shitting me," she said and Shailene shook her head with a grin. "Obviously not since he's not here." Ric said on a very sour note and Shay tossed him a confused look that he ignored. Sienna glared at him. "Don't be a bitch. He's had a crush on her longer than you." Shay nearly spat her food out, gaping at Ric and Sienna in surprise. "You've got a thing for Honey!?" Sienna wrinkled her nose. "Gross, right?" Shailene paused to give her friend an admonishing look. "What? Come on, you know I was joking. Honey's hot. Chad's lucky. No, she's lucky. Chad's awesome." Shailene rolled her eyes before focusing on Ric. "I just wanna fuck her. Simple as that. I'm just surprised Ivy League actually had the balls to ask her out." Sienna picked up a few pieces of chicken before eyeing Ric. He didn't call Chad 'Ivy League.' The other jocks did, some teasingly and others because they were jealous assholes. Never Ric. This was his way of pretending that he was unaffected - by being a dick. And if he was already like this now, there was no telling what would happen before the night was over. He was too much of a friend to ruin Chad's night, especially in public. But that didn't mean he wouldn't do something...stupid. Great! Now I've gotta babysit, she thought.

"Since he's being a pissy little bitch and we just got you to stop," she began and both Shay and Ric scowled at her. "Hurry up and eat so we can get be out and about for the night. Gotta pick someone up anyway." Shailene rolled her eyes at the thought of having to pick up Sienna's boytoy, but complied to the Devil Girls' leader anyway. She was the only one not ready anyway. While the girls had been rifling through Shailene's large selection of clothing, Ric had already went to his room, showered, and then got dressed. He wore a simple yet fun tank, red shorts that would glow in the dark, and black and red sneakers. The red in his shoes would glow as well and the colorful outline on his top would too. He hadn't wanted any body art on him. Because it was a him and Sienna thing, he would get the glow stick necklace there and there was paint there if he ended up wanting anything.

Sienna had came dressed in her ensemble, which had consisted of a rivet-embellished neon green crop top, washed denim shorts over dark tights with minor and carefully placed tears, and Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers that would be easier to dance in for her than heels. Shailene had been in too many fashion shows and around too many artists not to be able to help her friend with her make-up and nails. Sienna had decided to wear one of her chokers, a 'Parental Advisory' bracelet, and a pair of silver hoops on to finish the look, and had her hair styled in a messy bun. Once Shailene finished eating, she went back into her closet to get dressed.

First, she applied Jergens Shimmer Lotion to her entire body to, firstly, hydrate her skin but also give her soft skin a subtle golden glow before slipping on her Victoria's Secret bra and panties set. Sienna had said they were trying it with the blue-green color, but after picking out her shoes, Shailene went for it. Besides, it was a bombshell bra. Who didn't like bombshell bras? Afterwards, she pulled on a pair of denim Abercrombie & Fitch shorts and her wedge sandals. The multi-colored shoes would glow in the dark and were manageable enough for Shay to move for the night in. She had been on too many runways and in too many photo shoots where she could never get off her feet in heels. At this point, she really wasn't concerned with a party that she would only be at for a few hours. Shailene had already had French tips, but now they were more fitting for the evening]. "Someone's going all out tonight," Sienna had commented and Shay had shrugged after deciding everything. Fuck it, if Allie could go across seas for the night, why the hell couldn't Shay look her damn best? Satisfied and not caring because Ric had seen her too many times without her bra for her to be worried about him seeing her in it now, she walked out of the closet and shut that light off, closing the door behind her. "Fix me. We only have so much time before we have to start heading to the club." Sienna smirked. "Bossy much?" She joked and Shay shrugged. "You want me at this party, don't you?" She retorted sassily and sat in front of her vanity, where the curlers were plugged up and Shailene's vast selection of makeup was out.

"I personally prefer Shay's bitchy side. Or maybe I like my girls with a bit of sass," Ric decided to comment from the bed, going over his Instagram. Apparently, everyone decided to post their pre-party pics and a lot of girls looked...sexy. He couldn't help but consider them prey, even some of the girls he had already bagged. Shailene rolled her eyes. "I don't think I want to know what your preferences are." She commented as Sienna set to fixing her hair. Ric almost threw back that she was 'very' familiar with his preferences, but chose to be nice - he caught her eye in the mirror though. Sienna just thought the two needed to stop being so damn catty. It didn't take long for Sienna to finish with Shailene's hair. It was already thick, she just added soft curls, which made the junior's hair seem a bit more voluminous. A few minutes later and Shay's make-up was finished as well. Both of their eyeliners would glow in the dark, along with their lipsticks. Sienna had also found some faux lashes that were pink in regular lights, but glowed blue in the dark. Once that was finished, Shailene unplugged the curlers and then headed over to her bed where the last piece of her clothing was. She slipped on a neon pink crop top that had long sleeves. Ric whistled once he saw the entire ensemble in its full glory. "What kind of trouble are you trying to get in to?" He asked and Shay simply ran her hand through her lush curls, raising a teasing eyebrow at him instead of actual answering. Sienna grinned. "Well, let me get these pics in before some random dude messes up Mama's hard work." Shailene chuckled as her friend scrambled to get her phone to take pictures of them. She even hopped on the bed afterwards to make Ricky take a pic with her. While the two best friends were wrestling over which ones Sienna was allowed to post, Shailene grabbed her own phone to take a selfie and sent it to Allie. She also sent a text to Jas.

To: Allie
Out 4 da nite. Whatcha think?

To: Jas
C u soon?

Once that was done, Shay spritzed herself with some Velvet sugar body spray from Bath & Body Works, which Sienna had already helped herself too, and then grabbed her keys and wallet just in case anything else happened. Sienna was always prone to late night snacking. "Alright, let's get outta before I say 'screw it' and go to bed." Ric climbed out of her bed and Sienna nodded. They were spending the night with Shay before the three would head to Sienna's for the studio session, so they left their bags. Before they reached Shailene's blue Volvo, Sienna had sent two texts.

To: Stella
Headin out, boo. C u there :D

To: Erik
Omw. B there soon





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There were several times in Chad's life where he had been embarrassed because he had been caught doing something he wasn't supposed to. There was the time his mom caught him and Clementine watching porn because they had seen their Dad's DVD collection and were curious why it was kept locked away. That was a lecture he wished he recorded. There was the time he and Ric were caught sneaking out by his original security team. Chad had somehow ended upside down during that little escape and his Superman boxers had been visible and to this day, Ric hasn't let him live that down. There were a handful of situations, but none of them had ever been getting caught making out with a girl whom you weren't even sure was your girlfriend in a restaurant filled with people. Luckily for them, he had chosen that corner because he was pretty sure he saw one of his mother's brunch companions with her husband and that was the last thing he needed the woman to gossip about to his mother. He was too flustered to respond to Brittney's obvious sneer, but he couldn't help but smile back at Honey sheepishly.

"Oh, uh, yeah, sorry about that," Chad said quietly, scratching the back of his head as Honey wiped away any traces of her lipstick and said that they needed to go. It had been an instinct, kissing her. Definitely out of the realms of what he normally did on his own, but he was actually a bit happier he had. He could still feel the places where she had kissed him on his neck and was pretty sure the markings would be visible to everyone. Luckily, the party would be mostly in the dark and no one would pay attention to that. He glanced at Brittney on their way out and said, "Just put it on my tab." She huffed and muttered something under her breath, but took their dishes away just as they left the booth. Chad definitely had to remind himself to talk to her employer. She had had a bit of an attitude the last time he rebuffed her advances and he didn't feel like doing this again.

"It's fine, really. Definitely not complaining about that turn of events," Chad replied honestly and blushed a bit about this being one of her top dates. "Should be starting soon, but anywhere else you want to go before we head to the club?"

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Let me think anywhere else I'd like to go with you? My bed? Your bed? Any bed? Heaven? Hell? Toledo? Spain? London? Vegas? Everywhere? Anywhere?

Honey shook her head. "Nope I'm good to go." She said as she hopped into Chad's car. He held her door open like the gentlemen he was and she couldn't help but smile. She pulled down the mirror visor as he drove and quickly fixed herself. She looked thoroughly satisfied. Her eyes were hooded, her lips puffy, and she had a nice glow to her. She applied more lipstick, which would glow in the dark. She silently hoped that Chad wouldn't have pale pink spots on him. She glanced over at him, she was pretty sure she got it all off.

They didn't say much on the car ride there. Honey liked that, that they could just sit contently together without the pressure of having a conversation. She had to admit she would have never pictured herself with him. She didn't even know if they were dating. She didn't want to ask either. She hoped he would tell her if they were but she knew that wasn't in their personality. I mean if she saw him with another girl it would piss her off and she was pretty sure he wouldn't like to see her with another guy. Wasn't that the point of dating? Exclusivity?

She gnawed on her lip, the lips he was just kissing, and glanced at him. She supposed that they would have to decide that later. Tonight he was with her and she wanted to focus on that. "So I'm having a party at my place after the football game." She said. There was a big game against the rival team coming up and Honey wanted to have a after party bash whether they win or lose. "I'm just mentioning it because.." She paused. Why was she mentioning it? Did she want him to be her date? Maybe she just didn't want to see him with anyone else. "God this is hard, when did this become hard?" She murmured. She turned in her seat a bit to face him. [color=#bf454f]"I don't know what we're doing or what we are. I do know that I don't want you to be with anyone else. Even if it's just like flirting you know?" She left it at that. She turned back to the road and realized they were nearing the place.

Suddenly it just hit her. They were doing this together, this would be like a satement to all the A-list kids that they were interested in each other and that they were hanging out. She pulled out her phone quickly.

To: Shay
So I just had an amazing date but I just realized that for the first time in my history at HHS I am bringing a date to a party. That's a statement right? And I'm wearing glow in the dark pink lipstick and I don't know it Chaddy is going to have some weird glow in the dark pink splotches on his neck

To: Stella
Please tell me you're here

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"Holy shit, everything looks awesome!" Stella yelled over the music. Because a line had formed back at around 8:30, they had decided to just let people in and already the party was extremely live and quickly trending. And yes, at a party Stella was checking social media and being on the internet. She couldn't help it; she was an Internet freak! Besides, it kept her posted on how everyone was feeling about the party and so far, it was a hit. Which a lot of people commented on being surprising considering who the hosts were. The most popular Prep girls, Stella included, were all standing by the bar with their drinks in hand. At least, Courtney's entourage had drinks. Stella had stayed away from them for the moment. "What can I say? You did great. Lets me know that you'll be able to run things next year." Courtney replied to which Stella gave her a curious look. "Whatcha talking about, Courtney?" The taller brunette, dressed in a Charlie's Angels-esque attire that glowed red, smirked. "Everyone knows that you're going to be the most talked about Prep during your senior year. And as far as I am concerned, you have what it takes to be the next student body president." Stella's hands shot up immediately. "Whoa, I never said - " Courtney interrupted her. "You were my campaign manager before I got elected and it was because of you that I got to be president for the last three years. As far as I'm concerned, you're the best candidate. Second to Chad, but he's graduating." It made sense, but Stella really hadn't thought about it. Obviously, Courtney wanted her to because she simply gave the shorter girl once-over, nodded to her group, and then waved at Stella while saying, "You look cute, by the way."

Once Stella had made it home, she had chucked her original idea back in the closet. It felt too...childish and well, if she was going to be known as the person who helped throw what anyone else would be considering a rave, she felt like she needed to be...just a bit risqué. So, she settled on a cut-out black crop top that she definitely stole from Vanessa's closet. It was only a bit tight, mostly because she had more chest than her big sister, which was why Stella found that she could definitely get away with not wearing a bra. As much as she wanted to critique her own body, the point of her growth this year was to accept herself and the fact that she had toned up over the summer, so she shouldn't freak out over exposing more of her belly. She also slipped on a pair of high-waisted Aztec-print shorts; she was playing on blues, purples, and pinks, and since this was custom-made, those colors would be the brightest ones in the dark. The green and white would be less showy. To be able to move around since she would probably break her neck trying to dance in heels, Stella slipped on a pair of sandals. Her straightened hair made her look just a bit older, just a bit sexier even though she would never actually hit that 'older than 18' category. And the shimmering tinsels just reflected off the light elegantly, especially since the light was ever changing. Like with Shay, she had a shimmering body lotion that let her already golden skin seem just a bit more golden. In true Stella fashion, her left hand was fashioned with rings and bracelets, with nail polish that glowed in the darkness. The gems in her jewelry did as well. Her make-up had been fixed up by Ashley Tisdale, her sister's best friend. It had been a last minute call and Ashley cracked up over how lost Stella looked with how her make-up was going to go for the evening. After the teasing, she proceeed to give the younger woman a nice and creative eye, following with Stella's color scheme for the night. Her lips were a very pale purple, close to pink, shade and glowed in the dark. They had debated over it, but at the end of the day, Stella had chosen to wear her headpiece, which was set in silver stone and matched her belly button ring, which was on display in her get-up. Judging from the amount of guys that had already pushed up on her and given her cat-calls, she definitely looked good for the night.

Her phone buzzed in her pocket and she whipped it out just to see a text from Honey. Her smooth brow furrowed somewhat at the text. It almost seemed frantic, so she hurried to reply.

To: Honey
Yeah. At the bar

Distracted with thoughts on what was happening with Honey, she turned around to the bartender and said, "Pink Fizzy, please." Stella didn't normally drink, but she was already at the party. One drink was not going to kill her and she liked the lemonade anyway.

Around the same time, Shailene had gotten the text from Honey and luckily for the passengers of the vehicle, Ricky had taken her keys. He needed something to occupy his brain with and she was going through her Instagram, smirking at the amount of comments and likes on her latest pictures with Sienna. As soon as she got the text from Honey, he had to squash down her squeals. If Ricky was upset about Chad and Honey before, he probably would be if he knew that Honey had already left hickeys on her best friend. She hurried to type up a response.

To:
What have you done to my baby!? Lol, can't wait to see this. Btw, stop freaking out. You're Honey Perez. Who the fuck cares if you show up taken? Anyone has a problem with it then they can come see me. Plus, you guys are cute. Stella says so and even Sienna thinks so. Enjoy it, make a statement, kiss him for all I care. #Hatersgonnahate

Shay was one of the few people who actually put hashtags in her text messages, which was always fun. As she smirked at her own response, Sienna leaned up to peer over her shoulder. "Lovebirds at the party yet?" She asked with a knowing grin. "Almost." Sienna nodded. "And don't think for a second you're getting out of this night free, Missy. I've got just the distraction for you." Sienna said and went back to texting. They were close to Erik's place anyway.




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Silent rides had obviously become their thing because like always, it was just the two of them - his car or her car, it didn't seem to matter - and there was that same comfortable silence. He never felt like he needed to feel some kind of space with Honey, didn't need to constantly entertain her. It was just...them and this was good. So, it genuinely surprised him when she started speaking. Chad nodded slowly at the thought of a game after the party. Ric would be on a high after winning or losing the game, and no doubt they would need some kind of energy boost if the latter occurred. Not that Chad thought it would. Their guys could be pretty fierce on the court and they were something to be reckoned with. But he was surprised when Honey started getting bent over her own words. However, finally, her intent became clear and although he was driving and she had looked away, Chad reached over and clasped her hands into his gently, entwining their fingers before saying, "I'm with you. Besides, I don't think I'd be ok with some random jock trying to push up on you. And I'm not just flirting with you, Honey." Chad cleared his throat for a moment before continuing, and chose to focus his gaze on the road while he continued to speak. "I think you and I both know that I don't just flirt. So, if this is us, then it's us. No games. I'm not saying to put a label or anything, if that's not what you're comfortable with, but...I'm just not the type to share." It really was as simple as that. As cool, calm and collected as Chad liked to be, he was still a kid and he was prone to his jealousies. He was just better at keeping that under wraps, much better than Ric or even Shay. He didn't know how Honey would respond to that, but he didn't let go of her hand either.