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Katherine Arnault

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a character in “Welcome to Fulton University! {Reboot}”, as played by BurningBridges

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"'I,' she says, 'am always stuck. I am always stuck between giving people everything because I am dying to create meaningful relationships, and giving them nothing at all because then if they leave, at least I’ll be left whole.'"
— S.Z.




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Name:
Katherine Juliette Arnault

Nicknames:
Kat, Kitty

Age:
19

Gender:
Female

Birth Date:
September 10

Sign:
Virgo

Sexuality:
Heterosexual

Ethnicity:
75% French, 25% English

Major:
Art Therapy




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Childhood/Family Life:
Katherine is the only child of Bernard Arnault and Adeline Leonard. Her parents were married for twelve years, and faithful to each other for only one of them. Well, at least that applies to her mother, though as time passed, her father became no better. The two of them really did love each other when they were dating, but they moved too fast, and after getting married, Adeline began to realize that Bernard could not be the doting husband that she wanted him to be. He was the CEO of LMVH, a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate which owns many major labels in areas such as wines and spirits, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, fashion and leather goods and specialist retailing. Céline, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Bulgari, Sephora, Belvedere and Hennessy are just a few of the many brands that his company owns. To put it simply, Bernard is an extremely successful businessman who has created a vast fortune for his family, but it came at a price, and that price was that he was often overwhelming busy for work. He would be in France for sometimes a month at a time, and Adeline just wasn't prepared to settle down with being a housewife to a nearly non-existent lover. It wasn't like she was an actual housewife, in terms of the stereotypical "taking care of the family at home" thing. She had a full-time nanny on hand to raise Katherine, and a slew of housekeepers and chefs to keep their household functioning. She was really just an all-grown-up heiress who spent her days throwing charity events and cocktail parties, and secretly seeking new potential husbands, while her actual one was away.

The turmoil in her parents' relationship should have been obvious, even for a girl who was, and still, fits the label of "oblivious" most of the time, but Katherine still vows that she never saw the divorce coming. She was only ten years old at the time, and finding out that her father had an affair was absolutely shocking to her, especially since she was in the dark about her mother's various affairs over the years. What didn't help was her mother being in her ear, spinning the situation to seem as if Bernard had been the only unfaithful parent, and that he ruined a perfect family. Sadly, Katherine's mother wasn't above that level, and for the next few years, she drilled it into Katherine's head that her father wasn't a true father or husband, and that he had taken some home wrecking-whore and her child as family, while kicking Adeline and her to the curb. This, of course, was not the case, and you'd know it if you looked at the incredible size of the check that Bernard wrote to keep Adeline from spreading news of the affair to anyone other than their daughter. What also wasn't true, was Adeline's insistence that Bernard didn't want anything to do with her. He had tried to get at least partial custody, but Adeline refused, seeing her daughter as the last piece of leverage over the man who had the audacity to cheat on her (regardless of her doing the same for years).

Katherine spent another four years with little contact with her father, and then, in an unsurprising twist, her mother moved on. Not only from Bernard, since it was clear to a lot of people that she moved on while they were still married, but from Katherine too. She didn't ditch her daughter on the side of the road or anything that dramatic, but in an emotional sense, she kind of did. She began dating a man who was nearly half her age, and she didn't want a bratty teenager, especially one facing mental health issues, dragging her down. Now that Katherine was no longer a pawn she could use against Bernard, she wanted to get rid of her. Make her Bernard's problem, in a sense, and so she insisted that Katherine move to California with her father. Kat didn't want to go, because for one, she loved Manhattan, and two, she despised her step-family despite barely knowing them, but her mother insisted, and off she went. Four years in, and the only good thing she thinks that truly came out of her moving to California was her modelling career taking off, which is something she knows she owes credit to her father for. At the same time, along with the modeling career came a new jump start to her eating disorder, that she had begun to struggle with during her early teenage years. Her father was surprisingly much more perceptive to this than her mother was, and sought out enough outside help to a point where Katherine eventually took control of her health once more. Had she not been able to, there was no way that she would have graduated high school, nonetheless move on to attend college, but she did, and that in itself is something that she is tremendously proud of. After graduating high school, she spent the summer before college in New York, and since then, her father and stepmother have relocated to New York, so that's where she now stays on school breaks. Her relationship with her mother is still very weak, but it's not like she appreciates her father as much as she should anyway, especially when he was a major force encouraging her to attend Fulton.





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Quirks//Habits//Oddities:
She's extremely picky about what she eats/who prepares her food | She's a light sleeper | She gets anxious easily, and tends to isolate herself when anxious | It's very easy to get her to cry (any remotely-sad movie will do the trick)

Good personality traits:
Exuberant, Passionate, Fun-Loving, Creative

Bad personality traits:
Shallow, Emotional, Dramatic, Impatient

Personality:
There's a reason for why growing up and still today, Katherine tends to attract friends that remain close and true to her. She's lovable in the sense that she's outgoing, fun, and energetic. Normally, she has a lively vibe to her, gets excited over the little things, and is good at cheering people up or acting as a buffer between two people who normally wouldn't get along very well. She's easy to have fun around and possess a vibe that seems to lighten tense moods. She's definitely talkative, especially when it comes to things that she's passionate about, and though her tendency to be impulsive doesn't make her the most qualified advice-giver, she certainly tries to help her friends when they have problems. Maybe it's because she often comes off as naive or even innocent, but those who are close with her would definitely describe her as being sweet, typically well-intended, and a genuine and loyal friend.

A flaw that's definitely worth nothing, however, is how easily influenced Katherine can be. There are certain values and desires that she'll stand by until the end, and that's apparent in the sense that she becomes almost immature, in the respect of being unwilling to compromise on certain things. However, more frequently, it takes just a little bit of pushing from someone she trusts to have her completely on their side, no matter what the issue at hand is. This malleability at least somewhat stems from her being insecure about her own intelligence. Growing up, being "dumb" wasn't something she ever minded, mostly because she knew that it didn't really have any consequences. Her father's name was enough to eliminate the possibility of her being expelled from her private school, due to bad grades, and no one at home ever really pushed her to do better in school, so she just accepted the fact that she wasn't as bright as other students.

Drama and gossip are fun when she's not the target of it, and are things that Katherine definitely enjoys witnessing. However, when it comes back to bite her, Katherine proves to be much more self-conscious and sensitive than she acts. She over thinks most things and is the type of person who will lay in bed for hours thinking about things or call her friends at three in the morning sobbing. She's not only emotionally needy, but materialistically as well. She tends to be very shallow when it comes to judging people and determining their worth and the first standard would be money. Her high standards and the fact that she's extremely conscious about her appearance, especially the idea of actually getting naked in front of anyone, have led to her maintaining her status as a virgin. Because of this, talking about possible hookups is something that she rarely engages in, because she's embarrassed that she hasn't done much in terms of that, but at the same time, she isn't ready to face the root of the problem and acknowledge that she's not some hideous looking, overweight monster that she somehow needs to see in the mirror.

From a young age, Katherine found that she had a passion for the visual arts. As a child, she showed exemplary skills in painting, and she's continued that throughout her life. In her opinion, it's the only thing that she has ever actually been good at, and that's the only reason for why she has stuck with it. Really, though, she does have a passion for it, and it's often one of the few healthy outlets that she has for negative feelings in her life.

Greatest joys in life:
Money and material items, painting, alcohol (vodka is her guilty pleasure), her friends/sorority sisters

Greatest fears:
It's hard to believe, but she genuinely does fear that she'll amount to nothing and will never truly be good at something or accomplish anything on her own. Suffocating would be the worst way to die, in her opinion, so situations related to that freak her out. Being a "normal person" financially, or being cut off from her father's fortune is definitely a fear of hers, and she despises bees/yellow jackets.

Life philosophy:
"The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing."
— Yasmin Mogahed




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❤Yoga
❤Christmas scents
❤Tropical vacations
❤Hand sanitizer
❤Candles
❤Nicki Minaj
❤Manhattan
❤Disney World
✘Fast food
✘Horror movies
✘Suspense
✘Waiting for anything
✘Bugs
✘Long flights
✘Game shows
✘Bananas




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Thoughts on Greek Life:
Surprisingly, Katherine had originally been intimidated by the thought of joining Greek life. While it was never really apparent to outsiders, she was always very insecure about herself, and as a senior in high school, she became really worked up over whether or not any of the sororities would actually accept her. However much it intimidated her, though, that part of Katherine that was drawn to the social life and being on top of the social ladder made it unquestionable that she would at least try to assimilate into Greek life. Luckily for her, she found her way and her confidence kicked in once pledge week began. She's extremely pleased with herself for following through with it, and couldn't imagine herself as anything other than an Alpha. In her mind, it's just a fact that the Alphas are the best in every regard. It simply would have been embarrassing for her to join any other sorority.

Plans for after college:
Most likely, she'll move back to New York and get a job working in graphic design or in the marketing field, at one of the branches of LMVH.




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Build:
5'10, 123 lbs

Hair Colour:
Brown

Eye Colour:
Brown

Distinguishing Marks:
Her ears are pierced 2x each.

Style:
Her fashion sense is pretty diverse, especially when counting photo shoots that she's done. She's walked down the runway in sheer tops where her breasts are completely visible, she's had her hair temporarily dyed pink, she's worn the most elegant of gowns, down to the sexiest of lingerie. It all depends where she's going, and who she wants to impress. With that being said, on a normal day at school, it isn't beyond her to wear skinny jeans and a crop top, or a cute dress. She doesn't like to over do it, but luckily, with her stature and appearance, she seems to be able to rock even the most casual of outfits.

So begins...

Katherine Arnault's Story

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Character Portrait: Naomi Malone-Ellison Character Portrait: Jade Brooks Character Portrait: Nicholas Henderson Character Portrait: Rebecca Callaghan Character Portrait: Xanthe Lampros Character Portrait: Lorraine Callaway Character Portrait: Lex Pearson Character Portrait: Nicholas Reyes Character Portrait: Hudson Allen Character Portrait: Jack Decker Character Portrait: Blake Hancock Character Portrait: Andre Rocha Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Korra Augustin Azzi Character Portrait: Nat White Character Portrait: Pritika Chaudhary Character Portrait: Kara Hatake Character Portrait: Haezia Jimenez Character Portrait: Kienen Fox Character Portrait: Jessica Chae Character Portrait: Chantal Cunningham Character Portrait: Parker Sullivan Character Portrait: Tamara Ortega Character Portrait: Casper Siyansky Character Portrait: Annabelle Chen Character Portrait: Park Min Ah
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Tuesday, October 4 || 12: 30 PM || Location: South Campus Lawn || Weather: Sunny, partly cloudy with winds coming from the south

It was something about the day that had a certain kind of buzz trickling into each and every vein of each and every student on the campus of the magnanimous Fulton University. Seniors and professors alike would tell you that it was perhaps the excitement of the upcoming Homecoming Week, which would mark the return of esteemed alumnae whose legacies were still felt in the halls they once occupied. Older staff members might say it was the stifling heat of the near oppressive Miami sun, its beams bearing down on each and every individual as they made their way across campus, some wearing less stifling clothes than others. The promise of water rides and cool refreshments for later in the afternoon practically drying tongues with anticipation for the Annual Fulton Carnival. However, as newer and the band of less sentimental students would tell you, perhaps...it was the thrill of the unknown...of the spine-tingling allure of Rush Week. While the Student Organization Fair was exciting in and of itself, there was still something devastatingly seductive about seeing the booths for the competing Greek houses, all of their members decked out in their Greek colors. The synergy of their competitive spirits was electric in the air and there was no telling what could happen before the rest of the day's celebrations...



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To be quite fair, it was not like Naomi had left the girls, Xanthe in particular, unprepared. For one, she had specified that she needed to finalize the plans for the foam party, which meant overseeing the yacht docking, making sure that catering was still on, and the other small details she needed to iron out while simultaneously making sure that they had enough snacks and such for those who visited the Alpha Theta Pi. They had been decorating since Sunday and Naomi had had the small menu - yes, she was doing extra and no, she did not give a damn - for snacks planned out back on Saturday. Xanthe didn't have those things planned out. Naomi just wanted to see how she would handle dealing with having to keep track of which of the Alpha ladies could leave duty at what time, greeting and informing prospective members while getting contact information from the ones that really stood out, and keeping up when food started to run out. She had left an hour ago and she had been getting one of the seniors to keep her updated on the sophomore's progress.

With her plans having been laid down in full last night, Naomi had been with the first wave of Alpha Theta Pi members setting the booth up and getting the food to the Lawn where all of the organizations, non-Greek affiliated included, were setting up. Like Naomi, some of the other girls who had helped earlier, especially seniors who needed all the credits they could get to graduate on time, had to leave. But she made it a point that everyone, much like every other Greek organization, had to wear the house colors. While she had made it clear that the girls could wear either pink or green, Naomi had done well with incorporating both colors into her ensemble. Her apple-green dress wasn't one of her most expensive items, not that she normally checked which brands she wore, but her elegance and refinery still stone through with the garment was accompanied by Lily Pulitzer sandals, Hellmuth bracelet from Portero, and Samira pearl-drop earrings. Naomi ran a hand through her hair idly as she closed the driver's side door of her Bugatti Chiron. Just as she made sure it was locked, she noted a few guys from the football team, shirtless, and painted in Fulton's school colors and had to laugh. "This is about to be interesting," she mused to herself quietly and stepped onto the sidewalk and headed to the gate to blend in with the throng of students coming and going.

After checking with the yacht her father had made sure to dock in Miami, Naomi did herself - and Jade - a favor by actually getting food without being prompted. She had drank a small mug of coffee when she first woke up, but stopped at Pasión del Cielo - a place she had found with Chantal - for the largest vanilla latte they had and an empanada. Nibbling on the flaky treat, she got the idea to text Jade a picture of her good deed for the day while simultaneously checking up on her favorite people. She didn't have to rush back to the Alpha booth anyway, after all.

To: Jade
See!? Eating w/out prompting lol! Aren't u proud of me?

To: Zan
Everything good?

To: Kat, Tamara
You guys behaving lol??

To: Chanti
Plz tell me I'm not da only 1 who could sleep 4 another 10 yrs

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Character Portrait: Naomi Malone-Ellison Character Portrait: Jade Brooks Character Portrait: Xanthe Lampros Character Portrait: Andre Rocha Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault Character Portrait: Kienen Fox
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"Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she'll conquer the world."
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"Yeah there really is not better sorority to join," Xanthe explained tucking a lock of hair behind her ear. The group of freshman around her all nodded and soaked up all of her words. "I'm sure you have heard all those rumors that we're like rude and all that but none of it is true" She smiled at her fellow Alpha's who were all flitting around the booth making sure it looked great and talking to a few of the freshman who were approaching it. She spotted a girl in the crowd and immediately recognized her. She had partied with her after a film festival in the Cannes.

As the girls cleared out she approached her, "Hey Hun', I didn't know that you decided to come here." Amanda Delorenzo smiled in return and flipped her glossy blonde hair over her shoulder, "Yeah it was like a last minute decision."
Zan laughed lightly, "Well you know that you belong with the Alpha's of course you'll have to be accepted" Amanda winked at her like it was some sort of inside joke and nodded. After a bit more talking she had Amanda leave her information and she walked back over to where some of the girls were talking and setting up.

She noticed one of the Alpha's, Tatiana, snacking on food and she pursed her lips in disapproval. Tatiana had gained twenty pounds over the summer and rather than lose the weight or replace her wardrobe she chose to walk around in ill fitting clothes or in leggings and tank tops. Right now she was wearing black leggings and a tight green tank that wasn't flattering her at all. "Hi Honey, maybe you shouldn't eat any more snacks. How about some fit tea instead? It'll fill you up and you'll lose those extra pesky pounds." She smiled at her warmly before walking away. She didn't think it was a rude thing to say honestly because if she gained a lot of weight she would want them to say something to her. I mean she definitely gained weight when she and Casper broke up. Hell, all she did for like two whole weeks was watch Roman Holiday and eat Ben & Jerry's. Then, like the confident woman she was she lost all the weight, gained a perfect butt, and came back hotter than ever. She pulled out her phone to respond to a text she got from Naomi and send a few of her own.

To: Naomi
Yeah everything is great. Just found a prospect.

To: Kat, Jade
Um project Tatiana starting any time soon? No shade.

To: Andre
Hey make sure you stop by and say hi today.

To: Kienen
Naomi left me in charge with the booth, wish me luck

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Character Portrait: Naomi Malone-Ellison Character Portrait: Jade Brooks Character Portrait: Xanthe Lampros Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault
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One of Kat's talents was talking, so events like this, where all that was really expected of her was to mingle, were the ones that she enjoyed most. Most of the freshman passed by made her inwardly cringe, and she was internally point out all of their flaws, or, if an Alpha she was close to was seated next to her, she would whisper them to the girl. One girl passed by with hair that clearly needed some sort of humidity treatment. Another was wearing shorts that were so tight, and in such an unflattering way, that she looked like she belonged on a corner as a prostitute. There was a girl who needed to be introduced to Proactiv, and another who Katherine surmised had to be amazing in bed, because she was so ugly compared to the boy that she was clinging to in a girlfriend-boyfriend manner. All of the things that she picked out about the girls who approached their booth were things that were shallow to notice and become fixated on, but those tended to be the things that mattered most to Katherine. Appearances said a lot about a person, and in Kat's mind, first impressions were important. She seemed to justify the pettiness by reminding herself that she had been a freshman just last year, but she didn't act nearly as embarrassingly as she thought many of these girls were. She had spent a good deal of time getting ready, like always, and certainly was not wearing a t-shirt with "HOLLISTER" boldly printed on it, like the girl who was currently standing in front of her. It took a lot for her not to just roll her eyes at half of the girl's questions, especially since Naomi wasn't around, but she did her best to be pleasant until the girl seemed satisfied and moved on to another booth.

Tired of sitting in an area that seemed to be getting the most traffic, and sensing her patience and attention span dwindling, Katherine got up. She had missed Xanthe leaving by a few seconds, but read her text instantly, as she made her way over to Jade. She hadn't been looking at her phone for a few minutes, so she was only getting Naomi's now, and though she was tempted to comment on how she had been the perfect Alpha all morning, she got straight to the point with her text. She knew that Naomi had to leave for class, which was understandable. Katherine was technically supposed to be at a class right now too, but... well, this had seemed more important. It was a bad mindset to have, especially considering that the Greek societies had a minimum GPA requirement to be involved... and it was one that for her past two semesters, she had just barely reached, but Katherine just didn't care. It wasn't good, and she knew it, but for her academics didn't really matter. They never had. It went beyond her just thinking - and knowing - that her father had enough money to support her for twenty lifetimes. She wasn't intelligent when it came to school, so classes like calculus, the one that she was missing now, not only didn't excite her, but gave her a lot of anxiety too. She hated the feeling that she got when she was sitting in a classroom filled with students who all, at least somewhat, knew what was going on, and she had absolutely no idea. Even when she tried to pay attention and study, it just didn't click with her, so she would become frustrated and give up. It wasn't like she was lying when she justified skipping the class today to herself, by saying that she had a stomachache, because just the thought of sitting through that class over being out here with her girls did give her a stomachache.

To: Naya
I'm getting bored! Where are you?! You're gone, Zan is gone...... :( everyone LEFT me

To: Xanthe
Hoes before bros, Zan!!!!!!!! And Jade will probably go Mom mode if we gossip about Tatiana in the group chat but OMG yes I'm in... Like literally something needs to be done or she needs to be done because she looks like trash

Kat's text was dramatic, and typical of her to accidentally implicate Xanthe for leaving the booth, even though it probably wasn't even a big deal. Her text to Xanthe was more playful, but only because she noticed her then, across the way in the Beta booth. As she sat down in the empty chair beside Jade, her dramatic side kicked in again as she sighed. "Your Little is basically about to get pregnant across the lawn, Jade. Aren't your maternal instincts going to kick in to prevent this teen pregnancy?" Really, Katherine was being playful in the comment, but it was typical of her to want something to be done, only now that she was bored and would actually want Xanthe back by her side to socialize with. "And Naya is really going to hear it from me, because I'm so bored without her here. I really think that she needs to get held back or something, because it's not fair that Zanny is going to get to still have you next year, but I won't have Naomi."

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Character Portrait: Naomi Malone-Ellison Character Portrait: Xanthe Lampros Character Portrait: Hudson Allen Character Portrait: Andre Rocha Character Portrait: Katherine Arnault
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Of course, by the time Naomi made it back to the quickly filling lawn where students were both greeting one another for the first time and conversing like old time friends, she wasn't surprised to see a few of the Alphas spread out in the crowd. Mostly seniors who had taken her example and wore green with pink accents, which made a bright smile flit across her face. It wasn't long for to become distracted by seeing a few STEM majors, one in particular a Beta named Tristan. He was her solace when she had to hang out with the Alphas, a buffer when Hudson served as nothing but a means of distraction before he would be lured away by the swing of hips his hands had not touched before. "Hello, handsome," she exclaimed the second she ran into Tristan, her hands failing to grip his thicker, hardened biceps. Naomi gave a brief squeeze before humming, grinning up at gorgeous green eyes. "Shit, you've worked out, like wow...crazy...hello, Protein World shakes." Tristan chuckled in his grasp; she could feel the tremor of his body in her fingertips and it had her smiling even brighter. "Miss President...you've been by the tables yet?" Naomi shook her head. "Nope, the air is oppressive enough without your brothers' massive egos poisoning my sensitive lungs." She responded and Tristan rolled his eyes, comfortably wrapping an arm around her waist as he led her in the direction of the Beta booth. In the meantime, while they both waved and said hi to a few classmates, Naomi checked her phone only to giggle at Katherine's text with a response. She refused to acknowledge the reasons why Xanthe would leave their booth; that was far too depressing and she hadn't finished her coffee yet.

To: Kat
Be back soon, Kit Kat

To: Zan
Playin hookie already? 4 shame babe

Like always, the Betas were dressed impeccably in their crimson and silver, though she suspected that Hudson was the one who convinced the others to dress up just a bit more than they normally would. The Beta president was the only man she knew, second to their fathers respectively, who would wear a suit in the sweltering heat without it being a requirement. It made her roll her eyes and laugh a little, but the smile fell just briefly when she noted Xanthe and Andre close-by. Because fuck you too, mother nature, her mind supplied bitterly when she couldn't quickly supply an actual greeting to the two. In all honesty, she didn't want to. It would require being more chipper than she already was and she would need another large cup of coffee before dealing with that. Instead, considering she and Tristan were still at a distance, she turned her attention to the Beta booth fully, grinning at Hudson's back. "Excuse me, your Royal Do-Too-Much-ness," she called to Hudson, pulling Tristan along with her behind to the tables that contained food. A few of the guys, seniors and juniors notably, peeked up and grinned at her in welcome, a few stopping to wipe their mouths and wave. Naomi only rolled her eyes at their boyish behavior and pushed Tristan forward, though he kept an arm around her. "I'm returning one of your stragglers." Tristan bumped her lightly while exclaiming, "Hey!" Naomi only winked at him before stating coquettishly, "Don't think I didn't notice you were late, mister. What kind of example are you setting for the babies?" Quickly, as she always did, her attention was back on Hudson and she noted his small plate before smirking, meeting his gaze. "Don't tell me you're already celebrating earning second place to the Alphas in terms of garnering prospective pledges now, Allen. I didn't think you of all people would admit defeat so easily."

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Jade was still just a junior, but as a biology major with a psychology minor, her course load this semester was already weighing on her pretty heavily. On top of her school work, she was already beginning to prepare for the MCAT exam and was trying to get together a list of potential medical schools to apply to in the spring. Her sorority had grown so important to her, that it even surprised herself, but in no way could Jade ever put being an Alpha over being a student. That was why she had only just barely made it to their booth on the south lawn by 12:30, an hour and a half after the event had started, and why she knew that she could only stay for a few minutes. After leaving her Development Biology class, she raced back to the Alpha house where she switched her shorts and tank top for a more Alpha-friendly outfit, considering of a pink dress and simple white sandals. Naomi knew that Jade wasn't going to be at the table for the beginning of the event, and just in general, Jade wasn't feverishly concerned about Naomi being disappointed in her lack of presence. For one, they were good friends, and secondly, she was aware that Naomi wasn't going to even be there herself. Jade had no real reason to be in such a rush, but she was, and once she got to the table, she did her best to make sure that everything was in order. Which is what, and unsurprisingly at that. No one would expect for a single thing to be misplaced or forgotten when Naomi was in charge, even if she was only there in spirit for the moment. Regardless, Jade was still able to find something to busy herself with, and spent a good ten minutes talking to a group of girls about the Alpha house, and then the Theta house, when she figured out that they were probably better suited there. While she adored the Alpha house, she knew better than anyone that some people just didn't fit. A lot of the time, she felt like she was one of those people, and she felt like she was doing a good service by promoting other houses to potentially save these girls from spending four years feeling out of place, or trying to be someone that they weren't.

Jade had finished what she was doing around the same time that Xanthe left with Andre, and she had looked up at just the right time to catch his wink, which she responded to with a grin. She was happy to see him, but not so happy to see Xanthe wandering off with him. She loved Andre as a friend, and in her head, that was okay, because she wasn't some pretty little girl like Xanthe, who lived off of romance. When she was with Andre, at least, she thought of herself as her old self - the girl who was too concerned with sports and getting her hands dirty to ever be considered "pretty" by the boys that she hung out with, and that was fine by her because she didn't want to be pretty. And she didn't want to be pretty now, in Andre's eyes, either. So sure, she loved Andre as a friend and trusted him, but she also knew that beyond his personality with her, out playing soccer, was the player version of Andre, and since Xanthe was the picture perfect girl who would fit the mold of the girls he chased, it made her wary. Xanthe and Andre could both insist as much as they wanted that they were just friends, but Jade didn't believe it. Andre was too much of a player and Xanthe wanted that fairy tale ending too badly. There was that over-caring side to her that wanted to get up and go third wheel, but the sane part of her told her that she just had to let them be "friends", though not without sending a response to Xanthe's text first. While she was at it, she answered Naomi's and Lorraine's as well.

To: Xanthe
Be good!

To: Naomi
Barely happy with how late you've been up all week! Sleep deprivation is link to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and strokes, Mimi!!! AKA sleep is important and you not sleeping gives me high blood pressure!!!

To: Lorraine
Your fave Alpha can't be your fave Alpha atm! Busy trying to persuade kiddies that Zetas are horrible

The text to Lorraine was definitely sent when she was sure that there was no one close enough to read it. For starters, the Alphas were definitely supposed to think, to some extent, that they were above the Zetas. That alone would probably make her friends-with-benefits relationship with Lorraine frowned upon. To top it off, Naomi hated the girl and Jade was well aware of that, which made the whole thing so tricky. It didn't help that Lorraine was pretty bold and brazen and always seemed to like to live on the edge and come close to exposing it, so much that she had Jade's heart racing, but had never actually done so. In a way, it turned her on, but during moments like this, when she couldn't focus on that, she knew that she had to pretend she had no interest in Lorry, or texting her.

Luckily, all of the texts were sent and her phone was set down again by the time that Katherine came over. Almost instantly, she started with her dramatics that never failed in bringing a smile to Jade's face. Katherine was absolutely a spoiled brat who lived in some fantasy world where everything revolved around her, but at the same time, she was endearing and funny and sweet and so genuine that none of the bad things even mattered. "Stop it," she chided playfully, placing one of her hands on Katherine's. "My Little is as smart as they come and she knows that I will personally murder her if she ever gets herself knocked up. Hell, I'd kill Andre too."

Katherine's comment about Naomi leaving at the end of the year was a reminder that she didn't need, but it was probably going to be just as sad for Kat to lose her big. However, it was definitely best that Jade hadn't ended up as Katherine's Big. It was quite the contrast to how she seemed to the majority of people, but with people she cared for, Jade was quite loving. So much so, that when it came to Katherine, she would probably be too tolerant of her sometimes impulsively ignorant comments or her tendency to push her responsibilities out of the way in favor of fun. It wasn't like she treated Katherine like a child who needed babysitting, and she would push that Katherine try to do better in her classes, but if she made up some pretend symptom for an illness she was faking, Jade would probably give in easily, despite being on a pre-med track and likely knowing better than anyone that Kat was faking. She wanted everyone to be happy and healthy and comfortable, but giving in to Kat too much would probably on egg on her irresponsibility. Naomi was actually the best match that Kat could have gotten, when it came down to it, because Naomi was fun and compassionate too, but she was wildly intelligent and knew when to get serious, as well. Without having to act as her Big, it was easier for Jade to be sympathetic to Katherine anyway, so it worked out and she appreciated the relationship she had with Katherine. While everyone knew that Jade's "mama-bear" instincts were only meant with good intentions, she knew good and well that all of the Alphas had their shit together, but with Katherine, she felt like her watchful eye was more necessary, and feeling useful was something that she always appreciated. "You're going to have your own Little to worry about by next year, so you'll be fine. Naomi's going to visit anyway, but speaking of the queen herself, where is she?"

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As they approached the Beta and Alpha tables something in Andre's demeanor changed. She glanced over to see what caused it and saw Naomi hanging out the Beta table. She knew that Andre and Naomi did a pretty good job of avoiding each other. She also knew that Andre might go on a girl binge after seeing Naomi and that hurt a little. But she loved the both of them so she knew it was her duty as his best friend and as her sister to stand by them.

She squeezed the hand that was still holding her own, and smiled up at him,"I know this is tough honey but it's going to be okay." She led him back over to the Betas table, careful to keep a smile on her face as she approached them. Keep your head, heels, and expectations high, that's what her nanny Lacey used to say. She kept that in mind as they approached the Alpha table. She wasn't nervous for herself really, it was mainly him. Yeah they were holding hands but she also had a bad habit of climbing into people's laps when she was tipsy. Not just males like Hudson, Kienen, and Andre, but females as well like Naomi, Kat, and Jade. But honestly she just was a toucher and she's also done that sober.

She approached Naomi first, letting go of Andre and going for a hug, before kissing Hudson and Kienen on the cheek, "I would love to chat but I've strayed from the Alpha booth long enough." She said with a wink. She pointed to Kienen and Andre, "I demand to be won a stuffed animal at the carnival tonight!" She added playfully before sauntering off to the Alpha table.

When she came back to the table she approached Kat from behind and pulled her into a hug, "I'm back" She said in a sing song voice. She let go and moved so she was leaning on the table in front of Kat and Jade. She smiled at the girls and tossed her hair over her shoulder. It was getting hot and soon she was going to need a hair tie to get all of that hair off of her. She recently cut her hair to her chest but originally it was hanging down her back. She thought that cutting it would help with the heat but it was still thick as ever and even more annoying because it kept slipping back onto her shoulder. "So what are we gonna do about Tatiana. I swear I'm not trying to be mean but... c'mon she wore leggings to this. The other day she went to brunch in sweats like we went to Denny's or something. We are Alpha's, I don't mean to be mean but you can't do that. " She huffed, getting herself a bit worked up, "If she can't lose the weight she needs to buy new clothes."

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As soon as Hudson finished his drink of water, Naomi had to prepare herself. Obviously, because she could tell by the mischeivous glint in his eyes that Hudson was gunning for her and it made Naomi fold her arms over her chest. She leaned her weight on her left leg, her left hip jutting out slightly as she took what Hudson had to dish out...which was, well it was a cute little dig. They were being tame apparently. Real cute, Allen, she thought but did not vocalize, head nodding absently as the Betas let out their respective "ooooohs" at their president's insult. But of course, she didn't have to wait long for him to make more to say because in typical Hudson fashion - and paying homage to the moniker she initially regarded him with - he continued.

This time, his commentary made her eyebrow raise in slightly contempt, a nervousness settling in the pit of her stomach. Andre was close enough, too close. Xanthe had came over and hugged her, which Naomi only returned half-heartedly in her disbelief at Hudson mentioning the one thing she had not even talked with the girls about. Especially when Andre was so near. It was never her intention for him to find out what happened between herself and him. The him in question received a small glare at that point, though Naomi made sure to return her gaze to Hudson soon after. Last she had checked, she had been pretty adamant with the other Beta that she didn't want their little mistakes to get out. But she should have known better - she did know better. Hudson, just like herself, was privy to information others would not know about until the situation had already blown over. She was foolish. As usual. The truth of the matter, however, was that Naomi was not about to cow. Even if her cheeks still felt heated with the shame of her past entanglements and the boys were a bit riled up by Hudson's nosy knowings, Naomi wasn't one to just back down to him and after a beat, a smirk formed on her face. She slid out from underneath Tristan's arm, who backed up knowingly, so that she could step further in Hudson's face. "For one, baby, if I would have left the boat selection to the Allens, I actually wouldn't be surprised that you would manage to find decent accommodations for our event. Mediocre, at best, much like your Dad's net worth," she heard Tristan and a few of the guys hiss out a collective "Shit!" that gave her enough pause to smile before continuing, "but I'm sure it would've sufficed just enough to prove why the Betas have always and will always come second place to the incomparable legacy of the Alphas. And the Ellisons, but...that's just me digging salt in the wound, right? Then again, knowing the many skanks you've dipped, flipped and tricked to stay relevant, I wouldn't be surprised if you did make the time to know all about boat selections. You Allens know all about compensating, don't you?" In that last leg of her first insult, Naomi had taken a small moment to eye Hudson surreptitiously, teasing, and with the faintest hint of trying to size him up as if she had not already done so before. Naomi allowed herself to giggle then and winked at the Betas who felt just a tad insulted, though they knew she was only being playful. Besides, she felt entitled to get back at Hudson for that small dig and the boys were more amused by the show than anything else. Not many people could say they could get one on Hudson Allen, shade extraordinaire.

Naomi hummed thoughtfully, taking just a second to level Kienen with a cold stare before grinning. "I'll leave you gentleman to your meat since that's about the only thing I think we all know you can handle best," she began, a note of sincere belief in her own statement in her voice, and Tristan was the first to indignantly cry "Hey, now!" which made her laugh softly. "But please, do come by the Alpha tent soon, Allen. I'd offer you some Nobu, but I'm pretty sure neither of us want a repeat of that crab infestation you had going for you some time ago?" She turned her eyes coldly upon Kienen, "Or was it you, Fox?" There was a notable difference in her tonality when addressing her drunken blunder: her voice was nothing short of steel and she didn't bother trying to hide her contempt. However, as quickly as the wind could sweep through, Naomi clunked herself on the head softly, taking on somber and apologetic tone. "My bad. It always escapes me which one of you has caught another STD. See ya, babes!" Just a bit satisfied, Naomi turned only to meet Andre's gaze.

Her breath stuttered in her chest because obviously, Naomi was seventeen again and Andre's eyes made her stomach flutter like it did on their very first date. But you ruined that, didn't you, some bitter part of her snapped and Naomi was a bit grateful that she was distracted enough by Hudson and the others to not have seen the display of affection Xanthe probably showered Andre with before walking away. It would have been too much - it would have hurt too much. So, she did exactly what she did when she had decided to break up with him - the guilt and hurt in her eyes hardened until he was nothing more than another Beta to her and all she uttered for him was a brief "Hey, Valentine" before stalking across the way to the Alpha tent.

By the time Naomi made it back to the girls, her favorite three were all together and it brought a much more relaxed smile from her, even her shoulders released the tension she had felt mounting within her being in Andre's presence. It was ridiculous that one person could still have that much power - that he held so much power and didn't even know it - and it made it harder for her to breathe. Her anxiety was rising and the coffee still in her hand was cold now, so she set it on one of their tables. "Hey, babies!" She greeted, quick to embrace Katherine fiercely and give as convincing of a smile to Jade as she could since she was the only one between the other two to be able to read her lies. And she should have been better at being nice to Xanthe since the poor girl did nothing wrong, but Naomi's hackles were still risen, Andre's face was still fresh on her mind, and Hudson calling her out was still ringing in her ears. "And if you're going to another lovers' stroll, perhaps after your responsibilities for the day are over, ok babe?" It was unfair and not right, and Naomi was going to feel horrible later but her smugness overpowered any guilt she could have possibly felt for unnecessarily snapping at Zan. Naomi didn't wait for a response and she knew she was being catty, but she couldn't help herself at the moment. She needed control and the best way to do that was distract herself with the freshman that came over. "Welcome to the Alpha Theta Pi tent. I'm Naya..."

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"Didn't she have class or something? I don't know but she better get back here soon." Katherine was on the verge of returning to Jade's reference to Andre, when Xanthe walked over. She was going to casually ask Jade what her thoughts on Xanthe and Andre were, and for a more detailed account on what had happened with Naomi and Andre. She needed reassurance that there was nothing romantic lingering there in either of those cases, to reassure herself that she wasn't a horrible person for having made out with Andre a couple of times. She needed the reassurance mostly because from her own accord, there was something still lingering with both of her friends, and she was a horrible friend. It wasn't like Katherine to keep secrets, especially not ones about hookups since she very rarely interacted with anyone in a sexual manner, but that in itself had made her more nervous about the whole thing. She had hooked up with Andre once over the summer, and that night, she could still brush off as being a drunken mistake. She had consumed enough alcohol that she was able to be convinced into doing cocaine... so she could brush off kissing Andre as being a consequence of the alcohol, too. However, she couldn't exactly use that excuse again, to justify their more recent make out session, or how she engaged almost as much as he did, in the secret flirting. It was so bad, and the worst part about it, was that Katherine wasn't even sure what she felt for Andre. She considered that maybe if she was head over heels in love with him, this would be understandable. She could claim that she couldn't help herself. But with the way that Katherine was, and how years of body image issues had limited her from ever even considering developing any sort of relationship with guys, she wasn't even sure if she was really that attracted to Andre. Sure, she could recognize that he was very attractive and that she was definitely having fun when her face was pressed against his, but was it a thrill that was exclusive to him? Did she need to have fun with a guy who already had romantic ties to two of her closest friends, plus a friendship with Jade. Being involved in this at all was bad news, and Katherine was well aware of it, but she wished that she could feign ignorance on the entire matter. Xanthe's presence quickly eliminated the chance of Kat bringing it up, and Naomi showing up only a beat later sealed the deal.

Although Katherine knew that when Xanthe was shallow, she was doing it more-so out of being blunt and maybe even actually concerned, than being purely petty and shallow like Katherine was, she still enjoyed having someone to gossip with. A smile found its way to Kat's lips as she offered a nod of agreement, and normally she would have been very quick with some snide, follow-up remark to agree with Xanthe, but comments about weight threw her off, mostly because it led to her being very worried that Xanthe probably had these same conversations with other girls, about her. It was foolish and even Kat knew that, but it didn't stop the anxiety from coming back every now and again. "I think she was blaming gaining so much on her thyroid being messed up, or something, but I heard that her dad was indicted on embezzlement charges or something, and like, her whole family's falling apart at the seams." There was barely an ounce of sorrow in Kat's reasoning, and any that was originally there was removed once she followed up with, "But I totally agree. I mean, we could be nice and take her shopping or something."

Katherine noticed nothing off about Naomi's greeting, until she made the remark to Xanthe about leaving to go on a "lovers' stroll". It made her wince internally, only because it was surprisingly, yet nonchalantly, sharp and unexpected, and rather than say anything immediately, her eyes quickly fell upon Xanthe to read her reaction. Partly, she wanted to see if Xanthe would be as caught off guard as she was, but she also wanted to see how she reacted to the "lovers'" part of Naomi's comment, if at all, because it would give her at least a semblance of peace if she responded with disgust at the thought of it. When the fear of Xanthe responding positively to that part of the comment set in with Kat, though, she opted against sitting there and got to her feet. "My package from Sephora that I've been waiting for, for like forever, finally got here this morning, and it has all of those Caudalie face masks that I was telling you guys about the other day, so I kind of want to go back to the house now and try one, because I feel like my pores are like, literally on the verge of a mental breakdown." She opted against waiting for Jade of Zan's response, and instead, found her way towards the front of the booth where Naomi stood. When she was no longer in the middle of a sentence, Katherine squeezed her arm and put on her best smile. "Okay, so I love you, and you're totally so pretty right now, and I want to hang out with you all day, but I can feel my pores turning into craters right now, and I have a Caudalie mask calling my name. Am I free to go?" she requested, with dramatically playful batting of her eyes being added in for the extra effect.

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"Filho da puta..." Son of a bitch...

Hudson's words register in his head, and he shoves the to-go box, no matter how tempting, back into Hudson's hands. Andre storms out of the Beta tent, feigning anger so none of his brothers will realize he's actually about to cry. He brushes his palms against his eyes in frustration. Crying is for the weak, that's what his father always told him. Even at Jordan's funeral, he couldn't let his father see him cry. Andre can feel his cheeks heating up, and the familiar feeling of embarrassment he experienced often as a kid. No one was friends with the shy "Mexican" kid. This is a feeling he hasn't felt in a while, and Naomi brushing him off like that, calling him by his damn nickname, it hurt. But even worse, being with Kat and his little thing with Xanthe, it would look to Naomi that he was purposefully trying to hurt her.

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hey are you busy? it's okay if you are but i just really need you right now.


Right now, Andre doesn't need to yell at his ex-girlfriend or talk to Zanny about feelings. Right now he needs a girl who wants to kiss him. And the only girl he really wants right now is Kat. That night in Manhattan, she doesn't remember any of it. But he remembers walking her out to her Uber, both too drunk to really stand up properly. He remembers getting in her Uber and making out the entire way home. And he remembers being in his bed at the hotel the next morning.

He pulls out his pack at Menthols from his shirt pocket and lights one once he gets far enough away from the carnival. Smoking was also a nice stress reliever, other than sex. He takes one deep inhale and lets it go, relishing the nicotine in his throat, before he starts flicking the ring on his middle finger. His grandfather's, a Rocha family heirloom. His grandfather used to tell him it was worn by princes, pirates, politicans, and Andre Rocha, who would be the best soccer player that ever lived. He died before Andre gave up on that dream, two years before he would lose Jordan too.

Andre takes the short walk through campus to greek row, and stops short at the Alpha Theta Pi house. He assumes that Kat would be going there, considering she probably skipped class to be at the carnival. He should hang out on the porch, but he jogs over to the Beta Gamma Omega house just across the way, sitting on his own porch and smoking his cigarette.

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Xanthe's return brought a smile to Jade's face, but it faded just a bit when she brought up the topic of her group text from minutes before: Tatiana. Sure, Jade had noticed that the younger Alpha may have gained a few pounds over the summer as well, and she certainly wasn't dressing to Alpha perfection, but Jade wasn't the type of person who would ever want to address that with another girl. If anything, she would want it to be done in a very indirect way, such as inviting the girl to come on her daily jog with her or something. She knew that Xanthe's intentions were pure because she truly believed that her little was far from a bitch, but at the same time, not everyone understood that Xanthe's criticism was almost always meant to be constructive. Tatiana had to be aware that she had gained some pounds, and therefore, wasn't trying to squeeze into those pretty dresses and blouses she had sported the year before. She had to be insecure about it, and Jade didn't want her to feel worse, but at the same time, Xanthe was right - she was an Alpha, and she had a house to represent, especially at an event like this. If Jade could have gotten away with wearing a pair of leggings or workout shorts and a t-shirt, god knows that that was what she would be wearing at that very moment, but she was aware of what was expected of her as an Alpha. So, while Jade didn't think that Xanthe or Katherine needed to be the ones to say something, she agreed that someone needed to do something.

"You two, be nice. Unless you want to just casually take her out on a friends' shopping trip, don't you say anything. Both of you can be a little... harsh, and if that's true, Kat, then the last thing she needs is anyone telling her that she looks like garbage." She brushed a strand of misplaced brown hair behind her ear, her eyes flickering past Xanthe as she watched Naomi approach from across the lawn. "I'll tell Naya to talk to her later, but you two don't say anything. I don't need her accusing you guys of being mean girls." It was interesting how concerned Xanthe was for the Alpha name. It was definitely a good thing, in terms of her leadership ability, and the pride she took in the representation of the Alphas was admirable, but Jade still felt like this was something that Naya, or at least an upperclassman Alpha, needed to take care of. Otherwise, she really felt like Tatiana could be offended. She knew that she would have been, at least, had she been in that position.

Naomi had reached them then, offering Jade a smile that was quickly returned, though she was surprised with how quickly their president left, and more-so, with the biting comment that she left Xanthe with. Really, it wasn't too mean, but it was just not something that Jade expected Naomi to say, and that along, given the topic, made it clear that Naomi was bothered, not so much with Xanthe leaving the booth, but with leaving with Andre. It made her frown, partly because she knew she had to talk to Naomi later about it, but also because she knew Zan had been completely innocent in whatever she had been doing with Andre. Jade, along with a few other senior, junior and sophomore girls had been manning the table completely fine, so Zan's disappearance had largely gone unnoticed. Nothing was crashing and burning, no responsibilities had been neglected. "She's just stressed out, don't take that to heart," Jade reasoned to Zan almost immediately once Naomi and Katherine had left the table. "She's been up late all week." Since Jade had been unable to prevent the comment from Naya, she felt like it was necessary for her, for some reason, to come up with a bunch of excuses for why Zanny had no reason to take it personally. "But what has been going on with you and Andre? I'll ask him myself and he'll tell me," she teased, trying to lighten the mood now. "So no beating around the bush!"

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Zan took a bit of a step back from Naomi when she lashed out at her. She bit her lip to hold back the retort that was already forming on her tongue and simply nodded as Naomi walked away. She figured Naomi was just stressed out but at the same time she had received Naomi's blessing when she confessed that she had feelings for Andre and that she might pursue him this year. She was finally starting to have hope in Andre. After months of watching girl after girl after girl hop in and out of his bed she just... she felt like she needed to tell him how she felt and if he decided that he had no feelings for her than he could say so and they could go back to being best friends but if not... who knew?

When Kat walked away she opened her mouth in protest. "God, her too? " She huffed out in frustration, "I walked away for like fifteen minutes, twenty tops, and I was nearby."

Even though Jade tried to make her feel better it wasn't really helping. She knew that Naomi was stressed out, she really understood that, but why did she have to take it out on her? And then Kat just left her too. What was even Kat's deal she just left so abruptly? Zan bit her lip, she tried to think of what she could have done to make Kat disappear too but she couldn't think of anything. I mean not anything she did on purpose but Zan had a habit of being blunt and saying things without thinking, so who knows? She might have pissed her off by saying something.

She was in her own world when she heard Jade mention Andre. She knew that Jade was just trying to lighten the mood but it was a question that she should answer. I mean she told Jade everything so why should she stop now? She tucked some stray hairs behind her ears and sighed audibly, "I mean I don't know. You know we're best friends right? I mean he's been there for me through so much" She paused and glanced over to the Beta tent, only to see he was gone. "Things kind of... changed when me and Cas broke up. It first started with him flirting with me to cheer me up and stuff but then I developed feelings for him. " She looked Jade in the eye and smiled sheepishly, "Real feelings Jade. I know I always think I have real feelings but this isn't one of my stupid crushes. I really care about him. I'm thinking of telling him at the foam party"

She glanced down and felt her stomach tighten, "Something has felt.. off lately though. I thought it was because he still loves Naomi and trust me I know he does but it's like he's keeping something from me. I don't know what it could be though because we face times almost every day this summer. Even if it was for five or ten minutes, he would have told me. " She shrugged and smiled brightly, it was a fake smile and she knew Jade could tell but she smiled anyways, "Doesn't matter I'm probably crazy. Just ignore me, I might not even tell him."

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"I won't lie to you and tell you that we're the nicest house on campus. We're not because it's not realistic to sell ourselves as such," Naomi explained to a group of young women, allowing herself to effectively give them her sole and undivided attention the second she was away from her trio. She didn't have to care for the look she knew Jade tossed her the second the words left her mouth nor the taken aback expression on Xanthe's face while she was snapped at. "Being an Alpha Theta Pi is not limited to having the highest GPA in your class, which 75% of our girls have, or even having the best parties on campus, though you will be surprised by whose parties we're invited to in the city because trust - we have far more connections outside of these gates than some of our competition." Dramatic yes, but Naomi paused then, running a hand through her hair as she saw movement from the corner of her eye. Because somebody hates me, she thought, guilty, as she watched Andre storm away from the Beta booth, sliding past people in their groups to get away. It made her frown and she could feel her nails digging into the palm of her hand until the pressure became too much, so her attention turned back to the task at hand. "Pledging Alpha Theta Pi means that you're coming to develop the entire self, emotionally, physically, mentally - all that good stuff. 88% of all Alpha Theta Pi members become CEOs, develop their own businesses and end up with positions in Fortune 500 companies, which is a lot more than the other competitors can promise you. In other words, you become the boss ass bitch you've always wanted to be and then some." The girls giggled at that and Naomi couldn't stop the grin that formed on her face while adding, "It just so happens that you look flawless while doing so. Just write down your information if you want and we'll get back to you soon, ok?" The girl who initially approached her and seemed lead the group, Sophia if Naomi was remembering her correctly, beamed before setting out to write first. Making her first on Naomi's go-getter list.

Just as she was finished, she felt the pressure of someone on her arm, giving her just the distraction she needed to not succumb to the guilt she already felt over Andre's disturbed mood. He had been fine earlier and she was screwing up all over again, like she always did when it came to him apparently - and for absolutely nothing, might she just add - and Kat's subtle perfume wafted up to her nose in the heated air, and Naomi turned to see her Little giving her the most pathetically adorable look she could give. Uh huh, I'm real pretty when you want something, huh," she drawled, raising an eyebrow at the brunette before shaking her head in amusement. "Go. But don't think that I've forgotten that you are supposed to be on clean up duty today." It wasn't like they all needed to stay behind and while Naomi herself would probably oversee that everything was taken care of because that was just the person she was, she wasn't going to force everyone to help. Besides, they probably didn't even need to stay for too much longer. The event would be winding down soon enough and people would be headed off to the actual Carnival. And she would have to actively attempt to avoid Andre later. And Xanthe probably. She peered down at her phone, once Kat was skipping along her merry little way, and gladly responded to Chantal.

To: Chanti
Um yes plz. And pre-game. I need alcohol.

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Kat had not forgotten that she was supposed to be on clean-up duty either, today, and that was just one more driving force behind why she needed to leave. Had she showed up to the booth later, she probably would have been fine with staying until the end of the fair and cleaning up, but she had not been lying when she claimed that she was really bored to Jade, earlier. She was good at talking and socializing, and she had done that for nearly two hours already. Now that the thrill of that was done, she didn't want to continue forcing herself to mingle with freshman and do so, knowing that by the end of the event, she would be stuck cleaning up. It wasn't like "cleaning up" in this sense was actually cleaning, more than it was packing things up and carrying it back to the house, but just the connotation associated with being forced to "clean" anything made her want to skip out on it. Plus, she wasn't lying when she said that she was anxious to test her new skincare products that had finally arrived in the mail. There was no one who could make two-day-shipping seem like an eternity quite like Katherine could. It was safe to say that waiting for anything just wasn't her thing. "You're an angel, and I owe you," she beamed in pleasure, blowing Naomi a kiss before scurrying away from the booth.

She was already a few feet away from the Alpha booth when Andre's name flashed onto her phone screen, but even that distance didn't seem safe enough to open up a message by him. Unlike Jade and Xanthe, Katherine wasn't friends with Andre to a point where it would be normal for her to just hang out or even text him, for no reason. They were friendly in person, sometimes to a point where it might have been too friendly for there expected relationship, but they weren't supposed to be texting each other. At least when they weren't drunk, and Katherine certainly was not drunk at the moment. That meant that just seeing Andre's name, and not even opening up the message, sent a wave of anxiety through her, as she quickened her pace, moving away from the Alpha booth, followed by a wave of guilt, knowing that doing anything with Andre was wrong, given her friendship with both Naomi and Xanthe. Naomi could claim that she held no feelings for Andre anymore, and Xanthe could claim that they were just friends, but that didn't change girl code, and how wrong it would be for Kat to do anything with Andre.

However, despite knowing that she should have just deleted the text and carried on with her very innocent plans of pampering herself until it was time for the carnival, Katherine gave in to temptation and opened his message, and found herself chewing on her bottom lip, partly out of anxiety, and partly to resist smiling, at his text.

To: Andre
I can't do anything that's going to get me into trouble... but I'll be over in a min

The whole walk over, she reminded herself of how stupid it was for her to go over to the Beta house, despite everyone being out at Student Organizations events. She knew this spelled trouble, and that Andre probably only wanted her there as a "stress reliever", but something kept her walking down the path towards the Beta house, and before long, she ended up approaching the guy on the front porch with a nervous smile pulling at the corners of her lips. "What can I help you with?" she said, instinctively giggling as she continued towards him.

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Not much longer after he sends the text to Kat, she sends back a reply that didn't exactly sound like what he was hoping for. Yes, they'd never made out without the influence of alcohol in play, but he didn't think it would bother her so much. She was just another one of his flings; just a fling that happened to be best friends with his ex-girlfriend and the girl he wants to be his girlfriend. But he could only blame alcohol on his hookup with Kat before. Hooking up today would have so many other connotations.

This was the only hookup he felt bad about, and it's because of Xanthe. Naomi broke him into this, he had to show her that he was better. He thought he would get over her, but girl after girl came into his bed and he still couldn't think about Naomi without getting emotional in some way.

"Well don't you look ravishing. Those freshman girls must have been dying to be you, Kitty." Andre retorts, taking another swig of his cigarette and offering it to Kat. Although she giggled and seemed to be nonchalant about the whole thing, he knew her well enough now to realize how badly this is bothering her. It must be different with the sororities; he's seen a few of his brothers get with Naomi without a thought of how he would feel about it. It made his blood boil, but he couldn't stop her. She wasn't his girl anymore. When she was, there wasn't a soul, boy or girl, that could talk or touch Naomi in a way that Andre didn't like. Being the power couple of the greek system was amazing, and almost as good as being president. Knowing that every formal you had a date to go with, every theme party you had a partner, and most of all, knowing someone as beautiful as Naomi was going home with him.

Andre sighs, inviting Kat to sit beside him. "Can you be the one person that doesn't think I'm a horrible person? Please? I don't really know what to do." Andre snaps at her, not meaning to be rude towards her, just stressed out from the current situation. He runs a hand through his hair, looking at Kat. There was a reason he asked her to meet him, and at first, it was because he knew she would kiss him if he kissed her first. But now, he realizes he's been playing them all. Kat, Xanthe, even Naomi. Hudson's words from earlier rang in his head, about revenge on Naomi. He didn't want that.

"Hooking up with you hurts the both of them, but wouldn't dating Xanthe while I can't get over Naomi still hurt both of them? I can't get over her Kitty, no matter how much I try, no matter how many girls I sleep with, just looking at her has me all riled up. I still love her."

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Katherine shook her head when the cigarette was offered to her, her nose wrinkling slightly at the smell of its smoke. It made little sense, considering that under the influence of alcohol she would smoke marijuana, and as was made apparent with her first night hanging out with Andre, use cocaine, but cigarettes grossed her out. Maybe it was the smell of them, or the way that the schools she attended as a child had drilled it into her head that smoking was bad, but she had never touched a cigarette in her life, and oddly, took them as being worse than real drugs. However, the compliment that Andre offered her softened her features almost instantly, and she offered him a smile, the best form of a "thank you" in the moment, considering that he had continued to talk before she could return the compliment.

She supposed that what Andre said was better than him making an advance on her. Had he given her a moment to respond, she would have commented on he looked pretty good himself, and that was not a lie. If he made a move on her in that moment, it would have been nearly impossible to resist, despite being on the Beta's front porch, in full view of anyone who happened to walk by. At the same time, what he said made Katherine feel uncomfortable for multiple reasons. For one, while she knew it was horrible, as the saying went, "it takes two to tango", and a part of Kat definitely enjoyed whatever it was she had with Andre. Though they had never went beyond making out, and even then, it had only been a couple of times, it was the closest thing she had ever given anyone, of herself, in a physical sense. It was a big step of progress for her, and now that she was getting more comfortable with it, it was becoming more enjoyable too, and she didn't want to lose it. Secondly, she knew that everything that Andre said was true, and it brought back that feeling of guilt.

As she rested against the porch's railing, making sure to leave a safe distance between them in case an Alpha happened to walk by, she allowed her eyes to rove over his facial expression, appreciating how genuine he seemed in the moment. "I don't think that you're a horrible person... but, you're right. You can't do that to Zan. Like, I don't know if I'm really qualified to give you advice on this, since I've never really dated anyone, but I feel like there's no point in dating Xanthe if you're not totally into it. Like you totally have to figure out the whole Naya thing before you actually move into something serious." Xanthe was her best friend, so it was unusual for Katherine to not be advocating for her wholeheartedly, but she was being surprisingly thoughtful in what she said, at least by Kat standards. She knew that she wanted Xanthe to be happy, but if she were in her shoes, she wouldn't want to be dating someone who wasn't fully mentally present in the relationship. Additionally, she wondered if Xanthe's image of Andre being her "perfect match" would be skewed if she did find out that he was still hung up on Naomi, and that Katherine had been having a fling with him. By no means did she want the latter revealed, but she hoped that the former might snap Zan out of being in love with Andre. "But no matter what you do," she added, after a pause, "You cannot mention us. Everyone would hate me. Hudson still knows not to say anything, right?"

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After her conversation with Jade Zan felt a bit off balance. She knew that she was known to be the hopeless romantic and therefore her sister's worried about her getting her heart broken the most. The truth was that she knew deep down that not much good could come from them but that didn't stop her from having feelings.

The truth was she felt kind of selfish about Andre. She knew that if she didn't tell him things would remain the same, and honestly she was sick of being stagnant, but at the same time if it didn't work out she knew that some of her friends would have to choose between her and Andre. She knew they'd pick her but the whole situation still seemed so unfair.

"Andre is a good guy but his track record isn't that great in terms of the whole, 'showing up at your door with flowers and chocolates and asking you to be his girlfriend' kind of thing." That's what Jade had said and she couldn't get it out of her head. It was as if it was replaying over and over. She tried, really she did, to focus on the freshman and focus on looking like a happy little Alpha but she was just so distracted. She glanced at Naomi and contemplated asking her to leave early but she already got snapped out and she didn't want to get yelled out so instead she shot her a text.

To: Naomi
I'm not feeling good. I'm going to head out and get changed for the carnival.


Technically she could have left hours ago since she'd been there since set up so she waved goodbye to a few Alpha's and asked them to cover for her before heading out. She plugged her earphones into her ears and turned up some music loudly as she walked over to the Alpha house.

She decided to take the long way to the Alpha house, which meant passing by the Beta house. She thought she'd check in on Andre to make sure he was okay with the Naomi situation but when she made it to the house she stopped short. Most of the Alpha girls were close to the Beta boys, including Kat. But she never knew Kat and Andre to be friends so when she saw them on the porch together something felt off.

"Hooking up with you hurts the both of them" For a second she forgot where she was and she audibly, "I still love her." She knew that Kat responded but she didn't hear anything else but Kat confirm that they hooked up. She paused and contemplated for a second running back to the carnival but that would make her a coward. Instead she kept walking to the Alpha house, briskly mind you, ran up the steps and closed the door.

She made it to her room before she started to cry and it wasn't one of those gut wrenching whole body cries. it was more like one of those soft sobs that are really just for you and your sanity. She looked around her room, a borderline shrine to her friends. Everywhere there were photos of them, all of them. Pictures of her clutching tightly to Andre, photos of Kat and her looking glamorous, pictures of her grinning so wide she remembered her face hurting with Naomi. She glanced at her bed stand and spied a picture of her and Andre in a pearl picture frame. Something just came over her because next thing she knew it was sailing across the room and shattering on her floor. It wasn't until it hit the ground that she realized she was the one who threw it. Then came another frame, and another until four frames were shattered on the ground. She glanced at her phone yearning to call one of her friends but she realized there was no way she'd call Andre, Kat, or Naomi and she wasn't ready for the "I told you so" from Jade. So she texted the last person she'd think she'd want to talk to and then she texted the only non-Alpha or Beta that trusted with everything. "I'm an idiot"

To: Cas
I need to talk to you. Come to the Alpha house?

To: Cam
Can we meet up tonight at the Carnival?

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That was it then. No more hooking up with random girls, it would just be him and Zan. He would be kidding himself if he said it would be easy, but someone like Xanthe, he can make it work. Andre would have to believe that his growing love for Xanthe would one day overpower his love for Naomi, or his overwhelming sex drive. He just had to. Xanthe's the best thing I got right now, I have to try." Andre sighs, standing up and crushing the cigarette with the toe of his shoe. He saw Zan run into the Alpha house when he was talking to Kat, but he knew they were too far to be overheard.

Still, to think that Zan was that close while he was talking to Kat about their hookup, it's unsettling. Kat mentions the privacy of their hookup, and Andre smirks. "You afraid your amazing makeout skills will be revealed? Trust me, I got Hudson. We can just forget this ever happened, it's obviously bothering you more than you say." Andre's gotten pretty good at reading the Alpha girls and their range of emotions, and he can usually tell when something's bothering them. Andre cautiously presses a kiss to her cheek, full aware of who was around them to see- no one. This would be the last time they would have to hide, because from this point forward, they're just friends. Andre watches her walk away, almost sad that whatever they had was over.

Andre pulls out his phone, starting a quick text to Zan about meeting him before the carnival. That gave him enough time to change and put on more deodorant, and the cologne that Zan loved for him to wear. He even pulls a hat on, brushing his hair back so that his bangs would be hidden under the cap and not in his eyes.

Andre is walking out of the Beta house, just as Xanthe is walking out of the Alpha House. "Who is that stunning woman coming out of the Alpha house? Surely not my little Zanny." Andre jogs over to Zan, a wide, goofy grin plastered on his face. When he gets closer, something about her is off from her usual bubbly and flirtatious nature. Maybe one of the potential pledges really threw her off, or Casper tried to text her.

Either way, there was no chance he was backing down now. "Can I talk to you about something serious for a sec? It's really important." Andre takes her hand and leads her back onto the Alpha porch, where they have a little seating area set up for the bearably hot days. He doesn't let go of her hand, even when they sit down together. He can see it in her eyes now, there definitely is something off. The best friend part of him wants to forget his intentions and try to cheer her up, but he knows if he stops now, he'll never have the courage to tell her again. She's his best friend, and even if he misread her flirting for attraction, she would let him down easy.

"I know we flirt a lot and joke around most of the time, but I want to let you know how much I care about you. You mean a lot to me, Zan, in more ways than one. I want..." his breath catches, knowing that this could possibly ruin his friendship with Zan forever, "...to prove to you that I can be loyal, so we can start something here, something real. I'm going to stop sleeping with other girls, and I'm only focusing on you, Xanthe. I want to make this work, I want to make us work."

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Katherine didn't object to Andre's assumption that she was uncomfortable with their hookups and that they should stop. As the conversation had progressed, she had actually only grown more uncomfortable with the idea that he was sitting here, sharing his feelings with her. It was about her best friend, so it was understandable in that respect, but it became clearer now, that Kat appreciated Andre when they were drunk. When none of this feeling and emotions stuff started coming up, because not only was it something she didn't want to delve into with Andre, but with anyone, in general. Katherine wasn't ready to emotionally open herself up to anyone in that manner, and she felt uncomfortable with someone doing it to her, too. "Okay, well... good luck then," Katherine offered, and though it sounded unsure, she meant it genuinely. She took a few steps towards the stairs leading off of the porch before turning to him with a lighter smile. "Just know that if you screw this up, you're going to have the entire Alpha house ready to kill you," she teased, though it wasn't completely a joke. If Andre did manage to hurt Xanthe, especially knowing how into him she really was, he wouldn't get away with it. That was a fact, more than it was a joke.

As she walked back towards the Alpha house, she decided that it was easier to feel less guilty about everything, now. She had only made out with Andre on two occasions. On one, she had been close to blackout drunk, and on the other, she had been far less drunk, but still drunk. It didn't mean that it wasn't wrong, especially since she could still be flirty with Andre on completely sober ground, but now it was probably done for good, and she was fine with that. That was why no-strings-attached hookups were good and fine with her. She didn't need any emotional investment, especially if she wasn't even ready to take it very far physically. When she got into the Alpha house, she first stopped in her bedroom, where she changed out of her dress and into a sports bra and leggings. It wasn't a look that she would leave the house in, but she needed to be comfortable as she got ready for the comfortable, and once she had her face mask on, she knew it was much easier to relax in that attire, over a dress. She didn't notice that across the door, Xanthe's door was shut and she was in there, or else Katherine definitely would have went over to socialize, despite looking part-alien with the green face mask sealing away her skin. She didn't notice, however, and instead, opted to just relax in bed. She had some time before she needed to actually get dressed and ready for the carnival, and she wanted to treat her face for at least twenty minutes, anyway. As she pulled up Netflix on her computer, she sent out a couple of text messages to relieve her boredom.

To: Naomi
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To: Naomi
Ily you're not mad at me for leaving early right?

To: Xanthe
Want me to tell Tatiana we'll take her to the mall tomorrow before the foam party? Do you have class?

To: Jade
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She didn't answer Lorraine's question about how much longer they had together, because while she knew the answer was "not much longer" she didn't want that to be true. If there was one thing that was very true about the Zeta reputation, it was that they knew what they were doing in bed. Back in the Alpha house, they would attribute that to the fact that the Zeta girls were constantly moving from one guy's bed to the next, so them having experience should have been a given. However, here in Lorraine's bed, Jade couldn't even think to be that petty. She was feeling too grateful for how good Lory was and how nice and peaceful it was here, in her bed, and too relieved from any of the stress that had been bothering her lately. Of course, the moment that she rolled over for just long enough to check her phone, the stress came flooding back, because she read Xanthe's message about needing to talk to her and Naomi, and it seemed urgent. There was another message, one from Katherine, about wanting help with homework, but that one was too mundane to result in any extreme feelings. She rolled over, onto her stomach, and propped herself up with her elbows as she quickly sent a text back to the group chat.

To: Naomi, Xanthe
I'm omw back to the house as we speak

She wanted to send one privately to Xanthe, too, and tell her that if it was something that just she could handle, to follow up with Naomi and tell her that she didn't need her help, since Jade didn't want Naomi being bothered with anything unnecessary. However, she also knew that Zan wouldn't have requested to talk to Naya too, unless she actually needed both girls' attention and opinions, so she withheld the text, and instead, slipped out from underneath Lorraine's comforter. "I'm sorry, Lory, but I have to run. The girls... need me back, and you know that me being here this long already is asking for trouble." She smiled down at Lorraine apologetically as she scrambled for her clothes, which were now scattered around the floor of Lorraine's room. "But don't worry, you don't need to pretend like you hate me. Be true to the world, and show how much you love and honor the Alpha house. I'll keep on pretending that I hate you, but you acting like we're better than you won't be anything unusual," she insisted teasingly, her smirk growing more playful as she glanced back at Lory's face. With her dress zipped up, and her sandals slid onto her feet, Jade was ready to go, but she didn't leave without offering Lorraine a parting kiss, and one more apologetic smile, before saying, "I'll see you at the carnival." The urgency of Xanthe's text didn't even allow her to feel the need to send Lorraine out of the bedroom to do a "coast is clear" check, before Jade cracked it open, peeked out, and then scurried towards and out the back door.

Her heart didn't stop racing until she was a good distance from the Zeta house, to a point where there was no way of telling that that was the specific location she had come from. She got lucky, she warned herself, since as she headed towards the Alpha house, she passed more and more Zetas who were on their way back to their own house. If she had stayed, even just a few more minutes, it would have been that much harder to leave undetected. Luckily, the Alpha house wasn't far away, and that was especially true considering that the Tory Burch sandals her sister had sent her, insisting she wear with today's dress, were digging into the side of her feet in a way that promised a huge blister if they didn't come off in the next two minutes.

As she approached the back of the house, she answered Katherine's text, and another text to Xanthe and Naomi, as well.

To: Katherine
If it's homework that's due tomorrow, you're not going to the carnival until it's finished. Start doing it now, I'll get ready for the carnival quick and then come help you.

To: Naomi, Xanthe
Home, I'll be in my room if you girls need me?

Jade headed in through the back door and quickly made her way upstairs to her bedroom. It was one of the smaller rooms in the house, but that was by choice. As an upperclassman now, she could have taken one of the larger rooms, but the smaller rooms allowed for her portion of the housing fees to be smaller, and that was all she really cared about. Her bedroom offered her as much room as she needed, anyway, and when it came to her closet, it was probably actually more room than she needed. As she looked through her clothes rapidly, she knew that she wanted to wear something casual. However, her version of casual differed from the Alpha's version of casual, so she had to make a compromise, and chose an outfit that nearly completely consisted of hand-me-down items from her sister. While they were hand-me-downs, with the way that her sister shopped, most of those "hand-me-downs" had only been worn once, by the older girl, and a lot of them, not even at all, and only called hand-me-downs because she wanted an excuse to buy Jade clothes, to make her a proper Alpha, without seeming like that was directly what the clothes had been purchased for. She spent only two or three minutes brushing her hair out, again, and retouching her makeup slightly, since really, Jade didn't care about how perfect she looked that badly. The Miami heat meant that makeup and hair needed a slight touch up, but she wasn't going to worry about it, too much.

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By the time that she washed the face mask off, Katherine was convinced that her skin felt ten times tighter than before, and that her pores had shrunken to at least half of their original size. It was the mood lifter that she needed, after spending the time in the mask going over the school work she had due this week. On top of an English assignment due tomorrow afternoon, she also had an online quiz due by midnight, tonight, for her Elementary Statistics course. Although she was in no mood to complete either assignment, she supposed that she could do the English one on her own. She wasn't an eloquent writer in the least, but with written assignments, she at least had the ability to bullshit what she was doing, and manage to get some points. When it came to math and science courses, you were either usually right or wrong. There was little room in between, and Katherine always found herself falling into the "wrong" category. To a degree, Katherine didn't like doing poorly in her classes because she didn't like struggling and not understanding things that everyone around her seemed to understand. On top of that, though, she didn't like doing poorly because she knew that college wasn't like high school. Teachers couldn't be manipulated into giving better grades, and if you failed a class in college, you actually had to face consequences, unlike Kat's experience at the private school she attended as a teenager. Plus, on top of all of that, being in a sorority required a minimum GPA, and it wasn't like the Alphas didn't always strive to have GPAs beyond that required number, too. Katherine had many reasons to want to do well in school, and she did want to, but she was so easily frustrated and when things didn't click with her, they just didn't click. That was why she often sought help from the other girls, when she could. It lessened her work load (if she could catch one of them on a good day, where they didn't mind doing 99% of the work for her), and she knew that the answers she was putting down on her assignments were actually right. Unlike the ones she completed on her own, which usually ended up being way off, even when she was focusing.

After reading Jade's text midway through her facial session, Katherine had set her phone down to charge, so she hadn't gotten Naomi or Xanthe's responses. She wasn't concerned with either though, since she had no basis to feel like anything would be off with her and Xanthe's friendship, and because she had gotten permission straight from Naya's lips to leave the event earlier. She had still sought reassurance on that matter, but that was just because Kat hated anyone being upset with her, especially Naomi. Without her phone to focus on, once her face was clean and dry, she decided to seek out Jade and see if she would help her with her statistics quiz. It was a twenty question quiz with a time limit of forty-five minutes, but Kat suspected that if she could convince Jade to "help" her with it (or do it all for her), it would take less than half of that. She set the quiz up on her computer, but didn't hit "start" just yet. Instead, she headed out of her bedroom and down the hall towards Jade's room. "Okay, so can you just help me really quickly with--" she had started requesting Jade's help before she even made it through the doorway, but cut herself off when she noticed that Jade's room was more populated than she expected it to be. Just a few feet into the doorway stood Tamara and Naomi, and on the other side of the room, Xanthe and Jade. "Ooh, everyone's in here," she thought out loud. Katherine wasn't incredibly perceptive with a lot of things, but she immediately felt like she was walking in on something important, or at least tense, and her expression changed to a more curious one as she tried to gauge what was going on. "I needed your help with my statistics quiz, Jade, but whatever you guys are doing seems more fun. What are we talking about?" This was probably one of those situations where lacking that insightful and perceptive edge would have helped, or at least changed her thoughts on how this conversation seemed like it would be more fun.

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Parker spent a little while helping set up for the pregame. It didn't entail much, since the Sigmas were pretty simple, and knew that all that they needed to have a good time was a copious amount of alcohol, some snacks, music and people. However, when all of the beer pong tables were set up, the kegs ready, coolers filled with beer cans and bottles, and a table covered in an array of liquor selections, the boys realized that they were running really low on mixers. Though a lot of the guys suggested that they were better off that way, since "only pussies can't drink their liquor straight", Parker knew that that wasn't going to work out. Maybe if this was Saturday night, and they were just throwing one of their usual parties, but they had a school function to attend. This was just the pregame. They needed a good buzz, but they didn't need to reach a blackout drunk level, so after all of the boys chipped in, Parker offered to be the one to run across campus to the convenience store to pick up some bottles of soda. While he was there, he bumped into a friend who wasn't a part of the Greek system. Regardless, Parker invited him to the Sigma house for their pregame, and knowing that the Sigma boys weren't against extra faces, if it meant more fun, he put on a friendly face and invited, essentially everyone else who was on line with them. He wasn't sure if any of them would actually show up, but since most of them looked younger - maybe freshman or sophomores - he figured that extending the invite would at least ensure that the Sigmas lived up to their friendly, always trying to have fun, reputation.

Once he was back at the Sigma house, he sent out a few more texts to see if anyone else non-Sigma wanted to come over. Part of it was done out of sheer friendliness, and part of it was done because Parker was bored and wanted some fun interaction tonight. Even though the carnival started at three, since it went on until midnight, it wasn't likely that the Sigmas were going to leave their house for at least another couple hours, so he had time to make a few moves, depending on who showed up.

To: Lex
The boys and I are hosting a pregame tonight. If you're interested, stop by. Bring your girls ;)

To: Annabelle
Hey, this might be a really random text, so sorry about that in advance, but this is Parker Sullivan. I'm friends with Lex, in your house, and she gave me your number a while back. Just wanted to see what you were up to tonight :). If you're not busy, stop by the Sigma house with your friends. We're pregaming for the carnival. Anyone's welcome.

To: Kat
Come over, Katherine :). I haven't seen you in a while.

To: Jade
I'm sure you Alphas are too busy for us common folk, but stop by the Sigma house if whatever pregaming plans you have fall through. Promise we have lots of vodka!

To: Jack
Anything else you need me to do? Music sounds good, glad we invested in those new speakers

In true Sigma fashion, the pregame appeared to have only just started, but was already lively. Whoever was DJing was doing a good job with the play list, he already spotted a few girls who deserved more than the flirtatious "hellos" he offered them, and mixed drinks were almost immediately concocted once he set the sodas down on the drink table. Though he was ready for a drink himself, Parker took ten minutes to run upstairs to his bedroom to change into a more casual outfit, spritz on some cologne, fix his hair, and then come back downstairs. As he was returning to the front of the house, he spotted (and heard) Lory making her grand entrance, and that immediately elicited a smile from him. "Ah, my favorite blonde," he grinned with a smile. "We're pregaming out back tonight. They've got the music, the beer pong tables, and the alcohol out there... so I'm sure you'd rather be out there than on that couch. And if those aren't enough reasons for you to get up, I'm pretty sure Siyansky fucked the life out of a girl on that couch a few nights ago, so if you sit there for much longer, you might need to go back to your house and take a shower," he concluded, adding in a wink for good measure. "I just got back to the house. Had to run out to get mixers, so who's here? All of your Zeta sisters better already be out back!" he questioned, playfully.

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"I know that I quote on quote "abandoned" you for a couple of days but please at least pretend like you know me still," Tamara said in response to Naomi's 'don't get involve in something when you don't know how it started,' comment she made upon them entering the room. When had Tamara Melanie Ortega ever let something as trivial as not knowing the full story or having nothing to do with anything ever stop her from budding into shit? The answer, never. She had never let that stop her before and she damn sure wasn't about to let that start getting in the way of her meddlesome nature now.

"What's up?" When Jade asked that Tamara was immediately ready to get shit poppin' as she opened her mouth to speak only to stop before the words could even leave her lips as her features screwed and she looked at Naomi with her 'Bitch, really?' look as Naomi was quick to say, "Tammie's being ridiculous and I just wanna get dressed right now." She held herself back from saying something snarky as this was not what she dragged Naomi all the way down the hall to get into to. Maybe she was being ridiculous. Maybe she was blowing the whole thing out of proportion like it wouldn't be out of her character to do. The only thing she knew was that Andre's fuckboy antics was causing unneeded friction between her sisters and Tamara was here for that shit. She liked Andre and considered him a friend of hers as she did all the guys of Beta Gamma Omega, but her sisters became before any friendship and while she knew that behind as player persona Andre was actually a decent guy, none of that mattered when he was causing drama in her house.

"I should get going soon too. The carnival will start soon and I'm not even wearing makeup. Which I obviously need today," Xanthe said pointing to her face before walking over and hugging Tamara. Part of Tamara wanted to forcibly keep Xanthe from leaving the room as she had forcefully dragged Naomi into the room but, Tamara could tell by puffiness and redness of her features that Xanthe had clearly spent a bit of time crying her eyes out. And as the sad sophomore gave her pitifully excuse of smile and told her that she wanted to hear all about her trip later, Tamara just nodded and gave her a smile of her own, "Full details to be disclosed later." In spite of what people thought Tamara did have a heart, and it came out in full force in dealings that involved the people she cared about. Seeing Zanny so visibly upset was enough to make Tamara fall back, at least for the time being, and put meddlesome nature on the backburner for the moment.

Just as Xanthe was about to take her leave in walked Katherine and was a spike in the tension that Tamara took notice of as she caught Xanthe's look to Jade before the girl murmured, "I have to go", and hastily left the room. What the hell is going on here?, Tamara thought to herself as her attention shifted to Katherine, "Nothing." Tamara said in response to Katherine's questioning of what was going on in Jade's room as she gave Kat a hug. "I just got back and wanted to see todas las chicas before the carnival." Tamara wasn't sure what Katherine knew about the whole Andre situation but for the time being she was leaving things be and didn't feel the need to bring it up. "Well in your still in a rush to go get all glammed out feel free," Tamara said in reference of Naomi's comment earlier as she looked over at Jade and walked over to the mother hen of the house with a smile on her face.

"I barge into your room and rudely enough hug everyone else I before I hug you," plopping down beside her she gave the girl a hug, "Disculpe mi falta de modales. Usted sabe que los ricos rara vez tienen." {Excuse my lack of manners. You know that the rich rarely have.} Tamara had said it jokingly although what she said was quite truthful. "Nommie me dijo lo que estaba pasando en el pequeño triángulo de amor y esta fue mi intento fallido de arreglar las cosas entre nuestras hermanas antes que las cosas se salieron de control. " {Nommie told me what was happening on the small triangle of love and this was my failed attempt to fix things between our sisters before things got out of control} Ending with a small shrug, Tamara explained to her Spanish sister why it was that she had come into her room with Naomi earlier. Not that it ended up mattering in the end as Xanthe was gone now and it didn't seem like Naomi was ready to handle business anyway.

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Xanthe left, and Jade didn't know how to feel about that. She didn't let her walk out of the room before saying, "Make sure that you text me when you get to the carnival so I know you got there,", as if she were the girl's mother, wanting to make sure that she didn't manage to get into a car accident or get kidnapped along the way. Although she allowed her to leave, she hadn't expected her to actually do so. She had been using the "I'll tell Naomi and Kat for you" line as a threat, because she wanted Xanthe to man up and do it herself, but then again, she supposed that maybe it was better for her to be the one who was involved. Just judging by the look on Zan's face, and how obvious it was that she had been crying minutes before, it was clear that she was in a really emotional state. The last thing that Jade, or any of the girls, needed, was things getting unnecessarily heated and emotional, over something that Jade was still convinced couldn't be completely true. There had to be another side to this story, so she was almost relieved that Katherine had beat her to it, and showed up without having to be asked to come across the hall. The girl was blissfully ignorant, as per usual, and all that Jade could think when she suggested that what was going on in this room was going to be "fun" was, "this poor girl, this poor, dumb girl...".

Tamara's words were the only thing that could make Jade smile in the moment, but she couldn't help but to roll her eyes at the girl's playful honesty, either. She wanted to ask her all about the trip, and where Mina was, but the problem, or maybe even problems at hand seemed more urgent. She had to deal with Xanthe's feelings for Andre, that Jade still wasn't sure how to feel about, and now whatever was going on with Kat and Andre, on top of whatever was still lingering between Naomi and Andre. "He intentado también. Creo que Kat y Naomi necesitan hablar solo. De acuerdo con Xanthe, algunas cosas ocurrieron durante el verano entre la niña y el favorito de todos los Beta, y yo no sé por qué sólo estamos oyendo hablar de esto ahora, pero..." {I think Kat and Naomi need to talk alone. According to Xanthe, some things happened during the summer between the little girl and everyone's favorite Beta, and I don't know why we're only hearing about this now, but...} Jade wasn't sure what Tamara knew, exactly, so she allowed herself to trail off after just saying that. She didn't want to reveal too much, which was exactly why she was speaking in Spanish, and not English. She knew that Naomi would be able to catch bits and pieces of what she said, even though she was purposely speaking a mile a minute to disable that as much as possible, and that Kat likely wouldn't understand most of it either. She wasn't revealing anything important, but since she and Tamara were equally un-involved in the situation (and Jade was thanking God for her lack of involvement in the drama), she felt like she needed to give her a little heads up.

Though she really did feel like this was something the Big and Little pair needed to sort out on their own, there was a reason for why Jade had referred to Kat as "la niña", as if she were a child, or someone who was at least more than a year younger than Jade herself. Katherine was fragile and emotional, and though Jade knew that the way that she treated Katherine only enabled her to act irresponsibly and dependent, she couldn't help but to feel like the girl needed some sort of protection. She didn't think she needed protection from Naomi (even though, given the situation, maybe that wasn't too far fetched), but from this problem that she had apparently caused, itself. Jade honestly couldn't recall a situation where Katherine had ever hooked up with anyone, so hearing that she hooked up with Andre, and had somehow managed to keep it a secret, was baffling to say the least. She didn't know if it was true or not, but if it was, she just felt some sort of need to be present to diffuse the situation as much as possible, so looking to Tamara again, she bit her lip and then added. "...Pero tal vez deberíamos quedarnos aquí." {...But maybe we should stay here.} Knowing that it was wrong to purposely be deceitful by speaking in Spanish around people who didn't understand it well, Jade figured that there was no time like the present to be direct. What was going to happen, was going to happen, and Jade thought that it was better that it happened here than at the foam party, like Xanthe had originally wanted. "So... I'm just going to be straight with you guys, and repeat what Xanthe told me. She said that she overheard you, Kat," she began, looking towards Katherine with a rather stoic expression, "Talking to Andre about how you guys had hooked up over the summer, and how you wanted to keep it a secret. She flipped out, and that's what she wanted to talk to us about," she continued, looking towards Naomi, then, "Because she said that right after he overheard Kat and Andre talking, he told Xanthe that he wants to be with her, like in a real relationship, I guess." It felt weird, almost wrong, to be saying this to Naomi, since regardless of what the senior said, Jade knew that she wasn't completely over Andre. It wasn't like Jade to tiptoe around a topic though, especially when in her mind, the negatives of avoiding the situation outweighed the positives. This was going to sting for everyone for a while, but she kenw that she wasn't going to be able to live with herself if she had allowed Xanthe to bring it up at the foam party, or if she had played dumb and acted like she had no inside knowledge of any of this at all.

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Xanthe leaving the room and the tension that remained offered up some bit of sobriety for Naomi because she was less tense when the redhead left. Luckily, Tamara's hold on her was relinquished and Naomi folded her arms over her chest, leaning against the door frame. She didn't understand, then, why Katherine was even in the room if Jade and Xanthe were the only ones who needed to talk. She heard something about getting help when her Little entered the room, but that honestly had escaped her when she was trying to get herself out of the situation she was in. Not that that had helped her any. What definitely wasn't helping was the fact that Tamara decided to engage Jade in Spanish, knowing damn well that Naomi and Katherine wouldn't understand. Knowing damn well Naomi would rather have her phone, which she conveniently left in her room in the rush to Jade's, than sit here and deal with this.

"Ils parler en espagnol afin d'être grossier," (They're speaking Spanish just to be rude) she told Katherine conspiratorially, though she didn't hesitate to try to listen in on what the two Spanish speakers were saying. Back when she was a child, she had learned Latin in her private school and took up French in her high school years. Then Portuguese was her freshman college hobby, taken up only because she was dating Andre. It probably would've been more useful to take up Spanish since she had basically grown up in California where Spanish speakers were prominent, but it hadn't interested her at the time. Now - and she might can blame the vodka on her empty stomach for this - she loathed that she was only picking up bits and pieces of what her two girls were saying. Which was frustrating. For all her side projects, distractions and the way in which her brain moved faster than most people could handle on a daily basis, she was rarely not in the loop. And yet, here she was, only gathering that something happened over the summer with Katherine and someone else, and that somehow included Xanthe. Which still befuddled her, but it didn't stop whatever it was in her stomach from dropping.

Finally, though, it seemed that Jade had decided not to be rude - which honestly, Naomi didn't find rude since she used so many Bajan terms she knew for a fact that her Alpha sisters wouldn't understand, it was ridiculous - and seemed to address everyone in the room at that point. It also seemed like she was trying to yank the carpet - or wooden flooring - right from underneath Naomi because in a few seconds, the tension that had seemed to leave her body returned with a vengeance, and her muscles coiled up tightly. Or was that some kind of anxiety? Was she going to have an anxiety attack? Probably not, but the rapid staccato her her heart was strumming out against her rib-cage felt like the beginning of one. For a second, Naomi was concerned about the sharp gasp she heard only to realize that it was herself, her breath had stopped, and yes she was just a bit dramatic, but no person could hear something like that and not react the way Naomi had.

"I'm hearing you wrong," Naomi stated and no, she was not going to address the fact that her voice sounded a lot more different than it normally was. Something was shaking and she was sure it wasn't herself, let alone her hands, but it definitely was not her. "I mean, obviously I'm hearing you wrong because what you just said, Jade, is absolutely blasphemous cuz my sweet and very innocent Little would never do something that stupid." Because Katherine was not stupid - au contraire - and would never sleep with the guy she knew her best friend had a thing for. More importantly, Naya's ex because despite the fact that there was the inclusion of He Who Shall Not Be Named talking about wanting to be with Xanthe, he had been Naya's. Yes, her full claim over him was over and even if it was unfair to hold Katherine to a higher regard where girl code was even more important with her than with Xanthe, the point of the matter was that it was. And Kat knows this! So does he, quipped another voice in her head, an angrier voice that further solidified the growing ire in Naomi's core. She didn't even want to think about what she would say to Andre - no, do. Doing felt - sounded - nice and what she could do was hurl her fist in his face for ever -

Her glare to Katherine was sharper than any words she could actually give at the moment, and that was saying something mighty fierce. "But the only one who could tell you you're wrong is you," she snapped and honestly, God must have glued her feet to the ground because she had not moved an inch in Katherine's direction even if she felt compelled to. The violence that welled in her chest was sublimated only by a need to hear this blasphemy come from her Little's mouth, which was why she continued, "Est- ce pas, chérie? Pourquoi tu ne me dis pas ce qui est arrivé? Et tu ferais mieux de le faire rapidement." (Isn't that right, sweetheart? Why don't you tell me what happened? And you better do it fast.)

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She didn't speak Spanish, so she didn't even attempt to understand what Jade and Tamara were saying in their back-and-forth. Katherine was fluent in French, due to the fact that it was all that her parents spoke at home for much of her upbringing, and even though it was a Romance language like Spanish, and she probably could have guessed bits and pieces of what the duo were saying, she didn't bother. It would have been too difficult and her mind wasn't in a place where it wanted to be quick enough to do that unnecessary work. The mere fact that they were speaking in Spanish signaled that something was wrong. It wasn't unlike them to speak that way to each other, when they were actually just conversing with each other on a day-to-day basis, but Tamara and Jade obviously knew that she and Naomi were standing right there and couldn't understand a word that they were saying. Like Naomi said, it was clear that they were doing this purposely, and it alarmed Kat, especially when she heard her name in the sentence. She genuinely had no idea what this conversation was going to be about, so she sent Naomi a confused look, but that quickly turned into one of shock when Jade started speaking English again. To say that Katherine was caught off guard would haev been a major understatement, and had she felt like she had suddenly lost her voice in the moment of shock, she probably would have mimicked Naomi's gasp.

"S'il vous plaît ne me déteste pas," {Please don't hate me} was the first thing she uttered. That was probably all that she had to say, since anyone who knew Katherine knew that if it was possible for her to get out of a responsibility or accepting blame for something, she was going to do it. In this situation, she was cornered though. She knew exactly what conversation that Xanthe had overheard, since it had happened less than an hour ago, and she knew that there was no use in denying it, if Xanthe had heard it with her own ears. Beyond that, and more importantly, Katherine didn't think she could bring herself to sit here and lie to any of those three girls' faces, let alone when one of them was Naomi's. "Il a été seulement embrassait! Je jure que c'était un accident ... eh bien, la première fois était, au moins." {It was only kissing! I swear it was an accident ... well, the first time was, at least.} She was sure that clarifying that she had not done anything further than kiss Andre was going to help her case, but referencing that it had occurred more than once, probably didn't. Katherine knew that there was no use in continuing to speak French, when the other two girls were certainly going to find out what they were saying in a manner of minutes, when they demanded clarification, but she was in too much of a panic to even realize that she wasn't speaking English. It was typical of her to just answer in French or English, depending on the language that someone addressed her in, and on top of that, when she felt this way- anxious and guilty and out of control, she was usually in the midst of an argument with one of her parents, so speaking in the same frenzied way seemed more natural in French. "Je ne me souviens même pas ce qui est arrivé la première nuit, je le promets. Ce fut pendant l'été et je suis à New York et lui et Hudson a montré. Je buvais et Hudson apporté la cocaïne et je suis sérieux désolé, Naya. L'autre temps était à une fête plus tôt cette année, et je sais que je vous ai dit, mais je savais qu'il était si mauvais. Il n'a jamais voulu dire quoi que ce soit, et a toujours été juste moi ivre et stupide, ne dis rien semblait mieux que vous me haïr à cause de cela." {I don't even remember what happened the first night, I promise. It was during the summer and I was out in New York and he and Hudson showed up. I was drinking and Hudson brought cocaine and I'm seriously so sorry, Naya. The other time was at some party earlier this year, and I know that I should have told you but I knew it was so bad. It never meant anything, and was always just me being drunk and stupid, so not saying anything seemed better than you hating me because of it.}

For now, Katherine was too busy worrying about Naomi completely cutting her off and disowning her, but once that happened or didn't happen, she was definitely going to feel some sort of way towards Xanthe, for going to everyone else about this, besides her, first. She should have known that something was up, given Xanthe's text and how uninterested she seemed in Kat, when she had abruptly left the room once Kat entered, but it hadn't really resonated in her as anything significant. Logically, it made sense that she would confide in her Big about it. It was a move that made Kat look even worse in this sense, since she hadn't done the same to Naomi, but that wasn't outlandish. However, Katherine felt that Xanthe owed her some sort of loyalty too, considering that they were best friends. Then again, what loyalty could she owe her, if Katherine seemed exempt from that rule when she made out with Andre not once, but twice?

When she had finished pleading her case with Naomi, and had properly mentally convinced herself that her life was over, she remembered that it wasn't just her and Naomi in the room. Tamara was there too, and quite frankly, despite the girl being inches below Kat's height, she was sometimes intimidated by Tamara. Clearly not in the physical sense, but Katherine was good in the aspect of having respect for the upperclassmen Alphas. Sure, they were all sisters, and no, she wasn't scared of her, but she also knew that Tamara was one of those girls who didn't take shit from other people, and Katherine respected that, though sometimes, she preferred respecting it from afar. Because of that, and just because of how Jade was, Kat's eyes locked onto the junior Alpha with an expression that spoke to how desperate she felt for some sort of help. She needed someone to throw her a life ring and save her from drowning in this big mess, that she had no one other than herself to blame for. Though the other girls probably wanted a complete translation, all Katherine probably needed to say was the, "I'm really sorry and I don't want everyone to hate me," for them to know that what Jade had asserted was at least somewhat true.