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Like many souls that morning the unwelcome buzzing of a phone brought a swift end to a blissful night of rest. A grumble sounded from the sleeping beauty as she nuzzled further into the partner she shared the bed with, bare arms reached and wrapped around her, pulling her closer to them.

“Mai.. sounds like someone is trying to get ahold of you.” The voice was warm and clear a touch of humor in their tone as Mailani groaned in protest shaking her head dismissively as the phone stopped. Silence filled in around them again, both seeming to drift off into a light sleep as the sun rose higher in the sky, chasing after sleep wasn’t the plan for most of Alexandrina Prep kids, no with a festival kicking into high gear just for them. But Mai couldn’t be tempted by such things, not when the only thing she yearned for was to stay in this very moment, ad infinitum.

Though nothing lasts forever, and soon the sound of buzzing was coming from the other side of the room. Unlike Mai, her lover was quick to reach for the phone answering the call and easily slipping away from her. The sudden coolness at her side drew her from her intimate bliss and she snatched her phone up, kicking away the sheets that wrapped around her naked body and practically stomped around the room. The feeling of coming second to a stupid phone call was a fantastic way to start her morning, especially after the night they had shared.

Mai got dressed in the same fashion, even puncturing a hole in the sleeve of her hoodie as she forced her hands through the opening, apparently, her thumb had other plans. A huff of angry air expelled from her lips as she slid her shoes on, the voice of her lover directing her feet to the kitchen as she paused at the entrance waving a goodbye that quickly turned into a passionate bird and her exit was marked by vibrating sound of the heavy front door being slammed.

The walk back to the dorms was more of a hate burner as she ended up jogging the whole way back, forcing herself to not think about the insensitive idiot as she returned to campus. The bustling of the dorms as groups of friends left for the festival made her entrance less conspicuous, not that anyone in their right mind would have questioned her about it, getting information out of Mailani was a pain in the ass most people wouldn’t put up with. The elevator ride gave her a minute to zone out into the contents of her phone, a text from Lottie had her searching this ‘Elite’ thing and found the reason for her phone’s activity from earlier.

To: Lottie
The star and the empress? Pretty solid nicknames, at least people recognize our greatness ;)
I’m getting ready now I’ll come look for you soon, keep shining babe.


Mailani sent the text off as the elevator door opened, had things gone differently this morning she’d probably be telling Lottie she’d see her tomorrow. Mai rounded the corner and smiled when she saw a familiar face standing at her door and raising their hand to knock.

“You know, I don’t think she’s home.” Mai replied with a short chuckle as she stepped around Calla, using the keycard to unlock the door and pushed it open, “Ahh, it’s good to see your face. I’m in dire need of my native princess to rub my back as I complain about haoles again, despite choosing to sleep with them...So get your ass in here.”
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The harmonic chirping was accompanied by a buzzing sound, ignored even as its owner sat less than a foot away. Miriam was more focused on prettying herself up more than anything at the moment, her brush effortlessly traveling through her hair. It was pointless to go out in public if you weren't going to look your best at all times, and needless to say, she did have an ulterior motive. She had actually looked forward to the school year; ironically, it was at Alexandrina Prep that she felt independent and on top of her game. The only thing she really missed were her cats, of course, but lately she felt that she was ready to be taken seriously in the world.

That said, her phone wouldn't stop giving notification after notification, and once she finished with her hair, she decided to see what the buzz was all about. She had gotten tagged in some image someone had taken, and after squinting at it, she realized it was a board of pictures. What was this all about? She almost dismissed it until she spotted Zacharias' face among them. 'The Saint' was right underneath, and it took her a moment to think about that. Cute, but she wasn't entirely sure how she felt about someone else penning him.

She scanned the rest of the picture, eyebrows shooting up as she saw her own face. Ugh, what a terrible picture, she knew she never should have uploaded that one. She narrowed her eyes, unamused as she finally noticed what was put underneath. The tag wasn't at all flattering, either; it was downright offensive considering the connotations. That someone would compare her to an animal of sin of all things was completely ridiculous. "How daft," She muttered, putting her phone down and giving it no further thought as she put herself to work on her makeup.

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Mia's wave quickly froze as she noticed the way Kate yelped, spilling coffee out of her cup on the lawn. Had she startled her? Smiling apologetically, the brunette scratched the back of her head as the shorter girl walked over, complaining about Mia having scared her.
"Fuck, I'm so sorry," the Estonian apologised through a laughter and her regret still genuine, as was evident from her eyes. They stood there for half a beat, Kate clearly examining Mia briefly. Mia was about to wonder if the reunion was awkward for some reason, but then, just as quickly, Kate beamed and reached out to clasp Mia's hands in her own.
Oh, her friend was awesome. And warm. It was hard not to notice, especially with how affectionate Kate was. Just the simple, soft brush of fingers against Mia's faintly scraped knuckles sent a small shiver down her spine, and the girl began to wonder if it she was about to catch a cold. Maybe it was just the light breeze out here.
It was hard not to feel elated at the knowledge that her best friend had missed Mia over the summer too. Mia knew Kate had been overseas for the summer, and she'd proably hung out with many of her old friends there, had a great time and all that. And while Mia was glad Kate had had the opportunity for such a summer, it did sting a little compared to her bland and boring summer.
"Missed ya too," Mia quipped with a lopsided smile. She sounded casual and relaxed, but her eyes couldn't hide the true weight behind that statement. She really had missed Kate. She'd missed all of her friends immensely, but Kate especially. Mia didn't consider Kate her best friend for no reason (and to be clear, Mia didn't exactly 'do' the whole best friend thing, but if she had to choose, Kate was closest to filling that position in her life).
It wasn't lost on Mia that Kate wasn't very comfortable with the crowd full of people they were in the middle of. Even as the girl leaned closer to talk to Mia, she glanced around as if to scan the amount of men there were.

"Uhhhh," Mia drawled, laughing awkwardly as she looked back at the boys at Kate's comment about hugging. "I don't mind it," Mia tried to brush it off, acutely aware that her hands were still being held by Kate. "Hey dudes, I'll be right back ok? Don't do anything stupid without me," Mia requested as she smiled at Elliot and Mike. Mia wasn't quite done catching up with Kate and she knew how uncomfortable men made her, so she'd gladly step aside qith her for a minute. Elliot and Mike wouldn't mind hopefully. Mia wasn't done catching up with them either, after all.

Giving the boys one last look that clearly signaled 'I'm sorry', Mia turned back to look at her friend and led them through the crowd until they were standing on a less crowded area on the lawn. They were still close to people, but far enough to have a sense of privacy. Now Mia could focus on answering the barrage of questions Kate had asked before they'd moved.
"Honestly, my summer was about as intersting as watching watching paint dry," Mia groaned with a mild wince. Pause. Then, "Actually... you know what? I rather I'd been watching paint dry," she concluded.

Mia shook her head to herself, getting back on track. She smiled and nudged Kate with her arm: "I'm much more interested about your summer. You actually went to places! How was it? You had fun, yeah?"
Okay, so maybe Mia was bad at answering questions about herself. So? She preferred to deflect and redirect. Besides it wasn't as if there was much to tell anyway. Her summer had been miserable, and full of urban exploration that had felt meaningless without any buddies. Mia was absolutely sick of her own company, and her only human contact outside of work had been her jackass mother and her boyfriend. She had a lot of bottled up feelings about the summer, most of which Mia was determined to never let see the light of day if she could help it. She'd rather implode than bring Kate's mood down, and man, she should really be focusing on Kate right now, shouldn't she?
"And hey, I think I can hug my friend if I haven't seen her in a while. Just don't want people to go around thinking I do it all day," Mia half-joked. As Mia said this, she opened her toned arms in a casual invitation for said hug. She'd be lying if she said she didn't desperately want a hug right now.
"After you tell me all there is to tell, I want some muffins. I've been craving them since last year's fair -- and you know the ones here are hands down the best ones!"
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"Can't trick me like that."

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Grass Field - Time doesn't matter at this point

As the sun shone down on the two, though it really was not much since it was England and only the heavens know why England barely gets a clear sky. Kate blinked and tilted her head a little before snapping it back at soon as Mia stopped speaking. She had quickly said goodbye to the guys she was talking to earlier, Kate did not mind for them, though she would appreciate if they kept their distance since men still relatively scare her. Yes, she knows they are not bad in any sense of the word, but she could never be too safe; hopefully this year that would change.

"It couldn't have been that bad-" She was cut off by Mia asking her about her summer along with the nudge on her arm, she saw Mia avoid the question and she had to let it slide for now so she quickly mumbled, "She'll tell me later." That little phrase should not be audible enough for Mia to have heard but if she did hopefully her prediction would be correct. Kate would like to think that her knowledge on her friends would be correct, if not then she would have rethink her life for a good... 10 minutes, Kate doesn't think, she do's.

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Wait, what?

The quick deflect was still surprising and definitely caught Kate off guard even though she took it like a champ. "Oh yeah! I totally went places, I was all over the US! Miami, San diego, Austin, L.A. Summer was nuts!... Wish you were me though." Said Kate, she loved Mia's company more than anything, how she would never judge her for having tons of problems, because she definitely had problems herself. "But besides that, definitely fun, maybe... Visit me sometime? Or maybe I could visit sometime? Hell as long as it the classic Kate and Mia combo I'm pretty much down for anything." Said Kate as her smile grew even larger than before. The look on Kate's face meant a lot of things but mostly 'you can tell me anything' she had hoped that she could cement that in Mia's brain no matter what her mood was.

The question deflect was classic Mia, something that was pretty standard and usually Kate would call her out like 80% of the time. Though since they had just come back, she let it slide, but she could not say the same about the upcoming ones. When Mia said she was accepting her hug, Kate's eyes lit up, her body trembled and her smile grew a million times bigger. Kate had gotten giddy and started stomping around for a second, ending that with a quick open armed hop into Mia's arms. Arms wrapping tightly around her "Awh man, I miss this..." She let out as she nuzzled into the girl's shoulder with some definite difficulty because she was on the tips of her toes and she was definitely hoping she was not dragging Mia down at all.

She pulled away and shaking her arms in glee and listened to Mia talk about the muffins, and she replied with "Hey alright, I'm down. I've been itchin' for a cinnamon roll since I woke up so let's go grab some." Said Kate, taking Mia by the hand, looking up at her and pulling her into the festival.


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A collaboration with @Lionhearted




Cass just about saved her phone from it’s death hurtling down towards the ground but found that she herself was pretty much on the same path of travel. She tried to steady herself but found that her balance was pretty much thrown and her arms were flailing around miserably like she was a damsel in distress. Goddamnit. As Cass watched the ground fly up to her face she felt strong hands grip onto her waist and pull her back against the torso that had sent her flying in the first place. She huffed before turning to face her “rescuer”.

“Oops” Was all he said in his relaxed drawl and Cass felt the urge in her to swing at his wildly punchable face. She gripped her fists closed before she exhaled and latched her eyes on his, releasing her hands at the same moment.

“Thanks.” She forced out through her lips, twisting in the weirdly romantic hold that he had on her to look at him a bit better.

He was soft around the edges, Cass thought to herself. The same softness and glow that surrounded most kids at Alexandria Prep lit up his figure like a torch of conceit and well endowed trust funds. She gave a quiet chuckle before she stepped out of their tight embrace.

”Of course, if you hadn’t knocked into me first there would be no need for an apology.” She ribbed him, smiling before she turned to walk away.

Jayden flinched in playful fear at her immediate anger, but released his breath in relief at her sudden change of heart. Perhaps the cheeky smile really did work to calm her down, though she didn’t match the description of a girl to be easily swayed through charm. Regardless, her fist didn’t meet his face, and he got to live another day without a potential black eye. His smile faded into a neutral one, though still pleasant, and decided to keep the hold on her until she’d break from it herself.

There was a second of stillness before she tore the moment with a step out and a teasing comment. “W-Wait!” Jayden stammered, nudging forward with his body as a gesture for her to stop. Now that she was a distance away, he took note of her anomalous style that dressed her, undoubtedly enticing, stature in leather and red lipstick. There was no denying that his eyes glanced her up and down, from the skin of her thighs to the light brown of her hair.

“Maybe, I can get you an ice cream or something,” he paused— Ice cream? Fuck, that’s so childish. . .—and he stepped closer, “You know, for almost making you eat shit and all.” Maybe the ending would disguise the childlike offer.

Cass paused as she watched him give her a once over and jutted out her chin, following him with her own eyes. He was handsome, she’d give him that. All dimples and nice sharp cheekbones, a nice strong chin. Plus, she did have a thing for bad boys and he looked pretty much like the type of guys she’d go after, if not suspiciously clean shaven and glowing with warmth and dewy radiance. At least she was grateful for the lack of cigarette smoke which had floated ceasely around her past hookups. She squinted a bit more at him though because there was something in her that kind of recognized that face. But from where?

Cass watched his lips move as he spoke and arched an eyebrow as he asked her to join him for an ice cream. And without knowing what made her do it (after all, being called a reject was something else) she rolled her eyes and stepped closer.

”Why not? And maybe we can throw in a match at the hoops as well? I’m in desperate need of a partner” Cass smirked and started walking into the fair, trying her hardest to pass by the offending bulletin board without looking at it.

Jayden was taken aback, “Hoops?” He jogged forward to catch up to her, matching her pace with small strides. “I didn’t take you for a basketball kinda girl. You even any good?” He winked.

Cass slowed down so she could look him levelly in the eyes. “If I bet on it for that ice cream, would you be willing to play?”

Jayden smirked at her, “I’ll tell you what. If you beat me, I’ll let you shove the whole ice cream in my face.”

She laughed, a genuine one this time as she grabbed his arm and pulled him towards where the game was, a bit ahead of them. “I’ll gladly take that offer.” Cass squinted and lined up her shot.

Jayden jolted, her pull bringing him to the basketball game in a flash. He watched her reach for the ball and assume her stance for a shot. He grabbed a basketball of his own, resting it between his relaxed arm and his side. “Wait, wait, wait,” Jayden stopped her, resting his hand on her raised shoulder. “So what do I get if I win?”

She shrugged. "My name."

Jayden went to speak, but closed his mouth in a smile. He passed the ball between his hands absentmindedly, tilting his head to her with a flirty chuckle. “Alright. You’re on.” He dumped quarters into both of the machines, and reached to press the start button of her machine first, attempting to catch her off guard. Jayden started his own game and took his first shot with his eyes still locked on her and then moved to play with more focus.

As she watched him speak, Cass undid her intricate braid and took the time to throw back her hair wildly. It was no use to pretend to be someone else when she played. Her focus had to be on the game. He reached over to press the start button and she gave a loud laugh as she realized the dirty trick, lunging forwards to grab the first ball.

She remembered the evenings spent behind the trailers on the expanse of cracked asphalt playing basketball with all the other kids. There had only been a hoop on a cracked backboard which towered above all of them, the tallest thing that they had ever seen. She remembered playing until she was out of breath, until the fireflies had surrounded the mass of sweaty kids on the ground, backs flush with the concrete and trying to regain their breath. There had been no distractions then. No one to call her home.

Cass snapped out of her thoughts as she reached for another ball and another, rapidly firing them into the machine without concentration. She glanced at the timer and winced. They were close to finishing the game.

Jayden went into the game with lenience, but her skill took him by surprise. Basketball was only a mere hobby to him, one he’d exercise frequently to kill time. As a sporty guy, he had a knack for picking up anything sports-related and excelling at it, but Cass was giving him a run for his money. He picked up the pace, speaking between shots, “Okay, you weren’t kidding, huh?”

He noticed the timers reaching their end and his attempt to match her pace was replaced with an attempt to keep up. It seemed like he was just under her tail in points. The buzzing occurred precedingly, her game ending just before his. Jayden shot one last ball before turning to her with beads of sweat forming along his hairline—he gave her his dimpled smirk.

A tie.

“Jayden,” he told her.

Cass leaned back and took off her jacket, tying it along her waist as she tried to catch her breath. She was jolted by the offering of his name and turned to stick her hand out between them.

“Good game...Jayden.”

His hand was big against hers, his calluses rubbing the delicate skin of her palm as he gave it a soft shake. He looked down at his feet, and then back up at her. “You’re good. How long you been ballin’ for?”

Cass looked at his eyes, so warm and open and genuine that she found herself closing up a tiny bit. It had been a long time since she’d seen someone who looked that honest. Her childhood had only been full of liars.

“Been playing since I was a kid. I don’t play on the team though, my skill certainly isn’t that great.” She chuckled and started to walk out towards the ice cream booth.

“I’ll pay for the ice cream since you treated me to such a close match?”

“Hey, you gotta give yourself some credit!” Jayden confidently told her, “You shoot good. I guess we just have to see how fast you can run.” Another wink.

He laughed at her generosity towards his impending doom of an ice cream, “You really don’t have to do that.” He walked beside her, letting her lead the way until they would reach the booth. “So what else are you good at?”

“I don’t know...why don’t you guess?”

“Hmmm,” he chimed to himself. He used the opportunity to look her up and down, as if the question gave him some sort of privilege to do so without being a creep. “I feel like you’re good at punching guys you don’t like, or maybe ones that accidentally knock you over.”

“Sure, I’d take that.” She walked up to the person manning the booth and bent over to look at the ice cream flavors.

“I’ll have coffee...and could we have chocolate for that man there?” She pointed to Jayden and winked, handing over the money for the ice creams and handing his cone to him. “I took a guess you’d like chocolate.”

Jayden laughed, “I’m glad you considered my tastes before totally mashing it in my face.” He didn’t take the offered ice cream, instead he scrunched his face and put his hands behind his back. Leaning forward, he braced for impact. “Alright, I’m ready.”

Cass watched as he anticipated the ice cream and shook her head. There was no way that she would actually do what they had talked about. But she did like to have a bit of fun. She inched the ice cream closer to her face before she paused it when it touched his lips, hoping he’d get a tiny shock out of the coldness.

“It was a tie, remember?”

Jayden flinched from the cold ice cream, realizing after a short moment of anticlimax that she wasn’t going to do it. He licked his lips, “So what does that mean?” He laughed, assuming a more normal posture.

“You don’t get my name and I don’t get to smash the ice cream in your face.” Cass shrugged as she handed him the cone.

Jayden squinted his eyes at her, “Are you sure that’s how ties work?”

“Or would you prefer both?” She raised the ice cream menacingly at him.

“How about I guess?” he replied, smiling devilishly and confidently.

“My name?” Cass pushed her hair over her shoulder teasingly.

“Yeah!” Jayden took a bite from his ice cream, thinking for a moment while scrutinizing her appearance once more. He was waiting for her to get pissed with how many times he’s checked her out already. “Maddy.”

“Nope. Try again, Jay.” She winked at him.

“Elizabeth.”

“Nope.” She shook her head and crossed her arms. He wasn’t going to get it and as she looked at him smiling at her, Cass realized that he wouldn’t get it. Any of it.

“What if I told you that we can part ways here? You won’t know my name and maybe one day we’ll meet in the hallway and I’ll wave.” Cass paused to look at Jayden for once. “Trust me, I don’t think a pretty boy like you wants to know me.”

Jayden laughed, with his primary intention to mask his embarrassment from a girl turning away from him, but also to fill the silence of his speechlessness. “Why? You don’t seem that scary to me.” He winked at her, the predetermined challenge sparking something within him.

Cass sighed. “Not scary to you here Jayden but....how would you know?” She raised an eyebrow at him.

Jayden closed the gap between them, maybe getting a little too close for comfort. He sighed, the minty exhale aiming downward at her. He looked her over another time, more obvious and without a proper excuse this time. “I’ve met a lot of girls, and I don’t think scary’s the word to describe you,” he said in a soft voice. He dabbed her nose with the tip of his ice cream.

Cass stared back into his eyes, a cold stare against his warm, challenging one. She rubbed at her nose and licked the ice cream off of her finger, challenging his stare.

“What would you describe me as then?”

“Hmmm,” Jayden thought to himself, impressed with the way that she could hold her gaze against his. He smirked, “Right now—‘full of surprises’. But maybe let me hangout with you a little longer and I can come up with something better.” He ended with a flirty, more sexual tone, not a tone he’d yet revealed since meeting her.

“Mmm...Nice offer but I’ll turn it up, Jay.” It was obvious he was flirting with her but she knew he was like this often and not to take too much out of it. “Listen, it was nice spending time with you. It’s hard to find someone to play me at hoops and offer me ice cream. But, I’ve got to go now. Maybe we’ll see each other again.” She started away from him at a brisk walk. “But I’d not count on it.”

“Wait!” He slouched in defeat, “Ugh, you really like walking away, huh?” Jayden caught up to her, following close behind as she walked, “Okay how about if I figure out your name then you let me see you tonight.”

“Why not?” Cass called over her shoulder as she smiled, walking away.

Jayden went to say something more, but figured he’d be better off spending his time trying to find the name of the girl. One final look at her and he was left with a challenging smirk on his face.
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