“Do I have to?” Scarlett whined from behind the door.
“Yes,” Naomi said exasperated, as if she had said that fifty times already, which she probably had.
“I really don't want to,” Scarlett whined again with a big sigh. And she meant it, Scarlett didn't whine. It wasn't in her blood, so if she was whining she was serious.
“Too bad, suck it up,” came Jack's voice.
“When did you get here?” she asked throwing the door open to see his face.
“Just a couple minutes ago. O'Hara, whining doesn't suit you.”
Scarlett rolled her eyes at him, but took his advice and sucked it up. She gave one last glance at herself in the mirror and after determining that she was good to go joined the group in the living room.
“For someone who isn't too keen on going to this shindig, you sure do look nice,” Theo said leaning against the door frame with his arms crossed.
“It's even more important to look good when you are going somewhere you don't wish to go and be with people you don't wish to be with,” Scarlett explained her southern ways to him.
“I see. Superior, intimidation factor?” he asked raising one eyebrow.
Scarlett looked at him contemplating the way that he had phrased that. She hadn't thought it about it like that before, she certainly didn't want to have a superior attitude, she had always hated that about her way of life. “No,” she finally managed to say. “One just must always look good. It's more a defense rather than an offense. Don't allow a chink in the armor.”
Theo smiled and gave a slight nod of his head in deference.
“We ready to get this show on the road?” Jack asked.
“Yeah,” Scarlett said. “Just let me tell Logan bye.”
Jack gave her a look.
“What?” she asked getting annoyed. That look crossed his face too much.
“Nothing, it's just why isn't he coming with us?”
“He's busy Jack. He has work.”
“Yeah, it seems all...” but then he stopped as Naomi elbowed him in the side.
Scarlett just ignored him and walked down the hall calling for Logan.
“Hmm?” he mumbled.
“I'm leaving,” Scarlett told him reaching the door to his office.
“OK, that's nice, have fun,” he said not even looking up from his desk.
“Thanks,” she told him and headed back to join her friends. She ignored the smug look on Jack's face. She knew perfectly well what he was thinking and how he felt about Logan and her relationship with him. “Let's go,” she simply said. And the four of them all headed out and piled into the car to head to the party.
Blake called and said that Scarlett needed to come over to Caroline's now. He needed help with her. Scarlett figured it could mean a range of things and wasn't too worried. This happened more often than not. They reached Caroline's place quickly and Blake let them in.
“She says she's not going,” Blake bursted out as soon as they stepped in the door and looked to Scarlett pleading her to do something.
“I'll go talk to her,” Scarlett reassured him.
Blake let out a sigh of relief and greeted everyone else.
“Caroline,” Scarlett said knocking on her bedroom door. “Sugar, let me in.”
“No, I can't. And I can't go tonight,” she said sounding even younger than what she was.
“Sure you can,” Scarlett encouraged. “We'll all be there.”
“But she hates me and is so mean to me, what if she's mean to me tonight?”
“She won't be, it's her birthday, it'll be fine.”
“She doesn't want me there,” Caroline whined.
Scarlett gave a look to Naomi, that was one of the reasons that Scarlett had given to her earlier that day.
“Sugar, Eva wants everyone there. She loves to be the center of attention and wants everyone to celebrate her, she doesn't care if she likes them or not,” Scarlett told her repeating the words Naomi had said earlier.
“Do I have to?” Caroline whined again.
This time Scarlett didn't dare look to the group of people at the end of the hall. She knew that they would be laughing. “Yes, you have to. Now open this door and let's get going. The sooner we go the sooner we will be home.”
Caroline cracked open the door and peaked out at Scarlett.
“Well don't you look as sweet as a peach,” Scarlett told her smiling.
The six of them finally made it out and on their way to the Grand Floridian Hotel to celebrate Eva's birthday.
Eva was there to greet them at the door. “Hello all of you. So glad you could make it,” she said her voice dripping with sarcasm and control.
They each wished her a happy birthday as they strolled through. Some with no feeling, some with genuine feeling, and Caroline with pure terror. Scarlett simply met Eva's eyes and wished her a happy birthday without smiling. And then the group of them all headed further in to find the rest of their friends.
They met up with Ivy and Evan quickly and Genevieve joined them along with Alistair. And Caroline had managed to track down Camille and then the gang was all together. Except when Ivy would dash away to check on Eva or do something special for her. Scarlett still couldn't figure out how the two of them had become so close. Eva was really something, but she knew better than to say anything to stubborn Ivy.
Of course the party was a whole blown out affair. There were tons of decorations, a famous DJ, dancing, extravagant food, the whole nine yards. And Eva had done up these crazy gift bags as if it was fashion week or something that she needed to hand out the most expensive things she could get her hands on. It was all really something. A lot of people enjoyed it, but Scarlett found it to be trying to hard and pretentious. She was used to fancy parties, unlike most of the people surrounding her, so the novelty wasn't something that was going to effect her. Her parties though always had class, and this party definitely lacked that. Some things cannot be bought, they have to be ingrained. Class is one of them.
Everyone had split off into different ways to check out some new thing they had discovered with the party. It left Scarlett, Genevieve, and Theo at a table together.
“Is it just me or is this party just a little over the top?” Genevieve asked.
“It's not just you,” Scarlett said.
“She is trying quite hard here, isn't she?” Theo asked.
“Yeah, and I don't know it's, missing something. I can't put my finger on it,” Genevieve continued.
“Class?” Scarlett let slip. “That was rude wasn't it? I mean I was thinking it, but it's still rude to say it out loud.”
Theo and Genevieve laughed. “Well it may be rude, but it's true,' Genevieve said. “All of the parties I attended had a bit more sophistication to them.”
“Oh that's right, I forgot about the parties you would have attended,” Scarlett said remembering her budding ballet career. “And sophistication, yours sounds much better. Politer.”
“Yes, I big blow out isn't necessary. If she would have kept it simple and tasteful she would have had a much more successful party atmosphere,” Theo added.
Scarlett gave him a look.
“What?” he asked.
“And how many fancy parties have you attended to make you an authority?” she asked him.
“I've been to a few classy, sophisticated parties,” he said, not quite meeting her eyes.
“I didn't mean to offend you,” she softened. “I'm sure you have been to a few parties, you just said that like you had such experience.” She touched his arm and he looked up at her. For a few split seconds she could swear he was hiding something, but then his usual look was back in place and she figured she must have imagined it.
“Come on. You three stop being such bumps on a log. Come dance!” Naomi said joining them and pulling Scarlett away from the table leaving the others to follow.
Scarlett looked back over her shoulder and shrugged as if saying if you can't beat em, join em.
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