Shelby Corcoran and April Rhodes
Instalment One: Initial meeting.
April Rhodes was a bubbly, blonde, Broadway babe. She moved to New York for the second time to pursue her dreams of stardom on the stage, but was now back in Lima Ohio whilst taking a break from her own production of The Wiz. Lima was her home, as some would say, a home away from home, because for the time being New York was her home.
The blonde zoomed down the highway in her BMW, receiving disapproving looks from people that she passed. She was wearing tight white short shorts, and a tight black tank top, while her loose long blonde curls were rested against her shoulders. Once arriving directly in Lima, she decided a walk to the park was necessary to get some fresh air. She skipped happily through the streets, and into the park ground. Much to her surprise, this careless blonde accidently ran into a stern brunette, sending her tiny frame flying. "OUCHIES!" She screeched, hitting the ground. She looked up in disbelief. Why in the Sam heck had she done that? "I'm so sorry!" she repeated profusely.
Shelby Corcoran was a generally stern, all business kind of woman. She had settled back in to Lima, Ohio, five years ago after failing to make it as an actress on Broadway. She had recently walked away from one daughter, and adopted another, bought a house, and adopted a baby beagle to complete her life. Or so she thought it was complete.
Beth was at her babysitters so the tall brunette decided to take a walk to the local park to check out the scenery. Dressed in loose jeans and a tank top, the woman was feeling good about herself. In her own little world, humming to herself, Shelby didn't realise the smaller blonde woman heading her direction, and ran straight into her. Shelby was not the smallest of woman, so the impact only sent her back a little bit, which is more than she can say for the blonde woman now on the ground. "Oh my!" she exclaimed, "I am so sorry, I didn't see you there! I was in my own little world". After rambling on briefly, Shelby stretched out her arm, offering the blonde woman some help to get off the ground. "I really am sorry" she repeated, smiling wryly as she helped the woman to her feet.
With her Broadway dreams coming true, April thought she had it all. The only thing that was missing was love. Something that April didn't have a lot of. But that was the least of her worries. Generally the petite blonde embraced being small, but sometimes she hated it; because with being small often came accidently getting knocked to the ground, as was evident in this situation. April honestly hadn't been looking at all, and she probably should've been, but April wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. Looking up, April was surprised when the brunette offered in helping her up; most people would scoff at the tiny twain and walk away. She smiled gratefully and took the woman's arm, standing to her feet. "Totally my fault" She said, her blue eyes looking up into the woman's brown ones.
Shelby was usually the woman to be paying attention to what she was doing, but today was her day to relax and have no responsibilities. So she embraced this, something she might not do again for quite some time. "How about we both take responsibility" she smiled her award winning smile, "that way we can both stop apologizing". She took a moment to look in to the petite blonde girl's beautiful blue eyes, the rest of the world disappearing for that moment. "Whoa" she sighed, unaware that it came out loud. "I'm Shelby" She introduced herself, holding her hand out again, expecting the woman to respond in a similar fashion.
April was the complete opposite of Shelby; she was careless, obnoxious, and pushy, but she didn't like showing that to people she didn't know. "Sounds good t'me." She said softly. It was then that April blushed for a moment, before shaking her head and taking her petite hand in the brunette's. "I'm April." She said, a huge cheeky grin spreading across her face as she shook Shelby's hand.
Shelby generally disliked people upon meeting them, at least until they proved themselves worthy of her time. For some strange reason, she felt different about this woman.
"April," the brunette repeated, smiling and taking her hand back. She stood there watching the blonde for a moment, before regaining some self control. "Anyway, I- I must be going" she stated, "sorry once more". April was surprised the woman bothered introducing herself. Usually in situations like that, people walk away, or scoff or something mean. The blonde nodded, with a smile. "Same to you.." She said, biting her lip as she watched the brunette intently.
Shelby couldn't help but wonder what was different about April. She wasn't used to feeling 'connected' to someone she just met. After taking a few steps, the tall, stern woman turned around, raising her hand, "uh, April? I wouldn't usually do this, ever, but would you like to join me for coffee?" She asked, surprising herself. April had never felt like that before, this woman; she seemed to be different, grounded, and it got April thinking about why she hadn't said anything sooner. Another opportunity arose when she heard Shelby speak once more. Averting her eyes back up to the brunette's she nodded. "I'd love to". Truth was that Shelby had no idea what she was doing. This was uncharted territory for her; as in, liking someone upon their initial meeting. She tried to keep it cool. "Lovely" she smiled, almost too excitedly, "no where too exciting, just in to town somewhere". She walked back towards April and they start towards town.
April had always wondered what it would be like to have the family, the house, and the kids, but somehow she didn't seem to get as much luck as other people, mainly because the men she slept with were drunk and always got her name wrong in the morning. April was obviously regularly offended because she thought she looked like an April, not a 'Marissa'. Smiling hugely, she walked beside Shelby, her nails playing with the end of her blonde hair. Shelby fought the urge to watch the blonde woman beside her as she walked. She pulled her tank top down, covering her lower stomach, and then stuck her hands in her jeans pockets, focusing forward.
"Are you a local?" Shelby asked, making light conversation, "I don't recall ever seeing you around before". April folded her arms over her chest, elbows in her hands as she hugged herself and walked. "Been here my whole life" She remarked, looking over at Shelby, "How about you?" Shelby kept her focus forward, occasionally looking at April and smiling.
"I started here, then moved to New York.. Then moved back" She replied, not making eye contact, "been here for the last five years though... What do you do with your days?"
"New York?" April's eye brightened. "Why, I'm a Big Apple girl myself!" FINALLY! Somebody that she could relate to. Realizing she got a little too excited, she shifted her eyes back down onto the ground, kicking a few small stones. Shelby lifted her head, surprised at the small blonde's sudden outburst. She smiled and nodded her head, "yes, New York. I moved there when I was about 19, under strange circumstances. Didn't quite work out" She explained briefly, "so you're a fan of New York I gather?"