Honey & Glass [Closed]

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[center [i You know these kinds of girls who look like they're made
Of honey and glass, like sticky-sweet ash
And you can't get the taste off your tongue?
Burnt sugar and a little bit of rum.]]

[center X just got out of a long term relationship with her girlfriend of 3 years when she found her in bed with another woman. After her girlfriend left the apartment, X found herself needing a roommate to keep up with the rent of the nice apartment.]

[center Y is a young girl just out of college, who loves to go out and have loud crazy parties at least a couple nights a week. X has had enough of these crazy parties and goes to confront Y, when she finds the girl crying. She finds out the girl has been dumped, and they are able to finally connect on a different level, finding common ground between them.]

[center [i And she's dancing in the rain with her clothes on
Drenched to the bone, never knows when she´s all gone
But she's the life of the party and deep down I know
That nobody flinches when she takes off her clothes
And I wonder what's it like to be one of those girls
To sit in the sun, and look at the world and never think
"Wow, am I enough”]]

[center X and Y become friends, starting to spend more time together. Y is really the life of the party, lives life like she could die the next day. While X is more reserved, never thinking she was worth much of anything.]

[center [i Cause life is easy when you know you're the main character
And I'm sitting here, thinking this is not fair
But her smile makes it hard to be mad
It's not her fault that I'm so fucking sad]]

[center As X and Y become closer, X realizes she has now developed feelings for the woman. Y is starting to show her how to let go and have fun, that life is worth living that way.]

[center [i So I'll sit here and look at these girls in the sun
Dancing in the rain and just having their fun
And maybe one day I can forget the past
And be one of those girls of honey and glass.]]

[center Does Y feel the same way? What will happen?]

[center ~]

[center Okay, so this roleplay is inspired by the poem Honey and Glass by Peyton Cardoza, which I have added within the plot. This will be a fxf roleplay, in which I will play X. If you are interested, please PM me with a title Honey and Glass, with a small skeleton.

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Name||Age (21+)||Occupation||
Short Bio

Character X: Taken

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Cora Jae Tucker || 23 || Librarian ||
Cora had always been an introvert but made a point to be kind and pleasant to all people she met. After her long term relationship ended, Cora became more secluded, less pleasant, and even quieter than she had been before. She never wanted to go out anymore, she spent all her time at work or at home. She needed someone to show her how to finally get over this rough patch in her life and see all the things she is missing.

Character Y: Taken

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Penelope (Penny) Jean Wilson||24||Bar Tender||
Short Bio: Penny has always liked to have a good time and is easily chipper and outgoing. She has always been that way ever since she was a little girl and ALWAYS had people admire her energy and hype as they called it. Now, being older, she still enjoys partying and is bouncy but she wants it known that there is more to her. She in a way wants someone who can help even her out.

[center [size20 Rules]]

1. PLEASE BE 21+. The characters are that age and I prefer to write with someone my own age. There are mature themes and it is a comfort thing for me as an educator.
2. Real Photos Please. Something that isn't too big, doesn’t have a watermark and fits the personality of your character. I am more than happy to assist in finding a photo and I can edit it for you as well if need be.
3. I can write anywhere from 1000 Characters to 1000 Words. I ask that you stick to AT LEAST 1000-1500 Characters a post.
4. This roleplay is an FxF roleplay, we will both be playing females. This is supposed to be a romance, so that will happen. Do not join if you are going to either try and make this an FxM or refuse the romance. It will not be immediate romance, but don’t refuse it altogether.
5. Please PM me a skeleton and I will accept before requesting access to the roleplay. Otherwise, I will refuse.
6. Please PM me and let me know if you have any twists or turns you want to add. I love and encourage it!
7. Please post at least once a week. I’ll let you know if it will take me longer than that, and I expect the same on your end. If I don’t hear from you and there is no post in 14 days, I will delete the thread and try again.
8. PLEASE do not steal this plot. I've been working on this for a while. The poem is not mine but the plot is, so please accept that and do not steal it.
9. I AM ONLY ACCEPTING ONE THREAD OF THIS FOR NOW. IT WILL BE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SO ONCE I FIND SOMEONE IT WILL BE CLOSED.
10. Let’s have fun!

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[i "You like Rebellion?"] Cora asked, almost as if she didn't believe her. She then realized how rude she must have sounded, [i "Sorry, I mean. I never struck you as the type that enjoyed reading. But that is me projecting."] she responded. Maybe this high energy beauty wouldn't be as bad as she expected. She knew she'd be home late due to her job, but as long as the parties were kept at work, Cora and Penny would probably get along fine. [i "If you ever need a book, let me know and I can grab it at work for you."] she allowed a smile to rest on her lips, just thinking about books allowed her to relax and smile.

Watching as Penny seemed to be unphased by her comment about her ex-girlfriend, she felt better. She now knew she didn't have to hide that part of her life from Penny, which could help, later on, depending on how long they ended up being roommates for. She wondered if Penny was also interested in women, and that was why she was so okay with it. But that wasn't something she was just going to bring up, something for a later date.

[i "I was looking at the same thing. Maybe we could each get a sandwich and we could share a muffin."] Cora asked. Why was Cora able to be so comfortable with Penny, it's like she had some magic spell or something over her. She still felt the need to watch the door, but she felt calmer about it. Izzy wasn't even crossing for the first time in over 5 months. [i "Oh, I see."] she responded. She felt bad that the girl lost her friend, but she new she could never replace someone who was a best friend to a girl like Penny. She was boring and quiet, she wouldn't be enough for her. She wasn't enough for anyone.

Cora wrapped her fingers around her mug, bringing the latte mug up to her lips, taking a sip of the warm beverage which warmed her body from the inside. [i "Okay, the coffee is really good here. This was a good idea."] she commented. [i "Find a sandwich you want? I can call over the waitress."] she spoke, giving a small wave to the waitress. [i "Hi, we're going to get one muffin to share. And I'll get a BLT please."] she smiled. She motioned to Penny to take her order, letting her hand settle on her hand. The blonde was very striking, she could tell she could easily be hit on by everyone in this room, unlike herself. This was the first time she noticed how different in life these two were.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 7d 11h 35m 43s
She knew she didn't look like the type of girl who liked to read, but she did even if "Miss Perky" was the her that Cora was seeing. So when the genre had been told to her, a squeak that could have easily been mistaken for a five year old slipped from her and her eyes brightened all the more. Probably not what was expected by the other, but those were her favourites too. [#e944d7 "Those are the best kind! One of my favourites is Rebellion which is written by Nora Roberts...I enjoy her Circle Triology as well."] She had meant to keep her mouth shut and to try not to scare the other girl. She really had but it seemed that was going horribly and she just could not help herself.

Penny had always been good at reading people. Somehow it came with the social butterfly thing. And working as the dancer and bartender she kind of needed to be good at it too. People needed the ear and she didn't mind listening. More than once she had done it for Lexie too. That thought actually stung as she still missed her old roommate and best friend. [#e944d7 "That makes sense. So it kinda brings back memories for you."] Came soft words as the two of them walked into the café and were seated with menus. She had caught that Cora was into women, wbich actually a relief to her because she was into both but leaned more towards women. So it worked out and meant she didn't have to hide anything.

Bright eyes skimmed the menu and she looked up at the other. [#e944d7 "I wanted to maybe try one of their blue berry muffins. Ooor 'club' sandwhiches! But it all looks really yummy."] She said with a smile, noticing that with each ping Cora would take a glance to the door. [#e944d7 "My previous roommate and best friend left...and instead of going back home I wanted to and needed somewhere else to go. Somewhere that was close to work..annnd I wanted the chance to make a new friend."] It was the answer to Cora's question of why she had moved in thd first place. Honestly she had not forgotten but had been trying to think of how best to phrase it. By then, the waitress had at least gotten drink orders and Penny had gone with a pumpkin spiced latte, eyes again going to Cora. She was a lovely girl and a mystery in and of herself. It was alluring to the girl.
  Honey / MourningGlory / 7d 11h 17m 30s
The excitement that left the girl's mouth was more than Cora expected. She calmed herself down, before nodded. [i "Yeah. I really like reading. I'm a big fan of romance and historical fiction."] she said. She knew they weren't the most exciting genres, but they definitely her favorites. When Penny said she was a dancer and a bartender, Cora nodded. Of course, she was, that was a perfect job for the perky, beautiful woman. Cora didn't remember the last time she had been in a night club, and she wasn't planning on going any time soon. She didn't enjoy parties or being in large crowds, she didn't trust people anymore. Penny probably did amazing at her job, her personality was just what they looked for in places like that.

Cora didn't realize her voice showed nervousness. She didn't normally have to monitor how she spoke, but now, she knew the girl could read it well. She shook her head, pulling out a smile to off-put her nervousness. [i "No no. We can go. I just used to go here with my ex-girlfriend, that's all."] Cora responded. That was a loaded sentence, she told Penny a lot in those few words. She now knew that she was interested in women, which some people found offputting. She had a few roommates in her early years who refused to live with her in fear she would 'try and hit on them' or 'she would come onto them'. She hoped this girl would be different. She also learned about her ex, but she made sure not to say too much. She knew Izzy would show up in her life soon enough, so maybe telling Penny something wouldn't be that bad of a thing. But not yet, it was too soon.

As they entered the cafe, Cora did a quick scan and her worries fell as she realized Izzy wasn't there. This would make the lunch go by much faster and easier. As the two were seated, Cora opened the menu. When coming here, Izzy would usually order for the two of them, so she didn't really know what they served here. She knew she wanted a latte or something, she was starting to get tired after helping bring up the boxes from the woman's car. [i "So, if you don't mind me asking, why did you move?"] she asked. Getting to know this girl maybe wouldn't be a bad thing. Being on good terms usually worked out if there were disagreements or arguments.

Every time the bell on the front door rang as someone entered, Cora couldn't help but let her eyes shoot up to the door. This is why she never went out, she was worried Izzy would worm her way back into her life. She knew she would have to talk about Izzy with Penny, and maybe the girl could catch her if she started to slip back in with her. But that was a home discussion, and maybe after they got to know each other a bit better. [i "Anything looks good?"] she asked. The waitress walked over, talking a drink order for both of them, Cora ordering a vanilla latte. She looked back to the menu, taking a small glance at Penny. She really was a beautiful girl.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 15d 14h 43m 23s
Penelope really was a bubbly and spontaneous sort of girl. Sometimes the first words out of her mouth or the first actions she took were the first that came to mind. Hence how and why she had invited Cora out to lunch AND why she had not even thought to try and even get the name of the cafè. Not exactly smart, but that was what she was like. It was what she had always been like. Or had been like since...Quickly she shook her head to get that thought out of it. She had to if she wanted to keep to her bouncy, flouncy self.

[#e944d7 "Oh! The café's in the direction that we've been heading! That's why I didn't correct you when we started out!"] Penny trilled with a soft laugh as her hands clasped behind her back and she just took in the warmth on her skin as they walked. And after her words had passed her lips, there again seemed to fall a silence between the two as they walked. It wasn't what she would call awkward, but it was far from comfortable and she did wish there was talking or at least some interaction between them. She was all but searching her brain for SOMETHING, ANYTHING that they could talk about. But before any words slipped from soft pink lips, the girl at her side spoke up.

For the first time as she heard Cora speak, really speak, Penny also saw a smile. It was a beautiful smile and added to the beauty that the other already had. And if she was honest she wished that she could see it more. A funny thought to have since they had just met. [#e944d7 "Oh! So you must really love books and to read! Do you have a favourite story or genre???"] The honey blonde asked as she wanted to know more about the girl whom she was walking with and soon would be rooming with.

She was silent for a moment but then smiled before speaking. [#e944d7 "I'm a bartender and dancer at the local night club! It has its perks buuut."] And she gave a shrug and looked to the café that was coming up. The cute little one on the corner and then nodded. [#e944d7 "Yep! That's the one! But....is there something wrong? Maybe we can go somewhere else?"] Penny asked as she stopped, blue gaze falling on Cora with her head cocked to one side as if she were a puppy. She had caught the nervous undertone to the words that had been spoken.
  Honey / MourningGlory / 17d 16h 10m 44s
Cora shook her head, was this girl serious? She invited her to go out but didn't even know the name of the place she invited her to. Cora locked the door to their apartment, making their way to the stairs to exit onto the street. She sighed as the exited, the sun making Cora squint a bit before her eyes adjusted to the sun. Cora hadn't been outside much besides the drive to the library or the walk from the library back to her car. Since her incident with Izzy, Cora really didn't leave the house. Now, she was outside after months because of this new girl.

Penny wasn't wrong, it actually was nice out. The porcelain skin of Cora really didn't feel the sun all too much, and it was nice. [i "You're right. It is nice out. Now, do you at least know which way the cafe was? I know the area well enough I can probably figure it out."] she asked, turning toward the blonde woman. That was probably the most she had spoken to Penny up to this point, and the first thing she has said that really wasn't about the apartment.

The two women had made their way down the street in silence, Cora assuming she should make a better impression than she did at the beginning, which meant talking to her. [i "So, what do you do? I work at the library down the road at the front desk."] she spoke. Cora's one love that she still had was books. She loved escaping her current reality into a fictional one she was able to be a part of in her novels. Just then, a small smile formed onto her lips, the first smile she had let Penny see. The thought of getting home and ready-made the girl that happy, it was her safe place. Away from Izzy, away from everyone.

As they began walking, the shops next to Cora began to look familiar. She looked down the street, seeing 'The Looking Glass' come up in the distance. The cute cafe that sat on the corner of the street, the place where Izzy and Cora went often. All of a sudden, Cora's face began to look nervous. If Izzy was there, Cora would get sucked into her life once again. [i "Are you talking about that place on the corner? 'The Looking Glass'?] she asked, a slight nervousness to her voice. If she said yes, all Cora hoped for was that Izzy wasn't there. And if Izzy was, she would blend in enough that she wouldn't have to say anything.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 28d 1m 45s
Okay, so maybe her bouncy and perky attitude and antics were a little much. MAYBE she should have kept it reined in a bit until they were used to the other. But ubfortunately, that was something Penny was not good with. She hated to hide and hated to not be herself. So she figured show the other just what she would be dealing with since they would be living together and have to figure out a way to co-exist.

She had noticed quite easily the way those chocolatey eyes had widened at her wat for flowers and animals in decorations around the apartment. Obviously that had taken her by shock. But it also gave Penny an idea how far she could go. How far she could "push" things. [#e944d7 "Well I'll figure it out! I just had to ask you since this is your apartment and all. Annnd well I just love flowers and animals! My momma teases me all the time and says I'm still five and never quite grew up. My daddy too."] She was trying to lighten things a bit and trying in her way to let Cora in a little bit more. A little of a way to get to know her. She hoped that MAYBE it would help the other feel a little bit better and maybe open up just the littlest bit.

Her hands moved together in a quick clap and she bounced to where she had left her mini backpack on the counter. It had her phone and wallet in it. Her sunglasses too and she looked to Cora again at the door. She REALLY didn't want to go. That was obvious but Penelope was not letting her out of the promise as she walked over to her and even past to stand in the hall just beyond.

A slender finger came up and she tapped her chin, a smile on her lips as she thought.[#e944d7 "You know.. I actually didn't look at the name. But it looks cute and wasn't far. The little café..or coffee shop that is a couple blocks away. Oh! And lets walk since it is a nice day!"] And she turned bright, sparkling eyes on the other young woman, almost pleading with her eyes.
  Honey / MourningGlory / 18d 11h 39m 36s
Cora watched as the blonde began bringing her things in. She seemed...bouncy, was the only word she could use at this point. She assumed this girl has had a simple and easy life, considering her demeanor was light and free. Besides her break-up and post-break-up attacks from Izzy, her life was a tough one. She grew up with just her father, as her mother left their family when Cora was young. Her father was a kind man and pretty accepting of her and who she loved, but he just wasn’t around very much because he was working. She was alone so often that when she finally found someone like Izzy, she thought she found someone who would be there for her all the time. Except, Izzy didn’t feel the same way about her. Izzy wanted adventure, wanted to flirt and hook up with whoever she wanted.

Cora watched as the bouncy girl started talking about decorating, and her eyes went wide when she mentioned flowers and animals. The apartment was about to be so much more...bright. Cora had installed black-out curtains in her room, and now her apartment was going to turn into something so different from what she was used to. She didn’t want to shut the girl down, so she just nodded and answered with a [i “That’s fine. Don’t worry too much about it, though. Get settled first.”].

Cora knew now that she was not going to get out of this lunch. She shouldn’t have promised anything, but the new roommate seemed so excited about it. She could almost feel the corners of her mouth turn up, which was a weird feeling since she really hadn’t genuinely smiled in months. She made sure they dropped, not wanting to open up to anyone just yet, even if they were a perky beautiful blonde woman who just happened to be her roommate now. She couldn’t deny that Penny was beautiful, her blonde hair and blue eyes that shined when the sun hit them through the windows. But even though Cora believed she was pretty, she wasn’t about to do anything about it.

As the blue eyes locked with hers, Cora’s stomach turned. She was all of a sudden nervous like she was when she first met Izzy. She needed to keep herself guarded, as she always felt she needed. She got her bag and headed for the door, [i “Well, let’s get- I mean, let’s go.”] she spoke, holding the door open. The faster they got there, the sooner she could get home and lock herself in her room once again. She wanted to say ‘let’s get this over with’ but she felt that would be a bit too mean. She knew the girl was excited, and she didn’t want to bring her down.

[i “What was this place you wanted to go? Do we need to drive or can we walk?”] Cora asked and she double-checked she had her keys if she needed them. She knew this city very well so there was no need to get directions anywhere. She ran a hand through her hair, pushing it back from her face.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 36d 13h 55m 13s
Her new roommate was nothing like Lexi. She wasn't dark per se, but seemed sad and like there was a cloud that hovered around her. It was like a winter's day to her summer-like and sunny disposition. Something that she was not at all used to. But it only made her all the more determined to get to know Cora. To try and befriend her. To Penny, it was something needed because she loved people and she noticed that the other seemed so drawn into herself, something her momma used to tell her wasn't good for the soul.

[#e944d7 "Thank you! I promise I'll make up the helping unpack thing. And the decorating won't be too crazy. You are good with animals and floral?"] She asked, getting more bouncy and excited by the minute. She loved decorating and she she loved animals and flowers. Actually, she was good with almost anything that people would call "bright", "warm" and the like. Again, it came with her sunny personality and being the "butterfly" like she was.

Yes, she knew that it was maybe a bit on the unnerving side that she seemed so bouncy and positive, but she couldn't help it. And soon, the two were going to her car to get her boxes and the rest of her stuff. It wasn't a lot and didn't take long. And though she was burning to ask questions and to get to know Cora, the two didn't really talk much as they brought her stuff up the stairs. Muttered "thank yous" with help they gave the other was about it. MUCH more quiet and maybe awkward than what she was used to. But she had to make this work. She didn't have anywhere else to go and it was close to the bar she was a tender and dancer at.

Brown eyes and honey blonde hair, a sweetness to her look. Something that could be described as "girl next-door" or innocent was what Cora reminded Penny of. And yet, it drew her in. She was cute and had a beauty all her own. SO much different than the other young women that she had been attracted to in the past and even dated. Actually, a breath of fresh air as ironic as that sounded. And the fact that she was quiet...Maybe it was because they were polar opposites that she felt she was so drawn to her. That and the fact that they were going to be co-existing and roommates.

[#e944d7 "Oh! It's okay! I really can do it later. And besides, you said we could go out. I want the chance to get some sunlight and to get food. I'm starving."] Penelope said with a cute pout as she brushed long honey blonde hair back over her shoulder and turned a sparkling blue gaze upon the other young woman. She had NO intents on letting her back out of what she agreed to.
  Honey / MourningGlory / 30d 9h 59m 8s
This new girl had been here for less than 10 minutes, and yet he seemed happy to be here. Why was she so happy? Cora wasn’t even half as happy as this woman was, even when she was dating Izzy. It felt like there was a permanent smile on the woman’s face, which made her dull and boring apartment feel like life was breathed into it, just the slightest amount. Even her name was peppy and happy, Penny. Well, at least she was pleasant, but Cora could tell her quiet co-existent with her roommate, which is what she wanted, wasn’t going to be a reality.

Penny asked her if she could help her bring her things in, which Cora expected. But then she asked her to join her for lunch, which Cora was not expecting. A confused look crossed Cora’s face, as she looked towards the woman. [i “Yes, I can help you with your things. Feel free to decorate wherever you please, my last roommate was in charge of that.”] she said, her face showing it’s first emotion, which was sad. [i “Oh, and sure. I guess we could do lunch.”] she spoke as well, as she pushed Izzy from her mind once again.

Cora was surprised at the own words that came out of her mouth. She wasn’t one who even liked going out in public, but now she was agreeing to lunch. As much as she wanted to take it back, she couldn’t at this point. She waited so long to get a roommate, and she couldn’t afford to let another one slide through her fingers.

The two girls went down, grabbing boxes of things and bringing them back up to their apartment. The girl was right, it really didn’t take them very long. The whole time they went up and down though, there weren’t many words exchanged. There were a few thank yous, for holding doors and the like, but that was mainly it. Cora really was unsure of what to say, as she knew little to nothing about this woman.

Penny was striking, her blonde hair and blue eyes really stood out. She was beautiful, while Cora blended in a lot with her honey-brown hair, which matched her honey-brown hair. They were opposites, in almost all aspects. Cora wondered really how well they would be able to co-exist. [i “Are you sure you don’t want to unpack instead of going out? I don’t mind.”] Cora spoke. She was half trying to get out of what she agreed too, but also knew that she would have rather unpack if she had just moved.

Cora was worried, knowing that having lunch with this woman would result in talking about their lives. That was the last thing she wanted to do. She had been sucked dry of all her personality, mostly just reading books and going to work. While Penny was probably the life of the party, she was a party killer. She knew her demeanor had the ability to turn people away, but it kept people away from her. She didn’t want to get close to anyone anymore, even if they were living together.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 51d 10h 45m 26s
Bouncing, she was bouncing. Ever since she had been a child, Penny was easily excitable and this was no different. She loved people and getting to know them. It was both her "gift" and her "curse" as her parents often called it. They also often said they wished they shared her same bouncy energy and the fact that she resembled a ball of light even when things seemed dark. It was kind of how she had gotten the nickname of Sunny or Sunshine.

[i "You might want to take it easy there. She's...well you'll see what your new roommate is like when you meet her."] The landlord, Tim said as he took a quick glance at the still bouncing Penelope. And his words did strike the young woman as odd. She was about to ask what the man meant by what he had said, but before she could, another knock sounded. This one being louder than the first and an annoyed voice came from the other side just before the door opened.

Her own cheeks coloured softly as she saw the young woman who seemed taken aback when she opened the door. It was obvious thaf she had not been expecting for Penny to be there. And Penny had not expected for her new roommate to seem like...winter? She was going to think of ice, but winter sounded nicer in her head. [#e944d7 "Hi there! It's nice to meet you, Cora. I'm Penelope...but most people just call me Penny."] The young woman said, refusing to be intimidated by the cooler and stiffer demeanor.

And after the other young woman had moved aside to let her and Tim inside, blue eyes took a glance around. The place did look like someone lived there but it seemed...void and empty? Like there was a gloom that hovered. But she had to shake those thoughts away to pay attenti9n as Tim finished going over last minute details with the two of them.

Seconds of silence seemed to fall when they had been left alone. She wasn't sure what to say or where to start. But then Cora seemed to break the ice with more ice. Quick and simple words of where things were and saying if she needed anything to let her know. [#e944d7 "I was going to ask for help bringing things in..? I promise it's not much and should be quick! Oh maybe after we could get lunch or something? I did see a cute little café on the way here."] And again, Penny offered a warm and bright smile. Summer and winter...that was what crossed her mind as she now stood watching the other young woman, taking her in.
  Honey / MourningGlory / 45d 11h 20m 3s
Cora knew that she should make the place look at least presentable, considering her landlord and new roommate would both be here soon. The woman was in no way messy at all, but the apartment was ‘lived in’, she needed to make sure it looked and smelled nice. She pushed the blanket off of her lower half, folding it and laying it over the back of the grey couch. She found one of her favorite candles that smelled of apples and tea, lighting it, letting the smell fill the apartment. She wiped down window sills and countertops and put all the remaining dishes that were in the sink into the dishwasher. As she wiped off counters in her kitchen, she found a strip of paper. She took in her hands, and when she realized what it was, she bit her lip.

It was a photo strip of her and her ex, Izzie. It had fallen behind after being posted on a cabinet from a past birthday or anniversary. Cora’s hands shook as she held the picture, a tear falling down her cheek. She hadn’t thought about her ex for a few weeks now, but this brought back all the memories, happy and sad. Of course, she still had feelings for her, but she knew she couldn’t let the woman back in her life. It was a part of her that was over now, and she had to forget.

Cora took the photo strip, putting it in the garbage. She thought about keeping it as a memento, considering she gave everything else back but decided against it. It would be harder to keep the woman off her mind if she had the photos. She sighed, closing the lid of the garbage can before continuing her cleaning spree.

After about an hour, she was finally done cleaning everything. Cora had made sure the room was ready for the new roommate. It was already furnished with a bed, and a drawer set. She left it very neutral for the roommate to do whatever they wanted to. Cora knew little to nothing about her new housemate and wasn’t too concerned about them on the slightest. Cora was quiet and wasn’t planning on letting anyone into her life any time soon. She didn’t even know their name, or even what gender this person was. She was betting on a female, hoping walking around in a towel wouldn’t be a problem sometimes. Even though Cora was attracted to women, she wasn’t going to just hit on any woman who lived with her. She was very closed off from everyone right now, and she wasn’t even planning on befriending this person. It was someone to help with rent, and they would most likely live around each other, that’s all.

Cora entered her own room, adjusting the large sweater as it hung from her slim frame. She decided on changing into a dark grey tee-shirt, something that actually clung to her body. The sweater had been getting in her way, and this way she could help if she was needed. She wasn’t planning on being their friend, but she could at least be a decent person. Her hair had fully dried, and she ended up pulling the top half of her hair into a ponytail and left the rest down. Her hair had a small wave to it, but was straight for the most part. She looked at herself in the mirror, a heavy sigh leaving her lips. She knew she had looked like she had been crying from before, but she didn’t care very much at this point. That’s when she heard a knock at her door.

Cora walked slowly to the door, another knock now annoying her. [i “I know, Tim, I’m coming.”] she spoke, a bit agitated now. Tim, her landlord was most likely coming by to let her know about the roommate, and when she would be by. She had no idea she would be there as well. She and Tim had gotten pretty close, and at this point, she didn’t really hold back with him. [i “I this is something stupid, Tim, I swear.”] she spoke, opening the door to the apartment. Her eyes widened a bit when she noticed a woman was with Tim, and he rolled his eyes at Cora. [b “Oh, a nice introduction to your new roommate, Cora.”] he spoke. [i “Sorry. Hello. I’m Cora.”] she spoke, no emotion pulled to her face at all, her body not moving much. She moved her body away from the door, allowing the pair of people to enter, and closed the door behind them.

The girl who entered was very pretty, around the same age as herself. Although, those things shouldn’t really matter.

Tim finalized everything with the two girls, and they stood in silence for a few seconds as Tim left. [i “Well, this is it. Your room is over to the left, mine is to the right. The bathroom is right over there. If you need any help with anything, you can let me know.”] she spoke her words like ice. They weren’t harsh, but just cold. This was Cora’s demeanor, but why did this girl make her feel warmer? The apartment had been cold for months, but now, there was a little bit of sunshine. Cora was ice, this girl was sunshine.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 64d 13h 51m 28s
[center [b The Past]

Ever since she was little, Penelope was known to be the chipper and bouncy sort of girl. She loved people and just loved to have fun. Her family and friends when she was growing up were constantly telling her how they envied her for the energy and spirit that she had. But they also warned her that she would have to try and be more down to earth. The tried to warn her that life wasn't always "sunshine and butterflies".

When getting into college, Penelope's naturally bubbly and chipper dispositi9n didn't change all that much. In fact, a whole new world was opened up to her. There were more people for her to meet and each were unique and special in their own ways. And there were more places she could get into as well, namely clubs and bars. Music and dancing and just the night life. It was thanks to her friends that she made that she was constantly out and about. Yes, she studied and worked. But she lived for the fun. Drinks and dancing as she became a bar tender.

Just to her, the world was magic and life was like a stage. Or it was until she finally graduated.

[center [b Present]]

College had been her life for the last six years. She started out when she was eighteen and had started out as a psychology major but found it wasn't exactly for her. Oh she had loved it and found it fascinating in how the mind worked and deterkined the behaviour of people. But she found she had more of a love for history and teaching and so had switched about a year or two later. She also didn't have the help from her parents and found that since she loved dancing and people working in a club would help her pay for school. Again it helped her to meet some of her very best friends, which now she wouldn't be seeing as often. Was she sad? Of course! But it also meant new doors and opportunities awaited her!

Blue eyes went around the now emptied appartment that she had shared with Alexa during her college adventures. Her best friend had left directly after graduation for a job she had snagged up and had been waiting for the end of semester to start. And that left Penny on her own. At first she didn't really mind as this had been her home. But it began to get lonelier and lonelier and she couldn't keep up with the price of the place on her own. It wasn't like she hadn't been thinking about a new place. She had been, but "the real world" came crashing in and made her HAVE to find something. And something soon. Which she did and which was why she was staring at the empty room as she was.

[#e944d7 "Well looks like this is it. Better go and meet my new landlord and roommate. Don't want to be late! Oh I hope we'll be friends."] The honey blonde said to herself, laughing softly as she was talking to herself. Not an uncommon thing, but it seemed more so without Lexie around. Not even a moment later, the young woman of twenty-four grabbes her mini backpack off the counter and replaced it with the key to the place, no longer needing it and all but pranced down the hall and steps and out to her car which had everything boxed up and in it.

The drive wasn't too long. Maybe fifteen or twenty minutes later, she was parking the car and meeting with the landlord. And soon after, Penny found herself being led upstairs and to the front door of what would be her new home. All the while she was bouncing with both her nervea and her excitement. The door was knocked on and the blonde's bright blue gaze was on it as she now waited to meet who she hoped would be her new best friend. She had NO idea what polar opposites they were or where this road would be taking them.
  Honey / MourningGlory / 69d 12h 5m 57s
[center [b ⬡Four Months Ago⬡]]

Pulling her coat tighter around her slim body, Cora made her way from the garage into her apartment building. As she made her way upstairs, she had a weird feeling about heading home today. She usually got a text from her girlfriend by this point, trying to figure out what they wanted to do for dinner or what time Cora thought she’d be home. Today there wasn’t anything, which was odd. As she opened the door to the apartment, she dropped her shoes off at the door, and saw a scattered pair of heels in the kitchen area she didn’t recognize. There was music playing from the main bedroom, the door cracked open slightly. The lights were dimmed in the whole apartment, everything just felt wrong.

As Cora made her way to the bedroom, there were scattered pieces of clothing, and a lump formed in Cora’s stomach. She pushed the door of the room the couple shared, and covered her mouth when she looked inside. Rose petals had been scattered around the bed, and her girlfriend and another girl were in [i their] bed, her girlfriend on top of the other girl. [i “Izzie?”] Cora spoke, her voice breaking through the tears that had started. The long brunette hair of Cora’s girlfriend, Izzie, fell over her shoulder as she looked to see her girlfriend in the doorway, her expression dropped. [b “Baby! This is not what it looks like! We were just-uh-ya know. Please please, baby.”] Izzie rushed over to Cora, taking her hands.

Cora pushed the tears aside, shaking Izzie’s hands out of her own. [i “Just get out! We’re done. Just go!”] she yelled, Izzie pleading with Cora as she pulled on her clothes. Cora went over to the bed, telling the mystery girl to get out as well, to which the girl scrambled out of the bed and into her dress and was quickly out the door. [b “Cora, baby, listen to me. Really, it didn’t mean anything! Please please, just listen to me babygirl.”] Izzie pleaded with Cora, trying to pull her in from behind by her waist. Cora got Izzie’s arms off of her, turning toward her, [i “Leave Isabelle. Get out. We are over. Give me your key and leave.”] she spoke. The apartment had been Cora’s first anyway, so asking for the key back wasn’t unreasonable. Izzie tried pleading looks but was getting nothing from Cora. She handed the key to her, but said before leaving, [b “You can’t get rid of me that easily, Cora…”].

Cora Jae plopped onto her couch, her head now held in her hands. Her tears had stopped, but she just felt gross all over. Why would Izzie cheat on her? Why would she do it so openly, in their apartment? And what did she mean by saying she couldn’t get rid of her so easily? So many questions swirled in her head, but the main question was... how would she afford rent anymore?

In the next few months, Cora worked extra hours at work just to afford rent. Her days consisted of only work and home, her social life was basically gone. Her demeanor changed drastically, she was less social and less pleasant to be around. Izzie had been texting her so much she needed to change her phone number, to which Izzie had yet to find. Her ex-girlfriend wanted to remind her how awful she was as a girlfriend and even as a person, and Cora started to believe these things as well.

Her life was crumbling around her.

[center [b ⬡Present Day⬡]]

It had taken four months, but Cora had finally found a new roommate to move into the second bedroom she had in her apartment. She had yet to meet the girl who was moving in, but the landlord of the apartment complex had shown her around and had her sign papers a couple of days ago when Cora was at work. Today, she would be moving in. Cora was hoping she was quiet and they wouldn’t have to interact much. Cora wasn’t a huge fan of loud noises or partying, so she was hoping they could co-exist in this space easily.

Cora had taken the day off from work to help her roommate move in, but mostly because her landlord told her she was required to be there when the roommate moved in. She showered quickly after waking up, getting dressed in a pair of leggings and a large grey sweater that hung from her slim frame. She brushed her hair, allowing it to air dry, and put on a light face of makeup. She made a cup of tea and curled up on the couch while drinking her tea.

After her girlfriend had moved out, she threw out her old sheets and got a new set. She couldn’t imagine sleeping in those sheets after what had happened. She had packed her clothes and things and brought them to Izzie’s parent's house, so she wouldn’t have to meet up with the woman at all. She had gotten rid of all the photos of the two, the apartment basically looked like no one lived there. There were couches, and tables, but nothing telling of who Cora was as a person anymore. Her room had small touches of her personality, such as books and some paper lantern lights, but that was about it. This new roommate would be able to do what she pleased if she was interested in decorating, Cora wasn’t too concerned with whatever it ended up looking like.

Cora took a seat on the couch, sipping her tea until her new roommate showed up. She grabbed a blanket and turned the TV on some random documentary, she was barely paying attention to it anyway. All she could think about was her ex-girlfriend, and how angry she would be when she found out she would have a new roommate soon.
  Cora Jae Tucker / SmileBright / 73d 22h 21m 41s
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