Collaboration between Bron and Suzie
Laverne and Shirley.
Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. Ethel and Lucy. Sheridan and
Angelina were as different as they were alike. Both born and
raised in the same small town in Pennsylvania, both wanted to
be writers, yet they had different personalities. While Sheridan
was an introvert, Angelina was an extrovert.
Growing up, Sheridan
was best friends with MaryAnn Lydon who lived down the street.
During their elementary school years, they were forever at each
other's houses playing. MaryAnn's younger sister, Angelina,
was the little trouble maker and would drive MaryAnn crazy.
Angelina liked to
spy on her older sister and friends. When MaryAnn went off to
college, Angelina and Sheridan grew closer together. It wasn't
until Angelina returned back home after she graduated college
that they became roommates.
Together, they share
an adventure of a lifetime.
was five years older than Angelina. Sheridan was a quiet woman
who lived most of her life in Pennsylvania. She was a bit naïve
but had a big heart. She was schooled in her state, not too
far from where she grew up. Sheridan had a dream of being a
writer. But where she lived, opportunities were few and far
between. Sure, she had experience working at the local paper,
but it wasn't what she wanted to do. She didn't want to be a
writer for a newspaper, she wanted to be a writer that would
entertain people. Her ultimate dream was to write a screenplay
and see it make it to the big screen. Graduating with a dual
degree in Fine Arts and Literature, romance was in her dreams
but not in her future.
had always kept Sheridan from taking the big step. Her parents
had depended on her most of their lives, not that they needed
too. Both could function well both physically and mentally,
they just did not want her to grow up. They still considered
her their baby, they didn't want for her to leave their home
and get mixed up with the wrong people. "But honey you're
successful, you write for the paper, the front page." Sheridan
grabbed her car keys and headed out the door. She was hopeless,
she shouldn't be living at home with her parents at her age.
"I'm going out to have a drink," she shook her head
and slammed the door.
Angelina Lydon, on
the other hand, was dying to get out of Erie, Pennsylvania at
the tender age of 23. She wanted to see the world. She had no
fear and loved to take risks. At the age of 18, Angelina was
headed off to Boston University to go to college, double majoring
in Journalism and Film/Television. She loved writing as much
as she loved living. To her, they were one in the same. Angelina
thrived in the city. She worked at the campus paper, The Free
Press. Her investigative skills improved greatly while in Boston.
Angelina interned at many different companies throughout her
four years in school, including the summers. She interned at
WBZ-TV, Boston's local CBS station; Blackside Productions and
spent two summers in LA with Dreamworks, SKG and Warner Brothers.
After Angelina graduated
college; school loans and a tough, competitive, job market sent
her back home to PA. However, Angelina couldn't take the small
town environment, she needed to get out again and live and have
the opportunity to write and work in her field. Angelina felt
trapped where she was, she needed to go live again. She interviewed
with many companies, but the offers weren't headed her way.
Finally deciding to grab the bull by the horns, she was planning
to leave for Los Angeles. She saw so many opportunities and
had made some connections while she spent two summers there.
One night, Angelina
and Sheridan ran into each other at the local bar. Angelina
told Sheridan about what her plans for the future were. Sheridan
was envious and wished she could go. After many drinks and laughs,
Angelina dared Sheridan to come with her. After one too many
shots of tequila, Sheridan didn't think twice about it and agreed.
Here's where the adventure begins.
"Just a small
time girl….living in a lonely world….she took a midnight train
going anywhere….." Angelina was singing along as she cooked
dinner for herself and Sheridan.
dinner?" Sheridan asked as she leaned over Angelina's shoulder.
"It smells good."
"Just a chicken
stir fry. It should be ready in five minutes. How was work?"
Angelina asked as she taste-tested the pasta.
"Work is work.
My boss is a pain. I'll be glad when I can make money for my
writing skills instead of dealing with his mood swings."
Sheridan grumped. "Hey, I sent out that manuscript to that
agent, the one that had the ad we saw in the trade magazine.
It went certified mail so we'll get an acknowledgement of receipt."
"Do you really
think that was a good idea? I mean, what if somebody figures
it out. It's too obvious and you sent it straight to the bulls.
We are so going to be busted!" Angelina started pacing
as she spoke.
you stop worrying! It's a great story. So what if the characters
are somewhat similar to our obsessions. It's not like it's going
to be obvious to other people. You know that fanfic we wrote
is a great story. We just used the boy's personalities, their
mannerisms and a few true-life incidents. The story had nothing
to do with the Backstreet Boys. And God forbid, if it even makes
it to the development stage of a movie, the characters cast
to play their parts won't even be close. You think too much!"
Sheridan was starting to get aggravated with her younger roommate
"It's just a
feeling I have. I'm sorry." Walking back to the kitchen
sink, she mumbled, "I knew I should have gone to the gym
this morning. I'm feeling stressed."
okay at work?" Sheridan asked with concern. Angelina has
been like a younger sister to her. "Are you being hassled
at work? Because you know, I don't think it's a very good idea
for you to be a bartender in this city. I mean, you run into
so many different people, and it's just not safe, I don't think."
Sheridan was rambling again.
Ever since they moved
out to Los Angeles eight months prior, Sheridan and Angelina
have had their shares of ups and downs. Neither could find work
that filled their desires. Instead, they just needed to find
jobs to pay the rent and feed them.
Sheridan found a
great administrative assistant job at an insurance office, while
Angelina took up bartending at a local restaurant. Sheridan
worked the typical nine-to-five office job while Angelina worked
the eleven-to-six day shift. Both made about the same amount
of money. Angelina could make far more if she worked the later
shift but didn't want her job to interfere with her writing.
She was a night-owl and did her best writing in the evenings.
The Backstreet Boys
were a common denominator in the women's friendship. They were
both huge fans of the boy's music and each one fancied one of
the members. Angelina was a bit obsessed with the youngest member,
Nick, although he's not too young. Sheridan was fascinated with
the oldest member of the group, Kevin.
Sheridan. I'm just being silly. Wow, this is a different you.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I love this new go-get 'em attitude.
What happened to you?"
They were now sitting
down to their dinner. Angelina always loved to have the table
set with their nice china, candles and wine when they would
dine together. In the background, she had Journey's Greatest
Hits CD playing in the stereo system.
Most dinners, each
girl would just each eat whatever they felt like, or rather,
whatever was in the refrigerator and freezer. Normally, they
had frozen Smart One meals, Lean Cuisines and yogurt. Angelina
would have a bowl of cereal while Sheridan indulged in coffee
"Angel, we have
tried for eight months now just to get a foot in the door. Another
opportunity like this may never come along again." Sheridan
was pacing now as she spoke. "I mean we both have talent.
We're both committed. We just need to take more risks,"
she said with a sly smile. "Which is something I've learned
This is true. Angelina
was definitely the risk-taker in this duo. Sheridan normally
didn't do things like this. Not that she has low self-esteem,
but Sheridan would talk herself out of situations before she
even tried them. She can be her own worst enemy at times. Luckily
for Angelina, Sheridan could be a grounding force sometimes
There was a knock
on their door. Angelina's fork was paused in mid-air, "Are
you expecting Tom tonight?"
her shoulders as she answered the door. It was their downstairs
neighbor, Patrick. "A package arrived for Angelina while
you guys were at work this afternoon. I signed for it for you."
Patrick thrust the package into the door.
Angelina's eyes crossed
at the sight of Patrick. She thanked her lucky stars that it
wasn't the one and only Thomas Miller. Sheridan had been dating
him for about six months now. He is an Insurance salesman in
the same corporation that Sheridan worked at. Angelina thought
it was one of the weirdest relationships she's ever witnessed.
To her, Tom was as gay as Nathan Lane. Sheridan and Tom are
like best friends, without benefits. Angelina hope that Sheridan
would wake up some day and see Tom for what he really is.
"Thank you very
much Patrick." Angelina spoke as she got up from the dining
room table and walked over to take the package from him.
"Well, I can
see you ladies are in the middle of dinner. I'll let you get
back to your meal. Sorry, didn't mean to interrupt." Patrick
replied with a questionable look. Two women eating dinner with
candles, wine and china he thought. 'Wow, I wouldn't have guessed
these two were together, like that.'
As if on cue, Tom
came walking up the stairs at the end of the hallway, walking
towards their apartment. "Hey ladies! Is there a party
going on tonight?" Tom asked as he questioned why Angelina,
Sheridan, and a strange man were all standing in their doorway.
Tom, meet our neighbor Patrick. He signed for a UPS package
for Angelina and was just dropping it off. Patrick, I would
like you to meet my boyfriend, Tom." Sheridan gave Tom
a slight push as she spoke.
Patrick raised an
eyebrow and smiled a huge smile as he turned back to Angelina,
then to Sheridan, then back to Tom. Patrick stuck out his hand
to Tom, "Nice to meet you."
replied Tom hesitantly. He didn't like the way Patrick smiled
at the girls.
"Well, I should
get back. Nice meeting you Tom. Angelina, Sheridan, I'll see
you ladies around." With that said, Patrick descended the
stairs back to his apartment.
Angelina had been
silent since Tom arrived. As Sheridan was making the introductions,
Angelina looked to see whom the package was from. She was a
bit surprised to see her old Boston address.
"Who's the package
from Angel?" Sheridan quipped, as she looked over Angelina's
like… um… Joey must have found more of my things…" she
began to stutter. "He must have called my parents for my
new address," Angelina rubbed her hands over the mailing
label. Softly, she said almost to no one "I wonder what
her and said, "Well, why don't you open it up and find
Joey Gallagher. Angelina's
first love. They met while they were both attending Boston University.
Joey was two years older than Angelina. When Angelina was a
Sophmore and Joey started Law School, they had moved in together
in an apartment in the Back Bay. They were together for two
and half years before Angelina had broken up with him. It was
the hardest decision she ever made, but she knew she needed
to go experience life while she could. She loved Joey very much.
Like every couple,
they had their ups and downs. Joey hated it when Angelina would
leave for her internships and live out in California for three
months. He never understood why she just didn't stay in Boston
or go to New York City, where there were just as many opportunities,
if not more, than LA.
began to open up the box. In it, she found her monogrammed towels
and some lose earrings that must have been left behind. She
also found a handwritten note addressed to her. It was from
Joey. A feeling of sadness overcame her as she read it to herself:
I finished up
school and passed the bar last month. I have been offered a
great job in NYC. As I was packing up our apartment, I found
a few more of your belongings. I thought you might appreciate
Here's my info
in NYC. If you are ever brought back to the East Coast, give
me a call; I would love to meet up with you.
I wish you the
best out in LA. I know you are probably having a fantastic time
and are having great success in your career.
I miss you.
Love you, always.
Wiping her eyes,
Angelina carried her stuff into her bedroom.
Tom looked over at
Sheridan questioning what just happened. "I don't get it
Sheridan That is not the Angelina I know. She does not act like
that…. especially over a guy," he laughed as he spoke.
Sheridan nodded her
head in agreement. Tom was right; this was not typical Angelina
behavior. Normally, Angelina was very non-emotional, non-committal.
She loved to have a good time, no strings attached. She had
her share of one night stands. Angel certainly didn't need to
be in a relationship or express her feelings with a man before
she slept with them either.
"She'll be okay.
They haven't been together for over a year now. She's just hormonal
today." Sheridan said while looking down the hallway that
led to their bedrooms. "Would you like to stay for dinner?
Angel made a delicious meal." Sheridan began walking into
the kitchen to retrieve some silverware and china for Tom.
"When are you
going to learn to cook woman?"
"When I have
too," as she stuck out her tongue towards Tom. "Angel
brings food home from the restaurant and the nights she doesn't,
I twist a dinner invitation out of you."
"Very good darling,
very good." Tom sat down at the table with Sheridan.
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