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PostSubject: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:41 am

(( 4-5 pmish, Day after Cost of Freedom/ Turtle ER ))

It had surprisingly been an busy, productive day of interviews and bits of tv time. Of course just silly 'celebrate' your pets theme going in Channel Six, and April was in fact very glad to be going home.

And upon reaching it checked her phone of course for messages - usually like five to ten per day from Mikey, probbly something he had seen her in on television that day - and or his latest successful or unsucessful prank on his brothers - the punishment from Splinter for the prank. Whatever he was thinking of cooking. Usually a check in from Leo with an added footnote that Splinter passed along a hi, these happened every few days and today was about due. Usually also Donnie would have sent her something he'd found interesting - or noted. And at least once a week Raph dropped a text hi. Casey was a every few days guy - or every few weeks.

It was therefore a little disappointing there was nothing - and it worried April. But then the guys could be just having a very busy week. She tried not to let the worry make her start dialing their numbers.

Then - blink - and a smile spread.

A text from Shaya! - whoa she'd not hung out with the busy friend for some time. And judging by the time stamp on the message it had been as recently as the time April usually spent commuting home! - and announced her friend would like to come over!

April typed as she kicks off her boots, bending not even really looking to lift them onto the shoe rack - girl time! -


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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:47 pm

Shaya sighed to herself in content silence on the jostling subway train. I haven't seen you a couple weeks. Would you mind if we order take out and catch up? She sent a text to April, a friend she had not seen in some time. Her lab work and April's journalism kept them separately busy.

April had always been the "go get her" attitude, while Shaya let others take the spotlight. Their quests for knowledge made them compatible in spirit. How they went about it was the difference.

Looking at out the speeding train her thoughts went to how simple her life had become since completing her degree. Work in the lab, research on specimens found, cook a light supper, go to sleep; rinse and repeat. It was simple, boring at times, but easy to follow with. A little visit would cheer her spirits up. April always had a good story to tell and a great listener.
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:06 pm

Absolutely, come over! I can get chinese delivered! Very Happy

April wrote back sending it at once. Her sort of shy withdrawn friends' company for an evening of serious catching up would be fantastic!

Seriously April loved the crazy unexpected excitement that came with adventures and - well - everyday stuff of the company of her green brothers and Splinter. And the unexpected that seemed to find Casey at every conceivable moment.

But as with the occasional catch up with Irma - the chance to have the girls night in would be a welcomed change of pace. And she had so many interesting things to discuss.

She hurried to her kitchen to make sure she had adequate supplies of hot chocolate, coffee and tea making stuff and juice for cool drinks ... and perhaps something a little more?

Yeah she had a nice aged, but sweet moscato which she puts in the fridge now.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:08 pm

Shaya walked down the busy subway station hallway. Her eyes tried to avoid the homeless and people loitering around as others walked by going about their busy life. She didn't have much money to spare to these poor people. It hurt sometimes how little she would help others, other than her work.

Her job was to give findings of how human actions can affect everything around them including their smog induced environment. It was a lovely job to know how to stop and suggest recommendations on their adverse effects. She wanted someone elses brain to pick on her latest report, the bigger picture and a clear mind.

Her walk was quickening as the busy crowds went in their own directions. The lights above her were humming, people talking to their walking partner and key jingling as car doors open. Normal Thursday night affair.

She comes up to her friends apartment and clicks the buzzer to let her friend know she was at the door. "April, It's me." she tried to say less quietly than normal, an effort on her part. She shuffled from foot to foot waiting for a response to let her in.
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:54 pm

It amazed April - and made her feel loved - at just how much of her mutant family and Casey was still about her apartment even when they themselves were not. Here and there was the occasional magazine, different types the brothers preferred reading. Splinter's newpapers. These she collected from the spots they had been piled tidily in and shuffled into neat piles onto the 'book slash everything else' sort of shelf

The meditation mats he and Leo used at times when over went on a lower shelf.

The now vast and varied dvd collection that swelled from her once meagre collection to one that incorporated all the favorites of Splinter, Leo, Raph, Don and Mikey. Plus Casey. The much bigger dinning table and the many more chairs. the larger more comfy couch and recliners. The computer station in the corner of the living room Donatello had set up, some of his home made touches here and there.

It was startling and... yet comforting. She loved it!

Though it might be a surprise for her shier friend to see how much the apartment itself had changed even if the shop she would be by passing on the first floor had not really.

She sent Casey a message to tell him she was with a friend, encase he called around. Then texts to her green brothers and Splinter to alert them she had company and to avoid the place if possible unless it was an emergency - though they could still call if they needed her. Adding 'luv Ape' in finishing just as the buzzer buzzed and Shaya's voice came through.

April hurried over and pressed the buttons to open the door and answer. "Hey Shay - come right up!" She says eagerly.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:20 pm

She took the stairs climbing up to April's Apartment. Her eyes on the ground watching her step until she reaches April's hallway.

She knocks on the door. A habit from living with a family who preferred privacy. "It's Shaya. May I come in?"
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:29 pm

And there was the knock!

April gave a soft squee - then forcibly composed herself - bouncing over to the door to expel some of the excited energy and then opened it. "Shaya!" Her greet was enthusiastic rather than loud and she nods as she offers arms out for a 'friends haven't seen each other in a long time!' hug. "oooh your looking lovely and well as ever."


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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:38 pm

"Oh," She breathes a tad startled from her usual mental conversation into a hug. Smiling into April's arms she hugs back, feeling giddy to see her friend.

She corrects her posture a bit in a nervous habit. "Thanks. I try. I've seen your work more and more lately." Shaya looks at her friends face for a moment, showing her joy before releasing from the hug.

"It's been awhile huh?" She states with a joking tone, "Since your new boyfriend asked me 21 questions while drunk."
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:57 pm

"Yeah I have been getting a little more face time -"Sometimes she pleaded to be on short segments she knew her green goobers were involved in to be sure to try and cover their tracks - if they left any.

Which was rare.

"though I haven't been the only one - I have been following your work as ever - great publication,"
April smiles drawing back to encourage Shaya in - not needing to remind her friend to leave shoes by the door. "Looking forward to the next one."

Then a giggles and a blush, "Yeah - sorry about that I know Casey can be a bit overwhelming in personality, but he genuinely was curious." She thinks affectionately of her vigilante.

"Would you like a tea? coffee? juice? wine?" She asks.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:11 pm

"I'm an Environmental Scientist , not an Air conditioning technician." She laughed holding her hand up to  catch it, "I don't know a thing about apartment air flow in the summer other than other people's work. I still think he wasn't satisfied with my answer."

"I'll take some wine please." She states feeling more comfortable than usual.

She took off her shoes at the door, a habit from her Newfoundlander mother house rules. She placed them by the door off to the side so people could come and go from the apartment without tripping. Her habits from her Canadian past still in her. Sometimes more noticeable at times than others.

"Thanks," she called to her friend, "I'm working on the last bit on Dr Fallow's Report to the council. I can't say what was in it but I can say it was uneventful. The dry samples took forever to process."

"What have you been working on lately?" She asked curious. She went down the hallway into the kitchen.
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:24 pm

Chuckling April nods at her friends request for wine and brings out two fine flute glasses and then retrieves the chilled Moscato popping the cork and pouring as she nods at Shaya's talk about her work. "Sounds interesting none the less good to know that nothing unusual turned up."

Two glasses in one hand carefully cupped between her fingers by their fine elegant stems April gathers up a nibbles selection of dry crackers to sort of tied them over until the chinese got here and brings the lot to the table thinking over her friends question.

"Well there is some excitement - will be going to interview the Baxter Stockman!" She squees just a little at this and places the glasses down on the newer bigger rounder table and the crackers.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:54 pm

She looks at her friend with mild concern, "Usually you are all over the unusual details. How much have you been taking on? You seem tired."

She nods a thanks taking the flute of wine. It was sweet with an oak aftertaste. She took a cracker following the hostesses actions while sitting down.

"Baxter Stockman! Thee Dr. Baxter Stockman?" She asks unable to tear her eyes from her friend. One of the more famous local scientist she dreamed of working under before defining her work to Environmental Science. Nerd girl crush on smart scientists, a real weakness. "I hear he has another research project in the works." She sips her drink before leaning in with excitement, "Tell. Me. More."
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:30 pm

April smiles and sips a little of her own drink sighing. "Yeah no I am fine, just lots on my plate. Promise I am okay though." She assures touched by Shaya's concern.

She blushes some more -

just as Shaya had she too had once had the 'nerd girl' crush on Baxter Stockman. Forget the poster boys all girls their age at the time had been fawning over - or the jock or popular boys of their educational days - it was the scientists they both got the 'gooey' eyes over.

And even though she loved her big lug, maybe she still had a slight crush on on Baxter Stockman.

"And that is what Channel Six is going in to see him over, and I get to do the interview - I have been over the moon ever since - hey I think I could ask you along as an advisory sort of position. You wont be on tv but would you like to be there for the interview?" she asks eagerly. "Also there is a new Chinese place closer to me - I'll grab the menu..." she darts back to her fridge and returns placing the menu down.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:56 pm

She blinks at her friend processing the offer. Interview Dr. Baxter Stockman. Being able to talk to him in person. "Yes," she said before realizing what she said. She beamed at her friend, "yes, yes yes!" Her excited smile wide as she did a little dance with joy.

Her thoughts caught up with her emotional responce catching  her up. They went into full gear; doubt, curiosity, and peer pressure.  "I'm not in the robotic and neurology field. I'd be useless to help interview him."

Shaya looked at her friend but not seeing her. Her joy was still there to have the chance to meet him but unlikely. Channel six usually brought in specialist in the field to interview others. "Chinese food, yes. Good." she said sitting back down looking at her glass of wine in thought. Her mental wall went up as she debated with herself sipping the wine in front of her.

She shook out her worries. She forced bricks in her emotional wall out of the way. Her mind can reprimand her emotional response later. She was with April now to let go of her worries, right?  

"How is Casey?" she asked smirking into her nearly finished glass.
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:47 am

April had to squeee in joy and pleasure at her friends glee and excitement,adding a bit to the happy jig herself, she waves a dismissive hand, "You don't have to be in the field itself, and sides you have a brilliant mind and a grasp of the concepts and can give me good questions to ask him." She smiles.

She chuckles and nods to their glasses, "care for a top up? and when we have decided on a order I'll call them."

"Oh Casey, my big oaf - he's going alright, haven't seen him for a couple of days but thats usual for him." She beams. "you know keeping himself busy and all."

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:57 pm

"I'd like a top up please." she smiles. Her geeky fangirl thoughts about well-known scientists stuck in her mind.

"I'd like Almond Chicken Soo Guy combo with a spring roll." she said thinking about what she liked usually.Looking at the cabinets and dish rack in the kitchen it seemed like she had people over lately. Maybe Casey is rubbing off on her and April is letting loose more often?

"What has he been up to lately?" she asked April, "I haven't seen him in a while, like you."
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:51 am

April nods using her phone to place the order online, her own garlic chicken and fried rice with a spring roll, and then grins at Shaya, pausing briefly with the order to retrieve the moscato and top up their elegant glasses. "It is very nice huh? Casey brought it around. He didn't think he would like it." She chuckles and places the bottle between them. "Casey's been doing the same old, the odd job here, mechanic there... been away a couple of days - will probably hear from him soon."

Also been out busting heads.

But she does not say that outloud!

"It has been a while, how is working in the lab? you asked before if I was over loading myself with work - have you been?" April asks studying her friend for signs of stress, fatigue... weariness...




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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:24 am

Her face betrayed her sense of tired frustration to later part of her job, the report. She hides it with a small smile. "I love working in the lab. Dr. Fallow has decided to send my report in the council later in the month." Shaya sipped her moscato before continuing, "I hope I stay on for his next term. I love the newest project for later in the year."
She face showed enthusiasm, "It's going to be on the underground layers of New York. We get to see if the old train system and pipes can support the weight of newer buildings and if there is any unique species in that area. I get to see if there are any crocodiles in the old sewers."
"I get to play in dirt and explore tunnels for my job!"
she said excitedly with a little wiggle dance in her chair.
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:04 pm

April smiles in commiseration - how many times had she been frustrated - often with only Shaya or Irma to bemoan her lack of field outings when she started at channel six?

though her friends next words really caught her interest!

Granted every time they shared news about their work and acquaintences the pair always had a avid ear for each other. Always!

but this one made April immediately think of her turtles, of Splinter...

"That sounds like an adventure and a half - which tunnels you working in? I think I have maps about from that story we did years ago about explosions of gas links." Nope, it had not been faulty gas lines - in fact it had been when the Foot took her brothers into custody all that time ago... and blew up their old lair.

She thinks and clicks her fingers when it comes to her. "I know their in the kitchen cupboard under the sink... I will get them and you can show me where you are working... ooooh that sounds like fun - you ever need a spelunking buddy down there do not hesitate to call me." She adds winking as she hops up to retrieve the maps laying them carefully on the table so as not to upset their drinks.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:52 pm

" I'm not sure yet April. I'm not sure if my lab assistant term is up or extended with him yet." She looks at her friend curiously, "What got you so worked up? New hobby?"

"Are you trying to get insider info on me?"
She looked a bit concerned if she said too much already under contract. " Uhh, I'm use to you being so ramped up to things unless it is a good story."
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:00 am

April grins, "Well you know - we used to here of our class mates sneaking to have parties and make out spots in old abandoned sections of tunnels, be interesting to see if teens are still at it." She waves a hand. "It's been a while, I just find your work fascinating."

And this was true - she did love to hear about Shaya's work when ever they got together. "Always wanted to explore the sewers and storm drains..." Again true - they'd talked about having adventures as younger women down in the darkness beneath New york.

Of course lately April had explored some with her green brothers - mostly Mikey showing off skateboard tricks and or mapping with Donnie and sometimes taking a new route to the Lair with Leo or Raph.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:16 am

Shaya rolls her eyes at her friend. "Us good girls. You SO partied with the other university kids."

Waiting for the chinese food she drank from her glass. The wine starting to get to her head without proper food in her stomach. The crackers was nice to nibble on but not enough to soak up the alcohol in her system from taking effect. Not yet tipsy but the underlying nervousness she had started to lessen, while a faint glow to her cheeks started.

"I do like exploring with you." she admitted to herself, "I don't want the public to know what we are working on yet. Mostly because I don't know what we are doing yet. I think it is the old lower quarter of the sewers. "
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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:15 am

A devious giggle and April admitted, "Yeah alright I sooooo did - can't say I saw any signs of animals... non human ones down there at the times..." She jokes.

Then she smiles and nods, "fair enough Shay, you know I wont say anything to any public ear that might get on radio or television and cause an interest or worry." Yes she was a journalist at heart and could have spun a wild story - but it was not worth losing one of her closest human friends and she was always discreet with anything she heard or learned or found out when hanging pout on previous adventures out of about her friends work place.

And became even more so as she had to keep her mutant family safe!

There was a buzz on the intercomm and April rubs her hands, "That sounds like dinner - back in a moment." She moves to answer the buzzer and then waited and accepted their dinner.

She knew her friend would pay back her share - she didn't need to ask, in university they used to have a hidden jar they'd pay back the money they owed each other into when one or the other brought meals and stuff. And that still went on. April had a small pot on her fridge Shay or Casey or the others could repay into. She never asked.

She brought over the delicious hot packages and sorts them out.

Hah! and she could show Shaya she actually learned to use the chopsticks - thanks to Leonardo!

though she'd just have to claim for the moment she'd been practicing.

"Dinner is served." She said in her best British butler imitation chuckling.

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:11 pm

Shaya giggled at April in her twittering laugh. April was her university friend, one of the few people she let see outside of her snarky, quiet, unresponsive wall. April was always able to get her out of her shell. The quiet mouse to the natural speaker in her was brought out. Most took Shaya's quietness as off-putting. April wasn't the case.

She snorts, correcting a giggle and smile on her face to a snooty wrinkled old face. "Oh thank you sir," she uses her best British monarch voice on, "Do set it here. What is in the news paper today Jeffery?" Her facade falls as she laughs openly. "I couldn't," A belly laugh takes her before she continues, "hold it together."

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PostSubject: Re: Curiosity of Friends (tag Shaya)   Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:40 am

April had barely managed a "Yes my good fellow-" placing down the food, "And as for the news full of the usual god awful bad bad days Sir Shaz Gallant - hah!" before she too dissolved into fits of giggling and snorting merriment.

Oh it felt good to know as 'grown' and 'adult' as they were the pair could still bring out the silly fun sides of each other!

April always enjoyed Shaya's shy company - always enjoyed her friends clever, intelligent and quiet courage. And it felt great to know she still did.

Especially as when he other friends were about things where less quiet fun! (more boisterous fun)

She left the maps for the moment to peel off the lid of her garlic chicken mouth watering at the aroma - "mmmmmmmmmmm!" she moans in pleasure as the steam wafted in her face. "Fresh and hot!" She chuckles and nods to their cups. "Want a little more - or some water? juice?" she asks her friend. Wanting desperately in that moment to spill the beans - to include one of her oldest friends in the family life she now had.

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