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Wendy Collins

"And above all else, to thine own self be true."

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a character in “Missing Causes”, originally authored by partially-stars, as played by RolePlayGateway

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age: 23
sexuality: bisexual
birthday: april 22
occupation: actress
hexcode: #b4eeb4xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxroyalsxx||xx i'm not an angelxx ||xx bad at love




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likes
shakespeare
champagne
luxury
red lipstick
italian food
running
good romance movies
coffee
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dislikes
beer
rain
bigotry
hypocrisy
being spoken down to
sexism
super sweet foods
country music











quirks
always perfectly turned out
always has her nails manicured
has to chew chewing gum to deal with nerves
extremely handy with a needle
fears
never succeeding
being shunned by her friends and family
tight, dark spaces
large bodies of water








we aren't caught up in your love affair.




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appearance:
Wendy is pretty, there's no denying that. With golden blonde hair that has just the right amount of curl, big blue eyes, a heart shaped face, and a little taller than average, she manages to be pretty when she's just sitting at home in an oversized t-shirt and leggings. But Wendy was never going to be content with just being pretty. She's stylish, always staying up to date with the latest trends. She's always put together, with immaculate hair, makeup and nails, and an outfit that's flattering and stylish. She's kept in good shape, and she does her best to keep her skin clear. She has a few small, easily concealed tattoos. "I defy you, stars," on her ribs, a scatter of stars on her shoulder blade, and a tiny sword on her ankle.

personality:
Some people survive adversity with a smile on their faces and a never-wavering optimistic attitude. Others come out better as a result. Not Wendy Collins. Hitting rock bottom gave her a spite that fuels her to this day. She's learned the hard way that the universe will do nothing to help her, and that she has to work hard and fight tooth claw and nail for anything that she wants. This gives Wendy an incredible and admirable determination. If she wants that dream role, she will do everything she can to get it, and she'll work her ass off once she gets it. But it also has made her jaded, skeptical, and a little harsh at times. She doesn't believe that some prince is going to come along and sweep her off her feet. She hasn't exactly had a great time of it when it comes to relationships. She doesn't believe in love at first sight or a love that will heal and fix everything. She's bitter and has started contemplating if she's better off alone.

But somewhere, buried beneath the spite and cold, is the girl that Wendy used to be. The girl who believed that everyone deserved a happy ending, who believed in fairy tales. Who believed in true love and who would do anything for the people she loved. Wendy isn't all cold. When she was still juggling two jobs, she was a favourite among the old ladies at the cafe she worked in, because of her friendly smile and the pleasant mannerisms. Those who saw her in a show or who worked with her in them often speak of how nice, how polite, how thankful she was. Wendy works her ass off and always has. She juggled two part-time jobs and still managed to make it to a couple of auditions a week. Success came for her eventually, but not without its costs.






flying with me won't be easy.



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Wendy Emilia Collins grew up in London. Her parents' apartment was near a number of West End theatres, and that was where Wendy fell in love with theatre. Even at a young age, she showed an affinity for acting, and her angelic singing voice landed her a role as young Cosette in Les Miserables. She did a number of other small jobs, but nothing significant. She was 12 when her father got a huge promotion, one that meant the family had to move to America. Wendy was sad to leave, but believed America would hold just as many opportunities.

Wendy always had dreams bigger than the town they moved to. She was mocked and bullied for her dramatic personality and her ambition, but even then, young Wendy was driven. She picked up some more small roles in theatre and TV, but as she started going through puberty, the roles seemed to be less and less. She had a decent resume, and yet nobody was looking for roles that she fitted. So she put her head down and worked hard at school, getting into one of the most prestigious acting colleges in all of America.

It was here she got her first break. The Globe in London was putting on a series of shows in which the genders of the main characters were swapped. Wendy was cast as Hamlet, and spent the three week stint back in London, still managing to keep up with her classes. She made lifelong friends there, and they all got matching sword tattoos to remember it.

Wendy was on a roll. She'd been offered another big theatre job- but two nights before opening night, her father suffered a massive and sudden heart attack. Wendy asked for compassionate leave- and was instead all but dropped from the cast. Her father died, and Wendy was left an understudy to a role she never got to play. It became harder and harder for her to get significant jobs after that. She was studying, going to auditions, and working two part time jobs just to try and put herself through college. She hit rock bottom. Broke, exhausted, and completely apathetic about everything, Wendy was at a complete loss with what to do. Then somebody gave her a "pick me up." She quickly became addicted to the pills. They gave her energy again, and she found a new passion, fuelled by spite, burning in her chest. So she picked herself back up and kept going. She finally landed another big role, in a production put on by her class, and the jobs started coming easier and easier.

She graduated and kept working her three jobs, kept taking the pills, anything to keep her going. And then she got another big break. The Globe had decided to go ahead with making a movie of their gender reversed Hamlet, and called Wendy back to her role. It was hugely popular. Wendy was still broke, but she could just about scrape by without having to work two part-time jobs. She usually had something going for her, and the bigger names were starting to call her for auditions. So she decided to go clean and get off the pills. It was only a few months later that Ashleigh died. Wendy, through heartbroken, kept working. She wasn't going to let herself crash. Not again.

So begins...

Wendy Collins's Story

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Date: (2) years before the accident. May 9th, 2003.
Place: New York City.
Plot: Ashleigh and Jean-Louis are prepping for a gig in a small-time bar hoping to catch the attention of someone, or just simply pay the rent for that week. Wendy soon shows up to help with equipment, per Ashleigh’s request.






Ashleigh was a little nervous, to say the least. Sure, they’ve done a handful of gigs together, but none quite as ‘big-time’ as the one they were about to. It wasn’t necessarily ‘big-time’ by any means of the terminology, she just hadn’t actually been on a stage, like ever. She takes a deep breath, pulling out her pre-paid phone, the kind that you have to buy your texts individually.

To: Wendy Bendy
“ Hey, just making sure you’re alright to help us take this stuff down after the gig? I know you’re busy, so no pressure! Xoxo”

The brunette-blonde then turns to find her partner, Jean-Louis. He was such a charming guy, and she had to admit, he had a nice aura about him. Even if he did act all ‘mysteriously foreign’. She hums, coming towards his stature, and biting her lip. “Nervous? Because you know I am. Always. Probably enough for both of us-“ The girl forces herself to cut off, and her hands wring in and out of themselves. Bright, curiously dark eyes search over all of the equipment that he usually handled, mostly alone. Ashleigh could really only hold herself accountable for the microphone plus stand, and then maybe an old amp. She was lucky to not forget it half the time.

“Also, major apologies for forgetting the amp last go-round. I know it threw off the sound, and as musicians we rely everything on our hearing nearly, and I’m just- I’m really sorry, still. I know it’s silly. I just.. I guess I just take all of our performances way too seriously, but it just makes me feel so good. Wanted, needed, someone’s out there listening to you and me harmonizing and making this beautiful aura of feelings through a bunch of vibrations and it can brighten their day, you know? It’s just.. I’m amazed at your talent to match anything I do. It’s a real blessing that I found you in this time of need.” Ashleigh simmers down, and scratches her arm with her opposite hand, fixing her hair a little. “Wow, sorry. I’m always talking your ear off before these things, yeah?” The girl laughs, and after a few minutes they’re given a brief announcement as they come up onto the little stage in the bar, neon lights behind them in the shapes of beer bottles and cans. Ashleigh chuckles as she introduces them, and their song, before they dive right in, her voice harmonizing with his strings beautifully.

▪️Dear No One▪️

The gig is over as soon as it begins it seems, and she takes a long breath, hands still a little shaky after she puts the microphone back into it’s little stand. She casts worried eyes at Jean, and then looks in the crowd, seeing the smaller blonde girl in the audience, making her lips twitch into a satisfied smirk. ”I’m glad you could make it. Especially with your schedule.” She purses her lips as she looks over the smaller-framed woman, and smiles tenderly. She’d missed Wendy, from their old run-ins on the streets doing whatever nonsense they needed to get just that much closer to their individual dreams. ”Oh, where are my manners? This is Wendy, Jean. Uh, Wendy, Jean. Jean is my guitarist now, finally had enough to cut him in these last few times. And Wendy is well, she’s my friend, and extraordinary actress.” She smiles humbly, letting the two mingle as Ashleigh herself started pushing her stand down, and picking it up so she could unplug her mic. ”Maybe one day we’ll get a sound guy..”

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xxx"and we’ll never be royals,
xxxit doesn’t run in our blood,
xxxthat lux just ain’t for us
xxxwe crave a different kind of buzz."


For the first time in... well, a long time, things were starting to look up for Wendy once again. They hadn’t been sure how the gender swapped Hamlet would be received. But in advance of it’s release, three months away, people were already talking about it. Which meant that Wendy’s name was also getting attention. The press junket was coming up, and soon, people were going to know her face and her name. Her agent was optimistic that she’d start getting more and more jobs once the film itself was released. But in the meantime, Wendy was still trying to juggle her two part time jobs and her acting career.

And yet she’d still managed to find a free night to come see an old friend play a big gig. And, well, help pack up afterwards. She hadn’t been sure if she would have actually made the gig, so she hadn’t made any promises. But she’d managed to get the morning shift at the coffee shop and swap her shift at the theatre with a friend. So, a nap, coffee, and pill later she was ready for the gig. As usual, the universe didn’t want to make her life easy, and even though she was cycling there, she still got stuck in traffic. Having mentally sworn out a few cops and dumping her bike by the side of the bar, she made it in just as they started.

They were good. Sure, the inexperience showed in their nerves and the occasional technical glitch, but they had talent. And Wendy beamed with pride, applauding and cheering as they finished, already making her way to the side stage to congratulate Ashleigh as she came off. “Hey! You were amazing, oh my gosh!” She said as she climbed onto the stage. She rolled her eyes at the comment about her schedule. “And it’s only going to get worse,” she muttered, nearly more to herself than anything. Then she grinned at the handsome guitarist beside Ashleigh. God. He really was pretty.

She laughed a little at Ashleigh’s introduction of her. “If you could please tell that to any casting agents you know of, that would be great, thanks. I also moonlight as an usher and barista,” she added with a wink as she started unplugging speakers and coiling cable. “And tech girl, it appears,” she added. “But hi, Jean, it’s lovely to meet you. Both of you were incredible, you should have agents and label reps fighting over you in no time.”

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Jean toyed with his sleeves and rolled them both up just past his elbows. The room felt too small, and he swore everything was a bit too loud. God, he hated crowds and people and all of it. Except that rush he got on stage. The little burst of energy that overcame him when they took the stage and began to play was incomparable. The build-up, however, was gut-wrenching.

His reverie was broken all of a sudden by Ashleigh’s appearance at his side. Jean jumped slightly, but it was masked by him suddenly turning to face her as she spoke hurriedly.

”Yes…” he finally said, giving a soft, breathy laugh. ”A little nervous, I suppose.” Jean looked back to her and forced a smile on his face as he watched her wring her hands. But his smile began to falter as she started speaking once more. The speed of her words raised his heartbeat, and he swallowed nervously. Jean forced out another soft laugh in a desperate attempt to soothe himself.

"It's...ah...it's alright." His accent colored his words, coming in more thickly as he clung onto his persona with everything he could. Jean looked down at his guitar and lifted it up, throwing the strap over his head.

When they went onto the stage, he fell into a sort of spell, losing himself in the music. They were beautifully in sync, his guitar complementing her voice and creating something altogether entrancing. He was almost sad to hear the song end until the sound of applause reached his ears.

Jean slipped his guitar back into its case and buckled it up before he heard Ashleigh's voice. He looked back up and noticed her speaking to another woman. He walked back up onto the stage to stand beside Ashleigh just as she was introducing him to the woman. Wendy.

"A pleasure to meet you, Wendy," he replied, extending his hand to her and leaning a bit too much into his accent. He wasn't an idiot - he knew Americans loved it far too much. "It's lovely to meet you as well."

"I can only hope so. Someone with her talent deserves to go far." He looked back at Ashleigh and gave a slight smile.

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“Alright, alright. Enough complimenting. I feel like we’re all uncomfortably forced to be here, but we’re not. We all somewhat know each other.” Ashleigh teases with a bright smile, nodding to Wendy and then keeping eye contact with Jean for a good second. “I’m sure someone will post something eventually, and everything will start snow-balling rapidly.”

Oh, if she only knew about the taped performance someone had just taken of them.

“But until then, we’re here, all together as friends. Now, let’s get this sound stuff up in the car and I’ll take you two out for some drinks?”] She smiles and hums, patting Jean’s shoulder as she moves around him a little close, squeezing between his side and the wall, to get to a speaker.

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xxx"and we’ll never be royals,
xxxit doesn’t run in our blood,
xxxthat lux just ain’t for us
xxxwe crave a different kind of buzz."


Wendy had to all but stop herself from batting her eyelashes when Jean spoke. She'd always had a weak spot for French accents, and Jean's voice was just... She couldn't think of a way to describe it other than sexy. She shook his hand, before going back to coiling cable.

"Are you buying? My next paycheck is a while away yet and I just paid rent," she asked, but grinned at Ashleigh. "And don't worry about me being a third wheel, I'll just start flirting with every handsome stranger I see," She added with a wink. It was good being able to hang out with Ashleigh like this. When Wendy had hit rock bottom, she would have killed for a night like this. Except she probably wouldn't have even been able to spare the taxi fare in.

"So, what have you guys got lined up next? Madison Square Gardens, or are you going to keep it on the downlow?" She asked as she attempted to pick up a speaker. "Jesus Christ, these things are heavy. If I put my back out, you can deal with Mike, he won't much like the idea of having to deal with me doped up on painkillers while we're doing the press junket," She teased as she readjusted her stance and lifted it with a bit more ease. "Where are we bringing these again?" She asked, turning to look at Ashleigh.

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He felt color rush to his cheeks as he sustained eye contact with Wendy. She was definitely attractive - he couldn't deny that - and her sustained gaze shook him. He tried so hard to avoid attention, but for once, this attention didn't feel that bad.

Her comment about third-wheeling certainly didn't help, and he ducked his head to look at his shoes as Wendy started coiling the cables. It wasn't until Ashleigh spoke up that he looked back up again and gave a slight laugh.

"What? Like YouTube famous or something?" He looked between the two women. "Isn't that a bit of a....ah...'pipe dream'?" He gave a slight smile, realizing he was coming off a bit too pessimistic for his tastes. "Don't want to kill the mood. It could happen, but it's just kind of a one in a million thing."

He reached out towards Wendy, holding his hands out to quickly busy himself lest he receive backlash for his comment. Jean's nervousness was beginning to show, and it was making him a bit anxious. "I could take that speaker if you want. They make them way too heavy - and I don't think we have time to deal with this Mike in our busy tour schedule." Jean smiled at his comment, hoping he'd lightened the mood once more.

Jean jumped slightly as Ashleigh ducked behind him to grab another speaker, mumbling apologies for being in the way. He helped transport everything out to the car, and when it was all said and done, he looked back at the bar again and smiled for a moment.

"I'd say it's about time for those drinks."