Blind Interventions High School friends, Lakota Thomas and Shawnee Haddoway, were just that odd set of loners who became conjoined at the hip as they both helped each other cope with life. Lakota was Shawnee’s eyes and her security – helping her deal with her partial blindness and her growing depression. Shawnee was Lakota’s conscious and his confidence – helping him build his self-esteem and realization that drugs are not the solution to his problems. They ended up following each other to the same college, and keeping up with each other as they mulled through college life, finding their new selves and dealing with how they seem to conflict with the rest of the world. (IDEA: They can be roommates, which will help build up the underlying issues they have before the pity sex.) As Shawnee's eyesight continued to worsen, Lakota's confidence skyrocketed. Girls were all over him, which made him happy - becoming his anti-drug. But, deep down it caused Shawnee to block herself from her friend - now realizing that he didn't hold the same feelings for her as she did for him. To avoid her depression she threw herself into her school work - drowning her sunny disposition further. One horrible comment from one of her acquaintances, and Shawnee turns into a huge wreck. This, along with Lakota's new interest in every girl on campus but her, and the last diagnosis about her eyesight; she fell into a dangerous pit of despair. Lakota found her in the worse state he's ever seen her in, and in a desperate attempt to bring her back to reality, he gave her something she's never had before... The next morning, when Shawnee woke up with the other side of the bed empty, hear heart was crushed. The one who was always there for her just gave her his gift out of pity (rather than the love she's been hoping for). But for Lakota, after he'd left that morning for class, his heart was ecstatic. He's finally found the one person in his life he really loved (the one who had always been there for him). Major fallout between friends - Shawnee didn't want to see Lakota anymore. Their separation causes problems for them both in more ways than one. And through their mutual friends, Mallory Gaines, Shawnee and Lakota learn of how the years between their separations had changed them. Secretly, they help each other out, keeping their intervention hidden from their new relationships, their friends, and even each other. But that one mutual friend reveals it all, and because of this, the idea that - perhaps - the other still cares, begins to change everything around in their new lives - for good or bad... Name: Shawnee Haddoway Age: 22 Stands around 5’7 ¼” flat footed, holds about 143 lbs of muscle and a little bit of extra on the side, but when you don’t work out as hard as you use to things tend to bulk up. Shawnee’s still at a decent weight, to her, but she wishes she could get back into her old athletic form. Dark brunette hair falls to her mid back, but she’s thinking about cutting it to, at least, shoulder or chin length. Due to her eyesight, it’s difficult to work with it so long. She use to have those gorgeous puppy dog, light brown eyes, but they’re slowly dulling the worse her eyesight becomes – causing a slight, ghostly film to cloud over; worst than a thunderstorm… Current Occupation: Student by day, Starving artist by night. She’s exploiting her story, like any good poster child should, since it seems that’s the only way anyone would care to help out a poor, blind girl who caused her own deformity. She paints anything that pops up in her head, and amaze crowds of all ages when she informs them of how ‘terminally’ blind she is. She truly can’t see anything but lights, colors, and shapely shadows, but is capable of rendering timeless images in oils right before their eyes. Amazing!! She does have a part-time job at the campus library, but she gets most of her money for bills and living through selling her art. Specialty: Trying to complete her Bachelors in Art History, but considering dropping out. Street painter, can speak several languages, but hasn’t had a chance to travel yet…Um, can make a mean cup of java, in Choir and Language Club on campus, Dean’s List and stretching towards the President’s List in order to get that scholarship to finish her senior year in style. Personality: A calm and cool Capricorn, Shawnee has learned how living in the dark is like daily meditation. You don’t see the negative things of the world anymore – but you can hear them. When she closes the sounds of the chaos with her headphones, she enters into a new reality that she favors far more. She believes when she remains in this state, she can see clearly, just as if her eyes were perfect. This is where she finds her colors to paint with. She hates confrontations and conflicts – seeing them as nothing more than negative mind salad with the wrong dressing. She’s a peacekeeper – always been, even when she was younger. And despite her issues she’s a social butterfly, trying to get others to see that she’s not a bad person – just blind. There’s nothing wrong with that. Shawnee fears – the dark… Yea, go figure; but it’s true. At night, she loses the lights and shadows she normally sees, only to be thrown into a life of pure, emptiness. She rarely sleeps…unless she’s able to keep a light shining right before her eyes, so her eyelids can glow with its illumination when they’re closed. At least, that gives her a guarantee that she hadn't lost what little sight she has left. Brief History: Like everyone else, life was peachy in elementary school, until things took a turn for the worse. After her car accident during her freshman year, where she lost her eyesight and a family friend, her family spent tons of money to help save her eyesight. She’s partially blind now, which seems to be worse than having no sight at all. Unfortunately, her sight continues to worsen, and soon she will be completely blind. Since she wasn’t able to keep a job in high school, Shawnee sold her art on the streets in the city. In high school, she landed a few museum shows, which were prosperous, but she became another ‘one-hit wonder’, and the ‘next big thing’ turned her into a ‘has-been’. All she needed was money for college, since she had no one in her life to fund her like other teens did. Then, she received tons of scholarships – mainly because of her tragic story, and a distant relative dropped a huge inheritance on her. So, now she’s in college. She wonders even now why her mother decided to leave her and her dad high and dry… Perhaps, she wasn’t the motherly time, like she’d thought. Not a lot of parents can deal with a handicapped child. So, it’s just her and her dad, a Metro Police Officer. Shawnee lived on campus for her first year of college, before moving into an apartment off-campus. One Wish: There’s a way to save her eye sight, but it requires so much money… She would do anything for that…anything to stay away from the night. Her wish does come true...just not the way she wanted it to. One Flaw: Shawnee’s been shunted and used by so many in her life, even the ones who are important to her. Because of this, she’ll fall into a depressed state at times. She does not has a difficult time talking to people, but she does have a hard time with posers faking their friendship with her. She's tired of the name calling, the silent stairs (she can't see them, but she can feel people staring at her, avoiding her presence.), and her pet peeve, those overly-loving people that just jumps out of the wood works, "If I help you out, that'll prove I'm a good person!" Those fake friends... Those are the same 'friends' that avoid you when they're with their real friends... Too ashamed to be seen with her? Her flaw with that, speaking her mind - bluntly! She only has one person in her life she respects and truly trust and that's Lakota Thomas. One Connection: She wants a new inspiration, but life avoids her at all cost…except for her dear friend - Lakota. He’s become her eyes, her descriptions, some sort of understanding in her mind of what she’s missing. He’s also the only thing close to the one thing she craves in life…but she’ll probably never get. Unfortunately for her, not a lot of people care to deal with someone who's not perfect. Imperfections are high maintenance, are social cases no one has enough sympathy for anymore, and their exploited by others for their own gain. She might as well join the circus than try to make another decent friend. But, she goes on in life regardless…and just deals with it. Lakota Thomas Age: 22 Looks: 5”11 with short, feathered, honey-colored hair and silvery-blue eyes…his looks were always something that Lakota could always be proud of. They were something he reveled in. Still, he would never let that show just how much he truly believed in his appearance. His clothes and wardrobe in general ranged in what were considered ‘the boring shades’. Mostly blacks, whites, varying shades of greys and browns. Occasionally, one might find him in a shade of blue or green which had randomly found itself into the mix. In the colder months, Lakota’s attire consisted of a hoodie-sweatshirt, some heavier jeans, and work boots with a steel toe. He was never a tennis-shoe type guy for some odd reason though most mistake him for something of a “skater boy” (and oh how wrong they are). In the warmer seasons, he still chooses to wear jeans though most are more ragged with various rips and holes on the thighs and knees. He still wears his boots, and he sports T-shirts on school days and wife-beaters on the weekend. His hair is never fixed, but is never messy either. I quick comb and tussle, and his hair lays flat --- naturally straight, and the occasional cow-lick just looks like he was trying to use gel to spike his hair. So the fact that he is lazy and generally a bum still works in his favor. The lucky bastard. Character Personality: Lakota…though he comes off as somewhat intimidating, is actually the strong and silent type. He does not often speak aloud his thoughts or opinions, never takes part in class discussions, never is among a huge group of friends chatting and laughing…that’s just not him. Not like Shawnee… That’s where their friendship is rather strong…it’s as if she was made to be his voice whereas he was made to be her sight. This never bothered him, and in fact, he always thought that while it might be tragic about her vision…that maybe this was the way things were meant to be, and that’s why they had been drawn together. There was never one without the other…where there was Shawnee, Lakota was sure to follow. And while he may be the strong and silent type…when he does tend to speak, it’s always when he is offering comfort and/or giving advice. While Lakota has a great sense of humor…his ability to crack jokes and make others laugh can be lacking at times, making him socially awkward. Through observation he has become a reader of human nature, and while others might find his ability to peer into people somewhat creepy, he uses this technique to his advantage in order to sway others towards his argument for the best of intentions. Also, Lakota has an affinity for music…playing his guitar and singing. He is highly talented and while he never thinks that his fiddling with instruments will get him anywhere, still, it’s something he enjoys and others enjoy as well. It also earns him some cash on the side from time-to-time so he really can’t complain too much. So…the caring, people-reading, and the music has made him something of a ladies’ man. Lakota gets the girls left and right, and while he doesn’t brag about how loose he has become with the women, he doesn’t complain about it either. It offers him the feeling of constant love and affection…something he never really got from home, so, it’s not a feeling he would easily part with. The only problem with Lakota is that he has an addictive personality… He always needs that next big thing, that adrenaline rush, that feeling, that high…something to keep his mind off of the things going on at home, the pressures he faces at school, and in the cities. Sometimes he tries to stop…but the darkness in him is like quicksand, and he can only float for so long before he finds himself sinking again. It’s like a never-ending cycle. Also…occasionally Lakota’s small-silent-self snaps when he gets stressed, tense, and worn out, that’s when he gets a rather nasty temper. He blames it on his father, but, when Lakota is on a rage, just stay out of way…let him take a nap, cool down for a few hours, then try talking to him again, otherwise, you’re going to have a really bad time. Current Occupation: In high-school, Lakota was a delivery boy for pizza and worked this job 5 nights a week (only during the school days). It earned him his fair share of money, but that money was always wasted on harmful items, groceries for the house (that Lakota barely ever got to eat), and/or things for his parents. Also…Lakota would sometimes get music gigs which would land him some extra cash. This money he often stashed and would save so that he could hang out with Shawnee. Now in college, Lakota works at a distribution warehouse on the dock. He loads semi-trucks all day long and spends his nights aching. He is on the brink of being fired because of his involvement with a gang that he owes money too, and they have left their fare share of scars and bruises on the poor guy. His music still tends to make money here-and-there…but not as much as it used to. Back Story: Lakota comes from the typical slum town within the suburbs of the city. His house looks nice on the outside minus a few loose shingles and inside, the place is a true shambles. Walls are broken, pictures broken, both parents passed out in the recliners with a bottle of Bud Light in their hands. This is Lakota’s every day life. His job pays for the water and electric bills and buys a few little groceries that Lakota never gets to eat. He might escape the house with a sandwich or apple, and that’s when he knows that it’s going to be a good day. His parents weren’t so much physical abusive as they were mentally and verbally…they weren’t so much abusive towards him as they were towards each other…and when Lakota’s parents would fight, it was a surprise that either of them survived. It was because he grew up so afraid, angry, and sad that Lakota took up substance abuse to become numb. He figured alcohol worked for his parents…so drugs and alcohol were sure to work for him too. Even while he knew all of it was bad for him, still, he needed an escape. So while the drugs made him numb, the flow of constant women gave him pleasure, affection, and love. Both were addictions, both made him feel somewhat human, made life worth living, and Shawnee’s friendship reminded him that he still needed to stay down on earth and be responsible: go to work, pay the bills, buy food… And it also gave him joy knowing that he was helping someone that didn’t judge him and that he could rely on Shawnee to have his back, no matter what. He had hers…that’s for sure.