The Affections of a Villainess
Chapter Two: Secret Espionage
The Food Court
Sitting alone at one of the tables, watching Rufus devour his tray of nachos, Ron Stoppable seemed to be lost in his own thoughts regarding a certain beautiful villainess. Since then, all he could seem to think of was Shego and what transpired at Club Banana and the Stoppable household. Why did she save him from Adrena Lynn? Why did she even care or want to help him? And the most intriguing question of all: Why did she kiss him?
It wasn't like Ron could complain about getting a kiss from her. After all, Shego is, without a single shred of doubt, drop-dead gorgeous in every single aspect. She could have any man or woman on the planet if she desired. She couldn't be interested in him. But what if she was? Then he began to recall the kiss they shared, the sensations and feelings that coursed through them both as their lips met in a passionate embrace.
The kiss itself was truly unreal, unlike anything Ron had ever experienced. However, aside the fact that he was sharing it with Shego, whom he considered one of the most beautiful women on the entire planet, there was something else that he sensed when they kissed. There was a connection, a spark that could rival the brightest of stars that existed throughout the universe, that he felt when his lips met the black lipstick glossed lips of the emerald-skinned villainess. Could it be that he was interested in Shego? Could it be possible that she also harbored similar feelings towards him?
"Hnk! Something wrong?", Rufus squeaked in question, disturbing Ron from his thoughts and causing him to look down at his close friend and companion.
"Nah, little buddy, just thinking.", Ron answered with a sigh, a relaxed smile appearing on his face.
"Shego?", Rufus inquired with a squeak.
"Yeah. I can't seem to get her out of my mind. Ever since last night... when she kissed me, I've been wondering about a lot of things. I don't know, it's just that I never saw it coming. I mean, she seemed like her normal self, even when she dragged me all the way home she let out her usual snarky remarks. What do you think, Rufus?", Ron replied, only to receive a most amusing display from the rodent.
"Ron and Shego sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Heh Ha Ha Ha!", Rufus sing-songed, dancing on the top of the table before breaking down in a fit of laughter.
"Very funny. C'mon, let's go cruise the shops.", Ron chuckled, an amused smirk forming on his lips.
"Hnk! Okay!", Rufus replied, leaping from the top of the table to the inside of Ron's right pants pocket.
When Ron rises out of his seat prepares to walk away from the Food Court he immediately slams into another individual, the unexpected collision knocking them both to the marble floor. The person he had run into was a young woman wearing a pink t-shirt and a matching pair of shorts and a pair of brown sandals that adorned her feet, her long brown hair hiding her face from Ron's view for the moment. That didn't matter to Ron, who was beginning to panic a little bit after such an incident. Why did things like this always have to happen to him?
"Oh, I'm so sorry! I didn't mean it! Honest! I wasn't paying attention and... well, I knocked you down. But I'm sorry! Please don't slap me!", Ron rambled on in apology, immediately kneeling down and helping the person back up to their feet.
"Ron Stoppable?", Amelia asks, her eyes focusing on the blond-haired boy she knew from Middleton High.
"Amelia?", Ron gasped, instantly recognizing the tall, beautiful brunette.
"Yeah. You sound surprised.", Amelia giggled.
"Well... it's just that I haven't seen you in a long time. Didn't you graduate and go off to college?", Ron inquired, shuffling his feet in his usual nervous fashion.
"Yes, I did. Now I'm back.", Amelia informed with a smile.
"Cool. So... what're you going to do now?", Ron asked in reply.
"Probably spend my summer having fun with friends, spending time with my family, all of that stuff. Then I'll just go on from there.", Amelia stated as her eyes traveled up and down Ron's body, noticing his lean and natural muscle-toned physique.
"Sounds pretty badical.", Ron remarked, smiling at the lovely college student.
"Yeah, but it'd be even better if I had someone to share it with. I haven't been in a relationship since my last boyfriend. We split up about six months ago.", Amelia said, a slight pout forming on her lips.
"I'm sorry.", Ron apologized meekly.
"Oh, well. It's his loss. So, what about you? Dating anyone?", Amelia questions, crossing her arms over her ample chest.
"Me? Uh... I, no. I'm not currently with anyone at the moment.", Ron admitted, sheepishly rubbing the back of his neck with his right hand.
"What about Kim Possible?", Amelia suggested, briefly arching an eyebrow at the blond.
"Nope. Not my girlfriend. Our relationship is purely platonic in every single way. I mean, other than being my best friend, she's more like a sister to me than anything else.", Ron calmly explained.
"Then you're single?", Amelia asks in inquiry.
"Yep. The Ron-man is a free agent.", Ron proclaimed proudly.
"In that case, would you mind if we'd hang out sometime?", Amelia offered with a sly smirk.
"Hang out? What do you mean?", Ron asks nervously, taking a step back from Amelia only to have the beautiful brunette to take a step closer.
"I mean that we could go out together. Have some fun.", Amelia responds, getting closer to Ron until not even a foot of space remained between them.
"L-Like a date?", Ron stuttered.
"Yes, I suppose we can call it a date.", Amelia giggled, taking her arms and looping them around Ron's neck.
"Are you sure you want to go out with me?", Ron asks in reply, her voice trembling as he felt blood rush into his cheeks.
"Why not? We're both single. And weren't we animology soul mates in high school?", Amelia retorts, bring her hand up to gently caress his cheek which sent a shiver down Ron's spine.
"Well, yeah, that's true.", Ron agreed, feeling his heartbeat increasing within his chest.
"So what is it? I'm not attractive enough for you?", Amelia pouted, the expression on her face reminding Ron of a pleading Kim whenever she uses the P.D.P. on him.
"No, no, no! That's not it at all. You're very beautiful. It's just that I never expected someone like you to be interested in a guy like me. That's all.", Ron quickly answered, not wanting to upset her.
"Then it's settled.", Ameila said, pulling out of pen and a piece of paper from her shorts pocket and proceeding to write something down on it.
"Here's my phone number. Give me a call when you want to go out, okay, Ron-stud.", Amelia said as she handed him the piece of paper before proceeding to lean in close to kiss Ron on the cheek.
"Sure. You got it.", Ron muttered, his face nearly crimson with a blush.
"See you then, Ron-stud.", Amelia whispered seductively in his ear.
He watched as Amelia walked away, his chocolate-brown eyes focused on the tall, beautiful brunette's bodacious body as her hips swayed alluring. Ron could only stand there, allowing a huge grin to form as he became briefly lost in thought. He was nearly seduced by Adrena Lynn, kissed by Shego, and now he's got the phone number of the college hottie Amelia right in his hands. There was only a single word that entered his mind, one that was of excitement and joy and triumph all rolled into one.
"Booyah.", Ron uttered to himself, glancing down at the piece of paper that Amelia's phone number was written on.
Amelia continued walking through the mall, a smile of triumph on her lovely features. She couldn't believe how fortunate she was to have encountered Ron Stoppable. She wasn't sure that he would've remembered her after all this time, nor did she think he'd still be single. But now that she knew he was, there was nothing stopping her from pursuing him. If it had not been for the popular crowd and the food chain in high school, she would have taken Ron to be hers then, which is something that she regretted after enduring several bad college break-ups.
She would give Ron Stoppable a chance, if only to see if her intuition in regards to him being a near-perfect boyfriend was correct. If not, then she could always break it off with him and move on with her life. However, unknown to Amelia, someone who watched the entire scene between her and Ron Stoppable was currently following her. And that person was none other than the villainess Shego, dressed in a pair of green, knee-length shorts and a black short sleeve t-shirt.
Ever since the conversation with Adrena Lynn, Shego had been watching over Ron like a guardian angel. She didn't even know why she cared... and she didn't really seem to know for what reason or how to understand this protective urge she was having towards him. It wasn't like she cared or even liked Ron Stoppable... or at least she kept telling herself that over and over again in her mind. Then Shego decided that, after much internal and psychological debating, she was just merely ensuring that he wasn't going to be forced to endure the pain, betrayal and heartache that she suffered through in her own life. It seemed like a logical excuse for her secret espionage... for now.
She followed him, but always at a distance so as not to get caught by him or garner any other unwanted attention. She watched him enter a couple of shops, exploring them before going to the Food Court. It was there that he ran into someone, her superhuman hearing listening in on their conversation. It was then she focused her attention on Amelia, the one who was talking and flirting with him in a way that enraged her, causing a surge of emotion within her that she's never felt before: jealousy.
She reminded Shego of one of the top cheerleaders during her years in Go City High School, one who was friends with that wretched red-haired witch of a head cheerleader named Victoria Miles. Oh, how she despised them, all of them, for mocking and tormenting her. They were jealous of her, of her superior intellect and athletic skill that greatly surpassed any of their own, even without the aid of her cosmic powers. But out of them all, other than Victoria, the one she hated with such unrivalled passion was a brunette named Carly.
She was very beautiful and popular, not unlike Amelia in some ways. She was also known for being manipulative and nasty, especially to the guys she seduced and dumped along with those who were defiant against her and Victoria. When Shego looked at Amelia, her dark emerald irises seen someone who could potentially seduce, manipulate, and hurt Ron Stoppable. That was something she wasn't going to allow, not if she could prevent it.
Shego watched as Amelia kissed Ron on the cheek, causing her to become more infuriated for reasons she didn't quite understand. Once Amelia began walking away, Shego decided to follow and confront her. She would wait until they were a good distance away from Stoppable, somewhere he couldn't see them. The last thing Shego wanted was to be discovered, especially by him. How could she face him if he were to find her here? How could she ever explain to him, let alone make him understand her reasons for protecting him? It was something she couldn't allow, something he must never know.
Now, after pursuing her target across the man-made landscape, she had her chance to confront Amelia. Marching towards the beautiful brunette, Shego reaches out and roughly grabs Amelia by the arm, spinning her around to face her. She was going to get some answers, by reason or force, whether Amelia liked it or not. She didn't care about Amelia, her only concern being that of Ron Stoppable. Why? She did not know, but his safety was all that mattered to her.
"Who are you?", Amelia asked, annoyance and surprise evident in her voice.
"Are you the girl that was talking to Ron Stoppable?", Shego inquired sternly, locking eyes with her target.
"Yes, I am. Not that it's any of your business, jade jaws!", Amelia sneered mockingly.
"Oh, that's where you're wrong, cupcake, 'cause it is my business! And since we're on the subject, what are your intentions involving Stoppable?", Shego demanded, trying her best not to lose her temper.
"What's the matter, green freak? Afraid of a little competition?", Amelia shot back, causing the pale green beauty to tightly clench her hands into fists.
"Last chance, you shallow hussy. What are your intentions?", Shego almost growled, resisting the urge to blast the brunette across the mall.
"Pfft! Like I'm going to tell you anything.", Amelia replied, staring defiantly at the dangerous female mercenary.
"Fine. Then I'm only gonna tell you this once. If you plan on hurting him, in any way, then I suggest that you walk away now and leave him alone.", Shego said in warning, her dark emerald eyes narrowing as she focused solely on Amelia.
"And if I don't?", Amelia inquired, getting directly in Shego's face.
Wrong answer, big mistake. No sooner had the words left her mouth did Amelia find herself being grabbed by Shego and launched effortlessly through the air. With a loud scream of shock, Amelia lands in the mall's display fountain, her impact sending water splashing high into the air. Soaked to the bone, clothing and all, Amelia manages to crawl to the edge of the circular pond of the giant fountain where she comes to look upon the pale green beauty who tossed her in the cool waters.
"Does that answer your question, hot lips?", Shego smirked before quickly running away, hoping to avoid any attention that her actions may have garnered.
And it did indeed attract a lot of attention. People who caught glimpses of what transpired looked on as numerous other appeared, including the member of Team Possible itself, Ron Stoppable. He didn't see what happened, but he certainly heard Amelia's scream. When he came upon the scene, Amelia was completely drenched as she lay in the waters of the fountain. He immediately went over to the fountain, wondering what had sent Amelia in it in the first place. He would soon find out.
"Amelia, what happened?", Ron asks, helping the beautiful brunette out of the fountain only for her to roughly push him away.
"Ron Stoppable, you liar! Why didn't you tell me you had a girlfriend?!", Amelia exclaimed, her narrowed eyes glaring at the blond-haired hero.
"Girlfriend?! What are you talking about?", Ron almost shouted, surprised by her accusation.
"Some freaky woman with dark hair and green skin attacked me! She asked if I was interested in you, told me to back off, and then tossed me into the fountain!", Amelia exclaimed, giving Ron her version of the story.
"Green skin...", Ron whispered to himself, his head glancing around the area.
It couldn't be her, could it? But what it was her, what if it is her? In an instant, Ron Stoppable takes off running, his chocolate-brown eyes searching for the one female who he knew that had green flesh. She couldn't have gotten far, not within just a short amount of time. And he realized that even if she barreled through all of these people, it wouldn't go unnoticed. If Shego was indeed here within Middleton Mall, he would find her.
She could be anywhere. That much Ron realized, but it did not deter him in his search. He was determined to find Shego, if she was still within this area of the mall. He moved at a quick pace, passing families and teenagers who were partaking in various activities, his eyes darting everywhere in hopes of finding some sign that she was here.
Then, just as his chocolate-brown irises scanned the surroundings as he came to an immediate stop in the middle of the mall, he noticed a very familiar looking figure, a young woman wearing a green shorts and a black short sleeve t-shirt, standing within Cosmic Comics. It couldn't be her... but he had to be sure. Slowly advancing towards the young woman, Ron reaches out to touch her shoulder, getting her immediate attention as she spins around to face him. He's quite surprised by his discovery, even if it isn't the woman he intended to find.
"Can I help you?", Selina asked, looking directly at the individual who disturbed her from her comic reading.
He couldn't believe it, but it was true that this lady wasn't the villainess he was searching for. She looked almost exactly like Shego. Nearly everything about her, from her strong, sexy, extremely appealing lithe body to her snarky tone of voice was exactly like that of the pale green-skinned beauty. However, Ron couldn't help but notice the differences between this young woman and the deadly female mercenary he knew. Her hair, while just as long and lengthy as Shego's, was not of a raven-black but of a very dark chocolate-brown; her eye color, unlike that of Shego's dark emerald-green hued irises, were of a stunning arctic-azure blue; he also noticed that she was wearing what looked like a cool, high-tech watch on her wrist, something he never seen Shego wear before; and most noticeable of all, the color of her flesh was a fair Caucasian white instead of a pale green.
Still, even if she wasn't Shego, she was still gorgeous, capable of giving the villainess competition in terms of beauty. She possessed all the luscious curves, flawless skin, long legs and ample bust of the deadly feminine mercenary that he was currently seeking. However, right now, his eyes were busy travelling up and down the young woman's body, taking in every detail of her lovely physique. It would not last, for his attention did not go unnoticed by her.
"Yo! Eyes up here, slick!", Selina said, a serious edge clear in her tone of voice as she got Ron's attention.
"Heh. Sorry, I thought you were someone else. I was looking for this girl, but I can't seem to find her. Did you see her run by here?", Ron replied before asking the young woman.
"Maybe. What does she look like?", Selina shrugged, placing the comic back on the shelf as she focused her attention to the member of Team Possible.
"Um... okay. She's very beautiful. She has long, raven-black hair and dark emerald-green eyes. She's most likely wearing something that's green & black, like what you're wearing or something similar. She has powers, like, the ability to throw bolts of fiery green plasma. And... what was that last part... Oh! Her skin tone is of a pale green color.", Ron informed, making sure to give a good description.
"She sounds interesting. What is she? Your girlfriend?", Selina inquired with a teasing, mischievous smirk.
"Uh, no... I mean, I'd love it if she was, but I doubt that she'd ever be interested in me.", Ron chuckled nervously, a slight blush coloring his cheeks.
"Why's that?", Selina asks, arching an eyebrow at the heroic blond.
"It's... complicated.", Ron stated, not sure if he should really talk about this particular subject to another equally attractive young woman.
"Oh, really? Enlighten me.", Selina responds evenly.
"Why?", Ron asks in curiosity.
"What can I say? I'm curious. Is that a crime?", Selina countered, examining her nails for a brief second before locking gazes with Ron once again.
"No, not really.", Ron mumbled, shuffling his feet on the white marble flooring within the comic book store.
"Then go ahead and tell me. I'm not going to judge.", Selina insisted, her gaze alone demanding that he explain it to her.
Releasing a heavy sigh, Ron finally conceded defeat. She wanted to know, and he could tell she wasn't going to let him change the subject. It wouldn't hurt to tell her. I mean, it's not like Shego was close by or anything to hear him... or his best friend Kim, which would be just as bad on some levels. With that thought in mind, Ron summoned his courage and began speaking about this particularly personal subject regarding a certain deadly femme fatale.
"It's like this. Ever since I first seen her and met her, I've always been attracted to her than most of the other girls. She's just so stunningly beautiful, but not just in a physical sense. She's powerful and fast, agile and graceful. When she moves, whether when she's fighting or simply walking, I can't help but feel in awe of her beauty. You know what I mean? She's just... wow! It's so hard to describe her because I don't think words can truly do her justice.", Ron said, a dreamy smile making its way onto his face as his thoughts drifted elsewhere.
"Well? Are you going to continue, or are you too busy drooling on yourself?", Selina interrupted, shaking Ron from his thoughts with her snarky, teasing remark.
"Oh, sorry. Got lost in my... personal thoughts there for a second. ", Ron said in reply, a blush coloring his cheeks.
"Anyways, she's very smart. A lot more than what people give her credit for. She could probably accomplish anything if she really wanted, especially if she sets her mind to it. She can be dangerous, but I noticed that when she fights... she's always holding back. If she wanted, I believe she could beat anyone or anything that crosses her path. I don't think she would intentionally kill or harm anyone without reason, though, because I believe she knows that there's a line that shouldn't be crossed... unless there's no other choice.", Ron continued, his words as sincere as they are serious when it came to what he thought about Shego.
"Now, she can be snarky and sarcastic and hot-tempered, but that's just the way she is. But it isn't all her fault. I think she's been through a lot in her life, more than most people. I don't know what exactly, but if I would get the chance... if she would give me that chance... I would take it in a heartbeat. I would want to know more about her, who she is... and be there for her. I doubt that she'll ever give me that chance, or ever let that happen, but I can always hope that one day she will.", Ron said in proclamation, his serious tone of voice letting Selina know that he meant everything that he told her.
There was silence as Selina stood there, her arms crossed over her chest, staring directly at Ron Stoppable, as if she were judging or impressed by what he had said. He wondered what she was thinking about, not only in terms of what he'd told her, but also of what she thought of him. Despite the fact that he didn't even know her, a part of him hoped that she would also give him a chance. He liked her, but not just because she kind of reminded him of Shego. He was attracted to her, both in a physical and personal sense, much like in the way he was with a raven-haired goddess that kissed him.
"So the fact that she has green skin doesn't bother you? Not in the least?", Selina inquires, her question seemingly coming out of nowhere.
"Not at all. Why should it? I mean, it's just skin. Besides, I think it makes her look really exotic, which is cool considering my motto is 'Never Be Normal'. But that's just me.", Ron answered honestly.
"What about her powers? Unleashing balls of fiery energy that can destroy steel and level buildings must be a little bit intimidating, right?", Selina asks in inquiry, wondering how he would respond this time.
"Yeah, a little bit. But it's not that big of a deal. After all, she can fully control her powers. Look at it this way: A person armed with WMDs could be just as, if not more than, dangerous than her. Especially if, unlike her, they're willing to use them without care of what happens to themselves and the people around them.", Ron confessed while pointing out something that few would consider in regards to the villainess.
"You make a good point.", Selina replied, finding herself agreeing with him for the most part.
"Thanks... Uh, you know, I don't even know your name.", Ron chuckled.
"That's because you didn't ask, doofus.", Selina pointed out in her usual snarky demeanor.
"Yeah, I guess it is my fault. So... what is your name?", Ron asked.
"Selina... Goldberg. Selina Goldberg.", Selina informed, her voice becoming somewhat uneasy for a brief second.
"Ron. Ron Stoppable.", Ron introduced himself, doing his best James Bond impersonation.
"Very smooth, hotshot.", Selina remarked, a hint of sarcasm seeping its way out of her voice.
"Expect nothing less than the best, Selina.", Ron responded, bowing slightly much to her own amusement.
"Very charming, Ron. Very charming.", Selina chuckled, amused by his actions.
"So, anyway, did you see her or not, the girl I'm looking for, I mean?", Ron asked, not forgetting whom he was actually searching for.
"No, I haven't. Sorry.", Selina answers, her voice becoming slightly uneasy once again.
"Okay, then... Thanks anyways. So... uh, I guess I'll see you around, Selina. I've got to get home before it gets too late. Don't need Mrs. Dr. P giving me a lecture about calling her if I'm going to be late.", Ron stated, a bit disappointed that he didn't find Shego, yet excited that he met someone who could potentially become a close friend... or maybe something more.
"I'm sure you will, Ron. In fact, you can pretty much bet on it.", Selina stated quite certainly of this fact.
"Cool. Maybe we can hang out sometime. See ya, Selina!", Ron said, bidding farewell to his new female acquaintance as he turned and began walking out of Cosmic Comics.
"See ya!", Selina said, giving a slight wave at the blond-haired hero before he left the area.
Once she was sure that Ron Stoppable was gone, Selina glanced down at the high-tech, watch-like device that was on her wrist. Pressing a button with her index finger, her fair skin becomes pale green in color, her dark chocolate-brown hair turns raven-black, and her arctic-blue irises transform into a shade of dark emerald-green. Her entire disguise disappears in an instant, in a faint flash of light, revealing that Selina Goldberg is really none other than Shego. She had to admit, this was one piece of tech she was glad to have taken from Jack Hench. It definitely had its uses, especially with the current situation involving Ron Stoppable.
"That was interesting. I guess when it comes to Stoppable, there's more to him than meets the eye.", Shego remarked, her mind recalling everything he told her.
He didn't care about her past, her powers, or her unique emerald appearance. There was no deceit, only honesty. There was no judgment, only acceptance. There were no lies, only truths. After today, Shego would find herself thinking more and more about Ron Stoppable, about everything he unknowingly confessed to her. Nothing would ever be the same again... for either of them.