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"Peace of mind is less than never"

Chapter 5 - Back to reality;

A solitary dirty bulb that hung down in the middle of the main room dimly lighting the flat that Johnny lived in. He stood under it for a while, his bags still gripped tightly in his hands soaking in the silence, which was a stark contrast from all of the recent tour antics.

Finally, he dropped his bags on the cold floor and walked to the fridge. He again denied the free meal on the plane and finally felt his stomach allowing himself to be hungry once again. He didn’t know why he opened the fridge, nothing would be in there, it had been months since he had been back to his apartment, and he was right.

Johnny decided that there was nothing else to do but to go out and see if he could find something to eat. He dragged himself to his bed and began to unpack his bags looking for something more comfortable to change into. Finding another pair of baggy jeans, an old Metallica t-shirt and black hoodie he began to unbutton his plaid shirt, noticing that one of the sleeves had become encrusted with dried blood from where he cut too deep back in the hotel room. Checking the wound he thought that he’d probably have to dress that properly as soon as he found supplies to make sure that infection didn’t set in.

The next thing for Johnny to do was dig around for some loose change in the hope that it would be enough to buy a little something to eat. It reminded him of when the band first started out and all the money that they had for food was $1 a day. After a few years he found himself with tons of it to spare and that he could pretty much buy everything he would ever want or need. He didn’t often like to think about this because he realised how much he used to waste it on random possessions and cars that he would crash within a few days of owning them.

Johnny sighed as he found a screwed up $5 bill in the pocket of a pair of shorts. He turned to head and went to open the door when his landlady appeared.

“Thought I heard you were back you piece of scum” spat the middle-aged redhead, holding a half burning cigarette, her children could be heard in the next apartment screaming and causing chaos. “You still owe me money rockstar, or did you forget that whist you were sucking the dicks of your so called band mates?”

Johnny shuffled and scratched his head “Really sorry Julie, it’s been pretty hard for me recently, I’ve been dealing with something and I really can’t afford it right now, I promise I’ll help around your flat and give you the money as soon as I can, I just need to go out right now”. Johnny tried his best to keep himself composed in front of this bitch, he didn’t want to crumble and show himself as being weak.

“It’s a shame you know, that your ‘best friends’ don’t back you up and give you money, thought you were like ‘family’, it’s pathetic” Julie extinguished her cigarette in the doorway and turned to re-enter her own flat.

When her back was finally turned Johnny stuck a middle finger up at his landlady, pulled his hood up and headed outside.

He would never raise a family in this neighborhood, let alone bring a girl he liked anywhere near his flat, it was too rough with dirty needles lying everywhere and gang members roaming the streets. Johnny turned into his local 7-11 and tried to figure out what he needed the most to spend his $5 on. He walked through the shop picking up bandages, a small carton of milk and two packs of instant noodles. As he went to pay he slipped a large bar of chocolate into his pocket when the sales assistant was busy ringing through the rest of his shopping. He felt as though he needed a treat and certainly couldn’t afford it on his strict budget.

He thanked the assistant and continued back to his flat. He got in just as his phone started to ring.


** Sorry I haven't posted in a while but I had writer's block coupled with my university work became a hell of a lot stressful and caused me to work 12 hour days. Anyway I hoped you enjoyed reading this chapter, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for Johnny's story ;) xxx**


Awh yay! I can't wait! (: and it's no problem at all. Just being honest! ^.^
A7XFoREVer6661 A7XFoREVer6661
Ahahaa that's amazing to hear :D Thank you so, so much I'll try and write another chapter this week. Hope you enjoy the rest of the site!
Jennifer-Christ Jennifer-Christ
This is actually the first Fan Fic i've ever read in my life, let alone an A7X fanfic, but I just though i'd let you know that i'm in love with it. Please update soon?(:
A7XFoREVer6661 A7XFoREVer6661
Love it, can't wait to read more update as soon as u can :)
MoMo_92 MoMo_92
Love it, it's ok Johnny everything will get better for u, anyhoo can't wait to read more update as soon as u can :)
MoMo_92 MoMo_92