The next day I woke up to the sound of Izzy arguing with what sounded like Duff but that wasn’t right because I didn’t live with Izzy or Duff and yet I could hear them, I yawned and turned over onto my side and rubbed my eyes sleepily wondering why my bed had become so hard all of a sudden. “Will you guys just give it a rest already! You’re gonna wake Axl up! Duff if Izzy doesn’t wanna tell you then it’s Izzy’s choice stop being so nosey and I know you’re concerned before you bring that up!” I heard Steve snap at them, they both shut up and I could feel Izzy’s gaze on my back. “I think he’s already awake probably wondering why his bed’s so hard and why he can hear us” he said, I could hear the smile in his voice, the reason to all this came back quickly and I sat up with an “Oh!” they all laughed, I glared jokingly at them then swung my legs out of bed.
“Where you going?” Izzy asked as I headed to the entrance of our tent “For a fag” I answered, checking I had a packet of them and a lighter before leaving and sitting outside the tent on the ground which was surprisingly comfortable. As I finished my cigarette I saw Slash come out of the flap and look towards me “Axl, I have to ask you something” he said, his deep liquid voice resonating inside my head, that and his poorly masked concerned eyes was all it took to make me melt, “Where were you last night? Cause I heard some gossip when I went to the bathroom earlier that you were with some abusive twat that masquerades as security here” he said, I felt some annoyance bubble up inside me and for some reason immediately rushed to defend Tim “No, he’s not abusive at all, Tim’s a really nice guy” ‘when he wants to be’ my mind added dryly, Slash nodded looking sceptical, “He’s not!” I added, Slash just nodded again “How’d you explain the bruises then?” he asked, his eyes dark with annoyance at my lies “I don’t have to explain myself to you Slash” I said, getting up and brushing my light grey joggers off “You do if I’m concerned about it Axl!” he snapped I just raised my eyebrow now pissed off, what right does he have to question me about my relationship!
“Well it’s no concern of yours!” I snapped back as Slash moved forward his hand flashing out to grab my wrist, I bit my lip as his painful grasp held a cut tightly “If I find out otherwise Axl I’m gonna put that motherfucker in hospital with no balls, so you can tell him that from me and don’t lie to me” his voice had gone low and menacing “Then it’s not me you should be talking to then is it!” I hissed, trying to pull my wrist free but stopped and gasped as sudden pains raced across my ribs, Slash let go, looking concerned pulling me back into the tent, Izzy, Duff, Matt and Steve were all gone. Suddenly when I wasn’t expecting it, Slash grabbed the bottom of my t-shirt, tugged it over my head and spun me around to survey the damage, a sickened look spread across his face at the bruises and cuts that had blossomed over my chest and marked my normally pale skin.
“Who the fuck did that?” he whispered, all the wind having have been knocked out of him at his disgust of Tim’s treatment of me. I bit my lip, not wanting to tell him “Axl, tell me” he said, desperately. I just bit my lip again “Axl tell me or I’ll just over there and batter of all the security” Slash warned “Slash I’m not gonna tell you who he is and if you go and batter them all you’re just gonna be put in jail” I told him, folding my arms across my chest defiantly and turned away, not noticing the look that crossed Slash’s face. He went over to his bed and pulled something out of his hat, I turned as I heard a very loud hiss Slash was stood by his bed looking at me with an evil smirk on his face “Tell me who he is” he said softly, taking a step forward the thick snake in his hands twisted and hissed at me, I took a step back “Slash put that… that… thing away!” I squeaked backing away from it to walk into the tent wall “Shan’t, not until you tell me who he is” he said approaching me.
About a foot away he leaned down and placed the reptile on the floor, “Slash pick that up!” I said moving towards my bed and clambering onto it. Slash just shook his head slowly “Not until you tell me” he murmured softly “FINE! FINE! I’ll tell you!!!” I yelled, “Just pick it up!” Slash smiled and picked the hissing, coiling snake up, kissing it on the head “Good boy Collin, tell me” he said, looking at me. “Tim, his name is Tim, now get rid of that NASTY reptile!” I told him, giving the snake in his hands a repulsed scared glare “And that was taking advantage of my dislike of snakes, don’t batter Tim just… I don’t know, just don’t batter him” Slash nodded then put the snake back into his hat “I’m not going to batter him, just… have words with him” he said, hesitating slightly on the ‘have words’ part, words with his fists no doubt. “Besides, his name’s Collin, not ‘nasty reptile’” Slash said as he went to leave the tent “He’s nasty reptile to me!” I said, nodding my head at him smiling, he grinned back and walked over to me, sitting on the bed and leaning in, I leaned forward too feeling our lips meet in a soft kiss, I gasped feeling electricity race through me, I felt him smile against me.
As we broke apart, we looked around to see Duff and Izzy, “Aww! You guys are so cute!” Izzy said smiling at me, I had told Izzy of my love for Slash a long time ago I smiled back sheepishly. Duff was grinning at Slash, with the same prideful smile that Izzy had for me.