Gina finds Izzy, Axl feels sorry for what he's done, and Izzy comes to a shocking realization.
"Oh my god! Isabel!" I screamed in horror. I was going to Izzy and Izzy's apartment to see Izzy because me and Axl had a fight and I was thinking about finally leaving. But Axl insisted that me and him take a walk to 'sort things out'...he left me in a Port-A-Potty when I had to use the bathroom and when I came out I couldn't find him anywhere. So I went back to Izzy's apartment...and that's where I found her. "Izzy! Isabel!" I screamed, trying to see if she was awake "Axl! Izzy Stradlin?! Axl?! Oh god someone help!" I yelled, I got down on my knees and checked her pulse and heart, it was weak, but she was still alive. I started crying because I had no idea what had happened to her but there was blood everywhere. "Oh god somebody help!" I yelled, I jumped up and ran to the phone and dialed 911 "9-1-1 What is your emergency?" the operator asked "Oh god, my friend she's bloody and she's laying in the floor and she's passed out and there's just blood everywhere and I need help really quick!" I cried into the phone "Okay ma'am, now what is the cause of injury?" the operator asked "I have no idea, I just walked in and she was like this!" I yelled. After a few minutes of questions they finally said they were sending an ambulance. I crouched down next to her again, wondering what happened, I held her hand and then I noticed the cuts on her wrist, they looked familiar, I held my arm up to hers and I had the same fingernail like cuts on my wrists...then it hit me. Axl did this. I started to cry again, I couldn't leave now, Izzy needs help and protection from Axl...but I can't even protect myself from Axl. 5 minutes went by before the ambulance came, the EMTs took her away in the stretcher. I decided not to get the cops involved, because even though Axl did this and does it to me, I care about him and I know she must care about him. I went back to me and Axl's apartment "Axl?" I called shakily, "In here," I heard Axl say, he sounded tired and like he'd been crying. I went to the bedroom and Axl was sitting on the bed, knees folded to his chest, holding onto his legs, and rocking back and forth. "Axl I'm so sorry I didn't do what you said earlier today, I'm sorry I cried, I'm sorry I didn't do what was right, do you forgive me?" I said, I didn't really know if I was saying that to save myself or Izzy from another beating or to keep Axl from finding out that I knew about Izzy...or all 3. Axl sprawled out on the bed and held his arms out "Yeah, I do,". I crawled onto the bed and laid next to him, he wrapped his arms around me and squeezed me "I forgive you," he whispered into my ear.
I woke up in a hospital bed. Everything seemed really bright and everything hurt. I remembered what had happened and frowned, then I wondered who brought me to the hospital? Who called 911? Did anyone know Axl did this? I touched my head and felt stitches as well as a bandage on my nose and a full face cast. My arms and legs were also bandaged. I sighed, Izzy was going to be worried about me when he gets back, if he wasn't the one who had found me. I sighed, in the long run, this, by far, was the worst decision I'd made in my entire life, and I was only 17. I mean seriously, I move to Los Angeles with my emotionally damaged best friend and his girlfriend when I'm 16, I move into a gross, cold apartment, and I get beat up at 17. 17 and I already have experienced domestic abuse. I left my fucking home and family for this. Imagine how crushed my parents were! And my brother won't even remember me once he's my age. I'm seriously thinking about leaving and going back to Indiana, there's no real reason for me to be here. I laid back in the bed and fell back asleep.
- 2 Weeks Later -
I was sitting in Axl and Gina's apartment. How I let myself come back is still a mystery to me. Axl had temporarily moved me in with him and Gina so they could take care of me, one of my shin bones was broken, so I couldn't walk and the right side of my face was paralyzed from being hit so much and knocking my head on the table. I still had my stitches in. Axl had seemed so sad and upset with himself when he came to see me in the hospital, he begged me to forgive him, he even cried. Even after I said I forgave him he kept pleading for me to forgive him. So I agreed to let him and Gina take care of me while I was healing, I didn't tell him about my plan to leave. He did do a fine job of taking care of me, he brought me food, he fed it to me, he rented movies for me to watch, he even had Hollywood Rose do some of their rehearsals at the apartment (to the ire of everyone in the other apartments). Basically he and Gina did everything for me, I hadn't moved since I got here, which was a week ago. Right now Axl was making a sandwich for me "Here Iz," he said as he walked in with the sandwich, he sat on the couch next to me, picked the sandwich up and held it up to my mouth "Axl... I can pick a sandwich up by myself," I said. Axl didn't say anything, he just pressed the sandwich to my lips lightly, I rolled my eyes and took an awkward, sideways bite, god it was so embarrassing, I couldn't eat properly and I sounded super weird when I talked, like my mouth was numb or something. Of course it wasn't numb, the entire right side of my face was paralyzed. There was a knock on the door "GINA! Could you get that?" Axl yelled, not taking his eyes off me "Sure," Gina replied as she emerged from their room, Gina opened the door and I looked past Axl to see who it was and it was Izzy. "Hey Gina," he said as he walked inside, he came to where me and Axl were and stood in front of us "Hey Axl, hey Iz," he said. Axl looked up "Hey Izzy, what's up?" he asked "Not much, just got bored in my lonely, cold, mouse smelling apartment," he said as he looked at me. I attempted to laugh "It's not my fault, Axl has me here," I said. Axl snorted "Yeah well you wanna go with Izzy instead? I'm not sure he can turn a stove on," I rolled my eyes "Axl, the stove HERE doesn't even work so it doesn't make much difference,". Axl stood up "Well I want you here, I'm making it up to you remember?". I nodded "Yeah, okay," "You want anything else?" "Maybe just some water," "Sure," Axl went to get the water and Izzy quickly jumped in Axl's spot on the couch "Heh heh," he snickered. I rolled my eyes and giggled "How ya doing Iz? Better?" Izzy asked as he poked my cheek "Yeah, I'm defiantly better, it doesn't hurt as much now," I replied. Axl came back with the water "Here," he said as he handed it to me "Thanks Axl," I said as I took it "Mmmhmm," he replied. Then he looked at Izzy sitting in his spot "Well since no one is sitting here, I'll sit myself down here," Axl said as he fell/plopped himself into Izzy's lap, Izzy laughed and wrapped his arm's around Axl's waist "Gina take a picture, this is a moment to remember!" I said, trying to laugh, "Hey no man, no picture!" Axl complained, "You owe me," I said matter of a factly to him, Axl rolled his eyes "Whatever,",Gina ran and got the camera while Izzy kept holding Axl in his lap. Gina took a picture and Izzy leaned back, making Axl lean back "Now!" I yelled to Gina, she laughed and took another picture "Okay! Okay! Jesus!" Axl said as he stood up. "Look," Gina said as she waved the picture in Axl's face "I see," Axl said as he walked into their room. "What's wrong with him?" Izzy asked "Isn't there always these days?" I replied, everyone laughed "I heard that!" Axl shouted from his room "Well why don't you come out of your room and stop being a sourpuss?" I called back "Shut up," Axl said and a moment later the door slammed. "I'll talk to him," Gina said as she walked off. "Iz?" Izzy asked, I turned to him "Yeah?" I asked "Iz...what really happened that night you got injured?" Izzy asked, seeming worried "Uh, what do you mean? I fell down the apartment stairs," I answered, trying not to sound nervous. I didn't tell Izzy what happened because Axl told me not to tell him or Gina (but Gina told me she already knew what happened), so I didn't, because in the end, I still love and adore and look up to Axl. "I don't think so," Izzy said, shaking his head "Izzy, I swear, I mean, what else could've happened?" I said "Axl. Axl could've happened, you see how he treats Gina, and that day was the day we...kissed and I could see Axl lashing out because of that!" Izzy said. "No, no, Izzy that didn't happen. If it did, why would I be here on his couch and not far, far away from him?" I replied "Why does Gina stay?" Izzy asked as he stood up, then he turned to me and looked me right in the eyes "Love," he said, pointing to me. Then he left. Left me alone with my thoughts. I didn't love love Axl, I meant I loved him as a friend, as like, someone you really care about and don't want to get hurt. But what if I do actually have romantic feelings for him? But I just buried it because I thought I'd be too weird? I had actually thought he was really hot for a while...with his stringy hair and gangly body and pale skin and thin lips and pixie nose....oh shit. I'm in love with Axl Rose.