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Chasing Bad Dreams Away

by GNR01Fan 0 Reviews

“Aww, it's okay. It was only a dream, Jessie. We're here, OK? Nothing is gonna happen to you because we're here to protect you.”

Category: Guns n' Roses - Rating: G - Genres: Humor,Romance - Characters:  - Published: 2014/05/31 - Updated: 2014/05/31 - 1018 words

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1998 – Four Years Old

2am

“Daddy...Daddy!”

Jessica clutched her blue dolphin teddy closer to her chest as she shook Axl's arm harder, whispering as loud as she could so that she wouldn't wake the snoring brunette beside him.

Her green eyes looked around the dark room fearfully, and she bit on her lower lip to stop herself from screaming. He mumbled something that she couldn't make out and wrapped his arm tighter around Slash.

Giving up on whispering, she let out a loud Axl-like shriek,“Daaddddy!! Wake up, Daddy!”

Slash and Axl shot up, panting and shocked at how such a little girl could scream so loudly. She whimpered and rubbed her cheek against her teddy, tears filling her eyes when a tree branch hit the bedroom window. Axl's pissed off expression disappeared when he saw her face so he reached out and picked her up, settling her between him and Slash.

“What's wrong? Why aren't you in your own room?”

The two Gunners sat up against the headboard, both wondering what had brought her to tears, she barely cried, even when she was a baby she was well behaved. Jessica looked up at them with wide eyes, shaking her head when Axl suggested that he could take her back to her own bedroom and tuck her in. Jessica shuffled closer to Slash, who rubbed her back comfortingly, the young girl stilling holding the teddy to her protectively, she always refused to part with it. Axl had bought her it when she was only a few months old and since then, she had never been able to sleep without it.

“I had a bad dream, and i'm scared too go back to sleep.”

She hung her head, as if she was ashamed to admit it, sniffling. The nightmare played again in her mind and Axl pulled her into his arms, her teddy falling onto the bed as she wrapped her arms around her father's neck. She sobbed and that's when they both realised that it had been her first nightmare because nothing like that had ever happened before. Axl whispered to her, telling her that it wasn't true and that it meant nothing.

“Aww, it's okay. It was only a dream, Jessie. We're here, OK? Nothing is gonna happen to you because we're here to protect you.”

Minutes went by and she slowly began to calm down, her father's word making her feel better. Slash smiled at them, wondering how the singer always managed to cheer their daughter up. It was like he had that parental instinct inside him, it made sense since he was always the father figure of the group, a strict one. Whenever Jessica was around, she always succeeded in making all their problems go away, she never failed to make them smile. The redhead moved her so that they were face to face, his fingers brushing away her tears, and stuck out his tongue, making a grin work it's way onto her face.

“Want to know what I do when i'm scared?”

Jessica nodded while Slash continued to sit quietly, observing how Axl was handling the situation.

“I shut my eyes as tight as i can and i shout 'go away' as loud as possible. So when I open them, the thing that was scaring me is gone. That's what I want you to do if we're not here, OK?”

Jessica nodded again, reaching out for her teddy as Axl stood up, ready to take her back to her bedroom. She stood up on wobbly legs, careful not to fall off of the bed, and jumped on Slash, who groaned as her knee dug into his stomach. She giggled loudly, planting a kiss on his cheek before standing up again.

“Night, Dad. Love you.”

“Love you too, night Jess.”

The guitarist turned off the lamp next to the bed and lay back down, smile on his face as he heard Axl lift her up, singing to her quietly as he led her next door. The two entered her large bedroom, stopping to look at her fish in the tank, before moving over to the bed, which was also covered with several dolphins. Axl set her down, shook out the duvet and placed it over her, sitting on the edge of the bed when he saw a bothered expression take over her face.

“Hey, hey! What did I tell you to do? Show me.”

She shut her eyes and said as loud as she could,”GO AWAY!”

Axl laughed, instantly finding the familiar shriek in her voice that his bandmates were always talking about. Jessica high fived him and pulled the duvet up to her chin, her eyes starting to fall as Axl coaxed her into sleep. He brushed the hair away from her face, kissing her forehead, getting back up onto his feet. She fought the slumber for a few seconds, her hand reaching out for Axl's, small fingers wiggling for attention. It was a sign that she wanted him to stay with her until she fell asleep, something she always did since she was old enough to talk.

“I love you, Daddy.”

Axl held her hand, sitting on the chair next to her bed, and he silently watched her. Her soft snores filled the room, dark curls falling over her face while she still held onto the dolphin for dear life. Axl wondered how he had become so lucky, still almost convinced that he was in a dream himself, only this was nothing close to a nightmare. His eyes trailed over her wall, chuckling at how she had the same dolphin interest that he had, there was several painted on her wall, thanks to Slash.

Everything he had was thanks to Slash. Before him, Axl never considered himself a fit father. He always wanted to be one, but looking at the parents he had, the redhead was sure that he would screw it up. The brunette made all his dreams come true and he was going to spent the rest of his life making it up to him.

”I love you too, baby.”
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