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Aug. 23rd, 2006 | 05:44 pm
mood: drunkdrunk
posted by: upallnight_x in themusicrpg

Johnny swaggered into a bar, casting a disdainful eye around the place. His gaze took in the cheesy-looking interior, the even cheesier-looking women, and a few men who looked like they had steroid cereal for breakfast. Rolling his eyes, he sat down and tried to ignore the nastiness of the place, ordering several shots of whiskey.

A good half hour later, he was steadily on the road to fall-down drunkenness. Watching out of the corner of his eye, he saw a big-muscled man take the seat next to him, regarding him with a sneer. The man muttered something about "fags" and Johnny whirled around, jamming his fist into his head. After about 15 minutes of yelling, confusion, broken glass and a lot of rolling about on the floor, he emerged with a bloody nose and a bruised fist. He'd thought he was triumphant till he'd been grabbed by the bouncers and forcefully tossed into the sidewalk.

Breathing in the chilly air slowly, he tried to force himself to stay calm, muttering slurred profanities to himself and getting up off his knees with shaky legs.

That was when he thought he spotted someone he knew...

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
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And Alison spotted him in return. She was smoking further down the street in front of a dodgy bar next door to the one he had just been unceremoniously tossed out of, studying him with mild amusement as she breathed out clouds of cigarette smoke. He looked a mess, and it wasn't hard to tell that he was drunk off his ass, even from where she was standing. She watched him casually, and then turned to face the street with a disinterested expression.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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Johnny tried with dificulty to place her, then finally recognized her and was so proud of his ability he grinned crookedly.

"'ey, Allison." he slurred, inwardly quite pleased with himself.


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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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Alison immediately wrinkled her nose at having been recognised. She peered sideways at him, wondering why he seemed vaguely - if not unpleasantly - familiar, and how he could possibly know her. Her eyes widened slightly as it dawned upon her. "Hello, Johnny," she replied disdainfully, offering him a curt nod before returning to her cigarette.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
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Frowning at her chilly reception, he wobbled a bit on the spot then reached out for a drunken hug. Though not really receiving it back, he gave her a firm squeeze, enjoying her against him for a moment. Knowing not to push his luck too far, he pulled away.

"So, what're you doing in this shitehole?"

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
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Alison uttered a squeak in surprise when he hugged her and made as if to push him, but he had already pulled away. She glowered at him silently for a moment, contemplating whether to slap him in the face or throw her cigarette at him. However, the urge to harm him was fleeting, and she took a long drag on her cigarette.

"In front of here?" She jerked a thumb over her shoulder at the bar. "Nothing. Getting a drink." She then spread one arm out to indicate a greater vista. "I'm in LA for... you know, art project."

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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Johnny nodded as if he totally cared what she was talking about, wiping his bloody nose with his sleeve as she spoke.

"All alone? This is LA. You could.." he trailed off as a hiccup came out. "get hurt."

He attempted to look concerned, though his stomach was squirming a bit too much and he was probably just grimacing.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
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"Me? Get hurt? No... Well, I am alone right now." Alison lifted her shoulders as a sign of indifference, flicking the butt of her cigarette to the ground and crushing it under her heel. "But I'm in LA with Jamie. Dunno where he is, though." She glanced up into his face and frowned slightly when she noticed his bloody nose.

"How'd that happen?"

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
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He nodded a bit, making a face when she noticed.

"Uh...some fucking big bloke called me a fag." He blanched, feeling a little stupid. "We got in a fight." he added, unnecessarily.

Here he raised a brow, staggering a bit when he made to shift.

"But...I won!" he muttered, looking unsure anyway.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
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She raised a brow as she reached into her backpocket for her pack. "It doesn't look that way," she remarked coolly, her other brow rising as she continued to stare at his bloody nose. She inwardly shrugged, figuring it was his business anyway, and lit up another cigarette. Moving as if to slip the pack away, she thought better of it, and instead held it up. "Want one?"

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Johnny looked annoyed at that, and sort of snatched the cigarette out of her hands with a gruff "thanks". Without looking at her, he reached out for the lighter and lit up. Taking a drag with his fingers shaking, he finally mustered up a response.

"Just 'cos the prat got me on the nose..." he trailed off, his mind a little too hazy to finish the thought. He struggled for clarity, reaching out a hand to steady himself on the building.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Alison's face softened as she watched him, and, immediately afterward, scolded herself. He was a stupid drunk and it was his own fault, what did she care? However, despite herself, her expression appeared a bit kinder and she took a step closer, gently grasping his elbow in case he lost his balance. "I have a bit of optimism for you: your sense of smell isn't too hot right now, hm?" She went on, smirking. "'Cause then you won't have to smell yourself. You stink like whiskey."

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
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He regarded her touch with something akin to surprize, wobbling a bit.

Laughing at her comment, he met her eyes, feeling remarkably aware of how ridiculous his bloody nose must look, even through his drunkeness.

"Well, if I could manage a shower I'd try it, but I'd likely fall on my face and die."

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Alison suddenly sucked in her breath when he looked at her, unconsciously gripping his elbow tighter, and then laughed quietly. "No, can't have that. Are you staying somewhere, or have you just been passing out in the streets lately?" she inquired with mild concern, but mostly regarded him with an impertinent glitter in her eyes.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Johnny muttered something, but it was too slurred to be coherent, so he tried it again.

"Well, there was this nice 'otel but I got kicked out..." He made a face at the memory. "Cos apparently it was non-smoking...and I told some bloke to fuck off but..." Here he realized he was babbling.
"Anyway, that was yesterday, so I've yet to figure out where I'm sleeping."

Johnny sighed, putting out his barely-smoked cigarette and then sort of missing stomping on it 'cause he couldn't get his foot over it.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Alison nodded along absently as she listened to him, still smoking her cigarette with her free hand and blowing smoke away from his face. "Well, I would let you stay with me but-" She paused abruptly as she realised what she had just said, and then frowned a bit. No, why on Earth would she let him stay with her? Again, acting without thinking, she muttered, "You can stay with Jamie and me."

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Johnny found himself grinning wolfishly at her, though quickly frowning at the fact that Jamie was involved. Trying to maintain a more passive expression, he nodded.

"Thank you, lovee...I promise I won't cause a spot of trouble for ya." He winked and then totally ruined his act by wobbling again.

Muttering something about being sick, he blanched and leaned heavily on the building for safety.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Alison rolled her eyes at his words. "If you fuck up our hotel room, I will be the one throwing you out," she replied, giving him a hard look to show him that she was being incredibly serious. However, she wrinkled her nose at the word "sick" and let go of his elbow, not wanting to be standing so close if he started vomiting.

"Lord, how much you had to drink?" she muttered, mostly to herself, averting her eyes.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
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He snorted at her impertinently, but then made a scared noise, staggering back and hurrying a few steps into the alleyway to be violently ill into a trash can.

Groaning, he wiped at his mouth, thinking it might be over. Sadly incorrect, he bent over again, wiping his hand on his tight jeans and hoping he didn't get his hair in the mess.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 24th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Alison made a disgusted face but otherwise remained silent, trying to ignore the sound of him retching nearby as she finished her cigarette. She waited a few moments and then cautiously approached him, wondering if he was finished the second time.

"Better?" she asked quietly.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 25th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
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Johnny let out a quiet whimper, then embarrassedly sunk to his knees and leaned against the building, staring blankly at the space in front of him.

Finally, he regarded her.

"...a little...yeh.." he muttered, feeling pathetic. To cover it, he sneered at nothing in particular.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 25th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
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Alison bent down to better view him, and then finally straightened up with a sigh. She glanced around as if checking for people before regarding his sorry form once more.

"I've seen worse. Now," she began quietly, "do you need another moment or do you want me to take you back to my place? You can get cleaned up, sleep and all that shit," she added, trying to be helpful. Admittedly, he wasn't her favourite person, but she did pity him.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 25th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
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He slowly got to his feet, looking rather furious for no reason.

"Let's go back..." he grumbled, in no mood for talking.
Surly, he kicked some pebbles on the street and walked a few feet, past her, defiantly.

Unfortunately, his knees gave out.

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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 25th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
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Alison growled quietly as he walked past her, bristling at what she thought was an ungrateful air. She briefly contemplated leaving him on the ground, but then heaved a sigh and stepped forward.

"Let's try and make this as dignified as possible. Hand?" She reached out to take his hand, hoping he would be cooperative.

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from: upallnight_x
date: Aug. 25th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
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Johnny gave her a look.

"You really think I give a fuck about dignified after all that?" he snapped, taking her hand and unsteadily getting to his feet.

He slowly made his way towards the end of the alley, waiting for her there.



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from: in_superstition
date: Aug. 25th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
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Alison's lips twisted into a bitter smile, and she gave him an indifferent look in return.

"Well, I didn't want you falling flat on your face. That would have been embarrassing," she added, a derisive note in her voice.

She folded her arms over her chest and walked toward him, not uttering another word as she slowed her pace and continued to walk to her hotel.

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