We were all running around the dressing room, getting ready for the show and trying not to get in each other's way. There were clothes everywhere and warpaint left in big black smears on the mirrors. As I pulled my boots on I stole a glance at Andy. He was stood in a corner of the room, trying to hide from us all as he got changed into his stage clothes. Before he shrugged his leather waistcoat on I noted his protruding ribs and collarbone, as well as his hips, that stuck out way more than they should. He was skeletal. He thought none of us would notice, but I knew the others had and I certainly did. It was horrifying, seeing my best friend like that, but what could I do? What could any of us do? It seemed like an impossible situation.
We all came off stage with huge grins on our faces - except Andy. He just looked exhausted. Jake, Jinxx and CC bounded over to Andy and I heard CC talking to him.
"Coming to the bar with us Andy?" He asked, and you could hear how happy he was in his voice. Andy shook his head and replied with something along the lines of "No thanks, I'm going back to the bus", but I couldn't really hear him as he was so quiet. CC called my name, interrupting my thoughts.
"Ashes!" He yelled, a grin on his face as he bounded over to me, "You coming bro? I saw some hot chicks earlier and I thi-"
"No.. I'm kinda tired.. I'm just gonna go back to the bus.." I said before he could finish. I saw Andy start to walk away and watched him, chewing on my lower lip. CC tapped my shoulder, and I looked back at him to see him raise an eyebrow, before he smirked slightly.
"Do I see you checking him out?"
I felt my eyes widen slightly and I shook my head quickly, "N-No.. I-I just.." The drummer grinned and cut in before I could finish my sentence.
"You like Andy! Ashes the man whore has his eye on Gazelle Legs!"
"Christian shut up! Fucking hell, okay, I like Andy. Just please, CC, please keep your mouth shut."
I walked out of the venue as soon as the guys had stopped ambushing me, but not before I looked over at Ashley and saw him looking right back at me. I swallowed and walked off quickly, running my fingers through my thick black hair.
When I got back to the bus I wiped off my warpaint and changed into my Batman pyjama pants, and curled up on the sofa with Koala Bearsack hugged to my chest. I put Batman in the DVD player and laid back on the sofa, and after a while dozed off into a light sleep.
I think I slept for fifteen minutes at the most before the door of the bus opened and woke me. My eyes opened and I looked towards the door, surprized to see Ashley walking onto the bus. He usually stayed out all night and brought a girl back with him, so the fact that he was alone was also a shock.
It was at that point that I realised I wasn't wearing a shirt and scrambled past him to my bunk, quickly pulling a shirt on.
"Andy what the fuck.."
I turned around to see Ashley standing right behind me and gasped, smiling awkwardly, "Uh.. Hi?"
Ashley rolled his eyes at me, "What was that all about?" He asked, and I didn't know what to say so I just shrugged, earning a sigh from the bassist.
"Andy.. I need to talk to you.."