Chapter 2 - Matt's P.O.V

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"Hey man, we haven't been to Toronto since before Jimmy died."

"Yeah, thanks for reminding me." I responded to Syn with an abysmal tone. I just wasn't in the mood.

"Lighten up, man." Brian said with a shrug.

I walked over to the wing and looked out on My Chemical Romance opening the show. Gerard always looked so full of energy. I felt an arm wrap around me, and a familiar smell of perfume slowly drifted past me.

"Val," I whispered as her arms unwrapped themselves from around my body. Her touch was starting to repulse me. Shaking my head at her, I walked away and sat in the corner with Zacky.

She lingered at the side lines for about a minute before looking in my direction. She knew what she had done.

Just then, I saw Johnny walk over to her and whisper in her ear. She looked at him with a sullen expression before walking away with him.

Good riddance.

"I am not afraid to keep on living

I am not afraid to walk this world alone

Honey if you stay you'll be forgiven

Nothing you can stay can stop me going home."

My Chemical Romance finished their last song and the curtain went up. I sluggishly walked over to greet the guys off stage.

I put on a fake, insincere smile. "Great opening!" I exclaimed shaking each of their hands.

"Thanks Matt, we got them all warmed up for you!" Gerard said, panting for breath.

I smiled again, but inside I was dreading this show.

"Okay A7X, ten minutes till you go on." The tech guy announced.

I looked around to see if Johnny had returned. He had.

The guys got their instruments and we stood behind the curtain waiting to hear the pre-recording of the beginning of Bat Country. I put my sunglasses on to hide the huge bags under my eyes. I hadn't slept properly for days and it was finally starting to catch up with me. I wasn't sure how many more shows I had left in me before I passed out from exhaustion. And what was worse, we had a private meet and greet with a contest winner and their friend. I just wasn't up for it and didn't want to let a fan down.

The crowd was going crazy.  We could hear them shouting "Sevenfold! Sevenfold!"  As I looked around, the guys were exchanging smiles and nods.

The spotlights that had made their way on stage had now stopped and we were stood waiting to hear the recording.

"He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."

The curtain dropped and I felt the accustomed burst of adrenaline as I started to scream.

After what Syn had said to me earlier, I felt that we all owed it to Jimmy to say something. So, after Bat Country I shouted, "Okay you guys! I want everybody to be quiet for like two minutes. I wanted to ask that everybody in the room pays tribute to Jimmy before the beginning of this next song!"

The response was amazing - everyone in the room went silent. After thirty seconds, we started with So Far Away.

"Never feared for anything

Never shamed but never free..."

I decided to just lose myself in the atmosphere and before I knew it, we were onto Dear God, our last song of the night.

I decided to speak to our fans one last time.  "This is our last song. So I wanna hear you guys fucking screammmmmmmmm!"

Everyone screamed in unison. I decided to take off my glasses, not giving a shit what people thought. 

I jumped off stage and ran into the crowd. Arms were waving everywhere and the crowed swarmed around me like a cloud of bees. I heard a scream.

I looked to where it was coming from and I saw a girl, about seventeen? Eighteen? She was being compressed against the railings. I went over to help her and as I did, we made eye contact. I couldn't think straight. My mind went clouded. I was fixated on her. I had never felt this way about anyone, not even Valary. Her eyes gazed openly into mine and I felt a flutter in my chest.

She smiled at me and blushed. She looked so cute when she did.

I smiled at her. Sincerely - my first real smile in a long time.

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