Chapter 6: The Gunsling

Standin' alone in soot and stone...he draws from this holster, a man.
Crawlin' alone through the soot and stone...he makes his way home half to death.

Black Veil Brides


"Nice." Rhodey said. Monk just should him his room for the night. Rhodey had a large room, with gray and yellow walls, a big bed in the middle of the room, a tv, and a mini fridge.

"I don't know why but I thought you might like it." Monk smiled.

"Thank you for letting us stay here for the night." Rhodey said.

"No problem. Since mom and dad are barely home, we enjoy the company." Monk said.

"But you guys have each other don't you? I'm the only child so it kinda sucks for me." Rhodey laughed.

"Yeah, but sometimes its good to be separated for your family for at least a little while." Monk sighed.

"True." Rhodey said.

"Well, I just have to tell you one more thing, Karin has the room next to you, and sometimes she puts on loud music, so just get ear plugs or something. Good Night." Monk said.

"Good Night." Rhodey said. He sighed, but his bag down and took out his phone. He had one text message, from his mom.

James, I know you guys are trying to help Tony in something, but I just got a call from Mr. Potts he wants Pepper back as soon as possible. Sorry, but I would like you guys to return as well.

He sighed again. What to do? They still need to help Allii, what if something happened to her and they weren't there she could get...killed...he groaned. He wasn't Tony, he ALWAYS followed the rules. Rarely did he break them.

He replied:

I understand. We'll come home soon.

Rhodey then heard:

I said before you ask which way to go
Remember where you've been

Stay awake
Get a grip and get out your safe
From the weight of the world just take
A second to set things straight
I'll be fine
Even though i'm not always right
I can count on the sun to shine
Dedication takes a lifetime
But dreams only last for a night

Believe you me
I'll tell them everything
Id tell them anything
To show them everything
Believe you me
I'll give them everything
Id tell them anything

You ain't the only one's who wanna live it up!
You ain't the only one's!

Stay awake
Get a grip and get out your safe
From the weight of the world just take
A second to set things straight
I'll be fine
Even though i'm not always right
I can count on the sun to shine
Dedication takes a lifetime
But dreams only last for a night

"Allii?" He said aloud. He went downstairs.

"Allii?" He asked shocked, when he reached the end of the stairs.

"Heard me huh?" She said, with that accent of hers.

"Yeah. You have a nice voice." Rhodey said.

"Thanks. I don't sing much anymore." Allii said.

"Why?" Rhodey asked.

"I don't know..." Allii said.

"You should continue, you might get somewhere." Rhodey smiled.

"Hmm, I think I might." She smiled, and then started playing with her lip piercings.

"Where's Tony?" Rhodey asked.

"I think he's in Pepper's room." Monk said.

"Thanks." Rhodey went upstairs. Pepper's room, next to Tony's right? He entered the room. Red. All red. Walls were red, the bedsheets were red, the couch was red, which Pepper and Tony were making out on, the shelf was re-wait, what?

Pepper had her arms wrapped around Tony's neck, Tony has his arms around her waist. And their lips were in a heated lock. Why did I have to be the one to see this? Rhodey thought.

"Excuse me." Rhodey said breaking the silence. Pepper and Tony parted, and looked the way towards Rhodey, they blushed.

"Hi..." Rhodey said.

"How long were you standing there?" Pepper asked. Rhodey shrugged.

"Does it matter, it was sooner or later someone was gonna walk in on you." Rhodey smirked.

"What do you want?" Tony asked, still blushing.

"My mom sent me a text. She wants us home, and your dad wants you home too, Pepper." Rhodey explained.

"What?" Tony said.

"Yeah I got a text from my dad saying the same thing, plus he added he didn't like the idea of me traveling the world with my boyfriend." Pepper laughed.

"I wouldn't like that either, if I had daughter I wouldn't want her with her boyfriend over night." Rhodey said.

"Thanks, Rhodey..." Tony said.

"Well...?" Rhodey said.

"So were going home?" Pepper asked.

"No. We still need to help Allii." Tony said.

"In what way are we helping her? All we do is just sit here while she fixes the computers!" Pepper said.

"What about the incident that happened back in Beijiang?! What if she gets hurt again?!" Tony exclaimed.

"Thats what I'm thinking, but mom wants us home, so..." Rhodey said.

"Well, tell her we can't, its important for us to stay." Tony said.

"I kinda already sent her a text saying we were coming home..." Rhodey muttered.

"What?!" Pepper and Tony said in unision.

"Rhodey!" Tony jumped over the couch. " Allii still needs us, what if she gets hurt and we are sitting in plane heading back? What use are we then?"

"I know! But what do I tell mom?" Rhodey asked.

"We'll keep her in the dark. We...have to try!" Tony exclaimed.

"Yeah, but what about my dad? He's an FBI agent. Come on you guys how are you gonna fool him?" Pepper asked.

"We've done it before, we can do it again!" Tony said.

"Fine, but if I end up in heavy duty grounding I'm gonna kill you!"


I don't own Stay Awake by All Time Low. Or IMAA or The Gunsling by BVB. Just putting it out there.