Imagine… Shannon and Jared
turning their heads to watch you while you walk across the room backstage after a Mars concert.
The room as still reverberating with the energy the crowd emanated. The
chatter in the room was now in a low volume since most people had left after
they got what they wanted. Only a very few fans were still walking around
taking pictures and getting their cd booklets and photos signed.
It had been an exciting but long night for the boys and even though they
always tried to give each fan their undivided attention, it was almost time to
go to the hotel and rest.
“You were amazing, Tomo. Thanks for your music.” A girl, not older than
18 years old, told him with sparkles in her eyes.
“You are very much welcome.” He said with a smile.
“You’re the reason I started to play guitar. Thought you should know.”
“Aw, now that’s a compliment. Thank you. What is your name?” He
asked so he could sign her Mars poster with a special dedication.
“Tabitha.” He started sliding the tip of the pen on the glossy poster
paper, but it didn’t work. Tracing circles, around and around, the pen was
denting the poster and damaging it slightly.
Across the room, Jared and Shannon were surrounded by a group of boys
also getting autographs and pictures. Their tired brains and bodies were glad
that these were the last few fans they would have to meet. They appreciated them
but, being in their forties, in the Leto brothers case, sometimes it was hard
to keep up.
“Ugh, has any one got a pen that works?” Tomo shouted aimlessly and
caught everyone’s attention.
“Here.” The woman had been sitting quietly in a corner, on a bean bag,
waiting for the crowd to dismiss.
Shannon and Jared immediately turned their heads to see where that voice
was coming from. She stood on her feet and they watched her walk across the
room, with a pen in her hand.
She was wearing a pair of ripped dark blue skinny jeans, black court
heels and a black and red stripe Bardot neck top. Her tangled blonde hair was
up in a bun and her green eyes were contoured with smudged black eyeliner.
Their eyes accompanied her steps until she reached the girls surrounding
Tomo. After an exchange of looks with his brother, Shannon spoke under his
“Oh, we’re going to start doing this again, aren’t we?” Jared responded.
It had been a while since they had played for a fan’s attention. In the early
days it was a common occurrence, but as they got older, the game wasn’t as
“We are not. You’re out.” Shannon finished signing a boy’s cd,
while the mystery blonde was chatting away with Tomo. Staring from a distance,
he watched her wrap her arms around his waist and smile for the camera.
The brothers were still tending to some fans when she began to approach
them. Waiting patiently for her turn, the woman tried to find the best spot on
her Love Lust Faith + Dreams cd booklet, so they could sign it. She
looked up in their direction to see Shannon’s back, and his neck twisted back
toward her, almost like in The Exorcist.
Timidly, she looked down to hide her blushing cheeks. He smirked, shook
his head and made a face for the next picture that was being taken of him.
“Come here, honey.” Jared gestured with his hand for her to come closer.
As she reached them, he hooked his right arm around her waist. “Did you enjoy
the show?” His eyes fixed on her, making her nervous.
“I did. Thank you so much for the amazing performance.” Her voice was
low and shy. “Could you sign this for me, please?” She handed him the booklet
and he tried to scribble his signature on it, unsuccessfully.
“What’s wrong with these pens today?” he complained.
“Oh, I had a good one, but Tomo took it.”
“C’mon, pen. Be a good girl, and work for me, baby.” Speaking in a sexy
whisper, he kept doodling lightly on the paper to get the pen to work.
“Are you talking dirty to a pen?” She narrowed her eyes and tried to
suppress a chuckle that came out anyway. Jared glanced at Shannon and saw
his big brother’s unhappy face as he signed the last autograph.
“Well, ya know… it just comes naturally to me.” He winked. Suddenly, a
smooth voice came through the entrance across the room.
“Hi, it’s Keira, right? I forgot to return your pen.” Tomo entered back
in the room and she walked rapidly with small steps in his direction. “Sorry
“That’s ok. You didn’t have to return it. It’s just a pen.”
Before she could be within earshot, Shannon shot an angry look at his
“What are you doing? I told you she was mine. Dude, seriously.” Jared
“Bro, she’s just another quest, right? Don’t be so worked up about it.
And I was just testing her… She’s all yours.” He eyed her as she advanced
toward them and handed him the pen. “Keira. I or Y?”
“With an I, thanks.” She glanced over at Shannon and when their eyes
locked he simply mouthed hi, and smiled. And she found that so charming
that she couldn’t help but blush again, while she returned the gesture.
“Why were you hiding in that corner?” Shannon asked, getting so close
this time, her legs went numb.
“I was waiting for the room to empty a little bit. I didn’t feel like
sharing you guys with so many people.” She added laughing softly. The youngest
Leto handed the pen and booklet over to his brother, who dropped the pen on the
floor. He crouched down to pick it up and said.
“Are those appropriate for a rock concert?” He pointed to her shoes,
once he was fully standing.
“I can handle them just fine, I’m used to heels. Besides, I’m only 5
feet 2, any additional 4 inches are very helpful in a crowd.”
“I know how you feel.” They both laughed.
Shannon handed back her things and crossed his arms on his chest,
staring at his prey intently, planning his next move.
“Fuck, my battery died.” Keira muttered, looking at her phone black
screen. She looked up and saw both Letos astonished eyes on her. Up until
this point Keira had been sweet, shy and polite, so they didn’t expect rudeness
coming from her thin lips. “Oh, pardon my French.” She laughed. “I can’t
believe I won’t get a picture.”
“I’ll take them with my phone.” This was becoming easier than he
expected. “Just give me your number or e-mail and I’ll send them to you.”
Jared burst out in laughter with his brother ridiculously corny pick up
line. The blue eyed Leto covered his mouth, trying to restrain the outburst,
but couldn’t. As for Keira, anyone would say she had seen a ghost. Her eyes froze
and for a moment she was speechless.
“Umm… I think that would work… I guess.” She posed with both brothers
individually, then together. Shannon took selfies with her and Jared did the
same, making funny faces. She gave Shannon her number and he immediately
started sending them.
“Tell me again, big brother, why do we do this to ourselves? 15 months
on the road, non-stop.” Jared stretched his arms above his head, lifting up his
sleeveless shirt revealing his lower stomach and belly button.
“You’re such old man, stop complaining. We still got it. Tell him we
still got it.” Shannon winked at Keira.
“You still got it.” She smiled and continued. “You guys must be
exhausted. Thank you again for the show and the pictures. I promise not to
share your number with anyone. But I should be going.” In her imagination,
that’s not how the night ended, but she knew it was only a fantasy.
“You’re going home all alone?” Shannon tried to sound worried with her
safety, but had ulterior motives.
“I’m not from town. I drove four hours to get here, and since none of my
close friends like the band I had to come alone.”
“Are you driving back at this hour? It’s not safe. You should stay and
leave in the morning.” He knew exactly where he meant to go with that.
“I’m couchsurfing, actually!”
“Hmm, adventurous.” He gave a little nudge on her shoulder.
“On a budget.” She laughed. “You guys are so sweet. Thank you very much,
but I really need to go. I’ll just get a taxi.”
“It was really nice meeting you, Keira.” Jared hugged her after giving
her a peck on the cheek, and then walked away, leaving her and Shannon alone in
“Do I get a hug from you too?” She stretched out her arms and he came to
her encounter. He tightly wrapped his strong arms around her and she threw hers
around his neck. The embraced lingered for a long moment and as he sniffed her
neck, an electric shock shot up her spine.
Keira broke the embrace, although his arms were still around her, looked
into his hazel eyes and said. “That felt nice.”
“Nice, huh? I can do better than nice… Come back to my hotel with
“Wow, you’re bold!” She looked around nervously and proceeded. “I can’t.
But it was really nice meeting you.”
“You really like the word nice, don’t you? Well, at least let us
give you a ride in our van.” He let go of her waist, and took her hands with
his, entwining their fingers.
“I’d better take a taxi, but thanks for the offer.” Without letting go
of his left hand, she pushed it to his back and kissed the corner of his mouth.
That took Shannon completely by surprise. He couldn’t believe that that sweet
and timid girl could be such a tease. Although his bodies parted, their hands
remained connected as she walked away, stretching their arms. She walked a few
steps backwards, then turned completely and left the room.
When Shannon entered the van, Tomo was sleeping and Jared was scrolling
through his phone. He knew that if his big brother had something to say, he
The drummer took his telephone and started swiping through the pictures
he had just taken with that beautiful blonde girl. Remembering how she smelled
and how soft her lips were while teasing him, he sighed. The buzzing sound of
his phone broke his concentration. He looked down to see a text from that girls
Thanks for the photos. I loved them.
Shannon – You’re welcome…You said your battery was dead.
Keira - I lied. I needed an excuse to give you my number, but I wanted you to ask
for it. And it worked.
Shannon - You sly little tease. I can’t believe I fell for it.
Keira - Are you angry that I deceived you?
Shannon - Not in the slightest…
Keira - Well, you have my number now… You know what to do. Good night. xo
Notes from the writer: This started as an
imagine, then turned to an extended imagine, which turned into a full one shot
and now it has potential to be a multi part fic. What do you think? Should they
I know backstage stories have been written
and re-written over and over again, but here’s mine. I hope it’s not too silly
for your liking!
More emojis: Black high heels, a court house, engagement ring(s), angry Babs face, the word Dude, the word Stable, stacks of legal papers, Ke$ha, her old Honda from season 1, the word Soulmate, her Yolo tattoo.