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Reader x Josh Dun words: 1933 warnings: thunder storm
Lighting bolts lit the sky and it took the thunder
only seconds to follow up. The sound was so loud you even heard it through your
head phones. You took them off and was surprised how loud the storm raged
outside. The sky was black and purple with a hint of red and a deep sigh
emerged from your lips. This was not the way you had imagined tonight. A loud
noise from next door and you sighed again – this time: angered. Maybe something
fell again? Maybe the weird neighbour, who never seemed to be home except for
when you needed a break, was up to some new sports trend again? You didn’t
know. The only thing you knew was that he was extremely annoying.
You paused the sitcom friends that flickered on the screen and got up. Tonight’s plan
actually had been to stay inside and watch friends
with friends. But messages had popped up on your phone all night, telling you
your friends were too scared to leave their flats during the storm. But fine,
then some wine and the show would do fine for yourself, too.
A lightning cracked over the sky and lit up the
apartment for a moment so bright you thought it was daytime again, before all
turned black and the thunder rolled over the city once more. Hopefully this
won’t result in…, you thought to yourself but too late. Suddenly all lamps went
off and the TV screen went pitch black as well.
You walked over to the switches to check
whether it really was a power blackout or not. But as you tried the switches
three four times and the lamps wouldn’t turn on again, you sighed again. This
was about to turn out as the worst night of the year so far. You could hear the
guy from next door curse but then it was quiet again.
Gathering all candles that you owned with the
flashlight of your smartphone, a reliable source of light was built around the
couch. The collection of birthday candles, scented candles and normal tea
lights must have looked weird with the lights turned on, but right now,
spreading warm light and being a source of comfort, you were glad to have them
The one noise that distraught you was a silent,
shy knock on the door, just as you had settled on the couch with a blanket and a
book. You sighed. Again. Then you got up to look who was out there. It turned
out to be your neighbour from next door. Even though it was pitch black
outside, the light from the candles lit his bright yellow hair and a smile lit
up his face. “Hi, I’m… Josh. From next door. I was hoping you’d be here.”, he
said hasty and his hand rushed through his hair, dishevelling it even more than
it already was. “I wanted… well, this is gonna be awkward, but I wanted to ask
whether you have something to eat?”, he paused and looked at his feet, his
hands intertwined with each other, restless.
Raising one eyebrow you looked at him. “Uhm,
don’t you have anything yourself?”, was the first thing you asked and you could
see that this was not the reaction he’d hoped for.
“Well, I just came home today from tour and
wanted to get home tomorrow, but I can’t even leave the building because the
elevator isn’t working without the power and so I can’t even order pizza or
anything and…”, he mumbled and his voice got faster and faster while his hands
kneaded themselves restlessly.
“Hey”, you said and softly laying a hand on
his, just for a second to make him stop with all the kneading. “I bet there
will be something in the fridge. Come in.”, with saying that you stepped aside
and he entered your flat. The hall was dark and you could not see a thing so
you closed the door quickly and turned around only to see Josh looking at the
candles. He still looked pretty nervous about this but there was the smile
again. “(y/n) is it, right?”, he asked you and looked up, squinting his eyes a
little to see you in the dark of the door where you still were standing.
“Yup”, you answered, trying to sound casual,
but it flattered you that he remembered your name, while all the time you were
angered by him you never even tried to learn his name. “Well…”, you said,
moving to the fridge a little awkwardly, “let’s see whether we got something to
eat for you.”
While walking to the fridge you could hear him
sit down on the couch. That was a pro and a con of living in a flat where kitchen,
living room and bed room are the same thing. With a tiny panic attack, you
looked over at your bed, but relieved you realised that you had made it look
extra cosy because your friends actually wanted to come around.
“Your flat looks nice”, Josh said from the
couch and you could not help but smile. He didn’t seem to be as annoying as you
always thought. “Well, thanks. It’s small and I wish I could afford a bigger
one, but I am quite happy.”, you said and opened the fridge. “Okay, we have
sandwiches, we have ice cream that will melt if we don’t eat it and we have
home made salsa sauce and I bet I’ll find the doritos somewhere.”, you said
while getting up, turning around only to face Josh directly. He stood right in
front of you, grinning at you. All his nervousness seemed to have faded.
Five minutes later you sat together on the
couch, each of you eating a sandwich and drinking the wine you had bought for
your friends. “So”, you started a conversation as your mouth was empty. “Back from
tour, huh? You’re in a band?”
“Yeah, I play the drums in a band called Twenty
One Pilots. Tyler and I, that’s… well, the band, we’re making… well… I should
show you some time what kind of music we make.”, he said and smiled at you.
“Ah, that’s the noise then.”, you said before
you could hold yourself back and Josh shot you a dazzled look. “I mean… I bet
you practise when you’re here, right?”
“Yeah, but I had no idea you could still hear
me. I will have to check the walls again. I thought I had made sure to not
The more you talked with Josh, the more you
were at ease with this stranger sitting next to you on your couch. He told you
about being on tour and the concerts. Also he talked a lot about Tyler and his
music. How he missed home and his family. It was really touching, but he also
asked a lot of questions about your life, your job and your favourite bands.
The storm outside was still raging on and the
electricity wasn’t back yet. As you got to the ice cream, a new wave of thunder
was rolling over you and it sounded as if it was directly over your house.
Josh’s spoon slipped out of his hand that started to shake uncontrollably
again. He looked up at the ceiling and bit his lip.
“Don’t worry”, you said, your voice all soft
and comforting. “It will be over soon. And I’m here. I’m here with you until
it’s all over.” Putting your ice cream aside you slid closer towards Josh,
taking his box of ice cream out of his hands and placing it on the ground
before taking his shaking hands in yours.
“They’re all sweaty”, he mumbled and wanted to
pull back, but you could hear his voice shaking. “I don’t mind”, you answered
and he pressed his eyes close, inhaling deep. “I’m so sorry I am putting you
through this it’s just…”, he started, his eyes still closed. Your thumbs drew
little circles on the back of his hands while you still held them. “I don’t
cope too well with thunder storms and the noise…”
Another loud thunder cut off his voice and you
could hear him taking in air sharply. “Don’t you worry.”, you said, moving even
closer and stroking his back.
“I’m a stranger to you”, he said quietly.
“You’re my neighbour and we help each other
out.”, you insisted and smiled a little. Josh was nice and, what you only just
now seemed to notice, smelled nice as well. “I will keep you company”, you
raised your voice over another loud crack of thunder, “until this is over,
alright?” “Alright”, he answered. His head rested on your shoulder and his
breath stroked over the bare skin on your neck, sending shivers down your
spine. Your hand stroke up and down on his back and you could feel his breath
getting more and more stable, more and more calm.
Without any idea on how long you’ve sat there,
you suddenly opened your eyes. You must have fallen asleep on the couch. Your
arms were still around Josh and his head rested on your shoulder, as yours did
on his. His arms held you tight and you noticed a tattoo that showed under his
sleeve. His breath went steadily, deeply. He was still asleep. Your left foot
had fallen asleep and you tried to move it to get the numbness away, but
instead, Josh moved in your arms. He woke up.
“Are you okay?”, were the first words he
mumbled and his voice sounded deeper than before. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing, it’s fine. I just think my foot… not
enough blood, you know?”, you stammered, still overwhelmed with his smell,
He yawned and then his grip around you got
tighter. “I got a solution for this”, he mumbled and then he stood up, carrying
you in his arms.
“Uhm, Josh?”, you said but he only shook his
head. “No, don’t worry. It’ll be fine.”, he said and walked over to your bed.
You caught a glimpse on the alarm clock. 4:23am. Not the time to get up or send
someone away to their own bed. So you let Josh place you on your bed before he
slid under the blanket next to you, wrapping his arm around you and burying his
face in your hair. “Thanks, (y/n)”, he mumbled before drifting off back to
It took some time again for you to fall asleep
yourself, but as you woke up the next morning, you had to admit that you’d
never slept as well as with him next to you. But where was he?
Your bed was empty and even the ice cream from
yesterday night had been thrown away in the bin. You looked around, listening
for sounds in the bathroom but nothing. He left. Sighing you got up and
stretched. When you got up, you noticed a note that laid on the ground. The
handwriting was orderly and a little heart was drawn on the bottom of the page
next to his name. It said:
Dear (y/n), thanks for letting me stay over the
night. I left at seven but you looked so peaceful, so I decided not to wake you
up. Here’s my number, call me. I’ll be back from visiting the family end of the
week. Let’s go out. Have a real date. But please, with ice cream at the end.
And maybe this time for cuddling (best cuddles) and sleeping ;) my place?