@chasingawaythefoosa asked for a rock star/manager au
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Killian Jones was such a cliche.
Black leather, brooding good looks, eyeliner. The works.
Emma Swan teased him about it constantly.
It was what had made him so popular on the Boston circuit. That and the fact that he was a hell of a singer.
Quite how Emma had ended up managing the roguish Brit was a bit of a convoluted tale involving mutual friends, low funds and too much vodka. Turned out though that she was good at it. So good, that every weekend Kilian was booked solid, playing to packed crowds with his small back up band. There were even enquiries coming from further afield, tentative requests from record companies and, yes, groupies.
Which was who she was fighting through at The Rabbit Hole one Friday night after a killer set that had lit up the room and left a small gaggle of ladies lingering by the door that led backstage.
“‘Xcuse me,” she huffed, wriggling through the mass of hairspray and cheap themed cocktails. Tiny, the bouncer, nodded her through the sacred door as the other women pouted and complained.
“More this week,” he observed as she passed by.
“Yep,” she quipped, side-eyeing the one trying to slip Tiny a ten to let her go through. “Same old, just more of.”
Backstage, the band members were packing up their equipment, but Killian was sat alone, his ever present hip-flask dangling between his fingers.
“That was a good show.”
He looked up as she approached, his smile warm and genuine.
“I messed up a few chords in that last song.” There was a frown as he took another drink.
“Like anyone noticed.” She pulled up one of those cheap orange plastic chairs that seemed to congregate in spaces like that, and sat beside him. “You have quite the group waiting for you.”
She nodded towards the door and he twisted his mouth. “Not tonight Swan.”
Emma raised her brows. He usually liked to spend the last hour or so in the bar, picking up a few numbers, or just women in general.
Come to think of it, it had been some time since she had actually seen him leave with someone.