Polaroid-an Imagine Dragons fanfiction :)

Arrow's life is like Imagine Dragons song Polaroid-she's wild, the color of boom, as unstoppable as a rolling freight train/

Arrow's mother has had enough. She's tired of Arrow's behaviour.

When Arrow turns 16, she finds out that Dan Reynolds is her real father. She is sent to live with him and Imagine Dragons in America, and has a summer she'll never forget....


5. Polaroid Perfect

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I stay at the house for a few weeks-and then one day, Dad comes into the living room. He looks really happy, and I wonder what's happening.

"We need to get the tour bus ready, bags packed-we're going on tour around America. It's going to be for a few weeks, so pack a suitcase" He says, and I suddenly get really excited. I had dreamed of this for years-of being able to see Imagine Dragons live-and now I can see them whenever I want, because Dan Reynolds is my dad.

"Should we pack now? When do we go?" I ask. I can hardly keep the grin off my face.

"We leave early tomorrow, so, yeah, packing now will be a good idea." Dad replies, and I run up to my room. I re-pack the suitcase I came with, then text Mom.

Going on tour!!!!!!!!!!! I might not always reply. Love uxxxxx

She replies a few seconds later.

Cool. Be good.

That's it. No kisses, no emojis, no nothing.

"Screw you," I mutter to the phone, then text my best friend, Kara. I know she'll be mega-excited.

Me: You'll never guess what is happening to me!!!!:)


Me: This is really hard to believe and I still think it's a dream but I found my dad and I'm going on tour!!!:)

Kara: you found your dad? who is he? and what do you mean, tour? what's going on?

Me: my dad is Dan Reynolds.

Kara: :O...You're kidding, right? is this a prank? are you serious?

Me: It's not a prank. it's real. I'm deadly serious.

Kara: OMG OMG OMG OMG MY BEST FRIEND IS ARROW REYNOLDS!!!! Wait, you're second name isn't actually Woods?

Me: No, it's actually Reynolds, he showed me the birth certificate. I guess my mom didn't want me to know. That crumbled when he sent me a letter on my birthday.

Kara: aw, you're all Americanized now!! You are so lucky.

Me: Do you want me to send you tickets?

Kara: you'd do that for me?

Me: Yeah, you're my BFF.

Kara: YAY!!!

Me: Gotta go. Supposed to be packing. Byexxx

Kara: See ya, Miss Reynolds!!!

Me: LOL.

I put my phone down, smiling. I'll have to ask Dad about the tickets, but I'm sure he'll let her come. I drag my suitcase down the stairs and into the living room, where Aja, Wayne, Daniel, Ben, Dad, Gia and Coco have already put theirs.

"What did you pack, the Rocky mountains? You took ages!" Ben jokes.

"I was texting my friend," I tell him, then turn to Dad.

"Can I have a ticket to send to her for one of the concerts? My friend's a massive fan," I ask hopefully.

"Yeah, I don't see why not. But, Arrow, I hope it's just this one friend. I can't go round handing out free tickets to everyone. And don't tell anyone. I'll put it in express mail. What's her address?" He replies, and I hug him.

"Thanks! I promise it's just this one person, my best friend Kara. Her address is..." I tell him her address, then text her.

Ticket sorted! No price, just wait for the mail :)

She doesn't reply, which probably means that her phone is dead. Time difference doesn't matter to her-she barely sleeps in the holidays. I then go onto my camera, take a selfie with Dad and put it on Twitter.

Going on tour with Dad, love him so much!:)

Immediately, my phone turns into a mini hand-massager.

OMG @PoisonArrow!!! He's your DAD?!!

She's lying, obvs. Probably just attention-seeking.

Excuse me, Little Miss @NeonSummer, but my BFF has NEVER lied in her life!!!

Sorry, @LionHeart, but @NeonSummer is probably right. Although she does kinda look like him...

@PoisonArrow, you are one lucky b***h.

I turn my phone onto airplane mode just to quieten it. As far as I'm concerned, @NeonSummer can believe what she wants. I know the truth.

(The Next Day)

I wake to someone bouncing on my bed-no, two someones. I open my eyes blearily and see Gia and Coco bouncing on the end of my bed.

"WAKE UP!!!!!" They shout. It must be pretty early-it's still dark out.

"I'm awake" I say, sitting up and looking at my alarm clock.


When I wake up properly, I see Ben stood at the door, smiling.

"You wouldn't wake up when I came in to get you up, so I let the twins do that." He says.

"We have to get up this early?" I ask.

"Yep." I wipe sleep out of my eyes.

"I'll get ready then."  I say, and he goes out, taking Gia and Coco with him. I dress in jeans and a white top, then brush my hair. I'm still half-asleep, so I don't bother with makeup. I brush my teeth, cleanse my face then go into the living room. Soon, we're all piling into the tour bus with the suitcases.


We drop Aja and the twins at a hotel somewhere.

"Just you and the guys have some time together. We'll meet you later on in the tour," she says, taking their suitcases with her. Then we hit the road. I Facetime Kara, and she cries in happiness when she gets to speak to Imagine Dragons.

It takes a few hours for us to get to the first place on the tour. I help set up everything on the stage, the dark seats receding away into blackness. When I have finished helping, I see a shadow move in the thick darkness. I jump down from the stage, and quietly move between the rows of seats. When I get away from the light, I can barely see, so I turn my phone flashlight on, and it falls on someone.

A boy.

He has dark, messy hair and glittering dark eyes. He turns to me, squinting slightly in the light. When he sees me properly, his eyes widen.

"I...uh..I-I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, I was just, uh..." He flusters, grabbing his bag and turning to leave.

"Wait." I say, and he turns back to me. In the light, I see that he is wearing an Imagine Dragons top, a bit like the one I got for my birthday. I put down my Night Visions bag and his eyes fall to it. I sit on a chair, and he sits down one seat away from me.

"What's your name?" I ask him, and he looks up.

"Aaron." he replies. "You're Arrow, right? The girl from Twitter?"

"Yes. I'm Arrow. I'm, uh, here with my dad. You coming to the concert later?" I ask him.

"Yeah. I just came to see them set up, and you were there....is Dan Reynolds really your dad?" he bursts out. I nod in response.

"This is awesome..."He whispers. Just then, I hear Daniel shouting me.


"I, uh, gotta go." I say apologetically, grabbing my bag and getting up, then rushing down the rows of seats.

"Wait, Arrow!" Aaron shouts after me, but I don't turn back. Instead I rush backstage and leave the building with the guys.

(at the concert)

I sit alone in the dressing room. Imagine Dragons have gone on stage. Suddenly I stand up and open the door. I can hear music drifting down the corridor, and I can't stay here any longer. I creep backstage, and settle myself where I can see what's going on, but no-one can see me. Dad's singing the last words of Polaroid, the song that describes me in every which way. I take some videos on my phone, the flash lost in the stage lights. There are millions of fans, all merged into one moving mass, screaming along to the song. The sheer number of people takes my breath away. Somewhere, in that mess of bodies and sweat, is Aaron. Jut thinking of him makes my heart beat a tiny bit faster. I hear the familiar opening of All Eyes, and I quietly sing along so no-one can hear me.

After a couple of hours, Dad and the band are wrapping up the concert, and I run back to the dressing room, acting like I've been there the whole time.

"How did it go?" I ask sweetly when they come in.

"It was awesome, they all went crazy!" Wayne says. I hope I don't look red from the heat of backstage. I feel like I am glowing with the stage lights, that my sneakiness is written on my face, tangled in my hair. I focus on keeping my expression innocent. After all the fans have left, I go into the audience seat, so the band can chill out together for a bit. I see Aaron sat on one of the seats, looking at the stage, his face glowing. I sit down next to him.

"Hey!" I say, and he jumps. I laugh.

"Oh, Arrow, it's you! You scared me!" he laughs shakily.

"Soo...what did you think?" I ask him. "How was the concert?"

"It was amazing! I'll never forget tonight as long as I live!" he breathes, and I laugh again. We sit in silence for a few moments, then he speaks again.

"I know how to get onto the roof if you want to go somewhere a little cooler than here."

"Show me," I smile, and he takes my hand and leads me to a shadowy door. We go through it, down a pitch-black corridor that seems to last forever.

"I can't see anything!" I laugh, then he's guiding me up a ladder, and we come up to fresh air and a million burning stars. The night is balmy, with a cool breeze blowing. We stand at the railing that circles the perimeter.

"There's one thing that could make tonight even more perfect," he whispers.

"What?" I whisper back.

Then he kisses me. It feels perfect and amazing and beautiful. Suddenly my night is perfect too.

Polaroid perfect.


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