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Maggie's Nightmare

Maggie's Nightmare: Chapter Fourteen - Part One

Hey Y’all!

Sorry it took a little while to get this next chapter up. This was a much longer chapter and took me a while. In fact, it is going to be split up into a two or three part series.

As always, thank you for reading and following along with this story - you know I appreciate you all :-D

And, a Special Thank you to WhiteShadow21, dixiewolf, The Undead and Dixon'sVixen for commenting on the last chapter - you rock! I absolutely love to get feedback, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now back to our story ...

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Maggie’s POV –

I may have had a miserable night last night, but this morning certainly was looking up. I wouldn’t have thought it, but my conversation with Rick really helped me feel a lot better. It gave me hope that Glenn and I would be able to not only make this work, but that we could be happy.
I walked down into the common area, where Carol was shuffling about. Looked like she was getting things ready for the day; she’d kinda taken on the “management” of the prison – assigning chores and keeping track of everything that needed to be done with regards to the upkeep of the prison. She was naturally the mothering type, and she spent a lot of time trying to make this prison into a home for us all. And, since I had been off guard duty for the last couple of months, Carol and I spent a lot of time together. However, the last two weeks I’d been off pretty much all duties; I didn’t think it was necessary but daddy insisted. But, since I was up early, I thought I’d help Carol out a bit before Glenn or daddy found out and told me to stop.

As I walked down into the common area, she looked up and smiled.

“Hey Maggie.” Her voice was scratchy; she sounded off.

“Hey, you need a hand?” She coughed into her sleeve. She looked like hell. “Geez, Carol. You look terrible.”

“Thanks a lot!” She coughed again as she struggled to laugh.

“Hey, you want me to take care of things today? I don’t mind. Why don’t you just get some rest?”

“There’s a lot that needs to get done. And, your … you know.” She coughed again.

“What? I’m pregnant, not an invalid.”

She laughed. “Oh, alright. I guess. You’ll need to …”

I had to cut her off mid sentence.

“Carol! Come on! I know what needs to be done. Don’t worry about a thing. Just go to bed. Plus, we don’t need you gettin’ everyone sick.”

Carol smiled and grabbed a few things off the table.

“You’re right. Thanks, Maggie. I’d hug you, but I don’t want to get you sick.”

“No problem.”

Carol walked upstairs and I didn’t see her the rest of the morning. Shortly after Carol left Beth came down along with some of the other Woodbury residents; everyone was looking for their list of tasks and chores for the day. Everyone shared in the work here around the prison. I asked Beth to come with me, while everyone else kind of dispersed; digging into the grind of the day.

“Hey, Beth. Ya mind helpin’ me today? I gotta head down to the garden and get some items for dinner tonight.”

“Yeah, sure.”

“Thanks. I’ll need help getting the baskets up the hill.”

“Of course. I know. Still can’t believe your still on yer feet. You know Glenn would not like that your working right now.”

“I know, I know. But, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. Now will it? Plus, Daryl wouldn’t like it too much if you were workin’ too hard either. But, we gotta get stuff done around her nonetheless. Right?” I gave her a devilish grin and crinkled my nose.

Beth nodded. “Well, alright then. I won’t say nothin’ if you don’t”

“My lips are sealed.” We both giggled a bit, and I reached down and handed her a basket and grabbed one for myself. "Looks like it is a beautiful day anyways - I could use some sunshine."

Beth reached down and grabbed my free hand. She smiled and her eyes lit up.

“Love you, Maggie.”

I smiled and told her that I loved her too. My baby sister; she was so sweet. Even after everything, she had somehow maintained her innocence. We held hands as we talked and walked out towards the prison yard.

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The Governor’s POV –

Today was the day; I could feel it. No more surveying, no more re-con missions; this morning I notified my men that we would be executing our carefully made plans to capture one of the core members of the prison group. The excitement when we left Fort Benning was palpable. I couldn’t help the sly smile that remained on my face; unknowingly divulging my inner thoughts. The happiness I was experiencing knowing that revenge was just hours away; Maggie and my child just hours away from being in my arms. The feelings I had were indescribable; and took everything I had not to sing or hum the entire two hour drive to the hilltop near the prison.

The road was bumpy as usual, but this time I was in too good of a mood to scold Lt. James for his insistence on driving in a manner that on most days would have irritated me to no end.

“Beautiful day isn’t it.” I mused aloud.

Lt. James didn’t look at me, but noticed that I was particularly calm.

“It is … you seem fairly at ease bout all this.”

“I am James. I’m very confident that this plan will work. Aren’t you?”

“Of course, I am. I think it’s the best plan we’ve had so far.”

“Well, good. I do too. I just thank God that we have been allowed this day of reckoning.”

“Course. There’s been a lot of build up to this.” He paused. “How did you see the men this morning?”

“They seemed rather excited, didn’t they?”

“They sure did.” Lt. James paused. “I jus wonder if we’re ready to handle all those people. And …”

“And, what, James?”

“Jus that a lot of the men are a rowdy bunch. I jus hope that they will be able to adjust once the women and children get here.”

“Don’t you worry bout that James” I shot him a punitive glance. “Always the worrywart, James. You jus leave all that to me … The boys’ll be just fine.”

“Yeah, sure.”

James didn’t seem to buy what I was selling, but it didn’t matter – we we’re finally nearing the hilltop that overlooked the prison. Lt. James had scouted this location, and said it was the perfect spot for our snipers and to fire our rocket launchers. When we got closer, I told Lt. James to pull over, and I could see the 8 other vehicles stop behind me. Military issued Jeeps and several Humvees; each filled with 4-5 of my most skilled and heavily armed soldiers. I got out of the vehicle to speak with my Lieutenants and go over our plan one final time. The rest of the soldiers filed out of their vehicles and stood as a unit behind each of their commanding officers.

“Lt. Meyers, Lt. Martinez, Lt. James.” I looked at each of them as I said their names. “I’ve brought you and some of our best soldiers along for this very important mission. As you all know, this day has been a long time coming. You will be happy to know that our plans for rebuilding our civilization are within reach today.”

All the men seemed excited and a little anxious at the eve of our battle. A murmur could be heard amongst the men, as they grumbled and commented under their breath.

“I assure you, that each and every one of you fights today for a greater good, a cause that has a higher calling. Our species is on the brink of total and complete destruction, and we have an opportunity today to punish a group that has defiled what little there is left. And, today, our aim is to get it back.”

I nodded to my Lieutenants, who then opened up the back of my Humvee and began to pull out some of the heaviest artillery that we had come across at Fort Benning. Semi-automatic rifles, grenade launchers and high powered handguns were just some of the weapons I brought with me today to insure our victory.

“With these weapons and if we follow our plans and protocol; there is no way we can lose today. Victory is ours.”

The men raised their weapons and gave a loud “Hoorah!” They were all smiles today; that’s for sure.

“One final thing.” I paused. “As you all know, the target today is a woman. She is one o the core members of the group and our best bet to get the soldiers and men of the prison to leave and attempt a rescue mission. This woman…this woman … is not to be harmed. So, follow the orders of your commanding officers, get in, get the girl and get the fuck out. That’s it. Do not go fucking around in there, do you all understand?”

The men all responded in unison, “Sir, yes, Sir!

“Good … you’re all excused.” The scrambled back to the vehicles they came from. And, my Lieutenants remained with me; waiting for their final orders.

”Men. I don’t need to reiterate the importance of this mission. If we lose the element of surprise, if we miss the girl, if she gets harmed – then this whole thing comes crashing down. Do you understand?"

Martinez interjected, “Yes, Governor. We understand. The men are ready.”

“Good. Now, Lt. Martinez you realize that you and your men are responsible for acquiring the target?”

Martinez looked stern and focused. “I do. I know how important this is, and I want our people back as badly as you do.”

”Do you? Well, that’s good. Cause you are personally charged with Maggie’s extrication from the prison yard. Anything happens to her, it falls on your head. Got it?”

“I understand, Governor.” Martinez tried to hide his true feelings on the mater, but I could tell he had a tremble in his voice as he spoke. And, I thought to myself that it would do him well to remember how things went last time. He knows I have no qualms taking out men, women or children to get what I want; including him.

“Then, I can count on you to get the job done. That’ll be all Martinez.”

I handed him a walkie-talkie.

“Channel 7. Keep it on so I can give you the orders when the target has entered the prison yard.”

He nodded. “Yes, Sir.”

Martinez walked briskly back over to his vehicle and jumped in the passenger seat.

“Meyers, you’ll be following the convoy – bringing up the rear. Once Martinez gets out of the vehicle, I will need you to provide constant cover for him and his men. We need to keep the soldiers at the prison on the defensive while we make our move. Lt. James and I will be providing cover as well as creating a diversion from the hilltop. Here’s a walkie-talkie. I’ll be on channel 7. Keep this with you at all times.”

I handed him a walkie-talkie, which he immediately turned to Channel 7.

“Got it. Thanks, Gov.” He smiled slyly and walked back to his vehicle.

Lt. Meyers hopped in the passenger seat of his army jeep, and I could see the smiles on the faces of the young men he had selected to be directly under his command. One drove and the other three young men sat in the back. Although Meyers could be unpredictable at times; his aggression and natural ability to lead made him a great Lieutenant. And, these men were four of his best. The five of them were like a pack of wolves and he was their Alpha. I had figured out a long time ago that it was better to keep them together than try and split em up. Meyers was the only one who could keep these particular men in check.

“Alright men, head on out. I want you to head to the entrance of the main road to the prison and wait for my command.”

All of the vehicles pulled away and continued down the road. In 10 minutes they’d be at the entrance of main road to the prison; waiting for my command to attack.

“Lt. James. I need you and your men ready on the hilltop in 5.”

“Got it.”

“Snipers need to be on the look out for the guards at the prison. And, I need you and the rest of your men ready with the rocket and grenade launcher.”

“That’s affirmative, Boss.”

Lt. James turned to the men.

“Alright boys, this is it. Let’s move out!”

He waved for the men to follow him and they all called out again in unison, “Hoorah!”

Lt. James and his men jogged towards the lookout, and I followed closely behind them. They immediately started to set up. The snipers hunkered down, setting their sites on the prison walls and towers. Lt. James set up the grenade and rocket launcher with a couple of the other men. And, within minutes, my men were set, primed and ready for war.

“We’re all set, Boss.”

“Good … nice work James.”

I grabbed my binoculars and watched scoured the prison walls and prison yard. It was still early and the prison yard was as empty as a ghost town. The sun started to rise just minutes after we got there, so I assumed most of the people were still asleep. I checked the towers and sides of the prison, when a familiar face walked into my view – Rick. Oh, how I wanted to put a bullet right between his eyes right then and there. But, that would be counter productive to my mission here today. If I shot him, the others would know and I might lose Maggie and my chance to get revenge on that bitch, Michonne.

And, so we waited …

It had been two hours and still no movement outside the walls of the prison. Lt. Martinez radioed me and asked me what the status was.

“Nothing yet, Martinez; I will radio you as soon as I see the target. You just have your men ready.”

Then, Lt. James excitedly said the words I’d been waiting to hear …

“I see her, Boss. She’s in the yard.”

I grabbed my binoculars and checked to make sure it was her and to my utter delight – it was!
I watched anxiously as Maggie and another young woman walked down to the lower part of the yard where they appeared to be heading towards the garden. My heart leapt in my chest – my plan was coming together perfectly.

I quickly grabbed my radio again and let Martinez and Meyers know that the target had been spotted and the mission was a go.

“They’re about to enter the lower yard. I want you to slowly move the convoy down the road towards the prison. Keep quiet. I don’t want them to hear the vehicles and alert them to what’s happening. Once you hit the clearing, they’ll be able to see thee vehicles that point. So, once you hit the clearing – gun it! Head right towards the first gate, take it down and we’ll provide cover while you grab the target.” I paused. “And, Martinez, you better not fuck this up. I want this done quickly. In and out within 3 minutes. Then, I’ll meet you back at our rendezvous spot - Hogansville; where the I-85 S meets E. Main Street. Then, we’ll bring her home. Got it?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Meyers? You get all that?”

“Yes, Governor. The convoy is on the move.”

END OF CHAPTER FOURTEEN: PART ONE

Notes

So, it has begun! Dun, dun, dun ... The Governor is ready to attack and get his plans for revenge seem to be just within his reach. But, you will have to wait until I post Part Two to find out what is going to happen and if The Govna is going to get his hands on our dear little Maggie.

Part Two should be up soon; however, feel free to leave me a note or comment on this chapter on your way out ... you know I love to hear from you all :-D

Best,
Dahlia
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AUTHOR'S NOTE:
So, I'm gonna get a little TWD nerdy on you here ... so, for those of you interested in all things TWD - keep reading ;)

In this last chapter I mentioned Hogansville, GA, I-85 S and E Main Street - which are all real locations in Georgia. I might be mentioning other locations and sites in future chapters, so I wanted to give you a little insight as to what I perceive are the 'real' locations for TWD characters.

When I started to write Maggie's Nightmare, I wanted to get a better picture of where these characters really were and get an idea of where they would "really" be if TWD characters were real and actually roaming around Georgia as we know it.

So, I did some research...

In Season One, TWD characters have flashbacks to when they are stuck on the freeway near Atlanta and when they see the military bombing the hell out of Atlanta. So, if they could see all of that from the road - they had to be fairly close to the city.

After Atlanta is bombed, we see that the characters are all set up at a rock quarry, which would need to be off the main road, fairly easy for them to find and close enough to Atlanta for them to make all of those supply runs. So, I checked for rock quarries near Atlanta, and found one near a lake (where Andrea and her sister go fishing) that fits the description and it is located just south of Atlanta (13 miles - close enough to get to the city for supply runs) in Union City, GA on Rock Quarry Road.

After they leave the rock quarry, they head to the CDC, which is actually northwest of the rock quarry and Atlanta. The group wouldn't have risked driving through Atlanta so they would have taken back roads to get there.

After Jenner and the CDC go up in flames, the group heads back out on the road. I am assuming that they were heading to Fort Benning - the last place they heard might be safe. Fort Benning is actually south of Atlanta. So, the group would have headed back south, past Union City, past the rock quarry to where they get stuck on the road and loose Sophia. The group stays at this location while looking for Sophia, until Carl is shot by Otis. The group is then brought to the Greene Family Farm.

If you search for farms south of Atlanta, you get several areas where it could be located; however, Palmetto, GA seems to be the likeliest candidate. Not only do the farmhouses and properties there look just like Hershel's but it is also located very close to Newnan, GA

Newnan , GA is about 14 miles from Palmetto and happens to be where they actually filmed the scenes for Otis and Shane when they went to the high school for medical supplies - imagine that!

When the group is forced off of Hershel's land, they take shelter for the night. At the end of Season two the group is huddled around the campfire trying to figure out what to do, and the camera pans up and we see the Prison looming in the background - not too far from where they are.

The group spends the next seven months foraging, scraping to survive when they finally decide to 'take' the prison and clear it of walkers. If you search for Prisons south of Atlanta, you come up with The Coweta County Prison - located in Newnan, GA.

The Coweta County Prison Newnan, GA is located 35.7 miles from Woodbury, GA (about a 54 minute drive). So, it is possible that Maggie and Glenn were in a nearby town (possibly Peachtree City, Senoia, Grantville, Greenville or Hogansville, or Sharpsburg, GA), when they ran into Merle who then took them back to Woodbury as prisoners.

And, finally, I wanted to know the probability of Rick's group running into my version of The Governor now that he is located at Fort Benning. Assuming Rick and the group are at the Coweta County Prison, they are a mere 81 miles (1 hour 22 minute drive) from Fort Benning. Far enough to likely not run into each other, but close enough for the Governor to continue his surveillance and/or sabotage of the prison survivors.

So, hopefully, you enjoyed hearing a little more about my reasoning for TWD locations that I might mention in my chapters. If any of you have done any research - I'd love to hear what you came up with ;-D

Best,
Dahlia

Comments

oh my goodness. This is good. You have done an amazing job writing this. I am a little sad, I have reached the end and I like it so much. I need to finish it.... Im worried about what will happen. But I am excited

RedneckDaryl16 RedneckDaryl16
3/24/15

oh my goodness. This is good. You have done an amazing job writing this. I am a little sad, I have reached the end and I like it so much. I need to finish it.... Im worried about what will happen. But I am excited

RedneckDaryl16 RedneckDaryl16
3/24/15

This story is really good!!! I read My Guardian and I could not stop. I love Bethyl and Maggie and Glenn. I really hope you add to both stories...... I really cannot stop reading them.

Bethyl333 Bethyl333
3/23/15

This story is amazing! I love the way you're having The Governor be more like he was in the comics... poor Maggie! I also like that while this is mainly about Maggie and The Governor, you've put some Bethyl in there. Can't wait for the next chapter!

Anonymous101 Anonymous101
3/21/15

@The Viking

haha thanks:')

PizzaGlenn PizzaGlenn
2/21/15