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Maggie's Nightmare

Maggie's Nightmare: Chapter Nine - Part One

As I mentioned before, I still had a lot more back story for this Maggie/Glenn/Daryl/Beth, especially for my new couple - Daryl & Beth. So, the next couple of chapters will most likely be from the guys POV ... Glenn, Daryl and then The Governor. However, The Governor and his men are getting ready to execute their plan, so more action is definitely on its way.

As always, thanks to everyone who is reading the story and are following along ... I really appreciate it :)

And, a Special Thank you to chroniclesofcharnia, SierraaDixon and mpnyx for commenting on the last chapter. Your comments and reviews really do inspire me to keep writing, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

From the reviews and comments it looks like most of you are on board for a little Beth and Daryl love connection, so I'm going to explore their story a little more. They were always going to be a couple in the story, I was just waiting to see if you all liked it ... and, if you did, then I would spend a little more time developing their relationship in this story.

So, here we go ...

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Daryl's POV – about one month after the war with The Governor and the beginning of Daryl and Beth's relationship

"Daryl! Brought ya your coffee."

Beth smiled and walked briskly over to Daryl from across the yard. The moon was out, and he could see she was smiling. She was bundled in a blanket that she had wrapped around her shoulders, and had and a cup of steaming coffee in her hands.

"Thanks, Beth. Appreciate that …"

"Anything to help. I know you can use it during these long night shifts." She handed him the mug.

"Careful! It's hot." She added.

"Ah! Sure is." Daryl smiled slyly at her, with a glint in his eyes. "Thanks, Bethy."

She didn't have to bring him and the others coffee every night, but he thought it was awful sweet of her to do so.

They stood in silence for a while, just looking out over the yard. Even though all they had was the moonlight, they could see there were some walkers trolling around the front fencing.

"Damn things never sleep!" Daryl grunted and shook his head.

"Well, the guard watch isn't really for them … now is it?" Beth hinted; referring to The Governor.

"Can't be too careful these days, I guess." Daryl paused to drink his coffee, and tried to change the subject.

"This is real good Beth … real good."

Daryl drank his coffee and lost himself in thought for a moment.

It wasn't just for the walkers. Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, Hershel and the rest of the group had all decided it was best to keep guard at all hours, and to make sure at least one member of their original group from the prison was on guard at any one time. With the Governor still out there somewhere, the new residents, and even other groups of survivors - they couldn't be too careful.

Beth nodded. She looked out over the yard and finally chimed in, "You think he'll come back?"

"Nah, I don't think so …"

Daryl could see her eyes squint and her mouth crook to the side. She was troubled by that reality. She really hadn't been the same since everything had happened with The Governor.

"An, even if he does … we're ready for him. No need to worry bout that, Beth. Ya hear?"

Daryl tried to ease Beth's fears. He did his best, but she wasn't convinced.

"I think he's gonna come back. Just don't know when, or what he's gonna do …

… But, he'll be back."

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Several hours passed and, thankfully, there wasn't much more going on than those few walkers at the fence. A couple of walkers Tyrese had already dispatched of by sticking a pole through the fence; the rest wandered around the perimeter.

"See that Beth? Just aim for an eye; hard to miss the brain if you do that."

I liked to give her and the others advice whenever I could. I might not always be around, so I figured I should pass down any tips I had. But, Beth seemed to have other things on her mind tonight; more so than usual.

Beth toed the ground with her boot; brushing dirt back and forth. I couldn't help but notice her listlessness.

"Ya alright?"

I was concerned by the distance I saw in her eyes. I leaned over and bumped my shoulder into hers, trying to nudge her out of her funk.

Beth crossed her arms and looked up slowly; gradually meeting my eyes.

"You ever wonder … you know … what the future is going to look like for us?"

My eyebrows furrowed; I wasn't used to answering questions like these, but I did my best to try and reassure Beth.

"I try not to think about that. Jus focused on the day to day, really. Survival, an all that." I paused.
"Why? Whatch you worried bout?"

"I just worry sometimes … that this is it. That this is all life is ever going to look like. Surviving day to day, in constant fear of the living … and the dead. Wonderin' if we're going to all make it to tomorrow. It's exhausting …

… And, it worries me."

"You don't have to worry, Beth. You know you're safe here."

Beth's tone turned a bit melancholy. "Yeah, I know I'm safe … for right now. But, what kind of future do I have to look forward to?"

"What kind of future did ya want?" I questioned her.

"Well … I had always wanted to go to college, get married, have a family … all that kind of stuff."

"You can still have that, Beth. You can have all of that." I reassured her.

Beth felt a little irritated at my answer; I could tell by the way she was biting her lip. She only bit her lip when she was angry and was physically keeping herself from saying something. And then she let it out …

"Really? An how's that gonna happen? College! Marriage! Kids! In what universe, Daryl?" Beth’s tone was sweet as always, but her words cut like a knife.

All I could do was just look back at Beth – I was a bit stunned. My eyes widened; my lips parted, leaving my mouth agape.

"Seriously, Daryl … where am I gonna meet someone? Here at the prison? On a supply run? How's that all supposed to happen?"

"Listen, Beth. I didn't say I had all the answers, jus that you could have that one day …well, maybe not the college thing ... but, you can still do some "home schooling" or something like that if ya wanted to"

We both laughed a bit. College had never been on my to-do list, but I could see how it was something that she had been looking forward to at one time. Especially, when her smile faded.

"That's what I mean ... it's just not ever gonna happen, which makes me really worried about the other things."

I knew exactly what she meant. Although I would never say something like that out loud, I didn't sometimes wonder what kind of future any of us could have. As I thought about it more, I really started to feel the frustration building in me.

"Hell, Beth ... that's what we all want!"

Beth took a few steps closer to me, shuffling her feet as she walked. She uncrossed her arms and started to fiddle with the tips of her hair, spinning them in between her forefinger and thumb.

"I'm sorry, Daryl. I guess … I guess all this stuff with the Governor. Him taking Maggie and Glenn. The incident with my dad gettin' bit ... it's just startin' to feel like there is a real possibility I will end up completely alone in all this. And, if that's the case …

… Then, what the hell am I fighting for everyday?"

I could see the tears well up in her eyes. She was frustrated and mourned the loss of the life that could have been. She was usually so positive and calm, but to me it seemed like this whole Governor business had obviously really thrown her for a loop.

"I feel that way too sometimes … I wonder if I'll jus end up alone. I mean, Hell – I am alone. My brother's dead and I ain't got no family left."

Beth turned to me, "But we're your family now. You know that, right? We're all family. You're not alone, Daryl."

"Ya know exactly what I mean …

… I mean like a real family. Blood. You got your Dad, Maggie and I guess Glenn now, right?"

She gave gave me a half smile, "I guess I do."

"But, I ain't got any of that. So, I do understand how ya feel. Not knowing what your place in the world is; who you belong to, and where you're gonna end up."

"You still miss Merle, don't you?" Beth asked quietly.

"Course I do! What kinda question is that?" I felt a sharp pain in my heart; a physical pain in my chest. Talking about Merle was still real hard for me. He may have been a real ass sometimes, but he was family.

"Just askin' … I didn't mean anything by it." She quickly added.

"Course I miss him. He was my brother! Killin' him was the hardest thing I ever did …

… worse than anything I ever experienced in my life … and that's sayin' a lot!"

I turned and faced away from her; feeling the lump in my throat and feeling my face flush with blood from the emotions. The tears were on their way, and I didn't want Beth to see me cry.

"Better get back to my watch, ya better head in."

I tried to brush her off, and get off the topic but it was too late. I reached for my face and could feel the tears that had spilled out of my eyes and had started to roll down my cheeks.

"The hell?"

"What? You alright, Daryl?"

Beth reached out to and grabbed my arm; trying to pull me towards her. I pulled away defensively. I quickly tried to wipe the tears away and hide them from Beth. I didn't like anyone to see me like this, but I couldn't hide this from her.

"It's okay, Daryl."

She grabbed my arm again, and pulled me towards her; she stood right in front of me. And, in the moon light she cupped my face and reached up and wiped one of the tears from my face with her thumb.

She looked at me for awhile before she said a thing. We were both hurting. But, this is the first time she had opened up about these things and definitely the first time she'd ever seen me like this.

"It's okay to cry, you know?" She looked up at me, her eyes wide and starting to fill with tears.

"Yeah, I know … Jus not used to all that emotional shit." I wiped my eyes with my sleeve.

"Well, we all need a good cry now and again. I think we've all earned it." Beth smiled.

Beth had always thought it was so amazing that Daryl had always tried to be so strong for everyone. But, she had always known he was a sensitive guy underneath it all. And, there he was … Daryl Dixon, with tears in his eyes; overcome by the reality of this life they were living and what the future may or may not hold. Overwhelmed - just like her. And, she felt honored that he showed her this part of himself, even if it was just for a moment.

She wiped the tears from her own face and smiled, "Promise I won't tell anyone … wouldn't wanna blow your cover."

"Thanks, Beth." I smiled and laughed; grabbing her around her arms and bringing her in for a hug. She wrapped her arms around my waist, nuzzling her head into my chest

We just stood there in the quiet of the night; holding onto to each other and It felt nice to just be close to another person like that ... it felt nice to be close to Beth. I tried not to over think anything. So, I tried to push the thoughts of Merle and everything else out of my head and just be in the moment with her.

END CHAPTER NINE: PART ONE

Notes

Stay tuned … Chapter Nine: Part Two will be posted shortly ... but, feel free to comment on Part One if you want to.

You know I love to hear from you :-D

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