My Guardian: Chapter Fifteen - Part One
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So ... this chapter wasn't supposed to be broken up into two parts, but it was getting sooo long and I still needed to finish Daryl's POV portion of this chapter ... I figured I'd split into two chapters. I could have kept them together, but I figured I would just get this part up now for everyone to get started on,, while I finish the second part ... didn't want to rush Daryl's part of the chapter ;)
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And, now back to our story ... part one ...
Beth's POV -
Daryl spent the three days by the side of my bed, makin' good on his promise not to leave my side until I was better. During the day and nights he only left the cell block a few times to bring back food and water for us, and occasionally to check on Carol or Judith. And, of course, every night he "went to bed" and made his way back to me. Then, every mornin' before everyone got up he went back to his cell, so no one suspected anythin'. Our little arrangement seemed to be workin' just fine, which Daryl and I were grateful for.
No one questioned us, and no one suspected a thing.
Thank God …
I'd started to feel a bit better and I was enjoyin' all this time I could to spend one on one with Daryl. However, with all this illness goin' around, Judith had gotten sick too and both Daryl and I had been so worried about her. She was the topic of many of our conversations as we lounged together in my cell.
Daryl was such a sweetheart though, he made sure to check on Judy several times a day and bring back news to me so I knew how she was doin'. I wished I could've been there for her, but I suppose it was good that her Daddy was there instead of me. Rick had stayed with Judith the entire time, so I knew she was in good hands. Rick didn't leave her side for a moment for the first two days, not until Daddy cleared her and said she was on the other side of the illness. This illness was terrible, but it did give Rick and Judy some time to get better acquainted … so that was good; they needed that.
Judy still needed a few more days here in the quarantine, but she was definitely gonna be just fine. Rick was real nice though, makin' a point to stop by my cell last night since she was really feelin' good. Judy was bright eyed and I could tell she was feelin' much better, which made me so happy. I don't know what I woulda done if anythin' had happened to her.
I woke up this mornin' and Daryl and Daryl was already gone, havin' left my cell before sunrise as promised.
How does he do that?
I could never understand how he managed to time that just right. It's not like we have alarm clocks or nothin' like that. But, everyday he was up and back in Cell Block D before the sun came up or makin' and appearance in Cell Block C; always bein' careful that he slipped back into the his cell unnoticed.
Last night I was finally startin' to feel well enough to get up and walk around, so I told Daryl I wanted to go visit with Judy. He had promised me he'd help me get up and abaout today; I hoped he wouldn't be too long.
I missed him already.
Wakin' up without him always seemed to leave me with a bit of an empty feelin' inside.
Typically, Daryl would made it back to my cell within an hour of sunrise, but I could tell by the light in the cell block that it was a little later than that. I started to wonder if anything was goin' on or if anythin' was wrong. I heard Daddy shufflin' around through the cell block; heard him checkin' in on other patients. Finally, he reached my cell and popped his head in.
"How're ya feelin' today, sweetheart?"
"Better … a lot better."
I started to cough a little.
"Hmmm…" He smiled. "Still sounds like that cough is still givin' ya trouble. I'll bring ya some cough syrup and lozenges."
"Breakfast of champions … cough syrup and lozenges."
"Oh, I know ya don't like em Beth, but the quicker we get ya better … the happier I'll be.
I pursed my lips and looked up at Daddy.
"Alright then. But, after all this … if I never see a bottle of cough syrup or a lozenge again it will be too soon." I laughed "I've had enough to last me a hundred years!"
"Sounds about right. Well, let's hope ya never need all this stuff again. I'll be right back with em."
He paused. "Oh, and about breakfast … I think Daryl's bring bringin' ya somethin'."
I felt my heart jump in my chest knowin' Daryl was on his way back to me.
"Yup." He smiled and winked; then walked back out into the hallway.
About 10 minutes later Daddy was back with a whole tray of medicine and some water to wash all the pills down. Antibiotics, cough suppressants, cough syrup and lozenges to name a few.
At least the water is good …
And to be honest, I guess these lozenges weren't the worst. Orange flavor. I could at least tolerate it.
It was a while before I finally heard the best sound ever; the sound I'd been waitin' all mornin' for … I could hear Daryl talkin' to Daddy down the hall and then the sound of Daryl's boots as he walked towards my cell.
Daryl arrived at my doorway.
"Hey there, darlin'."
I smiled lovingly.
"Hey there yourself." I reached my arms up, motioning for him to come hug me. "I missed you …"
He set a bowl and glass down on the table in the room and came and sat down on the edge of the bed.
"I missed you."
He leaned over and wrapped his arms underneath mine; givin' me the biggest bear hug.
"Geez … you're squishin' me." I laughed.
"I am …?" Daryl pulled away a little.
I laughed again.
"I'm just kiddin' silly." I squeezed him back as hard as I could. "So, where'd you head off to this mornin'? You've been gone a while."
Daryl sat back up and looked down at me layin' in the bed. He brushed the hair away from my
"Jus back to my cell … keepin' up appearances, ya know?" He paused and motioned towards.
"Brought ya back breakfast too."
Daryl got up and brought me a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries and tall glass of water.
"Thank you, Daryl. That was sweet of you." I sat up in bed to eat. I took a spoonful of the oatmeal and strawberries. "Where'd ya find these?"
"Oh, those? Yeah, well Maggie and Carol were out yesterday in the woods around here. Guess they found a whole patch growin' wild, so they brought em back. They've got a bunch if ya want more."
I smiled. "No, this is perfect. Thank you." I smiled. "That's great that they found them though, huh? It's funny how somethin' so small like a strawberry could be so sweet."
And they were sweet. Absolutely delicious.
Daryl bit his lip and tried to hide his smile.
"They're jus like you …" He leaned in and kissed me. "Small and sweet."
He could really be so cute sometimes. No one else ever saw him like this, and I was glad I was able to.
I pulled him back for another kiss.
My heart literally ached I was so in love …
"I love you, Daryl. I really do." I batted my lashes. "And, thanks again for bringin' me breakfast."
"No problem … anythin' for you." He kissed me on my forehead. "Now go on and finish up your breakfast and then I'll get ya up and over to visit with Lil Asskicker."
I smiled and nodded in agreement.
I finished breakfast and handed the bowl over to Daryl.
"Can we go see Judy now?"
Daryl nodded yes and then scooped me up in his arms; helping me to my feet.
"Ooo …" I felt a little woozy.
"Come here. Hold onto me. I'll help ya."
Daryl put my arm over his shoulder and we proceed to walk out of the cell and down the hallway. I could hear little Judy's whimpers.
Oh, I missed you sweetheart …
I smiled as we entered the cell where Rick had Judy in his arms; tryin' to get her to stop fussing.
Rick looked up and smiled.
"Glad to see you're on your feet again … ya look good."
"Thanks, Rick. I'm still feelin' a little off … but definitely better than I was, that's for sure."
He laughed and nodded in agreement.
Judith was still whimperin' a bit.
"Try putting here over your shoulder and walkin' around. She likes it when I do that."
Rick smiled. "Does she now?"
He stood up and put Judy over his shoulder and started walk back and forth in the cell; she immediately stopped fussing.
"Look at that! Worked like a charm …"
"Yeah, this one certainly has a way with Lil … I mean, Judy." Daryl looked over at me and I started to blush.
I loved that he encouraged me like that. I sometimes felt self conscious about my "role" here, but Daryl always made me feel so special the way that I took such good care of Judy.
"Thanks, but she's such a good girl. She makes it easy."
Rick smiled. "She sure is." He patted her on the back. "Ya know … this whole time." He paused.
"I was so scared." Rick's eyes started to water up. "So scared somethin' might happen to her … And, she was so strong. Its like she was holdin' it together for me … so, I wouldn't lose it."
Rick laughed. "Its sounds silly, I know. But, I swear, she was so good even though I know she must've been feelin' somethin' awful."
I smiled and rubbed her back and looked up at Rick.
"I don't think that's silly at all. I think she knows the world she's livin' in … and she's just bein' a good girl. She's got a job here too, ya know? And, that's bein' our hope." I leaned in and hugged
Rick and Judy while he held her in his arms and then pulled away. "It looks like she was just doin' her job … givin' us all hope."
"She sure did, Beth." Rick smiled and kissed Judy on the forehead.
Daryl took me back to bed and stayed with me the rest of the day. Finally, evening came and Daryl was layin' down with me before having to "go to bed." He'd be back, but I already felt anxious about him havin' to leave; even it would be for just an hour or so.
Over the last week I'd gotten used to havin' him close to me. I loved every minute it.
I was layin' next to Daryl, my head on his chest. I could hear his heart beating loudly in my ear. I was nuzzled in closer to him; his body heat radiating through me.
Daryl had his arms around me and rubbed my back and kissed the top of my head.
"So, Judy looked really good. I wouldn't be surprised if she was gettin' outta here soon."
I looked up at him.
"Ya think so, Daryl?"
"Yep. I do. Just a few of ya left in here anyways."
"Yeah, I know. I wonder when Daddy will give me the okay to return to the group?"
"Don't know, but I'm guessin' soon too. You look like you're feelin' a lot better."
"I do?" I smiled coyly.
"Sure do. Ya look real good."
"I do …?" I bit my bottom lip. "How good?"
Daryl laughed. "Are ya fishin' for compliments?" He brushed the hair away from my face.
"Cause ya don't need to … I got plenty of em here for ya, ready to go …"
"Ok … if ya got so many … why don't ya give me one."
"I jus did!" He laughed.
Daryl was so sweet; I never needed a compliment from him to know how he felt about me, but it was fun teasin' him about it a bit.
"Alright then … how bout this?" He paused. "You have the most beautiful ..." He leaned over and kissed me. "Softest …" He kissed me again. "Perfect lips." He kissed me deeply and pulled me tight into him.
Then, he leaned over me and propped himself on top of me. My eyes rolled back in my head as he continued to kiss me and caress my body softly. Touchin' me with ease, never unsure of what to do.
He was so good at kissin' … sometimes I wondered just how he got that good.
Daryl stopped kissin' me for a moment. I opened my eyes and looked back at him.
"So, how was that …?"
"Best compliment I ever got." I smiled and put my hand to my lips. "Definitely the best."
Daryl kissed me again and then rolled over me and sat up on the edge of the bed.
"Gotta head out now. Others are gonna headin' to bed soon …."
I frowned a little. "I know …"
"Don't ya worry … I'll be back."
"I know … I just hate that ya have to leave."
"Yeah, but like we said … we gotta keep up appearances."
"For the group, I know. Its for the best, but that doesn't mean I have to like it."
He leaned down and kissed me.
"Me neither but I'll be back …"
Daryl got up and walked towards the entrance of the cell.
"See ya in a bit."
I smiled. "Okay." Then I whispered. "Love you."
Daryl smiled and replied back quietly. "Love you."
I awoke to a knock on the cell doorway.
"You up, Beth?"
My eyes slowly opened and I saw Carol standing there; a shawl draped over her shoulders.
"May I come it?"
I nodded yes and smiled. "It's good to see you."
"You too, Beth. You look well."
"I sure do feel better."
"Glad to hear it."
Carol walked over and sat at the edge of my bed.
"So, just wanted to let ya know I'm bein' released tomorrow mornin'."
"That's great, Carol."
Carol smiled and looked away.
"It is. And, Hershel says Judith will be ready the day after."
"Really? I hadn't heard that yet."
Carol nodded. "Yep. He just told me. She's doin' so well."
"I actually saw her earlier today; Daryl took me to see her."
"Did he?" She paused and gave me a sly look. "So … Daryl's sure been spendin' a lot of time in here with you."
My eyes widened a bit.
"Yeah. He has."
Carol's face lit up. "So …? How's everythin' goin' with you two?"
I feigned now knowing exactly what she was referring to.
"What d'ya mean?"
"Ya know exactly what I'm talkin' bout girl. Ya finally tell him … you know."
I tried to look confused be her line of questioning.
"Tell him what?"
Silence fell in the room; you could hear a pin drop.
"Don't give me that, Beth. You know … I know very well what's been goin' on between you two.
Before and after all this."
I could tell she was hurt that I wasn't confiding in her, but Daryl and I had promised eah other that this would stay between the two of us for now. And, I wasn't about to break the promise I made to the man I loved; not for anyone.
This is breakin' my heart a little that I have to lie to you, Carol …
"I'm sorry, Carol." I smiled politely. "There's nothin' goin' on here. Daryl and I are just friends.
He's just been real worried about me … and Judy." I paused and put my hand over hers. "And, you too."
Carol let out a small whimper of a laugh under her breath.
"Alright child … if that's how it's gonna be. That's fine." Carol raised her other hand in the air as if to surrender. "I give up."
I giggled a little at her gesture.
"Good. Enough with the 20 questions."
She understood exactly where Daryl and I were … she really didn't need me to say it.
Carol burst into laughter. "You're right, you're right. It's none of my business really." She pursed her lips; her eyes beaming now. "The only thing that really matters here is that we're all feelin' better now. Right?"
"That's right." I exhaled deeply; relieved she was done with this line of questioning. "With everything our group's been through lately, I think we all just need to get back to normal."
"Ya know what mean; back to our jobs, back to a daily routine."
"I get it, sweetheart. Things have been crazier than usual … which is sayin' a lot."
"Exactly! I'm just lookin' forward to us all gettin' back on our feet, back to work and creating a life here. With the Governor gone …"
Carol interrupted. "Ugh, don't even say his name."
"Oh, well, with you know who gone … I think we all got a real shot here. Somethin' to look forward to. A new beginning. A real future."
I smiled sappily as I thought about Daryl and all of the possibilities my life now held.
Carol must've picked up on my subtle innuendos.
"Somethin' to look forward to … well … I certainly do hope so." She gave my hand a squeeze.
"Well, Beth … I probably won't see ya tomorrow. I'll be outta here first thing."
Carol stood up and walked over to the doorway.
"We've got a Council meeting tomorrow afternoon. Daryl should be there. Think you can convince him to leave your bedside for a few hours tomorrow?"
"Oh, he'll be there. I'm sure of it. He wouldn't miss somethin' like that."
Carol's eyebrows raised and she rolled her eyes a bit.
"Uh, huh …" She paused and rubbed her face. "Ya just see what you an do to make sure he does."
I nodded. "I will certainly mention it to him when I see him next."
"Thank you …" Carol started to leave, but then quickly turned back around. "Oh, and with Judy bein' well enough to be released the day after … Rick's gonna be lettin' me take care of her. That is until you feel well enough again." She paused. "Just thought you outta know."
"I know she's in good hands. I'm glad you'll get to spend some more time with her. She'll love it."
Carol leaned against the doorway, propping herself up. Her arms folded across her chest.
"I'll love it too."
Carol smiled and bit her lip; I could tell Carol was holdin' something in … her face scrunched up a little.
I knew Carol loved Judy and she probably would have loved to be her full-time caregiver, but Carol had been needed around the prison. She had other duties that kept her from spending the kind of time with Judy that I got to spend with her.
"Even the smallest moments of happiness are the greatest of gifts in times like these," I often thought to myself.
She'd enjoy this time and I was happy for her.
Then, I could see Carol's eyes well up with tears and a few slipped down her cheeks. Immediately her hands reached for her face, wiping them away.
Her voice cracked as she continued.
"Bein' a good Auntie is all I'll ever be … you're lucky you have the chance to … have your own one day."
"Oh, don't worry bout me. I had my little girl. I had Sophia ... And, although our time was short, I loved her enough to last a lifetime." She paused. "It takes a lot to keep a child alive in this new world." She wiped the remaining tears from her face. "And … and you'll have a good strong man to help you protect yours. You're a lucky girl, Beth."
"I'm sorry … did I say somethin' …?"
"No, honey. I'm just emotional. Everythin's just been crazy, ya know? Judy, Lizzie, Mika, you … and everyone else gettin' sick … well, it's just been a real rollercoaster."
The phrase, "you'll have a strong man to help you protect yours," rang through my head. Carol, of course, was referring to Daryl.
"Sorry for gettin' all weepy on ya, Beth. Ya better get yourself some sleep, so you can get well enough to join the rest of us."
"Ya sure you're okay?"
"I'm fine … really. Don't you worry bout nothin' except for gettin' better."
"And you tell Daryl when he sneaks back in here tonight … he'd better get his butt to that Council meeting."
My eyes widened.
"Don't worry … your secret's safe with me, sweetheart. He's a lucky guy …"
Carol gave me a devilish grin, winked and walked away.
Wasn't long after Carol left that Daryl popped his head back in my doorway.
"Miss me?" His grin went from ear to ear.
"I sure did … get your butt over here!"
I patted on the bed; he walked over and jumped in beside me.
"Mmmm …" Daryl moaned a little as he snuggled into the bed and wrapped his arms around me. He exhaled deeply and kissed the top of my head.
"Dunno …just askin'."
Daryl leaned away a bit to see me better.
"Rick told me we got a Council meetin' tomorrow. Around noon."
"Oh, I know."
"You do? How the hell do you know?"
"Carol was here; she was just checkin' in on me. Told me she was bustin' outta this joint tomorrow. And, that there was the Council meeting … and …"
Daryl looked at me; his eyes filled with curiosity. "And … what?"
"Well, she told me to tell you to make sure you get you ass there tomorrow."
Daryl laughed. "Did she now? And, why'd she tell you that?"
"Cause … she knows we been spendin' a lot of time together. She figured I'd be seein' ya before she did." I paused and then looked away; obviously hidin' a secret.
"What? What'd she say? Out with it woman …!"
I couldn't help the nervous laugh that escaped as I spoke.
"She figured I'd be seein' ya tonight … ya know? After ya snuck back in here to see me …"
"Ahh … shit …!" He looked at me questioningly. "You sure she said that?"
"Yeah, I'm sure. Guess ya weren't as careful as ya thought."
Daryl laughed. "No, I guess not." He pulled me tighter to his chest and leaned down and kissed me. "Guess the cat's outta the bag then …" He kissed me again.
I smiled. "No, I don't think Carol's gonna say nothin' … she's not like that."
"Ya might be right." Daryl paused and looked deeply into my eyes. "I tell ya what …I'll talk with her tomorrow. Feel her out. I gotta go to this Council meetin' anyways, so I'll make a point to talk with her after that."
"Sure. Sounds good. But, like I said. I think Carol won't say nothin' … not when it comes to us."
"Yeah, probably right. But, if she knows I've been spendin' the night with ya … well, I better jus talk to her and sure she's on the same page as us."
"Sounds good." I leaned over and kissed Daryl softly. "I think I've done enough talkin' for the day …"
"Oh, yeah …?" Daryl slowly rolled on top of me, propping himself up. "Guess we don't have to do anymore talkin' tonight … I can think of a few other things we can do …"
He slowly placed a trail of kisses down my neck and then nipped at skin on my shoulder.
I inhaled quickly; my quiet moan filled up the silence of the dark cell.
"Shh …" Daryl put his fingers to my mouth and then kissed my lips; the sensation sent shock waves through my body.
I have a feelin' I might not be gettin' too much sleep tonight …
END CHAPTER FIFTEEN: PART ONE
So, this chapter included some additional tender moments with Beth and Daryl. Carol obviously knows there little secret, but it will be up to Daryl to find out tomorrow after the Council meeting if it is going to be a problem for them ;)
Again, there is a part two to this chapter, which I am hoping to have it up tonight for you ...
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