My Guardian: Chapter Six
First off, I changed the 'teaser' for Chapter Five - Part Two ... I had to. Started writing the story and I felt I needed add in some angst, some jealousy - classic misunderstandings that happen between two people in the beginning of a relationship (and sometimes during).
So, this chapter will have a little bit of that and will also delve a little deeper into the psyche of Nick Foster ... is he a friend, a foe or just competition for Daryl ... read the story and let me know what you think :))
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Now back to our story ...
Beth’s POV -
The sun had just set and I was giving Judith her bottle before bed. I looked down at the baby and she stared back innocently; her eye lids began to droop lower and lower, while she sucked methodically on her bottle. I laughed a little because at one point it looked like she was literally just eating in her sleep.
“Hey there, little girl. You certainly are hungry, aren’t you, sweetheart?”
I soothed her and began to brush her hair back with my hand, when I heard a commotion coming from outside the prison. I looked up and saw Maggie rush passed my cell and she called out.
My heart jumped in my chest and I got up up from the cot and popped my head out of the cell; I watched as Maggie basically ran down the stairs to the door and out to the prison yard.
“Auntie Maggie was sure in a hurry, wasn’t she?” I cooed quietly to Judith.
However, after just a few minutes I found myself anxiously waiting to hear the guys come in through the cell block, but no one came. My heart started to beat faster and I wondered if maybe something was wrong. Maybe something happened while they were out. I tried to listen to see if I could hear anything … and I couldn’t hear a damn thing.
I wanted to go down and see Daryl … and Glenn, and see how the supply run went and make sure they were alright. I looked down at Judith and she still had half of her bottle left. So, I sat back down on the cot and patiently urged Judith on; encouraging her to stay awake and quickly finish her bottle.
After about 15 minutes, I heard Maggie talking to both Glenn and Daryl in the common room below.
Thank, god! At least they’re safe.
“Sounds like they made it back in one piece, doesn’t Judith? Yes, it does.” I nuzzled her nose against mine and placed the bottle back to her lips.
When she was finally fed, I changed her and put to sleep. I decided to lie down beside her for just a moment until she fell asleep, and before I knew it … I had drifted off to sleep next to her. I didn’t wake until early that next morning. It was still dark out and Judith was waving her hands in the air and cooing to herself. I often woke up to her talking to herself, and it had to be the cutest thing I ever seen.
“Mornin’ sweetheart.” I smiled and pulled her close to me.
I was able to get in another hour or so of sleep before Judith finally let me know she was ready to get up. She started to squeak a bit, which usually meant she was hungry or had a dirty diaper. Either way, my day had started.
I sat up and wiped the sleep from my eyes. I pulled my hair back into a pony tail and then went back over to change Judith and put her in a new onesie. I picked her up and took her downstairs. Maggie and Glenn were eating at one of the tables; sittin’ across from daddy and Carol who seemed to be going over paperwork they had splayed out all over the table. As I got closer to the table Carol held her arms up; gesturing for Judith, so I happily handed her over, and sat down.
“Mornin’ y’all” I sleepily smiled.
“So, what’s goin’ on?”
Daddy looked up at me from a stack of papers he had in front of him.
“Oh, nothin’. Carol and I were just going over our inventory. Getting’ ready for our meetin’ tonight with the other Council members.”
“Glenn and Daryl had a good run; looks like we got everything for this week. But, we need to figure out what items are necessary for next week’s run.”
“Another supply run? Ain’t it a little soon for that?”
“No, honey. Not with all the new people here. We actually could use more than one a week to be honest. Instead we’re just figurin’ out the absolute necessities, and that’s what gets added to the list.”
“Wow, I had no idea.”
“Yeah, well … we’re just trying to adjust here. We’ll catch up eventually and get everyone situated here, but it’s gonna take some time.”
“Yeah, I suppose.”
I turned my attention over to Glenn; he looked a little tired and worn. Guess him and Maggie had a long night? They often did whenever he got back from a supply run.
"So … Glenn? How’d everythin’ go yesterday? Everythin’ went well?”
Glenn quickly looked away and stared at his hands as he tapped his fingers on the table.
“Yeah, sure was – piece of cake.”
Glenn’s eyes darted over to Maggie and back down to the table. Geez was Glenn a terrible liar.
“You and Daryl didn’t run into any trouble out there, did ya?”
“No, no. Daryl and I were fine. You know us … nothin’ we can’t handle.”
I widened my eyes and raised my brows, and pursed my lips. “Okay …”
Obviously, there was more to it, but I didn’t even want to get into it with him. I was sure Maggie would tell me later anyways. “Well, I’m glad you made it back safe.”
“Me too.” Glenn quickly added; he seemed to let out a quiet sigh of relief.
Then, I felt a tap on my shoulder. My stomach filled with butterflies; I was hoping it was Daryl … but when I turned he wasn’t there. Instead it was Nick Foster standing in front of me – with a huge smile on his face.
“Oh, hey, Nick.”
“Hey, yourself, Sunshine.”
He nodded and gave a quick glance to the top of my shirt where I had accidentally left the first button unbuttoned. He was quick; but I definitely saw him look. I have to admit, his attention made me a little uncomfortable; I wasn’t used to anyone noticing my body like that before.
“Sunshine?” I said quietly under my breath.
What? Now he had a nickname for me?
Thankfully, he quickly turned his attention to my father for a moment; asking him about picking up some of the guard shifts at the prison.
I listened in on the conversation; daddy was polite but firm.
“Not yet, son. But, as soon as we feel you are ready; we’ll start working you into the rotation.”
With his eyes diverted from me, I thought I would take care of that button. I casually started to button my top button, when I heard him ask me a question. Busted!
“So … Beth?”
“Yeah?” I felt like a child with their hand caught in the cookie jar for some reason.
“Wanna take a walk with me? Get some fresh air?”
“Oh, well … I don’t know.”
“Come on … it’s a beautiful day outside.”
“Come on Hershel … tell your daughter she should get out of this prison for a bit.”
“Oh, I’ve stopped tryin’ to tell Beth what to do quite awhile ago. She can make up her own mind.”
I looked over at my dad and smiled. We always had such an understanding between the two of us.
I gave my dad a wink. “Thanks, daddy.”
Daddy looked over at Carol holding Judith and scratched the back of his head; I could tell he was thinkin’ about somethin’.
“But, I don’t think it could hurt ya to get out for a bit. Carol’s got the baby; we can watch her for a while.” He smiled. “You’ve had her all night. Why don’t ya get out for a few minutes, honey?”
I sighed and looked over at Nick; he looked a little too smug, but maybe he was right? I was a little exhausted from all of the energy it took to take care of Judith 24/7. Maybe I did need a break?
I saw Carol was fully entertained with Judith; she was rocking her and patting her on the back, whispering baby talk into Judith’s ear.
“You got her, Carol?”
“Sure do.” She smiled and continued to coo over the baby.
“Alright, I’ll be back for her in a while. If ya need me, I’ll just be outside.”
I turned to face Nick.
“Alright. Just for a bit, okay?”
I gave me a big smile and held his arm out.
“This way, my lady.”
I rolled my eyes and walked ahead. It was sweet I guess, but I couldn’t help but laugh a little
under my breath at his gesture.
“Guess chivalry isn’t dead?”
“Sure ain’t. Not with me anyways.”
I walked in front of him until we made it to the exit and he quickly brushed past me and opened the door.
I walked into the yard, and Nick had a smile from ear to ear; he was far from subtle that was for sure.
“Ahh … “ He looked around the yard and took in a few deep breaths. “Feels good to wake up and not be runnin’. To feel safe, huh?”
“Sure, I guess.” I shrugged my shoulders. “I mean, I’ve always felt safe with our group. We look out for each other.”
We continued to walk around the yard, but I couldn’t help but look down towards the gates - where the walkers had piled up over night. Their growling and moaning was like a constant hum around here.
“That’s good y’all look out for one another. But, don’t ya want someone around whose lookin’ out … just for you?”
“What d’ya mean just for me?”
“Well, I mean … it might not always be like this. Don’t you want someone whose gonna be there, lookin’ out for you? That way you ain’t got nothin’ to worry about.”
“You think I should be worried? Wow! Thanks a lot.”
“Well, no. You don’t got to worry now” He puffed up his chest. “Not with me here.”
“Oh yeah? Why’s that?”
I laughed; I really only thought he was joking, but when I looked at him I could see he looked fairly serious when he responded.
“Cause I’m gonna look after you.”
I really didn’t know what to say. I was quiet for a moment until I realized that I was starting to feel quite offended by his comment; the fact that he thought I needed to be ‘looked after’ and the fact that he was going to be the one to do it.
“What? You think I’m helpless? I know a lot of people just see me as Judith’s babysitter, but that certainly doesn’t mean I need someone to look after me. I’m not a child. I can hold my own here.”
“No. I know that. It’s just … well, you’re … a girl.”
“I mean a woman.” He smiled; hoping the term ‘woman’ would make me feel better.
“And, what’s that supposed to mean?” I crossed my arms defensively waiting for his response.
“Well, you need a man that can take care of you in this world now. A woman can’t be on her own anymore.”
I responded to his comment as sarcastically as I could muster. “What? Do you think women are all just damsels in distress now?”
What a jerk …
“Well, kinda.” He laughed again, this time it was demeaning rather than jokingly.
He stopped walking and grabbed my hand so I wouldn’t walk ahead of him. We were both now just standing there; facing the main gate of the prison. He walked behind me; pressing himself against my back. He leaned his head down, so that is was beside mine and gestured to all of the growling walkers.
“I mean … take a look around you? Look at the world we live in now.” He paused and I studied all of the decaying faces that snarled and reached out from behind the fences and then turned back to face Nick.
“And …” I responded as coolly as I could; as if the dozens of walkers pushing along the fences didn’t still give me a chill down my spine.
“And … well, just look at everything that happened with The Governor. I’m sure there’s a lot more men like him out there now than there are good guys … Hell, I bet there’s even worse.”
He paused and all I could do was stare back him; not really even sure how to respond to that statement. I hadn’t really ever considered that there might be men out there worse than him.
Nick continued; he was very convinced of his perspective. “It’s just the way things are now.”
He ran his hand up my arms; leaning down to look me straight in my eyes.
“I mean, you got your group now … But, what if something happens? Things can change in an instant. You gotta have a man around that’ll look out for you. You should really think about that,
Beth. That’s all I’m sayin’.”
I tried to compose myself and digest his last comment and started to walk away from him. I knew he wasn’t trying to be mean, but it was a little misogynistic. He followed closely next to me.
“That’s pretty cynical, Nick. And, I can take care of myself.”
I looked over at him. I could see the skepticism and concern on his face, yet I continued.
“I’m not going to be with a guy … just because I’m afraid, alright? That’s not the way to start a relationship of any kind – friendship or otherwise, okay?” I took a few deep breaths trying to calm the agitation that arose within me. “And, for the most part, I think the majority of people out there are still good.”
He smiled and shook his head.
“You’re wrong, Beth. I was out there with my brother alone for a long time. I’ve seen some things. And, we’ve come across some pretty messed up shit.”
“Well, all of the people I’ve met so far, the Governor excluded, have been decent people … just tryin’ to survive.”
He stopped me again, this time he grabbed my arm firmly; stopping me in my tracks. He pulled me abruptly so that I was facing him now.
“That’s the point, Beth.Everyone’s just tryin’ to survive. Each man for themselves. And, as time goes by; it’s just gonna get worse and worse out there. Desperate times create desperate men.
You wait and see.”
At first I felt scared by his vision of the outside world. He had a way of describing it that really shook me. But, as he continued on about his theories, how terrible the world was, and how this had brought out the very worst in people … all I could think of was that … I felt the opposite. I felt that, yes, in some people it had brought out the worst in them. But, for the most part, I thought it brought out the very best. Ordinary people became heroes, not villains.
I thought about Glenn and how he delivered pizzas in his past life, and now we depended on him for so many things to survive. He was incredibly brave and he was a good person. And, I thought about Daryl and how one day he was just an ordinary guy … and the next … he a leader of this group; he was the strongest most courageous man that I’d ever met. A man many people admired … I mean, I know I sure admired him quite a lot.
I finally had to stop Nick and end this debate he had started.
“Sorry, Nick. I just don’t buy it. Guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree.”
I smiled politely and looked around, and that’s when I could see that Daryl was standing in the doorway of the prison.
When I saw him ... I smiled on the inside and on the outside. How I was just thinking about him and there he was …I wanted to see him so badly at that moment. I wanted to tell him all of those things that I was just thinking about; how much I admired him. The fact that I couldn’t stop thinking about him all day yesterday; how worried I was.
Well … maybe I wouldn’t tell him everything I was thinking, but I would at least thank him for going out on the run last yesterday.
So, even though Nick was still talking to me I waved to him; motioning for him to come over.
He didn’t respond at all.
So, I called out to him this time, but he didn’t answer.
That’s strange, I thought to myself.
It looked like Daryl could see us from where he was at. Actually, kinda looked like he might’ve been watching us, yet he didn’t move a muscle.
Nick put his two cents in. “He’s fuckin’ weird that guy.”
“Daryl? No, he’s not.” I smiled as I continued to try and get Daryl’s attention. “He’s actually kinda amazing.”
He just stared back blankly and walked over to Rick. I was a little frustrated that he didn’t respond, but maybe he had things to do, I tried to reassure myself. Wasn’t like him to ignore me.
Nick continued. “Amazing? Ha!”
I felt myself get a little defensive. “He certainly is! He’s been nothin’ but a hero for us here in our group.”
“Really, a hero? That’s a pretty big title for some backwoods redneck.”
“Don’t talk about Daryl like that.” I quickly shot him down. “He’s not backwoods, and he’s not just some redneck.”
“Whatever you want to call him; he ain’t no hero. I fought in the army with real heroes. I’d know one if I saw one … and he ain’t. Just sayin’.”
“Well, in our eyes, he is. Now, if you’ll excuse me.”
I was over this conversation, and I was over listening to Nick bad mouth Daryl. I started to walk away, when Nick grabbed my arm and pulled me back towards him.
“The hell, Nick?”
I yanked my arm from his hand abruptly.
“Hey, wait.” He paused and put his hands in the air. “I didn’t mean to offend you; I know you’re all a close group. I’m sorry bout what I said about Daryl.”
“Thanks. I gotta go in now.” I just stared back blankly.
“I know, I know.” He paused and put his hands up and cupped my pouting face.
“I want you to really think about what I said. I know it sounds harsh, but what I said was true - you really should have a man to look after you. I don’t want to scare ya, but you never know what kind of trouble you could get into. Just promise you’ll think about it.”
I couldn’t really take him seriously, but I did want him to drop the conversation. “Fine … I’ll think about it? I took a deep breath.
“I’m not tryin’ to scare ya, I’m just lookin’ out for you.”
“Well, good thing for us, we don’t got to worry about nothing here. Like you said earlier, we’re all safe here behind these walls, right?”
“True. You are correct.” He gave me a huge smile. “I did say that.” He burst into laughter. I didn’t want to, but he started to laugh so hard; he actually made me start to laugh.
Guess he broke the tension that had built up during our conversation because we continued to talk for another fifteen minutes or so. Nothing heavy this time; he was just asking me what I liked to do, what my life was like before. He told me about where him and his brother, Mike, grew up.
By the end of the conversation, I found myself feeling bad again. Another conversation that had turned negative; first Daryl and then Nick. Maybe it was me?
I decided that it was me and that I was just being too confrontational lately … there was no need for me to get so fired up over what Nick was sayin’ earlier; he was just trying to look out for me (in his own way) and I shouldn’t have bit his head off.
Nick noticed I had relaxed a bit. “You alright.”
I smiled. “Yeah, I’m fine.” I pulled a strand of hair and tucked it behind my ear. “Sorry bout earlier.
I know you were just looking out for me.”
“I was. I mean, I am.” He paused. “Hey, so we’re good, aren’t we?”
I pursed my lips as if I were thinking real hard. “Yeah, sure – we’re good.”
“Didn’t mean to sound like some caveman or anything, I know that’s what you must be thinkin’. It’s just I’ve seen some real crazy shit out there, and I’d hate to see anything happen to you. You’re too pretty to have some walker eat your face.”
“Well, thanks, I think. That’s an incredibly weird compliment.”
He paused and put his hands together as if to pray. “Forgive me?”
He looked ridiculous … I couldn’t help the smile that crept up on my face.
“Thank you!” He laughed. “I’m going to take that as a yes.”
I continued to smile and I began to laugh a little. One thing about Nick was that he was very charismatic – I could give him that.
“Hey, I’m just tryin’ to look out for ya. Alright? You can count on me; anything you need.”
“Well that is certainly very nice of you, Nick. Thank you.”
And, it was very nice of him … he certainly was confusing.
He gave me a devilish smile. “Well, I’m glad we’re on the same page now, Beth.”
“Uh, huh …” I responded
“Thanks for walkin’ with me.”
He paused, reached down, grabbed my hand and held on to it.
“I enjoyed our conversation … Maybe we can do it again sometime? I could really use a friend around here.”
“Sure, friends.” I paused and shook his hand gently and let go. “We can be friends.”
He smiled and I turned and walked back towards the prison.
It was weird. At times he could be a real jerk and other times he seemed like a real gentleman. I couldn’t really figure him out. I mean, I know Daryl had his opinions, but I was free to make up my own as well. I was an adult, and able to make my own decisions about whom I could and couldn’t be friends with. And, although I found some of his views and perspectives differed from my own; I figured I’d least give him a chance … to be friends that is.
As I walked back through the prison yard, I looked around to see if I could see Daryl. I looked around the yard and there he was; looking very handsome today, I thought. He was still talking to Rick, but I figured I’d at least stop by and say hello. I had wanted to see Daryl all day yesterday and still hadn’t gotten a chance to tell him I was glad he was home. Plus, I figured Rick would want to hear how Judith did last night.
Daryl’s POV –
I had come out this morning lookin’ for Beth; I was pretty excited to tell her about the surprise I brought back for her. I had hoped to see her when I first got back, but when I dropped by her cell on my way to bed I noticed she was already asleep; she was passed out next to Little Asskicker.
When I came down this morning, I wanted to catch up with Rick first thing and go over how the run went. Even though he wasn’t our ‘official’ leader anymore; I knew he like to be kept in the loop on everything. I asked Hershel if he’d seen Rick.
“He’s in the yard. Been out there since dawn.”
I saw Carol had the baby, and I couldn’t help myself;reached down and gently pinched her chubby cheek.
“Mornin’ Carol. So, how’s Little Asskicker?”
Carol smiled; she thought it was adorable how attached I’d become to the newest member of our group.
“You know … you should really start calling her by her name, Daryl. Don’t think she’s gonna like Asskicker when she grows up.”
I laughed. “Why the hell not? Its an awesome name; she’s gonna have to be an Asskicker to make it in this world … I think she’ll like it.”
Carol just laughed under her breath. “You’re ridiculous.”
“Am not. I think it suits her just fine.”
And, I was sure she’d like her nickname, at least when her Uncle Daryl said it.
“Hey … umm … you seen Beth around?”
“Sure … she’s outside. Talkin’ a walk. She’ll be back soon.” Hershel looked up from his stack of papers.
“Nahh … that’s alright. I’ll go get her. Want to show her somethin’.”
As left Carol and Hershel and headed out to the yard, I felt really good; I was in a good mood today, despite the fact that I almost became walker lunch yesterday. There were not a lot of things to get excited about in this life, and today my surprise for Beth was just about as much excitement as I could take.
I made my way to the yard and looked around; I couldn’t see Beth at first, all I could see was that fucker Nick. Then, he took a step to the side and I could see Beth standing with him.
“What the hell was this?”
What the hell was she doing with him? I thought I told her stay the hell away from him.I certainly wasn’t going to go over and talk to her now. The whole thing was startin’ to make my blood boil. I finally had to just try to put it out of my mind. If she was gonna be spendin’ time with Nick, then I jus figured I’d get on with my own business today and stay outta hers.
I found Rick just around the corner and he asked about the supply run. I gave him the basics; just that we got everything on the list this time. He wanted to know if we encountered any walkers, to which I lied and answered no. Then, he wanted to know if we saw any trace of other survivors, or The Governor. He started to go on and on, but I just couldn’t concentrate.
I didn’t know what the hell was wrong with me, but I couldn’t help my eyes from wandering over to Beth and Nick. I felt like walking over there and knockin’ the guy’s light out.
I’d never felt such a strong dislike for someone before. And, I felt pretty fuckin’ pissed off and hurt that Beth was talkin’ to him in the first place … after I asked her to stay away from him.
I’d been outside for a good while talkin’ to Rick, and damn if I couldn’t remember a thing we’d been talkin’ bout. I couldn’t really think straight this morning; my mind was racin’ and I was seriously preoccupied. Might’ve been the close call with the walkers yesterday … or, maybe it was seein’ Beth talk to that shithead, Nick, for the last ten minutes. I couldn’t tell ya. Either way; Rick’s words were goin’ in one ear and out the other.
“So, what do you think, Daryl? Should we try and talk Michonne out of leaving?”
“Michonne, she wants to leave and look for him.” Rick leaned in; waiting for my response.
“Nahh, I don’t think she should. But, it’s her decision.”
“Will you talk to her? Try and reason with her, will you?”
I shook my head, I was thinking about Beth and Nick carryin’ on.
“Man, I can talk to her, but I don’t think its gonna do any good. Woman’s got her mind made up. She’s gonna do what she wants to do.”
“She respects your opinion, Daryl. Will you at least try an talk to her?”
I spit on the ground to the side of me. “Yeah, I’ll try, but I don’t think it’ll do any good. Woman’s as stubborn as an ox.”
Rick smiled. “You got that right … but, I still want you to talk with her tonight.”
“Alright, alright, I will.”
”You got night watch again tonight, can you do it then?”
I sighed as I realized talking to Michonne was about as useless as it was talkin’ to Beth. Wasn’t nothin’ I could do or say to make em change their minds.
“Yeah. I’ll talk to her tonight. No problem.”
Rick continued to talk about some of the things that needed to be done around the prison, and he wanted me to work on some plans to help fortify the prison from other people and the growing number of walkers.
Beth walked away from Nick, who appeared to be leering at her ass as she walked away.
Asshole, she’s just a kid!
Few minutes later Beth started to walk on over. I did my best to get back into the conversation with Rick; hopefully, he didn’t notice that I hadn’t been listening. Seemed to be working …
“Hey Rick … Hey Daryl.”Beth greeted us both.
“Hey there Beth. How’s it goin’? everythin’ alright?”
Rick smiled and patted her on the shoulder.
“Judith give ya much trouble last night?”
“No, no. She was good … as usual.”
“Good, glad to hear it.”
Beth smiled and toed the ground. She reached up; pulling her hair out of its ponytail and letting it flop alongside her shoulders.
That was the only word that came to mind. I’ve never really seen her with her hair down before and she looked, well … beautiful.
She looked up at me; and batted her eyelashes … almost forgot how irritated I still was.
“How’re you, Daryl? How’d the run go yesterday?”
I just stared back at her; biting on the skin around my thumb. I tried to remain as indifferent as possible, didn’t want her thinkin’ I was upset by any means. Cause I wasn’t. I mean, she could listen to me or not; I didn’t care either way. I didn’t have time to get caught up with any of this teenage romance bull shit – I had enough on my plate as it was.
Rick finally broke the silence.
“Ahh … well … Daryl here got in a bit of …” I immediately jumped in and cut Rick off; I didn’t Beth to hear about my little run in.
“It went fine. Why?”
“No reason. Jus wanted to see how it went. Daddy said you and Glenn got everything we needed … that the run was successful.”
“Yeah ... It was.” I paused and the three of us just kind of stood there in silence again.
”Well, umm … I guess I’ll let you two get back to it.”
“Thanks Beth, see ya inside.” Rick nodded.
“Okay, talk to you later.” Beth smiled and looked over to me; I barely gave me a nod.
She turned and walked back into the prison, and instead of following her into the prison –my eyes veered over to where Nick was sitting across the yard. I could see him out of the corner of my eye … and there he was … watching her. Then, he turned and looked right at me and gave me some fake ass smile; he gave me a nod …he knew I’d been watching him.
Then, he yelled across the yard. “Nice day, huh? There’s a great view from here, wouldn’t ya say, Daryl?”
He laughed and walked across the yard and back into the prison.
This fuckin’ guy … who the hell does he think he is?
Rick was curious about the comment Nick made. “What was that all about?”
“Nothin’ … that guy’s just a dick; that’s all.”
Rick looked concerned. “You two got a problem?”
“Nahh … I’ll work it out. Nothin’ you gotta worry bout, Rick.”
“Listen, Daryl. You’re on The Council now, so you can’t be fightin’ with any of the people in here you’re responsible for. Okay?”
“Yeah, I know. I ain’t stupid.”
“Do you? From the look on your face, sure as hell didn’t look like it.”
“I got taken care of, Rick! Layoff, already.”
I felt a little bad for snapping at Rick, but I just didn’t want to talk about this guy anymore.
If none of them could see it; then I was gonna just keep my mouth shut about it from now on. I didn’t want to have to explain to Rick why I thought this guy was gonna be a real problem for us one day.
… And, I certainly didn’t want to have to be Beth’s daddy, and tell her that this guy wasn’t good for her. What did I care anyways? She was an adult now; if she wanted to hang out with this guy, then she could figure it out for herself, if that’s what she wanted.
END CHAPTER SIX
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Chapter Seven Teaser: Beth finds Daryl and has a heart to heart with him; she is finally understanding that there may be more between them than just friendship. Now she's just gotta get Daryl to admit how he feels too ;)
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