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I'll Keep You Alive If You Show Me The Way

Chapter 1: Lost in the Forest

Leaves crunched beneath my feet as I made my way through a dark, damp forest. It was the nearly winter, I'm pretty sure it's going to be worst we've ever had. It felt as if I had been walking around in circles, which I probably was since I had dropped my grandfather's compass in some river a few months back. My body ached from walking and lack of sleep. My throat felt like sandpaper and my stomach rumbled constantly. I wasn't going to stop walking. Not until I found some sort of shelter.

All my senses were jumping at any sudden movement. I was on alert, prepared to kill anything that dared cross my path. Sounds harsh, but in this world... this new world, survival wasn't a cake-walk anymore. I wasn't alone though. I had my best friend along with me. Friends for years before the outbreak. He lolloped along beside me, obviously tired as well but kept by my side. He had a quiver slung on his back full of extra arrows for my black longbow.

I decided we needed a rest and slumped down against the bottom of a nearby tree. The back of my head rested against the rough bark as I stared at the dark green canopy above me. The grey sky peeked through the glossy green leaves. The only sound was Sam panting, trying to catch his breath. I sighed and looked over into his chocolate brown eyes, lacing my fingers through his short black hair. He wagged his tail and gave me a friendly lick.

"Well boy, I have no idea where to go or what to do," I said patting him.

I shut my eyes as he rested his head in my lap and drifted off into a restless sleep filled with monsters and the undead.

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I jumped awake to the sound of Sam growling, and becoming alert. Night had set in so it took my eyes a few seconds to adjust.

"Fuck," I muttered heaving myself off the damp clay beneath me.

Shaking my leg awake, I watched Sam and he trotted off. I waited for a second as he stopped and turned to see if I was following. I limped after him, the pins and needles taking over my left leg. His pace picked up, so did mine. Soon we were sprinting through the woods dodging oncoming trees. I could feel all the muscles in my body screaming for me to stop, but I couldn't. I could hear them, stumbling and groaning behind us. Goddammit, it was probably a herd. My heels dug into the ground . I climbed high up a tree.

"Go boy!" I shouted down to the black labrador.

He took off again, he would lead them away and hopefully find me again. I climbed up higher and clung to the tree for dear life. Nestled in the thick branches, I watched as the herd passed under my tree, only four realized I was up here, clawing at the trunk and attempting to get up. I rolled my eyes, pulled my bow off my back, grasping the leather grip, I loaded an arrow, aimed at one of the bastards head and it flew through his skull.

I heard a scream to my right, the direction of the herd. The scream, belonging to a woman, shot through the air again causing goosebumps to form on my pale skin. I heard other yells and names being called. My mind told me to go and help, after all the walkers had probably caught my scent since I had wandered around this damned forest for days. But it wasn't my problem, I didn't owe these people anything. I shot down the other walkers beneath me and waited until the coast was clear. It was quiet now, which was something unnerving in this world. I began to fidget with the bag strapped to my thigh, it was empty, had been for a month now I'd say. My body jolted forward slightly, causing me to almost fall off my branch, as some one burst through a bush beneath me.

It was a little boy, maybe thirteen years old wearing a sheriff's hat. Two large walkers limped after him, reaching out in an attempt to close the space between them. He turned and backed away from them holding out a pistol. His foot hit off one of the bodies I had dealt with earlier. As he fell over backwards, a loud bang exploded in my ears. Silence followed for a short second, then loud groans were heard from behind me. Well fuck, this moron has attracted the herd back here.

I watched as the boy's eyes widened as he noticed what he'd fallen over. He pulled my arrow out of the walkers neck. He looked around, as if searching for something. I looked over at walkers piling over each other in an attempt to get over here. If I moved now I'd be able to get out. But that little twerp was stopping me.

"Daryl?!" he called. "DARYL?!"

I slapped myself in the face with my palm. If he shouted any louder the Queen would surely hear him. I loaded my bow again and jumped to the ground, managing to land on my feet behind the boy. He turned quickly and tried to reach for the gun he had dropped. I kicked it away just as his hand reached it.

"Shoot me, and you're dead," I said, only loud enough for him to hear.

I raised my bow and shot the closest walker. I yanked the other three arrows out of the bodies of the undead.

"Get up," I hissed, grabbing him by the arm and hauling him off the mossy forest floor.

I brushed some of the dirt of his back before turning and running, not releasing him from my grasp. The tree trunks were becoming distorted to me, I blamed hunger for that, but it was creeping me out. Branches were snatching at our clothes, catching and tearing them, ripping into my skin. I stopped running and pointed to a new tree.

"Climb," I ordered.

The boy didn't question me. I followed after him once I saw he was safe. My body hurt as I dragged it up to him. I sat on a branch opposite him and looked at him. He was dirty and frightened. It made me feel kind of guilty that I hated him for attracting the walkers. We sat in silence. I leaned against the trunk still watching him.

"Thanks," he mumbled.

I smiled slightly, too tired to watch him as my eyes began to shut. I couldn't remember the last time I ate, or even had water. I could feel my body waste away.

I'm sure I'll be dead by the end of the week.

Notes

helloooo there people... I just edited this chapter wow deja vu for me but you're probably like "wat" yup.

Comments

I'm super sad because I've realized this may never get updated. It's legitimately the best story on this site

wolvesyroses wolvesyroses
1/17/16

Oh I really love this story. I hope it gets updated >< please update!

Gilyflower Gilyflower
3/25/15

This is the most amazing story ever on this site ever please update. Harleigh is amazing and you are a great writer.

reddeadwalker reddeadwalker
10/21/14

Amazing writing, as always.

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3/22/14

Holy crap please update!!! This is one of the best I've read in a long time!!!

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3/16/14