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

Chapter 14: Woodbury

Gunshots burst through my ears. I knew this was a bad idea as soon as Josh cockily suggested it. I had been with this group for three weeks now. I didn't bother arguing the fact that entering a warehouse full of walkers was stupid before running in after Sarah.

"YOU DUMB BITCH!" I screamed at her.

I grabbed her hair in an attempt to drag her back out but stopped in my tracks seeing that walkers were spilling in from all directions.

"Oh, for crying out loud," I muttered.

I took out my bow and started taking out walkers one by one. This was the most I had seen. Don't panic Harleigh, you got out of the supermarket and many other sticky situations, you can get the fuck outta here. I pulled Sarah towards the stairs to try get higher ground. I shoved walkers out of the way and over the railings, their skulls cracking as they hit the floor. Their moans and teeth along with gunshots filled my ears, pumping me with adrenaline.

"Where's Tyler?" Sarah sobbed.

"Right there you stupid moron," I spat seeing Tyler leaning against the railings panting.

I saw the walkers swarm over something. Oh, there goes Alfred. I heard Sarah scream beside me. I turned, grabbing her face with one hand.

"Sarah, shut the fuck up. He's gone, stop attracting attention," I spat at her squeezing her cheeks so she couldn't reply. "Got it?!"

She nodded quickly and I let go. I looked around. Andy had joined us, panting.

"They got Alfred!" Nathan said, running over.

"Tell us something we don't know," I said, rolling my eyes sending an arrow over his shoulder spearing a walker through the eye.

"We can get out from the roof," he said, pointing to an open window. I stepped behind him to get a better look.

"You son of a bitch," I whispered slapping him on the back.

As I led them towards it I heard him ask Andy if that was a good thing. Bertha met up with us, she hugged Sarah tightly.

"Don't celebrate yet," I said to them. I walked under the window looking up at it.

"Need this?" Tyler called. I looked over to see him pointing at a ladder.

"Well, duh," I rolled my eyes and waved him over.

Captain Genius, aka Josh finally joined us as Sarah began to climb up the ladder followed by Bertha. He was running towards us at full speed, forgetting to stop he slammed right into me knocking me to the ground. I fell flat on my back. I loud crack sounded through the warehouse over the moans and groans of the oncoming walkers. I froze in shock. Andy and Tyler pushed Josh off me.

"Harleigh? Harleigh?" black smudges called to me.

"Dude, let's leave!" the other on the ground beside me said.

"Shut up, asshole," the one nearest me said.

The other began to climb up the ladder. I blinked a few time to see Andy looking down at me, Josh getting up while Tyler and Nathan were escaping.

"MY FUCKING BOW!" I screeched, lunging at Josh.

Straddling him, I threw punches at his face, breaking his nose. He shoved me off him and began clambering blindly up the ladder. I stared at my broken bow, snapped completely in half. I felt like crying as I picked up the pieces.

"Leigh, you gotta go," Andy said pulling me up. The walkers were at the top of the staircase now.

"Yeah ok, let's go," I said grabbing his hand and tugging him towards the ladder. He resisted me though. I looked back at him.

"We both won't make it," he said.

"What? Sure we will! Hurry!" I said desperately. He shook his head.

"Fine, I'm staying," I pouted.

"Harleigh, no! GO," he pushed me towards the ladder.

"Harleigh!" Sarah called from above.

"You don't have to do this," I whispered to him.

"I do," he replied quietly, lifting his shirt to reveal a nasty bite. I gasped a little shaking my head.

"Go. Go back to Daryl. You're right, these people are idiots," he said.

I hugged him. Then turned just to turn back around on the third step.

"Andy?" I said.

He turned from the walkers to me. My eyes found his chocolate brown ones.

"You're so brave," I said, my voice cracking.

He nodded slowly maintaining my gaze. I grabbed his shirt, pulled him to me and kissed his forehead. He pulls his head away and looks at me, beginning to usher me up the steps.

"Go."

I nodded and pushed one of my guns into his hand.

"One bullet," I whispered.

I turned and scurried up the ladder. Sarah pulled me onto the roof just as a gunshot rung through the air. I felt sick, I longed to get sick. I followed Tyler and the others off the roof by climbing down the cylinders beside the warehouse. We ran through the woods for ages before coming to a clearing. As soon as I caught my breath I strided over to Josh and punched him again.

"YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! YOU FUCKING DICKHEAD!" I screamed at him as he lay on the floor.

Nathan sat down on the ground running his hands through his hair. In my fit of rage I kicked Josh in the ribs, stomach, groin, wherever I could. He was shouting and screaming and attempted to shield himself with his hand. I heard his arm snap under my boot and stopped. I spat on him and turning away. Tyler was holding Sarah while she yelled at me to stop. I spun and gave Josh another sharp kick. He groaned and whined, blood flowing from his nose, his face beaten to a pulp. His arm twisted in a disgusting, unnatural angle. I wiped the sweat from my brow with the back of my hand. I felt a lot better after that.

"We need to go," Nathan announced.

"We can't move him like this!" Sarah cried.

"We leave without him," Nathan said coldly.

He was on defiantly my side. He and Andy had been together from the start.

"Please, please," Josh begged between raspy breaths.

"We can't leave him like this!" Sarah said, outraged. I tutted and took out my gun.

"HARLEIGH! NO!" Sarah shouted, disgusted.

I pulled back the lever, the gun clicked loudly. I raised my gun and pointed at Josh's head.

"PLEASE! NO!" he screamed.

I pressed the trigger down, the bang cracked through the silent forest.

"Now listen," I growled to the survivors. "You people are hazardous. I don't know how you survived this long without me. Andy and Alfred died back there and your making me show mercy on this asshole? Do you know how many times he put us ALL in danger? From now on you listen to me and what I want to do. Got it?"

I felt like Rick suddenly. I had been turning into the group's leader over the past few weeks, but this was the last straw. Josh was the only one who would argue with me. He was gone. Maybe we all had a chance now.

I stormed out of the clearing, followed closely by Nathan.

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The group hadn't argued about how I was now the leader, probably because they were scared that I turn and shoot them. I was tempted to kill them all and just leave. Go back to Rick and the others like Andy told me to. We reached the edge of the forest where I stopped. I held out a hand to the others, they stopped and watched me as I gazed at the large tire wall stacked on truck wheels ahead of us. There were men with guns pacing up and down keeping watch. A large sign read "Welcome to Woodbury", I didn't like this one bit.

"Survivors!" Sarah gasped.

"Careful, they've got guns," I whispered, backing away slowly.

"What are we waiting for? Let's go!" Tyler said catching Sarah's hand.

"Who's there?!" a man called out.

"I'm not going," I told Nathan. He nodded.

"You are!" Sarah growled.

"In the trees! Come out with your hands up!"

"I'm not Sarah, I gotta go back."

She stared at me. "It's the redneck isn't it?"

"Just please let me go."

"But-"

"No. This is my decision, I let you drag me away from my friends... I need them."

She finally nodded and gave me a quick hug.

"COME OUT OR WE WILL SHOOT!"

"Go," I whispered backing away further into the tree.

Nathan threw me the keys to the car we left on the road. I looked at him in confusion.

"You're staying?" I asked.

He nodded. I sighed sadly. I had hoped he leave with me... Sarah gave us odd looks, confused that I had asked him.

"Be careful," I said to them, I turned and ran.

I didn't trust Woodbury, something about it didn't feel right. I heard footsteps running behind me. I turned slightly to see a man racing after me.

"GET BACK HERE!" his rough voice shouted after me.

I knew I was near the car, my tracks were very traceable. My combat boots hit the paved road, I flung the door open and threw myself into the passenger seat locking myself in. The man caught up with me just as the locks clicked. He jammed a knife through the glass of window beside me, cracking it and scraping my cheek. I leaned away fighting to get the keys into the ignition.

"C'mon girly, don't ya wanna be with y'family, hmm?" he chuckled, yanking the knife out of the window.

My eyes widened and my breath caught in my chest seeing that the knife was his hand. I pushed myself over to the driver seat. The man was fumbling at the door handle.

"Don't make me use my gun, sweetheart," he grinned.

I turned the keys in the ignition. The damn car puttered pathetically causing the man to laugh loudly. I tried again, this time the engine roared to life. The man's face fell making me smirk. I floored it and got the hell out of there, back towards the hotel. I saw the man trying to shoot at my car in my rear view mirror. I watched as he grew smaller and smaller. I then laughed, I'm going home.

Notes

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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.

SierraaDixon SierraaDixon
3/22/14

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

elissa_mirinda elissa_mirinda
3/16/14