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

Chapter 15: Leave the Lost & Dead Behind

I pulled into the hotel driveway and hopped out of the car. I literally ran to the door and swung the it open.

"Rick?! Carl?!" I shouted, grinning, expecting everyone to run at me with guns raised then to tackle me into a group hug.

I ran down to the kitchen.

"Lori? Carol?" I yelled out a little less enthusiastic. No one. I raced up the stairs to the third floor.

"Glenn? Maggie?" I called out desperately.

I began to panic, biting on my lip and drawing blood, I searched the rooms. Empty, no one. I walked to my room. Some of my things were still there, nothing worth carrying around just stuff I had found to entertain myself. I flopped down on my bed. I felt like shit, I wanted to cry. What had happened? Were they ok? I shouldn't have left. I really hated my sister now. I lay down, my face hit something crisp on my pillow. I sat back up and took the page into my hands,

Harleigh,
We had to leave. Don't go out back.
Don't drink the water.
Find us
-Daryl

He knew I'd come back... I crumpled up the page and flung it across the room. Find you where you dumb piece of trash?! Fuming at myself I got up and left the room. I walked back down the hallway, stopping at Rick's room. A rucksack caught my eye. Was some one else here? I took out my gun and edged my way into the room. It looked untouched. I opened up the bag. I sighed angrily, it was the bag full of baby things that I had got Lori! That stupid idiot! I closed the bag and flung it over my shoulder, feeling it hit my broken bow. I had kept my bow, I would fix it when I had the chance. I couldn't leave it, it was my Grandfather's. I heard a car pull into the drive and froze. Was it the others?! I ran to one of the windows in Carol and Beth's room and peered out through the wooden boards. It was the guy with the knife hand! My stupid ass sister told him where I had gone.

"UGH! AM I THE ONLY ONE WITH A BRAIN?!" I groaned angrily at the ceiling.

I heard the front door burst open. I ran to my room and yanked the boards down, they were loose since I used to always stare out the window. I flung the window open. There was a ledge below but I'm pretty sure I'd splat onto the ground.

"Little lady?!" the man called out.

He was in the dining room. It was easy to tell since it was so eerily quiet. I felt sick with tension. I threw Lori's bag under the bed. I grabbed two sheets off my bed, tying them to the pillow cases. I slammed the door shut then hurled the sheets out the window, tying them to an armchair.

"C'mon, c'mon," I whispered to myself, my hands were shaking and he definitely heard my door slam.

I kicked myself for not tying first then shutting the door. I tightened the knot. I opened the trunk at the end of my bed and climbed in. I closed it slowly and quietly. The man kicked the door open. I peeped through the keyhole and saw his feet slowly walk over to the window, I placed a hand over my mouth, paranoid he could hear me breathing. I was frozen with fear, my breath caught in my throat. Tension knotted my stomach as he stopped in his tracks and knelt down. I watched as he picked up Daryl's note. I mentally thanked him for not writing down where they had gone. Maybe I wasn't the only one with a brain after all.

"Daryl," the man mumbled to himself.

He briskly left room. I waited until I heard the car pull out of the drive. Still, I didn't get out until I had calmed my heart down. That was too damn close. I pushed the trunk open and crawled over to the window. No one was outside. I grabbed Lori's bag and ran out to my car.

xxx

I let out a stream of curses as my car came to a stop. I had been running on fumes all day. There were no signs of Rick, Sarah or even the one handed man. I had been alone for two weeks now. I jumped out of the car and taking Lori's bag out of the back.

"Ok, Harleigh. Maybe they're in the woods again. You can survive in the woods, you've done it before"I said to myself."But you don't have Sam..."

I groaned and leaned against the side of the light blue car. I put my face in my hands. I hadn't even seen a walker in ages. Had I gone mad? Had I imagined everything? Was I wandering around the wilderness of a perfectly normal world? I rolled up my shorts to look down at my old bite. No this was real. I kicked the tire and stormed into the woods. Maybe if I wrecked a pathway, Daryl would find me. I swung my new bat that I had found at a walker's head knocking it off its shoulders.

I stumbled around till nightfall, stopping only to climb a tree to sleep in. I did this for three whole days. I was tired and the only thing I had come across were the hungry corpses. Which I took care of. Occasionally I'd find and empty house and try to sleep, but I was too paranoid that anyone could walk in, dead or alive. I had no one looking out for me. I had myself, a broken bow and Lori's bag. The only thing that kept me going was that bag though, the baby would need it for sure. I needed to find them and give it to them. But what if they had heard another announcement on the radio and had left the county? I felt like I was wandering around after ghosts, I saw no sign of them. I couldn't even find Woodbury or the hotel.

I was lost in the forest.

Again.

My stomach burned with hunger, my feet were blistered and raw, my calves ached and I could barely walk without taking breaks. I was exhausted and the only sleep I could get was if I climbed a tree. Have you ever climbed a tree in this state? Painful. I seemed to be attracting every damn walker in the whole area too, probably I was panting and snapping every twig in the place. Try swinging a bat when you feel your arms are going to snap off any second.

Why hadn't Nathan come with me? Why didn't I just go into Woodbury?

Well, I didn't wanna be around that crazy knife man. I hope I never see that guy again. I felt so lonely, so crazy. I even wanted Lori to appear out of no where crying, I was that desperate.
I stumbled out of the edge of the forest to come out beside an endless chain link fence. I could barely see out through my matted fringe. Matted with what? Blood and dirt I'm guessing, as well as whatever the hell that chunk is. Gross.

I walked along the fence, gripping onto it for support and hacking the heads off the walkers gnawing on the rusting links. I ripped through the long grass knotting around my ankles. I heard something galloping towards me at great speed. I ignored it, whatever it was was on the other side of the fence.

"Sam!" a young voice called.

I froze and turned my head to see my best friend racing towards me, tongue flowing behind him. I dropped to my knees in the mud as he leapt against the fence. I laced my fingers through the links. He licked them, his whole body rocking with every wag of his tail. He rolled around and barked happily.

"HARLEIGH!" Carl yelled.

I stood up and waved at him. I was physically shaking with shock and complete happiness. He then pointed to the side of the prison where I saw a large gate. I raced along the fence towards it, Sam lolloping beside me. The gate opened and I threw my arms around Carl, dropping to the floor. I squeezed him tightly.

"I found you, I found you," I whispered into his shoulder closing my eyes tightly.

He nodded into my shoulder, sniffling. Tears stung my eyes seeing, Carol, Beth and Hershel come out of the prison in front of me. How had I missed that? Sam was leaping at us barking loudly until I told him to quieten down.

I pulled back from Carl and looked at him. He seemed older, wiser. I grinned at him, lifting off his hat and ruffling his hair. I got up and helped him shut the gate. I walked back with him holding his hand tightly in mine. Carol embraced me as soon as I was close enough. I gripped onto her firmly, like I was never going to go. There was a man I didn't recognise smiling at me.

"Name's Axel," he said, holding out his hand.

I didn't take it. I didn't have time for new people.

"Harleigh," I nodded in reply, stepping back from Carol.

She was smiling at me as if I had won an award or performed a miracle. Which I kinda did I guess.

"I've heard a lot about you," he said putting his hand back down by his side.

I hugged Beth. Hershel hobbled over to me on crutches.

"Was bit," he sighed. I hugged him. "We cut it off"

"That's badass," I grinned.

He shrugged laughing. They all looked so different, and tired. I guessed I was different too. I handed Lori's bag to Carol.

"Lori left that behind. We should give it to her."

Everyone fell silent, not smiling anymore. I stared in shock at them one by one. I shuck my head.

"This is a joke right?" I asked in disbelief. Beth took my hand.

"There's some one who wants to meet you," she gave me a little smile and led me inside, the others followed behind.

We entered a cell block and up some stairs. There was shuffling inside a white cardboard box. Scrawled on the side was "Lil Asskicker." I smirked.

"Daryl right?" I laughed pointing to it.

Carol smiled and nodded. She had tears in her eyes as she gave me another one armed hug. Beth passed the little bundle to me. I smiled down at the little girl, she was only a week or so old.

"What's her name?"

"Judith," Carl spoke. I smiled at him.

"You're gonna be the best big brother ever. Isn't that right Asskicker?" I smiled and passed her back to Beth.

"What happened at the hotel?" I asked.

"Got over-run. Didn't you look outside?" Carol asked, folding her arms.

"Nah, too busy running from this guy with one hand," I laughed, shaking my head.

"What?" Carol frowned, obviously worried.

I waved her off. Her happy smile replaced the frown again.

"I'll go keep watch," Carl said.

The others nodded. I was little shocked that they were okay sending him out by himself but things had obviously changed.

"So, where's everyone?" I asked, looking at Carol and Beth.

"We lost T-Dog, he saved my life,"Carol whispered.

T-Dog was gone? I bit my lip and nodded. I didn't know him very well, but he was part of our group. I was grateful he had saved Carol.

"Glenn and Maggie were taken and the others have gone after them," Beth said worry in her voice.

"When did they leave?" I asked.

"This morning," Carol replied. I nodded.

"Let's get you cleaned up, who's blood is that?" she said, chuckling.

"Who's isn't it," I mumbled remembering that I had beaten the shit out of Josh.

I had killed another human, it had sunk in a while back. I was okay with it though. I followed Carol to a shower area. I cleaned myself; the water basically ran black with dirt. I changed into a tracksuit bottoms and a loose t-shirt. We went back out to the cell, I felt better now that I was cleaner.

"So, do I have a chance with you?" Axel asked. I raised my eyebrow at him.

"No, unless you want to mess with Daryl," Beth giggled.

"No, Rick," Carol said, frowning.

"Well shoot."

I threw my eyes to the ceiling and walked out, not bothered with arguing. I went outside and stood next to Carl.

"Y'alright Carl?" I ask. He gives a small nod.

"I hope they come back soon," he whispered.

"They will."

"I shot my mom, Harleigh," he tells me. "I had to."

I placed my hand on his shoulder. "Ya did the right thing Carl, she's proud of you."

He looked up at me and smiled.

It felt good to be home.

Notes

Just wanna say that if you haven't finished Season 3 of TWD stop reading here because there are spoilers ahead.(and hurry the hell up and watch it damn what are you doing with your life)
Also I'm gonna do this really horrible thing where I follow the show. Please don't shoot me I hate it too. But I think there's only ONE chapter where it's sorta word for word. The rest are based on the story but I write it in my own way which is alright yeah? Trust me I hate fanfiction that's just and OC in the middle of the show it can be quite boring sometimes... I may have just offended some one, sorry ;D
anyways thanks for reading and everything else you guys are awesoooommeee

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