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

Chapter 35: Blackout

I didn't sleep that night, in fact, as soon as I asked that question Michonne pulled the bus over and I was able to storm out of the bus. I couldn't believe this. I had been blessed with immunity and it was going to kill me. What if it was like cancer? It would grow and grow until there was no room for blood in my system. I'm no biologist but I'm pretty sure blood was a crucial part of staying alive. I covered my eyes with my forearm. I was lying on a couch on my back. It was so comfortable, better than the bus benches but I just couldn't turn my brain off. Daryl was the other couch. I could tell Rick was awake, he sat in the armchair staring at the roaring flames of the fireplace. The others lay in sleeping bags on the carpet. I rolled onto my side and watched Rick. His pale face was lit up by the fire, the flames dancing in the reflection of his eyes. His eyes moved over to me and he sat up. He pointed to door and I nodded. We both stood up slowly and tip toed out of the room. We left the house. I dug my hands into my jacket pockets and watched my breath swirl in the air in front of me. We strolled over to the trees lining the house we were staying.

"Can't sleep huh?"I asked Rick.

He shook his head.

"Me neither."

"I don't blame ya..."He replied quietly.

I rubbed my forehead.

"I just... can't believe it... this is going to kill me Rick,"I choked.

He shook his head.

"We'll find a way around it, Leigh."

"How could there possibly be around this?"I laughed with slight desperation.

I didn't want to die.

"We always find a way, Leigh. Leave that to me and Daryl,"he smiled.

I felt a pang of guilt.

"Listen, Rick... about that-"

"Don't Harleigh. I get it."

"I just don't want to be one of those girls who breaks up a friendship like yours... especially now, it all seems so silly."

"It isn't. I care about you but Daryl... well he doesn't know it yet but he loves you."

I laughed again.

"Well, if he does, I'd like to hear it from him. My times running out-"

"Don't say that, I told you. We'll die trying-"

"I don't want that. I don't want you guys to waste your lives for me. A cure to immunity? I mean c'mon Rick this kind of stuff never happens. Immunity to any outbreak is suppose to be a good thing, a miracle."

"It is a miracle."

"I can't even help other people."

"Nathan hasn't a clue what he's talking about, he could be wrong."

"Maybe..."

"Wha's goin' on?"

Our heads snapped to the house. Daryl stood there, staring at us.

"Havin' a meetin' out here?"

His voice was full of agression. Rick cleared his throat and ran his tongue over his chapped lips.

"Couldn't sleep."

Daryl took a few quick strides towards Rick.

"She comes t'me when she can't sleep,"he growled, right up in his face.

I watch carefully, I wasn't going to step in just yet. Rick would handle this.

"No, I couldn't sleep either Daryl,"Rick sighed. "We thought everyone else should rest."

"Yeah? Well next time, wake me. Thought somethin' was goin' on."

"You should trust her more, Daryl."

I smiled at Rick, glad we got around that hurdle. Daryl calmed down instantly and nodded.

"Sorry brother, didn' mean to..."

Rick reached over and squeezed Daryl's shoulder.

"Aw. Ain't this a delight to stumble by?"

We all jumped, hands flying to our weapons.

"I wouldn't bother, you're outnumbered."

We spun outwards so we were back to back. I was panicking slightly, there was quiet a distance between us and the house were the others were.

"Show yourself!"Rick's voice boomed behind me.

I felt Daryl edge closer to me, the three of us were brushing against each other, our eyes darting in and out of the trees.

"You guys really suck at staying low, don't you?"

Out from the trees came about a dozen men, all pointing various guns at us.

"Now, Harleigh. Do I kill you now or do I hand you over to the asylum... or the Governor? Wow you really do know how to find trouble, huh?"

I recognised the man as Ron, one of the men from Danny's group.

I shrugged my shoulders.

"I think it finds me to be honest. Now, what have I done to you again?"I asked as Daryl and Rick stood on either side of me, rifles raised.

My bow was ready too.

"You killed my brother."

"I think it was coming. Y'know kidnapping people with karma and all."

"Shut up,"he snapped.

He squeezed the trigger, a short pop followed, bursting through the night air and everything went black for the second time that night.

xxx

"Leigh! Leigh! Wake up! Please, wake up!"

"Don't shake her man! She could lose more blood!"

"Does this shit happen to you guys often or?"

"Anyone know her blood type?"

"Should we pour water on her?"

"Daryl! Quit shaking her!"

My heavy lids fluttered open. I was staring up at a grey ceiling, my bare skin was on some sticky surface. Where the hell am I now? I noticed we were moving.

"Oh, her eyes are open!"said Maggie.

I flinched, my torso ached.

"Where am I?"I asked squeezing my eyes shut.

"Oh sweet Jesus"I heard Daryl sigh."I'm gonna kill y'Leigh!"

"We're on the bus. You're okay. We got away,"Rick replied.

I went to sit up, but searing pain cut through me and somebody shoved me back down.

"How?"I croaked, my eyes watering from the pain.

"We delt with it."

"Are we all ok?"

"Yeah, except you of course and Daryl's lost his shit with worry-"

"Shut up."

I smiled and breathed a short laugh. It turned into a coughing fit, which hurt like a motherfucker. I groaned, how much more uncomfortable could this get?

"Harleigh, I've slowed down the bleeding, but you've lost a lot..."Nathan told me.

"Did you kill the bastard that did it?"

"Daryl got him as soon as he shot,"Rick replied.

"Has Daryl lost his voice?"I chuckled, squinting the direction I had heard his voice last.

He looked so shook up I immediately shut my eyes.

"We're near the prison, you were out for some time,"Rick told me.

I nodded and drifted back to sleep. I remember Rick carrying me and next thing I know I'm looking up at Hershel. I smiled at him. I was in my bunk, in my cell. Where I wanted to be. If I was going to die, I was glad it was here. Nathan stood behind him, arms knotted across his chest staring down at me with concern. I could hear Rick talking. Daryl wasn't there. I went back asleep.

I went in and out of consciousness. Sometimes I would wake up in an empty cell, alone. Other times, Hershel or Nathan were checking my pulse, or Carol was holding my hand with Michonne at her side. I woke up once and found a knitted blanket draped over me, other times strangers, some of the survivors would come and talk to me. About what, I didn't know. Carl would be there often, sometimes Rick was pacing behind him, hand on his jaw, staring from the floor to me and back again. Beth would sit on the end of my bed holding Judith, feeding her and talking to Charlotte. Maggie and Glenn would sit on the floor opposite each other, playing cards. I would often hear Sam whining. All of this attention was driving me nuts, I was so touched but I hadn't the energy to respond to any of them.

Finally, one day I managed to stay awake for more than a couple of seconds. I thought I was alone, but this time I heard muffled sniffles coming from below me. I frowned and curiosity fueled me to wake up. Daryl was sitting on the floor with his back against my bed, his hair sticking up in all directions. I was almost giddy with excitement. I knew what I was going to say already.

"You pussy,"I croaked, grinning.

Daryl's shoulders jerked up and he spun to face me.

"Harleigh!"He whispered, his eyes slightly puffy.

He then tried to hide the fact he had been crying by rubbing his eyes.

"Hi there. When's food?"

He chuckled and planted a kiss on my lips. He stood up but I caught onto his wrist.

"So what's been happening?"

"Lemme go get Hershel!"

I sighed and released him. In a matter of seconds I heard the clicking of Hershel's crutches. I smiled and propped myself up on my elbows, ignoring the dull familiar pain running across my torso. He grinned when he saw me, he pulled over a stool and check my pulse.

"How are you feeling Harleigh?"

"Hungry."

"I bet you are,"he chuckled. Nathan rushed into the room.

"Well hello sleeping beauty!"He grinned, passing a first aid kit to Hershel.

I smiled and sat up slowly with the help of Hershel. I noticed I was wearing the same t-shirt, spattered with blood, but some one had torn the bottom half of it away. A bandage ran around me, front to back. Hershel took that one off and then replaced it, letting me lie back down.

"Better get going, you'll have visitors,"he smiled, grabbing his crutches.

He and Nathan left, leaving me with Daryl. He sat on the edge of my bunk. I watched him as he whistled. I heard frantic scratching and Sam galloped into the room. He put his front paws up on the bed and licked my face.

"Ew, ew Sam, gross!"I laughed pushing him away.

He wagged his tail, his whole body moving with it.

"Y'scared the shit outta me, Leigh,"Daryl grumbled.

Then he smiled when he saw how pissed off that made me. I was about to yell at him and say I didn't mean to get shot. I laughed at him and called him an asshole.

"Can you take me outside?"I asked.

He paused for a moment before nodding. He helped me struggle to my feet. He grabbed the blanket and draped it over my shoulders. I clung to in.

"I probably look horrible,"I joked.

Daryl raised an eyebrow at me.

"Nah."

He laced his arm around my waist and helped me down the stairs. The block was empty, apart from a sleeping Judith. I wanted to go and cuddle her, but I didn't want to deal with a screaming baby. The sun almost blinded me once we got outside. For once, Daryl didn't release his grip on me. Rick was the first to spot me. He grinned and walked quickly over to us.

"Harleigh!"He sighed, pulling me into his chest.

I hugged him back, smiling to myself. Everyone made their way over and greeted me one by one before they went back to work.

"What happened with Krista?"I asked.

"She's around,"Daryl shrugged.

"So what really happened... after?"I asked, lowering my voice.

"Well I got the one that shot ya... the others heard the guns, some of 'em ran some of them stayed, got abou' three of 'em."

"So they're still out there?"

"Yeah, but they ain't gon' come lookin' again."

I nodded and took a shaky breath. I would have preferred if they all died, one less problem to deal with. I frowned, Sam was growling.

"What the hell is wrong with you?"I muttered.

He barked and began galloping towards the gate. He scratched at the gate where Glenn was standing.

"What's gotten into 'im..."Daryl mumbled.

Carl ran over to the gate and began to pull it open.

"Wait Carl!"Glenn yelled after him as he raced down after Sam.

"What's he doing? Where is he... CARL!"Rick yelled.

Everyone was looking now.

"Daryl,"Rick said, pulling his gun out of his holster and running after Carl.

I heard Daryl tell me to go inside but I was too busy watching what was going on. Glenn stood beside me and we watched as Carl pulled the outside gate open. Rick and Daryl stood back watching. Rick then decided to help and Sam ran out through the gap in the gate. I saw Carl gesture to the men and they ran off into the woods, leaving the gate wide open. Michonne was strolling by and closed it, watching the guys. She stood there and waited, we all did wondering what the hell was going on. I chewed my nails and found myself leaning on Glenn, he grasped onto me making sure I didn't fall over. After a few minutes of everyone staring, Carl emerged from the woods followed by Rick and Daryl. Between them they were carrying some one, an older man. Michonne opened the gate and they carried the man up to us.

"Is he okay? Is he alive?"I asked.

"Some one get Hershel!"Rick yelled.

Maggie ran inside, holding the door open for them. Glenn helped me over to a bench where I sat down, he then went inside leaving me with Carol and Charlotte.

Notes


hi bishes. next chapter... i have something planned ;) heh heh hehh. WINK WINK HINT HINT. you have been warned.
Thank you all so much for the feedback, holy fuck people like my story this is really weird. Your comments and views and everything else make. my. day. You have no idea

you guys are great and i love you :) x

Comments

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1/17/16

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3/25/15

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10/21/14

Amazing writing, as always.

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3/22/14

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