A Veil of Black and Gold
Nicole slowly opened her eyes. She was lying in the cab of a truck and it was dark outside. She looked down, noticing someone had changed her and she blushed thinking who it could’ve been. She rose slowly and she jumped when the door opened. Daryl got into the truck and sat next to her. “Are you ok?” He asked, looking over at her. She nodded and looked down at her hand. Ray was gone, but Daryl was still there. She took a good look at his face, noticing the bags of sleeplessness under his eyes. He looked tired, like he had been up watching her all night.
“Daryl, have you been asleep yet?” She asked. He looked at her and shook his head.
“Nope, not a wink, why?”
“Have you been watching me this whole time?” She asked. He nodded his head.
“I was worried about you, alright? Anything I’ve done to you was only because I worry about you. Ever since I knew Ray, I knew he was a trouble magnet. When I heard about his girlfriend, I was worried for whoever she was because I knew he would most likely get her into some sort of trouble. Then, that first night I met you, I felt that you needed to be protected, you were so small to me. I mean, you looked really short.” He gave a small laugh and Nicole joined him. That was the first time she had ever heard Daryl Dixon laugh.
“I’m not that short Daryl.” She said as she looked up at him and smiled. Something struck in her heart, like a powerful gong, when he smiled back at her. It had been true this whole time. She really did love Daryl. She didn’t know how, and she didn’t know why. All she knew was that it had been true for God knows how long. She scooted close to him and pulled him into her arms. She tried with all her might to extend all her love for him in that single embrace. He slowly began to wrap his arms around her and hugged her back. She couldn’t describe the feeling she was having, she was hurt and upset about Ray but she felt at least 85% of that go away when she held Daryl in her arms. It was like she was meant to be with him in this alternate walker-infested world. She broke the embrace and looked at him, really looked at him. Her heart just soared when she saw him, he was strong and defiant, the perfect person for her. All of a sudden, Daryl kissed her. He kissed her in a way he never kissed anybody before. He kissed her with only one thing on his mind, love. He loved her that he was sure of. He was sure of it since she was kidnapped, just a meager few hours ago. When he saw her get taken away and the thought of never seeing her again made him believe, truly believe. Daryl Dixon now believed in a thing called love. It took a girl named Nicole Montez to make him see it and her five year old nephew, Rael Montez III to get him to admit it. He broke the kiss and she looked a little dazed and glassy eyed.
“Nicole, are you ok?” He asked. She answered by kissing him again, more feeling thrown into this kiss than any he’s ever received before.
“Yea, I’m ok.” She answered when she broke it. She figured it was the time, the perfect moment to tell Daryl the truth.
“I love you.” They both said at the exact same time, completely shocking the hell out of each other.
“What did you say?” They said once again.
“Shit, stop reading my mind Daryl!” Nicole playfully yelled at him as she grabbed his hand.
“Hey, girl, it’s you not me.” He laughed as he grabbed her hand back. He looked at her looking right back and he smiled. “I really do love you, Nicole.” He whispered, looking seriously and deeply into her eyes.
“I love you too, Daryl.” She kissed him once more and held onto him. He held her right back, hoping that he wasn’t dreaming, hoping that he wouldn’t wake up to find Ray still alive and Nicole married to him. “You need to get some sleep, dude.” She told him as he tried to stifle a yawn.
“What about you?” He asked as he exited his truck. She followed him, tripping slightly causing Daryl to quickly catch her before she hit her head on his door. “Be careful, Nicole!” He whispered as he straitened her up. She grinned up at him. “What are you going to do?”
“Go to sleep with you, of course. I just want to smoke a quick bowl. It will put me to sleep more quickly.” He grinned down at her as she walked next to him to her tent.
“I hope you understand, but I put all of Ray’s stuff in a box and put it next to his body. We haven’t buried him yet; we thought we should wait for you to wake up, so we were going to do it before we left tomorrow.”
“Where we going?” She asked as she sat on the mattress, taking her socks off.
“Rick wants to head to the CDC. Jim also got himself bit and he wants to try to get him help.” Nicole’s eyes widened in shock.
“He got bit?” Daryl nodded and Nicole exhaled standing up. She walked over to her box and began pulling pajamas out for her and Daryl. “Is a big shirt and shorts ok?” She asked as she turned around to look at him.
“Ok for what?” He asked as he began to loosen his laces.
“Pajamas, silly.” She giggled as she got her pajamas.
“Oh well, I usually just sleep in my boxers.” He answered, blushing slightly.
“That’s fine.” She smiled as she took her shirt and pants off. Daryl just stood there; he didn’t know what to do. She was undressing in front of him and his first thoughts were to look away, to be decent. However, he was already transfixed by her body, softly bathed in moonlight. He couldn’t help himself. He watched her. She turned to him and he quickly looked down. She smirked and walked toward him. “Were you peeking, Daryl?” She seductively asked, getting him to look back up at her.
“Maybe.” He replied, as ran his hands over her back. She kissed him and he picked her up, gently placing her on the mattress. He used his knee to get in between her legs, and he grinned down at her. She then did something she felt she needed to do, for herself and Daryl. She took the ring off her finger and dropped it to the ground. She then began to help Daryl get out of his pants and she wrapped her legs around his waist. He lowered himself to kiss her and at the same time, sneakily slid himself into her. She gasped in pleasure and she grabbed his wrists as they supported his body while he slowly glided in and out of her. She shuddered and moaned as he lowered his body onto hers so he could go faster. He pulled a sheet over them and continued. He went faster and faster and Nicole began to dig her nails into his back. That sexy pain caused Daryl to get a second wind and he began to slow down, enjoying the feel of Nicole’s arms and legs wrapped around his body. She began to glide her fingers over his back, giving him light scratches down his back. He went faster again, causing Nicole to call out and moan softly into the night. He kissed her neck softly and she smiled, running her fingers through Daryl’s hair and pulling it slightly. He chuckled and went harder but kept the same pace. She moaned louder and he finally came inside her, feeling her legs tighten around his waist and her nails go deeper. He gently collapsed on her, the both of them breathing hard. She reached for his hand and gripped it tightly. He kissed her cheek and smiled at her. She smiled back and he rose up, making a crazy face as he slowly slid out of her. “Sorry.” He said softly as he fixed her panties for her. She giggled and looked up at him with a confused look.
“You’re crazy Daryl Dixon.”
“Crazy in love with you.” He said as he lay next to her, holding her in his arms.
“And I am with you.” She said, giving him a kiss and getting comfortable.
“Wait, weren’t you going to smoke first?” He asked.
“I don’t think I need to, you kinda wore me out enough.” He laughed and laid his head on her shoulder and they both fell into a peaceful sleep, the best sleep either of them had had in a good long while.
Nicole woke to the sound of people talking. She shielded her eyes from the brightness of the light coming in from the mesh of the tent and turned around, uncovering herself in the process. She was just about to fall back asleep when she heard the sound of something unzipping. She growled slightly and forces herself to slowly open one eye. It was hard to see with the bright light shining in her eyes, but what she did see was what was left of the camp after the attack. It was Rick, Rael, Lori, Glen, Andrea, Shane, Dale, T-Dog and Jacqui, who were standing in the opening of the tent staring at her. She closed her eye, hoping that they would leave her alone. “What the fuck is going on here?!” It was Rael’s loud ass voice.
“Rael, shut up! It’s too early for this!” Nicole yelled, turning over in the mattress.
“You’re right; it is way too early to find my little sister half naked in a bed with a fucking redneck that also happens to be half naked!” Without opening her eyes, she brought her hand to her chest and her eyes immediately popped open. She shot up and looked down at herself. Sure enough, she had no clothes on except for her bra and panties. She pulled the sheet to cover herself, noticing that Daryl lay beside her in his gray boxers.
“Oh shit!” Nicole started laughing and she began smacking Daryl on his chest. “Hey wake up! Rise and shine, cupcake.” Daryl stirred and opened his eyes, turning towards Nicole before looking up.
“What the hell are you all doing in here?!” He yelled, getting behind Nicole, covering himself as well.
“We came to get Nicole so we could bury Ray.” Rick said, unsure of what to make of the scene he found himself in front of.
“Right, we need to be leaving soon, sorry. Let us get dressed and we’ll be right out.” Nicole said. The group slowly dispersed and the last to leave was Rael, eyeing Daryl with an unknown look, before he finally turned and walked away. Nicole started laughing and Daryl looked at her like she was nuts.
“What’s so funny?” He asked, brushing a stray strand of hair from Nicole’s face.
“The looks on all their faces when they saw us laying here. They were priceless.” Nicole giggled as she got out of bed, walking over to her box. Daryl picked up his jeans from their spot next to the bed as she grabbed a pair of black skinny jeans and Bob Marley shirt.
“They all just barged in, and I didn’t hear them?” He asked as he found his shirt.
“Nope, you were sleeping like a cute little rock.” She teased.
“Shut up.” Daryl said, giving her a smile. Once they were dressed, they walked out of the tent to where everyone else was waiting, next to Ray’s dead body. It was wrapped in a sheet and the box of his belongings were at his feet. A hole was already dug and Rick and Shane were waiting for her signal to lower him. She nodded and they lifted him up, placing him in the hole and placing his box as well. Nicole went to the edge and placed his ring on his chest. He was dead and there wasn’t anything she could do to change that. If walkers never roamed the Earth, she may have married him, but in this other world, he wasn’t meant to live. She wasn’t meant to be with him, she was meant to be with Daryl. That was how the dice was rolled and that was the card she was dealt. Yea she loved Ray, but she loved Daryl too, and Ray was dead and Daryl was alive. There wasn’t anything she would change.
It was finally time to head out. Jim was getting worse and everyone was getting antsy. Nicole stood next to Daryl as Shane was telling everyone about what’s going to go down once we get on the road. Nicole wasn’t really paying attention. She used to block his voice out when he would lecture her every single time he pulled her over and she kind of haven’t broke the habit. All of a sudden, she saw Lori and Jacqui hugging Morales’s wife and kids. Morales was taking his family somewhere else, they weren’t following Rick to the CDC. Shane and Rick gave him a gun and ammo, and Nicole hopped into the truck, right as Bubba ran up to her, with Rael right behind him. “Where do you think you’re going?” Rael asked Bubba as he tried to climb into the truck after Nicole.
“I wanna go with Nicole.” He answered as Rael picked him up.
“No sir, you’re coming with me.” Rael took Bubba away and didn’t even acknowledge Nicole or Daryl. He just scooped up his son, and walked away. Daryl looked toward them and waved to Bubba who was looking back at them. He slid into the truck and waited for the convoy to move.
“What’s his problem?” Daryl asked as he slammed his door.
“I think it has to do with him finding us half naked this morning.” Nicole laughed as Daryl gave her a weird look.
“I still can’t believe that shit. They saw us in bed!” He started the truck and began following Shane’s jeep as the convoy exited the quarry.
“Yea, but it’s water under the bridge now.” She scooted closer to Daryl and rested her head on his shoulder as he wrapped an arm around her. “Don’t worry so much dear, you’ll get wrinkles.” He laughed at her and gently squeezed her. She closed her eyes and smiled, enjoying the sun on her face and the man right next to her.
sorry for the delay but here is the 13th chapter hope you all enjoy it!!!!