A Veil of Black and Gold
Nicole jolted awake as Daryl’s truck came to a stop. She stretched and yawned as Daryl tried to see the reason for the convoy stopping. “We better go see what’s up, dude.” Nicole said as she straightened her Bob Marley shirt and opened the truck door. She saw it had something to do with the R.V., as Dale and Glen stood in front of it with smoke pouring out of it.
Nicole knew absolutely nothing about cars but Rael was a real whizz. He was helping trying to figure out what was going on. Once she came into view, she got a few looks from some of the survivors, especially Carol. She eyed her in a way that made Nicole feel very uncomfortable. It couldn’t have something to do with what happened with her and Daryl could it? Whatever the reason was, Nicole didn’t want to find out. She kept her gaze down and walked over to her brother and Rick.
“Hey.” Rick said as she walked up to him. She nodded to him and looked over at what her brother was up to. It looked like the van wasn’t going to be fixed anytime soon.
“What’s going on here?” Nicole asked as Rael sighed, wiping his hands on a small towel.
“The van’s radiator hose is completely destroyed. Dale doesn’t have a single strip of duct tape left in the R.V. to fix it. I don’t know what else to do.” He looked down at his little sister and gave her chin a small playful punch. “Sorry about how I’ve been acting, I just didn’t know how else to react finding you in that position. I’m your big brother Nicole, what did you expect?” She shrugged her shoulders.
“I dunno I didn’t really expect you and half the entire camp to barge into my tent this morning.” Nicole put her hands on her hips and glared at her brother. He scoffed at her.
“So, you’re with the redneck now?” He asked her, a darkness settling over his mood like gray thunderheads. She lowered her head as she noticed people start to warily walk away from the scene beginning to unfold.
She was in no mood to deal with her brother; her hand was still hurting like crazy, she just so happened to make it a little worse in her fornication with Daryl the previous night, she had a terrible ache in her head, like a throbbing you get when you sleep too much, and she was starving. She gave Daryl and the rest of the group, what was left of it anyways, the leftovers her grandma gave her and she had none left for her, not even a small piece of pan dulce.
She sighed angrily, really not in the mood.
“What’s it to you, Rael? Things are different now, I have nobody else in this world to look after me, not even you. I don’t know what’s going on with you, but you’ve changed.
“You’re not the same, Number Two. What’s going on? You haven’t been yourself, well hell, since I fucking showed up! Not to mention, I heard about what you did to Carol’s husband, how you and Shane almost beat him to death?
“That’s not you, Rael. That’s not the person you are. You’re fading away, like an exorcised demon and it’s scaring me. I don’t want to lose you, brother.” Nicole grabbed her brother’s arm with her good hand. He looked down at her with an unknown look.
“You worry too much, Nicole. You think too hard about shit and it makes your brain come up with all these fucking delusions and thoughts that can’t possibly be true. Don’t think too much, hell, don’t think at all. It’s never been your strong point.”
“Go suck a dick, Rael. You don’t know what the fuck I’ve had to think about, alright?” She glared angrily at her brother and sighed, fighting the urge to punch the front of the R.V. remembering her injured hand. “You know what, I’m over this shit. You’re fucking insane, just downright loony, and I’m so fucking over it.” She turned around and began to walk away.
“Once again, you’re showing your ability to quickly get over shit.” She turned back around and looked into his eyes, seeing loathing and hate in them. “First Sam Rocter, now Ray. Only you didn’t kill Ray, you jumped into bed with some crack head hours after he died. I figured as much actually, I mean you killed a man in cold blood and didn’t even bat one of those long dark eyelashes. You just pulled the trigger and went on your merry way.” He gave a little smirk. “Nicole Montez, cold blooded killer and world’s dumbest bitch.” Nicole’s jaw dropped as Rael walked away from her. She felt like she had been punched in the gut. It was like nobody who was witness to what happened that night didn’t even really see what happened. Ray and Rael were there, they both witness what was going to happen to Nicole. That was something she had no choice in; she couldn’t help what went down with Sam because it was either him or her. Nobody seemed to get that.
“Hey,” Daryl came up from behind her, and she turned around to look into his beautiful eyes. “What’s the matter?” What would he think? Would he see Nicole as a killer, as someone who can easily take the life of someone? Would he understand her intentions and not judge her like her dead boyfriend and her asshole brother?
“Nothing, just a little tired.” She smiled at him, hiding the conflict behind her eyes. She won’t share that bit with him, not yet. “Are we about to get going?”
“It may be a little bit; Shane and T-Dog went to see if they could get some supplies from a nearby gas station and Rick’s in the R.V. talking to Jim. He’s not doing well.”
‘Poor Jim,’ Nicole thought to herself. ‘It must be scary knowing that you were just mere hours away from becoming a flesh eating freak.’ Rick walked out of the R.V. and Nicole walked over to him.
“How your hand?” Rick asked her as she walked up.
“It hurts like hell. I boiled a rag to wrap it in; I didn’t want to end up like Heroine Bob.” She laughed and looked up, seeing that, due to the confused looks on the groups face, that no one got her reference. She shook her head. “Never mind.”
Rick waited a few moments for Shane and T-Dog to get back before he told the group what Jim had said.
“He wants to be left here. He can’t go on anymore.” The group stayed quiet until Carol spoke up.
“He doesn’t mean that, does he? I mean, he’s not himself.”
“He seems to be, yea. I mean, it is what he wants.” Rick looked over at Shane who looked ready to say something.
“You can’t expect me to just go along with leaving a man here.” Shane put in. “We can’t do that.”
“I don’t think that’s up to you.” Lori said, causing the group to look up at her. “He’s the one who’s sick, he tried to make it as far as he could and he’s reached his limit. He wants us to leave him so we should so what he wants.” She walked over to Carol and stood next to her.
She seemed to convince Shane because he and Rick went into the R.V. and came back out with Jim in their arms. They lead him to the edge of the forest and sat him against a tree.
He got this small little smile on his face, as the gentle breeze ruffled his hair. He seemed content and Rick began to talk to him. Nicole walked away toward Daryl’s truck. She never exchanged a single word with the man so she didn’t think it was right for her to be there.
She sighed as she walked past Rael’s Camaro and saw Bubba sleeping in the passenger seat. She smiled and ruffled his hair through the open window. He stirred a bit but didn’t wake up. She thought about how stupid Rael was and she continued walking.
Once she got to the truck, she grabbed her Newports and with her good hand, she tried to light it. After about the third try, she succeeded and she watched as the group say their goodbyes to Jim and walk back to either their vehicles or the R.V. She walked to the other side of the truck when she saw Daryl walking toward her.
She opened the door and hopped in, lowering the window down halfway. He got in the car and sighed as he slammed the door.
“Damn, that sucks for Jim, huh?” He asked her as he looked up ahead and waited for the convoy to take off.
“Yea, it sure does.” She answered. She leaned her head back as he started the truck. He looked over at her and placed a hand on hers. She looked at him and smiled, getting a smile back. She scooted closer and rested her head on his shoulder, ashing her cigarette.
It sucked for all of them. Not just Jim, but the whole group, was in a real situation here. They were going into Dallas, not knowing what they were going to find, going on a hunch that their leader had about finding help.
What if they don’t find it? What if there is nothing there? What if they get there and they all die? Nobody knows what is going to happen to them, not anymore. They are in a world where there is a very low chance of survival and absolutely no hope.
Nicole had a feeling that Rick made the wrong choice in coming here the moment they pulled up. There were dead bodies everywhere, and the CDC looked completely dead. She hopped off the truck and swung her backpack over her shoulders. She reached into the truck bed and grabbed her axe, handing it to Daryl. With her hand wrapped up, she couldn’t swing it to save her life. She stayed behind him as they walked to the building.
She looked over at Rael, who was carrying Bubba, trying to shield him from seeing the mass of dead bodies all over the ground, and he looked back at her, slightly nodding his head.
Once they got to the doors, Nicole knew in her heart that they were all dead. Rick banged on the door and nothing happened.
“Rick, what do we do?” Nicole asked as she clung to Daryl’s vest. Rick banged again and Shane walked up to him.
“There is nobody here, Rick. We need to go, now!” Rick didn’t move, even as the group began slowly walking back to the vehicles. “Rick, we need to go!”
“Someone has to be here, Shane.” Rick looked up at the doors with a sad look in his eyes, as if trying to force the doors to open.
“Walkers!” Daryl yelled out and he gently pushed Nicole away. There was a walker in a military uniform heading right toward the group. Daryl jogged a bit to meet it and shot an arrow right into its head. He then turned back around with a look that could kill on his face. “Why the hell did you bring us here?!” He yelled, rushing Rick. Shane got in between them before Daryl could cause damage.
“It was Rick’s decision so just shut up!” Shane pushed Daryl back and Nicole grabbed onto him, trying to keep a hold of her sanity before madness completely overtook her.
“Rick, look it’s not your fault but we need to get out of here.” Lori said as she came up from behind him and tried to pull him away.
“Where are we going to go, huh?” Andrea asked.
“I don’t know but we can’t stay here. Let’s go!” Shane yelled and started heading back toward the vehicles. Then Rick began to have a meltdown.
“Please!” He yelled at the small white camera that was positioned right above the door. “We need your help! I know there is someone in there and I know you can see us out here. We have nowhere to go and we have no supplies. We need help please!”
“Rick, brother, we got to go, this place is dead.” Shane came and pulled him away from the doors.
“No! You have to let us in or we’re going to die! We’re going to die!” Shane pushed Rick ahead of him and all of a sudden, a bright white light shown from the inside of the building as the door rose. The small group of survivors stared in awe as they were just saved from a terrible fate.
Oh man, what is going to happen next?!?! thank you to all who takes the time to comment on this story of mine! This update is for you!!!!