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Tethered

Chapter 5

Chapter Five


"She still asleep?"

"Yeah...musta been knackered."

"Out on the road all this time, alone, musta taken it outta her."

"She'll be fine. Always is."

Heather didn't want to wake up, didn't want to get out of the bed she'd slept so soundly in. But she felt guilty, Heather knew these people worked hard and she wanted to help. Stretching, Heather pulled herself out of bed, practically tripping on Merles clothes strewn across the floor.

"Y'alright Sugar?"

"Yeah...yeah." Heather laughed to herself, Merle was leaning in doorway "Just not used to having stuff around. Or living inside I guess."

"Ain't no problem, c'mon down there's breakfast." Heather practically ran after Merle, still in the clothes she'd slept in last night, overwhelmed by the idea of real food.

There were a few people walking around in the prison, Beth was sitting at one of the tables feeding the baby. Carol was moving boxes across the prison floor, which she stopped seeing Merle and Heather decend the stairs.

"Morning."

"Sorry, you all must have been up for hours."

"Don't apologise. You needed the rest." Carol smiled at her, a box still in her hands which Merle took from her, shifting it under his good arm and walking it to the new pile.

"You hungry?" Beth asked from behind her, the baby now sitting on her hip, eyes closed looking content.

"I...it's okay I can..."

"Don't be ridiculous." Carol moved under the stairs, after a minute or so she emerged with a steaming bowl. She put it down in front of Heather, it was porridge, which Heather practically inhaled, it was delicious and warm and filling.

Carol sat opposite her, watching her every move as Merle carried on moving boxes, whistling to himself. Heather managed to say thank you at least 4 times between mouthfuls, each one
made Beth laugh more.

"So, are you doing anything today? Anything I can help with?"

Carol looked at her, surprised by Heathers eagerness to help.

"Rick, Carl and Michonne have gone to get weapons. We're just sorting everything out here, I'm sure there's something you can help with."

"Weapons? To help against Woodbury?" They had told Heather yesterday about their war with Woodbury. Heather couldn't imagine fighting actual people, of aiming a gun at someone who hadn't harmed her personally. She had killed Paul in self defence, other than that Walkers were the only thing she'd killed.

"I could sure use your help getting all the boring chores done, ten people means a lot of cookin' and cleanin'" Heather looked where the voice had come from at the top of the stairs. A pretty girl with a short brown bob stood there. Maggie, Heather assumed. She could immediately feel Merle's eyes on her, waiting for reaction to being asked to do "house work".

"Ofcourse, I'd be happy to. I'm Heather...by the way." She added hastily, having no idea what the social rules were anymore, being sure that someone would have told Maggie all about her while she slept.

"Yeah, Daddy and Glenn told me all about you." Heather smiled as she finished her porridge, happy to have something to distract her from Merle smirking.

"She ain't much of a cook!" Merle called as Heather followed Maggie out of the room.
Heather helped Maggie for most of the morning, and some of the afternoon. It wasn't as boring as Heather thought. Maggie was funny and normal. Heather felt like she was the first person she would have been friends with BEFORE the world ended. Although they were practically preparing for war, there were still plenty of smaller jobs to do. They spent most of their time clearing out where they planned to store their weapons, when they weren’t using them.
Maggie talked about the groups past, in way more detail then Heather had heard the night before. She hadn’t always been there, but what she'd seen was enough. They'd struggled almost the whole time. A day hadn't gone by where they hadn't felt the negative effects of the new world. Up until they'd found the prison. The prison had meant a new hope for the whole group and now that was being threatened to be taken away from them. Heather could see how much this meant to Maggie, to all of them.

"So Merle huh?" Maggie's hair fell into her face as she looked behind herself at Heather.
Heather laughed before she answered, never getting tired of peoples assumptions "Its not like that..." Maggie raised her eyebrow "He's like...the creepy uncle I never had?" they both laughed.

"Honestly, I don't know what he is to me. He's saved my life, over and over and over. At this point in my life I think I need people like that around." Maggie tilted her head, signalling that she wasn't going to argue.

"You make him sound more like his brother than anyone else has."

They had finished clearing the room, Maggie led Heather through parts of the prison she hadn't been shown. There were so many darkened corners, cells and rooms Heather couldn't imagine how long it had taken to clear what they already had. How dangerous it had been.

That evening Heather felt more relaxed. They ate what Heather and Maggie had cooked, a dish of canned veggies and beans, mixed with rice. Heather hadn't had much to do with it but everyone thanked her non the less.

Merle and Daryl sat together, not apart from the rest of the group but there was a distance. Glenn sat with his back toward Merle, occasionally sneaking glances behind him. Heather sat with Merle, but stayed relatively quiet through the evening, only speaking when spoken to.
"Ya a'right Sugar?" Heather turned to Merle who was now staring intently at her. Behind him she caught Daryls eye, who quickly turned to his plate and carried on eating.

"I'm good Merle."

"Good."

"Heather, how are you finding the US? Having a good time? People friendly?" Hershel called over, Heather smiled at his attempt to ease Heather into conversation.

"It's not what I expected but it's definitely been interesting...the people have been great, for the most part."

"Do you miss home?" Carol asked, rocking the baby back and forth in her arms.

"Do you?" Heather couldn’t help herself, she'd heard this question so much, but hadn't met one person who was really home since the world ended.

"Some of it...other bits not so much." she looked shyly down at Judith in her arms, a tense look on her face.

The evening was calm, Heather felt at ease with these people, but she'd felt that before.

Woodbury had been her home, she wasn't sure how easy she'd trust again. Merle was here, and that was enough for Heather. Where he went so did she.

"You sure you're okay being on watch tonight Heather, you don't..."

"No it's fine, I slept in this morning later than all of you."

"Darly you're on too." Carol said, he nodded as he rose from his seat, without saying a word he walked in the direction Heather assumed was his cell.

It wasn't long before Heather was in hers, preparing for a night on watch while everyone else got into bed. Merle was leaning on her door frame, a sight now familiar to Heather.

"I don’t think your brother likes me." Heather said, as she tied her hair into a ponytail, it was now over halfway down her back, she once again thought about chopping it all off.

"Daryl?"

"Yeah that brother."

"Ain't got nothin' to worry 'bout. Daryl's just quiet."

"Not worried...just...don't worry. Night Merle."

"You sleepin' here when ya finished?" He said, looking around her room, at her unused bed.
Heather just shrugged as she walked past him. Leaving him leaning on the door frame, shaking his head.

Notes

Comments

Your writing is really good, I love the relationship between Merle and Heather can't wait to hear more of the story. Please update!!

Amy cook Amy cook
5/14/16

Finallyyyyyyyyyyy hahah! I loved it!

rachelloyd rachelloyd
4/28/16

@rachelloyd


I'm workin' on it...and I have ANOTHER day off tomorrow so it will probably be up then!

Hopefully things won't be too awkward!

:D:D

xoxo

WasHangerlane WasHangerlane
4/26/16

Yessssss it finally happened and now ol' Merle is all shy hahaha. Please update super soon, I need to see what changes between the two of them! x

rachelloyd rachelloyd
4/26/16

@rachelloyd


Thank you thank you thank you!

It makes me so happy to read all y'all nice comments n stuff, and to see that you're enjoying it, hope you like the new chapter, even if there isn't a lot of Merle

xoxo

WasHangerlane WasHangerlane
4/14/16