but leaving out beth and carol

“The One” Carl Grimes x Reader

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Carl Grimes x Reader

Summary: Carl’s POV of “Home” (read HERE), except in this version, the reader dies instead of Carl at the lineup.

Warnings: Swearing, fluff, implied smut, death

Thanks, @justthoseimagines , for the request!

Flashbacks are in italics.


Originally posted by accio-villain-imagines

 It was Y/N’s hair that attracted Carl first. It was so long and so beautiful, he couldn’t stop staring at it when he saw her. None of the other girls he had met had hair that pretty.

Carl had met her a long time ago, but the memory of when they first saw each other stays stuck in his head. He had finally just recovered from the surgery that Hershel performed on him, and was able to get up and walk around. He was so happy he didn’t have to be cooped up in that room all day anymore. He was sitting at the kitchen table drinking some water when Y/N walked in, not paying any attention to him. Not that he knew of. Her hair glistened in the sunlight, and Carl had thought it was the prettiest thing he’d ever seen. He didn’t tell her that, of course.

“Dad, who’s that?” Carl had asked Rick once he left the kitchen. They were standing in the hallway, just far enough out of earshot where Y/N couldn’t hear them talking.

“It’s Hershel’s daughter, Y/N. She’s around your age.” Rick had told him. “Why do you seem so flustered?”

“Because she’s pretty!”

Rick had to stop himself from laughing at the current state that Carl was in. As far as he knew, this was probably the first time Carl had been around another kid his age, let alone a girl, since the apocalypse broke out.

“Just relax, son. Go introduce yourself. She aint gonna bite.”

Carl walked back into the kitchen, and she jumped, like she just realized he was in there. She stared at him for a good moment, and Carl assumed this was the first time she’d heard of him as well.

“I’m Carl.” He told her, trying to remember what his dad said about her not being scary. She really was quite pretty, Carl thought she was the prettiest girl he’d seen in his life.

“Y/N.”

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Prompt #5: “Wait a minute. Are you jealous?”


Rick stands on the guard post, his rifle in hand as he paces slowly back and forth. It’s a rather quiet day at the prison so far. A pretty day. The sun is high and bright, a soft breeze from the east whips around him, keeping him cool. He glances off toward the yard as Carl and few kids walk through, their lively banter filing the air. His hat is low over his eyes as he kicks a soccer ball with his foot. His ever-growing dark hair cups his face. Rick’s chest swells as lingering thoughts of Lori invade his senses. He looks so much like her. Rick drops his eyes away from his son and swallows, closing his eyes as he lets out a breath through his teeth. She could still be here, if you-

“Don’t,” He whispers, willing her ghost to leave him alone.

A rumble in the distance snaps him out of his trance. He raises his rifle, looking through the scope, and his anxiety lowers just a bit. He spots Daryl on his bike, leading Maggie and Glenn in the truck, with Michonne bringing up the rear with her trusty horse, Flame. He lowers his weapon as Carol, Beth, and Carl run to the gate, the three of them opening it to allow the scavengers back in. He watches quietly as the three flock around the returning members of their clan, smiles and hugs going all around. They’ve been gone for almost five days, longer than usual. Everyone is glad to see them.

His eyes drift to the dark-skinned samurai as Carl gives her a high five. She smiles widely back at the younger boy before tilting her head back and laughing loudly at something he’s said. Carol joins them a moment later, throwing her arms around Michonne’s shoulders before leaning into her, resting her head against hers. Daryl and Maggie are the next to join the group, Maggie hugging Carl swiftly before looping her arm around Michonne’s. Daryl even tugs at a few of her dreads, causing Michonne to swat at him with her long fingers.

Rick sucks his teeth a little as another deep breath escapes him. They love her already. It was a rocky start at first. They, well, he and Daryl mainly, didn’t trust her and she sure as hell didn’t trust either one of them. Glenn and Maggie were really the first to give her a chance. She led you back to us, Rick. She didn’t have to do that. Herschel held off her departure for as long as he could, knowing that her concussion was healed but just not wanting her out there on her own. Next was Carl, suddenly turning a new leaf when it came to the woman after their visit to the old neighborhood. Then, day by day, she lightened up, they all lightened up and now she’s one of them. Except with Rick. She has indeed, not lightened up when it comes to him.

She still side eyes the shit out of him whenever he’s around. If she’s talking, laughing, joking around, it’ll instantly come to a stop if he even acts like he’s coming toward them. In fact, she’ll grab her katana and leave the situation entirely, suddenly needing to check the yard, or help clear the gate. It bothers him. Why? He’s not sure, but she’s good with everyone else, literally everyone; but him. Standing here, watching her interact with everyone makes it even worse. Daryl refused to call her by name when they first met, referring to her only as the last samurai for weeks on end. But here they are, laughing and goofing off like they’ve known each other their entire lives. She forgave him, why not Rick?

She went out of her way to help Carl back in King County when she didn’t even have to. He gave her the slip and even shot off that mouth of his, but he’s her most trusted confidant now. Alright, so he put his gun in her face, multiple times mind you, and told her that she had to go once she was patched up. Is that really that bad? Okay, so he banished her to sleeping out in the yard at night. If she would just talk to him, he could clear the whole thing up. She won’t even give him a chance. Merle! Even fucking Merle gets a small reprieve from her and he nearly killed her! He shoots little comments and slurs toward her all day long, Nubian goddess, sweet cheeks, black mamba. She just smirks, trading barbs with him until he ultimately gives up when he can’t get a rise out of her. She stopped threatening to kill Merle like a week ago, but Rick still can’t even get a glance from her. What does he have to do?

Rick is so deep in thought that he doesn’t even notice Glenn approach him from behind. Glenn follows the older man’s gaze to the group of people below, then steps up beside him, resting his forearms on the railing as he leans over, “Daryl’s wondering where you are. You should go say hi.”

Rick blinks as he readjusts the rifle in his hands, tucking it under his arm, “Maybe later.” He answers, taking a few steps to his left as he continues his glare out beyond the walls.

Glenn drags his eyes back up to the sheriff, a smirk on his face, “Why? Cuz Michonne is down there?” Rick cuts his eyes toward the younger man, tightening his jaw, “Dude, she’s cool. You need to give it a rest.”

“What are you talking about?” Rick asks, slightly annoyed.

Glenn smiles again, looking back down on his family as he catches Maggie’s eye. She covers her eyes with her hand to block the sun, but raises the free one, wiggling her fingers at him. He holds up his own hand to her before she smiles back and turns toward her friends once more. He takes a breath as he looks over the land, the yard, then back on the rambunctious people below them. It’s coming together for them; finally. He tosses his eyes back toward Rick only to notice him watching her again. Watching her place her hands on Carl’s shoulders, shaking him lightly as they move toward the prison. Watching her turn back toward Daryl as he makes some sort of crude joke, probably about her butt. Watching her as she laughs, throwing her head back again before she turns fully and punches Daryl in the arm.

Glenn knows that Rick won’t go down to join them but he also knows why. It’s a little bit of everything really. He’s still reeling from losing Lori and having fatherhood thrust upon him again with a newborn. He’s anxious that the governor is still out there, somewhere, and he’s angry that he couldn’t stop the bastard. And, because he’s jealous. Sturdy, well, not so much as of late but, usually sturdy, gruff, gritty Rick Grimes is jealous. Jealous of Daryl, of Carl, of Maggie, Carol, Herschel, Beth, and Glenn. Because of the new, popular, pretty girl in town. She gets along with everyone but Rick. She likes everyone but him; and it’s killing him. Absolutely killing him.

Glenn laughs a little to himself, leaning back as he grips onto the railing in front of him. It’s funny really, and it’s, dare he say, nice. It’s reminiscent of the old days when you didn’t have to worry about a walker biting your face off. When all you had to worry about was impressing a pretty girl. He turns toward Rick, slapping him on the back, “Maybe try being nice, for a change?” He starts, before moving toward the ladder, “You know, say hi, how’s it going, how was the trip, instead of pointing your gun in her face and telling her she can’t stay in the block with us.”

Rick turns his head toward Glenn, sucking his teeth a little but doesn’t speak, “It gets cold at night man, she can’t stay in that bus forever. Just,” Glenn sighs, stopping on the ladder, “Quit being a bitch, tough guy. Go say hi.” Glenn disappears from sight as he climbs down the ladder, stopping once more to yell, “That’s why she likes us! We’re nice!”

Rick turns as Glenn makes his leave, shaking his head a little. He drops his eyes to his family once more as Glenn jogs to catch up with them, wrapping his arms around Maggie’s waist as they move beyond the second fence and into the workout yard. Rick continues to watch as Glenn disconnects from his wife and throws an arm around Michonne’s shoulder before turning back to face him. He raises his free hand and promptly flips Rick off, smiling all the while as Michonne grabs his hand dangling off her shoulder.

Rick scoffs loudly, smirking to himself before he turns back out toward the outer fence, “Fucker.” He sighs, his blues scanning the trees and grass for more of their dead friends. He bites the inside of his mouth as he focuses in on nothing at all. Glenn’s words float around his brain for a few minutes before he clicks his teeth and sighs heavily. He throws his rifle over his shoulder and heads for the ladder, starting his decent. He moves inside the prison, finding them all in the common area, pulling out bowls and cups as Carol starts on lunch for the hungry, rowdy warriors.

Rick leans the rifle against the wall and heads toward Carl, who is butted up right next to Michonne. He rests his hand on his boys’ shoulder and clears his throat, grabbing both of their attention. She glances at him, quickly, but before she can look away, “Hey,” He pipes up, although lowly, as he drops his eyes some before he makes direct contact again.

“Hey.” She answers briskly, pushing her eyes away from him to grab her katana and standing up to walk away.

“How was the trip?”

She stops, shooting her eyes back toward him, “Um, good.” She says, nodding her head slowly, “Really good.”

“Good,” He answers, nodding his head as well, “Glad to have you back.”

She smirks a little, just a little, and puts her katana back down. She climbs back onto the picnic table they dragged inside and resumes her spot next to Carl as Rick sits to join them, “Thanks.” She says after a few beats.

Glenn watches the pair closely, smiling widely as he elbows Maggie and pushes his chin toward the two of them once he has her attention, “I am so good.” He says, dusting off his shoulder with his hand.

She giggles lightly, “Shut up.”


for: @2emagin

Wet [Rick Grimes x Reader]

Hi! I love your stuff! Could u pls write one about rick and the reader going out on a run together and they come across a stream and decide to take a swim bc its so hot outside.. its kinda awkward at first and then things get heated? ;) pls and thank u!

Here you go anon, hope you like it! 💙

Warnings: SMUT, swearing, semi-public sex, oral sex, dirty talk, a little fluff at the end

Words: 3,020

A/N: Sorry if I fuck up my description of Georgia, I live on the west coast and had to rely on Google maps!

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Mourn and heal//Rick Grimes

Info: You found yourself in the hospital with Beth, your sister, and separated from your boyfriend Rick. Soon a deal is to be made so you could get back to your group but things don’t go so smooth.

Warnings: mentions of Beth’s death, some gore

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“Beth, no matter what, you go first. You get over there and stay there, you hear me?” I whispered to her as we approached the doors.

My fear was the trade wouldn’t go smooth. If they go one of us but Dawn switches it up, I want Beth to get out. She was my priority, she needed to see Maggie again. I took a deep breath as Dawn opened the door, we all walked together, meeting Rick’s group halfway. I saw Rick and he saw me. His eyes turned happy but then had to go right back to his macho front to get me back. I smiled seeing him but tried not to get too excited in case it doesn’t work out. My heart was racing.

Dawn and the others cleared a path for Beth and I to have a better view of them, most likely vice versa but I didn’t mind. I could feel myself shaking, tears could possibly spill out. He was so close but so far. I held Beth’s good hand tightly, she looked at me with a smile and nodded.

“They haven’t been harmed” Rick spoke.

His voice gave me chills, I haven’t heard it in weeks.

“Where’s Lamson?” Dawn asked.

“Rotters got him” A woman cop spoke with Rick close behind her.

“We saw it go down” The man spoke with Daryl right behind him, a hand on his collar.

“Oh” Dawn spoke “Sorry to hear that, he was one of the good guys”

I could see the guilt in Ricks’ eyes as they passed over yours before hitting the ground. There was a tense moment of silence, maybe for Lamson, or for Dawn and Rick to gather thoughts to form into words.

“One of yours for one of mine” Dawn says.

“Okay” Rick nods and signals Daryl to go up with his prisoner.

“Move” Daryl grunted and pushed him forward.

“Go” I whispered to Beth and she went forward.

I saw Rick almost look disappointed that it wasn’t me. I watched her walk into Daryl’s arms and then I was alone. I got more and more nervous. What if Dawn just called it off now, or someone died. 

Dawn took me by my arm and started to lead me. Rick was bringing the woman officer. I was shaking so bad I could barely walk. Finally Dawn let go of my arm and Rick let the woman go. I walked a bit faster before falling into Rick’s arms. He put his hand on my face and ran his thumb over a cut on my cheek before kissing my forehead.

“I love you” He mumbled.

We kept walking back to the others and we were even.

“Glad we could work things out” Dawn said.

“Yeah” Rick said gruffly without even turning back.

“Now I just need Noah, then you can leave”

We all stopped and turned around. I thought the deal was done. I shook my head in disbelief.

“It’ll be okay” Rick said to me and walked forward to Dawn, “That wasn’t part of the deal”

“Noah was my ward, Beth took his place, now I need him back”

Noah inched forward. Daryl stopped him with his hand and joined Rick in front of the rest of us.

“He ain’t stayin” Daryl spoke.

“He’s one of mine, you have no claim on him”

“The boy wants to go so you have no claim on him” Rick corrected her.

“Then we have no deal”

“The deal is done” Rick said tilting his head.

“I-it’s okay” Noah said limping forward.

“No, no” Rick stopped him.

“I gotta do it” Noah says, handing Rick a gun.

“It’s not okay” Beth said, she looked up at me.

Beth took my hand and squeezed it.

“I love you” She said.

My heart raced and stomach filled with butterflies. She was up to something but I wasn’t sure what or when. I couldn’t get any thoughts together. As Noah started to walk forward Beth stopped him for a hug. Her hand left mine, leaving it exposed to the air.

“I knew you’d be back” Dawn says arrogantly.

Beth let go of Noah and walked to Dawn. I didn’t think much of it, she wouldn’t do anything to endanger us. I just shrugged it off.

“I get it now” Beth says.

“Rick” I say trying to get his attention.

Beth had the scissors. She told me about her plan to get them but I didn’t think she’d use them now that we could leave this place. Everything slowed down. Rick didn’t turn to me, he was only watching them carefully. Then Beth did it, she stabbed Dawn in the shoulder and almost instantly a gunshot was sent through Beth’s head. The blood shot out through her blonde hair and I stepped back in shock. I felt sick. Tears welled up into my eyes, Carol had caught me in her arms. We all stood in shock, both groups. Rick wiped the blood off his face. Daryl pulled out the gun Noah just gave him and shot Dawn right in the head. The hospital cops all raised their weapons and we raised ours in response. Carl took me to the back of the group as I was in no state to be holding a weapon.

“Hold you fire” Someone spoke form the opposite side “It’s over, it was just about her. Stand down”

Carol brought me forward again. I walked to Beth’s body, Rick tried to comfort me with a hand to my shoulder but I shyed away. Daryl was preparing to get Beth’s body.

“No” I said to him and he backed away.

“Ya sure?” Daryl asked me.

“I got it” I say and crouched down.

“Just let me know if you need help”

I swept one arm underneath her back and another behind the crook of her knees and stood up weakly. I looked at her face, it was losing color. I kissed her cheek.

“I love you too” I said with my voice cracking.

Daryl led us out of the building to meet the others, I heard that as we were leaving. Rick walked in front of me, ready to help me whenever. Noah held the door open for us and I nodded him a thank you. As I walked out I realized Maggie would have to see this. I didn’t stop walking though. When she saw Beth’s body she dropped her gun and fell to her knees.

“Beth!” She cried out and Glenn helped comfort her.

“Daryl!” I called out feeling myself shutting down.

Rick helped until Daryl got to me. I transferred my sisters dead body into Daryl’s arms and fell into Rick’s. I sobbed and sobbed.

“I’m sorry” Rick said.

“No, I’m sorry. I-it’s my fault. I let her go up there” I told Rick.

“None of us could’ve been prepared for that, (Y/N)”

“She said ‘I love you’ before going up there”

“You can’t blame yourself. You don’t need to add to your hurt right now. Just focus on mourning and then healing. I love you, (Y/N), and I know you can do this”

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anonymous asked:

LOL bgwp is making a fool of herself again. As if Daryl planned to stay in the funeral home forever, instead of leaving once Beth's ankle gets better and the food is gone. Meanwhile WE get solid proof Daryl loves Carol so much that he chooses to leave her in a safe place, instead of getting the help TF so desperately needs to take out Negan. If you listen closely you can hear the sound of team delusional / bethylers gritting their teeth - don't you think it's beautiful?

Hey let’s all remember when Daryl told Maggie Beth was definitely alive, and then they got out of Terminus and Rick said “let’s go” and Daryl says “Where?” and Rick says “Somewhere far away from here”. And Daryl is ALL FOR IT. 

And then Abe says let’s go to Washington And Daryl’s like YAY!

So yeah, so not only WOULD he leave Beth, he DID leave Beth - lucky for her Carol was outside so Daryl saw the car. 

Dialing my delusional level down to 1% because it’s impossible for me to actually turn it off…

So, Beth Greene got shot in the head and from a medical standpoint it probably wouldn’t have killed her instantly, because of where the bullet entered and exited, so realistically she should have lingered at least for the few minutes it takes to bleed out, from… I dunno, a cavernous hemangioma?

But, whatever. She died instantly, because the plot demanded it and the bullet changed direction in mid-air, because the plot demanded it

So, Beth. Really dead. 99% sure.

As a fan, I demand an explanation because WTF of all WTFs.

But I don’t deserve an explanation, as I’m just a stupid Beth fan and true good, shiny fans of TWD never question TPTB or point out the flaws of the show, they just eat whatever they are fed without discernment.

There are some people though, who I think do deserve an explanation and that also happens to be the people responsible. If they don’t know why this is a good idea themselves, then it’s probably not a good idea.

Right? How’s that for logic?

And yes, I am aware that they offered explanations, but these limited responses are decidedly weakass.

So, since we don’t actually know who’s idea this was (Kirkman blamed this tipo but how often does Kirkman lie to/gaslight his fans? A lot, is the answer) I’m going to try and put on some different TPTB hats and explore their deal. Because each one of them would’ve had to have been talked into it, by themselves, or by someone else.

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**WARNING - This Post Actually Contains Real Proof & Canon Scenes - No Moonshine

*Requested to Repost Because There Are Now Claims That Daryl Didn’t Open Up To Carol*

RELATIONSHIP MATURITY - CAROL ALREADY KNOWS


We already know that in “Still” Daryl talks about his past (before the ZA) and shares a slight glimpse of his relationship with Merle - Little Brother followed Big Brother! 
In turn Beth speaks about her relationship with Maggie and reveals some idyllic dreams about how she wanted Hershel to live out the rest of his life, surrounded by family and at peace. 
Therefore Big Brother Daryl and Little Sister Beth bond is formed - adorable!

Daryl Dixon is a man of mystery, he doesn’t share his feelings, doesn’t talk about his memories too much and he doesn’t exactly have an easy time trusting other people. 
The Key aspect of his relationship with Carol was that solid foundation of trust and communication amplified by unconditional love, acceptance and freedom to be just as they are with no pressure or expectations of anything. 

There is no denying that Daryl did indeed open up to Beth and shared significant bonding moments with her BUT not only were the circumstances different, Daryl was different, Beth was different and so was their world. 

We are talking about two broken people who were forced together, who watched everything they love fall apart and who now think they are the only two left.

We have Daryl who had the only family he had ripped apart in front of him, who mere minutes before the worst happened found out that a man he considered family sent HIS Carol away, who watched a man he respected greatly beheaded in front of him by a man he gave up on finding, who is now running away by things that want to eat him alive with the teenage girl whose father he feels he failed…
When Daryl breaks down and “opens up” to Beth he doesnt do it out sheer willingness to share - not only is he under the influence of heavy duty “truth juice” but is literally prodded and pushed into breaking down and revealing himself. This wasn’t a moment he or she manufactured out of closeness or because the time was right - this was raw anger and grief strangling a man who felt responsible for losing everything good all of them had built, a man who was now literally lost…without a purpose, without something or someone to tether to. 


Beth needed Daryl to survive and in turn he needed her to survive as well - nobody makes it alone! Beth knew that catatonic, unemotional Daryl is not the Daryl she knew, the man she trusted, the man they all depended on…she needed to get him talking so he could connect with her.

The moonshine helped things along quite nicely!

After his cathartic breakdown some memories were shared, some not-so-profound revelations were made and Daryl and Beth started on a journey where they knew a little more about each other and understood each other a little more than they did back at the prison.

However meaningful the connections Beth and Daryl forged in the wilderness simply cannot be compared to CARYL because the kind of bond shared between Daryl and Carol is a completely different in nature, strength, depth and longevity.

Insinuations that Daryl had opened up to Beth more than he did to Carol OR let’s take it another degree of lunacy here and say he never opened up to Carol at all; are claims that have absolutely no basis and honestly what it comes down to is individuals supporting such statements either haven’t watched TWD in full, watched only “Still & Alone” or are simply in denial. I don’t get it!

Fortunately 4 seasons of TWD have given us plenty of CANON SCENE examples to help knock down such ridiculousness and essentially prove that Carol likely already knows everything Daryl said to Beth and has a lot more of Dixon secrets up her sleeve.

Scene #1 Suicide King

In season 3 Daryl and Merle are reunited in Woodberry and escape together only to be told by Rick & co. that Merle was not welcome back at the prison, which essentially forces Daryl to make a very unfair choice. Seeing how he was backed into a corner Daryl couldn’t abandon his brother again so he chooses to go off with him. 
Upon returning to the prison Rick tells Carol that Daryl left and her heart breaks into a million pieces. 
Carol being who she is manages to put away her pain and dedicates herself to taking care of Judith and teaching Beth the ins-and-outs of surrogate motherhood.

Beth is angry at Daryl for abandoning the group because it makes them “weaker” BUT Carol acknowledges his reason for going with Merle and essentially “understands” just as Daryl predicted she would.

Beth - “I am pissed at him for leaving…Merle sounds like a jerk!”
Carol - “…Men like Merle get under your skin, make you feel like you deserve the abuse…”

*This scene makes it very clear that Daryl had already shared intimate details about his relationship with Merle and so much so that she understands perfectly why he felt he had to leave with him. Even in her own heartbreak she defends him because she knows him on a deeper level and that’s not the kind of thing that comes from a single conversation.

Carol and Daryl have obviously talked…and he had opened up to her which is why she not only gets him, she doesn’t judge him, she doesn’t blame anyone for the end result and even goes as far as to uplift him in Beth’s eyes too - “Daryl has his code and the world needs Men like that”!

Scene #2 I Ain’t a Judas

Daryl and Merle came back to the prison after their brief adventure in the woods and are more or less welcomed at the prison. 
Carol of course goes to his cell to welcome him back (puts her pain aside again);

Carol - “Just wanted to tell I am glad you are back…”
Daryl - “To all this?”
Carol -“This is our home”
Daryl - “This is a tomb”
Carol - “That’s what T-Dog called it, I thought he was right..until you found me!
Daryl (cue adorable smile)
Carol - “He’s your brother but he”s not good for you! Don’t let him bring you down - after all look how far you’ve come”
*Cue both genuinely laughing*

*That conversation shows right away that Carol already knows about Daryl’s past and is also very well aware of the kind of influence Merle can have on his personality. 


If she knew only brief details or assumptions about the brothers dynamic this conversation would have resulted in either Daryl withdrawing from her or him stomping off in anger to get away. Nobody else would have dared to even bring up something like this but this was HIS Carol - she knew exactly what to say and how to say it in order to get through to him.

In just a few sentences Carol welcomed him home back to HER, reminded him that he became his own man without Merle around, reminded him that his influence could be a slippery slope, AND most importantly reminded him that she was proud of him and that he belonged now. 
This level of understanding and innate knowledge of what a man like Daryl needed to hear during a volatile emotional situation they were all wading through, couldn’t have been created with a quick talk or things Carol overheard or put-together on her own.

Nope - Carol and Daryl talked about Merle and most likely Ed too and at length for sure!

Scene #3 I Ain’t a Judas

This is probably one of my favourite CARYL scenes and I really wish they would have used it in the show BUT even though it’s a deleted scene almost every TWD fan is aware of its genius
I am off course referring to the “Don”t Underestimate” dialogue between Carol and Merle (Daryl in the background), taking place after they return together and Carol notices the older Dixon’s attempts to charm his way into acceptance within the group.

Carol - “Don’t underestimate me”
Merle - “Excuse me”
Carol - “I’ve seen you making the rounds, trying to make nice but if you mess this up for Daryl I’ll slice your throat while you sleep”
Merle - *speechless*
Carol - “Enjoy your dinner!” (Sweet smile) 
Merle - Instant CARYL shipper

*Now this scene makes it clear that not only does Carol have dirt on Merle BUT she also understands the brothers relationship so much so that she knows exactly what kind of crap and manipulation he might try to pull to bring Daryl back to his level and under his thumb. Carol has a very strong bond with Daryl, she has witnessed the transformation he’s gone through and she knows exactly what to do and say to Merle Dixon to set him straight. 

Since she didn’t exactly hang out with Merle before, the only way she would have gotten that kind of information is through Daryl himself and a character like Merle probably required a LOT of conversation. 
It was obviously worth it because Merle never underestimated her and was most likely the most observant CARYL shipper after that day”


All of these conversations came from TWD Season 3 long before Beth even had any significant interaction with Daryl Dixon!
Daryl might have shared a few bad memories with Beth in that cabin but he bared his soul and his heart with Carol a long time ago!

Personally I am glad there was a bond forged between Daryl and Beth and even though the dynamic between the two of them when they are all in the group again is yet to be seen I am sure that their experience in the wilderness will keep them closer than they were before. 

I fully acknowledge that Daryl and Beth now have a connection BUT I do not and will not acknowledge statements that are made to debase an existing relationship between two people just because you want to add meaning and depth to the one you support.

Carol and Daryl shared of themselves since almost the very beginning of the series and they connected because they wanted to, they chose each other’s company, they were integral factors in both of their support systems, they cared deeply for one another, they were there for each other through loss and tragedy, they fought for one another and the show has acknowledged their bond repeatedly as “something”.

And frankly they didn’t need to be thrust alone together in the middle of nowhere, reeling from grief and drunk on moonshine and pain to start speaking to one another

At the end of the day what the fandom and the ney-sayers need to accept is that Beth & Daryl can be Beth & Daryl without killing or debasing CARYL and Carol herself.

THIS IS CANON MATERIAL!

Daryl Imagine

So the title is kinda long, but basically you and Daryl hit it off and you get pregnant. Daryl’s really sweet in private, but in public he’s kind of a hard ass. Anyway, when you go into labor, he wants to be there for you. And you live happily ever after.

~DOES CONTAIN PROFANITY~

A/N: So this took forever to write. But I’m finally posting it. I really hope you all like it! I did skip the more graphic scenes. Enjoy.

Your POV
“And that’s Daryl…” Maggie said pointing at the man with the crossbow.
I’d heard a lot about this mystery guy. He was like apocalypse royalty here. This one kid, Patrick, like worshiped him. I’ll admit, he was hot, but he looked like a douche. He did have muscles and a really gorgeous face. Ugh Y/N! Control yourself.
Let’s be honest here, it’s been a while since I’ve…you know…did it. It’s kinda hard to worry about sex when the world is crumbling around you. Not to mention most of the men, who were still alive, were ugly. Or assholes. Or both.
He looked kinda angry, as he walked towards the cells. I watched him until he looked up to me. Blushing I looked away. This is what attractive men do to me. But I didn’t say anything when he walked by. But neither did he.
“Did you see that!” Beth squealed.
She was always trying to set me up with everyone. She even tried setting me up with Rick. I kinda feel bad for her. All her boyfriends are dead. She just wants to see love, like in a movie!
“Urg! What now!?” I joked with her.
“No I’m serious this time! He totally checked you out. I saw it with my own eyes. THE Daryl Dixon. The man who would rather-“
“I think she gets it Beth.” Maggie cut her off giggling.
At this point my face was as red as a tomato. I didn’t usually get male attention. Even before the world ended. I just repelled boys.
“Y/N, mind giving me a hand with dinner?” Carol called to me.
“Sure.” I replied following her to the kitchen.
“Daryl brought a huge deer back. We’ll be eating like kings tonight!” She told me chuckling.
I don’t know how she was always so happy. Even now, the world has crumbled and her family is gone. Yet she’s still so positive. I think that’s why I always liked to work with her.
As we opened the doors to the cafeteria, Daryl was walking out.
“I skinned it for y’all.” He told us.
“Thank you.” Carol replied blushing. “C’mon Y/N.”
“Y/N?” He said as his eyes roamed my body. He looked back up and licked his lips. “I don’t believe we’ve met.”
“I-I don’t think we have.” I squeaked, trying to sound confident.
“We’ll have to change that.” He told me smirking.
“Y/N. C’mon.” Carol snapped, pulling my arm.
I kept forgetting that she liked him. She always denied it, but everyone can see through her lies. Yeah, I felt kinda bad, but he likes me. Call me selfish, but I like the attention.
“You can cut up the deer.” Carol told me.
Yep. She was definitely pissed. But I did as I was told and cut the deer. I couldn’t remember how big I was supposed to cut them, so I just made them smallish squares.
“You’re cutting them too big. You’re supposed to cut them like- never mind. You can just boil the potatoes.” She snapped again.
“Umm. Okay.” I mumbled.
As I was saying before, Carol is always so happy. Note the sarcasm.
“Y/N! What are you doing!?” Carol yelled at me.
The water was boiling over.
“Just go away! I’ll do it myself!” She practically screamed in my face.
That’s when I’d had enough. Tears filled my eyes. I tried to apologize but the words were caught in my throat. Carol never yelled at me.
“Go!” She said, pushing me to the ground, before I ran out of the cafeteria.
The tears poured out of my eyes as I ran through the halls, passing several people. I saw Beth sitting in her cell. As I walked toward her, someone put their hand on my shoulder.
I turned around quickly. “What!?” I cried, a little too loud.
“I’m, uh, sorry?” Daryl said, a little shocked.
“No. Um. I shouldn’t have snapped.” I said, trying to pull myself together.
“Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I just have to t-talk to Beth.” I stuttered, suddenly realizing how close he was to me.
“Your bleeding.” He said looking at my leg.
“Oh, it’s nothing.”
“Yes it is, c’mere.” He said, pointing at the stairs.
I looked behind me, to see Beth still reading.
“Okay.” I gave in, sitting down.
“So how’d this happen?” He asked, opening a first aid box.
“I tripped.” I lied
“Okay.” He said, clearly not convinced.
“Yeah. I was running through the halls and tripped on a…” I winced as he put hydrogen peroxide on my cut.
“A what?” He said smirking.
“…a gun.”
“A gun?” He questioned, wrapping up my leg.
“Yeah someone must’ve left it on the floor.”
“Mhmm” He said, chuckling.
I blushed.
“Well if you need anything else, my room is right there.” He said as he pointed to his perch.
“I don’t think that can be considered a room.” I said giggling.
“Still, a pretty girl like you shouldn’t have to be alone.”
And with that, he left, leaving me as red as a tomato.
That man drove me crazy, and I had barely said 4 words to him. Yet he was always on my mind. I couldn’t tell if he really wanted me, or if he just wanted to get in my pants. You never know these days.
“Y/N what are you doing out here?” Beth said breaking my thoughts. I totally forgot that I was still standing here…by myself.
“Oh I have so much to tell you.”
 

A Few Days Later


So I’ll just recap what happened the past week.
Carol and I still weren’t on the best terms.
Rick and Carl got into another stupid fight.
Everyone thought Tyreese liked Karen.
I had sex with Daryl.
Oh…and I was late.
Yep you heard that right. My period was 2 and a half weeks late. And I hadn’t told anyone. Not even Beth.
But I could’ve been over reacting. I hadn’t actually taken a pregnancy test yet. That’s why I was going to see Maggie. She was going on a run with Glenn. I saw her up ahead. She was packing her stuff into the dusty pickup truck.
“Hey Maggie…” I said awkwardly.
“Uh, hey Y/N” Maggie laughed. “What do you need?”
“You can’t tell anyone.I whispered.
She became serious and didn’t respond.
“Uh. Okay. I’m just gonna say it.” I took a deep breath before quickly saying. “Ineedapregnancytest.”
“Y/N…” She began sympathetically.
“I know, I should’ve been careful but we did use protection.”
“Who knows?” She asked.
“Nobody. Only you.”
“Who’s the father?” She whispered.
“Uh. Um. It’s uh…” I couldn’t tell Maggie. I hadn’t even told Daryl! It’s not that I didn’t trust her, I just didn’t want to risk it. So I lied “I-I don’t know”
I turned around and started walking towards the cells.
“Bullshit!” I heard her yell from behind me.
I turned around, but ran into someone.
“Oh god. Sorry.” I heard him say as his rough hands steadied me.
I opened my mouth to respond but nothing came out. Maggie was still standing there, grinning.
“Well, I’ll see you around.” He said, giving me one of his famous smirks.
“So… Daddy Dixon?” She said giggling. “Your secret’s safe with me.”
I assumed she was still getting me the tests.
 

2 Days Later


“What does it say!?” Beth screamed.
Maggie shushed her. “We have to wait.”
Beth nodded and sat next to her sister.
I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t even tell Daryl that I probably had his child.
“Are you worried?” Maggie asked me.
“Of course.” I said quietly.
The whole pregnancy thing scared me. Especially after Lori. The possibilities were endless. I could die, pass out, bleed out, have a still born, or even have a miscarriage. The possibilities were endless.
“Times up.” Beth said, clicking the stopwatch.
“If you need us, just shout.” Maggie said, pulling Beth out with her.
So now it was me and the little stick, all alone, in my cell. The stick that’s gonna change my life forever. I picked it up, not looking.
“It’s okay. I’m okay. Everything is okay.” I whispered to myself.
I looked down at the little stick. A little, pink plus sign stared back at me.
 

Later That Day


“Go in.” Maggie said pushing me into the cafeteria.
As I stumbled in, Carol and Daryl’s eyes were on me.
“Uh. Hey.” I said giving them an awkward wave.
“Hi sweetie.” Carol said, but I could see the coldness in her eyes. She was just acting like this because Daryl was here. She obviously couldn’t look like a heartless bitch in front of him.
“Hi. Can I talk to you for a minute?” I asked Daryl.
“Sure”
He followed me out to the courtyard. It was silent the whole way.
“So what’s up?” He finally asked.
“I’m pregnant.” I blurted out, while I was thinking of the right way to tell him.
I quickly clasped my hand over my mouth, hoping to catch the words before Daryl heard them.
“What?”
“Well…like last week, w-we…you know…had s-sex an now I’m…uh…pregnant.” I stuttered out.
He stayed silent.
“I’m sorry.” I whispered. Tears filled my eyes as I ran away.
 

8 and a half months later


“I like Alex.” Daryl whispered to me as he rubbed my plump belly.
“So we’ve finally agreed.” I teased.
“I think we have.”
After weeks of trying to think of names, we settled on Alexandra if it’s a girl and Alexander if it’s a boy. Beth wanted us to call it Dylan. Glenn wanted it to be a Carson. And Carl wanted it to be named Carl Jr. It was actually kind of stressful. I mean this was my baby’s name. What he or she would be called its whole life. It was kind of a big deal.
“Daryl! Y/N!” I heard Maggie shout.
“C’mon lets go.” Daryl said helping me off of the bed, conveniently placing his hands on my butt.
As we reached the top of the stairs, he pecked my cheek.
“What was that for?” I asked tearing up. These pregnancy hormones really fucked with my emotions.
“Because I love you” he replied “and our baby.”
I saw a flash go off from the bottom of the steps.
“What are you doing?” I groaned.
“Capturing the moment.” Beth said in awe as she waved the developing picture in the air.
“Okay can we capture the moment when I don’t look like shit.” I requested, but Beth shook her head.
“We need to talk about how you’ll be giving birth.” Rick said solemnly. “I think we all remember what happened to Lori. We don’t need that happening to you.”
I heard a few gasps as Rick mentioned Lori. It hadn’t hit me that I could go into labor any minute now. I was honestly still trying to deny the fact that I was pregnant.
“Y/N, can you lie down please.” Hershel said pointing to the couch.
He lifted my shirt, just over the baby bump. His cold hands touched my skin and i squirmed.
“Please hold still.” He said, holding back his laugh.
After a few minutes of uncomfortable silence he said “It feels like you’ll be okay to have…”
“Alex.” I said quickly.
“…Alex” Hershel paused. “naturally. Your baby doesn’t feel breeched.”
“That’s good right?” Beth asked.
“Yes. That’s very good” Hershel laughed.
 

A Week Later


“Hey.” I said wrapping my arms around Daryl’s waist as he talked to Maggie and Glenn.
“Mhmm” He groaned as he slipped out of my grasp.
“What’s wrong?” I questioned.
“Nothing. Leave me alone.” He replied as he walked away.
“You can’t keep doing this.” I raised my voice. “One day you seem like you really care about our baby. And the next you act like you don’t give a shit! It doesn’t solve anything
“I don’t fucking care!” He yelled. I’m not gonna lie, it startled me.
“Did you forget that this is your baby?” I retorted. I felt a sharp pain travel up my spine, but I assumed it was just my back pain again.
He mumbled something incoherent.
“Excuse me?”
“I said maybe we shouldn’t have had sex then!” He yelled. “Living with the dead is hard enough! We don’t need another fuckin kid.”
I gasped. I knew he wasn’t exactly ecstatic about me having a baby, but I never thought he would regret it.
“How could you say that?” I whispered as he walked away.
I turned around and Maggie pulled me into a hug. “C’mon Y/N, you know he didn’t mean it.”
“You don’t know that.”
“We do know that he loves you, and he’ll love your baby.” Maggie told me.
I chose no to say anything. For once in my life I didn’t have anything to say. But my back began to hurt more than before.
“Y/N what’s wrong?” Carl asked as he walked in.
“Nothing.” I said trying to sound calm. “Just the hormones.”
He suddenly began laughing hysterically.
“What?” Maggie asked.
“I think Y/N peed herself.”
I looked down and saw that my pants were wet. As if on cue, pain took over my body, as my first contraction began.
“Carl get someone!” I heard Maggie yell.
After what felt like hours, Hershel hobbled in, followed by Rick.
“Lay her down.” He said.
Maggie grabbed my arms, as Rick grabbed my legs. Slowly they laid me in the ground.
“Where’s Daryl?” I mumbled.
The last thing I heard was Rick yelling at Carl, then it all went black.
—Daryl’s POV—
Why did I say all that shit to her? I didn’t mean it. I saw the look she looked at me when I was walking away. She’ll never forgive me. Hell, I don’t blame her.
“Daryl! Daryl!” Carl yelled running towards me. “Y/N, she’s having the baby.”
He said something else, but I didn’t stick around long enough to hear it. I don’t think I’ve ever ran that fast.
I heard yelling coming from inside the cell block. When Carol saw me she opened the door and rushed me in. Y/N was lying on the floor. She looked like she was unconscious.
“Daryl, she asked for you.” Rick said. “We need you to try and wake her up. She needs to push.”
“Y/N. C’mon wake up baby.” I said, shaking her lightly.
Slowly her eyes opened and she grabbed my hand.
“You’re here.” She whispered, giving me a weak grin.
“Daryl c’mere. Maggie take his spot.” Hershel told me.
—Your POV—
Daryl slipped his hand out of mine and went down to my…lower region.
Maggie grabbed my left hand and Beth grabbed my right. Hershel said something to Daryl but I couldn’t hear them.
“Alright Y/N. It’s time to push.” He told me.
~
After a few seconds of silence, cries finally filled the room. Even in this much pain I couldn’t help but smile. Tears of joy clouded my vision.
“Look.” Maggie said, pointing at Daryl.
I lifted my head to see him wiping the goo off our baby.
“Whose gonna be the godmother?” Daryl asked me.
“Maggie.” I answered immediately.
Maggie had been there for me ever since I’d joined them. She was there for me during this whole pregnancy. I definitely considered her my best friend.
“Really?” She asked me, dumbfounded.
I nodded and she went down to join Daryl and Hershel.
~
“What’s his name again?” Carol asked staring down at my handsome little boy.
“Alexander.” Daryl said.
“He’s so precious.” I heard Beth say behind me.
“I can already tell he’s gonna be strong.” Rick said proudly.
Daryl decided to let Rick be Alex’s godfather.
“Judy has a friend now.” Carl said happily.
I nodded, giggling. It was so cute when his innocence showed. I hoped Alex would act like Carl. Tough but smart.
“Can I see him?” Daryl asked me.
“Yeah.” I replied handing him our baby.
As he walked off Maggie said “I told you he loves you.”
“Yeah I know. Your always right.” I replied, rolling my eyes. She nudged my shoulder smirking. And Beth squealed, making me jump.
“Look!” She said.
When I turned around I saw Daryl showing Alex around the cell block. Occasionally pointing to things. Eventually he wandered back to us.
“And this is your beautiful mommy.” Daryl smirked.
“You flatter me.” I said, leaning in to kiss him.

A/N: I’m SO sorry this took so long! It’s actually been ready to post but I thought I’d post it tonight in honor of The Walking Dead coming back on. I’m so exited! Anyway, keep requesting and feedback is appreciated. Kisses ~A

I haven’t started my rewatch yet but I’d really like to go back to season 6 and look into the times Daryl was leaving Alexandria on his own. I think people always assumed he was looking for Carol or Dwight… but could it have been Beth he was actually out there for? I haven’t seen those episodes in a while so I’ll have to refresh but it’s something I definitely want to look into (if someone has already discussed this, let me know!!)
Let me know your thoughts!!

Okay…
So I have read here on Tumblr and elsewhere that there are many Bethyl and Team D fans who were concerned as to why Daryl was not wearing the accessory that has been ever-present since Beth has been “just gone”–her knife that was tenderly bestowed upon him by Carol. Her knife was missing while he was on the mission with the rest of Team Family to proactively murder the Saviors in episodes 12 and 13 of season six.

My friend @lilly.loup on Instagram presented a theory that she said was more of her personal headcanon, but I thought it was compelling enough and worth sharing with you all here. She believes that Daryl did not bring her knife with him on the brutal mission out of respect towards Beth. He has lost his faith in “good people” that had previously been restored thanks to Beth’s influence during their hallowed time spent together. His faith was then dashed by his negative experience with the two Saviors he encountered, Dwight and Honey, in the burned out forest in season six’s episode number 6–“Always Accountable.” Dwight took Daryl captive, threatened to kill him, and eventually ended up robbing him of his treasured crossbow and both he and Honey rode off on his motorcycle. This was of course despite Daryl trying to save the life of their friend, Tina.

And despite Daryl losing his faith in there still being “good people” in this wrecked world, Daryl knows that Beth would still be disturbed if he used her knife to murder people in addition to putting down walkers. Even if it was a self-protective measure–killing the Saviors before they can do significant harm to him and the rest of Team Family.

So this is a comforting and reassuring headcanon: Daryl leaving Beth’s knife back at Alexandria out of respect for her convictions. Plus, it is also likely that he would want to keep his precious memento of his beloved Beth safe and sound and not getting it lost or taken from him. Why else would he all of a sudden not be shown wearing it??? There is a REASON why he has been prevalently shown wearing it on his belt since Carol gave it to him. And in MY (as well as many others’) Team D headcanon, this is also because he will personally return it to Beth when they are tearfully reunited. And she will give his crossbow back to him. ❤️

All of this also inspired my latest photo edit here. 😍

Some Fight in You

Imagine: Confronting Daryl after he gets himself captured at Woodbury.

Some Fight in You

You were pacing the road in front of the truck. Up and down and up and down and up and down, and finally Glenn said, “They’ll bring him back. Please just try to relax.”

“That dumbass!” You yell, rather than relax or stop pacing like Glenn had wanted. “We were right there. Right there! All he had to do was hop the effin fence with the rest of us, but no-o-o. He just had to run off to do god-knows-what and now his stupid ass is probably dead!”

“Hey!” Glenn said, and you stopped pacing to look at him. He was bleeding and leaning against the truck in exhaustion. “Daryl’s going to be fine. Rick’s going to bring him back, and you’ll both be fine.”

“I should be with them.” You say, biting your thumbnail.

“You’re pregnant.” Glenn says. He’d put up a huge fight about Maggie going back, but even he had to agree that the pregnant lady shouldn’t be doing two rescue missions in one night. “And I need you here in case I pass out or something.”

You nod and open your mouth to agree with him, when you heard rustling in the woods near-by, and both of you raised your weapons, waiting to see if it was friend or foe. Rick was the first to step out of the woods, followed by Maggie, Michonne, Daryl, and a man you’d never seen before.

“We got a little bit of a situation,” Rick started, and Glenn started freaking out.

“What the hell is he doing here?!” Glenn was shouting.

You could no longer hold yourself together. You ignored the chaos that was going on with Glenn and Rick, and stormed past them to stand in front of Daryl. You glared at him for a second, then, as he opened his mouth to say something, you smacked him across the face as hard as you could.

“What the hell, woman?!” The strange man yelled at you.

“What the FUCK was that, Daryl?!” You shouted, crossing your arms and tapping your foot impatiently. “Huh?!” Glenn and Rick had stopped arguing and everyone was watching the confrontation.

“Y/N,” Daryl started, and you cut him off again.

“No. Actually, I don’t want to hear it. You have no excuse. How DARE you run off like that! Do you even care about me at all?”

“Y/N, please.” Daryl tried to put his hand on your arm, and you shrugged him off before putting both hands on his chest and pushing him.

It wasn’t a hard push, so all Daryl did was take a step back, but the stranger had had enough. “You need to learn to keep your hands to yourself, you little bitch.” He said, grabbing you by the wrist.

You were beyond pissed now. You broke your hand out of his grip and twisted his arm behind his back, slamming him face first against the truck and hissing in his ear. “You don’t fucking lay your hands on me ever. Got it?”

“Who the hell are you, lady?”

“I’m Mrs. Y/N Dixon. Who the fuck are you?”

“Whoa, wait, what the fuck?” The man tried to twist out of your grasp. “Daryl, help me out.” Your husband just shook his head. “Daryl!”

“He’s smarter than that.” Maggie said. “He knows better than to piss off his wife even further.”

“Wife?!” Merle yelled, still trying to get out of your grip.

“Yes. I’m his very pissed, pretty pregnant wife. Now do you really want to have this fight?”

“Y/N, just let him go.” Rick said, putting a hand on your shoulder. “That’s Merle. Daryl’s brother.”

You let go of your brother-in-law and suddenly turned on your husband again. “THIS is why you abandoned me?”

“I didn’t abandon you. I had to save him.”

“He LIVED there, Daryl, I don’t think he needed saving. You just wanted him back, which is fine, but last night was NOT the time. You left us. You left me. You could’ve been killed, and then what would I have done?” You got close to him and started poking a finger into his chest. “You have a wife. You’re expecting a child. You have a prison full of family. What are we supposed to do if you die?”

Daryl dropped his eyes. “I’m sorry, Y/N.”

All your anger dissolved in a moment, and you fell forward into Daryl’s chest, trying not to cry. He put his arms around you and pulled you closer. “Are we OK?” He asked, kissing you on the forehead and wiping a few tears from your cheeks.

You nod. “Yeah. Just don’t pull any shit like that again.” You say.

“I promise.” He says.

“Wow.” Merle sneers, then makes the ‘whipped’ sound.

“Shut up!” You and Daryl both yell at the same time.

“He’s not coming back with us.” Glenn says, stepping in front of Maggie now that the attention was back on him. “He tried to feed me to a walker, and his friends violated Maggie.”

“We can’t just leave him out here.” Daryl said.

“Daryl, do you really want him around Y/N? Around Judith, Carol, or Beth? Around your baby?” Glenn gestured to your stomach where the little baby bump was just barely visible.

“He’s not a rapist!” Daryl said.

“No, but he’s violent. And his friends are rapists.” Rick said. “Daryl, he can’t come back with us.”

“Well, then we’re not either. Y/N and I will go with Merle.”

You started laughing and everyone looked at you. “Daryl, you’ve lost your fucking mind if you think I’m leaving the safety of our home to go traipsing through the backwoods of Georgia with you and the fucking Terminator over there.” You point at Merle.

“We’ll find a new place.” Daryl tries to plead with you.

“No.” You say, starting to get angry again. “We have a home and a life back at the prison. If you decide to leave all of that, then you’re choosing to leave me. And if you do chose that, you can’t come back. I’ll raise our kid alone.”

It was quiet for a long time as you and Daryl stared each other down. Finally, Daryl said, “Merle’s coming back with us.”

“No.” Rick said again.

“He’s family.” Daryl insisted.

“He’s not a team player.”

“I can make him.”

“Daryl, you have no control over him. No one does, and that’s why he’s dangerous.”

Now it was Rick and Daryl staring each other down. “He’s coming back. He won’t stay in the cell block, and if he does anything over the line, he’s gone.”

It was quiet again for a while, before Rick said slowly, “Fine.” Then he turned to Merle and said, “But if you step out of line at any point, I’ll cut your other hand off myself.”

“Fair enough, Officer Friendly.” Merle smiled and you all started walking again in the direction of the prison.

Once you were on the road again, Daryl started immediately asking you a million questions: did your feet hurt? How’s the baby? Did you need him to carry you? Finally, you said, “Daryl you’re wearing me out. I’m OK, so please don’t worry.”

He stopped, but Merle took his place instead. “So, you’re my baby sis now, huh?”

“My name is Y/N. Refer to me as such.”

“Gotchyerself an Ice Queen, here, baby brother?” Daryl didn’t respond to that. “How’d you meet?” He asks you instead.

“The group showed up on Hershel’s farm about six months ago. I was a friend of Maggie’s and had been staying there since the outbreak. We just kind of got close. Got married a month ago, and now we’re expecting.” You shrug.

“Got baby name ideas?”

“Sam for a boy, Taylor for a girl.”

“Sam’s a weak name.”

You don’t even look at him as you shoot back, “Merle’s not a name, it’s a noise of some sort.”

Merle considers this for a moment, before saying, “You got some fight in you darlin’. I like it.”

“I don’t care.” You squeeze Daryl’s hand, hoping he’d take the hint.

“Merle, leave her alone. She doesn’t need us pestering her.” Merle stopped talking and went to walk a little way ahead of you two.

“Thanks.” You whisper. “I can’t believe you guys are related.”

“He’s the tough one.” Daryl shrugs. “And the smart one.”

“I think you’re the smart one.” You say. “And you’re definitely the kinder one, which is why I like you better.”

Daryl smiles. “Thanks. He’s hard to get along with, though, so I won’t be surprised if he gets kicked out tomorrow.”

“So why even bring him back today?”

Daryl shrugs. “People deserve a chance, right?”

You snake your arms around his and lay your shoulder on his head as you walk. “Daryl, you’re the one, out of all of us, who still believes in people. And I admire that.”

“I admire everything about you.” He says.

“Cheeseball.” You laugh and push him playfully.

“We’re really OK, then? From earlier?”

You nod. “Of course. You’re my husband. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t forgive you.”

Daryl smiled and snuck in a kiss when Merle wasn’t looking. “I love you.”

“I love you, too.”

—–

[Masterlist]

anonymous asked:

Gotta say, thanks for not only posting in the tag, but keepin the posts relevant to the tag. I feel like not everyone understands this simple thing of tagging. Anyways, you've made a great case of why Michonne is perfect for Rick. Can you please share your thoughts on why Rick is great for Michonne? I think he is, I just think there needs to be something out there that states why, since so many seems to think he's not worthy of her. Thanx!

Thank you!

Rick…

I think what Michonne loves about Rick the most is that he’s a true family man: he loves, provides and protects his family.  Also, the fact that he is willing to sacrifice not only for his family, but he is willing to make sacrifices for her.  While he doesn’t hinder her independence, she knows he can take both the reins as well as the lead, thus not leaving the burden solely on her shoulders [and she is a partner who does this for him as well].

Why this is so important: We only get a glimpse of Michonne’s past, but it spoke volumes.  In that camp, she had to make the hard decisions. She was the one who had to go out, risking her ass to put food on the table.  She learned to fight during the apocalypse to keep her family alive.  What she didn’t have was proper support from her partner Mike, who was not willing to shoulder that burden.  He couldn’t even perform the simple task of watching their son while sober.  

Show of hands who thinks Rick would let the walkers get Judith if the walls came down without sacrificing himself first in order to save her.  Anyone?  Bueller?

When it comes to his children, Rick has no limitations, and that is the kind of partner Michonne wants, as well as needs.

And even though he doesn’t say it, if they can’t go on a run together for whatever reason, Rick prefers for her to stay behind to keep her safe.  When he learns that she has left home in “East,” he’s worried, even though he knows she’s capable, he worries about her safety, as he does not want her out there.  Her safety–her life–matters.  

Back at the prison, even though he doesn’t utter a word, it is clear how much he is bothered by her constantly wanting to leave, risking her life.  He wants her to be okay, and also not want to tell her what to do.  Why?  Because Michonne’s well being matters.

At the church, when the group has to go to Atlanta to save Beth and Carol, Michonne offers to go.  Rick laughs and tells her he owes Carol the most, so she should stay with the kids.  A covert and classy way to keep her safe at the church, because her safety matters.

And when Abraham tells him that no, she isn’t back yet, he stands at the gate, looking pained, lost, waiting for her to return.  Because for him, it’s not home without Michonne.

And not just her well-being, but her happiness, too.  Michonne getting her dental needs taken care of was important to Rick.  That’s the obvious one.  Going to Washington, going to Alexandria, and making Alexandria work–Rick does that for Michonne.  He reminds her in “Conquer” that she “wanted this place,” basically admitting what we all could already see–he did that for her [and her happiness].

As dire as things were on their way to Hilltop, with the Saviors all on their ass, Rick doesn’t lose it until he sees that walker with Michonne’s hair.  That was the last straw to break that camel’s back–the tipping point.  Michonne was not okay, and neither was he.  That’s the level of importance she has in his life; she is a priority.  That is something she didn’t have before.  I’m glad she found him.

Note: Apologies for the length and any repetitiveness! 

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Why did Carol have Beth’s knife in the first place? I’m not even getting into why she waited three weeks to give the knife to Daryl. When did Carol come into possession of it?

I can’t imagine Daryl ever letting Beth go for a second until he absolutely had to. Whether it was for a (yet unseen) burial or when the group was swarmed by walkers on the way out of Atlanta and he had to leave her behind in a car, that man would not let her body out of sight, whether she was alive or not.

If we go with the burial scenario, it would mean that when everyone is paying last respects and mourning over the loss, Carol was basically looting her body?!? How in the hell did anyone, let alone Maggie or Daryl, allow that? I know that weapons are precious commodities in the ZA. The thing is, I don’t remember anyone taking Tyreese’s hammer when they buried him. Have you seen anyone hand the hammer to Sasha as a kind of momento? What the hell?

So now let’s go with the “leave her body in a car” scenario. The same concept applies, but now carol would be risking her life, and possibly the lives of the rest of the group, to get Beth’s knife.

But here’s the thing: Beth didn’t have her knife with her during the hallway scene at Grady. I just watched that horrific scene…twice…to make sure. It is absolutely nowhere to be seen. If she’d had it, I would think she’d have used it instead of the tiny scissors.

So, what, when everyone was heading towards the stair to leave, someone came running up and, “Hey, you guys almost forgot this”? Why give it to Carol if Rick was the obvious leader of the group? I get not giving it to Daryl, him being the most shook up by what happened, he’s obviously dangerous with a weapon, and his hands and arms would be full as he carried Beth.

Yet another loose end that has yet to be tied up. No this doesn’t prove anything regarding Beth’s survival, but it’s kind of a big part in the ever growing plot hole that surrounds that idiotic scene.

By the way, if someone has already brought this up, I apologize for bringing it up again. I guess I’ll have Javier make up a fresh drink for you.

The D.S. al Coda

What did all those coda symbols mean, what happened in those 17 days, and what did it mean when Gimple said they were playing with time. I think I may have cracked the code of the season 5 outline.

I want to start first with this question that was asked by Entertainment Weekly to Scott Gimple that was posted on September 29 2014.

What can fans take out of the season 5 trailer, because you have also insinuated that there is maybe a bit of misdirection at play in parts of that.

One aspect of the information you’ve seen in the trailer is that there is a lot of playing with time in this first half of season 5. Things you are seeing happening, some of those things are happening currently. Some things are happening  — and I don’t just mean montage, I’m talking about in the season and I’m talking about in the trailer — but some time is condensed. And we did a little of that, I suppose, last year. A little bit with the Governor stuff. That was much more full flashback kind of stuff than I’m talking about. I don’t want to give the impression like ‘Oh yeah, they’re on a trip to Washington and it’s a crazy flashback. Everybody forgot that they knew each other!” No. But I will say that time is scrambled up a little bit in the season.

http://www.ew.com/article/2014/09/29/the-walking-dead-showrunner-scott-gimple-season-5


I want to draw attention to this statementThings you are seeing happening, some of those things are happening currently. Some things are happening  — and I don’t just mean montage

Like, what a strange thing to say. You are seeing things happening? Some things are happening currently? And I think he was going to say some things are happening in the past but he didn’t want to let that slip but anyway this entire answer is extremely confusing unless you can understand how the Coda affects the timeline of season five.

This may seem off topic and some of you may already understand this but I need to explain this in case others have missed out or the have misunderstood the concept of a coda.

I am vocalist and I sing a lot of musical pieces that involve codas so I have had to follow a coda in music before and I know how it should flow.

For those of you who don’t know a coda is a symbol that tells the musician to go back to a particular part in the song indicated by the Dal Segno symbol and to repeat the last part of the song. See the two symbols below.

When you go back to a Segno symbol of the song you beginning singing the musical part exactly the same as before with the same melody but usually with different lyrics. Once you you get to the D.S. al coda symbol you skip that section song and move on to play the coda which typically has a more dramatic finish then the first time around.

Now if you look below you will see an example of how a coda plays out in a musical piece. So as a vocalist I would sing this part all the way through ignoring all the symbol until I reach the word Coda (indicating the first acknowledged coda symbol). Once I see that symbol I would go back to the segno symbol and sing the entire line again. However, this time the lyrics are probably different. I would continue to sing until I see the first coda sign and I would skip the D.S. al Coda and continue on to sing the coda to the end of the song.  

How is this music lesson going? Is this making sense? You may be wondering how this relates to the coda in Season Five.  Take moment and tuck this knowledge you have just learned about codas in a musical piece away and I’ll explain.

Gimple said that Season Five would “play with time” and none of this made any sense. That was until everything had been played out. Let me explain how I believe they played with time in this season.

Morgan was behind the group for some time. This was me clear by the evidence left from Team Family and the termites.  When we see Morgan return in episode one we also see the first coda.

A lot of time has gone by since the group left Terminus and Rick covered up the sanctuary sign with mud to keep other people from returning. So when we see the first coda sign we can assume that some time has passed, probably around two week or so.

This coda symbol just like the in the musical example above tells us to go back in time to when all of this began. This would be when everything from the moment began. To go back to the Dal Segno.

We find out where the Dal Segno begins in episode two “Stangers” where the first coda symbol was created by the Termites when they marked the trees to be able to find their way back. This is the start of the flashback. See Morgan is in the present time and we are going back in time in episode two to see what has happened in this place in the past. 

So the flashback begins with “Strangers” and flows all the way through until the mid-season finally of “Coda”.  During this time we see the family arrive the church, Daryl and Carol leave to find Beth, Rick and company kill the termites, half of the family leaves to find DC, the other half go to Atlanta to save Beth, and then both missions go wrong and end up failing when we find out Eugene is a fake and Beth is shot during the prisoner exchange.  

So during this time we are going back and replaying what happened. So the end of episode eight happens where Beth is shot and Daryl carries her out into the hospital parking lot and instead of silence or sad music we get the theme song which was strange for everyone because she was a season regular on the show. Everyone is really sad but then all of a sudden we are fast forwarded into the future to present day where Morgan is still following the coda signs on the trees. We see him find the second symbol right outside the church.

Remember that when we are replaying the segno and we see the first coda sign we are supposed to skip the D.S. al Coda? Well after we see this flash forward that is exactly what happens. We are taken back to the first coda and we are brought up to Team Family’s present moment in “What Happened and What’s Going On”. We totally skipped what happened to Beth body, how they got out of Atlanta, and the explanation as to why Beth didn’t get a funeral. 

The musical piece instructed us to skip ahead to the moment in time when we first saw the coda (when Morgan finds the first tree with the symbol in episode).  The writes played with time by putting us in Morgan’s timeline and giving us a flashback of Team Family.  They did this a little bit with the governor when we saw him outside the gates of the prison in season four and then we saw flashback to how he got there. However, this story line for season five is a little more complex than that. The present moment is Morgan’s time and Team Family is in the past. Once Morgan meets up with Daryl and Aaron the timelines finally match up. This make the musical piece flow together perfectly because the coda plays itself out until the season five finally in which Morgan is reunited with Rick. Season five is a complete pieces of musical art everything flowing in prefect harmony.  But what it leaves us to wonder is what happened in those 17 days during the D.S. al Coda?

Well we know that when we go back in a musical piece to replay the Segno the melody is almost always the same but the lyrics are usually different. So in the first D.S. al Coda everything went wrong and no one’s plans succeeded. D.C. was a bust, Beth was not able to escape, and exchange when south. I can only assume the opposite occurred during the 17 days that was skipped. This however is all speculation since I have no evidence at all to say what happened in the 17 days. We can guess that Beth was left in a trunk of a car given Maggie, Ty, and Daryl’s issues with cars and trunks, we can guess that something happened between Daryl and Rick since things seem to be goofy with them. We know that Ty was filled with regret about something but we don’t know what. All of this is just guesses from putting together jumbled up pieces to a puzzle. 

However, given that Scott Gimple said we would see a lot more flashbacks in season six something tells me that we will go back to those 17 days to see what happens.

With all the signs pointing to Beth being alive these 17 days has to be included in those flashbacks because we deliberately skipped those 17 days of the story line as instructed by the sheet music.

All of this proves that the writers skipped this time on purpose and we know everything happens for a reason and they won’t leave us hanging much longer. They are hiding something from us for a reason I believe it’s because Beth is alive. 

The signs are all there you just gotta know how to read them. 

"Daryl was in love with Beth. Him and Carol only have a Mother/Son relationship"

Bethyl(ers): “He carried Beth like a Bride”

Reality: He carried Beth because she was injured

If this is the case, he also carried Carol “Like a Bride”, because she too, was injured.

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Bethl(ers) “They held hands, they love each other”

Well Carol and Daryl also held hands in series 3. Yes it was to help him up, but they still hesitated on letting go.

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Bethl(ers) : “He cried when she died”

Well duh! He would cry if any of them died!

Same emotion when his SIBLING died. Just meant that he loved Beth, the same way he loved Merle. 


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Bethyl(ers): “They hugged”

Correction: She hugged him and look how awkward he looks. He didn’t hug her back, therefore, ‘THEY’ didn’t hug.

This is what you call a hug. One where he runs at Carol and lifts her off the floor. Squeezing her tight so she can’t move/leave.

And then the look of pure love and happiness in his eyes. You can tell that he just can’t stop looking at her and wanting to hug her.

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Look how much he flinched when Carol touched him for the first time. This was probably the first time he has ever been kissed by anyone, let alone been touched in a gentle way. He flinched from being scared.

Now look at how far they have come! He just stands there and waits for her to do whatever she wants. He’s not scared.

Then when she eventually goes in for the kiss he allows her to lower his head to her lips, and you watch his face relax a little. A kiss doesn’t have to be sticking your tongue down your partners throat for it to be romantic. The most romantic kisses are the ones that come from your heart and soul and not from wanting to tear clothes off each other. 

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And my all time favourite:

Bethl(ers): “THEY ONLY HAVE A MOTHER/SON RELATIONSHIP”

I don’t know what sort of relationship you have with your parents, but if you joke about this^^ then you may need legal and psychological help.


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If Daryl only loves Carol like a sibling, then I guess he only loved Beth like a sibling. Beth and Daryl were not in love. They spent a matter of hours with each other. She gave him hope. That was it. When she died, his 'hope’ died with her. Carol gave it back to him with the “We aint ashes”.

Carol and Daryl have been through so much. Both abused by people they loved. Lost people they loved (Sophia and Merle). Supported each other through some crap times, saved each others lives so many times over. Please do not tell me that he doesn’t love her. She restored his faith in the goodness and kindness of people. 

Daryl is now self-destructing. Not just because of Beth. Series 4 and 5 has happened in less than 2 months. They have lost Beth, Bob, Tyreese, Mika, Lizzy etc. Not to mention their home and safe place - the prison. Daryl is self-destructing because of everybodies death. Please do not make out that it is just to do with Beth, because its bullshit. The group are tired, hungry, dehydrated, losing hope and are in mourning. Carol will be the one to pull him out of it, just like how he pulled her out of it in the first half of series 5.


This is all I have to say. (Believe me, I could go on for longer but I think I better leave it there). Daryl and Carol give each other hope. They love each other. Will they ever completely act on their feelings? I don’t know. I hope they will. But if they don’t, that is okay too. Just seeing them provide love and support for each other is enough for me. 


Disclaimer: Some of the gifs are mine, and some are not. Credit to the people who made them, and I am sorry I don’t know the original sources of the ones I did not make. x

I knew it.

If Beth comes back. Then my theory i have been playing with about mirrors (you guys brought that up) and debts was right.

For Beth to live, Noah had to die.

The bill had to be paid.

There were three who wanted to leave the hospital.

Beth
Carol
Noah

And TF captured three cops in exchange for Beth and Carol.

Licari
Shepherd
Lamson

But Rick didn’t plan on Noah getting caught up in the exchange. So he kills Lamson.

But now things are uneven.

We have in theory three hostages, Beth,Carol and now Noah.

But not enough cops. Only two remain.

Shepherd is exchanged for Carol.
Licari is exchanged for Beth.
Lamson was the exchange for Noah.


Noah was supposed to go to Dawn to even things back out.
Beth intervened ,Beth for Lamson.
Beth had to die for Noah to get to leave. A weird accidental gunshot to the head.
But now Noah is dead. Ripped apart quite brutally in front of our very eyes.

Things are once again uneven.
In order for Noah to die, Beth had to survive her accident.

A fair trade. To have Beth back, Noah has to die. But if Noah had lived, Beth would have really died.

It’s like a mirror like everyone said. His reflection was shown so much. He died behind glass. He died..on the other side of the mirror. We kept seeing blonde walkers and walkers trapped behind glass and in vehicles. Beth was most likely left trapped behind glass (a vehicle window) just like Noah. But she got out somehow. “I’m getting out, just like Noah”. But unlike Noah she survives being trapped behind her glass.

The debt was paid. Now that the ‘butterfly effect’ of choices that left Beth at Grady and supposedly dead have essentially fixed themselves, we only await the real reunion.

A damn butterfly effect. Like the movies, where for one to live. The other has to die. If time is a big part of this season and it is fixing itself by using the mirror theory then when Noah dies in this 'timeline’. It means Beth lives. A life for a life.

The bad 'timeline’ was Beth choosing to stab Dawn, Rick choosing to kill Lamson, Tyreese choosing to not kill people. It ended it Beth dying.

The fixed 'timeline’ Noah dies correcting the choices Beth,Ty and Rick made. Time is in a way. Fixing itself, Beth lives.

It will be dark - check (so much chaos)
There will be no hope - check (all the hopeful ones died, Beth,Bob and Ty)
Things will be weird - check (mirrors)
We are playing with time - check (Butterfly effect style time)
But there is hope at the end of the tunnel - pending

I talk a lot when excited. I apologize if this is a lot of things mentioned before but I have been playing with this idea for a while now.

Their Last Words: How the End of Alone Foreshadows Bethyl's Beginning

Earlier this morning, I found this photo edit going through my likes: X. It depicts Beth and Daryl sharing their last words before Beth flees through the kitchen and is ultimately abducted by the Grady cops outside. (It should be noted that visually, she leaves the doorway and goes through the dark hallway to the light of the kitchen, perhaps foreshadowing her journey from the hospital and beyond).

Beth’s last words are, “I’m not gonna leave you!” If you’ve read xbluemagnoliax’s Alone meta, X, (which is amazing) then you know that this line reveals the depth of Beth’s feelings for Daryl. Anyway, her last words foreshadow Daryl’s journey in the rest of 4b and into 5a: He carries her with him and embodies her teachings. Examples include him almost covering Len’s body, telling Joe that Rick and his group are good people, expressing hope to Carol in Strangers, and paraphrasing Beth’s line from Still about why it’s important to start over in Consumed. For the xbluemagnoliax’s metas on the Greene Effect, go here X and here X. (Also check out fabledfangirl’s videos on YouTube, she is amazing at uncovering parallels). Overall, Beth keeps her word and stays with Daryl in spirit, and she will in 5b irregardless if she is alive or not. (I believe she is going by the evidence, and WHEN they are reunited, I don’t think she will ever physically leave him again).

Daryl’s last words are, “Go up the road. I’ll meet you there.” If his last words are also foreshadowing for his second half’s journey, as Beth foreshadowed Daryl’s in a way, then we can assume he didn’t mean her being taken to the hospital. She didn’t “go up the road” when she went to the hospital, she was taken against her will. Daryl’s command was based on voluntary choice and instructed to fuel her survival. (Ending up at the hospital obviously is not support for her survival). So his last words could be foreshadowing that Beth will journey up the road (as in travel north until she reaches D.C.). If Beth’s journey is to parallel Rick’s beginning, then she must meet up with Morgan and most likely they will travel to D.C together. Theories and head canons have been going around about Beth reaching D.C. after Team Family, but I think it’s more likely that she and Morgan will get there first. Even if they lose a month or two with Beth recovering, it would be just her and Morgan. If they find one good car, then they can drive it all the way to D.C., if they can find gas and can avoid herds. Rick’s group on the other hand has 13 people excluding the baby, and they would need to find either a large van or a bus to fit everyone and their gear, since finding at least two or three working cars at once is rare. (They need to find the vehicles at once so everyone has wheels otherwise they’ll all have to go on foot). If Beth gets there first and Daryl then meets her there, she can advocate for the group, because honestly Rick’s group is going to look barbaric to a group of people who have been holed up from the outside world. (I think somewhere someone involved with the show said that by now Rick’s group looks as threatening as Joe’s group). 

Edited 8/17/2015:

Even though Beth still hasn’t appeared, I still stand by this post. She will meet him up the road, and they will finally have their reunion. He still carries her knife, her body still is MIA, and the music still plays. Hell, AMC posted a Bethyl piece just yesterday.

Overall, their last words together foreshadow not an end, but a beginning. A new Bethyl beginning.

anonymous asked:

A bethyl prompt in Maggies pov about her opinion on Daryl an Beth as a couple :D pretty pwease ?

A/n: Hi, nonny! I am so, so, so sorry it took me so long to get this prompt written. It’s been half started for about a month now. I am terrible. I am sorry. I’m not entirely certain it follows your prompt, the muse was doing what she wants today and I followed along because if I don’t, she leaves me for several weeks and I can’t write. 

So, I apologize if this isn’t what you wanted and it’s pretty long, like…1600 or so words…but here you go!

“Maggie, you alright?” the brunette turned and smiled at her husband as he approached, nodding her head and leaning into him when he sat beside her. Her hazel eyes moved back across the camp at the sound of a light laugh. The light laugh was joined by a softer, deeper chuckle and Maggie’s lips quirked as her eyes settled on a laughing Beth who stood beside a smiling, chuckling, Daryl.

 The sight of the smile on Daryl and Beth’s face warmed Maggie and she felt her smile widen. It had been since the prison since Maggie had seen Daryl smile. The entire time in Terminus and the weeks after their escape, he had been angry. When he wasn’t angry, he looked…torn. Lost. She had spent days wondering what had gotten under the hunter’s skin until her answer was given to her the day he had seen a clue to Beth’s whereabouts. She had been out scouting with him and Carol when he had seen it on the side of the road.

 “It’s Beth’s knife…” he had whispered. His words had been so quiet that Maggie almost didn’t hear him but the mention of Beth’s name from his lips had her instantly intrigued and desperate for more information. She had instantly stepped into his personal space and taken the knife from him only to be surprised.

“No, this is your knife,” she had corrected him but he shook his head.

“Beth stole it from me one day in camp. It worked for her and it added to the distance between her and the walkers, so I never took it back. They must have brought her down this way…and somehow, the knife wound up out here…Maybe she fought back,” his eyes looked along the road, searching for any kind of sign of the car that took her sister. From the frown and frustration in the hunter’s face and voice, the trail was impossible to find. It was weeks old and tire tracks on the concrete road were invisible. Maggie had fought to swallow down her fears and insecurities and had to remind herself what Daryl had told her in the train car at Terminus.

She’s alive.

“We’ll find her,” she told him with a shaky voice. She hoped her doubts didn’t echo through her words. She wasn’t hopeful like Beth and everyday without her sister was one more day where her doubts whispered in her mind.

Daryl eyed her and in that moment, Maggie could see something. She didn’t know what she was seeing in his blue eyes, but there was a light there. And it was important, so important.

She knew, deep in her soul, that Beth had put it there.

And she clung to it too.

If Daryl could believe that Beth was alive, then Maggie would too.

The three had finished their scouting, Daryl’s eyes constantly searching for any other signs of the car or Beth as they went but giving up when it was time to meet up with the rest of the group.

The next day, Daryl had gone back to that road with Carol and the group went days, maybe even weeks, without a sight or sound from the two. Arguments broke out daily between Abraham and Rick about leaving and moving onto DC with Rick refusing to leave until Daryl and Carol had come back and Beth was found.

Just when things were about to get physical and break out into a full-out brawl between the two men, a car pulled up to the church they were staying in.

A car driven by Carol…and in the backseat sat Daryl, his arms wrapped tightly around a woman, his head bent with his nose in her hair.

It was Beth.

Maggie had stood frozen at the front of the church, her heart beating wildly and a lump in her throat. The minute the two were out of the car, Maggie was there with her arms wide and tears streaming down her face, and since Daryl refused to let go of her sister, she wrapped her arms around him as well as her sister and cried.

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