Imagine Daryl being protective of you because of how clumsy you are and getting worried when he doesn't find you
(Soooo yay for some DARYL FLUFF :D Hope it is as requested and you all like it :) I tried my best to come up with the rest of a plot so hope it isn’t too bad xD Gif not mine/found it on google/Credit to the original owners.)
It was early morning and you were already up, preparing yourself to go on a run. It wasn’t something common for you but today you just had to.
It was Daryl’s birthday and you had to get something to prepare a little surprise for him. He deserved it you thought.
From the day, he met you he had been keeping you safe and much more than the others in the group, you could tell. He was always going out of his way to keep you close, standing in front of you to keep walkers away and such, you just had to repay him somehow.
Not to mention, that he admitted to you to never really having had any sort of celebration for his birthday, just made you want to do it for him even more.
Carefully preparing your bag, you finally finished and made sure to quietly step out the house, so the others wouldn’t know, especially the birthday boy.
The sun was out and you could tell it was going to be a rather beautiful day and you couldn’t have hoped for any better. With a smile, you asked for the gate to be open and were finally on your way to the nearest town to prepare the celebrations.
Feeling like something was off, Daryl tossed and turned in his bed. Eventually, he gave up on sleep but as he opened his eyes the sun blinded him through the window, making him realize how he must’ve slept in.
He quickly got dressed for the day but while doing so, he just couldn’t brush the uncomfortable feeling away from him. He quickly stepped out of his room and instantly noticed your door still closed.
It wasn’t odd for you to still be asleep at this hour, he thought and smiled to himself as he leaned against his door. Carefully, he closed his door and just thought of going into your room to surprise you.
He tiptoed his way to your door and held onto the doorknob, slowly turning it before opening it wide. He wanted to scream at you and laugh but you weren’t there.
Your bed was empty. His eyes widened slightly, thinking to himself the countless of times your door would be left open the moment you stepped out of the room and how this wasn’t in your habit.
He quickly rushed down the stairs to check if you were anywhere in the house and soon enough started to call to you. However, nothing. Pacing to the front door, he quickly opened it and took notice of everyone around.
Among them, you were nowhere to be found. Stepping down the stairs, he looked around for you and tried to subtly hide his worry about you.
He could feel his heart racing nervously and started to struggle hiding his feelings. Bumping into Rick, he jumped and felt the other man gripping his arm.
“Daryl?! Y-You okay?!” he asked him.
He looked at Rick trying to reassure him, nodding and shrugging, not wanting to alarm the others around who might pass.
“Y-Yeah i’m fine…Why?”
Rick chuckled at those words and shook his head in disbelief.
“Because you don’t look like it…Come on what’s wrong?”
Shifting his gaze around, he knew he couldn’t keep it a secret anymore and told him in a lower voice of his worries.
“It’s Y/N…She ain’t in her room or the house…I got worried and i’m looking for all over but still nothing…”
At that Rick chuckled and just felt like he should’ve realized the obvious. Since he came across you, there wasn’t a time when Daryl couldn’t be seen right next to you and keeping you company.
From the way you were, it wasn’t hard to want to stay by your side and literally keep you safe. You were probably the clumsiest person he and Daryl have ever met.
You could be doing the simplest task in the world, like getting yourself a cup of water yet somehow you’d manage to come back with a few bruises that you had no idea of. At times, he wondered as to how you even got this far, as even your personality was far too bright and trusting of others for people to not just take advantage of you.
Nonetheless, luckily for you, you stumbled upon them out of all people and have since been in their protection. Everyone had a habit of keeping their eyes out for you, from pulling you out of the way from bumping into tree branches to putting the safety on your gun to just making sure you weren’t pointing the gun towards yourself when you’d talk to them, basically anything they were always there for you.
Your clumsiness was even worst than that of Eugene, he had thought and was just glad that Daryl even went the extra mile to even stay literally as close as he could to you. Having witnessed all of that, hearing news of you not being anywhere to be found, he started to worry and look around as well.
Rubbing his chin, he continued, “Man I ain’t gonna lie it’s kinda scary to not see her…What if she trapped herself somewhere…or worst got herself stuck in something…”
Rick nodded along and patted Daryl’s shoulder to beckon him to follow.
“Well if she’s not here, then come on let’s go ask the others if they’ve seen her…”
Daryl followed along and the two continued their search for you, asking the others if they’ve seen you. Meanwhile, you were practically having the time of your life scavenging around an abandoned town.
You found a few things to make for a celebration and were already at the task to him a gift. You cursed yourself for your procrastination on not doing so earlier in the week and just had to deal with quickly finding something and then having to sneak back in.
Looking around the store, you then got angry at yourself again, for not having even asked him as to what he might like, making you sigh and just keep walking around until you’d find something interesting.
After having talked to nearly everyone, Daryl got pissed and just felt his heart dropping. He couldn’t ever stand the thought of you even deciding to leave on your own, making him come to his own conclusion that someone might’ve take you away or something.
He growled and just wanted to punch a wall or something after everyone denied seeing you. Rick tried his best to comfort him but nothing would seem to calm down.
Coming across the last few people, Daryl marched over to them by the gate and they could tell he was actually ready to go out and look for you.
Not even bothering to excuse himself, he simply yelled at, “Hey! Did any of you see Y/N?!”
“Yeah…I opened the gate for her this morning…”
At the sound of the familiar voice behind him, his rage made him turn around and already run over to tackle, none other than Tobin.
He had him pinned against the gate and was already yelling at the top of his lung at the other man and getting in his face.
“Are you fucking shitting me now?! The hell were you thinking?! Don’t you have a brain to think?!”
All choked up, he couldn’t answer him properly and had to wait until Rick pulled Daryl off of him.
Confused about the situation, he answered simply in between cough. “I-I just did as she asked me too…”
“I swear if anything happens to her…She comes back with a flu, a cough, a single scratch on her, even a missing strand of her hair…Anything! i’ll make you regret ever opening that damn gate for her!”
Daryl’s sense of protectiveness and anger had just come out in that moment. He couldn’t believe anyone would be even this clueless when it came to your safety and didn’t want to let go of it so easily.
He tried his best to fight and get away from Rick’s grasp.Trying to calm him down, Rick told him, “Alright…It’s alright…We’ll just go out and find her!”
He grunted and got out of his grasp, ready to go march over to get his crossbow, all while glaring at the culprit.
As he took a few steps away, a sudden shriek of struggle and loud thump could be heard against the walls. Instantly, Rick pulled out his gun while Daryl instantly rushed to open the gate.
From the simple tone of voice, he knew it was you. Slamming the gate open, he stepped out and called out to you, looking around to see as to where you were.
Instantly, you giggled to see his worried shake of head and called to him.
“Daryl! Up here! Look, i’m almost completely up the fence!”
He finally looked your way and could nearly feel his heart jump out of his chest. You were completely disheveled and he could only imagine the struggle you must’ve encountered. Joining him, Rick felt the same and pushed Daryl towards where you were hanging upon the gate.
As they both walked over closer, you didn’t even noticed or really felt the pain your body was suffering from the slip up you had while trying to climb up the gate and just had to throw a joke at them.
“Hey guys…How’s it hanging, am I right?!”
In a fit of confusion and anger, Daryl could only yell at you in disbelief as to how you could even joke around from so high up.
“What the hell?! You think you’re so funny? You got us all worried here?! How did you even get up there?! Oh god…You stay still! Don’t you move a freaking inch until I get there!”
At that you got scared and stayed quiet until they walked back in to try and pull you up from the inside. You gripped onto the side as much as you could and did as he asked.
Trying to get comfortable, you slipped slightly and let out another shriek. At that, Daryl freaked out even more and backed up to go join you from the outside instead.
Rick tried to get him back but pushing him off, he ran to join you. He couldn’t stand the idea of you hurting yourself after the morning scare you gave him and just couldn’t feel like letting himself down for being so reckless to not keep a closer eye on you.
Surprised to see him back, you panicked and started to scream back down at him.
“D-Daryl?! What are you doing here?! Hurry back up! I-I don’t think i’ll be able to hang on anymore!”
Daryl sighed exasperatedly and was already getting himself ready to catch you if anything were to happen. Loudly, he scolded you and instructed you to let go of the side.
“You idiot, you really think i’ll make it in time back there! Fuck it! Just jump!”
Just the word of “jumping” scared you and truly you weren’t ready for such eventuality.
“Let go! I’ll catch you!”
“No! I-I’m too scared!”
He scoffed at that remark and just started to provoke you while some of the others went to help him and you.
“Scared?! Now you’re scared! You sure didn’t seem like it earlier! Now stop whining and let go!”
Closing your eyes tightly shut, you let go just as asked of you and screamed at the top of your lungs. You were certain to feel a solid ground in a few instant but the moment your body came to a stop, you felt a weight going down with you and realize Daryl had actually caught you.
Instantly feeling his warmth, you wrapped your arms around him. When you opened your eyes again, you smiled and couldn’t be anymore grateful for your friend.
Your smile came back but it didn’t seem the same for Daryl. He glared at you and started to march his way back inside Alexandria. As he saw Tobin, he shook his head and swore to himself he was going to have a few words for him.
Embarrassed by the position you were in his arms, you blushed and stuttered trying to get off of him.
“D-Daryl?! I-I think you can let me down now! I-I’m fine! Let me down!”
He stayed quiet, huffing and puffing out of stress under his breath, walking pass everyone and ignoring them as they tried to go in and help. By then he already had you in the infirmary, alone.
He sat you down carefully and already was starting to inspect you for any bruising you might have gotten. He pulled up your sleeves, lifted up your shirt, checking your arms, stomach and back as much as he can, forgetting completely about your privacy.
When it came to you being bruised or covered in scratches, he couldn’t stand that idea of you being tainted while by his side and just had a manic of making sure you were fine.
Although, you’d laugh it all off whenever you’d find one, his mind was already set on blaming himself for being so reckless that he would always go out of his way to make it all disappear.
You could see the scared look in his eyes and just had to reassure him that you were truly fine.
“D-Daryl! Daryl! I’m fine! I’m ok! It’s ok! You don’t need to keep looking around! I swear!”
Not listening to you, he continued and soon enough he caught glimpse of a little cut and some bruising around. He bit his lip in anger and growled at you.
“Fine? You’re covered in dirt from head to toe! Your jacket is torn and i’m pretty sure that cut was never there in your jeans before! And what about this?! How do you explain this?!”
You looked as to where his eyes were fixed on and squirmed in your seat to get a better look. You chuckled to see it and looked back at him, trying to brush it off.
“Oh it’s nothing! I didn’t even noticed it was there! I probably got this earlier or while I was out, it seems!”
Daryl sighed to hear you and rose up to his feet, searching and scrambling for something to patch you up. As soon as he found a cloth and disinfectant, he walked back and turned you around and was already applying the cloth to clean up.
You winced at the sudden feeling of stinging and he scoffed.
“Nothing? That’s what you call nothing! Even just touching it hurts you! How can you ever say it’s nothing!”
Once again you were cornered by him and had nothing else better to say. He growled under his breath and still continued to carefully clean up your cut.
As he took out the bandage to cover it up, his curiosity got to him and he just had to ask you, “What were you even going out there on your own?!”
Not wanting to ruin the surprise nor knowing what else to say, you stayed quiet and looked away.
“What? Can’t talk all of a sudden…You sure had a mouth when you were out there…Getting me all worried…and you can’t even tell me why…I swear am i going to have to chain you to your goddamn room or what! Tell me?!”
There was hurt in his tone and you just felt bad to not let him know. The more you heard him complain, the worse you felt and just stopped him.
“Alright! Alright! I’ll tell you why…Just promise me to not laugh…”
At that he quieted himself and stare at you intently.
You rose up from your seat and marched over to reach for your bag, trying to find him the gift you got him.
“Well…I remembered how you talked about never having a celebration for your birthday…and I also remembered your actual birthday…”
His eyes widened at the thought of you even remembering such small details about himself and truly couldn’t believe you even cared for him that much. You turned to look at him and hid your gift behind your back, once you found it.
“So…I put one and one together…And left to get some stuff for you…I really wanted to prepare something big…But I was kinda last minute…Cause it’s today, right?”
Looking at you in stunned, he slowly nodded and you continued, scratching your head and trailing down to rub your neck.
“Yeah…well that’s why I left this morning-”
Feeling even more guilty, he looked at you apologetically and solemnly cut you off mid sentence.
“So you risked your life…just to get me something for my birthday…”
You chuckled at those words and rolled your eyes at him, waving a hand to brush it off.
“Well risking me life is big way to put it…”
“Your clothes got torn and you’re all dirty and covered in bruises, that’s looks pretty much like it…”
“I-I’ve looked worse…I just slipped and fell a few times…it wasn’t serious at all…”
Once again, he didn’t seem amused by your nonchalant attitude. You tried your best to cheer him and decided to finally show him what you had gotten.
“But anyways…I just wanted to show you my gratitude for how kind and caring you are towards me…So knowing how much you liked your moonshine…I tried looking for some but couldn’t find any…So I got this fancy bottle instead!”
As you showed him the bottle of cognac, he got up to his feet and approached you. He eyed you up and down, looking at your filthy and torn clothes and messy hair, and just shook his head.
“And for that…You decided to climb up a nearly 10 foot gate to get back in…”
Taken a back and realizing how dumb it was you laughed nervously.
“I-I wanted it to be a surprised…”
From your shy gaze and blushing cheeks, a part of him wanted to laugh as well while another just wanted to grab you in a tight hug just to keep you safe from ever going out again. Thinking about how you must’ve worked hard to just even find that sort of gift for him, he sighed.
He really couldn’t believe how far you risked your own safety to show him a sign of your gratitude towards him and reluctantly took the bottle away from you.
He stared at it for a long while, making you wonder if he really liked it or not. As you were about to ask him, he threw it back onto the couch nearby, making you let out a surprise yelp and try to reach over for it.
He caught a hold of your arm and pulled you closer to him. Looking you in the eyes, his gaze soften before pulling you in a tight embrace.
He tightened his grip around you and made it impossible for you to escape him. Stroking your hair, he tried to calm you down.
“Listen up, you idiot…It’s a really nice thought of you…Remembering my birthday and getting a gift and all…But you don’t ever have to risk yourself like that to thank me…Just promise me that you’ll stay by my side and let me know that you’re safe and sound… That’s enough thanks for me…”
You were speechless at those words and your mind went utterly blank. You could only hug him back and nod quietly into his chest to reassure him that you wouldn’t ever leave on your own without notice.
Feeling you, he finally felt a weight of relief and could breathe easily.
“So is that a promise?”
You nodded again and looked up at him.
“Promise…I won’t try to surprise you with a gift again…”
“And I won’t leave your side without telling…I’ll even start to wear a helmet if you want!”
He laughed at that last comment and patted your head, smiling before pressing his cheek against your hair. His hands trailed back down when suddenly, he felt another tore in your jacket and could swear there was another cut.
Backing away quickly, he turned you around to the side and noticed the little cut he had missed earlier.
“Are you serious? How?”
You shrugged and knew you were about to get another lesson about it and just backed away completely from him. Laughing nervously, you walked backwards towards the couch and tripped slightly before reaching to it.
He flinched to see you stumble and was ready to jump in and catch you. Nonetheless, you to to it in one piece and picked up the bottle he had thrown away.
Looking at him, still smiling, you said, “How about we just drink and forget this ever happen! Let’s just focus on your birthday and not think about me for once!”
To look at you and rolled his eyes. Getting closer, he tussled your hair even more and could only smile at your suggestion, promising himself that he should also keep you happy while at it.
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