Daryl Dixon x Reader
Summary: The reader is Daryls girlfriend they were together before the apocalypse and they have a four year old daughter; and they see eachother again when Negan takes him to Alexandria.
I wasn’t at the lineup when Glenn and Abraham were killed. Instead I was at Alexandria, looking after my daughter, Y/D/N Dixon. It broke my heart to hear about what Negan had done to a my friends, but what made me angry was the fact that he had my boyfriend. Rick told me that Negan had taken Daryl because he ‘likes him’. I had no idea what he was going to do to Daryl….I didn’t know if I was ever going to see him again…the worst part of it all was the fact that my daughter was constantly questioning where Daryl was and if I’m honest I had no idea what to say to her; I mean how can you tell a five year old that he father has been taken by a psychopath?
Time skip-a few days after the lineup
“How are you doing, Y/N?” Rick asked,he came round to check up on my daughter and I and make sure we were okay.
“Fine.. Considering what’s going on.” I said taking a smile.
“How’s Y/D/N?” He questioned, and that’s when my smile faltered and I let out a sigh.
“She doesn’t understand what’s going on, Rick, she’s too young to, all she knows is that Daryls not here.” I said as I ran a hand through my hair.
“We’ll get him back,Y/N, I promise” he said looking straight into my eyes, I just nodded, knowing that this was hard for him too, him and Daryl were like brothers.
“Morning mummy, morning Uncle Rick” Y/D/N chirped as she ran downthe stairs and into the living room to sit next to the window.
“Morning” Rick and I replied in unison. Rick shot me a questioning look at my daughter’s actions.
“She keeps sitting there waiting for Daryl…” I whispered
“Maybe daddy will come back today, mummy” she said not taking her eyes away from the widow. I let out a sigh and Rick put his hand on my shoulder giving it a light squeeze and giving me a reassuring smile, before leaving the house so I could explain to my daughter what was going on…
“Honey can you come here for a minute” I asked patting next tongue empty space on the sofa.
“But I don’t wanna miss daddy, he’ll be home soon” she argued.
“Y/D/N, please” I asked again, my voice a little sterner than before. She slowly moved away from window to sit next to me on the sofa.
“Right, sweetheart, I don’t know when daddy is gonna be coming back” I started, I saw the smile that was once on her face morph into a confused expression “When daddy went away with Uncle Rick and the others, they came across some mean men” I took a deep breath trying to keep myself calm, thoughts about Glenn and Abraham popping into my head. “They took daddy away, to do some work for them.” I finished, a single tear falling down my cheek. Which is when Y/D/N wrapped her arms around my neck and hugged me.
“Daddy will come back, he always does,” she whispered in my ear. I hugged her back kissing the side of her head, she was right, we’ve been separated from each other before and every single time we’ve found each other again, Daryls the strongest person I know….he could make it through this…He’d come back to us.
Time skip-a few days after that
Y/D/N was still sitting next to the window, waiting for Daryl to come home; after everything that has happened, she still has hope in her eyes, and that’s what keeps me hanging on to the slither of hope that he’ll be home soon. I was in the kitchen when I heard Y/D/N run from her seat on the window.
“Mummy! Mummy!!” She called as she ran into the kitchen a huge smile on her face as she did so, I knew only one thing could make her smile like that. Daryl, he was home. Before I could even stop her she ran from the kitchen and outside to see her father, I quickly followed behind her, grabbing her arm to stop her from running any further; and that’s when I saw them-the people who were the Saviours, standing at the gate; but I paid none of them any attention, my focus was on Daryl; he had bruises all over his face, and he looked so tired-what had they done to him… I watched as the guy with a black leather jacket and slick black hair handed a baseball bat covered in barbed wire to Rick; I knew in that moment who this guy was-he was Negan, he was the guy that had killed my friends…I stood there getting lost in my thoughts, when I suddenly was dragged back to reality when I saw Y/D/N running over to Daryl. I bolted after her, but luckily Rick had caught her before she could get to Daryl.
“But Uncle Rick, I wanna say hi to daddy,” she said, pouting a little. As I got to the two of them I saw Negan walk over to us.
“Well, hello there,” he said. I saw Rick’s face change and I could see the same expression on Daryl’s face, they were worried; and them being worried made me worried. Negan knelt down so that he was at my daughter’s height, looking at her straight in the eyes.
“Now, sweetheart what’s with that pouty little face?” He asked her.
“I wanna say hi to my daddy,” she stated simply. And that’s when Negan obviously caught on to who she was talking about, because his eyes looked over at Daryl, and then they looked up at me and then they looked back at my daughter.
“Well, I’m not going to stop you sweetheart, go say hi,” he said, standing up; and as soon as he said those words Y/D/N ran over to Daryl and he enveloped her in a hug.
“See Rick, I’m not a fucking unreasonable man,” he chuckled, turning his attention to me.
“So, I take it you’re that little angel’s mother?” he asked, his eyes scanning me up and down. I didn’t say anything, I just kept my eyes on Daryl and my daughter.
“Speak when you’re spoken too,sweetheart,”he whispered as he came closer to me.
“Yes, I’m her mum and I’m Daryl’s girlfriend,” I stated.
“Well how did he manage to land a fine piece of ass like you?” I cringed at his words and I glared at him, I saw Rick’s reaction as I did so…he looked terrified.
“Now, I’m gonna let that slide mainly because Lucille isn’t that thirsty today,” he began pointing at the bat Rick was holding, “ but,” he continued, standing right infront of me and grabbing my chin lightly “Look at me like that again, and I won’t be so fucking lenient,” he whispered, letting go of my chin and walking away with Rick.
Without even thinking about it I ran over to Daryl and my daughter, hugging Daryl as tight as I could; tears slowly falling from my face.
“I’ve missed you so much,” I whispered to him.
“I’ve missed yer too, baby,” He whispered back, kissing the side of my head.
“What’ve they done to you?” I asked slightly pulling out of the hug to look at his face, the bruises looked worse because I was closer, they were different shades of blue and purple, he had a split lip and a cut on his eyebrow; my heart broke seeing him hurt like this.
“It’s nothin’,” he stated, causing me to roll my eyes.
“Daryl…” I began but he interrupted me before I could finish
“It’s nothin I can’t handle, Y/N/N” he reassured me, pulling me into another hug.
“Mummy, is daddy staying now?” I heard my daughter ask, making both Daryl and I pull out of the hug to look at her. We both knew that he wouldn’t be able to stay…
“Sweetie, daddy still has some work to do for that man you were talking to earlier,” I explained as I knelt down infront of her.
“Is he one of the mean people that you were talking about?” She asked, and I nodded.
“Daddy, why do you work for the mean people? Why can’t you come home?” She asked confusion and sadness coming across her face.
“Because darlin’,” Daryl sighed, pausing for a minute “I have to keep you and mummy safe from those mean people, and that’s the only way to do it,” He explained.
“But it’s not fair!” She shouted as she stamped her feet, tears spilling from her eyes.
“Now what’s gotten the little cutie so fucking upset?” Negan asked as he sauntered over to us.
“I want daddy to come home!” Y/D/N shouted at Negan, causing him to chuckle.
“Well, maybe if your daddy can fucking behave, and does all the work that I tell him too, he can come back and visit as many fucking times as you want, sweetie,” Negan remarked, causing Y/D/N to stop having a tantrum.
“Does that sound okay?” He asked, and Y/D/N nodded a huge smile on her face, as she hugged Daryl. I looked at Rick, he had the same look on my face as I imagine I did, we were both happy that Daryl would be able to visit…but we knew Negan was going to make his life hell whilst he was at the Sanctuary, and that worried us.
“Now, let’s move the fuck out.” Negan stated “See you soon darlin’” he said looking at me before walking with Rick to the gate.
“Bye bye daddy, I’ll see you soon when you’ve done all of your jobs,” Y/D/N said kissing Daryls cheek as she pulled away from the hug. He smiled at her and kissed her on the forehead
“I love you darlin’” he whispered before he looked at me and pulled me into a tight hug-I knew he was worried about going back-Daryl didn’t scare easy but I could sense that he was slightly fearful about what was going to happen next.
“I love you, Daryl, just try to stay strong,” I whispered to him.
“I love you too, Y/N/N, I’ll be okay, I promise; I’m gonna come back to you for good,” he whispered back. I quickly pressed a delicate kiss to his swollen lips,before he walked to the gate and getting into the truck with the other Savours. A tear cascaded down my face as I watched the man I love leave again, not knowing what state he would be in the next time I saw him.