Truth in the Stones |Daryl Dixon AU|

Now that the world has gone to shit, people now have to defend themselves against flesh-eating creatures. Cheyenne is the niece of former King County deputy Shane Walsh and when the infection spread, her and her brother - Jeremy - were saved by their uncle after a tragedy had struck them. Now, the pair and their fellow group members have to find a way to survive without killing each other first but, what happens when love starts to bloom in a world like this?


3. Escape

Rick looked over the roof ledge through binoculars. "That construction site, those trucks, they always keep keys on hand." 

Rick handed Morales his binoculars and he looked through them then back down to the walkers. "We'll never make it past the walkers."

Rick looked over at me and Glenn. "You guys got me out of that tank."

Glenn sighed. "Yeah but they were feeding. They were distracted."  

"Can't we distract them again?"

"He's on to something. " Merle commented from his spot by the pipe causing all of us to turn and face him. "A diversion." 

Rick ignored Merle completely. "They're drawn by sound, right?"  

I nodded. "Right - like dogs. They hear sound, they come."

"What else?"

"Aside from they hear you? They see you, they smell you, and if they catch you, they eat you." Morales said. 

"They can tell us by smell?"

"Can't you? They smell dead, we don't. It's pretty distinct." Andrea explained. We all stood silent for a moment before Rick spoke.

"I've got an idea."
"If bad ideas were an Olympic event, this would take the gold." Glenn mumbled as Rick handed him a pair of gloves. 

Morales nodded. "He's right. Just stop, okay? Take some time to think this through."  

Rick threw a trench coat at Glenn. "How much time? They already got through one set of doors. That glass won't hold up forever."  

Morales and Rick went out into the alley, picking up one of the walkers they had beat up earlier and dragged it into the room. Rick sighed as he slid the protective plastic over his face. He used a crowbar and broke the glass in which an axe was in. We all stood in silence and I glance up at Rick, waiting for him to make a move.

The plan was basically to chop a walker up, get it's guts, and smear it all over us. I wasn't looking forward to what was going to happen next. I took a step back as Rick lifted his axe and proceeded to chop up the walker. Everyone cringed at the sight but I stood still, my eyes fixed on the walker. Sure it was pretty disgusting but I couldn't help but think that before all this, that used to be a person. He used to worry about paying the bills and everyday problems like us. But now he's just another one of those lifeless, monsters that are roaming the earth now. I suddenly felt the wretched smell burn my nostrils and and I covered my nose in disgust. Rick passed Morales the axe and ordered him to take over the job. Morales hastily grabbed the mask and lifted up the axe to chop up the walker as well. 

Glenn bent over and groaned. "Oh god I'm gonna hurl."

Morales chopped up the walker a bit more before Rick told us to grab some of the walkers insides and begin getting to work. Rick began smearing it on himself - Jacqui and Morales helping him while Andrea and I helped Glenn. I grabbed one of walker's intestines and draped it over Glenn's shoulder.

"Oh it's bad. It's really bad." Glenn whined as he closed his eyes in disgust.

"Think about something else." I suggested. "Like puppies and kittens."  

"Dead puppies and kittens." T-Dog muttered from beside Rick.

That was too much for Glenn to handle and he bent over and threw up.

Andrea narrowed her eyes at T-Dog. "That is just evil. What is wrong with you?"

"Next time, let the cracker beat his ass." Jacqui hissed.

"I'm sorry." T-Dog mumbled.

"Do we smell like them?" Rick asked.

I nodded my head, my nose scrunched up in disgust. "Oh yeah."

"Glenn," Andrea handed her gun to him, "Just in case."

She awkwardly lifted Glenn's coat and tucked it in the waistband of his jeans.

"If we make it back, be ready." Rick told us.

T-Dog had a look of disgust on his face. "What about Merle Dixon?" 

Rick dug in his pocket before pulling out a small golden key and handing it to T-Dog. T-Dog nodded, knowing that was the key to the handcuffs. Rick looked to Morales. "Give me that axe. We need more guts."


We all - except for Rick and Glenn - came running through the roof door and toward the roof ledge.

"Hey, what's happening?" Merle asked but we all ignored him.

"T-Dog, try that CB." Morales commanded. 

"Hey c'mon, talk to me y'all."

I stood beside Andrea as I peered over the ledge.

"This is T-Dog. Anybody hear me? Can anybody out there hear me?"

Morales had a pair of binoculars and was looking down at the walkers before spotting Rick and Glenn. He pointed his finger in their direction. "There."

I looked up at the sky after hearing a small roar of thunder. 

"That asshole's on the street with them handcuff keys?"

I turned around and saw T-Dog waving the golden key in his hands, shutting Merle up. 

"Shane is that you?"

We all turned to look at T-Dog, hoping we had gotten in connection with the rest of our group. "We're trapped in the department store. Geeks are all over the place - hundreds of them. We're surrounded."

After a couple of seconds, we lost the connection. I rolled my eyes at the situation we were in but there's was nothing that could be done about it except fight our way out. Suddenly, I felt a water droplet drop on my hand and I groaned, knowing what was about to happen. The rain instantly began pouring down and I knew Rick and Glenn were in trouble. Morales looked up to the sky, worried. "If they get there on time they might make it. It's a quick pass."  

I glanced at Jacqui worriedly as I bit my lip. It would be a miracle if Rick and Glenn wouldn't be unspotted and that worried me. I loved Glenn as a friend and Rick would probably become a very valuable member to our group. It would be terrible if they didn't make it. 

"C'mon, c'mo, c'mon." Morales encouraged Rick and Glenn as they ran though the walker crowd, killing every other one that came close by. I witnessed them in the crowd - jumping the gates. I could see Rick and Glenn running around, trying to find a way to get out of the situation. We saw them getting into a truck driving quickly in the other direction as the walkers overpowered the gate, knocking it down. By now, the rain had stopped and we were all surprised by their actions.

"Their leaving us." Andrea stated.  I laughed nervously. "No. No they can't be. They trying to find a way back to us without having to go through that herd."

Andrea glanced at me unsure as everyone continued to deny the fact that they were leaving us. After a couple minutes of desperation, we noticed the truck coming back and heard the loud screech of a car followed by the car alarm. We finally realized they were here and picked up all our stuff and ran towards the door. I heard Merle yelling something at us but I couldn't think or stop right now. 

The most important thing to me was getting out alive. Andrea began yelling at Morales to come on as he trailed by the door. I didn't stop for a second as I ran down the stairs behind Jacqui. Andrea and Morales soon were behind us and we ran through another door, leading to the garage. I grabbed the metal chain to open the garage as did Andrea and Jacqui. We waited for Rick to give us a signal before we began pulling the chain rapidly. Andrea and T-Dog began throwing everything in the truck and we all hurried into the truck, closing the door before the walkers could get to us. I stood in the corner of the truck, breathing heavily. Everyone around was trying to catch their breathe after our adrenaline packed experience. We all looked toward T-Dog, noticing Merle wasn't in the truck.  "I dropped the damn key."

We all stayed quiet before Andrea broke the silence. "Where's Glenn?"

At that moment, he questioned was answered as the sound of a car alarm was heard again - the car driving past us with Glenn screaming in excitement.

I smiled slightly, knowing at least someone was having fun.  
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