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The Walking Dead: Noah's Story Part 8

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Hey Guys :D ! I know that it's been a while, but I finally managed to get part 8 done out of this chaotic week. This is gonna be a heart breaking part too (I hope :D) and I really tried to make the ending sad and sympathetic. I hope you all enjoy it. And, as always, here is the text guide and disclaimer:

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And remember, I DON'T own the rights to ANYTHING, this is purely a fan-made storyline and is not to be considered anything but that. All rights belong to the creators of the Walking dead, the directors, and all the rights owners to the Walking Dead. Any credit for any parts of the series should go to these people and not to me, I'm just a fan that wanted to share my spin on an already flawless story. And dialog similar and exact to the show and/or comic series is not meant as copyright fraud but just so the scene is set in the same manner as the original. If you haven't read the blog that introduces this story please read it first. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy it!









The Walking Dead: Noah’s Story

Part 8

by

Jay Mills


Back at Hershels Farm: Post FEMA Center/Bathroom

[We cut to the scene where Shane is in the bathroom. He looks into the fogged over mirror, and then we see him pick up a razor. We then cut to showing Noah mourning Otis in a room not far from the bathroom. He is sobbing, but then he hears the razor. His expression goes from sad to angry. He gets up and walks out of the room. We then cut back to the bathroom and we see Shane cutting his hair. He then hears Noah knocking on the door]

Noah

*Beating on the door* Shane, open the door. *Shane doesn’t respond* *Noah say’s it louder* SHANE OPEN THIS DAMN DOOR NOW! *Shane stops, he looks into the mirror and we see a sudden flash of what happened back at the high school. Shane turns and opens the door and looks Noah in the face, Noah still has tears running down his face, but he is pissed off. He enters the room and shuts the door* What are you doing?

Shane

*Shane looks over at the razor and so does Noah, in shock* *Said in a hushed, mono-tone voice* Giving myself a haircut.

Noah

*Noah looks back at Shane, and he slightly huffs a laugh* You *sniff* You think that’s gonna make it less real? That it will make you’ve done go away?*Shane turns back and looks at the mirror. Noah becomes even more pissed off, and accidently slips something out* Well, you would be the expert on that wouldn’t you. *Shane looks back at Noah, but not angry... but understanding and somewhat guilty. Seeing this makes Noah relax somewhat* I’m sorry I shouldn’t have said that. *Shane looks down into the sink, and Noah just sighs. Noah walks over and picks the razor up* Look up. *Shane does so and Noah proceeds to finish shaving Shane’s head. Shane is shocked by this*

Shane

*Shocked and confused* Why...

Noah

I’m already covering up one of your secrets. *Referencing his affair with Lori* *He sheds a few tears, but he’s not crying* Might as well help you cover up this one too. *Shane looks down, ashamed of having brought Noah into more of his problems. We then cut to a frame showing the floor, which now shows big lumps of Shane’s hair. We cut back to the top and see that Noah has successfully shaved Shane’s head. Shane looks at Noah who is looking into the mirror as well, but not directly at Shane* There, perfect. *He tries to smile, but he can’t*

Shane

*Noah starts to head out the door, but Shane turns and stops him* *Said in a guilty, ashamed tone* I didn’t want to do it Noah, you know that right? *Noah doesn’t turn around and remains silent* I know that you’re angry with me, but I-- I just want you to know that I was thinking about saving Carl... and you too. I’m... I’m sorry.

Noah

*Noah turns his head and looks at Shane to show tears forming in his eyes* You want to show me that you’re really sorry? *Shane just looks at Noah* Then tell them the truth *Shane sighs* Tell them the truth about Otis... and Lori. *Shane picks his head back up and looks at Noah for a second, he looks into his eyes. He wants to tell the truth, but he is worried that it’s too late to do so. He drops his head back down and sighs* *Noah turns back around, Shane’s grip has loosened and he simply pulls his arm away and walks to the door. He huffs a crying sigh* That’s what I thought. *He opens the door and leaves bathroom. Shane turns and looks back into the mirror. We now cut to the events that took place before Otis’s death*

Hershel’s Farm: During Fema Event/ Carl’s Room

Lori

*Lori is now at the farm with Rick and Carl. She is sitting at his bedside while Rick is sitting in a chair on the opposite side of the bed. They are scared for their son’s life, worried that Shane, Otis and Noah won’t make it back in time* *Through subtle tears* Don’t worry baby, they’re on their way right now. *Looks up to Rick* Where could they be? They can’t be dead, right?

Rick

*He is unsure what to think, but sees that Lori is trying to stay positive so he goes along with her* Yeah, they probably just got caught up by a few Walkers, nothing they can’t handle though. *They both go silent for a few seconds but then tries to break this silence* You know, Shane told me that while I was in the hospital... you never left my side. *Lori looks back down, somewhat sad* I know it may not mean much now, but I’m sorry for everything that was said before I left.

Lori

*Lori looks up, crying a little from hearing this* I know Rick *pause* I’m sorry too... for everything.

Rick

*He smiles somewhat, and then a slight chuckle. Lori looks over confused* It’s just-- You remember that time Shane and Noah went with us to the fair? *Lori remembers and slightly smiles, she remembers* And Noah and Carl got lost?

Lori

*She smiles a little bit bigger, remembering the humor of that moment* He ran all over the fairground shouting their names... and they were on the Ferris Wheel the entire time. *They share a laugh* I thought Shane was gonna kill Noah for running off, and for dragging Carl along with him. But Noah just smiled and said that *She pauses, and her demeanor changes back to sadness, Rick’s does to, remembering as well* That he wouldn’t let anyone hurt Carl, and that he knew we would find them. *She starts crying*

Rick

*Rick gets up and goes over to Lori’s side and comforts her* They’re gonna make it back Lori, I know it. *Lori nods through her tears, still somewhat worried* *Said in a hushed whisper* They have to.

Outside Hershel’s Farm/Dale’s R.V

[Andrea is sitting in the back of the R.V on one of the beds. She is thinking about everything that has happened up until now, and then she looks down in her hands and looks at her pistol. She then looks angry and puts the pistol aside, angry at herself for thinking about suicide. She knows that Amy wouldn’t want her to do that... after all she made a promise to her, and she planned on keeping it now. We then look to the R.V door and see Dale enter. He looks to the back and sees Andrea and smiles, he walks back to her]

Dale

Andrea? *Andrea snaps up* You okay?

Andrea

*She slightly smiles* Yeah, I’m fine Dale... thanks. I was *Pause I was just thinking about earlier. *He sits down next to her* He’s right, Amy wouldn’t want me to... you know.

Dale

Yeah, I know. *He smiles* Well, she isn’t the only one. *She smiles* You know he blames himself for it, right? *Andrea looks up sad, knowing he’s talking about Noah* He may not admit it but he does.

Andrea

I know. *Pause* How’s everyone else?

Dale

Well, everyone seems to have settled in nicely. They’ve all found a place to sleep tonight, so I guess I’ll be alone here tonight.

Andrea

*Looks over confused* Wait, you still gonna sleep in the R.V.? Why?

Dale

*He smiles, and looks at her with a content smile* I don’t know, I guess it’s just become something of my home now. Lot of bad things have happened in here, *Andrea looks down sad, but puts his hand on Andreas* but a lot of good things have happened too. I met you and Amy, we found all of these other people... we’re surviving, and we’re gonna continue to survive until this is all over, you hear me?

Andrea

*Andrea smiles, she leans over and kisses Dale on the cheek, which makes him blush a little* Thanks Dale. *She stands up* I hope your right. *She walks out the door and Dale just sits there*

Dale

*He smiles for a second, but then his expression quickly becomes sad* Me too. *He looks down at his feet. He wants to tell her, he wants her to know how he feels. But how could she ever feel the same way for an old man like him. He sighs*

Abandoned School

[We then cut back to the school. The halls are clear at first, but then we see Shane, Noah and Otis run down the hall with a herd of Walkers right behind them. Shane is in front, Noah is right next to him and Otis is just behind them. They turn a corner and see the gymnasium]

Shane

In there!

[They run into the gym, and then they run towards the bleachers. Shane and Noah jump up and pull themselves up to the bleachers. Otis comes up behind them and they proceed to help him up. The Walkers then run into the bleachers and start grabbing for the three]

Noah

Now what!?

Shane

*Thinks for a minute and then looks to his left and his right. He then notices the windows* Hey, Otis? What’s on the other side of those windows?

Otis

Nothing but twenty feet between you and the ground below, maybe some bushes.

Shane

If we could make it over there and get ‘em open, then maybe we could get out.

Otis

You two can, but I can’t. I won’t fit through there. *He thinks* I can draw their attention so you can get over there. Both of you stay here, I’ll hop down and draw their attention, so both of you can get over there and climb out.

Noah

What about you?

Otis

*Takes Shane’s flashlight and points over to the locker room* The locker room over there.

Noah

Are you crazy? All you’ll do is get yourself trapped!

Otis

They’re windows are more of my size, don’t worry. *Hands Shane his bag* I get out, make my way back around and we meet back up on the field.

Shane

You sure about this?

Otis

I’m just trying to right my wrong.

Shane

*He thinks for a sec, then looks over to Noah* Noah you go with Otis, and help him get out. But don’t try to fight them off unless you have to, got it?

Noah

*Smirks* After all those times you’ve told me not to throw myself in harm’s way, now you’re the one throwing me?

Shane

*Shane isn’t sure about it, but he doesn’t want Otis to go by himself. He rummages through the bag and pulls out Rick’s pistol, and hands it to Noah* Don’t shoot unless you have to, okay? *Noah nods* *Looks to Otis* Same for you. You fire three shots, then I’ll fire. I’ll give you two some cover. *They nod, then Shane puts his hand on Otis’ shoulder* Keep him safe.

[Otis smiles and nods. He then lifts up his rifle and shoot a few Walkers. Then, he and Noah proceed to jump off the bleachers. Otis stumbles from the fall, but Noah doesn’t notice and starts to run on. He then turns when he hears Otis yell. He then sees that a Walker has grabbed onto his foot and dragging itself up to him. Noah runs back and then kicks the Walkers in the head, causing it to rear back. Shane then shoots the Walker in the head. Noah helps Otis up and they run on to the Locker room. Shane shoots a few more Walkers, and sees that they both made it in the Locker room. He runs over and jumps down, and then he proceeds up to the windows. A few Walkers notice this and turn around to go after Shane. Shane reaches the top and opens up the window. He turns, sees the Walkers and shoots one. It falls back and knocks the other Walker back down the stairs. Shane drops the bags out first, then his shot gun. He then gets out of the window and prepares to drop down. Suddenly, a Walker comes to the window and proceeds to grab at Shane. Shane struggles to hold on, and then takes out his pistol and shoot the Walker which causes him to fall. He lands on his foot wrong and he lets out a loud groan of pain. He looks around and sees that there are no Walkers around. We then cut back to Noah and Otis who reach the windows]

Otis

*He throws his stuff out first and then turns to Noah* You first.

Noah

No, I’m immune you’re not. If they get me in the legs while I’m climbing out I’ll be fine but you won’t. *Otis looks uncertain but then they see the Walkers close in* Go!

[Otis proceeds to climb out the window. Noah is watching the Walkers close in, with the pistol ready to fire. He then turns and sees Otis is out and he jumps to the window and pulls himself out, barely avoiding a Walkers bite. Noah gets up, and helps Otis up to his feet. As soon as he helps Otis up, Noah sees a Walker come up behind Otis and shoots it with the pistol. We cut back to Shane who is worried from hearing gun fire. He gathers his bags and limps off to the field]

Hershel’s Farm

[Glenn, T-Dog, and Jonah are sitting on the front porch. Keeping watch in case Shane’s group get back]

T-Dog

*Looks over to Glenn* So the farm girl, huh?

Glenn

What?

T-Dog

*Smiles* Don’t what me, I saw you eyeing that girl up. So, you gonna make a move on her soon or what?

Glenn

*Embarrassed* No! Maybe...*Sighs* I don’t know. I mean, she’s so hot and I’m just... well me.

Jonah

*Laughs* Sounds like I’m back at work again.

T-Dog

*They share a laugh* Little G and the farm girl, ha!

Ali

*Ali comes out the door and looks around* They still aren’t back yet? *They shake their heads* *She Sighs* I hope they’re okay.

T-Dog

Don’t worry, girl they’re fine.

Glenn

Yeah, they probably just...*struggles to think of something*

t-Dog

Smooth.

Jonah

They’re right, Ali. Your brother is fine, after all he’s made it this far.

Cora

*Comes out of the door wearing a very revealing outfit. The guys react to this while Ali just rolls her eyes* Hello boys, sorry to interrupt but I was just wondering if *A seductive look crosses her face* Shane had made it back yet.

T-Dog

*Frowns* Oh, no they haven’t made it back yet.

Cora

Oh well, I guess I’ll just be lonely tonight.

Glenn

*Pops up* You could stay out here with us?

Cora

*Looks back at Glenn with a look* Sorry, you’re not my type. *She walks back into the house*

Ali

*Glenn is taken back by this, as well as the others. They can’t believe what just happened* *Looks back at the guys* Rhymes with “rich”. *She heads back in the house*

Maggie

*Maggie then comes outside* Hey, any sign of ‘em yet?

Jonah

No, not yet.

Maggie

*Frowns* Well, if they’re still alive they need to hurry. That boy in there won’t last much longer.

Glenn

Don’t worry, I’m sure they’re fine.

Maggie

*Looks back at Glenn and smiles* Yeah, you’re probably right. *Glenn blushes* Well, let us know when they get here.

Glenn

*They all smile and nod. Jonah and T-Dog then both look over at Glenn who is beat red. He then notices they’re looks and snaps out of it* What? *Jonah and T-Dog share a laugh*

Hershel

*Maggie walks over to Hershel, Lori and Rick, who are all gathered around Carl and shakes her head and walks on* We can’t wait much longer. *They both look at each other with worry* I may be able to do it without the equipment, but there is a good chance that if I do... he won’t live through it. *They both look up and are now even more worried* So, I’m gonna have to ask you what you want me to do. *Hershel leaves the room*

Lori

*She looks down at Carl, and she is scared. She doesn’t know what to do anymore, but then the thought crosses her mind* *She looks up to Rick* Rick? *Rick looks over to Lori* Maybe... *She starts to cry* Maybe it would be best for him if we just...let him go.

Rick

*Shocked by what Lori said* WHAT!?

Lori

I don’t like saying it any more than you like hearing it Rick! But this isn’t the kind of world I want my son to live in, do you? If he dies tonight it’s over for him, and he no longer has to live in this. Tell me how that’s a bad thing?

Rick

*In disbelief* You mean- you mean you just wanna give up? Not even try to help him, watch him die knowing that maybe we could have done something-

Lori

*Snaps* Like what Rick!? Fix him up so he may just go through all of it again someday? Let him live on, and then one day one of us dies right and front of him, or worse we turn into one of those things and he has to watch us be put down? Just the other day, just for a second I forgot that Jacqui was gone. I was gonna ask her about something, I almost called out to her but then I remembered. I also remembered that she doesn’t have to go through this anymore; The fear, the pain of losing people, almost losing Sophia, Carl getting shot. She didn’t have to go through any of this, and you know what? Then I think that maybe we should have stayed at the C.D.C, just let it all end their and not have to worry about this anymore.

Rick

*He turns around, and wipes at his face. He doesn’t want to believe it, but what she says is understandable. Still, he can’t think that way. He can’t give up hope, or everyone else will too* I can’t accept that Lori, I can’t afford to think like that. What Jenner said doesn’t matter anymore. You asked him to let us keep fighting for our chance to survive, and he gave it to us. I’m not gonna let my son die this way. *She doesn’t know what to think anymore, and she just sits back down next to Carl. Rick stands for another minute, and then goes and sits back down as well. They look at Carl and he still is unresponsive*

[We then cut back to Shane to show he looking at a group of Walkers. He quickly goes another way and he runs into another group. One of the Walkers notices Shane, but Shane shoots it in the head. He continues to limp on, only to have the Walkers start coming at him. He limps towards a fence, and throws his back against it. The Walkers are coming at him from all directions. He takes out his last shotgun round and puts in the barrel. The Walkers come up behind the fence and he gets pushed forward by them. A few Walkers are coming at him from the front. He readies his shotgun to fire, but then one of the Walker’s heads exploded from being shot. We look and see that Otis shot his last round from his rifle, and Noah then shoots the other one. Shane then shoots his last round at the last Walker. He then limps over to Otis and Noah, and Noah runs up to Shane]

Noah

You okay?

Shane

*He nods his head* I thought I lost you two. *Otis takes his bag off of Shane’s back and puts it on his*

Otis

*Otis and Shane limp on while Noah stays in the back with Rick’s pistol ready* That was my last round.

Shane

Mine too.

Noah

I got five left. You two stay in front, I’ll cover you. *They continue to limp on, and Noah stay’s behind them*

Hershels Farm

[Rick and Lori are sitting in the hallway next to Carl’s room. They are tired and worried, but they are completely exhausted. They then hear Carl start to cough, and they immediately jump to their feet and rush into the room]

Carl

What-- Where am I!? What happened?

Rick

Hey, it’s okay. It’s okay, we’re on Hershel’s farm... you were in an accident.

Carl

*He is breathing erratically and then he whences* It-- It hurts!

Lori

It’s okay sweetie, we’re here you’re gonna be okay.

Carl

You should have seen it mom.

Lori

What?

Carl

The deer, it was so big mom. I never thought I would get so...

[He suddenly stops, and it appears he has died. Lori suddenly looks extremely worried]

Rick

*He too becomes shocked and scared by this* Carl!?

Hershel

*Suddenly, Carl starts to go into a seizure and flail back and forth* He’s having a seizure, We need to back up and give him some room!

Lori

Can’t you stop it!?

Hershel

If I could I would, but he’s just gonna have to ride it out until he stops on his own. *Carl continues to flail around in the bed. Lori clings to Rick, they are both crying. It’s hard for them to watch Carl go through this and not be able to do anything about it. Suddenly, just like it started it stops. Hershel goes to his side and checks on him* His brain is getting much blood, his pressure keeps dropping and he needs another transfusion.

Rick

Then you got it.

Hershel

If I take any more out of you, then you’re body’s gonna shut down and then all you’ll end up in a coma.

Rick

I don’t care, just do whatever you can to help my son. *Rick holds out his arm. Hershel is unsure but he quickly proceeds to perform another transfusion*

Abandoned School/Field

[We then cut back to Shane, Otis and Noah. Otis and Shane are leaning on a fence railing for support as they reach the bottom of some steps, while Noah stays behind them keeping watch for the Walkers.

Noah

I think we’re clear for now.

Shane

*Limps over to a fence* We need to find a way out of this, and we need to do it now!

Noah

*Looks over to Shane and Otis* You two need to catch your breath before we do anything else, we be a point in finding a way out if you two end up dead. *They both nod their heads and lean against the fence. Suddenly, the Walkers come up behind the fence* *Screams* LOOK OUT!

[The Walkers push Shane and Otis forward off the fence. Noah sees Shane struggling to stand, so he goes over and lets him lean on him while Otis follows right behind them]

Hershels Farm

[Patricia is helping Laura examine T-Dog’s arm, in case it started showing signs of infection. Maggie is also with them. Glenn then walks in and becomes curious]

Glenn

What’s going on?

Laura

Oh, nothing. Just making sure T-Dog here didn’t rip the stitches, *Looks over to Patricia* And not to toot my own horn but I think I did pretty good with some fishing line and hook. *They share a smile*

Patricia

Hey, I didn’t know much about anything that had to do with the medical field until Otis started working here. I’m surprised I’ve been able to do all I have.

Glenn

How’re you feeling T?

T-Dog

Well, considering everything else going on, I think I’m great. Now I’m just waiting for the next pile of shit to hit the fan.

Laura

Oh now stop that. You’re gonna be fine and so will those three. I bet they’re on their way back right now.

T-Dog

We’ve been saying that for the past--

Laura

*Said jokingly, yet stern* Don’t think I won’t suture your mouth shut, boy. *T-Dog is shocked by this, but then Laura smiles and they go on. Glenn walks on and Maggie watches him leave. Maggie stands there for a few seconds, but then she follows behind Glenn*

Maggie

*She comes up behind Glenn, who is looking out into the sky. He closes his eyes and bows his head a little* *Breaks the since* You praying?

Glenn

*Shocked, but he quickly recovers* Do you sneak up on everybody like that?

Maggie

No, you’re just that easy.

Glenn

*He looks down and then back up* Well I was praying, or trying to at least?

Maggie

So you’re religious?

Glenn

*Chuckles* This is actually my first go at it.

Maggie

You mean you’ve never...*Glenn shakes his head* I’m sorry then, didn’t mean to mess you up.

Glenn

He probably heard the important part of it.

Maggie

Praying for?

Glenn

My friends, *He turns and looks back towards the house* Needless to say they could use some help. *They share a slight pause* You think he’s real? God I mean?

Maggie

*A look crosses her face* I look at it by faith. And yes, lately I’ve questioned mine. I mean, when this all started they’re probably was a lot of praying going and... well it seems most went unanswered.

Glenn

*Looks down* Well, that really made me feel better.

Maggie

*Smiles* Sorry, *She looks at him seriously* I really am.

Glenn

*He slightly blushes, but quickly collects himself* So, you gonna sit there and just look at me all night.

Maggie

*Smiles, she gets up and goes over to pick up his cup* I think I’ll just get you another drink. *They share a smile. She turns to leave, but then she turns back around to Glenn* I don’t mean to sound to rude when I say this, and you can believe in whatever makes you happy; but sooner or later you’re the one who’s gotta make it work, no matter what.

Hershel’s farm/Carl’s Room

[Rick is sitting in a chair, weak from giving Carl more blood. Lori is sitting by his side]

Rick

*Said in a weak, exhausted tone* There was this deer, that for some reason stopped right in front of us. It didn’t move an inch, it just... stood there. Carl kept getting close to it and then, and I’m not kidding, it just turned and looked Carl right in the eyes. *Lori looks up to Rick* And when I saw Carl looking at the deer and the deer looking at Carl everything just felt right again. But then all of a sudden it just *He looks over to Carl and his eyes start watering* it was gone. *Lori’s eyes start watering as well* That’s what he was talking about when he woke up. Not about getting shot, or what happened with Sophia... *Tears start falling from his eyes, but he’s not crying* But that moment when everything felt good- felt right again, he was talking about something that was still alive, surviving through all of this. *Lori slightly smiles* We still have a chance, there’s still hope *Lori starts shaking her head and crying* Maybe not the kinda life we once but still a life. It may not be all sunshine and happy-go-lucky, but we need to stay strong and have enough faith to still believe that. *Lori wipes at her face, trying to stop her tears* You asked me why it’s better for Carl to live in this world? Because he talked about that deer, not the Walkers, not the people we’ve lost, but that deer. That’s why. *Lori looks into Rick’s eyes and can’t help but believe in what he’s said. She lays her head on his hand and tries to find the hope he still has within herself*

Abandoned Highschool/ Outside field

[Shane and Otis are struggling to stay on their feet. Noah has stayed in the back the entire time making sure the Walkers stayed behind them. Shane and Otis then collapse to the ground. Noah turns, sees this and then runs towards them to check on them]

Noah

No, no no no no no, come on guys we can’t stop now.

Otis

*Trying to pull himself up* He’s right, we’re almost there. We just need to make it to the street then we can double back to the truck.

Shane

*Struggling to get up* We ain’t gonna make it.

Otis

*Gets to his feet* We have to try. Come on, get up!

Shane

*Starts taking off his bag* No, you gotta take my bag and both of you need to go on!

Noah

You honestly think I’m just gonna leave you here!?

Otis

Noah’s right, we ain’t leaving you behind!

Shane

*They look back and see the Walkers approaching. Noah gets behind them again and readies Rick’s pistol* Noah, how many rounds did you say you have left?

Noah

I have four now, had to shoot one that got too close. What about you?

Shane

*Checks his pistol and then snaps the clip back in* Five, plus one in my bag.

Noah

*Noah sees the Walkers getting closer. He turns and pulls Shane to his feet, and he and Otis keep limping forward. Noah stays in the back, and he shoots at a Walker and kills it. Shane then turns around and kills a Walker as well* GO! *Shane and Otis keep limping on while Noah keeps up the rear*

Hershels Farm/Carl’s Room

[Rick and Lori watch as Hershel checks Carl’s pressure again. He looks at them, showing that things are getting worse]

Hershel

He’s losing blood faster than we can replace. And with the swelling in his abdomen... we can’t wait any longer or he’s not gonna make it. So I need to right now if you want me to do this or not, because I think your son doesn’t have much time left. *They stay silent for a second* You need to make a decision!

Lori

A decision!?

Rick

Yes, Lori. *He looks over to her and looks into her eyes* But I can’t make it on my own. *She starts to cry* Please, you have to tell me. What do we do? You have to tell me what we do.

Lori

*She takes her hand and places it on Ricks face, and she cries* *Takes a deep breath* We do it.

[Hershel nods, and he goes off to get Patricia. Lori falls into Ricks arms, and they hold on to each other. They hope they’ve made the right decision. Hershel and Patricia then come in with a long metal table. Laura then rushes into the room]

Laura

Hershel let me help please!

rick

I thought you were a scientist?

Laura

*Said while helping Hershel prepare for surgery* Yeah, well Hershel’s a veterinarian. If he can do this so can I. *Rick and Lori still look unsure* Please, I owe you both more than I’ll ever be able to repay... let me help you for once. *Hearing this really takes Rick and Lori back some, but then they feel grateful to her and they nod their heads. Lori smiles*

Hershel

Okay then, Rick put that I.V down on the sheet. *Rick does so and he removes the pillow from under Carl’s head* Okay people, we lift on three: One, two, three! *They lift the covers with Carl on them up to the metal table, and lay him down on it. *Patricia then pulls out the pan that has all of the surgical instruments inside it. Seeing this causes Rick and Lori to move back, feeling uncomfortable seeing all of them. Laura moves over to where they were standing and helps with getting Carl ready* *Hershel see’s Rick and Lori taken back by all that’s going on* Rick, Lori, you two may want to leave.

[Suddenly, they hear the truck’s engine pulling into the front of the house. Rick and Lori rush over to the window and Rick pulls the curtains away. He looks and sees Noah and Shane in the truck pulling in]

Rick

It’s them!

Herhsel

*Rick and Lori run on outside and Hershel follows behind them* *He turns to Patricia and Laura* You two stay here with him. *They nod*

[The truck pulls into the drive way. We cut to an angle showing the front window and see Shane getting out, but Noah is in a state of shock, with a horrified look on his face. Shane sees this, but he goes on and steps out of the car. Everyone rushes out of the house and sees them. Noah then slowly steps out of the car and follows behind Shane]

Shane

*Limping towards Rick and Lori* Carl!?

Rick

There’s still time!

Hershel

*Shane hands the bag to Hershel, but then he stops and looks at them... and realizes Otis isn’t with them* Where’s Otis?

Shane

*Hearing Otis’ name causes Noah to fall to his knees and burst into tears, he can’t believe what just happened and he doesn’t want to accept it* *Shane looks over to Noah and his eyes start to water too* No...he... he didn’t... *Hearing this causes Maggie to start crying. Ali looks to her brother and she sheds a few tears herself. Everyone else reacts to this as well*

Hershel

*Hershel is in shock, but he looks back to everyone else* We can’t tell Patricia, not until the surgery’s over. I still need her help.

[Everyone goes back into the house, except for Rick, Lori, Maggie, Shane and Noah. Rick goes up to Shane, wraps one of his hands around his head and pulls him in, trying to comfort him. Lori and Maggie goes over and comfort Noah who lay’s his head on her shoulder. Lori also tries to comfort Maggie as well]

Shane

*Still in a state of shock* They were everywhere, we- we barely made out of the school. We had nothing left, Noah ran out of bullets for the Python, me and Otis were down to ten rounds and-- *He looks down to Noah, and Noah looks up to him. Noah knows what Shane is about to do, and he looks at him begging him to tell the truth about everything, but Shane just looks back up to Rick* And he told me and Noah to just keep going, that-- *He starts to break down* that he would cover us so that’s what I did. Noah wouldn’t do it I had to drag him out of there, but... *Pause* When I looked back he--he was...*Maggie starts to cry even more, and Lori puts her arm around her* I tried Rick, I tried so hard-

Rick

*Puts his hand on Shane’s shoulder* He wanted to make it right. *Shane looks over to Noah, Lori and Maggie. Noah is looking at Shane with a disappointed look, and then he looks back down. Shane turns his head away and looks back at Rick and he nods his head.

Hershel’s Farm/ Kicthen/Dining Room

[Maggie is sitting down, and Ali is sitting next to her, trying to comfort her. Glenn is leaning against a wall, listening to Maggie]

Maggie

*Said through tears* I can’t believe he’s really gone. I’ve known Otis my whole life. He’s worked on this farm since before my mama died.

Ali

I’m sorry Maggie. *Maggie looks over to Ali and she nods her appreciation*

Glenn

*Glenn walks over and looks at some pictures that have been posted on the fridge* Who else is gone? Who have you lost? *Maggie looks at the pictures while still crying* You told me I had to make it work, so that’s what I’m trying to do. *Looks back at the pictures* Which ones?

Maggie

*While still crying and sniffing, she gets up and walks to the fridge, Ali follows right behind her* *Pointing out each picture* My Step-Mother, Step-Brother... *Her breath shudders from crying. Then, we pan over to see the man from earlier, Sam, walk by. He looks at them and sees Ali. A sick smile crosses his face as he looks at her. She sees this and is in disbelief of how he’s looking at her. He then winks at her and walks on upstairs. She shakes her head in disgust*

[We then cut to outside on the front steps. Lori is holding on to Rick as they wait to hear the results. Shane is sitting in front of his truck, still in shock from the events before. Noah has already gone upstairs to the room he was in before. We then see Hershel walk out of the door, and Rick, Lori and Shane snap to their feet]

Hershel

*Looks at Rick and Lori* He’s stabilizing. *They all breathe a sigh of relief*

Lori

*Rick walks up the steps and hugs Hershel, thanking him* *Lori is smiling in both happiness and shock* *Starting to cry* I- I don’t have words *Huffs a laugh*.

Hershel

Neither do I. How do I tell Patricia about Otis?

Rick

*Suddenly, the happiness disappears. Shane looks down in shame, and Rick looks back to Lori* You go and stay with Carl, *Lori nods her head* I’ll go with Hershel.

[Lori lets go of Rick’s hand as he goes up the steps with Hershel, and everyone else follows them in. She turns back to Shane and looks at him for a second, nods her head and walks in the house. Shane then starts limping towards the house. Lori walks through the door and looks in the kitchen. She then see’s Patricia burst into tears, and Hershel and Rick help her to her seat. Laura is with her too, trying to comfort her. Lori puts her hand on her face in sadness, trying to contain it from coming in a sad sigh. Shane then makes it into the house, but Lori walks on to Carl’s room. Shane looks and sees Patricia, and he turns his head in shame. He then walks to Carl’s room. Lori is sitting by the bed, crying tears of joy that her son has been saved. She wipes the sweat off of his forehead and then takes his hand in hers. She then looks up and sees Shane enter the room]

Lori

*She is feeling mixed feelings right now, she doesn’t know how to feel for Shane at the moment. She does know that she’s thankful* Stay, please.

[Shane doesn’t know what to say. He looks on at Carl, and Lori nods her head and smiles. She looks back to Carl and wipes at his forehead. Shane then slips out of the room while Lori is focused on Carl. He is walking down the hall, still in shock and ashamed of what has happened. Maggie then comes by with a pair of cloths]

Maggie

*She tries to smile at Shane* Here, bathroom’s upstairs. Thought that you may wanna change outta that.

Shane

*Takes the cloths* Thanks.

Maggie

Sorry that their too big... they were Otis’. *She looks down and sadness, looks back up to Shane and slightly smiles, and then she walks off*

[Once she is gone, Shane goes back to his state of shock and shame. We then cut to the bathroom showing him changing out of his cloths. We then cut to Noah in the nearby room, who is still crying over Otis’ death. We then cut back to Shane who is now looking at himself in the mirror. That’s when he notices the chunk of hair that is missing from his head. We then start to hear Shane and Noah talking about how many bullets they have left]

Shane

*In a flashback tone* Noah, how many rounds did you say you have left?

Noah

I have four now, had to shoot one that got too close. What about you?

Shane

Five, plus one in my bag.

Flash back: Abandoned School/ Outside Fields

[We cut back to the last moment we saw of Shane, Otis and Noah from before. Shane and Otis are limping ahead as fast as they can while Noah stays in the back. Noah takes the shot he took before, as does Shane. Noah then takes another shot, and they continue moving forward. We cut back to Shane looking in the mirror. He drops his head, and then snaps back up and starts looking for something. We cut back to the flash back and show Shane take another shot, and then Noah takes a shot too. Shane then turns and shoots another Walker, but they continue to get closer and closer. We then cut back to the bathroom, showing Shane looking through a cupboard’s drawer’s until he finds the razor. We then cut back to the flash back and see that the Walkers are closing in]

Noah

Last round!

Shane

Me too. *He pauses for second, and then he snaps up* Noah, go on ahead. *Noah turns and looks confused* If we can’t make it I want to be sure you have a head start.

Noah

But Shane I--

Shane

You heard me, I said go! *Noah is still unsure but he does what Shane says. He starts to move ahead of them* *Shane turns and looks at Otis, and he frowns* I’m sorry.

Otis

What?--

[Suddenly, Shane shoots Otis in the leg, and Otis falls to the ground. Noah turns and sees this and is in shock]

Noah

WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?

[Shane tries to pull Otis’ bag off, but Otis pulls him to the ground and they start fighting. Noah runs over and tries to pull Shane off of Otis, but he gets tossed back in the struggle. Otis then grabs Shane by the head. We then cut back to the bathroom to show that Shane has started shaving his head. We cut back to the flash back and show Shane beating Otis back, and then rips his head away from Otis, causing him to rip some of his hair out. The Walkers start to close in]

Noah

*Pulling himself to his feet, he runs toward Otis to try and help him, but Shane grabs a hold of Noah and pulls him away with him* LET ME GO!!! OTIS, NO!!! *The Walkers then reach Otis and proceed to eat at him, he screams out in pain. Seeing this causes Noah to burst into tears and fight Shane back even more* NOOOOOO!!! OTIS NO! LET ME GO SHANE! *He breaks Shane’s grip on him and runs towards Otis*

Shane

Noah, NO!

[Noah gets close, but he stops when he sees that the Walkers have already killed Otis. They have started to eat into his stomach, his arms and his head. Noah is in shock, but then he looks down at Rick’s gun and remembers he still has one bullet left]

Noah

*He runs forward, and aims at Otis’ head* *Said through his tears* I’m so sorry! *He pulls the trigger and shoots Otis in the head, preventing him from being able to reanimate. He drops his head in tears, but he quickly snaps back up and runs off to Shane*

[We then cut back to the bathroom, and see that Noah is now finishing up Shane’s head]

Noah

There, perfect. . *He tries to smile, but he can’t*

SHANE

*Noah starts to head out the door, but Shane turns and stops him* *Said in a guilty, ashamed tone* I didn’t want to do it Noah, you know that right? *Noah doesn’t turn around and remains silent* I know that you’re angry with me, but I-- I just want you to know that I was thinking about saving Carl... and you too. I’m... I’m sorry.

NOAH

*Noah turns his head and looks at Shane to show tears forming in his eyes* You want to show me that you’re really sorry? *Shane just looks at Noah* Then tell them the truth *Shane sighs* Tell them the truth about Otis... and Lori. *Shane picks his head back up and looks at Noah for a second, he looks into his eyes. He wants to tell the truth, but he is worried that it’s too late to do so. He drops his head back down and sighs* *Noah turns back around, Shane’s grip has loosened and he simply pulls his arm away and walks to the door. He huffs a crying sigh* That’s what I thought.

[He opens the door and leaves bathroom. Shane turns and looks back into the mirror. We then cut back to Noah, who as soon as he closes the door, he starts sobbing again. He starts to walk back to his room, but he stops and falls to the ground and leans against the wall crying. He’s scared, he never thought that this would ever happen and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. He’s never felt so guilty in his life, having to kill Otis makes him feel horrible. Shane hears Noah crying outside the door and he drops his head into his hands. He then looks up and his eyes are watering. He turns and opens the door and looks over to Noah. Noah has his head in hands. Shane walks over and sits next to Noah, and starts to reach for him, but Noah looks over and collapses onto Shane’s shoulder. He doesn’t like what Shane has done and he’s still angry about it, but right now he’s more upset about having to shoot Otis, and right now he needs Shane to be there for him. Shane just puts his hand on Noah’s head and comforts him. He too feels horrible about what has happened, but in that moment that it happened, the one thing that scared him the most... was the thought that Noah didn’t make it back. He just sits there and comforts Noah. We start to pan out showing Noah crying on Shane’s shoulder and Shane sitting with Noah]

To Be Continued...

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