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The Walking Dead: Noah's Story Part 9

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Hey Guys :D ! I know its been a LONG time since the last part of Noah's Story was posted, but the good news is it's finally done and up now. I hope I was able to make this part more diverse and the spotlight bigger, as I know that was a concern some of you shared. I appreciate you telling me this so I could really look back and now improve future parts. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy and let me know what you think :). 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 9

by

Jay Mills



Hershel’s Farm

[Rick is sitting at Carl’s bedside. Laura has stayed in the room as well to help monitor Carl’s condition. Everyone else is asleep. Carl begins to stir and wakes up]

Carl

*Groggy* Da-Dad?

Rick

*Happy and relieved to see Carl is okay* Hey Carl! How are you feeling?

Carl

*Sighs and groans* Sore.

Laura

*Walks over and sits on the other side of Carl and wipes off his forehead with a wash cloth* *Smiles* That’s understandable for someone who just went through what you did?

Rick

*He smiles to Laura and looks back to Carl* Everything’s gonna be fine now, you just go back to sleep okay?

Carl

*He nods his head* Okay. *He lays his head back down and goes to sleep.

Laura

*Checks his pulse and then stands back up* His heart-rate is improving, with a little more rest he should be up within a few days.

Rick

*Stands up and goes over to Laura* Thanks Laura.

Laura

*Smiles* Don’t mention it. *She suddenly frowns* It’s just too bad that that other man didn’t make it, Otis right?

Rick

Yeah, he wanted to redeem himself for shootin’ Carl so he volunteered to take ‘em.

Laura

Well, I guess it’s safe to say that he did redeem himself huh? *Rick nods. Laura then sits in the chair next to the bed* Rick? *Rick looks up to her* I know this may be a weird time to say it... but thank you.

Rick

*Confused* For what?

Laura

For taking care of Noah and Ali all these years.

Rick

*Smiles* You don’t have to thank--

Laura

No I do. I know that me and Jerry weren’t really there for them. I guess we both thought that we were keeping our children safe with our jobs, but looking back I think all we really did was make life harder for them.

Rick

Don’t say that. You know when ever those two were at my house, all they could ever talk about was “mommy and daddy”. Shane said that most of the questions he ever asked were about his dad, well that and having him tell him his “adventures as a Cop” *They both laugh* but don’t think that they don’t look to you as their mother... because they do.

Laura

*She smiles, and pats Rick on the hand* Thanks Rick, I needed that. *He smiles* Well, I guess I’ll go and try to sleep. *She gets up and walks to the door, turns back and says goodnight. Rick smiles and waves goodnight, then goes back over to Carl’s bedside*

[We then cut to upstairs to see Ali in the bathroom. She is now wearing a new set of cloths given to her by Maggie, so her others could be washed. She is now wearing a sleeveless t-shirt and some jean shorts. She just finished getting out of the shower, and has just put her cloth’s on. She opens the door to the bathroom and bumps into Sam]

Ali

*Recognizes him from earlier, and knows that he’s bad news* *Trying to walk on by* Excuse me.

Sam

*Sticks out his arm against the wall blocking her* Hey now baby, no need to run off so quickly. *He gets close to her, she backs up against the wall starting to become scared* You know it’s rare to find a girl lookin’ like you do and for it to all be real.

Ali

*Feeling insulted, but more scared* If that was supposed to flatter me, it didn’t. Now, please--

Sam

*Gets closer to her. He’s got his hands against the wall and is basically pinning her in* I’m not doing anything but talking to you sweetie, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Ali

*Finally pops up and snaps* There is when you’ve got the person pinned against the wall! Now let me go or else--

Sam

Or else what? You’ll sick your brother on me? Or maybe one of your other little friends? *he leans into her ear and whispers* They don’t scare me baby. Nothing gets in the way of what I want, remember that. *Ali starts to tremble from fear. Sam leans back and starts to walk away, but turns back* It’ll happen eventually, *Smiles menacingly and somewhat laughs* One way or another.*He then walks away. Ali is scared to death right now. Suddenly Carol comes around the corner*

Carol

Ali, there’s another bed in mine and Sophia’s room if you wanna-- *She notices Ali trembling* Are you okay sweetie?

Ali

*She looks to Carol, and realizes she’s still in fear of what just happened, but then recollects herself quickly* Yeah, I’m fine. I’m just... just scared.

Carol

*Puts her hands on her shoulders and walks her down the hall with her* Yeah, I know the feeling.

[We then cut to the room that is occupied by Noah and Shane. Noah is looking out the window. We look and see that he has a sad expression on his face, but then he looks up and back to Shane. He then looks back to the window. He then goes over to his bed and lays down, and goes to sleep]

Hershels Farm: The Following Morning

[We cut to the next morning outside the house. We see that everyone is standing around a small burial site for Otis. Rick and Lori are standing next to each other, Shane and Noah are standing in front of the “grave”, and the rest are standing in different places around the “grave” with Patricia being comforted by Maggie. Hershel looks to the group and starts speaking]

Hershel

Dear friends and loved ones, we are gathered here today to pay tribute to one of the greatest men I have ever known. He was simple man, but also one of bravery and respect. I’ve known Otis for many years now *At this time we see Shane and he starts having flashbacks in and out of this speech*, and I am proud to say that he was a loyal friend to me and my family. His loving wife, Patricia, has helped him in his many efforts to help make our lives easier. *Looks to Patricia* Know that you are not alone in your grieving. *Looks to Shane and Noah* Shane? Noah? Would the two of you being willing to speak?

Shane

*Noah and Shane share a look. Noah is hoping that Shane is going to tell the truth, and Shane knows this. But he still can’t find it within himself to do it* I’m... I’m not really good at this sorta thing.

Patricia

*Teary eyed* Please, I need to know. *Shane and Noah look to Patricia* You two were the last ones with him. Please tell me...I need to hear. I need to know he didn’t die for nothing, that his death had meaning.

Shane

*Shane looks to Noah one more time, and Noah just simply looks at him and then turns back to the “grave”. Shane then looks to the “grave” as well, and starts to retell the events of Otis’ death* We- We were down to our last rounds. *We see a flash back of Shane, Noah and Otis fleeing from the Walkers* The Walkers were closing in on us. *We see a flash back of Shane telling Noah to take the front while they stayed in the back* That’s when... *Shane is struggling to speak, he doesn’t know what he should say, but then he simply tells him what he told Rick* Otis told me to take Noah and run on, that he would keep them busy while we escaped. *We see a flashback of Shane shooting Otis, their struggle, and Shane grabbing Noah and pulling him with him* I... I looked back and...

Noah

*See’s that Shane is struggling to continue his story, so he does it for him. He turns and looks to the group and Patricia* They overwhelmed him. We saw him on the ground and they were just... swarming him. *Looks to Patricia* He didn’t deserve to die that way, and he definitely didn’t deserve to become one of them. So... *His eyes start to water* So I... I ran back and I... I shot him in the head. *This causes the group some shock, but more because they never expected he would be able to do something like that. Patricia walks over to Noah and Noah looks up to her. She is crying, but she pulls Noah in close and hugs him* I’m sorry Patricia... I’m so sorry.

Patricia

*She holds Noah close and slightly smiles* It’s okay honey, you both did your best... and I appreciate it.

Shane

I don’t know if it makes you feel better, but your husband was good man. He saved my life and Noah’s, and if it weren’t for him we would both be dead by now or worse. He... He was a good man, and he died a hero.

Patricia

*Walks over to Shane and holds his hands in gratitude* Thank you.

Hershel

Now, if you would please bow your heads, as we lift Otis up to the Lord in prayer. *The group bows they’re heads. There is a brief moment of silence* Father God, we come to you now knowing that Otis is now in your presence. *Rick is still struggling with his faith and it’s obvious from the look he has on his face. Patricia at this time has walked back over to Noah and is holding his hand as well as Maggie’s* We hope that when our times come to leave this earth as well, that you will allow it to be as selfless as Otis’ and allow it to be a peaceful and calm passing. For it is in your name we pray... Amen. *Some people in the group repeat the “Amen” while others just open their eyes*

[Patricia leans over and hugs Noah one more time, thanking him. She then walks off with Maggie and the others back to the house. Noah simply stands there and looks at the “grave”. Shane sees this and feels sorry, but he limps on back to the house. Rick however sees Noah and feels somewhat concerned, fearing that things may have finally started to affect Noah. He walks back over to Noah and puts his hand on his shoulder]

Rick

*In a concerned tone* Noah? You okay?

Noah

*Still looking at the grave* I don’t know Rick. I really just don’t know anymore.

Rick

Look if it’s about Otis, it isn’t your fault. There’s nothing else you could have done for him.

Noah

I shot him Rick; I shot him in the head...

Rick

*Pulls Noah around to where he’s looking at Rick* You did it to keep him from coming back as one of them. You didn’t do anything wrong--

Noah

*Looks up to Rick, somewhat mad and upset* It’s not the same Rick! *Rick is taken back by this* It’s not the same as shooting the Walkers! He may have been dead but he was still... *Noah pauses, and he looks back to the grave* He was still a human being. *He wipes at his eyes* Every time we lose someone, it just makes me feel that I’m getting closer and closer to... I mean I’m not trying to sound selfish or anything but--

Rick

Noah, listen to me. *Noah looks over to Rick* You are not gonna end up alone. I’m not gonna let that happen do you hear me? That’s not gonna happen to any of us. Yes we’re gonna lose people, but if you let that bother you every time Noah then you’re just gonna be miserable for the rest of your life.

Noah

*Hearing this causes Noah to look somewhat shocked, he knows that Rick is right, but it still scares him* I know, Rick. *Rick puts his hand on Noah’s shoulder and they start walking back to the house* Rick? *Rick looks over as he walks* Do you think my father is still alive?

Rick

I don’t know Noah, I hope so. We could surely use someone like him right about now.

Noah

*Looks down, and breaths a sighs* Ain’t that the truth.

Maggie

*We then see Maggie walk over towards her father* Daddy, I’m gonna need to make another run into town. With Carl’s operation we lost a big portion of our medical supplies.

Hershel

*We can see distress cross his face, but he lets out a sigh* As long as you make it back, fine. Just make sure you’re quick and quiet.

Maggie

*Smiles* Aren’t I always?

Shane

*Limps over to Hershel* Hey Hershel? I’ve been thinking, if a herd of those things manage to find their way here we’re gonna be in big trouble. So I say we start teaching everyone here how to handle a gun in case that happens.

Hershel

As much as I like feeling that my children are safe, I don’t like having guns on my property Shane. *Shane seems confused* I know your intentions are good, but I don’t want to risk anymore incidents.

Ali

But Mr. Greene, we won’t stand a chance if the Walkers get here in full force. If we all knew how to shoot--

Rick

No, Ali Hershel’s right. *The group looks to Rick* We’re guests here, and if Hershel say’s that he would rather us not all walking around with a gun then I think it’s the least we can do. Especially since he doesn’t have to let us stay here.

Ali

But Rick...

Laura

*Said in a stern, motherly tone* Ali, don’t argue. Rick’s right, we’re guests here. We don’t wanna overstay our welcome more then we already have.

Jonah

We should still have someone on watch in case they do show up.

Dale

Well I’ve done a good job so far, so I don’t see any point in stopping now.

[Shane Limps back to the R.V. and enters it. Daryl walks off to help the others and Noah then slowly walks on and joins up with Dale and T-Dog]

Rick

*Looks over to Maggie* Anyway, so your heading into town?

Maggie

Yes, why?

Rick

If you want, you should probably take Glenn with you. He’s been our grab-and-run expert for a while, he’d probably be a big help to you.

Maggie

*Hearing this causes Maggie to smile* Okay. *She then walks over towards Glenn while Rick and Hershel continue to converse*

Shane

*We then see Lori walk over towards the R.V and Shane exits it. They stare at each other for a second* So... I heard he’s stirring?

Lori

*Smiles* Yeah, not much but... yeah. *They both share a happy sigh of relief*

Shane

Good, that’s...good. *They begin to walk past each other, but then Shane turns back to Lori* Did you mean it? *Lori looks back in confusion* The other night, you told me to stay with you and Carl... did you mean it? *Lori is somewhat stunned to hear this, but she lowers her head in understanding* I need to know now if you meant it or not, so... did you?

Lori

*She looks down in hesitation, but then she lifts her head back up and looks Shane straight into his eyes* Yes... I did.

Shane

*He looks shocked and surprised, but the somewhat happy* Okay then. *He then turns around and limps on, Lori watches him for a second, but then proceeds on into the R.V.*

Maggie

*She approaches Glenn, who doesn’t notice her at first but when he sees her he gets a shocked look on his face* I’m making a run to the pharmacy in town. I’ve heard you’re quick on your feet and can get in and out of places no problem, you wanna come?

Glenn

*Shocked and somewhat shy about it* Uh, yeah sure... I mean if you really want me to.

Maggie

*Looks to Glenn and smiles* Yeah, It’ll be nice to have someone else there with me.

Dale

*Dale approaches Maggie and Glenn, and T-Dog is right behind him and Noah is next to T-Dog* Excuse me miss, but do you have any wells nearby?

Maggie

Yes sir, there’s one right over there. *She points out the water well. Dale notices it and a happy look crosses his face*

Dale

Well, if it’s okay with you, can we get us a little sip? It’s been a while since we had a reliable water source besides a creek.

Maggie

*She smiles* Sure, help yourselves. Don’t worry; it’s pure as can be.

[At this time, the events that occur between Shane and Andrea take place. Dale looks over as him, T-Dog and Noah walk towards the well. Dale stops and stares at the two for a second. T-Dog walks on towards the well, but Noah sees Dale staring towards Andrea and stops with him]

Noah

*Puts his hand on Dales upper back* You okay?

Dale

*Looks over to Noah* Yeah, I’ll be fine.

Noah

Okay. *Noah walks on. Dale stands and looks towards Andrea for a second, and then walks on behind Noah*

Lori

*She walks up to Glenn, who is preparing to leave with Maggie* Hey Glenn, you heading out with Maggie?

Glenn

Yeah, why?

Lori

*Takes out a piece of paper* Here’s the list of some of the stuff we need.

Glenn

Oh, ok thanks.

Lori

There’s...also one other thing I need you to get me. It’s... kinda personal, so if you could keep this a secret between you and me I’d appreciate it.

Glenn

*Confused* Okay? *Lori starts walking off* Wait, what is it?

Lori

Not much of a secret thing if I tell you about it.

Glenn

Oh right, *She starts walking away again* But wait, um... *feels weird saying it* Where would I find this exactly?

Lori

*Feels awkward talking to him about this* Try the... feminine hygiene section.

Glenn

Oh, okay yeah no problem.

Lori

Thanks. *She then walks on back to the others*

[We then cut to see Dale, T-Dog and Noah walking over towards the well. T-Dog is pushing a wheel-barrow of water jugs, and Dale is carrying a jug himself. T-Dog looks over to Noah and sees that he is still being quiet. He stops the wheel barrow near the pump and looks to Noah]

T-Dog

Hey Noah, you okay man?

Noah

*Takes one of the jugs and sets underneath the water pump* Yeah, I’ll be fine. I’m just... not in a talking mood right now.

T-Dog

*Sighs, he then walks over and starts pumping water into the jug* Look, I know I wasn’t there when all of that crazy shit happened, but from what you guys told me I don’t think you should be blaming yourself for what happened.

Noah

It’s hard to think that after you’ve shot someone in the head.

Dale

You did it to keep him from turning into a Walker, and like you said he was already dead.

Noah

*Looks to the well* It’s... just not the same, you know?

T-Dog

Hey, don’t be taking all the heat for everyone we lose, okay? *Said while pumping water* If you keep doing that, you’re gonna wind up snapping.

Noah

*walks over to the well* I know.

Dale

*Smiles and sighs, he walks over to Noah and stands next to him. T-Dog keeps pumping water into one of the jugs* You sure you’re okay? *See’s Noah is in thought* I know it’s not easy, and it’s not gonna get any easier... but we’re gonna get through this, you hear me?

Noah

*Looks to Dale. He looks concerned at first, but then he looks down and sighs. He then looks back up at Dale with a half-smile* Okay, thanks Dale.

T-Dog

Hey, you two gonna help out any or am I gonna do all the work?

Noah

*Walks back over to T-Dog* Sorry T, hey is it okay if I get a sip right quick?

[At this time we look back to Dale, who then walks over to the well and looks in the hole. We then see a look of fear and shock cross his face, and he pulls his head back up]

T-Dog

Sure thing, *Hands Noah the ladle and Noah dips it into a bucket* *Said jokingly* Just don’t drink too much unless you wanna fill it back--

Dale

*Quickly runs over and stops Noah from drinking the water. T-Dog and Noah both look confused* You don’t wanna drink that, trust me.

[They then both look at each other with a look of shock and disbelief. We then cut to where we see T-Dog, Noah, Shane, Lori, Glenn, Andrea, Jonah, and Maggie walking back towards the well where Dale is. They look down into the well and see that a bloated Walker is stuck at the bottom of the well.]

Dale

Well, looks like we gotta swimmer.

[We then cut an upper angle showing the group looking down in the well. Dale and Shane have finished taking off the covering for the well and they walk back to it]

Glenn

How long do you think he’s been down there?

Jonah

Long enough to swell up like that.

Andrea

Well, we can’t just leave him down there.

Lori

Yeah, no telling what it’s done to the water.

Shane

Yeah.

Noah

So what are you gonna do?

T-Dog

Simple, shoot it in the head.

Maggie

Hold on guys, you can’t do that.

Glenn

Why not? Sounds like a good idea.

Andrea

No it’s a bad idea.

Jonah

They’re right; it may not have contaminated the water yet. However, I’m willing to bet that its blood probably would.

Shane

He’s right, it’s too risky.

T-Dog

So we have to get it out alive?

Noah

In a matter of speaking.

Glenn

Okay, so how do we do that?

Hershel’s Farm: The House

[We cut back to the house to show Sophia and Ali in Carl's room. Sophia is sitting on the side of the bed near Carl, and Ali is sitting in a chair next to the bed]

Sophia

So, he’s gonna be okay now right?

Ali

Yeah Sophia, he’s fine now. He’s just sleeping.

Sophia

Okay. *She looks back to Carl* I didn’t wanna lose another friend.

Ali

*Leans forward and takes one of Sophia’s hands* That’s not gonna happen, alright? We’re gonna make sure you two are safe until this is all over okay?

Sophia

*Looks at Ali with a sad look* But what if it’s never over? What do we do then?

Ali

*Ali pauses for a second. She has also thought this, but she doesn’t want Sophia to see this* It will... it has to.

[We then cut to the outside of the house and see Rick walking out of the house and he notices Sam, who is working out shirtless. Rick can tell that Sam is a very vain person, but feels that they will need to get his and Cora’s cooperation to work with them if they want to stay alive. He walks over to Sam]

Rick

Hey Sam, can we talk for a second?

Sam

*He is practicing a form of boxing, and is performing uppercuts and jabs* I don’t see why we should?

Rick

Well, I figure if we’re gonna work together we’re gonna have to know each other.

Sam

*Stops practicing and turns to Rick* And who say’s I want to work with you? I’ve done just fine on my own so far, don’t see why I should change now.

Rick

Maybe because if you don’t you might not make through all of this.

Sam

*Walks forward to Rick in an offensive posture* Are you threatening me?

Rick

I’m giving you a warning. We all need to work together to get through this, but if you don’t help us then we might not just be there to help you.

Sam

*Gets in Ricks face* And who says I need your help? Seems to me all you guys have done since you got here is cause problems. Besides, I don’t think I need help from a man that gets his son shot.

Rick

*Getting angry* Now you wait one second--

Sam

*Gets in Ricks face* What? What are you gonna do?

Shane

HEY!!! *We then cut over and see Shane limping, and Noah walking next to him making sure he doesn’t overdo it, back from the well to them. They both approach Rick and Sam* What’s going on here?

Rick

*He looks back at Sam and they stare each other down for a second, but then brakes his stare and looks to Shane and Noah* Nothing, something wrong?

Noah

There’s a walker down in the well.

Rick

What!?

Shane

Yeah, looks like it’s been down there for a while too. Poor bastards all swollen up.

Rick

*Sighs* What are you gonna do?

Shane

We thought maybe we could lure it out with some food, then pull out and kill it.

Sam

*Said in a smug tone* Wouldn’t be easier to just shoot the damn thing?

Noah

*Said in a smart tone* Unless you want to contaminate the water and ruin it for everyone, no we can’t.

Sam

*Gets pissed* I don’t think you wanna start something with me little boy--

Shane

*Steps in between Noah and Sam* Hey, calm down... *Looks to Noah* both of you. *Turns back to Sam* If you can cool off for second, think you can come and help us out? We could use a guy like you right now.

Sam

*Smirks and huffs a laugh* Sorry, but I don’t think so. *Starts to walk off, but then turns back with a smug look* Let me know how it turns out though.

Shane

*Waits for Sam to walk off* Asshole. *Looks back to Rick* You okay Rick?

Rick

*He looks down in frustration; he can’t get what Sam said out of his head now. He still blames himself for Carl’s accident, and now he just feels that way even more. He plays it off however, and just looks back up* Yeah, I’m okay. I’m... I’m gonna go check on Carl, be careful with the Walker.

Shane

*Smiles* Aren’t we always. *Rick slightly smiles, and then walks on back to the house. Shane looks to Noah and they then proceed on to the house*

Hershel’s Farm: Well

[We then cut back to the well, and see the canned meat being lowered down to the Walker, but it seems to not even notice it all]

Dale

Nope, it’s not gonna bite.

T-Dog

Probably because it’s not screaming its head off.

Jonah

Well, it makes sense; these things only seem interested in the living. *They all look up out of the hole* I mean, how many have we seen attacking each other?

Lori

And they haven’t tried raiding any of the markets or stores either.

Andrea

Which means that we need live bait. *They then all look towards Noah as to say they were volunteering him*

Noah

*Somewhat shocked and frustrated* You can’t be serious.

Glenn

*Said in a hesitant tone* Well sending you does make the most...sense.

Noah

*Annoyed, and gives them all a look* Just because I’m immune doesn’t mean they still can’t eat me alive!

Dale

Well we’re not just gonna throw you down there, Noah. We can tie you to a rope and lower you down.

Noah

And what do we do if it breaks?

T-Dog

Now come on man, that ain’t gonna happen.

Noah

That doesn’t answer my question.

Shane

*Limps over to Noah* Then here’s your answer; It’s not gonna happen, okay? I wouldn’t let you do this if I didn’t think you could. *Noah still seems hesitant* Look all we’re gonna do is lower you down on a rope, and then when your close enough just throw the other rope around it and we’ll pull you up. *Noah still seems hesitant* Hey, *Puts his hand on Noah’s shoulder* you can do it okay?

Noah

*Sighs a deep sigh, then nods his head* Okay.

[We then cut to show Noah sitting at the edge of the well, being secured on the rope by Shane and Lori walks over to hand him a flash light]

Noah

I’m still not sure about this.

Lori

Don’t worry sweetie, you’ll be fine.

Noah

You know my mom and sister are gonna flip when they hear about this.

Shane

Than that’s all the more reason for you to come back alive.

Noah

*Looks up to Shane* Thanks for the positivity.

Shane

Don’t worry buddy you’re gonna be fine.

Noah

Just...*looks to everyone* don’t drop me, please?

Jonah

You’re gonna be fine Noah.

Dale

Yeah, just make sure you got the rope on him good before you give us the signal to pull.

Noah

Got it.

Maggie

*Standing back from the group* You people are insane.

Shane

*Looks to Maggie as they all ready to lower Noah down* Hey, you want it out of your well or not?

Dale

Keep an eye on him Maggie.

[Maggie is still not sure about this, but Noah looks to her and nods his head. She sighs but then walks over to the well as they start lowering Noah down. Noah starts to make his way down the well, slowly but surely]

Maggie

*Bends over the edge of the well and addresses Noah* Hey, you okay?

Noah

Yeah, so far so good.

[Noah then looks down and points the flashlight down on the Walker and continues going down, while keeping the rope for the Walker in his other hand. He then uses the hand holding the flashlight to also hold onto his rope. We cut back to the group up top, showing them giving Noah more and more slack in the rope while Maggie tells them to keep lowering him. We then cut back down to Noah, first showing his point of view of the Walker, and then showing an angle that sees him and Maggie up top. Suddenly, we see the water pump pull from out of the ground and the rope fly forward. The group is shocked by this as they at first lose control of the rope but quickly get it back. Noah plunges down toward the Walker screaming]

Noah

GUYS, HELP!!! GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!

[Suddenly the water pump fully tears out of the ground and the rope loses that support, causing it to fly forward even more. The group rushes forward grabbing the rope and pulling at it full force. Noah falls closer to the Walker to where it could bite him in the lower leg]

Noah

HELP!!! PLEASE, GET ME OUT OF HERE!!! *The Walker tries to bite at Noah, but he manages to kick in the face and keeps it at a distance* HURRY GUYS, GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!

[They group then manage to finally start pulling Noah up, and at first it’s going fine. Suddenly, one of the holes wrapped around Noah’s leg gets loose and he falls over dangling. He then falls until his ankle gets caught in the other hole, suspending him upside down. This also pulls the rope out of the groups grip a bit, which causes Noah to fall back down and practically face to face with the Walker. Noah screams, and then the Walker moves toward Noah]

Noah

GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!

[As the group struggles to pull Noah back up, Noah looks over and sees that the rope for the Walker is still there and grabs for it. He gets the rope, and as the Walker approaches him he punches it in the face and then throws the rope around it. At this time we then see Shane in the front of the group pulling with everything he has. He’s not gonna let this happen, not like this. Everyone else in the group is pulling as hard as they can. Noah then starts going back up, and at first he seems relieved. When he gets near the top however, Noah then drops a little but not from the rope. He looks up and sees that his foot is starting to fall out of the hole. He panics]

Noah

HURRY GUYS, I’M FALLING OUT OF THE ROPE!!! *At first he doesn’t think he’s gonna make, and he calls out to Shane* SHANE!!!!

[Hearing this, Shane then rushes forward as quickly as he can, while everyone else continues to pull. Shane grabs the rope at the edge of the well and pulls with all of his strength. Noah continues to slip more and more out of the hole. Finally as he reaches the top, it looks like he’s gonna fall down in the well. However, at the last second Shane manages to grab his leg and keep him from falling. Everyone rushes forward as Noah gets pulled out of the well]

Shane

*Noah is breathing rapidly and shivering from fright, but Shane starts to calm him down* Shhh, Noah look at me look at me *Noah looks at Shane* It’s fine, everything’s gonna be okay.

Lori

Sweetie, are you alright!?

Noah

*Still in shock* Never *huff* ask me *huff* to do anything like that again! *Shane laughs a little when he says this*

Dale

Well, I guess we’ll have to think of something else.

Noah

*Still a little breathless, but he smiles* I wouldn’t say that.

[We then cut to where we see the Walker being pulled out of the well. Maggie has tied the end of the rope to her horse and has it pulling with the rest of the group]

Shane

PULL, it’s almost up! *The group continues to pull the Walker up* Pull together y’all.

T-Dog

*Directs the group to continue pulling* Keep going, keep going. *The Walker finally reaches the lip of the well and gets caught on the well* Damn things stuck.

Shane

Keep pulling, it’s almost there!

[They continue to pull on the Walker, but it still doesn’t seem to getting unstuck. Suddenly, the lower half of the Walker tears off. The lower half and all the entrails, and blood fall back into the well. The top half of the Walker is still alive and still grabs toward the group. They all approach the Walker and stand in front of it]

Dale

Guess we need to board this well up.

Jonah

Yeah, I think that’s a good idea.

Andrea

So what are we gonna do about--

[Suddenly, T-Dog starts bashing in the Walkers head. The group all reacts to this. Maggie seems to become grossed out from this and walks back to her horse]

T-Dog

*Said through heavy breath* You were right, shooting was a bad idea.

[Everyone then begins walking back towards the farm]

Andrea

Shane, can I talk to you for a second?

Shane

*Looks to Noah who stops also* Go on ahead. *Noah nods and walks on, catching up with Dale* What do you want?

Andrea

I wanna learn how to shoot, that’s what I want. *Shane huffs a laugh* I’m serious Shane. I know Hershel said he didn’t want us carrying around guns on his land, but there are plenty of spots we could use just on the farms border.

Shane

Listen Andrea, we’ve done had this discussion many times already. I don’t think it’s a good idea for us to be poppin’ off shots in the woods.

Andrea

We’re not gonna do it in the woods, like I said we can do it on the farms border. *Shane still seems hesitant* I’m not gonna blow my brains out Shane if that’s what you’re thinking.

Shane

I’m just not sure if I wanna piss off Dale. *Andrea looks down* You notice he seems very protective of you.

Andrea

Well he did almost get blown sky high with me, so yes I’ve noticed.

Shane

*Limps forward to Andrea* Okay listen, I can tell you are very serious about this and would probably be really good at it. But believe me; shooting a target is not the same as shooting the real thing. When you’re in that moment when it’s either you or them it’s... it’s different. *He starts limping back to the house and Andrea follows him* Sometimes... *Looks ahead to Noah who can be seen talking to his mom on the porch, who also appears to be somewhat upset from hearing of what just happened* you just gotta trust your instincts. You have to make that choice of how you’re gonna survive.

Andrea

How? How do you know how to make the right choice?

Shane

Sometimes, when you’re in a situation like that... you don’t have a “right” choice. You just do what you think is right for you... and the people you care about.

Andrea

But how?

Shane

*Said somewhat emotionless* You just turn it off; that fear of what you’re doing is wrong... it’s not right, there’s gotta be another way. Afterwards you may think to yourself that there was something you could’ve done differently, something that could’ve made everyone happy. But in a moment like that... you don’t have a choice. *They walk on back to the house*

Hershel’s Farm: Outside The House

[We see Glenn and Maggie preparing to leave for the pharmacy]

T-Dog

*Approaches Glenn* *Said jokingly* You better bring you’re scrawny ass back here in one piece Glenn.

Glenn

Thanks for your belief in me T-Dog.

Rick

We’re serious though Glenn, you better make it back.

Glenn

Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine.

Maggie

*Said jokingly* Don’t worry boys, I’ll bring him back safe and sound. *mounts her horse*

Jonah

Oh I bet. *T-Dog and Jonah share a laugh*

Glenn

*Looks to T-Dog and Jonah* Shut up.

[Glenn mounts the horse, and him and Maggie ride off. At this time the events that take place within the pharmacy occur. We then cut back into the house to see that Ali, Laura and Carol are all working together to try and fix up some food. Cora then comes from down stairs and starts heading outside, but Carol calls out to her]

Carol

Oh, Cora? Do you think you could come help us?

Cora

*Said in a rude tone* Sorry, I can’t cook.

Ali

*Said in a retaliating tone* Can’t or won’t?

Cora

*Said smug* You decided. *She then proceeds outside*

Ali

You know if she doesn’t make it I won’t be too broken up about it.

Laura

*Said sternly* Ali!

Ali

Mom, don’t tell me you don’t think she’s a rude b--

Laura

*Cuts her off before see can finish saying the word* Watch you’re language young lady. I’m not saying she isn’t, but saying things like that makes you no better.

Ali

*Huffs* Fine.

Cora

*We cut to outside to show Noah and Shane talking. Cora walks over to them* Hey Shane, how are you doing?

Shane

*Noah immediately becomes annoyed* I’m fine miss, how ‘bout you?

Cora

Well, I definitely feel a lot better now that your all here. It’s good knowing that your protected by *said seductively* capable people. *Looks over to Noah and sees his annoyance* Is there a problem?

Noah

Oh no, I think it’s completely appropriate to throw yourself at people you don’t even know.

Shane

Now Noah don’t be rude, no matter what she’s still a lady and deserves that respect.

Noah

*Under his breath* I wouldn’t call her a “lady”.

Cora

*Said in a smug tone* Well, I can definitely tell you and that sister of yours is cut from the same cloth.

Noah

*Offended* Excuse me?

Shane

Okay, okay go to your corners you two. Why don’t you go on Cora, me and Noah needed to talk about something anyway.

Cora

*Sighs* Fine... *turns* but you know where to find me. *She winks and proceeds to walk on, obviously flaunting herself*

Noah

How pathetic is that.

Shane

*Said as though telling him to let it go* Noah.

Noah

Fine, what is it you wanna talk about?

Shane

I wanna talk about you. Look I know that you’re still upset about Otis and everything else, but I can tell there’s something else eating at you. *Noah sighs and lowers his head, showing that Shane is right* Just tell me, what it is.

Noah

*Sighs* I’m starting to get really worried about my dad, Shane. *Shane sighs, he thought that that may have been it* I mean it’s been, I don’t know a month maybe, since all of this happened. We haven’t heard anything or seen any signs of him, but I don’t think he’s dead. I don’t know why but... I just don’t. *Said in a soft hopeful tone* What do you think?

Shane

Noah...

Noah

I want you’re honest opinion, Shane. I don’t want you to try and make me feel better; I want to hear what you think... please.

Shane

*Sighs, he limps over a little closer to Noah, trying to be as comforting as possible* Honestly Noah... I don’t know. I’m just like you; I wanna believe he’s still alive. Hell, that man practically raised me and Rick in the police force. But, like you said it’s been a long time and we have seen or heard from him at all. So I hate to say it, but the odds of him still being alive are very slim right now.

Noah

*His eyes start to water a little, but he stops himself* Yeah, I know.

Shane

*Sighs, he limps forward and puts his hand on Noah’s shoulder* *Said in a soft, fatherly tone* Hey, it’s okay. As long as I’m alive I’m gonna keep you safe, I promise.

Noah

*Noah smiles, but he’s still conflicted. He still loves Shane like a father, but until he tells the truth about everything he’s done he doesn’t know if he can completely trust him. He doesn’t want to let it show though, so he just smiles* Thanks Shane, I mean it.

Shane

*He ruffles up Noah’s hair and smiles* No problem Noah. *He then turns around to limp back to the house*

Noah

*Before Shane can limp off, Noah asks him something else that’s still bothering him* When are you gonna keep you’re other promise? *Referring to Shane’s promise to tell Rick the truth*

Shane

*He stops for a second, and a blank look crosses his face. He then looks down and sighs* Soon... I promise. *Shane then starts limping back to the house. Noah then follows right behind*

[However, just as Noah is getting ready to go up the steps, he hears Maggie and Glenn coming up the road]

Noah

*Said towards the house* They’re back!

Glenn

*Glenn takes this moment of silence as an opportunity to ask Maggie about the pharmacy* So, about what happened back there. *Maggie looks over to Glenn* Did you mean anything by it?

Maggie

*She smiles and walks towards the house with the stuff* Maybe.

Lori

*Glenn smiles when he hears this. We then see most of the group come outside to meet them. Lori then goes directly to Glenn and talks softly* Glenn?

Glenn

Oh yeah. *He reaches in his bag, pulls a small box out and hands it to Lori* Here you go.

Lori

*Sighs in relief* Thanks. *She takes the box and immediately stuffs it in her waistband. Glenn still doesn’t understand why she’s being secretive but decides it’s none of his business*

[We then see Rick and Laura approach Hershel once everyone else has went inside]

Hershel

How is he Laura?

Laura

He’s doing a lot better, if I had to guess I’d say he would be up and about pretty soon.

Hershel

That’s good to hear.

Rick

Hershel, I’ve been meaning to ask you something.

Hershel

Yes, what is it son?

Rick

I know that since we arrived that things haven’t exactly gotten better for you and your family, but we really need a place to stay. I know that I speak for everyone *Looks over to Laura as an example, and she nods in agreement* that we are willing to abide your rules and help in any way we can if you’d let us stay.

Hershel

*Appears to be in thought for a second, but then lifts his head back up* Well I’m not gonna make any decisions right now, but if your group can follow my rules, then I’ll consider it more.

Rick

*Shakes Hershel’s hand* Thank you sir.

Hershel

Sure thing, Rick.

Ali

*Comes out the door* Mom, can you come help us, dinner’s almost ready!

Laura

Sure thing sweetie, *Turns back to Hershel* Thank you Hershel.

[She then proceeds on back to the house. Rick and Hershel follow not far behind her. We then see Rick enter Carl’s room to find Carol and Sophia sitting near the bedside]

Rick

Hey ladies, how are you doing?

Carol

*Smiles* We’re doing okay Rick, *brushes some of Sophia’s hair out of her face* Seems like our prayers may have been answered.

Rick

*Sighs, he still is having his struggle with faith* I guess so.

Sophia

When do you think he’ll be up again, Mr. Grimes?

Rick

*Smiles* Soon Sophia, Mr. Greene and Laura both said that another day or so of rest, and he should be up and about.

Sophia

*Smiles* That’s good.

Carol

Well, I think supper’s almost ready. Come on Sophia, let’s go and help them get it ready.

Sophia

Okay mommy.

Carl

*They both walk out of the room and Rick smiles. We then pan over to see that Carl has woken up again* Dad?

Rick

*Shocked at first, but then he turns and smiles. He is happy to see Carl is up again. He then goes and sits at his bedside* Hey Carl, how are you doing?

Carl

I feel better, still hurts a little.

Rick

That’s okay buddy, they said that you’d be back to normal in day or so.

Carl

Really? *Rick smiles and nods* That’s good. *Looks to his dad and sees he seems sad* Are you okay dad?

Rick

*Smiles, but his eyes start to water a little bit* I’m just... I’m sorry I let this happen Carl. This shouldn’t have happened; I shouldn’t have let you come with us.

Carl

*Said in a soft voice* What happened to me isn’t your fault dad. *Hearing this causes a look of shock/relief to cross Ricks face* I actually think it’s kinda cool, now we’ve both survived getting shot.

Rick

*Rick is now shedding tears of happiness and joy, hearing this from Carl makes him feel proud of his son* Well, you what I think? *He takes his hat off his head and places it on Carl’s* I think that kinda bravery has earned you this.

Carl

*Awed by this, he’s always wanted a hat like his dads* Seriously!? This is so cool! *He looks to his dad with a big smile* Thanks dad, I promise I’ll make you proud!

Rick

*Smiles and puts his hand on Carl’s hand* You already have Carl.

[We then see Carl smile, pull the hat down and fall asleep. Rick smiles and sighs, he then takes off his badge and looks at it, thumbing it in the process. We then cut standing in front of the dresser in the room. He begins taking off his uniform and putting it in the drawer. Lori then comes up and watches him, feeling the pressure he has on him. She walks in the room]

Lori

*She gently wraps her arms around his waist, noticing his bruises and injuries, She holds him* So you’re putting them away? *Rick doesn’t respond. She them kisses him on the neck* Ali’s gonna bring you something so you can stay in here with him. I gotta do something right quickly, I’ll be back in a minute. *He puts his head back some so that his head is touching hers. He then nods and she lets go of him. Lori then walks out of the room]

Ali

*As Lori leaves Ali enters the room with a small plate of food* Hope you like it.

[We cut to outside the house and see Lori walking off and go past the R.V. to a secluded spot. She then proceeds to use the item, which turns out to be a pregnancy test. We then see her waiting for a few seconds and then she looks at the test. We now see that the test was positive, she is indeed pregnant]

Lori

*A look of shock and fear crosses her face* No. *She starts looking around and then she bursts into tears. We then zoom slowly out from the pan showing Lori sitting down crying*

To Be Continued...

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