Title: Flash Fiction #24
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Word Count: 709
Characters: Andrea & Dale, a little of Shane & Lori
Warnings: Based on the season 2 trailer
Disclaimer: I don’t own The Walking Dead – I just like to take the characters out and play with them from time to time. This is unbeta’d and unedited – all errors are my own. If you see anything that needs correction, please let me know. Concrit is always welcome!
They hadn’t made it very far outside of Atlanta when the RV’s radiator hose blew. Again. Dale guided the RV to a stop among the wreckage of vehicles that littered the highway. “Dammit, I knew this was coming,” he muttered to himself as he exited the RV, wiping the sweat from his brow.
After a short conference with the rest of the group, it was decided that T-Dog and Daryl would go off in search of a replacement hose while the others looked for what supplies they could salvage nearer to the RV. Shane volunteered to begin work on removing the busted hose so they would at least be ready for the new hose, if one could be found. As everyone scattered around the area, Dale went in search of Andrea. He hadn’t seen her get off the RV and she wasn’t involved in the discussion earlier; he was starting to worry.
As Dale rounded the far corner of the RV, he spotted her walking toward the door. “Andrea, wait a minute!” he called out as he jogged over to her. He put his hand on her elbow, concern in his eyes, as he said, “Andrea, you haven’t spoken two words to me since we left the CDC. Why the silent treatment?”
Andrea pushed Dale’s hand away from her elbow, wrapping her arms around herself as though she were cold. “I’m still angry with you for what you did, Dale. You had no right to pull that stunt. It was my choice to stay and you took that away from me.”
Dale’s eyes grew wide; he never dreamed that Andrea would still be upset about that. It had been three days since they’d left the CDC. Granted, she’d been quiet; he just didn’t realize she still harbored such resentment toward him. “But you chose suicide,” he exclaimed, trying to reason with her. “Amy wouldn’t want that. You know it as well as I do. She’d want you to keep fighting, survive!”
Tears trailed down Andrea’s cheeks. “You don’t know that! You heard what Jenner said! One quick moment, a flash, and it’s all over. No more pain, no suffering. No wondering if today’s the day that I get bitten. Even Rick knows that it’s just a matter of time! Ask him! Go on, ask him!”
Rick turned as Andrea spoke his name, but quickly caught on that Andrea and Dale were in the middle of an argument. He shook his head and walked farther away, trying to give them privacy to work out their issues.
Andrea shook her head. “All I have to look forward to now is more suffering and a painful death. Just leave me be, Dale.”
As Andrea turned to walk away, Dale took a half-step forward. “But… Andrea, I love you.”
She stopped in her tracks, slowly turning to look at Dale. “I really wish you wouldn’t,” was all she could say. She walked around the corner of the RV, leaving Dale confused and broken-hearted behind her. She was so immersed in her own emotions and thoughts that she almost walked right into Shane as he was having a discussion with Lori. Andrea quickly ducked back behind one of the cars nearby; she hated to eavesdrop but she didn’t want them to see her either.
“What do you mean, you’re leaving?” Lori demanded, her hands on her hips.
“I’m just going to quietly slip away. I think that’s best for all of us, don’t you?” Even from her vantage point behind Shane, she could tell that his words weighed heavily on his heart. Though his voice was quiet, Andrea could detect a note of hope, as though he was hoping that Lori would talk him out of his plan.
Lori nodded as she looked around for Rick. “Yeah, I do. I think that’s best.” She turned and walked away, leaving Shane to stare after her, his shoulders slumped in defeat.
Andrea remained hidden until Shane had walked away. She hated to agree with Shane about much of anything but she was starting to think he had the right idea. She wanted to get away from the group, leave behind all the bad memories and drama.
She needed to have a little talk with Shane. Soon.