Chapter 13 – As usual I do not own Twilight or TWD series or comics. I claim the OC’s known as Jacoby and Desiree.
Alternate ending (The HEA)
Four days later…
“Have at it, kid.”
Negan murmured as he handed Carl his very own bat. Carl narrowed his eyes in question. The man gestured towards the area Shane was being kept.
Carl nodded in understanding and headed that direction.
“Just don’t go and get yourself killed. I’d never hear the end of it.”
“What do I look like, an idiot?”
“Only when you wear that stupid hat…” Negan replied with a smirk.
“It’s my father’s…”
“And ya look just like him when you wear it.”
Carl frowned and took the hat off. He looked to it in thought. Negan nodded amongst himself and walked away. The boy drew back a hesitant breath as he walked over to a nearby dumpster and chucked the hat inside.
“What was that about?” Bella asked as she was making her way over.
Negan smiled and pecked her on the cheek.
“That was your cousin becoming a man.”
“Oh? And where’s he going now?”
“That mother hen shit. Leave the boy be. He’s taking care of business.”
Bella reared back and Negan sighed as she was pushing her way past him.
“Baby-girl, you need to leave this one be.”
She ignored him and was heading towards the old police station. Negan darted on over and was quick to block the way.
“I’m tellin’ you to leave it be this is a man to man ordeal. The boy doesn’t need you right in his fucking groove.”
“The least you could do is tell me what’s going on.”
“You wanted the boy here, right?”
“Then you had better listen to me and let this one go. I’ll explain everything when I feel the time is right. But not at this very moment. This right here… is a ME and CARL thing so I need you to fucking respect that.”
She closed her eyes for a moment and he wrapped his arm around her shoulder.
Carl entered the room and Shane’s walker responded with a growl. The boy could tell by his walker alone that Negan had been tormenting him, on a daily basis. The walker’s eyes were sunken in and his skin was shriveled up. Negan kept him alive just enough to have him die from dehydration, just as he’d promised. The boy let out a growl of his own. He shook his head as their entire history played out. Visions of the three of them – Bella, him, and Shane. The more the boy thought on everything, the angrier and more betrayed he felt. Carl was beginning to see that a lot of that anger was directed at his father just as much as it was Shane. Part of him blamed his father and felt he was just as responsible for what all took place. And even through his hatred for Negan, he was starting to see what Negan had been saying from the very beginning. This right here was the very reason people respected Negan. His father was blind in comparison, to everything around him. And he always would be. Rick was all talk and no game. He continued in cowering before Negan. Carl would never admit it, but he knew he was right where he belonged. Here… he could grow. If he had remained in New Haven, his father would’ve held him back. He understood his cousin’s reasoning now. The boy was finally letting go of that resentment. He saw it for what it was now and in an odd way, Carl was thankful. If it hadn’t been for her… he’d still be back there. With all these things in mind, Carl tilted his head upon Shane’s walker and soon the loud and all too familiar TWHACKS sounded and was heard throughout the Fort.
“You had us believing YOU were this ‘Negan’ you speak of!” The leader of Alexandria spat.
Bella smiled and twirled that bat of hers about. Like that of Negan’s it had barbed wire wrapped around it.
“Do I need to introduce you to Ricky, again?”
The leader’s son cringed knowing she meant that bat of hers.
“How about you introduce us to the real Negan instead?”
“Are you hard of hearing or just plain ignorant?”
Jacoby and Carl laughed in response.
“I already told you. We are Negan.”
“Yeah well I don’t remember ‘Negan’ stealing my smokes.”
Bella reared back on this and looked towards the familiar voice. The man nodded upon her and her jaw dropped.
“That’s not what the Hilltop Colony says. They say that Negan is a man, not a woman. What’s not to say you haven’t been playing us from the very beginning? I’m willing to bet that you don’t even know this man and that you’re only using his name in order to gain the respect and fear needed in order to get your way.”
Bella nodded but her focus was on the man.
“That’s quite a theory you have there.”
“I’m right, aren’t I?!”
“You’re not getting another thing until we have proof.”
This had the man laughing but he said nothing on the matter.
“Proof?” Bella uttered behind laughter of her own.
“And how would you like this so called ‘proof’?”
She walked on over and got right in the woman’s face.
“Do you truly believe you’re in the position to make that call? Look around you… Let’s just entertain this little theory of yours and say Negan doesn’t exist. So go on… Show me whatever tricks you have up your sleeves. Just how do you plan on getting out of this one? Negan or not, humor me.”
A gun was fired and Bella didn’t so much as budge. She rolled her eyes and pinched the bridge of her nose. After a solid thirty seconds passed she pried the gun from the leader’s hold. Bella looked her in the eyes and showed her the empty chamber. The young woman sighed as if merely annoyed.
“Did you really think I wasn’t paying attention? You know… I believe in giving just as much as receiving.”
The woman swallowed back nervously.
“I think it’s time we gave them what they wanted.”
He smiled and walked on over to the RV. Carl knocked on the door and stepped aside. An all too familiar man stepped on out and Bella smiled.
“Everyone… I’d like you to meet my ‘daddy’!”
Negan smiled and made his way over. He wrapped an arm around her shoulder. As he did this he cut the leader a taunting wink.
“Hello, I’m Negan!”
“Well I’ll be god damned… Just what in the fuck happened while I was away?”
“I should be asking you the same thing. I thought you were a lone wolf. So what the hell are you doing with these losers?”
“Eh… long story.”
Negan leaned into her ear.
“So who’s the guy with the crossbow? He was staring at your ass…”
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