Chapter 21

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*Two Weeks Later*

I handed Carl a bowl of hot soup and sat down on the couch while Judith crawled around the wooden floor.

"I'm gonna bring that bow I found out for a walk." I informed Carl while he slurped at his soup.

"Alright, just be careful."

I quickly finished my soup and kissed Judith goodbye. I slipped on my boots and grabbed the recurve bow and sheath of arrows.

"Lauren, wait." Carl called and I turned to him.

He wrapped his arms around my waist and kissed me softly, leaving me momentarily breathless.
"Now you can go."

I laughed to myself and pushed open the wooden door, closing it behind me.

The air was cool and the sun shone brightly, I opted to leave my hoodie in the house, it was warm enough outside.

I stuck my machete in my trousers and pulled the bow out infront of me before slipping into the forest.

I walked through the forest, crunching on old leaves and twigs, only coming across a few Walkers on the way, thankfully this place wasn't overrun.

After a few more minutes of walking, I came across a road. I really had no aim in where I was going. Just scoping out the area for supplies or anything else like that. I could see dead Walker's littered across the road, maybe only a few hours dead.

I furrowed my eyebrows in thought, walking up the road with an arrow ready in my bow.

I caught the sight of a sign up ahead on the road, the sign wasn't normal because it was written in sloppy writing and blood.

I jogged up to the sign, stopping right infront of it.

Sanctuary For All Community For All Those Who Arrive Survive

I immediatly got a bad feeling, below the sign was a map. Marked on the map was what I feared.

Terminus

That wasn't the worst part, below my feet lay a dead Walker, it's insides spread out along the dry, cracked ground.

Written across the map in dark red blood was:

Glenn Go To Terminus
Maggie Sasha Bob

"No no no no no." I gasped and fell back on the ground

Sasha and Bob had stumbelled across the prison just before the Governor came, helping us defend the prison with another man I think was named Tyreese.

Terminus. I haden't heard that name in awhile, not since I lost Chelsie.

"Fuck." I cried and ran back through the forest.

I reached the house within a half hour. I was out of breath and scared. I had almost lost my life in Terminus and I am not going to let the rest of the group die there.

"Carl." I cried. "Carl!"

Carl emerged from the house and ran straight to me, I stumbelled into his arms and he caught me. I could see him checking me for bites and sighing in relief when I was clear.

"What's wrong?"

"Carl.. it's Terminus. Maggie, Sasha and Bob are heading there. Probably the rest of the group too. They can't Carl! They can't!"

"How do you know? Why?" Carl was full of questions and a worried expression crossed his face.

"I found a sign for Terminus and Maggie had left a message for Glenn, telling him to go there. Terminus is a bad place Carl. They're cannibals, they get people to come and they kill them."

I shook in Carl's arms and he held me up, soothing me, trying to get me to calm down.

"How do you know about Terminus?" He asked and my body went rigid.

"I lost Chelsie after Terminus, when we escaped was when a horde got us and she ran to save me. We need to save them, Carl." I cried.

"It's okay," He cooed. "We'll get going tomorrow and we can catch them before they get there."

I practically collapsed in his arms, my emotions taking control of my body and I felt nothing but drained from all the running I did.

Carl carried me into the house and set me down on the couch, giving me a glass of water to calm me down. Judith was fast asleep in the nursery and the sun was beginning to set.

"It's going to be okay. I promise, Lauren."

I wrapped my arms around Carl's torso and sobbed uncontrollably, I was riddled with guilt of Chelsie's death and now it's all come flooding back to me.

I've never felt so weak in my life, I couldn't remember the last time I actually cried.

I calmed myself down while Carl gently ran circles in the small of my back.

"I don't want to lose this safety." I mumbelled against his chest.

"It's okay. We can find the group and we can all find somewhere safe like this. Okay?"

"Okay."

"Come on to bed and we can pack everything early tomorrow morning."

I nodded and Carl picked me up off the couch and carried me to the bedroom, gently lying me down on the bed ans wrapping his arms around me.

"I think I love you." He whispered just as I fell to sleep.

Aw cute! He just has to say it out now xD

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