We keep this love in a photograph
We make these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket
Of your ripped jeans
Holdin' me closer
Til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone
Wait for me to come home

Loving can heal
Loving can mend your soul
And is the only thing
That I know
I swear it will get easier
Remember that with every piece of ya
And it's the only thing we take with us when we die

We keep this love in a photograph
We make these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Our hearts were never broken
And times forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket
Of your ripped jeans
Holdin' me closer
Till our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone

And if you hurt me
Well that's ok baby only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won't ever let you go

Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

Oh you can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat
Where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well that's ok baby only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won't ever let you go

When I'm away
I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost
Back on sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone
Wait for me to come home.

The lyrics reminded me of Carl, especially the first verse. I smiled and ran my fingers over the keys. I missed music. I found some batteries and a walkman once, sitting in a store full of records and mixtapes. I lost it after a Walker horde found me one day.

"You never cease to amaze me, Lauren." I turned to see Carl, Kirsty and Daryl watching me with a smile.

"There is a lot you don't know about me, Grimes." I repeated those words I said to him after I sang to Judith for the first time. It felt like so long ago. Time is something that we forget about.

"I-I, thanks. I guess." I smiled awkwardly and ran a hand through my tangled hair.

"We should have a campfire!" Kirsty announced, breaking the silence that we held. We all agreed and I excused myself. I followed the stairs to the second floor of the house and stepped into the lilac-walled room.

It looked like it belonged to someone around the same age as me. I looked down at my grey sweats and frowned. I found myself a pair of faded-blue jeans and a black tank top. It was more me than a tracksuit would ever be. I looked over to her dressing table, littered in perfumes, makeup and jewelery. It all felt so mundane to me now. I could never imagine myself as a normal teenage girl.

I changed into the new clothes and brushed out my tatty hair before tying it up into a high ponytail. When I finally left the house it was much darker, the only light origionated from the small campfire out on the garden. I immediatly caught sight of Carl's hat and Kirsty's bright red hair. Daryl sat cooking some beans over a metal pot held over the fire.

I sat down and reveled in the peace that a simple fire brought us. Kirsty smiled and leaned into Daryl who smiled. Daryl Dixon and smiling didn't go hand in hand, but she meant something to him. I pushed my worries about the rest of the group to the back of my mind and let myself be free.

"Come here," Carl smiled and pulled me onto his lap. I was startled by the sudden public show of affection, but I couldn't deny the smile that crept across my face. Daryl looked happy, Kirsty looked happy and we were no longer trapped.

"We're free, just like we were in that house." Carl whispered into my ear, sending shivers down my spine. I kissed him on the cheek and leaned into the warmth he provided. Silence fell on our small camp but it was nothing less than comfortable.

"You okay?" Carl mumbelled, gently squeezing my torso. I smiled to myself and looked to a smiling and joking couple infront of me.

"You know what?" I laughed, watching the flames lick around the dry firewood. "I've never been better."

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