“Come on,” I whispered to Carol as she continued to cry out for Sophia. “You don’t need to see this.” I pulled her up off the ground. As soon as she was up, she ripped herself from my grip and began walking back to camp still crying. Everything was silent, except Beth who was crying, as I watched her leave knowing she needed to be alone. I turned around as I caught a glimpse of Beth walking forwards towards the dead. She leaned over one, crying and mumbling ‘momma’. All of a sudden, the walker reached out, grabbing a hold of her hair and hissed at her. Everyone ran to help her, T-Dog tried to kill her while Glenn held her down, Beth safely in her father’s arms. I spotted a scythe leaning against the barn and quickly grabbed it before swinging it at the walker. And then everything was silent again as the walker fell to the ground.
Daryl grabbed the scythe from my hands and laid it on the ground as the others begin walking towards the house. I could hear Shane yelling at Hershel saying he knew that Sophia was in there. I looked up at Daryl before whispering, “I don’t think he knew.”
He just looked at me and nodded. I knew he was pretty upset about this. He’d risked his life to find this girl and she was here all along. He began walking off, back to camp I assumed, and I stayed behind. I knew he needed to be alone, too.
I watched as Andrea covered Sophia’s body with a sheet. I didn’t know the girl, but I knew she meant a lot to everyone. It was a shame that it had to end like this. I could hear Carl telling his mother how he thought they’d find her in a tree or cave and she’d be safe.
‘Poor kid,’ I thought as Dale took Daryl’s original spot beside me.
“Dale,” Lori softly called out as Shane and Rick walked up. “Can you take Carl up to the house? You need to rest.” She spoke the last part to Carl.
Dale nodded and left my side and walked away with Carl.
“Wanna start burying?” T-Dog asked.
“We need a service. Carol would want that.” Andrea said, standing from her crouched position beside Sophia.
“Why don’t we dig a grave for Sophia and Hershel’s family, I’m sorry I don’t know their names, over by those trees?” I questioned pointing to a couple of trees a ways away. Everyone looked at me and Rick nodded, stating he agreed. “We’ll need a truck,” I mentioned.
“I’ll get it,” Jimmy said, but before he could walk off Shane put his arm out in front of him to stop him.
“I’ll get the truck.”
“And the others? That’s a lot of digging.” Jimmy pointed out as he surveyed all the dead.
“We bury the ones we love and burn the rest,” Andrea said.
“Let’s get to work,” Lori spoke.
I walked over to help Andrea who was covering the bodies with blankets that she’d found in the barn. Once they were cover, we began digging graves for Sophia and Hershel’s family. It took maybe an hour to an hour and a half to dig all three.