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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Rating: M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: This chapter meets two writing milestones for me. The first is that it brings the word count officially over 50k. The second is, this beats my previous record for my longest written fic. That was Could Be You, which completed around 46k and took me years. I've done these 50k+ in three months, and the story is still unfolding.  

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Chapter 11 – Even the Angels Are Losing Sleep

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Beth’s eyes flew open, remnants of her dream clawing at her mind, surging through her lungs as great, heaving breaths. She rolled over and planted her face into Daryl’s chest while she caught her breath, grateful he managed to wake her this time before the dream really picked up speed.

“All right?” he asked, his thumb stroking along her spine.

“Yeah.” She let herself indulge in one good sniff, filling her head with the earthy, leathery, sweaty scent of him before pulling her face out of his shirt and falling over onto her back. “If you count tormented by your own brain as all right.”

The bed jiggled as Daryl turned over onto his back beside her. “Ain’t nothin’ to be ashamed of, Beth.”

Beth stared into the darkness above her, eyes finding and following the whorls of knots in the exposed wood beams. “I just want it to stop.”
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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Warnings: Language, violence, some potentially disturbin imagery. 
Rating: M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: Chapter title taken from lyrics to Darling Be Home Soon by The Lovin' Spoonful.

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Chapter 10 – While We Have a Few Minutes to Breathe

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Beth dragged the bloodstained denim back and forth across the rock, but the stain was stubborn and didn’t want to wash out. No matter how hard she scrubbed, how red the water got, the jeans remained crusted and stained.

From upstream came the sound of walkers. Beth watched them picking their way toward her, splashing in the creek as they staggered back and forth past the sharp, jutting rocks sticking up like islands. She stood up to face them, reaching for her crossbow but finding only piles of wet blue jeans at her feet. When she tried to step forward, her ankles got tangled in the piles and she couldn’t move.

The walkers were closer now, and the sounds of the dead rose up all around her, a chorus of unholy voices drowning out the call of the birds and the rush of the water. Beth pulled and pulled but her feet wouldn’t move, the soggy piles at her feet hardening to bloodstained rocks, trapping her there as the threat closed in.

“Don’t let them get too close,” Daryl said, watching from the ledge, legs swinging back and forth, cutting through the air like blades, boot heels clicking together like the cocking of a gun before swinging apart again.
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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Warnings: Adult language
Rating: M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: Chapter title taken from lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison.

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Chapter 9 – I Look at the World and I Notice it’s Turning
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The first thing Beth noticed when she slipped gradually into consciousness was the way her pillow was moving, rising and falling like waves beneath her head. The second thing she noticed—remembered, really, when last night’s events flooded back in—was that her pillow was Daryl. The third thing she noticed, and this was probably the most important one, was that her Daryl-pillow was still asleep.

She couldn't quite see him from this angle, not properly in the dark of the cabin and not without moving enough to possibly wake him. What she could see, mouth relaxed around soft, breathy snores, the lines beneath his eye softened, made her hope he could stay asleep for a while longer. He got so little as it was.
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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Warnings: Language 
Rating: M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: Chapter title and lyrics in the chapter taken from Two of Us by John Lennon & Paul McCartney.

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Chapter 8 - Longer than the Road that Stretches

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Nights were becoming darker, deeper, a hint of richness to the lack of light that didn’t exist in the summer. It wasn’t autumn yet, not quite, but with the days of summer waning fast, Daryl couldn’t quite ignore the growing knot of anxiety in his gut. Autumn in Georgia weren’t near long enough with the future so uncertain. Inside the cabin never got bright, with just the one small, well-screened window, and at nightfall the dimness turned to absolute dark. Warm though. Cozy. Comfortable. Beth had the window covered, the fire smouldering away in the stove, and a ring of candles lit by the time he got in from checking the snares and traps one last time at dusk.

Daryl never thought much about candlelight before. Weren’t really a thing on his radar, candles. Never had much use for them. What a campfire couldn’t light, a flashlight would do, and there weren’t no such thing as a candlelit supper or even a Halloween jack-o-lantern in the Dixon house growing up. The only things lighting up there were cigarettes and tempers.
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Rated M. Based on the following prompt:

Oooh, also do something like... Beth and Daryl spend the night in a barn and Beth takes first watch and wakes Daryl up tickling his nose with hay, lol.- Burningupasun

Between Still and Alone.
Waking Daryl Dixon

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When he asked her what she was thinking, Beth's initial instinct was to say she wasn't thinking. That, however, was a lie. Because she had been thinking, she'd been thinking a lot of things. It was just that none of them were particularly good thoughts.

Really, it was all Daryl's fault (that was her story anyway, and yeah, she was gonna stick to it). He always took first watch, had since the very first night after the prison and they hadn't found reason to deviate. Except, they'd had to leave their camp last night before Daryl's watch ended when a herd wandered by, and they hadn't stopped moving all day, trying to stay ahead of the herd, until they found this old barn. They were both exhausted, but Daryl hadn't had any sleep at all. So, it was all his fault that Beth offered to take first watch.

What happened after that was entirely Daryl's fault, because he said yes.

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Title: Covert Ops
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Warnings: Sexual situations, including a bit of semi-public sexual acts. Also a somewhat out of character Maggie used as a plot device (even if the plot's a little thin). 
Rating: NC-17/E
Summary: It's good to be back with Team Family, and Beth and Daryl know it's only a matter of time before their secret is out. They'd really like Maggie to get the hint though. (Yet another alternate timeline in which Beth and Daryl never got separated, only to reunite with Team Family at an undetermined future point where canon may or may not apply). 
Covert Ops

From the moment Beth and Daryl find the group, Maggie barely allows her a single minute to herself. Beth gets it, she does. She saw the signs with only Glenn's name on them and she sees the flicker in Maggie’s eyes sometimes, a little flash that Maggie tries to hide behind the happiness and the big sister fussiness that’s now reached epic proportions. Maggie feels guilty. Beth has been told an awful lot about how good a person she is, and maybe that’s true sometimes. But Beth’s also not above letting Maggie suffer the guilt for a while, even if Beth is so deeply, painfully grateful to have found her again.

She wouldn’t really mind Maggie’s attention all that much if it wasn’t constant. It’s stifling, especially since she can’t even take a piss in the woods without Maggie knowing about it.  Reminding her sister that she’s not a baby, that she managed not to die during the months she spent without Maggie constantly looking over her shoulders usually buys her a few minutes of breathing room—and it’s those minutes where the not so good side of Beth secretly enjoys tugging on Maggie’s guilty conscience—but all too soon her Maggie-shaped shadow is back and all Beth can do is meet Daryl’s eyes and share his frustrations.

Honestly, how Maggie hasn’t noticed is beyond Beth. They’re being so obvious about it, but Maggie’s got her baby-Beth blinders on and doesn’t see. Nobody sees yet, a week in, but with the way Maggie won’t leave Beth alone, one would think she might have figured it out by now. But no, Maggie’s too busy looking for Beth first thing in the morning to notice whose arms she’s lying in, too busy making sure Beth is warm enough to notice whose shirt she’s put on over hers, too busy checking that Beth isn’t alone when they’re walking through the woods to notice who she’s walking beside. She catches them in all sorts of telling little moments and misses every one of them.

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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Warnings: None this chapter.
Rating: M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: Chapter title taken from lyrics to In Her Eyes by Josh Groban.

I am not a crossbow expert. I’ve never even seen one in real life. However in doing some research for this I’ve realized that the bolts (arrows) that Daryl uses on the show appear to have field points on them (meant for practice and not hunting), which just doesn’t seem like something an actual Daryl would use. Anyway, so for the purposes of this story, Daryl’s bolts have fixed blade broadheads on them, which would actually let him both hunt food and kill walkers. (Between writing this note and posting this chapter, I have now held several crossbows, including one like Daryl’s. Still doesn’t make me an expert, alas.)
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Chapter 7 – She Stares through My Shadow

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Though the sky was clear of clouds, the morning air held a chill of autumn, more than the previous days had, and Daryl felt the metallic tang of it in his lungs when he stepped out of the cabin. He paused a minute, halfway down the steps, to just breathe it in, and behind him heard Beth doing the same thing. She smiled at him when he looked over his shoulder at her, standing in the doorway, loose ends of her hair fluttering in the breeze.

He nodded back at her and she gave him a little wave before securing the door shut behind him, heavy iron scraping over solid wood, and after another deep, refreshing breath, Daryl finished his descent into the grass. As he passed over the threshold into the woods, using the same vague trailhead as yesterday, the deep greens and browns of the forest welcomed him. Again he paused to breathe, feeling the pulse of the trees in his bones, the scent of them deep in his lungs. Nothing had changed, aside from the sleep he hadn’t known how badly he needed, but it seemed like years had passed since yesterday, since the storm raging inside him had driven him out here with skin too thick, lungs too shallow to feel the sanctity of woods in the way he craved. Well, he felt it now, right down to the depths of him. Right down to the marrow.
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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Warnings:  There may be some f-bombs scattered about.
Rating: Eventual M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: Chapter title taken from lyrics to Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney.
This chapter overlaps the previous one by a little bit, starting from the point where Daryl leaves Beth alone in the cabin, so she can wash and he can go catch them some supper...
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Chapter 6 – Maybe I’m a Man, Maybe I’m a Lonely Man

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Daryl paused at the bottom of the stairs, standing still on the final plank of wood waiting to hear the sound of the door being barred before carrying on. He hadn’t told her to, but—good—the rasp of metal on wood was clear as day even through the heavy door, taking the slightest of edges off the cold block of worry weighing in his gut at leaving her alone. Beth had looked him in the eyes, forcing the contact when he tried to avoid it, and promised she would be okay. He had to believe it were enough. Had to believe the sharp clarity of her gaze beneath the horror-movie makeup meant she wasn’t gonna slip away while he was gone.

And here he was slipping away himself, differently he supposed but it was still an escape. He needed—well, he didn’t know what he needed, when the problem was an ache, a twisting tension in his gut he never knew before and didn’t know how to ease, shaking fingers he couldn’t control and restlessness in his legs begging him to just run run run. Daryl had enough self awareness to know he worried about things more than he should, more than others did even when maybe they needed to. Worry for Beth seeped into his body with every breath he took and he couldn’t stand it, leaving her behind, but he had to get out, had to do something, and fuck if it didn’t feel like running away. Problem was, he didn’t know what he was running from.

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Title: Fall Right In
Author: Abelina/Abby/Abelinajt
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead - Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Setting: Season 4, Alone-divergence.
Warnings:  None this chapter.
Rating: Eventual M
Summary: If Beth hadn’t interrupted him when she did, calling him back with the melody of her voice, he might’ve done something dumb like opening the door for a doomed dog and maybe dooming them both while he was at it. Beth and Daryl escape the funeral home together. An Alone-divergence Bethyl story.
Notes: Chapter title taken from lyrics to Broken by Lifehouse.
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Chapter 5 – And I’m Hanging on to the Words You Say


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They didn’t say much while they broke camp that morning and set out through the woods, but it wasn’t an uncomfortable silence. Not after sitting up through the night together. Not after all they’d been through. The weight of what she’d done still pressed on her shoulders, still lingered in her thoughts like an anxious flicker, a constant reminder of having lost part of herself in those seconds before she pulled that trigger. But she could acknowledge it now without letting it pull her under. Her gaze settled on Daryl as they picked their way through the trees. If he hadn’t been there…

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Title: Two Halves
Fandom/Pairing: The Walking Dead, Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon (Bethyl)
Rating: General
Summary: Maggie Greene doesn't always notice things, but she notices this. When Beth and Daryl are reunited with Team Family, five months after the prison fell, they've changed. And Maggie wants to know why. (Told from Maggie's point of view as she watches Beth and Daryl upon their return - some sort of alternate timeline where Beth never got kidnapped and canon is not necessarily followed)
Two Halves

Maggie doesn't see much, that first night after Beth and Daryl find their camp completely by accident. The two of them appear out of nowhere, five months after the prison fell, arriving in their midst just before sunset—dirty and wild-looking but alive. Beth is alive, and Maggie is far too emotional to notice much of anything, between her elation at getting her baby sister back and her guilt over giving up on her so easily. So she holds Beth tight and doesn't let go, and that's the only thing that matters.

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