I am not happy with this and it's really short (sorry) but I wanted to post it before the mid season premiere (cutting it a little fine but I got it done)


Rick walked slowly into the living room still stunned by his conversation with Michonne. He just wanted to hug his son but that would have to wait. As he walked into the living room to get to the front door, he saw Carl's sparkly blue eyes peering over the edge of the sofa covered in a blanket, curled up into a ball. He made eye contact with Rick as he entered the room and immediately pulled his head under the blanket completely and curled up even smaller. Rick sighed sadly, he had spent so much time trying to keep his son safe but never bothered to see if he was happy. He moved silently across the room and took a seat next to him on the sofa.

"Did you hear all that?" Rick asked quietly. When he received no answer he continued "I love you more than anything, no matter what and I'm so proud of you, I'm so sorry I didn't notice all this sooner" His voice cracked as tears filled his eyes, he placed a hand on Carl's head, stroking his hair through the blanket. "I know it's been hard for you and I know I'm not good at talking but even if I don't say it I care about you and will support you no matter what, I just want you to be happy"

Carl slowly peeked his head from under the blanket exposing his watery eyes, still avoiding eye contact and tear tracked face still partly covered by his hands rubbing his nose with his shirt sleeve.

"I-I'm sorry" Carl whispered sitting up and pulling the blanket around his shoulders and wiping away a new wave of tears.

Rick sighed and pulled Carl into his chest "You have nothing to apologize for"

"I can't be what you want me to be" Carl whispered into Rick's chest.

"All I want is for you to be happy" Rick replied, letting his tears fall into Carl's hair. "All that matters to me is that you and Judy are happy and safe"

Carl nodded into Rick's chest "Thanks dad"

They both sat there in silence for about 10 minutes with Carl still wrapped in the blanket with his head on his father's chest as Rick rubbed circles on his back. Rick looked up when her heard Michonne peak around the door, her face breaking into a huge smile when she saw them.

"Thank you" He mouthed at her, his face breaking into an even bigger smile. Feeling his dad move his head Carl looked up confused before turning to see Michonne in the doorway.

"H-hi" he stuttered awkwardly bringing the blanket back up to his face and moving back into the middle of the sofa.

"Hey" She replied timidly walking further into the room, receiving a reassuring smile from Rick she sat down on Carl's other side.

"Thank you" Carl whispered looking up at Michonne with his big watery blue eyes. Michonne felt a lump form in her throat and immediately pulled Carl into a hug, feeling her heart swell as he buried his head in her shoulder she looked up to see Rick grinning from ear to ear.

"What?" She asked giving Rick a confused grin.

"Thank you" Rick said again placing his hand on Carl's head patting his hair "You guys are the only family I need"

"Promise?" Carl whispered from Michonne's shoulder.

"Promise" Rick whispered back looking up at Michonne giving her a meaningful smile to which she smiled back knowingly.