Summary: She has no memory of what happened to her. Shot and mistakenly left for dead, Carley is rescued by another group of survivors. Walking Dead/We're Alive Crossover.
This is a crossover fanfic with the "Walking Dead" game and "We're Alive" a podcast show. Those who are not familiar with We're Alive, it is more like survivors battling the monsters from 28 Days Later and Left 4 Dead than facing the undead in a typical zombie apocalypse movie.
Unfortunately, the characters from We're Alive are all situated in Los Angeles and I had to move them into Georgia to make this work.
Chapter One: Wounds
"She... She... She's dead! Why did she shoot her?"
"Get in! We're leaving this crazy bitch."
"Lee, she's gone. You heard Ben, you can't help her. Get in or do I have to drag you!"
She woke as if coming out of a deep sleep to find herself face down in the dirt.
Wh - What happened?
Almost immediately she felt a painful burning sensation in her left cheek and eye. Her head started to throb as she tried to move her limbs.
Shit. I feel like crap. What happened?
Slowly she pushed herself up onto her knees and that's when she noticed something else was wrong. She couldn't see out of her left eye. It was night but the moon and stars were out and giving off enough light to see out of her right eye but something was wrong with her left.
Fighting down her panic, she reached up and touched the left side of her face. When she pulled her hand back she found it to be covered in blood. Almost shaking in fear now, she looked around to find herself on the side of a long stretch of a road, lined with trees on either side.
How did I get here?
Then she heard them, the slow shuffling of feet through piles of fallen leaves and the bone chilling constant low moaning. Like right out of a foreboding bad dream, three walkers emerged out from the shadows of the trees, heading straight towards her.
Carley rose to her feet to flee but she almost blacked out from the effort. The sudden movement caused new pain to surged through her head, making it feel like it was about to split open.
The walkers closed in on their new prey.
No, get up and move!
Through sheer will and much fear for her life, Carley started to run as best as she could but her aching head made it almost impossible and for some reason her body had so little strength to give. At most, all she could manage was a fast walk down the road. Carley fumbled inside her coat for her gun but came up empty. The situation was growing from bad to worse.
I'm injured, most likely seriously, no weapon and being chased by walkers. Which one will do me in first?
Looking behind, one of the three walkers was actually gaining on her. Carley tried to move faster but every step felt like someone was taking a jackhammer to her already throbbing head it was pure agony.
The fast walker behind her sounded so close now that she didn't dare look back. Exhaustion was overtaking her and Carley started to cry from her good eye. Maybe it would be better to stop running and let it end now than drag this out needlessly.
Then there was a light from behind and the sound of an engine. A vehicle was approaching and it filled Carley with unexpected hope to keep moving. The vehicle was loud as it sped up and swerved around them to pass on her left. Carley looked and her jaw dropped. It was a humvee! An honestly to goodness US military humvee.
Still trying to keep ahead of the pursuing walkers, Carley tried to wave and call to them but she could barely catch her breath to shout. Worse, probably in her condition and in the dark they might think she was a walker too. Even in the gloom of night, she could see faces inside the vehicle windows looking out but they were already passing to accelerate away.
Seeing her last ray of hope leaving, Carley finally screamed out with all she had left. "PLEASE HELP ME!"
This made her head ache even more almost causing her to stumble but she heard the humvee screeched to a halt about fifty feet ahead of her. The front side passenger door flew open and a man jumped out. It was too dark to make out his face but the outline of his body showed that he was dressed head to toe in full military combat gear. In his hands, he cradled an assault rifle. At that moment he was the most beautiful sight in the world to Carley.
He took a step towards her as he brought his weapon up. "If you are living, GET DOWN!" The man barked.
Carley almost nodded as she dropped to the hard pavement. An instant later, she heard three loud cracks from his discharging weapon. When her ears stopped ringing seconds later, the moaning of the walkers that had been dogging her from behind had been permanently silenced. Still on her hands and knees and gasping for breath, Carley couldn't stop shaking, unable to believe she was rescued. She then heard more voices coming from the vehicle.
"Watch the tree line!" A powerful and rough older voice commanded. "But shoot only if you have to!"
"I got it!" A much youthful male voice answered back.
Carley then heard people approaching. Lifting her head, she saw the soldier and next to him a woman in plain civilian clothing hurrying to her with flashlights. When they reached her, they shined their lights right into Carley's face, nearly blinding her. Her two would be rescuers actually paused in shock which scared Carley.
How bad are my injuries?
For a moment she feared they would turn around and abandon her.
"Please, don't leave me." Her plead was feeble and weak but she nearly at the end of her rope, her strength fading and she was terrified of dying out here alone.
The woman snapped out of it first and spoke with a gentle French accent. "We won't." She knelt down next to her, taking Carley's hand into hers before turning to the soldier. "Angel, help me."
However, the soldier still hesitated before kneeling down before Carley, studying her damaged face with his flashlight.
"Wait." He was more professional sounding and asked Carley direct. "Were you bitten?"
"I don't know…" Carley muttered, grasping the others woman's hand like it was a lifeline. She couldn't remember what happened to her, her headache was getting even worse. "I was with a group at this motel and we were attacked by bandits. We escaped but… everything is a blank after that. Help me… please… please…"
Angel nodded and looked to the French woman. "Riley, this looks like a messy gunshot wound and not a bite. Let's chance it."
I was shot? How?! I need a mirror to see how bad it is.
From the humvee, the young voice called to them. "I would hurry you two! We're doubled park and I'm seeing a ton of movement in the trees!"
Riley and Angel each took an arm and helped Carley to their vehicle and quickly placed her in the back. All the way to the humvee, Carley was almost delirious with gratitude, thanking them over and over. She might have to kissed them if she had the strength to.
Inside, Carley collapsed into her seat in a mixture of relief and exhaustion as the French woman took her place next to her on her right. To Carley's left a large and older man with no hair and a grey beard, dressed in civilian cloths climbed in.
To the front, Angel hurried around into the passenger seat as the driver slide back behind the wheel pulling a pair of night vision goggles from his face. He turned back to them and he was a young black man, dressed in full combat gear like Angel.
"How is our..." He stopped when he looked at Carley and saw her face and nearly exclaimed. "Holy... Is she going to be all right?"
Carley could barely keep her good eye open now. On second thought, I don't want that mirror.
"Just drive Saul." The French woman said urgently, as she reached in the back compartment for the first aid kit. "Burt, help me dress her wound."
The older man leaned in closer to help Riley tend to Carley's damaged face before saying in a gruff voice. "Radio ahead and warn them we have wounded coming in."
"I'm already on it." Angel said.
The humvee pulled away as dozens of walkers piled out onto the road from the forest. They mindlessly tried to follow the military vehicle as its taillights grew smaller into the night before disappearing around a bend in the road.