Say something, I'm giving up on you

"Carl?" Beth Greene peered around the concrete corner of Carl's cell. The boy in question barely acknoweledged the older girl, his only movement a twitch of his fingers. "Carl Grimes. Say something."

The group that had left to get Glenn and Maggie still hadn't returned, and it had been a few days. That meant there was a possibility they were dead, and Carl had already lost his mother.

He sniffled and Beth watched him carefully. This was the first faint sign of emotion she had seen since Judith was born. He was usually stone faced and demanding, and he was only thirteen!

"Carl!" Her voice was forceful. "You're thirteen! We're s'posed to be taking care of you! Not you taking care of us! But if you can't say something that isn't bossing us around, I'm giving up on you."

I'll be the one if you want me to

While Beth was ranting, Carl was lost in his thoughts. He missed his mother. His father was gone. He had a baby sister to take care of. And he's in love with Beth Greene.

Anywhere I would have followed you

"I would have followed you anywhere," He said to Beth. "Before all this. Before the world went to hell. I would have followed you anywhere.

Say something I'm giving up on you

Beth stopped, startled. "That's not what I... Carl... I meant about your parents."

"Oh. I... umm... need to go."

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

Carl POV

I stalked off. Beth doesn't like me. I'm just a kid to her! It was over my head; I've never even liked a girl before! I wish dad was here, he'd know how I should talk to Beth. God, I'm so stupid!

And I will stumble and fall

Beth POV

Oh no. I messed up big time. I shouldn't've yelled at Carl like that. I wish Mom and Lori were still alive. They woulda handled it so much better! I stared at the bed where Carl was sitting just seconds ago. I can hear his footsteps in the cell block.

I'm still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Carl POV

I paced back and forth before turning around and heading back to Beth. I walked right into my cell and grabbed her by the shoulders. Slowly, I moved forward so that my face was barely an inch away from hers.

"Carl..."

And I kissed her.

Beth POV

Oh. My. God. Carl was kissing me. It was strange, having a barely teenage boy kiss me when I myself was seventeen. I closed my eyes and felt my back against the cold wall. His lips were warm and soft against my mouth. He wasn't moving, just had his mouth pressed to mine. Suddenly my lips were cold. My eyes fluttered open and I saw Carl watching me.

Say something I'm giving up on you
I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you

Carl POV

"I... Uh... I really like you, Beth."

She stared at me with wide eyes, and her arms slowly crossed over her torso like she was cold. Suddenly she was very interested in the floor.

"Beth?"

I knew it! I knew she didn't like me. Why do I keep doing this?

"I - I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you, Beth."

I fought the tears in my eyes and ran outside. Carol was in one of the guardtowers and Hershel was watching Judith, so I went to the guardtower opposite Carol and looked out the window at the prison. The window was cool against my forehead, and I let the tears stream freely down my face.

Anywhere I would have followed you

Beth POV

I followed Carl outside and searched around the yeard for him until I finally saw his face in one of the guardtower windows.

Say something I'm giving up on you

Carl POV

Beth made her way up the stairs to the top of the guardtower where I was sobbing. I quickly wiped my face with my hand and turned to face her. We stared at each other for a little while, but I finally got fed up.

"Say something, Beth. I love you, I kissed you, and you won't say anthing to me! I'm giving up on you!"

And I will swallow my pride
You're the one that I love
I'm not saying goodbye

Beth POV

I knew that Carl wanted me to talk to him, and to tell him how I felt, but I couldn't. So instead I went up to him and stopped when our faces were only centimeters apart, as they had been before. I wrapped my arm's around Carl's neck, and immediately felt him tense up. I swallowed my pride and kissed him with a newfound passion, unlike the sweet but awkward kiss we had before.

My lips moved slowly agaisnt his, and soon we were moving as one. I played with his hair, and he turned us around so that my back was pressed up against the window and his hands were on either side of me. I got braver and more adventurous and moved to kiss his jaw, then his neck.

"Beth..." He groaned. Then I remembered: he was only thirteen. I was probably his first kiss.

I pulled away with a shy smile and blushed. "Sorry," I giggled.

He smirked and went it for another kiss. This time he lifted me up into his arms, and I was surprised by his strength. Later, we had somehow ended up on the floor, and both of us were severely blushing and breathing heavily.

"I love you, Carl Grimes."