A/N: I know I haven't actually gotten to the part where Rose meets the group, but I really wanted to have some back story. Be sure to leave some feedback!


Rose stumbled into the tent hours later, her hair pulled up in a messy bun and her clothes torn in several places. She scanned the tent for Scarlett when she laid her eyes upon a familiar shade of blonde.

"Scarlett…" She whispered as she crawled further into the tent, careful not to step on her tiny frame. She heard a muffled moan and moments later, the little girls head bobbed up from under the covers. Scarlett smiled momentarily before her eyes rested upon Rose's arm. Rose jumped at the sudden contact when she felt her tiny hands roam on her arm, looking down, she saw a nasty gash in her arm.

"How come you don't cry when you get hurt?" Scarlett's fingers wandered down her arm until she hit the scars on her wrist. Rose quickly grabbed one of her dirtied shirts and pressed on the wound before answering the feeble girl.

"Well, you know how sometimes you need medicine?" Rose wrapped her arm tightly with the shirt and then took Scarlett in her arms, stroking her hair softly.

Scarlett nodded sleepily and yawned. "Yeah…Mommy told me it was for my….My…" Scarlett struggled to remember as she started to fall asleep.

"Blood sugar." The small girl nodded in her arms again causing Rose to smile lightly.

"Well, I'm sick too. I have CIPA." Scarlett looked up at Rose and gave her a questionable look.

"What's that?"

"It makes it so I don't feel pain, like this." Rose extended her none damaged arm and pinched the little girl quickly on the leg, causing the girl to shriek and rub her leg.

"So…You can't feel that?" After recovering from the pinch the girl pointed to the now bloodied shirt wrapped around her arm. Rose shook her head as she lay the girl down and pulled the covers over the two of them.

"That's…Good…I don't want you to cry…" Scarlett yawned and pressed her tiny frame against Rose. Rose wrapped her arm around her protectively and kissed her cheek.

"I don't want you to cry either pumpkin." She pulled Scarlett's frail body even closer to hers and buried her nose in the girls hair. She could still smell the faint aroma of bubblegum.


Rose awoke to find the sweet aroma of bubblegum missing. She sat up in a panicked frenzy only to breathe a sigh of relief to see Scarlett brushing her dolls hair, singing a soft lullaby. Rose watched the girl silently until she looked up.

"Rose!" Scarlett shrieked and flung herself into Rose's arms. Rose gasped at the sudden impact, even though she couldn't feel pain, she had trained herself to react appropriately if she ever got hurt. Scarlett released Rose upon hearing the gasp and looked worriedly at her.

"D-Did I hurt you?" She whimpered, looking at the ground. Rose sighed and took the girl in her arms.

"I told you, I don't feel pain" Rose smiled and pinched the girl again, causing the girl to shriek and erupt into a fit of giggles, "C'mon, Let's go get some food in ya." She reached forward and tickled the girls belly, causing her to fall down onto Rose, giggling uncontrollably.

"Rose! Are you in there?" Rose quickly shushed Scarlett at the sound of the mans voice and unzipped the tent. The man grabbed the back of her shirt and hauled her up, causing Rose to shriek.

"Can you shoot?" Rose scrunched up her nose at the smell of the mans breath which smelled distinctly of alcohol earning herself a slap in the face.

"Y-Yes!" Rose nodded as she rubbed her cheek.

"Good. You're going out on a supply run with the guys."

"B-But..."

"Unless you want us to take your little sister in the woods I suggest to comply with me." Rose's eyes widened at his comment and she quickly nodded.

"I-I'll get ready!" She turned and stepped back into her tent, greeted by an extremely worried Scarlett who flung herself at Rose, sobbing uncontrollably.

"R-Rose...D-Don't..." Scarlett hiccuped into Rose's chest as she held her tightly. Rose gently pushed her back and knelt in front of her.

"Hey, Don't cry..." She whispered as she wiped Scarlett's tear stained cheeks. She leaned forward and whispered in her ear, making sure the man waiting outside didn't hear her. "I've been thinking...After I get back...We pack up our stuff and leave." Rose knew they had spent too much time here, even if they did have the medicine her sister needed. Scarlett nodded enthusiastically as her sobbing ceased. They shared a few more hugs before Rose scrambled back out of the tent. She sighed, holstering her pistol and putting a few extra rounds in her backpack. I will get you out of here Scarlett. I promise.


Thanks so much for reading this chapter! Hope you enjoyed! The next chapter we should be finally meeting up with Rick and the others so please continue reading! If it's a little rough, I apologize, I'm not the best at writing but hopefully you guys are please with it! Remember to R&R! Feedback is encouraged!