Chapter 6: Reunion
At the Campsite
While everybody doing there own thing the CB radio squawks, "Hello, base camp! Can anybody out there hear me? Base camp, this is T-Dog. Anybody hear me?"
"Hello? Hello? Reception's bad on this end. Repeat. Repeat." Dale said.
"Shane, is that you?" T-Dog asked.
"Is that them?" Lori asked.
"We're in some deep shit. We're trapped in the department store." T-Dog said.
"He say they're trapped?" Shane asked.
"There are geeks all over the place. Hundreds of 'em. We're surrounded." T-Dog said.
"T-Dog, repeat that last. Repeat." Dale said.
"He said the department store." Lori said.
"I heard it too." Dale said.
"Shane?" Lori asked.
"Mikey what do you think?" Shane asked.
"1 hour. We give it 1 hour and if we don't hear from them or are back here within 1 hour we go and get them, ok?" Michael said.
"Ok." Shane said.
"Thank you." Amy said.
"Don't worry. We'll get your sister and the others out." Michael said.
So then they waited 1 hour.
Meanwhile on the department store roof
"Come on! Let's go, let's go!" Morales said.
"Hey, you can't leave me here!" Merle said.
"T-Dog give me the key!" Andrea said as T-Dog gave her the key to the handcuffs.
"Yeah! That's it! Come on, baby!" Merle said as Andrea used the key to uncuff him and took the cuffs with her as she the others went to go to the roll-up doors at the front of the store.
They run down the stairs to the store's front they see that the Walkers have broke through so they ran to the roll-up doors and when they got there somebody knocked on the doors signaling for them to open the doors and they threw there gear in the truck and they got in the truck and drove off before the Walkers can get them. No one said a word after they got on until Merle said, "The next time you handcuff me Office Friendly, I'll kick your ass." he said to the person driving.
"Hey, aren't we missing somebody?" Merle asked.
"Where's Glenn?" Andrea asked.
On the highway a red stolen car driving inside is Glenn who is having fun. "Whoo-hoo-hoo! Yeah-hoo-hoo!"
Meanwhile back at the campsite
Lori right now is giving her son Carl a haircut while Shane and Michael are cleaning there shotguns.
"Baby, the more you fidget, the longer it takes. So don't, okay?" Lori said.
"I'm trying." Carl said.
"Well, try harder." Lori said.
"If you think this is bad, wait till you start shaving. That stings. That day comes, you'll be wishing for one of your mama's haircuts." Shane said.
"I'll believe that when I see it." Carl said.
Shane chuckles-"I'll tell you what. You just get through this with some manly dignity and tomorrow I'll teach you something special. I will teach you to catch frogs." Shane said.
"I've caught a frog before." Carl said.
"I said frogs plural. And it is an art, my friend. It is not to be taken lightly. There are ways and means. Few people know about it. I'm willing to share my secrets." Shane said.
Carl turns around to look at his mom.
"Oh, I'm a girl. You talk to him." Lori said.
Shane chuckles again-"It's a one time offer, bud not to be repeated." Shane said.
"Why do we need frogs, plural?" Carl asked.
"You ever eat frog legs?" Shane asked.
"Eww!" Carl said.
"No, yum!" Shane said.
"No, he's right. Eww." Lori said.
"When you get down to that last can of beans, you're gonna be loving those frog legs, lady. I can see it now "Shane, do you think I could have a second helping, please? Please? Just one?" Shane said.
"Yeah, I doubt that." Lori said.
"Don't listen to her, man. You and me, we'll be heroes. We'll feed these folks cajun-style Kermit legs." Shane said.
"I would rather eat Miss Piggy. Yes, that came out wrong." Lori said.
Shane laughs-"Heroes, son, spoken of in song and legend. You and me, Shane and Carl." Shane said as he and Carl laugh.
A car alarm approaching.
"Talk to me, Dale!" Shane said.
"I can't tell yet." Dale said as he looked through the binoculars.
"Is it them? Are they back?" Amy asked.
Dale looked again.
"I'll be damned." Dale said.
"What is it?" Amy asked.
"A stolen car is my guess." Dale said.
As the car pulls up Glenn exits the car smiling.
"Holy crap. Turn that damn thing off!" Dale said.
"I don't know how!" Glenn said.
"Pop the hood,please. Pop the damn hood,please." Shane said.
"My sister Andrea." Amy said
"Pop the damn hood!" Shane shouted.
"What? Okay okay. Yeah yeah yeah. Yeah yeah!" Glenn said.
"Is she okay? Is she all right?" Amy asked.
"She's okay! She's okay!" Glenn said.
"Is she coming back?" Amy asked.
"Yes!" Glenn said.
"Why isn't she with you? Where is she? She's okay?" Amy asked.
"Yes! Yeah, fine. Everybody is." Glenn said.
"Are you crazy, driving this wailing bastard up here? Are you trying to draw every walker for miles?" Shane asked.
"I think we're okay." Dale said.
"You call being stupid okay?" Shane asked.
"Well, the alarm was echoing all over these hills. Hard to pinpoint the source. I'm not arguing. I'm just saying. It wouldn't hurt you to think things through a little more carefully next time, would it?" Dale asked.
"Sorry. Got a cool car." Glenn said.
A truck approaches camp. The back door of the truck sliding open and out first was Andrea who sees her sister.
"Amy." Andrea called.
"Andrea!" Amy called as she ran up to hug her sister.
"Oh! Oh my god!" Andrea said.
"You scared the shit out of me." Amy said.
"Papi! Daddy!" Louis calling his dad.
"Hey. I told you I'd be back, didn't I?" Morales said to his family.
"You are a welcome sight." Dale said as he and Morales laugh. "I thought we had lost you folks for sure." Dale said.
"How'd y'all get out of there anyway?" Shane asked.
"New guy he got us out." Glenn said.
"New guy?" Shane asked.
"Yeah, crazy vato just got into town. Hey, helicopter boy! Come say hello. The guy's a cop like you two." Morales said.
As Shane and Michael looked to see who the "new guy" is they couldn't believe that it is there best friend and brother Rick Grimes alive. Lori and Carl see him too.
"Oh my god." Rick said seeing his family.
"Dad! Dad!" Carl shouted running to his dad and hugs him.
As Rick is carrying Carl he goes up to his wife Lori and hugs her. He also sees his brothers who move towards the family and have a family hug. The family is reunited.
Night time around the camp fire
Those who were sitting around the camp fire were listening to Rick's story about what happened when he woke up from his coma.
"Disoriented. I guess that comes closest. Disoriented. Fear, confusion. All those things but... Disoriented comes closest. Words can be meager things. Sometimes they fall short. I felt like I'd been ripped out of my life and put somewhere else. For a while I thought I was trapped in some coma dream, something I might not wake up from ever." Rick said.
Carl looked up to his dad and said "Mom said you died."
"She had every reason to believe that. Don't you ever doubt that." Rick said.
"When things started to get really bad, they told me at the hospital that they were gonna medevac you and the other patients to Atlanta, and it never happened." Lori said.
"Well, I'm not surprised after Atlanta fell." Rick said.
"Yeah." Lori said.
"And from the look of that hospital, it got overrun." Rick said.
"Yeah, looks don't deceive. I barely got them out, you know?" Shane said.
"I can't tell you how grateful I am to you, Shane. I can't begin to express it. And you too, Mikey." Rick said as Michael smiles.
"There go those words falling short again. Paltry things." Dale said.
Wood clatters from Ed putting a log in his camp fire.
"Hey Ed, you want to rethink that log?" Shane asked.
"It's cold, man." Ed said.
"The cold don't change the rules, does it? Keep our fires low, just embers so we can't be seen from a distance, right?" Shane said.
"I said it's cold. You should mind your own business for once." Ed said.
Shane got up and walks over to Ed's fire.
"Hey Ed... Are you sure you want to have this conversation, man?" Shane asked.
"Go on. Pull the damn thing out. Go on!" Ed said as Carol pulled the log out of the fire.
"Christ." Shane said before stomping the flames out.
"Hey, Carol, Sophia, how are y'all this evening?" Shane asked.
"Fine. We're just fine." Carol said.
"I'm sorry about the fire." She apologized.
"No no no. No apology needed. Y'all have a good night, okay?"
"Thank you." Carol said.
"I appreciate the cooperation." Shane then rejoined the group. They kept talking for awhile and then they all turned into bed to hopefully get a goodnight sleep for they don't know what tomorrow will happen now that the world end but they will do what they can to stay alive.
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