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Mia stared at Dale, and nodded, 'Trust me, I won't shoot unless I have to, i hate these things." She had heard his comment about Jake, "Um, can I ask you something?" She leaned back against the door of the truck, and remembered her talk with Veran in the med tent the first night he showed up.
"So, you're what, 15? I talked to your dad the first night he showed up at Bear Lake, he was quite the character." She glanced at him, 'I know you might not like Jake, but I know your Dad seems a hell of alot more happy since you found him at Bear Lake, kid." She didn't know if she was crossing a line or not, but she felt she should throw that out there.
"I know , I am some strange woman, hell, I ain't even good for fighting these dead people, but I worked in a hospital for a long time and you get a feel for people, if that makes sense, and I can tell, you are what is most important to him, if that helps." She didn't look at Dale as she spoke, she didn't want to push too much.
Dale decided to loosen up a bit and leaned against the truck a couple feet away from her. It wasn't ever his strong suit talking to girls or women, but he had no problem answering questions when they were directed at him. He put one hand in his pocket and twirled the sword under his palm with a flick of his wrist, and sent it spinning horizontally as it stood. He continued to do this as a nervous tick from being alone with a woman. He looked up at her, squinting slightly from the suns rays as she spoke.
"I know how important I am to him, but I don't know if he knows what's good for 'himself'. It'll take time, and no words are gunna change that fact." He nodded after saying that, looking her over discreetly as he looked back out over the horizon, finding her extremely attractive. The woods seemed dead, but he could see movement here and there. Some lone walkers that he would take care of as they arrived. "I'm pretty good at reading people myself, but it don't change the fact that I don't trust him yet, even though I 'can' tell he's a nice guy."
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Mia watched him out of the corner of her eye. She saw how he played with the sword, and smiled, "You're pretty good with that." She followed his line of sight to the woods near them and she stiffened as she saw movement. God how she hated those things. To her they were something unnatural and evil. She hated thinking about the time before she was found and taken to Bear Lake. Her eyes darted over to Dale and slight change in his stance told her he saw them too.
So he thought Jake was a good guy, that was something , at least. She smirked at him, 'Hey, trust is a hard thing to come by in this world, and I can understand you feeling that way, hell, I am shocked you are even talking to me like this, since you hardly know me." She reached out and put her hand on his shoulder, "really though, thanks for doing this and speaking up, you helped me, and I appreciate it.' She smiled at him, then movement caught her eyes from the treeline, 'fuck, I was hoping they would just go away." She didn't mean to , but she gripped his shoulder, then realized what she did and let go, 'sorry." she held the gun in both hands now, and raised it to take aim, "I really am a shitty shot." Mia didn't shoot, wasn't sure if she should, or wait.
"I've had a lot of experience with it before and after the apocalypse happened," he replied to her praise with a bit of a smirk. Dale gulped as Mia place her hand on his shoulder. He could tell how soft her hands were through the material of her shirt. She definitely had the hands of a doctor, not ones meant to be used to don weaponry. He couldn't help but enjoy her company, she was so tense about everything, a natural worry wart, but she had a soft voice, and he could tell she meant good.
"It's no problem, glad I have kudos points with somebody. I can tell you don't mean any harm or else I wouldn't have given you the gun. I only really trust my father, and I always keep my eyes open and alert if I don't trust somebody. It's easier to trust somebody when you don't think they'll be of any harm to you anyways, right?" He didn't mean to take a shot at her, he was just bluntly honest. He felt her grip tense on him suddenly as a walker drew near, and watched as she aimed the gun. He slowly, but not too slowly, took his hand out of his pocket and placed it on top of the gun, and pressed down on it to lower her aim. "No need to have all of them come running. It doesn't have a silencer after all."
As the walker came near he moved forward just enough to send his katana flying towards it. It struck vertically on it's skull, and delved deep into it. After the walker fell, quite dead, Dale stuck his boot on it's face and ripped the sword free. He took the clothe he had hanging on his side and wiped it free of blood, place the cloth back on his pants, and returned silently to Mia's side, and begun twirling it again. He had gotten pretty good at that trick. One of the perks from being alone nearly all of two years in a zombie ravaged landscape.
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Mis felt him lower her hands with the gun. She watched a he advanced on the walker and cut it down. She could not believe the kid was 15. The thought saddened her for a moment. At that age he shouldn't have a care in the world and be having fun and chasing girls. This world had definitely changed the way kids grew up. At that moment, part of her was glad she had never been able to carry a baby to term. What would have happened to her own child if she had one?
Mia shoved that thought down. It would do no good to wonder what ifs. Her eyes scanned Dale as he came back to her and began playing with the sword again. He seemed as if it was nothing ,just another part of his day. She ran a hand over her face and chuckled for a moment. " you know before all this shit happened, a kid able to do and react the way you just did to that would have been medicated at best and locked up at worst and now it is completely normal." She looked over at the treeline," i don't know if I should make you my best friend, or be scared as hell of you,kid" she didn't look at him,just stared at the treeline.
Dale smirked and let out a bit of a scoff and laugh at the same time, "If somebody 'claimed' to have seen what just happened just now, they would've been the ones committed." He hoisted himself up on the side of the bed on the truck, not seeing any immediate danger, and placed his sword over his lap with the hilt on the side where Mia stood. He kinda stared out not saying anything for a couple minutes, and just watched the treeline as she did. "You don't have to fear me. Only when you do something to hurt me, that's all I can say about that. I've been alone this entire time, and I trust that loneliness more than I trust good company. It doesn't mean I don't want it. Sitting alone in a corner listening to people talk is enough for me."
He looked over at Mia again, once more acknowledging her good looks. He didn't plan anything behind it, but he had to ask, "So you got a boyfriend or something since all this?"
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Mia felt bad for the kid as he spoke a out being alone this whole time til he showed up at Bear Lake. She watched him sit on the side of the truck bed and smirked. He may have been through hell, but he still did boy stuff. His words made the smirk fall, as he spoke about her fearing him. One brow rose," i didn't mean to upset ya."
She stared back at the treeline and leaned against the truck. She saw one coming to the very edge of the trees. That was not what had he attention though. Dale's question had caught her completely off guard. It took a couple seconds before she could even respond. Mia swallowed," well, I was married and my husband died not long after the out break, exactly what do you mean,boyfriend' Mia glanced at him, should she really discuss this with him? Was it appropriate?
Hell the kid lives in a world where your life is on the line daily, she decided to be candid with him and treat him like another adult." Honestly, I haven't done anything steady since my husband died, I've had the occasional male to ease the tension, but I don't like getting too attached, if that's what you wanted to know." She thought for a moment and decided it was only fair," what about you? Popped your cherry yet?"
Dale frowned as she spoke, "Sorry, didn't mean to trudge up old wounds." He looked at her with an expression of true sorrow. "It ain't fair. I can get what you mean by easing the tension. Hell, I'm a damn teenager, hardly have a porno mag to look at." He chuckled lightly. "I get that though. Not like you have too many options nowadays." He kinda sighed a bit as he spotted the walker as well, and hopped down to be ready for it. He listened further, and and grew silent after the question. He spoke up a moment later, "I had a girl for a short period. I was with her the majority of all this. We lost it too each other, our 'cherries' that is. She died half a year ago about. If she was still around I probably wouldn't have been here now, and woulda never set foot in that camp."
Mia instantly felt sick for asking him and bringing up that bad memory for him. He had just apologized for doing that a moment before, and funny how quickly things turned back around in this world.
She frowned, 'I am sorry, Dale, I didn't mean..." she fell silent, and without thinking about it, she moved over and hugged him. She let him go rather quickly and stepped back. She smiled at him, then glanced over at the walker, then back to him, seeing that they still had a little time. "Well, kid, if you were older.." she grinned and let the words fall at that, 'but I do know what you mean about choices, but it isn't so much that, it's just I honestly, do not want to go through that hell again, getting attached to someone to lose them, this world sucks, and I know we have to survive ,and I am doing that, don't think my heart will." She pointed at the dead creature walking ever closer, "It's waiting for you, go and give the poor creature mercy."
Dale quickly held up his hand when she tried to apologize, "Nothing to be sorry for. She was my first love, maybe my last. I didn't expect her to be there forever, and for that reason it didn't hurt as bad as it could've." He was surprised by her hug, almost tried to keep her clung to him, but didn't. He nodded and sighed as she pointed out the walker. He nudged her as he walked by and smiled, "Hey now, it's an anarchy now if it's ever been. Who says the 'boy' can't get the 'woman' nowadays? As for this 'creature', misery no longer existed for it when it no longer retained a pulse."
He walked up and slashed unnervingly quickly across the walker's face, causing it to move for a moment longer, but drop after it's cranium slid off. He took his place beside her again, and crossed his arms. It wasn't often he talked so easily to somebody, but he was enjoying it. His only disappointment was that she probably wouldn't go for an underage guy despite any real 'law' no longer existing.
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Mia wasn't quite sure,but thought for a split second she caught a bit of resistance from him when she pulled out of her embrace of him.
The words he spoke about mercy for the dead gave her a chill. He truly was not feeling anything when it came to killing these poor bastards. Would it be the same if it was a living person? Would that cause him to pause, to reflect on what he was doing? It bothered Mia that someone so young could be so detached from his actions. She understood that technically the person was dead but still, the idea that they had once been lile her always made her feel sick .
Dale stood there like he was waiting for her to answer his comment about the boy and the woman. Mia smiled at him," wow, the world has changed." She chuckled softly," how old do you think I am,Dale?" She was curious about his view, how he saw her." I think if the woman chose the boy it would break another man's heart." She smiled and glanced around, one to see where Nate was amd to see if anyone was paying them attention. Mia reached out and grippef his shouldet," I know growing up in this sucks, but if I crossed that line, It would change me, and you." She smiled and chuckled to lighten the seriousness," sides ,I am old enough to be your mom, wouldn't that be kinda gross for you?" Mia released his arm and stepped back , she thought she heard something.
Dale shrugged, "I'm guessing your in your late 20's." He then sighed, and looked up at her, "Don't take me so seriously. Besides, somebody's heart is always bound to get broken when it comes to love." He stretched slightly, and then had his shoulder gripped suddenly. He looked up at her as she spoke to him, and shrugged her hand off. "Look around you, I don't have many options either. Even before all this happened children were growing up more quickly than ever. You're a grown woman, sure, but I don't see how it would be gross unless you looked like adult version of Elphaba Thropp."
"The only thing that separates me from the men out there right now is their physical bulk. Don't look down on me." He walked towards the woods, far enough to where he wouldn't be able to hear her with his bad hearing. He hated being looked at as a child. He had been through more than most adults who were alive before this. He believed it his right to be treated like one. As he reached his spot he quickly bashed his blade into a newly arrived, probably the noise Mia had heard, walker's skull, far less gracefully than he had been doing before. He was obviously bothered.
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Mia flinched as he shrugged her off. Fuck! Damnit, she had pissed him off. She didn't look down on him at all, in fact she enjoyed being around him, and talking to him. She just didn't think it was right for a 30 year old woman to go and shag some 15 yr old kid.
She stared after him and watched how he took out the walker, with extreme prejudice, and ran a hand through her hair. What should she do? Could she do? She didn't want to make it worse, or drive him away from her. Hell, he talked to her more candidly than most adults. She waited for him to come back, and then spoke, "Look, I wanna make this clear, i do NOT look down on you, you are more capable than some of the adults I have seen through out this thing including me, alright." She was trying, she didn't want him thinking she was looking down on him, or that she would treat him like some kid, "and since you don't want to be treated like a kid, how about I treat you like a man then, huh?'She glanced at him, 'I don't take you seriously, you're flirting , that's fine, or you're curious, also fine, just know, I am not some whore and don't spread my legs for every man that sniffs around." She raised a brow, to see his reaction. She had basically said the same thing to Nate back at Bear Lake, when they were both drunk. It would have been easy to give in and blame being drunk, but she wasn't that kinda person.
"Good," he replied to her first exclamation. Dale couldn't help but smile, and laugh a bit as she approached him about his irritated attitude following that. He stopped laughing, and held up his hand. "Alright, I get it, calm down. I was only irritated about the looking down thing. I suppose I acted a little 'childish' right there, huh?" He nudged her jokingly, and then sighed, "I haven't mentioned sex. You're attractive, very, but I'm not going to push anybody into a judgement call of that scale. I only just met you practically. I'm a teenager with urges. I can't deny what my body does as much as I want to be treated like an adult, but I wouldn't go so far as actually trying to get between your legs. We have more pressing things to worry about anyways."
After that, he grew relatively silent, not really sure what more to say. He had obviously pressed a few wrong buttons, and he hadn't intended to. After a moment he looked up at her, "Sorry Mia. That was your name right?"