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This story is No. 1 in the series "Fading Into The Grey". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: Valise Times, vampire slayer parts ways with her mentor, Buffy in order to go home to Atlanta in hopes of finding her family in the midst of the zombie apocalypse.Wondering around she comes face to face with the Dixon brothers and her life changes forever

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Television > Walking Dead, The
Literature > Vampire Diaries, The
romanticblondieFR181820,806113,58116 Aug 1316 Aug 13Yes

Chapter 18

DISCLAIMER: Sadly Buffy the vampire slayer belongs to Joss Whedon, The Walking Dead isn’t mine either , and neither is Vampire Diaries, I am only borrowing them for the playground of my OC character-Valise Times.
SPOLIERS: Post-Chosen BTVS, Mid-season 3 TWD, and no specific time during the Vampire Diaries.

The first thing I noticed when I opened my eyes was the concrete ceilings. I was back in the prison. Which meant, I wasn’t dead. But the question still remains. How did I get here? The last thing I remembered was being in Daryl’s arms and then the pain. I sat up abruptly as I pulled the blankets away to look at my stomach.

“That’s bastard shot me.”

I nearly jumped out of my skin at the feel of a hand on my shoulder. Clutching my chest I looked to the woman. I hadn’t even realized she was there.

“Jeez Buffy, you nearly gave me a heart attack.”

The immortal slayer didn’t say anything. Simply sat on the mattress, that I noticed was the one Daryl and I usually slept on, and put her arms around me.

“Valise, I’m so glad you’re ok. I thought I lost you.”

I hugged my best friend back. “I know, I thought I was done for. I remember everything going dark. What happened? How did you save me?”

“I believe I had something to do with that love.”

I pulled away from Buffy just as the original blurred over to me and pulled me off the bed and into his arms. As we hugged, I let myself enjoy the feeling of safety that I always got around one of my friends. Carefully, he placed me back on the bed, sitting next to me as he and Buffy explained what happened and how Caroline’s fast thinking saved her life. I would have to personally thank vampire Barbie when I got the chance.
The three of us sat there talking for a moment as Nik explained how after Buffy and Spike left him and one of his witches, he, Elijah, and Caroline had decided to follow them a few weeks after. With Kol gone, he admitted that things were too quiet around the Mikaelson mansion.
As if summoned, Spike, Kol, and Elijah appeared infront of them.
Valise took turns hugging each of them.

“You know you’re never going on another adventure without me, right? You obviously can’t seem to stay out of trouble,” Kol said tauntingly as he sat against the wall.

I rolled my eyes. At his remark.

“We both know that neither one of us is good at staying out of trouble.”

“Well you better well bloody start.” Spike grumbled. I gave him a soft smile. I could only imagine what it must have been like to watch me get that close to the brink of death. He and Buffy had already lost Dawn, I’m not sure how they would have handled my death.
I wondered for a moment where the others were. When I inquired, Spike rolled his eyes.

“Everyone or just your boy?”

I blushed at the mention of Daryl.

“Can you blame her? He was worried sick.” Buffy said, throwing Spike a knowing look.

“So, this guy…what makes him so special, love?” I look to Nik as a smile forms on my lips.

“He makes me happy.”

Nik rubbed his fingers across his chin as he pretended to ponder something.

“Hmm, I see. He makes you happy.”


“Nothing. Nothing. Nothing at all.” The hybrid replied. I narrowed my eyes at him. I would have to talk to Caroline later. He was up to something.

“You got that boy whipped good and proper.” Buffy interjected. I looked at her curiously.

“What do you mean?”

“She means, that he has been glued to your side ever since we got you home last night. Up until an hour ago.” Nik replied.

“What happened an hour ago?”

“I told him I would bite him if he didn’t give Buffy some time with you.”

I looked at the well dressed original in surprise.


His face remained completely serious as he continued. “I believe the phrase you’re looking for is Oh. Em. Gee.”
We all began laughing at his response. It was one of the most comical things I had ever heard the dark haired original say.
When we finally calmed down, I looked to the stares to see Carol coming up the steps. She stopped seeming unsure about herself in the presence of my supernatural family. I smiled, doing my best to put her at ease.

“Valise, oh thank goodness you’re awake.”

She crossed the room and engulfed me in a hug. She pulled back giving me a smile.

“Elijah, explained how you just needed rest and you would be fine, but hearing it and seeing are two different things.” I noticed the suite wearing vampire had not once taken his eyes off of Carol as she stood before me. I never would have thought the two of them…hmm. Interesting.

“I’m fine Carol. But thanks for your concern. Where are the others?”

“Well Rick, Caroline, and Daryl are over in cell block A. The others are keeping watching outside for any signs of the Governor. Well, if you’ll excuse me. I need to get back to work. But call me if you need anything.” I nodded and promised I would. Once she was no longer in sight I turned to Nik.

“Why are Rick, Caroline, and Daryl in cell block A?”

Kol chuckled. “My guess they’re keeping are new guest busy. Providing him with some entertainment.”


“The idiot that shot you in the stomach, pet.” Spike answered. I didn’t really care what happened to the guy. I know it’s my duty to protect people. But he almost killed me. I nodded.

“Come on, gang lets go relieve loverboy of his duties so he can come back and snuggle with his honey,” Buffy said as she ordered the guys to head downstairs. Before they went, each reached out and gave me a hug. Klaus kissed me on the forehead, before his blue eyes gazed at me warmly. Something about the way he always looked at me made my insides melt. We would never be more than friends. He loved Caroline and I had Daryl. And neither one of us would change that for the world, but there would always be a soft spot we had for each other that no one could replace.

“I would back away from her brother, her strumpet ways may be contagious.” I looked to Kol, where he stood at the top of the stairs, when Nik wasn’t looking, I flicked him the bird with my middle finger.

“See! Did you see that! She just propositioned me!”

I laughed when Buffy, who was behind Kol, gave him a little push. “Yeah, yeah, and those walkers out there are propositioning you too huh?”

“Probably!” He retorted.

“Oh you’re a nummy treat.” Spike replied as he descended the stairs infront of Kol.
As Elijah brought up the rear, he turned to me and smiled.

“I’ll inform…Daryl? That you are awake.”

“Thank you.”

He nodded, making his way down the stairs. I stopped him with my voice.

“Hey Elijah. How is it that you still manage to have a clean suite during the zombie apocalypse?”

He smirked before replying “A gentleman must always be prepared for anything…even the zombie apocalypse.”
I laughed, giving him a small wave as he left to go downstairs. Now that I was alone once again, I felt myself growing sleepy.
The next time I became aware again, an arm was wrapped around my waist. Turning around I came face to face with the man I had been waiting to see.

“Bout time yer’ woke up. Slept the damn day away.”

I couldn’t help but smile.
“Shut up stupid.”

His blue eyes lit up with amusement.
“Did you just call me stupid?”


“Watch that mouth of yours.” He warned as our lips inched closer to each other.

“Make me.”

And he did, his lips pressed against mine, expressing so much emotion. Desperation. Desire. Fear. Love.
When we were forced to pull away for air, I reached my hand up and ran it through his hair. His eyes stared into mine.

“I’m not good with words. But damn it woman, you scared the living daylights out of me. I thought I had lost you. And that’s when I realized something.”

I looked at him intently. “What?”

“I love you woman, and if you ever pull some shit like that again, I’ll kick yer’ ass.”

I laughed at his declaration. It was so Daryl. Giving him a quick peck on the lips, I looked into his eyes.

“I love you too Daryl.”

As sleep claimed me once more, I sighed in contentment. We may not have gotten the Governor yet, but we would. For now, I had all of my family here, safe and sound. And even more importantly, I had the man I loved next to me. As far as living in a post-apocalyptic world, it wasn’t so bad.

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