Penname: The Readers Muse
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Member Since: February 06, 2014
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Been writing in The Walking Dead since the first season and haven't looked back since. All my work will be cross-posted here from ff.net and AO3. You can find all my twd fic and non-twd fic on those mediums as well.

Stories [82] Series [2] Reviews [20] Prompts [0] Favorites [1]
 
Stories by The Readers Muse
Summary:

A loud peal of laughter rose up from somewhere behind her, rough, easy, and just unfamiliar enough that she knew who it was by default. She wasn't sure what was going on behind her, but it was apparent that at least someone was having a good time.


Categories: Season 3, Oneshot
Characters: Axel, Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Adult Language, Carol/Other (Temp)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 570 Read Count: 512
Published: July 09, 2014 Updated: July 09, 2014
Acrid by The Readers Muse Rated: T Liked [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

"She didn't say a word as she pressed the cup into his hands, soft skin slipping across the slickness of his own as their hands inadvertently brushed together."


Categories: Oneshot, Season 1
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Drama, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1284 Read Count: 395
Published: July 07, 2014 Updated: July 07, 2014
Summary:

They didn't just lay Beth to rest outside the city limits, they took her back to the beginning. Not her beginning, but theirs. Winding their way up that familiar dirt road to the Quarry camp. 


Categories: Season 5, Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1644 Read Count: 320
Published: May 06, 2015 Updated: May 06, 2015
Summary:

It was a death wish, he knew it was. For the both of them.

God knows he'd been born with tragedy in his blood.


Categories: Season 3, Oneshot, Alternate Universe, Family
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Sophia
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2070 Read Count: 395
Published: August 17, 2015 Updated: August 17, 2015
Summary:

"I can't."


Categories: Post-Series, Oneshot, Drabbles
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse (Implied), Sexual Situations
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 204 Read Count: 393
Published: January 31, 2016 Updated: January 31, 2016
Summary:

The first time wasn't about them.


Categories: Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 330 Read Count: 571
Published: April 21, 2016 Updated: April 21, 2016
Summary:

Still, nothing in the world had prepared him for being angry at her.


Categories: Season 7, Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1251 Read Count: 371
Published: January 02, 2017 Updated: January 02, 2017
Aoroi by The Readers Muse Rated: M Liked [Reviews - 15]
Summary:

"You were just gonna leave? That it? No goodbye. No nothing," he hissed, an angry growl made to hurt as unshed tears stung in her sinuses.


Categories: Season 6/7 Interlude, Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Domestic Abuse (Implied), Suicide, Suicide (Attempted), Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 923 Read Count: 554
Published: August 05, 2016 Updated: August 05, 2016
Arcus by The Readers Muse Rated: T Liked [Reviews - 18]
Summary: Past Featured Story


He grew up knowing two things for sure.


One, archery ran in the family.


And two, Clint Barton was an asshole.


Categories: Season 5, Alternate Universe, Crossover (other books or TV shows)
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Challenge Response, Drama, Fighting, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9196 Read Count: 1232
Published: September 07, 2014 Updated: September 15, 2014
Summary:

"It had been a long time since she'd been on a motorcycle. Two decades at the very least. And for the first time in perhaps just as long, she suddenly realized she missed her long hair."


Categories: Pre-Series, Season 2
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Ed Peletier
Genres: Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2390 Read Count: 376
Published: July 07, 2014 Updated: July 07, 2014
Summary:

Filing down broken edges like they were each other's lifetime work.


Categories: Alternate Universe, Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Rick
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 682 Read Count: 328
Published: August 24, 2015 Updated: August 24, 2015
Summary:

"Finally."


Categories: Season 6, Oneshot, Drabbles
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Porn w/o Plot, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 201 Read Count: 563
Published: January 31, 2016 Updated: January 31, 2016
Cafune by The Readers Muse Rated: M Liked [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

He was watching her face when she whimpered again.

Killing him in a way that had nothing to do with breathing.


Categories: Post-Series, Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1271 Read Count: 397
Published: March 17, 2017 Updated: March 17, 2017
Summary:

A heady flush of pleasure and anticipation stole across her skin as he started to relax, his long day of hunting finally seeming to catch up with him as thin streams of warm water beaded down the jut of his hips. She adored him like this, in the scant moments before the mask started to dissolve - when he finally let his guard down and allowed himself to just sit back and enjoy it.


Categories: Season 3/4 Interlude
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Drama, Porn w/o Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3432 Read Count: 1201
Published: July 19, 2014 Updated: July 19, 2014
Summary:

All the Caryl drabbles from my TWD drabble collection on A03.


Categories: Drabbles
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting, Fluffy/Comedy, Hurt/Comfort, Porn w/ Plot, Porn w/o Plot, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Fetish, Sexual Situations, Taboo, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 19 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 4191 Read Count: 8211
Published: September 13, 2015 Updated: September 29, 2016
Summary: It was a joining of souls. A twinned sense of self made stronger by a chance meeting and a tumble on the training mats. It was perfect code. Tranquil and easy.
Categories: Crossover (other books or TV shows), Operation Levity, Oneshot, Alternate Universe
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 816 Read Count: 165
Published: July 19, 2014 Updated: July 19, 2014
Chirp by The Readers Muse Rated: M Liked [Reviews - 14]
Summary:

Everyone was giving the barn a wide berth, even after the last graves had been dug and the lingering fumes from the fire had long since aired out into the quiet country air. It was more a feeling than anything else, a reminder that a line had been crossed. Perhaps even on both sides.


Categories: Season 1, Season 2
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Challenge Response, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12026 Read Count: 1819
Published: July 12, 2014 Updated: July 12, 2014
Summary:

Olivia's expression fell. Sinking deep like a stone trying to get itself lost in a sea of salt water.


Categories: Season 7, Oneshot
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Eric, Olivia
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1145 Read Count: 301
Published: September 05, 2016 Updated: September 05, 2016
Summary:

She woke up slowly to the taste of salt and old linen. Breasts aching, full in a way that she was already an old hand at recognizing. Maternal and timely with the knowledge that there would likely be a hungry little one burbling and spitting himself awake sooner rather than later for his breakfast.


Categories: Season 5/6 Interlude, Baby Fic
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Baby Fic, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3967 Read Count: 1771
Published: April 10, 2015 Updated: April 17, 2015
Summary:

It didn't seem like much, as far as first meetings go.

But for the first time in over seven years, it was enough to get him to put down his glass.


Categories: Crossover (other books or TV shows)
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fighting, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3739 Read Count: 587
Published: March 20, 2015 Updated: April 03, 2015
Summary:

"Go!" he yelled, the sound of the horde almost deafening now as they strained and pressed against the chained doors of the arena. "I have a particular predilection for surviving large displays of pyrotechnics and, in fact, explosions."


Categories: Oneshot, Season 5/6 Interlude, Alternate Universe, Crossover (other books or TV shows)
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Eugene
Genres: Drama, Fluffy/Comedy, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2660 Read Count: 267
Published: October 17, 2015 Updated: October 17, 2015
Flinch by The Readers Muse Rated: M Liked [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

You'd think that with the end of the world, people would have stopped taking chances on long shots and maybes and just left him the hell alone. Because despite trying to keep the others at an arm's length, Rick, Glenn, Dale, Carol – the lot of them had only started to gravitate closer. After the CDC and the highway it had gotten worse. He wasn't sure how, or even why, but he couldn't for the life of him figure out how to make it stop. …How he could stop.


Categories: Season 2, Season 2/3 Interlude
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4928 Read Count: 896
Published: July 07, 2014 Updated: July 07, 2014
Summary:

Her ears started ringing long before Ed's backhand even connected with the side of her face. It was an instinctual response, learned behavior. Something her body recognized before her brain even registered the hit.


Categories: Oneshot, Season 1
Characters: Ed Peletier
Genres: Angst, Challenge Response, Drama, Fighting, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2159 Read Count: 254
Published: July 09, 2014 Updated: July 09, 2014
Summary: Past Featured Story

Her coat tails flapped in the breeze as her pace suddenly devolved, turning into a staggering half run as the material flared out behind her like a banner. It was the only sound in the encompassing quiet – adding harmony to the abyss as her pale throat worked around a sudden sob.


Categories: Pre-Series, Alternate Universe, Crossover (other books or TV shows)
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fighting, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 19 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 37855 Read Count: 2237
Published: August 02, 2014 Updated: August 08, 2014
Summary:

"I'm not pretending. You were. I know. I can hear them… They just want me to change. They can make me be like them. Maybe I should change. I can make you all understand."


Categories: Season 5
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5663 Read Count: 1530
Published: November 07, 2014 Updated: January 21, 2015
Summary:

"Thought everyday was Halloween around here," Daryl grunted, leaning up against the door jamb as he watched Carol attach a cardboard cut-out around Judith's tummy. Trying and failing to quell the faint upturn of his lips as he watched Judith's limbs whirl excitedly, her flowery headband already crooked as Carol worked quickly to tidy up the finishing touches of the costume.


Categories: Season 4, Oneshot, Season 3/4 Interlude
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Judith
Genres: Challenge Response, Fluffy/Comedy, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 846 Read Count: 181
Published: July 12, 2014 Updated: July 12, 2014
Summary:

If life was a cycle, he swore that sometimes, Mother Nature hit fast-forward.


Categories: Post-Series, Baby Fic
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Angst, Baby Fic, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2802 Read Count: 1134
Published: October 04, 2014 Updated: October 05, 2014
Haze by The Readers Muse Rated: E Liked [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

She tried to justify it by reminding herself about the bar of ivory soap she'd had her heart set on finding, but the truth was she'd gotten distracted by the angle of his silhouette as he leaned into the curtain. Watching first hand as he arched his hips into the spray and grunted in pleasure...


Categories: Season 3
Characters: Carol, Daryl
Genres: Drama, Porn w/o Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3109 Read Count: 506
Published: July 08, 2014 Updated: July 08, 2014
Summary:

He hadn't been able to stop the flinch, to soften the squint and twisted expression as she picked her way through the bloody grass. Every muscle stiffened - drawing tight and protective – uncertain of what to do with himself as the scent of her rose, crisp and surprisingly clean in his most basic of senses.


Categories: Oneshot, Pre-Series, Season 1, Alternate Universe
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Merle
Genres: Angst, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Carol/Other (Temp), Child Abuse, Violence
Series: 'Soul Script' Series
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2029 Read Count: 478
Published: August 15, 2014 Updated: August 15, 2014
Summary:

"Help us! Oh god, please! Call the police!"


Categories: Crossover (other books or TV shows), Oneshot, Pre-Series
Characters: Carol, Daryl, Ed Peletier, Merle, Sophia
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Carol/Other (Temp), Child Abuse, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1795 Read Count: 249
Published: August 08, 2015 Updated: August 08, 2015