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Hope in the World of the walking dead

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Disclaimer: I don’t own The Walking Dead, BtVS or the Marvel cinematic universe.

 

Timeline: after S7 of Buffy, before the Thor movie and Pre S3 of TWD.

 

Andrew walked down the path alone as the desert winds surrounded him, the winds howled, sending scouring sand his way.

He let out a whimper, he had been cast down from his friends, of course he doubted the main Scoobies knew, hell even Kennedy didn’t do this as they had a mutual respect for each other.

“I guess,” he told himself, “It was bound to happen, I’m not ruthless like Xander is now and I cry all the time.” He remembered the second time he killed a human, it was to protect one of the younger girls

The kid was just a boy really and Andrew killed him, Buffy told him he had done the right thing because the other group was a group of rapists and murderers, this wasn’t like Jonathan.

Three months ago he had been edged out for being weak though his friendships to the main three had been the one thing to spare him.

But the girl told him that she’d gleefully make sure he was killed and messily if he didn’t leave.

It took three weeks of harassment and he ran from the camp early in the night and no one noticed him, no one ever noticed him really.

In truth it’s what kept him alive and not raped, he had come across two groups and he saw the leader of the first group raping some teenager boy and he heard the screams, terrified wails and loud grunts of pleasure and laughter.

The second group was better, they were kind and they had offered to take him in but no, he thought he couldn’t do that because he wasn’t good for people now but he had warned them about the groups north.

Andrew had finally saw the vast expanse of the American southwestern desert and he walked into the formless desert.

It was warm during the day and freezing at night but he survived, he had found an oasis in the desert and the cacti there had fruit, he remembered that it was edible.

And he had stayed there for several days, healing and resting until he left for deeper parts of the desert

He finally found a road and he saw a sign that said some town was nearby and he wondered, ‘Maybe there’s still people here.’

But it was getting dark out and he frowned as he heard someone bellowing out, “Heimdall!!!” and Andrew frowned, sounded like someone crazy was out there.

Andrew ran down and he saw a man bellowing out in anger and Andrew yelled, “Stop it!!”

The man turned to him and said, “Midgard? I am in Midgard,” and he collapsed.

Andrew pulled the man to a nearby cave and he started a fire and sat there, looking at the man who was well built and healthy looking, he also looked well fed, that also looked pretty weird.

The man woke up a few hours later and said, “Who are you?”

“Andrew.”

“I am Thor,” the man said, “Of Asgard. Did you see my hammer?”

“No Andrew said, “Sorry.”

Thor shook his head and said, “You look tired Andrew, why?”

Andrew frowned and he began to explain about the last few months and Thor’s look turned to one of horror.

“And,” Andrew said, “I’m going to look into the nearby town tomorrow because there might be some food or something. Do you want to join me?”

Thor nodded and said, “I wish to verify the story you told me.”

Andrew nodded and said, “Alright, it’s getting light out there.”

As they walked Thor looked at Andrew and thought, ‘The boy is guarded,’ and Thor frowned, he refused to believe the people of Midgard had been brought so low.

Andrew frowned as he saw the town and Thor looked angrily over the town, he saw burnt out shells.

Andrew frowned and said “Ah, here Thor, see this? They were offering shelter to survivors.”

“And the Survivors did this!?” Thor said with a low growl, “They took advantage of these people’s kindness?”

Andrew nodded and said, “Yeah, the dead didn’t do this, damn it,’ as they walked into the town and Andrew mused, some sort of name but he can’t make it out, they might’ve hidden some food or something.

As they walked into town Andrew heard hissing and he pulled out the machete that he had taken from the body of someone and he saw two creatures get up.

Thor froze, in his great battles he hadn’t seen such things but he saw the boy dispatch them quickly and with some small skill.

The boy suddenly collapsed crying and Thor frowned and wondered why until he saw the size of the creatures, “They were once children!!? Oh by Valhalla!!” he whispered.

He instinctively held Andrew until the boy stopped sobbing and steeled himself, Thor heard Andrew whisper, “Don’t cry, don’t cry, they’re not people anymore, not people, not people!!”

Thor whispered, “Your enemies are dead Andrew, shall we check on the food now?”

They explored for a bit and Andrew found several items of food and then they went back to the cave.

Thor frowned, ‘Did father know about this?’

Andrew told him about the horrors that he had seen, about a man, no, a boy being raped and Andrew, to his shame, hadn’t tried to help, he even heard the screams of terror and grunts of pleasure from the man.

“You, yes, you were afraid Andrew,” Thor said, “But you could not have protected the boy, you would have, in truth, probably joined him.”

Andrew nodded and said, “Yeah but I should’ve done something.”

Thor shook his head and said, “You were afraid.”

As they sat there Andrew was stirring the pot and Thor frowned, ‘Was all of Midgard like this?’

He took a bowl of the stew that Andrew had made and he told Andrew to go to sleep, he’d keep Andrew safe through the night.

Thor frowned thought such horrors and he looked out over the desert and he heard the wind howl and he moved closer to the fire and heard Andrew whimpered in his sleep.

 

On Asgard Heimdall frowned and thought, ‘Thor seems to be changing from the selfish boy he was, he’s horrified by these things.’

The boy was now Thor’s friend and that was good, Heimdall vowed to watch over the boy, he looked up and nodded.

 

The next morning Andrew woke up to Thor holding him and Thor said, “You seemed upset Andrew so I held you to make you feel safe.”

Andrew smiled weakly and said, “I have nightmares, a lot of them, I’ve done a few bad things.”

Thor nodded and said, “There were some rabbits so I killed two of them and made us something to eat.”

Andrew nodded and he took a bite, it was alright but not the best but it was good.

A few days passed and Thor walked with Andrew towards something, the sun beating down on both of them hard and Andrew kept himself cool and covered, explaining that he burnt easily.

The two had become friends, Thor loved hearing Andrew’s tales and Thor regaled Andrew with stories of Asgard.

Thor liked Andrew, the boy would’ve been a bard in Asgard, singing of his triumphs and glories.

Andrew liked Thor’s company and joyful spirit.

They were standing in an area near the town, they looked around for supplies and they saw it, Thor’s eyes widened with glee, ‘Mjolnir,’ he walked down and thought, ‘At long last I can stop these creatures.’

He ran down heedless of Andrew’s cries to be careful and Andrew ran down after, him telling him to be careful.

Thor looked behind Andrew and saw three of the walking corpses chasing after Andrew who didn’t see them until they were nearly on them.

Thor ran towards Andrew and pulled him away only for one to sink its teeth into his arm and Andrew used his machete on its skull, he saw more corpses coming towards them and Thor frowned and said, “Hide behind me,” and he yelled, “For Asgard!!”

As Thor ran towards the herd of creatures he got what his father was saying: he couldn’t’ be as he was, he needed to be something better.

He prayed that Andrew could run away.

Before he could say anything rainbow light enveloped them and he saw the Warriors Three and Sif along with a force of Asgardian warriors appear.

Andrew blinked and fainted from shock

When Andrew woke up he saw Thor wearing armour and he was somewhere else, gold was everywhere and Thor smiled and said, “Welcome to Asgard little Bard.”

A woman walked over and said, “We healed you of your illness.”

Andrew blinked and said, “Illness?”

A man with golden armour appeared and said, “An illness that would’ve turned you into one of those mindless beasts.”

Andrew paled and he said, “Thank you.”

The man nodded and said, “You gave comfort to my son even if you were in a place where such trust could be dangerous, that was brave of you.”

“Yeah,” Andrew said, “Sometime you can’t judge anyone.”

The man nodded and said, “You will explain to me what happened on Midgard of late, I fear we have been far too ignorant of the affairs of men.”

A few hours later Odin said, “I believe you Andrew and the fact you survived on your own after you left your group speaks of your abilities.”

“I didn’t do much, I hid,” Andrew said, “I couldn’t’ trust people.”

Frigga stroked Andrew’s hair and said, “You aren’t alone now, you have us.”

Odin nodded and said, “And Asgard.”

Andrew blinked and Odin said, “You didn’t think we’d ignore our friends of old? We helped when the Frost giants invaded and we shall help now.”

Thor smiled and said, “Father?”

Odin smiled and said, “You will go and find allies Andrew Wells, Heimdall will send you to the place where we have found a man who has slumbered the years away and he shall be your moral guardian Andrew and he, along with my son, shall aid you to be what you must be now.”

“And,” Odin said, “Loki shall attend you as a way to make up for his mischief.”

“Oh good,” Loki said, “The undead, this promises to be absolutely full of fun.”

Thor and Odin both glared at Loki who sighed, nodded and said, “Very well, together then.”

 

A few weeks later.

 

As the three men walked down a lonely glacier Andrew shivered a bit and said, “It’s cold here, why do we need this guy?”

Loki rolled his eyes and said, “Because Wells, the Allfather commands it and Heimdall said that this person will be your best friend, other than my dear brother of course.”

Thor frowned as he stood next to Andrew, the boy had been outfitted with Asgardian armour and he even had a sword that Odin had the dwarves make for Andrew, the sword could control fire and it would help them clear the world of the dead.

Even Loki had been disgusted by the actions of the people of Midgard, it seemed the quest for Survival had turned them into animals or little better than animals.

But, as Andrew said, they had to survive.

Andrew shivered a bit and he held out the sword, the silver blade suddenly lit up with fire and warmed Andrew up.

Thor nodded and said, “Over there, that is where Heimdall directed us.”

As they walked along the snowy plain Andrew frowned, it felt kinda thin in places and he swore he heard cracking.

Andrew yelped in shock as he fell through the ice and landed in a corridor, he heard Thor call out his name but Andrew yelled, “I’m fine guys, I’m in some sort of old, frozen building.”

Loki nodded and said, “I shall attend to you in a few minutes, are you in need of healing?”

“No,” Andrew said, “I’m fine, just a bruised ego.”

Thor nodded and said, “I shall be down in a second.”

“No Thor,” Loki said, “This place is delicate at best, Andrew is alright.”

Thor frowned but nodded and said, “Yell if you need help Andrew.”

“I will,” Andrew yelled and he continued into the dark passage, he held out his sword and the sword was glowing bright like a torch. He saw several frozen corpses and thought, ‘Thank god, it was before all this happened.’

He walked deeper into the ship, ‘It is a ship,’ he frowned, ‘But I haven’t heard of any ships like this being held by the Nazi’s but then again,’ he thought, ‘That might’ve been because I wasn’t a very good student of history.’

Suddenly he came out to the bridge and saw a frozen man in red, white and blue and he said, “Okay, that must be the guy,” and he yelled, “Thor, Loki, I think I found him.”

A minute later Loki came down and said, “Ah yes, that would be the man Heimdall described,” and Loki picked him and said, “Do pick the shield up Andrew, we need it.”

Thor smiled and he yelled, “Heimdall, we have our ally.”

They disappeared in rainbow light.

As they disappeared a figure in the snow watched them with both interest and confusion, the figure picked up a communicator and said, “Director Fury, Coulson here, we got something odd here.”