Summary: Dystopian AU. Daryl has been sentenced to a life of indentured servitude for crimes he didn’t even commit. When he stands on that auction block, he assumes that when he steps down, he’ll either be dead or a Walker. Either would be better than being a slave.
Of course, Daryl doesn’t get to make choices anymore…or so he thinks until he meets the stoic Lord Grimes, who tries to convince him otherwise.
No matter what anyone says, he doesn’t trust that nobleman any farther than he could throw him.
   
Chapter 5: Risk
Daryl stepped into the kitchen, scratching idly at his goatee. A few members of the household were milling around, carrying various cold breakfast foods and empty dishes. Daryl frowned faintly at them. Every single one of you is willing to die for this cause? Not one of you has anything to lose? One of the men he’d seen patrolling the halls with an assault rifle stepped past him. The burly man briefly locked eyes with Daryl as he passed, his gaze calculating. Daryl’s frown deepened as he watched the man leave.
Real life didn’t always work out the way it did in movies. The “good guys” didn’t always win out against the evil, oppressive bad guys. Everyone in this house was a willing participant in a major felony, if not outright treason. Even if they managed to win—impossible as that seemed—there would be consequences. Loads of them. Sure, Daryl had nothing waiting for him, nothing to lose aside from his fuckhead brother, but that couldn’t be the case for everyone, could it?