Time was standing still; time always stood still when he was shoulder to shoulder with Merle; it was as if he could never budge him, like his brother was made out of solid rock sometimes.And now he was kissing solid rock, dissolving into it perhaps, becoming some kind of a gargoyle. And what would he guard, Daryl wondered, maybe he would guard this group, maybe he would guard something more.There are a lot of images I love in this, but I think these are my favourite. The time standing still thing is something I get the sense Daryl feels a lot around Merle, and then the gargoyle bit plus "maybe he would guard something more" is just really intense. Okay, and I love the rattlesnake/two predators part a lot too. It all builds up into a sense of there being no easy answers between them, however long Daryl's been looking for something like that, and of always reacting to each other ... so, so Dixon brothers. Thank you so much for this!
Thank you! :) I'm really glad you liked it!