For 2022, we’ve decided to open up the creative freedom and leave it entirely up to the creators. No prompts, just a celebration of Bethyl throughout each holiday.
New Year’s (Eve and Day)
This means any and all fics, fanart, and manips that involve any of these holidays will be included in our spotlight posts. Just like last year, tag your creations either on Tumblr or on AO3 with #BethylHolidaysFest22 or #BHF22.
First up will be Halloween! Submissions will be spotlighted with a round-up post on either the day of the holiday or the day after. There will also be a post for any late submissions that come in afterward.
Daryl and Beth find themselves stuck in the prison’s watchtower on Christmas Eve with a snowstorm raging outside and a generator that’s run out of fuel. They’ve got nothing but a deck of cards, a box of condoms, some candles, a few blankets and a couple of sleeping bags at their disposal. Also known as “How Daryl and Beth Finally Confront Their Feelings For One Another After She Beats the Pants Off Him at Go Fish”.
Christmas is the least magical time of year as far as Daryl is concerned. All the overpriced, tacky, commercialism is bad enough, add in the fact that the worst heartbreak of his life happened days before Christmas and Daryl would be more than happy to skip December altogether. Or at least he would except he only sees Beth in December.
Merle Dixon considers himself a jack of all trades. He also considers himself somewhat of a ladies’ man. His brother, on the other hand… Well, let’s just say Daryl needs a little help when it comes to finding “The One.” And who better than his big brother?
Merle Dixon cannot understand why the hell Beth and Daryl aren’t taking advantage of their newfound safety in the Alexandria Safe Zone to hash some things out. So he’s taking matters into his own hands. First up, the faking dating trope.
Christmas morning. The prospect of the day still gave her a thrill just as it did when she was a child. Soon they’d be up and getting ready to start the day but for now, Beth snuggled down in the blankets, trying to escape the chill in the air. Daryl’s hand lay warmly on her hip. The solid presence he instinctively and intuitively asserted comforted her. Always.
As she turned the corner, heading back home there was a house set back off of the road. She hesitated only a moment before heading down the drive. As far as she knew a man lived there by himself. She’d seen him a few times as he drove past her house, or as she drove past his. A nod of the head, a small wave was all the interaction they’d had. But it was Christmas Eve and she had one more plate of cookies, everyone should have a tiny bit of cheer on this day.
It’s Thanksgiving in Alexandria Safe Zone. Beth is alive and married to Daryl. Their whole family is there too. Even Merle.. Also they don’t have turkey, it’s a goose.
Please note: We have decided to omit Thanksgiving from our future Holidays Fest due to the fact that it is strictly an American holiday and often has the least amount of submissions. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted!