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30 January 2008 @ 11:18 pm
If Tomorrow Never Comes, ch. 14  
Title: If Tomorrow Never Comes
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1116
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: They still belong to CBS.
Author's note: Thanks for all the comments on the last chapter! Best drug there is. Here's chapter 14! Enjoy!

Chapter Fourteen

Mick woke with a start. He had a horrible crick in his neck from sleeping in the slightly cushioned hospital chair. He looked at his watch and groaned. It had only been a couple of hours since Josef had left and Beth still had not woken up. The doctors assured him that she didn’t have a concussion or any other major head injury. Her body simply needed rest. Nevertheless, Mick worried. What if she doesn’t wake up? That thought had nagged him for the last few hours and followed him in his sleep. Images of Beth lying in her hospital bed morphed into her lying in the morgue hacked up like Rachel, Alexis and Bianca had been. As he stared at her, Beth’s dead eyes opened. That’s when he woke up.

Mick glanced at Beth’s sleeping form. The hospital gown and bed sheet covered her physical wounds. Her blonde hair framed her face on the pillow; she looked peaceful. Mick pressed a soft kiss to her forehead and took her hand in his. Ever since he became a vampire he’d lost the faith that he’d carried in his youth. Vampires and religion were like oil and water; they simply did not go together. That night, however, Mick prayed. He prayed to a God he wasn’t sure existed. He prayed for his Beth to come back to him.

Hours passed. Mick laid his head down on Beth’s bed and dozed. He never slept long; he kept waking up to check on Beth. At one point, one of the nurses tried to kick him out of Beth’s room because he wasn’t a relative. Mick growled threateningly and the nurse scurried out muttering to herself. No one bothered him after that. Around five o’clock another nurse came in to check Beth’s vitals. Everything appeared normal. The nurse nodded reassuringly at Mick and left. Mick reached up to brush a loose strand of hair out of Beth’s face. As he pulled back his hand, Beth reached up and took it in hers. Her eyes fluttered open and she looked at Mick.

“Hey,” she said in a low voice.

Mick thought his mind was playing tricks on him. His gaze darted from his hand to Beth’s face, seemingly unable to take in the vision before him.

“Why do you look like you’ve seen a ghost?” Beth asked worriedly.

Finally, Mick managed to speak. “What? No. It’s just…you’re awake.”

“Well I certainly hope I’m awake, because this would be a very odd dream.”

Mick laughed without mirth. “It certainly would be.” He brushed a kiss across her lips. “I’m so glad you’re awake. I was worried.”

Beth grinned back at him weakly. “So I gathered. How long was I out?”

Mick checked his watch. “Nearly eight hours. How’re you feeling? Do you want me to get the doctor?”

Beth tightened her grip on his hand. “I’ll be fine as long as you stay with me.”

“Always.”

Beth’s eyelids began to droop. “I don’t want to sleep anymore,” she whined plaintively.

“Beth, you lost a lot of blood. Don’t tax yourself. I’ll be right here. Sleep.”

Beth sighed resignedly. “OK. You’ll be here when I wake up?”

“Of course.”

Once he was sure Beth was asleep again, Mick called Josef. Twenty minutes later, Josef stepped quietly into Beth’s room.

“How is she?” Josef asked quietly.

Mick disentangled himself from Beth and stood up. “Still asleep. She was fairly coherent when she came to. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her that a little rest can’t cure.”

“You look terrible.”

Mick glanced at himself in the mirror on the back of the bathroom door. There were dark circles under his eyes. He was paler than normal too. He turned back to Josef.

“I’ve looked worse.”

“You should get some sleep. A few hours in the freezer will work wonders. Some blood wouldn’t hurt either. I’ll stay with her.”

Mick shook his head. “No. I promised her that I’d be here when she woke up.”

“That could be hours,” Josef said. Mick glared at him. The older vampire threw up his hands. “Fine. Fine, have it your way. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

“Yeah, leave the I-told-you-so’s for later. Listen, could you run by our place and get us a few things?”

“Blood?” Josef said knowingly.

“Among other things, yes.” Mick gave Josef a list of items to retrieve from their apartment. Josef left shortly thereafter muttering something about being a glorified delivery service. Mick chuckled and settled back in his chair. He was asleep in minutes.

A little while later, Beth woke feeling stronger than she had earlier. She looked over at the chair and saw Mick sitting there fast asleep. Beth smiled to herself. He must be exhausted, she thought. Let him sleep. Beth sat up slowly. She took note of the bandages on her arms. I don’t remember getting those. Her right hand rested on her thigh; she felt the thick gauze underneath her hand. Beth lifted the sheet and looked at her leg. A layer of gauze nearly a foot long lay over the gash in her leg. She felt the knife go in. Slowly, it cut down her thigh, leaving a trail of blood in its wake. Beth shook her head violently. She wasn’t ready to face that yet. All she cared about right then was that she was alive and Mick was safe. Period.

Beth was readjusting her sheet when Josef came in. “Nice to see you’ve rejoined the world of the conscious.”

“Hi, Josef.” Beth peered curiously at the bags Josef carried.

Josef noticed her expression. “Things Mick asked me to get from your place.”

“Oh.”

Josef looked over at Mick. “Do you think we should wake him?”

Before Beth could respond, Mick woke. The first thing he heard was Josef, smug: “I told you so.”

That earned Josef a glare. “Ha, ha, very funny. Did you get our stuff?”

“Yeah, where do you – “

Josef was interrupted by the doctor entering the room. “Ah, I see our patient is awake. You gave us quite a scare, Miss Turner. Your young man over there never left your side.”

Beth smiled. “Yeah, he’s like that.” Josef tried not to gag.

The doctor turned to Mick and Josef. “Would you gentlemen mind waiting in the hall while I examine Miss Turner? I just want to make sure everything is shipshape.”

Before Mick or Josef could answer him, Beth interjected. “Please, doctor, I want them to stay. Don’t make them leave.”

The pleading in her voice caused Mick and Josef to exchange a dark look. What on earth had that bastard done to her?

To be continued…

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Bleu Daisy: Mick/Beth-Perfect Momentbleudaisy on January 31st, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
"The pleading in her voice caused Mick and Josef to exchange a dark look. What on earth had that bastard done to her?"

Oooohhh, I'm intrigued. What did he do to her? I'm wondering that myself. And I love that both Mick AND Josef are both very protective of her. How sweet.

I love how you can so easily capture the soft, sweet, protective side of Josef as well as the snarky and vicious side of him.

Plus, you do a wonderful job of conveying all three characters so very well. It's like watching an episode of the show. And with any new episodes looming very, very far off on the horizon this is a very welcome addition.

Once again. Thank you for sharing. I very much enjoyed this installment.

michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 31st, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
That's about the biggest compliment you can give to any fan fic writer. "It's like watching the show." Thanks for that!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth flipheartagram_lala on January 31st, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
im glad beth is ok, well as ok as she can be i guess.

josef and his one liners, glorified delivery service, bahaha, nice.

and eeeep, the last line is not good, not good at all!!!!

can't wait for more!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 31st, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's a little more drama. Glad you enjoyed it!
Michelle: Moonlight Your hot when you jump highmrs_boyscout on January 31st, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
She's in the hospital, and there is more drama to come!? Oh my.

Loved the banter b/w Mick and Josef.... "glorified delivery service" teehee

Great job. Can't wait to read more!

michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 31st, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, we have the emotional fallout to look forward too. Should be interesting. Glad you're enjoying it!
britzfan: Mickbritzfan on January 31st, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Great chapter. I'm interested in seeing where this is going. Please update again soon!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 31st, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
Say neversarisynn on January 31st, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
You write Josef very well, I must say. I love his snark, plus the fact that he's also very sweet towards Beth.

Interesting to see how Beth is reacting, not wanting to be alone. I kind of figured the story would be about over, but maybe I'm wrong. And I'm not complaining, either!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 31st, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're not complaining! :) There's a little more left.
I turned those gentle hands into fistsazulskies on February 2nd, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I've just read all the chapters now and I'm dying for the next one! Thanks so much for writing this!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 2nd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying it!