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24 February 2008 @ 12:47 am
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 5  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1751
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Only in my dreams...
Author's note: Finally all the Josef fans have something to cheer about! I never write these with out him, so here's goes... Remember, comments are love!

Chapter Five

Beth awoke to her shrilling phone. Groaning, she slid out of bed to find her pants. She found them across the room where Mick had flung them the night before. She fished out the phone and hit the accept button.

“Took you long enough.” Mo sounded stressed.

“Mo, why are you calling,” Beth looked at the clock, “at seven a.m. on my day off.?”

“We have a situation.”

Immediately interested, Beth said, “Situation? What’s up?”

“Cops got a tip about a bomb at LAX about an hour ago.”

Beth was already reaching for some clothes. “OK, I’m on my way.”

“I’ll have a camera crew meet you there.”

Beth hung up. So much for her Saturday plans. She was going to go to the caterers, the courthouse and the dressmakers. Damn. She had too many things to do and too little time. Why couldn’t they have waited until Monday? Yeah, Beth, she thought. The terrorists are just trying to inconvenience you. If it was terrorists. If not, well, let’s just say that whoever it was would have a very pissed off reporter on their hands.

Beth finished dressing. She took the remaining clothes to the bathroom and threw them in the laundry. She gave her hair a quick brush and headed for the freezer room. She hated to wake Mick but she knew that he’d be upset of she left without talking to him. The cold air blasted her face the second she opened the door. She walked up to the freezer and rapped lightly on the glass. Mick opened his eyes and pushed the top up.

“It’s not twilight already, is it?” he asked groggily.

“No, it’s a little after seven in the morning.”

“What’s up?”

“Mo just called. Apparently, there’s a bomb threat at LAX. She wants me down there yesterday.”

“You want me to come with?”

“Nah, I got it. I had some wedding errands to run today, but I guess that’s out. I’ll see you when I get home. Sleep well.”

“Be careful.”

“I will. Oh, and don’t forget to talk to Josef.”

“Beth –“

“Don’t be such a baby. It can’t be that hard. You’ve known him for like fifty years.”

“Yeah, well –“

“Besides, he’s probably already planning your party.”

“Beth –“ She put a finger to his lips. “Go back to sleep.” She leaned down and kissed him. “I’ll see you later.”

Beth closed the freezer lid and strode from the room shutting the door behind her. She headed downstairs, grabbed her purse and left for LAX.

Mick went back to sleep. Coraline was in one of her moods. There was just no pleasing the woman. She wanted to go out. There was a new jazz club over on Sunset that she wanted to check out. Mick was reluctant. He still wasn’t comfortable around humans. Especially in crowds. It was like his senses were on overload. The worst thing was his hearing. He could hear hearts pumping everywhere. He could hear the blood flowing through veins and arteries. It threatened to overwhelm him. Still Coraline insisted. It would do him good, she said. Try as he might, Mick still could deny her. He was tied to her both emotionally and legally. The rational part of his brain knew that he had to break away from her, but he couldn’t.

No sooner had they gotten to the club than Coraline wanted to leave again. Mick was seething. Sometimes he was convinced that she just wanted to see how high she could make him jump. It was humiliating. Now she wanted to go to a friend’s party. Mick drove them to her friend’s penthouse. He could hear the music playing even before they go off the elevator. Whoever it was, they were good. Mick had rarely heard such a soulful voice. Maybe he’d actually enjoy this party.

That thought evaporated almost as soon as the elevator doors opened. There were vampires everywhere. There were humans too. Most of the guests were split off in pairs. Feeding. To the outsider, it would look like couples dancing or huddled in dark corners. But Mick could tell the truth by the overwhelming smell of blood and lust that assaulted his nose. He stood in the elevator until he felt Coraline tugging on his arm. He looked at her almost crazed grin and knew he’d have to stick it out, even though the very idea repulsed him.

Coraline didn’t notice Mick’s discomfort. She was busy trying to find their host in the crowd. Josef was across the room finishing up his dinner. One of his people took the young girl off to recover. Coraline practically dragged Mick through the throng.

Josef saw his friend coming. “Ah, my dear Coraline. How nice to see you again.” He raised her hand to his lips and kissed it. Out of the corner of his eye he saw her companion’s eyes flash dangerously. Josef straightened and said, “This must be your latest soup de jour.”

Coraline smiled. “Josef, this is my husband, Mick St. John. Mick, this is one of my oldest friends, Josef Konstantin.”

Before Mick could say anything, Josef said, “Husband? You must be special. Coraline’s had many paramours in her day, but she’s never married them.”

Mick really disliked this Josef guy. The words pompous ass came to mind. Just who did he think he was? Mick stuck out his hand. Josef took it and they shook, each eyeing the other warily.

Josef, ever the host, said, “Would either of you care for some dinner? I think we have something that’ll suit you.”

“No, thank you, Josef. I’m quite well,” Coraline said. “Mick should eat though.”

“No, Coraline. I’m not hungry.”

“Nonsense, honey. You haven’t eaten since this morning. You must be famished.”

Josef beckoned to one of his girls off in the corner. She sidled up to Josef with expectant eyes. Mick looked at her with barely concealed disgust. Coraline nudged him encouragingly. Mick felt the bloodlust rise. The girl smelled delicious. Mick felt like he was on autopilot. He took the girl’s arm and led her to a secluded corner.

Josef watched them go. “He’s a fledgling, isn’t he? Seems kind of…unenthusiastic, if you ask me. Honestly, Coraline, I don’t think your boy is cut out for this life.”

Mick woke with a start. He hadn’t thought about that night in a while. Since falling in love with Beth, he’d avoided thinking about that time in his life. He wasn’t that person anymore. Beth didn’t know that person and he didn’t want her to. He knew she was curious but he was selfish. He didn’t want her to see him differently. As a monster. So on the rare occasions she did ask, he’d deflect and change the subject. It had worked so far, but he had a nagging feeling that one day it wouldn’t.

Shaking his head, Mick opened his freezer door and climbed out. He didn’t bother with his robe as he made his way to the bathroom to shower. Ten minutes later, he wrapped himself in a towel, went to the closet and pulled out his customary jeans and Henley. Dressing quickly, Mick headed down to his kitchen and pulled out a bag of A positive. He poured it into a glass and headed for the office. Mick checked his email and pending cases while he drank his breakfast. There was nothing out of the ordinary. Things had been relatively quiet since the Hobbs case. He hoped they’d stay that way until after he and Beth returned from their honeymoon, which they still hadn’t decided on. Maybe we can talk about that tonight, he thought. Mick went back to the kitchen, washed out his glass and grabbed his car keys from the counter. He snatched his duster from its hook on his way out the door.

The drive to Josef’s was uneventful. Mick found his friend on the phone, deep in conversation. He sat down across from him and waited. About a minute later, Josef hung up.

“What brings you here, my friend? I thought you’d be knee deep in floral arrangements and streamers by now.”

“Beth got called in on a story.”

“That still doesn’t explain why you’re here.”

“There’s something that I’ve been meaning to ask you.”

“Would this something have anything to do with the pending addition of the old ball and chain?”

Mick’s eyes flashed. Then he saw the smirk on Josef’s face. The older vampire held up his hands in mock surrender. “I’m only joking, Mick. You know I like Beth.” Mick quirked an eyebrow. “OK, maybe not at first. But she’s good for you. And she’s pretty, for a human.”

“Well, since you’re all with the liking, would you like to be my best man?”

Josef’s eyes softened. “Of course I would.”

Mick smiled. “Good, now I don’t have to ask your accountant.”

Josef chuckled and looked at his calendar. “He wouldn’t have been able to make it. I’m sending him to Rio that week.”

They both got a good laugh out of that. After they both calmed down, Josef said, “That’s can’t be the only reason you’re here. You could have asked me that on the phone. What’s up?”

“Do you remember me telling you about my aunt Erin?”

“Yeah, a real rebel, you said.”

“Well, she’s alive.”

Josef looked confused. “Alive? Mick, she’d have to be a hundred by now.”

“She’ll be 101 next month.”

“How do you know she’s alive?”

Mick dove headlong into the tale of the mysterious package of the day before. When he’d finished, Josef whistled. “Wow. Erin sounds like my kind of human. I’d like to meet her sometime.”

“Well, you’ll have to get in line. Beth’s got dibs.”

Josef rolled his eyes. “Why am I not surprised?”

“There’s one more thing.”

“What?”

“Beth and I looked through the old photo album. We found my parent’s wedding photo.”

Josef’s eyes shot up. “That means she saw…”

“Thomas. Yeah, she did.”

“Did you tell her about him?”

“Just that he was my dad’s best friend.”

“Mick…”

“I know. I know. I’ll tell her.”

“If anyone would understand, it’s Beth.” Josef looked at his watch. “OK, you need to scram.”

“Why?”

“Well, I’ve got my party planner coming over in ten minutes.”

“Party planner? What for?”

“Your bachelor party, of course.”

Mick laughed. “Beth was right.”

“About what?”

“She said you were probably already planning my party.”

“Smart girl, that Beth.”

To be continued…


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allegritafangsallegritafangs on February 24th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
LOVE Josef, HATE Coraline
Fabulous dream sequence. I always wondered how Mick met Josef. Ooh, I just HATE Coraline...making poor Mick feast on that delicious freshie. How dare she?! Poor tormented guy...I am dying to find out more about Erin, and Thomas the mysterious best man! And the possible terrorist at LAX, and the wedding...how long is this story gonna be, anyhow??
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
Re: LOVE Josef, HATE Coraline
I'm not sure how long it'll be. I never plan that out. I just keep writing chapters until it's finished.

Oh, I hate Coraline too! It was difficult to write her. In this universe, she's dead, so I never thought I'd have to. But then in FDL, we found out that she introduced Mick and Josef...

But, yeah, lots of intrigue, lots of flashbacks/dreams, and a wedding! (Man, I feel like Beth in FDL!)
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth greenheartagram_lala on February 24th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
oooher hu is thomas???

i love josef, and well we all know i hate coraline lol, and i love your writing =D

can't wait for more
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
You'll just have to wait and see! *insert evil laugh*

Michelle: Moonlight Your hot when you jump highmrs_boyscout on February 24th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Great chapter. Did we meet Thomas in an earlier fic? Can't wait to learn more about him and Erin. And party!planning Josef. Could he be more in his element. You *know* they are going to Vegas, baby! *g*
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
No, Thomas is new. You're not crazy. Isn't party!planning Josef awesome? Especially since he missed Mick's last bachelor party!
harknessgirlharknessgirl on February 24th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
another great part. Thank you for sharing
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Thanks for reading!
Kelly: mick bwpittchic04 on February 24th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I loved how you wrote the Josef/Mick meeting. I wouldn't be suprised if that's exactly how it happened. And any party planned by Josef...hehe, I can only imagine the kind of "fun" he'll have lined up. *g* Now you've gotten me curious about Thomas, and I really want to see what kind of stories Erin will tell Beth about young Mick. I can't wait to read more!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Josef and party planning...scary. I Beth may have a word with Josef about that! :)
hopeformb01 on February 24th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well done, and different. I like the separate plot threads all going on at once.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
britzfan: Mick/Bethbritzfan on February 24th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Loved the chapter. I liked the JOsef scene, and I'm very interested in what's to come next. The only problem I had wqith this chapter was Cor*Cough* The skanky one! Other than that, I lvoe your story!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 24th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I hate the skanky one too! But unfortunately, she's a part of Mick's past and therefore necessary. Thanks for reading!
Bleu Daisy: Josef Cute Grin at Mick's Deskbleudaisy on February 25th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Wow...we are both thinking along the same lines. My next planned story is a Mick/Beth with a strong dose of Coraline. ^_^

Your story...is so fantastic! I loved this installment. You really portray Josef well. The idea of him planning a bachelor party is at once both absolutely freaking adorable and oh-so...Josef. ^_^ Does that make sense. Basically, I think you capture him really well. I can't wait to see the actual party. And I think the wedding will be very sweet as well. The Thomas angle really has me curious. Should be interesting to see where that takes us.

Overall, fantastic! Can't wait until the next chapter. Hopefully, it will be soon! *^_^*
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 25th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Ok, that's scary. This story deals mainly with Mick's past, so both Josef (of course!) and Coraline (Gag!) will be featured. All while trying to plan a wedding! It's a circus!
Jennifer (The Butterfly Poet): moonlight beth and mick st. Johnbeachbutterfly on February 26th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
What a wonderful dream sequence, I love getting the glimpse into his past and especially when he met Josef.

You had me into this already but with the bomb threat and I am so excited to find out more about Erin and Thomas.

This just reaffirms my immense dislike for Coraline, never liked her character for obvious reasons LOL.

Cannot wait to read the rest.
have a great night
JEN
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 26th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
There will be lots of dream sequences/flashbacks, so I hope you enjoy them. Trust me, no one hates Coraline more than me!