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12 March 2008 @ 12:05 am
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 15  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1471
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Lawyers scare me.
Author's note: Thanks for all the great comments! Now, on with the show...

Chapter Fifteen

Beth awoke with a not unpleasant soreness in her limbs. She reached across the bed searching for Mick. He wasn’t there. Slightly panicked that he’d broken his word, she climbed from the bed and wrapped the sheet around her. Her legs shook slightly but held. Beth had reached the doorway, when she heard someone moving around downstairs.

“Mick?” she called.

“I’m here, Beth,” he called back. In a flash, Mick appeared at the foot of the stairs. He smiled. Even slightly disheveled she was a vision. “I wanted to give you a chance to clean up before we head over to the hospital.”

Clean up? Beth felt the wetness between her legs. Oh. Blood. Of course. Beth glanced down at him. “Are you sure you don’t want to take care of that for me?” she asked suggestively.

Mick’s eyes faded to whitish-blue. “Beth, as tempting as that is we really need to get to the hospital. Josef has news.”

Beth pouted. “You’re no fun.”

“I know. Rain check?”

Beth simply grinned devilishly as she turned back to the bedroom. At some point Mick had brought her clothes upstairs. In place of her ruined shirt, she found one of Mick’s in the pile. Where it came from Beth didn’t inquire. She finished cleaning herself up in the dingy bathroom and dressed quickly. Beth descended the stairs where Mick was waiting for her.

“Better?” Beth said as she drew level with him.

“Not yet.” Mick captured her lips with his and kissed her breathless. The scent of blood clung to her and caused him to moan with need. Mick wove his fingers in her hair as their tongues fought. Ruthlessly suppressing his desire, Mick pulled away from her and grinned. “Better now.”

“Tease.”

“But you love me anyway.”

Beth raised an eyebrow. “Maybe I just want to get in your pants.”

“Don’t let me stop you.”

Beth punched him lightly on the arm. “You can be a real jerk sometimes, you know that?”

Mick just grinned. “Good thing I have you to keep me in line then.”

“Damn straight and don’t you forget it.” Beth stepped down the last few stairs and followed Mick out to the Mercedes. “So what’s Josef’s news? Is he still with Erin?”

“Yeah, he is and he wouldn’t say. You know him.” Mick fell silent.

Afraid that Mick was going to clam up on her again, Beth said, “Mick, we’re good, right? I don’t want to have to chase after you again.” The lightness of her tone belied the tension she felt.

Mick’s eyes darted from the road to her and back again. “No more chasing, I promise. You’re stuck with me.”

Beth grinned with relief. “Good.”

They maintained a comfortable silence during the rest of the drive to the hospital. Mick thought about the events of the last day or so. He finally realized that his life wasn’t some bizarre dream. The other shoe wasn’t going to drop. Barring his own stupidity, Beth wasn’t going anywhere. She accepted him for who and what he was and that made him the luckiest man on earth. He knew he didn’t deserve her but he’d never let her go again.

When they reached the hospital, they walked hand in hand to Erin’s room where they found Josef. Taking note of their joined hands, Josef said, “So are mommy and daddy finished fighting?”

Mick tried to glare at his friend but failed miserably. “Yeah.” He paused. “Thanks, Josef.”

“You through being a moron?”

“I wasn’t –“ He sighed. “Yes.”

“Good, then I don’t have to kick your ass.”

Beth and Erin exchanged a look. Boys, they silently said to one another. Beth decided that a change of topic was in order. “So, Josef, I hear you have news. What’s up?”

Before Josef could answer her, the charge nurse came in. “How are we doing today, Miss Ramsey? You ready to get out of here?”

Erin sighed in relief. “I was ready to leave the minute I got here. How soon?”

“A couple of hours. We’re just waiting on a few test results.” The nurse turned to Josef. “Mr. Konstantin, will you be taking her home?”

“I’ll have everything taken care of,” Josef assured her.

Mick interrupted. “Josef, you don’t have –“

“I know, Mick. I want to. So don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, OK?”

“OK.” Mick glanced down at Beth, who shrugged. She had seen the night before how fond Josef had become of Erin. It didn’t surprise her one bit that Josef wanted to help out. He was very protective of those he considered family. Beth knew that better than most.

The nurse left and Erin yawned. “I hate being old,” she groused.

Josef took the old lady’s hand. “You’re still young yet, my dear.” Erin looked quizzically at him. “Well compared to me anyway. You rest. We’ll talk someplace else.”

Erin started to protest. Josef silenced her with a grin. “I’ll keep you in the loop, I promise. But you need your rest if you plan on helping, OK?”

Erin yawned again. “I suppose you’re right. Don’t let my nephew do anything stupid now.”

“I won’t.” Josef grinned at her. “Come on, you two. Let’s get this over with.”

Josef strode quickly fro the room. Beth and Mick followed silently wondering where Josef was leading them. Their question was answered when Josef walked into one of the hospital’s conference rooms.

“Are you sure we should be here?” Beth asked.

“When you donate generously, you get a few perks,” Josef replied as he held the door open for his friends.

The three of them settled into the plush office chairs at the head of the long conference table. Mick spoke first. “You said you had news.”

“So I did. Based on what you told me about your encounter at the police station, I had Ryder do some digging. Turns out Thomas has been playing everyone. LAPD, Homeland Security, you. He’s been manipulating the system. Call in the bomb threat, direct the investigation and influence the news coverage.”

“Sounds elaborate, but why go to all that trouble?” Mick asked.

“Probably the same thing as last time. Me.”

Beth interjected. “Wait, I’m confused. Why would Thomas come after you? When was this?”

Josef looked at Mick. “You didn’t tell her? I’m disappointed in you, my friend. I thought that would have come up during True Confessions.”

Mick glared at Josef. “Are you going to tell the story or not?”

“Touchy. Anyway, about forty years ago, Thomas tried to kill me. Mick too. Although I always thought that was more for spite than anything else.”

Beth, ever the reporter, questioned, “Why would Thomas want to kill you? I thought he was your friend.”

“Friendships come and go amongst the Tribe, my dear.” Josef glanced at Mick. “Your sweetie over there and I are the exception, not the rule. Vampires can and do turn against each other. Frequently.”

“So what does that mean?”

“Thomas and I never got along. He was always jealous of my money, my connections. He asked me to use my influence to fast track his career in the department. I’d heard rumblings about his behavior on and off the job, so I refused. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy.”

Mick continued, “He tried to get me to reason with Josef. But I didn’t want to get in the middle of that. Thomas accused me of taking Josef’s side and refused to have anything to do with me after that.”

“Turns out the bastard was just biding his time,” Josef said bitterly. “There were a series of brutal killing a few months later. Call girls found with their throats torn out. One of them was carrying my business card.”

Mick picked up the story. “Thomas killed the girls and planted evidence. When Josef was accused, it threatened our existence. A vampire can’t survive in prison. If Thomas had succeeded…I shudder to think about it.”

“So what happened?”

“My lawyer did some fancy maneuvering. Mick was my alibi and Thomas lost. Then he tried to kill me.”

“How?”

“Car bomb. But he didn’t count on Mick’s nose.”

Beth raised her eyebrows. Mick said, “From the war. You get used to the smells of gunpowder, sulfur, things like that. Josef came to pick me up and I smelled it. When I checked under the hood, there was a very rudimentary bomb sitting in a crevice near the engine.”

“Did it explode?”

Mick looked down at the table. “Yeah, when one of the bomb squad guys tried to defuse it.”

“So why is Thomas after you now? After all this time?”

“That I don’t know.” Josef was interrupted by his phone ringing. He spoke briefly to the caller and hung up. “I know where Thomas is.”

To be continued…


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heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Beth turnheartagram_lala on March 12th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
FINALLY some answers =D hehe, nah its awesome as usual.

i love beth's comment to mick about if he wanted to help her clean up, oh and josef telling erin she wasn't old yet, sooo cute! hehe
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 12th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
I thought you'd appreciate it! :)
Michelle: Moonlight never let you go Mick/Bethmrs_boyscout on March 12th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh, so now we know the story. Very interesting. I love how Josef was framed for killing call girls -- although he is more a lover than a fighter.

Great chapter. :)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 12th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
britzfanbritzfan on March 12th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Great chap!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 12th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 12th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
You are so good at Josef's voice. "When you donate generously, you get a few perks." Priceless! I like the banter between Mick & Beth, too. You're doing a good job of showing that their relationship is FINALLY progressing past the angst stage. ;-) This chapter brought the story along a lot! I'm on pins & needles waiting to find out what happens next.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 12th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
My love for Josef really shows, I guess. He's just the coolest. No more angst! Yay!
Bleu Daisy: Josef with Locketbleudaisy on March 12th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Heh heh...I agree. I love the way you can really hear Josef in your head in this chapter. My favorite part was:

“You through being a moron?”

“I wasn’t –“ He sighed. “Yes.”

“Good, then I don’t have to kick your ass.”

Classic Josef! Great chapter, Michelle! *^_^*

michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 12th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You know how much I adore our favorite 400 year old vamp!