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18 March 2008 @ 11:30 pm
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 18  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1437
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Can I borrow Mick? Josef? No? Damn.
Author's note: Thanks for the well wishes everyone. My head feels much better. Here's chapter 18. As I told bleudaisy you might want a drool bucket handy...

Chapter Eighteen

As soon as the door closed, Mick wanted to burst through it and put some serious hurt on the two hapless LAPD officers that had arrested Josef. However, he knew it would defeat the purpose. All it would do was bring more unwanted attention to the Tribe. He refused to be responsible for the outing of his kind. It wasn’t, as Josef was so fond of saying, for the greater good. Well then, we’ll have to get him back another way.

Mick turned back to Beth and Erin. Both of them still looked stunned. Erin had tears in her eyes. She didn’t understand how they could haul Josef off like that. Didn’t he have super-strength? All she did understand was that her dear friend had been taken without any cause or provocation. Erin stared determinedly at her nephew. “OK, Sport, how’re we getting him back?”

Mick’s heart swelled with pride and affection for the elderly woman before him. Erin was nothing, if not a fighter. She fought for those she loved, age and infirmity be damned. It was a trait she shared with all the important people in Mick’s life. How he managed to surround himself with such extraordinary people he would never know. Now he, Erin and Beth needed to work together to bring Josef back.

Mick took a deep breath to calm his anger. “Beth, I need you to call Josh and Carl. See if either of them knows what Josef is being held for.” He paused; her eyes were far away. “Beth! Did you hear me?”

Beth jumped and looked at Mick guiltily. “Sorry. What?”

“I need you to call Josh and Carl. They might be able to give us some answers.”

Beth looked slightly apprehensive about the prospect of speaking to Josh, but she didn’t argue. “I’m on it.” With that, she ran back to her room to make her calls.

“What do you want me to do?” Erin asked.

As much as he knew Erin wanted to help, Mick didn’t know how helpful she could be. This kind of situation wasn’t fit for a one hundred year old human. Especially one that just had a mild heart attack not two days ago. Mick cast his eyes to the floor, suddenly unable to look her in the eye.

“I don’t think –“

Mick never got to finish. “If you think you can spout that old lady shit at me, you’ve got another thing coming! I’m not going to sit around here and wait for you to have some sort of epiphany!”

Mick took a step toward her then froze as the towel he was wearing fluttered to the floor. Apparently, he hadn’t secured it as firmly as he thought. Mick stood still as a statue, mortified. There he stood in Josef’s living room, naked as the day he was born, in front of his one hundred year old aunt. This can’t get any worse! Erin looked supremely unconcerned. She used to change his diapers, so it wasn’t like she was seeing anything new. Besides she had a friend to save. With surprising agility, Erin turned on her heel and headed in the direction of the bathroom. As soon as Erin’s back was turned, Mick crouched down, grabbed the towel and bolted for the guest freezer to put on some clothes.

Mick’s towel was better than what Josef had been able to manage. When the door pounding reached him, Josef had rolled out of his freezer and stumbled naked and wet into the living room of his penthouse. He nodded to his security people to open the door, supremely unconcerned about his nakedness. Water from the melted ice glistened on his pale, cold skin. It dripped from his hair, his nose, his fingers and his manhood. Josef was dimly aware of Beth and Erin emerging from the hallway as the front door opened a crack and the LAPD officers came barging in. Never dreaming that the officers could be there for him, Josef placed himself between the gun toting officers and those he cared about.

“I certainly hope you have a warrant, gentlemen,” Josef drawled.

The officers lowered their weapons a fraction of an inch and it was all the warning he got. The burly officers were on him and shoving him roughly against the wall, face first. Josef struggled, nearly got free. These were two of the strongest humans Josef had encountered. It took both of them but they managed to hold him. The one on Josef’s right reached into his pocket and pulled out his handcuffs. As the band locked around his wrist, Josef felt the silver begin to sap his strength. He snarled in fury as the other band locked and he slumped against the wall. The two officers hauled Josef upright just as Mick entered the room.

That had been nearly an hour ago. The silver was starting to take its toll. Wanting to conserve what strength he had left, Josef sat quietly in the back of the car, while Thomas drove further and further into the mountains.

In the meantime, Mick, Beth, Erin and Ryder reconvened in Josef’s living room. All of them looked grim.

“So you’re telling me we have nothing?” Mick said, irritated.

“Pretty much,” Beth replied.

“You’ve got to be kidding. Two LAPD officers don’t just barge in here and arrest Josef without someone signing off on it.”

“Apparently, they did,” Beth spat. Why did Mick act like he was the only one worried about Josef?

Seeing the anger in her eyes, Mick realized he’d gone too far. He placed a large hand over Beth’s small one. “I’m sorry, Beth. I’m not angry with you. I don’t know why I snapped.”

Beth gave him a small smile and covered his hand with her free one. “It’s OK, Mick. We’re all on edge.”

“OK. Let’s start at the beginning. What did Josh and Carl say?”

“Neither one of them had any idea what I was talking about. As far as they know Josef wasn’t being investigated for anything. I had Carl use his contacts at Homeland Security but they didn’t have anything either.”

“And the two cops that were here?”

“Carl ran the badge numbers I gave him. Both belonged to dead cops. He’s still checking.”

Mick turned to the other vamp in the room. “Ryder?”

“No can do, Boss. Not until the power comes on.”

Mick groaned. “It’s just as well. It’s not like we can use GPS on him or anything. He didn’t have his phone.”

“Mick?” Beth’s cheeks flushed slightly. “Josef didn’t have much of anything, remember?”

 Mick wasn’t likely to forget that anytime soon. He’d seen Josef naked before; back when he was younger and stupider. They’d shared a woman or two in their time. But now Beth had seen Josef naked as well. This just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it, St. John? In all the time he’d known Beth that was not a scenario he’d ever envisioned. Beth was his and he wasn’t sharing. Not even with Josef.

Mick averted his eyes and said, “Yeah, I remember.” He fell silent, his frazzled brain working furiously to put pieces together. He was sure it was staring him in the face; he just needed to grasp it. Mick closed his eyes and thought. Images, past and present, flashed in his head. The party where he met Josef. Josef sitting by Beth’s hospital bed. Talking to Josef about the Walker killer. The look on Josef’s face when he asked him to be best man. Asking Josef to spare Thomas’s life. Thomas’s declaration that Mick has chosen Josef over him. That’s it!

“Why didn’t I think of it before?” Mick asked, out loud.

“Think of what?” Beth queried.

“Thomas.”

“You think Thomas has Josef?”

“It fits. He’s been spying on us for months. He blames Josef for ruining his life. Me too. So he attaches himself to people we’re close too. He comes to work at Buzzwire. Calls in this bomb threat to throw law enforcement off the track. With a terrorist threat to Los Angeles, who’s gonna notice when a hedge fund trader and PI go missing? No one. I bet he even hired those thugs to pretend to be cops. I guarantee you he thought that with me out of the way, he’d come right in and sweep you off your feet and get his revenge by taking what’s ours.”

“Arrogant son of a bitch, isn’t he?”

“Yeah. Now all we have to do is find him.”

“I may be able to help with that,” Erin said.

To be continued…


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allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 19th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Ooh...wet, naked Josef ruining police upholstery...yikes!!
(I love Erin--have I told you that?!)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 19th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Yes, you have. I love her too. As for Josef, somehow I don't think he cares much about that right now...
allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 20th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Well, *he* might not care about it, but that certainly doesn't mean that *we* don't care! Yum...what a mental picture!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth near youheartagram_lala on March 19th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
lol at josef being naked, FUNNI!!!

what has kick ass erin got now? she's ggotta be my all time fave OC haha.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 19th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
I love her too! She's hilarious...
iansmomesq on March 19th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh the naked boys!!!

*cough* and Go ERIN!!!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 19th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Isn't she the coolest? She's the aunt everyone should have!

Shouldn't the boys be naked all the time? :P
Bleu Daisy: Josef Looking Backbleudaisy on March 19th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Wow...well, considering Beth still couldn't think a straight thought minutes later I'd guess Josef must have been quite...um...endowed. *^_-*

Great update!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 19th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Would you be able to think straight after seeing Josef in all his naked glory?
britzfan: dancing bethbritzfan on March 19th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
BRAVO!!! Great chapter, and thanks for the loose towel and for descrbing Josef!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 19th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the loose towel! I figured if Josef was naked Mick had to be too. It's only fair!
Michelle: VM Logan bad daymrs_boyscout on March 19th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
One benefit of vacation ... three chapters in a row. Awesome!

Thanks so much for the details of the nakedness. Squee!

And how much did I love the reference that Mick and Josef have shared a woman a time or two. That totally deserves furhter explanation in a one-shot!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 19th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I knew you would appreciate the Josef nakedness...

Hmmm....one shot? Possibly.