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08 November 2007 @ 06:52 pm
Fic: Demons, ch. 6  
Title: Demons
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Word Count: 922
Disclaimer: Two days later and I still don't own them!
Author's note: I'm back everyone! Had some CMA related stuff to do, so chapters have been delayed. But I think we're back on track now! Enjoy!

Chapter Six

The Buzz Wire offices were quiet except for the tapping of a single keyboard. Beth sat in front of her computer, scrolling through the seemingly endless lists of World War I pilots. How many could there be? she thought tiredly. Planes had only been in existence for fifteen years! Nevertheless, she kept looking.

Beth wasn’t sure she’d be able to search for Robert Ernst at first. Old Army personnel records were kept in St. Louis. While the database was online, one had to be next of kin in order to search it. However, in the electronic age, almost every self-respecting investigative reporter could hack into a government-run website, or so Steve had always told her. Once in, it became merely a matter of time until she found him.

“Ah, there you are,” Beth said in relief.

“There who is?” came a voice from behind her.

Beth knew that voice. Josh. “No one,” she said.

“Obviously, it’s someone, or you wouldn’t be here in the middle of the night looking for him,” Josh observed.

Beth sighed. She really didn’t have time to argue semantics with him; she needed to call Mick and let him know that she found the mysterious Mr. Ernst.

“Look, Josh, I --” she began.

Josh cut her off. “Are you still working on that Valhalla missing person’s case?”

“Yes.”

“I asked you not to.”

“Yes, you did. Again,” Beth said, exasperated. “It’s my job, Josh. What am I supposed to do? Cover Britney Spears’ latest accident?”

“It’s dangerous. The cops found one of the missing people floating in the harbor. All of their blood had been drained.”

That’s two corpses now
, Beth thought.

“I still don’t see how that gives you the right to ask me not to pursue a story,” Beth said.

Josh glanced down at the monitor. “Robert Ernst? Who’s that?”

“A lead. Mick asked me to check him out,” she said without thinking.

The look on Josh’s face told she’d said the wrong thing. “Oh, Mick asked,” he said, his voice laden with venom. “He asks you to jump through hoops and you don’t bat an eye. I ask you to do a simple thing---”

“Now wait a second,” Beth said. She was becoming angry now. “The difference between you and Mick is you’re asking me to not do my job! Getting people the truth is important! Don’t you understand that?” Beth conveniently forgot that Mick’s entrusting her with the knowledge that he was a vampire caused her to not do her job all time. Still, she wasn’t going to let Josh stand there and insult Mick.

“Fine, do whatever you want.”

“No,” Beth said. She took a deep breath. “I’m tired of you passive aggressive BS. If you have a problem with me, say so. Leave Mick out of it. Yell! Do something to show me that this relationship is worth saving.”

“What do you mean?”

“I can’t do this anymore, Josh. If you want me to pick between you and Mick, then I’m sorry, you really haven’t given me a good reason to choose you.” Neither has Mick, she reminded herself. Beth didn’t know how Mick felt about her, but she had a pretty good idea.

“That’s not what I’m doing.”

“Yes, you are. Every time you make a big deal about me working with Mick.”

“I don’t trust him. There’s something off about him,” Josh said somewhat lamely.

You have no idea
, Beth thought. “Well, I do trust him. The real question is do you trust me?”

Josh thought about that for a long minute. He wasn’t blind. He saw the writing on the wall. He said, “I used to. But ever since you started hanging out with Mick…,” his voice trailed off.

“Well, I guess I have my answer.”

“Is this really happening?” Josh asked helplessly.

Beth sighed and looked at him sorrowfully. “Yeah. I never meant to hurt you, Josh. Believe me.”

“I know.” He turned towards the stairwell.

Beth called after him, “He’s a good man, Josh. So are you.”

Josh smiled ruefully and left. Beth sat back down at her computer and felt an overwhelming sense of relief mixed with sadness. It was true--she never intended to hurt Josh-- but at the same time she didn’t feel nearly as bad as she thought she should. Did that make her a horrible person? No, she decided. Better to break his heart now before either said or did something they would regret later.

Mick stepped quietly into the newsroom. He had heard the entire conversation from the stairwell. A good man, Beth had called him. That was how she saw him. She told him that on many occasions, of course, but he had never believed her. But to hear her say it to someone else, Josh of all people…that was something.

Mick cleared his throat. Beth looked at him and smiled. “Hi,” she said.

“Hey.” Beth didn’t know that Mick had overheard her conversation with Josh and Mick didn’t offer. Beth thought it would be better to continue on as if nothing had happened, at least for now. But she had a feeling that a heart-to-heart with Mick was coming sooner rather than later. Right now, they had a vampire to catch.

“Did you manage to find Ernst in the records?” Mick asked.

“I sure did.”

Mick looked down at the screen. As he scanned that list of names above and below Ernst, Mick realized why the missing persons’ last names seemed so familiar. They were the same ones that were in his father’s air squadron.

To be continued…
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jenthegypsy: Moonlight - bare chestjenthegypsy on November 9th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Forgive me for not commenting on each chapter - consider this an all-in-one catch up round!

I have this habit of waiting until a promising WIP has several chapters up before I begin reading. I bookmarked your first chapter the other day, and when I came back to start reading, that number had increased to 6! "Six", said The Count. "Six chapters of fanfic."

So, I sat down and read all of the chapters this evening. You are weaving a wonderful mystery, lady, and your writing style matches your plotting, in spades. Want to know what I'm most impressed with? Your dialog. You have a naturalistic way of writing Beth, Mick and especially Josef - you play them off of each other perfectly, and the feel of the narration is also true to the feel of canon.

Great characterization and structure! I hope you can keep up the pace you have set so far, because now that I'm in for a penny, the pound is not far behind. Thanks for the great, original read!

Edited at 2007-11-09 02:31 am (UTC)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. That's probably the best compliment I've gotten in this story. (I think I've read your comment about 5 times now, I'm so blown away with your praise!) Hopefully the rest of the story will live up to your lofty expectations. I'll do my best! Thanks again for the wonderful compliment. It means a lot!
Hufflepuff Forever!: ML Delicate flowerjacedesbff on November 9th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Ack!! I am *so* loving this story. :-) Seriously, I love the interweaving of the characters, the use of Josef as a resource, the rapport b/w Josef and Mick, and hello--*points to self*--MickBeth 'shipper!!! So yeah, LOVING it!!! Can't wait for the next part! :-)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
I am to please! I think you listed all of my favorite things about the show, so of course I had to include them in my story! Happy reading!
Say neversarisynn on November 9th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
DUN DUN DUN!!!!!! I can now ship McBeth GUILT FREE. Thank you!! Have I mentioned I LOVE this story? Because I do!! Next chapter plzz!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Guilt free is good! Thanks so much for reading!
lindyrblindyrb on November 9th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
I'm LOVING this story! If Ernst thinks Beth is another available blonde, boy will he have a surprise! Can't wait to see the showdown!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! I'm glad you're enjoying it!
shippercrazed: mickbeth showershippercrazed on November 9th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
Josh, buddy...wrong answer! Think you just signed your walking papers for good. On the other hand, glad Mick was there and heard the conversation, even though Beth doesn't realize it.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Those seeking vampires! Always eavesdropping!
Cat Moonmscatmoon on November 9th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know I'm really enjoying your story and looking forward to the chapters as they come out. A REAL Moonlight-type plot. Cool! I like the relationship-only stuff don't get me wrong (I write it myself), but I really love a good plot and they can be so challenging to write they are sometimes hard to come by. Were you the one who was nervous about posting your writing? Good God, you're good! No need to worry.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was nervous about writing this story. I'm glad I did though. Comments like yours make it worth it. I'm glad you're enjoying the story!
Quick to scar, slow to heal.: Happy Dancefemmephantom on November 9th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yay!

Josh is out, and Mick is in! *does a stupid dance*

Excellent work, and I can't wait for more.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 9th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
*does happy dance* Bye, bye, Josh. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth near youheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
this is really good.

no idea whats going to happen, which i love, predictable stories get boring after a while lol.

u wrote the beth/josh scene really well