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11 November 2007 @ 02:07 pm
Fic: Demons, ch. 8  
Title: Demons
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 734
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: If I owned Moonlight Coraline would have stayed dead!
Author's note: Well, we're nearing the end of our journey! There will be at least one, possibly two, more chapters left.  I'm glad everyone is enjoying this little story!

Chapter Eight

“No way,” Mick said. He shook his head as if to clear it. The idea that his staid, normal father knew about vampires was laughable. It just didn’t make sense. Then again, there wasn’t much about this case that did.

Beth said, “Well, this might be my limited experience talking, but what other explanation could there be? Ernst was shot down and presumed dead almost a full month before the Red Baron.”

“He could have been captured by the Germans,” Mick offered hopefully.

“Didn’t Josef say that Lola just brought Ernst in one day?”

“Yeah.”

“OK, scenario. Ernst gets shot down. He makes it to the ground, near death. Enter Lola, who turns him for reasons of her own. Maybe she wanted a new boy toy, whatever. It says here that the shot that killed the Baron came from the ground. Maybe Ernst fired that shot from the ground.”

“Two questions: Why would Ernst want to shoot down the Baron? And why would Ernst shoot him? Vampire, remember?” Mick queried.

Beth looked thoughtful. Then her face lit up with realization. “Aren’t you always going on about the need for vampire security? If a famous German war hero shows up with his throat torn out, people are gonna wonder why.”

“But that still doesn’t explain--”

“I’ve got it. Maybe the Baron was the one who shot Ernst down in the first place! Maybe it was revenge!” Beth said excitedly.

“Then Ernst would have an opportunity to get his piece of history. OK, that makes sense in a nonsensical kind of way.” Beth rolled her eyes at him. She kept thumbing through the old book, as if expecting it to reveal another clue. An envelope fell out of the book. Beth picked it up, examined the front and handed it to Mick.

“It’s addressed to you,” she said simply.

Mick looked from the envelope to Beth and back again, quirking an eyebrow as he did. He took the envelope from Beth’s outstretched hand and read “To Mick” in an elegant feminine hand. Mick tore open the envelope and pulled the letter out.

My Dearest Mick,

If you’re reading this letter then your father’s worst fear has come to pass. Robert Ernst has returned and it searching for the artifact that your father stole from him so long ago. It lies at the base of the Portal. Be careful, my dear, you are not as invincible as you think.

My love always


It was his mother’s handwriting. How did they know? Mick wondered again. He read the short missive over several more times in the hopes of finding an answer but found none. Dumbfounded, he handed the letter to Beth. She read it excitedly, as she finished her face fell.

“Who’s it from?” she asked, seemingly offhanded.

Did he detect a hint of jealousy in her voice? “My mother,” he told her.

A look of relief washed over her. “Oh. So what does she mean by ‘it lies at the base of the Portal’?”

“The headgear, probably.”

“But how did your dad steal it from Ernst? How did Ernst get it in the first place?”

“All good questions to which I haven’t the faintest idea.”

Beth looked thoughtful. “Mick,” she said haltingly, “if your dad knew about vampires, do you think it’s possible they knew about you too?”

“That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for the last ten minutes. I honestly don’t know. I know I never told them. I was so ashamed of what I had become that I avoided anyone I had known while I was human.” Mick looked at Beth shyly. “I didn’t want then to see me that way.”

“What way is that?”

“As a monster.” He turned his eyes back to the floor.

“You are not a monster,” Beth said emphatically. “And, judging by this letter your mother didn’t think you were either.”

Mick looked up at her. He saw love, understanding and acceptance in her eyes. Once again, he said a silent thank you for having this wonderful woman in his life. He resolved to do everything in his power to keep her there.

The moment was broken when Mick’s phone rang. It was Josef.

“Yes, Josef?”

“Did you find him yet?

“Not yet but I have a lead.”

“Are you gonna take care of it?”

“Don’t I always?”

“Josef chuckled. “Yes, you do. Good hunting, my friend.”

To be continued…
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jenthegypsy: Moonlight - Half Mickjenthegypsy on November 11th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
You certainly timed this post well! Have been dealing with inflexible, hard-core, no tolerance types all day...and here is another chapter of yours to sweeten the afternoon. Thanks! ;)

The plot thickens, as they say. I'm interested to see how the pieces all fit together, and as always, I thoroughly enjoyed your Mick and Beth.

Spoiler warning for 1:07

An aside about Mick's parents - it was so melancholy to see him watch the Franklin burn, and to hear the story of how his parents would take him there for brunch every Sunday after church... That broke my heart into little pieces. He obviously was very close to them, before Coraline.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 12th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
I was so excited that they mentioned Mick's parents on the show! Yay! But, you're right. I just wanted to hug when he told Beth about brunch! :(
rayemelinda on November 12th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
PLEASE UPDATE ASAP.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 12th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Hopefully, I'll have it up tomorrow! *crosses fingers*
lindyrblindyrb on November 12th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm so enjoying this story....what a twist if Mick's parents KNEW....and he and Beth make such a good team!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 12th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
I think they do too. I really wanted to show that in this story. As for the other thing...you'll just have to wait and see! :)
Quick to scar, slow to heal.: Malecfemmephantom on November 12th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Awww. What a sweet little moment between the two of them.

I really can't wait to see how everything turns out.

Great work.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 12th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
One of the things I love about those to is their ability to have those sweet awwww moments and then do a 180 and be all intense and charged the next!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick freezerheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
awwww, a letter form his mum, yay for sentimental moments.

this whole thing with his parents is really interesting =D
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 9th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're enjoying it! As for coming to it late, better late than never I say! lol I have the sequel posted too, whenever you get a chance to check it out. Thanks again for reading!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick freezerheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
im bout to start chapter one right now =P

btw ive got some moonlight fanfic up if ur interested, icons too, most of the fic is just drabbles at the moment, but i have some longer things in the works =D
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 9th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've seen your icons, beautiful work. I'll definitely check out your fics too. Mind if I friend you?
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick vampheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
i was about to ask the same thing =P

in other words, go ahead, and ill do the same =P

and thanks for the comment on my icons =P