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13 November 2007 @ 08:51 pm
Fic: Demons, epilogue  
Title: Demons
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 746
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: As always, I'm just borrowing them!
Author's note: I've finally finished. Here's the epilogue. I tried not to make it cheesy, because I hate that. Let me know how I did. I've had a blast writing this story. I hope you guys have had as much fun reading it!

Epilogue


“Aviation buffs the world over are clamoring to get to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington to examine what may be one of the most important finds of the aviation age. The museum has acquired the headgear if the infamous Red Baron from an anonymous Los Angeles donor. The Smithsonian believes this prized artifact was unearthed in a Los Angeles cemetery. Reports of that cemetery being Valhalla are unconfirmed. As are reports of a link between the discovery and the five missing people last seen at Valhalla. Police still have no leads in that case. This is Beth Turner for Buzz Wire.”

Mick turned off his computer following Beth’s report. Beth had called earlier to let him know that she had gotten clearance to air her story and to remind him that she’d be over after work. With that in mind, he headed for the shower to get cleaned up before she arrived. He finished showering, dried off, and got dressed in jeans and his favorite gray sweater. Mick headed back downstairs just in time for Beth’s knock. Mick opened the door and stood aside for her to enter the apartment. As she passed him, Beth leaned up and kissed him hello.

“I see the Smithsonian got our package. An anonymous donor?” he asked playfully.

“What was I supposed to say ‘vampire rewrites history of the Great War’?” Beth countered

“Who needs fiction when the truth is so much more interesting?”

“That’s what I keep trying to tell you.” Beth rolled her eyes. “The Smithsonian sent me a package today.” She settled down on the couch; Mick took his now-customary place at her side.

“A package? What kind of package?”

“Apparently, the headgear wasn’t the only thing in that box.” Beth handed him a yellowed envelope. There was no address or any other type of demarcation. Curious, Mick slid his finger underneath the seal, which gave easily. An old photo fell out into his lap. He picked it up carefully. The picture showed Andrew and his buddies in what could only be a Parisian pub. But there was a large person sized hole between Andrew and Moretti. Ernst, Mick thought. This must be the poker game. As a vampire, Ernst didn’t appear in the pre-digital photograph. This must be how Dad knew Ernst was a vampire. Mick could picture his father buried under a pile of books, looking for some reason that his friend wasn’t in the picture.

“Mick,” Beth said quietly.

He looked at her. She handed him another photo; it had fallen on the floor. This one made him gasp. It was his wedding photo, one he had never seen. It was disconcerting because Mick was the only one in the picture. His arms were wrapped around an invisible person. On the back of the photo, Maddie had written Mick and Coraline, May 25, 1952. They knew. His parents had known all along what Coraline had done to him. That knowledge felt as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders. The guilt he’d always carried about them was gone.

Beth leaned in to examine the photograph. “Does this mean what I think it means?”

“Yeah.”

“That’s good, right? I mean, at least they didn’t think you just dropped off the face of the planet. Or that you hated them.”

“I never hated them.”

Beth laid her hand on Mick’s knee. “I know. Look, let’s get rid of these.” She reached for the pictures in Mick’s right hand.

“Wait. I want to keep this one.” Beth looked down; Mick’s fingers were curled tightly around the poker photo.

“Why?”

“Because I don’t have any photos of my dad.” He paused. “And because I want to remember this case,” he said with a knowing look.

Beth understood. It was because this case was the first step of their journey together. She could appreciate that. Beth walked over to the kitchen and got Mick’s lighter out of the drawer. She took the wedding photo and set it on fire. Mick found her eyes from across the room.

“We can replace that one, you know,” Mick said as he moved towards his desk.

“How?” Beth asked. Why, she thought.

“With this.” Mick pulled his digital camera out of his desk. Then Beth understood. Mick wanted a picture of them together. As they huddled together on the couch waiting for the shutter to snap, they were both thinking the same thing. This one will last.

FINIS
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dukesfreers on November 14th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Wonderful ending to a wonderful fic!!! Great plot, and some fantastic relationship stuff going on there. Kudos!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 14th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked the ending.
lindyrblindyrb on November 14th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! Absolutely great story and you found a fun way to wrap it up. And Yeah! I can't wait to see a photo of the two of them show up in one of their homes....
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 14th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I loved the photo thing too. They need to do that on the show!
Quick to scar, slow to heal.: MickBethfemmephantom on November 14th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Awww, it was so good! The ending was perfect, and not to cheesy.

Trust me, I'm the queen of cheese. ;)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 14th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had to rewrite this twice because of the cheese factor. I'm glad I finally came up with an acceptable version!
shippercrazed: mickbeth showershippercrazed on November 14th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
Supercool ending...loved it. Loved the photograph twist...how it tied up how his dad knew about Ernst and that his parents knew about that bitch Coraline. And the new picture at the very end was just precious. Two Fangs Up!
(Anonymous) on November 14th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Great story!
This was the perfect ending and I especially liked the twist with the two pictures.

I am looking forward to your next story :).

I tried posting yesterday but the network kicked me out. Here in Antarctica, they are very strict about this and if the network gets busy, we just get disconnected.

Thanks for sharing this story.
(Anonymous) on December 25th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
That story was so good, I absolutely can't wait to read another one!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on December 30th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
(Anonymous) on December 27th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
that story is so good..
the over all thing..
i have never even heard of the show but reading this really makes me want too...
anyways itz a perfect story and it roks...

michellemtsumichellemtsu on December 30th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The show is definitely worth watching! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick vampheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
love love love love love

that all there is to say =D
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 9th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really enjoyed writing it!
Michelle: Moonlight never let you go Mick/Bethmrs_boyscout on January 22nd, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was a great fic. Creative and touching backstory on Mick and a lovely romantic ending for the fangirl in me. You truely have a talent for this. Terrific job.
harknessgirlharknessgirl on February 20th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I have just read all 9 chapters and the epilogue one after another that was fantastic. I loved the story and the relationships between mick and beth Thank you for sharing.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 20th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! It's the first in a series so be sure to check the others out! Let me know what you think! :)
obsidianagirlobsidianagirl on July 7th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
WOW! Wonderful!
You just write these two like they are feeding you the words and the movements. Loved this and should have been abed an hour ago...Rest assured I haven't finished reading and reviewing your Moonlight fictions, but I have work and sadly I doubt I won the lottery.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful writing talent.

Sid
michellemtsumichellemtsu on July 7th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: WOW! Wonderful!
Thanks for the wonderful compliment! I'm glad you liked it!