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15 November 2007 @ 07:03 pm
Fic: Winner at a Losing Game, ch. 2  
Title: Winner at a Losing Game
Rating: PG-13, for now
Word Count: 712
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Just taking them out for a spin!
Author's note: I bring you chapter two! Yay! I'm glad you're all enjoying it!

Chapter Two

“OK, I’ll bite. What’s going on?” Mick said.

Josef looked from Mick to Beth and back again, his eyes questioning the unintentional pun. He chose to ignore it. “Cornell Microsystems. Their star programmer and his multi-million dollar program have gone missing.”

“Cornell Microsystems? Isn’t that a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Group?” Beth asked.

“Indeed it is,” Josef confirmed.

“Wait a second. Don’t you own a controlling interest in the Guggenheim Group?” Mick interjected.

“Since 1949.”

Beth’s eyes widened slightly. It was so easy to forget just how old Mick and Josef were. They acted so modern, clearly adapting with the times as the decades--or in Josef’s case, centuries--passed by. “When you’re eighty-two, I’ll still look thirty,” Mick had said to her once. Would he still be with her when she was eighty-two? Would he want to walk in Los Angeles with an old white haired woman? Beth didn’t doubt Mick’s love for her. She knew that he would love her wrinkly eighty-two year old self just as much as he would love her twenty-six year old self. But at what price? Beth didn’t worry so much about aging as she did about dying. She was certain that her death, whether it was today or sixty years from now, would destroy him. Maybe not physically, but emotionally. For all eternity. With a shake of her head, Beth pushed those morbid thoughts out of her mind and refocused on the situation at hand.

“So what do you know about this programmer?” Mick asked.

“His name is Jack Davis. He was working on a new state of the art operating system that would make Bill Gates look like a monkey. He also--”

“Got married three months ago,” Mick interrupted. Beth and Josef looked at him in surprise.

“How did you know?” Josef asked.

“His wife came into see me this morning. She thought he was cheating on her.”

“Why’d she think that?” Josef asked.

Beth answered. “Let me guess. Never home, suspicious trips, strange credit card charges?”

Mick nodded. Josef said, “What? Are you two sharing a brain now? Excuse me while I gag.”

Mick glared at Josef. Beth looked Josef in the eye and said, “A woman knows when she’s being cheated on.”

Josef ignored her. “Did the estimable Mrs. Davis mention that her husband was a vampire?”

Mick froze. “She married a vampire?” Suddenly, this case was hitting a little too close to home. Images of wedding night flashed across Mick’s vision. Beth reached out and took Mick’s hand in her own. The warmth of her touch brought Mick back to the present.

“Let me get this straight. A vampire working as a computer programmer, right? Where does the espionage come in?” asked Beth, bring the conversation back from any reminders of Coraline.

“Davis is missing. His program is missing. All of his research is missing, and he just recently had ten million dollars deposited in his bank account. You do the math,” Josef snapped.

“So you think that one of Cornell’s competitors paid Davis to steal his own work from you and give it to them?”

“In a nutshell, yes.”

“So what do you need me for?” Beth asked.

Josef faced Beth for the first time since she entered the room. “You’re going to be my leak. Once your reporter thing it should flush the buyer out.”

“And if it doesn’t?” Beth challenged.

“It will.” They were looking daggers at one another. Mick realized it was time to go. He stood up and said to Josef, “OK, we’re on it. I’ll call when we have something.” He turned back towards the elevator, Beth following.

“Beth,” Josef said quietly. She stopped. So did Mick. Beth gave him a reassuring glance and said, “Go on. I’ll meet you downstairs.” Mick reluctantly climbed into the elevator, catching a glimpse of Josef and Beth as the doors closed.

“What is it?” Beth asked.

“This thing with you and Mick. It’s not healthy. For either of you. You know it. He knows it. Why are you torturing yourselves?”

“Because we’d rather spend what time we have together rather than regret what could have been,” Beth replied seriously.

“If you hurt him, I will make sure you regret it.”

“If that happens, I’ll let you.”

To be continued…
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Lisa: Moonlight-LookAfterYourachelroberts on November 16th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Loved it! :D

haha I accidently read this chapter before I read the first one..that's what happens when you have a headache and are extremely exhausted, but still insist on reading fanfiction.

It was when I finished it and scrolled down and found chapter one that I was like aww! haha I read chapter one and two and I'm looking forward to the next! :D

You know the characters really well and I love the way you write!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 16th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! I hope you're feeling better!
Lisa: Moonlight-LookAfterYourachelroberts on November 16th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
May I friend you? I don't want to have to always go into the MickBeth community to find you and I do plan to read your Demons fic..and we seem to have a few things in common! :)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 16th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Of course you can!
shippercrazed: anima kiss M & Bshippercrazed on November 16th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
ok...Josef was an ass in this chapter. And I'm not so sure Mick would have left Beth alone with him...friend or not. I hope when he asks her what Josef wanted she shrugs it off and lightly says, "Oh, just your run of the mill threat to torture and kill me if I so much as hurt you" She acts unaffected....but it should really piss of Mick. Bringing a confrontation between Mick and Josef. Hey, you may have it already all planned out. I'm just blabberin' I just hope Mick finds out somehow that Josef threatened Beth. That was out of line.
(Anonymous) on November 16th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you're not psychic?
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 16th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
^That was me, BTW. Stupid login issues. :)
Quick to scar, slow to heal.: Mickfemmephantom on November 16th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
I love her reaction to Josef.

“If that happens, I’ll let you.”

Brilliant! Can't wait for more.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 16th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
That's the reaction I was going for! :)
lindyrblindyrb on November 18th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
<<“If you hurt him, I will make sure you regret it.”

“If that happens, I’ll let you.”>>

GREAT dialogue. I'm really enjoying this. Hope you update soon....like NOW!

michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 19th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll probably update a little later today. Had to deal with a minor case of writer's block, but it's all cleared up now!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth greenheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
lol, mick and beth sharing a brain, josef gagging... man u write josef so well.

and the last line ... AWWWW
Michelle: Moonlight Your hot when you jump highmrs_boyscout on January 22nd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, love the acidic banter between Beth and Josef. He will come to love her, I have no doubt.

But again, how serediptious that both Josef's and Mick's problems stem from the same guy. Gotta' love that. :)