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20 November 2007 @ 08:00 pm
Fic: Winner at a losing game, ch. 4  
Title: Winner at a Losing Game
Rating: PG-13, for now
Word Count: 1063
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Yeah, I still don't own them. CBS does. :-(
Author's Note: This will be the last update before the holiday. I'm gonna try and get a chapter up over Thanksgiving. No guarantees though. Enjoy!

Chapter Four

By the time Mick and Beth left Cornell Microsystems the sun was setting. They climbed into the Mercedes and headed for Buzz Wire. Beth still had to file her report for Josef. She was still dubious about Josef using her to dangle a carrot in front of his enemies, but they’d had precious few breaks in this case. Anything was worth a try.

When they arrived, Mick headed to one of the spare offices to call his client to see if she had any information on the whereabouts of the cabin. Beth made her way to her desk, her eyes glancing at the photo of her and Mick that she kept next to her computer. Mick had an identical photo on his desk. Sitting down, Beth pulled out the photo from Jack’s office. They looked so happy. How could Jack lie about what he was? Did he think that Janelle wouldn’t love him if he told her the truth? Probably, Beth thought. That’s were she and Mick were different. Beth fell in love with Mick, not the vampire. Being as vampire just happened to be one aspect of who he was. She loved the whole package and accepted the limitation that their relationship caused. Mick was worth it. There were times when he needed to be reminded of that fact.

Beth got her computer up and running, beginning her search with a standard background check on Jack Davis. Not surprisingly, she didn’t find much. He graduated from MIT in 1995 and worked at four different computer firms since. Interestingly, he never stayed longer than two years at each. There weren’t any records older than that. No sign of a high school diploma, parents’ names, anything. That must make him at least as old as Mick, Beth thought, if not older. There wasn’t really any way of telling until they found him. Beth was researching Davis’s past jobs when Mick came up behind her. He pulled up a spare chair and sat down next to her.

“According to Janelle, the cabin is up in the Hollywood hills. Real secluded place. She was only there once; he took her there to propose. Jack told her it was his sanctuary,” Mick reported.

“Well, that would make it a likely place to carry out industrial espionage.”

“Or hide from people you’ve pissed off.”

Beth considered that. She said, “Or that. Do you think that Jack really meant to sell his program to Josef’s enemies?”

“No. I get being a work-a-holic. I get being careful with your work so no one can steal it. What I don’t get is why someone would be willing to throw away the love of their life for a few million dollars.”

The implication of that statement was not lost on Beth. “Neither do I. If that’s true, then what does that mean?”

“It means that there’s more going on here than Josef knows. What’d you find? Anything interesting?”

“Not much. Jack’s moved from job to job pretty regularly. Until now. He’s left every job he’s had at around the two-year mark. He’s been at Cornell for nearly three.”

“Janelle said that she met Jack a little over a year ago,” Mick said.

“Guess that explains why he’s held on to this job for so long.”

“A lot of vampires don’t like staying in one place long. Remember Ernst? Wanderlust. Some have it worse than others.”

“Do you?” Beth queried.

Mick quirked an eyebrow at her. “Trying to get rid of me? Don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere.”

Beth laughed. “It would take a lot more than wanderlust to let you out of my sight.” More seriously, “Now that we’ve established that neither one of us is going anywhere, can we try and figure out what’s going on with Jack, the would-be secret agent?”

“It’s getting late. Shouldn’t you get some sleep?”

“I haven’t filed my report yet. Josef needs his leak, remember?”

“Anything I can do to help?”

Beth went over to the news backdrop. She setup the camera with sure movements. “All you have to do is make sure it’s recording. And don’t make faces at me.” Mick laughed mischievously.

“Do you think I would do that?”

“Yes, you would. Now let me do my job.”

Mick watched Beth give her report through the screen on the camera. He watched as she slipped effortlessly into hard-nosed reporter mode. She was damn good at her job. Beth’s investigative skills had come in handy on many of his cases. She was a good sounding board to run his theories against. In return, she usually got a story out of it. Mick was thankful that part of their relationship hadn’t changed since they got together. They still made a good team.

Beth interrupted his thoughts. “OK, all done. What’s the plan now?”

“We wait. Hopefully by morning, that story will have caught our fish. Right now you need some sleep.”

Beth stifled a yawn. “I’m fine.”

“No, you’re not. Go get your stuff. Don’t make me carry you out of here.”

“Is that a promise?” Beth asked coyly.

“More like a guarantee.”

As enticing as that prospect was, Beth knew Mick was right. She was exhausted. Beth gathered her things and followed Mick out to the car. On the drive to Beth’s apartment, she fell asleep. Mick gently shook her awake when they arrived. He helped Beth carry he things upstairs.

“I should go,” Mick said when they reached her door. Beth sighed. They’d been having the same exchange every time he brought her home for the last six months. He never stayed the night. Beth, as always, was disappointed. What Josef had said to her flashed through her head. This time, instead of replying to him, Beth kissed him. Her tongue swept across Mick’s bottom lip, pleading for access. He opened his mouth to her and she immediately took advantage, sliding her tongue across his teeth. She felt his incisors elongate as their tongues dueled. Mick pulled her against him, needing to feel her. Finally, Beth had to come up for air. She abruptly backed away from Mick, surprising him.

“Next time, you won’t be leaving.”

She was right. As Mick stood there trying to regain his composure, he felt his resolve starting to crumble. He knew that next time here would be a lot more bared than his fangs.

To be continued…
 
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shippercrazed: anima kiss M & Bshippercrazed on November 21st, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
I bet his fangs weren't the only thing "elongating" when she kissed him like that! MOre of that please. Needs more smut (yes, I adore smut)! Good chapter! Happy Thanksgiving!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 21st, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, there will be more to come! You seem to be the only one enjoying it. Sad pandas. Happy Thanksgiving!
shippercrazedshippercrazed on November 21st, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Their loss
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 21st, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks. now I must go and get visions of House and 13 out of my head!
iansmomesq on November 21st, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Excellent chapter... I love the ending, very promising for what's down the line.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 26th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm back! I got a lot done over vacation so there should be more tomorrow!
lindyrblindyrb on November 22nd, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! Love the end of the chapter. "next time here would be a lot more bared than his fangs"....

More, more! Ignore the turkey....write more!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 26th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I was slightly worried about the end. I've never actually written a kiss like that before. More tomorrow, I promise!
How am I not myself?: Vampy lovespankymcgee on November 23rd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! You leave us with that?!?! How dare you! This was such an amazing chapter, you do a great job with the characters, you really seem to have a feel for who they are and what they act like.

Of course the last bit was magical! I am so intrigued! You need to get back from vacation so that you can write more. It really seems like they could make a episode out of your writing, that makes it all the more exciting to read! :) I loved it, keep it up!

PS I love how Beth kisses him so suddenly, she seems to do that a lot, I imagine Mick's eyes closed but his eyebrows lifting up in shock. haha. Mick is just too adorable!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 26th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I always think of my fics like an episode of the show, so I'm glad other people see them that way. More tomorrow!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth near youheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
hot damn! lol.

lol at the idea of mick making faces from behind the camera
Michelle: Moonlight never let you go Mick/Bethmrs_boyscout on January 22nd, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
"He knew that next time here would be a lot more bared than his fangs." Loved that line.

Great introspection from Beth about her love for Mick.