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28 November 2007 @ 12:01 am
Fic: Winner at a Losing Game, ch. 7  
Title: Winner at a Losing Game
Rating: PG-13, for now
Word Count: 951
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: I bow down before CBS.
Author's note: Yet another update! Enjoy!

Chapter Seven

Mick pulled out his phone. Crap. No signal. Too many damn trees. If this is some sort of wild goose chase, especially now…Stop. Conclusion jumping is bad.

“We have to go,” Mick said suddenly.

“Why?”

“Look at the back.” He handed Beth the folder and turned to head out of the cabin.

Beth gasped. “Josef? Our Josef? Does this mean what I think it means?”

“What?” Beth called. She sounded far away, even to Mick. He turned around. Beth was running to keep up with him. He’d torn off towards the car without realizing it. Just then, Beth stumbled. Mick caught her before she hit the ground.

“Wow. You’re better than Lassie.”

Mick chuckled. “At least you’re not down a well. Can you walk? Might be easier if I carried you though. We’re kind of in a hurry.”

Beth rolled her eyes. “Always in hurry, you vampires. It’s not like you’re going anywhere.” There was a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. She gave an exaggerated sigh. “If you must.” She buried her head in his shoulder, content to remain in his arms. It was safe there. Once she was settled, Mick covered the remaining ground in a matter of seconds.

“I’m still not used to that,” Beth said as Mick gently put her in the passenger seat.

“Used to what?”

“Vampire speed. It’s one thing watching some move that fast. Another thing entirely to be the person moving that fast.”

Mick glanced over her with concern. “You’re not dizzy or anything?”

“No, I’m fine.” She grinned. “I’m just going to sit here and contemplate all the advantages of having a vampire for a boyfriend while you drive.”

Mick thought of the kiss from the night before and Beth’s promise afterward. His eyes clouded with desire for a moment. We’ll have to see about those advantages, he thought. The he jerked back to the present. Dock. Josef. Phone. Mick went around to the driver’s side, got in, and checked his phone again. Still no signal. What is it with cell phone coverage in LA, he mused. Mick started the car and groaned. The road was too narrow to turn around; they were going to have to back down in order to reach the main road. That treacherous feat accomplished, Mick tried Josef again. Finally, the call went through.

“You lied to me,” Mick said when Josef answered.

“What’s going on? What did you find?”

“We found were Davis has been for the past few days.”

“Where?”

“His cabin in the Hollywood hills.”

“Did you find him?”

“No, we found his research though. Apparently, he has an important meeting at the docks tonight.”

“Meeting? With who?”

“You.” Josef was silent. “Now the way I see it, this can play out one of two ways. One, you knew all along where Davis was and were playing with my head. Two, someone’s gone to a great deal of trouble to set you up. I hope for your sake it’s the latter.”

Finally, Josef spoke. “I don’t play games. You know that.”

“Then why does Jack have a meeting with you at nine o’clock?”

“I have no idea. It’s news to me.”

“OK, we’re on our way over there. We need to try to sort this out. Is Ryder around?”

“Yeah.”

“Get him too. We need to check Jack’s phone records.”

Beth started digging in her bag for her phone as Mick hung up. “I’m going to call Josh,” she told him.

“Josh? Why?”

“You said it was possible that someone set Josef up. Right now, our leading candidate is the Holdsworth Corporation. I was going to ask Josh if the DA’s office was running an investigation on them.”

“What sort of investigation?”

“Software piracy, fraud, discrimination. It doesn’t really matter what it is. It would give us an idea of whether or not they’re involved in this.”

Mick glanced sidelong at her. “Do you want me to talk to him?”

Beth sighed. “No, I can do it. Besides shouldn’t you concentrate on the road?”

“I’m great at multi-tasking.”

“So I’ve noticed. I got this.” Beth hadn’t spoken to Josh in nearly six months. Not since he came to get his stuff from her apartment. Mick was there at the time. It was not a pleasant conversation. Even though it was early evening, Beth called Josh’s direct line. She hoped he was still in the office.

“Josh Lindsay.”

“Hi, Josh. It’s Beth.”

“Still shaking up with your PI friend?” Josh asked, his voice dripping with venom.

“We’re not shaking up, Josh. I explained this to you. I’m not going to justify my actions or my feelings to you. I love him. He loves me. And that’s all you need to know.”

“So do you have a reason for calling or are you just trying to torment me?”

“I need a favor.”

“A favor? That’s rich coming from you. You leave me for a PI with a questionable past, and you need a favor from me.”

“Look, if you don’t want to do it, that’s fine. I’ll find the information I need another way. I was hoping we could be adults about this. Apparently, I was wrong. Goodbye, Josh.”

“Beth, wait. You’re right. I’m being an ass. What kind of information are you looking for?”

“Is the DA’s office running an investigation on the Holdsworth Corporation?”

“Yeah. On Alexei Derenyenko, the CEO. For securities fraud.”

“Anything else you can tell me?”

“Just that he seems to be stock piling money in an offshore account. We’re not sure where. He’s been good at covering his tracks. We’ve got surveillance on him so he can’t skip the country.”

“Thanks, Josh. I appreciate it.”

“You’re welcome, Beth.”

To be continued…
 
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shippercrazed: anima kiss M & Bshippercrazed on November 28th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Another good chapter. Hopefully he doesn't use his vampire speed for "Everything"! Please post soon.
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth antiqueheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
vamp speed... and 'other' advantages... *thud*
Michelle: Moonlight Your hot when you jump highmrs_boyscout on January 22nd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Loved that she called him her vampire boyfriend. Squee!

And poor Josh, still not over our Bethy. But you know what they say, once you go Vamp, you never go back. :)