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08 January 2008 @ 10:21 pm
If Tomorrow Never Comes, ch. 4  
Title: If Tomorrow Never Comes
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 954
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Author's note: This is were the plot really kicks into gear. There's a few gruesome images in this chapter, so you've been warned. Enjoy! Oh, and congrats to Moonlight for winning the PCA!

Chapter Three

Mick awoke early the next morning to the sound of his phone beeping. He was slightly disoriented, still not used to waking up in an actual bed. Annoyed, he disentangled himself from Beth to retrieve the phone. Where is it? he thought absently. Pants, right. Mick pulled that phone out of the pocket of his trousers and hurried out into the hallway so as not to disturb the still-sleeping Beth. He checked the message; it was from Guillermo. Sighing, Mick dialed Guillermo’s number down at the morgue. It must have been important; Guillermo picked up on the first ring.

“LA County Morgue.”

“Guillermo, it’s Mick. What’s the big emergency? And why are you still there? It’s after sunrise.”

“I know. But this body came in just as I was getting ready to end my shift. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving it to just anyone. You asked me to let you know if anything out of the ordinary came through. And you definitely have to see this girl.”

There was a steely quality to Guillermo’s voice that made the hairs on the back of Mick’s neck stand up on end. Whatever had happened to this girl had freaked out the morgue tech. Quite a feat considering he was a vampire.

“OK, give me a half an hour,” Mick said.

Mick headed down the hall and through the gray door. Inside the freezer room, he pulled out a fresh pair of boxers and put them on, followed quickly by his standard jeans and Henley. He considered showering, but he was still fearful of waking Beth. Mick dashed back to the bedroom to leave a note, letting Beth know where he’d gone. He pressed a soft kiss to her temple and left, closing the door behind him. He hated to leave her like that, but Guillermo couldn’t wait down at the morgue indefinitely.

Fifteen minutes later, Mick found himself hustling through the doors at the LA County Morgue. I spend far too much time here, Mick realized as he made his way to Guillermo’s station. The younger vampire rose to greet him as Mick entered the room, a look of relief on his face.

“Finally.”

“OK, I’m here. Where is she?” Mick queried.

“In here.” Guillermo turned around and opened one of the middle lockers. As he pulled out the body, Guillermo put his hand over his mouth and nose, trying desperately to combat the foul stench of the corpse. Mick, however, got the full blast of it. What is that? Mick wondered. It smelled like that body had soaked in raw sewage for at least a week. And that was with the sheet on.

“Guillermo, please tell me you brought me down here for something more important that a body dump?”

“Trust me. You want to see this.” Guillermo pulled back the sheet and stepped away from the table. What Mick saw laid out before him would have turned the strongest of stomachs.

It was obvious the coroner hadn’t seen her yet. There was no Y-incision on what was left of her torso. She was a mess. Each thigh had a long cut along its length, exposing the muscle all the way down to the bone. A couple of toes were missing. The cuts on her legs were mimicked on her arms. Her torso was the worst thing though. It looked like someone had taken a meat cleaver to it. Bits of shredded muscle and skin hung limp in the body cavity. And, as best as Mick could tell, several organs were missing too. It was difficult to be sure though.

Mick gathered these details mechanically, trying to not glance at the victim’s face. He was unsuccessful.

“Is that who I think it is?” Mick asked quietly.

“Bianca Parker, 23, model turned actress. Yeah, it’s her.”

Mick pulled the sheet back over her and faced Guillermo. “Where was she found?”

“In a sewer near Wilshire. Cops think she’d been there a couple of days.”

“Cause of death?”

“Pick one. Nearly any of those wounds would be fatal individually. It’s impossible to tell.”

Mick turned back toward the body. He lifted the sheet and inhaled deeply. Bianca walks down the street, nearly stumbling in her designer heels. Distracted, she doesn’t notice the dark figure creeping up behind her. “Hello, Bianca.”She whirls around, coming face to face with a man of medium height and a dose of chloroform on his fist. Pressing the cloth to her face, he quickly subdues her and hauls her away…Bianca tied to a chair, bright light in her face, yelling in terror as a huge knife slices into her left leg. Lingering there, Mick sensed deep rage. Where had he sensed that before? That body a few days ago? Yes, that’s it.

“Whoever did this was definitely human. And seriously pissed off. Is the body of that other model still here?” Mick asked, turning away from Bianca’s corpse.

“Yeah.” Guillermo went down a couple of lockers and pulled out the body of Rachel Anderson.

Mick had already examined Rachel’s body, but he had a hunch. Then he saw it, a seemingly insignificant cut on Rachel’s right arm. “See that? It looks like someone wanted to start cutting right there, but couldn’t get up the nerve to finish. Check her legs.” Sure enough, there were similar marks there too. A serial killer, Mick thought. A particularly nasty one too.

“OK, I’m on this. Let me know if the coroner finds out anything else. Thanks, Guillermo.”

Mick headed back out to his Mercedes with a nagging feeling. There was something he was missing. Something important. However, he knew better than to browbeat his sluggish brain into remembering. It always did.

To be continued…

 

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heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth greenheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
eeep the valet mick!!! lol.

i hope beth doesnt get taken... that would be like uber bad!!!

cant wait for more
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 9th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
You'll just have to wait and see! :)
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick freezerheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
dammit =P
Say neversarisynn on January 10th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Hmm. This sounds unpleasant. I have this nagging feeling Beth is going to get kidnapped, I hope I'm wrong. By the way, the bit at the top says chapter 4, but the heading just at the beginning says chapter 3. I find myself slightly confused. ^^

Better update quick...
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 10th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
This is what happens when you try to post while waiting to see Alex. You type the WRONG chapter heading! I put this up during the People's Choice Awards and typed 4 instead of 3.