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13 January 2008 @ 06:14 pm
If Tomorrow Never Comes, ch. 6  
Title: If Tomorrow Never Comes
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 925
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: I'm just playing in Trevor's sandbox!
Author's note: Here's chapter six! Enjoy!

Chapter Six

The discovery at Bianca’s apartment left Beth profoundly shaken. Why would a serial killer target her? Daniel, the crazy TA, wanted her dead because she was distracting his mentor. But this was some random guy. Who was he? Why was he doing this? And, most importantly, how did he choose his victims? There didn’t seem to be any connection between them. But there has to be, Beth thought. We just have to find it.

Beth glanced sidelong at Mick as he drove back to their apartment. An eerie calm had seemed to come over him at Bianca’s. The only sign of tension Mick betrayed was in the death grip he had in the steering wheel. While Beth knew that none of his anger was directed at her, she left him be. Clearly whoever this serial killer was, he had no idea who he was dealing with. As creepy as the situation was, Beth knew she had nothing to fear as long as Mick stood between her and this psycho.

They arrived back at their place a few minutes later. Mick was out of the car and by Beth’s side in a flash. There was no way he was leaving Beth’s side until they were safely inside. With his hand at the small of her back, he led her to the elevator, releasing her when the doors closed.

Once inside the apartment, Beth could remain silent no longer. “So how are we gonna catch this guy?”

We are not gonna do anything. I’m going to track this guy down and you’re going to stay here where it’s safe.”

Beth gave him an incredulous look. “Do you seriously think I’m going to sit here like some damsel in distress?”

“Yes.” But he knew he was fighting a loosing battle.

“You know this is not an argument you can win, right?”

Mick sighed, resigned. “Fine, But we’re gonna do this my way.” He gathered Beth into his arms and kissed the top of her head. “I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to you.”

Beth smiled into his chest and squeezed him as tight as she could. “Oh, I don’t know. I think you’d find a way to soldier on,” she said playfully.

Mick laughed. “That’s not funny, Beth.”

“That’s odd. You seem to be laughing.”

Mick released her and held her at arm’s length. “You can be a very frustrating woman, you know that?”

“But you love it.”

Mick gave her one of those heart-stopping smiles. “Yeah, I do. So what’s your plan?”

Beth contemplated for a minute. “How about you run down the florist angle while I go through our victims’ schedules? It’s early yet, hopefully we’ll catch a break.”

Mick considered that. “Alright. I’ll be in the office threatening a florist. Do you have the card?”

Beth handed him the card from Bianca’s arrangement. Mick headed into the office and closed the door quietly. Beth, meanwhile, headed into the living room and spread out her research. There was a surprising amount to sift through. These wanna-be actresses sure led busy lives. Time that wasn’t spent working was spent either trying to find work or clubbing. It didn’t take long for Beth to become frustrated. She had only been at it for an hour when Mick emerged from the office with a triumphant smile.

Beth looked up from her perch on the couch. “I hope that means you’ve had better luck than me.”

“Benjamin Hobbs,” Mick said.

“Who is Benjamin Hobbs?”

“Our serial killer. He’s ordered four bouquets of flowers in the last two weeks. Rachel, Bianca, yours and an Alexis Mitchell.”

“Alexis Mitchell. Does that mean there could be another victim out there? We have to find her.”

“We will. Turns out Hobbs is a valet at Williams Valet Company.”

A light bulb went off in Beth’s head. “That’s it! The connection I was missing.”

Mick sat down across from her. “OK, you lost me.”

“I know how Hobbs finds his victims. He’s a valet, right? How much do you wanna bet that each of our victims was at a place that used Williams Valet Company shortly before they disappeared?” Before Mick could answer her, Beth rifled through the pile on the table. She pulled out Rachel’s planner. “Here. Rachel was last seen at the Beverly Hills Hotel last Monday. Bianca was last seen at the Hilton on Wilshire. We need to find out which valet company they use.”

“Let me do that.”

“Why?”

“No offense, my dear, but I’m a little bit more intimidating than you.”

Beth scowled at him. “If you insist.”

“I do. I’m also going to see if I can find Alexis. I want you to stay here.”

“Didn’t we have this conversation already?”

Mick looked at her apologetically, busted. “I was hoping you’d forgotten.”

“Not a chance. Just let me run upstairs and change.” She paused. “Don’t you dare leave without me.”

Mick laughed as she climbed the stairs. He loved how feisty she was. During their first case together he had remarked on how pushy she was. She told him, “You’ll get used to it.” She was right; he had. Unfortunately, that feistiness contributed to Mick’s biggest fear: that her pushiness would put her in a situation that he couldn’t save her from.

Mick was snapped out of his reverie by his phone. Beth immediately noticed the pensive look on Mick’s face when she came downstairs.

“What’s wrong?” she asked as Mick hung up.

“Alexis Mitchell was just brought into the morgue.”

To be continued…  

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heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth near youheartagram_lala on January 14th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
awesome chapter.

mick needs to just lock beth in the house haha.

and too bad for the colts, i was going for them, im watching the cowboys v giants atm, hoping the cowboys can get up =P
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 14th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, he should.

I'm watching the Boys and Giants too. But I'm pulling for the Giants.
Kelly: mick/bethpittchic04 on January 14th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Great update! I really love the interplay between Mick and Beth.

Good thing Beth has Mick, she really does need a keeper. And Mick better invest in some handcuffs if he wants to keep Beth away from the action. Hmmm...maybe he can borrow some from Det. Kevin Hiatt. ;)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 14th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Handcuffs, I love it! Who better to get them from the Kevin! :)
britzfan: dancing bethbritzfan on January 14th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Great chapter. I'm so glad you updated again. I love this story, I'm very interested in seeing where this is going!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 14th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
So am I! :) Thanks for reading!
Bleu Daisy: Mick-After Best Kissbleudaisy on January 14th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
You have me on pins and needles waiting for each installment of this story arc. I love the way you write Mick and Beth. He's so protective of her. I'm still entranced by installment one where he kept his arm around her waist to keep away the other women. It's the little touches like that which convey so much. You're doing a fantastic job! Keep them coming! ^_^
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 14th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm rather fond of that moment too.
Say neversarisynn on January 14th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I love the dialogue in this chapter... "I'll be in the office, threatening a florist." ... "No offense, my dear, but I'm a little bit more intimidating than you." ... "Didn't we have this conversation already?" "I was hoping you'd forgotten."

Hee.

Beth does not appear to have been kidnapped yet, I feel cautiously optimistic. But I guess since Alexis is dead, she's next. Still, I am enjoying this story quite a bit, and as always, looking forward to the next bit.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on January 14th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love the dialogue too! :)