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28 February 2008 @ 11:34 pm
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 9  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1328
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: They belong to CBS, not me!
Author's note: Another flashback, another step down the slippery slope. I'm really enjoying the comments so keep them coming! Enjoy!

Chapter Nine

Mick threw the pillow across the room in frustration. I used to be good at this. I guess this is what I get for not practicing for nearly fifty years. He got up to retrieve the pillow and forced himself to calm down. Josef was going to be there any moment. The elder vampire had called about an hour ago, announcing his return to Los Angeles. Mick asked if Josef could get to his apartment ASAP. The dead, flat tone in Mick’s voice hid the anger Josef could sense underneath. Worried about his friend, Josef readily agreed.

Mick returned to the couch and sat down. He picked up the slightly beat up acoustic guitar and began again. He had wanted to write a song for Beth to play at the wedding but he soon realized that was a futile endeavor. Even if he could adequately express his love for Beth in song, he was so out of practice that he wouldn’t be able to play it. So he sat in the living room with an open songbook and practiced. Perhaps if I can get the hang of this again I can still sing. It’ll just be someone else’s song.

Fortunately, Mick had the apartment to himself. Beth had left a couple of hours before to go to work and attend to a few wedding related errands. She had said something about taking Erin with her; he hoped they were having more fun than he was. After screwing up the chords for the tenth time, Mick decided to try a different song. He flipped through the book trying to find an easy one. Spying a likely candidate, Mick grabbed his guitar pick and began to play. He got halfway through the song when he heard Josef knock.

“Use your key!” Mick yelled.

The lock clicked and Josef strode though the door, shutting it after him. He did a slight double take when he saw Mick sitting on the couch, guitar in hand.

“I haven’t seen you do that in a long time,” Josef said quietly as he seated himself in a chair.

“I haven’t wanted to in a long time,” Mick replied.

“It shows.”

Mick scowled. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Mick, Gandhi could play better than you.”

“Gandhi’s dead, Josef.”

“Exactly.” He paused. “What’s with the déjà vu?”

Mick shrugged. “I wanted to play at the wedding.”

“Well, you’re gonna need more practice.”

“Thanks for that assessment, Captain Obvious.”

“I do what I can. Why’d you call me over here?”

Mick set the guitar aside and sighed. “I never thought I’d say this but…Thomas is alive.”

“You’re not telling me anything that I didn’t already know, Mick.”

“How did you – scratch that. I don’t want to know. Did you know that he’s here? In Los Angeles?”

“That I did not know.” Josef’s eyes began to frost over and he growled. “That bastard has a death wish. I distinctly remember ordering him out of my city.”

“So do I, Josef.”

“What’s he doing here?”

“I have no idea. I saw him at LAX. He was working with Homeland Security on the bomb threat two days ago.”

“Do you know where he is now?” Josef queried.

“I was hoping Ryder could help with that.”

“You driving?” Josef said as he stood up and headed for the door.

Mick got up and followed his friend out the door. One the drive back to Josef’s office, he told Josef about his visit to Erin the day before. As he finished, Josef said, “It’s good to know that the guy was always fucked up. It’ll make killing him so much more fun.”

A part of Mick couldn’t help but agree with him, but he said nothing. Shortly thereafter, Mick pulled into Josef’s parking garage. They exited the Mercedes and headed up to Josef’s office. Ryder was already at work by the time they got there.

“Find anything yet?” Josef asked.

“I’m almost in, sir.”

Mick and Josef stood behind Ryder and waited. A minute later Ryder England had successfully hacked into the Homeland Security mainframe. As he scanned the screen he let out a low whistle.

“This is gonna take a while,” Ryder said.

“What’s wrong?” Mick asked.

“According to this, there’s no Thomas Masters working for Homeland Security.”

“Maybe he changed his name.”

“Well, if he did, we’re going to have to look at the ident photos of all the agents. You know what he looks like?”

Mick and Josef exchanged a dark look. “Yeah, we do,” Mick said.

“Pull up a chair, gentlemen. Might as well be comfy.”

Together the three of them began to scan the thousands of photos. It was exceedingly boring. Mick allowed his mind to wander…

Mick grabbed the sheet and slung it around his hips. He was surprised the incessant knocking hadn’t woken Coraline. She always was a heavy sleeper. Their latest round of ferocious lovemaking had exhausted her. Mick smiled smugly as he opened the door.

“I see the little lady is back,” Thomas said.

“Yeah,” Mick replied. “What’s up, Thomas?”

“Murder case.”

“You’re a cop. Why do you need me?”

“We’re short staffed. They’ve got nearly everyone working on the President’s visit.”

Mick glanced over his shoulder. Coraline was still asleep. “Alright, come on in.”

Mick had been a PI for nearly five years. He had taken it up at Thomas’s suggestion. They had worked several cases together. Mick was also able to use Thomas’s contacts at the department, which came in handy on more than one occasion. This was the first time Thomas had come asking for help; usually it was the other way around.

Thomas pulled out a folder and handed it to Mick. Estelle Walker, 48, was found dead in Beverly Hills. She had been raped and strangled. The police file indicated no leads.

“Have you checked out the scene?” Mick asked.

“Not yet. My lieutenant handed me the file a little while ago.”

Mick headed back to the bedroom and got dressed. Together, he and Thomas went examine the scene. There was little evidence of a struggle, but each of them saw what happened.

“That son of a bitch,” Mick said as the vision passed.

“You saw it too, huh?”

“Yeah. What’s our next move?”

“We go and deal with him,” Thomas said matter-of-factly.

“Shouldn’t we get back up or something?”

“You’re still thinking in human terms, Mick. We don’t need them. In fact they’d complicate things. If we take care of this, there’s one less monster running loose. Trust me, it’s easier.”

“I don’t know, Thomas.”

“No offense, Mick, but you haven’t dealt with this kind of thing before. This guy will kill again. We have the power to stop it. Don’t you want that?”

“Yes, but –“

“Remember we’re not bound by human rules. We can do whatever we want.”

Maybe it was the headiness of having his beloved Coraline back in his arms. Maybe it was the viciousness of the vision. May be it was the emergence of the beast within. Mick didn’t know what it was but he found himself nodding as he and Thomas headed out to Estelle’s neighborhood.

“Mick,” Josef said loudly.

His eyes came back into focus. “What’s going on?”

“You were off on Tatoonine there, boy-o.”

“Sorry. Did you find him?”


“What do you mean ‘nope’?” He has to be there.”

“I’m telling you he isn’t. Looks like he managed to dupe you. Again.

Mick thought about that, remembering the last time he saw Thomas. He looked sheepish. He said to Josef, “I’m surprised you still spoke to me after that.”

“So am I.” Josef grinned mischievously. “You do keep me entertained.”

Mick managed a smile of his own. “Glad to be of service.”

They were interrupted by Mick’s phone. It was Beth. “How’d the shopping go?”

Beth’s voice shook. “You have to get to the hospital.”

“Why? What happened?” Mick said, suddenly alarmed.

“It’s Erin.”

To be continued…

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Current Location: off to bed
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: The Beatles
allegritafangsallegritafangs on February 29th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Oh no you didn't!!
You aren't going to leave us hanging here, are you!?! You are cruel!!!

LOVE the Josef/Mick banter in this one. You have such a touch for their relationship. I'm working on a story without Josef in it, but I'd love to be as good as you at their interplay if I ever do a story with Josef in it. (I have 9 pages of a story, hee hee hee!!!)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 29th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh no you didn't!!
You must let me know when you have it finished! I'd also love to see your take on Josef someday too!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth greenheartagram_lala on February 29th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
oh now thats just mean!

i like erin,i hope she is ok.

and wtf is up with this thomas dude, im intrigued!!! lol.

awesome as always
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 29th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
What can I say, I'm a mean person. Just kidding! And WTF is right!
hopeformb01 on February 29th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Please don't kill off Erin!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on February 29th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
I....I'm not gonna tell you. Nope, not gonna do it. You'll just have to wait and see.
britzfan: Bethbritzfan on March 1st, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
How could you do that to us?!!

Great chapter but please update soon!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 1st, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
I like being mean? Just kidding. It just seemed like the place to end. I should have something tomorrow!