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02 March 2008 @ 11:34 pm
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 11  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1528
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: I don't even own my car...
Author's note: I finished chapter 11, as promised. It's got another flashback, Josef's this time. Enjoy!

Chapter Eleven

“I have to go,” Mick said as he hung up the phone.

“What’s wrong?” Josef asked.

“Erin’s in the hospital. They don’t know how bad it is.”

Josef didn’t hesitate. “Then let’s get the hell out of here. I’ll drive.”

Mick didn’t have the presence of mind to argue. He just followed Josef down to the Ferrari and climbed in. Josef glanced worriedly at his friend. Mick always felt these things so deeply. How Mick managed to retain so much of his humanity was something that Josef had always envied, not that he’d ever admit it…

“Josef! Where are you, man?”

Josef emerged from his bath, wrapping a towel around his waist. “Geez, Mick. Where’s the fire?”

“No fire. You got any freshies around?”

“Of course. What’s wrong with yours?”

“Coraline’s back. You know how she can be.”

Josef rolled his eyes. “I don’t know why you keep going back to her. Hasn’t she tortured you enough? Do you enjoy being a masochist?”

Mick frowned. “It’s not like that, Josef.”

“Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it. I give it a month tops. And then I’ll say I told you so.”

“You gonna help me or not?”

“Calm down, buddy. You’re covered.” Josef beckoned to one of his girls as he and Mick moved to the living room. Josef suspected that there was more going on then Mick was saying, but he held his tongue. Mick looked at Josef gratefully as the brunette sauntered up to him. Mick closed his eyes and inhaled her scent, clean and wholesome. She would do. Mick held out his hand as his eyes frosted over. The brunette sat herself on the arm of the chair and closed her eyes. Mick ran his fingers lightly over her throat and she shivered. Mick smiled to himself just before he sank his fangs into her throat.

Josef watched his friend carefully. Even in the short time they’d known each other, Mick had been a study in contrasts. In the beginning, he’d hated what he was so much that Josef was sure he’d off himself one day. But all that had changed in the last few years. Mick had begun to embrace what he was; at least as far as someone with his sensibilities could. It began after he’d started his PI business. Some weird guilt trip, Josef thought it was. Doing his job allowed him to relieve the underlying guilt Mick felt at feeding. Josef didn’t understand it; hell, he wasn’t even sure Mick understood it. At least Mick wasn’t starving himself. But tonight was different. Something had happened. Josef was determined to get to the bottom of it.

“Better?” Josef asked as Mick finished.

“Yeah, thanks.”

“So what happened?”

Mick averted his eyes. “Who says anything happened?”

“Come on, Mick. You never ask for one of my girls. And don’t give me some bullshit about Coraline. We both know the woman would be doing backflips to see you enjoy feeding.”

Mick was reluctant to tell Josef. He wasn’t in the mood to be mocked. He wasn’t even sure he understood it himself. But then again, Josef was almost four hundred years old. What the hell.

“Thomas came over tonight. He needed help on a case.”

“Well, I already know I’m not gonna like this story. You know I can’t stand that asshole.”

“Do you want to hear this or not?” Mick said, irritated.

“Fine, go ahead.”

Mick proceeded to tell Josef all about the search of the Walker crime scene and the encounter afterward. He concluded, “I know I shouldn’t have enjoyed that but I did. I don’t know which way is up anymore.”

“So let me get this straight. Guy kills girl. You find said guy and kill him. What’s the problem?”

“You sound like Thomas.”

Josef scowled at that. “Humans have never dealt with their more unsavory elements adequately. You know that.”

“That doesn’t give us the right to be vigilantes, Josef.”

“Mick, if it bothers you that much then why did you do it? Think.”

Mick paused. “Because it felt good. I wanted to end his life the way he’d ended another’s.”

Josef nodded seriously. He was going to have a talk with Thomas. The guy was a bad influence.

Josef pulled into the Sacred Angels Hospital parking lot much the same way he had nearly four months earlier. Only this time there wasn’t blood everywhere. He and Mick practically ran into the ICU. The charge nurse directed them to Erin’s room. They found Beth keeping vigil by her bedside. Erin was still unconscious and pale.

“How is she?” Mick asked from the doorway.

Beth raised her head. “Stable. She had a mild heart attack. I knew I shouldn’t have taken her with me.” She sniffed.

Mick crossed the room and gathered Beth in his arms. “This is not your fault. She’s one hundred. This could have just as easily happened at home.”

“I know. She just looks so fragile.”

“We’ll just have to wait until she wakes up.”

Josef suddenly felt like he was intruding. “Do either of you need anything? Coffee? Anything?”

Beth smiled gratefully. “Coffee would be great, Josef, thanks.”

Josef gave her a half smile. “My pleasure,” he replied and was gone.

Mick and Beth sat in the two uncomfortable hospital chairs. Mick’s gaze lingered on Erin’s face. Finally he turned to Beth and said, “So what did you do this afternoon?”

“Not much. We went and got my final dress fitting, then headed to the courthouse.” She continued, describing her awkward encounter with Josh and her conversation with Carl.

“So while you were talking to Carl, Erin had a heart attack.”

“Yeah. There was nothing. No indication that anything was wrong. It was very sudden. We got the ambulance and came straight here.”

Josef returned with Beth’s coffee. “Any change?”

“No.” The three of them continued to keep vigil for the next few hours. Beth dozed on Mick’s shoulder. Nurses went in and out checking Erin’s vitals and trying to look reassuring. Finally, Erin stirred. Mick shook Beth awake and jumped up to Erin’s bedside.

“Welcome back,” Mick said, smiling in relief.

“Didn’t go anywhere.” She glanced around. “And who is this handsome fellow?” Erin said, indicating Josef.

Josef actually looked embarrassed. Mick was shocked. His friend smiled warmly and said, “I’m Mick’s friend, Josef. I’m glad you’re awake. I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.”

“I bet you have.”

Beth couldn’t contain herself anymore. “Erin, I am so sorry.”

Erin cut her off. “Now none of that. This isn’t your fault. If you thought you’d seen a ghost at my age you’d have a heart attack too.”

Mick and Josef exchanged a look. Mick cleared his throat. “A ghost? What did you see?”

“Well Beth was talking to her friend and I was people watching. Not much else to do at my age. Anyway, I watched this young police officer. He was very engrossed in his work.” She shivered. “He looked up from his work and I swore I saw Thomas looking back at me. But that’s impossible.” Erin saw the knowing look in Mick’s eyes. A light bulb went off. “It is possible, isn’t it? Thomas is like you. And you knew.”

Beth turned to Mick. “Thomas is alive?” Mick nodded. “And you didn’t see fit to entrust me with this information? What were you thinking? I’m not a little girl anymore, Mick. When are you gonna get that through your thick skull?”

Josef tried to say something but Mick cut him off. “No, Josef. It’s OK. Beth’s right. I should have told her days ago.”

“What do you mean ‘days ago’?” How long have you known?” Beth asked angrily.

“Since the bomb threat at LAX.”

“I could kill you right now, you know that.” She turned to Josef. “I’m assuming you knew too.”

Josef held up his hands. “Hold on there, Nancy Drew. I didn’t know until this afternoon. If it helps, I told him to tell you. It’s not my fault he’s a big coward.”

Mick’s eyes flashed. “Watch it, Josef.”

“Hey, I just call it like I see it.”

Erin cut in. “Can someone please explain what the hell is going on?”

Mick thought fast. If Thomas was still at the courthouse then he had a chance to deal with him before he caused anymore damage. “Josef, could you stay with Erin? Beth and I need to go the courthouse.”

Josef nodded. Beth said, “Wait, I’m not going anywhere until I get some answers.”

Mick drew Beth over to the corner. “Beth, I promise that I’ll tell you. Everything. But we have to get to the courthouse. This may be my best shot at getting him, do you understand?”

Beth felt her anger dissipate. Mick would never deliberately place her in danger. She knew that whatever history Mick and Thomas had it wasn’t pleasant. That was excluding the unsavory things she already knew about Thomas. She glanced over at Erin. Beth felt an overwhelming urge to beat Thomas within an inch of his life for hurting her. Beth looked back at Mick. “OK. Let’s go.”

To be continued…

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allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 3rd, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Josef is such a charmer...
Wow, two chapters in one day! You rock my world. :) I can't wait to find out what happens. Erin is a really cool character, I'm hoping that your muse doesn't feel the need to kill her off! (That would be so sad...and such a loss of historical material about Mick's past!)

BTW, I loved the description of Beth's dress. I can see Sophia M. in that dress. So elegant, clean lines, but really feminine and lots of heavy skirt to twirl... beautiful!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Josef is such a charmer...
Thanks! I was hoping someone would mention the dress. I spent a lot of time trying to find the right one!

Isn't Josef the coolest? I adore him. Not quite as much as I adore Mick, but I'd let him bite me anyday!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick boxesheartagram_lala on March 3rd, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
brialliant as always.

annoying as always!!! lol.

what the fuck did he do dammit, u sure know how to keep us hanging, meanie =P

can't wait for more
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
I'm gonna tell what he did, I promise. Just be patient!
Bleu Daisy: Josef - Sweet smilebleudaisy on March 3rd, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
Oh gosh...where do I begin? I LOVED this chapter (of course) because you've treated me to a nice hefty dose of my favoriate vampire, Josef. He's simply adorable and you write him so well.

First off, I loved this part, “Come on, Mick. You never ask for one of my girls. And don’t give me some bullshit about Coraline. We both know the woman would be doing backflips to see you enjoy feeding.” That is just so very Josef. It really captures the essence of his snarky side and that's wonderful.

However, I also really liked that he looked embarrassed at Erin's comment that he handsome (yes, he is, Erin. ^_-).

I also loved his "Nancy Drew" comment. Very cute.

Overall, VERY well done! Great chapter!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it. Josef rocks and I LOVE writing him. Josef will be having another flashback, so stay tuned!
hopeformb01 on March 4th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
I really love this story. I believe it may be your best. You know how to tug on the heartstrings.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 4th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks. This is definitely my favorite story, I don't know about best. I'll let you guys be the judge of that. I'm just happy you like it! :)
britzfan: Mick/Bethbritzfan on March 4th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ok, where's the next chapter?! This was a great chapter, please continue soon. I'm really interested!!!!!!!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 4th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to have the next one up tonight. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 5th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I second on what they said: Where's the next chapter??
Is it hidden in your treasure box of intriguing stories?
Well, this is all very interesting. This Thomas guy is annoying the heck out of me!! What'd he do that's so wrong??

Please update soon!!! Pwetty please? Hint hint -.^
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 5th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm typing the next chapter as we speak!
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 5th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks :D