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20 March 2008 @ 12:14 am
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 19  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1881
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Nope, not mine.
Author's note: This will probably be the last update until Easter. Things around here will be crazy for the next few days. Thanks again for all the wonderful comments! Enjoy!

Chapter Nineteen

“Where to now?” Mick asked, keeping his eyes on the road.

Beth unfolded the map in her lap. “According to this, we’ve got about fifty miles to go. Just keep heading north.”

Mick groaned. They’d been on the road for nearly two hours. Thomas had a three hour head start. Who knew what condition Josef would be in if the found him. When we find him, Mick corrected himself. Josef had barely slept for nearly three days. He also hadn’t fed in that time. Josef had to be ravenous, almost feral, by now. Mick shuddered. Even in the darkest days, Mick had never gone that long without blood. How would Josef, a vampire who relished in fresh blood, deal with that kind of hunger? Mick wasn’t sure he wanted to find out, but he couldn’t abandon Josef. It just wasn’t in his wiring.

“You should have let Erin come,” Beth said suddenly, interrupting his thoughts.

“Beth, we’ve had this conversation. It’s too dangerous, especially for someone her age.”

“But Mick, if it wasn’t for Erin we’d have no idea where Thomas took Josef.”

“I know. We’ll make sure and let Josef know. But I can’t save him and look out for both of you.”

“I can take care of myself.”

“I know you can. It’s one of the things I love best about you.”

That didn’t mollify Beth as well as he had hoped. He was again reminded of Erin. A twinge of guilt twisted in his gut. He thought back on his conversation with her a couple of hours before.

“I think I can help with that.”

Mick and Beth looked at Erin in surprise.

“How?” Mick asked.

“I know where Thomas would take him.”

“How would you know that?”

“There’s a cabin up in the mountains where Thomas and your father used to go fishing over long weekends. When I was old enough to drive, I would follow them. Mind you, this was at the height of my Thomas-is-the-greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread faze.”

“Why did I never hear about this place?”

“Your dad stopped going there after Thomas disappeared. Too many memories.”

“So where is this cabin exactly?”

Erin got up and snatched a piece of paper and a pen from Josef’s desk. She sat back down and drew a crude map from memory. After making sure everything was properly labeled, she handed the map to Mick. He examined it. “OK, this doesn’t look too hard. If I leave now, I can be there in two, three hours tops.”

“I’m coming with you,” Erin and Beth said at nearly the exact same moment.

Mick sighed heavily. “Neither of you is going.”

Both women protested vigorously. Mick knew this was a waste of time. He needed to get going; Thomas’s head start was growing by the minute.

“Fine!” Mick said loudly, cutting them off. “Beth, go and gather any spare blood Josef has. It should be in the kitchen. Put it in a cooler. I have a feeling Josef’s gonna need it.” Beth hurried off to the kitchen before Mick could change his mind. He turned to Erin. “You know I can’t let you,” he said gently.

“But Sport –“

“I know you want to help Josef. I appreciate that. So will Josef. But he can’t thank you if something happens to you. And I’m not ready to loose you yet either. Please.”

Erin contemplated that for a long minute. “I don’t like it, but alright. Just bring him back.”

“I will. I promise.” Mick gathered the frail woman in his arms and hugged her tightly. Beth returned with the cooler. Just before they headed down the stairs, Erin called to Beth, “Don’t let him do anything stupid now!” Beth smiled and nodded.

Mick turned off the highway. The new road was little more than a jogging trail. It was just wide enough for the Mercedes. In the headlights, Mick could see fresh tire treads. It appeared that Erin had been right. The bumpy road jostled him and Beth and was hell on his car. When they came across a clearing Mick pulled the Benz over and parked it.

“We’re gonna have to walk from here,” Mick said as he climbed out.

Beth said nothing, merely nodded and got out. Mick headed back to the truck to get their supplies. Beth joined him. Surveying his stash, Mick handed his gun and a stake to Beth.

“The gun won’t do much more than slow him down, I’m afraid. If this goes well you won’t ever have to use it.”

“If this goes well,” Beth repeated. “And when does this ever happen?”

“Point taken.” Mick grabbed his collapsible telescope and put it in his pocket. He’d have to scope out the situation from afar. Otherwise Thomas would know he was there and they’d loose the element of surprise. They couldn’t use a flashlight for the same reason. Mick closed the trunk and faced Beth. “The moon’s out tonight so that will give us some light, but stay close. I don’t want to loose you in the woods.”

“OK. I’ll be careful.”

Together they began the long walk to the cabin. The sparse trees cast eerie shadows across their path. An owl hooted in the distance. Mick could hear the trickling of the nearby stream. Beth stumbled and nearly fell on the occasional root. Mick could see a small stream of smoke unfurling over the trees. They had to be close. Mick held up a hand and Beth stopped. Ducking behind a tree, Mick pulled out his telescope and looked in the direction of the smoke. There was a clearing ahead. There was a police squad car sitting in front of the dilapidated cabin. The inside of the cabin was dimly lit from the small fireplace. Mick saw Thomas’s silhouette pass by the window. Mick strained his hearing but he couldn’t make anything out clearly over the rustling of the leaves. They were too far away. He lowered the telescope and motioned for Beth to follow him. They moved diagonal from where they had been and stopped. Mick raised the telescope to look again.

There, in front of the fireplace, hung Josef. Thomas had tied Josef to the ceiling by his wrists. Josef’s feet barely touched the ground. The position looked excruciating. Josef whimpered and snarled his eyes pale and fangs extended. Every time Thomas passed near him, Josef would try and lunge at him, but with his position being what it was, he didn’t get very far. Mick heard a sickening pop; Josef had just dislocated his shoulder and he roared in fury and pain.

Mick lowered the telescope and turned to Beth. “Josef’s alive. He looks like he’s in bad shape though. I want you to stay here, no arguments. Josef hasn’t eaten in nearly three days. I don’t want him to see you as food, got it?”

“OK.” Mick turned to go just as Beth tugged on his sleeve. She placed a kiss on his cheek and then pulled away. “Don’t do anything stupid.”

Mick gave her a half grin. “I’ll be the soul of caution.”

Mick crept slowly toward the cabin circling it once. There didn’t seem to be anyone else. Maybe this won’t be as bad as I thought. Knowing that if he got any closer Thomas would know he was there, Mick covered the distance to the front door in a blink. He lifted his right foot and kicked the door, knocking it completely off its hinges.

Thomas stopped his pacing in the middle of the room. When he saw Mick standing in the doorway, he looked relieved. “I was wondering what was taking you so long.”

Mick entered the cabin, ignoring Thomas. He found Josef’s eyes. “You doing alright over there, buddy?”

Josef fought through the fevered haze to focus. “I’m just peachy.”

“Terrific. We’ll have you out of there in a minute.”

Thomas laughed. “Will you now? You’re going to have to get through me first.”

“With pleasure.”

Mick allowed the change to overcome him. He and Thomas began to circle each other warily like two jungle cats fighting over a carcass. Mick snarled and lunged, but Thomas was too quick. Mick went sprawling across the floor.

“That the best you got? I’d have thought your moves would have improved by now. Maybe your human as made you soft.”

At the mention of Beth, Mick roared and righted himself. “You’re never going near her again.”

“That right? We’ll see how Beth feels about that when she’s writhing under me in ecstasy.”

It was a fury the likes of which Mick had never experienced. He moved faster than he thought possible. Mick threw Thomas against the wall causing the building to rattle. As he lunged for Thomas’s throat, the elder vampire kneed him hard in the groin causing Mick to double over in pain. Mick was up in a flash, ignoring the pain as best he could. Each of them lunged at the same time throwing punches. The two vampires wrestled each other to the floor. Neither could gain the advantage over the other.

Josef yanked on the chain tying him to the ceiling. The wood there was old and beginning to rot. Were he not in sliver handcuffs, Josef could have freed himself easily. He was hungrier than he could remember being in a long time. He was so busy trying to get loose that he never saw the tangle of Thomas and Mick coming. They crashed into Josef finally knocking him loose. The three vamps tumbled toward the fireplace where Mick grabbed a large branch from the wood pile hoping to use it as a stake. He never got the chance. Josef used the distraction to loop his cuffs around Thomas’s throat. The silver of the chain immediately weakened him. However, Josef’s own reserves were so depleted that he couldn’t keep up the pressure. Just as he was sure he’d falter, Mick came up from behind Josef and yanked on his arms. The added strength pulled the chain deeper into Thomas’s throat, breaking the skin. Thomas’s eyes bulged as the silver chain passed through his windpipe and esophagus. One final tug and Thomas’s head rolled on the floor, severed between the fourth and fifth vertebrae.  As the body dropped to the floor, Mick and Josef stumbled and nearly lost their footing. They quickly regained their equilibrium.

“Get the keys, they’re in his pocket,” Josef gasped.

Mick rummaged in Thomas’s pocket and found the key to the cuffs. Carefully he unlocked them allowing them to fall to the floor. “Better?”

“A little.”

Mick saw the hunger in his friend’s eyes. “We’ve got some blood out in the car. Think you can make it?”


“Beth’s across in the clearing.”

“No, I’m right here,” Beth said cautiously as she stepped through the doorway, gun and stake in hand. “You alright, Josef?”

Josef unconsciously licked his lips. “I’d stay over there if I were you. I’m not a monk like Mick here.”

“OK.” Beth actually looked frightened, but it appeared to be for him, not of him. She just wanted to make sure he was alright. Josef was touched. He turned back to Mick.

“You said something about blood?”

“Yeah, in the car.”

“Lead on.”

To be continued…

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Current Music: Together - The Kin
(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Aaaah, that's awesome! Naked Josef in handcuffs hanging from the ceiling? Oh my goodness. And MickBeth to the rescue. Sigh. I can go to sleep happy now. :) This chapter ROCKS!! Is it Easter yet?

p.s. I started writing a story about Mick, Coraline, and Guillermo :)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 20th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Yay! Can't wait to read that! :)
allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 20th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Oops, duh, that was my comment above...I forgot I wasn't logged in!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 20th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Stupid, pesky login! :)
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 20th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Awsome chapter! Thomas is finally GONE!!

Please update soon!! Please?
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 20th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
I'll try. I have a bunch of Easter stuff this weekend. Glad you enjoyed it!
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 20th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Easter!! Ooh. . .cool! Yeah, this weekend'll be pretty blah since everyone's doing easter things. But I'll keep checking for your story!! :)
britzfan: mick/bethbritzfan on March 20th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Great chapter!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 20th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
hopeformb01 on March 20th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Love Never Ending-chapter 19
Wow! I loved it. You never cease to amaze me with your talent!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 20th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Love Never Ending-chapter 19
Aw, thanks! It's nothing really. I'm just happy that you're happy! :)
Bleu Daisy: Josef thoughtfulbleudaisy on March 20th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Loved the "monk" comment! Great update...I'm eager to see how you wrap this all up now that the crisis has been resolved.

Looking forward to the next chapter! ^_^
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 20th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Remember we've still got Mick's bachelor party and the wedding to go! Plus we've got a couple of loose ends to tie up. ;)
Bleu Daisy: Josef Sexy in Blackbleudaisy on March 20th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Woo! Bachelor party! *^_^* This should be fun!
Michelle: Moonlight Vampy Mick Oh Crapmrs_boyscout on March 21st, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Aww man, the Thomas beheading was gruesome. I need some more wedding fun to make up for that. :) I am glad that he is gone, though.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 21st, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Don't worry we've got all kinds of wedding fun! :)
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Beth turnheartagram_lala on March 22nd, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
serioulsy awesome dude!!!

'sickening pop' thats for sure, haha, ive done my shoulder and the noise isnt pleasent haha.

i loved this chapter, and of course yeah as is beth would stay 'in the car' hehe, nice =D
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 22nd, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! Beth's either really brave or really stupid. I'm leaning toward the former...
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 22nd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
I LOVE YOUR ICON!!! *drools over keyboard* It's from a promotional photo from episode thirteen "Fated to pretend", right? I'm pretty sure it is...I saw it on MoonlightFans.com

Alrighty then, that's all I wanted to say (Tehe) :)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 22nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Isn't it pretty? Yes, it's one of the promo photos.
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 22nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
VERY pretty ;D