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26 March 2008 @ 11:55 pm
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 22  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1305
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Sorry, they're not mine...
Author's note: This chapter is a little shorter, but not much. I'm glad everyone enjoyed Mick and Beth's little detour! Enjoy!

Chapter Twenty Two

Beth felt a large hand skim her stomach. She could feel Mick snuggled up behind her, a strong, comforting presence. Beth buried her head further into the pillow content to savor the moment. Mick, on the other hand, wasn’t fooled. He pressed a kiss to her bare shoulder and whispered, “You can’t play possum with me, Beth. I know you’re awake.”

Beth sighed in defeat. “Can’t a girl just wake up peacefully in the arms of her fiancé for once?”

Mick grinned. “Did I ever mention that I’m needy?”

Beth could feel the extent of his neediness nestled in her backside. “I’ll say.” She snuggled deeper into him making him groan low in his throat. Beth turned to face him. He had his eyes closed, a look of pure rapture on his face. Sensing her watching him, Mick snapped his eyes open and found Beth grinning like a Cheshire cat.

“What’s this for?” he asked as he traced her lips with his finger.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this happy.”

Not exactly the response he’d been expecting, but welcome nonetheless. “You know, I can’t remember the last time I was this happy. I finally have all the things I didn’t think I deserved. When Coraline did this to me, I thought I was being punished. That there was something so fundamentally wrong with me that the universe needed to punish me for it.” Mick noticed the dark look in Beth’s eyes at the mention of Coraline. He bent down and kissed away her anger and jealousy. “You have nothing to be jealous about. Nothing.

“I can’t help it. I know you love me. I know it. I just can’t abide what she did to you. How could she be so cruel?”

Mick looked off in the distance. “She thought she loved me.” When he looked back at Beth, she didn’t look convinced. “Well, look at it this way. If she hadn’t turned me, we wouldn’t be here right now. More than likely I’d be dead right now.” He paused, thinking. “I’m not saying that I’m thrilled with what I am. But I wouldn’t change it. Not anymore.”


Mick locked gazes with her. “Because then I wouldn’t have you. If this is the way I’m supposed to be then I’m content with that.”

Admitting that was big. Really big. It had taken him fifty-six years of brooding and self-loathing, but it was true. And he knew that the love of the woman in his arms was a huge component of that realization.

Beth stared at him with wide eyes. “Does that mean that when the time comes –“

Mick knew exactly where she was going and he shied away from it. “Am I ready to turn you? No. I know we’ve talked about this numerous times. But I’m not saying ‘never’.” He gazed down at her for a long minute. “Honestly, I’m not sure I could give you up now, even if I wanted to. I know that I should. You should be able to live your life without violence, beheadings and vampires. But for some crazy reason, you’re here. With me.” He picked up her left hand. “You’re marrying me. I’m just too selfish to give that up. Ever.”

Beth knew then that she had won. It wouldn’t happen today or tomorrow. But it would happen. They had been careening toward this ever since that night by the fountain. She was both exhilarated and scared out of her mind. But she could no more leave him than he could give her up. Not when they could have an eternity of this.

Beth laid her hand on his cheek. She drew him down for an all encompassing kiss. She poured all of her fear, acceptance and love into that kiss. Mick took all she had greedily. He covered her body with his and began to taste every bit of skin that he could reach. Beth tried to control her breathing, but it was impossible when Mick was trying to devour her. Somewhere in the distance she thought she heard pounding, but then Mick ran his tongue along her wet, aching folds and Beth heard nothing but her own moan of pleasure. With his superior hearing, Mick heard the pounding on their door plain as day. But he ignored it. There was much more fun to be had right where he was.

Their caller, however, didn’t agree. Pounding the door so hard that she cracked her skin in several places was Mo. “Beth! Beth! You here? You better open this door if you still want to have a job!”

Crashing back to reality, Beth abruptly sat up. “Oh my god! Mo! I should be at work!” Beth looked frantically around for her robe. Mick groaned in frustration. “I think it’s in the bathroom. Go on before the woman breaks down the door.”

Beth bounded from the bed and ran. She grabbed her terrycloth robe and dashed downstairs. She threw on the robe and flung open the door as Mo was in mid knock.

“I’m sorry, Mo. I guess I overslept,” Beth panted.

Maureen took in Beth’s glassy eyes, flushed skin and labored breathing. “Must have been some dream.”

Beth looked confused. “Dream? What are you –“

“Nevermind. I called your cell, but you never answered. What’s going on?”

Beth thought for a second. The car. “My phone is down in Mick’s car. I must have left it by accident. But I promise I’ll be back at work in half hour. Just let me get dressed.”

Mo looked relieved. “Good. I need you to follow up on the bomb threat. The cops still aren’t talking.”

“OK.” How do you tell your boss that the vampire responsible is already dead? Not to mention he was under her very nose for almost a month. Beth’s day had just gone from heaven to hell in about three minutes flat.

 Mo noticed the disappointment in her eyes. Mo lowered her voice and whispered, “If I were you and woke up with that man I wouldn’t want to come to work either. But I need my star reporter. You’re my go to girl, especially since your intern has disappeared.”

Yeah, he’s disappeared all right. “Oh?”

“Yeah, looks like I’ll just have to be a crime reporterless for a while. Hurry in, Beth.”

“OK.” Beth closed the door and went back upstairs. She showered quickly and went to her room to find some clothes. Mick watched her from the bed. He was very distracting. “Must you do that?”

“Do what?” Mick asked innocently.

Beth glared. “You know very well what.” Mick just sat there and grinned. Beth finished dressing and headed out the door. Mick called after her. “What? No goodbye kiss?” He could hear her stop in her tracks and sigh both in affection and annoyance. Beth returned and placed a chaste kiss on his lips. “Happy?”

“You have no idea.”

Beth kissed him again and stepped away. “I’ll call you later, OK? I want to go with you to Josef’s.”

“Alright. I’ll see you in a few hours.”

Beth reluctantly turned and left for Buzzwire. As soon as she was gone, Mick pulled on his lounging pants and padded downstairs. He took a bag of A positive out. Mick carried the glass with him as he walked over to his office. He’d resolved to take the week before the wedding off, so there wasn’t much that needed to be done in there. Mick finished his breakfast, straitened up his desk and took his glass back to the kitchen. There really wasn’t anything he could do until they headed over to see Josef that evening. So Mick headed up to his freezer looking forward to waking up for the first time in fifty-six years.

To be continued…  

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Current Music: Julie Roberts
allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 27th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Oh...sigh...this is what's supposed to happen. SO beautiful. I worship at the altar of your MickBeth-ship crafting. This scene just made me cry! You are absolutely fulfilling my deepest fantasies about what SHOULD happen to those two. And I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm gonna need to go reread your stories after I see "Fated to Pretend." Despite the MickBeach goodness, I don't have good feelings about the path our darlings are going to be traveling for the next four episodes...hope I'm wrong!

But...oh, sigh, awwwwwwwwwww.....thanks!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 27th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
See that's why I write these. To say what SHOULD happen. We may get there eventually on the show, but I'm too impatient for that. So I write it. I'm just glad that you're enjoying the vision I have for our MickBeth!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick vampheartagram_lala on March 27th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)

mick n beth are just so sweet, and damn mo and her really bad timing!

lol at “If I were you and woke up with that man I wouldn’t want to come to work either." *sigh* ive never heard any truer words hahaha
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 27th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Yes, truer words... ;)
britzfanbritzfan on March 27th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Good chapter. I love Mick/Beth fluff!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 27th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do fluff better than angst. But that doesn't mean we're clear of the latter...
iansmomesq on March 27th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, Mick.... Mick you finally get it only to be interrupted by the boss woman. :)

I love seeing Mick happy, I really do.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 27th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I do too. He's been through so much, he deserves to be happy...
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 27th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
I have to say that this is a delightful chapter. The decision that Mick will turn Beth one day...well that's big. And I agree, I love seeing the happy and joyous side of Mick. It makes me happy to see him happy. :)

So...when are we getting to the wedding? (Sorry, I'm really impatient :P)

Will be counting the dreadful minutes until the next chapter is posted :D Peace out
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 27th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
We're getting closer. Josef still has to give Mick his bachelor party.