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30 March 2008 @ 11:42 pm
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 24  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1498
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: Could I borrow Mick for a weekend? Maybe I'd crank these out faster...not!
Author's note: Sorry this took longer than I thought. I didn't realize how exhausted I was. I slept most of the weekend. Anyway, a word of warning. I like my Coraline evil. The reality is probably more complicated, but this is my story, so she's evil and kind of twisted. Definitely not playing with a full deck. One more thing. I had to make up a small piece of vamp lore, it's more of a plot device than anything else. So if that sort of thing bothers you, just ignore it. Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Chapter Twenty Four

Mick was drowning. Seeing the woman he thought he’d killed, his maker, shook his foundations. Images and emotions flashed in his brain faster than he thought possible. Anger at his turning; shame as he fed for the first time; utter despair as he left her and attempted to fend for himself; euphoria and confusion when she returned to him, time and again; the desperation to be free of her and finally, the relief and guilt he felt when he’d killer her. Killed her to save the life of an innocent child, who looked at him with such trust, trust he didn’t deserve.

Surprisingly the one emotion he didn’t feel was love. When he was mortal and crazy for her, he’d thought it was love. How wrong he’d been. He’d been obsessed. Throughout their whirlwind courtship, she’d kept him at arm’s length. When he got frustrated, she’d toss him a crumb, just enough to keep him coming back. She took full advantage of the passion he kept locked beneath the surface of his cool exterior. The extremes he displayed excited and enticed her, made her believe that she’d found her match at last. Her fury at his rejection of her gift knew no bounds. Yet she remained convinced of her choice and when to greater and greater lengths to bring him back to her. Until that night he’d left her for dead.

Now the child he’d saved stood next to him, her eyes filled with a fear deeper than she’d ever known. As terrifying as coming face to face with her kidnapper was, Beth feared the war in Mick’s eyes more. Yet she didn’t reach out for him. She couldn’t. Mick needed to make his choice on his own. She had entrusted him with her life as a young child; she did the same with her heart as an adult. Now it was up to him.

What Beth didn’t know was that for Mick there was no real choice. Unwittingly, Beth had saved him the night he’d saved her. The trust in her eyes undid him completely. It was because of her that he constantly strove to overcome his nature. She made him want to be the kind of man she could love. The knowledge that he possessed her love – love that he still didn’t feel he deserved – reaffirmed the strength she’d given him all those years ago. It was a connection that Coraline in her own twisted way had given him and that was her greatest gift to him. It would also be her undoing. Mick turned his eyes to Beth and smiled as he took her hand.

“I’m not going anywhere, Beth,” Mick said quietly.

She smiled in response. “I know.”

“That’s where you’re mistaken, my love,” Coraline said in a calm, arrogant voice.

Josef got up and stood on the other side of his friend. “Why aren’t you dead? The way I understood it you should be in an ashtray by now.”

“That’s the question I was about to ask,” Mick continued.

Coraline looked at them both like they had the IQ of a slug. “You honestly thought that a simple fire could kill me? I thought you know me better than that, Josef.”

Mick looked at Josef with raised eyebrows. “What the hell is she talking about, Josef?”

Josef shrank from Mick. “There were rumors, but I never thought –“

“You never thought what?”

Coraline answered for him. “That I am a member of an ancient bloodline. My grandsire was one of the original vampires and as such was immune to fire. A trait he passed on to those of his bloodline.”

“Wait, does that mean that Mick is immune to fire too?” Beth asked.

Coraline ignored her. “Most modern vampires are made with a mutated form of the virus. But in those cases where that virus is untainted you get people like me and my dear Josef.”

Josef looked askance. “Wait, I’m not immune to fire.”

“Josef, have you ever tried to check?” Mick asked.

“No, not really. I don’t have a death wish.”

Erin got up and stood in front of her family, seething with rage. She looked Coraline in the eye and said, “I don’t care how you got here, just why. What do you want?”

The sight of the feisty old woman seemed to amuse Coraline. She laughed as she said, “Want? Why the same thing I’ve always wanted…”

Mick’s eyes hardened. “Me.”

“You belong with me, Mick. I made you. Saved you from a mediocre existence. Why do you keep throwing that back in my face?”

“Why can’t you just leave him alone?” Beth asked.

Coraline seemed to acknowledge Beth’s presence for the first time. “You think you have him tamed, don’t you?” Coraline sauntered around to where Beth was standing, reached up and ran her fingers through Beth’s blond tresses. “One day when you find yourself lying bleeding and broken, you’ll understand that my boy can’t be tamed,” she whispered.

Mick tightened his grip in Beth’s hand. “Touch her again and I will end you,” he said dangerously.

Coraline seemed completely unconcerned by Mick’s threat as she resumed her place. “Why do you fight me? Why do you reject the gift that so many others have accepted gratefully?”

“You mean I’m not the first person you’ve done this to?” Mick paused, a light bulb went off. “Thomas.” Erin gasped in horror.

“Yes, Thomas was one of many I’ve made over the years. I was always very spoiled. I required a new plaything every few decades. You know how much I love to play.”

Mick didn’t know whether to be relieved or horrified. The idea that he was her only victim had haunted him for so long. “But you married me.”

Coraline looked at him fondly. “Yes, because I believed that you were my match, the vampire I could spend eternity with. And I still do.”

“You really don’t know Mick at all, do you?” Beth broke in.

“I believe I know him better than he knows himself.”

The sheer arrogance of the woman made Beth want to slap that grin off her face. The idea that the Mick she knew and loved could ever want a woman like Coraline made her wonder at Coraline’s mental state.

“I know this is all very Fatal Attraction-like but can we get back to the Thomas issue? He tried to kill me and Mick, Coraline.”

“No, Josef he only tried to kill you. I have come to realize that it was a mistake introducing you two. So I convinced Thomas to separate you.”

Mick’s brain was working overtime to keep up. “You were behind that frame up and the car bomb.”

“I was quite furious when Thomas nearly got you with that, my dear. He was punished severely for it. In exchange for me sparing his life, he agreed to help me whenever I asked it of him.” Coraline looked past Mick to the coffee table. “The initial results of which lie on the table behind you.”

Mick turned and grabbed the police file from the coffee table. He noticed the label for the first time, Madeline St. John. What the hell? Mick opened the file and skimmed its contents. According to the police report, his mother had been found at the bottom of the stairs, he neck broken. But there were no other bruises on her which would have indicated a fall. Additionally, there was no forced entry. Which there wouldn’t have been if she knew her visitor, Mick thought savagely.

“You’re responsible for this?” Mick asked quietly as Josef took the file and examined it, his eyes flying wide.

“I was hoping the shock of loosing your darling mother would send you back to me,” she said matter-of-factly. “I was mistaken.”

Hearing the death of her sister referred to in such a cold manner caused something to snap in Erin. She began to advance on the vampire in a blind rage. Josef saw her and pulled her back.

“Let me go, Josef,” Erin said as she struggled.

“You’d be dead before you could raise a hand to her. I won’t let you.”

As Erin continued to struggle, Mick was numb. He knew Coraline was desperate and cruel, but this was low even for her. He thought that by avoiding his family he was keeping them safe. God, how big of a cosmic joke was he? He was a failure at everything he did. He wasn’t a man. He wasn’t a vampire. He was nothing. Mick sat down in the nearby armchair, burying his face in his hands. He looked broken. Beth knelt beside him rubbing slow circles on his back as he sobbed. She raised her eyes to the woman responsible for all this pain. Fighting her own tears, Beth said, “Is this what you wanted? You claim to love him. How could you do this?”

Coraline smiled. “Because he belongs to me.”

To be continued…

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Current Music: Together -The Kin
allegritafangsallegritafangs on March 31st, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Wow, you sure did make her evil. I make her wild and selfish and arrogant and really reckless in my fic, but not exactly evil. I guess it's all in the viewpoint. :) Your story is so convincing that it makes me question my own theory, but thank goodness there's room in the ML-verse for everything! (Well, almost everything...)

LOVE your A/N about having Mick for the weekend. AS IF(!) you would write a word with him there! Hah. You slay me, woman. :-)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Don't question your theory. I'm sure we're all wrong anyway, as we wait for Trevor and company to tell what's really going on...

Yeah, if Mick was here...ain't no way I'd get any writing done!
azangal_icons: ML:Meth beachazangal_icons on March 31st, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
awwww squeeee wow Coraline is still a bitch. I love how you wrote her lines. great work cant wait to read more.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! I watched the second half of the season on Saturday to get a better grip on how she spoke. I'm glad you liked it!
heartagram_lalaheartagram_lala on March 31st, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
i love this chapter, very powerful, and yeah evil coraline, boo you whore!! (at her not you, hahaha)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, hopefully she won't be long for this world...
sourfacekitty: Delicate Flowersourfacekitty on March 31st, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Geez, Coraline is still the evilest of the evil. Didn't expect otherwise, though.

The last paragraph, however, is truly touching. Mick sobs over his mother and all Coraline can do is grin? I would like to just walk up to her and smack the living daylight out of her. You know what, I will smack her. *slaps Coraline right on the jaw*

Please update soon!! :)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Evilest of the evil, I like that. Don't worry, she'll get what she deserves. ;)
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 31st, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh, goody! Revenge!! Mick, Josef, Erin, Beth, etc deserve to watch that witch to pay!!!!! *laughs evilly* The best way to kill her off is beheading. *laughs evilly again*

michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
LOL Now we just need to find something to behead her with...
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on March 31st, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, maybe the nearby kitchen knife!! Or literally strangling her till her neck bleeds to death...either is fine by me :) Haha
Bleu Daisy: Josef Shirtless Massage Parlorbleudaisy on March 31st, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
You know, it would be nice to see Beth slap the crap out of Coraline. She certainly deserves it. That's for sure.

Great chapter!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, Coraline certainly does deserve everything that she gets. And she brought it on herself...
britzfan: pic#73082225britzfan on March 31st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Wow! This was a great chapter! Someone please stake the b*tch though!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
How about we skip the staking and go right to the beheading? :)
britzfanbritzfan on March 31st, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm all for that!!
micksvamptrampmicksvamptramp on March 31st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooooooh, I hate that evil bitch! You do good evil Coraline, girl! In your hands, she's beyond bad, she's sick and twisted and devious! Love it!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on March 31st, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The eviler she is the better!
Michelle: Motivated by spite and pornmrs_boyscout on May 5th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Ok, I'm trying to catch up here....

Unbelievable. You made me hate Coraline even more. I didn't think it was possible. Damn.