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01 April 2008 @ 12:41 am
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 25  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1877
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: If I owned ML Coraevil would already be dead!
Author's note: So glad everyone enjoyed evil Coraline! Hopefully you'll like this one too. Enjoy!

Chapter Twenty Five

A rage Beth had never felt before welled up inside her as she knelt beside Mick. Everything around her looked red. Out of the corner of her eye, Beth saw Erin still struggling to free herself from Josef’s embrace. The rational part of her brain shut off completely; it was the rage that drove her. She was consumed by a desire to make Coraline hurt as much as Mick hurt. Her own well being was forgotten; as long as the woman in front of her died, she would be content.

There was a scuffle going on out in the hallway. Coraline turned her head away from Beth and Mick to see what the commotion was.  Beth seized her opportunity. Moving faster than she thought she could, Beth stood and ran around the edge of the couch. Coraline, still smiling, sensed her coming and turned to face the frail human. Beth lowered her shoulder and drove it into Coraline’s stomach, tackling the vampire to the floor. Beth’s momentum sent them skidding across Josef’s wood floor not stopping until Coraline’s head collided with Josef’s desk. The blow stunned the angry, snarling vampire for a few seconds. Blood spurted briefly from the gash in Coraline’s scalp but the wound closed in seconds. Beth, completely enraged, used her small fists to rain blows about the vampire’s head. She screamed incoherently. Blood flowed freely from Coraline’s nose.

“Beth, no!” Josef yelled as Erin’s struggles finally stopped. Erin watched in horror as Beth took on the vampire that Erin was ready to kill a few seconds before. Beth had managed to pin Coraline underneath her; it was only Coraline’s disorientation that stood between Beth and certain death.

Josef sized up the situation similarly. Honestly, he was amazed Beth wasn’t dead already. Not bothering to look at Mick, Josef jumped over the couch and dashed to where Beth and Coraline struggled.  He managed to pull Beth off Coraline and push her roughly away. That’s when the first shot rang out.

The door to the penthouse had been kicked in by the two thugs that had hauled Josef away two days earlier. Working for Coraline, Josef realized as he turned to see if anyone had been hit. That’s when he realized he was the only one standing. Mick, Beth and Erin were nowhere to be seen.

“You see, Josef, I always have help. You didn’t honestly expect me to come here unarmed, did you?” Coraline said as she stood and smoothed out her clothing.

I hope Mick got the girls out of here, Josef thought as he stared down the two semi-automatic pistols pointed at him. He scoffed. “You brought these two losers? With guns? You know better than that, Coraline.”

“Oh, those aren’t for you. This is.” The thug closest to her pulled out a long, thin blade and handed it to Coraline. “This belongs to my sire. He trained me in its use when I was young. I assure you I know how to use it.”

“I’m surprised at you, Coraline. You don’t like to get your hands dirty.”

“Yes, let’s just say that I’ve learned not to send a minion to do the master’s job.” Coraline turned her attention to the room at large. “Come now, Mick. There’s no sense on fighting me anymore. If you promise to come home with me, I swear I’ll make their deaths quick. And I won’t force you to watch.”

Mick sat huddled with a shaky Beth and Erin behind the armchair. The bullets had galvanized him, stirring him out of his lethargy. Unwittingly, Josef had pushed Beth right toward him. In a flash, Mick was up and yanking Beth to the floor. He’d heard the bullet coming; it missed Beth by inches. Erin was already behind the large chair when Mick and Beth crawled behind it. The shooting sent Beth crashing back to earth; her rage melted into fear. Mick placed an arm around her to calm her as Coraline’s offer rang across the room.  

How demented is she? How can she still think that I’d go with her? Coraline had fucked with his life too many times. One way or another that would end tonight. But he needed a plan. Mick looked around. His eyes fell on Josef’s desk and it all fell into place.

“Beth,” he whispered, “you still with me?”

Beth raised her eyes to his and nodded. She opened her mouth to speak but Mick put a finger to her lips, nodding in Coraline’s direction. Beth nodded to show that she understood. In awkward sign language and gestures Mick explained his plan. Beth looked from Mick to the desk to Coraline and nodded again. She just hoped they could pull it off.

Mick kissed Beth and reached up to caress her cheek as he stood. His eyes were still red and swollen from crying, but he looked determined. “OK, Coraline. You win.”

A glittering smile spread across her face. “See, I knew you’d come back to me. You always do.”

I can’t believe she’s falling for this. “I have a favor to ask.”

“What is it, my love?”

“Leave Josef out of this.”

Josef’s eyebrows shot up. Mick kept his face composed. He needed to keep Coraline occupied or Beth had no shot. Coraline noticed none of this. She was ecstatic to have Mick back in her arms again. Coraline dropped the sword to the floor and dashed toward Mick. Josef glanced back at the guns still trained at him. He could either risk it and take a few bullets now or wait and see how Mick’s plan played out. You better have a plan, my friend, because if you don’t kill her I will.

Beth tried to ignore Coraline’s sounds of delight as she rummaged through Josef’s desk quietly. Get it together, Turner, or none of you will get out of this alive. A few feverish seconds later Beth’s fingers glided over something large and metallic. Her hand clasped the gun firmly and pulled it out of the drawer. Beth flipped the safety off, glanced over the top of the desk and found her targets; they were still staring down Josef and didn’t see her. Beth took a deep breath and stood. She raised the gun and fired at the thug farthest from Josef, then hit the deck. Unlike the Lee Jay shooting, Beth never saw her shot hit, but she knew that it had when she heard a loud thump hit the floor. In a blink, Josef had the other thug by the throat, snapping his neck cleanly.

Coraline realized the treachery as soon as the shot rang out. With all her strength, she shoved Mick away from her and into Josef’s multiple televisions. She sought out the human who deigned to deny her the mate that was rightfully hers.

“Beth, run!” Mick yelled as he struggled to disentangle himself from the mass of electronics and broken glass that surrounded him.

Beth bolted for the door, but, of course, she was no match for Coraline’s vamp speed. Josef tried to intercept the enraged vampire but miscalculated the angle and missed, crashing near Mick. Coraline reached out and grabbed Beth’s shoulder, yanking the human back. Beth’s feet flew out from under her and she went sprawling.

Mick kicked and snarled. He finally got free of the last cord and went tearing after Coraline. Coraline had her hands around Beth’s throat; the vampire smiled serenely as Beth’s face turned blue. Tears stung Beth’s eyes when she saw Coraline rear her head back, poised to strike. The next thing Beth knew the pressure on her throat was gone. Beth sucked in harsh breaths as she searched frantically for Mick.

She found him in the middle of the room, wrestling with an enraged and demented Coraline. It was vicious. Clothes were torn. They hissed and snarled. Gashes appeared only to heal over. They moved so fast. Coraline threw Mick backwards. He tumbled into the coffee table, shattering the glass. Coraline lunged at him, but Mick was ready for her. He lifted his right foot and planted it squarely in her stomach. One powerful kick sent her flying over his head toward the elevator. She hit the pillar head first, knocking her cold.

Mick stood and walked slowly toward Coraline’s still form. As he gazed down at the bane of his existence, he said, “Are you alright, Beth?”

Beth was still seated on the floor where she fell. “Yes.”

“Josef, could you take Beth and Erin back to the freshie quarters? I’d like a word with Coraline, alone.”

Beth started to protest. Josef took hold of her arm and whispered, “He doesn’t want you to see this. Come on, Beth.” He helped her stand.

Erin had miraculously remained unscathed. She had followed Beth to Josef’s desk, where she had taken refuge. She crawled out still cursing her age and weakness. Her family had needed her and all she could do was cower under the desk. Josef smiled in relief when he saw that she was alright. “Come on, Erin. I think you’ve had enough excitement for one night.”

Mick waited until the three of them were gone before he went to fetch the sword Coraline had dropped earlier. It felt right in his hand. He rummaged through Josef’s kitchen trying to find something to secure Coraline with, but there was nothing.

“This what you’re looking for?” Josef asked as he handed Mick some rope.

“Yeah.” Mick took it and pushed past Josef without looking at him.

“You’re doing the right thing you know. She won’t give up.”

“I’m aware of that, Josef.” Mick grabbed one of the metal chairs from the kitchen and brought it back to the living room. Silently he sat the unconscious Coraline in the chair and expertly tied her hands and feet to it.

“You sure it’ll hold her?” Josef asked.

“She won’t be like this for long.”

Mick reached out and slapped Coraline awake. The vampire roared and struggled but the rope held. Coraline turned her eyes to Mick. “Why are you doing this?”

“You mean right now or all the other times you fucked with me?” He paused, sucking in a breath. “Contrary to that demented mind, I do not belong to you, Coraline. You took so much from me: my family, my friends, my life. You don’t understand how that’s weighed on me. Instead you tried to make me like you.” Mick paused and sought her eyes. “You failed. I could never be like you.”

Coraline looked at him with hateful eyes. “She doesn’t love you, Mick. She loves the vampire, the thrill. Why can’t you see that?”

“That’s where you’re wrong. Beth does love me. She knows what I’ve done. All of it. And she didn’t run from me. She knows the best and worst of me. You only want the worst.” Mick raised the sword and for the first time saw genuine fear in his sire’s eyes. “I warned you, Coraline. Now you pay the price.”

A whir of air and spattering of blood. Coraline’s head went tumbling across the wood floor. Mick dropped the sword and turned away from the body. He had a life to live. Finally.

To be continued…

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heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Touched my heartheartagram_lala on April 1st, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)

*does happy dance*

she's dead, she's dead, the wicked witch is dead, hahahaha.

i hope she hasnt found a way to recover from decapitation =P

and yay for beth kicking some thug ass! =D

amazing as always
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 1st, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Yes, the wicked witch is dead. As in not coming back. Woo Hoo!
sourfacekitty: SOPHIAsourfacekitty on April 1st, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
The evilest of the evil is DEAD!!!! Oh ya, uh huh!!!!! *grins uncontrollably* Oh ya, uh huh, oh ya ya ya!!! YAY!!

I am so glad Beth decided to kick some butt here!! Coraline totally deserved it!! I'm just so happy she is dead!!!!!!!!!!

*kicks Coraline's head around like a soccer ball* Haha, this is fun!

Great chapter, I can't wait for the next chapter!!
sourfacekitty: SOPHIAsourfacekitty on April 1st, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Wait...This isn't an April Fool's joke, is it? *sweats nervously* I hope not!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 1st, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
No, not an April Fool's. She's really dead.
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on April 1st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
*screams happily* Yay, this is the best day so far in this week :)
britzfan: dancing bethbritzfan on April 1st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you THANK YOU! The b*tch is finally dead! Great chapter. I'm glad Erin is all right. Update soon!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 1st, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad she's dead too.
harknessgirlharknessgirl on April 1st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
OMG well done Mick. WOW I wish that would happen for real. Oooo the possibilities. Can't wait for the rest.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 1st, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Our Mick is growing up...
allegritafangsallegritafangs on April 1st, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
Wow--great action! I love the centenarian wishing she could kick Coraline's ass like Beth did. :) Thanks for the fabulous update. Isn't it cathartic to write what you WISH would happen? ;)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 2nd, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
It most certainly is! :)
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Chapter 25
The end of Coraline! Yay!
Michelle: Entourage Hell Sunblockmrs_boyscout on May 5th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh, thank God. As long as there is not some miracle head reattaching ceremony or anything!

I'm so glad she appears to be gone. And it's good for Mick's psyche that it was at his hands. Squee!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on May 5th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
I'll second that squee!