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01 April 2008 @ 11:23 pm
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 26  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1380
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: There's a line, people! Go get in it!
Author's note: The Evil One is dead. Now we can get to the good stuff! Bachelor parties, weddings, hijinks. Enjoy!

Chapter Twenty Six

Mick walked back to the freshie quarters a free man. The weight he had bared for fifty-six years was gone. Coraline was dead; she could never torment him or those he loved again. Unlike the last time he’d killed her, Mick felt no guilt. Coraline deserved her fate a hundred times over as far as he was concerned. Yet Mick would always be grateful to her, as insane as she had been. If Coraline hadn’t tuned him, he’d have never found Beth and he wouldn’t give her up for the world.

Mick could hear Beth and Erin whispering worriedly through the door. Josef had led them to the room Beth had stayed in earlier before returning to the living room. He’s probably calling the Cleaner, Mick thought as he pushed open the door. He had barely entered the room when Beth ran and threw her arms around him. She clung to him as if he were a mirage. Mick felt the wet tears in his neck as he wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tightly.

“Shush, Beth, it’s OK. I’ve got you. It’s all over now.”

Beth reluctantly pulled away slightly and looked up at him with tear filled eyes. “Is she –“

Mick nodded. “Yeah, she is.”

Beth brought her hand up to cup his cheek. “Are you OK with that?”

Mick smiled softly. “I was just about top ask you the same thing.”

“I’m glad she’s gone. After what she’s done to you, me, Josef, to everyone around her, she deserved it. I just don’t want you to hate yourself for doing it.”

“I don’t. She’s tormented me and the people I love for too long. This was the only way for all of us to move on.”

Mick looked past Beth to where Erin was sitting. The old lady nodded in agreement. She got up and switched places with Beth. “I’m proud of you, Sport,” she said as she hugged him.

“I’m just glad that everyone is safe.” Mick released her and pulled Beth to him. “It’s been a crazy few days, hasn’t it?”

“Mick, you certainly have a talent for stating the obvious,” Josef said as he came through the door. He gestured for the four of them to sit down as he continued, “First, you get a mysterious package in the mail. Then there’s a bomb threat at LAX and you discover that one of our old friends is in town. Said old friend kidnaps me, tries to kill both of us and take Beth for himself. Then we kill him only to find out that your ex-wife was behind the entire thing.”

Mick nodded. “I think that pretty much sums it up.”

“It would make one hell of a story. Too bad I can’t say anything,” Beth said with a hint of mirth.

Josef looked apoplectic for a second. Then he realized she was kidding. “Very funny, Beth. Sorry, Mick. There goes your stripper.”

Mick looked at Josef in shock. “Wh-what?”

“Geez, Mick. You act as if you’ve never had a bachelor party before.”

An awkward silence filled the room. When Josef saw the angry glint in Beth’s eyes he realized the enormity of what he’d said. Way to go, Josef. Of course, Mick’s had a bachelor party before, back when he was marrying the corpse down the hall. Josef opened his mouth to apologize for his thoughtlessness, but Beth waved him off.

“It’s alright, Josef.” She paused, unsure of how to continue.

Erin saved her. “I looked at those sketches, Beth. Maybe I should go get them and we can discuss them. You’ve only got a few days, you know.”

Beth frowned. “Can we do it tomorrow? I really think Mick and I should go home. In fact, why don’t you come over for dinner tomorrow? We never got to do that.”

Erin nodded enthusiastically as Mick said, “I think that’s a great idea, Beth. Josef, you can come to.”

“You want me to play chauffer, you mean.”

Mick glared at his friend. “No, Josef. I want my one hundred year old aunt driving through the streets of Los Angeles.”

“Don’t get you knickers in a twist! I was only kidding. Nice to see that killing Coraline didn’t rob you of your sense of humor.”

Beth knew that if she let the boys continue to spar she and Mick would never get home. “Josef, Erin, we’ll see to tomorrow night, say around seven?”

“That’s fine with me,” Josef replied.

“Good.” Beth stood and took Mick’s hand. “Home, please.”

Mick smiled. “Couldn’t have said it better myself.”

Together they strode from the room and down the hall. When they reached the living room, it showed little signs of the battle that had gone on there. A few pieces of furniture were missing but that was all. The Cleaner had been thorough. Mick and Beth took the elevator down to the garage and found the Benz. Beth fell asleep on the drive back to their apartment.

Mick shut off the engine and looked over at Beth’s sleeping form. He didn’t want to wake her. She must be exhausted. Plus the deeper she slept the less likely she would have nightmares. Mick had never gotten the chance to ask Beth how Coraline’s reappearance had affected her. Mick knew that understanding that Coraline had kidnapped and terrorized her as a child was one thing. Seeing her in the flesh was something else, even as an adult. He just hoped that what happened tonight didn’t trigger Beth’s penchant for nightmares. As quietly as he could, Mick carried Beth out of the Benz and up to their apartment. Unconsciously, Beth snuggled her head into his shoulder but didn’t wake.

Mick took her upstairs to their bedroom and gently laid her down on the bed. Carefully Mick removed her jeans and tossed them into the laundry basket. Beth rolled on her side before Mick could remove any more of her clothes. He smiled and pulled the comforter over her. “Sweet dreams, Beth,” he said as he placed a gentle kiss on her temple. Hoping that Beth managed to sleep soundly, Mick headed off to his freezer to get some rest of his own.

Mick woke up in the mid afternoon. He slid on his pajama pants and padded to the bedroom. Beth was gone, but there was a note on her pillow.

Mick –

Mo called. She wants to go over a few things before the wedding, so I’m heading in to Buzzwire. I’ll be back in time for dinner.


Mick let out a sigh of relief. As least now he knew where she was. Considering all that had happened lately, Mick was glad he didn’t have to send out a search party for his wayward fiancé. With no Beth to occupy him, Mick attended his rising routine: shower, clothes, blood. He checked his email and messages. There was little in the way of work to do. Looking around for something to do, Mick’s eyes fell on his guitar case in the corner. Remembering his desire to play at the wedding, Mick grabbed the case and headed back to the living room.

Mick sat in one of the plush chairs and began to practice. At first he played whatever came into his head. After a while, he pulled out the sheet music he had and tried to find a song for Beth. Mick spent a good couple of hours trying to play song after song. None of them were right. Mick was so engrossed that he missed the knock on his front door. The one thing he didn’t miss, however, was the fetid smell of decay that began to permeate the apartment.

Sensing a very old vampire outside his door, Mick quickly sat the guitar down and went to check his surveillance camera. A tall, well built man stood on the other side of his door. The vampire was carrying the sword that Mick had beheaded Coraline with the night before.

“I know you’re in there, Mr. St. John. I assure you I just want to talk. It’s about Coraline.”

Why can’t my life ever be simple? Mick thought as he opened the door and came face to face with Coraline’s sire.

To be continued…

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Current Location: the FoS
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Better as a Memory - Kenny Chesney
allegritafangsallegritafangs on April 2nd, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Aw, I was hoping for some MickBeth lovin'! :) But that was really sweet. Ooh, what's with Coraline's sire!? And will Beth insist that Josef give Mick a stripper after all? I can't wait for the next installment.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 2nd, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Sorry to disappoint you. But there will be more lovin', I promise. What's up with the Evil One's sire? Can't say, but I'm done with mortal danger. ;)
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Black and Whiteheartagram_lala on April 2nd, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
wholly crap!

that can't be a good thing!!! unless he's there to thank him for killing the trator to the family... *iz worried*

and omg guitar playing mick is so cute/hot/sexy *thud*
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 2nd, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
They better let Alex play the guitar of the show, that's all I'm sayin'...
heartagram_lalaheartagram_lala on April 2nd, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
ohhh yeah, without that horrible 50's hair, hawiian shirt and coraline haha
sourfacekitty: Green Sophiasourfacekitty on April 2nd, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Exactly like he said, "Why can't my life ever be simple?"

His life is having some major twists and turns right now. What the heck is Coraline's sire doing there?? It's one thing if he came unarmed, but he has the sword in hand! Hello! Lethal weapon!

All I know is there will most likely be a fight. I just know it. Even if they are just talking, someone's gonna say too much or say the wrong thing and it's gonna tick the other one off. It's what always happens. Well, almost always.

Great chapter, please update soon!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 2nd, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Hasn't poor Mick fought enough? There's no love lost between Coraline and her sire, I promise...
iansmomesq on April 2nd, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Nice down stroke on that chapter... and another cliffie!!! :)
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 2nd, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I think I'm addicted to cliffies. I just keep writing them. Maybe I should go to Cliffies Anonomyous?
britzfan: Mick Fixbritzfan on April 2nd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Nice chapter! Please update soon!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 2nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm working on it right now! :)
Michelle: One of us is thinking about sexmrs_boyscout on May 5th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
All that craziness and no McBeth action. Disappointing.

But, dun, dun, dun... who is at the door. Glad I get to read it right away. :)