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24 April 2008 @ 12:12 am
Love Is Never-Ending, ch. 31  
Title: Love Is Never-Ending
Rating: For Mature Adults
Word Count: 1427
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: *ransacks closet* I could have sworn I had Mick in here!
Author's note: This will be the last update before the weekend. There's no way I can concentrate with the new episode so close! Enjoy!

Chapter Thirty One

When Mick thought back on his wedding day decades later, the fuzziest part of the day was the limo ride from the pier to the Roosevelt Hotel. It seemed unusually long to him. But then again he was so engrossed in his new bride; the rest of the world fell away. As soon as the limo door closed, Beth practically pounced on him. She attacked his lips with wild abandon oblivious to anything around them. Mick was momentarily shocked by the ferocity with which she kissed him, but soon recovered. Mick pulled her awkwardly into his lap bunching her dress around her knees. Beth wove her fingers in his hair and began reigning kisses down along his jaw and neck. Mick moaned when she reached the sensitive spot just below his left ear. Beth was about to untie his tie when they passed over a large pot hole causing Beth to nearly tumble from her awkward perch.

Mick’s grasp on her waist remained strong but the mood was broken. Disappointment flickered in Beth’s eyes. “Sorry,” she said lamely.

“Funny. I don’t remember complaining,” Mick said with a small smile.

“I know. I just forgot that I don’t have you all to myself yet.”

Mick held up his left hand. The white gold band shined against the passing city lights. “I thought that’s what this meant.”

Beth smiled. “I only meant that –“

“The reception. Josef will kill us if we don’t show. Plus I have a surprise for you.”

Beth looked intrigued. “What?”

“Ah, ah. Not telling.”

Beth pouted. “Not even a tiny clue?”

“Nope, you’re just going to have to suffer, Mrs. St. John.”

“I hate you.”

“We’ve been married for ten minutes and you already hate me. That must be some sort of record,” Mick deadpanned.

Beth hit him playfully on the arm. “You can be really annoying, you know.”

Mick grinned. “I know.” Gently, he lifted Beth off his lap and turned her so that her back was facing him. He sat her back on his lap wrapping his arms around her waist. Beth leaned back against him and sighed happily. After a few minutes of contented silence, Beth spoke.

“Mick?”

“Yeah?”

“Are you happy?”

Mick pressed a kiss to her bare shoulder. “Deliriously.”

“So am I.”

Soon after, the limo pulled up in front of the Roosevelt Hotel. Mick got out and held out his hand for Beth. She took it, grinning, and walked arm in arm with him to the ballroom. The head waiter asked them to wait outside so he could properly announce their arrival. Leave it to Josef to make a big production out of everything. The head waiter returned and graciously held the door open for them. Together they entered the ballroom to loud and raucous cheering. Beth blushed a little from all the attention. She looked at Mick imploringly and he guided them to the large table where Josef was waiting for them.

“That was the most pathetic entrance I’ve ever seen,” Josef snarked.

“It’s good to see you, too, Josef,” Mick replied.

“I thought marriage was supposed to make you more civilized or something.”

“Apparently, it didn’t take.”

Josef grinned. “Come on, Mick. It’s time to eat, drink and be merry. Or at least as merry as you ever are. Dig in.”

Beth and Mick took their places at the high table. Waiters brought food and wine. For the vampires, the wine was spiked with blood. Mick looked around the room worriedly for a second. Nothing jumped out at him. Almost all the vamps in the room had dealt with this type of mixed crowd before. Their food remained largely untouched, except for the occasional push around the plate that made it look like they were eating.

While Mick observed the room quietly sipping his wine, Beth ate ravenously. Her bagel had been a long time ago. The food was wonderful; the kitchen staff had really gone all out. As had the decorators. The ballroom was gorgeous. Crystal chandeliers hung from the high ceiling. The walls were painted a deep burgundy. The marble floors gleamed. A thirty piece orchestra played in the far corner. As Beth finished eating, she noticed that a guitar rested near the edge of the orchestra. Beth glanced past Mick to Josef. When she caught Josef’s eye, Beth nodded in the direction. Josef said nothing; he simply winked at her. Abruptly the elder vampire stood and clinked his spoon on his glass to get everyone’s attention. The room quieted immediately.

Josef cleared his throat. “This will just take a second everyone. As best man, it’s my responsibility to give a toast.”Josef looked down at Mick and Beth. Those two meant more to him then they would ever know. Now was a time for seriousness. Josef turned his eyes back to his audience. “I’ve known Mick for a long time. And while he’s not the easiest person to get along with, he’s my best friend and there is no one happier to see him this way than me. It’s been a long and interesting road for these two. Let me be the first to wish you all the happiness and joy that you deserve.” Josef raised his glass; everyone followed suit. “To Mick and Beth. May your life be filled with love and laughter.” Josef downed his wine as the others murmured around him. Josef clapped Mick on the shoulder as he sat. “You ready?” he whispered.

A tiny flicker of fear flashed across Mick features. “As I’ll ever be.”

Mick stood and held out his hand for Beth. She took it curiously. Mick guided her down to the corner where the orchestra sat. A large plush chair appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Mick urged Beth to sit. He turned and went to pick up his guitar. His hand was shaking. It took him a minute to reign in his nerves. Mick picked up the nearby stool and his guitar and faced Beth. Her eyes flew wide when she realized what Mick was about to do. She watched him with tear-filled eyes as Mick sat down on the stool in front of her and placed the guitar in his lap. Mick gave her a tentative smile and began to play.

It’s a long trip alone over sand and stones
That lie along the road that we all must travel down
So maybe you could walk with me a while
And maybe I could rest beneath your smile
Everybody stumbles sometimes and needs a hand to hold
‘Cause it’s a long trip alone

Mick didn’t look at her. He just concentrated on not screwing up. So he missed the tears that began to fall.

It’s a short piece of time but just enough to find
A little piece of mind under the sun somewhere
So maybe you could walk with me a while
And maybe I could rest beneath your smile
You know we can’t afford to let one moment pass us by
'Cause it’s a short piece of time

And I don’t know where I’d be without you here
‘Cause I’m not really me without you there

I don’t know where I’d be without you, either, Beth thought.

Yeah, Yeah
Hallelujah, hallelujah, oh

So maybe you could walk with me a while
Maybe I could rest beneath your smile
Everybody stumbles and needs a hand to hold

So maybe you could walk with me a while
Maybe I could rest beneath your smile
Maybe I could feel you right beside me ‘til I’m home
'Cause it’s a long trip alone

When he’d finished, Mick looked at Beth hopefully. Tears were still spilling onto her cheeks but she smiled. “That was beautiful.”

Mick grinned in relief. “Thanks,” he said quietly.

Mick sat the guitar back in its stand and reached for Beth’s hand. She took it wiping her tears with her free hand. Mick nodded to the orchestra. As the opening notes of “At Last” began to play, Mick asked, “May I have this dance?”

“Yes, you may.”

Eagerly, Mick led her out onto the marble dance floor. They held each other close as the glided around the room.

“Did you like your surprise?” Mick asked.

“Yes, you should play more often.”

“Maybe I will. Especially now that I have a captive audience.”

Beth just smiled and laid her head on his shoulder. Mick gently kissed the top of her head. By now, they had been joined by several other couples, but they only had eyes for each other.

To be continued…


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Current Location: wherever Mick is
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: All the World - Fauxliage
 
 
 
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Beth redheartagram_lala on April 24th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
so beautiful!!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 24th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! You'll like the next chapter! ;)
iansmomesq on April 24th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
That my dear was wonderful. Made me smile big time.
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 24th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
I was grinning the whole time I was writing it! It's so awesome to see our boy happy, isn't it?
sourfacekitty: Cutest Almost Kiss Eversourfacekitty on April 24th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
This is so sweet. But I do have one question though, when you wrote the first line: "When Mick thought back on his wedding day decades later, the fuzziest part of the day was the limo ride from the pier to the Roosevelt Hotel." Are you saying he's actually thinking this decades later? Because for some strange reason I didn't get that.

But this was a very nice chapter. Love the song choice Mick played. I couldn't wipe the smile off that was glued to my face.

But we're gonna have to wait 'til the weekend for new chapters??! Atleast we have the new eppy of Moonlight to keep us sane! Ooh it looks so good. I CANNOT wait!!!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 24th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
That line could be interpreted that way. Whatever works for you. :)

I'm so stoked for the new eppy that I can't write! Hopefully, it'll be better once I've seen it about 10 times!
sourfacekittysourfacekitty on April 24th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah I know how that is. But atleast watching the episode 10 times will be fun :P
allegritafangsallegritafangs on April 24th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is just so....squishy nice. Not TOO squishy, just squishy enough. I lurve your romantic ones. But I'm looking forward to some hotness next. ;)

Is that a Fauxilage song? I can't place it but I think I've heard it!
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 24th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
There's plenty of hotness coming up! ;)

The song is Long Trip Alone, by Dierks Bentley.
Bleu Daisy: Logan SweetHeartbleudaisy on April 24th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
That was so sweet! ^_^

And, of course, you know me...I have to comment on Josef who was adorable, btw. Best line in the entire chapter...

“That was the most pathetic entrance I’ve ever seen,” Josef snarked.

Just priceless. I actually laughed out loud at work. People now probably wonder what I'm up to in my office. ^_-
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 24th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Josef seems to get the best lines both on the show and in fic. What's up with that? ;)

Only one more day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
magialunacritterel on April 25th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Chapter 31-Gorgeous as usual
So sweet but not sticky icky. I love your writing.

I cannot imagine how you concentrate with a new ep coming up and with all the wonderful fanfic out there to read. If they did fanfic drug testing at work instead of the other type, I would be seriously in trouble because I am SO addicted. I had never read it before Moonlight and there are SO MANY talented women out there writing! I just can't imagine you have not published a book with your talent.

Thanks for the update, it is appreciated as always... helps the shaking from the addiction decrease a bit. : )

Tonight will REALLY help. I wonder if CBS knows if you are recording on every tv you have a DVR on?? You never know when I might need to watch it in a different room...

Clare
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 26th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: Chapter 31-Gorgeous as usual
I'm so glad you liked it! I'm honored that you think that much of my writing. I honestly don't think it's anything special, but everyone around here keeps telling me different! :)
magialunacritterel on April 27th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Chapter 31-Gorgeous as usual
I can't believe you think your writing is "nothing special" but I shall continue to quietly pay homage so you shall keep writing but not grow an embarrasingly large head. (giggle)

It should be easy to write some wonderful mickbeth-ness after Friday night. They were so sweet in epi 13, much inspiration I'm sure. : )

Clare
(Anonymous) on April 25th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
aww that was a lovely chapter hun, what was the song that mick was playing?
cant wait for more
haley x
michellemtsumichellemtsu on April 26th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
The song is Long Trip Alone, by Dierks Bentley. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Michelle: Moonlight never let you go Mick/Bethmrs_boyscout on May 5th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
That was such a fitting song. Damn you, I cried right along with Beth (but it could be the pregnancy hormones -- for me, not Beth)

Loved the chapter!