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19 November 2007 @ 10:18 pm
Fic: Winner at a Losing Game, ch. 3  
Title: Winner at a Losing Game
Rating: PG-13, for now
Word Count: 826
Pairing: Mick/Beth
Disclaimer: I'm poor, nuff said?
Author's note: Sorry, it took so long for this update. I was dealing with a minor case of writer's block, but I'm back now! On with the story!

Chapter Three

Mick could sense the tension coming from Beth as she climbed in the car. He knew Josef had said something to upset her. His knuckles tightened on the steering wheel. He thought, or rather hoped, that Josef had come to terms with Mick and Beth’s relationship. Obviously, he was wrong.

“What did he say to you?” Mick said as he started the car.

“Nothing,” Beth lied.


“Josef didn’t say anything that we haven’t said to each other a million times already. Can we just drop it?” she asked.

Mick took a deep breath. “OK, for now.” He didn’t really want to drop it but knew that they wouldn’t be able to concentrate on their jobs if they had another round of “I’m a vampire and you’re not.” Still, it was one of those fundamental issues they were going to have to deal with eventually.

“Where are we going?” Beth asked.

“I thought I’d drop you off at work so you can do your reporter thing and I’d head over to Cornell Microsystems to check things out,” Mick replied.

“Why can’t I go with you?”

What did Josef say to you?, Mick thought. It sounded like she didn’t want to leave his sight, as if to reassure herself that he was there. Mick decided that he and Josef were going to have a conversation. Soon.

“OK, we’ll check out Cornell together.” At the next light Mick made a left turn and headed in the direction of Cornell Microsystems. Forty-five minutes later Mick pulled up to the security gate and gave the guard his name.

“Ah, Mr. St. John. Mr. Konstantin let us know you were coming. Please, go on in.”

Mick pulled his Mercedes through the gate and found a parking space near the front door. He and Beth climbed out and headed through the large double doors. Mick stepped up to the reception desk and greeted the petite brunette typing away on her computer. She looked up and said, “If you could just sign in for me, sir. I’ll have someone escort you upstairs.”

Mick checked in on the sign in sheet and waited. Beth began to look around the lobby at the promotional materials plastered all over the walls. Most of it was in techno-speak, thereby making it difficult for Beth to fully comprehend. However, she got the basic gist: Cornell manufactured microprocessors and other internal circuitry designed to make the average PC run faster and better. Their newest enterprise was software, games mostly, but there was a poster promoting the new Hermes operating system, available in early 2009.

Beth turned to point out the poster to Mick when she saw the head of security, a Mr. Arnold, approach. She headed to Mick’s side as the introductions were being made. Arnold led them to the elevator, which they took up to the fifth floor. Several rows of cubicles greeted them, each staffed with a programmer and a laptop. Only a few looked up as Arnold led Mick and Beth down the aisle towards the office on the far wall. The office was sparsely furnished, with only a desk, two chairs and a computer in evidence. There were no pictures on the walls or plants to brighten the décor. Arnold unlocked the door and gestured for Mick and Beth to go inside.

“Did anyone notice Jack acting strange or agitated prior to his disappearance?” Mick asked as he entered the office.

“Not really. He was kind neurotic to begin with. Came into work early. Stayed late. Had to be reminded to eat, things like that. You know how techno-geeks are.”

Mick started rummaging through the drawers of Jack’s desk. He found the normal things: paper, pens, pencils, calculator. His fingers brushed up against the bottom of the top left drawer; he felt something cold. Mick tried the door underneath; it was locked. Mick could have wrenched it open, but he didn’t have to. He knew what was in there. A mini-fridge to keep Jack’s blood in. Mick’s musings were interrupted when Beth laid a hand on his arm.

“Mick, look at this.” He looked down at the thing in Beth’s hand. It was a framed photo of Jack and Janelle. They looked happy. It was the only personal item in the office. In fact, it mirrored the photo that Mick had on his desk of him and Beth. This case was beginning to mirror his own life a little too closely for Mick’s liking. He looked down at the photo again; they appeared to be at a cabin somewhere.

“Any idea where this is?” Mick asked Arnold. The security guard peered at the photo.

“Nope. Never knew Jack to take a vacation anywhere.”

The answer, while not surprising, was disappointing. Surely, Janelle would know where the cabin was. Perhaps Jack was there right now. It would certainly make Mick’s job easier. But then again, when does Josef ever give me the easy cases?

To be continued…
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shippercrazedshippercrazed on November 20th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Good chapter! But you're letting Josef off easy. You should make Beth seem afraid (but trying to hide it...he could sense it though) to go back to Josef's. Mick would know something is definately wrong then because Beth is afraid of nothing. She is too strong and courageous. So then he could either demand it out of her or try and beat it out of Josef fang to fang. I'm not telling you what to write...I just love this couple and I tend to get carried away when I find stories on them. Mostly people post icons and videos. And I don't have time to write a story myself although I'd love to. I'm disabled and don't feel good enough to write a lot of the time (or am at the doctors etc). Plus I have two House fics in progress I can't even keep up with. This Friday's episode looks like it's going to suck (no pun intended). Coraline needs to go away permanately. And then the week after that, no Mick at all...some special is on. Maybe you can write extra chapters that week?
michellemtsumichellemtsu on November 20th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
I don't know about Josef getting off easy. Remember that "conversation" is upcoming! It'll be a doosey, I promise. I just needed to set up my mystery a little first.

And, yes, I agree Coraline should go away! I'm leading the line to cut her head off!
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick/Beth near youheartagram_lala on January 9th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
another awesome chap.

and ive got to argue with you on ur comment responce below.. I'm leading the line =P hehe