Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

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Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby NocturneInCMoll » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:18 am

Author’s note: A bit over the word limit, but who’s counting? Also written in less than three hours with no beta, so pardon any errors.

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Killing Time (or, Killing Time)

Josef wrinkled his nose as he peered at red liquid his host was pouring into his glass. “Are you sure that’s not non-fat soy vegan blood?”

“I am A-positive it’s not.”

“Okay, okay…” he held up his hands with a roll of his eyes. “I promise to drink it like a good, gracious little guest if you promise not to make any more bad puns.”

Mick shrugged and filled his own glass before settling into the chair opposite his friend. “You know you don’t have to come here if you don’t like what I serve.”

“Yeah, well, I’m bored. And you’re my only friend who doesn’t like me just for my money,” Josef huffed. “So, what do you want to do—play Pin-the-Cape-on-Dracula?” he said a moment later.

“Actually, I thought you might be interested to hear about my day yesterday.”

“Hmm,” Josef took a sip of his beverage and quickly converted a grimace into an expression resembling curiosity. “Does it involve freshies?”

Mick glanced away and scratched behind his ear. “Uh, not…not exactly…”

“I’m interested.”

“I was working for the deputy DA. Looking for a missing witness—in the desert.”

“In the desert,” Josef repeated incredulously. “In the desert with sunlight, in the desert? In the desert as in, bye-bye vampire?” He flapped his hand.

Before Mick could respond, they heard the elevator came to a stop down the hall and looked to the security camera. Mick frowned as Josh Lindsey appeared a few moments later. “Just a minute.” He set his glass on the table and rose. “He probably just needs to wrap up a few loose ends.”

Josef nodded and took another swig of blood, pulling a face behind his friend’s back as Mick opened the door.

“Josh. How’s Leni?”

But Josh pushed past Mick into the room and turned to face him. “I don’t know what the hell you did to Beth in the desert, but I know you know something about the weird cuts on her arm.”

Mick grew still. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw his friend sit up abruptly. He shook his head at Josh. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. She fell on something sharp.” When Josh showed no sign of leaving, he closed the door and returned to his seat.

Josef leaned forward with obvious interest. “Did you…trip her?”

Mick shot him a fleeting look. “No, she fell on her own.”

“Oh, even better!”

Josh scowled at him and turned back to Mick. “She said it was a chain link fence, but she won’t look at me when she talks about it. Just like she won’t look at me when she talks about you.” When Mick said nothing, he continued, “I took a picture of it while she was sleeping and showed it to the coroner. He said no way that was caused by a chain-link fence. He said it almost looked like some kind of animal bite—but he couldn’t tell which kind without seeing the wound in person.” He crossed his arms. “Beth of course refuses to go; she insists it was a fence. I thought maybe you might have some other ideas—after all, if you can tell if there’s estrogen in blood without sending it to a lab, surely you can come up with a plausible explanation for all this.” He stared at Mick intently.

Mick shot a look at Josef. “Uh,” he addressed Josh, “it was definitely a fence. I saw it. I think it was a special order—so, not like other chain-link fences...”

Josh’s eyes narrowed. “Beth’s gotten weird since she met you. Having strange dreams, crying out your name in her sleep”—he tried to ignore the snickering that began in the corner—“and she’s absolutely obsessed”—he glanced carelessly at Mick’s guest, who was now casually taking a sip of his drink—“with—with…vam…pires.” He stared at the red liquid in Josef’s glass for a moment. “Oh.” Suddenly his eyes widened and he looked up. “Oh! …Oh.” He started pointing alternately between Mick and Josef and backing toward the door. “Oh! …Oh... …Oh!”

When Josh began to fumble in his pockets, ostensibly for a phone, or possibly some kind of weapon, Josef pursed his lips and leaned forward to set his glass on the table. “Oh-kay. It’s killing time.”

Mick nodded slowly and pushed himself up off the armrests. “Yeeeeeeah.”
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby librarian_7 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:22 am

:rolling: Poor Josh. Poor, poor Josh. He just never had a chance.

Lovely little piece, Nocturne!

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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby allegrita » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:36 am

:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
Josh reeeeeeeally left himself open for that one! Oh, man... the poor guy. He can't win! But I figure he was doomed no matter what... so at least this way, he offers Josef some comic relief! :snicker:

And Mick can feel oh, so regretful... after he indulges in the fun of eliminating the threat to the Tribe. ;)
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby NocturneInCMoll » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:54 am

Thanks so much, Lucky and Alle! Glad you enjoyed. Poor Josh didn't have much of a chance, did he? :laugh: Oh well, Josef gets to have some fun, and Mick will feel bad about it in the morning. But who's going to explain it to Beth? :shrug:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby AussieJo » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:47 am

Julie, you wicked, wicked girl! :snicker:
It was brilliant! :flowers:
Josef and Mick vamped out crowding him out.
I could see it playing out :twothumbs:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby wpgrace » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:09 pm

:coffee: :coffee: :coffee:

That was clever and MOST enjoyable! Tho don't you know that a little bit of this HAD to be what really WAS going on behind the scenes??? :rolling:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby jen » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:43 pm

Nocturne

This is wonderful

The casual rapport between Mick and Josef, the humor and pace of the piece was spot on.

I only hope that Josh found a way to talk his way out becoming the newest resident of the La Brea tarpits. After Josh had talked to the coroner, it would be far less incriminating for him to return with a plausible explanation for the coroner--Beth was really bitten by an animal and didn't want to tell him about it because he would be upset.

Whether you bring us a sequel,--which I would love--or not, this is fabulous.

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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby one.zebra » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:16 pm

Poor Josh..the guy just didn't have a chance...so good looking too...(hey, I've been watching reruns on the CW)

See..now what the Moonlight Vamps needed for skills was the 'wipe your memory/give you a headache' thing that the Black Daggar Brotherhood can do...much less killing of the humans that way...

But, the Moonlight Vamps got me started on this strange journey, 'cause the olden days Vamps just never worked for me...so I'll take them any way they come... :happysigh:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby cassysj » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:59 pm

Very cute, poor poor Josh! I agree with OZ memory wipe is handy.
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby Lucy » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:10 pm

:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: WONDERFUL.............Josh gets to understand it all for that 1 split second before he becomes an afternoon treat.
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby Moonlighter » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:51 pm

:rolling: Oh my goodness! That was great......but, oh yeah, sorry Josh. :giggle: And I love the different meanings you can use for the phrase "killing time." Sometimes it's wonderful that the English language is so ambiguous.

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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby one.zebra » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:31 pm

Oh geez...I totally missed the title connection... :rose:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby darkstarrising » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:43 am

Julie,

Wonderful :hearts: ...Josh can't leave well enough alone and pays for his persistence....

Mick nodded slowly and pushed himself up off the armrests.“Yeeeeeeah.”


Somehow, I get the feeling that Mick just not mind too much this time.

Or are they pulling Josh's leg :giggle:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby allegrita » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:55 am

Well, maybe they pulled one leg this way, and the other leg that way... :devil:
(Oh, that is just so wrong! Shame on me!!) :blushing:
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Re: Killing Time (or, ...) [short challenge piece] PG

Postby NightAir » Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:25 am

Poor Josh. He's never safe in your hands. :giggle:
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