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Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby NocturneInCMoll » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:41 am

Author’s note: A sequel…of sorts…to Beth and Josh’s 2nd Anniversary Party. Written very quickly for the 3rd Anniversary of Moonlight and NOT betaed, so any bad writing, boo-boos, unbearable cheese, or ridiculous plot holes are mine. Do let me know if you notice anything particularly glaring.

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Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or, Three Years After the Mysterious Disappearances of ADA Josh Lindsey and Lieutenant Carl Davis…)

The water dripped off their noses, the ends of their hair, the tips of their fingers, the edges of their clothes.

“Turn me.”

“It’s the drug.”

She lurched in his arms. “Turn me. Do it.”

“No, Beth.”

“Do it!”

“It’s just the drug.” He held her tighter.

Beth stamped her foot. “It’s not the drug, Mick! I took it once…four years ago!”

He grinned and kissed her neck. “I know, but these showers are lots of fun.”

“Yeah, they’re like giant thrill rides that never end—except they do end, because I’m still human and wrinkle like a prune after fifteen minutes!” she turned her head and glared up at him. “I’m thirty, Mick! Turn me before the wrinkles become permanent!”

He chucked her nose and stepped out of the shower. “Our guests will be here soon. We should change out of these wet clothes. You know Josef always shows up early—he seems to get earlier every year.” Mick handed her a towel and frowned suddenly. “I think he knows about our little tradition, and is trying to catch us at it.”

“You think?” Beth replied sarcastically as she followed him into the bedroom. “I’ve been telling him a later time than everyone else since last year’s close call, but I think he phones everyone else on the pretense of carpooling and finds out the real time, and then suddenly remembers the Ferrari only has two seats and he can’t bring anybody else.”

Mick laughed. “I wouldn’t put it past him.”

As if on cue, he heard the door opening downstairs. He was already in dry clothes, but Beth was still struggling out of her sopping dress and she felt the rush of air on her wet skin as he sped away to intercept their untimely guest.

“The showers are also not as fun for me when I can’t feel the individual water molecules against my skin, or the ridges of your fingertips,” she muttered under her breath and sighed.

Her eyes slid over to her dresser and focused on the handle of the top drawer.

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“Hey.”

Mick and Josef looked up from their drinks to see Beth stepping down the stairs, barefoot, in a slinky red dress and shadowy makeup.

“Hey…” Josef said with one eyebrow raised.

“Beth…are you all right?” Mick started to get to his feet as she approached.

She shoved him back down on the couch and stood over him. “Everything’s great. I feel fine…just a little role playing, darling.”

Josef hid a gleeful smirk behind his glass.

“Uh, uh, Josef’s here,” Mick stuttered as she leaned over and began playing with his tie. “Maybe we should entertain him some other way.”

Beth swung her head over her shoulder and then back to look at Mick. “Whatever you want,” she said in a sultry voice and flopped onto the couch beside him. She started smoothing her hands over the material of the couch.

“Are you sure you’re okay?”

“I’m fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.”

Josef cleared his throat. “Mick, did you hear how many ‘i’s were in that fine? I think she’s good.” He watched as she ran her big toe along the edge of the fireplace, appearing utterly fascinated by the sensation. “—At any rate, this anniversary party won’t be as boring as last year’s.”

This caused Mick to take his eyes off Beth. “Last year’s party was boring?”

“Yeah, you didn’t cook a chicken.”

“Cooking is hard when you never do it, and can’t taste things,” Mick said defensively.

“Exactly why it wasn’t boring when you tried. I still remember the looks on Beth and Carl’s faces…” Josef sighed nostalgically.

Mick scowled. “Yeah, well, Carl doesn’t eat chicken anymore, and Beth keeps insisting that she doesn’t want to, either.”

The last part of his sentence diverted Beth’s attention from the fireplace and she pounced on him. “Yes—turn me. I’m sick of chicken! If you don’t turn me tonight, I’m going to kung pao you, you naughty…naughty…vampire.”

Josef snorted and spit a mouthful of bloody scotch back into his glass. “Ow—some of that went up my nose!”

Mick had just opened his mouth to respond to Beth when a knock was heard at the door. “Oh—the-the door! I’d better open…that…manually.” He slid out from underneath Beth, and landed on his butt on the floor. He flipped over to his knees and half crawled to his feet, then walked quickly to the door and yanked it open to reveal Guillermo, one of the Cleaners, and Lieutenant Carl Davis. Mick stepped back, but said nothing.

“—Aren’t you going to invite us in?” Carl asked.

“That’s just a myth, petit chou-fleur,” the Cleaner said to Carl as she stepped ahead of him into the room. He stuck out his tongue and followed.

“I see you started the party without us,” Guillermo said.

“Josef arrived early,” Mick said tightly and shut the door behind them.

“And Beth has hopefully been practicing for the main show later,” Josef quipped.

Mick glared at him and reclaimed his seat beside Beth, gently pulling her back up into a sitting position and trying to keep her from standing.

“I’ll get us some drinks,” the Cleaner winked at Carl as she slid past him and sashayed toward the kitchen.

Guillermo shook his head. “You’re a lucky bastard, you know that,” he growled. “I spend years trying to figure out vampire women, you pull a gun on one once—as a human—she raises an eyebrow, and it’s love at first sight on both sides. You should be dead.”

“I am,” Carl sighed, grinning at the Cleaner, who winked at him as she poured two tall glasses of blood from one of the pitchers set out on the island counter.

“I meant dead dead, not undead. —Man, I hate you, man!”

“I know,” Carl smacked him on the shoulder. “Hey—she’s got a friend. Maybe we can fix you up?”

Guillermo snarled at him. “I don’t need dating help from a fledgling!”

Carl lowered his voice. “Our place. Thursday. Midnight. She’ll be there.”

“She hot?”

Carl nodded.

Guillermo replied in a hushed tone, “Okay, deal. See you then.”

“…You do realize that everybody heard that anyway, right?”

“Yeah, I hate vampire parties. I just come for the food.” Guillermo moved in the direction of the liquid refreshments as the Cleaner returned with glasses for Carl and herself.

“Here you are, Lieutenant.”

“Thank you, Darling.”

She smiled into his eyes. “‘Darling’—that was all you ever called me, from the moment you lowered your gun. I thought you were being obnoxious and almost tore your heart out—literally—until I realized you meant it.”

“Gag me,” Guillermo called from the refreshment table.

The Cleaner turned and shot him a death glare, but Carl just smiled and drew her close to him. “We should go put some flowers on Josh Lindsey’s headstone later tonight. After all, he sacrificed himself so we could be together.”

She wrinkled her nose. “Well, it was hardly intentional—I had to kill him. He opened the bag.”

“The autopsy found severe brain damage anyway. No one would have believed him.” He looked at her out of the corner of his eye. “I’m lucky didn’t open the bag—you interrogated me for three days straight before releasing me with that bizarre cover story that I still can’t believe everyone bought.”

She hid a smirk. “I could have let you go after an hour—I knew you would take the secret to your grave by then.”

“I did take it to my grave—now I’m forever yours, baby.”

“Oh, somebody stake me!” Guillermo said to no one in particular.

Instead they heard a moan; there was a crash, and Beth lay convulsing on the floor next to the couch.

Mick was already at her side; Guillermo was there a split second later putting a pillow under her head and pushing the couch away to give her space. Josef, Carl, and the Cleaner stood by helplessly.

“Beth! —What’s happening?” Mick looked to Guillermo.

The morgue attendant shrugged. “Seizure—obviously.” When Mick glared at him, he put up his hands and said, “I can’t be sure of the cause without more info!”

Carl looked grim. “You remember that drug from four years ago? Black Crystal? Beth got footage of a model ODing on it—and that’s exactly what she looked like.”

“Black Crystal,” Mick repeated hollowly. “Beth had some—she took it. Tonight—she was acting like she did when she was on it.” He ran his hand through his hair. “I thought she was playing a game—I didn’t know she’d kept any.”

Beth suddenly went limp. Mick “NO!” he shouted. After a split second of hesitation, he tore into his arm and started to drip blood into her mouth. “Wake up!” He yelled at her. “—Why isn’t she waking up? Why?”

Josef was the only one able to voice the reason. “If she took Black Crystal, there’s silver in her system.”

“What—what does that mean?” Mick looked up at him with wild eyes. “For a turning?”

His friend crouched down beside him and laid a hand on his shoulder. “It means that I’ll call Waverley Place and tell them that Sarah’s getting a roommate. And then we hope for a miracle or two together.”

Mick’s eyes grew strangely bright before he nodded, once, and gathered Beth’s lifeless body close against his.

“See if Mick has any of Beth’s blood stored,” Josef said in a low tone to Guillermo, who nodded and went to the hidden fridge.

“We got two bags,” Guillermo held them up.

“One for the plane and one for NYC—let’s hope it’s enough.”

Carl was grasping the Cleaner’s hand tightly. “What can we do?”

Josef shook his head. “Figure out a cover story to give for Beth at work for now. We’ll be on a plane to New York within the hour. I have someone better equipped to handle her…situation…there.”

“You think she’ll make it?” Carl searched the elder vampire’s eyes.

Josef shrugged. “She might have a chance—if we have enough of her blood to displace the tainted blood. The silver is damaging the human tissue and preventing the vampire blood from repairing and replacing it. For now, she’s in limbo.”

Carl nodded slowly. The Cleaner squeezed his hand. “Let’s go come up with that cover story. It’s all we can do right now. Keep us informed, Josef.”

He was already walking over to Mick, but tilted his head.

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Paula opened the door at Waverley Place and broke into a wide smile. “Mr. Fitz—”

“Paula, you may remember Beth—but last time she had her eyes open,” Josef pointed at the limp form in Mick’s arms. Then he gestured to the man standing behind them on the steps. “And this is Guillermo, her personal nurse. Go make up a fresh IV bag—use this,” he shoved the last bag of Beth’s blood into her hands and looked at his watch. “It’s almost time for Sarah to get a new one, too.”

Paula’s smile had already faded. “Sir, with the—”

“Just do it. Do it now!”

“Yes, sir!” she gasped and hurried away.

Josef led the way down the corridor and opened the door to the bedroom for Mick. He sped to Sarah’s side and kissed her lips as he carefully gathered her up, trying not to dislodge any of the sensors, and moved her over to make space for Beth.

Mick laid Beth down and sat beside her, holding her hand as Guillermo hooked up a line to drain her blood.

A minute later, Paula bustled in with two IV bags and handed one to him. The other she hooked up to Sarah.

They watched the blood drain out of the bags and into the unconscious girls.

When the bags were almost empty, Josef said to Paula, “Okay, now make up another bag for Beth.”

A furrow appeared in her brow. Her heart began to pound. “With what?”

Josef rolled his eyes and stared at her. “The blood I gave you.”

“B-but there’s none left, sir.”

“WHAT?”

Paula’s voice shook. “I made up two IV bags, sir, like you asked—one for Beth and one for…Sarah.”

Mick jumped up off the bed. “But that’s Beth’s blood—she needs all of it!” He raked his hand through his hair.

“I tried to ask—I’m sorry! I thought it was something special—for Sarah, too.” She trembled as Josef locked his gaze on her and stepped toward her, but he turned away at the last second.

“It’s my fault—I wasn’t clear. You can go to your room for the night. I’ll watch Sarah.”

Paula nodded slowly, her eyes bright, and backed out into the hallway.

“I know some guys in the City—I’ll put in some calls—maybe I can get some more AO-.” Guillermo shrugged. “It’s better than nothing.”

“Do it,” Josef ordered, and Guillermo went out into the hall with his phone.

Mick had turned away from the bed and was staring at the wall. His lips quivered as Josef came up beside him and put a hand on his shoulder. They stood in silence for several moments.

There was a gasp behind them and the vampires immediately spun around.

Beth lay still. Her eyes were closed; Mick’s shoulders sagged. But there was movement on the other side of the bed and another pair of eyes snapped open.

“Sarah,” Josef stood frozen.

She turned her head and looked at him, eyes wide, as she struggled to take a breath. In a split second he was at her side and holding her up in his arms.

“Sarah… Sarah! Oh, Sarah,” Josef clutched her close as she wheezed and shuddered against his chest. “You’re awake,” he breathed down on her in awe. Then he inhaled deeply and looked to a shocked Mick in confusion.

“…But she’s human.”



That’s it, that’s all, folks!
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby librarian_7 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:05 am

ARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH! What a place to stop!

You are SUCH a tease, Nocturne!

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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby allegrita » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:20 am

OMG! You can NOT stop there!! That's a fabulous beginning... Oh, man... that's just cruel!!!

(And thank you...) :hug: :smooch: :hearts:
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby AussieJo » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:44 am

Julie! :hug: babygirl :smooch:
I do hope there will be more where this came from..... pretty please...... :heart:
It was really very good.
Beth's blood revived Sara! Why wasn't this thought of before?
You dear girl, are a genius! :flowers: :rose: :teeth:
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby francis » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:30 am

This started out like a humorous fluff piece but got serious very quickly. Now Beth's blood turned Sarah back, but how will they get Beth back now? You can't stop it there!!!
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby NocturneInCMoll » Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:57 am

Lucky and Alle--So sorry. But everyone liked last year's Moonlight-style cliffhanger so much, I thought I'd try another... :angel: Although this one is admittedly probably worse... Thanks for reading anyway! :biggrin:

AussieJo!!--Why, thank you--glad you liked it despite the terrible ending! :smooch: See below for my thoughts on Beth and Sarah's conditions.

Francis--Yes, sorry about the mood swing of the piece. I'm not sure what was up with me this week. ;) I'll have to stop, but maybe I'll pick it up again next year, for Josef and Sarah's Fourth Anniversary...see below for what I think could happen. Thanks for reading!


My thinking behind this story: based on the rumour that Beth was not able to be turned, and the possibility that her blood "type" may have had something to do with the cure, I thought it not impossible that perhaps her blood might aid someone in "limbo" like Sarah. As for Beth with BC, if she gets enough AO- to flush out the silver, she'll probably be okay--though she'll likely come out human, too.
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby AussieJo » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:10 am

I didn't see this as an unhappy ending.
Quite a lot of Beth's blood type would be found........... in the nick of time, naturally.
So no more story?
So Julie, I buttered you up for absolutely nothing?
Using those emoticons cost money you know.....
We have to pay the freight costs from down under to where all you 'civilised' mob live.
And here I am wasting more money..... :rolling:
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby allegrita » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:07 pm

Jo you crack me up! Here are a few emoticons for you to use later: :ghug: :hearts: :giggle: :cheer: :gasp: :Mickangel: :coffee: :devil: :mooncat:
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby jen » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:41 pm

Aaaarrruuuugggghhhhhh!

Julie!!!

Allie is right--that is cruel!

And a wonderful story

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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby AussieJo » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:03 pm

allegrita wrote:Jo you crack me up! Here are a few emoticons for you to use later: :ghug: :hearts: :giggle: :cheer: :gasp: :Mickangel: :coffee: :devil: :mooncat:


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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby NocturneInCMoll » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:53 pm

Sorry, AussieJo What a waste of good butter, eh? :eat: I'm glad you didn't see at as an unhappy ending, at least... and hey, I may continue it--next September 28!

Jen--Sorry. Glad you found it wonderfully cruel. Thanks! :biggrin:
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby darkstarrising » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:18 am

Wonderful story,Julie :hug: , but what do you mean that's all??

I'd pay to see the scene with Mick, Beth and Josef played out, with Beth high on BC :giggle: The men in the group would be very unsettled.

Love the shower 'tradition' and boy, I can understand Beth's frustration, but seriously, to leave us all hanging there? :gasp:
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby NocturneInCMoll » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:08 pm

Thanks, Karen :hug: Yes, that's all--it's become a Moonlight anniversary tradition for me to end on a cliffhanger, only to be picked up next year. :angel:

Glad you liked the shower tradition and Beth's trippy scene. I'm not sure Mick liked it completely, but Josef was highly entertained. :laugh:

I know it was a terrible place to leave you, but I assure you, all will be well.
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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby jen » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:38 am

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Re: Beth and Mick’s 3rd Anniversary Party (or,...) PG13

Postby maggatha3 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:19 pm

What? Whaaat? Sarah is... and Beth is .....?
And that is all? Are you teasing us, NocturneInCMoll?? :clapping:
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