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LOST THINGS-Chapter 9

Mick held her body, Coraline's body, with as much care as he could. The others, Beth and Josh, had gone with the police when they arrived at the crime scene. Josef, who was supposed to be dead, was waiting in the car. There were a lot of things Mick liked to do by himself; this was one of those things. He wanted to take care of her body himself; he wanted to make sure it was done right.

The whole time he had been able to fight back tears, but as he held her cold and lifeless body in his hands he felt tears emerge from his eyes. Coraline wasn't supposed to be this way. This woman was usually filled with a fire and passion that no woman could compare to. Now it was as if she were stone. It killed Mick to see her this way.

He turned his head away from her body and glanced down the dark alleyway he was in. The Cleaner was standing at the end with a sympathetic look on her face. "Thanks for coming," Mick greeted as he came to her.

"Anything for my favorite vampire," she replied with a smile. She looked down at Coraline with big eyes. "So this is her? The woman who drove Mick St. John crazy?"

Mick looked down at Coraline's limp body. "Yeah…she was my wife, the woman who turned me into a vampire," he said.

The Cleaner was silent for a moment. "So you want me to dispose of the body?" she asked to clarify.

Mick winced at the way she said it. No, he did not want Coraline just disposed of; he wanted her body to be very well taken care of, but the cleaner was the only one who could help with dead vampires. This was simply the only way. "Listen I don't want her body treated like she was just some vampire. I want…I want…." He paused, unable to finish the sentence.

"I got it. We'll take care of it Mick. You're wife's body won't be treated like some piece of trash," she assured him. A man that worked with the Cleaner came from the side and took Coraline's body from Mick.

"Thanks for this," said Mick.

The Cleaner smiled in that weird way she did. "Come on Mick. It's what I do." She took a step closer to him. "Plus anything for you." Then she smiled once more and walked off into the darkness of the alleyway.

Mick stood there for a moment thinking about the first time he saw Coraline. She had looked so beautiful, so stunning, at that party in her bright red dress. Mick remembered everything about that night. Falling in love for the first time was not a memory you soon forgot, and Coraline definitely was someone he would never forget. He couldn't believe she was actually gone; it just didn't seem right. Never had he pictured Coraline dying in such away. She was a strong vampire, and he never would have thought she would go the way she did.

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Beth gazed up at the ceiling of her hospital room. Never in her life had she liked being in hospitals. In fact she despised it more than anything else in this world. She hated the smell, the sounds, the sights, everything. Now she was forced to stay in one when she didn't even feel bad. Sure a few ribs were broken and she was a bit bruised up, but other than that and a minor case of dehydration she was fine. Staying in this stupid place was well…stupid!

She wanted to go to Mick; well really she needed to go to Mick. He deserved in explanation of what happened to his ex-wife, and Beth couldn't do that if she was sitting in a stupid hospital. "Feeling alright?" Beth glanced up to see Josh standing in the doorway of her room.

"Just peachy," she replied sarcastically.

Josh smiled and went to sit down on the side of her bed. "What's wrong?" he asked.

Beth was silent for a moment as she recalled the morning she had been kidnapped. Josh and her had gotten into a huge fight…they had actually broken up. She was glad that he had saved her life and everyone else's, but if they hadn't gotten into the fight in the first place she would never had been kidnapped. That meant Mick's heart would have never been broken because Coraline would have never died. Beth sighed. She wondered why things just had to be so complicated. "Well aside from the obvious…Mick lost someone really special to him." She knew there was no need to worry about mentioning Mick's secret. Josh had told her on the way to the hospital he knew what Mick was.

"Why should you feel bad for him?" Josh asked with a confused look on his face although he really knew why. He had known why for a long time now.

Beth smiled. "Because he's special to me, and it hurts to see him heartbroken." She stared at Josh with curious eyes wondering how he would reply to that. Obviously this was no big secret, but it was the first time she had actually said something.

Josh was silent for a moment. He could not look Beth in the eye. For awhile he knew this day had been coming, but it didn't make things easier now that the day was here. "Do you love him?" he asked, still not looking her in the eye.

The question made Beth's body tingle with a nervous feeling. She had been asking herself that question for awhile now, and her feelings now told her what the answer was. "Yes," she answered quietly.

Josh shook his head in disbelief. "So I guess we're over with?"

Beth smiled, defeated. "Yeah, I guess so."

"I knew this was coming." He stood up. "Well I guess it was nice while it lasted."

"Yeah it was," she replied.

Josh just stood there for a moment staring at her with wide eyes. Then he walked to the door and paused. "I hope you're happy with him. Just know all good things must come to an end one way or another." Then he left leaving Beth with a creepy feeling.

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Mick stood silent outside Beth's door listening to the conversation. Beth was heartbroken for him and she…she loved him…she loved him! He couldn't grasp the words. The whole time he had known Beth never before had he actually imagined those words being real. Beth was in love with him, and it felt really good.

He was completely still when Josh stormed out of the room. Josh didn't even notice him he was so angry. Mick thought Josh was and ok guy, but at the moment he was too excited to care about hurting his feelings.

When Josh was down the hallway Mick slipped into the room. Beth looked a little depressed, but she still seemed like Beth. "Mick…" she said when he walked in. "How are you doing?"

"A lot better now actually," he replied as he went to stand beside the bed.

"I'm so sorry about Coraline," she said with a quiet voice. He could tell she really felt bad about it. "She wanted me to tell you she loves you."

"I know and it's ok. Coraline and I have been over with for a long time now." He paused and started playing with his fingers nervously. "A part of me will always love her, but it's time to give my heart to someone else," he said with a smile.

Beth's eyes went wide with embarrassment when she realized what he meant. "So you heard the conversation with Josh?" she asked.

Mick nodded. "I just wanted to tell you I felt the same way about you." He sat down on the edge of the bed. "For the longest time I didn't know what the feeling was but now I know it was love. I'm in love with you too Beth Turner."

As he spoke her could hear Beth's heartbeat speeding up, and it pleased him to hear her reaction. When he felt certain she would say no more he leaned over to kiss her on the lips, but right when their lips were about to touch his phone rang.

He rolled his eyes in annoyance as he stood up to answer the phone. It was the Cleaner. "Who is it?" Beth asked.

"Someone I need to talk to," he replied thinking of the special task he had given to the Cleaner. She smiled in understanding as he answered the phone. "What's the problem?" he greeted the Cleaner with.

"Are you sure that body you gave me was actually dead?" she asked with that usual calm voice she had.

Mick furrowed his brow in confusion. "You mean Coraline? Yeah. She couldn't have been alive."

The Cleaner was silent for a moment on the other line. "Well I guess she just fooled us both because she's gone," explained the Cleaner.

"What?" Mick asked. "What do you mean?"

The Cleaner sighed. "I turned my back away from her for one second and when I looked back she was gone. Obviously she wasn't as dead as we thought."

Mick bit his lip and just had to smile. It seemed Coraline had fooled everyone, and she wasn't really dead. Apparently she didn't want to go out in such a way either. "What's the matter?" asked Beth as Mick hung up with the Cleaner.

"I just got back something I thought I had lost," he replied.

"Well it helps when you find things, especially things you thought you lost," she said.

"Yeah, yeah it does. It also helps to find new things though," he said looking her straight in the eye. "Except you're way more than a thing Beth. You mean more to me than anything or anyone else ever has."

Beth smiled. "I love you."

"I love you too," said Mick feeling happier than he ever had before.