Miranda leaned against the wall. Mick walked past, hugged his arm to himself. "Mick?" Miranda called.

"Miranda" Mick said, turning quickly, almost afraid.

"Are you alright?" Miranda saw a wound on his chest. "What happened?" She closed the space between them in no time. "Shouldn't you be healing?"

"I need blood" he said, covering the wound from her sight. "I have to go" he added suddenly. As Miranda reached to touch his arm, Mick growled like the monster he was and shoved her away from him. "I don't want your help." He was defensive.

"But you need it" Miranda said, circling him like the predator she was. "Mick, stop" She reached out for him. Mick snapped at her. She smacked him across the face.

Mick snarled and slammed her back into the wall. Miranda coughed. She had been caught of guard of the force of his attack. "Ow" she moaned. She sunk her claws into his chest. "I'm going to help you, like it or not, Mick."

Mick's vampire side showed itself as he growled, "Can't you mind your own business?"

"No" she growled back, her vampire side showing as well.

Mick growled again. He leaned forward, with out another thought, and bit into her neck. Miranda gasped and groaned as the pain spread through her being. He held her to him. The wound closed itself as he drank.

Some part of him roared to life. He ravaged her neck. Nothing could stop him from his task. He would have her.

Miranda groaned again. Mick pulled back, away of how weak she was. "Miranda, do you need-?"

"Yes" Miranda gasped, tugging on his leather coat. She was dazed from her blood loss.

Mick led her to his car and helped her in. He got in, glanced at her, put the car drive and peeled out. When they got to Mick's apartment, Mick had to carry Miranda up the stairs; she couldn't hold her weight any longer. He used vampire speed to get to the door quickly.

He laid her down on his couch. "Don't move."

Miranda watched him leave the room from where she lay. "Where are you going?"

"Stay" he called, from the other room. He reappeared with two syringes. "Can't have you passing out somewhere." He added a quick smile as he knelt in front of her.

"Fear for me?" Miranda held out her thin pale arm.

Mick smiled, putting the needle to her skin as he glanced up. "Something like that." He drove the needle in. She gasped, groaning slight. She hisses as he pushed the blood into her system. Her fangs extended. Mick drove the next syringe in quickly following the first. He response wasn't quiet as drastic the second time. "I'm sorry" he added, pulling the second syringe out.

"Thank you" she panted, as she laid her head back on the couch.

"No, thank you," Mick said, carrying the syringes to the trash. "You saved me life"

"You helped yourself" Miranda said, turning her head to look at him. "I just happened to me what you helped yourself too"

"I'm sorry" he repeated, sitting beside her again.

Miranda leaned forward and kissed him.

They kissed passionately for a few minutes before Mick pulled back. "I'm not one to rush things…I think this is rash." She looked at him, with no expression. "It's not that I don't feel anything for you. It's we've been here before. Passion running high and…we-I didn't think and it ended badly. I don't want to rush things again.

"I'm not saying you would hurt me like Coraline did but I'm not exactly ready to take that leap again." Mick shook his head as he sat up all the way. "We had an intimate moment. But I don't think it's a good idea to let it control our actions."

"You have a way with words, Mick" Miranda said, pulling her legs up to her chest.

"I'm a monster, Miranda. And bloodlust awakens a side of me that I would prefer no one know"

"I know that side-"

"I killed you, Miranda!" Mick stood and stalked over to the window. "I lost control and…murder you. I cared about you. I vowed to watch you as I did with-As I did before. I won't let passion make me stupid."

"You wanted me, Mick" Miranda said, hurt slightly.

"I still want you" Mick turned back to her. "I want nothing more than to sleep with you Miranda but I can't"

Miranda nodded. She rose to her feet and walked towards the door. Suddenly there was a knock. Miranda swore. "It's Josef" She ran for the bedroom. "Get rid of him and don't let him know I'm here!"

Mick shook his head but opened the door. "Hello"

"Good evening, my friend" Josef smiled. He waited a moment before saying. "Are you going to invite me in?" After a spilt second he added, "Or do you already have company." He sniffed the air. "I know that scent." He shoved Mick out of the way.

"Come in" muttered Mick as he closed the door.

Josef followed his nose. He placed at hand on the bedroom handle and swung the door open. Miranda was leaning against Mick sleeping container, a large freezer, as it were. "Hello, Miranda" Josef smiled, wryly at her.

She sighed, unhappily. "Hello, Josef"

"Were you avoiding me, dear?" Josef walked closer and pulled the reluctant girl into a hug. "It's been forever." He looked her up as he released her. "It's a pleasure"

Miranda crossed her arms. "I'm sure"

"Must you be so unpleasant?"

"Must you be so-"

"Is there any reason you're here, Josef?" Mick called from the doorway, cutting Miranda's statement off.

"I was going to invite you to go clubbing tonight but you appear to already have a friend."

"You know I don't club" "You know he doesn't club" Mick and Miranda said together.

"Well one always can hope" Josef said, turning to leave. Miranda followed him. Josef turned near the door and gave Miranda a once over. "Again, a pleasure." Miranda narrowed her eyes and said nothing. Josef tossed a glance at Mick who stood in his bedroom doorway with his arms crossed. "I'll see you later, Mick"

"Yeah" Mick called, as Josef disappeared and the door snapped shut.

"I hate him" Miranda said, leaning against the back of the couch for a moment.

Mick walked over to the window and watched a moment before saying. "He's gone"

Miranda turned. "Thanks." She paused a moment. "I'll see you later, Mick" She grabbed the door handle. "Thanks for the shot"

Mick stood at his window and watched her leave, holding herself in the most human like manor he had ever seen.