Mistletoe Wars Part Deux

by Sue M and Lisa S.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Buck, Inez, JD, Chris

AUTHOR'S NOTES: This ficlet is a sequel to "Mistletoe Wars" and is in response to a challenge issued on the Mag7/Las Vegas yahoo group to write a story involving mistletoe. A HUGE thank you to Lisa O. for betaing the story. Also a special thanks to Sarah for creating this wonderful AU for us to play in.

DISCLAIMER: Mag7/Las Vegas alternate universe was created by Sarah (aka Midnight Profit) and is based on the "Las Vegas" TV series. This AU is not related to the Mag7/Las Vegas RPG created by Lisa O. and Ruby. Trilogy, MGM, and the Mirisch Corporation own "The Magnificent Seven" characters. NBC Studios, NBC Universal Television, DreamWorks Television, and Gary Scott Thompson Productions own "Las Vegas." They are not mine. The only purpose of this story is for entertainment. No money is being made.


Buck Wilmington walked with a purpose as he made his way out of the Security Office. One thing was for certain. . .he wasn't going to be shown up by JD and Billy in the kissing department. Just as he snagged a piece of mistletoe from the lobby, he ran into his friends Nathan Jackson and Josiah Sanchez.

"Hey Buck, what's going on?" asked Nathan, the Montecito’s on-call physician.

"Looks like you're a man on a mission," commented Josiah, the Head Valet, who had noticed the twig of greenery in his friend's hand.

"Got a person in mind for that?" asked Nathan as he nodded towards the mistletoe.

"You could say that," said Buck. "Now if you'll excuse me, gentlemen, I've got a lady to see."

"Sure thing, good luck," called out Nathan as the two men said goodbye to their friend.

Buck grinned as he commented to himself, "Buck Wilmington doesn't need luck."

The Hospitality Host glanced around confidently as he slipped into the employee's only entrance to the club's kitchen and noticed it was currently empty. Fortunately, it was afternoon and the club was not open yet, so there weren’t many people were around.

Luckily, Buck didn't have to wait long before Inez Recillos walked into the room carrying a tray of clean glasses. As she sat them down on the counter, Buck said, "Inez."
The young woman jumped at the sudden sound of her name and whirled around to see the Hospitality Host standing there.

"Buck Wilmington, you nearly scared me to death," said Inez as she placed a hand over her rapidly beating heart. "Don't you ever do that again. . ."

Buck grinned wryly. "I understand you've been rather free with your kisses for the younger men around here" He held up the mistletoe and bobbed his eyebrows." Care to give a little holiday donation to a *real* man?"

Moving him aside to be able to get to the counter, Inez gave him a sideways glance. "For your information, young Billy is a sweetie and JD is a darling. As much a man as you are, Buck Wilmington," she looked him in the eye, ". . .maybe more so. . . At least with JD, what you see is what you get, unlike some men I could mention."

Keeping the mistletoe up, Buck frowned. "What are you saying?"

Coming close, Inez poked him in the chest. "I'm saying that JD doesn't flit from one lady to another. He hides nothing. What you see . . ." she punctuated her words with a pointed finger into Buck's chest, ". . .is. . .what. . .you. . .get!"

For a moment, Buck was at a loss. He knew she was right, but it was all show. He would never do that to her. An idea formed and he placed a rolling pin though the handles to the kitchen doors, effectively locking them, then he covered the camera with a dishtowel. Inez continued on with what she was doing and hadn't yet noticed Buck’s activities. The host put down the mistletoe and took off his jacket.


Up in the monitor room, JD had realized Buck had covered the camera. Chris had just appeared and was studying the monitors.
"There's a camera down."

JD jumped to his feet. "I know what's happened," he called as he exited the surveillance room. "I'm on it." He didn't look back to check Chris' reaction. 'Aw hell, Buck . . . what are you up to?'


Inez turned to see Buck stripped down to his boxers and dress shirt, just undoing his tie.
"Madre de Dios! What are you doing?"
Buck smirked, continuing to disrobe until all he had left was his boxers and a cheesy grin. "You wanted to see the real me. This is it. What you see is what you get." He put his thumb in the top of his boxers.

Inez looked alarmed. "NO! Buck! You can't be serious. Lord knows how many health code violations we are incurring . . . BUCK!"

With one movement, the boxers were off and Buck Wilmington stood there in all his naked glory smiling with the mistletoe now between his teeth.

"This is me, darlin' . . . all me. Just say the word, and it's all yours."


JD had just arrived at the kitchen doors to find he couldn't open them. Peering in, he caught his breath. "Holy shit!" He turned suddenly as one of the bar staff attempted to go into the kitchen.

"Er . . . closed . . . er . . . closed. Yeah, essential maintenance . . . won't be long."

The barman frowned, then shrugged and left. JD remained on guard. "For Christ's sake. . .hurry up, Buck."


Inez gasped and placed her hand on her chest. She couldn't help herself as her eyes roamed his naked torso. He was everything she had imagined him to be . . . and more. Their eyes locked.

"B . . . Buck . . ."

"Darlin' I'm not asking for a commitment. All I ask is that you believe me when I say . . . whenever you're ready, I'm here for you."

Before she realized what she was doing, Inez had stepped into his embrace. Placing her arms around him, she stroked his back and looked up at him. Buck held her tightly, dropped the mistletoe, lowered his head and they kissed, slow and deep.

A minute later, they parted, both breathless. Inez stepped back and took one more look at him. She then picked up a dishtowel and began to whip it at him over and over.

"Now get your clothes on before you get us closed down and me fired!"

Despite yelping at the stinging blows, Buck was chuckling as he retrieved his clothes and hastily put them on. Inez watched him attentively. Despite how she was feeling at that moment, she couldn't help but consider how well practiced Buck seemed to be in the art of dressing quickly. She threw his tie to him.

"Now GO!"

Blowing her a kiss, the Hospitality Host removed the rolling pin and exited the kitchen. And he almost bowled JD over as he did so.

"Everything okay, Buck?"

JD yelped slightly as the older man hugged him tight, released him and then patted his cheek.

"Never better, li'l bro . . . never better."

Dunne couldn't help grinning as he watched his best friend practically skip away. He jumped at Chris' voice.

"JD, I thought you were going to sort out the camera?"

The young tech spoke into his comm. "I'm on it!"

JD grinned to himself. Yeah. He'd fix the camera and then it was back to business as usual . . . whatever that meant in this crazy place!



The Las Vegas Chronicles