A.N: Last time i´ve checked, Bones still wasn´t mine…damn.
Really sorry for taking so long to update guys…but the tests for my specialization had started and I´m trying for four institutions, which means I´m travelling all over the country. Wish me luck!
CHAPTER 26- THE RIGHT TIME
Parker´s big Brown eyes kept staring at hers,a mixture of curiosity and seriousness that she was sure she had never seen in a child in such a tender age. And the worst part was that she didn´t think she could manage to lie to him. Not with that look. It was charming, just like his father, and had a share of innocence that very rarely she saw in her life. That´s when she realized that parker Booth had her for good. But still, she tried to fight her nature of telling the true always. Also, she feared for her still slippery tongue. Sure, it had gotten better these days, and she no longer talked so much nonsense as she used to in the first days, but she still had to police herself.
She propped herself a little better against the pillows, feeling suddenly warmed by Parker´s proximity. The boy just sat naturaly by her side, his head resting by her shoulder as his eyes still searched for hers. Temperance took a deep breathe,calming herself and eyeing the boy carefully.
"Of course I like your father, parker. He is a great friend." That´s it, temperance. Play dumb. Pretend that this was what he was really asking. But Parker Booth was no fool, and she felt a small hand squeezing hers as his eyes became more intense.
" No, Bones. Not as friends. I mean, like boyfriend and girlfriend. Just like mom and captain fantastic." She realized that Parker didn´t seem mad or scared by the question, just plain curious,besides deadly serious,which she couldn´t understand at all. Once more, she took a deep breathe and tried to dodge the bullet.
" Why are you asking me this, parker?" Now, she was the one truly curious. How come such an adult matter could possibly hold the interest of a seven year old boy? Parker just gazed at her firmly, before looking to the door as if making sure that Booth wasn´t going to appear, then starting to whisper.
" because daddy likes you." Never in her life Temperance Brennan thought that she would feel so stunned by four single, simple words. But right now, she felt like she could drop by the floor by a single blow of wind. Seeley Booth liked her. In a romantical way, apparently. As boyfriend and girlfriend. Sure, she wasn´t fool at all not to realize the changing in their relationship, especially on these last days. She knew things were different, she knew that the feelings were way more intense. But hearing those words made things so much more real. And scary. But also, it gave her a joyous feeling, like she had just found something amazingly good in her life. Like God, if He or She indeed existed, had just given her a grace. Brennan looked in awe at the boy seated by her side, amazed by how his words had changed her life and heart for what looked like forever. She felt herself whispering too, wishing for Booth to not appear for just a little longer.
" How do you know that, Parker?" She felt like a teenager just by saying these words, and could only imagine what Angela would have to say if finding out about this conversation with Booth´s son. But damn, s he needed to know. Parker raised his eyes and touched her face for a while, and she closed her eyes by this touch. She didn´t think she had ever experienced something so sweet, except when Booth himself touched her. But those were completely different feelings.
" Because I asked him once. I asked if you were his girlfriend, because he always looks so happy when he is with you. He also talks a lot about you. He says you are the smartest person in the world,and that you can do anything." She felt her heart skipping a beat by hearing parker´s description of what Booth apparently talked about her. More and more, she felt cherished. And man, what a good feeling that was. " Dad says that you are special. And he says that there is someone special for each person in the world, and that you are his person. That´s what he told me, at least. But don´t tell him I told you. It was supposed to be a secret." Parker spoke as if they were in some kind of conspiracy, which, if you thought with really care, they were.
Temperance Brennan felt like her chest could explode by any moment with so many different and unknown emotions that she felt dizzy for a while. She was special. Nobody had ever said that to her before. Suddenly, it was like a movie was passing inside her head, all her moments with Booth playing inside in quick motion, their bickering, their touches, their worries about each other, their care, their unique shared kiss under the mistletoe. His care and sweetness as she was sick and irrational,his gentle fingers massaging her head when she had a headache, his hands over her forehead feeling her temperature in the middle of the night, his smile when she would wake up telling her to just go back to sleep and rest. His way of luring her to eat when she was nauseous, his arms around her when she was cold or just when she asked for it by resting her head by his chest in his bed. And then, it hit her. Booth was her person too. There could never be anybody else but him, and she mentally kicked herself for taking so long to realize and admit it. Now, what she needed was an strategy. Because things were definitely going to change. She wasn´t a woman of waiting. She smiled softly at parker, her fingers shuffling his hair gently, as she leaned into the boy´s ear and whispered carefully.
" Well, Parker, I´ll tell you one thing. Your father is very, very special too. But don´t tell him either. It will be our secret for now. Do we have a deal?" The smile that spread over Parker´s face told her everything. The boy just came closer and encircled her neck with his arms, in a hug that she was eager and happy to return. And that was how Seeley Booth found the two of them when coming back to the room. And all he could think was that never in his life he had seen such a beautiful scene.
She had lied to Booth. But it was for a good cause, she contemplated as she surveyed Angela and Cam eyeing her suspiciously inside the room as she seated in the bed and invited the other two women to do the same. Her team had arrived a while ago, a cheer crowd who made her feel inside a big, warm family. She had said hello to Hodgins , Cam and Angela, knowing that the brunette would want to examine her and see her improvement. She also knew that Booth would want to be there during said examination. So, she lied. When they all reached the room, she had told them that she wanted to take a shower but felt a little dizzy, so could cam and Ange stay for a little help? Booth had eyed her between suspicious and worried, and she knew that he hadn´t fall completely. But she really, really needed some advice. She was humble enough to admit that emotions and relationships weren´t exactly her strongest point.
" Ok, sweetie, spill. No offense, but you hadn´t fool anyone with your little I´m dizzy thing. You really need to work in your acting, if I may give my opinion. You look just fine. Better than in days." Angela accepted her seat besides her best friend, sensing that whatever it was, it had to be important if Brennan specifically forced Booth out of the place.
" That´s quite true, dr. Brennan. Your health condition look almost perfect. And I´m sure that Booth knows it. He must be hitting his head against the wall right now asking what the heck could be happening inside here, if I know him very well."
Brennan surveyed the two woman in front of her, her mind a blur, with so many things she wanted to say and ask. There was her best friend, with the biggest heart she knew, and there was Camille Saroyan, a woman she had learnt to respect and like within the years. Part of her people, as Booth would call it. Finally, she decided to start with the basics, and blurted out.
" Booth thinks I´m special." It felt good to say it. It was like music to her ears. But definitely, there wasn´t the reaction she was expecting from the two women gathered besides her. She had at least expect some very excited comments from Angela, maybe a little crazy dance,or at least one I told you so and go grab that yummy peace of man. But Cam and Angela just exchanged amused looks and smiled to each other, as if what she was telling was the most normal thing in the world. Angela was the first to speak, her voice full of bemusement.
" Yeah, Bren, and the sky is blue. Care to explain why this sudden decision to state the obvious to us?" Cam actually snickered at Angela´s words, and Brennan just eyed them feeling completely outraged.
" I don´t see any reason for using sarcasm, Ange. This is serious. And how in the world could this be obvious if Booth had never said it to anybody?" She honestly couldn´t understand. Maybe it had something to do with body language and she had missed it.
" Well, dr. Brennan, it is kind of obvious when a guy treats you like Booth does. Like you were the most precious thing in the world for him. Like he preferred to see himself hurt before you did. Booth is this kind of guy." Now, she knew that cam was right. There was always this tenderness when it came about Booth taking care of her. But she was too blind to see anything further than mere friendship. But still, she shook her head and continued speaking.
" No. You are not following. It´s a different kind of special." The words started flowing from her mouth, carefully explaining her conversation with Parker earlier, and she realized that,as she spoke, the two other women finally looked impressed, as if finally realized the great importance of what was really happening. She finished her speech almost whispering, just like she had done with parker, afraid that Booth might enter by the door and hear everything. No sound was heard for a while, until a long wisthle took them out of their reverie, as Angela moved her lips and made the sound, a big, excited smile all over her face as she came closer and threw her arms around her best friend,which surprised Brennan a lot. But then again, Angela had always been an effusive person. Even Cam looked a little stunned, her expression definitely impressed as she too gave a tender smile.
" Oh, sweetie! This is so great. Booth had practically said to parker that you are the love of his life. Bren, this is huge." Now, Angela was practically bouncing on the bed, and Temperance hadn´t even told them the rest of the conversation, where she had confessed to parker that Seeley Booth was also special. Brennan just stared at her best friend dumbfounded, her always rational mind trying to process her words.
" I don´t quite see how this can be the same as love of his life, Ange. Those are completely different words. I actually don´t even know what that means." But even as she spoke, she knew that part of her understood perfectly. Angela actually snorted at her lame excuse, and Cam laughed outloud before speaking herself.
" I´m sorry, dr. Brennan, but this is pretty much the same thing than saying you are the love of Booth´s life. It´s all there. You are the special person for him. It means you are unique, that he does not want anyone else but you. Trust me, I know Booth. He wouldn´t say something like that just for kicks. He means it. He is,and I say it with absolute sure, completely taken by you. Which isn´t actually a big surprise. Anyone that isn´t blind, borderline or deaf might had seen it coming. No offense, but the feelings between the two of you are becoming more and more obvious as time goes by. It was just a matter of time before this volcano exploded." Cam´s words reverbetared in her mind over and over again, and she knew that it made sense. All her brain screamed it to her heart, mind you, even if he didn´t really believed that the heart could feel something. She was a scientist. The heart was a muscle that pumped blood to the body, not a closet for feelings. But all her body screamed otherwise as this particular organ of her body fastened and beat with strength. And now, she was starting to get really, really scared.
" But…" Her voice was cut before she could start to try and reason, Angela´s hand touching hers with care and force as she surveyed her best friend, the mission of making her understand that this was a good, marvelous thing set in her mind. It was time for the heart to speak,and Angela Montenegro was ,before everything, a woman of heart.
" No But, Bren. That´s it. Listen to me. You have this amazing,sweet,great man completely in love with you. You know that you won´t find anyone better than him, because, despite anything you might try to say or think to escape the situation, he is the right person for you. And period. It´s time to be honest with yourself,sweetie. I know that it´s scary, to accept and give yourself to other person, to trust completely at him. But you have to give it a try, because honey, if it works out, you will be so happy that you will always wonder why you haven´t tried it before. If you don´t give it a shot, you will regret later. It´s better to regret of something you have done that of something you haven´t. Trust me. Go with your heart. Forget the brain." Angela squeezed her friend´s hand and winked at cam, ready for one of her tirades. " You know, it´s just like that episode of Friends, when Rachel asks Ross to drink the fat. The question is, sweetie, are you going to drink the fat too?" Cam just rolled her eyes at the comment, while Brennan frowned deeply.
" Now I´m completely lost, Ange. I don´t even know these Rachel and Ross people. And what fat has to do with me and Booth?" Honeslty, she sometimes felt she needed a dictionary to understand the things Angela said. And the others, for that matter. Angela patted her shoulder,the large smile still in her face.
" It´s a TV show, sweetie. Nevermind, I was just divagating. But the thing that is really important is: What did you answer to Parker? It all comes to that in the end." Brennan felt her heart accelerating with the question, wishing she was a good liar so she could fool Angela and Cam. But she knew she couldn´t. She felt her cheeks flushing and heat all over her body, looking at anywhere but the two women in front of her.
" I told him Booth was special too. Which clearly means that he is my person." And that´s when Angela Montenegro finally lost control and shrieked.
Booth knew something was up from the moment that Bones had looked at him telling she was dizzy when she clearly was fine,practically expelling him from the bedroom. Hodgins had just tapped him in the shoulder and directed both of them to the living room, mumbling about the dangers of girl talk and saying how they needed protection from it. An idea that Booth actually agreed with. It was creepy how women sometimes talked and talked,leaving the men behind and then looking at them as if they knew some kind of strange secret. But heck, what else he could do besides retreat and go? It wasn´t like they were going to let him stay there while Bones was supposedly naked and taking a shower. So, he just seated with Hodgins in the couch, turned the TV on in a baseball game and grabbed a beer for both of them, because only lord knew for how long that "girl talk" would last.
But when a large shriek was heard from the bedroom, he jumped from his place in a reflex, and was ready to run to the source of the noise when Jack´s hand placed on his shoulder and Booth found himself staring at his squint friend amused face.
" Dude, trust me. You do not want to enter there right now. This is just Ange very excited about something. And you can only imagine what could have done that to her. Remember, women talk. Which makes me think." Hodgins gave a large smile at the FBI agent, making him seat again on the couch as the shrieks subdued and was followed by whispered voices. Booth suddenly felt very uncomfortable, because he had the distinct impression that the conversation could be only about him. And it was driving him crazy. " Since there is girl talk, we could very well use a guy talk. So tell me, G-man,between the two of us. Have you been giving any thinking to the things I´ve said to you a few days ago? Because man, you´ve got to stop hiding it and say it outloud. Your feelings for dr. B, I mean. It´s eating you alive, man. Anyone can see that."
For a moment, Booth considered retreating and telling Hodgins to just shut the hell up and mind his own business. But he suddenly felt the need to speak. Maybe it was the girl reunion inside his room. Or maybe it was the fact that the dream he had at the morning, with a pregnant and married with him temperance Brennan was still hunting him,telling him how wonderful life could been if that happened someday. So, he took a deep breath and gazed at Hodgins,twisting his hands and thinking that the last time he felt that way he was in highschool.
" You say it as if it was a simple thing. It´s Bones we´re talking about here, Hodgins. Rational,super compartimentalizing ,ultra feminist Bones." It was true. It scared the hell out of him to even think to finally venture his feelings in front of her, because only lord knew how she would react. And he didn´t think he could take a rejection. Jack´s smile grew larger, and he leaned against the couch,his blue eyes twinkling.
" Ok, first of all: Just for the record, are you finally admitting that you have romantical feelings for dr. B?" man, it was too good to be true. Specially because Booth just nodded and sighed strongly, until looking at him in some kind of despair.
" Fine, I am admitting it. But I´m also telling that I need the right time to seat and talk to Bones. I don´t want to freak her out. I need a right time, a right moment." But the thing was, he didn´t have a clue about when that time would be. Bones was just…Bones. You never knew how she might react,and when it was the place and time to say something like that to her. But what Hodgins said next made his head twist and shake with confusion and a little hope.
"Dude…anytime is the right time if you are really in love. There´s no magical warning moment coming from heaven saying, hey, now it would be nice to say it. You just have to do it. And If I may suggest, I think you should wait until we all leave here and tonight, right here and right now, you just grab Dr. B and kiss her like tomorrow would never come. That should do the trick for starts."
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