And Andy Makes Three, pt. 2

"Bones?" he called from the doorway to her office. After the social worker had left to arrange things, Bones had all but fled from the room to the safety of her own sanctuary. He'd hung back a little, wanting to give her some space since he knew how she needed to process things. But he couldn't go back to his office without at least checking in on her. "How are you doing?"

"Booth, am I doing the right thing?" She asked softly and his heart broke to hear the indecision in her voice. This was his Bones, the strongest, most capable, most incredible woman he'd ever known and yet when it came to things like this, she was so unsure of herself. She doesn't give herself enough credit, he thought to himself.

"Of course you are Bones. That little boy has already lost two families and been through more shit than a child should ever even have to know about, let alone experience. You care about Andy and the Grants trusted you to take care of him if something happened to them. You're not the type of person who could just ignore that kind of trust, or a little boy in need."

"But Booth, what Ange said, about me being a mother now—is she right?"

"I don't know Bones. I guess it depends on if you want to keep him permanently." He said honestly, moving to lean on her desk next to her.

"I don't know. My first instinct, when that woman first said what had happened, was to say yes I want him forever. I don't know how to be a mother and the only reason I did an okay job the last time he was around was because of you."

"Yeah, but Bones the point is that you got the hang of it after a while. And if you needed some help to get things done, well what parent doesn't? Nobody does it alone, even single parents. They rely on family and friends and day cares to help pick up the slack."

"Booth, I'm scared." She admitted quietly and looked up at him with her heart in her eyes. "I don't think I can do this. You and I both know I'm not good with people and yet now I'm going to taking on the raising of one. What if I screw this up?"

"Bones, you're getting ahead of yourself here. It's normal, when you're talking about raising a kid to start thinking in terms of down the road, but at this stage, you need to take things one day at a time. And you're not alone, we'll all help you with this. We're family, remember?"

Brennan smiled at him as he said this last bit and then took a deep breath before asking, "Booth, will you do this with me?"

"Of course Bones, I'm here for you, don't ever question it. But you know what? You're thinking too much."

"Oh really?" She asked with a small smile on her face and her eyebrow slightly raised.

"Yep. Trust me, this is one of those 'heart in overdrive, brain in neutral' moments. Right now, you don't need to worry about what kind of job you're going to do or what problems might arise, you need to simply focus all your attention on that little boy and what he needs right now to feel safe and secure. Because his life just got blown apart…again. And even if he's not old enough to understand what's happening, he's going to be feeling it and he's going to count on you to provide some sense of calm and stability to his world."

Brennan took a deep breath as she processed his words. He was right and she knew it. Right now, her fears were unimportant and needed to be pushed aside. She needed to focus on Andy and his needs. "You're right. What should I do first?"

"Well, lucky for you, I've already taken care of that—we've got the next couple of days off from work, but Cam promises to call you and use the video link if anything urgent comes up. And before you even think about objecting to taking time off, remember that Andy's going to need some time to adjust to all these changes. He needs time to bond with you again and get used to his new situation without being shuttled back and forth to daycare or whatever. It's just a few days Bones, both you and the Jeffersonian will survive."

Again he was right and again she was forced to admit it. Not that she like the whole scenario, but Andy did deserve a few days of undivided attention at least. "Wait, Booth, did you say 'we' have the next couple of days off?"

"Yep," he said with a smile. "Is that okay?"

Brennan just stared at him in response. How could one man be so generous? He knew that she was going to need help with all this and so he'd made arrangements to be there for her without her even having to ask. "Booth," she said shakily, gratitude shimmering in her eyes. "It's absolutely okay, better than okay. Thank you."

"No problem Bones. Now, finish up whatever you've got going on over there that won't be able to wait a couple of days and then we need to head out."

"Where to?"

"Shopping Bones, shopping. Babies need a lot of stuff and we've only got about 6 hours until our little guy gets here. We need to be ready."