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Bones Ficlet: The Places That I've Been (#85 in ATLBU)
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Title: The Places That I've Been
Characters: Booth, Brennan
Series:  All That Lies Between Us
Written for:50scenes
Prompt: #6 (Linger)
Rating: PG
Table:  #5
Word Count: 300
Timeline/Spoilers:  Set after The He in the She 
Disclaimer: Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me. This story is purely meant to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: 
"She keeps everyone honest, this one."

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The Places That I've Been

“We know what we don’t know.”
- Seeley Booth, The He in the She

Booth’s stomach growls as they drive back to D.C. It’s past dinnertime, but he doesn’t mind because warm contentment lingers in his chest from the service they just attended. Sometimes, he silently reminds himself, good things come from the work he and Brennan do.

Ryan Stephenson rediscovered his father and continued his (or is it her?) work.

“Do you believe your god has absolved you of your past?” Brennan’s voice slips through his thoughts. The traffic lights cast an eerie red glow over her as he turns his head to study her. A sharp comeback springs to his lips; he swallows it.

He searches her face for signs of mockery and finds none – just curiosity. Not so different from the expression Parker wears as he tries to make sense of a world Booth doesn’t know if he’ll ever understand.

She keeps everyone honest, this one.

He considers the list of the souls he’s sent to meet their maker. "The Bible says if we confess our sins, God will forgive us.” He clears his throat. “And if you’re gonna ask me if I’ve confessed and repented, yeah, I have. No, I don’t know if He’ll forgive me, Bones. But I have to try to believe He will. I have to get up every morning and try to live a decent life.”

There’s a desperate edge to his voice, and he wishes he sounded more confident. He sneaks a glance at her out of the corner of his eye, waits for her next question. When she reaches across the space that separates them and fingers the chain hidden under the collar of his t-shirt, he wills himself not to shiver.

“Superstitious or not,” she says, quietly, “you’re a good man.”

Booth exhales. Thank you.

“I hope you find you what you're seeking.”

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A/N:
Thank you for reading.

Too bad about the hiatus! :(
 



This is great. I really wish the show would go more into his past as a sniper.

Thanks. :)

I really wish the show would go more into his past as a sniper.

Totally with you on this!

oh, this is so nice ... pretend this comment is more articulate
I loved the part of the ep at the service when he said "What do you believe in" and she said "I believe in always swimming with a buddy". It was so nice also.

Your comment is plenty articulate. :) Thank you for reading and commenting.

And yes, the "swimming with a buddy" exchange was great.

When she reaches across the space that separates them and fingers the chain hidden under the collar of his t-shirt, he wills himself not to shiver. He may have willed himself not to, but I totally did.

This is perfect. In just so many ways. I mean, to the point that I can't even articulate it properly.

I'm sad about my first Bones hiatus *sigh*, but I'm looking forward to reading what you wonderful writers turn out during that time.


Aww, thank you very much. I'm so pleased this seemed right.

Yeah, this won't be as bad as the hiatus that took place during the writers' strike; that lasted months.

He's always waiting for her next question. Come on, Booth! Ask the one we all know you've been dying to put into words.

Ask the one we all know you've been dying to put into words.

What question do you think that is?

Thanks for reading. :)

I really like this. Rings true with the thought-provoking feel of the episode, and delves a little further in just the right places :) Excellently written, as always.

Thanks, hon. I'm glad you thought this caught the feel of the ep.

I loved that line and had hoped this one or the "desperate phone call" had tickled your muse.

I always love your writing.

Ah, yes, the "ain't too proud to beg" call. *g*

I always love your writing.

As I ♥ yours. Thank you.

Excellent. I love that, even when she's being dismissive, she's trying to speak fairly of his faith, even though she totally doesn't get it and thinks it's rather silly/suuperstitious.

Thank you! She doesn't get it, but she gets that it's important to Booth.

Loved this. So much said in so few words.

hiatus = sad

hiatus = sad

*nods head sorrowfully*

aww love it :)

I'm sad too about the hiatus. I wonder if TNT still has reruns...they're better than nothing. Or my S1 DVDs. And your fic will help :)

Thanks, as always. :)

I'm not sure about reruns on TNT, but yes, there are always DVDs of the previous seasons. Since we have no other choice, I suppose we'll all just have to manage!

Love this. Love the way she asks, love the way he answers, love the way she fingers his chain.

I love the way he believes, the way she doesn't, and the way they accommodate each other's "belief".

You know, IMO, her "always swim with a buddy" is her way of saying that she believes in their partnership.....

You know, IMO, her "always swim with a buddy" is her way of saying that she believes in their partnership.....

;) I think you're right.

I love the way he believes, the way she doesn't, and the way they accommodate each other's "belief".

I love your comments. Thank you, M.

Two days ago I ended up on your after following a link to one of your drabbles which I found by accident. I have to confess that I've now gone over most of your fic-index and I have yet to find a piece of writing that I did not entirely and sincerely love. I don't say that often (I don't read fanfiction - it usually freaks me out), but you have a wonderful way with words; the characters seem (and sound) like themselves, like the people I've come to know through the writers on the show. I just wanted to say I truly appreciate that, and admire your talent.

Lovely piece this one.

“Superstitious or not,” she says, quietly, “you’re a good man.”

That's fantastic quote. Very Brennan.

Thank you very much for your generous comments, and for taking a chance on fanfic. I'm thrilled that the characters seem like themselves. It can be a hard line to toe.

Re: fanfiction freaking you out, I think I get where you're coming from. Personally, I just think of it as being like other kinds of writing -- some of it leaves you breathless with appreciation, some of it makes you want to gouge your eyes out, and some of it is just OK. ;)

Thanks again; your comments made my day.

When she reaches across the space that separates them

I read the deeper meaning in that - intentional or not ;)

This is perfect. I love Booth recognising Brennan's curiosity for just what it is.

*loves*

Edited at 2008-10-10 11:51 am (UTC)

I read the deeper meaning in that - intentional or not ;)

Of course you did, wise woman. :)

Thanks, TT, as always. Your comments consistently make my day. *smooch*

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Sometimes Brennan does judge or mock, but I don't think that's the place she's coming from here, even though she doesn't quite "get" and definitely doesn't share Booth's beliefs.

It is too bad about the hiatus, but I suppose it won't actually be too long before we get another new ep. I shall try to be patient. *g*

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting. I really do appreciate it.

Thank you very much! :) So glad you enjoyed it.

HIATUS?! What?! Dammit, I hate missing stuff. had to watch this ep on Fox website cause i missed it Wed and i'm not home. So when do we get more eps??

Loved this continuation of the ep and thank you for picking up on that scene... the look Brennan gave Booth after the wheelchair guy (sry can't remember his name) said that, you just knew she was wondering how Booth felt about that... and I was wondering too. I think you captured that perfectly (as always ;).. great job!

*crash*

So when do we get more eps??
Some time in November - there's a couple weeks break because of the Presidential debate and then the baseball playoffs/World Series(not sure which).

ETA: Just looked it up - returns November 5th with The Skull in the Sculpture

Edited at 2008-10-10 11:31 pm (UTC)

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