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Fic: Safe Harbor (Double Drabble #11)
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Title: Safe Harbor
Word Count: 200
Characters:
Booth, Brennan
Rating:
K
Story Notes:
The following is a double drabble—200 word vignette—set in the future
A/N: Would love to know what you think of this one. Any questions, let me know. As always, thank you for reading.
Spoilers:  None
Disclaimer: Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me. This story is purely meant to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.

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Booth looks in the mirror to make sure he hasn't missed a spot and has a sudden sense of déjà vu; time falls away and it is his father staring back at him–his mouth, his sad eyes. The realization forces him back several steps. He sits down on the edge of the tub and closes his eyes, remembering when his father taught him to shave. Minutes later, the door opens. No knock, no greeting. Just the rustle of clothing as she enters.

“Booth?”

When he doesn't answer, she sits next to him and rests her hand on his thigh. The years of disappointment and difference are ashes in his mouth, and he is choking. If his breath hitches in his throat or his shoulders shake, she doesn't mention it. The pressure of her hand gives him a place to return, even as memory and grief lead him far away.

For just a while longer, he wants to hold tight to the image of his father laughing and patting shaving cream on his face; he keeps his eyes closed. He isn't ready to open them just yet and see his father in his face...or his father in his coffin.


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Oh, that's going to leave a mark.




Nicely done.

*curtsies* Thank you, Witchy.

Love the powerful but understated emotion here.

Thank you. Subtlety seemed appropriate here.

Whoa!

Excellently done, as usual....

oh wow. Both drabbles were good but this one was my fave, I think.

Thank you very much. Glad the sadness in this didn't drive you away. :)

Nice done. That was beautiful.

Thank you, Foxy. I suppose there's beauty in sadness sometimes.

Wow. That was in interesting little character piece. I loved the way Brennan served as his anchor. I was a little confused but in the way that you're meant to be, seeing as we don't know much about Booth's family and you have to fill in the blanks for yourself. But the ending wrapped it up really well.

Lovely job, as usual! *snuggles*

Thanks, sweets. If I can scrounge up the link, I'll post it, but I could swear I read somewhere that Booth's relationship with his father is difficult and contentious. I'm glad this still made sense to you, though.

I found the tidbit re: Booth and his relationship with his dad in the May 22, 2007 Watch With Kristin . If you'd like to read it, it's in the section titled "Family Matters."

AH, I never saw that! Fantastic! I love their interviews together. They are so gorgeous. OH E/D, YOU OWN MY SOUL!

Looking forward to seeing some of Booth's family though hai, must meet mum. Really must.

Was present tense a deliberate choice? If so, it makes the sentiment of the moment timeless, while capturing that awful moment of realisation that we are not immortal. This is a really charged drabble and I love it.

I never used to write in present tense, but after playing with it in Lost and Found, I've used it in some, but not all, of my shorter fics. So in that sense, yes, it's deliberate.

We often think that there will be another day for us to make things right or say the things that need to be said. But no one's time here is infinite.

Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed this.

Amazing!
I felt the Intensity of the words.. awesome!

Glad you felt this one, Sara. Thanks for commenting!

Just had to say that I'm really enjoying your drabbles. This one, too, is great. It feels very in character.

Thanks, Tessa; glad you're enjoying reading these little drabbles. :) I'm getting a kick out of writing them.

Loved the intimacy between B&B. The understated (sitting on the edge of a bathtub - awesome) is always my favorite. Also love seeing more of Booth's darker side. Brennan's tragedies are always so prominent that Booth gets relegated to confident hero or tortured sniper, so it's nice to see a simpler extentsion of his saddness.

I've rewatched all the eps that reference his father, and I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly their relationship. But I think you took it in a safe (IC) direction.

Lovin' these drabbles!

I've so enjoyed seeing Booth and Brennan's relationship evolve over the course of their partnership. There's a genuine caring and understanding between them, and I only see that growing stronger with time. They lean on each other, and it's not just Brennan doing the leaning.

I like delving into Booth's darker side. He's human, just like Brennan, so he can't possibly be happy all the time. Like everyone else, he must have disappointments and fears, too. If the show won't dig a little deeper into those, well, there's always fic. ;)

I've rewatched all the eps that reference his father, and I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly their relationship. But I think you took it in a safe (IC) direction.

As I mentioned to someone else, I could swear I read somewhere that Booth's relationship with his dad is difficult and contentious. If I can figure out where I read that, I'll post a link. It's not mentioned in any of the eps that have been aired to date, though.

Thanks for taking the time to let me know you're enjoying reading my drabbles. :)


I found the tidbit re: Booth and his relationship with his dad in the May 22, 2007 Watch With Kristin . If you'd like to read it, it's in the section titled "Family Matters."

Yeah, that's the same interview I saw that added to the confusing puzzle that we know very little about. These are the mentions in the episodes that I was talking about:

Woman in Limbo- 25:48
Bones: What were your parents like?
Booth: My parents? My dad, he, uh, he drove thuds and phantoms in Vietnam. (A look from Brennan) Those were fighter jets. After that he was a barber in Philadelphia. My mom, she wrote jingles for a local advertising agency.
Bones: So they didn’t go out after you’re asleep and rob banks?
Booth: Listen, Bones. You know, parents have secret lives. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be parents.

Booth seems a little bitter (regretful? something…) talking about his dad but he lights up and is gleeful when he mentions his mother. There’s an obvious contrast, but his feelings aren’t clear.

Girl in the Gator -11:45
Gordon Wyatt: So it was your father that taught you to read plans, was it?
Booth: Wrong tree, doc. Dad and I were tight.
Gordon: It’s just earlier you said you weren’t used to drinking tea with men, suggests to me you feel pretty rigid in your assignment of gender roles.
Booth: What? No, no. My partner’s a woman.

Stargazer in a Puddle - 23:42
Brennan: Do you like your father?
Booth: (Without skipping a beat.) *Love* my father.

I'm sure he can love the father that doesn't understand him. And HH could always just change a direction in the series, but that's why I was confused.


My guess is that they've been hedging their bets as they decide which direction to take with the relationship. It's also quite possible that Booth's confused about his relationship with his dad, as many of us are when it comes to parents. Love and complexity often go hand in hand. *g*

"hedging their bets"... exactly. But I feel like it cheats the fans and the characters a bit. I like your interpretation of love and complexity, though. That way everyone wins and we get more fodder for fanfic. :)



Awesome.

For just a while longer, he wants to hold tight to the image of his father laughing and patting shaving cream on his face; he keeps his eyes closed. He isn't ready to open them just yet and see his father in his face...or his father in his coffin.
So intense.

Besos

Thank you, my dear. Unfortunately, death waits for no one.

Muchas gracias, Alderaan. :)

You are welcome.
Good Spanish :D

Besos

Sad, but beautiful.

Amazing as always!

Thank you, Melissa. I know this was sad, but I'm happy you enjoyed it nonetheless.

So sad and beautiful.
Thank you

Unfortunately, life and death are two sides of the same coin. :/

Thanks for reading and commenting; I'm thrilled you liked this. :)

Poignant.

I'd figured out the what, but you had me guessing the who right til the end.

Well done.

Thanks, Piper. So you mean that you realized someone had died, but you weren't sure who it was until the end?

Yup. It definitely had that 'I'm going to a funeral' air about it, but I feared that the woman behind him was Cam or Angela and the funeral was for Brennan (maybe years and years from now, when they're much older).

I've also been known to think waay too much about these things :)

Ah... How interesting that you thought the funeral might be for Brennan.

Thinking and reading go hand in hand. :)

Thanks for explaining.

That hurts.. I like the silent support and how even if there wasn't anything she could say, she was still there. And somehow the image of Booth seeing his father in himself is very poignant. Nice job!

Thanks, Ren. Sometimes just being present is all you can do. :\

That's true. There's only so much we can change, we're just human, but being there can do a lot.

Oh! :lovesthis: Great job!

Thank you! I'm partial to this one, too. Maybe it's because I feel like Booth is so often there for Brennan to lean on in times of grief and trouble, but the show doesn't show the reverse nearly often enough for my tsste. Booth is only human, after all. I bet he struggles more often than they allow him to on the show.

Sorry for the ramble; I can get a little carried away when it comes to those two. *g* I'm happy you enjoyed this. Thanks for making the effort to tell me that.

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