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Fic: Better Than Counting Sheep (Double Drabble #15)
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Title: Better Than Counting Sheep
Series: All That Lies Between Us
Rating:  PG
Prompt: Sleep
Words:
200
Story Notes: This double drabble is set in the third season.
Author's Note: Comments are cherished. As always, thanks for reading.

I've been asked about updates on longer stories.  If you've read some of my previous notes, you know that I've been handling some complicated family issues.  Those issues remain in flux.  But if the stars align properly, I should have a belated update for Christmas Magic sometime tomorrow.  :P *crosses fingers*

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When neither warm milk nor an ambient noise cd have had the desired effect, Temperance reaches for the phone.

“Booth,” he answers immediately.

She realizes it's been two weeks since they worked a case. “Do you want to have lunch tomorrow?” she asks without any preamble.

“Oh, hey, Bones. You missed me, huh?” She can hear the smile in his voice.

“Not at all,” she insists, fighting an answering smile. “So, are you free for lunch?”


Booth tosses a coin and struggles to keep his tone nonchalant. “Sure. I’ll swing by around 12:30.” Inside, he does a little dance. Which tie should he wear?

“Good. What are you doing?”

“Watching SportsCenter. What about you?”

“I've been trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep.”

If she's trying to fall asleep, she's probably in bed. Huh. Is she wearing pajamas? Maybe she sleeps naked, like him. He squelches that thought; it won't help him sleep. “So you called me, thinking I'd bore you to sleep? I'm insulted.” He waits for her sharp response, but the line remains quiet. “Bones...? Bones?”

She must be asleep. Ignoring the small voice telling him he's a fool, Booth listens to Brennan's breathing until his eyelids start to droop.


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Aw, I could so picture this right down to Booth's self-satisfied smirk when he states that she missed him.

Oh yeah, definite smirkage happening there. ;)

Thank you!

Got to love the image of Booth listening to her breathing til he falls asleep too. It's almost like a pre-cursor to phone sex this one LOL. And look here - I signed up for an LJ account so I could read this.. ff.net is playing up again today. I love these drabbles.

Hugs re: family stuff. Hope you are ok xx

Hi there, Kate. :) You know, you could read this even without signing up for an LJ account.

It's almost like a pre-cursor to phone sex this one LOL.

*grins evilly*

Hugs re: family stuff. Hope you are ok xx

Thank you. *hugs you back* Yeah, I'm dealing with some rather complicated issues with my parents. Hence the less time for writing and for review replies. I'll get caught up on everything one of these days. That's what I keep telling myself! It's stuff that's been building for a while, and it's going to take months, possibly longer, to resolve, but in the meantime it's sucking up a lot of time and energy. Ah, well. Such is life. :)

Thanks for commenting; it's good to "see" you here.

Ah... parents. I know the feeling, truly.

And of course it sucks up your time and energy, but you are finding an outlet for that with your wonderful drabbles, and keeping those creative juices flowing!

If you ever need to vent you know where I am ;)

Kate x

PS. I meant to say I'd signed up to LJ so I could comment - duh! I think my kids sucked out my last remaining brain cells over christmas!

Actually, I only comment to use this icon. You do have Booth's voice down pat.

I hope you are able to resolve rl issues and update some of your longer fic. I like your style.

Actually, I only comment to use this icon.

*g* And a cute icon it is.

Thanks; I'm glad this sounded Booth-like to you. :)

I hope you are able to resolve rl issues and update some of your longer fic. I like your style.

I wish they'd resolve themselves too, but that won't be happening for months, if not longer. Nothing to do but go through it. :\ But I'll update and complete all the stories, though it's impossible for me to specify a precise timeline right now.

Thank you!

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Thanks, Court. That felt like something Booth might contemplate. :)

Awwwww. They are so cute. They need the voice… or the breathing… from other one to fall asleep *sigh*

Inside, he does a little dance. Which tie should he wear? I love this Booth, like a teenager in love.

I hope you are able to resolve your family issues *hugs*

Besos

I love this Booth, like a teenager in love.

Thanks for the sweet image. :)

I hope you are able to resolve your family issues *hugs*

Thank you, Alderaan. *hugs you back*

This fic has love written all over it!

*reads it again*

I do think it's love for those silly kids. *smiles*

Thank you, Melissa.

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For what it's worth, I don't think Brennan called Booth out of a conscious desire to use his voice as a sleep aid, or because she was aware that she missed him. It had a soporific effect on her nonetheless, but that's not, at least on a conscious level, why she called him.

I label and categorize fics because that's one of the conventions of fanfic, but I hate doing it. I think stories are as complex as life, and I don't put my life into a "fluffy" or "angsty" box. Fiction, like life, consists of light and dark and everything in between. I know there are people who don't like to read (write) stories that sit on the lighter side of the spectrum, just as there are those who don't like to read (write) stories that sit on the darker side. I don't discriminate because I see it all as part and parcel of the same thing: the human condition. [end ramble] Thanks for your patience. *g*

Glad you enjoyed this, Sam. Thank you! *hugs you back*


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I'll never get enough of your drabbles. They're so awwwwww... ;)

Why the hell doesn't Brennan admit she misses Booth? XDD

Keep the great work.

Why the hell doesn't Brennan admit she misses Booth?

I don't think she's aware of it. :) And if she is, she's to stubborn to admit it.

Thanks, sweets, for the feedback. *hugs*

i'm so endeared!

Inside, he does a little dance. Which tie should he wear?

I AWW'D SO HARD AT THAT. booth & his ties. <333

delightful drabble as always!

Booth and his ties, indeed. *smiles*

Thank you for reading and feeding!

GAHH! THE ADORABLENESS! I can totally see this playing out in my head.

*g* I like imagining them like this, too.

Thank you!

I've only read a few Bones fics, but you capture their voices better than any other author :)

This was absolutely adorable and I hope your family stuff resolves itself♥

Thank you so much for your kind words. Keep reading; there's a lot of fantastic fic floating around out there. :)

This was absolutely adorable and I hope your family stuff resolves itself♥

Thanks; I appreciate your good wishes.

I love it. That was so cute. I love your characters.

She must be asleep. Ignoring the small voice telling him he's a fool, Booth listens to Brennan's breathing until his eyelids start to droop.


It's cute how they make each other feel home and save. It's cute that she falls asleep while he is talking. And I do not assume that it is because he is boring her =)

Really great update *waits patiently for another one*

I'm thrilled you enjoyed this. Thank you.

:-)

She so needs to hear his voice to sleep....like a child that needs to hear a parent's voice....


like a child that needs to hear a parent's voice....

Oh, that is lovely. I hadn't thought of it that way. Thanks for the fresh perspective!

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I'm happy this gave you the warm fuzzies, Asra. :) Thank you!

Absolutely, without a doubt, one of the most adorable things I have ever encountered! Another beautifully done and perfectly in character drabble! <3

Wow. Thank you so very much. :) You've made my day.

nice work :) Mmm lovely Booth visuals *g*

Thanks. And you're welcome. *winks*

i love your drabbles. seriously. they're like the BB digests of the whole episode. and i think that your series title is a lyric of one of my favorite songs (Pictures of You by The Last Goodnight?)

by the way, i love your banner thingy on your journal. i think that's what's called. i'm too sleep deprived to remember. *running on BB fics instead of caffeine*

"BB digests." That's a neat way to put it. :)

and i think that your series title is a lyric of one of my favorite songs (Pictures of You by The Last Goodnight?)

You win. *g* You're absolutely right. It's a beautiful and heartbreaking song, isn't it?

Banner, header, thingamabob–I know what you're referring to. Thanks; I made it after writing Tied Up and Twisted.

*running on BB fics instead of caffeine*

Hope you get some sleep soon. :) Thanks for commenting.

Aww, I'm having flashbacks to season one. Only, cuter (if such is even possible..)

Ah, season one. I'm going to have to do a re-watch. :)

Thanks, Ren!

Awwww :D So cuuute
Fell asleep hearing his voice :P
Once again LOVED it!

Fell asleep hearing his voice

At least she didn't snore. :P She'd never live that down with Booth.

Thanks, Sara!

This is so adorable. And thank you for the image of Booth sleeping naked :)

Thank you, Elena.

And thank you for the image of Booth sleeping naked :)

Even as I typed that, I knew someone would notice it. *g*

That's phone sex, without actually being =P That was a beautiful ending: Booth listening to Brennan's breathing. But yes, now he won't sleep!

Ack.

That is just too...

Ack.

I WISH I WAS THE BOTH OF THEM!!!! Then I could have someone to call late at night as well as someone to listen to sleeping, even over the phone. Aw. AW! You big softy :P

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