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Fic: Yardstick (1/1)
Bones Friendship - lerdo
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Title:  Yardstick (1/1)
Characters:  Angela, Brennan
Summary:  Angela and Brennan have a friendly chat on the phone.
Rating:  PG-13
A/N:  I'm a bit behind on responding to comments, but I promise I will get to them all. :)

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Story Notes: Takes place sometime after Santa in the Slush.  Angela doesn't know about the kiss.

"So spill, sweetie. How was your date with Dr. McDreamy?"

"Who?"

"That was one of those pop culture references you really should have gotten. I know you have a TV now. We've just gotta get you to actually watch it sometimes."

"I do watch television. Occasionally. When I'm not catching up on my reading. I'm particularly enjoying NOVA on PBS. It airs on a weekly basis, and each episode highlights a different scientific–"

"Ok. Stop right there. I know your brain already gets plenty of exercise. So for you, TV should not be educational. You need a little drama and a few pretty boys."

"Angela..."

"Honey, never underestimate the power of a little manflesh."

"I am surrounded by men."

"I know. I just wish you'd take advantage of it. But I'm getting distracted here. About that date..."

"What about it?"

"Tell me everything. Starting with what you wore."

"I wore a black dress."

"The boatneck one with the slit?"

"Yes, that one."

"Good choice. Sexy without being all 'Hello, look at me.' Shoes?"

"Yes, I wore them."

"Duh. No, which shoes?"

"The black ones you forced me to buy last week."

"It would have been criminal for you not to buy them. You've got great legs, honey, and those beauties were made for you. You'd have Booth eating out of your hands if he ever saw you in those."

"Ange," she warned, shifting the phone to her other ear.

"Right, we're talking about Nathan Barrett, not Booth. So, where'd you go, what'd you do?"

"We had dinner at Marrakesh."

"Oooh, nice. Moroccan – yummy."

"Yes," Brennan acknowledged with a nod, "the food was excellent."

"And the company?"

"Nathan is obviously an intelligent man. Well-spoken. He's one of the top neurosurgeons in the country."

"Who cares about his résumé? The real question is did you have fun?"

"I enjoyed myself. Our conversation was very intellectually stimulating."

"Hm. Intellectually stimulating. But...?"

"But nothing." She shrugged.

"Let's recap. Smart? Check. Good taste in food? Check. Looks?"

"I would estimate his height at about 6 feet 2 inches and his weight at approximately 210 lbs."

"Yeah, but is he cute?"

"I would say he is structured well."

"Hair and eye color?"

"Blonde hair, blue eyes."

"All right, so Doc Hottie's a 6'2" Adonis with blonde hair and blue eyes. What's not to like?"

"I don't know."

"But you're not going to see him again, are you?"

"I didn't say that."

"You didn't have to. I can hear it in your voice. Did he kiss you?"

"Yes, he did."

"How was it?"

"It was... pleasant."

"Just pleasant?"

"Yes."

"He didn't give you too much tongue too fast, did he?"

"No, I wouldn't say that."

"Then I don't get it. If he's smart, good-looking, and a decent kisser, why not give him a chance?"

"I don't know. I'm not sure I can articulate it, Angela."

"You don't know me very well if you think you're getting off that easy."

"I honestly don't know what to say. Dinner was nice. We discussed Moyamoya Disease–"

"Moya-what? Actually, never mind. I don't even want to know." A pause. "Did he say something that turned you off?"

"No, nothing like that. He was kind and solicitous." Brennan closed her eyes and let her mind replay the dinner. "Maybe... maybe it's what he didn't say."

"Which is what exactly?"

"I kept expecting him to say something amusing. A humorous anecdote, perhaps. But he was relentlessly serious."

"I thought you liked serious guys, Bren."

"I know," she said, frowning to herself. "I am a serious person with serious pursuits. And yes, I like serious men. In fact, I prefer serious men."

"Ok, but maybe you wanted to laugh. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm a big believer in laughter. Make that sex and laughter. That's how Jack and I started."

"Yes, but since when did humor become important to me? What is wrong with me, Ange? I should want to go out with this man again, but I don't."

"I have a hunch, but you're not going to like it."

"Since when has that ever stopped you from sharing your opinion with me?"

"Pretty much never." The obvious smile in her friend's voice coaxed an answering one from Brennan.

"All right, then be honest with me. Perhaps an outside – if not exactly objective perspective – could be useful."

"There's nothing wrong with this guy – or that sexy biologist you went out with last month. Nothing... except he's not Booth."

"Angela, I don't know why my becoming romantically involved with Booth is still on your agenda, but–"

"Sweetie, when it comes to you, my only agenda is wanting to see you happy. Deny it all you want, but that hunk of FBI goodness is your yardstick, and none of these other guys measure up."

"I don't know."

"You know; you just don't want to admit it. Look at the evidence. Is Booth smart?"

"Yes, he is intelligent."

"Do you think he's good-looking?"

"He... he is structured well."

"Mmmm. If I didn't adore Jack, I would dip Booth in chocolate and–"

"Angela!"

"See, you're even jealous."

"I am not jealous." She sniffed.

"You keep telling yourself that, Brennan. So Booth's got smart and hot covered. Does he make you laugh?"

In spite of herself, Brennan felt a curious sensation of lightness overtake her. "Yes, I suppose he does."

"I rest my case."

Nearly every part of her rebelled against the notion that Booth was the gold standard against which she measured all men. And yet... Oh dear. "If he... if Booth is my yardstick, as you say, what do I do?"

"Dip that stick in chocolate and lick it."

"I'm almost afraid to ask if that was some form of sexual innuendo."

"Then I'll make it easy for you; yes, it was."

"I thought so."

"But seriously, you should talk to Booth."

"There is no way I can ever discuss this with Booth. We're partners, professionals."

"Hello, look at me and Jack. Do you really think no one else has ever been involved with someone they worked with?"

"How is that relevant?"

"You just admitted you're attracted to Booth."

"What? I did not."

"But I thought you just admitted he's your yardstick?"

"Booth is a good man – with many admirable qualities. I'm allowing for the possibility that over time, he may have become someone against whom I measure other men. That doesn't mean I'm attracted to him."

"Brennan, you can't kid a kidder."

"What does that mean?"

"That means you're ass-deep in denial. I want you to do me a favor."

"What?"

"Hang up the phone. Then go into your bathroom and turn on the light. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I am not attracted to Seeley Booth' twenty times. If you can do that without blushing or looking away, call me back afterward, and I swear I will never again bring up the idea of you and Booth."

"Is that a promise?"

"Yeah, it is."

"All right. Goodbye, Angela."

"Bye, sweetie."

 


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I think Bones would try to force herself to say that without a smile.

I can't even do that when I find that I'm attracted to men who are the opposite of who I'd normally have as my yardstick.

Yup, I think she'd try to force herself, but I don't think she could do it. *g*


I love how much smarter Angela is about these things. :)

LOL Brennan knows a lot, but so does Angela. ;) There's more than one kind of knowledge.

I love denial!Brennan discovering she loves Booth. I've always have. Love to read this.

I bet she's not able to do what Angela asks her. NO WAY! ;)

Very in-character. Great work.

I'm laughing so hard, I shot snot out of my nose. Seriously.

I love Angela.

never underestimate the power of a little manflesh

Amen, sister.

I'm laughing so hard, I shot snot out of my nose. Seriously.

Man, that is an awesome compliment. Thank you! *g* I'm thrilled this made you laugh that hard.

Amen, sister.

*g*

This was very in character, I liked it a lot! :)

Plus, I love your header ;)

Thank you, Tori. Glad this felt in character to you. :)

Plus, I love your header ;)

*sigh* DB's beautiful.

"If he... if Booth is my yardstick, as you say, what do I do?"

"Dip that stick in chocolate and lick it."


lol I love Angela.


lol funny...I bet she won't be able to do it

Thanks. And I bet you're right. ;)

I now really want some chocolate. And if Booth were available (or, you know, real) I'd want him too.

Very cute, gotta love Angela and Brennan. I wish we knew how they met.

if Booth were available (or, you know, real)

:snirk: I'll second that thought.

Chocolate and Booth would be an unbeatable combination. *sigh* If only... *g*

Thanks! Angela and Brennan have a lovely friendship. :)

I wish we knew how they met.

*nods*

If I wasn't having the worst day ever, I would go through and pick out some of my favorite lines.

Suffice it to say that I adored this; I love how their friendship's portrayed on the show, and I think you've done it justice (and then some) here. Nicely done, not that I'm surprised.

If I wasn't having the worst day ever,

Oh dear, that doesn't sound good. :( Hope things improve. Let me know if I can help. *hugs*

And glad you liked this. Brennan and Angela have a sweet friendship; I think we need to see a bit more of it. Thank you, as always.

AJKSFHSAKGF:GJK

CANON CANON CANON

Deny it all you want, but that hunk of FBI goodness is your yardstick, and none of these other guys measure up.
YES. Omg, that is so Angela.

Dip that stick in chocolate and lick it.
:D :D :D
And what do I bet Brennan would start blushing and smiling before she even said a word? HUH? I think so.


Oh man, this made my day. Thank you!

LOL Thanks, Sarah. I'm glad that read like Angela to you. :) There's no way on earth Brennan could complete that task keeping a straight face. No. Way. In. Hell.

Oh man, this made my day. Thank you!

Thank you.

Awesome. Just awesome. I want to see what happens next!

Thank you, Dayna. Glad this worked for you. I'll see what I can do about continuing this. :)

"Dip that stick in chocolate and lick it."

That is so perfectly Angela. This was so in character all the way through.

Your icon is love. :) Angela's such a doll.

Thanks for reading and feeding!

".. Shoes?"

"Yes, I wore them."

"Duh. No, which shoes?"



"Mmmm. If I didn't adore Jack, I would dip Booth in chocolate and–"

"Angela!"

"See, you're even jealous."


LMAO! So hilarious.. this fic is amazing! So freakin in character xD :D

I can't form the right words to compliment your fic.. the ones I use are always less of what I felt when I read them lol :D

Aw, thanks, Sara. So glad you liked that bit. *g* Angela and Brennan are rather cute together. :)

I know everyone else told you how awesomely in character this is, but I just wanted to reiterate that—your characterizations are fantastic. This might be the best Angela I’ve ever read. Plus, this fic was cute and funny.… you win!

Thank you, Tessa. I'm thrilled you felt this was in character. And if you thought it was cute and funny, too, well, I can't ask for more than that. Thanks for your kind words!

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Hearing voices isn't necessarily a bad thing. *g* I'm glad this felt right to you; thanks for taking the time to let me know that. :)

Sweetie (channeling Angela), you are my B/B writing goddess. :-)

I smiled all the way through, but laughed out loud here:

"Dip that stick in chocolate and lick it."

Your characterizations of ALL the characters on the show is totally spot on. Love this, love this, love this.

Oh, my friend, you are far too sweet. But thank you. :)

I'm glad you liked that line; it seemed like something Angela would say–and with great relish. *g*

Your characterizations of ALL the characters on the show is totally spot on. Love this, love this, love this.

*blushes* Thanks, Makd!

Honey, never underestimate the power of a little manflesh.

Just as I never underestimate the power of a little lerdo fic. ;)

This is easily one of my favorite fics. You have the voices of Angela & Brennan down pat.

I have to admit, it's a wee bit evil to mention Booth, manflesh, and chocolate in the same fic. Smashingly evil. I love it.

Just as I never underestimate the power of a little lerdo fic. ;)

Are you trying to turn me into a puddle of mush? If yes, you succeeded. :) Thank you so much.

I have to admit, it's a wee bit evil to mention Booth, manflesh, and chocolate in the same fic.

*twirls fake mustache*

"I'm almost afraid to ask if that was some form of sexual innuendo."

"Then I'll make it easy for you; yes, it was."


Snerk.

Bones, don't be a fool - grab that hunky hunk and go for it.

Bones, don't be a fool - grab that hunky hunk and go for it.

*nods vigorously*

Thanks for reading and commenting, as always!

Oh Angela!! Bless her! She’s really amazing!
I adore dialogue stories and this was just brilliant! Loved it very very much!!
"Good choice. Sexy without being all 'Hello, look at me.' Shoes?"
"Yes, I wore them.”

*snorts* Oh, that’s so like Bones! I can just picture her face!!

*g* Angela + Brennan = Love

Glad you had fun reading this! Thanks for commenting. :)

Who wants to bet she's looking in the mirror, but thinking about licking the chocolate off the yardstick? I certainly am!

Wonderful, so perfect, as always.

Who wants to bet she's looking in the mirror, but thinking about licking the chocolate off the yardstick?

She'd be crazy NOT to. ;)

Wonderful, so perfect, as always.

Oh, thank you, as always.

*g* Oh how I love it when Angela's right...
And this part: "That was one of those pop culture references you really should have gotten. I know you have a TV now. We've just gotta get you to actually watch it sometimes." <- was hilarious.

Also, Brennan and Angela discussing whether she made an innuendo *giggle* Love it. :D

Thanks, Ren. Angela's a smart woman. *g* Glad you enjoyed their conversation!

"Dip that stick in chocolate and lick it."

Hugs Angela.

That was amazing and really in character.

WOW. Just.... WOW. I am so, so impressed by the way you nailed Angela's voice in this dialogue.

OMG your an amazing writer!! I love your stories! Good job!

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